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This workshop is intended for:
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Mark Harris, beloved UBC film professor and Vancouver film critic,
passed away on Feb. 26 after a battle with lymphoma. I n addition to his
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Savannah King, UBC student and world-class
swimmer, has accomplished a lot in her career
thus far.
She has competed in two Olympics, and,
after the recent CIS nationals in Calgary, was
named the female national Swimmer ofthe
Year for the second year running.
In anticipation of International Women's Day
on Friday, King sat down to discuss her experiences as an elite female athlete.
Ofthe UBC team, King said, "We don't
actually think of it as a girls' and guys' team."
King said she appreciates the inclusive team
mentality, noting, "It's nice to be thought of as
equals like that."
Despite having a male coach her entire time
at UBC, and most of her swimming career,
King had only good things to report about her
King described how her coach kept her
motivated during her "plateau" phase, a phenomenon experienced by many young swimmers that often leads to discouragement and
withdrawal from the sport.
"My coach really helped me through that
time and believed in me that I could definitely get through it and continue on to be better
afterwards," she said.
"A lot ofthe top-level coaches are older men.
The younger coaches coming up, there are
gradually more and more females."
However, King said, female coaches aren't
gaining footholds everywhere inthe world. She
shared a story from her time in London during
the 2012 Olympics.
"I got on the bus and this girl is sitting there.
She waves me over and she's from Togo, and
I found out she's the only woman on her team
and I think she said that she was one ofthe first
women to ever compete for her country in the
Olympics," King recalled. "She was swimming
the 50 [metre] the next day. I got the whole
Canadian team to cheer for her.
"I thought that was really cool," King said
ofthe encounter. "That was one ofthe coolest
parts of being there."
Meeting that woman may have been an
inspiring experience for King, but it seems that
she herself is an inspiring figure for the young
swimmers that attend the summer camp she
works at. "There a few girls who always hang
out with me," she said with a laugh. "They follow me on Instagram now."
As King rises in seniority on the UBC team,
she has the opportunity to take new recruits
under her wing.
"We have what's called Baby Bird and Mama
Bird," said King, describing the practice of
pairing new recruits with senior athletes.
"[There are] definitely a lot of bonds that have
formed and they're such great friends."
King remembers her own Mama Bird,
Hannah Pierse, fondly, and believes that
the program will continue to be a success in
future years.
Looking ahead, the trials for the FINA World
Championships, held in Barcelona this July,
will occur during the firstweek of April. The
Universiade Games are to be held in Russia
earlier in the summer. King also aspires to
compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
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Michaelle Jean
speaks at Arts
Last Lecture
UBC and the City of Vancouver are advocating for a rapid transit lane across the busy Broadway corridor to UBC.
Study supports rapid transit to campus
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
UBC and the City of Vancouver
are intensifying the push for
rapid transit along Broadway.
They've released a study supporting a rapid transit line from
Commercial Drive to UBC, but
the potential project is still very
far in the future.
The $100,000 study from
consulting firm KPMG, jointly
funded by UBC and the City of
Vancouver, argues that rapid
transit along Broadway is needed
to fuel job growth at UBC and
other employment hubs along
the route, such as Vancouver
Coastal Health.
Mayor Gregor Robertson is
using the report to push for a
subway line below the Broadway
area, which he said would cost
$2.8 billion to build. "We need a
subway rapid transit system that
will allow us to compete with
tech hubs like Toronto and New
York City and unleash the additional economic and investment
potential along the corridor," said
Robertson in a release.
And while the UBC administration and its AMS student
society are both in favour of rapid
transit, they're both reluctant to
express a preference for subway
versus above-ground rail, or for
how the project would be funded.
Tanner Bokor, the AMS's
new VP External, is behind the
student society's recent change in
direction for transit advocacy. As
the former head ofthe independent but AMS-incubated lobby
group Get OnBoard, Bokor was
careful in his push to increase
transit funding across the Lower
Mainland without prioritizing
transit to UBC.
Now that he's left Get OnBoard, Bokor's still adamant
the AMS shouldn't push for
Broadway to get first dibs on
rapid-transit expansion — even as
UBC and the City of Vancouver
are loudly calling for exactly that.
"[UBC] students that are travelling from south ofthe Fraser,
they will be taking whatever form
of rapid transit is instituted in
Surrey," said Bokor.
The rapid-transit push from
the university and the city comes
at a time when B.C.'s political
parties are preparing their platforms for the upcoming provincial election. The provincial
government controls the levers
of transit funding, and they're
currently at a stalemate with
the region's mayors, who control
TransLink, over ideas to bring
more funding in.
The idea has been floated to
have UBC pitch in on the cost of
a transit line to the university —
similar to how Vancouver International Airport pitched in for
the Canada Line. But at present,
UBC's budget is ailing, and there
has been little enthusiasm for
this idea.
As far as transit advocacy on
behalf of UBC students, Bokor said he'll continue to push
the provincial government to
open up new mechanisms of
transit funding.
"Road pricing is one we're
very strong about... [and] we still
think a reallocation of corporate
taxes [is] a great idea," said Bokor.
"We recognize that substantial
funds have to be put up, and we
have to start asking the tough
questions of who will do that." 31
UBC's riding prepares for
provincial election
Now that the B.C. Conservative Party
has nominated Duane Nickull as its
candidate for Vancouver-Point Grey,
UBC's riding is shaping up forthe
upcoming provincial election.
The riding, which covers all of UBC
campus and stretches out to Arbutus
and 16th Avenue, is currently held
by B.C. Liberal premier Christy Clark.
Clark, after being named head ofthe
Liberal Party, won the seat in a close
by-election against NDP candidate
and former B.C. Civil Liberties Association head David Eby in 2011. In
that race, Clark won with 48 per cent
of the vote and Eby came in second
with 45 percent.
As it stands, both Clark and Eby
plan to run in the riding again forthis
spring's election.
But the Liberals are currently
scrambling after leaked documents
showed the party expected "quick
wins" among ethnic voters if they
offered well-timed apologies for
historical wrongdoing against some
marginalized groups. There's still
a chance the party may oust Clark
or call the election earlier than the
legislated date of May 14.
If the election is called for a date
earlierthan May 14, it could significantly impact the outcome of
the Point Grey riding. Over 5,000
seasonal student residents of UBC
campus leave during the summer
months, and the total votes inthe
riding have yet to top 30,000. xt
Naming of campus
elementary school
sparks debate
Kaavya Lakshmanan
The new elementary school
on Acadia Road has sparked a
passionate debate around its
potential name.
Many children living on campus
bus out to the current, temporary
location of Acadia Road School: a
cluster of portables at Queen Elizabeth Elementary on 16th Avenue.
But the school will soon move into
a new building along Acadia Road
on UBC campus, at the old site of
University Hill Secondary School.
There's considerable debate from
community members on whether
to call the new building "Acadia
Road School" or name it after
renowned Musqueam elder and
education activist Rose Point, who
passed away in July 2012.
Accordingto Vancouver School
Board trustee Mike Lombardi,
this is the first time in recent
memory that a sizable number of
people have expressed interest in
a potential name for a school in
Accordingto Lombardi, a
committee was established
for naming the new school,
which included two members
from the Musqueam education
committee, as well as school
administrative representatives.
Lombardi said most ofthe
people on the naming committee
The site of the new elementary school, which is set to open in spring 2014.
are in favour of naming the school
for Point, who did considerable
work supporting education in the
Musqueam community, served on
various Vancouver School Board
committees and did education-related research at UBC.
Charles Menzies, associate
professor of anthropology at UBC
and member ofthe University
Neighbourhoods Association's
board of directors, was also part of
the naming committee. According
to Menzies, the Vancouver School
Board has adopted a new policy for
ensuring more schools at Vancouver use aboriginal names.
Melanie Antweiler, whose son
goes to the school, is in favour of
keeping "Acadia" as the school's
Accordingto Antweiler, the
school has built a strong identity
around the name "Acadia." She
said parents and students identify
with it and are proud ofthe name
the school has had since it first
opened in 2011. Antweiler maintains that the school board has not
provided an adequate case as to
why the name needs to be changed.
"My stance — backed up by
the parents — is that this should
have been treated as a re-naming
process done under the policies for
naming a school," said Antweiler.
Antweiler said she feels that
had the parents and students been
consulted more, they would have
been more receptive to the name
"Rose Point."
Menzies said he saw a colonialist approach inthe parents'
insistence on keeping the "Acadia" name. The Vancouver School
Board's web page about the
school's naming process notes that
the new building will be on traditional Musqueam territory.
Lombardi said he expects the
school will be renamed "Rose
Point." The school board is expected to make a final decision on
the name this month. Xi
Michaelle Jean, former governor general
of Canada, gave a lecture encouraging
students to give back.
Brandon Chow
Last Friday evening, former governor general of Canada Michaelle
Jean spoke at the annual Arts
Last Lecture.
Jean focused on the importance
of humanitarianism, the power of
the arts to change the world and
the value of education during the
lecture. The event, hosted by the
Arts Undergraduate Society, aims
to inspire students at the end of
the term.
Near the beginning ofthe
lecture, Jean put forth her own
aspiration: that by the end of her
presentation, people would leave
the Chan Centre with a "renewed
intent to do something useful and
great for the common good."
Drawing from her own personal
anecdotes, Jean also talked about
the importance of education, and
how it brought her from being
an impoverished Haitian refugee to the 27th governor general
of Canada.
After reducing her life story
into 45 minutes onstage, Jean imparted one final takeaway for the
night: the value of "[getting] involved in a citizen-led, nourishing
initiative, because through your
own engagement, you can have a
meaningful and lasting impact on
the world and the people around
The evening then transitioned
into a question-and-answer
session. Jean fielded a variety of
questions on topics such as her
thought process behind proroguing parliament in 2009 and
allegations of sympathizing with
Quebec separatists.
Julian Law, a fourth-year UBC
student, said that as a political science and economics major, Jean's
discourse on democratic theory
resonated with him the most.
Fourth-year philosophy major
Patrick Shmied said he thought
Jean was very well-spoken and
particularly appreciated her
message of global solidarity and
"sticking to your guns and what
you believe in" when working
towards personal goals.
UBC geography professor Dan
Hiebert, who acted as an introductory speaker, later commented
that the main challenge for
graduating students is finding
their place in the world; therefore,
he said, "The linking between
personal and public work was a
great message that everyone in the
audience could take away."
To conclude the night, Jean was
presented with a Grammy-nominated anthology of historic Haitian
music that was compiled by UBC
dean of Arts and Haitian scholar
Gage Averill. After accepting the
gift, Jean quickly offered the collection as a donation to the national archive of Haiti, in tribute to all
that was lost in the 2010 Haitian
earthquake. Xi NEWS    I    MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013
Matt Parson, the outgoing AMS
president, thinks the AMS took on
some big projects during his term
in office — but it still has a lot of work to do to
sort out the details ofthe new SUB.
The fate ofthe proposed microbrewery in
the new SUB is still up in the air. The AMS
has spent over $50,000 on professional consultations on the brewery, but hasn't decided
if it will have a place inthe new SUB. Parson
said the AMS hit far more roadblocks than
they expected this year, but is hopeful that
students will continue to push for the project.
The fate ofthe Whistler Lodge also remains uncertain. A recent survey has shown
that UBC students are in favour of keeping
and renovating the lodge, and the AMS
executive committee shared that opinion
this year. Parson said he hopes the AMS will
do more to promote the lodge if they end up
keeping it.
The AMS businesses ran a deficit of nearly
$100,000 from May to November 2012. Parson said business revenue has been improving
over the last few months, but the AMS still
has work to do on its marketing, especially
given the increased construction on campus.
"It's scary to see how large of an impact
the construction around the SUB has on
traffic through our building," said Parson.
AMS executives got a raise this year, but
for the first time, $5,000 of their $32,500 pay
cheques was withheld until they met certain
goals set at the start of their terms. Parson
said he had some issues with how this new
pay program was assessed and implemented
this year.
"I think that the program is a net positive,
but just like any pilot year, you're obviously
going to identify areas that you would like to
see improved on," said Parson. The committee that decides whether any of Parson's pay
will be withheld hasn't finished making their
decision yet.
During Parson's campaign for office, he
promised to talk to 1,000 students and document each encounter to better connect with
the student body and make the AMS more
relevant. He didn't set this as an official goal
that would affect his pay, though. He said he
did wind up talking to over 1,000 students
during his term, but he found documenting
the chats too tedious.
"I know I can say definitely that all these
conversations did have a significant impact
on how exactly I went about making my decisions," said Parson.
Parson defined his term as an overall success, citing big projects the AMS
took on, such as the Get OnBoard transit
advocacy campaign.
"I think it was just a result of a fantastic
team dynamic, coupled with a willingness
to think a little larger than just the average,"
said Parson.
Parson said he thought the AMS will be in
good hands with incoming president Caroline
"She's got a fantastic team around her.
There's definitely one piece that every president needs to have,... and that's unwavering
commitment to serve the students, which
she's already proven to have, and loads of it,"
said Parson. tJ
-Will McDonald
The state of the
(student) union
Outgoing AMS president
Matt Parson reflects on a
turbulent year; incoming president
Caroline Wong shares her vision
forthe road ahead
Caroline Wong, the 104th president
ofthe AMS, has just started her term
— but she's no newcomer to student
When she served as VP Administration last
year, the other (older) AMS executives affectionately called the 20-year-old Wong "baby
exec." But after winning the presidential race
on her 21st birthday, she hopes to bring "fresh
energy" to the $15-million student society she
now controls.
Wong said she plans to focus on getting
the AMS ready to move into the new Student
Union Building, set to be completed in
September 2014. She also hopes to give the
society's notoriously complicated structure an
organizational overhaul.
"The AMS can be improved," said Wong.
She said she wants to fix the society's financial health and communications policies
so they're "up to the prestige [level] ofthe
new SUB" — a $100-million project aiming for LEED platinum status that should
set the standard for student centres across
the country.
Wong believes the AMS is currently lacking a "unifying vision." She wants to create a
strategic plan that will guide everything the
AMS does in the next five to ten years. Wong
said the society's current mission statement,
which says that the AMS aims to "be among
the best student associations in the world,"
is not specific enough to give direction and
purpose to AMS businesses and services.
"We [can] improve daily operations as part
of a long-term plan," she said.
Another goal of Wong's is to begin a review
of all the AMS services, such as AMS Tutoring, Safewalk and Minischool, to assess if they
are still relevant to students. She said this may
not be done by the end of her term, but she
wants to at least get it started.
The AMS's newly formed Business and Administration Governance Board will take control of AMS businesses this year. Wong, who
will sit on the board, sees her role as a go-between for the board and AMS Council. Part of
her job will be ensuring Council doesn't slide
back into old habits and let business-related
minutiae gum up the works. Wong pledged
to make sure any business-related ideas are
vetted through the board first.
Wong said the project she's most excited
about this year is the "Female Leadership
Network," a mentorship group she's just
begun to form. She hopes to connect female
leaders on campus to outside professionals and high school students, a structure
she's cribbed from UBC's "tri-mentoring"
programs. Wong said she's spoken to other
career-driven female networking groups such
as Women in Engineering and Young Women
in Business, and she hopes her new network
will encourage female UBC students to take
on more leadership roles.
"Seeing that UBC is 50-somethingper cent
female, I really hope that more female leaders
get involved, not just with AMS but with all
aspects of student life," said Wong, who is the
first female AMS president since 2004.
Altogether, Wong is looking forward to
making progress in her goals for the AMS.
"I'm really privileged to have such a really
committed and experienced team," Wong
said. "I know we're going to go very far." Xi
—Ming Wong
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Canada MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013    |    FEATURE
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
In 2011, the heads of UBC's pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups
sat down and had a discussion.
But when you ask Dan Barak and
Omar Shaban what actually happened during their meeting, the
details get murky.
Barak, the former president of
the Israel Awareness Club (IAC) at
UBC, said he was eager to start a
dialogue with his pro-Palestinian
But Shaban, director ofthe UBC
chapter of Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights (SPHR), said it
was he who wanted to start the
"I sat down with Omar Shaban
a year ago and said, 'Let's do an
activity together,'" Barak said. "His
answer was, 'Nope.'"
Shaban said the issue was that the
IAC would not accept a statement
on Israeli and Palestinian equality
as a precondition ofthe meeting.
If the meeting looked like an opportunity for relations between the
two groups to thaw, things quickly
reverted to the standard feelings of
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one ofthe most intractable political issues on university
campuses today, enduring as other
movements — anti-nuclear protests,
anti-abortion activism, Occupy, Idle
No More, environmental protests —
come and go.
Given that we are in the midst of
SPHR's Israel Apartheid Week at
UBC, and next week the IAC will
put on their own week of events,
The Ubyssey consulted academics
specializing in protest movements
and group psychology to learn what
makes this conflict different from
other campus causes. We are not assessing the merits of either side's beliefs, nor summarizing the conflict.
What we learned paints a dark
picture of a conflict as inflexible
as the one playing out between the
Jordan River and Mediterranean
Sea thousands of miles away— albeit one with far less at stake and
perhaps with some light at the end
of the tunnel.
David Meyer, a sociologist at the
University of California, Irvine,
spoke to what has made this particular cause so entrenched.
"The thing that makes a movement endure, particularly on campuses, is some sort of institutional
support," Meyer said.
While the SPHR and IAC claim
autonomy, major international organizations directly and indirectly
back both sides ofthe conflict on
campuses across North America.
"Having both sides on this one
means that everybody's always got
something to do, even if it's just to
give their opponents a hard time,"
Meyer said.
UBC sociology professor Rima
Wilkes said that given the attention
the media pays toward Israel and
the Middle East, students might
be more aware ofthe conflict
than other humanitarian issues.
"I lived in the U.S. for a year
and I got the impression that
outside ofthe U.S., Israel and
Afghanistan were the only countries around," Wilkes said.
The conflict's long history also
makes it more enduring, accordingto UBC psychology professor
Andrew Baron.
"If every year the Bruins and
the Canucks were playing a
Game Seven ofthe Stanley Cup, it
would be a lot harder for people
to forget and move on," Baron
Not only is the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict enduring, it's also tremendously divisive. In UBC's case, leaders of both the IAC and SPHR were
quick to explain their problems
with the other group.
The Israeli club on campus
teaches students "how to attack
Palestinian students and how to
attack anyone who is pro-Palestinian," Shaban said. "They
pretty much teach them the art of
Naturally, IAC members see
things differently.
"I think [Shaban] twisted things
completely. He flipped the two
roles," said Ido Refaeli, president
ofthe IAC. "We feel like all we're
doing is defending ourselves."
Baron, who specializes in
inter-group relations, said this
disconnect between rival groups is
natural. He returned to sports analogies, giving the example of fans
from dueling teams interpreting the
same play wildly differently, with
some cheering and others wanting a
penalty called.
Meyer added that without any
resolution on the horizon in the
Middle East, groups on campus can
maintain strict ideologies without
pragmatic Israeli or Palestinian
leaders undercutting their pure
"What gives them legs? Well, no
progress gives them legs," Meyer
said. "There's no incentive for
Baron said that once people
strongly identify with a group, they
begin perceiving events based on a
group mentality.
"[Groups] distort the lens through
which we perceive objective actions," Baron said. "We see things in
away that's self-favouring and more
depreciating to the out-group."
Baron was taken aback by the fact
that the IAC and SPHR won't meet.
"They're mirroring what actually
happens over there," Baron said.
How to get two groups so deeply
entrenched in conflict to work with
each other is the "gazillion-dollar
question," accordingto Baron.
Working toward a shared
non-political goal, such as throwing
a dance together or participating
in a team-building exercise, might
build the necessary trust to begin
a dialogue about the conflict itself,
Baron said.
But to understand why that's
unlikely to happen, it's necessary to
understand the differences between
the two groups.
For the IAC, advocating for Israel
is part of a broader mission that
includes promoting Israeli film,
music and food and raising money
for charity.
In contrast, SPHR is a solidarity
movement focused around advocacy, accordingto Shaban. One goal of
the group, Shaban said, is to isolate
those who promote what he considers to be an oppressive ideology, like
the IAC. Engaging in an open dialogue would work against SPHR's
goal, unless the IAC were first to
give up their objectionable ideology.
"We are attacking them and how
they do things," Shaban said.
Once opposing sides become as
divided as they are in this conflict,
groups become unwilling to compromise or be self-critical, Baron
This was evident in the interview
with IAC members, who said they
felt that the message being presented during Israel Apartheid Week
compelled them to amp up their
own activism.
Were the debate on campus not
so polarized, UBC might hear more
nuanced advocacy.
"The Palestinians are suffering.
So Canadians, we feel empathy,"
explained IAC member Daniel Raff.
"At the same time, as the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel
is being attacked and having to
sacrifice its security. As a Canadian,
you can empathize with both sides."
But with IAC members feeling
defensive, this is not the message
the club will be promoting during
their own week, which begins next
"When you're throwing so much
disinformation that is all aimed at
bashingthe Israeli side ofthe picture, you're not goingto see me sitting there with flowers, saying, 'Oh
my God, I really understand where
you're coming from,'" said Barak,
former IAC president.
The use of loaded language like
"apartheid" and some ofthe imagery — a Palestinian flag dripping
with blood, for example — at SPHR's
Israel Apartheid Week table in the
SUB understandably put the IAC on
edge. However, a Ubyssey reporter
overheard SPHR president Haneen
Karajah telling one interested student that the best way to learn more
would be to find some books on the
subject at Koerner Library — hardly
an inflammatory suggestion.
Indeed, Shaban said he places a
heavy emphasis on education in his
"I could have easily made a list
of talking points and said, 'This
is what you can say to students,'"
Shaban said. "Instead I said, 'No,
there's a big, fat library in the middle of campus.'"
This culture of learning belies the
IAC's belief, strongly expressed in
the interview, that SPHR is dedicated to, intentionally or not, spreading
misinformation to students (which
SPHR also accused the IAC of).
That's not to say all of SPHR or
the IAC's promotional material is
accurate; in this debate, everyone
seems to think they're right.
"Even though it's a complex
topic, it's very uncontroversial,"
SPHR member Ian MacDonald
claimed. "Like, the facts are on the
Palestinian side."
Such an attitude plays into
Baron's explanation of how in-
group members on both sides genuinely perceive things through a lens
that confirms their own bias.
"How can anybody say, T don't
have the truth'?" asked Michael
Silbert, the rabbi at UBC's Hillel
House. "Well, I have the truth and
you have truth and they're not necessarily the same thing."
But despite both sides feeling attacked and wronged by the other,
there is some cause for hope.
In interviews with both groups,
an openness and sense of understanding snuck through, especially
among the newer members.
Karajah, in her first year as SPHR
president, expressed understanding over why IAC members felt
If every Year the
Bruins and the
Canucks were
playing a Game Seven
of the Stanley Cup, it
would be a lot harder
for people to forget and
move on.
Andrew Baron
UBC pyschology professor
"Obviously when it comes to issues of identity, it's very hard to look
past what you've been told," said
Karajah, who is in her second year
at UBC. "So when I am presenting
you with information that contradicts who you see yourself as, the
response is goingto be emotional
and angry."
On the pro-Israel side, when
asked whether he thought SPHR
members genuinely believed the
information they were promoting,
Rafaeli, who is also in his first year
as club president, gave SPHR the
benefit ofthe doubt.
"I think so," Rafaeli said, after
pausingto consider the question.
Perhaps hardened by years of
activism, both Shaban and Barak
seemed much more cynical than
their club's newer leaders.
That both sides' new leaders see
the other as operating from a place
of honesty, even if they're far from
agreeing on the facts, is a positive
Baron said that while time spent
without dialogue can help if it leads
to groups finding new leaders with
fresh ideas, groups shouldn't avoid
each other indefinitely.
"Time helps, but there are
costs to time as well," Baron said.
"History can be shackles in many
Silbert said he hopes progress
is made soon, as the standoffish-
ness between the two groups, who
lack any control over events in the
Middle East, seems unproductive.
"I look at us waging a battle
on a campus in British Columbia,
thousands of miles away, and I don't
think I'll always understand what
it's about," Silbert said. 13 // Sports + Rec
T-Birds strike gold once again
For the sixth straight year, UBC women's volleyball is the best in Canada
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
Six straight national championships. Twenty-five straight wins
to end the season. Only one set
dropped during the entire national
tournament. Winning is the only
way that the UBC women's volleyball team knows how to go about
their business.
The Thunderbirds barely
seemed to break a sweat this past
weekend during CIS nationals,
where they successfully defended
their national title for the fifth
straight year. They took down the
University of Laval in straight sets
in the quarterfinals, came back to
easily handle Trinity Western University in four sets in the semis,
and made it look easy against the
University of Alberta Pandas in
Saturday's gold medal game. No
one else really had a chance.
In a rematch of last year's CIS
final, UBC pounced out to an early
lead in the first set, taking it 25-13
and setting the tone for the rest of
the match. Alberta hung tough in
the second, but the T-Birds came
up big at the end, winning it 25-23.
And inthe third, they dashed all
hopes of an Alberta comeback.
Just like they had all season, the
T-Birds got out to an early lead and
never looked back, taking the third
set 25-18 and adding an exclamation point to a dominating year.
If there was any sense that UBC
had gotten complacent this year,
that was all erased after Saturday's win. The 'Birds continuously
had the Pandas on their heels,
and Alberta's quality offensive
The Thunderbirds defeated Alberta in straight sets to win their sixth straight national title.
chances were few and far between.
On the other side, UBC was able
to find clean looks all match, as
setter Brina Derksen-Bergen kept
Alberta guessing all game and
spread the ball evenly throughout
the floor.
"I think our passing improved....
I think Brina did a good job of
mixing things up and mixing
speeds up to the outside, so we just
had very good flow in all the skill
areas," said UBC head coach Doug
Reimer to CiTR.
The main beneficiaries of
Derksen-Bergen's 30 assists
were Shanice Marcelle and Lisa
Barclay. In her last game as a
T-Bird, the CIS MVP Marcelle
had another strong performance,
racking up 11 kills and totalling
five digs. Barclay had one of her
best games ofthe year, hammering home 16 kills on a .538 hitting
percentage, and middle Jessica
von Schilling also had an effective
game from the serving line, delivering five aces.
Barclay was named tournament
MVP for the second straight year,
and was named to the all-tourney
team along with Marcelle and
Derksen-Bergen. It was the fifth
straight year that Marcelle was
named to the tourney all-star
team, and the fifth straight CIS
gold medal for her, Derksen-Bergen and Danielle Richards.
As a team, UBC hit for a .320
percentage — helped by a sparkling .542 percentage in the first
set — while they limited Alberta to
a mere .149 percentage. They also
out-blocked Alberta 14 to eight,
had three more aces and had three
players in double figures in points.
It wasn't just a performance that
is delivered by national championship teams; it was one delivered
by teams who win six straight
national championships.
"Inthe last couple of years, I
can't remember a better group in
terms of consistency of training
and bringing good energy," said
Reimer. "They made it a very low
stress year for me, because they've
come to play every night [and]
come to train every day."
With the sixth straight gold
medal, UBC ties the CIS women's
volleyball record for most consecutive national championships,
tying the record held by Winnipeg
and Alberta. The T-Birds will be
losing several key players next
year — Marcelle, Derksen-Bergen,
von Schilling and Richards — but
they've shown in the past that they
can deal with losing players, and
they look to be in prime position to
make it seven in a row next year.
"Every moment with this team
has been a highlight," said Marcelle. "It's been the most amazing group of girls that I've every
played with, and I'm going to take
so much from this experience. I'm
really grateful that I got to share
my five years with these girls."
UBC's head coach Doug Reimer
said earlier this year that he wasn't
worried that his team hadn't lost
in a while, and that all the winning
wouldn't make his team complacent. And in the end, he had good
reason to be confident. When a
team only knows how to win, how
are they supposed to go out and do
anything other than that? 31
From one win to number one
The dream season continues, as UBC women's hockey wins Canada West gold
Colin Chia
In a season filled with firsts, the
UBC women's hockey team now
has its first championship. The
Thunderbirds lifted the Canada
West title trophy on Sunday
afternoon, coming back from one
game down to topple the University of Calgary Dinos in the
conference final.
There were plenty of penalties in this bruising series,
which followed the script of last
weekend's semi-final in Regina.
UBC lost game one 4-1 on Friday
night; despite dominating the
play through the second and
third periods, the T-Birds could
not overcome a slow start to
the game.
Going into game two with
their backs to the wall, UBC
got off to a quick start. Goals by
Nicole Saxvik and Cailey Hay
came just six seconds apart and
gave the T-Birds a 2-0 lead six
minutes into the game. Calgary
clawed back to within two, but
UBC's Tatiana Rafter scored
with 9:42 left in the second period to make it 3-1 and restore the
two-goal lead.
But the T-Birds couldn't hold
off the country's second-ranked
team, and Calgary tied it up at
3-3 with 15:10 left in the third
period. Kaylee Chanakos scored
For the first time in team history, the UBC women's hockey team is the champ of the Canada West.
her first goal ofthe playoffs to
make it 4-3 with 3:16 to go, but
the Dinos wouldn't back down
easily. With the goalie pulled
for the extra attacker, Calgary's
Melissa Zubick scored to send
the game to overtime.
Facing elimination in overtime
for the second time in two weeks,
the T-Birds pulled off a repeat
of their death-defying performance. Stephanie Schaupmeyer
played hero this time, scoring
the overtime winner 19 seconds
into double overtime to force
a game three on Sunday. Goal-
tender Danielle Dube once again
came up big, as the T-Birds were
outshot 39 to 16, but her 35 saves
earned her the hard-fought victory and the honour ofthe game's
first star.
Inthe deciding third game,
the result seemed to never be
in doubt. The T-Birds opened
the scoring on the power play,
as Kaitin Imai deflected Emily
Grainger's point shot past Dinos
goalie Amanda Tapp to give UBC
the early lead. Calgary quickly
tied it up, but Rafter answered
to make it 2-1 for the 'Birds after
one period. Nikola Brown-John
made it 3-1 with a shot from the
blue line with 6:45 remaining in
the second period, and Rebecca
Unrau bumped the score up to
4-1, which prompted a Calgary
goaltending change.
Calgary's Erica Mitschke
scored with 9:02 left in the game
to make it 4-2 and set up a tense
finish. The Dinos piled on the
pressure and the T-Birds spent
most of the remaining time
scrambling in their own zone and
having to kill off a late penalty
to boot. But with the Calgary net
empty, Kaitlin Imai picked up a
loose puck and fought off the defender, picking up the empty-net
goal with 1:18 left to seal the deal.
T-Birds goaltender Dube
was again a wall in net and was
named the game's first star,
shutting down former Team
Canada teammate Hayley Wick-
enheiser and the high-powered
Dino offence.
No one could have predicted
this incredible and historic
achievement after last year's dire
one-win season. It's been stated
many times before, but even
more credit has to be given to
head coach Graham Thomas for
masterminding a complete transformation of the team during his
first season in charge.
With a trip to Toronto for the
CIS national championships
coming up next weekend, the
question now is just how far can
the Thunderbirds go? They've
already defied all the odds; who
knows what they will do for their
next trick. Xi MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013    |   SPORTS + REC    |   7
Defence wins championships
UBC men's basketball takes home Canada West title, advances to nationals
In front of large crowds at War Memorial Gym, the Thunderbirds defeated Victoria 72-69 on Saturday night to win the Canada West title and beat Fraser Valley on Friday to advance to nationals in Ottawa
C.J. Pentland
Sports + Rec Editor
With 19 seconds remaining and
their team hanging onto a three-
point lead, UBC players O'Brian
Wallace and Brylle Kamen looked
towards the crowd and motioned
for the spectators to get out of
their seats.
It wasn't really necessary — the
crowd of nearly 3,000 had been
deafening all game — but the
T-Birds wanted more help. UVic
was on the verge of tying the game,
but the two were confident and
wanted the fans to enjoy what
would happen next.
And right on cue, Wallace delivered. While following his check, his
back facing the ball, the fifth-year
lifted his arms up at the last second
and batted down the pass that
would have taken the Vike player to
the rim. He then managed to snatch
up the ball to secure it.
Wallace went on to hit two clutch
free throws, making it a five-point
lead for UBC, seemingly putting the
game out of reach. But after Victoria
answered with a three-pointer with
nine seconds left, it still wasn't over.
Wallace was fouled again and forced
to shoot two more huge free throws.
Making both would all but seal the
victory. Making one would give
UVic a chance to tie. Missing both —
well, that just wouldn't be good.
"The team needs these buckets
right now for us to seal the win,"
said Wallace on what was going
through his head during the last
four free throws he took. "So I just
tried to relax and hit them."
He hit one of two, making it
a three-point lead, and Victoria
stormed back down the court to
find an open Brandon Dunlop. He
was the last guy that the 'Birds
wanted to see with the ball; he led
the Canada West with a .519 three-
point percentage during the regular
"As soon as he got it, I thought,
'Oh no, I don't want to do overtime,'
that's for sure," said UBC head
coach Kevin Hanson. "During the
timeout, the last thing we said was,
'Don't leave three-point shooters
open,'... and we left one of their best
shooters open."
But the last-second shot bounced
off the rim. Despite their lapse
Luck notwithstanding, the
real reason for the victory — and,
in fact, the success ofthe whole
season — was the T-Birds' defence. So it is true: defence does
win championships.
In their last 11 wins, UBC held
their opponents to under 70 points,
grabbed the most rebounds and held
their opponents to an average field
goal percentage of 36.5. But in their
last three losses, they've given up 74,
81 and 91 points and allowed their
We've done a pretty good job defensively over the last 11 games, and
that's something that's [important]
going into nationals," said Hanson.
"It's going to be an unbelievably
tough tournament to go back there
because there [are] eight great defensive teams."
In the second quarter, the T-Birds
played the defence that makes them
so successful. They held the Vikes to
only one field goal and eight points
in the frame, allowing them to build
on defence, the T-Birds survived,
giving UBC a 72-69 victory and a
Canada West championship.
"A lot of people just don't understand that sometimes luck plays
a big factor in this game, and we
got a little bit of luck at the end,"
said Hanson.
opponents to shoot 46.7 per cent.
It's therefore not much of a surprise
that when UBC out-rebounded UVic
and limited them to 69 points and
38.5 per cent shooting, the T-Birds
came out victorious.
"I was happy with how our guys
executed onboth ends ofthe floor.
up a 10-point lead at the half.
While applying the pressure
on defence, the 'Birds were also
responding on offence. Led by Doug
Plumb and an efficient fast break,
UBC was able to get to the rim and
finish, outscoringUVic 22-8 inthe
second quarter. Plumb finished with
22 points on the night, missing only
one shot from the field, and also led
the team in rebounds and assists.
In a tight game with pressure
mounting, the veteran stepped up
and delivered.
"Every year I say that your
fourth- and fifth-year guys have to
be good for you down the stretch,
and we don't have a lot of those guys.
Doug played great," said Hanson.
In addition to scoring their first
Canada West title since 2011, the
T-Birds will have a better ranking
at nationals and enjoy an easier
draw. But the close victory also does
wonders for the team's motivation.
The T-Birds had some tough games
over the past couple weeks, but they
always rebounded, and this game
showed that this youngteam can
win close games under pressure.
"We've done a really good job,
with the guys and the coaching staff,
of just focusing on the next game
and playing our style," said Hanson.
"The last six games, we've just been
focused... on what we do, and we
were able to refocus from the losses
to Victoria three weeks ago.
"I've got so much respect for the
way our guys played and the intensity they brought and the desire to
win. I give them full credit for the
way they behaved on the floor, and
what they did and the way they
competed in practice to make each
other better."
Since UBC is such a balanced
scoringteam, they're goingto have
to be the best defensive team once
again to prevail at nationals. They
haven't won a national championship since 1972, and if they end
that drought, defence will be the
reason why.
"Now we have to focus on what's
next," said Wallace. "[Now] we
have to try and get that national
championship." Xi II Culture
UBC remembers
Mark Harris
Students, colleagues and friends mourn
sudden passing of beloved film prof
"Many industry people enrolled in his night
classes just to experience The Mark Harris'
in action. He was a legend. Sometimes he
would show up to class with his shirt inside
out and his specs, which he often wore on top
of his head, tangled in his hair.... But it didn't
matter. We all loved him."
—Andrea Brooks, graduate student in film studies
"He would tell off-colour jokes in class; he
would perhaps go into areas of sexual politics
that other people would not go into in a university environment, but 99 per cent ofthe
students were usually with him, because they
could see that it was done with great humour
and sincerity, and a desire for them to learn
and to think for themselves."
—Dr. Brian Mcllroyjilm studies professor and Harris's graduate degree
"In a memorable lesson on thinking differently about the past, Mark enthusiastically
explained our misunderstanding of Greek
architecture with his signature approach.
'Greek temples were not the austere, white,
minimalist structures that we see tnem as
today,' he remarked. 'In reality, the Greeks
painted their temples like Surrey bikers paint
their fuckwagons.' One might be surprised to
learn that this completely solidified the ideas
of that week's lecture on Chinese cinema."
—Lucas Hrubizna, undergraduate in film studies
"In the mere seven weeks in which I had Dr.
Harris as a professor, I learned more than
I ever imagined about not only cinema, but
also history, culture and philosophy. His class
has made me want to pursue either a major
or minor in film studies and changed how I
approach my academic pursuits. I'll miss his
-William Strausser, FIST 100 student
Rhys Edwards
Senior Culture Writer
Last Tuesday, UBC
lost one of its most
outstanding voices.
Mark Harris, an associate professor in the department
of film studies, passed away at
the age of 62 due to a pulmonary
embolism resulting from lymphoma. Only a few weeks previously,
he had been teaching two undergraduate courses: FIST 100 (Introduction to Film) and FIST 430
(Studies in Auterism). The course
description for FIST 430 reads:
"As this course is specifically
devoted to auteurism, no metteurs-
en-scenes will be included in the
non-Gallic line-up. In FIST 430A,
only filmmakers with personal visions will be granted screen time."
This statement encapsulates
both Harris's career and his
larger-than-life personality.
He was an outspoken advocate
for innovative filmmaking and
uncompromising in his desire to
help students recognize diverse
filmic talent.
Harris studied as an undergrad at Concordia University in
Montreal. In 1968, he dropped out
and moved to Vancouver, where
he was soon hired by the Georgia
Straight as a movie reviewer due
to his encyclopedic knowledge of
film. Over the next four decades,
Harris went on to review thousands of films for the Straight, and
was eventually promoted to senior
film critic, a position he retained
until his death. In his reviews,
Harris usually focused on foreign
or unknown films, helping to bring
them to the eyes of a wider public.
In 1992, Harris completed a
MA in film studies at UBC, and
subsequently began his Ph.D. in
comparative literature, for which
he won a Governor General's
Gold Medal. He also began to
teach courses. Until his illness,
Harris did not miss a single day
of work. The department encouraged Harris to instruct first-year
courses due to his ability to engage
students with the subject of film;
many students credit Harris with
their decision to major in film
studies. Harris was known for
his freeform, eccentric and often
risque approach to lecturing. In
2004, Harris created an innovative course called The Art of
Subtitling, which the department
credits as having drawn attention
to the often inadequate state of
movie translation.
On campus, his reputation
preceded him; he could be
recognized, with his trademark
ponytail, frequenting Mahony's
or Wreck Beach. Beyond campus,
Harris also attended numerous
film festivals, delivered public
lectures and wrote for dozens of
magazines and journals.
Harris's prognosis had been
optimistic, and his passing was
unexpected. According to a blog
post on the Georgia Straight,
Harris was recorded by a nearby
film crew as emergency officials
tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
He leaves behind his wife, Carola
Ackery. Xi MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013    |    CULTURE
Making the cut
New university barbershop brings back a timeless tradition
The new addition to Wesbrook Mall is all about charm, chatter and classic cuts.
Catherine Guan
The conversation was baseball,
politics and women. The
smell was of tobacco smoke
and hair pomade. The barbershop,
that well-loved main street standby,
was where men could fraternize and
chew the fat while getting a haircut
and shave.
University Barbershop has just
opened for business on Wesbrook
Mall last month, hanging up the
iconic red-, white- and blue-striped
pole outside its doors. Proprietor
and manager Brennan Cuff wants
to reintroduce university men to
the charm of a no-frills chop at the
hands of an expert barber.
Walking into Cuff's shop is like
visiting a bygone era. Vintage upholstered barber chairs face rows of
tonics, Marvicide jars and wickedly
sharp razors. Cuff's vision for University Barbershop? "Kind of like
the boys' club, a place where you can
either come in and come out in 20
minutes, or you can come stay and
relax, have a visit, read the paper,
see the people come and go."
It is the feeling
of a hot towel,
having classic
rock on the radio.
Brennan Cuff
University Barbershop
proprietor and manager
University Barbershop is part
of a major revival in this artisan
trade. While these places can seem
contrived, selling false nostalgia to
customers too young to remember
the real thing, Cuff is convinced that
barbering is retaking its rightful
place in popular culture. "Barber
shops have kind of stood the test
of time.... They've stuck around for
a reason, even if they are not the
headline for these last couple of
Cuff said this renaissance is
partly due to men favouring a neater
crop. "If it is trendy for men to
have long, flowing hair, that is not
a cut that a barber generally does,
so that would flourish in a salon
environment. A fade, where it goes
from skin to half an inch of hair in
a gradual motion, that is a barber's
bread and butter."
There is a fundamental difference
between the craft of a barber and a
hairstylist, Cuff explained. "A barber cuts hair; it's as simple as that.
You don't have hair colouring or a
treatment to straighten your curls.
[Barbers] rely on tools like electronic
trimmers and clippers, whereas a
stylist uses scissors and combs."
Barbers don't only tend to men's
I locks; hot shaves are also on the
; menu. "It is kind of a lost art that
I some people have a knack for. [It]
; takes an incredibly steady hand and
| a willing client."
Cuff said receiving a hot shave is
j "unbelievably, fundamentally differ-
| ent" from shaving at home.
"What we use at home are safety
! razors, which are designed so that
| you can't cut yourself, whereas here
I you have an exposed blade and that
; is a possibility," he said.
"Applying the right pressure and
the hot lather — which needs to be a
certain consistency — the pros, they
! have that down to a fine art.... For
j anyone who hasnt had a hot shave,
! it is a great experience, because you
do have to have trust in your barber.
j But what you get at the end of it is as
j much of a result [of] having no facial
I hair or styled facial hair as it is the
I feeling of a hot towel [and] having
! classic rock on the radio." tJ
Two students run postcard-themed art show
Rebekah Ho
The postcard has travelled a long
way from its humble beginnings.
With the rise of PostSecret
and other forms of mobile art,
postcards have gone from being a
tourist novelty to a mini canvas.
And on March 1, some of Vancouver's up-and-coming artists
showed off what they could create
on a four-by-six-inch piece of
The one-night pop-up art exhibition was titled "The Postcard:
A mobile medium for a society
in flux" and took place at Foot of
Main Gallery, one of Main Street's
hidden gems.
"We wanted to create something
where us, students, could actually afford art, because we usually
can't spend, you know, $4,000 on
a piece," said Paulina de la Paz, a
UBC art history student and one of
two organizers for the show.
"This is an exhibition of opportunity about expanding your network [and] expanding your mind
about different representations of
art with a different medium," said
Nichole Kappalungan, co-organizer and UBC student. "It's a
great opportunity to meet a lot of
people,... to see a lot of good work
and to get work of really good value
in terms of artistic merit."
The event included a live silent
auction under each artist's postcard set so that participants could
bid on their favourite pieces. There
was a DJ, drinks, artists, art-lovers
and very little elbow room.
The postcards were created by
a wide range of visual artists with
differing styles, from local painters
such as Andrew Young to Emily
Carr students to international
artists from Mexico.
"There [are] photographs. There
[are] textile artists.... We have some
illustration artists and we also have
oil paint — all kinds of techniques,"
said de la Paz. "We wanted to create a very broad forum for all kinds
of art practices to come together."
Although the art was the
main attraction, one ofthe
exhibition's goals was to create
an open space for Vancouver's
artistic community.
"It's a great forum for young
people, for students [and] for
artists to just co-mingle and just
really be within each other's orbits
without feeling like they have
Local and international artists contributed to the pop-up art exhibition.
to be something else, other than
people who really want to chill and
appreciate the art that they do,"
said Kappalungan.
De la Paz and Kappalungen hope
to continue this project and expand to a level that involves more
international artists.
"One of [the] things we really
want [is for] people to come in and
not feel isolated or alienated from
the work and from the artists,"
said Kappalungen. "We want them
to be embraced by the work of the
artist. That's why we picked such
a mobile medium, because it's
something that you can really take
with you." tJ
UBC theatre
alum stages
thesis play
Brenna Fynes
It's rare that the result of several
years of academic work has a chance
to shine onstage. But on March
7, one UBC grad's play will do
just that.
Described as George F. Walker
meets Sam Shepard, Glendale is a
gritty, realistic drama that plays out
in a secluded cabin over just one
night. The play, written by recent
UBC MFA graduate Wade Kinley, is
the result of Kinley's involvement in
UBC's creative writing and theatre
departments over the course of his
"Throughout my two or three
years, I've taken courses in both
[departments]," said Kinley. "So at
the end of my program, instead of
just putting [my thesis] in a book
and putting it on a shelf, I wanted to
make sure that it got produced."
The production is also brimming
with other UBC talent; it's directed
by award-winning MFA directing
student Chelsea Haberlin (Rhinoceros, January 2013) and stage
managed by theatre production
undergrad Jayda Novak.
"I met Chelsea inthe program
and really clicked with her and her
style," said Kinley. "We grabbed a
lot of her crew from Rhinoceros,
and that was great, because they are
Kinley decided to forgo UBC's
much-used Frederic Wood Theatre
and stage Glendale in Little Mountain Gallery on Main Street.
He explained that he chose Little
Mountain Gallery in part for its intimate design: "I didn't want it to be
in a big theatre because I think the
closer we are to the action, the more
visceral it becomes."
Novak agreed that the gallery is
the perfect space for the show. "It's
a really intimate space because it
wasn't originally built as a theatre,"
she said.
Nonetheless, it's not for the claustrophobic.
"You're goingto feel like you're
trapped in this cabin with the
actors," said director Chelsea
The play is a character-driven
piece about real, universal themes
of love, fate, sacrifice and happiness.
For Haberlin, it was rewarding to
see the characters being fleshed out
onstage. "Watching those people
come to life and be inhabited for
the first time, knowing the play has
never been done before, is pretty
cool," she said.
The characters will be brought
to life by some of Vancouver's most
exciting young performers: Colby
Wilson, Katie Takefman, Tara Pratt
and Jason Diablo.
Kinley said that the collaboration
between UBC students and Vancouver talent is essential to keep theatre
in the city alive.
"I want people to come and see
it and enjoy themselves, and get a
kick out of it and talk about it on
the way home,... but also to showcase the talent that is coming out
ofthe school — and not only that,
but the emerging talent in the
city. So the more folks from UBC
that come out and support that
kind of thing, then the more that
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3.C. politicians campaign to students, and find out that it ain't glamorous.
There's a new elementary school
being built on UBC campus.
Currently, a bunch of kids living
on campus have to bus out to
portables next to Queen Elizabeth Elementary, which is less
than ideal.
Now there's a tempest-in-a-
teapot controversy brewing over
what the school should be named:
should they keep it as "Acadia
Road School," given that it will be
built on Acadia Road? Or should
they name it after Musqueam
elder Rose Point instead?
Let's just give this thing some
perspective. The school — and
we're talking about a "school" in
terms of its students and teachers,
like when you use "church" to
talk about a congregation — has
only existed since 2011. And
it has never existed on Acadia
Road yet. Calling it "Acadia Road
School" is an exercise in wishful
thinking. And if the school winds
up changing its name before it
actually moves to Acadia Road?
Well, that's what you get for
naming your school before it's
built. Parents who say they and
their kids are already attached to
the Acadia Road name need to get
over themselves.
Rose Point, a Musqueam elder
known for her work promoting
education, is a perfectly good
choice to name the school after.
No debate there.
(We hate to say it, but the
school will probably have to put in
a little work to ensure its students
are aware the name refers to Rose
Point the person, and not, say,
roses growing on Point Grey.)
But the problem here started
when the school board decided
to name a nascent, sort-of school
after a place where it wasn't
even located.
Inthe past week, the book on this
year's provincial election wasn't
exactly rewritten, but it may have
been abridged by a few chapters.
The Liberals have entered a
tailspin since it was revealed that
top-ranking party officials had
developed a plan to score "quick
wins" in ethnic communities by
apologizing for historical injustices like the Chinese head tax
and the Komagata Maru incident.
As of The Ubyssey's press time,
Christy Clark's premiership
seemed to be hanging by a thread.
Many Liberal Party members
were openly calling for the
premier to resign, and there was
talk of a party ouster. It's unclear
whether the Liberals will let this
drag out until May, replace Clark
or even call a snap election to get
things over with.
The chaos could have interesting ramifications for UBC. Typically, elections are held in May,
when far fewer students actually
live on campus.
That means students who live
in residence during terms one and
two aren't usually able to vote,
despite having lived in the riding
for the past eight months.
Had that otherwise transient
population been living on campus
during, say, the 2011 provincial
by-election that got Clark into office in the first place, the province
might look very different right
now. That run-off between Clark
and the NDP's David Eby came
down to less than 600 votes. If the
election were called tomorrow,
candidates would have a very different demographic to pander to.
In other news, the race in Point
Grey is shaping up to be quite the
battle ofthe bands. On Friday,
software engineer Duane Nickull
threw his hat into the ring for
the B.C. Conservatives, thus
cementing the elections lineup
in Vancouver Point Grey. At this
point, Christy Clark is the only
major party candidate who's
not in a band (that we know of).
Former B.C. Civil Liberties head
and NDP candidate David Eby
plays guitar and sings in Ladner,
a hipper-than-thou indie rock
band that could easily pass for
an opener at the Commodore.
Nickull, on the other hand, fronts
The 22nd Century, a far more
dudely hard rock outfit (which
weirdly features a former member of D.O.A., whose bandmate
Joey "Shithead" Keithley was
seeking an NDP nomination in
Whether this will have any
bearing on the election itself is
doubtful, but one thing's for sure:
if the AMS needs a cheap band
to play an afternoon slot at Block
Party, they know where to look.
We concede, despite earlier skepticism, that the AMS's indirect
approach to transit lobbying
achieved its goals. Transit issues
had faded to the periphery,
and the multiple-stakeholder
approach succeeded at bringing
the discussion front-and-centre
across the Lower Mainland.
The AMS-backed campaign
gained traction in part because it
wasn't just another case of UBC
students demanding high-speed
transit for me, me, me.
Now the Broadway corridor
specifically, not just TransLink
in general, is taking centre stage.
Nothing about that is more clear
than last week's report from
KPMG on SkyTrain service to the
Broadway corridor, sponsored
by UBC and the City of Vancouver. The report is in favour of a
line along the corridor. This is a
mainstream issue now, and it's
got support.
There was a time to be subtle
about this topic, but this time is
past. The mayor of Vancouver
thinks the subway line should go
to campus. Surrey Mayor Diane
Watts has publicly complained
that UBC should open campuses
south ofthe Fraser instead. Despite the AMS's across-the-board,
let's-all-be-friends approach, the
battle lines are basically drawn at
this point.
But new AMS VP External
Tanner Bokor, who headed Get
OnBoard in its first year, remains
reluctant to change his neutral
stance on where new TransLink
funding should go. This is
unnecessary. The AMS represents students directly instead of
staying neutral, like its quasi-independent lobbying group. They
can and should start getting the
student voice behind this project.
It won't get done on its own.
The AMS already has been
somewhat left behind as a voice
on the issue by not co-sponsoring
the report. But the real danger is
that over the course of negotiations, the new line will get scaled
down to only reach Arbutus. (Or,
you know, it won't happen at all.
That's also possible.)
Students need someone at the
table to make sure that doesn't
happen. Nobody can really be that
someone but the AMS. tJ
How Grindr is turninj
the hookup on its heai
by Elizabeth Hames
Since its launch in February 2013,
Facebook app Bang With Friends
has garnered an impressive
700,000 followers (that's more
than the population of Vancouver) and generated about 130,000
hookups. Although it is branded
as a sex app that helps users find
Facebook friends looking to get
"down for the night," its creators
told the Daily Beast last week
they hope Bang With Friends
will "help people strengthen
their relationships in the offline
world through more honest interactions."
But evidence from similar
"hookup apps" seems to contradict this goal. For instance,
four-year-old hookup app Grindr,
which caters to gay and bisexual
men, has had the opposite effect.
Many have criticized it for being
impersonal, and while hookups
are common on Grindr, long-term
relationships are rare. Ubyssey
sex columnist Elizabeth Hames
sat down with Toronto's Jaime
Woo, author of Meet Grindr: How
One App Changed the Way We
Connect, to discuss how Grindr
has affected users' online and
offline relationships.
U: Why did you decide to write
a book about Grindr?
JW: Grindr is this really ubiquitous phenomenon with my
friends and over four years it's
just picked up steam so quickly.
It's something that no one can
remain neutral on. Everyone has
an opinion about Grindr, whether
they love it, they hate it — everyone reacts to it.
U: You say users average 90
minutes a day on Grindr. What
do users like about it?
JW: It gives you two superhuman
powers. It gives you X-ray vision,
because you can see all ofthe
men around you, through the
buildings, through the glass and
sometimes through their clothes.
You can see all the men around
you who are queer and open to
connect. And you also have telepathy because you can immediately contact them and no one
around you will ever know. And
that kind of capability is really
what attracts men to Grindr.
U: Do you find that it has
changed the way you interact
with people?
JW: I think so. I think what's
great about Grindr is it just opens
access to so many more people
than you can ever imagine.
I'll turn on my Grindr; within
400 feet of me, there'll be 100
different men. Even if I was in a
bar, there's no way that I would
be able to see everyone who's
in the bar or communicate with
everyone in the bar. So the ability
to access people is really a big
thing, and the ability to also
talk to them. There's definitely
some people who are great at just
walking up to someone and starting a conversation, but not all of
us are like that.
U: What was Grindr like in
the beginning?
JW: Grindr started March 25,
2009 and I was on it by June.
Toronto has a very healthy
queer population, so there were
definitely men on there. I think
what was different was in the
beginning everyone was trying
to figure out what the tone of app
was. Ifyou found out a friend
was on it, you might be prone to
block them so they couldn't see
that you were on it as well. You
want to keep that secrecy that
you were potentially cruising at
that moment. I think what has
changed is that it has become a
lot more relaxed.
U: Are hookups becoming more
common than they used to be
because of apps like Grindr?
JW: Potentially. But it's really
difficult to say, because what
makes Grindr possible is tied
into so many other things. We've
got the fact that we're becoming
increasingly progressive, especially in America. So we're going
to see a lot more people coming
out, a lot more people becoming
comfortable with their sexuality. So that could be one ofthe
reasons why people are hooking
up more. But it's very difficult to
exclusively pin something down
to Grindr.
U: Are apps like Grindr or
Bang With Friends changing
the way we experience romantic or sexual relationships?
JW: I'm not one of those people
who thinks [that] just because
there are some more hookups
now, that means romance is dead.
I think that's automatically assuming that sex can't be consensual and respectful and meaningful. I definitely think hookups
can have that. But I think it
means that everyone has to have
a little more emotional honesty.
Ifyou want something a little
more meaningful, more long-
term, then you have to vocalize
that as well.
U: Are hookup apps changing
our expectations of what a
date should look like?
You'd go for a first date, a second
date because you didn't have Face-
book or Twitter to learn everything about that person all at once.
That's what changed. Whereas
[for] you and I, maybe it would
take us two or three dates to figure
out what favourite movies we had
in common. Nowadays, I could
actually just go online. That kind
of rids [us] of some of that mystery
there. But at the same time, new
isn't necessarily worse.
U: Any last thoughts on
how apps like Grindr
are affecting our on and
offline relationships?
JW: I always say, you don't have to
be on Grindr. You're goingto have
a very meaningful life without
Grindr, [and] you'll have a very
meaningful life with Grindr. I
compare it to a sugary cereal. It is
the Cookie Crisp ofthe way that
you meet. And they always say on
the commercials, "Part of a complete breakfast."
If men try to use Grindr or
Bang With Friends as their only
way to meet people, they're going
to be pretty frustrated because
they don't have that complete
breakfast. tJ II Scene
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52-Prince Valiant's son
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53-Actor Lugosi
25-More strange
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57-Prefix with plasm
13- Son of Zeus in Greek mythology
58-From head
27-Stupid person
14- Governed
60-Romantic couple
29-Sausalito's county
16- Oscar winner Patricia
61-Salon offering
17-Ceremonial act
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52-Gillette brand
37-Sign up
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