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October 6,20111 vol XCIII iss X
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What's on
This week, may we suggest...
Career Days: 10am-3pm @ SUB main concourse
Midterms got you down? Why not attend UBC's biggest career fair and
find out how unemployable a BA actually makes you. Over 140 booths
with employers hawking their jobs will be set up in the SUB.
FRATS »
Heaven and Hell: 9pm @ Alpha
Delta Phi
A massive themed party spread
over the main floor (heaven) and
basement (hell). Tickets are $10
and entrance is 19+ with post-
secondary ID. BYOB. To purchase
tickets, call Omri Wallach at
604.649.7473.
Men's ice hockey vs. Calgary:
7pm @ Winter Sports Centre
Watch UBC's season home
opener versus the Calgary Dinos.
The 'Birds have a good chance
of making the playoffs this year.
Stay tuned!
Canadian Thanksgiving
Go to your parents' house (if applicable) and eat food covered in
gravy. Or break up with your significant other from high school.
Tis the season, after all.
Khodorkovsky: 8:45pm @
Empire Granville theatre
The Ubyssey sponsored a
particularly depressing film for
this year's VIFF. The film tells the
story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky
a Russian oil magnate and pro-
democracy activist thrown in
prison by Vladimir Putin.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
Our Campus
One on one with
the people who
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Rey McLellan: Food Services employee, tennis semi-pro, world traveler, bourbon drinker. A true Renaissance man.
Vanier's own Rey the Caf Guy
Peter Wojnar
Contributor
You know him as the friendliest
food service employee at UBC, and
you've probably heard rumours
regarding how cool he is outside
the caf, from ex-professional tennis player to memory whiz to rich
corporate owner. Though they
may not all be true, there has to be
some reason why they exist: Rey
McLellan is an interesting man.
McLellan was born in the
Philippines, then moved with his
family to Canada when he was
ten years old. After high school,
he started to get serious with his
tennis: "I did not pursue university just to see how far I could go,"
he said.
"I made it into a competitive
level and traveled, playing, just to
see whose ass I could kick."
Tennis rumour? Check.
"I did that for about six or seven
years, and when I saw that I probably wouldn't make it to the top
pro level, I decided just to teach...
and decided I might need another
job."
Now, Rey is possibly the nicest
food service employee at UBC.
"My main job in the caf is to
serve everyone with a smile," he
said.
But how does he stay so endlessly cheery? McLellan says he
loves the energy ofthe students.
"Holy cow, I'm surrounded by
18,19-year-olds, who are all really
upbeat, and I like that," he said
regarding his job.
Over the years that he's worked
in the Place Vanier cafeteria,
Rey has met many students, and
they all remember him. What is
remarkable is that he seems to
remember them, too— I've heard
stories of Rey asking students
about siblings who hadn't been
UBC students for nearly a decade.
Rey says that even though he
sees thousands of new people each
year, he doesn't forget those who
stand out to him.
"Saturday night, I was at the
Bourbon and came across an older
student who said to me, 'Rey, I was
in Vanier in 2001, do you remember me?' And I replied, 'Kelsey?'
"There are some students who
make an impact on me, and I remember them."
Though he loves to travel—he
has visited more than 50 countries—Rey's life outside the caf
brings him back to campus often.
"I also enjoy spending my free
time around campus: watching
plays and musicals or goingto the
home games or going to the Pit or
the Gallery to say hello to some old
faces."
Rey told me that this could be
his last year working in the Vanier
caf. He wants to travel the world
some more, until the list of countries he's been to breaks the triple
digit barrier.
"I know I'm going to miss the
job, so I'll go on leave for one term
to see if I'll miss it too much...
but if I don't? Hasta la bye bye,
babies!" 13
Rey McLellan
Occupation
UBC Food Services, tennis instructor. Vanier icon
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THEUBYSSEY
September29,2011, Volume XXXIII, Issue VII
EDITORIAL
Coordinating Editor
Justin McElroy
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Managing Editor, Print
Jonny Wakefield
orinteciitor@ubys:eyca
Managing Editor, Web
Arshy Mann
webeciitor@ubysseyca
News Editors
Kalyeena Makortoff
& Micki Cowan
news@u bysseyca
Art Director
Geoff Lister
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Culture Editor   4
Ginny Monaco
culture@u bysseyca
Senior Culture Writers
Taylor Loren &
Will Johnson   1
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wjohnson@u bysseyca
Sports Editor
Drake Fenton
sports@u bysseyca
Features Editor
Brian Piatt
featu res@u bysseyca
Copy Editor
Karina Palmitesta
copy@ubysseyca
Video Editor
David Marino
video@u bysseyca
Senior Web Writer
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Graphics Assistant
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Webmaster
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BUSINESS
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Cards over keys: UBC begins switchover to a keyless campus
TrishaTelep
Contributor
For UBC, losing keys could actually be
a good thing.
The campus has started its lengthy
transition from using keys to access
buildings and labs into using a chip-
embedded, personalized card. The
iClass UBC card is the new "key" to
access every building on the UBC campus ofthe future. It contains an embedded radio-frequency chip, and will
open doors when you tap it on hotspots
located at frequently used entrances.
"Starting last year, all UBC faculty
and staff and students got what's
called an iClass UBC card. It's that
card that can be programmed to
be used with these readers," said
Beth Krisciunas, business development manager at Parking and Access
Control Services.
The card on the hotspot will communicate with the system software,
pull up your individual profile and allow you to gain access to the buildings
you are authorized to enter.
Every new building constructed
at UBC automatically has keyless
access. This year, funding has been
granted for 20 older buildings to be
converted either from traditional
key systems or incompatible keyless
systems with outmoded hardware to
a single web interface developed in
the computer science department—
the first steps towards unified keyless access on campus.
"The firstyear ofthe project,
we've received $650,000 in funding from UBC. And then, of course,
depending on how this goes, we'll
be applying to try and do the next
set of 20 buildings next year," said
Debbie Harvie, managing director of
University Community Services.
The UBC Keyless Committee
has a ten year plan they'd like to see
funded and implemented at UBC.
But for now, they have to take it 20
expensive conversions at a time.
Discussions about converting
the older buildings on campus have
been going on for more than five
years. But the Keyless Committee,
formed two years ago, is responsible
for securingthe fundingforthe first
phase ofthe project, which starts
this November or December.
"We're hoping to have these
first 20 done by March 31, [2012],"
Harvie said.
UBC Okanagan has set the precedent—by the end of the fiscal year,
they'll be the first 100 per cent keyless campus in Canada.
Garry Appleton, manager of
security and parking at UBC-O's
Campus Security said that the
transition to keyless was fairly
smooth, and although there were
a few issues initially, "Once the
system is running, it runs flawlessly." 13
U-PASS »
UBC-O students denied U-Pass
Kalyeena Makortoff
News Editor
UBC Okanagan (UBC-O) students
studying on UBC Vancouver's campus this fall have been denied both
their September and October U-Pass.
Whether they will be receiving their
passes for the rest ofthe year depends
on negotiations ofthe U-Pass contract.
The contract with TransLink
stipulates that to receive a U-Pass,
students must be enrolled in at least
three credits and be a fee-paying
member ofthe AMS. While UBC has
the same administration for both the
Okanagan and Vancouver campuses,
the student unions at each campus
are separate entities. UBC-O students can take up to 30 credits at the
Vancouver campus without officially
transferring, but they still pay fees to
UBC-O's student union and not the
AMS.
"While these students are here for
a short period of time, we consider
them AMS members; they have access to our services and can vote in
our elections, but we decide to waive
their fees because they are paying
student union fees at their home
institution," said AMS President
Jeremy McElroy.
"So itwas the AMS's understand-
ingthat UBC-Okanagan students fit
into that category, because they're
paying UBC student union fees back
home so why should they be paying
more here," he said.
"This summer, Enrolment Services
sent a report to TransLink listing
UBC students requiringthe U-Pass,
but did not include Okanagan students taking classes in Vancouver.
This has been explained as an
oversight.
"Once we explained this after
the contract had been signed with
News briefs
Western universities are
surpassing eastern schools
Ontario universities are finding it
increasingly difficult to compete with
their western counterparts because
"the intellectual centre of gravity of
Canada is shifting west." said Alex
Usher, president of Higher Education
Strategy Associates. In 2010. UBC
was awarded over $24 million in
Canada Research Chairs, more than
double what Queen's. Waterloo and
McMaster received in total. According
to the article, a possible solution for
these eastern universities would be
to attract more international students
who pay higher tuition fees to increase available funding for programs,
but even this may not be able to save
Ontario from its $15 billion deficit.
SAFETY)
ShakeOut day
helps prepare UBC
for earthquakes
While attending classes at the Vancouver campus, 39 UBC-O students still pay student fees to their home student union
TransLink, that's where they said,
'Oh, that causes some problems,'" he
said. TransLink is now taking a closer
look at how the AMS determines
membership.
When contacted by The Ubyssey,
TransLink was unable to give comment.
"TransLink is continuingto internally review the issue and will
keep UBC, AMS and the province
informed of how this issue maybe
resolved," said Carole Jolly, director of Transportation Planning at
UBC. "Unfortunately, it has not been
resolved for October, which means
UBC-O students who are studying
at UBC Vancouver will continue to
not have access to U-Pass BC for this
month."
"We're trying to make up for it
by subsidizing students' fares in the
BC gets new statutory holiday
Students can expect an extra day
off in future winter semesters, as
Premier Christy Clark announced
that beginning in 2013. the third
Monday of every February will be
Family Day a new provincial statutory holiday.
The announcement, made during
the government's annual Throne
Speech, followed through on a
promise made by Clark during the
BC Liberal leadership race. And
while the holiday will be a relief to
employees, some business leaders
aren't ecstatic.
BC becomes the fourth province
to have a Family Day in February,
joining Ontario, Alberta and
Saskatchewan.
meantime," said McElroy, who sent
an email to the 39 visiting Okanagan
students outliningthe current state
of negotiations. The AMS will cover
the difference between the transit
passes that Okanagan students are now
required to buy on their own, and the
U-Pass price.
However, rather than waiting for the
situation to be resolved, some UBC-O
students are taking matters into their
own hands. After paying upwards
of $90 fortransit during September,
Daniel Vinebergtried to become a fee-
paying member ofthe AMS. "What I
had to do was go to Enrolment Services
and opt into AMS fees, which for a
whiletheywere denyingus from doing
because they didn't recognize us being UBC Vancouver students because
my status still showed I went to UBC
UBC president says domestic
students won't be crowded out
UBC President Stephen Toope
responded to claims by critics that
UBC international student enrolment
is taking spots away from in-province
students in an editorial in Tuesday's
Vancouver Sun.
"The premise that UBC's recruitment of international students is
at the expense of our mandate to
serve BC is false." wrote Toope in the
editorial.
Addressing claims that international students are benefiting from
BC student tuition fees. Toope
said. "This is not a zero-sum exercise. International undergraduate
students pay the full cost of their
education."
Okanagan," said Vineberg.
"The firstweek felt like I was trapped
in abigbureaucracy I kept being pushed
from one person to the other. It took some
time to figure out, but I'm glad it's over
with," said Vineberg.
But a long-term remedy might be
close. "The AMS has been exploring
options for developing a reciprocity agreement between the UBC
Students' Union Okanagan and the
AMS that would ensure UBC-O
students who are studying at UBC
Vancouver would be assessed AMS
fees and not UBC-O student union
fees, and vice versa," said Jolly.
But in the meantime, a solution
needs to be found with TransLink,
said McElroy. "The longer we wait,
the more inconvenienced everyone
is." 13
Study: monolingualism may
not benefit autistic children
A study led by Stefka H. Marinova-
Todd. an assistant professor in
the UBC School of Audiology and
Speech Science, contradicts the
theory that children with autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) should
be monolingual. Child development professionals commonly
advise parents of children with
ASD to only speak one language
in the home, as bilingualism might
hamper the child's communication
skills.
Marinova-Todd. along with her
collaborators, found no significant
difference between the vocabularies of monolingual and bilingua
children. 13
On October 20 at 10:20am, UBC will
be participating in a province-wide
"ShakeOut Day," an exercise aimed at
promoting earthquake preparedness.
The first ShakeOut Day was held on
January 26,2011, markingthe 311 anniversary ofthe last major earthquake on
the west coast of North America.
"We would like everybody on
campus to be aware of what they
should do during a significant earthquake, and that's basically the 'drop,
cover and hold' message," said Ron
Holton, chief risk officer of UBC Risk
Management Services.
Holton said UBC will activate
their Emergency Operations Centre
and evacuate the Old Administrative
Building and the Frederic Lasserre
building as part ofthe drill.
He emphasized the importance
of having periodic drills in order to
ensure students know what to do if
an emergency occurs.
"The university has taken ongoing measures in terms of upgrading
buildings for seismic resistance purposes. We have all of our emergency
preparedness plans in place."
When asked about the precautionary exercises, kinesiology major
Emily Kwe said, "I think it's a good
idea, especially because of what's
being said about Vancouver and the
earthquake we're supposed to be expecting soon."
Before ShakeOut Day, an earthquake symposium will take place
October 18 at the CIRS Building,
where a panel will address expectations during a seismic event and
earthquake preparedness. It will
begin at 3:30pm in room 1250, and
requires an RSVP to attend.
The symposium is organized by
Carlos Ventura, the director ofthe
Earthquake Engineering Research
Facility, and will include shake-table
demonstrations mimickingvarious
earthquake motions experienced
during a seismic event. 13 41 News io.o6.2on
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Social app quells first move jitters
UBC grad creates app to help people connect at bars
CHRIS BORCHEROTHEUBY
The dating app helps people in campus bars connect on screen first
Zafira Rajan
Contributor
A new social app designed by a UBC
grad may soon move flirting at campus pubs to the internet.
Designed by UBC grad Duncan
Bays, the Electric Courage app aims
to connect people in clubs and bars
in Vancouver. It lets you check into
any club or bar that you're at and
throw out a "Flirt," posted on the
bar's "Flirt Wall."
"We're hoping that Electric
Courage will mean that you never
have to ask yourself 'what if...?'
again," said Bays.
"Because each location's Flirt
Wall is public, everyone checked
in to Electric Courage can read the
Live Flirt Stream and get in on the
flirting action," he said.
Spots at UBC, such as the Pit and
the Gallery, already have their own
Flirt Wall.
"They're just waiting to get some
action," said Bays. He also said that
there is the option to add new locations to the app for places that don't
have their own Flirt Wall, and they
don't have to be a bar or nightclub.
"Maybe a Flirt turns into a date,
maybe it's just a drink, but either
way it's a fun way to meet someone
new."
Ifyou see that your Flirt might be
headed somewhere, there's always
the option to make things more
private by using the messaging
function. "It's exactly the same as
text messaging, but you don't have
to exchange phone numbers," said
Bays.
AMS Beverage Manager Michael
Anthony said that he's noticed the
effects mobile phone culture has on
the way people interact in pubs.
"Now you see [people on dates]
interacting with their phones and in
some odd cases are actually texting
each other from across the booth,"
he said.
While he doesn't think an app
like Electric Courage is necessary,
he did see the positive aspects of it.
"If it helps a guy break the ice
with a girl that he has his eye on
and otherwise wouldn't have had
the courage to just walk right up to
her, then good for him!" 13
INSITE))
Insite to stay open
COURTESY VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH
Andrew Bates
Senior Web Writer
After years of legal uncertainty,
Insite can get back to work.
The Insite court decision, which
was delivered on September 30, put
a cap on the conflict over the legal
status ofthe supervised injection
facility that has lasted for years
and involved many students and
researchers at UBC.
"It's wonderful, it's a big relief,"
said Erica Wynjaards, a first-year
forest sciences student who's been
working as a program support
worker at Insite. "There's this sort
of feelingthat finally, we can get
on with our work. We've just been
fighting and spending money on
fighting the court case."
Insite operates under an exemption from the Criminal Code in
order to give people with a drug
addiction a safe place to inject.
This harm reduction strategy is
considered one ofthe four pillars of
dealing with drugs in Vancouver.
Organizers had been fighting attempts to withdraw the exemption
in the courts since 2008, and last
Friday the courts ruled that closing the centre would have "grave
consequences."
"It was still kind of nervous [and]
tense up until the end, because
people really rely on the service
and people would literally die if it
closed," said Wynjaards, who attended two ofthe three most recent
court decisions.
"We have overdoses there almost
every day. If those were to happen,
you know, in someone's room alone,
if they even had a room, or in an alley, and there was no one there..."
Wynjaards, who used to work at
Insite full time, now works two or
three days a week while she attends
school. "It's a very stressful job, so
you need to just separate your life
from your work and not overdo it,"
she said. "Take time when you need
it, sit outside and that sort of stuff."
The decision cited the scientific evidence proving the centre's
effectiveness. Evan Wood, an associate medical professor at UBC
and co-director of an addiction
research initiative at the Centre
for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, has
co-authored many ofthe 30 papers
published by the centre since 2003.
"What was unique about the
Insite evaluation is that unlike
other areas of HIV, where we make
progress and the fruits of our research are incorporated into new
guidelines, we obviously early on
recognized that the federal government really wasn't interested in the
research," said Wood.
"For researchers across all academic disciplines, we face challenges with having our research impact
on policy, but certainly that was a
relevant frustration for us," he said.
"[It's] my sincere hope that we
could move forward in a constructive way now that this decision is
behind us," Wood said, "and really
focus on improving the health of
not only individuals that are involved in drug use down there, but
the greater community as well." 13
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Group to lead the process of developing a Housing Action Plan (HAP)
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will address issues of housing affordability and choice on campus for
faculty, students and staff.
Over the next few months, we invite faculty, staff and students to let us
know about their experiences and suggestions. To get you thinking about
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Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
A chance for students and
faculty to join forces
Students have long complained
about the lack of affordable housing
on campus. Now, they may have an
ally when imploring UBC to create
more non-market housing: faculty.
A committee created by the
Board of Governors has been investigating the shocking facts that a)
living in Vancouver is expensive,
and b) UBC doesn't do as much as
other prestigious universities in expensive cities to alleviate costs for
staff and students. Crazy, we know.
Of course, students and faculty
do not share specific long-term
needs. But we share a common
goal: to ensure that campus housing is geared towards the people
that contribute to the university.
The more unified we are on this issue, the better. The combined pressure of students and faculty could
make a real difference in land use
negotiations.
It's no coincidence that new
U-Pass problems keep arising
For the second time in two weeks,
TransLink and UBC are close to a solution on a problem that needn't have
existed in the first place. This time,
it's about students on cross-campus
exchanges from UBC Okanagan who
weren't given U-Passes because they
still pay fees to the UBC-O student
union, not the AMS.
We understand the cold reality
behind this "confusion": Translink
wanted abetter U-Pass deal, had
leverage, and so some students on
exchange and financial hold were
sacrificed.
Instead of a couple of billion dollar entities expressing confusion, it
would nice to see a bit more blunt-
ness as to why it's taken so long to
make the U-Pass truly universal.
To really get student feedback,
you need to actively go to the
students
As the discussion around collegia
develops, we have a suggestion for
the UBC administration. Student
consultations done in a passive way
don't work very well. By passive,
we mean holding a workshop
somewhere, or putting a survey
online, and offering free food or a
prize to get students to come and
participate.
Yes, we recognize that a big
problem here is the unwillingness
of many students to actually put in
the effort to attend consultations
on subjects they complain about.
But even when students do come,
you are only getting a self-selecting
group of students who are already
quite involved in university politics.
What a true consultation needs is
the participation of students who
aren't in that inside circle.
Do an active consultation: go out
and find students who are in the
category that your program will affect. In the case of collegia, actively
search out students who have long
commutes and ask them what kind
of program will be most useful to
them. Some of them will not want
to answer questions, but many of
them will.
Because you are approaching them, as opposed to the other
way around, you will have a much
broader representation ofthe commuting student population. This
should lead to a collegia program
that will better serve the students
that it's meant for.
CBC cutbacks would affect
those who need it the most
Last week, a Conservative MP
from Calgary launched a petition
to defund the CBC. While this is
hardly the first time someone has
launched such a campaign—you
can find "Defund the CBC" bumper
stickers on eBay—the petition has
received considerable traction from
social media and Conservative
supporters.
For years, the CBC has been
labeled as "leftist," "communist"
and all sorts of confused terms that
paranoid Canadians have learned to
hurl at anythingthey disagree with.
The petition calls for the defunding
ofthe broadcaster based on the belief that Ottawa's $1.1 billion budget
"gives the CBC an unfair advantage
over its private sector competitors."
The chances ofthe CBC being
completely defunded are very low.
But the real danger here is significant cutbacks that could paralyze
the CBC's ability to serve remote
and under-represented communities, including Aboriginal peoples
and the Canadian North.
It's the community—not the so-
called "communist"—focus of CBC
that is vulnerable to Conservative
pressure, and that's why petitions
from federal MPs like this need to
be pushed back on.
A protest that puts the cart
before the horse
The "Occupy Wall Street" movement is comingto Canadian cities,
and Vancouver will be included.
Organizers have said they plan to
set up outside the Vancouver Art
Gallery, the preferred location of
most protests in the city.
Much commentary has been
made about the lack of direction
and coherence ofthe Wall Street
protesters, but they certainly don't
lack reasons for outrage at the way
most large financial institutions
have operated in the past few years.
Well-paid analysts and brokers
made stupid decisions, financial
institutions received huge government bailouts, and yet many of
those same firms are now paying
out gigantic executive bonuses and
posting profits. It's entirely understandable why protesters would
start camping out.
Yet what exactly are protesters
here goingto demonstrate against?
Banks in Canada are distinguished
from American banks by their aversion to risk-taking, and haven't required any bailouts. But according
to protest organizers, they'll figure
something out. "We have a lot of
critics and skeptics about the fact
that currently, there are no goals," a
spokesperson told the Toronto Star.
"But it comes down to corporate
greed."
Organizing a protest before
you've figured out what you're
protesting? That's a new one to us.
We like to see people raising hell
against injustice, but we prefer that
they have actual reasons before
marching in the streets. 13
Letters
More problems with new health plan
Dominic Lai gave a good accounting ofthe difficulties students have faced in
the Student Health Plan switch from SunLife Insurance to Pacific Blue Cross.
Not only are some medications denied—Adderall, oral hypoglycemics and
some non-steroidal anti-inflammatories are not covered—but others require more paperwork for the prescribing physicians. The plan relies on Fair
Pharmacareto let the pharmacy know if the drug will be covered rather than
telling the student directly.
Adderall, in particular, is a drug that students with ADHD must use to
manage their symptoms so they can succeed academically. It and other long-
acting drugs are not covered by Fair Pharmacare. It was covered on SunLife.
This is a huge problem for the approximately five per cent of UBC students
with ADHD. Ritalin, which often causes elevated blood pressure, agitation
and loss of appetite that can lead to serious weight loss, is covered. Ritalin can
also be diverted for recreational use. Without Adderrall, some students diagnosed with ADHD may need to leave school.
This is an unacceptable fallout ofthe change that I do not believe was anticipated by the AMS. I look forward to working with the AMS leadership to
resolve this coverage issue and keep students with ADHD in school, and on
safer drugs to manage their condition.
-Patricia Mirwaldt, MD CCFP
Director, Student Health Services
Aquatic centre clarifications
I wanted to take this opportunity to respond to your article on the feasibility
study of building a new UBC Aquatic Centre, and to clarify a couple of points
that are of significant importance to students, faculty, staff and residents.
The purpose ofthe feasibility study, commissioned by UBC Infrastructure
Development (not Campus and Community Planning), was to evaluate whether the needs of campus stakeholders would best be met with construction of a
new facility or renewal and expansion ofthe existing facilities.
The study recommended pursuingthe option of building a new facility and
considered criteria such as functionality, existing build ing condition, campus
fit, financial aspects as well as sustainability and architectural impact.
The proposed new aquatic centre, anticipated for completion in 2016, will
provide student athletes with a state-of-the-art training and competition facility, and the larger campus community (students, faculty, staff and residents)
with an on-campus recreational facility.
I'd like to make three clarifications related to your coverage of this feasibility study. First, there will be no disruption of service at the existing UBC
aquatic facilities during construction ofthe proposed new UBC Aquatic
Centre. The existing UBC facilities will only be demolished once the new
Aquatic Centre is open and available for use by the public.
Second, no final decision has been made on the location or shape ofthe new
facility. Neither Infrastructure Development nor Campus and Community
Planning is advocating for one particular site.
Options for the location and shape ofthe new Aquatic Centre are being
considered bythe Gage South & Environs Working Group as part ofthe Gage
South & Environs planning process, which is ongoing. The Working Group is
developing options and the campus community will be asked to provide feedback on these options as part of a public consultation process in late October/
early November 2011.
Third, the purpose ofthe open houses held on September 20 and 21 was to
publicly present the proposed new Aquatic Centre's planned elements (e.g. a
50m competition pool, a 25m lap pool, a children's leisure pool) and to gather
feedback on those elements. The public also had the opportunity to provide
feedback online. To find out more, please visit www.planning.ubc.ca. It's an
exciting project for everyone on campus.
—Kera McArthur
Director, Communications and Public Engagement
Campus and Community Planning
Feedback on collegia options welcome
Thanks for your recent editorial supporting the idea of collegia—a "home
away from home" for commuter students—here at UBC Vancouver. Our
hope is that these spaces will provide a "great room" for student life: soft
seating, a place to connect with a community of up to 300 other students, a
place to study, to heat your lunch and to relax between classes.
From the feedback we have received, we believe that such spaces will
improve the student experience significantly for students who travel to
campus.
Thanks too for the suggestion that these spaces be offered to commuter
students free of charge. At the moment we are considering all options.
One option is to have commuter students pay no membership fee (in effect to have these spaces subsidized by all students on campus).
A second option is to have students who use these spaces pay a modest
fee (of perhaps $100 - $150 per term) to help cover operational costs, for example of student employees, printing stations, etc.
A third option is to have student members pay the full cost of operating
such spaces.
Since we are still in the exploratory stage and no final decisions have yet
been made, we would welcome further ideas and feedback. Anyone wanting to write to us with suggestions about these proposed spaces is welcome
to contact us in care oijanet.teasdale@ubc.ca. Ideally, feedback should be
received by November 1,2011. Thanks again for your support.
—Andrew Irvine
Senior advisor to the president, Student Housing
—Janet Teasdale
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