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Music students, faculty and
staff marched from the Music
Building to Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre (1KB) Tuesday
in protest of UBC's plans to
move the music library.
Second-year music student
Eileen Padgett organized the
march in response to UBC's
plan to move the music library
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music library staff by half, from
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What's on
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DAY, SEPTEMBER 27,2012
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Film Screening oiPraytihe D&rilBackto Hell
11:30 a.m. @ Royal BankCinema at the Chan Centre
This documentary tells the story of a group of women striving for
peace in Liberia. After the screening, UBC student group Africa Canada
will lead an accompanying discussion with the audience. Free admission.
READING »
Ozzie Zehner, author of Green
Illusions: 12-2 p.m. @ 1KB 182
This public lecture from the UBC
Reads Sustainability series is by
an author who argues that we
need to rethink our approach to
green energy.
OUTDOORS »
Birds of a Feather walking
tour: 9-lla.m. @ Stanley Park
Take advantage of one of tine last
sunny days and head to
Stanley Park forthis guided walking tour. Learn about identifying
birds and their behaviour as you
spend a pleasant morning in the
park. $5
UBC Farmers Market:
9 a.m.-l p.m. @ UBC Farm
Make an outing to the UBC
Farm and pick up some fresh,
local produce. There's also local
baking, prepared food and live
music! Cash only.
LECTURED
The Evolution of Prosocial
Religions: 5-6:30 p.m. @ Green
College
Associate professor Ara Noren-
zayan will talk about the connection between the development of
religion and social cooperation.
He argues that the same psychological mechanisms that led to
the spread of religion encourage
cooperation in large groups.
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OUR CAMPUS
ONE ON ONE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UBC
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With his business, Rogue Fashion Trends, Jason Naidoo aims to answer the demand for high-quality, affordable men's coats.
Jason Naidoo goes rogue in style
Sarah Bigam
Contributor
Jason Naidoo knows what it
means to follow his passion.
After studying in the Faculty
of Arts at UBC for three years
with the intent to major in
psychology, Naidoo made the
life-changing decision to start
up his coat business, Rogue
Fashion Trends.
"I just decided to follow my
passion; I like fashion, I like
style," Naidoo said.
He spent the next year
preparing and taking business
courses, and Rogue Fashion
Trends officially launched September 10 of this year. Naidoo
has put his degree on hiatus
to concentrate on his career,
but might return to apply to
the Sauder School of Business
sometime down the line.
Naidoo said he saw a gap
in the Vancouver market for
men's coats, as he found it
difficult to find a high-quality,
stylish coat that wasn't overly
expensive. Since his father also
worked in the coat industry,
Naidoo had plenty of family
connections and support to get
started. He also received a lot
of support from the members
of his fraternity at UBC, Beta
Theta Pi.
"I feel people have negative
connotations of the frat boys,"
Naidoo admitted, but added
that he personally had a very
good experience. "They helped
me in taking that leap of just
doing it."
Rogue Fashion Trends sells
European-influenced military
coats at affordable prices that
range from $100-200.
"You shouldn't have to pay
out the nose to get a really nice,
gorgeous coat," Naidoo said.
Naidoo is very involved in
his business: he runs its website, marketing and finances.
"I pretty much built the thing
from the ground up, but I want
to be more involved in design
as I grow a little bit older," he
said. Currently, Rogue Fashion
Trends' designers are in Milan,
and it's Naidoo's job to pick the
designs and alter them for the
Vancouver market.
At the moment, Rogue Fashion Trends is operating strictly
online, but Naidoo hopes to
get into retailers next year.
"[So far], we've made about six
sales," Naidoo reported. "But
being an unknown brand and
considering the weather right
now, I feel like we're doing
fairly well."
Rogue Fashion Trends may
not have a brick-and-mor-
tar store, but customers can
come see Naidoo in person in
Gastown. This way, Naidoo
meets many of his customers,
which, he said, is one of his
favourite parts of the job.
This personal touch is
unique to Rogue Fashion
Trends; the business eliminates
the middleman, since Naidoo
himself is directly linked to his
suppliers. Accordingto Naidoo,
this speeds up the ordering
process and cuts down on
unforeseen costs.
In his spare time, Naidoo
is involved in wide-ranging
interests, from cooking to
cars to philanthropy. He has
volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission and "Food on the
Corner," a church-run program
that feeds the hungry and
homeless. He is also looking
into dog-walking for the Vancouver chapter of the Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals. Although he is an
animal lover, Naidoo realized,
"At 22,1 can't really have both
a dog and a career."
Health and fitness is another
passion of Naidoo's. In his time
at UBC, he was very involved
in UBC REC sports, and
nowadays, his main hobby is
working as a personal trainer.
"If you have a healthy body,
you'll have a healthy mind,"
said Naidoo.
The key to Naidoo's outlook
on life? Simplicity. "I live a very
structured life.... I'm not a very
complicated person, but I'm a
very business-driven person." Xi
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Student-led campaign aims to fix TransLink woes
AMS Associate Vice-President External Tanner Bokor heads the Get On Board campaign, which will lobby the city to rethink transit funding.
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
A new campaign lobbying for more
transit funding in the Greater
Vancouver area launched at UBC
today, but it isn't making rapid
transit to UBC a priority.
The "Get On Board" campaign,
led by AMS Associate Vice-President External Tanner Bokor, is
tryingto change the funding
model for TransLink. They're
shying away from pushing for
specific projects, like rapid transit
along the Broadway corridor,
and instead want B.C. to consider options like bridge tolls, road
tolls or tax increases to increase
transit service throughout Metro
Vancouver.
The campaign launch event at
UBC this morning saw attendance from Vision Vancouver City
Councillor Geoff Meggs, Vancouver Community College student
union president Charmaine
Waters, SFU's Peter Ladner, and
Erica Frank of the University
Neighbourhoods Association.
"TransLink has a broken funding model as it stands," said Bokor.
"Provincial officials are unable
to fully utilize what powers they
have to raise funds."
The transit organization just announced a slew of service cuts and
freezes across the region last week
because of funding shortfalls.
To try to resolve the issue of
inter-region fighting about who
gets transit dollars, the campaign
is proposing that money collected
on tolls and taxes in a city or
region should only be spent within
that region.
There was scant mention of a
long-hoped-for rapid transit line to
UBC in any of the materials, and
Bokor mentioned that the campaign also has buy-in from groups
in Surrey. The two regions have
long been seen as competitors for
TransLink's next rapid-transit
project after the completion of the
Evergreen Line to Coquitlam.
"For instance, having bridge
tolling between different municipalities, that would be something
we'd support," said Bokor. "Short-
term, nominal tax increases will
help pay for small amounts of service, but obviously tax increases
can't be a sustainable mechanism."
Bokor said the burden for
transit funding needs to be spread
fairly. "Raising fares is an option,
but again we have to weigh that
compared to what we can do with
the funding model," he said. "We
don't want to place the entire burden on the transit rider."
Geoff Meggs said that the campaign would likely be endorsed
by Vancouver City Council in its
next meeting. "Late last night, we
[prepared] a motion — Mayor Robertson was very in favour of it — to
take [it] to Council next week to
endorse the Get On Board project,"
said Meggs. "I think it will pass
unanimously, and I want to thank
all the organizers of this event. I
think it's a start of a much more
positive direction for TransLink."
The campaign started as an
AMS initiative, but now organizers are keen on distancing the initiative from UBC's student union.
"We're agnostic to different
projects and technologies; we're
sticking with our platform of
talking about the funding issues,"
Bokor said. Accordingto Bokor,
the AMS contributes $20,000
in funding, which constitutes
about a quarter of the campaign's
budget. Other funding partners
include the Kwantlen Students
Association, the SFU Student
Society and the Sustainable
Transit Coalition.
The campaign is considering
incorporating itself as a non-profit
society, and its current partners
include the UBC AMS, student
unions at SFU, Kwantlen, Douglas
College and Vancouver Community College, as well as the Arbutus
Ridge Community Association and
the Surrey Board of Trade.
In the coming weeks, they plan
to send letters to candidates in
next spring's provincial election,
asking them to endorse specific
platform points relating to transit
funding. The campaign is nonpartisan and will be approaching
candidates from the B.C. Liberals,
NDP, Conservatives and Greens. Xi
NEWS BREFS
UBC researchers study
bird migration
Through tracking two sub-species of birds called Swainson's
thrushes, UBC researchers
were able to discover differing
migration routes.
Researchers found that one
subspecies flew south along the
west coast to Central America,
while the other took a southeast-facing route over the Gulf of
Mexico to Colombia. To determine their path, the thrushes were
outfitted with geolocators.
Because migration routes are
determined partially by genetics,
the researchers believe that the
thrushes may have evolved into
two different sub-species based
on where the best migration
routes are.
Funding boost for
UBC scientists
This year, UBC researchers will receive an extra $4.5 million in federal
research money.
The money is from seven grants
from the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council
of Canada's Collaborative Health
Research Projects program.
The federal grant is used to
fund health research that is a
combination of science, engineering and medical disciplines.
UBC will use the money to work
on DNA analysis, antibacterial
coatings for medical devices, 3D
surgical imaging and liver cancer
research. Xi
ON THE COVER»
Head librarian:
'I call this a
harmonious march'
Over 50 people took part in the
march, playing instruments and
singing, "Let's save our library/
We want it to stay/ Seriously, take
us seriously, or hear this every
day," to the tune of "Row, Row,
Row Your Boat."
UBC head librarian Ingrid Parent and deputy librarian Melody
Burton addressed the marchers on
the steps of 1KB.
"Thanks to all of you for doing
this. I call this a harmonious
march," said Parent. "Sometimes
people take us for granted, but
we're always here to serve you
and it's nice to know that we are
appreciated."
In an interview after the march,
Burton said that in order for the
music library to stay in the Music
Building, the faculty would have to
find another source of funding.
"We'd be happy to hear alternate revenue sources if they are
available to [the School of] Music.
They are a creative school and
they do have some options there,"
said Burton.
However, Burton said that the
School of Music would have to find
about half a million dollars per
year to update the music library
and keep it staffed.
"The music library is the most
crowded library in our system.
We need to do something about
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Members of the music community marched from the music building to 1KB on Tuesday.
it. Even if it's saved, that situation
won't change. So we have decisions to make about the music
library anyhow," said Burton.
Brent MacKenzie is a first-year
music student who took part in the
march. He said that if the music
library were to move, it would
hinder his ability to study.
"In my short time here, I've
used the library five, six, seven
times already, and it seems like [if
I'm] using it that much in such a
short time, I'm going to be using
it a lot more during the rest of my
time here," said MacKenzie.
UBC music professor David
Metzer also took part in the
march. He said moving the library
would have a negative effect on the
sense of community in the School
of Music.
"We usually congregate in the
library. It is really kind of the heart
of the school," said Metzer.
Parent said that she will bring
the School of Music's concerns to
university administrators later
this week. She couldn't make any
guarantees about the future of
the library.
"Anything is possible, really. I
mean, how can we say yes or no at
this stage? We have to look at all
the options," said Parent. "There
are reasons for doing this and we
have to make sure that those reasons are fulfilled in some way." Xi
DISTANCE EDUCATION »
UBC to offer free
online courses
through Coursera
HOGAN WONG PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Arno Rosenfeld
StaffWriter
UBC will offer three free, open,
non-credit online courses this
spring, joining a growing number
of major universities making some
of their teaching available to anyone with an Internet connection.
The three courses will be "Useful Genetics," "Climate Literacy:
Navigating Climate Conversations"
and "Computer Science Problem
Design," all offered through online
education site Coursera. All will
begin in May 2013.
"It's part of the mission of the
university to create opportunities
for people to be able to access and
take advantage of what UBC has
to offer," said Michelle Lamberson, managing director of UBC's
Centre for Teaching, Learning
and Technology.
Professor Rosie Redfield, who
said she brought up the idea of
teaching the "Useful Genetics"
course online last spring, said she
also believes in making learning more open. Redfield is also
well-known for live-blogging
her lab's work and criticizing
other scientists.
"All [people] need is an Internet
connection," Redfield said. "They
don't need any money, they don't
need to live near a university, and I
thought that [this] was just a great
thing to be able to do."
Coursera, which was founded
in April by a group of professors at
Stanford University, allows anyone
in the world to enroll in non-credit
courses and hosts short videos,
quizzes and discussion groups on
its website. The company said in
August that it had reached one million students across 196 countries,
with the largest enrolment in the
United States, Brazil, India, China
and Canada.
Lamberson said that the primary goal of offering the online
courses was to learn how to
improve education at the university itself. "It's about better
understanding how we provide
high-quality education at UBC,"
she said.
Redfield said her class will
be ten weeks long, similar to a
conventional on-campus course,
and will consist of 3-6 short
videos each week explaining key
concepts, in addition to quizzes,
homework assignments and links
to third-party sites that will help
students master the material. The
course will not give students any
UBC credit.
UBC's Coursera courses will be
overseen by the continuing studies
department and instructors will
be compensated at the same rate
as for a conventional continuing
studies summer course, accordingto Redfield. The courses will
not count toward professors'
departmental obligations.
These three courses are part of
UBC's pilot program exploring its
involvement in online learning,
and Lamberson said it's unclear
whether or not UBC will stay with
Coursera in the future. tJ Sports + Rec
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SOCCER»
T-Birds hope three heads are better than one
A trio of fifth-years share the captain's armband for men's soccer this year
Joseph Ssettuba
Contributor
The UBC Thunderbirds men's soccer
team has taken an unconventional
approach to the captaincy of the
team this year. Instead of adhering
to the tradition of having one man
wear the captain's armband, they
have chosen three players to share
the responsibility.
The captaincy in 2012 is comprised of fifth-years Brandon
Bonifacio, Marco Visintin and Devin
Gunenc, all three anchoringthe middle of the pitch — or mucking it up, as
they like to say. Their list of accomplishments include high school, club
team and U-20 captaincies, so it's
fair to say that these three have been
around the block and have a great
deal of experience. On top of being
captains, they are the sole fifth-year
players on the team.
"I think that's always important
for every team if you're the older
guy," said Bonifacio. "Everyone here
has had a different career, different
experiences, but it's good to pass on
to the younger guys."
The captains' camaraderie off
the pitch is evident in the way they
crack jokes and finish each other's
sentences. When it comes to teamwork on the field, they insist that
they complement each other well.
The three-captain approach might
seem odd to savvy sports fans, but
the captains insist that everything
works out smoothly.
"It's good to have different voices
in the group," said Brandon.
"We don't have to rely on one
person. If we got a problem, we can
spread it out," added Gunenc.
"Some players might feel more
comfortable approaching one or the
other, so it's good in that regard as
well," said Visintin. "We all have
pretty different personalities,... both
on the field and off the field, so it's a
good thing to have."
Even if they didn't have the title
of captain, the three would play in a
way that younger players could look
up to.
"It's just something that you
wear," said Visintin in regards to
the armband. "[The entire team is
11 guys trying to be leaders on the
field. We were fortunate enough to
be given the responsibility to wear it
but I don't think it changes the way
you play."
Even when the trio leaves, the
team will be in good hands. Starting
at the top, head coach Mike Mosher
is a veteran with three CIS championships under his belt, among
many other accomplishments.
"There's a whole flock of players
that are good quality. From top to
bottom right now, we have a very
good squad," said Bonifacio.
With a trio as experienced as
this passing along their wisdom and
know-how, the Thunderbirds soccer
team is in good hands for years to
come, and is poised to make a run at
a national championship in 2012. Xi
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Call for Nominations
Killam Teaching Awards
Every year the Faculty of Science awards five Killam Teaching
Prizes to acknowledge excellence in undergraduate teaching
and to promote the importance of science education. Professors,
instructors or lecturers appointed in any of the Faculty's
departments are eligible. Students, alumni or faculty members are
welcomed to submit nominations in writing to:
Killam Teaching Awards Committee
Dean of Science Office
2178-2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z4
Fax: 604-822-5558
science.ubc.ca/killam
Term 1 Deadline
Friday, October 12,2012
Term 2 Deadline
Wednesday, January 23,2013
a place of mind
UBC SCIENCE
Rachel "Pony" Ramsden
from the UBC women's
soccer team is the UBC
Thunderbirds Athlete of the
Week for the week ending Sunday, September 23. Ramsden, a
fifth-year kinesiology student
from Richmond, was influential
in both Thunderbird wins over
the weekend. She found the back
of the net four times and added
two assists.
Ramsden was the catalyst for
the Thunderbird offence on Sunday, scoring the game's first two
goals before assisting on the third
one to ensure a 3-0 victory over
Manitoba. Ramsden's offensive
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outburst has helped her climb to
fourth in the Canada West scoring
race, while the Thunderbirds now
have a 4-1 record and sit in fourth
place in the conference.
Athlete of the Week is decided by
the Thunderbird Athletic Council THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012    |    SPORTS + REC
EXPLORE»
The outdoor oasis of Squamish
Just an hour away from campus, Squamish provides endless adventure opportunities
Justin Fleming
Contributor
Let's be honest, Vancouverites:
our days of fair weather are numbered, and there are eight long,
wet, grey months ahead, full
of essays, exams, projects and
midterms. The good news? An
hour's drive from the city, there's
a place where you can shake off
school's shackles and escape the
dreary weather. That place is
called Squamish.
If you're new to the city, new
to the country or didn't get a
chance to squeeze in a summer
camping trip, there's no shortage
of things to do in Canada's "recreational capital." Squamish is
nestled in the north end of Howe
Sound on the Sea to Sky Highway, which may just be the most
scenic highway in the country.
One of Squamish's most
notable features is the enormous granite massif known as
the Stawamus Chief. The Chief
cuts an imposing figure, with
an air of majesty reminiscent of
Middle-earth. The sheer rock
face looming over the town of
Squamish has over 300 climbing
routes, and there are hiking trails
around back for those looking for
an easier way to one of the three
spectacular peaks.
If climbing is your thing, then
there are plenty of other options
to check out: the Little Smoke
Bluffs, Shannon Falls, the Mala-
mute and Murrin Park have over
1,200 climbing routes between
them. There's also a quiet lake
at Murrin Park that's perfect for
swimming and relaxing.
If you're after some good-old-
fashioned hiking, from a walk
in the park to a multi-day trek,
there are numerous trails and
parks in the area. The famous
Garibaldi Provincial Park is
home to a huge range of trails,
hikes and scrambles. There are
also many unique geographical
features; for instance, the well-
known Black Tusk route takes
you up an extinct volcano that
forms an ominous horn visible
from the Sea to Sky Highway.
Another gem is the Squamish
River, whose headwaters originate at the base of the Pemberton
Icefield and flow some 80 kilometres south before emptying
into the top of Howe Sound. The
Squamish Valley Road snakes its
way up the valley, following the
river through rural ranch land
and tunnels of bigleaf maple.
If you're worried about your
vehicle, you can access riverfront
campsites at Squamish Valley
Campground without even having to leave the well-paved road.
If you cross the Ashlu Bridge,
which is 10 minutes past the end
of the pavement on the logging
road, you will find yourself at
the Squamish Riverside recreation site. The site has about 15
different campsites, and is a
great place to launch canoes or
kayaks. If you feel like blazing
your own trail, much of the river
is fair game as far as camping
goes, with many sandy islands
and beaches scattered throughout the braids of the river. There
are numerous white-water
rafting outfitters in town that
take groups down the Squamish
River, and there's good trout,
salmon and steelhead fishing
from August to April. The river
valley also supports a number of
different types of wildlife; don't
be surprised to find elk, bear,
wolf and deer tracks crisscrossing your path.
The Squamish Spit, located
at the mouth of the Squamish
River, is the perfect spot to head
down and watch kiteboarders
and windsurfers harness the
strong winds that blow through
the Sound.
If all that isn't enough,
Squamish is rated in the top 25
wildest, most exotic places to
ride in the world by Mountain
Bike Magazine. With over 200
kilometres of singletrack, there
is a cross country, downhill or
freeride trail for just about every
pedal-pusher out there.
No matter what your recreational creed, interest or skill
level, it's a safe bet there's something for you in Squamish. Xi
JUSTIN FLEMING fTHE UBYSSEY
=HOTOCOURTESYMARKSTEVENSON FEATURE    I    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
MENTAL HEALTH »
A new UBC program requires faculty and staff to take the initiative in
identifying the early signs of student mental health issues. But with concerns
raised over feasibility and privacy the system is not without its thorny side.
Elba Gomez Navas
Contributor
ntil 2012, UBC
students seeking
mental health
counseling
services were
forced to do
exactly that:
seek. The use of
services on campus depended on students taking
the initiative and looking out for
themselves. If help was extended,
it may have been long after the
problems started.
Since January 2012, with the
introduction of the Early Alert
Program, there is now an official
system for faculty and staff to
identify and report students with
early signs of distress.
The Early Alert Program is not
intended for students currently in
crisis; instead, it focuses on students who are on a slippery slope
towards personal or academic
issues. Its success is dependent
on faculty and staff identifying
and reporting students they see
struggling. If a student is identified twice in the system, the Early
Alert team assesses their case and
takes action.
"The proper advising office is
sent an email with no [personal]
identifying information at all,
but they're told that they're given
access to that particular student's
plan," described Dr. Cheryl Washburn, director of Counseling Services at UBC.
"The advisor would email the
student, saying, 'Can you come in?'
or phone them."
Instead of placing the
onus on students, the
Early Alert Program
pushes for faculty
to act on their own
initiative and spot
warning signs before
depression or anxiety
sets in.
Washburn is the project leader
of the Early Alert Program. The
initiative, which costs UBC $8,500
per year in software and technical
support, is part of a recent push to
re-examine how mental health is
addressed on campus. But Washburn explained that similar initiatives are a familiar tool at other
North American universities.
Mental health issues have peaked at post-secondary institutions
worldwide, and UBC is no exception. According to data from the
National College Health Assessment, depression rates at UBC are
higher than the average at other
North American institutions.
Two years ago, a UBC master's
student of behavioural psychology
named Andrea Blair came to the
conclusion that something was
missing from mental health services on campus.
In 2010, these feelings led to
her co-creation of UBC Kaleidoscope, a student-run support
group that informs students about
mental health services and offers
strategies for living with mental
health issues.
"When we came up with the
idea, a friend and I were working
at an animal lab, so very basic research, but [the research] worked
with models of psychiatry,"
Blair said.
"As time went on, though, we
thought, this is really good work,
[but] it is not really getting to the
community. Why is it going to
waste?"
Long-standing issues such as
stigma, budget, and size of UBC's
campus and student body pose
conspicuous challenges. Stress
and fatigue are major triggers of
depression and anxiety. UBC's
international status and large
commuter population contribute
to the problem as well, said Blair.
A lot of the services
provided at UBC are
very top-down. We
figured that might
have to do with why
students do not want
to access [campus
resources]...it's
intimidating.
Andrea Blair
Kaleidoscope co-founder
Whether UBC's administration
has risen to this unique challenge
is debatable.
"A lot of the services provided
at UBC are very top-down," said
Blair. "We figured that might
have something to do with why
students do not want to access
[campus resources]: because it's
intimidating."
Accordingto Blair, the Early
Alert Program may do little to
change this perception.
"I think [that] if I were depressed, and an instructor came
up to me,... I don't know, I think
part of me would be relieved, but I
think part of me would be scared
too, as if I were found out, almost,"
said Blair.
The program website contains
much information about questions
of privacy. It emphasizes that the
reporting system and records are
confidential, and information is
confined to the Early Alert team
and advisors.
The issue of surveillance is
raised as well, with the website
assuring readers, "Early Alert is
not meant to be a form of surveillance for the purpose of evaluating
or reprimanding students."
But the process of reaching out
is not the only factor to consider
about the Early Alert Program;
students' reactions once they
are contacted by their respective
advising offices is equally vital for
the success of the program.
"Mental illness is still sort of
taboo to say, and with UBC being THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012    |    FEATURE
so multicultural, many different
things have a bearing on stigma.
There are some cultures that don't
even recognize mental illness,"
explained Blair.
She said she feels that addressing mental health requires sensitivity, which is perhaps hard to
find in the landscape of academia.
"[At Kaleidoscope], you don't
have to worry very much about
the professional relationship
because we are students as well, so
a lot of times our facilitators have
also experienced mental health
issues, so it's easier to build strong
relationships. The barrier vanishes
because there's no self-consciousness."
Washburn believes the answer
to these concerns lies in communication with the student body.
"Letting them know what [Early
Alert] is, how it is there to support
them, how it enables us to more
effectively and in a more coordinated way support them when they
are having a concern," she said.
Interaction with
professors in first
year is very minimal....
If someone is going
through depression or
anxiety they're more
likely to withdraw and
not talk about these
issues.
Vineet Kaur
Former Totem Park House
President
Instead of placing the onus on
students, the Early Alert Program
pushes for faculty to act on their
own initiative and spot warning
signs before depression or anxiety
set in. By providing faculty with a
concrete program to follow, Washburn hopes to simplify the process
of reaching out to students.
But as of yet, the program may
not be fully living up to the promise of an "early" alert.
Since the program's start in
January, 550 students have been
identified and reviewed within the
Early Alert Program. Of those, 22
per cent were found to already be
in an advanced state of distress by
the time they were reviewed.
Staff and students alike are
skeptical of the prospect of identifying a student with mild depression in a classroom with anywhere
from 12 to 500 students.
"I'm just not good with that
kind of stuff," said Francis Mi-
chaud, a teaching assistant in the
economics department.
Michaud said he was uncertain he could identify any signs
of distress in his students. Even
examining students' academic
performance is a doubtful avenue.
"[Teaching assistants] don't
look at grades often enough," said
Michaud.
"In a semester, you don't really
know who's good, and once you
finally realize who's good, the
semester is over."
"We really wanted to build on
systems that are already working,"
said Washburn.
"For example, Academic Advising offices already do reach out to
students, so it's very common if a
professor is concerned about a student for [he or she] to raise that with
their advising officer."
Ultimately, the Early Alert
program offers only a change in the
way students are referred to mental
health services, not a change to the
services themselves. Although plans
for assistance will vary by student, the options available remain
the same: referrals to counseling,
financial assistance and awards, or
academic advising.
Yet many students don't find the
right fit with these services; some
feel like they are still not getting the
help they need.
"The most common cases we get
[at Kaleidoscope] are students who
had tried counseling or have tried
[the] student health clinic, but it
didn't work out, perhaps it
wasn't a good fit, or the
waiting list was too
long for them," said
Blair.
"We get a lot
of students who
come because
they just need
something else."
Washburn said
the Early Alert
Program would be referring students to all avenues of help
available, including student-run
programs like Kaleidoscope.
"We can refer them to any and
all resources. Student-run resources are incredibly important in the
array of resources that students are
referred to. It's not just about referring them to offices," she said.
(j?^n its nine months of
operation, the Early
Alert Program has
trained 300 academic
and student service advisors. Over
the next six months, the program
will begin a phase of training to all
teaching faculty.
Although the training will be
mainly focused on faculty members
and teaching assistants, it will also
extend to other branches of staff,
including sports coaches, residence
advisors, even librarians.
Since the program's
start in January 550
students have been
identified and reviewed
within the Early Alert
Program. Of those, 22
per cent were found
to be already in an
advanced state of
distress by the time
they were reviewed.
"It's good that they've included
[residence] advisors, since I think
at least ifyou have floors you're
responsible for, you can notice if
a student hasn't come out of their
room for days," said Blair.
Washburn explained that it's
important to include settings
outside the classroom, as the
Early Alert Program requires two
reports from faculty or staff on a
student before taking the case.
This may mean that the mental
health of students living at UBC may
be scrutinized more closely than
that of commuter students.
about it, or probe them with questions."
But Kaur had doubts about
teaching assistants' or faculty
members' ability to identify early
warning signs.
"Now this I'm a bit skeptical
about. Interaction with professors in first year is very minimal,
and with TAs, you normally
interact to ask about homework
or academic help," Kaur said.
"If someone is going through
depression or anxiety, they're
more likely to withdraw themselves, and not talk about these
issues."
Still, Kaur said she thinks that
the Early Alert Program is to be
commended for involving a more
comprehensive set of people in
student mental health.
"I think the approach is good
because they are using two
points of contact, and if some
professors are able to pick up on
that, having that tool available
can make a difference in someone's life," she said.
Though the program is still
relatively new, it presents ambitious plans to transform mental
health services oncampus. For
Blair, these plans are promising,
though they may not be attainable in the near future.
"It is quite common to see that
residents are a bit stressed out,
especially during midterm season
or after you get your results," said
Vineet Kaur, former house president
for Totem Park.
Kaur said that residence advisors are already required to go
through training on identifying
warning signs.
"They teach us to see the behavioural differences, to see if there
were residents that were really
involved in the community early on
and they weren't at the end of the
year, and other changes," she said.
"We are encouraged to ask them
[mental health services], just
recently,... it's starting to become
a mental health movement," said
Blair.
"If they make these changes
like Early Alert, where you
educate people, I think these
changes would be sustainable.
But it would take a long time for
these changes to kick in."
Despite logistical concerns,
Washburn said she feels the
Early Alert Program is more
than just a simple adjustment
of UBC's response to mental
health issues.
"It's ultimately a cultural
change: to make students feel
they are cared for." Xi Culture I
ANNAZORIA
RELATIONSHIPS »
FILM»
This may be you after Thanksgiving Weekend.
STEPHANIEXU PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
Turkey Dump 2012 looms on the horizon
How to handle relationship woes in the Thanksgiving season
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
For many students, Thanksgiving is exciting; it's the first holiday of the semester, so you can go
home, eat lots of turkey and come back to UBC struggling to fit into your jeans. But for others,
Thanksgiving represents something much less cheery. Ifyou oryour partner have realized that
it's time to move on from being high school sweethearts, this harvest holiday offers the opportunity to
break up face-to-face: the oft-cited "turkey dump." Whether you're the dumper or dumpee, this situation
can be messy, so The Ubyssey has kindly compiled some words of advice.
How to dump them gently      How to survive a turkey dump
It can be hard to spare
your significant other's
feelings, since committing to a long-distance
relationship was probably a
momentous decision in the
first place.
Ifyou both feel the same
about growing apart, the
breakup will be easier. You'll
both recognize that what you
had was great while it lasted,
but you'll only be holding
each other back if it continues. Just let your partner
know that it wasn't anything
but the distance that caused
this parting of ways (unless
one or both of you hooked up
with someone during frosh
week — in which case, this
conversation will be very
different).
However, if this breakup is
one-sided and your girlfriend
or boyfriend is indignant at
the idea of separating, there
are two important steps
to take.
First, explain your reasons
very clearly, and be calm and
patient if this provokes an
angry or accusatory reaction.
Do you feel that you've both
changed so much that you're
not even the same people
anymore? Or would life just
be easier ifyou both didn't
have to suffer the constant
heartbreak of separation?
Whatever your reasons, be
completely honest, because
making excuses is unfair to
your significant other. Even
if it means telling them that
you've fallen hard for that
girl or guy down the hall
in rez, be truthful about
it, because you owe them
that much.
Second, agree on the
post-breakup conditions.
Are you both ready to be
friends or do you need to not
communicate for a while?
If you're both comfortable
with being civil with each
other right away, that's great;
just be careful not to lapse
into talking to each other
often and wanting to get
back together. Remember
the reasons for the split.
Bottom line: set your terms,
or else it'll be messy and
awkward if one of you wants
to reconnect.
First of all, be thankful
that you're hopping on
a bus or plane soon to
get away from your ex; there
will be no emotional surprise
meetings, so you can clear
your head in safety. Maybe it
was a mistake to break up, or
maybe you'll realize that being
dumped was a blessing in disguise — you never know.
You're goingto be heartbroken for some time; just remember to keep things in perspective. Breakups happen to
everyone. It sucks that it had to
happen to you when you tried
hard to make it work long-dis-
KAIJACOBSON PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
tance, but you're not alone and
you will get over it at your own
pace, like everybody else.
Finally, realize that a lot of
doors have now opened for
you. Perhaps talking to girls
or guys is less daunting now
that you're not anchored to the
phrase "I'm in a relationship."
Maybe now you feel more comfortable doing things that your
former partner disapproved of.
Whatever it is, now is the time
to be exactly who you want to
be. Breakups can often give
you the space and independence to do some much-needed
growing up. tJ
Top flick
picks for
VIFF
Anna Zoria
Culture Editor
The Vancouver International Film
Festival is entering its 31st year,
with over 380 films screening
from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12. With such
an overwhelming amount of films,
it might be hard to pick just a few
to see. We're here to make this
task a bit easier.
Blood Relative
UBC grad Nimisha Mukerji
took home several awards at the
Vancouver International Film
Festival in 2009 with her directorial debut, 65-RedRoses. She's
back to impress us again this
year with her most recent work,
Blood Relative. Mukerji travelled
to India to chronicle the lives of
several young adults battling with
thalassemia, a rare blood disease,
and one unrelenting activist trying
to help them find treatment. A
multi-dimensional work, Blood
Relative is bound to inspire and
give the audience a glimpse into
what it's like to fight for your life
against all odds.
Laurence Anyways
Up-and-coming Quebec director
Xavier Dolan (J Killed My Mother)
delivers another moving tale of
love, heartbreak and self-discovery. This time, his plot revolves
around Laurence, a school teacher
in Montreal who's discovering
his transsexuality while trying to
hold onto a relationship with his
girlfriend. Great dialogue, witty
humour and an epic love story
make this film a must-see.
Occupy Love
This documentary takes a look at
the Occupy movement through
many different perspectives.
B.C.-born director Velcrow Ripper
peels back the layers of the movement to reveal that love can have
a political agenda. Occupy Love
may not provide a whole lot of
answers to the problems arising in
our world, but like the movement
itself, it poses a lot of important
questions.
In No Particular Order
We've all heard of a mid-life
crisis, but what about a quarter-life crisis? The protagonist of
In No Particular Order perfectly
represents today's 20-something:
sometimes bored, sometimes
over-indulgent and oftentimes lost.
Tired of floating through life and
jumping from partner to partner,
Sarah begins to question whether
her life could be different. UBC
MFA creative writing graduate
Terry Miles co-directed this com-
ing-of-age tale.
Two Little Boys
If you're familiar with the cult favourite Flight of the Conchords, you'll
be happy to learn that the other half
of this dynamic duo is trying his
hand at the big screen. Bret McKen-
zie plays Nige, a loveable dunce who
commits accidental manslaughter
and convinces his old bud Deano to
help him get rid of the body. Road
trips, bromance and mullets take the
characters into a downward spiral
that's hilarious to behold. tJ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012    |    CULTURE
INTERNET»
Students create online hub to connect the UBC community
Hubblet designed to be a question-and-answer forum for students
Rebekah Ho
Contributor
As most UBC students know,
finding online information about
this campus can get tedious
quickly. To buy and sell books,
there's saveonbooks.com. To find
event information, there's events,
ubc.ca. To research a professor,
there's ratemyprofs.com. And that
doesn't even cover the endless
mazes of Facebook, Twitter and
the notorious UBC website.
Hubblet.com, a newly opened
Internet forum, hopes to centralize all things UBC-related
through collaborative learning.
"It's a central communication
board to help students out or for
students to discuss what they
really want regarding the university,... academic or non-academic,
as long as it's within the community," said Samuel Do, UBC
alumnus and one of the co-founders of Hubblet.
The website's setup is simple. Students can register using
their UBC emails, and create
and comment on posts. As with
Reddit, users can decide what
they find useful. Whatever is
deemed important stays at the top
of the page, and whatever is not is
filtered to the bottom.
"Hubblet isn't trying to replace
UBC's Connect," Do said. "We're
not trying to be a Reddit or a
Digg or a Yahoo Answers; maybe
a combination of all those, but
we're tryingto be in the middle of
academics and the informal side
KAIJACOBSON PHOTWHE UBYSSEY
Hubblet's co-founders, Samuel Do, Vincent Cheung and Kenneth Wong, started the website to connect the UBC community.
of students."
Do and two co-founders from
SFU, Vincent Cheung and Kenneth Wong, started this project
because they saw a need for a platform where students could reach
out to their campus as a whole.
"It's always one-directional.
Let's say profs have something to
say. They put up everything, and
then you can talk about it amongst
yourself on discussion boards,"
said Do. "What we're trying to get
at is: students and the community
hold knowledge and power too.
"We want a system that can
harness that knowledge through
collaboration for students."
All things campus-related are
welcome on the site, whether
it's first-years wondering how to
navigate Buchanan or students
asking where to get the cheapest
beer. Do, Cheung and Wong aim
to fill the site with good-quality
posts and students who are keen
on offering help.
"Our vision is that it's going
to be made up of people who are
genuinely willing to help out
other students and genuinely
concerned about issues that are
happening around the campus or
concerning their alma mater," said
Do. "If somebody doesn't know
what to do, there's some part of us
that wants to help, because all of
us have asked for help before."
Caroline Haythornthwaite, the
director of the School of Library,
Archival and Information Studies
at UBC, took a look at Hubblet and
offered her opinion.
"It can be a very great way for
people to exchange information,"
said Haythornthwaite, although
she was wary about the site's
vague direction.
"What is social news? It's not
clear what it is, and what it's trying to do," she said.
Since the website is still in beta,
Haythornthwaite suggested that
the founders continue to work
on the visual appearance of the
site, and make the interface more
user-friendly.
"Obviously, they're trying to get
it going and that's the right way
to do it. It will take a small group
of people to really populate [the
site] and have them get started,"
said Haythornthwaite.
We're not trying
to be a Reddit or
a Digg or a Yahoo
Answers; maybe
a combination
of all those, but
we're trying to be
in the middle of
academics and the
informal side of
students.
Samuel Do
Hubblet Co-founder
Do's line of thinking is the
same. "It's a matter of getting the
ball rolling," he said. "We need
those guys or girls that want to
start the talking [and] initiate it."
The main goal of Hubblet is to
enhance student life, Do said. "If
it helps certain students achieve
higher marks or they understand
a concept because of an analogy or
video that was found or a link you
have, then that's the epitome of
the whole thing." Xi
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Answering the 'What do
profs do all day?' question
Welcome to the first edition of Class Conscious.
Each month, editors will
sit down with UBC administrators, professors and post-secondary honchos of all stripes to pick
their brains on the issues affecting
UBC and other Canadian universities. This month, we met with
Alden Habacon, UBC's director of
intercultural understanding.
Whenever race and Canadian
universities come up in the news,
it's typically a pretty touchy
subject. Just look at the reaction
to Maclean's 2010 "Too Asian"
article, or recent debates about the
role of international students on
Canadian campuses.
UBC's most recent strategic
plan, Place and Promise, recognizes the fact that for a multicultural
campus, there's not a whole lot of
exchange at this university; many
call the phenomenon "ethnic
cliquing." Habacon argues that
the model of multiculturalism
we've been operating on hasn't
been working — that, to reap
the benefits of an intercultural
education, we need to bridge these
cultural divides.
That's why Habacon, a self-described "diversity and inclusion"
specialist, was brought in. His job
is to research the issue, implement
intercultural programs and provide resources for students, clubs
and faculty members. He's done
similar work for the CBC, where
he was the manager of diversity
initiatives. He sat down with us in
our offices earlier this week.
Q: So what is intercultural
understanding?
A: It really refers to someone's
ability to display some depth of
knowledge about someone else's
culture or another culture.
The assumption has been, since
multiculturalism was invented
40 years ago, that ifyou throw a
number of people together into a
classroom or a campus or a workplace, they'll figure it out. They'll
become friends, they'll get to know
each other.
But what we've learned from
experience and recent research is
that, in fact, contact with diversity
does not produce understanding.
What it does do is make it less foreign, and make you more comfortable with it. But that doesn't mean
that you're acquiring that empathy
for another person's point of view.
All the potential for a genuinely
intercultural experience is at UBC,
but we're trying to figure out why
that might not be happening, and
how you actually do it by design.
Q: Is UBC unique in both the
quality of its diversity and its
approach to bridging these
divides?
A: In the U.S., the closest thing to
this work is called race relations.
There will actually be an officer of
race relations at American universities, which doesn't make sense
here. We're not living and working
in an environment that we can
remember, in our own memories,
violence and overt racism between
groups. It's a little bit different.
Q: So there's less memory
of things like legalized
discrimination?
A: Absolutely. The context is so
different. For example, in Canada,
we don't ask for race or ethnicity
in the application form, whereas in
the U.S., they do. And depending
on your answer, the GPA required
for you to get in will be different.
So we've never had that issue.
One of the measures of success for
diversity issues in the U.S. is completion rates by ethnic minorities.
[In Canada], it's much less of a
quota. We don't have these issues.
I mean, look at our graduating
classes.
Our diversity at UBC is what
they describe as "lumpy." There's
not one big, dominant majority
and a lot of minorities. There's a
bunch of minorities and there's
maybe two groups that position
themselves as the larger groups,
but even those larger groups,
they're not homogenous within
themselves.
Q: Is there a downside to
ethnic cliquing?
A: I want to make sure no one gets
the impression that the point of
this effort is to get rid of ethnic
clubs. There's definitely a benefit
for having clubs where you can
be with a group of people and not
have to translate what you want
to say.
What we'd like to find [is]
ways for students to connect
with people who are profoundly
different from themselves, for all
sorts of reasons. There's ethical,
practical, strategic reasons. The
downside is that the assumption
that we've been working with
has been wrong all along, that
people actually don't naturally
want to connect with people who
are different from themselves.
The effect of that canbe isolation,
disconnect, a sense that they're
not represented by the campus
culture.
Q: Whenever race and
Canadian universities are
discussed in the media, it's
a thorny issue. Why do you
think that is?
A: Race always becomes more
contentious when there's more
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anxiety. There's a correlation
between expressions of racism
and the level of anxiety in a given
society.
Part of the anxiety that's being
addressed in a race-based way is
that in bringing in international
students, we're taking away
opportunities for local students.
That's the premise of the argument. So we have to be very clear:
as we increase the number of seats
for international students, we're
not taking away any domestic
seats.
Q: What can a group do if they
want to foster that kind of
atmosphere?
A: Well, it's so much more than
a student-to-student issue. It's a
faculty-to-staff, a faculty-to-faculty thing, amongst and within
departments. It's so challenging
for students, even if they want it,
since there's not a lot of modeling.
One of the ways to go about that
is to look where it's actually happening. What we do know now, 40
years later, is that it happens out
of design. Good examples at UBC
are in places like in residence,
I-House, St. John's College.
Almost unanimously, from the
200 to 300 people that I've spoken
with, one of the base problems
is that this is still a hard place
to make friends. So we could do
intercultural festivals, workshops,
toolkits till we're blue in the face;
if people can't make friends, we've
actually failed. We have a campus
where it's easy to feel isolated, so
the tendency to clique is so much
stronger.
Q: How do those UBC groups
[rez, I-House, St. John's
College] do the intercultural
thing well?
A: In all of those cases, they've
really thought through this. It's
not left to chance. They've thought
through what the issues are. So
for example, in rez, international
students aren't allowed to live
in the same room as another
international student from the
same country. They're split up for
a reason.
At first, students complain
about it. They want to live with
someone from their country, but
later on, it pays off. They have
friends from across cultures. 31
Full disclosure: The Ubyssey
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office to produce a yearbook for the
Japanese-Canadian UBC students
who were interned during the
WWII. Editors received a small
honourariumfor their work. Read
the full interview at ubyssey.ca/
opinion.
FRONT OF CLASS
by Catherine Rawn
Most people probably think they
could tell you what a university
professor or instructor does.
There's probably little bit of
reading, some research and some
teaching. But how much do people
actually know about how professors spend their days?
I'm a tenure-track faculty member here at UBC in the teaching
stream. This means that next
year, after four years of full-time
teaching, my performance will be
evaluated by colleagues, and if I
am deemed "excellent" enough, I
will be hired permanently by UBC.
My title will change to senior
instructor, but (I think!) that's the
only major change.
Indeed, the more common
tenure-track stream for faculty
involves being evaluated primarily
on research. That means teaching
vies for attention with research,
the activity that ultimately
determines whether a faculty
member advances. I enjoyed doing
research, but it was immediately
clear to me that I love teaching
students. I am passionate about
the creative and deeply human
process of helping someone think
differently, so this teaching track
is a perfect fit for me. That's a
glimpse into the big-picture career
level of professorship. What does
the daily life of a prof actually
involve?
I teach about 500 students
across three courses this term.
That means I am physically in the
classroom for nine hours each
week. And I'm in the teaching stream: I teach double the
amount of time as my closest
research colleagues.
It's easy to assume we do very
little throughout a typical day,
or that we just wait around for
students to email us. When I was
in undergrad, I used to think that
was true. As it turns out, I work
for about 60 hours each week (and
some years that number has been
as high as 75 or 80). Most of my
time is spent preparing lessons,
although the percentage of time I
spend on course preparation has
decreased over the past couple of
years.
The first time I teach a course,
I spend about 20 to 30 hours a
week on that course alone. This
preparation includes choosing and
reading the textbook, deciding
what concepts are most important or challenging or interesting, designing lessons that help
students learn those concepts, and
designing learning assessments
like exams and assignments. All
of this preparation requires an
understanding of the discipline
and how people learn, both of
which inform my choices while
creating learning experiences and
assessments for my students. Each
time I revisit a course, I strive to
improve my expertise in how to
teach it effectively. Sometimes
this means overhauling entire
lessons or assignments, but much
of the time this means deepening
my knowledge by reading journal
articles and making more subtle
changes to lessons based on last
year's notes and new developments
in the field. After about four or five
rounds of a course, I'm down to
spending about eight hours a week
on it, outside of class.
I also coordinate learning
events, like speaker series. I sit
on a number of committees to
help make the university function
well. And I also write. Writing is a
major part of most academic posts.
Last year I co-wrote a textbook on
research methods. More recently,
I have been writing an application
to the federal agency that funds
humanities research (called the
Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council) to convince
them to fund my upcoming conference on training graduate students
to teach.
After that is a new syllabus for
next term, and a research article
for publication in a peer-reviewed
journal. One of the challenges
involved in academic work is
constantly switching from major
broad projects to day-to-day
details of teaching courses. But it's
a fun challenge, and one that the
general public needs to understand.
Catherine Rawn is an instructor in
the psychology department at UBC.
Front of Class is a series of columns
on post-secondary policy from UBC
students, professors, instructors
and administrators. If you're interested in writing on this topic, email
coordinating@ubyssey.ca with your
ideas.
Letter: Issues with School of
Economics article
RE: The Ubyssey's Vancouver
School of Economics article
Thank you for taking note of the
new Vancouver School of Economics in the print and online stories
published by The Ubyssey for the
week of September 23,2012. This
is a very exciting new development for our department and for
the university in general. I would,
however, like to clarify a number
of points of information related to
your published piece:
• Tuition for the proposed new
bachelor of international economics degree program has not yet
been set, as the tuition consultation process is not complete. In
addition, the Ministry of Advanced
Education has not yet given
approval for the proposed new
degree.
• UBC Senate approved the enrolment plan for a balance of domestic and international students
in the proposed BIE program.
This may or may not lead to an
equal number of domestic and
international students.
• The funding for renovations to
the Leon & Thea Koerner University Centre is for seismic upgrading
as well as renovations to the entire
facility, primarily to house the expansion of the Peter Wall Institute
(PWIAS). The Vancouver School
of Economics will temporarily
occupy a part of the lower level.
Other space in the lower level will
be used by PWIAS and student
housing and hospitality services.
Hence, only a small part of the full
cost of the renovations is directly
related to the Vancouver School
of Economics.
Thank you,
Dr. Michael Devereux
Head, UBC Department of Economics Scene
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