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HomUBC students strike a
afance between academics and
nightlife — and why
Voted down by AMS council, the possibility of
a campus brewery now rests with students
After a 17-year drought, men's rugby beats the University of
Victoria for the Wightman Boot trophy // Page 2
MONDAY   20 I      ' «•      ,
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Come for a reception and conversation on relationships and
diaspora. The gallery features
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Liu visiting fellow.
Is the future getting you down?
Think BA stands for barista? This
event features panels from Arts
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turn your BA into a real job.
$10 at the door
Any opportunity to bring beer to a shoot is a goiden opportunity, it was nice to have
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Jackson Chen says Irving K. Barber is one of his favourite places on campus.
UBC a second home
for Jackson Chen
Ming Wong
Managing Editor, Print
Jackson Chen almost cried.
It was at one of those info sessions
where university recruiters come and
show videos promoting what their
school has to offer. Cheery, racially
diverse faces, lots of scenery, probably
a shot of Wreck Beach at some point.
When Chen saw that video, he was taken
aback. He knew then that the offers to
the London School of Economics, the
University of Toronto and all the others
wouldn't match up to UBC.
"My experience is better than I imagined," said the second-year psychology
and economics double major. Better than
the brochures, even if he feels slightly
cheated by the rain that wasn't advertised.
In the one and a half years he's been
here, Chen has found friends, God, a
girlfriend and himself.
Back in high school in Shanghai, he
considered himself to be a pretty shy
guy. Since arriving in Vancouver in
September 2012, he found himself faced
with two difficulties: trying to overcome that shyness and learning to speak
"I found out that my English is pretty
broken and I couldn't make friends very
easily when I first came here," he said.
He credits Jumpstart, the international student orientation program,
and Tandem, a buddy-system language-learning program, for making him
feel welcome and giving him a chance to
practice his speaking skills.
And he's practiced his English in the
most unexpected places. In the first
month of his new life in Vancouver, he
began selling Vector Marketing knives
door-to-door in Richmond and West Van
to learn to talk to strangers. Later, he
moved on to selling Lexuses. He didn't
sell the required 10 in one month to
graduate from his intern status, but he
did sell two — albeit to family friends.
Now, campaigning to be AMS president has been another step in Chen's
path to break out of his comfort zone.
It's not big in Chinese culture to tell
people how great you are and why you
should vote for them, said Chen, who
opted not to go for the rigorous Chinese
university exams and instead went for the
chance to study in a "developed country."
"No matter if I win or lose, I will
just accept it and be happy with it."
He said the campaign process — meeting interesting people, doing classroom announcements — has been
valuable enough.
Chen's positive outlook stems from a
revelation he had here. "I found out my
biggest happiness ... is becoming a better
It has been tough being thrust in new
surroundings and mastering a different
language, but Chen said the difficulties
are what shaped him today.
"I love this place, and the Canadian
accent is pretty beautiful, and that's one
[of the] biggest motivations why I want
to change [my accent]." He says it's analogous to singing a song better.
All in all, for Chen, the diversity at
UBC isn't just another glossy brochure
cliche, but a reality he has embraced.
His home is still Shanghai, because
that's where his parents are, but right
now, Vancouver is a close second.
"It just feels like this place is right for
me." XI
This is the first of four profiles on the AMS
presidential candidates.
Who's the most interesting person on campus?
Let us know!
Email your pitch ideas to
printeditor@ubyssey.ca // News
Four candidates
commit campaign
Jon Pinkhasik, VP operations of brUBC, holds the successful petition results.
Fate of campus brewery in voters' hands
Andrew Liang
After four years of uncertainty,
the fate ofthe campus microbrewery will be left up to students.
A question asking students if
they want to pay for a campus
microbrewery will appear on
the AMS elections referendum
after all, after the AMS brewery
committee andbrUBC collected
more than the 1,000 signatures
required to force a referendum
Both groups were pleased with
the result. "We wantfed] to get
as many as possible," said Kerry
Dyson, president of brUBC, "[but]
we really didn't have that much
time. We were given a week to
get those signatures, so we were
shooting as high as we could."
AUS hosts inaugural conference
The Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) held its first Humanities and
Social Sciences Conference on
Jan. 18 to highlight undergraduate
Daniel Munro, AUS VP academic,
said the goal ofthe conference was
to encourage students to think about
research outside the classroom.
"Other faculties have events like
this that are for science or what have
you, but we've never had anything
like this [for Arts]," said Munro.
The conference presented
research Arts students wouldn't
necessarily encounter in
the classroom.
"There was a kind of malaise with
the arts and humanities education.
I think this initiative is a real counterpoint to that," said Lloyd Axworthy,
closing keynote speaker.
Omassi and Munro hope to
expand the event to an annual Canada-wide conference.
Senate and BOG candidate receives $40,000 research award
Senate and Board of Governors
candidate Philip Edgcumbe is one
of five PhD students across Canada
for receive a $40,000 research grant
from Prostate Cancer Canada.
To help reduce post-operative
complications in patients with prostate cancer, Edgcumbe is proposing
to develop a navigation aid that will
provide surgeons with a real-time
ultrasound display of blood vessels,
nerves and tumours beneath the
surface during surgery.xi
After AMS council voted down
the brewery project, the AMS
brewery committee and brUBC
were given a deadline of Friday,
Jan. 17 to get the required number
of student signatures.
Over the past week, they
gathered about 1,700 signatures
on a petition asking if students
supported the AMS establishing
a fee to finance the construction
and outfitting of an AMS microbrewery.
If the proposal passes in late
January, a new student fee will
be introduced. The fee would
be $2.50 for the first two years,
$5.00 for following two years, and
$7 for the fifth year, chained to
inflation after that.
"Just like anything, students
would be able to opt out," said
Jon Pinkhasik, VP operations for
Support for lower
tuition fees added
to elections ballot
Nikos Wright
This year's AMS elections ballot
will include a referendum question
asking if students want the society
to lobby for lower tuition.
The referendum question came
from the Social Justice Centre, one
of UBC's six resource groups. In
less than a week and a half, the SJC
managed to collect the 1,000 signatures required to push a question to
the AMS elections ballot.
"Everybody should be allowed to
pursue education at whatever level,
no matter their financial means,"
said Gabriel D'Astous, a third-year
SJC member double majoring in
history and political science, and the
one who led the petition initiative.
"Accessibility to university should
only be based on your capacities as
a student... so in that sense tuition
does present a financial barrier to
some people," he added.
According to AMS VP external affairs Tanner Bokor, the SJC
petition came as a bit of a surprise
to the AMS, which already has
a policy of a similar nature on
tuition affordability.
The AMS's current policy regarding tuition reduction, according to
Bokor, states that "the AMS will
advocate for lower tuition when
that tuition decrease is met with
non-student funding." This non-stu-
brUBC. "That was actually written on the petition form."
While the proposed brewery is
expected to be built on the UBC
Farm, Pinkhasik said its location
will not be mentioned in the referendum, in case this changes.
"[The farm] really is a safety
net for us. It is most likely going
to be at the farm, but we don't
want to shoot ourselves in the
foot saying the farm, [if] for
whatever reason it can't happen,"
Pinkhasik said.
The AMS brewery committee
and brUBC will now be mounting
a campaign to spread awareness
and support for the brewery.
Aaron Bailey ofthe AMS
brewery committee said a brewery would bring the community
together and provide educational
opportunities in science and mar
keting. This, as well as the groups'
collective passion for beer, are the
main reasons they are pushing so
hard for the brewery, according to
Bailey said that according to
a 2011 study, if the brewery were
built at the farm, it could expect
to produce about 800 hectolitres
in the first year. After the first
year, they brewery could scale
up to producing as much as 1,600
hectolitres, which both groups
hope would satisfy demand on
campus and produce a profit to
both finance the operational costs
ofthe brewery and return some
money to the AMS.
In order for the brewery to be
created, the referendum question
must receive affirmative votes
from eight per cent ofthe student
body, or 4,663 people. XI
The January referendum will have a question asking the AMS to lobby for lower tuition.
dent funding can come in the form
of increased government funds or
external donations. The AMS's current policy also affirms education as
a right.
Acknowledging that the resource
groups and the AMS executives
seldom interact, Bokor said the AMS
and SJC may have different strategies on lowering tuition, with the
AMS perhaps having a long-term
goal that seeks to balance academic quality with attempts to lower
"I don't think our [strategies
are] that different," D'Astous said.
"I don't think the SJC is taking a
short-term strategy, or that we're
neglecting academic quality."
AMS council has not yet decided
whether to support the referendum
or not. Nonetheless, Bokor said
he believes a no vote would be the
worst outcome for the referendum.
"Regardless of our potential
differences in strategy for how
we should be advocating for these
issues, it's important that we continue to talk about [them]," he said.
"The goal ofthe question is
definitely [to] start taking steps toward reduced tuition, but obviously
... if the referendum passes, we
won't have reduced tuition [automatically]," he said.
D'Astous also said that the goal
ofthe referendum is to reinforce
the AMS's preexisting mandate
of seeking to lower tuition, as
well as to bring awareness to
student debt.
If the petition succeeds, the result
will be taken to the university and
external relations committee and
AMS council for a decision on how
to develop its policy to reflect the
referendum decision.
The SJC currently has no concrete plans on how to reduce tuition
fees, but they plan to collaborate
with the AMS if the referendum
succeeds. XI
Presidential hopeful Jackson Chen is one
of four candidates with violations.
Sarah Bigam + Will McDonald
News Editors
Four candidates have been added
to the elections penalty box for
campaign violations.
Presidential candidate Jackson
Chen had his campaign budget
reduced by $50 for posting an
unapproved website. His website
also lacked the required AMS elections logo and listed the wrong dates
for voting.
Chen said he forgot to have the
AMS check his website, and thought
he didn't have to include the exact
AMS elections logo.
"I though I could put it in another
way... which looked better because
we don't like the designing by the
AMS," said Chen.
Chen's campaign budget has been
reduced from $350 to $300, and the
maximum reimbursement he can
receive has been cut from $200 to
"[My campaign] is all run by
volunteers, my friends, so it's OK for
my campaign to be reduced by $50.
It's fine for me," said Chen.
VP external candidate Jon Snow
had his maximum spending limit
reduced from $350 to $200 and his
maximum reimbursement cut from
$200 to $100 for mass emailing
before the campaign period.
Over the Christmas holidays,
Snow — real name Philip He — sent
out emails to all the clubs listed
on the AMS website informing
members that he was running in the
upcoming election, and asking to
meet up to discuss his platform.
Snow, who sent the emails
through a personal account, said he
did not consider this mass mailing.
"I did personalize them to some
degree," he said.
Snow said in the emails he wrote
he was running "as a candidate";
he would not confirm whether he
wrote that he was running as a real
or a joke candidate.
Elections administrator Roddy
Lai said Snow's status as a joke
candidate wouldn't have made any
difference in the penalty given.
"Joke candidate aside, they are
treated like any candidate," said Lai.
"They have to follow the rules. If
they do anything that violates the
rules, they will be punished."
"I don't mind," Snow said. "It
kind of goes with my role as an
outcast as Jon Snow."
As well, VP finance candidate
Joaquin Acevedo and VP administration candidate Ava Nasiri
both received warnings for minor
campaign violations.
Lai said Acevedo received a
warning for accidentally posting
his campaign website before the
elections committee approved it.
Accordingto Lai, Acevedo is using
the same website he used last year,
and it automatically went live when
Acevedo renewed the domain.
Nasiri received a warning after
some of her campaign volunteers
put more than one campaign poster
on a single bulletin board. XI NEWS    I    MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
Cutting performance uncovers hard debate
Richard Sterndale-Bennett
It's a rare thing to meet an activist
who manages to remain persuasive
and credible when naked from the
waist down.
Judging by the audience's reaction to children's rights activist Glen
Callender's presentation at UBC on
Friday, he pulled it off.
The talk, hosted by UBC Freethinkers in the Buchanan building,
was part of a larger effort founded
by Callender, the Canadian Foreskin
Awareness Project, or CAN-FAP. Its
purpose is to advocate for the right
of male, female and intersex children to grow up with intact genitals.
Alongwith videos of real circumcisions on infant boys, the talk
— described on the event's Facebook
page as an "X-rated sex-ed-comedy-
horror show" — included footage
ofthe presenter masturbating and
video from a live show where he
counted how many grapes he could
fit in his foreskin — 11.
"That's one ofthe reasons I get in
the news and why things happen,"
said Callender. "It's because I'm
difficult to ignore, and I do things
that are controversial. And that's my
niche — and I'm not claiming to be,
you know, the right guy for everybody, maybe not even most people."
Children's rights activist Glen Callender says that no one should be circumcised except consent-giving adults.
The show serves as a lighter entry
point into what for many is a difficult and deeply personal issue.
CAN-FAP's primary objective
is the legal protection of a child's
right to choose whether or not to
be circumcised. Callender said that
female circumcision is particularly
harmful because one can't cut off
as much of a boy's genitals without
restricting his ability to reproduce
later in life.
"We use the term 'female genital
mutilation' to talk about what
people do to girls," Callender
said. "Circumcision is what we
do to our children with their best
interests in mind. Mutilation is
what other people do to their
children with bad intentions."
Callender thinks this is a double
standard — a claim not without
its critics.
In recent years, circumcision
has been performed as a preventive health measure. For example,
research conducted in South Africa
published in 2005 and trials in
Uganda and Kenya published in
2007 suggested that circumcision
could reduce rates of female-to-male
HIV transmission from heterosexual sex by approximately 60 per
cent. This led to the World Health
Organization's 2007 endorsement of
circumcision as a legitimate public
health measure in parts of Africa.
Callender, however, argued that the
African studies were biased and
methodologically flawed.
He also said that circumcision,
when conducted on a child, permanently changes a man's physiological
capacity for sensation without his
"There is a 2000-year body of
Jewish writing and a 200-year
body of medical writing that openly
acknowledges that a primary
purpose of infant circumcision is to
permanently damage the penis so
the boy, and the man he becomes,
will never be able to fully enjoy sex,"
said Callender.
Callender's next presentation will
be at the Taboo Naughty but Nice
Sex Show in Vancouver. XI
Hempology 101 lives on
Club awaits potential punishment for vape session in SUB
Will McDonald
News Editor
Hempology 101 is still an AMS
club, but it might be facing sanctions after hosting a vaporizer
session in the SUB.
Hempology 101 treasurer
Corbin Manson said potential
repercussions for the club include
suspension of their budget or loss
of SUB booking privileges.
"If our space is taken away from
us then the lingering impression
that everyone has ofthe AMS
subsidiary Hempology 101 is that
we're a vaporizing club, and that's
not true," said Manson. "Without the ability to book rooms, I
think the AMS would be harming
Manson said the club has
booked space in the SUB for a cannabis convention in March. The
convention would feature hemp
products and presentations from
medical marijuana researchers.
"We are able to function without room-booking privileges, but
that's the most vital function that
we have coming up, and I really
hope to keep that happening [at]
UBC," said Manson.
According to Manson, AMS
security is keeping an eye on the
club, but neither Campus Security
nor the RCMP are interested in
the club's activities.
Manson said he regretted
hosting the vaporizing session,
but it has drawn more attention to
the club, causing the readership of
their newsletter to double.
"The type of news that this
produced doesn't really align with
our values. We want to promote
legalization through education,
not legalization through recreation," said Manson.
Manson said the club
has indefinitely suspended
recreational sessions.
Hempology 101 hosted a vaporizer session in the SUB on Jan. 10.
"Once the education side of
things in healthy and very active,
then we can look into whether or
not we want to resume recreational events, but I have no plans
to do so right now and neither
does the club," said Manson.
In a previous article, AMS
President Caroline Wong said the
club's actions could be grounds
for expulsion, but Manson
said the event was blown out
of proportion.
"It's really interesting that the
media chooses to focus on the
negative there when there's so
many great things happening at
our events," said Manson.
Hempology 101 was scheduled
to meet with the AMS on Friday,
Jan. 17 to determine any repercussions, but the meeting has
been postponed.
The AMS did not respond to
requests for comment before
press time. XI
New BoG members
These new appointees are now three ofthe 11 members of the U BC Board of Governors
who are appointed by the provincial government, currently headed by the BC Liberal party.
The Board is the highest decision-making body of the university. Eight board members
are elected by students, faculty and staff. The other two members are the chancellor and
the president of UBC, totalling 21. —Sarah Bigam, News Editor
Claim to
Played football forthe
Claim to
First member of
Saskatchewan Roughrid-
Musqueam Nation to sit
ers for five years; played
on the BoG
football forthe UBC
Thunderbirds on a four-
year scholarship
Lawyer, specializing in
economic development
and governance of First
Private investment
Nations people.
bankerand UBC's largest
sports scholarship donor
Member, Canadian Bar As
(Sidoo Family Giving
sociation; chair, Musqueam
Land Code Committee
(fouryears); member, First
Founding shareholder,
American Oil & Gas Inc.,
Nations Summit, Treaty
sold for+$600 million
Bachelor of law, UBC;
bachelorofarts (anthro
Gave$65,000 between
pology), UBC;
Party ties:
master of constitutiona
donated $3,000 to the
law, Osgoode Hall Law
NDP in 2012
BoG term
Dec. 31, 2015
BoG term
Dec. 31,2014
Claim to    Christy Clark's campaign
fame:    manager
Current    CEO of WhatsNexx, pro-
job:    vider of cross-channel
marketing automation
Previous    Executive VP at digital
positions:    marketing firm Blast Radius
Inc. (2000-2012)
Liberal    Blast Radius gave $1,495
Party ties:    in the 2005 provincial elections, $800 during 2010
BoG term
Feb. 27,2015 II Culture
Contrary to what we're told
in high school, you can
still party, drink and have
whatever grades you want —
even As.
Clubbing is a part of many
university experiences. But for
some students, it's not a sustainable lifestyle; they get poor
grades, become unhealthy or fail
out entirely.
Educational institutions
and organizations such as the
National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism associate partying with poor grades
in university, and the results of
the Core 1996 alcohol and drug
survey demonstrated a strong
correlation between drinking
and lower academic success.
There are some students,
however, who defy this correlation. They have adapted their
schedules to allow for partying
up to three times a week, while
still retaining decent grades. But
who are they, and how do they
Eddie Spitz, a fourth-year
economics major with a minor
in commerce, holds a position
as a UBC fraternity president
while working as a promoter for
the Donnelly Group — all while
maintaining a B+ average. He is
also a frequent nightclubber.
"You get better at it. There's
no way I could have done any of
this in first year," he said.
"You learn how to manage
your time, learn to study better
and more efficiently, [and] then
you don't need to study as much."
Students like Spitz have
discovered how they study
best and learned to adapt their
schedules appropriately, rather
than throwing academia out
the window.
"The key for me was creative
alternatives," said Margaret
Lindsay, a recent UBC psychology grad, who would go out
often during her degree. "I've
read chapters while working out
at the gym, I turned one of my
exams into a fortune spin wheel
game, and carried my cue cards
in hand to whip out whenever I
waited, whether it was Starbucks
or the bus.... [Studying] in small
chunks of time can add up to a
Time management and prioritization are the most important
ingredients in the fun-filled
clubbing lifestyle. Karli Fahl-
man recently graduated from
UBC with a degree in political
science, and now does marketing
and promotions at Blueprint.
"The one thing that I ultimately
learned from my studies at UBC
was a large emphasis on time
management," she said, "[which]
would dictate my work schedule,
to make sure [I would] prioritize
what's important. [It's important] to take that time and take
care of yourself."
"I have a lot of self-discipline,"
said Emma Van Daalen, a UBC
exchange student in the medical
program at Leiden University in
the Netherlands, and a frequent
clubber. "If I go out, I can say
at two or three o'clock, 'I have
to get up at eight or nine, so I'm
going to go home.'"
Many student clubbers, like
Kalen Stewart, a second-year
psychology student who also
goes out often, actually prioritize
education far above everything
else. "Partying's not going to get
me anywhere in life, so school
is always my number one, but
I [also] want the chance to do
everything, and still live a little,"
she said.
For these students, "living a
little" is best defined by spending a night out on the town
with friends.
"I always found myself rather
restless when the weekend
would come," said Fahlman. "I
always wanted to experience
something new, and the weekends, after working really hard at
UBC during the week, [was] my
ticket to do so."
"[Going out] is an experience
that can be ever-changing, and
[it always has] something new
and refreshing to offer," she added—a point which those who do
not go clubbing often overlook.
Not all clubs are thumping bass
By Rachel Levy-McLaughlin
music and drunken hooligans
bumping up against each other.
Student clubbers are divided on
the topic of drinking. While they
agree that being "club drunk"
(intoxicated to the point that
stumbling is inevitable, and thus
incorporated into one's dance
moves) is not necessary for a
great time out, they disagree on
whether or not being completely
sober is still fun.
"It's not as much fun to be
sober," said Van Daalen, "because
most people are drunk."
"Drinking is a big part of [going out]" agreed Spitz. "I don't
know anybody who goes to a club
However, other students are
able to have a good time without
alcohol. "I still have fun [sober],"
said Stewart. "I kind of almost
prefer going sober."
"The only time I don't have
fun," she added, "is if my friends
are extremely intoxicated,
because then I have to deal with
them." This is a widespread
view; though it may be comical for a few minutes to watch
drunken friends fall all over the
place, few like to be the only
sober person in a crowd.
"I've gone out, hung out
with friends, [and had] a glass
of water at the bar. Sometimes
I'll just go out for an hour, be
completely sober, just to make an
appearance," said Stewart.
Perhaps what distinguishes
student clubbers above all else is
their socialite attitude. "I really
like to be with other people,"
said Van Daalen. "That's part of
what makes me want to go out
more. I like meeting new people
and having a good time with
"I always like being a social
butterfly," said Stewart. "I put
myself out there, and do lots of
different things to meet people. I
like having friends."
Being social butterflies, most
clubbers party in large groups
of people, with both friends
and strangers.
"Usually our group is like 20
to 25," said Spitz, "so when we
go to a club, basically we know
everybody [there], which is a
lot more fun than walking in by
yourself or with one friend and
chilling with them on the side."
Clubbing alone or with one
other is not much fun if watching
on the sidelines is the game plan,
but some, like Stewart, enjoy
smaller groups.
"I prefer if it's just me and
a girlfriend hanging out and
meeting other people there,
just because then you have your
buddy you're with, and you stick
together. I find that if you're in a
big group, with lots of people you
know around, everyone kind of
Because ofthe keen interest in
being with lots of other people,
word of mouth typically dictates
where a group will go for the
night. Club promotion companies (Blueprint, Crew Entertainment, the Donnelly Group and
Formula Events, to name a few)
have harnessed word-of-mouth
promotion by hiring students as
promoters or giving them door
shifts. The promoters begin the
process, and are paid to do so.
According to Stewart, who
works as a promoter for Formula
Events, promoting "is basically
just advertising for that night," —
letting people know that you will
be there, so friends should come
as well.
"I advertise it on Facebook ...
and I have my own guest list, so
people text me or send me messages asking to get on [it]."
"It benefits everybody," said
Spitz, who worked as a promoter at Crew Entertainment for
a portion ofthe past semester,
and now works for the Donnelly
Group, "because I get paid when
[my friends] come, but when they
come on my guest list, they get
half cover or free cover."
In this way, there is a symbiotic relationship between
the club, the promoter and the
guests who go out for the night.
It's a system of benefit; the club
gets more guests, the promoters
get paid for bringing the guests,
and the guests get discounted
cover — and often free drink
tickets as well. It's a win-
win-win situation.
For their friends, students
who work as promoters tend to
become the face of a good time;
Fahlman, for instance, knows
what will be fun on any given
night in the city, and can cater to
whatever friends are looking for.
"When it comes to going out,"
she said, "[my friends] end up
seeking me, essentially."
Hedonism and socializing are
the reasons student clubbers go
out so often; for them, the two
go hand in hand. Nightclubbing
is their way to unwind, de-stress
and have some fun with friends
after a tiring week hitting the
overpriced textbooks.
These UBC students have not
discarded academia, but they
have adapted their schedules
and lives to allow for socialization and clubbing. They are
living proof that partying and
academia are not mutually
exclusive, but that the two can
be enjoyed together — if you're
smart about it.
"The balance between school
and going out is ultimately
up to the individual student,"
said Fahlman.
And as Stewart sees it, "I have
my whole life to go out and be social, but school is only four years,
and you only have four years
to figure out what you're doing
with the rest of your life."
No pressure, though, tl
Photo by Mackenzie Walker
Editor's note: for some students,
heavy drinking and drug use can
be seriously harmful. Think carefully before choosing to indulge. CULTURE    I    MONDAY JANUARY 20, 2014
Eric Peterson plants the seeds of debate
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real-life battle between Canadian farmers and agricultural corporation Monsanto.
Marlee Laval
It's not every day that a play asks
more questions to its audience
than it answers.
When Montreal theatre
company Porte Parole brings
its docudrama SEEDS to UBC's
Frederic Wood Theatre for the
PuSh festival this week, it hopes
to challenge audiences to develop
their own opinions and carry on
the conversation offstage.
SEEDS chronicles the true
story of how Saskatchewan farmer
Percy Schmeiser's battle with
agricultural giant Monsanto started a worldwide debate about the
safety ofthe foods we eat and who
owns the right to them. Starring
Saskatchewan-born Canadian
television icon Eric Peterson,
known for his role as the hot-tempered elder Oscar on Corner Gas,
the show is a platform for the fight
between farmers and big businesses to reach audiences through a
new medium.
"I was intrigued by not just the
themes, but the use of theatre in
this matter," said Peterson, who
graduated from UBC's theatre
department in 1972. "It's a differ
ent approach to theatre, and it's
refreshing for me and for an audience to find something different."
What's also refreshing about
SEEDS is its authenticity to the
real Schmeiser vs. Monsanto
events, down to every spoken line.
Playwright Annabel Soutar created
the script entirely from interviews
and documents she found while
researching the story, making this
piece of documentary theatre as
accurate and genuine as it canbe.
"You get to see real people
dealing with this and talking about
[the issue]," Peterson said. "She's
not making up the dialogue and
she's not composing sentences."
SEEDS, however, is far from
being a one-sided story. From
the voice ofthe small town
farmer to the mind of Monsanto,
each perspective is thoroughly
represented, creating room for
thoughtful debate.
"[Soutar] wanted to make sure
that all points of view were there,"
said director Chris Abraham.
"The goal is to try to provide as
complete of a fair view of this story
as possible."
As Porte Parole performs
SEEDS on the Vancouver stop of
their tour, the group hopes this
prairie-based story will resonate
with West Coast audiences.
"[The show] reminds me and
my fellow Canadians ofthe
importance of chronicling what
is happening in our country,"
Abraham said. "As we perform for
audiences, we find that they are
grateful to have us open the door
to this story, which happened in
their own backyard."
All in all, Porte Parole wants to
start a conversation. The company
not only hopes to entertain its
audience, but to spark interest in
the ongoing debate and encourage
them to learn more.
"Form your own opinion, talk to
others, read the paper," said Peterson. "I'd like the audience to leave
and say, 'This is the beginning of
my inquiries!'"
"I hope that they take what
they want to take from it,"
Abraham said. "It opens the door
to miraculous possibilities for
change." tl
SEEDS runs at 7:30 p.m from Jan.
22-25 and at 2 p.m. from Jan. 25-26
at the Frederic Wood Theatre.
Tickets are $29-35 at the door.
The Royal Oui bring class to the Vancouver indie scene
Rhys Edwards
Culture Editor
Jan. 15 was a busy day for Vancouver indie folk duo the Royal Oui.
The bulk ofthe day was spent
shooting a music video for "True"
— a track from their new self-titled
album — at an abandoned Boy
Scout campsite in North Vancouver. Then, it was off to the Gallery
bar and lounge at UBC for the first
stop on their latest tour, which
will take them across Washington as well as the interior of B.C.,
followed up with an 8:30 p.m. live
performance on CiTR Radio.
But it's all in a day's work for
Adrienne Pierce and Ari Shine, a
husband-wife combo who have
been contributing to each other's
solo albums for years.
Shine, originally from Pennsylvania, says the video for "True"
is a good introduction to the
Royal Oui.
"There's something about it that
kind of touches on all the things
we do. It's a little bit Americana,
a little bit folky, it's also a little
bit dreamy, and it's sort of a good
introductory 'welcome mat' for the
Both members ofthe Royal Oui
already have their own established
track records: as an art-pop folk
artist, Pierce is known for her contributions to the soundtracks of
Veronica Mars and Grey's Anatomy,
while Shine, whose roots derive
from a power-pop metal sound,
won the 2006 John Lennon song of
the year award; and both of them
received Grammy nominations
in 2012. But their first full-length
as an item represents a departure
from their distinctive styles.
"This band that we're doing
now is more the music that we actually both like and listen to, more
so than even what we were doing
in our solo projects," said Pierce.
Shine and Pierce cite diffuse
influences for their work, ranging
from Neil Young and Simon & Gar-
funkel to R.E.M. and Ryan (and
Bryan) Adams. Recently, Ground
Control magazine compared them
to Stevie Nicks and Richard and
Linda Thompson.
Suffice it to say that as the Royal
Oui, Shine and Pierce's music simply plays like a conversation with a
wizened elder, or more precisely, a
graduate student in the arts who —
somehow — has managed to avoid
becoming cynical. They combine
lilting harmonies with acoustic
slide guitar and gentle, though not
Royal in name but subtle in style, Ari Shine and Adrienne Richards play for unpretentious
fans of Vancouver indie music.
superficial, lyrics; indeed, their
synergy is reflected not only in
their art, but in their conversations. Pierce and Shine can, literally, finish each other's sentences.
As Pierce put it: "The way we
write for the Royal Oui, a lot ofthe
music starts with Ari, and then I
start singing stuff —"
"— and we collaborate from
there and sort of add a harmony
or we change something to suit
the key that fits both of our voices
best," concluded Shine.
Despite their years of close
affinity, however, the Royal Oui
still haven't got used to working
officially as a single entity.
"It's very different," said Pierce,
a Vancouver native who graduated
from UBC with a BA in psychology
in 1990. "It's a little bit more excit
ing because I really have somebody to share it with. Because it
really feels like it's all on you when
it's solo, even if other people are
involved in some way."
The promotion tour for the
album is still being booked; Shine
and Pierce expect to play well into
the summer, planning to stop in
Ontario, California and New York.
But they're already halfway done
on their second album; in fact,
Shine and Pierce haven't stopped
playing and writing for the Royal
Oui since they collaborated on
their first EP, the aptly titled
Forecast, since March of last year.
Though they lack the ostentation
of some of Vancouver's other indie
outfits, the Royal Oui make music
their vocation.
"If I weren't a musician, I think
I would need to get my theatrical
yayas out there somewhere," said
Shine. "I would have been an actor
or maybe a writer of some kind...
but at a certain point, I realized
this is what I'm meant to do." tJ
The Royal Oui's debut album will be
released on Feb. 11 on Vinyl District
Records; their release party will take
place at the Prophouse Cafe on Feb.
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Canada // Sports + Rec
week: a look at
classes offered
At the beginning of each term, UBC REC hosts what's known as
"shopping week," where students can try fitness, boot camp, cycle
fit, martial arts, dance, yoga, pilates, aquatics, skating and even
learn-to-play hockey classes for free. With such a wide variety
and over 100 different time slots to choose from, you're bound to
find something you'll enjoy that fits your schedule. But in case you
missed the freebies this past week, we sampled four classes that
we thought looked interesting. Don't worry — it's not too late to
register, and each class runs throughout the term.
Krav maga is renowned across
the world as the official self-defense combat technique ofthe
Israel Defense Force. Unlike
other martial arts available at the
Student Rec Centre, krav maga is,
strictly speaking, oriented towards
self-defense in the purest sense of
the word. You can't really use it in
competition, since the objective
of krav maga is to destroy your
opponent's ability to hurt you as
soon as possible — by any means
necessary. The eyes and groin are
not out-of-bounds territory.
The krav maga course available
through UBC REC is an introduction to self-defense in real-life situations. There's no talk of honour or
internal "energy," nor are students
required to wear a gi or learn traditional forms. Instead, you'll learn
practical techniques, like how to
disarm someone armed with a
gun or a knife, break a chokehold
if you're attacked from behind,
and generally inflict the largest
amount of pain on an opponent in
the shortest time possible.
Note that this is not a workout-intensive class; you won't lose
weight or gain muscle by attending
it, since the focus is predominantly
on learning. Sessions are fun and
accessible to anyone, regardless of
gender (there is both a male and
female instructor), experience or
physical agility.
- Rhys Edwards
For shopping week, I decided it
would be a good idea to check out
the 7 a.m. cycle boot camp. I can't
quite tell you what I was thinking
with that decision.
When I stumbled in, coffee
still in hand, everyone else had
brought over weights from the
dance studio. A girl beside me
pointed to the cupboard on my
left, and said that since I was late
I could just use the weights in
there. It was stacked with pink,
two-pound weights, the sight of
which apparently scared all the
men out ofthe class, since there
were none there. Easy, I thought.
After taking those tiny weights
through 40 minutes of bicep,
tricep, shoulder, chest and back
sets, they felt much larger. I also
learned some tips about cyc
ling — possibly obvious, but still
things I didn't know beforehand.
For example, you're not supposed
to be putting much weight on
the handlebars, and it's easier on
your knees if you keep them in
close to the bike.
After 45 minutes in the bike
room, we went into the dance
studio for the ab set, where we
did — ironically — bicycles.
I'd recommend taking it later
in the day, but all in all, it's a
good class. And boys, check it out
too. This shit is tough.
—Sarah Bigam
I was up well before sunrise
Wednesday morning, and decided
to take advantage of Kick-It, one
of UBC REC's free classes during
shopping week. With a 7:30 a.m.
start, the convenience of having
the fitness studio in Ponderosa
Commons, my residence, was
a plus; the benefit of a three-
minute commute and not having
to venture outside may inspire my
regular attendance.
We were a smaller group of early birds, eight of us, who were led
through a martial arts-inspired
cardio fitness class. The class
accommodated a broad spectrum
of experience and abilities. From
correct breathing to punching and
kicking technique, our instructor
put us through our paces.
The hour-long session passed
very quickly, and soon we were
cooling down and stretching.
Upon conclusion, our instructor
promised our day would unfold
just "a little more smoothly";
indeed, I headed to my 9 a.m. class
much more awake than usual, and
rode that momentum through my
academic day.
Ultimately, I learned that some
early-morning exercise trumps
even the strongest cup (or three)
of coffee, and though we are all
busy, there is time in the day to
invest in wellness. Find it, commit
to it, and smile as you navigate
your schedule just "a little more
—Victoria Willes
"I'm going to, for lack of abetter
term, violently drive my hips up
into him."
UBC REC offers a wide variety of classes, many of which were free during shopping week, Jan. 13-19.
Welcome to Dan Slobodin's
Intro to MMA, the second-to-
last class of UBC REC's shopping
Slobodin has been teaching at
UBC REC for four of his six years
as a martial arts instructor. He
also teaches Brazilian jujitsu at
Gracie Barra Vancouver Martial
Arts School.
The class began with five
minutes of warm-up jogging,
shuffling and pushups before
moving into basic striking and
guard positions. Techniques like
"small packaging" were demonstrated by Slobodin, and the
intro class was a wide variety of
basic techniques.
My own mixed martial arts
experience is limited to watching
Georges St-Pierre in the UFC
octagon, so fortunately for me,
my grappling partner, fourth-
year kinesiology student Susanna
Reid, was one of five other females in the class of 23 students,
and roughly my size.
The best way to learn technique is to train with those who
are better than you. Still, when
Slobodin took over for Reid to
demonstrate a shoulder lock
submission on me, my heart
started racing. Apparently my
shoulders are "more flexible than
most people," so I tapped out
later than normal. Well, that's
After finishing the class with
four minutes of grappling —
which seems short until you do
it — and stretching, Slobodin had
some simple hygiene reminders
for the remaining 12 classes.
"Put on deodorant, brush your
teeth and clip your fingernails
and toenails." Those who ignore
the rules will be relegated to the
corner doing pushups.
Many ofthe students
test-driving the class were sold,
and promptly headed to the desk
to sign up after the packed two
hours, while I left with a deep
appreciation for the details of
mixed martial arts. XI
—Reyhana Heatherington
<j)'HUMBER 8    I    SPORTS + REC    I    MONDAY, JANUARY20, 2014
UBC pummels UVic to reclaim Wightman's Boot
Thunderbirds take 2-game series 51-24, ending Vikes' 17-year reign
Natalie Scadden
Sports + Rec Editor
"Guys, thank your sidelines," said
UBC head coach Spence McTavish
moments before handing his team
the Boot.
Indeed, several hundred fans
braved a cold Saturday afternoon to
watch the UBC men's rugby team
take on the University of Victoria
Vikes in the 43rd annual Wight-
man's Boot series.
Having won the first leg of
the series by a 29-16 margin on
Nov. 9, UBC needed to either win
the game or lose by 12 points or
fewer to reclaim the Boot for the
first time since 1997. However,
the Thunderbirds never gave
the Vikes a chance to cover the
differential, as they came out
in front of their home crowd at
Wolfson Field and pummeled
the Vikes by 14 points, taking
the game 22-8 and an aggregate
score of 51-24.
"UVic has pretty much owned
this trophy now for 17 years, so
it's nice to have it back with us,"
said McTavish.
Last year, UVic took the Boot
series 93-43. Two years ago, they
totaled 82 points and allowed
the Thunderbirds zilch. But this
year's UBC squad is older, stronger
and wiser.
"In the past, probably one of our
biggest problems was that we used
to give quite a few penalties away,"
said McTavish. "But today we were
a lot more disciplined. [Victoria]
didn't get the opportunities to kick
some goals, and we were on our
front foot the whole day today."
UBC took an early 5-0 lead
with a try by Francois du Toit,
but quickly committed one of
UBC powered past Victoria on Saturday afternoon for a 22-8 victory in front of their home crowd
those penalties, allowing UVic
to put their first three points on
the board. The Thunderbirds
responded quickly, as Erik Hunter-James ran 60 yards for a try and
Quinton Willms made the conversion to give UBC a 12-3 advantage.
UVic then managed to score with
a maul, collectively pushing their
player holding the ball into the try
zone for another five points, which
would prove to be their last.
UBC continued to put the pressure on before the end ofthe first
half. Willms scored a try in the far
corner and then converted it him
self, giving his team a sizable 19-8
lead after 40 minutes.
"We were consistent today," said
McTavish. "It was a very good defensive effort, and we did some good
things offensively too."
In the second half, it looked like
the Thunderbirds had scored again
after the ball bounced around
near the try zone. However, the
ref deemed it a knock-on, and the
Vikes regained possession. With
both sides noticeably slowing
down and becoming less organized, a penalty kick put through
by Willms later on were the only
three points to come in the final
40 minutes.
With the clock winding down,
some very aggressive tackles were
made. With a Vikes player down
and requiring medical attention,
the game relocated to an adjacent
field for the last seven or eight
minutes of play, but neither side
came close to scoring again.
Saturday's win not only brings an
end to UBC's 17-year Wightman's
Boot drought, but it keeps their perfect 11-0 record this season intact.
"These guys will be over
the moon, and all the alumni
Women's volleyball (15-1)
Friday vs. Brandon: 3-1
Saturday vs. Brandon: 3-0'
Men's volleyball (11-5)
Friday vs. Brandon: 3-1W
Saturday vs. Brandon: 3-01,
Women's hockey (16-5-1)
Friday @ ALB: 6-3 "
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Women's basketball I (9-5
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will be extremely happy,"
McTavish said.
The Thunderbirds will play their
next league game Feb. 1 at Richmond. More importantly, they begin
their World Cup series against the
University of California Golden
Bears on Feb. 15 in Berkeley.
"If we can reduce penalties, keep
the continuity of pressure on and
that, we'll be good," McTavish said.
"We've got some talented guys here.
It's a long season, there's a little bit
of luck involved, but if we can keep
people healthy all the time, we'll
have a good season." tJ MONDAY, JANUARY20, 2014    |    SPORTS + REC
UBC suffers first regular season
loss since October 2012
Joseph Ssettuba
In a battle between the two best
women's volleyball teams in the
country, UBC fell in a stunning 3-1
(25-20,21-25,23-25,24-26) loss to
the CIS No. 2 University of Brandon Bobcats Friday night at War
Memorial Gym.
UBC's Lisa Barclay had 15 kills
on a .189 hitting ratio, and Rosie
Schlagintweit had 15 kills of her
own at .135, but their efforts were
not enough. The usually composed
Thunderbirds let huge leads go in
the third and fourth sets, and it
eventually cost them with their first
regular season loss since Oct. 27,
The Thunderbirds jumped out
to an early one-set-to-none lead,
proving their credentials as the
top team in the nation. Barclay and
Schlagintweit led the way with their
hitting, and the two combined with
Abbey Keeping, Mariah Bruinsma
and Alissa Coulter with a good
effort in blocking. The final three
sets would be their undoing, though,
as inconsistent play, coupled with
Brandon's refusal to give up, eventually brought them down.
In the second set, the Thunderbirds were down by as much as 8-13
and 14-20 before a string of stellar
serves by Keeping cut the deficit to
18-20. It was symptomatic of how
the rest ofthe night would turn out,
as self-inflicted errors such as mistimed hits and inconsistent net play
blocks got the best ofthe 'Birds.
The third set saw UBC race out
to a huge lead. They were up by 16-8
before a technical timeout, which
helped the Bobcats regain their
composure. Brandon fought back for
nine straight points, taking a 23-22
lead and capturing the set 25-23.
The fourth set went much the
same way as the third. The two
teams traded points, leading to a 9-8
Thunderbird lead before breaking
the set open. With UBC up 16-11, a
technical timeout was called, and
once again, it served to inspire the
Bobcats. They fought back with a
mix of good attacking and serving,
pulling even to 20-20. They then
took a 23-21 lead, but the Thunderbirds momentarily bounced back
to 24-23. Brandon's Vaovai Aiono,
who led the Bobcats all night in the
upset, hit a booming ace to tie it up
again. She then made a kill to give
the Bobcats a match point opportunity, which they capitalized on,
taking the final set 26-24.
UBC regained their dominant
form in Saturday's rematch, taking
the victory in straight sets (25-17,25-
13 and 25-13) and clinching a playoff
berth. With the weekend series split,
UBC moves to 15-1 and remains atop
the Canada West leader board with
six regular season games remaining.
Brandon is tied for second at 12-4.
The Bobcats will head to Winnipeg (6-10) for their next games,
while the Thunderbirds will fly to
Calgary to face Mount Royal University (5-11). UBC will return home
to War Memorial Gym on Jan. 31 to
take on the University of Saskatchewan. XI
Lisa Barclary had 15 kills in Friday's loss to the Brandon Bobcats. UBC responded with a
straight-sets win on Saturday.
Chows return gets UBC back on track with weekend sweep
After sitting out last weekend due to injury, Ben Chow had 17 kills and 8 digs on Friday
night to lead UBC over Brandon, the reigning Canada West champions.
Nick Adams
Crushing the University of
Brandon Bobcats in Saturday's
last set 25-17, the men's volleyball
Thunderbirds swept the weekend
doubleheader by a total of six sets
to one.
Friday night saw the two teams
come out with the same agenda: to
set themselves up for a dominating
weekend. And although the Bobcats
looked like they were going to take a
commanding lead after the first set,
their inability to execute ultimately
led to their defeat. After winning
the first set 25-21, they went onto
lose the next three, and then the
following three again in Saturday
night's game.
A school with a thirteenth ofthe
enrolment of UBC, Brandon, last
year's Canada West champs, put up
a good fight.
When it comes down to it though,
the Thunderbirds got lucky in the
second game. They were barely
able to keep in front ofthe Bobcats
in kills and, had the the Bobcats
been able to convert some of their
20 errors — most from serves — it
would have been a completely
different game.
In the last set, though, UBC
proved why they are two seats
above Brandon in the CIS rankings.
Closing out the game quickly, the
eight-point lead to end it was in
large part thanks to a UBC side that
finally came together and, kill after
kill, was also able to force Brandon
into more errors.
For coach Richard Schick, the
last set was a welcome scene after
his reactions to Friday's game. "We
did a decent job but just didn't step
up at times," Schick said. He noted
that the Thunderbirds' aggression
and offense is one of their key assets,
and that they need to utilize it more
often and effectively.
Ben Chow and Quentin Schmidt
stood out from the rest of their team
in the final game. Combining for 28
kills, they stepped up and performed as per their coaches wishes.
Third- and fourth-year students,
respectively, the two are helping
lead the team toward the top — after
Saturday's game, the Thunderbirds
(11-5) sit in a three-way tie for
second place in Canada West.
Their competitors, the University
of Alberta and Thompson Rivers
University, hold equal records but
seem not to have the wind at their
backs. While Alberta has looked
shaky lately and Thompson Rivers
are in a lull after a mid-season run,
UBC's much more consistent record
shows them to be on a roll with the
last two games in their pocket. XI
UBC fights tough, but falls to CIS No. 2 Alberta Golden Bears
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After the University of Alberta
Golden Bears men's hockey team
ended the UBC Thunderbirds'
six-game winning streak on Friday
with a slim 4-3 victory, the 'Birds
dropped the second game in a row
against the same team Saturday
night by a score of 5-2.
The game began with early
Alberta pressure that translated
into a goal just two minutes into the
opening frame: Levko Koper snuck
one in after a small scrum in front
ofthe T-Bird net to put the Bears up
1- 0. The game's flow became a bit
more even for a while after the goal,
with UBC pulling a few almost-odd-
man rushes that the Bears' defence
always managed to break up as soon
as they began to look threatening.
The 'Birds had trouble finding
the net, though, and the shots began
to pile up in favour of Alberta by the
halfway point ofthe first. By the
13-minute mark, it seemed that any
pressure that existed was thoroughly concentrated in the UBC
zone. This momentum shift again
translated into an Alberta goal, this
one coming at 13:52 after a scramble
in front of'Birds goaltender Matt
Hewitt popped the puck loose,
which was then promptly chipped
in over his shoulder by Alberta's
Brett Ferguson: 2-0 Bears.
This time, the momentum didn't
even out after the goal. Almost
three minutes later, Golden Bear
Jordan Rowley took a wicked slap-
per from the point, beating Hewitt
cleanly to put the visitors up 3-0.
The Thunderbirds managed to
finish the period on a good note,
as Cole Wilson potted his 10th
goal of the season with a hard
wrister from the right side boards
at 17:32, cutting the Alberta lead
to two. The frame ended with
Alberta tripling UBC's shot total,
The T-Birds started the second
period with more energy, pressuring Alberta's zone from the
opening faceoff. Hits, passes and
shots began to connect for the home
team, and the ice slowly began to
tilt in favour ofthe 'Birds. Perhaps
out of frustration, Alberta's Travis
Toomey took a slapshot well after
an offside whistle, earning him,
strangely enough, a slashing penalty
— we won't argue.
UBC maintained some pressure
in the offensive zone, but the best
chance ofthe powerplay went to
the shorthanded Bears — a flat-out
breakaway denied by a simply gorgeous last-second back check from
UBC forward Nick Buonassisi.
The 'Birds survived a shorthanded two minutes of their own as the
game approached its halfway mark,
and the kill sparked them back to
their early-period form. A small
misjudgement in their own zone,
however, gave the Bears a glorious
cross-crease chance, but a monster
stop from Hewitt kept the lead
to two.
A few minutes later, UBC head
coach Milan Dragicevic decided his
team needed a breather and took
a timeout.
The 'Birds pulled within one at
16:40 in the second frame as Brad
Hoban streaked down the slot and
took a stellar feed from teammate Anthony Bardaro. One more
Thunderbird powerplay and a few
chances later, the period ended with
the Bears leading 3-2. UBC held the
visitors to less shots in the second
than the first, but the Golden Bears
still held the overall edge 30-16.
Though it looked like the
Thunderbirds just might fight
themselves back into the game, the
final period began much the way
the opening frame did: Alberta
pressure with a few glimmers of
hope from UBC sprinkled in. Again,
much like the first period, this momentum translated into an Alberta
goal. At 4:33, Hewitt made another
spectacular save, but his teammates
were unable to clear. The puck sat
limply in front ofthe net, and when
Alberta's Johnny Lazo hacked it
over Hewitt's shoulder, he was unable to stop it, his magic apparently
exhausted from the previous save.
The teams traded powerplays
in the following minutes, but both
failed to capitalize. Thunderbird
Luke Lockhart came close to
pulling his team within one, but his
slick toe drag couldn't put the puck
past Bears goalie Luke Siemens.
Alberta added one more for good
measure at 17:07 as Torrie Dyck
capitalized on a textbook two-on-
one, taking the pass cleanly and
wristing one high and hard over a
sprawling Hewitt to make the final
score 5-2.
With the loss, the Thunderbirds
drop to 7-12-1 on the season, while
the Bears improve to 17-3. XI
UBC will host the University of Calgary Dinos on Friday at Thunder-
birdArena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. II Opinions
As the AMS penalizes candidates for petty campaign violations, Christy Clark is busy appoint David Sidoo and other party boosters to UBC's board.
Two ofthe three newest appointees
to the Board of Governors are major
supporters ofthe BC Liberal party,
whose leader picks half the BoG
members. David Sidoo, one new
appointee, has donated $65,000 to
the party over the years, and Alan
Shuster recently worked as Christy
Clark's campaign manager. So much
for merit and ability.
Sidoo's appointment, at least,
makes some sense, given his long
athletics history at UBC. Heck, we
even named a field after him. But
Shuster doesn't seem to have any
sort of history at our university and
the company of which he is the CEO
— WhatsNexx, a digital marketing
company — doesn't even have an
office in Vancouver.
To their credit, at least they're
honest about this blatantly corrupt
process: Clark's office quickly confirmed that Shuster was in fact her
campaign manager, and all political
contributions canbe found in an
online database.
Still, there's no way the only
competent candidates out there just
happened to have given a significant
amount of their time and money to
the BC Liberals.
Here's to hoping, if pointlessly,
that the province takes a wider look
during their next selection process.
We at The Ubyssey would like to endorse the Royal Oui, the indie band
who recently performed at UBC, in
their appropriation ofthe linguistic
pronoun known as the Royal We.
But the Royal We, otherwise termed
"the majestic plural," is also what
we use here in the opinions section
oi The Ubyssey.
We realize that by making
this opinion known, we would be
damaging our journalistic integrity;
for in endorsing the Royal Oui's
appropriation ofthe Royal We, we
ourselves are suggesting that the
Royal We is a subject worthy of
linguistic mockery.
If the Royal Oui's appropriation
ofthe Royal We suggests that the
Royal We is something worthy
of linguistic mockery, this must
mean we ourselves believe that
the Royal We is a phrase devoid of
semantic sincerity.
If we believe that the Royal
We is a phrase devoid of semantic
sincerity, we must stop using the
Royal We. But if we stop using
the Royal We, we will no longer
be able to refer to ourselves in
the plural first person here at
The Ubyssey.
Thus, the Royal Oui's appropriation ofthe Royal We means we can
no longer call ourselves "we," and
if we can't do that, then what will
we be?
In the linguistic sense, we at The
Ubyssey will no longer be a Royal
We, and if we are no longer a Royal
We, we cannot write as the collective editorial board ofThe Ubyssey.
And if we cannot write as the
editorial board ofThe Ubyssey, we
cannot make assertions about the
issues that affect UBC, such as indie
band the Royal Oui's appropriation
ofthe Royal We — you see?
Thus we cannot commit to any
endorsement ofthe Royal Oui, and
instead remain subject to the Royal
We, out of necessity.
Oui oui!
Our photo editor is fuming because
his courses do not apply a strong
enough Marxist analysis to their
content. While he attributes part of
this to the fact the Land and Food
Systems curriculum is focused on
more tangible realities than passionate attacks on the capitalist system,
he nonetheless sees opportunity
for improvement.
While The Ubyssey would like
to remain neutral on the subject
of Marxism, we believe professors
should embrace to the extent reasonable the desires of their students.
In other words, give Carter his
Marx! XI
A sincere thank you and a geographic complaint
To the female student who, despite
my repeated protests, insisted on
paying for my lunch today in the
SUB Deli when the credit card
machines were down and I had no
cash on me:
Your generosity moved me
deeply and I will never forget it.
You don't know me at all and yet
you reached out with such spontaneous kindness. You even refused to write down your name so
I could repay you. I hope you read
this and get in contact with me so
that I can try again. Thank you for
reminding me ofthe goodness that
surrounds us. I will certainly pay
it forward!
Barbara Miles
Vice-President, Development and
Alumni Engagement, UBC
When UBC recruited me three
years ago, I was sold on glass towers and state-of-the-art facilities.
Unfortunately, I'm a Geography
The faculty of Geography inhabits
a "temporary" building built before
WWII. Dilapidated, I told myself,
but cozy. We made that insulting
little building our own. Yet now
they have taken even that from us.
After a recent seismic assessment
failed to realize that it was rife with
rotten timbers, mold and asbestos,
the administration spent nearly a
million dollars making urgent repairs
with all ofthe sincerity of a child
beginning his homework minutes
before it is due. They subjected us to
four months of classes interrupted
by heavy machinery renovating the
building during our lessons and
powerwashing classroom windows
in the middle of lectures.
It is impossible to discern whether
this treatment reflects a contempt for
our department, sheer incompetence
or simple greed. Take a look at where
the new construction is happening
and our university's priorities are
clear: they lavish new classrooms on
students of business, law and economics, topped with extra floors of
offices built solely to sell the naming
rights. (A helpful tip for any students
looking for a warm place to sleep
UBC is Vancouver's sneakiest real
estate developer and its most un-
apologetic slumlord. That says a lot.
They only keep the school running
well enough to attract new students,
planning construction around
recruiting season.
We were promised a future. But
they've sold us a used car. A used car
gets you where you need to go, but
costs a lot more than you bargained
for along the way. The same canbe
true of UBC.
I just hope I make it to graduation
before it completely breaks down.
Ian Majoribanks, Arts IV
'Education is not a right
ignores taxation system
Gabriel D'Astous
Although Michael Sullivan won a
John H. McDonald award for his
article "Education is not a right"
(Jan. 13), it appears his victory
was solely based on his eloquence, as his actual argument is
clearly lacking.
Sullivan attempts to make the
case that students should advocate
for increased tuition. Sullivan
argues there is no empirical evidence that high tuition fees are an
obstacle to education. He adds that
high tuition fees would allow universities to take more money from
wealthy students which could be
redistributed to lower-income students through grants, or reinvested
in the university. High tuition is
fair, according to Sullivan, because
students are "the prime beneficiaries of their own educations," and
therefore society should not pay
for it.
First, students are not the
primary beneficiaries of their
education, as Sullivan argues. A
highly educated population creates
substantial collective benefits.
Notably, university graduates are
more likely to actively participate
in their communities, tend to be
healthier both physically and
mentally (reducing the burden on
our healthcare system), and play
crucial roles in knowledge creation
and innovation — both of which
are key for the economy.
Furthermore, while Sullivan is
correct that university graduates
on average make more money than
non-graduates, he overlooks a
key aspect of society: progressive
taxation. University graduates
will make more money, and thus
will contribute more revenue to
their government — the same
people who fund the university
system in Canada. Recent research
demonstrates that male university
graduates contribute on average
$159,000 more in taxes to the state
than a male worker with a high
school diploma; for women, the
contribution is $106,000 more.
The average costs of a four
year diploma is $50,630. Students
already pay 40 per cent of that in
tuition fees, and will pay it again
on average two to three times
over during the course of their life
through taxes. Sullivan's claim that
it is unfair for society to pay for
student's education is outrageously
fallacious. Students will more than
pay back what society invests in
their education.
Further, I must add that those
who advocate for free tuition do
not believe students should not pay
for their education, simply that
they should be asked to pay in a fair
way — through taxes later in life,
once they have the means to do so.
Sullivan's claim that "there is
no empirical evidence to support"
high tuition reducing accessibility
is itself devoid of empirical evidence. A 2007 study in New Brunswick found that 29 per cent of
people who decided not to pursue a
university education cited financial
issues, specifically concern over
acquiring student debt.
These findings are echoed in a
2008 study done at Staffordshire
where 59 per cent of students who
did not enroll in university cited
student debt as a factor that "had
'much' or 'very much' affected
their decision." A study published
by London South Bank University
demonstrates that "the lower-income group were more debt averse
than those in the middle and upper
Students are not the
primary beneficiaries
of their education.
A highly educated
population creates
substantial collective
Finally, in the early 1990s,
Quebec increased its tuition fees,
and the ministry noted a five
per cent decrease in enrollment
between 1992-93 and 1997-98.
Comparatively, enrollment steadily
increased while tuition fees were
frozen in the province.
In other words, student debt,
clearly linked to high tuition fees,
plays an important role in determining if one will go to university.
Sullivan also claims high tuition
fees would allow universities to
take more from rich students in order to reinvest it in the university
and in aid programs. Here again
Sullivan seems to have forgotten
that we already have an efficient
way to take proportionately more
from the wealthy to redistribute
it: progressive taxation. Further,
I must warn my readers that
increased tuition fees are often
paired with a decrease of government funding, and therefore
the university does not get that
much more resources. In B.C., for
example, government funding
per full-time student has dropped
by 26 per cent between 1993 and
2008, and tuition rose as a result.
Finally, Sullivan feels obliged
to end by saying that "the International Covenant on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights does
not compel signatories to axe
tuition." I will answer by simply
quoting article 13:2(c) of said
covenant: "Higher education shall
be made equally accessible to all,
on the basis of capacity, by every
appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction
of free education."
Enough said. XI
Gabriel D'Astous is a member of
UBC Social Justice Centre.
While Michael Sullivan argued higher tuition would force rich students to pay more, this writer argues the rich already contribute more to higher education funding through their taxes. MONDAY, JANUARY 20,2014    |    GAMES    |   11
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Referendum Questions 2014
Do you authorize the AMS Student Council to dispose of the land located at 2124 Nordic Drive in Whistler, BC (legally described as
PID: 006-959-831, Lot 56 Except Part in Plan LMP22342, District Lot 7179, Plan 19839) together with all buildings thereon, such land
and buildings collectively being the 'AMS Whistler Lodge'?
Note: Any proceeds from the disposal ofthe AMS Whistler Lodge will go to the AMS Endowment Fund.
Do you support and approve the following changes to the AMS student fees?
a) Consolidating the $4.14 fee for External and University Lobbying and Advocacy and the $7.25 fee for Student Services into the
AMS Membership Fee.
b) Reducing the fee for the Student Spaces Fund by $5.00 from $12.39 to $7.39 and transferring the $5.00 into the AMS
Membership Fee.
c) Renaming the Student Spaces Fund as the Capital Projects Fund, and adding the following project to the mandate and
permitted purposes ofthe fund: Additions and improvements to AMS software systems.
Note: Your overall AMS student fees will not increase or decrease. If approved, the new fee structure will take effect in September 2014.
Do you support and approve amending the AMS Bylaws in accordance with the changes presented in the document entitled
'Bylaw Amendments: Administrative Changes'?
Whereas the UBC has demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and whereas it is unconscionable to
fund our education with investments in fossil fuels that threaten our future on this planet, UBC should immediately forgo further
investments in fossil fuel companies, and divest from all existing fossil fuel holdings within five years.
Do you call on the AMS to make all reasonable efforts to urge UBC to divest from fossil fuels?
Should the AMS, guided by the principle that education is a right, advocate for reduced tuition for both national
and international students?
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