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Board holds
secret meeting
Colin Mochrie is back
on Granville Island
Editorial: Board of
Govenors shrouded in
The future of
UBC athletics
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The new SUB's rooftop garden.
The new student union building
Arno Rosenfeld
Features Editor
It's shiny, full of food, liquor
and — soon — thousands of your
fellow UBC students. Out of
all the new buildings rising on
campus, re-routing walkways
and responsible for the foul-
smelling piles of manure dumped
seemingly everywhere, the new
Student Union Building will have
the greatest impact on student
Replacing the Old SUB, an
uninspired brutalist hunk dubbed
"the Fuhrer's bunker" by a
handful of faculty at the time, the
new SUB features walls of glass to
let natural light flow into an airy
atrium ringed by exposed wooden
pillars and an architecturally
innovative theatre in suspension.
The wood embraces a classic
Pacific Northwest aesthetic and
runs in stark contrast to the bare
concrete which only highlighted
the overcast weather, and in
recent years gave to crumbling
and featured prominent water
stains where gutters had drained
the Vancouver rain along the
walls for decades.
"The visual environment would
be rather dull if everything was
just a box," AMS designer and New
SUB architect Michael Kingsmill
told The Ubyssey last year. He was
highlighting the embrace of curves
in the new building, but it could
just have easily been slipping in
a knock against the building it is
The building, which serves
as the primary student leisure
and administration centre on
campus, is a triumph for the AMS.
Despite its multiple delays and
cost-overruns, after seven years
of planning, the $107 million, five
storey "Student Nest" is a feat of
logistical and financial planning
on the part of Canada's largest
student union. In 2008, the AMS
passed a student referendum
to increase student fees by $80
per student per year in order
to finance the project. Students
currently pay $90, and the fee is
capped at $100.
So what are we paying for? The
SUB isn't just a place to study;
numerous restaurants have opened
up, from the new Pit Pub to the sit-
down Grand Noodle Emporium,
to the revamped Pie[R] Squared.
The ingredients and recipes have
changed quite a bit, all for the
The New SUB will also be
home to many clubs and societies,
including student radio station
CiTR, the AMS, and yours truly,
The Ubyssey (now with windows!).
There's even a climbing wall.
There's also a huge, dangling orb
that is immediately apparent when
one walks into the SUB — that's
the AMS Performance Centre.
Also on that level is the Great
Hall, the art gallery (now named
the Hatch, get it?), and a slew of
multi-purpose spaces. Climb or
take a glass elevator to the top
level to visit the Perch restaurant,
a rooftop garden, and one of the
best views on campus.
It costs lot. We're still paying
for it. It took too long. These
problems shouldn't be ignored.
But at the end of the day, we ended
up with a hell of a student union
building. 'M
Board Chair John Montalbano being escorted from the meeting by Board Secretary Reny Kahlon to take a phone call.
Board holds secret meeting
Topics of discussion included "personnel issues" in
response to a recent blog post by a Sauder prof
Moira Warburton
News Editor
This morning the UBC Board of
Governors held an in camera unannounced Board meeting.
The Ubyssey discovered this
fact when a photographer was sent
over to the Robert H. Lee Alumni
Centre to take a photograph for
another article and was told he
could not do so because a Board
meeting was taking place.
When asked for comment on
this, the Board secretary Reny
Kahlon said "What meeting?"
At one point the fire alarm in
the Alumni Centre was sounding.
At no time did fire trucks or ambu
lances arrive on scene.
When Ubyssey reporters were
allowed back in the building, they
were told by Alumni Centre staff
that no one was allowed on the
same floor as the Board room because of a "private function."
Reporters waited outside the
board room for 40 minutes until
Richard Johnston an elected faculty representative on the Board,
arrived at the Alumni Centre and
promptly turned around because
it transpired that the meeting
was currently taking place in
another location. The Ubyssey then
followed Johnston to the actual
location of the meeting, in the Old
Administration Building.
At around 11:30 a.m., Judy Kirk
of Kirk & Co., a public relations
firm used by the university administration in the past, was seen
entering the Board of Governors
meeting room.
For the rest of the day board
members occasionally entered
or exited the room, all saying
they were unable to comment but
the university would release a
statement shortly.
Speculation that the surprise
Board meeting today was convened in response to the public
outcry resulting from recent blog
posts by Sauder professor Jennifer
Berdahl's blog post was confirmed
by Acting President Angela Re-
dish's statement made after the
Board meeting was closed.
Berdahl's first post argued that
Arvind Gupta's resignation was
because he felt pressure due to not
being "masculine" enough for the
role of president. Her next post
detailed events in which various
levels of the university administration attempted to limit her right
as an academic to speak freely, in
response to her original post.
"Universities serve society but
are also established to question
society, and academic freedom is
the bedrock on which a university
exists," said Redish. "As such, the
university has rigorous processes in place, established with the
agreement of the Faculty Association, to investigate any allegation
of breach of academic freedom.
It is imperative that we follow
this impartial process ... before
pre-judging unproven and untested allegations at this time."
Redish said that the Board
welcomed this process and would
not be commenting further on the
allegations until the process has
been concluded.
Renewed calls have been made
for John Montalbano's resignation. In response to these Redish
replied that the Board "has issued
its full confidence in John Montalbano and his leadership."
Montalbano quickly left after
the meeting, declining to speak
with reporters.
When asked why the Board
meeting took place in secret today,
Redish said that "personnel issues"
are always discussed in camera.
She said she was unable to speak
as to when more information
surrounding Gupta's resignation
will be released. "The Board made
that decision before I became a
member of the Board," she said.
No statement was available
from student representatives
Veronica Knott and Julie van Der
Valk, except that they are involved
in the process and doing their best
to represent students' opinions. H
Ridesharing company Uber seeks support of the AMS
Emma Partridge
News Editor
Over the summer, a representative from the ridesharing
company Uber paid a visit to the
"Uber was looking to expand
into the area ... and they were
looking for support from different groups like students," said
AMS Vice President External
Jude Crasta. "They were hoping
that the students ... would be
able to assist them in that form
of advocacy to the [provincial]
Uber is a ridesharing service
that allows passengers to submit
a ride request through their
smartphones, then be connected
with a driver. Everything is done
via an app — the price of the ride
is calculated ahead and money is
transferred electronically.
Both the rider and driver must
"accept" one another after viewing each other's picture and profile. Still, the legality and safety
of a ridesharing service in which
drivers are not licensed operators
and the vehicle is not a registered
taxi has been frequently challenged.
This year, Uber went to court
with the city of Toronto as the
legality of the company was
disputed. Just this month, Uber
drivers in Toronto received
198 charges.
So what does the corporation
want from the AMS? Policy that
advocates for ridesharing in general, according to Crasta.
"Ridesharing as in the commercial ridesharing thing... like
having a vendor," said Crasta.
"That's what they wanted us to
help advocate to the provincial
government for."
However, it is not decided
yet whether the AMS will be
partnering with Uber. According to Crasta, a rep from Uber
approached the AMS a little over
a month ago. After the representative provided the relevant data,
the university and external relations committee were presented
with the information and are
currently reviewing it.
"What I asked the committee
to do is basically come back to
me with an answer to say yea or
nay to go ahead with drafting a
policy to then bring back to the
committee, have them chew it
around, [then] send it to council
for consultation," said Crasta.
The data the company presented covered different categories of benefits, the main ones
being to riders and drivers.
"Some of the things they were
talking about with riders was the
low prices for transportation,
improved efficiency, reliable,
average wait times being under
five minutes," said Crasta. "For
Uber may soon be coming to campus in partnership with the AMS.
the drivers they were talking
about select or income opportunities, higher income."
Now that the transit plebiscite
has failed, ridesharing is one
aspect of the larger conversation
about transportation in Metro
Vancouver. According to Crasta,
in the long term the AMS does
support through policy the single
solution of a rapid transit system
to UBC. In the short term, smaller scale solutions are needed to
deal with the issue of congestion.
However, Crasta said,
"we're undecided what direction
we specifically want to focus our
transportation efforts to. We did
do a full comprehensive research
report about transit solutions
through our Transit U-Pass
Commissioner and so we're currently looking at [many] different
Regardless, depending on how
the committee responds to what
information Uber has provided
to the university, Uber may be
partnered with the AMS in the
future. H
AMS increases
concert budget to
almost $80,000
The new concert budget was approved by
the AMS council in their last meeting.
Joshua Azizi
AMS council has recently approved
a motion that will increase the
budget for concerts at UBC from
$15,000 to $79,560.
With this budget increase, the
AMS will launch a series of concerts
and events held in the new student
union building. These concerts and
events will mostly take place in the
renovated Pit and the Great Hall in
the centre of the building, which can
hold a capacity of almost 1,000.
The budget was submitted by the
AMS events manager, who could not
be reached for comment. The budget
went through the budget committee, then to Council and was passed
at the July 29 Council meeting.
According to AMS Vice President
Finance Mateusz Miadlikowski, the
goal of the increased budget is to
generate a student community and
enhance student life within the new
"The priority of our previous year
was to build the building, and now it
is to build a community within the
building to fill the building," said
Miadlikowski. "We're trying to increase student life and participation
of students in student life, and the
AMS will throw more events and
make the events a little better and
more visible on campus as well."
The budget increase will mostly
go towards funding new concerts,
as opposed to larger events such
as Block Party or the Backyard
BBQ, since these events are under a
separate budget.
Miadlikowski also noted that
this money could provide UBC with
several DJ shows.
Although this new concert
budget is significantly larger
than the previous budget, Miadlikowski said that it is actually an
adjusted number.
"The previously presented number was way higher, but budget committee decreased it," said Miadlikowski. "I think it was well justified
and it's balanced with the concert
revenue of almost $65,000, which
includes sales of tickets and liquor
sales and any potential sponsorship
in addition to the $65,000."
Ultimately, he is pleased with the
final budget increase.
"With such a beautiful space, we
need to make sure that the events
are on par with the building," he
said. tJ
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Alumni and faculty respond to the cancellation of ISL
Emma Partridge
News Editor
Since the cancellation of
International Service Learning
(ISL), students have been eager to
make their voices heard.
"Cutting a program that creates
so much value for not only the
students directly enrolled in
this program but also the global
communities UBC promised to
work with is simply irresponsible,"
wrote Viet Vu, AMS representative
for the Economics Undergraduate
Society, in an open letter to UBC.
Through International Service
Learning (ISL), students offer aid
to under developing countries
while also getting experience in
their chosen field.
"What makes ISL particularly
unique is that it's not just like an
exchange or just an international
placement for the sake of being
in a different geography, it's that
it's entirely community needs-
based," said Pranav Chintalapati,
UBC graduate student in chemical
Chintalapati's first placement
was in Mexico, designing a
solar water heating system for a
community. Chintalapati's career
path was significantly influenced
by his experience.
"The whole time I was working
in oil [after graduating] I was still
very much cognizant of the kind
of global issues tied into working
for a big oil corporation... Now I
do research in water treatment,"
he said. "Everything that could've
been contributed to oil is now
In ISL, students go into communities to work
contributed to water and that's
partially impacted by a program
like ISL."
According to Janet Teasdale,
Managing Director of Student
Development and Services,
shutting down ISL was part of a
larger budgetary process where
central units were asked to identify
opportunities for savings.
"Although it's facilitated
valuable learning opportunities,
and has made a real different
in communities, the number of
students who benefit was quite
small," said Susan Grossman,
Director for the Centre for
Community Engaged Learning.
on projects that give them both experience and credits towards their degree.
"The costs were not sustainable."
According to Grossman, ISL
engaged 89 students last year and
the budget used for the program
was $240,765.
"This is not a decision about
the quality of the program,
the program we recognize is
incredibly transformative for
students, however it's not serving
a large number of students," said
Teasdale has not specified
where the funds are to be
reassigned, but said this was an
investment in the University's
academic mission "by redirecting
funds to strengthen Faculties and
provide greater financial support
for research and learning."
According to Teasdale, shutting
down other programs was an
option considered but ultimately
not decided on since ISL serves
a small number of students.
Charging for the program was
decided to be not "self sustaining"
"I feel like it was only taken
into account the number of
students that benefit from the
program, but not necessary the
mutually beneficial effects with
host communities and host
organizations," said fifth year
international relations student and
ISL alum, Krista Knechtle.
According to Grossman, students
doing their placements at the
time of the announcement were
notified over the summer. However,
faculties were notified in May and
June and alumni were contacted in
When asked why students
had not been consulted earlier,
Grossman said that "we didn't want
to notify [students on placements]
in advance and the alumni were
notified after because we thought...
the alumni might share the news
with students."
UBC economics Professor
Catherine Douglas spent the last
three years developing an ISL based
"The news about the termination
of the ISL program has been
especially discouraging given that
the decision was made without
prior consultation with students,
faculty and community partners
- those of us who are actually
involved and have knowledge about
the value of this program," said
While there are other
organizations that offer
international experiences at UBC,
both Knechtle and Chintalapati say
that ISL was a unique experience.
However, Grossman says that
faculties are about to begin the
process of moving forward.
"We are really committed to
engaging students and faculty in the
process going forward... we know
that they know [students] want to
stay engaged in some we so we'd
like to hear their perspectives on
how to move forward," she said. 'M
One student is challenging how sexual assault is handled at Explore
Kyla Jamieson is spearheading attempts to change the way sexual assaults are handled at the government-funded Explore program.
Moira Warburton
News Editor
A UBC student is leading the
charge on trying to change
attitudes towards sexual assault
in the government-funded French
immersion program Explore.
"I thought I was going to get a
Francophone, Quebecois cultural
experience," said Kyla Jamieson,
participant in the Explore program
at the Universite de Quebec a
Trois-Rivieres (UQTR).
Instead, says the graduate
student in creative writing, she got
a healthy dose of rape culture.
The Explore program was
founded in 1971 and has since
been facilitating a five-week
immersion program at various
university campuses across
seven provinces. The program is
possible for many students thanks
to bursaries, provided by the
federal government through the
Council of Ministers of Education
(CMEC), that cover course fees,
accommodation and food costs.
After administrators at the
UQTR campus of the program
presented a skit which many
found to trivialize the use of date
rape drugs and sexual assaults,
Jamieson spearheaded a petition
aiming to "re-educate Explore."
The skit was presented
to students during one of the
welcome assemblies. According
to Jamieson and other audience
members, two girls are at a bar and
one is emphasized as pretty and
popular, the other as frumpy. Both
have date rape drugs slipped into
their drinks; the next scene shows
a man trying to decide which
unconscious girl to take home. The
punch line of the skit is that the
would-be rapist found one girl too
unattractive to sexually assault.
Jamieson says multiple Explore
administrators told her the skit was
performed in response to sexual
assaults that occur regularly during
the program at UQTR, although
when a CBC reporter later
followed up on these claims, they
were denied.
Jamieson ended up leaving
Explore at UQTR early, after
finding administrators unable to
understand why she and other
students were upset over the skit,
as well as other incidences such
as jokes made by students in class
to instructors that also trivialized
sexual assault.
"I know we've had these
problems on our [UBC] campus too
— we saw the rape chants, we've
had that series of sexual assaults
and there was a debate about how
we were having that conversation,"
said Jamieson. "But the situation
in Trois-Rivieres was so different
in that I talked to administrators
about the date rape drug skit, and
they couldn't understand... how
the skit was problematic."
Comments on the petition
started by Jamieson and other
Explore participants contain
allegations of a pattern of attitudes
tolerant of sexual harassment at
other Explore campuses.
"The skit was the smoke. Now
I'm finding out about the fire,"
said Jamieson. "[When] we're
choosing which Explore programs
to apply to... we have no idea that
the federal government is paying
for us to go to these places where
we're being targeted [for sexual
harassment] and where our
complaints are not taken seriously
about sexual assault."
The Ubyssey attempted to
contact the authors of these
comments to verify their accounts
without success.
When contacted for comment,
the Explore program at UQTR
directed <em>The Ubyssey</em>
to its policy on sexual assault and
said in a emailed statement, "Our
intention is not to return [to these]
Louis Lizotte, interim director
of CMEC, said in an email
statement that CMEC is committed
to ensuring that institutions
offering the Explore program
"provide a safe and welcoming
environment that is free from
discrimination and harassment."
The work to "ensure sexual
assault and anti-discrimination
policies [are] in place at each
institution promote and advance
human rights education... has
already begun," according to
One outcome thus far of
Jamieson's petition is that Explore
at UQTR won't be presenting any
more skits.
"That's the easy way out," said
Nic Walry, an SFU student and
participant in Explore at UQTR.
In his newspaper writing module
during the program, Walry wrote
an article on the student protest
and petition attempting to change
the way sexual assaults are handled
by Explore programs. He was
blocked from publishing it in
the newspaper distributed to all
Explore participants at UQTR by
the administration.
"But come next year when they
have more students, I don't know...
if they're really going to take into
mind what has gone on this past
year." 'JJ // CULTURE
Who's Line star returns to his comedy roots
Rithu Jagannath
This August, the Vancouver
TheatreSports League is
welcoming one of the world's
greatest improvisers to their
stage. Colin Mochrie, famous
from the hit show Whose Line is
it Anyway, is returning to where
his career began — at the Improv
Centre on Granville Island.
Mochrie has a long history
with Vancouver TheatreSports
League, having become a member
shortly after he graduated
from Studio 58 theatre school
alongside costar Ryan Stiles.
He began his journey with the
company in 1980 and ended his
tenure in 1986.
The Vancouver TheatreSports
League (VTSL) was founded in
1980, and executive director Jay
Ono has been involved with the
company since 1983. Denise Jones
joined TheatreSports in the Rookie
League and became a performer on
the main stage in 2003, taking on the
role of artistic director two years ago.
Both will join Mochrie in performing
"We've done shows with Colin
before and he just has such a
fond appreciation of our theatre
sports league. He has always loved
supporting the outreach programs at
our centre," said Ono.
The two shows featuring
Colin Mochrie is returning to his Improv roots on Granville Island
Mochrie axe An Intimate Evening
with Colin and Colin £t Friends.
"It's an experience that not many
people get to have," said Jones. "It
includes a catered reception and
complimentary drinks. There's also a
Q&A with Colin after the show. That
one-on-one time with Colin will be
absolutely amazing."
Improv shows always involve a
lot of audience participation, and the
performers are all looking forward
to the creativity the Vancouver
audience will bring.
"I am most excited for the
audience's reactions," said Ono.
"Colin has become such an icon on
the international comedy scene, so
seeing him on TV and then seeing
it being delivered in person will be
"I can definitely say that he is so
much fun to do a show with," said
Jones when asked what she is most
looking forward to.
Mochrie is renowned for
his love of working with new
talent especially at Vancouver
TheatreSports. He believes the key
to creating amazing chemistry is the
use of ensemble over "stars."
These shows support both the
Improv Institute and the Colin
Mochrie Scholarship fund which
helps students with partial or full
financial help.
Both Ono and Jones agree
that the most exciting part of
TheatreSports is the growth each
player goes through.
Tickets for the shows range from
$70-$125 and are available online. 1
Chado: an interactive cultural experience
Vicky Huang
The Urasenke Foundation
Vancouver Branch has been holding
Japanese tea ceremony or chado
demonstrations throughout the
summer at the tea house in the
Nitobe Memorial Garden for 20
years, according to Keith Snyder, a
resident tea instructor for Urasenke
The Nitobe Garden was
designed by Kannosuke Mori, a
landscape architect and professor at
Chiba University. Opened in 1960,
the Japanese garden includes a tea
house that was built for the practice
of chado, a ritualized discipline
that concerns the preparation and
presentation of matcha. In 1994, the
Urasenke Foundation donated to
the restoration of the tea house and
dispatched carpenters from Japan
to undertake this task.
Hanso Soshitsu, the 15th
generation Grand Tea Master of
Urasenke and a UBC honorary
doctorate recipient, named the
tea house Ichibo-an (Hut of
the Sweeping View) upon the
completion of its restoration. Since
then, Snyder has been volunteering
his expertise to look after Ichibo-an.
Chado is a Japanese cultural icon
with roots from China. According
to Jessica Main, an Asian studies
professor at UBC, tea was consumed
for medicinal, social and religious
reasons in Chinese Zen Buddhist
"One of the really interesting
things about tea is that it has
caffeine in it. And if you're a monk,
who's attempting to meditate long
hours ... something with caffeine
in it is really useful," said Main.
"[Tea] served as a way for monastics
to connect with each other and to
connect with people beyond the
This tradition was confined
within China until the ninth
century, when Japanese monks
went to China to study Buddhism
and returned to Japan with the
sacred substance: tea.
"Things are done very precisely
in specific orders with specific
reasons. [Chado is] very attuned to
seasonal associations; it's imbued
with ideas in Japan about what
kind of aesthetic associations are
common. You learn how to walk in
certain ways; you learn how to move
in certain ways. It's about learning
to be graceful," said anthropology
professor Millie Creighton.
"It's not intended to "be like
yoga,' but there are all these
elements that are embedded. If
you've done it a longtime, you
can begin to naturally incorporate
gracefulness into your usual
movements," said Creighton.
The Japanese idiom ichi-go
ichi-e (one life, one meeting) is
central to the philosophy of chado.
This notion brings awareness to
the present and reminds people to
cherish time spent with each person
they meet.
"Every single moment is
effervescent — it's constantly
arising, and then that moment
will never come again," said Main.
"That's one of the meanings that
stresses on the Buddhist idea
of impermanence and on the
importance of the present."
Creighton said that visitors
should wear white tabi or white
Tea ceremonies are open to all in the Nitobe gardens.
socks to minimize damage to the
tatami (rice straw mats) and to
symbolize purity and simplicity.
"[Chado is performed] in
a desire to eliminate any kind
of artifice, so anything that is
added on, like accessories or
jewellery should be removed," said
Creighton. "It's the idea to try to
reconnect with the basic inner
essence of yourself."
These etiquettes are taught
in Creighton's Japanese tea
ceremony class, under the course
code ANTH 403B. Believed to
be the first university credit
course on chado in Canada, this
course differentiates itself from
tea lessons offered elsewhere
through its academic approach of
analyzing and questioning the way
chado reflects gender roles, social
class and minorities' position in
Japan, according to Creighton.
"Chado attempts to incorporate
all of the senses... It's visual,
audible, and it encompasses touch,
smell and taste," said Creighton.
"It's learning to understand and
have an appreciation for aesthetics
in a culturally different way."
Snyder considered chado
unique for being an art that does
not distance the performer and the
audience. "[Chado is like] games
and sports.... It's an interactive
event [where] everyone, hosts and
guests, are interacting together to
make the experience happen."
UBC is versatile in offering this
interactive cultural experience:
a term-long Japanese tea
ceremony course, a one-hour
tea demonstration at Ichibo-an,
or a brief glance at the tatami
and utensils displayed at the
tea gallery in the Asian Centre.
Everyone is encouraged to partake
in the soul-cleansing ritual of
chado. 'tJ
Log into Game
Writing Academy
UBC is exploring the most current form of
creative writing.
Jamie Dee
UBC has launched a new continuing
studies program — Game Writing
Academy — for the growing interest
in the technological industry.
The Game Writing Academy is
a six-course online program where
students will learn to create the soul
and story behind games. Through
online forums, students immerse
in discussions about existing
fictional characters, typical game
environments and popular storylines
that the general audiences love.
From these inspirations, students
then generate their own ideas for
games. From character profiling to
extraordinary world-building and
intriguing plots that may leave the
audience enraptured, this program
offers students the opportunity for
limitless imagination.
According to Sean Smillie,
instructor for the program, Game
Writing Academy is "the kind
of program I wish had existed
dozens of years ago, when I was
becoming a writer for games....
It'll give [students] a really solid
understanding of what they would
be getting into if they were going to
work in the industry."
Smillie has been in the game
industry for over 13 years as creative
director, producer and game
designer on several projects. His
background experiences offer an
advantage for students who are
interested in joining the industry.
They can expect to receive proper
guidance and be steered towards the
right direction if they wish to pursue
a similar career path.
Although the program appears
to be geared towards students with
backgrounds in computer science,
it is recommended for everyone
who wishes to test the waters of
the game industry. Game Writing
Academy serves as an introductory
program for computer science
students who wish to enhance their
knowledge on the narrative side of
game development, students who
have always wanted to try entering
the game industry or for anyone who
wants to write fiction in a different
style from other creative writing
Throughout the course, students
can expect assignments that
challenge their innovative minds in
creation, development and direction
of plots. There are no requirements
necessary to enter the program, nor
will there be any courses directed at
coding or programming.
The program aims to give
students understanding of
how development teams work,
knowledge of the industry and a
portfolio as steps towards a career
path in game development. 'M FEATURE    I    TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015
Emma Partridge
News Editor
All eyes have been on UBC to offer
more answers in the wake of the
unexpected resignation of UBC's
13th president. On August 7, a
Friday afternoon, President Arvind
Gupta announced that he has
resigned his position one year into a
five-year mandate.
The announcement was
made via a press release from the
university, which didn't provide
many details as to why the president
resigned. Mathematics professor
and former Board of Governors
member Nassif Ghoussoub wrote in
a Georgia Straight article, "the lack
of information and transparency in
the announcement was not lost on
"They need a few days, they
say, or something for the board
to convene ... if they really didn't
expect anyone was going to ask any
questions then they're out to lunch,"
said Ghoussoub, speaking about the
Board's lack of explanation. "It's
insulting to the people that work at
this university that are supposed to
work at a higher complexity level in
terms of analytical thinking."
The press release cited a focus
on academic priorities as the reason
for the change; many found this
reason an insufficient explanation.
"This news came as a complete
surprise to me, and I have spent the
weekend trying to make sense of it,"
wrote Mark MacLean, president of
the UBC faculty association, in an
open letter. "I am skeptical that the
reason for it is simply that Professor
Gupta wishes to return to the life of
a professor of computer science."
MacLean would not comment
on the resignation at this time,
saying that he is in on going
conversations with the chair of
the Board of Governors, John
Montalbano. Montalbano also could
not be contacted for comment
on the resignation. When The
Ubyssey reached out to Montalbano
last week, we were told he was
on vacation. An interview was
arranged for 7:30 a.m. yesterday,
but was cancelled. Later that day,
he attended a private, unscheduled
board meeting.
"We understand that everyone
would like a fuller explanation
but must be respectful that the
confidentiality arrangements
were mutually entered into
and both parties are bound by
that arrangement," said a letter
from Montalbano to the faculty
association, the senate and several
student societies.
According to the new interim
President, Martha Piper, she was
provided with no more details about
the resignation, saying that the
board just told her he was resigning.
Piper said she was contacted
by Montalbano about the position
"right about the time that Arvind
resigned. You know, the two
things were happening almost
Echoing the sentiment of the
general UBC community, Piper said
that the announcement came as a
total surprise.
The speculation about what
could have prompted this sudden
resignation has been fueled by some
of the incidences of note during
Gupta's time in office.
During Gupta's time as
president, three vice presidents
stepped down. VP Finance
Pierre Ouillet left his position on
September 5; UBC cited focus on
academics as Ouillet's motivation
for resigning.
Then Pascal Spothelfer, VP
Communications and Community
Partnership, left his post. Finally,
VP Academic David Farrar stepped
down from his role, becoming an
advisor to the president.
According to Montalbano's
letter, the search for people to
fill these interim positions will
not continue during Piper's
appointment, since "these
appointments, by their very
nature, must be made by the new
Therefore, in addition to an
interim President, UBC also
has an interim Provost and an
interim VP External Relations and
Communications, as well as a new
VP Finance to replace Ouillet.
With no answers and a trail of
resignations, speculations about
what prompted the resignation
continue to arise. According to
Montalbano's letter, the board
wants "to emphasize that the
rumours or speculations that have
been publicly raised have contained
numerous inaccuracies."
One of the speculations put
forth was by professor Jennifer
Berdahl, who suggested in a
blog post that Gupta lost the
"masculinity contest" at UBC,
resulting in his resignation. Since
then, Berdahl wrote a different
post detailing the way her first post
was criticized by the university's
According to Berdahl,
Montalbano called her to tell that
her post was "incredibly hurtful,
inaccurate, and greatly unfair to the
Board." Berdahl was also told by
the Associate Dean of Equity and
Diversity that her "blog post had
done serious reputational damage
to Sauder and to UBC."
The day after Berdahl's second
post, a private, unscheduled
meeting was held by the board of
"[The meeting] dealt with
issues, some of them had to do with
personnel issues, and so personnel
issues, our board as all other boards
deal with them in camera," said
acting president Angela Redish,
when asked why the meeting was
not made public.
When asked wether the meeting
was sparked mainly by Berdahl's
blog post, Redish said "that was
one topic of conversation but...
obviously it's an in camera meeting
so I'm not talk about [it]."
After the meeting adjourned,
UBC released a statement on
academic freedoms stating that all
members of the UBC community
"must share responsibility for
supporting, safeguarding and
preserving" the principle of
academic freedom.
Many members of the UBC
community have been voicing
their dissatisfaction with how
the Board responded to Berdahl,
especially when the resignation
itself has raised so many questions
about UBC's administration.
Gupta's resignation is no small
cost, considering the resources
funnelled into hiring the new
"Selecting a president is a big
deal. It's a big deal. This is not just
an appointment like any other
appointment," said Ghoussoub,
who was involved in the search
for the new president. "We had
to run elections, faculty, students,
staff, senate, right? Just to compose
a committee of 22 people and
then eight months of gruelling
After an international search,
the committee that was headed
by former UBC chancellor Sarah
Morgan-Silvester chose Gupta to
be president of the multi billion-
dollar institution. That search cost
half a million dollars, according to
"There's a substantial cost.
Now, maybe a few million dollars
is nothing for them but for this
university where we are fighting
for little crumbs...these are
important sums," said Ghoussoub.
"The cost is not only financial, the
cost also in talent, in reputation."
Gupta was officially named
president on March 12,2014.
Despite the fact that he didn't
have any experience in university
administration, many had faith that
that the former CEO and scientific
director of Mitacs, which in 2013
made $10.4 million in private-
sector investment, would be the
right man for the job.
"He had a serious plan well
under development to achieve the
goals he set for himself and the
University, and faculty were at the
heart of his plan," wrote MacLean.
Notably, Gupta's resignation
came a week after his performance
reports were due, according to his
Appointment of president
Gupta could have been terminated
"summarily for cause at any time
without notice or pay in lieu of
notice," according to his contract.
But, UBC has stated that this is a
Gupta could have simply
resigned and provided three
months written notice as his
contract requires, or he could
have been terminated and elected
to resign within 60 days of his
termination notice.
The board had yet to provide
details about what avenue
Gupta took to exit his position.
It is known, however, that the
university will continue paying
Gupta a full year's salary of
Gupta isn't the only president
to resign in recent years; his
predecessor Stephen Toope also
quit before his term was officially
completed. However, Toope
Arvind Gupta named
next UBC President
March 12,2014
Former VP Finance
Pierre Quillet ends his
time at UBC
September 5,2014
July 1,2014
Gupta officially
takes office
Tuition and residence
fee hikes announced
October 7,2014
Students vote against
fee increases
October 28,2014
September 12,2014
Gupta is officially
installed as the new
October 24,2014
Student protests of
fee increase begin
December 2,2014
10 percent
international tuition
increase approved TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015   |    FEATURE
provided notice of his resignation far
in advance. Piper, who will serve as
interim president while a search for
the new president is conducted, also
left early.
When asked how three successive
early resignations impact a
university, Piper said that her own
exit as well as Toope's "were done
in orderly fashion, so I wouldn't
put them in the same category [as
Gupta's], but I'll tell you, I think
you always have to respect an
individual's decision to step down
whenever or however it's done."
In the mean time UBC will
welcome Piper, who served as
President from 1997 to 2006, as
interim president.
"I'm not here to change direction
or set strategy or to create a new
vision or any of that," said Piper,
when asked if she hopes to either
build upon or change Gupta's legacy.
"My goal is that we will continue
to move forward on Arvind's agenda,
Dr. Gupta's agenda, Dr. Toope's
agenda, that we will continue to
move forward and provide the best
learning and research environment
that we are possibly able to," she
However, Ghoussoub points out
that "if they're really sticking with
his strategic plan, then Gupta's vision
for the university could not be what
prompted his surprise resignation,
it must be something else. What is
something else?"
Piper was generally praised
during her time as president for
helping create UBC's world class
standard, for fundraising and
concern with research. There were
also some incidences for which she
faced criticism, such as the APEC
At the time of Piper's presidency,
students protesting the APEC
summit on UBC's campus were
forced back by police with pepper
spray and dogs. She also faced
scrutiny after a Freedom of
Information request unearthed a
letter sent by Piper to the province
requesting some action to prevent
a TA strike from causing the school
year to be "lost."
This time around, UBC's big
issues have to do with increasing
tuition and housing fees, among
other things.
"I need to understand the issue,
I need to get some background
briefing on the issue and listen to the
sides of the issue," said Piper, when
asked how she would manage these
new problems. "You know, most
issues like this the president doesn't
pronounce ... we are a collegial
decision-making body even though
sometimes people don't think that's
the case."
Piper will serve as interim
president from September 1,
2015 to June 30, 2016. During
the transitioning leadership,
Montalbano has said that the
University won't miss a beat. "They
won't miss a beat? They will miss
a beat. You can say that. They will
miss a beat," said Ghoussoub.
Like Ghoussoub, UBC's faculty
association has lost faith in certain
administrators at UBC. Yesterday the
UBC Faculty Association released
an open letter saying that they had
officially lost confidence in the now
infamous John Montalbano. '21
Former VP
and Community
Partnership Pascal
Spothelfer resigns
December 5,2014
David Farrar steps
down as Provost and
VP Academic
April 22,2015
February 13,2015
Board of Govenors
delays decision on
housing fee increases
Gupta announces
resignation. Former
UBC president
Martha Piper to takes
his place
August 7,2015
June 3,2015
$614,000 in
renovations to the
Norman Mackenzie
August 16
Sauder professor,
Jennifer Berdahl,
writes about the
criticism she received
from university
(secret) in camera
meeting held by
Board of Govenors
August 17
August 17
UBC faculty
assocation loses
confidence in
UBC ChairJohn
Montalbano 8    I    CULTURE    I    TUESDAY, AUGUST 18,2015
Tasting the "best" of British Columbia's wines
Gray Monk, Blasted Church and Inniskillin — three famed British Columbia wines
Miguel Santa Maria
Staff Writer
If there's one thing that keeps
popping up in most conversations
about British Columbia, it's the
signature wine industry. From
the images of beautiful vineyards
popping up on almost every BC
tourist brochure, to your snooty
aunt who keeps bringing up how
much she bought from touring
said vineyards, it is evident that
wine is a big deal here.
These bragging rights are not
just for show, considering that
BC has the second biggest wine
industry in all of Canada next to
Ontario. In fact, just last week,
UBC also committed to plan in
collaboration with the provincial
wine industry to help enhance
international awareness for a
market already high in local
So, given that we are a paper
at the home of the University
of British Columbia, we felt
obligated to try out some of this
great locally churned alcoholic
grape juice. To make things more
interesting, our three volunteer
wine tasters — me, our culture
editor Olivia, and coordinating
editor Will — are no experts in
wine tasting whatsoever.
For our selection, we picked
three bottles by three different
local brands. We tried one Pinot
Gris from Gray Monk, a popular
winery from Kelowna. Another
is a bottle of red Pinot Noir from
Inniskilin, not only a known
brand here in BC but also has a
sister estate in Ontario. Finally,
a bottle of Hatfield's Fuse from a
local brand called Blasted Church
which we didn't really know
much else apart from its artsy
looking bottle design. Prior to
tasting each wine, we read the
back of each bottle, based our
initial decisions on whether we'd
like it on the artwork (or lack
thereof) and drank up.
This pinot gris was one bottle
of over 26,000 cases produced
in the Okanagan Valley. It has an
alcohol percentage of 13.3% and
is from the oldest family-owned
winery in British Columbia.
Apparently great with salmon
dishes, this is a wine designed for
summer and al fresco dining.
Miguel: If I had to introduce
wine to someone that never
bothered to touch it, this would
be a prime example I'd use. It felt
pleasantly smooth, wasn't too
strong, and had this great fruity,
flowery taste and aroma. The
next time I try this, I'm definitely
putting it in an ice bucket first.
Olivia: This wine was my
favourite. It tasted like something
you'd spend a fair amount of
money on in a restaurant and
I can only imagine how much
better it would taste chilled, after
a swim in a lake, watching the
sun set over the water. Definitely
something I'd be proud to deem a
"BC wine."
Will: I was told this wine was
supposed to have fruity tones.
I don't have a refined enough
palette to know whether that's
true, but it seemed pleasant and
summery. My favourite of the
This pinot noir is described
as "medium-bodied and fruity"
and contains 12.9% alcohol. Great
with fuller meals — think pork
belly or blue cheese, this was
perhaps not a wine for the weak.
Miguel: Maybe it's because
I'm more of a white wine person,
but this was rather strong for
my tastes. It has a good rosy
aroma and lasting warmth upon
intake. On the other hand, 70%
of the flavor I tasted was akin to
straight-up plain alcohol. It really
"stung" me but that said it was a
good sting that I did not regret
because of the aforementioned
Olivia: When I was younger
and would imagine what "wine"
would taste like, it would be this.
The bottle said it would have a
"lingering taste" — and it wasn't
wrong. It definitely, definitely
tasted of red wine.
Will: This wine definitely
tasted like alcohol — and not
much else. It left a lingering
feeling of having cotton balls in
my mouth.
"Supercharged" with nine
varieties of grapes from local
regions, this wine is described
as lingering, which may or may
not inspire confidence in tasting.
Paired with mild curries or white
fish dishes, this could be a wine
for the masses.
Miguel: I'm not really sure
what happened here. This was
just bland and I really did not
think of much else apart from
"yup, that's white wine alright."
That's really all for me to say
about it.
Olivia: This is the kind of
bottle somebody who picks
wine based purely on the bottle
decoration would choose. It was
very drinkable — that is to say
it didn't have much taste and I
could easily imagine drinking a
bottle without realizing.
Will: The bottle was the most
interesting part of this wine.
Tasted mostly like water with a
hint of grape. Good choice if you
want to get wine-drunk but don't
particularly like wine.
So what did we learn from this
experience? Mainly that, perhaps
to truly experience this renowned
BC wine industry to its full
potential, you need to spend a lot
more money than we did. We also
didn't savour the wine, the way
connoisseurs are supposed to. We
didn't "look, smell, taste, feel, spit
and cleanse" which is how the BC
wine experts advise you to taste.
Research after the tasting
showed that there are 273
wineries in BC, and the first
grapes were planted in 1859.
Tours are popular, with over 1.5
million visitors to vineyards each
year to see the process of the
75+ varieties of grapes from the
Somewhat unique to Canada,
the wine industry doesn't halt
over the winter period. As a
cooler climate than most wine-
producing regions, BC has the
ability to use the winter months
to produce the "liquid gold"
icewine. When temperatures
reach -8°C before they can
harvest the grapes.
To conclude: wines from
British Columbia have a fairly
long tradition of being a decent
choice if you're interested in
supporting local businesses
and vineyards. One of the great
things about living in such
an agricultural region is that
there are no limitations to the
numbers of local products we can
Traditionally, all wine
was consumed in the region
of production, saving on
transportation costs and allowing
those involved in the making to
enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Not advocating supporting
local just for the sake of
supporting local, the quality has
to be there/There are a lot more
wines from BC than the three we
tried and everyone has different
tastes — so head out and try some
more. Base your decisions on
anything: how close they are to
your house, what the bottle looks
like, reputation or ingredients; it
doesn't matter just as long as you
tell everyone about it in detail. 'M // OPINIONS
Gupta's departure looks shady at best
The abrupt, Friday afternoon
announcement of Gupta's departure
has left people asking many
questions, most of which the Board
of Governors doesn't plan to answer.
After calls for more transparency
from the Faculty Association, Board
Chair John Montalbano wrote a
letter in effect saying they won't be
offering any more information, citing
confidentiality agreements. But, why
are there confidentiality agreements
in the first place?
When former president Stephen
Toope announced his resignation
in 2013, he did it at a public
meeting with a year's notice, then
openly talked about why he was
leaving, where he was going and
how his term in office went. The
Board didn't seem to think a gag
order was necessary. In Gupta's
case, the Board seems to think the
more secrecy the better.
The Board is effectively saying,
"We can't be more transparent
because we planned, drafted and
signed agreements preventing us
from being more transparent."
When a president of a public
institution resigns one year into
a five-year term, there needs to
be more accountability. In a time
when the university is struggling
financially, they will pay over $1.3
million for one year of Gupta as
president (two years' salary, plus
$430,000 for the search committee
that chose him). And the money
isn't even the biggest issue here.
This situation draws attention to the
enormous amount of power, coupled
with little desire for transparency
that is concentrated in the Board of
Gupta's resignation happened
at a secret meeting. This summer,
the Board discussed a policy that
would prevent recording the public
parts of their meetings (though
the motion was deferred without
notice). No Board representative
has publicly said anything about the
"leadership change," and a professor
hired through a donation from
Montalbano has Montalbano himself
tried to prevent her from speaking
about Gupta's resignation. While
taking a photo for this story, we
discovered a secret Board meeting
was in session.
Like most of the decisions they
make, the Board is trying to keep
Gupta's sudden departure away from
public scrutiny, but we shouldn't let
them get away with it. We deserve
an open, accountable Board of
Governors. '21
The Thunderbirds aren't dead, but UBC isn't helping
Armageddon has been predicted
for UBC Athletics, but it has yet
to arrive.
Students, faculty, coaches and
the press claim the administration
is completely absent, that coaches
get no support and that no one
has been to a Thunderbirds game
in a decade. Presented with this
information, one would have to
think that Thunder is breathing
his last breath.
And while the administration
is usually absent, many coaches
and teams receive virtually
no support and no one goes to
games, the 'Birds keep flying.
UBC athletes just won 38
medals at the Pan Am games. The
women's swimming team has
won the last three CIS national
championships, and the men are
nearly as dominant. Field hockey
won back to back championships.
Almost every Thunderbird team
qualified and found success in
the playoffs last season. Canadian
national teams for field hockey,
rugby, swimming and many
other sports rely heavily on
UBC athletes. Put plainly, the
Thunderbirds are central to
Canadian athletics.
Imagine what they could
achieve with better support.
An exodus of staff, poor
funding, pathetic turnouts,
apathetic students and an
administration that doesn't even
seem to know what the CIS is all
contribute to a rather poor image
and hold athletes back from
achieving their full potential. But
a few recent steps in the right
direction are a welcome change.
Last year, Athletics partnered
with The Calendar and AMS
Events to put on the biggest
football and hockey games the
university has seen in recent
years. Attendance numbers broke
records and showed that students
can, and will, pay $2 for tickets to
LAST WORDS //   PARTING shots from the ubyssey editorial board
According to multiple
administrators at the French
immersion program Explore,
a student skit depicting a man
slipping a drug into two girls'
drinks, then choosing to take the
(unconscious) prettier one home
with him, was in response to
accusations of sexual assault.
There has been a lot of
discussion on whether rape
culture can be battled with
humour, but we can all agree
that this was completely
inappropriate. The only way the
play might seem like a logical
choice is if it were a) self-aware,
and b) part of a larger course of
action and change in dialogue
that involved actual policies
protecting students and rigorous
education on the culture of
This is rape culture in its
purest form; the woman who
is deliberately presented as
attractive and fun is the one who
is raped, while her frumpy friend
is not in any danger.
As much as the skit tries to
say to men "don't put drugs in
women's drinks" what it is more
obviously saying is "don't go to
parties when you're too pretty
and popular for your own good."
UBC's transit accessibility sucks,
that's just an unavoidable fact.
The AMS campaigned hard for
the "Yes" side in the referendum
and since that failed pretty
miserably, it's good to see that
they're on the lookout for other
solutions. However, we're not
convinced Uber is one of these
What exactly would a
partnership between our AMS
and the rideshare company look
like? An AMS bumper sticker on
Uber cars, or something more
tangible, like a discount on Uber
services with your student ID?
Not to mention that Uber is a
company notoriously plagued
with legal issues, ranging from
burgeoning class-action lawsuits
from its drivers to accusations of
sexual assaults on its customers.
The company is currently
being sued by San Francisco and
Los Angeles district attorneys
because of its misleading
safety policies, specifically its
notoriously loose background
checks on drivers.
So although Uber is certainly
a popular alternative to taxis
and may be seen by some as the
Gordonian Knot solution to the
problem of transport to and from
UBC, we'd hope the AMS would
go into any kind of partnership
with Uber with an awareness
of the safety concerns and a
clear plan to maximize tangible
benefits to students. 'M
see the Thunderbirds.
UBC has hired administrators
to work with students and
promote athletics, and an interim
committee that's in charge
before a new director is hired is
comprised of administrators and
coaches working together. While
these changes alone won't solve
Athletics' problems, they are,
at the very least, a sign UBC is
looking to improve.
So what will make the
Thunderbirds popular, and get
the players and coaches the
support they need?
Involving the students works.
Boring videos about athletes
doesn't. If you want the 'Birds
to be an athletic and economic
success there is only one solution:
get students excited about teams
and get them out to games. And
the only way to do that is to
get students talking, posting on
Facebook and tweeting about
UBC needs to get their act
together and work with the AMS,
the Calendar and others.
Athletics needs to be about
students having fun, cheering on
their fellow Thunderbirds and,
of course, enjoying a few beers.
Make that happen and UBC could
build a strong community.
Koby Michaels is a second-year
Integrated Science major and Sports
and Rec Editor at The Ubyssey. 1
Service Learning
sudden, unfair
The UBC Strategic Plan of 2012
opened with the following
quote: "It's easy enough to
make a promise, but it takes
commitments to see it through."
In that plan the university made
nine commitments to guide their
actions and decisions, one of
which stated that they will expand
international service engagement
options for students.
In 2013,1 participated in a class
called Economics of Sustainability:
Interaction between Markets,
Technologies and Communities.
In that class, we learned that
development is not linear and
it is vital for the international
development organization to
build relationships with partner
organizations and individuals
That summer, our class engaged
in a three-month research-
oriented International Service
Learning (ISL) component as
part of the class. We went to
nations in South America and East
Africa and engaged in building
partnerships while striving to
make real meaningful change
in the community. We all soon
learned that successful impact can
only be made after a long period
of working with the community,
and that the relationship one can
build with the community is one
of the best methods to ensure the
project's survival for years to come.
Now, UBC is cutting all funding
to ISL. While the president sent
out a message to the university
about celebrating the communities
we work with, community
partners and other collaborators
were being informed that UBC will
no longer work with them.
Worse still, no prior
engagement with any stakeholders
was conducted before reaching
this decision. It took us — students
and partner organizations —
completely by surprise. We felt
In recent years, financial
constraints have been a reality.
That's why, even though I
opposed the recent tuition
hikes on principle, I recognized
that the university needed
those funds when provincial
funding is dwindling. But this is
unacceptable. Cutting a program
that creates so much value for not
only the students directly enrolled
in this program but also the global
communities UBC promised to
work with is simply irresponsible.
We learned a lot about donors
who suddenly pull out of projects
because their priorities shift —
usually to something that looks
better on their webpage. Isn't that
exactly what is happening here?
UBC, engage us. Speak with us
about your budget pressures and
what we, as students, want the
priorities of this university to be.
You made a promise.
Viet Vu is a fifth-year Economics
major and AMS Councillor. 1 // SPORTS+REC
The future of the Thunderbird: a look at UBC Athletics
Koby Michaels
Sports and Rec Editor
Recently, the university announced
the formation of two new
committees to oversee the athletics
and recreation department. With
these new committees UBC Athletics
and Recreation is looking to rebrand,
remodel and grow the Thunderbirds.
UBC's vision is to create more
partnerships, draw bigger crowds,
reorganize departments, hire new
directors and grow UBC Athletics
and Recreation into a bigger
A New Thunderbird
David Sidoo, a former Thunderbird
and member of both UBC's
Board of Governors and the 13th
Man Foundation, a fundraising
organization for UBC football, has
been involved in the remodelling
of UBC Athletics, especially with
the football program and the hiring
of Blake Nill, the centrepiece of
athletic's rejuvenation.
For Sidoo, the first step for the
department is building successful
"Winning's winning and you engage
with that," said Sidoo.
But Thunderbird teams like
swimming and soccer have been
winning, big time, in the past
few years. These teams still see
struggling attendance and a lack
of involvement from students on
campus and the community at
large. Beyond those teams UBC has,
arguably, one of the most successful
athletic programs in Canada.
Regardless, Sidoo and 13th Man see
winning teams as central to building
the Thunderbirds. It's plain and
simple: if you win, people will come
and when people come you generate
more money and can build stronger
Louise Cowin, VP Students at UBC
and the person ultimately in charge
of everything sports and recreation,
will be working with other UBC VP's
to build alumni support, presumably
to drum up donations, and to better
market the Thunderbirds which
Cowin said will allow her to focus
on student-athletes and better
integrating athletics into life on
Aaron Bailey, the current AMS
president, mirrored much of the
sentiment of the university, the
athletic department and Sidoo. He
said that he hopes to see UBC sports
and the Thunderbirds become
a rallying point for students on
The AMS, Bailey said, is hoping
to work more closely with varsity
and UBC to promote games and
teams. The Winter Classic which
was a collaboration between the
Thunderbirds, UBC, the AMS
and the Calendar, was one of the
most attended hockey games in
decades. Bailey sees this, and other
collaborations, as the model for the
But not everyone is so optimistic.
Athletes and coaches have been
voicing their concerns in recent
years. In a recent resignation letter,
Tyler Kuntz, the former men's
hockey coach, cited the exodus
of staff as being a sign of a failing
athletic department.
Kuntz, while proud of his
Thunderbird history, said he has
had enough and called for changes
to be made. "Nobody should be
treated with such ignorance and
disrespect as my hockey program,
players and staff were in the past two
years...What I did not know is that
we would be considered irrelevant
to the university and its absent
leadership," wrote Kuntz, who
indicated the failing is due to a few
key people.
It is clear that UBC needs
to do something about the
Thunderbirds but what that
something is remains unclear. Can
the new committees turn athletics
around? Will Nill and an exciting
new football lineup reinvigorate
the varsity scene? Will anything
make students go to games?
The Future
It is hard to tell exactly what all
this means for UBC sports and
each of the varsity teams; the only
certainty is that there will change.
What is likely to happen and
what, to some extent, has begun
happening already, is teams losing
funding from the university
and gaining it from alumni and
sponsorships. The sports review
pushed alumni like Sidoo and the
13th Man Foundation to take a
more involved role with the team.
While strong alumni support
is uplifting to see and essential
to a strong varsity program,
UBC is still a public university
and it needs to be (financially)
responsible for its own teams.
Along with a lack of boundaries
for alumni support and
participation, varsity sports face
the hard truth that is for most
UBC sports, a David Sidoo simply
does not exist. It would be great
to see alumni work together to
build a successful, winning and
respected football program. And
while having a stellar football
program could be a major boost
in income, and (hopefully)
attendance, it will never fund 29
varsity teams.
A varsity model that's overly
reliant on alumni support,
using UBC's own vocabulary, is
unsustainable. Realistically, the
Thunderbirds will never be as
big as teams like Ohio State, but
when 3,049 people attending a
hockey game is a big story, the
university has some work to do.
UBC seems to have heard the
complaints piling up from
athletes, coaches and the
community. They've included
coaches and sports administrators
on the new committees. They
are working with student groups
like the AMS and the Calendar to
grow student involvement. Will
this work? Well, it just might. But
two events a year wont give the
Thunderbirds the rejuvenation
they need. Students need to go
to Friday night games, buy a
few beers and cheer for their
teams for UBC to rebuild and
grow athletics. Without student
participation and enthusiasm,
UBC (or rather donors) can pump
as much cash as they want into
teams but they shouldn't expect
to draw crowds.
UBC has amazing sports teams
and, historically, one of the best
varsity programs in the country.
But to keep a strong tradition
going, changes need to be
made. UBC can build a stronger
community, campus spirit and
the friendly-college campus
vibes it has been craving through
varsity athletics and recreation
but administrators, students
and alumni need to step up to
the plate for that dream to be
realized. 'M TUESDAY, AUGUST 18,2015   |    SPORTS    |   11
Tyler Kuntz leaves UBC for Vancouver Giants
Kuntz coached the 'Birds to a playoff berth last year.
Matt Langmuir
After spending 14 of the last 16
years in a variety of roles within
the UBC Athletics organization,
Tyler Kuntz is moving on. Kuntz,
who was named head coach of the
Thunderbirds men's hockey team
last year, has resigned in order to
serve as an assistant coach with
the WHL's Vancouver Giants.
"The reason I left was because
I got a better job. I left for an
opportunity to coach at a higher
level and move my career without having to move my family,"
said Kuntz.
In a resignation letter addressed
to alumni, friends and supporters
of the hockey team, Kuntz thanks
friends, staff, players, alumni and
others. He finishes the letter criticizing UBC Athletics.
"All student athletes, coaches
and staff at UBC must be appreciated and supported. Nobody
should be treated with such ignorance and disrespect as my hockey
program, players', and staff were
in the past two years. I knew being
relegated to tier 3 hybrid would be
a financial challenge that we could
overcome. What I did not know
is that we would be considered
irrelevant to the university and its
absent leadership," wrote Kuntz.
He continues by saying those
responsible should stop pointing
fingers and start being transparent, listening to coaches and
taking responsibility.
Kuntz would not comment on
the letter and instead said to talk to
Louise Cowin.
"She's at the helm, she should be
answering some tough questions."
Upon taking the position, Kuntz
ends his long tenure as a member of
UBC Athletics. With his departure,
the number of staff that have left
the organization in the last two
years has reportedly reached a
staggering number of 35, according
to his letter.
Next season, Kuntz will coach
alongside Giants head coach Lome
Molleken, who has several years of
NHL experience behind the bench.
"Working under Lome Molleken
I think will be great," said Kuntz.
Having been hired by a team
that promotes hockey development,
Kuntz looks forward to working
with younger players and helping
them develop to a higher level.
"Working in an environment
where everybody loves hockey, I
guess everybody's kind of a hockey
junkie. There's lots of staff so I can
focus a little more on coaching." 'M
Virjee has won nine championships with the Thunderbirds.
Field hockey coach Shiaz Virjee retires after 13 years
Bill Situ
Shiaz Virjee, who has coached
the Thunderbirds men's field
hockey for 13 years, is leaving
UBC to coach at local field hockey clubs as well as teach international coaching courses for the
International Hockey Federation
"There's a lot of coaching that
needs to be done locally. There's
a lot of athletes that need top-
level coaching," said Virjee.
Virjee is grateful to have
coached field hockey and proud
of the program's successes and
achievements over the decade.
"It's been a great opportunity
for me to coach for the last 13
seasons. I've really enjoyed it.
We've developed a really solid
program here at UBC," he said.
Over his career at UBC, Virjee
has been an instrumental force
behind the transformation of the
program from a run-of-the-mill
team to winning back-to-back
championships and comprising
an overwhelming portion of
Team Canada.
The 2008 Olympics games
featured six Thunderbirds
and, more recently, this year's
Pan-American games featured
nine. This number will likely increase to 10 at next year's Olympic games, according to Virjee.
"Representing Canada at the
Olympics against the best in the
world, that really shows how
good our athletes are and how
good our program is in developing those athletes," said Virjee.
Virjee said that the program
is presently in a suitable position
for a coaching transition.
Virjee's career as a field hockey coach extends far beyond his
time at UBC. Prior to coaching
the Thunderbirds, Virjee had
coached both the men's and the
women's Canadian National
Teams for seven years, including
the 2000 Olympic games, two
Pan-American games, where he
received gold and silver medals, and a best finish in the 1998
World Cup. Virjee also teaches
other coaches for the International Hockey Federation.
UBC is in the process of selecting the next head coach for
the men's field hockey program
and will announce their decision before the season begins in
October. 'tJ
T-Birds soar at
Pan-Am Games
Luke Reilly won silver in the men's 400IM.
Olamide Olaniyan
On July 26, the Pan-Am Games
came to a close. In the midst of
Kanye West's onstage meltdown,
Instagram worthy fireworks
displays and Team Canada's
record-shattering 217 medals,
the UBC Thunderbirds did not go
unnoticed. Between alumni and
current and future UBC athletes,
the 'Birds earned themselves
six gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze
medals for a total of 38 medals
between 32 athletes.
The following athletes won
medals with their respective
teams last week:
Emily Overholt: gold in 400m
freestyle, silver in 200m freestyle and bronze in 4x200
freestyle relay
Yuri Kisil: silver in 4x100
freestyle relay, bronze in 4x100
medley relay, bronze in 4x200
freestyle relay
Luke Reilly: silver in 400m IM.
Stefan Milosevic: silver in 4x100
freestyle relay, bronze in 4x200
freestyle relay
Coleman Allen: bronze in
4x100 medley relay & 4x200
freestyle relay
Martha McCabe: silver in
200m breaststroke
Tera Van Beilen : silver in 4x100
medley relay
Erika Seltenenreich-Hodgson:
bronze in 4x200 freestyle relay
Track and Field
Liz Gleadle: gold in Javelin
Evan Dunfee : gold in the 20km
race walk
Inaki Gomez: silver in the 20km
race walk
Mike Mason: silver in high jump
Men's Baseball
Jeff Francis: gold
Women's Baseball
Amanda Asay: silver
Claire Eccles: silver
Harry Jones: gold
Maxwell Lattimer: gold
Men's Hockey, silver
David Carter
Taylor Curran
David Jameson
Gordon Johnston
Ben Martin
Mark Pearson
Matthew Sarmento
Scott Tupper
Paul Wharton
Women's Hockey, bronze
Kate Gillis
Hannah Haughn
Shanlee Johnston
Sara McManus
Abigail Raye
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38-Westernmost of the Aleutians
64- Some Ivy Leaguers
12-Algerian port
43-Be of one mind
5- Remaining outofsight
65-Chip in
45-Night flight
10-Worshiped one
40-Actress Deborah
18-Triumphant cries
14-Queens stadium
41-Palm Pilot, e.g.
67-Like a pillow
23- Robert of "The Sopranos"
49- Author Calvino
15-Actor Delon
42-Medicinal shrub
25-Jacob's brother
50-             lean help it!
16-Adopted son of Claudius
43-Eagle's home
26- Pertaining to skin colour
44- Scientific study of the planets
1- Barbecue leftovers?
19-Astronaut Shepard
47-Israel's Barak
29-Grassy plain
53-Paradise lost
3-Poke fun at
30- Champagne bucket
54-Bits of thread
21-Met highlight
4-Swiss river
31- Actress Garr
55-Taylor of "Mystic Pizza"
55-           dancing is popularwith
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32- Days of
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24-Tight swimsuit
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