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Karunaratne said he learns more from managing his company than academics at UBC.
First-year Sauderite Thenuka
Karunaratne is already a CEO
Bailey Ramsay
Copy Editor
First-year Sauder student Thenuka
Karunaratne lives in residence,
attends five classes, participates
in extracurriculars and is also
the CEO and founder of AdMark
Technologies, a company which
he created in his last year of high
With his most publicized
product, a Netflix search engine
called Flixed that garnered the
attention of Time, Business Insider
and Mashable, Karunaratne was
used to the spotlight when The
Ubyssey sat down with him.
Flixed allows users to search
for content on Netflix throughout
different countries and regions.
In the past year, AdMark
Technologies has had 2.5 million
visitors excluding Flixed, which
has 93,000 users in just the last 10
"I think every step of my
work is fulfilling because it's all
moving towards something," said
Karunaratne. "When something
launches and you see people
liking your website or giving you
feedback, comments or statistics,
it's pretty cool because you made
something and now people are
using it because they find value in
Being the CEO of your own
company at the age of 19 can
affect the way people treat you
professionally, Karunaratne
pointed out.
"One thing I've realized is
that a lot of people look at age
as a hindrance because they are
worried that a more experienced
person will get their position. But
being young is actually a huge
advantage because it gives you a
huge pushing point just by virtue
of your age. If you're pushing really
hard and you show drive, everyone
wants to help the young guy,"
Karunaratne explained.
Besides running a company
and managing five classes,
Karunaratne is also involved in
UBC Launch Pad, a campus club
that gives student entrepreneurs
and programmers the opportunity
to collaborate with each other to
implement business ideas. Instead
of students paying for expensive
professional developers to create
an app or website, UBC Launch
Pad will code their idea for them
into a working prototype or a
minimum viable product at a
fraction of the cost. Karunaratne's
involvement with UBC Launch Pad
is that of a pseudo-business advisor
and analyst in terms of determining
how viable a product is and
identifying its potential customers.
'When I wanted to get some
ideas built in the early stages, I
couldn't build them because I
didn't have the capital to do it,"
said Karunaratne. "These people
are willing to do it as a service
and it also gives the programmers
that they've recruited experience
so that they can find jobs at the
same time while helping a student
entrepreneur. That's special."
Karunaratne prioritizes
managing his company over his
academics as he finds his work
more fulfilling and educational
than his courses.
"In terms of business classes,
I've seen no relevance so far
actually," said Karunaratne. "When
I'm debating upon the division
between my grades or my projects,
it comes down to what I learn the
most from. Almost all of the time
it's [my work] because I get more
out of actually doing something,
falling and getting back up than
at school. A lot of stuff [taught in
class] becomes outdated or is too
surface level."
Despite his disconnection
with academics, Karunaratne
still sees educational benefit at
UBC through networking with
"I'll talk to those professors
after the course and realize that
they have so much to offer, but
you just have to go and make that
one-on-one connection — that's
where you get the real value."
Karunaratne is excited about
many upcoming projects — none
of which he can talk about yet.
However, he promises a lot
of cool products and to keep
pushing the boundaries of what
he can create.
"Moving forward, I'm not
intimidated at all because you
learn that, in building, there are
so many challenges. Once you get
past them, you learn something,"
said Karunaratne. "I honestly
think that if I just keep building
better, more useful projects, I
don't see myself as never being
able to follow up with the greatest
thing I have at the time because
I'll always be using what I learned
from the last one to push even
further on the next one." '21 // NEWS
Domestic financial aid: money there, education not
Have you ever needed to access financial aid at UBC?
Moira Warburton
News Editor
Last June, the Board of Governors
was presented with a document
on the current state of affairs
for financial aid earmarked for
domestic students at UBC.
"UBC is losing students to
other universities because of the
perceived lack of availability of
entrance awards and financial
support at UBC," read the report.
"A comparison of UBC's financial
information vis-a-vis University
of Toronto and McGill University
reveals that UBC's spending on
scholarships, fellowships and
bursaries as a [percentage] of total
university expenses lags behind
the other two universities."
As it turned out, the report
was not entirely correct. The
University of Toronto and
McGill University used "creative
accounting" in calculating how
much they give to financial aid as
a percentage of their operating
budgets, said Darran Fernandez,
associate director of enrolment
Fernandez told The Ubyssey
that UBC's contribution towards
financial aid for domestic students
is actually at comparable levels
with McGill University and the
University of Toronto when seen
as a percentage of annual tuition
"We've opted to look at it more
as money in tuition dollars that
are coming in from students, as
opposed to the operating funds
because, in some of those cases, it's
[comparing] apples and oranges,"
said Fernandez.
However, the report in part
ignited a push for change to how
financial aid for domestic students
is allocated at UBC, a change
which went through this past
"What we've now done is tied a
percentage of tuition to go towards
financial aid," said Fernandez,
explaining that domestic aid is
now set aside in a similar manner
to international student aid.
Five per cent of "base tuition"
— meaning the cost of tuition
in the Faculty of Arts and the
Faculty of Science, the two largest
faculties on campus — is allocated
to domestic financial aid. If a
program's tuition is higher than
that — Commerce, for example —
then 15 per cent of the monetary
difference between Commerce's
tuition and base tuition is given to
domestic aid.
Part of the reason for this
proactive action in domestic
financial aid, said AMS VP
Academic and University Affairs
Jenna Omassi, is Policy 72.
"Domestic students [should]
know that the university, as per
a Board of Governors' policy, is
mandated to ensure that students
can continue on their studies
at the institution," said Omassi.
"That is the main difference that
exists between domestic students
and international students."
Policy 72 states that no current
domestic student at UBC should
have to stop their studies due
to financial constraints — a
contingent that isn't there for
international students. According
to Omassi, domestic financial
aid at UBC is more efficiently
allocated than financial aid for
international students partly
because the university is better
able to assess a domestic student's
financial situation than they are
an international student's.
At UBC, a student must already
be on government student loans
before they become eligible for
financial aid from the institution.
"The majority of our loans
assessment is based on the
provincial needs assessment,
except, on our end, we do a
combination of electronic and
manual assessment," said Fernandez.
While UBC looks at the electronic
application a student completes to
get provincial and federal student
loans, they also take into account
extenuating circumstances that
might not be communicated on a
computer screen.
"Every application is... assessed
by a human being to make sure it fits
the bill because, in some cases, there
are things that the government can't
control that we can control for," said
Fernandez. "For example, parental
income... is taken into consideration,
[but] not in the same sort of black and
white approach that the province
might take. [We recognize] that
parents may not actually give the
money to their student. We can be a
bit more flexible."
However, this does not necessarily
mean that there aren't issues with the
way financial aid is given to domestic
"The biggest barrier is there is
apprehension to take on debt, but
it's only once you have taken that
on that you can seek financial aid
from the institution," said Omassi.
"There is emergency funding...
from the institution. But if your
situation does change again, it will
change the way in which your whole
financial situation is, taking on debt
potentially and not necessarily
allowing for part-time students to be
a part of this."
Part-time students are not
eligible for government student
loans, therefore making their access
to financial aid at UBC extremely
Another issue Omassi identified
is the lack of education surrounding
financial well-being at UBC as
well as a limited awareness among
domestic students about the
options open to them. She cited a
statistic pulled from the academic
experience survey which showed
that a large number of students don't
know what their debt will be when
they leave UBC.
"Which is really interesting
because ... that could mean a number
of things, including that part of the
reason they don't know is because
of how complicated the situation
surrounding financial aid is [and]
how complicated loans and grants
are," said Omassi.
Courtney Loftus graduated
from UBC last year with a BA in
international relations. Throughout
her degree, she relied heavily on
student loans from the government
and she also saw issues with the lack
of education around financial aid.
"I think that they could give
first-year students a little bit more
of an education about finances," said
Loftus. "When I was graduating,
UBC held a, 'Oh, you have to
repay your student loans. What's
next?' sort of seminar, which is
good, but I think that early on
[in] first year, having a little bit
more understanding of what I
was getting myself into and what
my next year would look like ...
would've been good."
"In terms of communicating
how to get financial aid, I don't
find that there's been that much
communication," said Alexandra
Dye, a third-year commerce
student who has been on student
loans since first year. "You really
need to search on the websites and
look pretty deep before you get a
good answer."
Dye and Loftus are by no means
alone — the June 2015 report to the
board noted that 60 per cent of UBC
students have needed some kind of
financial aid during their time here.
"Institutions need to be aware
that [students'] pursuit of studies
is also very closely tied to their
financial wellness and well-being,"
said Fernandez. "Should 60 per cent
of students be using other resources
to fund their studies? How does that
impact their success at university?
I think that's a very important
question we need to ask."
He too sees education as a crucial
component of financial aid for
domestic students at UBC.
"We need to make sure that our
students and families that support
our students are well aware
about what it means to take out a
government student loan. I think
we need to ask why and ask what
can be done to better support a
student to not take on that kind of
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AMS opposes Kinder Morgan Pipeline
The AMS agrees with the provincial goverment's stance.
Sivan Spector
Staff Writer
The AMS has released a statement
supporting the BC government's
opposition of expanding the
capacity of the Trans Mountain
Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
Currently, the pipeline runs
from Edmonton to Burnaby,
transporting 300,000 barrels of
oil a day through 15 First Nations'
communities in BC and Alberta.
The expansion would allow it to
carry 890,000 barrels a day and
would run through currently
untouched wilderness in northern
The BC government opposes
the pipeline because Kinder
Morgan has not provided evidence
of adequate protocol for preventing
future oil spills. The pipeline is
currently under the review of the
National Energy Board.
"There are very serious
environmental concerns... from our
own students who have brought
this up many times," said Jude
Crasta, AMS VP of External Affairs.
"We knew this was a very salient
issue that students cared about.
As a student society, it was our
responsibility to take a stand and say,
"Yes, we're not supporting this.'"
There has been a great deal of
opposition — including protests
against the pipeline at the Burnaby
Mountain site — from people afraid
of the potential damage from oil
spills, the worst of which could
cost up to $5 billion to clean up.
Other concerns include worry over
increased pollution from increased
tanker traffic in the Burrard Inlet.
UBC political science Professor
Kathryn Harrison has done research
that heavily influenced the city
of Vancouver's opposition to the
proposed pipeline. Her research
indicates that the economic
advantages Kinder Morgan claims
will come from the pipeline are
not realistic because many of the
countries — such as the United
States, Japan, India and China — to
whom he expects to export are
actually reducing their demand for
oil due to tighter environmental
Factored into opposition against
the pipeline is Canada's promise
at the COP21 summit in Paris to
maintain climate change at a level
lower than two degrees Celsius.
This does not create "a world
where there is a market for many
decades for Canada's emission
intensive oil," said Harrison.
Burning fossil fuels is a major
contributor to climate change.
"There's a tremendous
hypocrisy in Canada of committing
to really, really deep emissions
reductions globally. The kinds
of targets we have signed onto
require really urgent and dramatic
action. If at the same time we are
continuing with business as usual
and expanding production of our
very carbon intensive instruments,
it is not clear how we can either
meet our own targets nor how
that is consistent with a world
where climate change is limited to
two degrees Celsius or less," said
According to Crasta, the AMS
felt compelled to take vocal action
against the proposed pipeline
because the 50,000 students at
UBC have a large voice in the wider
community of people who would be
affected by the pipeline.
He explained that it is important
for UBC students to be involved
in these issues because "we're all
dirtying the same environment...
Climate change does not selectively
affect people... it's something we will
have to pay for." 'M
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Pilot law clinic offers free
legal services to businesses
The program is run out of the Peter A. Allard School of Law, seen above.
Adam Waitzer
Staff Writer
The Peter A. Allard School of
Law has launched the pilot
Business Law Clinic program. The
clinic pairs law students — who
earn credit for participating —
with members of the business
community who have limited
access to legal services.
This is not the first free
legal advice program at the law
school. Since 1969, the Law
Students' Legal Advice Program
(LSLAP) has been providing free
legal advice and representation
for low-income individuals
throughout the Lower Mainland.
This new initiative,
however, deals specifically
with business-related legal
problems. According to
Catherine Chow, one of the
clinic's two supervisors, the
program's focus is twofold —
to provide legal services to
business people in need and to
create an experiential learning
environment for law students.
The program is structured
around the six participating
students providing hands-
on legal aid to clients. The
program also includes a seminar
component, allowing each
student to present and discuss
the different legal issues they are
"We're not doing litigation
matters," said Chow. "Instead
of the courtroom education, I
call it the boardroom education
— learning how to deal with
business clients in a boardroom
The clinic is geared towards
emerging businesses and
entrepreneurs. Working closely
with their supervisors, students
provide assistance with such
issues as incorporation and the
development of shareholder
"Sometimes the question
comes to mind, 'Why do
businesses need free legal
advice? They're entrepreneurial,
they're out to make money. Why
would we, as a university ...
provide free clinics?'" said Chow.
"What you have to recognize is
that these clinics actually serve
a desperate need to provide
business legal services to those
who couldn't otherwise afford to
access them."
According to Garth Jones, a
participating law student, there
is a misguided notion that all the
program's clients are looking
to launch for-profit ventures.
Some of the clinic's clients, for
example, are individuals aiming
to establish non-profits who
do not have the resources to go
about receiving professional
"[One of the program's
clients] has had this non-profit
idea since he was 16 years old,"
said Chow. "He's got a concrete
idea of what he wants to do and
he needs help taking the steps
towards getting incorporated."
Jones found the program
highly beneficial by allowing
him to practically apply what
he has learned in the classroom.
The clinic has received such a
warm reception that Chow is
optimistic about its continuation
next year.
"I can't turn left or right without
a lawyer or member of the business
community wanting to help out
in some way," said Chow. "We're
getting a huge sense that the under
serviced target we're looking at has
been so traditionally underserved
that this need is only going to
grow." ^ TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016   |    NEWS
Second language requirments:
the reasons and responses
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Do you appreciate the language requirment or find it a pain?
Rachel Lau
In theory, the idea of the 12
required credits of foreign
languages for the Faculty of Arts
is one supported by most students
— but the realities of making them
required are problematic to many.
Serina Spaingreene, a fourth-
year psychology major, sees both
the pros and cons of the language
requirement, which has been in
place since 1915 at UBC and is a
common feature of degrees from
many universities.
"I think that's a very positive
experience for people because
nowadays we need language to get
into jobs, but also because we're
becoming more international,
global every single day," said
Spaingreene. "But I think to have
it required is very difficult... I
really feel like it's a tuition grab
For international students like
Spaingreene, achieving 12 credits
for the language requirement at
around $900 per credit equates to
nearly $11,000 intuition costs.
Other students view the
language requirement as a positive
opportunity for intercultural
"I personally think that
everyone should go through
the effort to learn a foreign
language," said Kris Liu, a first-
year Arts student intending to
major in linguistics. "I kind of
like how UBC is pushing toward
the fact that they want you to
go out there and try to explore
different cultures. I like how
UBC is encouraging diversity in
that sense."
Stefania Burk, associate dean
academic for the Faculty of Arts,
believes that foreign languages
are a fundamental knowledge
base for students with an Arts
degree to have, although she can
see the disadvantages as well.
"It's an incredible way of
learning about a different
culture," said Burk. "It's hard
for me to argue that studying a
foreign language is bad for you,
but I can see how it might be
an obstacle for some students,
especially now since there are so
many other opportunities being
Jenna Omassi, AMS VP
academic and university
affairs, agrees with Burk. "[The
requirement] is meant to ensure
that students are truly well-
rounded ... and that they can
come out of UBC with potentially
a new language or even
elementary proficiency in a new
language," she said. 'M
Broadway line still a priority for AMS and government
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Raise your hand if you've ever been personally victimized by the 99 B-line.
David Baldwin
The 99 B-Line being full to bursting
most of the time is a fact of life
for many UBC students. The bus
route services the Broadway
Corridor, which happens to be
one of the busiest bus corridors in
North America. Voting in favour to
construct a metro system for the
route, which Vancouver failed to do
last year, would have alleviated some
of these issues.
Kathleen Simpson, external
advocacy commission vice-chair in
the AMS VP External Office, believes
that a solution must still be pursued.
With the failure of the recent
transit referendum, the lobbying
undertaken by the AMS VP External
Office at both the provincial and
federal levels of government has
become even more critical. Simpson
has a positive outlook on the transit
project, which has become a key
portfolio within the VP External
"I just hear so often from
students having been passed up
by the 99 B-line," said Simpson.
"All of us in the VP External
Office are just looking forward to
a time when that is no longer the
Joyce Murray, federal member of
parliament for Vancouver-Quadra,
agrees with Simpson's sentiment
and stressed the importance of more
efficient public transportation in that
"The fact that the referendum to
raise the municipality's share of the
cost failed does not mean that this
project as outlined in the mayor's
plan won't go ahead," said Murray in
an interview with The Ubyssey. "The
federal government is really looking
to facilitate this kind of investment
and looking for solutions for moving
forward with it."
While most levels of government
agree on the importance of the
transit line, there hasn't been much
consensus on funding models
or what a solution will look like.
However, Simpson said she believes
the project is in a good place as
relevant stakeholders are actively
speaking about the project.
"In the public transit envelope,
my understanding is that — province
wide — this is one of two top
priorities. It ties into the fact that it
is the municipality's priority," said
Murray. "The other approach that
the Liberal government is taking is
to work with the municipalities and
fund their priorities as opposed to
imposing some other priorities on
the municipalities."
The AMS is pushing for
a "subgrade" solution or a
subterranean metro line similar to
the Canada Line, although they are
open to other options including an
above-ground Skytrain or light rail.
The length of the line is also under
contention, although Simpson said
her office will continue pushing
for it to extend all the way to UBC.
For large projects like the
UBC Broadway line, timing can
be hard to estimate as evident
with the delays that plagued the
Evergreen line that will eventually
link Burnaby, Coquitlam and
Port Moody to Metro Vancouver.
Consequently, Simpson's office
will not be setting a timeline.
However, Simpson remains
hopeful about overall feasibility
and likelihood of the project
coming to fruition.
"Things only continue to heat
up and get more and more active.
Everyday I feel more optimistic
about the future of the project," she
said. 'tJ
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Koby Michaels
Science Editor
The Ubyssey's science section
has been thriving online since
early October, but has only
shown its face in print once
since its inception. That's about
to change.
In the last print issue of
every month, the science section
will have one page in print.
The Ubyssey is an online first
publication because, to quote
our prime minister, "It's 2015."
Ok, it's not 2015 anymore, but
you get the point. Chances are, if
you read the science section, you
aren't reading this. Which begs
the question why am I writing
this and why are we publishing
in print at all?
Tackling the second question
first — it's because print isn't
dead (yet). People still pick
up the paper at lunch to read
it. Newbies to UBC still learn
that we exist (hi!) because they
see a Ubyssey blowing in the
wind down Main Mall. Writers,
photographers and editors still
decorate their bare dorm walls
with cutouts of of their articles
— but we don't talk about that.
To answer my other question,
I'm writing this to tell you to
pickup the last paper of the
month (I mean pick up the other
ones too — the sports section is
always great) and to tell you to
join this millenium. The below
articles are just a few of the
many the section has to offer.
Wet your appetite here and then
fulfill all your binge-reading
desires atubyssey.ca/science.
You can even write your own
science article if you want. 'M
Concrete Canoe gears up for competition
Marissa Birnie
A floating concrete canoe might
seem like a paradox, but members
of the UBC Concrete Canoe team
assure that, "yes, it floats!"
Now in its third year, the team
is in the middle of constructing
a sleek and lightweight concrete
canoe that is less dense than water.
Their goal is to design a strong and
maneuverable vessel that can hold
its own as the team represents UBC
in competition later this year.
So how do you get concrete to
float on water?
The process spans the entire
school year. The mix design team
tests different concrete mixes
throughout the year to achieve the
perfect combination. Materials
like fly ash and super plasticizer
make the concrete soft, and
recycled fibreglass makes it lighter.
The balancing act between these
different properties can lead to the
ideal canoe, said mix design lead
Jamiu Abdsalami.
There is also the hull to
consider as well as the race
itself. Teams will be judged
on a combination of factors.
First, they must suit up for a
formal presentation where they
are critiqued on construction,
sustainability, use of materials, cost
and the time that went into the
boat. Next, there is the submerge
test where the canoe is filled with
water and submerged beneath the
water's surface. If it resurfaces,
the team is eligible to compete
in men and women's races from
sprints, to marathons and obstacle
The 45 person team has come
far in the past three years. They
placed third at the ASCE Pacific
Northwest Competition in 2015
and their goal this year is a top five
finish at the Canadian nationals.
The relatively small team is
facing the challenge of prepping
for races and raising money to
cover travel costs. But for them,
the benefits go beyond travel and
"I think we built up a really nice
community. We're all pretty close,"
said hull design lead Matthew
Team members cite the unique
learning experience and diversity
The team will have their design and construction judged and will race their boat.
as important elements of the
"One of the good things about
our team is that anybody can
join and they are free to take
on as much work as they want,"
said team captain Tyler Mann.
Experience or an engineering
major are not necessary to join
the team.
"I'm just really happy that
we're keeping the tradition going
and I hope this team goes on
forever," said sponsorship lead
Flynn Murdock. "You get to watch
these peers of yours learn and
progress. It's not about the canoe
anymore. I'm at a place right now
where I wouldn't be if I didn't
have Concrete Canoe." tU
Climate change threatens First Nations fisheries
Protesters at a anti-Kinder Morgan protests.
Andrea Gonzalez
Staff Writer
According to recent study, First
Nations' fishery catches could
collapse by almost 50 per cent by
2050 as a result of climate change,
further endangering the food and
economic security of indigenous
communities along coastal British
The study was conducted as part
of an initiative to carry out research
on global indigenous fisheries
through the Nereus Program, a
global interdisciplinary initiative
between UBC and the Nippon
Foundation in Japan.
The team had been studying the
impacts of climate change on coastal
communities at a wider scale and
seeks to gain a better understanding
of the possible impacts on the
coastal First Nations of British
Columbia where marine resources
are crucial for both economic
security as well as for social and
ceremonial practices.
The researchers analyzed the
habitats and population dynamics
of 98 fish and shellfish species
of importance to First Nations
communities in order to determine
how these species' ranges and
abundances might shift under
low-emission and a high-emission
scenarios of climate change from
2000 to 2050.
They found that climate change
is likely to reduce the availability
of these important marine fish and
shellfish. Most of the species are
expected to decline in abundance by
2050. In addition, all species were
predicted to shift away from their
current habitats and towards cooler
"Personally, I was surprised
to discover that the majority of
the 98 species included in the
study are projected to decline
under both low and high-emission
scenarios of climate change," said
Lauren Weatherdon who helped
conduct the study as a graduate
student. "These findings highlight
the considerable impact that
climate change can have on coastal
communities that depend on
marine resources for food as well as
economic security and have done so
for millennia."
Given that no substantial plans
have yet been put in practice,
Weatherdon hopes that the findings
will help jump start a conversation
by local and regional decisionmakers to address how they can
support First Nations communities
in developing local strategies for
mitigating and adapting to scenarios
of climate change.
"It is my hope that this
research can be used as a starting
point to guide community-based
discussions that focuses on
proactive planning for different
scenarios of climate change
and how such impacts might be
mitigated," noted Weatherdon.
While the study focused on
British Columbia, Weatherdon
acknowledged that the impacts
will differ drastically by location
and by species, therefore suitable
responses and priorities will differ
for each First Nations community.
"There are certainly ways
in which these impacts can be
mitigated, but these strategies
would need to be developed
through a community-led process
that identifies local priorities and
draws from local knowledge," said
Weatherdon. "At the national and
global levels, efforts to reduce
carbon emissions can help to
reduce impacts such as those
outlined in this study, which
are likely to be encountered in
other coastal regions around the
world." 'tJ
Sexual Medicine
clinic finds funds
The clinic will use the funding to expand
treatment of PVD.
Karen Wang
Staff Writer
Recent funding will allow UBC's
Sexual Medicine Program to treat
more women who suffer from
provoked vestibulodynia (PVD).
PVD is a common cause of
pain during penetrative sex that
affects around 15 per cent of
premenopausal women. PVD is
widely acknowledged as a chronic
pain condition. Various treatment
options are available, including
pain-relieving medications,
physiotherapy and cognitive
"Over the years, these
treatments have changed as we
have realized medical approaches
for pain — giving medications
— don't work," said Rosemary
Basson, director of the Sexual
Medicine Program at UBC.
"Simple band-aid solutions like
local anesthetics can help in the
short term, but none of these
are very clinically helpful in the
longer term."
"The focus of treatment these
days is cognitive methods of
treating pain," said Basson.
Recently, the Sexual Medicine
Program has received a grant
from the Canadian Institute of
Health Research, which will
allow for increased staffing and
a greater capacity to treat more
women with PVD. The aim is to
compare and contrast two similar
treatment approaches for PVD —
traditional cognitive behavioural
therapy and mindfulness-based
cognitive behavioral therapy.
For several years, the Sexual
Medicine Program has run
treatment programs where
women with a diagnosis of PVD
are treated in small groups of
6-12. The women, with doctor's
referrals, attend eight weekly
group sessions where they could
discuss and learn more about
their condition as well as practice
methods of managing it.
"To acquire that skill
[mindfulness], one needs to
practice being mindful," said
Basson. "Mindfulness practices
are really like meditation —
they're nothing to do with sex
— they're practices whereby one
learns to be in the moment."
Basson said that both methods
have been shown to be beneficial
and effective, but it is unclear
as of now which is better suited
for individual women based on
factors such as different types of
personalities and mental health // CULTURE
How to be your own
best kitchen resource
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"Get your shit together before you start cooking.'
Elysse Bell
Food columnist
In an era where "life hacks" and
"top 10 habits of successful people"
lists proliferate, it seems as if
there are almost endless ways to
improve our lifestyles, skillsets
and possessions. Don't have a
paper towel holder? Just pry an
old clothes hanger apart with your
desperate hands, slide the paper
towel roll on there and hang it on
the fancy ceiling-mounted pots
and pans rack you somehow have
even though you don't own a paper
towel holder. There. Instant fix.
Of course, life hacks and lists are
popular by their very nature — they
offer an easy, seemingly painless
version of reality in which the rest of
your lifestyle doesn't have to change
to accommodate whatever self-
improvement you've just vowed to
commit to. Unfortunately, what they
don't show is the aftermath. Just buy
a normal paper towel holder, okay?
Depressing DIYs aside, in my
kitchen advice to you, I want to
dismiss the life-hack focus in favour
of a more honest approach. Instead
of pretending like these ideas are
going to change your culinary life
immediately and without the context
of your own habits and spaces, I
want to share some things that I've
found helpful in making the most out
of my ingredients, time and limited
counter space. Here's how you can
be more resourceful in the kitchen:
Don't be afraid to Google. Have
some ingredients or meal portions
left over and aren't sure what to do
with them? Type something along
the lines of "what to do with leftover
[x]" into Google and I guarantee
there's a genius food blogger or
forum commenter who has thought
of a solution. Similarly, if you have an
ingredient and aren't sure how long
it will last in the fridge, direct your
queries to the World Wide Web. If
you're proactive, you can plan your
future meals this way and you won't
have to let things go to waste!
Mise en place. The fancy French
way to say "get your shit together
before you start cooking." You don't
have to get too intense with this.
Some people — myself included
— like to have all constituent
ingredients chopped, measured or
otherwise prepared before anything
goes on the stove, but you can also
just make sure that everything
you need for cooking is sitting on
the counter in front of you. This
is a great way to make sure you
don't forget to put anything in and
avoid minor disasters. Not that I'm
speaking from experience. Ahem.
Have a "waste" bowl on the
counter. If your kitchen is like mine,
your compost bin is sitting on the
floor beside the garbage in relative
squalor with mysterious juices
collecting at the bottom. The last
thing you probably want is to have
it beside you on the counter when
you're cooking. If your compost is a
lovely little countertop number that
doesn't knock you out when you
open it, kudos. Put it beside your
cutting board and throw out scraps
as you prepare your ingredients. If
your compost is a disgusting, rotting
ecosystem, use a big bowl instead.
This will save both your back from
the repetitive strain of stooping over
and some valuable prep time as
you'll be more efficient if you don't
have to keep stopping to throw
things out. It should also save your
countertop from a little more mess.
Reflect on each cooking
experience. I know, corny, but
you're supposed to end these lists
with some vague inspirational
motivation. So... you WILL
gradually improve if you make a
mental note of what worked well
and not so well each time you cook.
It'll be different depending on your
strengths and depending on the
day. This isn't a one-fix solution —
sorry, lifehackers — but identifying
successes and areas for improvement
is a pretty good way to actively
resolve your knowledge gaps and
build your skillsets. 'M
Are adult colouring books
beneficial for stress relief?
Olivia Law
Culture Editor
If you've been exploring the
internet, bookstores or hipster
coffee shops in the last little
while, you'll be familiar with the
concept of the adult colouring
Traditionally following a
theme of beautiful mandalas, but
with a scope as wide-ranging as
Drake, Ryan Gosling and alcohol,
colouring books are no longer just
for kids. Marketed as a stress-
relieving wonder, adult colouring
books are everywhere, even the
UBC Bookstore.
UBC alumna Katie Matthews
and her partner Geoff Matthews
launched their first travel-themed
adult colouring book just before
Christmas. The Matthews' have
transformed their own travel
photographs into 47 beautifully
detailed cityscapes from 29
countries and 10 years worth of
travel across Asia, Europe and the
The couple have been
travelling since they met in
Taiwan back in 2006. Describing
themselves as "city people,"
"Travel Between the Lines" is full
of memories of the places the two
have been with stories connected
to each location.
"I had this romantic notion
that I would sit in front of the
Eiffel Tower all day and sketch
it," said Ms. Matthews. "When
we got there, I found that it was
too overwhelming to be able to
draw and sketch the way that
it looked in my mind." This is
how they came up with the
idea of converting their travel
The couple are targeting
"daydreamers and wanderlusts,"
according to Mr. Matthews.
Moving from careers in sales and
corporate recruiting respectively,
the couple wanted to use their
memories of places that they had
visited and loved.
"We had these amazing
photographs of all these places,"
said Ms Matthews. "We didn't
take the photographs with the
intention of making the book, but
we used what we had as a way to
share it."
One reason colouring books
are so popular in the lives of busy
adults is the stress relief that is
inherent to the meditative process
of colouring. However, Dzung
Vo, clinical assistant professor at
the UBC hospital, suggests that
mindless colouring is no more
useful than any other mindless
activities — what makes it a
ruminative process is the act of
meditating on the art itself.
"I think any activity can be done
mindfully or unmindfully," he said.
"It's not so important what the
activity is — whether it's colouring
or walking — what's more
important is the quality and the
presence you bring to the activity.
If you're colouring, pretending or
suppressing what's going on, then
that's not mindful."
The intention of the colouring
book was not, in fact, to provide
a stress relief initially, but a
The couple met travelling in Taiwan and have made colouring books a huge part of
their lives.
byproduct of the publication.
"It's amazing how quickly time
passes when you're colouring," said
Mr. Matthews. "I was new to the
whole thing when we first started
this, but I can sit in a cafe and
suddenly an hour's gone by. It is kind
of stress relieving no matter how you
do it."
The 2,000 year-old tradition of
mindfulness stems back to ancient
Buddhist traditions in Taiwan
and Japan, according to Vo. It is a
perfect coincidence that "Travel
Between the Lines" focuses on
travel in all domains.
"Mindfulness is a very ancient
thing and everyone has the capacity
to be mindful," said Vo. "It's not
exclusive to any particular group of
people or religion - mindfulness is
not exclusive to Buddhism and you
don't have to be a Buddhist to be
Although not intentionally
oriented towards the mindful,
meditative state of other adult
colouring books, Vo believes that
mindfulness can be incorporated
in everyday life. Citing mindfulness
expert Jon Kabat-Zinn, he defines
mindfulness as "paying attention
in a particular way, on purpose,
in the present moment and
Just as the process of creating
the colouring book seemed a
natural progression from their
travel photos for the couple, Vo
emphasised that mindfulness
should begin to feel an ordinary
part of everyday life with practice.
The couple have plans to keep
traveling and taking pictures with
the eventual aim to create books
representing every place they
"I want to become the Lonely
Planet of colouring books," said
Ms. Matthews. "I want to have a
book for every country."
The book is available on
Am.azon.ca and in the UBC
Bookstore. Geoff and Katie can be
found at their blog, Wandertooth. 'M
With files from Jennifer Hong.
Operetta in Three Acts by JOHANN STRAUSS II (1825-1899;
Sung in German with English Surtitles
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Joshua Oppenheimer educating his audience on his personal documentary.
Academy award nominee answers students' questions
Miguel Santa Maria
Senior Staff Writer
In 1965, the government of
Indonesia — under a military
dictatorship at the time — took
part in the mass genocide of
millions of accused communists
and leftists throughout the
country. Currently, the people
directly involved in these
executions largely remain
untouched in Indonesia while the
tragedy of the victims and their
families are suppressed by the
However, the debate on these
killings has been reignited in the
past few years. This was mainly
due to film director Joshua
Oppenheimer's efforts to reveal
their reality through two widely
renowned documentaries: The Act
of Killing and The Look of Silence.
This past Tuesday, the UBC
history department organized
a seminar event in the Chan
Centre that focused on both of
these works and the historical
context behind them. The event
included a screening of The Look
of Silence, followed by a panel
discussion by UBC professors
of various related disciplines.
More importantly, Oppenheimer
himself was in attendance and the
event culminated in an hour long
talk delivered by the director and
a Q&A session.
The Look of Silence revolves
around an Indonesian man
named Adi, whose older
brother was killed during the
1965 purge years before Adi
was born. The documentary
covers his personal meetings
with his brother's executioners,
attempting to achieve some
form of reconciliation or
acknowledgment from
their behalf. The film itself
is a companion piece to
Oppenheimer's previous
documentary, The Act of Killing,
which alternatively covers
the perspective of former
executioners as they personally
boast and re-enact the killings
they delivered decades ago.
Both films were nominated for
an Academy Award for Best
Documentary with the former
film among this year's nominees.
These accolades were the
least of Oppenheimer's concerns
during his decade-long process
of making these films and
their aftermath. During the
event at UBC, he discussed the
origins of both projects, how
he got to know both victims
and perpetrators, as well as
the cultural environment of
Indonesia that goes through
great lengths to justify the
He also discussed the
numerous difficulties these
elements entailed, such as
the emotional burdens or the
numerous legitimate threats to
his and his associates' well-being.
One example Oppenheimer
mentioned was that Adi's family
— in the event of the worst case
scenario — was always stationed
at the airport whenever he
interacted with the perpetrators.
For Oppenheimer, it
was essential to deliver
an unflinching truth and
authenticity to the subject.
A technique, he notes, is
still lacking in mainstream
documentaries or films that
focus more on the expected
"typical" than the unexpected
"If the cinema is to be
more than escapist fantasy,
[we should strive to] immerse
the viewers in the particulars
[and] to become more intimate
so that the experience could
grow and become universal,"
said Oppenheimer in his talk.
"Therefore, [it's] much bigger
than it would ever be if it was
just an overview of a political or
historical story."
Most important of all for
Oppenheimer is that such
specificity and bluntness properly
represents the harsh reality of the
topic and individuals in his work.
"If it's to be an effective,
meaningful and deep political
film about the co-existence
of powerful perpetrators and
silenced survivors, it must deprive
the viewer of reassuring fictions
[such as whether] everything will
work out," said Oppenheimer.
"That means making a backward-
looking film — a film composed
in memoriam of all that's been
destroyed. [It's] not just for the
dead, but for the lives broken
from half a century of fear and
UBC A Cappella storms
international stage
The club is set to rock the ICC A stages.
Jessie Stirling
Staff Writer
Big, Pitch Perfect-esque things are
on the horizon for UBC A Cappella
as they prepare to showcase their
immense talent on, not one, but
two international stages.
Since the club's creation eight
years ago, the talented members of
UBC A Cappella have harmonized
their hearts out, earning the
club international recognition in
the increasingly popular world
of a cappella. Building on the
momentum of their sold-out winter
concert, the club will be taking
centre stage in February as the sole
Canadian team competing in the
quarterfinals of the International
Championship of Collegiate A
Cappella. To those that have seen
Pitch Perfect, the ICCAs will sound
familiar as the movie's plot centres
around this very competition.
Twenty talented UBC students
drawn from all four of the UBC
A Cappella groups (The Choral
Reef, Fermata Nowhere, The
Unaccompanied Minors and The
Undeclared Majors) make up the
team travelling to the quarterfinals
held in Tacoma, Washington where
they will compete against eight
other teams.
With less than a month until
the competition, UBC A Cappella
is busy putting the finishing
touches on their performance
— a performance that Jessica
Tam, UBC A Cappella secretary,
describes as "a lot more than just
"In the ICCAs, teams both sing
and dance — it really is just like
Pitch Perfect," said Tam. "Teams'
performance scores are based 50
per cent on singing and 50 per cent
dancing, so it's a very performance-
heavy competition, which is a new
experience for our club."
The top two scoring teams
at the quarterfinals move onto
the semi-finals and the UBC A
Cappella team is ready to make
their time on stage count.
"We have 12 minutes for our set
and we're doing three full songs.
Our set list starts with 'Can't Take
My Eyes Off You,' followed by
'If I Ain't Got You' and Ain't No
Mountain.' It's a very feel-good
kind of set list and we're excited
to perform it."
From one international stage
to another, UBC A Cappella will
be performing at New York City's
Carnegie Hall in a show titled
Total Vocal II this March. This
show features contemporary a
cappella music from The SingOff!
and Pitch Perfect sung by 13
groups from throughout North
America. If the Pitch Perfect-ness
of UBC A Cappella's upcoming
performance wasn't enough,
Total Vocal II is composed and
arranged by Deke Sharon, the
man behind the music of the 2012
UBC A Cappella was invited to
perform in last year's installment
of this show, Total Vocal, and club
President Katie Sanford is excited
to be invited back.
"For a lot of us, this is a once-
in-a-lifetime experience. We're
all really looking forward to the
performance," said Sanford. "It
is a lot of work, though. We have
had rehearsals twice a week for
two months and once we get
there, we will have rehearsals
with all of the other groups."
Sixteen of UBC A Cappella's
finest eagerly await their
performance at the famed
Carnegie Hall. However, one
concern still remains — the cost.
"It's a really expensive trip,
which is the main barrier that
people had to going," Sanford
said. "We've been trying to
fundraise to alleviate that
financial burden. We are going to
be selling Singing Grams around
Valentine's Day, so that's a fun
thing to look out for and a great
way to support our club."
UBC A Cappella is a talented
group of students who promise to
shine on the international stage as
they pitch-slap their competition at
the ICCA quarterfinals and give the
Carnegie Hall audience toners you
can see through their jeans. 'M TUESDAY JANUARY 26, 2016   I    CULTURE
Review: Eurydice is both explosive and understated
The performance was heartbreaking, thought-provoking and funny-a triumph.
Olivia Law
Culture Editor
It's rare, today, for an audience
to visibly and audibly react to a
performance in the theatre. It's
even rarer for an audience to
visibly and audibly react to
a performance of an ancient
Greek myth with which they are
immensely familiar.
Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, directed
by MFA candidate Keltie Forsyth,
UBC Theatre had audiences
stunned, moved and laughing. A
retelling of the myth of musician
Orpheus (Daniel Curalli), the
piece is as much about lost lovers
as fathers and daughters. On her
wedding night, Eurydice — played
by radiantly open-hearted Kelsey
Ranshaw — is met by a Nasty
Interesting Man (Francis Winter)
and encounters her death and the
underworld. In this kingdom, she
encounters her father (Michael
Fera, UBC alumnus who last
performed on campus in 1987)
and a chorus of stones (Joylyn
Secunda, Mariam Barry and
Meegin Tahirih Pye) who reject
all emotion, literature and song.
Winter's role as the king
of the underworld must be
congratulated. He transforms
from charming to menacing in
an instant, whether appearing
in a suave black tie or a child's
getup and a tricycle. Whether
dancing shadow-like at his
daughter's wedding or reading a
Lear-Cordelia scene with her in
the underworld, Fera also stands
out as a heartbreakingly sweet
character whose relationship
with Eurydice is strong from the
beginning to the end of the play.
Rhul's script is undoubtedly
difficult to stage. Scenes are short
and rely on a staggering amount
of silence to tell their stories.
There is a sense of time passing
endlessly, but also no time at
all. Scenes alternate between
the underworld — endearing
scenes between Eurydice and
her father, comically juxtaposed
with the stone chorus — and
Orpheus's letters to his wife.
One particularly moving scene
involves Eurydice's father
building her a room out of string
while she plays hopscotch. They
share a moment of a smile, in
which we see their whole blissful
past recaptured in that instant.
Heipo Leung's set design
and Alix Miller's costumes were
wonderfully translated from earth
to the underworld. A myriad of
greys made up the backdrop and
costumes to both worlds, the sole
source of colour stemming from
the adorably dorky, purposefully
insecure Orpheus.
With such an explosive world
beautifully realized by the actors
and demonstrated through Rhul's
script, the understated set was
a refreshing take on the rather
overdone Hades. A raining elevator
to Hell, soundscapes and music
performed by the chorus were
the most magical elements,
contrasting to the mechanical,
underground setting of pipes and
Staggering out of the theatre in
a sort of sad-happy disorientation,
Eurydice's audiences were
emotionally engaged in
this whimsical, bittersweet
performance. '21
*<fr Cheer Up... For God's Sake Okf-
As you go through college, take comfort in the fact that there is nothing new under the sun.
While there is never going to be anyone with identical genes who will experience life exactly as
you do, your feelings, good and bad, emotions, good and bad, are universal. Life as you know, comes
in phases, getting a college education is one phase. This is around the time in which your prefrontal
cortex is fully developed and when you become more aware, emotionally, that your behaviour affects
others. It is a time of greater self-awareness, particularly awareness of a moral conscience. Up to this
point your behaviour has been mostly shaped by fear of punishment, or what you can get away with.
With a moral appreciation of consequences, your behaviour should be shaped by a desire to pursue
goodness, for goodness' sake. This is a narrow road, but it brings peace of mind, success and happiness. It is also the surest road to wisdom. So try not to despair when the day seems dreary or the task
seems impossible. Bad times never last, and you will adjust like you've always done. Don't be hard
on yourself, after all, you did not make yourself and you are not responsible for the factors that
shaped you up to this point. Never forget that we live in our minds and so just as negative thoughts
bring you down, positive thoughts will lift you up. And so it is important to control your thoughts.
This, by the way is one of the triumphs in life - the control of what we allow our mind to dwell on.
No one knows where thoughts come from, but thank God that we can shut out the bad ones and
nurture the good ones. Work hard, and try to remain honest, so you can keep growing in your
ability. You are capable of much more than you realize. Learn self-discipline and organisation so
that work doesn't spill into play, and your play is not spoiled by guilt from work left undone. Try
never to panic. Better to seek help and buy yourself precious time to recover from trouble. Offer good
advice and don't hesitate to seek counsel. We are all in this together. Don't be embarrassed to
embrace faith but do not become self-righteous or a hypocrite. Your friends may not tell you so, but
they will respect and admire you as a spiritual person. After all, true spirituality is about learning to
love others. You will find that the more you pray, the better you know yourself and the less mistakes
you make. Pray for those you don't like and forgive others so that it is easier to forgive yourself.
Overcome your shyness, not by heavy drinking or by using drugs, but by reminding yourself that we
are all shy more or less. In fact, shyness tends to be a function of self-awareness. You are about to
come into your own so learn to pick up after yourself and hang in there. You have yet to taste the
best that life has to offer.
- Compassionate Listening Society of Alberta
WeDareToListen. co // OPINIONS
Point/counterpoint: The Arts language requirement
News editor
I could remind you that studying
languages makes you smarter —
studies show it's a workout for
your brain. I could also direct
your attention to the fact that
learning another language makes
you richer, better able to focus on
important information and allows
you to stave off diseases like
Alzheimer's or dementia. Studies
show that you don't even need
to be fluent to get the benefits of
But learning languages is
more than that — it gives you
intercultural understanding. It
forces you to see the world from
another point of view and isn't
that a fundamental part of going
to university? To allow you, in a
very small but significant way,
to gain perspectives that your
own upbringing didn't give you?
Regardless of what you do with
your degree — whether you
intend to travel after you finish,
find a job working abroad or if
you stay in the English-speaking
part of Canada and never leave —
learning a language is only good
for you in the long run.
Don't want to slog your way
through French verbs? Not a fan
of the myriad conjugations of
German nouns? You didn't come
to university because it was going
to be easy. You came because you
wanted a learning experience that
would challenge you, frustrate
you and make you want to drown
yourself in the library water
fountain at times — but would,
in the end, benefit you. We have
12 required credits of foreign
languages as part of our degrees
for the same reason we have all
other degree requirements —
because a university degree in
Canada and at UBC is designed to
make you a more well-rounded,
empathetic and intelligent
person. If you don't want to be
that person, don't do a degree
here. fH
A university
degree at UBC
is designed to
make you a more
and intelligent
UBC wants to
make you a more
person by
treating you like
a child."
Opinions editor
UBC wants to make you a more
well-rounded person by treating you
like a child and there are people who
fully support them. Their arguments
usually sound something like, "But
learning a language is good for you!"
as if that was a good enough reason
for students to take time away from
their actual degree focus and endure
the tedium of something they will
forget immediately upon finishing
the course.
Why should UBC decide that
you need to learn a language that
has nothing to do with your degree
focus, especially when there are
concrete, obvious negative effects?
Let's dive into specific arguments
I've heard:
It'll enrich your worldview -
True. You know what'll do a way
better job? A history course, but I
don't see anyone arguing for that to
be made mandatory.
It'll make you more employable
- Maybe. For careers focused on
interacting with the public, it's a
definite asset. For any other job, it's a
fringe benefit - it paints you as able
to stick with learning something
like knowing how to code or being a
black belt.
It'll make you smarter - So will
crosswords. You know what won't
make you smarter? Taking hours
out of your day to study something
that, for many, many students, will
ultimately get them nothing but a
direct increase in stress and a slightly
lower GPA.
Undoubtedly, there are benefits
to learning a second language. There
are also benefits to doing yoga and
eating your vegetables, but until
those make the requirements list for
an Arts degree, all arguments for the
requirement are null.
For some, learning a language
comes naturally. For others, it is
a dangerous brick wall that can
seriously harm their chances of
earning a degree. The fact of the
matter is that UBC is treating us like
children and it needs to stop. 'M
You don't have to
sit in school to stand
among greatness.
> Thomas Edison: Relentless Inventiveness
Failure is no biggie. Just ask Edison. If he stopped at failure, he would never have moved on to invent a
little thing called the light bulb. So if you've failed a class somewhere else, or have a scheduling conflict
come on over. You can catch up with our world-recognized online courses, then move on to bigger
successes. Talk about a light bulb moment. TUESDAY, JANUARY26,2016   |    OPINIONS    |   11
Ask Natalie: Friends, lovers and a bit of school too
Advice columnist
"Dear Natalie,
After months of anticipating
progress in a potential relationship,
I finally realized that person was
just being simply friendly and
not more than that. It's going to
be a tough time ahead for me to
neutralize those feelings. What
suggestions do you have to speed up
the process and minimize pain as
much as possible?'
I'm glad that you understand that
this person was just being friendly
and not looking for a relationship.
You're dealing with this really
well. So many people, when they
find themselves in your situation,
take it really poorly. Congrats on
remembering that person doesn't
owe you a relationship! Yay!
Sorry, I had to get that out of
the way.
As for your feelings, I know it's
hard. You found out someone you
liked wasn't interested and worse,
it was a few months in. You had
your hopes up and your heart set
on something that didn't happen.
But know that, in all likelihood,
their lack of attraction towards
you has surprisingly little to do
with you. I mean, think about one
of your friends. Are you attracted
to them? Well maybe, but then
pick another friend you don't like.
It has nothing to do with them,
it's just something that you can't
control. Keep this in mind. It will
It will be frustrating in this
time ahead. Take a big breath
and centre yourself. Ask yourself
some questions that should make
your path clearer.
Do you want to be friends with
this person - knowing full well
that you'll be nothing more? It
seems harsh, but it is better to be
honest now than drag yourself
through months of trying and
failing to come to terms with your
feelings in order to be "nice."
It's okay if you can't let go. We
generally can't choose who we
Ask yourself if you need space,
regardless of whether or not you
Move this
person from the
"romantic" side
of your mind to
the "platonic"
part. You can do
it, but it will be
want to stay friends. You likely
will. That's normal. Take some
time to reorganize your feelings.
Move this person from the
"romantic" side of your mind to
the "platonic" part. You can do it,
but it will be difficult.
Can you treat your friend the
same after all this? No hidden
resentments that will come out
after three drinks? Or when they
find someone they actually do
want to date? This person doesn't
deserve a shitty friend just
because they don't feel the same
way as you. Really think on this.
Other than that, try to keep
busy. Download a dumb app,
binge watch a new series or
become obsessed with a new
hobby. Do anything to take your
mind off feeling bad.
You can do it! You can do it
"Dear Natalie,
Is there ever a time when you would
stay with a cheating partner?"
Me personally? Probably not. But
I've never been in that situation -
that I know of.
But in theory, I'm sure there
are situations where I would stay.
Lack of respect is an issue, but
you can restore that. Lack of trust
is a problem, but someone can earn
that back. It would be a personal
decision, one that stems from lots of
discussion with my partner.
If your partner cheated on you,
then you need to really think about
what you want to do. You can decide
your own path, but you shouldn't
base that decision on the response
to a short letter from an advice
"Dear Natalie,
What's the point ofuniversity? I'm
studying something that I'm not super
passionate about, but I'm about to
finish my third year so is it too late to
change my major. Should I just keep
going through my degree or should I
drop out of school?"
We're all in university because we
want a better future whether that
future is doing something you love
forever, getting a well-paying job or
just not disappointing your parents.
Think about your future. What kind
of future you would have for each of
your options?
I'm not here to make your life
choices for you, but I know a lot of
people who are just running out of
steam from their majors past second
year. Take more courses outside your
major that interest you. Look into
pass/fail courses if you're worried
about your average. That's why we
have electives.
Don't make a rash decision just
because you're bored. '3
Need advice? Contact Natalie
anonymously at asknatalie@
ubyssey.ca and have your questions
answered in an upcoming issue.
Public Open House - February 11
Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood Design Vision Supplement
and Proposed Neighbourhood Plan Amendment
UBC, working with the UNA, has undertaken a process to develop an
elaborated design vision for the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood
This public open house will present the draft design vision supplement for the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood
as well as a proposed amendment to the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood Plan. The proposed changes will allow
for a broader variety of housing types on the remaining building sites in Wesbrook Place
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016     Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Place: Wesbrook Community Centre, Lobby, 5998 Berton Avenue
Please note that no changes to the UBC Land Use Plan and no
net change to planned overall residential floor space within the
Neighbourhood Plan area are being considered.
Online consultation runs from February 4 - February 19 at
For more information, contact:
Gabrielle Armstrong, Senior Manager, Public Engagement,
at gabrielle.armstrong@ubc.ca or 604-822-9984,
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Cellular reception tends to disappear about 50 kilometres north of
Pemberton, which was a shame because we were meant to be 30
kilometres east of Pemberton. But with a bit of luck and some help
from a wayfaring stranger, we managed to find our way to Joffre Lakes
Provincial Park.
The park was named after a World War I general named Joseph
Jacques Cesaire Joffre. The area was originally developed as a climbing
school in the early 70s and was declared a provincial park in 1988. Since
then, the park has been the delight of weekend warriors from across BC.
Situated next to Highway 99, access to the park is fairly simple, although
winter tires are advised during the colder months.
Upon arriving, we were both relieved and annoyed to find the parking
lot filled with cars. We were definitely in the right place and we were
definitely not alone. Putting on the last of our winter gear, we made our
way out onto the trail.
Pro tip — right at the start of the trail there are bathrooms, the last for
a few hours. Nobody likes yellow snow. The lower lake — the first of three
— appeared within five minutes or so of the start. Continuing higher, the
trail wound through a majestic forest filled with towering trees.
The climb to the second lake was steep and navigating the icier
sections can be a bit tricky in the middle of winter. There tends to be
better footholds next to the iced-over steps. But if you have crampons,
then there is nothing to worry about. Upon reaching middle lake, you will
see a bench and you will go and sit on it. It's a well-deserved break, but
you've got to carry on eventually and make it to the piece de resistance —
Upper Joffre Lake!
However, graciously do yourself a favour — trust me, it's worth it —
and continue along the edge of the middle lake, keeping to your right
until you encounter this majestic natural wonder. Time for long-
exposures and selfies.
We then retraced our steps and found the trail which relentlessly
continues higher and higher into the mountain. Just as you think
you're going to lose it, you catch a glimpse of it. No, not that squirrel
— I'm talking about the Upper Joffre Lake. Being a glacial lake, the
waters of Upper Joffre are almost milky blue. You could sit all day
admiring them, but you have to keep going.
In terms of elevation, the trail levels off for the rest of the hike.
Trip and fall your way across the snow laden path that will bring you
to the other side of the lake and the campgrounds that sit beneath the
Here you will find a tiny cabin — it's a toilet really — and easier
access to the water. Now you can rest, take pictures, look out across the
lake and eat! Lastly, try to make it down before nightfall so that you don't
have to go down those icy steps in the dark. If the sky happens to be clear,
make sure to stop by Porteau Cove, located between Squamish and Lions
Bay on Highway 99, on the way back for some sweet stargazing! 'JJ 14    |   SPORTS+REC    |    TUESDAY, JANUARY 26,2016
NBA, Abdur-Rahim at UBC over the weekend
Shareef Abdur-Rahim played with the Vancouver Grizzles from 1996 to 2001 and set multiple franchise records.
Prabhjot Grewal
Staff Writer
This last Saturday, UBC hosted
the NBA All-Star Challenge that
has been travelling across the
country. Returning to the city with
the event is former Vancouver
Grizzlies icon Shareef Abdur-
For the first time in NBA
history, Canada will play host
to the All-Star weekend, which
will take place in Toronto from
February 12-14.
Participants in the event had
the opportunity to enter and
compete in the skills competition,
three-point shootout and a slam-
dunk contest with the winner
taking home the top prize of an
all-expense paid trip to Toronto
for the All-Star weekend.
Abdur-Rahim returned to
Vancouver with the All-Star
Challenge this Saturday to cheer
on the participants and our
Thunderbirds men's and women's
Abdur-Rahim was thrilled to
return to the city where he made
his NBA debut in 1996.
"When we drove up here, we
drove up through Kitsilano. When
I played here, that's kind of the area
I lived in, so it brought back a lot of
memories. As a young kid, I came
here, so it's kind of where things
started for me," said Abdur-Rahim.
The Grizzlies played in Vancouver
for six seasons before the franchise
was moved.
"I think, for a lot of people, the
Grizzlies at that time were like the
introduction to basketball. I think a
lot of people were inspired to play
basketball," said Abdur-Rahim. "If
you look at the talent that's coming
up through Canada over the last five
or six years, I think the Grizzlies
organization had a part in that."
He said his advice to young
athletes just entering the sport is
to "just relax, have fun, go out and
Abdur-Rahim is still undecided
if he will be attending this year's
All-Star weekend, but is excited for
Canada to host the event for the first
time. 1
Notice of Development Permit Application - DP 16003
Public Open House
Wesbrook Place Lot 23
Join us on Tuesday, February 9 to view and comment on the proposed residential development
proposal for Wesbrook Place Lot 23. Plans will be displayed for a new 6-storey 10,925m2 market
residential building with 106 units.
4:30 - 6:00 PM
day, Februarys 2016
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Keenleyside Crescent
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This event is wheelchair accessible.
Representatives from the project team and
Campus + Community Planning will be on hand to
discuss and answer questions about this project.
The public is also invited to attend the upcoming
Development Permit Board Meeting for this
Date/Time: February 24, 5:00 - 7:00PM
Location:     Wesbrook Community Centre
3335 Webber Lane
For further information:
Please direct questions to Karen Russell,
Manager, Development Services
karen.russell@ubc.ca   604-822-1586
Can't attend in person? Online feedback will be accepted from Jan 15 to Feb 16.
To learn more or to comment on this project, please visit:
planning, ubc.ca/vancouver/projects-consultations
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The Ubyssey's guide to skiing
and boarding as a student
Skiing as a student doesn't have to bankrupt you.
Alex Fraser
It's winter, the snow is falling,
and it's a good time to be a UBC
Skiing and snowboarding
attracts thousands of snow stoked-
students year after year and
rightfully so. Lucky for us, UBC is
in close proximity to a Mecca of
world ski terrain. If you haven't hit
the slopes yet this season, you are
missing out on a world of fun.
See those distant snow-capped
peaks when you look North
outside your window, the ones
looming over the city? That's the
North Shore, home to mountains
Grouse, Cypress and Seymour.
These local hills have unmatchable
views of our beautiful city
constantly in sight while riding
and are adored for their varying
terrain and famous night skiing.
If you're looking for a quick
break from studies and have an
appetite for adventure, these
local favourites offer a wide range
of beginner to expert terrain,
satisfying the most diehard park
rats to first timers.
The convenience is one of the
best things about the North Shore
mountains with Grouse taking
approximately an hour and a
half via bus from campus, while
Cypress and Seymour take closer
to two hours on transit. If you're
lucky enough to have access to a
car, your travel time will be cut
in half. Hint: make friends with
Full equipment rentals will cost
around $40 per day, while the day
ticket prices for Grouse, Cypress
and Seymour ring in at $58, $39
and $54, respectively. Night skiing
tickets are slightly less and multi-
day ticket deals minimize the cost.
University students can grab a
full pass at any of the ski areas for
between $700-800.
The North Shore is great, but
there's simply no match for BC's
most popular resort destination
— Whistler Blackcomb, British
Columbia's legendary family
It's no secret as to why
Whistler is often dubbed as the
"best ski resort in the world." It
totes an impressive 8,171 acres of
skiable terrain and the famous
Peak2Peak Gondola. Whistler
remains a timeless favourite.
There's something for
everyone in Whistler. In the wee
hours of the morning, you might
be getting unlimited fresh powder
in the backcountry trees only to
find yourself hitting some of BC's
biggest man-made jumps and rail
features in the afternoon over
in the terrain parks. Snowfall
this season has surpassed six
metres already. To put that into
perspective, Whistler already
has more snow this year than it
received throughout the entirety
of the year.
Equipment rental shops in
Whistler are a dime a dozen and
expect to pay somewhere around
$60 for quality ski and snowboard
packages. Lift tickets are not
cheap either, going for over
$100 per day. Tickets become
cheaper for five, six and seven
day passes, but the student pass
costs only $600. It's worth your
money if you only go riding six
times — a no brainer for the more
Travel options to Whistler
from the university are copious.
EpicRides bus service offers
round trips for only $35, picking
you up right outside Walter Gage
Residence. Rideshares are also
extremely popular for students
for their cheapness and the
camaraderie involved. There's
nothing better than sharing
the stoke with fellow mountain
goers crammed in the back of a
2002 Subura Outback. If you're
looking for a rideshare, check
out HitchPlanet.com or the UBC
Whistler Ride Share group on
These are just four of the
20 locations in the province to
go skiing or snowboarding, so
stop reading this already and go
explore. '21 TUESDAY, JANUARY 26,2016   |    SPORTS+REC    |   15
Thunderbirds set to host men's
basketball CIS Final 8 in March
The men's team are currently 10-4 in conference play and split the weekend against the Univeristy of Regina.
Olamide Olaniyan
Senior Staff Writer
In the same year as UBC's
centennial celebration and for
the first time in 44 years, the
UBC men's basketball team will
host the CIS Final 8 on a new
wooden court at the Doug Mitchell
Thunderbird Sports Centre.
To put it into perspective, the
last time the championships were
hosted on the Point Grey campus
was 28 years before current head
coach Kevin Hanson — who has
since won five Canada West titles
— took the reins at the team. The
last time UBC hosted the event, a
general admission ticket to the finals
was $1.50 (they now start at $10) and
the women's team was still known as
the "Thunderettes."
The Thunderbirds hosted the
Final 8 tournament — then known
as the CIAU Championship Final
— in March 1972 for the first and
only time. Seizing an opportunity,
the team proceeded to defeat the
Acadia University Axemen with a
score of 87-80. This was perhaps
the Thunderbird's grandest era as
the women's team was also in the
midst of a three-title winning streak.
Unfortunately for the 'Birds, it was
also the last time the men's team
hoisted the trophy.
But that could all change
this year. The Thunderbirds
are looking strong this season.
Despite losing Tommy Nixon,
who scored a career-high of 45
points in a game against Trinity
Western this time last year, and
the team losing half of their
scoring offence from last season
to graduation, this year's team
already looks to be faring better
than their 2014-2015 counterpart.
The team has a conference
record of 10-4 as opposed to
last year's at 8-5. The 'Birds are
currently second in the Pioneer
Division of Canada West and
are obviously good enough to
contend with the dominant teams
in Canada. It is not too wild of
an idea to see them wreak havoc
in the nationals this year. This
might perhaps be the 'Birds' best
chance at taking the title.
The T-Birds have the formula
down this year. Thunderbird
veterans — like third-year Conor
Morgan, fourth-year guard
Jordan Jensen-Whyte and six-
foot-nine forward David Wagner
— are totalling 16.3,14.5 and 11.4
points per game, respectively.
Interestingly, there has also
been an influx of extremely good
players into the team, especially
from other schools. Port
Coquitlam native Patrick Simon,
who scored 17 points in UBC's
win on Friday against Regina,
is a transfer from Simon Fraser
University. Guard A. J. Holloway
has repeatedly injected energy
into every game he has played
in, constantly making steals as
well as assists. He is from across
the border, a transfer from
Bellevue Community College in
Will Ondrik, who played for
the Thompson Rivers University
Wolfpack, is averaging eight
points and Phil Jalalpour,
transfer from Olds College
in Alberta and their player of
the year from last season, is
averaging 9.3 points per game.
These players are all relatively
new additions to the team, but
have each managed to adapt
quickly and continue to get on
the board with amazing play.
Winning this year could
change everything for the
'Birds. There is something about
winning the CIS Basketball Men's
Championships that seems to
encourage back-to-back title wins
as though winning once opens
the floodgates. This phenomenon
is highlighted when looking
at teams like the University of
Victoria Vikes who went on
a seven-title winning streak
between 1979 and 1986, and the
University of Carleton Ravens,
which have gone on five-title
winning streaks twice including
a win just last year.
Not only will winning put
this year's Thunderbirds on the
path to asserting dominance in
Canada, but it will also place
them as one of greatest teams in
UBC's history. 1
Rubgy players training in
bobsleigh with Olympic hopeful
Arnott and Golding will compete in their first race in February in Utah with Johnson.
Koby Michaels
Sports and Rec Editor
Thunderbird rugby players Elizabeth
Theems- Golding and Annabel Arnott
are training with Julie Johnson who
competes with Bobsled Canada and is
an Olympic hopeful.
The duo had never bobsledded
before a few months ago when
Johnson approached the team about
players joining her in Whistler to
learn to be brakemen. The team
has a history with the Canadian
bobsledding scene as T-Bird head
coach Maria Gallo was with the
Canadian National Bobsleigh Team
for two years from 2003 to 2004.
Johnson races a two-man bobsled
and is looking for brakemen to join
her team. A brakeman helps run
and launch the bobsled down the
track before jumping in and ducking
their head. The brakeman is also
responsible for pulling the brakes at
the end of a run.
Arnott has a just finished her
courses in the Faculty of Science and
is a fullback on the 'Birds. Golding, a
recent transfer, is in her first year of
kinesiology and plays as a wing and
fullback with the T-Birds.
"She [Johnson] described it
initially, before we'd done it, like being
in a dryer," said Golding. What does
that mean? I don't know. But it was
kind of like a cold dryer, I guess"
"It's such an adrenaline rush," said
Both women were surprised by
the technicality of the sport.
"The first time, there was no
technique to it. It was just run and
get in," explained Arnott. But since
the first time, they have been working
on their technique and power for the
Golding and Arnott aren't sure
where bobsledding will take them.
Arnott has finished her degree and is
training, in rugby and bobsledding,
and working while Golding is just
starting her degree and career as a
The two have travelled up to
Whistler several times to train with
Johnson at the Whistler Sliding
Centre and recently returned from a
trip to Calgary to train at the Olympic
park. They also trained with Johnson
in a gym.
Both will be travelingto Utah
in February to compete in part of
the North America Cup Circuit. It
will be Golding's and Arnott's first
"There is nothing in my life
— rides, rugby games — that can
describe the first time being in
[a bobseld] was like," Golding's
Both might be new to the sport
but have definitely caught the
bobsledding bug. 'M 16    I    GAMES    I   TUESDAY, JANUARY 26,2016
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military lingo;
14- Draft classification;
15- California-Nevada lake;
16-JFK postings;
17-Muscat's land:
18-Belle or Bart;
20-Paris "thanks";
22-Adult male horse;
24-Make       for it;
50- Actress Witherspoon;
23-After the bell;
27-Former name of
51-Young children;
25-       thecrackofdawn;
53- Morays;
26- Israeli desert region;
28- Capital of Manitoba;
56-Linebacker Junior;
3-Eye drop;
28- Strong Australian horse;
32- Claw;
57- One on the same side;
4- High-kicking dance;
36- "...and seven years
61-Windows predecessor;
5-Ave. crossers;
30- Like some checking
65-Aromatic plant;
6-Bit of butter;
59-Nutmeg coat;
37-Wise ones;
7-Cries of discovery;
31- Insinuate;
60- Countess's husband:
39- Chopin composition;
69-Garr or Hatcher;
8-Legal wrongs;
33- Sudden forward thrust;
62-"Whip It" band;
40-Animate existence;
70-Blue dye source;
34-More peculiar;
42-Grand        National
71-Showed again;
10-Fellow inmate;
35-Bird homes;
64- Cosecant's reciprocal
72-Figure skater Lysacek;
11-Yours, in Tours;
38-Flies alone;
67- Mai       ;
73-Noah of "ER";
12-Western pact;
68-Tolkien creature:
45-Not odds;
74- Cleft;
75-Acting part;
21- Coloured part of the
46-Appear to be;
49- Receive;
48-Dutch export;
Concert at the Chan Centre
SAT FEB 13 2016/8pm
Student rush tickets only $15!
A Conversation with
Branford Marsalis
SAT FEB 13 2016/11am
UBC Robson Square
Free to attend, space is limited
Branford Marsalis
"Saxophonist Marsalis leads one
of the most cohesive, intense
small jazz ensembles on
the scene today"
- Associated Press
lOO   Canada   straight
Tickets and info at chSi


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