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Province may pass
bill mandating sexual
assault policy
CVR 2016 was an
engaging glimpse of
the future
Two gender nonconforming students
share thoughts on Fink
UBC tennis
is lowkey
killing it
A wonderful little stand-up night in a black box theatre featuring some of
Vancouver's best comics.
This panel seeks to shed light on the "Trump phenomenon" by
drawing upon the psychoanalysis and social psychology.
Live speakers share innovative solutions to humanity's challenges with a community of open and curious minds.
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Filmmaker Leo Zuckerman on creative
freedom and audiences of millions
"As an independent artist, there are so many skills that [the BFA] doesn't teach you. What I learned [during my BFA] was film studies, theoretical studying of film, and not applied knowledge, which it should be in my opinion."
Leo Soh
Traveling the world, spending time
with sports celebrities and pursing
your artistic passion. It may sound
like a dream, but it is how film
director and UBC alumnus Leo
Zuckerman now describes his life.
Zuckerman grew up in
Montreal, but his connection to the
west coast began in his childhood
"I spent a lot of my summers in
Whistler growing up, from 10 years
old," said Zuckerman.
However, he did not initially
pursue film, focusing on science
and engineering prior to post-
secondary education.
"I applied to universities and
I put film as a second choice, just
because you had to put a second
choice when you applied," he
said. "I got into some schools in
Montreal for engineering and
got into film [at UBC], but not
Ultimately, Zuckerman chose
to pursue a BFA in film production
at UBC.
"I was like, I don't really like
engineering that much. I'm gonna
try something new, and I just threw
a Hail Mary and came out here to
do film," he said.
It was a decision that has paid
off handsomely for him. From
producing short amateur films
shared on Vimeo, Zuckerman
has become a film director with
Soft Citizen, atop-5 Canadian
advertising company, and now
manages six-figure production
His key to success?
"The internet, man. The
internet is so powerful. The
opportunities are not just in the
tech sector - anything that's
related to the internet, there's just
so much potential," he said. "If
you can stand out in that kind of
space with an audience of billions -
hundreds of thousands, millions of
potential clients see your work."
Zuckerman's most recent
production was a film on the US
One Sailing Team, who he joined
on their circuit in China.
"I'm getting the opportunity
to do some really cool stuff," he
acknowledged. "Most people
can't go on an America's Cup class
racing boat. To be on that boat and
racing is just a completely different
perspective. These guys are really,
really intense."
The finished product is a
masterpiece, but Zuckerman
remembers that acquiring the
footage was no easy feat.
"A lot of my clients aren't
necessarily film-sawy, which is
difficult," he said.
US One gave him complete
control over the project, which
is something Zuckerman always
"It's what any artist hopes for,
full creative freedom. Oftentimes,
when you're working on an
advertising project you've got 15
people telling what you can and
cannot do, creatively," he said. "It's
very restrictive."
The only problem - "These
guys, they didn't give a shit. They
said, 'We recognize talent. Here's
money, make us something.'"
Because of their cavalier attitude,
Zuckerman was unable to stage any
Film production has created
other overseas opportunities for
Zuckerman. In September 2014,
he traveled to New Zealand to
direct and shoot a travel short on
helicopter-skiing in the Southern
Alps. The short aired on Fuel TV
AUS and Fox Sports US.
"I was more of a talent, since
the [TV] show was about creating
a film. It was a lot of fun; any
opportunity to travel and shoot
somewhere new is very enjoyable.
[The show] hasn't had much
acclaim, but I really like it."
Zuckerman has treaded a long
path to his current success. "It
started small; edits here and there.
I got a lot of emails, and I had to
filter through the bullshit to get to
the good stuff."
"My big break was a job for
Canada Tourism through an agency
called GCD. They saw my sports
stuff, and they were doing an ad
for youth travellers," he said. "That
was a key piece for me in terms
of going from amateur to taking
the next step into advertising and
professional tier level production."
Reflecting on his career,
Zuckerman doesn't regret anything
so far. However, he has much
criticism for the BFA program at
"As an independent artist, there
are so many skills that [the BFA]
doesn't teach you. What I learned
[during my BFA] was film studies,
theoretical studying of film, and
not applied knowledge, which it
should be in my opinion."
Furthermore, Zuckerman
believes that the program could
do much more to nurture fine
arts students as business-sawy
"It's so important. From A to
Z. Accounting, client relations,
taxes, everything! Just basic,
basic stuff that I've learnt on my
own. It would have been nice to
have come out of school knowing
practical business operations
For aspiring artists,
Zuckerman's advice is to take
baby steps.
"The most important thing is
making stuff. Go out there and
shoot something, it doesn't matter
whether it's on an iPhone or a
GoPro. It's the process of creating
that's going to make you better, and
it's the process of sharing that's
going to get you noticed. You can't
go to class every day and try to
learn it off the blackboard; it's an
art, you learn by doing." % // NEWS
New bill may mandate sexual assault policy
Sruthi Tadepalli
News Editor
The province has introduced a
new bill that will require all public
post-secondary institutions to have
a sexual misconduct policy.
The Sexual Violence and
Misconduct Policy Act was tabled
on Wednesday - if it passes, it
would give universities one year
from the time of Royal Assent to
establish a working policy.
UBCs VP Equity and
Inclusion, Sara-Jane Finlay, issued
a statement in support ofthe
government's legislation.
"We look forward to
continuing to work with the
provincial government as this
legislation is finalized," said
Finlay noted that UBC is
already developing a sexual
assault policy in consultation with
students, faculty and staff. A draft
of this policy will be presented to
the Board of Governors in June.
The Sexual Assault Support
Centre (SASC)'s manager, Ashley
Bentley, acknowledged that UBC
is actually ahead of the game
when it comes to the new policy's
"When it comes to Bill 23, a lot
ofthe requirements that they are
requesting that post-secondary
institutions have, UBC is already
actively thinking about," said
The province may pass a new bill requiring post-secondary institutions to have a sexual assault policy.
Bentley likes that the bill
allows some flexibility for post-
secondary campuses, showing
the awareness that each school
is different and likewise needs a
slightly different policy.
In this way the bill recognizes
that "while we are quite
privileged to have a sexual assault
centre on campus and have quite
a large array of resources, some
ofthe other post-secondary
campuses ... might not have the
same resources or the same
amount of funding to address
sexual violence on campus," said
In terms of weaknesses, she
noted that the bill references
students, but fails to acknowledge
faculty, staff or visitors to post-
secondary campuses.
Glynnis Kirchmeier, a UBC
alumnus who recently filed a
human-rights complaint over the
school's handling of sexual assault
reports, notes another weakness
ofthe bill — its lack of external
accountability. The current bill
does not require an annual report
to the government unless the
minister directs it. Kirchmeier
thinks that the policy will be
undermined by the university not
being required to report on its
However, Kirchmeier said that
such weaknesses in the bill only
provides an opportunity for UBC
to be a leader to the province.
She thinks that if UBC were to
provide consistent reports on the
effectiveness of their policy, other
universities would follow suit
"If UBC does it first, I think
other universities will follow.
I think that this will be true
whether UBC reneges on its
responsibilities or whether UBC
decides to be a visionary leader,"
said Kirchmeier. '21
UBC considers ban on faculty-student relationships
There are many things to consider when creating guidelines for student-professor relationships.
Joshua Azzizi
Staff Writer
UBCs interim President Martha
Piper announced at a meeting
with journalists that she would
consider barring student-professor
Current conflict-of-interest
policies at UBC state that professors
and students are permitted to date
as long as the professor discloses
it to the university and ensures
that somebody else is marking
or evaluating the student's work.
The policy also requires staff
members dating people in the
same department to disclose their
However, Piper has started to
question whether this policy is
"While these provisions
are in place, I still remain
concerned about how 'consent'
and 'conflict' are defined in an
environment where there is a
power imbalance," said Piper
in an e-mailed statement to The
Ubyssey. "On the one hand, we
need to respect the decisions
of consenting adults, and on
the other ensure that the rights
and interests of students are
appropriately protected."
According to Sara-Jane
Finlay, associate VP of equity
and inclusion at UBC, both
students and faculty members
can be placed in a very vulnerable
position if they are in a personal
relationship with each other.
She cited both blackmail and
exploitation as possible negative
outcomes of student-teacher
relationships if no protections or
guidelines are in place.
"There could be blackmail
both ways in terms of getting good
marks," said Finlay. "The student
could try to hold them accountable
for things they've said and done."
Neither Finlay nor Piper are
aware of any universities in Canada
that have put such a ban in place.
In the United States, universities
such as Yale and Northwestern
have placed bans on student-
teacher relationships altogether.
Harvard allows them only between
graduate students and professors as
long as the professor isn't grading
the student's work.
Finlay noted that she couldn't
see a similar ban being put into
place at UBC without a significant
amount of conversation between
students, faculty and professors.
"I think we need to think very
carefully about it. Our students
and our faculty are all consenting
adults and I think it would be a
significant change to the way in
which we think about both our
students and our faculty if we
were going to put something like
this in place," said Finlay.
Piper expressed a similar view
in her statement.
"I think it's important that
university leaders engage
faculty, students, staff and
leading experts in discussing and
examining this complex issue,"
said Piper.
UBC is currently developing
a sexual assault policy after
a string of allegations against
a PhD candidate were poorly
managed. Finlay explained that
with the development ofthe
sexual assault policy going ahead,
the idea of a ban on student-
teacher relationships is one that
has been discussed much more in
the press than among actual UBC
"Certainly in the work that
we've been doing around the
sexual assault policy, this isn't
something that has been raised by
any members of our community,"
said Finlay. "This idea and notion
has brought a discussion in the
press and not out of any of the
work that we're currently doing."
Finlay also added that more
information should be gathered
before UBC can determine
whether or not a policy that bans
student-professor relationships
should be put in place. 'M
Bubble Tea shop
replacing Lowercase
cafe in the Nest
A contest will be held to find a suitable
name for this new shop.
A new bubble tea shop is officially
finding its home in the new SUB.
At the last AMS Council meeting,
it was announced that a bubble tea
shop will be opening in the Nest this
summer. It will be taking the spot of
the former Lowercase coffee shop on
the basement level.
AMS President Ava Nasiri said
that this change was based on
student feedback with the goal of
providing students with their choice
of food options.
"From the perspective ofthe
research team, one key thing we
recognized is that bubble tea is
popular amongst students," said
Nasiri. "It was both feedback from
students, as well as feasibility and
likelihood, that it could be something
provided [on campus]."
UBCs closest bubble tea shop
is currently located in the Village,
causing students to have to go out
of their way to obtain their bubble
tea fix.
According to Nasiri, the bubble
tea shop will not offer extensive
drink flavours, but will be aiming for
product quality over quantity.
"We may not be providing 400
options, but [we will provide] options
of better quality," said Nasiri.
The same research team also
determined that there was no longer
a need for Lowercase to act as
overflow for Uppercase. The reason
for its closure was operational rather
than financial.
"One thing that we recognized
is that it's so efficient at Uppercase
that we no longer need Lowercase,"
said Nasiri. "The team at Uppercase
is doing so phenomenally well and
students are working so efficiently
that we haven't had the issue of
super long line-ups."
The bubble tea shop follows the
consistently growing list of AMS
businesses. It joins The Pit, Pie R
Squared, and Peko Peko - where
every dollar spent goes back to
subsidizing student-run services
including Safewalk, the food bank,
Speakeasy and tutoring.
In anticipation ofthe shop's
opening, the AMS will be running
a university-wide contest to name
it. Students will get the chance to
submit a name for the store, and the
student who submits the winning
name will have a drink named after
them. The contest will launch this
summer, but there has yet to be a
release date set.
As an AMS business, the AMS
will determine the food and
drink options. It hopes to involve
students in the process by hosting
consultations, surveys, and focus
"It's all about accessibility for
students and what they want, so
that's where consultation comes
in," said Nasiri. "Our governing
principle is that we keep up and stay
flexible." TH 4    |    NEWS    |   WEDNESDAY, MAY 25,2016
UBC and contractor charged with
Federal Fisheries Act violations
The university has been charged after ammonia was allegedly dicharged into a camp us storm sewer
Sophie Sutcliffe
Staff Writer
UBC and CIMCO Refrigeration,
a contracting company hired
! by the university, have been
I jointly charged with Federal
| Fisheries Act violations. These
| charges stem from an incident
I on September 12, 2014 in
which ammonia was allegedly
discharged into a storm sewer on
UBCs Vancouver campus.
The storm sewer feeds into
Booming Ground Creek, a fish
bearing stream close in proximity
to the mouth ofthe Fraser River
and a sensitive marsh. According
to a 2002 study, although
there are some fish species
that can tolerate high levels of
environmental ammonia, the
chemical is ultimately toxic to
all vertebrates in high enough
"UBC responded within
hours of learning about the
possible discharge in 2014 and
instructed CIMCO to cease its
work immediately," said Susan
Danard of UBC Public Affairs
in an emailed statement to The
According to Danard, the
alleged discharge occurred
while CIMCO was conducting
repair work on a chiller used
to maintain the ice at the Doug
Mitchell Thunderbird Sport
The university and CIMCO
Refrigeration were both charged
on four counts, including one for
failing to notify the appropriate
authorities "without delay."
Danard, however, stated that
UBC "cooperated fully with
federal and other authorities
in their investigations ofthe
2014 incident." The co-accused
were both additionally charged
with the deposit of deleterious
Danard also said that "UBC
is committed to the prevention
of any unlawful discharge into
its stormwater system" and that
it's continuing to review the
circumstances of the incident.
The next appearance for both
CIMCO Refrigeration and UBC
is set for June 21, 2016 in the
Richmond Provincial Court. A
hearing or trial date will be set at
that time. tB
Brooklyn Fink pleads not guilty to mischief charge
Samantha McCabe
News Editor
Brooklyn Fink, the woman charged
with mischief for burning down the
UBC pride flag in February, had her
most recent appearance in court
May 17.
Fink has admitted to burning
down the pride flag
As the CBC reported, "Fink, 31,
is transsexual and calls the rainbow
pride flag an 'offensive' and non-
inclusive symbol." CBC also quoted
her as saying, "As a media artist, I
intended in burning the flag only
to illustrate my displeasure at the
university's failure to come to an
agreement on the fact ofthe flag's
However, Fink pled not guilty to
her charge in front of a judge today
in Richmond Provincial Court.
"In the interest of public health
and safety, I plead not guilty," said
Fink was charged under section
430(4) ofthe Canadian Criminal
Code, which stipulates that this
charge would be against "every one
who commits mischief in relation
to property, other than property
[exceeding a value of over five
thousand dollars]."
Initially, the act was viewed as
most likely a hate crime and the
university described it as "an act
of hate and in contravention of
the values of equity, inclusion and
respect deeply held by the university
community." But in recent interviews
with multiple media outlets, Fink
— a transsexual UBC student — has
revealed that she views her actions
as a form of protest against the
fault that she sees in the inclusion
of transsexual people in the LGBT
"It's a medical condition. It
doesn't have to be a gay, lesbian,
bisexual issue," she told The Ubyssey
outside ofthe courthouse, speaking
on transgender and transsexual
She explained further in an
interview with Vice, speaking
about queer activists in saying that
"transsexual patients [like me] try
to stay anonymous and silent, and
they're bringing attention onto us."
During her appearance on
May 17, Fink was representing
herself, but was urged by both the
prosecution and the judge to seek
legal counsel before her next court
Brooklyn Fink spoke outside the Richmond Courthouse after her latest appearance in court.
"I will seek legal advice," said
Fink to The Ubyssey after the
proceedings. "I have no fear to
represent myself, but Ms. Lawton,
the Crown Counsel... gave me good
advice and I will follow her advice."
The matter will go to trial for
three days next year, from March
15 to 17 in 2017. Fink has also been
reportedly suspended from UBC,
with a decision from the university
to come later in the month. tB // CULTURE
CVR 2016 showcased the future of VR in Vancouver
Nehal Udyavar
Hosted by Vancouver's Archiact
Interactive, a full service
virtual reality studio, CVR 2016
(Consumer Virtual Reality
exhibition) provided consumers
like myself with a glimpse ofthe
future — one where our notions
of entertainment, education,
journalism and technology are
completely transformed. With over
2,000 people streaming through
the exhibition doors to explore
this new technology, the event
was an indisputable success and a
clear indication that Vancouver is
capable of fostering this growing
The incredible turnout for CVR
2016 appeared to be both a marvel
and an obstacle. While the public
and the exhibitors alike were
amazed by the ceaseless flow of
people, the event seemed noticeably
unprepared for it.
The story inside was quite
similar. Demo lines, even the ones
for small booths, took over an
hour, with the popular VRstudios
motion-capture shooting game
supposedly clocking a mind-
boggling four hour wait for a 10
minute demo. However, the people
attending were unfazed. There was
some cheerful conversation during
registration about what might be in
store for them that afternoon, and
inside everyone eagerly awaited
their turn for whatever world they
were about to enter. The exhibitors
too were tireless in their passion
and dedication towards making
sure everyone enjoyed their few
minutes of immersion.
From a technological
perspective, the exhibition was
no less impressive. Exhibitors
displayed the latest in VR
technology and notable panelists
presented insightful discussions
about VR design, entertainment,
education, journalism and the
future ofthe technology. I got to
try out the HTC Vive and its famed
motion-capture system, along
with the Oculus Rift, Gear VR and
numerous games, apps and other
forms of immersive entertainment.
The virtual reality industry
is currently comprised largely
of different forms of games and
entertainment, but the event made
a noteworthy effort of encouraging
its smaller applications such
as education, commerce and
journalism. This resulted in an
exceptionally versatile event
that Archiact is sure to set as
the foundation for future CVR
Virtual reality is a still a
developing industry. While the
technology has the potential to be
applied to a variety of fields, the
entry market is mainly games and
entertainment. As a result, most of
the booths in CVR 2016 featured
immersive games, much to the avail
ofthe hundreds of kids scampering
around the exhibition hall.
The big ticket items were
VRstudios' Barking Irons, a wild
west shootout played in a six-by-
six meter motion-capture zone;
Cloudhead Games' The Gallery:
Call of Starseed, a role-playing
game where you play Alex, looking
Consumers experienced everything from games to documentaries in virtual reality.
for your missing sister; and a variety
of compelling games published
by the host, Archiact Interactive.
There were countless other smaller
publications, including the National
Film Board of Canada's Cardboard
Crash, which explores the
complicated issue of ethics behind
AI decision-making in a charming,
but allegorical way.
CVR 2016 was my first time
dabbling in the world of VR, and
the immersive experiences were
far better than I had imagined,
though none came close to the
remarkably breathtaking adventure
of being Alex in Cloudhead Games'
'80s-inspired game The Gallery.
My 15 minute demo, which I had
to schedule a staggering six and
a half hours in advance, began
with a short tutorial on moving
and grabbing objects using the
two Vive controllers, which was
demonstrated in this Tron-like
virtual arena where I smashed
luminescent glass bottles on
cement pillars. I vividly remember
spending the first minute just
staring down, watching myself
curl my robotic hands into fists
repeatedly. My physical movement
was tracked by two incredibly
precise motion sensors, allowing
my VR avatar to instantaneously
respond to my walking, jumping,
crouching or any sort of physical
movement — believe me, I put
it through an arduous test.
Moving large distances, however,
was accomplished through an
established teleportation trick
that was enhanced and seamlessly
integrated into The Gallery by the
team at Cloudhead Games.
The moment the actual game
began was quite astonishing. The
bewildering sensation of looking
around and comprehending this
strange world I was thrust into was
awe-inspiring. Soon after, I heard
the voice of a young girl and in that
instant, I became Alex, wandering
a derelict environment looking for
my missing sister.
Thanks to the astonishingly
precise motion-tracking technology
courtesy of HTC, my interactions
with objects in the game felt
very natural, very real. One of
my first interactions in the game
was picking up a tape-recorder,
then using my other hand to
pick up a cassette and inserting
it into the recorder. While it's an
innate procedure in everyday life,
recreating this feeling in VR is quite
difficult, especially to a degree
where it feels so natural.
While high-quality graphics
are key to immersion in virtual
reality, my short experience playing
the game made me realize that a
deeper form of immersion was
achieved through its purpose. In
The Gallery, my goal as Alex was
to unravel the mystery behind my
missing sister. It's with this purpose
in mind that solving all the puzzles
and piecing together all the hints
becomes a self-fulfilling, emotional
experience. Being immersed in
The Gallery reminded me of my
experience playing The Last of Us,
where the technological excellence
ofthe game was enriched by the
emotional attachment I formed
with the characters. It was only
a 15-minute demo, but I believe
The Gallery has achieved that
narrative distinction, which I hope
is continued throughout Episode 1
and the remainder ofthe series.
Over the last few years, a
number of companies have entered
the education market by providing
schools with packaged educational
content, VR tools to pursue
topics of interest in a flexible
environment, as well as instructor
training. Numerous studies,
research publications and articles
have attested for virtual reality's
immersive experience being
significantly beneficial to students
and users as a form of learning.
As the technology develops it is
sure to offer schools, universities
and research institutions a new
dimension for education.
At CVR 2016, the principal
advocator of VR education was
foundrylO, a non-profit research
organization that studies learning
based in Seattle. Self-described as
the catalyst for the development
and implementation of ideas that
enhance creativity and learning
experiences, the team at foundrylO
strives to understand how people
learn and what learning should look
like. More importantly, they provide
the tools and opportunities to
children and teens to pursue topics
of interest and create things of
value. Their research and outreach
programs cover a diverse range of
topics, from robotics and virtual
reality to hip-hop dance.
Lisa Castaneda, CEO of
foundrylO, and her team are
currently running a pilot VR
program in six different schools,
researching the implementation
and use of VR in the classroom
setting. In addition, the
organization will be running an
experimental study exploring
learning in VR versus traditional
learning. The company is extremely
interested in virtual reality's
potential to enhance learning in
everyday classroom settings, and it
holds high hopes for the growth of
the industry.
I got the chance to speak to Tom
Swanson and Colin Katagiri, two
members ofthe foundrylO team
who discussed education in VR as
panelists during the conference.
They described the various
student-focused programs they are
running from the implementation
models they're testing, to the
ground feedback they're receiving
from teachers and students. It's
still a work in progress, but so
far they are very optimistic about
VR's potential and its impact on
education around the world.
VR provides a new, exciting
medium to watch and experience
journalistic media. At CVR 2016,1
watched a short clip from Hidden
in Plain Sight, a documentary
co-created by UBCs International
Reporting Program and VICE
News that aims to explore the
issue of migration and HIV in
The clip was only about three
to five minutes long, but it feels
significantly longer once you're
immersed in the Chilean landscape.
I've watched my fair share of
documentaries with somber
themes and grim circumstances,
but the riveting experience
through VR was something else. I
felt like I was walking the streets
of Chile with an invisibility cloak,
through the hospitals and villages
and homes of Chilean residents. I
could see them, tormented by pain
and misery, but they could not see
me. It invoked a heightened sense
of sorrow and sympathy and other
feelings I find difficult to describe.
The interviews with the Chilean
victims, too, felt much more
personal and intimate.
From my short taste of VR
journalism, I hypothesized
that the key to this medium of
storytelling is to let the audience
explore it themselves, let them
witness the events rather than
imposing a rigid direction. I
believe that for it to be most
effective, it must be treated
differently than traditional film,
with new techniques and trains of
thought designed for immersive
My infant conjecture,
speculated minutes after my first
experience, was later endorsed
and more eloquently illustrated by
Taylor Owen, assistant professor
of digital media and global affairs
at UBC. As part of a three-person
panel including Maria Lantin,
director at the S3D Centre, and
Alexandra Samuel, contributor
for Harvard Business Review, Mr.
Owen discussed VR as a medium
for journalism, its ramifications
and its capabilities.
"With other forms
of journalism, the act of
representation is transparent.
In VR, it's a little different. You
are trying to trick the user into
thinking they're there. You
are trying to immerse them in
a place they otherwise would
not be able to experience. That
presents a whole bunch of ethical
considerations because these
scenes are highly constructed,"
Mr. Owen clarified in a statement
to The Globe and Mail.
Mr. Owen's research explores
the new narrative form for virtual
reality, but also examines the core
journalistic questions the medium
challenges. He, and countless
others, recognize the astounding
potential for journalism in virtual
reality. Despite predicting that it
will only play a minor role in the
VR ecosystem, they encourage
users and journalists to fully
utilize this immersive medium.
CVR 2016 was a wondrous
success. The combination of
immersive demonstrations and
informative presentations was an
excellent way to both dazzle and
educate the enthusiastic audience.
The logistical issue of lengthy
lines is reasonable considering
that this was the first event hosted
by Archiact on this scale and the
incredible turnout was justifiably
unanticipated. Archiact has shown
that Vancouver can influence the
global virtual reality industry and
it will be immensely exciting to
see the growth and progress of
virtual reality in CVR 2017.1 6    I    FEATURES    I    WEDNESDAY, MAY 25,2016
a I called campus security
on my phone using the
number that was on the
website, and it just rang
and rang and rang," said
Iain Marjoribanks, a fifth-
year geography student at UBC,
in an interview with The Ubyssey.
He had left one of his personal
belongings in a campus building and
was trying to gain access back into
the building just after 11 p.m. that
same night.
"I finally got fed up and walked
up to [the nearest] blue phone ... and
pushed the button. It was like it was
rusted shut. I just thought, Wow,
this is kind of ridiculous. What if
this really was an emergency, what if
somebody was attacking me?'"
As a self-dubbed "big guy,"
Marjoribanks describes not being
afraid for himself so much as he is
concerned about what the events
of that night unveil and about how
those more vulnerable than him
could suffer.
Allegations such as these —
involving some ofthe facets of UBCs
campus security team regarded
by many as crucial to the safety
measures at UBC — are disturbing
at any point in the school year, but
especially so in light ofthe numerous
recent incidents on campus.
In a manner eerily similar to
the actions taken after the string
of assaults that took place in 2013,
the attributions of campus security
are once again under scrutiny —
mostly by students emphatic about
feeling safe on the grounds that
they call work and home. While the
incidences have seemingly halted
for the time being, students are still
complaining about the wait times
for Safewalk, more blue phones not
working properly and dark, empty
regions of campus that seem like
glaring red danger zones at night
for a vulnerable individual. But is
security on campus compromised?
Are these complaints warranted?
Here's the good news — in
early April, a team of three
security professionals from various
backgrounds came to both ofthe
UBC campuses for one week total,
examining every facet of safety.
Louise Cowin, VP Students, expects
the results of that review to come
back in June with their publication
to come soon after. In her current
role, campus security falls under her
"Truthfully, there's nothing on
that scope, but we're really now
waiting for the recommendations
from the campus security review.
That was the reason for that
review," said Cowin when asked
about whether there are any
initiatives to improve security on
campus in progress. "We haven't
reviewed that unit — general
notions of campus security — for a
longtime. Nobody actually knows
how long. I imagine that there will
be a number of initiatives coming
from those recommendations."
A university at night can be an
unsettling place to walk around
alone. Bushes, expansive buildings
and random side-paths are
practically unavoidable and you
won't find classrooms packed with
students at 11 p.m.
On a campus as huge as that
ofthe more than 400 hectares
that make up Point Grey, keeping
students safe and secure is a
daunting task mainly undertaken
by the four most visible services
on campus: the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP), Campus
Security, Blue Phones and the
student-operated AMS Safewalk
These four facets of campus
security work in conjunction with
each other to provide students with
the most complete and thorough
balloon of safety possible. While
Campus Security is actually only
responsible for the academic lands
ofthe university, the RCMP's area
of coverage extends over the entire
University Endowment Lands.
However, it should be noted that the
RCMP have many more resources
available to them with which to
thoroughly cover this additional
"The police are law
enforcement, we are security.
We are very different — we are
non-emergency while [the RCMP]
deals with emergencies," said Barry
Eccleton, head of Campus Security.
While students can report criminal
incidents to Campus Security, they
will strongly encourage such reports
to be passed on to the RCMP.
"We don't investigate, we
actually just take reports as they are
provided to us," said Eccleton.
The RCMP is responsible
for any reported criminal events
that happen on campus as well as
the investigation aspect of cases.
Examples are the six arrests spoken
about in a recent press release, two
of which took place on campus.
They also can sometimes be seen
patrolling the grounds, especially in
times of incident or event.
"Our staffing levels are
consistent for the most part with
the exception of special events,
when we will bring extra people in,"
said Constable Ian Sim, community
liaison officer for the RCMP. "The
recent incidents of sexual assault
resulted in us bringing in a number
of extra police officers for dedicated
foot patrols around student
residences. It's either event-related
or problem-related."
The UBC Campus Security team
alone is made up of close to 100
staff, which includes patrol officers
and administration. Eccleton
would not disclose the number of
patrol officers on campus at any
given time, reportedly for security
According to the Campus
Security website, "the group
consists of a 24/7 [communications
operations] along with patrol officer
teams who operate on bike, on
foot and by vehicle. We monitor
and respond to approximately
500 security alarms and other
notification systems, including
Campus Blue phones strategically
located across campus and in our
Blue Phones have been a staple
on campus since the mid-nineties
and were recently almost doubled in
number — a good increased security
measure on campus, even though
it took three years to complete
after the working group report
that recommended the change. At
that same time, each phone was
equipped with a camera, which
activates and begins recording only
if someone presses the button on
the phone.
Allegations that Blue Phones are
not working properly — whether WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016   |    FEATURES
they are not in service because
they fall in construction zones
(five of them as of March 24) or
that the buttons don't work and
therefore the phone is useless
— are getting more numerous
recently. But according to
Eccleton, the phones are
frequently serviced.
"We test all the phones twice
a week," said Eccleton. "There's
new software coming in about
a week ... and the software will
indicate to us immediately
when any phone ceases to be
As the fourth central
component of UBC security,
Safewalk is a student-operated
service that typically operates
from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night.
Two walking teams and one
car team — implemented after
adjustments to the service in
2013 — patrol campus, picking
up students and escorting them
back to their homes on campus.
"If it's really busy, often
[Campus Security] will pick up
the slack if we're being totally
swamped. But for the most
part, we encourage people
to call Safewalk first," said
Elizabeth Reigert, AMS Safewalk
Reigert noted that after the
sexual assaults in 2013, the
number of walks that Safewalk
did each night increased from 15
to 20 to about 60 to 100, and that
higher number has remained
reasonably steady over the years,
especially this past school year.
She added that after the recent
break-in on campus, numbers
increased again for a week or so.
"The wait times can get
upwards of 30 to 45 minutes,
which is really unfair for the
people who are calling because
they're afraid," said Reigert.
"We're working on possibly
adding a third team. Nothing's
confirmed yet of course, but just
for the main hub of campus."
According to Reigert, the
Safewalk team is also working
towards new initiatives like their
app, designed specifically to make
their dispatch more effective.
Even though Cowin
acknowledges that the university
currently has no projects
concerning safety, developments
are slowly being made. The
question is whether these
developments are enough to keep
up with the changing aspects of
campus and the higher rates
of assault-related crime that
UBC has seen in the last few
years. The last time the number
significantly increased was
in 2013. Back then, it was in
turn paired with significantly
increased media attention and
significant changes were made.
In 2013, the Campus
Safety Working Group was
implemented by former UBC
President Stephen Toope from
2006 to 2014 to conduct a review
of campus safety following the
sexual assault incidences.
"[Toope] and the executive
thought that we as the university
needed to get a better handle
on our safety and the safety to
the community that we provide
and how it could get better," said
For one, they suggested an
overhaul ofthe campus grounds
to minimize environmental
threats, which included
trimming back bushes,
increasing lighting in the dark
areas of campus and maintaining
clear sight lines including of
secluded areas. The increase in
the number of Blue Phones was
another recommendation ofthe
The working group still
exists and meets today, and is
constantly looking at the existing
security infrastructure and how to
"We are looking at all possible
future initiatives that we believe
will make the community a
safer place," said Eccleton, a
member ofthe working group. He
described their recent project of
creating a checklist of safety and
security items that the security
team recommends all building
managers implement.
"We're constantly evolving
out of necessity," said Constable
Sim on behalf of the RCMP when
asked about what has changed
about the university RCMP force
in recent years. "You have to
keep up with the emerging trends
and the emerging threats."
Implementing more external
cameras around campus has been
a huge point of debate lately in the
ongoing effort to improve security
on campus. Currently, there are
several indoor cameras at high
traffic/risk areas like dorms and
the Museum of Anthropology,
external cameras at the bus loop
and incident-activated cameras
on the Blue Phones. But other
than that, no external cameras are
placed around campus.
"[Having] cameras strategically
located at high-risk locations like
student residences and libraries,
those discussions are being
heard," said Eccleton. "We need to
be very thoughtful in our response
to request for further cameras. It
has to be a good safety reason why
we would need to attain those."
While external cameras
would provide a valuable
additional safety feature to the
university, there are concerns
about what their implementation
around campus would do to
privacy. In December, 2015,
the new Policy 118 on cameras
was approved by the Board of
Governors after consultation,
which outlines where cameras
can be placed and how long the
footage can be kept. According to
the policy, signage must be posted
to notify the public of camera
positions and recorded imagery
cannot be held for longer than 30
"The recent string of assaults
on campus have certainly raised
that question [about cameras
on campus]. Should they be
placed outside of entrances
of residence, should they be
used outside ofthe entrances
of libraries, those kinds of
questions," said Cowin. "I actually
think that the recommendation
from the security review might
also point in that direction as
well. I think we should look at
those recommendations when
they come in and ask ourselves
again the question of safety and
community appetite with respect
to cameras."
"Cameras are just one safety
tool and we need to emphasize
the fact that all these different
tools available to us on campus —
including cameras — play a role,"
said Eccleton in slight contrast.
Security and safety, especially
on a plateau as huge and diverse
as that of UBC, are complicated
issues fueled by campus resources,
environmental measures and
security bodies. The same
initiative that was shown after
the 2013 assaults will hopefully
emerge again following the release
ofthe externally conducted
security report to be released in
When speaking about the
lack of student opinion that
fuels campus security initiatives,
Eccleton acknowledges that
security could be doing better in
that department.
"That's one ofthe areas we
can perhaps get better at," said
Eccleton. "We want to create this
welcoming environment where
people feel comfortable coming
up to us and expressing their
needs or concerns. That's an
objective [of ours] — we need to
get better at that."
There is a section on the
UBC Campus Security website
that allows students to submit
feedback to the team. Eccleton
also sees the value in organizing
future initiatives like forums for
students and other community
members to discuss safety and
While the behind-the-scenes
workings of the university are
never entirely clear, even after
diligent research on the topic,
a key sign of whether campus
security is effective is whether
students feel safe. Until students
feel safe, the job is not complete.
Overall, Eccleton wants to
emphasize the role that students
play in their own safety and the
safety of their peers.
"The overall message is just
to look out for each other. At the
end of the day, the university can
provide lots of tools, but we also
all play a role in looking out for
each other because the safety of
each other and the safety of our
friends is very important," he
"My personal view is that
personal safety is an ongoing
frame of mind, all the time. It's not
seasonal or dependent on a single
arrest," said Constable Sim. 'M
M.IA is an intimate place to explore underground music
Luc Briede-Cooper
Ten feet below street level, in
the core of Gastown is one of
Blueprint's newest underground
clubs, M.I.A. About a year ago
M.I.A. (Missing in Action)
replaced the famous Shine
Nightclub, continuing the area's
20+ year reputation for harbouring
alternative and underground
communities of electronic music.
M.I.A. is a loud, immersive and
modern nightclub with an intimate
atmosphere that features a world-
class Funktion One sound system.
I highly recommend exploring
M.I.A.'s passionate deviation from
the Top 40/EDM standard ofthe
Granville strip.
Entering M.I.A. is like entering
a space ship. A tunneling hallway
entirely lit by geometric LED lights
opens to a dance floor with a low
ceiling embedded with rotating
wash lights and a network of
pulsing LED strips that extend to
each corner ofthe room. Between
the two bars at opposite ends ofthe
room is a compact DJ booth raised
only slightly above floor-level,
keeping the DJ in close proximity
to the dancers. At M.I.A. the use of
cellphones is politely discouraged
in event posters and on their
website, though this is ultimately
not reinforceable and people use
them anyway.
The atmosphere is warm and
lush and you can expect to have
to either stand or dance (as you
should!) because the lounge seating
off to the side will be occupied on
a busy night. When internationally
renowned special guests such as
DJ Sneak, Justin Martin, Ben UFO
or Green Velvet came to M.IA.
the floor was crowded towards
the front. That said, I have almost
always found it comfortable with
negligible elbowing or rogue fist
M.I.A.'s music changes
considerably between nights of
the week. I'm a regular attendee of
their Deep Down Inside Saturday
nights (likely named after the
classic 90's deep house song Deep
Inside by Hardrive) because it
features deep house and techno.
There is also FVDED Fridays
featuring open format bass music,
special guests and record label
showcases introducing their own
unique styles. I had the pleasure to
meet some ofthe regular Saturday
opening DJs such as Iain Howie,
Jared Love and Jay Tripwire. UBC
students have the opportunity to
get a taste of these local DJs at the
Koerner's Secret Garden series this
summer hosted by the Sunwave
artist collective.
M.I.A. is great for dancing
but ifyou want to hang out, you
should reserve a VIP booth across
from the sound system, with
standard club prices for drinks.
The club could benefit from a
second dance floor, perhaps even
a full sized designated chill-out
lounge with its own DJs to give
dancers a place to rest and relax,
but it is better for exploring
music over its various nights than
the venue itself.
There are very few venues in
Vancouver that can attract huge
international artists to such an
M.I A sports a world-class sound system and a space age style.
intimate space. Some describe
the club as grimy but it may be
better described as intimate with
its low ceiling and proximity to
the DJ. This unique and desirable
atmosphere is completed with
exceptional audio visuals, from
the sensuous LED installations
and powerful Funktion One sound
system. M.I.A. is particularly
convenient for UBC students
because the club closes at 3 a.m.,
coinciding with the last night bus
back to UBC, the N17, at around
3:15 p.m. M.I.A. is a welcome
break form the occasionally
superficial environment ofthe
Granville strip. It is a great place
to explore. Ifyou go for the music
you will not be disappointed. ^
Unceded Territories at MOA is powerful and political
The exhibit features art from all stages of Yuxwelupun's long career.
Samuel Du Bois
Culture Editor
On May 10, the opening of
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun's
Unceded Territories exhibit
was held with an audience of
approximately 1,800 in attendance.
The opening marked what is
evidently hoped to be a moment
of profound significance to
the artistic, native and activist
communities of Vancouver, as well
as a demonstration ofthe amassed
impressiveness of four decades
of powerful artistic practice
displayed in one place.
The night began with most of
the immense crowd bypassing the
overpriced wine and beer to make
a beeline for the main room of
the museum where everyone was
pushed shoulder to shoulder in an
attempt to get closer to the podium
on the right side.
"In the 20 years since that
exhibition and particularly in the
last few years, Canadian society
and anthropology has undergone
huge changes," said Anthony
Shelton in his opening comments,
"But Yuxweluptun's message
and vision has been clear and
constant. It would almost have
been unimaginable 20 years ago
to foresee an exhibition like this
taking place in an anthropology
museum. Today we take political
decisions and try to disinvest
ourselves for our historical legacy,
which is inconceivable that
such an exhibition should not
be curated in such a hypocritical
environment as this. We are proud
and we are excited to present this
major show of your work."
Shelton also observed above
the background chatter of people
coming inside that it was, "a
cause for celebration that today's
opening coincides with the
government of Canada's official
adoption ofthe UN's declaration of
the rights of indigenous people."
When Mr. Yuxweluptun took to
the stand, it was to excited cheers
followed by a swift silence. Even
when struggling to see over a large
crowd, his presence was palpable
and his voice instantly commanded
"This journey started," he said
in a calm, deep voice, "a long time
ago in residential school. I was
a witness. I was there. So many
thoughtful children died there and
I wanted to remember them. There
was a lot of things that I lost." He
was evidently struggling through
emotion and though sparing, his
words were powerful. The silence
was punctuated by many in the
audience similarly trying to hold
back tears. "My friend spoke to
me tonight. I couldn't understand
because I lost that language."
Yuxweluptun spoke about his
decision to go to public school
when it was made legal, and the
exposure this gave him to the great
artists of Europe. Through this and
his understanding of native art, he
described his journey to becoming,
as he put it, "a masked dancer,"
in a spiritual journey that was
evidently rife with pain.
"I had a pain in my heart
that wouldn't go away. It was a
sorrowful feeling of watching the
planet die." With this he continued
on to a cause that is evident
throughout many of his works, the
environment, "I don't want my
children to wake up to oil spilled
on the West Coast. I want all of
you to come together and stop oil
pipelines from coming through
these territories."
His statements were met
with almost unanimous cheers
and applause. Yuxweluptun's
eloquence and strength made his
words powerful and affecting.
He is evidently a man of certain
conviction, who says what he
means and knows to be right,
regardless of popularity or
"It is time to change the
name of British Columbia to our
traditional territories of all first
nations. You are not looking after
this land. This is our land. We
are the protectors. Every native
person born on sovereignty of
being is the caretaker. It is their
responsibility. Don't ask us to sign
anything. I want our chief to put
down the pen and say let's make
a new deal. Lets share this land
fairly. No usufructuary right. I
don't need our aboriginal people
to be usufructed every day under
colonial rule, if we are going to
United Nations and Canada to sign
the declaration then I expect them
to live up to it."
This final proclamation
was, perhaps unsurprisingly,
an audacious one and was what
truly set the exhibition apart
from many others. Whereas some
displays ask a viewer to passively
interpret their works with a sense
of distance and removal, suddenly
Yuxweluptun's show became a
political movement, and every
viewer a participant in it. Pins
saying things like, "rename BC"
filled bowls at the tables where
people talked, and posters were
for sale in the gift shop alongside a
book of his work.
Upon entering the exhibition
space, the viewer is surrounded
by canvases of immense size
and sporting a wide, beautiful
array of colours. Yuxweluptun's
works at times invoke the surreal
landscapes of Salvador Dali,
but with the very distinct and
inventive use of Native American
There is a very clear evolution
to his works, but always with a full
understanding ofthe cause that
motivated them to be made. Each
piece, no matter the medium, feels
fully realized and unique, while
managing to be both aesthetically
beautiful and intellectually
rich. It was very easy to see why
these works are so coveted and
The show is a powerful
demonstration of an artist's
thriving legacy and influence.
From the opening statements, to
the immense crowd and long line
of people looking to get autographs
and photos from the artist himself,
there was the strong sense that
something important was taking
place. The paintings are tied to just
causes and a moral certainty which
we, as an audience, are sadly only
now truly starting to listen to and
do something about.
In his closing comments,
Yuxweluptun said, "I'm not
always angry, but I do get mad at
the world and when I do, I take
my frustrations out on making
paintings for the world."
Yuxweluptun's paintings
can be seen at the Museum of
Anthropology until October
16th. More can be learned about
his campaign to change British
Columbia's name at renamebc.ca. ^1 //OPINIONS
Mind your mind: Self-care is hard but necessary
Daphnee Levesque
As students attending one of the top
universities in the world, we often
walk the line between what it means
to be a committed student versus
flirting with self-endangerment. We
sacrifice our own well-being, fail to
take a step back when we most need
it and romanticize drinking three
cups of coffee a day. Sometimes,
we even thrive on unresolved inner
turmoil and sleepless nights.
I don't feel entitled to be the
authority on a subject as important
as self-care, but I can argue that self-
care is a daily practice, an ongoing
process and different for everyone.
Although the line between self-care
and selfishness canbe somewhat
blurred, the difference between the
two is crystal clear — being selfish
is unnecessary and taking care of
yourself needs to be made a priority.
To me, when anticipating a bad
day, self-care means putting on your
favourite pair of underwear anyway
when you get out of bed. It means
cultivating mindfulness, embracing
self-respect and being afraid of
reaching out for help... but doing so
It's knowing when you need retail
therapy versus real psychotherapy —
the latter being more expensive, but
definitely more useful than the new
pair of shoes you got yesterday.
Self-care means honouring the
fact that it's okay not to feel okay
and then making conscious, active
choices in the hopes of feeling better.
And, Fm not going to lie,
sometimes self-care is making all the
right choices over the fun and still
ending up feeling like absolute shit.
It's framing every decision you make
by asking yourself, "Will this bring
me short-term pleasure or long-
term happiness?" It's the difference
between pursuing activities that
promote instant gratification versus
making intentional choices that may
not make you feel good on the spot,
but will definitely benefit your sense
of well-being in the long run.
It's hard. It's fucking hard,
and it requires time, effort and
determination. But it's also
an important part of finding
happiness, especially when you're
striving to become the best version
of yourself.
What self-care looks like is
different for everybody, but one
of the most empowering forms of
self-care is responsibility. Self-care is
about choosing how I treat myself
and how I let others treat me,
facing my fears and setting clear
boundaries, and cultivating an
attitude towards my life that says,
"I am responsible for myself, my
choices and my overall health." 'xH
Letter: Brooklyn Fink, burning the pride flag was not an act of activism
Alexandra Fiege Ore and Ches
Dear Brooklyn Fink,
In this letter, we want to
address your actions in an open
and blunt way from the perspective
of two gender non-conforming
students in the LGBTQ spectrum.
In February, you made the decision
to burn the pride flag on the UBC
campus, calling the raising of the
flag "a violent provocative act."
At the time, this caused a lot of
anxiety in anyone who happened
to fall under the general banner
of LGBTQ, including fellow
transgender people whom you
appear to see as lesser to yourself.
Everyone thought that the culprit
was a straight, cisgender bigot
who opposed gay and transgender
rights. The knowledge that it was
someone that we would consider to
be part ofthe LGBTQ community
was far more hurtful.
What you did caused fear and
hurt in hundreds of people — not
only on the UBC campus, but
across Vancouver. Not everything is
about your discomfort.
In interviews, you claim to
be triggered by the flag, as it was
an unwelcome reminder that
the general populace is aware of
transgender people. It is as though
you never stopped to consider that
many students on campus (trans
or otherwise) have encountered
violent actions of hate similar to
what you did. We feel that you
thought only of your feeling of
selfish hurt and not the emotional
reaction that these students
would have in response to the
flag burning. Your entitlement
is astounding and frankly,
To us, what you have done
appears to represent a deeper
hatred towards people that are
not like yourself. You may be
"transsexual," but it takes a cursory
look at your Voat profile — under
the name "equine_therapy" — to
see that you've written deeply
misogynist, racist and homophobic
content while also urging "white
The term "transsexual"
separates you from transgender
people who have not had surgery
and thus "aren't real." We feel that
you resent being "lumped in with
the gays and lesbians" because you
see them as degenerate in terms of
their gender. Based on some of your
interviews and comments found on
your Voat profile, you seem to believe
that gay men are effeminate and
lesbians are masculine. You claim gay
marriage should not include children
because raising a child in "complete
masculinity or complete feminity
(sic), on purpose is child abuse."
To us, you seem to see the world
in a harsh binary of masculinity and
femininity, and you condemn anyone
who doesn't fit into this system. It
seems that your greatest anxiety is
when "the signalling system" — a
complete corruption ofthe nuances
of gender — "of male/female falls
We understand that you seek
to present as the gender that you
identify as, but that doesn't give
you the excuse to denigrate those
who choose not to. We see your flag
burning as an expression of your
violent hatred towards these gender
nonconforming people. This is not
activism. People have worked to
change this punishing system, but
your actions have brought us back
to a time when we burned flags to
You have given us no reason to be
sympathetic towards you. To us, your
actions are selfish, they impose your
immoral ideals on everyone around
you, and they are full of hatred.
And we feel sorry for you. tH
Ask Natalie: Getting along with
roommates and yourself
Natalie Morris
Staff Writer
"Dear Natalie, I feel like I don't
like the person I've become this
year. I was so happy and nice last
year, but this year... I don't know.
My new friends aren't as cool, I've
gotten lazy and my grades show. I
have no motivation to do anything.
What should I do?"
I've seen this before — it happens a
lot after first year. You're thrown into
a completely new situation with new
people, new responsibilities and new
freedoms. You change in first year —
everyone does. Maybe you became
everything you've ever wanted.
Maybe you became someone you
don't really like or someone you
would have never thought you
would be. That's okay. We're not set
in stone. We're always growing as
If your friends aren't "cool"
enough for you — although maybe
they are and you're just looking for
something else — then find new
ones. Join clubs that actually interest
you and make friends. Don't be a
Judgey McGee and you should be
As for your personality and lack
of motivation, you need to work on
that yourself. Force yourself to do
things. Give yourself breaks and
make sure you stick to it. Reward
yourself when you are productive.
Ifyou really need help with who
you are, that's fine too. Professionals
know how to help people become
the best version of themselves — and
I'm not talking about life coaches.
Seek help. The best thing you can do
for yourself is take care of your body
and mind. Success means very little
ifyou can't enjoy it.
Finally, don't let yourself stay
down for too long. Vancouver in the
summer is pretty dang awesome if
you give it a chance.
(<Dear Natalie, I moved in with
new roommates and I'm having
a little trouble with getting along
with them. I feel like I'm buying
all the dish soap, toilet paper and
everything. Should I just stop
buying them?"
Everyone can see what they
themselves do, but it's harder to see
what everyone else does. That's why
group projects almost never work out
in anyone's favour.
My friend does this tiling I think
is brilliant. She and her roommates
have a list of things they need
collectively and they initial beside
it when they buy something. That
way you can see how often you buy
things in comparison to your other
roommates. You can see what you
haven't bought in a while and what
you seem to be buying the most of.
I've been in a house where
everyone pitched in money to buy
those collective things. Then once
a month or whenever it's needed,
someone could take money from the
jar and buy laundry detergent, dish
shop or whatever.
Alternatively, you could divide
what needs to be bought and have
everyone claim something to always
make sure the house has. There
are tons of options for keeping
resentment out of the house that
don't involve not doing your part of
chores. No one likes that person.
Communication is almost always
the answer to these kind of problems,
so maybe a house meeting is in order.
It maybe awkward or boring, but
sometimes you just need to do it. *$ // SPORTS+REC
Men's Rugby finish season undefeated
Bill Situ
Staff Writer
After repeating as Rounsefell Cup
champions, the UBC men's rugby
team can rightfully claim that it
had an undefeated record in 2015-
"I don't think words can
describe. It's certainly not
something that we talked about
or set out to do, but I think it's a
definite tribute to how hard our
guys work and the time that we
put in," said Rameses Langston,
Thunderbirds head coach.
During the CDI Premier League
Qualification Round in fall of 2015,
the T-Birds went on a perfect game
streak to earn the top spot in the
Mainland Elite. Before heading off
to winter break, the 'Birds shut out
Burnaby Lake RC 20-0 to capture
the Mainland Cup.
After a perfect record before
the break, the T-Birds returned to
the field in January to win their
third-straight Wightman Boot —
an annual competition between
UBC and the University of Victoria
Vikes. Against the Vikes, the top
team ofthe Vancouver Island Elite,
the 'Birds came out 37-30 to top the
The 'Birds didn't finish there.
In the first week of February, UBC
headed to Berkeley, California to
play the first leg of another coveted
title — the World Cup. Here, the
T-Birds clinched the first leg with
The team swept up all the major competitions this season.
a 20-15 victory before finishing
the second leg 50-3 back at home
in March. All the while, UBCs
prowess never vanished as the
team crushed one opponent after
Then came the final phase —
the semifinals and championship.
After an undefeated record, the
'Birds had two more spectacular
showdowns against Victoria and
Burnaby Lake to cap off the season.
Langston — who is thankful
for the contributions ofthe staff,
athletes, parents and alumni
of UBC Athletics to his rugby
program — attributes the T-Birds'
successes ofthe season in large
part to the talent that various
veteran players brought to the
"[The veteran players] really set
the tone in training and they are
outstanding role models for our
younger athletes," said Langston.
The past season also marks
the final year for a number of
key players, including fifth-year
arts student Charlie Thorpe who
captained the team during the
season. Thorpe believes that while
the departure of senior players
will require younger members to
step up, the T-Birds will still have
the necessary talent to produce
successful results next season.
"As far as rugby goes, we had
the depth this year that even if
we're losing seniors, I'm sure UBC
will still be a force to be reckoned
with," said Thorpe.
For Thorpe, he is also grateful
to have finished with the best
season of his varsity career.
"It feels great. Never would
have expected it to happen and
no better way to seal off my UBC
career for sure," said Thorpe. 'M
UBC eSports are uLoL champions, again
This victory makes them the best collegiate team in North America for the second time in a row
Olamide Olaniyan
Sports and Recreation Editor
On April 24, the UBC eSports Club
finished off the uLoL Campus
series by defeating Robert Morris
University (RMU) in the grand
finals and winning the $180,000
scholarship that came with the
title. This victory makes them
the best collegiate team in North
America for the second time in a
The competition's final four was
scheduled on the weekend of April
22 and featured the best teams from
all over North America: UBC, RMU,
Georgia Tech and the University of
Maryland. UBC came away with a
3-0 win against Georgia Tech in the
semifinal and then faced RMU — a
school from Chicago, Illinois —in
the final for the second time.
The two victories are even more
remarkable considering that RMU
offers more support to its teams
in the form of scholarships. The
university was the first United
States school to offer scholarships to
students for competing in eSports.
This is a contrast to UBC where the
team was prohibited from using
the Thunderbird name and logo at
But the times are changing. After
the club took the North American
Collegiate Championship (NACC)
home for the first time last year
and then followed that with an
AfreecaTV International Collegiate
Championship (AICC), they were
thrust into the university spotlight
and since then have received more
support from the general student
"The AMS student society is
giving us a lot more support. They
are helping us get practice rooms
in the Nest and so that's something
that is going to be done really
soon in a month or two. We'll be
ready for fall," said Carman Lam,
the team's manager. "For the UBC
administration, they haven't really
said anything more, but they did
show some support over social
While the NACC was rebranded
as the uLoL Campus Series this year
and scheduled during PAX East, one
of North america's biggest gaming
conventions, the two are essentially
the same thing.
"So there's other activities and
lots of booths and vendors going
on at the convention as well as this
tournament," said Lam, who is also
a co-founder ofthe UBC team.
The tournament has a single
elimination qualifier for each
region, which any team or student
can register for to compete in.
The eight teams that qualify then
make up each region's conference
and then the top four teams from
each conference compete in a
single elimination playoff. The
western playoffs had UBC go
head-to-head against University of
Washington in the semifinals and
then their regional rivals Simon
Fraser University (SFU) in the west
regional final before advancing to
Boston as the west champion.
Surprisingly, for Lam and the
team's coach Simon Jeon, the team's
biggest hurdle on their campaign
was not any ofthe final four teams
that they met at Boston. It was SFU.
In the greater scope of things,
these championship wins signal
to the rest of the university that
the team plays at a high level of
competitiveness and with a large
amount of talent and they serve as
evidence for why the team should
be taken seriously.
"I think all the players just
wanted to show that they are
the best collegiate team in North
America and that its not through
any luck or anything else that got
them that far last year," said Lam.
"So if we could do it again this
year, without the administration's
support, it's all based on the team's
efforts." 1
UBC appoints
new athletics
Gilles Lepine is the new senior athletics
Matt Langmuir.
Staff Writer
The Thunderbirds' extensive
search for a new athletics
director has finally come to a
conclusion. UBC has announced
that Gilles Lepine will be taking
the helm, effective July 11, 2016.
Fresh off his position as
director of excellence for
the athletics department at
Universite' Laval, Lepine brings
12 years of experience to the
"We've had an extensive
search and I can't think of a
better candidate," said UBC VP
Students Louise Cowin. "We are
so pleased that Gilles has chosen
to join us at UBC. He's been a
student athlete, a coach and a
very successful administrator."
Lepine emphasized that he
shares a similar vision for the
funding ofthe athletics program
as Cowin.
"If we want to grow as a
varsity program, the university
cannot do that by itself," said
Lepine. "In Vancouver, the
potential is incredible what we
can do with business people. If
we convince [the community]
that we are always on the same
pattern, meaning we are selling
something great, people will be
so proud of what we have."
Lepine suggested that
he believes convincing the
community, alumni and
businesses to support the
athletics program will help boost
attendance at Thunderbirds
"I'm not a guy with some sort
of magic power," said Lepine.
"We are going to work together
and the more the community
trusts what we are doing, they
will bring people with them to
the games."
Moreover, Lepine believes
the ability to bring together
fans of the event and fans of the
competition is another key to
filling the stands.
"I was teaching a course at
Universite Laval about how
to organize sporting events,"
said Lepine. "Not competition.
Events. The first thing I said was
the difference between events
and competition is the spectators
... meaning the students that
come to the party for fun and
the fans from the sport coming
together." 'M WEDNESDAY MAY 25,2016   I    SPORTS+REC    |   11
Bruce Yari talks baseball, school and Brother's Osbourne
Olamide Olaniyan
Sports and Recreation Editor
If you've been following the
Thunderbird Baseball team, a
name you will hear constantly is
Bruce Yari. But few really know
about him.
He is a first baseman and
right-fielder who averaged about
.400 for the entirety of last season,
and with teammate Tyler Enns
gained the Gold Gloves defensive
award. His walk-up music as he
heads to the plate is a rock song
from the 70's. He is currently
jamming to Pawn Shop, the new
Brother's Osbourne album. His
biggest baseball inspiration is
Bryce Harper because he is, "a
pretty greedy player" and "plays
the game hard."
The Waterloo, Ontario native
has been playing baseball for as
long as he can remember, his
entire life. His father played for
the Medicine Hat Blue Jays, one
ofthe Toronto blue Jays Single A
affiliates, and coaches for Laurier
University in Ontario.
"He coached me as a small
child growing up, and he's always
been someone that I have always
been able to turn to for advice,
like with my swing," said Yari
during a phone interview. It was
only obvious that Yari would go
down that path as well.
"It's been a sport that I've
always loved. What I really like
about it is that everyone gets their
fair chance , you know there's no
running out the clock in it," said
Yari. "You have to play 27 outs
on defense, 27 outs on offense, so
you're going to get you chance to
win a game."
Considering that Ontario has
a thriving minor baseball scene,
it is puzzling to see Yari so far
away from home. He played for
the Waterloo Tigers as a kid and
the Kitcheners Panthers play in
the city next to his own. There is
also a junior baseball league in the
province. But Yari chose to go to
UBC for good reasons.
"So I was looking at colleges,
it was kind of between UBC and
there was a few colleges in the
states that I was talking to. But
basically I wanted to be able to
stay at home in Canada and get
an education here versus maybe a
smaller school in the states." said
the fourth-year sociology student.
"It's not really as transferrable,
and then with the UBC baseball
program, it's kind of a premier
baseball program in Canada, so
it's pretty prestigious actually. It's
kind of what made the decision,"
Yari continued.
"Academics and athletics for
The program has also grown
quite a lot since he arrived. Last
winter, UBC unveiled a new
training facility with four large
batting cages as opposed to their
previous centre, a small little
bubble that had two kind of small
batting cages. Yari also mentions
a baseball stadium that is in the
works, to be finished in 2018. In
short, the future of the program
looks promising.
Obviously, like every other
student athlete playing at such a
high level of competition, there
Yari is a fourth- year sociology student who averaged .400 all season.
are difficulties to be faced. The
fact that there isn't a lack of
talented players on the other team
does not make things easier
"You've got a bunch of talented
athletes heading out and when
you're facing the opposition,
they're trying to stop you from
doing what you want to do and
we're trying to accomplish
something," said Yari. "So the
difficulty is just that there's a lot
of pretty gifted athletes out there
and we have to face off against
them, we have to put our best up
against their best."
But also, like every other
player, the game is the most
beautiful thing, and Yari is frank
about what he enjoys most about
the game.
"Honestly the best part of
baseball is winning the game. So
when that final out is made in the
bottom ofthe ninth and you're
on the winning end, its a pretty
special feeling."
UBC Tennis is still going strong
The team is one of 12 Thunderbird Sports Clubs
Marcus Yun
For the members ofthe UBC tennis
sports club, tennis is much more
than just a game that they can play
with their buddies on the Place
Vanier courts after finals season. It
is a game that they need to sacrifice
their time and energy to play at a
much more competitive level.
The team is one of 12
Thunderbirds sport clubs (TSC)
that were introduced in September
2015. This means they are playing
at just one tier below varsity. These
clubs are labelled as the "newest
competitive option for UBC student
athletes" on the UBC Recreation
website. This category differs from
varsity in that varsity teams are
fully funded with coaching staff
and practice facilities, while sports
clubs are mostly student-funded
and do not get as much support as a
varsity status team. The tennis club's
long-term goal is to become a varsity
The club hosts big fundraisers
and establishes connections for
sponsorships in order to fund
the team, works to improve
public awareness ofthe team
and establishes links with some
community programs. They also
allow the players on the team to
focus on their tennis instead of
logistics, in order for them to play at
their very best.
Even before becoming
Thunderbirds, the tennis team had
been representing UBC at a very
high level — UBC was one of four
universities that have competed at
the national level in 2012. However
without sport club status, there was
nothing that differentiated them
from a regular club. As a result,
there was not much support, which
would have helped the team in
many ways.
However, after gaining sport
club status, that has largely
"Overall, UBC TSC is a step
up from being [an ordinary] club,
but the potential to improve the
situation is tremendous," said
Jessica Silva, the club lead of UBC
TSC Tennis. "We are now allowed
to officially represent UBC in the
sport of tennis and that brings
more prestige in itself."
Last season, the UBC tennis
team had participated and
excelled in Regionals and Western
Championships, just failing to step
foot into Nationals.
The club put on a great display at
the Regional Championships. After
a hard-fought finals match with
the Simon Fraser University (SFU)
men and a clinical victory for the
women's side, both the men's and
women's teams became champions
and advanced to the Western
At the Westerns, the
Thunderbirds competed against
a varsity status University of
Alberta team. Unfortunately,
Alberta was able to scrape past
UBC in very close matches to
advance to the Nationals.
Despite the loss, they have
reason to be proud of themselves.
The close loss was against a fully
funded varsity team and both
teams had the reached the finals
ofthe Western Championships.
The team has been shown
glimpses of a promising future.
The team's roster is also a
force to be reckoned with. On
the women's team, there are
two former NCAA division one
players along with two ofthe top
five BC Junior players. Over on
the men's side, the team boasts a
former Columbian Junior player,
a member ofthe Dubai Davis Cup
Team, and also a couple top BC
Junior players.
"We are very fortunate to have
elite players at UBC," says Silva.
With growing support each year,
the UBC tennis club looks like it will
be reaching greater heights in the
years to come. 'M 12  I   GAMES AMD COMICS
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20- Outbuilding;
22-Blind alley;
25- Big gulp;
26- Aco ncag ua s ra nge;
28- Sayings;
32- Prohibitory
35- "Inferno" writer:
3S- Corrida cheers;
40- Refreshment stand;
42- View from Catania;
43-Wrist bones;
45- Mebdy;
47- N ig ht schoo I su b j;
46- Choose by divine election;
50-1 cannot le;
54-Dirty rat
58- Festival;
62- Composer Ned;
63- Some Art Deco works;
67- Caterpillar competitor;
68-Bbw one stop;
69- Taxpayers ID;
70- Effortless;
71- Rot;
72- Paris possessive;
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3-Tibet's capital;
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6- CIA predecessor;
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8- Hoax;
10- Biblical birth right seller;
11- Goes bad;
12-A now poison;
15- Pbnt pests;
17- M other of Helen of Trey;
21- Defuret airline;
23- Mont, neighbor
24- Strong bluecottonfabriq;
27- Corpulent;
29- Movable barrier;
30- Sea bids;
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32- Raton;
33- Greenspan of the Fed;
34- Adopted sonof Claudius;
36- Curved letters;
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