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 RUN • CHEER . VOLUNTEER THE UBYS
HOW DO
THE 'BIRDS
TRAIN?
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YOUR GUIDETO UBC EVENTS & PEOPLE
NOVEMBER 1, 2016 TUESDAY
EVENTS
OUR CAMPUS
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2
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CHURROS FOR CHARITY 12 P.M. @ ABDUL LADHA
Enjoy a hot churro on a cold day while supporting
Parkinson's and Alzheimers research.
1 CHURRO FOR $3 / 2 FOR $5
OCTOBER 31 TO NOVEMBER 4
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THRIVEWEEK ©VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The Mental Health Awareness Club will be hosting cool
events like tea parties and movie nights all week.
FACEBOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION
g!>MHI
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3
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RISE & SHINE 9 A.M. @ ROOM 2311 THE NEST
Enjoy a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, pancakes and hash-
browns from Kappa Sigma! Proceeds go to the Kappa
Sigma Military Heroes Campaign.
ON THE COVER
PHOTO BY
Joshua Medicoff
DESIGN BY
Aiken Lao
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printeditor@ubyssey.ca
THE UBYSSEY
EDITORIAL
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Coordinating Editor
Jack Hauen
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Coordinator
Design Editor Leo Soh
Aiken Lao
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NOVEMBER 1,2016 | VOLUMEXCVIIII ISSUEXIV
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STAFF
Natalie Morris, Matt
_angmuir, Bill Situ,
Gabey Lucas,Julia
3urnham, Sophie
Sutcliffe, Rachel
Ong, Lucy Fox,
Emma Hicks, Jeremy
Johnson-Silvers,
Diana Oproescu,
Stephanie Wu,
Emmanuel Villamejor,
MoiraWyton, Patrick
Gillin, Mischa Milne,
Sebastian Mendo,
sabelleCommerford,
<atharina Friege,
Hana Golightly, Lauren
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LEGAL
The Ubyssey is the official student
newspaper of the University of British Columbia. It is published every
Tuesday by The Ubyssey Publications Society. We are an auto nomous,
democratically run student organization and all studentsare encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and writter
oy the Ubyssey staff. They are the
expressed opinion of thestaff, and
do not necessarily refiectthe views
of The Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of British Co-
umbia.AII editorial content appear-
ng in The Ubyssey is the property
of The Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs
and artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the ex-
oressed, written permission of The
Jbyssey Publications Society.
The Ubyssey is a founding
member of Canadian University
Press(CUP)andadheresto CUP's
guiding principles.
The Ubyssey accepts opinior
articles on any topic related to the
University of British Columbia (UBC)
and/or topics relevant to students
attending UBC. Submissions must
be written by UBC students, professors, alumni, or those in a suitable position (as determined by
the opinions editor) to speak or
UBC-related matters. Submissions
must not contain racism, sexism,
homophobia, tra nsph o bia, h arass-
irient or discrimination. Authors and/
orsubmissions will not be precluded from publication based solely
on association with particular ideologies or subject matterthat some
may find objectionable. Approva
for publication is, however, dependent on the quality of theargument
and The Ubyssey editorial board's
judgment of appropriate content.
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toopinion@ubyssey.ca.Pleasein-
cludeyourstudent number or other
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agreement from four fifths of the
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It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified advertising
that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs
the liability of the UPS will not be
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AMS Ombudsperson Matt Perzow
will settle your arguments for you
Perzow is the only mediator of conflicts between students and student bodies at U BC.
Leo Soh
Our Campus Coordinator
If you've paid your student fee
this semester, you're a member of
the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
Congratulations! According to their
governance review, this means
you have access to a plethora of
services that you probably don't
use, and have several offices
working for you that you probably
don't know about.
One such AMS body is the
Ombuds Office, which according
to their website, "helps students
and AMS staff by providing conflict
resolution services." The Ombuds
Office has only one employee —
Matt Perzow, AMS ombudsperson
and aspiring psychotherapist.
As an ombudsperson, Perzow
is a part of the time-honoured
tradition of serving the public
interest. The role originated in
government, where the need for
an independent body providing
workers with assistance in
resolving issues resulted in the
creation of ombudspeople.
"If the ombudsperson didn't
exist, issues wouldn't be resolved,
and that angst would be contained
within the person and breed
discontent," said Perzow.
Perzow believes that "the
ombudsperson can serve as a really
crucial role in the AMS and the
university." As the only mediator
of conflicts between students
and student bodies at UBC, this
definitely is the case.
He views the role as "a release
valve, in general, to smooth things
over — sometimes to slow things
down and sometimes speed
things up." And like all other
ombudspeople, Perzow dedicates
himself to the impartial process.
"[I need] to find a resolution
that is most satisfactory to the
parties involved, and after the
conflict is resolved, [make sure]
that the parties feel okay with
the outcome, or at least how the
process went along," he said.
As the only AMS
ombudsperson, Perzow services
the needs of the entire UBC
student body — a staggering
61,113 individuals. However,
according to Perzow, the number
of cases is low enough that just
one ombudsperson is enough.
Much of the role's workload
derives from how invested the
ombudsperson is in "shining
a light on different systemic
problems."
"One can float along,"
said Perzow. "However, one
important component of the
AMS ombudsperson, and any
ombudsperson, is a look at the
systemic issues."
Perzow also endeavours to
balance the needs of students
with this responsibility of
creating systemic change.
"One side [of the role is to]
exist as someone who waves
the flag, saying, 'This is wrong,'
and the opposite side is about
mending fences. I see a middle,
progressive path which is that
one does both of those things."
There is one exception — AMS
election season. Every March,
the AMS holds elections for the
executive council, and according
to Perzow, the "number of
[ombuds] cases peak extremely
high and that's hard to handle as
one person."
"I've yet to be in those shoes,
but I've read the transition
reports from past years and they
consistently say the same thing,"
he said.
In his role as ombudsperson,
Perzow is training for his
professional career. A third-year
psychology major, Perzow has
discovered a passion for helping
others with their issues. As
ombudsperson, he currently deals
with interpersonal conflicts, but
hopes in the near future to help
children with their interpsychic
conflicts.
By volunteering with Writer's
Exchange, Perzow gained
PHOTO JACK HAUEN/THE UBYSSEY
experience working with children
in a previously unknown capacity.
"I have a niece and two
nephews, and have some
interaction with them, but I didn't
have real experience with kids
until I started there and I love it,"
he said. "To help [children] along
when they're struggling would be
extremely satisfying to me."
Perzow also hopes to carve
out a niche for himself as a child
psychotherapist.
"It's important to have a
specialty these days, especially in
psychology, with just the massive
amount of people entering into
the psychology program. You see
that if you are a psychotherapist,
everyone tries to specialize in
increasing specific things because
people can't find clients."
The motivation for embarking
on this career path is not only the
result of his own experience, but
also of Perzow's parents.
"My mother is a social worker,
and my father, who passed away a
few years ago, was a psychiatrist
and psychotherapist. So they both
worked in services for people and
that introduced me to the world."
Even now, Perzow's education
in psychology offers insight into
his role as an AMS ombudsperson.
By thinking through the
psychodynamic model, Perzow
achieves a more impartial and
objective approach to cases, one
which he believes is enhancing
his ability to empathize with his
clients.
"[It's] a holistic look at the
entire person rather than, in
the case of mental illnesses,
diagnoses. There's a whole
internal world that people can't
see and is very hard to know. I
think one thing that's important
is I try to accept what I'm hearing
as a person's experience, their
truth and not translate it into my
perception into the world as-is,"
he said.
If you have an AMS related
conflict, Perzow is here to help. Vi Vi
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'BIRDS
A look at two vastly different types of athletes — a
swimmer and a power lifter — and how their train
ing regimens compare.
by Olamide Olaniyan
a "I'm a pretty
skinny, small dude
and I've been doing
pretty decently."
A / Did you know?
If you live in student housing you
don't have the same protections as
every other tenant in B.C.
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RIGHTS
Your AMS, in partnership with UBC Student Union Okanagan, the University of Victoria Students'
Society, and Simon Fraser Students Society has come up with nine recommendations for new provincial
legislation to let students living on campus Rent with Rights, just like every other tenant in B.C.
Find out more: ams.ubc.ca/rentwithrights
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Nov 8 & 9th
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