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President-elect Alan Ehrenholz
reflects on "very weird" campaign
Ehrenholz ran as The Engineer's Cairn and won the AMS presidency.
Jack Hauen
Coordinating Editor
The absurdity of this year's AMS
Elections is not lost on the first-
ever joke candidate to win the
"'Kind of weird' is probably
an understatement. It was very
weird," said Alan Ehrenholz,
whose name on the ballot was "The
Engineer's Cairn."
In February, Ehrenholz was
approached by a group of friends
in the EUS. They planned to run a
campaign for the Cairn, but they
needed a meat puppet to translate
its thoughts.
"I said, 'Yeah, I can make people
laugh, I can have a good time and
it'll be fun,'" he said.
But the plan began to unravel as
Ehrenholz emerged as a legitimate
front-runner. When voting week
started, he decided to commit.
"On the first day of voting, there
were so many people on social
media saying, 'Oh my god, I just
voted for a hunk of concrete.' I felt,
you know what, if these people are
putting their faith in me, I think
I need to give them something to
grab onto," he said.
Ehrenholz also said it wasn't all
his call.
"I had a couple friends
who were very supportive and
kind of pushed me to do it," he
said, naming Timothy Hoggan,
Alexandra Mann, Kevin Proctor
and his girlfriend, Emma Croft, as
key players in his decision.
"Without her... approval, we'll call
it, I definitely wouldn't have gone
through with it. Having her beside
me was very important to me."
Ehrenholz comes from a long line
of UBC engineers. His grandfather
graduated from the program in
1953. His father, who also served as
EUS president, graduated in 1981.
"That was a large part of why I
came to UBC [because my dad] had
all these really cool stories about
what he and his friends did at their
time with the EUS, and I was like,
You know what? ... I want to have
my own stories to pass down to
my kids,'" he said. "This one will
probably be one of those stories
that gets passed down."
In the third week of his first
year, Ehrenholz ran for EUS
council and won.
"I had a steep learning curve. I
thought I was really cool as student
government president of my high
school, but [being a first-year in the
EUS] was a completely different
game," he said.
The snowballing continued.
In the summer of his second year,
Ehrenholz took on the role of
spirit coordinator, which organizes
FirstWeek and E-Week. Halfway
through that year, he was elected to
the role of EUS VP Student Life. In
2015/16, he took on the role of EUS
The roll stopped last year,
when he lost the race for AMS VP
Administration to Chris Scott.
"I took a year off and
regenerated a lot of energy. I
got involved in soccer, which is
something I hadn't been doing for
the first couple years of school
at UBC, and I think that's really
helped me have some balance with
school and fun," he said.
The campaign might have been
— partially — a joke, but now
Ehrenholz has to think about
taking the reins of a non-profit that
represents over 50,000 students.
The AMS is "in a much nicer
place" than this time last year,
he said. They are not running a
deficit, for one. The governance
review, having passed, is no longer
looming. Now it's a matter of
implementing those changes.
"We are changing some pretty
big things ... so there could be
some challenges getting all the
constituencies on board there, but
overall, it looks really good. I'm
excited to continue to build on the
strategic plan with my team and ...
do some cool things this year." %
Musqueam First Nation developing land off of University Boulevard
Emma Loy
The Musqueam First Nation has
started development of Block
F, a parcel of land bordered by
University Boulevard, Acadia
Road and Pacific Spirit Park. The
land will be developed by the
Musqueam Capital Corporation
(MCC) over the next 10 to 12
years, and will include a range
of residential buildings, a
community centre, coffee shops
and a grocery store, as well as
designated parks and wetlands.
Signs posted around the Block
F enclosure read "tree harvesting
in process." The signs have some
community members wondering
if this is a diplomatic label for
environmental destruction. But
the signs mean exactly what they
say — rather than taking the trees
to be processed elsewhere, the
Musqueam Nation intends to
keep the trees close to home.
"We are honoured to be
able to repurpose trees for use
throughout Block F and for the
use of the Musqueam people,"
said Jay Mearns, operations
manager of the Musqueam
Capital Corporation and member
of the Musqueam Nation.
"That's what we're really
proud of," said Doug Avis, vice-
president of MCC. "[Normally]
it would be clear-cut and nobody
would even pay attention to
where the logs went."
Larger trees will be used
by Musqueam artists, canoe-
makers, carvers and elders for
various purposes. Some trees
will be incorporated into venues
built on Block F in the form of
traditional house posts and art.
Smaller debris will be turned
into woodchips and used as
sedimentary control for the site.
"We've got species like red
alder coming off. That's ideal for
smoking salmon," said Mearns.
"We have a lot of artists, so maple,
cherry and cedar will go to them."
The 22-acre parcel of land is
roughly one-sixth the size of the
adjacent University Golf Club.
The Province of BC returned this
piece of land to the Musqueam
people in 2008 as part of the
Reconciliation, Settlement
and Benefits Agreement. This
followed over a century of the
Musqueam people protesting
the lack of recognition of their
ownership over the land.
Block F was designated
to the Musqueam Nation as
"fee-simple" land, meaning
the Musqueam people have
complete autonomy over what is
done with it. The development
of Block F will kickstart
the band's plan to become
economically self-sufficient
and move toward independence
from government transfer
payments. The development will
provide long-term employment
and professional education
opportunities for many
Musqueam people.
"I'll be honest, it hurts my
heart too to see those trees come
down, but I take solace in the
fact that we're doing something-
positive with them," said Mearns.
"Let's face it, we're officially
wards of the government. We're
trying to find a way to remove
ourselves from that situation-
one that was not of our own
The planning process for
Block F included extensive
consultation with UBC and
various community members.
While Mearns recognizes there
are still those who oppose the
development, he hopes that
insight into Musqueam history
and values will help garner
"It hurts my heart too to see those trees come down."
"The reality is that we did alter
the landscape historically speaking,
we did take from the earth. We had
to build places to live," said Mearns.
"There was ceremony attached to
that. If you dropped a tree, there
was a reason you dropped a tree,
and there was always a return to
mother earth based on that."
While UBC is not involved in
the development itself, they noted
that the new residential buildings
may benefit the growing demand
for housing around the university.
"UBC is focusing on housing
on campus. But new housing
and a range of housing is good,"
said Michael White, associate
vice-president of Campus and
Community Planning. According
to White, concerns raised by
current community members
around changes to transit,
cycling and pedestrian routes
have been addressed by the
Musqueam Capital Corporation
and the University Endowment
Lands. ^
Provincial government announces its support
for bringing ride-hailing services to BC
Alex Nguyen
Senior Staff Writer
On March 7, the provincial
government announced its support
for bringing ride-hailing services
to BC. The timeline is set for the
end of 2017, but the legislation
for it is "still to be written"
according to James Lombardi, the
BC Liberal candidate for UBC's
riding (Vancouver-Point Grey).
In response, UBC students
seem generally excited about the
concept of ride-hailing while
remaining critical toward Uber —
the top service provider currently
— as a company.
"I won't use Uber due to their
mistreatment of employees and
inability to deal with sexual
harassment," said Reddit user
TheDankeKong in an r/UBC
subthread asking for students'
thoughts on the news.
Others viewed the
announcement's timing as a
political tool for the BC Liberals
to "pander for votes" in the
upcoming provincial election on
May 9.
The AMS has no official
position on this topic. Notably
in 2015, they were approached
by Uber, who asked for their
assistance with government
advocacy. However, this request
was declined.
"I don't remember very clearly
what was said, but if I were to
guess, it was probably because
the AMS could only do so much
lobbying on so many issues,"
said current AMS VP External
Kathleen Simpson about the reason
for this decision. "It's very likely
that they just didn't consider it to
be a priority for students."
According to Flo Devellennes,
the co-founder of Pop Rideshare,
the crux of this issue lies at the
difference between the definitions
of ride-sharing and ride-hailing.
"The true definition of ride-
sharing is when you're actually
sharing a ride with people and you
share the cost," said Devellennes.
"Our drivers don't make money.
We just help them cover their
trip's cost so [we operate within
the definition of carpooling] and
they aren't our employees."
With ride-hailing services
like Uber, "there's no sharing"
because the drivers have to drive
wherever the customers want.
Furthermore, since drivers do
make money in this case, many
of them make a living with these
In short, ride-hailing services
are similar to taxi services.
"This is what's problematic
because ICBC hasn't been able
to work with Uber to insure
the drivers correctly," said
Devellennes. "Uber is also
competing with the taxi industry
[without requiring its drivers to
pay for taxi licenses]."
Regarding the announcement,
he said, "it's interesting that the
government is using [ride-hailing
services] as a political tool to
get elected," but also that "it's
inevitable because [they are] better
than taxis."
On March 7, the provincial government announced its support for bringing ride-hailing services to BC.
For David Eby, the UBC
riding's current NDP MLA,
the announcement was "quite
distasteful" despite his support
for ride-hailing.
"The government wanted to do
this for a year and yet no concrete
proposal from them, and then
there's a press conference to put
a jam on the donation scandal,"
he said. "If the government is
serious, then they would be
putting forward a bill to be
debated in the legislature."
In particular, Eby is
waiting for details on how the
government would support
small start-ups, ensure access for
people with disabilities, protect
drivers' rights and minimize the
impact on families who depend on
While acknowledging that "this
isn't something that will be finalized
before the election," Lombardi
responded that the government has
outlined some important steps. For
instance, there will be an investment
of $1 million into building an app for
taxis and "changes to the insurance
framework have been made"
to accommodate ride-hailing
He also addressed the criticism
toward Uber as an argument against
"Every company would have to
follow the law," said Lombardi. "This
is not about one company... but about
creating a framework that would
innovate BC's transportation system.
"In November of last year, we
heard from the cabinet saying that
ride-sharing is inevitable, but I
think they just wanted to ensure
that it is brought in the right way,"
he said. "That's why multiple years
of consultation have been going on
with the various stakeholders across
BC." ^ NEWS   I   TUESDAY MARCH 14, 2017
Solidarity or anti-Semitism? Hillel calls for dialogue on BDS
The referendum caused friction last time it was posed in 2015.
Jack Hauen
Coordinating Editor
The Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights (SPHR) club
at UBC is aiming to pose the
following referendum to students
this year:
Do you support your student
union (AMS) in boycotting products
and divesting from companies that
support Israeli war crimes, illegal
occupation and the oppression of
The question — which would
align the AMS with the Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
movement against Israel — was
previously posed in 2015. It
received more "yes" votes than
"no" votes, but failed because
it didn't meet quorum, or the
number of voting students required
for a referendum to pass.
Critics, including Hillel
BC, say the question is vague
and biased, and that the BDS
movement is built on hatred
rather than dialogue. Proponents
argue that the movement is a
necessary show of solidarity
against Israeli oppression of
Palestinian people.
Hillel remains of the firm
belief that while the wording of
the question is not explicitly anti-
Semitic, the idea behind it is.
"I think BDS as a movement
is anti-Semitic. Do I think
everybody who supports BDS is
anti-Semitic? No, because I think
people support BDS for varying
reasons. I think the reality is that
the calls for Israel essentially
to not exist — that, to me, is
anti-Semitic," said Sam Heller,
program director of Hillel BC.
"Do I believe the intention
of SPHR is to be anti-Semitic?
Absolutely not."
No current members of SPHR
were willing to go on record,
but a representative pointed The
Ubyssey to Eviatar Bach, a Jewish
student who was a very involved
member when the club previously
posed the question in 2015.
He said that the movement
is "an important expression of
solidarity with the Palestinian
people" and a way to "put
financial pressure on Israel to
renegotiate the settlement."
Rabbi Philip Bregman, the
executive director of Hillel, is
made uneasy by the movement's
proximity to controversial figures
like founder Omar Barghouti.
"[Barghouti] is not about a
two-state solution. He is about
the elimination of the state
of Israel. He makes it clear. A
movement that is looking to
eliminate an entire country that
happens to be a Jewish homeland,
I would say, is pretty anti-
Semitic," said Bregman.
Bach notes that the movement
itself doesn't take a position on
the one versus two-state debate,
and points to the situation in the
region as a need for change.
"It's becoming increasingly
a de facto one-state solution
because Israel is building more
and more settlement blocks, the
settlement wall, all these things
that make it much more difficult
to actually envision a two-state
solution," he said.
Heller — who "definitely
doesn't support numerous
policies of the Israeli government,
but still supports the concept
of a country called Israel" — is
concerned that the complexity of
the conflict is being boiled down
into a debate of good versus evil.
"This question makes me
express my absolute displeasure
or makes me a bad person for
being against quote-unquote
'war crimes'... there's no middle
ground for me here," he said.
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"I just think there's a lot of
questions that come from this
[referendum] question."
According to Bach, a key
component of the BDS movement
is to get people talking.
"One of the most important
functions of the campaign itself
is to raise awareness of the issue,"
he said. "I think, as an expression
of solidarity, it's important."
But though Hillel officially
does not "partner with, house,
or host organizations, groups,
or speakers" that support BDS,
Bregman said he has tried to
reach out multiple times to SPHR
to discuss the issue — each time,
he said, he's been rebuffed.
"I came onto campus in 2015.
The very first Imagine Day, I
was at their booth. I handed over
my card and I said very quietly
and confidentially, 'Could we get
together? Some of your people,
some of my students — let's sit,
let's talk.' The answer that came
back to me was, 'We have a no-
dialogue policy with you people,'"
said Bregman.
He then asked them why they
didn't want to talk.
"'If we talk to you, we will give
credibility to your murderous
and genocidal ways,'" according
to Bregman, was the response he
After the last BDS vote,
Bregman said he reached out
again. "It wasn't to gloat, it wasn't
to do anything — 'let's talk.'"
This year at Imagine Day,
Bregman went back to the booth.
"I handed out my card. I said,
'let's talk, let's share — we're
talking with all sorts of people on
campus.' No response."
"SPHR has no record of Rabbi
Bregman reaching out to us,"
wrote SPHR in an email statement.
"There are no emails or other
correspondence from Rabbi
Bregman that would indicate a
substantial interest in working
with us."
SPHR noted that while many
people stop by their Imagine Day
booth, they haven't heard anything
about Bregman stopping by from
SPHR members.
"Our members have spoken
with representatives from Israel On
Campus on numerous occasions.
Some of our members have also
attended Peace Factory events.
"We have also engaged in
dialogue with campus groups
who do not, as a matter of their
mandates, support the state of
Israel. These include campus
groups like the Progressive Jewish
Alliance and Vancouver-based
organizations like Vancouver's
chapter of Independent Jewish
Voices. The allegation that we
have a policy either formally or
in practice of refusing dialogue is
demonstrably false," wrote SPHR.
While Bach was not able
to speak for the current SPHR
members, he criticized Hillel's
previous open dialogue campaigns
for ignoring what he sees as a
power differential between groups.
"It's often referred to within the
Palestinian solidarity movement
as 'normalization,'" he said. "It's
not just a matter of Jews and
Palestinians sitting down and being
friends. It's very important to
recognize the power imbalance in
these dynamics before starting."
The club's position in 2015 was
"When groups want to deny
what's going on, then there's not
really a point in having a dialogue.
Dialogue by itself is not necessarily
a good or a bad thing," said SPHR
member Hussain Khan in that year.
In a 2015 letter from former
Talon editor Urooba Jamal,
she said that "it is precisely for
the reason of unequal relations
of power between Israel and
Palestinians that so-called
'dialogue' initiatives are harmful."
It's this perspective that
frustrates Bregman. According to
him, Hillel has programs with the
Muslim Students' Association, the
Thaqalayn Muslim Association and
the Ismaili Students Association.
But with SPHR, "there's been
nothing coming back."
"Why don't you want to talk
to us? I understand if you want to
disagree. We're on campus. This is
a laboratory. Why not talk?"
Now graduated, Heller was a
student when the last referendum
took place.
"I was thinking to myself, on
my campus, they're going to pass
something that ultimately infringes
on my ability to be here and — I
don't want to use the terms 'safe'
and things like that — but yeah, to a
certain extent, safe," he said.
"Putting this on the books
... doesn't help with dialogue. It
actually just shuts it down because
how am I going to feel comfortable
advocating certain opinions on this
campus if it's been shut down by
my student government?"
Many universities and student
unions in North America have
passed similar referendums — none
without their share of conflict.
Bregman said he is "absolutely"
worried about a resurgence in hate
crimes if the referendum goes to
"[In 2015], we had people
yelling at us 'go home,'" he said.
"My family's been here for about
120 years. I knew what they
The referendum comes at a
time when anti-Jewish sentiment
on socially progressive campuses
— especially in light of the BDS
movement — is a hot-button issue.
Most recently, a student
representative at McGill has
faced calls for resignation after he
tweeted "punch a Zionist."
"We've seen recently a lot of
anti-Semitic incidents since the
election of Trump, and I think it is
very important for the Palestinian
solidarity movement to be careful
and not associate with anti-Semites
and not promote that," said Bach.
But Bach also said he has
experienced no anti-Semitism
during his time with the
Palestinian solidarity movement at
"I found people in SPHR to
be more sensitive to the issue of
anti-Semitism than the general
population," he said.
"A lot of times, criticism of
Israel or criticism of Zionism is
conflated with anti-Semitism. And
often, sadly, with a lot of Israeli
advocacy groups, they'll use that as
a shield against criticism of Israel," CULTURE
Rebellion, Canada Day yacht orgies and meth
The first time I did meth, I didn't
find out what I'd smoked until 16
hours later. I knew that I was on
some pretty powerful drug — it let
me have sex for 12 hours straight
with four different guys that I'd met
that night — but I didn't know that it
was that drug.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Like most of my millennial peers
who grew up at the top of their class
in high school and are doing pretty
well in their university courses,
I thought of myself as smart. Not
necessarily book-smart, but at the
very least, street-smart. I'd have
enough common sense to figure out
how to slither out of a tight spot.
That I'd know how to get myself
back on track after being handed a
curve ball. That I'd know my limits
and exactly how to push them just
enough so that I'd be growing and
yet remain very safe. Despite starting
as an insecure and closeted teen —
fresh off a plane that had traveled
across the ocean — two years later,
I was out and proud, surrounded
by more friends than I could count
and heavily respected in the clubs
I'd joined. Surely you can't undergo
such a drastic transformation in a
short amount of time without being-
In other words, I was very full of
As a kid who grew up in a
conservative, Asian country with
Christian fundamentalist parents,
I saw my stint at this very liberal
university in a Western country as
a chance to, in a way, "reclaim my
youth." After all, the media has been
very adamant about university being
a place of "experimentation," so why
would I limit myself? In a short time,
I smoked my first joint, had my first
drink, got wasted, passed out in the
middle of nowhere and had sex. My
closest brushes with danger were
those two trips to the ER resulting
from alcohol poisoning and a brief
dance with chlamydia thanks to an
ex lying about his status.
Both of these trips were easily
dealt with by properly hiding the
hospital tags and pills. I was still
doing great at school, everyone I
volunteered with adored me and my
parents still thought of me as their
perfect Christian son who could do
no wrong.
I felt invincible.
So when a guy told me they were
going to smoke "T" and asked if I
was okay with it, I said sure and that
I would totally join if they'd let me.
I did look up what "T" was and the
first hit online said that it was an
anti-retroviral HIV drug. I wanted
to ask why we would smoke an HIV
drug, but it was midnight and I was
already in his apartment lobby when
he told me what was happening. It
was the dead of winter and there
were three ridiculously hot guys
waiting for me upstairs, so I figured
why the hell not? What was the
worst that could happen?
I want to say that it was the
best sex I've had in my life, but it
wasn't. Like, it was great at best, but
probably more along the lines of
decent to above average. The dudes
were nice, I had fun, everyone got off
and we went our separate ways.
However, when I got home, I
couldn't sit still. I was fidgeting, my
mind was racing and I couldn't nap.
I wasn't hungry, but I tried fixing
"So when I got invited to an orgy in a yacht on Canada Day, I said sure."
myself something to eat. My fried
chicken tasted like cardboard, so I
sent the guy a text asking if that was
"Yeah, that's what meth does."
"Yeah. Don't worry, should be
gone in a day. Just make sure to keep
I'd love to say that a wave of panic
rushed over me. That I was suddenly
filled with so much shame and guilt
that I decided to come clean to my
parents about what I'd been doing,
ask for forgiveness and help, and
try to be a better son. Maybe even
go back to church. Oh, and delete
Grindr permanently. Boy, would that
have been the smart — say, the right
— thing to do.
But where's the drama in that?
Instead, I laughed. "Oh that
makes sense now," I replied. At least
I knew the cause. I looked up the
side effects, their duration, what
other telltale signs I should be aware
of. I researched how long it would be
in my body for, how my body would
metabolize it and what I should do
afterwards to return to "normal."
God bless Google.
"Today was fun though," I added.
"Text me when you want to do it
But we didn't because I never
bothered reaching out to him, and I
think he and his friends were from
out of town. I think.
But that didn't mean that was my
last tryst with hard drugs. Far from it.
Looking back at it now, it
should've been obvious. Queer
culture has been heavily associated
with partying with drugs, so gays
having sex while using drugs would
naturally happen. So as a budding-
baby gay whose exposure to Western
gay culture was then limited to the
few episodes of Queer as Folk I'd
watched, I figured this would be
fine. Like, it's not okay — because
one, these substances are illegal for
a reason and two, I do have goals in
life and I couldn't just derail all of
that for a day or two of uninhibited
sex - but if I managed it properly, I
would be fine. As long as I personally
didn't have any drugs on me, didn't
actively look for these opportunities,
researched the side effects of these
substances ahead of time and
ensured that I was still on top of
my responsibilities in school and at
home, I would be fine.
So when I got invited to an orgy
in a yacht on Canada Day, I said sure.
When a guy asked if he could live
out his dad-son fantasies with me, I
said fine.
When a fuckbuddy invited me to
his other friend's house, we stayed
there for practically half of my
reading week. It was fun.
And it wasn't just meth I tried. I
did K, G, M and practically any letter
of the alphabet you could think of —
on their own or sometimes together.
Because where's the fun in killing
yourself slowly?
I did have a few ground rules.
First off, no needles, which also
meant no heroin. Luckily enough,
no one I had sex with ever touched
those things, so it wasn't too big of
a deal. Secondly, I wouldn't miss
an obligation — school, volunteer
event or even just hanging out with
my friends — because of this. I told
myself that as long as I'm still a
functional human being, the drugs
weren't affecting me all that badly.
Lastly, I had to tell my best friends
— tell them what I'm doing, who I'm
doing it with, where I'm doing it.
That way, if anything should happen,
at least someone would know and
could hold me accountable.
I know what you're thinking
— if they were true friends, they
would've stopped me the first time.
And they did, eventually. They
didn't stop me the first time because
they believed that I was an adult
who should be able to make these
decisions on their own, but the
reason I'm sober now and able to
talk about this was because they did
put their feet down.
It was the week before
Vancouver Pride and one of my
friends recommended we watch
"Chemsex," a Vice documentary
about the growing epidemic of drug-
use within the UK's gay community.
Like most documentaries, it had the
undercurrent of an alarmist warning
and since I was three months
sober at that point, I laughed at it
because hey, that wouldn't happen
to me. I was over it. And what new
information could I have gotten
from it anyway? I'd already been
But I had nothing to do that
night, so I watched it. And instead
of being scared beyond my wits and
swearing drugs off forever, my lovely
self-destructive instincts kicked in.
I reached out to old contacts, and
consumed a cocktail of god-knows-
what. The next 24 hours were a bit
of a blur, but I know I had sex with
at least six people.
When my friends heard about
it, they were furious — more
concerned-furious than angry-
furious, but still. They said, "Y'know
what? Pride Weekend will be a
sober one this year. No drugs, no
alcohol, no nothing."
It was fun — because even sober
I was amazing — but it was still at
the back of my head that I'd hurt
my friends. My "harmless fun"
had finally become a burden and I
wasn't even the one carrying it.
There was a long-form essay from
The Hujfington Post going around
titled, "The Epidemic of Gay
Loneliness." It was an interesting-
read despite not necessarily being-
all that intersectional (almost
everyone interviewed was a white
gay male who seemed to come from
a middle to upper-middle class
background). But what really struck
me was that it opened with the
author talking to a friend, Jeremy,
who was the epitome of the "type-A
"He is trim, intelligent, gluten-
free — the kind of guy who wears
a work shirt no matter what day of
the week it is. The first time we met,
three years ago, he asked me if I
knew a good place to do CrossFit."
But he was also in the hospital
for some meth-related incident.
I laughed because, well, that
totally could have been me. That
was me.
It was easy to tell myself that I
wasn't an addict. After all, the media
said that an addict was someone
who'd been using these substances
constantly, could do nothing else
but look for the next high and
was very much a non-productive
member of society. During my time,
I was going to the gym, getting
good marks, doing great with my
extracurricular responsibilities and
creating meaningful connections
with the people that I met. But
I also wasn't saying "no" when
a hookup offered me drugs. I'd
gone to class having not slept for
more than 24 hours, crashing and
sweating like crazy. I'd crammed
a number of papers because I was
practically a vegetable the weekend
before. I kept telling myself that I
wasn't an addict because, well, I was
Don't get me wrong — I regret
nothing. I learned a lot from it, I
met amazing people, heard stories
that I'll probably use sometime
in my writing and learned a little
more about myself. What I do wish,
though, is that I'd been more honest
with myself.
I wish I'd realized that I wasn't
just doing it because I wanted
to "try it out," that I wanted "get
new material for my stories," that I
wanted to "experience it myself."
I was doing it because I liked it. *cS
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The character of my Uncle Keith, an addict
Malcolm Wilkins
Senior Staff Writer
First impressions are profound as
a child. When I was about four, I
remember meeting my Uncle Keith
for the first time. His face was
round and healthy, with a dark olive
complexion glazed by the sun. He
seemed so kind and full of love, and
that was it — my first impression of
the man. My father's brother-in-law
seemed like a nice guy.
It wasn't until years later, when I
was 12, that I saw him again. By now,
my demeanour had changed. I was
quieter than I used to be and a lot
sadder, although I wasn't sure why.
My dad attributed my disposition
to the hormones — I attributed it to
the lack of familial involvement. I'm
the youngest of over 20 significantly
older cousins (that I know of) and
it can be hard to feel like part of a
family when you are, in essence, the
youngest in the flock.
I'm sure you'd agree that while
adults talk about booze, work and
politics, as a child, you wonder when
you can just get the hell out of there
and play with your friends from
across the street.
My Uncle Keith wasn't an adult.
Of course he was grown up, but he
had a playful air about him and he
never made me feel like an outcast,
while the others so easily did. My
uncle never tried to be an adult — he
just was. He never tried to tell me to
be a kid — he just allowed me to be
myself. He never ordered me around
— he appreciated, and even more
importantly, respected my presence
as a human being. This outlook
solidified my bond with the man. He
was cool.
Two more years passed and I was
14.1 felt completely different now —
stronger, more confident. Puberty is
gracious, but I was still young and
had a lot to learn.
It was during this year — 2008
— that my first impression of my
Uncle Keith would be challenged.
One warm afternoon, my family and
I visited him and my Aunt Jenny.
Much of the usual adult shenanigans
ensued such as talk about work and
politics, but this time, something-
was markedly different: no one
mentioned alcohol.
I realized that something seemed
off. My family's disposition was
cold. Their body language, their
expressions and their energy — it
all seemed wrong. My uncle sat
across from me at the cherry-red
dining table, cutely fidgeting about. I
knew that sooner or later, he would
swoop in and save me from this
weird adult mess — we were going
to chill together. Whenever I felt
alone or mildly uncomfortable in
my environment, he had been the
troubleshooter and I was immensely
sure that he would play that role once
It was at this point that Uncle
Keith stood up. Everyone looked at
him with huge, gleaming eyes. He
stood there for a few moments with
an odd, rather stupid smile on his
face, then he moved into the kitchen.
I stood up, only to have my
mother put her hand on my shoulder.
I looked at her, slightly confused.
She shook her head and her eyes
conveyed a very strong message:
something was wrong and it was
something serious. I looked around
the room and everyone else who was
there — my father, Aunt Jenny and
my cousins Telford and Amanda —
had that same look in their eyes. This
"look" was a strange combination of
fear and dejection. I assumed that
"Myunclenevertriedtobeanadult— he just was."
it stemmed from the fact that they
had just disallowed me the right to
interact with my uncle. I understood
that. However, I didn't understand
their fear. I knew that it had to do
with my Uncle Keith, but I didn't
exactly know how. I obeyed my
mother and sat back down, puzzled.
A few admittedly awkward
moments passed, after which Uncle
Keith emerged from the kitchen,
holding a glass of whisky in his left
hand and a cigarette in the other. He
walked over to the front door and,
without even saying a word, left the
"Go into the kitchen now," my
mother said. "Serve yourself some
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So I did. The plate was full and
my stomach was empty, but I couldn't
eat. My curiosity burned my hunger
to ash. I poked my ear out the kitchen
door and it was in that moment that
I first became acquainted with my
uncle's struggles with alcoholism and
I heard words such as "alcoholic,"
"addict," "help," "intervention" and
"nicotine" being thrown around
freely. I remember feeling this
stabbing sensation in my chest. I
couldn't breathe. Could this man
— the man that had been so loving,
supportive and seemingly invincible
in the past — fall prey to somethinglike addiction? I began to ask myself
many questions — some despicable
(and of which I admit now that I am
ashamed of) and others, perhaps,
quite valid in their line of inquiry. I
began asking myself whether I would
ever have the privilege of being able
to interact with my uncle as much as
I had been able to in the past.
It seemed as though my uncle
couldn't be my friend anymore. Soon
after acknowledging this realization,
worry most definitely did set in.
Would my uncle ever be the same?
It certainly didn't seem so. Would
he kick this obstacle in the butt? I
sincerely hoped so. Quite simply, I
was afraid that I had lost him forever.
He was alive, but he wasn't well.
My parents and I left soon after,
and it wasn't until I was 16 that I
saw my uncle again. In that time, my
parents had refused to tell me about
his predicament, despite my knowing
that on several occasions, my Aunt
Jenny had phoned them.
During our next visit, I saw his
struggle first-hand. My parents and
I went over at his place for lunch,
and this time, the tension was at
its peak. He had seemed relatively
harmless, but I still got the sense
that something was about to happen
— something explosive. He seemed
uneasy all day, fidgeting about with
every little thing, from his shirt and
his hair, to his watch and his teeth. It
was truly frightening to see him so
on edge.
At one point, I remember Uncle
Keith looking at my aunt with wet
eyes. He closed his fist, opened
a thumb and touched it to his
mouth. My aunt refused. Again, my
uncle made the gesture and again,
she remained defiant. This trend
repeated until they had a fight and it
was a brutal one. Later in my room,
my mother explained that these
fights had always existed and that my
uncle's constant need for alcohol and
cigarettes worsened that. This wasn't
the man I had thought I had known.
Just when I thought things
couldn't get any worse, a few days
later, I learned that my cousin — his
son — had found him passed-out on
a road somewhere. Cars, trucks and
scooters would have passed him by.
He could have been the victim of an
accident, or even worse, the cause
of one. My aunt was distraught, my
parents were as concerned as they
seemed ashamed.
Years later, the whole family met
up for a Christmas break in Dubai.
Uncle Keith was there. He had the
same habits, and still suffered from
the same cravings. Everyone was
weary of him, but there was this one
moment where he looked at me and
I feared that something had been lost
from him — his authentic character.
Upon noticing his gaze, I thought
that he was going to make the same
drinking gesture that he had been
making to all of my other family
members throughout that night.
However, he simply made me sit next
to him and asked, "So, how are you?"
And that was it — the moment where
I realized, to my relief, that he was
the same man.
I had never been told or taught
in school that addiction is a disorder.
The compulsive nature that it causes
its sufferers to experience stems from
a variety of different factors, except
one: a person's character. My uncle
had a good character and he still
does. And even though his constant
craving for alcohol and smoking
tens of cigarettes every few hours
made it seem like he had lost his
brilliant sense of compassion, I came
to realize that addiction, frightening
and powerful as it may be, is not who
he is. It controlled my Uncle Keith,
but in no way did it define him. And
today, as I write this and he sits at
home completely safe and sober for
years now, I want to thank him. Even
during his years of abuse when there
had been a lack of communication
between us, he showed me the
awesome power of his character.
Thank you, Uncle Keith, for
being a triumph of an individual. I
love you. *cS MARCH 14, 2017 TUESDAY I   CULTURE
Review: Amazonia makes a powerful case for forest conservation
Shelby Rogers
Staff Writer
The words spoken at the opening-
night of the Amazonia exhibit were
moving and powerful, bringing
attention to a truth many of us have
forgotten or chosen to ignore.
"People are not separate
from nature, but part of it.
The relationship is one of
interdependence and the survival
of both is intimately connected,"
said Anthony Shelton, director of
the UBC Museum of Anthropology
That is the core ideology that
the entire exhibition rotates around
— an ideology that, while often
forgotten in Canada, has not been
forgotten by the Indigenous people
of the Amazon. They reject the
concept of nature as a commodity
and instead recognize the Rights of
Nature, something British Columbia,
and Canada as a whole, has failed to
In South America, the
countries of Ecuador and Bolivia
have listened to the Indigenous
people's knowledge of nature and
incorporated the Rights of Nature
into their national constitutions.
This decision sets a powerful
example for the rest of the world
and poses a question to other
governments: When will you do the
The opening night was full
of people who crowded around
the chairs and podium to listen
to what Shelton and the exhibit
curator, Nuno Porto, had to say.
Prior to the opening words, people
were busy admiring the exhibit
and all the voices became a babble
of excitement and somewhat
pretentious conversation. The
moment the MoA director stood up
to speak, the audience went silent,
eager to hear what he had to say. He
introduced the exhibit as the fourth
in a series that has examined the
relationships between Indigenous
cultures and their knowledge of
the environment and land.
"Indigenous knowledge about
the environment is taken very
seriously, rejecting the idea
that nature is a commodity to
be exploited, given monetary
value and traded," said Shelton,
going on to describe how the
South American governments of
Ecuador and Bolivia have adopted
the Indigenous perspectives of
nature. The Amazonia exhibit
explores these perspectives as
well as how South American
countries have incorporated them
into their governments to protect
the Amazon rainforest.
Porto then gave a few
comments on the exhibition
which took two years to complete.
He described the relations
between humans and nature,
reinforcing the Indigenous concept
that humans are a part of nature as
opposed to being superior to it.
"The forest became what it is —
not in spite of, but rather because
of the many peoples that live there.
Being one with nature has been
central to these Indigenous people's
knowledge from the earliest times to
present days," said Porto.
Porto went on to discuss the
importance of preserving the forest
and promoting its ability to flourish
and grow.
"Living well is not about having
more things. It's about living a
well-adjusted life [and] continually
building relations with other people
and with natural elements... doing
so in such a way that prosperity and
wealth are here not just for now, but
for many generations to come."
The implementation of the Rights
of Nature into these countries'
constitutions is "a promising-
prospect for our future," said Porto.
The governments of these countries
are not just ensuring the Amazon's
protection for our own sake, but for
the sake of generations to come.
"In BC and in Canada, we do not
recognize that nature has rights,"
said Porto. "That is what this
exhibition is about."
Porto closed his speech with a
quote from Miguel de Cervantes'
work, Don Quixote — "To change
the world, my friend Sancho, is not
madness or Utopia. It is justice."
From here, there was enthusiastic
applause from the audience who
were now all the more fascinated
by the exhibit. People flooded to
the exhibit entrance, wanting to
get the first and best look at all the
exhibition had to offer.
At the beginning hung a quote
from the Constitution of the
Plurinational State of Ecuador that
read, "Nature, or Pacha Mama,
where life is reproduced and
unfolds, has the right to integral
respect for its existence and for the
maintenance and regeneration of its
life cycles, structure, functions and
evolutionary processes. All persons,
communities, peoples and nations
can call upon public authorities to
enforce the rights of nature."
As we walked into the exhibit,
there was a large sign wrapping
around the right wall which
began with geographic facts about
the Amazon, then moved into
the countries that it consumes.
From there, it continued on into
information about the Indigenous
peoples that live there, concluding
with information about what
threatens the forests' safety and the
primary causes of deforestation.
The curved design elegantly led us
further inward.
On the left wall was the "Amazon
Cosmos," where two films from
Diego Samper were being projected:
The Serpent and The Sky and
Amazon Genesis. The sign next
to the projections described the
significance of these two films, as
well as how the Amazonian people
understand the "connections in time
and space between places, beings
and spirits, and are conscious of the
role of humanity in the intricate
fabric of nature, not as a conqueror,
but as the custodian of its sacred
At the far back of the exhibit
were a number of hammocks that
visitors were allowed to lie in with
their shoes off. While watching this,
I saw a woman and her child lying in
a hammock, with the child smiling
with delight. A couple of hammocks
over from them, two older women
were rocking back and forth, giggling
with one another.
Overlayed throughout the entire
exhibit, there was a soundscape
playing from Diego Samper's
Amazon Chant, which featured
the voices of Indigenous singers
and storytellers. It created an
atmosphere that transported me
from the exhibit, almost making
me forget that I was in a museum
in Vancouver. As I made my way
through, the abundance of items
from Amazonian cultures and
information about the forest, had me
completely lost amongst the displays.
Everything from the visuals, to
the soundscape, to each individual
display and placard was deeply
entrenched in the messages that
Nuno Porto and Anthony Shelton
spoke of earlier. This is a unique
exhibit that I would recommend
everyone go to. The richness of
information that effectively supports
the concept of giving nature rights is
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Alan Ehrenholz, a fifth-year
engineering student, won the race
for AMS president. His platform
focused on long-term functioning
of the AMS — noting the recent
governance review and current
work being done on their strategic
plan, as well as maintaining support
for varsity athletics and student
life on campus. He also said he
plans to consult with professionals
more well-versed on the topic and
provide further consultation on the
draft sexual assault policy.
"Campus spirit isn't just varsity
athletics. Campus spirit is an overall
feeling of engaging with your
school," he said in an interview with
The Ubyssey.
Ehrenholz only released his
platform three days before voting
ended, having started out as a joke
candidate running as the Engineering
"I've made this decision to run
under my own name because, even
running as a joke candidate, I was
the best option to be your next
AMS president," he said during the
His late decision to run seriously
means that Ehrenholz did not end
up engaging in campaign period
in the same way other candidates
did, mainly by not participating in
the first debate, speaking in the
third person at the Great Debate,
and talking mainly about minute
issues with AMS Council and
concrete during his candidate
profile with The Ubyssey.
Ehrenholz's election marks the
first time that a joke candidate has
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Sally Lin is bringing her past
experience of being a council
member on the AMS board
of directors, an elected Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS)
representative, co-chair of the AUS
first-year committee and Vancouver
School Board Committee
education and student services
representative to her new role as
AMS VP External.
The platform that Lin ran on
consists of three key points —
academic affordability, better
student housing and accessible
In her first platform pillar
of academic affordability, Lin
emphasizes her goal of achieving
textbook parity, collaborating with
other student unions to "lobby on
federal legislation that prevents
universities     and      bookstores
[from] sourcing textbooks
anywhere around the globe."
The second key point in Lin's
platform hopes to "work with other
student unions in BC to lobby the
provincial government to relax debt
rules and allow the university to find
alternative financial arrangements."
Finally, in addressing
accessibility of transit for students,
Lin hopes to push for quick
development of the Broadway
She also places a strong
emphasis on constituency support
and engagement, and hopes to
re-examine the AMS-constituency
relationship next year in terms of
support and strength.
"I feel super excited, super
shaky, but overwhelmed in a good
way," said Lin of her feelings after
the win.
After running unopposed, Alim
Lakhiyalov was elected as VP Finance
on a platform that includes creating
a long-term sustainable financial
plan, implementing professional
development programs for students
and expanding financial system
usage to all clubs and constituencies.
He brings experience working
as this year's associate VP Finance
and previous vice-chair of the fund
"One of the main motivators [for
running] as well was for the past 10
months, the VP Finance and I have
been working really, really closely
... and I was really involved in the
launches of all these new initiatives,"
said Lakhiyalov.
He also hopes to expand the
financial systems that he saw at the
beginning of this year.
"[These projects have] such
massive opportunities for growth in
the future."
Lakhiyalov will be working with
the new investment policy that
was just passed at referendum,
which could generate a lot more
revenue for the AMS. He also
pledged to continue Louis Retief's
work in moving towards financial
transparency by releasing the AMS
budget on a quarterly basis.
"With the quarterly updates, it
... would be more frequent updates
[so that] students can understand
what's happening financially with
the AMS," said Lakhiyalov. He
noted that these budgets would be
summarized instead of full line-item
After running unopposed, Daniel
Lam was elected as AMS VP
Academic and University Affairs on
a platform centred on affordability,
student experience and equity and
Lam's platform focuses on
decreasing the impact of financial
hardship, providing more support to
certain underrepresented groups on
campus and trying to help students
get the most out of their academic
Lam promises to push for review
of Policy 73 concerning academic
accommodation for students with
"I've been part of certain groups
on this campus representing neuro-
diverse individuals," said Lam. "A
lot of them talk about problems
with Access and Diversity."
In terms of affordability, Lam
plans to lobby with the future VP
External to advocate for funding
for open educational resources at
a provincial level.
He also recognizes that
continuing the advocacy efforts
on Policy 93 could pose a
challenge in the coming year, but
noted that the policy as it stands
is "only going to provide a sort of
starting point for the university."
Lam was also elected to Senate
for the coming school year. 10   I   FEATURES   I   TUESDAY MARCH 14,2017
Pooja Bhatti was elected as
AMS VP Administration on a
platform of restructuring the
AMS-constituency relationship,
improving outreach to and by
clubs, increasing sustainability
and accessibility of the Nest, and
enhancing campus culture.
Her experience includes
working as the SUS's current VP
Administration and as the UBC
Canadian Liver Foundation's former
She believes that there's a need
to "rebuild this relationship" with
clubs and constituencies because
the executives of "the past years
have been more focused on [the
For the first pillar, Bhatti aims to
implement the recommendations
laid out in a recent report on
the AMS's relationship with
constituencies.    One    particular
issue is the lack of "structured
support" from the AMS, which
Bhatti considers a major problem.
In response, the
recommendations include
"improved communication," "a
resource package" and "AMS
VPs reaching out to respective
constituencies' roles."
The next two pillars plan to
empower clubs by increasing
communication between them
and the AMS, and streamlining the
current booking process in the
"I'd like to make it an online
booking system," said Bhatti.
For the last pillar, Bhatti
intends to incorporate clubs
and constituencies into the
planning process of events like
Block Party in order to increase
student engagement beyond the
academic realm.
Jeanie Malone, one of the two newly
elected student members of the UBC Board
of Governors, ran on a platform of seeking
transparency, advocating for a better
student experience and communicating the
student voice.
Malone's experience includes her
current role as president of the EUS as well
as the current chair of the Geering Up board
of advisors. She also worked to oversee
the approval process for the biomedical
engineering undergraduate program.
Throughout her campaign, Malone
emphasized the small steps involved in
changing the rhetoric of transparency such
as making sure agendas are released in a
timely manner.
"I think that Policy 93 is obviously going
to have a big impact, and [it's important to
be] pushing for student voices to be heard
and pushing for transparency via the review
of that policy," said Malone.
Malone also plans to push for the
prioritization of initiatives like GamePlan
and the sexual assault policy to emphasize
student experience. She hopes to sit on
the finance committee and the people,
community & international committee.
"It's important to be very clear [about
the things that] will impact students and
to make those choices," said Malone.
"But I think that once a decision is made,
you stick by the decision and you represent
Kevin Doering, one of the two newly
elected student members of the UBC
Board of Governors, ran on a platform of
transparency and communication, tuition
and affordability, and student housing.
The prior experience that he brings
to this role includes his current position
as associate VP Academic as well as his
previous work as a peer advisor with Arts
Academic Advising.
Doering's first pillar is to address the
cost and scarcity of student housing, which
he plans to do by advocating against any
changes that he would see as having further
negative effects.
His second pillar aims to address the
topic of transparency within the  Board
— he hopes to bring meaningful further
discussion to Policy 93. To further increase
transparency and student connection, he
hopes to write blog posts and op-eds for
The Ubyssey, and hold open sessions for
students before committee meetings.
Doering's third platform pillar concerns
affordability, which he sees as not just
tuition but also fees, textbooks and
He was also elected to Senate this year.
"In both positions, I will strive to protect
and improve affordability and access to
education — not just by opposing tuition
increases, but by addressing the many
compounding issues that all contribute to
affordability," he said on his website. MARCH 14, 2017 TUESDAY I   FEATURES   I   11
Simran Brar, a third-year biology
student, is one of the five students
elected to be a student-at-large
on the UBC Vancouver Senate.
She ran on a platform centred on
support for mental health initiatives,
mandatory syllabi, a fall reading
break, the extension of withdrawal
deadlines and an ad hoc committee
on diversity.
One of the main reasons
behind Brar's bid for Senate is the
disconnect she sees between the
actions of UBC's governing bodies
and students' understanding of
"I think, as student senators,
we can try to bridge that gap by
providing students with alternatives
rather than 500-word meeting
agendas to find out what Senate
actually does," said Brar in an
interview with The Ubyssey during
campaign period. "I've heard
concerns that students might
not care, but I think in order to be
transparent, you need to make
materials accessible.
As senator she has promised to
work to reach out to students and
make Senate materials accessible
to students.
"I want to be the kind of senator
that spends 10 hours working for
Senate each week," she said.
Jakob Gattinger is a third-year
mining engineering student and
another one of the five students
successful in their bid for the UBC
Vancouver Senate. His platform
is focused on mental health, a
commitment to diversity and tuition
consultation concerns.
Gattinger plans to use a position
on Senate to change aspects of
academics that are "fundamentally
unfriendly" to students by working
to integrate academic and financial
"Having [academic programs]
that are just structurally unfriendly
to mental health and well-being is
what needs to be addressed next,"
said Gattinger, referring to the new
biomedical engineering program
which will see students in class
with very few breaks for the first
18 months of their degree. "We've
talked about [mental health and
well-being] conceptually, but I think
that they really need to be put into
A couple of Gattinger's platform
points — namely his intention to
bridge the gap between program
and tuition approvals and his desire
to make sure the newly created
diversity and excellence funds
have the largest impact possible on
academics — become more difficult
after he was unsuccessful in his bid
for a position on the Board. They are
still achievable goals, but will now
require more communication with
members of the Board.
Kevin Doering,afourth-yearhonours
economics student, has won a seat
on the UBC Vancouver Senate as
well as the Board of Governors this
elections season. This dual win is
especially useful because much of
his Senate platform was based on
this hopeful dual role. His platform
for Senate focused specifically on
having a "student-focused agenda."
As senator, Doering has
promised to work towards the
elimination of non-tuition mandatory
course fees such as problem
set access codes for students, a
textbook review section in course
evaluations, more open educational
resources and a student senate
caucus that is coordinated and
united in the agenda items it puts
His push for open access to
court materials is motivated in part
by the potential solution it provides
to educational unaffordability
given that in the current system,
he says, "students who are
financially disadvantaged are also
academically disadvantaged."
Doering noted that the Senate
is entering a new triennium with
new faculty representatives being
"It's important that we start to
look at what goals we can set for the
next three years," he said.
Ian Sapollnik, a third-year
economics student, was successful
in his bid for re-election on the UBC
Vancouver Senate. He ran on a
platform focused on uniting tuition
and curriculum approval processes,
initiating a review of academic
scheduling guidelines and creating
a strong Student Senate caucus.
Like Gattinger and Doering, who
were also elected to Senate, he
plans on working with the Board of
Governors, who determine tuition
fees, to unify student consultation
processes for tuition and programs.
"I don't expect that [unified
student consultation] process to
be formalized or codified next year,"
he said. "My goal by the end of next
year would be to have a document
that outlines that process across the
table for all programs at UBC."
Sapollnik also wants to
review academic and scheduling
procedures — including revisiting
add/drop deadlines and exam
scheduling guidelines.
"I'm not committing fully to
having a fall reading break or
moving the add/drop deadline," he
said. "What I'm recognizing is that a
full review of these processes hasn't
happened in quite some time and
things have remained the same."
Sapollnik also plans to chair the
18-member Student Senate caucus,
giving continuity to the new group
of senators.
Daniel Lam, a third-year
atmospheric science student, has
been re-elected to serve on the
UBC Vancouver Senate as well
as next year's AMS VP Academic.
He ran with a platform focused
on continuing current Senate
initiatives, diversity, reforming the
relationships between the Board of
Governors and Senate as well as the
introduction of a fall reading break.
"University data has shown that
certain groups of people are feeling
less of a sense of belonging and
also feeling less supported in their
academics," said Lam. "Groups like
the LGBTQIA+ community and also
certain international students from
specific countries ... are feeling less
When he returns to Senate, Lam
has promised to create an ad hoc
committee on supporting diversity
in the student body.
Lam sees the role of student
senator as providing "an informed
perspective from students to a body
that is mainly made up of faculty,"
given that students will directly feel
the effects of Senate decisions.
He plans to continue the work
Senate did on engaging the student
body last year — in part through
their Twitter account and Lam's
column in The Ubyssey — to keep
students involved in the coming
All referendums
in the AMS elections
The four referendums put forward in this year's AMS Elections passed with quorum.
One of them will establish a fee that would fund the construction of a student fitness and recreation building on
campus. Another will allow the AMS to sell up to four pieces of art from their collection. The third one consists
of changes to the AMS's bylaws that reflect recent changes to the governance structure and are intended to
reduce redundancy. Finally, the Ubyssey Publication Society's bylaw changes also passed. OPINION
Ask Natalie: My engineering roommates keep
making fun of my arts degree and they need to stop
"I'm in a 'softsubject' in arts and all of them are in STEM.'
Natalie Morris
Senior Staff Writer
"My (now ex-) boyfriend cheated
on me with a friend of a friend.
I'm really heartbroken about
our break up, but it feels like an
extra punch in the heart that he
still goes out with/sees the group
she is in, and most likely is still
talking to her (or another girl). I
lie awake thinking about him with
her and I can't stop stalking them
on Facebook, comparing myself
to her and missing him. How do I
get out of this obsessive, horrible
Block them. I know it feels like
an itch you need to scratch, but you
have to block them. Unfollow them
at the very, very, very minimum.
Keeping yourself suspended in a
post-break up state is not healthy. If
you allow yourself to keep looking-
for his back in a crowd, you'll never
move forward yourself.
It's completely shitty that he
cheated on you and it's completely
shitty that he cheated on you with
someone you knew, but that just
means he doesn't deserve you. Don't
worry about who he's hanging out
with because I'm sure most of his
friends are disappointed in his
choices. As for her, there's a reason
the saying, "If they cheat with you,
they'll cheat on you," exists.
But I can understand how hard
it would be for him not to hang out
with her group. Not to justify his
actions, but you guys broke up — you
probably got half the friends in the
split. Who else can he turn to other
than his other friend, even if they're
in the same circle as the woman he
cheated on you with?
I know it sucks. I know how
much a break up can mess with you.
But focus on you and not them, and
you'll get through this. You'll come
out the end of this tunnel healthier
and happier than you were before.
"My roommates are really fun
and we get along really well,
except for one thing. We have
a lot of banter and we make a
lot of jokes about each other
(always in a good-natured way,
everyone's generally okay with
it), but it seems like every joke
made lately has been about my
I'm in a "soft subject" in arts
and all of them are in STEM, so
they make a lot of jokes about
my homework and readings not
being hard and that I'm "just
reading" or that it's "sad" I need
to take a class "to learn how to
read," and it's honestly pissing
me off. This is my degree. This
is what I want to do. But I don't
know how to say that without
spoiling the mood of the house."
My goodness, it's like looking
in a mirror. My whole family's in
the engineering field and the stuff
they say to me during my trips back
home... well, explains why I don't
take more trips back home! My
sisters only started accepting my
program during my third year.
You need to be straight with
them. If you all do something
semi-serious together, like a
house meeting or a house dinner,
bring it up then. Don't do it over
text because tone is so easy to
misunderstand with text. Be honest
and say that their jokes have crossed
a line. Tell them what you wrote me
and tell them the level they've been
going at isn't appropriate anymore.
Banter and jokes are a great
way to bring friends together, but
not if someone comes out feeling
badly about themselves. Like every
relationship, the key to success is
consent and communication.
Do you need to start a "safe
word" for when someone crosses a
line? Do you want a list of off-limit
topics? Do you just want them
to have a little respect for your
education? I mean, we're all at UBC
— it's not like we're dumb because
we're in arts.
If they keep making jokes after
you talk to them, just stop engaging.
Ruin the mood. Start standing up
for yourself. They'll get the hint.
One more thing to remember is
not to throw what you can't take.
If you're not pulling punches over
their degrees, you can't expect them
to pull punches for yours.
Best of luck — hopefully you
won't need it. 13
Need advice? Contact Natalie
anonymously at asknatalie@ubyssey
ca or at ubysseyca/advice and have
your questions answered!
"Every city's queer community has a different vibe."
Their Campus: Feeling comfortably queer in Cardiff
Graeme Wheeler
Sitting down in an attempt to
write this piece has only got me
begging the question of what
makes communities individual,
specific and important. Having
moved around for a majority of
my adult life, I have been able to
experience many different forms of
Especially being LGBTQ+, no
matter where I go, there are always
individuals willing to accept me
for who I am. I don't want to go in
depth into the nuanced differences
within the queer community
because I'm supposed to be
focusing on how Cardiff University
differs from UBC. I'll simply leave
it by saying that every city's queer
community has a different vibe.
I guess that's just like how cities
have different reputations, but I
will say the thing I noticed right
away about Cardiff in general
is how extraordinarily nice the
people here are.
Remember, that's coming from
a Canadian.
Another thing I haven't
experienced before is just how
open and accepting a gay scene
can be. Cardiff University has one
of the most active Pride groups in
Britain and because of that, they
foster a sense of belonging that
stretches way beyond the group
itself. I ended up finding this out by
timidly attending a "freshers" get-
to-know-you event within my first
week here and was immediately
assimilated into the CU-Pride
Not to throw shade at UBC's
LGBTQ+ group, but the one here
at Cardiff Uni just feels more
established and organized. That
may be because UBC is like twice
the size of Cardiff and can only
reach a certain number of people,
but in my three years at UBC,
I've never really heard about any
significant events coming out of
our Pride group.
In many ways, Cardiff is a very
stereotypical university city. Mostly
everything here is in some way
focused on student life — from the
many restaurants, to the pubs, to
the frankly ridiculous nightlife.
Unlike Vancouver, everyone here
seems to understand the fact that
students have basically no money
and to offset this, there are always
food and drink discounts if you
present a student card. 13
Graeme Wheeler is a third-year
arts student studying abroad at the
University of Cardiff.
Letter: We
need to
women to
run for AMS
Veronica Bylicki
UBC Student
Out of 22 candidates in this
year's AMS election, five of them
were women. There were no
women running for president and
only two running for executive
If you do the math, that's 22
per cent of the total candidates
that are women — and yes, I'm
including "joke candidates" in the
count because hey, they're still
Why does this matter?
According to 2016/17 enrollment
statistics, 55 per cent of UBC's
student population is female.
If a seemingly progressive
university that prides itself in
being a "place of mind," innovative,
international and diverse doesn't
have a gender-balanced student
government, then how can we
expect higher levels of government
or different jurisdictions to be
So who's to blame, what's the
problem and how do we fix it?
I'm not saying to point the
blame at anyone in particular,
but this alarming lack of female
presence in student government
does speak to a Canada-wide and
worldwide issue, and should be a
concern and an important topic of
conversation here at UBC.
With men more likely to be
encouraged to seek positions
of leadership than women,
we need to start by building-
processes and removing barriers
to encourage women to go
after these opportunities. That
starts by encouraging young-
women to run, ensuring higher
female representation in student
We've seen how important
conversations and perceptions
on gender are in leadership races
globally — we can't change those
perceptions of women in power if
we don't have women running in
the first place.
The most impactful thing
that we can do as individuals on
campus and as global citizens is to
be encouraging of women running
for student government. Next time
you hear a woman you know talk
about running — and regardless of
what gender you are — don't tell
her it's not a good idea or agree
with her doubts. Support her,
encourage her and tell her that she
would make a great leader.
If we build a community where
women are supported, where
women support one another to
run and where our own elections
and governments are gender-
balanced, we can start to make a
dent in the overall challenge of
gender imbalanced leadership.
Because after all, UBC, it's 2017.13
Veronika Bylicki is a student in the
faculty of land and food systems SCIENCE
Researchers use car2go to map CO, around Vancouver
Diana Oproescu
Senior Staff Writer
It turns out car2gos are useful
for more than just avoiding
overcrowded buses. Scientists are
using them to map C02 around
UBC researchers have
developed a method to map carbon
dioxide emissions in cities by using
new mobile sensors. These small
mobile sensors were attached
to car2gos, which were driven
through the city to measure the
amount of carbon dioxide at street
level in any given geographical
The data collected by the
mobile sensors was then compared
to measurements collected from
sensors located on a tower above
Vancouver, which allowed the
researchers to more accurately
calculate where the emissions were
coming from.
In a press release, project lead
and UBC geography graduate
Joseph Lee said "the data
measured by the sensors confirmed
what we expected to find," in that
downtown Vancouver and Stanley
Park revealed the highest and
lowest levels of carbon dioxide
"What is novel about our
method is that we are able
to combine multiple mobile
sensors with tower data and to
consequently map emissions across
large areas of a city in high detail,"
said Lee in the press release.
"Other researchers have previously
attempted to measure carbon
dioxide levels at street-level using
mobile sensors, but were unable to
translate their levels to emissions."
Despite the confirmation
the mobile sensors provided in
determining the areas with the
highest and lowest levels of carbon
dioxide, Dr. Andreas Christen —
senior author of the paper and
UBC geography and atmospheric
science professor — emphasized
that this was not necessarily the
project's main purpose.
"Our idea was really not
to measure the levels of the
concentrations of carbon dioxide,
but rather to have a tool to visualize
emissions," said Christen. "We
wanted to translate the information
from scientific numbers on
spreadsheets to visually attractive
maps that can be used in decisionmaking."
Christen also emphasized the
importance of the collaborative
communities at UBC that
contributed to bringing this project
to fruition.
"The idea happened because
UBC is a place where people
with different backgrounds
collaborated together," said
Christen. "The university is not
a place of people working in
The highest concentrations of CO were found in downtown Vancouver, the lowest in Stanley Park.
isolation, but rather [a place]
where there is exchange and
teamwork happening."
The project led by Lee and
Christen was under the co-
supervision between the UBC
school of architecture and
landscape architecture and the
department of geography.
"Our students here at UBC,
in all faculties, are motivated to
change the world for the better,
and to find new technologies and
other means of combating climate
change," said Christen.
Christen expressed that a
challenge in communicating these
findings and new technologies to
students would be teaching them
how to implement solutions.
"That's, of course, not an easy
task," said Christen. "We can easily
have a technology where we can
map emissions, but what does that
mean in terms of selecting emission
reductions strategies?
"It's a step forward in the
technology and we are proud of what
we achieved, but there is much more
potential in front of us." 13
Universal pharmacare could save Canada $3.1 billion
Some argue that univerisal pharmacare would monopolize the system and give patients less choice.
Jordan Chang
A recent study published in the
Canadian Medical Association
Journal has rekindled debate over
whether Canada should implement
a universal pharmacare system,
eliciting editorial responses
from both of Canada's national
newspapers, The Globe and Mail
and the National Post.
Although Canada has a
universal healthcare system where
medical services such as hospital
visits are publicly funded, the
government does not provide
universal coverage for prescription
medicines. Instead, the cost of
prescription medicines is covered
in varying degrees through
private and public insurance
plans as well as out of individual's
own pockets.
According to Dr. Steven
Morgan, professor at the school
of population and public health
and co-author of the study, this
makes Canada an anomaly, as it
is the only advanced-economy
country with universal healthcare
that does not also have a universal
prescription drug coverage
To provide a manageable first
step to potentially move Canada
towards universal pharmacare,
Morgan and his colleagues
estimated the savings to Canada
if the country were to provide
universal public coverage of
117 essential medicines. They
estimated that Canadians could
save $3.1 billion annually by
providing universal coverage
for these essential medicines,
savings largely derived from bulk
purchasing power.
"If you have a system which
is a single-payer for all of
Canada, that system becomes
powerful in the world market for
pharmaceuticals," said Morgan.
"The price of [generic] drugs are
far lower in countries that have
national procurement systems
than they are in Canada."
Despite the potential savings,
universal prescription drug-
coverage — even universal
coverage restricted to 117
medicines — faces significant
political obstacles.
"If we believe that a system
of universal coverage of these
medicines could generate on the
order of $3 billion in net savings
to Canada, that means that
somebody in the sector is going to
get $3 billion less in revenue that
they are getting right now," said
Among stakeholders with the
most to lose, Morgan lists insurance
companies and pharmacies.
To overcome these obstacles,
politicians need to be given
adequate impetus to act.
"Canadians need to say this
matters to our health because
when people are not filling the
prescriptions they need, their
health gets worse. It matters to their
bottom line because families that
have a high burden of illness pay
a lot out of pocket for medicines
and it essentially becomes
a tax on poor health," said
Morgan. "It matters to taxpayers
because if people do not fill out
prescriptions, they end up in
hospitals and we all pay for that.
Oftentimes, it ends up being more
expensive than it would have been
to give them the drugs in the first
Morgan sees the millennial
demographic as a potential
tipping point in this policy
debate. He encourages the
millennial generation to become
informed about healthcare policy
and politically engaged in the
discourse surrounding the issue,
regardless of political views.
He stresses the importance
of the issue to millennials in
light of changing dynamics of
employment in Canada.
"The job market today is
one that is full of precarious
work, part-time positions or
working in smaller businesses
and entrepreneurial settings,
which is great and exciting, but
those are settings that do not
offer health benefits. Millennials,
interestingly enough, are going to
be a generation of people who will
grow into the labour market that
just does not have a health benefit
for them," he said.
Because of estimated
fiscal savings and expected
improvement in access to
prescription drugs, universal
coverage of essential medicines
could become a profound piece of
legislation if implemented.
"It is an opportunity for [Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau] to leave
a legacy on the healthcare system
that would be bigger than his
father's by a long shot. This would
be the biggest legacy in Canadian
healthcare since Medicare was
founded in the 1950s and 60s,"
said Morgan. "It does represent
an expenditure, but if it's done
right, it also represents a profound
policy legacy." 13 SPORTS+REC
The T-Birds boasted their best record since their 2013/14 campaign.
Silver lining: After their loss in the Canada West
final, women's volleyball is headed to the nationals
Olamide Olaniyan
Sports and Rec Editor
Despite their solid regular season,
the UBC women's volleyball team
was defeated by the University
of Alberta Pandas in the Canada
West final on Saturday, March 11.
The 'Birds fell in a four-set match.
There is a silver lining though,
as the team will head into the U
Sports championship.
The night before, the T-Birds
battled another of their western
conference rivals — the Trinity
Western University Spartans
(TWU). UBC led the game in two
major aspects. The team had 53
kills compared to the Spartans'
41, and 12 blocks compared to the
Spartans' eight. The differences
end there. The teams were
matched at seven aces each and
had a similar amount of digs,
with UBC making 46 and TWU
making 43.
Outside hitter Danielle
Brisebois made 20 kills in the
game. Victoria Behie and Juliana
Kaufmanis followed, with 12 and
10 kills apiece. Fourth-year setter
Alessandra Gentile led the entire
game with assists. As the 'Birds
ended their regular season just
below the Spartans, they walked
into the final with confidence and
momentum behind them.
With both UBC and Alberta
jostling in the top five of the U
Sports rankings, it was sure to be
an interesting battle. Alberta's
Meg Casault made the first kill for
her team. She went on to tie at the
most overall kills with the T-Birds'
Laura MacTaggart at 15. UBC
managed to keep up earlier in the
first set, but faltered and lost the
set at 25-18.
The next set was worse for the
Thunderbirds. The Pandas jumped
ahead right away thanks in part
to UBC errors. They continued to
maintain a three-point lead until
they seized the set at 25-14.
UBC came back in the third
set, going on a five-point streak
and holding that lead. They won the
third set 25-18. However, their rally
was not enough. With a final set
score at 25-18, the Pandas took the
fourth set and the Canada West title.
The T-Birds' run has been
impressive. In addition to
winning a silver at the Canada
West championships, the 'Birds
also boasted their best records
since their 2013/14 campaign
— the year they were defeated
in the U Sports finals by the
University of Manitoba Bisons.
If their season is any indication,
the Thunderbirds are likely to
be contenders in the national
championship. 13
UBC will face the Western University
Mustangs in the U Sports quarterfinal on Friday, March 17.
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'Stirring, sophisticated
Mongolian folk"
- The Guardian
Patrick Thomas is the
Thunderbirds' hype man
Thomas'years of experience in Vancouver sports make him invaluable.
Lucy Fox
Senior Staff Writer
The UBC men's basketball team
is playing in the Canada West
quarter-final. There are about
600 fans in attendance, but the
War Memorial Gym is abuzz with
the clanging of bam-bams. Fans
cheer on their home team amongst
the screeching of trainers on the
wooden court.
Patrolling the south-side stands
— unable to sit down for more than
a few seconds — is a recognizable
face in the Vancouver sporting-
community. He holds a drum and a
drumstick ready, waiting for a lull in
the game to get the crowd going.
The play stops and he jumps
onto the court alongside the UBC
Athletics promo team. He hypes up
the crowd with some fresh dance
moves — smattered with some
shouting and a good beat of his
His name is Patrick Thomas,
but his blue Thunderbirds jersey
displays the nickname that he has
come to be known as: Crazy P.
Thomas is a 12th man and crowd
conductor at UBC sports games and
other Vancouver sporting events.
His love for sports and his natural
gravitation towards the hype man
role started from an early age.
"The cheering and the yelling
— I used to do that with my team.
I was the emotional leader," said
"I was about 12 [years old] and
our team was kicking butt all over
Vancouver Island and Victoria," he
said. "We'd beat [a team] and then
I'd go out in the middle of the field
with the whole team surrounding
me, and we'd sing songs and chants
about how we'd kicked [their] butt.
It was so big that the news came
and covered it once."
That passion and pride for team
sports continued as he made his
way to Vancouver and stepped into
a role with the BC Lions 12 years
ago, stirring up their fan base. It was
only a matter of time before UBC
came calling.
Following conversations with
UBC Athletics, Thomas started
attendingthe T-Birds'basketball
games regularly in 2007. He cheered
the team on to a Canada West final
and other accomplishments over
the seasons.
In 2015, he expanded his
support to the football team, joining
in on the Vanier Cup excitement.
"UBC was outstanding —
watching them in their Vanier Cup
year, winning and winning at home
and watching that Cinderella team
grow and achieve what it did," said
More recently, Thomas has been
at Thunderstruck and the Winter
Classic — the latter being a personal
favourite for Thomas.
His years of experience have set
him up to be an important piece in
the UBC Athletics game day puzzle.
Gareth Saunders — coordinator
for promotions and game day
with UBC Athletics — spoke about
Thomas' long-time involvement in
sport and his vast experience, citing
his work with the Vancouver Giants
and the National Lacrosse League
in Langley.
According to Saunders, this
experience lets Thomas know
whether to jump in or to pull away
with the hype. Thomas also attends
pre-game meetings to coordinate
the prime moments for him to step
in and get the crowd going. Lately,
he has been given free rein to get
fans involved in the stands at War
Memorial Gym and Thunderbird
"He's great in terms of sitting-
down before the game, looking
at what we have planned out for
activations and time outs... and we
can look at different points where
it's like, 'This would be an awesome
piece to jump in there and really get
the crowd involved,'" said Saunders.
Saunders brought up the thunder
clap from the Courtside event in
January. All the fans get on their
feet and Thomas bangs the drum
twice, and the crowd claps once in
response. The collective boom fills
the gym each time. It is moments like
this that make Thomas invaluable as
the UBC Athletics team continues
to try building excitement and pride
around varsity sports in the UBC
"He's great to have around. He's
a very passionate guy and loves UBC
athletics," said Saunders. "That
energy, it rubs off on other people, so
to have him in the stands and on the
court or on the field — whether it's
basketball or football — it gets people
But even with personality and
presence at games, Thomas doesn't
see himself as the main attraction.
For him, the UBC teams and the
sports culture should be what draws
in the crowd.
"I know it's important to do
the school work, but I think it's
also rich and important to have
a well-rounded experience in
university," said Thomas.
"When you get older you're
going to have those memories." 13 MARCH 14, 2017 TUESDAY I   SPORTS+REC   I   15
Lumb most recently tied for gold with Mexico's Arturo Reyna Tristan at the NACAC championships.
UBC's cross country prodigy is heading to Uganda
Olamide Olaniyan
Sports and Recreation Editor
It was early November in Elsah,
Illinois — a 48-minute drive from St.
Louis, Missouri. Kieran Lumb, a first-
year engineering student at UBC,
was about to participate in his first
ever national championship with the
The 18-year-old had a good
track record. He had beat out the
best runners in the province at the
BC High School Cross Country
Championships, and had also set a
world record for the Red Bull 400m
race up the Olympic ski jump in
Whistler, BC.
But now he would be running
at the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
Cross Country Championships in
a field of about 330 other athletes
— many of them in their third and
fourth years, and many of them the
best university cross country athletes
in North America.
All eyes were on fourth-year
Jesse Hooton and third-year John
Gay, who finished in fourth and
fifth place respectively. But eyes
were on Lumb too. The team's lead
endurance coach, Chris Johnson —
who joined the team in September
2015 — was watching the race on the
internet. Johnson himself had been a
UBC track and cross country athlete
between 1994 and 1998 before his
career ended due to injuries.
The race started and for a large
chunk of it, Lumb was pretty far
behind. However, according to
Johnson, he was running a "mature"
"A lot of athletes — they get a little
bit undisciplined. What happens
often is that they go out too hard
or they'll run with the lead pack
even though the pace is too quick,"
said Johnson. "Whereas Kieran
recognizes when that happens and
he actually was quite a ways behind
for the first half of the race... which
would cause a lot of athletes to panic,
but he didn't panic."
Things changed in the second
half. Johnson watched as Lumb
began to move through the field.
Slowly and steadily, he edged his way
closer to the pack — each step taking
him closer to his goal.
"Every kilometre, he'd pass five
more guys, five more guys, then all of
a sudden..."
Johnson trailed off and chuckled.
"If you actually analyzed his splits,
his splits throughout the race were
quite even."
Lumb went on to come 26th in
the race — an impressive feat for
a rookie. His performance helped
propel the men's team to its third-
place finish at the championships.
Johnson knew that Lumb could
make the Canadian junior team that
would go to the IAAF World Cross
Country Championships in Kampala,
Uganda. To do so, he had to qualify
at the Canadian Cross Country
Championships in Kingston, Ontario
and to do this, he needed to run
a similar race to the one he did in
The 5T1 athlete went on to do
just that. On November 26,2016,
he finished sixth in the Under
20 division. His time in Kingston
also qualified him for the North
American, Central American and
Caribbean Athletics Association
Cross Country Championships
(NACAC) —also known as the Pan
American Cross-Country Cup — in
Boca Raton, Florida. Lumb tied for
gold with Arturo Reyna Tristan from
Funnily enough, running has
never been Lumb's main sport — his
focus growing up was cross country
skiing, which his father was on the
national team of. According to Lumb,
he probably started skiing at two or
"Both my parents always really
encouraged an active lifestyle and so
I guess it would definitely be from
them that I lead an active lifestyle,"
said Lumb.
He first realized he could run —
and run well — in elementary school.
Throughout those years, he had a
close friend and fierce rival growing
up — Thomson Harris. Harris, who
now plays field hockey for UBC,
would always beat him or tie with
him at running. "He was the one
that really pushed me throughout
elementary school and even
throughout high school," said Lumb.
"Running was kind of our middle
ground. I was focused on skiing and
he was focused on field hockey, and
running was where we kind of met in
the middle."
On the last day of cross country in
elementary school, Lumb managed
to beat Harris by just a little bit. For
him, that was a big moment in his
running career, and that encouraged
him to keep going.
"I am very obsessive. When
I have something that I really
want, that becomes my single
focus whether that's running, or
academics, or outside of those two.
I just kind of become obsessed with
it," said Lumb.
Although cross country seems to
be his strength, Lumb actually ran
the 800m throughout high school.
Moving from this to the higher,
heavier mileage of cross country was
a big transition. Early in September
2016, he was injured for a few weeks
because he wasn't used to that level
of running.
While everyone was running, he
was either on a bike or swimming in
the pool. However, that turned out
to help him quite a bit. According
to Lumb, he "eased into the season
a little bit more gently than a lot of
Lumb trained with Johnson and
Norm Tinkham — another of the
endurance coaches — in the fall.
"[Johnson] was never really
pushy with the training and he
was very understanding that I was
kind of a low-volume athlete," said
Lumb. "It was important to keep me
healthy and not over-run."
Obviously, Kampala, Uganda is
not Vancouver, British Columbia.
According to Johnson, the
temperature is expected to be
around 28 to 30 degrees, plus some
humidity. The team has had to train
for that. They have a protocol with
the UBC sports science department
under its head, James Brotherhood,
which involves a sauna and
treadmill sessions at the Lululemon
"They actually have a heat
acclamation chamber and a
treadmill in that chamber so they're
able to make the temperature
and humidity of the room mimic
what Kieran will face in Uganda.
Although it's on a treadmill, at least
we can mimic it," said Johnson. "We
can simulate the climate that he's
going to be up against."
Johnson has worked with Lumb
since the spring of 2016 — when
Lumb joined the team for a few
workouts after the end of the ski
season. He thinks that the rookie
is "unique," "talented" and "has a
bright future in distance running."
"Do I think he can make the
Olympics? That's hard to say cause
he's only 18 years old," said Johnson.
"But he's on the right pathway."
Lumb isn't really sure what's
next — in fact, he has no idea. For
him, that's why he chose to do
engineering and focus on his degree.
His interests shift all the time and
he doesn't like super distant goals,
both in general and in training.
"I just take it one season at a
time and see what opportunities
present themselves and what
races I'm going to focus on in the
moment." 13
On March 26, Kieran Lumb will be
competing for the Canadian national
team at the IAAF World Cross
Country Championships in Kampala,
UBC Recreation's Yoga Rave
at the centre of conversations
about cultural appropriation
Miguel Santa-Maria.
Copy Editor
Yoga, especially in a health-
centric city like Vancouver, has
been a huge of part of mainstream
physical activity in North America
for many decades. From your fit
friend's blog posts about it, to
seeing a yoga studio every few
blocks in the Kitsilano area, there's
no denying its popularity.
But yoga is an inherently
cultural and spiritual experience.
The practice is steeped in South
Asian Hinduism and Buddhism,
which played a key role during its
origins. When UBC Recreation put
on a "Yoga Rave" — which consists
of a massive yoga class featuring
DJs and glow-in-the-dark paint —
last month, some students raised
The original discussion took
place on a comment thread
within the UBC Needs Feminism
Facebook group, where several
students voiced their criticism
on the nature of the event which
has been running for two years.
One member suggested that the
entire event defeats the purpose
of the practice, as it contradicts its
meditative and peaceful nature.
Others were also concerned about
cultural appropriation.
Suzanne Jolly, the manager
for physical activity at UBC
Rec, has been listening to these
concerns. She responded on the
thread inviting students to voice
any issues directly to them. In
an interview with The Ubyssey,
Jolly expanded as to what kind of
efforts they have taken to avoid
pitfalls of appropriation and
"[Our] discussions originally
when it was launched were
the concerns about the use of
the word 'rave' attached to the
word 'yoga' and how would we
promote [an] event that was
healthy and avoided substance
abuse," said Jolly, who has acted
as the program's oversight ever
since the idea was pitched to her
by intramural staff. "But as the
development of program continued
... we started realizing that people
didn't understand what they would
participate in [and] we needed to
define it."
She thought, "how do we
encourage people to move in an
inclusive way that is low-barrier
and fun-oriented ... while at the
same time recognizing that this
is just one facet of what a yoga
practice really is?"
Jolly and her team have taken
steps to emphasize that above all,
the rave has more to do with the
physical aspect and that alone.
Instructors are briefed to not use
any references to prayer poses
or use namaste during the event.
Social media coordinators and
photographers are also trained to
make sure they do not perpetuate
anything inappropriate online and
The dilemma, however, is
moderating the participants
themselves. Despite their efforts
to keep the event as culturally
neutral as possible, it is difficult
to assert when promoting a fun
and open environment as well.
Fortunately, there have been no
notable incidents in either of the
last two raves.
Still, Jolly and her team make
efforts to educate people on the
cultural and spiritual meanings
with things like information boards
featuring education material
within the venue. Apart from that,
it's up to participants to dig deeper.
"Unfortunately... there's
not a lot of opportunities for
UBC students to learn about the
spiritual and cultural aspect," said
Jolly. "But [the physical aspect]
is how they get their eyes open to
the rest and who are we to define
spiritual meaning?"
For Dr. Adheesh Sathaye, a
professor in the department of
Asian studies, that just might
be the way to go. Although the
commodification of physical yoga
can be detrimental to its heritage,
he agrees that it can become a key
window for individuals to further
explore and respect that if they
choose to, as well as bolster spaces
of inclusivity. This is especially
considering that the origins of
yoga itself are not tethered to any
specific belief system.
"Philosophically, it's not
grounded to any one religion. It
allows you to practice whatever
religion you want. It just shows
you one way to do it which is
oriented towards the body," said
Sathaye. "I think the way to do it
is to differentiate the philosophy
from the practice. These are two
different histories."
He also noted that in some
ongoing research, yoga may
also have predated religion and
even before its proliferation in
modern Western culture, soldiers
in medieval India were possibly
already using it for strictly
physical purposes.
That said, it only makes the
issue of cultural or religious
misrepresentation — particularly
that of South Asian Hinduism — a
much bigger risk, especially when
gendering and sexualization also
come into play.
"There is misrepresentation
that happens because if you see
yoga in practice in a studio [and]
equate with a religious tradition,
it's a misrepresentation of that
tradition that is richer and more
grounded in a history that stretches
back much further than the studio
practice today. You do have to be
careful with that," said Sathaye.
Even taking these contexts into
consideration, Jolly noted that
there is still room for improving
the event's execution in this
respect. Again, she insists that
students, whether individuals or
groups, keep approaching them on
how to do it better, whatever their
reasons may be.
"Part of my job is to look
at equity and inclusion for
Recreation, so I think that the
Yoga Rave is in my portfolio for
a reason," she said. "What gaps
we need to fill in recreational
programming — that's my job, so
we need to bring that forward.
We are working really to be more
inclusive and social justice-
minded." 13 16   |   GAMES+COMICS   I   TUESDAY MARCH 14, 2017
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