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The Beaty Biodiversity
Museum is more than an
archive for dead specimens
Beaty is home to a vast array of natural history displays and has been architecturally designed to house different exhibits.
Malcolm Wilkins
Staff Writer
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is
known for its numerous exhibits
on natural history and its most
striking exhibit — an 82-foot
skeleton of a blue whale, hanging
from the roof, right in the centre of
the building atrium. However, you
can't find its own history, arguably
the museum's most interesting-
exhibit, by visiting in person.
UBC zoology professor and
acting director of the museum
Dr. Eric Taylor knows a great
deal about the museum's past, its
exhibits and how students can get
involved with the facilities it has
to offer. He discussed its founding
in 1999 and the circumstances
surrounding it.
"The first thing that we needed
to open the museum was the
finance," he said. "We received a
federal grant — about 80 per cent
of the total initial budget — from
the Canadian Foundation for
The Canadian Foundation for
Innovation (CFI) is an independent
funding body that was initially
created by the Government
of Canada, which has since
terminated its sponsorship. Since
its founding in 1997, the CFI's
principal focus has been to "ensure
that Canadian researchers have the
tools — cutting-edge labs, facilities
and equipment — they need to
push the frontiers of knowledge in
all directions."
Beaty's creation fell under
what the CFI's website describes
as "discovery and technology
According to Taylor, the
museum is named after two alumni
benefactors Ross and Trish Beaty.
A mining legend, Ross Beaty is now
chairman of Pan American Silver
and Alterra Power, and in 1999,
donated the remaining 20 per cent
of the budget not covered by the
CFI grant.
Beaty is home to a vast array of
natural history exhibits, and has
been architecturally designed to
cater and house different types
of exhibits. However, Taylor
explained that the intricate
architecture is not the defining
feature of the museum, but rather
facilitates access to the world-class
"It's more the — I would say
around 2.1 million — specimens in
all of the collections that we have.
All the exhibits are in this public
space where people can wander.
The vast majority of museums
have a minority of their exhibits on
public display, whereas virtually
all of our exhibits are on public
display for all to see," he said.
Given the vast collection
of exhibits and Beaty's annual
contributions to biological
research, Taylor believes students
should get involved in the
museum's day-to-day operations.
He specified that the museum
offers both professional and
academic opportunities. But simply
applying does not guarantee that a
student is hired.
"We — for a relatively small
number of students — do hire every
term [through the Work Learn
Program]. This happens usually at
the end of the summer. We always
get money from the Canada Student
Works Program, which is important
because it ensures that students
work for pay, obviously," he said.
Beaty has a number of student
jobs during the summertime or even
during academic sessions, from
curatorial roles to marketing and
public outreach.
"Students can work either in
the collections department, where
they're helping curators organize
and work on specimens and research
and so on, or the public outreach
part where they help to design
programs and other things [related
to museum functionality]. You
can also be a guide. We have a 130
volunteers who do that too and I'm
pretty sure the majority of those are
students," he said.
The museum is also equipped
to host a variety of academic
endeavours. Taylor spoke of the
many opportunities that university
classes can take advantage of to
enrich knowledge about biodiversity
and the environment.
"Student classes use the
museum for various classroom
exercises and they're certainly
involved academically as well,"
he said. "That's important for us
— to integrate ourselves into the
undergraduate teaching program
and many undergraduates have
done that." H
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum
is open from Tuesday to Sunday
between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. NEWS
How does Santa Ono plan to take UBC into the top 20?
Ono will need to take in a myriad of factors on UBC's path to the top 20 list.
Salomon Micko Benrimoh
Senior Staff Writer
In a recent interview with The
Vancouver Sun, UBC President
Santa Ono expressed a drive to see
UBC rise from its current top-40
standing in the global universities
list to the top 20. The Ubyssey
spoke with Ono to find out how he
hopes to do so.
Ono's first comment was
that rankings aren't the most
important thing in his mind.
"The only reason rankings
are important is because they
do reflect to some degree how
an institution is perceived. I'm
not going to believe that one
institution is better than another
because it's ranked five or ten
points higher, because it is an
imperfect science."
Different systems of global
university rankings vary widely,
looking at factors such as the
papers the institution has
published, the number of students,
the student to staff ratio, the
gender ratio, the admissions rate
and the number of international
students. In ranking systems like
QS World University Rankings,
Times Higher Education World
University Rankings and Maclean's
University Rankings, UBC
routinely ranks among the top two
to three schools in Canada and the
top 30 to 40 in the world.
While rankings often have a
wide disparity between both their
methodology and conclusions,
they can still factor into the
decisions of prospective students,
as they are usually tied in with the
reputation of a university.
"I see no reason why UBC
can't go from being one of the top
40 universities in the world to
one of the top 20," Ono told The
Vancouver Sun.
According to Ono, there are
measures that UBC would look
into implementing that are
intended to have a positive effect
on the university's global ranking.
"The most fundamental thing
that an institution can do is really
take a look at the quality of the
faculty, and to really focus on
doing everything that's possible
to equip those faculties and
support those faculties as they
carry out their scholarship," said
Ono. "Recruiting and retaining
the best faculty is really the
best way that we can really
validate not only research and
scholarship, but also teaching at
an institution."
Ono also stressed the
importance of student
satisfaction, noting that certain
rankings — including that of
Maclean's — take more of an
in-depth look into it. "The
primary reason is to ensure that
your faculty and students have
the most nurturing and the best
facilities to perform research and
to learn. That's a real driver and
if you do those things, it sort of
naturally follows that you will rise
in the rankings," said Ono.
A recent Times ranking placed
UBC as the most international
university in Canada, and 12th
"A university with a diverse
student body, a diverse faculty,
and representation from around
the world is a positive thing and
experience that the student has at
the institution," said Ono on the
growing internationalization of
The geopolitical and economic
rise of Vancouver in recent
years is also a pivotal factor
because it encourages increased
partnerships with universities
and pushes for greater
government spending and input
into these institutions.
As for student government
opinion, the AMS is taking a more
cautious outlook. AMS President
Ava Nasiri pointed out that UBC
needs to be very particular if it
were to go about actively trying to
climb international rankings.
"In this rise to the top,
we [can't leave out] students
who may not be able to afford
attending this institution. I
think that the first thing that
we as students have to do ... is
[make sure] that, in the short-
term, there are no increases in
tuition, no further increases for
international students and no
additional increases for domestic
The two per cent cap on annual
tuition increase is something
that Nasiri said the AMS would
not condone losing as a means to
boost the university's reputation
or rank. The shakeup at the
presidential level that UBC has
seen in the last five years also
worried Nasiri.
"Our university has been set
back at least six years' worth of
strategic planning, thinking and
acting because of the high level of
turnover at the leadership level
in the president's office. Now, I
understand that President Ono
has come in and made promises,
but it's also important for us to be
aware of how much we've lost. We
shouldn't feel the need to make up
for that instantly," she said.
With stiff competition, Ono
will need to take in a myriad of
factors in order for UBC to climb
up the ranks. 1H
for 2017
Max Holmes is this year's election
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At the AMS All-Candidates
Meeting this evening, the
students running for each
category in this year's elections
were announced. Here they are:
James Cohen, Sugar Brewer, the
Cairn (Alan Ehrenholz), Jesse
Hooton, Julian Del Balso
Pooja Bhatti, Julien Hart, Faraz
Daniel Lam
Dario Garousian, Sally Lin
Matthew Morton, Alim
Louis Retief, Jakob Gattinger,
Kevin Doering, William Chen,
Sneha Balani, Jeanie Malone
Daniel Lam, Simran Brar,
William Chen, Kevin Doering,
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ubyssey.ca/volunteer NEWS   I   TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2017
How UBC grades your broad-based admissions essays
Jack Hauen
Coordinating Editor
The Ubyssey has pursued UBC's
rubrics for how broad-based
admissions (BBA) are graded for
the past four years. Now, provided
by a person with access to the
document, we have the version
that UBC used in 2016 to grade
applications. The person wishes
to remain anonymous due to the
confidential nature of the rubric.
The document asks graders
to look for attributes that UBC
wants in its students, then to
rank each attribute on a five-
point scale. In approximately
1,000 words, the ideal applicant
would display a sense of self and
community, problem solving and
resilience, intellectual readiness
and expression, leadership and
initiative and achieving goals.
Each attribute gets its own page
to let graders know exactly what
to look for in applicants' essays.
For example, on the leadership
page graders are given a list of
complimentary adjectives that
could describe a leader (focused,
confident, influential, etc.), and
some examples of situations that
could demonstrate leadership
ability (is the applicant responsible
for the work and well-being of
To grade the application,
each of the listed attributes are
ranked on a scale from zero to
five. Detailed descriptions of
answers that exemplify each rating-
can be found on each attribute's
page of the document. Among
other considerations, markers
are told to take into account each
applicant's age and potential access
to opportunities, and to flag areas
of concern, such as mental health
or other circumstances which
may require additional support.
Flagging an application, according
to the rubric, has no effect on the
chances a student will get in.
Interestingly, grammar,
punctuation and spelling have no
effect on an applicant's submission.
"You should be focused on
the thoughts and intentions of
the applicant's responses. For
instance, you should not penalize
applicants for using an incorrect
verb or tense," the rubric says,
noting that English dialects vary
between Canadian and worldwide
According to UBC Director
of Undergraduate Admissions
Andrew Arida, the rubric is
updated on a yearly basis "as the
university seeks to enhance the
Arida said that an average of 75 to
80 per cent of the decision to admit
someone to UBC is still solely reliant
on grades. Somewhere between one
in five and one in ten students would
not be admitted without the broad-
based admissions process.
"It depends on the faculty and
how competitive the program is and
the introduction of other admission
policies," he wrote in an emailed
One of the initial reasons the
university rejected our freedom
of information (FOI) request
cited the section of the Freedom
of Information and Protection
of Privacy Act that deals with
"disclosure harmful to the
financial or economic interests of
a public body."
Broad Based Admission Rubric
Prepared by Undergraduate Admiaions
You should be focused on the thoughts and intentions of the applicant's responses.
Implementing broad-based
admissions cost UBC about $1.76
million, according to Arida.
"There would be cost associated
with amending the system to
ensure it remains viable if the
rubric is released. The cost of
returning to grades-only would be
substantial. However, the cost to
the student body, to its diversity
and to those who might not
otherwise have a chance to pursue
their studies has an impact that
cannot be measured in dollars.
There is a huge lost opportunity
cost because it would reduce access
to UBC," he said.
Justice Loryl Russell, in the
section of her BC Supreme Court
decision that dealt specifically
with that claim, wrote that "it is
clear that the BBA process is not
like an exam where a student must
demonstrate their knowledge
of the concepts taught by an
educational institution, and where
maintaining the secrecy of the
questions and answers is essential
to the fairness and integrity of the
testing." UBC later appealed this
"Even if it were reasonable to
conclude that disclosure of the
rubrics necessitates abandoning
the BBA process ... UBC did not
provide information that satisfies
me that this could reasonably be
expected to harm its financial or
economic interests," wrote Russell.
UBC Director of Public Affairs
Susan Danard wrote in an emailed
statement that "it is the university's
position that releasing the BBA
application scoring guides would
allow prospective students to tailor
their answers and exaggerate or
misrepresent their experiences
to meet UBC's requirements,
which would seriously harm the
ability of the university to evaluate
applicants fairly.
"Everyone who participates
in the evaluation of students'
admission applications signs a
strict confidentiality agreement to
protect the integrity and fairness of
the application process."
The email also noted that
The Ubyssey is publishing these
documents "at [our] own risk."
Russell wrote: "Given the
nature of the information in
these rubrics, I am not convinced
that disclosure would make
exaggeration, misrepresentation
or false information any
more prevalent or harder to
detect than they currently are.
Therefore, I do not accept that
it is reasonable to believe, as
UBC does, that disclosure of
the rubrics would significantly
diminish the predictive value of
the BBA process, and that the only
alternative is to abandon the BBA
The Ubyssey hopes to accomplish
three goals by releasing this
1. To "level the playing field"
between high schoolers with
access to university preparatory
counselors who provide feedback
to students and help them tailor
their applications to specific
schools, and those without. As it
stands, a student from a low-
income family at a public school with
limited resources is at a significant
disadvantage to one who can afford
a counselor who's experienced in
telling universities what they want
to hear from applicants. Free and
equal access to the rubric for all high
school students should partially
erase or at least lessen the effect of
this divide.
2. To reduce the element of luck
in admissions. Two students who
have experienced the same situation
and learned the same things may
both choose to write about it, but
since answers are only 200 words
long, might place their emphasis
on different attributes or qualities
in their essays. If every student has
access to the rubric, every student
knows where the "starting line" is, so
the chance of an applicant getting in
based on luck should be reduced.
3. To hold UBC accountable to
its legal obligations. Though the
university is required to comply
with FOI laws, they have sought to
seriously undermine students' right
to public documents, as illustrated by
their refusal to accept the rulings of
the BC Office of the Information and
Privacy Commissioner and the BC
Supreme Court. We see it as our duty
to act as a check on the university's
authority, especially when that
authority is being used illegally. 13
Read the full, unabridged rubric at
ubyssey.ca FEBRUARY 28, 2017 TUESDAY I   NEWS
Over 900 students call for change
to UBC meal plans and dining halls
Alex Nguyen
Senior Staff Writer
Started by a group of first-year
residents on February 16, a petition
calling for "change [to UBC's]
mandatory meal plans and dining
halls" has since garnered over 900
signatures. The petition was made
in response to numerous posts in the
UBC Class of 2020 Facebook group
complaining about the price and
quality of the dining halls' food.
"We are running out of our meal
plan because the food is expensive
... yet people found a pebble in their
omelette or a cup of oil in their
chow mein," said Maria Michouris,
one of the petition's organizers.
Michouris noted that while
the Minimum Plan is intended for
"students who dine on campus
occasionally on weekends," many
students who eat on campus more
frequently choose it because it is the
only rate they can afford.
Colin Moore, the director of food
service operations at UBC, cites the
pricing as necessary.
"We stand by our prices because
we prioritize local, organic and
top-quality ingredients," he said.
"The prices that we set are also
generally at market pricing and they
are impacted by the cost of doing-
business. We pay a living wage to
everyone who works for us."
The petition also demands
greater transparency from the
university, stating that students are
regularly being overcharged.
"Within my group of friends, five
of us were overcharged at least three
times in one week," said Markus
Lee, another first-year student and
petitioner. "They try to rush you
through [when it's busy] so you
don't want to be the person who
holds up the line by asking for the
According to Michouris, students
can check online to see how much
they have spent, but this doesn't
allow them to see a detailed list of
what they were charged for, offering-
no proof of being overcharged.
"Unless you notice it on the spot
with a receipt, there's no way for
you to complain and get your money
back," said Lee.
Moore acknowledged that there
has been some feedback about
students being charged incorrectly.
"I would encourage anybody
who thinks that they have been
overcharged to let the dining
halls' supervisors know about the
transaction and we can try to make
it right," said Moore. "They could
also let us know by filling out our
Spill The Beans survey."
The call for transparency
is further motivated by the
ambiguity surrounding the capital
improvement fund (CIF) and the
overhead fee, which together take
approximately 35 per cent from
the Minimum Plan. The petition's
organizers questioned whether
the money is being effectively used
given reports from Vancouver
Coastal Health showing that both
Place Vanier and Totem Park's
dining halls have incurred serious
'When any critical infraction is
flagged, we fix [it] immediately,"
said Moore. "I would prefer
that there wasn't any infraction,
but as part of running the food
business, we do have some
standard infractions to address.
However, we have elevated our
auditing standard well above what
Vancouver Coastal Health offers."
Regarding the fees, the CIF
is a non-refundable fee that is
used to do planned upgrades to
dining facilities such as building
"We don't expect immediate changes."
Orchard Commons. The overhead
fee goes towards "utility, repair,
administration and management
costs," but according to Moore,
students recover that overhead
through the discount they get from
spending their meal plan at the
dining halls.
Moving forward, there's a
tentative meeting between UBC
Food Services and the petition's
organizers to discuss the issue in
depth. The Residence Association
for first-year residences has also
created a survey to "gain data on
how first-year students feel about
[the] meal plan."
"Our aim for now is to get as
many people to sign our petition as
possible," said Michouris. "We need
around maybe 5,000 signatures,
which I think is possible because I
have talked to upper-years and they
are more than happy to sign the
"We don't expect immediate
changes," said Lee. "However, if
UBC could gradually transition
into something that would actually
benefit us more, that's something
we are hoping for because many
of us are still going to be living on
residence and we need a reliable
meal plan." U
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person. After all, true spirituality is about learning to love others. You will find that the more you pray, the
better you know yourself and the less mistakes you make. Pray for those you don't like and forgive others so
that it is easier to forgive yourself. Overcome your shyness, not by heavy drinking or by using drugs, but by
reminding yourself that we are all shy to some extent. In fact, shyness tends to be a result of self-awareness.
No one is better than anyone else, we all have our warts. Through prayer you will gain more self-knowledge
and understanding of how you fit into the world. The more you know about yourself, the calmer you will be
and the more hopeful you will be about the future. Hope and faith are wonderful assets and they will teach
you about love and laughter. You are about to come into your own so learn to pick up after yourself and
hang in there. You have yet to taste the best that life has to offer, be patient.
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Review: Dianne Reeves put
on a stunning performance
Rocio Hollman
Staff Writer
There is a reason why The New York
Times calls her "the most admired
jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah
Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie
Holiday." Dianne Reeves really is just
that good.
Those lucky enough to hear the
five-time Grammy award winner
were treated to a night of jazz
classics and retakes on contemporary
songs. The concert began with her
skilled quartet — Romero Lubambo
on guitar, Peter Martin on piano,
Reginald Veal on bass and Terreno
Gully on drums, playing a mostly
improvised jam which set up the
lively, smooth, ambient sound that
would continue throughout the
The first song they played was
Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" — yes,
the players-only-love-you when-
they're-playing "Dreams." If you
haven't heard Dianne Reeves's
rendition of it yet, what are you
waiting for? However, it was 10 times
better live. For starters, the band
started instrument-by-instrument,
layering on the musical lines so
that you felt as if you were hearing
a painting being created in front of
you. Then Reeves came in with an
entrance fit for the diva that she is,
belting out the lyrics in her powerful
yet effortless manner. The crowd —
initially subdued and somewhat shy
— was already falling under her spell.
Before the show began, the
audience was introduced to them
as Dianne Reeves and her quartet.
But I think that a more accurate
description would have been that of
a quintet due to the way that Reeves
uses her voice as an instrument on
its own. Often foregoing lyrics for
her trademark scatting, she breathed
in new life into classics and bent
contemporary melodies into new,
beautiful jazz renditions.
One of the highlights of the show
was when she sang her 1993 song,
"Nine." Not only is this song beautiful
on its own — with its delicate melody
and fast-paced phrasing — but also
her introduction was heartwarming,
funny and really buttered up the
crowd. Reeves described how
she chose the number nine, as it's
"the last age where you are only
one number" and then it keeps on
appearing at important times in
your life. This can be either when
you're 19 and excited to move onto
your 20s, or 49 and feeling like "you
got this." Although it sounds cheesy,
Reeves filled the room with chuckles
and her personality made the lyrics
even more touching.
I think that the show really hit
its stride after the intermission.
Even though it was already late in
the night, the audience was ready to
have more fun. One of the best parts
was Reeves' "tour" of the ensemble,
where she demonstrated her class
and technical skill by introducing
each member, describing how
they met and their talent, all while
improvising her way all over the
musical scale. For example, she
described how she and Romero —
her "brother from another mother"
— met while singing in Rio. She then
went onto assemble a party the
likes of those in Rio by singing and
beckoning the other players on stage.
The following songs definitely had
a hint of Latin fusion, and had the
audience busting a move or two.
Towards the end of the concert
was the final highlight of the night.
Putting her light up in the air, she
sang a transcending version of Mali
Music's "Beautiful." Bittersweet in
the current political context, Reeves
managed to convince the initially
timid sold-out crowd to wave their
iPhone "lighters" in the air and
playfully copy her riffs in a musical
version of Simon-Says. She ended
the song with the words "one note,
one voice, one people, one world, one
love" and I, along with the rest, was
all caught up in the emotions of a
truly stunning concert. *S1
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McLean began The Vinyl Cafe series in 1994. The show continued until November 2015, when he stopped to undergo treatment.
The Ubyssey remembers Stuart McLean
Natalie Morris, Samantha Searle,
Moira Wyton, Jack Hauen and
Samuel Du Bois
On Wednesday, February 15,
Stuart McLean — writer and radio
host — passed away after a battle
with melanoma, for which he had
been undergoing treatment since
2015. Many of us at The Ubyssey
were raised listening to his show,
The Vinyl Cafe, and are deeply
saddened by his loss.
To celebrate his legacy, we
thought we'd put together some
of our memories and thoughts on
McLean and his increadible work.
In a lot of ways, Stuart McLean
was my first love. I grew up with
him and his stories. The Vinyl
Cafe was a staple in my life. Every
Sunday at noon on the dot, CBC
Radio would be on and Stuart's
voice filled our home. He was
there when I started to walk,
when I entered school, when I
had my first crush and my first
heartbreak. He was with me
always. Even now, when I think
of home, I think of snowy Sunday
mornings listening to his voice
unraveling another story of Dave,
Morley and the kids.
I can remember sitting at
the table, watching my mom
in the kitchen as I held a hot
chocolate, listening with her. I
remember the three Christmas
specials I went to with my
family. I remember listening
to Sam getting lost in Quebec
City. I remember listening to
Dave cooking that turkey and
Stephanie start university. I
remember sitting in Salish house
in Totem in my own first year,
following his stories while I
worried over midterms and boys.
Never have I felt so Canadian as
when I was listening to Stuart
McLean's soothing tones.
When he cancelled his
Christmas tour in 2015,1 felt like
that season had lost a little bit of
its sparkle. When I read about his
passing, I knew Canada had lost
one of its brightest.
So long for now, Stuart, but
you'll be in our hearts forever.
Two years ago, I picked up a
book called Extreme Vinyl Cafe.
It was my first encounter with
Stuart McLean and his wonderful
characters, and I instantly fell
in love with his stories. Every
one of them made me smile and
since then, I've gone out of my
way to read and listen to more
of his works. Although I am sad
that he is gone, I'm happy that
he has left a lasting legacy that
will be remembered by so many
Canadians. Stuart McLean will live
on through his stories.
Stuart McLean was the most
controversial topic in my family.
My grandparents loved him. My
parents loved him. My sister was
indifferent. I was bored. When
my grandparents gifted our family
of four with tickets to see his live
Christmas show when I was in
eighth grade, my parents shot stern
glances my way to make sure I said
a gracious thank you. My sister and
I bonded over our shared horror at
the thought of dressing up to watch
a man sit in a chair and speak to an
audience of thousands.
Despite our disagreement on
listening choices, my family's living-
room, our car, my room —they all
became The Vinyl Cafe. I used to sit
in the back of my family's van, my
dog's muddy paws all over my thighs,
listening to Stuart McLean drone
on and on as I fell asleep. His voice
became the soundtrack to a complete
sense of familial belonging.
After his death, I'm now
realizing that it wasn't his stories
that mattered to us. Every laugh
elicited by my parents at one of
Dave and Morley's difficulties
as we flew down a two-lane
highway taught me more about
their marriage. My grandparents'
muted sighs when characters
discussed growing old revealed to
me how fragile they sometimes felt.
Shared looks with my sister when
the cassette went in often said
more than words could
Stuart McLean did not teach me
about my family. He taught me how
to listen to them — and I would
gladly relive my pre-teen boredom
to feel that sense of wholeness
McLean was the sound of my
childhood, adolescence and
adulthood. Canada has lost a point
on its maple leaf.
Stuart McLean and The Vinyl
Cafe were synonymous with
long summer car rides and lazy
afternoons spent reading the paper,
drawing and playing board games.
His warm, amiable voice became a
character in my life whose humour
and wisdom I would always go
to when I needed to escape the
frustrations of being a bored high-
schooler in a boring town.
In the scalding heat of the
Ontario summer, when I was
working a long and unpleasant job
at the local golf course, I would
sneak precious minutes of his show
when no one was around. His
stories were a precious escape that
rescued me from hours of mind-
numbing boredom.
Stuart was a writer like no
other. He roamed across a massive,
sprawling country populated by
clusters of people who often times
could not seem more dissimilar, and
found in all of them a commonality
— that intangible quality that makes
us all proudly Canadian. Stuart
showed me that even in the simplest
and quietest towns, there can still be
great stories and wonderful people.
In every one of the monologues that
began his live shows, Stuart observed
the most poetic and deeply human
parts of places that most of us would
drive through without looking twice.
He helped me to appreciate and love
the country that I've spent most of
my life in, oftentimes wishing that I
was elsewhere and for that, I will be
forever thankful.
With his death, Canada loses
one of its greatest talents. Stuart
McLean not only observed the best
of our country, but also contributed
to it with a magnificent legacy of
literature and radio. You will be
missed on those car rides, lazy
weekends and at Christmas when
we cook the turkey and think of
Dave trying to do the same. "SI FEBRUARY 28, 2017 TUESDAY I   CULTURE
A guide to hunting for vinyl in Vancouver
Salomon Micko Benrimoh
Senior Staff Writer
Video killed the radio star and it
would seem that most trends from
the 1960s, 70s and 80s stayed in
the 20th century. The same isn't
true for vinyl records. After going-
through a long period of descent in
1990s and 2000s as a result of the
rise of the CD and digital music,
vinyls have made a great comeback.
As of January, the vinyl industry
crept to over $1 billion in value —
a huge milestone largely thanks
to inexpensive record players
and vintage vinyls, and exposure
in large chain stores like Urban
Outfitters and HMV (RIP).
The vinyl industry is valued
higher than most free streaming-
services, so the demand is
obviously there. The supply is too,
but shopping for records can still
be a little tricky. The first thing to
avoid is getting records at major
stores (even Hudson's Bay sells
vinyl now) and to instead support a
local record store.
There are countless shops
nestled into the nooks and crannies
of Vancouver, so here's a little guide
outlining some of the best this city
has to offer.
Dandelion Records may not have
the biggest location, but they take
advantage of it. Columns upon
columns of records take up almost
all of the floor space, except at the
front where you can buy different
artisanal goodies ranging from
ornaments to locally produced
candies and honey.
The shop has been around for
around eight years, making it one
of the oldest shops on its street,
with an extremely convenient
location on Main Street, right near
Broadway and a 99 B-Line stop.
The best part about Dandelion
is the variety. If your musical tastes
range outside the most popular
genres and regions, then this is the
place for you to shop. There are
rows upon rows of records of every
type of music that you can name,
from just about any place on Earth.
When I went the first time, I
picked up a vintage Iggy Pop record
that was in great shape, as well as
an old copy of Blizzard ofOz. I got
both for $20, which was surprising-
considering the fact that punk and
metal records are way harder to
come by than other genres from
the time.
It's kind of hard to comprehend
how they're able to fit thousands of
records into such a tight space, but
they find a way. In fact, there are so
many records that not all of them
have been catalogued and priced.
This isn't anything to worry about
because the owners at Dandelion
will give you more than a fair offer.
Red Cat Records is one of the more
recognized names in the Vancouver
vinyl market, having two stores and
being independently owned since
its founding just over a decade ago.
Both locations offer great variety in
terms of new releases and vintage
records. Each location boasts a
sizable collection of both Vinyls
Pictured above, Zulu Records features a diverse collection of vinyl, including a nice selection of older records, which they are constantly adding to.
and CDs (for all you 90s lovers).
Red Cat also sells concert tickets
for any midsize show in the city, so
basically anything that isn't at BC
Place or Rogers Arena.
Going and picking up the tickets
at the store actually lets you skip on
certain fees and charges depending
on the venue and artist.
Back to vinyls, Red Cat is the
perfect shop if you're a newbie to
the whole trend. They sell a variety
of turntables, and tend to keep a
solid collection of the foundation
records that every collector needs
such as old Zeppelin records or
Hotel California.
Another plus to this shop is how
neatly the records are organized
and how the vintage vinyls are
kept in incredibly good condition.
Some of the records that are over
30 years old look like they're
almost new — something that still
flabbergasts me.
The prices are also incredibly
fair, with most vintage records
priced around the $8-10 range.
Plus, the newer releases are never
marked up from their original
price, which is something you tend
to see in other shops and especially
department stores that try to sell a
handful of records.
Zulu Records is probably the oldest
name when it comes to record
stores in Vancouver. The shop has
been around for the last 35 years,
having opened in 1981, and features
a diverse collection including a
pretty good range of smaller seven-
inch discs. There is a nice mix of
new releases and older records of
which they are constantly buying.
There's also a huge discount
section where you can pick up a
ton of records for a low price. They
might not be the most well-known
artists, but it's a good way to
discover something new and save
money. They also have an extensive
CD and DVD collection for you to
The best part about Zulu has to
be the way everything is organized
by genre. The systematic approach
the shop owners took leaves you
finding what you're looking for
in no time. The prices are fair too
and you're bound to find some
hidden gems for under $10.
Like Red Cat, Zulu also sells
concert tickets for most shows
across the city. It's also a great
place to go if you're just starting
a collection, as they do sell some
good vintage vinyl players and
equipment at fair prices.
When going to Vinyl Records
on Hastings, one must bring
two things. The first is a stuffed
wallet, and the second is a
bucket to carry your brain which
exploded when you first walked
in and saw the store.
This place is no joke and it
carries over 50,000 pieces of
vinyl at its Gastown location. It's
one thing to have a shitload of
records, it's a whole other thing
to have everything you could
possibly be looking for. There
are so many records that owner
David Jones had to not only
have a Beatles section, but also a
separate section for every damn
album the Beatles dropped. There
are so many copies of classics that
some are put into a sale section in
the front of the store just to make
To put it in perspective, it took
me at least a year to find a vintage
copy of Dark Side of the Moon.
This place had at least five on the
shelves. There is even variety in
the pressings — the first visit to
this shop yielded a Japanese copy
of The Clash. Punk records are
hard to find, The Clash's records
are very hard to find and good
conditions of Japanese pressings
on this side of the Pacific are
incredibly hard to find. Add all
three of these things together and
you can get why I said to bring
your wallet stuffed.
This is the place to go to if
you are really having a hard time
finding a certain record. It's also
great if you've just started because
you'll be able to stock up on some
of the classics and necessities that
any good collection needs.
A plus is that David Jones has
a show on CiTR called African
Rhythms, which has aired every
Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. for the
last 23 years.
There you have it — a guide to
some of the best vinyl shops that
Vancouver has to offer. Now get
out there and start collecting
because let's be honest, a vinyl
collection is that last thing-
separating you from being the
inevitable Vancouverite hipster
that you're bound to become.
Happy vinyl-hunting. *SI
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Ask Natalie: I think my friends are secretly
hooking up — why won't they just tell me?
Natalie Morris
Advice Columnist
"Dear Natalie,
It's the second term of school but
I still haven't made any friends
(I'm a freshman). My dorm is
okay, but I'm not really clicking
with anyone and the clubs I've
joined aren't really working out
either so I'm not sure what to
Don't give up hope! There's no
time limit on when friendships can
be made. Join other clubs you're
interested in (check out The Ubyssey
too!) and try to go regularly. Going
constantly is how people get to know
you and people getting to know you
is how friendships are made!
You won't always hit a home run
with friendships, but you will one
day! Sometimes you just stumble
into the best friendships. One of my
best friends just happened to be an
assigned roommate. I know it sucks
now, but if you keep looking for
friendships, you will find them!
Don't limit yourself to just the
university either. Our campus may
hold 40,000 people, but Vancouver
has 600,000 more. Do something
that takes you outside campus, or at
least your room.
You can do it!
"Is it okay to miss a friend's
birthday party if I have a lot of
homework? I know it sounds
shitty, but I have a lot of stuff on
my plate and I can't really bring
myself to go."
You 100 per cent don't have to go.
We all just can't manage everything
sometimes. What's always most
important is your mental health
and well-being. If you're too busy or
stressed to go, I'm sure your friend
will understand.
One thing that you might think
about though is how much going out
might help with your stress. Doing
the same things over and over can
really grate on how much you can do.
Taking a brain break can really help
your studying. If it's only an hour
or two, your friend's birthday party
might help both your mood and the
quality of your work.
Of course, if you just need to
pound out an essay or some readings
as a one-time, due-tomorrow, I-only-
kind of thing, then missing one
party shouldn't be too much of a
big deal on your friendship. Friends
understand when friends need to get
some shit done.
"I'm pretty sure that two of my
friends are hooking up behind
everyone's back. I don't really care
(it's not my business who sleeps
with who) but I'm a little bummed
that they're hiding it from us. I
think we'd all be supportive of
them together if they did tell us.
The only thing would be if/when
they break up. It will be awkward
"Friends can be lovers and lovers can be friends. Let them figure out their own stuff."
then, but they shouldn't let the
fear of the unknown future stop
them, right?"
Whoa, slow down there cowboy.
One reason they might not be telling
you is because you seem to assume
hooking up is equivalent to dating.
Unless they have the "going steady"
talk, they're not dating. They could
have had this talk already and
decided to want to keep it casual.
There's nothing wrong with that, but
it does make it awkward when your
friends start coupling the two of you
up all the time when you decided
against that.
Or maybe they're just really flirty.
It's happened to me a few times
where people have assumed I was
with someone because we were
getting along so well. Maybe their
friendly banter looks like flirting.
Maybe they view each other as
Hell, maybe they are together and
they just don't want to tell anyone
for some reason. This is valid too.
Maybe they will soon, but they need
to figure out some things first.
Leave them be, and if or when
they come to you with this piece of
information, you'll know it's because
they wanted to and not because
someone shouted it out over sushi
one night. Friends can be lovers
and lovers can be friends. Let them
figure out their own stuff. 1H
Need advice? Contact Natalie
anonymously at asknatalie@ubyssey
ca or at ubyssey.ca/advice and have
your questions answered!
Their Campus: Making fast friendships in East Anglia
"First-year me had this picture in her head that some of the best times in school would be made somewhere else."
Margarita De Guzman
I always knew that studying abroad
was something that I wanted to
do. First-year me had this picture
in her head that some of the best
times in school would be made
somewhere else. It's not that I
didn't like UBC, but that first year
was lonelier than I initially thought
it would be. I regret that I hadn't
joined any clubs, associations,
sororities, sports or rec teams that
year. I was part of UBC Collegia
— the supposed "home away from
home" for commuter students like
myself — but unfortunately my
timetable didn't allow much time
for me to visit as often as I would've
Flash forward to me now in my
third year — happy with my major,
dedicated to the UBC A Capella
club, involved in a rec volleyball
team and working a job on campus.
Since it took me longer than I
thought to develop a solid network
of relationships at UBC, I suddenly
became nervous about going to the
UK for six months where I would
have to start from scratch all over
Thankfully, I ended up
having nothing to worry about.
Orientation week for all the study
abroad students at the University
of East Anglia provided plenty of
opportunities for us to socialize
with each other, which everyone
was desperate to do. By the end of
that first week, we were all able
to form our own circles: bonding-
over playing tourist in the city,
going to pubs and planning nights
out. Since we're only staying here
for half a year, we all seem to be
putting extra effort into creating
close friendships right away as
compared to back home where I
took my time to develop the same
closeness with people.
It has, however, been harder
to make friends with the students
who are locals. Since programs
are much smaller and focused
here, most have already made
their established group of friends.
Just like it is in UBC, it's a bit
difficult to make friends during
a lecture too. My flatmates have
been nothing but lovely to me,
inviting me out with them a
couple of nights, but there is still
a sense of being on the outside
since I have a harder time relating
to their British experiences. With
my a cappella background from
home, I decided to join the Glee
Showchoir on campus. But again,
I have only been able to make
friends with the other new kids to
the group.
The obvious pattern seems to be
that most of us tend to make friends
with those whom have similar life
experiences to us. The tricky bit
that I'm hoping to overcome is
getting to know the people who are
more different from me. 1H
Margarita De Guzman is a third-year
arts student who is studying abroad
at the University of East Anglia.
"Buying coffee from Loafe is like walking
by an Abercrombie and Fitch store."
Op-ed: We
that Loafe
hires from
a Ralph
Samuel Du Bois
Culture Editor
We here at The Ubyssey are avid
coffee drinkers. Almost every day
is punctuated with a "want to get
coffee?" when we get bored and
need that sweet, frothy fix. Usually
we go to Uppercase, but on those
occasions when we really want to
treat ourselves, we go to Loafe.
Sure, the coffee is great and the
food delicious, if also overpriced.
Yet, there is also the significant
plus of being served coffee by what
surely must be the most attractive
gathering of people on campus
since Ryan Reynolds and Blake
Lively stopped by for coffee and a
stroll. Shout out to that guy with
red hair, whose chiseled jaw and
well-combed hair belong on an
advert for an Irish singles website.
Also a shoutout to the blonde-
haired lady who never has to ask,
"what was your order again?"
Buying coffee from Loafe is
like walking by an Abercrombie
& Fitch store with far more
doughnuts and without the sleazy
So congratulations, employees
of Loafe. You are all beautiful
people whose warm, attractive
smiles and genuinely pleasant
personalities help to brighten our
long, sleep-deprived days. Keep
being the unreasonably perfect
human beings that you are, but
maybe lower the price of that food.
My wallet can only take so many
breakfast sandwiches. "SI
Samuel Du Bois is a fourth-year arts
student and culture editor for The
Ubyssey. SCIENCE
Three UBCers shortlisted to become CSA astronauts
Neha Sree Tadepalli
In June 2016, for the fourth time
in Canadian space history, the
Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
launched a call for potential
astronauts. Of those that applied,
three UBC faculty/alumni were
selected for the 72-person
Four thousand applicants
answered this call for two spots
to join the next class of Canadian
space explorers. However, the
requirements were numerous and
this vast group of applicants was
slowly whittled down.
Here is an overview of some
of the basic requirements. The
applicant must have permanent
resident status in Canada, be
proficient in English or French
(having both is an asset), a
minimum of a bachelor's degree
in STEM or a doctorate degree in
medicine/dentistry, three years of
professional experience, as well as
an indicated proficiency in various
scientific and/or technical tasks.
There are also various physical
requirements with very specific
restrictions in regards to height,
weight, blood pressure and more.
Of course, there are also some
of those keywords that are thrown
around for everything from
university applications to coffee
shop job interviews — integrity,
judgement, resourcefulness and
After a battery of exams,
physical test and aptitude exams,
three UBCers made the cut.
"It's really just about exploring"
said Federley, a chemistry
professor at UBCO when asked
about why he decided to apply to
the astronaut selection campaign
this summer. "Growing up, I
would always ask myself these
questions — T wonder what that
is like, I wonder what it feels like,
I wonder what you could do with
it' and of course the ultimate
question, 'I wonder if I would be
able to do it.'"
Federley said that as many
children do, he always dreamed
about one day becoming an
astronaut and kept a continuous
eye on the CSA. When the timing
lined up well both career-wise
and life-wise for this recruitment
campaign, he knew he had to take
this chance.
Federley is a licensed pilot,
avid skydiver, mountaineer
and rock climber. He attributes
his ability to engage in these
activities while maintaining a
successful professional life to
opportunities provided by UBCO.
"I kind of refer to this area
(UBC) as an astronaut training
facility because ... we have this
phenomenal opportunity to seek
out and actually engage in those
exploratory activities on a daily
basis," said Federley.
This love of exploration
and adventure, combined with
his scientific interests and his
interest in educating, cemented
his decision to apply.
"Everything has been
incredibly well-organized and
All three UBCers are medical doctors though you do not need a medical degree to become an astronaut.
very well-informed, and they have
done an absolutely phenomenal
job putting this whole process
together," said Federley.
He described being selected
for the shortlist as an amazing-
"I really feel very honoured,
and it's a tremendous feeling
to just to even be put on that
list with these extraordinary
individuals. It has been a surreal
time in my life," he said.
For Koehle, a practicing
physician-scientist and associate
professor at UBC Vancouver,
becoming an astronaut isn't
something he ever expected to
"As a kid, it's kind of up there
with mermaid and NHL hockey
player," he said.
However, planned or
unplanned, Koehle's career lined
up well with the recruitment
specifications. He was a
scientist studying the impact of
stress on human bodies in various
environments, a sport and exercise
physician who had practiced in
many rural and remote areas with
limited resources — such as the
Arctic, the Himalayas and remote
areas of Africa — as well as an avid
scuba diver and pilot.
"When the call went around and
basically said, 'Hey, we're looking-
for pilots, scientists and doctors,' I
thought, 'Okay, well I can check
those boxes and it was certainly
of interest to me [so let's] see
what happens here,'" said Koehle.
That sentiment is still evident
in Koehle. When asked what the
most surprising or interesting part
of the selection process has been
so far, he semi-joked that he hasn't
"been kicked out — yet."
"When the call
went around
and basically
said, 'Hey, we're
looking for
pilots, scientists
and doctors,' I
thought, 'Okay,
well I can check
those boxes and
of interest to me
[so let's] see what
happens here,'"
—Dr. Michael
He also said one element that
is continually stressed during
the process is the importance of
communication and teamwork.
"It's not so much about
leadership as it is about
'followership.' You're being given
instructions, and you and your
team are meant to follow them
to the best of your collective
ability — you are not supposed
to take charge and be this bright
visionary scientist."
Koehle also mentioned
that the experience has been
"fascinating," but one of the
highlights so far has been meeting
the other candidates.
"It has been really great to
meet [the other] shortlisted
candidates because they are all,
kind of in their own way, rock
stars," he said.
Another highlight has been
that the whole process has been
a huge learning experience and
that is one of the key things that
actually drew him to apply.
"It is something that I never
really stopped thinking about,"
said Tansley. "I think most people
grow out of it when they are
about six. You no longer say it out
loud because you don't want to be
that guy that's an adult and still
wants to be an astronaut."
Tansley began his career at
UBC, first obtaining a bachelor
of science in cell biology and
genetics, and then attending
UBC's Northern Medical
Program for his medical degree.
He then began his general
surgery residency at Dalhousie,
but always "had an interest in
remote and rural medicine and
resource health care for rural
and remote areas." He then took
dedicated research time that
involved those fields, achieving two
master's degrees in the process. He
is currently finishing his general
surgery residency.
Tansley recalled being in
high school and flipping through
astronaut profiles online.
"Astronauts just seemed to always
be these really well-rounded, diverse
individuals," he said.
Tansley took inspiration from
this. While his professional research
interests were "elated to delivery
of healthcare in austere settings,"
his recreational interests were
back-country exploration such as
mountaineering, rock climbing and
long distance running. Although, this
meant that finding ways to merge
his recreational interests with his
academic interests was always a bit
of a challenge. Being an astronaut
was just an interesting way of doing-
it, as it combines his love of discovery
and exploration with scientific and
technical elements.
"I made sure to look at it as an
amazing experience regardless of
the outcome because that is sort of
the thing that you have to do when
you are dealing with this kind of
situation," said Tansley in regards
to the selection process.
"You meet some of these
[candidates] and you feel further
away from being an astronaut
than you have ever been before.
It is the most humbling group of
individuals I have ever had the
privilege to meet."
"I think most
people grow out
of it when they
are about six. You
no longer say it
out loud because
you don't want to
be that guy that's
an adult and still
wants to be an
—Dr. Gavin
Federley, Koehle and Tansley
all share a similar message of
working hard and taking chances.
"I think that the main thing that
I have learned through this —
meeting these people — is that
if you work hard and there is
something that you want bad
enough, it is entirely manageable
to obtain," said Tansley. 1H 10   I   SCIENCE   I   TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Magnetic sponges could be
the future of drug delivery
The implants can give the right dose of the right drug at the right time.
Sean Wong
Having trouble keeping all of your
medication straight? Your worries
could soon be a thing of the past.
Researchers have developed a
magnetic implant that is capable
of delivering drugs to very small
and specific parts of the body. This
technology could offer an efficient
alternative for those who struggle
with a number of different pills or
injections on a daily basis.
The device is composed of
a silicone sponge reservoir and
magnetic iron that is wrapped in a
thin membrane. Drugs are loaded
into the sponge and the device
is surgically implanted into the
treatment area.
How does it work?
'You bring a magnet up to the
device and [the sponge] deforms,
and it spits out a little bit of drug-
loaded solution into the local tissue
area," said Dr. John Jackson, a
researcher scientist the faculty of
pharmaceutical sciences.
This device is especially relevant
for patients with conditions that may
require variable drug dosing and
timing. For example, after surgical
removal of a tumour, chemotherapy
drugs are often administered to
eliminate any remaining cancerous
tissue. This device could allow
physicians to easily alter dosage in
response to a patient's progress.
"That's the objective," said
Jackson. "To have an on-demand,
controlled release system."
This technology is particularly
alluring, as it has the potential
to minimize toxic side effects
of chemotherapy drugs while
improving patient outcomes.
"The advantage of that is that
you're not giving a cytotoxic [toxic to
cells] drug intravenously to a patient
with all the toxic side effects. If you
can locate the device right at the site
of action, you can release enough
local drug — but if any of that
disperses through the bloodstream,
it will get diluted so much [that] it
won't cause any toxic side effects to
the body," said Jackson.
There are similar implants
currently being developed that
are triggered through alternative
methods such as temperature,
electricity or light. However, it seems
that this unique magnetic activation
method has multiple advantages.
"It's completely safe, you can
do it remotely and you don't need
power," said Ali Shademani, a
PhD student in the biomedical
engineering program and co-author
of the paper. 'You can still precisely
control the dosage that you want to
be introduced."
The device was tested in
animal tissue with docetaxel, a
chemotherapy drug that is often
used for prostate and breast cancers.
While this technology is still early in
development, it maybe a huge asset
to healthcare in the future. "SI
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Some channels aren't afraid to cover heavy topics — from erections to drug use.
Nerdy YouTube channels that'll
make you really fun at parties
Koby Michaels
Science Editor
Sorry, Bill Nye — it's time to move
over. (Just kidding. I love you Bill).
A few week ago, we published
a list of nerdy books that would
make you an annoying know-it-all
at parties. We forgot that it's 2017
and no one reads anymore. So in
the spirit of your 21-st century,
goldfish-sized attention spans, we
put together a list of our favourite
nerdy YouTube channels.
Make us proud and annoy
everyone at your next party with
these facts.
Okay, maybe this one isn't purely
science, but it's close enough.
Tom Scott travels to places
around the world and tells short,
often historical, stories about
seemingly unimportant things.
From the origins of the Bluetooth
symbol to a town without wifi,
Scott will tell you all about things
you might not know (but should).
I know you hated physics in
high school — it was boring-
chalk equations on a blackboard.
MinutePhysics is neither. With
a whiteboard, some markers
and a little animation, creator
Henry Reich explains concepts
in physics, astronomy and
engineering in easily digestible
and interesting three(ish) minute
In the same vein as
MinutePhysics, AsapSCIENCE
creators and power-couple
Mitch Moffit and Greg Brown
take on science concepts from
hallucinogens to how to wake up
without coffee. AsapSCIENCE
isn't afraid to take on more, um,
adult topics like orgasms and
whether you should shave your
pubes or not.
They also have a second
channel, AsapTHOUGHT, which
they describe as "science with a
social conscious."
"Learning should be fun," or so
brothers John and Hank Green
The brothers behind
everything from SciShow (which
is next on our list) to vlogbrothers
and The Fault in Our Stars comes
Crash Course, a YouTube channel
with almost 700 educational
videos. Crash Course breaks
down their videos into playlists
of different topics — from history,
to science, to literature, to
While some of the videos are
high school focused, they can
definitely help out with 100 (and
maybe some 200) level courses.
Another John Green endeavour
focusing on education and science,
SciShow explains science's news
and concepts. While they focus on
new and noteworthy research, the
channel also dispels science myths
and answers science-y questions,
sometimes even from viewers.
While Vsauce isn't strictly about
science, it'll definitely give you
things to talk about (and bore people
with). Host Michael Stevens takes
big ideas (think human extinction
and the moon kind of big) and
works through them, explaining the
science, philosophy and thoughts
behind these topics. It's a channel
full of thought experiments, in-real-
life experiments and the occasional
guest. Just be ready to have your
mind blown.
I have a love-hate relationship with
Kurzgesagt. On one hand, their
videos are gorgeous, amazingly-
told and super interesting. But you
have to wait so long for the next
one because the videos are so
meticulously produced, they take
forever to come out.
As much as I love to hate the
channel, you can't really stay mad at
it. Their videos cover topics across
the scientific perceptive and while
they aren't unified in theme or
built into curriculum like Crash
Course, it doesn't matter. Pick
one at random and find yourself
sucked down an (educational and
colourful) YouTube black hole.
Women are underrepresented
in science. Unfortunately, this
problem seems to have been
transmitted to the YouTube
science community and this list
(yup, we suck). That's not why
I picked The Brain Scoop — I
picked it because it is awesome.
Emily Graslie hosts the show,
works for the Field Museum of
Natural History in Chicago and
has a masters in museum studies.
Graslie and Brain Scoop
focus on biology, conversation
and ecology (and use museum
specimens as props), but the
show covers everything from the
origins of humans to how to deal
with periods on field expeditions.
Think math is boring? I
agree. Well, I did until I saw
Numberphile. The channel is
all about numbers (duh) but in
a way you've never seen before.
Whether it's printing out a mile
of pi or explaining how to tie your
shoes really fast, Numberphile
is unlike any math you've seen
How hard do you think it is to
ride a bicycle that has its controls
backwards? Doesn't sound so
hard right? Wrong, and engineer
and Smarter Every Day host
Destin Sandlin proves it. Sandlin
explores the world around us
through science, explaining-
concepts with experiments and
demonstrations. Plus, watching
people fall off a backwards bike
repeatedly is hilarious. "SI SPORTS+REC
Read the full article online at
1. What has been the bestteam
of the semester so far?
2. Despite all winter semester
teams making the playoffs,
were there still teams that
disappointed you?
3. Give some words of wisdom
that will helpthem next year.
4. In the darkest timeline, when
you're not participating in this
noble profession we all know
as journalism, what sport would
you play?
5. Who is the coach that you
respect the most and why?
\ J-
No question, it's women's
hockey. Their 15-game winning streak had me shook.
I really thought men's hockey
could rally in the playoffs,
pull off some huge upsets
and be real league contenders this year... it's just not
the Cinderella story I was
Don't let go of Butenschon.
Have faith in him and the
team he is trying to build.
Trust the process. The team
would really benefit from a
little stability.
You know, before my
career-ending injury of 2012,
I was breaking ankles and
serving some sick handles
on the court. I'd probably be
a non-starting power guard
Doug Reimer led his team
to six consecutive national
titles between 2008 and
2013, and made the team a
perennial contender in the
U Sport nationals. I have so
much respect for that guy.
Samantha McCabe
Koby Michaels
Actually a tough choice!
Women's hockey is beast, as
always, but men's basketball
has rebounded as a top-tier
competitor. Gonna have to
give it to the boys.
As someone who got their
start at The Ubyssey by
covering men's hockey, I am
used to perennial disappointment on that front. But
they finally pulled off the
Winter Classic win!
Chip'n chase. Don't let
Hewitt get signed by the
The Thunderbirds!
Men's hockey.
You don't tell me how to do
my job, I won't tell you how to
do yours.
Soccer is a great stress-reliever.
Men's basketball is hard to beat
with a 26-4 overall record except
maybe if you're the women's
hockey. But then basketball
dropped the ball and my University of Manitoba friends shoved it
in myface. So women's hockey.
I'm still disappointed that
we didn't win back-to-back
Vanier Cups.
Win the Vanier Cup so The
Ubyssey can cover it and
have people read the sports
section again.
Hotdog-eating. It's in my
Deb Huband. She's been
here forever, she's a winning
machine and her players
have the utmost respect
for her. I can think of no one
better for the Basketball BC
Hall of Fame.
Any coach that can corral
hungover university students into athleticism is
alright in my book.
Brian Crowley. MHS shout-
Samuel Du Bois
Frankly, my favourite team of
the season is Team Edward
... it is clear that Robert Pat-
tinson won at the long game
by actually having an acting
career after the Twilight
The greatest weakness of
the 'Birds is when they fuck
up passing the old pigskin
down centre-field in violation
ofall-purpose yardage
through a faulty pass attempt
See thou character. Give thy
thoughts no tongue, Nor any
unproportioned thought his
act. Be thou familiar, but by
no means vulgar... Farewell:
my blessing season this in
I am an aggressive and highly competitive practicer of
the sport known as billiards.
Coaches remind me of my
traumatic past as someone
who was terrible at gym. They
are the scourge of the Earth
and when the fires of reckoning come, they shall be the
first that I cast into the abyss!
UBC beats Huskies in Canada West semi-final
By winning the series, the 'Birds earned a berth to the U Sport national championship.
Bill Situ
Senior Staff Writer
The UBC women's hockey
team won two games against
the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies in the Canada West semifinals.
The first game of the weekend
ended in a 2-0 win for the 'Birds,
with goals from Mathea Fischer and
Madison Patrick in the first and final
frames respectively. Fourteen saves
by UBC's goaltender Amelia Boughn
secured the team's seventh shutout
of the season.
With UBC leading 1-0 in the
series, the Huskies equalized in the
second game with a 1-0 win, forcing
a third game. The goal happened
a little over two minutes into the
game when Saskatchewan's Rachel
Johnson buried a rebound off of
teammate Bailee Bourassa. Despite
UBC's loss, shots on goal were 23-17
in favour of the 'Birds.
"We thought it was going to be
easy, and we took the foot off the
gas and just relaxed a bit. We came
out a little flat and [Saskatchewan]
jumped on us," said UBC head coach
Graham Thomas.
After a win and a loss, the 'Birds'
moment of triumph came on Sunday
night with a 3-1 victory.
UBC was first to get onto the
scoreboard a little over four minutes
into the first frame, when fifth-
year forward Haneet Parhar put it
home on a sharp-angle shot after a
deflection off of teammate Kathleen
Eight minutes later, the 'Birds
doubled their lead to 2-0. This time,
the goal went to Kelly Murray. She
managed to shoot the puck past
traffic in the attacking zone and
beat Huskies goalkeeper Cassidy
As the period winded down to
the final three minutes, the Huskies'
Alyssa Dobler cut the 'Birds' lead in
half with a shot from the slot.
After three goals in the first
frame, the game went scoreless
until the final five seconds.
Desperate to make up some ground,
Saskatchewan pulled Hendricks
from the net for an extra attacker.
But Nicole Saxvik — who led UBC in
scoring during the regular season —
was able to find the empty net and
secure the 3-1 win.
"We talked about... battling- and
competing hard, and that's what
we did," said Thomas. "I give the
Huskies a lot of credit. They played
really hard and they played really
Thomas was especially proud of
his senior players and the amount of
leadership they displayed over the
"I'm just really proud of our
senior group. We really relied on
our seniors and our veteran group.
Our leaders were just phenomenal,
so that carried us through and
we're really proud of them," said
Thomas. %
UBC will now face the University of
Alberta Pandas in the Canada West
finals which begin on March 4.
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Men's basketball falls to
Manitoba in 98-96 loss
The'Birds came close to keeping their hopes alive, only to lose it in overtime.
Qingsheng Qiu
The UBC men's basketball team
lost game one of the Canada
West quarter-finals against the
University of Manitoba Bisons on
Friday night. After the close 75-79
result, the 'Birds had been backed
into a corner in their own home.
The team had to win the
second game on Saturday night to
avoid elimination. They came so
very close to keeping their hopes
alive, only to lose it in a ridiculous
overtime shootout.
UBC's A.J. Holloway drew a
foul to open the game but missed
both free throws. Bisons' Justus
Alleyn caught fire early and
scored half of his team's points in
the first quarter.
Conor Morgan — Canada
West's leading scorer this season
— committed early fouls, and
was out of the game for most of
the first half. The 'Birds' offence
centred around post-up and
attacking the basket throughout
the game. Offensive rebounds gave
the UBC tons of second chances
as well.
But free-throw woes continued
for the 'Birds in the first half, as
they only made 8 of 15 attempts
from the charity stripe. Ilarion
Bonhomme's quickness and play-
making gave the Bisons an edge.
Still, they found it hard to counter
the size and athleticism of the
T-Birds. It was a tightly matched
game with Manitoba leading by
two going into halftime break.
The second half was even
more competitive, as both teams
went over foul limits within the
first five minutes. The 'Birds kept
attacking the basket and wreaking
havoc on the glass, while the
Bisons moved the ball beautifully
and created easy buckets.
Jordan Jensen-Whyte
dominated in the paint by
steamrolling opponents, and went
to the line five times. UBC forward
Patrick Simon filled the void left
by Morgan's absence by putting up
21 points, and was deadly beyond
the three-point line.
The Thunderbirds overcame
a four-point deficit in 35 seconds.
This came after a stretch that
saw five field goals scored by
both teams, including- four
three-pointers. The game went
to overtime. Bonhomme's buzzer
beater was waived for being one
millisecond late.
Overtime was an emotional
roller coaster with the momentum
swinging like a pendulum. Morgan
tied the game at 95 with a clutch
three-pointer, and proceeded to
make a free throw to put the 'Birds
up by one.
When everyone thought the
victory was almost certain for
UBC, Basi made his way over
multiple screens, got open and
drilled in the dagger that ended
the T-Birds' playoff journey at 98-
96. The entire War Memorial gym
sank into disbelief and sorrow.
The Bisons completed the
sweep behind Bonhomme's 26
points and nine assists. Basi
knocked down the final three-
pointer with nine seconds left to
clinch the victory or the visiting-
team. Jensen-Whyte finished
the game with a game high of
33 points and 10 assists for the
T-Birds. His performances sent
the game to overtime and gave the
'Birds a one-point lead with 19
seconds left in overtime.
Every player gave it their all.
Although it was gut-wrenching to
watch UBC players choke on tears,
shrouded in disbelief and anger,
this was no doubt a great game.
"It's tough man. It's a great
year. Couple of things didn't go
our way," said Jensen-Whyte. "For
a couple of our guys, this is their
sophomore year and Manitoba is a
great team.
"I have nothing but respect for
my coach and the players. I have
nothing but love for this place." ^ FEBRUARY 28, 2017 TUESDAY I   SPORTS   I   13
ow do you go about traveling
when you're a broke college
kid? You get creative.
Being a fresh-faced
UBC student in my first year of
university, I definitely wanted to
explore as much of Vancouver as
possible. I also wanted to explore
the surrounding national parks, and
of course, Vancouver Island. My
Gage apartment does have quite the
impressive view, but it wouldn't cut it.
I actually needed to get out there and
experience what British Columbia has
to offer in person.
After some consideration, a
couple of roommates, friends and I
decided to plan a weekend getaway
to Vancouver Island. The best part
of going there was that it was dirt
cheap. Any hotel or hostel won't
cost you more than $35 a night.
After planning our trip, we came
up with a long weekend itinerary
that consisted of one night in
Nanaimo and one night in Tofino.
Nanaimo is a quaint coastal town,
but it's nothing compared to what
the rest of the island has to offer in
terms of sights and adventure.
At a point, we thought Nanaimo
was all we were going to see. This
was after we had been denied a
car by at least three different rental
agencies. We needed one to get
across the island from Nanaimo
because bus prices are downright
Luckily, we managed to get
ourselves a vehicle, and thank the
heavens for that. The drive from
Nanaimo to Tofino is a breathtaking
experience. The narrow road paved
into the mountainside overlooking
Kennedy Lake in the last stretch is
beyond amazing.
Finally getting to Tofino delved
us into the world of the small surf
town. As pretty as it seemed,
exploration would have to wait as
our accommodations for the night
lay across the strait, just off Mears
Island at the Lone Cone Mountain
We had to take a water taxi to the
island where the hotel is. The price
of using it is included in the price of
stay (about $30 per night), so don't
worry about paying extra.
After finally reaching the furthest
point of our trip and seeing the
grounds of the hostels, we all had
one instant regret — why in the
world did we book only one night
at this place? We rushed to throw
our bags away in our rooms so that
we could catch a sunset that was
nothing short of majestic.
That night, we were treated with
freshly caught Dungeness crab
caught by some of the staff at Lone
Coast. The fresh meal was a much
needed change from a college diet
of pop-ramen and Nutella. After
stuffing ourselves, we relaxed in
Lone Cone's hot tub — a key amenity
to the place. Later, we sat around
a campfire with a guitar and beers.
To cap off the night, we stood and
looked up into the sky in complete
silence, marveling at the cluster of
stars above.
The next morning, we all woke up
fairly early. We had to leave early if
we wanted to visit Tofino and make
it back in time for the 6 p.m. ferry
back to Horseshoe Bay. We all still
managed to take advantage of at
least one or two of the activities that
Lone Cone had to offer — a list that
includes scenic hiking, kayaking,
stand-up paddling and more.
Eventually we had to leave, but
none of us wanted to. But a long
weekend is only so long and it's not
like we wanted our professors to
hate us more than they already did.
As we took the boat back to Tofino,
with the hostel slowing fading in the
distance, all I could think about was
when I was going to plan my next
trip back. Ill 14   I   SPORTS+REC   I   TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Here are the different dance groups and styles available to students to sign up for on campus.
The UBC Dance Club is one of the oldest
clubs on campus. The club was originally
part of the UBC Music Society back in 1919,
until it branched out to be its own club in
Their primary focus is Latin and standard
international ballroom dancing.
The club has boasted around 200 to 300
dancers each year for the past five years,
but its heyday was back in the 1980s, when
its membership was around 1,600.
According to club president Theresa
Bonardchuck, that period was the club at
its peak. However, due to the amount of
clubs that have sprouted up since then, its
popularity has waned.
The club's dynamic has also varied
throughout the years. In some years, the
club was more competition-focused while in
other years, it focused more on the social
side of things.
"This year we took the social approach,"
said Bonardchuck. "We really focused on
making sure there were enough social
dances that people can come out to."
Two of the largest events that the club
hosts are the team match and the holiday
ball. "Team match is held sometime in
October [or] early November, and has
several different teams who come together
to build a silly dancing skit," said club social
coordinator Ezra Parker.
"Usually there's a certain theme to team
match — we usually have the teacher come
to judge and it's lots of fun," said Parker.
"You have people doing absolutely
ridiculous things. We had some dancing
zombies last year and this year, we had
people dancing with horses."
According to Parker, the holiday ball acts
as "really big wrap-up event of the year."
The event takes place in November or
"There's dinner, there's dancing, usually
there's some silly performances or different
kinds," said Parker. "It's a great way to get
together, semi formal event in the evening."
Dance Club will be hosting Dance
Conventions, an event where members get
to learn new styles of dance such as Paso
Doble and Viennese Waltz. They will also
organize the gala ball. This is their annual
dance competition that has been running
since 1962.
Dance Horizons was founded as
Danceworks UBC in 1983, a theatre project
from Ballet UBC jazz club. The club's name
was re-branded to Dance Horizons in 1984.
They currently have around 140 dancers.
Dance Horizons prides itself on offering
a large number of dance styles and different
levels of dance classes. They are especially
open to beginners, and also welcome
dancers who have more experience.
"We're always open to new ideas and
we've been opening up to new styles rather
than just ballet and hip hop," said club
president Caitlin Lee.
"Voguing was something we introduced
this year. We've never had that before."
If you're looking for something more
challenging, Dance Horizons offers three
dance teams that vary in style and difficulty
- DHCo, DHC and DHX.
"DHCo is our contemporary team,
catered more towards beginner dancers,"
said Lee. "DHC is the hip hop team. Some of
the more experienced dancers are in there
and they help out the beginners.
"DHX is the performance team. It
combines contemporary, jazz and hip hop.
Some of the dancers are stronger in one of
the styles more than the other, but they are
willing to take on the challenge of another
According to Lee, the club organizes
gatherings like flash mobs to promote arts
and culture on campus throughout the year.
In addition, they team up with other groups
on campus to put together dance week in
February. During that week, each dance
club hosts a class of their own.
The club's mid-year and year-end shows
are also a big deal. A portion of the ticket
sales are usually given to charitable clubs
on campus like the Dollar Project and the
Heart & Stroke Foundation.
However, the club dealt with unforeseen
costs this year. This was because The Norm
Theatre, where they normally used for
their shows and which was free to rent, is
being renovated. They thus had to rent the
Frederic Wood Theatre.
"It was an expense that we weren't
expecting," said Lee.
In 2009, a group of Korean breakdancers —
also known as Bboys — searched for a club at
UBC that would reflect their dance style. They
came away empty-handed.
In their disappointment came the inspiration
to start a movement at UBC that is still growing
till today. The Unlimited Dance Club (UDC)
was born.
"When we first started, we had too many
classes. They weren't really popular enough
and people didn't come out that much, which
was financially hard for us," club president
Carson Shi said.
"There were like 20 people when I joined
and [our] competitive choreography team had
like 10 to 15 people."
Through hard work and plenty of promotion,
UDC now has about 150 dancers. "Dance
classes are doing so much better and they are
finally breaking even financially," said Shi.
"We sold a lot of our class packages. We
are able to pay off the teachers and average
class size went from four to five in previous
years, to 15 to 20, which is a big improvement."
UDC's competitive choreography team
was first named NUera. But after finding out
about a dance crew in the US that was named
similarly, the team was re-branded to Project
"They won CVC Super Skillz last year, and
also last year they did World of Dance, [which]
was all the way in Edmonton," said Shi.
"It was the first time that they ever
performed at something so big and in the
future, they wish [to] get to the point where
they get to go to larger scale competitions like
HHI (Hip Hop Internationals)."
The biggest event of the year for UDC is
the Unlimited Styles competition, their year-
end dance battle. It usually takes place at the
end of second term.
"We've hosted it about three times no'
said Shi. "The first time we hosted it was abi
six years back. It was really, really good."
According to Shi, the clubs falling populai
two years ago meant that the event's recepti
was not as good. But it has gotten better.
"Last year, when we hosted it, it was whgri
our club had actually gotten really big ai
that's when it really stood out."
The UBC Ballet Club is the latest addition to
the UBC dance community. Founded three
years ago, the club now boasts about 30
members — many of which are new to the
"Last year was the year that the club
started to get big because the execs really
put in effort to promote the club and make
events," said club president Shirlei Ishizaki.
"That was the time when we had the
greatest amount of members. That's also
when we started the recreation team," said
Ishizaki. "This year we're having a hard
time getting members, especially for the
recreation team."
The club is run entirely by students. There
are no outside teachers, and members
help teach and choreograph routines for
competition and performances. In addition, it
has classes for both beginners and dancers
with more experience. They also have a
competition team for dancers looking for
something more challenging.
"Last year, we went to Vancity Project and
we also went to the Surrey Dance Festival,
where we danced in the adult division and
placed first," said Ishizaki. "This year, we're
going to Surrey Dance Festival again and
another competition in late January."
One of the events that Ballet club hosts
is the annual calendar photo shoot. Anyone
is welcome to attend and it is a chance for
dancers to have fun. They also have a year-
end show in March.
"Ballet is the base of every dance style.
It's the technique part of the dance," said
Ishizaki. "I encourage people to do ballet
even if they do hip hop, or contemporary,
or even figure skating."
UBC Junoon is a Bollywood fusion
team that was founded four years
ago. Its focus has changed largely
from the Raas Garba team that
it originated from. Raas Garba is
one of the dances from the state of
Gujurat in India.
"Ever since then, we've been
competing in what we like to call
a 'Bollywood circuit,' so basically
we compete against other
universities teams that have both
co-ed and single gender teams,"
said Sarina Prasad, one of the
club's co-presidents. "The goal of
the competition is to take it to the
Bollywood championship called
Bollywood America."
Bollywood America is the biggest
competition in North America. It's
where all the best teams from the US
and Canada go to compete against
each other. To get there, teams have
to go through smaller competitions
and accumulate points by either
winning or coming second or third.
If a team gets enough points, they
will enter Bollywood America, which
usually happens around the end of
"That's basically the goal of
the team. Since we're a fairly new
team, we've never made it that far to
Bollywood America. But we've been
competing so far at this competition
in Toronto called Bollywood Dance
Canada," said Prasad.
This year the team is going to
a new competition in San Antonio,
Texas called Sitara. "It's the first time
that the team is competing in the
states. So it is a pretty big milestone
for our team," said Prasad.
A big challenge that the club has
overcome is membership. When
UBC Junoon first started out, the
team had about 12 dancers and due
to it being a large commitment, the
turnout was low.
"Since then, we've had more and
more commitment. This year, we
are 25 large," said Prasad. "That's
basically the capacity that we can
reach for these competitions."
As a Bollywood fusion team, UBC
Junoon incorporates a lot of different
styles into their dance. These range
from Bollywood dancing, bhangra
and other classical Indian dancing,
to hip hop and contemporary
"Our dances tell a story.
Sometimes they recreate the story
of a movie that has come out or a
Disney fairytale," said Prasad. "We
come up with a story and then we
have an intro video to our dance,
which is usually a two-minute long
video where we just lay the ground
out for the story.
"Then we go into our dance
which tends to be an eight-minute
The club sometimes organize
samosa sales around campus,
either bi-weekly or once a month.
They also do club fundraisers,
which happen both at the pit and
A new thing that club started
doing this year was a movie night
where they play an Indian movie. In
November, they watched a movie
called Three Idiots.
"It's a very famous movie that
kind of resonates with the entire
community," said Prasad.
The Thunderbird Dance Team
(TDT) was originally founded as
a part of varsity athletics. Since
then, it has transformed into a
performance-based dance group.
The team performs at different
venues on UBC's campus as well
as off-campus.
Its members celebrate their
love of dance and express it
through hip hop and jazz.
The TDT consists of
approximately 15 members each
year. Interestingly, the group rarely
brings in guest choreographers to
help out.
"I've done a number on my
own. Martina's contributed a lot
as well, but we leave it open to all
members. If someone has an idea,
then we're totally open to letting
it happen," said the team's vice
president external Rebecca Moug.
"It's a good way to encourage each
other creatively."
"We're not a competition-based
team, so a lot of the performances
that we do are mainly showcases,
not actual competitions," said
Martina Knappett, the vice
president internal.
According to TDT's club
president Vanessa Bermisa, there
aren't many competitions for older
aged groups. "There are so many
festivals and dance conventions
when you're younger, but once you
get a little bit older, it's kind of like
your options are narrowed."
TDT's event of the year is
called Get Schooled. It is an all-
styles, all-level dance off. "It's just
held in the Agora, so it's open to
everyone. It's totally free. It's for
people to come watch or even just
look over the railings and hang out
for a little bit," said Bermisa.
"That's like our main event
where we try to bring the community
together," said Knappett. "It's so
much fun to see all the talent out
there ... like that one guy in your
computer science class — maybe
he can spin on his head!"
During the event, there's an
amateur round where people in the
crowd are invited to show off.
"We have people who have
never danced a step in their life
come up just to goof off with their
friends," said Moug.
"We make it entirely inclusive
to everyone in UBC, not just the
dance community, but anyone who
wants to participate and have fun."
UBC Bhangra started in 1992. The
club was created to show culture
through Bhangra — a traditional
dance from the Punjab region
in India. It was also created as a
social club where people could
hang out. Currently, the club has
about 60 members.
"We have three teams [which
are] the co-ed Bhangra team, the
ladies Bhangra team and we also
have a Giddha team which is just
girls as well, but a different kind of
dance — it is more like folk dance,"
said co-president Anmol Toor.
"None of our teams compete
right now. Back then, the girls
Bhangra team won a lot of titles.
They were the first girls team to
win at an all-male competition, but
now it's more of a showcase of
According to Toor, the club's
large events usually bring about
700 attendees. One particular
event called Fusion tries to blend
Indian culture — particularly
Punjabi — and western culture.
"As students, we're kind of half-
and-half, so it's nice to have an
event which includes both of our
cultures," said Toor. "I feel like that
attracted a lot of students."
They also have an event in
March called Formal and as the
name suggests, it's a bit more
"There's dancing and a dinner.
It's basically more large scale. We
also wear Indian attire whereas
to the other events, we just wear
western attire," said Toor. "It's
official name is called Nach for the
cause. Nach just means dance."
UBC Bhangra is involved in
charity, so every penny earned at
their events goes to a charitable
"The reason we put on these
events is because we want
something that students can attend
at UBC, but every single dollar that
we collect goes to charity," said
"We always try to surpass our
previous year's donations," said
Avneet Athwal, the club's treasurer.
Harpawantaj Toor, the club's other
co-president of the club, mentions
that the club donated about
$30,000 from its collected funds.
Past recipients of donations
have been the BC children's
hospital and the Make-A-Wish
"Every year we choose a new
charity. This year is Khalsa Aid and
we're also giving some funds to
Kids Play, which is a local charity,"
said Anmol Toor.
You almost never see UBC Rueda
members promoting their club due
to their large amount of members.
Sometimes it's to the extent where
they can barely handle the numbers.
At one point, the club had around
1,200 active members and even
now, they have 40 to 50 people
show up to classes every week. It
is strange that the only way people
hear about it is through word of
mouth from friends who went and
had a great time.
"Our club started when two law
students, Sam Turcott and Martin
Ferreira Pinho, wanted to share their
passion for dance with everyone
back in 2011," said club treasurer
Adi Steif.
"The club actually split from a
club called ALAS (Association of
Latin American Students at UBC)
because it got too big."
Every week, UBC Rueda holds
classes at the International House
where advanced members teach
complementary lessons. Classes
consist of three circles — beginners,
intermediate and advance. At the
end of class, everyone gathers
around in a giant circle and dances
together, usually in basic steps so
that the beginners can join too.
"We didn't charge anything to the
members until we became an official
club of the AMS," said Steif. 'Then
we charged the minimum $1 for
students of UBC and $1.5 for non-
UBC students."
UBC Rueda also hosts various
events throughout the year.
"Last year we fundraised $600
for Directions Youth foundation by
holding dance lessons," said club
president Diana Ihnatovych.
"One of our members also
participated in an art competition
with the with the topic 'heart art' by
having the Rueda club dance in the
shape of an heart, which won first
Founded in 2009, the UBC Dance
Team focuses on styles such as
contemporary, jazz, ballet and tap.
They are a performance-based
team and you can catch them at
a number of events. Past events
include UBC Recreation's Lace Up
For Kids and the Wesbrook Village
One of the highlights of their year
is the year-end show.
"Having a recital at the end of the
year to showcase all the different
routines that we've been working
on is definitely really fun," said club
president Allie Stephen. "We also
partner with World Vision for our
year-end show and the proceeds of
the ticket sales go to them."
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is comprised of former competitive
dancers. "It came out as a club
because dancers wanted to continue
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said Stephen.
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level, but in some capacity because
it's hard to let go of once you've gone
through that intensity for however
long in your life."
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When it started in 2009, there were
about eight members. Now the team
boasts approximately 16 members
and has been that size for about five
"Having a larger team, we're able
to have that dynamic and there are
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large group, or we can split into a
couple different groups and have
different styles in each group.
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