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Lina Castro aims to empower
student well-being through Vice
Lina Castro is aiming to make Vice an accessible and welcoming program for students looking to find balance.
Mischa Milne
Staff Writer
Lina Castro is the coordinator of
Vice, a brand new AMS service
that aims to help UBC students
find a balance in their life
regarding the use of alcohol, drugs
and technology. The fourth-year
behavioural neuroscience major
and commerce minor has been
working on the program — which
officially launched last week —
since summer 2016.
Vice has three main
components: education
and outreach, dialogue, and
mentorship. Education and
outreach volunteers aim to break
down misconceptions about
substance use and the amount
that an average college student
drinks or uses. Dialogue volunteers
facilitate peer discussion sessions
— a no-pressure environment for
students to ask questions or talk
about substance and technology
use — while the mentorship
program pairs students up with
a volunteer that will help them
create a plan to develop healthier
habits or seek out other resources
and continue to check in with
Castro aims to make Vice not
only accessible, but welcoming.
"We're not an abstinence-based
service. We're not your mom telling
you not to do something," she said.
The service will primarily
target first-year students and
collaborations with first-year
residences have already been
planned, but Castro believes that
Vice can be beneficial to students
of any age.
After serving for two years as
the AMS mental health and well-
being commissioner, Castro wanted
a more direct way to help students.
Under the VP Academic portfolio,
she worked on policy initiatives
and pushed for changes to support
mental well-being. However, the
nature of the work meant that it
would be a long time before she
saw those changes implemented.
"You don't really get to see the
impact of your work right away.
For example, a fall reading break, if
it happens, won't come about until
after I graduate," she said.
Once she was hired to work
on Vice, she was given the task of
determining whether or not the
service was actually necessary to
students. To do so, Castro spoke
with various stakeholders on
campus, from Counselling Services
to the Wellness Centre, to figure
out what gaps needed to be filled
when it came to student well-
"This kind of service hasn't
existed before at UBC, and doesn't
exist at many other universities
either. Paving out what this was
going to look like was kind of a
scary process — I felt like I was
trying to feel my way around a dark
room sometimes," she said.
Castro sought input from
other campus organizations
and volunteers she hired about
what kind of service Vice should
become, which she said was
integral to determining exactly
what form the program would take.
"I myself am just a student,
not a professional, so I made
a conscious effort to speak
with professionals ... but it was
intimidating to make those final
judgment calls and say what the
service was actually going to look
Student volunteers have a large
role to play in turning Vice into a
success. They receive training on
general health literacy, stigmas
around different substances,
empathy-building, goal-setting and
the resources that exist on and off
campus, among other things.
"The most rewarding part has
been working with the volunteers
because they put so much time and
effort into the service too. I was
really touched by all the work they
put into it I feel like they put just
as much work into it as I do," she
In addition to her position with
Vice and her workload as a student,
Castro is also a senator for the
university and was the president
of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta,
from December 2015 to December
2016. Although the workload was
challenging, Castro said that being-
passionate about all the positions
she held allowed her to stay healthy.
"I didn't find myself dreading
this job or dreading going to Senate
meetings, because they were all
things that I willingly took on.
Putting in all those hours is a lot
easier when you actually care about
the things that you're doing," she
As Vice gains momentum,
Castro hopes that more students
will become aware of it. With
a framework established, she
hopes that next year will see more
collaboration with other groups
on campus, more workshops and
increased understanding of what
the service does.
"Ultimately, my big goal would
be that every student on campus
feels like they have a place to go to
explore that balance with alcohol,
drugs and technology." ft NEWS
Nearly all math textbooks
are available online for free
Julia Burnham
Senior Staff Writer
UBC's math department has been
bringing their courses into the
digital age by making the majority
of course materials available online
for free. The resources put online
are a mixture of digital textbooks,
homework software and open
educational resources, which are on
the rise at UBC.
"Some of our online resources
are open access in the sense that
we have ample course notes that
replace textbooks in a number of
our courses. We've been working on
all of our first-year courses over the
years to do that," said Dr. Mark Mac
Lean, a math professor and president
of the UBC Faculty Association. "It's
one thing if it's a specialized course,
it's another thing if it's calculus
where there are dozens and dozens
of effectively equivalent books."
All of the first-year calculus
courses except for MATH 105 have
made the transition from textbooks
to online course notes, but Dr. Eric
Cytrynbaum, an associate math
professor, believes that it won't be
long before 105 also makes the leap
to online course notes.
However, having faculty take the
leap from textbooks to online course
notes has its challenges.
"There's always a trade-off if
people are thinking of authoring
their own work for the sake of a
course or otherwise. You get some
money out of authoring these
books, but honestly, not a lot," said
Cytrynbaum. "When people replace
number of sales by the number of
universities that have adopted use
of these things or the number of
students that have used it, I think
we'll get measures for the impact of
these type of publications that are
just as meaningful and the distrust
of these types of online numbers will
The shift may also have some
downsides for students.
"I think when you have a set
of notes, they are more limited
than a big textbook. It's a much
more slimmed down version of the
explanation," said Mac Lean. "For
many students, that's great — sort of
clearer and to the point. For other
students, they want to see more
examples. They want to maybe have
something that goes into some more
depth in a different way."
Alongside the digital course
notes, most math courses utilize the
online homework system Web Work,
which is maintained by UBC's
Centre for Teaching and Learning
"Students are assigned
homework on it and they login with
their CWL, but it costs them nothing
Math majors are spending a lotlessontheirtextbooks nowadays.
and it costs the university the upkeep
of such a system," said Mac Lean.
Despite the positive premise, Mac
Lean admits that the system can be
unforgiving and that "some people
grumble about it."
"I found that the online
homework that we used to do
always had problems with accepting
answers, and it was really hard to
know if you were plugging in the
wrong answer or if the computer
was wrong," said Elizabeth Garvie, a
second-year computer science and
physics student.
Garvie also found the large 200 to
300-page PDF documents of course
notes difficult to navigate, but still
preferable to a $200 textbook.
"It's possible that that's a problem
with an informal textbook that hasn't
been reviewed as much and doesn't
have as slick a presentation, but I
don't think so," said Cytrynbaum. "I
think the issue is more to do with
students skills at reading technical
Leah Fischer, a second-year math
student and Ubyssey volunteer, is
very enthusiastic about the online
resources and happy that the
department is embracing the digital
"This semester, all of my profs
have all of their resources online — I
don't have to buy one textbook,"
said Fischer. "My back isn't breaking
as I'm walking to class and it's also
much more liberating because you
feel like you aren't spending an
excessive amount of money on a
course." ft
AMS club management software debuts to mixed reviews
Some clubs are not happy with the new software.
Helen Zhou
Staff Writer
The AMS has changed its club
management software to Clubhouse
after the end of its contract with the
previous software, Orgsync. The new
software will be more user-friendly
and intuitive, according to Chris
Scott, AMS VP Administration.
"What we were finding was that
there was too high of a barrier to
use Orgsync. It was all just kind of
a mess," he said. "What we were
looking for was something you could
use without logging in, something
you could see and interact with, and
also something that's easier to find
and navigate."
Clubhouse is meant to solve
these issues, but the switch was
also motivated by a cost factor.
Orgsync costed the AMS about
$40,000 a year, while Clubhouse
will cost $12,000 the first year and
a maximum of $18,000 in the years
The transition to the new
software, which began in early
January, hasn't been completely
smooth. While some have found
the new software to be an
improvement, others are frustrated
with technical hiccups.
Amrit Toor, Model United
Nations Students Association VP
External, has had a positive first
impression of Clubhouse.
"In terms of just adding
members and organizing, I have
found it a little bit more intuitive
than Orgsync," he said. "Overall,
I think I'm happier with it than I
was with Orgsync."
However, on an r/UBC Reddit
thread titled, "WTF is going on
with the AMS?," several users
complained about issues with
Clubhouse and the supposed
"incompetence" of the AMS in
managing clubs.
Some of the complaints include
the fact that files on Orgsync
have not been transferred over
to Clubhouse, clubs needing to
be re-approved in order to use
the software and the out-of-date
Treasurer's Handbook.
"The AMS has completely gone
downhill in the past 2-3 years in
regards to club organization. So
much incompetence especially
around the time of the move from
the old SUB to the Nest," wrote
Reddit user "cheapmondaay."
In response to the thread, Scott
said, "I can't speak for the [Reddit]
user, but I think we're on our way
to improving a lot of the things that
he or she mentioned. Hopefully we
can see that resolved over the next
few months."
Jake Larson, the IT manager
of UBC Dance Club, has also had a
negative experience with the new
software, saying that even the first
step of trying to register the club in
Clubhouse was full of glitches.
"It kind of reminds me of
Connect in a way in that it's super
bloated, has way too much stuff,
really isn't suited for what we
actually need and in my opinion,
is going to work in the exact same
way that Orgsync did," he said.
Larson expressed that while
Clubhouse is more user-friendly
than Orgsync, it's still not user-
friendly enough.
"I mean, I could totally be
proven wrong. I'm not going to say
it's going to be the worst thing in
the world, but I'm hesitant to say
that it'll be the proper fit for what
the AMS wants," he said.
Since the transition to the new
software has begun, Scott, however,
has said that the feedback the AMS
has received has been generally
"At all the training sessions that
I did, I would ask, Are you feeling-
good about this, okay about this or
bad about this?' And most people
were in the 'good,' and the people
who weren't were in the middle of
'meh' and 'good,'" said Scott.
"If there have been [any
negative experiences], I'd
encourage people to come let me
know how I can better support
Some of the problems people
are having should be resolved as
the Campus Wide Login (CWL)
becomes fully integrated into
Clubhouse, allowing new members
to be registered easily. By January
22, the Clubhouse site's form
function should allow the club
executives to start applying for
funding and grants, ft
The Skytrain is currently planned to stop
short at Arbutus Street.
The Broadway
Skytrain won't
come to UBC
anytime soon
Sophie Sutcliffe
Senior Staff Writer
Vancouver mayor Gregor
Robertson announced the city's
plan for an extension of the
Millennium Line at a press
conference yesterday. The
extension will begin at VCC-
Clark Station and will run along
Broadway, but will stop short of
UBC at Arbutus Street.
While there had been some
talk of extending the line all the
way to UBC, Robertson said that
Mayor's Council's 10-Year Vision
did not include that possibility.
"Will rail eventually get to
UBC? I'd say that's probably a
good chance," said Translink
CEO Kevin Desmond at the press
conference. "When? I don't know.
But for now, we need to get to
Arbutus [and] relieve a lot of
crowding on the bus service."
According to Translink's
website, the extension will
include six kilometres of track
as well as six new underground
stations. The track will run
diagonally from VCC-Clark to
Main and Broadway, where it will
then run under Broadway until it
ends at Arbutus. The 99 B-Line,
currently the busiest bus route
in North America, will continue
to be the only way to get to UBC
along Broadway after Arbutus.
"We're now working with
our partners to plan, design
and develop business cases
for the provincial and federal
government," reads Translink's
website. "If [these plans] are
accepted and funding from all
three levels of government is
confirmed in 2017, construction
could begin as early as 2019."
Translink will have three
open houses for the Broadway
extension on January 28, January
31 and February 1. An online
survey will also be open from
January 23 to February 13.
At the same press conference,
Surrey mayor Linda Hepner
also announced her city's plan
for the creation of one of the
two new planned LRT lines,
the consultations for the first of
which will begin January 24. ft NEWS   I   TUESDAY JANUARY 24, 2017
Dr. WeihongSong.
Ono announces
new senior
advisor on China
Hana Golightly
Staff Writer
On January 16, UBC President
Santa Ono announced the
appointment of Julia Wagemakers
as executive director in the Office
of the President and Dr. Weihong
Song as senior advisor to the
president on China.
While the position of "senior
advisor on China" is new to the
Office of the President, Song has
been advising on UBC's academic
relations with China since 2009.
Among other accolades, he
played a role in the creation of
the China-Canada Joint Health
Research Initiatives, is a fellow of
the Canadian Academy of Health
Sciences, and is Canada Research
Chair in Alzheimer's disease,
conducting research on drug
development and the disease's links
to down syndrome.
According to a statement issued
by Ono, Song will have a role in
"promoting UBC's international
strategy and collaboration with
This role should prove to be a
natural fit for Song. In 2011, he was
awarded the government of China's
highest honour for foreign experts,
the "Friendship Award," and was
selected to sit on the 12th National
Committee of the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference
in 2013.
Julia Wagemakers succeeds
Herbert Rosengarten as executive
director, who occupied the position
from 2015 until now. With previous
experience as deputy director of
the Liu Institute for Global Issues
at UBC Vancouver, she brings to
the position her knowledge of
policy development and business
and government relations.
Before coming to UBC
Vancouver, Wagemakers served
as program manager and deputy
director of the Great Lakes
Commission in Michigan, following
a position at the International
Institute for Sustainable
Development in Winnipeg.
Prior to his appointment as
executive director, Rosengarten
previously served as head of the
UBC department of English, and
is a professor emeritus in the
department. Arriving at UBC in
1965, he has worked extensively
as a UBC historian, co-authoring
the book UBC: The First 100 Years.
Rosengarten leaves the position to
continue his work on the Legacy
Project, which will use videotaped
interviews to create a history of
UBC. ft
UBC participates in Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Diana Oprescu
Senior Staff Writer
This month, UBC is participating in
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an
initiative meant to raise awareness
for issues surrounding sexual
assault. Both the university and
the AMS's Sexual Assault Support
Center (SASC) has been holding-
events in order to educate the UBC
community on consent and the
impact assaults have on survivors.
"Changing the attitudes, the
assumptions, and the competencies
of all members of our campus
community is critical to addressing-
sexual assault at UBC and in society
at large," said Janet Mee, director of
Access and Diversity. "[UBC] defines
itself as a community and as a series
of communities, and so doing this
kind of work is a critical component
of shifting [rape] culture."
The university has been
participating in Sexual Assault
Awareness Month for the past
eight years, and is holding events
throughout January.
"January 11, we hosted our
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
keynote, presented by Kim Katrin
Milan, who explored the topics of
consent and doing anti-violence
work on campus. It was a really
great event and we had over
140 people attend," said Ashley
Bentley, advisor for sexual assault
intervention and prevention for
On January 18, Denim Day,
UBC community members were
encouraged to wear denim to
show support in ending sexual
assault on campus. Denim Day
stickers were available at the
Centre for Student Involvement
and Careers, the SASC, and the
Wellness Center.
"One of the other objectives
of [Sexual Assault Awareness
Month] is to try to draw
members of our community into
a conversation who otherwise
maybe wouldn't be part of
this conversation. Lots of the
[initiative's] events are really
popular with people who are
passionate about this work,
but we also want to engage the
general campus community, so
Denim Day is one of the ways that
we do that," said Mee.
The SASC has also been an
active participant in Sexual
Assault Awareness Month. On
January 11, the Centre held its
first workshop of the month,
which was led by Canadian
author Amber Dawn. The event
was "a process-based workshop
on creative writing for personal
reflection and self care," said
Shilo St. Cyr, manager of the
SASC. "We had a huge turnout
and it was full immediately."
The same day, the SASC also
held an event titled "Shades of
Resistance: Healing through Art",
which St. Cyr explained was
UBC has been participating in Sexual Assault Awareness Month for eight years.
"an evening of storytelling and
community care that centered
around the experience of
survivors of racialized violence in all
its forms."
"I think it's really important to
bring any sort of awareness [to UBC]
and to talk about sexual assault, and
provide information around the fact
that it happens here on campus and
that it disproportionately affects
marginalized communities," said
St. Cyr. "This is why the SASC
took our direction around bringing
awareness to the fact that [sexual
violence] does disproportionately
affect marginalized communities
because of multiple systems of
On that theme, the SASC held
an event titled "Race, Racialization,
and Sexual Assault Workshop" on
January 19 at the Nest.
"You can have all of the policies
that you want in the world, or all
of the procedures and protocols,
but without people fundamentally
understanding the origins of rape
culture and how to be a respectful
ally or active bystander, we're
really never going to address these
issues," said Mee. ft
Tipping Point mental health movement
to launch student-directed "labs"
Ji Youn Kim is the creator of the Tipping Point movement.
Diana Oprescu
Senior Staff Writer
Ji Youn Kim, creator of the
Tipping Point movement, is
launching a self-development
program called Tip Labs. The
Tipping Point is a mental health
initiative that encourages UBC
and other post-secondary
institutions to better support and
accommodate students and their
mental health, and the labs are
developing directly out of this
"This self-development
program is based on the idea
that success starts within," said
Kim. "You need to start working
on yourself first before you can
really succeed in the real world."
The Tip Labs are scheduled to
launch sometime next month, and
the launch event will be on January
28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at City Hub
Initiative located in downtown
Kim strives to create a
"community-based, affordable self-
development program" that will be
founded on the three pillars of health
and wellness, personal development,
and professional development.
The Tip Lab program will be
accepting 8 to 10 students in order
for Kim to create personalized
portfolios for each participant, in
which their interests, strengths and
learning tendencies will be outlined.
Classes are to take place once a week
over the course of eight weeks, with
each class being three hours long.
"I still really believe in post-
secondary education — I just
don't think it prepares students
well enough for the real world.
A lot of students graduate, and
are overworked and in a lot of
financial debt. I think this is really
problematic. The goal is to make sure
they feel more prepared."
In regards to better preparing
students, Kim will be exploring
various topics throughout her
eight-week program, each of which
will adhere to one of the three main
pillars. The first pillar, health and
wellness, will address "all types of
health [such as] physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual" with a slight
emphasis on that of mental health.
The program's second pillar of
personal development will explore
the idea of purpose, as Kim finds
that "a lot of students are lost
regarding what they want to do after
graduation. I'm saying, let's figure
this out together before you invest
thousands of dollars."
The final pillar of professional
development will connect Kim's
students to the many resources
and mentors she has connected
with since the creation of the
original Tipping Point initiative.
Kim announced that BrainStation
Vancouver, a technology school
located in Yaletown, has agreed
to provide her students with
scholarships to their programs.
Aside from the Tip Labs, Kim
will also be hosting Tip Talks, which
will be monthly discussion groups
beginning on February 1 at 6 p.m. in
the Nest. The first Tip Talk will be
exploring topics surrounding mental
health identities.
"People's relationships with their
mental illness can be really difficult.
Is it just a part of my identity? Is it
my entire identity, and what is the
language you use when describing-
it? I want to create a safe space
where you can talk about the
depths of mental health," said Kim.
"I want to be able to discuss things
like identity issues, trauma and
suicide, because these things are
happening whether or not we talk
about them." ft JANUARY 24, 2017 TUESDAY I   NEWS
Four faculty members appointed to
Order of Canada over the last year
Dr. Dorothy Shaw is a clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology.
Moira Wyton
Staff Writer
In the last year, four UBC faculty
members have been appointed
to the Order of Canada, the
country's highest civilian honour.
Approximately 100 Canadians are
inducted to the Order with each
bi-annual round of appointments,
which take place in December
and June.
These recent appointments
continue a strong presence in the
Order of Canada for UBC faculty,
with five faculty members having
been appointed in the December
2015 intake alone.
Awarded by the Governor
General after appointee
recommendations are made by
an advisory committee, the Order
of Canada was created in 1967
to recognize Canadians who
have demonstrated "outstanding-
achievement, dedication to the
community and service to the
"When they called to tell me
that I had been appointed to
the Order, I had to get them to
repeat it," said Dr. Jan Christilaw,
a clinical professor in the
department of obstetrics and
gynecology at UBC. "I was just so
As president of BC Women's
Hospital and an executive of
the Society of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists of Canada,
Christilaw works to push a
variety of issues surrounding-
women's health to the top of the
agenda in Canada's healthcare
system, including midwifery
practice and the reduction of
maternal mortality.
"Women's health is so rich
with opportunities and I think
that's why I'm so passionate," said
Christilaw of her 35 years in her
field. "I love working to see what
happens within society when
human rights, reproductive rights
and clinical care are aligned."
After her appointment as a
member in December, Christilaw
said she is looking forward to
travelling to Ottawa this spring-
to be officially inducted by the
Governor General.
"I've given a lot to the
Canadian health care system ...
and now I feel that, on some level,
that has been recognized," said
Christilaw. "I feel like my country
is saying thank you."
Immediately after Dr. Dorothy
Shaw, a clinical professor in the
department of obstetrics and
gynecology, was notified that she
had been appointed as an officer
— the Order's second-highest
rank — the call dropped.
"I spent about 20 minutes
frantically trying to find reception
for my phone," she said.
Shaw has focused her
career on improving women's
and newborn health through
international advocacy. In
2010, she was named Canada's
spokesperson for the G8/
G20 Partnership for Maternal,
Newborn & Child Health.
"When women have access to
family planning of their choosing,
they have the ability to control
their reproductive lives in a way
that gives them the best health,"
said Shaw, who also serves as the
vice-president of medical affairs
at BC Women's Hospital. "We still
have work to do [in Canada]."
Citing the intersection of
social justice and women's health
as her work's inspiration, Shaw
stressed the importance of the
work that still lies ahead for
medical professionals.
"I didn't do [my work] with
any expectation of recognition ...
and I continue to do it because I
believe in it," said Shaw.
Before he had even completed
his obstetrics rotation in medical
school, Dr. Michael Charles Klein
had already delivered dozens of
babies as a volunteer medical
student in Ethiopia.
Klein, now a clinical
professor in UBC's department
of family practice, credits his
success working on newborn
and maternal health to his
experiences with traditional
midwifery practices in Ethiopia.
He has since worked to legalize
and make safe midwifery in
British Columbia.
"As midwifery was becoming-
established, we wanted to study
it and make sure that it was
both safe and well-organized,"
said Klein, who worked at both
the BC Children's and Women's
Hospitals for more than 10 years.
"I put together teams of nurses
and doctors that attended the
midwives' births in the Women's
Hospital so that they could be
legal, even before the legalization
of midwifery in BC."
His appointment also
recognizes his research
contributions, notably for work
that revealed and reduced the
trauma involved in episiotomies —
a once-routine procedure which
involves a surgical cut to expedite
However, as naturalized
Canadians, the Order of Canada
means something very different to
Klein and his wife Bonnie Sherr
Klein, a filmmaker and disability
rights activist who received the
Order of Canada in 2013.
"During the Vietnam war,
every physician was drafted
without exception ... and I would
not participate in the war," said
Klein, who deserted his position
as captain in the US Military
Medical Corps in 1967 and fled to
Canada on an overnight flight to
"We were embraced by
Canada, both my wife and
myself, as former Americans who
escaped," said Klein. "There's
something quite special about
that to us."
A professor emerita and the
founding director of UBC's
midwifery program, Dr. Elaine
Carty has focused her career on
the integration of midwifery into
prenatal and maternal clinical
Carty, who was unavailable
for comment before time of
publishing, was named a member
of the Order of Canada "for her
instrumental role in establishing
professional midwifery care in
British Columbia."
Her research focuses on early
postpartum discharge from
hospital, women's experiences
of long-term antenatal
hospitalization, resources for
women with disabilities and the
impact of drug advertising on
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In the late 2000s, UBC's campus
deliberated if it should abandon the CIS
for greener pastures — the NCAA. Simon
Fraser University could do it, so why not
UBC? The rationale was that potential
student-athletes were being drawn down
south because of better competition and a more attractive
scholarship structure, and so either the CIS needed to
change or UBC needed to abandon ship. In the end,
the debates came to nothing and UBC for the most part
stayed put on this side of the border.
But in the wake of these campus-wide conversations
came the idea that maybe the UBC's sports structure
needed to be revised. Stephen Toope, the UBC president
at the time, announced a review of the UBC athletics
department and an ensuing two year-long review process
was kicked off.
When the dust settled in the spring of 2014, 24 of the
original 29 varsity teams retained their status in some
capacity, while five teams — the men's and women's
Alpine ski teams, the men's and women's Nordic ski team
and the women's Softball team — were reclassified as
competitive clubs. The Softball team appealed, sued the
university and successfully regained their status, but for
the other teams, their future was less certain.
Two teams that had a shared history would now be
subjected to a shared fate.
The first time Kayla Johnston heard about the review
and realized it would be official was at her first time
attending the Big Block banquet.
"It didn't really feel real," Johnston said.
Johnston was a member of the Alpine ski team who
had joined in the fall of 2012. She learned that the review
would take place over the course of the year and that the
teams that were removed would have one year left as
a varsity before being transitioned into a Thunderbird
Sport Club (TSC). She became the coach of the team
in 2014 and transitioned them from a varsity team to
competitive club status in their 2015/16 season.
According to Johnston, the Alpine ski team was
already considered to be an unconventional varsity team
to begin with. In Canada, varsity ski teams were unheard
"We were obviously one of the two teams that was
kind of considered more unusual and that in Canada
at least, Alpine and Nordic teams are normally not
considered varsity, versus you go to the States [and] it's a
big thing down there," said Johnston.
"Not so much up here."
Skiing also wasn't much of a spectator sport and the
Alpine team raced most of their competitions in the
United States. Their training facilities also were not
located on campus, but rather at mountains like Grouse
and Whistler.
Going into the review however, Johnston felt that
the team had some strengths that evened out their odds.
The team regularly had a good showing at the United
States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association nationals
(USCSA) and tended to place highly. They also had one of
the smaller budgets amongst the varsity teams.
"I know in the grand scheme of things we did not
make a major portion of the budget. It was more like the
benefits that went along with it that really helped the
teams," said Johnston. For her, all things considered and
with everything judged fairly, the team looked okay.
The team did not make it past the first and second
stage of the review. Johnston remembers that the teams
found out they had been cut just as they were headed into
nationals that year. The Alpine team's subsequent appeal
was also unsuccessful.
"It was hard on the team because it was kind of
like that attitude saying we weren't good enough and
were like, 'There are teams here who are not going to
nationals, you know?" she said.
The changes proposed by the review were to come
into effect in September 2015, and then the team would
start their year as a competitive club.
In 2014, The Ubyssey followed up on the Nordic ski team
several months after the sports review that year. For
the most part, the team looked like they were taking the
transition much better than one may think.
"We've always operated in the form of a competitive
club," said then-coach Robert Ragotte in an interview. "I
don't think it will be a big change for us."
Fast forward to 2017, that sentiment still holds true for
the Nordic ski team as part of the Thunderbirds Sports
Club roster, according to its current club lead, Hannah
Xavier. She joined the team during her first year in 2013
and is now the only member from prior to the review that
remains — the results of which were entirely expected,
according to her.
"As it came closer and closer to that decision-making
process, we knew there was no way we would be kept
as a team... we don't have that kind of following that lot
of bigger teams have. We were not surprised at all at the
decision. It was expected."
Not surprising indeed, as the team stands as the
only university-level Nordic ski team in all of BC. The
sport itself is a niche activity, according to Xavier. It's
common for her to come across peers who have little to
no idea about the club. The expensive equipment and the
travelling needed for competitions also intimidate them.
As a varsity, the Nordic team also didn't enjoy the
same amount of alumni sponsorship backing as other
Thunderbirds teams had. This is not to say that there
isn't any alumni support whatsoever. These days, there
are some former teammates that help out with either
travel planning or carpooling.
Among them is Nico Petch, an applied sciences
graduate who was part of the team from 2008 to 2013
and served as coach in his last few university years. Petch
is also certain that not much of the dynamic was altered
after the review's end result. This was especially true
since, according to him, the team had achieved varsity
only just a few years before his tenure and even then, it
was always a small group. JANUARY 24, 2017 TUESDAY I   FEATURE
"[The review] didn't really change what our team
was. I'm not exactly sure what funding [the team] gets
now, but I don't think it's much less than we did get,"
he said. "We got very little funding as a varsity team
compared to the other sports. It wasn't surprising and
it honestly didn't change our operations that much."
The change did still bring in some inconveniences,
though. Although Xavier had only experienced the
perks of a dedicated varsity gym and additional
funding for two years, there was no denying their
"When we use the varsity gym, we were able to go
as a team and do strength altogether as a team. Now,
you can't fit 10 or 12 people in the Birdcoop except
[for when the TSC] provides a separate time on
Sundays for [club] athletes."
That said, this still doesn't hinder the team
training that much, as they typically train more
outside anyway. If anything, the most frustrating to
deal with is the administrative work. This involves a
lot more forms, budgeting, meetings and planning for
Xavier than before.
"It's a lot that we have to do and it definitely takes
up a lot of time. I feel a lot of pressure to make sure
that everything is done at the same time, and [being
aware of] everything that goes on the team," she said.
"But I have some really good execs that have been on
top of things and have been helping. And TSC is very
supportive and helpful as well."
The Alpine team also seems to have stabilized and
settled down within their role as a competitive club.
Jen Boughner is in her second year with the
team and her first year as an executive, dealing with
finances as well as fundraising and alumni relations.
When she first messaged Johnston about joining the
team earlier in 2015, the team was still in its varsity
status. By September, it had fully transitioned into the
TSC framework.
"When we came in September, the view was
definitely 100 per cent shifted towards focusing on
what we had with Thunderbird Sport Clubs and
making it a great year. I think by the end of the
summer, the decision about varsity had been finalized,
and it was looking to just move on and work within
the new model," said Boughner.
Both Boughner and Johnston agree that getting cut
off gave the team some more freedom, especially in
regards to flexibility with their budget and spending.
An example of this is highlighted in their transport
costs. Varsity athletes were not allowed to drive
themselves to their competitions, and so had to hire
coach buses. The team can rent vehicles or make use
of student vehicles to go to and from competitions.
So while the team has less funds, they are using their
funds more for things that are useful and necessary. The
team also has avast network of alumni, ranging from the
1950s to a few years ago, who help with fundraising. In
addition, most of their team aspirations could be pursued
within the competitive club framework.
"Nothing changed in how we raced, so we still raced the
same league at the same competitive level," said Boughner.
"It's just that how our budget was financed and the rules
we had to follow with varsity versus TSC."
"[The review] didn't really
change what our team
was. I'm not exactly sure
what funding [the team]
gets now, but I don't think
it's much less than we did
- Nico Petch, club alumni
and former coach
Given the context behind their varsity cut-off and the
current circumstances of Nodic skiing, both Xavier and
Petch don't hold any ill feelings towards the university
administration for their decision back in 2014. Xavier
conceded that despite the team regularly participating in
community races and national tournaments when they
could afford to, a lot more than that was needed to stay
varsity. Yet, both agreed that the review process itself
should have been much better handled.
"The whole review itself was pretty disappointing. Most
people acknowledged that it was a failure," said Petch, who
added that even if the final decision made sense, it felt halfhearted. "Our team and alpine skiing in particular were cut
from varsity because their review failed, and they needed
to make some changes to save face."
Xavier also expressed her dissatisfaction towards
Ashley Howard, the former director of UBC Athletics
who headed the review and was criticized for her
lack of experience in varsity sports. "UBC brought in
this brand-new person who didn't have a history with
athletics, and didn't have a history with our sport or any
of the sports," she said. "[She explained] to us why we
were cut. It was mostly because we didn't have alumni
backing and that's hard to hear because we feel that
what we do is important. But we also understood why."
There was also some discontent about how the
process was carried out in the Alpine team, particularly
from former athletes who saw the process unfold and
who saw the benefits that were taken away. Johnston
mentioned that the team was told that there would be
equal treatment between individual sports versus team
sports and yet the only two varsity individual sports
were cut. She also mentioned that the year-long process
was not very efficient.
"The amount of money they spent on it would have
funded our teams for the next century," she said.
Whatever their feelings, what matters now for both teams
is to look forward. As sports clubs, there are still plenty of
potential opportunities to realize.
The Alpine team was very successful in their first
year in club status. They hosted a training camp at Big-
White resort, several athletes placed highly in different
competitions, and both the men's and women's teams
qualified for nationals. To accomplish all of that with the
reduced status gives the team some satisfaction.
"There isn't really any talk about varsity because we
are doing so well where we are right now," said Boughner.
"Definitely that would still be a long-term goal for us, but
I think to achieve that, we have to establish ourselves first.
Grow our team, grow our budget and then we'll be able to
really appeal in the future," said Boughner.
"It's definitely all in the radar."
The Nordic team is already making use of partnerships
with other Nordic skiing teams around BC, including that
of the Hollyburn Nordic club on Cypress. Another goal is
the ability to bring in more fresh-faced undergraduates to
team, with Petch noting that the team used to be mostly
made up of graduate students when he started. But now,
Xavier is remedying that, regardless if students want to ski
competitively or not.
"I've had a lot of people contact me that are like, 'I really
wanna train and ski with you guys, but don't necessarily
want to race'... even though we are a competitive club, I
don't turn those people away. It's a small community and
I want that kind of dynamic. I still want to encourage
that," she said. B CULTURE
Shelby Rogers
Staff Writer
Since their founding, the non-AMS
funded and unofficial UBC Free
Speech Club has been a relevant and
controversial topic of interest. On
their official Facebook page, they
describe themselves as "apolitical
and committed to cultivating an
open dialogue on campus, where
arguments are made with wit
and reason rather than rhetoric
and personal attack. We cherish
a diversity of opinions and seek
to promote an open debate stage,
where political correctness no
longer holds sway."
f£]   UBC Free Speech Club Maybe you just have extra thin skin
Sometimes being honest means being an asshole. And oftentimes
having open dialogues about serious issues requires being honest to
an extreme
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| Really? You guys dont seem very honest though....
^^^f we were to return can to a period Vvhen Canada was great', most of
the people in the photo would not be attending UBC. The east Asian
folk would either have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in head
taxes, or would simply be refused entry to Canada, whereas the brown
folk would have to work in physically demanding jobs.
But yeah, you guys had hats. I guess that counts as 'having an open
dialogue'? Somewhere?
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i"i   UBC Free Speech Club If a performance piece with hats irks you that
much your skin must be truly thin
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the club's communications officer,
Cooper Asp, to try and generate
political discussion. The method
and innately political tone of this
event went against their "apolitical"
description, while also raising
concerns about whether or not the
club was actually for free speech or
just for conservative speech.
On their official Facebook
page, the admins called their
demonstration a "performance piece
with hats" after someone said that
they were "just being assholes."
The admin said that if it "irked"
people, they "just have extra thin
skin" because "sometimes being-
honest means being an asshole." The
post went
on to say
having open
honest to an
Then on
30, the
club held
an event
December 6, 2016
— Keep ad hominem attacks to a minimum.
— When making posts do so in a way that invites discussion. Long-winded,
emotional rants are unproductive.
— When participating in a group chat debate:
— Structure your thoughts.
— Send one large message, not a thousand one-sentence messages.
— Be well-mannered.
— No shitposting.
If anyone has any issues or concerns feel free to message me, your friendly
moderator, and I'll use what little power that grants me to improve the
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However, there is a notable
contradiction between this official
description and the club's actions so
far. Many of their social media posts
and the events they've hosted have
had a political angle that usually
coincides with a conservative or
right-wing perspective. Their
actions show that they are less
of a diverse group of people who
share different opinions and host
legitimate discussions, and more
of a conservative echo-chamber
that relies on derogatory jokes,
comments and attempts to provoke
people in order to "prove" their
Despite these past actions
however, the group does have
the potential to learn from their
mistakes and behave more like
a legitimate Free Speech Club.
Already some efforts can be seen to
realize this.
On November 8, the day of the
United States election, the Free
Speech club held an event outside
of the Nest where they sold red hats
bearing the slogan "Make Canada
Great Again." Their justification for
doing this was to bring attention
to the "minority opinions" of right-
wing and centrist groups. The club's
intention in using "Make Canada
Great Again" hats was, according to
protesting the AMS's rejection of a
men's rights club outside of the Nest.
The AMS justified this rejection
by stating that the proposed club
was already too similar to a club
that already exists on campus — the
Healthier Masculinities club —
and that adding another new club
would cause too much strain on the
student union. The Free Speech
Club, however, saw this rejection as
silencing non-feminist perspectives
of masculinity.
To witness the true nature of the
club's rhetoric, one need go no
further than their online activity,
which provides an uncensored look
into the kinds of discussions that
take place.
The club recently held a Reddit
AMA, where Asp addressed
some of the questions that many
UBC students had. One question
concerned the accusations that
their club exists purely to be anti-
PC and to provoke other students.
The response admitted that "on the
outside, their methods can appear
that way, but are not intended to be
like that." Asp continued to say that
"almost anyone who collides with
us at the events will see that we're
there just to talk."
However, Asp was previously
quoted in another article as wanting
to "get a rise out of people" in order
to generate political discussion.
There is clearly a great misalignment
with what Asp is saying in different
contexts — only bringing up more
questions about the club's intentions
and goals.
Despite their claims of being-
apolitical, demonstrations of strong-
conservative views in their public
social media posts and on-campus
events are evident of the many
hypocrisies that run throughout this
club. To fully witness this in action,
look no further than in their closed
Facebook group, UBC Free Speech
Club Discussions. This is a group
that anyone can request to join
online, but must be approved by an
Nearly every single post in
this group has to do with politics,
whether it's about American
or Canadian political leaders,
immigration, feminism, gender
issues, race issues or protests (such
as Black Lives Matter and Standing-
Rock). You'll find it all in their
extremely long feed.
Posts that stray away from
politics usually have to do with fat-
shaming women or mocking people
for not liking their club.
Notably, most of the discussions
are filled with memes and
derogatory jokes rather than
legitimate debate or discussion.
Beyond these comments, there
can still be intelligent discussion
about sex and gender, gender's social
construction and the biological
components of sexes.
To provide a good idea of what
these posts are like, we've gone
through their Facebook page and
selected some that we believe best
represent the kind of rhetoric that
occurs here.
Those arranged on this page are a
small selection of a larger catalogue,
which will be published with the
online version of the article. For the
privacy of those in the group, we
have hidden members' names.
For example, in one comment a
member says, "This group is finally
turning into the right wing circlejerk
I always dreamed it would be!"
Another post began just to make
fun of a video titled "7 Struggles All
Chubby Girls Can Relate To" and the
women in it.
Another post began with the
promise of discussing a major
political issue in the United States
right now (Standing Rock), but
unfortunately has comments
suggesting that the police "use real
bullets next time." The admin who
wrote this even commented about
wanting to kill protesters themself.
The quote from an admin in this
post which says "use real bullets
next time" goes against what he
said just a few days before in the
club's Reddit AMA, where they said
that the club was against opinions
or stances that explicitly call for
When Cooper Asp was asked
about these two contradicting
comments, he stood by his word.
Asp said the protesters were on
private property and the police
had every right to "put them
down" because the protestors were
essentially "terrorists."
Asp was also caught in a lie
when he said he was "furious" about
the male symbol being placed on
top of the cairn, when in reality
he commented "so proud :)" in
reference to the event.
Like ■ Reply ■ 21 hrs
another admin of
this club made a
post regarding the
use of ad hominem
someone directly
as an argument),
which contradicts
itself entirely. In
the post, they use
the example of
"calling someone
a cuck as an
evidence for an
argument. Feel
free to call people
cucks as long as it's
not a basis to an
this statement still contradicts the
club's perogative of using arguments
that are "made with wit and reason
rather than rhetoric and personal
In UBC Confessions post #2961,
the author writes about being glad to
live in a liberal place like Vancouver.
"I grew up in a really conservative
town and I just realized how nice it
is to be out especially when it's such
a non issue."
In the comments section, Louis
Jung and other members of the club
made threatening comments such
as, "Don't worry, us conservatives
are here too," and "just you wait bud,
we're just hiding."
There was also a recent comment
thread discussing Hitler and the
Holocaust. In it, there are two main
people who argue that the events
occurring in the Holocaust were
either exaggerated to promote a
certain agenda or did not happen at
all. There are multiple people who
stepped in to argue against them, but
the two people arguing back mostly
posted conspiracy theories from
YouTube to support their arguments.
Cooper Asp argued that the
comments were nonsense and
that it's impossible to deny that it
happened. A Jewish member of
the Free Speech Club approached
Asp and asked if he or one of the
other execs could do something
about these people. Yet, "as much as
[Asp and the execs] thought it was
disgusting," none of them thought
it was right to kick them out as "it
would be hypocritical of [the execs].
They have their opinions, they were
trying to express
their opinions.
Their opinions
are crap, but that's
the point of free
; The extended version had her lying in a coffin at 50 years old
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In the words of Milo Yiannopolous, "these hambeasts think
they're beautiful"
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the situation and explain why [the
admins of UBCNF] run the page
the way [they] do... as expected, the
[public] response wasn't positive."
She did, however, receive a few
private messages from members of
the UBC Free Speech Discussion
page who apologized for the
behaviour of other group members.
One person even said that the way
Bo was treated "changed his opinions
on how the group is run," saying
that members of the Free Speech
Club were not actually treating
her respectfully like they said they
would. Cooper Asp stated in an
interview that he had no knowledge
of what happened between Bo and
other club members, and could not
comment on the situation.
Another example of the club
contradicting their intended
support of free speech relates to
Donald Trump, who many of the
Free Speech club members strongly
"I have yet to actually see any of
them really promote free speech,"
said Bo. "A lot of them seem to
support Trump, which is fine, but I
haven't seen any of them condemn
Trump for wanting to jail flag
burners. Flag burning is one of the
most basic and historical ways of
showing free speech and discontent
with the government. It's interesting
to me that one very basic instance
of Trump [discouraging freedom of
speech and expression] is something
they're not going to speak out about."
There is a major misalignment with
how the club promotes and describes
itself, and what they actually discuss
and advocate for.
December 4 at 3:43pm
Afie Bo, the UBC
Needs Feminism
(UBCNF) admin,
got involved in a
discussion with
members of the
group about why
some UBC Free
Speech Club
members were
kicked out of the
UBCNF Facebook
group. She said
she had gone into
the discussion
page to "clarify
Vhat do y'all think of the decision to reroute
he Standing Rock pipeline?
[Great news!! Good to hear governments responding to its
so long by people protesting on private property is evidence of the need to
develop a different approach to breaking up protests. Like use real bullets next
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Seriously. What kind of message are we sending to
the companies who build infrastructure in the States.
Like ■ Reply ■ December 4 at 4:36pm
■ "Do everything legit, still get fucked"
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And invest millions
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The owners of the property consented, it should have
ended there
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This makes me angry too, and your talking
■about it really revived my anger. It's infuriating that our society has
come to a place where smelly hippies get their way. Smelly hippies
should never, ever get anything because they're vermin on this earth.
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Standing Rock - Continued from last page:
i If it's because of concerns for water, I think it's a good thing
they have moved it.
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It's the most secure pipeline ever designed, it would pass
underneath the Missouri River and be built 90 feet below it
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■■■^^^^H Then people should have chilled the fuck out
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I was pushed outta my momma's pipeline
December 4 at 9:28pm
If they dont reroute it the pipeline will probably be destroyed by
I people who disagree with it going into their land.
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Environmentalists should suffer the same fate as any
commy fucks.
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"I think I would have less of an
issue with the group if they just
changed their name to 'Conservative
Members of UBC or something like
that, because that's what they are,"
said Bo. "Putting the title of'Free
Speech' doesn't make sense to me
because it also implies that anyone
not with them is against the concept
of free speech, which is not at all
what the situation is."
While many of the Free Speech
group members are very open about
their conservative leaning, they tend
to describe their group as "open to a
diverse range of opinions" when this
does not appear to be the case.
"If you're within Free Speech,
you should be letting in people
from a whole spectrum of political
views and opinions," said Bo. "The
way many members interact with
others prevents people who are not
politically centre or centre-right
from interacting with them."
Asp acknowledged that most
members of the club identify as
centre-right or conservative and
agreed that "trading insults is not
productive." However, he added that
the executives of the club "can't exert
control over the dialogues" within
the discussion page and can only
"strongly encourage" people to make
conversations more constructive.
Asp said he would "like to see less
insults and personal attacks, but
people can do whatever they want
on the page to an extent."
Despite these comments from
Asp, he has allowed ad hominem
to occur within the page. In the
general guidelines, he specifically
says to "keep ad hominem attacks to
a minimum." When asked about this,
he said, "almost everybody on our
page has really thick skin and thinks
that stuff is funny, so it never really
gets in the way of conversation."
In regards to the intent or goals
of the Free Speech Club, Afie Bo
believes that free speech is not
really the motive to form this
group. She thinks that a big reason
why the group was formed in the
first place was because "they felt
uncomfortable being conservative on
"The intention of furthering
free speech is great, but we live in
Canada. We go to UBC. Your free
speech is not under attack. Clearly,
you have a platform to say whatever
you want to say. Conservatives ran
our government for many years.
I don't think free speech is under
Bo goes on to say that the club
rides "a very fine line between free
speech and hate speech." However,
Asp believes that hate speech falls
under the category of free speech.
He believes that "if you're just
expressing your opinion, then it's
just your opinion. If you're hateful
towards somebody, you're hateful
towards somebody... but it's still just
your opinion. So just by definition, it
should fall under free speech."
As stated before, this is a non-
AMS funded club that only started
this year by Louis Jung. Through
their controversial events and
Facebook posts, the UBC Free
Speech Club has successfully put
themselves in the spotlight at UBC.
Whether you agree with their
opinions or not, one thing is clear:
this club is riddled with hypocrisy
and contradictions. These span
from their social media posts to
their events and many conflicting-
statements made by members
of the club, particularly both its
communications officer and the
events coordinator/founder.
They claim to be apolitical, yet
nearly every post and event thus
far has had to do with politics.
They claim to want to create open
dialogue and discussion, yet they
allow ad hominem among members
and clearly have a conservative and
right-wing bias.
Having conservative or right-
wing opinions is not the issue here.
looking at the discussion group's
growth since November, they have
been making progress toward
having more serious discussions.
There has been a significant
decrease in memes and offensive
jokes, but there is still a dominant
conservative presence. Until any real
and consistent effort is made by the
club administration to bring a level
of moderation and personal safety
into the discussions that are taking-
place, the UBC Free Speech Club
can only be thought of as an often
hostile conservative echo-chamber
built upon casual racism, misogyny,
homophobia, anti-Semitism and
violence-inciting rhetoric. If you are
looking for intellectual, informed
and open discussion, you will not
find it here. *9
It is the inconsistency with what
the club says it promotes and what
it actually promotes. If you want
to create a safe space to have these
opinions, that's perfectly fine, but
you cannot describe your club as
apolitical and open when it's not. If
this club wants to be taken seriously
instead being ridiculed by the rest of
the student body, it needs to figure
itself out.
After conducting an interview
with Cooper Asp, it became
apparent the club has the potential
to bring a lot of good discussion onto
the campus. If they move forward by
having events that promote opinions
and dialogue from people across the
political scale, then they could live
up to the description and standard
they've set for themselves. Just from
UBC Confessions incident:
lygl   UBC Confessions
V&    Yesterday at 3:48pm • ©
I just wanted to say I really like how liberal Vancouver is. I grew up in a really
conservative town and I just realized how nice it is to be out especially when
it's such a non issue.
Like being not straight is the least interesting thing about me here.
I'm just glad I moved here.
Angelo Isidorou We actually don't all live in small towns. Many of us are
conservative but we keep quiet about it, for now
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Navpreet Garida I dont understand these comments. OP meant homophobic
conservatives, so you're all homophobes?
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Mark Lee These comments: when you're so conservative you stop being able
to perform reading comprehension tasks.
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Nitya Dubey Most of you calling yourself conservative arent actually
conservative but just a bunch of assholes.
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Rose Gallo Way to rain on this person's parade
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Shea McGlone Don't worry, us conservatives are here too
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| Phebe Ferrer OP, super glad you're feeling welcome here!
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Kt Louis Jung just you wait bud, we're just hiding •_<
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| Basically "I love my echo chamber of virtue signalling!"
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On the Holocaust:
^ I'm open to arguments that the total number of deaths is inflated
somewhat but how anyone can argue that it didnt occur at all is mind-boggling.
We have records meticulously taken by the nazis at some of the camps. How
can you deny a crime when you possess the admission of guilt written in the
perpetrators own words.
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H I'm not denying that it happened by any stretch of the
imagination. Hitler did indeed have concentration camps and there was
some harsh treatment occurring there. But yes, the numbers are greatly
exaggerated to create sympathy for the jews and others and to
demonize completely the National Socialists. Little is it mentioned that
there was a real badass Typhus epidemic occurring throughout Europe
at the time and it is this that claimed the lives of much of the jews, not
gas chambers, which were built by stalin in Auschwitz a year AFTER
the war. In the confines of a concentration camp, Typhus would spread
like wildfire, even killed some of the German guards. What I and |
^ are trying to get across is that there is far more to the story of
WW2, Hitler and Nazi Germany then what we've all been tought by
history, the media, Hollywood etc. But those in power would rather
obscure these aspects and simply get us to focus on the notion that
Hitler was simply an evil, genocidal tyrant who hated jews and wanted
them completely eliminated in the Europe that he planned to conquer as
a whole, yadda yadda. And that's all we need to know about it. And I
myself believed that for many years because that is what was being
spoonfed to me, I didn't even bother to question it. Well I'm not inclined
to believe that anymore, as IVe learned that much of it is either
exaggerated or not true.
Like   Reply ■ © 2 ■ January 7 at 1:43pm 10   I   CULTURE   |   TUESDAY JANUARY 24, 2017
Review: Love and Information is an impressive achievement
The play was a strange, sad and sometimes hilarious amalgam of vividly realized scenes.
Samuel Du Bois
Culture Editor
Last Thursday, the Frederic Wood
Theatre unveiled its first show
of 2017, Love and Information.
Directed by MFA candidate Lauren
Taylor and featuring an ensemble
cast of 18, this ambitious, absurdly
complicated and remarkably
experimental play proved to be a
great success that is well worth the
price of admission.
The Ubyssey covered the
production of this play last week,
and even then, it became apparent
just how much of a departure
this was from the traditional
productions put on by the theatre
department. The traditional three
act structures and ornate dialogue
of Shakespeare, Marlowe and
other classic playwrights had been
replaced with karaoke, discussions
about dark matter and arguments
about secret messages that are
hidden in traffic lights.
The structure of the play
consists of 59 unconnected scenes,
all strung together in rapid-fire
succession and sporting 120
characters. There is a frenetic
energy that runs through the whole
of the play and keeps momentum
until the very end. This is helped in
large part by the impressive sound
and lighting effects that provide
cinematic transitions between
scenes that are loud, fun and far
more than gimmicky. Cleverly
using the bright lines and dark
surfaces of the set, the projectors
fill the stage with a barrage of
visual motifs that nicely build
expectations about what the next
scene will hold.
For the most part these
transitions are very effective, but
several times they would come to
rather jarring ends, with the music
cutting out and the mesmerizing
images going with them. These
were not often enough to ruin the
moment, but they certainly could
have been smoother.
These did, however, act as the
perfect cover for a team of highly
skilled workers to swiftly cart off
an astounding amount of props
and furniture with great precision.
Somehow each scene managed
to find the perfect balance of set
decoration that made every scene
minimalist but also quite rich.
There was always just enough
visual information to make you
feel like the world in which these
characters were interacting was
more than just a few chairs and
a fridge or a tent and telescope.
Somehow each of the scenes felt
different and unique.
A lot of the credit for this
must also go to the actors, who
each quite successfully pulled
off their many roles with a great
deal of skill. Each character felt
distinct, right down to things like
the nervous twitching of fingers
or restless posturing, and there
were no moments where any
great missteps were made. Once
or twice performers could have
been accused of overplaying their
characters, especially the more
manic ones, but generally there
was an impressive level of subtlety
that made each memorable, which
is saying something when there are
120 of them.
The only great issue came from
the "Depression" scenes, which
felt out of place and not fully
realized. These are a collection of
one-line parts that act as a sort of
emotional leveling to offset some
of the more humorous segments,
but here they felt more confusing
than anything. The way that the
actors delivered these sparse lines
had the wrong tone and made
these scenes feel rushed and out
of place. Ultimately, they felt like
a wasted opportunity.
Beyond that flaw, it was a
fantastic play, full of humour,
strong performances and
technically impressive lighting,
sound, costumes and sets. It is
a play worth your time, whose
experimental nature in no way
makes it inaccessible or enigmatic
— in fact the opposite could not be
more true.
After the opening night, much
of the talk in the lobby was about
how much of a departure this
was from previous UBC theatre
productions. I hope dearly that it
is the start of a trend, rather than
an exception to the rule. *cS
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Finding people you get along with at a party can be difficult.
Ask Natalie: Where do
all the cool people go?
Natalie Morris
Advice Columnist
"Hi Natalie,
Where can I find parties to go
to and meet new and interesting
people. I hit up a frat house recently and it was an underwhelming experience in a barn of agitated, drunken, lustful people."
Ah, frat parties. Not where I
would go for intellectual conversation, but I know from my brief time
in the Greek system that at least
three houses have dogs and one
has a snow cone machine. That
was the single greatest party I
have ever been to and that house,
which shall remain nameless for
fear of their snow cone machine
becoming too popular, holds a
very special place in my heart.
But if the idea of snow cone
shots aren't enough to get your
butt into a frat party, then you do
have true disdain for frat parties. While said parties may be
full of "agitated, drunken, lustful
people," I find they aren't generally the actual frat members,
but rather the other party-goers.
Granted my first-year floor had a
rule where we wouldn't go up to
"check out a frat guy's room." But
on the whole, it wasn't a frat guy
asking you to come home with
him before asking your name or
sticking his tongue in your ear
(free additional advice: don't do
this). You'll find drunk, rowdy,
sex-crazed people everywhere.
It's university.
Any place where there's a club
atmosphere, you're going to get
that crowd. If you're looking to
get drunk in a calmer space, try
a bar or pub. Go with a group or
look for meet-ups in more sociable bars like Storm Crow. See if
any of your friends are having a
house party with their roommates
— you'll be able to meet a lot of
friends-of-friends which is always
Other than that, you could join
a club that does some of their own
partying. I think any club with
some social aspect has nights
out (The Ubyssey sure does). You
might have to get to know people
sober before getting drunk with
them and you'll never really know
which ones get sloppy drunk until
you do, but that's how a lot of
friendships are made.
Good luck and good drinking!
"Who are some of the best and
worst profs of UBC?"
I can't tell you that because
a) everyone looks for something
different in a professor, b) my
experiences with professors are
limited to the faculty of arts — save
six science credits — and c) even
if I gave you a pros and cons list of
every professor I've ever talked to,
Rate My Professor would still do it
so much better.
I'm graduating this year and
I don't know what I'm going to
do after. I panic when I get that
question, 'What are you doing after graduation?' It's like everyone
around me has their shit together
and I don't. What do I do?"
Honey bear, everyone who graduates feels that way a little, when
you're looking for a job, you're
wondering how everyone else is so
employable. When you get your job
offer, you wonder how everyone
else got such a cool job. If you stay
in Vancouver, you'll wonder what
would happen if you left. If you did
leave, you'll miss Vancouver. Life
doesn't just start when you walk
across the stage — we're living it now.
You'll get a job because you'll apply
for every job you get your hands on.
Where you live will be your home,
not because it's where you went to
school or where you grew up, but
because that's where you make your
Your dream job will always be out
there, even when you think you've
gotten it.
You'll always be moving forward
and you'll always feel a little uneasy.
That's life. It's not supposed to feel
easy. Question everything. No one
knows what they're doing.
We're adults. We're the ones who
thought we knew the answers when
we were kids.
Seriously, you'll be paying into
your RRSPs before you even know
it. til
Need advice? Contact Natalie anonymously at asknatalie@ubyssey.ca
or at ubyssey.ca/advice and have
your questions answered!
Mind your mind: Self-help books are
an inspiring source of motivation
Daphnee Levesque
Staff Writer
If you're like me and are looking
to improve your leadership and
relationship skills, go ahead and
browse the self-help aisle in
Chapters or your favourite book
store. Perhaps you'll discover that
self-help books can be the perfect
tools to help you manage different
areas of your life. They are a form
of self-improvement and therefore
reading them contains a lot of
Here are a few benefits of
reading self-help books:
They're empowering — the
reason the genre is so popular is
perhaps because self-help books
are all about uplifting words that
will inspire you to change your
life. They can make you feel in
control of your life, giving you
advice and useful tools to help
you change your behaviour,
and cultivate abetter attitude
for yourself — no matter the
Self-help is all about inner
growth — it is all about self-
directed learning and gaining
knowledge as well as wisdom. By
reading these books, you'll not
only gradually cultivate self-
acceptance, but also a greater
sense of self-trust. There are
books on different topics that
will suit different readers' tastes
and overall, most books have the
potential to guide you towards
Such books can give you
inspiration and spiritual guidance
— they can help you heal. By
inspiring you to make better
choices and take positive action,
these books can help you reevaluate your life goals, nurture
your inner child or change your
negative thought patterns.
Self-help books can help you
solve personal problems or learn
new skills — they can act as good
motivators and give you tons of
tips and tricks. They have the
power to help you develop a
different mindset and awareness
so that you can learn to change
As silly and tacky as they
sound, self-help books are all
about enhancing your life and
overall level of happiness in the
end. I would strongly encourage
you to give them a chance.
Personally, I've found self-help
books to be uplifting. With their
help, I've learned to respect my
own limitations, solved conflicts
and cultivated hope. Mostly,
self-help books have helped me
develop meaning and purpose in
my life.
Examples include:
The Places That Scare You:
A Guide to Fearlessness in
Difficult Times, Comfortable
with Uncertainty: 108
Teachings on Cultivating
Fearlessness and
Compassion, and When
Things Fall Apart: Heart
Advice for Difficult Times —
Pema Chodron
• Mindfulness Solution: Every
Day Practice for Every Day
Problems — Ronald D.
Siegel, PsyD
• The Book of Forgiving —
Desmond Tutu and Mpho
Letter: Thank you,
UBC, for the best
Winter Classic
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Thunderbirds beat the Bisons 4-3.
Noah Kussin
Fourth-year Foresty Student
Dear UBC,
Thank you. On behalf of
everybody here at the Birdcage,
thank you for helping us make
this year's Winter Classic the best
it's ever been.
We worked tirelessly with
AMS Events, the UBC Party
Calendar and the athletics
department to help make it a
night to remember, and boy, it
would not have been the same
without all 5,036 of you to help
us cheer the Thunderbirds on to
their 4-3 win!
Whoever said UBC doesn't
have school spirit has been
wholeheartedly proven wrong by
the energy and enthusiasm every
single fan brought to the game. So
again, from us to you, thank you.
The Birdcage tl
UBC GAMEPLAN Workshop: January 31
To provide high quality recreation and sport experiences for students, faculty, staff and
residents, UBC is developing a long-range recreation and athletics facilities strategy.
Following public consultation last fall, UBC is
seeking further input from the campus community on a shortlist of options for Thunderbird
Stadium and War Memorial Gym.
Join Us at the Workshop
Tuesday, January 31, 3 - 7pm
■ Please note this is a drop-in event
This workshop will share how options have
evolved since October and will include facilitated small group discussions to hear what the
campus community thinks the opportunities and
challenges are for each of the remaining options.
Hillel House, 6145 Student Union Boulevard
Online comments can be submitted from January 21 - February 5 at planning.ubc.ca/ubcgameplan
Questions? Please contact Gabrielle Armstrong, Senior Manager, Public Engagement, at
gabrielle.armstrong@ubc.ca or 604-822-9984.
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The secret to hummingbird flight? Sight
Human brains probably aren't capable of hovering.
Emma Loy
Hummingbirds are magnificent
creatures — they fly at breakneck
speeds, move with ninja-like agility
and hover still in the air. It seems
impossible that we could ever
understand how hummingbird
brains control their movements,
but the picture just became a little
Previous UBC research showed
that visual motion cues are involved
in hummingbird hovering.
Visual information about
motion travels along neurons from
the eye to the cerebellum, where
sensory information is gathered and
integrated to produce a response.
Certain clusters of neurons respond
to certain types of motion. For
example, the motion of buildings or
trees passing by as you walk down
the street lights up a different set
of neurons than if you were to fall
backwards and see the world rushing
The cluster of neurons that
relays backward-falling motion is
common to all mammals and birds.
In hummingbirds, these neurons
make up a cluster of cells called the
lentiformus mesencephali, or LM.
The hummingbird LM is larger
relative to brain size when compared
to other animals, which suggests
it may play an important role in
hovering. Birds that can only hover
briefly have slightly enlarged LM
regions. It would make sense that
an enlarged LM, which relays visual
information, would be part of the
hummingbird's neural specialization
for hovering.
UBC postdoctoral research
fellow Andrea Gaede designed an
experiment to see if hummingbird
LM neurons respond only to forward
motion, as they do in other animals,
or if they perform some other
specialized function.
The experiment measured single
LM neuron activity in response to
seeing a white screen with black dots
moving in uniform directions. Gaede
looked for changes in neuron-firing
when the dots changed direction.
"The cell will start firing like
crazy in its preferred direction and
it'll get inhibited by the opposite of
that preferred direction," said Gaede.
"Once you know the preferred
direction, you can try to figure out
what the preferred speed of the
stimulus is."
Gaede found that rather than
responding only to forward motion,
LM neurons in hummingbirds
respond to all directions of motion.
"The LM is really highly conserved,
which is why it's kind of surprising
that it might be different in
Gaede also predicted that LM
neurons would preferentially
respond to slow-moving stimuli, as
forward motion cells typically prefer
slow speeds. She found the opposite
— hummingbird LM neurons fire at
much higher rates when presented
with very fast-moving stimuli.
"We think this is because when
things are close to you, even when
they're moving slowly... the motion
across your retina is actually fast."
Gaede said that in addition to
being important for hovering, LM
neurons might also be engaged
during high-speed displays and
However, the LM is only one
of many parts involved in relaying-
visual motion, so this discovery is
likely only a piece of the puzzle of
hummingbird hovering behaviour.
"There are a lot of connections
we aren't taking into account by
looking at a single thing," said
Gaede. "It's always important
to understand the underlying-
machinery ... but it's often very
different to what's happening in a
behaving animal."
Gaede's next steps are to see what
takes place at the cerebellum, where
information from the LM is received.
Differences at the cerebellum would
support the idea that the LM is
involved in hovering behaviour. 'O
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Stavros Avramidis is UBC's
resident wood scientist
Dr. Avramidis' first project at UBC was using wood to model lung tissue.
Nivretta Thatra
Senior Staff Writer
Need inspiration? Heed the
advice of Dr. Stavros Avramidis,
UBC professor and head of the
department of wood science. "You
cannot lock yourself in a room —
talk to your colleagues. Talk to
whoever uses what you are doing.
That's the only way to get ideas,"
he said.
Getting out of his office is
precisely how Avramidis, a wood
scientist, found himself working
on his first research project at
UBC with Dr. Alex MacKay, a
medical physicist.
Their key insight — that the
small tube-like structure of wood
and lungs were almost identical,
allowing wood to serve as a model
for lung tissue — was a result
of a random conversation over
lunch. Avramidis and MacKay
were strangers in completely
different departments when they
met at the Faculty Club with their
trays of food, yet they ended up
collaborating for six years.
Originally from Greece,
Avramidis obtained his PhD
from the State University of New
York. He was offered a position at
UBC before he was even finished
defending his doctoral thesis —
an opportunity he described as
amazing, unforeseen and one he
was eager to jump on.
While the project with
MacKay was in motion, Avramidis
also kept in mind the second
piece of the collaboration puzzle:
talking to the end user. He
realized the disconnect between
consumers of wood-based
products and the forest where
the resource comes from. This in
turn stands in the way of efficient
foresting practices.
Avramidis decided to make
predictions about what types of
wood consumers would need
and to relay these predictions
to change forestry. "I wanted to
create a super model that allowed
me to connect the silviculture —
what we do in the forest when
we grow the tree — to the type of
wood that the tree produces. If I
know that we want wood of this
type 20 years from now, I can say
to the foresters [that] this is what
we need," he said.
The goal is to protect and
ensure the efficient growth of
forests instead of haphazardly
wasting a valuable resource.
"Wood is the only renewable
material on this planet," said
Predicting the future of
foresting is very important,
Avramidis believes, because
nowadays one can make almost
anything from wood, even
plastics. "From little things
— from forks and spoons, to
nanocrystalline cellulose — to
massive buildings, you can make
all of these out of renewable
materials, out of trees," he said.
More importantly, these products
can replace petrochemicals and
thus result in a carbon-neutral
consumer environment.
Now, 30 years into his career
at UBC, most of Avramidis'
time is spent on administrative
tasks rather than research and
teaching. Administration can
be a dreaded, bureaucratic role,
but Avramidis finds it to be a
rewarding way to give back to the
"Administration can also be
lots of fun if you don't see it as
a burden," he said. "If you see it
as, 'Well, maybe I can contribute
something to this university.
Maybe I can make the student
experience better, perhaps help
students with challenges.'
"This is an exciting time
for our profession and for
humanity. It makes me excited
that we are moving into green
products, green raw materials,
and renewable materials and
He encourages young
researchers to join wood science,
and hopes the field will attract
more students as the public
realizes the value of renewable
resources, especially wood.'O SPORTS+REC
Men's hockey grinds out important win
Bill Situ
Senior Staff Writer
With a stunning victory against
the University of Manitoba Bisons
in the Winter Classic, the UBC
men's hockey team went on to
split a weekend doubleheader
against the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies.
The 'Birds dropped the first
game by a 2-1 decision, where
UBC forward Adam Rossignol
had the only goal for UBC.
Saskatchewan had twice the
number of shots on goal as the
'Birds, but the game ended in a
one-goal difference thanks to a
solid performance by goaltender
Matt Hewitt in the net.
In the second game, the 'Birds
came out on top 4-2 on a come-
from-behind win.
"It's huge going into
the stretch here. I know
[Saskatchewan] is definitely one
of the best teams in Canada ...
and to beat them really gives us
insurance going forward," said
T-Bird forward Luke Lockhart
after the game.
After the scoreless opening-
frame, it was the Huskies who
claimed the initial lead with a
little over 10 minutes into the
second. The goal came from Jesse
Forsberg during a Saskatchewan
power play, which resulted from
a hooking penalty against UBC's
Chase Clayton.
Five minutes after the first
goal, Lockhart got the equalizer
for the 'Birds when he picked up
a loose puck along the boards and
rifled it past Huskies goalkeeper
Daniel Wapple from the left
In the final two minutes of the
second frame, Andrew Johnson
reclaimed the lead for the
Huskies. Despite the 2-1 deficit,
the 'Birds came out strong in the
third, producing three goals to
come out on top.
"I know it's in there ... to be
down one goal against one of
the top teams in Canada and just
[sticking] to the game plan add
a little bit of desperation," said
UBC head coach Sven Butenschon
after the game.
The first of the third-period
goals came from Clayton, who
managed to take the puck from
a defender in the slot before
finding his way to the crease to
put the biscuit in the basket.
With seven and a half minutes
remaining in the game, Lockhart
managed a sharp-angle shot on
Wapple before running hard into
the end boards. He then picked
up his second goal of the game
on a pass by teammate Nick
Only two minutes later,
Buonassisi picked up the game-
winning goal for UBC, skating
The 'Birds are currently second to last in the league and there's not much time left.
with the puck from the neutral
zone before deking past two
Huskies defenders and beating
Wapple to make it 4-2 for the
"Some of these guys were so
overdue, it was bound to happen.
I was grateful for Lockhart and
Buonassisi there getting back on the
scoreboard," said Butenschon.
With six games remaining in
the regular season, the game on
Saturday was a much-needed win for
the 'Birds who are currently sitting-
second to last in Canada West.
"There's not much time left, but
if we keep playing the same way,
we'll keep picking up points and
we should be able to scrap our
way back into the playoffs," said
Lockhart. '3
UBC now holds an 8-11-2 record,
and will travel on the road next
week to play the University of
Lethbridge Pronghorns.
UBC alumni inducted into BC Hall of Fame
David Sidoo, Frank Smith and the 1969/70 UBC Thunderettes women's basketball team were inducted.
Bill Situ
Senior Staff Writer
David Sidoo, Frank Smith and
the 1969/70 UBC Thunderettes
women's basketball team are among
the members of the BC Sports Hall
of Fame's 2017 induction class.
Of all the inductees, Sidoo
received the highest honour
— the W.A.C. Bennett Award.
According to the Hall of Fame's
nomination form, the Bennett
award recognizes individuals who
have "made a significant unique
and lasting contribution to sport
in British Columbia."
Sidoo — who played for
Thunderbirds football from 1978
to 1982 and won a Vanier Cup
championship during his final
year — has donated millions of
dollars toward sports programs
for youth in the province. He also
notably founded the 13th Man
Foundation to raise money for the
UBC football team.
While he is proud of his
accomplishment, Sidoo said that
he feels more grateful for the
difference he's been able to make
in his community.
"It's not about the awards,
really. It's about the people that
you make a difference for and
that's what really just excites me
so much," said Sidoo.
Smith — who coached UBC
football from 1974 to 1994
and made four Vanier Cup
appearances during that time —
was also proud to see a player that
he once coached enter the Hall of
"[Sidoo] is certainly worthy of
being inducted. He's done a number
of things in the community over and
above just football," said Smith.
Smith got inducted to the Hall
of Fame as part of the player/
coach category and attributes
his induction success to the
performance of his team.
"A lot of the players went to play
for the Canadian Football League
(CFL) after they had been at UBC,
and that's a reflection on them and
a reflection on the team and the
program," said Smith.
Sidoo also credits his success to
Smith's mentorship.
"I've taken so many of those
team aspects that [Smith] taught me
on the football field and in sports
into my business world, and have
been very successful with that," said
Sidoo. "He's helped me more than
he can help."
In the team category, it was
the 1969/70 UBC Thunderettes
women's basketball team that got
the award.
Heather Cranston — one of
the members of the team — sees
the 1969/70 season as having set a
legacy for the women's basketball
program at UBC.
"The coaching style was what
really took this group of athletes
higher than most of the teams had
been before," said Cranston. "We
did fitness training that was pretty
much unheard of for women's
That year, the Thunderettes
came out with a 32-6 record to
place first in Western Canada and
also won the Senior A women's
championship. Five of the team's
players eventually went on to play
for the Canadian national team.
"I think it's really important for
women's sports, especially women's
team sports, to be promoted
through the BC Sports Hall of
Fame," said Cranston.
Outside of UBC, other members
of the induction class include
Roland Green (cycling), Mark
Recchi (ice hockey), Geroy Simon
(football), Michelle Stilwell
(wheelchair athletics), Mark Wyatt
(rugby), Tim Frick (wheelchair
basketball), George and Dianne
Tidball (equestrian) and Chang
Keun Choi (taekwondo). 'O
The official ceremony for the Hall
of Fame induction will take place on
April 12.
The team performed well despite being
plagued with injuries.
Tight loss for
men's field
hockey in first
game of 2017
Bill Situ
Senior Staff Writer
Coming off of a 4-5-2 record before
the winter break, the UBC men's
field hockey team took a 4-3 loss
against West Vancouver FHC in
their first game of 2017.
The first half was a close contest
between the two teams, with West
Vancouver being the first to get
onto the scoreboard. The 'Birds
then managed to equalize the game
before the opposition came back to
reclaim the lead.
As the first half reached the
midway mark, UBC forward John
Sharp recorded the second goal
for UBC, putting the ball behind
the back line after an earlier shot
by defender Quentin Clark got
deflected off the goalkeeper's pad.
With the score now tied at 2-2,
the 'Birds took the lead for the first
time on a penalty stroke by fourth-
year defender Gordon Johnston.
Despite trailing, West
Vancouver managed to produce
two more goals and come back
on top 4-3. UBC then desperately
fought to tie things up once again
and had opportunities, which
included a few short penalty
corners and a shot that struck
the crossbar. Still, the 'Birds were
unable to respond and the game
ended in a one-goal loss.
Even with the loss, UBC
head coach Kinder Gill was
overall impressed by his team's
performance given the team's
current battle with injuries and
"I thought our boys played
really well. Good effort overall.
We were unlucky on a couple of
chances, but the most difficult
part we had was fielding healthy
players," said Gill.
With only 12 able players
available, UBC had room for only
one substitute available throughout
the entire game.
"We just had one sub, and that
makes it difficult when there [are]
unlimited substitutions and you
want to have at least four guys on
the bench," said Gill.
"It was a good result [and] good
energy shown by the team." 'O
UBC now holds a 4-6-2 record and
currently places seventh in the
Premier Division. The team will play
its next game on the road against the
United Brothers FHC in Surrey. 14   |   SPORTS+REC   |   TUESDAY JANUARY 24, 2017
T-BIRDS 5-0N-5
by Isabelle Commerford
1. What are your New Year's
Avril Li
Make 2016 better than 2017.
2. What's your favourite snack or
snack-place on campus?
3. Growing up, what makeshift
equipment did you use to
practice your sport?
4. Tennis or badminton?
5. Have you ever gone Ashing?
Did you use a net, a rod or your
bare hands?
When I was younger, I used
to use baseball bats or tennis
rackets to hit the golf ball as
strength and speed practice.
Tough one, but badminton
because I am better at it.
Nope, I've never gone
fishing, but I would love to
someday. Maybe when I'm
Brandon Underwood
To make it to a few more
Thursday morning classes.
Omio Japan in the Village -
can't beat the lunch box.
I used to use my dad's old
sticks when he got new
ones. They were so stiff I
couldn't even shoot or flex
them at all.
Tennis because I'm really
good atWii tennis, so it
would translate to the court
The only fishing I do is for
likes on Instagram.
Joe Antilla
I think maybe mixing in a salad or two would be my best
resolution — I eat far too
much bad food. Secondly, I
watched Cuban Fury recently and got really interested
in salsa dancing, so I think I
might take up some lessons.
McDonald's forsure, which
is probably why I should go
to more places with salad.
My uncle made my brothers
and I a Plexiglas shooting
platform ...The frustrating
part about it was we didn't
have a goalie, so my older
brothers and I put pads on
my little brother and put
him in net to make it more
To be honest, I suck at both
of those sports, but I suck
less at badminton. So I
would have to say badminton because I can't even
serve or return a tennis ball
over the net.
This is a great guestion, as I
have spent all my summers
commercial fishing on the
Pacific Ocean since I was 10.
Soto answerthe guestion, I
would say all of the above.
Joel Regehr
Rowan Harris
I didn't have any formal New
Year's resolutions, but I am
trying to meal prep as much
as possible.
I don't do those.
You can't go wrong with a
Delly sandwich.
It's not necessarily makeshift, but my sister and I
would sometimes use a badminton nettoplay volleyball
in our backyard.
Although we had a badminton net, I'm going to have
to go with tennis. It's lots of
fun to watch and I always
get a kick out of their grunts
during rallies.
I'm from Vancouver Island,
so I've been fishing lots of
times. Usually with a rod, but
I have done the old string
with a hook tied to it on
Omio for sushi in the Village.
Snacks, lunch, dinner—you
can always find me there.
I didn't start playing field
hockey until part way
through high school. But
when I did, I made some
rebound boards out of bins
in my basement and hit
balls around to improve my
Neither—field hockey is my
one true love.
Nets, rods, bare hands,
fishing line and hook — you
name it and I've done it.
'Birds take down MRU Cougars, sweep weekend
Lucy Fox
Senior Staff Writer
The UBC men's volleyball team
decimated the Mount Royal Cougars
on Friday, January 20 in three
straight sets, with set scores at 25-21,
25-17 and 25-19.
UBC got on the board first as
outside hitter Irvan Brar spiked
the ball just inside Mount Royal's
baseline. Setter Byron Keturakis
followed up the initial kill with four
serves, ending in four consecutive
points for the 'Birds. UBC won
the ball back quickly after that, as
Keturakis played a tricky tip to first-
year middle Jordan Deshane who
smashed the ball just over the net to
take the 'Birds to 6-1.
The 'Birds stayed well ahead for
the rest of the set, winning 25-21
with Fennema notching the final kill.
The second set proved even more
dominating for the T-Birds.
Throughout the set, the Cougars
didn't get closer than four points
away from the T-Birds. Some more
creative play from the home side
proved difficult to compete with
for the visitors.
In the closing points of the set,
the Cougars started an onslaught
of heavy hits, trying to force the
ball through UBC's defensive wall.
Cougars' outside hitter Lachie
Pollock was among those pushing
to break UBC's defence as he
smashed the ball across the net.
UBC's Joel Regehr put up the huge
block, putting the 'Birds ahead
Another two points for UBC
sealed the deal in the second, as
they won 25-17.
The third set was the closest of
them all, as Mount Royal tightened
their defensive tactics and made
more creative attacking drives.
As the teams exchanged serves,
Mount Royal made the first big-
play to earn their 12th point. With
setter Tanner Greves popping the
ball up at the net, middle hitter
Josh Kirkham smashed the ball
into UBC's back court. With the
play, the visitors held a two-point
marginal lead at 12-10.
The Thunderbirds would
eventually win the set 25-19, taking-
Friday's match in a clean sweep of
the Cougars.
On Saturday night, the match
was a lot closer, as the sides played
out all five sets.
UBC took the first, winning
25-20, but the Cougars fought
back to take the second and third,
26-24 and 25-17 respectively. In
the fourth, UBC reversed the third
set score line, taking it 25-17 and
sending the teams into a fifth set.
In the end, the 'Birds managed
to pull out the win, taking the fifth
set 15-11.
Irvan Brar led the T-Birds in
kills on Saturday night with 23
overall. The previous evening, the
Surrey native was honoured with a
scholarship for his contribution to
volleyball in his community.
In support, Keturakis had 42
assists on the night. He leads the
team with an impressive 615 assists
so far this season. 'Q
Moving towards the top of the table,
the 'Birds head to Calgary next
weekend to face the ninth-placed
University of Calgary Dinos.
@ Performance Theatre at the Nest
January 30 - 31, 2017
Tickets: lheatrefilm.ubc.ca
I survived the deathmatch that is UBC REC's Gladiator
Lucy Fox
Senior Staff Writer
You know it's going to be a
journey when you put your
leggings on the wrong way before
an event.
As I got home from work and
made the quick turnaround to
head up to campus, something-
told me Gladiator was going to
be more than I had imagined it
to be. Maybe it was the chai latte
still sitting in my stomach telling
me activity was not a smart plan.
Maybe it was me forgetting my
keys on three different treks back
to my room from the front door.
Whatever it was, when I walked
out to my car, I had a fleeting-
moment where I realized I was
absolutely not prepared for this.
There were five activities on
the go at the Student Recreational
Centre, all meant for teams of 6 to
10. Being by myself, I was slightly
limited in the options I could
try. After some UBC REC staff
consultation, we opted for two
of the Lord of the -Rfngs-themed
activities — Battle of Minas Tirith
and Mount Doom.
First up was Minas Tirith. Put
simply, it's a slow-spinning clock
of terror — not the technical term,
but you get the idea. With players
standing on stools around the
inflatable clock face, a giant clock
hand swings around to take out
any flailing limbs in its path. This
is where my jumping skills, or
lack thereof, failed me miserably.
It was only myself in the circle
and I could see the hand coming
every time, but my complete lack
of coordination sent me flying-
over the bar and awkwardly into
the cushioning below.
Twice I tried. Twice I failed.
Now think about doing that
with other people in the ring,
and having balls thrown at you as
well. That was what teams were
up against.
Second on the list was Mount
A giant, adult-sized bouncy-
castle maze. From the outside,
it looks inviting — a colourful
little haven, like something-
out of Imagination Land from
the movie Inside Out. But once
inside, the walls felt like they
were swallowing you whole. The
first hill seemed friendly — it
was short and sweet. From then
on though, you tumble into a
dark abyss. This was not for the
claustrophobic students of UBC
from my evaluation.
With inflatable beams, bars
and barriers in your path, I got
lost in the sea of shadows and
colours. And then, from around
a corner, you face Mount Doom
itself. Towering over you, it is
your task to conquer it before
sliding down to victory once you
Gladiator is one of many events organized by UBC REC.
hit the summit.
Embarrassingly, it was almost
exhilarating. I wasn't even racing
anyone and I was taking my time,
but the slide back to home base
was like scoring the winning
goal, the final touchdown, the
winning basket at a national
Throw in getting your hands
on "the ring" itself in the maze
and taking that back down to
the maze entrance — which
teams were actually supposed
to be doing — and you've got a
Teams also tested their smarts,
speed and team spirit with other
activities like Riddles in the
Dark, Storming Helm's Deep and
Escape Shelob's Lair. There was
even Lord of the Rings music and
a movie playing to put teams right
into the Middle Earth mindset.
As J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, "The
world is indeed full of peril and
in it there are many dark places."
Those dark places are probably
the dark corners of the Mount
Doom maze and the feelings
of peril grip the heart when a
tennis ball is launched at you in
Storming Helm's Deep,
I have skills to hone for next
year, alongside learning to put
pants on the right way. ft
New Aquatic Centre open to public on January 23
The centre's capacity is a whooping 966 bathers with the mezzanine able to hold 460 spectators.
Salomon Micko Benrimoh
Senior Staff Writer
The long-awaited UBC Aquatic
Centre was briefly opened
to media on the morning of
Wednesday, January 19 and the
many new amenities of the pool
were showcased. The Ubyssey was
on hand for the unveiling, and
got a first-hand look at the new
$40-million facility.
The pool opened to the public on
Monday, January 23, with regular
aquatic programming taking shape
over the next few months.
There are a total of three pools
at the new centre. The first is a
recreational pool meant for the
community. In it is a makeshift
water basketball court, a lazy river
and a general play area complete
with pool toys and a very large
hot tub. The centre's capacity can
accomodate 966 bathers with
a mezzanine that can hold 460
Next to the recreation pool is
a 10-lane, 25-metre pool with a
deep end and two diving boards.
This pool is ideal for short-course
training and lap swimming for the
community. The diving boards
include a smaller springboard and
a higher diving board of four to
six metres. To address accessibility
needs, there are ramps to the leisure
pool and 25-metre pool, as well as a
power lift into the hot tub.
On the other side of both smaller
pools is the 50-metre competition
pool. This will be the centre of
training for the UBC Thunderbirds
men's and women's team, the
Vancouver Pacific Swim Club and
the Vancouver branch of Swimming-
Canada's National Training Centre.
An upgrade from the old Aquatic
Centre was needed if Vancouver
wanted to retain its national training-
centre. Given that the 'Birds are the
most decorated university swim
program in the country, it was time
that they had a facility that reflected
that. Other major programs across
the country have replaced their
pools in recent years, including
the University of Toronto Blues
and the Universite de Laval Rouge
It's one thing to train in a pool
and it's a whole other thing to race
in one.
For swimmers, this is a great
pool to race in. The air quality is
good thanks to filters located at
the surface level of the pool. These
are supposed to help the athletes'
performance, especially compared
to the old Aquatic Centre which
was extremely hot and humid.
The lighting- is at a perfect
level and the ceiling is clear and
straight, meaning that swimmers —
especially backstrokers — won't get
blinded mid-race.
Diving blocks are yet to be
installed, but they will be new
FINA-regulated starting blocks
— a big improvement over the
monstrously huge blocks of the
old Aquatic Centre. The pool
is also deep at all points where
there are starting blocks, so the
slamming of ankles in the shallow
end will be a thing of the past.
Another interesting aspect of
the new facility is the communal
feeling created by placing the
high-performance training pool
right next to the recreational pool.
Olympians and Thunderbirds will
swim alongside the community,
encouraging other swimmers and
allowing community members to
have some of the best swimmers
in the country to look up to.
In addition, there are universal
change rooms where the lockers
of Olympic and T-Bird swimmers
are placed next to those of
community members, again
creating a closer connection
between the community and
the elite athletes training at the
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1-Belle or Bart;
6-Gen.Robt. ;
10-Out of the wind;
14- Golfer Palmer, to his army;
15- Cordelia's father;
16-Male swine;
17- Radioactive gas;
18- "Jurassic Park" actress;
19- Knowledge;
20-Spring mo.;
21-Australia's Rock;
23- Leaves port;
24-Late bloomer?;
26-Fills to the gills;
27- Dated;
31-Mother of Hermes;
32-Yoga posture;
33-Sephia maker;
36- In spite of;
40- British verb ending;
41-Article of bedding;
42- Diamond family name;
43-Me too;
44- Crownlike object;
46- World-weariness;
48-Tribal symbol;
49- Sandy bathing beach;
50- Foremost part;
52- Guido's high note;
55- Behind schedule;
56-Change direction;
57- Devoured;
59-List finish;
60-Shipped off;
61- Pee Wee of the Dodgers;
62- Boxer Oscar Hoya;
63- Keats creations;
64-Metal fastener;
1- Franklin D.'s mother;
2-Mouse catcher;
3- Calcium-iron garnet;
4-Carnival site;
5-Soprano Scotto;
6-Born before, senior
7-Sly look;
8- "...countrymen, lend me your
9- Sea eagle;
10- Remove by melting;
11-Sarge's superior;
12- Viscounts' superiors;
13-" Tu" (70s hit);
22- Are we there ?;
23-Astronomer Carl;
25- "Saint Joan" playwright;
26-Yemen's capital;
27- Prefix with present;
28-Asian country;
29- Japanese immigrant;
30-Damon of "Good Will
32-Excuse me;
33-0.621 miles;
34-Party to;
35-Juan's water;
37-Magazine copy;
38-Asian cuisine;
39-Be bold;
43- Bassett or Lansbury;
45- Furry swimmers;
46-Tickle pink;
48- Legal wrongs;
49- Answered a charge;
50- Give eats;
51-Actor Auberjonois;
53- majesty;
56-Brandy letters;
58- Former nuclear agency.;
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