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Jack Liu runs UBC's best dog Insta
Liu just wants to make your day a little bit better.
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Fourth-year kinesiology major
Jack Liu's Instagram account is
the big dog on campus. Like all
social media success stories, it
started on a whim.
"I missed my 8 a.m. class — I
was still drowsy, thinking, 'What
am I gonna do today?'" said Liu.
He started daydreaming about
dogs and felt inspired by pages
that have spun-off of the original
dog-spotting group on Facebook.
"I was like, 'UBC deserves a
dog page,'" said Liu.
Given that he was already
sending Snapchats of dogs to his
friends as he walked to and from
classes, starting the page was a
slam dunk. The only difference
now is that he stops for a chat.
"Now I talk to the people, and
actually get to know the dogs and
their personalities. Or 'dogalities,'
if that's a thing," he said.
"I get joy knowing that
people's days are made from the
photos. Also petting all these dogs
is just a huge plus."
It is so much of a plus that Liu
hosted the first-ever doggo meet
up on March IS at noon, along
with the UBC Arts & Culture
District and the SisuGirls of UBC.
There are almost 600 people
"interested" or "going" to the
Facebook event.
"It's kind of a trial thing," said
Liu. "If it works out, I'm sure
there will be more to come."
The toughest part of the job,
according to Liu, is the harsh
reality of public opinion.
"I feel bad when dogs don't
get enough likes. When it's
consistently 200, 300 likes, and
then one gets 100, I'm like, 'oh
That said, Liu does have a
"Watching Charlie walk just
brightens up my day," he said,
referencing the old, ambling golden
retriever who's been a recurring
character on the account.
A little-known fact about Liu's
page: he accepts submissions. He
says there are only about six or
seven posts from other people, but
his DMs are always open.
Speaking of, Liu is looking-
for someone to take over after he
graduates this April.
"Someone who is as silly and as
big of an idiot as I am," he said.
The process will begin
"officially" soon, although he
already has a couple of people in
"It's usually the few people
who comment consistently on the
photos. I feel like they genuinely
show interest in this," said Liu.
Submitting photos is also a good
way to get yourself into his good
books. Most of the people who
have submitted are in Gamma Phi
Beta — Liu is considering giving
the page to the sorority to run
between all of its members.
Whoever's hands the account
ends up in, Liu wants the focus to
remain solely on the dogs.
"The account was never meant
to be about me," he said. "It is
intended to make someone's day a
little better." tl
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UBC students who sat in House of Commons
on Women's Day share their stories
"Diversity is a very important thing moving forward."
Neha Sree Tadepalli
Staff Writer
For International Women's Day,
338 young women aged 18 to 23 sat
in the House of Commons, each
representing their own riding in
This "takeover" was part of a
larger three-day event — four days
for Indigenous delegates — called the
"Daughters of the Vote" initiative. It
was created by Equal Voice Canada,
a multi-partisan organization
founded in 2001 that advocates for
increased female representation and
involvement in Canadian politics.
This is the first time that an
event like this has taken place and
nine UBC students got to attend
— Amy Ryder, Shakti Ramkumar,
Helen Zhou, Sarah Saeed, Gunisha
Kalra, Mustari Tumpa, Sara Wahedi,
Montana Cardina and Ashleigh
Giffen (the one student from UBC
Sarah Saeed, a third-year UBC
student majoring in economics and
political science, noted the evidence
for its necessity.
"Before coming into this event,
I didn't really see myself wanting
to go into politics or run as an MR
but I think it has really opened my
eyes and made a career in politics a
possibility," said Saeed. "There have
only been 314 women elected in the
history of Canadian parliament and
more representation is definitely
needed — which is something that
this event is attempting to do."
The event itself began on
Monday, March 6 with the
Indigenous delegates, where they
participated in an Indigenous forum
which included group discussions
and activities, including a speech
from Minister of Indigenous and
Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett.
Montana Cardinal, a third-year
law student from Bigstone Cree
Nation in Alberta who is studying
in the Peter A. Allard School of Law,
spoke about the day further.
"We had PhD graduates and
current MLAs come and sort of just
share their experiences — not only in
relation to politics, but also in their
lives specifically — and just give us
tips and sort of just tell us to work
hard and to follow our dreams."
The rest of the delegates arrived
Tuesday morning and participated in
a "policy issues day." They attended
various forums, heard speeches from
various people in politics and had
roundtable discussions revolving
around women's equality and other
important topics such as mental
health and healthcare.
The next day, International
Women's Day, mainly focused on
the House of Commons takeover.
The day began with the delegates,
as well as MPs, Senators and other
supporters, marching from the
National Arts Centre to the House
of Commons where they took their
"The Indigenous delegates
actually sang the 'Strong Woman'
song as people were entering
the House of Commons, so that
in itself was super powerful and
empowering," said Ashleigh Giffen,
a first-year undergraduate student
at UBC Okanagan who is a part of
the Kahkewistahaw nation, on the
group's entrance into the House.
Giffen also spoke to how her
experience entering the House may
have differed from the others.
"It was pretty emotional because
we were entering the most colonial
building where treaties were made
and broken," she said. "It was a bit
surreal to be there surrounded by my
Indigenous sisters."
Other delegates also found
the experience to be emotional in
different ways.
"The whole experience was very
much an emotional thing because
you're surrounded by people who
care very strongly about certain
thing's and are very passionate about
those things," said Helen Zhou,
a writer from The Ubyssey and a
second-year UBC undergraduate
student studying philosophy and
political science. She also referred to
the one-minute speeches that 30 of
the delegates were selected to give.
"One young woman talked about
Islamophobia and the effects of it.
Another talked about the rates of
suicides in Inuit communities. Some
talked about women in business and
bilingualism. It was a very emotional
experience to hear these passionate
women speaking about these things
that mattered to them."
Saeed shared Zhou's sentiments
regarding the speeches. "They were
all so good, so well written and so
powerful, and it was just amazing,
feeling the energy in the room," she
The final day consisted of
"professional development and
leadership workshops" in which
the delegates were able to choose
roundtables, forums and discussions
that were relevant to their
specific interests. These included
environmental policy, international
development or women in STEM.
A gala concluded the event
and all 338 young women made
their way home, with many
of the UBC students holding-
similar impressions of the event —
particularly in being able to meet
a talented and diverse group of
"Diversity is a very important
thing moving forward. I think that
we have and we need to continue to
move away from a single narrative of
women," said Zhou. ^
After financial loss, Continuing Studies to be restructured
Vera Sudakova
As of July 1,2017, the division of
Extended Learning (UBC ExL) will
replace the 26-year-old division of
Continuing Studies. This follows a
Senate vote in favour of changing
the division's name and mandate,
beginning its transition to becoming
a primarily administrative unit.
Over the past four years,
Continuing Studies has accumulated
$4.8 million in debt, but according
to Associate Provost of Academic
Innovation Hugh Brock, the
proposed changes are not cuts to the
"One of the key goals... is to really
encourage the faculties as much
as possible to embrace personal
education," said Interim Executive
Director of Continuing Studies Peter
Moroney. He said instead that the
changes focus on innovation and
flexible education. The goal is "to
find the right mix between the access
and convenience offered by [online
resources] and the kind of intensive
experience that you can only get face
to face."
The focus on innovation and
flexible learning is nothing new
for Continuing Studies, which was
the first department in Canada to
introduce 100 per cent web-based
courses in 1995.
The primary mandate of UBC
ExL following the current changes
will be to support faculties with
administration required to offer
non-traditional learner programs,
while allowing faculties themselves
to create academic content.
Brock explained that UBC ExL
will offer support with aspects of
course creation that "aren't academic
functions, per se." This reflects
changes the university has observed
The proposed changes are not cuts to the department.
in the career and personal education
strategies of today's students in order
to "do a better job of reaching out to
more learners in more ways."
According to Brock, the goal is
innovation, with faculties owning
their intellectual domains and with
UBC ExL in charge of administrating
their programs. Using the example
of creative writing, Brock explained
that "they know about creative
writing, we know about online
learning and effective online
courses" — so together, they might
be able to improve both what they do
and how they doit.
The next step for the university
will be discussion with faculties and
a review of all the programs offered
by Continuing Studies to decide on
the best way to offer programs in the
future. The Senate vote is only the
start of what Brock called "a long-
transition phase."
"We have a lot of students who've
already registered but not taken
courses in Continuing Studies, [or]
You're too busy
to do your taxes.
So we will.
For free.
who are in the midst of a program
of courses to get a certificate," said
Brock. "Nobody will be left high and
The timeline for implementing
the university's UBC ExL strategy
is years long and in the process,
UBC continues to "have a
commitment to [their] students."
According to Brock, "the
Senate did not give us permission
to disestablish Continuing
Studies as an academic unit." In
some cases, Brock said, there
will be departments that "have
more good ideas than they have
administrative support to deliver
them" and will be "happily
letting us provide administrative
In other cases, he recognized
that Continuing Studies programs
might continue to be offered by
UBC ExL, "either because they are
so interdisciplinary that no faculty
owns them, [or] because faculties
aren't at this time interested." tl
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Pending court decision, BDS to go to referendum April 3
The referendum may be cancelled based on the court's decision.
Sruthi Tadepalli
News Editor
UBC student Logan Presch has
submitted a petition to the BC
Supreme Court asking that the
AMS be prohibited from putting
forward the following referendum
question: "Do you support your
student union (AMS) in boycotting
products and divesting from
companies that support Israeli war
crimes, illegal occupation and the
oppression of Palestinians?"
A referendum posing this
question to all UBC students is
currently planned for April 3 to 7.
The referendum was originally
supposed to be held earlier —
either during the AMS Elections or
the last week of March — but was
postponed after a court order was
secured by Presch and his legal
It maybe cancelled if the court
rules in favour of Presch after
hearings on March 27 and 28.
"The proposed question
is divisive, creates a toxic
atmosphere for students
supportive of the state of Israel,
and is destructive of open and
respectful debate on an important
issue," his petition reads.
The referendum is a part
of the global BDS (boycott,
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movement, which calls for an
end to Israeli occupation in West
Bank and Gaza and support for
the rights of Palestinian refugees
and Palestinians currently living
in Israel.
In the AMS's official response
to the petition, they take no
position on the order sought by
Presch, saying only that if the
court grants it, they believe that
the matter ought to be remitted
to the AMS with "directions
to determine if the proposed
question violates the provisions
of its consitution, by-laws or code
of conduct."
A referendum is called for
one of two reasons — either AMS
Council has passed a resolution
to hold one or a petition has been
signed by at least 1,000 students.
In this case, the BDS petition on
the question was signed by 1,000
eligible students. Referendums
can only be phrased in a "yes-or-
no" format for students to answer
when voting. Whether this rule
has been complied with will be
determined by AMS Council.
If in the opinion of Council
a petition for a referendum
does not meet this requirement,
they require Student Court to
prepare a clear and unambiguous
The petition filed by
Presch brought forward three
main concerns with the BDS
Presch's petition to the court
argues that the referendum
goes against Section 2(e) of the
AMS's constitution, which notes
the objective of the AMS is to
"promote unity and good will
among its members." The AMS's
mission statement also notes this
commitment, adding that it will
also "encourage free and open
debate, as well as respect for
differing views."
The petition noted that a
concern for safety arises in part
from the response during the first
time the referendum was posed
in the spring of 2015.
"The proposed question drove
a wedge between religious groups
on campus who had previously
enjoyed inter-faith outreach and
collaboration," reads the petition.
"Students outwardly opposed
to the [referendum when it was
first posed] encountered a hostile
reaction and there were reported
acts of anti-Semitism on campus."
For example, posters opposing
the referendum in 2015 were
defaced and lawn signs were
kicked down.
As also noted in Presch's
petition to the court, when
the referendum was brought
up again this year, the AMS
did make efforts to enforce
their Respectful Environment
Policy and attempted to have all
relevant groups resign a copy of
the policy.
"The VP Administration and
myself did take the time to sit
down with any relevant groups
that may be affected by this
question, whether they are on
the peripherals of proposing
the question or opposing the
question," said AMS President
Ava Nasiri.
"Some clubs were willing to
sign this and other clubs were
not. It's only as effective as the
members are willing to allow it
to be."
However, in their official
response to the petition, the AMS
noted that their bylaws and code
of procedure do not require them
to consider the purposes set out
in the constitution when putting-
forward a verified referendum
question. However, the Societies
Act does require that societies
must not carry out an exercise
contrary to its purpose.
"If this Honourable Court
determines that, under the
Societies Act, the UBC AMS
must consider whether the
proposed question is contract to
the purposes set out in the UBC
AMS constitution, then the UBC
AMS respectfully submits that
the matter ought [to be remitted]
to the UBC AMS to determine
that question," reads the AMS's
response to the petition.
The petition states that the
current referendum question
violates the AMS Code
requirement that "the question shall
be phrased in such a way that it can
be 'yes' or 'no.'"
"The proposed question is not
capable of a meaningful 'yes' or 'no'
answer," reads the petition.
The document further argues
that, objectively, it is hard to know
what a "yes" answer to the proposed
question means.
"The proposed question leaves
entirely ambiguous what constitutes
'support' for the alleged "war
crimes,'" said the petition. "[It]
makes it difficult for a student who
may disapprove of some policies and
actions of the Israeli Government,
but does not endorse the view that
Israel is committing war crimes,
to understand the significance of
a 'yes' vote."
In response, the AMS said
that the word "meaningful" does
not appear in either the code or
the by-laws when addressing the
running of a referendum.
"It is Council's discretion,"
noted the document.
The petitioner alleges that
the proposed referendum is
improper because it does not
disclose the contracts the AMS
will be required to break if it
passes. As an example, they refer
to MasterCard and its usage,
especially at The Pit, as well as
Starbucks and its presence on
In response, the AMS said that
the passing of the referendum
question would not break any
Should the petition to the court
be unsuccessful, the referendum
will go on as planned on April
3. If it is successful, then what
happens next will depend on
what the court orders.
"Until ordered otherwise,
we're just doing our best to follow
protocol laid out for us in our
bylaws," said Nasiri. '0
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updated coverage go to ubyssey.
ca. MARCH 28, 2017 TUESDAY I   NEWS
How will the 2017 federal budget affect BC students?
The budget saw the realization of some of Trudeau's campaign promises.
Samantha McCabe
News Editor
The 2017 federal budget, which
was released on March 22, is the
second budget of the Trudeau
administration, and begins to see
the realization of some of their
campaign promises. While also
containing overarching goals such
as reducing the federal deficit by
several billion, there are many
more specific provisions that will
benefit BC post-secondary students
in tangible ways.
We're delving- into the changes
that will affect students and
education the most.
The public transit tax credit —
which allowed for a 15 per cent
non-refundable tax credit for the
cost of public transit passes — is
being phased out as of July 1,2017.
The credit applied to electronic
fare cards, annual passes and
monthly passes.
This will cost each student that
uses a U-Pass $17.10 more in taxes
per year, based on a calculation
that sees a UBC student getting the
U-Pass for both the fall and winter
terms (which comes at a cost of $38
per term or $76 per school year).
Although the AMS does not
have a statement on this at this
time, it acknowledges that this
change could have a slight effect on
overall affordability.
Student loan assistance and relief
is something that the Trudeau
government has been placing an
emphasis on. In particular, the
focus is on students that may be
facing added barriers in getting an
education such as mature students,
students with dependents and
Indigenous students.
In November 2016, it was
announced that students will
not need to begin paying back
their loans until they are making-
over $25,000 a year, while also
increasing the maximum Canada
Student Grants amount for low-
income students.
With the new budget, an
additional $107.4 million over
four years is to be spent on the
Canada Student Grants program,
with a focus on assisting students
with dependent children. These
allocations begin in 2018/19.
Another $59.8 million has been
allocated towards the Canada
Student Loans program, making-
loans and grants more readily
available for part-time students
over four years. This change will
result in an additional 10,000
part-time students becoming-
eligible, according to a government
A new project meant to help
adults in the workforce return to
school by facilitating their access to
student loans and grants will receive
$287.2 million in funding over three
years, starting in 2018/19 as well. The
project will test different approaches
to making these financial options
more accessible to students that
want to return to school.
In order to better support
Indigenous students, funding for the
Post-Secondary Student Support
Program (PSSSP) will increase by
$90 million over two years. This
is a breakthrough in terms of the
funding's breaking of the two per
cent cap on the increase, but falls a
little short of the $50 million yearly
"We were happy to see
government accept the
recommendation we made in
partnership with other U15
schools to increase funding for
PSSSP," noted Kathleen Simpson,
AMS VP External, in an email.
The federal Youth Employment
Strategy — which aims to expand
employment opportunities for
the generation newest to the
workforce — was started in 1997
but emphasized by Trudeau as
something that he wanted to see
grow during his time in office.
As a baseline, each year the
government invests approximately
$330 million in the program. In
2016, considerable investments
were made, with a $278.4 million
additional allocation to the
Youth Employment Strategy
and a doubling of the Canada
Summer Jobs Program (one of
the components of the strategy,
which also targets youth work
With the 2017 budget, an
additional $395.5 million has
been allocated over three
years — beginning in 2018/19 —
towards the Youth Employment
Strategy. The government
estimates that the results of
this will include the assistance
of over 33,000 "vulnerable
youth" with employment and
education opportunities, and
will create 15,000 "green jobs"
that aim to contribute growth
to environmental sectors across
Additionally, $221 million —
over the next five years beginning
in 2017/18 - will be allocated
towards the creation of over 6,000
new work-integrated learning-
placements and co-ops for STEM
students and graduates through a
partnership with Mitacs. According
to their website, Mitacs is a
company that "builds partnerships
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Review: Mongolian throat singing is unlike anything else
Anda Union are important, not only as a talented group of musicians, but also as conservationalists of their culture.
Samuel Du Bois
Culture Editor
Khoomei — the long, low overtone
emanating from the singers'
throats — is hypnotic and calming.
Anda Union brought it from their
homes in Mongolia and filled the
walls of the Chan Centre with a
sound the likes of which it has
never played host to before. In a
season that has brought us New
Orleans jazz, Russian opera,
flamenco dance and sweeping-
orchestral performances, the
strange, surreal hum of these
performers represented a
surprising move into a previously
uncharted realm of music.
This was Anda Union's first
and only foray into Canada on
their tour across the world, and
it gave attendees on Sunday night
an experience whose uniqueness
and rarity would be sold short
if I described it as "a once in a
lifetime opportunity."
Anda Union are not just
performers, they are also
conversationalists. The sounds,
stories and culture that they
capture in their music come from
a time that was at risk of being-
obliterated by the great upheavals
that have shaped China's recent
history. The group's aim is the
gathering of the music that
was once integral to Mongolian
culture, with the aim of reengaging fellow Mongolians who
have lost their heritage while also
raising the world's awareness to
its existence.
Essential to the group's
sound are the vocals, known
as either overtone or throat
singing. The technique relies on
the manipulation of air passing
through the respiratory system,
which when done correctly
produces two, distinct notes
at the same time. It sounds
ridiculously cool, even eerie at
times and there are around six
different types of overtones —
Khoomei — used by Anda Union,
each remarkably different from
the others. The sheer physical
strength that must be required
to sustain these sounds alone
is impressive, but is all the
more striking when paired with
the array of instruments that
accompany the performance.
These include an array of
string instruments that will look
familiar to anyone who has ever
been to the symphony, though
they are boxier and mostly two-
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stringed. The primary instrument
of the show is called the morin
huur, or horse head fiddle, which
while also having a horse's head
carved into it, can produce a
sound highly reminiscent of
the creature in question. These,
accompanied by sheep skin
drums, a lute, bass and reed flute,
amounted to a performance
whose sound was versatile,
emotive and rich. I don't think
that I've ever been so aware of
how much music can encapsulate
a culture as when I was watching
this performance and picking
up details about the origins of
different aspects of the music.
The throat singing is supposed
to capture the sounds of the wind
moving over the grass lands and
was used by herders to call and
subdue sheep. The horse heads
are another example, as horses
were a vital part of Mongolian
culture and many of their songs
used horse riding as a motif.
Every explanation only
enforced the idea that what we
were witnessing was not only a
performance, but also a lesson
in Mongolian culture. Great
efforts were made to ensure
that we understood what we
were listening to as much as
we were enjoying it. With this
intention, several of the songs
were accompanied by videos of
Anda Union back in Mongolia,
providing interesting visual
context. While these videos
were not always necessary
and sometimes felt a bit like
afterthoughts, it was still fun
to see a traditional drinking
song paired with a montage of
Mongolian people getting wasted.
The songs were well-
curated to take us through a
slew of different genres and
musical traditions from many
of the different regions of
Mongolia. There were lively
"cowboy" numbers (complete
with dancing), romance songs,
maternal tributes and slow, solo
pieces. On particularly impressive
work had the performer
producing sound from his throat
while also playing a moadin chor
(reed flute), creating (by my
math) three notes at the same
The best concerts that I have
seen at the Chan Centre have
been not only entertaining, but
also great lessons from the artists
on their craft. I've seen Wynton
Marsalis regale his audience
with tales of jazz greats, heard
Jonathan Girard happily recount
details about the subtle rebellions
made in the symphonies of
Shostakovich and now I have
heard Anda Union teaching
their audience about a part of
Mongolian culture that risked
being lost to both its people and
the world.
Anda Union showed their
audience the sheer power and
importance of simply playing
music and how vital the
conservation of tradition is to
understanding the culture of a
nation. In their songs, we were
given the rare opportunity to
experience not only a dying art,
but also an age that has long since
passed — sustained only through
the remarkable efforts of people
like them, ft
Martial arts and
slam poetry
Salomon Micko Benrimoh
Senior Staff Writer
We're one week away from April
and it's the time of the year where
the semester is winding down, but
we haven't the slightest amount of
courage to face the Everest-high pile
of assignments that's amassed itself.
But worry not, there are plenty of
things happening at UBC this week to
take your mind off all of that. Just get
all your papers, labs, group projects,
undergrad thesis assignments and
whatever else you need to get done,
accomplished next week. There are
still classes then, right?
Kickstart your week with the annual
Best of the Nest martial arts display,
hosted by UBC Taekwondo. The
event will run the whole day from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main atrium of
the Nest. It will showcase members
of different UBC martial arts and
combat clubs, including UBC Rung
Fu, AMS Boxing, UBC Fencing and
more. Pass by and take a quick look,
although we recommend not getting
to close to those performing. Just a
It's UBC Arts and Culture night at
the Museum of Anthropology and
that means $4 tickets for a whole
night of fun. The event will feature
different acts ranging from live music
to sets by both UBC Improv and the
UBC Slam Poetry club, all within the
beautiful interior of the museum.
The event is all ages but a 19+ post-
event social will follow at Koerner's
Pub, just down the street from the
Why stay at home and watch the 10th
sequel to Step Up when you can go
watch the real thing on campus? The
Thunderbird Dance Team and AMS
Events are hosting the third annual
Get Schooled dance-off at the Nest,
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The theme will
be 80s, 90s, 2000s throwbacks, so it's
time to bust out your best moonwalk
while wearing your flashiest hammer
pants to the tune of Smash Mouth.
Feel like you'll be that one guy
who pulls out their leg trying some
ridiculously pathetic move? Don't
worry, spectator tickets are $5, with a
chance to win a pass to Block Party.
It's time to get international this
Friday with Brasa — UBC's yearly
event carnival. Head down to
Koerner's for a night of Brazilian
costumes, decor and music. DJs
will be spinning away Latin and
Reggaeton tunes inside while a live
samba band entertains those outside.
Tickets for this little taste of Rio de
Janeiro range from $8 to $15, with a
limited amount being sold at the door
for $20. All proceeds of the event will
go to Free the Children, to help build
wells in India.
Take it easy on Saturday night at the
Chan Centre, with the UBC School
of Music's event, UBC Bands: (Un)
Plugged. All students will get a
discount price of $8 to see the UBC
Symphonic Wind Ensemble and UBC
Concert Winds perform a diverse set
list ranging from modern classical to
tango, ft MARCH 28, 2017 TUESDAY I   CULTURE
Somehow, I managed to get into the Milan Fashion Week
Laura Palombi
Staff Writer
Like many fashion fanatics, it has
always been my goal to attend one
of the big four. No, Sauder snakes,
I'm not talking about accounting-
firms. I'm talking about the big-
fashion weeks — New York,
London, Milan and Paris. So you
can imagine my excitement when
I discovered I had the opportunity
of attending the 2017 Milan
Fashion Week.
I still honestly have no idea
how I — a student all the way
from Vancouver — managed to
weasel my way in and basically
get the experience of my life. A
few weeks have passed now and it
still feels like a dream. The phrase
"fake it till you make it" has never
been more real (except at any job
interview I've ever had). Yes, I had
a press pass, but I wasn't a high-
fashion reporter or anything. I
was honestly just trying to take in
any fashion week mayhem I could
get my hands on. But despite
feeling this way even before the
week began, I channeled my
nerves into motivating me to apply
for numerous invitations, some of
which I miraculously received.
And so my fashion quest began.
My initial reaction to finding out
I landed invitations to some of
the events was to freak dance to
the Lady Gaga song, "Donatella."
But as the moment passed, I soon
realized that I had no idea how
fashion week actually worked.
I scoured the internet trying to
look for advice, but believe it or
not, "how to be a reporter during
fashion week" wasn't high up in
the Google search bar. Eventually
I realized I had to just show up to
whatever events I was invited to
and learn as I went.
So let me break down my
general day-to-day routine.
My day would begin the night
before, where I would download
my invitations to shows onto
my iPhone and then get a nice
sleepless night, full of stress
about what outfit to wear for the
following day. Of course, I would
have loved to dress like a diva
style-blogger, walk to shows in
my tiny stilettos and have fancy
black cars chauffeur me around.
Alas, my choice of footwear were
Converse and my transportation
was the underground metro. But
hey, I'm not complaining.
I'd wake up, get dressed, grab
my friend's Canon DSLR camera
which she graciously let me
borrow and be on my way. I would
then ride the metro to attend
either a presentation or a show.
As I discovered, this is how
fashion week works — designers
display their collections at either
a presentation or show, something
I wasn't aware of. Presentations
are meant for lower-tier designers
who get to simply showcase
the clothes on their models in a
room. These were really fun to
attend, as you get to spend a lot of
time looking at the details of the
clothing while enjoying the free
food and prosecco being offered.
Additionally, the designers style
the venue of the presentation
to their liking, so I walked into
winter wonderlands, forests and
what I think was just someone's
house. What these presentations
did lack was the glitz and glamour
of a full-on fashion show, of which
I got to attend a few.
I know a lot of times the
experiences that you see in movies
don't really resemble real life,
but let me tell you that fashion
shows are all they're hyped up
to be. There are photographers
everywhere and people dress
in ways that I've never seen
before in my life. At these shows,
you'll see all the crazy, sexy, cool
people (TLC reference intended)
dressed in beautiful or weird
clothing, trying to get noticed by
photographers or pass through the
bouncers into the shows.
If there's one thing I learned
during the Milan Fashion Week
— besides that fact that the
exhaustion is real — it is that
confidence can get you anywhere.
If you get on that cocky Leonardo
DiCaprio, Catch Me If You Can
attitude, photographers will surely
come snap photos of you and you
will surely get into shows. All you
have to do is play the part. This
is slightly easier said than done,
but still, looking around at the
numerous guys and girls waiting
outside of high-profile shows, they
truly looked like they belonged
there even if they had no ticket to
get in. Cameras came flashing to
girls who wore shoes that I had
definitely seen on the sales shelf
of Zara the day before.
Luckily for me, I had passes
for all the shows I got into. I was
generally assigned to the standing-
section, which meant that I had
to wait until there were free seats
leftover. This meant squeezing
my way into the front row a few
times, but it also meant waiting
for an hour to sit down for a five
to ten-minute show. Surprisingly,
the norm for these fancy shows
is that everything and everyone
runs late, but when you get in,
that waiting becomes all worth it.
The lights dim, pretentious techno
music starts to play and you get
lost in the buzz of the show. After
a full day of running around, it
was back to my house loading the
invitations for the next day and
trying to get some rest. Needless
to say, I got sick by the time the
week was over. Was it worth it?
Hell yes.
By the end of the week, I realized
what impressed me most during
the Milan Fashion Week, besides
the amazing shows that I
attended, was the fact that fashion
isn't about what designer you are
wearing or if you are a celebrity.
It's how you can take whatever
you have in your closet and make
it work (Tim Gunn reference).
How do you make it work?
By strutting those cobble-stoned
streets like you own them.
From my personal experience,
it is definitely harder than it
sounds. So that's why, for my
next upcoming articles, I'll be
documenting my day-to-day
experience of the Milan Fashion
Week to show you how the
fashion trends from the runway
can be brought right to your
closet. Just know that, honestly,
the only accessories you really
need are your unique style and
your confidence, ft
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The Ubyssey investigated UBC Students' Union Okanagan after it ran unprecedented deficits in 2015 and 2016 — more than $300,000 each year, or about
23 per cent of annual revenue.
The union's 2015 outgoing president used his marketing company to run the winning campaigns of 24 of UBC Okanagan's 31 positions in student government.
That past president and his company then won a website contract for the union's student work subsidy initiative, the Campus Community Bridge.
The project flopped with only eight students receiving grants and the website hasn't been updated since March 2016.
The UBCSUO refused to say how much money was paid to the past president's business. MARCH 28, 2017 TUESDAY I   CULTURE
CCB proposed expenses vs actuals
Where did the money go?
Student grants                            $50,000
Student grants                            $4,000
Admin                                          $2,000
Admin                                 Unknown
Website                                      $8,000
Website                              Unknown
Events                              Unknown
I his has been coming for
a long time, Rocky," said
Shaman McLean, a vice
president of UBC Students' Union Okanagan (SUO).
McLean was at a February 2015
meeting of student executives in a
small boardroom. Present were four
other student executives, the union's
general manager and three student
guests. McLean was addressing
then-president Rocky Kim.
"I believe you're abusing the position for your business, for personal
profit. I think that all of us as executives are failing the students and failing the union by letting this happen."
UBCSUO president was not Kim's
only hat. He was also co-founder and
managing partner of Class Media,
which branded itself as one of the
"largest student marketing, publishing and consulting companies in the
Okanagan" on its now-defunct website.
Kim co-founded Class Media, also
known as Class Magazine, during his
presidency. It began as a print magazine, but soon became an online hub
of UBC Okanagan and Kelowna-fo-
cused content, and a vessel to help sell
other marketing services — like social
media management and website design.
McLean was accusing Kim of a
conflict of interest between his duties
as president and his business interests
with Class Media. Class was competing with the UBCSUO's campus
newspaper for advertising and stories,
and that's what was under discussion
at this meeting. The conflict went
beyond disadvantaging UBCSUO's
official media, though — Kim's role
at the UBCSUO helped to foster his
business prospects. He sold full-page
colour ads to many historical UBCSUO advertisers, the SUO and Class
Media occasionally cross-promoted
on each others' social media feeds and
ran events together, and on multiple
occasions, Class referred to the SUO
as a partner.
UBCSUO official meeting minutes concluded that no conflict
of interest existed between Kim's
duties as president and his role as
managing partner of Class Media.
But even though Kim's presidency was winding down, his connections to the UBCSUO were
growing. In February, Kim added
another title to his bio — campaign
manager for presidential-hopeful
Tom Macauley's campaign.
After Macauley's election, he
awarded Class Media a contract
to build a website for a student job
shadowing program, the Campus
Community Bridge (CCB).
Macauley's original proposal
put aside $50,000 for 100 student
grants at $500 each. His budget
was reduced by more than a third,
which still would have allowed for
60 grants. But in the end, no more
than eight students participated, at
a cost of around $4,000.
It's still unclear where the rest
of the money is.
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"Class [Media] does not sell advertising," read its "advertise" page. "We
partner with local businesses in order
to develop our brands together."
The UBCSUO was a crucial partner for Class Media, as it strengthened
Class's key sales pitch access to UBC
Okanagan's 8,000 students.
Kim was nearing the end of his
term as president when McLean confronted him. McLean said he wanted to see "more ethical boundaries"
between Class Media and the SUO.
Their discussion focused on Class's
competition with campus media, although McLean spoke briefly about
a variety of concerns such as Kim's
use of UBCSUO petty funds and Class
Media benefiting from the student
union's connections.
"Shaman, can I ask you a question?" said Kim. "You're pushing
my buttons now. Are you alright?
Are we alright,? Do we have a
In February 2015, outgoing President Kim threw Class Media's
resources behind Macauley's campaign, a slate called "UNITED for a
Better Campus UBC," or UNITED
for short.
A slate is a group of candidates
running on a shared platform — a
practice that is controversial at
many campuses in Canada. Proponents say it leads to more effective governance through a unified
vision, while critics say it leads to
disengaged leadership and "rubber-stamp" boards.
UBCO students voted to ban
slates at the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the union, but that
vote was quietly overturned by the
2014/15 UBCSUO board, headed
by Kim. There, they passed a new
election policy that neglected to
carry over the ban. UNITED was
the first slate to form in the wake
of this new election policy and
with Class Media's support, it
took the election by storm, putting
forward 26 candidates in an election with 31 positions available.
Kim used Class Media to design campaign materials, produce
video ads and build a website.
Everything was branded as "Powered by Class."
Class led UNITED to a near
sweep. They won 9 of 12 spots on
the UBCSUO's board of directors
(no one ran for two of the three
remaining spots), 10 of 14 student
positions on UBC Okanagan's senate and the sole Okanagan student
position on UBC's Board of Governors.
Macauley's one-year term as
president was the most costly in
UBCSUO student union history.
The union reported a deficit of
$308,555 in 2015, two months after
Macauley took office. In 2016, two
Ambitious and over-budget
programs and events were the
main catalysts of the deficit. One of
those programs was CCB.
Kim turned down an interview
about the Campus Community
Bridge, saying in an email that
he couldn't comment because
he didn't have any information.
Drunkemolle said he wasn't aware
Kim was working on the CCB,
since Kim "was not there" that
But many students say Kim was
Kelly Taverner, who was recruited to UNITED's campaign
by Kim, called it "entirely Kim and
Macauley's initiative."
Kim wasn't just building the
CCB's website at arm's length. He
was also helping out with "behind
the scenes logistics," according
to Nicole Legg, a UBCO alumnae
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months after Macauley left office,
the union reported an additional
deficit - this time of $319,000.
According to UBCSUO general manager Bob Drunkemolle,
much of 2015's deficit spending
happened in the last two months
of that year's financial term, when
Macauley's team began implementing their agenda
These two deficits each represented about 23 per cent of annual revenue in the years incurred, a
stark departure from the union's
history of surpluses. In 2013, the
UBCSUO's surplus was $452,283
and in 2014 it was $137,222. The
union's steep spending also put
it in violation of UBCSUO Bylaw
XIII 3, which prohibits the society from operating at any level
of deficit.
who worked with one of the CCB's
corporate partners, Okanagan
In fact, Kim was one of the
only people involved in the CCB's
logistics. Jessica Fortier is another
UBCO graduate who participated
in the CCB as a student, and was
placed at Okanagan Counselling
through the program. She spoke
positively of her placement, which
eventually resulted in a year's employment — but she noticed logistical issues.
"It was not really advertised
what companies you could be
hired on by," wrote Fortier in an
email to The Ubyssey. "It [seemed]
like it fizzled out fairly quickly."
Despite the CCB spending
nearly twice its allotted budget,
student engagement was lacking. 10   I   CULTURE   |   TUESDAY MARCH 28, 2017
Student spending soars
Compare UBCSUO expenses (black) vs. revenue Cgreen)
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Megan Stancec was hired to promote the CCB though setting up
booths for signup, and noted that
hundreds of people would walk by,
"Those that did stop didn't know
about it," she said. "I think it would
[have been] more successful if students were actually aware."
Stancec's tabling was the biggest
effort to promote UNITED's flagship campaign promise — a career
initiative that promised to connect
up to 40 students with hundreds of
According to Drunkemolle, the
CCB had 12 corporate partners. But
Class Media only listed six on their
website, which was last updated in
March 2016. The Ubyssey spoke to
all six of the businesses listed on the
CCB's website as partners students
could work with: Mona Vision, Orchard Park Dental, Okanagan Counselling, Silver Star, Thirdspace and
HARE. Outreach.
Four never received student
work placements. H.O.P.E. Outreach
and Okanagan Counselling, the remaining two, received six student
placements between them.
All six CCB partners confirmed
that Kim was who they spoke to
about participating in the program.
A representative from Mona Vision said he doubted Kim ever had
any intention of following through
on placements, saying "something
[was] a little fishy there."
Even though the UBCSUO never
followed up with some of the businesses Kim spoke to, Class Media
did. "Class gained connections," said
Natalie Wong, Class Media's former
copy editor.
While the CCB was running,
Class Media sold sponsored content
to two of the UBCSUO's CCB partners — Mona Vision and Thirdspace.
Many of these articles advertised a
partnership between three partners:
the business, Class Media and the
An article paid for by Mona Vision, for example, included a footnote — "Mona Vision has partnered
with Class and the UBCSUO to offer
special deals and promotions to students like you."
Kim would not speak by phone,
but he responded by email saying he
didn't understand how a conflict of
interest could exist.
"During my time at Class, our
team (I'm trying to be humble) was
the best at student marketing in the
Okanagan. We partnered with nearly every major brand in town, delivered results with a fraction of the
budget of competitors," wrote Kim.
"It was nearly impossible for anyone
in Kelowna to walk downtown without entering one of our partners'
businesses. I even told all of our clients to request quotes from multiple
sources and I would always provide
more affordable or more efficient
service. I cannot control how clients
choose, I can only make the case for
Class Media also published a
page of sponsored content about the
Campus Community Bridge.
To find out how much Class
Media was paid by the UBCSUO,
The Ubyssey requested a copy of the
CCB expense records from Drunkemolle and current president Blake
Edwards. They refused, but they
shared some general information
from the records.
Drunkemolle said the CCB ledger listed 12 students who successfully participated. But The Ubyssey
found that at least 4 of the 12 students listed did not participate in
the program, a fact which surprised
both Drunkemolle and Edwards.
This CCB ledger was submitted
by Kim himself, according to Edwards.
Macauley's project proposal earmarked $8,000 for a website and
$2,000 for administrative work. As-
sumingthose figures are correct, and
adding in a generous estimation of
$6,000 spent on student grants plus
other miscellaneous student-related
expenses, that leaves about $35,000
to $40,000 unaccounted for.
So how was the rest of that money spent?
According to Drunkemolle, the
majority of CCB's expenses went
to events. It's unclear when the
CCB shifted from being a student
grant subsidy program to a fund
primarily for events, but it was not
a change approved by the UBCSUO board, according to meeting-
Drunkemolle said at least 12
events or initiatives were paid for
or sponsored by the CCB fund.
Class Media, which managed
many events for businesses in
Kelowna, was connected to some
of the CCB's events.
Online records show that
Class Media managed ticket sales
for Celebratory UBC and Kevin
Breel: Confessions of a Depressed
Comic, both free-to-student
events paid for by the CCB fund.
The fund also sponsored a City
of Kelowna Canada Day concert,
which was partly run by Blueprint
Okanagan, an events company that
also employed Rocky Kim as its university liaison.
Class Media was involved in
more UBCSUO events during Macauley's year than just those funded
by the CCB.
"It seemed like the sort of events
that were run by the student union
were also correlated with what
[Class Media] would have more of a
stake in," said Alex Cloherty, a UBCO
alumni who had been concerned
with the UBCSUO's spending in her
graduating year of 2016.
In early 2016, Class Media partnered with the UBCSUO to run
a comedy event at the Cannery
Lounge, the cocktail lounge arm of
the now-closed Flashbacks Nightclub. Class Media was the official
media partner of Flashbacks —
Kim managed and promoted many
events there.
But Drunkemolle warned the
UBCSUO executive in a September 2015 meeting that the union
could not sponsor parties at Flashbacks because it would be a conflict
of interest with the campus pub.
Drunkemolle also warned them that
Flashbacks couldn't be present at
ExpoUBC, another event sponsored
by the CCB fund. UBCSUO's comedy event at the Cannery Lounge
happened after this warning.
With the overall context of the UBCSUO's rampant deficit spending,
the Campus Community Bridge
raises serious concerns of mismanaged student funds. Tom Macauley
claimed the CCB would connect students with hundreds of businesses,
but the reality fell far short with the
mere eight students that participated.
He told the UBCSUO board of
directors that he was "negotiating"
with an arm's length web design firm
in Kelowna for the CCB website, but
that never happened. Instead, Macauley's former campaign manager
built the website.
When asked for an interview
about the CCB, Macauley refused
"Unfortunately, I'm not a student anymore, nor am I in a position
to comment on anything related
to the UBCSUO," he wrote in an
Macauley later responded to
an email that outlined facts reported in this article. He said he
"disagreed with the allegations,"
and that they were "misleading
and inaccurate." He did not respond to follow-up questions asking for clarification. He asked that
The Ubyssey never contact him
Students are supposed to hold
their elected representatives, like
Macauley, to account at the Annual General Meeting. But 2016's
AGM did not reach quorum of 50
students, the required minimum to
vote on any bylaw changes. All the
union can do without quorum is pass
audited financial statements from
the previous year and the upcoming-
year's budget, both of which they
did. There is no record of discussion about the deficit
In fact, the UBCSUO's deficits
were not mentioned anywhere in
the meeting minutes of Tom Macauley's term — a big departure
from previous years when financial
debates were frequently recorded
and released to the public.
In another stark contrast to previous years, both Kim and Macauley's boards of directors met half as
often as those of the two previous
years' boards.
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These meetings were also shorter than in previous years. In 2013,
board meetings were often two to
three hours at minimum. In Kim's
year, the average board meeting-
was 57 minutes — in Macauley's, 78.
Student unions in BC are governed
by the BC Societies Act, which
requires that accounting records
be kept for inspection by current
members. The Ubyssey, with the assistance of a current member of the
UBCSUO, requested a copy of CCB
expenses and a number of other
financial documents related to the
initiative and the union's approximate $600,000 of deficit spending
over two years.
Drunkemolle argued that this
part of the Society Act does not
apply to the UBCSUO, however,
because it also said that societies
could "provide otherwise" in their
bylaws with regards to inspection
of accounting- records.
"UBCSUO Bylaw XVI provides
for disclosure of financial statements and minutes of open sessions
of meetings, but does not provide
for disclosure of ledgers," wrote
Drunkemolle.  "The bylaws of a
society form a contract between
the members and the society. The
UBCSUO, therefore, has a contractual obligation to act in accordance
with its bylaws [and] is unable to
disclose copies of its ledgers."
The Ubyssey asked three lawyers for their opinions about the
language Drunkemolle's argument
hinged on - the clause that allows
societies to "provide otherwise" for
inspection of accounting records.
They each took the position that
"providing otherwise" typically has
to be done explicitly in bylaws, not
just through omission.
The UBCSUO also had a contractual obligation not to run a deficit, which it failed to do two years
in a row.
The UBCSUO is unique among
university student unions in omitting a bylaw that would allow students to inspect accounting-records.
The AMS at UBC Vancouver, the
University of Victoria's Student Society and the Simon Fraser Student
Society all have specific provisions
that allow for extensive member access. Nick Dodds was an executive
of the UBCSUO who spearheaded the creation of UBCSUO's new
bylaws, to which Drunkemolle is
"I definitely didn't intend to invoke that line in the Society Act,"
said Dodds, who pointed out that
to his knowledge, ambiguity in
bylaws should allow for a much
less restrictive interpretation than
what Drunkemolle had suggested. Drunkemolle is the UBCSUO's
only full-time, non-unionized staff
member and he — like Kim and
Macauley — won't speak about the
The UBCSUO does not have
a communications manager, so
Drunkemolle has acted as one. But
after a one-hour interview about
the union's deficits, he cut off all
contact with The Ubyssey.
The UBCSUO is under BC
non-profit law, but ultimately it
falls to their members to enforce
the checks and balances. tJ
year. He wrote one article for Class
Media in 2016. He is an alumnus of
'he UBC Students' Union Okanagan.
ma Partridge was a news re-
ter for The Phoenix during the
13/14 academic year. She is an
mnus of the UBC Students' Union
anagan. OPINION
"Fudan University is a mix of greenery,
buildings and the chaos of bikes."
Their Campus:
Busting out
food icebreakers
in Shanghai
Alex Dye
New city, who dis? In the last
article, I was still in the beautiful —
although quiet — city of Bordeaux,
France. Now I'm in the bustling-
metropolis of over 23 million
inhabitants that is Shanghai, China.
Even though the city is bustling
and the campus of my school
here, Fudan University, is a mix
of greenery, buildings and the
chaos of bikes, motorbikes and
cars — and attempting to not get
run over by any of those — the
process of meeting other people
here has been the same as it was in
Bordeaux. Both of these friend-
making experiences are the same
as Imagine Day, "Frosh" or your
very first days of classes at UBC.
By saying that, I mean that
within the community of exchange
students, everyone is away from
their home university. They are
getting lost in the city and on
campus, and they may know very
few or even no one at their new
university. But while walking into
a room with people I have never
met can be a daunting experience, I
found that, like first year, it is also a
potential-filled environment. Other
students are in the same boat with
me and they are very welcome to
new friendships.
My go-to icebreakers for
meeting new friends on exchange
usually deal with food. For
instance, in France, it was, "So
whatcha think of the Bordeaux-
style croissant?" Here in Shanghai,
I try and drop some Mandarin
when asking, "Ayy, want to grab
some xiaolongbao?" It sounds
awkward, but hey! Everyone loves
food and so far it has worked
If I have any wise words to
offer out of this piece, it is that
in a new situation — whether on
exchange, that new job or even a
new class — try not to be the jaded,
world-weary UBC student. Instead,
remember the persona of the eager
first-year student you were who
was open to new friendships, new
experiences and creating new
memories, ft
Letter: The new pool gave me dry skin, a rash and probably rosacea
Anita Rudakov
Second-year Commerce Student
UBC unveiled its $39 million
baby this past January and from
the moment I stepped into the
bleach white, forward-thinking
Aquatic Centre, I fell in love. The
architecture made me feel like a
Scandinavian aqua babe and the
facility itself reminded me that
recreational swimming was a
pretty great way to get exercise
and relieve stress. Then, just as I
was most vulnerable, the chlorine
betrayed me.
After a couple of pool visits,
I noticed a rash forming on my
arms and blotchy, red patches
on my face. Like a responsible
adult woman, I decided to see
my family doctor who told me
that the condition of my skin was
"concerning" and "may have been
caused by chlorine." The doctor
diagnosed it as "probably rosacea"
and prescribed me an antibiotic
compound cream which I have to
slather on my face three times a
Now, every time I touch my
violently dry face, I'm reminded
of my days as a recreational
swimmer and wonder if the pool
is to blame. Although there's no
report that the Aquatic Centre
is using an overabundance of
chemicals, my blotchy, red face
should act as evidence of chlorine
overload. My 15 minutes of
research on rosacea.org supports
my theory, as the National
Rosacea Society states that excess
amounts of chlorine in pools can
aggravate the condition.
Needless to say, I'm upset.
There are alternatives to chlorine
like complete UV and salt water
that I imagine could have been
tacked onto the new pool's price
tag. Alternatively, the pH levels
could just be balanced better so
that all the hunnies out there with
sensitive skin can swim in peace.
"I noticed a rash forming on my arms and blotchy, red patches on my face."
Would I like some
compensation for my emotional
and physical distress? Sure.
Should my tuition be discounted
because of this tragedy? Probably.
However, all I really want is for
students to be aware and cautious
of how much chlorine is in the new
Aquatic Centre.
Also, if anyone is into girls with
rosacea, you know where to find
me (anywhere but the pool), ft
Op-ed: The piece of paper your arts degree is on is useless
Our Campus Coordinator
Let me make myself abundantly
clear — I'm an English honours and
economics student with nothingbut
the greatest respect and regard for
the skills, experience and knowledge
that pursuing a bachelor of arts
degree confers. When I say your
degree is worthless, what I refer to
is the piece of paper that we devote
half a decade of our lives to acquire.
Currently, the faculty of arts
makes no distinction on your degree
based on your major, minor or
grades. In comparison, most other
faculties specify your specialization
and honours status on their degrees,
and some also acknowledge
outstanding performance.
To me, it seems logical that an
honours biochemistry major who
achieved straight-A grades and
an integrated sciences major who
picked all the easy courses and still
managed to average C- in them
receive differentiated degrees.
As it turns out, this is the case —
UBC's bachelor of science degree
specifies one's major, program and
outstanding academic achievement.
But to the faculty of arts,
it doesn't matter whether you
struggled through 60 painful hours
of economic models per week and
achieved straight A+ grades or just
read literally 10 entire pages of
scholarly work in the six years it took
to complete your Central, Eastern
& Northern European studies
specialization. You are going to get
the exact same piece of paper.
At the very least, I think the
faculty should specify major and
honours status on the bachelor of
arts degree. It's unfair for students
who toil for years to gain knowledge
and understanding in a specific field
of study to receive a generic piece of
paper that has no mention of their
speciality or competency level. Also,
some majors are inherently more
difficult than others and the current
system fails to adequately reward
those graduating from these majors,
particularly honours students. Being
an economics major or honours
English student does not somehow
make me better than a generic
humanities student — far from it. But
without a doubt, my majors requires
me to possess completely different
skills and dedicate more effort to
studies than maybe a Scandinavian
and Baltic studies major would, and
I'm arguing that my degree should
reflect those differences.
Furthermore, honours programs
require students to maintain a
relatively high minimum GPA
level, take an increased number
of advanced credits within their
field of study and write a draining
graduating thesis. As a result,
honours students face and overcome
more academic challenges than non-
honours students, and I think it's
unfair that the two receive the exact
same degree.
I'm not asserting that marks
determine one's self-worth or even
success in school. There are many
factors that influence performance
such as mental health, personal
relationships, extracurricular
involvement and language barriers.
In addition, many students who
perform poorly in school or drop
out later forge wildly successful
careers — just look at Bill Gates!
However, marks do reflect academic
achievement and regardless of major,
the degree should celebrate the
achievements of dedicated students
by noting first and second class
overall averages.
Moreover, it is hypocritical for
the faculty to hand out TREK awards
and Dean's List designations based
on academic performance while
simultaneously making no effort to
celebrate outstanding achievement
at graduation, ft
Leo Soh is a third-year arts student
and Our Campus coordinator for The
Notice of Development Permit Application - DP 17003
Public Open House
Sports Courts and Field - Totem Park Residence
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information and respond to inquiries about this
For further information:
Please direct questions to Karen Russell,
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How to build a welcoming mental healthcare system
Alison Knill
Between the ages of 15 and 25,
men and women are most at
risk of developing psychosis. Dr.
Shalini Lai, assistant professor
in the school of rehabilitation
at the Universite de Montreal,
conducted a study as part of her
UBC PhD work examining how
people diagnosed with first-
episode psychosis felt about the
mental health services provided
to them. Seventeen participants
were recruited to the study
under the criteria that they were
between 18 to 24 years old, had
received a diagnosis in the past
three years on the schizophrenia
spectrum or affective psychosis,
and were involved in an outpatient
psychiatric program.
First-episode psychosis is the
first time that a person experiences
a psychotic episode. While people
will vary in the symptoms that they
experience, psychoses commonly
present as hallucinations, abnormal
beliefs and thought processes
and changes in emotion such as
inappropriate emotional responses
to situations.
There are a variety of mental
health services and programs
provided to people who have
been diagnosed with first-episode
psychosis, including one-on-one
appointments with a therapist or
doctor, group therapy sessions and
recreational groups. In the study
by Lai, the participants were asked
to give their perceptions of the
treatments they were receiving to
determine how the treatments and
programs were impacting their
resilience and well-being.
Of the treatments that were
available, participants often
spoke about the benefits of group
sessions through education and the
feeling of support. Group sessions
provided those who were coming
to terms with their diagnosis with
the opportunity to talk to others
"[Institutions are] not the right environment for people trying to stay sober," said Philip, a participant in a mental health program.
who had already gone through the
experience of first receiving an
identification of psychosis.
"It was really comforting not
only getting informed, but feeling
the comfort of other people who
experienced what you experienced
is amazing," said Maslow, a study
participant, in an interview with
the researchers.
"It provides them with a
model for recovery or a model
for the future, as well as hope for
the future. In this context also,
they don't feel that they're being-
judged, so they can really express
themselves because they know that
somebody else has been there in
the same or similar situation," said
Support groups, service
providers and case managers
also provided emotional support
through non-judgmental
empathy and respect for those
seeking help. The study found
that interactions that provided
emotional support contributed to a
positive increase in well-being for
those experiencing first-episode
While some treatments were
perceived as helpful in coming
to terms with their diagnosis and
gaining support, other treatments
were felt to be more of a hindrance.
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Having treatments and programs
available to people is important to
an extent, but participants in the
study felt that involvement in too
many programs was detrimental.
Along with overwhelming-
involvement, the regulations put
on some of the services provided
— such as group homes — had
a negative impact by creating
a marginalized, institutional
environment rather than a home.
"It's nothing but trigger after
trigger here, so it's not the right
environment for people trying to
stay sober," said Philip, another
participant in the study during his
study interview.
The study provides greater
insight into what people
diagnosed with first-episode
psychosis experience in the
mental healthcare system. While
there are components that have a
positive impact on well-being and
resilience, there are still areas that
can be improved upon through
accessibility and encouraging-
continued engagement in
treatment programs.
"Early recognition and
specialized services for this
population are really of a priority,
and more and more in Canada,
we see these programs being-
developed. I definitely think
that there is still work to be
done because the access to these
specialized services is not widely
available," said Lai.
Initiatives have been
introduced across Canada,
focusing on youth mental health,
and the findings of the study help
to highlight areas that still require
development, giving direction to
future movements in the mental
health field. U MARCH 28, 2017 TUESDAY I   SCIENCE   |   13
Is prescription heroin the future of addiction treatment?
While the treatment is contentious, early evidence shows it may be effective
Allison Gacad
As a UBC student, it's nearly
impossible to ignore the current
opioid crisis in Vancouver.
Advertisements for Naloxone — an
opioid overdose-reversing drug —
are plastered across campus and yet
when these are coupled with news
headlines of record-high overdose
rates, it's natural to wonder if there
exist other forms of treatment.
On March 17, the School of
Population and Public Health
(SPPH) hosted a talk which
explored the need for medically
prescribed heroin in the addiction
treatment system. The talk was
led by Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes,
associate professor at the SPPH
and a scientist at the Centre for
Health Evaluation and Outcome
Sciences. It was supported by
discussion from successful
participants of Oviedo-Joekes'
clinical trials in using medically
prescribed heroin.
Medically prescribed heroin
is more formally known as
diacetylmorphine (DAM). It is
already permitted for use in a
few European countries and as of
September 2016, Health Canada
has approved its use by doctor's
prescription for chronic addicts.
DAM is typically administered
by injection, in contrast to
conventional heroin treatments
which are taken orally.
"The feeling of comfort is
higher with medication such
as DAM, which is fast-acting
and injected," said Oviedo-
Joekes. "Methadone [oral heroin
treatment] takes 24 hours to take
effect. It is a good drug, but it
isn't for everybody."
Oviedo-Joekes' most recent
work, the Study to Assess Long-
Term Opioid Maintenance
Effectiveness (SALOME),
assessed the efficacy of fast-
acting treatments for chronic
heroin addicts. For one year,
participants visited the clinic
up to three times a day to self-
administer treatment under
supervision. The treatment
given was either DAM or
hydromorphone, a similar fast-
acting opioid.
The results of the study,
which ended in 2015, found
hydromorphone to be just as
effective as prescription heroin in
treating chronic opioid addiction.
Patients were found to have reduced
street opioid use, remained in
treatment and reduced involvement
in illegal activities.
"The reason we compared [DAM
with] HDM in the study is because
at the time, it had something that
DAM didn't - legality," said
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Critics of SALOME have
argued that it was simply a
pathway to receiving free
government heroin.
"Heroin is never free," said
Liane Gladue, a participant of
the SALOME clinical trial, who
spoke at the event.
"It's not easy to show up
three times a day," said Vincent,
another participant of SALOME
and speaker at the event. "It's
hard to show face around people
you don't know. When you're an
addict, you're not used to having
people care about you."
"We are giving them
the confidence to trust the
healthcare system," said
Oviedo-Joekes. "Under a
supervised model of care,
it gave an opportunity to
build relationships and offer
support through means beyond
Gladue attests to SALOME
as necessary to the stability in
her life today. "When you're an
addict, dope is the only thing you
know. SALOME took away the
chaos of scouring for dope and
gave me time to do other things.
It's been 16 years since I've had
a roof over my head and now I
have a place to live."
Although SALOME ended in
2015, funding from Providence
Healthcare and Vancouver
Coastal Health has allowed for
select individuals to continue
receiving treatment. However,
this is limited in number, said
Gladue. "There are 300 people
who have asked me about the
program. They want anything
that will save their life and
stabilize them."
The use of medically
prescribed heroin as treatment
is ultimately an option that
needs to be provided for chronic
addicts. "We must push for
HDM, push for DAM and give
addicts the treatment that they
need." said Oviedo-Joekes. 13 SPORTS+REC
T-BIRDS 5-0N-5
by Isabelle Commerford
1. What do you like most about
the new Aquatic Centre? What
doyou like the least?
2. Whatwillyou miss mostabout
the old Aquatic Centre?
3. If you were the demolition
team, how would you destroy
the old pool?
4. If you could make one
improvement to the new facility,
what would it be?
5. What is your flotation device
of choice when floating in the
lazy river?
Darian Fry
What I love most about the
new Aquatic Centre is having
a bigger pool, a brighter pool
deck with better lighting, cool
lockers and the list goes on...
I think what I will miss the
most is the rope swing and,
forsure, the diving towers.
Those two things were my
favourite part of that pool.
Jonathan Brown
I really enjoy that I can walk into
a bright pool as an escape from
my daily existential dread. What
I like least now is that I have no
reason to feel sorry for myself.
Honestly, I'm going to miss
throwing our wet paper practice sheets at the roof.
Maia Brundage
Favourite part—it's got
water. Least favourite — I
have to swim in it a lot.
I'll miss tasting the tears of
T-Birds past every time I hop
in the pool. I'll miss the raspy
cough thataccompanies
every breath.
Megan Dalke
Most favourite—the cold
water! Least favourite—all
the Non-Athletic Regular
People (NARP) that go to the
pool now.
Tasting asbestos every time I
take a breath.
McKenzie Summers
Most—being able to see. I
don't need a flashlight. Least
— our team is pretty close, but
we don't like rubbing shoulders
with the public as we get naked
in the tiny change room.
Its tropical humidity. Stepping on deck felt like going
on vacation.
If I were part of the demolition
team, the best way to demolish the old pool would be
using a wrecking ball. I would
have a blast doing that!
The only thing that I would
change or improve is to
make the change rooms
larger. Usually it gets pretty
crowded in there.
I would go for a floating mat
so I can kick back, relax and
let the river spin me in circles.
The same way we destroyed
the other teams at U Sports
nationals this year. Just ask
I would like to see a swim-up bar
incorporated at the bulkhead
side of the 50m tank—that way I
can sneak in a mojito or six when
the coaches aren't looking.
The rookies.
Destroy it the way we
destroy the patriarchy—one
old white piece at a time.
Steve Price and Miley Cyrus
on a wrecking ball, followed
by an army of current
team-members and alu
with sledgehammers
Nottosound cocky
(*cough* 4745 *cough
cough*) but separate locker
roomsforthevarsityteam. I
mean, we paid for it.
My ego #4745.
Add a retractable roof!
The vets.
Spicing up the place with
some blue and gold and
moreT-Bird paraphernalia.
The hopes and dreams
of bringing back another
championship title in myflfth
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Words by 'Birds: "What are you going to do about it?"
Susan Thompson
Varsity Basketball Player
It started on March 5,2016.
That buzzer in the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies' gym was the
beginning of the end.
We had just lost against the
Huskies — officially ending our
2015/16 season. In that moment
of shock and sadness, all I could
think about while looking at my
teary-eyed seniors was "shit, that's
me next."
No longer a fourth-year, I felt a
mix of sadness and anxiety watching
them come to terms with the end
of their college careers. It was
hard to imagine. After following
in my mentors' footsteps for four
years, I had only one year left with
competitive basketball.
I was a senior. "Here goes
nothing," I thought.
My time at UBC had been far
from uneventful. As a fresh-faced
university kid, I was living in a new
city on my own for the first time.
Luckily for me, I had an immediate
support system of my T-Bird family
— most other students weren't as
Our team also had a big rookie
class of five. These young rooks
supported each other through our
Saturday morning wreck stairs
workouts, came together to push
our head coach's car out of the snow
during a blizzard in Winnipeg and of
course, all showed up strong on the
dance floor at Lola's.
I faced a few hurdles. For my first
three years, I had numerous nagging-
lower body injuries, including a
stress fracture. In addition, our team
was filled with star-studded veterans
above me up until my fourth year.
I just waited for my chance to
contribute on the court to be handed
to me. But it doesn't work that way.
Throughout those years, I still
had a unique effect on the outcomes
of games. "Loud" would be the best
way to describe it.
The goal was to be the loudest
person in the gym and — no matter
my minutes — bring the team's
energy up, not down. It was what
I was good at. I filled a role many
others wouldn't fit into.
More than once, I'd have
Adrienne Parkin and Shilpa Khanna
hit my knee while I was in the
middle of screaming, "grab the
boards!" at someone else. They'd
say, "Do it now, start the chant."
I'd be confused, but then I realized
they wanted me to start a defensive
chant because my voice was the
loudest on the bench.
Despite my loud mouth, I was
still recruited to play basketball.
The level of success I was having
on the court was not where I'd
hoped it would be. This was more
than obvious each day as I took my
basketball shoes off and strapped
my aircast — the grey thing people
with broken feet wear — back on
everyday for three months straight.
Frustration kicked in. I noticed
the start of thoughts like "Why am
I here? I'm not bringing anything
useful to the team. I'm a failure."
Having always been a top athlete, I
was feeling a lack of purpose.
I kind of "found" myself at UBC
(cheesy, I know). I attribute it down
to a spark in my third year and
something my parents always said
to me that pushed me out of my
comfort zone and take control of
my happiness. They would respond
to my most recent rantings about a
tough practice with a variation of
"shit happens, what are you going to
do about it?"
My parents' inspiring words
rang through my head when things
felt like they just weren't meant to
be. "What are you gonna do about
it?" I started to think about other
aspects of UBC I enjoyed, reasons to
stay here and what my passion was.
A way to find balance in my life...
Balance was atypical hilarious
night at home with Jaime
Hills, Nicole Saxvik, Stephanie
Schaupmeyer and Meagan
Pasternak, belting Rihanna and
Adele or planning our next luau.
Balance was embracing my
o" ■*• world
"I was a senior. 'Here goes nothing,' I thought."
inner social butterfly, joining the
Thunderbird Athletic Council
(TAC) as a team rep in my second
year and completing two years as an
executive in charge of outreach and
"hype games." Balance was living
the Kits life for the summers and
exploring beautiful BC.
So as that buzzer went and those
feelings of disbelief and pressure
were overwhelming me, it was all
coming to an end — what was I
going to do about it? Enjoy it and
leave a legacy with my leadership.
The final year. That's when the
sappy reminiscing starts. Trust me,
we milk it the whole year. Each day
brought a different emotion. First,
it was panic that we now carried all
the leadership and responsibilities.
The second shock was trying
to remember where four out of
five years had gone. Third was a
newfound satisfaction that we now
ran the show. And then it went back
to the panic again that we had to
"adult" real soon.
It was off to a bumpy start. Our
original rookie class was down to
two people and it meant I was part
of a whole new leadership group
with seven incoming players. Age
gaps were evident, standards and
rules were set, but the learning of
being a respected mentor hasn't
stopped. I felt constant stress trying
to help my team become the best
they can be as the most contributing
leader that lacks on-court prowess.
"What are you gonna do about
I learned a few lessons of my
own over five years. You find a
family in your team. The stress
was unnecessary, especially when
it made you question the sport you
love. Remember to keep the big-
picture in sight and take your fate
into your own hands. In a crazy
way, we find a way to become
That question lit a fire under my
ass daily. It led to many amazing-
experiences, a lot of personal
growth over five years and TAC
progress — hopefully leaving behind
a closer and more inspired varsity
community. I never thought I
would stand on a stage and speak in
front of 1,000 university leaders and
Thunderbirds more than once — at
the ZLC Millennium Scholarship
Breakfast and the Big Block awards.
When I look back to see the lessons
I've learned, I remember everyone
has a role.
Find balance. Find your niche.
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