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Daniel Kim is saying
goodbye to Pop Danthology
Pop Danthology 2012 received approximately 80 million views.
Leo Soh
Our Campus Coordinator
Vancouver is known for being a
creative hotspot, and the ranks of
UBC alumni are filled with some of
the city's best and brightest online
stars. Daniel Kim, a graduate from
the Sauder School of Business,
forged a successful music career
through YouTube, and went
viral for his mash-up project Pop
Danthology, racking up a total of
218,716,000 channel views.
Kim describes higher education
as a goal that was ingrained into
him. Despite his passion for song
writing, his traditional upbringing
and his father's corporate
background pressured him into
applying for an accounting major
at UBC.
"It was something that I didn't
even think about. I'm Korean, and
my parents [talked] to me ever since
I was born about what I'm going to,
where I'm going to. I didn't question
it. It was indoctrinated into me — go
to high school, go to university, and
after university, get a job," he said.
While his grades weren't high
enough to get into accounting,
Kim graduated from the marketing-
program and remembers his time
at UBC fondly. From swimming,
dance and cultural clubs, to being
a member of the Beta Theta
Phi fraternity, Kim was heavily
involved as a student.
"I loved it so much that I stayed
from 5 a.m. till 9 p.m. I would bring
every single meal, breakfast, lunch,
dinner, and I pretty much lived on
campus. I was one of those people
on campus who'd walk from one
class to another that might be
on the other end of UBC and I'd
always bump into people I knew,"
he said.
After graduation, Kim's happy
days ended. Because of the housing-
crisis and the resulting recession,
Kim found that job opportunities
had dried up. He packed up his
bags and flew to the country of his
parents' birth.
"I was like, 'There's nothing in
Vancouver, so I'm going to go to
Korea to become a K-pop star.'"
To support himself, he taught
English at a public middle school,
but at night, he chased his dream.
Kim met with producers, TV
networks and music labels to
pitch his compositions. He was
even featured on "The Great
Birth," a Korean audition program.
However, Kim soon found that it
wasn't meant to be.
"I realized that my Korean was
not good enough and I was too old
to go their traditional route in their
major entertainment companies,
and that I had to do it on my own.
My strategy [was] to make remixes
and covers on recent songs. Not
even songs that I liked, but if Katy
Perry's 'California Girls' came out,
I'd make my own rendition to get
that early bird search result," he
During this time, after
experiencing depression and
suicidal tendencies, Kim met
with a psychiatrist in Korea and
was diagnosed with obsessive
compulsive personality disorder
(OCPD). After coming back to
Vancouver in 2011, he received
help at Vancouver General
It was there he began a
road of recovery, which peaked
during the viral response to Pop
Danthology 2012. The video
received approximately 80
million views before being taken
down due to copyright claims.
It still pushed Kim to the top of
the YouTube trending tab and to
national fame, and was featured
on various news networks.
"It has been great in terms of
I get to choose and pick what I
want to do. I'd get invited to give
a keynote speech. I'd talk a little
about Pop Danthology, but I'd
spend the rest of the time talking
about leadership, working on
our inner demons, so that's been
great," he said.
On the other hand, going viral
has created a one-dimensional
persona that his online fans
have come to demand from Kim.
Despite losing interest in the
project, Kim has found it difficult
to rebrand out of it.
"The success of this one
project actually cannibalized my
entire channel and OCPD blog. It
was great in terms of exposure,
but all the branding I put into my
channel to say this is me, Daniel
Kim and my blog about OCPD
recovery, it all became rebranded
to Pop Danthology. Even Google,
their algorithms now think that
my blogs are about mashups. My
channel has become not even
about Daniel Kim, and all about
Pop Danthology, so my fans get
angry if I upload anything else.
If I upload blogs, they purposely
dislike it," he said.
In the future, Kim hopes to
create demand for his personality
and not for his skills and talents,
as talented as he may be.
"The reason why I became
self-employed was not to help
other businesses project their own
voice, but to project my own voice.
It's going to be my personality. If
you do that, and get big for that,
people will want you to come and
talk about anything." 13 NEWS
UBC students join protest outside Trump Tower
Moira Wyton
Staff Writer
Dozens of protesters gathered
outside of Trump International
Hotel & Tower in downtown
Vancouver on January 29 to rally
against US President Donald
Trump's most recent executive
order to restrict immigration and
travel into the United States.
Signed on January 27, the order
initially prohibited the entry of
any refugee into the US for 120
days, the entry of refugees from
Syria until further notice, and
the entry of any citizen of seven
predominantly Muslim countries
— Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan,
Libya and Yemen — in any visa
class for 90 days, even those who
are US green-card holders.
On January 29, however, it
was announced that people from
affected countries who hold green
cards will not be prevented from
returning to the United States.
A handful of UBC students
joined the protest to voice their
concerns for the ban and its
implications for Muslims both in
the US and Canada.
"This doesn't just affect
Americans in America," said Richa
Sharma, a PhD candidate at UBC's
School of Population and Public
Health, at the rally on Saturday,
January 28. "This hits a lot of
Muslims in Canada as well. My first
thought was that if you're Muslim
and if you're in transit, as many are,
you are fucked right now. It doesn't
matter if you're a refugee or if you
have dual citizenship."
Just hours after the ban was
signed, Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau announced via Twitter
that Canadian passport-holders
"We can't let people get this idea that they're isolated and alone," said Flynn Dixon Murdock.
and dual citizens from the
aforementioned countries would
not be impacted after consulting
with President Trump's National
Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Despite this exemption for
Canadian passport-holders, UBC
students at the rally remained
concerned for the "precedent of
hate" that this decision could set
for both sides of the border.
"The executive order to
stop refugees coming over from
Syria, Libya, all these places
that they most need to escape
[is] heartbreaking," said Flynn
Dixon Murdock, a third-year
civil engineering student at UBC.
"There is no longer a trust that
our neighbours to the south are
going to be able to keep their shit
together enough that the world can
keep progressing forwards and not
In response to the travel ban,
the UBC Social Justice Centre
is organizing a similar protest
outside of the US consulate
in Vancouver to take place on
February 11. Sharma hopes that
Saturday's protest will help
spark even further action among
Canadian students.
"Trudeau has made his pretty
little tweet [but] he needs to have
a stronger stance and I want
Canadian politicians to speak
up," said Sharma. "As students,
we need to mobilize [and] we
need to be aware. Call your MPs
and let your politicians know that
you expect them to stand up for
Dixon Murdock also stressed
the importance of solidarity as
students at "an amazing and multiethnic institution" like UBC during
a time when many international
and domestic students alike may be
negatively impacted.
"Coming out here [to the rally],
it's about standing up and showing
that no, we're not going to be calm
and silent as people get spit on,"
said Dixon Murdock. "We can't
let people get this idea that they're
isolated and alone." 'O
Christy Clark appoints Ono chief
advisor of Innovation Network
Ono held a similar role during his time at the University of Cincinatti.
Jack Hauen
Coordinating Editor
UBC President Santa Ono has
been appointed as chief advisor
of the provincial government's
"Innovation Network" — an
initiative designed to attract and
retain talent for BC's tech sector.
Premier Christy Clark announced
the creation of this new role and
his installation on January 23.
During his time at the
University of Cincinatti, Ono
held a similar role with the
Ohio Third Frontier's advisory
board, a network which connects
the university system, startup
companies and entrepreneurs
to provide "business expertise,
mentorship, capital and talent,"
according to their site. The BC
government aims to build the same
thing here, with Ono as their point
The initiative aims to attract
100,000 to 200,000 more
highly skilled tech workers to
the province by 2025 through
encouraging them to move from
other areas in addition to retaining
those who are already here.
The provincial government
hopes that political instability in
places like the UK and the US will
also help attract more workers to
"The Brexit decision... gives an
opportunity for all kinds of people
who have a more worldly view
to say they'd like to go to a more
outwardly welcoming place like
Canada," said BC Liberal Minister
of Advanced Education Andrew
Ono hopes new degree
programs, like UBC's new school
of biomedical engineering, will
help attract and retain talent in
Vancouver. He also recognizes
opportunities presented by the
Vancouver offices of Microsoft,
Amazon and Hootsuite to these
students and workers.
"When you have world-class
strengths that attract additional
companies and activity to the region
... that will require more talent to fuel
those companies," he said.
Wilkinson added that the
initiative represents an "opportunity
to focus on making local companies
into bigger local companies rather
than having them license or sell their
intellectual property elsewhere."
Ono has begun speaking with
stakeholders in the province, and
plans to convene a group at the
upcoming BC Tech Summit to
discuss strategy.
"For this to succeed, we really
need everyone to come together and
roll up their sleeves and work hard.
Every indication that I have now
is that people are ready to do so,"
said Ono.
"I'm extremely, extremely
excited. The future [of] BC as the
heart of the innovation economy in
Canada is very, very bright." 'O
From left to right: Former SUS VP Externa
Alvin Hartono, current VP Communications Antony Tsui, President Diane
Nguyen and VP Internal Katie Gourlay.
SUS execs enter
their own case
come second
Jack Hauen
Coordinating Editor
A team of four current and former
Science Undergraduate Society
(SUS) executives placed second in a
case competition that was organized
by the society in partnership with
According to SUS President
Diane Nguyen, the only member of
the society involved with organizing
the event was VP Academic
Sarah Park, who did not enter the
SCI Team has always hosted
the event, but had decided not to
go through with it last year since
not enough returning members had
experience planning it. The SUS
stepped in to help with promotion
and logistical issues, but not the
selection of judges — according to
Nguyen, who personally thanked
two members of SCI Team on
In the event, students competed
to find solutions to a global
health crisis. Teams presented
their projects to a panel of UBC
professors and graduate students
who assigned points to determine a
In the event,
competed to
find solutions to
a global health
"I was so intimidated,"
said Nguyen. "All of them
were chemistry, biotech and
[microbiology] people, but we're all
integrated science students with
commerce and psychology minors.
So it was completely out of our
Nguyen said that the event
communications could have been
clearer about the divisions between
SUS members who were organizing
the event and those who were
entering as contestants.
"A lot of the rules were explained
in the contestant packages, so
anyone who was competing was
aware of how the judging process
was. But I think a bigger effort [is
needed] to make that clear from the
start — on our event page, and our
promotions, and all that," she said. 'O 4   |   NEWS
UBC fund aims to increase inclusiveness on campus
The fund recently received a boost increasing its value by $25,000 per year.
Alice Sorrentino
This year marks the 30th
anniversary of the Equity
Enhancement Fund, with goals to
spread community involvement
by increasing equality, inclusion,
diversity and intercultural
understanding both inside and
outside of the UBC community.
In 2015, the fund — which
previously totaled about $50,000
— received a significant boost
which increased the annual
fund. Sara-Jane Finlay, associate
vice president of the Equity and
Inclusion Fund, said this has
helped the fund reach about
$75,000 per year.
The fund is open to any
student, academic department
or administrative unit looking to
initiate a project which involves
a display of equity, diversity,
inclusion and intercultural
understanding. However, Finlay
mentions that what they are really
looking for are "benefits to the
representations or the experiences
of those people who have been
historically disadvantaged within
the UBC community."
Recipients can receive funding
up to $25,000 with the money
being given to projects that show
to be self-sustaining in the long-
"The people who have been
awarded projects in the past
have been quite wide-ranging,
and there has been some really
exciting and innovative work
done as well," said Finlay.
According to Finlay, student
proposal writing workshops are
offered to guide applicants on
developing their idea, giving
students "an opportunity to
discuss them and work them up
into an actual project." Applicants
are also given advice on how
to write a proposal and how to
fill out the required application
The fund is not strictly limited
to the UBC community, and
can have impacts outside of the
For example, the Stem Cell
Club with UBC's faculty of
medicine was funded for building
their database of possible
donor groups that are often
underrepresented in that kind of
"They were driving forward in
that area in order to try and gather
more samples of people who were
indigenous [or] from the LGBT
community, and so that actually
has a broader impact than simply
just at UBC."
The deadline to apply for the
annual fund is February 28. H
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In direct violation of AMS code,
Council rejects motion to direct
BDS referendum to Student Court
Council decided notto proceed with student court.
Samantha McCabe
News Editor
At the January 25 AMS Council
meeting, councillors debated
over a referendum question that
will likely be put forward at
this year's AMS elections: "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
After a lengthy discussion,
a motion to mandate the HR
Committee to create a Student
Court for the purpose of reviewing
the referendum question failed.
The vote was 11 for, 11 against and
11 abstentions. Earlier in the night,
AMS Ombudsperson Matt Perzow
gave a presentation based on an
investigation that he conducted
on the question, instigated by a
complaint from a student.
Perzow determined that the
question — which uses the same
wording as it did in the 2015
referendum — met the AMS Bylaw
4 requirement of being answerable
with a "yes" or "no" vote, but did
not meet the same bylaw's further
guideline of being "clear and
"Students should know what
they're voting for, as well as the
consequences of that vote," said
Perzow in Council.
According to his report, the
current phrasing of the question
also directly violates AMS code
(Section IX A, Article 4), which
says that referendum questions
referring to contracts must
outline the intent to break such a
contract as well as the associated
"penalty." In this case, that would
mean defining the companies that
the AMS would need to divest
from should the referendum be
approved, as well as the financial
ramifications of doing so.
According to Perzow's report,
the Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights club (SPHR), the
body that brought forward the
question, clarified that they do
not want to make it immediately
incumbent upon the AMS to
boycott, divest and sanction
(BDS) from Israel. This is unclear
from the current phrasing of the
question according to Perzow's
At the end of his presentation,
Perzow recommended that the
AMS Council direct the HR
Committee to fill a Student Court
to advise on the question and
then provide a written response
informing students of the
reasoning behind the decision.
Council then debated this with
councillors, some of whom cited
financial and timeliness concerns
as well as doubt about the ethics
and legitimacy of convening a
court for one issue.
However, according to AMS
Bylaw 21, the mandate of Student
Court includes the rephrasing of
unclear referendum questions.
With last night's vote, Council
decided not to proceed with
creating a Student Court. This
decision stands in contrast to AMS
code (Section XV, Article 1), which
states that "the Student Court shall
be a standing body which serves
throughout the entire year" —
something that has not been the
case since 2010.
It is currently unclear whether
Council will return to the issues
with the BDS question should it
be formally posed as a referendum
— SPHR will first need to present
a form with 1,000 valid student
signatures to get the question to go
forward, ft
For a full breakdown of the January
25 decision-making, check out the
live tweeting @UbysseyNews or
#AMSCouncil. JANUARY 31, 2017 TUESDAY I   NEWS
The Talon was initially launched in 2014.
AMS Social
Justice Centre
The Talon
Jonas Ordman
Staff Writer
The AMS Social Justice Centre
relaunched The Talon on January
26, which is labelled as UBC's
alternative student press and
aims to address social justice
issues that are not being covered
by other campus publications.
The Talon was initially
launched in 2014 as a
horizontally-structured editorial
collective of UBC students.
Resurrected from a previous
Social Justice Centre print
newspaper called The Knoll,
which ran from 2006 to 2011, The
Talon was reborn as an online
publication. Focusing on campus-
centric issues such as tuition
increase, the BDS referendum
and sexual assault on campus, the
publication saw a successful first
"[The years of] 2014 to 2015
were very successful [and] we
were a big part of the campus
conversation," said editor Eviatar
Bach. As The Talon editorial
collective is entirely student-
based, the 2015/16 year was
difficult for the publication,
with graduating student editors
causing it to "fizzle out."
The Talon is now relaunching
for 2016/17 with a brand new
editorial collective.
While editors drive The Talon,
the collective prefers publishing
outside submissions from
students, professors and activists-
at-large. The Talon also places a
focus on covering social justice
on campus and has published
pieces The Ubyssey has not. For
example, professor of history Dr.
Paul Krause wrote "The Enduring-
Silence of UBC's 'Hunting-
Ground,'" which covered sexual
assault in the UBC history
department for The Talon — a
piece that was later cited by CBC.
Publishing a diverse variety
of content — from poetry to
investigative journalism — The
Talon is a platform for alternative
"[It's about] giving a voice to
people who might not otherwise
have a voice," said editor Tania
Talebzadeh. "A more inclusive,
radical voice and a form of public
action and expression that isn't
otherwise available at UBC. This
year, we wanted it to be more
accessible, having rants and sign
language content. Inclusion was
a main factor when we wanted to
start The Talon again." ft
UBC pays for replacement of
students stolen wheelchair
Sophie Sutcliffe
Senior Staff Writer
When Cameron England, a
third-year political science major,
returned to where he'd left his
wheelchair outside the Nest while
he was volunteering at the AUS
conference all day, he discovered
that his wheelchair was gone.
"I [called the RCMP] the night
of, and I sat outside the Nest and
just waited for them to arrive," said
England. "The police officer that
arrived asked me some general
questions... and he did the best
preliminary work that he could. I did
send the serial number over to the
RCMP... but since then, I haven't
heard anything from their end."
England, who has cerebral palsy,
says he usually uses his chair to
travel around campus, but often
parks his chair outside of buildings
since he can walk short distances
and does not want to remain
dependent on the device.
After seeing a post on
England's Facebook page asking
for information, second-year arts
student Austin Ferguson decided to
start a GoFundMe campaign online
to help England with the costs of
replacing the chair.
"In the next 24 hours [after
starting the page], we raised over
$1,500," said Ferguson. "I couldn't
believe it. I remember I woke up
one morning and there was an
anonymous donation of $500. It
was unbelievable."
"I had no idea he was going to
do it beforehand," said England
of the GoFundMe page. "I was
incredibly floored by both his
creation and how quickly funds
came in afterwards. That was really
amazing to see."
A few days later, England heard
that UBC was willing to assist him
in getting a new chair.
"I didn't know exactly what
this entailed initially, so I made an
appointment with my disability
advisor, and then basically what
she had told me was UBC was
willing to fund everything — even
notwithstanding the GoFundMe,"
said England.
While saying that she could
not comment on the specifics of
the case due to confidentiality,
Janet Mee, director of Access
and Diversity, said that "the
university has a number of sources
that it uses to cover the costs
of accommodating people with
disabilities on the UBC Vancouver
In particular, she mentioned
that the AMS extended healthcare
benefits allow for up to $7,000
for the replacement of an electric
wheelchair every 36 months.
"We have only just learned
that that's a possibility, so we
were pretty excited about that,"
said Mee. As for England, he
says that he hasn't been able to
get a new chair yet due to both
administrative details and being-
busy with school and his role as the
Access and Diversity will reimburse England for the wheelchair.
AUS representative on the AMS
"The original chair wasn't
actually mine. It was a loaner
from the provincial government,
so I had to phone them and figure
out next steps although I haven't
heard back," said England. "I'll
have to go back to within UBC
admin and [ask] what are the next
England also said that while
not having his chair has had an
impact on him, he emphasized
that it may also impact others
more and hopes that accessibility
issues will continue to be
"Even though I use my
wheelchair [and services] mainly
for convenience ... there are some
people that events like the loss of
a chair or a de-funding of a service
or something could be detrimental
to both their academic success
and just their regular life. I just
want to make sure that those
voices of students that require
those services are heard when they
do come forward," said England, ft
BirdCoop to triple in size, have new location by 2018
The BirdCoop will soon be available and triple the size in the old Student Union Building
Rohit Joseph
Finding the energy to work out
in UBC's BirdCoop gym can
be a demanding test of one's
self-discipline and patience. Not
only are you fighting your lack
of motivation after a long day of
classes, you are probably waiting
behind three of your sweaty
student brethren to use the same
Come next year, that could all
The AMS is working with UBC
Athletics and Recreation to expand
the BirdCoop by three times its
current size, using the basement
space of the old Student Union
Building in 2018.
The move addresses student
access to fitness and recreation
spaces on campus, with the
university committing $5 million
to cover the cost of the expansion.
AMS President Ava Nasiri
believes it's about time that UBC
tackled its lack of fitness facilities.
"If [UBC] is going to be
comparing themselves to other
schools for this concept of
excellence, then the fitness space
they provide to students should
also be held up to those quality
standards," said Nasiri. "As it
stands, UBC is on the much lower
end of the spectrum."
As it stands, UBC lags far
behind its peers Simon Fraser
University, the University of
Victoria and the University of
Toronto in terms of fitness space
per student.
But the BirdCoop's expansion
into the old SUB is not a
permanent solution according
to Nasiri. The AMS is projecting
the temporary setup to last
six or seven years. This would
ideally coincide with the opening
of additional fitness facilities
proposed in UBC's GamePlan
athletics and recreation strategy.
The GamePlan strategy
is a 20-year plan proposing
either extensive renovations
or the complete rebuilding of
Thunderbird Stadium (estimated
to cost between $25 to $30
million), a brand new Athletics
Centre of Excellence (estimated
at $50 million) and a new facility
to be built at where the War
Memorial Gym is currently located
(estimated between $60 to $62
The total cost of these projects
ranges from a conservative
estimate of $130 million to a high
of $147 million.
Kavie Toor, director of facilities
and business development, says
there are practical reasons for
embarking on these projects,
noting the old age of Thunderbird
Stadium and War Memorial Gym
(50 and 70 years old respectively)
and the buildings having a high
seismic risk.
Figuring out a way to fund
these new facilities is one of the
major challenges that Toor and
his team are contending with. The
potential revenue generated with
new housing units to be built in
the Stadium Road area can cover
a large share of the cost, but it
wouldn't cover everything.
This is where the possibility
of an AMS referendum for a fee
increase to fund these projects
comes into play. In order for this
to happen, the AMS will first
have to receive a petition with a
thousand signatures in support
of a referendum question that
will ask students if they would
be in favour of such an increase
to fund new athletics facilities
on campus. Toor and Nasiri are
optimistic about UBC students'
Nasiri said that having a
referendum this year would be
the right time.
"If we have this referendum
this year, instead of next year or
the year after, then we've made
our voices heard loud and clear
with enough time for that to have
its due influence and to be taken
seriously at the table," said Nasiri.
UBC will be hosting a
GamePlan workshop where
students can attend to lend their
voice on Tuesday, January 31,
from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will
also be an online survey available
and Nasiri encourages anyone
who has specific feedback or
concerns to email her directly, ft FEATURES
School's out?
Not for these students.
The average undergraduate student enters
university in or before their early 20s, but some
don't find themselves at UBC until much later.
Either deterred by the cost or through spending
time pursuing other opportunities, some come to
university through a more unconventional process as "mature
"My life has totally, absolutely changed after I came here
[as a mature student]," said Dave Brown, a fourth-year arts
student. "I was going to just retire and wanted to do things
myself, you know, learn to play the piano, shoot a video. And
then I got accepted into university... I can now conduct an
orchestra and not just play the piano. I can edit a video myself
and not just shoot one."
Being a mature student doesn't have much to do with age.
As long as an applicant is above the legal age (19 in British
Columbia), you need only to be out of school for four years
and to have not obtained a degree prior to enrolment to be
considered a mature student. Interestingly, this means a
22-year-old student would be considered the same way an
85-year-old would in this category.
"Mature students are those who can demonstrate
high academic potential through a range of exceptional
achievements and life experiences beyond academics,"
reads the UBC admissions website.
But many older students coming to UBC don't enter
through the university having given them this designation.
Twenty-six year-old sociology major David Tolentino doesn't
technically qualify because of time he spent at Langara. But
he still experiences some of the surety that comes with taking
more time to consider what one might want out of a university
"When you jump into studies a little bit later, you get better
at [continuously] learning — not just academically, but also
as a person," said Tolentino. "As an older student, I get to
learn from professors who are obviously older than me, but I
also get to learn from students who are younger, and that's it.
I'm subjected to a wide variety of people and ages."
The many that do enter UBC as designated mature
students, however, seem to have had similarly positive
experiences. Robert Eaton, a creative writing enthusiast who
is taking classes as a mature student, has been out of school
for decades. "I was out of school a long, long time," he said.
Having never pursued a degree before, Eaton worked several
jobs, from contracting to landscaping.
"It was curiosity for me personally," said Eaton. "It's been
okay. I haven't had any problems or complaints or anything
like that. Using better resources such as the library and
computers has helped me [personally]."
For mature students who want to attend UBC and are over
the age of 65, the government has added an extra incentive
— free education. BC residents who are Canadian citizens
or permanent residents over the age of 65 do not pay
application, tuition or student fees.
This mechanism has acted not only as an important
pathway — making affordable what otherwise might not
be — but also a prominent source of motivation. "One of the
reasons I came to UBC is because when you're above 65, you
don't pay anything," said Brown.
Brown graduated from high school in the 1960s, and was
then unable to attend university due to financial restrictions.
He subsequently drove taxis in order to earn a regular
However, this fee exemption doesn't apply to a great
number of mature students. According to the Planning and
Institutional Research Office of UBC (PAIR), the average
age out of a total of 225 registered mature students at the
university is currently 32.
Interestingly, the most popular faculty choice for mature
students at UBC is "nothing." According to PAIR, 78 of the
"I have to say that when I came
here, everyone treated me like
just another student. There was
no difference [in experience!
- Dave Brown, fourth-year arts student
225 registered mature students belong to no true faculty,
electing instead to direct their studies as they wish. This is
a distinctive feature of being a mature student because it is
impossible for regular, full time-undergraduates to direct their
studies outside of a faculty. In terms of the faculties into which
mature students are registered, arts came out on top with a
total of 44 registered students as of November 2016, followed
by forestry with four, the faculty of education and the faculty
of land and food systems with three each and business
with one.
Brown, who is currently registered in arts, is pursuing a
major in film production and hoping to later enter the film
industry. "It's good because you have access to specific
resources," he said. "Professors, who are leaders in their
fields, and the books... I get to learn from the very best
... you know, I took directing classes, writing classes,
cinematography classes. It's great."
Despite its supposed divergence from the typical
university experience, Brown, Eaton and Tolentino are happy
with their undergraduate degree.
University has been a life-changing experience for Brown.
"Communication with people, professors, and experts in
their fields... it keeps you going down the path of knowledge.
I mean, whenever I talk to people my age, they're always
talking about the past. But I want to know about the future,"
said Brown.
When he came to discussing how he felt about being a
mature student, Brown found it amusing.
"The semantics of this thing get real complicated here," he |
said. "I initially thought 'mature' meant being above the age
of 65. But then that's a senior student, in my view. But then
again, a fourth year is also a senior student. When I think of
mature, I think about the level of maturity [of a person]. None
of those definitions match the UBC definition.
"I have to say that when I came here, everyone treated
me like just another student. There was no difference [in
experience]," said Brown.
Brown has certainly embraced campus life. Last year,
he ran for AMS President — losing out to current president
Ava Nasiri — and has since been seen in AMS Council
campaigning for his concept, UBC TV.
"Whenever I talk to people my
age, they're always talking about
the past. But I want to know
about the future."
- Dave Brown, fourth-year arts student
Eaton too doesn't have any major complaints about his
experience being a university student. He is especially
quick to speak in support of UBC's provision of resources
as a means to quench curiosity and spread knowledge in
the future. "Having resources like the library, books and
computers available to people ... it should be made more
accessible for everyone," he said. "But it does not behoove
UBC to do that now because the number of mature students |
is still small. But in the future, it could do that if there was a
growth in the aging population, and that would be great."
All in all, Tolentino called being an "older" student at UBC |
an "eye-opening" experience. "It's very easy to register and
just become another statistic, pay your fees, go to classes
and go home, right? But are you benefiting from that whole
experience later on [in life]? I would wish for all people to
learn as much as I have at UBC as an older student." ft CULTURE
Study spots for the desperate vegan
Arielle Supino
One of the most annoying things
I had to endure upon going-
vegan was not feeling as free to
study in coffee shops with my
friends, as the pain of watching
them consume delicious dairy-
filled meals or lactose-infused
beverages was often far too great.
This limited my study sessions to
campus at all times, which was
no party. However, following the
development of severe trauma
from spending too much time
in libraries over the past year, I
finally found the motivation to
get out and find some vegan-
friendly places to do my work in.
There are surprisingly quite a few
of them and most are not that far
away. So, without further ado,
here are four great study spots
that can accommodate any vegan
and their omnivorous friends!
Despite being located relatively
far from campus, Melu is the
perfect place to head to on your
days off. As natural light pours
in from the large window and
hits your seat, you won't even
notice that you're reviewing
30 pages of class notes. What
makes this place even better
is its menu. If you're at Melu
during the summer, they have the
most delicious banana ice cream
parfaits that are alone worth the
journey. As of now, they offer
food like wellness porridges,
rice and veggie bowls, juices,
smoothies, and vegan desserts.
All things that will warm you
up in this less than favourable
weather, while also giving you the
nourishment you need to succeed.
Take the number 4 bus all the
way to Vine and you'll have made
it to the coolest little coffee
shop in the city. While Culprit is
rather small in size, it makes up
for the crowdedness by offering-
fresh, unique baked goods each
morning, as well as yummy soups,
salads and sandwiches. Most
of these items are vegan and/
or gluten-free, but they offer
regular items in case whomever
you're with prefers that. Just
a quick suggestion — if you go,
definitely try your drink with
their homemade almond milk.
It's divine! Be sure not to leave
without sampling their vegan
chocolate-thyme brownies —
your life will never be the same
without them!
This place is absolute heaven!
You've probably seen pictures of
its decor on your Instagram feed
a million times, seeing as not
Never suffer the pain and envy of watching people eat their delicious omnivorous foods again.
many can resist snapping a shot
of its large plant wall or its cute
swing seats. But what you may
not be aware of is that there's
no better feeling than writing
an essay while chowing down
on things like their Spanglish
Toast (smashed avocado, black
bean and cilantro salad, secret
sauce drizzle, micro greens),
their Peanut Noodle Salad (kale,
red cabbage, snap peas, carrot,
cucumber, brown rice noodles,
light peanut dressing, black
sesame seeds) or their Acai Bowl
(blueberries, pomegranate juice,
spinach, acai, mango, hemp, house
made granola, banana, seasonal
fruit). Not to mention this place is
very close to campus, so there's no
losing here!
You've definitely heard of
Cartems, so I'll be brief. Hit up
its West Broadway location for
a scrumptious vegan doughnut,
a simple coffee and a nice
environment to do your work in!
What's nice about this place is
that there are so many options
for vegans that go beyond your
regular chocolate or vanilla
doughnut. So this time, when
your buddies decide that they
want to head out for some sweets
to accompany their studies,
you won't have to miss out or
compromise! ft JANUARY 31, 2017 TUESDAY I   CULTURE
Is the 24-hour business dying?
With the closure of Calhoun's many feared that the time of the 24-hour business was coming to an end.
Eve O'Dea
Earlier this month, the beloved late
night hangout Calhoun's Bakery
closed its doors. The cafe, which
was located on West Broadway,
was a place where UBC students
often went at all hours to study and
gulp down mug after mug of coffee.
Midway through last year the owner,
Hiu Nam Wan, made the decision
to change the business' hours so
the cafe would close at midnight,
this being an early step towards
Calhoun's eventually closing
entirely. Wan, who purchased
the cafe in 2007, is now devoting
his time and energy to Calhoun's
Catering — so the name will live on
in some respect.
"Staffing is the biggest issue,"
said Wan, going on to cite the
lack of late-night availability for
staff as a significant problem in
maintaining 24-hour operation,
while also noting issues with
homeless people who would stay
in the cafe for hours during winter
weather, occasionally taking up
several tables and causing regular
customers to leave.
The closure of this Kitsilano
establishment prompted some
concerns about the existence of
24-hour businesses in Vancouver's
future. Is this a viable business
model or a doomed practice? To
find out, we spoke with two well-
known Vancouver restaurateurs
about their respective experiences,
as well as with UBC professor Dr.
Darren Dahl.
Aiyana Kane and Jackie-Rae
Avery are the owners Bandidas,
a vegetarian taqueria located on
Commercial Drive. Last year,
they made the decision to expand
their business and in the spring,
renovations took place to expand
their space, doubling it in size.
Following this, their next goal was
to change their hours and stay open
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The idea was to create a place on the
East Side where night owls could
come for wholesome, healthy meals
at any hour.
From a business perspective,
they saw it as more efficient to keep
their restaurant open at all times
instead of taking the time to open
and close at the beginning and end
of the day, as they usually opened at
9 a.m. and closed between 12 and 1
a.m. However, the time and energy
that they put into their restaurant
expansion ended up being more
exhausting than originally predicted,
and the transition to the new hours
operation had to be postponed
When working out the logistics
of a 24-hour business, Kane
and Avery were faced with the
same issue of staffing that Wan
mentioned, as this change would
require a whole new team of people
who were willing to work the
necessary early morning hours.
"We want our business to be a
place that's nourishing for people to
work at and that isn't hurting their
lives or hurting them," said Kane.
"We have to find people who are
into it in order for it to be aligned
with our values." When asked if they
were hoping to eventually make the
24-hour switch, Kane said yes, but
was not sure when that would be a
The Naam, a vegetarian eatery
on West 4th, is known for its
relaxed atmosphere, live music
and constantly changing artwork.
It is also one of the few places in
Vancouver where one can grab a
slice of apple pie or a veggie burger
at 3 a.m. Open since 1968 and
operating 24 hours since 1989, The
Naam's proximity to the beach and
the UBC campus put the restaurant
in a prime position for steady
Manager Glen Delukas says
that last year was The Naam's most
successful year, with their busiest
hours being between 5 p.m. and
10 p.m. That being said, their busy
hours are not always restricted to
the typical eating hours. Delukas
recalls one particular instance
while working the graveyard shift.
"I remember it being peaceful.
Next thing a bus pulls up front, like
a tour bus or something, and [then]
you have 20 people filing into the
restaurant [who] want a full meal
'cause we serve the full menu all
night," he said.
The event which impacts
the restaurant the most is the
Vancouver Folk Music Festival,
which gives way to their busiest
weekend of the year.
One issue that The Naam
faces stems from their presence
in a relatively residential
neighbourhood, which can lead to
noise complaints from neighbours.
In response, Delukas says, "I can
communicate with them directly
and make sure we work out a plan
so that they're comfortable and we
can still continue to operate."
Unlike Bandidas and Calhoun's,
The Naam's staffing poses less
of an issue for them. "We have a
solid crew — we don't have a lot of
turnover in staff at all. We have old-
time staff working these shifts that
they've been working for years,"
said Delukas.
In spite of the logistical
difficulties, Professor Darren Dahl
of the Sauder School of Business
predicts that the presence of 24-
hour restaurants in Vancouver will
rise as the population of the city
increases. Dahl confirms that these
establishments in areas with a
busier nightlife, such as Downtown
Vancouver, will see more success.
"As long as there's a population,
it will endure," he said. However,
Dahl also notes potential security
risks for these restaurants, as police
presence is typically reduced in the
early morning hours.
Ultimately, a 24-hour business
is dependent on two contributing
factors — a location in a populous
area in order to attract heavy
crowds and a dedicated team
that can work together under
pressure at all hours of the day.
With that combination, we can
expect more of these businesses
to pop up around the city, maybe
even on a university campus with a
population of students who pull all-
nighters on a regular basis, ft
Portal 2: The
Musical is shit
Samuel Du Bois
Culture Editor
There is the campy musical that
knows it's shit and loves it. There is
the campy musical that makes the
most of a shitty budget to become
something special. Then there
is the campy musical that is just
thoroughly a piece of shit.
The Geekenders' musical
version of the hit video game, Portal
2, is sadly the third option. Full
disclaimer: I walked out of this at
intermission, breathing a sigh of
Never played the game before?
You will be completely lost, as
the performers make no effort
whatsoever to provide coherent
context or even a coherent plot for
that matter. My last experience with
the game came only a few months
ago and even I was scratching my
head a few times, trying to figure out
what the hell was going on as people
ran around the stage in poorly made
costumes, with no apparent logic.
Choreography? Original music?
Any semblance of plot direction,
character motivations, good dialogue
or even clever lyrics? Hell no. The
choreography would have been
poorly received at a half-assed high
school play. The music was made out
of a jumbled playlist full of numbers
ripped straight out of Hairspray,
The Little Mermaid, My Fair Lady
and more, with some of the most
predictable lyrics I've heard in a longtime.
You have to give it to the actors
— they made the most of what they
were given and their voices were
solid when singing. Plus, the set was
alright and the way that the portals
functioned was a clever solution to a
potentially difficult problem. But the
costumes were terrible.
When you hear words like
"unauthorized" and "dark comedy"
used to describe a production like
this, you might expect a certain
level of original, cheeky humour
and irreverence. The brilliant minds
behind this play opted instead to just
rip all of the best jokes right from
the game, giving themselves only
enough creative licence to add in
the real winner, "Netflix and Chell,"
which elicited many groans from
the audience and was the ultimate
deciding factor in my leaving early.
A ticket to this play cost $22 in
advance and $25 at the door. A copy
of Portal 2 on Steam costs $21.99
and comes free of terrible musical
numbers, shitty costumes and that
god damned Netflix joke. If you are a
fan of the game, stay home and play
it again. If you have no idea what the
reference is when someone says "the
cake is a lie," go somewhere else for
your dose of local theatre, ft
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Last Words: A free gym is
better than a lazy river
The new pool costs $40 million.
Ubyssey Staff
It's new, it's big, it's clean, it's
shiny — it's the new UBC Aquatic
Centre. Obviously, everyone is
excited about it. But is it really
that great?
First, let's not forget the
centre cost $40 million. As of
2015, Athletics was set to pay
$11.4 million of that because
they couldn't find donors for the
Secondly, UBC has significantly
less fitness space per student
than most North American
universities. A UBC study found
that the university has just 0.15
square feet of fitness space per
student, a pathetic one-seventh
of the University of Victoria's
capacity. UBC is aware of this
and Athletics has been working
to fix it. The basement of the Old
SUB is supposedly being turned
into a fitness/weight room and
Athletics should be applauded
for their work. But the execution,
especially with the new pool,
raises some questions.
There's nothing wrong with lazy
rivers, but the centre isn't a water
park — it's a pool. You don't need a
lazy river. Period. What's more is
that the lazy river, which is by no
means small (though it isn't water-
park huge) will, to the best of our
knowledge, be included in UBC's
measurements of "fitness" space.
Unless you count redirecting
your tube as exercise, there is
absolutely nothing "fitness" about
a lazy (repeat: lazy) river. There
is nothing wrong with lazy rivers,
but given the choice between
slowly floating in lukewarm urine
water and a free gym, we know
what our decision would be.
Yes, 40! While The Ubyssey can
think of plenty of uses for a
big, 40-person hot tub, none
of them should be conducted
in a university aquatic centre.
Everyone loves a good soak in
a hot tub (even though they are
really, really gross). But we'd
rather have a free gym.
The old pool, for all its flaws, had
a free gym in the damp recesses
of its basement. For students
who can't afford a private gym
or don't want to wait in the
overflowing BirdCoop, the gym
was perfect. With $40 million,
surely UBC could have stuck a
gym somewhere in the building.
Taking out the lazy river and
massive hot tub would have left
ample space for a small but free
workout room.
Lazy rivers and giant hot tubs
are great, but they are the kind of
thing you build when you've come
in under-budget and have some
extra cash lying around. We don't
know if the planning committee
had a direct choice between a free
gym and the river/tub, but we
know what we ended up with.
It's great that UBC is trying
to build more fitness spaces but
they should stop screwing around
with gimmicks and focus on the
essentials, ft
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Fantastic Beasts was
made with the help of
UBC computer scientists
The technology was used to model skin of magical beasts.
Mona Adibmoradi
Senior Staff Writer
Scientists at UBC don't just change
the real world. They also change the
wizarding world.
The creatures in the film
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find
Them were made using software
developed by computer scientists
at the Institute of Computing,
Information and Cognitive System
at UBC.
Dr. Dinesh Pai's group, whose
primary focus is developing
computational models on how the
brain and musculoskeletal system
direct movement, created the
company Vital Mechanics to make
their software available to various
industries, from healthcare to
"We were doing all this great
research at the university, but we
needed to translate all of these ideas
into innovation that could be usable
by other people," said Pai.
One of the projects at Vital
Mechanics is the software Vital Skin
which simulates the wrinkling of skin
to produce realistic visual effects.
Pai's group approached Image
Engine, a visual effects studio based
in Vancouver, and presented their
software as a solution to simulating
skin for compelling visual effects.
Image Engine used the software
to create the deformation in the skin
of the large, dinosaur-like Graphorn
in the film.
Pai said that simulations for
visual effects is just the first step.
"Eventually simulations will be so
realistic and accurate that whenever
you design something that interacts
with the human body, you'll want to
first test it with a virtual human."
Using large scale computation
to simulate the body in great detail
will open the door for innovations
in robotics and visual effects for
television, film and gaming. This
will also will allow companies to
test and optimize technology that
interacts with the body.
Using computers to map the
human body will also improve
practices for healthcare, as
simulations can be used for
diagnosis and training for surgical
However, there is still a lot to
learn. "The limitation has been
that the human body is incredibly
complex," said Pai.
Currently, his lab is focused on
measuring and mapping individual
muscle activity to better understand
the processes involved in human
movement, leading to more accurate
simulations of the human body and
beasts that are even more fantastic, ft
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While apps are no substitute for trained, professional help, they can help fill in the gaps.
These apps can help
manage your mental health
Madeleine Link
Mental health issues affect a lot
of students, and dealing with
them can be very diffuclt. UBC
Counselling wait times can be
frustrating and even if your
insurance covers off-campus
counselling services, only a few
appointments may be covered.
Since us millennials spend all our
time glued to our phones anyways,
it makes sense that we might
turn to mental health apps as a
solution. Although they can't take
the place of tools like therapy and
medication, they can help on a
day-to-day basis and in-between
These apps are not intended
to replace professional help,
and work best as part of a larger
mental health strategy. Check out
our articles on seeking therapy
and dealing with mental health
crises, and don't hesitate to call
a crisis line if you're in distress
or need to talk to someone right
Developed jointly by AnxietyBC
and BC Mental Health and
Addiction services, this app
focuses on understanding-
anxiety and challenging it
with constructive thinking and
behaviour. The app lets you pick
relevant situations, including
"Managing Worry," "Tackling
Social Fears" and "Riding Out
Intense Emotions." You can rate
your anxiety level and record
your symptoms, which can help
when you're talking to doctors or
mental health professionals about
The app also suggests helpful
strategies like using positive
thoughts to replace negative ones,
relaxation strategies that include
visualizations and breathing-
exercises, and constructive
activities like talking to friends and
going for a walk while listening to
your favourite music.
An app from Island Health,
BoosterBuddy has a unique
approach, encouraging you to take
care of a cartoon animal by taking-
care of yourself. If your buddy is
sleeping, you need to wake them
up by completing small tasks.
The activities are all designed to
improve your mental health in
small ways such as planning what
you're going to eat for dinner
and baking cookies with a friend.
Helping your friendly cartoon
pal can help motivate you to help
yourself, and the suggestions are
positive and easy to follow.
The app also encourages you
to create a crisis plan in the case
of an emergency. It also provides
specific coping strategies for
different problems. If you take
medications, you can also ask
your buddy to remind you when
it's time to take them and the app
can also track your moods over
time. If you use alcohol or drugs,
BoosterBuddy also has the option
to keep track of your use to see if it
affects your mental health.
SAM is developed by the
University of the West of England,
and takes a similar approach to
MindShift. This app includes
information about what anxiety is
and what causes it. It allows you
to keep track of what makes you
anxious and develop your own
"anxiety toolkit" over time. Its
toolkit strategies include physical
and mental relaxation, as well as
techniques for positive thinking.
SAM also displays a graph of your
anxiety over time, so you can keep
track of any trends, which can help
when talking to a doctor about
problems you may be having. This
app is useful for dealing with and
keeping track of your anxieties.
This app focuses on relaxing-
meditations. It invites you to
check in daily by noting your
mental state, physical feelings
and selecting any emotions you're
feeling at the moment. SBT then
recommends meditations from its
library. You can pay for specific
upgrades (including meditations
narrated by singer k.d. lang), but
they have a wide variety of free
Meditations include general
mindfulness exercises as well as
meditations on particular topics
such as gratitude and change. If
relaxing while listening to rain
sounds is more your speed, they
also have a timed meditation
option. SBT keeps track of your
"weekly settledness" for you, and
you can earn stickers over time as
you complete more meditations.
Although this app doesn't provide
the same psychological focus as
some others, it is very relaxing and
encourages you to take the time
to check in with yourself and how
you're doing.
This is another app without a
major medical endorsement,
although they do have a clinical
psychologist on their staff.
Like other apps, Pacifica offers
relaxation exercises and helpful
strategies, but uniquely lets you
input your energy level before it
suggests any — meaning they're
easier to complete even if you're
feeling tired. However, some of its
more specific meditations require
a paid premium subscription.
Pacifica also has a fancy system
for tracking your habits — both
good and bad. You can pick daily
habits from their list that also
includes taking medication, which
boosts your health score, and
drinking, which lowers it. You can
also create your own daily habits
and adjust the levels of preset ones
(for example, deciding how much
sleep you want to get). This app
does offer some unique features,
but the fact that some useful
features are behind a paywall
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Ball 'Birds dominate Brandon
The team defeated the Bobcats on both nights.
Salomon Micko Benrimoh
Senior Staff Writer
The UBC women's basketball
team won their double-header
weekend against the University
of Brandon Bobcats — the first
time they've successfully won
a weekend series since the first
week of December when they
soundly beat the UBC Okanagan
Friday's game was a more
commanding win for the 'Birds
than Saturday's. UBC scored 31
points in the first quarter alone
and outscored the Bobcats in
every quarter. Canada West
offense leaders Maddison Penn
and Keylyn Filewich led the 'Birds
with 19 and 18 points respectively
as UBC went on to win the game
The Bobcats returned with a
vengeance on Saturday evening,
outscoring UBC 21 to 19 in the first
quarter and 20 to 15 in the third
quarter. The 'Birds answered with
21 and 18 points in the second and
fourth quarters respectively, and
kept Brandon to only eight points in
the fourth.
Penn led UBC with a total of 24
points, giving her an incredible 43
points for the weekend. Saturday's
game also saw the T-Birds make a
total of eight blocks and score 22
points of Brandon turnovers. UBC
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Lachlan Spriddle has drive
and the grit to match
Jeffrey So
Sitting in the sunlit diner, I
watched Lachlan Spriddle walk
up to my table with a smile on his
face. He shook my hand and sat
down as he adjusted his Titleist
golf cap. It took me a second to
register that this was the same
person I just watched on YouTube,
mercilessly running people over in
his football scouting video.
Spriddle is a timid yet outgoing-
person — a freshman who is an
arranged walk-on for the UBC Golf
team. At this point, you might be
slightly confused considering that
he was the subject of a football
Spriddle has been playing golf
since he was 10, but his main sport
through high school was football,
in which he played as a starting-
linebacker and running back for
the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute
in Alberta.
He was born into a golfing
family — his father is a
professional golfer — and so he
was naturally introduced to the
sport. After years of rigorous
training, he scored the best
round of his life with a 66 at a
tournament in the eighth grade.
But golf is an unpredictable sport
and after a second round of 78, he
proceeded to lose the tournament
by two measly strokes.
Spriddle decided to take a step
back from golf. "I just had a lot of
anger towards the game," he said.
"I just didn't want to be a part of
that anymore."
After this loss, he had decided
to fully commit to football
Golf and football are two
completely different sports. One
requires patience and mental
endurance, while the other
requires speed and aggression.
Although both are extraordinary in
their own rights, Spriddle needed
a lot of training and conditioning
to get to the level he wanted to be
at with football.
Spriddle once tore the anterior
cruciate ligament (ACL) in his
left knee during a basketball
game and he literally walked it
off as he "didn't think anything
of it," except for the "pop" he
heard when his tendon snapped.
This is an injury that cripples
players, but he decided it was
fine and walked two weeks with a
completely torn ACL.
"I wasn't in any pain really," he
said. "Two weeks later, I planted
my weight on it and it definitely
didn't feel right. I asked my mom
if we could go get it checked out
and she didn't believe me at first,
as I'd been walking around on it."
He received surgery, and
proceeded to play football
throughout high school as a
During the final football game
of his high school career, Lachlan
got hit hard in the right leg,
tearing his meniscus. After that
game, he decided enough was
"It was around eight on a
Friday night," said Spriddle. "I'm
at home with my parents, and
I looked at them and just said,
T don't think I'm gonna play
football anymore. I can't take four
more years of this, especially if
I want to be able to walk in my
And so, after a two-and-a-half
year break, Spriddle switched
sports yet again, spending
more than four hours a day
meticulously working on his
golf game. The first tournament
back was a monumental one
and he shot scores of 78-79-78,
solidifying his motivation to work
on his golf game and achieve the
level he wants to be at.
After contacting UBC's golf
head coach, Chris MacDonald,
at the beginning of the summer,
Spriddle was given a spot on
the team — directly as a result
of his incredible scores. Even
after emailing MacDonald,
Spriddle decided to play on the
development team.
"I wanted to red-shirt because
I didn't feel like my game was
where I wanted it to be and I
didn't want to waste a year of
eligibility," said Spriddle. "That
extra year will help me get back in
the game."
With this plan, he can practice
with the team and advance his
skills. But what's next for him?
"I really have no idea," he said.
As he repeated the question to
himself, he discovered an answer.
"For the next four years, I'll be
committed to working hard on my
golf game and if it gets to where it
can get, I'll turn pro," he said. "I'm
also going to work hard in the
classroom, so I have something-
nice to fall back on. A UBC
education is pretty outstanding."
It is apparent that Spriddle
does not display the attitude of
a typical 18-year-old boy. He has
traits that many people of his
age don't have — grit, vision and
Switching to the sport of golf
after spending a large part of his
life involved in football comes
with great sacrifice. It's not an
easy thing to do. Getting a spot
on the varsity golf team after
transferring sports in the past
year is damn near impossible, but
Spriddle is not your typical varsity
golfer, ft JANUARY 31, 2017 TUESDAY I   SPORTS   I   13
"We were all super excited to be a part of that and represent all student athletes across Canada."
T-Birds join Bell Lets Talk to reduce
mental health stigma on campuses
Isabelle Commerford
Staff Writer
In conjunction with the Bell Let's
Talk campaign, all-Canadian
swimmer Rebecca Terejko —
along with other UBC athletes
— is encouraging students and
athletes to make their mental
health a priority.
"You should never feel like
what you are going through is not
as important as what others you
know may have gone through,"
said Terejko. "I felt silly seeking
help for something I originally
thought was the everyday stress
of being a student athlete."
In preparation for January
25, the Bell Let's Talk campaign
reached out to Terejko — as well
as fellow UBC Thunderbird and
men's soccer goalkeeper Chad
Bush — as student athletes in the
Canadian university community
to discuss mental health and
the stigma surrounding it. Both
athletes had been honoured
with the Academic All-Canadian
Award in Ottawa last November
by the Governor General.
"We were all super excited to
be a part of that and represent
all student athletes across
Canada and to help start off this
When Terejko first came to
university, she held back from
participating on campus in
activities or events. As she grew
closer to her team of swimmers,
she broke out as a leader in that
"In my first couple years when
I did struggle with anxiety ... I
didn't have a lot of confidence,
and then as I got more
comfortable with my teammates,
I felt more comfortable to talk
with them about certain things.
"I really grew as a person
throughout all five years and
I think being a student athlete
really contributed to that." said
Terejko. "My teammates were
really where I felt most at home."
Terejko credits her team for
making it their goal to listen to
each other and be open, which is
what contributed to her finding
a sense of home away from home
on campus.
Being a recent graduate from
UBC, Terejko cites her times with
her teammates as some of her
fondest, but she recognizes that a
common struggle often emerges
among her fellow graduates.
"I know a lot of retired
athletes who struggle with mental
illness once they do retire from
their sport. I think that's a really
important point because a lot
of the time they feel okay while
they're associated with their
sport because that's part of their
identity, and as soon as they're
finished, they don't know what to
do and they really struggle."
Despite the gap in age
between first-year university
students and bachelor's degree
holders, Terejko notes how
anyone can be affected by mental
illness. The hardest part at any
point on the spectrum appears to
be reaching out.
"I think it's really important
to reach out to someone ... I've
known some people on the
swim team who I really looked
up to when I was in first-year. I
knew third, fourth, fifth-years
who were opening up about
certain areas that they might be
struggling with and that really
helped me see that there's people
I look up to who I think are
perfect. It made me feel like every
single person could be struggling
on the inside no matter what's
going on on the outside."
By partnering up with Bell
Let's Talk Day and student
athletes from across Canada,
Terejko hopes that she will
encourage further discussion
about mental health and
wellbeing. With Bell Let's Talk's
progress in 2017, there is a lot of
hope for the initiative's success
in the future and ideally for every
other day of the year too.
Bell Let's Talk continues
to incorporate athletes in their
campaign to expose the impact
of mental health on the Canadian
student body. You can find a few
friendly faces in their Canada West
video, or see Terejko featured
in the launch video for student
athletes' alliance with Bell.
Having been through five
years as a student athlete and
now working at a pool running
the aquatics program, Terejko
wants UBC students to know that
taking time for yourself is the most
important thing.
"I just want people to know
that even if they feel like what they
are going through is insignificant
or something they should be able
to handle, there is nothing wrong
with setting up [an appointment]
at Brock Hall and talking to a
professional about it.
"They are there to support you
... and you should never feel like
what you are going through is not
important." ft
Mens rugby beat Ravens 32-14
Both teams played an incredibly defensive game.
Salomon Micko Benrimoh
Senior Staff Writer
On Saturday, January 28, the UBC
men's rugby team faced off against
the UBC Old Boys Ravens Rugby
Club, with a 7-2 overall record and
a six-game winning streak, taking
the game with the final score at
The game was closely fought
the whole way through. Things
got heated between the players
of both clubs and even the fans in
the stands, who were not scared to
yell out their frustrations with the
referees of the match.
The T-Birds entered the game
with high emotions coming off
their Wightman Boot victory
the previous week against the
University of Victoria Vikes.
The Wightman Boot is a trophy
awarded annually to the victor of
a match between the two historic
and rivalrous rugby teams.
The Ravens were the first to
strike, scoring on two kicks and
holding the 'Birds well away from
the goal line. Both teams played
an incredibly defensive game, and
the score was kept low throughout
the first half and even well into the
second half.
At this point it looked like the
game was in the bag for the Ravens,
having taken on a double-digit lead
with time ticking away. It wasn't
until near the end of the game that
the 'Birds were finally able to break
through the Ravens' defence.
The Thunderbirds stormed out
to score three tries, making two
of the extra point conversions.
Tensions grew drastically between
the players of both teams at this
points, as the Ravens fell further
behind the 'Birds. The Ravens'
coaches watched from the end zone
of the field but made sure that their
voices were heard by players and
officials even if play was on the other
The Ravens made a last attempt
to retake the game with just over five
minutes left, but their fate was sealed
with a final UBC try as the 'Birds
took the game 32-14.
The 'Birds will look to prepare for
their next game, a Saturday meeting
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Men's basketball crush Bobcats, extend record to 15-1
Salomon Micko Benrimoh
Senior Staff Writer
It was a good weekend for the UBC
men's basketball team. In fact, it
was a record-breaking weekend.
The 'Birds squared off against the
University of Brandon Bobcats in a
weekend doubleheader and walked
away with two wins. They entered
the weekend with a 13-1 conference
record and a 22-2 overall record.
Meanwhile, Brandon entered with a
7-11 conference record.
Friday's game was one to
remember for the T-Birds. They
managed to score more than 30
points in each quarter and limited
the Bobcats' scoring. Brandon
managed to get 21 points in the
first quarter, but that momentum
disappeared and the team was kept
to only eight points in the fourth
Fifth-year guard Jordan
Jensen-Whyte led the 'Birds in
scoring with 23 points in just
under 21 minutes of playtime.
Six other teammates recorded
more than 12 points in Friday's
blowout. UBC took advantage
of turnovers, scoring 20 points
off Brandon's alone. A total of
127 points sets the record for
the most scored by a UBC men's
basketball in the many decades
that the program has existed.
Brandon was held to just 78
points the entire game
Saturday's game saw UBC
A total of 127 points on Friday sets the record for most points scored by a UBC men's basketbal
President Santa Ono make an
appearance, watching the game
from the sidelines and cheering
the Thunderbirds to another
commanding victory over the
Bobcats. UBC matched their
offence with stellar defence,
keeping Brandon from scoring-
no more than 17 points each
quarter. The 'Birds also scored an
incredible 30 points off Brandon
Guard Connor Morgan led
the 'Birds with 21 points, three
assists, two blocks, and three
steals, balancing his offensive and
defensive game in his 32 minutes
of play time. In the end, the
'Birds took the game 87-53 to the
appreciation of the crowd.
Third-year forward Patrick
Simon said that he was "happy with
two wins and I felt that we played
well together as a team."
When asked about next week's
Courtside showdown against their
provincial rival — the University
of Northern British Columbia
Timberwolves — Simon said that
he and the rest of the team were
"excited for sure."
"Finally we can get a whole
bunch fans out to the stadium and
we're excited about that." ft
The 'Birds take on the UNBC
Timberwolves in a weekend
doubleheader with Friday's
Courtside festivities beginning at
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Powered up: Women's hockey beat out Pronghorns
On Saturday, UBC earned a 3-0 shutout over Lethbridge on three power play goals in three separate periods.
Bill Situ
Senior Staff Writer
The UBC women's hockey team
picked up back-to-back shutout wins
against the Lethbridge Pronghorns
on their return to home ice.
The first game of the weekend
doubleheader ended in a 1-0 win
for the 'Birds, with the lone goal
from defenceman Katie Zinn during
the second period. Although UBC
outshot Lethbridge 33-13 and had
10 power plays, a strong goaltending
performance by Pronghorns
netminder Alicia Anderson kept the
game close.
In the second game, UBC
earned a 3-0 shutout over
Lethbridge on three power play
goals in three separate periods.
Shots on goal were again heavily
in favour of the T-Birds, this time
"It was definitely a huge
weekend for us to gain a little
momentum back," said Nicole
Saxvik after the game. "We were
really relentless in this game, so it
really paid off."
The first of the three goals
came from Saxvik in the final
18 seconds of the first frame.
After a tripping penalty against
Lethbridge's Isabel Johnson, the
'Birds mounted strong offensive
pressure in the Pronghorns' zone.
Stephanie Schaupmeyer landed
a shot from the left circle before
Saxvik rebounded it from outside
the crease to pick up her 12th goal
of the season.
Midway through the second
period, Johnson again went to the
box for a tripping penalty. This
time, it was defenceman Celine
Tardiff who got the goal for UBC,
firing a one-timer from the slot to
beat goalkeeper Jessica Lohues.
As the game winded down
to the final two minutes of the
third period, a body checking
penalty against the Pronghorns'
Sarah Spence put the 'Birds on
the power play for the 11th time,
allowing UBC to strike again.
After a scrum in front of the
Lethbridge net, Schaupmeyer was
able to find the puck in the slot
and bury it past Lohues to secure
the 3-0 win for UBC.
"[The power plays] were
crucial today. Yesterday we
were a little frustrated with not
converting, so today it was nice
to see the power play goals go
through," said UBC head coach
Graham Thomas after the game.
With the win against the
Pronghorns, the 'Birds now hold
a 20-3-1 record and have tied
the school record in most wins
in a single season. UBC has also
earned the first-place spot in the
U Sports championships.
"With four games left... we got
a good chance at setting a new
record and setting a new bar for
us as a program ... and getting
that first place, which has never
been done," said Thomas, ft
The 'Birds will travel on the road
next week to play their second-last
doubleheader of the regular season
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Lucy Fox
Senior Staff Writer
As you hike up towards Mystery Peak on
Mount Seymour, there is a place on the trail to
veer off and take in the view. On this particular
Saturday, as far as the eye could see, there
was the city, the inlet and Vancouver Island
all basking in the sun. A welcome break from
weeks of rain, it was the perfect day for a hike.
Amongst the group of casual snowshoers
or the adventurous few going into the
backcountry on split skis (skis that can be
snapped together to make a snowboard), there
was one large group that stood out from the
rest. Carrying backpacks, shovels and rolled
up mats on the side of their packs, there was
more to this group than a day's outing into the
For UBC's Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC),
it was the first big trip of 2017. Around 50
students made the journey by car or bus to
get up Seymour and hike to that point beside
Mystery Peak, intending to continue out into
the snow-covered forest for one of the VOC's
most popular events of the year: snow cave
building and an overnight backcountry trip.
After a quick break, the group ventured
back out onto the trail and disappeared
down the last slope into the wintery terrain.
As onlookers watched from the boundary of
Mount Seymour resort, the group trailed off
one by one deeper into the backcountry and
into the Mount Seymour provincial park.
In the 12 hours they spent away from the
lights and noise of Mt. Seymour resort, those
50 students created around 15 snow caves
to sleep in. The exercise was a chance to not
only have fun with a larger group of students
than usual — as most VOC trips tend to involve
only a handful of people — but also a chance
to learn a unique emergency shelter technique
for particularly cold weather.
In a nutshell, the shelters require three
main things: a shovel, waterproof clothing
and two metres of snow on a hilly slope
outside of avalanche terrain. A partner is
also preferred.
As explained by club vice president
and social coordinator Byron Wilson, you
essentially dig down and then across to build
a small entrance way. From there, you dig up
slightly and carve out the main room of the
shelter — a dome shaped structure that is a
little like an igloo.
The first person digs out the cave,
pushing out the excess snow towards the
entrance for their teammate to remove
until the shelter is fully cleared and ready
for some wintery camping.
"It is not something you would build
very often — there are a lot easier things,
a lot quicker things in terms of making
an emergency shelter," said Wilson. "The
snow cave is great when the elements are
not very fitting for the amount of warmth
you have."
According to Wilson, the shelters
can maintain a heat of about -5C in
-20C weather. In the cold, that kind of a
drastic temperature difference would be
Although this may sound daunting, all
levels and abilities of outdoorsman were
in attendance that weekend, from first-
timers to backcountry experts and club
alumni. As Wilson explained, there were
even some students there from Colombia
seeing snow for the first time.
"Everyone was well-prepared. [I] can't
think of anything that held people back
other than their own inhibitions [or] if
they got scared away and didn't come out
[for the trip]," said Wilson.
It was only the rare few who didn't pack
enough waterproof clothing that learned a
tough lesson about keeping warm while
making their snow caves.
What happens if someone didn't have
the essential gear for this kind of trip?
Well, you rent them from the club.
"The whole point of the club — our
mission statement — is to encourage self-
propelled adventures in the backcountry,"
said Wilson. "In that regard, we have gear
which we rent out for free."
The club offers equipment from
backpacks, to backcountry skis, to a canoe.
Anything you need to enjoy the British
Columbian outdoors, they can supply
or will try to get their hands on for you.
Requests can be made by members for
anything that is not currently on their
What's more, should the club not have
the gear you need for an imminent trip,
there are always people willing to share.
"We're very much a community in giving
out gear, so if the club doesn't rent the stuff
then usually you can ask other people,"
said Wilson.
With all this in mind, the trip was a
huge success.
"Yeah, I would do it again — it was really
fun. It was a lot more of a party than most
trips I go on," said Wilson. "One of the
people skied up three times and he brought
a backpack full of speakers. We had lights
everywhere and we were dancing."
And trips like the snow cave building-
weekend aren't the only types of events
VOC puts on. From smaller group hikes,
to snowshoeing, to bicycle touring and
climbing, there are options for every type
of outdoorsman. With around 700 student
club members — and as one of the biggest
clubs on campus — there are always like-
minded club members looking for new
people to experience the outdoors with.
"The club is so big and there's so many
interested people, that you just have to post
on the club [page] saying I'm looking for
people to go [on this trip] on this weekend
... and a lot of people will show up if you
have an interesting idea," said Wilson.
"Everyone is welcome [in the VOC].
The only commonality between the people
is that they accept all walks of life."
If you are interested in snow cave
building, or if it's bicycling and hiking
that tickle your fancy, there is room for
everyone and all interests in the club.
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3- Eastern nanny;
31- Provide food for;
4- Cabbage salad;
33-Singer Lopez;
59- Insect-repelling chemical
53- Emerge;
5-1        vacation!;
34- Prongs;
60-Word in a threat;
57- Opposite of below;
6- Supermodel Sastre;
35- Bird of prey, score in golf;
63-Sault        Marie;
61- K-6;
7- Remote abbr.;
37-"Lord, is       ?": Matthew;
62- Donkeys;
38-Guy's partner;
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