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Student Louis
Gonick still
My undergrad
degree was a
glorified bookclub:
Ask Natalie:
Is my "number"
too high?
UBC researchers
use bacteria to
filter water
UBC baseball in
talks with UTokyo
for friendly game
Brisebois will be playing with the Canadian women's volleyball team over the summer.
Meet Danielle Brisebois: UBC's most
outstanding female athlete of the year
Olamide Olaniyan
Staff Writer
It was the women's volleyball
national finals and poised across the
court were the UBC Thunderbirds'
strongest regional rivals, the
University of Alberta Pandas — the
'Birds were winning.
As Danielle Brisebois, a fifth-
year outside-hitter for the team,
served at game-point, a hush fell
over the spectator-filled bleachers.
The Pandas' reception went too
long and UBC left-side hitter Laura
MacTaggart ended the game with a
two-handed smackdown.
All around Brisebois, the team
erupted in celebration. She was
on her knees, yelling and covering
her face in joy. The rest of the team
surged onto the court cheering and
piling themselves around her.
Ten years ago, Brisebois did
not have volleyball on her radar.
In 2007, her mom's best friend
noticed that Brisebois and her sister
Taylor were tall for their age and
recommended that they try out the
"I just walked [onto] this team
... we were both so tall and they
needed players [so] they didn't
really care what our skill level was
like at that point," Brisebois said in a
phone interview.
The Brisebois sisters played
with the ACTS elites, a club team
based out of Orangeville, Ontario
before movingto a better-known
team called Aurora Storm. Taylor
was a year older so Brisebois always
played a level higher than her age,
with bigger and stronger girls.
These years of volleyball helped
them both develop into better
While playing for Aurora
Storm at the club level, Brisebois
attended a private sport school in
Vaughan, Ontario called The Hills
Academy. The school was trying
to get a volleyball program started
at the time, so they brought on
Dustin Reid — the current Ryerson
University head coach — to build it.
In grade 10, when Brisebois
was talking with Reid, the topic of
university volleyball came up. At
that point, she didn't even know
that playing volleyball in university
was a thing you could do. When she
asked what school was the best, he
said UBC.
So, at the end of grade 11, as
her club team went to nationals in
Abbotsford, BC, she emailed UBC's
head coach Doug Reimer asking
him to come watch her play.
"I was super nervous and didn't
really know what to say, or what
I could say, because I wasn't sure
what he was feeling... I think they
watched a little bit of me play and
stuff but I suppose it was enough
that they kept their interest," said
The Bolton, Ontario native came
to UBC and started her university
career in the 2012/13 season.
That year, the team won its sixth
straight national championship.
As expected, Brisebois didn't play
much, scoring only a few kills that
The next year, the team lost in
the national final. And the season
after that, 2014/15, the team
finished in sixth place at the CIS
championship. Even with that
disappointing result, Brisebois
exploded onto the scene that year
for the 'Birds, averaging 3.53 kills
per set and finishing with a season
high of 21 kills. In her phenomenal
first national championship as a
starting player, she held the highest
number of kills for the T-Birds.
She was on track to continue
this trend in the 2015/16 season.
However, in January 2016, Brisebois
sat out two games due to injury.
UBC dropped both games to the
Brandon University Bobcats that
weekend. According to Brisebois,
the L5-S1 joint in her spine is fused
abnormally. It causes some back
pain and it's hard to manage. At that
point in the season, the pain had
reached a new level.
"It was just... it was new and it
had gotten the worst it's been and
I didn't know how to manage it at
that point. I had kind of a lateral
shift, so my torso would shift over
the top of my hips," she laughed
nervously as she recounted the
experience. "It was hard to move
and not nice to sit or anything, but,
honestly, time was the best thing
for it."
Since then, the pain hasn't been
as bad as it was that weekend, but
she has had to do different workouts
from the rest of the team. That year,
the Thunderbirds finished in fourth
place at nationals.
The national championship
win in this past 2016/17 season
was thus a return to former
grace and an improvement on
the team's performance the year
"The way we came together
[in the second term] ... it was
just a different feel on the court
compared to first term," said
Brisebois. "It just felt so calm
and everyone believed in each
other and even practices, they
were always so fun and everyone
wanted to be there and worked
hard consistently."
Brisebois was named an all-
star and the championship's Most
Valuable Player (MVP). Later,
she was presented the Marilyn
Pomfret award for being the most
outstanding female athlete of the
year at UBC.
During her career, Brisebois
has also fulfilled her dream of
playing for the Canadian national
team. She played on the junior
team, made the B-team and
trained with the senior team. Last
summer, she represented Canada
She was once again named
to the national team this year
and will be playing with them
throughout the summer. After
that, she plans on going to Europe
in the fall to play professionally.
Still, there's a lot of different
leagues in Europe and Brisebois
isn't entirely sure about the
"I don't know where I am
going to next," she said laughing.
"There's so many options." %
International innings: UBC
baseball in talks with UTokyo
for potential friendly game
Bill Situ
Staff Writer
UBC's baseball team may be
looking to expand their breadth
overseas, as discussions of interest
in a match against the University
of Tokyo arose in President Santa
Ono's recent visit to Japan.
As it stands, the planning
process for the game is only in the
beginning stages.
"Right now, nothing is
definitive. We're in the middle of
a conversation, but there's mutual
interest," said Ono.
He believes that holding a
tournament between UBC and the
University of Tokyo, also known
as UTokyo or Todai, will continue
to build the existing partnership
between the two universities.
During Ono's last visit to Tokyo,
he signed UBC to a trilateral
academic agreement with UTokyo
and the Max Planck Society.
"This kind of series between
university baseball teams in
different nations is really a
cultural experience," said
Ono. "[UTokyo] is a major
collaborator of the University of
British Columbia. We've had a
relationship with them since the
late 70s."
Established in 1877, the
University of Tokyo is one of the
top-ranked universities in both
Japan and Asia. UTokyo's baseball
team is part of the Tokyo Big6
Baseball League and has been active
since 1917.
Terry McKaig — director of
baseball operations at UBC —
is also looking forward to the
potential game against UTokyo
given his own baseball history.
During his playing days with the
National Baseball Institute in
1995/96, McKaig played a match
against Keio University, another
Big6 League team.
McKaig believes that
organizing a game between the two
universities will be beneficial when
it comes to recruiting. Scheduling
international games, according to
McKaig, will make the T-Birds a
more appealing choice for recruits.
"Usually a recruit will look at
your schedule. They want to see
who you play," said McKaig. "A lot
of schools don't play teams from
Asia, so that would be something
that I think would make us a little
bit unique."
Whether the match against
UTokyo can take place will depend
largely on its financial feasibility.
Still, McKaig sees the project as
an initiative to enhance student
experience at the university and is
grateful for Ono's support.
"Professor Ono's been really
supportive of it and it's great to
have a president that's willing
to help start these talks," said
McKaig. "Then it's up to us with
the schools to see if we can make
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Elder Larry Grant finds a
voice for Indigenous languages
"It's putting Indigenous concerns and recognition on an equitable, even footing on campus."
Helen Zhou
Staff Writer
Elder Larry Grant has had the
tendency to just fall into the jobs
he has had throughout his life. It's
been "serendipitous," according
to him.
From being a longshoreman
on the ports at Strathcona to a
heavy duty mechanic and then an
adjunct professor of hanqammsm
at UBC and Elder-in-Residence
at the First Nations House of
Learning, Grant has only been
unemployed for five days since
In his most recent role as
adjunct professor and Elder-in-
Residence at UBC, Grant has
worked to build and strengthen
the Musqueam presence on
campus and to talk to students
about Musqueam culture.
"It took me a while to realize
that the role of the Elder-in-
Residence is multi-faceted.
It's there as an ambassador
for Musqueam, it's there as a
grandparent figure for students
because they call the House of
Learning 'home away from home'
and it's a safe space," he said.
The role has grown beyond
being just a figurehead position
throughout Grant's tenure.
"It's more than just saying
a prayer, saying a welcome and
going home," he said.
Through his position, Grant
has been involved with the First
Nations education standing
committee, the UBC president's
advisory committee on Aboriginal
issues and the Musqueam UBC
development committee. He also
provides Musqueam welcomes
for events and occasional guest
Of all the different aspects of
the role, Elder Grant said that
his favourite part is interacting
with students. Often this involves
helping Indigenous students
navigate the challenges of
Canada's current legislation
as well as the history of the
residential schools, which still
affects the community today.
"I know the schools have been
closed now for about 20 years,
but there are great-grandparent,
grandparent, parent generations
that have been in residential
schools," he said.
"They were denied identity,
self-worth, language, culture,
ceremony, connection to family
and community. That's embedded
after three or four generations,
embedded in the DNA of people
and they have to work through
He sees the impact of the
intergenerational trauma when
teaching in the First Nations and
Endangered Languages (FNEL)
program as students battle old
demons of being forbidden to
speak their mother tongues — or
even the feeling of being in a
"In a small way, through the
language program we're able to
help students through the trauma
that has been created by those
prohibitive legislations," he said.
Grant himself did not attend
residential school, but this was
due to the fact that he is half
Chinese and half Musqueam.
Under the law at the time, Grant
was considered Chinese.
He recalled feeling conflicted
about his dual identity as a child
because he had lived mostly with
his mother and grandparents,
who were Musqueam and
spoke hanqsminsm. Still, his
documentation said that he was
Chinese and the people around
him considered him Chinese.
"But I know nothing of
Chinese culture [or] Chinese
identity," he said.
At home was where he felt
most comfortable with his dual
"My grandfather's generation
accepted us as Musqueam
children, whether or not we were a
hundred percent Musqueam," said
Growing up, he was not
encouraged to learn hanqaminsm,
but he remarked on the
importance of the language to him
"It's been my focus for 20
years now and at the beginning my
mindset was 'what are we doing at
this juncture in life, trying to revive a
language that no one uses?'" he said.
"And then I learned about the
difference and the value of language
in cultural aspects — the cultural
relevance that's embedded in
It is because of this cultural
relevance that he is passionate
about the revitalization of the
hanqsminam language, especially
by giving the language both
cultural and historical context.
The UBC FNEL program also
works with archivists and First
Nations languages specialists to
create curriculum for teaching the
The restoration of hanqammsm
and the increasing awareness of
Musqueam have the potential
to be immensely empowering
to the Indigenous community
on campus, according to Grant.
Moving forward, he hopes that
the community can gain the equal
respect of the university.
"It's not putting Indigenous
concerns in a special space — it's
putting Indigenous concerns and
recognition on an equitable, even
footing on campus," he said.
On Indigenous rights, he said,
"people feel like we're a special
niche within Canada — we are, but
it's not a pedestal thing."
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this land [and] that needs to be
accepted in a way that brings us
into an equal footing so that we
have an equal voice." "fll NEWS
UBC's new sexual assault policy comes into effect
The new office will be operational by the fall of 2017.
Samantha McCabe
News Editor
One day ahead of the provincial
deadline mandated by Bill 23,
UBC officially put its new sexual
assault policy (Policy 131) into
effect on May 18. The bill, passed
almost exactly one year ago,
required all universities in BC to
have a stand-alone sexual assault
policy in place by May 19, 2017.
The new Sexual Assault and
Other Sexual Misconduct policy
addresses many of the gaps
left when instances of sexual
assault were addressed by other,
more broad harassment and
misconduct policies.
Policy 131 not only provides
directive as to the way that
the university will deal with
instances of sexual assault,
but also mandates the creation
of an entire Sexual Violence
Prevention and Response Office
that will hear disclosures and
reports of sexual assault and then
investigate those reports.
According to a new UBC
website, "these offices will
provide a broad range of
individualized support, from
coordinating accommodations
and responding to immediate
needs, making referrals to
counselling services to providing
clarity on options and processes
for formalizing complaints into
reports for investigation."
While the policy officially
came into effect Thursday, some
of the big-ticket items like the
creation of the physical office
will be realized in the coming-
months. UBC is also currently in
the process of hiring a director of
investigations and a director for
the office.
The committee that worked
on the policy is also currently
working on a variety of support
materials to expand upon and
clarify specific sections of the
policy, such as the definition of
UBC's jurisdiction over cases,
noted Associate VP Equity and
Inclusion Sara-Jane Finlay.
"Until the Sexual Violence
Prevention and Response Office is
fully operational at the Vancouver
Campus later this year, the duties
of this office are being carried
out by Jennifer Hollinshead and
the team of Registered Clinical
Counsellors at Peak Resilience,"
notes the website. "Jennifer is a
Registered Clinical Counsellor
who has worked as a sexual
assault counsellor at UBC, and has
experience working with SASC and
University RCMP."
While UBC will be working
on the office — including the
hiring processes — throughout
the summer, the policy still stands
in its entirety as of today. The
temporary measures will function
in the same way, with the intention
being that students will now face
the same process as they will when
the policy is entirely realized.
According to the online "action
plan," it is expected that the office
will be operational and the key
positions will be filled by the fall of
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One month after Louis
Gonick's disappearance, no
real progress
NAME: Louis Gonick
AGE: 2.
EYES: Brown
HAIR Brown
Gonick's family has started a GoFundMe to hire a private investigator.
Alex Nguyen
News Editor
Since his disappearance on April
16, UBC student Louis Gonick
has been missing for over a
month. Many parties are now
involved in the search for him,
but none seem to have made a
significant breakthrough in this
The last major public update
was presented at the UBC
RCMP's press conference on
April 27.
According to the RCMP on the
case, there is no update regarding
the investigation since this
conference took place.
During that press conference,
Gonick's last known location was
clarified. More specifically, he
was last seen at the Stanley Park
causeway after getting off a taxi
at 7:32 pm on April 16.
A photo of him captured by
the taxi cab surveillance camera
was also included in the press
conference's handout.
As a result, the RCMP has
conducted an "extensive land and
marine search" at this location
and the surrounding area within
Stanley Park. The Coast Guard,
West Coast Marine Services, the
Vancouver Police Marine Unit
and Vancouver Port Authority
were also involved.
At the same time, a search
party for Gonick was carried
out by his friends and fellow
members of the UBC Ecuadorian
Students Association. They had
also previously held a rally and
created a GoFundMe campaign to
support Gonick's family.
However, no confirmation
about Gonick's status has been
made despite these efforts.
At the press conference,
RCMP noted that they had not
yet ruled out any reason for
disappearance. They could not
comment on whether they had
since ruled out anything.
In response, Gonick's family is
now seeking help from a private
investigator. A new GoFundMe
campaign has also been set up to
help cover the costs.
According to Nathalie Lozano
Neira, the campaign's creator,
the costs include the "private
investigator's fees, legal fees"
and living expenses of Gonick's
mother Lupe Carrera, who
has travelled from Ecuador to
Vancouver in order to find her
She was also present at the
press conference to make a plea
for his return and for the public's
support in the search for him.
"Life has no meaning without
you in it, and we are all counting
the seconds to see your smile
again," said Carrera.
Currently the campaign has
raised over $2,600 toward its
$20,000 goal since its creation
on May 15, but it is unclear if
any progress has been made by
the private investigator. Even
so, Gonick's family and friends
cannot and will not give up on the
search for him.
"We can all empathize with
the pain that Lupe [Carrera],
Louis's friends and his loved ones
are feeling," wrote Neira in the
campaign. "Louis is a member
of this community and it is our
responsibility to come together to
help find him." Q
Anyone with further information
is asked to contact the UBC RCMP
at 604-224-1322 or Crime Stoppers
at 1-800-222-TIPS (file number
2017-1131). NEWS   I   WEDNESDAY MAY 24, 2017
UBC will have 70 nano-units by summer 2019
Michael Pratt
In the summer of 2019,70 nano-
units will be coming to UBC. They
are part of the 651 housing units that
will become available following the
Gage South tower's completion.
Nano-units are studios that fit
a bathroom, a kitchen and a study
and sleeping space — all into 140
square feet. The study and sleeping-
space are built into one, using a
transformable bed with a table
For Andrew Parr, managing
director of Student Housing and
Hospitality Services (SHHS), these
nano-units are considered a "trial"
for a new growth model in campus
housing. He seems optimistic about
future students' living experiences
with the units.
"We're actually quite confident
they will be well received," said Parr.
"They're small but well-designed
units. There's a lot of extra amenities
within the building that students will
have access to, and it's very close to
the heart of campus."
He also noted that there has been
extensive consultation, both formally
and anecdotally, about the nano-unit
model — to mixed results.
Formally, an online survey
by SHHS received 13,000 views
and "a lot of feedback, comments
[and] concerns," according to
In particular, 82 per cent of
the 1,806 respondents said they
would be willing to live in a unit
at the current price tag of $650 to
$700 in 2019.
A workshop on the nano-unit's
design was also held at the lead
architect's office, which included
the SHHS's staff, the design team
and approximately 15 students.
Parr believes that it was a "very
helpful and student-inclusive
process" because "a lot of the
[students' recommendations]
were able to be implemented."
In 2016, there was also a mock-
up of the nano-unit on display
in the Nest for six weeks, which
was viewed by 30,000 people,
according to Parr's estimate.
"Just hearing anecdotal
comments, just hearing students
talk to their friends was quite
interesting," Parr said. "It was
pretty positive, and the results
ended up being pretty positive as
This sentiment was reflected
in some of The Ubyssey's street
interviews on the topic. Others
noted the potential smell problem
from cooking in a contained space
as well as the lack of storage.
One student said that they would
"rather commute from somewhere
Moving forward, Parr is excited
about the nano-units' opening and
their role in addressing the demand
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for campus housing. He also linked
their location in South Gage to a
wider principle that UBC is "trying
to adopt": building at the centre of
"That's one of the things UBC
wants to do as part of the campus
plan is to create more mixed-use
developments, where there are
living environments, amenities
for the entire campus community,
classrooms, services and academic
spaces all within the heart of
campus," he said.
"It really does add a lot
of vibrancy and heighten the
experience for all students to have
that kind of activity in the heart of
campus." IH
UBC maintains track record as one of Canada's Greenest Employers
buildings rather than building new
"I take a sustainable building-
fas] a building that you don't have
to build," said Madden. "The whole
student union building is a good
example. We're currently retrofitting
that with higher standards of energy
efficiency, water efficiency, better
insulation and a programme which
addresses the core needs of students
and their lifestyle." 18
This is the sixth time that U BC has received this award.
Alice Soirentino
On April 27, UBC was named one
of Canada's Greenest Employers.
This marks the sixth time in a row
that the university has received this
There are multiple reasons for
this strong track record, according
to John Madden, director of
sustainability and engineering. A
leading factor is the university's
contribution to the global knowledge
and application of sustainability.
"UBC continues to advance
in sustainability across teaching,
learning, research, as well as
operations in infrastructure
and engagement of the broader
community," he said.
Programs that orient students
toward sustainable practices in both
the academic and everyday settings,
such as the Zero Waste program, also
play a role.
These programs focus on the
principles of limited consumption
and energy conservation. In
particular, they both highlight the
importance of resources like water
and give students the knowledge
and skills to be "stewards of the
Madden further stressed the
importance of these program's ability
to engage the community due to the
yearly arrival of new or international
students, who might not be familiar
with these practices.
"We are a very international
university and we have transient
groups that come every year," said
Madden. "[It] is important to ensure
that the message is clear and that
they understand the opportunity
that they have to really shift the
dial in terms of impacting the local
Lastly, infrastructure has been a
major platform for UBC's promotion
of sustainability.
According to Madden, all new
buildings on campus are required to
be gold certified under Leadership in
Energy and Environment's criteria.
In the residential neighbourhoods,
they are required to achieve a
gold rating from the Residential
Environmental Assessment
UBC is also trying to conserve
energy by renovating existing
UBC hires new
provost and VP
Alex Nguyen
News Editor
Andrew Szeri, a professor at the
University of California Berkeley
campus, is the new Provost and
Vice-President Academic for UBC
He replaces Dr. Angela Redish,
who has served as Provost and Vice-
President Academic pro tern since
July 2015. According to a broadcast
email sent out by UBC May 12, his
term begins on July 1 but is also
"subjected to Canadian immigration
A global search began in early
January of this year for the person
that would fill the role, assisted by
a search committee headed by UBC
President Santa Ono.
This position manages UBC's
"academic strategy, budgetary and
planning processes." The role also
includes overseeing "the university's
academic programs and support
functions — research, faculty affairs,
enrolment, sustainability and
information technology."
From 2007 to 2014, Szeri
was the dean of the Graduate
Division, overseeing the "academic
quality assurance and financial
responsibilities [for] nearly 11,000
students." From 2014 to 2016,
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Falling off of Hebb's roof and other misadventures
Bailey Ramsay
Former Ubyssey editor and person who
will hopefully never write an exam again
When I first saw I'd been accepted
to UBC, I screamed so loud that a
teacher in the next classroom ran
over with a fly swatter and shouted,
"WHERE IS IT?" After crying on the
phone to my mum, my best friend
told me to meet him in our high
school's dance studio, where all of
my friends were waiting to run and
hug me while "Celebration" by Kool
and the Gang drowned out my sobs.
And now I'm graduating. I'm
fucking graduating.
It's equal parts comical and
horrifying how I'm a completely
different person from who I was five
years ago — despite my terrible sense
of humour enduring.
As a wide-eyed first-year in
Totem Park, I was constantly
amazed at how everyone seemed
to like the same nerdy stuff I did. I
could talk about music, movies and
TV shows like I was never able to
in high school. I swore right then
that I was going to stay in Vancouver
I made some of my best friends
doing laundry while wearing-
ridiculous fleece polar bear pajamas,
attending a parkour tournament,
shopping for deodorant and
other odd circumstances. After I
befriended these brilliant people,
I held onto them tightly and took
extra care not to fall out of touch.
I didn't drink, smoke, or hook up.
When everyone went out to parties,
I was stuck working part-time in a
restaurant to pay rent and tuition.
I watched as everyone had the
quintessential first-year experience
without me. I learned vicariously
through my friends' adventures, but
I also made some mistakes of my
I was depressed throughout
the tail end of high school and was
surprised that moving to UBC didn't
solve all of my problems. After the
honeymoon phase, I lay in bed for
weeks at a time and didn't attend
class. The way I treated my first-
year roommate during that time
is unforgivable. I was an unhappy
person and my biggest regret is being-
unfair to her.
Second year was immediately
different. I was fresh out of a meal
card and knew not to buy new
textbooks. Walking around campus,
I waved to familiar faces and felt
a new sense of belonging that
came with returning to campus.
I discovered that home, for me, is
defined as the place you come back
to and UBC was quickly becoming
While I had been scared to
go down to Wreck Beach in first
year, imagining it as a home to a
populous nudist colony that engaged
in frequent orgies, it became my
favourite place to spend time in the
winter evenings. I love the complete
feeling of quiet and isolation that I
can't seem to find anywhere else in
the city.
Compensating for first year, I
stepped up my game and handed in
polished assignments that I started
days before the due date. This was
a horrible decision and ultimately
resulted in my disillusionment with
grades and university in general.
If the only difference between a
carefully crafted essay and a product
Former Blog and Opinions Editor, Bailey Ramsay reflects on the many ridiculous adventures of her undergraduate degree.
from a haphazard all-nighter is a B
and B+, I'll save my time and take
Participation is important in a
lot of English classes and everyone
has a different relationship with the
attendance sheet. I found myself
making excuses to professors about
my occasional absences, only to find
they didn't care. So I didn't either.
However, the professors who did
care about whether or not I was
there made me not want to miss
their classes in the first place due
to their energy and passion for the
Let's face it, a degree as an
English lit major is basically an
expensive book club with all of the
forced conversation and none of the
food or wine.
Besides figuring out the game of
university, I was even so lucky that
year as to have one of my best friends
move in with me at my sweet, 13th-
floor view in Walter Gage. Whenever
I think of this entire year in my life,
the first memory that plays is how I
spent many nights holding her hand
at 2 a.m while she cried, struggling
with her special, thick contact lenses
that she wore while she slept. I
remember how hard the floor was as
I faded in and out of sleep, lying next
to her as she knelt before the full-
length mirror in the hallway.
Then I flew off to England to
study abroad and live out another
one of my dreams. I picked up an
obnoxious accent, relearned how to
cross the street a number of times,
and went on walks (English version
of hikes) every weekend. I loved it.
I was inspired everyday to try
new things by two of my wonderful
roommates — one of whom put up
with my ramblings for weeks on
end while we travelled throughout
the UK and Switzerland in cramped
hostels, and the other whose wit and
art has challenged me to be creative
in simple everyday acts.
While I adored my new friends,
I dearly missed the ones I'd left in
Vancouver. For Christmas, each of
my friends at UBC — who didn't
know each other — met and had
a photo shoot dressed in ugly
Christmas sweaters at Nitobe
Gardens. Finding those photos
in the mail is the greatest gift I've
ever received. To my friends who
are abroad right now and students
readingthis considering exchange —
do it. No matter how much you think
you'll miss your friends or are scared
that they will forget about you, they
won't. I promise.
A word of caution though as I
inevitably became that cliche person
who can't shut up about their year
abroad. Up until a few months ago,
it was the happiest I'd ever been
and memories replayed in my head
every hour. I didn't want to leave
my second home. I fought tears
whenever people asked if I was
coming back to Vancouver because if
it wasn't for my financial situation, I
might not have.
I returned to campus for my
fourth year to find that nothing had
changed. Yes, more construction
fences had popped up and the
Nest was open, but it somehow felt
exactly the same. I experienced
intense reverse culture shock and
my father announced that he had
leukemia just days after I landed. I
didn't tell anyone about either until
months later.
I walked into The Ubyssey office
and although I'd been writing there
for years, it was the first time that I
felt welcome into a community and
was quickly hired as copy editor.
My life soon became a numbing
back-and-forth from my bed to The
Ubyssey office until I found myself
spending more nights there than I
care to admit.
It was a safe place where I
was certain I could blast music
and roll around on chairs without
being observed or heard. My best
memories of that year were blaring
David Bowie's "Starman" and Green
Day's "Jesus of Suburbia" while I
cleaned, mopped, and organized
every corner of the office.
When my coworkers came in
the next morning and voiced their
confused amazement at the spotless
office, I lied and said that it wasn't
me. I've tossed around a number
of reasons for this lie, but if I'm
being honest with myself, they're all
bullshit. I just wanted that night to
belong to me and not share it with
anyone — plus their confusion was
too funny to watch.
Spurred to activism in the wake
of the Pride Flag burning of 2016,1
recruited one of my best friends to
join me in painting the cairn rainbow
and re-flying the Pride Flag. After
discovering that the flagpole was too
damaged to use again, the two of us
became so politically inclined as to
climb up to multiple roofs around
campus and hang Pride flags from
Few people saw them though as
the university took them down early
the next morning. This is also how
I managed to fall off of the roof of
Hebb after scaling two stories, and
yet was luckily still able to walk away
from a night of vigilante justice with
only black bruises coating my shins.
Most of my adventures are born
from restless academic angst and
all of them are special because they
were shared with people I care
Truthfully, my friendships were
never the same after I got back from
England and I realized that my time
belonging to UBC has an expiration
date. Time and proximity warp all
things, no matter how strong you
think you are to resist. But it doesn't
ruin them as I've learned that change
is not synonymous with destruction.
For me, UBC isn't defined by
lectures, essays or construction, but
rather its people. And people are
always in flux. We are all busy and
we are randomly bound by classes,
social circles and maybe even offices.
Soon, visiting campus will feel like
driving by an old house you used to
live in. It looks the same, but there's
another family there — not yours.
In the next two weeks, all three
of my jobs will come to an end in
sync with my last days of class.
I can already see my schedule
dramatically thinning and I'm
quietly terrified of having nothing to
do. With whatever spare time I crawl
across however, I want to thank
everyone — my professors, family,
classmates, coworkers, friends and
you... a stranger reading an article in
The Ubyssey.
I wish my diploma noted how
I've had 36 roommates in nine
different places in the last five years,
detailed how I finally learned to
ride my bike with no hands after
crashing into multiple people on
Main Mall or illustrated the only
route to sneak into the canopy walk
of the UBC Botanical Gardens at 3
Or described how to hook
up your laptop to a lecture hall
projector to stream a movie night
on the big screens, mentioned the
bruises I got from storming the
wall or instructed how to build the
perfect Wreck Beach bonfire.
But it won't, and none of those
things are prerequisites for job
Rather, these are the things that
give my degree and future career
value. All these small adventures and
challenges have pushed me little by
little to do more crazy things like
take up rock climbing, scuba diving,
and even moving to Japan.
Just imagine a world in which
you get paid for doing less work
than you already do in university!
Yes, I'll miss my life here terribly,
but I'll carry it with me in all the
little phrases and contagious
idiosyncrasies that I've adopted from
people I probably spend way too
much time with.
Goodbye, UBC. There's honestly
no rain I'd rather have soak my socks,
no construction I'd rather detour
around, and no classes I would have
rather skipped. Thank you. Ill FEATURES
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iThose aged 18 to 25 have the numbers to swing the vote
MAY 24, 2017 WEDNESDAY |   FEATURE   |   7
.he May 9,2017 BC
election resulted in a
precarious minority
government for the
Liberals, who were
_       just one seat short of
forming a majority government.
While 60 per cent of eligible voters
reportedly cast their ballots, it is
often those who do not make it to
the polls who decide the result in
close elections like these — and
amongst these potential voters,
youth are often the wildcards.
Kate Curtis, a fourth-year
linguistics student, voted in the
provincial election in her home
riding of Vernon-Monashee.
Despite the riding running
traditionally Liberal, she said she
decided to strategically vote NDP
because their platform aligns with
her environmental concerns.
James Tugman, a fourth-year
business technology student, did
not vote. Provincial politics aren't
particularly interesting to him —
especially compared to the current
volatility of American politics —
and he doesn't believe in "voting
for the sake of voting."
Comments like these are
characteristic of many voting
demographics — there are always
some who do and some who do
not for various reasons. More
commonly, though, numbers show
that most eligible young people do
not vote in the provincial elections.
In the 2013 BC elections, only 47.9
per cent of people aged 18 to 25
While this number is
significantly higher among
post-secondary students — 74
per cent of which report having
voted before — students like
Tugman prove that not every post-
secondary student can be painted
with the same brush.
Dr. Gerald Baier, an associate
professor who teaches Canadian
politics at UBC, remains convinced
that active political participation is
an imperative for youth.
"I think it really is just about
accepting your responsibility as
a citizen of a democratic society
to impact and influence the
institutions that will ultimately
make laws on your behalf," he said.
Amongst the flurry of Facebook
statuses, Snapchat filters and "I
voted!" stickers, youth political
engagement still lingers as one big-
question mark. With the provincial
election hanging in the balance of
advance voting and absentee ballot
counts, The Ubyssey dug into how
youth voters like Curtis — and
those who abstained like Tugman
— shaped the provincial election.
In terms of advanced polling,
it appears that the early bird
might just get the worm.
Advance voting polls saw
record high turnout across the
province, UBC included. News
outlets reported advance voting at
nearly 10 per cent of all votes cast
on general election day, a near 70
per cent increase since 2013.
While Elections BC has focused
on making advance voting even
more accessible by increasing the
number of days to vote in advance
from four to six, the numbers do
not necessarily mean that post-
secondary students voted more.
"Advance voting was designed
to make voting- more convenient —
and it succeeded. It does not mean,
however, that making voting easier
in this way increases the overall
turnout rate," said Dr. Richard
Johnston, a professor of political
science at UBC.
"What it does is that it enables
people who were most likely going
to turn out anyway to do so at a
more convenient time."
In fact, he added, youth voters
probably aren't as likely to use
advance voting as older voters.
He does think, however, that
youth voters in general are turning-
out at increasingly high rates,
but that this narrative is far from
dominant in the media. He pointed
out that in the 2013 BC elections,
voters aged 18 to 24 turned out at
a higher rate than voters aged 25
to 34.
"It doesn't have the 'man bites
dog' quality that some of these
stories have, but I think actually —
although the overall turnout rate
is lower than it ought to be — it's
not like young voters are over-
contributing to this low turnout
anymore," he said.
Baier noted that if there is an
issue with lack of youth voter
engagement, university students
may be the wrong ones to target.
Former AMS VP External
Kathleen Simpson also highlighted
that it is important to recognize
the differences between post-
secondary students and the general
18 to 24 demographic when it
comes to voting. According to
the Student Issues Survey, which
the AMS helped conduct earlier
this spring, 74 per cent of post-
secondary students voted in the
2015 federal election, compared to
the 68 per cent turnout of youth in
"Post-secondary students are
actually quite dependable voters,
which I think is something that is
often [overlooked] because they
are lumped into the rest of their
age range in terms of whether or
not they are voting," said Simpson
in a March 13 interview with The
Ubyssey. "[The Student Issues
Survey] shows that students are
voting and we can count on them
to vote again in the future."
And yet, there is still a
substantial population of post-
secondary students who don't
Amelia He, a first-year science
student, didn't feel that it was
right to vote simply because
everyone tells her to do so. As
well, she expressed that she
didn't feel like she knew enough
about each party's platform to
make an informed decision.
"From what I've seen around
campus, all of the posters were just
encouraging you to vote without
explicitly telling people what the
policies are. Am I just supposed
to vote because it's so established
that voting is my duty as a citizen?"
she said.
Baier does not think this should
be an excuse in a time when it is
arguably easy to get informed.
"We live in a kind of
information-saturated world,
and you can get information in so
many ways. I think students sell
themselves short — they might
know what Kim Kardashian wore,
but maybe not the NDP's position
on the Site C dam. Those are both
equally accessible, [so] let me
Google that for you," he said.
"I'm not trying to sound
condescending towards young
voters, but there's a lot of
information out there."
Students do face other
challenges: moving to a new city
and starting university makes it
difficult to connect with politics,
which can vary a great deal from
country to country and even
between provinces and territories
within Canada.
"Elections BC has worked very
hard to make it easier [to vote], but
if you think about that, what are
we talking about? We're talking
about the last week of exams. How
many students are still here? What
are they thinking about?" said
To ameliorate these barriers to
voting, the AMS ran the Champion
the Vote campaign, which included
a debate at UBC with three of
the candidates running in the
Vancouver-Point Grey riding.
The AMS also collaborated v
Elections BC to hold voting-
stations in the Nest — complete
with ice cream sundaes — in order
to make voting convenient for
advance polling only began at
UBC the day after exams ended by
regulation of Elections BC.
Johnston stressed that this
scheduling difficulty should not be
overlooked when thinking about
why students cannot or do not
"It's actually pretty tough
for UBC students as a collective
group to exert the weight that
they represent as a fraction of the
electorate because they're not
necessarily here at this critical
Increasing youth voter
turnout may not just be about
getting out the word, but also
about empowering students to
get involved in politics from an
early age.
Speaking hypothetically,
Johnston explained that it might be
beneficial to lower the voting age
to 16 in order to increase turnout
amongst university students.
"One thing we do know is
that one of the most powerful
influencers for whether or not you
turn out this election is whether
or not you turned out to the last
election. There's a kind of habit
thing here," said Johnston.
"It's not necessarily the case
that high schoolers are going to
be castingvotes at astronomical
rates. It's just that they're going to
start earlier, they're going to start
thinking about it earlier."
This habitualization strategy
is the idea behind initiatives like
Student Vote, where elementary
and high school students cast their
votes in a mock polling station.
Over 170,000 students voted in the
mock 2017 BC provincial results
with 39 per cent voting NDP, 29
per cent voting Green and 25 per
cent casting their ballots for the BC
"The goal is that by casting
a mock ballot, they are learning
about the candidates and the
issues," said Dan Allan, director of
content at CIVIX, the organization
that runs Student Vote as well as
other civic engagement projects.
"The hope is that when
[students] do turn eighteen and
they can vote, they'll continue on as
lifelong engaged voters."
The stereotype that young-
people do not care still exists —
fuelled, in part, by the fact that
there are many eligible youth
voters who do not vote. Curtis
suggested that this stereotype
may actually serve to exacerbate
the problem.
"[Students] are often just
relevant to the lives of students.
"I watched two debates
amongst the leaders ... [and
they] were filled with content
about policies of enormous
relevance. Climate change.
Affordable housing. Transit," he
said. "You can agree or disagree
with them on these issues, but
all of these things affect us all
At a time when polling-
indicates that post-secondary
students are nearly evenly-
split between BC's two major
dismissed as not knowing or not
being informed, even though
we're in this position of being
in higher education and in
a concentration of educated
thought," said Curtis. "We're
put in this self-fulfilling bias of
youth don't vote, so we don't
According to Johnson,
fighting the apathy of young
voters, then, would also need
to fight the perception that
provincial politics is not directly
parties — with 43 per cent aligning
with the BC Liberals and 45 per
cent with the NDP — youth have
the opportunity to change results
simply by choosing to vote.
"I'm confident that every
student at UBC has the capacity
to learn and make decisions," said
Baier, noting that the provincial
government is also in charge
of important portfolios such as
education and health care. "And
they are as good voters as any other
voter out there." "JJ EVERY WEDNESDAY IT'S
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Their Campus: Eating my way
through Cape Town, South Africa
Food lovers, rejoice!
Zach Weiss
If you're like me, you'll agree
that the act of eating is simply
one of the greatest pleasures one
can experience on this Earth.
During my time on exchange in
Cape Town, South Africa, I was
incredibly fortunate to meet a
group of people who felt the same.
We simply loved to eat — and eat
we did.
Cape Town boasts one of the
most impressive, diverse and
comprehensive collections of
restaurants and other food-related
experiences on the planet. In my
five months in the "Mother City,"
I barely scratched the surface of
what it has to offer. From authentic
African cuisine, the touristy version
"African" cuisine and every other
possible type of cuisine imaginable,
Cape Town has it all. But what
makes the dining experience in
Cape Town so exceptional is twofold — the accessibility and the
Unlike here at UBC, in Cape
Town I could order any type of
food at any time and it would be
at my doorstep in under an hour.
With at least two impressive
delivery services that cover the
whole city, you can never go
hungry. Furthermore, the prices
are unbeatable. For the price of
a spoonful of rice served at any
UBC-run institution, I would
receive a meal that could sustain
a family of four for the evening.
The other aspect that
makes the city of Cape Town
so wonderful for food lovers
like myself is its unapologetic
embrace of its culinary
experience through several
events. First, and the most
delicious, is the Old Biscuit Mill
— a stunning sample of foods
from restaurants all over the
city served up every Saturday
morning. Second, and just
as amazing, is The Feastival
— a monthly evening of food
from even more restaurants,
accompanied by wine tastings and
live music.
So, if food is a priority when
it comes to choosing your next
destination, consider Cape Town.
You won't be disappointed, I
promise. 13
Ask Natalie: Is my "number" too high?
"If she's really a chill gal, you'll be able to have an open conversation about it."
Natalie Morris
Design Editor
"Dear Natalie,
I recently started seeing this
girl and we get along great and
I'm super pumped about the
whole thing, but during the last
time I saw her, she asked me
what my 'number' was. I didn't
want to lie and to be completely
honest, I thought my 'number'
was perfectly normal for a guy in
university, but she reacted... less
than ideally, I guess. I guess it was
higher than what she thought.
When I asked for hers, she said
something around half what I did.
I don't care about hers and I didn't
think mine mattered either. Did
I do something wrong? Should
I have have lied? This is the first
time I have felt like I should have."
There's a rumor that's been
going around and I'll let you in on
it. Your "number" is meaningless.
Literally it means nothing. As long as
you're doing all the things to make
sex as safe as possible and you're
not putting yourself in physical or
emotional harm's way, your number
doesn't mean shit.
It doesn't matter if you're a girl or
guy or if you identify as something-
else, your number has as little to
do with who you are as a person
than say, if you prefer spring over
summer. Or if at a barbeque, you ask
for a hot dog or a hamburger. Or if
you put on a red or blue shirt in the
morning. It. Does. Not. Matter.
Apparently people haven't gotten
the message about this though,
because people still ask each other's
numbers like it holds any weight
at all in their current relationship.
A relationship shouldn't be in
competition with those of the past,
because you can never win against a
romanticized past. Your relationship
should be in the present, not in the
You have the right attitude. It
doesn't matter and you shouldn't
be shamed by your number of past
sexual partners. If it really matters
to her, ask her why it matters to her
so much. Is she worried that you're
not ready for a serious relationship?
Answer: Your number doesn't affect
this. Is she worried you're going
to run back to one of your exes?
Answer: While hopefully you don't
do this, your number has nothing
to do with that. Is she worried that
she's not as experienced as you?
Answer: Your number doesn't tell
anyone anything about how good
you are in bed.
Not that I'm saying you're terrible
in the sack, I'm sure you're lovely, but
someone could have had one partner
and had sex with them every day for
the last three years but when you
compare them to someone who had
20 one night stands, whose number
is higher? Your number doesn't
mean shit. It doesn't matter if it's
high or low or non-existent.
People aren't interested in your
number — they're interested in
"Slut-shaming" isn't restricted
to women. Sure, women generally
get more — which to be honest, is
probably where her nervousness
about the whole "number"
business is coming from — but
that doesn't mean everyone else
gets off scot-free. Our society is a
little bit weird about sex. That's
just how it goes.
If it bothers you still, just talk
to her. If she's really a chill gal,
you'll be able to have an open
conversation about it and work
through her insecurities together.
Don't let anyone shame you
for your number and don't shame
anyone else. Then the world
becoming a more open and happy
"My roommate unfriended me
on Facebook (as a joke maybe?)
and after I confronted him
and poked him on Facebook to
defuse the tension, he blocked
me. He's acting normally other
than that and he's been playing it
off as banter but I can't tag him
in memes if I don't have him on
Facebook so... how do I get him
to add me back?"
Does he actually dislike you?
That will be your big indicator of if
this Facebook betrayal is anything
more than a running joke now. Does
he respond or like the memes you
tag him in? While some embrace the
meme life, some do not.
Still, I'm pretty sure you can
block people from tagging you in
posts without deleting them, so this
might go beyond the meme.
If you're friends he'll re-add you
in a few days and life will go on. If
not, well, hopefully you can find
someone else to tag in those sweet,
sweet doggo memes and life will go
on anyway. 1U
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New, simpler water
filtration system invented
by UBC researchers
Good bacteria eat away at blockages to the mesh membrane.
Barbara Neto-Bradley
Dr. Pierre Berube and his team
are in the works of making-
drinking water more accessible —
and the coolest part of it is how.
In case you're from
elsewhere in the world, here
is a friendly reminder that tap
water in Vancouver is safe for
consumption (in other words,
stop drinking bottled water
Between the moment when
the glass of water you just
drank was a conglomerate of
snowflakes sprinkling Grouse to
when it ran from your tap into
your glass, much has happened.
It has probably been filtered
of contaminants. This process
has quite literally been pushed
along with the help of pumps and
For a large city like Vancouver,
the machinery and the upkeep
required to run these water
treatment facilities are easily
taken care of. However, in
many smaller communities the
financial resources and technical
expertise required to operate a
conventional water treatment
system are unfortunately not
This thought process is what
drove Berube and his team to
work on developing a system that
would be simpler to operate.
"There is a need for simple
technologies, especially for small
communities," said Berube.
According to Berube,
the complexity of small
systems usually arises from
the mechanical components
Most conventional water
filtration systems use a
membrane that acts as a barrier
and allows water — but not
contaminants — to pass through.
Getting rid of said
contaminants is not an easy task.
Currently, the many mechanical
components of conventional
systems need to be cleaned every
half hour.
Berube's team first took
already available filtration
technology and evaluated which
components were essential and
which could be removed while
minimizing losses of functionality.
Next, they looked to the great
outdoors for an example of how
water is kept clean in streams
and rivers in nature — gravity,
vacuums generated by gravity
and beneficial bacteria became
the focal points of their recently
published work.
Berube's team is using
bacteria that consume impurities
to help clean mechanical
components. The bacteria eat
away at the impurities and get
rid of blockages to the filtering-
Thanks to bacteria, the new
filtration system only needs
to be cleaned every 24 hours.
Furthermore, the bacteria do not
need to be closely monitored,
unlike the chemicals used in
conventional filtering plants,
which allows the system to
function without supervision.
Currently the team has a pilot
system which is being closely
monitored in West Vancouver.
A second pilot system —
intended to be monitored less
frequently — will also soon
be installed in a First Nations
community on Vancouver Island
and will hopefully be followed by
testing in rural communities in
The pilot system provides
around six cubic metres of water
per day, which according to the
researchers should be enough for
somewhere between 10 and 20
Berube points out that the
new system takes 10 times longer
to process the same amount
of water, but feels that this
drawback is outweighed by the
efficiency of the bacteria. Even
large filtration systems could
adopt some techniques from
Berube's smaller system.
"I can't see why larger systems
wouldn't be designed that way,"
he said. Ill
UBC Policy 21 will govern the search process.
Search begins for new
Dean of Science, who is
hopefully "not an asshole"
Nivretta Thatra
Science Editor
UBC's faculty of science is
beginning the search for a new
dean — not due to any juicy
political reasons, but simply
because current dean Dr. Simon
Peacock is nearingthe end of his
maximum of two terms in the
The dean's leadership role
involves supporting the faculty
internally, fundraising, alumni
engagement and advocating
for UBC-based research. Dean
Peacock has also spearheaded the
Carl Wieman Science Education
Initiative to improve how science
is taught at UBC. The initiative
ensures that teachers use evidence-
based teaching in the classroom,
promoting techniques that have
been proven to connect with
"The process that we're
following is one that's very
standard for searching for other
deans," said Dr. Angela Redish,
provost and vice-president
academic pro tern. "The only thing
that's slightly unusual this time is
that we are going to have a new
provost starting July 1. I'm going to
start the process and [new Provost]
Andrew Szeri will complete the
To kick off the search, Redish
hosted a town hall on May 8 for
the science community at UBC,
inviting everyone she could think
of to come voice their opinions.
The Ubyssey attended this meeting
where professors, alumni and
grad students gathered for a
conversation lead by Redish.
The overall tone was jovial
curiosity, with search consultant
Brent Cameron taking notes on
the attendees' concerns. "We'll
get the job description in place,
and then Brent can go out and
do the networking that typically
takes place over the summer," said
Redish to the town hall.
Participants began by listing
the many positive attributes
of UBC's faculty of science:
bragging rights that will draw
in someone as excellent as the
existing faculty. They rattled off
points easily, highlighting high-
ranking research endeavours, the
breadth of international scientific
expertise available at UBC, internal
collaborations and the collectively
cooperative attitude of the faculty
of science members.
If you've been feeling down
about UBC's prestige lately, the
town hall members begged to
differ. One attendee said, "UBC
is western Canada's flagship
university. It provides leadership
across an entire region and in this
way the faculty strength here can
be leveraged to provide national
Though there aren't huge
challenges facing an incoming-
dean, town hall attendees stated
some for the sake of transparency,
such as the fact that UBC does not
receive as much provincial funding
as it should given BC's thriving
economy. Furthermore, living costs
in the greater metro Vancouver
area could deter qualified
People hoped that the new
dean will be an excellent scientist
with a courageous, communicative
capacity for publicly advocating for
"I don't know quite how to say
this but — not an asshole," said one
attendee, describing the ideal dean.
Consequently, a sense of humour
was also listed as a desired trait.
University Policy 21 will
continue to guide the search.
Students in the faculty can stay
informed about the process by
reading the easy-to-follow Policy
Working backwards, the final
decision around the appointment
of a dean is made by the Board
of Governors. That decision is
made on a recommendation by
President Ono. The president's
decision is made following advice
that he receives from an advisory
committee. That committee is
chaired by the provost (Redish,
soon to be Szeri), and it has some
elected representatives and some
appointed representatives.
The faculty representatives
on the committee are Dr. James
Colliander, Dr. Michael Gold,
Dr. Milind Kandlikar, Dr. Mark
MacLachlan, Dr. Alia Sheffer
and Dr. Dominique Weis. They
come from a wide variety of
science departments, including
mathematics, microbiology,
computer science and atmospheric
science. Nicholas McGregor and
Jamie Magrill are the respective
graduate and undergraduate
student representatives.
"When the final two or three
candidates are identified, there
will be an invitation to meet with
students. I would encourage
students to go meet the candidates
and provide their feedback to the
committee," said Redish.
Looking ahead, UBC will miss
Peacock's leadership — especially
in his initiatives for undergraduate
education — while anticipating a
new dean. 1J


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