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Our Campus: Provost and Vice-
President Academic Dr. Andrew
Szeri brings his curiosity to Canada
campus, Szeri will also lead the
final stages of developing UBC's
strategic plan, which — once
finalized— will set the university's
course for the next 10 years.
"In the broad consultative work
that came before my time, we've
seen the importance of a lot of the
core activities of the university:
teaching and learning, research,
community engagement and kind
of global perspective," said Szeri,
noting that these things figure
prominently in UBC's work already.
"I'm seeing some areas of
intensified activity emerging
around things like innovation
and collaboration, inclusion and
openness to new ideas, so I think
the plan will evolve organically
along those lines."
And while the academic
portfolio touches upon almost every
part of the university — it manages
IT and sustainability on campus as
well — Szeri wants to make sure he
continues to find new connections
between UBC's many teams.
"I'm hoping to be a good
team player with the other
vice-presidents, they have a
tremendous amount of expertise
and knowledge about the
institution," said Szeri. "It's good
to work in teams because then we
have more eyes on the project and
things are accomplished better."
Despite the vastness of his role
and the many differences between
UBC and UC's governance, Szeri is
focusing on the positives rather than
the difficulties.
"In some ways if you focus too
much on what you anticipate as your
greatest challenges in life, you might
never get out of bed. I'm focused a
bit more vividly on the opportunities
— I mean, this is such a tremendous
And for a life-long curious
student — he took 22 courses for
credit during his PhD at Cornell
when the requirement was 0 —
the excitement of the new role
certainly eclipses the challenges
he will face.
"I believe that I'm always in a
mode of learning and doing some
teaching as well, and that's held
constant throughout my entire life,
whether it was academic subjects
I was trying to master or trying
to understand how the university
works or could work better."
With clear enthusiasm for
education, Szeri seems at home
on a campus with so much room
to grow.
"If you think about the scope
and magnitude of the educational
mandate [UBC] delivers year
after year for the benefit of
so many British Columbians,
so many Canadians and many
students from all around the
world too, I think that's really
staggering," said Szeri.
"It's a tremendous and
exciting responsibility to be a
part of putting on that massive
educational effort."
Szeri officially began his term on July 10,2017.
Moira Wyton
Features Editor
Dr. Andrew Szeri was out hiking
when he got the call asking him
to consider coming to UBC.
After taking a few weeks to mull
it over, he began the interview
process to become UBC's next
provost and vice-president
academic following Dr. Angela
Redish's interim service in the
role since July 2015.
"One thing led to another and
on May 12 I had an offer from the
UBC Board of Governors," said
Szeri, who formally began his role
on July 10, 2017.
"And I wasn't given the
opportunity to say 'no, thank you.'"
A mechanical engineer by
training who spent much of
the last three decades in the
University of California (UC)
system, Szeri has already worn
many administrative hats. From
teaching engineering at the
outset of his time at UC Irvine to
serving as the dean of graduate
studies at UC Berkeley and then
most recently as its vice provost
for strategic academic and
facilities planning, there wasn't
much of the large network Szeri
hadn't been involved with.
Now, Szeri's move to Canada
marks the sixth country he has
worked in, and he's focused on
learning the ropes of the Canadian
academic environment at UBC
as quickly as possible. In many
respects, UBC functions much
differently than UC — a fact of
which Szeri is sharply aware.
"I am in a mode where I'm trying
to learn as much as I can about as
many parts of the university as I
can," said Szeri, noting that UBC's
Board of Governors is much closer
to the institution than UC's Board
of Regents, which manages a much
larger network of institutions.
"I like to learn about just about
everything I get exposed to,
and in some respects this job
is a tremendous privilege for
me because there's such a huge
landscape of things to learn
In his role as provost and vice-
president academic, Szeri will
work closely with the UBC Board
of Governors, the UBC Senate,
all nine faculties, the AMS and
GSS as well as his fellow senior
administrators on absolutely
everything academic, including
strategy, budget and student
experience. Szeri notes that for the
last point, the rapport he's begun
to build with student government
over the summer is going to be key.
"One of my earliest meetings
over the summer was with student
government," said Szeri. "We
had a chance to talk about their
areas of interest and things like
experiential learning, which is
an area where I've done some
innovative work in the past and I'd
like to explore the possibility of
bringing here."
Beyond doing his homework
and learning the ins and outs of NEWS
VP Academic candidate profile: Max Holmes
Samantha McCabe
News Editor
Max Holmes, former AMS
elections administrator and the
current associate VP Academic
and University Affairs (VPAUA),
is running in the by-election
for VPAUA on a platform of
affordability, diversity, improving
the student experience and
experiental learning.
Before Daniel Lam stepped
down from the role earlier this
summer, Holmes worked directly
underneath him as his associate
in the VP Academic office. After
Lam resigned, Holmes worked
with interim VP Academic Jakob
Gattinger in the same capacity.
"[From this experience] I know
where our position is with the
university right now, I know where
our priorities are, I helped to work
on the goals that we created," he
said, noting that he helped create
the Academic Experience Survey
report, which he cowrote with
Lam. "With helping to make that
report, I know where every single
executive is going to be moving."
As he explained in an interview
with The Ubyssey, Holmes tried to
combine the "classic" VP Academic
goals with the innovation that he
wants to see within the portfolio
moving forward.
There are a few goals in his
platform that students won't have
Holmes hopes to tackle the issue of university affordability.
seen in Daniel Lam's campaign and
subsequent work within the office.
Holmes hopes to tackle the
issue of university affordability
by going the housing route, both
by making current on-campus
housing more affordable and
increasing the rate at which UBC
builds new units. He also wants
to work with UBC to lobby the
provincial government to let
the school borrow externally,
something that is currently not
Holmes also said he wants to
approach mental health on campus
by conducting a full review of each
faculty's academic concession
policies with the help of the
student Senate caucus and the
AMS Advocacy Office.
Ideally, he said, the VPAUA
office would then be able to make
recommendations and assist
the university in making these
policies more accessible and
helpful for students in need —
perhaps the solution would be
to advocate for the creation of
one overarching policy to avoid
unfairness and confusion.
"Academic concessions are
very complicated, and also,
there's really not a consistent
policy across UBC. It's really
difficult, and it's completely
different depending on which
faculty you're in," said Holmes.
Another platform point is the
expansion of the Collegia program
so that all first-year students —
with a priority on commuters —
have a place that they can be on
campus. He hopes that this will
increase the sense of community
and connectivity of all students on
campus. During the debate, he was
asked how much it would cost and
replied that while it would likely
result in additional student fees,
he would also consider looking for
ways to pay for it through the use
of UBC's Excellence Fund.
While his platform is
expansive, Holmes struggled
during the debate to make hard
commitments to students. Many
of his goals are ambitious to the
point that it will be impossible to
see their full realization within
the seven months that the new
VPAUA will serve, but he said
he hopes to hold public office
hours and work on transparency
for the AMS as a whole. Of
course, as always, it will be up to
students to keep the new VPAUA
Holmes said during the debate
that he is already working with
Senate to establish certain ad
hoc committees and that he
can guarantee that a review of
academic concession policies will
be conducted during his term.
Holmes also said that his prior
experience would likely make
for a smooth and continuous
transition into the role.
"I'm trying to be able to
continue a lot of the projects that
I've started in conjunction with my
VPs — that's why I decided to run
for this position," said Holmes.
"There are some things on my
platform that I'm very passionate
about. There are some things on
my platform that I have gaps in
knowledge on, but they're on my
platform for a reason. Everything
on my platform, I've seen that
students want." 'M
VP Academic candidate profile: Franz Kurtzke
Jack Hauen
Coordinating Editor
Fourth-year philosophy major
Franz Kurtzke is running for
VP Academic and University
Affairs (VPAUA) on a platform
of free speech and social justice
reform — largely the same
topics included in his lettering
campaign, for which he gained
a bit of notoriety after entering
locked campus residences
without permission.
Kurtzke's platform is three-
pronged: he wants to improve
"viewpoint diversity" at UBC so
students "learn how to debate;"
promote "comprehensive
research-based dialogue" on rape
culture and sexual assault; and
introduce "antifragile" mental
health policies — he likes safe
spaces, but not trigger warnings.
The most important issue
he'll face in office, Kurtzke
said, is opening up dialogue.
He wants to find people who
are self-censoring conservative
viewpoints and make them feel
free to speak, as Kurtzke said he
feels "unsafe" as a white man
enrolling in GRSJ classes.
During the debate, he said
getting UBC to adopt the Chicago
Principles — a commitment
to free speech made by the
University of Chicago and other
institutions — would be a top
priority, but a "totally long shot."
Kurtzke also wants to improve
the waitlist for psychiatry; cut
down on classes with "To Be
Announced" professors during
registration; improve TeachEval
and CoursEval; remove the
requirement from housing
contracts for medical cannabis
users to register with Student
Housing and Hospitality Services
prior to possessing cannabis in
residence; and increase course
content on psychedelic medicine.
Kurtzke has been asked
multiple times by The Ubyssey
where free speech is being
impeded at UBC and has either
refused to answer the question or
mentioned an incident in which
he said he was "bullied" by female
Ubyssey staff for pitching an article
arguing against rape culture — as
previously mentioned in his various
lettering campaigns.
At the debate, he also gave an
anecdote about getting negative
reactions after speaking up about
men's lack of reproductive rights in
PSYC 350, a class in human sexuality.
Otherwise, he said that self-
censorship is rampant. He also said
many professors agree with him, but
did not disclose any names.
While Kurtzke's narrow platform
could conceivably be accomplished
under the VPAUA's portfolio, he
refused to make any commitments
during the debate about what
students would actually see from
him by the end of the year and was
upfront about his lack of knowledge
regarding the position and its
"I didn't know that this position
existed until a week, or less, ago," he
said in his campaign video.
On Reddit, he wrote, "the goal
here is to put me in a position to be
able to have significant impact on
things, from the inside, to promote
free speech and reform of the social
justice movement."
The most important issue he'll face in office, Kurtzke said, is opening up dialogue.
During the debate, Kurtzke
either could not speak on or
admitted he didn't know anything
about every specific VPAUA
responsibility mentioned,
including the Academic
Experience Survey, UBC's
Excellence Fund, UBC's policy
on sexual assault, or anything the
VPAUA office has accomplished
during his UBC career.
"I can honestly say that I'm not
aware of any impact, positive or
negative, the VP Academic office has
had on my life," he said, adding that
that might be because the AMS isn't
advertising their services properly
— something his opponent, Max
Holmes, agreed with.
Kurtzke doesn't have anything
in his platform about housing,
equity, affordability or liaising
with the administration, which
are traditionally major priorities
of the VPAUA.
"I think they are implied," he
said during the debate, noting
that he thinks he should focus on
specific priorities in order to get
things done.
Regarding equity, Kurtzke
said, "I think we need to focus on
inclusivity, but some of it, it's a bit
too much," and that "some of this
hyper-political stuff is actually
making the situation worse."
When asked to name the
most important group he'd
work with during his term,
Kurtzke responded with the
administrators, specifically
Senior Advisor to the Provosts on
Academic Freedom Neil Guppy
and President Santa Ono. He said
he doesn't think that VPAUA has
met with administration recently,
which is false.
After multiple questions
about topics Kurtzke seemed
to have little to no grasp on, he
took a chance to rebut one of
Holmes's answers to state that he
felt "ambushed" and didn't "like
the direction this was going,"
mentioning unspecified "ethical
concerns" in the room.
Kurtzke declined to be
interviewed for this article, first
stating that he was "too tired and
busy," then after the debate that
the author seemed "incorrigibly
Near the end of the debate,
student Senator Ian Sapollnik
asked Kurtzke how he can
determine he doesn't need a
working knowledge of major parts
of the VPAUA's responsibilities
when he doesn't know what those
responsibilities are.
"When I take office, I'll be in
precisely the same position as all
previous candidates. Everyone
has to start somewhere," said
Kurtzke. "And that's where I'll
start — with the beginning." '21 NEWS   |   TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Holmes and Kurtzke face off
in AMS VP Academic debate
The candidates were asked about the various aspects relevant to the VPAUA's portfolio, to which they responded with opposite degrees of familiarity.
Alex Nguyen
News Editor
Max Holmes and Franz Kurtzke
faced off Thursday night in the
one and only debate for the AMS
VP Academic and University
Affairs (VPAUA) by-election.
Kurtzke presented himself
in his opening statement as a
"candidate of cultural change"
with a focus on free speech and
social justice reform.
Other issues he said he will
focus on include opening up
the issue of rape culture to an
alternative perspective, developing
anti-fragile mental heath services
and protecting medical cannabis
users — as later clarified in the
audience question period.
Holmes emphasized his
experience as the current
associate VPAUA and presented a
platform that focuses on "greater
affordability, revitalization of
campus experience, commitment
to equity and experiential
He said these goals would
be supported by more extensive
consultations and data-driven
The candidates were asked about
the various aspects relevant to the
VPAUA's portfolio, to which they
responded with opposite degrees
of familiarity.
While Holmes was able to
reference specific statistics
from the 2017 AMS Academic
Experience Survey (AES) to
support his platform points about
affordability — the most pressing
matter to him — Kurtzke was not
familiar with the report, which
represents a major priority (and
chunk of the budget) of the
VPAUA office each year.
Kurtzke also "did not think
that it was necessary for [him] to
familiarize [himself] with it at
this point." Instead, he said, he
considers opening up dialogue
channels for those who might
be self-censoring to be the most
important matter.
In response, Holmes noted
that the AES is the biggest item
in the VPAUA's $100,000 budget,
thus requiring any candidate to
know about it in addition to what
they are "most passionate about."
He further argued that "while
thought diversity is important,
[people] won't be able to have
that if [they] can't even go to
university" due to unaffordability.
Kurtzke raised concerns that
Holmes was presenting thought
diversity "as a luxury," and added
that despite not knowing about
the AES, he isn't neglecting the
issues and will familiarize himself
with them.
Kurtzke also attributed
his lack of knowledge on
certain topics to the AMS's
communication gap.
"I'm not aware of any impact
— positive or negative — that
[the VPAUA office has] had on
my life," he said. "They have not
advertised their work sufficiently
or done anything relevant of my
Holmes agreed with Kurtzke
regarding the holes in the AMS's
communication as he worked on
the recommendation regarding
this topic following the AES, but
argued that Kurtzke also should
have done his own research.
After multiple questions
about topics with which Kurtzke
seemed unfamiliar, tensions ran
high following one about the fair
allocation of UBC's Excellence
Fund for students.
Kurtzke stated "feeling
concerned about multiple ethical
overlaps ... and conflict of interest"
regarding Jack Hauen, the debate's
moderator and coordinating
editor of The Ubyssey, instead of
answering the question. He later
mentioned that he was also not
familiar with this fund.
This prompted the
intervention of AMS Elections
Administrator Filza Raza, who
reminded Kurtzke that this issue
could be brought up in the closing
statement instead.
On the original topic, Holmes
stated that he has been working
with the interim VPAUA Jakob
Gattinger on this issue for a
month and that they are talking
to the Advocacy Office and
constituencies about it.
The last question of this period
was about the Sexual Assault and
Other Sexual Misconduct Policy
(Policy 131), which was approved
in April 2017.
Kurtzke, who features rape
culture narrative reform centrally
in his platform, was not familiar
with this policy. He said he
wants to open the policy up to
alternative narratives because the
current feminist-based narrative
is "excluding alternative and
complementary social science,"
which could be "putting some
people at unnecessary risk."
Holmes views this policy
as a good step by UBC, but
acknowledged that there are
still gaps to be filled to make it
survivor-focused. He mentioned
working with data from the
Sexual Assault Support Centre to
fill these gaps.
In this period, the candidates
were asked individually about
their specific platform points.
For Holmes, the questions
touched on topics like expanding
the Collegia program, improving
co-op and entrepreneurship
opportunities, pushing for more
transparency within the AMS
and advocating for an alternative
housing financing model
that would allow for external
borrowing and more efficient
He was asked to identify hard
commitments, as his current
platform includes a lot of "I hope"
Holmes responded by
saying that he wants to pursue
a full review of every faculty's
academic concession policy.
Pushing for an alternative
housing financing model would
also be a top priority for him.
Kurtzke was asked mainly
about free speech and to provide
tangible evidence of it being
impeded at UBC.
He mentioned getting positive
feedback and support from
professors during his various
lettering campaigns over the
summer. He also referenced an
incident at The Ubyssey in which
he was "bullied" by female staff
members after pitching an article
arguing against rape culture, as
well as an anecdote about getting
angry reactions for talking about
men's lack of reproductive rights in
a psychology class about sexuality.
Kurtzke refused to make any
hard commitments, but said he
would focus on pushing for the
adoption of the Chicago Principles,
which he acknowledged as a
"totally long shot." Beyond this, he
stated that he would be "responsive
to a variety of concerns of students
and do the best job he [could] in
the role."
The debate rounded off with
questions from the live audience,
which touched on topics ranging
from Indigenous representation on
campus to Policy 73 on academic
accommodation for students with
disabilities, to anti-free speech
anecdotes, to the housing waitlist,
amongst others.
The candidates' responses
varied in degree of tangibility, with
more focus being placed on calling
for more consultation or just
describing the subject matters as
One topic that got a clear
and original answer from both
candidates was on the affordability
of foreign tuition.
Holmes wants to conduct
a review of Policy 72, which
currently offers financial
protection for only domestic
students, in favour of protection for
international students as well.
While he could not speak on
the policy, Kurtzke stated that "if
[students are of] non-permanent
resident status, non refugee, non
citizenship, [they] technically don't
have the right to be a student here."
"Their tuition is high, but it's at
market level," he added.
The debate's last notable topic
touched on the transition of the
race's winner into the VPAUA
office, which was brought up by
AMS VP Administration Pooja
When asked about how he
would work with the three-
day transition period and staff
members who were hired by
another VPAUA, Kurtzke insisted
on a two-week transition period
that would allow him to meet the
staff and "ease into" the role.
However, the AMS's code
states that "once the Elections
Administrator's report is presented
to Council, the results shall be
official and binding upon the
Accordingly, when the result
is presented at the September 27
AMS Council meeting, the winner
will have to officially assume the
position of VPAUA. This leaves
the winning candidate with three
business days after the result
announcement on September 22 to
settle into the role.
Holmes mentioned his
experience as the current
associate VPAUA and stated that
his platform is a continuation of
the work already being done in
the office.
Online voting starts on
September 18 and runs until
September 22.1 SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 TUESDAY I   NEWS
AMS Falun Dafas materials
reported stolen and vandalized
Joshua Azizi
The AMS Falun Dafa Fellowship
has reported that materials from
their info booth in the Nest were
stolen and vandalized. Since August,
the alleged thefts are still under
investigation and no arrest has been
made according to the RCMP.
Formed in 2014, the club
focuses on the practice of
Falun Dafa, a Chinese spiritual
discipline centred around
meditation, qigong exercises
and the practice of three
moral principles: truthfulness,
compassion and forbearance.
Also known as Falun Gong,
the faith was introduced to
China in 1992 and quickly rose
to prominence with supposedly
millions of followers in the
country at its peak.
In 1999, it was banned and
designated a cult by the Chinese
government, after "10,000 Falun
Gong adherents staged a silent
protest outside [a] Communist
Party's leadership compound
to complain about [what they
considered to be defamatory]
reports in the state-run media."
Its remaining followers have been
reported to be frequently arrested
or harvested for organs.
As a result, the club's President
Skylet Yu suspected that the
perpetrators were likely from
China due to this cultural context.
"Several unknown males and
females of Asian descent [have
been] identified as persons of
interest" by the RCMP, but their
exact identities are still to be
On August 11,12 and 14, items
such as books, pamphlets,
DVD's and display signs were
stolen from the AMS Falun Dafa
Fellowship's booth. According to
Yu, the missing materials were for
spreading awareness about the
Falun Dafa and the suppression it
faces in China.
She communicated this matter
to the AMS, whose staff reviewed
the video footage and told her
what happened.
"He said it seemed like there
were two very suspicious people
hovering around our booth for quite
awhile until the coast was clear, and
then they basically emptied out
our booth and threw our stuff
away," Yu said. "So even from the
first day, there was already over
$200 worth of damage."
The club later reported these
incidents to the RCMP due to
their repetition. The AMS's
security footage was also shared
to help with the investigation of
the alleged thefts.
On August 14, their materials
were not only stolen but also
"We had sandwich boards on
display [that] were completely
torn and ripped apart," said Yu.
"All our signs were ripped and
thrown in different places. There
were parts of them on the floor,
parts of them on the table — our
tablecloth was also not on our table
A photo exhibition of Falun Data's history hosted by the AMS Falun Dafa Fellowship
anymore, it was kind of pulled off
and it seemed quite violent."
When Yu approached the
AMS about this, they told her
that they had been watching
over their booth, but this attack
had happened when the security
guard monitoring the area was
taking a half-hour lunch break.
"We updated the RCMP, and
[they] suggested that there could
be anti-Falun Gong organizations or
students on campus," she said. They
also advised her to inform AMS
President Alan Ehrenholz about it.
In a brief statement to The
Ubyssey, the AMS expressed their
concern over the situation.
"The AMS places a high value
on the safety and security of all
students, staff and members of
the public accessing the AMS
Student Nest building," read the
statement. "As such, the building
operations team have made clips
of the FalonDafa [sic] student
club vandalism incident available
to the RCMP campus detachment.
Should the RCMP be able to
identify the offending student(s)
in question, further action will be
considered, in collaboration with
the club and the AMS operations
Yu noted that the most reactions
— particularly those of students from
China — to Falun Dafa have been
that of surprise and apprehension.
She based this perspective on her
experience working with them as a
teaching assistant.
"They're totally shocked when
they found out that I practice
Falun Dafa because it was so
different from what they had
learned about it," she said. "In
their history textbooks there will
be just one sentence that says
'Falun Dafa is an evil cult,' [or]
'they're a violent group,' right out
of nowhere."
In particular, Yu claimed that
many are unwilling to interact
with fellowship because they
are scared that the Chinese
government might take note of
any associations. She recalled one
conversation with a friend from
China that turned tense when the
topic of Falun Dafa came up.
"She said 'I know you can
practice Falun Dafa and it's good
for you, but practice it in your
own home, don't show your face.
Don't even show your face in public
because you're gonna be on the
blacklist and everyone around you
is going to be endangered... Do you
know how many eyes are watching?'
"We were actually sitting in a
restaurant. We weren't even on
UBC campus at the time."
Since the RCMP can't identify the
perpetrators from the security
footage, they have told Yu that
there's nothing they can do at the
moment, according to her.
Despite the damages, she and the
rest of the club don't wish to penalize
the perpetrators.
'We understand that they
probably don't know any better," she
said. "They grew up from China,
this is what they know. Or if they
didn't grow up from China, maybe
this is what they heard from their
friends in China."
Instead, the club is more
interested in educating people what
Falun Dafa is and what it isn't.
"We just hope to raise
awareness so that they know
Falun Dafa isn't a cult," Yu said.
"We're not trying to overthrow any
government, we're not political,
we don't ask for money and we're
not trying to scam anyone either.
So hopefully they'll reach out or
they'll at least go online and look it
up and find out for themselves." 'M
Students spend hundreds
for spots in full courses
Clare Skillman
UBC students are paying
hundreds of dollars for a spot in
full classes through Eyeout — a
popular service amongst students
that allows them to purchase or
trade seats from other students in
otherwise full or blocked courses.
As listed on its classifieds,
seats are typically advertised for
between $0 and $50. However,
courses from departments in high
demand like computer science
can be as expensive as $1,299 for
a seat and $699 for a waitlist spot.
"Computer science is one of
the hardest majors to get in ...
everyone recognizes the need to
be able to understand code," said
Zack, a second year Arts student
and recent seller on Eyeout. "This
problem can't be solved as long
as the demand is greater than the
supply... it's economics."
Other courses that have or
had been listed with a hefty price
tag include COMM 491 at $300,
WRDS 150 at $300 and MATH
105 at $500.
There have also been listings
that exceed what students
would rationally pay for, such
as $50,000 for Math 105. Others
were not used to buy, sell or
trade courses altogether —
instead, some read "buy $NaN"
or "sell $10 Pepperoni Pizza
"[The users] can pretty much
write whatever they want," said
Bea Subion, the current manager
of the service. "I just created the
section because everyone kept
spamming my suggestion box
with trying to buy or sell courses."
She also noted that she has
no knowledge of whether any of
these sales actually go through, as
students are not required to have
an account on Eyeout to use it.
"Anonymity isn't a sole feature
of the classifieds section," she
said. "It's the entire website,
and that decision to not make
accounts leads to Slacknotes —
the website that manages Eyeout
— not receiving anybody's names
or personal information."
Students do actually respond
to these expensive listings, as
confirmed by Zack.
"[I've] had friends buy courses
for $1,000 ... it's actually simpler
to buy it at a higher price than to
wait in a waitlist," he said.
Even so, he expressed feeling
conflicted about benefiting from
Eyeout and believes that the onus
should be on UBC to advance
its registration system so that
students don't have to spend
thousands to be registered in core
In response, Associate VP of
Enrolment Services and Registrar
Kate Ross stated that the use
of bots to monitor courses'
availability is in violation of
Policy 104.
"We are monitoring the
various services, and the buy
and sell sites closely to ensure
that this does not happen again,"
read her emailed statement. "A
notice has also been posted on
the Student Information System
(where students access academic,
financial and registration) and
sent to students reminding them
of our registration and conduct
For finishing students,
Ross urges them to meet with
an adviser because under
UBC policy, "no student in a
graduating year may be excluded
from a course necessary to meet
degree program requirements
because of lack of space."
However, this policy does not
guarantee enrolment for non-
graduating students, thus leaving
a demand for services like Eyeout.
"Why not just make a quick
buck on this — I realize it's
unethical and probably against
UBC policy but, if there's a way
people will always find a way,"
Zack said. "People will always
find a way." 'M
"People will always find a way."
Shopping on a cellphone is connected
to impulsive buys, says UBCO researcher
Cathy Yan
Despite the prevalence of
touchscreen technology, how
touchscreens impact the behaviour
of consumers is a relatively new area
of research. According to a study
led by UBCO's Dr. Ying Zhu, it turns
out that those who use devices with
touchscreens for online shopping
spend more impulsively than
subjects with access to only desktop
Data was collected from
university students over three lab
experiments. In each experiment,
those participating were asked to
choose between a product that
yielded pleasure, categorized as
hedonic, such as a gift card to a
restaurant; and another considered
to be practical, like a gift card to a
grocery store.
The results showed that desktop
users displayed greater levels of
rationality than touchscreen users.
To rank the users on their
rationality, Zhu used a scale devised
by Hoffman and Novak. Commonly
used in marketing research, it
measures the extent to which
people think rationally versus
experientially to make decisions.
Consider using a desktop over a cellphone when making purchases.
The former refers to logical and
analytical skills, and the latter to
the use of intuition and feelings.
Participants were asked to
respond to questions during the
experiment, and their responses
demonstrated that touchscreen
users had more characteristics
of experiential thinking than
desktop users.
This study focused only on
students, but other demographics
— like seniors — are predicted
to respond to touchscreens in a
similar way.
"If [members of] the older
population don't have exposure to
touchscreen devices, and they do
everything on a computer, then
you can see a strong effect [when]
they're on a touchscreen," Zhu
The reason for this is because
unfamiliarity and novelty may
lead to greater excitement and,
consequently, higher levels of
experiential thinking. Likewise,
students who rarely use desktop
computers may experience a spike
in rational thinking when exposed
to them because they suggest work
and professionalism.
At the same time, since this
study was conducted using only
smartphones, predictions are
uncertain when extrapolating data
to other touchscreen devices such
as tablets.
"People use it for both work and
pleasure, so the effect may either
go away or [be amplified]," Zhu
explained. The latter prediction
results from looking at online
shopping traffic, which shows
that more people make purchases
through tablets than phones.
In this experiment, Zhu studied
students' decisions in a controlled
environment, in a short span of
time. However, she is also interested
in longer-term consequences of
touchscreen devices.
When asked if social media or
other apps not related to shopping
may influence people's spending
habits, she responded, "When you're
in the experiential [thinking] mode,
you're thinking about experiences,
and Facebook is more experience-
based. ... I don't have data, but based
on my gut feeling, Facebook may
even amplify the effects."
The implications for students
are clear. "If you want to stick to
your budget and not overspend, but
you're thinking about [something
pleasurable], don't look at the
product on your phone," Zhu
It may be easy to search up
products online, but using a
touchscreen device will enable
experiential thinking and make it
more difficult to resist impulsive
Due to the relatively recent
introduction of smart products, it
is important to understand how
touchscreen products affect and alter
our everyday lives.
In the future, Zhu plans to
examine how touchscreens impact
consumers' judgement. Her current
research examines what people
purchase, but the next step is to
look into how they arrive at the final
product in terms of mapping out
decision making step by step. 'M
Undergraduate Tatjana Raison finds that
intimate partner violence is not gendered
Tatjana Raison emailed a prof after reading about his work in a newspaper.
James Vogl
If you're anything like me, just the
thought of approaching a professor
after class to ask a question can be
a little intimidating. But emailing
one out of the blue asking if you
can do research with them? Woah
there, pump the brakes.
Yet that's exactly what fourth-
year psychology undergrad Tatjana
Raison did. What's more, it worked.
As a result of that email, Raison
went on to spend a year doing a
directed study course with now-
retired psychology professor Dr.
Don Dutton, during which she
conducted a literature review
of articles concerning intimate
partner violence (IPV) and the
most common motivations for its
IPV refers to violence between
partners in an intimate relationship,
and differs slightly from domestic
violence in that the partners need
not be living together.
What inspired Raison to send
that first email and investigate
this topic was a newspaper
article profiling Dutton and the
controversy surrounding some of
his research on IPV.
His findings, along with
others' in the field, suggest that
contrary to popular belief, the
most common form of IPV is
not men being violent against
women. In fact, researchers have
found that this form accounts for
the smallest percentage of IPV
cases, with the majority involving
violence from both partners.
Raison got curious about IPV
and its causes, and that was when
she reached out to Dutton.
Over the course of her
review, she found no single clear
reason why IPV occurs. Most
subjects gave multiple reasons
for engaging in violent behavior,
with the most common reason
being anger. Other common
explanations included retaliation
for physical or emotional injury,
jealousy, a desire for control, a
lack of other means of expression
and a desire to "get through."
Raison's work highlighted
the complex nature of IPV. She
ended her review calling for more
research on the issue in order to
build a better understanding of
what leads people to engage in
According to Raison, the best
way to get involved in research
is simply to be curious and act
on that curiosity. "You have to be
genuinely interested," she said.
"Profs will see through [you] if
you're just talking the talk."
"But if you are genuinely
interested and you are curious
and you have questions, approach
them, email them, say, 'Hey can
I talk to you about this?' The
worst thing that will happen is
you have a cool conversation and
they won't have anything for you,
but at least you will have had that
opportunity to talk to them." 'M
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Bill Situ
The 'Birds lit up Thunderbird
Stadium on Saturday night,
outgunning the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies and
impressing the Homecoming
crowd with a 31-10 win.
The game boasted an
attendance of 9,542 football
fans — the third-largest crowd in
Canada West history, according to
UBC Athletics.
UBC president Santa Ono also
crowdsurfed during the game.
"It was an awesome
experience. It's the most [fans]
I've ever been around here at
UBC, so if we could get that every
game then that'd be awesome,"
said T-Bird defensive back Stavros
Katsantonis after the game.
UBC was quick to get onto
the scoreboard on their first
possession, when receiver Alex
Morrison caught a pass from
quarterback Michael O'Connor
before finding an open path to
the end zone for the touchdown,
picking up 93 yards on the play.
Five minutes after Morrison's
touchdown, running back Colton
Klassen evened up the score for
the Huskies.
At the start of the second
quarter, the 'Birds responded
with a field goal to retake the
lead. With the home team up 10-7,
the game went into a stalemate
thanks to strong defensive play by
both teams.
No scoring play came again
until nine minutes into the third
le T-Birds scored
back-to-back touchdowns. First,
Ben Cummings capped off a
successful drive with a seven-yard
rush to the end zone. UBC's next
drive was another round of strong
offensive plays, including a 45-yard
pass by O'Connor to receiver Trey
Kellogg. Receiver Trivel Pinto got
the touchdown for the 'Birds on a
23-yard reception.
With UBC leading 24-7 after
notched one field goal to bring
their tally to 10 points while
kicker Greg Hutchins secured
two field goals in UBC's favour in
the final frame. The 'Birds also
picked up a rouge, making the
final score 31-10 in favour of the
home side.
UBC head coach Blake Nill
credited the win in large part to
the T-Bird defence. Saskatchewan
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two games, making them a
challenge for any defensive line.
"You got to give credit to
coach [Pat] Tracey and his
staff and also the players for
executing," said Nill about the
team's defensive coordinator. "We
run a complicated defence."
impressive numbers on the stats
sheet, even without star receiver
Marcus Davis. Cummings racked
up 178 rushing yards while Pinto
finished with 165 receiving yards.
O'Connor's 431 passing yards also
outmatched Huskies' quarterback
Kyle Siemens' 265.
Nill was also thankful for the
support from Ono and the amount
of school spirit during the game.
"I just want to thank [Ono] for
his genuineness in the way that
he interacts with our students
and the importance on place in
athletics," said Nill. %
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Budget breakdown: UBC spent
$146,000 last year marketing the T-Birds
Jack Hauen
Coordinating Editor
UBC Athletics spent $146,144 to
promote its 26 Thunderbird teams
in 2016, or 0.007 per cent of the
university's $2.1 billion budget. Well
over a third of that went to football.
The "football marketing" and
"Homecoming" line items add up to
over $52,000 — a necessary expense,
said Senior Athletics Director Gilles
Lepine, to promote Athletics' "best
"The thing that we can sell right
now to bring new communities,
students, staff, media attention,
alumni interest [and] donor
interest, is to have big events where
people feel... the 'wow' effect,"
he said. "And this 'wow' effect
is coming definitely more with
football than other sports."
Football provides a useful hook,
Lepine said, to draw attention to
other sports. For example, Athletics
wanted to rent a huge screen to
use at games. After he secured it
for football, Lepine said, he got the
sponsor to throw it in for a basketball
and a volleyball game as well.
"So that's my way to work — we
use one to open the door ... and
after that, we can serve other
sports," he said. "We want to use
football to elevate the brand, attract
sponsors, attract people, attract TV,
attract everybody."
The football team is also the
biggest draw for media interest. In
a market where UBC is competing
with the Canucks, Whitecaps
and Canadians, "we have to be
strategic," Lepine said. "And that's
what we do."
The Athletics department gets its
money from sponsorships, alumni
Football received more than a third of the promotional budget for UBC Athletics last year.
donations and directly from UBC.
The money they receive from the
universtiy comes in a lump sum, after
which they're free to determine their
own priorities, according to Gord
Hopper, director of performance
and team support.
Included in the January to
March ($24,036.82) line item,
said Hopper, was newspaper ads,
media buys, some merchandise
and profiles by Allsport, a sports
insurance marketing agency.
From April to December
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at Canada's Largest International University
and Student Travel Expo
Expo: 1 pm - 5 pm
Free Seminars: 12 noon - 5 pm
($67,550.82) Hopper said the
department spent about $30,000
on free Thunderbird T-shirts that
were given away to first-years, in
addition to billboard marketing,
newspaper advertisements,
promotional supplies, giveaway
items and game activations.
After the $52,132.86 spent on
football, that leaves $2,424.32 on
the promotion of Thunderstruck,
a women's basketball game
against the University of Victoria
held in late November 2016.
Lepine sighed when asked if
he felt like he was getting enough
support from the administration.
"That's a big question, coming
from another university and
seeing how there is," he said.
Lepine previously worked as
director of excellence for Athletics
at Laval University, where football
attendance regularly breaks
"It's something that we try so
hard to use very efficiently, the
money that we have," he said,
pointing to recent Thunderbird
championships — nine last year
— as evidence their athletes are
"But that's meant a lot, lot of
energy," he said.
"We have a good amount of
money to work with," said Lepine,
and "great support from the
"But we have to find other
sources of revenue, and that's why
we're working... as much as we
can to be autonomous."
Lepine said his department plans
to continue with their strategy
of promoting a few big "carnival-
style" games every year across a
few sports, as opposed to trying to
get as many students as possible
to come to every game.
"That's where we're going
to build — one by one, not
trying to spread everything we
have on everybody and hoping
people will come," said Lepine,
noting that it was important for
Athletics to continue working
with the AMS and The Calendar
to promote sports at UBC.
Attendance at carnival-
style games hasn't turned into
attendance at "regular" games —
after Homecoming 2016's record-
breaking turnout of 7,834, the
remaining two home games saw
1,429 and 1,043 fans, respectively.
But Athletics Senior Manager
of Communications and Media
Relations Len Catling pointed to
the year-over-year attendance
increase in Homecoming and the
men's hockey Winter Classic as
evidence the strategy is working.
"I think what we're seeing is
that the students are interested
in additional festival events," said
Now, the trick is to turn that
into sustained interest.
"I hope we're going to have
5,000 people minimum at every
[football] game. But are we there?
No," said Lepine. "For [students]
it's a special thing to go to a game.
And I hope in a few years it will
be natural to go there."
The promotional budget for
2017 breaks down similarly to
last year, according to Hopper,
though with a bump in overall
funds at $166,599 - Catling wrote
in an email that the increase was
mainly due to the huge video
screen used at football games and
events like Winter Classic.
Lepine says he still has ways
to go to get campus interest in the
Thunderbirds where he'd like it
to be.
"I think we're working very
hard to elevate in the community
and especially in the students
here at the university, the interest
with the Thunderbirds," he said.
"Now, I hope that we can
transform that in money. That's
what we want to do," said Lepine.
"But first, if the students and the
staff here don't believe about the
brand, it's tough to sell." 'M
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Friday, September 15
Volleyball (W)
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Ice Hockey (M)
Saturday, September 16
Field Hockey
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Rowing Club
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Soccer (W)
Sunday, September 17
Field Hockey
Iwana Taco, a quesadilla worth fighting for
Salomon Micko Benrimoh
For quite some time now, the UBC
food scene has consistently been
more and more disappointing.
Students find themselves paying
more and more for food of lesser
quality and quantity. For many
of us who are already paying
thousands of dollars in rent and
tuition, it would be nice to finally
have an on-campus restaurant
with a decent deal.
But change is on the horizon
as a number of new restaurants
are sprouting up across campus.
The real question is whether
or not they will finally give the
starving students of UBC the
cheap, good food that they've
been craving.
A bunch of the new
restaurants will be opening at
the base of the new apartment
building on University Boulevard
in the coming weeks, including
Taiwanese street food place
Bao Down, Mexican restaurant
Tacomio and Joe Pizza. JJ Bean
and Nori have already opened.
But some new places are also
popping up in the Nest itself,
replacing what used to be go-to
vegetarian spot Palate, the frozen
yogurt shop Qoola and the decent
but usually underwhelming
burger joint Flip Side.
Iwana... Iguana Taco... I Want
a Taco... whatever it's called has
already moved into the basement
of the Nest and taken over what
was once Flip Side. They're
serving up Mexican classics like
burritos and quesadillas, as well
as meat and veggie tacos.
In the buildup to its opening,
The Ubyssey wasn't expecting
too much from Iwana Taco.
Especially when it comes to
quality Mexican food, we've all
been let down too many times
before. As some of you may
remember last year, The Ubyssey
went on a long but ultimately
doomed quest to find a decent
quesadilla on campus. Our search
took us to the Soup Kitchen,
the Gallery 2.0 and others — but
in the end, we returned to our
cubicles empty handed.
Despite expectations, Iwana
Taco is surprisingly good.
Obviously it's not the best
Mexican food in Vancouver, but
for a campus spot, it's not too
shabby. Iwana Taco brings forward
a simple and classic Mexican-style
menu mixed in with some healthy
and fresh British Columbian
ingredients, including Ocean Wise
certified fish.
The best thing on the menu
are by far the tacos. The tortillas
themselves are actual fresh corn
tortillas instead of the cheap
would die for this quesadilla.
store-bought fake tortillas that
were anticipated to be served.
The burritos are also pretty
good and they get you the most
bang for your buck. They may not
be of Chipotle-level quality or
taste, but they might be some of
the best new deals on campus. For
$7.50 or $8, you can get a decently
sized beef, cumin chicken,
vegetarian, or shrimp burrito.
Again, it's not the cheapest eat
in the city, but it's the best price
you'll find on our lovely but
unfathomably overpriced campus.
The best deal to get is the four
tacos for $10, in which you can
choose between beef, fish, cumin
chicken, shrimp, mushroom
and other options. And the best
of them is the fish taco. It's
actually good quality fish with a
surprisingly nice mayo sauce and
fresh veggies. Tacos are priced at
$3 a piece if you don't get the four
for ten deal.
The quesadillas — which
we've already established as
something the culture section
cares about more than freedom of
the press — are also decent. There
are vegetarian and carnivorous
options available, and they are
priced between $6.50 and $9.00.
If Iwana Taco is a sign of
what's to come to UBC's food
scene, then you better get
excited. We might soon be free
from having to meal-prep every
weekend because we're getting
sick of buying the same old
boring food. '21
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proposal on Lot 11 in Wesbrook Place. Plans will be displayed for the proposed new market rental
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Chris Rock's show was a hard-hitting
rollercoaster that almost always delivered
Olamide Olaniyan
The lights went out in Doug Mitchell
Thunderbird Sports Centre. The
conversations dropped to a dull
murmur and audience members
frantically got into their seats. Kanye
West's "Ultralight Beam" blared
through the arena and the screen
behind the stage displayed two
letters in a cloister black font: CR.
The crowd cheered as though
at a rock concert — and it pretty
much was. Chris Rock — actor,
comedian and host of the 2016
Oscars ceremony — strutted on stage
and looked around. The floodlights
behind him casting a long shadow
on the stage as he greeted the crowd.
The words "comfort is the poison"
in blood-orange flashed onto the
screen behind him. The Vancouver
show of Rock's Total Blackout Tour
had just begun.
He cozied up to the Vancouver
crowd with a quick dig at Surrey,
as well as some comments about
the lack of black people in the city.
Then — as expected in the current
political climate — he turned his
attention to the presidency of the
United States of America. He was
a little bit optimistic. For him,
if George Bush could have been
followed by Barack Obama, then
perhaps President Trump would be
followed up by Jesus.
The comedian — whose Oscars
opening monologue focused on the
lack of diversity in Hollywood and
the #oscarssowhite controversy —
switched it up and talked about how
prices are the "new Jim Crow." He
explained how although segregation
by race was no longer a thing, black
people were still excluded from
places like Whole Foods with "$7
He pivoted to talking about
fatherhood and the difficulty of
preparing his daughter - who is
going into high school - for a cruel
world. He jokes about priming her
for the "white man," by making
everything that was white in their
household "hot, heavy or sharp."
Their toilet seat would be hot,
child onesies would weigh a ton
and vanilla ice cream would be
sprinkled with glass. "Next time,
choose chocolate," he said to the
roar of laughter.
He talked about the shooting of
black teenagers in the United States,
saying: "People always say that the
black teenage boy is an endangered
species. I say, nah, thats not true.
Endangered species are protected by
the United States government."
A bit about faith and religion
was highlighted by his mantra, "I
am trying to find God, before God
finds me." Rock has started doing
some good, albeit when everyone,
especially God, won't stop hearing
about it. He mentioned a time when
he gave a homeless man $5, which
is a nice thing to do. But then he
pointed out that he had more than
$300 in his wallet at that moment
and that he had to scroll through 50,
20, and 10 dollar notes to even find a
$5 note.
Rock also touched on the topic
of how people say that God never
makes mistakes. He said that it's not
true. "God made Surrey." The crowd
cracked up.
Rock is arguably the most
important funny person of his
generation. But one thing that makes
him stand out is his honesty and
vulnerability when discussing his
mistakes. "I didn't listen. I was
a bad communicator. I cheated,"
he said while talking about his
marriage and divorce. You could
hear the audience stop breathing
and do a quick double-take. The
way Rock reckoned with this topic
took the audience by surprise.
Rock had a bone to pick with
comfort and dove into topics that
many might have found disturbing
or even "too soon" to joke about.
One constant the entire show was
the audience being unsure if it was
No punches were pulled and no topic was safe.
okay to laugh at a joke.
While he often played it too safe
with his discussions of race and
then sometimes clumsily resorted
to profanity for cheap laughter,
the combinations of his frenetic
style of humour, his honesty and
self awareness, and his surprising
vulnerability made the Vancouver
show of the Total Blackout Tour
an emotional but delightful
rollercoaster that was worth the ride.
Chris Rock is a comedic rock star
and a treat to see live. 'M
Vote for your VP Academic!
Voting is from
Sept 18th and closes
on Sept 22nd at 4pm
Did your candidate win?
Results Afterparty
Head to The Pit on Sept 22nd at
5pm to find out! SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 TUESDAY I   CULTURE   I   13
The underground accordion festival broke my heart
Natalie Morris
Design Editor
We were waiting outside together,
this mismatched group of people.
An older couple waited by the door,
making sure they would be the first
in. An accordion player was singing
to help the wait go faster until the
doors open. Couples and groups
wander in or wander past. I was by
far the youngest in the crowd and I
wondered if I had made a horrible
This was the 10th Annual
Accordion Noir Festival —
Canada's largest alternative
accordion festival.
"Alternative accordion festival?"
you ask. "I didn't know there were
any accordion festivals." Trust me,
I know. I was in that exact position
a month ago when the press release
came tumbling into my inbox. Of
course, I immediately asked our
culture editor if I could cover it.
Screw VIFF, the Noir Festival is
clearly where it's at.
My excitement only grew as the
grand event got closer. What would
this festival bring?
I made the 50-minute bus
ride into East Vancouver, past
Main Street to a small Canadian
Russian centre. I waited outside
and my hope that this would be
a super cool, underground indie-
alternative festival was chipped
away slowly.
After the doors opened, I
found a community hall with
tables set up. A small cash-bar
offering "classy boxed wine" — I'm
assuming ironically — was opposite
a small bake sale. Everything about
this was smaller than I expected.
The stage had old Christmas trees
in the back and the tables were
quickly being filled by the older
members of the crowd. There was
probably a maximum of 75 people
in the whole hall. Apparently this
event sold out days ago and now I
know why.
I had researched the festival
and accordion music before
coming. Very popular in Europe,
particularly in Finland, accordion
music was on the up and up again.
When I was younger and had more
free time and money, I was a bit
more musically literate, but it
had been a while since I found a
festival that excited me. Nothing,
nothing, could have prepared me
for this event.
The acts were interesting, that
I can say with absolute confidence.
They all offered something new
with their accordion. Some —
particularly the first act, a West
Coast duo — nailed the old vintage
feeling that accordions and banjos
are known for. Others, like Finnish
accordion star Antti Paalanen,
offered what felt like banger club
music mixed with accordion music.
Individually they were good.
Together they offered little more
than a confused musical vibe.
The young people got up to
dance. The older crowd sat and
With no consistentsound between acts, itwas hard to get into the festival.
chatted with their neighbours. We
all learnt a bit of Finnish. Except
for the times I got up for photos,
I sat in a corner in wonder. It was
a strange vibe. I don't particularly
know what I was looking for,
maybe just a concert whose edgy
poster matched its sound.
I appreciate a good marketing
plan and I'm willing to admit that
in this case, I fell for it. Seriously,
whoever did their posters was out of
this world.
But it was less of a concert and
more of a community talent show
featuring the accordion world's most
popular alternative artists, including
some West coast stars. I think if they
were able to have a coherent sound
I would have enjoyed the concert
infinitely more. But the extreme
differences in what was being played
made it hard to keep up and even
harder to enjoy.
I have no doubt that the
accordion world is a small one and
the alternative accordion music
world is even smaller, but the
inconsistent sound really limits
how much of a following the
festival could gain, particularly with
students. If they were able to theme
their concerts in future festivals,
I'm sure they would be able to
provide a better night, but as of
now — for the night I went — it's
hard to want to go back.
That being said, as much as I
was disappointed by the confusing
music being played, the Vancouver
arts scene needs all the support it
can get, even if it's just a student
who's neither hipster enough nor
old enough to enjoy this particular
festival which — like so many others
in Vancouver — is limited by funding.
But there is still opportunity to grow
and gain a real crowd. 'M
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Last Words: Please, please vote
Ubyssey Staff
Whoever is elected AMS VP
Academic and University Affairs
(VPAUA) will be making huge
decisions this year on your behalf.
The position is "a go-between
for concerned students and the
university administration," according
to the AMS website. This expansive
role has a much more tangible
impact on UBC than other VPs —
with its hands in projects such as:
representing student interests in
university policies on sexual assault
and accessibility; campaigning for
affordability, from tuition to housing
to textbooks; Indigenous issues
and reconciliation efforts; and the
Academic Experience Survey — is
arguably the most important tool for
demonstrating what students want
and need.
Sound pretty important? That's
because it is. And right now, the
vacancy for this position — left open
when prior VPAUA Daniel Lam
resigned midsummer — is up for
a by-election, with two disparate
candidates running.
Max Holmes, the current
associate VPAUA, is running
The two candidates at the debate.
a pretty standard campaign
focused on affordability, diversity,
improving the campus experience
and creating more co-op and
mentorship opportunities for
students. He's a second-year, but
acquired experience working
under Lam and then interim
VPAUA Jakob Gattinger for the
past five months.
Franz Kurtzke, a philosophy
major, is running an outsider
campaign of social justice reform,
promoting free speech, "antifragile"
mental health policies and
alternative theories on rape culture.
He has no student government
experience and during the debate
appeared unfamiliar with most
VPAUA responsibilities.
Last by-election's voter turnout
in 2013 was an abysmal 3.8 per cent
or 1,821 people. If voter turnout is
similarly low this time around, the
result could be swayed by very few
students. No matter who you're
voting for, your vote matters.
If you don't believe us, look
at last year's batshit insane arts
Undergraduate Society elections,
in which 7.5 per cent (1,060) of arts
students voted. The president was
decided by 22 votes, the VP Internal
was decided by 11, and the VP
External race had three candidates
that ended up within three votes of
each other. The winner was decided
by a single vote.
Voting begins Monday and
runs through the entire week. It's
incredibly easy to do online, so set
aside the fraction of your day that it
will take and participate in campus
democracy. With that accomplished,
you can feel more justified in
complaining about
the AMS. 'tJ
Ask Natalie: My mom won't stop calling me to check in
Your mom used to call you on your cell phone, late night when she needs your love.
Natalie Morris
Design Editor
I'm in my first year and I'm from
another province. My mother calls
me every day. She gets upset if I
don't answer. She knows my class
schedule and she'll call when she
knows I'm not busy. I feel bad but
I can't take it! Help a girl out?"
Yeah, that's not fun. Tell her
you love talking to her but you
find you're missing out on some
experiences because you talk so
much. Talk up how busy you are and
how you would rather talk longer
once a week — maybe twice a week
if something exciting happened —
than take shorter calls everyday.
Be honest but phrase it more as
a rearrangement rather than a
discontinuation of your phone calls.
If push comes to shove and the
truth isn't getting you anywhere,
make up a study group that meets
irregularly. Parents love study
"Dear Natalie,
There's a lot of people in
my program that consider
themselves better than
everyone else. I won't say
which program we're in, but
it's really frustrating. I have
friends in other majors and
faculties and I don't think I'm
better than them because I
have something different on the
sheet of paper we all get when
we graduate. But it feels hard to
say that when I'm surrounded
by people within the program.
What should I do?"
I think it's clear by now I'm
in arts, but I know people in all
faculties - even land and food
systems. It's a difficult thing
to feel disconnected from your
peers, especially if you're in a
smaller program. But I would
advise you not to take this too
Everyone I know at one point
or another has said something
like, "Well at least I'm not in
Engineering so I can have a social
life" or "arts degrees get you a job
at Starbucks and a mountain of
debt" or the stupid Sauder snake
meme that's gained a following
this year. Everyone feels a least a
little bit of pride when it comes to
their program.
Even within faculties, majors
often place themselves above
other majors and judge each
other for what their major says
about them. It's stupid. The
whole thing is stupid, but people
do it anyway.
People like what they do and
they want to feel like the life
choices they've made are the best
life choices anyone could have
made, even if it's far from the
truth. When people are overly
defensive when it comes to their
program or major it just means
that they're not 100 per cent sure
about those choices and they
want other people to tell them
how excellent they are.
But the truth of the matter
is, no one's program is better or
worse than anyone else's. Every
single program has pros and cons.
Every single major has ups and
downs, arts may have a reputation
for being unemployable, but it's
also hard to put a science degree
to use if you don't have your
The STEM programs may
shit on the literature classes
but I'd like to see any of them
get above a 70 per cent on some
of the essays arts kids have to
do. Arts kids might turn on the
commerce students because of
their reputation, but at least
there's some practical application
to business classes. Sauder people
might piss off the kinesiology
students, but we all know who
would win in a fist fight when kin
gets involved.
What I'm saying is it's a circle.
As much of your program is
making themselves feel above
than the other programs, those
same programs are probably
doing the exact same thing.
Don't join in. It's an unhealthy
competition we've put ourselves
in and the deeper you go, the less
chance you have of getting out
unscathed. Don't engage in the
nonsense, but don't worry about
defending the other programs -
like you said, we all end up with
the same piece of paper.
Need advice? Contact Natalie
anonymously at asknatalie
@ubyssey.ca or at ubyssey.ca/
advice and have your questions
answered! 'JJ SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 TUESDAY I   OPINIONS   I   15
Op-ed: It's time for UBC to fly the Coop
The Coop smells more than my gym socks.
Moira Wyton
Features Editor
The BirdCoop, with its $30 per-
term fee and convenient location
in the SRC, could be the ideal
space for students to stay active
and be social on campus. Instead
it's cramped, damp, crowded and
has worse air ventilation than my
lungs after climbing to the top of
Buchanan Tower. As many first-
year students sign up for the Coop
this month and marvel at the low
price, they'll soon learn the sad
truth — we really do get what we
pay for.
Only in this case, shouldn't
what we pay for at least have an
air conditioning system that isn't
an emergency exit door propped
open? Cardio machines go days
or even weeks without being
fixed, the towels used to wipe
down equipment are few and
far-between — if you can even
find one that doesn't reek of dried
sweat — and the floor space for
stretching could be advertised
as an attractive nano unit after a
quick paint job.
If UBC students are
Thunderbirds, why is our gym
too small even for newly-hatched
chicks? We've outgrown the
BirdCoop — it's high time we
left the nest in search of greener
pastures and far less green water
Other universities in Canada,
even much smaller ones like the
University of Alberta and Queens,
have palatial fitness spaces — but
at 0.15 square feet of recreational
space per student, UBC has the
lowest university ratio in the
whole of Canada. Granted, we
don't totally miss the mark —
our own Thunderbirds' sports
teams have their own private
gym and training spaces and for
the aquatically inclined the new
Aquatic Centre shines as a beacon
of light in a sea of construction.
But if you're just another plebeian
NARP (Non-Athletic Regular Person)
on a budget who wants to stay fit
during school and not contract
a strange fungus from exercise
equipment or be constantly
squeezing between two very gassy
looking people on the mats, you
don't have much of a choice. Gold's
Gym is expensive and despite it
being close to campus, it adds a
good walk for students who are
trying to squeeze in going to the
gym between classes. The nearest
YMCA is on Dunbar, and residence
gym spaces are limited to those
who live on campus.
And while it is more than
true that UBC Rec offers some
wonderful classes in more spacious
settings and that there are plenty
of opportunities to get involved
in intramural sports on campus,
UBC's gym space is abysmal at
best and, at worst, detrimental to
the mental and physical health
of students. For a university
that preaches the importance
of mental health and living a
balanced life, UBC has dropped
the ball on providing a space on
campus for that balance that is
accessible to all students.
Yes, you barely need to pay to
use the Coop, and yes, we should
be grateful we have a space at all
to keep our minds clear and our
bodies strong. But for busy students
who squeeze in workouts and can't
commit to a set recreational schedule
or pay $100 per term for a class at the
Student Recreation Centre, having a
space where you can reliably work
out without waiting half an hour
for the same equipment Olivia
Newton-John probably used in
her music videos seems like a
reasonable request.
With the passing of the AMS
referendum to collect a fee to be
used towards a massive expansion
of recreational space on campus in
March, things may be looking up for
the moment, even if UBC has yet to
commit to its portion of funding for
the project. But the fact that it has
taken this long to secure only partial
funding for a student recreation
facility while upgrades and
expansions of the T-Birds' training
and fitness facilities have continued
seems backwards.
The new fitness space in the Life
Building — previously the Old SUB
— is slated to open in "early 2018,"
but as the consuming humidity and
pungent odours of the Coop close
in around us, January couldn't feel
further away.
Fitness and wellbeing are
important for everyone, star
quarterback or not. It's time for
UBC to end the aimless walking
in circles of weightlifters in
between reps looking for a space
and the constant waiting for the
bikes facing the poorly closed-
captioned CNN reports during
the morning news. Spacious
and comfortable fitness at UBC
shouldn't be as unlikely as finding
a spot on the mats. UBC may be a
place of mind, but as of yet there
is no suitable place to unwind.
Help create UBC's
next community
Public Consultation
We're beginning to plan a new neighbourhood in
the area around Thunderbird Stadium, and we want
your input and ideas to help shape this process.
Share your insights on living,
working, studying and playing
at UBC. Your experience
can help guide our planning
Contact Neal Wells,
Manager, Communications
and Engagement at
neal.wells@ubc.ca or
604 822 0473
Join the
online or
in person.
Online Survey
September 28 to October 22
Public Open Houses
Saturday, September 30
3pm to 6pm
Wesbrook Community Centre,
3335 Webber Lane
Tuesday, October 3
5pm to 8pm
Old Barn Community Centre,
6308 Thunderbird Blvd
Thursday, October 5
11am to 2pm
I.K. Barber Learning Centre,
2nd Floor Lobby
Campus + Community Planning 16   I   GAMES   I TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
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1-Disney deer:
6-Gotwind of;
11-Circle segment:
15-Actress Verdugo:
16-Debtor's note;
17-Favored crime of
18-At for words;
19-Sculler's need;
20-Brother of Moses;
22-Assembly rooms;
24-Bon_ _!;
30-Refreshment stand;
32-Lawman Wyatt;
33-Medicinal shrub;
35-Breezes through;
39-Nevada city;
41-Asta's mistress;
42-Nicholas II was the last
Russian one:
45-Album unit;
46-Like some college walls;
48-Roma's land;
50-Came after;
55-Actress Sophia;
57-Solo of "Star Wars";
58-River that flows through Paris;
60-Spanish hero;
65-UFO crew;
66-Borden cow;
67-Ankle bones;
68-Shad delicacy;
69-Atty.-to-be exams;
1-Lingerie item;
2- Lingus (Irish carrier);
3-Ed.'s pile;
4-Life story;
5-From birth;
6-Soul mate?;
7-London greeting;
8-Long time;
9-Hosp. workers;
24-Redas ;
27-Retail store;
28-1950 film noir classic;
34-Sporting blade;
36-Loses heat;
37-Bert's roomie;
38-Long stories;
44-Grow weary:
50-Early anesthetic:
52-Havea feeling;
53-Woody inhabitants of
55-Actress Kudrow:
56-Puta lid !;
59-Windy City trains:
61-PC linkup;
62- -Magnon;
63-Neighborof Syr.;
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