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Focusing on Fridays SINCE 1918 February 6, 2012 |VOL. XCIII ISS. XXXVIII UTHEUBYSSEY HOP TOGO PLAYOFF BOUND Men’s volleyball aces Brandon U to clinch playoff spot P6 CHEDDAR FORNEW CHEEZE UBC pledges Names Not Numbers with new advising program P3 FAMILY MATTERS P5 P4 Suburban Motel series unravels relationships P8 Brewery on track for next student union building Design set for engineer student space
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He may be older than your average undergraduate, but that doesn’t mean he’s had any trouble keeping up with the rest of the student society he runs. “Really, it’s a trick for them to keep up with me,” he said. With his patch-covered Red Jacket and well-known love for beer, he might appear to bleed UBC Engineers red, but it took him stints as an itinerant grilledcheese salesman, a high-tech entrepreneur and a volunteer abroad before finally settling on chemical engineering.
His first crack at university began in 1991, as a bright-eyed pre-med student at Utah State University. But after three years of studying biochemistry, Olson decided he needed some time off. “I realized I’d been going to school so long that I wanted a break, so I was going to take one year off and then finish up and go right to med school,” said Olson. His respite from the academic grind wound up taking him him from pre-med to Deadhead. “For a few years, I travelled and followed the Grateful Dead,” said Olson. “I lived out of my Volkswagen van most of the time, but there’d always be a pretty bustling parking lot scene.
So I could sell grilled cheese sandwiches or beer out of a cooler. You’d actually make enough money that you could buy a ticket and get gas money to the next city.
Then Jerry Garcia died, so I went and lived in Austria for a couple years,” said Olson. “I was involved in a lot of service projects...building houses, and things like that.” Next, Olson returned to the United States, and was met with another stroke of luck. “My brother and some of his friends went to Olympia, Washington and started an internet service provider,” he said. “As part of the dot-com boom, we got bought out by a big [telecommunications] company out of California, so I kind of went into semi-retirement for three or four years with my stock options and severance pay.
When that money ran out, I realized if I was ever going to go back to school, I should do it now.” No longer interested in medicine, Olson decided to give engineering a try.
My oldest brother went through UBC engineering; he graduated in 2002,” said Olson with trademark confidence. “I figured if he could do it, I was way better at math and science, so I should have no problem.” Olson has held two positions on the EUS, last year as VP External and this year as president. He credits UBC engineers’ legendary school spirit and strong ties with alumni. Olson plans to continue being involved here after he graduates in May.
The alumni like to come back and tell stories of the pranks they were pulling off, and how things were back in the day.” Olson doesn’t admit to any involvement in any of the UBC engineers’ famous “stunts,” however, which in past years have included hanging a Volkswagen Beetle off of the Lions Gate Bridge. “I’ve actually not been involved in any of the pranks...We just kind of hear about them the next day, and hopefully they’re creative and don’t involve too much vandalism.” Olson is currently preparing for E-Week, the EUS’s yearly celebration, taking place this week. When asked what event he was most excited about, he almost didn’t know where to start.
The week’s most anticipated events, in Olson’s mind, are probably the E-Ball, a formal dance ending the week, and Red Night, a “ridiculous” party at the Cheeze. “It’s the big party for E-Week, and if you’re wearing your red jacket, red cardigan, or one of the E-Week 2012 shirts, you end up getting [lots of] cheap beer.” Red Night may pose an opportunity for Olson to show off one of his best-known skills: his ability to polish off an entire pitcher of beer at frightening speed.
Just under 12 seconds,” bragged Olson. “Somehow, I have a great natural ability to drink very fast.” U Dan Olson: Deadhead, wandering entrepreneur and EUS president OurCampus One on one with the people who make UBC Olson plays the arcade machine in the Cheeze, the EUS’s venerable student space.
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Chemistry Touching Our Senses: 12:45-2pm @ TRIUMF Wondering why some cologne smells so good? Wondering why Axe smells so bad? Learn about the challenges flavour and fragrance companies face on a daily basis to tantalize your senses. E-Week Ball Model Judging: 2pm @ The Cheeze Factory One of the oldest and most prestigious traditions of E-Week, watch as each department presents their different model to proclaim their awesomeness (or lack thereof). Apparently some contain beerrelated secret treasures. MON 6 WED 8 THUR 9 Orgasm Inc. screening: 7:30pm @ Royal Bank Cinema Who doesn’t love an orgasm? Apparently greedy pharmaceutical companies taking advantage of them for profit! Take a look inside the money-mongering industry and see how it is reshaping ideas about health, illness and desire.
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News Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan 02.06.2012 | 3 NatalyaKautz StaffWriter There’s a new mantra in Enrolment Services: Names not Numbers. Incoming UBC students, and eventually the entire student population, will see a new personalized approach for student support. Enrolment Service Professionals (ESP) will be assigned to all undergraduate students when they arrive at UBC, and will stay with them through their entire degree. Each ESP is expected to be responsible for 250 to 300 students. Lisa Collins, project director of the redesign at Enrolment Services, said that the model was directly motivated from within their department.
The desire from our staff, being service-oriented individuals... felt the structure wasn’t organized the best way possible.” Student criticism also played a large part in the redesign. “We do receive feedback from students that they...travel counter to counter in Brock Hall. When we do a referral, they feel like they’re being bounced a little bit,” said Collins. Fourth-year student Robert Simpson said he has experienced the flaws of the referral process. “There are certain overlaps with academic advising, where they want you to go talk to someone in another building. Most of the time they’re pretty good about it, but you can get hung up on the technicalities, and be bouncing back and forth.” Simpson hoped that the ESP program would help “solidify” the services provided, which include student recruitment, admissions and registrations, tuition, fees and financial support.
Collins stressed that the ESP model would be “a change to the service delivery, not the services themselves.” However, training for the new ESPs will be increased from the amount that current advisors recieve. Each will train full-time for six weeks, aiming to become familiar with the intricacies of student services. “Because there is so much self-service out there and students can access that 24/7, when a student comes to see us, chances are that their problems are multi-faceted and that it takes more than one of our points of service to solve,” said Collins.
The Academic Advising and counselling offices won’t be changing their current service structure and will remain distinct from the ESPs.
However, Collins said ESPs could still help monitor students for mental health issues. “Because of the longitudinal relationship between the ESP and the student, that ESP would be in a better position than anyone in Enrolment Services is now to identify a student who might need the university to reach out to them.” Third-year student Becky Sidow hoped that the ESPs would be proactive with their assigned students. “It would be good to have some sort of encouragement [for financial support], and someone to direct you where you should go. It will be nice to have someone like a financial advisor who sort of looks after you...
Someone to weed out all the problems,” she said.
Collins said that the new model was designed to complement other new services at UBC, like broadbased admissions. “We looked at our model and decided that it wasn’t the most holistic approach.” Though the ESP program is currently only for undergraduate students, Enrolment Services is looking into assigning ESPs for graduate students. They will be assigned to first-year students in June 2012, with additional ESPs assigned in phases. Assignment for all undergraduates, including transfer students, is projected to take place by June 2013. U Buszardnamednewdeputy vice-chancellorofUBC-O Deborah Buszard has been named the new deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus.
A former professor of Environmental Science at Dalhousie University, Buszard begins her five-year term as leader of the campus, which has nearly 9000 students, on July 1. Buszard succeeds Doug Owram, who has held the position since July 2006. “We are very pleased to welcome Dr Buszard to UBC,” said Professor Stephen Toope, president and vice-chancellor of UBC. “She is a distinguished scholar and an effective leader who will provide strong support and guidance to this extraordinary campus.” UBCawards$50,000grantfor studentstart-up An invention developed in a joint effort between students from the Sauder School of Business and the Faculty of Engineering is the first to secure seed money from a entrepreneurship fund.
Aeos Biomedical will receive a $50,000 equity investment from the new entrepreneurship UBC Seed Accelerator, an investment fund created in partnership between UBC, UBC alumni and the province. The grant was given for Aeos’ invention of Target Tape, a medical adhesive tape developed to allow doctors to make more precise incisions during surgery. BodyfoundinPacificSpiritPark A dead body was reportedly discovered in Pacific Spirit Park on the afternoon of February 4, which resulted in police closing an area of the park near UBC.
A police incident has closed part of Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, near UBC.
There are reports a body has been discovered in the area,” tweeted News 1130 Radio. Unconfirmed police scanner reports from the @ScanBC Twitter account identified the body as a homeless male, and that the incident occurred near 4801 NW Marine Drive. “VPD confirm the body found in [the] woods today near Spanish Banks died of natural causes and is not considered suspicious,” News 1130 added. Studentinputsought toname Vistareplacement UBC’s current Learning Management System (LMS), WebCT Vista, has reached the end of its life cycle, promting the tranistion to a new system. Vista is used for distance or campus-based courses to discuss course topics with other students and instructors, access notes and other course resources, submit assignments or take online tests.
Blackboard Learn has been selected as the new LMS and UBC is seeking student input to name the new system. Students interested can enter online at the LMS website by February 10. Participants will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to the UBC Bookstore. U Kalyeena Makortoff News Editor A consultation report on Gage South was postponed at the Board of Governors (BoG) meeting last week, when members raised concerns that there was little time to review the report in full.
Student BoG rep Sean Heisler said that pieces can go straight through to the Board for information, unlike reports which require approval or endorsement. Nonetheless, Board members still requested more time for review. “Given the length of the consultation report and the contention around the issues, the community planning task group felt it critical to go through the report in more depth and scrutiny than possible at a Board level,” explained Heisler. “There was no time for the Community Planning Task Group to review the 97 pages report before the Board meeting,” explained BoG member Nassif Ghoussoub.
So, I asked the Board to defer the discussion on it until the task group goes through it and provide a more distilled version.” The task group is expected to meet within the next two weeks. But Ghoussoub also took issue with the timing of the next consultations, when the majority of students leave campus. Originally, two more consultations were meant to take place in spring 2012 and the university hoped to have a draft plan ready by April.
Having a round of consultation towards the end of April when students are in transition is not a good idea,” said Ghoussoub. Changes to the consultation timeline have not been announced. The report from Campus and Community Planning outlined consultations which focused on the placement of a new Aquatic Centre and a new bus loop and parkade in Gage South, along with a proposal for a mix of student, staff and faculty housing. U Car2go expands to campus, but services limited to Wesbrook Place Students stand in line at Brock Hall to have their financial needs questions answered. GEOFF LISTER/THE UBYSSEY Newsbriefs Laura Rodgers Contributor Students who opt for car-sharing as a transportation option now have new vehicles available on campus, but they might have to do some walking before they can drive them.
Car2go, a car-sharing service which uses Smart Cars exclusively, just expanded its service area to UBC campus as of February 1. But so far, spots have only opened in Wesbrook Place in South Campus. Prior to February 1, the cars could only be picked up or dropped off at locations east of Blanca Street. “We have a lot of Car2go members who are also UBC students,” said Katie Stafford, the Car2go communications manager. “Many people contact[ed] us ...that they’d like us to be on campus, and we’ve listened to those requests,” added Stafford. UBC student Avery Titchkosky was one of those students.
Titchkosky contacted the company about expanding their service to UBC less than a week before the new parking spots were announced, and was not told of the impending expansion.
I just wanted to suggest expanding the operating zone to include the UBC campus. This service is excellent for students, but it makes it very difficult to use it when we can’t end a reservation on campus,” wrote Titchkosky in an email to Car2go customer service. “Despite our best efforts, the UBC administration has not been interested in working with us on a parking solution,” a Car2go customer service representative responded to Titchkosky in an email on January 27. “In the meantime, I would encourage you to contact UBC and express your interest in having Car2go vehicles available on campus,” the representative added.
Stafford did not comment to The Ubyssey regarding why Titchkosky was not told of the impending launch. Car2go intends to expand to further locations on campus in the future. “[We’re] hopefully expanding to have more parking available [on campus],” said Stafford. Customers are appreciative, but some would prefer it if the parking spots were more convenient. “I think this location is much too far from the majority of student housing. Gage, Marine, Totem or Vanier [are] at least 15 minutes [away] by foot,” Titchkosky said to The Ubyssey in an email. U UBCpersonalizesfinancialadvising BoGpostpones GageSouth consultationreport GEOFF LISTER/THE UBYSSEY ADVISING>> CAR-SHARING >> GAGESOUTH>>
4 | News | 02.06.2012 Conrad Compagna Contributor The City of Vancouver has been working with local campuses since May 2011 to achieve the goal of becoming the greenest city on Earth by 2020. And their newest initiative, the Campus-City Collaborative (C3), will make sure that students are part of it. C3, which had its ribbon-cutting ceremony in December, brings together students and faculty from six Vancouver post-secondary institutions—UBC, SFU, BCIT, Langara, VCC and Emily Carr—to match knowledge and training to the real-time needs of Vancouver’s green economy, which is growing nearly twice as fast as other sectors.
Maura Quayle, a UBC landscape architect who was part of the group that initially brainstormed C3, is a former provincial deputy minister of advanced education. In her time in that position, she said she saw a “chasm between the post-secondary sector and government.” “Here we are at UBC. There’s all this knowledge being generated continuously. How does it leap over to 12th and Cambie and actually be used?” she said. “Taxpayers need to see that we’re collaborating and that we aren’t duplicating.” Several projects in that vein are in the works for early this year, including the Workforce Education Conference, which aims to bring schools and businesses together to discuss training needs.
There is also the Research Collaboration Symposium, a “speed dating service” for scholars and professionals to match expertise to policy making-related research questions posed by city officials. Another part of C3 is CityStudio. “The idea of CityStudio is to engage students in courses and projects that help Vancouver reach its greenest city goals,” said Lena Soots, CityStudio coordinator. “Students can put their time, energy, talent, resources and inspiration into helping make those goals happen.” CityStudio was created last fall when 14 students first completed a 6 credit pilot semester there.
Since then, it has grown to hundreds, with 20 core students participating full-time for 15 credits and a range of courses in various schools affiliated and occasionally contributing. One project, which was featured in an article in The Globe and Mail, involved several students building a 30-foot Long Table that can come apart for travel around the city and be assembled to “host dialogues about the greenest city goals,” Soots said.
The tree used to make the table was donated by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and hand milled where it had fallen naturally. It was first featured at the Seawall, where the students who built it held a discussion about water cleanliness and conservation and sold rain barrels. Joshua Welsh, a UBC architecture grad student who worked on the project, said the work experience he gained while working on the Long Table was invaluable. “I think what’s been really great is the exposure that I’ve had to how the city works and understanding the processes with such a large group,” said Welsh.
The City of Vancouver is the largest employer in Vancouver, so understanding some of the hoops you might have to jump through, the loopholes you might have to find or ways to make connections to help see a particular bylaw get pushed through [is] invaluable.” Quayle, who teaches a class through CityStudio that brings together students and young green entrepreneurs, acknowledges that students are the future. She mentioned a public dialogue on Vancouver’s greenest city goals held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, called Talk Green to Us. “I was the oldest person there and I didn’t know anybody, and I thought, how great is that? Not that I can step back and stop working on this stuff, but it just gave me this sense of, okay, there’s people coming who get it,” she said.
U Inputforskateparkbegins EUS closer to buliding new Cheeze City and UBC campus collaborateonsustainability Kate MacMillan Contributor The first community consultation on a UBC skatepark took place last Tuesday. If approved, the facility could be the first campus based skatepark in North America, according to owner and CEO of Newline Skateparks, Kyle Dian. While attendance was small at approximately 15 people, there was general support for the project. “People have emailed me who are residents on campus who think this is a really great idea. They have kids that live here and they themselves have been skateboarders in the past and they would love to have this kind of facility,” said Dian.
Newline Skateparks and Van de Zalm & Associates will be building the skatepark if it is approved, and the facility will be jointly funded by both UBC and the University Neighbourhoods Association. Newline and Van de Zalm have teamed up before, building 150 skateparks across North America. The skatepark is meant to be a multi-use area—not just for skateboarders, but for BMXing and rollerskating too.
I want to see a space that is well-used and serves the needs of the youth on campus,” said UBC Transportation planner Adam Cooper. While the location and final budget of the park won’t be determined until a final model comes forward in April, the terrain and skatepark features will be shaped from the first round of feedback. Tyler Burke, 22, is a skateboarder himself and hopes there will be a variety of elements incorporated into the facility. “I prefer a bit of a plaza element with bowl features integrated, or a separate bowl. Having a nice mix goes hand in hand, you can really progress at every kind of skateboarding.” The open house on March 5 will discuss the models created based on the feedback.
Approval of the skatepark’s construction will come to question on March 31. U JeffAschkinasi Contributor Expect to see a little bit more pride than usual from engineers during E-Week. One of the final open house events was held on Thursday for the proposed replacement of the infamous engineering student space, the Cheeze Factory.
I don’t think there is anyone who can tell you we don’t need a new one. Our [current] building is too small, it’s old, rundown, and been condemned twice...It is time for something new,” said EUS VP Finance and third-year electrical engineering student Ian Campbell. The current building is set to be demolished in the second half of this year, and the new Engineering Student Centre is expected to be finished by spring 2013. Students approved the project to replace the aging facility—which turns 93 this year—during a 2008 Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) referendum.
Students already agreed through referendum to finance $2.6 million of the building through student fees.
The final $2.6 million is meant to come from fundraising and alumni donations—$600,000 of which has already been collected. UBC’s Development and Alumni Engagement office is still actively seeking support for the shortfall, and student lead fundraiser on the project, Tagg Jefferson, said the EUS has been assured that funding will be secured. “The development office and central development have come forward and said it’s an easy project to fundraise for...It shouldn’t be a problem.” Lead architect Shelley Craig, from Vancouver-based Urban Arts Architecture, emphasized the importance of the centre to the future of campus construction.
It’s really student-driven, and I think that is what makes it so unique,” said Craig. The building will meet the university-required LEED gold certification for sustainability. Features include a live circuit board that covers the entrance of the building, displaying current building information as well as the science behind its technology.
While the Cheeze, which currently holds the title of oldest standing building on campus, will be missed, the new centre will allow more students to find their home away from home. But Campbell said the building’s replacement is bittersweet. “I think it will [be missed] by the people who hang out there regularly, but that’s also a very small subset of the population,” said Campbell. However, he noted, “I know I’ll certainly miss it just for sentimental value and the traditions it represented.” U Firstconsultationforon-campusparkdrawssupport JOSH CURRAN/THE UBYSSEY SKATEPARK >> STUDENT SPACE >> SUSTAINABILITY >> YARA DE YONG/THE UBYSSEY
02.06.2012 | News | 5 B eer at UBC will be cheaper and significantly more local when the new SUB opens. The AMS has committed to the construction of a fully operational brewery in the new SUB to provide beer to the UBC community, including the Pit and the Perch (two of the establishments slotted for the new building). There is also the potential for beer to be sold at other venues on campus. “If we want to make more money we have to control the cost. And how do you control the cost? You make the beer,” said AMS President Jeremy McElroy. McElroy, along with AMS VP Finance Elin Tayyar, was responsible for commissioning a feasibility report on the brewery over a year ago, partnering with First Key Consulting.
The report came back positive, saying that due to the craft beer culture in Vancouver as well as the nature of being isolated on campus and the amount of beer we go through right now, that it would be feasible to brew our own and in fact do really well while doing it,” said McElroy. Many details of the brewery still have to be finalized, including the name, the number and types of beers brewed (likely four different varieties), the hiring of a full-time brewmaster, and the locations on campus besides the Pit and the Perch that the beer will be sold. The brewery has now been allocated an approximately 1000 square foot area in the basement of the new SUB.
The AMS is in initial talks with different establishments on campus, and depending on licensing, is also hoping to provide kegs to licensed events on campus. The cost of the beer has also not been finalized but should be at a cheaper cost than commercial beer, where, as McElroy pointed out, “the majority of the mark-up is in profit and government taxes.” Since the financial report, the brewery has been approved by the AMS and UBC administration, and a formal submission is currently being worked on to present to BC Liquor Control and Licensing. The AMS has also reached a partnership deal with First Key Consulting, which McElroy said will add veteran experience to the project.
Other universities have attempted similar projects, but didn’t follow through. The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) in 2010 looked into opening a brew pub, but found it unfeasible due to provincial regulations, cost and the lack of required infrastructure.
We didn’t really have a location to do it in which would be suitable as it was,” said Reid Nystuen, USSU vicepresident of operation and finance. “So we would have to probably do another million dollars in renovations and retrofittings to an existing space.” Adding the brewery to the construction of the new SUB substantially reduces the initial start-up cost for the AMS. “The biggest cost associated with the space is the equipment,” said McElroy, “but within a few years the equipment is paid off with the volume of beer we expect to be going through.” Overall, McElroy is proud of the project and hopes it creates “UBC’s beer.” Jill Alport, a second-year Science student, is in favour of the new addition to the SUB.
I think it’s a great idea,” said Alport. “I would definitely drink UBC beer, especially if it was cheap.” “The new SUB is pushing the envelope with new student space to begin with,” said McElroy. “Why not have a brewery?” U Campus brewery to become reality After initial uncertainty, the AMS moves forward with brew project NEW SUB >> The new SUB is pushing the envelope with new student spaces to begin with...Why not have a brewery?
Jeremy McElroy AMS President By RJ Reid Photos by Geoff Lister
Sports Editor: Drake Fenton 02.06.2012 | 6 T-Birdsvyingtohostplayoffseries Volleyball, like just about any sport, is a game of inches. In the split second when the ball is set up in the air, ready to be killed, the hitter must be in correct position, spring into the air, observe the position of the blockers and be able to spike the ball down in the exact position where a point can be scored. Saturday night against the No. 8 ranked Brandon Bobcats (10-8), the UBC men’s volleyball team had plenty of opportunities near the end of the second and third sets to win critical points.
But they were unable to capitalize, and a straight-set loss to the Bobcats (25-19, 32-30, 25-23) left the No. 6 ranked T-Birds (10-8) tied for fourth place in the ultra-competitive Canada West conference. The weekend wasn’t all bad for UBC—a 3-1 win (25-22,13-25, 25-22, 25-22) on Friday clinched a playoff spot for the ‘Birds—but their chances of hosting a best-of-three playoff series in the Canada West quarterfinals took a beating with the loss, and head coach Richard Schick knew his team could have done more.
It’s a very tight match, a couple sets could have gone either way, but last night, we made plays after 20 [points], tonight we didn’t,” he said.
In the second set, UBC had a chance to win the set, with the score 24-23, but were unable to capitalize. And again in the third set, UBC tied the game at 23, but a quick kill from the Bobcats’ Sam Tuivai, followed by a service ace, ended the game. “We talked about getting the opportunities, and we’re getting the opportunities...We’re working so hard in aspects of the game, but we’re not converting it.” Fifth-year senior Robert Bennett—one of seven graduating seniors the T-Birds honoured in their final regular-season home game—led UBC with 16 kills, while freshman Jarrid Ireland had 7 kills.
The two of them, along with David Zeyha, have led UBC’s balanced attack this year. But this isn’t a team known for its offence—they have no players in the top 25 in the conference in hitting percentage, no player in the top 25 in aces, no player in the top 10 in assists. There isn’t a superstar who can take over the game with thunderous kill after kill when UBC needs it. But while they may not be Schick’s most talented team in his nine years as UBC coach, they may be one his toughest. Despite injuries to stalwarts Joe Cordonier and Demijan Savija, the team is relentless in team defence, constantly in position to block attacks and adept at keeping rallies going.
If there is a star on this team, it’s Cary Brett, who has recovered from a broken finger earlier this season to lead the team in blocks, and is second in the conference, averaging 1.41 blocks a set.
As a team, the T-Birds are third in opponent hitting percentage, second in digs and second in blocks. Simply put, UBC doesn’t give up easy points very often, which has allowed them to stay competitive in a conference that has seven teams ranked in the top ten in the country. It’s a tenacity that Schick said is his team’s calling card. “Being extremely disciplined, preparing to play and then executing,” he said. “It comes down to understanding and buying into and sticking with what we want to do defensively.” That wasn’t there on Saturday night for UBC, and as they head to top-ranked Trinity Western (17-1) for a regular-season ending two-game series, their chances of hosting a first-round playoff series is still very much in the air.
But at this point in the year, as they look to make the CIS championships for the first time since 2008, Schick knows that the team he has isn’t going to change—it’s just a question of executing in those final minutes.
I think the execution on our side has to be there, but I’ve said to the guys, ‘There’s nothing new you’re going to learn in the next couple of weeks.’ We have what we have, and that’s true going forward.” U Despite injuries and a lack of offensive stars, UBC has played well as a team to clinch a playoff spot. After splitting with Brandon this weekend they are fighting to host a playoff game. T-BirdStandings V-Ball (M) W L Courtside Comment Justin McElroy VOLLEYBALL>> JOSH CURRAN/THE UBYSSEY JOSH CURRAN/THE UBYSSEY Hockey(W) W L OL 17 16 14 10 10 13 12 14 14 15 TWU Manitoba Alberta UBC Brandon Calgary Winnipeg UBC-O Sask.
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Manitoba Regina UBC Women’sbasketball:UBC splitswithFraserValley The Thunderbirds ended this past weekend with a hard fought victory against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades, narrowly defeating them 60-58 on Saturday night. After losing 65-57 on Friday, the ‘Birds were off to a rough start as Fraser Valley took the lead early in Saturday’s game. The two teams traded leads several times throughout the first three quarters. Fifth-year forward Zara Huntely proved to be UBC’s not-so-secret weapon, as the veteran drained two foul shots to give the ‘Birds the lead with 0.4 seconds left in the game.
UBC will finish their season against Victoria next weekend. Men’sbasketball:UBCdrops twogamestoFraserValley The Thunderbirds lost back-toback road games against the Univeresity of Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades this weekend. On Friday night the No. 8 ranked Cascades upset the No. 3 ranked ‘Birds 77-72.. UFV carried that momentum into Saturday’s game, establishing an eight point lead by half time. The gap continued to build despite a fourth quarter surge from the ‘Birds, with UFV finishing off UBC 94-83. The ‘Birds will close out their season next weekend at War Memorial gym against Victoria.
U BirdDroppings Men’svolleyballcan’tcapitalizeonchances,splitsserieswithBrandon We talked about getting opportunities, and we’re getting opportunities. We’re working so hard in aspects of the game , but we’re not converting it.
Richard Schick UBC volleyball coach
02.06.2012 | Sports | 7 Second semester filled with history for rugby team T-Bird women drop two games to Manitoba Alison Mah Contributor Trudging along the path of a decidedly unspectacular season, the UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team was swept in their weekend series against the Manitoba Bisons. Hampered by only dressing 15 skaters due to injury, the shorthanded T-Birds were shut out 4-0 on Friday. The next night, UBC surged to a 2-0 lead early in the first period, but could not sustain that energy for the remainder of the game, as Manitoba roared back with four unanswered goals to win 4-2.
We have some notable injuries,” said UBC head coach Jen Rawson. “A bit of fatigue caught up with us. But I thought for the most part it was a pretty solid effort over the course of two days with a lot of people out of the lineup.” On Saturday night, graduating senior Amanda Asay scored her fifth goal of the season after a scramble in front of the net, and then notched her sixth minutes later. That put the ‘Birds up 2-0 less than ten minutes into the first period. The sudden output was rare territory for a UBC team that has struggled with offence all season.
The Bisons then scored four unanswered goals to surge ahead 4-2. UBC goalie Samantha Langford has been a bright spot this season, but she looked ordinary on two of the four Manitoba goals. On the Bisons’ second marker she gave up a generous rebound and on Manitoba’s fourth goal she watched a weak shot slip past her legs, effectively giving the Bisons all the insurance they needed to win the game. “I think maybe tonight there was a little bit of fatigue for [Langford], and they have one really strong line with some really strong players who scored,” said Rawson. “And there’s always mistakes in front of her too, but I think in terms of the season, despite a couple weaker goals tonight, she’s been outstanding.” The loss dropped UBC’s record to 1-19-2 and capped off the last home game in a miserable season that will end in Saskatchewan next weekend.
In the span of 22 games, the Thunderbirds have scored only 19 goals for an average of 0.86 goals per game, and in that same period have allowed 92 goals for an average of 4.2 goals against.
For most of Saturday night, UBC looked timid in the offensive zone, preferring to skirt along the perimeter of the rink and often losing the puck before they could generate any sustained attack. From the latter half of the second period to the middle mark of the third, the T-Birds failed to have a shot on goal. The lone highlight of the weekend came as the team’s two graduating seniors, Amanda Asay and Tamara Pickford, were honoured before the game with their families in an on-ice ceremony. “[The presentation] was nice for them and I think a really memorable moment,” said Rawson. “We wanted it to be that, because it’s important and it was really nice for them to have their families there.
Asay is just really strong in terms of skill level, but also in her leadership and she’s just a really genuine, great teammate. Pickford has been here for five years [and] sets an example in terms of her fitness and the expectations of a high performance athlete.” Needless to say, in the next two seasons there looks to be a long, awkward growing process for a team still becoming accustomed to the changes in coach and culture.
We have six or seven rookies in our lineup, and that makes it hard to get them in the plan and the system and the process,” said Rawson. “Those things take time. And I think too there were several players last year who didn’t return to the team, so that made it a little bit difficult and that’s why we’re really actively recruiting for next year. So we’re looking forward to that, and sometimes with change in a culture you have to go through some hiccups and some bumps in order to get to the rainbow.” U Andrew Bates Senior Web Writer It’s a tradition that’s 91 years old. UBC’s men’s rugby team is embarking on a spring schedule of games against top North American universities.
Though it’s not a regular league schedule, some of the games have almost 100 years of history. “[We] make up an exhibition schedule,” said Spence McTavish, head coach of the rugby program. “We have some games that are automatically [on], like we’ve been doing this for a billion years.” The team has already taken a trip to Central Washington University, where they won 36-0, and would have hosted the University of Oregon if it wasn’t for weather trouble. But in the next two months, the Thunderbirds will travel to St. Mary’s College in California on February 21, host the University of Utah on March 16, Stanford on March 29 and play a historical home and away series against the University of California Berkeley.
It’s a game we mark down on the calendar right at the beginning of the year,” said team captain Alex Kam. The series is called the World Cup after the now-defunct newspaper Vancouver Daily World. Played since 1921, it pits UBC against UC Berkeley, one of the top rugby schools in North America. “That competition was sorted out where UBC would play the top California school,” reminisced McTavish.
Rugby in the 20s and 30s in California was huge and rugby here was pretty huge in the 30s and 40s. If you check out the newspapers, it’d be headlines about rugby in the sports section, that kind of stuff. “It’s a different world now. But the rivalry still continues.” According to McTavish, the World Cup game at UBC, which will be played on March 25, draws a decent crowd, and the away game in California, set for February 18, gets a lot of attention. “After talking to some of the Cal guys after the games, most of them say the World Cup is more important than winning the NCAA for them,” Kam said.
They do bring it, and so do we, and it’s awesome.” The other big historical game is a two-game series against the University of Victoria. The first leg at UBC was won by UVic in the fall, and the away game awaits rescheduling after weather problems.
The team will also play the Canadian University Sevens Championship in Langford, BC. Sevens is not a CIS sport and this is only the second year of the competition’s existence. According to McTavish, the tournament is trying to establish itself, which isn’t easy due to travel costs. Last year, when it was hosted at UBC, schools like Western University, McMaster University, UVic and UBC Okanagan played. Ten sides are already registered for this year’s competition on March 2 and 3. This semester’s schedule follows the BC Premiership in the fall, where UBC played against local men’s teams. The Thunderbirds finished fifth in an eight-team league.
We didn’t do as well as we wanted to because we had a few injuries right off the bat,” Kam said. “We did the best we could and it was a really good developmental season for us, prepping us for the spring.” “Our local competition would be the strongest local competition in Canada, for sure,” McTavish said. “It’s really nice to play against collegiate teams [in the spring] because we get to play against players our own age,” said Kam. “We also have a lot more road trips which are better for team bonding.” The university’s junior teams, the Braves and Totems, will play in the Northwestern Collegiate Conference against American Pacific Northwest sides and host SFU on April 7.
Though Kam and McTavish said all their games are important, they’re looking forward to the World Cup game the most. “I played in the game for the last two years. We’ve lost the last few [games] but last year on the away trip we came up pretty close,” Kam said.
They’ve got the better of us the past few seasons and it would be really nice to get them this year.” U A men’s rugby scrum against Old Puget Beach last weekend. The T-Birds will play in a collegiate exhibition league this semester. JOSH CURRAN/THE UBYSSEY PETER WOJNAR FILE/THE UBYSSEY RUGBY >> HOCKEY >> Women’s volleyball clinches first place against Brandon VOLLEYBALL>> Drake Fenton Sports Editor Every time the UBC women’s volleyball team hosts a series at War Memorial Gym, it is contest between David and Goliath—except Goliath wins every single time.
This weekend against the University of Brandon Bobcats was no exception.
The ‘Birds (17-1) powered through the Bobcats (8-10) on Friday night in straight sets (25- 15, 25-21, 25-14) and then came out even stronger on Saturday night in another straight set victory (25-11, 25-16, 25-13). With Saturday night’s victory, UBC improved their home record to 13-0, maintaining an immaculate streak that dates back to October 30, 2010. While the ‘Birds are a team loaded with offensive talent, they displayed against Brandon that they can take down opponents through solid defence and a total team effort. Over the two game series only one UBC player managed to have a double digit kill performance.
Kyla Richey had ten on Friday night. “I thought especially [Friday] night we played real good team defence,” said UBC head coach Doug Reimer. “I think we really took Brandon out of the flow of their offence. I think the better we can be on [defence] is really going to be important for us moving forward.” UBC finishes their season next weekend with a road series against Trinity Western. They’ve already clinched first place and will host the Canada West final four at War Memorial. It will be the last chance for someone else in the conference to slay Goliath. U
Culture Editor: Ginny Monaco 02.06.2012 | 8 Dasha Zolota The Eyeopener (Ryerson University) TORONTO (CUP)—Competitions in Ryerson’s fashion school give students unparalleled opportunities in their industry, but students are hungry for more lasting rewards. Despite working with big names in the industry, students say the experience doesn’t boost their careers. Meagan Johnston, a third-year fashion design student and winner of the 2011 Danier Design Challenge, will see her product in select stores across Canada this fall and receive a $5000 cheque as well as a paid internship with Danier. However, competitors often have to sign contracts waiving the rights to their work, resulting in a lack of recognition, one student said.
It’s the only downside to these competitions,” said Elisabeth Huynh, a fourth-year fashion communication student. Huynh participated in challenges for McGregor Industries and Shiseido Cosmetics during her third year.
The winner will usually get around $5000—meanwhile, these companies are making so much more from our ideas,” she said. Brianne Burnell, a fourth-year student in fashion communication, said the experience itself was what counts, but the ante needs to be upped on prizes for those in her program. “The competitions for the design students seem advantageous because if they plan on becoming independent designers, it is great self-promotion,” Burnell said. She added the contests may have nothing to do with a fashion communication student’s future career, due to the versatile nature of the program.
Both students noted problems with the Shiseido competition.
The professor helped us each step along the way,” Huynh said. “But I felt like she imposed her own ideals and views onto our vision too much. In the end, I wasn’t happy with my final project.” Burnell seemed unsure of what to make of her experience. “We all busted our asses off on it, and no one won,” she explained. “No one even told us no one won, we just never heard anything, and that’s still a huge mystery.
I wish the competitions would end in something more than a spread in a magazine or money,” Burnell added. Both Huynh and Burnell said more variety in competitions and potential internships would help start careers. “It hasn’t been a life-changing experience. I think that experience will be presenting the creative portion of my capstone project to the judges at the end of this semester,” Burnell said. “I hope.” Lucia Dell’Agnese, associate chair of Ryerson’s School of Fashion, said the benefit of these competitions is that they teach students how to work for a specific market, how to research and how retailers function.
I think often it’s hard for students to design for someone else other than themselves,” Dell’Agnese said.
I wish, with all my heart, more retailers would follow suit,” Dell’Agnese said. “For young designers, it’s really hard to get started. It’s expensive.” She explained that it’s a winwin situation regardless, for both retailer and student. The student gains exposure, however minimal it may be, as well as experience, and the retailer gets fresh, young perspectives. Wei Jia Qin Contributor Acknowledged the world over as one of Canada’s most influential modern playwrights, George F. Walker’s stories of human struggle, set against an urban Canadian background, have reached audiences across continents.
His series of one-act plays, titled Suburban Motel, illustrate the humanity behind the decaying atmosphere of turn-of-thecentury urban Canada. This week, Theatre at UBC will perform two selected pieces from this six-play series: Problem Child and The End of Civilization.
Some plays are more about ideas, or their elements are more of a spectacle,” said director Chris Robson, “but these [two] plays are meaningful to me because they are about real life issues that people in Vancouver can relate to.” In Problem Child, a young couple with a troubled past struggles desperately to get their child back from a social worker. The End of Civilization is a gripping thriller about an aging couple who are grasping at their slipping social status through extralegal means. The two starkly contrasting pieces were chosen to complement each other in both theme and style. Though both plays deal with couples in life-changing crises, what Robson found most intriguing was the effect the crises had on characters’ relationships.
While the young couple is brought closer together, the aging pair’s life-long connection is utterly destroyed. What may be most intriguing for the audience are the structural differences between the two pieces. Problem Child is chronologically linear, and The End of Civilization employs flashbacks to give a decidedly more film-like experience. “People are getting two different stories in one night,” Robson said. “I didn’t want the audience to think that the two pieces were cause-and-effect, or were simply a sequel of one another.” Robson’s production of the two plays in succession introduces a new element transcending the intentions of the original playwright: the idea of linking the past and present.
Each of the six plays in Suburban Motel is self-contained, but all take place in the same motel room. “I thought it would be fitting to set The End of Civilization in 2012, coinciding with the Mayan calendar’s prediction of the end of the world,” Robson joked. “In this way, the two plays are set exactly 15 years apart, and we have the unique opportunity of recreating two different eras in the exact same setting.” For a playwright who admires the works of Beckett and Chekov, Walker’s plays have the signature characteristic of combining despair, humour and a sense of the absurdity of life.
What resounds with the audience is the profound unravelling of humanity.
These people are so interesting, real and complicated. In some cases lovable, and in some cases detestable. But no doubt, we can recognize them as part of our community,” said Robson. U Suburban Motel runs from February 9-18 at the Telus Studio Theatre. $10 student tickets can be purchased from the Freddy Wood Theatre box office. SuburbanMotelplaysonurbanCanadianstruggles WillJohnson SeniorCultureWriter Father’s Day started as a joke. Astron-6, a group which includes UBC film production students Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney, created a faux trailer about a serial rapist who targets fathers.
The group was formed in Winnipeg in 2007 by Jeremy Gillespie and Adam Brooks, and grew to include Kennedy and Sweeeney. They made the Father’s Day trailer as schlocky and gratuitous as possible, following in the tradition of recent B-movie horror flicks like Hobo with a Shotgun. Then a film distribution company, Troma, asked them if they could adapt it into a feature. “Troma saw the faux trailer and wondered if we would make it into a feature for next to nothing. We said yes and now we’ll all be dead very soon from the stress we put our bodies through,” said Kennedy. Now, the full-length movie adaptation of Father’s Day is having a free debut screening at UBC on February 6.
The movie is playing at the Norm Theatre in the SUB at 7:30pm, and will be followed by a Q & A session with Kennedy and Sweeney afterwards. Variety critic Dennis Harvey called the film a “a gleefully tasteless quasi-grindhouse nasty that’s funnier than most of the many such parodic cheesefests that have been created since, well, Grindhouse.” Kennedy said any horror aficionado will appreciate their film. “I got hooked on horror from the original Friday the 13th series,” said Kennedy. “From there I branched off into all the classic horror films of the 70s and 80s.
That’s what we were raised on and it inspires a lot of what we do now.” He said the filming process was grueling.
The film was mostly shot on location in Winnipeg. “It was long days and long nights of risking our lives and doing every job on set from stunts to catering,” he said. But Kennedy is passionate about being a filmmaker, and his advice for other aspiring directors was simple. “Kill yourselves for your movies. If it’s what you want to do, then go all in.” U Ryerson fashion design and communication students sound off on industry support. UNCLE.O/FLCIKR Father’s Day film picks up on faux trailer’s worth THEATRE>> COURTESY UBC THEATRE Theatre at UBC will perform two selected pieces this week, Problem Child (above) and The End of Civilization.
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