A farewell interview with Stephen Toope p4
Being a female athlete: a roundtable with heat players p22
UBCOâ€™s Student Newspaper February 3, 2014 | Vol. 25 Issue 11
...what have we done?? since 1989
In a world... WHere students had Midterms our last defense Against stresS is a room full of friendly dogs
Building Academic retention through K-9s
Kelowna reporter arrested, media distances themselves p4 Toope to Toronto p5
UBC Okanagan is going to the dogs p13-17
Words of the Year p7 Spotlight on the DJ Club p9 How smart were dinosaurs? p10
Windborn rocks Fernando’s p19 Don McKay comes to UBCO p20 Artist Proﬁle: Dean Krawchuck p21
Editorials: MSA, SUO, PRC, acronyms galore p11 Lessons from Obama p12
UBCO female athletes roundtable p23 Can the MBBall Heat recover? p24 Are the WVBall Heat in trouble? p25
This issue’s cover is inspired by animal spy ﬁlms. Photos are by Lynette Oon and Kelsi Barkved, with Photo editing done by Hanss Lujan.
Corrections Last issue we messed up Scott Crofford’s name and forgot to credit Chyna Howard for an illustration. Also check out the Art on the Line article (Page 22) for our apologies there.
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February 3rd, 2014
NEWS | Dave Nixon
New presidential system and board of directors approved at SGM
Nursing students to help educate nurses in Africa Two UBCO nursing students are working to educate African Nurses through their fourth year project. Darien Miyata and Caitlan Stephens (left to right above) will visit Ghana and Zambia this year with a group of nursing students. When they go they will bring over 100 nursing handbooks with them and other educational materials. The project began last year when fourth year nursing students used their class notes to create a handbook, and Miyata and Stephens are building upon that foundation. You can get involved and help them with fundraising at www.goggetfunding.com/project/ ubc-okanagan-clinic-in-ghana.
Lawyer and Meeting Chair David Borins gives Dodds a look during the January 29 SGM
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With files from Emma Partridge
UBCO's student government has been overhauled just in time for the upcoming election. The January 18 Special General Meeting (SGM) approved a new organizational structure for a presidential Executive Committee and a Faculty Representative-based Board of Directors. Also from that meeting, a new constitution is being sent to referendum for students to vote on, and an entirely new set of bylaws will take effect May 1, 2014. "I think we have a structure now that will work," said Services Coordinator Nick Dodds, who was the key executive behind the proposals, "I'm excited about what it means for the union. I'm more excited to see what it actually looks like in practice." In total the UBCSUO Board of Directors will move from 11 voting directors to 17. The largest changes are the addition of a President, the elimination of three Advocacy Representatives, and the addition of eight Faculty Representatives.
In a 2013 General Meeting a similar presidential system was proposed, but was voted down, primarily over concerns that the President would have too much power. Dodds felt that it was necessary to propose the change again to add a President. "It's just too much work to lead the executive as well as take on another role," said Dodds, "if we look at what I'm doing right now, like reviewing these huge structural policy changes, as well as all the work I've been doing with board to get our project proposal in place...it's a big job and i haven't had the time to supervise the services component of the job." Dodds is also the Executive Chair, which is elected among the four executives, and often becomes the de-facto leadership role even though its only duties according to policy are to organize executive meetings. Dodds says it doesn't hold the same legitimacy in practice that's often expected of it. "I think [establishing] a President, it will be clear that it's not just the Executive Committee that wants this person to lead, it's the student population."
Currently the UBCSUO executives are more of a collective - four positions that have their own responsibilities, and work together to oversee the union's day-to-day business. Those positions will remain similar, but they are switching in name from Coordinators to Vice-Presidents, who will work under guidance from a President. Each will still have only one vote on the Executive Committee. The switch to a Faculty Representative Board of Directors was also proposed at a 2013 General Meeting and voted down. Now that it has passed in its second attempt, there will be one representative from Sciences, Arts, Management, Applied Sciences, Health and Social Development, Education, Creative and Critical Studies, and Graduate Studies. Lastly, a non-voting member from the Student Senate has been added. The new bylaws recognize the newly formed Senate Caucus as the body that will appoint that Representative." Now every student can look at the board and see that someone is representing them," said Dodds. "Every student can look at the board and see someone they have
photo by Alex
something in common with." The old system had no checks in place to prevent all the positions from being filled by students from one faculty. Not everyone agreed with the Faculty Representative structure. Katelyn Fujii, Student Senator and former Meeting Chair for the UBCSUO Board of Directors, feels it doesn't represent the student population accurately. "Your arts and sciences, each one gets one rep…arts and science together make up 53 percent of our student population, whereas our other faculties which have six representatives only makes up 47 percent. So you’re at pretty uneven numbers based on almost a fifty-fifty split.” In contrast, the AMS uses proportional representation of faculties, where they gain representatives for every 1,500 students per faculty, or 3.75% of the approximately 40,000 student members at the AMS. That would translate to approximately 308 students per faculty here. The UBCSUO system is capped at one for each faculty. >> Continued on page 4 >>
Researchers seek to help with Saudi Arabia’s water issues Canada’s most valuable and yet least appreciated resource is in short supply in Saudi Arabia. Engineering researchers will be working to help Saudi Arabia with its water problems. The research seeks to determine if water contaminants are microbial or chemical, find out how the water is becoming contaminated, and develop models to decide on solute/ water mixing and the impact on the water contamination. “Water is a precious resource in Saudi Arabia,” Farahat said in a UBC press release. “Strict regulations have been implemented by local authorities to maintain water quality. But distribution systems are complex and water can be contaminated through many pathways between the point of entry and the points of consumption.” The motivations are to find out how much of a risk this problem poses to human health, and hopefully help in the daily lives of Saudi Arabians who live without clean drinking water.
CITY >> Continued from page 3 >>
Tieja MacLaughlin holding up her story in the Kelowna Daily Courier
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Kelowna reporter arrested; media awkwardly distances itself Andrew Bates
The Internet fell in love Wednesday with the story of Tieja MacLaughlin, a Kelowna-area reporter arrested in Kennewick, Washington for allegedly threatening to kill her boyfriend, a 19-year-old Western Hockey League player. The Canadian Press ran it, an easy pickup for everyone from the Globe to the Toronto Star. Deadspin ran it. Because of sexism, a website named EveryJoe.com had a slideshow up by the end of the day (“9 Tieja MacLaughlin Photos – Jackson Playfair Girlfriend Arrested”). Between the easy-to-run social media selfies and the garishness of the story, many jumped at the “freelance news and sports reporter for two media outlets in Kelowna, British Columbia”, as the Tri-City Herald put it. Which outlets, exactly? Well, the people who know the outlets in question all tell a different story. Online publication InfoTel News awkwardly gave her a first reference as a reporter “who has covered sports for a print publication and news for an online publication” and Global Okanagan said she was ”a freelance reporter who has written stories for several Kelowna media outlets” without naming companies. Her LinkedIn profile says that she was a producer at Shaw TV Okanagan since September, a sports reporter at the Kelowna Daily Courier since October and a news reporter at Castanet since November.In the case of the Courier, who said she was ”a freelance reporter for Castanet, an online news website based in Kelowna, and has also written for the Kelowna Daily Courier,” it’s probably not true that she was a reporter, as her stories carry the “Spe-
cial to the Daily Courier” byline given to freelancers. (I’ve got one too!) This didn’t stop the Capital News, a Black Press triweekly, from running a photo of her holding up a copy of their competitor. They wrote it like this: “On her LinkedIn account, MacLaughlin has listed herself as an employee of both Castanet and Shaw TV. She’s also worked for
“it’s maclaughlin that actually has to deal with the grim consequences of hoping no hiring manager does a search for her distinctive name for the rest of her life.” the Kelowna Daily Courier, which can be seen in the story-accompanying photograph.” And Castanet? Well, they distanced themselves by saying she was a “Kelowna reporter” who “worked for Shaw, the Kelowna Daily Courier and who was a stringer for Castanet.” They told the Huffington Post that she “was a freelancer for Castanet in Kelowna, but stopped working for them a couple of weeks ago after about a month.” Her first byline, on December 26th, and last byline, two days before police say she said told her boyfriend she was on her way, validates at least the last four words of that sentence. But she didn’t seem to be a string-
er or a freelancer. A Google cache of Castanet’s staff directory identifies her as a “Reporter” with a company email as recently as January 17. Also, Castanet was advertising for a part-time news reporter in late November, which matches the time MacLaughlin said she started working for Castanet. When I called Trevor Rockliffe, Castanet’s News Director, on January 23, he said that MacLaughlin wasn’t an employee, and was a contract worker called in when she was needed. He said she started in November, and he told her he didn’t have any more work for her the weekend before she drove to the United States. (Given that she worked weekends for Castanet, this explains why she was free.) He said her pieces published afterwards were completed before she left. When I asked him about the e-mail address, he said they gave out email addresses often. When I asked about the masthead, he said that she didn’t have benefits and wasn’t on payroll, and filed invoices like a freelancer. It doesn’t matter whether or not she’s a reporter, stringer or freelancer, or who she worked for (I haven’t heard Shaw say anything yet). Any negative publicity for the publications will be forgotten immediately, while it’s MacLaughlin that actually has to deal with the grim consequences of hoping no hiring manager does a search for her distinctive name for the rest of her life. This hasn’t gone unnoticed at her alma mater, Wilfrid Laurier University, where the student newspaper, The Cord, wrote an article about it. How did they describe MacLaughlin, last listed for them as a Sports Writer in 2010? “MacLaughlin was a former sports reporter at Rogers TV Waterloo Region, a volunteer for Laurier Athletics and a sports writer for The Cord.“
And the elimination of Advocacy Representatives? "We got rid of the advocacy reps and moved the consideration of advocacy and marginalized groups to Directors At Large," said Dodds, "[with] Advocacy Reps there is the assumption that they will vote strictly for their advocacy groups. I didn't want anyone voting in the interest of their constituency, I feel like that creates partisan politics... we want them to bring forward the perspective of those groups." The duties and powers of the executives and the board are outlined in the new bylaws, but those are subject to change since a special committee was commissioned to review them. This happened because no committee reviewed the bylaws prior to them arriving at the SGM, though the UBCSUO did hire their lawyer, David Borins, to consult and help write them. Borins is a Vancouver-based lawyer who used to be President of the UBC Vancouver AMS and is now involved in legal work with student societies in B.C.. He also chaired the SGM while he was here on other legal business relating in part to the ongoing lawsuit against the UBCSUO. The legal fee price tag on the bylaws and SGM came to approximately $8,500 according to Dodds. "Certainly the benefit of hiring [Borins] is that we know these bylaws function the way they're supposed to," said Dodds, "they're clear, they don't contradict themselves anywhere, they're in line with the law, they're in line with what we wanted them to do. They're effective bylaws." In contrast, the previous set of bylaws had many redundancies and contradicted policies which caused a lot of confusion. Looking forward, Dodds pointed to four other changes that the executive hope to work towards over the rest of their term: overhauling the policies to match up with the new bylaws (the policies are now called regulations in the new bylaws), creating transition guides, reviewing honorarium structure, and overhauling the staffing structure at the UBCSUO. "We used every resource we could to create an effective system," said Dodds, "but it's never been implemented at our school so we can't know how it will work. I'm excited to see if it's as effective as I hope." The nominations for these new positions opens two days after the SGM that passed them, on January 31. Nominations close on February 13 at 4:00 p.m., and the elections will take place on March 6-7. This article has been edited for length. See the full one online at thephoenixnews.com
briefs ST. JOHN’S (CUP) by Laura Howells — Sleep deprived students rejoice — drinking that tenth cup of coffee might actually be a boost to your academic game. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have concluded that ingesting caffeine after a study session actually improves long-term memory consolidation. The study, called “Post-study caffeine administration enhances memory consolidation in humans” and published in the academic journal Nature Neuroscience, is the first study to administer caffeine to subjects after a learning session, as opposed to beforehand. Participants studied images of objects, then five minutes later were given either a dosage of caffeine or a placebo. The following day, participants were reshown some of the same images, as well as different foil images. Those who had been administered caffeine were better able to retain the information from the study session and were more accurate in their identification of the objects they had studied. In order for caffeine effects to be significant, at least 200 mg was needed. Although researchers cannot definitely conclude that caffeine enhances long-term memory, it’s still useful justification for waiting in that Timmy’s line at the end of a long day at the library.
CAMPUS Toope announced as director of toronto’s Munk School of global affairs
UPCOMING Feb 6 Public talk with BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter 3:45 p.m. / Lib317
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Feb 7 Last day to drop with W standing - Term 2 All day / UBC Okanagan Drop it.
Feb 10 Family Day University Closed
All day / UBC Okanagan Stephen Toope, above has received a position as the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at U of T
Alexandra Barberis News Reporter
President Toope is heading east. After announcing his resignation on April 3, 2013, the 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC has now been appointed as the new Director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. At that time Toope said he would pursue his academic and professional interests through international law and international relations, which has led him to Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. “I was recruited for it I guess, you could say I didn’t apply,” said Toope. “They talked with me after I announced that I was stepping down as President of UBC. They started talking with me in the Fall, and it was all sort of arranged just before Christmas.” Toope seeks to establish Munk as one of the first places people think of when advice is needed on global affairs. He’s given some thought as to how to do that already. “I think that’s going to require some new recruitment of really exciting young, and some established, professors, and there is an opportunity to do that over the next few years. It may
require some focusing of the program, so as I say, it’s very diverse. I think we will have to decide, sort of, what are the signature programs of the Munk, that is, really what it’s going to be known for.” He’s not done at UBC yet though; Professor Toope significantly contributed to the growth and development of UBC and has big plans for it before he leaves. The Start an Evolution Campaign, one of the legacies of Toope’s Presidency, is still his top priority. “I’m still going to do a fair amount of fundraising and alumni relations in the last few months,” said Toope. “I also want to make sure that we keep driving hard on our innovations in undergraduate education and graduate education…I will continue to have to do a lot of work in government relations, budgets coming up both provincially and federally, and I’m going to keep my attention on trying to ensure that government invests in universities, including UBC.” When asked to reflect, Toope named one of his proudest moments as the first convocation ceremony at UBCO with a PhD student there. “It was just amazing to really see the class that had grown from a
“I’m still going to do a fair amoung of fundraising and alumni relations in the last few months” -toope “It matters a lot to me how our students actually feel about their university experience” -toope
Photo by David Nixon
tiny class in the first graduation, to a much larger class in that year, and then to see a PhD student graduating as well,” he said. “It made me realize that we really were delivering on the promise that had been made to the community when UBCO was first created.” While Toope will be leaving UBC, he leaves behind a legacy from his eight years of work here. “I hope that students, who are here now and for generations to come, will feel a tremendous sense of pride for having been at UBC, and I certainly feel that.” Toope’s resignation from UBC is effective June 30th 2014, and he’ll take his place at the Munk School on January 1, 2015. Oh, and he’s heard of “Toope Lion”. And he likes it. “It matters a lot to me how our students actually feel about their university experience. That’s been one of the areas that I’ve really pushed hard during my presidency, to try and enhance, especially the undergraduate experience for our students. So if they feel a little bit of that and use affectionate nicknames, I’m very happy. The full interview can be found online at thephoenixnews.com.
The perfect time to call your mom and have your yearly breakdown before midterms!
Feb 14 Second Annual Memorial Vigil: March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women 12:00 - 2:00 PM / Kelowna City Park
Meet at the sails, march in memorial and create awareness for all the missing Indigenous women in Canada
Feb 14 Alterknowledge Discussion Series: Reconciliation as Gender Justice
7:00 PM / Alternator Centre Facilitated by Allison Hargreaves, this discussion will explore the place of gender justice in projects of reconciliation, focusing in particular on the issue of violence against Indigenous women.
On the weB
Event photos on our flickr and instagram after most Well parties and other major on-campus events.
The 2014 Snowball dance was a big hit, and easily filled the decorated venue. The theme was Hollywood; and the dance floor was accompanied with mock-gambling tables. Above, three students pose for a silly photo-op. Right, three students stand at the entrance, decked out to suit the theme “Welcome to Hollywood”. Photos by Cody Mackay. This image of the instant-classic Nick Dodds Shrug (TM) photoshopped into various situations.
Below: The dance floor was packed full of varying sizes and shapes of dance circles, which according to our sources, are kind of like mini dances within dances. Photo by Lynette Oon.
New dinosaur columns online over the course of the break.
Campus Style and People of UBCO roundups once a week on our website and instagram.
Fashion on a budget: our guide to getting the shirtless, drop-crotchpantsed, giant-sneakered, menaceto-society look of popular singer Justin Bieber for as little as $0.
VOCO at Keefer Lake Resort
Jeff van Santen- VOCO Events Coordiantor On the first weekend of the semester, the Varsity Outdoors Club Okanagan headed out to the cabins at Keefer Lake Resort in the Southern Monashees. The 30 who went had a great time frolicking in the snow, whether they were on skis, a board, snowshoes, or just running around the cabin. For those who enjoy snow sliding, you will be happy to know that there were many enjoyable turns to be had. That’s not to say that it was easy - in fact, breaking trail though 40-60 cm of fresh was gruelling, but the reward of deep, fresh snow was worth the price. A trip highlight was a crew of split-boarders who, very kindly, slogged their way to the end of the valley one day breaking trail for a group the next day. Snowshoeing was another successful venture for a large group of people, who got to enjoy both the deep snow and a few precious moments of blue skies. The fun didn’t stop there, with a group spending their time building a luxury snow cave. Night time activities came into full effect each night, with a couple great games, including the now (in)famous “original rules sociables” where the game is played with only rules that have never been played before. All in all, good snow, good friends, and good times.
LURNING WATCHING LANGUAGE
The American Dialect Society’s
WORDS OF THE YEAR Most Useful
Most Likely to Succeed
introducing a noun, adjective, or other part of speech “because fun”
to consume vast quantities of a single show or series of visual entertainment in one sitting
(from slut-shaming) type of public humiliation (e.g. fat-shaming, petshaming)
Least Likely to Succeed
to misrepresent oneself online, especially as part of a romantic deception
the underside of buttocks, made visible by underwear
confluence of [American] Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah that will not be repeated for another 70,000 years
Word of the Year
introducing a noun, adjective, or other part of speech “because fun”
a tornado full of sharks
involving the smallest necessary lie
Robyn Giffen and David Lacho We use “because”, well, because it’s useful. Sometimes we use it to make excuses, because my car broke down or my dog ate my homework. We use “because” because we can, because language! ... what? Yes, one of our favourite words we use to make up really bad excuses is taking on new constructions, because language. Because Internet! Because Science! Because... Because? We hear words like “because” everyday, but now the use of it is a little different. “Because”, in the new usage introduces a noun (a person, place or thing) immediately after
because. Why? Because language change! Some linguists are calling this construction a “Prepositional Because”. Besides knowing that the “prepositional because” began on the Internet, the specific origins of the new “because” are unknown. After taking the Internet by storm, the “prepositional because” has made it into our daily speech, like many new forms of language change. Language changes over time. Remember Y2K or yelling NOT! The way we speak is always changing, and the English language (like every other language) has and is al-
Anthropology grad students
ways evolving. Speaketh liketh thy great-great-great-grandparents and thou will be a daw. But why should we care about language change? Language change is often related to culture change and may even illustrate issues of power imbalance within society. The American Dialect Society holds a word-of-the-year vote every year at the Linguistic Society of America conference in January. This year “because” won by a landslide with 127 votes, beating out “Obamacare,” “twerk,” “selfie,” and “slash” (saying or typing the word “slash” in place of / ) . Pre-
vious years’ Words of the Year include “#hashtag”, “occupy,” “app,” and “tweet.” In 2012, we saw “Marriage Equality” most likely to succeed. This reflected the increased recognition of same-sex marriage. The year’s words can even reflect controversial items that received incredible public attention, such as the term “legitimate rape”, coined by Todd Akin, an anti-abortion activist, and equally coined the most outrageous word of 2012. Therefore, if language reflects culture, then language change must signal cultural change.
CAMPUS Grad student researches the human relationship with nature
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Maxine Crawford is a Grad student researching how children connect to nature Matt Husain
What are you working on? And why? My main focus right now is a Mitacs Accelerate funded research project that I’m doing for one of my PhD comprehensives. The project is investigating how children connect to nature and it is taking place in Calgary. My area of research interest involves how adults and children experience nature and what we can do to promote more interaction. For my Master of Arts I examined if nature could be used as a buffer to help prevent the ill effects of stress, and I’ve also written about nature and spirituality as well as nature and urban planning What is so unique about your research? How can your research contribute to our community and society?
My work intersects the disciplines of positive psychology and environmental psychology and it is a relatively new perspective. I am interested in how we can frame environmental concerns in a more positive way so that people relate to the issues at hand and potential change the way they live. Traditionally, environmental messaging often makes people feel guilty about their behaviour and sometimes includes messages that instill shame. I would like to explore how we can positively motivate people to change their behaviours, which would also benefit the environment. What measures should graduate students pursue to develop a sense of community on campus? The university is still changing and growing and so it is an interest-
ing time to be on campus. I would suggest embracing the benefits of the small campus rather than complaining about the lack of opportunity. There are new opportunities becoming available all the time for graduate students, but you need to be proactive and seek out organizations or clubs that you want to be a part of. I am not as active as many graduate students, but that is a conscious choice. In regards to advice for incoming students, I would suggest that they take charge of their education and become familiar with their departments policies and to not rely heavily on their supervisor or graduate committee to point everything out to them. Ask questions and then be responsible for steering your education in the direction that you want.
What sort of changes you would like to see on campus in the next five years? As mentioned, the university is still growing and so the campus does not have the same infrastructure for graduate students that some larger campuses have. But, there is now graduate housing available on campus and I would like to see family housing available. In my opinion, the priority areas are graduate students with families and international graduate students, as I believe that the transition to graduate school is more difficult for those two populations. Crawford’s goal is to pursue an academic career researching the human relationship to nature. See the full interview at thephoenixnews.com
Campus speaker series presents squid symbiosis researcher words & photo by Jahmira Lovemore On January 27th, New Mexico State University’s Dr. Michele Nishiguchi spoke on campus about her research in a guest lecture titled “You light up my life: How a luminous bacterium-squid mutualism can help decipher the evolutionary mechanisms involved in shaping beneficial associations.” Dr. Nishiguchi held a very exciting presentation on the sepiolid squid’s symbiotic interaction with Vibrio Fischeri in the squid’s light organ. The squids require the bacterium to provide light at night, as they are nocturnal animals. As the sun rises, the squid will release 95% of v. Fischeri before going to sleep. This symbiosis is established within hours of
the baby squid being hatched into the marine environment, making the interaction easily studied in the lab. Dr. Nishiguchi’s lab focuses on the competence of different strains of Vibrio, and their competition, as well as biofilm production on the squid light organ. The research team also looked into gene flow between strains of Vibrio in the same coastal areas, but divided by sea temperatures. While the talk was quite interesting and rare (marine scientist in the Okanagan!), very few undergraduate students were present. The university does well to bring in scientists of varying fields of research, and more of us should be taking advantage of this. Check http://ok.ubc.ca/events.html for upcoming research talks.
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HT G I L T O P S UB
G N U H E M O WHOLES
Pancakes for one
Recipe & photo by Katie Jones
To give DJs on campus who are interested in the opportunity to spin for a crowd. Since getting gigs is not easy, the DJ club acts as a networking system for those interested in building connections with events both on and off campus. Of course the DJ club is also known for throwing the biggest parties on campus, from the annual “White TShirt Party” to the “Monster Bash” on Halloween.
Established in 2009 after looking for a way to book events on campus with ease. The two presidents at the time were already throwing parties in the residences, but the club was started as a way to make the events ofﬁcial. The ﬁrst party ever held by the DJ club was the “All White Blacklight Party” in the ballroom.
To join, send them a sample mix. All skill levels are welcomed. The only prerequisite would be to know
the basics, such as transitioning between songs, because the club has yet to offer classes on teaching skills. Workshops are something the club is looking into offering in the future, along with more events held off campus.
There are approximately 15 core members, along with the presidents Seena Vajed and Beau Loomer, who are behind event organizations. Other members are contacted through the Facebook page for upcoming events. Many of the events are not held by the DJ Club exclusively, but the club does offer the production (sound, lights, etc.) for many other events held by the UBCSUO or other campus clubs. The club also looks for volunteers interested in event set up in exchange for freebies such as event tickets.
The White T-Shirt party has continually been the club’s most successful party. From an attendance
perspective, the party sold more tickets than anticipated and the reviews were generally positive. However, the number of tickets sold created what Beau called “a mob mentality”. There was confusion surrounding how many tickets were to be sold at the door, and how many people actually got in. In the end, approximately 1100 people attended, when the event was planned for a max of 600.
Although the White T-shirt Party was a “good time” for students, from an organizer’s perspective, the party lacked in security and management. This was one of the ﬁrst events to be hosted by the club in an outdoor venue, but they assure us that they have since developed a organizational plan with UBCO security for next year’s party. Similarly, their main limitation with hosting events on campus is with event capacity. Events can not be held in the gym, and the ballroom’s capacity is limited. The DJ Club ﬁnds that the events in ﬁrst
term sell out quickly, while the second term is generally slower.
In partnership with the UBCSUO and Flipside events, the DJ Club is planning for the ﬁrst time this year a big end of the year bash. The event (which is still nameless) will have a couple headlining acts, as well as performances to showcase UBCO’s DJ talents. The event will also likely be an all day event, starting at 4pm and going until midnight.
To ﬁnd new talent, as well as provide others the opportunity to gain publicity. For more information on events and getting involved, check out their newly-created Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ubcodjclub, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to host your own party.
Make these pancakes for a treat on Saturday morning. My favorite part about this recipe is that it makes a single serving! A portion sized speciﬁcally for one person. If you want to share, double the recipe an make it for two!
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup organic spelt ﬂour 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp pure vanilla extract tiny pinch sea salt 1 tsp baking powder 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk Optional: 1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips OR blueberries
The how to:
First, mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Heat a nonstick pan on medium while mixing up the batter. Add the milk to dry ingredients and stir well. Add a small amount of cooking oil into the pan and spoon the batter onto the skillet on a medium temperature. Flip pancakes when bubbles pop and cook the other side. Makes about 5-6 baby pancakes!
OUTweek Feb 3 - 8 Feb 3 Opening Ceremonies 10:30 a.m./ ADM Foyer
The official opening ceremonies complete with speeches, and the raising of the rainbow flag.
Feb 5 Angels of Sex Showing 5:00 p.m./ UNC theatre
A spanish film by Xavier Vilaverde that looks at sexual fluidity.
Feb 6 LGBTQ Tea Party 12:00 p.m./ PRC (UNC 132) EME Buidling
Meet at the Pride Centre to discuss topics related to the LGBTQIA+ community. Tea and baked goods provided.
Feb 7 Pizza and Games Night 5:00 p.m. / PRC (UNC 132)
Join the Pride Centre for a chill night of board games and pizza!
Feb 8 OUTweek Bash 9:00 p.m. / The Habitat
Drag queens, drag kings, and burlesque kittens come together to celebrate the pride of being you! Celebrate a night of empowerment with #2muff1collar and dance the night awayt to the musical stylings of DJ Trouble. $5 Cover
HOW T N E G I INTELL
were ? s r u a Dinos
Sean Willett Dinosaur Liker and Production Editor at The Gauntlet Image by
haviours of modern crocodillians, which are closely related to the ancestors of dinosaurs, and those of birds, which are themselves highlyderived dinosaurs, scientists can begin to infer the intelligence of extinct dinosaurs. While it is common knowledge that birds can be exceptionally intelligent, capable of learning abstract concepts and using tools, this type of intelligence couldn’t be attributed to dinosaurs if their ancestors didn’t also have these traits. But recent research has begun to show that crocodilian brains are astonishingly similar to those of birds, and share areas of the brain that are associated with vocal learning. A new study has also shown that some alligators and crocodiles are even clever enough to use tools to catch their prey, arranging branches on their snout to attract nest-building birds. This implies di-
While fossils can tell us a lot about the lives of extinct animals, there are many pieces of the prehistoric puzzle that can’t be preserved in stone. Things like behaviour, sex, and colour can rarely be parsed directly from fossils, but this doesn’t necessarily mean these mysteries will never be solved. Intelligence is one of those things that can’t be trapped between ancient sediments, but there are still some ways for paleontologists to guess at the brainpower of long-dead animals. Dinosaur intelligence, like many subjects in paleontology, is dominated in popular culture by misconceptions. The first main one is the classic image of dinosaurs being barely smart enough to survive, merely getting along through brute strength and ferocity.
“The firST MISCONCEPTION IS THE CLaSSIC IMAGE OF DINOSAURS BEING BARELY SMART ENOUGH TO SURVIVE” The other misconception is the more recent concept of super-intelligent dinosaurs—predators that are able to use sophisticated tools and hatch complex plans. Jurassic Park’s infamous “velociraptors” helped embed this idea in pop culture, and the belief that predatory dinosaurs were somehow extraordinarily smart has been widely held ever since. As with most aspects of science, the real answer lies somewhere between the two extremes. While di-
nosaur intelligence almost certainly varied from species to species, there were almost certainly no dinosaurs that were significantly less intelligent than the large, plant-eating mammals of today, and none that were as smart as modern apes. But how can paleontologists know this? The most simple way to try to judge an extinct animal’s intelligence is by looking at their brain-to-body mass ratio, which measures the size of the animal’s brain in comparison to the size of the animal. This method led to the initial conclusions that dinosaurs with small brains, like stegosaurs, were not very bright, while dinosaurs with comparatively large
brains, like raptors, were. However, this method has some significant problems, as it fails to accurately judge intelligence in living animals. For example, humans and mice have an identical brain-to-body mass ratio of 1:40, but few would argue that they have comparable intelligence. Brainto-body mass ratios can still be a useful tool when paired with behavioural observations, but paleontologists don’t have this luxury. Instead, they’ve had to turn to the closest living relatives of dinosaurs: crocodilians (the group composing crocodiles, alligators, and gharials) and birds. By examining the brains and be-
“The Other MISCONCEPTION IS THE more recent concept of SUperintelligent dinosaurs” nosaurs would have inherited these behaviours from their ancestors. What we know of dinosaur intelligence paints them as complex animals with the capacity for very sophisticated behaviour, a far cry from the lumbering giants we once imagined them to be. Yet this doesn’t necessarily mean they were as smart as chimps or dolphins, and extraordinary evidence would be needed to prove that they were. So rest easy—if for any reason you find yourself being chased by a genetically-engineered raptor, you should be safe behind a closed door.
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OPINIONS From the nest Phoenix Editors
MSA election candidate offers bribe for votes
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Matt Stefan, a candidate in the February 5 Management Student Association (MSA) elections, is offering to donate $1 to the YMCA for each vote he receives. What? We’re not sure how he decided that this was a good idea, but, he clearly doesn’t see the ethical line he crosses by offering something (anything!) in exchange for votes. Sure, he’s not directly offering voters a dollar for each vote, he’s pledging that money to a good cause. But this is an election, not a business trying to drive sales. Big businesses do this all the time to encourage consumers to buy their products over the competition - if you can’t decide between two options, you’re probably going to pick the one that is supporting a charity. This speaks well to Stefan’s understanding of business, but it speaks poorly to his understanding of politics. Stefan is a second year student running for VP Corporate Relations, which would put him in charge of building relationships with businesses in the community and getting sponsorship to fund the MSA and its activities. He’s competing against three other students who are all in their third year. The position is vital; the MSA uses business partnerships to develop opportunities for students, to help fund their events, and to further integrate classroom learning with the business community. If the MSA does not already have them, there should be policies in place to govern their elections. Were these the UBCSUO elections, a complaint would have been ﬁled to the Chief Returning Ofﬁcer and the candidate would have been reprimanded and possibly disqualiﬁed. One question: if Stefan loses, does he still have to donate the money to the YMCA? And who actually checks that he does that? Either way, we hope the 850 or so students enrolled in the Faculty of Management aren’t misled by this blatant attempt at bribing their votes, if Stefan is even allowed to have his name on the ballot on February 5.
UBCSUO’s $8,500 bylaws worth the hefty price
Pride Center promotion could use some work?
The price tag for writing the new bylaws for the UBCSUO came to approximately $8,500, according to Services Coordinator Nick Dodds. That’s a pretty steep price for a few pieces of paper that probably won’t affect the daily lives of many students. Or so you might think - but that money was worth spending. The UBCSUO’s bylaws were a bit of a mess before. They were written by students for a smaller student body of about 3,000. We’ve almost tripled in student body numbers since then, and the inconsistent language and contradictions in these bylaws were causing problems. There’s enough problems for the UBCSUO to deal with without having to trip over the language of their own bylaws in every dang board meeting. Hiring a lawyer who focuses his career around student associations was a smart move. This way we are assured that the bylaws are a strong foundation for our Students’ Union, which by the way, has an operating budget of over $1 million. Do you want $1 million of student money being governed by a faulty set of rules? That’s not to say they are perfect. It was good that the Special General Meeting voted to send the bylaws to a special commitee before passing them, despite the lawyer’s consultation. We really wish the UBCSUO would ﬁgure out how to get things properly reviewed before they come to a vote, this keeps happening). Perhaps we should be more concerned overall with legal costs this year; they are $32,645 overbudget at a total of $52,645. This is largely due to the lawsuit from former General Manager Claude Guerette who ﬁled a wrongful dismissal suit. And that saga is far from over - it is still proceeding sluggishly, as court proceedings always do. The legal costs will continue to accumulate, however, eating up more and more student money.
When The Phoenix emailed the Pride Center to ﬁnd out when the Out Week events were, we were surprised to receive a response that they couldn’t tell us - instead they cited their posters, and said they didn’t have that information handy. They were kind about it and thanked us for our interest in covering it, but the Pride Center’s aim is “to create a sense of community amongst LGBTTQI students and their friends and allies, provide peer support, and eliminate marginalization and exclusion based on sexual orientation or identity,” according to their website. Yet they couldn’t answer the most basic question about their own events. This speaks to a larger issue of a lack of promotion from the Pride Center. The UBCSUO gives the Center $2,000 a year to operate, but they are largely inactive during the year. The Pride Center, like the Women’s Resource Center, has no paid staff, it’s just run by students. And as students, we can all empathize with the difﬁculty of getting your feet under you to be competent in your studies, let alone in extra curricular activites. But we can’t help but feel that there is an underwhelming culture of advocacy on campus. We’ve also seen a similar problem with the Women’s Resource Center over the last year. And with the elimination of Advocacy Representatives in the new UBCSUO board structure, let’s hope that this problem doesn’t worsen. See the events listing in our Life section for all the upcoming Out Week events.
UBCO’s dog program “best in show” Even if the only amount of interaction you want from a dog is from watching a funny video on Youtube, there is no denying that dogs have a distinct effect on humans. They are our best friends, family members, companions, guides, and yes, even a channel for a couple of chuckles. It all probably depends on whether or not you consider yourself to be a ‘dog person’, but no matter what your level of dog adoration (or lack there of), the B.A.R.K. (building academic retention through canines) program on campus is pretty amazing. Dr. Ty Binfet’s program, now in its second year, is truly one of a kind, an ongoing outreach to students that Binfet says is far above what most universities offer. B.A.R.K. is an in-depth study of therapy dog and student interactions with some pretty astounding results concerning our stress levels and our stress relief. Considering that life as a student can be one of the most
We’ve equipped Milo the B.A.R.K. dog with cyborg armaments to represent the tools he has to ﬁght stress. Image by Lindsay Smith. stressful times of our lives, many of us search for that one assured method of relieving the anxiety of midterms, ﬁnals, homesickness and money woes. Maybe for you it’s through outlets like exercise, social media, Netﬂix or the popular “working for the weekend” ideology, but the next Friday you ﬁnd yourself worrying about rent or a particularly grueling 20 page essay, march yourself down to the EME building and see if there’s a B.A.R.K. drop-in session (it restarts on February 28). I guarantee, even if you don’t consider yourself a dog lover or a believer in the afﬁnity that some dogs have for humans, you might change your tune after you get a chance to sit with some of these fantastic canines and feel your stress melt away. For more information about B.A.R.K, check out our feature story.
politics Intolerance cannot be tolerated
Meaningful change: Lessons from President Obama Brandon Taylor Contributor
Illustration by Chynna Howard
In early January 2014, York University accepted and endorsed gender intolerance for the sake of religious toleration. A male student requested that he not have to work with women on a group project because it violated his religious beliefs. The professor disagreed and made the call that the student should not be able to make that demand. The Dean, instead, believed that the appeal was valid and granted the student’s request. York has become a case study of the delicate balance between equality and religious tolerance. With multiculturalism comes the necessity for understanding and empathizing towards differing belief structures, social strata, and diverse traditions. Canada, more than most, is a place that celebrates differences and has nurtured a secular platform upon which our country is based. And in that spirit, human rights are supposed to take precedent over everything else. We have to accept that some social structures are a progressive improvement, even though we have so closely tied liberal democracies to Western society and imperialism. Equality between gender and race is simply better. If we are to follow York University’s precedent, should we accept and charter private schools that refuse to admit women or people of color? Furthermore, do we accept the prejudices of certain socially conservative sectors that feel the need to refuse rights to LGBT couples? Of course not: prejudice is prejudice, even if it is contained within specific (and sometimes idiosyncratic) religious beliefs. On January 17, 2014, The Globe and Mail quoted a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who said: “There’s a danger in a country that absorbs immigrants at the rate we do that if you don’t have a set of norms, a set of stories about yourself, the kind of myths and narratives that create a national identity, that you cease to be a nation.” Part of our Canadian narrative is acceptance and empathy towards all shapes, sizes, colors, races, or creeds. And, in the case of York, we need to be firm about that. Sometimes true equality requires a social and cultural force. Human rights are the foundation of our society, so we cannot allow intolerance to hollow out the core of compulsory tolerance. Equality is not a natural state in our world, which is unfortunate, but that means it is a unifying and worthwhile value that must be vehemently defended.
Illustration by Asher Klassen
Canada is starting to look a lot like the United States in 2008 and, frankly, that's a very dangerous place for our fragile political climate to be. Prior to the 2008 presidential election in the US, the country was mired in a political bog that failed to address the core issues that faced the nation. Canada was in a similar place then, but we decided to plod along with the same administration in the hopes that consistency would prove successful. Barack Obama, a single-term state Senator from Illinois, seized the moment and turned his political campaign into a movement focused on two things: Hope and change. On January 28th, 2014, he gave his most recent State of the Union address. How did he do? To answer that question, it might be best to look back at his 2008 campaign. The book "Game Change” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann breaks down the 2008 campaign. The book goes into great detail about then Senator Obama's ultimately triumphant campaign over John McCain and Sarah Palin. The most important insight the book contains is that Obama was strictly formulating a movement around a series of promises: to end the war in Iraq, to close Guantanamo Bay, to reformulate the health care system, and to, most importantly, change the entrenched political culture in Washington, DC. Well, in 2014: the war in Iraq has been scaled back, but recent insurgencies in places like Fallujah have boiled over into violent clashes. Guantanamo Bay is still open. The new health care bill is an utter mess that only serves to enrich insurance companies. Finally, Washington DC is as strictly partisan and dysfunctional than ever. When reading the book , which claims that it is strictly
based on facts, one canI come came to the conclusion that President Obama did enter the race with the best intentions. He convinced the nation with a series of compelling ideas based on the continuing emergence of the progressive movement. He rode that momentum to the White House and ... failed to deliver. The State of the Union address was another stirring example of President Obama's gift for rhetoric and speeches. He, like John F. Kennedy
“Canadians are interested in seeing a change, lethargic from a large and unwieldy Conservative Party” before him, ably mixes a sense of verbal ferocity with likable celebrity that clearly spoke to voters (twice). We have to question whether or not any of that posturing in 2008 was worth the time and energy. He has now promised to raise the minimum wage for federal employees to $10.10 an hour, which is a smart move. However, politically, it only churns up the same left-right dichotomy in Washington where plutocrats ar-
gue that higher wages means fewer jobs, and the left argues that the only way out of poverty is to continue to raise minimum wage. Both sides are, in their own way, misguided. The answer typically lies somewhere in between, and neither party in DC is willing to perform the brinksmanship necessary to actually improve the state of their precious union. What’s the lesson here? Hope and change as rhetorical propositions are great, but when it comes down to getting things done: we need to actually do the work. It seems that Canada, as a nation, intuitively understands that politicians can talk a big game and deliver very little. Justin Trudeau, the heir apparent to the Prime Minister's Office, is our Barack Obama from 2008. Canadians are interested in seeing a change, lethargic from a large and unwieldy Conservative Party that speaks to reform, but does very little outside of its own ideological boundaries, guided by Prime Minister Harper. The two are at critical odds with one another, and the election in 2015 will provide even further insight into whether or not Canada will maintain steady-as-she-goes political climate. Chances are, with Justin Trudeau lobbying for change and reform, it does not seem likely. The question is, whoever we elect, are they willing to get their hands dirty, roll up their sleeves, and put together meaningful legislation that will fix the issues we face as a nation? Politics is a tough business, and as President Obama has proven with approval ratings spiraling lower and lower since the 2012 election, meaningful change and progress is only possible when we are willing to really struggle for it. So, Canadians, let's get to work.
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February 3rd, 2014
It’s a studentpet-dog world out there...
Owner: Ty Binfet Age: 3 years old Breed: “Not sure, a mutt, shepherd cross or something”
About: “She’s the genesis of BARK. She’s a rescue from Los Angeles; she was certiﬁed in the state of California, which has quite strict standards for therapy dogs, and we worked in a center for adolescent brain injuries. When we came to UBC Okanagan she was sort of the reason we started this whole program. And she connects really well with kids, as you can see.” Personality: “She’s a diva at the best of times, and she lives a really human life. She’s on campus all the time and she’s used to kind of a lot of activity and attention and stimulation, she’s a smart dog. The funny story with Francis is she comes into lectures with me and I was teaching a grad class and she had done a demo up from on behavior and I let her go to visit the students. I had a mature student, Maureen, 55 year old woman, Francis went under the table and Maureen was petting her, and Francis left, and Maureen began petting the guy’s leg sitting next to her. His hairy leg, so of course we all saw it but she didn’t so she pet his leg until he said ‘umm that’s my leg’. That’s a Francis move.”
WHO LET THE DOGS IN? Meet the man (ANd the DOgs) behind UBCO’s B.A.R.K. study Article by Matt Lauzon
Interviews by Matt Lauzon and Alex Eastman
“Come on in, Matthew.” Every time I walk into Dr. Binfet’s ofﬁce, I tend to get a little excited. It’s an ofﬁce like any other professor’s—there are dozens of books on psychology, tall ﬁling cabinets probably ﬁlled with thousands of pages of notes and snippets on research, a 24-inch iMac sitting on a cluttered desk that only makes sense to its owner—the usual stuff. And then there’s Frances. “Hi Frances!” I say, reaching down to pet the 3-year old rescue dog who has already come to sniff at me before I can take a step into the ofﬁce.
Dr. Ty Binfet is the founder of B.A.R.K., and is in his second year as Associate Professor in UBC’s Faculty of Education. You might have already recognized him as that guy who has his friendly dog on campus everywhere he goes. Dr. Binfet and Frances have worked hard to get B.A.R.K. up and running, and have since brought 40 dogs to campus to take part in his unique and captivating study. “B.A.R.K. is a program that stands for Building Academic Retention through K-9s, and it is designed to support the social emotional wellbeing of students, particularly homesick and socially-isolated kids on campus,” says Dr. Binfet. “We have a bit of
Photos by Kelsi Barkved and Freya Green photography
a paradox: we have a high-density housing situation where social interactions are frequent, yet we have kids with high loneliness and I ﬁnd that, as a psychologist, really intriguing.” Being from Eastern Ontario, I’ve had the occasional “I’m-gonna-drop-out-and-quitschool” thoughts for no reason beyond missing the comforts of home. Of course if the worst did happen I can be home on the next ﬂight tomorrow, but there is loneliness that comes with distance. Dr. Binfet’s research and work with therapy dogs strikes a few emotional chords for me, and who can turn down visiting a room full of dogs?
hen you enter B.A.R.K., you see a room with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, an abundance of snacks, and, of course, about 15 dogs that can be as small as a newborn puppy, or as large as a Great Dane. And everyone is in a good mood. “Dogs help create conditions that reduce defences… and help create conditions that allow for interactions to occur that wouldn’t be possible otherwise,” says Binfet. “If you’re a socially anxious individual, meeting new people can be a daunting task, but when you have a dog present it acts as a catalyst, or a “social lubricant” that facilitates
When agents apply to the B.A.R.K. unit, they are evaluated based on 4 key factors:
Owner: Kristi Fox Breed: Brittany Spaniel
-Overall public behaviour, -Startle reflex, -Inter-dog compatibility, -Willingness to work with new people (do they cling to the owner?
Origin story: “I had a family who fed me dinner on Sunday nights throughout my university career. Their two dogs kept me sane, loved me unconditionally, and made me happy enough to last the whole week until the following Sunday. I wanted to give that feeling to other students.”
are they curious toward new people?)
The handler is also evaluated
Owner: Donna Douglas Age: Almost 2 years old Breed: Labradoodle
Owner: Moira Urton Age: 5 years old Breed: Mostly Golden Retriever. Rescue dog.
Origin story: “It was either through a poster at the dog park or through Elly, the dog in the wheelchair. Her mom used to be with the BARK program.”
Origin story: “I saw a ﬂyer on the dog park fence and I also saw it on facebook and I also have a dog park buddy [who] also was coming here and told me about it and I said ‘sure, sounds like a good thing to do’.”
Personality: “She’s very friendly, she’s very curious, she’s very active. She’s very stubborn. (the interview is punctuated with loud “DAISY”s and “STOP”) But she does like to please, she likes to cuddle, she likes the cat.”
“Normally Lulu is more independent, but I found she loves the attention and has been more cuddly and connected to me and other humans.” Personality: “She is warm and sweet and loves to have her belly rubbed.”
Personality: “Bailey now is very mellow, when I ﬁrst got him he had been on his loose for a very long time. He had absolutely no training at all. He was a pretty wild guy until we came to an understanding laughs and I just found how he learned and we started from there. We spent a lot of time in the woods hanging out and getting to know each other and he has turned into a very mellow fellow. Nothing he likes better than having attention like this..”
“She likes to chew things with straps, so we’ve lost quite a few bathing suits and bras, and cloth bags. You’re a boy you don’t know, bras can get quite expensive. But she’s gotten better. Many socks have seen the inside of her intestinal tract. The whole way.
“[She likes] running in the forest, sniﬃng the woods, chasing birds.” “Whenever I cry, Lulu jumps onto my lap and licks my tears as is she is trying to stop them from ﬂowing. It’s amazing because she can be in another room on another ﬂoor of the house, but if I start to cry she comes running and tackles me to get to my face.”
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the interaction. You ﬁnd yourself sharing information either about your own experiences with animals or listening to the experiences of others and ﬁnding common ground.” It’s funny, the ﬁrst time I had met Dr. Binfet and Frances, I too had started talking to other participants about my own dog and my own experiences with animals. Even as I sat talking with Dr. Binfet in his ofﬁce, Frances sat right at my feet keeping me company, and brought back pleasant memories of my own childhood with a dog. But underneath the fun-loving, casual atmosphere of B.A.R.K., there’s a deep level of psychological research happening.
“to get 15 dogs in a room with up to 40 people, you have to be very selective in who you allow in; this type of research at this caliber hasn’t been done before.”
“[The dog handlers] think I’m quite strict and detail-oriented,” laughs Dr. Binfet. “We certify our own dogs using four adjudicators to do a holistic assessment: we look at the dog’s overall public behaviour, [the dog’s] startle reﬂex, its inter-dog compatibility, and willingness to work with new people (do they cling to the owner, are they curious to new people), we also look at the handler. We could have a dog that ﬁts the proﬁle really well, but the handler doesn’t. All 4 adjudicators have to come to a positive conclusion.” It sounds rigorous, and it is: to get 15 dogs in a room with up to 40 people, you have to be very selective in who you allow in; this type of
research at this caliber hasn’t been done before. A number of other university campuses have experimented with alternative therapy. For instance, Dalhousie in Halifax, Nova Scotia offered a 3-day “puppy room” on its campus before exams to de-stress students; the University of Toronto offered free massages to its law students. Dr. Binfet, however, says they don’t compare to B.A.R.K.. “I’d be so bold as to say B.A.R.K. is head and shoulders above those episodic services. That episodic provision of dogs during stressful exam times is a wonderful initiative but it’s typically not backed by any research. B.A.R.K. programming offers both intervention studies
and a community service drop in on Friday afternoons. Even on the drop in, students will do a pre-entry assessment of their stress level, the duration of their time, demographic information is collected, your year of study, and when they leave they do an exit assessment of stress. So we can see episodically ... the therapy dogs have a positive impact.”
hile I did not have a chance to participate in a controlled study this year, I have fond memories of last year. As a week would go on, I felt a growing anticipation within me, kind of like TV’s Dexter’s dark passenger.
As a week would go on, I felt a growing anticipation within me, kind of like TV’s Dexter’s dark passenger. Except rather than the need to murder anyone, I was going to play with dogs Except rather than the need to murder anyone, I was going to play with dogs. Joking aside, B.A.R.K. did provide me a way to mentally calm down, and was a way to unwind after a week of classes. And I did ﬁnd that over time I developed more of an afﬁnity to school--at least a whole lot more than I had to begin with--and enjoyed a little bit more what I assumed to be the monotonous intricacies of post-secondary education. It is an exciting time to be at UBCO: there’s lots of expansion, more and more students are choosing it as their home, and there is research like B.A.R.K. to raise the community to new heights. For future students on the fence
of choosing UBCO as their alma mater, a valuable question is one such as this: do you want a rich, diverse, and unique campus life? Dr. Binfet’s research holds the leash to innovative, rigorous, community-building research “I really envision the day where people come to UBCO because of programs like B.A.R.K. because we’re innovative and we do things differently here. And I think it reﬂects the nature of the institution that says ‘if you want to to creative research this is the place to do it’.”
Dr. Binfet would like to thank: “Ian Cull - AVP Students: He saw potential even when Ty didn’t and provided funding that alowed the program to happen. Faculty of Education Dr. Bosetti, Dr. Crichton, huge supporters. Handlers, people in the community setting aside their own time to volunteer. Dog people are good people.”
MILO Owner: Cameron, PhD student Breeds: “No idea what breeds. They’re both mixed bags.”
Origin story: “Vinny was a stray in Mexico, Milo was a stray in LA. They both came up from a rescue group in town called Paws accord. Milo I adopted las t September and Vinny I was actually fostering him for the rescue group for a while and he turned into an adoption after not too long.”
“Milo came with a name. Vinny, I kind of argued with my gf at the time for quite a while over what Vinny’s name should be. We ﬁnally landed on Vinchenso because we both watch road bike racing and he’s a big Italian road bike racer. His full name’s Vinchenso Nevaldi.” “Through the rescue group, one of the women who organizes the group, her sister was quite involved with BARK so that’s how I heard about it initially.” Personality: “Vinny runs the show even though he’s smaller. Milo’s pretty laid back and mellow and then Vinny will tell him what to do if he’s not sure. No they’re good brothers though they’ll hang out all day and cuddle. That’s why Vinny turned into an adoption.”
BAILEY Owner: Terina Mailer Age: 7 Breed: Great Dane
CHAYA Owner: Kelley Hanson
Origin story: “For a Student Development & Advising event a couple years ago, we were in the Commons and it was a cowboy theme. I brought my dog Chaya as one of our ‘props’. Having been born and raised on a ranch, a dog was just a natural addition. The students ﬂocked to pet her and over and over, I heard students say “I miss my dog.” When I spoke with Ty about the BARK program, I was happy to participate. Being an animal lover and knowing what joy a pet can bring, I enthusiastically got on board with the hope that Chaya would bring some happiness to our students who might be homesick for their own pets.” Personality: “Chaya is a Great Dane and rather regal looking – and acts like a bit of a princess. She likes to have a pillow to lay on. She enjoys basking in the admiration of others and it would appear that it’s “expected’ you love her rather than a question as to whether or not you will.” “She’s a 150 lb Great Dane – so can’t really be a lap dog. But she tries. She’ll walk by and ever so gently hike up her hip and rest it on your lap leaving her other 3 paws on the ground. She will also never go very far from me – she’s never been that dog at the dog park that runs after everyone and everything. Since she was a puppy, I’d hide on her when she wasn’t watching me (a trick I learned from my Dad – he never had to look for my brother and I – we always watched for him or he’d disappear) – and when Chaya realized I was ‘missing” ‘she went on the hunt. Ever since, she’s never far from me – and she’s always looking up to make sure I’m there. If I catch a moment when she’s lost in smelling something, I’ll hide behind a tree or whatever’s around - and in less than 30 seconds, she’s realized I’m “lost” and comes to ﬁnd me.”
Owner: Christina Livingston Age: 8 or 9 Breed: Labradoodle
Origin story: “I was babysitting Echo, and his owners just had lots of little kids, and Echo was knocing them down quite a bit and being a bit pesky…I’d been babysitting him a week and decdied we were quite good friends, and we’ve been together ever since. We’re his second owners.”
Origin story: “My boyfriend adopted her 8 years ago. She was rescued from the streets in Ontario after the ban against “pit bull type dogs” went through- she was only 1 or 2 years old at the time, and the shelter that picked her up, thinking that she would only be euthanized anyways, didn’t bother to feed her for two weeks before a rescue group from BC found her and pulled her. I shudder to imagine the suﬀering she endured. Nonetheless, she has not once allowed her negative experiences to keep her beautiful soul from shining through, and I am grateful beyond words that she found the loving home that she deserves with my boyfriend, and that I now have the privilege to share my life with her.”
“We were at Knox Dog Park, I’ve got two golden retrievers, I was with my husband, and then we just happened to bump into Ty, and he told us about [BARK]. And I had always wanted to do something. Dogs are so sweet. And I just so love dog love, so I thought we’d do something like that. I looked into it further, and I’ve been coming down here, I think it’s fun!” Personality: “Echo is a clown. He’s very silly dog, he’s very fun loving, he’s got lots of energy, he loves cuddles, he loves to play, he’s silly. I’ve got two golden retrievers and they have exact opposite personalities. He’s very sweet, very loving, and very goofy.”
“My boyfriend had always wanted to have a dog and to name him/her Gatsby, for the literary masterpiece that he so enjoys. Gatsby ended up being the perfect candidate, as she totally lives up to her name. Interestingly, her name before she was adopted was Daisy- I’m sensing a theme, here.” Personality: “Gatsby is incredibly outgoing, and is absolutely impervious to other people’s or dogs’ judgements. She never, without exception, hesitates to thrust herself right into your life and demand that you allow her to get to know you through an intense “sniﬀ-down.” She loves everyone and everything unconditionally and with a passion that I have yet to see paralleled in people or otherwise. Honestly, she is my role model.”
Owner: Kelley Hanson Breed: Golden Retriever
“I like to joke that Gatsby is part potbellied pig. Not only does she have the cutest, most hairless, pink and blackspotted little tummy, but she makes a snorting sound unlike any I have ever heard come from a dog’s snout. I call it the “truﬄe snuﬄe,” and it is extremely adorable. I hear it most often when she is giving people the sniﬀ-down, but also when she ﬁnds a particularly exciting smell when we’re out walking.”
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Above & Below: Loewen, Pike, Scott, and Newton explore Tofino.
Windborn performs at Fernando’s Pub.
The van gets a flat on tour.
Bottom left photo by Laura Sciarpelletti. All other photos provided by Windborn
Scott stops for a harmonica break.
Scott goofs off at Windborn practice.
Windborn returns to Kelowna mid-tour Local duo join folk singer Samantha Scott to play Fernando’s Pub on January 25th
Last summer cellist Nils Loewen moved to Kelowna after meeting guitarist and vocalist Jeff Pike in Winnipeg; together they make up Windborn. The duo recently hit the road with singer-songwriter Samantha Scott, whose powerful bluesy voice seduces every audience she performs for. The musicians spent their first part of the tour on the island, and found the locals to be very welcoming. “At Jack’s Waterfront Pub in Tofino, a guy living in a houseboat across the bay was going to spend the night in, but he heard our beats, took out his binoculars, saw my cello, got in his rowboat and came out!” said Loewen. Windborn and Scott stopped to perform in Kelowna at Fernando’s Pub on January 25th, before head-
ing on to northern BC and Alberta. Despite it being a Wednesday, the venue was packed, and the audience listened in awe to Scott’s deeply hauntingvoice before Windborn took the stage. Loewen and Pike have obvious musical chemistry, and the former’s “cellopathic powers”—as Pike fondly calls them— beautifully filled every corner of the venue. Musician and brother of the cellist Dan Loewen, and Fudunkafunks’s Dylan Ranney took turns sitting on the box drum and joining in. Pike toured as a one-man band before Windborn, and now enjoys being able to share the experience with Loewen and Scott. From performing for five people to sold out crowds, the road mates have had varied experiences on the tour.
“We’ve made a lot of money and lost a lot of money,” said Pike. “There are ups and downs but for some reason the downs don’t really feel like ‘downs’ at all. You get ups and downs no matter what you do in life so you may as well be doing something that you love.” During online conversations with Loewen, I often asked when the tour is going to end, and would get no response. Finally at the Fernando’s show I asked again and he laughed. “The tour never ends, Laura.” Scott, Pike and Loewen all share this sentiment, and it’s obvious that they’ve found a home on the road. “Every single night we’re in a different place meeting different people,” said Pike. “After a while though you get used to it and all of the people you meet become
this really awesome widespread family that you get to see every few months. I toured full time for a long time until some personal shit forced me to stop. I’m finally back at it full time again and I don’t see any reason why I’d ever quit.” Of course, touring in Canada on a budget means van life, and the musicians are starting to get van fever. “[We] had to invent a new word, after too long on the road we get a bit ‘vanny’,” said Loewen. “Which basically involves Sam trying to annoy everyone and our conversations become totally incoherent and hilarious.” Windborn and Scott have a packed show schedule, and haven’t grown sick of each other yet.
“Everyone is really positive and fun to travel with,” said Scott. “I’ve grown really close with all of them on this trip. Its great, you get to know people very deeply in a short amount of time when you’re doing something like this. I honestly laugh so hard I cry almost every day with them. The other day Nils was reading in the backseat with me and I got to that point where you’ve been in the van too long and need to do something to change up the energy. “Neeeeels!” I cried. “I’m getting vanny!” We proceeded to play a game of Samantha pokes Nils while Nils hits her with a book. Ah, life on the road...Its the little things.”
For tour dates, visit www.windborn.ca and www.samanthascottmusic.com.
Campus WEEKLY NOSTALGIA What was your graduating song in high school? Photos by Jahmira Lovemore
Amber “Born to Be” by Justin Bieber. She performed it for her graduating class of about sixty people at the commencement ceremony.
Julianna “That’s What Friends Are For” by Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.
Left: McKay, Shepherd, and Nilsen explore Woodhaven Regional Park. Right: McKay at the Visiting Authors Series.
UBCO welcomes Don McKay as its Visiting Scholar Laura Scarpelletti
This year’s UBCO Visiting Scholar was accomplished poet, educator, editor, and naturalist Don McKay. The writer has authored twelve books of poetry, and has won two Governor General Awards for 1991’s Night Field and 2000’s Another Gravity, as well as the Griffin Poetry Prize for 2006’s Strike/Slip. McKay’s visit ran from Friday, January 17th to the 26th, and he found his time at UBCO and stay at the UBC Eco Culture Centre at Woodhaven Regional Park to be an edifying experience. Along with running workshops and making classroom presentations, McKay also participated in the FCCS Visiting Author Series on Wednesday January 22nd at the Okanagan Regional Library.
Visiting UBCO classes
Tanatswa “Where’s Your Head At?” by Basement Jaxx.
Lola A Russian song that they wrote the lyrics to as a graduating class. She enjoyed it because they made it their own.
Photos by Paul Marck
McKay has found that when visiting places like UBCO, he gets as much out of it as he puts into it. There are many writers in the Okanagan as intensely engaged with the same issues as he is, such as fellow eco-poet, old friend and FCCS Associate Dean Nancy Holmes. This made for a rich experience. McKay was involved in discussion groups on eco-cultural topics, was present for a talk on one of his essays, and attended poetry classes such
as Sonnet L’Abbe’s and one of geography professor Kevin Hanna’s classes as well. “It seems like the feedback has been really instructive,” McKay said of his experience with UBCO students.
Inspiring younger writers Throughout his visit, McKay met closely with graduate MFA students Kelly Shepherd—who is writing his thesis on eco-poetry—and Emily Nilsen. As McKay has been publishing since 1973, his instruction was appreciated by UBCO students, as could be seen during the lengthy question period after his Visiting Authors reading.
“Poetry is a natural function, because we are linguistic animals.” Last summer McKay got the opportunity to workshop with UBCO Creative Writing alumnus Natalie Rice at the Banff Centre “Writing With Style” workshop week. “[It was] a subversive lively time, very nurturing, [and] had extremely high quality discussion,” said McKay, smiling fondly at the memory.
Rice regards that time as a lifechanging experience, and has found that her poetry skills have grown immensely since. “When it comes to [workshops like that], you don’t hope to direct somebody, you hope to give someone the opportunity to reach a more intimate connection with their work, and you facilitate that,” said McKay of his influence on writers like Rice. “The main benefit you get is the attention you give to other people’s work. [You] can’t import just general theory.”
Climate Change Throughout his long career, McKay has built a substantial interest in the natural world and ecological matters. For McKay, environmental thought is the cornerstone of his writing. The writer currently resides in Newfoundland, and found that his stay in Woodhaven allowed him to think about the differences in our two provinces’ respective climate changes. Seeing how the forest fires and pine beetle outbreak ravaged our tree population, McKay remarked that Newfoundland’s equivalent to our climate change here in BC would be the increasingly dangerous hurricanes that are hitting the east coast, like hurricanes
Igor and Leslie. And as trees are far fewer in Newfoundland than in BC, the damage to the tree population is a huge concern. “Oceans are warming [which] creates capacity for hurricanes to feed themselves further north. So we’re getting larger hurricane storms, and several,” said McKay. McKay is a prime example of an artist who uses his medium of choice—poetry—to communicate ecological and cultural problems to readers.
Poetics In order to build a relationship to the page, McKay says that he must first have a strong relationship to the muse—that being, in his case, nature. During his reading he mentioned his love for birds— mainly the dipper bird—and rocks. Without placing himself around his muses, McKay’s poetry would not read as it does, and the way it reads is educating, often comedic, thought provoking and elegant. “Poetry is a natural function, because we are linguistic animals,” said McKay. “Language tries to grow an ear. It’s an evolutionary phenomenon, [and] it will never die because the impulse will always be there.”
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UPCOMING Feb 6 Debra DiGiovanni: Late Bloomer Tour 7pm / Kelowna Community Theatre
Everyone’s favorite Video on Trial comic makes her way to the Okanagan. Tickets $44.25.
Feb 7 Beats by the Pound
5pm / Rutland Centennial
Krawchuk in the University Theatre (AMN 26) Photo by Laura Sciarpelletti
Pushing the boundaries of theatre
Dean Krawchuk brings the mind-body connection to his performance work Jeff Bulmer - Contributor “I always want to push boundaries and challenge concepts,” Dean Krawchuk, fourth year Interdisciplinary Performance major told me when we met recently to discuss his work with UBCO’s theatre program. Since coming to Kelowna, Krawchuk has done just that, as a part of the creative force behind last August’s highly unconventional play 22 Sins to Salvation, which Krawchuk cites as one of the major highlights of his career.
Setting the Stage “By [performing] in new places, [theatre] potentially reaches new people,” said Krawchuk. Case in point: Krawchuk’s current project, the upcoming Lost and Found – written alongside 22 Sins collaborators Shimshon Obadia and Janelle Sheppard – will be performed in a room at downtown’s Royal Anne Hotel. “People will come because they want to see why [and how] we’re performing in a hotel room,” says
Krawchuk, citing 2012’s Broken Record – another play he worked on, in which the audience sat onstage while the actors performed from the seated area.
Putting on a Show Krawchuk’s history as a performer extends back to grade one, when he took up Ukrainian dancing. By grade seven, he was in drama, and by grade nine he had written his first piece for the stage. However, though he continued with and has an extensive history with theatre – he taught theatre for five years in Edmonton and London before coming to Kelowna – dance remains a passion of his to this day, even in forming his plays. For example, 22 Sins is inspired by butoh, a style of abstract interpretive dance from Japan. Furthermore, the play eschews all dialogue in favour of the medium of the style of dance, requiring Krawchuk and his collaborators to seek out special training.
Kennedy & mcpherson welcome a guest to the stage Photo by Kathleen Brown
“We went to Whidbey Island in Washington and did a workshop with a butoh master,” said Krawchuk of the training needed for the show. “There are a lot of workshops out there that help in terms of … training done as research.”
Actions and Reactions “I’m influenced in a lot of physical work, because of my dance background … [My work] is all physical-based,” said Krawchuk. Additionally, Krawchuk mentioned his interest in the “mindbody connection,” in which each reacts to stimuli on the other. “It’s how the mind informs the body and how the body informs the mind,” Krawchuk explained. “I’ve often locked myself in a room and just moved to music. After [a while,] my body is responding to what my mind is hearing.” In another example of 22 Sins to Salvation’s atypicality, the play lacks a traditional script. Instead, Krawchuk created a score, making a performance of the play more
akin to following a set of instructions. Here, the reactive nature of the “mind-body connection” finds its way into Krawchuk’s work in the form of improvisation. “We created three games … a point on the score might be playing the game, [which] would be improvised, [as would whoever won,] but the rules of the game would be within the score,” said Krawchuk.
Denouement Krawchuk, who became interested in UBCO because of the devised theatre program, says he’s felt supported in the program, saying it’s informed him in many ways. “Anywhere else I’ve been, I haven’t really been doing the kind of work that I’m doing now,” said Krawchuk. That said, he hopes to change that in the near future, with plans to tour both Lost and Found – his fourth-year project which will be performed for the first time later this year – and 22 Sins following his graduation.
Third “G’Morning Poetry” to be held at Streaming Cafe G’Morning Poetry is an all-ages free event hosted by Okanagan College instructors, writers, and best friends kevin mcpherson eckhoff and Jake Kennedy. It’s halfscripted and half-improv, and features interviews, performances and readings. It will take place at 8 PM at the Streaming Café on February 7th. The duo began holding G’Morning Poetry nights in the summer of 2012 in Vernon at the Hub Arts Collective’s blackbox
theatre space. It was well received, and they then took the event on the road to the CCWWP convention in Toronto shortly after. “To someone who has never before witnessed the G’Morning Poetry times, I might say: “Hey, Megatron, get your smile on straight and set your stanzas out to dry! When was the last time YOU poemed in public? Also, please come see our show,” says mcpherson.
Featurng acts such as Darth Raver and Wompa Fett, the 4th annual Beats By the Pund hopes to raise 1500 pounds of food for the Kelowna Food Bank. Tickets $20 + food donation
Feb 11 Visiting Author Series: Mariko Tamaki
7pm / Kelowna Library
This Canadian artist and writer has produced several works of fiction and non-fiction, and will continue the FCCS series.
Feb 12 The 39 Steps
8pm / Actors Studio
Test your whodunit skills in this Hitchcockian masterpiece, playing at Actors Studio til the 22nd
Feb 13 Spoken Word on the Move: Jake Kennedy and kevin mcpherson eckhoff 7pm / Pulp Fiction Coffee
The Okanagan College instructors & best friends open the night with a special reading. Spoken word open mic to follow. Hosted by the UBCO Creative Writing CU.
Feb 15 Opening Reception: Duende - Jolene Mackie 3pm / Alternator Centre
Grab some snacks, join the local arts community, and check out Jolene Mackie’s whimsical conte mural on display at the window display in the RCA.
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by Mariam Hazhir I silently watched the blood gushing from my frail feet into the freezing ice blue waters of the river. My sandals dangling in one hand, I tried to maintain my balance over the pointy rocks as I watched the delicately wrapped white cloth from my bruised foot slip away. It slowly began to glide through the river, accompanied by such grace, and eventually transformed into a white dot in the cerulean canvas before me. Embraced by the roars of anxious men, I looked up. Searching for Baba, searching for his eyes that held the warmth needed to make me forget about the icy waters piercing through my skin. His height gave him away almost instantaneously in a crowd of men whose heads were draped in lungis, and whose hearts were draped with despair. I couldn’t stand it anymore, I whispered “Bisyar khonuk ast, Baba.” He looked down and saw the red pool of blood in front of my feet, refusing to leave no matter how many times the water currents came to take it away. His warm hands brushed my rosy cheeks as he moved the loose curly tendrils of hair from my face, revealing my watery filled eyes and pouted lips. “Maro, biya enja.” he said as he embraced me and lifted me up. Baba carried me across the river, just let like he always does.
image by Lindsay Smith This piece and many others can be found later this spring in Common Ground, an anthology of UBCO student writing exploring our relationship with the concept of place. The anthology is accepting submissions until February 15. Submissions can explore travel, geography, alienation, home, physical experience of the world, location, and numerous other themes. They can be poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or memoir, and must be two pages or less. Submit pieces to: email@example.com.
ART ON THE LINE 2014
We review Shangri La, the latest release by British indie rocker Jake Bugg. The new record is an impressively versatile album showcasing stylistic influences from Bob Dylan to The Clash.
First 5 pieces of art to be chosen
#1 Index by Michael Kiss #2 Untiltled by Kaitlin Serafin #3 Oblivion Reclamation by Ashley Tarron #4 Birds on a Wire by Dianne Schneiders #5 DAwn by MAlcolm McCormick
Event planner Meagan Bibby is joining with Marmalade Cat Cafe to launch a new live music series showcasing local talent like Josh Smith, Honest Woods, Darian Soulsamurai Saunders, and Garrett Scatterty of My Kind of Karma.
We’d like to take this opportunity to apologize for incorrect credits in our Issue 10 Art on the Line Feature. The two landscape portraits on the right were attributed to Ursula Kabis, but are actually done by Stephen Immoreev. The red and white image below in the middle was attributed to Malcom McCormick but was done by Gail Hourigan. And the image below on the left was attributed to Lucas Glenn but should have been to Jessie Suurallik. Additionally, we spelled Dianne Schneider’s, Kelsie Balehowsky’s, and Elysse Bujold’s names wrong. We regret the errors.
2013 was the whitest year in the past decade of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Creative Director Cam Welch analyzes some of the trends behind the shift.
THEATRE 26 WELCOMES RED RIVER REBELLION, OCEAN AND LIGHTS, AND MARK IRVING FOR ‘ACOUSTIC SOUND’ Jake Sherman - Contributor
Red River Rebellion.
Photo by Jake Sherman
On Friday, January 31st, UBCO’s Theatre 26 played host to some of Kelowna’s finest musical talent. From the newlyformed Red River Rebellion to a mainstay of the Okanagan singer-songwriter scene, Mark Irving, the event showcased the deep percussive and emotional landscapes that can be created through ‘Acoustic Sounds.’ The soft ebb and flow of duo Red River Rebellions’ vocal harmonies set a stark contrast against Oceans and Lights’ finely-produced, riff-laden melodies. Red River Rebellion’s indie-folk roots
were immediately apparent, while Oceans and Lights were a lot harder to musically pin down. Swinging around from one musical genre to the next, the local trio presented a finely-tuned and deeply nuanced vibration that, though unlike anything I’d ever heard, seemed eerily familiar—a telltale sign of amazing songwriters. It was as if the Shins met Pearl Jam, and decided to hang around with the guys from Spoon —but with a touch of something quite different, perhaps some pop-punk stoicism. Capping off the night, solo artist Mark Irving took the stage for an hour-long set
shortly after 8:20 PM. As the saying goes, Mark “wears his heart on his sleeve.” Channeling Ryan Adams and Dan Magnan, the Kelowna native laid his soul on the line mixing roots music like the blues, country, and jazz, with lyrics that spoke of deep existential woe. Not that his tone was overtly nihilistic, but Mark sang of a life he’d spent searching for meaning in what he found could sometimes be a cruel meaningless world. But like Irving said as he shuffled into another jazzy number, “you can get upset, or use these opportunities to grow as a person.”
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BEING A FEMALE ATHLETE Six Heat women on perception, volleyball shorts, and the sorry state of girls’ youth sports in Kelowna
Do you guys notice any differences between the men’s and women’s teams at UBCO and in Kelowna overall? (Treatment by fan base, relationship with coaches etc.) Krystal: There most definitely are differences. If you look at the schedule, it shows. The women always play first in games because it is generally assumed that if the men played first, all of the fans would leave. Taylor: Which is weird because on average, the women’s teams at this school have been doing better than the men’s teams. Kate: That is true but we have actually been getting a lot of fans at our games and then noticing that some fans start to leave for the mens games. Kaeleigh: Someone once told me
that women’s teams have to win to get attention, whereas men’s teams just have to play. Would you gals agree or disagree? Krystal: That is definitely true. Now they have the larger scale of a fan base but they had to achieve those wins first to get the fan base. Kate: In Kelowna, there are no women’s teams to look up to at a professional level and this affects local talent that gets to play at UBCO. Krystal: I have coached women’s basketball at the junior level in Kelowna and the only league available has rules that inhibit strong players from being able to play like they need to. They had a lot of restrictions like equal playing time, so the talented players aren’t ready for college league. Taylor: In Vancouver, this was not the case. If a girl was good, she
barely came off the court in high school because they were preparing her for college league. If that isn’t happening in Kelowna, I don’t know how the players would be ready for higher level playing. Hayley: There aren’t a lot of Kelowna athletes because of the team. Only 4 out of 25 players on our team [are from Kelowna]. Soccer has gotten to be so expensive that they can’t afford the women’s teams to the extent that they need to. The men’s teams had more athletes to pull from because men are encouraged to play sports more often. Not as many female athletes make good teams from in Kelowna. Taylor: Men’s teams in high school are also pushed to do more difficult training earlier on. They were doing sprints in grade 9 that I learnt in grade 12. Krystal: A male coach will feel
more comfortable pushing a male athlete at a younger age. Taylor: Or a female coach. I think women’s teams could stand to get pushed more. How do you gals feel about the Volleyball Spandex that the Women’s Vball team wears? Taylor: I have heard guys mention how awesome it would be if soccer girls had to wear the volleyball spandex and all I could think was how difficult it would be to sprint. Kayla: I can’t imagine having to pull-up and shoot. It would be difficult to focus and score. Emily: Growing up I always had to wear them so I’m pretty used to them. But you do get nervous about what you are showing when you jump up for a kill.
Krystal: Yeah what if you guys were to wear basketball shorts or something longer… Kaeleigh: But wouldn’t that affect play if the volleyballers were to wear longer shorts? Taylor: Well you could wear soccer shorts. Emily: Yeah that would be ideal. Taylor: I feel like if you asked a lot of girls if they wanted to wear the spandex or Lululemon shorts, they would choose the Lululemon shorts. Krystal: Totally, I don’t see the point of the volleyball shorts. I mean, you may as well paint your butt black and play like that. *Laughs all around* Emily: They are definitely pretty uncomfortable. I would prefer different shorts.
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-Heat Men’s temperature plummets, but Mike Zayonic demonstrates cool-headed strategy in play -UBCO loses by 47 to UFV but rebounds against Manitoba Recap by Kaeleigh Phillips Sports Editor
Cam Welch and Alex Eastman
Heat Burned The Heat are plummeting in the past week as they take a 47 point loss on Saturday night against UFV. The men went into the weekend hopeful yet cautious as UFV was on a 6 game winning streak when they came up against UBCO. They ended the January 24th25th weekend with an 8 game winning streak and the Heat left Abbotsford with zero wins against this rising opponent. On January 24th, the Heat came on strong, taking the lead in the first three quarters against the UFV Cascades. In the last quarter, the aggressive play tactics that the Heat had been using the rest of the game unraveled and left UBCO with a 14 point loss. This was still a relatively well-played game for the Heat in comparison to the second night which left fans with little words at the devastating loss the Heat took on January 25th. Comparatively, the Heat’s point differentials plummeted at this
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This graph charts the Heat’s 20132014 point differentials alongside last season’s. Other than the 2012-2013 team’s win in game 3, both got off to rough starts and improved in the middle of the season before dropping to their lowest lows. With 4 games left, can UBCO replicate last season’s strong finish?
Mike played well considering the difficult games the Heat had against UFV, showing his true character and tremendous ability to keep calm when the going gets tough. Zayonc got 5 points on Saturday -a tough game for the Heat- and he killed it on rebounds for his team.
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time last year, with a spike in midseason followed by severe losses for the Heat in the second half of season. Last year, the Heat climbed back up after the losses and ended the season bettering their point differentials on the court. This is good news for the Heat as it demonstrates to fans to not give up on the boys quite yet! This weekend coming up could be the positive change needed for the Heat as they go up against Winnipeg, followed by Manitoba. Winnipeg on January 31st was be a tough game as the Wesmen have indentical standings to UFV, with 11 wins and 5 losses in the season. The Heat had a very interesting game against the Manitoba Bisons as the Men’s Basketball team has had 4 wins and 12 losses and are ranked closely with the Heat. They unfortunately lost against the Bisons due to lack of pressured defence but worked extremely hard offensively and grabbed many turnarounds. Let’s bring the Heat this weekend and burn the Thunderbirds right out of their homecourt, and save the point differentials
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A huge factor in the ladies’ comeback win over Alberta on January 24, Beamish has been demonstrating top form and consistent play, supplying her teammates with much-needed stability over the past month.
Top PERFORMER BRIANNA BEAMISH
Beamish goes up for a kill. Photo by UBCO Heat Recap by Mirella Cullen Sports Writer
Cam Welch and Alex Eastman
HEAT DroP IN STANDINGS AFTER 6 losses in JAnuary But hope remains with wins against Alberta Pandas and Manitoba Bisons Over the course of first semester, the Heat Women’s Volleyball Team were gearing up towards a nationals run after a remarkable first half of the season. As second semester has begun and the last two games of the regular season are all that is left on the schedule, their hopes for even a post season birth is now up in the air. After a straight set defeat on Friday night, the Heat fended off the Manitoba Bisons on Saturday night in order to split the series with them. The ladies were able to hang on after allowing the Bisons back into it after winning the first 2 sets, but took it in the fifth set 15-11. The winning and scoring percentages of the Heat are not quite up to par with other nationally competing teams of the past few years. A challenging schedule plagued the ladies this month as they faced 3 out of the 4 teams ahead of them in the standings. Very crucial games in gaining ground in the playoff race, these losses proved to be detrimental as their winning percentage has slipped down to .611. Despite a winning and scoring percentage that does not compare with national semi finalists in the past does not mean the Heat are
out of it quite yet. McGill found themselves in a similar situation a few years back, where the statistics showed a very bleak chance of them competing in the post season. However, they overcame the looming odds and surprised the CIS with a superb run at the end of their season. The Heat have an excellent opportunity to overcome the same feat with their remaining games. Splitting a back to back series with Alberta on the weekend of January 25, the ladies have kept their hopes alive after a remarkable comeback on Friday night where several players brought their A game in order to secure the victory. Saturday nights game did not go as well as the ladies were unable to find their groove and gave up a loss in a straight sets defeat. With two games left in the season against a weaker University of Regina squad, the ladies will strive to end their greatest season yet on a high note in front of their home crowd on Friday, February 7 at 6:00pm PST and Saturday, February 8 at 5:00pm PST in the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
13-14 Heat vs national semifinalists of previous seasons’ performance as of jan 20 Were the Heat playing like contenders before their recent losses? These stats show that although they were solid, the Heat had a long way to go to become national calibre.
avg. point differentials
emerged from Quebec’s 4-team playoff format and went on a Cinderella run to a bronze medal in the CIS championships despite a .333 winning percentage and an avg. differential of -3 points per match.
2012-13 cis top 4
2011-12 CIS Top 4
*in 2011* 12, McGill
2010-11 cis top 4
VARSITY Focus and DETERMINATION
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Heat MVB team looks to end 201314 season on a high note A remarkably young team in the CIS’s largest and arguably strongest conference, the Heat Mens Volleyball Team has made great strides in their past few match ups. Plenty of communication and energy on the court has been headed by second year Alex Swiatlowski as the team is playing better together on all fronts. Most notably, the team truly seems to do better as a whole when leading attacker Nate Speijer is not playing as prominent a role on the score chart. One of the best outside hitters in the CIS West, Speijer has recorded at least 30 kills over the course of all but one weekend this season. Sitting at second in the entire country in kill count, Speijer consistently delivers for his team as an outside hitter. But the evidence that the team overall has better performances when not relying on Speijer is a great accomplishment looking ahead for the team. Stocked with plenty of young guns, the Heat have had a great 2014 so far. With back to back victories against third ranked UBC Thunderbirds at the beginning of the month, the Heat have upped their level of play and have given their opponents good runs, despite only recording the 2 wins this month. A tough schedule has not brought down their play, as they are looking better and better as a team as the season has progressed. The men leave Manitoba this weekend without recording a win, dropping now their sixth game in a row. Speijer only played in one set this weekend following a shoulder injury, and both Jim Bell and Lars Bornemann contributed to the attack, totalling 27 kills over the weekend. A playoff seed is unlikely for the men, but not impossible. The Heat would have to win all of their remaining games and count on Brandon, Mount Royal, and Winnipeg to lose theirs. Leaving their playoff hopes in the hands of others is nothing to count on however. The men are off to Regina for their last contest of the season next weekend. Last in the CIS West standings, the University of Regina should offer the Heat a great opportunity to end their season on a positive note as this young, hopeful team looks to become a threat in the West next season.
Brandon McCallum’s Athlete Profile is coming out soon!
Nate Speijer and Jim Bell block the ball with all their might Photo by UBCO Heat
Nate Speijer has been an exceptional player for the Heat, and is one of the best outside hitters in the conference. But as this graph shows, when the Heat’s gameplay is more balanced they have won more and been outscored by fewer points. (But is that balance a catalyst for better play or itself a result of better play?)
WINNNG % and POint DiffereNtial (jan 20)
.100 When Speijer scores >35% of Heat points
When Speijer scores <35% of Heat points
Jazdaredee stays hot despite Heat’s losses Kaeleigh Phillips
Top PERFORMER Jessica Jazdaredee Jazdaredee has been demonstrating strong skill for a rookie, scoring 25 combined points against UFV
UBCO must say goodbye to its senior athletes. A dedication to these vets will be coming out, including favourite moments and advice for future athletes
The Women’s Heat had a rough weekend against UFV as they suffered a 35 point loss on January 24th, followed by a much closer loss on the following night with only a 13 point difference. The gals followed the opposite pattern from the Heat men’s team as they had a crushing entrance game against UFV followed by increasing their competition and coming back much stronger on their second night of play. The Heat came up against the Cascades fired up in the first quarter of play on January 25th and landed a lead after twenty minutes of play. They trailed the following three quarters but only marginally which was the opposite result of the previous night. Jessica Jazdarehee played phenomenally well considering she is relatively new to CIS, killing it with 13 points on the second night and 10 points on the first against the Cascades. Next weekend gives the Heat a great opportunity to grab some wins in the second half of season against the Thunderbirds which grants them a midlevel expectation of play in Canada West. The Manitoba Bisons are sitting at 3 wins and 13 losses, similar to the Heat, which made this close game very exciting to watch. Hopefully the Heat can roast the Thunderbirds and make UBCO hot and proud.
Look for an Athlete Profile of Logan Ellis, Men’s Soccer team goalie.
More analysis of the Heat teams as the winter sports head into their final games of the 2013-2014 season.
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