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Carly Rae Jepsen rules UBC

BC student resources to get autism diagnosis

Editorial: AMS Records Policy changes

UBC CHIME team wins national award

Top ten T-Birds moments of October

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YOUR GUIDE TO UBC PEOPLE

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WHERE THE HEART IS

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Nowadays, I keep watch on North Kingstown

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We wish to acknowledge that we work, learn and operate the paper upon the occupied, traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and səli̓ lwətaɁɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh). LEGAL The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of British Columbia (UBC). It is published every second Tuesday by the Ubyssey Publications Society (UPS). We are an autonomous, democratically-run student organization and all students are encouraged to participate. Editorials are written by The Ubyssey’s editorial board and they do not necessarily reflect the views of the UPS or UBC. All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey is the property of the UPS. Stories, opinions, photographs and artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the expressed, written permission of the Ubyssey Publications Society. The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University Press (CUP) and adheres to CUP’s guiding principles. The Ubyssey accepts opinion articles on any topic related to UBC and/or topics relevant to students attending UBC. Submissions must be written by UBC students, professors, alumni or those in a suitable position (as determined by the opinion editor) to speak on UBC-related matters. Submissions must not contain

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Become a Ubyssey staff member! 1.

Attend three staff meetings (Fridays at 4 p.m. in room 2208 in the AMS Nest or online). 2. Contribute three times to The Ubyssey! This can mean writing three articles, taking three photos or videos, making three illustrations or helping with copyediting three times. Or you can mix and match! 3. Attend your third staff meeting with those three contributions, and The Ubyssey’s staff members will vote you in!

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Welcome to North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Michael Vento Contributor

There’s a coastal stretch of land inside the smallest state in the US. It sits along an oceanic passage as if hugging the brisk Atlantic. It’s a sub-rural area but large enough in size that it stretches halfway across the state. It’s quaint, sunny, lively and historic. It’s nothing like busy, fast-paced Vancouver. Welcome to North Kingstown, Rhode Island. It’s a beautiful place to be. The kind of town you retreat to when other places get too loud. Where strangers stop and chat after meeting paths on village streets. Where families shop for goods their neighbours need. Where friends routinely volunteer at drives and pantries every weekend. In North Kingstown, the community works like clockwork. It’s a place full of mixed emotions. Being the only home I ever knew, all the memories I’ve cherished and tried to expel take place within its borders. Growth, strength, pain, anguish, solace, love and learning come to mind. Though North Kingstown is frozen for much of the winter, the spring season blossoms with haste. Summer flourishes even more so, and outsiders are drawn to the town’s warmth and energy.

You can bury your feet in the hot summer sand while enjoying the cool breeze. Children jump back and forth between the beach water and the land, tracking footprints along the shore just in front of the tide. Stay at the beach late enough, and you’ll see a show of fireworks — red, white and blue across the star-speckled sky. Sometimes the sunny mornings turn to rainy afternoons. The bravest of folks stay outside when the thundershowers arrive. Within a half-hour, the heavy rain subsides, and rumbling thunder lingers in the distance, leaving the air crisp and cool as evening approaches. The clouds part, and the sunshine returns. That summer shower sensation was one of my last before I departed across the continent for Vancouver, to live a new life on the West Coast. Look, breathe, see, explore, meet, laugh, party, sleep, eat, write, study, sing, study, write, study, write, study, write, study, write and it’s over! Time to return home for the summer. Arriving back was revitalizing. I could once again surround myself with the expected, something I had missed throughout my time out west. Familiarity is re-energizing. But the clock still ticks even when you’re gone, and it’s up to you to once again move with

your hands. I can’t help but reflect upon the quietest moments in town. The kind of quiet moments when you’re deep in thought, playing your life back in your head like a movie. When the movie’s over, I’m extra attentive to my surroundings; the rustling water, the crinkling leaves, the cry of seagulls from above, cars racing by in the distance, swing sets rocking back and forth — wherever I am — these settings all combine to a medley that brings clarity to the town. It is usually solemn but wholesome. As I sit and write from home, there’s a refreshing sense out and about. Summer is approaching once more. Strangers, families and friends keep the gears moving, just as they did last season. I can confidently say I love my hometown. It’s a special hidden gem within a busy area. Like the glass between the dials and the exterior world, North Kingstown feels safe from much of the outside, a bubble or shield, if you will. It has shaped every little part of me. Who and what would I be without it? That is a question I don’t want to ponder. If nothing else, I can thank my hometown for leaving its print on me. And like you would a watch, I take it everywhere I go. U

CORRECTION

An October 25 news story about the Hungry for Change walkout misstated that food security, rather than insecurity, was rising on campus. The Ubyssey regrets this error.


NEWS

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 TUESDAY

EDITORS NATHAN BAWAAN + ANABELLA MCELROY

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AMS celebrates 100 years since Great Trek, opens time capsule Aadya Arora Contributor

The AMS unearthed a 1972 time capsule and put a new one in its place to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Great Trek last Friday. The event took place at the Great Trek Cairn on Main Mall and included speeches from notable former AMS executives on the importance of student activism. The Great Trek was a protest organized in 1922 by the AMS to push the government to start construction on UBC’s current campus. Students gathered 56,000 signatures before the AMS president at the time led protesters from Fairview to the half-built Chemistry Building on what is now the Point Grey campus. This, along with AMS advocacy to the BC Legislature, pushed the provincial government to commit $1.5 million to the new campus. “[This day] marks the anniversary of the first big win that students ever had on this campus,” said current AMS President Eshana Bhangu. 1972/73 AMS President Gordon Blankstein’s speech before the capsule was unearthed touched on 1972 tuition and living costs, music performances from the likes of Billy Joel and Frank Zappa and other notorious accounts of his time at UBC, putting the 50-year time difference in perspective. “I’m a little terrified of what might be in the time capsule,”

said Blankstein. “I hope there’s nothing offensive to anybody because it was definitely different times.” Event speakers dug up the time capsule, and current students opened it. It included several magazines and newspapers from the day, including a copy of The Ubyssey. It also had a student registration list, some postcards and an invitation and the menu from the 1972 Great Trek Ceremony to bury the capsule. There was also a copy of an engineering publication, The Red Rag, which Bhangu described as “PG-13 content.” All the items will be displayed in the AMS archives on the third floor of the Nest. REFLECTIONS ON A COLONIAL PAST The Great Trek, while an iconic moment of student activism at UBC, was colonial in nature — a fact speakers at the ceremony didn’t shy away from. “[The Great Trek] only perpetuated the idea that ... what is now UBC was empty land free for the taking, and also further excluded our people from this type of decision making,” said Jordan Wilson, a representative for Musqueam Indian Band. Since then, Wilson said he believes the relationship between the university and Musqueam has changed for the better. “On first glance, [Musqueam

Jordan Wilson added an Every Child Matters shirt to the new time capsule.

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The “PG-13” Red Rag from 1972.

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Students take a first look at the contents of the 1972 time capsule.

house posts and artwork] might seem like window dressing or decoration. But to my mind, these initiatives . . . speak to the way the relationship [between UBC and the Musqueam Nation] is transforming.” Wilson put photos of significant events with Musqueam people at UBC, a booklet about the history of Musqueam and Indigenous communities along with an orange shirt that says ‘Every Child Matters’ in hən̓q̓ əmin̓əm̓, the Musqueam language, into the new time capsule. Kim Campbell, former prime minister and former AMS executive, also spoke at the event about the privilege of interacting with students from different faculties during her time working for the AMS. She also mentioned the importance of thinking and advocating for beyond our own time. “Can we develop that way of thinking as the Great Trekers did in a way to try [and] create something that they would not live to see?” said Campbell.

Herb Dhaliwal, former minister of natural resources and VP finance of the AMS, addressed students in particular, speaking on how consequential student activism is. “Education is very important but you need to get involved in all the other issues and participate. You can make a difference,” said Dhaliwal. NEW TIME CAPSULE TO BE OPENED IN 2072 Along with the Musqueam items, every undergraduate society placed objects into the new time capsule. UBC also contributed an alumni UBC strategic plan, a letter from former UBC president Santa Ono and a bow tie. Some notable undergraduate society additions included locally-sourced honey from the Land and Food Systems Undergraduate Society, a resume and cover letter from the Commerce Undergraduate Society describing the faculty’s current programs and the Engi-

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neering Undergraduate Society’s signature letterman jacket — along with some secret objects in its pockets. The AMS added menus from all its current food outlets, a KN95 mask, a copy of The Hundred-Year Trek by AMS Archivist Sheldon Goldfarb and letters from students. After the ceremony, it added a copy of The Ubyssey. “I think it was really cool to see how easy it was to differentiate between the items ... [it shows] team pride,” said Kinesiology Undergraduate Society Ivran Rai after the event. The new time capsule will not be opened for another 50 years — in 2072. Bhangu closed the event by calling on future students to continue the work of student advocacy. “I think this is a testament to student advocacy and student activism, and we really, really hope the next 50 years bring so much more of this.” U

The Commerce Undergraduate Society’s resume and cover letter went in the new time capsule.

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4 | NEWS | TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2022 SHOW ME THE MONEY //

DISABILITY ADVOCACY //

“Nothing about us without us.”

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UBC forms accessibility committee Liz Mendes Contributor

UBC will form an accessibility committee to comply with new BC legislation — although disabled students and faculty want to see more than simply a committee from the university. Former UBC President Santa Ono announced the formation of the committee in an early October blog post. New regulations under the Accessible British Columbia Act — passed by the BC Legislature in April — require public sector organizations to have an accessibility committee, an accessibility plan and a mechanism to collect feedback on their accessibility efforts. Disability groups involved in listening sessions with Ono largely supported the creation of the committee, but they want more than just a committee — they want a Disability Task Force. Katherine Benson, member of the UBC Law Disability Alliance, said a Disability Task Force could create a guiding set of longterm actions — similar to UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan — the university could use when forming its accessibility committee. A petition started by Kathryn Douglas, a project and administration coordinator at UBC, to form such a task force has 199 signatures at time of print. “[The Disability Affinity Group] has been calling for the formation of a Disability Task Force to complement the incredible work done by the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force and the Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force. The ARIE Task Force report calls for the formation of a Disability Task Force at UBC,” the petition reads. Corin Parsons, student leader of the Disabled Grad Students Association, said in a written statement to The Ubyssey, that the meeting with Ono was productive and included discussions around a call to action document created by disabled students. Still, Parsons believes UBC could do more. “The requirement to form an accessibility committee is a legal mandate under the province’s new accessibility legislation,” he said. “It is, as we say in our Calls

to Action document, a floor not a ceiling. Forming an accessibility committee is UBC just doing what it is legally required to do, so it’s strange to see it presented as somehow responsive to disabled students’ requests.” Some disabled students and faculty are also concerned about the inclusion of disabled community members in UBC’s proposed committee. “So far, disabled folks have not been a part of the planning or organization of this committee, which is a significant problem,” Dr. Jennifer Gagnon, founder of the Disability Affinity Group, said. “Members of the [Disability Affinity Group] have offered to serve on the committee but our participation has not been invited.” In a statement sent to The Ubyssey, Dr. Arig al Shaibah, associate vice-president, equity and inclusion at UBC, said she believed the new BC legislation would complement the inclusive work UBC has already done, including creating a Disability Accommodation Policy and having accessibility shuttles to bring people around campus. She added that UBC is currently engaging in discussions to properly consult and engage on-campus disability groups. “Efforts are just getting underway to convene relevant university offices to ensure there is a shared understanding of the accessibility imperative and to discuss the details of the governance model we will need to action the work ahead, including the establishing a committee with membership from stakeholders and rights-holders,” she wrote. Parsons said these efforts are not enough. “The unofficial motto of the disability movement is ‘nothing about us without us’ because we’re frequently excluded from decision making processes that affect us,” he said. “I don’t want a committee that takes our calls to action with no oversight or accountability and sends us on the way with a pat on the head.” Parsons said. “We need decision-making infrastructure that guarantees disabled people have a seat at the table and actual power in shaping university policy.” U

Student-run initiatives Sprouts and the AMS Food Bank are recieving more funds from UBC.

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Breaking down UBC’s $425,000 food security allocation Bernice Wong Senior Staff Writer

UBC has announced the breakdown of a $425,000 allocation toward food security initiatives on the Vancouver campus, increasing funding from this year over last to student-run initiatives, but not matching the 2021/22 allocations to larger university-run initiatives. At the September 26 Board of Governors meeting, then President Santa Ono announced $500,000 of extra funding for food security to be split between the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. This one-time funding reduces the financial gap between last year’s and this year’s budget allocation to food security, which cut UBC funding to the AMS Food Bank in half. The allocations are a product of consultation between UBC, AMS and GSS leadership. Here are the specific allocations. UNIVERSITY-LED INITIATIVE FUNDING REMAINS LOW Combining the 2022/23 budget and the one-time allocation, UBC has allocated $127,000 to the Food Hub Market, an at-cost grocery store, and $260,000 to UBC Meal Share, a by-application resource which gives students once per term grocery store gift cards and meal plan swipes, respectively. The totals are less than half of what these organizations received last year. The Acadia Park Food Hub, a community food pantry received $55,000, more funding than last year. Operation of the Food Hub was taken over by UBC this year, and was previously run by the AMS. In a statement from Andrew Parr, associate vice president of Student Housing and Community Services, he noted that “food insecurity initiatives was not reduced during this fiscal year.” He outlined that the 2021/22 figures are a reflection of “one-time funding” in recognition of the “extraordinary circumstances” students were in due to the pandemic. Currently, he reported that the administration is pursuing a “longterm plan for addressing affordability” in the form of the Student Affordability Task Force. This task force report includes a “$100 million fundraising initiative to support need-based aid and food security.”

Notably, no funds were allocated towards Fooood, a university-run affordable food outlet which will remain closed this year due to high operating costs. STUDENT ORGANIZATION FUNDING INCREASES Funding for student organizations has increased in comparison to the previous academic year. Dana Turdy, AMS vice-president academic and university affairs, told The Ubyssey that food security advocacy has been a priority for the AMS. As for the allocated amounts for the AMS Food Bank, she said, “there could always be more funding.” However, with the current university’s budgetary restraints, she believes that this allocation “will go a long way.” One of the main things that the AMS will implement with this new Food Bank funding is “more of a variety of food items,” said Turdy. With this year’s summer demand for the food bank almost doubling, Turdy said that the funding can help

secure key staples like “eggs, milk and rice.” The increase in funding for this year’s AMS Food Bank is largely due to the one-time allocation. $145,000 of the collective $170,000 in funding is from the one-time allocation. Despite this, Turdy reported that the AMS is advocating for long-term funding in next year’s budget and that they “hope to see a continued level of funding in future years.” With the recent Sprouts Cafe-led walkout for food security funding from UBC amid record-breaking inflation rates, Turdy said, “it really just shows a lot of frustrations that students are experiencing right now.” This past year, the AMS Food Bank saw a 600-visit spike between February and March. Visits to the food bank continue to dramtically increase. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen this problem so severe before, and it’s definitely not something we take lightly,” Turdy said. U

Comparing food security funding, including budget and one-time allocations.


CULTURE

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 TUESDAY

EDITOR TOVA GASTER

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QUEEN OF PERFORMING AT UBC //

‘This night is for you’: Carly Rae Jepsen takes audience to the moon and back at UBC show Nathan Bawaan Web News Editor

One of my clearest memories associated with Carly Rae Jepsen is when “Stay Away” started playing on my first boyfriend’s car radio when we kissed for the first time. While that relationship ended a few months later, I still associate a newfound sense of happiness and freedom with that memory and song — a feeling of finally, after years of telling myself that I couldn’t be gay, being comfortable to express my sexuality. It was euphoric. Two years later, a similar sense of euphoria washed over me at Jepsen’s concert at UBC. On October 29, Jepsen performed for a packed Halloweekend crowd of dressed-up attendees — including Raccaccoonie from Everything, Everywhere, All At Once — at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC as part of her So Nice Tour. The night was great from start to finish. The pre-show playlist of David Bowie, ABBA and Diana Ross and opener Empress Of’s pulsating dance-pop performance primed the audience for Jepsen’s exuberant disco-inspired discography. At around 9 p.m., the arena’s ethereal, blue lights faded to black as special guest, The Moon from “The Loneliest Time” music video, appeared on a screen among the stars and clouds hanging on the stage. “I offer you a safe place to feel whatever it is you need to feel.

More than anything, this night is for you,” The Moon said to the silent, but excited crowd, before leading everyone in a countdown to the start of the show. Then, everything turned red. As lights flashed on stage and the opening notes of “This Love Isn’t Crazy” played, the band and background vocalists ran to their instruments and mic stands on stage. Jepsen followed, dressed in a short silver dress and matching pair of kneehigh boots. She struck a pose at the top of the stairs at the back of the stage, her backlit silhouette eliciting screams from the audience. For the next 90 minutes, the crowd couldn’t stop smiling, dancing and singing along as Jepsen performed banger after banger. She sang all the hits like “Run Away With Me” and “Call Me Maybe” — the law requires you to sing along, according to Jepsen — as well as songs like “Want You In My Room” that I usually skip when they come up in shuffle, but that I have a new appreciation for after seeing them live. Jepsen also led the crowd on a thematic journey through the heart, from trying to reconcile your romantic feelings for someone after they friend zone you (“Your Type”) to feeling like you’re going on bad date after bad date (“Beach House”), to being so in love that you can’t contain it anymore (“I Really Like You”). The show comes a little over a week since Jepsen released her

Carly Rae Jepsen led the crowd on a thematic journey through the heart.

Carly Rae Jepsen, dressed in a silver dress and a matching pair of boots.

latest album The Loneliest Time and the singer used the stage to promote many of the new songs, including “Talking To Yourself” and the country-sounding “Go Find Yourself Or Whatever.” While Jepsen spoke less to the audience than other performers I’ve seen, she still engaged with the audience in other ways, like holding out the mic or pointing out to the crowd — which always felt electric when it was directed to where I was sitting. She also, in what has

become tradition, performed with a Minecraft sword in hand that an audience member gave her during the “Cut To The Feeling” finale. Aside from the music, the energy in the arena was my favourite part of the show. Going in, I was nervous because my friend and I were sitting in different sections. But that didn’t seem to matter once the show started. I was still dancing and vibing with everyone around me, including the person behind me who was also attending by themself.

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There was also something magical about shouting “But you know what / I’m coming back for you, baby!” from “The Loneliest Time” in unison with an arena full of people. Even after Jepsen and the band gave their final bow and the arena’s lights turned on, as I walked back to the bus loop, I couldn’t help but feel good. Like that day two years ago in my ex’s car, I will look back fondly on this night for years to come. U

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6 | CULTURE | TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2022 HOW DO YA LIKE THEM APPLES? //

THINGS TO DO//

Crunch time: an excessively thorough review of November arts and UBC Apple Festival apples culture calendar Ubyssey culture staff DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS (MOA, 11/1, 4­–9 P.M.)

Celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the UBC Museum of Anthropology with an altar, mariachi music and dance, a guided tour of the Xicanx art exhibit, and food. Free for students. THRIVE BY THE FIRE (UBC BOOKSTORE 11/2, 11 A.M.–2 P.M.)

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The apple festival.

Charlotte Alden and Nathan Bawaan Coordinating Editor and Web News Editor

The Apple Festival is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. To celebrate, two of our editors attended an apple tasting two weeks ago. Here are our honest, (kind of ) expert opinions from students with strong opinions on apples. MEET THE JUDGES

with some peanut butter, mashed together into an applesauce or just in its raw form as a snack. All apples are valid, except for the mealy ones. AMBROSIA

Charlotte: In texture and juiciness, the Ambrosia passed with flying colours. Flavour-wise, this ambrosia tasted a bit watery to me, and lacked the tart and sweet apple punch that I love from my old faithful, the Gala apple.

Charlotte Alden, coordinating editor: I’m a Gala gal. If Gala apples have one fan, I am that fan. If Gala apples have no fans, I am dead. I love sweet, crisp apples, and have nightmares about mealy apples. I enjoy apples in all forms, but you really can’t beat a nice apple compote, or a crisp apple on a fall day.

Nathan: I don’t fully remember tasting this apple — sorry to my friend who is a die-hard Ambrosia stan — but I think I liked it based on my scores. The flavour and texture were good, but the look was lacking.

Nathan Bawaan, web news editor: The ‘a’ in apple stands for ‘alpha’ — because apples are a top-tier fruit. I love a Granny Smith, or a Honeycrisp if I’m feeling rich,

Charlotte: Ah, the Golden Gala. While the look of this apple left something to be desired, everything else was perfect. While I was open to having my mind changed

AURORA GOLDEN GALA

about the superiority of Galas, I stand by my original claim: Galas are the best apples.

quality was that it was tiny, so you’ll only have to suffer for a little bit.

Nathan: I am a Gala girl convert. It was sweet, juicy, had a good bite and the texture was just right. It was also yellow, making it stand out among the reds and greens of its apple brethren

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Charlotte: This apple is forgettable to me. It tasted decent, but the texture was disappointing. I can’t remember much else about this apple, but I’ll take that as a sign that it wasn’t that good.

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Nathan: I also don’t remember a whole lot about this apple, except that it kind of tasted like a pear — which I thought was fun and quirky.

STAND FESTIVAL (PRESENTATION HOUSE THEATRE, 11/2–8, TIMES VARY)

HYSLOP CRAB APPLE

Charlotte: Look, I know I shouldn’t have been coming in expecting this to taste like an apple. It’s a crabapple. I knew that. But nevertheless, this reaffirmed my opinion that crabapples are trash. As Hilary Duff once said, “Eating a crabapple thinking it will taste like a real apple is like waiting for rain in this drought. Useless and disappointing.” Nathan: This apple should be called ‘Hy-flop.’ From the cheese-like flavour to the way it crumbled in my mouth, there was almost nothing good about this crabapple. The only redeeming

WINTER BANANA

Charlotte: I had such high hopes for this one. A hint of banana in an apple? Innovative! Jaw dropping, if executed correctly! However, the flavour did not live up to my imagination. Nathan: I became obsessed with this one as soon as I saw the name — love at first sight, if you will. And, I’m still in love. It tastes like an apple, but with a funky, banana-y finish. If you like bananas, I recommend! FINAL THOUGHTS

Charlotte: All this tasting taught me is that my opinions on apples are extremely valid: crabapples are bad and Gala apples are the best. Good for my ego and my wallet, as No Frills has had a huge bin of discounted Gala apples all month. I feel vindicated that I’ve convinced Nathan of the glory of the Gala.

Bite me.

UBC Campus and Community Planning, in collaboration with UBC Wellbeing and the Blank Vinyl Project, is holding a free outdoor concert to promote relaxation and wellness in the community. Free.

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Nathan: This tasting was lowkey the definition of “slaying so hard that slay loses all meaning.” I went in feeling ravenous and came out feeling sufficiently full. All of the apples (except that Hyslop one) were tasty, and I will now be adding Gala apples to my shopping list rotation. Plus, I found love in the form of that Winter Banana apple. U

Presentation House in North Van presents “a celebration by and for immigrant and refugee artists,” including Bharatanatyam South Asian dance, original plays, Nigerian R&B and more. Performance tickets are $17–24. Workshops are free but registration is required. VANCOUVER BLACK LIBRARY X THE HATCH (HATCH ART GALLERY, 11/10, 6:30–10 P.M.)

The Vancouver Black Library (VBL) will host a casual party at the Hatch Art Gallery in the Nest. Come through for karaoke, open decks DJ sets, snacks and purely to hang out and build community. Free. VANCOUVER ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (VAFF) (CINEPLEX ODEON INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE CINEMAS, NOVEMBER 3–13, TIMES VARY)

VAFF features work from Asian North American filmmakers. Tickets are $10 for students. CINEMA THINKS THE WORLD: MARIUPOLIS (2016) (UBC ROBSON SQUARE, NOVEMBER 25, 6–9 P.M.)

This film by director Mantas Kvedaravicius explores the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, and includes a director Q&A. Free. U


NOVEMBER 1, 2022 TUESDAY | CULTURE | 7 GET TATTED //

Queer artists on moving the needle toward an inclusive tattooing industry Kayley Kuo Contributor

A UBC student looking to get some ink on their skin may not have to look far: There are some talented tattoo artists in the UBC student body. But, for a piece of art that they’ll likely carry on their body for the rest of your life, some prefer to choose artists that relate to the nuances of their experiences with gender expession and sexuality. Two such artists at UBC, Clara Sismondo and Li Yang, said that it’s heartening to see the increasing amount of Queer representation in the tattoo community. Tattoos are a powerful method of self-expression, and can play a part in making anyone feel more comfortable in their body. This can be particularly valuable to

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2SLGBTQIA+ people, who may not feel that their identities are reflected in their bodies, or respected by society. Clara Sismondo, a tattoo artist and fourth-year student in geology and honours English, said that tattoos can help Trans or nonbinary individuals affirm and express their own identities. The joy that comes with that affirmation is called gender euphoria. “Tattooing is really important to me in terms of reclaiming cisnormative and heteronormative beauty standards,” said Sismondo. “For me as a Trans person, body modification has been an important part of my transition and continues to be, and tattooing is a part of making my body come into the world the way I feel.” Sismondo has been doing hand-poke tattoos for about half a year. Their first canvas was themself. “There’s something really, really meditative about being able to just create that art on my own body and have that sense of ownership.” That experience of grounded connection is just as important when Sismondo is inking other people. “It’s a lovely way to connect with people in a really intimate experience, to sit down with someone and create this permanent piece of art on their body.” This sense of intimacy is a major reason why Queer representation in tattooing is so important. A positive tattoo experience involves being able to fully trust the tattoo artist. “As a Queer and Trans person, it feels way more safe and comfortable [for me] to go to a

Queer, Trans tattoo artist,” said Sismondo. On the other side of the needle, community is essential to beginning artists learning where to start. Li Yang is a third-year psychology major and hand-poke tattoo artist at Chi Collaborative in Burnaby. Although Yang could be described as self-taught, having never gone through a formal apprenticeship process, they prefer to credit their teachers and supporters. “I like to say community-taught because a lot of the stuff I know about the process and techniques, I learned from the internet community, and a lot of the Queer community in general,” said Yang. These techniques aren’t just about improving their style. Yang said these online resources are crucial in learning tattoo safety. “It’s kind of like a harm-reduction thing. If you don’t do it right, you can get sepsis.” In the same way that 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and organizations often provide information and resources that are unavailable elsewhere out of necessity, such as much-needed safer sex or gender-affirming care, aspiring Queer tattoo artists often turn to online resources shared by members of the community. Community information exchange about tattooing is a response to the traditional gatekeeping tendencies of the broader tattoo industry, which has been dominated by straight, cis, white men. Yang explained that the traditional path to becoming a tattoo artist starts with an appren-

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A tattoo by Clara Sismondo.

ticeship in a parlour. However, apprentices are treated more like unpaid interns instead of being properly trained or compensated. “It’s kind of a gatekeeping system that has been set up by the white people, the old, straight, cis white men [in] tattoo parlours, which is ironic because, you know, the knowledge that they have about tattooing is largely taken from Indigenous peoples.” Many Indigenous cultures, including Inuit, Secwepemc and Anishinaabe communities, have histories of tattooing which some settler tattoo artists have appropriated. The rise of visible, marginal-

ized artists on the internet, many of whom are community-taught, is a promising sign that the tattoo industry is gradually moving away from gatekeeping and theft. “I’m really excited that the world of tattooing is opening up to so many people who have been historically excluded from it, and also is becoming more aware of the history of tattooing,” said Sismondo. “I think that it is just such a beautiful art practice,” said Yang. “And I think if anyone is interested in it, there didn’t used to be, but there’s lots of resources now out there that are available for people.” U

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST //

The Holy Spider gives insight into sex worker rights in Iran Zainab Fatima Contributor

This article contains mention of gender-based violence. Holy Spider follows Rahimi, a journalist covering the news of a serial murderer named Saeed, labelled “The Spider Killer,” who targets sex workers. He justifies his mission through religion, as their city of Mashad, Iran is home to the shrine of Imam Reza. Although Rahimi is fictional, the film is based on a real serial killer who was active from 2000 to 2001. The recent protests in Iran, sparked by the murder of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, also make director Ali Abbasi’s devastating representation of the violent manifestations of misogyny unarguably relevant. Rahimi is a single woman pursuing a career path dominated by men. People from hotel employees to policemen constantly question or critique her position in society and her authority as a reporter. Although she is a journalist, Rahimi is not positioned so differently from the sex workers in the film. She was terminated from her previous workplace for speaking out after experiencing sexual ha-

Zar Amir Emrahimi as Rahimi in The Holy Spider (2022).

rassment from her employer. The incident leads to others ostracising her, providing an excuse for her opposers to question her personality and professionalism. The same structures of misogyny that harm sex workers impact her as well. Abbasi strategically opens the film through the point of view of one of Saeed’s sex worker victims,

starting from her goodnight kiss to her young child before leaving for work. Humanizing sex workers from the outset is important to contrast the dehumanizing remarks made throughout the story as the killer and his supporters justify the murders. Abbasi’s film ultimately critiques the use of religion to

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justify cruelty. There are female characters in the film who wear a headscarf and those who do not. Women who have married and raised their children from home or are working mothers, along with those who are single and pursuing a career. However, in all of this, you have the male policy-makers, whose fingers are intertwined with prayer beads. They label the

sinner and decide the punishment because they have aligned themselves with their interpretation of faith as morality. One of the reasons why I wanted to watch this film was because I am part of the religious community that it depicts. I have fond memories of Mashad from my childhood because my family has visited the city several times for pilgrimage. Although I am not Iranian myself, the environment I was brought up in is very similar: full of taboos about sexual agency and limitations to what a woman could do. As I grew up and discovered my own path, I found myself critiquing these aspects of my society and was intrigued to see The Holy Spider doing the same. I appreciate the way Abbasi portrays the weaponization of religion and the countless barriers women face every day. The fact that the main character is a journalist is significant too, as a reporter uncovers the truth and confronts perpetrators, no matter who they may be. Here, a woman takes on this role, and the truth she uncovers does not only concern Saeed or his victims but the entire community. U


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RESOURCE GUIDE

Funding options available to UBC students looking to get an autism diagnosis WORDS BY JASMINE CADELIÑA MANANGO & PALOMA GREEN

The resource guide accompanies the feature found at ubyssey.ca/features/bcsautism-assessment-process-is-slow-andexpensive/. Autism diagnoses can be hard to come by, especially for adults. The cost of getting a formal diagnosis can create a barrier for many adults looking to get an autism diagnosis since they can cost upwards of $2,000 in BC. For students, this can be problematic because current medical documentation is generally required for access to academic accommodations — although the UBC Centre for Accessibility (CFA) does accept childhood diagnoses. Here are some ways that UBC students can obtain funding. The director of the CFA, Janet Mee, previously told The Ubyssey that the centre collaborates with enrolment services to obtain funding for students who do not have a diagnosis and that the centre is often able to provide interim accommodations for students who are still looking for funding or are in the middle of the assessment process. Another potential source of funding for UBC students is the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan, which includes a $1,250 mental health benefit for meetings with a psychologist however, it is unclear how much of this would cover diagnostic services. Students should note that you need to have MSP or equivalent basic health insurance coverage such as iMED to be covered by the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan, which provides extended health coverage. Another financing option is BC’s public health insurance, otherwise known as the MSP. Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students that are

studying in BC for at least six months are eligible to apply for MSP. However, as there are no provincially-funded diagnostic services for adults, there are very few doctors who take MSP and the ones that do have long wait times. If you are under 19, there is a free-provincially-funded diagnostic assessment through BC Assessment Network, but the wait time can stretch up to three years. Although, wait times vary depending on your geographic location. Students can also access Canada Student Grants for Services and Equipment — Student with Disabilities (CSG-DSE) via Apendix 8 in Student Aid BC. CSG-DSE will provide reimbursement of up to 100 per cent of the cost of a psycho-educational evaluation — which is used to diagnose learning disabilities — at a maximum of $3,500. However, this funding is only available once you have obtained a diagnosis that allows you to qualify for Appendix 8, meaning you will need to pay the price of the assessment upfront. Reimbursement will still be issued if you are not diagnosed with a learning disability but are diagnosed with a different disability. The CFA is able to guide students through this process of applying for Appendix 8. Student Aid BC also provides a learning disability assessment bursary of up to $1,800 to help both full- and part-time students pay for the cost of diagnosis. For more information about how to apply, UBC students should talk to the CFA. The CFA

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wrote to The Ubyssey that “alongside Enrolment Services, [they can] identify similar services in [a students] home province’s student aid system.” UBC students also have the option of joining the UBC Disabilities United Collective, which can sometimes offer need-based support to help pay for the diagnosis. Since the collective is an AMS resource group, it has access to the $500,000 AMS Resource Group Fund, which is split among the various AMS resource groups. Students who are interested in accessing this fund can contact the president of the collective for more information. Community Living BC also has a Provincial Assessment Centre that provides mental health services for individuals 14 and up with a referral, including those with developmental disabilities. Interested students can contact them to see if they can provide support in obtaining a diagnosis. In a statement to The Ubyssey, the CFA wrote, “For students who suspect they may have an Autism diagnosis, our primary recommendation is to start their inquiries with their primary healthcare provider.” U


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PLACES TO GO

Singapore burns as bright as its sun WORDS AND PHOTOS BY ADITI MANKAR DESIGN BY MAHIN E ALAM

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ingaporean sun seared our backs as we ambled out of Changi International Airport with our luggage, but it didn’t deter us from awing at the Green City. This was our first international trip as a family, and it felt equal parts surreal and exhilarating to soak in Singapore’s Rain, Yellow Flame trees and futuristic, biophilic and art deco architecture, blistering heat and diverse population. As we traversed the streets, Malay, Tamil, English, and Chinese and Singaporean Mandarin swirled around us in a cacophony of excited chatter, berating tones and happy squeals. We stepped into a whole new universe at Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum; the surroundings exploded in a brand new culmination of eccentric visuals, sounds and activities. The shutters of cameras went off, mingling with perpetual gasps in the background, and still, none of us managed to articulate how beautiful the place was. The museum was divided into themes, and creative and technological effort was taken to create visuals and sound effects suitable for each one. As evening approached, we had plans

to explore Gardens by the Bay, a paradise sculptured from artificially-grown rainforests. Exploring the rainforest was a refreshing contrast from the museum visit that had left me slightly overstimulated. The variety inside the gigantic greenhouse called Cloud Forest was outstanding. It housed hundreds of species of flowers, cacti, rainforest trees and a 35-metre-tall waterfall. The temperature and humidity levels were expertly controlled in a way that allowed the lush green vegetation to thrive indoors. At the end of the day the giant trees playing with lights to the crescendo of Hans Zimmer, which truly stole the show. It was not unlike leviathans, beautiful apparitions that were lit up with colourful fires, and judging from all the cheers, squeals and excited screams, everyone was lit up like one of those colossal trees. It was jaw-dropping to experience strangers smiling at each other and cheering under those mammoths. I grasped onto the hope that multifarious communities can unite as a single entity during grand moments of beauty and could also sustain during dire times. At the end of the show, our feet were

aching, our clothes dotted with sweat, hunger rolling like thunder in our stomachs and our cheeks hurting from smiling too much. After 15 minutes, we were nosedeep into the soupy goodness of laksa and tofu skewers. On our third day, we went on a city tour, and at that moment, Singapore seemed like a stories within a story. On one street, we stumbled across sweet and kind hawkers selling their best fruits and vegetables in stalls made out of wood chipped away with time. Two steps into another block, you’ll be enchanted by the colourful shophouses swathed in bright blue and crimson red, and we were lured in one of those tiny, cute cafes for some Kaya toast and black coffee. We were characters from a children’s pop-up book because the environment seemed to be too beautiful and full of life, as if every part had been elaborately and carefully sketched out. On our last day, we decided to pay a visit to Universal Studios, and we thoroughly enjoyed the adventure rides and attractions despite the overpriced food. The rides made me feel like the main character straight out of a young adult

novella. It was a one-of-a-kind experience to be among thousands of people milling around, all linked together with a common need to explore and enjoy. Before going to the airport, we took our sweet time exploring the wares on Bugis Street and getting food from the Albert Centre Market. Gone were the high-rise buildings, hi-tech technology and polished behaviour, replaced with bright shops squabbling for space in the small area, daring bargains, local merchandise and mouth-watering, stomach-clenching food. This piece of local haven had more vegetarian options than a high-end bougie restaurant had offered us, and I was pleasantly surprised. I could write love odes to the traditional Singaporean pancakes with red bean and peanut butter filling. I adored them so much, and they were only one Singaporean dollar each. Sweaty and sated, it was time to bid goodbye to the Green City. I knew then that I would miss and cherish the blankets of green trees and bright florals, the pleasures we found in the scrumptious and savoury delicacies, the art, the architecture and the fierce spirited sun. U


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NOVEMBER 1, 2022 TUESDAY

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THE FALL OF UBC //

The Dingbat: UBC’s tuition fees may be rising, but its ranking isn’t Elena Massing Staff Writer

The only reason I picked UBC was so my mom could say that I go to a Top 50 institution when she and her sisters are fighting over whose children are the most successful. UBC’s ranking, according to Times Higher Education, has dropped from 37th to 40th worldwide. If it continues to decline at this rate, I’m going to get beat out by my cousin Kyler, an unlicensed makeup artist with a history of spreading pink eye. I’m now tasked with finding a more elite institution that offers my super niche and obscure major (political science) — it has to be recognized enough that simply saying its name immediately makes any conversation about me. Here are just a few of the reasons why UBC has gone from top to flop. THEY JUST COULDN’T FIND THE CAMPUS I don’t know who comes up with these rankings. Maybe it’s a few guys with clipboards, or the All-Seeing Deity of Educational Institutions. Whoever it is, I’m going to assume that they just got lost so they couldn’t find the campus, let alone evaluate its delivery of Elite Educational Experiences (blackCalibri-on-white-text Powerpoint

slides). Given that we’re conveniently placed in the middle of nowhere, it’s highly possible that on the way over here, they took a wrong turn and ended up in the forests surrounding UBC (heart of Vancouver, my ass!) where they’re currently camped out with the international students who couldn’t find housing. If getting to the campus wasn’t already hard enough, good luck actually finding your classes. You think that’s the Geography Building? Nope. Construction site. Since you even bothered to ask, we’ve now decided to tear down all the buildings and rebuild them in completely different locations. Fuck you. INCREASE IN CAMPUS SQUIRREL-RELATED INJURIES Statistics show that within this past year, the amount of squirrel attacks on campus has risen by 85 per cent, with over half of them resulting in fatalities. From running people over with a skateboard to good ol’ stab wounds, the squirrels are getting creative with their torture tactics! Not only do they glare menacingly anytime I have a bag of chips in my hand, clearly manipulating me into letting a tasty morsel slip from my fingers, but they’ve now turned to psychological warfare. One of them even tried to sign

Who is the All-Seeing Deity of Educational Institutions and how can I meet them?

me up for a multi-level marketing company. REFUSAL TO CHANGE OUR STUPID MOTTO Since the university’s first president was in power, UBC students have

lived by the phrase Tuum Est (“It is yours,” for all the people who did not take LATN 101 as a GPA-booster). This begs the question: What exactly is mine? Crippling student loan debt? Rampant food insecurity? Take it back! I don’t want it! I think you know exactly what

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you need to do now. Time to apply to the University of Toronto. Happy trails! U The Dingbat is The Ubyssey’s humour section. Send pitches and completed articles to blog@ ubyssey.ca.

STUDENT PSYCHE //

The Dingbat: UBC budget tears down Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs tier by tier

UBC has begun its barrage on the smoking remains of the student psyche.

Thomas McLeod Senior Staff Writer

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a common measure of whether a person has their life together, and whether a person is psychologically whole. The hierarchy is split into physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization. UBC has long been waging war against students’ psychological requirements, and with the recent revelations that UBC has reduced funds to combat food insecurity on campus, it has finally begun its final barrage on the smoking remains of

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the student psyche.

SAFETY NEEDS

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“Security” at UBC has always been a euphemism for “guys with shitty Reddit accounts who couldn’t even become cops,” so that’s off the table. We have health if that cough can wait a month. And sure, you can find employment at UBC, if you love applying for every WorkLearn known to man here and at UBCO.

It was only a matter of time until UBC rounded out the last tier of the pyramid. It has already killed shelter, with on-campus housing prices making you wish you never left Winnipeg. Drip (or clothing, for the swagless masses) is another resource that has been deferred to students, and vast swaths of the UBC community have comforted themselves with the knowledge that reproduction has never been part of the university experience. Sleep? Don’t make me laugh.

LOVE AND BELONGING UBC has pushed its students harder every year in order to rise and inevitably fall in the world university rankings, alienating them

from their peers and civil society in general. Couple this with its installation of Weird Vibes Conductors (wifi) all over campus, and people have become increasingly withdrawn, self-involved and introverted, preferring the warm embrace of League of Legends, Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, MySpace or whatever other dumb bullshit you people are doing on your computer. Touch some grass guys, Jesus.

clout of attending the second best school in Canada: the delusional, the idiotic, the unambitious and the drunk. Once UBC introduced the Mandatory LinkedIn Profile Act of 2014, the veil was lifted on how exclusive this school (and its 52 per cent acceptance rate) actually was.

ESTEEM

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This was only ever the case for people who came to UBC for the

SELF-ACTUALIZATION Hahahaha. U


OPINION

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 TUESDAY

EDITOR IMAN JANMOHAMED

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RECORDS REQUESTS //

Editorial: The AMS’s proposed revisions to its Records Policy are bad for transparency

Policy SR2 is the AMS’s Records Policy.

Ubyssey Editorial Board

Editor’s note: This editorial was published before the motion to revise Policy SR2 was withdrawn from AMS Council on October 26. The motion has referred back to the Governance Committee. The AMS is not practicing good governance. AMS Council was set to vote on a motion to revise its Records Policy (SR2) on October 26. If passed, that would mean members of the AMS (a.k.a. students) cannot request access to internal correspondence, transition reports or raw data (data collected by or for the AMS). The proposed changes come after The Ubyssey requested access to redacted emails from the AMS related to the hiring of AMS President Eshana Bhangu as interim VP finance and discussions around the amendments to the Video Surveillance Policy (SR14) that now allows filming inside Safewalk and other AMS vehicles in September. In response to the request, Bhangu and AMS Archivist Sheldon Goldfarb said email correspondences are not considered records under AMS code and bylaws.

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“According to the AMS Bylaws, AMS members can access records and books. Correspondence, in the way the Bylaws currently are written, does not fall under that category,” Bhangu wrote in an emailed statement to The Ubyssey. At the time of our request, emails seemed to be considered an AMS record — bylaw 18(1) states, “All reports, correspondence and any records … shall remain with the Society to be kept at the offices of the Society” — but it was surprising to learn that they cannot be requested by students. We also requested access to the elections administrator transition report — which was rejected on similar grounds and would not be requestable under the amended Policy SR2. We understand that some documents need to remain confidential; The Ubyssey isn’t asking for records that would leave the personal information of AMS staff and members up for grabs. All we’re asking for is to be able to access redacted documents that society members should be entitled to view. These new restrictions on what documents students can access could have been codified during the October 26 Council meeting.

Making internal correspondence and raw data unrequestable by students is bad for many reasons. Such a practice is bad for transparency — a topic that candidates in AMS elections, including the current execs, have been promising to address for years. The Ubyssey has its own reasons for wanting to be able to request AMS emails: to help with our reporting and to hold student leaders accountable. But, students in general should also be able to request emails from their democratically-elected and student-funded leaders. Why can’t a student see email conversations between the VP finance and Studentcare related to coverage under the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan? Why can’t a student see emails between the VP academic and university affairs and a student advocacy group? Refusing to allow students to see these records also makes it harder for the AMS to call on other bodies, like UBC or the Student Legal Fund Society, to be more transparent with students. Why should people listen to calls for frankness in governance when those demanding these changes are themselves

not practicing transparency? The proposed changes leave the door open for case-by-case exceptions for requesting these documents. But, the AMS is still able to leave students in the dark about what’s going on a vast majority of the time — and gives the student society an easy excuse for not sharing anything that could damage its reputation. There is a precedent for receiving email records from the AMS. In 2020, The Ubyssey reported on conflict of interest allegations against then-AMS VP External Kalith Nanayakkara. When asked about this precedent, Bhangu said this “past lack of compliance with the Bylaw section has been by one individual, and it is not a norm.” Why can’t it be the norm? Part of the issue is that the AMS is a private entity. Other public institutions like UBC and the provincial government are required to release emails and correspondences when requested under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Another issue is that the BC Societies Act — the law outlining how private organizations like the

AMS function — doesn’t require these groups to even comply with records requests. In this regard, the AMS is being generous. Despite this generosity, the AMS can do more — and the first step would be for councillors to vote against any revisions to Policy SR2 that make it difficult for the society to practice good governance. The AMS might not fall under FIPPA, and the Societies Act might not require compliance with record requests, but that does not mean it should explicitly prevent sharing emails and data upon request. Similarly, Bhangu wrote in her statement, “We are happy to consider making exceptions in exceptional circumstances, but we must ensure compliance with our Bylaws to the best of our ability.” Yet, nothing in AMS code or bylaws explicitly prevents the sharing of emails. We urge the AMS to follow its word and commit to transparent governance by voting against any revisions to Policy SR2 that restrict transparency. U Editorials represent the opinions of the editorial board of The Ubyssey.


SCIENCE

NOVEMBER 1, 2022 TUESDAY

EDITOR SOPHIA RUSSO

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STELLAR IDEAS //

Cosmic community: UBC CHIME project members win national prize Sophia Russo Science Editor

UBC’s Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) team was awarded the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering last week. The award is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and serves to recognize Canadian excellence in projects that combine expertise across multiple disciplines. According to CHIME project members, the significance of this award is not limited to its financial potential — the real value lies in community, validation and new opportunities to explore the unknown. The main goal of CHIME is to learn more about the expansion of the Universe by characterizing dark energy. The project is also a leader in the observation of mysterious radio waves coming from outside our galaxy called fast radio bursts and also does research on pulsars, neutron stars with very strong magnetic fields. The CHIME team — composed of around a hundred students, faculty and staff — collaborate closely in their exploration of the Universe and its constituents. According to physics and astronomy professor and CHIME member Dr. Mark Halpern, the major significance lies in the honour of being recognized with a national award of this scale. He said he felt the excitement surrounding this award was rooted in “having the recognition and the

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The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) team won a national award last week.

appreciation that we actually built something that’s useful and productive.” The community aspect was also highlighted by the CHIME members interviewed. Physics and astronomy professor and CHIME member Dr. Ingrid Stairs stressed that this award belongs to the whole CHIME team. “There is a huge amount of effort that’s gone into [the CHIME project] by a very large number of people and it really should be considered to be a full team award,” she said.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Brockhouse Prize finds a perfect home in the CHIME project. The team consists of engineers, programmers, cosmologists, radio astronomists and more. The team-centred approach to CHIME was apparent when The Ubyssey interviewed Halpern’s lab, including PhD student Tristan Pinsonneault-Marotte, posstdoctoral fellow Hyoyin Gan, scientific software developer Liam Gray and CHIME project manager Mandana Amiri.

According to Amiri, the CHIME project finds a “good balance” in its team. Pinsonneault-Marotte has found CHIME to be a significant learning opportunity as he completed his Master’s on the project and wraps up his PhD. “It’s a great mix of people from different backgrounds … it’s been a great opportunity to learn from people.” As the CHIME members accept this honour, professor of physics and

astronomy and CHIME member Dr. Gary Hinshaw explained, the Brockhouse Prize extends to an affirmation of having a “pan-Canadian” project provide exceptional research contributions. “It’s a specifically Canadian born and bred project that has gone beyond the borders … that sense of cooperation and mission focus is really wonderful,” he said. U Visit ubyssey.ca to read the full version of this article.

ON THE WORLD STAGE //

UBC sends community delegation to world climate conference Shereen Lee Staff Writer

UBC will be sending a delegation of eight faculty and student representatives to observe the United Nations climate summit. From November 6 to 18, the delegates will be attending the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Assistant professor in Asian studies Dr. Pasang Sherpa, clinical assistant professor in the School of Population and Public Health Dr. Shannon Waters, geography professor Dr. Simon Donner and educational studies professor Dr. Vanessa Andreotti will be among UBC’s faculty representatives. A wide range of disciplines will be featured in this year’s delegation and serve to highlight the unique goals and perspectives of each participant. Waters is attending COP27 with issues of public health and Indigeneity in mind as a doctor and member of Stz’uminus First Nation. “I think Canada is lagging behind a lot of other countries in terms of its commitment, and funding of work, to climate change mitigation and adaptation. I believe that Canada has to ramp

A delegation of eight faculty and student representatives will be attending the conference.

up its prioritization and funding to this critical health issue urgently,” she wrote in a statement to The Ubyssey. Masters of electrical and computer engineering student Gideon Berry, PhD candidate in the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries Verónica Relaño Écija, third-year international economics student Abdul Bashar Rahman

and PhD student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability Rudri Bhatt have been selected as UBC’s student representatives. Berry told The Ubyssey that they hope to advocate for youth voices and clean energy solutions at the conference. While they began their studies in engineering physics at UBC, Berry has

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since transitioned to a focus on electrical engineering and energy systems. “With the climate crisis getting ever closer to the 2030 requirements to decarbonize, and all the targets not being met over and over again — it filled me with so much dread,” they said. Berry said they aim to support student voices and education well

into their career. “I want to actually become a faculty member eventually … where I can actually be the professor who encourages students to be involved in the communities, who can incorporate interdisciplinary [subjects] for them in their fields,” said Berry. The delegates aim to advocate for campus interests at the conference and have compiled a feedback form to better understand community priorities. Before the conference commences, the delegates will interpret the data to inform their platform. Berry noted that one area of concern across UBC community members involves human rights issues in Egypt. The conference’s host country has drawn scrutiny for suppressing the voices of activists and critics. Earlier in October, UBC’s Centre for Climate Justice hosted an event with investigative journalism outlet The Intercept on the imprisonment of pro-democracy activists like Alaa Abd El Fattah. “I really hope that the [Egyptian] government is held accountable, and they don’t get away with just using this opportunity to be the face of the Global South … with activists in prisons and in horrible conditions,” said Berry. U


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Football clinches playoffs, downs previously undefeated Huskies

Cross country sweeps Canada West championships

After starting the season 1–3, the T-Birds bested the conference-leading Huskies 35–29 to secure a spot in the playoffs. Isaiah Knight led the Thunderbirds offensively with an outstanding 231 total yards.

The UBC men’s and women’s cross country teams claimed the Canada West championship titles on October 29 in Abottsford. UBC’s Tyler Dozzi claimed the gold on the men’s side, and T-Bird Kiana Gibson won the race for women’s cross country’s fourth consecutive championship victory.

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Varsity rowing teams travelled to the renowned Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston, where both men's and women’s lightweight fours teams came from behind to earn a first-place victory. The men captured their first gold medal while the women repeated their performance from 2019.

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Danielle Steer broke the all-time Canada West points record on October 14 as UBC women’s soccer secured a 3-0 victory over the Trinity Western Spartans. Steer’s two assists — one to Nisa Reehal and the other to Katalin Tolnai — gave her 67 points total to move her ahead of T-Birds alum Jasmine Dhanda's 65 points.

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Women’s golf earns third straight Canada West championship

Men’s hockey scores 14 goals in one weekend

UBC captured their third consecutive Canada West title after beating their island rival, the University of Victoria Vikes. First year Jessica Ng led the T-Birds, finishing second in the individual scoring.

The UBC men’s hockey team scored a total of 14 goals in a pair of back-to-back victories against the University of Manitoba Bisons, despite blowing three-goal leads in both games. On October 7, the T-Birds held on to win 6–4, while they won 8–7 in Saturday’s game.

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In the Canada West semi-final, the Thunderbirds first conquered the University of Alberta Pandas 64–12. Savannah Bauder scored 34 points, 14 of which came from conversions. They then played the University of Victoria Vikes in the final, triumphing over them 24–12 for the division championship title.

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Men’s basketball takes Buchanan Cup over NCAA rivals SFU

UBC women’s hockey goes to overtime twice

UBC men’s basketball defeated the NCAA Div II Red Leafs for the Buchanan Cup after a thrilling 79–73 victory in front of a packed gym. UBC’s huge 28-point second quarter pushed the 'Birds to win their 19th Buchanan Cup.

Both of UBC women’s hockey’s games against the Huskies on the third weekend of the month went to overtime. On October 14, the T-Birds led 2–1 after two but fell 3–2 to the Huskies in overtime off a powerplay goal. The following day, they rebounded with a 2–1 win as Chanreet Bassi broke the tie in double overtime. U


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