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                            the ubyssey
                                                                                          APRIL 7, 2011
                                                                                          volume 92, number xlix
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Liberals recruit students for election                                                                                                                 news BRiefS
                                                                                                                                                       kalyeena makortoff
arshy mann                                                                                                         Unlike Warwick and Lalli, Van
news@ubyssey.ca                                                                                                 Barneveld has lived in his rid-        ams postpones voting on
                                                                                                                ing, which UNBC is a part of. He       increasing exec wages
Three young UBC Liberals will                                                                                   said that the response to his can-
have more on their plates this                                                                                  didacy has been very positive.         Heated debate surrounded ex-
April than studying for finals.                                                                                    “New Democrats have always          ecutive pay hikes, as the Busi-
   UBC students Kyle Warwick,                                                                                   been really supportive of their        ness and Finance Committee
Sangeeta Lalli and Stewart Mc-                                                                                  youth candidates, more so than         brought forward a motion to
Gillivray will be running for                                                                                   most parties,” he said. “And I         increase AMS staff pay ahead
the Liberals ridings both close                                                                                 think even from the public me-         of the province’s minimum
to and far from home—Warwick                                                                                    dia we’ve been getting really          wage increase that comes into
in Skeena-Bulkley Valley, Lalli                                                                                 good reception from them.”             effect May 1.
in Cariboo-Prince George and                                                                                       He argued that while his youth         The motion proposed a three-
McGillivray in Port Moody-West-                                                                                 gives him a fresh perspective on       tier wage structure and wage in-
wood-Port Coquitlam. The Lib-                                                                                   the issues, he is well acquainted      creases would take place in two
erals finished a distant third in                                                                               with problems in Northern BC.          stages—one on May 1, 2011,
all three ridings in 2008.                                                                                         “The north has been econom-         and the other coming in May
   All three received word that                                                                                 ically depressed for the last fif-     2012.
they had received the party’s                                                                                   teen years. Most of the recession         The changes would raise the
nomination earlier this month.                                                                                  has happened in the last two           four executive positions to $15
For Warwick, the news came as                                                                                   years, but the north has been liv-     per hour, effectively raising ex-
a bit of a surprise.                      Warwick is running for the Grits. geoff lister photo/THE UBYSSEY      ing in it for [much longer],” he       ecutive salaries from $25,000
   “I heard there was the oppor-                                                                                said, adding that his background       to $30,000 a year.
tunity, so I approached people       support of the Liberals. NDP             Lalli will be hoping to un-       in the resource sectors gives him         Executives recused them-
and I was told that this was a       candidate Nathan Cullen has           seat veteran Conservative MP         a heightened understanding.            selves from the discussion.
riding where there might be an       held the riding since 2004. War-      Dick Harris in Cariboo-Prince           While Van Barneveld said he            While assistants, speakers
opportunity. After some time I       wick has never resided in the         George. Harris has represent-        was glad to see more young peo-        and committee chairs would also
was told I was a candidate. So I     riding and will only be able to       ed the traditionally Conserva-       ple such as Warwick and Lalli          receive raises according to their
don’t really know what the whole     begin on-the-ground campaign-         tive riding since 1993.              running for office, he was crit-       assigned tier, most of the discus-
process is.”                         ing on April 20, when his ex-            But she’ll also be running        ical of how the Liberals chose         sion surrounded the pay hike for
   Warwick, a political science      ams finish.                           against a very similar candidate     their candidates.                      non-minimum wage employees.
student and long-time AMS               “I’ve done a lot of reading        to herself. Jon Van Barneveld is a      “It’s good to see more youth           “We believe our execs need
councillor, has been volunteer-      about the key issues there, but I     22-year-old UNBC student who is      coming out of the woodworks,           this kind of compensation so
ing for the Liberals since he was    shouldn’t overstate it in any way.    running for the NDP and a pro-       but I have a sneaking feeling that     that they can continue to do the
15 and has been a card-carrying      I still have a lot to learn still.”   tégé of Cullen, the MP holding       lots of these Liberal candidates       great work that they do,” said
member since 19.                        While Warwick was the first        the seat Warwick is going after.     are thrown into the mix just so        Allen Chen, GSS rep and bud-
   “[Running as a candidate]         UBC student nominated, two               “I have seven years of polit-     that they can say they ran a full      get committee member.
seemed like an extension of          more joined him this week.            ical experience behind me. I         set of candidates,” he said.              Student senator Joel Martens
some of the things I’ve already         Lalli, a 21 year old political     worked for Cullen on all of his         Warwick, however, said he           said executive pay raises would
done,” said Warwick. “I’ve al-       science student, was nominat-         campaigns [and] the HST initia-      plans on putting up a fight.           receive negative attention, es-
ways believed in the values of       ed Tuesday, while McGillivray,        tive, STV referendums as well           “I think that people will see       pecially since the AMS recent-
the Liberal party so this seemed     a second year student and the         as local riding associations         that I’m not here to tell them that    ly passed a referendum to in-
like a way to help that.”            head of the UBC Young Liber-          and campus clubs at UNBC,”           I know what’s best, but I’m here       crease student fees.
   He faces a tough race: in 2008,   als, was nominated Wednes-            said Van Barneveld. “And so I        to listen to what their concerns          The referendum passed by
only 5.5 per cent of the riding’s    day. Both declined comment            don’t feel by being a youth I’m      are and I’m going to put in as         a two per cent margin and one
34,000 voters turned out in          for this story.                       inexperienced.”                      much of a campaign as I can.” U        of the primary arguments of the
                                                                                                                                                       “no” campaign was that the
                                                                                                                                                       AMS wanted more fees to in-

UBC student eyes Vancouver School Board seat
                                                                                                                                                       crease executive wages.
                                                                                                                                                          “I believe that right now we’re
                                                                                                                                                       about...top tier of exec remuner-
                                                                                                                                                       ation, and...moving up to some
                                                                                                                                                       of the highest in student unions
micki cowan                             Dealing with homophobia and                                                                                    across Canada,” added Martens.
mcowan@ubyssey.ca                    bullying while growing up in                                                                                         Had the motion failed, increas-
                                     Salmon Arm, he was motivated                                                                                      es would have applied to all em-
Ryan Clayton is not your ordinary    to help other troubled youths in                                                                                  ployees whose pay would fall
second-year social work student.     what he feels was valuable expe-                                                                                  below the $8.75 new minimum
   Involved with the field and       rience for the job.                                                                                               wage, while all others would
passionate about fighting dis-          “When I was a kid I was bul-                                                                                   stay the same.
crimination since he was 17,         lied pretty badly, which led me                                                                                      Student Greg Williams was
the 23-year old is now hoping        to the point where I opened that                                                                                  concerned that the decision
to be nominated for a the po-        youth centre so I could be a peer                                                                                 would go to vote without stu-
sition of school trustee on the      to peer councillor for other peo-                                                                                 dent input.
Vancouver School Board—a po-         ple who were going through sim-                                                                                      “I’m not all that passionate
sition he’s confident he has the     ilar things.”                                                                                                     about exec wages, but about
experience and support to get.          Clayton said that the youth                                                                                    that I know a large number of
   His role as school trustee        centre helped kick-start his role                                                                                 people who would probably have
would be to make decisions for       as a councillor to youths and                                                                                     been here right now had they
the school board on finances,        then into politics.                                                                                               known that exec wages were
programming and advocating              “I think that there are huge                                                                                   going to be discussed.
the Ministry of Education about      opportunities to just talk to kids,                                                                                  “If you do this at another
the needs of the board and the       really engage them and discuss                                                                                    meeting, I guarantee there will
voice of the students.               issues in a way that they can                                                                                     be more students here, and they
   Clayton feels that in the role    take ownership of their schools                                                                                   will have things to say,” he said.
he could improve consultation        and they can be in charge of                                                                                         Though Council was only in-
with students.                       it. That’s what sort of led me                                                                                    formed of the proposed increas-
    “I could walk in a room with     into education, and I’ve always                                                                                   es at the meeting, in which most
another school trustee and ask       been interested in politics,” he                                                                                  of the councillors were newly-
the exact same question in the       said. “I’ve always thought that’s        Clayton is hoping for trustee spot. geoff lister photo/THE UBYSSEY       elected representatives, Chen in-
exact same way, and students         where stuff gets done.”                                                                                           sisted “it wasn’t our intention to
are going to respond to me dif-         Politically, he has acted as                                                                                   deceive Council,” and further op-
ferently because I’m closer to       co-chair on a civic advisory             “The odds are I have a very       critics. “If you take my age away      posed the postponement, say-
their age,” he said.                 committee, where he worked            strong shot at it…I think I have     from it, I have more than enough       ing that “student employees
   Consultation with students        with the mayor, city council,         a lot of people who want me to       experience to be qualified for         who were set to be hired this
for him also involves discussing     the parks board and the school        be very successful that are go-      the position,” he said.                coming week would not know
technology and making sure all       board.                                ing to help me.”                        “I have eight years working         their pay…Think about standing
schools are upgraded.                   As far as support goes, he feels      Despite his young age and         around politics, five years work-      up for students who are work-
   As a self-proclaimed geek,        that he is strongly backed by         the fact that he has not yet grad-   ing around education directly          ing for these wages.”
Clayton also wants to discuss        Vision Vancouver, where he is         uated from his university pro-       with students. My experience              AMS food and beverage work-
video games and the impact they      seeking nomination to run for         gram, Clayton is confident that      is completely justified. I belong      ers were not included in the
have on the education system.        the position.                         his experience will win over         there.” U                              wage restructuring. U
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                                                                                Set up for the annual last day of classes concert began Wednesday morning. geoff lister photo/THE UBYSSEY

                                                     Can’t tell a dubstep from a mashup from a fat guy with a Macbook?

        BlOCK PARTY                       A block party 2011 PRiMeR
by the numbers                                                                  songs from like 1am to 6am...         Fire” earned them a host of new       music, and from there I just

                                          W     e did it! Summer! Class-
                                                                                No one will play them except
                                                                                for me.”
                                                                                                                      fans, including the late DJ AM,
                                                                                                                      who helped launch the group
                                                                                                                                                            tried making my own. I’ve al-
                                                                                                                                                            ways been a studio guy as well,

                                          es are over! But before think-           Despite his love for genre         in the US.                            I was using Reason [sound edit-
                                          ing about the small matters of        bending, there is one sound Su-          Grandt heft considers t he         ing software] back in grade 10
                                          finals and trying to find a sum-      lyma avoids at all costs, despite     group to be “pioneers” in the Ca-     in high school. I kind of lucked
                                          mer job, let’s take a little break    its popularity. “I like sing-along    nadian DJ community.                  out having to climb the ranks
         Talent budget                    to celebrate. If you’d like to hud-   songs. Save the dubstep for the          “I don’t think anyone does it      in Vancouver’s scene, because
                                          dle in a group on MacInnes field      overdose at the hotel,” he said.      like we do,” he said. “Especial-      I lived in Glasgow when I first

                                          under whatever atmospheric            “I don’t like having crazy, drug-     ly when we started. At the time,      started DJing. My first gigs were
                                          conditions Vancouver spews on         addicted friends who grind their      you’d go to the club and just hear    all overseas. And actually, I was
                                          Thursday, either shivering or         jaws all day and stare at you like    house music or you’d go and just      a UBC student at the time, doing
                                          dancing to 4/4 beats and swill-       they’re going to kill you. I like     hear hip-hop. There was no going      my studies abroad there. When
          cup of beer                     ing crispy cups of $3 Molson,         Muppet songs.”                        and hearing hip-hop at a house        I came back, I started gigging
                                          then Block Party is sure to sat-         Sulyma isn’t sure what he’s go-    club—never mind hearing John-         in North America.

                                          isfy your needs.                      ing to include in his Block Party     ny Cash.”
                                             April 7 will see electronic        set, but he promises a “shitkick-        Cash’s well-known track is cut     U Do you play a different set at
                                          artists Switch, Rye Rye, Felix        ing” show. Whether he’s refer-        with clips from Clint Eastwood        a club versus an outdoor stage?
                                          Cartel, Team Canada DJs and           ring to the music or his on- and      Westerns and samples from Bus-
          kegs of beer                    MY!GAY!HUSBAND! take the              off-stage antics is unclear.          ta Rhymes and 50 Cent. It’s sur-      FC Yeah definitely. I think when
                                          stage for UBC’s last-day-of-class-                                          prising and clever. Grandtheft        you’re playing outdoors versus in

         1800                                                                    “ I apologize
                                          es celebration. We talked to a cou-                                         said, “We definitely have a sense     a club, it’s more of a band vibe,
                                          ple of the acts about Johnny Cash,                                          of humour about it…We don’t take      people are jumping and looking
                                          dubstep and starting fights.           in advance for                       ourselves too seriously. There’s a    at you more directly. In the club,
                                                                                                                      Canadian humility to the whole        I try to remember people are ac-
        feet of fencing
                                          my!gay!husband!                        everything I’m                       thing that I think is lacking a lot   tually dancing more, so I try to
                                                                                 going to do.”                        in the States.”                       cater to that in that environment.

                                          “I don’t know any of the frats at                                              Even though they’ve played
                                          UBC, but they’re all wimps.”                                                parties for people who could buy      U You’ve got a section on your
                                             Jason Sulyma, who DJs as            Jason sulyma, aka                    and sell the AMS in an afternoon,     blog that explains your cre-
Tickets sold as of Tuesday                MY!GAY!HUSBAND!, won’t con-            my!gay!husband!                      Grandtheft says the pair are ex-      ative process. What’s some ba-
                                          sider his set at Block Party a suc-                                         cited about their Block Party set.    sic advice you can give to new

                                          cess unless he gets to fight some-      “I don’t know why I’ve been         “To be honest, the party we’re go-    producers?
                                          one afterwards. “That’s why I’m       invited to play. I tried to DJ over   ing to do at UBC is going to be a
                                          coming up there,” he said. “To        Stars one year and then I blacked     million times better than any of      FC People had been asking me
                                          beat them frat guys up. Especial-     out,” he said.                        those celebrity parties,” he said.    online how I made some of my
         day of tickets                   ly the big ones.”                       “So I apologize in advance for                                            sounds so I thought this would
                                             They’re strong words coming        everything I’m going to do.”                           —Ginny Monaco        be a good way of documenting

                                          from a man who believes he was                                                                                    and referring everyone to one
                                          only asked to play the event be-                       —Ginny Monaco        felix cartal                          place. My biggest advice is you
                                          cause he’s a “giant, sweaty, fat                                                                                  don’t need an expensive studio
                                          guy freakshow.”                       team canada dJs                       The Ubyssey caught up with Van-       to make great music. Learn what
     tickets to break even                   Sulyma has been performing                                               couver DJ Felix Cartal for an email   you have and use it well.
                                          as MY!GAY!HUSBAND! for about          Team Canada DJs have a CV that        interview to talk about how he

                                          eight years, hosting parties all      includes sets on the Olympic          plans to rock an outdoor beer gar-    U You’ve done some work with
                                          over Vancouver. Most Saturday         medal stage and at private par-       den as hard as a Miami Beach af-      Steve Aoki. Any wacky stories?
                                          nights he performs at the Bilt-       ties for the likes of David Beck-     ter party.
                                          more as part of the Glory Days        ham and Paris Hilton. On April                                              FC He crowd-surfs at his shows
   last year’s attendance                 series.                               7, they’ll add UBC’s illustrious      Ubyssey How did you get into          in an inf latable raft! Enough
                                             Nothing is off limits for Su-      MacInnes Field to that list.          music? How was it coming up           said.

                                          lyma. He’s remixed everyone              The group is composed of DJs       in the Vancouver scene?
                                          from Lou Reed to the Beatles,         Grandtheft and D.R. ONE, both                                               U Evaluate the term/concept/
                                          and even the Muppets theme            veterans of the Montreal club         Felix Cartal I slowly started         genre: “dubstep.”
                                          song. “I’m just a big weirdo and      scene. About eight years ago          listening to more of it once I
   forecast temperature                   I have nothing else to do when        they began co-hosting parties         heard Radiohead’s Kid A. This         FC What’s dubstep?
                                          everyone else falls asleep,” he       as Team Canada. In 2004, their        album really helped me to con-
                                          said. “So I make all these stupid     remix of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of       nect rock music and electronic                       —Jonny Wakefield
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Diving in with AquaSoc
Venerable UBC club gives students a taste of the life aquatic

                               For the sake of practice, AquaSoc substitutes the impenetrable depths of the ocean with the pool at War Memorial Gym. Jeff blake photo/AQUASOC

hazel hughes                         to Blake, “we’ve invented a way       and exciting for them,” he said.       However, you don’t have to          programs and scuba equipment
Contributor                          to breathe underwater—that’s a        “And when they come up out of       travel far to have a great dive        rentals. Membership for a year
                                     pretty amazing achievement that       the water for the first time and    experience. Duncan described           costs $35, which also includes
One of the oldest diving groups      more people should experience.”       are so excited and thrilled about   some amazing dives close to            free air refills and access to
in Canada is in the basement of         Breathing underwater for the       the experience, that makes it       home.                                  dive events (weekly night dives,
the SUB. The UBC Aqua Society        first time is strange and a bit un-   new and exciting for me every          “On [Vancouver] Island, the         bi-weekly club dives and dive
prides itself in providing the       comfortable. Before you know it,      time.”                              artificial reef society of BC has      holidays).
highest calibre of recreational      though, your brain puts it all to-       He recommended the Aqua          made artificial reefs out of old          The Aqua Society also hosts
diver training as well as a learn-   gether and it gets easier. During     Society to anyone interested in     ships. They gut these ships and        other events, like the Helium Ka-
ing environment that is fun, safe    your first lesson you’ll practice     learning how to scuba dive. “Es-    sink them into a well-suited en-       raoke Beer Garden, guest speak-
and respectful of the underwa-       safety skills, from what to do if     pecially for those who want to      vironment and then these sunk-         ers and regular movie nights.
ter ecosystem.                       your goggles flood to what hap-       travel and dive, I recommend        en ships...after five to ten years     Blake invited anyone interested
   Jeff Blake, the Aqua Soci-        pens if your tank runs out of air,    doing a good amount of dives in     you have some really amazing           to come and see what the Aqua
ety’s internet coordinator, said     all within arm’s reach of a qual-     your local area first,” said Dun-   life on these ships that divers        Society has to offer. “We’ve got
that the best thing about scuba      ified instructor.                     can. “Then when you go and trav-    can explore.”                          one of the largest club spaces in
diving “is the ability to enter         Mike Duncan, a scuba instruc-      el you can spend so much more          The Aqua Society offers div-        the SUB, with our own member
a completely different world,        tor, started diving about eight       time enjoying what is around        er training and members have           lounge, classroom and shop, so
one which we were not designed       years ago. “When you take a new       you instead of focusing on im-      access to monthly club meet-           come stop by, eat lunch and talk
to be in and enjoy.” According       group of students down, it’s new      proving your skills.”               ings, newsletters, instructional       about diving!” U
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welcome to the                                                                       bc travel | HAve YOU eveR Been TO....

travel supplement                                                                    Osoyoos, ideal Platonic polis
                                               describing extreme activities,
                                               such as bungee jumping and
                                               skydiving, available around the
                                               greater Vancouver area.

                                               As summer
                                               quickly approaches
                                               and final papers
                                               and exams are
                                               completed, many of
 geoff lister photo/THE UBYSSEY
                                               us are beginning to
                                               focus our attention                                                  Osooyoos. courtesy of dannielle hayes/ABORIGINAL TOURISM ASSOCIATION OF BC
fabrizio stendardo
Guest Editor                                   on something more                     robert straker                         derived from a native word mean-       hiking and biking trails strewn

As summer quickly approaches
                                               exciting—summer                       Contributor                            ing ‘where the waters narrow’—
                                                                                                                            always a good fishing spot.
                                                                                                                                                                   throughout the shrub-grassland,
                                                                                                                                                                   which flowers to wonderful effect
and final papers and exams are
completed, many of us are be-
                                               holidays.                             A perfect weekend road trip of
                                                                                     five hours down Highway 3 takes
                                                                                                                               Fishing is just one of the myr-
                                                                                                                            iad of activities available there.
                                                                                                                                                                   in the spring. As well, come night
                                                                                                                                                                   time you will find the stars are
ginning to focus our attention on                                                    you from temperate rainforest to       Anything you can think of to do        less shy in a desert sky.
something more exciting—sum-                                                         shrubs and steppes, raincoat to        on a lake, you can do in Osoyoos:         Accommodation options are
mer holidays. Should we book a                    The second provides sto -          sunhat, backyard to vineyard,          relax on the sand beaches, wind-       plentiful, with prices starting at
five-star resort in the Caribbean              ries on alter native travel,          slug to scorpion. Osoyoos is lo-       surf, canoe and so on. You can har-    around $50 a night, and a one way
or travel by train across Europe?              while critically examining vol-       cated at the northernmost reach        vest fruit straight from the tree      Greyhound bus ticket from Van-
What about a cruise to Alaska?                 unteer and exchange organi-           of the Great Basin desert, which       at the many orchards between           couver is $70. You can visit desti-
While these may all sound like                 zations that require payment.         itself stretches down and wid-         June and October. There are a          nationosoyoos.com for a well-put-
great options, I encourage you                 Included is a piece which de-         ens into Nevada. However, un-          number of well-regarded vine-          together visitors’ guide. U
to think outside the sphere of                 tails several popular volun-          like most deserts, barren and des-     yards in the region, such as Bur-
traditional travel.                            teer-travel companies that            olate it is not. The town is situat-   rowing Owl estate winery, where        Bonus fact: Osoyoos’s population
   My goal for this travel issue is            advertise on campus, while            ed on the waist of a beautiful (and    one may have a taste, or two, of the   is exactly that of Plato’s ideal for
threefold: to describe and high-               analy zing how the money              warm) lake. The name Osoyoos is        wine-making process. There are         a town or polis—just over 5000.
light novel ways of travelling,                they receive is used. There
such as organic farming; to criti-             is also a story about the var-
cally examine the goals of orga-               ious exchange programs for
nizations offering overseas ex-
periences to students; and to
highlight less-visited destina-
                                               UBC students, which high-
                                               lights both positive and neg-
                                               ative perspectives.
                                                                                     Beaches, wine and hiking in Summerland
tions and activities in and around                As an editor for a large Cana-
Vancouver and the province of                  dian publication once told me,        kait bolongaro
British Columbia.                              stories relating to travel should     Contributor
   This issue is divided into two              focus on the destinations and
sections. The first section is ded-            what makes them special. I hope       British Columbia’s interior is
icated to travelling BC and in-                this issue will offer fresh insight   riddled with small towns that
cludes “Have you ever been                     on not only the places, but also      are far from many tourists’ trav-
to...?” stories, which detail lit-             the experiences that can make         el radar. Think blue lakes, roll-
tle-known gems around British                  a trip unique and memorable           ing mountains and kilometres
Columbia. There is also a piece                for you. U                            of untarnished landscape: this is
                                                                                     the BC that is shown in HelloBC
                                                                                     advertisements but rarely seen
                                                                                     except by locals. Perhaps it’s the
                                                                                     tourist herd mentality that keeps
                                                                                     them off the beaten path, but
                                                                                     here are two small-town BC des-
                                                                                     tinations not to miss.
                                                                                        With a population of 10,000
                                                                                     people, Summerland is a quaint
                                                                                     destination in the Okanagan.
                                                                                     Often overlooked in favour of
                                                                                     Kelowna or Penticton, Summer-
                                                                                     land has the same beaches and          Wineries in Summerland. courtesy of don weixl/VANCOUVER TOURISM
                                                                                     wineries the valley is famous
                                                                                     for, but with the small-town feel
                                                                                     that Penticton has lost.                  Peach Orchard Beach, which          Summerland wines, it’s the per-
                                                                                                                            is just down the road, is Sum-         fect finish to a dish.”
                                                                                     where to stay?                         merland’s best. This beach also           Summerland is a wine lover’s
                                                                                                                            has a dog section and water park       paradise. Bottleneck Drive, aptly
                                                                                     Summerland has three camp              attached to it.                        named for the ten wineries with-
                                                                                     grounds.                                                                      in eight minutes of each other, is
                                                                                         “I would recommend Peach           where to eat?                          located on Highway 97. Most are
                                                                                     Orchard campground because                                                    family owned and independent,
                                                                                     it is a ten-minute walk to [Peach      While known for its wineries,          meaning that each winery produc-
                                                                                     Orchard] beach and ten min-            Summerland isn’t a culinary            es their own special brew. Tours
                                                                                     utes’ walk into [Summerland’s]         destination. There are, howev-         can be booked daily at any win-
                                                                                     downtown core,” said Shannon           er, a few good spots to get some       ery from July to October.
                                                                                     Brilz, a tourist information host      grub. The Vanilla Pod (9917A              Summerland is also known
                                                                                     at the Summerland Info Centre.         Main St) is as good as any tapas       for its outdoor activities. One lo-
                                                                                         Peach Orchard Campground           bar in Vancouver, with morsels         cal favourite is the Giant’s Head
                                                                                     is located at 6321 Peach Orchard       ranging from paella to sushi           Mountain hike on Milne Road.
                                                                                     Road with rates ranging from           pizza.                                 After about an hour’s hike to the
                                                                                     $27 per night for a tent to $32           “My favourite dish is t he          summit, there is a view of the
                                                                                     per night for an RV. Want to vis-      créme brulée,” said Anna Camp-         entire South Okanagan. This is
                                                                                     it with a big group of friends?        bell, a Vanilla Pod fan. “It is        the best spot in Summerland for
                                                                                     There are only four adults al-         light, creamy, with the perfect        a picnic and makes the some-
                                                                                     lowed per campsite, so make            amount of burnt sugar—and              what strenuous hike worth it.
                                                                                     sure to book adjoining sites.          paired with one of Vanilla Pod’s       Best of all, it’s free. U
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                                                                                                                                         editor TREVOR RECORD » features@ubyssey.ca
                                                                                                                             guest editor FABRIZIO STENDARDO » f.stendardo@ubyssey.ca

                                                                            Adventures up, down, near and far
Williams Lake: rough it cheap

Hiking in Williams Lake. courtesy of neil openshaw/VANCOUVER TOURISM

kait bolongaro                        where to eat?
Contributor                           Most of Williams Lake’s restau-
                                      rants are popular franchises or
While the Okanagan has been           smaller diners. The Beeotcheese
overrun with tourists in the          Bistro and Bakery (160 2nd Ave)
past decade, the Cariboo-Chil-        brings urban fare to the hamlet.             TOP: Rafting. courtesy of ryan robinson/REO RAFTING Bottom: Sailing. courtesy of kevin arnold/
cotin region of the province          Owned by two chefs, the bistro                                      TOURISM BC Right: Ziplining. courtesy of neil openshaw/TOURISM VANCOUVER
continues to grow in popular-         has a rotating weekly menu with
it y due to its unspoiled wil-        reasonably priced items, such
derness and good price value.         as a turkey burger for $10. They      Jocelyn lau                          circuits. The general admission        along with skimboarding, in
With a population of 12,000,          also have a vast assortment of        Contributor                          is $105 plus tax, including Sky-       which boarders surf the shal-
Williams Lake is in the heart         baked goods, which can be pur-                                             ride and dual-track, plus the          low water waves leave on shore.
of the BC backcountry.                chased to go.                         Finals are coming, but summer        five-line zip circuit.                   MacSailing provides group
                                         “The students that work for the    is just around the corner, just                                             and private sailing lessons.
where to stay?                        summer come with their friends,”      in time to release your pent-up      Price: $105                            Ecomarine offers courses in
                                      said Geoff Moore, a travel writ-      energy after the rain is done.       Time: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm (ev-            kayaking. Alternatively, UBC
“One of the number one hotspots       er and media relations represen-      Not sure what you want to do?        ery two hours), Saturday, Sun-         REC offers the same activities
in Williams Lake is the Stam-         tative for the Cariboo-Chilcotin      The Ubyssey has a quick guide        day & holidays 10am-4pm (ev-           for lower prices. One session
pede Campgrounds,” said Min-          Tourism Centre. “They go for cat-     to local spots where you can         ery hour)                              in skimboarding costs $44,
dy Cox, an avid Cariboo-Chilco-       tle drives and crazy adventures be-   try out adventures from sky-                                                while one session in windsurf-
tin traveler. “It’s close to down-    cause [these] are affordable. They    diving to white water rafting.       white water raf ting                   ing is $66.
town shopping and food, and           also go mountain biking, kayak-       Get ready for intense adven-
it’s open all year round.”            ing or canoeing for long weekends     tures that will bring you from       Canadian Outback is one of the         price: Varies
   The Stampede Camp-                 and hang out at quirky, under-the-    sky high to the rock bottom          few organizations that provide
grounds are clean and self-           radar festivals.”                     sea floor!                           white water rafting packages           scuba diving
cont a i ned w it h excel lent           One of the ‘quirky’ Williams                                            in Vancouver. Elaho rafting
rates, starting at only $16.80        Lake traditions is the annual         bungee Jumping                       takes place around Squamish            If you’ve never been on a dive
per night for a tent.                 Canada Day weekend stampede,                                               and the whole trip is roughly          before, The UBC Aqua Society
   Another option is McLeese          marking its 85th year in 2011.        Bungee jumping is t he ulti-         five hours long. Whistler He-          offers open water certification
Lake Resort, which has cabins         The rodeo features bull and           mate adrenaline rush—and an          li-Rafting offers an extra he-         starting from $369. Member-
on the lake that start at $59 per     bronco riding and is a smaller        activity that many add to their      licopter ride from Squamish            ships in the the UBC Aqua So-
night and sleeps two to six peo-      version of the Calgary Stampede.      bucket list. Whistler bungee         to witness the majestic ambi-          ciety are $35 for UBC students,
ple. “It is my favourite spot to go   Tickets go on sale in June and        jumping offers several jump-         ence of emerald green water,           and include discounts on rent-
swimming and camping, even            start at $15 per person for gen-      ing options, including a chest       snow-covered mountain peaks            als and access to group trips.
just for the day or a pit stop dur-   eral admission. If you are look-      jump in an upright position, an      and lush green valleys. To en-         UBC REC also offers the ‘PADI
ing a long summer’s highway           ing for that real country flair,      ankle jump in the traditional        sure participants are safe, full       Basic Open Water Certification’
drive. It is right off the highway,   there is a barn dance during          free-fall manner and the tan-        wetsuits, booties for your feet,       hosted by t he International
about 30 minutes north of Wil-        the rodeo, with tickets at $20        dem option that bundles you          a life jacket and a helmet are         Dive Center for $493 per UBC
liams Lake,” said Cox.                per person. U                         with a partner. Advance book-        all provided.                          student (includes eight ses-
                                                                            ing is required, especially dur-        Peak season runs July 1 to          sions). All classes are a com-
                                                                            ing the peak season from June        August 28 and prices range             bination of both pool and open
                                                                            12 to August 30. UBC REC also        from $149-159 depending on             water sessions.
                                                                            offers daily bungee jumping.         the size of the group. The val-
                                                                                                                 ue seasons are from May 7 to           price: $400 and up
                                                                            price: $130 (including tax)          June 30 and August 29 to Sep-
                                                                                                                 tember 25. Tickets range from          mountaineering
                                                                            sk ydiving                           $129-139. All trips usually de-
                                                                                                                 part at 10am. During peak sea-         UBC’s very own Varsity Outdoor
                                                                            Imagine falling from 12,500          son, however, Saturday trips           Club (VOC) organizes sma ll
                                                                            feet in the open sky and out the     leave at 8:30am.                       weekend trips from hiking,
                                                                            doors of a small plane over Ab-                                             climbing, mountaineering and
                                                                            botsford. UBC REC offers day         price: $149-159                        rafting to last minute ski trips
                                                                            trips from May to July for $325.                                            (till the end of May) across the
                                                                            Alternatively, you can visit Sky-    windsurfing, sailing,                  mountain peaks of Garibaldi to
                                                                            diving Vancouver and organize        skimboarding                           Tetrahedron Provincial Parks
                                                                            a trip with friends.                                                        and the Sea to Sky Highway.
                                                                                                                                                           As one of its long-term mem-
                                                                            price: $325 for UBC students         Jericho Sailing Centre ( JSC) is       bers, Matt Parisien, comment-
                                                                            with UBC REC                         one of the largest facilities in       ed, “Lots of the trips are open
                                                                                                                 Vancouver that arranges mul-           trips. If you want to go, then
                                             • Williams                     zip-lining                           tiple water activities. The cen-       you just sign up!” VOC wel-
                                               Lake                                                              tre offers classes from intro-         comes new members at any
                                                                            Ready to move on to something        duction to advanced levels. The        time of the year, so if you are
                                                                            that lies between the sky and        UBC Sailing Club operates out          not a member and would like
                                                                            the ground? Try zip-lining. En-      of the JSC, as do a number of          to make new friends and em-
                                                                            gage in a two hour ride that         other companies. Membership            bark on new adventures, check
                                                                            goes 80km/h from the peaks           in the UBC Sailing Club costs          out their website at ubc-voc.
                                              • Summerland                  of Grouse Mountain to the top        $97 for students, and courses          com/index.php. U
                                              • Osooyos                     of Dams Mountain, and over           for sailing, windsurfing and
                                                                            the Blue Grouse Lake in a se-        kaya k range from $55-100.             price: $35 for st udent VOC
                                                                            lection of five different zip line   Windsure offers windsurfing,           membership
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WWOOFing your way around the world
Travel through organic farming packs a major bite
alexandra warren                                                                                                                                                 pay a small fee for accommoda-
Contributor                                                                                                                                                      tion or food if you do not want to
                                                                                                                                                                 work long hours.
No, it is not a brand of dog food                                                                                                                                   To become a WWOOFer, you
or a chain of pet stores. WWOOF                                                                                                                                  must pay a membership fee that
stands for “World Wide Oppor-                                                                                                                                    ranges from $20 to $50 Cana-
tunities on Organic Farms,” and                                                                                                                                  dian dollars, depending on the
it’s a network of organizations                                                                                                                                  country in which you wish to vol-
that allows volunteers to live,                                                                                                                                  unteer. Membership fees help
work and learn on farms that                                                                                                                                     cover the costs of running the
produce food naturally without                                                                                                                                   organization. These include em-
the use of synthetic chemical                                                                                                                                    ployee wages, website mainte-
fertilizers.                                                                                                                                                     nance, promotion of WWOOF
   Becky Young, coordinator of                                                                                                                                   through publishing marketing
WWOOF Canada, described how                                                                                                                                      materials and media interviews,
the environment and living sus-                                                                                                                                  investigation of reports when
tainably is extremely important                                                                                                                                  problems or concerns arise and
to the organization.                                                                                                                                             the support of various charities.
   “WWOOF Canada is not in the                                                                                                                                      A membership entitles you
business to make money‚“ said                                                                                                                                    to online access of hosts on the
Young, “but to live and promote                                                                                                                                  website of the country you reg-
our passion for organic growing                                                                                                                                  ister for, the ability to create
and sustainable living.”                                                                                                                                         your own profile, access to an
   If you are going to volunteer                                                                                                                                 online community forum and
for WWOOF, it is an asset to share                                                                                                                               staff support to answer ques-
these same values. Imagine mak-                                                                                                                                  tions and assist in negotiating
ing wine in Italy, harvesting ol-                                                                                                                                WWOOF stays. Many are skep-
ives in Greece or tending to sheep                                                                        An organic farm. david chen graphic/THE UBYSSEY        tical as to how difficult it is to
in Scotland—all while working on                                                                                                                                 find a suitable host, but Becky
an eco-friendly farm.                             When planning your WWOOF-              Farming is hard work, but the    the impact that we as human be-        Young assured that, “in our 26-
   Traveling volunteers can find               ing experience, think about the        experience can be enriching.        ings have on our environment.”         year history, there has never
work on farms in over 50 coun-                 type of work you would like to         Elizabeth Plessis, a WWOOFer           Work and hours vary, but expect     been a complaint of a volunteer
tries worldwide, and no work                   do, how many hours a day you           who volunteered on a farm in        to do a lot of weeding, planting,      who was unable to WWOOF due
visa is required because you                   are willing to work, whether you       Argentina, explained how the        composting and many miscella-          to lack of opportunity.” U
are paid in food and accommo-                  prefer working on a farm with          experience changed her views        neous jobs that involve tending
dation. What you do need is an                 many different people or only a        on food production.                 to animals for about four to eight        For more information, refer
open schedule and a willing-                   few, and the type of accommoda-           “There’s something different     hours per day. The length of your      to the The Practical Guide to
ness to travel outside of cities               tion that you prefer. With thou-       when you’re helping grow the        stay can range from a couple days      WWOOFing by Adam Greenman
to work on farms that are usu-                 sands of hosts worldwide, there        food you eat. It makes you appre-   to a few months. Many farmers          or check out the website, wwoof-
ally in remote areas.                          are numerous options.                  ciate where it comes from and       also give volunteers the option to     international.org/.

Paying to volunteer: Where does your money go?
lisa ma                                                                                                                   find a complete and detailed ac-       organization, but found dealing
Contributor                                                                                                               count of their actual fees. Ac-        with volunteers’ questions quite
                                                                                                                          cording to Alison Kean, a Proj-        problematic.
Volunteering abroad can be a                                                                                              ects Abroad program advisor,              “It became increasingly diffi-
valuable experience for any stu-                                                                                          this is because each trip can vary     cult to avoid the issue of [where
dent. But to guarantee a posi-                                                                                            greatly depending on the desti-        the money goes],” says Andrea.
tive experience can come at a                                                                                             nation country.                        “It was actually contract-bound
price—literally.                                                                                                             “The exact proportion of the        that the financing of a volun-
   Advertisements for interna-                                                                                            volunteer’s fee depends on how         teers’ placement was not to be
tional volunteer placement orga-                                                                                          big the office is in that country,     discussed with them.”
nizations are found all over the                                                                                          how many staff are in that of-            Bolivia Volunteers is a fami-
UBC campus and a quick Google                                                                                             fice and how many volunteers           ly-run organization and relies
search of ‘volunteering interna-                                                                                                                                 on family members and friends
tionally’ brings up more than ten                                                                                                                                to assist in facilitating volunteer
million results. Representatives
of companies such as Help Learn
                                                                                                                          “Our organization                      projects, including airport greet-
                                                                                                                                                                 ings and city tours. Administra-
& Discover will often make class-
room visits to students at UBC,
                                                                                                                          is a for-profit                        tion costs are minimal because
                                                                                                                                                                 they use a free site and have very
where they advertise rewarding                                                                                            company and                            little overseas advertising. The
and unforgettable volunteer ex-
periences in countries around                                                                                             we thus reserve                        company prides itself on its abil-
                                                                                                                                                                 ity to offer ‘at cost’ placement
the world.
   Help Learn and Discover (ecua-
                                                                                                                          the right to                           fees and corporate transparency.
                                                                                                                                                                    Matt Whiteman, a MA candi-
experience.com), targets students
across Canada and the United
                                                                                                                          withhold private                       date in the Interdisciplinary Stud-
                                                                                                                                                                 ies Graduate Program at UBC,
States and offers an all-around                                                                                           information.”                          stresses more concern in issues of
experience in terms of a volun-                                                                                                                                  equitable allocation of fees rather
teer vacation. Volunteers fund-                                                                                           Jose naranJo                           than actual price amounts. White-
raise in Canada and the Unit-                      A BC student works in Nicaragua. geoff lister photo/THE UBYSSEY        MARKeTing diReCTOR,                    man has volunteered overseas
ed States prior to the trip be-                                                                                           HelP leARn And diSCOveR                twice in East Africa, once with
fore spending two weeks work-                  taken to Ecuador to finance var-       accommodation, meals, medi-                                                a Canadian government-funded
ing on a volunteer project. This               ious projects to serve those less      cal and travel insurance, as well                                          NGO called Youth Challenge In-
is followed by one week of tour-               fortunate.”                            as support from Projects Abroad     choose that specific destination,”     ternational, and a second time
ing Ecuador and engaging in ac-                    However, in terms of an actu-      staff. These fees do not include    said Kean, “A portion of the vol-      with a small organization called
tivities such as surfing and wa-               al breakdown of a prospective          airfare or immunizations.           unteer program cost definitely         KASOW (Kanyawegi Support for
terfall rappelling. A 28-day vol-              volunteer’s fees, their company           The ‘Money Matters’ section      goes towards the staff.”               Orphans and Widows).
unteer trip costs $3500 and in-                maintains a policy of financial        of their website gives a break-        In contrast, Bolivia Volunteers        Whiteman found his experi-
cludes transportation, meals (ex-              confidentiality.                       down of the percentage allocated    (boliviavolunteers.webs.com) of-       ences quite fair in terms of per-
cluding dinner), as well as costs                  “Our organization is a for-prof-   to each division of their compa-    fers a four-week placement in Co-      sonal financial expenses, but is
for outdoor recreational activi-               it company and we thus reserve         ny. Project monitoring takes 19     chabamba, Bolivia for $750 and         more concerned with the very
ties. This sum does not include                the right to withhold private in-      per cent on average, while vol-     provides a complete price break-       nature of overseas volunteer
medical expenses, travel insur-                formation,” said Naranjo. “The fi-     unteer support takes 23 per cent    down. Homestay accommodation           ventures.
ance or more than $500 of mis-                 nancial breakdown of our com-          and administrative costs take up    with three meals a day costs $22          “The negative externalities of
cellaneous fees.                               pany’s profits is confidential.”       17 per cent. Direct costs on the    per day, the project co-ordinator      the presence of volunteers in a
   According to Jose Naranjo,                      Projects Abroad (projects-         ground—accommodation, meals,        takes $84, project sundries—ma-        community are never included
marketing director of Help Learn               abroad.org), an international          workshops—run at 22 per cent on     terials, stationery, etc—costs $15     in [the calculations],” says White-
and Discover, “100 per cent of                 service projects organization          average. The remainder is taken     and finally $35 goes to ‘adminis-      man, “[Volunteers] saving mon-
all money fundraised goes to-                  with more than 350 employees,          by awareness, communications        tration’ (advertising, phone calls).   ey may just mean that somebody
wards the volunteer project. No                has fairly comparable fees. A one      and advice, which takes around         Claudia A ndrea of Boliv-           at the other end is not getting a
fees are collected from the or-                month trip to Ecuador at an Am-        19 per cent.                        ia Volunteers was once the Co-         fair deal. That’s the level of trans-
ganization for the fundraising.                azon Rainforest Conservation              Once again, prospective vol-     chabamba City Manager for a            parency you want—are volunteer
The fundraised money is then                   site costs $4000 and includes          unteers may be hard-pressed to      large multi-national placement         partnerships really equitable?” U
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The highs, lows and costs of going global
mairead mackinnon                                                                                                                                              programs where students trav-
Contributor                                                                                                                                                    el along with UBC professors to
                                                                                                                                                               study in another country. Re-
Many students will tell you that                                                                                                                               search Abroad is fairly self ex-
studying abroad was the best                                                                                                                                   planatory—students can con-
time of their life. UBC student                                                                                                                                duct research at any of UBC’s
Ellie Chan said that after her                                                                                                                                 150 partner institutions, which
exchange at Jean Moulin Lyon                                                                                                                                   Beaumont said helps students
three in France her “comfort                                                                                                                                   “access equipment and resourc-
zone now is so much wider,” and                                                                                                                                es beyond what might be offered
Sauder student Paul Davidescu                                                                                                                                  at UBC.”
said he “learned to enjoy the lit-                                                                                                                                In regards to exchange, every-
tle things in life and be less ma-                                                                                                                             one always asks the cost. In most
terialistic,” after his exchange                                                                                                                               cases, students just pay their
at the ESADE School of Business                                                                                                                                regular tuition to UBC along
in Barcelona, Spain.                                                                                                                                           with a basic $363 acceptance
   Bailey Dew, an Arts student                                                                                                                                 fee. Students also have to take
who went on a summer abroad                                                                                                                                    into consideration the cost of
in Guatemala, said, “I enjoyed                                                                                                                                 flights, visas, accommodation
a different way of learning—our                                                                                                                                and living expenses. Beaumont
papers were hand-written, we                                                                                                                                   said there is “absolutely” schol-
had very limited internet ac-                                                                                                                                  arship money available, with
cess [and] our ‘classroom’ was                                                                                                                                 $1.4 million in awards for stu-
outdoors.”                                                                       Students in Guatemala. kalyeena makortoff photo/THE UBYSSEY                   dents. Almost every student is
   Dew was also able to get six                                                                                                                                given $1000 from Go Global so
credits in six weeks, which she       Europe, as well as accommoda-          “It was harder to make friends           Learning, Group Study and Re-            long as they have a 70 per cent
described as “nice in terms of        tion—although the hotels were          than I thought, due to the fact          search Abroad.                           average.
getting credits faster.” Pam Jung,    memorable for all the wrong            we didn’t have a campus,” added             Go Global Director Kather-               The process of applying is fair-
an HKIN graduate who went on          reasons.”                              Chan, who also advised students          ine Beaumont said that “the              ly simple with the first round
exchange to the University of            It can also be poor for your        to be aware of post-exchange             breadth of these opportunities           deadline in mid-January for
Queensland in Brisbane, Aus-          hea lt h. In Guatema la, Dew           withdrawal as well.                      allows students to choose a pro-         terms one and two, full-year and
tralia only had class three days      said, “[I never] went more than           She herself is working with           gram that fits their individu-           split-year. The round two dead-
a week and said a full course         three or four days straight being      UBC’s International Peer Pro-            al needs and interests.” Inter-          line is coming up on May 13—
load was four classes—which are       healthy and I know everyone was        gram (IPP) now to help exchange          national Service Learning al-            exchanges for this deadline are
worth four credits each.              in the same boat. [Some] people        students adjust to their life back       lows students to learn about in-         limited to term two and split-
   These are the stories most         had to make hospital visits.”          at UBC. Most students were re-           ternational development issues           year programs. Students must
students hear about exchange,            She added that “we were real-       luctant to give any negative feed-       by volunteering for communi-             state their top three university
but what isn’t talked about as        ly isolated—[living] an hour into      back about their study abroad            ty-based projects in Africa and          choices when applying, along
much is the downside of study-        the jungle in a remote commu-          experiences, and almost every-           Latin America.                           with the application, a study
ing abroad. The biggest negative      nity [without] hot showers [or]        one said they grew or changed               This program usually in-              plan and a short essay explain-
for students is usually the cost.     laundry machines.”                     as a person for the better after         cludes accommodations, meals,            ing their university choices. U
   Tamara Navaratnam said her            Sophia Munoz, who studied           studying abroad.                         a mid-session excursion and
program through Go Global with        Spanish for a month at the Uni-           While Go Global Exchange              sometimes flights, but there are            There is much more info avail-
the Manchester Business School        versity of Santiago de Compos-         is the most well-known pro-              only a handful of credit-bearing         able for students at students.ubc.
was “quite expensive, since it        tela, said that “having class in       gram, there are other programs           programs available. Group Study          ca/global/index.cfm, which lists
only ran five weeks but it did        Spain from 9am to 3:30pm did           for students to learn abroad,            Programs are small (25 students          all the partner institutions and the
include transportation around         not allow for a lot of travel time.”   such as International Service            max), specific, theme-based              course transfer credit database.

Planning for hassle-free travel                                                                                       perspective

olivia zauli fellows
                                                                                                                      The volunteer conundrum
                                                                                                                      fabrizio stendardo                          It all sounds great, doesn’t
Thinking of throwing on your                                                                                          Guest Editor                             it? For example, a return flight
backpack and buying a one-way                                                                                                                                  from Vancouver to Nairobi, Ke-
ticket for the start of a great ad-                                                                                   I like to believe that people are        nya, costs roughly two thousand
venture? Think again. Letting a                                                                                       generally caring and altruistic          dollars. Add another thousand if
travel agency help plan your trip                                                                                     in nature. I like to think that          you want to visit India and the
might reduce some of the hassle                                                                                       the privileged will help those           surrounding area. It’s a win-win
and the cost of doing it alone.                                                                                       less fortunate. That’s why I find        scenario. Tourists get to spend
   Kam Johal, manager at the                                                                                          it fascinating that volunteering         time in an exotic and foreign
UBC Travel CUTS office, believes                                                                                      abroad, or so-called ‘voluntour-         land, snapping amazing pho-
planning a trip through an agen-                                                                                      ism,’ seems to be en vogue now-          tos, while at the same time, help-
cy has several advantages. “Our                                                                                       adays, especially with the un-           ing the less fortunate—the Oth-
travel consultants are experts                                                                                        der–thirty crowd.                        er. In addition, regardless of
who will help plan all aspects of                                                                                                                              their intentions, they are treat-
your trip, from choosing the per-
fect destination for you to getting                                                                                   Are these                                ed like royalty.
                                                                                                                                                                  A question that needs to be
the best student deals out there.”
   While some students may feel
                                                                                                                      voluntourists                            asked, then, is if these voluntour-
                                                                                                                                                               ists actually affecting change, or are
overwhelmed and nervous about
the prospect of going through an      Travel Agencies can be lifesavers. courtesy of salisan laugesen/FLICKR          actually affecting                       their seemingly benevolent deeds
                                                                                                                                                               causing more harm than good?
agency, TJ Hermiston, co-found-                                                                                       change, or are their                        I remember when, during the
er of the Vancouver-based travel
company Beach Travellers, said
                                         While some of the prices on-
                                      line seem scary, Hermiston as-
                                                                             and Amsterdam, or London and
                                                                             Athens. The trips cater to both ex-      benevolent deeds                         summer of 2008, I spent nearly
                                                                                                                                                               a month volunteering in a small
there is no reason to be hesitant
if you choose to go through an
                                      sures they are worth it.
                                         “Yes, anyone could go any-
                                                                             perienced and first-time travelers.
                                                                             The prices for these trips depend
                                                                                                                      causing more harm                        village in northern Tanzania as
                                                                                                                                                               a language educator. My entire
agency with a good infrastruc-
ture, reputation and tons of ex-
                                      where and live off a smaller
                                      budget, and stay in one place
                                                                             on what you would like to see, but
                                                                             they also have a planned 11-day
                                                                                                                      than good?                               trip, including almost a month of
                                                                                                                                                               volunteering, cost nearly $3000.
perience. “Beach Travellers pro-      for one month and save mon-            trip to seven countries that goes                                                    After returning, I often won-
vides the outline and structure       ey,” he admits, but argued they        for about $1400.                            In the 12 or so years I have          dered if my money would have
of what we think to be the ulti-      would probably make more mis-             If you are thinking of taking         been travelling around the globe,        been better spent had I simply do-
mate trip in each country.”           takes and miss out on awesome          off somewhere this summer,               I have noticed a change in the           nated the amount to the organi-
   According to Johal, doing your     experiences.                           consider letting someone else            way young people travel. I re-           zation with which I volunteered.
own research and planning is             “The people who deal with           take charge. It is true that trav-       member when travelling used              Even though my experience was
great, but “nothing compares to       trips and have been going there        elling alone may be filled with          to be just about the parties, the        unforgettable and something I
talking to an expert travel consul-   for a long time know exactly           more excitement and might be             hook-ups, the 17 countries in 28         will cherish the rest of my life—
tant who’s been there and done        where to go.”                          more appealing if you like go-           days. Yet it seems that instead of       I still look at the photos in awe—
that, and can offer invaluable           During summer, Hermiston            ing where the wind takes you.            merely travelling for fun, more          I often wonder if my “expertise”
first-hand advice.”                   said their most popular trip is        But if not, there are many agen-         people are trying to incorporate         was really needed. I met many
   Planning your trip through an      the one to Thailand because “if        cies that offer awesome trips            a greater sense of purpose in            local educators who seemed to
agency may also save you mon-         a traveller wants to bask in the       and are there to cater to your           their adventures. Whether it’s           be as knowledgeable as I was, if
ey. Travel CUTS, for example, spe-    culture, eat the amazing street        needs and safety. After all, they        because the experience will look         not more.
cializes in student-travel, and en-   food and hang out with locals,         are the experts. U                       good on a CV or if it’s simply due          Thus, despite our good-na-
courages people to take certain       they can do so, or if they want to                                              to the altruistic nature of one’s        tured intentions, who actually
steps to save even more, such         have a more activity-based trip           If you are interested in contact-     intentions, voluntourists pick           benefits when Westerners travel
as getting an ISIC (Internation-      they can go diving, hang out on        ing Beach Travellers, visit their web-   an area they would like to vis-          abroad to volunteer? Some say
al Student Identity Card), which      the beach or go rock climbing.”        site at beachtravellers.com. Travel      it, like sub-Saharan Africa or           the road to hell is paved with
full-time students can apply for.        The 24-day trip costs about         CUTS has several agencies around         Southeast Asia, and try to jus-          good intentions. After all, didn’t
They also offer five per cent off     $1800. Johal suggests a month          the city and can also be accessed        tify their travels by including          they pave paradise and put up a
some of the trips.                    in Europe, through Paris, Rome         online at travelcuts.com.                a little goodwill on their part.         parking lot? U

Platt: Kabul U “an oasis,” but also a battleground
brian platt

A fg hanist an wrested t he
world’s attention back from
Libya and Japan this week with
a series of violent protests over
a Koran-burning stunt in the
United States. The stunt was
performed by a pathetic old
man named Terry Jones, a vil-
lainous right-wing pastor with
a Yosemite Sam moustache and
a tiny religious following. His
fringe actions were properly ig-
nored by all major media out-
lets until the Iranian and Af-
ghan governments issued si-
multaneous condemnations
of it. Hamid Karzai’s role in
inflating an otherwise irrele-
vant incident is deplorable, and
reinforces my sinking feeling
that Afghanistan has no chance
for a peaceful future until a
new president is elected.
   It is wrong to assume, as some
people have, that these are grass-
roots protests organized by con-
cerned Afghan citizens. Much
like the Danish cartoon protests
from a few years ago, the Ko-
ran-burning protests are the
result of a concerted effort by
reactionary Islamic clerics to
foment anger through misin-
formation.The first protests
last week were organized by the
forces of Sheikh Asif Mohse-
ni, t he same practitioner of
Shia teachings who launched                                                                 Kabul University resembles any other university campus. brian platt photo/THE UBYSSEY
his angry mob against the pro-
gressive curriculum of Mare-         religious and political leaders       fountains and quiet pathways.       quotes when he said it) decades       Afghanistan (I mentioned one
fat High School.                     in Afghanistan, Iran and else-        Students were lounging around       ago, and have no sense of what        in the previous column involv-
   The result of the effort initi-   where who take any chance they        on grassy hills, talking with       a modern university curricu-          ing SAIT in Calgary, and UBC
ated by Mohseni and friends? A       get to whip up an intimidating        each other and reading books.       lum is supposed to be. He didn’t      depart ments have run pro-
UN compound in the relatively        mob in order to selfishly secure      It was for the most part like any   like the multi-million dollar so-     grams with Afghan universi-
peaceful northern city of Mazar-     their own power.                      campus I’ve been to in North        cial sciences building either.        ties on forestry and early child-
i-Sharif was stormed by an an-          The only current protest in        America. None of the students       “What Afghanistan needs are           hood development), but there is
gry crowd; seven foreign staff       Kabul was being organized on          I passed seemed surprised to        accountants and engineers,            so much more work to do and
members and five Afghans were        the campus of Kabul Universi-         see a white person walking by.      people trained in the trades,”        there will be for a long time.
murdered. According to reports       ty. It’s not surprising that a pro-   There was a sense of normalcy       he said. (As the outgoing Arts           In the end, the protest at Ka-
from Afghan police, two Nepal-       test would be organized on the        here that most places I visited     Undergraduate Society presi-          bul University went off peace-
ese guards were beheaded. Roll-      campus; Afghanistan’s univer-         did not have.                       dent, I put up a fight for the lib-   fully. And that’s good: if there’s
ing protests have taken place        sities have long been ideologi-          The campus had a brand new       eral arts, but I take his point.)     anywhere in the country where
in many other cities since then;     cal battlegrounds. In the 1960s,      soccer stadium and a social sci-       The biggest problem at Kabul       safe, peaceful protests should
an unconfirmed number of Af-         Marxists and Islamists compet-        ences building funded by the        University is the vicious circle      happen regularly, it’s on a cam-
ghans have been killed or suf-       ed to organize their own factions     Pakistani government. New fac-      that hinders so much develop-         pus. But I desperately hope that
fered injuries, but a massacre       among students. Yet I was also        ulty buildings were going up in     ment work in Afghanistan: you         the protest organizers don’t
on the level of Mazar has fortu-     disappointed to see the campus        many places. There was a large      can’t have a good education sys-      gain the upper hand among
nately not been repeated.            being used for this, as all of the    sign announcing a project to        tem without good teachers, but        students. Kabul University and
   The worst thing we can do         Afghan students and teachers I        build new pathways around the       you can’t have good teachers          the other higher education fa-
right now is lump moderate,          met while in the country were         campus.                             without a good education sys-         cilities in the country need to
ordinary Afghans in with the         contemptuous of the efforts by           Later on in my trip, I sat       tem. It is crucial for Afghani-       be able to produce a large num-
wrathful and largely illiterate      clerics to turn Afghans against       down with a staff member at         stan’s post-secondary educa-          ber of graduates who are lit-
leaders of the violent protests.     the international community.          the Afghanistan Research and        tion system to help train pro-        erate, professional and able
It should also be noted that            I’ve spent an afternoon at the     Evaluation Unit. When I ex-         fessors and break the negative        to contribute to the country’s
the majority of the protests in      university. Compared to the rest      pressed my optimism about           feedback loop for the interna-        political and economic health.
the country have been peace-         of Kabul’s clogged, dusty, trash-     what I’d seen at the universi-      tional communit y. UBC and            They aren’t there yet, and any
ful. The blame for the UN com-       strewn streets, the campus felt       ty, he was mostly pessimistic.      other Canadian universities           progress will be doomed if reli-
pound deaths should be placed        like an oasis. It is filled with      Most of the professors there        are running a few partnership         gious reactionaries are allowed
squarely where it belongs: on the    green trees and shrubs, water         were “trained” (he used air         programs with universities in         to dominate the discourse. U
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exams shouldn’t hinder effective advocacy

While this election offers policy options that, for
the first time in recent memory, are of real inter-
est to students, the timeline for the election is
less than ideal. Not only is all of the campaign-
ing happening in the midst of exams and final pa-
pers, but the day of the vote itself is May 2. That’s
right in the middle of moving and vacationing for
many, many students. So in many ways, the deck
is stacked against us leveraging this rare opportu-
nity—one where politicians actually care what we
think—all that much.
   But there are a few things student groups and
clubs can do in the upcoming weeks that could
provide a valuable service. First, educating stu-
dents on how they can vote. Last election, there
was a change in what constituted valid ID, forcing
students who lived in campus housing to either
bring registered mail, or to swear an oath and be
vouched for by a registered voter. Few students
knew this, and thousands were unable to vote.
And that was in the middle of October.
   Given that, it’s especially critical for all students
moving from one residence to another to know
what they have to provide in order to vote, and for                                                                                                        virginie ménard graphic/THE UBYSSEY
the AMS and UBC Housing to communicate that.
   Secondly, we’d like to see an all-candidates fo-
rum on campus. One was organized in the SUB                opinions
in 2008, and it was a valuable opportunity for

                                                           Katic: Living in the Adderall Era
students to ask pertinent questions and for our
elected hacks to get face time with potential MPs
before they got elected. Both are important, and
unless you believe Kyle Warwick or Sangeeta Lalli
are going to be elected next month, an all-candi-          gordon katic                                      In both of these cases, the use of per-     to become “well-off financially,” while
dates forum is the best way for it to take place.          Columnist                                     formance–enhancing drugs proliferat-            73 per cent of students came for a “phi-
   These may not be groundbreaking or particu-                                                           ed during the 90s. Illegal use of ADHD          losophy of life.” By 2009, those numbers
larly exciting endeavours, but the work of advoca-         Once again it’s April, and that means         stimulants on college campuses tri-             had reversed, as the primary aim for
cy, education and lobbying is filled with plenty of        baseball season has begun. However,           pled between 1992 and 2003. Accord-             78 per cent of students was to become
mundane tasks that pay off in the long run. Here’s         the sport remains shrouded by its rep-        ing to the most recent studies, nowa-           “well-off financially.” But we shouldn’t
hoping people take the chances afforded by an              utation for rampant performance–en-           days anywhere between 16 and 34 per             place all the blame on the student, be-
election to do this.                                       hancing drug use. Time and time again,        cent of undergrads admit to using stim-         cause financial insecurity is a reali-
                                                           talk of baseball becomes condemnation,        ulants, mostly during times of academ-          ty. According to the most recent large-
wage increases deserve a fair debate                       derision and sanctimonious screeds            ic stress. For baseball, the 90s marked         scale study of college stress, “The Amer-
                                                           about integrity. Athletes? No, they’re        the beginning of the ‘steroid era.’ In ac-      ican Freshmen: National Norms Fall
At last night’s council meeting, less than a month         bloated cheaters, certainly not worthy        ademia, it would be apt to start calling        2010,” students are feeling record lev-
after the referendum for an AMS fee increase bare-         of our respect.                               this the ‘Adderall era.’                        els of stress, in large part due to finan-
ly passed, a motion came from committee to pass               But baseball isn’t the only season             I wish nobody took these perfor-            cial anxiety. Researchers suggest that
an across-the-board increase to AMS salaries. With-        starting this April. Yes, I’m thinking        mance–enhancing drugs. Not only is              the bleak job market (in the US, there
out any consultation. Luckily, Council stopped this        of final exam season. In this season          it unhealthy, but it’s unethical. However,      are five job seekers for every opening),
in its tracks, delaying a vote until the next meeting.     too, there is rampant use of perfor-          I won’t condemn baseball players who            record debt levels and parental unem-
   The increases weren’t necessarily a bad thing.          mance–enhancing drugs. Just like base-        use steroids, nor will I condemn those          ployment are placing added pressure
They are a result of the recent increases in the BC        ball players, students crack under the        who use study drugs. We must recog-             on students to succeed. It appears like-
minimum wage. But both employees currently                 pressure of keeping pace in a com-            nize that, in both cases, there has nev-        ly that this generation of students is go-
making minimum wage and those that are mak-                petitive environment. Despite what-           er been more pressure to perform. For           ing to be worse off than their parents.
ing more would be getting increases, to reflect the        ever the health effects might be, stu-        baseball players, they’re taking drugs             It’s unfortunate that this society forc-
current pay tiers. And somewhere in there, those           dents pop copious amounts of amphet-          for their own job security. For students,       es its best and brightest to forego a real
goshdarn chowderheads forgot to do proper plan-            amine pills. Integrity? Don’t be silly,       it’s the exact same motivation.                 education—aimed at wisdom, knowl-
ning, consultations, legible Excel documents or as-        the stakes are much too high for that.            There’s something rather perverse           edge and critical thinking—in favour of
sessments of previous reports.                             Like the slugger who takes steroids in        about an educational system whose               more financially secure degrees. Like
   One of the main issues is that the AMS Executive        the final year of his contract because        core function is to churn out able work-        the benchwarmer who’s scared he’ll be
actually aren’t allowed to receive raises in the mid-      he thinks it will help him land a big         ers with marketable degrees. According          sent back to the minors, today’s student
dle of their terms, according to code. So getting rais-    deal next season, students in their last      to a UCLA survey, in 1971, 37 per cent          is anxious about their future. Should
es would require that code be suspended—which              year of undergrad use amphetamines            of university students said the primary         we be surprised that either decide to
they can do if they want, but that code is there for       to help get into graduate school.             aim of their university education was           use performance-enhancing drugs? U
a reason. And the stated justification for the exec-
utive wage increase is that otherwise some people
in the AMS would be paid more per hour than the
Execs. Another sticky point is that the pay increas-
es reflect a percentage-based increase to all posi-
tions. Increases to the minimum wage are meant             a human write: an obJective press             Trevor Record of a disgusting compar-           Perhaps Mr. Katic should rename his
to benefit the lowest-paid, not serve as an excuse                                                       ison of fraternity drinking crackdowns          column ‘The Obvious.’
to also hike up higher-tier wages. This could be a         I couldn’t help but be shocked at the large   by the RCMP to the Holocaust. After                The writers for this paper, ripe with
chance to reassess which positions are the most            YES on the cover of The Ubyssey prior to      returning from a year on exchange in            history, need to be diversified. It is a
important and pass fair adjustments.                       the referendum. Endorsements aside,           France, I provided investigative work           small group of students that work hard
   Across-the-board pay increases have the potential       the tradition of the press as an objec-       on the Aquatic Centre. In addition, I           to publish this paper twice a week. And
to push the AMS’s finances back into the red once          tive, democratic institution was lost on      promoted the work of several students           that needs to be appreciated. But there
more. In fact, turning previously volunteer posi-          UBC’s beloved campus paper. The tens          trying to stop the deportation of an El         are scores of English majors, journal-
tions into paid ones is one of the reasons they were       of thousands of students the Society rep-     Salvadorian immigrant.                          ism students and activists that need to
in such financial straits this year. Without careful       resent bears two key implications. First,        I believe The Ubyssey shines when            be welcomed into The Ubyssey. There
planning, the AMS could end up back on your door-          you represent a lot of people. Second, and    it keeps this University on its toes. Its       need to be hard-line investigators that
step, hat in hand, asking for another fee increase.        more importantly, those people are go-        shine goes away when it provides a tin          question McElroy and Cappellacci’s
   Needless to say, this could have been bad for the       ing to have different opinions.               mouthpiece to former and unelected              glossy, well-rehearsed responses. We
AMS’s public relations. The “no” campaign, which              While the politics of this referendum      AMS executives. Blake Frederick still           need writers, not narcissistic ex/cur-
nearly stopped the fee increase from passing, ar-          were important to certain students,           occasionally appears, after having dis-         rent AMS politicians, revealing scan-
gued the AMS wanted to pass the referendum was             as usual, apathy reigned rampant on           graced UBC on the international scale           dals and proposing logistically feasi-
to raise salaries. And careless use of money is ex-        our campus. Personally, nearly half of        through his UN Human Rights deba-               ble solutions to our university’s issues.
actly the sort of thing that 48 per cent of voting         my friends and colleagues had no clue         cle. Matthew Naylor, the never-was VP              YES is a hardly objective thing to put
students, who didn’t want the to have their fees           about the referendum. All they saw: the       External, continues to campaign hope-           on a front page pre-referendum. UBC
increase, were no doubt worried about when they            word YES everywhere, including on the         lessly for a position that has yet to exist.    students can think for themselves. Give
voted “no.” This is money that you, as students, vot-      student paper meant to inform us and          Meanwhile, Gordon Katic writes about            them that right. Then, let them write.
ed (barely) for them to use—you’d expect they’d be         keep our AMS executives in line. In my        soft, safe issues, declaring tuition ‘too
a little more careful with it. U                           second year at UBC, I informed writer         high’ and women’s rights as ‘universal.’                              —Nadeem Hakemi
                                     2011.04.07/ubyssey.ca/our campus/11

our campus
bryce warnes

The cement-bound hellscape of
Gage Towers was decorated yes-
terday with faint stirrings of
life as, in defiance of entropy
and the dread god Moloch, a
row of tulips probed the warm-
ing spring air. Gage residents,
clad in peasant rags and buck-
ling under loads of damp wood
and sorrow, were mesmerized
by this rare display of vitality.
Some of them even paused in
the midst of their never-ending
perambulations between the tor-
ture wheel, the mud pit and the
charcoal-burning flats, taking a
moment from their torturous ex-
istences to revel in the oranges
and yellows of those courageous
blossoms. Before long, though,
the Gage taskmasters took no-
tice, setting about their charges
with flails, and the pitiful resi-
dents were forced back to their
grueling labours. But as they
toiled, each held in their heart
a tiny bulb of hope, incubating
until the day when their spring
would come. U
                                              geoff lister photo/THE UBYSSEY

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