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Whoa MOA!
The Museum of Anthropology
reopened this weekend to show
off its $55 million facelift.
The trope ofthe disappearing Indian was left in the construction dust
on Saturday's reopening ofthe museum. Thousands of Vancouverites
came out on Saturday and Sunday
to watch dance, drum and video
exhibitions, and tour the state-of-
the-art research facilities.
"For us, it's not real until it's public."
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Earth and Ocean Sciences professor Lee Groat recently had a
new species of phosphate mineral named after him.
A team led by researchers
from the University of Manitoba
published details of the new
finding in the latest issue of
The Canadian Mineralogist.
Head investigator Frank
Hawthorne named the new
mineral Groatite, in honour
of Professor Groat's large research contribution to pegmatite
"I was surprised and honoured,"
said Groat. "When [Hawthorne]
approached me...in Quebec City to
ask my permission to name a mineral after me, I was stunned," he
said in UBC Reports.
UBC Okanagan opened its first
Aborginal Student Centre last
Friday. Director of Aboriginalization
Lyle Mueller says the centre will
give First Nations students a
place to use the computer, study,
relax and even socialize, reported
Kelowna AM 1150.
Mueller says there are approximately 225 to 230 aboriginal students at UBC-O who are
enrolled in a variety of the university's programs.
$600,000 was funded by the
province towards the centre's
completion, as the government
hopes it will lead to an increase
in aboriginal enrolment.
Former UBC employee Jen Wride
has started a Haiti fundraiser that
is linked to UBC Winter Sports
Centre ticket sales.
Wride has gone to aid in Haiti
three times since the earthquake hit Haiti, and has just recently tag-teamed with UBC
Athletics to raise funds for
Danita's Children, an organization that supports the Hope
for Haiti's Children's Centre
Within the next month, $5
of all $10 regular home games
for hockey, volleyball and basketball will be given to aid in
Donations will feed 100 newly orphaned children brought to
the centre, which is located in a
relatively unaffected part of Haiti
near the Dominican Republic
The Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) is spending $15,000 for a
second Arts Week.
AUS President Guillaume Houle
announced at Wednesday's AMS
Council meeting that Arts Week
was a failure this year, and that
the AUS will be holding a second
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raise for Science grad 2010! •
Jan. 25-28, 10:30am-5pm in
front of the SUB.
Regent College Lookout Gallery
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Expect a brave and twisted approach to Shakespeare's iconic
story of lovers in a dangerous time
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traditions of bouffon, clown and
cabaret, this theatre-in-the-round
production will tickle, thrill and tantalize. Audiences will experience
theatre as it was meant to be-
LIVE. • Telus Studio Theatre, $15
for students, runs until Saturday,
Jan. 30.
DEBATE • The Graduate Student
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Come meet your future executives and enjoy the free
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5pm-8pm, Thea's Lounge,
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12pm-1pm, Buchanan B125.
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without notes. Before the event
begins names will be drawn, and
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"Sure, Bijan. So 1 haven't been here for 11 years, but I have done a lot in
the two and a half that I have been here."
— AMS presidential candidate Natalie Swift, in a rebuttal to fellow candidate Bijan Ahmadian on Friday's CiTR
debate regarding a comment made on her lack of accomplishments
ASSOCIATE KATE BARBARIA»culture@ubyssey.ca
Traffic disrupted by anti-Olympic protest
"Poverty is not a crime" and "resist police control" were the rallying cries of a group of over a
hundred anti-Olympic protesters who converged at Victory
Square to show their solidarity
against what is being called an
"Olympic security crackdown."
"Anyone posing even a potential threat to Olympic Security is
being subjected to police "friendly visits/' and blatant harassment/' asserted the event description. "We see the clear connection between Olympic repression and ongoing police intimidation and brutality."
The demonstration, called
"Solidarity in the Face of Police
Repression," began shordy after 6pm on Friday night with
speeches from anti-Olympic activists. They spoke out against
what they perceive to be the negative effects ofthe Games: the increasing incidents of police surveillance and brutality, the security build-up, the efforts to hide
downplay poverty and homelessness on the Downtown Eastside,
and the impact of the Games on
aboriginal communities.
"The government we are
dealing with is not our friend,"
said Cease Wyss, an anti-Olympic activist and member of the
Coast Salish First Nation, who
spoke at Victory Square. "When
I see Premier Campbell shaking hands with First Nations, it
makes me vomit."
"None of us are benefiting
from this," Wyss continued. "As
a First Nations person, it makes
me ill. There's nothing about
[the Olympics] that I believe people are benefiting from."
"I'm sick of it," said one
demonstrator. "I'm sick of the
lies. I'm sick of the juxtaposition of Olympic rings next to
McDonald's hamburgers."
"This is our year, 2010," said
another     demonstrator,     who
Demonstrators lit up torches and accosted cars on Friday. MICHAEL THIBAULT PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
requested anonymity. "The
Olympics are three weeks away
and people are getting angrier
and angrier."
After rallying at the square,
the mass of protesters moved
down East Hastings Street,
blocking traffic in the eastbound
lane. The group formed around
a pickup truck, which carried a
loudspeaker. Some of the protesters lit torches and scattered
leaflets. Vancouver police officers on bikes rode with the protest, directing traffic and, according to one officer, "making sure
nobody gets run over."
The demonstration snowballed along East Hastings. The
peak number of protesters was
estimated at 150, but a statement from No 2010, an anti-
Olympic  organization,  put the
number at 200. The protesters themselves were a varied
bunch: among them were homeless people, working class people, anarchists and students.
AMS President Blake Frederick,
Student Legal Fund Society
President Emily Griffiths and
UBC alumna and ex-VP External
Stefanie Ratjen were also in attendance. Frederick declined
On several occasions, press
photographers were harassed
by a group of protesters dressed
entirely in black, carrying black
At around 7:15pm the demonstration blocked traffic at
the intersection of Main and
East Hastings for several minutes, holding up anti-Olympic banners to motorists. The
VPD officers formed a wall
between the motorists and
Shordy after, the demonstration proceeded down Main
Street. It eventually rallied in
front of Pacific Central Station,
where after a short speech, an
organizer announced that they
would reconvene at the station at
8:30am on February 13, the day
after the Opening Ceremonies.
No arrests were reported.
According to a release from
No 2010, after the demonstration, protesters confronted who they believed to be two
plainclothes members of the
Vancouver Integrated Security
Unit (ISU) who had been with the
protestors. By press time, neither the ISU nor the VPD could
be reached for comment, va
University gathers to Help Hear Haiti
Images of rubble and the anguished eyes of young children—pictures that speak a
thousand words about the ruin
and despair that has shaken Haiti at its core—have increased international awareness of the poverty-stricken
On Friday, January 22, these
images flashed before the eyes
of the crowd that gathered in
the Freddy Wood Theatre for
the Help Hear Haiti Showcase.
The event was organized by
Triple H, a coalition of student
organizations who have mobilized to spread awareness for
the current humanitarian crisis
in Haiti and for the country's
complex history.
The showcase featured artistic performances by impassioned UBC students and presentations    from    professors
about Haiti's history, situation
and the future of the country
and its people. They challenged
our knee-jerk reaction to pity
the people of Haiti.
"I think it would be wrong
to simply mourn, because we
have a responsibility to fight for
the living," said Roger Annis,
founding member of Haiti
Solidarity for BC, who went on
to urge those in attendance to
remember that all natural disasters can have a man-made
Although the massive 7.3
magnitude earthquake itself
could not have been prevented, Annis used the showcase as
an opportunity to speak about
the issues currendy facing Haiti
that are within our power to
prevent. For one, the situation
of the Haitian people has been
framed as a security issue first,
and a humanitarian crisis second. Annis showed a newspaper clipping with a photo of the
first arrival of Canadian aid in
Haiti—men with guns.
"Why are these people lugging guns instead of supply
Farait Dupoit, who spoke on
behalf of the local Haitian community, singled out oppressive
agricultural policies that impose subsidized American imports on the Haitian market as
a cause for severity of the devastation experienced in the
over-populated capital city of
"A lot of farmers left their land
to go to the capital," said Dupoit.
"That's one of the reasons why
we have such a mess after the
earthquake. We could not have
stopped the earthquake but some
of the other stuff we could have
UBC President Stephen
Toope gave the closing remarks
for the showcase, and said that
to truly hear Haiti and answer
their call for help will entail
taking proactive action.
"Our goal here in this room,
in this country, and indeed
globally, is to by all means not
to re-colonize, not to assuage
our own guilt, but to act in solidarity with people who themselves are empowered to act,"
he said.
"I'm very interested in the
idea of finding mechanisms that
might allow people from the
University of British Columbia
who have skills and talents—no
matter where they lie—over the
course of the next months and
years, well-planned, properly
executed, to contribute to the
rebuilding of Haiti.
"I think we have an obligation to do that and we will find
ways to do that." tl
For more information about
Help Hear Haiti and upcoming
events to support Haiti relief efforts, e-mail helphearhaiti®
Say no to Access
GERALD DEO PHOTO/the ubyssey
I often get letters from Nigerian
princes who have been wrongfully denied access to their treasures.
All they want is a couple of bucks
to leverage against the corrupt bureaucracy that has taken away
their near-infinite riches. To sweeten the deal, they always promise a
chunk of their earnest wealth in exchange. Why shouldn't I forward on
a couple of bucks today if itmeans a
better tomorrow?
But what I don't often get is
a referendum purporting the
same. The referendum question
for Accesss UBC Association of
Disabled Students is just that It
seems innocuous enough: I give
a few dollars per semester, and in
return the Access increases "accessibility, participation and inclusion
for all people with disabilities."
If this were only how the world
worked. Nigerian scams have cost
the US hundreds of millions of dollars. Likewise, Access has not provided students with any information stating they won't squander
them over the $ 150,000 we would
be entrusting them with annually
This is an organization that was allegedly just created I contacted their
elections representative, asking ibr basic, public, governing documents so I
coutdlearnaboutthem She promised
an informative website. That was over
two weeks ago, and after many follow-
ups, she has broken that promise by
ignoring rrv/ requests.
In fact the only information I
have about this organization is that
they're from the UVic, and that prior
to getting their question on the ballot they ignored due diligence by not
speaking to AMS staff or any significant UBC staff.
The referendum question asks
for "$ 1 per part-time student and $2
per full-time student per semester."
They've betrayed ignorance of UBC;
they don't believe grad students are
AMS members. UBC has no "semesters'—we have sessions and terms.
This makes it unclear on how to fine
us over the summer. Are we going to
vote to give a blank cheque?
Most importandy students
have never voted to directiy transfer money to external, autonomous organizations. It might even
be illegal for that to happen in the
first place, because the law says
student society fees are to be sent
to student societies. History has
shown us that taxation without
representation isn't a great policy
to abide by, and that's what this naive question amounts to. Frankly,
it's irresponsible.
We have no idea what these people are going to do with our money. We don't even know who they
are. Students, you'll be best served
this round by doing what you do
with letters from Nigerian royalty. Mark this one as spam by voting "no" until we know we can
trust these strangers from a far-off
land.'(J 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2010.01.25
Ballot filled with referenda
Nine questions ask students about impeachment and fee increases
jwakefiel d@ubyssey. ca
On the ballot for this round
of AMS elections are nine referenda—policy proposals submitted to a vote by the student
body. The Ubyssey has looked
into the implications of the
referenda and dissects the arguments behind them in an attempt to make clear what is at
What it says: "Do you support
the amendment of the AMS
Bylaws as presented...for the
purpose of revising the rules
concerning Student Court?"
(Requires 75 per cent to pass.)
What it means: The Student
Court functions as the judicial
branch of the AMS, in that the
Court has the ultimate say in
the interpretation of AMS bylaws. AMS Council appoints
seven justices to the Student
Court. This referendum proposes two major changes. First, any
ruling of Student Court will be
binding when sent to Council.
As it now stands, Student Court
rulings require ratification by
Council. Second, any matters
that are deemed political would
be dealt with by a Legislative
Procedures Committee rather
than by the Court.
These changes were proposed after a review by a private consultant into the function of the Student Court within the AMS.
What it says: "Do you support the removal of Blake
Frederick/Timothy Chu from
the office(s) of President/VP
External?" (Requires 75 per
cent to pass.)
What it means: This one is
more straightforward. Last
November, AMS President
Blake Frederick and VP
External Tim Chu hired Pivot
Legal Society to draft a complaint to the United Nations,
and received harsh backlash
from the student community
as a result.
Proponents of impeachment
claim that they are acting on
a mandate from the student
body demanding satisfaction
from two individuals that circumvented Council, recklessly
spent student money to further
a personal cause and generally
embarrassed the university on
the world stage.
Opponents claim that this
amounts to a retroactive slap
on the wrist: Council missed
the chance to do this the right
way, failed because they didn't
know their bylaws, and will generally accomplish nothing by
pursuing this.
What it says: "Do you support
the AMS establishing a $5 refundable Engagement Levy
to help improve student engagement by encouraging voter turnout and funding engagement related projects?"
(Requires majority to pass.)
What it means: The passage of
this referendum would establish a $5 "engagement levy," an
additional $5 that would be added to student fees, which would
be refunded when a student
casts a ballot in the AMS elections. All money that is not refunded would be put towards
"engagement related projects,"
such as Voter Funded Media and
parties. Proponents say the goal
of this is twofold: to increase
participation in the AMS political system and fund projects
that foster student engagement.
Opponents say this penalizes those who know nothing
about the AMS, who don't use
AMS Services and who would
not benefit from student engagement projects. They say
this would not lead to informed
engagement, and that students
should not be penalized for not
What it says: Do you support   indexing   the    current
and future fees of the AMS to
the Canadian Core Consumer
Price Index (CCCPI)? (Requires
majority to pass.)
What it means: This referendum would index AMS fees
to CCCPI, or the rate of inflation. Currently, not all AMS
fees are indexed. They go towards intramural athletics,
construction of the new SUB,
resource groups, and external and university lobbying,
to name a few. Indexing the
fees to the CCCPI would adjust the fees for inflation, so
a 2.2 per cent rise in student
fees per year would be expected. This would increase
the purchasing power of the
AMS, as the fees have typically been a flat rate that does
not respond to inflation.
What it says: Do you support
the amendment of the AMS
Bylaws as presented, for the
purposes of enabling Student
Council to remove an individual from a position as an
officer of Council, and other
amendments as outlined?
(Requires 75 per cent to
What it means: This referendum would amend the AMS bylaws to give Council the power
to revoke the appointment of an
executive, something that could
not be done during the UN complaint issue. It would make clear
that an AMS executive is not
an employee of the society, but
rather an elected officer who receives a paycheque determined
by Council.
What it says: Do you support
an increase in student fees
beginning September 2010
of $1 per part-time student
and $2 per full-time student
per semester to be directed
to the Access UBC Association
of Disabled Students for the
purpose of increasing accessibility participation, and
inclusion for all people with
disabilities on campus and in
society? (Requires majority to
What it means: According to
their recentiy established website, Access Association of
Disabled Students is "an inde-
pendendy incorporated non-profit society" that advocates for "increased awareness, inclusion and
accessibility for all people with
disabilities on campus and in
Opponents are
concerned about
the lack of any kind
of freely available
information about
this organization,
including a bylaws
and directors list.
According to UBC Insiders, in
2005 students at the University
of Victoria voted on a referendum to provide funds to Access
to establish a disability advocacy centre at that institution.
This referendum would establish an Access chapter at UBC,
with the aim of addressing concerns about the accessibility of
campus, and the effectiveness
of Council in advocating for the
Opponents are concerned about
the lack of any kind of freely available information about this organization, including a bylaws and directors list. Also, money collected
through this fee would go straight
to Access. The fee would not be
contracted out by the AMS, which
is how student fees are normally
What it says: Should the AMS
actively lobby for reduced tuition
fees and increased government
funding? (Requires majority to
What it means: The flagship principle of AMS tuition
policy states  that the AMS
will "oppose any tuition increase that is in excess of the
BC Consumer Price Index or
the Higher Education Price
Index, whichever is lesser."
Under the current AMS policy, the university and the
AMS lobby the province for
increases in the university's
Since current policy and
the proposed referendum are
not at odds with one another,
it is unclear what would happen if this passes. Opponents
say it is unrealistic: the question does not propose a specific policy and therefore would
not get results. Proponents
say that the passage of this
referendum would provide a
mandate for increased lobbying efforts, while at the same
time provide enough leeway
for the AMS to set its own tuition goals.
What it says: Should the AMS
create a voting seat on AMS
Council for students with disabilities? (Requires 75 per cent
to pass.)
What it means: Last
November, Council defeated a
motion to create a voting seat
for students with disabilities at
UBC. This referendum would
change AMS bylaws to establish a voting seat to advocate
for students with disabilities.
Opponents claim that students with disabilities are already represented through
their elected councilors, and
argue that the passage of this
referendum would fundamentally alter how Council functions, and lead Council to
be ruled by special interest
groups. Proponents claim that
Council does not adequately advocate on behalf of disabled students, and therefore
require additional representation. t8
Editor's note: for our thoughts
on the referenda, see page 15.
—With files from UBC Insiders,
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Thunderbirds win 30 games in a row
UBC continues streak by making Dino foes extinct at War Memorial
Jessica Von Schilling reacts in estacy after one of seven kills on Saturday against the Calgary Dinos. keegan bursaw photo/the ubyssey
In a rematch of lastyear's CIS national championship game, UBC's women's volleyball team showed why
they are without equal in Canada.
The Calgary Dinos entered War
Memorial Gym hoping to extract
vengeance for their narrow loss
in last year's final. UBC, of course,
had much different plans, not losing a single set all weekend in their
sweep (29-27, 25-21, 25-16 and
25-18, 25-20, 25-19).
UBC, now 15-0 on the season, extended their winning streak to an
astounding 30 games, having last
lost a regular season or postseason
game on January 11, 2008.
The first set of Friday's match
pushed the T-Birds to the brink.
UBC held the advantage for the
majority of the set, but the Dinos
doggedly kept them on their toes.
At one point Calgary gained the
lead, 2 7-26, putting UBC at set
point. The T-Birds kept their composure, retook the lead, and deftly ended the set with three straight
But the Dinos (6-8 on the season)
would not let up, jumping to an early 5-0 lead in the second set, temporarily quieting the crowd of 5 75 at
War Memorial Gym. UBC responded
by going on a 18-9 run to take control of the set and the game.
"The girls did a great job on defence tonight. We were not entirely consistent all game, but we vasdy
improved on our performance from
the previous night," said head coach
Doug Reimer after the game. "We
kept their hitting percentage low,
and that is one of the key statistics
you need to ascertain in order to
win games."
Saturday night's contest also saw
UBC showcasing their extraordinary depth. Multiple girls came off
the bench and played exceedingly
well. Redshirt freshman Jessica von
Schilling was a force blocking shots;
she added seven kills to boot. Fourth-
year Lauren Whitehead was an impact sub as well, flashing offensive finesse around the net. With the weekend over and another sweep under
their belts, Reimer was pleased.
"We were feeling pretty good
coming back home after getting
a couple tough weeks on the road
under our belt. Our competitive
level was good, but then when
things aren't flowing right away it
can be tough," he said. "Still, it's
nice when you get through it and
gain that experience." tl
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tire UBC women's hockey team
deserves recognition for their
2-0 win over the U of A Pandas
last Saturday. It took a total team
effort to overcome the Pandas,
who were 17-0 on the season. To
add to the feat, this was the first
time UBC had beat the Pandas
on home ice in the team's history. After a back-and-forth first period, Kelsey Kirkham potted one
from the low slot with 11 seconds
left in the frame. One goal was all
it took to secure the win win, as
a strong defence shut down wave
after wave of the heavy Alberta
offensive. Despite being heavily
out shot in the final two periods,
Melinda Choy came out on top
with a clean shut out.
made an especially large impact
last weekend against Brandon.
Against those small town boys, he
came off the bench and achieved
a 100 per cent kill efficiency! This
means that every time Kozel spiked
the ball, it scored. This six-foot-six
middle blocker also managed to
rake in three blocks and one dig
for the T-Birds. A performance like
that definitely earns Yari a spot as
one of the Athletes of the Week.
The Athletes of the Week are selected by the Thunderbirds Athletic
The Canada West swimming championships came and went this weekend, with the
Thunderbirds finishing first in women's swimming and second in the men's division.
Last year saw the Canada West record book
be rewritten in Victoria, but as of Saturday, only
one record had fallen through two days this
year, with T-Bird Martha McCabe coming from
behind to clip teammate and previous record
holder Hanna Pierse in the 400 individual medley. McCabe had a time of 4:42.97, which bettered Pierse's 2009 winning time by nearly two
seconds. McCabe went on to also win the 100m
breast stroke.
The Thunderbirds crossed over the prairies,
and while it didn't affect the men's perfect play
this year, the women's six-game winning streak
snapped in Calgary.
The women (10-4) lost to the Dinos (7-8) 66-
71 Saturday night, getting only 5 of 31 shots in
the second half. Alex Vieweg had a T-Bird best 21
points, on 8-of-12 shooting, but she was the only
T-Bird to have any success on the road Saturday,
as the rest of the team went 12 for 50.
The men, on the other hand, kept on winning,
defeating Lethbridge 88-78 and Calgary 79-71 to
keep their perfect record intact at 13-0. Calgary
was ranked fifth in the country—the highest-rate
team that UBC has faced all year.
Despite what one player described as "shock" after Shawn Olson was hired as head coach of the
football program, Thunderbird players are reacting positively to the news.
Kevin Kraft, a third-year fullback with the team,
said, "I'm excited for the coaching change. I've
heard they are bringing in a lot of alums from the
'9 7 Vanier team to help out with assisting duties,"
referring to the national championship 1997
team when Olson was quarterback. "I'm hoping
that we can have a new pride instilled in our program. All of us in the locker room want to win."
Fourth-year linebacker Nathan Kanya echoed
Kraft's sentiments. "Hopefully change can translate into wins."
Former NHL player Mike Danton, who plead
guilty in 2004 to attempting to hire a hitman to kill his agent, is close to lacing up
in the CIS. Danton, who was released on parole in September 2009 after 63 months in
jail, has started attending classes at St. Mary's
University, and has begun practicing with the
school's hockey team. Danton last played hockey
in 2004 for the St Louis Blues, before he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit
As Danton has begun practicing with the team,
a media storm has surrounded the university, questioning whether Danton, who is now 29,
should be on the team. "I've learned to expect the
worst and hope for the best," he told The Globe
and Mail.
"We've all made mistakes," he added. "The severity of those mistakes is what differs. But when
it comes down to it, I think that everybody deserves a second chance." tl 6/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/2010.01.25
Birds blown out as tensions mount
In a series UBC had to win,
they stunk out the joint.
The Lethbridge Pronghorns'
offence exploded to lead them
to a 8-0 victory over the UBC
Thunderbirds on Saturday
night. The win completed the
weekend sweep for Lethbridge
and all but put to bed the Birds'
remaining playoff hopes as
Heading into the weekend,
UBC was in sixth place, but
were just two points behind
the Pronghorns for fifth, still
within reach of one of the four
playoff spots in the Canada
West conference. Now, UBC
is eight points behind fourth-
place Saskatchewan with just
six games remaining in the
regular season.
The T-Birds' offensive woes
Saturday carried over from
the night before, in which they
out-shot Lethbridge 44-22 but
still lost 5-2. On Saturday, they
failed to net any of their 31
shots, while Lethbridge had
much more success in their 30
On several occasions, UBC
batted rebound after rebound
toward the Lethbridge goal,
sometimes for minute-long
stretches at a time, but were
unable to finish.
Although UBC controlled the
puck for much of the first period, Lethbridge opened the scoring at 14:21 into the first. Tyler
Feakes carried the puck down
the ice and passed ahead to
Brian Matte, who one-timed it
past UBC goalie Frangois Thuot
for his sixth goal of the season,
Frangois Thuot has been one of many to struggle as of late for UBC, who have lost 15 of their last 20 games. GERALD DEO FILE PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Lethbridge scored again on
a power play late in the period,
and they never looked back.
The Birds have faired poorly against Lethbridge throughout the season, having defeated
the Horns only once in six meetings between the teams. Their
frustration was visible, and with
just under two minutes left in
the second period, it boiled over
into a massive skirmish resulting in three players from each
side receiving ten-minute misconduct penalties.
The tension had been escalating since the middle of the
second period, when Horns
forward Mike Wuchterl laid
a hard hit on UBC's Justin
McCrae. Wuchterl was ejected,
and McCrae left the game and
did not return.
Players on both sides were
in and out of the box all game,
as the two teams combined for
109 PIM on 25 penalties.
The lack of discipline at the
end of the game was emblematic of UBC's frustrations all
season, which has seen them
regress from last year when
they managed to make the
Inconsistent effort has
marked the team's play all season, and head coach Milan
Dragicevic has often said the
team "needs to play a full
three periods." One former
Thunderbird, who quit the team
at the start of this year, lay the
blame squarely at Dragicevic.
"I think the players' lack of
caring for the game, they don't
care if they make mistakes,
and if there's no accountability, I think that's a represena-
tion of the coach," he said, requesting anonymity.
"I think he's just given up.
He's trying everything that's
in his small head, and nothing's working, and he's paying for it with these [blowout]
"He's not the best at rounding up the troops, I guess.
He's a shitty coach. Put that in
a place of mind
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Voting will be held the week
of January 25 to 29, and voters
can expect to see polling stations set up at booths across
campus. For voters enrolled
at UBC, ballots may be submitted at laptop stations from 10
to 2pm on January 25, 27 and
29. These polling stations will
be found in both the SUB and
Koerner Library.
UBC voters may alternatively
choose to instead submit ballots
in the Vanier Cafeteria, Totem
Cafeteria, or Panhellenic House
on the evening of January 2 7
from 5 to 7pm.
For voters enrolled in either
Regent College or Vancouver
School of Theology, paper ballots will be accepted January 26
and 27. These polling stations
will be located within their respective schools and are open
from 10 to 2pm.
So what is necessary to vote?
Nothing more than a CWL account for online ballots, a student card for paper ballots, and
a few minutes. Voters have tons
of time to vote—a 15-minute
counter begins when a student
logs in, but if they need more
time, they can log out and log
in again, and the timer begins
again at 15 minutes. Electronic
voting will allow busy voters to
save their ballots and complete
them later before polling has
The UBC campus will see expanded access to polling opportunities as stations will remain open throughout the
week. While fewer booths will
be seen, the choice to focus on
week-long polling is expected
to increase cost effectiveness
and accommodation for busy
—Cameron Paul
This is the second year that the
AMS elections will feature the
Condorcet method of voting.
This method is considered to
be fairer than the "first past
the post" traditional style of
Voters rank candidates numerically in order of preference. The system then uses a
"ranked pairs" method, which
is where candidates are measured against each other in one-
on-one competitions on the ballot, to translate the preference
of voters into results.
Sample Ballot:
Candidate A = 2
Candidate B = 1
Candidate C = 3
B greater than A
A greater than C
B greater than C
—Samanthajung, with files
from Alia Dharssi
The job ofthe president
coordinating the rest of
the executive—advocating
student opinions on various
issues. He or she also
acts as the spokesperson
for the AMS, being the
main contact for media
and responsible for
communicating to the
student body.
NAME: Bijan Ahmadian
of Governors representative
POLITICS: AMS ombudsperson,
senator of three years, Board
of Governor member of two
Why are you
uniquely suited for the position of AMS
As a seasoned
student leader, I come
with a great
AHMADIAN deaJ of Practical experience having served on the
AMS Council, UBC Senate and
the Board of Governors for several years. Students need an
experienced president that understands their unique needs,
and can build consensus with
different stakeholders in order to benefit students. I have
a track record that highlights
my accomplishments in that
kind of consensus-building on
this campus.
What first steps are you going to
take to improve the AMS' relationship with the university?
Having served on the UBC
Senate and Board of Governors,
I already have a demonstrated history of a productive relationship with the university.
I will leverage that in order to
create a dynamic in which students work with the university against issues as opposed
to against each other. In practical terms, this will take place
through building trust and
drawing on our common interests for creating values for current and future generation of
How willyou work to engage the
growing population of commuter students?
After TransLink's recent backing out of its original commitment to an upgraded transit
system at UBC, the university is going to have to come up
with a new plan to meet the
increasing transportation demand of students. In addition,
the U-Pass program is due for
negotiation this year. These
provide a unique practical opportunity to engage commuter students through consultations to find out their needs for
an upgraded transportation
system at an affordable price
with improved service levels.
Rank the following issues in
terms of their importance over
the next year: UBC Farm, War
on Fun, UBC governance, tuition, equity. Briefly explain
your choices.
AMS needs to team up with
the university to work with the
University Neighbourhoods
Association,   and   the   RCMP
to come up with an arrangement that we can all live with.
Currently, UBC's goal for creating a sustainable campus community is driven by the motto
of creating a campus to "live,
work and study in." We need
to add the word "play" in that
motto, both symbolically and
practically, in order to emphasize the student life element of a sustainable campus
Governance is a key priority and will affect many generation of students to come. We
need to find a model that respects our academic autonomy
and provides an effective voice
for students. To have students'
voices heard on this issue, AMS
will need a president to build a
trusting functional relationship
with the university, the provincial government, the University
Neighbourhoods Association
and the Alumni Association.
Every year the president tries to
mobilize students with one or
two big issues. What are issues
thatyou would try to mobilize
the student body around?
Student Financial Aid: For example, we need to work with
the Research Universities
Council of BC to get the provincial government to reduce interests on student loan to government costs of borrowing in
addition to making the first
six months interest-free, as opposed to just not requiring interest payment in that period.
We are seriously lagging behind other provinces in this
Affordable Student Housing:
The unmet need stands at about
2500 beds. AMS should work
with the university and the provincial government to take advantage of UBC's superior credit rating and low construction
costs to create more affordable
student housing while the opportunity exists.
NAME: Sean Kim
POLITICS: student council president at Burnaby Mountain
Secondary School
Why are you uniquely suited for
the position of AMS President?
To step ahead of the rapid
changes in our society, students need a leader who understands this new era, where
student well-being, new technology and future security are
main issues. With the the new
technology and vast amount of
information available online,
I believe that we can take our
learning and university to a
whole new level. Also, the society today is challenging for
students to find a career after graduation. I will support
the students to prepare for
the future by offering practical learning opportunities not
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What first steps are you going to
take to improve the AMS' relationship with the university?
How do different countries
improve their diplomatic relations? First thing is to have
open conversations with the
university and let them know
that the new student government for 2010 has a strong
will to work with the university to reach the best result
that would suit student needs.
There will be compromises,
but both AMS and the university have the same goal—to provide the best learning environment for the students.
How willyou work to engage the
growing population of commuter students?
I was a commuter myself during my first year and I understand how tiring the bus/
SkyTrain ride can be. One of
the concerns is that some students wish to stay in school
residence, because they live
very far off the campus, but
they didn't get the lottery.
There should
be priority
system for
the students
who live far
away from
campus. The
other thing is
to work with
TransLink to
have better
transit system. There are many things
to learn from countries like
China, along with many other
things, they have TV in many
buses so that people have
something to watch in long
bus ride. Lastly, I want to expand and work towards lowering the cost of the student hostel system. One thing commuters want is to take a nap during their long break or have a
place to sleep during the exam
period. Realistically, the hostel
is too expensive and does not
provide flexible time for a student who simply wants to take
a nap.
Rank the following issues in
terms of their importance over
the next year: UBC Farm, War
on Fun, UBC governance, tuition, equity. Briefly explain
your choices.
All the things have equal
amount of importance, because we have diverse group
of people at UBC and people
have their own opinion about
what is important to them.
Nevertheless, I would like to
say that tuition would be something that would apply to everyone. Everybody knows that
tuition is increasing, and even
though we have tried to lower
tuition, it wasn't very successful. I think one of the reasons
is because we have been trying
to use the same old method
to lower tuition. This is a new
age, we have the new technology, we can reduce educational
expenses which can compensate for the increase in tuition.
I have many fresh ideas which
will appeal to the university
and the students.
Every year the president tries to
mobilize students with one or
two big issues. What are issues
thatyou would try to mobilize
the student body around?
This is a hard question, because there are three main
things that I want to mobilize
student with, which includes
student well-being, enhanced
learning with new technology and future security. But, if
I have to choose one, I would
say future security, because
one the top reason why we go
to university is to find a good
career after graduation. The
problem today is once people
graduate, they face many challenges that were not taught at
school. I am passionate about
working towards providing an
education that can solve those
challenges and help students
reach that dream career.
NAME: Natalie Swift
CURRENT POSITION: FUS VP external & AMS councilor
FACULTY: Forestry
POLITICS: UBC: AMS councilor,
VP external
FLEMING COLLEGE: VP academic, president & student
Why are you uniquely suited for
the position of AMS president?
In addition to my sincere belief
in the value of students taking
ownership of their educational experience through organizations such as the AMS, I also
feel I have the character and
experience to effectively represent the student voice.
Throughout my involvement
on campus, I have done my best
in my role as a student leader to be considerate, fair, honest and respectful in all interactions and decision-making.
I'm always consulting my constituents and asking myself, "is
this in the best interest of the
In regards to experience,
I  was  heavily involved  as  a
student leader while studying
at an Ontario College. Notably,
I represented students during
the lifting of a provincial tuition freeze, a faculty strike and
a provincial review of post-secondary education. I'm confident this experience will serve
me while in the AMS president
What first steps are you going to
take to improve the AMS' relationship with the university?
Honestly, the first thing that
needs to happen is to have
a good long chit-chat with
Stephen Toope and other members of the administration. I
want to sit down and have an
open discussion where we can
both evaluate the past, identify
areas for improvement and determine how we'd like to move
forward. It's a simple gesture
that can accomplish a lot.
How willyou work to engage the
growing population of commuter students?
This is a long-standing issue
and a difficult one to address,
although incredibly important. If we want to see a lively
campus culture, we need to engage commuter students. The
university is beginning to offer helpful resources, such as
extending library hours and
offering places for commuter
students to sleep if they need
to stay late. However, that
doesn't address culture. I'd
suggest we first ask commuter
students what they want, and
go from there.
Rank the following issues in
terms of their importance over
the next year: UBC Farm, War on
Fun, UBC governance, tuition, equity. Briefly explain your choices.
UBC governance
War on Fun
UBC Farm
Addressing the issue of UBC
governance willbe HUGE in the
coming year. Unfortunately, I
don't think most students understand the implications of
Metro Vancouver's  desire to
address zoning bylaws on campus—so please come out to the
debates and read the VFMs to
find out more. I put the War on
Fun next, because I think it's
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address student concerns on
these topics. Finally, although
I love the Farm, we've made a
lot of progress in the past year
so it's not a high priority.
Every year the president tries to
mobilize students with one or
two big issues. What are issues
thatyou would try to mobilize
the student body around?
If elected, I will make it priority
to strengthen the student voice
in AMS decision making. I will
implement the recommendations of the AMS systemic discrimination review and develop a new training and communication system for councilors
to ensure they are truly representing the voice of students in
their faculty. I also want to engage the student body in the development and creation of a provincial student organization. NAME: Timothy Chu
Evaluate the performance of last
year's VP external.
As VP external, a lot was
achieved. Firstly, we gave out
over $50,000 worth of U-Pass
subsidies. This is more than
any other year. I, as the VP external, also managed to change
the Residence
Contract for
over 8000 students to greater protect
their     rights
as tenants
during the
Games. The
external office recruited
CHU over 200 vol
unteers and
ran a successful postcard campaign to protest the $17 million
cuts to student aid. We collected over 1500 postcards which
were sent to the government.
We also managed to exempt
U-Pass holders from the $5 additional fee for taking the Canada
Line. These are some of the numerous achievements from last
Tuition is expected to rise in the
coming years. What are specific
ways that your office will attempt
to fight this?
Tuition fees have doubled over
the past eight years and they
are expected to rise exponentially next year. As VP external, I will lobby for reduced tuition fees to make sure our education is affordable and accessible. I will also lobby for increased government funding to
ensure the high quality of our
education. We need to empower ourselves as students and put
direct pressure on our elected
officials to listen to us. We have
over 45,000 students at UBC,
and we are the largest student
union in Canada. The various
levels of government must recognize this and act accordingly.
We need more student engagement and outreach to show the
government that it is completely unacceptable for tuition fees
to increase.
Now that the AMS has decided
to leave the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations (CASA),
there is an increase of available
financial resources to the external office. Where do you plan to
use that money?
AMS Council has decided to remain independent for at least
one year. As VP external, I will
demand that former membership fees for CASA (which was
approximately $50,000) be used
towards lobbying the various
levels of government. We need
to take this money to run awareness campaigns so students are
knowledgeable of the issues,
such as how the government is
profiting off of our student loan
interest rates. We need to take
this money to mobilize and organize students so we can place
public pressure on our elected
officials to force change.
The U-Pass contract is up for negotiation next year. Are you prepared to let UBC students pay
more in order for there to be a universal U-Pass? Why or why not?
Firstly, the BC government has
already established that by
September 2010, there will be a
universal U-Pass. What we need
to do is to convince the government that this universal U-Pass
must remain at UBC's current rate of approximately $25/
month per student. Last year
we secured meetings with not
only the minister of transportation but her staff who will give
recommendations to the minister. We are incredibly close
to achieving a $25 universal
U-Pass and allowing summer
opt-ins so students who are not
taking courses over the summer can still enjoy the U-Pass.
How politically active should the
external office be?
The VP external's job is to be political. The VP external is the
students' advocate on post-secondary issues. The VP external
needs to be outspoken, champion the causes of students and
be very vocal when students
are hurt by the cost of education. The VP external needs to
call the government out when
funding cuts occur. For example, in May 2008, $60 million
in core funding to our university was cut, in September 2009,
$17 million in student aid was
cut and now our university is actively lobbying the government
to increase tuition fees by a substantial amount. We need a VP
external that is able and willing to speak out against these
cuts. We need a VP external that
is not afraid to criticize the government and the university for
their actions.
NAME: Jeremy McElroy
PAST EXPERIENCE IN THE A MS/POLITICS: one year as AMS councilor, two years as AUS councilor, two years as Radical Beer
Faction executive
Evaluate the performance of last
year's VP external.
Quite disappointing. The external office is the face of the
AMS to the outside world, and
the face we have shown thus far
has been that of whiny petulant
children, while the students deserve an image that reflects the
professionalism and levelheadedness that they themselves exhibit to the world. Last year's VP
external took it upon himself to
represent students the way he
saw fit, not they way they did,
and this is truly reprehensible.
Tuition is expected to rise in the
coming years. What are specific
ways that your office will attempt
to fight this?
Tuition accounts for a great deal
of the university's operating
budget, and if the 1990s taught
us anything, it is that tuition
freezes do not equal greater
post-secondary funding, and
thus the quality of education diminishes significantly. Tuition
is not the real issue, but accessibility to education. The majority
of students can afford to pay tuition, and I believe that so long
as they can, they should. But for
those who can't afford a post-secondary education, there need to
be much better mechanisms of
support. The BC student loan
program is the worst in the
country, with the highest interest rates in the Organization
for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), and there
is almost no provincial bursary
program to speak of. These are
what my office would really be
Now that the AMS has decided
to leave the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations (CASA),
there is an increase of available
financial resources to the external office. Where do you plan to
use that money?
CASA is a federal organization,
and while many student issues are in the realm of federal responsibility, the vast majority of issues are dealt with at
the provincial level. Currently
there is only a BC branch of the
CFS to represent students, and
SFU and UVic are currently in
the process of evaluating their
CFS memberships to determine whether or not they
wish to remain members. The AMS
took a leading
role in the creation of CASA,
and I believe
we should
take a leading
role in establishing an organization of BC student unions to effectively convey a common student message to Victoria. Only
with a strong, professional student lobbying group can we
hope to achieve any progress.
This would be a significant endeavour for the external office,
and a worthwhile use of these
The U-Pass contract is up for negotiation next year. Are you prepared to let UBC students pay
more in order for there to be a universal U-Pass? Why or why not?
I believe that I share the view
of a great many UBC students
when I say that I am prepared to
pay a litde more for my U-Pass
if it means students at all post-
secondary institutions will also
benefit from this extraordinary
program. I do not believe that it
is fair for only some schools to
have this program while others do not—we are all students,
and we are all users ofthe same
transit system.
How politically active should the
external office be?
The external office (EO) is innately political, as its primary function is to lobby different
levels of government and organizations on behalf of students.
However, this does not mean
that the EO should be partisan
in any way. The EO takes direction from the university and
External Relations Committee
and ultimately from Council. If
Council, by a two-thirds majority, decides to take a political
stance one way or another, it becomes the job ofthe EO to carry
out this position. It is not the job
of the EO to determine the position, and then act without the
consent, of AMS Council. The
EO should be innately political,
but entirely nonpartisan, which
is an important distinction to
make. The AMS should have no
party affiliations and keep only
the best interests of students in
NAME: Stas Pavlov
FACULTY: Commerce
Evaluate the performance of last
year's VP external.
Over the past year, the VP external office has been quite politically charged, focusing on political ideologies rather than tangible goals that can affect students today and in the future.
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on three major goals: ensuring     that
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are well represented in the current and future structures ofthe
Tuition is expected to rise in the
coming years. What are specific
ways that your office will attempt
to fight this?
Personally, I would love nothing
else than to not pay tuition at
all—the fact of the matter is, going to school is very expensive!
Taking into account that UBC is
a world class institution and the
quality of education and services that we receive, I strongly feel
that the best way to go about the
expected tuition rise is to stabilize it. I will make sure that future tuition increases do not go
above the two per cent threshold that is set in place right now.
This will ensure that students
can remain confident in knowing that there will not bea spike
in tuition costs and will give
students an opportunity to prepare and face the tuition costs
Now that the AMS has decided
to leave the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations (CASA),
there is an increase of available
financial resources to the external office. Where do you plan to
use that money?
First and foremost, the external office will ensure that
these financial resources
are being used for the betterment of our students, here at
UBC. We need to focus on a
few achievable goals and ensure that the students at UBC
are getting the most value for
their fees. I am a strong believer in the accessibility of
education and it stands right
now, the systems in place for
students to get educational
funding (student loans, scholarships etc.) are not up to the
standards that they need to be.
These are systems are really
close to students' hearts and
must be improved. Whether it
is through lobby days or other
lobbying practices, this is an
area that I would plan to utilize these extra resources with
a sense of fiscal responsibility.
The VP external deals
with the U-Pass,
TransLink and
lobbying at various
levels ofgovernment
on student issues
such as tuition fees
and post-secondary
education funding.
The U-Pass contract is up for negotiation next year. Are you prepared to let UBC students pay
more in order for there to be a universal U-Pass? Why or why not?
Based on the fact that the
U-Pass program is one of the
most successful and prominent programs that the AMS
offers to its students, my answer to the question above is:
no, I am not prepared to let
UBC students pay more for the
U-Pass. We attend a university that has an extremely large
number of commuter students and with the enormous
success of the program with
all students, I am prepared
to work my hardest to ensure
that the universal U-Pass program remains affordable and
continues to evolve.
How politically active should the
external office be?
The external office should
only be active in one way-
making sure that the UBC
students' interests are represented as best possible. I am
not affiliated with a political
party at a provincial or federal level, and I will not push
any political views on a student population that are entirely capable to decide what
their own political beliefs
are. The truth ofthe matter is,
I have no say in who is in power at the federal, provincial or
university levels. What I am
prepared to do is work hard
with any political organization or individual in charge to
ensure that students are represented at the highest level
possible. No matter what political ideology the current
governments stand by, student's views and values must
and will be represented.
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NAME: Ben Cappellacci
FACULTY: Commerce
POLITICS: Safewalk coordinator, Commerce Undergraduate
Society(CUS) Board of
Your job has a dual portfolio:
academic affairs and university affairs. Will you place more
weight on one of those areas?
Why or why not?
This year I will primarily focus
on the university affairs side of
the job. While
I have experience with academic issues
through the
Senate I feel
that two big issues that will
likely surface
this year: UBC
with the
GVRD and the
redesign ofthe Bus Loop will require a lot of attention to university affairs. I will not completely
abandon academic affairs, however, as I have a few small but
effective changes in mind that
will directly benefit new and existing students.
How will you work to improve
and increase relations with the
University Neighbourhoods
Association (UNA)?
The UNA has a significant influence over many of the actions the university administration has had on this campus. I intended to make an
early connection with members of the UNA to develop
a constructive dialogue between the stakeholders involved in issues that ultimately impact student life on campus. I believe that an attitude
of defiance is not going to accomplish any positive changes for students, and it is only
through a long-term relationship of trust and understanding that solutions that benefit
the students of the campus as
well as other members of the
community can be created.
What is one initiative you hope
to make happen during your
time in office?
One issue that is currently being discussed by student senators is the increase of time limit between exams. I am a firm
believer that students need to
have a more reasonable grace
period when it comes to having
many exams within the same
time limit and by increasing
this even by one exam period a lot of stress can be taken
away from exams. I will support senators in working to
achieve this through consultation with members of the university administration.
NAME: Rodrigo Ferrari Nunes
FACULTY: Arts, double major
in Anthropology and Classics
(UBC 2006), MA, Anthropology
(2010), incoming PhD student,
Interdisciplinary Studies
Graduate Program.
POLITICS: GSS councilor
(Anthropology), AMS councillor (GSS), VP student services (GSS), Campus and
Community Planning Steering
Committee (GSS), VP external
Journalists for Human Rights,
UBC Chapter.
Your job has a dual portfolio:
academic affairs and university affairs. Will you place more
weight on one of those areas?
Why or why not?
I believe that the portfolio is
not dual, but complementary. Academic affairs are university affairs and vice-versa. I will focus on creating
the AMS Research Institute
to oversee, fund and promote
student-initiated research on
all aspects of student life. This
will help to make our operations more transparent, and to
collaborate more closely with
the university without causing controversies or surprises, having reliable and legitimate research data and extensive consultations backing our
decisions and policies.
How will you work to improve
and increase relations with the
University Neighbourhoods
I hope to help
the AMS set
up a comprehensive feedback system,
based on open
source qualitative analysis software,
that will produce reliable
data. This information will help to create
a live database—the grounds
for comparable qualitative and
quantitative analysis that will
inform decision making in all
levels (i.e., BoG, AMS, Senate,
etc), improve communications
throughout campus and create
local history. It will also be an
incredible tool for understanding AMS services, and to inform
Council on how to improve our
What is one initiative you hope
to make happen during your
time in office?
The AMS Research Institute
to fund and promote student-
led research on university affairs and student life is, for
me, a very important project.
It can help us understand how
our services work, to inform
the student body, and to collect
their feedback without deadlines or restrictions. I will be
providing a detailed description of how I believe this can
work in my platform.
NAME: Ekaterina Dovjenko
Undergraduate Society (CUS)
representative to the AMS,
member of the CUS Board of
FACULTY: Commerce, major in Finance, minor in
International Relations
POLITICS: I have had extensive experience within the
AMS, CUS and other student organizations; chair for
the Business and Facilities
Committee, former member,
External Relations Committee,
Appointments Review
Committee and Executive
Oversight Committee. CUS for
two years, first sitting as the
coordinator for Business Week
and now as a representative
on their Board. Briefly been
the VP administration for the
International Business Club.
You are the student in charge of
the planning of a $110 million
new SUB. What principles will
guide your stewardship of the
SUB Renew project?
I believe that it is absolutely imperative that the new $160 million ($110 million for the SUB
and $50 or so due to financing)
SUB be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Environmentally, I will ensure that the new SUB will continue to strive for LEED Platinum
and have adequate green space.
Socially, the
creation of
the SUB will
stricdy adhere
to a student-
driven process
and will provide students
with enough
and functional space to engage in club
activities, eat, study or simply relax. Lasdy I will ensure that the
SUB is also economically sustainable, with proper financing during mortgage negotiation.
What are ways thatyou are going to make the current SUB a
better place for students?
Because the new SUB will only
be complete around 2015, the
current SUB must continue
to be the heart of campus until then. As your VP admin, I
promise to ensure that the current SUB is a well-kept space
through regular maintenance
and small improvements that
will have a life-span of about
five years. I will also improve
the study space within the SUB
with transferable furniture
and computers and greatly improve SUB signage, especially
so that club offices are easier
to locate and so that signs can
also be read in Braille.
What are ways that the AMS can
support clubs?
AMS clubs are already absolutely amazing but there is still
room for the AMS to provide
more club support in terms of
funding and increased communication. I propose better
marketing of the Clubs Benefit
Fund, creating a start-up grant
for new clubs, finalizing a governance manual, recognizing outstanding club achievement, and making the lives of
clubs easier through online reimbursement and booking systems. Clubs are excellent catalysts for student engagement
and the AMS can do more to
support them. Let's build a better AMS!
NAME: Michael Haack
POLITICS: resource groups and
volunteering   for   groups   on
You are the student in charge of
the planning of a $110 million
new SUB. What principles will
guide your stewardship of the
SUB Renew project?
This issue is about students,
students,  students!  The  SUB
Renew project  is  unique  in
that it's the biggest initiative
the AMS has undertaken in
40 years. I intend on continuing  the   current  administration's   tactics
of     keeping
students    informed,    but
I   will   work
with my committees from
the     ground
up—so     that
I   can   confidently convey
to the stakeholders what
they need to
do to keep this project representative of students.
What are ways thatyou are going to make the current SUB a
better place for students?
Students use the current SUB
as a place to grab a bite to eat
and then to go class, but hardly as destination. I would like
to explore ways to keep students in the SUB and if that
means making more study
space available to students,
or hosting more events in the
SUB, then I will work to make
the SUB a more desirable aspect (and destination) of campus culture.
What are ways that the AMS can
support clubs?
As chair of the SAC, I plan
to build better relationships
with clubs by inviting club
presidents to the Student
Leadership Conference, having the AMS sponsor an
All President's Dinner and
through increasing benefits to club presidents. This
allows students who don't
get recognized in traditional forms (they're not a leader in an academic group or
faculty) but are leaders doing great work and it's the
job of the AMS to recognize
their great commitments and
accomplishments. TAYYAR
NAME: Elin Tayyar
FACULTY: Arts (Econ/IR double
POLITICS: SAC vice-chair since
May 2009.
How will you ensure that the I
AMS does not continue to have
a structural deficit?
The problem of our structural
deficit was actually one of the
my main motivations for running for the
VP finance
position. I
have seen the
of the AMS
from the inside and I believe there is
much room
to improve
in how efficient we work
as an organization. The structural deficit is one of the biggest problems we face, and I intend to
address it by improving fluidity of our communications.
This includes implementing
and continuing initiatives taken this year to reduce paper
usage and streamline internal
operations. Basically, making
AMS more efficient.
What financial experience do
you have that qualifies you for
this position?
My academic background in
economics as well as my involvement in the budget making process in several nonprofit organizations provides
me with financial knowledge.
I have also worked previously
in financial services. However,
I believe my main asset is my
experience in the AMS and my
understanding of, and familiarity with, how things work in
this organization.
What are your thoughts about
the AMS President's Fund?
I think this year, we've neglected focus on our long-term financial stability. The presidents fund is important, but
is a matter for years when we
have budgetary surplus. This
year, my focus will be on reducing our deficit, so I don't
anticipate allocating resources into the presidents fund.
NAME: The Invisible Man
How will you ensure that the
AMS does not continue to have
a structural deficit?
What financial experience do
you have that qualifies you for
this position?
What are your thoughts about
the AMS President's Fund?
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NAME: Guillaume Houle
of the Arts Undergraduate
POLITICS: Arts representative
since February 2009, Business
and Operations committee
member, SUB renewal committee member.
What do you think are three
main concerns students have
on campus, and how willyou
address these issues to the
Board of Governors?
I would define the three main
concerns of students on campus to be the shortage of student housing on campus, tuition fees policy and public transit-
Through my
with other
Board members and
by serving
on the related committees of
HOULE the Board of
Governors, I
will ensure
that the concerns of students
are always taken into account
and given strong consideration before projects are approved as well as when policies that directly affect students are enacted or amended. I see it as my duty to have
the university work with its
What are your thoughts about
governance at UBC, and what
do you plan to do on this issue?
Governance at UBC is a rather obscure process. I have
learned, by sitting on the SUB
Renewal Committee, that governance at UBC can sometimes be challenging to accept from a student's point
of view, but I believe that
by building and fostering a
great relationship with the
UBC administration, the university will be more favorable
to listen to the students and
their concerns.
What makes you uniquely
qualified to represent the student body on the board that
makes large decisions about
the university?
I feel that I can well represent a great majority of students on campus because I
have the same concerns as
they do. I am a commuter
student with a substantial
amount of debt and know that
I will be able to bring the concerns of students to the Board
of Governors. And finally,
having served on the AMS
Council   has   given   me   the
knowledge I feel is needed to
sit on the Board of Governors
and to be an effective student
NAME: Blake Frederick
academic, AMS AVP external
What do you think are three
main concerns students have
on campus, and how willyou
address these issues to the
Board of Governors?
a) Tuition and Student
Financial Aid. UBC and the
Provincial Government have
not fulfilled their obligation to
provide all students with high-
quality, affordable education. I
will continue to fight tirelessly
against ongoing efforts by UBC
to increase tuition by as much
as $6000 in some faculties.
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Development.  The  university
continues to have a condo-cen-
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private developments that infringe upon the academic mission of UBC.
c) Expansion of Work Learn
and Work Study. Many students rely on part-time employment on-campus to supplement their education and
to help pay their expenses. I
will continue to work to expand the Work Learn and Work
Study programs which provide
these jobs so that more students can have the opportunity to learn while making money on campus.
What are your thoughts about
governance at UBC, and what
do you plan to do on this issue?
With no meaningful elected
governance on campus, UBC
acts in a democratic vacuum.
I will continue to push for the
creation of elected UBC representation that will be held accountable to the students.
What makes you uniquely
qualified to represent the student body on the board that
makes large decisions about
the university?
I am currently the president
of the AMS Student Union,
which has allowed me to interact and build relationships with many senior administrators and decision
makers on campus.
NAME: Azim Wazeer
FACULTY: Commerce
Operations Commissioner,
CUS Board of Directors
fourth-year representative
What do you think are three
main concerns students have
on campus, and how willyou
address these issues to the
Board of Governors?
Increased   housing,    uncertainty   in  how   the   campus
will be governed and issues
surrounding UBC's financial
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I will leverage this report and hold the
Board to its commitments
stemming from it by pushing
new student housing to the
top of the agenda. Covering
governance in the next question, I will move straight to finance. With a new, bold and
innovative UBC VP finance
(Pierre Ouillet), I will form an
effective relationship to identify pieces in the UBC budget
that can be reworked, whether it be re-organizing how
the ancillary system at UBC
works or looking for more
bursary opportunities.
What are your thoughts about
governance at UBC, and what
do you plan to do on this issue?
This is critical for student life
at UBC. Governance change
is inevitable. How we respond to ensure that our perspectives are incorporated
and embedded in a permanent, constructive and effective way in any new governance structure is the challenge. I will advocate for maximum student input on any
committees that are borne to
address the issue. But more
importantly, consultation
that provides for as unified a
student voice on this issue as
possible is necessary for us
to be held on equal grounds
with the various other interest groups. This consultation must be derived from
the grassroots level by having grassroots people run it,
i.e. students running consultation for students, and as
such, I will facilitate this as
much as possible.
What makes you uniquely
qualified to represent the student body on the board that
makes large decisions about
the university?
I have represented students
at-large on Senate for two
years, gaining an understanding of what effective
student-university relationships look like in the context
of making student interests a
priority. I have also been involved in my constituency
governance, GreekLife, UBC
Orientations and other areas
on campus that have given
me good insight into student
life across campus.
NAME: Sean Heisler
Science student senator
FACULTY: Applied Science
POLITICS: student senator for
one  and  a half years,  two
years of involvement with the
Engineering   Undergraduate
Society,       working       group
member    on    the    Ministry
of     Advanced     Education's
Business Process Review of
the BC Transfer System
What do you think are three
main concerns students have
on campus, and how willyou
address these issues to the
Board of Governors?
A lack of voice to administration, limited supply of housing and poor transit. Our
voice can be entrenched in
the governance at UBC, and
mandated for student impacting projects. The university can be pressured to follow through on the extra beds
they promised, and pressured to substantively involve students in the process.
What are your thoughts about
governance at UBC, and what
do you plan to do on this issue?
Governance is in a state
of flux. With the Metro
Vancouver discussions, UBC
is evaluating the idea of
self-governance. Currently
UBC doesn't have enough accountability to students, and
thus our voice doesn't carry
enough weight. If UBC progresses towards self-governance, I will push for more
student representation and
mandated consultation, as
well as consultation metrics
to ensure a complete.
What makes
you uniquely qualified
to represent
the student
body on the
board that
makes large
about the
I am not a
political extremist nor solely a diplomat.
I am a policy mind, someone who reads and cares
about the subtleties of documents which become guiding structures to UBC. I have
been highly involved in the
policies of the EUS, contributed to Place and Promise
and contributed to the Equity
and Diversity Strategic Plan.
That is what the Board needs,
someone who can analyze the
documents coming through,
and determine how the students are affected. NAME: Blair McRadu
Week chair
POLITICS: voting/complaining
What are three issues you will
try and make an issue of in the
• Improved undergraduate learning experience
through support of programs such as the Carl
Wieman Science Education
• Improved student/teacher engagement including
greater utilization of TA instructional development
• More innovative and inter-disciplinary courses
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain your choices.
I feel that the development
of new courses and teaching methods is the most important issue for the Senate.
Improving the undergraduate
learning experience through
more effective methods of
teaching is crucial to increasing satisfaction for students
and for providing them
with the education they
new courses, such as
ASIC 200, are
valuable ways
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The continued development
of teaching evaluations at UBC
is also important to improving undergraduate learning.
Greater emphasis should be put
on collecting feedback and improving teaching methods and
curriculum accordingly.
International students contribute to the diversity of our
campus and must have their
specific needs and concerns
The current exam grievances process can be made more
easier and less onerous on the
NAME: Blake Frederick
POLITICS: Senate, AMS AVP academic, AMS AVP external
What are three issues you will
try and make an issue of in the
A Professor evaluations.
Students should be able to
have access to the teaching
evaluation results of their
prospective professors so
that they can better decide
which courses to enrol in. I
have worked
for the past
three years
to make this
a reality and
will continue
this project if
B Course
should have
greater flexibility to enroll in courses outside of
their discipline. I will work
to remove restrictions that
prevent students from exploring subjects outside of
their major.
C Sustainability-Related
Courses. UBC is a world
leader in sustainability,
but our curriculum does
not reflect that. I will work
to both create new sus-
tainability-focused courses and also integrate the issues of environmental sustainability into existing
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain your choices.
Having previously served as
a student senator, I recognize
that all of these issues are important. I plan to focus most
extensively on the issues of international students, the development of new courses, and
teaching evaluations because
of the lack of attention they
have received by the Senate.
NAME: Alyssa Koehn
equity rep, RezLife advisor
FACULTY:     Political    Science/
POLITICS: PSSA, positions
within the Residence Hall
Association including National
Residence Hall Honorary president, AMS Foodbank SoCo.
What are three issues you will
try and make an issue of in the
My biggest concern is Senate
accountability in the sense
that most students do not
know what
the Senate
is or what
impact it is
having on
their time at
UBC. I would
like to focus
on this and
make sure
the Senate's
actions are
known to
the average student. Campus
branding and admissions
standards, in terms of the
strategic plans and having
the University appeal to potential undergraduate students, is another interest
of mine. Finally, I am concerned about equity and diversity issues, especially relating to academic building
needs and Student Awards.
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain why.
Exam grievances and international students are definitely
first. In my experience within residence life, these are two
of the main concerns I see students facing and having unresolved issues with. I would say
the development of new courses and admission standards
are second, followed by teaching evaluations and governance development.
NAME: Joel Mertens
CURRENT POSITION: student senator, member-at-large
FACULTY: Faculty of Graduate
Studies, Masters of Applied
Science in Materials
POLITICS: AMS councilor for
two years, involved with
Engineering Undergraduate
Society and affiliated undergraduate club (Chemical and
Biological Engineering) for
four years, past Canadian
Federation of Engineering
Students International relations commissioner and
Complementary Education
What are three issues you will
try and make an issue of in the
I would like to focus my efforts
on diversifying the awards
UBC offers, examining if the
current exam policies can be
streamlined to make it more
transparent for students who
have exam hardships, and
working with the Senate to determine the feasibility of establishing an exams database
for all courses at UBC. I believe
further diversifying UBC's
awards is important, as it has
the potential to help encourage involvement in activities
outside ofthe classroom.
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain your choices.
I believe all these issues are
issues. If I
had to rank
them I would
say teaching
exam grievances, international students, development of
new courses/teaching
methods, admissions standards, and governance development. My
ranking is based on the belief that teaching evaluations
and exam grievances are
something that most students
would like to see improved to
be more relevant to them. I
believe that UBC should strive
to be recognized not only as a
great research institution, but
also as one of the best teaching universities. I believe that
it is possible to make these two
ideas go hand-in-hand.
NAME: Johannes Rebane
CURRENT POSITION: VP academic and university affairs, AMS
FACULTY: Commerce
POLITICS: VP academic,
Commerce Undergraduate
Society; AMS VP academic and
university affairs
What are three issues you will
try and make an issue of in the
I want to work with Student
Senate Caucus
to conduct an
in-depth survey to find out
what academ
ic issues are
really on students' minds.
The university  is  more
REBANE like1^   t0   be
when     there
are numbers behind motions,
so going through this process
will aid student senators now
and in the future.
Engaged and exploratory
learning should begin in the
first year of learning. I will
work with the rest of Senate to
start a review of the structure
of first year programs across
UBC to provide for more flexibility in their structure.
International engagement
at the community and academic level. If we expect to be
a globally-focused university,
our curriculum should reflect
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain why.
Teaching and learning is the
key reason that the university as an institute exists, and
therefore the development
of more innovative teaching methods is vital. I hope
to further the work I have
done with LEAD and the Carl
Wieman Initiative in Senate
to achieve this.
Second, admissions standards review is a huge priority of the university and important to make sure that the best
students possible are here.
Third, I would like to continue the work that I have done
with international students
and engagement.
NAME: Aminollah Sabzevari
AMS    Safewalk    assistant
AMS Safewalk volunteer
AMS   Speakeasy   assistant
Rank these issues in order
of importance: international students, development of
new courses/teaching methods, admissions standards,
governance development,
teaching evaluations and
exam grievances. Briefly explain your choices.
1 Student awards: The university should have a greater commitment to awarding students with scholastic    achievements,    extracurricular  activities  and/
or financial need. I will focus on greater transparency
in the selection process, particularly for awards that are
Admission reform: There
are currendy some issues with
different grading schemes in
provinces and in admissions
It's about time the university started the discussion on
providing the option of computerized exams (exams that
can be typed). They are just so
many advantages that come
with the option of typing an
exam compared to writing it.
2 Admissions standards, international students, exam
grievances, new courses/
teaching methods, teaching evaluations, governance
Admissions standards are
very important to help create
a broad and diverse student
base while
maintaining university standards.
students are
an important
part of university—they
bring important perspectives and experiences to
campus. A university should
deal with exam grievances seriously, especially if there is
concern with unfairness. This
concern carries through in the
development of new courses and teaching methods, as
well as teaching evaluations.
I'm not sure what you mean
by governance, but compared
to these other issues, it's important but not on my personal priority list for reform.
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NAME: AJ Hajir Hajian
Communications Committee
undergraduate representa-
tive/AVP external Computer
Science Student Society
FACULTY: Science
What are three issues you will
try and bring to Senate?
After numerous meetings and
talks with
various students from
faculties, I
came across
some key
points that
have been
in each and
all of their minds. Students
were concerned about the
public availability of teaching evaluations as a more reliable source than the public accessible websites; they
were worried about how the
over-enrolment and the use
of academic land as planning
zones will affect their future
at UBC, and last but not least,
where UBC shall fall on the
next Times Higher Education
World University Ranking.
As bringing the voice students to the Senate is my highest priority, looking forward
to a better Place of Mind for
all of us.
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain your
1 Exam Grievances
2 Teaching Evaluations
3 International Students
4 Governance
5 Admissions Standards
6 Development of new
courses/teaching methods
With the 2010 Games approaching in less than a
month, students are more concerned on the higher chances
that they might face exam conflicts or hardships.
For the teaching evaluations, students prefer to have
a more reliable source than
the commercially available
And with the 15 per cent
population   of   international
students, UBC should think
more of globalization and
welcoming them with warm
NAME: Nader Beyzaei
FACULTY: Commerce and
POLITICS: Council proxies,
Code and Policies Committee
What are three issues you will
try and bring to Senate?
a) Increasing
exposure to
faculties by
introducing a new
set of 'in-
tro' courses.
is doing this,
and has received positive feedback
from students. Start with Engineering
and Sciences then have it expand to other faculties.
b) I want to increase the
amount of elective courses
(especially in first year) for
students in Engineering and
Sciences. Students need to be
able to explore other subject
c) My main priority is increasing student engagement. Students need to be
able to become directly engaged in learning. There are
countless ways of doing this,
including deep integration
with professors.
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain your
1 Courses/Teaching:
This fits in directly with
my motive to get students
2 Admissions: Less focus
needs to be put on perfection of grades and more on
getting involved and being
part of the community.
3 International Students:
Measures need to be taken
to help those that still need
to adapt.
4 Teaching evaluations/
exam grievances: The
whole evaluation system
needs to be changed. How
can you justify how well a
student knows a course by
passing or failing them on
a 90 per cent final?
5 Governance: This is a
big part of the administration and the Senate, and
something I will push to
NAME: Spencer Rasmussen
Common Energy UBC
What are three issues you will
try and bring to Senate?
The Senate is the highest academic governing body at
UBC, and I plan to bring sustainability,
accountability and effectiveness to
the position
of student
Sustainability Academic
Strategy—Over the summer,
a bold strategy was developed to lead the way in sustainability. If elected, I will
work with the university—not
against it—to ensure its full
Zoning—Controversy continues over who decides
what goes where on campus.
Moving forward, we need a
solution that will hear the
student voice loud and clear.
Housing—I will support housing 45 per cent of full-time
students on campus within
five years.
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain your
1 Development of new
courses/teaching methods—the student experience needs improvement;
this is how to do it.
2 Governance development—we need a solution
that will hear the student
3 Teaching evaluations
and exam grievances-
progress has been made;
more can be done
4 International students
5 Admissions standards
NAME: RyanBredin
FACULTY: Medicine
What are three issues you will
try and bring to Senate?
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Class sizes. First- and second-year classes are ridiculously overloaded at UBC, with class
sizes way beyond what is reasonable for students and what
is responsible if UBC wants to
stay a world-class institution.
Class enrolment. UBC operates a priority registration
system, which can take into
account your grade history at
UBC. Students with the best
grades get to register earlier than people with lower
grades in the same year level.
While there is nothing wrong
with rewarding good grades,
in some majors (such as
Biochemistry) perfecdy capable third-year students often
miss out on required courses
because there are so few seats
available. Competent students
should not be penalized and
unable to take required courses because they are full.
Rank these issues in order of
importance: international students, development of new
courses/teaching methods, admissions standards, governance development, teaching
evaluations and exam grievances. Briefly explain your
1 Development of new
courses/teaching methods: I find that a number of professors and TAs
lack flair in their classes.
The five student senators are elected to the
UBC Vancouver Senate,
which makes decisions
on admissions standards,
teaching methods, new
courses and exam grievances. In addition to the
five senators-at-large, students from each faculty
are appointed to sit on
the Senate.
Implementing teaching
strategies would help improve class interest.
2 Admissions standards:
To stay a world class university, one must maintain
adequate updated standards. Standards should be
different for different provinces (or countries) to account for quality of education differences between
the areas.
3 International students:
Canada and UBC is predicated on not only improving Canadians, but also
giving quality education on
an international scale.
4 Exam grievances: Exam
grievances should theoretically be adequately dealt
with by contacting professors, and only in rare
cases should need Senate
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see The Ubyssey's
Board of Directors
candidates. These
people are responsible for ensuring our
fiscal responsibility and for engaging
the wider journalist
Board of
Campbell Bryson
Most newspapers are in trouble
because of basically one thing:
the internet. In today's times, a
person can have a vast wealth of
news information at their fingertips at the push of a button,
and all for free. Newspapers are
having trouble finding a niche,
because they are all trying to
compete with this access to information. I think The Ubyssey
is different from the newspaper industry in that they bring
news to UBC students that is directly relevant to them and can't
be found from any other source.
Similarly, the quality of articles
coming out of The Ubyssey has
been getting better and better
each year, with a brilliant and
cohesive editorial team. The
best way to ensure the survival
of The Ubyssey is basically this:
fun student-oriented articles
balanced with conservative fiscal judgement. My previous experience on the board will be an
asset for the latter.
Imram Habib
"I became a journalist to come
as close as possible to the heart
of the world." Henry R. Luce's
notion towards journalism has
become my guiding light. My
name is Imran Habib and I am
running for a position on The
Ubyssey's Board of Directors. As
an elected member ofthe Board
I will ensure continuity in organizational structure, implement
fresh innovative strategies in
terms of increasing ad revenues, and oversee an increase
in the degree of internet influence The Ubyssey holds. As a realist I understand money is the
underlining factor behind any
organization. Therefore ensuring a lucrative revenue stream
flows through the paper all year
is crucial. Secondly, as the internet blankets the media industry
a transition to implement online versions of The Ubyssey will
be undertaken. I believe my vision matches the superiority of
this paper and feel I am perfect
for this position.
Oliver Thorne
Being such a large campus, it
seems that UBC has great difficulty establishing school spirit
and a uniform identity. The fact
that UBC is a commuter school
and the fragmentation of student residences further divide
the student body. Support for
things such as our sports teams
and UBC politics is sparse at
best. However, there are several things on UBC campus that
draw students together and
are of common interest to all
who study here. I feel that one
of these things is The Ubyssey.
It is a great source of pride for
me personally that we have an
uncensored, student-run newspaper that is fast approaching a
hundred years of age. I am now
in my second year of study here
at UBC and I want to become involved with a student run organization on campus. I want to
give something back to the student body that I am a part of,
and I hope to gain insight into
how this student organization is
run, as well as catch a glimpse
of UBC politics. It is for the reasons above that I wish to sit on
The Ubyssey Board of Directors.
Neil Andrews, Sandy Buchanan
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very much appreciated. As students both Rodrigo and       sationalize issues. I invite any student who has ques-
I strive to use our knowledge and skills to best serve       tions for me or Rodrigo to address us, or better yet come
the students of UBC. While The Ubyssey has the right       out to the next debate this Monday and ask us questions
to express its opinion on the debates it is clear that in       yourselves,
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Although we feel both Bijan
Ahmadian and Natalie Swift
are strong candidates, our top
pick for president is Swift. She
has shown a high level of expertise, she is very approachable and relateable to students. Swift grabs our attention as a leader looking towards the future with a fresh
plan for the AMS. She needs
to show us that she can take
a more solid stance on key issues, however. Pak Ho Leung
is discounted since he put no
effort into his campaign. Sean
Kim's dedication to students
was strong, but his knowledge
of campus politics and key issues is very low. While Bijan
Ahmadian has a wealth of experience, a president needs
to represent students and the
university, and we feel that he
is indeed too close to the university in many respects, and
his viewpoints on some key issues do not line up with those
of students.
1. Swift 2. Ahmadian 3. Kim
4. Leung
Tim Chu gets the last spot on the
ballot for us. He has proved time
and time again this year that his
endeavours coincide more with
personal beliefs than with those
of students. While we do not endorse Aaron Palm, we enjoy his
hardball ideals and love of whiskey. Pavlov failed to wow us at
the debates; his platform is solid in the abstract, but his ideas
don't seem to have any depth.
Therefore Jeremy McElroy gets
our endorsement. He has experience within the student government, a decent platform and although he has sometimes failed
to follow through with his on-
campus initiatives, you can expect an improved working relationship with Council from him.
1. McElroy 2. Pavlov 3. Palm
4. Chu
Both candidates seemed to be
reading off their platforms rather than showcasing true personality and drive during the
debates. We're not too fond of
Michael Haack's focus on clubs—
that got current VP Admin
Crystal Hon voted in this year,
and SUB Renew suffered for it.
Ekaterina Dovjenko has solid
experience, more determination and showed a better understanding of the responsibilities
of VP Admin during the debates.
1. Dovjenko 2. Haack
The Invisible Man promises
transparency, but Elin Tayyar
seems to have visible ideas.
Tayyar doesn't seem to know
as much as current VP Finance
Tom Dvorak when it comes to
handling finances, but he seems
like a solid and reliable guy. His
experience in SAC will allow
him to have a steady hand on his
portfolio immedietely We recognize that he has potential and
will fit the position well.
1. Tayyar 2. Invisible Man
Both candidates have plenty
of experience and a variety of
ideas for this incredibly diverse
position, but neither seems particularly ready for the job. Ben
Cappellacci has yet to put forward a platform with any major policies that he would pursue, and seems woefully uninformed on the Metrovan/UBC
governance issue that will dominate his portfolio. However, he's
done enough on campus as a
Senator and a Commerce executive to give us confidence he
will grow into the position. As
for Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes, the
less said about him, the better.
His poisonous rhetoric in council and his total disdain for the
UBC administration reminds us
of Chu and Frederick—not a path
we want to go down again.
1. Cappellacci 2. Ferrari-Nunes
Blake Frederick is the least suited for a position on the Board
of Governors (BoG). He damaged relations with the university with the pre-emptive press
release on the underground
bus loop cancelation and the
SUB renew project. Guillaume
Houle has experience as Arts
Undergraduate Society president, but with the recent failure
of Arts Week and having spent
too much time at the debates attacking Frederick, we don't feel
that he would be suitable for
the BoG. Heisler seems to have
a solid handle on the issues. But
his campaign effort has left a
lot to be desired; he was represented by cardboard cuttout at
the debates. We've chosen Azim
Wazeer and no one else. Wazeer
is the strongest candidate in
this race, having been on Senate
this year.
1. Wazeer 2. Nobody
The experienced Joel Mertens
and Johannes Rebane are
our top two choices for this
race. Spencer Rasmussen impressed us at the debates, and
we feel that his leadership experience will serve him well.
Ryan Bredin has spoken with
passion and authority on a
number of issues during the
campaign, and would bring
a fresh outside perspective
to Senate. We did not consider candidates that missed the
only Senate debates.
We're also endorsing Blake
Frederick for this race. He has
been on Senate before, has an undeniable passion for the position,
and truly cares about students.
As a senator we believe he'd be a
valuable student leader.
Mertens, Rebane, Rasmussen,
Bredin and Frederick vl
VOTE YES: This question is long
and confusing and will turn
you off from voting, so here's
what you need to know about
it. It makes the relationship between Student Court and AMS
Council more clear, and gives
Student Court the final say on
elections appeals. For those too
young to remember or too smart
to care, Student Court disqualified an executive after he had
been elected, but Council decided they knew better than Law
students and reversed the decision. Council then spent a bunch
of money trying to make sure
this wouldn't happen again. We
know, it seems weird, but so is
This change is a good thing.
An explicidy political body such
as AMS Council shouldn't have
control over the elections process, especially as it becomes
more contentious.
VOTE NO: Yes, the United Nations
complaint saga was asinine.
Throwing them out of office
would provide a satisfying coda
to a term filled with loose cannons, mild delusions and a total
lack of transparency, but we'd
like to move past that mess. At
this point, impeaching Blake
and Tim would hamstring the
incoming executives more
than it would prove the point
that Council failed to make in
VOTE NO: Again, we've already
written against this sneaky idea
to take hundreds of thousands
of dollars from students, but
it's worth noting that both Bijan
Ahmadian and Natalie Swift are
against this idea, as is Michael
Duncan. You shouldn't be penalized for not voting, and giving
the AMS a giant slush fund is a
bad idea. It's good to have voter-funded media, and it's nice
if students are engaged. But an
engagement levy which penalizes students who are never going
to care about the AMS isn't the
way to go.
VOTE YES: We've already addressed this issue in an editorial, but suffice to say, many AMS
services are underfunded, primarily because student fees
have stayed low for so long. AMS
businesses have to shoulder
more and more of the load each
year in keeping your student
union viable, and that doesn't
make much sense. While it's
easy to quibble that certain fees
don't need indexing (we're looking at you, $21 intramurals fee),
CCCPI will ensure that the AMS
will be on much stronger financial footing in the years to come
regardless of who is in power.
VOTE NO: The combined director
and officer positions held by the
executive members were the reason Council couldn't impeach directly prior to this, as clarified
by a legal review in December.
Once divided, impeachment
would become substantially easier to obtain, which is a bit worrying because it really should require intervention from more
than an elected council. It needs
to be harder to obtain than having two-thirds of the voting
Council members present proclaim "j'accuse!" before the executive in question is removed
from office. Executives should
be accountable to Council, but
building a culture of fear because two members of the executive messed it up enormously
isn't the way to go about it.
VOTE NO: Asking for a couple dollars from every student to aid in
accessibility overhauls, awareness campaigns, and generally
making disabled students' lives
easier seems like a no-brainer,
but we already have resources
for that. The group behind this
referendum has shown an ugly
combination of incompetence
and naivete that leaves us more
than hesitant to vote yes, especially since they'll be in charge
of over $100,000. See Alex
Lougheed's column on page 3
for more information about this
referendum question.
VOTE NO: Representation of marginalized and minority people
is something we'd like to see on
Council. As we've said before,
this is not the way to go about
it. AMS Council is a proportionally representative body divided
along field of study, and while it's
not ideal, it is functional. Adding
identity-based seats would create more problems than it would
be able to solve. There's no plan
for defining who would be able
to run or vote for the seat, nor for
any duties up to or beyond those
of a regular AMS representative.
Adding one seat without a firm
rationale nor guidelines for other communities meriting specific representation opens Council
up to a large number of communities who require representation. Council already runs up
to six hours at its current size,
and that's with procedural alterations for efficiency. It's been
a difficult debate for both sides.
While there may be a mutually
benefical solution, this isn't it.
VOTE NO: This was a way of justifying the UN complaint well after the fact. It's not a constructive policy, nor one that will lead
to any tangible results. This is
just as much a waste of student
money and elections committee
time on political grandstanding
as the other referendum questions dealing with Blake, Tim
and impeachment policies, tl
It was Friday, and yours truly
decided to skip his favourite
professor's class to go watch
that day's AMS "debates."
Fondly remembering last
year's debates, I was excited
for this year's extravaganza.
If the AMS were relevant,
you would assume candidates
would show up to their own debates, right? When it came to the
actual debates, two of the candidates for the Board of Governor
positions and one candidate
for VP admin were not present.
The absence of candidates present for their own debate hardly shows the AMS to be credible these days. I find it very difficult to believe their solutions
for the 'tarnished reputation of
the AMS' when they themselves
are represented by a cardboard
cut out or a proxy at their own
election debate. Even the joke
candidate, the Invisible Man,'
was sadly nowhere to be seen at
the VP finance debate.
The debates took place inside The Norm this year. As you
could probably guess, the majority of the tiny audience (25
people or so) were either the
student media, candidates, or
your typical array of AMS councilors who like to hear themselves talk. To have the AMS debates in the Norm gave the impression that the AMS Elections
Committee or the AMS in general wanted to hide from public
view. What is there to hide?
Last year's debates took
place on the main level of the
SUB, in that lobby area between
The Norm and the Art Gallery.
I remember a packed house,
with the lunch hour crowd
walking through. Last year's
debates were the perfect ploy
to grab the much sought-after
'apathetic' student body. The
hacks that took up all the chairs
in the small space made it appear to be crowded, which drew
the attention of the majority of
passers by who were on their
lunch hour. But on the whole,
the mundane topics and pandering that the AMS usually
concerns itself with are very far
removed from the general students concerns.
This year's debates showed
just how out of touch the AMS
is to their constituents, the students. The general student population forgot those wannabe
politicians and social pariahs long ago, to focus on matters that are more important to
them. In the end no one really
cares that our reputation has
supposedly been tarnished, and
come next week few will vote.
Nor should they, as the lack
of enthusiasm outside of the
AMS political chattering class is
widely apparent, tl 16/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2010.01.25
Following years of exclusive
relationships, I have been recently exploring the immeasurable depths of my desire to be
promiscuous and seek out the
excitement of unknown and novel forms of sexual expression.
These experiences have taught
me incalculable amounts about
myself and my own desires, but
have at times left me lacking the
clarity I once had within exclusive relationships. Whereas the
boundaries of exclusive dating
are quite clear, the distinction
between explicit and implicit
boundaries in casual relationships often leaves me concerned
about the effects of my romantic
pursuits on my partners.
To what extent do I have the
obligation to disclose things I
do that are within the explicitly defined limits of my non-exclusive relationship, but counter to the implicit expectations
my partners might have of me?
Should I be concerned with
these sorts of expectations? For
instance, if I hook up with one
partner at night, and then hook
up with a separate partner the
following morning, is that in
some way immoral, knowing
that the partner would be unhappy to hear that, though it is
not specifically out of bounds?
Help me, Too Sexy\
—For Relationship Angst
Undisclosed, Guy Has Talent
Well, this is a whopper of a
question. We'll see what we can
do to help.
Expectations are sometimes
useful for life; for example, assuming that gravity continues
to exist is helpful for getting
around. But they can cause real
problems in relationships when
one partner feels they're on solid ground with an issue such
that they need not even discuss
it, while the other has entirely
different views on the subject.
The result, after the inevitable
reveal, tends to be grief, recriminations and feelings of betrayal all 'round. Not pretty. And totally avoidable.
This is why it's important, especially for relationships that
fall outside of the monogamous
norm, to try to make the implicit explicit as much as possible. If
you have doubts about the way
your partners would want you
to respond in a specific situation, talk to them directly about
that specific situation. We know
that relationship parameters are
a pretty taboo topic for most people with their partners, mosdy
because there's a perception that
you don't need to talk about a relationship that isn't struggling.
Conversations that force your
partners to face up to the practical, not just theoretical, implications of your non-exclusivity can
be awkward, particularly if they
fall into the "do what you want
with other people but I don't
want to know about it" school
of nonexclusive relationships.
This awkwardness is something
you have to deal with if you want
your relationship to be healthy.
Your relations with your partners may be strained for a short
while, but that's better than having a situation blow up in your
face because the rules governing
your actions weren't clear.
At this point you may be wondering, "But Too Serj;...doesn't
that mean that I have to constantly redefine my relationship's
boundaries, and might not know
how to make things work until
problems happen?" The answer
is yes. Part of the beauty of nonexclusive relationships is their
freeform nature, and the constant negotiation inherent in
them. It's the "Choose Your Own
Adventure" relationship model.
We're often led to believe that
relationships should be smoothly-sailing and effordess all the
time, and if they're not, there's
something wrong with them.
All relationships require a lot
of work, communication, and
compromise from everyone involved. Non-monogamous relationships simply require more,
since you have to work against
ingrained cultural expectations
of how the relationship should
If you suspect that
your partner thinks
something about
your relationship
that just isn't true,
it's in your best
interest to debunk
that false belief.
With that said, FRAUGHT, let's
move on to the "obligation" part
of your question. We've established that implicit expectations
suck, but that you should not let
them go unaddressed. But if these
implicit expectations do exist, to
what extent do you have the "obligation" to disclose if you do something that transgresses them?
The issue here is that the core
of any relationship is respect and
care for a partner's happiness,
which changes obligation calculuses that are based on strict codes
of right and wrong. This puts you
in a tricky position, FRAUGHT.
It means that you have to weigh
whether or not it is reasonable
for your partner to be upset by
something, but more importantly whether or notyou care enough
about the issue to make them unhappy by telling them they're being unreasonable.
We think it's a good idea to
avoid doing things that would
upset your partner if they knew,
or disclose that you would like
to do so and try to convince
them to see it your way. Don't
kid yourself that your partner
won't find out eventually and
even if they don't, do you really want to have to keep secrets
from someone you care about?
If you suspect that your partner thinks something about your
relationship that just isn't true,
it's in your best interest to debunk that false belief. It's not a
question of it being morally right
or wrong for you to be concerned
with your partner's implicit expectations, it's more that honesty is a key feature of any healthy
relationship. Part of real honesty is not having to lie by omission
or tiptoe around subjects that will
cause your partner grief.
Thanks for the great question,
and good luck!
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I had a conversation with an
acquaintance and a candidate for
a position with the AMS. I had
made a comment about this candidate in the past likening them
to a dictator. This candidate confronted me on this accusation,
and I am pleased that they decided to do so. I would like to turn
my criticism of this candidate to
productive conversation.
After confronting me this candidate continued to describe how
that they care about the campus more and knew how better
to serve the student body than
their competition did. I'm wondering how this dispels my criticism. I'm an idealist. For me, the
democratic process is to engage
society in a conversation about
its goals and needs. Therefore,
a democratic leader is someone
who is active in facilitating conversation and accepting feedback
in order to implement the will
of the public, rather than engaging in drumming up support for
their own agenda and asking the
public to subscribe to their interpretation for what is right for that
society. For a leader to state that
they know what's best for all indicates a type of arrogance about
their knowledge of what is best
for people. It also indicates a reluctance to accept feedback. I
have no doubt that my acquaintance the candidate has the best
intentions, like many dictators.
But I will be choosing a leader
that is more open to ideas other
than theirs.
I will be looking for these qualities when selecting candidates in
the upcoming election, tl
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The grand re-opening of the
Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
has brought in thousands of visitors to campus over the weekend. But the event is more than
a culmination of two years and
$55 million spent: it signals a
new way the museum is thinking about its collection and
The MOA Renewal Project is
not only about creating new gallery spaces, such as the Audain
Gallery or presenting new artwork at the Border Zones exhibit, it is about re-envisioning
how the museum interacts with
artifacts in its collection.
The museum's main aim is
to give individuals and communities behind each object a presence and voice in
the exhibition process. Karyn
Duffek, MOA curator of the
Contemporary Visual Arts and
Pacific Northwest collection,
said the museum is shifting its
focus from objects to people.
It is stuck in a
case, it is named
something that
might be totally
wrong, and it is
"In museums an object can
easily become removed from
society," she said. "It is stuck in
a case, it is named something
that might be totally wrong, and
it is numbered. To try to break
down this wall and reconnect
the objects back to the people
they came from is the most important thing."
It's a new concept for the
MOA. Last summer, for example, the museum loaned out a
talking stick for a podatch in
Fort Rupert. At the end of this
podatch there was a celebratory dance and the talking stick
was passed on from family to
Lending out the
object was a total
thrill. Ifitgota
few scratches on
it, we now regard
that as part of its
ongoing life.
"For us [lending out the object] was a total thrill. If it got
a few scratches on it, which I
don't think it did anyway, we
now regard that as part of its
ongoing life," Duffek said.
Unfortunately, this shift in
thinking is not a global phenomenon. While museums in
Australia and North America
who deal with aboriginal populations direcdy have worked
hard to cultivate relationships
1. Video of MOA's opening day
2. Photo slide show
3. Romeo & Juliet video
4. PuSh coverage
5. Backstoryexhibit
from the Belkin Gallery
with the individuals they serve,
many museums, especially
those in America and Britain,
still operate with an "ownership" mentality.
museums look at
their aboriginal
collections and
think we can
still do what we
want with these.'
"For European museums it is
very distant," said Duffek, "so
they can look at their aboriginal collections and think 'we
can still do what we want with
In response to widespread
criticism of museums, including power inequality and
the way items were often acquired, the MOA and other museums have had no choice but
to rethink the way they operate, said UBC Associate Art
History Professor Charlotte
"What's going on at the museum now—its reorientation of
itself—has come out of a lot rethinking," she said.
At UBC, this rethinking has
included the creation of the
Renewal Project's A Partnership
of Peoples. This initiative includes the creation of the Rural
Research Network (RRN). An
online archiving system, the
RNN allows individuals from
different aboriginal groups to
track the location of artifacts
and heirlooms. The networks
helps communities reclaim cultural objects that may be dispersed in collections all over
the world.
Museums are
moving towards
a more dialogic
Issues such as accuracy and
access, whether or not a group
is being represented in a just
way, and how easily represented groups can access and
change the display of their cultural work, won't ever completely be solved. But museums
are making significant progress towards creating a two-
way relationship, explained
UBC Anthropology Sessional
Lecturer Alice Campbell.
"Museums are moving towards a more dialogic framework in which people from the
museum, the communities from
which their objects came, and
visitors share knowledge, feelings and responses," she said.
"I feel like this [Renewal
Project] is the beginning," reiterated Duffek. "This is not the
end of the process, we have to
continue to work together...
to help communities and cultures reconstruct their own
people's histories." tl 18/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2010.01.25
These violent delights have violent ends
Theatre at UBC's Romeo and
Juliet, far from being a plodding production of love and
love lost, is a fantastic, creepy,
carnivalesque celebration
of performance art. It's hot,
mod and totally out of control.
Director Catriona Leger exposes us to the inner workings of
her twisted imagination.
The show opens with a band,
the Violent Delights, playing
what can only be described as
voodoo bluegrass. Mishelle
Cutder, in an impressively
broad top hat, plays the piano
and accordion with panache
usually attributed to a circus
ringmaster. The instrumentals
and piercing vocals, composed
by Cutder, march hauntingly
from star-crossed lovers to curtain call.
The show opens
with a band, the
Violent Delights,
playing what can
only be described
as voodoo
Romeo (Jameson Parker) and
Juliet (Megs Chenosky) stare in
the face of two of the most cliched
characters ever written, and play
them with honesty and originality.
Never before have I thought
of the first scene where Romeo
and Juliet met as being funny or
realistic. "We really tried to take
the mentality that it's a comedy,
until they die," said Chenosky.
They see each other from
across the room, and they
have no language to cope with
the emotions firing through
their adolescent limbic brains
except biblical metaphors. The
beauty is in the details, from
Romeo fixing his hair to getting stuck on Juliet's balcony.
The party scene was Leger's
foundation for the show's carni-
vale aesthetic. "I found myself...
starting to dream more and
more about this production...I
would go to bed at night and
wake up in the morning and
think about the party scene,"
said Leger. Her dreams are realized in the fantastic fire dancing (a special permit was required). Audience members
will feel some real heat in the
first three rows of the cozy
Telus Theatre.
The chemistry of Tybalt,
Benvolio and Mercutio (played
by David Kaye, Eric Freilic and
Ben Whipple, respectively) is
impressive. Their dagger rights
are executed with speed and
accuracy rarely seen even on
the professional stage. These
are terrifying moments, from
Kaye's explosive entrance to
the final throwdown between
the two houses. Whipple brings
enough charisma to his character that he could practically do
the show alone.
Watching this production
was like seeing Shakespeare for
the first time. I actually thought
that Romeo and Juliet would
make it—that she would wake
up just before he drank the
poison, or that the messenger
would find him in Mantua.
The 21-student ensemble is a
tour de force. I hope that the theatre community takes time to see
this show, and reconsider what it
means to be "LIVE!" tJ
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Crinolines and a
nightmare-inducing kitten
For fans of Tim Burton,
the colour black and Edgar
Allan Poe, we may have just
the fix for you. Introducing
Nevermore: The Imaginary Life
and Mysterious Death of Edgar
Allan Poe at Granville Island's
New Revue Stage. Though a
"musical fable" according to
the ads, do not expect The
Sound of Music.
No, this is not recommended
for children, optimists or people who like happy endings. As
the tide tells, this is the story of
the life and (Note: The Ubyssey
is not held accountable for
spoiling endings) death, of a literary genius.
A partnership of the PuSh
Festival, the Cultch, the
Vancouver 2010 Cultural
Olympiad and in collaboration
with the Arts Club Theatre and
Catalyst Theatre, Nevermore
opened to sold out seats.
"All that we see or seem is
but a dream within a dream."
These infamous words courtesy of Poe were inspiration for
writer and director Jonathan
Christenson. However, depending on which way the performance rubs you, it may provoke
nightmares instead of dreams.
"It is a piece full of more extremes where there's comedy..and where there's tragedy,"
warns Christenson.
Oh, there is most certainly
tragedy. Rarely are the deaths
of so many characters witnessed in the span of only a
few hours. The minute Edgar
is depicted as finally, maybe,
hopefully happy, happiness
is ripped away usually by the
sudden death of a loved one.
Audience members will come
to expect tragedy and accept it.
Despite this grim story line,
the performance is a delight.
Catalyst Theatre crams the
stage with not a single backdrop. The play is brought to
life entirely through costumes,
lighting, and versification.
Expect elaborate crinolines, towering top hats and a
giant, nightmare-inducing kitten. Talent is prevalent, characters strong, and a couple tunes
may stick long after you've left
the theatre.
Proclaimed one audience
member, "Fabulous artistry!"
Others dubbed it, "Different.
Different and dark."
Throughout our history, it
seems writers have been cast
as tormented, doomed people, and Poe was no exception. Nevermore serves to help
us understand his depressing persona. You may even
sympathize with Edgar. He is
shown as nothing more than a
boy trying to be himself. If you
are able to get past the darkness of this biography brought
to life, there is humour and often times warmth on the other side.
For artistry nothing short of
fabulous, a couple catchy tunes,
and a very different approach to
a biography, this musical gets
one and a half-morbid thumbs
up. You have 'til February 6 to
experience this black gem. tl
If I were a kinder, less petty
man, I'd probably say that the
new OK Go album is a lot more
grown up. Unfortunately, neither of those descriptors accurately describe me, so let
me just say that with Of The
Blue Colour Of The Sky, OK Go
has seemingly lost their ability to write a catchy pop song.
For a band that started out as
a meme, a move to a darker,
more serious tone is perhaps a
bit undesirable.
"But Phil!" you exclaim,"You
can't possibly mean to say that
all albums must be comparable to those that came before."
Well no, I suppose it is important to take some things
at face value once and while.
So lets cut to the centre of the
polycarbonate disc.
Fans of OK Go will probably
like "This Too Shall Pass" as
it's probably the catchiest track.
However, the piano line, a constant repetition of the same
three or four chords played endlessly throughout, is grating at
Most of the songs are homogenous noise. The drum
beats and guitar riffs bleed together into a noisy unlistenable
Despite the fact that Damian
Kulash's lyrics are usually quite
serious, his singing does not
sell me. There is very little vocal
emotion in songs that are about
drowning in romantic anguish.
Lastly, the song "While
You  Were  Asleep"   is  either
deliberately ironic or incredibly
creepy. Given Kulash's monotonous singing and that the rest
of the album is supposed to be
straight-faced, I'm inclined to
believe the latter. The album
art is kind of cool though and I
do fancy the title.
I'd like to be able to say that
Dark Eyes is a manifestation of
the divine in album form, because Fanshaw is local and they
have a lot more friends around
here than I do.
At the risk of being beaten
up in the street, Dark Eyes is
nothing you haven't heard before. That isn't to say it's not
good, because it certainly is.
It just doesn't really add anything significant to contemporary music as a whole. If
you are married to Cat Power,
My Brightest Diamond or St
Vincent, don't expect to be
signing divorce papers any
time soon.
Still, "O Sailor" has a good horn
part that keeps me coming back
for more. Likewise, the ending of "Rebecca" really brings
Olivia Fetherstonhaugh's voice
to life. So basically if you do like
the above-mentioned female
artists, Fanshaw is definitely
worth a look. Fetherstonhaugh
has a better thing going with
Fanshaw than with The Choir
Practice so I hope she sticks
with this project.. .and also that
she doesn't send her friends
after me. tl
a bird in the hand is worth
two in the bush (most of the time)
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A more detailed version can be found on the AMS Elections web site (www.ams.ubc.ca/elections)
1) Do you support the amendment of the AMS Bylaws as presented, based on the recommendations of
a consultant hired to review the operations of Student Court and of a special AMS joint committee, for
the purpose of revising the rules concerning Student Court?
This revision would make Court decisions binding as soon as they are sent to Student Council, increase
the amount ofthe fine the Court could levy on individuals, require that the Court include judges from
faculties other than Law, require that there be judges from at least two faculties hearing any case,
eliminate alternate judges, remove the Court's power to interpret the AMS bylaws & its power to rewrite
referendum questions, and set out new rules for referendum questions.
2) Do you support the removal of Blake Frederick from the office of President?
3) Do you support the removal of Timothy Chu from the office of Vice-President External?
4) Do you support the AMS establishing a $5.00 refundable Engagement Levy to help improve student
engagement by encouraging voter turnout and funding engagement related projects?
5) Do you support indexing the current and future fees ofthe AMS to the Canadian Core Consumer Price
Index (CCCPI)?
6) Do you support the amendment of the AMS Bylaws as presented, for the purposes of enabling
Student Council to remove an individual from a position as an officer of Council, and other amendments
as outlined?
• The Bylaws would be amended as outlined in Bylaw Amendments 2010.
7) Do you support an increase in student fees beginning September 2010 of $1 per part-time student
and $2 per full-time student per semester to be directed to the Access UBC Association of Disabled
Students for the purpose of increasing accessibility, participation, and inclusion for all people with
disabilities on campus and in society?
8) Should the AMS actively lobby for reduced tuition
fees and increased government funding?
9) Should the AMS create a voting seat on AMS Council for
students with disabilities by amending Bylaw 5.2(a)?
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1. Pursue
6. 100 dinars
10. With the bow, in music
14. Judges' garments
15. Old Dodge model
16. Sharp bristle
17. Golf clubs
18. Group
19. Busy as
20. Decoration at the top
of a chair leg
21. Universality
24. Body of retainers
26. Dodges
27. Agt.'s take
28. Business accounts
30. Lake in the Sierra Nevada
33. Lump of chewed food
34. Yes, in Yokohama
37. Ancient Athens' Temple of
38. Tears
39. Metrical foot
40. Casino area
41. Haunted house sounds
42. Navajo dwelling
43. Spacious
44. Attach by stitches
45. Declare
48. Leading
52. Supple arms and legs
55. Actress Balin
56. Delia's creator
57." East of Eden" director Kazan
58. Destined
60. Env. notation
61. Bank deposit?
62. Free laces, say
63. accompli
64. "No Ordinary Love" singer
65. Big cats
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2. Goddesses of the seasons
3. Cancel
4. DC bigwig
5. Spirit
6. Scoundrel
7. Muslim elder and prayer
8. Actress Heche
9. Woody
10. Calculating device
11. Violently intense
12. Minotaur's home
13. Follows orders
22. Director's cry
23. Sorts
25. Wall St. debuts
28. Attractive
29. Auto pioneer
30. Faucet
31. Jackie's second
32. Riled (up)
33. Ray of light
34. Crone
35. Doc bloc
36. Son of, in Arabic names
38. Like vagabonds
39. Caucus state
41. Additional
42. Attentive
43. Take as an affront
44. "Lovesyou,yeah,yeah,yeah"
45. Shake like
46. A bit, colloquially
47. Conductor Georg
48. Become less intense, die off
49. As before
50. A million
51. Loses color
53. Bones found in the hip
54. Temperate
59. Black bird
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