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Student council elections roll on, year in, year
out. Some observations, then, ebout end inspired
by student politics end the people in them.
The election starts on Monday.
X • "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.'
—W. Shakespeare, Macbeth
(3. In 1915, students of the newly-established University of
British Columbia met to adopt a constitution for a new student
society, the Alma Mater Society (AMS). Later that month,
Sherwood Lett was elected the first president of the AMS.
Eighty-five years and three months later, UBC students have
the annual chance to vote for five new AMS executives and two
representatives to the university's Board of Governors, the
highest offices in Point Grey student politics.
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In 1915, some students   were   absent
from that fateful first AMS meeting because they had gone
overseas to fight in the war.
In 2001, many students will be absent from the polling stations because student politics at UBC have become truly dull,
even by UBC standards, This university hasn't been known as
a hotbed of radical student politics for a long, long time now,
but this year threatens to be an all-time worst Which is a
shame, because the elections are important, even if no one is
paying attentioa even if no one cares. It's the same old story,
every year—some students vote, most don't, some students get
elected, some don't, some things then happen, others don't.
Life at UBC will go on, whether or not you
pay attention. But that's no reason not to pay
O* "Let the people judge a political aspirant
on his ability to present his ideas logically
and convincingly.
This is the job of a student councillor."
— Ubyssey editorial, February 5, 1952.
4» 'On the farm, they're trying to grow—
chickens. Raise—chickens.'
—Mark Fraser, AMS Council meeting,
January 10, 2001
5* 'Council has resigned!! To the accompaniment of cheers and cat-calls, factory whistles and wedding bells, Council announces
its extinction to a delighted student assembly.'
— Ubyssey spoof issue, March 21, 1930
6. On February 4, 1970, UBC students
voted in a referendum that would decide
whether or not the AMS would become a voluntary organisation. Student senators, law
students, and Conservative Club members
held the idea that it was illegal for people-
students—to become part of an organisa-
tion-the AMS—without their consent
In what was then the largest voter turnout
in UBC's history, 5489 students voted in
favour of maintaining compulsory membership in the AMS for all students.
There are two things to be learned from
this episode. The first is that these 5489 stu^
dents, plus the 2855 on the losing end, actually cared about the AMS enough to vote. The
second is that 5489 voted for the status quo.
The first shows that some things change. The
second shows that some things never
. f • In January, 1970, just slightly more than
year after it was built, the walls of the SUB
were already cracking and bricks were coming loose.
O* In the February 10, 1970 issue of the Ubyssey a snide
headline trumpeted the fact that 'Students show great interest'
in the AMS Elections Forum. A grand total of 7 5 people showed
up to hear the candidates speak. By all accounts, the forum
wasn't exactly riveting. Perhaps students were distracted by the
bombing of a third campus building. Or perhaps not After all,
there's always a lot of things going on. Even in 1970. There's
always a reason not to vote.
9. 'All of the candidates seemed to struggle to distinguish
themselves on the major issues...'
— Ubyssey news article, January 9, 2 001.
10* In the fall of 1984, a group known as UBC Students for
Peace and Mutual Disarmament, circulated a petition calling
for. a referendum that would require the AMS to arrange for
cynanide pills to be made available to every student on campus.
The group wanted a referendum on whether 'students will
have the choice of a quick, painless death rather than the slow,
inevitable death in a world destroyed.'
The petition noted that the Swedish Royal Academy of
Science's best guess was that at least three Soviet nuclear warheads were pointed at Vancouver. If nuclear war were a very
real possibility—and all indications were that it was—then students might as well have a say in the timing of their final
At Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, a similar
referendum, in which 95 per cent of students voted, had
already passed. Unfortunately for those morbid Ivy Leaguers,
the campus health services refused to stock up on cyanide.
Despite strong opposition, the petition gained a lot of media
coverage, letters to the editor, a petition opposing the first one,
and a few hundred signatures. It failed to get enough support
to force a referendum, fizzling out after a few months.
To date, no UBC student has ever died in a nuclear attack.
X 1 • At Wednesday night's Council meeting, President
Maryann Adamec was discussing the location of a planned
commercial development on campus. She wasn't sure of the
name of the street in question, the street on which the development would be built The other councillors were quick to
rush to her help.
Some suggestions from the floor:
A. Health Sciences Mall
B. Lower Mall
C. East Mall
D. Wesbrook Boulevard
After a brief, but heady, argument, councillors were unable to
answer the question definitively. 'Questions still surround the
issue,' as the newspapers might put it...
X<5* Every year, the AMS elections officially begin with a
meeting in which all candidates are informed of the rules and
bureaucratic minutiae that govern the campaigning and vot-
See "Hacks" continued on page 7
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Friday. January 12.20011
BC ranks first in higher education
 by Sarah Morrison
British Columbia's Minister of
Advanced Education, Cathy
Mcgregor, is delighted by a new
study that ranks BC as the province
most committed to higher education—for the second year in a row.
Minister Cathy McGregor said
the study, conducted by the
Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives (CCPA), a national think
tank based out of Ottawa, affirms the
strength of BC's education system.
"It has been a very high priority
of our government to ensure that
accessibility and equity are key principles in how we deliver post-secondary education to students and
young people, and even adult learners across the entire province,"
McGregor said.
The report ranked Canada's
provincial higher education systems
based on equity, accessibility, quality, and public accountability.
It cited an increase in public
spending, the current tuition freeze,
and an excellent loan and needs-
based grant system as the cause of
BC's high score. A CCPA study last
year made similar conclusions.
While CCPA gives BC a high ranking, Donna Vogel, a researcher with
the BC CCPA, said she is concerned
about some aspects of BC's higher
education program.
She noted an increase in the percentage of BC post-secondary institutions' budgets being funded by private groups, which has risen from
35 to 44 per cent in the last decade.
She said this is a problem
because most of that money is spent
on research contracts, and only
seven per cent of all revenue is
spent on instruction, non-sponsored
"It's important to realise that
while we're ahead of other
provinces, we're far from the honour roll," said Vogel.
But McGregor defended her government's funding of post-second
ary education.
"We have a very strong public
component to our post-secondary
institutions, and we, in fact,
increased our budget by $85 million," she said.
"It really is a question of afford-
ability and access, and using government resources to make sure
that adequate funding is in place for
institutions across the province.*
Anita Zaekner, BC chair of the
Canadian Federation of Students,
said that part of the reason for such
a high-level of private funding is federal government programs, such as
the Canadian Foundation for
Innovation, which matches private
funding with federal money.
"The fact that this is happening
in BC is not in fault with the BC government but with the federal," she
said. "We definitely do need to be
concerned...but I think it's something we need to direct our attention
to on a national level."
Zaekner also praised the report
as an alternative to Maclean's annual ranking of universities.
"We're supportive of alternative
rankings that take different criteria
while evaluating post-secondary
education in Canada," she said.
While BC university costs are the
second lowest in the country after
Quebec, Vogel noted that the average college tuition fees in BC are significantly higher, a fact she attributes to the large number of private
post-secondary institutions that are
not regulated by the tuition freeze.
Vogel said it isn't unheard of for
tuition at BC's private colleges to
cost $10,000 a year.
"We need a much better regulatory system for private post-secondary institutions," she said, adding
that clear rules about corporate
involvement in public institutions
need to be made.
The CCPA report praised BC for
its commitment to the tuition
freeze, and while some UBC students are concerned that the freeze
is having a negative impact on education quality, Vogel said that this
fear has no basis.
"That is a very false choice we're
being presented with," she said.
'It's like saying you have to choose
between accessibility and quality."
McGregor pointed out that the
NDP has already made a commitment to extend the tuition freeze for
another year, adding that she will
lobby her party for increases to education funding.
"As an advocate for the post-secondary sector...who believes very
strongly in our commitment to
improving access, expanding the
number of spaces, and making sure
we give institutions adequate
resources to be able to support those
spaces, I'm strongly advocating
increases in our budget to accommodate those values and steps."
The report ranked Quebec and
Manitoba as second and third,
respectively. Ontario was ranked
last ♦
First SUB election forum lacks punch
by Nicholas Bradley
Once again, low turnout made yesterday's all-candidates
forum, the second in the lead-up to the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) elections, an intimate affair.
A lack of divisive issues and the similarity of the candidates'
positions on the major issues threatens to make voter turnout
even lower than usual this year. Paul Dhiilon, presidential candidate for the new UBC for U slate, said that student apathy is
a major concern.
"We're just trying to add a little colour to the debate," he
said, although not in reference to the fact that all three presidential candidates were wearing similar blue shirts.
When the debate got underway, the main point of contention was the U-Pass, the proposed mandatory discount student bus pass currently in negotiation.
Erfan Kazemi, presidential candidate for Students for
Students and the current vice-president, academic and university affairs, defended the current executive's approach to the U-
Pass, saying that 'we were under tremendous pressure to pass
a faulty plan and we didn't'
Katie Riecken, Students' Voice candidate for VP external
affairs, accused the current executive of stalling on the plan.
"I'd like to make sure the pass comes sooa and that it's fair
to everyone," she said.
Kristen Harvey, running for VP external affairs on the
Students for Students slate, called for U-Pass rebates for residents and those who live in areas poorly serviced by TransLink.
Riecken later admitted, however, that none of the candidates
could make specific promises about the pass, since negotiations
with both UBC and TransLink have so far proven difficult
Lobbying the provincial government and having a strong
voice in the next provincial election were also concerns shared
by all of the major candidates.
Current AMS President Maryann Adamec, running for a
seat at the Board of Governors (BoG), said that differential
tuition is the major issue facing students.
UNFORTUNATELY MOST ARE CANDIDATES: With some students looking on, and others away, candidates
answered questions at the All-Candidates' Forum held in the SUB's South Alcove onTuesday. tara westover photo
"I do not support differential tuition. I've been veiy clear on tial tuition to two-tiered health care,
that this year," she said. The AMS currently has a standing pol- Other issues discussed ranged from the complex-Roman
icy opposing differential tuition, which the university is con- advocates a university admissions policy that accounts for "life
sidering implementing in the near future. experience" beyond high school grades—to the trivial-
Hannah Roman, Students' Voice candidate for BoG repre- Students' Voice's Matt Lovick wants to see free microwaves in
sentative, echoed Adamec's sentiments, comparing differen- the SUB. ♦
a major issue in AMS election
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well as the implementation of a stably tuition:
policy '"so 'students cai*.:.$ee where: (tuition}
costs will be two or fiye years down the road,*;;
But Katie Rieckeix. VP external affairs candidate on the Students* 3'pice slate, said she
opposes any increase to students' tuition fees.
': "The VP external should lobby for
increased fijnding—not tuition increases,*
she said^ *I woiild like to see a eomihitment,.
from all the parties to fuhding {students} and
ensuring tuition would be affordable.'
Riecken sajkt'utat her slate wqu|d lobby the
"federal governnaent to restore its provincial
money transfer for social programs to 1991
levels. She: said she would also work with the
: BC government to ensure that universities are
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Birds squash
Valley rivals
Page Friday—the Ubyssey Magazine
Friday. January 12. 20011
by Trevor Kew
The UBC women's volleyball team continued to-
lay claim to the title of Best in the West as they
crushed Trinity Western University (TWU) in
straight sets Tuesday.
So certain was coach Doug Reimer of the
win that he sat out two of his starting six, power
hitter Leah Allinger and middle blocker Sara
Cummings, and let some of the young guns out
onto the floor.
The first set was evened at 15 by a determined TWU side, but UBC's domination in the
air surged them ahead to a 25-18 win.
The next set ended up at 25-18 as well.
Then, as the smiling Birds found their rhythm,
the hammering worsened, and the Birds
smashed the Spartans 25-13 in the third and
final set Veterans Kaley Boyd, Christine Bonish, and Amy
Schroeder lead the T-Bird offense, but the crowd was also
given a glimpse of the future of the UBC team.
Rookies Alicia Allinger, Jaclyn Cross, Jasmin Yip, and
Julia Hlynsky all played significant roles in the game.
Hlynsky and Cross both looked strong at the net, and
Allinger's setting was on. the money.
Coach Reimer explained the unique dynamics of the
young but powerful team that lost six starters since last
year: "I think it's a good situation when you have younger
players pushing the starters...the gap has definitely shrunken,' he said.
Rookie libero Yip took over from Alison Padfield in the
second and third sets. 'It's always good to get in a game,"
Men's volleyball trashes TWU
by Dirk Schouten
OKAY COACH: UBC rookie Jaclyn Cross discusses strategy with
assistant coach Simon Lee during a time-out. tara westover
said Yip, a modest first-year Arts student
Jaclyn Cross echoed Yip's sentiments: 'Getting time on
the court in a game is great,* she said, adding she agrees
with Reimer that the strong rookies push the veterans on
the team to become stronger.
The nationally fourth-ranked Thunderbirds are flying high
at first place in the Canada West Conference, and are already
looking ahead to the post-season. They head to Alberta this
weekend for two games against the University of Alberta
Pandas. The last time the two teams met in November, the
Birds took one game 3-0 and the Pandas took the other 3-1.
The Pandas, fourth in the Canada West, are 6-6 so far this season while the Birds are 10-2. The Birds will be back in War
Memorial on January 19-20 to play Saskatchewan. ♦
Canada West
Volleyball Women ,
British Columbia
Trinity Western
.   0   .
On Tuesday evening at War Memorial Gym, the
UBC men's volleyball team defeated the Trinity
Western Spartans in a match that featured trash
talk, a verbal warning from the referee, the
sight of both team coaches losing their tempers
and, once again, a breakdown of fundamentals.
Despite the distractions and relatively poor
play, however, the Thunderbirds won in four
sets, 25-22, 27-2 5, 17-25, 25-17, to improve
their season record to 7-6.
"We're undefeated in 2001, so how can I be
unhappy?' Coach Dale Ohman said after the
match. 'But as a team, we hit
only 23 per cent [tonight]. We
made  more  errors  than  the
Spartans did.'
Coach  Ohman  pointed   to
more game statistics: UBC made
22 service errors, hit less than a
quarter of their kill attempts and
had 61  shots dug by Trinity
Western      defenders.       The
Spartans, however, hit only 31
kills during the entire match. To
UBC's credit, Ryan Gandy and
Kyle Recsky paired up to provide a powerful 1-2
combination at the net. After adjusting to the
height of his 7'0" teammate, Recsky made consecutive lobs above the net that Gandy, a first-
year player, ate up. Chad Grimm, as usual,
delivered   monstrous  kill  shots   at crucial
"It's more a matter of the setters getting a
handle of Ryan than Ryan getting a handle of
us," Recksy said of the challenge to place kill
shots for the seven-footer from South Africa.
'Once we started to gel, everything started to go
our way.'
The Birds opened the match going to their
strongest offensive weapons, Robyn English
and Chad Grimm. English had three kills and
an ace serve in a four-minute span that saw UBC
open a 7-3 lead. A kill shot by Gandy gave the
Birds a 9-4 lead and the crowd a reason to
believe a blowout was at hand. But continuous
UBC mistakes—especially at the service line-
allowed TWU back into the match. The teams
traded points until Ryan Cawsey knocked a kill
shot down to give the Birds the first set, 25-22.
The teams played evenly in the second until
"Once we
started to gel,
started to go
our way."
rusty play at the net by Cawsey resulted in TWU
taking a 12-10 lead. Cawsey didn't improve his
resume with a sen'e from far behind the service
line that landed several metres out of bounds.
TWU opened an 18-14 lead after a kill shot from
6'4" Luke Bainard and seemed in control. But
on the next play, a controversial call by the referee infuriated TWU coach Ron Pike. 'How can
it miss his hand and go forward?!!' Brown
yelled at the referee, referring to the referee's
call that a TWU player dug the ball only after it
had hit the floor. Shortly after, the referee gave
TWU setter Joel Jansen a verbal warning for
challenging a call. UBC took advantage of the
Spartans'  frustration,  getting
back into the game with effective kill shots by Cam Secret.
The Birds took the set, 27-25,
after a missed kill attempt by
TWU dominated the third
game with a revamped offensive strategy the Thunderbirds
were unable to stop. UBC serv-
ice errors and net violations
Kyle ReCSky helped the Spartans open an 18-
9 lead. Ben Feist, a 6'2" offside,
entered the game and made two clean serves
that gave UBC a few moments of hope, but the
Spartans took the game, 25-17, with strong
blocks and better defense.
In the crucial fourth game, the Birds offense
came alive somewhat. John McParland entered
the game to add to the Birds' fire power, missed
more kill shots than he hit, and moved back into
a defensive position, but Grimm, Secret, and
the Recsky-Gandy combo were all the offense
UBC needed. The four UBC starters made clean
kill shots and denied any Spartan rallies by
blocking well.
With a 16-12 lead, Coach Ohman challenged
a call, yelling that TWU's Mark Huberts touched
the net on a kill attempt Both teams traded verbal jabs for a few moments. When play
resumed, UBC's all-star Grimm, and Gandy
knocked down consecutive kill shots to give
UBC a 2 5-17 set victory and the match.
The Thunderbirds will fly to Edmonton this
weekend for a double-header against the
University of Alberta Golden Bears who are
third place in the Canada West, just ahead of
UBC. ♦
THE GRIM REAPER: UBC's Chad Grimm splits a Trinity Western block with impunity,
and a moderate amount of height, tara westover photo
Analysis: Mid-season men's hockey reflections
A LONG SHOT: UBC's chances of making the playoffs are
about as good as the chances this shot by Chris Rowland
had of going in. tom peacock photo
 by Sara Newham
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the 2000-
2001 men's hockey season has not gone according to
plan for the UBC Thunderbirds. Sitting at the bottom
of their division (and tied with the Brandon Bobcats
for last place in the Canada West standings) with an
abysmal 2-12-2 record, the Birds may be facing an
earlier-than-usual exit from the playoff race. By this
time last year the team had managed three wins and
two ties; only marginally better, but they were still in
the hunt for a much-coveted playoff berth that has
eluded them nine times in the last decade.
This season looked bright after the T-Birds cruised
to take three of a possible four points in their home-
opening weekend against the lowly Brandon team.
Since then, however, times have been tough for the
home squad as they went on to lose their next ten
games straight The Birds only managed one win
since, against Brandon last Friday, and they tied
Regina once before the break.
So what went wrong? How have the Birds gone
from being "a team that skates a little bit better, a team
that's a little bit deeper on defense," as head Coach
Mike Coflin put it during the pre-season, to being a
team that is, if not mathematically, effectively out of
the running only halfway through the season?
'Our D is huge. Our forwards—we've got guys that
can hit skate, and score.We've got a lot of pieces of
the puzzle that in the last year has been difficult to put
together;' fifth-year defenseman Trevor Shoaf stated
with confidence before the miserable season got
underway. The Birds might have had all the pieces,
but the puzzle has yet to materialise.
"There were times where we had positives, we
played well and guys worked hard, but there were
some key moments where we had breakdowns and
they capitalised;" Josh Cinnamon said after a difficult
loss against the University of Alberta Golden Bears on
October 31.
But Cinnamon and all his teammates know that if
you put together enough breakdowns during key
moments, you end up losing. But it's not really a problem with specific moments. Nor is it a problem with any
specific elements, or any specific players. There is just a
consistent failure to keep up with the opposition, to
score goals, to win. The only place where the Birds have
shown any sort of positive consistency at all is in the net
Although the team
effort is clearly there
each night, it's not there
for the full
60 minutes.
At the start of the season Coflin gushed about his
two stellar goaltenders, Robert File and Peter Brady,
saying they were the best goaltending tandem since
1998 when the team last made, the, playoffs. But
while File and Brady are excellent goaltenders, it is
quite difficult for them to win games when the shots
against frequently number in the thirties, and occasionally, the forties. The shots against average is
38.75 and File alone has faced a staggering total of
422 shots, 385 of which he has saved, in just 11
Although the team effort is there each night, it's
not always there for the full 60 minutes. Many of the
games have been close until the middle of the second
or third period when the Birds run into penalty trouble or are battling against a hot goalie. The players get
rattled when they have a lead and when they're down,
their comebacks either come too late, or not at all.
UBC's progress [if you can call it progress] thus far,
has suffered due to a fundamental lack of confidence.
At this point, the team has to re-assess what they
want to get out of this season. Obviously they will still
work hard to improve their record, since unless they
can get a string of wins in the coming weeks, they are
doomed to repeat last season's record low five wins.
And God forbid, they might even set a new all time
worst ever record.
The Thunderbirds gained a new player during the
holidays who may help them win more games down
the stretch, BC's own Steve Wilejto, a forward who
played four years in the WHL for Prince Albert,
comes to the Bird Coop from the Prince George
Spruce Kings of the BCHL. Wilejto was a 1997 draft
choice of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and attended
two of their training camps. The newcomer already
made an impact during his first weekend with the T-
Birds when he scored a goal in last Saturday's tilt
With six points on the season, UBC currently trails
the University of Calgary Dinos by ten points and the
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns by 13 points. It
is highly unlikely that either Calgary or Lethbridge
will go on a prolonged losing streak in the second half
of the season like the T-Birds did in the first half, of
that UBC will break out of its season-long slump that
has frustrated fans and reporters everywhere—last
Saturday's loss against the 2-12-2 Bobcats is proof
that this term's Birds aren't much different than last
term's. But the Birds will have another chance to save
a little face this weekend when they face off against
the 8-5-3 Lethbridge Pronghorns at the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre. The puck drops at 7:30pm on
Friday and Saturday. ♦
Women's Basketball  *   >
The UBC women's basketball team, coming off two wins against Alberta
last weekend, is hosting the Trinity Western University Spartans in War
Memorial,Gym this Friday and Saturday night at 6:15pm. The 1-11
.Spartans are in seventh place in the Canada West, three spots behind the
6-6 Birds. Lastweek, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the
S*partahs twice. The 6-6 Huskies axe one spot behind the Birds in the standings due to point differential.' T     '
Men's Basketball      -
The Thunderbirds men's basketball team is also hosting Trinity Western
this weekend in War Memorial Gym< Tipoff is at 8pm on Friday and
Saturday. The 6-6, fifth-place Spartans should present a formidable challenge to the struggling Birds, currently in last place invthe Canada West
_ with a, 4-8 record. The, Birds' are coming off two road losses lasfweekend
" to the first-place University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Women's Hockey
The UBC women's hockey team will play their first two games of the new
year, this weekend at the University pf Lethbridge against the fifth-placed .
Pronghorns. The Birds, who have an even 3-3 record so faf this season,
, should fare well aga_inst°th'e 1-2 Lethbridge Pronghorns. ♦ I Friday. January 12.2001
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Canada Port Sate. AgiMmwit NwntMr 07321.1
The dumbest thing ever
The SUB is lame. If you spend any amount of
time in here, you soon tire of the food, the people and even the really crazy arcade games
where you dance around! Or play the guitar! Or
play the drums! Or shoot people!
After a while, it's all lame. After a while, the
only thing l£ft to do is drink.
Or go to class...
Right. So—drinking. Okay.
Once you're sufficiently blotto, the SUB
becomes vaguely tolerable, and even somewhat
entertaining. Any food, even the potato/pizza
from Pie R Squared, becomes edible. There's no
substitute for those afternoons (and evenings.
Nights. Also mornings.) squandered amidst
many litres of cheap draft beer in a dark corner
of the Gallery. But if things go as planned, those
days are numbered.
Because soon, the Galleiy might change forever. The AMS is tossing around the idea of
chopping the Gallery in two, and turning half of
it into a bagel shop.
There are a million reasons why this is a
dumb idea. It's not as if there aren't already
enough food outlets in the SUB. It's not as if people don't already pack the Galleiy. There's
roughly one food outlet per person in the SUB,
but there's only two places to go for a drink. And
one of them is the Pit. And if you go to the Pit too
much, then you'll probably become strange. Or
The Gallery is an institution. Ask any of its
long-term residents. The food is no great shakes,
but the beer is cheap, the air is actually breathable now that they've banned smoking, and
there's plenty of tables and couches where you
can spread yourself out for a blurry chat or a
less-than-effective study session.
But maybe it's not making enough money. Or
maybe, as Michael Kingsmill, the AMS' resident
designer (like an architect but not really like an
architect) puts it, it needs more "razzle-dazzle."
Whatever. The bagel shop is part of the new and
improved totally dumb Gallery/food court/waste
of space, Kingsmill told a less-than-captivated
crowd at Wednesday night's meeting of the AMS.
The bagel shop will become an integral part of
the bar. There are plans to cover the roof with
cylindrical pieces of wood covered with CDs, or
something like that The bagel shop's motif will
be that of a 1950s diner.
Groovy. Bagels with the Fonz. So you're not
hungry at the Sock Hop.
Did they eat bagels in diners in the 1950s?
No. And who eats bagels when they drink beer?
Fries, nachos, burgers, pizza: these are the time-
honoured drinking foods, things that you might
just feel like eating in a scummy bar when
you're trying to get the taste of the crappy draft
beer out of your mouth. Last time we checked,
no one has ever needed a bagel four pitchers
into the night.
The upshot of the proposed plan is that soon
you will be able to drink while gazing wistfully
at people munching bagels in a parallel universe, amidst the clutter of a movie set for
another low-budget sequel to Crease. Are there
plans for a one-way mirror ('Oh look honey,
drunks!")? Or a thick sheet of plexiglas ("Bean
the bagel munchers!")?
Note to the AMS: If you are going to get rid of
the Galleiy, just get rid of it Don't shrink it, dismember it, put working lights in, or otherwise
ruin it Just put it out of its misery. And we, the
loyal patrons, will move on. But you won't see us
wandering around eating bagels. We'll be down
at Koerner's getting wasted. That or we'll just
save our money and drink in our office. ♦
Nagai clarifies position on tuition freeze
In the last issue of the Ubyssey (Jan.
9, 2001), there was an error as to
my position on tuition and post-secondary funding. Students' Voice is
in favour of the tuition freeze. We
are also concerned about the quality
of education. There needs to be
more core funding for each student
We must lobby both levels
(provincial and federal) of govern
ment for more core funding. The
political reality is that massive cuts
to funding have hurt the quality of
education at UBC, NOT low tuition
fees which only account for 18 per
cent of UBC's revenue. The freeze
that has hurt UBC students is the
core funding freeze and this is the
freeze that must be lifted.
BC has increased participation
at post-secondary institutions, but
has not matched increased enrollment with increased funding. The
participation rate in post-secondary
institutions in BC went from the
lowest in the country to the highest
in a span of five years. As a
province, we lag behind others in
funding per student For example,
Quebec with even lower tuition fees
than BC, matched levels of funding
to student enrolment
The combination of a tuition
freeze and increased enrollment
has resulted in a lack of core funding that has affected the quality of
our education. This missing money
has to come from somewhere. The
question is: where?
Many of my opponents would
have students take on the burden.
They talk about indexing tuition to
inflation and other such schemes. I
think that there is a better way.
Students' Voice will lobby for more
core funding before any of us ever
talk about asking struggling students to pay more.
-Rob Nagai
Presidential Candidate
Students' Voice Page Fridav-the Ubyssey Magazine
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Mina Shunt's first time
(at art, that is)
RING OF MESH: Part of Mina Shum's art show, megan johnson photo
at Centre A
until Feb. 1
It's been a long hiatus—two and a half years since Drive,
She Said and almost six since Double Happiness—but
Mina Shum has returned. Only don't expect to see the
Genie award-winning writer/director's work in film, but
in a form we haven't seen Shum tackle before—art
You Are What You Eat spreads the course of three
rooms, set up as though you are walking through
Shum's memories since her last film: her three trips to
mainland China, two of which were taken with her parents, and her work documenting the fives of her family
and friends.
The first piece consists of three different ways of projecting one single image: slow-motion footage of an aisle
in a Chinese subway car. The image is seen on the projector, on the projector screen, and finally through a
large funhouse-like mirror, which reflects the two other
images. With the surface of the mirror being uneven
and the image being so large, all three images invoke a
feeling as if you are physically standing in the aisle of
the subway as the train twists and turns down its
The second piece is reminiscent of a technique used
in Double Happiness, where Shum interspersed scenes
of a character in the film sitting alone in a empty room,
candidly opening up to the audience throughout the
film. In You Are What You Eat, Shum uses a similar
approach to intimately capture her family and friends,
but with short clips flashing on 12 computer screens.
And rather than having them speak, Shum filmed her
by Michelle Mossop
subjects sitting on a chair for a long period of time in
complete silence. With extreme close-ups of their eyes
blinking, mouths twitching, and hands clasping together in slow-motion, Shum captures the mannerisms and
twitches that we all find endearing of the ones we love.
In the next room, audio is what drives the piece.
Images of fireworks are projected onto large mesh
screens, and audio recordings of interviews done with
family and friends can be heard in different spots all
along the walls. Each audio machine murmurs Shum's
interviewees divulging their aspirations, fears ('being
old and looking back with regrets wishing I did something different'), and thoughts (*I am a contradiction. I
crave laughter but I'm extremely serious.') Although the
room is dark, and it feels as though a dozen people are
whispering to you at the same time, standing in the
room wasn't in any way uncomfortable. People spent up
to a half-an-hour in the room, walking to either sides of
the room, listening to the varying audio clips.
Though very interesting and innovative, it was slightly disappointing to learn that the footage and interviews
were originally intended to be a documentary film of
Shum's experiences in Zhaoqing, Chengdu, and
Guangzhou. With such success in telling the autobiographical story of her hardships, frustrations, and
expectations of being a second-generation Chinese-
Canadian in Double Happiness, one can't help but wonder: What if? What if You Are What You Eat were a film
in lieu of an art exhibit? How much more fascinating it
would have been to capture her story of being a Chinese-
Canadian returning to her motherland in less abstract
terms and in a form that would be more accessible to
the public for longer than a month. ♦
"Hacks" continued from page 1
ing. This year, the All-Candidates' Meeting is a
collection of old hacks and those hoping to
become hacks. Except that not even all the
hacks can stomach the thought of being here.
A healthy number of candidates have sent representatives instead (God knows what motivated them to show up). The candidates who are
here to hear the campaign rules and regulations have come late, for the most part, and
look rather sheepish and unsure of themselves. The person in charge is guilty on both
AMS Elections Administrator Jo McFetridge
walks past the Ubyssey reporters gathered
along one side of the room and calls them 'the
evil people." Then she looks worried for a second and says 'Don't quote me on that You'd
better not quote me on that'
She sees me writing down this exchange
and skitters off.
McFetridge seems rather relaxed about the
whole process. She rattles off loose definitions
of the campaign rules, and talks about 'scrutineers, restriction forms, yaddayadda...'
Outgoing Vice-President External Affairs
Graham Senft and Student Services
Coordinator Tom Booth stroll in late and give
high-fives to VP Finance Mike Warner, who is
sitting perkily in the corner by the door.
Up front, the recitation of the rules continues. Few people are listening, not even the
greenest of the new candidates. "Please don't
waste my time' is how McFetridge summarises the official complaints process, warning the
candidates to complain only if they have valid
Even the candidates seem to find the whole
procedure more than a little tedious.
Presidential candidate Rob Nagai can hardly
stifle his increasingly frequent yawns.
Hannah Roman, running for Board of
Governors on the Students' Voice slate, jumps
out of her seat when her cell phone starts
chiming some tuneless melody. She turns to
leave the room, then apparently thinks better
of it, and runs to the corner to take the call,
speaking breathlessly in hushed tones. She
seems torn between a desire to leave and a
compulsion to stay here.
X3» An elections primer.
In the new year, there is an election.
In the elections, candidates group themselves into groups, known as 'slates.'
Members of these slates then get elected.
Sometimes candidates run as
"independents," but in recent years
they virtually always "lose." UBC
students can't make up their
minds, so some members of each
slate will get elected. Sometimes
(in 1974, 1991, and last year), a
slate gets elected en bloc, in what is
known as a "sweep."
The same two major slates have
existed since the mid-1970s. The
left-wingers have alternately been
called the Progressives, Agents for
Change, Action Now, and, this year,
Students' Voice. These names are
all "idiotic." But not as idiotic as
one of this year's new slates: UBC
For Ul By this time next year, this
slate will be "long-forgotten."
The right-wingers are now
known as Students for Students.
This name is just bland enough
that UBC students fall for it every
After the candidates get elected,
a long period of "stasis" ensues.
In the newyear, there is an election.
X4. There's a long-standing
campus joke. This is how it goes:
Q: How does a campus lefty try to get a
A: "Hey baby, how'dyou like some Action
X O* "Now the AMS is officially right-wing, as
opposed to the unofficial right-wing groups
which have controlled it before."
—Mark Keister, campaign manager for the
Progressives, 1991.
Xo* All this isn't to suggest, of course, that
there isn't a reason to vote in the elections.
There are many good reasons, probably more
than most people realise. There are the purely financial reasons—all full-time students pay
a $39.50 fee that goes straight to the AMS coffers. You may as well have a say in who
spends your hard-earned cash. Then there are
the practical matters: the AMS hacks are the
ones negotiating on our behalf with the university, with the provincial government, with
the bus company. They're the ones who have
a say about your tuition, your bus pass, the
pizza shop in the SUB. They're the ones who
speak on behalf of students to the newspapers
and TV shows. They're the ones who provide
all those useful things like SafeWalk, penny
candy, funding for the radio station, the Pit,
and space for student clubs.
They frequently show themselves to be:
arrogant, naive, out of touch, conservative,
self-interested, incompetent, incestuous,
argumentative, introspective, and just plain
stupid. But hey, you say that about a lot of people. And as bad as they can be, nine times out
of ten, their hearts are in the right place.
Having said that, make no mistake that
sometimes they're astoundingly, dismayingly bad. They're the ones who made UBC a
Coke-only campus (1995) and the ones who
didn't have the balls to say no to APEC
(1997). Shades of 1968, when the AMS condemned the student occupation of the Faculty
Club. Perhaps in an attempt to' make amends,
the AMS called on students to block the
Canada-US border to protest American
nuclear testing in Alaska. About 2000 students went, in one of the student society's
finer moments.
They're the ones who provide the only
place on campus to play Dance Dance
Revolution. They're the ones who, in a breath-
takingly misguided move, are planning to
replace half of the Gallery with a bagel shop.
Good lord.
If •"We're not out of the woods yet...but,
urn, it is looking hopeful.'
—Graham Senft AMS Council meeting,
January 10, 2001.
Xo. Sisyphus has it rough. But it's not as if
he didn't have it coming to him. First he ratted
out Zeus, and then he beat Thanatos in a fight,
and then he tricked Hades. That's three people
he'pissed off, not to mention the fact that he
cheated death twice. The gods took their
revenge by making him roll a rock up a hill.
When he gets to the top, the rock rolls right
back down to the bottom. At which point he
pushes it up to the top again. And so it goes.
For all eternity. Sisyphus has it rough.
X«f • 'A rescuel A rescuel I was sure of it
Where the need is greatest, there will God's
help be nearest'
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ANSWERS > > a student guide to the AMS, Senate, BoG,
Student Legal Fund Society and UPS elections
elect one
The President is the spokesperson for the Alma Mater Society. The President chairs the Student Council,
the Executive Committee, and both the Communication Planning and working groups.
Questions for AMS president:
1. How do you intend to represent the diverse perspectives held by students at UBC in AMS decision making?
2. What are your three top priorities for Council this coming year, and why?
Please specify.
3. One of the president's responsibilities is to be the official liaison between
the Student Society and .the General Manager. If elected, what will you do to
ensure that relations between elected student officials and full-time AMS
staff run smoothly?
Paul Dhilion—ubc for ui
1. As UBC has a very diverse student
population, both ethnically and cul-
j£ turally, I feel that it is essential to listen to and respond to these varied
concerns in an effective manner. This
would entail maintaining a non-parti-
;san viewpoint on any issues that were
to arise during my tenure in office.
You have to remember that we are not
Erfan Kazemi—students for students
1. One of the reasons I love being a
UBC student is the rich diversity
around campus. As president I will
ensure that there is wide consultation
around issues that matter to student
such as the provincial tuition policy,
the proposed Universal Bus Pass, and
the AMS/GSS Health and Dental plan.
I am a consensus builder and will
Rob Nagai—Students' Voice
1. I will listen to the needs of students-all the students of UBC. This is
something that I have done since my
first day at this institution. I believe by
bringing students closer to the innovation process, we create a better student
body and we improve the integrity of
the institution. I will continue to seek
direction from the students of UBC.
Mike Warner—Action Nude
-^ • 1. Over the past year, the AMS Executive
has worked hard to make student
involvement the top priority of the AMS.
This year. Action Nude would like to
improve on that relationship by requiring the Executive to participate in a new
Escort Service. This will enable them to
meet students on a one-to-one basis, in
order to better serve their personal
Maggie YaU—Arts County Fair
1. It is too big a job for just one person to even attempt to represent all
the voices at UBC. I think that we
should have at least 15,000 people
vote on all the issues; -■--..
What better place to hold meetings
than at Arts County Fair? We all know
that no other event,brings together
students from all different disciplines
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elected to represent our views, we are elected to represent
you and your views. This leads to the lack of student
involvement in democracy at UBC. Students need to
remember that if they do not vote they forfeit the right to
complain. I encourage all UBC students to express their
diverse perspectives in this upcoming election by taking
the effort to vote and make their voice heard.
2. In the upcoming year, Council's three most pressing
concerns are the health plan, the proposed bus pass and
work toward creating partnerships within our UBC community. As President, I will help foster a safe environment
so that all sides of an issue can be discussed and debated.
2. The AMS is here to serve students. Firstly, I will ensure
the dynamic growth of our Student Services so that they
can meet the needs of all students. Council's second priority will be to address student issues such as:
An affordable and flexible bus pass that does not penalise
residences and students with hardships.
I have been involved with as many facets of UBC as possible, not just the AMS. In all these roles I have held myself
' accountable to the interests of the people I represent I will
bring strength in leadership to the position of president
The Student's Voice slate will conduct itself with the
integrity that UBC students deserve. We will build a strong
'consensus amongst students—a consensus that will reflect
in all of our decisions.
2. My number-one priority is to bring accountability to the
needs. Each of you contributes about 50 cents to each of the
AMS Executive's salaries of $ 18,500 per year, and I think that
each of you deserves a little thanks for your vote. Not that I'm
trying to bribe you with sexual favors...that might disqualify
me or something.
2. Freedom of bodily expression should be the top priority of
the AMS. Every student should feel comfortable with their
body, and what better way to meet new students then to com-
and backgrounds like Arts County Fair does...so why not
just have an annual meeting at the show (with breaks in
between for the bands to play of course) and vote on all
the major issues by a show of hands. It'll be a giant AMS
meeting with great music, food, and alcohol..it'll be awesome. ■-■■."•-;.,._- •-.-.
2. My number-one priority would be to donate inoney to
massively expand the budget and scope of Arts County
Fair (April 5th). The AMS should help out the .Arts
the provincial election. Concerning the health plan, the
burdensome opt-out procedure has yeilded many complaints. Although in principle the health plan has many
merits, the AMS must streamline the opt-out procedure
and eliminate the need to annually opt-Out The proposed
TransLink bus pass is a very viable program for UBC students. However the bus pass program must be kept inexpensive and include an opt-in procedure, so that students
who do not use the bus will not have to go through the
same ridiculous process that they were forced to go
Lobbying for grants and streamlining the student loan program.
A Firm stance against tuition deregulation, which in other
provinces has caused skyrocketing tuition, are brought to
the forefront of the provincial government and university
Thirdly, the AMS must reach out and fight apathy across
campus. As president I will ensure the growth of events
like first week, mini-school, and creating an orientation
program for students who are graduating.
AMS executive— especially in the way that student money is
spent Ensuring that student money is spent responsibly is
something that I intend to focus on. By implementing a
clear and transparent accountability process we can ensure
that there is honesty in all levels of decision making.
My second priority is supporting student services and
improving them. As a major destination for transit we
need to provide access to student services that promote
alternate modes of transportation. This is just one example
of innovation we can bring to our campus., I am eager to
pliment them on their apparatus as you pass them on your
way to class? As AMS President I plan to direct Council to pursue the Mowing three objectives:
1. Making "Human Sexuality" a required course in every
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2. Adopting clothing-optional lectures and labs, as well as
new UBC Athletics programs: Nude Noon Runs, and Naked
Boot Camp at the Coop.
3. Transforming the AMS Courtyard into Hugh Hefner's
Undergraduate Society by donating huge amounts of
money every year to make the show even better than what
it is now. Bigger is better, and more people at the concert
means more money goes to the two charities that benefit,
from the show.
My number-two priority would be to allocate funds to
pay for an annual holiday getaway for all of thcmynbers
of the Arte Undergraduate Society. These people volunteer
their time and work their asses off all year to put on Arts
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through for the health plan. Lastly, in terms of the upcoming provincial election, AMS Council must initiate new lobbying efforts with the government to assure that UBC does
not discriminate on the basis of economic standing.
3.1 feel that this is one of the questions that is often over-.
looked in the campaign. This brings to light the fact that
the AMS President must have experience in dealing with
and working closely with a plethora of different people. My
experience on SUS Council and my involvement with,
many international organizations, such as Rotary, has'
given me the skills to work with all types of people. The
AMS President must be able to not only manage the
Society but to also manage the people that comprise the
Executive of that Society. The only way for this to happen
will be if the President has effective interpersonal skills
and is willing to stand take risks in order to make the
Society the best it can be. I believe that I, and my slate UBC
FOR Ul, can fulfill this position and most effectively represent the students of UBC. •
Erfan Kazemi—students for students
3.1 am a firm believer in trust and respect for one another.
Without both, our student society cannot grow stronger
and better. As President, I will emphasise this by creating
a newsletter to update the staff and orientation events to
keep them motivated to ensure our businesses in the SUB
are student friendly, offer competitive wages, and allow
flexibility of shifts between breaks and classes. •
Rob Nagai—Students'Voice
hear your ideas. My third priority is to improve the way
that the AMS/GSS health plan is run. I believe we have a
very good health plan. Let's make it better, by improving
the opt-out process. For example, creating a booth in Brock
hall for opt-in /opt-out at registration time. By voting for
the Students' Voice you ensure that your voice will be
3.1 will bring clear direction and strong leadership to the
position of president. I have consistently strived to be a
community leader in my everyday life. I will work with the
AMS staff to provide the best results for the students of
UBC—all students. I will work to improve the services in
place and research ways in which we can implement more
for the student benefit The Students' Voice will bring leadership and innovation to your Alma Mater Society. Lend us
your vote; we will act responsibly. •
Mike Warner—Action Nude
newest Playboy playground. It is definitely time that we put
that fountain to good use.
3. Studies have proven that comfort with one's body leads to
higher self-confidence, and that self-confidence leads to more
intelligent thought and higher (re)productivity.
Nudity during Executive meetings will ensure that student
officials and full-time staff get to know each other on a more
intimate basis.
Bonding with nudity is just one more way that the AMS
Executive can serve its students better.»
Maggie Yau—Arts County Fair cont.
County Fair for UBC students and the two charities.
Believe me...anyone who can survive working on and then
cleaning up- after Arts County Fair deserves a holiday. A
trip to Fiji every year would be sufficient...
Finally, I must represent my Faculty of Arts background and make the demolition of the Buchanan build
ings a priority. Sure the AUS is working on the Space
Program...but I want to expand that and rebuild a whole
new Arts building with a space themel Just imagine
it..washrooms that clean themselves, walls of
microwaves and cheap photocopiers, free phones and an
indoor pool and skating rink...
3. Good relations with the full-time staff are crucial.
Keeping the staff happy just takes some common sense
and...beer. I would give the AMS full-time staff a day off on
the last^day of classes every year so they can attend Arts
County Fair and drink with the rest of the students of UBC.
This way, they have the day off to vent their frustrations
about the AMS Executives to students who feel the same
way. By letting out this frustration they will be able to
work with the student officials day in and day out. • •
The Directors of this society are responsible for setting policy
and for pursuing the projects of the Student Legal Fund Society.
elect six
Question for SLFS directors:
1. To what specific projects do you plan to allocate SLFS funds, which include a $1 fee from each student?
Aniz Alani
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We'll see.
We arrived in December, and London was cold. We stayed in
the bars along Charing Cross Road. We never saw nothing but
brass taps and oak. Kept the shine on the bar with the sleeves of
our coats. You'll have to excuse me; I'm not at my best. I've been
gone for a week; I've been drunk since I left. And these so-called
vacations will soon be my death. I'm so sick from the drink. I
need home for a rest If elected, my first act will be to kill the
whole lot o' ya. We'll see. •
Chris Eaton
I would continue SLFS projects, and strive to find new ways to safeguard and secure student legal rights. Current projects we are working
on at the SLFS include a charter challenge of the student-discriminatory Federal Bankruptcy Act and a review of UBC's contractual
monopolies. I would continue these valuable endeavours, while finding and exploring new areas in which the SLFS can fulfil its mandate.
I would also buy some new pencils, since we used our last one yesterday, and we have to run over to the Outpost and buy some
more...actually, we need a lot of stationary, I've let our office run dry
this month. •    '
Bev Meslo
• Projects already under way on behalf of students include bankruptcy and credit harassment Cases that "we have dealt with in the past included the rentals act. We
have also allocated funds where necessary to ensure that a case relating to students reaches court for a decision. One such case is the GAP case. As an association
we work towards finding legal solutions and resolutions to any issue relating, tp post-secondary students in Canada. The student population brings the issue to our
attention and we determine whether there is a legal resolution that can be determined and if achieving resolution or clarification will benefit the student population. I am personally very interested in accountability of Student Councils to their membership. Holding Councils accountable to their constituency seems simple and clear under the Societies Act, yet many student councils in BC do not release documents or information to their students even after repeated requests.
Students financially support councils on a mandatory basis and councils must be held accountable for ant and all financial transactions. Hqw and where the students fees are spent is of major importance to all students.
Any issue brought before the Student Legal Fund by a student that concerns post-secondary students in general should be considered by the Board. •
Desmond Rodenbour
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If the members of the SLFS elect me, I shall:
1. Ensure that the SLFS continues to fund legal .gases that seek to serve the interests of the students of UBC;
2. Develop seminars'and workshops on issues pertaining to student rights, particularly student loans, tenancy issues and academic appeals'; and
3. Advocate for changes in provincial and federal legislation, with the end result improving access to education, and the quality of education at UBC.
-   Previously, I have served as the AMS Policy Analyst and the Chairperson of the Langara Students' Union. I am currently the Speaker of Council of the Kwantfen
Students' Association, and a Director of the BC Library Foundation. I helped found'the SLFS three years ago, and I_drafted the original bylaws.
The SLFS is the first student legal-rights association of its kind in Canada. I hope you take the time to learn more about this outstanding organisation and get
involved in 20011 • BOARD OF GOVERNORS
elect two
Questions for UBC BoG representatives:
The student representatives to the Board of Governors
represent student interests on matters of management,
administration of property revenue, business, and
affairs of the university.
1. As one of only two student representatives on the llBC Board of Governors, how do you plan to communicate the issues discussed at BoG with
the students you represent? Be specific. ' <
Maryann Adamec—students for students
1. If elected to the BoG. I plan to communicate frequently with
student population. Specifically, I will work with student groups
such as the AMS, GSS, and constituencies (eg. AUS, SUS) to
inform students about issues. These groups of have means of
reaching students at large through listse'rvs and events. I think
forums are excellent ways to communicate and receive feedback from students, and if elected I want to organise forums on
key BoG issues. Additionally, I would use as many campus
media outlets as possible to reach students. I will also ensure
my contact information is available in a variety of resources
such as the on the UBC website and in the Inside UBC so that students can easily
reach me. I believe very strongly in the importance of dialogue and I'd welcome the
opportunity to speak directly with any student on any issue they feel is important •
Megan Cassidy-students' voice
1. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Megan Cassidy and I am
a third-year Arts student As a part of the Students' Voice slate, I want to
represent your interests and concerns at the Board of Governors level.
It is very important that you have an effective and vocal representative fighting for you. It is also very important that I know your concerns.
F/lk   X!"*" v~   M Students'Voice represents students: we come from the university com-
'WL       ""     Mm    muni'y an(i know what issues people care about As your student representative, I will ensure that the dialogue between the student body
and myself is ongoing. When an issue may arise that is important to stu-
" dents, whether it be Southside Campus development or tuition policy,
everyone needs to be aware of the process and the results of the BoG's decisions. It is very
important that UBC students have an effective voice in BoG and I believe we can fulfill that
role. •
Jeremy Lee—Arts County Fair
1. One of two? I thought I was the only one. Damn. Hmm...How
do I plan on 'communicating issues discussed at BoG with the
students" I so faithfully represent? Well, I could go to them long-
winded AMS Council meetings and share the information
there. There the information would stay for a couple of weeks
before the higher-ups decide on a "proper, edited' version
they'd allow for viewing by the general student body. Yeah, I
could do that But what I would do is to keep all the information to myself. (It's not that big of a difference from whatiap-
pens now... How often do YOU hear of BoG issues anyway?)
Then, on the fifth of April 2001, the last day of school when the Arts Undergraduate
Society, which is composed solely of Arts students, single-handedly puts on a rockin'
concert, called ARTS COUNTY FAIR, for more than 15,000 students, I WILL go
ONSTAGE, and with a microphone, 'communicate the issues discussed at BoG' for
the past year with my captive, yet inebriated, audience. Efficient? Yes. Smart? No.
But they didn't say anything about being smart (I'm so smart! S M R T!) in that elections package..'. •
Tieg Martin—Students for Students
1. Board candidates are required to be full-time students. To communicate with over 30,000 constituents while meeting academic requirements is understandably difficult Last November, I held an open
forum in order to find out from students how I could best communicate
with students and increase their input into Board decision-making.
Based on what students _suggested, I will: write regular letters to tne
Ubyssey, hold monthly open forums; work with the AMS to publicise
Board-level issues; and I will continue to answer the e-mails I receive
from students. This is what I will do, yet you who are reading this, you
have responsibilities too. Get yourself involved by attending forums,
reading campus newspapers, and e-mailing your reps. BoG reps and their e-mail addresses
are listed in your Inside UBC handbook and in the campus directory; whoever they are next
year, 'make sure they hear your voice I •
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Hannah Roman—students' voice
1. While the primary responsibility of BoG representatives is
officially to work with the university administration, I believe
that the BoG representatives should be equally concerned with
talking to students about issues that affect them. As a student
representative, I would engage in discussions with AMS executives, most notably the VP University and Academics, and AMS
Council in order to serve as one of several liaisons between the
AMS and the administration. When potentially divisive issues
that will have a large impact on students do arise, I would meet
with as many students as possible whose interests are at stake.
For example, BoG representatives should be in contact with representatives' of
Agricultural Science students and faculty in order to learn how they feel about proposed development on the_south side of campus which might endanger the UBC
research farm. •
Christina Tinson—Arts county Fair
1. Do any of you have a clue what the Board of Governors is or what it
does? Neither did I until I looked it up ten minutes before this interview. The Arts County Fair Party feels that this lack of information sharing cannot continue. First of all, I would lead the other members of BoG
in an annual parade, during which we would sing songs and hand out
free condoms and beer. Secondly, I would make some snazzy purple
and yellow BoG mugs to be given out at major campus events such as
the Arts Week Mardi Gras. Finally, the last BoG meeting of each year
would be held at Thunderbird Stadium during a huge charity event fea- •
hiring kick-ass Canadian bands, DJs, field entertainment and Western
Canada's largest beer garden.
Rob BiOUin—Students for Students
JANUARY 15-19, 2001
Make your mark!
positions, you must not have opted out
Meed more informatidn? Elections
All students are eligible to vote for the
of either society.
questions?                 "•'"""■ -■ »'7 ,„, .
positions of AMS President, VP
Be sure to vote in all the elections
Contact the Elections Administrator, Jo'
Academic & University Affairs, VP
mentioned in this supplement! Bring
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External, VP Finance, Board of
your student card to vote, January 15-
phone: 822-1989
Governors representative, and Senate
19, 2001!
e-mail; e|ections2001@ams.ubc.ca
• representative. In order to vote for
A complete list of times and loca
in person: SUB 24917
either the Student Legal Fund Society
tions of polling stations is included in
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or the Ubyssey Publications Society
this supplement.
vvww.ams.ubc.ca/ams_elections_20Ql SENATORS-AT-LARGE
The student representatives on Senate are elected to represent student
interests on matters related to the academic functioning of the university.
elect five
Questions for Senators-at-Large:
1. What issues do you plan to bring to Senate and why is student involvement important?
Chris Eaton—Senate Progress
1.1 believe the faculties and the university administration need to work
better in serving students. I would
bring up many academic issues
that Senate Progress believes would
benefit students. Namely, I will
pressure UBC to release previous
final exams for student online
review; I will work to amend UBC's
unfair scholarship policies; I will
strive to have the Registrar's office schedule terms
(January 2nd really sucked) and examinations in a more
reasonable manner for students; and I will bring forward
any other issue that would benefit the university, and its
largest constituency: students. Student involvement in
the Senate, while only comprising 20 per cent of its
membership, is integral to having a well-rounded,
responsive, and equitable university. •
BHan MacLean—Students' Voice '        Ryan MorasiOWiCZ—Senate Progress
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1. I think Senate is a great
opportunity for us to influence
academic policy. I'd like to
improve teaching at UBC. I
think we have some amazing
teachers, but I believe we also
have some who are ineffective. I
would like UBC to have a policy
requiring all new and visiting
faculty to take a workshop in
effective teaching skills.
I would also like to discuss grading options within the Senate. I think UBC is a competitive school
with high standards, but I believe this sometimes
leads students to avoid electives in fields in which
they consider themselves weak. Perhaps having a
pass/fail option for some electives would encourage
students to diversify their studies. •
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1. Members of Senate Progress come before
you with diverse backgrounds and involvement throughout all of UBC. As such, we are
uniquely poised to hear and respond to
issues that matter to all UBC students. One
issue on the minds of all UBC students at
this time of year is the commencement of
this new semester so soon after new years—
a maximum of 12 days off between the last
exam and the start of the second semester.
The dates the university has set for the next five years do not significantly change, so we will be experiencing this lack of time off
for our remaining years of university study.
As a member of Senate, I will effectively represent student concerns about this and other policies which impact our daily lives
on campus. Only with strong representation in Senate, and a
strong mandate from the campus community, will our concerns
be heard by the university administration. •
Gina Tsai—Senate Progress
1. As the AMS Academic Commissioner responsible for drafting the AMS Academic Policies this year, I have done in-
depth research into the issues that concerns many UBC students. Two of the most important issues that were raised,
which other members of the Senate Progress and I are planning on bringing to the Senate, include pressuring the university to make teaching evaluations for more faculties accessible to students, and to make exams for co-requisite
courses more evenly spread-out through the exam period. The availability of teaching evaluations will help promote an
atmosphere of responsible teaching at UBC, and give students more influence over the quality of their education. As
many programs require studentsjo take certain courses concurrentiy, and the exams for these courses are often scheduled close in time to each other, allowing more time between these exams will likely allow students to perform better
on these exams. The above-mentioned are issues that directly impact the quality of education that a student receives,
and should therefore should involvement students and their representatives. •
James Kondopulos
Hannah Roman-
students' Voice
The student representatives to the Ubyssey Publications Society
Board (President and four Directors) are responsible for the
financial management.of the Society.
one president and four directors to be elected
Question for UPS Board of Directors:
1. How do you see the relationship between the Board of Directors and the editorial board?
Esther Abd-Elmessih ,       \
The relationship between the UPS Board and the Editorial Board of the Ubyssey is to oversee the administrative aspects of the newspaper (ie budget, salaries, etc.). The Board of directors remains at arm's length from the editorial staff. You should re-elect me because I did a good job last year (I was the girl with the banana). I also enjoy movies about drug cartels. •
Jennifer Copp
The editorial board is formed to oversee the financial aspects of the paper. It is and should remain independent of the editorial board, just as business and editorial are separate legs
of the same being. The Board of Directors should at no point interfere with the running and/or decision-making aspects of the editorial board in any capacity. The Board of Directors
has no say over editorial content and/or style but is solely concerned with finances and approving spending of the UPS funds. •
Melanie Streich
The relationship between the Board of Directors and the editorial board should be one that keeps the production and the business separate of one another. The responsibility of the
Board of Directors is to erisure the continuing existence and financial solvency of the UPS, not editorial content The relationship between the two boards should be a close one which
respects-the different duties of each"one. • •   ■■ • ->'-:.-; ■*''"'"
' I see the Board of Directors "arid the Editorial Board as responsible to each other. The Board of Directors needs to ensure that the editorial board has the resources and support it.
needs to produce a newspaper that meets the staffs high expectations. At the same* time, however, the editorial board should have its goals be financially and logistically feasible. •
Chris White-Devries
Like yourself, I airj. a UBC student who contributes financially to the Ubyssey. As a member of the board of directors, I am here to ensure that the newspaper is kept in the interest
of students^basically that the $5 we all contribute is spent wisely. While we are seperate from the editorial board, the board works to make sure that the Ubyssey remains 'student- VP ACADEMIC AND
The Vice-President Academic is responsible for internal university
issues, and chairs the University Commission.
elect one
Questions for VP Academic/University Affairs:
1. One of your responsibilities is to chair the University Commission.
What campus/academic issues should be addressed by this commission
in the upcoming year? Please specify.
2. What should be the nature of the relationship between the university
administration and the AMS?
3. What lobbying strategies do you intend to use? Please specify.
Josh Bowman—Students' Voice
1. Hil My name is Josh Bowman, and
I am running for the position of VP
University and Academic Affairs, with
the STUDENTS' VOICE slate.
As VP Academic, I will concentrate
on developing and strengthening the
overall campus security infrastruc-'
The UBC Hospital is sadly lacking a
rape crisis centre. Victims of sexual
assault on campus must travel to the VGH for proper care.
This situation is callous and unacceptable. I will lobby for
a proper rape crisis facility on campus.
I will lobby for more lighting on campus, so that every
student can feel safe walking anywhere on campus at
night Areas with insufficient lighting are: around the SUB,
along Student Union Boulevard, and along Wesbrook Mall.
I will lobby for a second security bus route, more frequent buses, and flexible stops.
2. The university and the AMS ought to be more accountable for their spending. I will lobby against differential
tuition, to allow equitable access to every faculty for every
The AMS and the university administration should
work together to promote overall student success. I will
work hard to promote positive, university and AMS relations.
3.1 will meet with the education minister to increase public funding for our university, promoting the high quality
education that all UBC students deserve.
I will meet regularly with university administration,
write letters, and hold forums so that the voice of every student is heard.
Thank you, and remember to vote! •
Aleksandra Brzozowski—Arts county Fair
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1. I think one of the most distressing
trends I have noticed on campus is the
number of students who have not
attended at least one Arts County Fair.
There is something for everyone at
ACF—5 great bands, 5 wicked DJs, an
inflatable playground, beer, condoms,
and every penny goes to charity! I feel
that everyone should take the opportunity to witness the largest and most
have the University Commission do their utmost to remove
any barriers that might keep students away. There would be
tour buses to shuttle res rats down to Thunderbird.
Academically, I feel that no student should be penalised for
missing the last day of classes to attend UBC's signature,
event Arts County Fair on April 5th. Deadlines for papers
and projects would be extended to allow all students to enjoy
the day guilt-free. Students deserve that much after a long
year of hard work.
successful university event in Canada. Therefore, I would     2. Strictly professional I have seen what can often happen
between people when they've had a Utile too much "fun in
the sun' at Arts County Fair. I do not mean to deny anyone
their right to act as they choose, but I feel I must advise
against it Call me old-fashioned...
3. Arts County Fair lobbying strategies will follow those of previous years. There are only a couple of months left before tick-.
ets go on sale for Arts County Fair No. 10, so lobbying will need
to be intense. One can expect postering, staking, contests, giveaways, wild and crazy fun at the ACF booth, radio ads, wacky
publicity stunts such as running in the AMS elections... •
Aidan Forth—ubc for ut
1. The major goal of UBC for U is to
increase student involvement in campus life and to promote awareness of
AMS services to create an informed student body. The VP Academic is primarily concerned with academic affairs
such as the course curriculum and
teacher evaluations, as well as issues of
safety, housing, and information technology. Chairing the University
Commission, .my specific goals would be to increase the
quality of instruction and evaluation by improving TA training, increasing the exam database, instituting an on-campus
homework help line and increasing the importance of
teacher evaluations and student input into curriculum
changes. Information technology is becoming an increasingly important teaching tool that students and faculty
should be encouraged to use, though at a reasonable rate. It
would also be important to create a safer campus by increas-
Cynthia Fung—Action Nude
1.1 would encourage the Commission to
promote nudist programs throughout
the schooL Programs such as Body
Appreciation 101 and Human Sexuality.
Students at UBC should feel confident
about their natural bodies.
With everyone naked, the commission will be addressing equality
issues. No longer will clo'thes differen-
Evan Horie—Students for Students
1. Students' safety at UBC is a very sert
ous issue. Campus safety will be a priority for the commission this upcoming year, I will work to improve the
security bus, lighting on campus, and
campus security patrols. I feel that providing more online resources such the
exam database and online teaching
evaluations are also important issues
and will be addressed. Furthermore, I
would like to create more co-op opportunities and IT
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increasing Safewalk services. Additionally, housekeeping
and food services are in need of improvement By increasing student involvement in University politics, other issues
will surface. Chairing the University Commission, I would
be there to address such issues.
2. In order for any institution to run smoothly and efficiently, it is vital that its actors cooperate. Student concerns must be voiced to administration in order to promote efficiency. To cut the red tape that has become so
cumbersome to students, the AMS must maintain an attitude of cooperation, while exerting a concern for student
issues. The AMS" most vital concern must be for the welfare of students and it must work with administration in
order to maximize student input It is the mandate of UBC
for U to represent the students and encourage their participation in the workings of their University. Elected to the
AMS executive council, UBC for U would fight for student
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2. Casual sex. Action Nude Now...Nude Action Later, baby!
3. a. Free Brazilian Wax, and Tanning Sessions! Hey, we
should all look good naked, right? b. Free Anti-Shrinkage
Pills—guys will appreciate this. c. "No Laughing" Policies. •
resources to improve UBC students' educational experience.
Many students are enrolled in the co-op program and do not
get placement and with an increase in online course material at UBC, more IT resources are essential for all students.
2. It is important that the relationship between the university administration and the AMS be a positive one. There'
will be exciting new opportunities for the AMS and the university administration to work jointly on in tlie near future.
Important issues such as the tuition freeze and the university's tuition policy will soon be at the forefront A positive,
concerns while maintaining and reinforcing a working
partnership that would get the job done.
3. The major goal of UBC for U is to encourage and
increase student involvement in and awareness of AMS
services. Only by making students aware of the issues and
problems they face, can change be implemented to achieve
the goal of a better University for all. This awareness project would begin at Imagine UBC that would place greater'
emphasis on AMS services and the workings of our
University. Information pamphlets and posters would continue the process. An informed student body will create the
impetus for change. If elected to office, UBC for U will work
with academic departments, housing, and administration
to implement change, with the goals of the student body in
mind. Once the majority of students are organized and
knowledgeable about student politics, quality of fife and
education will improve. UBC would not exist without its
students, thus it cannot ignore student concerns. •
cooperative relationship between the. administration and
the AMS is vital in order to addres%.tjie,s.e |ssues that are
relevant to all UBC students. ~—-"   .   .
3. In order to address the safety issue on campus, I intend to lobby
' the university administration and campus security to increase the
focus on creating a safer environment for all UBC students, I will ■
not only lobby for more lighting." security bus routes and security
patrols, but also continue to work with individuals in administration in creating such services as direct phone lines frorn the
libraries to Safewalk and campus security. • ;••',    *7x>i VP EXTERNAL
' The Vice-President External Affairs deals with student issues outside of the UBC community. The VP chairs the
External Commission and is the contact for other student organisations.
one to be elected
Questions for VP External:
1. As someone responsible for lobbying the university and all levels of government in the interest of students, name three key issues that you would like to
address this year. Be specific.
2. Tuition levels are always an important student issue. What is your position
on differential tuition? Also related to tuition, will you work to ensure that UBC
tuition remains frozen at its current rate? Why or why not?
Zahra Abdaila—The Power of One
1. As a representative of students, serving
at the External commission, lobbying the
Provincial and Federal government is
very important. The three main issues
that are of importance include: relieving
student debt, re-building student infrastructure and re-investing in education.
Presently, CASA works at the federal level
to promote these issues. I feel that it is
also important to follow through with
these ideas and expand it to the provincial
level. It is important to let students concerns be heard. We all
have the power within us to follow through with what we
believe. I believe that these issues once addressed will help
promote the simple basic notion of equal opportunity. On
average, most university students that graduate with an
undergraduate degree have to carry the burden of roughly
$20,000 debt By lobbying to relieve student debt, this allows
students to continue their education and advance in their
careers. Secondly, we need more government funding to rebuild infrastructure. Many of the university's buildings are
growing old, and we need more government funding to promote a safe environment for students to study in. Finally, lobbying for stable and affordable tuition to create equal opportunity, without any discrimination against gender, race, class
2. Tuition will always remain a key student issue. I believe that
one of the most important positions I hold is the promotions
of equal opportunity. The proposal of differential tuition would
set standards for discrimination against funding from one faculty to the other to occur, which in turn would have an effect
on how much tuition a student would have to pay. All faculties
and all students, are equally important It would be a discriminatory act by implementing the differential tuition proposal.
With the provincial elections coming up, it is very important to address UBC tuition. In the past we have had tuition
freezes, but at present I believe that it would be unrealistic to
continue with. I would definitely be working hard to lobby for
a stable and affordable tuition be set, on a long-term basis. One
of the negative consequences of the tuition freeze is that there
is less government funding on education. Hence, in comparison to the standard that we should be at, we are behind. •
MarkO DekOViC—Arts County Fair
1. One of the biggest problems we have
on our campus is that we spend too much
time striking committees, lobbying and
meeting, but not really getting much
done. Just remind yourself of any AMS
meeting you attended, how productive
was it? Therefore, I propose a bette way
to raise the profile of our university, not
just in Canada, but around the world.
Invest the entire AMS lobbying fund to
promote the Arts Undergraduate Society annually organised
event that goes by the name of Arts County Fair. To catch up,
this years Arts County Fair #10, to be held on April 5, 2001,
should be further funded by all profits collected from all AMS
operated businesses. By doing this, we will ensure continued
tradition of having the largest student run event in Canada,
and hosting the largest beer garden in North America. This
will attract more students to UBC, which will in fact raise our
popularity. This will cause governments to give us more
grants because they always want to spend their money where,
they get most votes for their buck.
2. With the profits from tunning the best student run event in
the country, and soon to be in the world, we will get huge
amounts of government funding and corporate sponsorships.
All this money can easily be applied no.t to keep tuition frozen,
but to eliminate it all together. But if you do not elect me, you
will have to settle for Arts County Fair that headlines five great
Canadian bands, and contains 500 kegs of beer, 2000 bottles
of cider, 10,000 condoms, 70,000 watts of bass pumping
sound, 15,000 feet of fencing, 10,000 square feet of plywood,
and of course 15,000 happy, happy UBC students! BE THERE,
ARTS COUNTY FAIR, April 5, 2001. •
elect one
Questions for VP Administration:
1. Do you believe the changes so far to the SUB have made it more accessible and better for students? What, if any, improvements to the design need to
be made?
The Vice-President Administration oversees the Student Union Building and
chairs both the Student Administration Commission and the Renovations
Planning Group.
2. How will you ensure that communication between the AMS executive and
clubs, resource groups, services, and retail outlets in the SUB is maintained
throughout the renovation process?
Mark Fraser—Students for Students
1. My first term as Vice President
Administration has resulted in positive
improvements of the accessibility of the
SUB. I have added a wheelchair accessible
washroom to the second floor, I have
made the SUB Courtyard fully accessible,
and have added magnets on the North
doora to the SUB to make them readily
accessible as well. I am currently working closely with the UBC
Disability Resource Center in doing a complete accessibility
audit of the building. Increased SUB signage, bathroom accessibility, and the high counters in some areas of the SUB are
improvements that should be made.
2. It is the VP Admin's job to act as the liaison between the
AMS Council, AMS Executive and these groups whether it be
by e-mail memos, or meetings. Prior to the construction of the
new Student Services Center, an extensive consultation
process was done to ensure that all of the services' needs were
satisfied. This consultation process included individual meetings with each service coordinator, group consultation meetings with all the services, and finally design meetings in
which, collectively, we created an area that best serviced the
needs of our services and ultimately all the students at UBC.
Similar meetings are ongoing with the AMS Resource Groups
regarding a proposed Resource Group Centre. •
Matt Lovick—Students' Voice
1. By all means, I agree that the changes
made to the SUB have benefited the students, but I think we still have a LONG
way to go. The current VP Administration
has neglected many of the needs and
desires of the students. If elected, I would
provide "student usable' SUB space. Free
phones and free microwaves would be a
first step in this direction.
The SUB, while still providing shop
ping and eating opportunities, should above all be a community centre for UBC students. The AMS has over 250 clubs and
organisations, all of which have very different needs. The one
thing they share however, is the need for space; space to
organize in, to eat in, to meet in, and most importantly to have
fun in. Rather than extending the retail section of the SUB, I
am commited to providing more accessible, usable, and cost
free space to all students.
2. As the VP Administration, it would be my duty to ensure that
all groups in the SUB maintain a high degree of communica
tion. While the creation of a quick and informative mass email
sent out weekly to all clubs, resource groups, services, and
shops would be quick, easy, and effective, surprisingly such a
thing does not as of yet exist Implementing this would be just
one of my, and the Students' Voice slate's steps to greater
communication among the student body. Increased communication can only be for the good, and is through thi3 that your
voice can be heard. I would love to hear any questions, comments, or concerns about the upcoming elections. Make your
voice heard... VOTE. •
Derreck L. Macham-Arts county Fair
1. Yes, of course they have. Accessibility
has gone up almost 50 per cent But sadly,
many students don't have access to the
fun that is Arts County Fair. These sh>_
dents simply have no idea,what ACF is all
about due to general rierdishness, shyness, and being shut-ins. So the SUB will
AoW also feature a museum to the ACF in
its past and present glory. This museum will feature bands,
posters, a mock beer tent sniffed and mounted ACF.workers,
and even a replica, of. the dreaded 'piss' wall from
Thunderbird Stadium. Then those dorks will know what Arts
County Fair" is all about   ,
2. Communication is a lost cause these days due to high year-
end stress levels and boredom. Thus all of these executives,
clubs, services, and retail outlets will do all of their business
and communication on April 5 at ACF 10. For one solid after-
. noon these groups will sit on thq hiUin "Thunderbird Stadium
and get all their shit done. It'll be much better for a^J involved,
trust me. You don't want none of that stress bull getting in
your face so the Arts County Fair 10 plan is the only one that
will work. Except for random car bombings... hmm. • Michael Groves-use for ui
1 .It seems important that since many students live off campus, it would seem
appropriate to try to accommodate the
transportation' needs necessary. There
should be more bike routes leading to
UBC, and more availability to car pools to
lower transportation costs to students.
This would be what I plan to lobby with
the municipal government
On the provincial level, I would push
the tuition freeze and student voice in the
upcoming provincial election so that students are not ignored
as a result of their social status.
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I believe that student loans should be avoided like the
plague and it would be prudent to attempt to make an effort to
gain money by other means to return to school before taking a
loan and acquiring dept The Federal government makes it too
easy to take huge loans instead of setting up a bursary and
scholarship program to help keep students out of dept when
they finish their education. It is important that this issue is
pressed at the Federal level so that students feel less financially burdened during a period of their life they wish to
enlighten themselves and get trained to become a prosperous
part of society.
2.1 plan on working with the other three major universities in
BC to make a strong voice in favour of the tuition freeze in the
upcoming provincial election. Post-secondary education
should not have to be a huge financial drain on the student
Institutions like UBC are training the professionals and
researchers of the future and the various levels of government
in Canada should realise that post-secondary education is a
valuable social program that should be supported.
. It has been shown demographically that there will be less
people to support the baby boomer generation when they begin
to retire, this will create a large financial stress on many of the
Canadian social programs such as Health Care and CPP. This tab
will be left up to our generation to pay for. It seems to me that if
Canada wishes to remain productive in the future, then it should
be making all attempts to provide accessible and quality education. We are an investment in the future of this country and the
. Tuition Freeze is just one step the government can take to help
keep students in university classrooms. •
Kristen Harvey—students for students
1. Three key issues I would address include
the proposed universal bus pass, increased
funding, and student involvement
I would work towards a bus pass that
works for the majority of UBC students,
while keeping in mind the diverse needs
of our student population.
I would also like to work towards
increasing funding for UBC. I would lobby
Ottawa to increase the funding it gives to
the provinces for post-secondary education, and bring education funding issues to the forefront of the
upcoming provincial election.
I would also like to focus on students and our involvement
. As the largest university in BC, we have tremendous potential
• to heighten public awareness of our educational issues. In
order to do this I would organise an all-candidates provincial
election forum in the SUB, similar to the federal forum in
November. Further, I would organise a non-partisan "Get-out-
and-vote' campaign.
2. The AMS officially opposes differential tuition. I believe the
value of a degree from this university should not be compromised on the basis of different faculties. An Arts degree arid a
science degree, both from UBC should not be placed in a hierarchy of worth.
There are definitely benefits to UBC's frozen tuition. However,
I think it is important to note that as inflation rises each year,
funding to the university does not It is important to ensure
that we as students are protected if the tuition freeze is lifted
by having it capped to inflation. If elected, I will lobby both the
provincial and federal government to increase funding to
UBC- In particular, I will meet with and lobby the different
political parties in the upcoming provincial election to ensure
that students can have a stable tuition policy. There is a possibility the freeze will be lifted; in that scenario, I will work to
achieve a five-year plan in which students can clearly see what
tuition will cost even in 2005. •
JUSteii HarCOUrt—Action Nude
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1. As a member of 'Action Nude" it would
be my main goal to promote the interests
of those students who feel that they have
been excluded by the social norms of society. In this case, it would be my obligation
to lobby for clothing-optional libraries,
classrooms and public spaces at UBC.
Thus ensuring a Utopian society for the future of BC as a
whole. If there is time left in the year for other issues to be
brought up for discussion, I might bring up issues such as
funding for post-secondary education and, maybe if I have the
energy, the issue of class sizes and the related decline in the
quality of education as a whole.
2. This is a real problem for students today. Tuition rates are
exceedingly high, especially for those students who are pun
ished for their preference for walking naked to class. This is
the real issue on UBC—nakedness discrimination; not high
tuition levels...although that is remotely important to the vast
niajority of students. Perhaps there will have to be some discussion with the' provincial government and the United
Nations to relieve high tuition levels at UBC.
Oh and by the way...Jeff Reynolds who is running for VP
Administration is hung like a horse. Next time you see him
you're welcome to call him 'tripod." •
Katie Riecken—students' voice
1. a. The Upcoming Provincial Election. I
will lobby to ensure that there are voter
registration tables in the SUB and in residences, making it easy for UBC students to
register to vote. As VP External, I will
organise a cost-effective and informative
'Get Out the Vote' campaign to encourage
students to vote. As well, I will use my lobbying and media skills to make post-secondary education an issue in the election.
Students should have the ability to inform ...
themselves about all political parties' positions on post-sec-    2.1 strongly believe in fair and affordable tuition, and so I feel
ondary education.
. b. The U-Pass.' I will negotiate an agreement with TransLink
and the university that is fair and affordable for all students,
including those who live in residence and those who drive,
carpool, cycle and use transit. As soon as the negotiations are
completed, I will take the U-Pass to referendum.
c. Government Funding. Over the past several years, the
federal government has reduced the amount of funding for
post-secondary education. As a result, UBC has had to cut labs
and reduce library acquisitions. As VP External, I will lobby to
increase government funding to its historic levels, allowing
UBC to fund first-class faculties for students and researchers.
that differential tuition has no place at UBC. For example, it
simply isn't fair to make an Engineering student pay much
more than an Arts student for the same first-year English
class. As VP External, I will lobby the UBC Administration and
Board of Governors to ensure that differential tuition is never
implemented here at UBC.
As VP External, I will work to ensure that UBC tuition
remains at its current rate. Tuition makes up a small percentage of UBC's revenue, and I believe that UBC's decision to cut
labs and library acquisitions is due to the decrease in government funding, not the tuition freeze. I will lobby for the restoration of government funding, allowing UBC to build first-class
facilities for students without increasing our tuition. •
Jeff Reynolds—Action Nude
1. Accessible is not a word to describe the
SUB. Half the outside doors are locked, so
when your walking with the object of your
affection, you'll try and open the door,
and only half the time will it open. All the
other times, you'll hit a locked door and
look like a numpty trying to open it
The SUB is a Cold War nuclear shelter, its design protects
us from any neutron bomb attacks, but leaves us with our
pants down to the architecture police, mmmmmmmmmm
pants down. _ -
I want to crank up the heat in the SUB, remove any
vinyl/pleather furniture, install a steam generator and create
■ a naked spa. We at UBC are far too stressed, if we can walk into
the 'Steam SUB', throw our clothes of arid listen to Gordon
Lightfoot amongst strong beer and great friends, while inhal
ing copious amounts of life-steam, then we will all be able to
get higher GFA's. -. ..,*.-  ;■;«*
I also want change the colour scheme of the SUB, what's up
with the ugly burgundy? The designers were having some
tasty rock when they made that decision. It's time to give a little colour to the SUB. By the time I'm finished with it the SUB
will look like a big version of Pee Wee's Playhouse.
2. I'm hung like a horse. Any questions? •
Katharine Scotton
1. By adding a new wing for club rooms
arid renovating the south lounge by the
\   cafeteria, I believe that the quality of the
N   SUB has improved for most students, as
«1 can be seen by the large number of students who use the new lounge, and of
course the clubs that have been given a
room. The areas that need to be improved
upon would be the conversation pit and
the club rooms. The couches in the conversation pit are old, dirty, and broken.
making the atmosphere less than welcoming. Although the
new paint job does look nice. Club and social space is always
a big issue, which I have had to deal with myself, when booking rooms for events as the social coordinator for the Science
Undergraduate Society. Any Friday night will have every available room booked for different events, with other groups ftill
wanting space for their function. All clubs and constituencies
should be able to get the space they deserve, instead of a first-
come-first-serve basis, although that is all the SUB is able to
offer at this time, due to space restrictions. The basement level
could also use a little work in the way the rooms and arcade
are arranged, possibly opening up more social space. I obviously don't have any blueprints to look at, but if elected I
would take suggestions from the clubs, and businesses
involved arid try to workout a new'design with a contractor. I
admit I don't have any experience in renovations, nor do I
know what is" currently being changed, but thaf $ all something
I will learn in time. . .-■---      , ... »«  , .^--...
2.1 think die most effective way of doing this would be to keep
in touch with all parties involved by having frequent meetings
and sending information to th§ .different parties if new information arises in council or with the renovators. The views of all
parties will be heard and reviewed, and brought to council • ■#£9   Jva !«_[____ inff^F     The Vice-President Finance is in charge of the financial affairs of the society. The VP chairs the Finance
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Questions for VP Finance:
1. The AMS'now has a surplus of roughly $90,000. What is the best way
to deal with the surplus?
2. The AMS has focused a great deal of attention on the development of
new businesses in the SUB. What role should for-profit businesses have
in a non-profit organisation like the AMS?
Karen Benson—Action Nude
1. Action Nude is committed to providing comfortable conditions for
"expressive' students ('expressive" of
course meaning 'naked').
Vancouver's rainy and occasionally chilly climate would create health
and self-esteem problems (shrinkage)
for naked students, and thus Action
Nude has plans to build a complex above-ground heated
tunnel system, similar to those used for hamsters, to
ensure maximum comfort As well, a corriplete overhaul of
UBC. classrooms will be necessary, including the elimination of wood and/or vinyl seats.
2. The naked student has particular needs in regards to
businesses; if Action Nude is elected, their focus will not
only be on developing new businesses, but also on improving the old businesses. Under the rule of Action Nude, the
Outpost would no longer sell clothes, but instead would
push products such as suntan lotion, waxing kits, body
paint, and those little pencil sharpeners shaped like ducks
(I miss those).
Finally, to further save money and promote nudity,
Action Nude would eliminate uniforms completely for all
food outlets in the SUB (we would of course make it
mandatory for food service employees to wear two hairnets).
Action Nude.now...Nude Action later. •
Nick Brown—Students' Voice
1. The most important responsibility
of the VP Finance will be to ensure
that the interests of every student are
looked after. In previous years, there
have been concerns voiced that student funds were not being allocated in
accordance with the interests of the
$, students of UBC. In particular, there
A-*J have been criticisms over the use of
student funds for AMS events that
benefited the AMS executive body more than the students.
The Students' Voice recognises these concerns, and plans
to conduct itself in accordance with the interests of every
student There are a number of AMS clubs, resource
groups, arid services that rely on funding to continue to
operate efficiently. It will be my task to ensure that there is
a fair and equitable distribution of funds to these respective groups.
2. The Students' Voice understands the importance of profit-motivated businesses on campus, which contribute to
the funds allocated toward student groups. I feel that every
student must be considered when developments for new
businesses are proposed. It is imperative that these businesses do not infringe on the current student-run clubs,
resource groups, and services. I will make it my responsibility to ensure that these businesses do not Occupy space
which would otherwise be used by student-run groups. As
long as these businesses do not hinder the productivity of
student-run services, they can hold a valuable place in our
Student Union Building.
Thank you for your time. •
Nafeesa Karim—Arts County Fair
1. With that amount of money, I would
spend it on something that would benefit the most amount of students possible—Arts County Fair. This event not
only brings 15,000 students closer
together as they listen to the sweet
songs ef great Canadian artists such
as 54-40, Matthew Good Band, and
Moist, but it provides the AMS with an
opportunity to actually have an effect on these students.
With $90,000 and additional funds from the AMS budget,
we would make ACF into a week-long festival, attracting the
best Canadian talent bringing students together like never
before, and creating Canada's largest student-organised
event This would effectively reach the most amount of
people, and would be seen as the best thing the AMS ever
did—since most students don't really know what the AMS
does for them on any other day of the year.'
2. For-profit businesses,allow the AMS to fund vital services that benefit students. Although these services are paid
for by student fees, you can never have too much riioney.
So, the for-profit businesses add to the existing student
funds, and also serve as areas of employment for many
If elected, I would ensure that profits from businesses
in the SUB would go directly to Arts County Fair, which is
a non-profit event. This funding would go towards promoting ACF as a charitable, student-run event that benefits
AIDS Vancouver^ Canadian Cancer Society, and St John
Ambulance. By making ACF high-profile, we can attract
more people, and more donations to these very worthy
causes. So, join us on Thursday, April 5th, 2 001, and party
for a worthy cause! •
Yvette LU—Students for Students
1. The $90,000 surplus provides
many opportunities for. responsible
growth. Student services (including
Safewalk and Speakeasy), resource
groups, clubs, constituencies, and student bursaries are only a few of the
many possibilities. It will be of utmost
importance to consult with students and student groups to
ensure that the funds will produce the maximum benefit
for students. The AMS must be responsive to student
needs. I support initiatives that will increase student
involvement and transform the campus into a vibrant and
lively community that is conducive to learning.
2. The AMS is here to help improve the lives of students
while they are at UBC. Therefore, initiatives that directly
benefit students including the student services, clubs,
resource groups, and constituencies, should be the main
focus of the organisation. The businesses in the SUB are
important in providing funds to support all our valuable
services. AMS businesses also provide many student jobs
with flexible hours, allowing students to work between
classes. We should proceed cautiously in a clear and transparent manner, closely examining all new businesses to
ensure that they will benefit students. •
Dennis Visser
1. The AMS is an organisation that
exists to better the quality of student
life at UBC. The students of UBC pay
AMS fees because they believe this
will contribute to their well-being on
campus. Any budget surplus should
be redirected back to the students at
large, and maximise the effectiveness
of every dollar they pay in fees. This
can be done in many ways: by creating new and bolstering
the scope of existing AMS services and resource groups,
providing more funding for clubs, more funding for student groups and constituencies, more on-campus jobs and
work-study positions for students, and appropriating more
resources to the External Lobbying Fund to better address
issues with other organisations (ie. the government on
tuition, the GVTA regarding transportation). These are
merely a handful of the areas that a surplus could go to
support An elected VP finance, Executive and Council
would together be responsible for determining what areas
should,take priority and such a task would require careful
consideration of the needs of all students and groups.
2. For-profit businesses under the umbrella of the AMS
exist to provide quality services and products to students,
provide well-paying student jobs, and contribute to the
funding of the AMS. The expansion of such AMS businesses is a good policy and would only work further to
benefit students. The students need an alternative on
campus, and the AMS fulfills that need in many areas
already' through the Used Bookstore, CopyWrite, and
many of the SUB's food outlets. The expansion of businesses can only create more choice for the campus community and generate useful revenue to reinforce the benefits of the AMS. •
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