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Vol. LXXXIXNo. 52 | www.ubyssey.ca | april 8th, 2008 | since 1918
Peaceful protest turns ugly
20 students arrested,
19 facing charges
Fourth year UBC student Brian Gehring is shown being read his rights by a UBC detachment RCMP officer while
two Vancouver police officers look on. According to a Vancouver police officer, he's being charged with obstruction of justice.The photo was taken around 10:35pm on Friday, April 4th.
by Boris Korby
News Editor
Twenty UBC students were arrested Friday night as Knoll Aid
2.0, a student-organized demonstration, turned ugly.
The demonstration, billed as
a "peaceful celebration in defence
of public space" by organizers,
began to escalate at around 6pm
after students listening to music
and dancing in the area between
the old bus loop and the grassy
knoll decided to light a large bonfire on the sidewalk.
Approximately one hour later
campus RCMP and firefighters
arrived, to the dismay of those in
attendance. Students responded
by trying to obstruct the firefighters' access to the bonfire.
"They were playing music, everything was peaceful. What happened was, there was a bonfire,
the police came, and eventually
the fire trucks came," said UBC
student Andrew Witt.
"Eventually people blocked
the firemen from pouring water
on the fire...two people were subsequently forced on the ground,"
said Witt. "One person's face was
shoved in the water, she couldn't
move, the officer had his forearm
pressing down on her, eventually
another person was thrown away
into a cop car."
The women in the water was
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP External Stefanie Ratjen.
"I had serious concerns about
some of the conduct of the firemen and police officers, and that
is why I approached the police
officers and the firemen and I
said 'why are you here and what
are you doing?' because they had
been pushing people out of the
way very aggressively and very
After Ratjen was detained,
approximately a dozen students
proceeded to encircle the police
cruiser in which she was going to
be placed in order to prevent her
from being taken away.
People are free to protest. ..but should [it] be
that people are impeded
and police officers
areassulted, it gets a
litte more serious.
Staff Sgt. Kevin Kenna
"People then linked arms, to
block the car, and we were able to
negotiate her release," said Witt.
The group then decided
to surround a second police
vehicle, however by this point,
police backup from both the campus RCMP detachment and the
Vancouver Police Department arrived, precipitating the arrest of
approximately 19 more students,
one of which was the recently
released Ratjen. At this time, the
situation had attracted a substantial crowd of onlookers.
"People surrounded the
car, and then squad cars from
Vancouver, Richmond, all over
see "Arrests" | page 03
Will Block Party live up to ACF legacy?
by James Johnson
Culture Staff
Earlier this school year, when it
was revealed that the annual end-
of-theyear festival and concert
Arts County Fair was cancelled
after 16 years, it shocked the
student body. To this day, there
is still anguish over its demise,
with a Facebook group in its honour still going strong.
The Alma Mater Society
(AMS), however, was sympathetic to this void. In its wake,
they picked up the torch and
created the AMS Block Party. Its
fruits will be seen this Friday,
April 11th, the last day of classes,
when Maclnnes Field will play
host to bands Stars, The Most
Serene   Republic,   Wintersleep,
and Vancouver based funk-party
band Five Alarm Funk. There
will also be a number of county
fair-type carnival games, Guitar
Hero/Dance Dance Revolution
outlets, and the ubiquitous beverage gardens. But the question on
the tip of many students' tongue
remains: how will it compare to
the venerated Arts County Fair?
On that question, AMS programming and events manager
Shea Dahl is matter-of-fact: "The
Block Party is not meant to be
Arts County Fair by any stretch,
it's meant to be a central location
for students to go on the last day
of classes, and to have a good
time, to see a good show."
Dahl elaborates on how
Block Party will deviate from its
spiritual predecessor. "I think a
better comparison would be the
Welcome Back barbecue. It's
modelled strongly on the success
of that event, in terms of attendance, financial sustainability,
and also in terms of community
response. It's an event that the
campus RCMP have found far
less problems with than have
happened at Arts County."
ACF disciples should not
despair, however. Despite its
smaller scale, hopes from those
involved are high. For his part,
Thomas Towers, conga player
for Five Alarm Funk and 2ndyear
UBC Forestry student, remains
buoyant as he draws comparisons between the two events.
"It's sort of going up against a
see "Block Party" | page 12
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Dead Bunny Alternative
Stand-up Comedy
Where: Lamplighter Pub House
Time: 9:00 PM
Cost: $7 at the door
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Pictorialism and the
Photograph as Art,
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When: February 2- April 27
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
Cost: Students $10.50
Peace Girl: A Fundraiser
for Northern Uganda
Where: Liu Institute,
Multipurpose Room
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
AMS Block Party
When: Friday, April 11
Where: Maclnnes Field
Time: 11:00:8-:00
What: Get drunk ACF style, sans
Guy Debord and ACF | page 07
UBC year-end review | page 08
Farm Troubles: Opinion I page ii
Underground Boxing | page i 5 2  | News
THStteYSSEY I April 8th, 2008
Both Phi Delta Theta House (left) and the Alpha Delta Phi House (centre) might have a hard time hosting social events due after proposed capacity cuts.
Frat houses face drastic capacity cuts
Surprise plans by Campus and Community Planning may cut the residences' capacities in half
by Jordan Chittley
News Staff
The seven fraternities residing in UBC's
fraternity village have
been informed that total
house occupancy may
soon be reduced to 100
people at any one time.
On April 1st member
fraternities received an
e-mail from UBC Campus and Community
Planning's Chief Building Official Eddie Ho
that outlined a pending
The new regulation
for fraternity houses,
which typically house
between 25 and 50 students, could restrict parties and philanthropic
events commonly held
in the fraternity village.
Fraternity Village
Strata received the
notice from Ho, which
was then sent to the
InterFraternity Council
(IFC) press relations of
ficer Brady Gordon and
was asked to be sent to
fraternity members.
Gordon said there
is suspicion among the
Strata that UBC administration and RCMP have
been meeting without
members of the Fraternity Village Strata to discuss changes to fraternity houses regulations.
IFC President Azim
Wazeer is trying to investigate the reason for
the capacity reduction.
The email cited changes
in fire safety regulations, but Wazeer can't
understand how or why
these regulations would
suddenly change.
"I'm kind of confused myself," said Wazeer. "There are these
theories of people trying
to infringe on the experience of a Greek on campus and infringe on the
experience of students
at large."
Today Wazeer will be
sitting down with Staff
Sgt. Kevin Kenna of the
UBC RCMP detachment
to discuss the reasons
and legality for the possible change.
Kenna said the
decision was made
by UBC Campus and
Community Planning
following a review and
discussion with the fire
"The first thing that
comes to mind is the
war on fun," said Wazeer. "Of course there
could be the reason that
people suddenly got
smarter about housing
and maybe it is more
risky than we previously
Built in 2003, the
fraternity houses currently have a maximum
occupancy of between
200 and 250 people
based on the size and
design of each house.
With these numbers,
fraternities are able to
host events that generate income and interest
in the Greek system.
Reducing the buildings' capacities to a
maximum of 100 individuals could drastically
affect fraternity life—especially as the houses
already have from 25 to
50 residents.
"The initial design
of the fraternity village
obviously took into account fraternity-related
activities and lifestyle,"
said Wazeer.
"I'm pretty sure the
architect and the designer would have taken
[that] into account. They
would have realized the
need for a higher occupant load."
Of such activities,
frat parties are typically
what comes to mind
when one thinks of high-
occupancy events. "The
fact of the matter is that
[parties are] one of the
elements   of  fraternity
life," said Wazeer.
Wazeer also gives
the example of philanthropy events held
in fraternity houses,
such as Delta Gambling
where proceeds go to
charity. If this event was
held under the pending regulations, fewer
people would be able to
attend and less money
would be generated for
Currently, nothing
has been confirmed
with the new regulations as lawyers for the
fraternities are inquiring into the legality of
the prospective change.
Gordon said that if
the planned regulations
are imposed it will reduce the likelihood of attaining a special events
license in the future. All
fraternities must receive
a special events license
in order to host a philanthropy event or party
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News i  3
CI was really blown away by the techniques and amount of force-Stefanie Ratjen
from "Arrests" | page oi
the lower mainland, they started
arresting people...25, 30, 40 arrested," said Witt.
Witness accounts and photos
of the incident show police using
significant force to detain an number of students, many of whom
were seen being forced on their
stomachs, with their face in the
pavement and handcuffed with
According to witnesses, it
took two full police wagons and a
number of other police vehicles,
including squad cars and trucks,
to transport all the detained to
"I was really blown away by the
techniques and amount of force,
and just negatively impressed by
the unecessarity of the force, and
just the fact that there were 20
arrests over a very very peaceful
protest," said Ratjen.
Afterwards, a number of students decided to follow police
downtown to try and find out
where the arrested were being
held. A limited number of students
were released over the early hours
of Saturday morning, however
many were held overnight.
The 19 individuals held over
night, almost all of whom were
UBC students, spoke with a BC
justice of the peace on Saturday
afternoon after first meeting with
their lawyers. All 19 were charged
with at least one count of either assaulting a police officer, resisting
arrest, or obstruction of a police
Most will appear in court again
on April 15th, while a limited few
are set to appear in court on the
16th and 17th of this month.
Despite claims of police brutality by some in attendance of
Knoll Aid 2.0 on Friday and calls
for a public inquiry by campus
social activist group Students for a
Democratic Society, the head ofthe
RCMP on campus, Staff Sgt. Kevin
Kenna, said he was satisfied with
how the police handled the event.
Protestors block a police car in order to prevent the arrest of a fellow student. Shortly after, most of those blocking the car were arrested for obstruction of justice. Stephanie Ratjen,VP External of the AMS, was among those who were arrested as she protested against the police.
"People are free to protest, and
as long as they do it in a lawful
manner and they don't impede
other people or commit criminal
offences, there's never a problem
with it. But should [it] be that
people are impeded and police officers are assaulted, it gets a little
more serious."
On Sunday, UBC VP External,
Legal and Community Relations
Stephen Owen released a statement on behalf of the University:
"The events are the arrest of
19 people on our Vancouver campus on the night of Friday, April
4th are most disturbing, and work
is underway in the university
community to understand what
occurred and to deal with the implications." \a
From approximately 4 to 5pm, eight members of the Ubyssey, each armed with 25 ballots,
headed out to the following locations on campus:
Woodward Building (2 locations)
Student Union Building (2 locations)
East Bus Loop
Gage Residences
Koerner Library
Buchanan Buildings
Pollsters asked students if they would fill out a survey to give their thoughts about the protests and arrests that happened Friday night at UBC. No students were allowed to take the
survey if they went up to our pollsters and asked to take part. The questions and allowed
responses are as you see them on this page. SEE BELOW.
Polling the student body
I agree with the mission of Knoll Aid 2.0: name- II I believe the RCMP and the other police force
ly, to protest against the commercialization of      I present used excessive force in dealing with
UBC and the protection of public space. I those at the Knoll Aid 2.0 protest.
Strongly Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly
^;"agree Agree
186 respondents
1 support the knoll Aid 2.0 protesters'actions.
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188 respondents
1 support calls for a public inquiry into police
action at Knoll Aid 2.0
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192 respondents
VP External Stephanie Ratjen was a key participant in the protest and charge. 1 believe that
this behavior is appropriate for student lobby
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187 respondents 4  i News
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Deadline fast approaching for First Nations
school, layoffs continue in lieu of federal
government funding
by Angela Wilson
CUP Atlantic Bureau Chief
WOLFVILLE (CUP)-The deadline is looming for the future
of the First Nations Technical
Institute (FNTI), a post-secondary school on the Tyendinaga
Mohawk Territory in Ontario.
Earlier this year, FNTI was
forced to issue layoff notices to
its staff in case the Institute was
forced to shut its doors on April
1st due a cut in funding from the
federal government.
Those layoff notices still
stand as of March 28th, as the
Institute has been unable to secure the $ 1.5 million in funding
that it needs to open its doors
next year.
Tim Thompson, President
of FNTI, is hopeful that the provincial government will soon
step forward to fill the funding
gap, saying that "FNTI will come
through this alright."
He said that, over the last
three weeks, he has been able to
participate in productive meetings with both the Ontario and
federal government, which he
believes have helped both governments better understand the
specific challenges FNTI faces.
Although the cut in funding
came from the federal government, FNTI is looking to the provincial government to step up,
as Ottawa has made it clear that
they believe FNTI is provincial
The federal government contributed $2 million to FNTI this
year, but are only prepared to
offer $500,000 next year.
In their proposed budget, FNTI had requested $2.5
Thompson hopes his meetings with the Ontario government over the last few weeks
will result in some type of intervention so that the Institute may
continue to operate next year.
However, when asked about
their plans for FNTI, the government of Ontario did not mention
any funding intervention.
Rather, they affirmed that
they have already made a $22.6
million investment in Aboriginal postsecondary education
and training for the 2007-2008
year and that, since 2003, they
have more than tripled their investment in the Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy's
Start-Up Development Fund
by investing an additional $2
"The government of Ontario
is committed to providing accessible, high-quality education
and training to  First Nations
people," commented Janis Tom-
kinson, spokesperson for the
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.
Meanwhile, Thompson
points to FNTI's unique place in
Ontario's post-secondary education environment as the reason
the Institute is so important.
"FNTI represents true diversity
in post-secondary education in
Ontario," he said.
"Our efforts are focused on
ensuring that indigenous students succeed—that is our entire
focus. We've introduced teaching techniques, course content,
and a learning environment
that is proving to be successful
to our learners. All those things
add to the diversity of Ontario's
PSE programs."
While the staff remain un-
Our efforts are focused on ensuring
that indigenous students succeed—that
is our entire focus
Tim Thompson,
President of FNTI
der layoff notices, FNTI has
developed contingency plans
to ensure that students who
are presently enrolled will be
able to finish the current year.
Thompson said an inability to
secure funding will force the
Institute to close because they
are already working on a bare
bones budget.
In 2004, when FNTI experienced other cuts to their funding, the Institute was forced to
lay off 18 staff members.
"We are still trying to make
up that difference," Thompson
said, noting that there is a large
demand for the services that
FNTI provides to the indigenous
Even if FNTI secures funding
for next year, Thompson notes
that the damaging effect that the
financial problems the Institute
has experienced this year might
have in the future.
"It creates an image that we
are unstable," he said, although
he also commented that the
confidence they enjoy from
the community and from students who are enrolled has not
"We have only lost one
student so far, and this was
because the student's financial
aid agency would not give funding for the year because they
questioned the stability of the
Institute," Thompson said. vl
The government of Ontario is committed to
providing accessible, high-quality education and training to First Nations people,"
Janis Tomkinson,
Spokesman for the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs April 8th, 2008 i THE UBYSSEY
News |  5
MP calls on students to combat slavery in Sudan
A Sudanese man prays in front of the Nile River. Sudan has been crippled by civil conflict since 1983, when violence between groups from the North and South ofthe country broke out.
by Alison Bailey
News Writer
The humanitarian catastrophe
the is Sudan has finally begun
to receive some of the attention
it deserves from the global community in recent years. Yet still
lost amongst the colossal pain
and suffering Sudan has endured
is the dehumanizing slave trade
still suffocating the war-weary
African nation.
Students packed room 185 of
the I.K. Barber Learning Centre
on the afternoon of Friday, March
28th, for a forum that brought the
ongoing slave trade in Sudan to
the front of their minds, even if
for only a few hours.
Hosted by UBC's chapter of
Students Taking Action Now:
Darfur (STAND) Canada, the
event featured keynote speaker
Glen Pearson, MP for London
North Centre in Ontario. UBC
was Pearson's last stop on a
cross-country tour meant to raise
national awareness of the growing Sudanese crisis.
Pearson told the story of how
he and his wife, Jane Roy, came
to begin working for the abolishment of slavery in Sudan in
1998. They continue to work for
the country on both a personal
and parliamentary level today.
Before taking on his current
role as Liberal MP in London
North Centre, Pearson served
his community as a firefighter
as well as director of a food bank
in London, a job he and his wife
still carry on with. While at the
fire station one day, Pearson saw
the picture of a woman who had
formerly been a slave in Sudan
on the cover of Life magazine.
This was the catalyst that urged
Pearson and his wife to find out
"I like to firefight because
there's a fire, and we just go
and put it out—You know what
I mean?...you put the wet stuff
on the hot stuff, and that's basically what's supposed to end it,
right?" said Pearson. "But I have
learned that society—they would
rather kind of sit around and talk
about how to do it. Or there's
others that often are quite cyni
cal who will come to meetings
and say, "Uh, you can't make any
Pearson's response to these
cynics: "I can tell you you're a
hundred percent wrong. And I
can tell you a hundred thousand
stories as to why that's the case...
We went there because we heard
there was slavery—this is back
in 1998. So we went and we
investigated, and we discovered
from speaking with [the] United
Nations...that slavery not only existed in Sudan, but was actually
being perpetrated by the government of Sudan. They had all
sorts of testimonies, and all sorts
of other things. We all knew it,
kind of, but now here came the
UN with all the evidence..."
How does a firefighter go
about acting on this?
"I was the food bank director
and I was a firefighter. Now we
thought, 'what are we going to do
about this now that we've discovered it?'
"We decided we would just
go back to Canada, and much
like we had done with the food
bank—they talk about poverty
issues—but really rather than
trying to do something really
sophisticated, we would just use
the media to put it out there—to
set the table, and see how the
public would respond."
And respond they did. After
sending out press releases and
holding a press conference to
which local and national stations
came to hear Pearson and Roy
announce their new initiative on
slavery in Sudan, media interest and support from the public
"We were asked to go on The
National with Peter Mansbridge,
and we talked about it, and within
a 24 hour period, $80,000 came
in from Canadians..At that moment all these cheques came to
our house [in] London, Ontario...
people from everywhere in Canada were sending cheques, best
wishes, all those kind of things to
say, 'do something about this.'"
According to the video that
opened the forum, it cost 50,000
Sudanese pounds ($75 Canadian) to free one slave—and buying
them their freedom was Pearson
and Roy's method of achieving
an end to Sudanese slavery.
Pearson continues, "Over the
[first] four years, I think average
people like me—I made a difference. I did. And my wife did
more than me. But it was the
people who were donating that
were actually driving the engine
and making it work."
Macleans and CBC joined
Pearson and Roy on their first
trip, and since then, Maclean's
has gone twice more, CBC once
more. CTV, CNN, the BBC, and
NBC have also travelled to Sudan
with the couple.
Over those four years, Pearson and Roy freed 10,400 slaves
One year ago last January, eight
years after Pearson and Roy began their work and after the war
in Sudan had ended, they brought
over fifteen people from Canada
with them to the country. On this
trip, they built eight schools in
Sudan, worked with the slaves
that had been freed, and started
a water project among other development-based initiatives.
"But in the course of that, one
person came [to us] we hadn't
met before, and they said, 'look
it—we just saw a whole bunch
of people...who are living in a
bunch of slums. We don't know
what we can do to help them.
Since you're here, [will you
go and see them]?' So we said
'sure'..And in these slums in
this region of south Sudan, were
100,000 people-with hardly
any clothes, no food, no cooking
utensils, no medicines—no anything, and they were from Darfur...We all came back after that
experience devastated, including
me, by what we had seen. So the
team all sat around the fire one
night and they said, 'What are we
gonna do?' You know, we've got
these other programs that we're
gonna do. Maybe we can provide some humanitarian relief to
these Darfur refugees, but what
are we gonna do?"
Upon asking this question,
the group came up with a plan.
"They said, 'we'll go ahead
and keep working on the projects
that we're working on here, and
Glen will go back to Parliament
and will challenge the prime
minister to provide the money to
help the refugees.'"
"What a great idea," says
Pearson. "The problem is, that
whole thing rested on me."
At this point, he had just been
elected as MP for London North
Centre. Despite this incredible
responsibility, Pearson agreed.
So he came to Ottawa, and
in his first speech in the House
of Commons, he "looked right
across the aisle at the prime
minister and I told him about the
hundred thousand people..And
I said, 'prime minister, I know
that you care about Darfur, but I
know you need to do more. So,
while you're figuring out what
it is that you're gonna do, could
you help these people? These
people have come into an area
that you...could help directly and
right now. It's a life and death
matter, so I'm asking you, Stephen Harper, please be serious
about this.' And he looked at
me the whole time and didn't
take his gaze away and nothing
Following this disappointment, Pearson had a press conference with Stephane Dion, and
another with Romeo Dallaire so
that pressure on the government
would not fade.
But a month later, Pearson
learned that 14,000 of the people in the slums had died from
He felt like he had failed, and
discouraged by his lack of effect
on government, even considered
resigning from his position as
MP. It was his wife who told him
he couldn't quit. They needed
his voice.
The discouragement, however, was not over. Upon returning to Sudan last January
accompanied by two students
from STAND, as well as some
high school students, Pearson
found that there were 100,000
more refugees.
"It just seemed so desperate,
and I just didn't know what I was
going to do. So when we came
back from seeing them, I went to
United Nations officials and I re
quested the meeting, and I said,
'I would just like to apologize to
you for having failed. You gave
me the budget, I tried, I stood up
in the House of Commons , but
it was not effective at all,' and I
broke down."
The officials looked at him,
quizzically. "We don't know
what you're talking about," they
said. "You stood up on February
1st in parliament...On February
2nd, we got a call from the prime
minister's office."
Pearson was told that there
would be a three million dollar
budget devoted to Sudan, and
they would receive most of the
money this year, in 2008.
Despite this good news, Pearson was shocked that he was not
told of this before—the funding
was announced the day before
he returned from a trip.
Pearson attributes this to
belonging to a different political
party than the prime minister,
and while he says politicians do
this regardless of what party they
are a part of, Pearson says it's
wrong. Darfur is not an election
However, Pearson says that
things are changing—that he and
Harper have since spoken, and
the prime minister is thinking of
an envoy.
Pearson recently learned that
the foreign affairs minister is
currently in Sudan, when there
were no plans for him to go.
He reminds his listeners to
"be fair, be understanding that
the government of Canada is the
fourth largest contributor to Darfur. Remember that...So before
you punch Stephen Harper in the
face, he's put even more money
than Paul Martin did towards
it, and this isn't about humani-
tarianism—this is about justice.
This is about human rights. And
we need the prime minister, and
a Liberal leader, an NDP leader
and a Bloc leader, and a Green
leader to all stand up together
and say, 'we'll put all that junk
aside, and work together with
this prime minister to stand up
and call other nations to act on
Darfur, and I guarantee you it
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Culture i  7
Arts County Fair: decadent, depraved, dull
A guide to Guy Debord
and the construction of
by Rowan Melltng
Culture Writer
"Presented with the choice between
love and a garbage disposal unit,
young people today opt for garbage disposal units."
—Guy Debord
37 years after Hunter S. Thompson declared that "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and
Depraved," UBC had its last Arts
County Fair. The fair embodied
this spirit of bestial degeneracy.
But the "puffy, drink-ravaged,
disease-ridden caricature" that
Thompson became, when flung
into the midst of a wolf-pack
of vicious gamblers, seems far
more appealing than did the passive attendants of ACF last year.
What has changed? The depraved
beasts are still here, but we are
disturbingly 'healthy.'
As I left the fair in the glum
cold of lastyear, I looked into the
eyes of the mob stumbling with
me. This was no pack of animalistic drunks spontaneously becoming beasts in a depraved orgy.
We were bored, driven to this
ordered and spectacular festival
because it had been constructed
for us, because this is what is
done on this day of the year. The
seasoned drinkers among us
looked with scorn at those who
collapsed from a full day's drink.
Their drinking skill was of no
interest to us, only their lack of
savagery. We disdained them for
merely stepping into the role of
the mangled undergraduate for
a day. Yet in the end, we were all
guilty ofthe same crime. We had
not embraced the spontaneous
activity of participating in and
thereby creating the festival. No,
we had let the constructed festival
create us in the image of its prefabricated participants.
How can the drunks among us
become authentically depraved
savages worthy of Thompson's
legacy? How can others realize
their desires, whatever they may
be? And is this kind of authentic
spontaneity even possible? The
French Marxist philosopher/artist Guy Debord addressed issues
similar to these in the 1960s,
arguing that we can construct
our own "situations," moments
of experience that are divorced
from familiar rules and images
that are more open to individual
participation and creativity.
Debord and his avant-garde
group, the Situationist International, constructed these situations in opposition to both the
unreality of a boring consumer
society   mediated   by   images,
which they coined "the spectacle,"
and to the imposed dominance
of urban architecture. Why does
a dead French Marxist matter to
you, UBC student? Because this
year ACF is gone, and with it
could also go the imagistic tradition that gently suggests what
one is supposed to do on the last
day of classes. Taken further, Guy
Debord's ideas herald the death
of boredom at the primal hand of
individual creativity.
Guy Debord, capitalism and
Guy Debord was born a Frenchman in 19 31 and like many other
Frenchmen, he enjoyed drink and
revolutionary activity. Debord
saw revolutions as festivals
where people come together with
the aim of fulfilling their desires.
These revolutionary festivals,
which could range from protests
to dances, are also what Debord
termed 'situations.' Ironically,
his vision of revolution was not
so different from what ACF could
potentially be.
Is ACF more trite if I genuinely lust for strong drink and
music? Not necessarily. Debord
argued that people often do not
take responsibility for their own
desires, but rather have their desires presented to them by others
in varied and self-confining forms
such as consumer products and
nationalism. A situation is a mo
ment of lived experience in which
someone rejects these limited
choices and creatively realizes
personal desires.
For Debord, the most insidious and prevalent crusher of
human creativity was "the spectacle," which he defined as "a social
relation among people, mediated
by images." The spectacle is an
advanced phase of commodity
fetishism, where the obsession
with selling consumer goods is
so intense that society is geared
towards creating the desire for
these products. In Debord's
analysis, this is done through the
use of images. For example, convincing someone of the need for
a civilian hummer in a dense urban area is not achieved through
emphasising its practicality as an
object, but rather by suggesting
that its owner will attain a certain
appearance that is 'essential' to
his identity.
The world of commodity
purchasing is presented as rich
and free, a world in which there
are few restrictions and an
abundance of choices. But these
choices are not created by the
individual; they are presented to
them. If people allow themselves
to be seduced by this limited
smorgasbord, then we'll have garbage-disposal-units for sex partners, as Debord said. Love cannot
be packaged and sold, so what do
good capitalists care for it? What
place can it have on the vast buffet of consumer choices?
This is boring, and this
sculpting of desire does not lurk
only in obvious media outlets
such as advertising. ACF, for
instance, became an idea that
people attempted to live up to,
rather than an event that people
created anew every year. And
worst of all for us this week, this
boredom and willingness to be
shaped breeds unsavoury drinking companions.
What is to be done (at "AMS
Block Party" and beyond)?
The most important thing to draw
from Guy Debord is not that capitalism infringes on individuals'
desires, or that Western people
are no longer creative, but rather
that reflection on desire is imperative. I enjoy a full day of solid
drinking. But this is because I am
a drunkard, not because some
people started doing it at UBC in
the 90s. I have no criticism for
the pagan drunks among us, nor
for heavy readers or those who
gorge on sweets. If you love the
drink, become a depraved savage for this end-of-year-festival.
But do not propagate boredom by
waiting for a set of options to be
foisted on you by profiteers.
I think we can all learn something about individual responsibility from Thompson: "Buy the
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Year in Review .  9
October 11th, 2007
Issue 11
Towards the beginning of this
year, the Ubyssey was able to obtain a series of photos showing two
uniformed officers cavorting with
a group of women said to be between 19 and 20. The two women,
later found to be Irish students on
exchange, were said to have solicited the officers for photographs.
The story went nationwide, being picked up by the likes of Global
and the CBC, sparking a debate
on appropriate conduct for police
ACF Cancelled
November 23rd, 2007
Issue 23
Citing the inability to make ends
meet due to increasing costs and
decreasing attendance, the Arts
Undergraduate Society decided to
give up the County Fair, ending
a 14 year tradition. Student reaction at the time was overwhelmingly negative. Many cited ACF as
a highlight of their time at UBC,
and fear was expressed that the
replacement party planned by the
AMS would be unable to capture
the same aura of student community that ACF was.
This Friday the AMS will be
hosting its replacement to ACF, the
AMS Block Party. Tickets are on
sale now for $15.
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March 18th, 2008
Issue 47
At their annual meeting this January, the National Collegiate Athletic Association decided to allow
Canadian schools to begin applying for membership immediately.
UBC has already set up a 'review
group' to determine whether
NCAA membership is something
worth pursuing, however if the
comments of Athletic Director Bob
Philip has been making over the
past two years are any indication,
UBC could find itself competing in
the NCAA as soon as 2010.
However, amidst all the rumours and speculation surrounding the what will certainly be the
biggest decision in the history of
UBC Athletics, is the small fact that
the invite extended by the NCAA
was only for Canadian universities
to join Division II, a league which
houses NONE of the big-name
schools that people were hoping
UBC would get to begin playing on
a regular basis.
But according to Philip, UBC's
ultimate goal, should it decide to
make the switch from its current
league, Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS), would be to eventually
join the ranks of the NCAA's Division I, home to the ranks of Ohio
State, Washington, UCLA, and
yesterday's NCAA men's basketball
tournament champion Kansas.
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UBC SkyTrain Line
December 4th, 2007
Issue 26
In early 2008, BC Premier Gordon
Campbell announced that the province would be earmarking $2.8
billion for a rapid transit line to the
UBC campus, among other transit
improvements throughout the province aimed at reducing greenhouse
gases, slated to cost approximately
$14 billion. Talk of a SkyTrain line
to UBC has been ongoing for years,
however construction isn't slated to
start for a fewyears. This was the first
time a formal announcement was
made and money was promised.
Mayor Sam Sullivan has made
the Evergreen line to UBC part of his
platform in the upcoming municipal
election. One of his competitors for
NPA leader, Peter Ladner, has also
claimed to support rapid transit to
UBC, though he is more concerned
about feasibility. Other political
parties have not commented on the
Bulldozers and Broken
January 8th, 2008
Issue 28
The Wreath Underground, in response to the bulldozing and paving of the ongoing protest at Trek
Park, smashed several buildings
of the Ponderosa complex, as
well as the Old Administration
Building. The group, who released a manifesto to the Ubyssey
and other media outlets, claimed
that it was targeting the offices
of members of the administration and the Board of Governors.
Members of the Trek Park movement itself expressed concern
about the violent nature of the
The ongoing Trek Park protest
resumed, despite the bulldozing.
Plans to incorporate the Knoll
in the new SUB plans have gone
forward, and with the SUB Renew
referendum passing, the Knoll
will likely remain a permanent
part of UBC.
September 7th, 2007, April 8th, 2008
Issue 03, Issue 52
The first week of school always
brings new things to campus, and
this year was no different. Trek
Park, a motley assortment of sod,
slogans, and structures, was set
up near the Grassy Knoll to let
students know about impending
plans for redevelopment of University Boulevard, which include
the destruction of the Grassy
Knoll outside the SUB. Campus
RCMP soon got in a shouting
match with Trek Park activists.
An all-day festival, Knoll Aid, was
held at the site in October. It was
marred, however, by the fact that
the park had been abandoned by
activists for weeks, left to rot in
the fall Vancouver rain. The park
was eventually dismantled by the
University in December, angering
its supporters. It reemerged in
the spring, and was eventually the
site of a major confrontation with
police, spoiling the end of a daylong benefit concert.
February 1st, 2008
Issue 36
An ordinary day on campus took
a frightening turn for hundreds of
UBC students on January 30th, as
police descended on the Biological Sciences Building and locked
it down due to a security threat,
trapping those inside. While they
were eventually released three
hours later, questions remained
in the days following as to what
the nature of the threat was, and
why the RCMP refused to divulge
any information about the event.
Thankfully, it appeared that the
situation was given closure when
nineteen year-old UBC student
Hwi Lee was arrested a month
later and charged with two counts
of uttering threats and two counts
of mischief.
Well, we still don't know what
Lee did or said that justified trapping students and professors in
the BioSci building for over three
hours. But when our parents
heard the news on TV, it gave
them an excuse to phone us and
ask if we were safe.
SUB: Renewed
April 4th, 2008
Issue 51
We'll be getting a new Student
Union Building and the existing
SUB will be renovated. Students
went to the polls in March to vote
on increasing tuition to fund the
renewal. The referendum, which
passed with 54.1 per cent of the
vote, will result in a $ 10 hike next
year that will increase incrementally until 2017 when it reaches
its $110 maximum.
The SUB Renew project will
expand the SUB's capacity to
cope with the 25,000 extra students that use it now compared
with when it was originally built
in the 1960s. The addition will
include extra space for clubs and
socializing as well as upgraded
sustainability. The design of
the buildings has not yet been
Lougheed and democracy
February 15th, 2008
Issue 40
Where to start? In protest of having
to write his student number on the
back of his ballots, Alex Lougheed
cast multiple ballots in the AMS
elections. One problem: He was
also running for the position of
VP-Academic, ended up winning...
and didn't feel the need to tell
people about what he did. Though
the votes didn't count, an appeal to
Student Court by Nathan Crompton
followed, and after weeks of waiting, Student Court decided that
Lougheed should be thrown out of
office. However three hours after
the decision had been made, AMS
Council decided to overturn the
Court's ruling by a 23-8 margin,
leaving Lougheed in power and a
vocal group of students upset that
the AMS thumbed its collective
nose at Student Court.
The decision exposed the sharp
divide in AMS Council between
those who felt that casting multiple
ballots was a big deal, and those
who just wanted to move on. Many
a flame war on the interwebs ensued out of the controversy. It
seemed as though Crompton and
his supporters would continue
their fight against Lougheed—but
then a little incident at Trek Park
timeless feat
February 5th, 2008
Continuing an engineering tradition with infamous UBC flair, UBC
engineers mounted a dual pronged
attack on Vancouver to kick-off
Engineer Week 2008 on February 5. Echoing the internationally
covered stunt of a painted-red VW
beetle with a Canadian flag and a
painted "E" hung from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the
engineers dangled yet another VW
beetle off the Lion's Gate Bridge.
As well, they painted red Stanley
Park's 9 O'clock Gun, a recurring
victim of their hijinks.
Vancouver Police Department
Constable Tim Fanning condemned the engineers endeavors,
though the ritual shows no signs
of stopping now. The makeover
given to the gun might not have
been the most well received idea
the engineers ever had. Nor was
the VW hanging the most original.
We're holding out for something
fresh next year, not that we condone this sort of "mischievous"
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Golf gone native
November 13th, 2007
Issue 20
In mid November, ownership
of the University Golf Course
along with several other sections
of Pacific Spirit Regional Park
transferred to the Musqueam
First Nations band as part of a
land claims settlement between
the Musqueam and the provincial
government. Along with the land,
the government also returned
$20.3 million to the band. While
the new agreement does give the
Musqueam title to the golf course,
it also requires the Musqueam
to maintain the land for golf use
until 2083.
While the government and the
Musqueam both agree thatthe land
was taken from the band illegally,
the story sparked controversy
amongst Vancouverites, especially those concerned with preserving park space. Musqueam chief
Ernie Campbell later stressed the
importance of the transfer. "Our
top priority is housing...and not
relying on government handouts.
This brings economic opportunity
to our community...We're becoming more self-sufficient." 10 i Advertisement
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The referenda questions have passed.
This fabulous outcome is not the product of any one person, but of hundreds of people,
including AMS staff, UBC staff and students who volunteered their time drafting up the
referenda, answering the surveys, promoting the referenda and becoming engaged. I
would like to personally thank everyone who has been involved in this process; each
individual contributed.
The referenda results are as follows:
Overall turnout: 44%
Total votes: 18,446
U-Pass renewal   NO: 500 YES: 17,945; 97.2% in favour
Bylaw reforms   NO: 1284 YES: 4357; 77.3% in favour
WUSC (student refugee subsidy) NO: 2162 YES: 8363; 79.4% in favour
SUB renewal fee   NO: 6228 YES: 7342; 54% in favour
The shear amount of votes really shows us that these issues are of concern for students.
Aside from the previous U-Pass referendum three years ago, this is the largest voter
turnout the AMS has ever had for a referendum. Thank you to all ofthe students who
voiced their opinions.
The AMS is looking forward from here and is very excited for what this means for the
upcoming year. We are working to have an architectural competition next year where
students can vote on which design they like best. After that, we will move onto the
construction phase and hope to break ground within two years.
If you have any questions regarding the SUB Renew process, feel free to contact
Tristan Markle, AMS VP Administration, at vpadmin@ams.ubc.ca
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The AMS Lighter Footprint Strategy
The strategy was brought to council and passed UNANIMOUSLY.
What does this mean? That the AMS has approved a framework for taking action to
reducing our environmental impact. The strategy includes targets and proposed
actions to meet them. If you are curious about the content, join the
facebook group AMS Lighter Footprint Strategy or search AMS
Lighter Footprint Strategy on the AMS website.
Look for an upcoming posting for a Sustainability Coordinator.
Questions? email sustainability@ams.ubc.ca
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in April until April 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Jewelry, clothing, hair accessories,
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Summer Marketplace is back this May 2008.
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Opinion 111
Why the UBC Farm
is valuable
by Andrea Morgan
As UBC seeks to become a model
university for the rest of the
world, one has to wonder why a
completely unique educational
centre, the UBC Farm, is being
considered for market housing
development. The Centre for
Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS)
and the UBC Farm give UBC and
Vancouver at large the opportunity to show the world how a
working urban farm provides
educational, social, economic,
and ecological sustainability to
its local communities. Unfortunately, however, "business as
usual" and short-term narrowed
visions are hacking away at this
Aside from being an irreplaceable academic research facility
for numerous UBC faculties, the
UBC Farm is the only working urban farm left in Vancouver. The
plots of land that have been cultivated for 40 years are dedicated
to UBC students, faculty, and
staff, Vancouver's Maya community, local Aboriginal community
kitchen gardens, children, and
any other community member
who happens to take interest.
The student-run market garden
produces and sells nutritious,
organically grown food that is in
such high demand that it sells
out within the first two hours.
Similarly, the community
supported agriculture (CSA) box
program has a growing waitlist
each year for people who are willing to pay in advance to have the
Farm's produce delivered. Not to
mention the Farm produces and
sells food to UBC outlets such
as PieR2 and Sprouts, as well as
several Vancouver restaurants.
The land that the Farm occupies
is valuable in more than just economic terms—the community,
social, and ecological benefits
the Farm provides can't be compared to the monetary value of
the land.
It is important to note that
BC's Agricultural Land Reserve
(ALR), which includes the UBC
Farm, is shrinking. This means
that the land you and I depend
on to produce food that is grown
nearby is being compromised.
The UBC Farm is just another
example of how the ALR is only
being thought of in an economic
pedagogy, ignoring and denying
the importance of localized food
The omnipresent argument
is that the needs of the University are changing, and indeed
they are.
But let's consider whose
"needs" would be satisfied in developing the UBC Farm: people
with money, and members of
very small, elitist, and heavily
invested interest groups wanting to see specific research and
development outcomes. The
needs of expanding bioscience
facilities and those of TRIUMF
for nuclear physics research
are also being prioritized over
the Farm in terms of land space
needed to conduct research. This
is a clear display of the biases
directing the opaque and closed-
door decisions being made with
obvious disregard for the Farm's
intrinsic value as more than a
research facility. I am not saying
that the needs of one research
facility are more important than
the other, but the principle of
The UBC Farm on a warm sunny day.
replacing quality arable land
(which is decreasing in BC), with
buildings that can go elsewhere
is regressive and irreversible.
Campus and Community
Planning, the people responsible for consulting, designing,
and presenting the plans for
campus development, do well at
boldly defending ways in which
we can develop South Campus
sustainably. What's funny about
the "sustainability" argument is
that the UBC Farm is the core of
an urban, localized food system,
which cuts carbon emissions.
UBC has explicitly committed to
taking steps toward becoming
carbon neutral; however, replacing, reducing, or changing the
Farm from its current form is
Sure, sustainably designed
buildings and communities
where people can work, eat, play,
and live within a close proximity is a nice idea; but when a viable, productive farm is reduced
to make room for things like
mega-supermarkets, one has to
wonder what UBC's real priorities are. The carbon emissions
supposedly saved by people
staying within their locality to
shop for and eat food is greatly
outweighed by the fossil fuels,
labour, distribution, packaging
expenses, and overall capitalistic
drain on society it takes to provide the products offered at an
average supermarket.
If UBC really wants to move
in a more "green" direction, they
should invest more in the Farm,
putting more plots into production for both research and product sales, furthering community-
based learning and education
about food sovereignty, food
security, and social justice.
It may appear that Campus
and Community Planning is trying to consider all of the aspects
and varying interests for the
land. However, the simple fact
that the Farm is never explicitly
mentioned or drawn in any maps
or plans regarding the future of
South Campus speaks for itself.
In fact, the Farm is conveniently
lumped into a "future housing
reserve" category. In essence, it
appears the idea, or "vision" of
development in this area has already successfully undermined
the Farm's value, or worse, flat
out denied its existence. Campus
and Community Planning states
that "environmental considerations must shine through on
every framework level" with
regards to development; apparently the most basic of these
"framework levels"—land—is
not included for environmental
Sustainability seems to the
buzzword of our time, especially
at UBC. The question is then,
do the people using it most arrogantly to defend development
actually have any idea what the
word means? The answer is a
clear "no." vl
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Block Party: Rockin party?
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mountain—but I think it's a little
more centrally located, the music is awesome with a lot of mass
appeal. I think people might be
pleasantly surprised with the
dance party we throw down for
them. It may not be Arts County,
but it's going to be one hell of a
party," Towers says.
As the inaugural Block Party,
Dahl is hesitant to commit to the
future of the AMS event. "It's
something we'll re-evaluate after
this year, depending on how it
goes. If it goes well I don't think
there's a reason it wouldn't continue in the future."
Towers is more optimistic.
"If Arts County isn't going to be
around, the student body is going
to need some kind of end-of-year
celebration, and if Block Party's
the next end-of-year celebration,
then hopefully it's got a nice,
long life ahead of it."
Although its future is uncertain, Towers touches on an important concept—even though student
life has hit a setback with ACF's
cancellation, there will always be
something in its stead to round
out another school year, vl
The real military: UBC
student tours CFB Comox
by Alex McCarter
Culture Writer
While on UBC campus, the Canadian Forces seem a world away.
Yet a person must only take a
ferry ride to the largest Air Force
base in Western Canada in Comox on Vancouver Island to realize just what a large presence the
military has in southern British
Last month, a group of five
UBC and two SFU students had
the opportunity to participate in
an Air Force Base familiarization
of CFB Comox organized by the
International Relations Student's
Association. The visitpersonified
the Air Force and changed how
many saw the military.
Our group was led by Lt Sandy Bourne, a 28 year-old woman
who owned a hippie van—not the
typical military stereotype. She,
like our group was there to learn
It's the first familiarization I
have done," she admitted on the
ferry ride over. Someone young
and fun was likely meant to give
to students someone to identify
with, to put the military more on
our level.
A familiarization is a tour given by the military to the public.
When asked what sort of people
go on familiarizations, she said
that "they do not regularly take
students, it's more commonly
business people."
I inquired why this was.
"Well this is the wrong word,
but we target the people who
can tell the most people so we
can have a better spread of
Upon arrival in Nanaimo,
we were picked up by a military
vehicle. We spent the night in
Comox, at the government rate,
and were picked up again the
next morning promptly at 9am
and taken to the base. The military is not something to show up
late for.
Upon arrival at the base
we went straight to the planes.
We were first introduced to the
Aurora by pilot Ray Townsend
and Air Navigator Don Jamont
It's a plane from the late 1970s
made for anti-submarine warfare during the Cold War era.
Today, it serves to protect Arctic
sovereignty, protect against illegal fishing, and will be used for
security in the 2010 games. With
such a significant role, what surprised me the most was the age
ofthe plane, almost 30 years old.
Cpt Townsend said that they had
been waiting for an update for
almost two years—just to outfit
the plane with a computer navigation system.
Lt Bourne commented on the
problem of funding, "A plane or a
ship is so expensive! By the time
you get the funding through, the
government has changed."
These planes were certainly
not what I envisioned in Air
Force planes. Where were the $3
billion fighter jets? On campus
there is a constant discussion
about the problem of military
spending. But based on the
base, it does not seem that the
Air Force is getting much of that
Initially our group was to
take a flight but all the planes
were busy. Bourne agreed that
this was disappointing noting,
"There are not that many planes
and they are responsible for the
entire coast."
Throughout the tour, everyone was very open, and unlike
popular campus opinion, no one
seemed to be hiding anything or
have a hidden agenda. The pilots
were open and relaxed; ready to
answer any question we might
have had. Trip organizer Katherine De Visser saw this too. "They
did not have an angle, they were
not trying to change opinions
and were just providing us with
the facts."
In the afternoon, we toured
the Search and Rescue squadron
station on the base. These are
the people who go into the mountains to saves hikers stranded on
mountaintops. BC has the busiest
rescue squadron in the country,
because ofthe varied terrain and
the temperate climate.
First, we toured a rescue
helicopter called a Cormorant.
This was certainly an impressive
piece of equipment, although the
pilots said, "We have actually had
more technical problems with
the new helicopters than the old
Buffalos from the 1960s."
The Buffalo was built in the
late 1960s to withstand everything, with no GPS. The pilot
joked, "The most technological
piece of equipment on this plane
is my watch." As a non-pilot this
unnerved me. Older than the Aurora by ten years, it seems in serious need of an update. Rather,
pilot Ryan Port seemed to think
the opposite, "With no computer,
I can fly the plane and know that
I am doing it all myself. You really have to know how to fly a
plane to fly this one."
With that, we had completed
the familiarization. Several ofthe
students exchanged emails with
the pilots afterwards. Perhaps
this might have been part of a recruiting agenda on the part ofthe
military, out to get the minds of
the youth. But it certainly didn't
seem so. The trip made the military more real. They were just
people, doing their job. \a April 8th, 2008 i THE UBYSSEY
Letters . 13
A fair voting system for the
After years of languishing
with the worst possible voting
system, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) finally has a voting
method that will truly reflect all
the preferences of its voters. Recently, AMS Council carried the
motion to change the society's
electoral code from a simple
first-past-the-post voting system
to preferential round-robin voting, also known as Condorcet
The essentials of this is that
now students will rank their
preferences instead of voting
for one person, and all preferences are taken into consideration equally in the counting
The result: no vote splitting
of any kind, and no strategic
voting. That means that you can
rank your preferred candidate
first, and still express a preference that will be counted with
regard to two perceived "front
runners". Through the ranked
ballot, every person basically
casts a vote in every possible
one-on-one matchup within the
race. The candidate that wins
against every other candidate
separately in one-on-one matchups is the Condorcet winner.
This has a few interesting
implications. First, this could
effect the nature of campaign
strategies in AMS executive
elections. Since in this system,
getting ranked ahead of a chief
adversary is worth votes (ie. second and third rankings can be
just as important as first place
rankings), candidates may try
to campaign in as inclusive a
strategy as possible instead of
catering toward specific voting
blocks in order to garner valuable second and third rankings.
From a technical perspective, the AMS will need some
new electronic tools: the online WebVote system that the
AMS currently uses through
the Student Services Centre is
incapable of implementing this
voting method.
Essentially, this is a small
step forward for democracy.
This   system  will   reflect  our
students' preferences more
truly than before. But there are
plenty of other, more fundamental problems to address in
the AMS democracy that can't
be fixed by some meticulous
code drafting and a good pitch
to AMS council. Frighteningly
low voter turnout, and shocking ignorance of many of those
that do vote, are problems that
fundamentally undermine the
AMS's mandate, participation,
and power. And only students
can change this.
—Maayan Kreitzman
Science 4
Silent majority ignored in
development controversy
It has become all too easy for
those covering the controversy
regarding the future of the
grassy knoll and of the campus
development plans to frame the
issue as a contest between the
interests of powerful developers
and university administrators
and those of helpless students.
This will likely continue with
the coverage ofthe disorder and
inevitable conflict that came as
a result of a clearly unsafe bonfire being lit in the middle of
campus last Friday.
That is a shame. The silent
majority of students recognize that their interests are
indeed served by a plan that
will improve transit efficiency,
add badly needed capacity
to a choked on-campus housing market, and improve the
sadly lacking retail choices on
campus. That same silent majority recognizes the value of a
respect for the rule of law and
the good men and women who
enforce it. They thankfully will
have very little sympathy for the
protesters who thought it would
be appropriate to interfere with
firefighters' doing the job they
were trained to do. Until this
weekend, "Trek Park" was little
more than a nuisance to most
students. Now it is fast becoming a symbol for the kind of unacceptable chaos and mob rule
that one hears about at certain
other universities. In light of
that, I doubt the majority will be
silent for much longer.
-Malcolm Michel Lavoie
Economics 4
Campus lacks spirited protest
by Amada Stutt
March 20th marked the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War.
During the days and months
between then and now, 4000
Americans and approximately
90,000 Iraqis have been killed
during combat operations (read:
shooting and bombing).
Many Canadians understandably feel disconnected
from these grim reports. We're
confused enough about what
we're doing in Afghanistan. It's
easy to look away.
But on the anniversary the
Ubyssey received a tip: student
protesters were conducting a
war protest march to commemorate the grim occasion.
Their reporters and cameraman rushed to cover the protest.
They returned shortly.
As reported in Tuesday's
Ubyssey, about twenty students
amassed outside the SUB, staged
a "die in", and then marched to
And that was it. Twenty
students, twenty minutes, and
the day continued as normal.
"That's not a real protest," I
complained loudly, having
looked forward hopefully to angry speeches and condemning
slogans. Come to think of it, I've
never seen a noteworthy protest
on this campus in all my five
I wanted to see hippies converge on Koerner square, erect
some tents, start some bonfires,
and eschew classes, rules and
the rain. I wanted passion and
anarchy, dammit. But there
aren't any real protests anymore—and I think I know why.
This campus hasn't known
a "serious" protest since APEC
in 1997, and we all know what
happened then. A few students
exercised a peaceful sit-in on
a public road and were threatened, manhandled, cuffed, and
pepper-sprayed by a paranoid
and unprepared police force on
national TV, while the University stood by and let it happen.
This all sent a chilling message to would-be protesters that
still resonates today. And all the
anti-war marches in the world
didn't stop Bush from ordering
the invasion of Iraq.
It's no wonder students
aren't protesting anymore.
Maybe they've lost faith in the
process after so many protests
were ignored, or maybe they're
just afraid of getting roughed
up, pepper-sprayed or tasered
by police.
All valid concerns. But as a
reporter situated on a campus
full of globally aware students,
researchers, and academics, I
have been watching and hoping
for a long time for a protest that
will break through the wall of
fear and make noise.
The past few years have
witnessed many protest-worthy events: environmental
destruction due to Olympic
construction; the cancellation
of social programs that benefit
the disadvantaged; a massive
tuition hike; the introduction of
a campus plan that completely
gutted University grounds, disregarding Aboriginal title and
disregarding student concerns
with impunity; and more.
And I have yet to cover a protest that is really newsworthy.
Reporting on the valiant
though ephemeral protest site
"Trek Park"—bulldozed with its
founding members in absentia
was hard enough. Harder still
was dealingwiththe misdirected
anger of the few brave students
that had stood largely alone in
their stance against unabridged
and unregulated campus development, their peaceful protest
site violently destroyed.
Shortly after, subversive
methods of protest were employed, gleaning only a little
sensationalized negative press
and a bill for damages paid by
the UBC community.
And then there were those
creepy papier mache villages
that appeared mysteriously on a
campus lawn, only to disappear.
I walked by every day and had
no clue what the protest was.
None of these methods were
effective, and they demonstrated UBC students' misguided
attempts to organize protests
that can effectively bring about
social change.
Nate Crompton of Students
for a Democratic Society agrees
that student activism was at a
low, but is optimistic things are
changing for the better. "We are
trying to repoliticize. We are in
the process of doing something.
People are taking what we are
doing seriously."
What it comes down to is
whenever there is a planned
or ad-hoc protest organized on
this campus, it is always orchestrated by the same core group
of students, who have virtually
no support from the majority of
the student body. The result is
that the University's administration can ignore their protests
and continue their development projects with a complete
lack of accountability and
So many Canadians, in this
"flattened" political climate,
largely overlooked the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, while
we continue to kid ourselves
about our own foreign policy
initiatives on the world stage.
And UBC students can either
position themselves within the
debate, or sit on the fence and
watch. And your student media
will continue to diligently report
on what UBC students are saying and doing. And, more often
these days, what they aren't saying and doing.
—Amanda Stutt is a Journalism student
contributor to the Ubyssey. This letter was
written prior to the events of last Friday.
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THStteYSSEY I April 8th, 2008
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How do you feel about Friday's protest and subsequent arrests?
John Naslund
Arts 4
"I think it's disappointing that it
escalated into a police
affair. And I don't
think it's unusual
that the RCMP uses
excessive force in
situations where they
don't need to."
Allen Clayton
Psych 3
"It was just a bad
scene and it really
turned ugly It was
really unfortunate."
Adam Mcrurie
Mech Eng 2
"It's good that
they're trying to
voice their opinions
and show concern,
but sometimes you
have to listen to
Kim Rasmussen
Civil Eng 4
"From what I've
heard it seems like
the police reaction
was a bit harsh."
James Hillier
Business 4
"Some good old
friendly rioting, it
keeps the police in
a function where
they're happy and
they're doing something...It justifies
their job, it gives the
protesters something
fun to do."
An open letter to Stephen Toope
-Coordinated by Jordan Chittley & Champagne Choquer
I am writing to you as a former (and fairly recent) UBC graduate (Human Kinetics, 2000).
My time at UBC was a very memorable time
in which I will always carry fond memories. As
have you, I have had the opportunity to travel
to and visit several universities throughout the
world. As I'm sure you would agree, UBC is the
most stunning and beautiful campus. More importantly, UBC and the opportunities it offered
me largely shaped who I am today.
I read with interest the plans to redevelop
the area outside the Student Union Building
(SUB). I read of the unfortunate incident regarding the peaceful protests and subsequent
arrests. But me writing to you is not about
My primary concern is with the "famous"
grassy knoll just outside the main entrance to
the SUB, in between SUB and the transit stop.
The grassy knoll is a fairly small piece of green
space that may seem insignificant to some.
However, the grassy knoll is a small piece of
space with substantial significance. It is a place
of congregation, social interaction, and relaxation. I remember as a new student at UBC in
September on the first day of classes retreating
to the solace of the grassy knoll with a coffee to
escape the confusion and anxiety that the first
day of university produces for a new student. It
was that day I met two individuals also trying
to navigate the quagmire! I ended up graduating with these people, and they are dear friends
of mine to this very day. For the next three to
four years, we shared many lunches, coffees,
and more importantly our lives, on that grassy
knoll. I continued to meet people on that grassy
knoll that influenced my student experience at
I remember watching my first Storm the
Wall and triathlon/duathlon from the grassy
knoll. Watching these events from the knoll
urged me to get involved. The next year I was
MC of Storm the Wall. Because of the people
I met and worked with there, I went on to get
further involved with events and promotions
in the Athletics Department, and I also became
a writer and photographer for The Point newspaper. What I am trying to say is that my observations and experiences on the grassy knoll
provided me the impetus to get involved.
From that grassy knoll, I also watched the
formation of "Tent City" during the Asia-Pacific
Economic Summit (APEC) and the related actions that took place during that week. I also
witnessed the defacing of the Goddess of Democracy. On the grassy knoll, I learned what
courses do not—and cannot—teach.
I have read the recent report approved by
the Board of Governors, which explicitly seeks
to "retain more of the existing character of the
landscaping already in place, most significantly
through the re-creation of the grassy knoll." I
applaud the Board of Governors and University
for placing green space as a priority (although
the desire for more retail space is iess than
desirable). However, I became concerned with
the words "re-creation of the grassy knoll." As
an alumnus, I ask that you preserve all the
qualities and characteristics ofthe grassy knoll
to the fullest extent. Anything less would be
unfortunate, and a loss of campus life at UBC.
Sometimes, creating something bigger and better does not replace quality and experiences.
On the grassy knoll I felt like I was really a
part of UBC and UBC life. I am confident that
others share my sentiments and experiences.
I understand that I am only the voice of one
alumnus, and therefore I only hope other
alumni (and current students) continue to provide feedback in a constructive and meaningful
I always look forward to visiting campus in
the summer time when my family and I return
to Vancouver to visit my parents. I always make
a trip to campus to grab a slice of pizza at Pie
R Squared and a Blue Chip cookie. And I sit on
that very spot on the grassy knoll and remember the special times I had at UBC. I hope that
after the redevelopments, I can continue to
return to my spot on the grassy knoll.
-JeffVallance is an assistant professor at Athabasca University April 8th, 2008 i THE UBYSSEY
Sports 115
Champion boxers come from an unlikely place
One persons experience watching
amateur boxing at Montreal's
Underdog Boxing Gym
by Christopher Curtis
The Link (Concordia University)
MONTREAL (CUP)-I got out of
the metro station and made my
way toward St Catherine street,
where The Underdog Boxing
Gym stood above a Lebanese
restaurant and some greasy
burger joint. As I made my way
upstairs the air became dense
with the smell of minced meat
and sweat.
If it weren't for all the boxing
equipment, you might confuse
the space for an art studio in an
area filled with bars and clubs.
The corner of St Catherine and St
Laurent would seem more fitting
for such an arrangement.
The air was dense. Itwas also
sweltering and humid. Peeling
paint canvassed the walls. I made
my way past the ring and stood
against one of the windows. The
lower pane had been shattered
and replaced with a few sheets
of cardboard.
I was the furthest person
from the ring but couldn't have
been more then 20 feet away.
The folding chairs were almost
all occupied. Mostly men in their
20s, but some women and children were also there.
The Underdog Gym is a
breeding ground for young,
amateur boxers looking to fine
tune their deadly craft. The gym
is home to six national amateur
champs. Our city has become
something of a boxing hub. It
is home to three professional
boxing world champions and a
bunch of contenders.
The opening fight was an
ordinary affair that saw Juan
Carlo Caicedo win a two-round
decision over Alexandre Duclos
Mor. During the action, I started
chatting up a fellow by the name
of Kojack Handy.
Kojack hails from Louisiana.
In 2005, he was knocked out by
current International Boxing
Federation super middleweight
champ Lucian Bute. Since the
defeat, he has balanced his
own fighting career with a job
as Bute's sparring partner in
Montreal. In a few weeks he'll be
fighting on an Interbox under-
card in Bucharest.
After the decision, two fresh,
tall, and wiry bodies entered the
ring. At the outset they engaged
each other almost instantly,
throwing wild haymakers punctuated by the occasional jab or
straight right. Their punches began connecting in sequence but
neither man backed down. Itwas
a cockfight of a boxing match.
In the opening minute of
round two, Steve Sckosati began
showing signs of hesitation. He
managed to land a murderous
overhand right out of desperation, but by then it was already
too late. Within seconds Donovan
Ayotte's right hand came crashing down on Sckosati's nose.
Blood gushed from his nostrils
and the ref called it before things
got any worse.
A notable shortcoming of
Olympic-style boxing is its incon-
clusiveness. This was the case in
the fight between Meredik La-
roche and Amir Beldaki. Beldaki
kept Laroche at bay with jabs
and tricky footwork, but Laroche
didn't back down. Here was a
man with an appetite for punishment. He pursued Beldaki to
the four corners of the ring and
ate dozens of punches in the
Beldaki was the better boxer—he could move and he could
throw down the pipe—but he was
no fighter. This reality dawned
on me when Laroche finally
trapped Beldaki on the ropes.
Laroche wanted blood, Beldaki
wanted the bell. In an act of sheer
balls-out blood thirst, Laroche
planted his feet and threw every
ounce of himself into a series of
After their fights the
boxers would disappear
to wash off their sweat
and blood. Each successive shower made
the gym hotter and more
humid. Clouds of steam
began forming above
the ring as the card
drew closer to the end.
body shots. He wreaked havoc on
Beldaki's ribs and stomach, letting only the closing bell put an
end to the gutting. This couldn't
have come sooner for Amir Beldaki. Sound boxing had won him
the first two rounds but a weak
finish made for a hollow victory.
More rounds, I thought.
For a change of pace two
female boxers stepped into the
ring about midway through the
card. This proved to be one of
the more brutal fights of the
Ariane Fortin was a short
stout fighter who stalked the ring
sideways. She wasted no time
and broke the fight wide open
with a soul-shattering left hook
to her opponent's chin. Myriame
Dasilvya's legs gave way and she
seemed to erode into the canvas.
Maybe it was the taste of her
own blood or maybe the crowd's
eruption at her fall, but Dasilvya
seemed to have lost the will to go
on. Shortly after the knockdown,
Fortin was declared winner by
After their fights the boxers
would disappear to wash off their
sweat and blood. Each successive shower made the gym even
hotter and more humid. Clouds
of steam began forming above
the ring as the card drew closer
to an end. James Levasseur and
Reginald Laguerre climbed into
the fog for one of the evening's
final bouts.
Levasseur was fearless and
aggressive but unable to match
the speed and technical prowess
on Laguerre. He kept his sights
on Laguerre, restlessly chasing
him, but to no avail. Laguerre
was a goddamn matador. He
dodged and ducked and back-
pedaled, but most importantly,
he fed his rival large helpings of
leather. Every charge was met
with stiff right or a whip-like
hook. And when Laguerre was
cornered, he became even more
In the third, he landed a devastating three-punch combination while on the ropes. In spite
of such punishment, Levasseur
kept pressing. The men capped
the match off with a stunning
display of heart and competitiveness. With ten seconds remaining they were exhausted and
hurting but still willing to throw
everything at each other. They
ceased to dance, opting instead
for a dogfight.
Their gloves echoed off body
parts and resonated through the
room like senseless drumming
and banging. And just like that
they lowered their weapons
and returned to their corners.
Laguerre had had it in the bag
but chose to give his opponent
one last chance at taking him
down. This was competitive
spirit at its finest.
The final engagement of
the evening showcased the raw
talent of boxer Samir Aroudj.
Aroudj wasn't a dancer; he didn't
really box either. The man was a
puncher, a headhunter. Jonathan
Deblois did his best to stay in the
fight but we could all sense the
feeling of impending doom.
Aroudj moved sideways and
kept his guard low. He walked
into punches and rarely threw
jabs, but when he threw a hook
you could see the fear in Deblois'
Kojack yelled for a more conventional fight, "Jab Samir. Jab.
Jab. Jab, goddamnit."
Samir kept throwing wild
punches and by the second he
was connecting. He'd clearly
hurt Deblois with a number of
isolated left hooks, but it was
a right cross in the teeth that
made Deblois' corner throw in
the towel.
On my way to the door, I saw
Deblois having a laugh and Ariane Fortin reenacting her knockdown punch. Some of these
fighters have a bright future in
the ring. They will train and they
will fight. Maybe they'll fight in
the Olympics, maybe in Bucharest, maybe in Gainesville.
But the best will keep fighting. Until their bodies are carved
of wood. Until their instincts are
razor sharp. Until they break, vl
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ThSJlTBYSSEY I April 8th, 2008
Lumberjocks redeem spill last
year to take Storm Co-Rec title
by Matthew Nemeth
Sports Writer
Despite the weather taking a turn for the
worst for the finals Friday, the Lumber-
jocks, hailing from UBC's Faculty of Forestry, captured the overall Co-Rec title in
the 29th Storm the Wall competition.
More than 2500 students and faculty in hundreds of teams competed this
year between March 30th and April 4th in
hopes of being crowned 2008 champions, however only a handful could win.
Preliminary heats were held all week
with the winners eventually advancing to
the finals. And four ofthe five finals were
decided by 30 seconds or less.
For the Lumberjocks this year meant
redemption. After winning all their heats
in last year's Storm the Wall, the Lumberjocks took a nasty spill during the bike
portion during the finals, vanquishing
their hopes of victory. This time around
it seemed like deja vu, with the Lumberjocks once again placing first in all their
heats leading up to Friday's final. In their
neon orange suspenders it was hard
to miss them on Friday as they battled
teams Blitzkrieg and Awol for the Co-Rec
championship. As the teams reached the
finish, itwas obvious that the 12-foot wall
was going to be the decider.
With victory so close and the pain
of last year still fresh, the Lumberjocks
seemed determined to right last year's
wrong. With one last pull their team was
up and over the wall, a mere 17 seconds
before Blitzkrieg, allowing them to claim
the Co-Rec championship. When asked
about the unfortunate weather, team
members Peter Strickland and Sean Ma-
calister echoed one another, simply saying, "itwas horrible."
Strickland, the team's cyclist for this
year, understood the dangers of a slick
course because of the fate that befell his
teammate lastyear. He changed his strategy accordingly. "Going around the first
corner I could feel [the bike] skidding, so
I slowed down and just kept it steady the
rest ofthe race," he said.
When asked if they had had any other
strategies or plans pertaining to the race,
Macalister confessed to only one. "Our
plan was we didn't have a plan, and it
Taking this years IronMan competition was Derek Westra-Luney, who won
in 14:48. He felt that you have to just
go for it and keep it simple. "It's a full
out sprint," he said. "There's not a lot of
Westra-Luney, in his second time
competing in the IronMan division and
third Storm the Wall, also felt the effects
of the unpleasant weather. "It was awful,
on the bike [the rain] felt like ice pellets
hitting my face and body."
In nothing more than a neon green
Speedo and running shoes, Westra-Luney
fought back against the elements and a
quick Philippe Drolet in order to capture
the IronMan division, in which contestants compete in all four parts and then
have help from one person to get over
the wall. Drolet was the first to reach the
daunting wall yet could not find a way to
scale it.
With Drolet and Dan Minster following closely behind, the battle came
down to who could get over the wall first.
While both came close on their first few
attempts, it was Westra-Luney who ascended the wall first with his strategy of
grabbing his helper's forearm and locking
grips instead ofthe handshake technique.
Coming into the wall, Westra-Luney only
had one thing on his mind: "Just get over
it, give it all I had."
It was amazing he had anything left.
Competing also with his campus-wide
male team Tyrannostormus Rex, Westra-
Luney failed to finish first in only one
heat this year.
The IronWoman championship also
came down to the wire with the finalists time differences being one of the
narrowest in race history. Brittany Wat-
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Derek Westra-Luney, seen here flexing with his first-place trophy, won the IronMan during
Friday's Storm the Wall finals. Despite not being first to the wall, he jumped higher to grab his
helper's forearm and not slip, putting him first overthe 12-foot wall and giving him the win.
son edged out Brooke Campbell by four
seconds. Even though Watson got to the
wall behind Campbell, she climbed up
her helper's shoulders and over the wall
faster to take the win.
Other winners included Andrew
Craigen in the Superlronman, Edgar
Mujica in the community division, team
Applebottom for female campus-wide, a
tie for first between Alpha Females and
Pink Hurricane in team female division,
team HSE of the staff Co-Rec campus-
wide division, and team Hustle for male
clubs. Car RamRod took home the male
championship, Kno to the Knoll won Co-
Rec campus-wide, and team Supa Fly in
the Co-Rec Clubs division rounds out this
year's winners, vl


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