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 Hopped up on Hockey
The Ubyssey tours the new Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre
Read more on page 5
August 20,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
banishing burritos since 1982 \ volume xxv, number 3
UBC's official student newspaper is published Wednesdays during the summer
Family housing suspended for months
Fairview conversion
delayed indefinitely
by Stephanie Findlay
News Editor
The plan to convert single-student housing in Fairview to
units for student families has
been suspended indefinitely—at
least until the end of the 2008-
09 academic year.
According to Janice Robinson, Associate Director of Residence Life, the number of people
declining housing (attrition rate)
was lower than normal, which
led Housing and Conferences to
suspend the conversion.
"We'd told students on the
waitlist that if their number was
between 201 to 450, that [based
on past summer attrition rates]
we believed there was a good
possibility they may receive a
residence offer later in the summer," she said.
"When we realized we were
not experiencing the attrition
required to accomplish this, we
decided to suspend the Fairview
renovation so we'd be able to
provide what we'd anticipated."
The conversion, which would
have turned 90 single-student
beds into 21 family units, is
still slated for execution in the
upcoming year. The total number of beds in Fairview Crescent
amounts to 111.
Executive Director of UBC
Housing and Conferences Fred
Fotis said the reason for the
conversion is because "There's a
real need for more family housing on campus."
"We had around 700 families
on the waitlist—those are just
people that are in the queue. We
don't know how many of them
would choose to take the next
unit, but we know that there is a
market out there," he said.
AMS VP of Finance Alex
Lougheed said, "I think it's a
good thing.
"In terms of demand for
housing on campus, family housing is quite a bit more important
to meet [than] the demand of student housing because for single
students it's easier to find housing off-campus."
But he added, "Converting
single student units to family
units doesn't solve the problems
that we face on campus. We still
have tremendous waitlists."
A potential consequence of
the conversion is that single
students will have to opt for the
higher priced, twelve-month contract in Marine Drive in order to
secure a spot in residence.
A 2007 AMS report called
"Student Housing: From commuter campus to community
campus," stated that "Simply
increasing the number of housing spaces will not solve UBC's
student housing problem.
There is currently a lack of diversity in the housing options
available to students."
Though Fotis recognizes the
need for more student housing
he said that until Marine Drive
is completed and they can determine occupancy levels, he is
"erring on the side of caution"
before Housing and Conferences
commits to a new housing expansion project. Xi
We had around 700
families on the waitlist.
—Fred Fotis, Exec. Director, UBC
Housing and Conferences
More Buses
In an effort to ease congestion on the
99 B-Line, TransLink will begin running a bus route down 16th Avenue to
UBC. The new #33 bus will start at
the 29th Avenue Skytrain Station, run
west on 33rd Avenue from Kingsway
to Main, and continue west on 16th
Avenue from Cambie to UBC. The
#33 will run every 15 minutes on
weekdays, starting September 1,2008.
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AUGUST 20, 2008
If you have an event, e-mail us atfeedback@ubyssey.ca
Ongoing Events
Green Drinks • Informal socializing
event for people passionate about environmental and sustainability issues •
Steamworks Pub (375 Water). Third Wed
of each month. 5:45pm. www.green-
Sunshine Coast Festival of the
Written Arts • Canada's longest
running summer gathering of Canadian
writers and readers, featuring established
iterary stars and exciting, new voices,
with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood's heritage gardens. • 557 7 ShorncliffeAvenue
(Rockwood Centre), Sechelt. Tickets by
telephone (1-800-565-9631 or 604-885-
9631) or in person, www. writersfestival.
ca/index.htm *
Free Outdoor Yoga at Canada
Place • Yoga participants can relax, de-
stress and meditate while experiencing
Vancouver under the brilliant white sails.
• June 18-Sept 17 6:00pm - 7:00pm,
with registration at 5:45pm. Canada
Place - Observation Deck 999 Canada
Place. FREE. Donations graciously accepted •
2nd Annual French Film Festival
• Over an eight-week period the 2nd
Annual Vancouver French Film Festiva
will showcase eight of the best films
to come out of France in the past year.
• Different locations, either the Park,
Fifth Avenue or Ridge Cinemas. $8
Student ticket, www.festivalcinemas.
ca/index.htm *
Queer Film Festival • The best
in independent queer cinema from
Vancouver's 2nd largest film festival. •
Aug 14-24 www.gueedilmfestival.ca *
Pacific National Exhibition * For
the past 95 years, millions of guests have
enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events,
amusement rides, concerts, cultural
activities and, of course, the annual
summer fair at the PNE. • Aug 16 - September 01. PNE is located in Vancouver
on Hastings Street, just off Highway #1
West -Exit #26. $15.00.'
Introducing Nia: dance away your
noon hour • This interactive session will
get you out of your office and trying
something new. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
• Wed, A ug 2012:00pm - 1:00pm Wed,
Aug 27, 2008 12:00pm - 1:00pm. To register for a session, please contact HSE Coordinator (Health Promotion Programs),
Suhail Marino at marino@hse. ubc ca or
604.822.8762 Your email should include
both your contact information and your
employee group. Thea Koerner House,
6371 Crescent Road, Graduate Student
Society Ballroom. Free. *
Jucifer • Grunge/pop duo from Georgia
with guests Black Betty and Noize Tribe
Zero • Aug 20. 9pm. Anza club (8th at
Ontario). $15/$12.»
Another Musical Co-op presents
The World Goes 'Round • The World
Goes 'Round is a sizzling musical revue
brought to you by the writers of Chicago,
John Kander and Fred Ebb. • Pacific Theatre. 1440 West 12th Avenue. Aug 20-
30, 2008. www.andtheworldgoesround.
Shakti Fashion Show • Eco-friendly
designers Baljit Rayat and Nektar Designs will showcase their clothing
collaborations along with fashions influenced by sacred geometry and fracta
energy • Aug 20. 7-9pm. Le Marrakech
Moroccan Bistro (52 Alexander). Free.
bkrayat@yahoo.ca •
Backside Love • Learn how to get the
most out of anal play while staying safe
and caring for your body • The Art of
Loving (1819 W. 5th). Aug 20. 7:30pm.
Tickets $30. www.theartofloving.ca *
Walking, Bicycling, And Public
Spaces: Lessons From Bogota &
Beyond • Hear Gil Pehalosa, former
Bogota Commissioner of Parks, Sport,
and Recreation, share his experiences
and lessons on creating public spaces for
walking and cycling in Vancouver • SFU
Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings). Aug
20. 7pm. Free. Reservations reguired.
www.vancouverpublicspace.ca/ *
BC Glass Arts Exhibition * Glass
that's blown, cast, torched, squished and
worn will be part ofthe B.C. Glass Arts
Association non-juried exhibition • Aug
20-28. Roundhouse Community Centre.
Open Daily. Free. •
PROMiscious Party : Presented by
Peace & Love International at Caprice. • All proceeds go to charity.
Prom-themed party to graduate from
summer of 2008! Come decked out in
your poofiest and most glamorous dress.
Aug 21. $20 dollars in advance. • Includes Limo Transportation. Complimentary drinks in limo. No line/No Cover.
Tickets Yashar- 778-847-9274 •
Morfee Mountain Music Fest *
Features performances by Julian Austin,
the Northern Pikes and Wil • Aug 21-
23. Mackenzie, BC. modeemountainmu-
sicfest.ca •
Suburbia • Producer-director Sabrina
Evertt gathers students from some of
the region's best schools for a production of Eric Bogosian's timeless study
of the not-so-young losers who hang
around a suburban convenience store
• Aug 21, 2008 8pm. Playwrights
Theatre Centre. •
The China Tea Deal • Seven Tyrants
Theatre presents an adventure about the
Chinese tea trade between the British
Empire and China, circa Qing dynasty,
1700, by Daniel Deoksen and Richard
Sung. • Aug 21, 24, 28and31, 2008
8pm. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese
Garden. $20. 604-662-3207. •
Models Of Transnational Integration • Labour lawyer Don Davies gives
his perspective on negotiations for the
Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP)
currently underway among the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. •
Hewett Centre, Unitarian Church (949 W
49th). Aug 21. 7:30pm. Free. Ikazdan@
shaw.ca •
Waste=food • An exhibition of
sustainable design by Industrial Artifacts
Inc. to raise food and money for the
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. •
Art + Soul Gallery (1277 Robson)Aug
Richard Shapcott "From natural
duties to global justice." *
Richard Shapcott is Senior Lecturer in
nternational relations in the School
of Political Science and International
Studies at the University of Queensland,
Australia. His main research focus is on
cosmopolitanism in ethical and political
theory. • Thursday, Aug 21. 12:30-2pm.
Liu Institute, 3rd floor Boardroom. •
Victoria Fringe Theater Festival *
The Victoria Fringe is a non-juried festiva
of alternative theatre from around the
world. There are more than 50 international theatre, comedy, spoken word and
dance companies in 12 indoor venues,
and free outdoor special events. • Aug
21-31. info@intrepidtheatre.com •
August 22
Monsters in the Meadow 2008 •
Free Outdoor Movies Return to Stanley
Park! The Vancouver Park Board will
again offer free outdoor horror movies at
Ceperly Meadow in Stanley Park later
this summer. • Dracula (1931) Friday,
Aug 22, 9pm. The Creature from the
Black Lagoon " (1954), Friday, Aug 29,
9pm. Rain date: Friday, Sept 5. Held at
Ceperley Meadow, located near the red
fire engine at Second Beach at Stanley
Park •
Queer Folk Salsa Party • Whether
you've only dreamed of salsa or are already a pro, you are welcome here! Hang
out, listen to some music, eat, and drink.
Then learn some moves from Michael
Gabriel Rosen of Mas Movement and
party to the sweet rhythms of salsa, me-
rengue and reggaeton. • Rhizome Cafe
(317 East Broadway). Aug 23. 7:30-
9:30pm. No partner necessary. $5-$ 10.
www.rhizomecafe.ca •
Antiwar rally • No war on Iran!
Canada out of Afghanistan! US/UK out
of Iraqu! Saturday Aug 23-4pm. Vancouver Art Gallery. •
Expert Lighting Talk • Don Cabatoff
- Guest Expert on Sustainable Lighting.
Lighting products will be on hand for
demonstration purposes giving attendees
the opportunity to see and experience
firsthand. • Sustainable Building Centre
(1575 Johnston St). Aug 23, 2008 2-
4pm. Donation $2 to $5. RSVP at info@
sustainablebuildingcentre. com *	
Lueust 24
Dancers of Damelahamid * New
Works presents a performance of traditional Aboriginal Gitskan dance from the
Northwest Coast of BC. Part of the All
Over the Map series. • Aug 24, 2pm, Ron
Basford Park (Granville Island). Free admission, info 604-893-8875, www.new-
works.ca •
Bonfire Music Festival • Three-day
music and camping festival • 10th and
Larch. Aug 24, 2008. 9am-2pm. www.
eatlocal.org •
Kits Farmers Market • Get out there
and support your local farmer. Even if you
just wander around and taste the goods
or buy one jar of jam, it will support loca
buying of food. • 10th and Larch. Aug
24, 2008. 9am-2pm. www.eatlocal.org •
Fearless Fest • Bringing cultural celebration to the heart ofthe Downtown
Eastside, Fearless Fest sets out to help
re-define a neighbourhood plagued
by social ills • Aug 24. 7-9pm. Pigeon
Park (at East Hastings and Carrall). Free.
www.fearlessfest.blogspot.com •
Aueust 30
Justice Rocks! • Connect with some
of Vancouver's hottest indie acts, top
non-profits, and visual artists this summer fusing indie music with themes of
social and environmental justice. • Saturday, Aug 30. 12:00pm-8:00pm. Strathco-
na, 857 Malkin Avenue. Vancouver, BC.
www.justicerocks. org/ •
Stanley Park Singing Exhibition
• Performances by Neko Case, Andrew
Bird, Destroyer, Deerhoof and the Evaporators (Sun); and the New Pornographers,
Stevie Jackson, the 1900s, Visqueen, and
Black Mountain {Mon) * Aug31-Sept.
1, 4:30pm, Malkin Bowl (Stanley Park)
Tix $35 for one day, $60 for both days
(plus service charges and fees) at www.
ticketmaster.ca/ Tix also at Zulu, Highlife,
and Red Cat Records. •
September 1
Victory Square Block Party • Only
Magazine presents Ice Cream, Defektors,
Certain Breeds, Green Hour Band, Basketball, No Kids, and The Evaporators,
with Djs My!Gay!Husband • Victory
Sguare, Hastings at Cambie. Sept. 1. 2-
9pm. Free. •
Feast of Fields • Sample delicious
creations from local restaurants and see
the origins of the produce at this annua
Farmfolk/Cityfolk fundraiser. • Sept. 7, 1-
5pm, UBC Farm (6182 South Campus
Rd). Tix $75, info 604-822-5092, www.
feastoffields.com •
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For sale/warn
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shared home OK. No basement
suites. Currently overseas. Male,
non-smoker, avid skiier, kayaker,
Spanish and English speaking,
easy-going. Please respond
tonwtmike@gmail.com; include
photos of place if possible.
am looking for a female driver/ Selling Xbox 360 games:
tutor/babysitter for one of my
children for Saturdays. You
would be responsible to drive
one of my children to activities
and or babysit or tutor. You need
a car. Please e-mail me your name
and number or your resume at
Gears of War Collector's Edition,
Viva Pinata, $10
The Darkness, $10
Halo 3 Limited Edition, $30
Buying: Rise Against floor ticket
(Nov. 9), $55
Cell: 778-847-9300
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Editorial Board
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by Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given to letters
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to edit submissions for length and clarity. All letters must be
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Letters received after this point will be published in the
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It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified
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publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the
liability of the UPS will not be greaterthan the price pa id for
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impact ofthe ad.
Paul Bucci was abducted by aliens on the fated Tuesday production night of August 20th. While Joe Rayment and Goh
Irohmoto prayed to God to return him,the kind souls they
are, Stephanie Findlay immediatly sidled overto his seat in
the production room. You see, she had hatched a master
plan with Celestian Rince to slowly take over the whole
Ubyssey editorial board. One position at a time. Little did
Cel know that once Ricardo Bortolon had been abandoned
delivering papers that she would take him up the Grouse
Grind where he would surely meet his demise. Ian Turner
had always known that things were intense in this office,
but he never imagined that a relationship with such barbarians like Trevor Melanson would be so close to terminal. As
he was confiding this to Leslie day, one...day, David Zhang
rolled his eyes. Seasoned veteran Zhang knew exactly when
to talk and when to hold his tongue. He learned his lesson
last year after Kellan Higgins had threatened to decapitate
Oker Chen in a bizarre blackmail whose strangeness made
it no less crazy.Michelle Si longan was watching Justin McElroy with wide eyes. After not sleeping for 48 hours Justin
had started to worryingly beep and click. Sort of like WALL
E,just more pale and frecklier.
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Local bands return to Maclnnes Field concert
No headliner for Welcome Back BBQ
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
After three years of having a
headlining band perform at the
Welcome Back BBQ, the Alma
Mater Society has decided the
event will "go back to its roots"
for its 25th anniversary by having only local bands perform.
The event, long considered
a highlight of AMS Firstweek,
will be scaled back in scope
from previous years. Past
shows this decade have seen
Bedouin Soundclash, k-os,
and Matt Good perform at Maclnnes Field on the first Friday
of the school year. In contrast,
this year's main act will be the
local group The Clips, who released their debut full-length
album, Matterhorn, last year.
Other Vancouver-based bands
will be announced for the September 5th concert in the next
two weeks.
In defending the change,
AMS President Michael Duncan
said that "for the 22 years before
having a headliner it was about
local talent, it was about seeing
friends you hadn't seen for a
while and having a good time...
and so we're going back to that
Shea Dahl, the AMS Event
Coordinator, also referenced
the historical roots of the event.
"The Welcome Back BBQ has
normally been free and with local bands. It's only the past few
years that we've changed to having a headliner with students
paying." Dahl also pointed out
Students have a f**king good time at the 2007 AMS Welcome Back BBQ. Will it be as fun this year without the headline acts, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
that unlike previous years, this
year's concert will be free to all
students—last year's Welcome
Back BBQ concerts cost $3 in
advance, and $5 at the door.
The change might come as a
bit of a surprise to UBC students.
The AMS has advertised the concert for months, with a note on
its home page that still reads today "We will be celebrating the
25th anniversary ofthe Welcome
Back BBQ this year and trust us,
you will be blown away by the
artists performing."
Duncan believes that students will not be disappointed by
the change. "I don't think they'll
be disappointed—we've always
had a large concert at the end
of the year, this is more about
coming back from the summer,
seeing friends, and just enjoying the music," he said.
Dahl also said that despite
the advertising on the AMS
website "we always thought
that if there was someone really special available who could
headline the 25th, then we
would go with that option—but
as it became apparent that it
wouldn't be the case, we started
focusing more on the approach
we're taking."
Duncan also emphasized
that even with the absence of
a headlining band, AMS First-
week was still jam-packed with
exciting events and opportunities for UBC students. "I'd say
that everyone should get out
there, have a great time, and get
involved right off the bat." Xi
NDP criticizes university's lack of free water
UBC taking steps to banish bottled water
by Ian Turner
News Writer
The university and the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) have begun
steps to increase access to free
water in UBC buildings. The
move follows an NDP media
campaign launched this June
criticizing the lack of free drinking water available on campus.
Global TV further questioned
UBC's environmentally friendly
image in a report that highlighted the university's dearth of water fountains. The Global report
focused on new UBC buildings
that have been built with few or
no water fountains and administration officials downplaying
the fact.
"It's surprising, considering
they put themselves forward
as leader of the environment,"
said NDP health critic Adrian
Dix to The Vancouver Sun. "It's
really supporting bottled water.
Ifyou're a student, that's really
difficult. Some students have
lots of resources, and other
students don't. There are low-
income, high-cost years."
Dix was the MLA who
brought UBC's water fountains
to the forefront. He highlighted
two issues at play: contrary to
popular belief, bottled water is
nothing special, and that water
should be free, regardless ofthe
In defence of UBC's current
situation, Geoff Atkins, UBC's
Associate Vice President of
Land and Building Services,
argued that students display an
aversion to tap water. Because
fountains need a minimum water flow to remain safe, he cited
the water fountains' limited use
as the reason for "bagging many
ofthe fountains."
He emphasized that neither
he nor the university were
apologizing for the current situation. However, he did acknowledge the need for change and
said he would seek advice from
UBC students, the AMS and the
various sustainability boards
across campus regarding the installation of chilled (and possibly heated for the winter) water
centres to refill water bottles.
When asked about future
solutions, Dix stated that water
coolers are a short-term remedy. As a long-term plan, he
suggested an amendment to
the current building codes that
would mandate easier access to
water in public buildings.
The AMS has taken a pre-
Water fountains like this one could soon be a thirst quenching option, goh iromoto photo illustration/the ubyssey
liminary step toward the eradication of bottled water in its
own jurisdiction of the Student
Union Building. Vice President
Administration Tristan Markle
announced that in upcoming
months bottled water with be
discontinued within the AMS-
owned businesses in the SUB.
According to Markle, the
AMS has two positions. One,
bottled water is not sustainable
and two, all buildings should
have an appropriate number of
water fountains.
A third-year biology student, Nicole Brown, noted that
"bottled water is expensive" and
the implementation of water
fountains campus-wide would
be "better for everyone." Xi Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
August 20,2008 | Page 4
Zombies come alive in downtown!
brains, brains: Zombies attack a McDonald's along Granville; store and car windows crossing their path of destruction were smeared with bloodied handprints, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
by Trevor Melanson
Culture Editor
We had heard the rumours of a
zombie outbreak, and wore an
aura of skepticism. But within a
few hours time, our doubts had
been crushed under the weight
of death.
This past Saturday saw hundreds of the undead stumble,
smear and chew a path of destruction through Vancouver's
downtown core. Darkness prevailed on one of this summer's
sunniest days.
We were there, and this is
how it happened.
My photographer Goh Iromoto and I were set to meet at
1 lam outside the Vancouver
Art Gallery. I arrived out front,
surveyed my surroundings,
and found it absent of both him
and the supposed zombies. So I
flipped open my rather archaic,
piece of shit cell phone and gave
him a call. "I'm out back," he
said, and I promptly headed to
the gallery's north side.
Goh—brave soul that he is—
suffers from kinemortophobia
(an intense fear ofthe undead).
"It [started] about three or
four years ago when I was watching a movie trailer for Dawn of
the Dead," he explained to me. "I
remember it very distinctively.
I fell asleep just as the trailer
ended. Next thing you know, I'm
having a nightmare where I'm
running away from zombies, and
ever since, I've had the deepest
fear of zombies. It's just the most
fucked up thing ever."
It would be a long day for Mr
Iromoto. "It's a pretty serious
fear," he added, his gaze awash
with dread, "and here I am putting myself into a real life situation with zombies."
I arrived out back and found
him sitting nervously amidst
approximately half a dozen zombies. The rumours were true,
although their numbers seemed
Jesus Christ, who gnawed
on a leather-bound copy of his
best-selling novel, was among
the early arrivals. Contrary to
the   expectations   of some,   he
didn't appear to take issue with
an abortion zombie, whose fetus
hung below her dress on its umbilical cord like a rope of gutted
Over the next two hours, half
a dozen zombies turned into what
appeared to be around 500. They
were zombies of all stripes: men
and women, young and old, rich
and poor, and they were all living the socialist dream—stripped
of all accomplishment and left as
mindless equals.
"Brains, brains," said one
young female zombie to me.
Communication was a hurdle.
But not all who showed up
wore dead flesh; the Umbrella
Corporation, who may or may
not have had an involvement
in the initial zombie outbreak,
made their presence known.
"We're trying to clean up the
city and make it a better place,
and not trying to kill everyone in
the process," said Brain "Creep"
Milne of the Umbrella Corporation, who was adorned in a military getup, speaking with kill-or-
be-killed confidence.
And then a booming voice:
"Attention please!" it roared. "Everybody pull in! In a few minutes
we will begin walking!"
Sure enough, within that
timeframe, they were moving-
all of them. The zombie walk had
begun, and I couldn't find Goh.
I managed a few words with
the booming voice man, who
identified himself as the Grave-
digger. "I run the Gravediggers'
Union," he claimed, wielding the
shovel to prove it. "You see, the
Gravediggers' Union, we've got
this contract with the zombies,"
he continued. "We dig 'em up,
they ensure we got a good retirement policy. We don't fuck with
them, they don't fuck with us. It's
a good deal."
And ahead of Gravedig-
ger and his hordes of zombies
walked one lone woman carrying a severed hand dangling
from a long stick. She was Jhayne
Holmes, and she was guiding the
undead masses with a bloodied
appendage as bait.
"With all the heat, the decomposition really kicks in, and gas-
ses get bubbling, and they climb
out," she explained. "So we try to
lead them to a safe place every
year. This year we're going to
bury everyone in Vanier Park afterwards. We figure that's a nice
open space—very public." She
told me that this phenomenon
has been reoccurring for four
years now.
The zombie train moved
from the art gallery, down Robson, along Granville, and toward
the Burrard Bridge, all the while
mauling cars and store windows.
Police officers attempted to negotiate with them, but their success
was limited. At least one soldier
(that I saw) was eaten alive. It
was a gruesome scene, and his
desperate screams still echo in
my memory.
To my relief, I managed
to find Goh alive. It was at
this point that we also parted
ways for the remainder of the
day. We had survived, as had
Vancouver, but the city would
suffer the impressions of their
blood-soaked thrashing for days
Born and raised in Vancouver,
First Reign is a local metal band
without the local band sound.
As the Dead Lead the Dead is
their second release following
2005's self-titled EP-and it's
superior in every way.
Their sound is generally
unique, which is hard to come
by. If—gun pointed at my head—
I was forced to cite similarity,
Opeth might come to mind. First
Reign, however, is much faster;
a strong melodic death metal
influence is certainly present.
If you're looking for an
album as absorbing as it is
catchy, First Reign's latest is
worth your consideration. As
the Dead Lead the Dead does
have a disappointingly short
running time, but the disappointment stems from a desire
to hear more of this promising
young band.
I-**'      j*''-      i&ne,afth£.i$oys                       1
I don't listen to a lot of pop rock.
When I do, I certainly don't anticipate enjoying it. Katy Perry
came as a welcome surprise.
Sure, she is pop rock to the core,
but at her best she exceeds my
expectations for the genre.
Striking sounds from decades past (the track "hot n cold"
reminds me of Cher), One ofthe
Boys often feels like homage to
the 80's—down to the plastic
sunglasses. She's cool like that.
No, not G-unit cool; she's classic
cool, I-fuck-James-Dean cool, "I
hope you hang yourself with/
your H&M scarf/while jerking
off, listening to Mozart" cool.
And she knows it.
All that being said, the album has more than a few obvious fillers. But if you don't mind
hitting the skip button a couple
times, One of the Boys offers a
bit of sassy fun.
—Trevor Melanson Features
Editor: Joe Rayment \ E-mail: features@ubyssey.ca
August 20,2008 | Page S
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre
An empty vessel ready to be filled
by Justin McElroy
Features Writer
"Let's begin the tour," Mike
Rose says as he leads us into the
depths of the newest building on
We are in the just-completed
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre and Rose is its proud manager.
To the rest of the world, it will be
known as the secondary hockey
venue for the 2010 Olympics.
But to Rose, "It's a space that will
serve the community and UBC
well for a long, long time."
The new Winter Sports Centre
replaces the old facility, which
was built in 1963 and had not
seen any upgrades since 1969. By
the turn of the century the centre
was showing its age.
For UBC, it was a match made
in heaven: VANOC needed to build
a rink after winning the rights to
the 2010 games. Fast-forward to
today and the Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre comprises three
skating rinks. The crown jewel of
the complex is the Thunderbird
Arena, which, during the Olympics, will play host to a portion
of the men's hockey games, the
majority of the women's games
(including Team Canada in the
preliminary round), and it will be
the exclusive home to Paralympic
Sledge Hockey.
When we reach Thunderbird
Arena, what becomes clear is
that the expectations surrounding this building are justified. It
looks—it feels—like a professional sports stadium, only smaller.
And, according to Rose, it will be
treated like a professional stadium, with special events coming through regularly. "This is a
5000 seat arena—we don't need
5000 seats for everyday use ... so
we're looking at how many concerts and special events we can
run through here."
Thunderbird Arena is easily marketed as a high-capacity
destination. For a university that
consistently talks about being
"world-class," this is a world-
class facility. A giant four-sided
scoreboard will hang smack dab
in the middle of the arena. High-
quality lighting and broadcasting
facilities are already in place.
Permanent food vendors are on
the way. And the giant concourse
on either end ofthe arena can be
turned into temporary bleachers, luxury suites, or whatever is
When it's fully furnished it
will be a magnificent stadium. A
$47 million budget will do that
to most buildings, and critics of
the games will find reasons to
take fault in UBC's involvement
in them. But make no mistake:
for the $9 million dollars the
university put into this project
(the rest was paid for by VANOC),
they have received a gem of an
An arena is a curious place.
Technically, they are constructed
UBC contributed a total of approximately $9 million to the
construction of the Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre. The
rest of the $47 million budget was funded by VANOC
The walls may be painted red and white for Team Canada, but
the mounted jerseys clearly show whose locker room this is.
Beyond the main hallway of the Thunderbird Winter Sports
Centre lies a newly built practice rink, a renovated Father
Bauer Arena (home of the UBC hockey team for over forty
years), and Thunderbird Arena, the secondary home of hockey
during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games
Thunderbird Arena has a current seating capacity of 5,000. During the Olympics however, temporary seating will be installed at
both ends of the rink to expand the capacity to 6,500.
to allow performers—athletes,
musicians, the occasional politician—a place to perform. Yet anyone who has spent enough time
in one of these entertainment
cathedrals knows that they ultimately are devoted to the spectators. It is the singular physical
place where a community can
converge, common causes can
be cheered and where memories
are formed en masse. Stadiums
may be empty, cavernous shells
98 per cent ofthe time, but in the
other two per cent, a sense of culture can emerge that is difficult to
replicate anywhere else.
Which brings us back to the
floor of the Thunderbird Arena,
the 6500-seat centerpiece of the
Winter Sports Centre. In many
ways, the Sports Centre symbolizes the university itself: visually stunning from the outside,
technically impressive and yet
lacking any internal sense of
All arenas are like this upon
their completion—empty vessels ready to be filled with history—and it makes for a slightly
eerie tour of the building. Thun
derbird Arena is where campus
hockey will make its home for
decades. In 18 months the
world's best players will meet
for their shot at Olympic gold.
Yet on this day, there are only
thousands of empty seats and
a rink that is still waiting for its
first sheet of ice.
It's something Rose is cognizant of. "We'll have several firsts.
We'll have a first hockey game
[UBC vs. Canuck prospects in
early September], our first concert [Rise Against on November
9], our first trade show...there's
a lot of learning for us coming
up," Rose said as if speaking of a
Our final stop on our tour is
the dressing rooms. The walls of
one are painted in a rich pallet of
red and white in preparation for
the Canadian Olympic women's
hockey team. But for now Thunderbird hockey jerseys hang on
the pegs, in mint condition, waiting to be worn for the upcoming
season. Xi
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Our view
Bump up the BBQ!
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has got to take the Welcome Back
BBQ more seriously. It's great that they're supporting local bands,
and that they're not forcing a Pussy Cat Dolls cover band down our
throats, but one ofthe treats of Firstweek is a nice, mid-sized concert
at a decent price. It sets the tone for the rest of the year and bonds
the community on a campus that's more or less deserted 11 months
of the year.
The Clips are a good band for the BBQ—as an opening act. They're
not even one of the more prominent Vancouver bands. Is Black
Mountain busy? Ladyhawk? The New Pornographers are playing
Stanley Park earlier in the week, so they are presumably in town. Or
any number of Canadian bands with enough of a national profile to
draw in first-years and U2 fans to respectable music. And in the process we can trick them all into making friends with each other. The
AMS claims that there were no bands available that had the stature
to headline the 25th anniversary ofthe Welcome Back BBQ. We think
that's a cop-out.
Medium-sized bands are surprisingly expensive, but 1) $3 to see
a decent status band ($5 at the door) is perfectly reasonable, and
2) it's worth losing money on the beginning of the year BBQ. The
AMS is not business, it's a student government, and sometimes it's
in everyone's interest to take a loss on a cultural event. Xi
Too many tacos, too few
Timbits on campus
Should you happen to be a fan of the veritable smorgasbord of delectable offerings available in and around this fair campus for your
eating pleasure, you may be pondering the same question that we
are pondering: why the hell do we need a second Mexican restaurant
on campus?
For those unaware, Red Burrito joined Burrito Fresco in University Village this past month, giving students the option of two different places to order a burrito within 100 metres of one another.
This might conceivably make sense if there was demand for a second
Taco Bell-esque eatery at UBC. But there isn't—and judging by the
lack of people in the Burrito Fresco beside McDonald's before this
past month, there isn't even demand for one.
Now, maybe we listened a bit too closely to our conservative uncle
from Alberta during holiday dinners, but we thought that the free
market tended to self-adjust so that supply (of certain restaurants)
met demand (for certain types of food). But today, this campus now
has more Mexican outlets than full-service Tim Horton's. Meaning,
it is now easier to get a taco than a Timbit at UBC. Does this make
any sense?
In fact, when you consider that there are somewhere around 40
places to get food on campus, it's amazing how often we have to hop
on a bus or pick up a phone for our nutritional needs. There's no
place that offers a full breakfast menu. No late night alternative to
McDonald's. No multi-course alternative to Mahony & Sons. And not
one 24-hour outlet on campus.
So consider this a request to our readers: If you have a couple
hundred thousand dollars hanging around, and you've always had
dreams of owning your own food franchise, please start looking
for vacancies in University Village every month. Our stomachs and
wallets are waiting. Xi
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Dear Ubyssey,
Dr Henry Morgentaler should not receive the
Order of Canada. And his appointment should be
revoked. Because of him we are the only country
in the world with no restrictions on abortion, since
1988—20 years. So there are no restrictions up
to birth. Millions of babies have died because of
him. And some people want to reward him with
the Order of Canada, what a disgrace. There are
some people who won the Order of Canada and
have returned their medals in protest of giving
the Order of Canada to Morgentaler. And there
are a lot of good people out there who are against
Morgentaler receiving the Order of Canada. Keep
up the good work people and continue protesting
against Morgentaler.
—Dean Clark,
Editors' note: Dr Henry Morgentaler is known for his
controversial long-standing pro-choice advocacy. He
was named to the Order of Canada July 1, 2008.
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is valid?
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important to say?
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Write us!
What do you think about water fountains around campus?
Nathan Halcovitch
PhD Chemistry
"What water
fountain situation? Is there
not enough?
I don't know
where there are
any at my work
or in the SUB, so
if I need some
water I guess I
have to buy it."
Martin Morlot
Applied Sci 1
"Yes. I haven't
any problems
so far. There are
enough [drinking fountains]
for me."
Blair Bann
H.Kin 3
"No. I can't
even think of
even where
there is one
around here.
No there isn't
enough water
Jordan Balint
Economics 3
"Not really,
especially all the
water fountains
I have seen are
all closed up.
They say to run
them for a minute but they're
covered with
bags. So no,
there aren't."
Mariana Kishida
Psych 2
"What is the
water fountain
situation on
campus? I've
seen the signs:
"spend one
minute before
you drink the
water." But, I
have no idea
what's going on.
There's enough I
-Coordinated by Celestian Rince, with photos by David Zhang AUGUST 20, 2008
Textbooks will be free when UBC wants it
by Ricardo Bortolon
The Los Angeles Times printed a
front-page story yesterday about
cheap (and even free), unsubsi-
dised university texts challenging
conventional costly textbooks.
They are not inferior versions of
the same material—they still face
the same rigours of academic review like every other widely-used
Caltech economics professor
R. Preston McAfee released his
textbook digitally without publishers for free in 2007. It has
been adopted at Harvard and Cla-
remont-McKenna, but it has not
made a dent in the overall situation. There are scores of similar
authors publishing online and
avoiding exorbitant publishers,
some textbooks open-source or
Creative Commons license. Some
are free while some authors look
for minimal compensation for
all their hard work.
Students should be clamouring to have these textbooks, but
realistically it will require drastic changes in the mindsets of
universities before we see any
Student acceptance (based
on pricing, intellectual property
restrictions, or conventionality)
is largely irrelevant since faculties choose which textbooks
are required, eliminating the
market power of students. And,
students usually do not choose
courses based on textbook cost.
In the end, faculties are going
to use the strongest textbook
available in spite of cost, use, or
value. Universities hold all the
market power over publishers
but they choose not to excercise
any of it.
Competition, which might encourage similar cheap alternative
texts, is weak since consolidation
in the last decade has reduced
publishers from several dozen
to just five. Moreover, there are
few champions willing to put
in years to write and challenge
established textbooks that have
been refined over numerous editions and decades of inspection.
There is also little incentive to
Games, etc.
start when most textbooks are
genuinely sufficient (disregarding cost).
Under these conditions,
publishers have no reason to
stop raising prices. Realistically,
the only thing that is stopped
more serious price gouging is
the possibility of governmental
intervention. Interestingly, the
government had no problem
changing copyright laws in 1997
allowing publishers to create
import monopolies and blocking
universities from purchasing
identical but cheaper international copies of textbooks.
Text prices have tripled in the
last two decades and it looks like
the trend will continue. We can
not realistically expect universities to pressure publishers for
cheaper texts, nor can we count
on a new wave of textbook publishers to gain market share. The
onus here may land on the professors to choose to teach more
and rely on textbooks less. Xi
Ricardo Bortolon is the western board representative for the
Canadian University Press, the
former news editor of SFU's The
Peak and current volunteers coordinator ofthe Ubyssey student
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'Radiohead View Hill'
Even though Thunderbird Stadium was closed off for the massive Radiohead con<
ploughed their way through thick forests and sharp thorny vines to get to Radiohead View Hill. The
a pile of muddy dirt built up from recent construction developments. Although they couldn't quite make eye contact with
Thorn, his high-pitched voice soothed the small crowd through the heavy rain, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
First opportunity to see 08-09 T-Birds in action
Labour Day brings NCAA Schools back for more basketball
by Leslie Day
Sports Staff
The NCAA is headed north—but
only for a weekend. For the past
five years, high-ranked NCAA
men's and women's basketball
teams have journeyed to UBC's
War Memorial Gym to take on
the Thunderbirds on Labour Day
weekend, and this year brings
more of that intense competition. It's the first chance for
T-Bird basketball fans to catch
their team in action for the
2008/2009 season, and The
Ubyssey gives you the rundown
on all the teams in action.
Without three of last year's
standout players (graduates Cait
Haggarty, Julie Little and Erica
McGuiness), a weekend playing
against top American teams becomes of a proving ground for
new blood. Rookies Lia St. Pierre
from Moncton, New Brunswick,
and Leigh Stanfield are expected
to add some serious depth to
a young team in a rebuilding
phase, but coach Deb Huband
has carefully recruited players
to her defending CIS champions
squad. After such a successful
season, all eyes will be on returning players like rebounding ace
Leanne Evans to step up into a
leadership role, and the youngsters will be vying for their spots
in the lineup.
LSU Lady Tigers
07/08 Record: 31-6
In the 2008 NCAA tournament,
the Lady Tigers were seeded
second in their bracket and
played through to the Final Four,
where they lost to the eventual
champions from Tennessee by
one point. The Lady Tigers had
three players selected in this
year's WNBA Draft, including
All-American Sylvia Fowles who
went second.
Baylor Bears
07/08 Record: 25-7
The Bears were the number
three seed in their bracket in the
NCAA tournament, but lost in
the second round to Pittsburgh.
They have made five consecutive
appearances in the NCAA tournament. Senior Rachel Allison
is expected to step up to lead
the team this season after being
named to the All-Big 12 and All-
Defensive teams.
After being defeated by the Brock
Badgers in the first round of last
year's CIS Championships, the
men's basketball team is determined to rebound from disappointment. With several veterans
returning—including Chris Dyck,
Bryson Kool, and Matt Rachar—
and young players like Balraj
Bains and Graham Bath coming
off strong debut years in CIS ac
tion, the 'Birds are poised to take
on the NCAA come Labour Day.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
07/08 Record: 25-14
After finishing with a 25-14 record, the Golden Hurricane lost
in the Conference USA final to
a Memphis Tigers squad that
would go on to be NCAA finalists.
Now seniors, guard Ben Uzoh
and center Jerome Jordan are
expected to lead the team again.
Jordan was named MVP of the
inaugural College Basketball Invitational tournament.
Cal State Fullerton Titans
07/08 Record: 24-9
Despite winning their second
straight Big West title, the Titans—13th seed in the Midwest
bracket—were defeated in NCAA
first round play by Wisconsin.
They had made their second appearance in the tournament after
winning their second conference
championship and a share ofthe
regular season title for the first
time in 32 years. Xi
Labour Day Thunder Warning
Saturday, August 30
Men vs. Tulsa, lpm
Women vs. LSU, 3pm
Sunday, August 31
Women vs. Baylor, 5pm
Men vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7pm
For more information, check out
www.gothunderbirds. ca
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