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As Vancouver tries to figure out how to make the Broadway
line cheap enough for cash-strapped TransLink, UBC wants
to make sure it doesn't get left behind. But the university
won't pay for transit to go the extra mile P3 »Page 2
What's on
Memorial Service: 12:30-1:30 p.m. @ Wayne
and William White Engineering Design Centre
A memorial for the 14 women who were killed at I'Ecole TOlytechnique de
Montreal in 1989, as well as the countless women who have been victims
of gender-based violence. Reception to follow.
Ministry of Moustachery
Fundraiser: 9 p.m. @ the Pit
The Ministry of Moustachery, an
AMS club, is hosting a fundraiser
sponsored by Palm Bay. There
will be a draw for a free trip for
two to Cancun. All proceeds go
to prostate cancer research. $5
Christmas Ever: 6:30 p.m. @
Norm Theatre
Ring in the holiday season
with an apocalyptic Christmas
concert. UBC's A Cappella Club
will be hosting a concert of
Christmas music for the end of
the world. $7
The 520s: 7:30 p.m. @ Dorothy Somerset Studio
Need a relaxing night out before
finals? Theatre at UBC presents
two one-act plays directed by
MFA directing students: Knives
in Hens and The Russian Play.
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The AMS Bike Co-op is gathering signatures to get a referendum for a $1 student fee on the ballot in the next AMS election.
Bike Co-op seeks referendum for $1 student fee
Arno Rosenfeld
The AMS Bike Co-op wants to collect a $1 fee from every UBC student
each year. If they can collect the required signatures, the proposal will
be up for vote as a referendum on
the AMS elections ballot in January.
The Bike Co-op is funded by a
handful of different sources, but a
student fee would bring the group
more stability.
The fee would raise funds equal
to this year's entire Bike Co-op
budget. The money would go
towards services the Co-op already
offers, like the bike-share program.
About one-third to one-half of the
current $50,000 budget comes from
profits at the Bike Kitchen, which
offers bike repairs and sells used
bikes. The remainder of the money
comes from UBC Transportation
Planning, AMS resource groups,
the City of Vancouver and various
one-time grants, accordingto Co-op
President Jean-Francois Caron.
"Because we get funding from
U BC researcher finds HIV treatment reduces transmission rate
A new study by UBC researcher Julio
Montanershows HIVtreatment with
highly active antiretroviral threapy
(HAART) drugs reduces transmission of the disease.
The study shows that when
people who are HIV positive take
HAART drugs, which reduce the
number of HIV viruses in the body,
they are less likely to spread the disease to others. It demonstrated that
in Canadian provinces where more
HIV-positive people take HAART
drugs, the rate of new people being
infected with HIV is lower.
B.C. is the only province that offers
HAART drugs for free to all people
infected with HIV. (Vlontaner is using
the study results to argue that B.C.'s
program should be replicated in
other provinces as well.
Study finds drug usually used to
kill parasites could prevent TB
A new UBC study has found that a
drug usually used to kill parasites
could be used to treat tuberculosis.
The study found that the drug
avermectin, commonly used to kill
parasitic worms, kills the bacteria that
cause tuberculosis.
"These drugs are cheap, routinely produced by pharmaceutical
companies, and, in many cases,
approved for human use," said UBC
researcher Santiago Ramon-Garcia,
a co-author on the paper. "So the
jump from lab bench to clinic could
be much quicker." Xi
UBC directly through Transportation Planning, that means
part of our focus is fulfilling their
mandate," Caron said. "Whereas if
we get most of our money from students, that justifies us saying we're
doing it just for the students."
The Co-op began gathering the
1,000 signatures needed to place the
referendum on the ballot two weeks
ago, and has gathered around 250 so
far. The deadline for collecting the
signatures is in mid-January.
Caron said the student fee will
make the Co-op less dependent on
grants. He added that Co-op volunteers have to spend a lot of time applying for grants, and they are often
only available for specific projects
rather than general operating funds.
AMS VP Finance Tristan Miller
said he believed dedicated student
fees were only appropriate for
groups with an established presence
at UBC.
"[The Bike Kitchen] has a long
history of credibility, of doing a lot
of great work," Miller said. "They
help the community, they have
inexpensive repairs, they're convenient, they've been around for a
long time.... That lends them a lot of
credibility and, in my opinion, confidence that they'd use the money
The Co-op, which was founded
in 1998, has expanded in the last
few years. Caron said it was this
expansion that spurred the search
for new funding sources. "Using
temporary sources of funding, like
grants, it's difficult to keep [the
expanded services] consistent,"
he said. "You have to spend about
half of your time getting those
grants in the first place, and then
the other half actually running the
In addition to the Bike Kitchen,
the Co-op provides various services
to students. These include workshops during the first week of school
as well as the bike share program,
a bike trailer rental program and
a regular Women's Night at the
Bike Kitchen, which serves as a
safe space for women to work on
their bikes.
The Co-op is currently developing a comprehensive long-term
funding strategy that they hope
will incorporate the student fee,
Bike Kitchen profits, grants and
increasing donations.
Fourth-year science student Sidney Ang said he would be willing to
pay the $1 fee. "I bike every day and
I use the Bike Kitchen maybe once
every two weeks," Ang said.
Caron said the Co-op's biggest
worry is not that the referendum
will be rejected, but that it will
not meet quorum in the elections.
Last year, less than 12 per cent of
students voted in AMS elections. In
order for a referendum question to
pass, eight per cent of students need
to weigh in on it.
"I think if we can get the petition
filled out and if we can get quorum,
then it will most likely pass," Caron
said. "I'm not too worried about a
'no' vote; I'm mostly worried about
an inconclusive vote." Xi
City considers Broadway rapid transit line
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
Nobody knows where funding for
a rapid transit Broadway line will
come from, but it won't be UBC.
Vancouver City Council is trying
to figure out how to make rapid
transit along Broadway cheap
enough for TransLink, the cash-
strapped Lower Mainland transit
authority. But UBC has rebuffed a
suggestion that it could help fund
the $2.8 billion proposal.
"We are not a business; we are
a publicly funded institution," said
Pascal Spothelfer, UBC vice-president external. "If we talk about a
contribution, we would certainly
be looking at infrastructure around
having a station at UBC, but to lay
the rails? I don't see that."
City staff presented the case
Tuesday for rapid transit along
the Broadway corridor in the form
of a below-ground SkyTrain like
the Canada Line. At 80,000 trips
each in 2008, the Broadway and
UBC areas are the second- and
third-largest transit centres in the
region. The #99 B-Line busses have
to pass up thousands of people in
peak times, according to the city's
presentation. City staff could not
be reached for an interview by
press time.
"When you look at how much
population we have here,... it more
than justifies having SkyTrain or
some similar heavy technology
right away," said Kyle Warwick,
AMS vice-president external. "That
means not waiting, and not doing it
in two different stages."
Warwick said transit services
benefit not just UBC residents,
but the whole region. "There's
the people who study or work at
UBC, and those people come from
municipalities all throughout Metro
Vancouver," he said. "It's really
a responsibility of governments
throughout the whole region to
contribute to this."
TransLink is currently completing a study to be released in
the new year on which methods of
transit — underground subways or
street-level light rail — would be
best suited for Broadway. "I think
there's about seven different options
that we're currently studying," said
Derek Zabel, TransLink spokesperson. Zabel said TransLink would
begin to consider how to balance
Broadway transit with calls for
more expansion into Surrey.
"Once that study comes out, that
would be the start of a regional dialogue about... different needs that
different areas [have]."
Warwick said the demands from
all sides highlight the need for
increased funding. "Realistically
speaking, there's merits to this
project, there's merit to projects
in Surrey that are being proposed,
there's merits to a number of different projects and right now the
funding that's there is not sustainable, even to maintain current levels
of service," he said. "We're really
tryingto push the decision-makers
to negotiate amongst themselves,
in the most efficient and prompt
manner possible, some distribution
of funding."
One of the proposed methods of
completing the project would be to
split it up into two different stages,
with SkyTrains extended to Arbutus street and rapid bus the rest of
the way to UBC. Spothelfer, however, does not favour a split model.
"Our approach has always been
we want it to be one project," he
said. "There maybe a staged opening along that line, but... the goal
is to have a connection all the way
to UBC and then operate stages to
open all the connections."
The City of Vancouver projects
the planning and construction of a
Broadway line to take five to seven
years. It's still unclear, however,
when funding might be available or
when the project might get off the
ground. Spothelfer pointed to the
Evergreen Line, a route to Coquit-
lam currently under construction,
which was first proposed in 2002.
"We have seen with the Evergreen Line how long these processes can take," he said. "If we're not
participating in the discussions, if
we don't make our case now, then
we might be losing out on the solutions we desperately need.
"Even if it's 10 years out, we have
to be at the table and we have to
work on it." Xi
C22 shuttle to be
replaced with
new C20 route
The new shuttle routes will take effect
next year.
Brandon Chow
In September 2013, the C20 and
C22 community shuttle routes will
be replaced with a single two-way
route around UBC campus. The new
route will also serve the Wesbrook
Place neighbourhood.
The C20 shuttle, which presently
runs a one-way loop from Marine
Drive to the bus loop, will follow one
of two proposed routes. According
to TransLink and UBC Campus and
Community Planning, the C22 shuttle between the bus loop and the
Hampton Place neighbourhood is
underused, and service hours for the
C22 will be reallocated to the C20.
The changes are being made as
part of a TransLink plan to make
regional transportation more
efficient. UBC director of transportation planning Carole Jolly said
that the new route will have "more
frequent and expanded service
hours and better connections on
campus to service more UBC neighbourhoods and amenities, including
coverage of Wesbrook Place." The
new shuttle will depart every 15
minutes in alternating directions,
while the current C20 leaves every
half hour.
As outlined in the diagram of the
newly proposed path, there are two
different options for Campus and
Community Planning to explore
along the western-most part of the
route: the bus will either run along
Marine Drive, like the current C20,
or along West Mall.
Jolly said UBC prefers the West
Mall option. "[It] better connects
student residences and neighbourhoods to the services and amenities
on campus," she said "The primary
concerns with this route, however,
are the narrow lane widths on West
Mall, as well as high frequency of
speed bumps, pedestrian crossings
and pedestrian and bicycle traffic,
all of which may reduce the speed
and reliability of the shuttle."
She said that if the shuttle runs
along Marine Drive, like the current
C20, UBC would need to install
benches, bus shelters and better
lighting at the Marine Drive stops.
This past Monday, Campus and
Community Planning held a public
information session at Thunderbird
Arena, detailing the proposed changes. UBC also hoped to get public
input and suggestions about the
changes at the information session.
"It is very important... to make sure
that we've considered all the issues,
and we're not missing any major
gaps," said Jolly.
UBC student Jeremy Chan said
he prefers the C20 to run along West
Mall instead of Marine Drive. "[It]
definitely seems to be the better option between the two, just because
it's closer to campus than the other
route," Chan said.
An online survey is available on
the UBC Campus and Community
Planning website.
The final decision between
the West Mall and Marine Drive
options will be made in mid to late
spring of 2013. The route changes
will take place in September 2013. Xi NEWS    I   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
UBC sticks with high
tuition for new economics
AMS says university ignored their affordability
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
After asking students what they
think about tuition fees for the
proposed bachelor of international economics program,
UBC has decided that the price
for the program will not change.
UBC originally hoped to
approve the tuition costs for the
new program at the September
Board of Governors meeting, but
the AMS insisted that consultations take place before the costs
were voted on. In those consultations, students expressed that
the price was too high, but now
the same tuition prices are back
on next week's Board agenda to
be voted on.
UBC has proposed charging
$10,000 per year for domestic
students and $29,000 per year for
international students.
UBC says the costs of running
the degree program — such as
getting Sauder School of Business
profs to teach courses, keeping
class sizes small and running a
career centre — make the higher
tuition necessary.
But the AMS pointed out that
the proposed tuition amount
would both cover the costs and
make a budget surplus for UBC
and the newly created Vancouver
School of Economics. They're
asking for UBC to lower the
price tag.
UBC held a town-hall session
about the program in October,
and also met with various student groups. AMS VP Academic
Kiran Mahal wasn't satisifed
with UBC's consulation process.
"It didn't feel like a consultation. It felt like an information
session to basically discuss a
pre-decided outcome. It was very
much a one-sided conversation,"
she said.
The AMS has made a submission to the Board of Governors
arguing that the tuition fee
should be lowered. The submission notes that in the original
proposal for the new degree, the
tuition fees were only seven per
cent above Sauder's.
It didn't feel like a
consultation. It felt like
an information session
to basically discuss a
pre-decided outcome. It
was very much a onesided conversation.
Kiran Mahal
AMS VP Academic
"We would like those alternative scenarios to be looked at...
before it's unilaterally decided,"
said Mahal.
UBC says they've responded to
students' concerns in the consultation by allowing international
economics students to apply for
the general pool of university
financial aid — something that
usually isn't allowed for higher-priced degree programs. "The
university made an exception
for this program," said Angela
Redish, UBC's vice-provost.
She also said the school will,
in the future, look for donors
to fund scholarships for international economics students.
Students are currently able to
apply to the program, which UBC
hopes will take in its first cohort
of students in September 2013.
The program has yet to be
approved by the B.C. Ministry of
Advanced Education, and prospective students are told that if
the program isn't approved, they
can take a bachelor of arts or
have their fees refunded.
If it is approved, the school
will take in 80 students in 2013,
including 20 international students.
Department Head Michael
Devereux said the program will
be good for UBC, because it will
give more students opportunities
to study economics.
The university says its department is among the top economic
programs in Canada.
"Economics is a very high-demand undergraduate program,"
Devereux said.
"The creation of the new
program expands the number
of students who can major in
economics at the UBC campus,
an area where there is very huge
demand." tJ
Musqueam is contemplating an OCP Amendment and Amendment
to the Land Use, Building and Community Administration Bylaw
from the existing MF-1 Zone which currently allows for the site to
be developed with residential uses up to a density of 1.45 fsr.
You are invited to drop in to an Open House to learn about Musqueam's future development plans
for Block F in the University Endowment Lands. Representatives of the Project Team will be available
to provide information on the development and to seek public input.
About; Block F Open House Meeting #1
When.-Thursday, December 6, 2012
Where:  University Golf Club (5185 University Blvd.^)
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Drop in)
BCIT prez nets
$250,000 for homeless
with night on streets
Meriha Betaon
The Link (BCIT)
BURNABY (CUP) - A middle-aged man huddles in a Vancouver alley with only a sleeping
bag to keep him warm and a
piece of cardboard as a mattress.
This man was Don Wright,
president of the British Columbia
Institute of Technology (BCIT).
On Nov. 15, the Vancouver
Covenant House hosted its first
Sleep Out: Executive Edition,
which involved 18 high-profile
figures from all over the city. The
event was staged to raise money
and awareness for youth home-
lessness by having executives
sleep outside for one night.
Wright, who also sits on the
board of the Covenant House,
jumped at the opportunity to
participate in this event.
"It was pretty much a
no-brainer for me because I was
already committed to what the
organization was doing," Wright
told The Link in a phone interview
the morning after the Sleep Out.
"When the opportunity came up,
I just figured, well, I've got to be
The event started last year in
New York, but since then, cities
across North America have been
inspired to participate.
While an event like this usually
takes months of preparation,
Wright revealed that the Covenant
House Vancouver put it together in
just one month.
"The original goal was to
raise $110,000, with every dollar
matched by generous donors. That
goal was surpassed. $134,470 was
raised - a total of $244,470 with
matching donors," said Wright.
"We were just delighted how
successful we were with relatively
little advance notice."
The morning of the interview,
Wright calculated there was
$7,000 in funds he had raised
on his own, with donations still
coming in.
"I just sent emails out to
friends and family and business
acquaintances. I was quite gratified by the response I got," said
Wright. "A lot of people didn't
hesitate for a moment. They
would say, here's $1,000, here's
$500, here's $200."
The money was initially raised
to fund Crisis Shelter, a unit of
the Covenant House that caters
to homeless youth between the
ages of 16 and 22. Executives
who participated in the Sleep
Out raised enough money to fund
one whole month of operation
expenses at Crisis Shelter. The
event was such a success that
Wright is certain it will take
place again next year.
"We will need a bigger parking
lot, will be my prediction" joked
the BCIT president.
BCIT president Don Wright spent a
night on the streets and raised close
to'5250,000 for a youth homelessness
Wright is also positive he will
be one of the people camping
out next year, as homelessness
in Vancouver is an issue dear to
his heart.
"I think in a society as rich as
ours, it is unacceptable that there
are people that don't have access
to secure places to live," said
"I don't think we can call ourselves a successful society until
we have eliminated that."
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Fresh pow
on the
Zafira Rajan
Senior Lifestyle Writer
After hitting the books, hit the slopes on some
of B.C.'s best mountains
With exam prep comes yet another thing to plan: what to do
once finals are over. Avoid the temptation to deal with this
anticlimactic month by staying in bed. Instead, take advantage of
what beautiful B.C. has to offer: some of the best places for winter
sports, all within a reasonable distance.
Whistler is extremeJy popular
with both the locals and tourists due to its amazing mountains and apres-ski nightlife in
the charming Whistler Village.
The Blackcomb and Whistler
mountains are side by sidV
and they offer snowboarding
and skiing on over 200 traifc,
from black diamond-level
slopes to gentler bunny hills.
There are also more niche
activities like snowmobilin
cross-country skiing and
snowshoeing. And ifyou feel
like taking a break and have
some cash to spare, you can
always take the well-known
peak-to-peak gondola; it's a
breathtaking four-kilometre
ride from Whistler Mountain
to Blackcomb Mountain.
You will want to spend more
than just a day or two there, but
it doesn't come cheap, so make
sure to have some money in the
bank before going.
Open now
Located only half an hour away
from downtown in West Vancouver, Cypress is a quick getaway
and cheaper than Whistler. The /
lines are usually small on weekdays, and they're miniscule ifyou
opt for night skiing. There arm't
as many runs, but shorter lines
mean more time on the slo/es.
Beginners should keep in mind
that this mountain caters more to
the advanced skier, as over 70 per
cent of the runs are classified as
difficult. Even the bunny slope is
significantly more difficult than
^The trails for snowshoeing on
Cypress (and on Mount Seymour)
are free, so snowshoeing is a
good way to save some money
and still have a great time.
jens Nov. 30
Well-known for the Grouse
Grind, this mountain offers
hiking in the winter as well: the
Snowshoe Grind. In addition
to the trek through the snow, M
there's zip-lining, ice skating
and an ice limo. The restau-   I
rants on the mountain are also
great, though pricey, and the I
views of the North Shore and I
downtown are stunning.
Boarding and skiing is
available on the natural snow I
slopes, which are enhanced bj
an impressive snow-making   I
system. The discounted night
skiing is very popular too, with
14 runs lit up after the sun
goes down. Overall the runs on
Grouse are fairly tame, so it's
great for someone at a beginner
to intermediate level.
Some runs currently open
ki runs
# of chair lifts
Cost of day
lift ticket
Cost of ski/
board and
boot rental..-
Cost of pants/
jacket rental
A smaller mountain than the
rest, North Vancouver's Mount
Seymour is rated first among
snowshoe resorts in North
America and offers tubing
and tobogganing in addition
to snowboarding and skiing.
A newly installed chairlift
reaches the peak in a mere four
minutes, which cuts lineups in
half. With its shorter runs and
cheap prices, Seymour is great
for beginners who want to refine their skills or try out other
winter sports, but won't do the
trick for experienced boarders
and skiiers.
A great perk: women ride
free on Monday nights from
6-10 p.m.
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1 Joel 8    I    CULTURE    I    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29,2012
Ministry of Moustachery
joins ranks of AMS clubs
Year-round lip-warmer appreciation kicks off
with Friday night fundraiser at Pit Pub
Catherine Guan
The Ministry of Moustachery, a
campus organization devoted to
moustache appreciation, certainly
doesn't lack boldness of vision. It
was recently founded by Thomas
Elgie, Jamie Grassby and Ruari
Trueger, third-year students in the
faculties of engineering, commerce
and arts, respectively.
During the razor blade heyday of
the '90s, facial hair in all its forms
had been deemed an abomination
to the face of man. But no more.
The Ministry is setting forth to
revive the art of the moustache in
the grand tradition of greats such as
Tom Selleck.
"Just a seriously handsome dog,"
declared Trueger regarding his idol,
the Magnum, PI star.
His comrades were likewise
moved by a few iconic 'staches.
Grassby's inspiration was Burt
Reynolds, and for Elgie, it was
the enviably full whiskers of the
Monopoly Man.
Accordingto Elgie, "The idea first
popped into our heads at the end
of last year. We were talking about
clubs in general and how some of
them are so ridiculous and have
these bizarre names."
The Ministry's first event is the
inaugural Moustache Pageant, to
be held at the esteemed Pit Pub on
Nov. 30. Proceeds will go to prostate
cancer research.
"Fun aside, it also allows for
money and awareness to be raised,
and makes the important point that
men are hairy," said Trueger. He
said he believes this movement can
potentially have even grander implications for all mankind, noting with
dismay that "so many men in this
day and age feel the need to shave
their face, chest, back and nether
"The same applying to women, of
course, with arguably more social
pressure on them, and I feel it serves
as a way to change that for both
sexes. Although that might be a bit
of a bold claim. Baby steps."
Growing a moustache is not for
the faint of heart; their battle for the
status of upper lip scruff hasn't been
an easy one. Grassby admitted that
"family, for the most part, doesn't
like it, which doesn't come as a huge
After a pause, he added: "Actually, friends don't really like it either."
Elgie faced similar resistance.
"My mom likes the idea behind it,
that it's for prostate cancer, but she
didn't like it at first. She thought it
looked perverted."
Much to the chagrin of these
gentlemen, the moustache still can't
shake off its negative connotations.
Elgie offered the following
counsel to aspiring hirsute men:
"Try to avoid trench coats and dark
It might also be prudent to avoid
mirrors. "Don't be discouraged the
first week or two; it's not going to
look great," said Grassby. "Mine
doesn't look great; I'm not talking
as the Moustache Man of the Year
here. But you've just got to work
through it." Elgie's advice for those
trying times is to "partner with the
Ministry of Moustachery and talk
each other through it."
"I am a particularly hairy chap,
and rather proud of that," said Trueger. "I hope to instill the same sense
of pride in others, whether they be
hairy or not. Flaunt what you got,
not necessarily what society wants
you to have!"
A sense of fearlessness is important for a man to wear a moustache
well. Trueger pronounced, "The
Moustache Man is bold. The kind
of man who wrestles bears, outruns
mountain lions only to return home
to his wife, eight sons and daughter
at his small cabin in the Yukon...
and mentions nothing of it. It is a
state of mind, body and soul."
A Moustache Man like Elgie
thinks nothing of lofty goals. "For
sure, I was going for the handlebar
[for my first moustache]. Still can't
do it. Still goingto try."
Grassby is no less fierce, having
"dabbled in jet black", which is a
daring move for someone who describes himself as "quite blonde".
There will be some bold moustaches on display at the Moustache
Pageant at the Pit. "Expect some
good clean fun, with a chance to
take your moustache and a friend to
Cancun, Mexico, as we are giving
away a trip for two as a part of a
draw thanks to Palm Bay," said
The competition is not limited to
men. "We've got some fingerstaches
coming," Elgie said. After all, "the
next great thing to a great moustache is someone who appreciates a
great moustache." Xi
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Fun aside, it also
allows for money
and awareness to be
raised, and makes the
important point that
men are hairy.
Ruari Truger
Club co-founder
Don't be discouraged
the first week or two.
It's not going to look
great. You've just got to
work through it.
James Grassby
Club co-founder,
on growing facial hair
■ The First UBC
Moustache Pageant
Ifyou 1
The Pit Pub
Nov. 30
The Ministry of Mous
an AMS club
$5 towards prostate c
The magnificent moustached trio:
Thomas Elgie, Ruari Trueger and Jamie
Grassby started the Ministry of Moustachery to celebrate men's hairiness and raise
money for prostate cancer. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012    |    CULTURE
Between debatable faculty
spirit and uncertain job
prospects, Arts students
are often apathetic about
their choice of faculty. In particular, students within the more
creative departments may feel left
in the cold due to the outdated
architecture of their buildings
and the budget cuts that mire
their studies.
But it's important to remember
that UBC's art programs have
produced creatives of national and
international calibre. Many have
gone onto exhibit, direct and perform in award-winning projects
across the world. The following
list features some of UBC's best
and brightest across several departments in the creative arts.
MUSIC, 1965
Judith Forst has cultivated a
worldwide reputation as a mez
zo-soprano opera singer over the
course of her multi-decade career.
Shortly after graduating, she won
several prestigious competitions
and was soon signed with the
infamous New York Metropolitan Opera, with whom she has
starred in over 200 performances.
Performing with numerous other
opera companies in Canada and
across the world, Forst was the
first performer to play several
premiere roles. In 1978 she was
named Canadian Woman of the
Year, and she is an officer of the
Order of Canada.
9       BACHELOR
L.       OF ARTS IN
Eric Peterson is well-known
for his role as the delightfully
dim-witted Oscar Leroy on CTV's
Corner Gas. However, he is also a
veteran of Canadian theatre. In the
early '70s, Peterson helped pioneer
the collective theatre movement
in Canada through his co-founding of the Vancouver Tamahn-
ous Theatre company, as well as
his involvement with Toronto's
Theatre Passe Muraille. In 1978,
Peterson co-wrote and performed
in the award-winning one-man
play, Billy Bishop Goes to War, with
fellow UBC alum John Gray. The
show has been continuously performed throughout North America
ever since.
Filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson
is respected by critics for his
ability to weave together history,
drama and narrative into visually
polished productions. His major
successes include his Oscar-nominated 1981 docudrama about
corporate downsizing, After the
Axe, and the International Emmy
award-winning Gerry and Louise,
a 1997 documentary love story
set in apartheid Africa. He has
also directed numerous episodes
of popular television series, such
as Da Vinci's Inquest, The Twilight Zone and Rookie Blue. He
is currently the president of the
Director's Guild of Canada.
ARTS, 1985
Ken Lum's career as an educator
and artist is paralleled by few
others. Residents of Vancouver
will recognize his public art installations, such as the iconic Monument to East Vancouver, all over
the city. But his influence extends
much further; his works have
represented Canada in a multitude
of prestigious international art
exhibitions, such as the Shanghai
Biennale and Germany's Docu-
menta. He has published essays in
prominent academic journals, cur-
ated art shows and taught about
art across the world.
5       MASTER OF
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Hart Hanson is the creator and
ongoing show runner of the hit TV
series-Bones, the forensic anthropology drama based on the novels
of Kathy Reichs. Long before he
achieved fame with .Bones, Hanson
credits his creative writing professors with getting his feet wet in the
industry. He started his career as a
script reader at CBC before moving
on to write for acclaimed shows like
Stargate SG-1, the Emmy-nominated Joan of Arcadia, and the Gemini
award-winning Traders. Xi
-Rhys Edwards
UBC art grads
you should know
From award-winning
television shows to public
art installations, these UBC
alumni dominate the arts
scene Opinions
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Ifyou follow consultation
processes on campus (and who
doesn't love a good consultation process), you'll know the
outcomes are usually a mixed bag.
Whether consultations have to
do with changes to academic programs or development on campus,
UBC usually arrives at one of two
a.) Hey, it was great to hear from
you, campus resident/student.
A lot of good ideas and dialogue
really came out of this whole
process. But, you know, we're just
going to end up doing what we
planned ahead of time, because,
you know, fuck it.
b.) "God, fine. You don't want
this hospice/condo/program. You
complained enough. We'll just try
to put it somewhere else and start
It's more often the former, but if
people are really united in their
opposition to a project, UBC
will eventually back off. Look at
what happened in 2011, when the
university tried to put market
housing by the bus loop, or the decision to move an end-of-life care
centre from beside a student residence to right by one of the most
expensive condos on campus.
That's just on the development
front, but as we saw last week, the
same thing applies to academics.
UBC decided to roll out a new
degree called the bachelor of
international economics. It's a
new degree at the newly created
Vancouver School of Economics.
Because it is a "separate" school,
it can charge more or less whatever it wants. The degree will cost
$10,000 per year for domestic
students and $29,000 per year for
international. We called it a cheap
attempt at skirting the cap on
tuition increases. Students who
agreed, including AMS VP Academic Kiran Mahal, took their
concerns to a "consultation" session in October. If they thought
UBC would take their concerns
seriously, though, they were sadly
mistaken. The program, tuition
hike intact, found its way onto
the agenda for the next Board of
Governors meeting.
The Ministry of Advanced
Education has yet to officially approve the program. They need to
take a close look at the precedent
for tuition increases this could
set. But will the minister look beyond the buzzwords? Will he see
the program as anything other
than a creative way to fill a funding gap? More money isn't coming
from his government, after all.
UBC had a plan, pretended
they cared what you thought and
went ahead with it. It was great to
hear from you all!
So, the campus community
shuttle busses are changing their
routes. The shuttle that goes to
Hampton Place and Acadia Park
is getting axed, and a new beefed-
up C20 shuttle will now go to
Wesbrook Place.
Cutting service to Acadia and
adding service to Wesbrook perfectly reflects where UBC's priorities are in general. They're trying
to make the pricey new condos
in Wesbrook Place as desirable
as possible. They've offered
sweetheart leases for businesses
to come into the area, and they're
generally pulling out all the stops
to make Wesbrook as nice and
well-serviced as possible.
UBC had a plan,
pretended they cared
what you thought and
went ahead with it. It
was great to hear from
you all!
On consultations on the bachelor
of international economics
Acadia Park, on the other hand,
is full of student parents living in
low-priced student housing. This
summer, UBC shunted a bunch of
those students out of townhouses
that weren't going to be repaired.
(They do plan on building market
housing over at Acadia someday,
but it won't be for a while, so
we're not surprised they didn't
make transit there a priority.)
Once Wesbrook started booming, it was only a matter of time
until UBC would find a way to get
shuttle service there. Fair enough.
But it's too bad that they had to
cut service from a student-family
neighbourhood in the process.
You know, lots of things would
be easier if everyone had a little
more money. But if your plan to
get more money is to ask folks to
fund you through, say, a new tax
or fee, you'd better give them a
good reason to open their wallets.
The Bike Kitchen is currently
pushing a petition to get on the
referendum in January. If they get
enough signatures, students will
be asked whether they support a
new $1 fee to subsidize the service. They argue that to continue
to deliver services to students, especially in their expanded space
slated for the new SUB, they need
a stable source of funding.
Their current funding model
is a little slap-dash. They rely
on grants from UBC and other
organizations, as well as money
from sales. Applying for those
grants no doubt takes up a lot of
But will that fly with students?
We'd like to hear what sort of new
initiatives $1 from every student
gets us. New positions for mechanics? A facelift for the decrepit
Purple and Yellow fleet? More
used bikes?
The Bike Kitchen provides a
lot of useful services. But saying
"we'd like some more money"
isn't the best argument. tJ
In the article "Musqueam
band to develop block of land
beside campus" (Nov. 26), as
well as the corresponding Last
Word, we incorrectly stated
that the Musqueam sought to
build "1,000-12,000" housing
units on its Block F property.
In fact, the Musqueam are
proposing between 1,000
and 1,200 units. The Ubyssey
regrets this comically bad use
of zeros.
Still working for change 23
years after Montreal massacre
by Anne-Marie Long
I was a Grade 12 student in
Toronto during the Montreal
Massacre on Dec. 6,1989.1 didn't
know any of the 14 women who
were murdered. I didn't know any
of the survivors. Yet their story
has profoundly shaped part of
who I am. I remember Dec. 6 like
it was yesterday. I remember it
like people remember events like
9/11. These women were students.
These women were studying for
exams, and, like many of us today,
planning for their December break
and beyond.
On Dec. 6,1989, an armed man
walked into an engineering classroom at l'Ecole Polytechnique, ordered the 50 or so men to leave and
opened fire on the nine remaining
people - all women. Claiming that
he was "fighting feminism," he
shot all nine, killing six of them.
His rampage continued through
the school for 20 minutes. Shouting "I want women," he specifically targeted women and shot 28
people before he killed himself.
In the end, 14 young women
were dead, killed only because
they were women. He blamed
women for taking the education
and jobs that he felt should belong
to men. "I have decided to send the
feminists, who have always ruined
my life, to their maker." In his suicide note, he named 19 prominent
Quebec women who "nearly died
today. The lack of time (because I
started too late) has allowed these
radical feminists to survive. Alea
Jacta Est [The die has been cast]."
I remember seeing the news
footage from Montreal and trying
to make sense of it: live footage of
a shocked community waiting outside of the school. A police team
who established a security perimeter around the building and, on
orders, waited for the SWAT team
for 20 minutes outside the school
while the gunman was shooting
his victims inside. It was only after
the killer shot himself that the
police entered the building. No
one knew yet that all the targets
were women.
People were saying that a
"madman" was on the loose, but
this was much more than the work
of one lone person. This was the
work of a myriad of societal influences that led this one man to believe that women deserved to die
solely because they were women.
"You're women. You're goingto
be engineers. You're all a bunch of
feminists. I hate feminists." It was
an extreme example of the epidemic of violence against women.
Dec. 6 ignited my passion for
feminist activism. I could no
longer stay silent to the injustices
around me. Queen's University,
my first alma mater, was soon
home to the infamous response of
some in a men's residence to a "No
Means No" date rape campaign.
"No means kick her in the teeth."
"No means more beer." "No means
'Down on your knees, bitch'..." Was
Dec. 6,1989, an isolated incident of
violence against women on university campuses? I don't think so.
Instead of eradicating feminism, the Montreal massacre
galvanized the movement to end
violence against women. People
spoke up and named the attack
for what it was. In 1991, the
Canadian parliament formally
recognized Dec. 6 as the "National
Day of Remembrance and Action
on Violence against Women."
These murders were also key in
the struggle for improvements to
gun control legislation (including
changes to the long-gun registry,
which, as of February 2012, have
been abolished). There has also
been the White Ribbon Campaign,
and changes in police response
tactics so that the first police
officers on the scene of a shooting
now enter a building as a group
when gunshots are heard. People
realized violence against women is
rooted in women's inequality and
recognized that, until we end that
inequality, violence against women
will not stop.
Twenty-three years later,
however, not enough has changed.
One in four women will still experience gender-based violence in
their lifetime. Aboriginal women,
women with disabilities, transgender women, criminalized and
imprisoned women, women living
in poverty, women working in the
sex trade and single women over
65 are still disproportionately subjected to gender-based violence.
One has only to look within our
own city to see that.
Still we mourn. Still we work
for change.
Long works for the UBC equity office.
There are several memorial events
planned for the women killed on Dec.
6,1989. Visit events.ubc.ca for info.
Wrong to protest Hillel for
Israel s actions
Last Thursday while walking by
the SUB I noticed a group of people
protesting in support of Palestine. I
am completely in favour of people's
right to protest against what they
believe is wrong and voice their
opinions; the problem was where
this group chose to voice these beliefs and opinions. The protest was
taking place directly outside of Hillel House, a Jewish and Israeli community centre for UBC students.
This angered me. It was the
wrong way to protest, and it was
offensive to Jewish students. By protesting outside of Hillel House they
were saying that being Jewish was
akin to supporting the Israeli government's use of violence and force.
This is not true, and protesting
outside a Jewish community centre
further polarizes an issue that
needs both sides to come together in
Hillel House is based upon the
values of inclusiveness and advancing social justice, and making
people who enter the building
feel like they are in support of
violence and oppression is bigotry.
The Israel-Palestine conflict is
complicated and both sides are
currently doing horrible things. If
you really want to invoke change,
protest in front of the people who
are actually responsible; protest
in front of the Israeli consulate or
parliament to get the Canadian
government involved. There is,
however, no reason to take that attitude of intolerance and hate onto
UBC campus. Protest against what
you think is wrong but be mindful
to respect others.
Maxwell Gordon
Science 2 Scene
The bachelor of international
economics is a new plan by
the Vancouver School of
Economics and the Sauder
School of Business to make
an econ degree flashier,
more prestigious and, most
importantly, much more
expensive than a regular BA.
But students are worried
that $10,000 a year for
domestic students will only
open the school to a small
subset of students that can
afford it.
This isthe proposed budget forthe program inz8lZ^2
the budget is approved, there will be a full four yea rsol_..
dents in the degree bythen.This shows howthethe "extra'
amount overandaboveUBC'sregulartuitioncostst would
be spent. UBC hasn't releasedthe breakdown of howthey'l
spend the baseamount tuition paid by eachstudent.
• Could prevent cuts to other programs (through generating surplus)
* International prestige
• New financial aid made available
X Avoids 2% provincial tuition cap by creating a new degree
X BIE designation is scarcely known outside of UBC
X Brought in despite serious concerns from the AMS and students
that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines
whether a child lives or dies. But will we be that generation? ■■
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15-Canal of song
5-Biblical high priest
16-1963 role for Liz
17- Primitive calculators
7-Buck follower
18- New Rochelle college
19-Legal rights org.
9-Remove airfrom
11-Foil maker
25-Take turns
26- Feeling of being overwhelmed
21-Single unit
27-Actor Keach
22- Caribbean dance music
24-       Jima
32-Main artery
27- Word with panel or energy
28- Chicago paper, for short
36-Third Gospel
29-Arafat's org.
37- Kate &
38-Motion picture
39-Switch settings
32-Choir member
40-Take       at (try)
41- Begin's co-Nobelist
34-One       million
35-Got together
43-Male cat
44-Italian sausage
38-Woman's negligee jacket
40-Points to
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55-Ethereal: Prefix
43-Univ. aides
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