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January 30,2009 \ www.ubyssey.ca
Red Green! Go! Go! Go! since 1918 | volume xc, number 34
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
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—Brian Sullivan 2    EVENTS
JANUARY 30, 2009
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
January 30
Getting into Gear • The UBC
E-Team will give you tips to study
more effectively and strategies to
allow students to improve their
academic performances and overall
health. • Jan. 30 @ 11am-12 pm,
Location: KAIS 2020, Free Admission •
Revamp your Resume and Cover
Letters • Career Services will help
you improve your resume and
develop noteworthy cover letters for
an upcoming job application • Jan.
30 @ 12-2pm, Location: Swing 407,
Free Admission •
Women's Basketball * UBC vs
Lethbridge Pronghorns • Jan. 30
@ 6-8pm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Cost: $10 adult/$4 youth &
senior/$2 UBC student •
Men's Hockey • UBC vs. Lethbridge
Pronghorns • Jan. 30 @ 7:30-1 Opm,
Location: War Memorial Gym, Cost:
$10 adult/$4 youth & senior/$2 UBC
student •
Men's Basketball • UBC vs Lethbridge Pronghorns • Jan. 30 @
8-1 Opm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Cost: $10 adult/$4 youth &
senior/$2 UBC student •
Cold Fusion • The last day of Science Week. With live performances
from State of Shock, the Veer Union
and DJ Matt, this party promises to
be exciting. • Jan. 30 @ 8pm, Location: SUB Ballroom, Cost: $8 (tickets
presold only) •
Get Fit Faculty • In teams of five
faculty members use pedometers
to record the number of steps they
take in a week. The group's total
gets recorded and is plotted on
a virtual map of Canada for nine
weeks. • Jan. 30 @ 7pm, Location:
wherever you're at, Cost: see www.
educ.ubc.ca/walkabout for details •
January 31
UBC Student Olympic Conference
• Panel discussions on the following topics: economic impacts,
transportation and infrastructure,
security and civil liberties, sports
and doping and the environment. •
Jan. 31 @ 8:30am - 9pm, Location:
Life Science Center, Cost: see http://
soc2010.ca7registration.html for
details •
Rec Tailgater Football * Tournament REC holds its first ever Co-Rec
Football Tournament. Play football
the day before the Superbowl
• Jan.31 @ 11am-5pm, Location:
Wright Field, Thunderbird Park,
Cost: $64 Student teams, $100
Staff teams •
Women's Basketball • UBC Thunderbirds vs. Calgary Dinos • Jan. 31
@ 6-8pm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Cost: $10 adult/$4 youth &
senior/$2 UBC student •
Men's Hockey • UBC Thunderburds
vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns • Jan.
31 @ 7:30-1 Opm, Location: Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre, Cost:
$10 adult/$4 youth & senior/$2 UBC
student •
Men's Basketball • UBC Thunderbirds vs. Calgary Dinos • Jan. 31 @
8-1 Opm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Cost: $10 adult/$4 youth &
senior/$2 UBC student •
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist •
An American romantic-teen-comedy
film adapted from a novel written
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
• Jan. 31 @ 7-9pm, Location: Norm
Theatre, Cost: $4 general admissions, $2 members •
February 1
2001: A Space Odyssey • A film in
which mankind discovers an unidentified object on the moon and with
that, sets off on a journey • Feb. 1
@ 9:15-11:45pm, Location: Norm
Theatre, Cost: $4 general admission,
$2 for members •
February 2
Lunar New Year Celebrations * The
nstitute of Asian Research will hold
a Lunar New Year celebration party
with entertainment by Lion Dancing
and UBC Chinese Music Ensemble.
Asian food will be for sale. • Feb.
2 @ 11:30am-2pm, Location: Choi
Building Rm #120, Free Admission •
PowerPoint Level 1 • An introductory workshop into PowerPoint's
basic features: adding new slides,
bullets, images, sound, movies, and
looping sounds. • Feb. 2 @ 12-lpm,
Location: Koerner Library #216, Free
Admission •
The UBC Israel Awareness Club
(IAC) Presents Israel Week 2009!
• Come join the UBC Israel Awareness Club (IAC) in celebrating the
continued success story of the only
democracy in the Middle East:
Israel! From Feb. 2nd - 6th the UBC
AC will be staging an exhibit in the
SUB. Come drop by to learn more
about Israel beyond the Arab-Israeli
conflict. Each day will feature a daily
special event. These include, but are
not limited to, an Israeli wine tasting
night, and Israeli movie night, an
Israeli lunch featuring falafel and
hummus, and a discussion panel
featuring former Israel Defence
Force soldiers. • Feb. 2-6 in the SUB
and the surrounding UBC Campus.
Look for posters re: specific event
locations. Free admission. •
February 3
Former Sudanese youth speak
about their experiences • Khamis
Abdelkarim, a former Darfuri refugee, will use children's drawings of
their war memories and his memories to highlight the reality of the
Darfur crisis. • Feb. 3 @ 12-1:30pm,
Location: Neville Scarfe Building
1003, Free Admission •
Engaging Effectively with the
Media • Learn and explore how to
engage with the media to promote
your voice and respond to issues
while controlling the interview •
Feb. 3 @ 12-2pm, Location: 1985
West Mall, Free Admission •
How Reading Comprehension has
Changed • Reading experts congregate at UBC to discuss the differences between online and offline
reading and how that has effected
reading comprehension. • Feb. 3
@ 12:30-2pm, Location: Faculty of
Education, Free Admission •
The Invisible • This new Canadian
play explores appearance and disappearance. • Feb. 3 @ 7:30 - 9:15pm,
Location: Frederic Wood Theater,
Cost: $30 Regular, $24 Seniors &
Students •
February 4
Technical Career Fair • Computer
Science, Engineering Physics, Cognitive Systems students, this career fair
is for you. • Feb. 4 @ 10-4:30pm,
Location: SUB Ballroom, Free Admission •
PowerPoint Level 2 • This workshop will teach you how to use
tables, charts, master slides, headers/footers, and pointer options. •
Feb. 4 @ 12- 1pm, Location: Koerner
Library Room 216, Free Admission •
Are you a UBC distance student with a learning
disability? Want to be part of a research study?
Contact PhD candidate Nancy E. Black,
ruby77@interchange.ubc.ca to receive
an information package.
Study Purpose: to investigate experiences with seeking and accessing
information from the perspective of distance students with a diagnosed learning disability. If you are 19 years of age or older, registered
with Access and Diversity / Disability Resource Centre, registered in a
distance course, and residing in the province of British Columbia, you
are invited to participate.
Participation: an interview, observation of information seeking, journal entries, and follow up phone interview.
For more information about this study, please respond to this e-mail
address: ruby77@interchange.ubc.ca
This study is being conducted to fulfill the research component of
doctoral studies with UBC's School of Library, Archival and Information
Studies (SLAIS). If you would like more information, please contact:
• Nancy E. Black, co-investigator, ruby77@interchange.ubc.ca
• Dr. Edie Rasmussen, Principal Investigator, Professor,
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January 30", 2009
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The airplane to Vegas was actually a filthy old Greyhound
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Kalyeena Makortoff. They then decided to go see a magic
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turned out to be a dirty strip show with special appearance
by Stephanie Findlay and Goh Iromoto. They sat beside a
rowdy crowd of underaged kids Tara Martellaro, Kyrstin
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peeling off. The next necessary thing to do was to run to
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Conference focuses
on the 2010 Games
Students discuss doping,
economic issues, First Nations
by Sarah Chung
Markle, Duncan, Frederick and Carne debate their policies at the BoG debate yesterday, gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
Ahmadian defends statement at debate
by Samantha Jung
News Staff
Board of Governors (BoG) candidate Bijan Ahmadian spent a portion of Wednesday's BoG debate
defending himself and his platform for a statement he made at a
Friends ofthe Farm meeting.
Ahmadian caused a stir among
Farm supporters when he stated
earlier this week that he would
not make the Farm a priority if reelected if Friends of the Farm did
not endorse him as a candidate.
Two consecutive spectators
asked Ahmadian questions regarding his position on the future ofthe
UBC Farm, a much-talked about
issue in this year's AMS elections.
He defended his statement again,
stating that it was taken out of
context and that he "went in [to the
meeting] with a firm commitment
to the Farm."
Ahmadian also did not guarantee that he has a commitment to
keep the Farm at its current size.
He said that he needs to learn a
lot more about the Farm and that
building an academic plan around
the Farm was the best way to make
progress in negotiations.
Andrew Carne was present at
this debate, giving students their
first look at the fourth-year Engineering Undergraduate Society
candidate. Carne noted that he
has attended every Board meeting
and has spoken on numerous occasions with both former BoG rep
Darren Peets and current BoG rep
Tim Blair. Carne said that the biggest component of his campaign is
increased communication with the
Candidates were given the
chance to ask each other pressing
questions. Tristan Markle asked
fellow candidate Blake Frederick
how he would juggle two positions, board rep and president,
and which one would he prioritize.
Frederick said that the reason he
ran for the two positions was because former AMS president Jeff
Friedrich did it. He also said that
the presidential position is most
important in his mind.
Ahmadian challenged Markle
and Michael Duncan regarding
negotiations on the renewal of
the SUB, which have reportedly
come to a halt. Ahmadian cited the
"AMS's behaviour" as the reason.
Markle responded that it's an
issue, not behaviour, that is hindering the negotiations, and that
students want to hire their own architect. Duncan said that there is a
communication problem, that the
board doesn't know student issues.
He said that the board still respects
the AMS as a whole, and we still
have to push hard to get results. *2I
News Writer
It may be a year away, but some
UBC students are already thinking about the Olympics. Just not
in the way would expect.
On Saturday, January 31,
UBC will be hosting a student-led
convention, the Student Olympic
Conference, at the Life Sciences
Centre that will provide opportunities for students to engage in a
discussion with athletes, faculty
and community leaders over the
issue pertaining to the Vancouver
2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games and how they will
affect the city of Vancouver.
The topics that will be open
to debate include: economic impact, First Nations participation,
homelessness, transportation
and infrastructure, environmental sustainability, the anti-doping
movement, and the impact on
inner-city communities.
The conference will also provide a free lunch, a tour of the
new Thunderbird Arena and an
Athlete's Panel including 2006
Olympic gold medalist in rowing
Ben Ruuedge. Keynote speakers
of the event are Carla Qualtrough,
the president of the Canadian
Paralympic   Committee,   Patrick
Jarvis, International Paralympic
Committee board member, and
Dr Bob Hindmarch, BC Sports
Max Miller, the external co-
chairperson of the Student Olympic Conference committee, said
his goal for the conference is "to
facilitate student involvement
and provide students with opportunities before, during and after
Miller said, 'With nine different breakout sessions...and each
session providing a question and
answer period...students will get
a chance to explore different perspectives on both the pros and cons
of the Games to get a well-rounded
view." He hopes for an "Olympic
movement" where students can
"act, volunteer and be informed
about the upcoming Olympics."
Miller's committee plans to create more events and opportunities
for students to get involved such
as "going to downtown to help the
homeless, a First Nations meeting
to learn about their views, and another conference next year."
The Student Olympic Conference is supported by many campus groups including the Political
Science Students' Association.
Over 200 students are currently registered for the event. \a
News Briefs
After a rash of complaints, the Pit
Pub recently changed its rules so
that no one will be allowed in to
the pub through the back door—
except for AMS councillors. At
Wednesday's council meeting, VP
Finance Chris Diplock introduced
a motion to rescind a previous
motion that allowed councillors
to get preferential access to the Pit
after every third council meeting.
Over the past two years, council
has ignored the motion, using
preferential treatment to get into
the Pit after every meeting.
Presidential candidate and
current councillor Alex Monegro
defended the practice, calling the
removal of the perk "unfair," and
argued that unpaid councillors
are entitled to the privilege as a
reward for their work. Other councillors argued that they should not
have to choose between serving
their student society and enjoying
themselves. Though all members
of the executive voted in favour
of outlawing the perk, the motion
did not pass, with 11 for and 13
"You're sending a wonderful
message to the staff here," Diplock
said sarcastically to council after
the motion failed.
The AMS Council voted on Wednesday to spend $2000 to promote
their Annual General Meeting on
February 27. The decision was
made after councillors expressed
interest in increasing attendance.
The AGM is usually only attended
by student politicians. The motion passed with near-unanimous
support, with only three members opposing the motion—AMS
president Michael Duncan being
one of them. "I don't know how
many people you're expecting to
get out for this, but it won't be as
many as you're thinking," he said.
A motion on the 2010 Olympics
drafted by VP External Stefanie
Ratjen was sent back to committee
level after councillors expressed
concern at the anti-Olympic message it could send. The motion
would have committed the AMS
to an awareness campaign about
the effects of the Olympics on students, and to support other UBC
student initiatives that informed
students of the impacts of the
The motion began, "Whereas
the lasting impacts of similar
International events tended to be
more negative than positive..."
Avneet Johal, AUS president,
said, "that first statement, and the
entire report to me, did not take
into consideration any positive aspects ofthe Olympic movement."
Tim Chu, a member of the
committee that wrote the report,
disagreed with the sentiment.
"This isn't going to turn into an
anti-Olympic campaign, it's just letting students know what it's about."
Genome Canada, a non-profit
funding organization outside the
federal government will be cut
entirely from the upcoming federal budget. Canadian scientists
were stunned yesterday as word
of mouth spread. Their funding—
that last year topped $140 million—was eliminated with little to
no warning.
Duncan double dunks opponents
Duncan takes a break from from the intensely competitive world of pole dancing to enter the delicious battlefield that is jello wrestling Wednesday. Two of the presidential candidates—Alex Monegro
and Paul Korczyk—wrestle the current AMS president in a gooey fight for the Science Undergraduate
Society's annual jello wrestling, aaron tam photo/the ubyssey 4 | news
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Candidates commit to
fighting student apathy
Specific plans to target commuter
students, attract involvement
by Kalyeena Makortoff
News Staff
Students vying for AMS executive
positions in this year's election
are plagued by the lack of student
engagement on campus, and the
candidates running for VP Academic are no different. Rebane,
Nogas, Wood and Purewal all plan
to combat the apathy.
David Nogas said he had experienced the life of a disconnect,
saying he will use the experience
to his advantage.
"My first few years I was content with being a part of the 'peripheral' student body," he said.
"I feel I intimately understand
the lazy, procrastinating, bored,
disengaged students that we need
to reach because I've been there; I
was one of them."
Nogas had graduate school in
mind but was soon disillusioned
by a summer undergraduate position. Nogas was inspired by the
American elections and saw an
opportunity in student politics.
Part of the solution, Nogas believes, should be to reward and
recognize people and groups that
engage students.
"Offer minor bribes and incentives that don't cost UBC much to
reel in the stragglers," he said.
Candidate Jeremy Wood suggested that the problem lies in the
climate of disempowerment. "Students are made to feel as if they're
just fulfilling the requirements of
a degree and getting out of here,"
he said.
"They've been marginalized
from the AMS, they've been cast as
irrelevant on the issues and they
see no reason anymore to vote."
Wood cited incamera meetings as
a force in creating apathy in the
AMS, as well as members acting
as student leaders rather than representatives of aggregated student
Wood also proposed a greater
range  of consultation methods
as a way to truly engage a wider
range of students at the university.
Inspired by Trek Park initiatives, Wood says he finally felt
physically connected to the university, which he cites as a difficulty
for commuter students. Wood felt
like he was on the outside screaming in, but has come to want to
work in dialogue with the UBC Administration in order to influence
Johannes Rebane, another candidate, thrust himself into campus
politics after spending his first few
years studying intently and exploring clubs like the Debate Society
and the International Relations
Students' Association.
Rebane became involved in
UBC politics through the Commerce Undergraduate Society
(CUS) where he served as VP Academic and later became one ofthe
founders of the UBC International
Business Club.
Reflecting on his past, Rebane
noted, "We really need to give students the opportunity and the freedom to be themselves and engage
in the things and initiatives that
they are proud of and passionate
Rebane admits that there are
"simple things [such as] extending the length of clubs days so
that more students would have a
chance to check out opportunities
to get involved. I think that the
SAC should give more freedom
to clubs in terms of how they advertise. The AMS should approach
and respect the students heading
up clubs and other initiatives as
fellow leaders with equal contributions providing a student community on campus."
VP Academic candidate Sonia
Purewal did not respond by press
Vote for your student executives online until February 2 on
the AMS website for your student
executives or by paper ballot on
February 4.*2I Soorts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
January 30,20091 Page S
The boys get a new diamond on south campus
ABOVE The Birds host their first open practice in their new stadium located on Wesbrook Mall, near 16th
Avenue, jon horn photo/the ubyssey
LEFT The players smile as they pose for a memorable photo on the diamond, jon horn photo/the ubyssey
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
The UBC Thunderbirds baseball
team unveiled their brand new
stadium by hosting an open practice this Wednesday. The stadium
is a part of the Thunderbird Park
project which will include the
soccer turf that is already complete as well as a full-sized track.
The most significant change
from the old practice field is that
the new field consists mosdy of
field turf except for the pitcher's
mound. This will allow players
more practice time as they will
be able to be on the field even
after a heavy day of rain. Coach
Terry McKaig seemed very content in how the field turned out.
"To have a state of the art facility built to our weather in Vancouver and what we deal with in
the college season is going to be
a huge plus for our program."
UBC is the only school in
Canada that operates a full-scale
baseball program and is also a
part of the NAIA league. They
have achieved fourth place at the
2006 NAIA World Series, but the
poor conditions of the field has
always been a headache for the
"We have been limited in the
past by weather and scheduling
in our preparation week-to-week
and spent most of the time in
batting cages or having pitchers
throwing to themselves," said
The new three-million dollar stadium will also bring a
radical change in the practicing
methods for the team as they
have endured all sorts of facility
problems in the past year. For
fitness and bunt practice, the
team had to start at 5:30am in
the gym since they had no other
location. McKaig used to joke
that he was one ofthe best coaches when it came to practicing in
the gym, batting cage, and even
parking lots.
The team does not intend
to keep the new facility all for
themselves. The stadium will
be more of a community asset
where players from little league
to experienced people may enjoy
the diamond.
The Birds will continue to
practice on the field and will be
able to show their talent when
they play some road games in
California in Feburary. After that,
the team will aim to succeed in
the NAIA season, which starts in
the late springand stretches into
the summer. vJ
Athletes ofthe Week
by Claire Hanna, Thunderbird Athletic Council
Last week, the Women's Volleyball team charged against the
University of Manitoba Bisons.
In a chase for the top spot of the
conference, the Birds (9-5) and
the Bisons (11-5) were fighting
down to the last point. But the
Birds came out on top on Friday
winning in a close five sets.
This past weekend, the UBC
swimming team was in Victoria
for its annual appearance at the
Canada West Championships.
Despite just falling short of the
first place mark, the men's and
women's teams both ranked
second overall. At the meet,
one particular swimmer made
some extra large waves. Scott
Dickens, UBC team captain and
Ancaster, ON native, broke not
one, not two, or even three, but
four Canada West records. His
speciality is in the breaststroke,
an event he represented Canada
in at the 2004 Olympic games in
Athens. He broke records in the
50m, 100m and 200m event. He
also set a new 400m medley relay record along with teammates
Matt Hawes, Callum Ng and Rory
Biskupski with a time of 3:37.79,
shaving more than three seconds
off the previous record.
Dickens raked in a total of
five gold medals. Not only did
However, Saturday was a
different story. The Birds commanded the game, winning in
three deciding sets. A key factor behind the dominant win
was Thunderbird Marisa Field.
Notching a team high of 12 kills,
Field's unstoppable middle attack
was no match for the opposition.
Her blocking was also unmatch-
able, and her seven blocks were
more than the Bisons' entire
team combined. Having just
spent the last two summers
training with Team Canada,
it's easy to see how this middle
blocker's skill is next to none in
the Canada West conference. *2I
he bring in the hardware, but he
was also awarded the coveted
Swimmer of the Meet Award.
Make sure to catch Dickens and
the rest of the swim team when
UBC hosts the 2009 CIS championships   this   season,   from
February 19-21. But for a special glimpse at the team before
then, you can catch the Birds in
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January 30,2009 | Page 6
Our Endorsements
The following endorsements were decided after interviews with most but
not all ofthe candidates, and deliberation among staff and editors who
had closely been reporting on the elections. Endorsements will reflect the
Condorcet ranked-pairs method of voting. News editor Justin McElroy
excused himself from debate concerning Jeremy "Kommander Keg"
President: Paul Korczyk must be discounted due to his lack of
experience, and a platform that contains very little direction for the
AMS outside of communication. The choice is between Blake Frederick and Alex Monegro. Frankly, we think Monegro should have ran
for VP Academic, and Frederick for VP External, as those portfolios
are where their skills would be best applied. We are presented with
two very distinct but flawed candidates who would pursue different
directions once in office. Frederick would be proactive on all student
issues, aggressive in advocating for students and in fighting for issues of social justice and discrimination, and would be able to use
his institutional knowledge ofthe AMS to push forward his agenda.
And Monegro...well, frankly, we don't know. He's talked about linking
faculty tenure to lecturing and lowering textbook prices, but those are
the only policies that he seems passionate about. He freely admits
that he isn't as experienced as Frederick and that he doesn't have as
many policies that he wants to implement, but points to his leadership skills as the reason he should be elected. At the same time,
when you're running purely on leadership skills, which are difficult
to qualify, those skills better be extraordinarily good. Are they with
Monegro? It's difficult to say, and given that he clearly doesn't have
the experience or platform of Frederick, that's an issue.
We have reservations about Frederick. But at the same time,
we feel that his ideological impulses will be reined in by the more
conservative student council. To be a successful president, you need
to have ideas, you need to have passion, and—with only a one-year
term—you need to be able to hit the ground running immediately
with a sense of what you want to do and how you're going to do it.
1. Frederick 2. Monegro 3. Korczyk
VP Academic & University Affairs: This breaks down rather easily
for us. David Nogas simply doesn't know enough about the AMS, or
have any real leadership experience to merit support. Jeremy Wood
has the clearest sense of what he would do in the position but he's a
little too unhinged—as evidenced by his bizarre exit and re-entry into
the race. Sonia Purewal is the most experienced candidate but has run
a lacklustre campaign and hasn't been able to articulate her vision for
the portfolio. Which leaves us with Johannes Rebane. Although he's
spent little time focusing on the university affairs aspect of the portfolio, he's run an impressive campaign, remained cool under pressure
despite attacks from opponents, and has a platform that is realistic, all
oral-vettings aside. 1. Rebane 2. Purewal 3. Wood 4. Nogas
VP Administration: Tristan Markle has impressed AMS executives and councillors of all types this year with his commitment to the
job and his ability to put aside personal politics to working towards
broadly-supported positions. Crystal Hon, for all her talk of representing "the silent majority" simply hasn't articulated why Markle should
no longer hold the position. As for Kommander Keg, he's come off as
a rarity: a funny joke candidate who is passionate about improving
student life on campus. Even though his election would end democracy as we know it here, we're willing to risk putting him in our second
slot. 1. Markle 2. Keg 3. Hon 4. Fountain
VP External: All of our writers who covered the debates were thoroughly unimpressed by both Chu and Rodriguez. Chu focused far too
much on equity issues and has unrealistic goals for lobbying while
Rodriguez was all over the map in his ideas and seems like he would
constancy fight with the rest of the executive. We like Chu a little bit
more if only for his experience. But frankly, as a protest vote at their
poor showings we'd like to put a joke candidate at the top of our ballot. Just once, mind you. Because UBC students still have reservations
about Fire due to certain events involving fire, mass arrests, and a
specific hill last April, we're going with the King's Head. Because
really, whether you're Liberal or NDP, who doesn't love cheap beer,
good yam fries, and great music? 1. King's Head 2. Chu 3. Rodriguez
4. Fire
VP Finance: Tom Dvorak and Ale Coates are two solid candidates
and both seem like they wouldn't make any real mishaps while in
office. But, which one would really shine in the job and expand the
possibilities of what the AMS can offer? To us, that's Dvorak, the
commerce student who has performed impressively in debates. He
simply has a vision and a business background that Coates, the SAC
vice-chair, simply can't match. 1. Dvorak 2. Coates
Board of Governors: This is the deepest, and perhaps most
important race in this election. There were two things we were able
to agree on. First, AMS president Michael Duncan deserves to be
elected. He has been a very good president this year, already has
a deep knowledge of how the board operates, and has a broad and
deep level of support from students. Secondly, we think that Blake
Frederick is simply not fit to be both president and a member ofthe
board—it's simply too much work to do both effectively, and given
his very public disdain for how the board operates, it's difficult to
imagine him functioning well in that environment.
As for our second choice between Andrew Carne, Tristan Markle,
and Bijan Ahmadian...we're stuck. While we believe Markle and
Duncan would form an effective team, we wonder whether Markle
already has too much friction with the board. Carne has impressed
us in his commitment to the job and his knowledge of the board, but
we wonder what issues he would effectively push when in the job.
Finally, Ahmadian has done a good job in his role this year and his
argument for the need to have a second year to be truly effective is
compelling. However, many members of our staff have doubts on
whether he would be able to work well with whoever else is elected
and whether he truly is putting the interests of students first—which
is what his job first and foremost should be. We couldn't find a consensus, which is indicative of just how tight this race is. \a
I choose you,
Timchu! Use
by Trevor Melanson
Internet Commenta
Great guilt-trip; but this one is
going to take some explaining.
It is implied that we owe a debt
for the land we stole from them.
Check that—the land our ancestors stole from their ancestors.
Check that further—I am a first-
generation Canadian, my ancestors had nothing to do with any
of this—and even if they had, I
am not my ancestors. I reject the
implication that I should inherit
the guilt of a society simply by
virtue of the colour of my skin.
Likewise, how is the current
UBC administration complicit
in any of these injustices—
which, as you stated so clearly
in the article—occurred a staggering 245 years ago!....
All this rehashing of historical injustices accomplishes is a
prolonging of the conflict....No
one alive today is responsible
for what happened  over  two
centuries ago. Let's move on
and determine how best to fix
the imbalances which currendy
The current state of First Nations affairs is a broken system.
Why is it that we continue to
segregate First Nations people
by means of their special legal
status? Why are they exempt
from some of our laws (like
fishing limits, which exist for
very compelling environmental
reasons), and allowed to live in
semi-autonomous reserves so
rife with corruption, when no
other group of people in Canada
is permitted to do the same? If
the goal is fair and equal treatment, why don't these people
fully enter Canadian society? If
conditions on the reserves are
as bad as reported, why do we
continue with the reservation
....Is there really, as you seem
to be implying, a systematic
discrimination    against   First-
Nations people at UBC? Or is
there a dearth of qualified First
Nations candidates who meet
the rigorous entry requirements—perhaps as a result of
poor educational conditions in
First Nations communities. If
it is the latter, then this is certainly a problem which needs
to be addressed, but not at the
University level. UBC has a responsibility to maintain rigorous standards for admission.
Now don't get me wrong—I
acknowledge that there are some
injustices which are unconscionable and more recent, notably
the residential schools—but
again, how am I, or the UBC
administration, responsible for
this? You have my full support in
wishing to provide aid to those
who suffered, but please don't
imply that I should feel a personal sense of guilt over something I
had nothing to do with.
—Nicholas FitzGerald,
January 29, 2009 at ubyssey.ca
Why are you planning to vote in the AMS elections?
1    -
Thomas Walker
Arts 1
"So that the
Greek system
gets more of a
Ali Cawfin
Arts 2
"Hopefully they
can help with a
lot of student
issues this year,
especially the
Colin James
Arts 4
"I haven't voted
for everybody
Johnny Lee
Commerce 1
"I'm voting because I believe
yet but one of that it is really
important for
us to get our
student voice
out there."
Annabelle Yee
Arts 3
"Because I actually have some
friends running
for positions, so
just supporting
my good friends
is Bijan....he's
really got his
head in the right
place....I have
also voted for
Mike Duncan....
because he's just
a really stand-up
-Coordinated by Tara Martellaro & Shun Endo, with photos by Goh Iromoto Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
January 30,2009 \ Page 7
Making friends with death
by Arielle Indiana Furneaux
Culture Writer
Choosing your MySpace photograph just became a bit trickier.
Gone are the days when it was
enough to look seductive, social
and well-groomed. Now you have
to visualize your photo next to an
Welcome to death in the digital world. Once a private affair,
kicking the bucket has become a
public spectacle.
MyDeathSpace.com serves
as an online shrine to deceased
MySpace members. New deaths
are submitted continually—not
as they occur, but as people discover them. The site categorizes
its profiles by means of death.
As you might expect for the
MySpace demographic, most
are suicides, drug-related or car
accidents (founder Michael Patterson allegedly created the site
as a means of preventing drunk
driving accidents).
Clicking the deceased's
photograph takes you to their
MySpace page. There, it's almost
as if nothing has changed: the
wallpaper is still an eyesore, the
gangster rap mp3 still blares,
and here are still the obligatory
photos of last Friday's night out.
The message board is the only
indication that anything is out
of the ordinary. Piling up for
the past ten months are the inevitable: "Help me get threw [sic]
this!" "I miss you so much!" and
"I can't believe it's been almost
a year!" Facebook is a similar
story. Dead members' profiles
become public memorials, as
friends post RIP after RIP.
There was a time when
MyDeathSpace was my obsession. It achieved a sort of
pornographic quality. Like a
porn-aficionado, I had my type:
16-18-year-old blonde Southern
girls who died in alcohol-related
circumstances. My obsession
surprised me, maybe it was jealousy. My favourite listing commemorated two teens who died
from the consequences of having
intercourse on an icy roof.
Realizing   that   an   obituary
on campus
by Kathy Yan Li
MyDeathSpace.com posts links to the deceased's MySpace, for all to see. goh iromoto photo illustration/the ubyssey
had become a "favourite" signalled that I should break ties
with MyDeathSpace. I have,
mosdy, but questions still lurk.
For example, what are the legal
implications of commemorating
someone's death so publicly? Is
it even allowed?
Facebook's terms of use specify that it will generally keep the
dead member's account active
under "memorialized status" for
a period of time determined by
the website. MySpace retains all
profiles of dead members, and
deals with distressed families individually. These sites also have
no way of knowing which members are dead or alive. In other
words, these public shrines are
perfecdy kosher.
Legal issues arise when the
user has been murdered. After
the stabbing death of 14-year-
old Stefanie Rengel in Toronto,
vengeful friends posted the
names of the accused to Face-
book memorial sites. Authorities
feared that the publicly accessible comments could compromise a fair trial for the accused.
Further complicating the matter
was the fact that the suspects
were underage, and therefore
could not be identified under the
Canadian Youth Criminal Justice
Far beyond legal issues, I am
most perturbed by the way public Facebook and MySpace memorials connect us to the dead.
We become pseudo-experts on
the lives of people we had never
known. When three former private school boys died in a drunk
driving accident in Muskoka
last summer, newspapers were
quick to quote bereaved family members who waxed poetic
about these upstanding young
men. Right, I thought doubtfully. I had seen the Facebook
photographs of the boys posing
with beer bongs  and passed
out drunk on couches. Who
should I believe: the sheltered
parents or the self-selected
Some may see this as a good
thing. These shrines allow people to remember their friends as
they were, not the sanitized version presented by their parents
or the media.
But then again, these memorials freeze the dead in what is
often an awkward developmental stage. The rest of us age. We
swap our beer bongs for wine
glasses and Soulja Boy for Neil
Young. As we enter our mid-2 Os,
we look back on our teenage
years with a roll of the eyes and
a shake of the head. The deceased of MyDeathSpace won't
have the luxury of revising their
image. Bobby Zertuche, 16, will
always be frozen in time, decked
in his gangster mask, "Cruizen
da Streetz" blaring in the background. *2I
Culture Staff
This past weekend the film crew
of X-Men Origins: Wolverine
found their way to UBC, where
they filmed a scene in front of Buchanan Tower for the upcoming
movie. Crowd control seemed to
be a problem as students accumulated, edging closer to the set.
A tank explosion was scheduled to go off at 5:45pm last Saturday. After technical delays and
the warming up of some chemicals, the explosion went off and
delighted spectators applauded.
Standing in the crowd, the
question on everyone's lips was
"Where's Hugh?" Unfortunately,
Jackman was not scheduled to
be on campus this weekend. The
film crew will be on campus for
a month and there have already
been star sightings around UBC.
The crew was pretty tight-
lipped and The Ubyssey's requests for an interview were
turned down since the film is
still in production.
Films and movies have to
go through the UBC Business
Development office if they want
to shoot on campus. Currendy,
there is no application form and
all bookings have to be done
through the phone. Location fees
are $2500 per day and $1250
for every prep or wrap day. *2I
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To the person who mistakenly made off with the black 2008 Specialized
Globe Sport bicycle with black front and rear pannier racks and with
black front and rear fenders on Sunday January 18th, 2009
between 5:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. outside the Gold's Gym
near UBC campus:
If you return the bike, I'll remove the curse that I've put on you and
we can forget the whole thing; otherwise, misfortune will fall upon you
for the rest of your life. You didn't work for the bike and it
doesn't belong to you, return it; not everyone gets a second chance.
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For anyone with information leading to the arrest ofthe person
responsible for the bicycle's disappearance, there is a $1,000 reward.
Contact: globesportreward@yahoo.ca
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51. Red meat.
53. Waterhouse's profession
57. Sweet picnic fruit
62. Frost or grey-hair.
63. Wide open in awe.
64. Often served on a baked potato,
uncommon spelling.
65. Mussel genus.
66. All of the words in a language
67. A Chimney Sweep's mortal enemy
68. Mojito feature.
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9. Serbian American pioneer of alternating current electricity
14. Eye.
Fur coat.
The Hunter of the sky
Female slur.
Death rattle.
Turn on one point
20. A Chimney Sweep's mortal enemy
21. The magic words.
23. Nigerian person speaking a certain
Kwa language.
25. Nerd.
26. About.
28. A type of sleeve.
33. "A of an accent."
36. Butter substitute
38. Italia's capital.
39. Jonathan Swift's writing style
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2. Ice house.
3. Fluorescent mineral.
4. Not spaghetti, not linguini...
5. State of excitement.
6. Harvest.
7. Against the law.
8. Locomotor organ with a row of
strong cilia.
9. The capital of Kansas.
10. Greek goddess of discord
11. The Hindu Destroyer.
12. Over hang, esp. with darkness
13. Start the hand, with 'up'.
22. Endangered goat antelope, related
to the goral.
24. Corpse stand.
27. Designer Chanel.
29. A knack with plants.
30. Empress Car of Mexico
31. Sermon ender.
32. Old 'not one'.
33. Russian monarch
34. Dance party?
35. Opposite of beneath.
37. The highest volcano in Europe
40. Religion based on the Koran
42. Arabian ruler.
45. Part of the brain.
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50. With good sense.
52. Army mission, abb.
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occupied by the Greeks.
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