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Array fact: fuck you since 1918
Council censors AMS executives
Councilors met with AMS President Blake Frederick and VP External Tim Chu at AMS Council on
Wednesday for the first time since
the issuing of the United Nations
complaint, and passed a series of
motions designed to censor the
two executives and eventually
remove them without prompting
a lawsuit.
AMS Council Chambers were
packed. Over a hundred and
twenty-five students and representatives from student groups
attended. They were there to hear
a motion to change the AMS'
policy on tuition as well as a number of motions addressing the
controversy that has caught the
attention of students on campus.
The two executives are on the
brink of potential removal from
office for filing a human rights
complaint to the United Nations
last week regarding accessibility of education in Canada and
failing to approve it with Council
beforehand. Councilors voted
unanimously in favour of asking
Frederick and Chu to resign at an
emergency Council meeting on
Council passed a policy on
Wednesday that does not allow
the AMS to send out press releases and broadcast e-mails without
approval from the Communications Planning Group or a two-
thirds majority at AMS Council.
The decision was made in order
to censor Frederick and Chu.
The two executives sent e-mails
to students earlier this week accusing AMS Council of accepting
tuition increases, while they believe that tuition fees need to be
reduced. In an open letter sent to
Heavy winds and rain caused
structural damage and the
displacement and exposure of
asbestos-filled building material
at Salmo Court in UBC's Acadia
Park residences over the last two
Located on the UBC campus,
the residences are designated
family housing reserved for
couples and families with children. Damage was done to one of
the residence's detached storage
sheds when the roof collapsed,
exposing asbestos contained
in the shed's roofing material,
confirmed David Kiloh, UBC's
director of Facilities and Building
Kiloh assured that the necessary procedures were taken
and the asbestos-containing
materials were removed and
disposed of. "The university
has an inventory of the asbestos-containing materials on
campus," he explained. "When
it is exposed we contract with
an environmental company
[ESF] to ensure that it is contained and abated according
to  the  university's  policies."
UBC Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Building Manager
and Asbestos Coordinator Guy
Champagne added that while
asbestos exposure is often dangerous and usually involves sealing off the exposed area, no residences were harmed or displaced
in the incident.
"It happened in a shed and all
the material was wet when it fell
down. That's the best scenario
that can happen. When asbestos
is wet, the material can't spread
around and become airborne—it
isn't harmful," said Champagne.
"While [the exposure] is not a
good thing, it was the best way it
could've happened."
In addition to Salmo Court
where the incident took place, all
residences at Acadia Park built
before 1985—including those in
Keremeos Court, Melfa Court,
Oyama Court, Revelstoke Court
and the preschool—contain asbestos in their drywall and other
building materials, according to a
report released by UBC in February 2009.
Despite numerous conversations, Kiloh would not disclose
whether residents living in neighbouring areas were notified about
the incident.
AMS Council on Monday night, the
two executives challenged Council
to adopt the motion on tuition.
However, a motion on changing UBC's tuition policy was
quickly referred back to the
External Policy Committee for
discussion, with a unified vote
from councilors and opposition
from Frederick and Chu. Councilors felt that consultation with
students was needed before proceeding with the motion.
Councilors and the two executives proceeded to engage in
a back-and-forth debate the rest of
the night, with councilors voting
in bloc against Frederick and Chu
on virtually all motions that were
brought to the table. The atmosphere was fairly civil, aside from
a few personal attacks on the two
Asbestos exposed at Acadia kept quiet
Sonny Dhashi, research safety
information process technician
with the HSE department at the
university, admitted it is not
uncommon for the general public to remain in the dark about
incidents such as the asbestos
exposure that occurred at Salmo
"The general public doesn't
need to be aware of it unless
it [poses] an immediate problem," said Dhashi. He went on
to explain that while the facility
managers as well as the building
managers are usually aware of
the asbestos on each property,
residents aren't often told about
the potentially harmful asbestos
in their residences.
"[If] the asbestos is in drywall,
joint compounds and residences
could disturb the asbestos by
hanging pictures," he added.
"Residents are typically not made
aware of this information."
The same incident was reported twice in the last two weeks
to the HSE and Dashi encourages
residents to visit the HSE website
for more information, va
We received over 4 T letters
on the AMS/UN debacle.
Read a random selection on page 9
or read them all at ubyssey.ca/ideas.
Shinerama, UBC's annual campaign
aimed at raising money for cystic fibrosis
research, raised over $11,900 this year.
Fundraising initiatives such as a dance
party, doughnut sale, UBC Bookstore
Roundup and a loonie mile were among
methods used by the other 200 student volunteers and 17 sponsors participating in
the event. Cystic fibrosis is a fatal, genetic
disease that affects the digestive system
and the lungs.
A recent UBC study has found that humans
use their whole bodies to understand
The study is the first to show that
humans "naturally process tactile information to perceive sounds of speech." Linguistics Professor Bryan Gick and PhD student
Donald Derrick found that perception of
spoken syllables can be biased by air puffs
directed at skin. Humans use aspiration,
or tiny bursts of breath that accompany
speech sounds, to distinguish aspirated
sounds such as "pa and "ta" from unaspi-
rated sounds such as "da" and "ba."
66 subjects were asked to distinguish
these syllables while air puffs were
directed at the back of their neck or hand.
Researchers found that syllables heard
along with air puffs were more likely to be
perceived as aspirated, therefore they were
Researchers say that it is unlikely aspirations are felt on the skin, attributing the
phenomenon to a scenario similar to lip-
reading, or "hearing" with your eyes.
Nineteen-year-old UBC Okanagan student
Kevin Craig has been elected as the youngest councilor on Kelowna's City Council,
making him the youngest councilor in
the city's 104-year history, reported The
Craig will replace the late councilor
Brian Given, who died of cancer in August.
"I've proven that young people can be
elected," Craig told The Province. "I'm very
eager to rise to the challenge, but I understand the hard work has only just started."
Craig is in his third year in UBC-O's
Bachelor of Arts program, and said that
he first got interested in public service at
UBC's Electric Car Project recently received
"a message of best wishes" from Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
According to the club's website, ubcecc.
com, the project is led by third-year Electrical and Computer Engineering student
Ricky Gu. It aims at promoting sustainability by transforming a 3 7-year-old VW Beetle
into a sustainable electric car. The club
hopes to drive the car to Whistler and back
during the 2010 Olympics.
Robertson said that the project is important to the City Council because Vancouver
has recently embarked on an initiative to
be the 'greenest' city in the world.
Kerry Margaret Morrissey an instructor at
UBC's Department of Family Practice since
2006, was one of six victims in a plane
crash on Sunday, November 29 in Lyall
Harbour, reported CTV.
Morrissey and her six-month old daughter Sarah were in the float plane when it
crashed during takeoff just after 4pm on
Sunday. She had just returned to work at
the South Community Birth Program, and
had worked at the Raven Song Community
Health Centre in Vancouver.
Morrissey leaves behind a husband and
young daughter, tl 2/UBYSSEY.CA/EVENTS/2009.12.03
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Paul Bucci led the expedition, Samantha Jung was in
charge of the crew: Kate Barbaria, Trevor Record and
Justin McElory were busy shouting orders. Katarina
Grgic was the first to rebel, by flipping the bird to
Trevor Melanson. Kyrstin Bain saw this and shouted to
Tara Martellaro, "Now is the time, free the prisoners!"
Brendan Albano charged at Wilson Wang (who was busy
flogging Michael Thibault) and Geff Lister who were both
chained to the mast of the ship. Suddenly, the doors
of the guard house opened and Roel Moeurs, Larisa
Karr, Kai Green and Will Goldbloom came charging to
the rescue of their masters. Below, Zoe Green knocked
Jessica Mach to the floor, which caused the spell she
was about to cast on Lance Zhou to go wrong. A hole
the size of Nicole Gall opened in the side of the ship,
water began pouring in. "Get us out of here!" screamed
Ashley Whillans and Caroline Pailliez. Andrew Hood and
Lance Zhou were too tired to care. Anthony Goertz was
the one that came to the rebels rescue that fateful day
piloting the warship Celestian Rice. Charlize Gordon
fired the deck cannons. Pierce Nettling lowered the
lifeboat, as the ship was sinking fast and there were
people in the shark filled waters. The expedition was
surely through.
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Trial by Jury • The Gilbert and Sullivan
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The Physics of Toys • The 6th Annual
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Frederick, Chu initiate e-mail campaign
In support of lower tuition, Frederick and Chu
launched a personal e-mail campaign earlier this
week, writing that "AMS Council states that it is
absolutely acceptable for tuition fees to increase
as they are now."
The current AMS policy on tuition opposes increases past BC's two per cent cap, and in light of
this campaign, Council referred a motion to change
the policy back to External Policy Committee last
Frederick has suggested that he will file a lawsuit if he believes that AMS Council has removed
him illegally as set out by the BC Society Act.
News Editor: Samantha Jung
Over 125 students present at AMS Council
Naylor: "I think that Blake and Tims time in this society has to end"
Students in attendance were divided
on the issue; some felt that the executives were justified in their actions
on tuition and weren't as concerned
about the fact that they did not consult Council beforehand.
"There's definitely procedures
that should have been followed, but
I think that...the response of Council is disproportionate, considering
Blake and Tim were acting in...a
way that is appropriate to defend
and fight for student's rights and
access to education," said Helene
Frohard-Dourlent, secretary of
Pride UBC.
Nick Sertic, a fourth-year Engineering Physics student, disagreed.
"It's deplorable how Blake and Tim
have completely gone against AMS
Council to pursue their own political agenda," he said. "The measures
that AMS Council have taken to
resolve this issue have been quite
At 11pm, discussion finally began
on the UN complaint itself. However,
after a few minutes of debate, Frederick refused to resign and a motion
was passed to abruptly adjourn the
meeting shortly after.
Over 125 students attended Wednesday's AMS Council meeting—leaving floor seating only, michael thibault photo/the ubyssey
"I would find it incredibly
reprehensible to the student will
if [Blake and Tim] continue to stay
on Council," said Arts representative Matthew Naylor. "I would have
serious reservations about continuing to serve as part of the body that is
so neglectful of the student will.
"I think that Blake and Tim's time in
this society has to end—or mine does."
The issue will potentially come
to a conclusion on Monday, December 7, when AMS Council votes
whether to recall or impeach, the
two executives, tl
The legalities of the situation.,
AMS Code, section VI: Executive,
Article 3, Executive Committee,
subsections 4-6.
4 When a question arises over
whether the Executive Committee or Council is the appropriate
body to deal with an issue, the Executive Committee shall decide
the matter, subject to the Bylaws,
Code and policies of the Society,
and shall note the decision in
its minutes. However, Council
may overrule the Executive Committee's decision and choose to
deal with the issue itself.
5 Pursuant to Bylaw 5(1), no
information shall be withheld
from Council notwithstanding the confidential nature ofthe
information. The Executive may
request that the information be
disclosed in an in camera session, at which time Council shall
decide whether to go into an in
camera session.
6 In addition to the rules and regulations set out in the Code and
Bylaws, the Executive Committee
may make such other rules and
regulations as it considers necessary, provided such rules and
regulations are consistent with
the Constitution, Bylaws and
Code of the Society. Such rules
shall be adopted by a Two-thirds
(2/3) Resolution at a meeting of
the Executive Committee where
all the Executive members are in
Stanford Encyclopedia of
"Human rights are international
norms that help to protect all
people everywhere from severe
political, legal, and social abuses.
Examples of human rights are the
right to freedom of religion, the
right to a fair trial when charged
with a crime, the right not to be
tortured, and the right to engage
in political activity. These rights
exist in morality and in law at the
national and international levels.
They are addressed primarily to
governments, requiring compliance and enforcement."
Canada—registered under the
1976 International Covenant
on Civil and Political Rights (IC-
CPR)—has the highest number of
officially registered human rights
complaints against them, with
134. Following are Spain with 105
and Australia with 100.
United Nations Article 26,
Universal Declaration of Human
1 Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free,
at least in the elementary and
fundamental stages. Elementary
education shall be compulsory.
Technical and professional education shall be made generally
available and higher education
shall be equally accessible to all
on the basis of merit.
2 Education shall be directed
to the full development of the
human personality and to the
strengthening of respect for
human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote
understanding, tolerance and
friendship among all nations,
racial or religious groups, and
shall further the activities of the
United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3 Parents have a prior right to
choose the kind of education that
shall be given to their children.
Financial assistance for students
comes from: donors who endow
or annually fund awards, UBC's
general purpose operating budget, and provincial and federal
Student funding is divided into
two major categories: needhased
funding, which are bursaries, loans
and grants and are awarded according to financial need, and merit-
based funding, which are scholarships and prizes, awarded according
to academic achievement. UBC and
its donors provide approximately
$35 million in awards to outstanding students each year.
In order to have full information in
making its decision about changes
to tuition and mandatory fees and
to meet deadlines for decisions
in an orderly fashion, the university will consult the elected student
leadership and the affected portion
ofthe student body.
No students will be rejected from
attending UBC solely for financial
limitations. Financial support for
students includes but is not limited
to bursaries, university loans, and
commercial loans, and is determined on a flexible basis, taking
into account the mix and mode
of administration and delivery
of financial support for Eligible
The average student debt for the
class of 2007 in Canada:
Bachelor's: $20,400
Doctorate: $22,500
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The physics
of music
One minute he's in deep thought
about black holes. The next, he's preparing how to engage Arts students
through the physics of black notes-
music, that is.
Currently in his 3 3rd year of teaching, Dr William Unruh offers courses
in both gravitational physics and
quantum mechanics and the physics
of music, an Arts-oriented Science
elective. Regardless of the level of
difficulty of the course, Unruh has
always acted upon and taught the
notion that "physics really is trying
to understand how the world works,
having questions about the world,
and then trying to figure out what's
While the stereotypical view of
physics as an impenetrable wall of
mathematical equations remains,
Unruh works to dispel this perspective. Referring to these equations,
he remarked: "That is not physics...
sometimes doing [physics] in terms
of mathematics is helpful, but you can
understand a lot about the world in a
much more intuitive sort of sense."
One way students have experienced the "true essence of physics"
is through physics of music. Unruh
developed the course at UBC in about
1985, and has taught it for most
years since then. Influenced by his
wife, who is a professional musician,
and years spent playing the violin, he
felt "that this was an interesting kind
of course that one could teach to non-
science students."
"I could teach them a little bit
of physics..and at the same time
I could also learn something," he
added. "One of the most fun things
about teaching courses like this is
that I learn a lot as well."
Through demonstrations, graphs,
vocal analysis and musical instruments, students learn to think like
a physicist in Unruh's class. A sub-
theme which runs throughout the
course is that "music is not just the
instruments or whatever the instruments are doing but it's an interaction between that and the human
mind...in the ways in which human
beings hear sounds and appreciate
sounds and make sounds together,"
he explained.
Unruh's journey to graduate
school in Princeton began as a child,
when he would leaf through physics
textbooks belonging to his father,
who also taught the subject. He
would "never mind the equations but
try and understand and read some of
the words."
For his research, he loves exploring the fundamental aspects of
physics, mainly the phenomenon of
black holes and "how fluctuations in
the early universe can grow up to be
things like galaxies, and stars, and us
and so forth." tl 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2009.12.03
Fee to airport will cost students
opposed to
fare addition
A $2.50 Add Fare will soon be required to travel to the airport via the
Canada Line. However, students,
don't expect to travel for free, U-
Pass holders will also have to pay
the fare.
Passengers travelling between
Bridgeport and Templeton stations
are to be charged a $2.50 "Canada
Line YVR Add Fare" starting January
1, 2010. Ken Hardie of TransLink
Media Relations explained that "the
additional fee will enable [TransLink]
to bail out the $ 15 million gap that
the [Canada] Line has generated."
Five years ago, TransLink proposed an Airport Special Zone Fare
to help fund the Canada Line project, which was then at the planning
stage. They estimated the charge
wouldyield a revenue of $3.3 million
per year.
TransLink believes
that the deal is fair, as
the cost to travel by
transit to YVR is far
less than by taxi.
"No one was surprised that there
would be issues to resolve," Hardie
said. "There are always challenges in
funding a $2.1 billion project both in
terms of finding the funding and in
making it fit the dollars available."
UBC students will soon be paying $2.50 to head home to see their families due to the newfare. michael thibault graphic™ ubyssey
TransLink plans to adjust the Add
Fare within a range of $2-$4 and
to maintain this added fee over 30
TransLink believes that the deal is
fair, as the cost to travel by transit to
YVR is far less than by taxi, even with
the additional fee. "It is also quite
usual to have what is called a 'premium fare' at international airports,
and our premium fare is pretty low
by world standards," said Hardie.
The TransLink Commissioner is currently soliciting feedback from the
public on the Add Fare.
However, the increase in fare has
caused a strong reaction among the
AMS, who doesn't really understand
why U-Pass users should not be
"Our current U-Pass contract
states that we should have unlimited
access to TransLink's services," said
AMS VP External Tim Chu. "There is
no reason that we should pay an additional fee. We are looking into our
contract to see whether or not the
YVR Add Fare is allowed. It is more a
legal issue in this case and we are getting a legal opinion on the matter."
The Simon Fraser Student Society
(SFSS) shares similar sentiments to
the AMS. "The Simon Fraser Student
Society will be actively engaged with
this issue because we want the best
transportation system for our students. We will be working with the
AMS to achieve our common goals,"
said Alysia MacGrotty, external relations officer of the SFSS.
Chu said that all of the student
unions will sign a letter opposing the
Add Fare and send it to the TransLink Commissioner, va
"Our current U-Pass
contract states that we
should have unlimited
access to TransLink's
services. There is no
reason that we should
pay an additional fee....
we are getting a legal
opinion on the matter."
— Tim Chu,
AMS VP External
Break and enter to Nitobe Gardens
Tea House. A window was broken
and a fire extinguisher was taken
from building and discharged into
the pond, no suspects or witnesses.
Break and enter to UBC Pharmacy,
door was damaged, laptop stolen. No
suspects or witnesses.
Mischief to Kappa Sigma Fraternity
house by an unknown group throwing eggs at members and windows
of Kappa Sigma. Police arrived and
dispersed crowd that had spilled out
onto the street.
Female reported receiving a threatening e-mail to her UBC e-mail
account. Police confirmed this as a
fraudulent e-mail known to them.
The sender requires the receiver to
respond and send money to them.
Police are warning anyone who
receives this e-mail to report it to
the RCMP and never send money to
someone they don't know online.
Two females reported leaving their
dorm room open at Place Vanier
while they left for 15 minutes. Upon
returning, they noticed numerous
items taken from their room. Police
are reminding students to lock their
residences at all times, even if you
are just leaving for a short time.
Noise complaint for Beta House
called into police by a UBC resident.
Police attended, Beta agreed to turn
down music and close their doors.
No further problems, tl
—Courtesy ofthe University
RCMP Detachment
UBC: Asbestos on campus not harmful
Hazardous product found in SUB, Hebb Theatre, Totem
A recent Ubyssey investigation has
discovered that asbestos still exists
in buildings on campus, but the university assures that its presence is
not harmful.
In recent years, it has been
discovered that the inhalation of
asbestos can lead to life-threatening
diseases such as mesothelioma, a
form of lung cancer, or chronic inflammation such as asbestosis. The
use of asbestos was banned in the
early 1970s due to health effects;
however, it is still prevalent in buildings. According to UBC Department
of Health, Safety, and Environment's
(HSE) website, "Of the one million
square metres of floor area UBC has,
approximately 84 per cent contains
some form of asbestos-containing
Buildings such as the SUB, the
Buchanan buildings, the Hebb
buildings, Totem Park, Place Vanier
Residence and Acadia Park are just
some of the notable buildings that
are known to have asbestos within
their architecture.
Cheryl Peters, a researcher
of occupational and environmental exposures from CAREX
Canada, a group of scientists
involved in research towards
cancer      prevention     programs
"Ofthe one million square metres of floor area
UBC has, approximately 84 per cent contains
some form of asbestos-containing material."
— UBC Health, Safety
and Environment
and based in the UBC School of
Environmental Health, states that
while asbestos exposure is dangerous, the effects are not immediate.
"Asbestos is definitely a deadly
carcinogen in the sense that the cancers stemming from its exposure are
extremely dangerous. For example,
most people who have been exposed
to asbestos and are diagnosed with
mesothelioma die within a year
of the diagnosis. But the effects of
exposure might only surface after decades," said Peters, adding, "It's only
dangerous if it's exposed and people
breathe it in."
Asbestos is a naturally occurring
mineral characterized by fibrous
crystals. There are two categories of
asbestos: friable and non-friable. Friable asbestos, the more fragile ofthe
two, can easily be crumbled or powdered by hand. Non-friable asbestos,
on the other hand, will not easily
shed fibres under normal day-to-day
Asbestos was used frequently
in construction from the 1940s to
the 1980s because of its prized fire-
resistant properties, durability and
strength. Asbestos was used as an additive to strengthen cement and plastics, essential in creating fireproofing
material and for soundproofing. In
addition, it was used to manufacture
ceiling and floor tiles, adhesives, dry-
wall, plaster and paints.
In a November 8 CTV article on
asbestos, it was reported that recent
figures from the federal government
show that the number of new cases
of mesothelioma per year in the
country increased 67 per cent over
the last 15 years, from 276 to 461.
In BC, deaths from asbestos-related
diseases have increased as much as
69 per cent between 2002 and now.
In 2008, Canada exported 175,000
tonnes of raw chrysotile, a form of
asbestos, mostly to developing nations such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka
and Bangladesh.
HSE assures us that the presence
of asbestos in the buildings on campus is not harmful.
"UBC has adopted the regulations
of all provincial and federal regulatory agencies as the minimum standard by which asbestos is handled,
mclucLmg Sections 6.1 to 6.32 ofthe
BC Occupational Health and Safety
Regulation and Safe Work Practices
for Handling Asbestos [WorkSafe
BC]," said Guy Champagne, HSE's
asbestos program coordinator.
UBC has been running the Asbestos Management Program, which
has been working to control and
curtail the threat of asbestos.
"The Asbestos Management Program has established asbestos reduction priorities which include removing the following: asbestos-containing spray insulation; suspended
asbestos ceiling tiles; asbestos
texture coat ceilings and mechanical
insulation," Champagne said.
According to WorkSafe BC, Sections 6.1 to 6.32 do guarantee the
limitation of asbestos exposure in
workplace   environments   through
Asbestos is a naturally
occurring mineral
characterized by
fibrous crystals.
methods of containment or
encapsulation in the affected areas.
Contrarily Section 6.71 also deals
with the management of asbestos but
states, "The employer must ensure
that a friable asbestos-containing material in the workplace is controlled
by removal, enclosure or encapsulation so as to prevent the release of
airborne asbestos fibre."
The removal of all asbestos-containing material on campus costs
upwards of $3 per square foot. During the renovation of Buchanan
Building A, $41,000 was spent on
asbestos abatement alone. To completely rid the campus of asbestos
would mean the rebuilding of some
840,000 square metres of floor
area around UBC, which could cost
UBC students have mixed feelings about this. Though the risks of
asbestos exposure can be fatal, some
students on campus seem unfazed
by knowledge of asbestos present in
classrooms or residences. "As UBC is
comprised mostly of 'old' buildings,
this is hardly surprising," first-year
Science student Angus Lim said.
Other students are more concerned about the issue. Jessica
Zhang, a student from the Science
One program, said that "Asbestos are
carcinogens, and anyone who cares
about the potential risk of cancer that
is caused by the walls here in UBC
should be very concerned." tl 2009.12.03/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/5
Who are Gilbert and Sullivan?
Sirs William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan created comedic operas during the Victorian era. Sullivan
composed the music, while Gilbert devised the plot lines, created the characters and wrote the words.
Between 1871 and 1896 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated on 14 productions and advanced the creation
of musical theatre as we know it.
Jason Reitman humanizes the detestable
Jason Reitman, the Oscar-nominated
director of Thank You For Smoking
and Juno, has a new film starring
George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and
Anna Kendrick. Up in the Air, which
premieres December 11, will introduce audiences to Ryan Bingham,
played by Clooney, whose job is to
fire people.
More interested in making connections between flights than meaningful connections with friends and
family, Bingham believes moving
is living, and finds freedom in the
fact that he can fit his life in a carry-
on backpack. But when he falls for
another frequent flyer, played by
Vera Farmiga, and finds his role as
a downsizing expert at risk after a
young upstart, played by Anna Kendrick develops a video conferencing
system that will allow termination
without ever leaving the office,
Bingham must contemplate what it
means to have a home.
"What started out as a movie about
a guy who just fired people for a living became about a man who was
trying to figure out who and what
he wanted in life," said Reitman in a
phone interview.
Although Reitman has said that
this is not a movie about firing people, the timeliness of a story set in
tough economic times carries more
weight when so many are feeling the
effects of economic recession. And
while the typical university student
may not have directly felt the effect
of the downturn, the lay-off scenes
are still potent. Some of these were
scripted, but others were based on
the real-life testimony of people who
SlamUBC brings poetry
to the MASSes
Clooney and Reitman exchange loving looks, courtesy of paramount 2009
had been fired in the St Louis and Detroit areas, where ousted employees
showing pictures of their children or
expressing a loss of purpose would
resonate with anyone.
"I have a few friends that have lost
their jobs, more than a few," said Reitman. "It is a tough time in the movie
business and certainly, independent
film divisions have shut down."
But Reitman, who has been hailed
by Roger Ebert as the "hope of the
cinema," remained optimistic about
the future of the film industry.
"The film business has gone
through tricky times before and it's
usually when filmmakers feel pressure that they often come out with
their most creative materials. So I
said to myself, 'I hope that whatever
pressures we're feeling will actually
lead to more interesting films.'"
Reitman is known for using his
films to humanize characters that
are usually easy to hate—a lobbyist
for big tobacco in Thank You For
Smoking and a corporate downsizing
expert in Up In The Air. He is always
looking for characters that do more
than fill theatre seats.
"If Thank You For Smoking and Up
In The Air were two parts of a trilogy,
and I needed, you know, my third angry white guy to fill it in. Tobacco
lobbyists, corporate termination
executive, what is the third slot?"
he mused. "I've thought about that
He cited high-powered lawyers
or representatives of big pharmaceutical companies as possible case
studies for a new take on the human
condition. But at least for now, everything is still up in the air. vl
A confident-looking young man
struts up to a mic on stage. The
room falls into an expectant hush.
When he opens his mouth, only
spoken words come out. He is not
singing or rapping, though he has
a rhythm flowing. He is not giving
a speech, lecture, monologue or
performing stand-up comedy. The
audience is transfixed—this is poetry, slam-style.
Johnny MacRae, a fourth-year
English student at UBC, got into slam
poetry about a year ago, starting in
the East Vancouver scene. MacRae
says that the slam community is not
exclusive or discriminatory, but just
like any other social group, not everyone gets along with each other. For
example, some younger poets who
became successful within a short
time span were resented by older
poets, he said.
Earlier this semester, MacRae set
out to create a poetry slam club at
UBC. He was successful; SlamUBC is
now an officially constituted student
club. Held at MASS in Buchanan D,
their inaugural slam on November 4
was a success, with 60 to 70 people
in attendance.
Eleven poets competed, and the
top two places went to student performers. There was a performance
by the Vancouver Slam Team, in
addition to the competition. Adrick
Brock, a student performer, said he
was pleased with the event.
"We were drinking at Koerner's
before, then went to the slam. It was
like a real university experience."
SlamUBC's second event on November 18 stayed the course: there
was again an open mic, a slam competition that people could sign up
for, and a feature performance from
an experienced poet. Though only
about 20 people showed up, neither
the spectators nor the performers
seemed to mind. The passion from
each poet as they delivered their
poem, as well as the appreciation
from the audience appeared undiminished. SlamUBC may become
a relatively niche club, but it has a
dedicated core.
According to MacRae, poetry
slams have helped him find his
voice. Slams bring poetry alive in a
way that dusty books and passionless
readings do not. He said that slam is
a way for students to regain a sense
of personal connection with their
education. As an example, he gave
a poem by Nora Smithhisler, "The
Physics of Suicide." A popular poem
within the slam scene, it describes
first-year exercises (calculating the
velocity of a bullet) that every Physics
major would know, in the context of
an actual event in Smithhisler's life:
the suicide of a friend, va
SlamUBC holds slams on the first,
third and fifth (if applicable) Wednesdays of each month, though this schedule will be disrupted by winter break
and the Olympics. Slams are at MASS
in Buchanan D at 8:30pm
Coming down with the  %
Board of Directors
The Ubyssey
Publications Society
Nomination for a position as Director will begin on November
30, 2009, and will close on January 8, 2010
Board of Directors are responsible for the day to day financial
aspect ofthe Ubyssey.
Nomination forms are required and properly filled in. The
nomination forms are now available at Room 23, basement of
the SUB. The Ubyssey Business Office.
If you require further information please contact Business
Manager Fernie Pereria by email: fpereira@interchange.ubc.ca
or by tel: 604-822-6681.
The term is for one year, from February 2010 to.January 2011.
Responsibilities include attending regular monthly meetings,
overseeing all financial aspects ofthe newspaper and attend the
animal general meeting in March 2010.
Now listen to the story all about how, my
culture section got flipped, turned upside
down. And I'd like to take a minute, just sit
right there, I'll tell you how to contribute to
a section of The Ubyssey called culture.
lture@ubyssey.ca  ANYTHING BUT TEXTBOOK.
*i* UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2 0 09.12.03
So many letters! You sent us 48. We only had room to print some of them, but you can read the rest online at ubyssey.ca.
Hey there Too Sexy,
I've been in a relationship with
my girlfriend for a year now, and it
has been great. We have a great sex
life, we've met each other's parents,
we have mutual friends and we've
even gone to Hawaii together. We're
really good together and everything
is awesome...except it feels like
something's missing. We haven't
gotten to the "love" stage yet. We
act like we're in love, and I know I
love her, but neither of us has said it
yet. I'm afraid that I might scare my
girlfriend and make her feel uncomfortable if I'm the first to confess
my feelings. She's never been in a
long-term relationship before, and
we've never really talked about love.
It pains me to keep these feelings to
myself, but I'm afraid that I might
ruin the relationship if I say something. Please help.
—Voice Out In Desire
and make no mistake, there are a lot
of complex questions at play here,
some of which have mystified mere
mortals for centuries. Ihat said, we'll
try to unpack them for you. Here goes.
First of all, let's ask a somewhat
cliche question: What is love? (Fact:
80 per cent of you just said or
thought "baby don't hurt me, don't
hurt me, no more," perhaps with
See, VOID, we're trying to figure
out why exactly "something is missing" in your otherwise great relationship. What you've described sounds
like love to us. And although we recognize that love is a demonstrative emotion that has inspired generations of
fervent declarations, suicides, bad
poems and couch jumps, we think
there are a lot of less melodramatic
ways to show love, many of which you
describe in your letter.
In light of this, how much does
the utterance of the phrase "I love
you" really matter? Cynical but true:
People can be moved to say those
words for any number of reasons,
and not necessarily always because
of how they truly feel. In many ways,
the demonstration of love through
family ties, time spent together and
mutually enjoyedpastimes is a much
more accurate litmus test than just
saying the words. Love isn't just an
arrangement of syllables, nor is it a
discrete "stage" upon which the validation of your relationship depends.
You've been together for a year,
VOID. If your girlfriend doesn't know
you love her by now, telling her you
do isn't going to change anything.
So what's missing? Considering the length of the relationship
you're in, we think it's a bit odd that
you seem so fearful of making what
we feel is a fairly obvious statement. Relationships are all about
intimacy, comfort and openness,
VOID, and that means being able
to communicate. If you're afraid
to tell your girlfriend you love her,
how will you be able to deal with
even more difficult issues when,
say, you have a fight and need to
work things out? We understand
that talking about deep emotions
can make you feel vulnerable and
scared, but it's an integral part of
any effective relationship.
We also think it's important to take
a look at the reasons people in general are squeamish about saying or
hearing "I love you" in a relationship.
Although these reasons are interconnected, we think they can be broken
down into a few different categories:
Love takes time. Sometimes, though,
the first flush of new relationship
energy can lead people to make rash
declarations of ardour to relatively
new partners. This is awkward for
both parties. Given thatyou and your
partner have been together for a
year, VOID, this doesn't apply to you.
For other readers who are so amorous they worry about prematurely
spilling the beans, we recommend
thinking about baseball to cool off.
There's a fair amount of pressure
associated with telling someone
that you love them. They may feel
obligated to say it back, and love and
obligation are never a good mix. This
expectation of reciprocity also forces
a partner unsure about his or her
emotional state to define it, potentially prematurely. This is also awkward,
and may apply to your situation, but
likely doesn't.
The state of being "in love" has a
ton of baggage associated with it
culturally. We don't think it should,
but the fact is the vast majority of
people are less free-lovin'. Thus,
the expectations attached to love
can be daunting, and can involve
things like feeling compelled to
meet your partner's family, spending inordinate amounts of time together, having sex and recognizing
the relationship as committed. We
also don't think this applies to you,
VOID. You've met each other's families and have done fairly intense
coupledom things, such as that vacation you mentioned.
So there you have it. Tell your
girlfriend you love her, VOID. It's
likely unnecessary and we very much
doubt it will affect your relationship either positively or negatively.
But since you say it's important to
you to have those three little words
pass your trembling lips, go right
ahead and say it. Shout it from the
mountaintops. Yell it at the ocean.
Throw caution to the winds and say
it to your girlfriend (use your inside
voice). It's scary, but communication
is really important. Good luck.
That's all for this week, sexplorers.
Remember that you can e-mail your
questions to toosexy ©ubyssey.ca
or use our anonymous web form at
ubyssey.ca/Meas. Hope to hear from
you soon! vl
Do you think Blake Frederick should resign?
"I think it's ridiculous. I don't think
he should have
done that.He
should respect [his
position as president] more. He ran
for it, obviously,
and he knew his
Alice Zhang
Science 2
"It seemed like
what he did was
impulsive. I know
he wanted to
make a change
to policies...and
reduce our tuition,
but he should
have consulted
the students first."
Jessie Makenny
"Yes, I do because he took
matters into
his own hands
when he wasn't
supposed to, and
didn't represent
what people actually thought, as he
"I think he violated the process,
which they know
better than to do,
but obviously...
the intention was
good....He has
to resign at this
point. He probably should have
known that before
he did it."
"Tuition fees aren't
really a huge human rights issue.
There are a lot
of bigger things
that the UN has
to deal with.Jt's
a waste of the
UN's time. And it's
kind of insulting
to UBC. I think he
should probably
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Students only care about student
politics when they get undemocratic
Last weekend's emergency AMS Council meeting had to be moved to Hebb
Theatre due to high attendance. The AMS Council chambers on Wednesday
were packed beyond capacity, with an additional 100+ people watching from
The Ubyssey's live video feed. We've also received 48 letters in the last three
days, which is more than we've received during the rest of the semester, in
addition to a flood of web comments. And all of this during finals and term
The common theme is that these aren't AMS hacks, they are concerned
students. Is this newfound enthusiasm for student politics due to a renewed
interest student government processes, or even to a sudden surge in student
outcry over tuition increases?
Of course not. It's because for the last week AMS politics has been
emotionally-charged, filled with witch hunts and above all else characterized
by a contempt for normal democratic procedure.
Council-based representative democracy is a plodding, ponderous beast
and when it's working the right way, it isn't interesting enough to capture everyone's attention. Trust us: The number of guests atyesterday's council outnumbered the total number of guests seen at council meetings over the past
year. It's only when immediate and quick actions are taken, grandstanding
and hyperbole rule the land, or public figures are demonized and slandered
that anyone starts getting excited about it.
But the reason all of this interest in student politics was generated was
because Frederick and Chu acted undemocratically, then cowardly then foolishly. A great number of other people acted foolishly and the possibility of a
democratically-elected official being removed from office looms large.
As emotions begin to settle down and January council begins to function
somewhat normally once again (no matter how dysfunctional that may be),
elections for a new executive will happen, students will vote a little bit more,
and then things will go back as they were. Students only get excited when
their politicians get put up on the chopping block after they rig ballots, get
arrested or take actions beyond the rights of their democratically-elected
positions under the cover of night, vl
The forgotten war: Afghanistan
Last night, US President Barack Obama ordered an escalation of 30,000
American troops American with a timetable for withdrawal by July 2011, to
fight the insurgent Taliban rebels in the poppy fields and remote mountains
of Afghanistan.
The man of peace is now a man of war. For the Americans, the war
has always been focused on one goal: the elimination of Al-Qaeda and
capturing Osama Bin Laden. For Canada, the mission has evolved and
reimaged how we view ourselves as a nation. We no longer identify as
peacekeepers. We've been in Afghanistan for eight years now, and while
we first went in because it seemed to virtually all as the right thing to do,
it isn't the case now. The mission was sold as fighting for women's rights
and democracy, but the recent fraudulent election of Hamid Karzai made
a farce of this reason when Canada recognized Karzai as president.
We no longer believe in the ideas of peacekeepers and social justice
altruism, but of patriotism and supporting the troops and not "cutting and
running." Canada has never seriously debated the merits of occupying
Afghanistan, with its meaning constantly changing over time, or why we are
Canada is now fighting for the continuation of a dictatorship. In war
and in life, one studies written history in order to understand the present.
Historically, Afghanistan has always been geo-politically unstable and ungovernable, which Ottawa, Washington and NATO ignored. Afghanistan cannot
be conquered. And yet, we fight on. One hundred and mirty-fhree Canadians
have died in combat halfway across the world. We can only hope that they
will not be in vain, vl 2 0 09.12.03/UBYSSEY. CA/IDEAS/9
Everybody has something to say
Editor's note: Due to the sheer volume
of letters we have received over the
last two days, we have broken our
regular letter protocol, and have randomly selected the letters to print. All
ofthe letters that are not printed will
be published online. Our selection
process involved randomly numbering the letters from 1 to 48, divvying
up the numbers, then playing a game
of cards to determine whose section
of numbers would be published. This
process was repeated until we pared
down the number of letters from a
whopping five pages to just one. The
letters have only been edited for style.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in.
It should, however, be mentioned
that Blake Frederick e-mailed thousands of students asking them to
write letters in support of him to The
this e-mail late, but I wish to speak
my mind. I strongly support Blake's
initiative of appealing to the UN regarding the tuition fee increase in
UBC. I believe he did it for a strong
reason and he probably considered
the consequences of his actions.
Besides, didn't people agree to
write postcards to Prime Minister
Stillwell? [Editor's note: Stillwell is
the Education Minister of BC] So why
should people complain about Blake
Fredrick taking initiative and making another step to this issue?
A two per cent tuition increase
might not sound much for domestic
students. But see vicariously from
the eyes of an international student
for a while. Our tuition is four times
as much as domestic students are,
not to mention the high cost of living
compared to where we came from.
As you can see, I'm an international
student. I'm from a sufficient background, but I know that my parents
are working hard enough in order to
facilitate my brother and I a world-
class education. I'm not the only one.
I know a friend of mine who has five
other siblings. His parents had to really save up in order to provide their
children a great education overseas
so that their knowledge of the world
will expand. Not to mention that the
economy's a bit slowing down, and
living costs are gradually increasing.
I am very sure that I am not the only
one. I care about my parents, and I
really wish that I can ease off their
burden. I am not only speaking my
mind for myself but also for people
in my position, domestic or international students alike.
I hope that this e-mail helps, and
again I'm sorry for the lateness. I
hope my voice still matters.
—Edward Budiman
It has come to the attention of the
AMS Resource Groups that the AMS
Council is first requesting the resignation then seeking the impeachment of Blake Frederick and Tim
Chu, AMS president and VP external.
The Resource Groups, which include
Pride UBC, Allies UBC, the Student
Environment Centre, the Social
Justice Centre, Colour Connected
Against Racism and the Womyn's
Centre, usually work separately to
provide an equitable educational
environment for all UBC students
and personnel. However, this turn
of events calls for united action.
Because the Resource Groups are
funded directly through the AMS, we
are disturbed that the AMS Council
does not seem concerned with the
mandate we have been established
to defend.
This is not the first time that the
Resource Groups have taken a united
front on an issue brought forth to the
AMS Council. In accordance with our
Points of Unity, which state that "we
seek to...dismantle systems of oppression at all levels and scales," we
have worked to ensure AMS funding
for the Equity Office as well as to try to
create a seat on council for students
with disabilities. To our disappointment, neither motion found much
support amongst Council members;
indeed, the motion to create a seat for
students with disabilities was voted
down. However, unlike many Council
members, Blake Frederick and Tim
Chu have constantly supported these
issues, as well as all others for which
the Resource Groups stand.
Access to education is one of these
issues. Our Points of Unity reflect the
view that "education is not for profit"
and as a collective, we oppose the
AMS Council stance that accepts or
condones any increases in tuition fees.
Additionally, we support any actions
of AMS Council members that seek to
reduce tuition fees, or call to attention
rising and unreasonable costs of post-
secondary education in Canada.
We are very troubled by the fact
that the AMS Council appears more
concerned with impeaching Council
members that have shown constant
dedication to issues of equity rather
than with tackling the problem of rising tuition fees.
Each of the six Resource Groups,
as approved by consensus at each
group's adininistration meeting,
unequivocally reject the request for
resignation of Blake Frederick and
Tim Chu and commit to further action should the AMS Council seek
their impeachment.
—The AMS Resource Groups:
Allies UBC, Colour Connected Against
Racism Pride UBC, Social Justice
Centre, Student Environment Centre,
Womyn's Centre
lower tuition rates for students. As
a student with a family I have a big
financial burden and I appreciate
any moves that the AMS makes
that will help alleviate this burden. I
would hope that the AMS would be a
place of representation for students'
needs and not a partisan playground.
I encourage those on Council to
reconsider their stance on raising
tuition fees by two per cent as this
obviously does not help the majority
of students and limits further access
to education. Two per cent every
year adds up and it is unfair to punish students who come from lower
or middle-class families. Yes, what
Blake and Tim did was wrong. They
did not go to council, and this was
undemocratic. But council is fooling
themselves if they think that they
are representing students' needs by
supporting two per cent tuition hikes
and impeaching the only student
representatives who are doing their
job, which is to stand up for students'
needs. Let the matter be decided in
a democratic fashion: a referendum!
IF TUmON INCREASES by two per cent
every year, eventually the tuition can
still continue to reach unreasonable
heights. The tuition fees are too high
now, and by allowing tuition fees to
increase continuously by two per
cent every year will only slow down
the increase in fees. This policy only
prevents tuition fees from steeply
increasing, but it does not cure the
issue of high tuition fees.
This policy needs to be complemented by another policy that involves comparing tuition fees with
the average income of students/
families, or something similar.
For example, if the average family
makes $ 100,000 a year, then tuition
fees should not be more than five per
cent per year (60 credits). This would
put a cap on tuition fees to $5000 a
year. If next year, the average family
makes $200,000 a year and the tuition fees cannot increase more than
two per cent, then tuition fees can
only raise to $5100, even though the
cap is $ 10,000 ayear. If the average
income of families suddenly drops
to $50,000 a year, then the cap will
reduce tuition fees by $2 500 a year.
Currently however, since we only
have the two per cent policy, tuition
could continue to increase to $5202
even though the average family has a
significantly lower income.
—Edwin Hung
I am deeply disappointed by
Council's attempt to force the resignation of our student President
Frederick precisely for fulfilling
his mandate to the student body.
Education is in fact a human right,
and that irrefutably. I was pleased
to hear a political leader, albeit
of students, speaking for the just
rights of students in BC and beyond to have affordable education
for all. The steep rise in tuition
elsewhere in Canada and the US is
of deep concern to many students
at UBC and across this province,
not least because we receive the
least support from our provincial
government of any province in
the country. Education is not for
the financially priviledged few, but
for all. These days, the majority of
Canadians are getting poorer due
to government and corporate mismanagement, and fewer and fewer
have the financial means to realize
their charter rights.
Do not let education be the next
victim of the rising injustice around
us. Support Frederick and Chu, who
carry out with admirable responsibility the desire ofthe student body, and
defend our right to affordable education for all.
—Peter Barber
UBC freshman student. I strongly
believe that UBC and the rest of universities in North America should
take a closer look at how universities
in France work. In France (a country
that has the top univerisites in the
world) university students do not
pay any tuition to study at university.
The government understands the
importance of having educated individuals in order to have a healthy and
wealthy functioning society. Let's not
forget that university students are
the future of the society. Therefore,
by increasing tuition fees, it simply
decreases the student's abilities or
willingness to pursue univeristy
studies, which leads to the dysfunction ofthe society like the third-world
Countries. Also, many students do
not see it wortwhile anymore due to
to the long years of horiffic debts that
they have to go through after university. On top of that, most of them do
not find jobs or careers designed to
their degrees. Going to university is
a huge business in North America.
However, people have to understand
that it is not a privilege to go to university but a right.
—David Yesaya
e-mail address as a venue through
which one might voice an opinion. I
don't know how "official" it is, so excuse me if I'm blowing steam to the
wrong person(s), but here are my two
cents: I understand that there has
been some controversy over actions
taken by the AMS President and Vice
President regarding the menial two
per cent tuition increase since last
year. If they feel such a minute cost
increase is grounds for a human
rights complaint to the United Nations maybe the States should take a
page from their book, where tuition
has increased between 10 and 32 per
cent since lastyear. Since lastyear.
As an international student, I am still
paying far less for my schooling in
Canada—after quadrupling resident
tuition fees and including housing,
books, food, and incidentals—than
I would be at many schools in the
States for tuition alone. This appears
to be yet another instance of people
not wanting to pay for services to
which they feel entitled. There is this
annoying phenomenon called inflation: It makes prices, taxes, etc. go
up, partially due to people wanting
higher pay. It doesn't go away, and it
doesn't go down. Such is the misfortune of the monetary system, that it
affects everything for which we must
pay. That includes post-secondary
—Megan Dray
have acted according to the mandate
they received upon their election
by aggressively pushing for lower
tuition. The members of the AMS
Council have shown themselves to
be more concerned with asserting
their authority and punishing the
two executives than with recognizing the interests ofthe students they
represent. Instead of acting out of
indignation and lending validity to
the misinformed and sensational
outcry, the Council members should
honestly consider the mandate that
students have given them.
—Eugene Sit
Nations has often been a vehicle
for absurdity. Members of our own
student government at UBC now
participate in this long tradition, asking that the "UN Office of the High
Commission of Human Rights take
a proactive approach to investigating
Canada's failure to live up to its human rights commitments."
One can only be baffled by the
actions of those who put forth this
complaint. Unfortunately, this is only
one minor example of how the international body of the UN has consistently been used to focus on matters
of petty politics instead of the great
and many human rights abuses that
abound around the world.
This is nothing new for us.
Though its own members include
Cameroon, Djibouti, Bangladesh,
China, Saudi Arabia. Azerbaijan,
Russia and Cuba—all of which have
been declared unqualified to hold
membership by the UN Watch and
Freedom House based on their human rights records—the UN Human
Rights Council recently selected
Canada as subject to investigation
concerning treatment of minorities.
There may be cause for concern
and investigation, but Canada, as a
democratic country, can be expected
to reasonably investigate domestic issues in accord with its commitments
to human rights. The investigation
of Canada is just another example
of how the Human Rights Council
continually neglects its duties and
wastes the resources it is given.
Since the reform that created
the United Nations Human Rights
Council in 2006, the council has
singled out only one country for
explicit and repeated condemnation; not the various tyrannies that
enjoy the immunity council membership allows them or regimes
such as Sudan, accused of crimes
against humanity, but Israel, the
only free democracy in the Middle
East according to Freedom House.
More than three quarters of the
HRC resolutions have condemned
Israel, while major human rights
abusers such as Saudi Arabia and
Cuba languish in the safety of their
posts, even as its people are subjugated and repressed.
The United Nations began with a
noble purpose. In the Human Rights
Council, that purpose has been perverted and twisted beyond recognition into a revolting caricature of
what it should be. There is clearly
need for further reform and one can
only hope that Canada will be a part
ofthe change.
In comparison to the crimes the
HRC has committed against the
ideals of human rights, the AMS
complaint seems minor indeed.
However, it is yet another example
of how the HRC is being used as a
means to promote personal agendas
and avoid vital issues. I am ashamed
that the AMS members who submitted the claim thought to add to this
calamity and their actions are irresponsible and reprehensible. It is
gratifying that UBC students realized
the mistake. Human rights are being
destroyed in the most horrendous
ways all over the world today, even
at this very moment. I think we can
deal with tuition increases on our
—Adi Burton
es, UBC has been steadily increasing
the tuition fees every year. The AMS,
a group that, in theory, is supposed to
be representing the students, is in favour of these increases. I can't think
of a single student who wants to pay
higher tuition. It doesn't matter if
you are poor or rich, more money
is more money and that puts an incredible strain on so many students.
Enough, sometimes that they can no
longer afford to attend university.
Some response to this positions
points to UBC Board of Governors
Policy No. 72, Access to the University of British Columbia as a band-aid
solution to paying the high tuition.
The document states in section 1.1
that, "If an Eligible Student and his
or her family exhaust the financial
resources available to them, the University will ensure that financial support will be made available to them."
This, although well intentioned, does
not support quite a large number
of students at UBC because of the
numerous restrictions (explained in
section 3.4.5) that the board of governors currently have on the "Eligibility" of students, including Citizenship,
number of credits being taken, and
the passing of the "Common Assessment Mechanism," to just name a
few. Because of these restrictions
on financial aid and the steady, AMS
supported, increase in tuition, many
people are unable to attend UBC.
UBC should be a place of learning first, and business second, not
the other way around. Please, AMS
Council, I urge you to vote to amend
your current position on the matter
of tuition increases. Most people
can't afford it as it stands currently.
—Disgruntled Music Undergrad
a considerable amount of money
and time at the UBC, money which
pays for the AMS, I am writing in
considerable shock at a statement
made by Bijan Ahmadian, Board of
Governor Representative. As I clearly
recall, Ahmadian told council and
students that raising tuition fees can
increase accessibility to university
education. This is an amazing statement. I understand that Ahmadian
was apparently citing a study based
on the law school of U of T, which
bears no relevance to increasing
accessibility to post-secondary education, as potential law students would
have undergraduate degrees already.
I would like to strongly convey how
disrespectful that statement was in its
context, which Ahmadian should take
full responsibility for.
If this statement is to be taken
in full seriousness, and the logic
that tuition is, by definition, a financial barrier that limits access to
education to those who can afford
it and can never be understood as
creating accessibility, is suspended
momentarily, his statement implies
that access to education would only
be increased to those for whom
finances are not barriers. This
discrimination based on class is
offensive beyond words. I sincerely
hope that Ahmadian, and any other
councilors in sympathy, reconsider
their position on AMS council they
cannot see how this statement is
offensive. Aside from any issues
regarding the AMS president and
AMS VP external, it is a betrayal
to students consider or push an
agenda which raises tuition even by
the smallest amount when so many
are struggling to afford tuition, or
are not able to afford tuition at all.
The UN is a body used to investigate
human rights claims, in addition to
peacekeeping missions that so many
students are confusing this with. Similar complaints have been filed by
SFU. Simply said, increasing tuition
decreases accessibility to education—
a fundamental human right which
Canada has agreed to uphold, tl
—Jennifer Allen
To read the rest ofthe responses, visit
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Creative UBC students find interesting ways to pay for tuition
Being a student has never been
harder or more expensive. In
August 2009, when student unemployment rates reached a 20-year
high (16.4 per cent nationwide),
over one third of college and university students across Canada
admitted to being worried about
being able to afford their upcoming
"Some students are qualified, but
cannot afford to go to post-secondary.
They are choosing not to attend
because of the high costs....High
unemployment rates mean students
around the country are struggling
to keep up with the rising costs of
tuition," explained Katherine Giroux-
Bougard, the national chairperson
of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in an interview with The
In Canada, the average full-time
student who lives at home pays
$9082 a year, while students living on campus or on their own pay
approximately $14,874 a year for
tuition, books, materials and living
While BC students have the benefit of a tuition cap, which limits
universities such as UBC from raising tuition by more than two per
cent a year, the scarcity of jobs, not
to mention the rising costs of living,
are making it increasingly difficult to
attend and stay in school.
As a result, even those who do
make it through an undergraduate
degree often graduate with a lot of
debt. The average debt load for a
four-year program is approximately
$24,000, Giroux-Bougard said. Students across BC face an average of
$27,000 in debt, an almost 50 per
cent increase since 2002.
So what can students do to combat
rising tuition costs, debt, a tougher
job market and higher living expenses? Get creative. Today, the secret to
working while going to school seems
to be finding the right job: one that
is flexible, pays well and builds on
future skills.
Do such jobs actually exist? A few
UBC students and alumni think so.
Knowing where to look for work and
creating their own opportunities,
these students prove that, despite the
tough job market, it is still possible
to make money, pay for school and
build experience.
"There's a saying I like that goes 'Find an occupation that you like, and you will not labour a
single day in your life.' This is true....Sometimes
I look around and say to myself, 1 can't believe
they're paying me to do this."'
—Dr Jennifer Gardy,
BC Centre for Disease Control
Some students, like second-year
Mitch Hooky, a barista at Starbucks,
described the sole purpose of work
as obtaining a paycheque. "It's
money and that's all there is to it.
whether I like it or not, I need money
to get me through school, thus I have
a job," he said.
But Robyn Leuty, a former Work
Study student who worked as a UBC
Varsity Athletics and Promotions
coordinator, saw employment as a
way to cultivate skills. He now has a
full-time position as student development coordinator for the Human
Kinetics department at UBC.
"Positions are what you make of
them. If you aren't uncomfortable,
you aren't learning," Leuty explained.
"Seeking out less challenging jobs
may be easier short-term. However,
jobs with more responsibility involving a steeper learning curve can
result in longer term opportunities."
Not only is the money better, he
said, but students can make important connections that may lead to
future jobs.
"It is not just the monetary benefit
of a job that you get in return. It is
the connections thatyou make working...and the knowledge and skills
that you gain through [employment]
that can contribute to your future
careers," he said.
Third-year UBC Commerce student
Mike Rogers echoed Leuty's advice.
"The old adage always holds true:
it's all about who you know. Every
sweet job I've ever gotten has come
through knowing someone."
Rogers, whose resume includes
working as a skate park security
"Some students are qualified, but cannot afford
to go to post secondary. They are choosing not
to attend because ofthe high costs."
—Katherine Giroux-Bougard,
national chairperson ofthe CFS
guard and as a DJ for Earls on Robson, is currently developing an
online magazine entitled Moustache
Aficionado with his classmate Trevor
Described as an online magazine
celebrating "the silly with a touch of
class," the publication hopes to generate income by selling oi Moustache
Aficionado T-shirts and directing traffic to the website.
Regardless of whether the online
publication makes six figures or just
pays for a full semester at school,
Rogers insists he is building employable skills.
"I think that starting something
from scratch shows that you really
have motivation and drive. Not only
that, it takes a lot of keen decisionmaking skills coupled with strong
leadership. I only get out of it what
I put in. You don't learn that at Starbucks," he said.
As for what to look for in a job, Rogers advised students to keep an open
mind. "I am not really picky about
my jobs. I've been a garbage man, a
dishwasher, etc. I think just getting
out there and trying new things is the
best. You never know what you might
enjoy. Definitely not washing dishes
though, that shit sucks."
So where can students find these
opportunities and network? School
can be the perfect place, UBC alumni
Emily Kindred said. Thanks to the
expansive network she made while
attending UBC, Kindred was able to
stay out of an office upon graduation.
Instead, she works for herself.
Keeping an open mind to the
opportunities available, Kindred is
now an independent consultant for
Arbonne International, a network
marketing company that sells organic skincare products.
"Attending UBC and moving to
the West Coast introduced me to my
business partner, Pola, who opened
up my eyes to the freedom and flexibility of self-employment and, in my
particular case, introduced me to the
company Arbonne," she said.
Kindred's employment situation
is what she describes as "recession-
proof." Working for herself and creating her own hours, Kindred makes
anywhere from $1000 to $5000
per month, with other employees
in her company making upwards of
Jobs such as this one, which
relies on networking and recruiting individuals, are perfect for
students, she said. "A large part of
our business is social. I find all of
my own clients and team members
simply by presenting what I have
to offer to the individuals I meet
in my everyday life." She also uses
her network to pick up other types
of freelance work to make extra,
tax-free cash.
"I have learned that it is wise to
have several jobs as well as my business. I work in the entertainment
industry in various capacities—actor,
production assistant, I do childcare
and mentorship, and I work in the
service industry—catering and bartending," she said.
"Having a variety of jobs also helps
me network with new perspective
clients and often I find new business
partners this way."
It's all about networking and since
students socialize in school, finding jobs that utilize the people you
already know, or that are already
part of your social network, is a key
component to making money as a
student, she said.
Now co-running the Genome Research Lab at the BC Centre for
Disease Control, Dr Jennifer Gardy,
UBC alumni and co-director of the
Genome Research Lab at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), is
an expert on turning student employment into professional success.
Having worked for the The 432,
the former Science Undergraduate
Society (SUS), The Ubyssey and BC
Hydro as a student, Gardy has now
found success in both medicine and
Because of her experience at The
Ubyssey, Gardy managed to earn a
job at the Montreal Gazette while doing graduate research. Shortly afterward, she booked a role on the CBC
series Project X, which led to a Globe
and Mail column and various other
broadcasting stints.
"I'm a terrible role model," she
laughed, "because none of this was
"I never pursued the Hydro job
thinking, 'this will be a great introduction to the corporate world.' I
just wanted the $20 an hour. I never
joined The 432 or Ubyssey staff because I thought I wanted to do journalism or communications formally.
I just liked the people and wanted
to have fun adventures with them,"
explained Gardy.
While some of her success may
have been unintentional, Gardy
recognized the importance of these
student jobs to her current success. Encouraging students to aim
high and apply for jobs they would
enjoy, as she did, she also advised
being prepared to settle for something less.
"It's money and
that's all there is to it.
Whether I like it or
not, I need money
to get me through
school, thus I have a
—Mitch Hooky,
Starbucks barista
"Be willing to make some sacrifices—live at home, take the bus in
rather than pay for a car and parking—and what you do make will go
a lot further," Gardy said. "The job
market isn't like it was when I went
to school. Students are really at the
mercy of the job market, unless of
course they sell an organ on the black
market," she joked.
Gardy also encouraged students to
follow their passions when looking
for employment, even as a student.
"There's a saying I like that goes
'Find an occupation that you like,
and you will not labour a single day
in your life.' This is true: Working
on Project X and now working at
BCCDC is incredibly rewarding, and
sometimes I look around and say to
myself, 'I can't believe they're paying
me to do this.'"
Paying the bills, setting their own
hours and doing work they are passionate about, these past and present UBC students are a testament
to hard work and ingenuity. This
is how they overcame some very
tough economic and employment
"I don't have any mouths to
feed at home other than my own,
so I have nothing to lose," Rogers
said. "You'll have plenty of time to
follow the rules when you're older,
but only now can you truly put
yourself out there to fail. Just start
doing something, other than going
to class. You never know where it
might lead, "tl THUNDERBIRDS
Kelly Isberg from the T-Birds
Women's Soccer is back as Athlete
ofthe Month for November. As a defender, Isberg did much more than
play a little defence. The veteran defender scored not one, but two goals
by heading the ball into the net from
two corner kicks last month. Kelly
made another appearance as one
of our Athletes of the Week when
she scored a spectacular header in
double-overtime for the first round
of the CIS Championships to move
the T-Birds on to another CIS Nationals semi-final match. They went
on to win a bronze medal at the CIS
Nationals tournament.
Over her career as a T-Bird, Kelly
helped lead the 'Birds to a medal
at Nationals every one of her five
years. In fact, the women's soccer
team finished this past season with
a perfect record of 11 CIS medals in
11 seasons.
Sadly, Isberg and her fellow veterans have already hung up their
cleats and are ready to move on to
what are sure to be bigger and better things. This three-time Canada
West first-team All-Star will be sorely
missed on the talented T-Bird squad
and in our Athlete of the Month column, vl
—Lauren Whitehead
The Athletes ofthe Month are decided
upon by members ofthe Thunderbird
Athletic Council.
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A number of UBC swimmers will
be competing at this weekend's
US Short Course Nationals meet in
Federal Way, Washington. Brittney
Harley and Shaneese Nowlan will
be competing for the Thunderbirds
while another nine athletes, including Rachelle Salli and Rory Biskup-
ski, will be swimming under the UBC
Dolphins banner. Also in the meet
are former Ihunderbirds and Olympians, Brian Johns and Annamay
The UBC Men's hockey team are
looking to stop their horrific slump
this weekend at home. The Thunderbirds (4-9-1) host the Calgary
Dinos (8-4-2) this weekend at Father
David Bauer Arena, having lost nine
of their last ten games. That string of
losses has left UBC nine points out of
the last playoff spot, currently held
by the Dinos. The two teams met
last weekend, with Calgary sweeping
the series and outscoring UBC 8-1
over two games—their lack of goals
has been a consistent problem. This
weekend's games will be broadcast
on CiTR 101.9 FM and on citr.ca.
Game time is 7:30pm on Friday and
Saturday night. The games also mark
the first away from the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. That
rink is being taken over by VANOC in
mid-December so UBC's two varsity
hockey teams will be playing all their
remaining home games at Father
Bauer or at another venue in the
Lower Mainland, such as 8 Rinks in
Two Thunderbirds teams will head
into the winter break as the top
teams in their respective sports. The
two-time defending national champion women's volleyball team has
had a perfect 9-0 start to their season
and have held the top spot in the Canadian university rankings all year.
UBC is also number one in the latest
CIS men's basketball rankings. UBC
won both games of their Manitoba
road trip while former number one
Carleton lost for the first time this
season last weekend, tl
Clan family say final
goodbyes to Bernd Dittrich
The Peak
BURNABY (CUP)-The Clan family
remembered the life of former quarterback Bernd Dittrich for the final
time last Monday at SFU's West Gym
before his body was returned home to
Dittrich, who was the starting
quarterback the last two years, fell
unconcious and drowned while
swimming in the SFU athletic centre
last month
Dittrich's head coach, Dave Johnson, said the ceremony was a chance
for the football players—and the entire
athletic department—to grieve and
move forward in his memory.
"For our team, I don't know exactly
what's happening with the other 94
guys, but I think for us that brought
some closure—that it's true, he's not
coming back, and now we can focus
on things like honouring him," said
"We have thought as a team and a
department, and certainly as a coaching staff, of the best way to honour
him—everything from Plexiglassing
his locker to retiring his jersey. I can
tell you no one will be wearing No. 7
next year, but we've thought of putting
plaques up," noted the Clan's third-
year football boss.
"There's not a right way to do it
I have sought counsel from several
people who've lost important people
in an organization or in a group."
While Clan athletic Director Dr
David Murphy remains uncertain
whether his number should be retired,
a Bernd Dittrich Memorial Award has
been established in his honour.
There will be fundraising campaigns around campus in the years
ahead to support the scholarship,
which will likely go to an international
student athlete.
"That could be an American, a German, or a guy from Austria. I wouldn't
be surprised if there's an academic
component to it as well because of Ber-
nie [and] how well he did in school,"
The university will be selling special
red bracelets that spell out "Bernie #7"
for $5—with all proceeds going to the
scholarship fund.
On the field, Johnson's players will
be recognized for their hard work in
practice or outstanding play during a
game with "Bernies" on their helmet—
to award the kind of character and
leadership that Dittrich demonstrated
during his two seasons as starter.
"You know the Tride' patches on
our helmets? Well, for the foreseeable
future, I'm having those made up [so]
they spell 'Bernie.' We'll call them 'Bernies'," he said. "And next year, our first
snap of oar first game, we will break
the huddle without a quarterback."
The SFU Clan will let the play clock
run down on their first-ever snap in
the NCAA next season—one of the program's many initiatives to remember
their fallen quarterback.
"We don't want to have a 'wall of
death' where you put people who
passed away, but he was a special
enough guy that we're certainly going
to honour him in a number of different ways," concludedjohnson. tl 12/UBYSSEY.CA/OLYMPICS/2009.12.03
71 days until the Games begin
How does a sport get classified as Olympic?
The Olympic Games categorizes the
participating events in three tiers:
sports, disciplines and events.
Sports have an international federation, such as skiing and skating.
Disciplines are individual sports to
be found within the sports, such as
snowboard skiing or alpine skiing.
Events are the lowest classification in the Olympics and have no
separate discipline: for example,
anything for which they award a
medal is an event.
The decision to in-or-exclude a
sport in the Olympics rests entirely
with the International Olympic
Committee (IOC). Every four years,
after the conclusion of that year's
Olympiad, the IOC Programme
Committee reviews all the sports,
disciplines and events that were
held. If need be, they recommend
changes and when the General Assembly of all IOC member states
approves the changes, they are
This process, however, takes
some time in practice. Sports, for
instance, can only be voted in for
the next Olympics that has yet to be
granted a host city yet. Disciplines
or events can be added up to three
years before the next Olympics.
What are the classifications for
a sport, discipline or event to be
voted in? It's a question very much
shrouded in mystery. The IOC
General Assembly sets out the criteria at each meeting per year. In
general, disciplines or events can
only be added if they have a great
enough basis-if enough people in
enough countries participate in it.
In the case of women's ski jumping, the IOC determined that not
enough countries had sufficient
number of participants involved in
the event to ensure the event would
be competitive, tl
The IOC has recognized seven
core sports that make up any
Winter Games. These are, skiing,
biathlon, bobsleighing, curling,
ice hocky, luge and skating. Even
though the number of sports has
stayed low throughout history, the
number of events has skyrocketed.
During the first Winter Olympics
in 1924, only 16 events were held,
while the 2010 Winter Olympics
will be handing out no less then
86 medals.
Here are some examples of
what didn't make the cut:
Ice stock sport (or Bavarian Curling) sees competitors slide ice
stocks over an ice surface, aiming for a target, or to cover the
longest distance. Ice stocks have
a gliding surface, to which a stick
is attached. Ice Stock was demonstrated at the Winter Olympics in
1936 in Germany as well as during the 1964 games in Austria.
No longer a part of competitive
freestyle skiing, ski ballet (later
renamed acroski) was a third
freestyle discipline. The activity
involved a choreographed routine
of flips, rolls, leg crossings, jumps
and spins performed on a smooth
slope, often to music. Itwas a demonstration sport in the 1988 and
1992 Winter Olympics.
Skijoring is a winter sport where a
person on skis is pulled by a horse,
a dog (or dogs) or a motor vehicle.
Most skijor races are between 5
km and 20 km in length. In the US
and Canada, skijoring races are often held in conjunction with sled
dog races. The sport is practiced
recreationally and competitively,
both for long distance travel and
for short (sprint) distances.
Skijoring with horses was a
demonstration sport in the 1928
Winter Olympics.
Bandy is a team sport, similar to
football but played on ice, in which
skaters use sticks to direct a ball
into the opposing team's goal.
Bandy was the demonstration
sport at the 1952 games in Norway, but ihas never been accepted
as an Olympic sport. Only three
teams played during the 1952
Winter Olympics: Finland, Norway and Sweden.
from wikipedia.org
According to an article published in
The Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver
Integrated Security Unit (ISU) is holding 750 police officers in reserve
across the country in case of H1N1
flu outbreak or threat.
The 750 officers are in addition to
the 14,800 police officers, military
and private security guards in place
for the Games.
The reserve force is in place
because security planners have assessed the threat level for the Games
as low.
Vancouver has dropped a bylaw that
was a topic of intense scrutiny that
seemed to give police the power
to seize anti-Olympic banners and
signs, reported The Globe and Mail.
The bylaw, dubbed "Beijing 2.0"
by critics, has now been changed
to make it clear that restrictions
imposed apply only to commercial
UBC Professor Chris Shaw and
Alissa Westergard-Thorpe, alongside
the BC Civil Liberties Association,
brought the issue to court in protest.
A new poll released Tuesday concluded that the 2010 Games could
be one of the most watched sporting
events in Canadian history, reported
The Vancouver Sun.
Almost 75 per cent of Canadians
surveyed in a poll via telephone said
they would watch sporting events
during the Games. Almost two-thirds
said they would tune into the opening
ceremonies. About 68 per cent of Canadian said they were likely to follow
daily recaps.
However, the results for BC residents were lower than the national
average, tl
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