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Looking ahead
Jeremy McElroy elected as
102nd AMS president.
Full coverage on pages 3-4.
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McElroy resoundingly elected President
Jeremy McElroy has been elected
the 102nd President ofthe Alma
Mater Society (AMS). But it was
a bittersweet victory.
McElroy won the Presidency
by more than 1000 votes over
2nd place Michael Moll. This is
in contrast to the last two Presidential races, which were decided by around 40 votes.
But the bitterness came with
revelations that McElroy had,
along with VP External candidate Mitch Wright, been a contributor to the anonymous blog
ithinkubc.wordpress.ca, a site
aimed at attacking current AMS
President Bijan Ahmadian.
Although his actions could
be construed as him running
in a slate with Wright, with
neither of his opponents planning on filing complaints and
the Elections Committee stating that he should not be disqualified, McElroy will almost
certainly succeed Ahmadian
as President.
McElroy andTayyar celebrate at The Pit. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
"I'm feeling great that everyone put so much faith and trust
into me, but I'm also feeling terrible that I betrayed that," said
"I said it in my apology and
my statement to the elections
committee; this is not a sign of
things to come. If anything,
scandal is out of my system."
Despite the scandal, McElroy said he is looking forward
to working with all of the new
executives in the upcoming
"Every single person in this
race was running for the right
reasons," he said.
According to McElroy running for President was much
more difficult than his campaign for VP External lastyear.
"Itwas way harder...[last year]
I was on the ground [and] I had a
fantastic campaign team," said
McElroy. "We were doing classroom announcements every day,
doing flyering every day."
Thisjanuary however, he had a
much smaller team to work with.
"It was pretty much just me
and my word against the Bijan
machine, ifyou will. Itwas one
of the most difficult, emotionally and physically debilitating
things that I've had to do with
my life."
When asked after his victory
what he would say to Ahmadian, who was his most vocal
opponent this election, McElroy after a long pause, praised
what he believed to be Ahmadian's legacy.
"Bijan did a lot of great things
this year in terms of repairing
the relationship between the
AMS and the university. As well,
he tried to get the AMS to act and
think and perform in a much
more professional manner when
dealing with all the organizations, so for that I would say
thank you."
Moll, who came 1109 votes
behind McElroy said that although he was disappointed he
didn't win, he felt he ran a good
"It was a good race, a great
learning experience," said Moll.
"I definitely started to engage a
lot of students and saw that I had
the ability to lead a big group,
just not big enough to win the
Of the 1650 votes that McElroy had over ther third place finisher Omar Chaaban, one of them
belonged to Chaaban himself.
"I voted for Jeremy" he said.
"I voted for myself second."
Chaaban said that he genuinely believes that McElroy will
make an excellent President.
"When there was the possibility of him being disqualified, I
was against that," he said.
Chaaban said that he plans on
staying involved with AMS politics and is considering running
for AMS Council. U
Wright and McElroy implicated in anonymous blog
AMS President-elect Jeremy
McElroy and former VP External candidate Mitch Wright have
admitted to publishing ithinkubc.
The blog was aimed at disparaging current AMS President Bijan Ahmadian and promised to
show students "the real Bijan."
The blog, which existed for a
mere two days, was allegedly created to combat allegations made
by Ahmadian in a video endorsement released on January 17 in
which he specifically attacks
McElroy and endorses McElroy's
and Wright's opponents.
The blog's release was accompanied by pamphlets promoting
the site on campus. The pamphlets displayed a photo of Ahmadian on the front and a list of
endorsed candidates, including
McElroy and Wright, on the back.
On January 20th, a set of similar, but not exact, endorsements
appeared on the website. Once
again, both McElroy and Wright
were amongst those endorsed.
The Ubyssey has obtained a
screen-capture via UBC Insiders that shows McElroy as the
registrar for the domain name
ithinkubc.com, which he registered on Thursday January 20.
The participation of both McElroy and Wright in the blog, alongside the endorsements, could
be interpreted as slate-like
Banned from AMS politics for
six years, slates are when candidates either share resources
or run on a similar platform for
mutual advantage, either intentionally or unintentionally. Candidates who are found to be in
slate can be disqualified.
"In our defense, itwas our only
option," said McElroy. "Bijan in
his video and [his campaign]
was too much.
"We were so, so angry. And
[Election Administrator] Erik
MacKinnon was not having any
of it. He was so loath to even comment on the idea of slating by
anyone else as well as to even
speak to Bijan as his involvement
as a third party. So we felt that
there was nothing we could do.
"His website was getting traction. His exceptionally defamatory slander, a video depicting myself, wasn't disappearing. So all
we could do was try to put some
information out there for people," said McElroy.
Before these allegations
against McElroy and Wright
had surfaced, Erik MacKinnon
told The Ubyssey that such candidates posting endorsements
on an anonymous blog would be
considered slating.
"That's something that we've
warned the candidates repeatedly that we will throw the book at
that. I can't tell you that I would
disqualify them for it, that's an
elections committee decision.
But I can tell you that we'd be
extremely harsh in our penalty."
McElroy said thathe recognizes how his actions might be construed as slating.
However, in ajanuary 22 elections committee meeting, MacKinnon said that they will likely
notbe disqualifying McElroy and
Wright and will instead only p e-
nalize them financially
"How many of our voters
could have had their minds
changed by this two day pissing contest on the internet?"
said MacKinnon.
McElroy said that if the elections committee decides to disqualify him, he will appeal that
the candidates Ahmadian endorsed were also slating and
should be similarly penalized.
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Jeremy McElroy
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"If I'm disqualified, I'll take
that. I did break the rules. But I
will appeal it and essentially call
out Bijan and those involved."
MacKinnon, however, has main-
tained that there are no limitations to what third parties such
as Ahmadian can do on behalf of
candidates, as long as those candidates are not directly involved.
"Nothing thatthird parties can do
can make anyone a slate, and that's
just been the message that I've
been sending back to candidates
that complain," said MacKinnon.
McElroy argued that previous
Elections Administrators were
not as lenient when it came to
third party involvement.
"[2009 elections EA] Sarina Rehal was kind ofthe big one. She
said thatyou are responsible for
all third parties. You are responsible for their materials, you are
responsible for their content, and
she disqualified Blake Fredrick
on those grounds."
On his elections site, McElroy
has said that he is ashamed he
was involved with the blog.
"In the past two days, I've
been trying to make up for my
mistake by disavowing the blog,
taking it down and endorsing
all candidates here. I'm both
grateful for the support I've received for these actions, and
ashamed of myself for not having the courage to admit my involvement sooner.
"And I'm even more sorry for
waiting until being 'outed' before owning up to my actions."
According to McElroy Wright's
campaign manager, Maria Cirstea, as well as a nameless third
party that has only been identified as an AMS staff member,
were also involved in the creation ofthe website.
McElroy and Wright claim that
neither of them put up the endorsements onto the site.
"The endorsements were actually done by somebody else,
because they thought that with
the traffic [the site] was getting
that this could be good. So I am
guilty of allowing that to happen," said McElroy.
"I didn't really want to put [the
endorsements] up. That was not
my decision," said Wright. "I
thought it was a slippery slope."
Wright claims that he helped
create the posters associated
with the site, and was present
when the WordPress account was
created, but did not contribute
any of the content.
McElroy said that he was himself responsible for creating the
shortened ithinkubc.com domain
after the WordPress site began receiving visitors, as well as writing some of the content.
"I contributed the section on
the strategic planning, essentially in defense of what Bijan
had said about me and I'd also
provided the information about
the firstyears involved in ithank.
ca," he said.
Ithank.ca is a website that Ahmadian alleges was spontaneously created by three firstyear UBC
students in which they thanked
Ahmadian and AMS Council for
a variety of accomplishments.
According to Wright, ithinkubc.
wordpress.com was taken down
on Thursday after Neal Yonson,
Editor of VFM blog UBC Insiders, contacted McElroy when he
had discovered McElroy's name
on the registration for ithinkubc.
McElroy said that they took
the site down when they realized how "childish and immature" it was.
The site, however, returned
on Friday morning with a number of changes, including the
removal of the endorsements
and of the names of first year
volunteers who were working
for Ahmadian.
It went down again later on
Friday and has not returned
since, tl
—With files from Neal Yonson,
fonny Wakefield and Paul Bucci. 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2011.01.24
Parson surprises in Academic race
Matt Parson is the new AMS
Vice-President Academic and
University Affairs. In sorted
majorities, he defeated Jennifer
Wang with 2366 votes against
1550, and Justin Yang with 2318
to 1632. Yang came in second
place, with 1810 votes against
Wang's 1766.
The strength of Parson's victory over Yang surprised many observers. Withhis significant political experience and numerous
endorsements, Yang was widely
considered to be the favourite.
"Coming into this, it was a
win for students. Whoever took
office was going to be doing the
job great and that's all students
can really ask for," said Parson.
Parson suggested that accusations regarding slates were
largely media-created. "Everyone ran separate campaigns.
No-one was ffyering, postering
[or] going to classes together,"
he said. "It seemed to be something you could see, but there
wasn't much substance to it."
In regards to near future, Parson said he'd spoken to previous
VP Academics, and that "it seems
like a lot ofyour time spent in
the first month, two months, is
wrapping up old business. And
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Parson enthusiastic after victory. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
I hope to make sure that a lot of
Ben [Cappellacci]'s old projects
are seen to completion."
Ultimately though, his priorities are clear. "I'm just excited to make this campus a better place."
Yang expressed disappointment about the controversial
actions of some candidates.
However, he noted that he was
"relieved" the race was over.
"I think all candidates were
going to be amazing," he said
in regards to the race for VP
"I thought it was a really close
race," said Wang. "Both [the] other candidates, Justin and Matt,
impressed me a lot."
In regards to the alleged slatelike behaviours in this year's
elections, Wang noted that it
was "surprising, how shitty everyone has gotten. But I mean,
I guess that's part of the elections. I think that there should
definitely be an investigation
taken into the slate-like behaviour. *U
Elin Tayyar stays on as Finance
Tayyar enjoying his re-election. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Incumbent VP Finance Elin Tayyar
has won another term in office,
with a 601 vote margin over opponent Arash Ehteshami.
Tayyar was somewhat reserved after his race was announced at The Pit last Saturday. He said he had been
somewhat disillusioned by
what many are characterizing as a very nasty campaign
"I didn't really have a preference, I kind of wanted to leave after
all this elections shit. But [there's]
lots of work ahead. I'm looking
forward to bringing us back up."
Ehteshami said that Tayyar ran
a good campaign, and thathe was
overall satisfied with the result.
"Itwas a good race. I'm happy
that Elin won and I think he's going to do a good job in this position," he said. "He does have the
skill it takes and he does have
the experience."
Ehteshami echoed Tayyar's
concerns about the civility of the
campaign. He said thathe was attacked personally in anonymous
blogs. Ehteshami also said outgoing President Bijan Ahmadian's
contentious endorsement of his
campaign probably hurt him.
"I didn't ask for it, so it hurt my
own campaign which I put a lot
of blood and sweat into."
Tayyar saidhe is optimistic and
excited to work in particular with
McElroy. tJ
Tyson takes down Wright for VP Ex
Katherine Tyson was elected to
the position of VP External by
a significant margin this weekend, making her the only woman amongst the elected executives for 2011.
"The campaign was a bit rough
but I'm glad that different people
won and I hope that any issues
that are outstanding will be resolved," said Tyson.
She also hopes to see more
gender diversity in future electoral races. "We need more women
in Council. There were only three
women really running, so that's
a problem in itself," said Tyson.
Overall, Tyson is happy to be
working with the rest ofthe elected executive. "They're great people, I'm friends with all of them."
Mitch Wright, a contender in
the VP External race, was disappointed with the results. Over the
weekend, his blog was reviewed
by the elections committee for
possible slate behaviour with
Tyson interviewed by The Ubyssey. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
presidential candidate Jeremy
McElroy. Elections Administrator Eric MacKinnon did not disqualify the candidates.
His campaign manager, Maria Cirstea, expressed relief that
they wouldn't have to deal with
the website issue now, and that
she's confident Tyson will do a
good job as VP External.
"I felt a little bummed because
I think that student politics gets
really dirty sometimes," said
Wright. "It's a stressful time,
you're selling yourself to a lot
of students and...it's just kind
of crazy it was like the weirdest
two weeks of my life." va
Silley will succeed Dovjenko as Admin. JOSH CURRAN PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Silley new VP Admin
Following the announcement
at the Pit Pub that Mike Silley
would be the new VP of Administration, he immediately went
from the accessible and personable candidate to the hardest
person to get a word with at the
elections party. Itwas no fault of
his own; it was simply because
he had so many people offering
congratulations, his chief rival
Gordon Katie included, that he
had no time to pause for breath.
"It has been a nerve-racking
couple of days leading up [to
the elections]. I was counting
down the seconds to the polls
closing," said Silley. "But when
the results finally did come in,
it was surreal."
Throughout Silley's campaign, he maintained a level
of respectability that was not
always apparent in the other
elections races. Post-victory Silley spoke of his respect for Katie,
and expressed that Katie's voice
and ideas would not be silenced
during his term as VP Admin.
Katie was understandably upset at not winning, but for his
part, he conceded that Silley
had the necessary qualities to
be a good VP Admin. Katie described his and Silley's relationship as "amicable" and was glad
that they both avoided the "mud-
slinging" going on in the other
election races.
Mike Silley's first action as VP
Admin was to express his gratitude and thanks for being elected to this position.
"The fact that the students
spoke and they want me to serve
on the executive... it means the
world to me. I'm prepared to
put nay heart and soul into this
job." U
Three new and two
incumbent Senators
Two UBC Senate incumbents, Justin Yang and Spencer Rasmussen, were re-elected this past Saturday while Thomas Brennan,
Imran Habib and Ryan Bredin
will be filling senate seats for
the first time this year, defeating AJ Hajian, Matthew Campbell and Eric Distefano.
Yang said he was looking forward to another term, despite
losing the VP Academic race to
Matt Parson.
"I'm really excited, there's
a lot of work I've been doing
there and I get to continue doing that, and I'm really excited
to work with the new student
senators," he said.
Habib was the only candidate
who was at Saturday's election
announcements event available
for comment.
"I feel pretty good. I think
my platform definitely related
with student population a lot so
I think that's definitely why I got
the votes," he said.
Habib is happy about working with the other elected students, and said he was relieved to
find that his competitors seemed
"During the debate we had last
week, I felt pretty good that we
were on the same level with a lot
of our issues so I think it's definitely going to be a good team
for the upcoming year."
When asked the following day,
Justin Yang was feeling optimistic as well.
"I'm ecstatic, I think we have a
really good team, a good mix of
old and new," he said. *U
Sharma and Heisler
handily take BoG seats
Sean Heisler and Sumedha Sharma have been elected to UBC's
Board of Governors (BoG).
Both Heisler and Sharma enjoyed a strong lead over AJ Hajian and SuperSexySass Sangsa-
ri, who received roughly 14 per
cent of the vote each. The BoG
is UBC's final decision-making
body responsible for the management and administration of
the university. Heisler has sat
on the BoG before, comes from
a background in EUS politics
and has sat on Senate. Sharma
is the current SUS president,
and has also served as the SUS
VP External and Social Coordinator. Heisler said that he was
"pretty elated" when he heard
the news, although he said "elections were a bit frustrating. It's
difficult to compete when somebody can throw a lot of money
at them." Heisler also expressed
a desire to see the maximum
spending cap enforced more.
Sharma could not be reached
for comment by press time. v3 2011.01.2 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/5
Allegations arise over Ahmadian's campaign
After a month of videos, pamphlets
and denials, new details are emerging about AMS President Bijan Ahmadian's campaign to see his six
chosen candidates elected to office.
Two first-year students who have
been intimately involved with the
running of the campaign are alleging that Ahmadian has been directly funding and controlling the
campaign and asking students to
lie on his behalf.
David Huynh, afirstyear Sauder student, said that Ahmadian
approached him and his friend,
Roshak Momtahen, a first year
Arts student, and asked them to
help him drum up support for Ahmadian's picks for President, the
vice presidents and the Board of
Governors representatives.
This goes directly against Ahmadian's assertions thatitwas first
year students who started this campaign of their own volition.
"Right away Roshak and I knew
that it's got to be illegal, it's got to
be wrong. So he told us that if anybody ever asked, itwas our idea,
andthatwe approached him. That
we originally thought ofthe whole
concept," said Huynh.
According to Huynh, Ahmadian wanted them to say that they
were intrigued by the election,
wanted to support Michael Moll
and decided to launch their own
"But that was his fabrication.
That was what he told us to say."
"[Ahmadian] did play a role
facilitating the creation of the
campaign," said Momtahen. "In
every aspect of which way the
Students claim Ahmadian recruited them. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
campaign's going to go, he obviously [played] a leadership role."
Huynh said he first became uncomfortable when Ahmadian's
campaign materials arrived on
the evening of Jan. 17. He said
that Ahmadian gave him 10,000
half-page double sided flyers.
However, Ahmadian maintains thathe has provided no material support to this campaign.
"There was someone who, independent of me, gave me notice, made those flyers and decided he wanted to promote my
endorsement," said Ahmadian.
Huynh and Momtahen both
said Ahmadian repeatedly said
thathe was funding the flyers out
of pocket. In addition to the flyers,
they said that Ahmadian also purchased 7,200 mint patties from
Costco, many of which are still
in Huynh's room in residence.
Momtahen maintains that
the money was coming from
"That's a really essentialpoint.
The money was his," he said.
"He was going around the
system," Huynh said of Ahmadian's third party role. "Cheating."
"He didn't give us the detail of
the financials, didn't tell us where
the money was coming from, he
didn't tell us exactly what was going on. He just told us to do this."
When Huynh asked about the
finances for this campaign, Ahmadian presented him with receipts, which Huynh believed to
be faked. Huynh claimed that
the receipts for the mint patties
showed fewer flats than were actually there, and that the receipts
for the flyers were hand written.
Momtahen also said that, to him,
the entire project felt like a slate.
"This is really obviously anyone can tell you, extreme slatelike behaviour," he said.
Momtahen went on to say that
"the volunteers that each individually campaigned and the volunteers for this larger campaign are
Moll denies that he was in any
way involved with Ahmadian's
"I had no involvement in this.
I personally ran my own campaign. I had my own flyers and
I definitely had my own volunteers. I definitely have no involvement in this and I have no knowledge of this."
Huynh said that from the beginning, Ahmadian presented
the campaign not as helping certain candidates win, but ensuring
their opponents lose.
"Right away he told us politics
is dirty" he said.
Huynh said Ahmadian frequently voiced his support for
Michael Moll and his desire for
Jeremy McElroy to lose the presidential race. "We sat down and he
told us that he has a list of candidates that he wants to endorse."
Momtahen also said Ahmadian
would very often vocally express
his disdain for McElroy.
"His main concern [was]...his
personal feud with Jeremy McElroy" he said.
By Tuesday night, Huynh became increasingly disillusioned
by what he saw as shady financials and increasingly negative
campaigning. "Hejustkept on taking shots at McElroy" he said of
the few classroom speeches they
gave together.
The next day he met with Ahmadian and told him thathe wanted out. "I said, 'Bijan, I'm really uncomfortable with this and I don't
want to do this anymore. It kind
of conflicts with my values.' Those
were my exact words."
"I knew what I was doing was
Huynh said he and his friends
involved with the campaign felt
used by Ahmadian and disillusioned by his tactics.
"[He was] slandering the name
of opposition to support the
candidate he thinks he wants in
the presidency" said Huynh. "[He
was] using his power position to
manipulate young individuals.
"He's been in politics long
enough to understand what he
was doing is wrong."
Huynh said that, at the end of it
all, his involvement doing groundwork for Ahmadian amounted to
only a few hours. Momtahen is
also no longer associated with
the campaign.
Elections Administrator Erik
MacKinnon said many candidates
have complained that Bijan's endorsements are a slate, a term
used for a group of candidates
with similar political views who
campaign together.
Slates are illegal in AMS elections, and slate-like behaviour
is grounds for disqualification.
MacKinnon said thathe does not
see Ahmadian's endorsements as
constituting a slate. Some, most
notably VP Finance Elin Tayyar,
have publicly accused Ahmadian of slating.
"It's just ridiculous that candidates feel that," said Mackinnon.
"If they don't like Bijan, or if they
don't like the Israel Awareness
Club or the IFC or whoever, then
all of a sudden it's a slate because
they're not on it. There's been a
lot of whining."
MacKinnon said he has told the
candidates who were endorsed
by Ahmadian not to worry about
being disqualified for slate-like
"I let them know that I know
what's going on and everything's
fine so just relax. Continue to campaign under the rules and everything's fine." *U
—With files from Neal Yonson
and Paul Bucci
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UBC Lip Dub takes shot at school spirit
These UVic students are deliriously happy to hear Michael Buble. PHOTO COURTESY OF UVIC LIPDUB
"It was mid-October, midterm
season. I was studying diligently for my Geo test..."
Fourth year student Andrew
Cohen talks ofthe genesis ofthe
UBC lip dub like it's a superhero's origin story. While taking
his "requisite five minute Face-
book break, as all responsible
students do," Cohen stumbled
upon a video some of his friends
had posted.
It opens on the top floor of a
double-decker bus. A bespectacled student presses play on his
iPod. The music starts and the
camera moves forward as the
other passengers bob their heads
in tune with Michael Buble's
"Haven't Met You Yet." "Within
the first 30 seconds I was like,
'This is the coolest thing I've ever
seen,'" Cohen said.
The video was a lip dub by the
University of Victoria. A lip dub
is a single-shot video in which a
group of people lip synch along
to a song. There are costumes,
dancing and zany antics. The
first university lip dub came in
2008 from Furtwangen University in Germany. The video was
set to a song called "257 Weeks"
by Nine Days.
Since then, videos have been
produced by universities in
Columbia, Poland, Chile, Italy
and India.
Cohen was inspired by the
UVic video, and what started as
a study break grew into a campus-wide project.
University lip dub is a community event and Cohen is taking every possible step to get volunteers involved in the project.
He hopes to get 1000 students
in his video, 100 more than in
UVic's lip dub.
Cohen's second task was to
find a well-connected administrator to help raise funds. His
search led him to AMS President
Bijan Ahmadian who "pledged
his full support," though the AMS
is not officially sponsoring the
Following the lead of UVic, the
video will raise money for several yet-to-be-decided charities.
Companies will pledge between
one cent and one dollar for every
time the video is viewed within
the first 30 days. "It seems like
a nice way to bring the community together...and give people
incentive to watch the video,"
said Cohen.
"As a commuter student, I've
felt like I've missed out on some
elements of university. I figured
this would be a really cool way to
bringpeople—because I'm sure I'm
not the only one—together, even
if it's just for an afternoon." tl
the first 30
I was like
'This is the
thing I've
ever seen.'"
An artist's conception of the atrium of the new SUB, which is set to include a blackbox theatre capable of seating 100 people. PHOTO COURTESY OF HBBH+BH
Thinking inside the box sets the stage for new SUB s theatre
UBC theatre lovers won't have
to go far for a show after 2014.
Plans for the new SUB include
a transparent black box theatre
that overhangs the main atrium
and is accessible from a second-
storey walkway.
"If it was made out of concrete
it would bea huge eye sore," said
James Basnett, student rep on
the new SUB committee. "Having
something where the contents are
visible, it really changes the experience ofthe whole building."
"The black box theatre came out
of all the surveys that were done
a couple years ago," said new
SUB Project Coordinator Andre-
anne Doyon. "It wasn't something
that the AMS or the architects or
UBC were like, 'Argh! There needs
be another theatre somewhere!'
No, the students asked for it."
The new theatre is an improvement over the Norm Theatre, which currently houses the
VOC climbing wall, and is used
nightly for FilmSoc screenings.
Theatre students regularly complain about the Norm's lack of
"There's a lack of theatre
space on campus period. There's
a lack of theatre space in Vancouver. Even students in the theatre department don't have access to all their theatres," said
Doyon. "The Player's Club, one
of the oldest clubs on campus,
doesn't have places to put on
performances. The UBC improv
group performs in a classroom
auditorium in Scarfe."
Nick Harvey-Cheetham, co-
president of UBCimprov, decried
their current space. "Though it
serves our purposes, at the end
of the day it is still a classroom
with very limited lighting, poor
sight lines and a large immovable block full of computers and
projector equipment prominently featured on the stage."
"A few stage lights on ceiling
racks, cabaret-style or raked
seating for 70 - 100 people and
a sound dampening curtain
behind the stage are more or
less all you need...Having a centre of performance in the SUB
would help make the building
the centre of student culture on
"It'd be cool if we had something continually going on [in
the black box]," said Doyon. "If
we could always have something going to bring it to life;
that would be great."
"I think you could look at
this as a really interesting
place in the heart of the student union building," said
Basnett. "We would benefit
from always being able to walk
in there...I think it would make
everything between classes
more fun. You'll think: 'I don't
know what's happening there,
I'm going to grab some food and
see what is happening in the
black box.'" tl 2011.01.24/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/7
Basketball courts electric eclecticism
Vancouver band s energetic performances border on the Bacchic
Carnival has descended early in Vancouver this year. The
abandon and excitement are
not inspired by parading elephants or public masquerades.
Rather, at the epicentre of this
madness are Vancouver's prodigal sons, the musical quartet
Basketball. They have returned
after a long exodus.
Sitting in a bowling alley on
Commercial Drive, vocalist/
banjoistTome Jozic departs on
metaphor-laden tangents, yet
he does so without a hint of pretense. Whether speaking of music or a rainbow that appeared
earlier that day, his body is
in perpetual motion—hands
dancing across the table, shoulders rocking back and forth.
This barely-contained energy is
hardly surprising given the nature of their live performances. They invite their audience
to partake in "celebration, catharsis": an urban Bacchanalia.
Bodies writhe and convulse as
if possessed by spirits.
Jozic describes their genre-
warping sound as "a Hummer
crashing into a Turkish bathhouse." Folk music from the
band's Bosnian heritage, electro, trance and African is only a
small slice of their musicalpalate.
The project of Basketball, he says,
came out of the desire to "fuse
what we grew up with and what
we are inspired by currently."
A Basketball performance is a
truly communal experience because of the band's attempt to
"bridge the audience and performer." Jozic recounts a Lisbon show where a man in his
60s was at the forefront of the
asketball cut through the haze PHOTO COURTESY OF BASKETBALL
crowd, dancing wildly with his
Basketball has spent much
of the last two years touring. All
that time spent together hasn't
frayed relations in the band.
He explains, "We are like brothers... even when we are not together we are on each other's
minds." Darting a sidelong look,
he added, "It's almost incestuous." Jozic's one complaint is
the stench from the crow and
seagull carcasses collected by
drummer-guitarist David Rogers, who likes to examine their
Meandering across continents has left an audible mark
on their music. Basketball samples songs heard in the streets
of South Africa and remarks on
the catastrophic earthquake in
Chile. Their new single, "Suspi-
ros de Chile," while drawing its
main inspiration from the Chilean spirit, expresses frustration
with the relief effort. The disaster, Jozic laments, "was overshadowed by the fucking American drama [in Haiti]."
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T-Birds chase the Cougars out
Saturday night shootout win seals the sweep
On a weekend where Jordan
White was faced with the possibility of stepping in against
names like Sedin and Kesler,
UBC's first-string goalie still
managed to keep his focus mentally, stopping 50 out of 54 shots
in UBC's weekend sweep of the
Regina Cougars. In two hard-
fought, physical battles, UBC out-
muscled the Regina defense to
jump out to leads of 3-0 and 1-0
in Friday and Saturday's third
periods, respectively. The Cougars, however, seemed to forget their last-place standing in
the CIS West and battled back
in both games, making for two
very interesting third periods.
"I give Regina a lot of credit.
They played really hard [this
weekend]," said UBC head coach
Milan Dragicevic. "They were
physical, they were first on the
pucks and they played very
strong. I give them full credit
for taking us to the limit. They
got us back on our heels."
While Friday night's scoring
was spread out among the Thunderbirds, Saturday night's offensive attack can only be attributed
With weekend sweep, the UBC hockey men are still looking ahead to the playoffs. GEOFF LISTER/THE UBYSSEY
to forward Brendan Sonne, who
scored UBC's lone regulation goal
as well as the shootout winner.
The Thunderbirds should be
pleased with the two wins they
came out with this weekend,
as UBC went 1-10 on the powerplay, a percentage that must be
improved if they hope to make
a serious run at a playoff spot.
"Ifyou would have told us at
the start of the weekend that
we're getting four points, it
doesn't matter how we're getting it at this stage, we'll take
it," Dragicevic said, clearly relieved to be done with the feisty
The real hero of the weekend was, of course, White, who
not only stepped in to serve as
the San Jose Sharks emergency backup goaltender on Thursday night, but also managed to
backstop UBC on both Friday
and Saturday. White was solid
on Friday night, but truly shone
in Saturday's shootout win, allowing only one goal and closing the door repeatedly during
Regina's shootout attempts.
"I thought Whitey was huge tonight, not only in the shootout,
but he kept us in there when we
had to kill some penalties at the
end," Dragicevic said proudly
after Saturday's game. "He was
the difference. It's great to see
Jordan step up, be a team leader, carry the team on his back
and get us two points tonight."
With these wins the Thunderbirds sit tied for fourth in the
CIS West, a mere six points out
of first place. With the playoffs
looming large, UBC will head to
Lethbridge, Alberta next week
to take on a struggling Pronghorns team in an attempt to pick
up four more crucial points, tl
'Birds and Bobcats split at War
Record-setting Sanderson too much for UBC
Ben Chow contributed with 21 kills this weekend. CHARLEST0/THE UBYSSEY
This weekend, a Canada West conference record was shattered at
War Memorial Gym. Unfortunately, the new record was not claimed
by a Thunderbird on home turf,
but by Brandon Bobcats' Paul
Sanderson, who shut down UBC's
hope of a weekend sweep.
The action was bittersweet for
the men's volleyball team this
weekend, who fell to seventh
place in the conference after a
two-game split with the Brandon
Bobcats. The 'Birds beat their opponents 3-2 on Friday night, but
they struggled to replicate that
on Saturday, falling victim to a
straight-set loss led by Sanderson's performance for the CIS
record books.
UBC (5-9) faced a tall, offensive team in the Bobcats (5-7),
who have two of the most dangerous players in Canada: Paul
Sanderson and teammate Jonathan Sloane. Sanderson leads
the conference in both kills
(5.44) and points per game
(6.05), entering the weekend
within reach of smashing the
Canada West 1,252 career kills
record, while Sloane boasts the
most reliable hitting percentage ofthe conference at 0.489.
Friday's match saw UBC come
from behind, overcoming a two-
set deficit to win the match in
an exciting fifth set. After trailing the Bobcats 19-25 and 22-25,
the T-Birds turned the tables in
set three by learning to navigate
the Bobcats' 6'9" giants. Demi-
jan Savija led UBC's comeback
with 22 kills, while rookie Ben
Chow continued to make an impact by adding another 14 kills
to edge the Bobcats.
"We don't have the guys who
are going to hit over the top [of
the block] and hit sharp angles.
We have to be crafty," said UBC
head coach Richard Schick, attributing Friday's win to his
team's smart plays.
Going into Saturday's matchup, T-Birds' captain and star li-
bero Blair Bann warned that
his team was going to have to
get off to an earlier start if they
wanted to win. "Obviously coming off a big comeback win the
team is feeling pretty good, but
if we want to sweep the weekend
we won't be able to start like we
did on Friday."
Unfortunately, Bann's assessment couldn't have been more
correct for the T-Birds on Saturday, who suffered a harsh 3-0
Bobcat backlash. The 'Birds started off slowly again on Saturday,
committing a sloppy eight errors to hand Brandon an easy
25-15 victory in the first set. The
second set saw the 'Birds bring
a little bit of the perseverance
they showed on Friday night,
but it wasn't enough to match
the Bobcats' offensive. Sanderson contributed nine kills in set
two alone, leading his team to a
comfortable 25-19 outcome. This
time, UBC was unable to make a
comeback in the third set. Sevi-
ja pounded five kills to lead the
T-Birds to a 19-15 advantage, but
a UBC error gave Brandon the
chance to return three Sanderson kills, fueling the team to a
25-22 victory.
After the game, Schick was disappointed with his team's level
of consistency. "We were very lethargic and we have to know that
if we want to be a team that can
compete for a championship, we
have to putthree of those matches together like last night back-to-
back-to-back," he said.
The 'Birds get a break from
play next weekend, which will
give them time to recharge before they take on the eighth place
Regina Cougars, where two wins
would clinch a playoff berth. Perhaps the team can gain some consistency in time to overtake the
next set of matches. 2011.01.24/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/9
Rookie Sarah Casorso with a
presence on the blueline
Two powerplay goals a minute
apart enabled the 'Birds to lift
themselves above the Regina
Cougars on Saturday night earning their first win of 2011.
Tamara Pickford scored first
on Saturday with help from Lauren Ruggiero and Kirsten Mihal-
chean, to be followed by a goal
from Emily Grainger a minute later to put UBC up by two. Melinda Choy stopped 35 shots to secure the 3-2 win.
The previous night, the Thunderbirds ran into a hot Regina goalie who stood on her head stopping all but one of their 27 shots
to earn her team a 2-1 win.
UBC head coach Nancy Wilson gave full credit to the opposing keeper. "Lisa Urban played
exceptionally well. She was the
first star tonight."
Second year forward Kelsey
Kirkham notched the lone Thunderbird goal. Melinda Choy
chipped in a solid 18 saves in the
one goal loss.
With the weekend split, U BC is
now tied for sixth, 12 points out
of a playoff spot.
The University of Victoria scored
ten quick points in the first five
minutes to pull away early, winning the first leg of the Wight-
man Boot Competition, 41-20,
in Victoria.
The Boot is a two-game series, with the combined point total
over the two games deciding the
series. UVic has won the past 13
two-game competitions.
UBC had tries from Jon Hill,
NickPhilippson, Harry Jones and
Sean Ferguson, but their kickers
left 11 points.
UBC will host the second leg of
the Boot in March with the date
and time to still be announced. tl
Living the dream
UBC s Jordan White signs one-day NHL contract
Ifyou had asked Jordan White
for whom he'd be cheering during Thursday night's NHL game
between the San Jose Sharks and
Vancouver Canucks, you'd be
shocked to hear the Surrey, BC
native's answer as he was given the opportunity to live his
dream for a day.
"I can be a Canucks fan every
other night but tonight's I'm going to rooting for the guys on
the bench with me," said White.
Of course, to ask him that
question, you'd have to find
him on the Sharks' bench. After
backup goalie Antero Nittyma-
ki suffered an injury in a practice early on Thursday morning, San Jose was left with few
options for a backup, as a call-
up from an AHL affiliate would
never have made it to Vancouver in time for the game and
NHL rules require a team to
dress two goalies.
Thus, UBC's starting netminder, who has enjoyed success this
season despite a mediocre talent level around him, was summoned into his UBC coach's office just before practice.
"Coach called me into his office and told me the situation.
At first, I was just trying to put
it into perspective," explained
White before the game.
"It was a great experience,
all the moments exceeded everything I thought they'd be,"
White gushed after the game.
While he didn't see any actual
game action, White was able to
stop some shots and be out on the
ice with all-stars and gold medalists like Joe Thornton and Danny Heatley, a definite thrill for a
college goalie with big dreams.
White has started every game
this year for the Thunderbirds,
posting 3.25 goals against average in the 20 games he's played.
White has often been the T-Birds'
best player on the ice.
Perhaps more impressive was the
manner in which White managed to
handle the media and excitement of
his short NHL career, seemingly taking it all in stride and keeping his focus on his UBC season.
In the net: Jordan White in warm-up with the NHL San Jose Sharks. JEFF VINNICK/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES
The former Shark enjoyed
his night in the spotlight, yet
still managed to start and win
both of UBC's games this weekend against the Regina Cougars, stopping 50 of 54 shots
in two heroic efforts. The Saturday night game went into a
shootout and not a single shot
got passed him.
"All weekend, for a guy to be
the Vancouver media darling for
24 hours and how he approached
each game and prepared, it's a
real credit to Jordan White. He
was the difference. It's great to see
Jordan step up, be a team leader,
carry the team on his back and get
us two points," crowed UBC head
coach Milan Dragicevic.
While White certainly enjoyed
the NHL spotlight for a night, the
four points he managed to help
UBC accrue during the weekend
are even more important, as they
propel the Thunderbirds towards
the postseason.
"But tomorrow I'm focused on
playing for my team and getting
us into the playoffs," he said at
ter the NHL game.
UBC has a long and arduous
road ahead and remain outsiders
looking in at the playoffs as the
standings currently sit. But with
a NHL experienced goalie and
talented anchor Jordan White at
the helm, the Thunderbirds can
feel more confident about their
chances to continue play after
their schedule ends, vl
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The AMS elections results are in, and as we review the candidates and the executive-elect, it
seems as if the campus' left-leaning contenders
were, well, left out. So what happened? Did they
advocate the wrong issues? Did they not reach
enough people in their campaigns? Perhaps. But
it's more likely that there's something fundamentally wrong with the way the visible leftists have
approached both students and politics on this
campus in recent years.
While it may be safe to say that UBC can give
off a whiff of conservatism, a good portion of the
student population believes in the same issues
which the campus left has been advocating: affordable housing, minimal debt, lower student
fees and tuition that maintains academic standards—the list can go on. Of course, not every
student feels the same fervour for each of these
issues. But if tuition were cut in half tomorrow,
it's doubtful that there would be student protests,
and if the number of student housing units on
campus came to exceed those of private condos,
it's hard to imagine mass demonstrations taking
over our university.
So why did this year's leftist candidates not
garner the support that it seems they surely deserved, given their adamant push for these exact
issues? For one, campus left, your exclusivity is
showing. Yes, some have previously addressed
it, citing it as protection for those who have been
discriminated against by the "rest," but let's not
forget that if you want to be able to bring adequate results to students, you are going to need
more than a small group ofthe disenfranchised
to supportyou inyour elections run. Ifyou're constantly oppositional and alienating students with
angry rhetoric, you're going to push supporters
away! Be inclusive, and show students that your
concerns are all of our concerns. In the end, results will prove more valuable than ideological
purity. This may require thatyou show a willingness to compromise. Activism is fine when there
is actually a chance of gaining ground through
numbers and momentum, where one can really create pressure for change. Mass demonstration around the UBC Farm and South Campus
can serve as an example, and old executives and
BoG members like Darren Peets, Stefanie Ratjen
and Tristan Markle had been able to work with
student groups and campus organization to find
solutions that simultaneously pushed for change
but allowed for dialogue on contentious issues.
For one, campus left, your
exclusivity is showing. Ifyou're
constantly oppositional and
alienating students with angry
rhetoric, you're going to push
supporters away!
There are upcoming discussions around international student tuition, for which there are currently no guarantees in place that a student will
be paying the same amount in their final year as
their first. Governance at UBC will be coming to
the fore, and land use has caught the eye of students across the political spectrum.
This is not to say that the visible left does not
know what's going on, and is somehow ignoring reality. The fact is these students are even
involved in central governing and media bodies on campus, clearly aware ofthe main tenets
of crucial issues plaguing UBC. But ifyou want
the UBC administration, Properties Trust, the
UNA and Campus and Community Planning to
stop and give you the time of day, be bold inyour
voice but show thatyou are professional enough
to sit down with them and act a role while holding onto your agenda.
We are not by any means trying to tell you to
retire radical beliefs or leave minority concerns
in the dark, but remember that the rest of campus will have their eyes and ears open to your
leadership when you are willing to give a little
to get a lot. til
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Throw these elections out
Another election has come and gone,
but has anyone come out of this looking better?
Certainly not Elections Administrator Erik MacKinnon. Considering the
amount of slime and slating that has
clearly taken place this election, the fact
no one has been disqualified has made
a mockery out of AMS rules, and has
lessened the political capital of every
winner before they even step into office.
Certainly not newly-elected President Jeremy McElroy. He created a
website with Mitch Wright which endorsed the two of them, while pamphlets were printed promoting both
the website and endorsements. The
only reason he wasn't disqualified
is because the elections committee
trusted McElroy's word that he had
nothing to do with the endorsements
themselves. Which, considering he denied his involvement in the site until he was caught red-handed by the
media, was awfully generous of them.
What can best be said of this episode
is that McElroy's sense of entitlement
and infallibility seems to be tempered,
which isn't a bad thing.
And this certainly doesn't look good
for Ahmadian himself, who decided to
further destroy his reputation by slandering McElroy, beginning a pathetic
legacy campaign borne on the backs of
first year students that manipulated
people into running against those he
had grudges against. Itwas his rhetoric and behind-the-scenes work that
set the tone for this campaign.
But you know what? The people running in this election, the actual candidates, didn't help themselves at all. Instead of trying to rise above the moral morass, candidates at best stood
silent and at worst jumped right into
the filth themselves.
People Ahmadian endorsed, rather than refuting his harmful rhetoric, stood by quietly, continuing to let
what was, in the words of one of Bijan's campaigners, "obviously slatelike behaviour," continue unabated.
And rather than turn the other cheek,
McElroy and Wright created their own
slander-laden site against Bijan, endorsed each other on it and then pretended someone else was responsible—
until they were caught in their own lie.
The tricky thing is that McElroy
was always the most qualified for the
presidency, and 'Bijan's candidates'—
Silley, Tyson, Parsons and Sharma—all
campaigned hard and have their own established ideas and brand outside of
Ahmadian's shadow. And while the
lack of progressive candidates elected isn't ideal, most on Council will see
this as an acceptable result, attempt
to tweak election code and move on.
But these elections have been a joke,
and unless you want the rules of the
AMS elections to merely become suggestions, having a new campaign with
enforced rules seems to be the only
way to go. Politically and practically, it will be difficult for people to accept, but ethically, there is only one
real solution.
Cancel it. The whole thing.
There are options. The elections
committee could, after further investigations, strike down the entire elections and have by-elections. Council
could refuse to accept the results, necessitating a do-over. We're sure other creative minds have propositions
that would work as well.
And while those on AMS Council,
having gotten close to a desired result,
may want to do the politically expedient thing and move on, they can't just
turn the page on this sordid episode.
They need an eraser. tl
Let's keep it classy, folks
This is the part of the newspaper
where we argue for civility in political discourse. It's the part where
we get to go all "old media" on your
blogger asses, and turn up our noses and haughtily dismiss those of
you who've engaged in rabble-rousing. You see, we find such behaviour unsightly and petty, because we
have standards. That's right, ethics.
This column will continue, we will
reference some sort of journalistic
golden age, Watergate etc., and conclude by linking the behaviour of
some anonymous VFM blogs to the
shootings in Arizona.
You'll have to forgive that heaping pile of cynicism. It just seems
that this—the plea for people to calm
down and be nice to each other when
it comes to politics—is a call that everyone has been making lately, and
it usually comes across as hyperbolic and just a little bit lame.
These elections have had their
share of nastiness. There were anonymous blogs like Blackbox Theatre attacking candidates on their character, there were other students risking
their candidacies by creating blogs
to defend themselves against other
blogs and, of course, there were Voter Funded Media blogs that posted
only once, taking a couple hundred
dollars of student money, but that's
a whole other rant.
While Bijan's conniving did a lot to
set the tone of this election, he's not
doing anything wildly different than
most bloggers, councillors or anyone
else who chose to make comment or
observation. He just brought it to the
next level.
Think about it. Here is a man who
has spent much of his adult life in
student politics, a culture where it's
normal to call candidates "a cohort of
disciples" and accuse them of being
puppets controlled by "one man's naked and awkward attempt to build
an artificial legacy in the wake of his
own nuclear fallout from student affairs." Or like last year, when executives sometimes referred to their opponents as "war criminals."
Is it really surprising that after
years and years of this (not saying
that that should be the case, but it is
what it is), it might seem okay to, you
know, spend almost a grand to promote some candidates you like and
recruit a bunch of first-years to your
campaign to lie on your behalf?
And we wonder why we only have
11 per cent of students turning out to
vote? For a bunch of people who talk
like they're storming the Bastille, stab
each other in the back online and maybe manage to produce a balanced budget if they try really hard?
Until you've earned it, take it down
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