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UBC'S OFFICIAL STUDENT NEWSPAPER
Vol. LXXXIXNo. 47 I www.ubyssey.ca I march 18th, 2008 I since 1918
Murray ekes out victory in by election
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Above: Deborah Meredith speaks to the Ubyssey
after her defeat in yesterdays election.
Left: Joyce Murray wins the by-election yesterday
for the Liberal Party of Canada.
Below: Liberal volunteers embrace after scrapping
a win together for Joyce Murray.
LEVI BARNETT PHOTOS / THE UBYSSEY
by Boris Korby
News Editor
Liberal Joyce Murray has won
the Vancouver Quadra federal by-
election by a razor-thin margin.
According to preliminary
results from Elections Canada,
Murray finished with 10,155
votes, just 151 votes ahead of
her nearest competitor, Conservative Deborah Meredith, who
finished with 10,004 votes.
The House of Commons seat,
which extends west from Fraser,
Granville, and Arbutus streets
out to campus, was left vacant on
July 27, 2007 when Liberal MP
Stephen Owen resigned from
Parliament to become UBC's
vice president for external and
legal affairs.
"We Liberals will keep fiscal
responsibility as a priority," said
Murray yesterday night at her
victory speech at St. James Com
munity Square on W. 10th and
Trutch. "As a first-time representative of this riding, I am very
very pleased with the outcome."
This is the eigth consecutive
victory for the Liberal Party in
the Vancouver Quadra riding,
dating back to 1984, when former Prime Minister John Turner
took the seat from Progressive
Conservative Bill Clark.
However, the Conservative
Party had high hopes that Mere
dith, an instructor in the Sauder
School of Business and former
Killam pPrize winner, could
end over two decades of Liberal
dominance.
But Meredith, who captured
35.5 per cent ofthe vote, fell 0.6
per cent shy of Murray.
"The Liberals won by quite a
large margin here the last election, so I would say this is a great
victory for us whatever way it
goes," said Meredith last night
at her campaign headquarters at
4th and Alma. "I certainly appreciate the support of my students
and colleagues."
Murray's victory in the by-
election, which was run simultaneously with four other by-
elections across the county, now
gives the Liberals 97 seats in the
House of Commons, compared
to 127 for the Conservatives, 48
see "Victory" | page 03
Dion, Ignatieff pull
Liberal supporters to polls
by Stephanie Findlay
News Staff
Liberal Party leader Stephane
Dion and Deputy Leader Mi-
cheal Ignatieff's visit to Vancouver Quadra on Friday paid
dividends for Canada's official
opposition party, which won the
traditionally Liberal stronghold
despite party concerns of vulnerability in the riding.
Conservative MP candidate
Deboah Meredith told the Ubyssey on Friday that Vancouver
Quadra has previously been the
Liberals' "safest seat West of
Ontario" but that the Conservatives have "made of up a lot of
ground."
"I think there is a very good
chance of us winning," she said.
Unfortunately for Meredith, the
Conservatives did not make up
enough ground to capture the
riding.
Concerns over low voter
turnout hung ominously over
Liberal candidate Joyce Murray
over the weekend. Murray said
on Friday that the timing of the
election is unfavorable to the
Liberals: "The party is very affected by those families away on
spring break because they are
likely to vote Liberal."
Murray's concerns were ultimately validated by both the low
turnout and her thin margin of
victory yesterday.
On Friday, Ignatieff had made
it clear what was at stake in the
see "Ignatieff" | page 02
OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Liberal MP Micheal Ignatieff at the Ubyssey offices Friday speaks about importance of the youth vote to future
Liberal success. His party picked up three out of a possible four vacant seats in Monday's by-elections.
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Liberal leaders secure victory in Vancouver Quadra
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Vancouver Quadra by-election.
"We want to show that Joyce
Murray's election is very important," he said. "By-elections
send a message to the whole
country.
"For voters, the by-election
is a kind of referendum on the
Harper government. If we win
all four we create momentum.
That will be crucial to the
party's future and to election
time."
While the Liberals failed to
win all four seats being contested yesterday, they did manage
to hang on to 'the safest Liberal
seat west of Ontario.'
Ken Carty, a professor of
political science at UBC, said
that "everybody in the country
[would have been] surprised
if the Liberals didn't win it,"
but counseled that "by-elections can often produce fairly
low levels of turnout and once
that happens they become
unpredictable."
A major research study by
Jon H. Pammett, a political
science professor at Carleton
University, argues that youth
are the key to low voter turnout. "It is evident that the decline in voter turnout in recent
elections is mainly attributable
to the young," he writes, "and
that it is part of a demographic
trend that shows every sign
of continuing well into the
future."
Pammett contends that
youths aren't involved "because meaningful participative opportunities are lacking
in the world of politics they
encounter. It also may be that
young people are not taught
about politics in such a way
as to encourage their direct
participation."
Both Murray and Meridith
were touting the importance
of the student vote and spoke
highly about their enthusiastic
student volunteers on Friday.
"It's very important that the
UBC students vote," Ignatieff
stressed. "Many UBC students
might think it doesn't matter,
but...it's very important. It
sends a message right across
the whole country."
With a victory margin of
only 151 votes, the maxim
'every vote counts' surely applied to UBC students in this
election, vl
OKER CHEN PHOTOS / THE UBYSSEY
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The Ubyssey
March 18*, 2008
Vol. LXXXIX N°47
Editorial Board
coordinating editor
Champagne Choquer
COORDINATING@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
news editors brandon adams 6"
Boris Korby
NEWS@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
CULTURE EDITOR PAUL BUCCI
CULTURE@UBYSSEY. BC. CA
SPORTS editor Jordan Chittley
SPORTS@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
features/national editor
Matthew Jewkes
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PHOTO EDITOR OKER CHEN
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production jvianager
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copy/letters/research
Levi Barnett
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volunteer coordinator
Stephanie Findlay
VOLUNTEERS@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
WEBJVIASTER JOE RAYMENT
WEBMASTER@UBYSSEY.BC.CA
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Paul Bucci's face. "I was going to lend it to Natalia
Pisarek tonight for her and Raguel Baldwinson's
magic show." Jordan Chittley and Isabel Ferreras
burst through the doors of Kasha Chang's residence,
pulling Celestian Rince bythe hair.'Tou don't have to
look further," they announced, "because Stephanie
Findlay and Marie Burgoyne have just volunteered."
Samantha Jung and Goh Iromoto grinned at each
other in anticipation. They knew that David Zhang
had fabricated the entire plan, having seen Matthew
Jewkes and Oker Chen digging outside Justin McEI-
roy's house the night before. Isabel Ferreras wandered confusedly into the room. She knocked into
Kellan Higgins, who was pursued by Champagne
Choguer as she preached eagerly from the book of
Joe Rayment. The commotion was halted, however,
when Mac MacKillop broke a window, leaving Gerald
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Future of U-Pass, SUB depend on student vote next week
by Celestian Rince
News Staff
Next week, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) will be posing a referendum asking students to decide
the futures of both the U-Pass
and the Student Union Building
(SUB).
The U-Pass is the all-inclusive
transit pass that all UBC students
are required to pay for as part of
their student fees. Currently, it
costs $22 per month. However,
the U-Pass contract is expiring
this year. A re-negotiated contract seeks to raise the price of
the U-Pass to $2 3.75 a month—an
increase of $1.75 monthly. For
perspective, standard bus passes
cost between $73 and $136 a
month.
If students do not vote in
favour of the fee increase, the U-
Pass will no longer be available
to UBC students. However, it is
unlikely that the U-Pass question
will fail, as students are expected
to turn out to vote in favour of
continuing the program. The fee
increase is quite minimal, and
the U-Pass is directly relevant
and beneficial to large numbers
of students.
The success of the next
question, which concerns SUB
Renew, is much less certain.
The question students will vote
on is whether they wish to pay
a fee to finance both the renovation of the existing SUB and the
construction of a new building,
as a sort of SUB annex. If passed,
the fee would begin at $20 in the
2008/09 year, then rise by $10
each year after that up to a maximum of$110.
SUB Renew is necessary,
according to its proponents,
because the current SUB was
designed to service 20,000 students, whereas UBC now enrolls
45,000 students. SUB Renew
will vastly increase space for
clubs and social events, as well
as introduce new features such
as sleeping pods.
It is hoped that long-term
savings will accrue by installing
new,    energy-efficient   lighting
and heating. Currently the SUB
is one of the least environmentally sustainable buildings on
campus.
The AMS has been campaigning actively in favour of both
the SUB Renew project and the
continuation of the U-Pass. They
strongly urge students to vote in
favour of both referendum questions. But whether these benefits
outweigh the cost in the eyes of
the student body remains to be
seen.
Also up for a referendum
vote is a campaign by UBC's
World University Service of
Canada (WUSC) chapter. The
AMS offered to promote a "yes"
vote, but WUSC has chosen to
campaign independently, as a
club event.
WUSC was able to get 1200
students to sign a petition in
favour of asking for a $1.50 fee
increase, from $1 to $2.50, to
be paid by all students. WUSC
runs a program that enables
refugee students to attend UBC
and  continue  their  education.
If the question fails, WUSC will
no longer be able to sponsor the
three students they normally
do each year. Shahriar Pedram,
chairperson of the WUSC's UBC
committee, remarked that "The
humanitarian aspect of [UBC] is
lacking. The university needs to
provide more opportunities like
these."
The fourth and final question
concerns a number of AMS bylaws. As of press time, the exact
language of the bylaws has not
been finalized. However, the gist
of these are as follows:
The AMS is seeking to change
their investment strategy. They
wish to be able to invest in
stocks that are rated single A,
but the present rule is double A
stocks only. Single A stocks are
considered slightly more risky,
but potentially more rewarding,
than double A.
The AMS is seeking to clarify
the rules on AMS membership,
which they believe are currently
outdated and are inadequate to
address types of students that
currently exist, such as exchange
students or grad students who
are writing theses.
The AMS is seeking to reduce
quorum (the number of votes
needed for a motion to pass)
from 10 per cent of eligible voters to 8 per cent, and the quorum for general meetings (where
students attend a vote in a single
room) from 10 per cent to 2 per
cent.
Finally, the AMS is hoping
to streamline its leasing policy.
Currently, the AMS must get
student permission, by way of
referendum, before it can lease
any property from other parties.
The AMS is seeking to have this
restriction removed.
For any of the previously
mentioned questions to pass,
two criteria must be met: First,
ofthe approximately 45,000 students at UBC, at least ten percent
(approximately 4500) must vote
yes for a question. Secondly,
there must be more yes votes
than no votes for the question. If
either criteria fails to be met, the
'[The Conservatives] have tons of money, but none ofthe Canadian values that are important to us
LEVI BARNETT PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Joyce Murray talks to the press after her close victory over the Conservatives last night.
from "Victory" | page oi
for the Bloc Quebecois, and 30
for the NDP. There are also currently four independents in the
House, and two vacancies.
Though the opposition Liberals picked up three of the four
vacant seats yesterday, it will not
have a significant affect on the
balance of power in Ottawa.
Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh,
Canada's former health minister
and current national defence
critic from Vancouver South, was
in a celebratory mood while attending Murray's election night
party as she made her victory
announcement.
"Joyce Murray will bring a
wealth of experience, a wealth
of commitment to the environment, which is one of the most
important issues to Canadians,
where the Conservatives have
failed to produce and perform,"
Dosanjh said to the Ubyssey.
"[The Conservatives] have tons
of money, but none of the Canadian values that are important to
us, and that is why Joyce Murray
won."
In the battle between a current UBC student, NDP candidate
Rebecca Coad, and recent graduate Dan Grice ofthe Green Party,
Coad finished just slightly ahead
with 4,064 votes, while Grice finished last among the four major
parties with a respectable 3,792
votes, for 13.5 per cent.
Election turnout for the by-
election was significantly lower
than that of the previous national election. Only 28,165 out
of 83,121 voters who registered
before election day, or 33.9 per
cent of Quadra voters, made it to
the polls. When the number of
voters who registered on election
day is taken into account, the voting percentage is even lower.
According to UBC political
science professor Ken Carty, "by-
elections often produce fairly
low levels of turnout."
"This isn't the kind of front
page news the way a general election is for 30 days," said Carty.
"Many people think: 'well if the
government isn't at stake it's not
going to change anything.' So
turnout levels are [expected] to
be lower." \a
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Commerce undergraduate student Conor Topley holds out his hands begging for change to raise awareness and funds to fight youth homelessness.
by Raquel Baldwinson
Culture Writer
Outside the UBC Bookstore last
week, five Sauder School of
Business students lived like the
homeless: they panhandled for
meal money, experienced cold,
difficult nights, gave up their
morning showers, and ended up
raising a lot of money.
These students comprised
the Vancouver contingent in the
nationwide fundraising campaign 5 Days for the Homeless.
The initiative began with a small
group of business students at the
University of Alberta in 2005.
This is the first year the project
has gone national, as ten business schools across Canada participated in the national debut,
raising a total of $119,000.
Boris Remes, a student at
Sauder and a participant in 5
Days, explained that the purpose of the fundraiser was "to
raise awareness and funds for
youth facing emergency shelter
situations."
The rules required that participants remain on campus for five
days without shelter, disposable
income, food, or drinks. Each
delegate was permitted a pillow
and a blanket. Nights were not to
be spent in any campus buildings
and shower facilities were off
limits. For meals, they had to ask
passers-by for donations. And all
the while, the students were required to keep all of their various
class commitments. The Vancouver effort was coordinated by the
Commerce Undergraduate Society and the proceeds are going directly to the Vancouver Covenant
House, an agency that provides
services for the homeless.
The project's greater goal
was to prompt students to think
about the issue of youth homelessness on a personal level.
Remes stated that his own
level of awareness was effectively
heightened.
"It's not that easy to be homeless. It's not that you're homeless
and you don't work. You still have
to raise funds to survive. Even
walking in what I'm wearing
right now, with my garbage bag of
belongings with my sleeping bag
and pillow, people look at me like
I'm not really a human being."
Remes also maintained that
this project helped him realize
that homelessness is unfairly,
but wholly, linked to an individual's worth in society.
Aside   from  combating  the
various stereotypes attached to
homeless people, the project
works to fight the stereotype
of business students and businesses being indifferent to social
issues.
"I believe business students
took on this initiative because
they have a stereotype of being
more project focused and being
into leadership conferences and
things like that," said Remes.
"This is also about breaking a
stereotype."
Commerce comes with responsibilities, Remes argued.
"Businesses need to do more
than provide funds. We need to
provide services or support networks for the homeless or any
other social issues. It's about
developing a structure within
the corporation that will address
those issues. Then the people
and staff in the corporation or
organization participate and get
involved too."
This phenomenon of corporate social responsibility is attainable, according to Remes.
"You can see this happen in a
number of big businesses, from
Microsoft to accounting firms to
Gold's Gym. And here at Commerce everyone participated in
5 Days in a variety of ways."
The Vancouver Covenant
House, like other privately
funded social projects, is in fact
largely mobilized by business
sponsorships and donations.
"[5 Days] also shows that
Commerce is very united," said
Remes. "We were able to promote
this at all levels, from junior students up to the dean's office."
The Commerce Undergraduate Society's organizational skills
were most definitely an asset to
the fundraiser.
Navine Dosanjh, a student on
the 5 Days organizing committee,
outlined the logistical details of
the campaign: the team successfully garnered the support of five
sponsors, constructed a website
to make online donations possible, manned a table at the SUB
all week, organized a fundraising
night at the Pit Pub, designed and
printed promotional literature,
contacted the media to raise
publicity, and even coordinated
with the UBC Bookstore to collect
extra funds through donations at
the cash register.
Nationally, the project raised
over $119,000.
"I'd like to encourage participation for future years,"
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SDS mountain of debt protest 'noisy/ but effective
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Students for the Democratic Society carry many bags of shredded paper, which symbolize cash, showing the growing amount of debt that UBC students incur to pay for their education.
First annual Resistance
Week was "rad"
according to SDS
member
by Natalia Pisarek
Culture Writer
For a few brief minutes last
week, Brock Hall was overrun
by members of the Students for
a Democratic Society (SDS) as
part of a protest against rising
student debt.
"The day before we had
stuffed three hundred bags with
recycled material," said Jasmine
R. Rezaee, a member of SDS.
On the day of the protest,
all three hundred of those bags
were tossed off the side of the
SUB and made their way to
Brock Hall via a human chain
where they were piled up to
create a mountain symbolizing
the growing debt burdening students post-graduation. The protest, with its drum-banging and
chanting, was a noisy affair.
Nate Crompton, another SDS
member, agreed that the demonstration was "pretty noisy," concluding that "the point was to be
disruptive, but I don't think our
message was unclear."
The protest was a part of the
recent Resisting the Univeristy
conference put on by SDS.
According Rezaee the conference "surpassed any expectations
that [the SDS] might have had."
The conference ran as a
reaction to UBC's centenary
celebrations.
Speakers, such as David Noble
and Denis Rancourt, encouraged
students to resist what Rezaee
described as a "much more commercialized [and] profit-driven"
university strategy.
"Universities have certain
goals and imperatives that are
absolutely not in line with the
goals and imperatives ofthe students," said SDS member Nate
Crompton.
Hundreds attended the
events and participated in dis
cussion panels where half the
allotted time was devoted to
answering students questions.
Discussion panels, said Crompton, "are useful to understand
the dynamics of the university."
Despite the success of the
discussion panels, however, it
was the protest in front of Brock
Hall which earned the SDS more
attention and notice from the
student body.
Students not directly aligned
with the group showed interest
in the conference as well.
"There were also a lot of
people who were unaware of
the issues. I found that a lot of
people were like 'huh, that's interesting, I hadn't thought of that
before'," said Rezaee. Crompton
added that "[members of the
SDS] don't have to prove they're
radical" to join or participate in
SDS events.
"We went to the admin building and we were there for a very
long time. We demanded to meet
with [UBC president] Stephen
Toope,"   said   Rezaee.   Despite
the effort, however, "he never
showed up [and] locked himself
up in his office." She explains
that the protests and activities
led by the SDS serve as a reminder that "as students, we do have
a certain amount of power...and
we should be more active, on
campus at least."
As for Trek Park, the installation next to the Grassy Knoll
known by some as The People's
Park and by others as an eyesore, its revival is "ongoing,"
said Crompton. The original
Trek Park was bulldozed in
December and renewed efforts
have been made recently to revive what was left ofthe display.
New trees have been planted
and the old checkerboard replaced, but some, it seems,
were not pleased. "People were
wrecking the park all throughout the week," said Crompton,
who also mentioned the loss of
their tent.
The park stands to resist
the proposed plan of an underground bus loop, which is
the SDS' main area of concern.
Crompton stressed that the plan
is "a forty million dollar project
[that] wasn't planned in a democratic way." He asserted that
"they still haven't even approved
the bus loop."
The issues surrounding the
bus loop, and a petition against
it, circulated during the five-day
conference, which took three
months to organize. Rezaee
noted that the dominant aim of
the conference was to acknowledge "what is not being said in
the classroom."
"We're saying you can create
change," said Rezaee. "Collectively we can work towards a better society, a better university,
and a better governance structure. That's a very empowering
message and it frightens a lot of
people because they're so used
to...complying with the current
structure." Xif
The SDS invites students to
attend its group meetings held
Thursdays at 12:30pm in SUB
room 245.
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TECHNOLOGY
CHANGES
EVERYTHING
Mario is super once again
By David McClelland,
The Fulcrum (University of Ottawa)
OTTAWA (CUP) - There aren't
many people who are excited
by a visit from a plumber. But
if that plumber happens to be
an overweight, moustached Italian wearing denim overalls and
a red baseball cap, then it's an
entirely different ball game (or
in this case, a video game).
Nintendo's Mario franchise is
one of the oldest and most valuable video-game properties in the
world. Thus, it is safe to assume
that whenever Nintendo releases
a new console, it's inevitable that
a Mario isn't far behind. Super
Mario Galaxy is the debut of the
series on the Wii. As a follow-up
to the oft-maligned Super Mario
Sunshine on the GameCube, Mario Galaxy is a triumphant return
to form.
The game begins as one
would expect it to: all is well in
the Mushroom Kingdom, until
Bowser decides to kidnap Princess Peach, setting in motion
Diabolical Plan No. 173. As Mario you're naturally tasked with
rescuing Peach.
This time, however, there's a
bit of a twist—Bowser has taken
Peach into space. This means
that the sometimes stale worlds
normally seen in platforming
games are turned on their ear,
as Nintendo's level designers
played with gravity and space
flight.
In other words, while a traditional 3D Mario world might
involve running and jumping
through a large and mostly flat
plane, Mario Galaxy has you
flying through "galaxies" which
consist of numerous small
planets based around a central
theme. Moebius-strip pathways,
levels that build themselves under your feet, and planets made
of water are just the beginning.
As you play, you find yourself
constantly having to reorient
yourself as you watch "up" and
"down" change on a regular basis, which makes the game more
than a little disorienting.
The sheer variety of galaxies available to explore is overwhelming. There are snow galaxies, toy galaxies, and galaxies
where Mario can turn into a bee.
These are all mixed with tons of
smaller galaxies that are usually
based on completing a maze or
jumping puzzle, which means it's
easy to spend hours mesmerized
by what the game has to offer.
The visuals in Mario Galaxy
look spectacular, but they eschew
the currently popular school of
game graphics (which tends towards dark and subdued colours)
for a world of crisp, vibrant hues
and beautiful vistas. The sound
compliments the graphics well,
with catchy music and great effects adding to the game's overall
feel of brightness.
Unfortunately, the game does
suffer from one major flaw, but
it is one that plagues most 3D
platformers, the camera. You can
easily become disoriented when
you find yourself fighting with
the view instead of enjoying the
experience. Thankfully, this is
only an occasional occurrence.
Overall, Mario Galaxy is one
ofthe best games to come out in
the past year. It's a pure joy to be
able to run and jump around, flying from planet to planet. There's
a reason Mario has managed to
endure so long in such a transient industry, and this game is
evidence of why it will probably
continue to do so well into the
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UBC honours Nobel Peace Prize laureate
by inatie OjWigoyne
It seems ironic to give a law-related degree
to a man who jokes about lawyers complicating a pleasantly simple life. It seems
ludicrous to lend money to, and to expect
repayment from, people living in extreme
poverty, a category commonly defined by
international standards as those living on
less than one US dollar per day. It seems
nonsensical to cast the phrase "corporate
social responsibility" as anything but
an oxymoron. Yet somehow all of these
things work.
Last Friday, March 14th, as part ofthe
ongoing events to mark UBC's centennial
year, the University presented Dr. Muhammad Yunus with an honorary doctorate of
laws. Yunus was the 2006 Nobel Peace
Prize laureate for his pioneering work in
the field of microlending. He spoke about
his work after receiving the degree.
Yunus was born on June 28th, 1940 in
the village of Bathua, in Hathazari, Chit-
tagong, Bangladesh. He is the third of 14
children, only nine of whom survived
infancy. He proceeded to become a professor of economics at Chittagong University, in a country full of visible economic
hardship.
He eventually left teaching because
universities give a "bird's eye view," but
one needs a "worm's eye view to see little
things." Yunus felt that field work would
provide a dose of reality and humility
that could help in solving Bangladeshi
economic problems.
"I was feeling totally useless teaching
[the] beautiful, elegant theory of economics in the classroom and seeing people
dying outside," he said of his early days.
In 19 74, Yunus and a group of grad students went into a small village and found
a female entrepreneur making bamboo
stools. Material costs were relatively low,
but after repaying her lender at a rate of
ten per cent, she was left with little more
than pennies. Yunus hoped that he could
provide her with a more manageable loan
support, and thereby increase her profit
margin and quality of life.
He gave 42 women loans of less than
30 dollars each out of his own pocket.
They used these to start their own businesses in everything from weaving baskets to raising chickens.
In 1983, Yunus founded Grameen
Bank, which extends credit to the poorest of the poor. The individual amounts
might seem minuscule to the rest of the
world, but are essential to those who
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Muhammad Yunus spoke at the Chan Centre last Friday about microlending.
would otherwise be denied use of an organized financial system.
"Once I learn how [conventional lenders] do it, I just do the opposite," Yunus
said. "Conventional banks operate on the
principle thatthe moreyou have, the more
you can get." While the Grameen Bank is
a buiness, not a charity, Yunus said it has
a very clear focus separate from the profit
imperative. "Microcredit is something
which we created to help poor people get
out of poverty, not created for people to
make money off them. These are two different things."
Grameen operates with a model like a
credit union. Ownership is in the hands
of the patrons, 97 per cent of whom are
female. 2007 figures indicate that they
number more than six million in 55 developing and developed countries.
It was a conscious choice on Yunus's
part to serve this demographic because of
the impact that women can have on their
families. Grameen has even extended student loans to the children of those families to study abroad. When questioned
about the large difference in numbers
between the genders, its founder replied,
"Have you asked any other bank in the
world, 'why so many men?'"
But obviously, Grameen is not like
many other banks in the world. Comparing Grameen with US financial institutions hobbled by the subprime mortgage
crisis, Yunus said "Sometime convetional
wisdom is just conventional stupidity."
Microlending is a major factor in what
was reported in 2006 to be a $71 billion
economy in Bangladesh. The country
has the third largest one in South Asia,
only after India and Pakistan. In 2005,
Bangladesh's poverty rate, as measured
by international aid organizations like the
World Bank, was 40 per cent, though it is
decreasing at a rate of one per cent per
year. The Bangladeshi government hopes
to achieve its Millenium Development
Goal, meaning the reduction of poverty
by half by 2015.
The formal degree presentation and
remarks by Yunus on Friday were followed by a panel discussion on corporate
social responsibility, an elusive virtue
that Grameen exemplifies.
Joining Yunus was moderator Stephen
Toope and three others: Shawn Atleo,
the Association of First Nations British
Columbia Regional Chief and a Hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation;
Patrice Pratt, chair of the VanCity board
of directors; and James Tansey, professor
and chair in business ethics at the Sauder
School of Business.
Much of Friday's debate revolved
around the fact that poverty is an issue in
more than just developing countries, and
hence microcredit is not a solution only
in developing countries. First Nations
look forward to making use of available
microcredit here in Canada. Vancity enlists a local nonprofit organization to run
a microlending operation at Pigeon Park
Savings in the Downtown Eastside.
The pertinent question, however, really was: to what extent should corporations like banks exercise social responsibility that goes above and beyond a public
relations maneuver and that is at times
to the detriment of their profits? Essentially, what is corporate social responsibility? Or, is compassion compatible with
business?
"I'm a chair of business ethics at
UBC," commented Tansey, "and it's a bit
like being a vicar at a cocktail party some
days." The perception is that the duty and
function of corporations are incompatible
with greater social goals.
As Yunus put it, CEOs have little
choice but to focus solely on shareholder
value, even if they'd personally like to do
more for society. "The have a machine
to run, and they can't change the direction ofthe machine," he said. Later on he
reiterated the point. "In business there is
only one bottom line. The rest is window
dressing."
Tansey gave his own view on the effectiveness of lobbying corporations to do
more good.
"You'll know it's succeeded when it's
stopped being a part of the [corporate social responsiblity] department and starts
being a part of the core operations of every executive ofthe firm." vl 0)
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UBC Responsible Consumption Week features a variety of
events including workshops, speakers, and demonstrations and
a fair. These events will encourage critical thinking about the
ethics of consumption and the responsibilities of government,
business and citizens.
This project brings together several groups including:
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ShookShookta. Not only does the
word roll easily off the tongue,
but it is the name of a program
found on CiTR, UBC's campus
radio station.
Every Sunday morning for
the past two years, host and DJ
Worku Ayalew has been recording an Amharic-language radio
program aimed at Greater Vancouver's Ethiopians, finding the
best music throughout the week
to play on his Sunday morning
show from 10-1 lam.
In describing his show, one
of the first things Ayalew says is
"No politics."
There are other Ethiopian
programs on community radio
stations elsewhere in Canada, but
ShookShookta has a strict focus
on what will appeal to the local
community, and remains strictly
nonpartisan and nonsectarian.
"We have 250 ethnics in
Ethiopia," he continues. "So, any
other radio [programs] have politics or other ethnics. My radio is
educational... No politics, no religion, no ethnic difference.
"Entertainment and information, that's all I got. Entertainment and information because
you have to get good information," Ayalew explains. "No fighting on my radio. No political
fight."
The entertainment comes in
the way of music, which includes
a selection of over 10,000 songs
representing many of Ethiopia's
languages and musical styles. Ayalew claims to buy every single
new song from Ethiopia at a Vancouver shop, and tries to play as
many of them as possible.
If other Ethiopian radio programs in Canada only play one
song an hour, he'll play four or
five. "They love it," he says. He
tries to include music from a
different tribe every week, and
the musical diversity makes the
show a draw for call-in song
requests.
ShookShookta also serves as
a resource for Ethiopians in Canada, including both new arrivals
and young people who have lived
here most of their lives.
For new immigrants, "They
have to learn about Canadian
culture...Canadian multicultural
system, and approach that in a
good way." But for those raised
in Canada, "They have to know
where they come from, don't
forget it. ... We have to know
where we come from, and
Worku Ayalew puts on his
nonpartisan,nonpolitical blend
of Ethiopian culture and music
out over the CiTR airwaves
(101.9FM,citr.ca)
ever Sunday from
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then after that we have to appreciate it, even here."
On the air, ShookShookta's
dual musical and informational
objectives make for a lot of content each week, more than he
can use. "I don't have enough
time," Ayalew says. While he is
very grateful for the opportunity
to broadcast, he feels that "One
hour is very, very limited. I wish
I could get two hours."
CiTR's signal only extends
so far, so ShookShookta is now
broadcast online as well as over
the airwaves.
"The website is very clear,"
Ayalew says, and listeners can
use the site to listen to archived
podcasts of the show. The Internet presence has also made
ShookShookta available all over
the world, and Ayalew has listeners in Victoria, Calgary, and
Toronto, as well as the Middle
East.
News of the show is spread
by word-of-mouth, and through
email, by which Ayalew even notified a friend working for the US
military in Iraq ofthe program.
According to Ayalew, there
are roughly 4000 Ethiopians in
Vancouver, and over 10,000 in
Toronto. Despite the presence
of both Ethiopian Orthodox and
pentecostal churches in Vancouver, there is no community
centre—a fact that disappoints
the radio host.
"The Ethiopian community,
we don't have any office. That's
4000 people without power."
Nonetheless, community members do help each other out, and
many regularlysend money home
in the form of remittances.
"They don't go back," Ayalew
says of Vancouver's Ethiopian
immigrants, when asked if they
intend to stay in Canada—which
means that there will be a local
audience each week, waiting to
hear the latest song from their
home country. \a
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As tensions between Tibetan
protesters and the Chinese government in Lhasa and other Chinese cities escalate, it's worth
noting that UBC has one of Canada's few university programs in
Tibetan studies.
The program was inaugurated in April 2004 in conjunction
with the visit of the Dalai Lama
to UBC, who received an honorary degree along fellow Nobel
Peace Prize laureate Shirin
Ebadi of Iran.
As described on its website,
the UBC Tibetan studies program focuses on two aspects:
"one looking inward at Tibetan
societies, and the other looking
outward from the Tibetan wisdom tradition."
Tsering Shakya is the Canadian Research Chair in Religion
and Contemporary Society in
Asia at the Insitute of Asian Research (IAR), and is in charge of
the Contemporary Tibetan Studies program. He teaches a course
on contemporary Tibet, which is
available to graduate students.
The program is run by the
IAR, says Shakya, and offers a series of lectures, and a graduate
focus on Tibetan history as well
as contemporary issues.
As part of the lecture and
speaker portion of the program,
scholar Elliot Sperling gave a
lecture called "The Tibet-Mongol
Treaty of 1913 and its Significance" last Friday.
The Tibetan studies program
also has graduate students working on areas such as Tibetan
history, anthropology, and sustainable development issues in
areas such as the Himalayas,
says Shakya.
When you have 'Asian Studies', says Shakya, you must be
inclusive and look at all of the
most dominant civilizations and
cultures, not only the economically significant groups. "Why is
Japan, China, and Korea important? Why isn't Southeast Asia or
India? ... To make it truly more
inclusive, [in the] Asian Studies
program at UBC, we need more
diverse, different groups in Asia
included."
"One thing we're trying to do
at UBC is ... [look] at Tibet life
and contemporary society; all
the problems they are facing locally, things to do with globalization, issues regarding identity,
[and] transnationalism," Shakya
adds.
In conjunction with the inauguration of the program, the
Asian studies department cre
ated a Tibetan language class.
However, the course did not
generate much interest, and lack
of external funding meant the
course couldn't keep running.
"We actually [created a Tibetan Language course] as a favour to our colleagues in the IAR
because they asked for our support, our cooperation advancing
their Tibetan Studies program,"
says Peter Nosco, professor and
head ofthe department of Asian
studies. "We were pleased to be
good neighbours in that respect.
Frankly, the teaching of Tibetan
language is not one ofthe highest
priorities ofthe department."
Shakya also feels that Tibet
has one ofthe "most vibrant traditions of Buddhism" existing today, making it worthy of study.
Shakya has plans for the program. "Eventually I hope to have
more work on some Tibetan
studies. We need anthropologists
working on Tibet, [and] we need
geographers working on Tibetan
plateau, the Himalayan region,"
he says.
In spite its small size, the
Tibetan studies program has the
pleasure of hosting the meeting
ofthe International Association of
Tibetan Studies in August 2010,
where over 400 scholars from the
world over will attend, vl The Ubyssey WaAist,
The Punjab Hurricanes,a local soccer team, lost to the West Side Rhinos 4-3 last Saturday. Despite their loss, the Hurricanes weren't too upset."We played hard, but at the end they came back,
right at us,and scored two goals," said 18-year-old player Navjot"Joti"Thind,."Overall I thought we deserved the game, but again,they played harderthan us."
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The Punjab Hurricanes are a local amateur soccer team that plays in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL). The team comes together to
practice, play league games and tournaments,
and strengthen friendships.
Most members of the team have been playing together since the team's inception five years
ago. Not only does the team bond on the field, but
they also celebrate religious holidays together (or
just go out for beers). Many members ofthe team
are related, and most are second or third generation Canadians. The youngest member of the
team is 18 years old, while the oldest is 36. Some
ofthe players have families, some own their own
restaurants, and others attend university.
As a team, the Hurricanes have won quite
a few league championships: they are the first
team in VMSL history to have 19 wins and zero
losses in a season. They've even won the provincial championships twice.
The Ubyssey caught up with the team as
they played a league game against the West
Side Rhinos at Burnaby Lake Park on Saturday
afternoon. \a
Billy Dhaliwal was born in Williams Lake and has played soccer since he was
six years old. He talked about a simple post-game ritual the Hurricanes take
part in."Beer drinking after. We like to have a few beers; it's always good to
cool down," he said.
Boge Dhasi (right) charges down
the field in an attempt to gain possession ofthe ball and keep it away
from his opponent.
Team cohesion off the field is also
important to the team."After every
game, if something's coming up,a
religious holiday, we all go out together and have a good time,"said
Navjot"Joti"Thind,the youngest
player on the team at 18.
Robbie Puni (left), last man sweeper and defender,gave a speech before the game. Puni has been playing soccer
since he was five. He was born in Vancouver and is a UBC Education student. He discussed the cultural ties to the
Punjab community that playing on the Hurricanes provides:
"Soccer is an extension of [our culture] because in the summertime our temples hold tournaments,"said Puni."So,
in actuality, the soccer is more of an extension for us to understand who we are,and brings a little culture back
for us as well." WW. is* 2008  The Ubyssey
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by Oker Chen
Inside a theatre in Vancouver,
a group of expatriates choreograph a dance that's been
banned in its home country for
nearly three decades. The men
and women in silks and satins
are traditional folk dancers preparing for Nowruz, the Persian
New Year that will be celebrated
in Vancouver on March 19th.
It's a dance so controversial
that its performance has been
stopped on other continents by
the dance's country of origin,
Iran.
Finding a home in Vancouver
after the Islamic revolution of
1979 that disbanded their company, the Vancouver chapter of
the Pars National Ballet (VPNB)
perserve their heritage by focusing on the art of performance,
which includes a role by a UBC
Law student and incoming representative on the Board of Governors, Bijan Ahmadian.
Although Azita Sahebjam,
the director and one ofthe dancers of VPNB's Tri-Cities Persian
New Year Celebration, carries
her light frame with grace, her
history is heavy with the suppression of her art. Recalling
the immediate events after the
Islamic coup of 1979, Sahebjam
notes, "Sometimes they came
and closed the [ballet] academy.
Right away after 1980, they just
told everyone the dance was
banned and you couldn't have a
school."
Her 14 years enrolled as a
dance student were interrupted
by the theocratic government.
Two significant events then redefined her life: she was promoted
to a dance instructor at only 17
years old, and less than two years
later, the practice was banned
on grounds that the dance was
non-Islamic.
"Something   changed.   [The
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Director Azita Sahebjam (left) and incoming UBC Board of Governors representative Bijan Ahmadian (centre)
welcome the Persian New Years in a dress rehearsal of a dance that the Iranian government has banned.
government] just dictated the
rule of Islam that didn't exist
before. It depends on who leads
the country, not Islam, because
you can see Islam in Thailand or
Malaysia, and they even have a
woman prime minister. But we
can't have a woman president in
our country? Why? Because of Islam? I don't think so," Sahebjam
says. According to her, Iran had
the second largest population of
Muslims before the revolution.
To pursue her art, she tried
performing at embassies where
she would not face persecution,
which for women dancers could
be "jail, a fine, and even worse
than that."
Fortunately, in the same year
as the closure of the academy,
Sahebjam married award-winning photographer and filmmaker Akbar Nazemi, who later
took his over 4000 photographs
ofthe Iranian Revolution on tour
around the world. Now he acts
as a producer for Sahebjam's
show.
The two artists left Iran in
1988. In 1990, Sahebjam established the Vancouver chapter of
her dance company. Controversy
followed.
Last year, the VPNB was
invited to Venezuela to dance.
Once the Iranian government
found out, they ordered the Venezuelan government to cancel
their visas.
"Even though we are Canadian citizens, we couldn't go there
because the Iranian government
has a lot of business with Venezuela. They banned us even
outside [Iran]," Sahebjam said.
"Every move we make is political. We try to stay outside of it.
Unfortunately, society doesn't
give us a choice.
As for the dance's performance itself, on the stage are
a series of shops, the set of the
outdoor bazaar. The lead character Haji Firuz is the Persian version of Santa Claus. He's danced
by the most voted of UBC's two
incoming BoG representatives,
Bijan Ahmadian. Ahmadian
started attending VPNB's dance
classes four years ago and this is
his third major production with
the company.
Like Sahebjam, Ahmadian
endured extensive resistance to
the dance. VPNB and UBC Rec
had a contract to teach Persian
dance in 2005. To promote the
event, he joined a group of Iranian UBC students on a Yahoo
Groups website.
Although UBC's Persian Club
was supportive, Ahmadian recalled, "There were a group of
Persians not liking me marketing it to them. What's interesting
about them is that they're all
graduate students. They're do
ing PhDs or post-docs in some of
the most high profile scientific
areas.
"I get this e-mail [that] says
'Hey, I think your e-mails don't
fit with our group's tone.' I don't
respond. The group moderator
immediately writes back to me
and says 'Bijan, I apologize. I
didn't tell you people in this
group are married and religious.
They wouldn't be interested in
dancing.'"
An apology defused the situation, but months later, he sent
another e-mail to promote a performance. "That made everyone
just explode at me, saying 'Why
are you advertising this? You
shouldn't be advertising dance
to us!'"
Similar to what happened to
Sahebjam, the perceived sin of
dancing nearly prevented Ahmadian from performing.
"My family was extremely opposed to dancing because 'dancer' in Persian can be interpreted
as 'prostitute'. When my parents
heard that word in Persian, they
would just get so uncomfortable.
And the first time I told them
I was taking dance classes for
performing they sat me down
and said, 'Let's have a conversation about this. What are you doing?!'" Ahmadian recalls.
Luckily for Ahmadian, it
merely took a single performance
to open their minds. After seeing
his October 2005 show, they've
been supportive ever since.
With the regenerative spirit
of a new year, Sahebjam's optimism to preserve an endangered
form of art continues through the
director's words: "Whatever seed
you plant, it's going to come out.
It's the beginning of life." vl
The Tri-Cities Persian New
Year Celebration is playing
March 23rd in Coquitlam. Contact
the Pars Dance Company at 604-
983-0015 for tickets.
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Abortion debate rekindled by new bill
By Sandy Klowak
The Uniter (University of Winnipeg)
WINNIPEG (CUP)-A controversial bill which would grant
human fetuses a form of person-
hood has passed the second stage
of approval in Parliament. Now
abortion rights activists are wondering if this could be an in-road
to re-criminalizing abortion.
Bill C-484, or the Unborn
Victims of Crime Act, is a private
member's bill proposed by Conservative MP Ken Epp (Edmonton-Sherwood Park).
If passed, the attack of a pregnant woman will be considered
as two separate crimes when
both she and the fetus are injured
or killed.
The bill, however, clearly
states that no woman would be
charged for aborting a fetus,
which is legal in Canada.
But the bill has raised concerns among pro-choice and
women's rights advocates, who
feel it is a step toward reopening
the abortion debate in Canada.
"[Bill C-484] is about abortion rights," said Dr Suzanne
Newman, a Winnipeg abortion
provider, calling the bill "a giant
step backwards" for women's reproductive rights in Canada.
Joyce Arthur ofthe Pro-Choice
Action Network in Vancouver
agreed, arguing that the bill is
a "foothold in the door" to later
legislation that will criminalize
abortion in the future.
She said that granting a fetus
personhood in cases of attacks on
pregnant women conflicts with
Canada's Criminal Code, which
states that a fetus only becomes a
person after birth.
"It sets up a very dangerous
precedent," she said, noting
that the bill is being supported
and promoted by anti-abortion
groups.
A group that supports the bill
on the popular social networking
site Facebook states that it "would
be a key step in re-criminalizing
abortion."
While some see the bill as a
threat to women's rights, others
see it as an extremely positive
step.
For Juergen Severloh, director
of the anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Winnipeg, the bill
is about maintaining dignity for
the murdered women's families.
It is also about creating value for
unborn children lost to violence,
he said.
For either side to make it an
abortion issue, he said, is "the
most icky thing you can imagine,
politically."
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher (Charleswood-St. James-Assini-
boia) supported the bill, explaining
that its intent is not to infringe on
abortion rights but to deal with violence against women.
The larger issue, he explained,
is that people are not getting
harsh enough sentences for the
crimes they commit.
Another Conservative MP,
Rod Bruinooge (Winnipeg South),
agreed.
"We punish criminals who
steal furniture that does not belong to them, but we don't punish
criminals who assault or murder
a fetus that is not their own. How
can we justify this?" he said.
"A pregnant woman who has
chosen to keep her child deserves
the right to press charges if another person decides to assault or
murder her fetus."
Pro-Choice Action Network's
Arthur agreed that protecting
pregnant women is of primary
concern.
Her group supports harsher
punishment for the murder of
pregnant women, but feels this
bill is not helpful in protecting
women from violence.
Karen Busby, a law professor
at the University of Manitoba,
shared that concern.
"I'm really concerned that this
bill takes away our focus from
where it should be," she said.
"Our primary concern should
be regarding violence against
women."
Arthur and Busby worried
the bill's focus on fetal rights will
overshadow the rights of pregnant women.
Busby emphasized her shock
that Bill C-484 passed second
reading, explaining that private
members' bills rarely get this far.
She said its success so far
is indicative of government
support.
"That does tell us something
about where this government
would go if it came into power,
and that's scary," she said.
Fletcher, however, said he
would be surprised if the bill
went any further, due to technical
issues with the bill itself, vl
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Reform expected to ease students burden,
meet modern students needs
by Ksenia Prints
CUP Central Bureau Chief
WINNIPEG (CUP)-Many students
are forced to reduce their course
loads to get involved with their
university, to earn money to pay
for their education, or for medical reasons. But when they do, the
Canada Student Loans Program
(CSLP) is often the largest barrier
they face.
Students who switch to part-
time status, or drop out altogether,
quickly lose their eligibility to be a
part ofthe national loan program,
and immediately start accruing interest on their loans. Payments are
then expected within six months.
When David Jacks was elected
president of the University of
Winnipeg Students' Association,
he still had another year left in
his degree. The union's bylaws
mandated that he drop most of his
classes while he held the office.
As soon as that happened,
Jacks lost his student loan and began accumulating interest on what
he had previously borrowed.
"Students who want to get involved on campus, it's sacrificing
a year of your academic life...and
I certainly felt a financial penalty,"
said Jacks.
"I will lose one year of my studies, and if I want to continue my
studies, then the money I've made
through this position is going directly to the student loan."
CSLP has an interest relief
line, which allows students to stop
making payments on their loan,
but to be eligible a students' family income is assessed and must fit
the criteria established by CSLP.
Karen, whose last name is
protected due to employment
reasons, dropped out of school
in 2006 after she was diagnosed
with breast cancer.
She was denied interest relief
based on her and her husband's
projected income. She was making $ 1400 a month through private insurance, which she said
did not even cover living expenses
and medicine.
"Financially, we were in the
shit. Those $1400 were all I had
to live on."
Jacks, who took time off for a
paid position, was also ineligible.
"I can't start a new line of credit [with Canada Student Loans],"
he said. "It is difficult to get the
national and provincial bodies to
recognize student activism and
the student union."
The scenario is no longer
rare.
Between 10 and 40 people
drop out of the University of Winnipeg every month, said Colin
Russell, director of academic advising in the faculties of arts and
science.
Financial difficulty is one of
the most common reasons for the
move, he said.
"A fair number of students
will cite the money that they have
isn't sustainable and they have to
work more," Russell said. "Some
students will make the decision to
continue with courses and maintain funding, even if it's not to
their benefit academically.
"They might have a lower GPA
that's not indicative of their ability, or if they had more money or
time."
Applying for interest relief or
an additional loan upon returning
to school doesn't always work,
either. Students are required to
submit proof of enrollment in
post-secondary studies, and to not
have defaulted on any previous
payments.
Many students have complained that paperwork gets lost,
or the process takes too long and
students are forced to find other
ways to pay for their tuition while
their files are being processed.
Karen's medical forms were
lost three times, she said.
After extensive complaints,
the federal government placed the
entire CSLP under review during
2007 and, in the 2008 budget, earmarked $123 million to Canada
Student Loans Program reform.
Over half the funds, $74
million, are dedicated to improving the program's responsiveness to borrowers' economic
circumstances.
"There's not enough support
when you phone student loans,"
said Karen. "It's not a service oriented, humanistic culture."
"We've heard complaints from
students about this scenario,"
said Julian Benedict, co-founder
of the Coalition for Student Loan
Fairness.
The CSLF recently filed an
Access to Information Request to
CSLP to find out how many people
are charged interest while still in
school. They are currently awaiting results.
Many students are unaware
of this complication until they go
into collection, said Benedict.
While CSLP's original borrowing conditions state what happens
if students change to part-time
status, these documents are a
confusing collection of rules and
exceptions.
"The rules are more of a challenge than they need to be for
students," said Benedict.
Hope is now high that the new
government funding will be used
to make CSLP more approachable
and flexible. $23 million has been
earmarked for an online service
overhaul.
Benedict also suggested creating a national student loan ombudsman, a neutral third party
to assist people with specific concerns. At the very least, he said,
problems should be assigned to
an individual who can handle the
case.
Benedict also believes that
part-time loans should be interest-
free, and the interest-free grace
period reinstated.
Interest relief should also not
be decided based on projected
income, said Karen, but case by
case.
Overall, Benedict doubts that
$ 123 million will fix the CSLP.
The final allocation will be
brought to a vote in the House
of Commons in the middle of
March.
Monte Solberg, the minister
responsible for CSLP, could not
comment beyond the budget's
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Sports 113
Student-athletes see both sides of joining NCAA
Move could mean more scholarships, but rule changes may set teams back
by Mac MacKillop
Sports Writer
While UBC has yet to make an
announcement about joining the
NCAA, the likelihood is high that
the University will go ahead with
entering the American collegiate
sports league sometime before
June 1st.
This decision will make a big
difference for student athletes.
The move could have great
potential for keeping Canadian
athletes on Canadian soil, but
many current student athletes
are worried about the rule
changes and the level of competition that will come along with
the new league.
The most obvious adjustment
would be the change in competition. Athletic Director Bob Philip
predicts that if UBC joins the
NCAA most sports would probably play at the Division II level,
except for hockey, which would
play in Division I. Although UBC
isn't sure which conference
they would join, this would still
mean a higher overall level of
competition.
Second-year soccer player
Charles Vallieres sees the higher
level of competition as a way to
improve. The more intense competition "would only force us to
develop into a stronger, faster,
and more intense team, which
ultimately is a great thing."
In addition to changing
competition, this switch would
completely change the nature of
If I get to play in the
NCAA in my last year,
it could be good for
me because there
are more scouts at
the games...it might
facilitate my path to pro
hockey the year after.
Francois Thout,
Second-year UBC hockey player
recruiting. Not only would UBC
be able to offer the prestige and
competition of the NCAA, they
would also be allowed to grant
sports scholarships to students,
if UBC can find the money to constantly offer the same number of
scholarships its prospective new
competitors do.
Second-year hockey player
Francois Thuot said this is a
great opportunity "for Canadian
universities to keep some of the
good athletes that are going into
the NCAA because they offer
better scholarships and sports
programs."
Jason Lynch, a first-year
hockey player, agrees, saying
that he is "glad to see good Canadian hockey players will be able
to stay in Canada."
That, said Philip, "is one of
the main reasons we are doing
this."
There is also the prestige of
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playing in the NCAA.
"If I get to play in the NCAA
in my lastyear, it could be good
for me because there are more
scouts at the games," said Thout.
"It might facilitate my path to
pro hockey the year after."
However, these benefits don't
come without a few concerns,
particularly for hockey players
coming out of the junior leagues.
There are still issues of eligibility that players feel haven't been
fully addressed.
Thuot, who played three
years of Major Junior hockey,
is worried that "they won't let
the Major Junior guys play for
the first year or two...and to be
put on the sideline because of a
switch to the NCAA would be really upsetting for us."
This is a particularly big concern considering that 70 per cent
of hockey players in Canada's
university league, the CIS, come
from the Major Juniors.
However, said Thuot, "from
what I have heard we should be
allowed to play, at least for the
first year."
Additionally, it is likely that,
at least in hockey, UBC won't be
allowed to make the playoffs for
the first two years. Not to mention that switching to the NCAA
would mean a drop from five
years of eligibility to four.
"One of the main reasons I
chose to play soccer at UBC was
because of the fifth-year privilege, and I think a lot of other
players would be disappointed
to lose that senior year," Vallieres said.
Despite the issues and ambiguities surrounding the transition, athletes seem to feel that
the rewards are too good to pass
up. One immediate bonus would
be increased exposure for individual players.
The move would also bring
more attention to sports in general. Lynch feels that "the switch
would be great for UBC and bring
more fans out to our games."
Craig Lineker, a first-year
hockey player, seems to embody
the sentiments of most players,
stating that "I hope my own eligibility and experience...is not hindered, and as long as the team
can remain competitive I think it
would be a good idea." til
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THfitteYSSEY I March 18th,2008
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Get ready to pipe down by 6pm, 'cause here come the seniors
'Campus lifestyle seniors residence' set to break ground by summer
There's something brewing on
the South Campus, and it's old.
Really old. 65+old.
It's called Tapestry, and according to its website, "it's a six-storey
midrise offering residents a campus
lifestyle seniors residence."
While we at UBC have varying
opinions on the benefits and drawbacks of South Campus development,
the one thing we can all agree on is
that UBC should remain primarily a
student environment. If development
has to happen, and UBC behaving as
if it certainly does, then let it be developed with a student focus in mind.
And that mean parties, drinking,
late nights, and, inevitably, noise.
UBC sells houses in South Campus
to garner its income. It leases each
property, often for 99 years, to generate revenue which it invests for a
healthy return. Thus it makes money
off the endowment set aside in the
20th century, guarantees a return of
the property a hundred years from
now when UBC might desperately
need the land, and ensures that it can
physically grow its infrastructure as
UBC becomes an international school.
However good it may be to sell
this land, why is a retirement home
being constructed amongst the largest
population of university students in
Metro Vancouver?
UBC is a place of higher learning.
Professors and staff aside, its core
demographic is 18-25 year olds with
a smattering of graduate students.
Over 45,000 students either live on
campus or commute to the Point Grey
area to attend classes. Why then is a
retirement home being planned for
the campus neighborhood?
Instead of facilitating a campus
community around the student lifestyle, UBC Campus and Community
Planning has created an upscale
community on University land, retirement homes included.
Construction and expansion at
a university is inevitable, especially
considering the amount of research
being conducted at UBC. With the
growth ofthe Canadian population
and the larger international student
base, it is no wonder that the University is looking towards these options
to grow its infrastructure. The problem is the social cost students incur
in order for the University to grow.
It is commonly believed that
UBC lacks a sense of campus "vibe".
Everyone feels it. The students feel
it, professors feel it and the recently
re-established Radical Beer Faction
(RBF) feels it. What should have been
created many years ago in the form of
student housing and green space the
university is attempting to create now
with chain retail space, condos, and
perhaps even a retirement complex.
So, why is UBC bringing the old
into a place of youth while the things
which most of the senior population
did as young adults is being stamped
out of UBC?
UBC has become a campus
where the fun goes to die. With the
tightening of Campus Security and
UBC RCMP, in addition to the lack of
Special Occasion Licenses (SOLs) to
allow parties, and the sharp decline
in the number of beer gardens in the
last few years, it seems UBC wishes to
pacify its student population.
Students are not being significantly considered when major,
community-changing plans are being
instigated. Within the last several
years, the old fraternity row and the
area between the RCMP and 16th
avenue have all been demolished to
make way for high-cost commercial
housing. The price of these units puts
it far out ofthe range ofthe average
UBC student and brings more non-
students into the community.
Why is UBC bent on becoming a
small town? What benefit does this
bring to students that the University
is supposed to serve? A retirement
complex is not a good fit for this
campus. This is another clear sign
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is great to celebrate
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Letters
Be cautious about study drugs
by Ed Durgan
Wow, a pro-Adderall article ("Productive
pills—Better than sex?" Feautres [March 14th])
from someone other than the pharmaceutical
industry or meth junkie. You forgot to mention
that this drug is highly addictive—very similar
to methamphetamine (aka crank, crystal meth,
jib, ice, etc.). The drug is an amphetamine—also
known as speed. This one is arguably the most
highly developed [drug] by the pharmaceutical
industry; it has a time release design.
Use of this drug is also associated with psychosis. The jury is still out regarding whether
or not amphetamine-induced psychosis can
lead to a persistent psychotic disorder like
schizophrenia; in my view, I am betting that the
research will be inconclusive.
Another point: when someone is prescribed
this drug, it is acknowledged that that person
will become addicted (psychiatrists and pharmacists often use the phrase "habit forming").
This is the nature of amphetamines. In most
cases a kid will use Adderall or other amphetamines for the rest of his or her life. Not
only that but as with any addiction, it takes a
higher and higher dose to get the same effect
over time. This often leads the user to seek out
other, stronger forms of amphetamines and
stimulants, the strongest of which are crystal
meth and cocaine.
If a kid has the presence of mind to try
and kick it, or a psychiatrist decides to stop
prescribing it, it is a horrible experience. As a
youth-worker in a group home I once witnessed
a withdrawal from this drug. Over the course of
about 5-7 days this young man was bedridden
with extreme abdominal pain such that he was
curled into the fetal position for days, [with]
hot and cold flashes, uncontrolled shaking, and
tactile hallucinations (you know, he thought
he was covered in spiders). He also reported
visual hallucinations during these withdrawals
and I saw the look of horror on his face while
his screams filled the house as he faced some
horrible phantasms. In this case a psychiatrist
intervened and put him back on Adderall along
with some anti-psychotic meds.
Oh, and guess what: the milder withdrawal
symptoms and side effects are identical to the
symptoms of ADHD...hmmm.
A lot of students use speed to get better
grades. That is fine I suppose, but as with any
drugs it is best to be informed about the likely
consequences—like for instance in the case of
an overdose: cardiac arrest.
-Ed Durgan is a PhD candidate in psychiatry at UBC
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T-Birds bow out in opening round for third year in a row, expect to have all players back for next years run
from "B-ball" | page i 6
in the gold medal match.
In front of 1500 fans at
Scotiabank Place during the
quarterfinal game to Brock, one
had a strange sense of deja vu.
For the third straight year, UBC
was ranked No. 2 heading into
the tournament. For the third
straight year, they flew out east
with high expectations. And for
the third straight year, Hanson
saw his players bow out in a
game they had to have, resulting
in a scrum with reporters after
the game where the first question he was asked was: "Do you
feel like you're jinxed?"
One possible explanation for
UBC's loss was the gap between
games for the Thunderbirds.
While teams from the Atlantic,
Quebec, and Ontario conferences
finish their playoffs the weekend
before the tournament, the playoffs for the Canada West Conference are done two weeks before
the national championships
begin—allowing ample time for
rust to accumulate, something
that Hanson himself admitted
"has an effect" on the T-Birds.
Despite the devastating loss,
UBC had to go on, relegated
to the consolation draw of the
tournament with the other first-
round losers, forced to play
out the string. Coach Hanson
stressed that every athlete wants
to win "regardless whether it's
the Toilet Bowl or the Championship Bowl."
"It's one of the toughest
things to do as a player," said
assistant coach Jordan Yu, who
played for UBC from 2001-2006.
"Getting up to play these games,
it takes such tough mental ability, because nobody wants to play
for fifth place."
But the competitive spirit in
the Thunderbirds was evidently
strong on Saturday, as they put
in a solid effort in their consolation semifinal against the Atlantic champion St. Mary's Huskies,
breaking away in the fourth
quarter to win 78-74, and giving
them one victory to take back
from their visit to Bytown.
Despite some admittedly
sloppy play, UBC, led by Chris
Dyck (18 points, 5 assists) used
their depth and speed to pull
out a victory, and coach Hanson
credited the win to the more relaxed team atmosphere after the
game.
"We said before today's game,
let's just have some fun," said
Hanson, adding that he encouraged his players to play looser
than they did in their opening
round loss.
However, the Thunderbirds
could not end the tournament on
a winning note, as they finished
off their 2007-2008 season with
a 86-84 loss to the Laval Rouge et
Or in the consolation final.
The loss in the close bout
came about despite the best efforts of Dyck, who had a tournament high 3 7 points, including a
stunning 16 in the forth quarter.
With just six seconds to go, he
grabbed the rebound of a missed
Laval free throw, and sprinted up
the court, hoping to extend the
Thunderbirds' season, but his
fallaway jumper from just inside
the three-point line hit the front
of the rim at the buzzer, ending
UBC's hopes.
"Honestly, when I let it go, I
thought it was a swish. I thought
it was perfect," Dyck said after
the game. "I guess it came up a
bit short... you give it your best
effort and hope it goes in."
With the gold medal out
of reach, and with no players
leaving for graduation, Hanson
spent the last two games of the
tournament mixing players in
and out of the lineup, giving
rookies Balraj Bains, Nathan Yu,
and Graham Bath an early audition for a bigger role with the
team next year. Looking ahead to
the 2008-2009 season, Hanson
is hopeful that this group will
return to Scotiabank Place next
year, and improve on their sixth-
place showing.
"We're gonna have all of our
players back next year, so we're
confident," said Hanson. "We'll
have our player meetings, we're
going to look at their efficiency
ratings for the year ... we gotta
do what we can in the next six
months to make sure our team
gets back here next year." vl
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Men's B-ball sixth at
CIS championships
by Justin McElory
Sports Staff
OTTAWA-The UBC Thunderbirds men's basketball team
returned home from Ottawa late
last night after ending their season with a sixth-place finish in
the CIS national championship
tournament.
The result ends a three week
streak of winning CIS championship banners for the UBC Athletics program, but after the final
buzzer had sounded for UBC,
head coach Kevin Hanson declared himself satisfied with his
team's results for the year.
"We had a lot of success this
season," he said after the consolation final where they lost 86-84
to the Laval Rouge et Or. "Getting
here is so tough—coming out of
the Canada West [Conference]—
but we did that."
Hopes were high for this UBC
group. They had entered the
tournament winning 12 of their
last 13 games, culminating in a
Canada West championship victory over the University of Alberta
three weekends ago. That earned
the team a No. 2 ranking going
into the CIS tournament, and
many believed that this would be
the year for the Thunderbirds to
break through with their first CIS
title since 1972.
RICHARD LAM PHOTOS / UBC ATHLETICS
But in single elimination
anything can happen and unfortunately UBC dropped their quarterfinal game to the No.7 team
from Brock 83-78. The squad
from St. Catherine's, Ontario
may have only finished third in
the Ontario Conference, barely
squeaking into the national tournament, but they were a veteran
squad, with three key starters
looking to finish off their university basketball careers with a CIS
championship. Their run started
against UBC, the youngest team
in the tournament, managing
to ground the T-Birds' hopes on
opening day.
UBC, as it has too often in
this tournament over the last
few years, got off to a slow start
against Brock, and was down 38-
30 at halftime. While the T-Birds
responded in the second, coming
back to take the lead at a couple
of points in the third and fourth
quarters, the Badgers would respond to any UBC hot streak with
one of their own. Brock's final
run, a 10-3 run halfway through
the final quarter, ended the Thunderbirds' hopes, and kick-started
a remarkable tournament for
the Badgers that would see them
eventually win the CIS championship over the Acadia Axemen
see "T-Birds"' | page i 5
Above: Forward Balraj Bains
reaches for the jump ball during
the loss against Laval Sunday.
Bains along with other first-year
players saw increased playing
time after the teams first-round
elimination from title play.
Left: Guard Chris Dyck wrestles
to get the ball away from the St.
Mary's player during Saturday's
win. Dyck scored a tournament
high 37 points during Sunday's
game loss to Laval.

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