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Array Celebrating 90 years!
The Ubyssey
September 5,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
making love in the afternoon since 1918 \ volume xc, number 2
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
iJteC activism today
^•JJate Cromptons
^y. last stand
by Paul Bucci
ast summer, in an East
Vancouver house with
yellow stucco walls, a group of campus
radicals worked feverishly on arts
and crafts. There were late-night jam
sessions, long theoretical discussions
and piles of books. There was food and
communal eating.
From this came what we now know
as the Trek Park protest, a year-long
saga  that  culminated  in  a  police
confrontation during KnollAid 2.0,
which   saw  20   students   arrested
and    19   charged   with   various
misdemeanors. One of those 19
was Nathan Crompton, a man at
the centre of many of the most
heated debates on campus in recent
Crompton will be leaving UBC later
this month for the graduate school
pastures of England. While some will
undoubtedly be happy to see him leave,
his lasting influence can be seen in the
activist scene on campus, which has
grown from nine or ten anti-war activists
to the loud and visible Students for a
Democratic Society (SDS) of today.
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
Perpetual-motion Inventors &
Gadgeteers Meet • Amateur inventors are invited to share ideas,
devices and gadgets. Second
Moon of each month. Midnight.
• Ariel Cafe (73 Kingsway). Free.
More information at informant©
justice.com •
September 5
25th Annual Welcome Back BBQ
Come out and see all those
people you've missed over the
summer. • Free for students. Food
and beverages will be served. Sept.
5, 2-8pm Maclnnes Field. • www.
amseventsubc.com *
Juno -Welcome Back Free
Screening • The UBC Film Society
presents JUNO as its annual
"Welcome Back FREE screening!"
All are welcome! Doors open at
6:45pm and close at 7:1 5pm. •
Sept 3-7 Norm Theatre in the SUB.
www. ams. ubc. ca/clubs/filmsoc •
Master Lighting Workshops •
Oscar-winning cinematographer
Guillermo Navarro shares his
expertise on lighting, makeup, and
the latest in film, high-definition,
and digital technology • Sept. 5-6,
2008. 9am-5 pm. Vancity Theatre
(Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour). Tix $35/60
More information at www. vlaff.
September 6
Shine Day • Volunteers needed
for Canada's largest post-secondary fundraiser. UBC students will
hit the streets of Vancouver in
Shine Teams to get creative and do
whatever it takes to raise money
and awareness for cystic fibrosis
research and treatment! • Sept
6, 2008. 9am SUB Party Room. •
UBC Farm Market • The Centre
for Sustainable Food Systems
at UBC Farm is a student-driven
initiative to retain and re-create 2 hectares of existing farm
and forest lands at UBC into an
nternational centre for sustainable agriculture, forestry and food
systems. We also host community
events on market days throughout
the summer, featuring bee tours,
blackberry picking and fun activities for kids and families. • Sept.
6, 9am-1pm • www.landfood.ubc.
ca/ubcfarm •
UBC Homecoming • To end the
whirlwind of Firstweek, UBC
is bringing back the incredible
celebration that is Homecoming
to join new and current students,
staff, alumni, residents, and community members for an afternoon
of excitement at Thunderbird
Stadium. • Sept. 6, 12-4:30pm
UBC Students: $2 or Free with
Firstweek wristband. •
BBQ On The Bypass • BBQ competition, bringing teams from
across Western Canada and the
U.S. to compete in five different
categories, emceed by local food
columnist and culinary instructor
Chef Dez, along with music from
classic rock cover band, Other Side
of 5. • Sept. 6-7, 2008. 7pm. Well
Seasoned (20771 Langley Bypass).
Free. • More information at www.
bbqonthebypass.com/ •
Summer Salsa Cruises * Three
levels, three DJs, free salsa lessons,
and a dance show aboard the
MV Britannia. • Sept. 6, 2008.
MV Britannia (boarding at north
foot of Denman). Tix $25 (plus
service charges and fees) at www.
ticketmaster.ca/'• More information
atwww.salsacruises.com/ •
Daniel Packard's Live Group
Sex Therapy Show • The Dating
Doctor from The Beat 94.5 FM
& National College Speaker of
The Year Daniel Packard is here
to help singles and couples alike
Laugh and learn. • Performance
Works Theatre (1218 Cartwright
St). Sept. 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 2008.
$14/$ 15.*
September 7
Feast Of Fields • Sample delicious
creations from local restaurants
and see the origins of the produce
at this annual FarmFolk/CityFolk
fundraiser. • Sept. 7, 2008. 1 to
5pm. UBC Farm (6182 South Campus Rd.). Tix $75. • More Information at www.feastoffields.com/ •
Vancouver Comicon • Featuring
Steve Leialoha, regular contributor to Marvel Comics, including
Star Wars, Howard the Duck, and
Fables; Dark Horse Comics editor
Diana Schutz, and many more. •
Sept. 7,2008. 11am-5pm. Tix $3,
Kids under 14 free •
September 8
UBC Improv Presents "The Vancouver Comedy Festival's Sneak
Peak" • Can't get enough of
mprov? In addition to UBC's own
mprov team, the evening features
Sunday Service, Bronx Cheer, and
Sean Devin. Come to the Forestry
Building 1 500 at 7pm, Sept. 8th.
Four great acts for only $2. •
www.ubcimprov.com •
Davie Days • Celebrate Davie Village with Davie Day, a community
festival celebrating the diversity
and proud history of the Davie
Village. Fun for the entire family,
ncluding a kidzone, community
concert, contests, giveaways, food
tasting, business show cases, art
show and more. • Sept. 8, 2008.
11am to 5pm. Davie St. (between
Burrard and Broughton St.). Free.
• More information at www.davieday.
com •
IFC 1st Rush • Come out and
experience what the fraternities
are about at UBC. Located at the
Greek village at 2880 Wesbrook
Mall, come out and check out
what each house has to offer.
Free. • Sept. 9, 2008
Gastown Drive-in Movie Night
• Gastown's first Drive-In Movie
on the rooftop of the Gastown
parkade. the roof level of the
EasyPark parkade in Gastown
will transform into a drive-in for
both car-equipped and pedestrian
audiences in a celebration of BC
films. Drive, Walk or Bike-in to
a free rooftop movie theatre. •
Sept. 10, and 17, 2008. Gates
open, 7:30pm. Screenings start,
8:30pm. Roof level, EasyPark
parkade (150 Water St.). Free. •
Reserve a parking spot at info@urbanre-
public.ca •
Spark Animation Festival '08. •
5-day animation festival with premiere screenings as well as panels
and presentations from a world-
class lineup of directors, animators
and filmmakers. • Vancity Theatre
(1181 Seymour St). Sept. 10-14,
2008. •
Arts frAUSh! • It's the end of the
summer but us artsies aren't quite
ready to let go of the sunshine
yet! Hence, the AUS presents.,
a beach-themed Arts frAUSh
The barbecue also serves as a
WELCOME BACK to the rest of
Arts' undergrads. There'll be club
nformation available, TONS of
giveaways, awesome music, $2
burgers and beer. • Sept. 12,
2008. 4pm-9pm. UBC Buchanan
Courtyard (1866 Main Mall). •
More information at http://www.aus.
ubc.ca/ •
Like a Martyr • Local rock band
with UBC students is having a CD
release party and giving away free
copies of their album with ticket
purchase • The Media Club (695
Cambie). Sept. 12, 2008. 8pm.
Livestock Block Party • FREE BBQ
event for all ages, all day catered
by Guu, featuring Gman & Rizk,
freshjike b-boy contest, ramp contest along with DJs Keyes N Krates,
Jr. Flo, Hedspin, Pump, Rico, and
more. • Sept 14, 1-7pm, Livestock
(239 Abbott St.). •
Terry Fox Run • The 28th annua
10K run takes place throughout
the Lower Mainland • Free event,
no registration required. Show up
30 minutes before the run starts
in order to participate. • Sept. 14,
2008. • www. terryfoxrun.org. •
September 18
presents this free weekly series
features a variety of informal 3km
and 5km walk/runs throughout
many of UBC's most scenic areas.
Whether you're looking for a
social opportunity that will keep
you active or a chance to keep
a competitive pace with others,
come on out and join the fun!
First run begins on Sept 18, 2008
12:45-1:30. Reg at 12:30. SUB
north plaza • http://www.rec.ubc.
ca/events/noonruns/index.cfm •
Geography Students Association
First Bzzr Garden of the Year! •
Come on out for a chance to hang
out with geography faculty, staff
and students and celebrate the
start of school in style.  • Sept. 19,
2008. Geography Undergraduate
Lounge. 5pm-9pm. •
September 25
K-OS with Special Guests • He's
back! And with more talented
musicians from Toronto to put on
a mind-blowing acoustic show on
Sept. 25, 8pm at the UBC Pit Pub.
• Tix $ 17.50 Sales start on Sept 5,
2008 10am . • www.amseventsubc.
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NEWS | 3
Nathan Crompton and Andrew Witt defend their edition of the GSS handbook at an emergency GSS council meeting, kalyeena makortoff photo/the ubyssey
Nathan Crompton's politics are
unabashedly radical. He makes
no allowance for neutral stances,
arguing that they implicitly (and
pointedly) support the current
power structure that he absolutely
Crompton has been a controversial figure from day one. He
began his political career at UBC
with the Student Justice Centre
(SJC) by protesting education budget cuts.
"There were mass protests
across British Columbia. At UBC
the response was mixed, but there
was direct action: students occupied the administration building.
The one I went to was a small
protest outside the Asian studies building, where the Minister
of Education Shirley Bond was
"That was the first time that I
saw that protest action was very
effective and could do things."
The SJC at that time was under
the control of Mobilization Against
War and Occupation (MAWO),
a "top-down" organization that
stressed adherence to a strict
party line.
Though there were intense
debilitating conflicts within the
group, Crompton still identified a
particular enemy.
"We spent three years in an
organization that didn't grow
beyond nine or ten people trying
to draw attention to what we confidently term imperialism."
After a schism in the group,
the focus was brought back to
campus politics—a move that
Crompton says has increased interest in campus politics "tenfold."
The Knoll Magazine was founded
in 2006, in which, according to VP
Admin Tristan Markle, Crompton
has been the "main editor" for
since its inception.
"[The SDS of the 60s] saw the
university as a kind of hinge for
society, where you have competing interest and antagonisms and
controversies and politics that
played out in the university that
reflected contradictions in society
as a whole," Crompton said. "So
the campus is seen as this centre
of creativity, conflict and politics.
"We thought the best way to
interject into the campus scene
would be to have a physical
presence—a spatial presence on
The park was considered a
success by those involved with it,
but an eyesore by many others. It
was often vandalized and fell into
disuse during the rainy winter
"I would say the park has been
destroyed on 30 or 40 occasions,"
Crompton said.
"It's this kind of space that's
an in-between kind of space. It's
very radically public space, which
can be a source of anxiety for
folks who have a certain view of
society where ownership falls into
very distinct categories...There
were certainly some people, like
in the frats and stuff, who were
incredibly frustrated by the park,
couldn't understand it, and their
only response was a kind of hateful response. Which I think, more
than anything, is a manifestation
of their profound insecurities and
confusion about new forms of
And, like it or not, that's how
Crompton thinks. His world is
denned in terms of political philosophy. He is driven by what he
calls a "utopian thrust," where the
idea that a better world is always
"[Democracy] will never arrive
in its entirety...[Jacques Derrida]
argues that democracy has a spectral quality—a phantom that comes
and goes. It's never present, never
has a concrete existence, and it's
always deferred. You're always
striving for this thing, and when
you obtain it, you realize it's not
what you were looking for.
"It's this constant innovative
action that doesn't resolve anywhere. And that's the thing: you
have something like Trek Park
and it's frustrating and someone
says, 'I want to know exactly what
it is,' and so you have people like
moderate-left folks like Brendon
Goodmurphy who would want to
support the park, but he would
say, 'I don't know what this is.'
And we would say that's an example of someone not having the
imagination, the ability to think
of new possibilities, and we think
that lack of imagination is a direct
result of the existing conditions of
This is one thing that Crompton
wants set straight: "I was always
planning on going to graduate
school. I wasn't going to be there
for the rest of my life. When I lost
by 15 votes, everyone, even Alex
Lougheed said, you're crazy. Call
for a recount' Then everyone
started saying, 'The Knolligarchy
is power mongering,' and all of
this shit, which was very frustrating because I didn't care. I didn't
find out about the multiple votes
until like three weeks later. And I
found out about the multiple votes.
I didn't want a seat. I wanted a by-
election. I might run. I might not.
"I didn't try to launch a coup,
and I didn't try to get him thrown
out by illegitimate means—I went
to student court."
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
overturned the student court decision, a move Crompton calls a
"conflict of interest."
"[The AMS] had a very distinct
political agenda that was to make
sure that I didn't get elected."
The controversies surrounding
Nathan Crompton, the SDS, and
the year-long demonstration
beside the Knoll known as Trek
Park, came to a head on April 4th
of 2008 at KnollAid 2.0, a protest-concert which flared up into
a full-on confrontation between
firefighters, police officers, and
protesters. The night, which began
as a "peaceful celebration in defence of public space," ended with
20 students, including Crompton,
being arrested after they clashed
with emergency workers over the
Crompton was one of the 19
students   charged   with   crimes
ranging from assaulting a police
officer, resisting arrest, and obstruction of a police officer. Given
legal concerns, Crompton has
been completely unwilling to comment on record about either his
arrest or his involvement with the
After a long and arduous journey as an outspoken campus
figure, Crompton graduated.
Before he went, however, he
was hired on as the editor for
the Graduate Student Society
(GSS) handbook. Crompton and
his co-editor, Andrew Witt, edited the handbook "from a critical and historical perspective,"
which included past controversies and satirical ads criticising the direction of university
The handbook was met with
a fair share of controversy, and
some in the GSS believed they
would be open to a lawsuit from
the University. To which Crompton replied, "Come on! Have
they seen the Knoll?"
Crompton said that he gave
the GSS plenty of chances to
review the handbook before it
went out for print.
"All of them were incredibly
concerned about their profile
pictures," said Crompton. "They
sent me, like, three versions."
The handbook is an example
of the legacy Crompton is hoping to leave with the next generation of activists on campus. He
speaks in excited terms about
them saying that their thinking
is years ahead of his own.
"The next five years are going to be absolutely interesting,
because the grunt work that we
have done, starting a publication, creating a mental environment for putting controversial
ideas into people's heads, altering the discourse, creating the
groundwork for critical thinking. All of that is hard to do, and
the backlash against it is very
strong, but I think in the last
few years we've broken through
that backlash and the environment is way more open." Xi
AMS Events is a
safe site
The AMS Events website, which
displays prominent events, is no
longer dangerous. Despite the
warning given by some browsers, AMS events manger Shea
Dahl assures the Ubyssey that
the photo section and mailing
list were not affected. The AMS
Events site is now hosted by an
external server and the issue
should not arise again.
Buckle Up on
The Greater Vancouver Integrated Road Safety Unit are
encouraging people to buckle up
on the way to school. Stationed at
the entrance to campus, they are
doing random seatbelt checks to
ensure safe driving.
The unit, made up of RCMP
and municipal police officers
across the Fraser Valley, are dedicated to reducing speed racing,
and ensuring people buckle up.
The Integrated Road Safety
Unit was brought in as an attempt-
to help supplement the small
RCMP detachment on campus.
UBC leases Robson
Square to VANOC
In another sign of collaboration
between UBC and VANOC, UBC
Robson Square was recently
designated the 2010 Olympic International Media Centre (IMC).
Premier Gordon Campbell
announced in August that the
downtown campus would be the
hub for over 3000 reporters and
broadcasters who will visit BC to
cover the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games between Jan.
28, 2010 and Feb. 28, 2010.
The facility has been advertised as the "first ever green-certified" IMC in the history of the
Olympic Games, featuring locally
sourced materials, carbon-neutral emissions and a zero carbon
footprint. Meanwhile, the IMC
will help organize transportation
and hospitality, and coordinate
access to officials and athletes
for the press.
In a news release from the Office of the Premier, the estimated
cost of the IMC is $2.5 million,
but will be partially covered by
partnerships with suppliers and
UBC takes the
tap-water pledge
After a media frenzy regarding
the need for water bottle eradication, a Tap Water Campaign was
launched at UBC. In a jointeffort
with UBC, Metro Vancouver officials aim to reduce use of single-
use water bottles by 20 per cent by
2010. Residents are asked to take
a "tap-water pledge," to drink water out of refillable bottles instead.
Stefanie Ratjen, AMS VP External,
publicly signed her pledge and
urged more students to join the
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News Staff
After much debate and national
media interest, the Graduate Student Society (GSS) council passed
a motion at an emergency meeting yesterday evening to allow
the controversial GSS Handbook
to be distributed as soon as
The drama was centred
around this year's GSS Student
Handbook, a yearly publication
that typically contains a day-planner, resource group information,
and GSS Executive biographies.
This year's GSS handbook,
edited by campus activist
and graduate student Nathan
Crompton, and overseen byGSS
VP Services Rodrigo Ferrari
Nunes, drummed up controversy with content that was termed
"satirical" by some, and "offensive" by others. Some sections
of the handbook were critical
of the University's administration, campus development, "international capitalism," and the
BC Premier Gordon Campbell.
One section also presented an
alternative or activist history of
the University.
"This is a far, far better handbook [than lastyear], we just decided to have a bit of satire and
humour in it, and I guess some
people don't like that," said
Many questions from concerned council members revolved
around whether council and executive were given a full look at the
content of the handbook before
it was published. GSS President
Mona Maghsoodi said "none of
the content was brought forward
to council or the executive," and
that the only official reports by
Rodrigo "included no actual content within the handbook."
Crompton, however, said
there "was a transparent and
open process allowing them
to see the content of the handbook," and that "it's misleading
to say the GSS did not have the
opportunity to see any page of
the handbook."
Although the handbook's
distribution was eventually
approved, Maghsoodi raised
concerns during the meeting
that the document does not
accurately reflect the GSS mandate, that it includes "unfactual
content," and that that the tone
is "negative and cynical" through
the document.
In addition, concern was
voiced regarding the reaction
and potential action that may
be taken by the handbooks
advertisers, who, according to
Maghsoodi, paid $14,000 for
this handbook and "weren't
aware of the content. If they are
aware of what the content is...
they will be very very upset with
us." Magosoodi was also worried
about "inconsistent advertising,"
throughout the book (some free,
some not).
Honorary council member
Joshua Caulkins stood differently on the issue, telling council
"executives can tell the administration that they don't agree
with the handbook," adding that
the GSS "still doesn't know of
the response of the sponsors.
We've created more buzz about
this handbook than anything
we've done in the last five years,
and there's no such thing as bad
Security was initially present
at the ballroom's entrance, barring anyone from the meeting
who did not have graduate student identification. Over 20 people waited outside while executive and councilors debated a bylaw which bars undergraduates
from GSS meetings. Although all
students were eventually allowed
admission, Maghsoodi explained
that undergraduate attendance
will be debated in the future.
As Caulkins pointed out
during the meeting, there's no
such thing as bad publicity,
and this may, ironically, be the
most widely read handbook in
recent GSS history. Xi SEPTEMBER ;, 200 8
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KnollAid protester denied entry to Canada for a year
American UBC student activist issued expulsion order at border
by Stephanie Findlay
News Editor
American UBC student Brian
Gehring, who was arrested at last
spring's KnollAid protest, has
been denied entry into Canada
for a year by the Canadian Border Services Agency.
"I got to the border and they
instantly detained me, got me inside, took my cell phones. They
said that they were searching for
some incriminating evidence,"
said the fourth-year physics
"They immediately brought
up the stuff with the RCMP and
KnollAid," he said. Gehring was
one ofthe 19 protesters arrested
last April at KnollAid 2.0, a student-organized demonstration
that turned ugly.
Gehring said that he was detained at the Blaine, Washington
border crossing and taken to a
private interrogation room and
then a smaller booth for extensive questioning. The entire process took around three hours.
"They didn't care at all about
what I said," said Gehring.
After working in Yosemite
National Park in California for
the summer, Gehring was making a commute this Wednesday
from his home in Seattle to UBC.
As he had on his two previous
crossings, Gehring went to the
border without a student visa.
He said that in the past he had
been able to apply and receive a
student visa at the border. This
time, however, was different.
Once his passport was
scanned by the border agents, he
was immediately detained and
brought into questioning, culminating in Canadian customs
agents issuing an exclusion order which completely bars Gehring from entering the country
for one year.
This was the first time Gehring had attempted to enter
Canada since his KnollAid arrest.
Gehring believes that he has
been targeted as guilty before
his trial, the date of which is still
He was detained and brought
into an interrogation room.
"What eventually happened was
the border officer saying that I
said things that I didn't say," said
Gehring. "That was how they
eventually came to the conclusion that I broke the law."
"I just don't understand why
they picked me out of everyone
else [arrested at the KnollAid
protest]," Gehring questioned.
AMS VP External Stefanie
Ratjen said, "Right now we're
trying to find out more information about what the Canadian
border services is actually saying regarding his lack of access
to Canada, and we're trying to
figure out what happened to take
appropriate legal advice."
Ratjen, who was also arrested
in the spring protests, commented that based on the information
presented by her lawyer, the
arrest "should not happen because the charges have not been
UBC spokesperson Scott Macrae said that as of Thursday afternoon that the University was not
in a position to comment on the
Brian Gehring being arrested on April 4th, 2008, the night of KnollAid 2.0. geoff dunbrack file photo / the ubyssey
incident. He was clear, though,
to point out that "the university
doesn't provide information to
authorities about students."
RCMP Sgt. Dan Wedland said
that the decision on who enters
Canada is made by the Canadian
Border Services Agency (CBSA),
and that there is a limited role for
the police. Like any police agency,
he said, the CBSA has access to
all police databases across Canada—database where they likely
accessed Gehring's record.
CBSA could not comment on
Gehring's individual case in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Gehring said he was told that
his only option was to appeal
to the immigrations marshal in
Seattle. He is concerned that the
appeal process may be slow and
that he'll be unable to receive his
permit in time to complete his
degree this academic semester.
"This is crazy," he said. "I
wish I was in Vancouver."Xi
AMS gives emergency pay raise to own workers
Council ensures that all employees are paid at least minimum wage
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
It's not often that a pay raise
gets you merely to the minimum wage level, but that's
what happened two weeks ago
when AMS Council gave a series
of salary increases ranging
from 10 per cent to 110 per
cent to a number of AMS
After suspending the code
that governs the society, going
incamera (barring the Ubyssey
from discussion that took place
before the vote), and making
the raises retroactive to May
1, VP Finance Chris Diplock
defended the change after the
decision was made by telling
council "it's important to pay
our workers fairly for the work
they do."
As a result, several employees have seen significant pay
raises. Examples include the
Assistant to the President (from
$4,000 to $8,320), members
of the Student Administrative
Commission (from $1,500 to
$2,080) and the Assistant to
the VP Academic (from $2,440
to $4,160). In addition, council
also initiated a comprehensive
plan to address honoraria for
AMS employees in general.
However, the emergency
increase in pay was not done
purely out of benevolence for
AMS employees. Motivation for
the raises was spurred by the actions of former AMS Councillor
Emily Griffiths, who resigned
dramatically from council at
the end of a council meeting
in July, in part to protest the
wages of AMS employees.
Griffiths told the Ubyssey in
an email that "after the meeting in which council approved
paying less than minimum
wage to AMS employees, AVP
External, Blake Frederick and
I contacted Jane Barry of Human Resources. She proceeded
to look into the issue and legal
professionals were consulted.
Itwas determined that some of
the AMS wages were illegal. All
employees must now be retroactively paid at least minimum
Griffiths added that she was
"fairly sure that there was no
imminent threat of a lawsuit,"
adding that in her opinion,
"the AMS' decision was likely
made to prevent lawsuits in the
While AMS executives
declined to comment on the
specifics of the case, citing
the incamera nature of the
discussion, President Michael
Duncan said that "we realized
that they are employees of the
AMS and for that we should be
following employee standards
by paying them an appropriate
amount. We treat them as full
employees in many respects,
we should treat them this way
in all respects."
VP External Stefanie Ratjen
said that "I think what precipitated this was the fact that
Emily actually quit in such a
public way," but added that "I
think how we treat in the AMS
and how we treat employees in
particular has always been a
concern for the executive."
Brendon Goodmurphy,
who served as VP Academic
and University Affairs for the
2007-08 year, admitted that
"compensation has always
been a very difficult thing for
the AMS to set."
Goodmurphy, who chaired
the AMS compensation review
committee, added that "as a
student society, we are asked by
our membership to keep fees
down—of course this makes
sense because we're all poor
students. But we have a huge
society to run, and it means
that money is hard to come by.
Thus, we have to rely on volunteers more at the AMS than
other organizations would."
Nonetheless, Duncan is
confident that the AMS has the
resources necessary to give fair
wages to all of it's employees. "I
don't see it being a major concern...we've been seeing a huge
increase in most of our busi
nesses, we're making a lot more
money there, which has helped
us with a lot of these issues."
For her part, Ratjen is
relieved that the AMS is now
fully compensating students
for the work they contribute to
their student society.
"As students working towards a better tomorrow, we
should be leading the pack in
how we're treating our employees, as opposed to paying them
below minimum wage." \a
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employed in Canada longer
Post-graduate work
permit extended
by Farha Khan
News Writer
Viet Ha Pham, along with several
other international students at
UBC, graduated just in time to
take part in the Post-Graduate
Work Permit program announced early this summer by
the Canadian Government.
International students are
now able to obtain an open work
permit with no restrictions on
the type of employment and no
requirement for a job offer following graduation. The duration
of the work permit has been
extended to three years across
Canada; a substantial increase
from the 12 to 24 months students were previously accorded
for their initial work permit.
For Bachelor of Commerce
graduates like Pham, the three
year work permit is not only good
news, it also gives reassurance
that her job offer with Canada
Bread in Toronto this September
will give her the time and experience she needs to build a career
in marketing. "Many students
panic about what to do after
graduation," said Pham. "The announcement takes the stress out
ofthe student graduating."
Working in Canada after
graduation not only gives international students more time in
Canada, it also gives them valuable experience they need to go
home with. Dispelling the myth
that all international students
want to remain in Canada indefinitely Viet said that the new program "allows students to work
a few years in Canada before
returning home."
"It would be a waste of a degree to go home straight away
because companies in Vietnam
will not hire me into a managerial position without experience."
The important changes to the
Post-Graduate Work Permit program go hand in hand with the
government's announcement
two years ago that allows international students to obtain off-
campus work permits during the
course of their study. "International students need to compete
with Canadians to get job offers,"
Viet said. The practical paid work
experience is invaluable to the
students, whose previous option
was volunteering outside of UBC
to shape their resume.
Just how many students do
the new changes affect? UBC
had 6107 international students
enrolled at both campuses in
2007; approximately 13 per cent
of the total student population
on campus' the majority of them
coming from the United States.
This accounts for nearly 10 per
cent ofthe approximately 64,000
international students who came
to Canada last year under a
student visa at universities and
colleges across the country. This
year, the number of first-year
international students entering
UBC rose to 19 per cent on the
Vancouver campus and 27 per
cent on the Okanagan campus.
The workpermit changes also
aid the process of immigration
for international students who
choose to stay in Canada. "As we
move toward the implementation of the Canadian Experience
Class, these changes will help
create a pool of individuals who,
with work experience, will find
it easier to apply to immigrate
to Canada," said Diane Finley,
Minister of Citizenship and
"Our ability to retain international graduates with Canadian
qualifications, work experience
and familiarity with Canadian
society, will help increase our
competitiveness, and benefit
Canada as a whole." Xi orts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
September S, 2008 | Page 7
Courtside comment: The media smorgasbord
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
One of the great things about the
Olympics is that the incredible
athletic smorgasbord available to
fans means that everyone can find
their own event to obsessively follow. Some follow the swimmers,
others the runners, others still the
weightlifters...okay maybe not the
weightlifters (gruesome accidents
on YouTube notwithstanding). But
at the end of it all, most everyone
has a magical moment that they'll
take away from two weeks of
My favourite sport, without
question, has to be media gymnastics. You know the event, because
it happens without fail every four
years in this country.
The first step is when the media takes an optimistic, opening
position on Canada's chances at
the Olympics, highlighting all the
unknown athletes who have toiled
for years, and are "primed" to win
a medal for their country's glory.
Never mind the fact that we
tend to mock other countries that
are overtly nationalistic. Never
mind the fact that part-time athletes who aren't even household
names in their own household are
suddenly expected to carry a country's hopes on their shoulders.
Nevermind the fact that to judge
a country's sporting skill based on
a handful of athletes performing
in a handful of events once every
four years is beyond ludicrous.
Next, the media rapidly twists
and turns its stance as soon as
Canada goes a day without a
medal; swimmers being criticized
for somehow letting our country
down, and anguished tabloid
headlines questioning why Togo
and Jamaica are winning more
medals than us.
Never mind the fact that Canada has always been a slow starter
atthe Olympics, with the firstweek
being dominated by gymnastics
and swimming. Never mind the
fact that we don't care enough to
fund these athletes so they can
train full-time at elite facilities, the
way they do in medal-rich countries like Australia.
After this comes the classic
"flip-flop" maneuver, which occurs
when Canada inevitably starts taking home medals in rowing, kayaking, and other sports where our
country has always been strong.
Somehow, the media has realized
that the crisis in Canadian amateur
sport has passed, and our athletes
are once again doing us proud.
Never mind the fact that to
glorify an athlete when he finishes
third and to question his performance when he is sixth is beyond
stupid. Never mind the fact that
unless you have over 100 million
people in your country, it's impossible to be internationally elite in
both winter and summer sports.
And finally, and perhaps most
miraculously, after their exciting
performance, the media vanishes
from the amateur sport scene
without a trace! As soon as the
torch is extinguished, people and
competitions thatwere considered
symbolic of Canada as a whole are
ignored once again.
But there's hope on the
horizon. With the next Olympic games being of the winter
variety, where Canada tends to
do much, much better, maybe
we'll stop with the navel-gazing
of how our performance looks
to us and the rest of the world
(as if they care), and simply
celebrate and enjoy the spectacle and smorgasbord that
are the games. Where are they
again? Vancouver? On second
thought...never mind. Xi
Football Previews
UBC Football team tries to rebuild on the fly
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
When the Calgary Dinos dominated the Thunderbirds in last
football season's bitter finale,
the Thunderbird's playoffs hopes
ended abruptly. Ten months
after that nightmare, the squad
is back fighting on the field with
numerous new faces.
This year's team lacks experience having lost several core
players after graduation. The
issue surfaced right away in this
season's first game after losing
to the SFU Clan 24-10.
That said, the team is filled with
youth, energy and mostof all, talent,
to compensate for the lost experience. They hope to start a winning
streak when they face their Canada
West nemesis this Saturday, the
Alberta Golden Bears.
"Well, we've just got to be patient and keep our heads down.
We've just got to keep putting our
efforts in," head coach Ted Goveia
commented about the crucial veterans' departure and the current
team situation with a stern look.
Stars like running back Chris
Ciezki and linebacker Shea Emry
have left the team to enter the
CFL, but the team has a whole
newvibrancy, pumped with more
than 30 rookies and transfers.
Some people might classify
the team as entering the "rebuilding age," but Goveia looks at it as
a half completed puzzle. When
the pieces start matching, the
team will fulfill their potential
and destroy the brick wall that
stands in front of them. After all,
Goveia had a smirk when he re
marked on the team's character
and its strength. "The team is
young and full of energy. We just
got to keep working. That's our
The home season opener on
Saturday against Alberta will
be crucial to UBC's hopes this
year. A win could start winning
momentum. A loss would drop
them to a 0-2 record, which
could prove to be fatal in a eight
game season.
The defensive line will probably hold the key to this game,
as the Golden Bears possesses
a fierce offence that crushed the
SFU Clan 25-13 last weekend.
Players such as Devin Kavanagh
and Scott McCuaig will be the
central players on the defensive
line, and it will be their chance
to get back a measure of respect
after their loss to the Clan.
"It'll be our test. They have
a strong offence and they've
proved that against SFU." Goveia
understands the challenge, but it
is also the route the team needs
to take to fulfill their first and
foremost goal: reach the playoffs.
The beginning of that journey
starts Saturday. \a atures
Editor: Joe Rayment \ E-mail: features@ubyssey.ca
September S, 2008 | Page 8
Some local activists think they have designs on a sustainable Canada. It starts on campus. The ultimate goal is to have 25 per cent of all curriculum be taught
through the lens of climate change.
UBC students Alex Vigneault, Elissa Smith and SFU student Kara Bowen, examined various plant species during the Go Beyond sustainability training week, courtesy of jian xhiguo / go beyond
"Cheers to UBC's no-watering policy"
—Liz Ferris, Climate Action Coordinator
conducted Go Beyond training
sessions upon the long, golden
grass of a sunny clearing within
its depths. Douglas firs encompassed the students like sturdy
fingers and, under the prudent
gaze of a friendly owl, the group
spent one week discovering how
to bring Go Beyond into their
Current sustainability theory
suggests that, as of now, no one
quite understands exactly what
sustainability is: we only know
what it is not. After spending
the weekend at the Wildwood
Eco-Forestry Reserve, Liz Ferris
asserts that Merv understands.
"He just gets sustainability. How
could he not? He's lived it his
whole life—ninety-four years."
One morning during the Go
Beyond training week, it rained,
and Merv invited all the participants into his home, which
he built from his own wood.
It overlooks the lake that, as a
child, served as Merv's winter
and summer playground. He
remembers clearly how approximately every second year the
lake would freeze over. Those
were Merv's favourite winters,
when the ice, perfectly clear,
reached six inches into the water
below. He could stand aboard the
lake's glassy skin and see the fish
swim by beneath his feet. Then,
one year, the cycle ended. Since
1983, Merv's lake has remained
slushy and soft during the winter
months, and more so every year
as temperatures rise and the climate changes.
The interactive training sessions of Go Beyond help articulate problems and make concrete
issues that we ignore easily, such
as the injustices of Big Oil and
the instability of global finance.
The crux is, after learning about
the intricacies of the climate crisis, our behaviour must shift to
decrease our impact.
I ask Liz for her take on how
to convince people to change
their habits. Unless our everyday
actions reflect what we say we
value—our environment, our
future, our health—then we fall
into the 27 per cent of British
Columbians doing nothing. "You
know, it's interesting. Go Beyond
has read tonnes of research on
values versus behaviour, and
studies show that our values do
not determine our actions, but
that our actions determine our
I think back to May, when I
began riding my bike to work
because I couldn't afford a bus.
Now, despite my U-Pass, I will
continue to cycle. What began
as a behaviour of necessity
has since evolved into an ethic
steeped in ideas of the environment. Perhaps Go Beyond will
work similarly, changing behaviours first, and values after.
Liz recalls one particularly
effective training session in
Capacity Building, aimed to increase the ability of students and
youth organizations to implement Go Beyond effectively. The
exercise involved moving group
members over obstacles within
an imagined river. Liz laughs at
how all participants competed
vigorously, clamouring quickly
and making multiple mistakes
in the process. "At the end, the
leaders of the exercise sat us
down and said: 'Do you realize
that at no point in our instructions did we use the words "race"
or "winner"'?" The assumptions
we make going into a problem,
Liz asserts, have much more
influence on our results than we
think. "It wasn't a race. Itwas an
attemptto solve aproblem. When
it comes to complex problems,
there is no finish line. There is
only the process of learning and,
from our findings, creating solutions." xi
team was out in force to polish up a vintage trolley bus.
TransLink and Shinerama, a
charity fundraiser for cystic
fibrosis (CF) put on by the AMS,
"shined" a bus to raise awareness for their fundraising drive
on Saturday.
Shinerama, which is organized by the AMS and raises
funds to fight CF, linked up
with TransLink to promote the
fundrasier. Shinerama is the
biggest volunteer event put on
annually by the Alma Mater
Society (AMS).
"This is our 13th year [at
UBC]," explained Sean Ellison,
co-chair of Shinerama. "To date
we've raised and contributed
about one hundred thousand
dollars to the cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease that affects the
mucus   glands   of  the   liver,
pancreases and intestines. CF
appears in childhood; individuals with cystic fibrosis tend to
die young, often in their 20s or
TransLink brought out the
vintage trolley to entice students to sign up. Drew Snider,
Public Information Officer at
TransLink, connects the reduction in emissions from clean
transit to helping CF patients.
"Part of what we are about is
reducing air pollution, making
it easier for people to breathe,"
explained Snider. "People with
CF, it's just exacerbated if they
have pollution to deal with as
To get involved in Saturday's fundraising drive, you
can arrive at 9 am in the SUB
ballroom for registration. Free
food for breakfast and lunch
will be provided.
Kellan Higgins Photo/The Ubyssey Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson \ E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
September S, 2008 | Page 11
Jack Johnson performs at Thunderbird | Love, friendship
A dull fol
low up to
by Trevor Melanson	
Culture Editor
I had heardjackJohnson prior to
his performance at Thunderbird,
and I hadn't hated the man's music. I thought it was generic and
mediocre, which was passable as
background ambience.
However when a band is performing in front of thousands
(an entirely packed Thunderbird
Stadium), I can't help expecting
something exceptional. Instead,
I was presented with a band
that ought to be playing Sunday
morning services.
Jack Johnson performed
August 21 on a perfect summer
evening. The air was warm and
the sky was a clear canvas of
cobalt, but it was an evening I'll
soon forget.
His fan base of families and
teenage girls—their shrill cries
erupting between songs—didn't
share my lack of enthusiasm
however, and Jack often appealed
to them with lame, G-rated jokes.
The rest ofthe band, on the other
hand, looked as bored as I was.
The most entertaining moment of the evening came from
watching a horde of cops handcuff a young man whose pants
had been removed. As one might
expect, drunken exhibitionists
were unwelcome at a family-
friendly concert such as this.
But, hell, if family-friendly
is your thing, disregard my
opinion. \a
and fermentation
Jack Johnson enthralled teenage girls and soccer moms alike with his dreamy eyes, david zhang photo/the ubyssey
by Raien Naraghi
Culture Writer
Sometimes I'm not in the mood
for a sophisticated movie, but I
can't stand telling my friends
I watched a chick flick. That's
where director Randal Miller's
latest film Bottleshock fits in
nicely. It is a story of love and
friendship set in the 70's, intertwined with the true story of
how the French and Californians
took their pride to battle in a
wine competition. In spite of its
decade, it's not a drug-tripping
hippie movie. Well, not directly
at least.
The story follows all of the
cliche routes of a dramedy.
Loser boy becomes a hero, the
love story that initially doesn't
happen eventually does, and
the guy that's always been
single, well, you get the picture.
The cinematography is wonderful, and the film's acting is at
least mediocre, except for Alan
Rickman's performance of a
British snob that had audiences
amused throughout the entire
movie. Other cast members
included Bill Pullman [Independence Day), Freddy Rodriguez
[Six Feet Under) and Chris Pine
(Captain Kirk in the upcoming
Star Trek film).
Consider watching this
movie if you're looking for a
lighthearted comedy—a chick
flick for people who don't like
chick flicks. It's not a laugh-out-
loud comedy, but it'll keep you
smiling. The style of humour is
comparable to that in comedies
such as Sideways and Stranger
Than Fiction. However, it is not
as witty as either. I do guarantee,
however, that by the end of the
film you will be craving wine.
Stone Temple Pilots' return to Vancouver for alcohol-infused rockin'
by Kenneth John Dodge &
Michelle Silongan
Culture Writers
It's been around eight years
since Scott Weiland and 90s
powerhouse Stone Temple Pilots
played a show in Vancouver, but
they surprised the Ubyssey by
surpassing this reporter's low
expectations. How could these
aging hard rockers live up to the
mighty music summer of'08—an
outstanding year that saw dozens of amazing performances
at Pemberton Fest, including
the epic Nine Inch Nails light
show, Beck, Oasis and the Verve,
Rage Against the Machine at
Lollapalooza and most notably a
Radiohead show to die for at our
very own Thunderbird Stadium?
Standing in line at GM Place
I couldn't help but feel incredibly exhausted by 90s acts. Call
me pessimistic but I was looking
forward to counting the purple
veins in Weiland's arms more
than the show itself.
My view was not shared on
the mosh pit floor where the $8
beers flowed like $2 beers, and
excitement was high. This band
clearly meant a lot to these fans.
Back in their day, if you
were tired of distortion, angst
and apathy, wanting only to get
wasted and rock out wife-beater
style, STP would have been your
band. On this Weiland and Co.
delivered, slinking out of the
shadows and looking like a mortally wounded Shakespearian
I realized in the midst of
"Lady Picture Show," which had
emaciated Scott prancing before
two story screens with silhouettes of girl-on-girl BDSM, that
there was no need to fit STP to
my expectations of 90s bands. It
was the perfect show to just keep
your eyes and ears open and let
the pit take you away.
Images of the sea drifted before us as Weiland droned on for
"Creep," the set's highlight, and
the aggressive crowd lurched agonizingly from left to right. "Interstate Love Song" and "Plush"
followed and blew us away too.
Since STP may not be on
the throne of Rock and Roll,
the crowd lost a bit of energy
during less-played songs. But
iconic head-bangers like "Sex
Type Thing" made up for these
moments. And Weiland's stage
banter, clouded by inebriation,
became hilariously political at
some points: "So get off your
couches and turn off the reality
TV," mumbled Scott. "This is an
important time in our country."
Nonetheless, they brought
100 per cent to the show—surprisingly—and played for two
hours when the bets in the mosh
pit were that Weiland would
collapse 15 minutes in. There
really is somethingto be said for
beating the odds. \a 12    CULTURE
Fans congregate for Anime Evolution at UBC
Thousands of people strut around campus dressed as their favourite characters from anime, video games and other fictional mediums, here to see and be seen, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
by Celestian Rince
Culture Staff
Prior to attending Anime Evolution 2008 at UBC, I had never
been to a convention, much less
an anime convention. I was unsure about what to expect. I pictured thousands of screaming
fans—most dressed in costumes—acting like kids on a sugar rush.
My first hint of the convention appeared as I boarded the
bus to UBC; I spotted a young
girl wearing a frilly maid's outfit. She was clearly heading to
the same place I was. I gave her
a smile and a nod, which were
Upon my arrival at UBC, it
appeared my initial impressions
weren't too far off. I saw hundreds upon hundreds of people
outside the SUB milling about,
standing in line and chatting
excitedly. A large majority were
sporting costumes—some quite
elabourate, imaginative and
The lineup for registration
snaked around the courtyard,
but by a happy mistake I bypassed the line, not realizing
till later that it consisted of not
a few people, but a few hundred. Oops!
Soon after that, I attended
the opening ceremonies. The
organizers of the convention
made a few speeches, and then
the MC began the festivities. The
next three days were a blur of
events. I saw and experienced
many things.
The Walkoff: a three-day contest where costumed contestants
did stunts and comedic skits to
amuse the audience.
Anime Idol: a singing competition where contestants sang
songs from anime or video
games—featuring some truly
moving performances.
The Anime Music Video contest: where skilled videographers
tweaked and edited clips from
anime shows to make exciting,
dramatic or funny videos.
A Jeopardy Game Show—anime style: where I won third
place and received a pair of
manga [Japanese comics) as a
A Mario Kart tournament,
where a 15 year-old girl, who
was the best Mario Kart player I
had ever seen, demolished me.
A sword fighting workshop
hosted by Academie Duello,
where I handled a long sword
for the first time in my life. Unfortunately, I didn't witness—or
participate in—any epic duels.
Maybe someday.
The panels, too, were both
interesting and informative. For
instance, there was a panel discussing the history and impact of
the website 4chan (4chan is, essentially, the unregulated armpit
of the Internet—look it up if you
want to know more). The personality of the instructor was, so to
speak, quite fitting with the spirit
of the website.
The Zombie Survival panel
was perhaps the single most useful lesson I have ever attended.
I was very impressed with the
knowledge and expertise of the
instructor; I resolved to remember his teachings when (not if)
the zombie outbreak occurs.
On the last day, I decided to
buy the convention t-shirt and
a few posters as souvenirs and
mementoes. The convention
ended with the final round of Anime Idol, and the SUB ballroom
erupted into cheers when the
winner was announced.
In the closing speeches, the
chairperson revealed that next
year, Anime Evolution would
be held at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.
This was exciting news: when a
convention moves to a convention centre, it means it is attempting to expand in size and
As I left UBC Sunday evening, I reflected upon the weekend. The scheduled events and
programming ofthe convention
were certainly fun. But what really made the convention, what
gets thousands of attendees
coming back year after year, is
the people. The energy of being surrounded by crowds of
people who share an interest in
anime, cosplay and glomping
other people (running up and
giving someone an enthusiastic
hug) is a very real and powerful phenomenon. It's the social
aspect that makes a convention
a truly memorable experience.
Unfortunately, while at a
convention, one usually has to
choose between several events
that are all interesting. I did a
lot but missed out on a lot as
well. The late-night dances, the
non-stop screenings of anime
episodes, many interesting panels, and so much more. Oh well.
There's always next year. Xi
In an act of commercial suicide,
the Famines have chosen to
release their debut EP on cassette (!), 8-track (!!) and double
7" (!!!), but not on CD. Given this
display of willful archaism, it
should be of no surprise that the
music contained within these
outdated mediums borrows liberally from sounds ofthe past.
The Famines play classic
garage rock with echoes of the
Gun Club, and their minimalist
recording methods are ideally
suited to their noisy two-piece
attack. A-side "I Like Some ofthe
Things You Do" goes for the gut,
opening with a jagged, distorted
guitar riff that sets the tone for
the raucous four song set.
The duo's reason for plundering the past is obvious: this
music may be old, but it's still
exciting. The Famines are looking to the past, but that doesn't
make them any less welcome
here in the present.
Black Kids set the blogs teeming
late last year with their demo
EP Wizard ofAhhs, and on Par-
tie Traumatic, seek to justify the
hype with their first full-length
album. With their buzzy synths
and dance-ready grooves, the
Black Kids fit in comfortably
with the new wave revival movement. And although they're
about five years late onto the
bandwagon, Partie Traumatic
is one of the scene's must-hear
Any rough edges on Partie
Traumatic are glossed over by
the slick production, which
causes the album to occasionally sound safe and forgettable
(this usually occurs during the
verses—the choruses are all
spectacular). But any missteps
are forgiven by the time the
album gets around to "I'm Not
Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend
How to Dance With You," a
showstopper with sexually
ambiguous lyrics and euphoric
"dance! dance! dance! dance!"
background shouts. That song
alone is worth the price of admission, and repeated listens
reveal every song as a rave-up
waiting to happen.
The cover of The North, the debut
album by locals Like a Martyr,
is an oppressive charcoal grey,
broken up only by the silhouette
of a small white bird. This bleak
artwork offers a fair representation of the music inside, which
is 43 minutes of grungy riffing
and resolute naval-gazing.
The album gets off to an om
inous start with "Introduction,"
38 seconds of angry feedback
and fuzzed out guitar. And even
when the band later threatens
to lift the mood, as on the folksy
stomp of "Ash Wednesday," the
brooding tone is maintained by
the strained emoting of vocalist
Jeremy Allingham.
Clearly, Like a Martyr's heart
belongs to the 90s, and the band
would sound more comfortable
in Seattle fifteen years ago
than they do here. Still, if Pearl
Jam's hundreds of live releases
haven't satisfied your alt-rock
appetite, The North might be the
album for you. \a
— Alex Hudson SEPTEMBER ;, 200 8
Education Insider
Stephen Owen, One Year In
by Maayan Kreitzmann	
Stephen Owen, UBC's VP External
and Community Relations, has an
enviable job. It's a mouthful of a
title, but don't be too impressed
because it remains a mystery
what the man actually does.
Owen, who was a Liberal cabinet
minister in the governments of
both Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, vacated his safe Vancouver
Quadra seat last summer to take
up the executive post at UBC. In
an interview Owen recently did
with the Ubyssey, he professed
that though politics was a great
learning experience, it was basically getting old: Question Period
was too demoralizing; partisanship over policy was too frustrating. Here at UBC, he claimed,
there is no politics, there is only
policy for a better future.
If Stephen Owen was fed up
with the acrimony of federal politics, he has certainly managed
to avoid that sort of unpleasantness here. Perhaps he's relaxed
a little too much though, because
he's successfully avoided doing
anything of actual importance
too. Officially, the External and
Community Relations portfolio
"is responsible for guiding and
enhancing engagement with government at all levels—municipal,
provincial, national and international. It develops community
relationships with civil society,
neighbourhood associations and
social movements; enhances cultural aspects of university life related to staff, faculty and students
studying, living and working
together; and builds a sense of
belonging to form a vibrant and
cohesive community."
Let me rephrase: the VP External and Community Relations
is a glorified PR guy, whose job
it is to make UBC feel good on
the inside, and look good to the
outside. It hasn't always been
this way. The external/legal
portfolio used to be responsible
for campus development issues,
making it one of the meatier
UBC executive positions, but
with Owen's appointment, the
portfolio was reshuffled, moving that function to the VP Finance portfolio. So, by accident
or design, Owen was left to his
own devices to "communicate,"
"guide engagement," and "enhance culture." Now, this nebulous choose-your-own-adventure
kind of a job might have worked
out for a certain type of go-getter
personality, but according to the
grapevine, a year into his job,
Owen is floundering.
In the interview I spent 45
minutes listening to, Owen spent
considerable time discussing
three areas he was mostinterested
in promoting at UBC: sustainability, experiential learning, and creating public goods. As examples,
he cited the university's reduced
carbon footprint, the learning
exchange, and cancer research.
Good talking points maybe, but
Owen had nothing to do with initiating these programs, and has
very little to do with implementing them either.
The most noticeable example
of community engagement I've
seen from Owen was an editorial
he co-authored in The Vancouver
Sun last month in support of real
estate development at the UBC
farm. As a sustainable organic
farm which engages both students and the wider community
in hands-on learning, it's hard to
imagine how shrinking it to build
condos jives with his professed
three priorities.
On the other hand, Owen
seems to have very little to say
about things that are squarely
his responsibility. One important
aspect of the External portfolio
remains government relations
and lobbying. With funding cuts
to UBC this year, and ongoing issues of access, student debt, and
aboriginal enrollment, there's no
shortage of issues to take on. But
when the Ubyssey asked Owen
about aboriginal enrollment, he
blithely evaded a straight answer.
When asked, in discussions with
the AMS, about initiatives he is
undertaking to address issues of
access to education with government and within the university,
Owen has been known to trot out
the excuses: he's still new on
the job, he's not an expert on
that specific topic, or a similar
Stephen Owen has a wealth
of experience and brains, apparently cares about issues, and isn't
unapproachable. And let's face it,
he's far too old and wizened to
be just a pretty face for delivering public relations inanities for
UBC. So step it up Stephen Owen.
We want to know what you do all
day long. \a
Maayan Kreitzman blogs at ub-
cinsiders.blogspot.com while privately scowling at UBC executives.
I'm afraid I have to begin my first
editorial reaction to the Ubyssey
with a declaration that may not
amuse the editors: your paper
is lacking. There is good news
though. It doesn't have to be and
it's not your fault. I realise the
Aug. 20th edition segues the start
of a brand new round of students
into the fray and probably lacked
inspiration in the waning days of
summer; however, it is now fall
and it's time to get serious.
Page three of the Aug. 20th
edition has an editorial about
AMS lobbying to get rid of
bottled water on campus. Great.
It establishes the need for more
water fountains. Also great. But
do students care? Very little. You
know what they do care about?
They wonder what kind of microbial goodies they are consuming
when they drink from public
fountains. The "run for 1 minute"
signs are scaring the bajesus out
of us. This editorial should inspire some enthusiastic science
student to go out and start testing the water in our fountains so
they can tell us what's in it. Now
that would be news people want
to hear.
In the Opinion section of the
paper there is an editorial on the
overabundance of tacos on campus. Does anyone care? No. Everybody loves a good taco once in a
while and choice is always a good
thing. You know what they do care
about though? Where can they get
the   best,   HEALTHIEST,   cheap
est food deals on campus. That's
something worth writing about.
In the letters to the editor
there is a submission from some
man about how Morgentaler
should never have been given the
Order of Canada. This screams
for a response from anyone that
understands the need for choice
when a woman finds herself
the situation of a pregnancy. A
dissenting opinion to the one
submitted on this issue would
certainly be worth reading. That
would be news and debate worthy of a UBC newspaper.
Ok. That is my first rant. I only
hope it inspires folks to breathe
some life into the Ubyssey. It's
your soapbox. Get up on it and
shout out what you know. Then
you get to clip it out of the paper
and send it to your mom. She'll
like that. It might even inspire
her to send her little student a
new laptop to write more editorials she can show her friends.
—Michael Goodliffe
Call for Proposals
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region
2008 Breast Cancer Research Postgraduate Fellowship Competition
All qualified candidates are invited to apply for funding to study breast health and breast cancer.
Funding is available through the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region Fellowship Program.
The program aims to foster independent breast cancer research in BC, and is intended for qualified health care
professionals, MD graduates or recent PhD graduates to begin their careers as independent, social, clinical
or basic science investigators in breast cancer research.   Two fellowship awards are available with each one
totaling up to $ 80,000 per year for one or two years.
Candidates from all research disciplines are encouraged to apply. For more information or to submit an
application please visit www.cbcf.org/bcyukon or contact Haifa Staiti, Manager of Grant Allocations at
604.683.2873 ext. 239 or hstaiti@cbcf.org.
The deadline for submissions is November 3, 2008.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading national volunteer-based organization dedicated to creating a future
without breast cancer. In March 2007, The Summit: 2020 - The Future Without Breast Cancer was held involving British Columbia's
leaders in cancer care and women's health.   Five recommended areas of focus were reached, and a task force has recently begun
working to address the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment, research and emerging health care workforce issues. lnion
If you'd like to submit a letter, please contact feedback@ubyssey.ca
September S, 2008 | Page 14
Our view
Too many cops
Have you seen the number of police on campus this week? If you
have, have you asked yourself what exactly it is they're here for?
Well, the Ubyssey is wondering what the purpose is on having
squads of police officers on campus on the first day. They're here
to protect, obviously, but what are they protecting us from here at
First week brings all kinds of debauchery, but how much worse is
it than a Saturday night in Kits? Or even north Granville. Especially
since all the police were out during the daytime.
Sure, some added security is necessary for firstweek. In between
multiple beer gardens, frat parties and res hangouts the potential for
drunken disasters run abound.
However, the most popular drunken pastimes here on our beloved campus mostly comprise of such class acts including defacing
UBC property, pissing in public and running around naked. Which
may not be the most classy or cerebral of activities, but hey, it's university. They're relatively harmless tendencies and definitely nonviolent; spread your wings now or face a midlife crisis thirty years
from now.
Which brings us to the bigger question. Why are the police becoming an increasing thorn in students sides. The number of beer
gardens held on campus have decreased significantly in the last five
years. The fraternity village has an arbitrary 100 person per house
rule put in effect to limit the number of social events.
Sure, lastyear there were a number of kerfuffles. To name one,
the incident involving Trek Park culminated in 19 charges and significant media attention. However, we would argue, that this simply
the nature ofthe beast. This is a university and free speech reigns.
What is clear is that while UBC campus is not free of civil disobedience or public urination, there isn't a serious need for constant
surveillance on campus. Lets make sure that this War on Fun doesn't
get out of hand. \a
GSS Council 1, GSS
Executive 0
Early on last night, as a police guard calmly told a growing lineup
of undergraduate students that they were barred from the council
room, a palpable tension seized the GSS Ballroom. It seemed that the
debate on whether to ban the handbooks would bring out the worst
in all parties involved. Surely councilors in favour of the handbook
would accuse the GSS executive of censorship and of being afraid of
controversial views. And surely the executives who made the decision to temporarily withhold the book would accuse those who edited
and supported the handbook of writing slanderous material, of misrepresenting the GSS, and of being evil hippy communists.
But instead, for the most part, in making their decision, GSS
councilors acted—dare we say it—maturely. They asked reasonable
questions to the parties involved. They refrained from making personal attacks and laughable assertations, and focused on the facts.
And for the most part, they debated the decision not on ideological
platforms, but on financial and legal realities. In assessing the facts,
they realized that while the handbook lacked professionalism in content and editing, the GSS would only look worse and be poorer for
banning the books. Which is why they ultimately, and sensibly, came
to the decision they did: they won't ban the handbook, they'll put a
flyer in it with a heavy disclaimer explaining the lack of oversight by
the GSS in its contents.
In doing so, the council has made the best of an admittedly sticky
situation. With national and provincial newspapers reporting on the
handbooks, the debacle that they had gotten themselves into was
noted by many of the councilors who spoke, with one saying pointedly "we don't need any more embarrassment that's already there."
And while the usual gang of suspects seemed to be oblivious to the
very idea that a handbook with such a political slant would cause any
embarrassment, most councilors charged with making a decision
seemed to realize that this was not a time for martyrdom.
Yet, the debate revealed some unpleasant truths about how the
executive functions. We don't know what's worse: the fact that VP
Student Services Rodrigo Ferarri Nunes was allowed to manage the
entire operation without any real oversight by council or executive,
or that President Mona Maghsoodi never saw an actual draft of a
handbook written by self-professed radicals before it was published.
But that is a lesson that the GSS Council can learn for the future.
In the present, it can only do damage control—and last night, they
performed admirably. \a
Write a Letter
Editorial Graphic
Noise, in and around Greenwood Commons has recently become a
problem. The RCMP is asking that residents please call and file a
noise complaint, at 604-224-1322.
The University of British Columbia is currently in the process of
taking action against neighbouring Sorority Houses for violating
"Conduct" agreements, but need residents to file complaints with
the RCMP. These complaints will be used both in the short-term
and long-term, to deal with unnecessary noise.
When notifying the RCMP, please leave your name, otherwise
UBC cannot use your complaint.
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Found on a Greenwood Commons notice board between the Greek village and Fraser Hall. The police seem to
solicit complaints in order to punish the Greek village. Photographed July 31. kellan higgins photo / the ubyssey
As they say, the more things change, the more they
stay the same. Reading this article, I thought back
to my years at UBC (1990-94).The argument at
the time was that UBC bagged the water fountains
because of some secret arrangement with the Coca-
Cola Company to force students to buy pop. Well,
times have changed, and now it is the bottled water
companies that UBC is in collusion with.
Butwait...after reading the article (in the PitPub
where I was downing a beer as my personal protest
against bottled water), I wandered around the SUB
taking note of what other beverages were available.
Bottled water ($1.75) made up approximately 10-
20 per cent of the choices. Power/energy drinks
($3.00) and juices ($2.00) were another 30-40 per
cent.The remaining 40-60 per cent... you guessed
it... Coke, Pepsi, and their line-ups ($1.25). Water's
hardly the most expensive.
No, there were not too many water fountains
about...I saw one (and it was bagged), but there
was a bank of basins in the washrooms, each with
hot and cold running water, and all have the same
So...wha' the fa'? Has the AMS got its collective head up its own ass? What, really, is the issue
Don't get me wrong. I agree that buying water
in Vancouver...where our tap water is among the
best in the world...is ridiculous. However, what
of increasing awareness about our water supply?
UBC's many foreign students often come from
places where bottled water is better than the local
supply. Then there is the marketing done on our
own shores...like the ad that depicts a woman filling a glass of water from the tap and then going
to the washroom...when she flushes the toilet, the
water in the glass drains. The tag line is that the
water from your tap and the water in your toilet are
the same. Habits and impressions are what must
change...not specifically the inventory.
Often, the appearance of impropriety is enough
for people to sling mud. Using that standard,
it looks like it's the AMS who is in bed with the
Coca-Cola Company..or at least turning it into a
-Michael Bell
Fine Arts '94
If you wish to write a letter to the Ubyssey, no
longer than 350 words, send an email to feed-
back@ubyssey.ca. Please include name and year
of study.
What do you think about the federal government's decisions to extend international
students' work permits to three years after graduation?	
Tommaso D'Apuzzo
Arts 3 (Venezuela)
"I think it's even
giving more opportunities for
students because
I thought that
six months was
already good
enough and just
coming to Canada
and studying here
and having the
opportunity to
work is just amazing. It's unique."
Kasashima Yumiko
Media 2 (Japan)
Vanessa Chase
English 3 (USA)
Chang Liu
Chemistry 1 (China)
Fumiho Suzuki
Science 1 (Japan)
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