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Friday, January 14, 2005
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Candidates forum ranges
from sublime to ridiculous
Conversation Pit crowded for first all-candidates event
by Dan McRoberts
The crowd had thinned substantially by the
time the presidential candidates took the
centre stage. It was just as well.
The first AMS all-candidates forum began
with a crowded Conversation Pit and an
engaging discussion of serious matters facing
UBC and ended with a debate on the merits of
beer and doughnuts. In between, almost
eveiy candidate runnning for a position on
the AMS executive, UBC Senate or Board of
Governors had their opportunity to address
the audience.
"This is the largest turnout at an all-candidates forum that I've seen in my five years at
UBC," Board of Governors hopeful Tim
Louman-Gardiner observed just moments
after the event had begun. The assembly was
mostly attentive as Louman-Gardiner and his
opponents participated in a discussion on the
role of the Board of Governors, that was both
informative and humorous.
Darren Peets, a graduate student speaking
on behalf of the Fire Hydrant, drew the
biggest applause of the afternoon as he
encouraged students to send a message to the
UBC administration by voting for an inanimate object.
"It would be telling them to wake up, students don't like where this is going," he said.
The serious tone of the forum carried over
as the candidates for senate answered questions, but each individual had very little time
to speak as the AMS Elections staff tried to
fit everyone in to a one-and-a-half hour
time slot.
Would-be senators were asked to describe
a mistake made when in a leadership role.
The crowd laughed enthusiastically as the
microphone was passed to current AMS
President Amina Rai, who referred to the
recent issues with AMS Council in her
"I made a mistake by not consulting thoroughly with council," she said. "But it was a
very good learning experience." The next day,
Rai announced that she was withdrawing
from the senate race (see News Brief on page
5 for related story).
There were few notable moments when
NOW HEAR THIS: Senate candidates take centre stage at Wednesday's all-candidates forum at the SUB Conversation Pit. Polls open today and voting continues
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the three candidates for VP External took
their turn. Joke candidate Ryan Corbett sat
between his two "serious* competitors, wearing a bunny suit and drinking a bottle of beer
wrapped in a paper bag. The loudest laughs of
the segment, however, were reserved for
Anna Downing, who misspoke while describing her "extensive experience as an apathetic
As the event stretched into its second hour
an ever-increasing number of students began
to drift away from the Conversation Pit. Those
who left early missed a chance to see the five
candidates for VP Academic speak. Four of
these individuals acquitted themselves
impressively, reinforcing the notion that the
race will be one of the most difficult to decide.
Joke candidate Ricky Chu was less fortunate, as an ill-advised joke about supporting
Africa Awareness through several beer gardens led to an uncomfortable silence. "That
fucking sucked," one heckler yelled from the
The final stages of the event belonged
almost exclusively to Richard Davis. The VP
Finance candidate introduced himself in both
English and French and proceeded
to propose opening a 24-hour donut shop in
the SUB.
Davis was not content with dominating
only his own segment of the forum, but wrestled the audience microphone away from VP
Academic candidate Gavin Dew in order to
ask the presidential panel a question about
where they stood on doughnuts. Certain candidates were later asked to discuss beer preferences. Of the candidates present, only Paul
Sutton and Jeremy Shell faced a substantive
question before the forum was brought to
a close.
"That, believe it or not was the presidential debate," said AMS Elections Adminstrator
Anthony Waldron.
There will be further opportunities for students to quiz their potential representatives at
forums next week. Two presidential debates
are set, Tuesday afternoon in the SUB
Conversation Pit and Thursday night at Place
Vanier Commonsblock. An "Elections
Carnival" will run throughout the week, but
there are no more all-candidates forums on
the schedule.
Voters can make their choice starting this
evening. To vote, go to the online Student
Service Centre at www.ssc.adm.ubc.ca
and log in. ♦
Blasts from
the past?
Presidential candidate Spencer Keys is
a veteran of four AMS elections, but
he's never seen anything like this
Photocopied posters touting Keys'
candidacy for AMS VP Administration
as a member of the Students for
Students slate have been found across
campus this week. The posters, created
for the 2003 election campaign, have
the message "Fourth time, that's the
charm" superimposed across the
Keys first heard of the misinformation campaign Tuesday, when an AMS
staffer asked him if he was running for
President or VP Administration.
Keys and his campaign team have
since found the old posters throughout
the SUB, around the old bus loop and in
several academic buildings nearby.
"It is a little baffling," said Keys, who
claims to have no idea of who is doing
the postering. "Logically it would
be...not necessarily one of my opponents, but one of their supporters."
Keys has not lodged an official complaint with Elections Administrator
Anthony Waldron.
"There's no one to complain about
and even if I knew who it was, I haven't
got enough proof to make a complaint."
Waldron told the Ubyssey that
copies of the old poster were slipped
under the door of the Elections Office,
but he has no further information.
Waldron is concerned that voters
may be confused as to which position
Keys is running for, but there are no
plans for elections staff to remove the
"We might if we start getting complaints from voters," Waldron said.
The posters are not part of an official
election campaign, so the AMS
Elections staff have little control
over them.
"It would be tantamount to me
going around campus and pulling
down posters for the UBC Dance Club,"
he said.
Keys and his campaign team are
removing any old posters they see as
they campaign, but more continue to
turn up. ♦
—Dan McRoberts
UBC community remembers generous and thoughtful professor
by Sarah Bourdon
When asked to describe Dr Gabriele
Helms, her colleagues at UBC
remember a woman who was enthusiastic, kind and innovative.
Helms, who was an associate professor in the English department,
passed away on December 31 at the
age of 38 after a struggle with breast
"She was an immensely generous
and thoughtful human being," said
Dr Sherrill Grace, a professor in the
English department and a close
friend of Helms'. "Everything about
this woman was impressive—her personality, her spirit, her generosity
and kindness, her mind, her work."
Helms first came to UBC as an
exchange student in 1988 from the
University of Cologne in Germany.
She returned to UBC in 1991 to do
her PhD and stayed on to complete
postdoctoral fellowships.
"Gabi had a really, really fine
mind. She was an intellectual who
brought tremendous joy to every
aspect of intellectual and academic
life," said Grace. "She was a joy in
ideas, a delight in debate and discussion, and had an ability to reach out
and bring people from a wider
community in."
Two years ago, Helms was
appointed an associate professor at
UBC, which Grace described as
Helms' "dream job." Her teaching
and research focused around
Canadian literature and culture.
"She gave her heart and mind's
commitment to the study of this
country and Canada has lost a rare
scholar," said Grace. "She was a very
gifted teacher. She had had a lot of
experience with undergraduate students and was immensely well
thought of. I know her students were
very much influenced by her and
praised her as a teacher."
Rosalyn Cua, a fourth-year student
who was looking forward to taking
another class this term with Helms,
remembers her professor's passion
for teaching and her care for the wel
fare of her students.
"Her lectures were infused with
enthusiasm and meaning; you could
tell she was passionate about what
she was teaching," said Cua. "Gabi
was the kind of professor that students felt comfortable seeing after
class or talking to during office hours.
She showed an openness and caring
that made me feel incredibly supported as her student"
Recently Helms had published a
book, Challenging Canada, which
looked at Canadian fiction within
the context of Canadian life and culture. The research projects that
Helms worked on were varied,
ranging from a specialisation in
autobiography to her postdoctoral
studies on trauma and disease in
Canadian literature.
"She was just so reliable and so
good-humoured, even when things
went wrong," said Dr Valerie Raoul,
a professor in French and Women's
Studies at UBC. Raoul and Helms
studied trauma and illness together.
"She was just someone with a lot
of enthusiasm and a lot of energy,
even when she was sick," said
Raoul. "It's just a really big loss."
Helms was first diagnosed with
cancer in 2001. Following her
recovery, she created a breast cancer support group called the Young
and the Breastiess, which worked to
raise awareness.
Last summer, Helms learned
she was pregnant Sadly, her cancer
returned soon after, but she still
maintained her optimism, said
"I last met with her in mid-
November, shortly before the recurring cancer became more serious
and she had to be hospitalised. She
was full of ideas and enthusiasm for
the future, for both her research
and the new role of mother that she
was so looking forward to," said
Raoul. "She was very, very eager to
be a mother."
Shortly before her death. Helms
gave birth to a baby girl named
Hana Gabriele. The baby was premature    and    remains    in    BC
Children's Hospital.
Helms is survived by her husband Bob Shore, along with her parents and her brother.
A memorial service will be held
today (January 14) at 6pm at the
Peter Wall Centre on campus.
"This was something that Gabi
had asked would happen when she
died," said Grace. "She wanted us to
celebrate, not to grieve, so we're
going to try to do that." ♦
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Canada can be much more
involved with the situation in the
Middle East, said Alan Baker,
Israeli Ambassador to Canada
last Wednesday afternoon.
"Canada can take a far greater
role in being more involved in
what is happening between
[Israel] and the Palestinians...
There's an amazing amount of
contribution and work that
Canada is doing to improving the
situation there, and helping the
Palestinians help themselves,*
said Baker.
Speaking in a tightly secured
room at the UBC Law Building,
the long time diplomat and
expert in international law
explained the difficulties faced
when dealing with terrorism in
Israel today.
Two years ago, a group of terrorists took over the holy site at
the Church of the Nativity in
Bethlehem. This event would
have had grave repercussions for
Israel if it hadn't been handled
properly, explained Baker.
"This is the third most holy
site to all of the Christ Dom
world,* he said. "You don't use a
church or a mosque or a synagogue or a school or a hospital or
a museum...in armed conflict
because by doing so, you're automatically prejudicing the protective nature of that institution.*
Baker also discussed the
heavy international criticism
Israel has received for building a
barrier between itself and its
Palestinian neighbours, censure
he feels is unwarranted.
"[The fence will] force [the terrorists] to find other ways to infiltrate, and allow the much needed
ten minutes [or] 15 minutes in
security measures taken to prevent that person from coming
in," explained Baker. "This is the
logic behind Israel's famous
security fence.
"I personally
believe [the
Palestinian leadership] are committed to coming
to some type of
modus vivendi
with Isreal,
—Alan Baker
Ambassador of Israel
to Canada
"And the whole thing is temporary. Once there's no need for
having this fence or barrier...it
has to be dismantled and
removed,* said Baker.
Regardless of the current situation. Baker is optimistic for
the futures of both Israel and
Palestine in the post-Arafat era.
Recently elected Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas is
committed to peace, according to
"I personally believe [the
Palestinian leadership] are committed to coming to some type of
modus vivendi with Israel,* said
Baker. "Whether we are going to
be able to reach it, how long it
will take, whether Mahmoud
Abbas is going to be able to gar
ner public support among the
Palestinian public, he's got to be
able to negotiate his way through
Hamas, the Islamic jihad, fundamentalist organisations.
"So there's a huge challenge
facing the Palestinian leadership.
We certainly want to cooperate as
much as we can, facilitate as
much as we can.*
Audience members presented
a wide range of thoughts on the
issues. Hanna Kozielska, one
attendee, felt there was a lack of
impartiality in the talk.
"I just felt that it would be more
useful for myself to understand the
conflict better and the whole issue
if they were to have someone that
who's not affiliated from either
side," she explained. "That would
help me understand that situation
better in an objective way."
Elad Guberman, an Israeli citizen who also attended the talk,
stated his bias toward Baker's
position but also said that he
firmly believes that both sides
should move on from the past.
"I think it is a very complicated situation,* said Guberman! "I
think we should now just concentrate not on the past, but the
Rooting out the hatred will be
a lengthy process but will be the
key to creating change in the
future, emphasised Baker.
"We're running into possibly a
better period. There might well
be a Palestinian leadership that
genuinely wants to push forward
peaceful relationships but the
Palestinian public is going to take
a long time to overcome this psyche of violence and move into a
psyche of living peaceful togetherness," said Baker.
"It all depends on ending the
cycle of violence."♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, January 14,2005
UBC debater returns in triumph
by Jenn Cameron
Rahim Moloo left for Malaysia as a
member of the UBC Debate Team.
He has returned as World Public
Speaking Champion. He and five
other students participated in the
two-week long World Debating
Tournament earlier this month.
"It's the biggest non-sporting university event in the world," Moloo
said. "Universities around the world
representing 55 different countries
participate in the tournament."
The focus of the annual tournament was the debate competition,
where this year three teams from
UBC, made up of two contestants
each, faced off against more than
300 other teams.
The UBC teams were very successful—Moloo and his partner
Michael Podgorski placed 58th,
Spencer Keys and Adam Pauls
placed 60th, while Teddy Harrison
and Gabe Mastico placed 66th.
But there were other parts of the
tournament where UBC made its
mark, such as Moloo's success in the
public speaking competition, and in
the comedy competition, where UBC
student Spencer Keys placed as the
first runner up.
For Moloo, public speaking is all
about self-assurance.
"I think a lot of people when they
get up and speak lack the confidence;
usually most people are able to converse well one on one," he said. "In
ALWAYS PRACTICING: World Publc Speaking Champion Rahim Moloo makes a point, nic fensom photo
the finals there were about 1,000
people watching, so a lot of people
freeze up. It's natural to get nervous,
but I think it's a matter of making
sure you try to overcome it."
Teddy Harrison, president of the
UBC Debate Society, said that UBC's
success at the Worlds brings prestige
to the university as well as to Canada
as a whole.
"Every Canadian team at the tournament was in the top 100,* he said.
"We are one of the best debating and
speaking countries in the world, and
UBC did its part in debate, speech,
and comedy."
The tournament not only provides an opportunity for Canadians
to show their talent in these areas,
but also allows students from
around the world to interact with
each other and exchange different
ideas and viewpoints, according to
Harrison. '
Moloo agreed. He chose a topic
for the public speaking competition
that he felt was significant in this
exchange of cultural ideas.
"It was a satire," he said, "trying
to combat the stereotypes and perceptions of Muslims in North
America. Being Muslim myself, it
seemed like an appropriate topic
before such a diverse crowd in a
Muslim country.*
The debate team is also proud to
announce that UBC won the bid to
host the Worlds in 2007.
"We are very excited about hosting the tournament and there is
much to do to prepare. We have to
arrange to host almost 1,000 people
for nine days and we only have two
years to do it...We'll be busy," said
"It also firmly establishes UBC as
one of the strongest debating
schools in the world, and cements
UBC's reputation as an internationally competitive university," he
Harrison hopes that the media
attention that will be drawn in from
the competition can result in long
term benefits for the debate club
and the university. ♦
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Late withdrawal
AMS President Amina Rai has derided that less is more.
Rai withdrew her candidacy for
the UBC Senate Thursday evening,
citing a desire to openly support
other candidates.
"It seems that I could do more
good helping other candidates with
their election than running myself,*
Rai said. "Also, the idea of having a little break was looking more and more
Rai said that she may still run for
Senate as a representative from the
Faculty   of  Arts   later   this  year.
For now, however, the President
is eager to throw her support behind
Paul Sutton, one of six candidates to
replace Rai.
Peets back on job
AMS General Manager Bernie
Peets has returned to work in the
Student Union Building, less than
one month after being fired by the
student's society executives.
Peets was reinstated by AMS
Council on December 17 and was
back in his office Monday.
"I am pleased to have been
invited back. I appreciate their
confidence in inviting me back
and I look forward to working here
for many years to^come," said
The general manager acknowledged that there would likely be
some tension in his relationship
with the executives, but said that
they would be able to work together.
"We're all professional enough
to do this," he said.
AMS President Amina Rai reinforced this sentiment.
"The executives are committed
to maintaining a relationship, that
is respectful and professional,"
she said.
icine money
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$27.6 million over four and a half
years to provide more space in
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The funds will go toward
upgrades and renovations to hospitals and clinical facilities.
UBC's faculty of medicine
branched out this year, providing
students the opportunity to study
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The president is the spokesperson for the Alma Mater Society.
The president chairs the Student Council, the Executive Committee, and the working groups.
1. Discuss the most important issue to you as a Presidential candidate. Be specific.
2. Is systemic racism a problem facing the AMS? Explain.
3. What would you do to improve communication between the executive and AMS Council?
Presidential candidates
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Fan (Jerry) Fan
1) I consider the under-representation of
junior students to be the most serious in
hindering the democratic process in UBC. As
a result of the past "Slate" system, brilliant
young minds with great ideas have to work
for many years to ascend the hierarchy in
order to actually become a candidate and
have the potential of representing the
people. What it means is that since only
people from third, or fourth or fifth years
even, became candidates, and has to wait for
one year to be in office, only the interests of
people more senior than fourth year are
represented in the AMS. These interests are
sometimes distant from the care and
concerns of the 15,000 that comprise three
out of four years of the undergraduate
student body at UBC.
While this year, the "Slate" is finally slain,
becoming nothing but history, it still has grip
on our habits. I looked around, and found
no willing champion of the unheard other
than myselfj so I stood up. If you are willing
to give me strength, I will speak your words.
2) I believe that such a civilized society such
as our own is no longer plagued by the
spectre of any systematic racism.
Occasionally, however, isolated incidents of
unsystematic racism do disrupt the usual
peace of the AMS. Though the incidents are
few, they do, however, cause a disruption on
a larger scale. The most damaging effect of
this racism is that they may give our students
impressions of systematic racism, or even,
become examples that encourage new people
to practice systematic racism.
I have seen a friend become the target of
such racism in October of last year, a foreign
exchange student was harassed by a group of
drunken students. Although afterwards the
offenders apologised with the excuse of
substance influence, their actions nonetheless
made a serious impact on my friend's
impression of UBC, so I believe that even
these isolated incidences of racism should be
3) Since I am a commerce student who has
just taken my mandatory Organisational
Behavior course, and the "communications"
chapter is still fresh in my mind, I would like
to say that although the members AMS
council already has superb communications
with each other, there are still points that I
can add for it to improve.
I would like to create a simple on-line
forum, or a Java chat system for all the
members of the AMS council and executive
to freely post their concern, the questions
that they wish to bring up, as well as the daily
event for each candidate, that connects the
workstations of all executives and any
influential personals outside the AMS
council. To that, I'd create more permanent
teams that are organised to solve specific
type of problems. **%
Michael Grunberg
1) There are many important issues to me,
not just as a Presidential candidate, but as a
student of UBC. There are the glaringly
obvious ones such as tuition increases and
the U-Pass. When it comes to tuition I will
fight against any increase and create a
strong, integrated stance within the AMS
and other student societies both internal
(being the Arts Undergraduate Society, the
GSS etc) and external. By lobbying
together and creating a cohesive
atmosphere I believe that we can not only
please a lot of people, but will be doing the
right thing as well. Both the provincial and
federal governments will hear us [the
universities] in a singular, clear voice. I
believe this is the kind of action we need.
As for the U-Pass, it has to stay. As
President, I will do whatever it takes to
insure the students of UBC are getting the
transit service they need as well as
increased frequency. The U-Pass is not a
two way street It's our way or the highway.
2) Yes and no. The nature of systemic
racism is that it affects the system as a
whole and implies a somewhat
institutionalized behaviour. Having sat on
both the AMS and AUS for a year, I can
tell you that racism does not overtly exist
and has never been officially sanctioned.
This is obvious in the diversity of students
who sit on council representing UBC -
there are Asians, whites, iind a Black (word
to Brenda). However, since I'm interracial
I have noticed that there are certain things
that people will say that can be construed
as racist. This hasn't taken place
specifically at the AMS offices or at any
function that has been endorsed by the
AMS. Racism is a fact of life, it doesn't
have to be, but it is.
3) You know, if we all just listened to one
another instead of blankly staring off into
space until we got to make a really smart,
witty comment just so we got to hear our
own voices, then we might actually start
understanding one another. I know it
sounds crazy but it's time the AMS
councilors start listening to issues before
passing judgment on them. Not that
they're all guilty of that, just some of them.
Of course, if I am elected, then I will
proceed to take action in a way that the
society sees fit For one, we could put the
minutes of council online so as to make it
accessible to everyone and forward agendas
before the day of a meeting. As President,
I understand that communication is integral
to the structure of the AMS. I plan to act
on this and that is why you should vote for
Spencer Keys
1) The most important issue in this
campaign, and the reason I'm running for
President, is that the AMS has a history of
missed opportunities. When the BC student
grant program was axed last February, what
outcry did we hear from the AMS? During
the federal election this June, were student
issues talked about extensively at the local
level, let alone nation-wide? This May, with
the provincial election, can we afford to miss
another opportunity? The most important
issue for the next AMS President is to
capitalize on the provincial election by
developing, either with other student
societies or on our own, an intensive media
campaign to higihlight the importance of
student issues like the reintroduction of the
grant program, removing the parental
income-stipvilations of the BC Student Loan
Program, and the per capita reduction in
funding for post-secondary education. This
election is a once-in-a-degree opportunity
that cannot be missed.
2) Of course systemic racism is a problem
facing the AMS but the question is whether
or not the AMS is unique in this regard. We
see disproportionately low numbers of
persons of colour in student government,
similar to positions in the University,
business, or government I say this not to
dismiss the problem but pose the legitimate
question, how much can the AMS do to
solve it? This year's executive prioritised
systemic racism as an issue but we've seen
how that shifting of priorities has affected
their ability to effectively govern. If elected, I
intend to focus my presidency on
professional management of the AMS and
keeping our internal house in order, so that
we're best equipped to fight the broader
issues that affect students at UBC, including
those that feel marginalised. Failure to have
our own business as a primary concern
damages our ability to effectively express
these issues.
3) When we see the entire executive being
censured for overstepping their boundaries,
and a majority of councillors telling the
President **we don't trust you" by asking for
her resignation, there is obviously a
communication issue that needs to be
addressed. Developing that trust requires the
creation of an effective system of checks and
communication techniques and my depth of
experience allows me, more than any other
candidate, to fix this problem. I have three
specific ideas: 1) Put a non-executive
councillor (a critic) on the Executive
Committee to keep Council informed about
executive actions, 2) Reform the committee
system to give more responsibility to Council
so that a) Council will feel the Executive
trusts them, and b) they will be more
involved in the running of the Society, and 3)
Require the Executive to submit an agenda
for the year (along with specific bi-monthly
workplans) so that Council is aware of the
direction that the AMS is taking and has the
ability to provide meaningful input early in
the process.*^
Jeremy Shell
1) I identify the most important presidential
issue to be that of responsible government. I
imply responsible government in three
senses: accountability for specific actions to
the student body (owning up to negative
consequences), maintaining a transparent
student government which makes available
to its constituency information on all facets
of its operation (barring legally sensitive and
human resource issues which demand
confidentiality) and morally responsible
action consistent with the beliefs of students
on this campus. Accountability is reliant on
the commitment of the AMS to make
information available to UBC students. I feel
there should be more requirements on the
part of the AMS to publish public reports
on actions taken and timelines for
undertaken projects. I feel the most
fundamental role of a president is to always
act in a manner consistent with
representation of the entire student
population. This can best be encouraged by
requiring the government to report
accurately and adequately to the student
2) I do not feel that systematic racism is a
problem facing the AMS. I believe that there
is a solid representation of the ethnic groups
present on campus within the AMS. And
with the abolishment of slates, comes an
even greater degree of freedom from racial
prejudice in the electoral system, as
individual candidates are subject only to the
scrutiny of democractic voters, not slate
The AMS policies do not appear to me to
foster racial prejudice of any kind. However,
the AMS President need be vigilant to
address perceived issues of racism in
government I feel that any action taken to
combat perceived racism need be consistent
with the representation of the student body.
The government must deal sensitively in
manners concerning racism and be careful
not to create problems of racism related
contention in the attempt to abolish them.
3) In order to improve communication
between die executive and AMS Council, I
would have the executive remain transparent
and accountable for actions taken to the
council. In the past, personal agenda and
allegiance has created tensions which hinder
communication between these elements of
government To combat this, I would
encourage open forums in which persons
within the government could address their
concerns with actions taken by the executive.
Availability of executive members to council
members for personal discussions is
imperative. I believe that the executive
should make greater efforts to accept input
from the council, as it validates their
involvement The only way to foster
communication between any parties is to
create an environment of openness and
trust I would aim to create this by
maximising transparency and encouraging an
increase in meetings with open dialogue
between executive and council. **C$ ELECTIONS 2005
The president is the spokesperson for the Alma Mater Society.
The president chairs the Student Council, the Executive Committee, and the working groups.
1. Discuss the most important issue to you as a Presidential candidate. Be specific.
2. is systemic racism a problem facing the ams? explain.
3. What would you do to improve communication between the executive and AMS Council?
Paul Sutton
1) I've promised to finally figure out what
"global citizenship" means. "Global citizen"
is a buzzword littered throughout UBC
literature—from the Trek 2010 vision
document to Martha Piper's speech at last
week's tsunami relief gathering. This term
tells 'us' what we're supposed to be, and has
very little to do with who we actually are. We
are told what percentage of the University
budget our tuition dollars should cover, what
our class sizes should be, and what University
Town is going to look like and where it's
going to go. I'm tired of students being told
who they are and what's going to happen.
This isn't an example of citizenry; if we were
citizens, maybe the University would actually
ask what we think and how we feeL Through
lobbying efforts, asking questions, holding
administrators accountable and collecting
student opinion, I want to bring the
University and the student body closer
together, so that UBC becomes a little more
about us. And maybe one day, students and
the University might be the same thing again.
2) I don't feel that systemic racism is a
problem explicitly facing the AMS, but the
University as a whole, and indeed all of us.
As the AMS Safety Coordinator, I realise
how powerful the forces of privilege and
oppression actually are. All of us (and this
transcends cultural boundaries) are taught
throughout our entire lives to make
assumptions about ethnic, sexual, gender,
class etc groups of which we're not
members. Historically whiteness, maleness,
class and heterosexuality have all been on the
top of the privilege food chain. I feel that I
go to great lengths to deconstruct my
privilege and I encourage all students and
people to do the same.
But I must mention the University offers
no African Studies courses. A lengthy student
petition was presented last year to the
University Administration, and yet the only
African Studies course offered right now is a
student-directed seminar. I think this slow
response is indicative of an unwillingness on
the part of the Administration to listen and
respond to student needs, even when we
walk over to them to put petitions and
proposals directly into their hands.
3) The fact that a deceptive relationship
prevails between the Executive and Council
has always baffled me. I know the current
executive and most AMS Councillors, and I
can tell you that all these individuals fiercely
care about what happens to students. But
there has been a disconnect of information
between both parties. I am committed to end
this disconnect, and act as transparently as
possible in Presidential/Council relations.
How can we advocate for a student's
University when we have drawn battle lines
within our own camp, and are swamped by
ineffective infighting? I want to work
together with involved student leaders who
care as much about students as I do. I
believe this is the best, and really the only
way, to make this University a better
Scott Thompson
1) Beet Good beer. Right now I'm
drinking Granville Island Brewing's Lion's
Winter Ale Mmmm-mmm-good. Tastes
like chocolate. A few minutes ago I was
sipping Keith's. Ifs from Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotians know a lot about beer.
2) Racism is a stupid problem brought on
by sober people. As long as there are
sober people, there will be racism and
xenophobia. Beer, (and more speficdcally,
beer goggles) wipes out racism faster than
Listerine on Gingivitis- See, when you're
drunk, everybody is your friend. Especially
that hot babe with the braces who's
checking you out as we speak. By
eliminating the constraints on beer
consumption, we'd see a dramatic
reduction in racism and xenophobia. In
fact, racism is nothing more than an easily
identifiable form of xenophobia for lazy
asshole activists who themselves can't see
past the colour of their own skin. By
curing xenophobia we'd also eliminate
discrimination based on sexual preference,
sexual promiscuity, sexual perversion,
sexual performance, and sexual appeal.
3) Nothing makes the conversation flow
like a little bit of beer. Well, maybe a lot of
beer. But the point is beer. Beer loosens
communication. Beer also loosens
clothing and sexual inhibitions, but that's
not something the AMS needs help
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The Vice President, Administration, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Student Union Building, manages clubs througjh the Student Administration Committee and chairs the renovations planning group.
1. What is your vision for improving the Student Union Building?
2. What is your opinion on advertising in the SUB?
3. What will you do with the space now occupied by Pacific Spirit Family and Community Services?
Trevor Gilks
1) Currendy, the SUB is among the leaders
of waste production among buildings on
campus. The most important improvement
that can be made is to make the SUB more
sustainable. This year, AMS oudets
introduced environmentally friendly non-
Styrofoam containers as a more sustainable
option to students, which is a step in the
right direction. However, due to the inflated
price that comes along with this initiative, it
can't be taken any further, and new avenues
need to be explored. One of those avenues
is composting on a more effective scale.
Currendy, the organic waste generated by
the SUB's businesses is transported to an
external site. This results in unnecessary
pollution and cost The AMS needs to
convince the University to do what they've
been promising to do for years, which is to
create an on-campus composting site which
would allow the SUB to be much more
sustainable and efficient. It would also be
the first step towards establishing a green
bin system in the SUB, in which all students
would be able to dispose of their organic
2) The SUB is a great advertising resource,
and as the administrators of it, we as the
AMS would be sacrificing one of our
greatest assets if we failed to exploit it It is,
in fact, possible to reap the benefits of this
asset to a greater degree than we currently
are. The AMS needs to hire a Marketing
manager with legitimate connections,
knowledge, and experience in the advertising
and sponsorship worid to increase the SUB's
advertising potential and value. However, to
avoid future controversy over potentially
offensive advertising material, the AMS's
Communications Planning Group needs to
take a more hands-on role in preemptively
avoiding controversy by approving all
advertising material, something I've never
seen it done reliably for the two years that I
have worked for die society.
3) When the Pacific Spirit Family and
Community Services moves, its location will
be available for re-allocation. It is located on
the main floor on the West side of the SUB.
It is in a very low-traffic area, which makes
it a poor location for a business, but it is still
easily accessible by those actively attempting
to look for it, making it a possible space for
a service such as AMS Safety or the SASC
(Sexual Assault Support Centre) to expand
to a larger office, or a new allocation for
clubs that have been denied office requests
in years previous due to lack of available
space. ■^afc
Scott Price
1) First, I would work tirelessly to reduce
the ecological impact of the SUB. My
predecessors have set a clear path with
their initiatives that I plan to continue. The
'save a tonne a year* initiative could be
applied to the SUB in such ways as buying
new, high efficiency refrigerators and
possibly installing low flow; or double flush
toilets, which save a minimum of seven
litres of water per flush.
Secondly, I believe that businesses
should remain competitive. This will not
only benefit the student but also it will
benefit the business. Some things
heightened competitiveness would entail
would be incentives and possible price
Finally, I think replacing or
reupholstering furniture in the public
spaces would vastiy improve the student
environment inside the SUB. Materials
would be carefully selected not only for
style but also for comfort and sustainability.
2) Advertisement must be tasteful and it
should be targeted, but I welcome it.
Revenues from advertisement go to fund
services for students. Furthermore in the
upcoming year it is a simple fact that we
will need to look for additional monies
wherever they are available. The Coca-
Cola contract is expiring and the AMS will
have to keep their machines exclusively in
the SUB for two years without
compensation, effectively costing the AMS
$160,000 per year. Many initiatives to
compensate for that loss have already been
started and advertising in the SUB is
definitely a part of those initiatives.
Additionally when a new contract is signed
two years down the road with a beverage
company, we will still have many of the
innovations that have been engineered in
this crisis, effectively increasing our
potential to provide or enhance AMS
services to students.
3) This space was allocated away from the
clubs in an emergency situation a few years
ago. I believe that it should be returned to
the clubs. Not every dub that applies for
an office gets one, so any space that is
suitable for dubs use should be made
available to them. Clubs are the basis of
student involvement, and the biggest
connection the AMS has to students.
Therefore it is of paramount importance
to me that dubs get the resources they
need to do what they do best create
community and connections between
Manj Sidhu
1) My vision for the Student Union Building
indudes offering students a building that
holds true to the values of sustainability and
comfort I will support and lobby for the
elimination of Styrofoam from all AMS
Businesses. I hope to work widi students,
student groups, resources groups and even
constituendes to measure the ecological
footprint of all AMS businesses within the
SUB. I believe that the furniture in the
Conversation Pit deserves replacement I
also am a firm believer of placing student
needs before commercial interests and
therefore will lobby for more student space
over commercialisation of the SUB. I
believe that the SUB is an integral part of
student life here at UBC and all
improvements done to it only add to its
2) The SUB was a building that was created
for students by students. It is something
that should be reflective of the student
body views and rdevant issues. Advertising
is something I believe should be kept away
from a building that is for students. While
there is potential for revenue, there are
other ways that revenue can be brought into
the student sodety. The SUB should have
relevant information for students—access
to resources, a marketing of AMS
Businesses. We shouldn't be tying up our
arms with complex advertising contracts
that completely create a monopoly on space
that could be put to better use like student
purposes, such as creating a centralised
postering space for students and student
3) There are a couple of issues that stand
out the most in my mind that would benefit
gready from this space. There is currently an
initiative in the works concerning die
devdopment of an AMS Food Bank, which
is also supported by a number of student
dubs. There is the option of rdocating
SASC from its present location into the new
area and thereby creating more space
downstairs. The major point-at-hand that I
have realised through working directly with
die last two VPs of Administration for the
last two years, is the HUGE need for more
student space within die Student Union
Building. Ultimately, there are a number of
projects that could be taken for utilising this
space but I believe that research and
consultation must be done so that this space
may be used to its maximum potential for
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1) How will you ensure that students voices are heard in discussions about campus development?
2) Name one university policy that concerns you. Explain why and what you would do about it.
3) how will you effectively manage your time and balance your many responsibilities effectively?
Ricky Chu
1) The administration has a history of
disregarding public opinion on such
campus development issues as the
condo construction that overlooks
Wreck Beach. Although I would not
personally mind a good view of all the
wholesome activities on Wreck Beach,
as VP Academic and University Affairs,
I would have to represent the interests
of some people who do not share my
point of view. What is needed is
someone who can reach into the very
hearts of the administration, to get
them to listen. It is a common fact that
everyone becomes more reasonable
under the influence of alcohol, so my
plan is to invite Martha Piper out for
drinks and serenade her with sweet
nothings. Once I am drunk, I will have
the confidence to seduce her and
facilitate hot, steamy wild university
2) The repeated increases in tuition
without adequately accounting for the
benefits of the hikes worries me deeply.
For the first two years of the increases,
there were annual reports on how the
tuition increases were allocated. Last
year, there was no such report. Without
these reports, there is no way to tell
whether we are indeed getting our
money's worth or not. We have paid
tens of millions of dollars in additional
tuition fees without knowing if many
students are actually benefiting. From
the reports that were released, we know
that at least a third of the tuition
increases has gone into a black hole
known as "maintaining the learning
environment." As VP Academic and
University Affairs, I would get to know
Martha and persuade her to make the
reports a priority.
3) I realise that the position of VP
Academic and University Affairs is a very
busy job. That is why I will work with
Martha all night long to get things done
for the good of all students. Since I will
be travelling late at night on campus, I
would spend some of my remaining
waking hours lobbying for the Campus
Security shutde to run more often at
night. Currendy, it is so infrequent that it
is usually faster to walk home than to
wait for the shutde. This is not good for
the safety of students living in residence
or for those coming home after a night at
The Pit. However, once Martha gives
birth to our love child, I will fire myself
as VP Academic and University Affairs
and sue the AMS for wrongful dismissal
so that I can support my child, our child,
the AMS election's child.
Gavin Dew
1) I'll do more than ensure that student
voices are heard in campus development
discussion. I'll make sure they're actually
listened to. To be effective, proactive
negotiators at the table rather than reactive
protestors outside the door, we need to
know all sides of the issues, not just
reductive positions that are easy to
grandstand from. While I'm definitely not
a proponent of invasive commercial
devdopment, we must be cognisant of
economic realities. The UBC Endowment,
currendy about $700 million, will reach
approximately $1.4 billion by 2014, largdy
as a result of devdopment revenue. This
Endowment contributes many millions of
dollars annually toward awards and
bursaries, research grants, and academic
infrastructure development. We can't just
stop campus devdopment. What we can
do is demand responsible, sustainable
development that isn't a detriment to the
learning environment, and a commitment
from the University to use Endowment
revenue to stabilize tuition and minimize
2) My concerns rest mosdy with facets of
different policies rather than with any one
specifically. I'm concerned by the fact that
registration can be blocked and transcripts
refused as a result of unpaid parking
tickets and library fines - distincdy non-
academic transactions (especially parking
tickets) being leveraged by the threat of
academic consequences. Similarly, I'm
concerned by non-academic discipline
polides that mean you can be expelled for
actions completdy unrelated to the
fulfillment of your scholarly requirements.
I'd also like to see significant changes in
the implementation of Policy 71 on tuition
consultation, to make student consultation
a genuine reality rather than an after-the-
fact formality. In tackling such policy
issues, I'd enter reasonable, informed
discussion with the University
administration and work with student
Board of Governors representatives
towards achievable amendments.
3) Last year, I took 6 classes a semester,
played in a band, worked a part-time job,
and was heavily involved in Arts County
Fair and the Arts Undergraduate Society,
all while maintaining good marks and a
healthy social life. I'll bring the same
organizational and time management skills
to the AMS. To me, office professionalism
is a basic sign of the mutual respect that is
so vital to an effective organization - that's
why I try to be 5 minutes early to every
meeting I attend. It's simple, but it makes
all the difference, not only in internal AMS
operations but also in our interactions with
other organizations, such as the University
administration. Using my experience as
the current Vice-Chair to the VP
Academic, I'll also aim to increase the
effectiveness of the University Commission
in acting as an organizing and lobbying
extension of the VP's role, thus getting
more done.
Greg Raton
1) I will create an advisory committee for
each member of the Executive, as well as
each Board of Governors Representative.
These advisory committees will ensure
that any student who desires to have their
voice heard will be able to do so without
having to navigate the often frustrating
political climate of the AMS. Each
Executive and Board Rep will have more
than one committee if necessary and
students will be regularly updated on
campus development issues. This is the
best possible way to ensure that student
voices are heard because students will
truly have a direct avenue into campus
development issues.
We also need create a monthly list of
university campus development
consultations. After talking to many
students about this I've realised that the
problem lies in weak university promotion
for these consultations. All of these
meetings will be posted on my website
and I will ensure that every single UBC
student will be given monthly updates.
2) The campus devdopment policy that
addresses new market housing
devdopments and the benefit they have to
the UBC community. It sets a goal to have
50 per cent of new residents working or
studying on campus. There are no
mechanisms within this plan to ensure
that this happens. Similar to the well-
known policy stating that no qualified
domestic student shall be refused
admission based on financial reasons
alone, the market housing policy is
virtually useless without concrete actions
to back it up. The university is willing to
work with the AMS to ensure that steps
are taken to ensure that this is the case.
We can utilise the proper knowledge
within the student body to draft such a
plan. Market housing will only benefit this
campus if new residents have an incentive
to contribute to campus culture. If this
does not happen -we will only be creating
a further lack of community at UBC. If
you want to have the privilege of living on
this amazing campus you should be
willing to contribute to the community.
3) By listening to those who have true
expertise within the portfolios that fall
under my position. The VP Academic has
a wide variety of responsibilities and must
go above and beyond in empowering
others to take initiative and take action.
Let me give you an example. One of
the most important responsibilities within
this position is campus safety. There are a
huge variety of safety issues that need to
be addressed and monitored. I cannot be
an expert on every area of safety, but I
can listen to those who are. I will hold two
safety committee meetings a week to
work with the AMS Safety Coordinators,
Safewalk, the Sexual Assault Support
Centre and other rdevant individuals. I
will listen those who are in a position to
advise me and do everything I can to
support them.
Karen Ward
1) I've been to tons of campus
development meetings, and they are
really frustrating. I've attended
presentations and asked some pretty
tough questions. I've asked about the
Residential Tenancy Act, democratic
and civil rights, student space versus
condominiums, commercialization, and
I've also asked just where all this
imaginary money is going. I know that
meetings are often cancelled at the last
minute, and that meetings move around
I'll ensure that students voices are
heard by recruiting and organizing a
group of students to work on the
development portfolio, who will in turn
publicise issues to the wider student
body. Then we will attend meetings, get
worked up about things, and insofar as
it's possible, let you know what's going .
on, using posters, events, and of course,
I have talked with hundreds of
students: undergrads, grads, mature
students, and faculty, staff and other
community members. People seem to
"like" the "grassy knoll" to be "right
where it is". I agree. I'm totally against
removing the hill.
2) The recendy revised Policy 72
concerns me a great deal. While the
policy, apparendy, is supposed to
guarantee access, regardless of financial
ability, to any qualified domestic student,
revisions to this policy in conjunction
with changes to the provincial loan (and
grant) program have actually cut
vulnerable students off from work study,
bursaries, and other forms of university
financial aid. How vicious and
hypocritical. I'm against that, and I
won't shut up about it. I'll advocate for
financial aid that actually hdps students.
3) I'll streamline hiring, and rely on the
skills and advice of AMS staff and
student councillors. We need to rebuild
trust here, and in my years as a graduate
student, a teaching assistant, and an
activist on campus, I've learned that
most of the people here are smart,
interesting, and creative people—many
of whom would do more if they had
If s clear to me that VP Academic,
really, is a role that needs to be filled by
lots of people—so my real goal is to get
more people involved, and to really
reinvigorate the student society. If you
want to do that, vote for me.
Kory Yamashita
1) The problem isn't that students'
voices aren't being heard. The problem
is that when heard, those voices aren't
listened to. My plan is to provide
workable alternatives that will lay a
foundation for productive dialogue
between students and the
administration. For example, I
recognise that it is too late to stop the
University Town development.
However, I will call for AMS-run
businesses to be included in the U-
Town mall and for the South Campus
development to include more student
housing to ensure that development on
campus benefits students first.
I will stand up to Martha Piper and
demand that students be meaningfully
consulted at every step in the
development process. This is a
community of students and students
need to have input in how this
community develops with age.
2) I'm concerned with the university's
housing policy. I will lobby the
university to do away with the housing
lottery and instead replace it with a
system that allocates housing to
students who need it. Of course, this is
a short-term measure as more housing
is needed.
Right now there are about 3000   .
students on the waiting list to get into
residence. The developments that are
currendy under way will only provide
an additional 3000-4000 student spaces
over 16 years while the university
continues to grow. Meanwhile, 5000
private homes are being constructed on
campus. Student needs should not take
a back seat to profits for corporate
The university claims that housing
in Point Grey is too expensive for
faculty. If professors can't afford to live
here, what about students? I will fight
for more student housing on campus.
3) As a civil engineering student, I am
experienced in managing up to eight
classes simultaneously while
participating in community activism.
The key, of course, is to prioritise
responsibilities. I am of firm belief
that an elected office must take full
priority. Consequendy, I am willing to
reduce my current six-course load in
order to ensure that student needs
come first.
As your VP Academic, I will
prioritise the fight against tuition fee
increases, the drive for higher quality
education, the improvement of
livability on campus, and that
development on campus benefits
students, not just devdopers.
I will also avoid the type of AMS infighting that has disabled the
organisation in the past few weeks. We
need the AMS to focus on issues that
matter to ordinary students, not power
struggles and petty bickering.
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1) Should the AMS remain part of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA)?
2) What percentage tuition increase should the AMS lobby for? Why?
3) What will you do to ensure that the transit service to UBC improves?
Ryan Corbett
1) Wliy? Can't I say foolish things on
my own behalf? Why pay someone else
to **lobby" or "advocate" for you. Both
of those words mean talking—Talking
without producing. We pay CASA to
scream at the top of their collective
lungs "we have one carrot, and we
demand ten carrots"... what do we end
up with? One carrot.
Instead of marginalising ourselves
(dumbshit plan) we should try and deal
with the issues on an issue-by-issue
basis and try and be rational, not
reactive, if possible (while being
progressive- of course).
Wait. I was just told I get to go to
CASA conferences, which I am a fan of,
especially the opportunity to be drunk
with politicians. Nothing says good
representation like drunken ranting
from a man in a bunny suit amuck on
Parliament Hill.
CASA does not endorse drinking as
part of the student lifestyle, thus
proving they are unaware of the
realities that face (or should face) our
2) Lobbying is like whining. Whining
about the booze you can't afford. There
comes a time when lobbying (whining)
isn't enough. You need to be
pragmatic. Maybe that means
switching to drinking Lysol and Coke,
instead of the trendier "rum" or "rye".
Maybe that means living in a van (down
by the river).
Bottom line is that complaining isn't
a solution. It never has been. Lobbying
by definition is asking, repeatedly.
Lobbying isn't a solution. Try harder.
3) Create the UpassOUT—a program
where the pass is worn about the neck.
If the wearer passes out, then they are
thrown upon a bus. On the bus they are
thrown into the luggage compartment
(see the new RAV buses, the
technology must be there) and then
dropped off at the pre selected UBC
building of the choice. The bus doesn't
even need to slow down.
Drunks Bounce.
Also, more LateNight Buses because
driving when your shitcanned is the
worst idea ever. Also Designated
Drivers don't have any fun, mosdy
because I inevitably hit on their
younger sisters. Bus drivers are paid a
fair wage to put up with my shit.
Anna Downing
1) Yes, I believe that it is essential to for
the AMS to remain a part of CASA. In
order to lobby effectivdy for student
needs a united front must be presented.
Affiliation with other student
organisations is essential and CASA
presents opportunities for the AMS to
connect with multiple student
organisations working towards similar
goals. As your VP External I will work
with CASA and other student
organisations within BC to lobby against
tuition increases and for increased
funding for student grants. Affiliation
with multiple student organisations will
also be helpful in ventures to make sure
students are provided with necessary
political information to make educated
voting decisions in the upcoming
provincial elections.
2) As your VP external I will lobby for a
zero per cent tuition increase. I realise
that the cost of post-secondary education
is already at levd that many students
can't afford. Over the past three years
students have seen their tuition fees more
than double and their student grants cut
significandy. A further increase in tuition
will serve to further limit the ability of
many students to continue their
academic ventures. Education is not a
privilege that should be granted solely to
the economic elite; it is a right that needs
to be given to all students possessing the
drive and the ambition to pursue it I
refuse to perpetuate the progression of
constant fee increases and will lobby the
government and work with student
groups to assure that students'
bankbooks are not needlessly
squandered. In addition, it is essential
for students to understand the causes of
previous increases and be armed with the
information necessary to combat tuition
increases in the fiiture. Students have a
voice and will be called on in the
upcoming provincial dection to use it
I plan to hold several student information
forums, inviting all candidates to speak to
students on their platforms and oudooks
on the future of public post-secondary
3) Throughout my term as VP external I
will work with Translink to minimise
costs and maximise services. UBC
students are obligated to pay Translink
an exorbitant amount of money each
year as part of their mandatory tuition
fees. The students of UBC have already
paid their dues to Translink and deserve
to receive the services they pay for. I will
work with Translink to increase the
number of busses to and from campus
espedally from neglected areas such as
South Vancouver and Richmond. Also it
is essential to increase bus circulation to
south campus. Bike transport also needs
to be supported at UBC. More bike
lanes, lockers, and showers need to be
put in place to facilitate deaner modes of
Jess Klug
1) It is important that students across
the country have associations such as
CASA that lobby for our interests in
quality education and affordable
tuition. We currendy pay CASA $42,000
to lobby on our behalf and there has
been some concern as to whether or
not this should continue or if we
should look into removing ourselves
and possibly finding other alternatives.
My concern is that the fees paid to
CASA may not bring as positive an
effect as a provincial lobbying effort
might, but more research needs to be
done. An ad hoc committee has already
been established to review CASA and
their relationship with UBC and I
believe that it is necessary for this
process to continue before any decision
can be made.
2) As a representative body, the AMS
should always lobby in the interests of
students. As an AMS external
commissioner, I have been fortunate to
have a hand in revising the recendy
renewed AMS tuition policy. Along
with the current VP External Holly
Foxcroft, the external commission
assisted in designing a policy that will
oppose tuition increases unless they
correspond to the CPI (roughly the rate
of inflation). It is my understanding
that students want affordable tuition
while they also want quality education.
These two ideas are not meant to be a
contradiction in terms. Quality
education can remain accessible and
affordable and I believe that the AMS
should lobby for the lowest tuition
increases necessary.
3) Since its inception, the U-PASS
program has been a major success at
UBC. Ridership has increased by 53
per cent and Translink has
significandy increased daily trips to
UBC. This question concerns me
however, because the U-PASS will face
another referendum in February and
transit service to UBC will largely be
determined by the outcome of this
vote. Provided that students vote in
favour of keeping the U-PASS,
Translink has already proposed
adding 7,000 hours to/from UBC by
next year, and .then increasing to 15,000
hours the following year, with more
increases to follow. I am confident that
students want to keep the U-PASS
program and I look forward to
renegotiating the contract with
Translink this summer with hopes
that we can improve transit service and
transit safety for all riders. ELECTIONS 2005
vp, Finance
The vice president, Finance, manages the financial affairs of the student society.
He or she chairs the finance commission and the commercial services planning group.
3) What financial experience do you have to recommend you for this job?
Kyle Araki
1) With the $160,000 per year Coke deal
coming to an end this year, seeking new
sources of revenue will be one of my main
objectives for the upcoming year. With the
previous execs running on a surplus budget
for the past few years, it has allowed for a
small safety buffer, but in the end seeking
new fundraising sources will still remain a
central concern of mine.
With a large corporation like Coke
having such influence on our campus
because of the contract agreed upon, it has
limited the options of the clubs and
constituencies with regards to their own
sponsorship opportunities. Now that we
have a chance to change things, it is
important that we look carefully into all
fundraising and sponsorship opportunities
and weigh all these options to make up the
lost revenue all the while leaving options
open for students to make their own
2) Not losing money from events like the
Welcome Back BBQ and AMS FirstWeek
should be more of a secondary objective.
Instead, the primary focus should be on
creating the best event possible based on a
solid business plan. With a solid business
plan, even running an event on a loss isn't a
major concern as long as the loss was
foreseeable. In creating the business plans
for these events, it's important that all
angles are looked at and contingency plans
are made to hedge the risk from the various
obstacles that may present themselves.
In the end, it is important to realize that
the elected executives are here to represent
the students and elected based on the belief
that they will be able to carry out the
students' wants and needs. By being
committed to ensure the budget is carefully
allocated and business plans properly made,
I will work towards meeting as many of
these demands as possible.
3) I am a third-year commerce student
majoring in Finance. With this as my
educational backbone, it has allowed me the
opportunity to gain a greater understanding
and appreciation of business models and
budgeting. I am also currendy the Treasurer
for the Chinese Varsity Club, one of the
largest multi-cultural clubs on campus.
Working in this position has given me the
opportunity to have an outside perspective
of how the AMS has been running as well
as an opportunity to work with the current
AMS staff As well, over the past summer I
was the manager of a restaurant. This gave
me the practical skills necessary to
understand the inner workings of a
business and the ability to institute new
business proposals that I feel will address
sustainability issues as well as maximize the
performance for all AMS businesses and
services. ^-^
Richard Davis
1) Many students around this large campus
of ours come up to me and ask, "Dick
Davis, how are you going to replace the
revenue from the Coke deal." The answer
is simple—open a 24-hour donut shop in
the SUB. Canada is a great country. We
celebrate our diversity every day in the
SUB by eating great dishes from all over
the world: curry, hot and sour soup, pizza,
hamburgers, bangers and mash (I only
enjoy the bangers). There is nothing as
quintessentially Canadian as drowning your
sorrows with a double double while
stuffing your mouth with a Boston Cream
(Double Chocolate being my favourite).
It's a well-known fact that Canada has
seven times more donut shops per capita
than any other country, including our
obese neighbours to the south. The
overwhelming revenue that I expect from
purchasing a franchise from Canada's #1
donut establishment, would go into
replacing the funding lost by the Coke deal
ensuring the long term stability and growth
of AMS services and other programs such
as the resource erouos, and would also
allow AMS staff to receive wage increases
(including my own, duh! which executive
doesn't want to raise their own salary?)
2) With my background in strong fiscal
management, I will guarantee that no AMS
ran event will lose money. How can I do
this? I Wil J. appoint my friends to jobs in
the AMS provided of course they vote for
me (a given). It takes a strong, mighty and
noble leader to know that he or she needs
to delegate. One VP Finance is not
enough to ensure that all the money in the
AMS is being spent wisely. I will surround
myself by competent friends of mine who
will act as whistle blowers to notify me of
any wasteful spending, that could
otherwise be spent on my personal juice
budget, that I will need to drink, before
taking my daily nap, so I am fresh for my
office hours that I will actually show up
for (maybe).
3) Many of my friends say, "Dick has no
financial experience." They are wrong, As
a Grade 11 student back at SteU/s
Secondary School on the Island this very
candidate for VP Finance earned a solid
90% in Math 11. No other candidate for
this position likely earned that If they
claim otherwise, they are lying! I also have
experience buying people drinks (nudge,
nudge, wink, wink). Budgeting is a dream
of mine, there is nothing that gets me as
hot and bothered than examining expense
reports, writing cheques, and carrying the
'1' all night long, oh baby! Pick the honest
candidate this election. Pick Dick Davis
for VP Finance! -«$
Kevin Keystone
1) Due to the phenomenal work that the
present VP Finance Stacey Chiu has done,
there will actually be no lost revenue from
the Coke deal. In brie£ as part of the
sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola, the AMS
promised to consume a certain amount of
Coke products over the term of the
contract Unfortunately, the AMS did not
meet their quotas, and as part of the
contract, they had agreed to provide Coke
with two years of a free beverage
monopoly in the AMS, a net loss of
$246,000 a year. But with the consolidation
project of the Post Office, the Outpost and
Subcetera, as well as the leasing of the old
Subcetera and Post Office spaces, the AMS
has made back much of the lost revenue.
Finally, with the installation of an AMS
ATM on the SUB concourse and the
possibility of four more around campus
netting conservatively $60,000 a year each,
there will be no lost revenue from the Coke
2) Unfortunately due to the similarity of the
two events, as well as their timing and the
divided turnout, the Welcome Back BBQ
and AMS FirstWeek will most likely
inevitably continue to lose money. This
poses a great threat to the financial viability
of the AMS, as last year both events lost a
net of over $300,000, which represents a
significant portion of the $1.7 million
working budget of the AMS. It would be
fiscally irresponsible of a VP Finance to let
these major losses continue. Therefore, if
elected VP Finance, 3 would look into
consolidating the two events into one major
Welcome Back BBQ for both returning and
new UBC students alike. This would
hopefully substantially increase attendance
and significandy reduce the losses the AMS
traditionally faces.
3) I am presendy the Treasurer of Pride
UBC, the Chair of the Resource Group
Event Fund Allocation Committee and a
former commerce student My time in
commerce has taught me the basics of
financial accounting, as well as how to
effectively lead in an organization.
However, I feel that the majority of my
experience comes from Treasurer of Pride
UBC, through which I have been trained in
account codes, account operation and the
inner workings of the AMS Administrative
Office direcdy by the Finance Commission.
I have also had the opportunity to work
extensively with current VP Finance Stacey
Chiu, who has informed me on many of
the issues that the next VP Finance will face
in their term, including the Coke deal.
Finally, as Chair of the RGAC Event Fund,
I have developed the skills necessary to
effectively chair committee meetings, lead
pertinent and constructive discussion and
reach collective consensus. -«*-
Daniel Lau
1) The Coke deal, as some students know,
was signed in 1995 and provided UBC $8.5
million over 10 years. In return, Coke
received exclusive sponsorship rights on
campus. This deal provided funding for a
diverse number of projects on campus
including disability services, student
services, libraries, food services, and UBC
The AMS currently receives revenue
from 3 main areas including: a) student fees
b) business revenues c) sponsorship and
fundraising. Sponsorship and fundraising is
highly important in funding many of our
services and programs offered. Therefore,
in pursuing alternative sources of revenue
and fundraising, we should carefully analyse
the benefits of any such deal and examine
the long term implications to maximise the
benefits it provides to support our student
services, resource groups, clubs and
2) The Welcome Back BBQ and AMS
FirstWeek are an integral part of UBC's
back-to-school celebrations. However,
these two events have been plagued by
profitability issues in the past. The AMS
needs to reassess the cost-effectiveness of
certain components of these two events to
determine which components are creating
the most value for students, and which
components need to be improved.
Through my experience in organizing and
coordinating one of the largest
international student orientations in North
America—UBC ISO 2003—I have learnt
how to effectively organize cost-effective
events. To ensure the cost-effectiveness of
the Welcome Back BBQ and AMS
FirstWeek, I will personally lead a
committee specifically responsible for
appropriately allocating funds and
maintaining cost-effectiveness while
improving the quality of these two events.
3) The VP Finance position requires an
individual comfortable with juggling
numbers, creating budgets, and
determining the appropriate allocation of
AMS funds. Firsdy, as a fourth year
business student, I'm not by any means
good at doing titrations, writing essays, or
hanging VW beedes off bridges, but what I
am good at is creating a solid, financially-
sound AMS budget which I believe is a
crucial component of the job. Secondly, I
have actual financial experience in
budgeting in an organization that deals
with the Canadian government's budget
Armed with a solid business background, I
am one of only two students on the ten-
member Vancouver Board of Trade
Government Budget & Finance Task Force
Committee where I have had extensive
experience dealing with issues pertaining to
the federal government's budget -«$•
The student representatives on Senate are elected to represent student interests on matters
related to the academic functioning of the university. Elect five.
What is the most important issue you will bring to the Senate?
• 38
Jenn Collins
I think before anyone can attempt some
great feats of magic, for example if
someone wanted to end all Faculty names
with "Original Gangster" (i.e. Applied
Sdences O.G.), we need to look at the way
Senate runs right now. From what I've
heard, most of the committees only meet
a couple of times a year, if that much, and
some haven't met for years! How effective
can the Senate be if the committees where
changes are thought up and developed can
never meet? One of the most important
things that can happen to Senate in this
upcoming year is the completion of the
Senate review. If committees are obsolete,
dispose of them, if there are new
initiatives, like the UBC/OUC merge,
create new committees. We can't let the
Senate lie dormant as a shadow of what it
can achieve. The way it runs is ineffectual
and it must change.  I've got two years of
experience in politics and fun things at
UBC and I'd like to change the Senate for
you. Happy voting!
Garrett Johnson
The most important issue for student
senators is to ably defend student interests
in front of the university administration.
The senate is the highest academic body
on campus and it decides eveiything from
who gets in to the university (admission
policy), to who gets kicked out (academic
disdpline), to who receives honorary
Senate is made up of deans, UBC
administrators, professors, and generally
people who have been around the
university for a very long time. As a result,
student senators face a dual challenge: 1)
they must speak up in a room full of
people with more letters after their name
then we have in ours! and 2) they must
quickly "learn the ropes" in such a short
year-long term.
I will work to better the student
senators' lobbying power, for instance, by
improving the transition from last year's
student senators. As a economics student, I
will defend your tuition dollars on the
univerity budget committee. I will ensure
that student concerns are not only heard,
but listened to! "*$>
Gina Eom
As a current senator at large, I've started to
address the following issues: study spaces
and late night study spaces on campus,
exam scheduling, as well as several other
important student issues that arose over
this past term. Students of UBC are
entitled to a safe 24 hour study space on
campus, and deserve to have a fair exam
This year, the student senate caucus has
worked on becoming a much more active
body than in the past, and I want to
provide continuity for this movement
I'm currendy part of a student-led group
that is drafting up a survey on various
academic issues to be administered to the
rest of the student body, which will give the
student senate caucus, the AMS, and the
undergraduate societies much more
direction on what issues to lobby on.
Please feel free to contact me at
eom@interchange.ubc.ca and read about
an extensive platform at
Thank you for your time.
Ida Noohi
I believe that more scholarships, bursaries
and awards must be available in order to
dampen the effects of increased tuition.
Over the past few years, tuition has
increased significantly yet the number of
awards and forms of finandal aid available
have not. I believe that this is a crudal
matter that must be addressed within the
Senate. Over the past year I have worked
with the UBC Development Office to
raise money for scholarships, bursaries,
awards and other such funds available to
students. I believe that my knowledge and
background in this area makes me a
qualified candidate for this position.
Should I be elected, this issue, amongst
other things, shall be something I will
bring forth to the Senate through the
Students Awards Committee.
Please vote and to be heard. I shall
work hard to bring your voice to the
Fan (Jerry) Fan
As senator, my voice would not be so loud
as it may otherwise have been, but I will
still shout out the words that are passed
onto me.
Since opinions against the current
tuition policy are already well represented
in the Senate, the Board of Governors and
among the AMS Executives, for your
information, it's been the election slogan
of candidates for about three years. I
would like to bring to the attention of the
senate another problem that is not so well
represented, the theft of private property,
especially the laptop computers, which I
heard of three inddents in one month
To see the problem but not the solution
is useless, and I will also present my
solution, simple, Bait Computers. Since all
of UBC is wireless, we can use the existing
wireless system to track stolen computers
whenever they log on, and a beeper system
will be activated to acoustically warn the
security personnel.
If you want to steal, don't vote for Fan.
Amina Rai
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Dan Anderson
Sunny Aujla
Edward Cheung ELECTIONS 2005
Board of Governors (BoG)
The UBC Board of Governors is the highest decision-making body of the university. Student representatives to this Board
represent student interests on matters of management, administration of property revenue, business and affairs of UBC.
Fan (Jerry) Fan
I did not originally intend to run for the
Board of Governors, however, as time
went on, I grew more uncomfortable at
the state of UBC, where opinions of such
a large number of people were unheard
because they were facing horrendous
amount of new challenges that prevented
them from expressing themselves, to the
point where I could do nothing else but to
pull myself here to represent them.
I'd make sure that I accurately
communicate the students' opinions by
actually going out and collecting their
opinions, without bringing out the brandy
tide of "Board Member" to further
intimidate the student into expressing an
opinion that he or she does not hold.
Ultimately, if possible, I'd like to have a
new method to anonymously collect the
opinion of a random sample of students,
in supplement to the referendum system,
because the people who come to
the polling stations are not a perfect
representation of the students in
general. *«$
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Tim Louman-Gardiner
The first step is to accurately assess student
concerns. In large part this is done through
participation on AMS Council; however,
this is a body that can be often wrought
with infighting and petty politics, and not a
good barometer of students' concerns. As
such, I will undertake independent
meaningful consultations to assess the
concerns of UBC's students.
When it comes to BoG (and committee)
meetings, the key to making a good case
for students is putting forth a strong
argument, supported by in-depth
knowledge of the issue. The student
representative cannot be a one-dimensional
ideologue, but must be able and willing to
form a nuanced and detailed position.
Finally, the student representative must
remember she/he is part of a dialogue;
compromise and balance of interests is
vital to ensuring that the student voice
does not marginalise itself.
UBC is nothing without its students. It's
the student representative's job to make
sure the BoG never forgets it. ■%$•
Quinn Omori
You can be the most articulate voice in
the world, but you can't communicate
students' concerns unless you can find out
what students' are saying. Here are some
ways I intend to do just that
First and foremost, I've tried to present
a platform on my website
(http://quinnomori.blogspotcom) that is
as complete as possible, so what I stand
for is dear from the get go. In addition, I
think it's vitally important that Board
members take a lead role in the AMS to
push the Sodety in a direction that makes
it rdevant to students and ensures that
student feedback is easy to submit. As a
two term AMS Councilor this is a
direction I've tried to push the Sodety in
for the last two years. Clearly there's more
work to be done, but it's a challenge that
I'm unwilling to fail at. ^s^
Fire Hydrant
I will load student concerns into my left-
hand hose port, then eject them at high
velocity in President Piper's general
direction, pneumatically. Global
citizenshiPffTHWACK Tuition
Luxury condoPffTHWACK Bort, is that
After all, getting students' concerns
aired is only one part of the process.
Students need to have their voices felt, and
we need to make our mark. My concern
blaster will make itself felt, and will leave a
mark, which will encourage the Board to
listen and stop me. My immovable object
status will allow me to stand firm on a
position, so I should be able to effect
some meaningful change.
Look, people, if you're not part of the
solution, you're part of the predpitate. To
complete the horrible water pun, let me be
your solution, and bring new meaning to
the term "Board silly." Annoy Martha
Piper. Elect Fire Hydrant
Chris Weston
The BoG makes many dedsions that
direcdy affect your life as a student, and it
is extremely important that students have
strong voices on it to represent our needs
and interests. I will communicate your
concerns to the BoG by working dosely
with the AMS to lobby the University on
important issues like affordable tuition,
student focused campus devdopment and
an improved educational experience. These
are issues that we can't allow to be ignored.
I firmly believe that students need to be
consulted on issues affecting our education
and our campus, and that the University
must listen to our concerns. During BoG
meetings, it is the responsibility of the two
elected student representatives to educate
the other Governors on the views of
UBC's student groups. I know that I will be
a strong advocate for you at BoG meetings
due to the experiences I've gained over my
five years at UBC. Please find out more at
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—Chris Onstad
Creator of Achewood
Achewood—his site features a store from which his readers can
buy merchandise, including t-shirts, barware, cookware and key
chains, all with the comic strip's recognisable stamp.
Webcomics range from the profitable, like Onstad's, to the
talented hobbyist's. A unique aspect of the webcomic world as it
stands is its equal awarding of membership to professional
artists and scribblers alike—as "membership* here simply
means anyone able to get their art from the page onto the
screen. Unlike the print industry, in which an artist needs to
work through a publisher, editor and distributor to have his or
her work marketed, webcomics can be created and sustained
solely by their architect As frightening as it may sound, I myself
could begin my own webcomic tomorrow, only needing a few
friends to read it for it to be "distributed* in the same sense that
a newspaper strip is read by its subscribers.
Survival of the funniest
Of course, that doesn't mean that it would be good.
Luckily, the open-market nature of webcomics also leads to
a natural selection process on the part of readers. Though professional webcomic sites exist where readers pay a membership or per-viewing fee to read a regular roster of artists who
work for that site, many unpaid comic artists enjoy large readerships. For those who draw simply for the love, at least for the
time being, the Internet provides the peculiar capability to
broadcast to a large group of eager readers without the constraints of depending on their needs and demands for livelihood.
Clay and space coyote—their webcomic author names—are
two such artists. Clay draws Sexy Losers (www.sexylosers.com),
a clever adult comic, using ad revenue from his site to keep it
afloat; space coyote draws Saturnalia (http://saturnalia.keen-
space.com), a futuristic Japanese-style comic, which is hosted by
Keenspace, a free-of-charge hosting service for hundreds of
amateur artists. Both enjoy large readerships; Saturnalia has
triggered a spin-off fan site. Without the web, self-produced
comics such as these would have been obliged to subsist in the
underground scene, before a possible publication or syndication deal.
"When you put a comic online, you get a much bigger audience/ space^oyote, who is now in her early 20s, acknowledges.
"You receive more feedback and recognition. However, a lot of
that feedback and recognition can be negative. With print
comics, you're far more detached from your audience, which
tends to be a better thing for most artists." Both Clay and space
coyote include personal weblogs on their sites—another unique
aspect of webcomics —that keep their visitors up to date on
news related to their comic, and often their daily fives. Onstad
also includes weblogs on his site, written in first person from
the points of views of his characters for, he claims, more in-
depth characterisation.
Clay cites low cost and lack of external editorialship as the
main advantages of drawing for the web. "You can do what you
want.. The big advantage of print is mainly prestige of having
something in print," he wrote me from Japan, where he currently fives. He has been drawing for the web since 1997, when
he created his first comic, A Heart Made of Glass, a personal
semi-autobiographical piece that chronicles the pain of falling
in and out of love. He identifies himself as a "mere hobbyist,"
having withdrawn from the online active webcomic community two years ago due to "high school* politics.
Pixels for profit
The possibility of making a living off of webcomics was thrown
into action this past year when Randy Milholland, author of the
popular webcomic Something Positive (www.somethingposi-
tive.net), posted a proposal to his readers: if they donated the
equivalent of a year's salary from his day job, he would be able
to devote all ofhis time to the comic. His readers came through,
and Milholland was able to become a full-time artist through the
support ofhis readers. For those who do not wish to donate, the
comic remains 100 per cent free.
As webcomics become more abundant on the Net and more
artists seek to make their online art their only, or main, source
of income, different methods of generating income are emerging. Some, like Clay, cany advertisements on their sites to cover
their web costs. Others use a system of "micropayments," where
a Pay Pal icon will allow readers to either donate, or pay money
to view strips. There are now also "professional* webcomic
sites, for example Modern Tales (www.moderntales.com), that
charge users to view the work of their member artists. These
sites have been accused of polarising the webcomic artist community—into the haves and have-nots—and creating a hierarchy
of online art, scouting and inducting artists from amateur circles, leaving others out and making them seemingly inferior by
virtue of the principle of exclusivity. Onstad argues that the
most successful plan is through selling merchandise. "The art
and writing needs to bring readers in and get them hooked on
your scene,* he wrote. "You're not going to snare any readers if
your content hides behind a payment"
Space coyote, who has served as a panellist at several webcomic conventions due to the popularity of Saturnalia, warns
against the treatment of webcomics as an industry. "I do webcomics as a hobby—I don't do it to gain fame or popularity or
earn money, and it feels like too many artists are doing webcomics for the wrong reasons. All I say is, I believe webcomics
should be done for enjoyment and not for money or fame."
Onstad, who fives purely off Achewood, claims that making
a living from his online art is hard work either way. "Like any
job, you can make a living if you work really hard. I make my
living this way. I run to the post office and carry shit and pack a
ton of things and do a lot of manual labor [distributing
Achewood merchandise] in addition to sitting around drawing
drunken cats and writing."
And though it might be a natural assumption that webcomic artists naturally aspire to move to the more prestigious print,
Onstad is adamantely opposed: "There is this false notion that a
cartoonist who has gotten his strip in the paper has 'made it'
Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, when the
caroonist has created something fit for the paper, he has 'made
The Infinite Canvas
In the 10th Anniversary edition of his landmark strip Calvin
andHobbes, Bill Watterson criticised the constraints print publication imposed on artists like himself. "The comics can be
much better than they presently are. Better strips could attract
larger audiences, and this would help newspapers," he wrote.
"The comics' potential—as a seller of newspaper, and as an art
form—is great if cartoonists will challenge themselves to make
"I do webcomics as a hobby—I
don't do it to gain fame or popularity or earn money, and it
feels like too many artists are
doing webcomics for the
wrong reasons."
—space coyote
Creator of Saturnalia
extraordinary work and if the business will work to create a sustaining environment*
Scott McCloud, an early supporter of webcomics author of
the influential Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics,
has long advocated the growth of online comics, and echoes
much of Watterson's rhetoric. McCloud is famed for his concept
of the "infinite canvas"—the principle that online comics can be
more aesthetically pleasing than those in print as the art is not
confined to the dimensions ofa sheet of paper. Webcomics that
follow the infinite canvas concept can spread out theoretically
forever, the art it carried departing infinitely in every direction.
An example of this is the PoCom—UK—001 (www.e-merl.com),
a collaborative multidirectional comic created for London's
Institute of Contemporary Arts. PoCom appears on the screen
first as an array of small interconnected images; upon clicking
on an image, it zooms into view and the reader can follow one
of several storylines from there.
Such projects—dubbed "hypercomics"—are, for the moment,
rare and most webcomics remain as cyber corollaries of a print
layout. Though McCloud has predicted that the possibilities of
online comics will do much to revolutionise the genre, that has
yet to be seen. The majority of web comic artists continue to use
their presence on the Internet for its advantages of low cost and
instant, wide distribution.
Onstad is nothing if not straightforward in this regard: "I
don't give a fuck about gizmo whatsy-whos and rollovers. The
task is to tell a story or a joke. Intentional scrolling is the Realm
of the Douche."
Space coyote notes the lack of success thus far of hypercomics as indication of their lack of popular appeal and practicality for artists and readers alike. "I think most people prefer
to read comics in the old-fashioned formats, anyway," she
For the moment, she continues to work in a standard
Japanese-style format that is easily translatable to print, the format she aspires to work in ultimately. To work towards this
goal, she returns to the principle of improving her art, one that
is shared by Clay and Onstad. Comic artists have now proven
themselves of being able to subsist equally in print and on the
web—what remains fundamentally shared by the two is well-
produced, engaging artwork.
"Too many [web] artists sit around waiting to be picked
up...There's also the belief that a publisher will care about how
many readers you have, how many hits you get to your website,
how often you update, and so forth. Well, they don't"
She closes by stating what can be said for publishers and
readers alike.
"They care about the quality of the work, not the quality of
the website." ♦
-Clockwise from upper left: art from "A Heart Made of
Glass" by Clay; "Achewood" by Chris Onstad; "Saturnalia"
by space coyotepand "Achewood" by Chris Onstad.
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Let the games begin
New year brings
prospect or new
succeses for UBC
men's hockey team
by Dan Morris
Heading into the New Year, the UBC
Thunderbirds men's hockey team
had amassed a dismal record of 0-
12-4. A variety of factors contributed to this poor showing but it
was an astonishingly long injury list
that kept the Birds severely undermanned and unable to rival any
competition. Up to ten players were
sidelined in December, many of
whom were key offensive producers
The New Year, though, seemed
to give the team new life: two very
strong performances in Lethbridge
this past weekend gave the T-Birds
their first victories, and put them
back in the playoff picture. It is hard
to put too much stock in two wins
but it's always a positive sign when
a team gets their first win half way
through the season.
So what are the prospects for the
rest of the year? Let us briefly examine the play of the different areas of
the team:
"They have, like the whole team,
played below average. They have
been inconsistent, but the New
Year has given them a new mentality, and the season for us really
started January 7th (against
Lethbridge)," said UBC coach
Milan Dragicevic.
Ryan Thrussell, and newcomer
Jarret Winn are two of the more
capable players who have shown
the ability to organise the power
play effectively. However, the defensive core will need to concentrate
on reducing the number of
turnovers it has made.
Winn commented on being
more opportunistic.
"We just need to work harder in
practice. We also need to learn to
take advantage of our offensive
Consistency, consistency, consistency. Unfortunately, it hasn't
been that for the Bird's forwards.
UBC forwards, though they have
created a fair amount of chances
per game, have not fully been able
to create enough open ice for the
high-quality opportunities that are
needed to score on a regular
Two of the standouts so far have
been John Kress and Lance
Morrison. Kress, who leads the
team in goal scoring with five goals,
has been consistent all season and
has shown great creativity with the
puck. Casey Bartzen, last season's
leading scorer, has performed diligently, racking up 14 points, all
assists. The recent pairing with his
new linemate Kyle Bruce will create
a new dynamic that will hopefully
produce results on the scorecard.
"We need to put away our
chances, we need to maintain consistent play, and keep working hard,
and then we will be able to turn
things around," said Kress.
UBC has added two standout
offensive players, John Dahl and
Bruce, the latter of which won
Western Canada Player of the Week
Honors most recently after collecting four points, three goals and one
assist, in his first two games.
Dragicevic knows what they can
bring to the table.
"John [Dahl] is an exceptionally
skilled player, with great speed
and strong hockey sense. He will
have special-team (point man)
opportunities. Bruce, will be playing on the top line, and he brings
great energy, and he will be a
It's all up in the air. Probably the
most disappointing area of the
team this season is goaltending.
Chris Levesque, though a talented
goaltender who secured player of
the week honors back in October,
who has failed to capitalise on his
opportunity as a starter. Jesse
Boyd, in the same vein, has had a
number of solid starts but has
remained somewhat inconsistent.
Peter   Mandoli   has
not  played
enough       to       merit
The first win removed the
weight that sat on the shoulders of
the team, said Boyd.
"That first win was a barrier for
us," explained Boyd. "Once we got
that out of the way, the ball can now
start rolling."
In January the T-Birds acquired
Doug Groenestege, formerly of the
Mississauga Ice Dogs. He managed
to record a shutout in his first game
with the T-Birds, something that
hadn't been done in almost seven
"He is a solid positional goal-
tender, and he's being brought in
with a great opportunity to be the
number one," said Dragicevic.
The Thunderbirds will have
a tougher road ahead of them,
with stronger upcoming competition, but armed with a renewed
mental focus and a number of talented players, this second half
should prove to be more exciting
than the first. ♦
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Awards away!
Nominees for the 39th annual
Sports BC athlete of the year have
been announced. UBC's national
champion field hockey team has
been nominated in the Team of the
Year category, while CIS player of
the year, Stephanie Jameson has
been nominated in the Athlete of the
Year category. Carrie Watson, who
left the women's basketball team at
the end of last season was also nominated in that category. Winners will
be announced March 2. ♦
Friday, January 14,2005
Confronting the best in the west
Nick Johansson honored to selected to play in the 80th annual East-West Shrine game
by Eric Szeto
Nick Johansson must be drained.
From the high of experiencing one
of UBC football's biggest single
season turnarounds to the disappointment of their crushing playoff defeat, to the overwhelming
feeling of being selected to play in
this year's East-West Shrine game,
he must now nervously prepare to
showcase his football talents in
one of the most prestigious
American college football games
of the year.
"Definitely [I'll be nervous].
There's no doubt about it/ said
Johansson, who placed third in
Canada West in tackles for a loss
this season.
While most of the attention this
year was diverted towards the
team's explosive offense,
Johansson and the defensive core
quietly did their job and most likely saved more than a few games
for the Birds.
Johansson realises it's just part
of the game.
"[Getting unrecognised is] kind
of the nature of the game,  the
offense gets a lot of the recognition with the running backs that
j we had, they got a lot of the press
[and a lot of the notice with the
! quarterback and the receivers and
|everything,"  said the  6'4',  275
Impound, defensive tackle. "It does-
fn't really matter when it comes
lown to it because as long as we're
[winning games and we're doing a
[good job."
Now it's his turn to be in the
"Just to have that recognition as
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a football player you can't ask for
anything more," said Johansson,
who was also selected be first
team All Canadian. "To be able to
represent Canada down in San
Francisco is really good for
the program."
Johansson will be joined by
Jamie Lumsdem of McMaster's
University to represent Canada in
the 80th Annual East-West Shrine
game. The game will serve as an
opportunity for Johansson to be
scouted by the NFL, CFL and the
Arena Football League.
"It's going to be an eye opener
to see what level they play and how
things work down here and as a
player and hopefully eventually a
coach, there's so much I can learn
from experiencing this," said an
elated Johansson, who is honored
to be playing in a game where former players like Jason Clermont
and Bob Beveridge have previously participated.
Andrew Butchler, assistant
coach for the Birds, wasn't surprised by the news.
"It's great recognition.
[Johansson] was especially having
to be game-planned around and as
far as the recognition for Nick, I
can't think of anyone that is more
deserving," said Butchler. "He's
very low key and when he steps on
the field he just goes."
Football is looked at on a whole
different plane in the US, said
"Given the amount of press,
how much you hear about college
football in the States, and their
promotion departments really
pump up the game, there's a big
perception difference. It's a tough
thing to do and I think he's going
to do well."
But when it boils down to it
Johansson would much rather be
winning championships than be
showered with accolades.
Johansson recalled his experience
from the 2000 Vanier Cup while
playing for the University of
Ottawa Gee-Gee's.
"I won a Vanier in 2000 and
going back as an award winner
instead of playing for it actually
made me realise that winning any
kind of award personally does
nothing compared to playing in a
championship game," said
That's why he's already marked
his calendar for next season.
"Considering that we probably
had the youngest defense in the
[Canada West] I think we did a
really good job...Next year we'll
change and we'll win those playoff
games," said Johansson. "Next
year it's going to be a huge difference. It was the first playoff game
for a lot of guys and hopefully we'U
move on from this."
The 80th East-West Shrine
game will airing this Saturday on
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Campus & Community Planning
PybSic Meeting
You are invited to attend a public meeting to view and comment on development
application DP04024: Theological Lot 44, Residential Development (Ocean Point). This
application is for a 61 unit, 13-storey residential apartment building, including 14 ground-
oriented townhomes, in the Theological Neighbourhood on the site labeled 'Subject
Property' on the location map below.
Date:      Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Time:      5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place:     SUB, Room 205, 6138 Student Union Blvd
For directions to SUB, please visit: www.maps.ubc.ca. More development application
information is on the Campus 8i Community Planning (C & CP) website:
Questions: Lisa Colby, Manager Development Services, C & CP, e-mail: lisa.colby@ubc.ca
A   This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about assistance for persons with
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Friday, January 14, 2005
Jesse Marchand
Sarah Bourdon
Dan McRoberts
Ania Mafi
Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
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Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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and Jesse Marchand aggreed.Joel Libin suggested they hangout
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Nolan HopWo sat ON the fire hydrant and Paul Evans soon
became jealous of Liz's attachment to Claudia. He then challenged her to a duel. Sarah Bourdon offered a sword to each
dueller while Michelle Mayne began the countdown. Dan
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Airing our opinion
Getting people out to vote in Federal
and Provincial elections is hard
enough, never mind trying to get
them to vote for their student representatives. While the Ubyssey
encourages every student to get out
there and mark their X, we hope that
students will make informed choices in doing so. Know tiie candidates
and know the issues. For exactly this
purpose, we have put out an election
supplement for your voting pleasure, along with extensively covering
AMS happenings in our news section. To complete our tripartite coverage, read on for our endorsements
for this year's election.
In the case of President we were
at first torn between Jeremy Shell
and Paul Sutton. Jeremy is an experienced leader, having served as
president   of   the   Totem   Park
Residence Association but his relative inexperience within the AMS
has led to a campaign focused on
idealism and broad philosophies of
governing—providing the theoretical     Godhead     model     of    the
Philosopher   King.   Though  it  is
refreshing to see someone who can
identify with students across campus, he lacks in having specific goals
for specific projects and areas he
plans to improve.
Paul Sutton, on the other hand,
has already been actively involved in
the AMS as the Safety Coordinator
and as a concerned student attending council meetings. Paul's website
shows concrete, well-researched
ideas for the society such as creating
a stronger bond between the AMS
Advocacy Office and Graduate
Students Society. He also supports
creating a much-needed HR representative—a need that has become
increasingly apparent over the last
two months.
Above all, we believe in Pauls
capacity to build stronger relationships between the executive and
council. We see the promise of
accountability, a willingness to compromise and seek advice on difficult
issues, as well as a capacity to accept
criticism. Our choice is clear.
The race to become the next VP
Academic is truly fierce. Three candidates, Gavin Dew, Greg Paton and
Karen Ward, have emerged as
favourites, while lesser-known Kory
Yamashita has acquitted himself
well to this point in the campaign.
Gavin has extensive experience
with the AUS and on the University
Commission, Karen with graduate
student's issues as well as AMS
Council issues and campus development, while Greg has served on the
UBC Senate and is a notable presence at AMS Council. All three offer
progressive, workable policies and
have a pragmatic, reasonable view
of what they would be getting themselves into. We can't decide between
them, but we feel sure that the portfolio will be in good hands no matter
where it falls.
But the larder is rather bare
when it comes to the VP External
hopefuls. The joke candidate, wearing a bunny suit and brown-bagging
his way through the campaign,
seems to have as much substance to
his platform as Anna Downing, who
is running with rose-coloured glasses firmly in place, though her slip-up
during the forum when she assured
listeners that she was in fact an "apathetic listener* was highly entertaining. Jess Klug, handpicked by the
current VP External, seems to be the
best of a weak bunch.
Then there is VP Finance. While
Dick Davis adds some spark to the
position with his brash humour, the
sheer volume of his voice and his
unflagging enthusiasm for doughnuts, the best candidate here is
probably Kevin Keystone. Kevin is
experienced, having served as
Treasurer of Pride UBC. At the all-
candidates forum he stayed
focused, despite the crowd-stealing
antics of Dick. The other two candidates, Kyle Araki and Daniel Lau,
presented quietiy and without defining themselves, while Kevin was
well-spoken and enthusiastic. His
experience and interest would be an
asset to the society, as the VP
Finance must be much more than a
nervous number cruncher feedir"1
chewed fingernails into his pocket
The Senatorial candidates all
seem to have an easy in, with only
six showing up after they handed in
their nomination forms and Amina
Rai dropping out. With five positions
up for grabs, it's more a matter of
choosing who not to support rather
than picking the best candidates.
For Board of Governors, our staff
is unanimously for Quinn Omori.
Quinn's involvement as an Arts
councillor and his integrity and
knowledge of campus issues suggest
that he is not only capable but sincerely interested in bringing the student voice to the suits at BoG meetings. But the race is on between Fire
Hydrant and Tim Louman-Gardiner
for the other position. The case for
Fire Hydrant is strong. For one,
electing a Fire Hydrant into office is
the surefire way (pun intended) to
show dissent with the current elections. But more than that, Darren
Peets, the man behind the Hydrant
is a very competent and capable candidate. Tim, on the other hand, is a
veteran debater and has been
involved on campus for the past five
years. He would make an opinionated and passionate representative.
Last, but not really least, comes
VP Administration. This race is also
tough, with three fairly qualified candidates. Trevor Gilks, a self-
described AMS enthusiast, sat on
council a few years ago and is familiar with all things SUB-related. He
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sary for a VP Admin, though one can
wonder whether experience as an
Arts Councillor and designer of the
Inside UBC'is a sufficient provisor of
political acumen for such an extensive portfolio. Manj Sidhu possesses
more relevant AMS experience as
the current vice-chair of SAC, though
her overbearing presence is likely to
alienate voters, as well as her tendency to speak as if writing ALL IN
CAPITAL LETTERS. Scott Price, an
outspoken AMS councillor, wowed
the crowd at the forum with his in-
depth knowledge of plumbing alter
natives, but would likely find himself, if elected, in over his head—possibly in the sewage run-over resulting from the foolish, foolish wasteful
toilets in the SUB he so despises,
and rightly so.
And finally, there's Fan Fan.
What to say about Fan Fan? He is
running for three positions—including President How much can one
person handle? Not that we would
endorse this one in a million years
since his grand plan is to get rid of
AMS services that he can't name but
just knows don't get used. (Perhaps
after this election, the AMS will
reconsider and remove a person's
ability to be eligble for more than
one position.) Come back when you
know what you're talking about,
Fan Fan.
On a final note, we would like to
ask Elections Coordinator Anthony
Waldron a question: What is with the
obsession with Yoda? Does he somehow represent elections? There are
no elections in Star Wars and even if
there were, Darth Vader would swallow them into his blow boles before
that could happen. Perhaps it is
Yoda's wisdom or the fact that he is
900 years old that makes him an
appealing figure to paste onto every
single election ad. But still, see it we
You may not agree with the
Ubyssey picks, but instead of griping about it, make your voice heard
and vote next week. The AMS is,
after all, supposed to represent the
voices of students, v
Gabi Helms taught about food, writing, and life
by Rosalyn Cua
You know a great teacher when you
meet one. I was looking forward to
taking a second class with Dr
Gabriele Helms when a more
pressing need to take a term off led
me to drop my courses in regret. I
had seen flyers advertising a talk
that she was going give on reality
TV during Arts Week, and also
regretted that another commitment meant that I could not attend.
A week later, in the event of her
passing, I saw a different talk
advertised in place of hers. This
was how I knew.
It is rare that I would take more
than one class with a professor, but
with Gabi I would more than welcome it. I took English 470-Food
and Canadian Writing with her last
year and it was one of the most
enjoyable and fulfilling classes I
have taken in university. Her lectures were infused with enthusi
asm and meaning; you could tell
she was passionate about what she
was teaching. Gabi was the kind of
professor that students felt comfortable seeing after class or talking to during office hours. She
showed an openness and caring
that made me feel incredibly supported as her student.
Searching through my archived
email messages, I found several
that she sent me lastyear, each written with care and encouragement,
each containing useful feedback on
my written assignments. These
emails were my lifeline. At the time
I was struggling with my own health
difficulties, and often could not
make it to her office. When I did see
her, I would walk away feeling
much stronger and better able to
tackle my academic work. When my
health worsened and I could not
complete my assignments on time,
she was remarkably patient, understanding and compassionate. She
gladly arranged for me to write a
deferred exam and helped me
through completing the term paper.
What ultimately helped me was her
faith that I could complete my
assignments despite the difficulties
I was having, which was so important at a time when I thought I was
losing my mind' and really failing.
My heart smiles each time I think of
my favourite memory of her: I had
gone to see her to pick up my term
paper. Stepping into the Buchanan
Tower elevator, I took a peek at my
grade-a triumphant A! Thrilled
beyond belief, I rushed back to her
office and thanked her profusely. I
had a huge grin on my face and was
nearly in tears. She laughed and
congratulated me on a job well
done, and said that I had deserved
it-sincerely, proudly.
I loved Professor Gabi Helms,
and am saddened that I will not be
able to take another class with her. I
did not know about her cancer and
her pregnancy. Knowing her story
now, I am even more touched, and I
grieve with her family, friends, colleagues and students. But I am also
inspired by her strength and her
remarkable spirit that changed
many fives of young women with
breast cancer. Gabi shone in the
classroom as well as in the larger
school of life. She taught us that
none of us is ever alone, especially
when going through such a terrifying and isolating illness as cancer. I
remember she used to tell me,
when I would tell her I was struggling with the class material, that I
was not the only one, and that I was
not alone. She would help me get
through the course.
And she did. And that was one of
the most important lessons I have
Thank you, professor.
—Rosalyn Cua is an
Arts 4 student IPAGE FRIDAY
I Friday, January Vk§ 2005
UBC grad debuting film
With writing, producing, and directing credits, Sutton does it all
! playing Jan 17,19,20 at Video In
and Jan 18 at Pacific Cinemathique
by Ania Mafi
As the lights dim and the audience quiets their
pre-screening rituals of getting eveiything
they may need for before the show begins, a
local director and filmmaker sits hidden in the
audience holding his breathe, eagerly waiting
to hear the chatter of critique following the
film. For Jonathan Sutton, writer producer and
director of God's Baboons, this could be a true
depiction of reality as Sutton eagerly anticipates screenings for his film later this month.
A graduate of the UBC Bachelor s of Fine
Arts in acting, Sutton is a regular member of
the Savage God Shakespeare Reading series
and has played a number of Shakespearean
roles from King John's Prince Henry to the
role of Aumerle in Richard II. With appearances in productions at Bard on the Beach and
The Playhouse, Sutton is a multitalented artist
within the field of acting With film and television appearances to add to his credits, Sutton
is not afraid to be versatile within acting and
experiencing it all first hand.
Sutton says, 'I've often thought of doing a
Masters either in acting or directing—I'd particularly like to do one in directing,* but he
admits it's hard putting a couple years aside tp
take on such an ambitious and concentrated
endeavour. In the meantime, Sutton is already
working on his next screenplay, and looking
forward to the release of God's Baboons, his
directorial debut
The film itself is about a writer named Alex
who tries to follow in the footsteps of his
father, an established and successful writer.
Shutting himself off from the world, Alex
begins to alienate those around him that are
trying to help him reach his goals. A reflection
of Sutton himself? Not exactly. Although many
writers may incorporate their own characteristics within their fictional characters, Sutton
says, 'There are threads of that character's
experience in my own, but that being said, he
really struggles with his own mental stability
and also with the process of getting anything
started at all and I've been fairly lucky compared to him I guess.* And indeed he has.
After writing God's Baboons, Sutton spent
about a year looking into different options for
funding the film and says, 'As time was going
by, my editor had signed on and he owned a
digital video camera and we realised that we
should just go out and shoot the scenes.. Just
off my own saved money I shot individual
scenes, shooting a few days each month, and it
wasn't that expensive to start off with, and we
kept going like that because we liked doing it*
Taking it upon himself to get the project
done and really putting his time (and
money) behind the project Sutton says he
did some fundraising but points out that,
'each time we stopped and said let's sit
down and get funding and production infrastructure we realised that in the time it
would take to do that we could just shoot
some more scenes.*
Sutton, who stars in the film is joined by
Laura Nordin, who plays his girlfriend Abbey.
tiBffi8P^^&^&h&^":&"??.tf-. *:Xxi.
Nordin, also a graduate of the BFA program at
UBC received her MFA in acting at Harvard
University in 2004 and has appeared in a
number of local and international films.
Receiving the Best Actress award at the POV
2000 Festival for her role in Wonderland,
Nordin is convincing in God's Baboons.
Screening on Jan 17, 19, 20 at at Video In
at 7:30pm and Jan 18 at the Pacific
Cinemathique at 7pm, God's Baboons is a
film about a character struggling to find the
courage to confront his fears and is one audiences will appreciate. ♦
NOTHING BUT SMILES: Switzer and Duncan after performing this past Wednesday.
How about lunch
and some
Happening every Wednesday at noon/
don't miss these fun musical concerts
every Wednesday
at the Recital Hall in the School of Music
by Rosanne Sia
The audience is an unusual mix of grey
hair and young faces. Talk, laughter and
the scent of lunch food fills the semi-
full hall.
The lights dim. A young woman in a pink
gown walks on stage with a violin.
She lifts her bow and launches into Debussy's
Sonata for Violin and Piano. The violinist is
new faculty member, Eugenia Choi.
This was one of the final noon hour
concerts offered last term in the UBC
School of Music as apart of the Wednesday
Noon Hour Series. Eugenia Choi and
pianist Henry Wong Doe played an hour-
long programme that included works by
Debussy, Prokofieff and Ravel. They
attacked the music with an intensity that
captivated the audience. At times,  Choi
leaned back with her eyes closed while Doe
crouched over the piano keys. The music
was both jarring and lyrical.
The Noon Hour Series features facuiiy
members as well as local and visiting professional ensembles. This season the concerts range from classical, baroque and
contemporary chamber ensembles to
music from Southern India, and Russia.
The first concert for this semester kicked
off this past Wednesday with performances
by Tyler Duncan and Erika Switzer.
Highlights of their performance were
Brahm's Botschaft, Ibert's Chanson du
Depart and Quilter's Fair House of Joy; all of
which were exquisitely played on piano by
Erika Switzer and baritoned by Tyler Duncan.
The concerts are an opportunity to hear
good music in a casual atmosphere. Bring
lunch and pick up a goodie at the bake sale
in the lobby to support the UBC Opera
Concerts take place in the School of
Music's Recital Hall and cost four dollars. ♦
—with files from Raj Mathur
now playing
by Zach Siootsky
In April 1994 the plane carrying the
Rwandan president Habyarimana
was shot from the sky, sparking long
anticipated violence against the Tutsi
minority. Thousands died within the
first day as the Rwandan Armed
Forces and extremist Hutu militias
slaughtered Tutsis and sympathisers
in their homes and on the streets.
The 2500 U.N. troops were for-
bidden to intervene. Following the
murder of moderate Hutu prime
minister, Agath Uwiliyingimana, and
the ten Belgian soldiers guarding her,
the number of UJM. peacekeepers
were cut to one tenth their size. Until
the world acknowledged the violence
as 'Genocide*, the U.N. was under no
legal mandate to respond.
Rwandans were on their own,
with blind eyes from the rest of
the world.
The film Hotel Rwanda sheds light
onto the atrocities for westerners
comfortable in their apathy. Aimed at
audiences who know Utile about what
happened, this movie falls short of a
complete history lesson, and focuses
more on the telling of one story amid
the chaos.
The hotel Mille Collines in Kigali
caters to western travelers, Rwandan
VIP, and international politicians.
Careful not to invoke too much foreign sentiment militia and armed
forces turn their sights initially away
from the hotel, creating an 'oasis in
the desert".
Don Cheadle plays the hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu
whose wife happens to be Tutsi.
When his Tutsi neighbors are caught
seeking refuge in his home, he is
forced to buy their lives or take them
himself. Before he knows it. the hotel
has turned into a refugee camp, protected only by the presence of foreigners. When non-Rwandans are
evacuated, the remaining have only
Cheadle's uncalled favours and cunning to protect their safety.
While not graphic in its violence,
this film is still very disturbing. If
you are someone who ignores the
news because it's always bad, this
flick niay not be for you. The film is
eye-opening in the sense that many
may   not even remeber this event
happening. But, with that said,
there's something about buying a
ticket to a movie about an issue you
contributed no real life solution for
(or even knew about) that will make
you feel a little bit like a douchebag
when you leave though. ♦
***., Freedom
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ry where
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places, more often, as we continue to add and improve
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