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Friday, 2 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
The D rock out with their cocks out at Queen E
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
February 20
by Candice Vallantin
Amidst a sea of drunken college boys carrying
saxo-booms and smoking joints, a 12 year-old
boy with a mohawk is holding his mother's
hand while he stares at a chick wearing stilettos, fishnets and booty-shorts. No, this is not
the UBC bus-loop, but in fact the crowd gathering outside of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
awaiting Tenacious D's concert in late February. "The greatest band on earth," although
they failed to convince me they are worthy of
such a title, nevertheless did throw an excellent show that surely did not disappoint the
rowdy crowd.
The sold-out concert began with the unfortunate appearance of Neil Hamburger,
"the world's worst comedian" played by actor
Gregg Turkington. This guy deserves kudos
only because he had the nerve to continue his
routine, consisting of jokes such as "Why did
the chicken cross the road?" for what seemed
like an eternity, while the whole theatre heckled and booed him his entire set. After this
painstaking ordeal and a well-planned beer
break for the masses, the curtains were pulled
to reveal Jack Black and Kyle Gass peeping out
from under a blanket, lying on a couch in the
middle of the stage. The two then jumped out
and began strumming Tenacious D's classic
"Kielbasa" on a set that appropriately resembled a college-age bachelor's apartment, complete with fridge, bong, keg and a picture of
some busty blond hanging on the wall.
Rather than just playing their tunes, Jack
and KG delivered a full musical performance
with a storyline guiding the songs. They began
the evening chilling on the couch, jamming
some tunes such as "Wonderboy," "Tenacious
D time" and "The Road" when Lee, their biggest fan, shows up and sparks the bong. After
smoking a bowl and playing "Lee," a trivial
fight provokes "Kyle (to) quit the band," and after he returns, the electrical wiring kills them
both and they end up in hell. As it turns out,
hell is red, has oddly symmetrical volcanoes
spewing dry ice, smells like egg-farts and has
some wicked musicians.
So these two acoustic folk-rockers do what
any two hilarious stoners would do in hell:
they create a band with the Anti-Christ, John
Konesky on the electric guitar, Colonel Sanders, Brooks Wackerman on the drums, and
Charlie Chaplin and John Spiker on the bass.
Together they out-rock the Devil with their climactic song "Beelzeboss (the showdown)" and
become the rulers of hell. To celebrate, they
consume large amounts of "shitake mushrooms," dance with a giant mushroom on
stage and meetSasquatch.
Jack Black then proceeded to scare off "The
Metal," a giant robot (whose giant steps were
out of sync with their resounding thumps)
with an amazing spiral kick to the face that
one would not expect from such a chunky
little man. After "rocking your socks off" with
some more tunes from their latest album,
which has a harder rock-metal sound than
their first album, which lended itself to a
more acoustic feel, the band returned for the
grand finale. In honour of the ladies present,
they sang, "Fuck Her Gently" a classic that will
never disappoint, and "Tribute," an homage
to the greatest song in the world.
This surprisingly eclectic show seemed
like some trip two college dudes dreamed up
in an inebriated state with their garage band,
except that they actually managed to pull it
off and then they convinced a few hundred
people to pay $50 to see them rock out like
champions. Jack Black's hilarious antics and
whimsical lyrics were well-complemented
by Kyle Gass' excellent guitar strumming. Although their music reflects predictable 1970s
guitar riffs, their energy and ridiculous self-
effacing humour provided for a rockin' show
overall. @
Bike Co-op concert
followed by a Q and A session.
Gallery Pub
Mar 2,8:30pm
The Bike Co-op Presents: The
Greenbelt Collective and
UBC International Week:
Festiva Foods
Mar 2
Immerse yourself in a
presentation of cultures.
Echolalia. Call 778-319-1241
for more information.
Tickets $2
food, music and dances from
around the world. Food Fair
Climate Change Forum
(International House) 4:00-
Norm Theatre
6:00 pm; Closing Flag Parade
Mar 2, 12:00pm
6:00-7:00 pm; Performance
Hear Morag Carter of the
and Dance (SUB) 7:00 pm-
Suzuki Foundation and NDP
12:00 am.
environment critic Nathan
Tickets $12
Cullen discuss climate change
The Ubyssey (February 2 7)
"I want to walk alone"
The Sexual Assault Support Centre was incorrectly written as "Sexual Assault Support Club."
The Ubyssey regrets the error.
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with the week of events on the theme:
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Enchanting VAG
exhibit ignores
crucial works
at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Until April 29
by Chelsea Theriault
It only takes a second to realise
that you are in the presence of
great art. Either you shrug if off
and move on, or you are drawn to
what is mounted on the wall like a
moth to a bright light.
B.C. Binning's work, now on
display at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), is the kind that inspires
this initial moment of awe. Be prepared for many moments when
you'll feel like a moth drawn to a
mysterious neon light as you visit
this whimsical exhibit of "one of
the major figures in the history of
modernism in Canada."
Although he was born in Alberta, Binning was a British Columbian artist through and through.
He grew up here and was trained
at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts (now the
Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design). Most of his working career
was spent teaching in the Fine Arts
department at UBC, from 1949 until his retirement as department
head in 1974. As an artist, he is
lauded as being at the forefront of
the West Coast art and architecture
scene from the 1930s-70s.
The VAG's collection of paintings and drawings confirm what
the mounted biographies reveal
about Binning himself: that he had
"an innate sense of humor and delight in the world" and "motivated
his students to look at environments in a new way." The pieces
become increasingly abstract as
one  moves  through the  exhibit,
playing with bright primary colors in bold geometric shapes and
presented in engaging forms such
as triptychs and large fragmented
murals such as the astounding
"Kiss in Nine Pieces."
With kudos to senior curator
Ian Thorn, the show's chronological organisation results in a fascinating momentum as one walks
through the exhibit. It begins with
Binning's artful black and white
ink drawings, progresses to his
semi-abstract paintings of maritime subjects, and then culminates
in his most arresting large-scale
modernist pieces.
All a wonderful experience,
but the exhibit seems to end
With VAG publications extolling Binning as an "architectural
innovator" who "made important
contributions to early modernist
architecture in Vancouver," it is a
shame that no supplemental photographs of his architectural works
are included in the exhibition. Binning was initially celebrated as
a draftsman. He taught at UBC's
School of Architecture and even
designed and built his own West
Vancouver home, which has since
become an "architectural icon." It
seems natural to include this important aspect of Binning's career
in a full survey of his work.
It is unknown why the Art Gallery opted out of highlighting Binning's architectural achievements
alongside his two-dimensional
ones. Nevertheless, it is a testament to the exhibition's inspirational qualities that this reviewer
was left wanting more. Binning's
quirky, abstract style will be sure
to remind everyone not to take the
world or art too seriously. @ THE UBYSSEY  Friday, 2 March, 2007
Could Jim Carrey's days be numbered?
Joel Schumacher's latest is bafflingly bad
by Momoko Price
Contrary to what most reviewers might say
about The Number 23, Joel Schumacher's
latest fiasco, I truly believe this film had a
point. Here it is:
Only seriously disturbed people will pay
attention to a poorly written, poorly told story about a random number, and if they do,
it's probably just an indication that they're
actually insane.
That is in fact the film's whole plot—
and I'm not sorry for giving it all away. By
the time you figure out where the story is
going (which becomes apparent almost insultingly early on, despite a number of contrived and unnecessary twists and turns)
you won't care anymore. The only suspense
going on in this "thriller" is the tension that
builds from wondering whether it could
possibly get cornier, more convoluted or
more badly acted.
Jim Carrey plays a quiet, sensitive Joe Average (again), this time an animal control officer named Walter Sparrow, who's married
with a normal, run-of-the-mill family. Walt's
life isn't all that interesting, as are the lives
of most of the characters Carrey's taken on
lately. One night, his wife (Virginia Madsen)
comes across a tattered self-published book
in an old store called The Number 23 and
buys it for him. Walt promptly becomes
fixated by the apparently innocuous story,
convinced it is somehow a thinly veiled biography chronicling his own life, though the
evidence for this is weak. The link between
the suburban dog-catcher and the book's
protagonist, a tattoo-riddled, hard-drinking
private dick with a penchant for extremely
campy S&M, isn't all that plausible, so those
around him shrug off his anxieties.
Cue the inexplicable obsession with the
number 23, a number that's apparently
"everywhere" in dates, times, names, and
even shades of colour, at least according to
one of the characters in the book. The obsession jumps from the book to Walt, whose
paranoia builds to the point where he starts
fantasising about killing his wife, chases
down a convicted murderer in prison and
digs around in city parks at night. Sound
a little nonsensical? It is. Though the cop-
out twist ending technically ties up many,
though certainly not all, loose ends to the
story, the explanations are not satisfying in
the least. Suffice it to say, the "it was all in
their head, and they're actually crazy" movie wrap-up is getting really played. Everyone uses it and while it technically gives a
blanket answer, it never really accounts for
much logic-wise (which goes without saying
when the whole story ends up being the tale
of a psychotic).
Director Joel Schumacher (who, after
witnessing the utter defilement of Batman's dark legacy in Batman Forever and
Batman & Robin, I personally think should
be nicknamed "the Butcher") once again
managed to take what could have been a
reasonable storyline and over-simplified,
over-glamourised and over-emphasised it
beyond recognition.
I can only imagine Carrey's initial reaction to the first screening of the end product. Just like the movie, there's no mystery
to what it probably was:
"Wow, this is one piece of crap."*
The number of letters in this sentence
adds up to 23. Remarkable, isn't it? Well, actually it's not. @
^Scatf^        /
Chuck Klosterman
Tue 06.03.07 - Norm Theatre, UBC
Thu 08.03.07-PIT PUB
Fri 23.03.07 - GALLERY LOUNGE
Visit www.ams.ubc.ca/events
for more event information.
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"Everybody works with
heart and enthusiasm.
Costco looks after their
employees, because
they try to keep the
same employees."
Eva Notte,
Costco contract worker
Big box business has a
bad name.
As one-stop shopping becomes the new retail model,
specialty stores have a hard time
competing with multi-national corporations. Even with employee and
growth policies fiercely criticised by
activist groups, corporations like Wal-
Mart and Canadian Tire are setting
industry standards.
Emerging from the dismal landscape of the retail industry, however, is an established and innovative
competitor. Hidden behind towering pillars of bulk merchandise in
warehouses across North America,
Costco Corporation has been quietly
introducing new industry standards
since 1983.
The company is often lumped together with the rest of the pack when
it comes to the alleged evils of big corporations—which include threatening
local business, providing competitive
prices at the cost of quality products,
and failing to treat their minimum
wage workers with respect.
But as much as it burns to speak
well of a wholesale-retail colossus,
Costco may just be that friendly giant who swoops in to save countless helpless consumers from retail
Fewer frills,
bigger dollar bills
When Washington CEO magazine
did a cover story on Wal-Mart's top
competitor, they heaped praise on
Costco CEO James Sinegal's business style, hailing it a "window into
the Costco corporate culture: direct,
open, modest, and frugal. There's no
pretension here."
Costco is said to operate under
two cardinal rules: they never sell
anything at a loss, and they never
raise their profits on an item above
14 per cent.
They also take care of their employees. A cashier coming in off the street
Costco rules,
Wal-Mart drools:
Bucking the big-box myth
by Angela Wilson, The Athenaeum {Acadia University}
earns a starting hourly wage of $9.50.
After four years, that same cashier
will make up to $40,000 a year.
Through the mechanism of bulk
shopping, and unadorned, warehouse-style stores, Costco is able to
keep prices low and revenues high.
Terrence Weatherbee, a business
professor at Acadia University, explains that by dispensing with many
of the costs associated with classic
retail inventory practices, Costco
is able to re-direct cash flow to employees, and make fairer deals with
suppliers. Cheap floor displays, decreased individual packaging and
bulk supplies are what allow Costco
to remain competitive and redistribute its wealth to things like employee
development, which it maintains as a
high priority within the corporation.
Temporary associates
Perhaps the most salient of Cost-
co's policies is the way that it treats
its employees. Aside from some of
the highest wages in the industry,
the  company also boasts  at least
14 benefit plans, including a vision
plan, dental care, disability, and
long-term care.
Eva Notte, who does contract work
selling food samples at a Costco in
Montreal, has noticed a difference in
Costco's employees.
"The new generation are smart
people. They stay there because Costco prepares the future for them. Even
if employees want to start a small
business, Costco helps them. If my
son wants to start a business, Costco
will help him," she said.
"I worked in Maxi, and other
places, and at Costco it's different.
People are responsible for their
work. Everybody works with heart
and enthusiasm. Costco looks after
their employees, because they try to
keep the same employees."
One of Costco's policies is to encourage employees to alternate day-today tasks so the staff doesn't get frustrated with menial or repetitive jobs.
They also pride themselves on their
promotional system, which gives employees a first crack at moving up the
corporate ladder. Wal-Mart employees, in contrast, make about 31 per
cent less than large retail workers on
average. While the US national average of workers covered by employer
health insurance sits at 67 per cent,
Wal-Mart's average is 47 per cent.
Nicole Schofield, personnel manager at a Wal-Mart in New Minas, NS,
has been working for the company for
just over three years. She responds to
accusations of high turnover rates at
Wal-Mart stores with the explanation
that they are "seasonal."
"We have a high turnover rate in
January, because we hire a lot of temporary associates over the Christmas
season, so when January comes we let
those people go."
Schofield says Wal-Mart's wages
are based on sales.
"In December we have our biggest month of the year and in January, when our sales go down to minimal, we have to reduce our wages as
well. But it doesn't really affect our
full-timers or even our part-timers,
we've always had good relationships
with them."
Max Noseworthy, head manager
at the same store, contends the company's turnover rate is actually below
average standards for retail.
Annual store-level employee
turnover rates in Canada usually
range between 11 and 49 per cent
according to a 2006 Retail Council of
Canada study.
"In retail in general, there's a lot of
entry-level positions, and people don't
stay at those things forever."
"Everyjob starts above minimum
wage. There are no minimum-wage
jobs. I'm told that the pay is very
good for the standards of retail.
You're not going to make $ 16 or 17
dollars at retail."
Play it again, Sam
Hoover's Inc., a business critique
company, describes Wal-Mart as an
"irresistible (or at least unavoidable)
retail force."
Wal-Mart and Costco have been
battling each other for over 20 years.
With the conception of Sam's Clubs,
a Wal-Mart-owned, membership-only
warehouse that offers members low
prices for relatively higher quality
goods, the stakes have been raised.
Competition with Sam's Club has
already impacted Costco. In early
August 2003, Costco was forced to
announce that the company expected lower fourth-quarter profits than
originally predicted. This was largely
due to having to cut its own prices, a
necessary move in order to remain
competitive with Sam's Club. Sam's
Club, backed by Wal-Mart, had just
introduced a new aggressive competitive strategy of slashing prices to
tackle Costco.
The result was that Costco stock
prices fell more than 20 per cent a
few days after the announcement was
made, as investors predicted that this
was perhaps the first step in Costco's
fall to the feared retail monster.
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club are Cost
co's largest threats, and vice versa.
The competition, however, is certainly unbalanced. In the US, Wal-Mart
operates 1,074 discount stores, 2,257
super centres and 579 Sam's Clubs,
compared to Costco's 504 warehouses. In today's industry, it's huge corporations like Wal-Mart that still set
the standards.
Wal-Mart offers competitive pricing, and one-stop shopping, and they
are able to do this mainly by being
the biggest kids on the block. Well,
more like the biggest kids on every
block who combine into one terrifying gang.
Weatherbee explains that Wal-Mart
benefits from one-sided relationships
with its suppliers.
"Business with Wal-Mart means
that you can have immense success,
but Wal-Mart dictates the terms of
the contract and therefore the terms
of that success. They have that type
of leverage."
Wal-Mart buys bulk and profits by
selling it in a department store format. They also deal with virtually no
competition and so can afford to be
stringent with their suppliers.
Not only is Wal-Mart competition for corporations like Costco, but
their aggressive policies are also a
very real threat to their competition's
In for the long haul
If corporations like Costco are to
survive, they need to remain competitive in the global market, but on
whose terms?
Stock value is determined through
comparative advantage, so if Wal-Mart
experiences a higher return rate than
Costco, they are the ones who will set
industry standards, regardless of non-
quantitative internal policies.
Weatherbee explains that investor confidence is determined by individual firm analysis and consumer
reaction, and it is usually based on
a comparative answer: What did you
do in comparison to others? Industry
leaders such as Wal-Mart are used as
benchmarks, and the weight given to
the comparison benchmarks depends
on individual investors.
He hypothesises that while Wal-
Mart takes great advantage of the
regional economics in an area by
driving its business on workforces
consisting primarily of students and
part-time workers like retired people,
this advantage is likely short-term.
They can keep labour costs low with
this opportunistic hiring strategy,
but while they may have a comparative advantage in labour costs now, it
can be argued that they will "run out"
of employees before Costco does, as
the demographic availability of the
"ideal" Wal-Mart worker in Canada
"While Wal-Mart may be seen as
the safer investment today," says
Weatherbee, "you could value Costco's
treatment of employees and business
policies, and see this as a better long-
term investment."
However, with the current market
set-up, it is difficult for corporations
like Costco, whose return rates are
hurt by high internal costs due to high
employee wages, to remain competitive and attract investors.
The consumer
While it's unlikely that big box
stores like Costco and Wal-Mart
will create an alluring ambiance for
shoppers anytime in the near future,
Costco has managed to address many
of the problems for which other giant retailer corporations have often
been criticised. They've done this by
introducing innovative policies that
redistributed the company's wealth
to value things that most corporations take for granted.
Which begs the question: If Costco can find a way to make it work-
by restricting revenue growth yet
maintaining a 10 per cent one-year
sales growth—then what excuse do
other corporations have for lagging
behind? @
'Business with Wal-
Mart means that you
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by Justin McElroy
As the ever-present overhanging
clouds of winter begin to give way
to the inevitability of spring, one
by one we bid adieu to the Thunderbird teams that pack their
bags, leave the comfortable confines of War Memorial Gym, and
seek glory afar in the annual—and
eternal—quest for fame, fortune,
and a CIS Championship.
Two weeks ago, we waved goodbye to the men's volleyball team, a
team that started the season with
one goal: To get the national championships after eighteen years in
the proverbial wilderness. Now,
after an impressive second place
finish in the Canada West Championships last weekend, they have
another: To win an improbable
CIS title.
Last weekend, the men's basketball team put to rest any questions on who were the kings of BC
Basketball, thumping their archrival Vikes from Victoria in convincing fashion—not once, but twice. It
capped off an eighteen game winning streak at home for the team,
whom now need just one win this
weekend at Brandon to ensure
their own berth in the national
And so we are left we just one
team remaining on the Point Grey
Campus to root for this weekend,
and one more weekend to head to
War Memorial Gym to cheer on a
UBC Thunderbird team until the
calendar finds its way to September again.
The Canada West Final Four
Tournament for women's basketball takes place over the next
two days at UBC, and it should
surprise no observer—casual or
otherwise—that the Thunderbirds
are the team to beat this weekend.
They are the team to beat every
time they step on the court. They
are the standard, the measuring
stick, the bar that all other teams in
Canada mustbe measured against
They have one of the top post players in the country in Kelsey Blair,
an all-star pure shooting guard in
the country in Erica McGuinness,
a consummate point guard in Cait
Haggarty, and a bevy of supporting talent that makes the T-Birds
depth the best in the country.
You think I'm joking? You
think I use fancy adjectives and
announcer-like superlatives because it looks nice on print? Well,
to quote Bill Nye, consider the
Last year, the Thunderbirds
won their second national championship in three years.
This year, they are ranked
No. 1 in the country heading into
Notconvinced? Howaboutthis?
In the past two years, the team has
the following records against Canadian competition.
Saskatchewan: 0-2.
SFU: 7-4.
Every other school in the
country: 55-0!
Discounting the fact that one
mediocre team has some crazy
hex on them, I'd say that's a pretty
gosh darn good record right there.
Spectacular, in fact. And yes, I fully realize that hyperbole is more
than slightly overused in sports.
However, short of me declaring
this T-Birds team god-like in their
abilities, it's tough to go overboard
in describing their talent. Which
would make this column a pretty
amusing jinx if they lost against
Winnipeg tonight.
Anyways, my point is this: one,
this is an incredibly good Thunderbirds team. And two, this is your
final chance to see this team in action. After this weekend, they head
out east as the favourites to pick
up their third CIS championship in
four years. After that, they will lose
forwards Kelsey Blair, Kim Howe,
and Julie Little to graduation, and
though it's not inconceivable that
the T-Birds could lose three starters who combine for 34 points
and 16 rebounds a game and not
suffer a downturn in production,
it's unlikely.
As another season at War Memorial Gym ends this Saturday
night, an era for women's basketball at UBC sets at the same time.
So enjoy it while you can, because
in sports, there's a tendency not
to appreciate good teams until
they're gone. @ THE UBYSSEY  Friday, 2 March, 2007
Candidates crowding to compete for GSS presidency
by Colleen Tang
Lesson learned: if at first you don't
succeed, try, try again. The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is having no problem the second time
around getting new candidates
for president to lead the executive
At the last GSS council meeting, they voted in an interim GSS
President, PhD candidate Patrick
Bruskiewich, and decided to run
an immediate by-election for the
vacant president's position, resulting in the nomination of four
According to David Noshad,
chief elections officer for the GSS
bielection, this is the first time that
the GSS has garnered four candidates in the last seven years.
"It was nice to see four candidates," said Darren Peets, GSS
councillor. "We've got more than
one reasonable choice."
The candidates come from a
variety of backgrounds and had different ideas to offer to the graduate
community at a forum this week.
Patrick Bruskiewich
In addition
to acting as
interim GSS
wants to take
it for the
long haul.
Ac ad e mia
is the focus
for this candidate. Having earned three degrees at UBC, he's currently working on a fourth, a PhD in Physics.
He feels education should be the
main priority for the GSS. This includes focusing on funding at the
graduate level and establishing
more of an investment in terms of
Canadian content.
"My feeling is too much of the
last two years has been spent on development issues and less time on
academics and academic quality,"
he said. "I want the University to
look more at the academic issues."
One of the ways in which he
hopes to encourage and ensure
funding is to create a David Suzuki
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture.
This centre would be located where
the UBC Farm currently resides.
Bruskiewich feels thatDavid Suzuki
deserves this recognition and that
Suzuki has enough respect in the
provincial and federal government
level that would gain their support
in favour of the centre. With the
establishment of this centre it will
"allow the University a proposal on
how to save the UBC Farm."
As president, Bruskiewich wants
to foster a more personal relationship with the student community
by running around campus and interacting with them, something he
felt previous UBC President Martha
Piper used to do but didn't during
the last few years of her term.
A way that he is motivating students to vote in the by-elections is
by announcing that he is willing to
donate a dollar for every graduate
studentwho votes to go towards the
Stanley Park reforestation fund.
Ed Durgan
1 ij''-"V~,  "3B Having been
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as well as
the previous
Chief Elections Officer,
Durgan decided to run
for presidency to prioritise reconnecting the
graduate student community with
its student society before trying to
reach outside of UBC.
"It seems to me that GSS has
lost contact with the graduate student population at UBC with such
a small number of representatives
on council...That is going to be
one of my main objectives, to sort
of establish or re-establish some
kind of rapport with the grad student population in general," he
said. "Once that's done then we
can start to look to other graduate
student communities."
Like the rest of the candidates
he acknowledges the need for funding and affordable housing for
graduate students, but beyond that
he thinks the GSS "doesn't know
what the graduate students' needs
and wants [are]."
"I think it's quite ambiguous
and mysterious what might best
serve the graduate student population here," Durgan said in addition to what the previous executive
has determined.
Durgan believes his greatest asset is his ability to bring student
population and council together,
and mobilise all the possible resources available.
"In all modesty, I have a gift of
bringing people together," he said.
"I think that's going to be the main
task of president, to bring people
Matt Filipiak
Being new
to the UBC
scene, Filipiak does not
feel that he's
got the advantage. But
he has had an
abundance of
prior experience dealing
with various levels of student government in the US and hopes to
share his knowledge and enthusiasm here at UBC.
"I've had quite a lot of experience with student government and
politics and organising in all different kinds of levels from smaller
groups of people who like to go out
and protest to being in student government and being a part of a really effective administration student
government body in the University
of Wisconsin," he said.
In fact, according to Filipiak, his
most important asset that he can
contribute as GSS president would
be his extensive knowledge with
different forms of leadership training. He also has a good understanding of the Robert's Rule of Order, a
widely-used parlimentary rulebook
familiar to many other student
Filipiak noted that his familarity
with landscape architecture is central to his concerns about UBC.
"Being in Landscape Architecture I hear a lot about design [and]
sustainability," he said. "We study
that and research it and practice
how we can design it..There's a lot
of frustration with the way that the
campus is being developed."
"I'd really like to be a strong
voice on seeing the student
body start to take the role that it
actually can."
"It's up to us to make the
change," he said.
Aidha Shaikh
Serving as
the current
GSS senator
representative, Shaikh
hopes to use
her connections with
the Alma Mater Society to
help facilitate
a better working relationship with
them for support as well as a better
relationship at the university and
provincial government level.
"I want the GSS to be active and
interactive," she said.
Like Durgan, she also feels that
there is a lack of interest from
the graduate student community
and the GSS.
"We have a big problem with
that because not very many graduate students are up-to-date about
council or have any interest in
council or have any interest in student government and they don't realise that everything we do is really
critical to them in their everyday
lives," she said, adding they need to
find ways to reach out to graduate
students who are off-campus.
While Shaikh acknowledged
the useful tactic of lobbying in
person, as she did in Victoria with
members of the AMS and GSS, that
mode of lobbying is not always possible. Other creative means should
be used, she said, such as ensuring
funding for graduate students. She
urged graduate students to write
letters to the government.
"I think that we need to be going
after different modes of lobbying...
that we're voicing our concerns
effectively, that we're helping to
propose solutions and that we are
raising them in such a way that we
seem that we're putting the thought
and effort into it," she said. This
way the government is more likely
to give a response, she added.
All candidates said they would
have the time to fulfill the duties
of this position. Graduate students
will have the opportunity to vote
in the by-election between March
The Role of the GSS President
sets the date for the annual general meeting
chairs council meetings
sets the agenda made for the upcoming council meeting
and ensures all relevant material is given to councillors in
sends copies of the minutes of the previous council meeting
to all councillors
acts as the representative for all UBC graduate students to the
University, and both the provincial and federal levels of
interprets the GSS council policy including the Constitution and
bylaws of the society
executes council decisions made
assumes responsibility for the supervision of the staff within the
Society regarding their programs and policies of council
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Michael Gondwe & Aaron Maluwa, Educators from Malawi
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Grand-Pere (Big-Father) is watching you
Have you heard the news?
Communists maybe afoot in Canada. And
they could be openly working in the highest
levels of government.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0
that security certificates, which ensure the
security of all Canadians by denying all rights
to suspected terrorists, are illegal. Then, the
spawn of Satan in the House of Commons
(read: opposition parties) ambushed our fine
Conservative government in voting to allow
provisions of 200 l's Anti-Terrorism Act—the
ability to seize suspects for 72 hours without
charge and compel witnesses to testify at
special hearings—to expire. That's right, liberals were against the Anti-Terrorism Act!
Whose side are they on?
If we are to bring our glorious nation into
the 21st century properly guarded from the
threat of rogue nations, and, even more importantly, the threat of individuals who fear
neither death nor God, we must immediately
re-instate legislation to allow for the issuance
of security certificates. In fact, a responsible
citizen should not only gladly (and fearlessly)
welcome a thorough detainment and interrogation but should willingly give themselves
up for a routine inspection of their daily
habits. One may never know when they are
inadvertently harming the State, and therefore themselves and their fellow citizens. We
can't take that chance.
Slacking on the Anti-Terrorism Act is a
bad idea for the well-being of all Canadians.
In fact, the act should be reinforced and expanded through the following means:
Police-Funded Media (PFM):
Uninformed citizens inform on as many
suspected terrorists as possible, while wasting public resources searching for innocent
people. A PFM contest is in order, allowing our law enforcement agencies the ability to financially reward new publications
which continually find the most dangerous
This ensures a better media, more attuned to the needs of our citizenry, with
more of the right people behind bars.
Grand-Pere (Big-Father, not grandpa)
As a bilingual nation, we need a sort of
Grand-Frere to protect us from monolingual
threats. Let's call him, Grand-Pere. English-
language terrorists are known to be plotting
the destruction of Canada on the Queen's
birthday, united in their global holy war for
one world united under a British monarch.
Grand-Pere shall be the protector of Canadian identity, watching over our shoulders for
violent attacks and helping find and detain
subversive elements.
Big-Father's primary role would be to ensure that Canada stays a nation within a nation under one omniscient father.
The Muslim world has Al-Jazeera. The US has
Fox News. Our new society would have to introduce television programming that would
propagate the great maxims of our society.
To get the real news scoop, citizens would
subscribe to PFM, but for entertainment, they
would turn to hilarious programs like Curb
Your Civil Liberties. Produced and starring
Larry David, he would highlight the quirky
intricacies of a society without privacy and
personal rights laws.
Grand-Pere's in Charge, starring a matured Scott Baio as the hilariously mischievous Grand-Pere. He's lovable, he's silly, he's
authoritative: Grand-Pere's in Charge.
Another TV show: We're the Boss, starring
Tony Danza.
Internship camps
Arts students are known to be sympathetic
to dangerous groups who believe in liberty
and freedom. The government should therefore establish these camps where they can be
worked without pay while being re-educated
and posing no threat to society or the real-
world workforce.
An enslaved mind has no time to overthrow the existing power structure. Besides
complaceny [sic](notice the complancency
there!), starvation and sleep deprivation
is the easiest way of discouraging happy
go-lucky intellectuals from revolting. And
companies always need someone to make
Our own Regina 911!
Why doesn't Canada have more secret secret
police? We need at least two policemen to
every citizen (2:1), and another two policemen per policeman (4:2). This ratio ensures
absolute reliability.
If our citizens are not completely aware
and fearful of a centralised secret police
force, they are liable to express their individuality—an obvious constitutional violation of
our sense of national security.
So far we have privately issued surveillance
cameras. If things go well we'll soon have
publicly-issued cameras. The next step is
obvious: publicly-issued, private cameras.
Yes, the last frontier of anti-terrorism, the
only stone left unturned, is your bedroom,
your bathroom, and your most private and
intimate affairs. Think about all those times
you've turned your back on a possible terrorist: every time you let someone use your
washroom, you leave your backside open to
toilet bombs.
Help keep things safe—let Big Father
watch your ass. He might just save it someday. @
Think fast hot-shot: the government has accused YOU of terrorism...What DO YOU DO?
Carlos McCAIIister
—Sonoka Ehana
—Derek Eidick
—Yohan Lee
—Monica Bolles
Political Science, 3
Arts, 4
Arts, 4
Commerce, 4
Arts, 2
"I'd probably lose if 1
"Die laughing
"1 would deny that
"Tell them to fuck off."
went to court. So I'd
I'm a terrorist, and 1
probably run away
would ask, based on
to another country"
what evidence are
they accusing me?"
- Coordinated by Alison Bailey and Oker Chen
Self-love: GSS style
In response to the recent article "In
search of a Graduate Student Society
President" [Feb 13.], we would like to
publicly thank Triny Chen for her past
service as President of the GSS and are
understanding of her decision to step
down after the completion of her thesis
and university work earlier this year. As
an Officer of the Society she served our
members with dedication and diligence.
We wish her well on her future endeavours and welcome her to turn to the Society if we can be of any assistance to her
in her future endeavours.
There is the adage that one can measure a cup as being either half full or half
empty, depending on one's perspective.
It is the general feeling amongst Graduate Students at UBC that the GSS is a proficient and professional organisation.
While during the recent GSS elections
voter turn-out was low and there was a
position left vacant, one can interpret
this as a measure of the general satisfaction amongst Graduate Students that the
GSS is doing a fine job and that there is
no issue worth drawing Graduate Students away from their pressing academics and research.
The Society has an excellent rapport
with the University, as well as with its
sister organisation the Alma Mater Society. This past year the GSS has successfully lobbied for a new $ 10 million commitment by the provincial government
towards Graduate scholarships, an additional $ 10 million towards internships,
as well as a reduction of barriers for international students.
In and above the Society's normal
function to lobby for Graduate Student
Services, this past year the GSS has also
undertaken infrastructure renewal in
the way of renovations to the Graduate
Student Ball Room, and is about to begin
major renovations to Koerner's Pub. The
Society has also coauthored the Graduate Student Strategy at UBC. The Society
runs in the black as far as its finances are
concerned and has a new, redesigned
Graduate Magazine.
Please feel free to contact the Graduate Student Society should you have any
questions about this letter or any issue
—Patrick Bruskiewich is a PhD student
in Physics and interim GSS President
Listen up: We need comics
submissions for our comics contest. The deadline has been pushed
back until March 19th. That's ten
extra days to get your 'funny' stuff
into us.
Email submissions or questions
Did we mention there are prizes?
Winners to be released in our Comics Feature March 30th.
Oh yeah, and we need letters. Send
us your beefs.
Feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca THE UBYSSEY  Friday, 2 March, 2007
News Analysis
Executive report cards
Kevin Keystone, President
The Kevin Keystone we saw at the end
of the term was not the same Keystone
who took office in February of last year. At
the beginning of his term he struggled to
decide what he wanted to do in his term
as president. However, after getting over
this first hurdle he was able to make some
good contributions, most significantly
the relationship he established with the
Graduate Student Society (GSS)—Keystone
managed to create a rapport with the GSS
and produced the memorandum of understanding between the two societies after
they expressed interest in separating from
the AMS.
Keystone managed to put motions to
council that were of importance to the student body. This includes the motion for
the AMS to not support exclusivity deals,
such as the Coca-Cola contract. The lack
of daycare spaces was also a hot issue this
year and Keystone brought it to council's
attention. Council eventually decided to
contribute $ 100,000 per year for ten years
towards child care in order to jumpstartthe
service. Although he acknowledges that this
motion went forward with the help of VP
Academic Jeff Friedrich, he did take steps
to secure the money dedicated to this issue
in a timely manner.
Considering the feedback from various
councillors, Keystone showed a lot of respect for others at council meetings, and
Jeff Friedrich, VP Academic
Jeff Friedrich had an impressive year in
his role as VP Academic and University Affairs. He started in his position with a
strong platform and worked towards many
of the goals he set out in the 2006 election.
The VP Academic position is, behind the
President, the most demanding position in
the AMS executive—everything from academic issues to child care and housing fall
into this heavy portfolio.
Despite the difficult load Friedrich handled the job well. He was instrumental in
bringing student voices to campus planning and development—he worked with
GVRD board members to bring about a governance review regarding the University's
municipal structure and campus development. He also helped win a voting position
for students on the University's development permits board.
Friedrich also did some wise restructuring of several AMS positions, continued his
focus on sustainability and the UBC Farm,
and helped restructure and stabilise the
Sexual Assault Support Centre.
We find that while Friedrich is open and
Sophia Haque, VP Finance
Like her predecessor, Kevin Keystone,
Haque managed to stay on budget without a deficit. Some call this lucky, some call
this doing her job. Whatever the case, she
was faced with a difficult decision at the beginning of her term when she had to shut
down the Student Union Building (SUB)
Arcade due to low profit, upsetting a number of students who protested the decision.
This decision was a double-edged sword for
Haque—on the one hand, it was a financially beneficial decision that cut a service running at a loss, but on the other hand aren't
student services supposed to be non-profit?
What does it matter if it was operating at a
loss as long as the service was used?
When the UBC Athletics Department
wanted to increase the student athletics
fee to build a new student recreation centre, Haque argued that the Athletics department had not done this in a consultative
manner—students were not given information prior to the suggestion of increasing
fees. She also managed to work with the
Athletics Department to reduce UBC Athletics user fees—the fee students pay when accessing additional facilities provided from
the Athletics Department-by $10,000 for
the upcoming school year.
Haque   maintained   an   "open   door"
that reflected well upon his leadership
skills. He proved to be accessible and spoke
well in public functions.
Although he pushed for various motions
that were seen as accomplishments for the
AMS, his main goal of making the AMS
more transparent, accountable, and getting
the student body more aware was not successful. Ultimately, he failed to decrease
student apathy. While it was a great idea it
did not develop into a concrete project of
any kind.
Also, Keystone took critisicm for not
making member-at-large seats more accessible to the general student body as many
of the seats went to students already associated with existing AMS council members.
& University Affairs
easy to speak to, he could work on his public speaking as he tends to ramble when
speaking in an official capacity, though he
is very candid otherwise. Some of the AMS
Council members also commented that
Friedrich was not good at delegating tasks
but otherwise spoke highly of him.
Ultimately, while Friedrich did fail to
meet some of the loftier goals in his platform, his hard work and politicking helped
him make concrete gains in several areas.
policy, and was regularly available to staff,
councillors and media. She was often very
professional during council meetings and
kept a close eye on numbers of relevance to
her portfolio, which reflects her work ethic.
In addition, she has made balancing club finances a more efficient process by allowing
clubs to organise their finances online.
However, she did not make efficient use
of her time in her work on the compensation review. A committee was formed to
make a recommendation regarding student salaries but after a series of surveys,
a recommendation was not made until the
last week of her term.
by Brandon Adams and Colleen Tang
I No.
News Editors
photos by Oker Chen
Ian Pattillo, VP External Affairs
VP External Ian Pattillo had an unimpressive year. Pattillo, whose mandate
is largely focused on issues such as liaising with both the federal and provincial
government on university related issues,
inter-university relationships, and lobbying
for issues important to students, failed to
make a strong impression.
Pattillo did work with others on important issues such as the UBC & Coca-Cola exclusivity contract, where he helped form a
framework for corporate contracts. Pattillo
says he is also proud of his work on the
UBC Strategic Alliances Committee, a committee with an ill-defined mandate which
Pattillo had previously derided in a Ubyssey interview.
Pattillo also worked with other post-
secondary institutions to make the U-Pass
more widely available on the condition
that UBC students wouldn't pay more for
their U-Passes.
Pattillo, who was a strong proponent of
the Voter Funded Media (VFM) project, saw
the project end with no significant gains in
voter turnout and winners based on name
recognition. The project, with Pattillo as
chair of the Ad Hoc Voter Funded Media
Committee, was pushed through for this
year's elections, despite concerns from
VFM founder Mark Latham about rushing
the project.
Under Pattillo's tenure the Executive
Commission, a committee dedicated to
external affairs, was ineffectual and ultimately was disbanded by Pattillo due to its
poor performance.
David Yuen, VP Administration
As VP Administration David Yuen did a
satisfactory job. His responsibilities as
VP Admin were to manage the SUB, AMS
clubs, and other AMS facilities. Yuen's tenure was without any significant problems
but also lacked any stunning successes.
During his tenure Yuen streamlined
SUB space bookings and other club processes by implementing several online systems
for clubs. Yuen also created the Free Study
Space initiative to provide additional study
space within the SUB for students to use of
during exams. Most important of all, Yuen
spearheaded the return of manual doors to
the SUB concourse entrance. He also implemented the SUB Exclusion Policy, which
gave AMS Security additional powers when
it came to expelling individuals from the
SUB. Yuen was always available for interviews and was generally open regarding
AMS decisions and policies. Thanks to
Yuen's management the AMS Clubs Week
was far more organised and efficient than
previous years
Yuen's tenure also had several hiccups.
Yuen mishandled the Perspectives newspa-
per and Essay Experts advertising issue.
His allotment of the former SUB Arcade
space provided more bookable rooms for
students but is an uninspiring use of the
space. Also, he was unable to make the SUB
any cleaner, despite making that one of his
platform points.
Most importantly, the allotment of approximately $40,000 for renovation of the
AMS Council chambers was a poor decision,
as many parts of the SUB such as the AMS
Ballroom and the SUB Concourse were in
far greater need of renovation, even if the
chambers are frequently rented-out.
Overall grade
This year's AMS Executive did a better-than-satisfactory job. They worked well together,
managing to avoid the interpersonal conflicts that have plagued previous executives.
They also avoided the scandals and mismanagement that has damaged the tenures of
many student politicians.
While this executive was able to avoid any major failings, they also were unable to make
an exceptional impact on the lives of students—they did their jobs well, but, overall, they
did not excel at them. Ultimately, as a whole, they didn't make an overly poor impression,
but nor did they make an overly stellar one.
What our grades mean
A - Excellent. Stands out as exceptional. Highly progressive and effective performance
marks a grade of 'A'.
B - Good. Exceeds demands and is significantly more than competent. Well-organised
and progressive. A 'B' marks above-average performance.
C - Average. Generally competent and reasonably well-organised. Addresses issues
but doesn't move beyond the groundwork laid by others. A 'C is a solid, satisfactory,
D - Pass. Meets most demands but struggles with consistency and progress. A 'D'
marks below-average, but minimally acceptable performance.
F - Fail. Fails to meets the demands. Marked by consistently poor performance. An 'F'
denotes unsatisfactory and poor performance. @ 12
Friday, 2 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Genetically modified yeast: A lifesaver?
Scientists modify wine yeasts to eliminate carcinogens
by Alison Bailey
Genetically modified. It's a term many of
us cringe at as we become more aware
of our diet moving further and further
away from being truly 'natural'. But does
genetically modified food really deserve
its associated stigma? Are there times
when it can prove to be beneficial to the
health of humans, and even have the potential to save lives?
Over the past nine years Hennie van
Vuuren, director of UBC's Wine Research
Centre, has been working to develop,
test, and commercialise a new form of
genetically engineered yeast. He is now
working in partnership with First Venture
Technologies, a Vancouver-based company, to achieve this. After tests, this yeast
has been shown to decrease the level of
naturally occurring carcinogen ethyl carbamate in wine by up to 89 per cent. This
new yeast has earned the approval of Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
(part of the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA), Health Canada,and Environment Canada, and has been shown not
to compromise the quality of the wine it
is used in. First Venture Technologies has
now received the patent it requires from
UBC to produce the technology that is able
to create this new yeast.
According to van Vuuren, there are
many amino acids present in grape masts,
though the two primary ones are Arginine
and Proline. During fermentation, Arginine
is metabolised and forms urea. As urea is
poisonous to the yeast cell, it is secreted,
and then reacts with the alcohol ethanol
in the wine. This reaction produces ethyl
carbamate. Yeast has a gene containing an
enzyme which breaks down urea, but this
gene is not always "turned on," explained
van Vuuren.
"What   we've    done—we've   just
switched this gene on permanently in the
yeast cell so it produces the enzyme which
breaks down urea all of the time," said van
Vuuren adding that this newyeast is in fact
not a transgenic organism at all, as it does
not contain any foreign DNA.
As with all genetically altered consumables, health is the main area of concern.
Van Vuuren disagrees with those who
believe that sticking with organic, natural
ingredients is the healthiest way of living.
"It's simply not true," he said.'l mean,
there are many natural things that are not
healthy. All the diseases are natural, and
none of those are healthy. Cancer is a natural thing that happens,and it's certainly not
healthy,and no one can argue thatit's good.
So everything that's natural is certainly not
good." He adds that the recombination of
genes is a process that occurs constantly in
nature—it is not something he and those
he works with have created. They are simply utilising technology that can make recombination occur more accurately.
Although this concept of genetically
altered wine yeast is new for many, it is
in fact the second genetically engineered
wine yeast that has been developed and
approved for commercialisation. In 1994,
van Vuuren was instrumental in genetically altering another wine yeast in order
to eliminate the headaches and flushing of
the face that many experience after drinking wine, having been a sufferer himself.
After acquiring the approval of Food
and Drug Admission, Health Canada,
and Environment Canada after 12 years
of testing, this became the first genetically engineered yeast to receive such
approval, van Vuuren said. It was licensed
to a French yeast company, and notifications have now been submitted to other
regulatory bodies around the world in an
attempt to receive approval of using this
yeast in commercial winemaking.
In terms of health risks, according
to Richard Gallagher, head of the Cancer
Control Research Program at the BC Cancer Agency, ethyl carbamate is not likely
a major health threat. As alcohol itself is a
carcinogen, he explained, separating the
effects of the two substances is difficult,
especially as ethyl carbamate is probably
present in many forms of alcohol. Although
there is evidence from animal experimentation that ethyl carbamate may cause
cancer, there is a lack of human evidence
showing it to be a great threat.
However, despite this lack of clear human evidence, Gallagher countered/'ln this
case it does look as though there potentially could bea benefit. I mean,ifyou have
something that's pretty much a known
carcinogen or is likely to be a carcinogen,
if you have the evidence, it makes sense to
try and eliminate it."
So, the debate continues. Is genetic
modification really as horrific as it is often
made out to be? And what do we consider
to be genetically modified? Is alteration
without addition of new DNA really different from genetic modification? Could
the wine you consume in the near future r
eally be preserving your life? Only time
will tell.Cheers.®
Goodbye, Paul Dayson
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
council was notified at its last
meeting that Paul Dayson left his
position as AMS Marketing and
Promotions manager on February
20. The AMS is currently trying to
increase awareness of its profile
by creating a more comprehensive communications strategy.
AMS is now looking for someone
to fill the position to move that
idea forward.
Land title claim stirs
discussion within AMS
At the last AMS council meeting,
a motion was brought to council
tentatively stating, "Whereas the
AMS is housed in the SUB located
on the UBC Point Grey campus and
whereas the Musqueam people
have lived on this land since time
immemorial, be it resolved that
the AMS officially support the Musqueam people's aboriginal title
claim over this land."
Councillors were unable to vote
on the motion due to uncertaini-
ties of the implications of such a
motion. No decision was reached
and the motion was postponed to
a later council meeting
Arts, arts, arts!
Vancouver City Council voted February 27 to extend funding of $ 1.3
million to the arts and culture sector in 2007. The funding includes
an increase of $ 1 million in cultural grants through the Office of Cultural Affairs as well as $300,000
for cultural tourism strategies. The
$1 million increase is said to follow through on a promise by City
Council in 2005 that councillors
would invest $3 million in arts and
cultural programs with increases
of $ 1 million for three years.
"The current Vancouver city
council is demonstrating its belief
in the value of arts and culture in
creating economic opportunities,
employment and social well-being throughout all sectors of the
city," said Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles,
Executive Director at the Greater
Vancouver Alliance for Arts and
Culture. @


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