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Array Celebrating 90 years!
by Samantha Jung
News Staff
The Alma Mater Society
(AMS) is organizing a
Great Farm Trek early
in 2009 to demonstrate
to the Board of Governors (BoG)
that the campus and community
support the UBC Farm.
A decision about the Farm
is under the control of the BoG,
which is made up of elected BC
governing bodies, faculty members, and AMS and Graduate
Student Society (GSS) executives.
The Great Farm Trek is scheduled to take place on the date
of the first BoG meeting of the
new year. The procession will
trek from the UBC Farm to the
Ponderosa building, where the
meeting will be held.
Discussions regarding the
UBC Farm were originally part
of the greater University Town
campus plan. However, in order
to address concerns about the
future of the Farm, the BoG has
decided to treat it as a separate
issue. The Board will discuss the
Farm at this Thursday's meeting.
It hopes to create plans so that a
final decision on the fate of the
farm can be made at the next
meeting in the new year, said
Stephen Owen, UBC VP External,
legal and community relations.
Owen says that the BoG is
both aware of the great support
for the Farm, and the key issues
including the exclusion of market housing, that the Farm stay
at its current location and that
expansion of it "be academically
rigorous and globally significant
for food security."
Matt Filipiak, key organizer
of Friends ofthe Farm, says that
the Great Farm Trek will show
the Board the support behind
the Farm.
"[The] whole idea of the
Great Farm Trek is that it is a
celebration demonstration, not a
protest demonstration, because
we believe that the Board and
the executive are realizing the
global significance and academic
rigour that can happen down at
the Farm and are ready to put
some real solid support behind
it," he said.
Treks are a major part of
UBC's history, said AMS president
Michael Duncan. The first Great
Trek occurred in 1922, when
students gathered in support of
continuing university development on the Point Grey campus.
Other Great Treks have been held
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A HISTORY OF
GREAT TREKS AT UBC
1922: The first Great Trek. 56,000 people
sign a petition to protest overcrowding at
UBC's Fairview Campus, and to facilitate
development at Point Grey. The government
authorizes continuation of construction, and
in 1925, Point Grey becomes the university's
main campus.
1956: Students organize a second Great
Trek in hopes the government will provide
greater financial aid to students. A petition
with 86,000 signatures was presented to the
Provincial Cabinet. The government agreed
to match contributions up to $5 million.
MARCH 1963: In the third Great Trek, 10,000
students march to "Back Mac"—backing
UBC president John Macdonald and his need
for higher education in BC and the need for
more junior colleges.
2007-2008: A group of protesters against
U-Blvd campus expansion plans build "Trek
Park." The events culminated when in April, a
"peaceful protest" during KnollAid 2.0 broke
out in a bonfire and students were arrested.
OCTOBER 2008: UBC REC holds the Great
Trek Running Festival, in commemoration of
UBC's centennial, the Arts '20 relay and in
memory of the Great Trek of 1922. Students
ran a 5km race route, which featured scenic
and historical landmarks on campus.
The next Trek
anticipation of a great trek for the UBC Farm
TREVOR WOLF GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
since then about a variety of issues, including tuition costs.
"Why not use this support...to
show the positive energy behind
this and to show the Board of
Governors and the entire community on campus how much
students and everyone else cares
about this issue," Duncan said.
In mid-October, Campus and
Community Planning (CCP) proposed three options regarding
the Farm, all of which include
market or student housing and
reduces the farm to eight hectares.   Shortly   afterward,   over
16,000 people signed a petition
to save the Farm from development, and to keep it at its current
size of 24 hectares.
An article published in The
Vancouver Sun said the Metro
Vancouver board announced earlier this month they are in "support of a long-term role for the
existing Centre for Sustainable
Food Systems at the UBC Farm"
and want the 24 hectares to be
used for agricultural purposes.
Consultations are already being pursued by the BoG regarding the Farm. CCP have been
holding public consultations,
open houses and workshops. A
design workshop was held this
past weekend, which included
major global experts in sustainability and design including
Bing Thorn, Bill Rees and Patrick
Condon. The deans of Land and
Food Systems and the Centre for
Sustainable Food Systems are
also preparing business and academic plans for consideration.
Tristan Markle, AMS VP Administration, called attention to
the major research, agro-ecological and community properties of
the Farm. He stressed that the UBC
Farm is one of the last working
farms in Vancouver, and called it
a "veritable paradise on campus."
"[The BoG] don't really have
an option otherwise," Duncan
said. "There has been a petition
of [16,000] signatures on it,
there is support from the two
major student organizations on
campus; there is so much community support behind this,
there is just no way for them to
say 'We cannot deal with this.'
It's a huge issue for students
right now." VJJ
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NOVEMBER 2;, 2008
Events
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
ThhIJbyssey
The Bible for Beginners • The
Bible for Beginners is an informal,
no-pressure examination of one
of the most famous books in the
world. Meet over lunch (Mondays
12-1 pm in the SUB @ tables near
Starbucks) or coffee (Wednesdays
2-3pm @ Ike's Cafe in the Irving
K. Barber Center) to learn about
this strange book. • For more info
revnathanwright@mac.com *
The Merchant of Venice • Another
one of the classics, Shakespeare's
masterpiece staged by Canadian
theatre veteran Antony Holland
• Nov. 6 -30, Studio 58 (Langara
College, 100 W. 49th). Info 604-
323-5652. •
Vancouver Poetry Slam • Poetry
slam competition with guest performers • Every Monday, 8pm,
Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). Admission $5/3. info
604-215-9230 www. vancouverpo-
etryhouse.com •
CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until
December 9, Railway Club (579
Dunsmuir). More info at 604-681-
1625*
Free Movies! Cinema Politica @
UBC • Cinema Politica at UBC is
a free weekly series showcasing
movies that harness the power of
film to engage issues relating to
the environment, globalization,
gender and sexuality, indigenous
rights, global health, and student
power. • Every Tuesday, 7pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB More info at
www.cinemapolitica.org/ubc •
Comedy at the Soho • Weekly
comedy showcase. • Every Sunday,
9pm, Soho Bar and Grill. Info 604-
633-2722 •
The Urban Improv Challenge •
A series of improv-comedy challenges. • Every Monday, 8pm,
Chivana. Info 604-733-0330 •
David Claerbout Exhibition •
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery is pleased to present a
solo exhibition of work by the
Belgian artist David Claerbout. The
exhibition will transform the gallery to show a selection of video
installations that date from 1996
to the present. David Claerbout
draws on the conventions of film,
photography, and digital media,
challenging boundaries by combin-
ng traditional technologies in the
production of his works • All day,
everyday until Dec. 18 in the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery •
Christmas Bakeshop by Swirls •
Your favourite Holiday Goodies are
available from November 18 - De
cember 22 Place your order now.
Nov. 18-21, all day •
November 25
Tar Sands: The dark side of the
Boom • BC Wide Speaking Tour
on the Impacts of the Tar Sands on
Communities in Alberta and BC
Please join us for a very important
panel about the largest industria
project in history that has been
devastating the environment and
communities in Alberta. This enormous development is expanding
across the continent with little to
no regard for the eco-systems and
communities that lie in the path of
the infrastructure. We are honored
to have Mike Mercredi bringing
a message from "ground zero"
of the tar-sands as well as Jesse
Kalman providing a broader view
of the real impacts of the development and Will Horter highlighting
the industrial expansion through
BC to the Pacific. • Nov. 25, 7pm
Heritage Hall 3102 Main St, more
information please email: hgre-
wal@canadians.org or call: 604
688 8846 •
EAT S.E.A Food • The First annual
Eat South East Asian Food event
hosted by Gado-Gado Indonesian
Students Association of UBC,
Kababayan | Filipino Students'
Association of UBC, Seri Malaysia
Club Singapore Raffles Club, UBC
Thai Aiyara Club, UBC Vietnamese
Students Society • Nov. 25, 2008,
5-7pm, Abdul Ladha Centre, for
more info http://www.eatseafood.
blogspot.com •
Fair Trade Pancake Breakfast •
Hosted by Engineers without Borders on Tuesday and Wednesday
in the Kaiser Foyer and MASS
(Meekison Arts Students Space)
respectively from 7:30-10:30am.
Fair Trade Banana-Chocolate Chip
Pancakes will be served. Please
bring your own plate/cutlery. Everyone is welcome! Fair Trade Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes wil
be served. Please bring your own
plate/cutlery. Everyone is welcome
We have arranged for 10,000
Villages to come out and set up
a fair trade craft table, breakfast
eaters will have the opportunity to
do some FT Christmas Shopping. •
Nov. 25,26 7:30-10:30am, Kaiser
Foyer/MASS. •
November 26
Speakeasy @ The Modern • Alpha
Delta Phi in partnership with Peace
and Love International. For the first
time ever The Modern is opening
its exclusive doors on a Wednesday. So put on the ritz, dress to
impress in your flapper dresses,
your fedoras, zoot suits and come
out and party at the sexiest club
in Vancouver. All proceeds go
towards Peace and Love Inter
national, an exciting new charity
supporting development initiatives
in Nigeria, India and other places
across the world. • Nov. 26, 2008
at 9pm, Limited Tickets Available
Buses start leaving the Greek Village @ 9:00 Tickets $10. Call Pat
for tickets 778.835.5906 •
November 27
UBC Photography Society Presents:
Wendy D • Club meeting and
guest lecture: open to members
and public. Complimentary food
and drink • Thursday, November
27 7pm Room 212A SUB. Info:
photosocubc@gmail.com and
www.wendyd.ca •
The Greeks: The Trojan Women;
Electra • Two searing one-act
adaptations of stories from ancient
Greece presented in a special
three-night double bill. • Dorothy
Somerset Studio Theatre, 6361
University Blvd. Nov. 27-29, 730
pm, Tickets $5 for more info, call
604.822.2678 •
Day of Action for the Democratic
Republic of the Congo • Hosted
by the Africa Canada Accountability Coalition and the Centre for
ntegration of African Immigrants,
this event hopes to raise awareness about the biggest war since
WWII and our message to the
Canadian government, we are
holding a Day of Action on Thursday, November 27. Between 10:55
and 11:00 outside UBC's Student
Union Building, we will be having
a flash protest to raise awareness
and spread the word. Following
this event, we will be set up inside
the SUB between 11:30 and 2:30
and presenting speeches from the
Congolese community, performances, music, videos, petition
signing, and information booths
We have invited Members of
Parliament, the media, and UBC's
administration. Representatives of
the Vancouver Congolese community, ACAC, CIAI, and UBC clubs
will be attending.* Nov27, 2008.
10:55-11 am and 11:30-2:30pm.
For more information please visit
us at www.acacdrcongo.org or
contact us at acac.drcongo@gmail.
com •
November 28
Blackout, a censorship party • The
UBC Chapter of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is hosting a beer
garden on the last day of classes.
Help fundraise for the Ghana
nternship program. JHR members
get in free and get a free drink.
• Friday Nov. 28, 5-1 Opm, Alpha
Delta Phi House 6-2880 Wesbrook
Mall*
UBC vs. UVic: Thunderbirds
basketball at War Memorial Gym*
Last chance to see your T-Birds in
action before the break* Beer Garden in gym • Friday, November 28,
Women @ 6pm, Men @ 8pm
December 4
Dr Gabor Mate Lectures • For over
ten years Dr Gabor Mate has been
the staff physician at the Portland
Hotel, a residence and harm
reduction facility in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside. His patients
are challenged by life-threatening
drug addictions, schizophrenia,
mental illness, Hepatitis C, HIV
and, in many cases, all four. But if
Dr Mate's patients are at the far
end of the spectrum, how many
of us are also struggling with addiction? Drugs, alcohol, tobacco,
work, food, sex, gambling and
excessive inappropriate spending
what is amiss with our lives that
we seek such self-destructive ways
to comfort ourselves? And why is
it so difficult to stop these habits,
even as they threaten our health,
jeopardize our relationships and
corrode our lives? • December
4, the Lillooet Room (301) at the
Chapman Learning Commons,
2:30-3:30, for more info, info@
ubcissa.com •
December 19
Rai [unleash yourself] • UBC Dollar
Project hosts a fundraiser dance
for Freedom from Hunger. Are
you thinking of cooling off after
exams? Join us Fri. Dec. 19 at
Plaza club for a night of dancing
and drinks. (19+, bring photo
ID). Tix $10 per Person or $40 for
5 People. Tix sales: Nov. 24-28,
12-3pm, SUB North Plaza. • Dec.
19, 8pm doors open. "Rai Dance
Event" on facebook. ubcdollarpro-
ject@gmail.com •
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Contributors
Kellan Higgins (under alias Mike Hawk) and Paul Bucci
began their rapping career in the underground Abbotsford
scene before they were out of diapers (age 8). So when
Trevor "DJ nAssty' Melanson showed up in the scene with
his fresh rhymes,Shun Endo knew that what he called"mad
freestyle battles"were in order. MC Celestian "pedo fingers"
Rince was the first to book a venue, and even the more
exclusive members of the town, such as businesswoman
Stephanie Findlay and bootleggers Justin McElroy and Joe
Rayment,came out to see. DJ nAssty got offto an early lead
with his scathing rhymes about the bedroom habits of Goh
Iromoto and Dan Haves. But the booing of hecklers Ricardo
Bortolon and Adam Leggett tripped him up, and Bucci
managed to fit in some brutal lyrics about Melanson's family; brother Trevor Record, father Gerald Deo, and mother
Kate Barbaria. The crowd was on their team up until Mike
Hawk got overly excited and his head exploded, spraying
Kyrstin McBain, Kathy Yan Li,and Maria Cirstea.Tara Martel-
laro,Samantha Jung, and Katerina Grgic started screaming
uncontrollably. Kalyeena Makortoff and Drake Feuton
fainted, going into long term comas, and Ian Turner never
spoke again after that day.The aftermath ofthe battle saw
tne rise of new abbotsford rap talent like Alexis Stoymenoff,
Stephanie Dong,and Caitlin Ohama-Darius. Rock journalist
Jillian Steger said the explosion ofthe head of Mike Hawk
was a blessing in disguise. But the untold story was ofthe
poor unknown cleaning staff who were there that night
like Shirazeh Entezari,"Nima Kashuni, Alyson Strike, and
Drew Thompson. Only Keegan Bursaw and Jorge Amigo,
who sign their paycheques, ever knew the sacrifices they
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Med students to change the face of AIDS
Canada's future practitioners work to combat negative stigma
associated with HIV/AIDS for December 1, World Aids Day
by Caitlin Ohama-Darcus
News Writer
Thirty million adults. Fifteen
million women. Two million
children. These figures represent the UN's estimates of HIV/
AIDS prevalence worldwide. But
who are the faces behind these
numbers? What distinguishes
each of these individuals from
the next?
This December 1, students
from UBC's Faculty of Medicine
will be working toward changing the face of HIV/AIDS in
our community. Led by Nima
Kashani and Tonia Timperley,
UBC's first-year medical class
hopes to make the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS history.
"These days everything has
a day associated to it," joked
Kashani, but December 1—
World AIDS Day-is one that he
and Timperley believe the UBC
community shouldn't forget.
"This is a day of awareness
and also celebration of this
disorder."
Timperley pointed out that
HIV/AIDS remains an enormous  problem  in  developing
regions, such as sub-Saharan
Africa, but that pockets of the
epidemic also exist in developed
countries such as Canada. Only
12 blocks long and five blocks
wide, Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside has the highest HIV infection rate in North America.
"A lot of students in our class
have gotten involved locally,
whereas others have seen the
issue internationally, volunteering in clinics and working with
patients suffering from HIV/
AIDS in other countries such as
Africa and India."
The World AIDS Day event
that Kashani and Timperley
have planned will take place
on campus in the Life Sciences
Centre over December 1-2. A
poster exhibition displaying
the current trends of HIV/AIDS
around the world, as well as
UBC students' involvement in
treating this disease, will be on
display for both days in the Life
Sciences Centre's main hall.
On December 1, guest speakers will include members of
Kashani and Timperley's own
class, as well Dr Mark Tyndall
and Dr Julio  Montaner,  both
UBC professors and directors
at BC's Centre for Excellence in
HIV/AIDS.
"This year at UBC we decided
to get a whole bunch of students
together and create awareness.
Everyone jumped on board. This
really ties into UBC's mandate of
global citizenship," Kashani said.
Kashani described how
numerous older practitioners
continue to refuse treatment
to patients with HIV/AIDS.
This fallout of medical support
has largely been attributed to
the relatively recent discovery
of this disease and, by consequence, the lack of knowledge
shared even amongst healthcare professionals.
"I think it is so important for
us as medical students, the next
generation coming in, to actually take the initiative to raise
awareness. This is a shift in the
state of mind of the medical
profession.
"One thing we want to mention to the UBC community is
that as future practitioners we
care about global health."
Asked about what UBC students in general can do to help
ABOVE Nima Kashani and Tonia
Timperley, two freshmen medica
students on campus, are working
to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS
at UBC. Their exhibition will run
in the Life Science Centre's main
hall on December 1 and 2, as part
of the week long series of events
aimed to educate students about
AIDS.
LEFT Over one hundred UBC students form the iconic AIDS ribbon
two weeks ago
NIMA KASHANI PHOTOS/THE UBYSSEY
build awareness and move the
global community one step
closer to a cure, Kashani said
that in order to educate other
people, students first have to be
educated themselves.
"Attending some of these
talks and reading up about HIV/
AIDS is a sort of self-directed
learning. And one thing that students also have to realize is that
you don't have to be a doctor or
want to go into medicine to help
out."
Kashani and Timperley
believe every individual regardless of health must address the
issues of human empowerment,
education and prevention via
appropriate sexual practices in
order to lower infection rates
and break down the harmful
social stigma that surrounds
people with this disease.
"Educate yourselves, stay involved, stay aware—this would be
the first step," Timperley said.
"If you decide to do something, great. If you don't, that's
fine too....as long as you can be
open minded and have an intellectual conversation with someone about HIV/AIDS." f|
UBC-O
wins case
to ban
pro-life
group
by Shirazeh Entezari	
News Writer
UBC Okanagan Student Society
(UBCSUO) has won the case
brought against it in the BC
Supreme Court by the pro-life
group on campus that was denied club status. At a special
general meeting, students of UBC
Okanangan voted the club down
resoundingly and therefore the
club was denied official status by
UBCSUO.
The UBCSUO board denied
the group club status based on
their participation in the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) in
2005—06. GAP is a controversial
pro-life display of images of
aborted fetuses juxtaposed with
the images of genocide, animal
abuse and the holocaust.
"This case shows that students have the right to determine
how their student fees are allocated and that they don't have
to be subjected to graphic and
offensive materials if they feel it
is inappropriate," said Carolyn
Cody, the student union internal
coordinator.
After being denied club status, the group took the student
union to the BC Human Rights
Tribunal two times: once on
political and the second time
on religious grounds. After the
Tribunal's refusal to hear the
case, the case was appealed to
the BC Supreme Court where
the ruling of the Human Rights
Tribunal was upheld. The legal
cost for the student society is an
estimated $45,000.
"We engaged in this case to
uphold the decision made by
the membership, and the judge
confirmed what we already knew
that we were right to stand up to
their claim," said Cody.
An official club status entitles
a group to an initial $30 grant
and a chance to apply for an
additional $800. It also entitles
a club to receive support from
the Student Union in the form
of bookkeeping and bookings of
rooms when needed.
"Women have a right to
choice. The pro-life club also has
a right to have an opinion; however their tactics of expression
were ugly and hurtful. I support
the student union's choice to
fight back and if such a case were
to occur on the Vancouver campus, I would have no problems
with seeing some of my student
fees go towards that case," said
Nicole Vicenzino, a UBC dentistry student.
Similar cases have been filed
in other universities and colleges
around Canada, including Capilano College, where it resulted
in a win for student society. The
McGill Student Society however
has decided to grant interim club
status to Choose Life, a campus
pro-life group, stating that their
application gave no reason for a
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Students bring awareness to Congo
BY JlLLIAN STEGER
News Writer
There is an unparalleled humanitarian crisis in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC)
today. Five UBC students are
taking a stand and have created
the Africa Canada Accountability
Coalition. Their goal is to call students to action. I spoke with Annabel Wong, one ofthe founding
students of the operation.
J: What was it that interested you
in this cause?
Annabel: It was because of this
course I'm taking, POLI 360 Security Studies. For a project we were
doing I chose to study the DRC
and now I question why we don't
hear more about it. The first and
second Congo Wars killed approximately five million people and
it's basically World War Three.
It involves a regional dynamic.
Each of us is a participant in this
war, mainly those of us who own
cell phones. As part of the larger
problem we think we are learning
world history when we are mostly
learning about Western Europe.
Also conflict erupted as we were
doing our proposal so I found
that we have the responsibility to
do something.
J: What has your coalition established so far?
A: We have been talking to MPs.
We have established a letter with
three points we want the Canadian Government to address. We
have been in contact with MPs in
the Democratic Republic of the
Congo area and Peter MacKay.
We have been talking to Philip
Lancaster, who was Romeo Dal-
laire's right hand man, about the
realities on the ground. We have
been talking to professors and a
lot of NGO'S. And we have our
petition up so sign it!
J: Tell me generally about
what your coalition hopes to
establish.
A: In our letter we have established three points which are
humanitarian aid; basically
increasing CIDA's funding, training personnel about sexual violence and ending the misdoings
of Canadian companies in the
region.
J: Are women's issues important
in this conflict? What is the connection between rape and the
conflict?
A: I believe the situation in the DRC
has incited the UN to declare rape
a weapon of war. You really have
to think about what that means.
It's not just a matter of semantics.
It's impactful to me that humans
are used for sex and then they're
further stripped of their dignity.
The rapists of a lot of women put
a gun in their vagina in a way that
they don't die. I think that this is
trying to send a message of threat.
All forms of sexual violence can be
found in this conflict. I think that's
so unfair.
J: What can UBC students do to
support your cause?
A: Sign our petition and join our
Facebook group. Talk to your
politicians, friends and politician
friends. Come out to our day of
action on Thursday November 2 7
at 10:55am outside the SUB.'ti
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DECISION DELAYED FOR NCAA
Students, sports fans, and the
rest of the campus community
will have to wait a little longer to
see if UBC joins NCAA Division
II. The NCAA Review Committee
analyzed data collected through
the consultation process that
took place earlier this year and
concluded that further research
was required before UBC would
be able to make a decision over
whether to leave for the NCAA.
Marie Earl, executive director
of alumni affairs and a co-chair of
the review committee, said that
the sharp split between those for
and against the proposed changed
necessitated the extra time to
review the decision. "Judy Kirk,
the consultant who presented the
data to us, described it as big of
a divide as she's seen," Earl said.
Students, faculty and alumni
were split in their opinion on the
proposed move. "She likened it to
abortion or gay marriage, the passion this installed in people from
both sides," Earl said.
In the next three months, the
review committee will gather
more data from UBC Athletics and
the NCAA to have a better sense
of the financial ramifications of
a move to the US association. In
addition, they will visit Division
II institutions, something that was
not done by the review committee
during the summer. Earl said that
following this process, the committee will make a report to the
university in February. She cautioned however that the committee "will not make a recommendation," instead giving UBC what she
termed "consideration memos."
Ultimately, with a campus this
divided, it will fall on president
Stephen Toope and VP Students
Brian Sullivan to make the final
call on this contentious issue.
"This is a decision that's going
to require some political moxie,"
Earl said.
UNIVERSITY NAMES NEW VP
FINANCE
UBC has named Pierre Ouillet as
the new vice-president, finance,
resources  and  operations.  The
announcement comes after an
extensive search to replace the retired VP Finance Terry Sumner,
who left UBC this summer.
"Pierre Ouillet brings to UBC
a wealth of experience in strategic consulting, business operations, and financial leadership in
growing, complex international
organizations," UBC president
Stephen Toope said in a statement. "These are exactly the
skills needed for UBC to become
an even more globally influential
institution of learning, research
and service."
Ouillet, 41, has held senior
management positions with McK
insey, Rogers Wireless, and most
recently as VP Finance for Best
Buy International. He will lead
units at UBC that include finance,
treasury, Campus and Community Planning, land and building
services, and human resources.
STILL NO ELECTIONS
ADMINISTRATOR FOR AMS
The elections administrator for
the AMS has not been hired yet,
despite the fact that elections for
executive, senate and board positions are just over two months
away. "This is fairly typical for
our organization, as bad as it
sounds," said AMS VP Academic
Alex Lougheed. "We would like
to get promotions started, but
without an EA in place, we can't
really do that."
An initial attempt at hiring
an election administrator took
place last month, but the committee responsible for hiring
determined that there were no
suitable applicants. Nonetheless,
with the extended deadline for
applications passing on Friday,
Lougheed says that students have
stepped forward and applied.
"Rest assured, the elections
will happen on time," he said.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
GRANTED SEAT ON COUNCIL
Last week, AMS passed a motion
granting international students a
non-voting seat on council. The
idea for the seat was proposed by
the International Students Asso
ciation, which argued that international students needed a direct
voice on council to represent the
unique concerns of international
students. AMS president Michael
Duncan is enthusiastic about the
change. "The way our council is
set up, it allows for all faculties to
be represented, but occasionally
issues come up in council where
important groups at UBC aren't
adequately represented, and this
helps address that with international students," he said.
UBC, AMS AT ODDS
OVER BUS LOOP
AMS Executives are putting pressure on UBC's Board of Governors
to halt plans on the controversial
underground bus loop that is set
to break ground in May of 2009.
The board met in committee last
week to discuss the $40 million
project, and it is expected that
they will give the bus loop Board
2 approval at today's meeting.
Michael Duncan is critical of
UBC refusing to change tact on
the bus loop. "The above ground
program [for University Boulevard] has changed, but the underground hasn't changed to reflect
this," he said.
VP Administration Tristan
Markle is hoping that communication can be improved. "The
AMS is doing everything possible
to open up lines of communication," but he cautioned that Properties Trust, the development arm
of UBC, has been reluctant to do
so. "Properties Trust is refusing
to talk to us, and the university is
not pushing them to."
Because of changes to the
makeup of University Boulevard,
the project now faces a $10 million shortfall. In suggesting ways
the money could be recouped,
Properties Trust president Al Poettcker suggested that the $ 10 million could come from students,
who he claimed are "gaining significant savings through the way
the project is going ahead." The
idea was met with laughter at the
AMS council table however, with
Duncan vowing that students paying for the bus loop "is absolutely
not going to happen." \a Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
November 25,2008 | Page 5
Quick, create a narrative!
UBC Improv seeks to adapt to new standards
The UBC improv team performs multiple times a month both on and off campus. They are working to implement narratives into their skits to help engage the crowd, jorge amigo photo/the ubyssey
by Ian Turner
Culture Staff
UBC's improv team is moving
"away from game-style improv"
to establish itself as a more viable
and less fringe form of theatre,
said three members ofthe team in
a recent discussion.
In the 50s, improv was established in its current form—short
skits with strict rules. Second
City in Chicago, the first theatre
exclusively catering to improv,
catapulted the genre into the main
strem. Improv took off in the 80s
and TV shows blossomed around
this highly structured theatre
form, said Richard Lam.
"Now improv is  seeking to
make narrative the source of
comedy, not rules and stipulations," said Alex Hudson, "because
Joe Public likes watching a good
story."
"The improv team decided to
bring in a really talented impro-
viser to do a workshop with us
every month and that dictates our
form for that month," said Nicholas Harvey-Cheetham.
This month the instruction of
Billy Tierney of Bellingham, Washington was sought. The form he
taught, which they are using this
month, has the team broken into
couples by an audience member.
The couples establish a narrative
in three segments as they are
rotated on and off stage by the
various other couples ofthe team.
They practise developing a
narrative onstage routinely. The
trick is to "trainyour impulses...so
that you can react [to a structure
your partner imposes] without
thinking," said Lam, "so that you
can create a narrative structure
without much trouble."
Lam also noted that a narrative has three fundamental parts:
the platform that establishes the
routines of character's life, the
tilt that highlights a change in the
character's life, and the conclusion: "how the changes get resolved in some way." Adhering to
this simple structure helps players
as they are continuously shuffled
on and off the stage to develop
seamlessly structured narratives.
The team has seen its profile
increase on and off campus as
they market themselves better,
said Harvey-Cheetham. Getting
into the Firstweek program placed
UBC Improv on the campus scene;
now they are performing up to
seven shows a month at UBC. Off
campus, the team performs up to
five times a month at corporate
parties, birthday parties, bar mitz-
vahs and similar events. Their
off-campus success is the result
of a conscious effort by "UBC Improv this year [to try to] become
more integrated into the Vancouver community," said Hudson.
"We are now one of the very few
improv teams that gets a regular,
well-sized crowd out to every one
of our shows."
Their successful marketing is
coupled with, as Lam put it, "the
best team we've ever had."
The Goliath and David team
have 11 and 14 players respectively. Usually they have far fewer,
but the talent was there and they
couldn't justify cutting more.
When asked whata memorable
show this year had been, they all
burst into laughter: a UBC Players'
Club beer garden. They had been
inebriated, and as a result their
structure had been minimal.
For those looking to break
away from the mold of first-year-
populated beer gardens, check out
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The Happy Rally is not your typical demonstration. The rally will
take place this Saturday outside
the Vancouver Art Gallery and
will bring together an enthusiastic group of citizens to engage
passing strangers and spread
happiness.
The event was thought up by
two Capilano University students
who are committed to making
Vancouver—and the world—a
happier place.
"There's so much anger in
society and so little representation of the beauty of life, and
we decided that needs to be
represented as well," said Shawn
Levine, social activities coordinator for the Capilano Students'
Union (CSU).
He and his friend Melissa
MacMaster decided to take their
cause to the streets by organizing the Happy Rally. Though it's
not a CSU event, both students
are involved with the CSU and
they've had some help in trying
to promote their idea.
MacMaster explained that at
first, they thought the idea was a
bit ridiculous but they just went
with it.
"We put so much effort into
showing that we're angry in certain situations, why not put the
effort into showing the love?"
she asked.
Levine and MacMaster hope
that with some success, this
rally will lead to future events
and even a "happy revolution."
People all over the world have
started movements encouraging
positive change and happiness
through organizations like the
Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, and these students want
to help spread the message in
Vancouver.
According to Levine, "A
happy revolution can be a revolution even in one individual
life, and not a widespread thing.
It is a happy revolution even if
one person accepts a happier
lifestyle and an appreciation of
life."
Amanda Marchand, the services coordinator for the CSU,
hopes to attend the rally. Like
Levine and MacMaster, she has
been involved in several activist events and demonstrations
but she's never experienced one
quite like this.
"This is the first rally where
on a placard it will have a really positive, uplifting message,"
said Marchand. "I think a lot of
people are going to be interested
in what's happening and maybe
be inspired to be happy in their
lives and to join us."
The two organizers have
started a Facebook event page
for the Happy Rally. Over 40
people have confirmed that they
will attend and many more are
considering. They originally
expected only a few friends to
participate, so the prospect of
larger numbers is a welcome
surprise.
Levine says they intend to
leave the event's format fairly
unstructured.
"We don't want to control
it....You can do what you want
to spread happiness in the way
you best see fit. So it leaves it
really open for the individual
to express happiness in any
way they want, be it with signs,
or hugging random people, or
just sitting and smiling," Levine
explained.
If you'd like to show your
support and help spread happiness, you can join the Happy
Rally on Saturday, November
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from 1 lam to 1pm. \j lnion
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November 25,2008 \ Page 9
Much needed facelift for recreation on campus
by Michael Duncan
AMS President
Maybe you have heard rumblings about the AMS's current
attempt to address the injustice
facing UBC students. Maybe you
are annoyed thatyou have to pay
$248 for a gym membership
when you already pay $207 per
year in athletic fees. Maybe you
want to go swimming for free at
a time thatyou are not in class.
It doesn't need to be a "maybe"
anymore; things are changing.
The history of these problems stems from an inherent issue at UBC. Most of its
units are run as "ancillaries,"
meaning that there is little accountability and a significant
focus is put on the bottom line.
Departments such as Housing
and Conferences, UBC Food
Services, and Athletics and
Recreation all fall under this
category. The Department of
Athletics and Recreation is the
topic of our story today.
As a result of this problem,
the provision of recreation on
campus has reached an unacceptable level. It is true that UBC
students pay more than any
other Canadian university—by
a significant amount. It is true
that UBC students pay more on
average than a university community member because of our
high user fee and insignificant
discounts. It is true that the
Department of Athletics and
Recreation has a large surplus.
It is true that varsity receives
four times more funding than
intramurals. These are unacceptable truths.
The good news is that for the
first time in years things may
be getting better. The AMS is
currently negotiating with the
department to fix this injustice,
which will result in more money
being funnelled into intramurals and recreation. While the
ongoing negotiations prevent
us from releasing any specifics,
we do expect to see significant
reductions in the costs of the
BirdCoop and intramurals. One
of the benefits of this initiative
will take place by the new year;
we should see an increase in
free student access to the Aquatics Centre to include all times
that the centre is open to the
public.
The AMS's goals in this
whole endeavour is to make
sure UBC's athletic fees are
in line with other comparable
Canadian institutions. This will
ensure that finances don't play
a significant factor in students'
ability to participate in recreation and stay fit. It will also
improve students' access to recreational facilities on campus
and ensure the spending of our
student money is more transparent and accountable.
The negotiations and discussion will take more time, but I
will make sure that a public plan
is in place before I leave office
at the end of February. This plan
will benefit the greater student
population and should be implemented by the beginning of the
next school year, sa
Students have been invaluable
in this process. The support for
these issues is paramount and I encourage students to continue voicing their concerns. Write a letter
or join the Facebook group: "UBC
Athletic Student Fees... where's
your money going?" If you want to
see the AMS focus on other specifics, please let us know by e-mailing
athletics@ams.ubc.ca or filling out
the feedback form on our website
at www.ams.ubc.ca.
Letters
SHAMEFUL DISPLAY
BYTHE IAC
On November 7, UBC's Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights club (SPHR) invited Jon
Elmer, who spent four years in
Gaza and the West Bank, to lecture on "Canada's Role in Occupied Palestine." 230 students,
including members of UBC's
Israel Awareness Club (IAC),
attended. IAC claims that it
"welcome[s] a diversity of opinions" and "strives to provide
a forum in which constructive
conversation can be fostered."
Regardless, IAC's president,
Corey Lerhman, and treasurer,
Freeman Poritz, disparaged
the political opinions of others
at the lecture, including the
speaker himself.
Before Elmer was able to
finish explaining the events
surrounding the 1947 UN Partition Plan of Palestine, Poritz
vehemently yelled "why didn't
the Arabs accept it?" Elmer
initially ignored this and attempted to continue speaking,
but was hysterically interrupted
by still more of Poritz's yelling.
"Answer the question...just
answer it!" Elmer complied in
an attempt to calm Poritz who
disruptively kept banging his
hands on his table in protest
to the rest of Elmer's presentation. To add to this shameful
behaviour, Corey Lerhman, accused Elmer of being an "anti-
semite," a "Nazi," and asserted
that Palestinians are "terrorists." Other members proudly
expressed blatant racism and
made grandiose comments
about Palestinians being terrorists who need military occupation to "behave." Not only
was all of this uttered with no
apparent intention of engaging
in "constructive conversation,"
but Lerhman's comments entirely lacked context as Elmer
did  not mention Judaism  or
express any hate for Israelis.
He critically analyzed Israel's
policies. If one criticizes Saudi
Arabia or Iran, does that make
him an Islamophobic racist?
Why must there be a double
standard when Israel is the
country of interest?
Since Vancouver is one
of Canada's most culturally
diverse cities, its inhabitants'
political views are bound to differ. IAC displayed a blatant lack
of consideration and respect
for the speaker, the interested
parties and themselves, and
should make official apologies
to Jon Elmer and to SPHR. Education cannot occur in a hostile
arena where people are publicly
harassed for having distinct political views. Imagine how IAC
would react if an Arab student
made such comments at one of
their events.
—Dina El-Kassaby
English 3
IN RESPONSE TO THE
RESPONSE BY KAI GREEN
Hello Ubyssey,
Regarding the scathing response from Ms Green to Maria
Cirstea's comic in your recent
issue, I have a few points to
make.
For those of us who have
the displeasure of knowing Mr
Lougheed well, we are aware
that he actually found the comic
to be amusing. In fact, this kind
of thing is a frequent joke in certain social circles which Maria
has so efficiently infiltrated (see
AUS, AMS, RBF, SUS, FYC, and
yourselves for examples). I can
see, however, that the content
of the comic may have become
esoteric at this point, but shit
happens.
As for "discouraging voter
turnout," how can one possibly
make turnout worse? Come
on, let's be serious. Students
didn't give a rat's ass about the
election, AMS elections, or even
the federal election, so that
point is silly.
I also find her questioning of
what is in your water-cooler to
be blatantly unfair to your staff.
I have been in your office, and as
far as I can tell, the sad-looking
water cooler is rarely even used,
and seems to contain plain old
water (or vodka?).
In solidarity,
Save the fire,
-Mitch Wright
Political Science 2
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Our view
UBC leaders step up
Board of Governors meetings at UBC can be a fairly depressing sight.
The mostly unelected group that must approve all major decisions
on campus meets only for two days every two to three months. The
second half of each meeting happens in private. Many board members don't seem intent on asking many questions beyond "How does
this impact our bottom line?" Plus, for a group of incredibly well-off
people, the food provided is surprisingly worse than at AMS meetings, for reasons we can't quite figure out.
One of the "highlights" of these meetings is when Properties
Trust Grand Poobah Al Poettcker gives his presentation to the board,
updating them on all ofthe wonderful learning facilities and market
housing that his omnipresent and unaccountable group is planning
for UBC. He explains how much something will cost, downplays
any slight concerns board members might have, and then everyone
agrees to push the project to the next stage of development. Inspire
confidence it does not, as Yoda might say.
So it was with some surprise that after Poettcker's presentation
at a board meeting last week, our newly minted chancellor, Sarah
Morgan-Silvester, decided to interrupt normal proceedings by asking
why Properties Trust never informs the board of the environmental
impacts of development at UBC.
"We're putting a lot of buildings on campus, and we're not telling
that environmental story," she complained.
Poettcker tried to explain away this awkward fact with platitudes
about UBC being a sustainable campus, and how everyone takes the
bus here and doesn't drive, and other drivel about consultation with
engineers and so forth. Morgan-Silvester replied that she wasn't satisfied with the response, and that Properties Trust really should care
more about the environmental side of the equation. At which point,
president Toope decided to add his own two cents.
"I'm very frustrated by this. We need to be telling this side ofthe
story, and I've written three notes to ask Properties Trust to put this
information into their updates to this board, and it hasn't happened.
This has got to stop."
Now, because the board hates democracy and doesn't allow recording of their meetings, we're paraphrasing this slightly, but let
the record show that the president and chancellor of UBC decided to
publicly spank the head of Properties Trust. It wasn't over anything
of major importance, but it shows that they care about the environment, and care about the university being more open. All in all, it was
a pretty entertaining smackdown.
So, we would like to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming of snark and cynicism to deliver the following message: our
president and chancellor aren't fire-breathing corporate zealots
whose brains are filled with dollar signs. In fact, they may actually be
pretty good leaders for this university, although a few more explicit
signs of being on the side of students—ahem, farm, ahem—would be
nice. Now, let's see them have a drink with students at the Gallery;
then we'll be really impressed. \a
A history of hate in 2008
Earlier this year, The Ubyssey published an editorial about the Power of
Love™. Itwas a running joke that in the name of unbiased journalism
we should also publish one about the Power of Hate. Well, here it is:
2008 may very well be the perfect year to talk about the Power of
Hate. We've seen it everywhere. With 62 people left dead after xenophobic attacks, we've seen hate resurface in South Africa, a country that
underwent one of the most significant and promising cultural shifts just
under two decades ago. It appeared earlier this year that South Africa
was on its way back to where it started.
There was a regression in the USA as well just two weeks ago. In
California, a state known for its tolerance of homosexuals, took away the
right to same-sex marriages with the implementation of Proposition 8.
Here in Canada, we're still grappling with ideas of hate in the press,
as the Mark Steyn Islamophobia saga carries on. In Vancouver, we've
continued to deal with hate crime, primarily on Davie Street. Jordan
Smith was just one of several victims of violence toward gay men in
Davie Village this year.
Even at UBC, we've seen what hate can do. The Chinese Varsity Club
released several racially charged videos that were supposed to be humourous, but ended offending a number of Chinese immigrants.
You might even say that Board of Governors hates fruits and vegetables with its apparent dislike ofthe UBC Farm.
The Ubyssey was not free of hate this year either. In September, we
published a list of 50 things we hated, including "old people." Unsurprisingly, that one stirred up complaints, including a human rights one. Our
"Fuck Hipsters" article [Oct. 28] led to comments of us not only being
haters, but passe haters at that.
Why so hateful? The Ubyssey, UBC, Vancouver, Canada, the world.
Why are we all so hateful?
There's not much we can do about it except worry about ourselves.
Tolerance is simple. The Power of Hate is not the only alternative to
the Power of Love™—we're not suggesting the suspension of judgement.
Somewhere in between is okay. If we've learned anything from facial
cream commercials it's that it takes 50 muscles to frown and only 13 to
smile. How many muscles does it take to do nothing at all?
We don't have to love gay people or Chinese people or apples or octogenarians simply for their titles, but we don't have to hate them either.
In the end tolerance is easier than the alternatives, and if 2008 was the
year of hate, maybe 2009 can be the year of "that's fine." VJJ
by Trevor Wolf
Letters
IN RESPONSE TO
DISORDERED DEVELOPMENT
In your recent feature article
"Disordered Development,"
you cited Joe Stott, director of
planning, as not thinking the
interface between private developments and student developments on campus would be an
issue because "no one brought it
up" in committee where students
were absent.
Notwithstanding this being
clever wordsmithing from The
Ubyssey—last I checked it's the
job of a planning department to
ensure their planning is responsible and ultimately works for the
betterment ofthe community. At
no point during the planners'
analysis did the concept of noise
or behaviour come up? Surely, it
must be by random chance that
the RCMP is next door then!
As stewards of public land,
degrees of professional insight,
as well as public oversight and
Streeters
accountability are demanded
by the community. Discussion
at a committee meeting or two
is inadequate, as is not doing
your homework on similar initiatives in North America. To
date, we're observing friction
at most university campuses
between non-student dwellings
and student dwellings. Look at
Trent University, where just now
non-student residents are up in
arms over a proposed student
residence, claiming the noise
and traffic will hurt their way
of life. We're also seeing the
Fraternity Village/Greenwood
phenomenon expand on campus
as complaints from the developments just north of Gage Towers
and Apartments are slowly starting to come in.
This is not to say all students
cannot live as good neighbours
with private developments: student families, graduate students
and mature students would love
the atmosphere. But fraternities?
Come on planners, you could
have planned this better.
—Alex Lougheed
AMS VP Academic
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Fans raid the War Memorial Gym on the UBC vs. SFU basketball game. For once in a long while, the stands filled with eager UBC students, courtesy of bob frid/ubc athletics
Courtside Comment: Once in a blue moon
by Justin McElroy
Sports Columnist
The annual UBC-SFU basketball
weekend came and went, with
men and women squaring off
against one another at UBC on
Friday, and on Burnaby Mountain Saturday. And after pissing
away valuable studying time
taking in those four games, I
offer up the following thoughts,
observations and meaningless
platitudes.
I'm going to say something
that might possibly blow your
mind: Friday night, it seemed
like UBC had some school spirit,
Yankee-style. Nearly 2000 students decided to come see the
men's tilt against the Clan, with
a substantial number of those
taking full advantage of the normally empty beer garden. It was
the best turnout for a regular
season game at War Memorial
Gym in years. The result? People
with face paint cheering their
guts out. Crowd explosions whenever the T-Birds made a big play.
Heckles towards SFU players that
weren't exactly family-friendly
In short, the sort of community
get together that is all too lacking
on this campus. Frankly, hearing
all those UBC chants was a little
weird...not that I wouldn't enjoy
hearing them again.
With two methodical victories over SFU this weekend, the
men's team (number two in the
country) showed once again why
they are the team to beat in the
Canada West Conference this
year. With no players graduating
from last year's team that went
to the CIS Championships, the
only problem this team is has
is dividing up the playing time.
But this team is better than the
07-08 version for one main
reason: transfer standout Josh
Whyte: The UVic transfer is an
elite defender, with quick hands
and feet that can shut down top
guards on the opposition. On
offense, he brings some stability to the guard position, equally
adept dishing off or driving hard
to the hoop. Whyte brings an
added dimension to a team that
too often lacked enough defense
and physical play needed come
crunch time. Of course, so long
as UBC keeps plugging along and
winning games, regular season
analysis is foolhardy. This is a
seasoned, talented team that is
trying to erase the demons of
three consecutive first round
losses in the CIS Championships.
Still, early signs bode well.
As for the women? Well,
they're going through what in
sports is euphemistically termed
"a rebuilding year." At 3-7,
they've lost as many games this
regular season as they did in the
previous three combined. Six
rookies will do that to a team.
Given all that, there would
have been no disappointment
had they played hard against
SFU, the number one team in
the country, and been handily dismissed. Instead, in both
games, they pushed the Clan to
the limit, leading for much of
the game, and forcing SFU to
dig deep with two straight fourth
quarter comebacks to ground the
Thunderbirds.
More important than that,
UBC started to play up to its potential. Leanne Evans played like
the all-star centre she can be, Devan Lisson kept things moving
crisply from the point position,
returning veterans Montana
Dunmore, Alex Vieweg, Zara
Huntley, and Candice Morrisset
played solid two-way basketball
and added their energy on the
offensive end, and a few of the
rookies even pinched in with
some solid contributions. It's
that sort of balance that the Birds
will need this year, with contributions from all comers, and
against SFU, they got that. It isn't
often that a pair of losses signal
a turning point for the better, but
this weekend may have been just
that for the women's squad.
Both teams wrap up the first
half of their season with a game
against Victoria this Friday. For
the men, it's an opportunity to
assert their dominance in the
Pacific Division, and sweep all
three regular season games
against their perennial rivals
from the Island. For the women,
it's a chance to show that their
play against SFU was no fluke,
and that they'll be in the thick
of things in the Pacific Division
from here on out. And as for you?
Well, it might be a final time to
let off some steam before exams,
a chance to enjoy another beer
garden...and to tell those islanders to get back on their ferry. VJJ
Birds soar to 9-1 record
by Drake Fenton
Sports Writer
Friday night at War Memorial
Gym, in front of a packed crowd,
the UBC Men's Basketball team
hosted cross-town rival SFU.
Senior guard Chris Dyck opened
the scoring and from UBC never
looked back. By the end of the
night the T-Birds' had trounced
all over the SFU side, cruising to
an easy 90-69 victory.
From beginning to end UBC
gained momentum, gradually
increasing upon their lead as
the night progressed. By the
end ofthe first quarter the score
was only 19-13 for UBC and it
seemed that SFU would make a
ball game out of it. This proved
utterly false as the T-Birds' began to take control in the second
quarter. Maximization on SFU's
mistakes along with production
from both the starting five and
the bench gave UBC a nine point
lead heading into halftime.
In the first half the Birds'
controlled the game, but they
failed to exert full dominance
over their opponent. In the second half UBC did exactly that. If
any adjustments were made by
the SFU coach at halftime, they
were not apparent on the court.
What was apparent in the second half was that SFU as a team
showed that they could be very
successful at hitting the rim,
hitting the backboard and shooting air balls. They also proved
to be very adept at committing fouls and losing rebound
opportunities.
At the beginning of the third
the T-Birds took full advantage of
the poor game SFU was playing
by putting up ten unanswered
points. The game started to replicate a Harlem Globetrotters
match, with the Birds being the
Globetrotters and SFU being...
well they were that other team.
By the third quarter SFU's play
was worse than Will Ferrell's in
the movie Semi-Pro. With just
under a buck thirty left in the
third UBC held a commanding
lead of 60-35.
The fourth quarter failed
to provide any answers for the
floundering SFU side. UBC continued to find production from
multiple sources, and their
tough defense continued to neutralize SFU's attack. For UBC, the
fourth quarter was a testament
to the dominating basketball
they had been playing all night.
They made the easy shots, they
were able to drive the lane with
authority, they continuously
won the rebound battles, and
they hardly failed to capitalize
on SFU's mistakes.
Chris Dyck led the T-Birds
in scoring with 26 points, along
with nabbing player of the game
honours. Though Dyck showcased UBC's attack, it was the
performance of players off the
bench that highlighted why the
T-Birds easily crushed SFU, and
why they are tied for first in the
Canada-West standings. In the
minutes fourth year guard Blain
Labranche saw he established
himself as the Birds' second
leading scorer with 13 points,
and when Balraj Bains saw time
in the fourth quarter he was
able to prove that he can use his
six-foot nine frame to embarrass opponents when going up
for rebounds.
The following night UBC traveled to SFU's campus to build
upon their Friday night success.
The Birds soundly won the match
by a score of 83-69. UBC is now
sitting pretty on top of the standings, and if you have yet to jump
on this team's bandwagon I suggest you do so now. \a
Tracksters compete in NAIA Championships
The 2008 NAIA Cross Country Championships was held in Kenosha,
Wisconsin last weekend. Two Birds participated in the event—Nicole Akeroyd and Kerry Kazuta. Nicole competed in the women's
five kilometre and placed 81 st out of 327 athletes. Kerry ran in the
men's eight kilometre and finished 63rd out of 331 runners. With a
njury-prone season, the Track & Field team hopes to bounce back
with recruitments and runners recovering from rehabilitation
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