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Vol. LXXXIX No. 24 | www.ubyssey.bc.ca | November 27™, 2007
Betrothed to big oil
by Shirazeh Entezari
News Writer
Oil giant BP's $500 million contribution over the next 10 years
towards the construction of an
energy research institute at UC
Berkeley has raised alarms over
the corporatisation of research
interests across California. But
marriages between big oil firms
and and academic institutions
are nothing new, and can be
found right here at UBC.
The Clean Energy Research
Centre (CERC), affiliated with
the Faculty of Applied Science,
officially opened on November
1, 2006. Its funders include
corporations such as Suncor
Energy Inc., Methanex, and
Westport Innovations Inc., in
addition to various government
grants and contracts.
Advocates of corporate sponsorship believe that in order
for research to be conducted
there needs to be funding, and
private money is the best way
to fill the gap left by inadequate
government support for such
"The first thing that you just
have to have is high ethical stan
dards. And to make sure what
you are doing is exactly what
you think should and needs
to be done and is not being
dictated by your commercial
sponsor," said Robert Evans,
the director ofthe CERC.
However, many think industry funding might not work
as well in practice as it does
in theory. They find it hard to
believe that millions of corporate dollars can float in and not
affect the direction of research
on campus.
"Industry funding seems to
work best when the amounts
involved are small," said Gary
Schajer, a UBC mechanical engineering professor.
"This allows researchers and
funders to work informally and
with a minimum of intrusion.
Having practical research problems to work on with practical
outcomes is helpful," Schajer
continued. "However, when the
stakes get higher, the situation
often gets uglier. I guess that
the difficulty with big oil and
pharmaceutical funding is that
it is so big."
see "Big Oil" I page 02
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•Cost to students: $3.5 million
•Architectural style: Brutalist
•6000 people/hour at peak hours
•Architects will incorporate input from
•Will reflect a more environmentally friendly
student space
•Will have to accommodate nearly double the
number of students on campus vs in 1968
Freedom, Cash Corner and labour pimps
by Darren Fleet
News Writer
Workers are timid at Vancouver's cash corner; they don't
want to talk. Work has been slow
lately, some say because of bad
weather, some say because of
bad press.
Greg, who didn't want to give
his last name, has been coming
to cash corner for over eighteen
years. He said reporters come to
cash corner about once ayear, always asking the same questions.
"They don't get the true
picture," he said. "If they do
any article it is to do with the
homeless. We don't figure we
are down and out on this corner.
We're all workers. We do a hard
day's work for pay."
He also said they have been
depicted as thieves and drug
"No matter what a person
needs the money for, that's
his own business," Greg said.
"[They] portrayed this corner as
a second rate corner with second
rate people."
Cash corner is located on Ontario Street between 2nd and 3rd
Avenues. Vancouver's skyline,
Science World and the under-
construction  Olympic  athlete's
village sit on the horizon. Men
show up as early as six in the
morning hoping to get picked
up. On any given day there are
more than twenty men filling the
sidewalk waiting for contractors
to drive by. When a potential employer stops, workers approach
their vehicle and negotiate the
job and the wage. If both sides
agree, the worker gets inside.
There is a cash corner in
most cities, said Paul Jackson,
a veteran labourer at Ontario
and 2nd. The federal government
used to run a manpower agency
see "Workers" I page 02
Would you ever stand on a street corner to sell your labour?
Zack Grimmer, political
science and philosophy
"The closest thing I have done
to that is market research
where you go for an hour and
answer some questions about
a product and they pay you
$75 or something. If I don't
end up getting my university
degree I guess I would consider it."
Jen-ju Scarisbrick,
"I would feel like I was selling my body if I was standing
there. I would just do the Labour Ready thing cause you
are at least guaranteed the
Ilan Ruhr, biology
"If I knew that I was going to
get nine bucks an hour from
an organisation that would
hire me, or I could stand on
the street and get four dollars
more, then I would probably
stand on the street and get
four dollars more an hour."
Kristen Holbrook,
"I think it would suck, cause
it is really unsteady, you're
not necessarily going to get
picked up. The government
should take into their hands
a different way of doing it
for the benefit of the people
rather than some agency just
trying to make money."
Vishaal Kapoor,
"Yeah, of course. If you need
workyou need work. I wouldn't
look down on it at all."
Colin Hilchui, engineering
"If it came down to it and I
was good with tools I would
definitely stand out on a street
Sam Al-Jondi (L) and Paul Jackson (R),share a laugh while waiting to be
picked up on Vancouver's cash corner.
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Storm Club charity
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Where: EOS ma
Time: 10am-3
3rd annual Jared
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Where: Gedg-tQQ
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Admission by donation
Bright nights In
Stanley Park
W: Stanley Park train
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Time: 3-10 pm
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ThSJjbyssey I November 27™, 2007
The Clean Energy Research Centre (CERQ is funded in part by oil multinationals Suncor Energy and Methanex
Industry funding
seems to work best
when the amounts
involved are small.
Gary Schajer,
Professor of mechanical engineering
What happens when research is funded by industry?
from "Big Oil" | page oi
Berkeley and UBC are far
from the only institutions accepting large cheques from oil
corporations. Exxon Mobil's
$ 100 million to fund Stanford's
Global   Climate   and   Energy
Program, Chevron's $25 million to fund UC Davis's Bio-energy Research group, BP's $ 15
million to fund Princeton's
Carbon Mitigation Initiative,
and ConcocoPhillip's $22.5
million contribution to Iowa
State University are but a few
of the many agreements making news on campuses across
North America.
"There is a need for it," said
Evans. "I don't see any ethical
issues with it as long as we can
do the research in a complete
no strings attached way." Xi
Td rather be out here than go work for a slave market'
from "Workers" | page oi
on the corner. It closed in the
mid-nineties, he said, but the
workers remain. The corner
is a pick-up point for Vancouver contractors and builders
looking to pay cash for day
There is an unspoken agreement among the men that no
one sells for less than $15 an
hour with a four-hour minimum, said Jackson. In this unregulated sector, the risks are
sometimes high and the work
is often hard and dirty.
"For the most part these
guys do what everybody else
doesn't want to do in Vancouver," said Sam Al-Jondi, another
veteran of the corner. He has
dug trenches, jack-hammered
rocks, and cleaned beams at the
top of high-rises.
"[Sometimes] they want
to whip an empire out of you
in one day for twelve bucks
an hour, that's the truth," he
added. What keeps Al-Jondi and
the others coming back is that
people often land good jobs at
this corner, some lasting for
months. There are more altruistic reasons as well: "Freedom,"
said Jackson, as he took a sip
from his coffee mug.
The one thing on the corner the men seem to agree on
is scorn for temporary labour
agencies that Greg calls "labour
This is the story that workers
like Greg say they want told.
These agencies can charge
as much as $ 16 an hour, wrote
Douglas Ward in a 2005 feature
article in The Vancouver Sun,
with the actual worker seeing
only $8-$ 9.
Standing on cash corner is
better than selling to a temp
agency, said Greg.
"I'd rather be out here than
go work for a slave market. I
may not be better off in the long
run working by myself, but at
least I get my wage."
"Tell them people are being exploited," added Al-Jondi,
"don't run cash corner down no
Despite their reputation on
this corner, temporary labour
agencies have several advantages over cash corner. They have
standards for the work they
allow their employees to do,
the work is often more consistent, and workers are covered
by compensation if they hurt
themselves on the job.
"There is a cost to doing
business," said Stacey Burke
of Labour Ready, a multi-national labour temp agency with
branches in Vancouver. "The
workers I talk to speak of the
opportunity we provide," she
said to Ward in the Sun article.
Labour   Ready   is   one   of
many temp labour companies
in the city. They provide safety
training and workers' compensation coverage to workers.
For employers, they cover the
paperwork and bureaucratic
hassle involved with hiring a
day labourer.
Contractor Shane Bennett
said he prefers to use Vancouver's labour agencies to cash
corner. "Basically, if they get
injured it's not my problem,"
he said. "They [cash corner
workers] are more hassle than
it is worth."
For the workers at Ontario
and 2nd, inconsistent work and
getting hurt is a constant reality
but worth the risk to earn more
"For a man to lose half his
wages to some company that
doesn't really give a damn
about him, I'll stand out here
24 hours a day, seven days a
week," said Greg. \a
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a less known synonym for f*ckin unfinished essay. The snowy weather
wasn't conducive to work, noted Champagne Choquer as she twirled her
golden locks. Levi Barnett and James Johnson remarked that she looked
like Lucy from Tale of Two Cities. Stephanie Findlay asked if she could be
Mme Defargeand walk the bloody streets ofthe French revolution, but
Boris Korby promptly wacked her on the head and told her to shut up.
Matthew Jewkes said that he wasn't down with that sort of conduct in
his workplace and started spitting nuts on emperor Kellan Higgins. Jordan Chittley laughed and said "man^the only thing we need on a night
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said:"that's it, I'm outta here," but accidently walked into a glass door,
/'know, like Dairy Queen style. Celestian Rince and Sara Constatntinau
nearly killed themselves laughing, calling the event "prime." Matthew
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News     3
Student Union Building redesign
Right: This is
one proposed
interior for a new
SUB design
Far Right:The
proposed exterior
design of a future
Bottom Right:
Another proposed
exterior for a
SUB involving
and innovative
The current SUB
The Student Union Building (SUB) opened in 1968 on the site ofthe old University
Stadium. Forty years later, plans are being drafted to'renew'the aging SUB.Architectural
firm Cannon Design is serving as a renovation consultant for the project, and for its
annual forum brought together architects, engineers and planners from 25 different
nations to address design options and consult students.
Design professionals took input received from students analyzed costs, ultimately
incorporating input into the new conceptual plans, which are supposed to reflect a
more environmentally-friendly student space in comparison to the 1960s brutalist style
ofthe current SUB.
Student consultation on the SUB Renew project will continue until January 2008,
after which the proposal is to be introduced to the University's Board of Governors for
Impacts of tar sands under scrutiny by The Dominion
By Sara Constanttneau
The McGill Daily (McGill University)
MONTREAL (CUP)-An independent publication is trying
to shock the public into understanding the social, environmental and economic impacts of the
Alberta tar sands.
The Dominion, an independent news cooperative, has
launched a special issue about
the tar sands with presentations
at universities across Canada.
The editors of the issue were at
Concordia University on November 15 to present their research
and exclusive footage.
The tar sands are oil reserves
located in Northern Alberta that
cover approximately 141,000 sq.
km, an area roughly the size of
New York State.
It requires massive amounts
of energy, water, and human labour to separate the oil from the
sand and to process it for use.
Where the tar sands are relatively close to the earth's surface,
trees are cleared and the top
layers of earth are completely removed, turning forests into uninhabitable, sandy wastelands.
Dm Oja Jay, an editor with
The Dominion, also pointed to
Alberta's weak environmental
"[The oil companies] are obligated to clean up to the extent
that the government of Alberta
says they should," Jay said. "Even
according to their standards, no
land had been reclaimed."
As a signatory to the Kyoto
protocol, Canada has agreed
to the mandate to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 6
per cent below 1990 levels by
2012. According to a study by
the Pembina Institute, extraction
from tar sands produces three
times the GHG emissions of normal oil extraction.
"Canada wouldn't exactly
be  on  track  in  its  emissions
Dru Oja Jay, part of a Dominon newspaper report on Alberta's tar sands, says that the industry will prevent Canada's from reaching Kyoto targets.
deadline, but the tar sands are
certainly making that quite a bit
more difficult," Jay said.
Social effects ofthe tar sands
are also a concern, he said, as
the speed of its development
creates a need for labour that is
often filled by temporary workers from China, the Philippines
and Central America.
"Nobody knows how much
the foreign workers are being
paid," Jay said. "They don't have
any rights as immigrants. They
are here to work and then leave
and go back to their countries."
First Nations communities
have also been brought into the
The proposed Mackenzie Gas
Project (MGP) pipeline would
cross over lands traditionally
owned and used by the Dene. To
date, the Deh Cho Dene, across
whose land some 40 per cent of
the MGP pipeline will run, have
refused to surrender their aboriginal title.
First Nations bands in the
immediate vicinity and downstream ofthe tar sands have had
their rivers polluted and have
suffered adverse health effects.
"It's a matter of life and death
for them," Jay said. "If it continues without [consulting the First
Nations], then...it's going to end
a whole way of life and force
people to leave a place where
they've lived for thousands and
thousands of years."
The Dominions editors are
hoping to educate the public
about the concerns surrounding
the tar sands.
"It really comes down to what
power actually is and how you
can mobilise it," Jay said. "[The
tar sands are] not going to slow
down or stop if nobody knows
what's going on, we can guarantee that."
The special supplement produced by the Dominion is available for download at http://www.
dominionpaper.ca/tar sands vl 4     Culture
ThSJjbyssey I November 27™, 2007
Gardenburst explodes on to the scene
by Stephanie Lim
Culture Writer
Gardenburst rocked UBC's I-
House November 22, 2007
in celebration of America's
Opening with Coldplay's
"Clocks", the six-member band
filled International House with
rich harmonies and melodies
from a familiar song to entertain
the crowd after their warm turkey
For this group, it's the word
"fun" that distinguishes them
from other up-and-coming bands.
"I really enjoyed their performance because I could see that
they were genuinely having fun,"
said UBC student, Karen Mak.
Even the sweet pumpkin pie
dessert couldn't compete with the
alluring sound of Gardenburst.
Feet were tapping to the beats,
and mouths were moving to the
lyrics ofthe songs.
"It's always good to play a
few covers so people can relate
to you," said lead guitarist Lionel
The band discovered
that this was their calling
earlier this year.
Until they have a solid collection of their own songs, the band
plans to establish a name within
the music industry by playing
tracks by other artists to prove
their musical abilities, added
The band, composed of Leong
Ich spreche kein Deutsch: Following the likes of Motorhead, members of Gardenburst discover that umlauts are key to a band's success.
on vocals and lead guitar; Joy
Boo, vocals; Steven Ngo, bass and
piano; Azroy Kandan, bass and
drums; Jacqueline Teo, bass and
piano; and Christina Loh, piano,
discovered that this was their
calling after forming earlier this
year for their first gig at ta joint
Malaysian-Sinaporean event on
Gardenburst has been given
the opportunity to perform for
UBC clubs such as the Chinese
Students and Scholars Association and events held by chemical
engineers, including tonight's
show, thanks to exposure through
word of mouth and Facebook,
said Teo.	
Being an international
group, we can really
fuse in the cultures.
Lionel Leong,
lead Guitarist
Like Kai (a Philipino R&B
group), more diverse cultural
groups  are  breaking  into  the
North American music industry.
Unlike the stereotypical Asian
group that only plays Asian music, the Malaysian, Singaporean,
American and Canadian band
members play a cornucopia of
genres within the 80s and 90s
"Flying high," they hope their
musical talents will transpire to a
wider audience, said Ngo.
"We hope to remain versatile,"
said Kandan.
"We've done Chinese, English, [and] Spanish [songs]," said
"Being an international group,
we can really fuse in the cultures,"
added Ngo with enthusiasm.
From tonight's performance, one
could tell that the smiles on the
audience's faces were not just because of I-House's Thanksgiving
celebration, but for Gardenburst's
sound that continued to resonate
in their hearts as the night drew
to an end.
The band's next gig is set for
the Malaysian-Singaporean Night
in February 2008. tl
ams Insider
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fan Schedule
at the Gallery Lounge
Imagine Mxir Space
Open House Nov. 26th - 30th
Where: SUB Basement, Snack Attack's location
When:   November 26th - 30th
Times:   Monday, Wednesday, Friday.l 0am - 2pm
Tuesday, Thursday,! 0:30am - 2pm
AMS Clubs showcase
AMS Clubs - from Martial Arts to Theatre - will
be showing off at the Pit Pub this Thursday,
November 29th from 1:00 - 2:30pm.
Norm Theatre, UBC
February 12, 2008
Tickets: Ticketweb. Zulu, Scratch, Outpost
AMS Holiday Gift Fair
Nov 19-23
Nov 26 - 30
new vendors second week
main concourse
student union building
AMS Elections 2008
Nomination Procedure
The nominations for candidates seeking to run for the
2008-2009 AMS Student Council open November
30th, 2007, and close January 11th, 2008. In order
to seek nomination, candidates must meet certain
requirements as delineated in the AMS Electoral
Each candidate must be an Active Member ofthe
Alma Mater Society (AMS), and shall submit in person
to the Administrative Assistant a nomination form
duly signed by both the candidate and no less than
fifty (50) nominators, each of whom shall be an Active
Member of the AMS entitled to vote in student
elections. Forms shall be available in the Administrative Assistant's office, located in SUB 238A.
Regardless of how many positions for which a
candidate is nominated, each candidate may run for
only one executive position in a given election.
Names of candidates will be kept confidential until
the close of nominations, at which time they shall be
released to the public.
Should interested candidates have any other questions or concerns, they may consult the AMS Electoral
Code at
http://www.ams.ubc.ca/elections/rules.html, or
contact the Elections Administrator, Brendan Piove-
san, at elections@ams.ubc.ca.
Good luck to all interested candidates,
Brendan Piovesan,
AMS Elections Administrator
SUB 249K November 27™, 2007 , The Ubyssey
Culture     5
Marketing musicians
in cyberspace
by Trevor Melanson
Culture Staff
Music and the Internet: major
record labels may see the relationship as analogous to that
between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,
but this sentiment is not shared
by all, especially poor university
students. However, we are not
entirely alone in that matter.
For many underground musicians, the Internet has been a
blessing—a tool for exposure that would have
otherwise been impossible without
the assistance
of a label.
"Networking sites such
as   MySpace
have    made
the   gap   between      band
and   fan   much
smaller,"       said
Sean Lang,  drummer   for   the   Vancouver-based metal
band   First   Reign.
"It's     now     much
easier to keep track
of your general fan base and get
an idea of how many people are
interested in coming to a live
Every day many people have
their MySpace account flooded
with new bulletins from numerous bands, with no distinction
between the signed and the
"Without the Internet, no
one would know who our band
was outside of Victoria unless
we toured constantly, and the
same can be said for bands all
over Canada," said Miles Chic
from Kincaide, an up-and-coming local rock band.
However, even for underground musicians, the Internet
isn't without its disadvantages.
While the Internet serves "as
a great tool for promotion and
awareness of a band...it can also
negatively affect how people listen to [and] interact with bands,"
Chic asserted.
Maybe one day we'll
see an indiscriminate
plethora of musicians
with only an
obligation to fans.
"A lot of younger people...
would rather sit at home and
read about bands and talk on
instant messaging programs
rather than actually go out and
see live shows," he added, but
ultimately, "the positive aspects
far outweigh the negative."
Of course, many record la
bels don't feel this way. Almost
every other day we hear about
yet another digital copyright
There is no doubt that the
Internet is changing the role of
labels, but there are two sides to
every story.
"The Internet has also made
it easier to get in contact with
record labels," Lang commented, "as well as it has spawned
many Internet-based independent labels."
Still, some bands
are   beginning   to
question whether
or    not   labels
will   even   be
necessary. The
recent self-released   Radio-
head album, In
Rainbows, gave
fans the option
to pay whatever
price they wished.
The band received
an average of £4 per
album downloaded (about
6 CAD), earning nearly £5
million in less than a week.
"I like the people at our
record company, but the time
is at hand when you have to
ask why anyone needs one,"
Radiohead's Thorn Yorke told
TIME magazine. "And, yes, it
probably would give us some
perverse pleasure to say 'fuck
you' to this decaying business
It probably would give
us some perverse
pleasure to say 'fuck
you' to this decaying
business model.
Thom Yorke,
Lead singer, Radiohead
It would seem that the
Internet's relationship with
music extends further than
digital copyright issues. After
all, business interests aren't
necessarily congruent with the
interests of musicians. How
one answers the question of
whether music is primarily an
art form or a profit-maker for
labels changes the direction of
one's evaluation of the future
of the industry.
The line between signed and
unsigned is becoming fuzzier,
and in some cases, the latter
garner more popularity than the
former. Maybe one day we'll see
an indiscriminate plethora of
musicians with only an obligation to fans; a nightmare for the
music business, but perhaps a
renaissance for music itself. vl
'Rocked Thursdays' delivers anything but
The Most Serene
Republic cap off an
evening of esoteric indie
dance music
by James Johnson
Culture Staff
When you turn on CFOX, you're
twice as likely to hear Audio-
slave as Arcade Fire, so you'd
be forgiven for assuming that
when you went out to one of
the shows billed in the "Rocked
Thursdays" series, you'd be
getting a band soon to be under the tutelage of Nickelback.
Somewhere between here and
there, however, there has been
a sea change, where rock shows
are as much about dancing as
moshing; the people will pack
a club to see bands that aren't
afraid to blur the lines between
genres in search of a new
An act fronted by a
helium-filled Gwen
Stefan!, oozing with
as much sex appeal
as the original.
Unfortunately, the crowds
Thursday night at the Plaza
Club steadily declined in the
wake of Vancouver-based art-
rockers Mother Mother. The
night started off with their
esoteric, somewhat elven rock,
the delicate voices of the trio
of vocalists harmonising over
irregular rhythms. The crowd
had been halved by the time
the headliner, The Most Serene
The night started off
9 with their esoteric,
somewhat elven rock.
Republic, came to perform. The
band crowded the stage with
more instrumentalists than all
ofthe opening band's members
combined, their style an indiscernible wall of sound marked
with violins and trombones.
The lead singer must be commended for his ability to inject
such muddled sound with spastic energy.
The real winners ofthe night,
though, were the Dragonette,
an upcoming Toronto-based act
fronted by a helium-filled Gwen
Stefani, oozing with as much sex
appeal as the original, backed
by new wave revivalists in the
vein of Franz Ferdinand. In
homage to their ancestors, they
unironically riffed on old INXS
songs, remarkably welcomed
by the young audience.
Consider it a lesson learned:
after years of popular rock music floundering in misogyny and
misery, dancing is unabashedly
cool again. \j 6    Feature
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Continued from Jaggi Singh's story
as told last Friday.
Green College lies at the northernmost end of campus at the intersection of Northwest Marine Drive
and Cecil Green Park Road. Like
its neighbour, the Anthropology
and Sociology building, it's a long
way out of anyone's way and one
of the quaintest spots on campus.
A college and residence for graduate students, its motto is "Ideas and
Friendship." For a few days in November 1997, all that changed.
November 22 saw the construction of the security zone. It
stretched from Chancellor Boulevard to Northwest Marine Drive
near Place Vanier. It stood like a
velvet rope made of steel, cordoning off the world's most exclusive
party. It towered eight feet high
along NW Marine Drive and as
high as 12 feet in other places.
Green College lay just outside
the zone and was adjacent to the
road where leaders' motorcades
would pass through. The raising
of eight-foot fences around the
College brought out the anti-APEC
sentiment among its residents. On
the morning of the 22nd, law student Karen Pearlston put up signs
along the fence saying, "APEC off
campus" and "Green College is for
ideas and friendship not APEC."
RCMP officers confronted her
that morning and ordered her to
remove the signs. She protested,
claiming she had a constitutional
right to do so. An officer told her
there were to be "no signs and no
people" on that side of the street,
by order of the Prime Minister's
Office. She was told she could be
arrested. When she asked on what
charge, an officer replied, "We'll
make something up." The threat
didn't stop anyone else coming out
to the fence.
Craig Jones was also a law student and resident at Green College.
He served on the executive ofthe BC
Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA),
a group of legal experts devoted to
the preservation of civil rights for
British Columbians. They had their
hands full at UBC that day.
Jones was in his third year of a
law degree, focusing on civil liberties and constitutional issues. He
volunteered during APEC to work
with a group of law students acting as legal observers during the
"The idea was that we were going to attend the protests and witness arrests and fake names. My
interest in it was from a civil liberties perspective, I wasn't terribly
interested in the sort of underlying
protest message," he said in an
Jones admits he saw few things
that were unsavoury until the
security zone was erected around
the south campus area. The security fence isolated the Green
College graduate community and
made it an island in the middle
of a secure zone—one of only two
places on campus where one could
protest in full view of the leaders'
motorcades that would roar across
Marine Drive to the Museum of
Jones came out to the fence on
the evening of November 23rd. He
taped nine sheets of paper to the
fence that spelled out "democracy"
and the next morning posted signs
that said "free speech" and "human
rights." RCMP officers ordered the
signs removed that night and returned them to Jones. One he taped
to the sidewalk and the others he
took back to his room.
"I'm no fan of Suharto or Jiang
Zemin or anything, but I thought
as long as they're coming, let them
bring the University in, let them see
what free speech was all about," he
Above the fence, the words
"Fuck APEC" were spelled out in
Christmas lights in a resident's
Green College residents started
to gather at the fence at 7:50am on
November 25. Like the rest of campus, their opposition peaked that
morning. RCMP Insp. Bill Dingwall,
deputy operations commander for
APEC, approached the group and
found that Jones' signs that read
"free speech" and "democracy"
had been affixed to coat racks and
placed on the sidewalk.
Jones meant to leave the signs
and be on his way. But Dingwall,
on his way past, looked at the signs
and said, "Those aren't going to
stay there." He then continued past
the signs, walking towards the Rose
Garden Parkade down the street,
where police would gather throughout the day. As he left he told Jones,
"I'm not going to argue with you.
They're just not going to stay there.
In fifteen minutes they'll be gone."
Dingwall came back to Green
College at 8:15am after consulting
with officers at the Site Command
Centre. As many as 15 protesters
were at the fence by this time, some
brandishing signs that said "freedom of speech" and "APEC kills."
Dingwall directed the protesters to
move off the sidewalk and 12 feet
back on to the Green College lawn.
They complied, including Jones,
who kept the coatrack with his "free
speech" sign with him.
Dingwall requested thatprotest-
ers remove their signs, allegedly
fearing they could be used as projectiles. Jones wouldn't give his up.
Standing on the lawn, he was told
by an officer to remove it, saying
he should take it to the designated
protest zone near the law school if
he wished to display it. He clutched
with two hands the sign that said
"free speech" as he spoke with the
officer about constitutional rights.
Once more the officer told him to
give up his sign. Jones replied he
would have to arrest him. Two officers, under the instruction of Insp.
Dingwall, obliged him.
"The next thing I knew I was
meat in an RCMP sandwich," he
said. "Down on the ground with a
couple of cops on my back and so
that was the end of my APEC day,
pretty much."
Dingwall then went around to
the protesters and with the help
of some officers not pre-occupied
with Jones, removed all the signs by
8:25am in time for the motorcades
to pass by. He engaged in a tug of
war with one Green resident who
gave hers up for fear of arrest.
Even without the signs, the residents weren't finished. They had a
can of red paint that was initially
meant for their signs. Some stayed
by the fence, painted their hands
red and raised their palms to the
fence, chanting "free speech" as
the motorcades flew by.
Jones, meanwhile, was held at
the UBC RCMP detachment before
being taken to a Vancouver jail. He
was then transferred to the holding centre in Richmond, where he
found himself in the same place as
Jaggi Singh.
"I wasn't really opposed to APEC
or having it on the campus," he
said. "I just became very distressed
at the police reaction, the police security measures just seemed inane
to me given what they were dealing
By the end of the day there had
been 38 people brought to the Richmond holding centre. Some tried to
make light of the situation. Women
arrested throughout the day were
put in an area separate from the
men and were heard singing, "bad
cop, no donut." David Malmo-
Levine, a protester arrested at the
flagpole the previous day said, "Officer, the door's stuck."
Jones saw little humour, however, in the way that RCMP officers
treated them.
"They were assholes, actually.
I mean, I don't throw that term
around," he said. "One threatened
to pepper spray somebody through
the b ars. It was very much like grade
nine over again when somebody's
been appointed hall monitor and
is just reveling in it..We're going
to do this to you because we can,
we're going to keep you in here
until the protests are over because
we're gonna."
For putting up signs that extolled words found in the Charter
of Rights and Freedoms, Jones
spent 14 hours in prison. Just
months away from graduation, he
feared for his career prospects as
a lawyer.
Speaking now from his home in
Bowen Island, he keeps a sense of
humour about the day. He remembers a "low-level celebrity status"
that came amidst public fallout
over his arrest and other events
that took place at UBC. He launched
a suit against the RCMP and helped
spark a lengthy furor that would
last years.
"There was all that public outrage and little old ladies are sending us five bucks to help us with
the legal defence," he said. "There
was a pride and there was a kind of
elation at having done something
significant and worthwhile."
Craigjones graduated from the
UBC Faculty of Law in 1998. After
he finished he took up the reins as
president of the BC Civil Liberties
Association. He was called to the
bar of British Columbia in 1999
and later served as a litigation associate at the firm of Bull Housser
and Tupper. He now supervises 20
lawyers in the Constitutional Law
group in the provincial Ministry of
the Attorney General. His lawyers
litigate on behalf of the BC government on constitutional issues.
Ten years later, he says APEC
has helped give him a legal career
that gets more interesting all the
"I think I have the best legal job
in the country right now."
Aiyanas Ormond was another
organiser with APEC Alert. Formerly a student at McGill, he came
to UBC in September to study economics. While in Montreal he had
done a year of honours economics
and was there involved in work
around social justice issues.
His work with APEC Alert began
over the summer at Lacana Coffee
House, a now-defunct community
and political centre on Commercial Drive where the city-wide "No
to APEC" coalition was hodling an
event. It was there that he first met
organisers with APEC Alert, an organisation for whom he would later
be arrested and pepper sprayed.
"There was a core group of politically concerned and aware people already when the APEC summit
at UBC was announced, and that
kind of snowballed," he said in an
Their inspiration, he said, were
the protests that rose up in the Philippines against the 1996 summit,
some ofthe first opposed organisations they believed only served the
interests of big business.
"At the time people were talk
ing about it as a NAFTA for Asia-Pacific," he said. "Movements in the
Philippines [said] this is not going
to benefit the people here, it's really
only beneficial to the big business
interests which are already in the
developed countries like Canada
and the US"
Ormond was involved in the
painting ofthe APEC Free Zone and
other activities that helped raise
awareness on a campus that he
said was almost oblivious to what
was coming.
"When we first started talking
about it in September nobody even
knew the summit was coming," he
said. "We worked really, really hard
to generate awareness of APEC on
campus through a lot of creative
tactics and obviously it had an
Ormond was first arrested with
Jaggi Singh on November 24 as
they took part in plans to extend
the APEC Free Zone to include the
Museum of Anthropology. At that
point opposition to APEC began to
reach full swing.
He was released later that night
after being arrested for "breaching
the peace" while Singh remained in
prison overnight. Ormond was back
at it the morning of November 25,
where a movement without Jaggi
Singh nevertheless blossomed into
a rally of over 2000 people, with
some estimates as high as 3000.
Itwas one ofthe biggestprotests
to hit UBC since the 1960s. For
sheer force of numbers, it outdid
the 1968 "sit-in" at the Faculty Club
sparked by a visit from American
social activist Jerry Rubin.
Ormond saw it from the
"It assembled outside the Student Union Building...all morning,
until there were several thousand
people there," he said.
Police believed the climax of
"Crash the Summit" would see protesters march through the campus
and stage a dramatic skit at Norman MacKenzie House, the UBC
president's residence. They alternately believed that 300 students
would stage a die-in at the flagpole,
now about 10 metres behind a 12-
foot fence fastened at the bottom to
concrete slabs.
The march set out on a different path.
Protesters gathered en masse
outside the SUB and listened to
speakers before setting out on the
warpath. One of them said, "The
system we are fighting is a violent
one, so the only way to fight that
is through peaceful protest..if you
can't abide by that then please
leave the protest."
The crowd then set out from the
SUB across campus to Koerner Plaza outside the library. They carried
placards  that  advertised  groups
such as the "Latin American Students' Union" and messages such
as "Stop East Timor genocide."
Members of UBC Faculty cancelled
classes that day to allow their students to protest, and some of them
joined the fray themselves.
The crowd reached Koerner
Plaza after making its way from
the SUB. One protester climbed to
the overhang above the entrance
and held up a banner that showed
a skull one might find on a pirate's
flag with APEC spelled across its
mouth. He took his place atop a
concrete bar against the glass ofthe
library as other protesters joined
him. They held drums whose heads
displayed makeshift corporate
logos for Nike, McDonald's and
BCTel. Another had a dollar sign.
From the overhang they supervised a "die-in" staged on the plaza
below. People dressed in military
and police uniforms and waded
into the crowd as people symbolically died all around them. One of
the protesters on the overhang read
a statement by APEC Alert as some
ofthe crowd gravitated towards the
Rose Garden Plaza.
They expected to see a line of
police officers standing in front of
the wire mesh fence—instead they
had direct access to the fence itself.
A line of police stood behind it as
protesters approached. By this time
Ormond was still at Koerner Plaza,
some distance from the fence. The
crowd approached the fence and
protesters, seizing the opportunity,
climbed onto the concrete slabs
and pulled at the mesh. They would
have had to grip at the fence just to
stay standing up on the slabs.
150 officers were present, 60
of them on mountain bikes. They
believed the protesters' intentions
were only to approach the fence
and "blow bubbles" through its
holes, stood behind it and allowed
them to have access. Even protesters did not know they would reach
the fence. The makeshift fence was
fastened to steel poles with plastic
ties, making it look like one near a
sporting event or concert.
Protesters crowded to the fence
and continued to pull on it. More
began to climb and pull at the barricade. The police knew of its weaknesses before the protests began.
Eventually the plastic ties met
their match in the pulling. A section of the fence at Rose Garden
Plaza detached from the poles and
trapped protesters underneath as it
fell. Then many things happened.
The officers began to unleash
"oleoresin capsicum" on the crowd.
It's a chemical better known as
pepper spray that's used against
wild animals and in riot control.
It causes temporary blindness and
irritates eyes and skin. The police
sprayed it straight into protesters'
Pandemonium erupted. Protesters retreated and those who stayed
at the fence made their faces vulnerable to the burning chemical.
The spray can be washed out ofthe
eyes with water but not everyone
had access to water.
The incident was captured on
CBC's the National by reporter
Terry Milewski. His report showed
officers unleashing the spray in
canisters the size of small fire extinguishers. A line of police were
seen trying to keep the protesters
back with spray and bicycles. The
spray came at protesters with the
force of a fire hose. Demonstrators cried as friends and officers
tried to wash their eyes out. Other
protesters writhed in pain as they
were tackled to the ground and
UBC student Gabby Resch
squinted, his eyes burning red as
he gave Milewski an on-camera
The first blasts of spray drew
the rally back from the fence but
they would come close again. The
protesters' original plan was to link
arms and approach the police line,
presenting themselves for arrest.
A double row of police with bikes
and pepper spray now stood before
Ormond made his way to the
front of the protest. A significant
distance had been created this time
between protesters and police. He
started organising people to link
arms and march towards the line.
"We weren't just going to be
stuck somewhere and be allowed
to say our slogans and make our
speeches but not make any meaningful impact on the summit," he
The protesters approached to
the front and police sprayed them.
To his right, up against the police
line in a sea of struggling bodies
and bicycles, a demonstrator held
a sign that said, "I didn't vote for
By the time police were finished
his whole front was soaked with
pepper spray, "excruciating pain,"
as Ormond tells it.
He nevertheless stayed on the
front line until police pulled him
through. They washed out his eyes
and said they weren't killing him.
"Then the rest of my body started to burn," he said. It burned so
badly that police, after loading him
into the back of a wagon, stopped
off at the UBC detachment to give
him a change of clothes—a paper
jumpsuit, by his account. \a
The Ubyssey's three part perspective marking the ten year anniversary of APEC will conclude next
week with the story of RCMP Staff
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Montreal students protested last week against provincial tuition hikes
by Matthew Fiorentino
The Link (Concordia University)
MONTREAL (CUP)-"A qui la rue?
A nous la rue!" [Whose streets
are these? Our streets!] These
were the cries of over 2,000
students as they marched from
Dorchester Square with painted
picket signs and street-wide banners into the heart of Montreal
on November 15.
Their mission was clear, free
education, and aside from the
untimely downpour that day, everything seemed to be in order.
That is, until someone remarked:
"Where are the Anglophones?"
A special general assembly
at McGill, a primarily Anglophone school, failed to bring in
enough undergraduates to vote
on a proposed strike. Similarly,
Concordia's general assembly
held on October 29 fell short of
quorum by over 600 students.
While many Anglophone
students are still attending protests, their numbers are dwarfed
by those of the Francophone
"McGill was represented by
about 200 students at Thursday's
protest," said Max Silverman,
vice-president of external affairs
for the Student Society of McGill
University. "I believe there were
roughly 250 Concordia students
on hand as well."
"Of course there is always an
Anglo presence at these events,
but we're a minority," said Erika
Dyer, a Dawson College student.
To date, Dawson College is
the only English-speaking institution in the province whose
student body voted in favour of
officially supporting the Quebec-
wide student strike against the
lifting of a thirteen-year tuition
But even at Dawson College
only a small but consistent number of protesters have appeared
at Dawson's de Maisonneuve
and Atwater entrances, urging
students not to cross their picket
lines. Their requests largely
went ignored as most hurried
off to classes, which continued
"People at Dawson are terribly apathetic to an array of
political issues," said Dyer. "A lot
of students are really against the
free education movement, and
I have trouble understanding
"I think if you look at Concordia and McGill, historically
speaking, we've always been
kind of behind in terms of jumping on board," said Silverman.
"If you look at McGill, half ofthe
students hail from outside of
the province. There's no student
movement in the States or the
rest of Canada that really compares with the activist culture
that we have in Quebec."
Students from outside Quebec already pay several thousand
dollars more in tuition fees than
students native to the province.
A key rallying point for Francophone students has been the
Universite de Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) administration's
decision to offset their $350
million debt by raising tuition
fees, cutting back expenses and
revising which programs receive
Renaud Lachance, Quebec's
auditor general, blamed UQAM's
poor finances on a pair of construction projects which ran over
budget before completion.
"Students at UQAM are going
to see the offerings ofthe university and the quality of teaching
diminish because ofthe school's
financial situation, which is not
their fault to begin with," said
Jean-Olivier Lanctot David, a
Universite de Montreal student
who took part in the protest.
"At UQAM, I think the movement has been so successful
because of the urgency of the
issues," said Silverman.
Some feel that tradition
also plays a role in mobilising
"I think we're [as Francophones] certainly more used to
protesting in the streets," said
Lanctot David. "There's no doubt
that if you look at recent history, French-speaking Quebecois
have been more prone to mass
"Yes, there is a disparity,"
admitted Silverman. "But I can
also say that the Francophone
students were pleased to see Concordia and McGill represented at
the protest on Thursday."
"If nothing else, this movement's victory will be bringing
Anglo and Franco students together," Silverman added, vl November 27™, 2007 , The Ubyssey
University coaches: an old boys club?
Deb Huband is the head coach for UBC's women's basketball team. She is in the minority for head coaches, as female coaches only occupy 30 percent of the coaching positions on female
sports teams at Canadian Universities. In total forthe CIS,men occupy 80 per cent of all the coaching positions.
By Myles Gough
The Charlatan (Carleton University)
OTTAWA (CUP)-Despite a general consensus that women are invaluable to the sporting community as role models for athletes,
they continue to occupy only a
small fraction of head coaching
positions within Canadian Inter-
university Sport (CIS).
Sheilagh Croxon, an Olympic medal-winning coach and
consultant for the Coaching Association of Canada, said the disparity between male and female
coaches in the CIS is a problem,
and that universities must make
a more concerted effort to hire
female coaches.
In 2005, a CIS study found
that men occupy 80 per cent of
all coaching positions at Canadian universities.
In addition to dominating
male athletics, men also held
about 70 per cent of the head
coaching jobs for female teams.
By comparison, women con
stituted less than five per cent of
coaches for male teams.
Field hockey, a sport played
exclusively by women at the CIS
level, was the only sport where
women outnumbered their male
counterparts in head coaching
With little change during
the past two years, these figures
are still relevant to universities
Croxon said many barriers
exist that discourage women
from coaching at top-tier levels.
Some of these barriers include
unequal funding for women's
sports and lower salaries for
female coaches.
She said equalizing salaries
and creating policies around
coaching that are more conducive to women and their
lifestyles can help alleviate this
problem. Croxon said sport is
about more than just winning,
and believes female coaches
should be sought out for their
diverse skills.
"You need to focus on developing human beings," she said.
"Female athletes need women
coaches as role models and they
also needleaders who place more
emphasis on relationships."
Jennifer Brenning, director
of athletics at Carleton University, agreed there is a problem,
but said schools have taken steps
toward increasing pay equity for
She said coaches at Carleton
are all under middle manage-
mentcontracts and any variation
in salary is due to experience.
Despite these progressive
measures, the university still
has trouble attracting female
coaches. Carleton currently employs 13 male head coaches at
the varsity level, compared to
only two females.
While trying to find a head
coach for the women's basketball program this off-season,
Brenning said the university was
involved in serious discussions
with a female for the position.
The candidate, whom Brenning could not name for privacy
reasons, later decided to withdraw from the discussions.
"For a women's program, the
ideal candidate would be female.
But when the pool of female applicants is so small this is hard
to do," Brenning said.
The university eventually
hired Taffe Charles—a former
assistant with the men's program—as the new head coach.
Kelly Lyons, a member ofthe
Carleton women's basketball
team, said she has no preference
about the sex of her coach.
"I think women coaches obviously understand the female
players, but there are some men
who come from very female-oriented families," she said. "It all
depends on the person."
Lyons said her male coaches
have tended to be a bit more
authoritative, but her female
coaches have placed just as
much emphasis on winning.
Lome Adams, president of
Ontario University Athletics,
said the decision to hire male
coaches for female sports is often
based on a lack of availability.
He says if given the option,
female athletes would rather
compete under a male coach
than not compete at all.
"Obviously we would like to
see female athletes coached by
women, but that is an institutional decision," he said.
Adams, who is also director
of athletics at Brock University,
defended the institution, which
is currently one of the most
underrepresented universities
in the CIS with 18 male coaches
and only one female.
He says Brock has had
trouble finding qualified female
The hiring of coaches is not
governed by CIS policy; therefore there is no required number of female coaches a school
must employ. Universities seek
the best person for the job, said
Adams. \a
Women's B-ball continue domination of Canada West Up Next:
T-Birds double
Thompson Rivers in
scoring during most
quarters of play
by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
The UBC women's basketball
team continued their dominance
of the Canada West Conference
over Friday and Saturday evenings at War Memorial Gym,
beating Thompson Rivers twice.
On Friday the T-Birds almost
doubled up the WolfPack 79-42
before recording a similar result
in the game Saturday when they
won 70-49.
Thunderbirds head coach
Deb Huband needed her team to
dominate the boards and it was
obvious by looking at the teams
that size would play a role in the
"We knew size was our advantage," she said. The women
took 56 rebounds compared to
the 30 snagged by the WolfPack
on Friday. The T-Birds also won
more points in the paint, out-
scoring Thompson Rivers 34-14
Saturday in this area. The good
play on the boards helped in
scoring as the T-Birds managed
almost twice as many points as
their opponents in most quarters throughout both games and
that gave them the opportunity
to spread the ball around.
"When you have four or five
people in double figures I think
it makes you feel a bit more confident," said Huband.
However, she said that there
are still areas the team needs to
"We're making great progress," said Huband. "We have a
lot ahead of us as far as reaching
our potential. The rookies are
contributing, the veterans who
are back are stepping up and
the people in between are also
On Friday, the women got off
to a fast start with Erica McGuinness accounting for eight points
in the first quarter to lead all
scorers. She continued her scoring in the second with 11 as the
Thunderbirds went into the half
almost doubling the WolfPack,
39-20. Despite coming out a
bit slow and letting Thompson
Rivers get some early baskets
in the beginning of the second,
McGuinness and company got
the T-Birds in gear. After some
quick play by the T-birds on the
boards and in transition, they
found themselves up by 30 at
the end of the third. Both teams
came out of the short break on
their heels and despite some
close shots, nothing dropped
for about three minutes into the
quarter. But once the women got
rolling, they kept the trend going
for a 10-1 run in the middle ofthe
fourth. Just when the WolfPack
looked like they were tiring, they
managed some solid defense to
cause turnovers. They converted
the turnovers into points, but it
wouldn't be enough. The T-Birds
would take the game 79-42.
On Saturday the scoring
was similar with the T-Birds
continuing to double up on the
WolfPack. The T-Birds got off to
a quick lead in the first quarter
24-12, thanks to 4-for-4 three-
point shooting including three
by Devan Lisson. The T-Birds
held the Pack to just eight points
in the second quarter while tallying up 16 of their own points to
take a 40-20 lead into the locker
room at the half.
In the third quarter, the WolfPack started hitting their shots
and closing the gap. Thompson
Rivers sank almost 54 per cent of
their field goals compared to almost 28 per cent in the first half.
On the reverse side, the T-Birds
only managed to shoot 25 per
cent from the field in the second
half compared to 60 per cent in
the first. The Thunderbirds were
outscored for the first time last
weekend during the third quarter as their lead shrank to just
13 points. However, the T-Birds
held on in the fourth for the 21-
With the wins, the women
move to 8-1 on the season while
the WolfPack stay winless at 0-
9. The women will play host to
the University of Victoria this
weekend before having some
time away from conference play.
Despite playing no games, they
will continue to practice and
will head to California for some
games over the winter break.
"When we go down to the
states we are going to be working
on ourselves," said Huband. It
will give the team a good chance
to work out the wrinkles before
the playoffs, vl
Men's Basketball
Nov. 30 vs. Victoria @
Dec. 1 vs. Victoria©
Women's Basketball
Nov. 30 vs. Victoria @
Dec. 1 vs. Victoria @
Men's Hockey
Nov. 30 at Lethbridge
(away game)
Dec. 1 at Lethbridge
(away game)
Women's Hockey
Nov. 30 at Lethbridge
(away game)
Dec. 1 at Lethbridge
(away game)
Men's Volleyball
Nov. 30 at Brandon
(away game)
Dec. 1 at Brandon
(away game)
* denotes games that can be heard live on CiTR 10   Editorial
ThSJjbyssey I November 27™, 2007
Rehabilitated rapist requests education
Last week, reports emerged
that Langara College was
barring Paul Callow from attending on-campus courses at their
In the 1980s, Callow, better
known as the "Balcony Rapist",
brutally attacked and raped women
at knife-point in the Toronto area.
Eventually, Callow was arrested,
convicted as a serial rapist, and
given a 20-year prison sentence,
which he served in full after repeatedly being denied parole.
This semester Callow was
enrolled in film and television production courses at Langara College
in an attempt to reintegrate into
society and work with his sister
Karen Bardach, a filmmaker.
But after Callow had paid his
tuition someone on campus recognised him.
The next day his sister, as
reported to local media, Bardach
received a call from Langara's
President Linda Holmes saying that
her brother could not register.
In an e-mail to The Province,
Holmes was quoted as saying
"following an assessment of our
available resources, I decided that
I could not ensure the safety and
security of Mr Callow or others if
he attended classes at Langara College sites."
Considering the vigilante back
lash that Callow has felt since his
release, Holmes might be right.
Following his release on February 23rd, Callow was banned from
the entire province of Ontario and
was forced, after protests and a
great deal of publicity, out of both
Surrey and New Westminster.
But despite the terrible crimes
Callow has committed in the past,
there's a problem with how he's being treated, and it revolves around
Holmes's comment about protecting others.
Callow served his full 20 year
sentence, and the Ontario courts
let him out. If he's still a threat,
he should be kept in prison, away
from the public. But by letting him
out and subjecting him to persecution at every opportunity we're
overruling the court and engaging
in revenge.
When we consider Langara's
actions we must also ask ourselves
how we as UBC students would
react to having someone like Paul
Callow on our campus. No one
wants to be near a rapist—it's a heinous, terrifying crime, and wanting
to avoid someone with a history
like Callow's is a natural reaction.
But is it unforgivable? If it is,
then Callow should be removed as
a threat from society indefinitely. If
it's not, if time and rehabilitation
can deem a rapist finally forgiv
able, as the court has decided, then
we must eventually stop punishing
To deny him forgiveness in
spite of the fact that we, as a society, have let him back in will force
him into the shadows and make
him even more dangerous.
We don't know that UBC has
ever denied admission to any
student based on their criminal
record, or if it will do so in the
future. But this is not to say that
similar vigilante groups would not
arise on campus as they have in
other Vancouver suburbs. Who can
really predict how we would react if
it were UBC students in the middle
of all this?
Langara has said that in the
future the school would consider
having Callow as a distance education student. But, considering
Callow's pursuit of video production, distance education seems to
be just another attempt to restrict
the freedoms of a man who has
paid his debt to society.
Ironically, Langara's school
motto is "Freedom through
Callow's attempt was to attain
a skill set that could provide him
a means of support. In this way,
knowledge could give Callow the
freedom he hasn't found since his
release from prison, vl
Streeters is a twice weekly column
in which students are asked a
question    pertinent    to    UBC.
See all their full comments online at www.ubyssey.ca
How would you react to having Paul Callow come to UBC?
Evan Westra,
Arts 3
"It's really up to the
university to consider the safety of their
students. I work for
AMS Security, and
we keep track of a
lot of people who
are banned from
campus for this exact
Ishaan Mittal,
Mechanical Eng. 3
"I personally would
say that it is not
fair to refuse him
admission because
he has suffered for
what he did. He
has served 20 years
because that is what
the government
Sarah Eden,
Science 1
"I feel that maybe
people should
be given second
chances, but I'd
like to know more
about his scenario
and him before
making a complete
Janice Lee,
Science 2
"I would give him
a chance, I don't
think we should
judge a person
because people
make mistakes. And
at least we know
who he is, in case he
does make a move."
Daniel Wood,
Arts 2
"I would say
everyone deserves
a second chance.
They're innocent
until proven guilty.
But if he did his
time then there is
chance of rehab,
so he could be set
straight again."
UBC-Ours or theirs?
After attending the Property and Planning
Committee Meeting on Thursday, November
15th, it has become abundantly clear to me
that the people running UBC couldn't care
less about what students actually think. When
Nancy Knight (UBC associate VP, Campus &
Community Planning) presented the results
of the "U-square" community consultation that
happened in September, she included numbers
which indicated that students were strongly
opposed to both housing and retail. Yet when
the discussion began, it became clear that the
members ofthe committee were determined to
pursue housing and retail, in spite of the very
negative responses of students to both of these
This begs the question: What is the point
of development at UBC? Is the sole purpose to
line the pockets of developers and corporations
with our tuition dollars? Or is it to serve the
needs and wants of the 40,000+ students who
attend classes here?
Already, construction is beginning on the
underground bus loop, a development that will
destroy the Grassy Knoll (something that students clearly want) and severely limit any future
expansion of bus routes. I'm flabbergasted that
no one is asking why a new bus loop is being
built in the first place. What's wrong with the
current bus loop? Can't we make any needed
improvements there, instead of digging up the
Grassy Knoll? Before we go ahead with such a
massive project, we should also consider that
a Skytrain line could be at UBC within a decade. This is another issue that no one wants
to discuss, because it might interfere with the
developer's long sought after paycheques.
As students, we need to demand that our
funding go to projects that serve our needs first
and foremost. UBC belongs to students, not to
the Board of Governors or property developers.
Tuum est.
—Robinder Uppal
Interdisciplinary Studies 3
-Coordinated by Matt Hayles & Paul Bucci, with photos by Oker Chen
Why ACF is no more
by Sarah Costa and Ryan Corbett
The purpose of this letter is to address the recent news, made public via Facebook, that the
event "Arts County Fair" is no longer happening at UBC. We regret that the information was
made public in such an unprofessional way,
and seek to provide the correct information to
those who wish to seek it.
Arts County Fair has been a long-standing
tradition at this university, and began sixteen
years ago as a barbecue and concert produced
by the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS). Since
its inception, the event has grown to become
one of Canada's largest student-run concerts,
and has been a point of pride for both the
university and the students who organise and
attend it.
Over the past few years, however, the event
has outgrown itself, and has become one that
cannot be sustained under its current model of
operations. The increasing need to provide a
safe, all-ages concert which appeals to the music and entertainment interests ofthe majority
of UBC's students cannot be met in ACF's current model of low ticket prices and little to no
corporate sponsorship. In the past few years,
many attempts have been made by ACF's organisers to remedy these situations, with little
financial success. ACF has run at a significant
loss for the past four years, with one year of
financial gain between them.
With these challenges in mind, those
involved in organising the most recent Arts
County Fair met with the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) executive to discuss ways in which any
event on the last day of classes could be sustained. A unanimous decision was made to
discontinue "Arts County Fair" and its current
operations, in favor of an event run by the AMS
Events department, to take place on the last day
of classes.
One of the major arguments for this new
model stems from the system of organisation
that has been used to run ACF thus far. Arts
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The Ubyssey | November 27™, 2007
T-Birds wrap talons around WolfPack
Mens B-ball wins both games this weekend
against Thompson Rivers, stay atop Canada West
by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
The UBC men's basketball team
still only has one loss this season
after beating Thompson Rivers
twice in a row this weekend at
War Memorial Gym.
On Friday they beat the men
101-81 and had an even better turnout Saturday winning
The wins mark the third
and fourth time this season that
the T-Birds have surpassed the
century mark. Saturday's game
was also the highest point total
of any team in Canada West this
Bryson Kool and Chris Dyck
once again led the scoring, but
it was the energy from the bench
that kept the T-Birds ahead despite a lack of defense.
"They [the WolfPack] have actually been a team in the last four
weeks that when they are down
they play their best basketball,"
said UBC Head Coach Kevin Hanson. "They've kind of been used
to it and other teams soften up a
bit and that is what we did."
Hanson still says thatthe team
has things to work on. His goal is
to not allow more than 60 points
per game, but believes that with
a lead his players relaxed a bit.
First-year Nathan Yu has also
been having a lot of success,
much of it from getting more
"We had a meeting with Alex
Murphy and he has kind of been
struggling as of late, not really
finding his groove," said Hanson. "Nate [Yu] has got some
opportunity to play and when he
plays with some other guys that
can take a little bit of pressure
off...he really helped us. He hit
that first three he took and as
soon as he did that he gained all
the confidence."
On Friday, the Thunderbirds
lost the opening tip, but it didn't
take long for them to take the
early lead, going up by five points
within the first two minutes.
They would continue the strong
play and take a seven point lead
into the first quarter break.
In the second quarter, the
T-Birds were creating scoring
opportunities by moving the ball
and working it around the horn,
giving outside shooters, including Yu, open looks at the net.
Toward the end of the half, the
crowd began to get into it after
two steals by Yu that were converted into points. This put the
T-Birds up by 15 going into the
locker room. Dyck led all scorers with 12 at the half, but the
real surprise was that only four
WolfPack players managed to get
anything through the net.
The intensity picked up in the
second half as both teams were
penetrating more and settling for
outside shots less. The WolfPack
narrowed the lead to five toward
the end of the third quarter, but
the T-Birds found another gear,
opening the lead back to 14.
Then off a turnover in transition
play, the ball was quickly passed
to Bryson Kool who was standing
under the net for the easy dunk.
As if that wasn't an exciting way
to close the quarter, Alex Murphy
made a great save as the ball was
rolling out of bounds and dished
it to Blain LaBranche who hit the
three pointer at the buzzer.
They continued strong play
led by Dyck, building the lead
to 21 points with just under five
minutes left in the game. With
that big of a lead, all five starters
were able to rest on the bench.
The T-Birds kept the lead as both
teams scored down the stretch,
and won the game by 20.
On Saturday the result was
much the same. The Thunderbirds again came out strong with
an early 15-2 run that was capped
off with a big dunk by Dyck. The
WolfPack had no answer in the
first half, but the third quarter
proved to be more competitive.
The T-Birds had no interest in
keeping it close though, and
racked up 33 points in the final
The wins improve the T-Birds
to 8-1 while the WolfPack drops
to 1-8 on the season. UBC will
face their best competition in
Canada West next weekend when
they host the University of Victoria Vikes who are 8-2.
UBC and UVic are the only two
teams in the division with winning records and this weekend
could determine who gets home
court advantage for the playoffs.
Both Saturday and Sunday's
games will tip off at 8pm at War
Memorial Gym.
After this weekend's games,
the team has over a month off
from conference play to travel
and work on improving.
"We clearly have to keep
working on defense...we might
have to look at playing a bit more
zone, working on some more agility things over Christmas break,"
said Hanson. "We've been going
for two and a half months, six
days a week, and we're looking
forward to going to Hawaii in a
few weeks." \a
Bryson Kool and Kyle Watson have the inside advantage for this rebound as
they block out the Thompson Rivers players Friday at War Memorial Gym.
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