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Array opportunity?
Critics say UBC is putting profit over
environmental sustainability in their
south campus developments. Page 3. NEWS
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Restructuring hits UBC Hospital
Emergency ward changing, but
not closing, despite rumours
by Kathleen Deering
In line with a shift toward consolidation in BC's health
care"system, UBC hospital (UBCH) will undergo significant re-configuration over the next six months. Several
departments, including the emergency ward, will be hit
Clay Adams, spokesperson with the Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority (VCHA), denied rumours that
the emergency ward at UBCH will be closed soon, and
emphasised that students and community members are
to continue using the service the same way they have
been. The proposals for re-configuration were
announced December 19.
"What we announced were changes to the hospital
that will take place over the course of the next six
months," he said. fIt will not remain an emergency
ward in the true sense of the word but the actual makeup of the ward won't be known for six months.*
The change to the emergency room is to shift it from
being an emergency department to an 'Urgent Care
Centre,* or "Urgicare Centre*.
UBCH will focus on sub-acute care and surgical short-
stay patients, in a partnership with Vancouver General
Hospital (VGH). Acute care patients treated at VGH can
be moved to UBCH to a sub-acute care bed to finish
treatment. ' .  ,
The ward will be developed with extensive consulta-'
tion with hospital staff, the public, physicians and other
health care professionals. Consultation is scheduled to
take place over the next few months.
Student Health Services (SHS) is considered an
anchor tenant and will remain in full service at UBCH.
Dean of Medicine Dr John Cairns couldn't be
reached for comment by press time, but wrote a letter to
community members to provide his perspective on the
changes. He said SHS is an important factor in the well-
being of all students at UBC.
"The shift from the emergency room operating 24/7
to an [Urgicare Centre], offering less complete services
and during a limited time period,* he said,,'will.require
that appropriate ambulance transport arrangements
are in place to ensure that a student on UBC campus
requiring such services incurs no diminution of quality
or safety of health services.* ,., Y   -   "'
The provincial government provides the^ funding
framework for health services in BC and" tlie VCHA
makes decisions that manage the funding. Funding limitations require the VCHA to cut corners and consolidating services is more cost-efficient, Adams said.
However, a large number of students and Point Grey
community members use the emergency ward at UBC
and the question remains of whether or not VGH's
emergency ward and staff will be able to handle' the
influx of patients no longer treated at UBCH.
Adams said the VCHA is aware of the problem, and
will be looking at staffing levels at VGH in order to cop"e.
"We will probably be seeing more people coming
through the doors," he admitted, "Yes, it will get busy,
but we believe we can accommodate it.* >
Anchor tenants like Psychiatry, Continuing Care,
Brain Research Centre, Ambulatory Clinics and UBC
Student Health Services will remain at UBCH. However,,
the Intensive Care Unit at UBCH and Vascular Surgery
will be consolidated to VGH as well.
This creates concerns for UBC medical students
regarding what educational opportunities will remain at
UBCH. Cairns said once the re-configurations to the hospital are completed, many opportunities would remain
for medical students, residents and health care professionals—although the opportunities will be different
Third-year biochemistry student Andrew Leung said
he knows many students make use of the emergency
ward at UBCH. "I guess I would support UBC keeping a
full hospital for students," he said. 'At least the'bare
bones of it should be there."
First-year Science student Amanda Chang said she
would be satisfied with the changes in service provided
the quality remained the same. ♦
TV ads plague campus doctors' office
Media company alleviates waiting-room boredom
by Carly Fay
A closed circuit television system
was installed into the UBC Student
Health Services waiting room last
month. It will provide health and
entertainment news as well as
financial and real estate updates for
people waiting to see a doctor.
"• The TVs are provided by the
Professional Health Service Network
(PHSN), a Toronto-based media company supplying health care facilities
with monitors and programming
and earns money from companies
advertising on their system.
"Product recognition in the waiting room often translates into product sales," said Amie Rocket, co-
founder of PHSN, regarding the
commercial benefits of the system.
Patricia Mirwalt, director of
Student Health Services, said she
had concerns about product advertising at first—but when she saw a
demo video, she decided it wasn't
obtrusive. She said students she has
talked to say they don't notice the
Mirwalt did admit, however, that
one student complained about the
service, because she thought the
waiting room should have peace
and quiet
Carey Seipp is a first-year Arts
student who doesn't like the idea.
"That seems awfully cynical in a
place where sick people have to be
treated," he said of the advertising
for drugs and health services in the
waiting room.
Elena Janssen, a first-year
Commerce student, doesn't think the
advertising is a major issue. "There's
already quite a bit of advertising in
the waiting room as it is,* she said. "I
don't think throwing in a TV is much
different For me personally, I don't
pay much attention to it"
UBC Student Health Services had
TVs in their waiting room for a week
in December. Mirwalt listed two
reasons for implementing the system, which recently began running.
"(The first reason is] to bring in a
little noise: I think it blocks out people hearing info at the desk," she
said, "And the other thing is that the
shows [are] educational."
Privacy for the patients is
Mirwalt's biggest concern. By having patients in the waiting rooms
focused on the TV, receptionists find
it easier to discuss medical problems and personal information with
patients at the counter without others overhearing.
Rocket agreed. "Who hasn't been
embarrassed discussing tests and
treatments with the receptionist
while the entire, silent waiting room
is listening in?"
Mirwalt said alleviating waiting-
room boredom is secondary.
Because of the customised programming choseri by PHSN,
patients can see health news that is
important to them.
"Reception staff appreciate
PHSN because it reduces the typical
'how much- longer' type questions
that distract them from their
duties,* Rocket said.
PHSN maintains the quality of
their programming through monthly visits from a PHSN service team
as well as interviews from third-
party researchers
'PHSN and I agree we'll try it for
a couple of months and see how we
like it,* explained Mirwalt ♦
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A missed opportunity?
Five years after UBC mapped out how it
would more than double the number of
people living on campus, concern over
how the plan is being implemented is getting louder. What happened?
by Kevin Groves
Onajuly day in 1997, the
University of British
Columbia finished a
plan that mapped out
how it would reinvent
itself in the 21 st century.
More than four years of work had
gone into the process, a combined
effort between municipal and university officials, and UBC's leaders
were proud of the result. They were
about to give birth to the Official
Community Plan (OCP), a document
that showed how UBC would build
homes for 18,000 university residents by 2021, up from the 8700
that lived at UBC in 1997.
But five years later, antagonism
has developed between university
leaders and some of its faculty as
concern grows over how the plan is
being implemented.
Some faculty who live in the new
residences believe a chance to create
an ecologically sustainable community that will be attractive to future
faculty members is slowly being lost
That loss, critics say, is happening
because of a profit-driven mentality
coming from the development com- ■
pany doing the work.
"We're living in a company
town,* says Mike Feeley, who lives iri
Hawthorn Lane, the new housing
development for UBC faculry being
built under the OCP.
In September 2000, UBC signed
a memorandum of understanding
with the Greater Vancouver Regional
District the 21-member body that
oversees Lower Mainland-wide services, promising to create a municipal
government for ■ its "university
town." But, according to critics, that
civic infrastructure appears to be
dominated by development interests, with minimal electoral representation.
"These residences are, apparently, being built with no involvement
from the university community, and
it's just not clear how one influences
what happens," Feeley says.
With many years left to go before
the OCP's targets are met, the
Bobcats digging up the soil on UBC's
Endowment Lands seem oblivious to
the concerns that have simmered
behind closed doors in university-
But they are concerns that have
existed on campus for "some time.
And they are concerns seen, on a
walk through Hawthorn Lane with
Charles Menzies, who shows what
might have been here—but isn't
Menzies has lived in Hawthorn
Lane, which sits at the corner of
Thunderbird Boulevard and West-
Mall, since January 2001. He says he
hasn't seen any serious efforts at sustainable development while he's
been around. No solar panels, no
composting, no attempts to make
cars unwelcome and no attempts to
integrate the development into the
surrounding landscape,  with the
exception of a few trees moved into
the park from a nearby parking lot
Instead, paved roads surround
the buildings lined with deciduous
trees and rhododendrons brought in
after the original coniferous trees
were moved out because they were
too messy.
These environmental concerns
add to the larger criticism levelled at
UBC's housing developments, a criticism that has been coming from
UBC's Architecture and Planning
School for some time.
Vancouver's cars combined.
So if green is the way to go at
UBC, what's happening in the
Hawthorn Lane development?
Now retired and living in
California, Hirshen points out many
vvays Hawthorn Lane could have
been a landmark sustainable community, such as through narrower
streets, limited paved parking, incorporating existing vegetation into the
community, a composting program
and water recycling systems.
The community could then grow
its own food through a farm or backyard and rooftop food gardens. It
could use on-site water to sustain
itself through constructed wetlands
and ponds hooked up to biofilters,
on-site water cisterns and low-pressure water taps and showerheads. It
could be powered by solar power,,
geothermal power, hydropower,
wind power and on-site energy storage systems like fuel cells.
But critics say such approaches
are not being followed, partly because
UBC Properties Trust, the private
company that does the development
on campus, has been mandated by
ment than maintenance," says Ng.
"That causes a lot of problems for the
residents who are paying a lot of
Rent in Hawthorn Lane ranges
from about $900 for a 649-square
foot apartment in the newly built
apartment complex to $1755 per
month for a 1292-square foot town-
house. Utilities and cable are provided by UBC.
Ng knows those complaints are
trivial, but add them together and
they become a systemic problem,
he says.
Feeley shares that view. He says
he's worried that a few years from
now, when Hawthorn Lane is completed, he will have to apologise to
potential faculty comparing UBC to
peer institutions in Canada and
the US.
"I'm going to have to tell them
that UBC tried to do this development [in Hawthorn Lane], but it
turned into a complete disaster," he
, says. "That's my guess of what the
outcome will be here." . 4 .
-.,, But despite these complaints, university leaders interviewed remain
HAWTHORN LANE: Wide streets and high rent, nic fensom photo
"When a university engages in
real estate development, it should
advance the field as opposed to
maintaining the pattern," says Sandy
Hirshen, the former chair of the
School of Architecture.
That advancement, in terms of
environmental sustainability, is written right in to UBC policy. In May
1997, UBC's Board of Governors
committed itself to "improving its
performance in sustainability in all
areas of operations."
So far, UBC does have reason to
be proud of its "green" buildings
Among these is the C.K. Choi
Building on West Mall, which, shortly
after opening in 1996, was listed on
the Ame'rican Institute of Architects'
top ten Earth Day green buildings. It
features;innovations such as reused
and recycled materials, highly efficient lighting and composting.toilets,
"among other innovations.
Then there is the Liu Centre for
the study of Global Issues. Opened in
2000, its concrete mix featured fly
ash, a waste material from coal-fired
power plants, rather than cement.
According to the UBC Campus
Sustainability Office, cenient production in Vancouver produces almost
as many greenhouse gases as all of
the university to perform its duties
without losing money.
"[The Trust isj there to make
money. They're there to get your
money. They want to make you happy
up to a certain point until they have
your money, and they don't think
about much more than that," says
The Trust has also tended to forget
about people living in Hawthorn Lane
while it is being developed, according
to other residents interviewed.       -
Ask Raymond Ng about that Ng
has lived in Hawthorn Lane since
January, 2001. Based on past performance, he gives the Trust a failing
grade in building maintenance.
"I don't think [the Trust] really
understood just how time consuming
some ofthe daily maintenance issues
could be when they started developing," Ng says.
Ng lists off many stories of maintenance problems in Hawthorn Lane.
Stories of loose handrails, no water
faucets, wasps' nests that are not dealt
with, windows that don't open and
rooms without washers and dryers.
Stories that should Jiave ended with
quick responses from,the Trust but.
"Instead, [the Trust] people seem
to be more excited about develop-
optimistic about the future of housing developments being built under
the OCR .  ■
Dennis Pavlich, UBC's Vice
President External and Legal Affairs,
serves on the Trust's board, says the
Trust is designed to be a moneymaker, but has to give all its profits back
to UBC each year, after expenses
have been paid.
That money will tjien be spent as
the university sees fit, on things such
as academic research, scholarships
and bursaries and building maintenance.
"It would be a lost opportunity if
UBC were to avoid these kinds of
[financial] ventures," Pavlich says.
According to Don Matheson, the
Trust's Chief Financial Officer, the
last payment to UBC the company
recorded was on December 31,
2000, for $461,098.
Matheson adds that on December
31, 2003 the Trust expects to record
a payment of between $14 million
and $ 15 million
That payment will be possible
largely through land sales slightly
south, of the Hawthorn Lane, property, which will become privately-
owned homes.   . .
"Assuming of course that [the
sales] go through," Matheson says.
Al Poettcker, CEO of UBC
Properties Trust, adds that the OCP
is a statement of policies and principles, similar to those found in every
municipality nowadays. So it's veiy
difficult to create unique and exciting documents when the perception
of an OCP is fairly ingrained, he says.
In UBC's case, Poettcker says the
university has tried very hard to put
a structure around its OCP to make
the plan exciting.
"That's where you get lots of opinions about how to do that," he says.
But so far the implementation of
UBC's plan has been anything but
exciting, says Hirshen. He says he
has no problem with the need to
generate much-needed money for
university coffers, but that doesn't
have to be the only priority.
"It's not what the goals are, it's
how you go about doing them and
what kinds of values go beyond the
goal of infusing the university with
much-needed money," Hirshen says.
"Why can't you do both?"
Still, throughout this controversy
over how development on campus
should be carried out there have
been some successes—sort of.
One of those successes occurred
in the fall of 2001, when a group of
Hawthorn Lane children succeeded
in getting the Trust to save a popular climbing rock from certain
Menzies says he walked around
the neighbourhood with his boys,
knocking on doors and asking people to sign a petition to save the
rock. They managed to collect a signature from every family with children in Hawthorn Lane and a few
more beside that.
Around that time the Trust had
drafted a preliminary park plan. It
was to be shown during a consultative meeting with the Hawthorn
Lane Resident's Association in
November 2001. The petition was
presented to UBC Properties Trust
staff at that meeting.
Shortly afterward the rock was
moved into the park where it sits
today, but it was not without a cost
Menzies was told afterward' that it
probably cost the Trust about
"I was like, 'why do I need to
know this information?" he says.
Ifs that profit-driven mentality
that is slowly poisoning the relationship between the Trust and the communities it watches over, says
"UBC has done a great job creating community but it's a community
that exists in opposition to them,"
Menzies says. "It's a shame because
there's a real opportunity here for
the university to set the trend,
rather than follow it*
Meanwhile, Ng is' a bit more
Ng says the Trust recently hired
on a property manager, who has
responded promptly to calls for
building maintenance, unlike in the
Ng is also hopeful about the new
University Neighbourhood
Association (UNA), which held its
first general meeting on November
26,' 2002. He says the UNA at least
gives Hawthorn Lane residents a
better say on issues affecting the
"I feel a lot better that there are
some checks and balances now," Ng
says. "I'm quite optimistic that
things are going to be much better
than they were 12 months ago." ♦ ^J^V^ £>->-_
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Artists of
at various venues
Jan. 8-12
by Michael Schwandt
This week in Vancouver, dozens of
artists will be rocking for a cause. The '
eighth annual Vancouver Rock For
Choice, which began on Wednesday,
continues through to Sunday at venues
throughout the city. The event, which
includes a series of six concerts, will
raise funds for Eveiywoman's Health
Centre and, the Elizabeth Bagshaw
Clinic. Event organisers, such as
Denise Sheppard, hope that Rock For
Choice will also raise awareness of
issues pertaining to women's reproductive rights.
"We like to call it info-tainment,"
says Sheppard. "While raising money
is obviously an important thing in a
day and age where clinics are getting
their-funding cut time after time,
what's equally important is to invite
people of all ages and all demographics, to try to raise awareness and plant
seeds of politicism."
Rock For Choice organisers feel
combining the arts with political
activism is a strategy that has proven
successful in the past
"If you think of some of the biggest
sources of fundraising for politics, I
think of Live Aid, I think of Sub City
fundraising, I think of "We Are The
World,"" Sheppard says, easily able to
rattle off a list of musical projects that
have raised funds for charities the
world over. She goes oh to explain that
music also has the power to draw attention and new people to political issues.
"If you decide to infuse music and
politics, you are in a better position to
not just preach to the converted, but
also teach to people who have an interest but want to find a place to put it."
Rock For Choice has expanded in
many ways since its inception in
1995, Sheppard explains. For one
thing, this year's event includes more
evenings of music than in previous
years, and the concerts will be held in
an expanded array of locations. The
long list of artists performing
includes Neil Osborne of 54-40,
Operation Makeout, . the Be Good
Tanyas, Carolyn Mark, Lost Tribes of
the Sun, Submission Hold, the Gossip
and the Organ—artists representing
many genres. "We have a few different venues this year," she says, "with,
I think, the largest spread of musical
diversity that we've ever had over the
different nights."
The type of venues selected ensure
that a dialogue can be established
between the performers and attendees,
who thus become participants rather
than simply spectators. "We have big
artists in small venues, so that people
can feel like they're part of something
special and intimate," Sheppard says of
sites such as the Vancouver East
Cultural Centre, Video In Studios and
Sonar, "where the artist is able to freely
talk to the audience about what's
important to them."
Sheppard stresses the importance
of involving people of varied ages in
■ Rock For Choice. Nearly all of the concerts will be held at venues admitting
people of all ages, ensuring that
younger people are able to attend and
take part in the event.
"Maybe people who are 13, 14, or
15 will come, End out a little bit about
certain issues that are affecting possible future choice options," she says.
"People will then grow up and hopefully realise how important it is.
That's one of our mandates."
A new addition to Rock For Choice
will be a day-long conference held at
SFU's Harbour Centre campus (515
West Hastings) on Saturday.
"This is the firstyear of our conference, [so] we like the idea that it will,
hopefully, continue," says Sheppard.
The conference will include workshops on a wide range of topics, as
well as speakers from Vancouver clinics, an appearance by Olympia-based
activist Nomy Lamm and a film
screening {Group, starring Carrie
Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, a for
mer Rock For Choice performer). To
Sheppard, this is a natural extension
of the "info-tainment" aims of Rock
For Choice. "Definitely, there's lots of
entertainment, there's lots of political
activism going on," she says of the
inaugural conference, admission to
which will be by donation.
"It's just totally open to everybody,"
she says. ♦
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Perhaps Pedro Almodovar's greatest talent is creating characters
that fill up your world, utterly, for two shocking hours. The men in
the Spanish director's latest film are obsessed with two passionate, beautiful, comatose women, and, after being washed over by
Almodovar's slow treatise on the art and danger of possessing others, we are equally obsessed with these men.
Talk to Hers characters—a self-punishing female bullfighter, a
male nurse, a travel writer who cries easily and a velvet-skinned
dancer—are as outwardly unorthodox as those nutters from
Almodovar's last work, All About My Mother, but this time they
are more grounded and layered, and manage something uncommon: to horrify us and yet still, amazingly, count on our loyalty.
The details ofthe film are best left unexplained. Suffice to say
there are bullfighting scenes that will make you stop breathing, an
exquisite (and I usually hate that word) song performed by famed
Brasilian musician Caetano Veloso and the most stunning capture
of skin on film you will ever see. Despite two comatose main characters, whose lives are told mainly through flashbacks, the film
never ostracises itself, and we somehow'still learn new things
about these women by watching them catatonic. Mostly, however,
the film centres on the relationship between the two men, the
plump, polished and outwardly benign Benigno [Javier Camara)
and the balding, elegant Marco (Dario Grandinetti). In the past,
Almodovar's films have generally focused on women—it's exciting
to see him build convincing portraits of emotive, imperfect men.
Plot and character aside, what is particularly astounding
about this film is its colour and feel. Almodovar can make even
average-looking people visually stunning, and he does more
with the colour of a wall than most directors do with entire landscapes. Don't get too giddy though, the film's not perfect; a second viewing revealed a drawn-out ending that lingered past the
emotional capacity of the plot. It's damn fresh though and
Almodovar takes so much time with the details—the secondary
characters, the fictional black and white silent film that will
thrill and/or stun the pants off you, the oddly touching dance
sequences—that it's hard to feel anything but gratification for the
beautiful, if disturbed, world he gives us. ♦
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Friday, January 10,2003
UBC likes to blow its own horn. It's understandable. Our university is trying to compete with
the likes of the University of Toronto, Queen's
and McGill for the title of Canada's finest university. So UBC brass talk about creating the first
Sustainability Office at a Canadian university
and they like to point to buildings like the very
green C.K. Choi Building. These are edifices
that—supposedly—exemplify UBC's dedication
to environmental sustainability and innovation.
There's one area, however, where innovation
and sustainability frequently do not intersect
UBC's development of south campus. In the past
decade, the land south of Agronomy Road has
changed dramatically, and in the decades to
come it will change even more.
The majority of these changes fall under the
masterplan of UBC Properties Trust, the company that UBC created to develop the south campus. When the Trust isn't tearing down historically-significant barns, they are grooming that
real estate for million-dollar homes.
The barn that they tore down, a 1920 horse
barn originally used when the campus was
cleared, may have been structurally unsound
and would have been expensive to renovate, but
it was an important piece of UBC's heritage. Its
removal is symbolic of a lot of what is happening in terms of development on campus.
UBC has the chance to create something
great. In the words of former School of
Architecture Chair Sandy Hirshen, "When a university engages in real estate development, it
should advance the field as opposed to maintaining the pattern," Yet, there is little or no
advancement at play in the university's development In fact, Hampton Place and Hawthorn
Lane would look more at home in the suburbs
than on the campus of a supposedly innovative
Did UBC use up all of its ingenuity on the C.K.
Choi Building? Why does UBC's pledge to sus-
Don't expect to make money if
BC gets the Olympics
A recent poll showed that the
majority of British Columbians who
support hosting the Olympics do so
because they believe it will be economically beneficial.
Unfortunately, if history is any
example, they're likely to be disappointed.
In Utah, for example, post-
Olympic tax revenues have fallen
so far short of predictions that the
state is facing a US $155 million
Their Olympic legacy? They
have slashed spending, cut programs, dipped into emergency
funding and may order more
employee layoffs.
A former Utah Tax
Commissioner stated: "Anyone who
thought we were going to see a big
spike in revenues because all of
this money was getting spent during those four weeks didn't look at
it logically."
And the current Chief
Economist of the Utah Tax
Commission found "50 per cent of
the retailers did well and 50 per
cent didn't do well."
But what about that $100 million profit you heard so much
about? Well, first of all, any profit
from the Game's goes to the
International Olympic Committee
(IOC) and the Organizing
Committee, not the hosts. And second, that $100 million profit doesn't take into account the two billion
dollars of taxpayers subsidies. If
If you lived here,
you'd get to live in
typical, boring, non-
sustainable condos.
tainability stop when it comes to residences?
This line of questioning becomes all the
more relevant this year, when the Trust estimates that its profits will rise to about $ 15 million, most of which will come from the sale of
land for private homes.
Another issue to consider is the planned renovation of the Thunderbird Winter Centre.
Currently there are four sheets of ice available
for students playing intramurals, community
user groups such as the Thunderbird Minor
Hockey Association, and varsity men's and
women's athletes.
However, should the Vancouver/Whistler
2010 Winter Olympic bid prove successful, the
facilty will be renovated, adding seating for
5500 spectators (which UBC intends to use for
events after the Games) and eliminating two ice
surfaces. Who does this benefit? Granted, the
quality of the ice in the older rinks can't compare to the ice in the Olympic rinks—but with
the already sparse attendance at varsity hockey
games, a 5500-seat coliseum will not be any use
for intramural or minor hockey teams. And it is
certain that reducing the number of rinks in the
proposed behemoth will not alleviate the community's current ice-time concerns, since intramural hockey teams even now have to scrape
for their unappealing 1 lpm ice time.
And will adding a 5500-seat arena benefit
residents ofthe south campus? If you've been to
Arts County Fair or any other concert at
Thunderbird Stadium, you can imagine that residents living in million dollar properties will not
be impressed when upwards of 6000 people
come spewing out ofthe arena after a show.
It is clear UBC has other interests at heart
besides those ofthe students and community it
claims to support -.      .
The examples of the barn, the ice rinks and,
for the most part, the south campus development show that, while UBC may be innovative
when it comes to filling its coffers, it lacks .innovation when it comes to nurturing a sustainable
community. If UBC truly wants to be the best
university in Canada, it needs to be a better
place to live, not simply a more profitable place
to do business. ♦
you take that $ 100 million and subtract the two billion dollars it cost
taxpayers, what you're left with is
hardly a profit
In fact, there is no reliable evidence that any host has made
money on the Olympics since L.A.
in 1984.
Calgary, for instance, although
we often hear they made a profit,
actually lost 14 million. And
according to investigative reporter
Thomas Walkom that's not counting the close to half a billion dollars
that taxpayers paid.
In Lillehammer the debt was
about $500 million. In Barcelona, a
deficit of 1.4 billion dollars.
Nagano? No one knows how much
they lost; organisers burned the
So if we go into this thing expecting the costs to double (as is typical), knowing taxpayers will have to
cover those cost overruns and will
be legally responsible for any debt,
and accepting that we will have to
pay interest on the billions we borrow to pay for everything (remember, we're broke), then we will go in
with our heads up. Otherwise, like
many others, we may be caught
with our pants down.
—Van Powel
Death of coyote unacceptable to
UBC student
Shots rang out as I trudged back to
Buchanan from the Bookstore
today. The sun was shining and it
was an otherwise normal day at the
beginning of term. I'm used to seeing unusual things on campus. UBC
is a stand-in double for all sorts of
locations when it's making money
as a movie set.
So when I saw a cop chasing
after something with a loaded rifle,
and when the hollow boom of gunfire bounced off the concrete waffle
known to us as Buchanan Tower, I
reminded myself to expect the
unexpected while walking on campus. After all, we're mostly just picturesque background for some of
Hollywood's lesser productions.
And as students, we play an important role as unknowing and indifferent extras.
Reality was loud and final.
Minutes later, our coyote lay dead
in front of Hillel House. An unrepentant officer offered a pat explanation and no apology for UBC's
zero-tolerance method of pest control. As our still warm coyote was
dragged past Brock Hall, the extras
on the set shuddered, shook their
heads, covered their eyes and
demanded answers.
Good-bye, friend. I wish we could
have shot this scene differently.
—Anita Zaenker
Graduate student,
Germanic studies
A defence for the BC Liberals'
"attack" on student unions
I would like to make several things
clear in light of Mr Rodenbour's
comments  ("Provincial Liberals'
attack on student unions unjust"
Perspective [Jan. 7]) on the so-
called "attack* on student unions. I
was present at the BC Liberal
Convention this past October that
Mr Rodenbour refers to. At no
time did the Honourable Shirley
Bond, or any other BC Liberal cabinet minister, make comments
regarding 'optional" student
union membership.
During an "open question period for the cabinet, a University of
Victoria (UVic) student asked the
minister about student fees, not
union membership. Specifically,
the student was concerned about
fees going towards the Canadian
Federation of Students and the use
of that revenue by the organisation. The student felt that his fees
should not be going towards causes that he doesn't agree with. This
particular student is no opponent
of student unions; indeed, he ran
for a council position on UVic's
equivalent of the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) last year.
The question was relatively
innocuous—so what's the big deal?
The BC Liberal government is not
trying to destroy or undermine student societies such as UVic's or the
Students pay enough already.
With AMS elections around the corner, I hope the candidates for office
will pledge not to raise our fees any
higher than is necessary. With
imminent tuition hikes, a tax break
from our AMS seems in order.
—Joel McLaughlin
"Arts 2 TUITION PROPOSAL 2003/04
To fulfill its commitment to UBC students and the Board of Governors, the University
Administration has been engaged in a consultation process with the university
community, including the student leadership and students, to discuss the proposed
changes to tuition and mandatory fees and to report on the allocations from increased
tuition revenue for 2002-03.
The University has prepared the following tuition proposal for consultation within the
university community. For additional details, please visit:
http://students.ubc.ca/finance/tuitionpolicy .
The resources required by the university to
provide outstanding degree programs in a
diverse range of undergraduate, professional,
and graduate fields come from a
combination of the provincial grant, tuition
fees, and where possible and appropriate,
endowment funding
The resources currently committed should
be considered in the determination of tuition
No qualified domestic students will be
denied access to any degree program because
of inability to pay
The setting of tuition at UBC needs to be
informed by tuition levels at peer institutions
with whom we compete for students, staff
and faculty
Increases in tuition fees should sustain and
improve educational benefits to students
15% of base tuition increase will be allocated
to student financial support
20% of above the base tuition increase will
be allocated to student financial support
02/03 '
02/0 J"
Typical Fee
for Normal
02/03   -;
,    03/04
Undergraduate Base
,      '- 2,661
Commerce (years 2-4)
.   3,490
Engineering (years 2-4}
3,2 n
Pham Sciences
Post-baccalaureate Programs                                                                  '   •             .   '
B. Education 12 month
B. Education 2 year
-    73
. -   7,059
Education Diploma
. .    3.771
Education NITEP years 1-3
Dentistry (started 2003)
Dentistry (started 2002)
Dentistry (started 2001 or earlier)
.    5,610
'    7,480
Law (started 2003)
Law (started 2002)
Law (started 2001 or earlier)
Medicine (started 2003)
. 6,493
Medicine (started 2002)
Medicine (started 2001 or earlier)
All Graduate Programs (except below)
M.Ed and MA(Ed) part time     :
Master of Human Kinet ics
- 3,696
M Journalism (5 terms, 2 years)
Master of Landscape Arch.                                *
Master of Architecture
M. Arch Stud, M.LAIS, Joint MAS/MLIS
M.B.A. (15 month program)
MB.A. (15 month prog) 2004 entry
M Health Administration
M Education Technology (new)
MSc/Diploma in Oral Med'Periodontics
, 0
D.Ed. Ed Leadership, program fee
MSc. Genetic Counselling (2 year program)
M Ed. (off campus)
M Social Work (Distance Ed)
M Software Systems (16 month program)
MBA/LLB (8 instalments of)
' .5,375
Approved tuition fees will be effective
Summer Session 2003 or May 1, 2003
As approved by the Board of Governors
resolution, international undergraduate
.tuition fees will increase by 2.61% to
reflect the increase in the educational
price index.
This will increase base tuition for a 30-
credit program from $15,480 to
$15,884 - an increase of $404.
The goal remains to set the same tuition
levels for domestic and international
graduate students in research-based
graduate programs.
The international partial tuition
scholarship will be administered
Current fee $154.91
Proposed fee $162.66
Increase amount $    7.75
Percent Increase 5%
Please forward comments
and questions to:
tuition® interchange, ubc. ca 8
he ubyssey magazine
Friday, January 10,2003
Spartans in sights
No. 1 UBG men take on the Pacific
Division's third-ranked force
by Rob Nagai
Watching the men's basketball practice in the Student Rec
Centre (SRC), it is easy to tell how far this team has come since
the beginning ofthe season. Their conditioning is up and their
confidence level is peaking as the season winds down. After
two hours of intense drills, the athletes scatter out of the gym
looking sweaty and exhausted. A few of them make plans to
hang out and grab something to eat Others stay behind to continue shooting.
Jama Mahlalela is one of the players still on the court.
Before he answers any questions he says he has to take one
more shot. The ball swooshes through the net and Jama
begins bubbling with enthusiasm about playing the Trinity
Western Spartans. He describes their gym as 'electric*
When asked for one word to describe this weekend he gives
two: "Hard work. Just hyphenate it*
Pat McKay, the Bird's six-foot-six fourth-year forward, says it
is about 'domination." Grabbing huge boards and adding double digits to the score board every night he plays, McKay is coming off a scoring record of 32 points in last weekend's victory
over Regina.
- When the Birds faced the Spartans on home court last
semester, they steamrolled them by an average 30-point lead. T-
Bird fans got up and left before the last half, feeling confident
UBC would take it all the way.
One of the reasons for the point spread against Trinity is
fourth-year guard Corey Ogilvie. His offensive game has been
key to UBC wins, and he is gaining a defensive reputation after
shutting down the legendary SFU guard Pasha Bains last
November. Spartan Adam Friesen is also a victim. He was riding a scoring high until Ogilvie took away his open looks at the
basket, holding him to a mere 36 points in the series. "That's
my focus again," asserts Ogilvie. "I'm going to take him out of
the game for sure."
One gets the impression that Trinity Western is just another
bump in the road to the playoffs. But although most of the
Thunderbirds are nonchalant about the weekend series, there
ALL FOR TWO: The men's basketball team hopes to
sweepTrinity Western this weekend, nic fensom photo
are still potential problems. Guard Kyle Russell, who has been
the Bird's scoring headliner for the past few years, didn't participate in the drills at Wednesday's practice, instead focusing on
his shooting. Pat Sponaski. a six-foot-eight forward who caused a
media stir when he first arrived on campus, has slowly made
Men's hockey
Practicing late at the Winter Sports
Centre Wednesday night, the men's
hockey team finished off the evening
with a good-humoured scrimmage.
The squad has a tough road ahead—
not only do the Birds need to sweep
the series against the visiting
Manitoba Bisons, but it'll be the last
time team Captain Dave Penner and
hard-hitting forward Nick Marach
suit up for the Birds this season
Both key players have been
selected to play in the World
University Games January 15-25
in Tarvisio, Italy, which means
they'll be leaving behind a team
that still has a shot at the playoffs.
"We   knew   ahead   of   time
that...two people were going to go
from our team," said coach Milan
Dragicevic. Instead of viewing the
absence of two top players as a
setback^ the coaching staff is looking to its remaining players to
step up. "It's a great opportunity
for players to come in who have a
role to play, and more ice time for
the players that deserve it,"
Dragicevic continued.
Marek Benkel, a speedy
Slovakian forward, joined the team
over the break, and fourth-year forward Tyler Kuntz will take over the
captain's title from Penner.
The 3-15 Birds are five points
back of the final playoff spot in the
conference with ten games to go. "I
think that the players realise this is
a huge weekend for us, I think they
are disappointed about what happened last Saturday in our loss and
I think that the players realise that,
for us to be successful and move
on and create some kind of an
identity at home, we have to start
winning these games at home,"
concludes Dragicevic.
The puck drops at 7:30pm,
Friday and Saturday at the Winter
Sports Centre.
The women, who—this season-
have yet to be ranked lower than sec
ond place in the countiy, are thrilled
about the return of national team
blocker Kaley Boyd to the roster. No
doubt Boyd, who will resume her old
position in the middle on Friday
night, reconsidered her year off
because of the rumoured run to the
playoffs this year's squad' could
make. With the 3-9 Spartans in town,
it should be another easy two points
for the 12-2 Birds. Both games start
at 6pm in the War Memorial Gym,
Friday and Saturday night.
The men solider on after nabbing
the sixth and final playoff spot in the
conference. They also play the Spartans
at home, with the whistle blowing at
8pm Friday and Saturday night ♦
Ubyssey Publications Society
2003 Board of Directors Elections
The Ubyssey Publications Society is the organisation responsible for publishing UBC's official student
newspaper, The Ubyssey. Its membership consists of all UBC students who have not opted out of membership
by completing an opt-out form. Members are eligible to run for, and vote in, Board Elections.
The Board of Directors oversees the administrative and business aspects of the paper including advertising,
marketing, distribution, the budget and finances, meetings of the Society, and management of employees.
The Board is not, however, involved in the editorial aspects of the paper. The editorial policy and content of the
paper is determined by the editorial board of the paper, elected by the staff in March of each year. To become a
staff member, those interested need to contribute tq three issues of The Ubyssey and attend regular
staff meetings in order to get voting rights and the right to run for an editorial position.
Term is February 2003 to February 20O4. Directors attend approximately 20 Board Meetings through the year
in addition to serving on Board Committees. No previous experience with newspapers or the UPS is required.
The positions up for election are THE PRESIDENT and 4 DIRECTORS AT LARGE.
Nomination forms are available at the Ubyssey Business Office, SUB 23 (basement). Completed forms must be
returned by 4:00pm, Thursday, January 16th, 2003.
Elections will be held in conjunction with the AMS elections January 17th to 24th, 2003.
For more information, contact Fernie Pereira at 822-6681.


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