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Swim team heads to Canada West Conference.
Page 11
AMS election again parades tiaras and tears.
Page 6-7
Svengali brings dance show to casino.
Page 9
Vol.LXXXVII   N°30
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
.Us revoltent, les ordinateursl depuis 1918
How does "Prime Minister Harper" suit you?
Paul Dayson, marketing and promotions manager for the Alma Mater Society, uses sticky notes to display the election results at the Gallery yesterday evening.The federal
Conservatives won 124 seats, securing a minority government and reducing the Liberals to a seat count of 103. yinan max wang photo
Empty seats plague UBC-O
Failure to achieve enrollment targets not a cause for concern, says UBC-O administration
by Colleen Tang
More seats were empty than
expected at UBC Okanagan (UBC-
O) as the Kelowna campus failed
to meet its enroUment targets in
its opening year.
The University achieved about
84 per cent of their enrolment
goal this term, according to Brain
Silzer, Associate Vice President of
Enrolment services and Registrar
enrolment services.
The target student population
was 3637 fuU time or equivalent
(FTES) students. The actual
enroUment, according to Silzer,
was 3069. This represents a
shortfaU of 568 FTES, he added.
The campus' current target is
to reach 7500 FTES by the year of
2010—twice UBC-O's current student enrolment numbers.
This is UBC-O's first fuUy operational year and the administra
tion was prepared for such a setback and does not see this as a
financial loss.
"We were getting acquainted
with a new physical plant [and]
recruiting new instructors, new
professors to a second campus,"
said Silzer. "I'm not sure you
count this as a loss. The way you
look at it is there are targets and
like anything else you want to be
as approximate to the target as
you can be but I guess it won't be
measured as a win or a loss until
2010 because that is when this
whole proposition matures."
Although Silzer does not see
this low enrolment as a win or
loss, the shortfaU of FTES does
strain UBC-O's current means as
the University's budget is contingent on tuition.
■"Had we had more students in
place, we would have more
resources to work with," Silzer
However, the smaller population of students may draw more
students to UBC-0 who are seeking a more intimate campus.
"I think the place is small
enough and new enough that the
class sizes are small by comparison with [UBC Vancouver] campus and... that's one of the seUing
points for that campus. I think
Gun found in pickup truck leaving campus
By Paul Evans
Four Surrey men are facing criminal weapon possession charges
after poHce found a loaded .44
magnum firearm in their pickup
truck on Wednesday night.
The truck was puUed over by
Vancouver Police Department
(VPD) officers who were caHed in to
assist UBC RCMP attempting to control a rowdy situation at the Pit Pub.
"We requested that they check
the vehicle...and that's when they
did a search of the vehicle and
located the handgun and arrested
the four individuals/ explained
RCMP  Sgt Dan Wendland.   "We
were very thankful [the VPD] were
out here."
Wendland said that in addition
to the six RCMP officers on duty,
there were nine VPD officers as
weU, aH to deal with one incident.
"We'd dealt with these males
from the week before," he said,
adding that the men were known
to police and had been told to
stop causing trouble and not to
return to the campus the previous week.
"We don't want the students in
any harm's way with outside factions coming into UBC area and
causing grief to us or the patrons of
the pub," said Wendland.
Vancouver   police   have   not
released the names of the men but
stated that they are between the
ages of 18 and 24 and not UBC
AMS President Spencer Keys
said that the four men who were
arrested were never admitted into
the pit.
"The people that are in question
never actuaUy made it into the bar
and I think that speaks very highly
of the safety procedures we have at
the Pit," he commented.
"We take our obHgation to the
safety of AMS members "very seriously," Keys added.
According to UBC Campus
Security, this type of incident
involving people  from non-UBC
students is relatively isolated. "We
haven't seen a large number of
incidents with this type of activity,"
said Paul Wong, community relations officer for Campus Security.
"It has not been a problem for us."
The RCMP wiU be placing more
officers on duty for next
Wednesday night in anticipation of
any further incidents.
"Next week there's going to be
several more RCMP members
working Wednesday night and sort
of make it known around campus
and off campus that if you're coming here to cause trouble you're not
going to get away with it," warned
Wendland. "You're going to be
going to jail if the need suits." H
Can Zhong
enters into
with UBC
By Paul Evans
A controversial agreement between
UBC and a third party recruiting company is drawing criticism from student representatives to the Board of
Governors (BoG) and Senate who are
worried that the agreement threatens
to tarnish the University's academic
Can-Zhong International, a
Vancouver-based educational consulting firm, approached UBC with a proposal to create the Master in Food
Science program. With the help of
around 20 partner agencies, Can-
Zhong would be charged with recruiting a minimum of 20 suitable candidates for the program from China, a
country where there is high demand
for such training.
Approved by the Senate in
November, the Master in Food
Science is a 14-month program with
tuition costing around 25,000 USD.
According to a copy of a memorandum of understanding between UBC
and Can-Zhong obtained by the
Ubvssev, "UBC agrees to loav Can-
Zhong ten per cent of the total US
$25,000 tuition fee."
The document went on to say that
Can Zhong receives this commission
for any student admitted to the program regardless of whether they were
recruited by Can-Zhong or applied
directly from China.
"Through this program there
would be additional opportunities to
hire faculty who could possibly contribute to teaching more broadly,"
said Anna Kindler, associate VP for
academic programs, speaking on the
benefits to the Faculty of Land and
Food Systems for hosting the program.
Kindler added that it was this consideration that motivated the faculty
to pursue the proposal. In addition to
this, Kindler said that Can-Zhong's
relationship with numerous other
Canadian universities meant that the •
administration was willing to go
ahead with the proposal.
Because of protest from student
representatives, however, the agreement wiU stiU need to go through the
BoG on Januaiy 26.
Tim Louman-Gardiner, a student
representative to the BoG, said he has
concerns about the potential consequences for UBC.
"I'm concerned with UBC's ability
to control its own image," he said.
"It's opening us up to a lot of potential harm."
Louman-Gardiner explained that
any impropriety, such as bribery of
recruiting agent in any of Can-
Zhong's 20 partner agencies, might
reflect badly on the University by
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Tuesday, 24 January, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Previous agreements made with companies
in Sweden, Norway, and the Middle East
"Can-Zhong" from page 1.
He added that there was no
reaHstic way for the University to
be aware of how each of 20 companies are operating and whether
they are reputable or not.
His comments were echoed
by Student Senator Cameron
Funnell, who argued that UBC
needs to develop a comprehensive policy governing these
sorts of arrangements.
"Before they go into any contract... they should have a university-wide policy to create a
contract between UBC and a private [recruiting] company," said
He acknowledged that while
UBC may be protected in an
absolute legal way in the case of
impropriety on the part of Can-
Zhong, "it still doesn't mean it
won't look bad."
"Clearly the issue of integrity
is something we very much care
about," said Kindler. . "We
absolutely want to be sure that
UBC's reputation and quality of
what we do is never compromised by involvement of any
third parties that could cause
damage to this reputation."
No spokesperson for Can-
Zhong could be reached for comment by press time.
Kindler explained that the
University has taken steps to
ensure that UBC retains control
over admission into the program.
"One thing that the agreement
made very clear... was that Can-
Zhong would not have any degree
of jurisdiction whatsoever over
the admission decision," she said.
"It   was   made   very  clear   that
admission decisions are absolutely exclusive decisions of UBC."
Kindler added that the Faculty of
Land and Food Systems wiU have its
own screening process and wiU
send representatives to China to
interview potential candidates.
"This was to some extent to
counteract the possibility to some
extent the possibility of, for example, fraudulent submissions, and
also to be able to assess in more
comprehensive ways the candidates suitability for the program,"
she explained.
"UBC has, in the proposal of
that agreement, insisted in some
provisions that would aUow us to
make final decisions with some
additional level of serious scruti-
This is not the first time UBC has
entered into agreements with third
party recruiting agencies. Kindler
explained that there were previous
agreements with companies in
Sweden, Norway and the Middle
East, but that these were scrapped
because the companies weren't
meeting their quotas of candidates.
UBC does already have an Asia
Pacific Regional Office in Hong
Kong that manages much of
UBC's operations in China.
Kindler acknowledged this but
said that this is a specific
arrangement for a specific program and UBC does not intend to
use Can-Zhong as a recruiter in
any additional capacity.
But Louman-Gardiner still
remains skeptical of the agreement.
"UBC shouldn't develop programs initiated by a company that
has a financial interest in that
program." U
Robinson: "it was just assumed that
students would be pouring in"
"UBC-0" from page h
that's going to turn out to be a
positive if you're going to be a
student at UBC-0 today. The
numbers are modest on that
dimension at least and make it
advantageous to [UBC-0 students],* said Silzer.
According to both Silzer
and Deputy Vice Chancellor of
UBC Okanagan Dr. Barry
McBride it is still too early to
tell whether or now they will
reach their long term enrolment target goals.
"The first year is a transitional year and there's lots of
things happening that can
make these targets somewhat
difficult to achieve but as time
goes by the recognition of our
Okanagan campus will go up
and we're optimistic that by
2010 we'll have the requisite
number of students in place
on that campus," said Silzer.
"We've had an increase in
applications from out of
province in Canada and we
expect to grow our international numbers as weU."
McBride added, "We're
much better prepared this
year and whether we make it
may take a couple of years
before we actually make the
targets we want but we think
we're on track for 2009 and
McBride explained that
UBC-0 is expanding their
name throughout the country
in the interest of the continuing growth of the campus.
"We're working with counselors   in   the   local   districts
and we're going to visit all the
schools, we'll have an advertising campaign throughout
the province, throughout
Canada and that will continue
and enrolment officers will
visit many jurisdictions right
across the country and make
people aware that we're here,
we're a brand new entity."
According to Shane
Robinson, financial Coordinator
Executive Chair at UBCSU-0
(Student Union Okanagan) their
council found a huge correlation between the rise in tuition
fees and the resulting low enrolment this year.
"Tuition fees have been rising here every year and
they've gone up over 300 per
cent and the coUeges just had
a reduction in tuition fees so
people are choosing to go to
the Okanagan College over
UBC which is one of the most
prestigious schools in the
"People in the Okanagan
have been pushing for a full
status university for years,"
added Robinson.
"There's so much excitement about finally having that,
it was just assumed that students would be pouring in."
However, like Silzer,
McBride is confident that
UBC-0 will increase student
interest in the campus.
"I don't have any doubt that
we'll get to that goal. We've
been asked by the government
to increase enrolment by 900
students a year and that's
what we're aiming for." II
Quiz Show
Norm Theatre
January  24,   12-1PM
Everyone loves Jeopardy. Shout
out the right answer to the question and maybe win a prize. Bring
a friend to double your fun.
Coffee House - AFRICA
GSS  Centre
January  25,   7:30PM
Vancouver's own African culture
and traditions teacher will be
present to share a story from the
continent's cradle. Enjoy the
ambience with your fair trade coffee. Free and open to the public.
Cold Fusion
SUB Ballroom
January  27,   7:30-llPM
This concert is the culmination of
Science Week events. Come start
your weekend with Swollen
Members, Sweatshop Union, and
DJK. Tickets will be available at
the SUS booth in the SUB all
Jello Wrestling
SUB Ballroom
January  27,   12-2PM
If you need to justify this event to
your significant other, write this ,
down: by entering, you get the
opportunity to enter in a raffle for
a free MCAT course.That's right,
come out and meet all the Jello-
that UBC has to offer.
RIPPLE EFFECTS. Students and
Young Professionals Networking Event
- Canadian Water Resources Association.
Interdisciplinary: Water Management,
Law, Engineering, etc. Learn about the
CWilA, discuss water issues and current
research. Free admission, drinks, and
pizza. Wed Jan 25 @ 5PM- Penthouse,
Graduate Student. Centre, UBC. For
information contact cwra.syp.van@gmail.
OPEN. YOU: President: Graduate
Student, Motivated, Leader, People-
person. Attracted to $12,000/yr. VP
Admin: Smooth Operator, Skilled
Co-ord:nator. $l0,000/yr. VP Finance:
Level-headed, Ambitious, Good with
Money, S8,()00/yr. VP External and
Academic: Out-going, Love to Schmooze,
Rep' Council to University & World,
$8,000/yr. VP Student Services: Cultured.
Oriented, Interests Include Parties,
Publishing, $8,000/yr. ME: Graduate
Student Council. Fun, Social, looking
for "Mr./Mrs. Right'. Are you the one?
Deadline for nominations: Jan 20th 2006.
http: //gss. ubc.ca/
ABROAD? Or looking to develop your
leadership skills? If you wane to launch
your career and expand your network of
contacts, come to the AIESEC UBC info
session on Wed jan 25 at 4 PM in SUB
Rm 212. If you want to work abroad, our
exchange info session is on Thurs Jan 26
in SUB Rm 213 at 5 PM. http://www.
aiesec.ca/ubc Office: SUB Rm 24IF.
DRIVE! Student Week Against War and
Occupation at UBC. January 23-27 in
the SUB Ending with a March and Rally
at the Vancouver Art Gallery 2pm January
28th for lull schedule of events: www.
mawovancouver.org sponsored by: die
FREE STUFF! Free Zenith 26" Color
TV-and Simmons loveseat hideabed. Both
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Buy a sen
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S60.00. Two 4-shelf matching melamine
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individually. Call Maggie @ 604-324-
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Transportation, hotel, lifts, and cash
stipend. Chaperone students on grad
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late Sunday.AUieFi@goworldpass.com
housing for February or sooner. Seeking
safe, warm, stable environment with
other females. Must be in university area,
in Kits, West. Point Grey, or Dunbar
(north of 45th, west of Balsam roughly).
Aesthetic environment, in the S550/ rent
range maximum. Much prefer main floor
suite, or non-basement. Please contact
Naomi Hart at (604)221-1856 or email
naomaIa@hotmail.com with subject.
Thank You.
"AUDITIONS! UBC Players club is
looking for 2 men and 2 women to star in
David Mamets play Sexual Perversity In
Chicago. Auditions will be Jan 24,25th
from 7-10pm in room 205 in the SUB.
email the director at westcoastbrit@
hotmail.com with any questions."
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ABROAD? Or looking to develop your
leadership skills? If you want to launch
your career and expand your network of
contacts, come to the AIESEC UBC info
session on Wed Jan 25 at 4 PM in SUB
Rm 21.2. If you want to work abroad, our
exchange info session is on Thurs Jan 26
in SUB Rm 213 at 5 PM. http://www.
aiesecca/ubc Office: SUB Rm 24IF.
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Candidates should possess graduate
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remuneration. Interested? Email resume
to andy@prep!01 .com
To place an ad or a classified,
call 604-822-1654 or visit
Room 23 in the SUB
on-campus, student-owned, non-profit
bike shop! New & used bikes, parts,
storage accessories, bike repairs and bike
repair instruction, tool use, bike storage
and volunteer opportunities. On the
north side of the SUB. 604-827-7333.
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GRAD STUDENTS. = The Vancouver
Society for Sexuality, Gender, and Culture,
a non-profit society, seeks members for
working committee and board member
roles. Tnis is an extraordinary volunteer
experience for Grad students in the area
of Health, Counseling, Education, or
Business. Contact: Michael. VSSGC@
telus.net or (778)837-1575
World for Odyssey of the Mind, a
program designed to encourage problem
solving in school children. Must be able
to attend training sessions in Burnaby.
Ismail odysseybc@gmaiI.com for more
Wat %Mjjgsey
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
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news editors Paul Evans SC Eric Szeto
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production manager Michelle Mayne
volunteers Vacant
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Catherine Hart was moving out of Gage Towers, where innocuous roommates led her to relocate to more salubrious dimbs.
Boris Korby offered to help by carrying her pet salamander,
whilst Claudia Li., Coleen tang ana Kellan Higgins assisted with
her somewhat cumbersome Turkish rug. Paul Evans saw the
curfuffle and being the gentleman he is offered to open all the
doors on the way. Mary Leighton made off with a light bulb
she though no one would miss whilst Simon Underwood carefully folded and packed her lingerie. Momo Price and Andrew
MacRae were struggling to fit the drawers through the SUB
doors, Mai Bui offered assistance on the other side but was
flung across the room, knocking over Gemini Cheng in an
explosion of underwear. Meanwhile Levi Barnett and Meredith
Hambrock were struggling with a huge pickle which was
wedged in the fridge."she must not leave without the pickle"
Cried Champagne Choquer. Alex Leslie was at the new place
and decided to christen the mattress with Bryan Zandberg.
Max Wang walked in with Megan Smyth with the same idea
but were called away to assist with the underwear retrieval in
the SUB.Tia Town-Schon and Alissa McArthur were surprised to
discover polka dot bloomers in their pizza.The whole time
Johanna Yaworsky had been struggling with the blow up man
doll discovered under the bed.
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11-' THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
News 3
The AMS election buzz
s ,•
by Paul Evans
AMS elections advanced polling commenced on Saturday through
Webvote and will continue until
Wednesday. This will be followed by
'Vote Day" on Januaiy 27 from 9am
to 4pm.
Elections administrator Ian
McKechnie advised students that if
they choose to vote online, they must
do so exclusively. A student is not
allowed to vote for some candidates
using the Webvote system and then
vote for the other positions by paper
ballot on January 27. It's one or the
other, he said.
Battle of the metaphors
"You know how an arch starts? It
starts with a keystone," remarked
AMS President hopeful Kevin
Keystone, to the amusement of the
audience on Thursday. He continued
his metaphor for the student society.
"With my weight on you, and your
weight on me, we can raise the arch
Rival candidate Jeremy Shell
responded cleverly by suggesting his
own metaphor, referring to himself
as a "clam shell* in which a better student society could be created.
Best of the Beer
Although slates are officially
banned, candidates running for several executive positions seem to be
united in their undying love for the
frothy concoction of yeast and barley known as beer.
With policies centering on various
ways to reinvest money into free beer
for students, the candidates often do
more than their fair share of lightening the mood at debates.
The most entertaining comment
of the campaign came from VP
Academic candidate Colleen
Atherton. After the debate moderator
offered her the option of a 30-second
rebuttal, she responded asking, "I'm
wondering why it's called a re-butt-al.
Is that just to be nice? I think it should
be called a re-ass-le."
Keystone on the offensive
AMS presidential candidate Kevin
Keystone     lambasted      opponent
PONY UP YER POLICIES! VP Admin candidates saddle up for a ride a round Totem meal hall, levi barnett photo
Jeremy Shell at a debate on Thursday,
accusing Shell of being a one-issue
"I've got a bigger vision than a
better Frosh week," Keystone told
the audience.
Shell was quick to defend himself,
saying, "There's a whole lot else I
plan to do."
He explained that he simply chose
to focus on Frosh week during his
statements at the debate to help voters associate it with him.
jyfeil out budgets?
At a dinnertime debate on Tuesday,
VP Administration candidate Sean
Kearney said that he would support
the idea of mailing out the AMS
budget to eveiy student. "Students
need to see where this money is
going," he explained. So how much
will that cost us?
David Yuen, also in the running
for the position, only briefly mentioned Kearney's proposed plan, dismissing it as "unrealistic.*
Who can steal the most
city prcperty?
Fire Hydrant's status as the only
inanimate object in the running
for the Board of Governors (BoG)
seat was challenged on Tuesda}^
when BoG candidate Martin Sing
unveiled an object of his own in
response, a traffic light. Sing said
he would continue to make use of
the traffic light until Darren Peets,
the man behind the hydrant, ran
MY OBJECT'S BIGGER THAN YOUR OBJECT: Darren Peets lovingly touches his object as Martin
Sing watches, levi barnett photo
as   himself  and   not   as   a   fire
While other candidates criticised
Peets's use of the fire hydrant, saying
it undermined the legitimacy of the
student positions on the BoG, Sing
was the only one to introduce an
additional object
Responding to the widespread
attacks on his use of the fire hydrant,
Peets commented, "If they're attacking the fire hydrant, does that make
me the candidate to beat?"
A half decent turnout
The debate featuring candidates for
Board of Governors, VP Administration and VP External drew a surprisingly large crowd. This was due
to the fact that Elections
Administrator Ian McKechnie
decided to hold the debate in the
meal hall of Totem Park Residence
at dinnertime. Students were able
to eat and listen as the candidates
told them why they should, or in
some cases shouldn't, get their
vote. The large crowd didn't last
long, however, as most students
trickled off upon finishing their
"It was a refreshing change," said
McKechnie, noting that this was the
first time that the number of audience members exceeded the number of candidates and campaign
"Selling the brand of the
VP External candidate Ian Pattillo
stated on Tuesday that the biggest
problem facing the AMS is a lack of
student interest. He said it was
important to "try and expand the
reach of the organisation."
"If students don't care...we're not
going to get anywhere," Pattillo continued, suggesting the solution is
advertising in order to sell "selling
the brand of the AMS to the students
and the public."
His rival, Cameron Funnell, after
first endorsing Pattillo, said that he
would change the name of the AMS
because he feels the name is currently "too intimidating."
A two-horse race
One of the more creative ideas to
come out of the debates was proposed by Scott Thompson, who suggested that the Pit Pub be transformed into a gay cowboy bar.
To illustrate how much fun this
new concept could be he had fellow
candidates David Yuen and Sean
Kearney race around the meal hall of
Totem Park residence riding on stick
horses wearing cowboy hats.
So many senators
A record number of candidates have
thrown their hats in the ring to
become a student senator this year.
There are 20 students ninning for five
positions, a number that beats out the
old record of 16 candidates in 1997.
The Board of Governors race also
broke its previous record of nine candidates, with ten students competing
for two positions this year.
Knoll gets triirmed
An article appearing on theknoll.ca
endorsing several candidates in the
AMS elections was removed on the
orders of elections officials after it
was determined that AMS resource
group money was funding the production. Additionally, election officials told students to disregard
and/or destroy a flier entitled "AMS
Elections Voter's Guide," also produced by the Knoll, which offered recommendations to students on particular candidates to vote for.
Lyle McMahon, a student
involved in the pubhcation of the article, commented, "It's unfortunate
that kids with the best
intentions...didn't have the opportunity to spark interest in the debate."
McMahon said that he understood
the reasons for the article's removal
and apologised for his part in it. IB m
4 Culture
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006   THEUBYSSEY
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Local 'zine set to launch seventh issue Saturday night at the Lamplighter
By Meredith Hambrock
It is impossible to look at a cover of
Bleach and avoid picking it up. The
blue paper cover bound by red yarn
is as attractive as the inside is fulfilling. Bleach is a 'zine created by
Leigh Kamping-Carder and Sam
Rapaport, which features creative
writing and original, often humorous works of art.
The 'zine was created to fulfill
her "deep-seated fear of dying without leaving a legacy," says Carder.
And coupled with "red wine, revel-
ery, running into a friend and
lamenting the lack of creative writing publications," Bleach was born
unto this world.
The 'zine is filled with works of
art, in literary and visual form submitted mostly by Vancouver natives,
but Bleach doesn't discriminate
when it comes to geography, featuring work from Canada, the United
States, Hungary and India.
The 'zine puts Carder's money
where her mouth is, featuring a
alternative creative outlet for the
writing community, celebrating the
Hterary form and provides not only
a venue for the unpublished to be
published, but it also provides a
venue for their writers to "present
their work to an audience" in the
form of their new issue release parties, says Carder. "The release parties are also the main way that we
distribute the 'zine, since eveiyone
who walks in the door gets a copy."
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nights as "partly a fundraising drive,
partly a promo night, partly a concert, mostly a weird and wonderful
during which eveiyone gets in on
the action." The release parties
showcase some of the author's submissions within the 'zine itself, presenting their work to the audience,
along with musical performances.
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UBC Girlz win big at Bhangra Celebration
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It was half an hour before show time, and
things were not looking good for the members
of the UBC Girlz Bhangra team. Set to perform
at the main event of this weekend's Vancouver
International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC),
there were rumours of a sick team member, a
missing prop and general pre-show panic.
Their team liaison worried whether the girls
would be able to come out on top. It was an
inauspicious start to what would end up being
a very successful evening for the UBC team.
Now in its sophomore year, the VIBC is
dedicated to the North Indian dance and
musical form of bhangra, intricately tied to
the Punjab region. Featuring syncopated
drumming, choreographed group dance, and
Punjabi language singing, it has emerged
from 500 years of ritual and tradition to
become one of the hottest styles of backbeats for
nightclub music (especially in the UK) and sev
eral American hip-hop artists, including the
successful track by Jay-Z, "Beware of the Boys."
Held at the 3,000-seat Queen Elizabeth
Theatre on Saturday night, the VIBC showcased performances from ten university-age
teams from greater Vancouver and the United
States, each with around a dozen dancers.
Shane Koka, a history and economics major at
UBC affiliated with Surrey's Duniya All-Stars
team, explained that many of the teams performing regularly meet each other on the
North American bhangra circuit. Vancouver,
however, is billed as the City of bhangra by the
VTBC, and Shane believes that "they hit the nail
on the head with that one," explaining that
there is a huge amount of interest in bhangra
in Vancouver, with about ten competitive
teams in the lower mainland today. As for the
VIBC competition: "It's a major, like in tennis
or golf," says Shane.
The VIBC is a judged competition with
recognition and benefits for the top teams.
However, according to Koka, the prize money
is just a bonus. "Really it's for the love of the
game," he insists, adding that the prize money
does not cover the costs of frequent travel
required of continentally competitive teams.
While some teams were all-male, and
some co-ed, the UBC Girlz were the only all-
female team, there to "represent the strength
and pride of all Punjabi women" as the program explained. With the exception of their
male dhol drummer (perhaps the most-elab-
orately dressed of all the teams), there were
no men, no turbans, and no long beards-
only the intricate power of the dance.
With alternating dancers in green and pink
silk salwar khameezes, the Girlz used snippets
of western dance music to spice up their routine, adding a modern flavour unique to their
team. The vibrant energy was visible on their
faces as they kicked and turned in unison. A
highlight was a stunning move wherein three
dancers formed a tree, with of two of the girls
dangling with backs extended from the central
dancer, spinning around to the bhangra beat.
The judges were supposed to take crowd
response into consideration when making
their decision, and while the women did
excellent dancing, that category may have put
them over the top, points-wise: after finishing there was a sustained reaction in the
audience unlike any other, with horn-blowing, sign-waving, and repeated shrieking.
Clearly, being a hometown favourite can be a
good thing.
After two more teams and a performance
by bhangra superstar Lehmber Hussainpuri,
the judges returned with the results, and in
first place were the UBC Girlz. This is a
marked improvement for the team, which
placed third last year. Having already toured
with mainstream bhangra star Panjabi MC in
2004 and relentlessly crossing the continent
to perform over the past year, this win will
surely be a valued moment in the history of
the club, and one further step in bringing
bhangra to the forefront of Vancouver's cultural attention. IB
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very January, the call goes out for candidates to run in the annual AMS election, the event that puts into power UBC's
student society executives who lord over
the SUB, communicate with university officials, and represent the student population
at large. Like mammals just out of hibernation—somewhat disoriented, often hairy,
and full of energy stored up for the new season—they appear from the dusty caves and
dorm rooms of campus, armed with staple
guns and enough cheery smiles to make a
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retired Walmart greeter's face ache from
muscle memory. One night in early
January the possies of the warring candidates descend on the SUB and the next
morning from the vulnerable surfaces of
every announcement board, door, wall,
and slow-moving SUB service worker stare
the grinning images and campaign slogans
of students pledging to make a difference.
No, not just a difference—a Difference! A
Difference to what? The answers inhabit
the paradox of being infinite, while also
being totally predictable. Lower tuition.
More accessibihty. More accountability. U-
Town consultation (too late for that, but
anyway). Gravy at The Pit that remains
lump-free, no matter how long you leave it
sitting on your fries in that sad little cardboard boat. (Finally, something we can all
agree on). In short, innovation.
So why is it that, year after year, amidst
all this uncapped youthful democratic zeal
nothing actually changes in student government at UBC? (The stasis can ironically
be traced in the annual pledges by candidates that this year, this year, will be different). Sure, there's the occasional sincere
candidate, but that rare animal is reliably
stomped by the overwhelming overall
mediocrity, sycophancy—what we will
henceforth call "toadiness"—of the campus
poHtical scene. And so, year after year (after
year after year after...), the same solemn
promises are promised, the same speeches
are speechified, the same bells are rung,
and the same victory parties are thrown for
the new executives—at which time there
are more of the aforementioned promises,
speeches and bells. Wait twelve months.
Rinse, repeat.
We study across a broad range of disciplines at UBC, but one thing we hold in common is the necessity of establishing a vocab-
ulaiy, a specialised language-set with which
to operate. Physics has "vector*; English has
"Dickensian"; Music has "tempo"; Laundry
Studies has "Bounty Extra Softener." (Those
were examples). To begin to understand the
baffling phenomenon of the AMS student
election, we need to establish a new vocabulary. I would like to propose the following
foundational term: "pageant" Throughout
this piece, I will add more terms, which, for
fiiture reference, are to be compiled in The
UBC Dinky Despot Dictionary ($8.95,
Random House Canada, pubhcation forthcoming). But first —
The argument's foundational
comparison is stated (or, They
also mourn who do not wear
I will now make a comparison.
Every year, come January, a separate
event takes place, south of the border and
with (slightly) large media coverage: the
Miss America Pageant, which happens like
Each US state puts forth a representative
who has a platform, talent, and—let's face
it—a totally hot body. (Vocabulary update!
Add "big teeth," "leg-ocity" and "a secret
room full of body ointments"). The potential
Miss Americas compete (add "charade,"
"strut," and "sex appeal depicted as actual
skill"), followed by a process of elimination
as the candidates are whittled down to the
tiara recipient (add "outdated symbols of
governance"), before the final naming of the
AMS President—I mean, Miss America. The
masses applaud the victor ("delusions of
grandeur," "fantasy structure"), and the new
Miss America goes about her various new
duties, such as putting an end to famine in
Africa, squeezed in between press events
(add "jokes within jokes").
Why does nothing ever change in student
poHtics at UBC?...it turns out that we're asking the wrong question.
Instead of asking, "Why is it that, year
after year, the AMS executives accompHsh
nothing to change the Hves of students at
UBC?" we would be better off asking "Why is
it that, year after year, Miss America accom-
pHshes nothing to an end to famine in
Africa?" I mean...she promised! Sure, she
referred to Africa as "Africa, the country,"
but she still promised! And the answer is
this: how can we expect any change when all
she ever gives them is Jenny Craig tips and
diet pills?
(Please send all complaints about the
appalling offensiveness of that joke to: the
Ubyssey, Lack of Irony Department, Room
24, Student Union Building 6138 Student
Union Boulevard, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1.
And as long as you're writing things down,
add "appalling offensiveness" to your growing vocabulary Hst).
The real answer is this. Expecting results
under the current terms is unreafistic
because it is an act, a game, a play.
Candidates perform in order to compete;
and compete in order to perform. Aside
from the rare exception, candidates act and
speak according to a script of grand promises and easy solutions (add "speaking lines,"
"deux ex machina," and "repeated re-enactment of a really old story-structure—like,
Aristotle old"). The posters pasted in every
space of the SUB (including those rooms that
contain sinks and rows of privacy-implying
stalls containing toilets) blare slogans with
no necessary connection to the fiiture performance, or even intentions, of the candidates. The election revolves around who has
the best poster design, who looks the best
onstage, and who can persuasively parlay
him/herself in tri-partite sentences like this
one. And so every year, we persist in being
surprised when we step out of the magic of
the theatre after the final ballot has been
cast, to find the problems facing students
exactly the same as before.
But the ballots continue to be cast and the
show (must?) does go on because, like vast
poHtical empires and Dick Clark, ideaHsm
dies hard. Every year, undeniably, brings the
possibiHty of change: a new cast of characters who, we hope, are speaking their own
lines. Every year brings the possibiHty of
writing a new script
Add "lunacy/ "sport," "bloodsport,"
"CNN theatrics," "the slow cold death of pre-
dictabiHty," "self-punishing-yet-inescapable
hopefulness," and "Onwards!"
A definition is provided
(or, Know your onion)
Pageant, n. Brilliant spectacle, esp.
Procession, arranged for effect; spectacular
procession, or play performed in the open,
illustrating the history of a place; tableau,
allegorical advice, etc., on fixed stage or
moving car; (fi.) empty or specious show.
114th c. pagyn (in contemporary AL pagina),
of unknown origin.; later -t as in -ancient]
The foundational comparison
is elaborated upon (or, Know
why your onion is a lot like
that other onion)
Since their respective inceptions, the AMS
election and the Miss America Pageant have
shared the foUowing: ambitious statements
of intent; petty backstabbing; childish name
calling; luscious bodies, particularly in the
leg- and chest-regions; an elections administrator (or "host"); crying; hugs; hissy fits; a
talent show, or show of talent, or show of
"talent"; free sandwiches; mayonnaise; cult
of personaHty, with or without the "cult" or
"personaHty" parts; lack of creativity; large
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tomes of carefully agreed upon and utterly
trivial rules; catcalls; smaU audiences comprised largely of drunken rednecks; vomiting; heteronormativity; normativity; normal-
ness; normal people; abnormal people; spirit; enthusiasm; vigour; chants; high-pitched
voices; a total dearth of irony; eating disorders; looks in Heu of substance; big teeth;
teethiness; breastiness; emphasis on dress
and hygiene; Rising Stars; falling stars;
brown dwarfs; binges; resume padders;
theme songs; bad singing; an extremely limited voting pool; stupidity; parades; high
heels; eighth-grade gym class that-was-one-
mean-game-of-dodgeball-mentality; press
shots; premade speeches; flaccid rhetoric;
other flaccid things; koolaid; and nametags.
(Please add all of the above to our
But how did this all start?
In 1921, a bunch of Atlantic City businessmen (add "garter socks," "neck skin,"
"slave-renaissance buggies") wanted to
extend the summer tourist season. The gimmick they brewed up (add "contraband
moonshine") grew into what is known today
as the Miss America Pageant Since then, the
Miss America Pageant has flourished, today
drawing a viewership of millions (add
"nation of idiots") for its television broadcast Around the time of the Pageant's inception, Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce
President Frederick Hickman (add "old
coots," "first trophy wife of world history*
and "wowless Rotary Club monologues")
made the following statement: "Miss
America represents the highest ideals. She is
a real combination of beauty, grace and
intelligence, artistic and refined. She is a
type which the American Girl might well
emulate." To put all of this together, when
searching for a role model after whom to
pattern your identity as a young American
girl, a walking tourist gimmick makes for a
great candidate.
And what makes for a successful tourist
gimmick? Something that is immediately
recognisable and (therefore) uncontrover-
sial; something that inspires comfort, hope
and feelings of connection to the place: a
groundedness. And what makes for a successful AMS presidential candidate?
To answer that question, I attended the
All Candidates Meeting of this year's AMS
election—the gathering that brings all of
the candidates together for the first time,
too see the whites of each other's eyebaUs
and gnash their Trident teeth. The meeting, which took place in the AMS chambers
on the upper floor of the SUB, began with
the announcement of candidates by use of
a Power Point presentation and the distribution of candidate handbooks, before
continuing to the reading of the (New
Testament?) updated Elections Code. The
candidates sat around the chamber's large
wooden table, gesticulating enthusiastically and exchanging socially-aware puns.
Most knew each other already—student
politicians possess an almost primal
capacity for recognising other members of
their own kind, much like prey animals
and people who got beat up a lot in elementary school; and like both, they frequently travel in packs. The conversations
circulating through the room invariably
concerned the election, current events in
SUB poHtics, the election, the content of
the current Economist, and the election.
Perhaps even more so than any other
group, besides academics, student pohticians lack range.
The rules for the election were read out
by Ian McKechnie, the AMS Elections
Administrator. This year, the Miss America
Pageant is being hosted—"host" being an
equivalent term to "elections administrator"—by James Denton, who plays the sexy-
plumber-with-a-dark-side on the ABC show
Desperate Housewives. Comparatively, Ian
McKechnie's current job could be described
as the host of a new television show entitled
Desperate Junior Despots.
First, the Hst of eHgible candidates was
determined. The foUowing were read as candidates who had "produced a problem with
the Registrar":
1) Zombie Overlord
2) Rosemary Gallo Bowel Movement
3) Kim Lan from Bleach
4) Gavin Dew
(Add "elements of fiction," "the Hving
dead, also known as zombies, also known as
student pohticians, also known as 'Mommy,
why are daddy's eyes so cold and glassy?',"
and "bowel movements").
Rules of the election were then discussed
in detail, with many interpolations from
those in attendance. A sample exchange, for
your entertainment and edification:
Ian McKechnie: "Submit a photo for
the election website. Suitable means a
photo of you."
Question from the room: "What's
McKechnie: "A photo that's offensive."
It was then suggested that the candidate in question should therefore not be
permitted to submit a photo of himself
after all. Ha! Snap.
The remainder of the election rules were
then read out, foUowed by a long debate concerning what constitutes the precise difference between a "Hst-serve" and a "mass
email," to the elucidation of aU. The candidates then were wished the best of luck and
the meeting was eventuaUy adjourned for a
round of deep foot massages and Stxongbow
ciders at The Pit
A helpful list is provided (or,
A short reprise for Mary
Todd, who went insane, but
for very good reasons)
In the Spring of 2004 the Discovery Channel
aired a program called Face-Off, that each
week pitted two different animals against
each other in a hypothetical duel. On the
show experts discussed which animal was
more likely to succeed.
Here is a Hst of the shows:
Lion vs. Tiger
Elephant vs. Rhino
Croc. vs. Great White
Hippo vs. Bull Shark
Tiger vs. Grizzly
Wolf vs. Cougar
Polar Bear vs. Walrus
Lion vs. Crocodile
Gorilla vs. Leopard
Anaconda vs. Jaguar
Alligator vs. Bear
Collosal Squid vs. Sperm Whale
The polis files for divorce (or,
In this temple, as in the
hearts of man for whom he
saved the earth)
Why are you here today? There is no ultimate answer—it varies according to situation. At the bar: beer. At the beach:
swimming (or, for those who fear water,
swimmers). At the Olympics: making
lewd comments about pole-vaulters. Why
are the AMS candidates here? Such a
direct question can produce surprising
The first AMS Presidential debate was
held this year in the SUB Norm theatre
during the Student Leadership Conference. The debate occurred on a Saturday at
noon (also known as Campus Hangover
Time) and the theatre was at less than half
capacity throughout. The three AMS presi-
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dential candidates sat on the stage: Jeremy
Shell, varsity rugby player and former
president of Totem residence; Kevin
Keystone, current AMS VP Finance; and
Quinn Omori, who is running a separatist
campaign that aims to spHts the Arts
Faculty permanendy from the rest of campus and restore the sanctity of poutine
The small audience was comprised
mainly of current AMS executives, AMS
election hopefuls, and what we will here
refer to politely as "AMS hacks" (add
"innumberable Friday nights at home
watching C-Span"). This audience is what
we will term a "closed system." In electronics, this kind of system often proves
efficient. In politics (Etymology break!
"Politics," from the Latin word polis,
meaning people) it is death.
An audience member rose during the
question period and asked, simply, "Why
are you here?" Shell and Keystone, the
two "serious" candidates, replied quite
Shell answered first "I owe this university a great deal...I've come a hell of a long way
[here] and I owe this place," he began. Then
he cut to the chase. "Who doesn't want AMS
President as a resume credit? I don't beHeve
in altruism. I don't think either of us is really here because we solely beHeve in the good
of this campus. I think it has to be a combination. You beHeve in the school, you want to
see what's best for it, you want to see what's
best for yourself, and anyone who can't
acknowledge that doesn't deserve to be
Backing away from SheU's attempt to
turn the debate into a meta-pofitical confessional of self-reflexive pomp, Keystone
met his opponent's answer with a fixed
facial expression that called to mind a
tightrope walker trying not to notice that
his feUow performer has just put his best
foot forward into the semantic abyss.
Then he said: "I am doing this for altruistic reasons. I don't owe this university
anything. I owe the students. And that's
why I'm doing this."
Which brings us to the real question
we should be asking: even if we scoff at
promises of stopping famine in Africa,
and her promises are far from likely to
come true, what if Miss America herself
genuinely believes in them, and what
would happen if we believed them too?
Add "gotcha?"
The joke concludes by finally
inverting itself (or, Into the
great laugh of mankind and I
shake the dirt from my
sandals as I run)
There have been, of course, many efforts
over the years to point out the pageantry and
toadiness (two of our fundamental vocabu-
laric terms, if you'll recall) of the AMS elections. These efforts have dwelled mainly in
the activities of "joke* parties, which more
often take themselves more seriously than
they're willing to admit. This is called
UBC's oldest joke party, the Radical Beer
Faction (RBF), first participated in an AMS
election in 1988. Until lastyear, when slates
were banned in the AMS election, the RBF
ran a full slate of candidates in the election,
united by their zeal not only for subverting
the student poHtical machine but for the
good fizzy stuff. Over those 16 happy (add
"and very drunk") years, candidates included Toby the Amazing Fighting Fish, a zombie
overlord, an orange pylon and a fire
hydrant In 2005, the hydrant lost in its race
by three votes; a good thing, too, or the AMS
might have been obliged to structurally reinforce their chairs.
In 2002, Andrew Tinka, an RBF candidate, proclaimed the foUowing to his voting
pubHc: "When you vote for the RBF, you're
sending a message, one that says, 'The AMS
is so irrelevant to my life, I'm willing to
turn it over to a bunch of ethicaUy challenged borderline alcohoHcs just so I can
have a good laugh as they burn the place to
the ground."
Instead of outright condemning this
statement as the words ofa diTink-cum-anar-
chist, we might consider the desperation
underlying these words: that students energetic enough to launch a campaign find the
AMS so irrelevant to their Hves. This year's
candidates (like every other year's, but anyway) have promised that they, if elected, wiU
indeed make a Difference. Do you beHeve
them? Do you care? Vote Pylon? Hey, any-
thing's better thafh Stephen Harper (add
"out-of-control boy scout who must be
stopped"). It's up to you. And don't forget
your tiara.
You can vote until Wednesday on
Webvote (log in through the Student
Service Centre) or on Friday by paper ballot
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Lucie Idlout
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by Gemini Cheng
Lucie Idlout is often pegged as an
'Inuit singer' in Canadian media, but
don't let that label fool your perception of her music. Idlout has dropped
the Aboriginal musical stereotype
since her debut album, E5-770: My
Mothers Name, with raw and edgy
rock tracks.
This Nunavut-born performer has
traveled the globe, but her roots are
stiU firmly set here in Canada. Idlout
spends half the year in Iqaluit and the
other half in Toronto, where her and
her band are based.
Although she was exposed to performance life at an early in age,
Idlout has not always been a singer.
She started off in dance but her
teacher suggested she try theatre
instead. "He didn't actuaUy teU me
that I was a bad dancer," she recalls, but
after being nudged in the right direction, she finally began to feel at home.
Idlout began to see music as an
important part of her life when she
was in her early teens.. She learned
her first guitar chords from her
boyfriend when she was 16 and
began to compose her own songs by
the next year. When she was 19, she
mocked the blues tunes of her
"boyfriend of the day" and subsequently discovered that not only
could she play, but she could sing too.
"I knew I was hooked/' she recaUs.
"Once upon a time," says Idlout,
"it used to be just about writing the
music. At the end of each song it was
exciting enough for me to catt up
friends long distance and play for
them on the phone." Now, the
process is much different, and she's
not alone in creating new songs. "I've
"Because I look like an
Aboriginal, I think
become much less of a control freak,"
she laughs.
There's a difference between
working alone and working with others, she claims, and she likes working
with people who understand the
direction from which she approaches the music.
"I write the bulk of the song on my
own," Idlout says, "but I don't necessarily assume that at the end of my
own personal writing process, the
song is finished." She enjoys playing
with different bandmates: "It's like
throwing spaghetti to the waUs and
seeing what sticks, and if it doesn't
stick it's not ready."
Although proud of her heritage,
Idlout, who used to perform regularly
in a sealskin skirt has encountered
some problems with her Inuit label.
"Because I look like an Aboriginal, I
think they confuse that for the sound,
which drives me absolutely insane,"
she explains. "I think that people are
confused by what they see on stage
versus what they're hearing."
StiU, Idlout is proud of winning
the Canadian Aboriginal Music
Award in 2003 for Best Female Artist,
even if she reaUy wanted to capture
the Best Album category for which
she was nominated. "I don't want to
disassociate with the Aboriginal community at aU—I love the Aboriginal
arts scene," she says. Idlout values
her heritage greatly; her music simply
happens to depart from stereotype.
"I've gained a level of maturity
that I love," says Idlout. She has been
busy recording her next album,
Swagger, which is promised to be
darker and better crafted, although
she thinks that fans may notice it is
"missing in some ways what was
once referred to as the 'angry' element" Idlout isn't too worried about
this departure, especially since
she "started going for the redneck
rock thing."
For the first time, the 2006
National Aboriginal Achievement
Awards (Jan. 2 7) wiU feature a musical performance by Idlout, although
she has danced on the show before.
She even attended the very first
NAAA ceremony, where she remembers thinking, "One day I wiU be performing at these awards." She feels
honoured to have that dream granted.
Idlout finds it hard to imagine
what she would be doing now if she
weren't performing. "I can't imagine," she muses. "I guess I would be
ice-fishing." IB ELECTIONS 2006
 A Student Guide to the AMS? Senate, BoG
The president is the spokesperson for the Alma Mater Society.
The president chairs the Student Council, the Executive Committee, and the working groups.
1) Discuss the most important issue to you as a presidential candidate. Be specific.
2) How will you handle sensitive human resources issues within the AMS?
3) What would you do to improve communication between the executive and AMS council?
Kevin Keystone
1) I got the feeling this year as VP Finance that
students on and off campus don't know what the
AMS does (or even is), largely because they don't
feel the AMS is working for them. That's the most
important issue to me: the AMS doing things that
students care about, and therefore things that students will notice. When the AMS brought in the
U-Pass, students noticed, and 20,000 of us voted
to keep it. Likewise, we should work for a long-
term provincial tuition plan that keeps our education affordable for everyone, and while we're at it,
maybe we could use a new, bigger, more student-
focussed Student Union Building.
2) This has been an issue for the AMS for a number of years: the President and General Manager
are currendy the ones handling the most sensitive
human resources issues within the AMS, even
though the President and the General Manager
don't have specific training to address these issues.
Even as VP Finance this year, I was asked to
resolve sensitive HR issues (like people not getting
paid), and as the Chair of the Finance
Commission, I had to hire and directly manage
five student employees. Though the issues I dealt
with worked out for the best (and we had a wicked
time on FinCom), the AMS may have grown big
enough to require an HR Manager. It would work
out to about $55,000 a year, which is quite a bit of
budget money, but I think it would be an important step in taking care of the needs of our 900+
3) Improving communication between the executive and AMS Council depends on three things:
one, how willing both the executive and councilors
is to share important information (and not get
bogged down in sharing unimportant information); two, how willing Council is to ask the hard
questions of the executives (and to listen attentively enough to think of hard questions); and
three, how willing both are to listen to each other,
take ideas away from the Council table, and follow
up with each other. My thoughts on an open-book
executive are the same as my approach on the
Budget I wrote this year - clarity is key, and talk
about what others should know, need to know, and
want to know.. II
Quinn Omori
1) The most critical issue this election is ensuring
that the poutine in the Pit is served to proper
specifications.   Currently what they pass off as
poutine is a concoction containing, not cheese
curds, but some god awful mix of cheddar and
mozzarella.  Tabernac!  I will make it my priority
to remedy this situation.
2) Le Celine Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ (ne
le 30 mars, 1968) est une Victoire de la musique,
Juno, et le chanteur de bruit sec de recompense-
gagnant de Oscar canadiens et l'auteur-composi-
teur. Dion est devenu une etoile adolescente dans
Canada Francophone apres son directeur et son
mari futur, Rene Angelil, a hypotheque sa maison
afin de financer sa carriere. Elle a gagne aussi la
reconnaissance dans les parties d'Europe et Asie
en gagnant les deux le 1982 Festival de Chanson
de Monde de Yamaha et le 1988 Concours de
Chanson de Eurovision, et a etabli une prise de
pied dans le marche de musique Anglophone
avec le relachement d'elle premier album anglais,
l'Unisson (1990, publie par les Rapports de
La musique de Dion a ete influencee par les
divers genres, etendant du bruit sec et du rocher,
a l'evangile et classique, et elle est notee pour son
techniquement consomme vocal. Pendant les
1980 et les 1990 derniers, elle a relache beaucoup
de graphique depassant les rapports d'anglais et
fran^ais, elle le plus reussi est « Mon Coeur Ira
Sur », le theme d'amour au 1997 Titanic de film
de superproduction. Apres avoir annonce une
coupure temporaire du divertissement dans 1999,
elle s'est retournee a la scene de musique avec le
relachement de son 2002 album, UN Nouveau
Jour Est Venu, et dans 2004, elle a regu le
Diamant de Chopard des Recompenses de
Musique de Monde montre pour devenir la
meilleur-vente l'artiste femelle de tout temps. [1]
Dion execute actuellement du soir dans son spectacle, UN Nouveau Jour. ..Live dans La Vegas, au
Palais de Cesars, La Vegas, Cela s'etend a 2007.
3) Full bilingualism. II
Jeremy "Fridge" Shell
1) I feel the most pressing issue of this campaign
to be quality of life on campus. With the pending
graduation of the first generation of UPASS holders, the student body finds itself with the potential
of forgetting the value of the UPASS. I plan to
rigorously defend and publicize the importance of
maintaining this vital AMS program. Campus
development poses grave challenges to quality of
life on campus. The inconveniences created by
campus improvement are a detriment to the peaceful nature of the UBC learning and living environment. I feel the AMS needs to advocate more
strongly on behalf of the student body to create
limits on construction schedules and the abolition
of green spaces.
2) Human resource issues plague AMS administration. These problems emerge from the social
environment of the AMS significant actors. The
AMS is operated by a close-knit group of keeners
whose social lives, as well as extra-curricular activities are within an elitist AMS community. As one
whose friends reach beyond the AMS operators
and hangers on, I would bring an outsider objectivity this organization sorely needs. In my management of Fridgefest events, I have handled large
crews of employees, as well as volunteers. I
understand that volunteers must be treated as valued assets. I would hope to foster a good AMS
corporate culture by creating focus groups within
the government, as well as allocating resources
away from frivolous retreats at the student body's
expense for limited personnel, and in turn create
more frequent activities in which volunteers come
together socially. Ultimately, I plan to treat AMS
employees and volunteers with respect, accepting
input wherever possible. I feel that by treating
workers as they ought to be treated, I'll attain better results from AMS production teams. In my
role as an AMS outsider, I feel I am in the best
capacity to exercise the discipline a president
requires to keep the AMS running smoothly.
3) To improve communication between the executive and AMS council, I would declare war on the
ego-masturbation that is most AMS meetings.
AMS consultations currently have the feeling of
peers speaking to validate themselves and not to
affect positive change. AMS members would
understand a greater possibility to be heard and
affect change and would communicate more effectively in open meetings. I feel that increased executive consultation can only help this society and
increased open forums, outside of official meeting
times, would best achieve this end. II ELECTIONS 2006
vp, Finance
The vice president, Finance, manages the financial
affairs of the student society.
He or she chairs the finance commission and the commercial services planning group.
AMS business revenue. What do you propose to do about it?
3>What RELEVANT EXPERIENCE do you have for this job?
Sophia Haque
1) New businesses coming with campus
development wiU affect AMS business
revenue. What do you propose to do
about it? This is an issue that I am very
interested in addressing and having
worked on the Business Operations
Committee I recognize this to be a concern for AMS Businesses. This past year,
I have worked alongside the committee
to begin formulating a long term business plan. This is essential as AMS businesses such as Blue Chip Cookies provide important revenue to run AMS services such as Safewalk. I plan to further
the developments of the business plan. I
aim to find ways to re-invest in our businesses to ensure we can retain a competitive advantage, regardless of what businesses U-town may bring in. I will find
ways to make our businesses run more
efficiendy and also raise awareness of
our businesses through increased marketing efforts. Marketing of our businesses
is an area that could be especially helpful
to raise student awareness that the AMS
does in fact have student owned and run
2) Would you enter into exclusivity negotiations with Coke or another soft-drink
retaUer? This is an issue that I, and students in general, am taking very seriously—particularly regarding the ethical
standards of the company. While I
believe that there are potential benefits to
be gained an agreement, I would be
interested in looking for alternative ways
to provide students with a clean water
service. Already, the business operations
committee has looked into working with
the university to provide cleaner water
from water fountains. Also, much of the
faUout from the Coke deal arises from
the unreasonable terms of the contract
(where Coke consumption levels were
based on US and not Canadian levels). I
would consider looking into negotiations
with Coke or other soft-drink companies,
only by ensuring that greater research is
done when deciding the terms of the
contract and aim for a shorter length. I
would also work to ensure that any company we may consider abides by the AMS
Ethical Purchasing policy. The current
VP finance is working on a report
addressing the ethical standards of Coke
and a more candid discussion on this
issue could be had after the report has
been completed.
3) What relevant experience do you have
for this job? I have worked actively on
the AMS Finance Commission, both as
Vice Chair and as Business Operations
Commissioner, for two years. I have
gained experience in issues covered by
the VP Finance portfolio. I have worked
on creating the AMS 10.5 million dollar
($1.5 Million discretionary) budget, I've
helped redesign budget submission procedures to increase efficiency in communication between clubs and the AMS, and
I've worked with the business operations
committee to begin a business plan for
AMS businesses. My accounting classes
have given me important skills that have
been helpful in reading financial state-
ments and in the creation of the budget.
Dan Anderson
1) As VP Finance, I will personaUy
approach each potential new UBC business and ensure that they understand
what is involved with having a campus
location. I wiU make sure they know
about the 30% business-income tax
which goes direcdy towards free beer
for students. I will make sure they know
about the mandatory 80%-off sale on
the first Tuesday of each month. And I
will make sure they know that horse
heads have been known to be found in
the beds of business owners who forget.
No business owner at UBC has forgotten twice.
Also, I will only aUow licenced businesses. A new Starbucks? Only if you
can get a double expresso shot double
vodka shot latte. A new burger joint? As
long as the beer is $3 or less a glass. An
Audi dealership? No way, Jose: drinking
and driving don't mix.
On top of aU this, I will create new
AMS-owned businesses. The first will be
an alchemy shop, so that we can import
lead and export gold at a massive profit.
The second wiU be a brewery, for obvious reasons. The third wiU be an ice
cream and beer store, to be run at a loss
as a tax writeoff to compensate for the
alchemy shop.
2) No. UBC has no need of nonalco-
hoHc carbonated beverages except as
mixers. I wiU, however, enter into exclusivity agreements with Stoli, Strongbow,
Guiness (English beer), Holsten
(European beer), and GranviUe Island
and RusseU (Canadian beer). With a projected result of 75-cent drinks at aU on-
campus pubs and with beer dispensing
machines situated throughout campus, I
believe this wiU be the most significant
project ever undertaken by the AMS.
3) I once found a penny on the ground,
and later it was deposited in my bank
account. Obviously I'm good with
money. Also, I am a believer in: accountability, openness, transparency, equality,
creativity, integrity, buzzwords, and liver
damage. I have maximized my
cash/alcohol ratio for several years running based on a taste/alcohol
content/price matrix which, applied to
the Pit, would make it far easier to get
completely tanked there without getting
a massive hangover. Oh, and I can chug
a beer faster than any other candidate. I
also have great plans: through creative
accounting I will make money appear
out of thin air. Last but not least,
through an AMS-owned bank machine,
I will allow students to deposit up to
$10, which will give a daily return of
$12, or enough to buy a pitcher from
the Gallery or Koerner's. II
vp, External
The Vice President, External is responsible for student issues outside the UBC community, chairs the External Commission and is the contact for other student organisa-
tions.planning group.
1) Should the AMS retain its membership in the Cnadian
Alliance of Student Associations (CASA)?
2) How will you ensure student concerns are heard at the
government level outside of CASA?
Cameron Funnell
1) I have one word for you: "field trip".
We'U rent, say 1,000 busses and take everyone out to Splashdown! We can have a
BBQ and everything!  Good times!
The lumpiness of the gravy at the Pit Pub
is, quite frankly, a problem that affects us
2) As external one deals with the outside,
approximately, of the University. The surface area of UBC is on the order of
10,000 square kilometers. This naturaUy
leads to many problems, such as chafing.
3) Sometimes when my roommates have
gone to sleep, and it's reaUy late, I like to
get up and eat an orange. It feels like I'm
eating a little alien or something. Peeling
off the skin, ripping apart the internal
organs. An orange is very "meat like"
when you think about it. Another idea
would be to raise prawns in marinade.
They would Uve their entire lives in terraki
sauce. Alex LesUe wouldn't teU me how to
speU terraki, so that's why it's wrong. She
won't teU me because she thinks that people should know that they have an illiterate leader. II
Ian Pattillo
1) Yes. The AMS should absoludey retain
its membership with CASA. Fees paid to
this federal lobby group work out to less
than a few doUars per student (approximately 50,000 per year). Services provided
are above and beyond anything UBC could
achieve for this cost. CASA has 20 member schools from aU across Canada and
meets 4 times a year to coUaborate on student issues at the federal level. UBC is
large, but alone we cannot provide sufficient pressure on government. Last
November when the CASA met in Ottawa
to lobby MP's two of their four objectives
for the week were announced in the government's economic update. Apart from
the succes of the lobbying aspect, membership in CASA is essential for the AMS
because it provides us with a chance to
meet our counterparts from across the
country and share ideas.
2) I would use the office of the VP
External to engage the media in student
issues, including but not limited to tuition
costs and the accesibuty of post-secondary education. Lobbying government is aU
weU and good, but unless we can get the
pubHc at large behind us we stand no
chance of being resonant in Ottawa or
Victoria. With the support of students,
the AMS would effectively become a pub-
Ucity whore. This campaign would be
year-long and consist of letters to editors,
press releases, demonstrations, events, and
interviews on radio and television. Last
year the AMS estabUshed
studentsforbcca. It has been very succes-
ful involving students in the AMS's lobbying efforts. It needs to be built upon.
With the use of studentsforbcca, I wiU
continue to lobby the provincial government and build the relationships with
MLA's estabUshed by this years VP
External, Jess Klug.
3) This is my third year at UBC and the
first in which I've done anything other
than party, ski, and occasionaUy drop in
on a class or two. The level of student
involvment, as evidenced by my record, is
poor. Having said that, this year I have
been involved in the pubUcation of a new
UBC paper, the Knoll, as well as volunteering with Trek UBC and now a run for
the office of AMS VP External. I am getting a lot out of my involvment with student Ufe at UBC, and perhaps even
returning something in the process. This
experience has shown me that student
involvement, whether it be through the
AMS, clubs, bars, or what have you, is
essential in improving the quaHty of education at UBC. The AMS must always be
reaching out to involve students. That's
what they're for. And yes, you heard right,
bars improve the quaHty of your education. Go to one. Find out for yourself.
Expect Things. Love, Ian. II
'&? ELECTIONS 2006
vp, Academic
The Vice President, Academic is responsible for internal university issues and chairs the University
1) What approach will you take when dealing with the University on key policy issues to ensure student concerns are
2) Name one university policy that concerns you. Explain why and what you will do about it?
3) What are your lobbying priorities with regards to campus developments (U-Town, Marine Towers, University
Mariana Payet
1) I beHeve that students should be the
main priority for the University. This institution exists because we are here and therefore our needs and concers should be at the
top of the Hst. Unfortunadey this is not the
approach that the university has taken so
far. The role of elected student representatives is to ensure that the university take
into account student needs into any poHcy,
development, programs, etc. As VP
Academic I wiU offer a strong voice for all
students. I wiU stand up and challenge the
institution in a respectful and direct way
whenever student needs are not prioritized.
Conflict wiU not take anyone very far, but
neither wiU silence. That's why I promise to
work with aU students to identify issues that
are relevant and meaningful and then to
bring these up with the university. I belive
the skiUs I have gained through my work
with the AMS wiU aHow me to engage in.
discussions with the university that wiH
focus on student needs in an efficient and
respectful manner. HopefuUy in this way the
AMS wiH be able to bring the focus of the
university back to the students.
2) It is difficult to pick just one university
poHcy since many of them are very much
interrealated, so let me speak on a couple.
PoHcies that deal with tuition are crucial
since not being able to afford school is the
main reason people cannot attain post-secondary education. On this issue I wiU speak
out to ensure that education be made
affordable to aU those (regardless of
whether they are local students or not) who
wish to attend UBC Another interesting
poHcy that the university has is around the
issue of safety. Did you know that the
University's safety committee (as outlined in
their safety poHcy) does not include any student representation? There are over 43
thousand students at UBC, many of whom
Hve here and yet we are not part of a committee that deals with such an important
issue. As VP Academic I wiH work to
ensure there be more student representation
on bodies that deal with issues that affect
students direcdy. I beHeve it is important to
look at aU university poHcies and examine
how they affect students individualy and as
a whole.
3) Campus development is a huge issue
right now at UBC. The effects of the development affect students on many different
levels. Some of my lobbying priorities
involve pushing the university to create
more affordable student housing on campus. There is so much housing construction
going on on campus right now, but very Ht-
de of it is actuaUy for students. As VP
Academic I promise to work hard to ensure
that the university prioritize ... II
Note: Candidate's response exceeded word
Jeff Friedrich
1) I feel that approach is an important
part of my campaign. UBC has stated
some admirable goals on sustainabiHty
and improving the undergraduate experience, but in practice they often faU to
"walk the talk." Documents like Trek
2010 are a good chance for us to make
noise when UBC is failing to Hve up to its
commitments. My approach is not to walk
out of meetings; UBC doesn't appreciate
an extremely radical approach. I have
found success with UBC administration
by working extensively with them on UBC
Farm issues, and the best approach is to
be weU researched, aggressive, and pragmatic.
2) Every year I have been at UBC people
in the VP Academic position beHeve this
wiU be the year that "teacher evaluations
wiU become pubHc." I find the foot dragging on this by administration both Understandable- to a point, but also very disap-
pointingAHowing students pubHc access
to effective and informative teacher evaluations wiU help students be happier in
their classes and can be a valuable tool for
the university to improve teaching. I think
it's probably a rare professor who can
effectively teach a class of 300+. Online
evaluations would let us measure what is
going on and hold UBC accountable to
improving conditions. I have worked
closely with the current VP on an
Academic PoHcy Review committee and I
intend to use that document to inform the
University of our expectations with regard
to improving teaching and learning at
UBC I wiU explain why it is in their interest to exercise some control over the evaluations instead of letting students get
potentiaUy misinformed on sites that, say,
use peppers to grade a prof's "hotness."
3) Campus development is an interesting
issue. Top administrators seem to have
very shortsighted goals of increasing
wealth for the endowment- which broadly
funds academics at UBC, and increasing
the profile of UBC on the McLean's rankings. Broadly speaking, these are in student's interests. But the type of development which happens runs completely
opposite to their stated commitments to
"sustainable" development. Why we can't
find ways of integrating the UBC Farm
into development features, or why the
entrance to the much-awaited University
Blvd. is dominated by a Shopper's Drug
Mart, or why we don't consult our own
academic experts, is beyond me.UBC is a
huge community with virtuaUy no civic
government- they grant themselves permits and consult with the pubHc to the
extent they feel necessary. An important
lobbying priority is to review the consultation process, and to insure meaningful and
permanent student participation. I am also
involved with ongoing Farm work, and I
think we can make real progress on ensuring a permanent place for it on campus.ll
Laura Levine
1) I beHeve that it is important to remember that UBC is an institution that has
many concerns of its own, student issues
being a subset of these concerns. We need
to approach the university with weU
thought out and vaHd issues. Most impor-
tandy, we must address the university only
once we have clearly created viable plans of
action or solutions. These plans do not
have to be written in stone. We have to be
flexible and willing to work with the university to achieve our goals. This does not
mean that we should compromise them,
however we must be fuUy aware of the
goals of the institution. To be heard, students need to think rationaUy as weU as
about the long run. We cannot settle for
short term solutions. UBC wiU exist long
after we as individuals graduate and this
must always be kept in mind.
2) It is not so much a poHcy but a lack of
poHcy that concerns me when it comes to
issues about safety at UBC, particularly in
association with campus development. We
need to be sure that campus developments
are properly created in order to ensure the
safety of students. Outdoor Hghting needs
to be better addressed so that students do
no feel at risk when walking in the dark.
We also need to know who is Hving on
campus. Academics are also a concern, as
UBC is traditional in the courses it offers.
Lets address new course needs.
3) I definitely feel that campus development is something that can benefit UBC
students if done properly. We must recognize that every buUding on campus was at
one time a construction site. This being
said, we do not need to hand away all of
our green spaces, businesses, and student
jobs. We need to lobby for poHcies that
ensure that new vendors on campus do not
compete with AMS vendors. We also need
to find a way to ensure that jobs created by
new development go primarily to students.
We need to make certain that new housing
built on campus attracts the right kind of
residents — students, academics, etc. Futher,
housing needs to be affordable to the people who need it most — students. We need
to recognize the fact that much of the
appeal of UBC comes from its picturesque
landscape and views. Howrever, anyone
who has lived on campus knowTs how it
feels on a Sunday afternoon when you cannot find groceries without taking a ten
minute bus ride. It is imperative, if we are
to encourage students to Hve on campus,
that we provide basic resources on campus,
which I feel development can do. II
Colleen Atherton
1) In order to make sure student concerns
are heard when dealing with the
University on key poHcy issues I will
attend every beer garden in order to ascertain exacdy what those concerns are. I
promise to be loud and drunk in every
meeting I attend. How can they ignore me
if they can't hear themselves think? If
that doesn't work I can always start stripping in meetings. The administration wiU
find it exceptionaUy difficult to ignore me
then. A vote for me is a vote for nude
AMS meetings! Attendance at AMS meetings, among other things, wiU rise if there
is nudity involved.
2) I am concerned by the university Uquor
Ucense poHcy. It is far too restrictive in
that only a certain number of Uquor
Hcenses are given out for each term. If
students are to cope with the stress of
school, they need ready access to Uquor to
ease the pain.
3) I have Hved on campus for three years
now and I have seen many new buUdings
spring up. Most of these are condos and
are expounded as "affordable" but are
nowhere near affordable for a student. I
have not seen any benefit to students
from developing their fields and forests. If
elected, I wiU lobby the university to
charge market value for these condos.
Extra revenue generated by these sales
wiU be deposited direcdy into AMS
accounts to benefit the average student.
With this extra cash, the AMS wiU be able
to afford to offer cheaper beer in The Pit
and The GaUery; I suggest a $1 price cap
per beer. It is most important for students
who are on tight budgets due to the rising
cost of tuition to have an affordable
source of beer! Efforts to curb the cost of
tuition have faUed dismaUy in the past so I
wiU attempt to reduce other costs to students to compensate. II
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vp, Administration
The Vice President, Administration, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Student
Union Building, manages clubs through the Student Administration Committee and
chairs the renovations planning group.
2) What is your opinion on advertising in the SUB?
3) What will you do to ensure that AMS sponsored events
in the SUB run smoothly?
Sean Kearney
1) If elected the first thing that I will do is
make sure that students are aware that the
Renovations and Planning Group typically
has a $400-500,000 budget for improvements. I think we'll get some more creative
energy flowing from students if they realise
that real upgrades are possible. Furthermore,
any proposed project will have its plan (and
alternatives) clearly visible in the area pertaining to the renovation (ie. Signs on any
doors about to be made automatic, seating
renos, etc). I have quite the wish list for SUB
improvements but I'm looking to hear what
students have to say. One thing though: just
as we upgraded the conversation pit last year,
I believe that the issue of deteriorating seating in the AMS Study Area needs to be
addressed. Other than that, tell me what you
think needs to be improved. I'm all ears.
2) Honestly, I am a proponent of more designated advertising space with boards specific to various aspects of student life. True, I
have promoted many events and doubdessly
covered up someone's poster through my
work with the Science Undergraduate
Society (ie. See Cold Fusion posters around
campus)... I know what advertisers need
and if elected I will work towards a compromise that allows everyone equal exposure
with minimum paper waste. If there was a
strictly enforced limit of 1 poster/board per
week promoters wouldn't need to plaster 6
copies of 'Tass Chem 233!" over everyone
else's ads. As of now, the advertising boards
in the SUB are in chaos and the free-for all
poster boards just result in a vicious cycle of
layering posters. Designate MORE space for
specific events (parties, tutorials, jobs, etc),
monitor their useage, and penalise those
who abuse the boards.
As the Social Coordinator for the Science
Undergraduate Society, I have had the pleasure of running highly successful licensed
events in the SUB. Right now, as you may
know, I am hosting a 500-person event with
Swollen Members and Sweatshop Union in
the Ballroom on January 27th.  My track
record speaks for itself and I will do everything in my power to ensure that AMS
Events   run   smoothly   by   streamlining
licensed event applications (right now there's
a lot of red tape)advocating and upholding
the ideal's of Responsible Useage (of alcohol) partnering with and keeping open lines
of communication with SUB Security, AMS
Bookings,   AMS   Events,   Safewalk,   the
RCMP,  and  other  relevant partie  being
proactive   and  identifying possible  issues
before they become a problem (ie. I'm posting security in Mad Child's dressing room for
Cold Fusion) I will personally (and hopefully      with      AMS       Events)       run      a
Club/Constituency wide seminar on "HOW
social reps. II
Note: Candidate response exceeded word
David Yuen
1) One of the main points of my platform is
to make the SUB more user-friendly, accessible and welcoming, for students in particular.
For starters, I believe the SUB could be a
cleaner place, which I would accomplish by
bringing in more conveniently located recycle bins to get rid of the millions of day-old
Metros and possibly increasing the frequency
of emptying bins. I would also support initiatives like the three-strike policy currently
being considered to prevent the worst mess-
makers from "reoffending". I would back
projects to increase and improve social space
in the SUB, because of the overcrowding
experienced during peak hours, and to investigate ways of making better use of existing
space in the SUB in addition to possible
expansions, like looking into club office
expansions in underutilised space or opening
up rooms during exam periods for study.
2) In terms of what advertising AMS clubs,
constituencies and resource groups have
access to, the availability and quaUty of
advertising space is rather poor. To fix this,
I would put forth initiatives to create prominent, free advertising space exclusively for
clubs, constituencies and resource groups.
That means that they would be better able to
inform people about and direct people to
their events, and they wouldn't have to poster
on the doors of the SUB (which isn't
allowed, and can result in fines). Regarding
commercial advertisement in the SUB, I
believe it to be acceptable and also a good
source of revenue for the student society,
providing it adheres to the AMS policies.
3) As the VP Administration is responsible
for much of the management of the SUB,
they are also responsible for how a lot of the
AMS-sponsored events are run. One area of
focus is September events like Clubs Days,
which is a crucial recruitment time for many
organisations. I hope to improve and
expand upon what has been done in years
past for this event. I also intend to make
sure that such events are carefully regulated
in order to ensure that clubs are on equal
footing and have equal chances of securing
the better booth placements. Also, one of
the problems with many AMS events is that
they suffer from a lack of good advertisement. I believe this problem can be at least
partly solved, as I said, with better and more
prominent postering space for AMS clubs,
constituencies and resource groups. FinaUy,
a shameless plug: if you would like more
information about my platform, I invite you
to check out my website at
www.davidyuen.com. II
Also Running for VP, Administration: Scott Thompson
Board of Governors
The UBC Board of Governors is the highest decision-making body of the University. Student representatives to this Board represent student interests on matters of management, administration of property revenue, business and affairs of UBC.
The BoG makes very important decisions at the University. How will you ensure that student concerns are heard at the
Lauren Hunter
Making student concerns heard by the
University administration rests on a candidate's abiHty to raise issues in a respectful,
engaging, persuasive way without aUenat-
ing other members of the Board who have
different ideas. I have been both a graduate
and undergraduate student at UBC, and am
now also one of UBC's youngest sessional
instructors, so I am intimately acquainted
through personal experience with the concerns of students at different stages in
their degrees. I am accustomed to communicating about issues that are complex and
highly political. To this I add my current
training as a professional facilitator, my
PhD expertise in poUcy analysis, five years
of handling university budgets, experience
on the Board of Governors of two other
organisations, my work in student government with the Grad Student Society, and a
strong personal commitment to ethical,
sustainable, community-oriented choices,
increased safety on campus, and sufficient
financial resources for students at aU levels.
As an undergraduate here I was instrumental in transforming the Safewalk program
at UBC from a smaU-scale volunteer program into a paid position for a significant
number of students; I believe students
should receive fair wages for their work. As
a graduate I have worked to put in a computer lab for aU graduate students to use, to
increase environmental practices at UBC,
to increase UBC's representation in national-level student organisations, and to help
balance the budgets of the GSS. I've done
three separate degrees at UBC, and I am a
weU-respected member of the university
community whose professionalism and
likeability will be positively received by
other University-appointed and provincial-
ly appointed Board Members. I am running
for government because I am concerned.
The strength of the student voice at UBC
is rapidly declining; 1 feel I can be a strong
advocate, and help to restore it. II
Tim Louman-Gardiner
The job of the student rep on BoG isn't to
change the University, it's to influence
those who can. This is a difficult process;
the members of the Board and
Administration often have their minds
already made up, or have at least considered (and often rejected) the same arguments that students bring to the table.
More importandy, the other Board members don't have to listen to the student rep.
As a result, the most important task of a
student representative is to earn the
respect of the administration; if they
respect the student rep's voice, then they
wiU respect the general student voice as
First, a student on the Board must participate in a constructive manner; while it's
easy and important to criticise constandy,
it needs to be done in such a way that the
administration recognises that the criticism is intended to make the University^
better place. Building constructive working relationships is an important part of
this process. Second, the student rep must
present cogent, inteUigent, and succinct
arguments to the Board — this is a given.
EquaUy important, though, is that the
argument needs to be novel. If the
administration has heard the argument
before, if the Board rep is just a broken
record, then the argument gets nowhere.
I currendy serve on the Board, and
have learned a lot about how to effectively influence the administration. As weU,
my time as President of the UBC
Debating Society gave me a variety of
skills that are very pertinent to the job.
And my two years co-ordinating Imagine
UBC have given me a unique understanding of the entire campus, which helps me
argue well and see the big picture. With a
new President, it's especiaUy important to
have strong student voice that understands the Board. II
Martin Sing
I think that just knowing students and
the student body is importatht for whoever is running. Participation in clubs
and various societies and their social
events is important because those situations offer opportunities to talk and
learn what the concerns students have.
Not only that but knowledge of what is
being debated in the various constituencies, such as SUS, is also important.
Classes create a great situation of what
students what. What they want in terms
of resources, what they expect from
their courses, and what they expect from
the whole UBC experience. Knowing the
students needs and having their input is
the first step. Being an active member in
many of UBC's constituencies helps me
achieve this goal.
Those who know me weU know that
I am not a shy person. They can teU you
that if there is an issue that needs to be
addressed I wiU bring the issue to the
table. In the case of BoG, not only can I
discuss the matter with them, but I can
also act as a liaison between them and
the appropriate body that would be
responsible. Right now there is some low
level discussion about implementing
video or audio recordings of lectures
and then placing them online. This
would be for people who have miss their
class or wanted to review a lesson
because each class is worth $20+. I
brought this issue up with the SUS academic committee because students were
I wiU make sure that students' concerns are heard by knowing the student
body's interests and representing them
by bringing up the matters. Do the right
thing, vote Martin Sing!
www.shaw.ca/martinsing.htm II
Andy Nguyen
The Board of Governors consists of 15
members and only two of these members
are students. On a campus with over
40,000 students, the proportion of students to government appointed members
and UBC administration is swayed unfavorably. With this aside, the two student
representatives must have the appropriate
knowledge and experience base to make
justified student oriented stances at BoG.
I have worked with the AMS for the past
two years, I sit on the CUS student council and I've volunteered for UBC Rec for
two years. My experiences have proved
time after time that student concerns must
always be put at the forefront.
The Student Council and the AMS wiU be
my knowledge base. Prior to every BoG
meeting, I wiU consult with the AMS and
its committees to ensure that the students'
stance on issues such as campus development and tuition increases are mapped out
thoroughly. When council meets every
second Wednesday I wiU ensure that all
BoG decisions and discussions are ready
for the student government to discuss.
When I cannot use the resources passed
on by the AMS and councU, I wiU make
sure financial reports are justified and
vaUd by depending on my education in
commerce. When discussing issues that
affect students such as campus development I will rely on my experiences with
the AMS and its services aU my other
extra-curricular activies to support my
Being the Vice Chair of the External
Commission has given me great insight on
student concerns. Last year, the External
Commission conducted a tuition survey
that showed that students are working
more, taking few classes and taking out
larger loans to pay for their education.
This puts many students at a disadvantage
as they are not graded on their intelligence
but on how much time they have to offer.
Omar Sirri
The biggest priority for this University
must be the interests of students. We, the
students, are most impacted by the decisions of UBC and the Board of
Governors. Thus, our interests must be
represented in an efficient and effective
manner in order to influence major decisions.
To achieve this, I wiU gain the respect of
my fellow Board members by representing
students as individuals who wish to maintain the academic integrity of their education at UBC. I wiU work with my feUow
Board members when expressing those
concerns to them. The Board must understand that students do indeed care about
the quality of their education.
Tuition, student housing, and campus
development are my main priorities.
Specifically, I wiU work to see our tuition
money directed to the enhancement of
our education through investment in
teaching and learning. I wiU push to see
student housing affordable and accessible
to all students who need it. As weU, I wiU
work to ensure the physical development
of our campus does not hinder the academic integrity of UBC as a whole.
I currendy sit as VP External for the
Arts Undergraduate Society, Director of
Finance for Arts County Fair, and AMS
Representative for Arts. These positions
have allowed me to gain a valuable skill set
that include communication and leadership, These are skills a student representative on the Board must have in order to be
a productive advocate for students interests.
Students concerns must be the priority
of this University. I wiU work to ensure
these concerns are heard through effective
dialogue and communication with the
Board. This University must strive for
exceUence by listening to the concerns of
students — I will ensure this occurs. Visit
www.omarsirri.ca for more information.
Vote Omar Sirri for Board of Governors.
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Jordan Bruneau
With the current development plans of the
University, which include the increased privatisation of your campus, electing a weU-
informed and passionate student representative to the Board of Governors is vital to
ensure that the student voice continues to
be heard.
My passion for the student spirit at
UBC and my involvement in campus and
residence life over the past four years
makes me uniquely qualified to represent
the student voice to the University administration and to the province.
My plan to ensure that the students'
issues are heard is three-fold. First, I wiU
hold office hours to allow all students the
chance to voice their individual concerns,
which I can then relay to the rest of the
Second, I will refuse to endorse any
propositions that do not in some way or
another benefit the student body. The students are the heart of this university and I
will not tolerate any measures taken which
undermine our well-being.
Finally, as one voice at a table of fifteen, it is imperative that your representative's passion and love for this University
and for the students who run it be apdy
iUustrated to the rest of the Board. My
positive and reasoned oudook about the
future of students in this transient period
in the history of UBC will resonate with
the Board of Governors and entice them
to vote for my measures that benefit the
student body. Together, we can keep the
student spirit alive and keep UBC the best
university in Canada.
For more information and my complete platform please visit
Jordan Bruneau for Board of
Governors — Fighting for Your Voice! II
^^*y^*^*^.-,^i^s.iara>s ELECTIONS 2006
Board of Governors
The UBC Board of Governors is the highest decision-making body of the University.
Student representatives to this Board represent student interests on matters of management, administration of property revenue, business and affairs of UBC.
The BoG makes very important decisions at the
University. How will you ensure that student concerns
are heard at the meetings?
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Fire Hydrant
UBC-Vancouver students have only two
reps on the 21-member BoG. We're very
easily ignored, and tend to be invisible. If
you want to get Board's attention, you'd
best send them a 96.4 kg message they
can't easily ignore. I'm a very obvious and
somewhat unsubtle plumbing fixture,
capable of extremely fast and high-volume information distribution. I'm not
afraid to step on some toes to get what
you want, and I'm weU-qualified as an
immovable object.
The usual student reps couldn't do
much even if they wanted to — aside from
being very easily marginalised, they can't
be expected to know everything. I can. I
have a mind like a steel trap (actually, cast
iron), have been an integral part of campus for ages, and know massive amounts
of useless information. I know that UBC
Properties Trust, our developer, is part-
owned by Loblaws. I know that the entire
University Boulevard area has been leased
to Properties for development. I even
know why UBC's $15M in the hole tiiis
One thing you should be aware of is
that the current BoG reps, Quinn and
Tim, have terms that extend through
March 31, 2008. This is because the
provincial government recendy rewrote
the University Act, restructuring Section
19 (on the composition of BoG), but forgetting Section 20 (terms of office).
There's no vacancy to fill.
If you need further evidence that the
election's already a joke, I'd point out that
Lyle McMahon, a former AMS executive,
can't run because he's not a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. I was made at
Terminal City Ironworks in Vancouver,
before they outsourced to China, so I can
The election's already a joke; make it
official. Send the administration a message Don't let UBC go down the Toilet —
elect the Hydrant!
Ricky Wong
I have had many experiences working with
the community and other students. My
current position as the President of Young
Variety and a member on the Board of
Directors for Variety shows my ability as a
leader.   In  addition   to   that  I  was   the
President of Vancouver Coastal Health's
Teens Kick Ash and am involved with its
descendent program SWAT (student working against tobacco). I am part of VCH's
Condomania and in my spare time I also
volunteer for Kids Help Phone, UNICEF,
United    Players    of    Vancouver    and
International    House's    ESL   program,
Youlead and The Go project. After working with so many youths, I have come to an
understanding with what youths want and
need in an educational environment, furthermore my experience in the community
helped me realize that our decisions can
not be based solely on matters that concern the University, but ones that tie the
university into the community at large. If I
am elected I will ensure that both the student's   and   the  community's   voice   are
heard. II
Also running:
The student representatives on Senate are elected to represent student interests
on matters related to the academic functioning of the University. Elect five.
What is the most important issue you will bring to
the Senate?
Katie McAllister
As a senator I would bring four main issues
to the table: 1) The need for scholarships,
academic and in recognition of contribution to the community, to offset the rising
cost of tuition. 2) The need for smaller
class sizes to promote discussion and active
learning. 3) The need for opportunities for
undergraduates to participate in research
and be exposed to it through their courses.
4) The need for good resources for students facing allegations of academic misconduct or otherwise involved in disputes
with faculty.
Of these I believe the fourth is the most
urgent as it is not an issue that I have seen
raised in the past. While the academic calendar does list the procedures for allegations of academic misconduct, I believe
more  resources,  particularly  more   user-
friendly ones, are needed.  This could, ideally, include working; to have, specific advisors   designated  as   being  knowledgeable
about such procedures and readily available
to help students, and creating an online
resource for students to access on their
own.    An online resource could include
information about which administrations
can   address   specific   types   of  problems
(along with sample letters to each that show
how to properly document a complaint),
information about the hierarchy of authority that students are dealing with (if a solution can't be reached with a professor, who
do you contact next?), and— for cases of
academic   misconduct—  a  clear  idea   of
what happens in a senate hearing, what you
could be asked, and even a clear checklist of
a student's obligations (letters that need to
be sent by a certain date...). As-a senator I
would work to see that such resources are
made available.
Please visit www.voekatie.net for more
information and vote Katie McAllister for
Jaspreet Khangura
The senate is the University's academic
decision-making body. It has the potential
to make meaningful academic changes that
affect all students. Most senate decisions are
made at the committee level and one of the
issues I would bring to senate through the
academic policy committee is exam scheduling.
I will work to have December/April
exam dates available upon registration.
Exam schedules can have a significant
impact on the grade you achieve, especially
in classes when the final exam is worth 75
or 100% of the course grade. I will work
towards having exam dates available for students to take into consideration when they
register for their classes.
Part of the issue with exam scheduling is
the narrow definition of exam hardship.
How many of us have experienced, or
know someone else who has, writing 3
exams that fall within 25 hours and therefore don't qualify as 'hardship'? As a student senator I would work to have the definition of exam hardship reconsidered and
I would also like to bring to Senate a
new policy that gives students the option to
enroll in a class and be graded on a cred-
it/D/fail system (ie. as long as you get
above a D, you pass the course and are
given credit, but no grade). This would
allow students to pursue elective classes that
they are interested in without worrying
about the impact it might have on their
GPA. It's a system that is highly popular at
Ivey League universities like Yale and
As your senate representative I will work
to address long-standing issues such as
exam scheduling and build on the work of
previous senators. But I also promise to put
forward new, innovative ideas so that UBC
can offer its students an education of the
highest quality. II
The student representatives on Senate are elected to represent student interests on matters
related to the academic functioning of the University. Elect five.
What is the most important issue you will bring to
the Senate?
Evan Hesketh
I believe that a student Senate representative has two functions. The first is to faithfully transmit the views of students and to
fight to ensure those views are heard. In
the academic realm, many issues inevitably
arise that apply both to individual students
and to larger groups. I firmly believe that
no distinction should be made between
these two cases. If elected, I would fight
equally as hard for one individual's academic grievances as I would for any larger issue.
After all, your student Senators should be
willing to sacrifice their time and energy to
ensure just and fair academic policies for all
UBC students.
The second function of any representative is to have a strong vision that informs
the way they govern. When faced with
tough decisions, a representative should be
able to use sound judgment and this vision
to make the right policy choices. My vision
is simple. I stand for accountability, transparency, and fairness. I stand for communication and consultation with students. And
most importantly, I stand for an academic
experience at UBC that caters to the needs
of all students.
I would consider it an honour and a privilege to represent you on the Senate. Rest
assured, I will not be silent on die issues that
matter to you. On Election Day, elect a
strong voice for UBC Senate and ensure
your concerns are brought to the table with
enthusiasm and dedication. In this election, I
humbly ask for your support.II
Rosemary "Bowel Movement"
This University has been plagued by student apathy and general university-related frustration.
Recently, the University administration has aptly
titled this University "My UBC", this title comes
with special significance and responsibilities. As a
Member of the Senate I would work to ensure
that UBC is a university for the students: one that
genuinely represents student ambitions and curtails unnecessary academic frustration.
Furthermore, the underlying goal of all university students is to learn. In this regard, a Senate
position holds special significance. As a member
of the senate, one has the important task of
understanding student demands and generating
innovative ideas in order to produce the best kind
of academic environment. As a member of the
Senate I would work to guarantee that a more
broad   understanding  of   student  demands   be
Jensen Wong
I have three main issues that I will bring to the
attention of the Senate. They are all equally
important issues, though I will present them
in the order with which I want to tackle them.
My first goal is to improve teaching and
course evaluations by collaborating with the
university to produce a list of standardised
questions that every department and course
will use. Having taken classes from various
departments at UBC, I noticed that each
department or course may ask a different set
of questions and that students' concerns are
not always addressed on every evaluation.
This freedom of departments to design their
own questions also allows the departments to
ask questions that will steer students towards
answers they want to see and away from
answers they do not wish to see. Using a set
of standardised questions will ensure more
fairness in course evaluations. Furthermore,
standardised questions will allow the
University to perform statistics, make comparisons between different instructors and
courses, and ultimately publish or present the
results of the evaluations.
My second issue involves examination
schedules. Better pairing of certain courses
will reduce the incidence of exam conflicts
and exam hardships. For example, courses
like FREN 110, 111, and 122 or CHEM 111
and 121 should have their exams on the same
day because it is not possible for any student
to be simultaneously enrolled in these courses.
Third, I will work on the academic awards
that UBC has to offer. I would like to see an
award that recognises academic excellence
and academic contributions, such as published books, papers, film scripts, software,
and teaching. I also want to look into improving other general academic awards. I feel that
UBC has been increasing tuition and reducing
awards lately. II
brought to the table. Undeniably, most students
on this vast campus have little knowledge about
student government; however, this does not
mean that their voices are illegitimate or unimportant. As a member of the senate, and a student plagued by the apathetic realities of post-
secondary education, I will work hard to ensure
that all student perspectives are brought to the
table. "My UBC" entails student ownership of
this campus. With ownership comes a great deal
of responsibility and FREEDOM. This means
that students are free to decide the present and
future ambitions of our university. As senator I
would work to protect, promote and ensure the
necessity of student freedom and academic ownership.
Rosemary Gallo. fo senate, fo bowel movement
for lyfe. cleaning out this institution since 2006. II
Jerry Fan Fan
The most important issue I want to bring
up this year is that there are definitely more
issues out there.
To start, I believe the first issue that is
within the obligation and power of the senate to resolve is how students are currently
forced into courses that they do not need.
Course credits should be more transferable
between faculties, as well, AP credits need
to be given the correct corresponding university credits, not just the most basic ones.
Also, while having somewhat uninteresting
courses are tolerable, so many courses right
now fail to satisfy the basic quest for
knowledge, if not more. Imagine the surprise when I found out that one of my
commerce courses uses the same textbook
and teaches the same thing as my high
school's grade eleven equivalent.
Secondly, the textbooks which we now
use need to be changed, while a great deal
of the University's revenue comes from
selling textbooks, too many textbooks are
either cluttered with some form of advertisements or are filled with vile meaningless
doodling that does not help with the course
itself. Even if the textbook revenue is
essential to the operation of UBC, I believe
it's still more beneficial to everyone if they
■would separate the clutter from the essential course materials.
Finally, there needs to be a system where
students can anonymously nominate their
instructors for free public speaking workshops and accent and grammar correction
sessions. This is especially to accommodate
the large number of students in UBC who
has English as his or her second language.
Because whereas a native English speaker
will intuitively understand a professor's
deviation from perfect English, those who
are not are more likely to find it misleading.
www.JerryFanFan.com II
Kristen Myres
The most important issue that I will address to
the Senate is the accessibility of arts advising.
Since I started attending UBC last year I have
had a multitude of negative experiences when
dealing with administrative issues. This is a
problem that I believe affects many students,
causing much unneeded stress and frustration. If
I am elected to Senate I will make sure to
address the many concerns I have heard voiced
on this issue. I believe that for the size of the
Arts Faculty, the advising office is seriously
understaffed and that this is the primary cause
of the problem. It is ridiculous that my cell
phone bills dramatically increase on the months
during which I am forced to wait on hold for
half-an-hour just to make an appointment or ask
a question. Everyone seems to have his or her
own arts advising nightmare to share, and in my
case it was helping my friend that revealed the
Gina Eom
I have been a senator representing students
for the past two years, and my most
significant contribution to the students
has included: the establishments of late
night study spaces on campus.
In particular, Koerner Library, during the
exams period, was open everyday until
lam, and Safewalk service was accordingly
In 2004, the Provincial Government
announced the establishment of UBC
Okanagan and a parallel senate for this campus. At the same time, it created a Council
of Senate, an overarching body that has the
power to overturn any decision made on
either senates of our university (both campuses).
This Council is the most powerful body
created since the establishment of the
Senates itself.
Currently, the mandate of the Council (as
presented by the University Lawyer) is "to
harmonize academic policies of both UBC
Okanagan      and      UBC      Vancouver".
Currendy, the composition of this Council
has ZERO student seats.
I have been working, for the past 10
months, on a document to be approved by
both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver,
that advocates for 2 student seats from each
campus, with one year terms. This document had been approved by the UBC
Vancouver senate, and it is my main mission,
if elected next year, to see this through.
Students (along with faculty members) are
arguably the most affected group by any
change in academic policy — therefore I see it
as INTEGRAL that there be students on
this newly created powerful body
For more information, please google Bill 60
(The University Amendment Act) or visit my
website at http://ginasenate.blogspot.com.
severity of the problem to me. Due to a personal emergency she was forced to fly out of the
province that evening and would miss four of
her exams. Arts advising gave her a form and
told her that she would have to book an
appointment at a later date. It took much persuasion, but eventually I found someone who
would talk to her before the plane departed. I
could not believe the inability of the office to
deal with what must be a fairly common situation. UBC is a school that offers so much in the
level of its teaching, the beauty of its campus
and the caliber of its students. It is extremely
unfortunate that so many students' experience
are being tainted by the trouble of accessing
adequate advising services. II
The student representatives on Senate are elected to represent student interests on matters
related to the academic functioning of the University. Elect five.
What is the most important issue you will bring to the Senate?
Tariq Ahmed
The most important issue to me is to ensure
that there is a strong student voice in all
decisions that are made by the Senate. Too
often decisions are made without student
input and full consideration of the results. I
hope to bring to the Senate a strong, progressive and experienced voice for UBC students.
I am a first year law student with significant experience advocating for students.
While pursuing my previous degree, I sat on
the Senate at UVic. This provides me with
both the experience of having held such a
position before as well as new ideas from
seeing how things are done at another institution. In addition, I served on a number of
university committees, so I am very familiar
with the issues, process and level of commitment that is required. If elected, this
would allow me to "hit the ground running".
My representation of student interests also
included heavy involvement with the
Engineering Students' Society in a number
of roles, including president.
I value:
-Quality affordable post-secondary education for every qualified student
-Diversity in curriculum, faculty and the student body
-Sustainable development and operation initiatives
-Fair, accessible and open processes
If elected I will:
-Raise issues that are of concern and importance to students
-Challenge policies that threaten students'
-Ensure that your money is used effectively
and responsibly
-Encourage accessible education and student services
-Work to make sure that the quality of education we receive is second to none
I have a clear history of working hard to
provide services and representation for students and hope to continue to do so on the
Senate. 91
Ida Noohi
As the Student Senate Caucus faces an
almost 100% turnover each year, it is
important that there is continuity so that
the student body is efficiently and effectively represented.
I am currently a student Senator and I sit
on both the Student Admissions
Committee as well as the Student Awards
Committee and shall continue to do so.
In the Student Awards Committee in particular, we are looking at a lot of policy
change, specifically concerning issues such
as how awards are distributed and also people eligible for awards (currently, summer
students are not eligible for scholarships
and neither are part time students.
Furthermore many students are forced to
take a year off from school in order to
finance their education. These are just
some of the problems that I believe must
be addressed). In the Student Admissions
Committee, -we are also looking at some
policy and student appeals as well as many
other matters that concern student admissions. I have begun and shall continue to
find out what kinds of change students are
looking for in these areas and I shall continue to lobby .their needs and make them
In addition, I shall also work to help new
incoming Senators with their transition
onto Senate a body that can be both confusing and intimidating at times.
In conclusion, with the large percentage of
turnover in the student representation on
the student senate, the most important
issue I would like to bring to Senate is continuity—both in terms of being able to
continue the work I have already started as
well as aiding the transition between incoming and outgoing Senators.
With your help, I shall continue my service
to the school as a Senator.
The Senate is your organisation and shall
work to make your representation on it as
efficient and effective. II
Raymond Pan
We all dislike this issue, exams. Exams are
always stressful time of year. We always
wonder when and where our exams will be
held, so that one can plan ahead.
Therefore, I will bring the following policies about exams. I will bring the issue of
posting the exam schedule before one register for courses. I'm stare every student will
like that and it will help them plan their
schedule ahead of time. Also, it is very
stressful to have 3 exams at the start of 24
hours instead of within 24 hours, as
defined as an exam hardship.
Therefore, I will bring a motion to change
the policy to 3 exams within 20 hours.
Now, students who do not have an exam
hardship, but have exams back to back on
the same day and have to take the next test
in a hour or so, and have to change gears is
very stressful. It like taking organic chemistry exam in the morning and after that
exam in one hour you have to take microbiology. Therefore, I will fight for a policy
towards back to back exams, where one
have at least 5 hours between those to
exams. These 5 hours are crucial for
recharging your brainpower. Obviously,
exams are part of our everyday lives at
UBC and are stressful itself. I am trying to
make our lives less stressful. IB
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Culture 9
Miles's movers and shakers
Bellydance Superstars
River Rock Casino
January 27-28
by Mai Bui
Miles Copeland has made some
gutsy moves in his career, but his
latest takes the cake. Bellydance
Superstars, a troupe of 15 gorgeous
and talented bellydancers who will
be performing some gutsy moves
of their own at the River Rock
Casino January 27-28, is
Copeland's latest brainchild.
The founder of I.R.S. Records
and brother of Stuart Copeland (the
fromer drummer from The Police)
threw his support behind such
punk acts as the Buzzcocks before
other labels took the 70s punk
movement seriously, and has since
managed the Police, the Bangles,
the Clash, and Sting.
Despite the admission he doesn't
know a C chord from a D chord,
Copeland has always known a winning act from a flop. He has also seen
and heard enough to know when an
act is a hit, no matter how far it
comes out of out of left field.
So it should come as no surprise
that the punk rock promoter has
thrown his latest lot behind the bellydance movement. Of course, "bellydance movement" doesn't have
the same ring as "punk rock movement*—not yet, anyway. But there
is increasing interest and participation in the art of belly dancing in
North America, with the majority of
the bellydancers in the world resid
ing in the US.
Copeland, who received Master's
in Economics at the American
University of Beirut in 1969, has
always wanted to supply the North
American entertainment market
with some Middle Eastern culture.
Inspired by a love for Arab music and
by Sting's success with "Desert Rose,"
which featured Arab vocalist Cheb
Mami, Copeland realized that "Arab
music, put in the right context, would
appeal to Western audiences."
"Who would've thought Irish
music would be successful, that
Riverdance would be a world phenomenon? The same could happen
with bellydance and Arab music," he
told me during a phone interview.
Putting two and two together,
Copeland assembled the best professional bellydancers, percussionist,
and choreographer he could find.
Two and a half years, 16 countries, and 300 shows later, Copeland
is certain that the Bellydance
Superstars "are to Arab music and
dance what Riverdance is to Irish
music and dance;" or maybe more.
"I'm in the entertainment business, but this [project] does have a
whole other layer to it," said
The layer he is talking about is a
socio-political one. That a Middle
Eastern art form is finding a place in
the hearts, minds and wallets of
Westerners undermines the poHtical
tension and animosity fuelled by
attention on terrorism and the war in
the Middle East.
"People ask, 'Why do Arabs hate
us?' WeU, they think we hate them;
they think we disrespect their culture," explained Copeland, who
grew up in the Middle East.
"[BeUydance Superstars are] representing, in a very graphic way, that
we Westerners don't turn our noses
up at other cultures, that we actually enjoy other cultures and we participate in enjoying them, [including] Arab dance and music."
This subversion of popular perceptions works the other way
around, too. "Americans or
Canadians go to this show and
think 'Wow, you mean Arabs aren't
just terrorists? They've got great
music? Gee, what a thought!'"
The success of Bellydance
Superstars also speaks to a less positive aspect often associated with
some Middle Eastern cultures: gender discrimination, an issue
Copeland called "disastrous for the
Middle East."
"I think any society that eliminates 50 per cent of its population
from contributing will never be able
to compete. Anything that can jolt
them into giving equaHty to women
or even move them in the right direction is important."
"The fact that women are making
this art form succeed in the West
forces people [in the Middle East] to
say 'Women are contributing to our
cultural development, and if we want
to bask in the glory of Arabic music
succeeding in America, we have to
accept that women are helping make
it happen."
"The Bellydance Superstars
have an impact on perceptions,"
said Copeland. "When I say it's the
most important dance troupe in
the world, I mean it.*
As for Vancouver, where the
BeUydance Superstars shook up
the Commodore BaUroom in 2004,
Copeland declared, "It's our number-one market, our biggest audience; our workshops are sold out."
This year's tour, Raqs Carnivale,
wiU make a stop at the River Rock
Casino Januaiy 27-28. It promises
to be an extravagantly choreographed production of exotic
music, costumes, bellydancing,
and percussion provided by an
interactive percussionist, Issam
Houshan, and by four of the belly-
Explained Copeland: "being the
first professional beUydance troupe
in North America means we see
our competitors as being not other
beUydance groups, but Riverdance,
Lord of the Dance, or Royal BaUet.
We have to be at that standard."
The show demonstrates a cross-
section of the different belly-
dances, from traditional Egyptian
style to the American tribal style,
fusing Latin, Arab, Polynesian and
Hawaiian music.
"It's fast, it's beautiful, and
you're not going to have a second to
get bored," promised Copeland. II
■ ten
AfV!S Resource Groups Open House
On January 30th, the AMS Resource Groups - the Women's Centre, Coiour
Connected, Pride UBC, Allies at UBC, the Student Environment Centre, and
the Social Justice Centre - are holding an open house from 1 Qam-4pm.
There will be tables down in the sub, and drinks and snacks up in the
Resource Centre (SUB 241).
(Online voting Janudry 21st -- 25th)
, / * ^ 8rtft€| your student ID card and vote ataris ballot box location. ,
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- Buy a seal!
AMS FOODBANK - New, Longer hours!
Mondays: 4:30-5:30 and Thursdays: Noon-3pm
Location: Student Union Building Room 58.
Open to all UBC students.
Email: foodbank@ams.ubcca OfT|
Web: www.ams.ubc.ca/foodbank 1II11
You or your group can help with the
Norm Theate renovations. Buy a seat at
The Norm for $199 & be entered into a
draw for a fabulous trip for two * PLUS,
when you buy a seat,you will have a
name plaque installed on your seat!
Deadline for entry into the draw is:
January 31st 2006
Buy a seat online at WWW.ams.llbc.ca/noriri ~ or by cheque made out to:
The AMS- Restore the Norm delivered to the AMS administration office, 2nd floor SUB.
The prize draw will be held on Wednesday, February 1 st at 12:15 pm at The Norm
Theatre. The winner will be announced in The Ubyssey.
*Prize is a $2,000 giftcertificate, which can be used for a "fun in the sun" holiday for two or another
trip of the winner's choice to a value of $2,000.
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*%:: 10 Opinion/Editorial
Tuesday, 24 January, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
What do you think of
joke candidates in the
ams elections?
"I've only heard of one guy. I
thought his brochure was quite
—Noam Goldenberg
Commerce 4
T think that it's good because it
shows that anyone can run in AMS
elections. It shows how many
opportunities are available to UBC
—Jamil Rhajiak
Science 2
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"A load of poo": international students excluded from BoG
by Lyle McMahon
My name is Lyle McMahon. I am
an international student.
On Januaiy 9,1 submitted my
nomination to run for the 2006
Board of Governors elections,
despite the fact that you have to be
a Canadian citizen or a landed
immigrant to sit on the board.
My nomination form was
rejected ("International student's
BoG nomination rejected* [Jan.
10]). Christopher Eaton, the
University's Coordinator of elections, justified his decision by
saying the University Act prohibits my candidacy.
I appealed Eaton's decision in a
six-page letter to the Senate
Elections Committee, which I
returned to them in less than 36
hours. By the time this goes to
print, it will have been 13 days
since I submitted my appeal. I
have yet to hear any sort of confirmation (let alone a decision) from
the Committee about my appeal
sent almost two weeks ago.
If the committee awarded my
appeal and I was allowed to run, the
decision would have had to be
made by Friday, January 20, in time
for my name to be added to the ballot. It's too late now—advance web
voting has already begun.
I am fully aware that I'm not
deemed eligible to sit on the
BoG. What I requested of the
Senate Elections Committee was
specific—the opportunity to run
as a spoil candidate, to provide
concerned UBC students an
opportunity to vote symbolically
and voice concern. Hell, a fire
hydrant is qualified to run—
don't you think an international
student should be able to?
I consider it nothing short of
ridiculous that international students are barred from sitting on the
BoG. The argument doesn't stand
up to scrutiny, the rule is simply
outdated. It might even violate the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms by
chscriminating against me on the
basis of national origin.
But the issue here is not the
law, but Eaton's claim that I am
ineligible to run. While I might
argue that the grounds are inadequate, it may also be concluded
that his authority is solely to
ensure proper procedure. I appreciate that this issue is complicated
and technical, but I firmly believe
the decision is made in error.
Nowhere in the University Act
does it say anything about candidacy, the electoral process, or
nominations. The Act is solely concerned with who sits on the BoG.
Nowhere either in Senate documents outlining elections rules
does it say that you have to be eligible to sit on the board in order
to be qualified to run for it. Eaton
overstepped his authority on procedural issues by making a decision about substantive matters.
I have consistently fallen victim
to bureaucracy—first, by the
University Act, then by the
University's Coordinator of
Elections, and lastly by an alarmingly slow appeals process—with a
basic response time so late that by
now, my entire appeal is futile.
This does not reflect very highly
on the effectiveness of the system.
Thirteen per cent of our student
body is international students.
Somewhere between neglect and
legislated exclusion, all 5420 of
these students are presently being
discriminated against.
I originally wanted to run for
the BoG because I think I'd do a
decent job getting the highbrows
to listen to us lowly students.
When I learned of the citizenship
restriction, I became concerned
with running in order to bring
this issue to the public forefront.
In the pursuit of justice for international students, I am now left
with a less-than-ideal circumstance: to ask that you spoil your
vote in protest.
The anti-international student
policy is a load of poo. AMS Council
passed a policy expressing similar
sentiments a few months ago, and
the student societies around BC
have pressured the Deputy
Minister of Advanced Education to
have the policy amended—but with
nothing to show.
I trust that Eaton took due diligence in making his decision, but I
strongly beHeve it was made in
error. The appeals procedure
which I have been instructed to
follow has completely failed to provide any sort of remedy.
If you object to the Provincial
regulation, the University's decision to reject my nomination,
and/or if you share my concern
about the failure of the appeals
process, then I implore you to sacrifice at least one of your two BoG
votes in the name of international
student rights.
How demoralising it is to just
want to do a good thing for students, only to be systematically
excluded. For a University that
flaunts its "global citizenship," I
sure feel like a second-class citizen.
—Lyle McMahon is an
international student
"I think it's a good joke and it's
—Becky Ferreirea
Arts 4
"I honestly don't know anything
about the AMS."
—Bernard Kan
Science 2
"I don't really get that. They should
take it seriously but some people
—Sandy Saran
Arts 2
—Streeters coordinated
by Boreen Tanby THEUBYSSEY   Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
Sports 11
A Bevy of Banana hammocks
by Tia Town-Schon
Don't want to study this weekend?
Then come out and watch the UBC
T-Birds in their speedos as they
take on the rest of the Canada West
Conference (CWC). Joining them in
the pool will be the Universities of
Victoria, Calgary, Lethbridge,
Alberta, Regina and Manitoba.
UBC swimmers look to fulfill
their quest for a 9th consecutive
CIS title in their own pool. The
team is very busy right now with
many members traveling to world
cup events and preparing for the
Commonwealth Games.
On paper the T-Birds appear to
dominate their competition. The
strength of the UBC roster is undeniable. Varsity Coach Derrick
Schoof says T think we're going to
sweep a lot of events. We're going
for records; we're using this to get
pumped for CI's [CIS championships in Quebec in mid-
Februaiyl, and we're training right
through the meet.*
The competition can't be completely ruled out The Calgaiy Dinos,
consistently the strongest rival,
boasts      swimmers     like      Chad
Hankewich, a butterflier who will be
attending World Cup events just after
the CWC, and Willie Derban a strong
mid-distance freestyler. Competition
on the women's side comes from
UVic's Mackenzie Downing in the fly
and IM events, as well as Anne
Schmuck in the backstroke. Also contending in the backstroke is
Manitoba's Landice Yestrau, a current Commonwealth team member.
T-Birds Kelly Stefanyshyn and
Meredith seem up the challenge.
Stefanyshyn is looking to better her
times, and Meredith will be riding a
wave of confidence with four top
eight finishes from the most recent
World Cup Events. Michelle Landry is
another to watch as she achieved a
personal best in the 400 IM at the
World Cup in Berlin. The ladies'
finals for Stefanyshyn and Meredith
take place on Saturday night
Who else and when to watch?
The action starts Friday night at
6pm at the UBC Aquatic Centre.
Come check out Callum Ng in the
50m backstroke and 16-year-old
Sandy Lockhart in the 1500m
freestyle. Heats on Saturday start
at 10am, with finals starting at
5:30pm. On Saturday, watch the
100m fly with Commonwealth team
member Darxyl Rudolf, leading the
T-Bird men, but Hankewich could
play spoiler in the final. Also on
Saturday catch Olympian Scott
Dickens in the 100m breaststroke as
he looks to lead a UBC sweep with
Chad Thiessen, Ian Chan and Leo
Ho. Sunday also has its share of pos
sible sweeps, look for Dickens to
lead again in the 200m breaststroke,
possibly joined by Brian Johns. The
event to watch Johns in, however, is
the 200m IM, in which he will be
representing Canada in Melbourne
at the Commonwealth Games. Look
for Elizabeth Collins, Jen Ng, and
Hayley Doody to shine in the 100m
Freestyle, and Haylee Johnson in the
women's 200m breaststroke.
Sunday the heats start at 9am and
finals begin at 2pm.
The best part of this whole
meet, besides seeing toned bodies,
elite world-class swimmers and
procrastination from mid-terms is
that it's all free. II
Birds rise above Vfolf Pack
The UBC men's basketball team traveled to Thompson Rivers this past
weekend to fly over the WolfPack.
Friary night's schie eihdedin~a 107-87
win for the T-Birds. On Saturday UBC
pulled oS a final score of 120-86. The
T-Birds will be hosting UVic this Friday
& Saturday at War Memorial Gym.
UBC's women's basketball team
also swept past the Thompson Rivers
WolfPack this past weekend. The
women's team had closer scores, ending in a 52-39 win for UBC on Friday
night and a 66-33 win on Saturday
night UBC comes home to face some
tough competition over the next two
weekends against UVic and SFU. UBC
and SFU are currently tied for the top
spot in the Canada West Standings.
T-Birds hockey fights
Great play by Dustin Paul, Brad
Zanon, Peter Hay and Darrell May led
to a monumental win for the UBC
men's hockey team this past weekend. Bouncing back from a 2-3 loss
on Friday night the T-Birds skated
past the number one Saskatchewan
Huskies on Saturday to pull off a 4-3
win. UBC is now capable of hosting a
home playoff series. This weekend
UBC plays host to Regina at the
Winter Sports Centre.
Hometown coach shows
off his T-Birds
The UBC mens's volleyball team
played in Coach Richard Schick's
hometown against the Brandon
Bobcats. The T-Birds made Schick
proud with two straight-set wins
over the weekend. UBC currently
holds a playoff spot but is trying to
beat Trinity Western and Alberta
to top the Mountain Division tide.
This weekend UBC hosts
Saskatchewan at War Memorial
Gym   on   Saturday   and   Sunday
UBC spikes it over the
This past weekend the women's
volleyball team played the Regina
Cougars. UBC won both weekend
games raising their consecutive
win total to 12. The T-Birds are the
number one team in the Canada
West standings, two points above
the Spartans from Trinity Western.
This weekend the Calgary Dinos
come to take on our Thunderbirds
at War Memorial Gym. II
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Tuesday, 24 January, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
T-Birds draw with Huskies in dogfight
UBC unable to clinch victory in close game
by Alissa McArthur
With the race to the playoffs in full
gear, the UBC women's hockey team
showed some heart by coming back
to tie the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies 2-2 Friday night.
The T-Birds entered their final
homestand of the season looking to
avenge a pair of 3-0 losses to the
Huskies back in November. UBC
went into the game chasing the
Huskies for the final playoff position
in Canada West, but couldn't gain
any ground with the tie Friday.
After a couple of successful
weekends, the T-Bird power play
continued to roU early in Friday's
game. Michelle Duffy of Spruce
Grove, Alberta gave UBC the lead
while on the man advantage at
15:18 of the first period, coming
out of the corner to wrist a shot into
the top corner.
The gritty Duffy had a strong second half, and although she was glad
to contribute, wasn't satisfied with
the final result. "We played as a team
tonight,* she said. 'Our line reaUy
clicked and we had some great
chances, almost put one away there
at the end. It was unfortunate that
we didn't win. I thought we showed
that we could have and should have
had the win.*
The T-Birds generated numerous
opportunities to score in the second
period, but failed to capitalise on
any of the glorious chances. Julia
Staszewski displayed some
Norwegian flash and dash as she
flew into the Saskatchewan zone, but
her shot was denied by Huskies
goalie Chantale Tippett. The Huskies
then tied the game at 12:15 of the
second when Shaye  Christiansen
put the puck past UBC goaltender
Lisa Lafreniere. The Birds continued
to get chances to score, as Tippett
was forced to make a timely kick
save on a great opportunity in the
clear for third-year forward Laura
Kosakoski. UBC failed to score on
three power plays in the second,
despite out-shooting Saskatchewan
11-5 in the period.
The Huskies surprised the Birds
with an early third-period goal only
36 seconds in, taking the 2-1 lead.
Saskatchewan continued to pour on
the pressure, Lafreniere's solid goal-
tending holding the T-Birds in the
game. UBC seemed to be on their
heels in the third period, until leading scorer KeUy James tied the game
at two against the flow of play.
Fourth-year winger James banged
home the puck in the slot with only
2:04 left in the period to record her
conference-leading 12th goal of the
season. James's goal sent the T-Birds
to sudden-death overtime for the
second straight Friday night.
'We've counted on Kelly all
year to score for us and she got it
done again/ said UBC head coach
Dave Newson. *I thought her line-
mates played very well to set that
up as well.*
The overtime was aU Huskies
however, as Saskatchewan out-
shot the Birds 6-0 in the extra period. Lafreniere was spectacular in
keeping the game tied, making
several outstanding saves on a late
Saskatchewan flurry. The T-Birds'
netminder posted 24 saves in the
Newson noted that the T-Birds'
inability to cash in on their chances
allowed Saskatchewan to gain
momentum. "I think we out-
chanced them by a bit, but their
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goaltender played weU, they really
tightened up and boxed out around
the net, and we didn't get the goals
to pull ahead after our first
one...but good character by our
team to battle back to get the tie, we
certainly had the desperation.*
The coach knows that the T-
Birds can't afford to give away any
more points at this stage in the
season. After last weekend's split
with Lethbridge, who are also
vying for the spot currendy occupied by the Huskies, UBC is in
tough to collect the necessary
points as they head out for two difficult road series against Regina
and league-leading Alberta.
'We have to beat the teams we're
battling with...we've gotten points
but haven't put teams away. But
also, going into Regina and Alberta
isn't the death-vaUey that it was in
the past, as we've taken points off
both those teams in the early part of
the season. If we're going to be a
playoff team we have to get those
points anyways, and if we do we go
into the playoffs on a roU."
UBC defenceman Haleigh
Callison was optimistic about the T-
Birds' playoff hopes. "There's a spot
left with our name on it. If we keep
our heads in it and keep working
hard, that fourth spot is ours.*
Unfortunately, Saturday's game
ended in another 2-2 tie for the
Thunderbirds. The T-Birds get to
rest before heading out onto the
road to face the University of Regina
on February 3-4. There are only four
games left in the regular season and
UBC needs to achieve four points in
these last games to have a chance
for a playoff spot. Currendy UBC is
tied with Lethbridge (4-9-2) and falls
one point behind Saskatchewan (4-8-
3). As there is only one playoff spot
to be had in the west, UBC is looking
to play hard and smart in their last
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