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JANUARY 10,2011
• VOLUME 92, NUMBER XXX
• ROOM 24, STUDENT UNION BUILDING
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JANUARY 10,2011
VOLUME XCII,  N°XXX
EDITORIAL
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ONGOING EVENTS
UBYSSEY PRODUCTION • Come help
us create this baby! Learn about
layout and editing. Expect to be
fed. • Every Sunday and Wednesday, 2pm.
AUDITIONS FOR BRAVE NEW PLAY
RITES FESTIVAL* Call for actors for
Brave New Play Rites Short Play
Festival. Actors needed for short
play festival which runs March
30, 2011-April 3, 2011. Nonunion, non-paying but great acting experience with exciting new
playwrights and directors. • Auditions take place Jan. 9-10, e-
ma/V bravenewplayrites@gmail.
com for more information.
MAN RAY, AFRICAN ART AND THE
MODERNIST LENS • A groundbreaking exhibition exploring the pivotal role of photography in changing the perception of African objects from artifacts to fine art.
• Ongoing tilJan. 23, Museum
of Anthropology.
MONDAY, JAN. 10
HIP HOP KARAOKE (HHK) VANCOUVER • Love karaoke? Love hip
hop music? Well look no further! Welcome to H H K Vancouver, where you can spit out the
soulful beats of your favourite
hip hop tunes without being ridiculed! So if you're down with
being trippy, then grab a mic
and shimmey some rhymes like
a dawg. Peace! • 9:30pm-2am,
Fortune Sound Club (147 East
Pender St).
ARTS WELLNESS WEEK • Arts
students can check out daily health and wellness events
during Arts Week. A mini Wellness Fair, yoga, a Wellness Matters workshop and other free
events will be held. Attend three
events and you will be entered
to win prizes! • Runs until Jan.
15, 11:30am, Meekison Arts Students Space and Buchanan, e-
mail ausacademic@gmail.com
or kelly.white@ubc.ca for more
information.
UBC-EGB: PULSE ENERGY SEMINAR
• UBC EGB/EP proudly presents a talk featuring Pulse Energy, a Vancouver-based company that is advancing energy
management systems in buildings. Come to learn more about
this company, their industry and
project development. Participate
in an interactive discussion of
energy and the role of building
occupants. • 4-5:30pm, Room
120, CK Choi Building, more information afsites.google.com/
site/ubcegb.
AMS ELECTIONS RADIO DEBATES •
CiTR 101.9 FM will be hosting
debates for the 2011 AMS Elections on January 10, with the
candidates for VP Administration, VP Academic and VP Finance. On January 14, you can
tune in for the AMS Presidential and VP External debates.
Debates start at 5pm and you
can listen live by streaming at
citr.caorat 101.9FM. • Do you
have questions for the candidates? E-mail news@citr.ca or
tweet ©CiTRnews.
TUESDAY, JAN. 11
BETTER SEX YOGA CLASS* Intune
Holistics founder Stephanie La-
fazanos will teach how the practice of yoga can improve your
sex life. • 7:30pm, The Art of
Loving (1819 W. 5th), $30.
ARTS WEEK FREE YOGA SESSIONS
• The Arts Week Wellness Fair
features two free yoga sessions
on January 11. • 5-5:30pm and
5:30-6pm, MASS room 140, Buchanan D.
SAAM OPENING RECEPTION • Help
kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC! Come
out and to learn about Sexual
Assault Awareness Month at
UBC, find out about the events
planned for the month and what
we can all do as a community
to help make campus safer and
more inclusive. • 5:30-6:30pm,
Centre for Student Involvement,
Brock Hall, for more information on this or any other SAAM
events, e-mail sa.awareness®
ubc.ca.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12
HAITI EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY
MEMORIAL • With the anniversary of the earthquake this is a
memorial to remember and celebrate the lives of those who
were lost as well as the people
and country of Haiti. This is NOT
a fundraiser. • 6:30-10pm, Global Lounge and Resource Centre.
THURSDAY, JAN. 13
STYLUS PHANTASTICUS: MYSTERY
AND EXOTICISM IN 17TH CENTURY
TRIO SONATAS • A programme
of virtuoso Trio Sonatas from
the 17th century, featuring leading musicians from Canada and
the West Coast. The programme
will include music by composers
such as Schmelzer, Rosenmul-
ler, Reinecken, Erlebach, Legren-
zi, Leclair, Rebel and Cleram-
bault. • 5-6:30pm, Green College, free.
FILM SCREENING: SPIN THE BOTTLE
—SEX, LIES, AND ALCOHOL • As
part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC
we invite you to join us for a
screening of Spin the Bottle:
Sex, Lies and Alcohol, a film
by activists, professors and
filmmakers Jean Kilbourne and
Jackson Katz. This film discusses issues of alcohol and sexual assault and explores the
roles that media play in how
we think about sex and intoxication. A question and answer
will follow with on-campus experts in sexuality, sexual assault, health and wellness. •
6:30pm, Woodward 6, e-mail
sa.awareness@ubc.ca for more
information.
FRIDAY, JAN. 14
UBC'S GOT TALENT • Be a part of
history in the making—UBC's
very first campus-wide talent
showcase! Watch participants
as they perform their way into
your hearts on the world-renowned stage at the Chan Centre. Don't have a ticket yet? Just
go online and claim one. Need
more incentive to make it down
to the show? UBC President
Stephen Toope and AMS President Bijan Ahmadian will sing a
duet if all the seats are claimed!
• 8-10pm, Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts. Tickets are by
donations at the door, book online at talent.ubc.ca.
THE AUS PRESENTS: MARDI GRAS •
What other way to end an awesome week dedicated to everything arty-farty but a Mardi Gras dance party! Dig up
your old love beads and put
on those glowsticks and face
paint because it's going to be
awesome. With winner of the
CiTR DJ contest, Vinyla Xtrax,
opening up the show, followed
by Hood Internet, be sure to
come early to dominate the
dance floor. $2.50 ciders and
beers. • Jan. 14, 8pm-12am,
SUB Ballroom. Ticket info un-
released. 19+ event.
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4595 West 8th Avenue (atTolmie)
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HAITI'S HUMANITARIAN CRISIS ONE
YEAR LATER* There will be a panel
discussion and video screening
featuring local aid and solidarity activists. This event is organized by Haiti Solidarity BC and
co-sponsored by Help Hear Haiti, Hands Hearts and Minds for
Haiti at stopwarca. • 7pm, Harbour Center, 515 W. Hastings
St, call (778) 858-5179 or go to
canadahaitiaction.ca for more
information.
SATURDAY, JAN. 15
GREAT PIANO CONCERTOS • Piano
students of Corey Hamm present an evening of piano concertos by Barber, Rachmaninoff
and Liszt. • 7-9pm, UBC Music Building Recital Hall, free.
MONDAY, JAN. 17
BREATH OFTHE WORLD • This talk,
led by David Prest, Green College Resident Member, addresses how poetry can cross the
boundaries of culture, race, gender, sexuality, politics, religion,
science and the arts. No matter
what your field of study, this interdisciplinary evening will focus
on what we have in common
through the global language of
poetry. • 8-9pm, Coach House,
Green College, free event, go
to greencollege.ca or e-mail
gc.events.©ubc.ca for more
information.
MOVIE SCREENING: INSIDE MECCA
AND THE LEGACY OF MUHAMMAD
• The UBC Muslim Students
Association is presenting two
film screenings as part of Islam
Awareness Week on campus:
Inside Mecca and The Legacy
of Muhammad. • 1-2pm and
3-5pm, Woodward 1, free.
TUESDAY, JAN. 18
LAMAREA* La Marea is an outdoor, site-specific performance
conceived by artist Mariano Pen-
sotti of Buenos Aires. Made up
of nine different scenes, audience members move freely
from street corners to illuminated store windows, creating
their own narrative. A man lies
on the ground following a motorbike accident; an insomniac
tosses and turns; a couple has
their first kiss. Projected subtitles reveal the intimate thoughts
of the characters in these poignant vignettes showcasing the
beginning of love, the end of love
and everything in between. •
Runs until Jan. 22, 7-9pm, Gastown, Zero hundred block Water St, free admission.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19
DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE • An incessantly ringing cell phone in a
quiet cafe. A stranger at the next
table who has had enough. And
a dead man—with a lot of loose
ends. So begins Dead Man's
Cell Phone, a funny, affecting
and often otherworldly exploration of modern life from American playwriting sensation, Sarah
Ruhl [The Clean House]. • Runs
until Jan. 29, 7:30-9pm, Telus
Studio Theatre, $22/$15/$10, go
to book tickets online at ubcthe-
atre.universitytickets.com.
ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK DISCUSSION PANEL • The UBC Muslim
Student Association presents
four different discussions as
part of Islam Awareness Week
on campus. The discussions include: Pillars of Islam and Articles of Faith, the Prophets, and
the Scriptures, Women in Islam:
Oppressed or Honoured?, What
is Jihad? and Are all Muslims
Arab? A Glimpse into the Multiculturalism in Islam. • 3:30-
6pm, Woodward 2, free. 2011.01.1 0/UBYSS EY.C A/NEW S/3
NEWS
EDITOR ARSHY MANN»news@ubyssey.ca
ASSISTANT KALYEENA MAKORTOFF»kmakortoff@ubyssey.ca
SENIOR WRITER MICKI COWAN»mcowan@ubyssey.ca
AMS Election campaigns in full swing
ARSHY MANN
news@ubyssey.ca
And they're off.
The campaign period for AMS
elections begins today. In the
upcoming two weeks, 35 candidates will be vying for 18 positions in UBC's student union,
student legal fund, senate and
board of governors.
The presidential race will
be fought between current VP
External Jeremy McElroy former Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights (SPHR) President Omar Chaaban and Michael Moll, who serves on the
Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) board and as Vice
President of the Alpha Delta
Phi fraternity. Also running is
joke candidate Bijan "Tender
Hugs" Ahmadian, who is not in
any way related to current AMS
President Bijan Ahmadian.
The VP Finance race will pit
incumbent Elin Tayyar against
Arash Ehteshami, who serves
as the VP Internal of the Arts
Undergraduate Society (AUS).
Whoever is voted in will have to
deal with a projected $140,000
deficit.
Arts Councillor Mike Silley
will run for VP Administration
against Gordon Katie, who is
heavily involved in the Social
Justice Centre (SJC) and is a VP
of UBC Allies. Kathy Yan Li, who
sells print ads for The Ubyssey,
is also in the race, but it is presently unclear whether or not her
candidacy is serious.
The race for VP External
may be the most competitive,
as Associate VP External Mitch
Friday's All-Candidates Meeting. GEOFF LISTER PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
Wright, Chair of the University and External Relations Committee Katherine Tyson, Arts
Councillor Rory Breasail and a
joke candidate posing as famed
MIT linguist and rabble-rouser Noam Chomsky are all vying for the position.
VP Academic and University Affairs, which has the most
diverse portfolio of all of the
VP positions, will be contested by Justin Yang, who has held
a number of positions in the
Science Undergraduate Society
(SUS), AUS and AMS, Inter-Fraternity Council President Matt
Parson, and Legislative Procedures Committee member Jennifer Wang.
Seven people will be campaigning for the two available
spots on the UBC Board of Governors, including incumbent
Sean Heisler, who is running
for a second term. Both the current VP Academic and University
Affairs Ben Cappellacci and his
Associate VP Sean Cregten are
in the race, as well as SUS President Sumedha Sharma, Senator
AJ Hajian, Silley and joke candidate "SuperSexySass" Sangsari.
Finally eight candidates,
three of whom are incumbents,
are in the running for five senator positions, while six people
are running for the six available spots for the Student Legal Fund Society.
An elections contest for Voter
Funded Media will be happening again this year, with UBC Insiders, AMS Confidential, Eleven
11 and the newly formed UBC
Vanguard already dedicating
posts to the elections.
Uncertainty remains over
whether the AMS will use a first-
past-the-post system or stick
with Condorcet, with a final decision to be made at Wednesday's AMS Council meeting.
No referendum questions will
be on the ballot this year. In order to take advantage ofthe huge
number of students that are likely to vote in a UPass referendum
planned for March, all referenda
questions, including many that
will be proposed by the AMS,
are being postponed until then.
Voting will take place in the
week of January 17, with results
announced on January 21. tl
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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
Check out our AMS Elections
application at ubyssey.ca/ams.
Leadership conference draws over a thousand
MICKI COWAN
mcowan@ubyssey.ca
A record number of attendees,
big name speakers and dozens
of student-directed workshops
crowded campus on Saturday,
Jan 8, as UBC hosted its ninth
annual Student Leadership Conference under thisyear's theme
of "rethinking leadership."
One ofthe four staff advisors
who helped direct the students
involved was Shannon Sterling,
student development officer. "We
have 1220 registered delegates
for thisyear, plus 95 unpaid volunteers and 22 committee members." Her advice for students
looking to get involved with the
conference or leadership in general is to not be afraid.
"There's no harm in trying
something and building on
that," she said. "It's transferable skills, it's work, it's friendships and you only start that if
you take the plunge."
Crystal Hon was one of the
student workshop presenters,
and walked away with the Best
Individual Presenter award for
her workshop, entitled "Rethinking your Weaknesses." She said
that this was one of the most
spectacular SLCs she's been to.
"I learned that a lot of students are thinking the same way
lam. It means that I'm not alone
and that students our age are
challenging themselves and are
taking the time to think about
what they are doing," she said.
"My main thing was that everyone knows what their strengths
are, but people should really be taking a look at their weaknesses and
how their weaknesses affect their
outcome and affect other people."
The conference ended with
the four co-stars ofthe hit MTV
reality TV series The Buried Life
(Ben Nemtin, Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn and Dave Lingwood)
taking the stage as keynote
speakers. Before their speech,
which received a standing ovation, the group discussed their
philosophy on leadership and
the conference itself.
"I think for us, we get so inspired by young people (and) the
things they are doing...speaking
to our peers is our top thing to
do," said Nemtin. "I think that
any time you bringyoung people
together to talk about what they
want to do it's important. There's
not a lot of venues for that sort
of conversation," he said.
The TV show follows the four
young men as they encounter
Students wait before The Buried Life. CHRIS B0RCHERT PH0T0/SLC
both challenges and triumphs
in their quest to take on their
formidable bucket list—a list of
100 (and more) things they want
to do before they die. To add interest, each time they complete
one of their goals, they have to
help a stranger complete one of
his or her own as well.
This perseverance is one of
the things that they focused on
in their speech.
"We've created this mentality
that you just don't give up. We
just pretended that anything
was possible in the beginning.
Now we really believe it," said
Penn. U
NEWS BRIEFS
T00NIE TUESDAYS RETURN TO THE
GALLERY LOUNGE
The AMS will be returning to a
much-loved tradition, as two dollar pints will be back on specia
at The Gallery. This comes after a
recent budget deficit reported by
the AMS showed that AMS business projections overshot by nearly
$300,000, a loss that blamed economic conditions and a lack of student jobs as decreasing students'
spending money last year.
TOOPE TO ADDRESS AMS COUNCIL
Stephen Toope will be attending this
Wednesday's AMS Council for a
question and answer period, where
students will get the chance to be
face to face with UBC's president
Also on the agenda is a presentation from the Student Life Committee that will help decide the fate
of Block Party, and a finalization of
last semester's controversy regard-
ng a donation bythe Socialjustice
Centre to Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights that is intended to
fund the Canadian Boat to Gaza
UBC PROFESSORS RECEIVE ORDER
OF CANADA
Four UBC professors have received the Order of Canada, an
award which recognizes lifetime
achievement and contribution to
Canadian society.
Professor Emeritus Robert Hare
of the psychology department was
recognized for his contributions to
forensic psychology and studies in
psychopathy.
Dr Michael Hayden, a geneticist
and professor in the departments
of medicine and medical genetics,
was honoured for his contributions
to the study of Huntington's disease
and other genetic disorders such as
Type two diabetes
Dr Rober Taylor, clinical associate
professor in the department of surgery, was honoured for humanitarian contributions to improving surgical care and medical services in
the developing world
Dr Angela Enright, a clinical professor of anesthesiology, was
named an Officer of the Order of
Canada for working to provide training programs for anesthetists in developing countries, increasing surgery availability to the people of
those regions
FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SUMMER
EMPLOYMENT
Stephen Harper's federal government has recently invested in Canada Summer Jobs in a move that
aims to create 3500 more positions
for summer employment throughout the country.
The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)
program is being permanently increased by $10 million starting this
year, increasing total funding of the
program to $107.5 million, but critics say that full-time students are
reaping all the benefits while part-
time and mature students are not
receiving adequate attention. CSJ
requires applicants to be full-time
students between the ages of 15-
30 and returning to full-time studies the following September.
The Conservative government invested $10 million in both 2009 and
2010 into the summer employment
initiative as part of their Economic
Action Plan. \3 4/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2011.01.10
CULTURE
EDITORS BRYCE WARNES & JONNY WAKEFIELD »culture@ubyssey.ca
SENIOR WRITER GINNY MONACO »gmonaco@ubyssey.ca
ILLUSTRATOR INDIANA JOEL»ijoel@ubyssey.ca
Over-the-counter cosmic consciousness ■
Salvia divinorum offers a legal trip for the psych-curious
DRUGS
GINNY MONACO
gmonaco@ubyssey.ca
"Everything turns to water— like
eel-shaded water, and I fall onto
a pirate ship as I'm smoking it.
Then I start hallucinating. All
of a sudden I'm in the world of
Zelda, like the Deku Tree area.
And I try to run, but on salvia
you can't really move. So [my
friend] tries to hold me back,
but I fight him off and I run
but my legs give in and I fall
forward and hit myself on the
bed. The hallucination only lasts
about a minute for me. Then I'm
just really happy and really hungry so I go back to my own dorm
room and I put all my bedding
and my mattress inside my closet, and just sit there and listen
to the Radiohead song Treefin-
gers' on repeat."
These are the words Nick
Workman, a University of Western Ontario student, used to
describe his first experience
with Salvia divinorum, or Diviner's Sage, an entheogenic
South American plant which
can be legally sold and purchased in Canada. While Workman first tried salvia several
years ago, the drug has been
gaining users via unconventional channels.
In early December TMZ posted a video of Miley Cyrus, former Disney star, smoking from
a bong at her 18th birthday party. In the video, the "Got Milk"
girl giggles, slurs and says she
wants "more of that shit."
According to TMZ's sources,
the "shit" in question is salvia.
Chris Bennett, owner of Vancouver's Urban Shaman, counts
salvia among his inventory of
shamanic aids, though it's not
widely used. "It was more popular a few years ago," Bennett
said. "It's gone through its novelty potential."
The Cyrus video sparked some
renewed interest in the drug
among an unlikely demographic. "Usually when something like
that happens, I get a bunch of
older people in, middle age type
people. The kids already know
about it," says Bennett, in reference to the Cyrus video.
"Kids" is a broad term, as Bennett does not allow minors into
his store. However, the Canadian
Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey study showed that 7.3
per cent of Canadians between
15 and 24 have taken the drug
at least once.
The sale of salvia is a grey
area. In Canada, the plant is
classed as a natural health
product (NHP), meaning it cannot be sold unless it has been
reviewed and authorized by
Health Canada—which it hasn't.
A loophole in the law allows salvia to be sold openly so long as
the consumer is informed that
their purchase is not intended
for human use.
"To date, Health Canada has
not licensed for sale any drug or
NHP which contains salvia as
an ingredient," said Christelle
Legault, a spokesperson for the
Ministry.
This means that the sale of
the plant is largely under the
jurisdiction of Health Canada's
Health Products and Food
Branch Inspectorate. Their enforcement of these laws has been
slack, according to a CBC article
dated October 19.
Bennett says that salvia is not
meant for human consumption.
"Traditionally it's burned as an
incense. It was used as a visionary oracle, so people would consult it with a question and from
their vision try and decipher an
answer."
Using salvia can be an intense, powerful experience. Salvia trips are a popular topic of
discussion in Bennett's store.
"I probably talk to more people
about those experiences than
anything else," he said. "There
are a lot of commonalities. A lot
of people report they have a vision where everything is made
out of Lego or pages of a book."
"A lot of people
report they have
a vision wnere
everything is made
out of Lego or pages
of a book."
CHRIS BENNETT
URBAN SHAMAN OWNER
In the video, Cyrus complains
that she is having "kind of a
bad trip." Bennett himself is not
a user of the plant. "I don't really like salvia myself. It's not
Processed Salvia RAYMOND HUANG PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
something I can see myself doing again. I find the loss of identity and personality too overwhelming or something."
Recently a woman from Burnaby shattered her jawbone after jumping out a third story
window while high on salvia.
Bennett isn't sure the drug is
to blame, comparing the situation to "a drunk person blaming booze for their car accident.
With some common sense and
some safe precautions—like having somebody there with you—
that sort of danger is negated."
According to Legault, "Health
Canada is currently assessing
whether the regulation of Salvia divinorum...under the Controlled Drugs and Substances
Act is warranted."
Given its reputation, it is unlikely that the drug will ever
receive approval. Bennett sees
this less as a vote for public safety than an act of suppression.
"The biggest concern about
salvia is not any proclaimed
health effects, it's that, for five
minutes, people are having a
visionary experience," he said.
"It's like our culture somehow
fears that sort of thing." tl
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There are a host of ways to lose
a game (see Canada's emotional
collapse at the World Juniors) but
to win a game, at hockey's most
fundamental level, there is only
one way—shooting the puck.
Of course, to generate shots,
a team must win the small battles in the finer intricacies ofthe
game. Winning battles along the
boards, crisp breakouts, a strong
forecheck and proper positional play all play a part in creating
shooting opportunities. On Friday
night it was in these faculties of
the game that Alberta dominated
and UBC faltered.
Thunderbirds coach Nancy Wilson quickly attributed the outcome of Friday's game to these
lost battles.
"We've got some skilled players up front, but there wasn't any
close support. The player with the
puck seemed to be all by herself.
The one-on-one battles, we have
to win more of them."
Wilson was also unimpressed
with her team's inability to create
puck pressure.
"We generate a lot of offence
when we're pressuring the puck,
and we didn't do that as smartly
as we [have] in the past. When we
did generate turnovers, we didn't
support the puck."
The lack of pressure on the puck
couldn't have been more apparent in the final Alberta goal of
the game. Midway through the
second period, the Pandas' Al-
ana Cabana streaked out of the
neutral zone into UBC territory
where she found herself one on
one with a UBC defender.
She wasted no time deking, instead firing a shot from the high
slot. It ricocheted off her opponent's leg and back on to her stick.
She shot again and fell to the ice at
the skates ofthe Thunderbird defender. UBC goaltender Melinda
Choy quickly jutted out her right
leg pad to make the save, but was
unable to prevent a rebound. Cabana, getting to her feet in a 360
degree rotation, agilely backhanded the puck into a wide open net.
Though Choy was unable to salvage that situation, she was the
lone bright spot on the UBC roster. She made 38 saves and was
able to blank the Pandas in the
third period.
Little changed on Saturday
night as UBC lost 6-1. Kirsten
Mihalcheon scored the lone goal
for the Thunderbirds, deflecting
a shot from rookie forward Lauren Ruggiero.
Sustaining a prolonged offensive attack proved difficult for the
T-Birds, and a lack of pressure on
the puck, both offensive and defensive, continued to be the theme
of the weekend series.
UBC currently sits last in the
Canada West standings at 4-9-1.
The 'Birds will once again be challenged next week as they take on
the Hayley Wickenheiser-led Calgary Dinos. til 6/UBYSSEY.CA/S PORTS/2 011.01.10
Making an impact off the bench
Nathan Yu adds a consistent spark
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You won't hear his name announced over the loudspeakers to begin the game. You won't
even see him on the floor at the
opening jump ball. But late in
the fourth quarter, when the
game is on the line, Nathan
Yu's number 8 jersey will almost certainly be one of those
out on the floor, helping secure
another UBC victory.
Coming off the bench in the
role ofthe "sixth man," Yu has
contributed immensely to the
Thunderbirds' success, and
has eyes only for the national
championship.
For Yu, a fourth-year guard
from Prince George, it wasn't
always that easy. As a starter,
leading scorer for Duchess Park
High and younger brother of
former Thunderbirdjordan Yu,
he came into university with
high expectations for himself
and a lot of pressure to perform.
"He came in as every freshman does, wanting to start,
thinking they can start and
thinking they know everything about the game," UBC
head coach Kevin Hanson said.
"It is always a difficult transition for players to get used to, as
the glory of high school stardom
fades quite quickly once university begins."
When Yu arrived at UBC, his
position was occupied by former
T-Bird star Chris Dyck, so Yu
quickly figured out that "[his] job
was to come in and give [Dyck]
some rest and provide some scoring off the bench."
Throughout his time at UBC,
Yu has always been able to score,
but in the past few years he has
improved his defensive and rebounding abilities, earning himself more and more playing time.
Now a senior member of the
team, Yu's time to shine has arrived. Yu says he has "embraced
[his] role," and that "stats don't
matter to [him]." Of course, that's
not something he has to worry
about, as he is currently averaging 12.1 points per game, the
second highest on the team, despite only playing 20.4 minutes
a game. But for Yu, it's team results, not numbers, that matter.
"Every year we are trying to
finish right and win the nationals. We lost the past two years
in the championship and it's in
our heads, it's what we constantly hear in practice. We want to
win the whole thing," said Yu.
Coach Hanson can only smile
when he hears the determination and grit in Yu's voice. "Nathan put extra time in over the
summer and it has really paid
off. He has played more hoops
in the off-season and this has
helped with his confidence and
play" he said, acknowledging the
progress Yu has made.
As UBC continues to roll, Yu
expresses a desire to improve
further, saying he "needs to improve [his] consistency." For the
Thunderbirds, this can only be
a good thing, as UBC continues
to progress towards their collective goal of winning a national
championship. And if they get
there, there can be little doubt
that Yu will be a major reason
why. tl
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WINNING STREAK TO SEVEN
Alex Vieweg led the Thunderbirds with 26 points to help
UBC pick up their seventh
straight win in a sweep over
the Manitoba Bisons.
Friday night was held up by
Zara Huntley, who led all scorers with 16 points as the Thunderbirds cruised to a 73-37 win.
Lia St. Pierre also contributed
immensely with a game high
of eight rebounds.
On Saturday night, Devan Lisson and St Pierre had 16 and 12
points, respectively, as the Birds
went on to win 66-55. UBC was
strong defensively, and held
the Bisons to a mere 21 points
through the first three quarters.
UBC head coach Deb Huband
was pleased with the team's
work. "We showed our depth
and we came prepared with a
good effort."
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powerhouse team with a weekend sweep over the Manitoba
Bisons (7-5) to extending their
eight game winning streak.
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were lifted to victory by contributions from across the floor to
win 106-91.
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night was spurred by a memorable team performance at the
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AHMADIAN'S VIDEO INDICATIVE OF LEGACY
Before we turn to nextyear's AMS executives, let
us quickly close the door on this current incarnation. Namely the President.
In his waning days, Bijan Ahmadian has decided to hit the internet to tell you humble students
all the fantastic successes of his year. Go to bi-
jan.ca and watch his amazing, Mercer-inspired
video. Why did he do it? Because he feels like
"the campus media" isn't "telling the full story."
Never mind that a failed leader going on the airwaves to do revisionist history is much like any of
Sarah Palin's appearances onFoxNews. Ahmadian
is over 30years old, about to finish ajointLawand
MBA degree and is president of a $ 15 million society. We remind you of this to highlight the fact he
has much better things to do than to spend hours
trying to convince people that he is/was an awesome president in student politics.
If he truly has a beef with "the media," why not
be specific? What publications have erred, Bijan?
Which specific facts have gone unreported? The
reason for simply saying "the media" is that once
you start to list specific media and specific allegations, they can rebut with, you know, the facts.
So let's get into them, because we might be tempted to ignore this vanity plea if his attempt to "tell
the full story" wasn't so full of holes.
First, he claims the AMS executives work well
as a team, when we've had every single one of
his fellow executives complain about him to us
(many, several times) and Council demanded
an investigation into his actions on land-use issues. Yes, it found no wrongdoing, but it certainly didn't make him look good. He's also attempted to ban people from speaking with the media,
gone over the head of his fellow executives and
didn't even tell them he was making this video. So yes, the AMS works well as a team, in the
same way that the BC Liberals worked well as a
government over the last two years.
He claims that when he came into office, SUB
negotiations had "gone on, straining relationships, without any light at the end of the tunnel
for two ridiculously long years."
This simply isn't true. Under AMS President Michael Duncan and Blake Frederick, the AMS and
UBC signed a memorandum of understanding,
worked to finalize many arrangements in the new
SUB and agreed that Properties Trust would be
the project managers. To take full credit for successful negotiations may be a way to make yourself look great instead of merely good, but is galling to others who put in their time.
Bijan also cites "a grassroots advocacy campaign pushing for rapid transit along the Broadway corridor, all the way to UBC." He said "we
made great progress doing it," but doesn't go on
to say what type of progress. That's because there
wasn't great progress—Metro acknowledged that
UBC rapid transit was important in the future,
and that was about it—and the "grassroots campaign" was, in fact, funded by UBC.
This was, according to Ahmadian, "another type of
teamwork that I bet people are nothearing about."
Except we put it on the frontpage, wrote editorials supporting it and gave Bijan himself a space
to talk about it. Twice. Since there wasn't much
more to say about the matter, things would become boring pretty quick if we continued coverage.
So we report on other things. Like how the AMS
has a $200,000 deficit, after ayear where executive benefits were increased. Or that Block Party
might be cancelled. Or that pro-Israel and Palestine groups are at each other's heads because of
the AMS's inability to resolve a dispute quietly.
Bijan hasn't been a terrible president, can be
likeable when not discussing politics and has done
good over his manyyears on campus. Buthis arrogance, thin skin and inability to detach his personal views from his responsibilities has undermined his role as a leader time and time again.
Finally, at the end of the video he talks about
UBC's Got Talent. Yes, it is happening and is sold
out. We may even put it on the front page! However, there are dozens of events featuring students
at the Chan Centre each year. That another one is
happening because of the AMS President is nice,
and to be celebrated, but not a major accomplishment. He'll be singing "Sweet Dreams" with UBC
President Stephen Toope, and if there's apiece of
advice we can give him from that song, it's this:
Keep your head up—but move right on. tl
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OPINIONS: UBC VANGUARD ON THE AMS ELECTIONS
The UBC Vanguard (ubcvanguard.
wordpress.com) is written by Brian
Piatt and Ricardo Bortolon and between us we have a wealth of experience in the AMS, the AUS, SUS and
the media environment at UBC. Our
blog will be a dialogue for the most
part, operating something like this.
BRIAN: Good coverage of an AMS election requires at least four things.
First, the ability to be humourous
about serious things and serious
about humourous things. Second,
enough involvement in student politics to be capable of explaining the
various aspects of issues that come
up, especially the petty and ridiculous ones. Third, a good bullshit detector. And fourth, the willingness to
say what you really think, as long as
you can back it up. This pretty much
serves as the mission statement of
The UBC Vanguard.
RICARDO: Besides just being more awesome than other blogs, we also aren't
trying to act like some pretentious column that holds the key to understanding the AMS Elections. We're two guys
who've been around for a while in student politics and enjoy discussing
(and deriding, when necessary) the
candidates, the administrators, the
media and anyone else silly enough
to get involved. We have our own biases and our own personalities and
you'll see that in the back and forth
that's unique to our blog.
BRIAN: Plus we just want to have fun.
RICARDO: And that's what the election
coverage is. The AMS is an important
institution that deserves serious attention but political coverage comes
in all shapes and detailed analysis
doesn't require dry, stuffy verbosity.
We address election coverage with the
same tone we would discuss it with
anyone who cares: serious consideration salted with off-the-cuff comments from personal experience. And
trust me, it's salty. Brian, what kind
of things do you see us covering during this election period?
BRIAN: There's so many different
match-ups that are going to be fun
to watch; the resource groups versus
the fraternities versus the hacks. I
love it! And there's enough personalities involved to guarantee that we'll
have plenty to talk about. Plus I'm
sure there'll be occasions for us to
get wonky, to go into the voting system and code requirements and so
on. But really, as long as we find it interesting, we'll cover it.
RICARDO: And there's plenty that's interesting, so expect lots of coverage. It
was easy to have expectations as soon
as the candidates were announced
but I'm excited to see how candidates
take care of their support groups and
expand their voting blocks. How will
some ofthe wild cards change the dynamics of the election? How will the
unfortunate lack of Condorcet voting affect the outcome of the election? Will the dark horses be able to
play the game strong enough to make
themselves real contenders? Who will
be the first candidate to put their foot
in their mouth?
BRIAN: So make sure you come by the
Vanguard and contribute to the discussion. Buckle up! The fun's just getting started, and it's gonna be a hell
of a ride.
The Ubyssey will be profiling the different voter-funded media outlets throughout the AMS Elections.
PERSPECTIVE: ALISSA WESTERGARD-THORPE ON RESOURCE GROUPS
Generally my political work is non-
electoral due to philosophical preferences, but also because harassing
strangers into voting me into an often harsh institution is somehow more
intimidating. Street-level organizing,
communicating about complex marginalized issues by accessible means
and facing the occasional police beating, surveillance, public defamation
or unwarranted slander ('terrorist'
was bad, but 'hippie' hurt more) is a
familiar if not more comfortable arena than the ballot box.
You'll spend half your time struggling to fundraise for photocopies,
rounding up one pro-bono counsel
to fight a dozen government lawyers,
recounting police abuses to unsympathetic robes and enduring endless
meetings while biting your tongue or
talking 'til hoarse. Then after years of
work and minor movement forward,
you'll sometimes find yourself fighting the same battles again. I guess
those last items aren't entirely dissimilar but in exchange for influence and
resources, candidates must pretend
things will be different.
During the ongoing struggle to access a mere $700 for the Canada Boat
to Gaza—and the surprisingly contentious demonstration of dirty tricks, legal threats and frivolous complaints—
a formal position momentarily appealed. After the December 1, 2010
AMS Council meeting, as supporters of
the donation and the majority of council believed that the transfer would
proceed, I softened slightly toward
these institutions. For a few hours it
seemed that speaking the truth and
using ethical tactics, while demoralizing and demanding, might prevail
and it wasn't only those best connected to power or most viciously accusatory that occasionally won.
Within a day, though, the AMS President, perhaps returning political support from the Israel Awareness Club
(IAC), had stalled the funding again
while forcing the VP Finance to play terrorist-hunter and Council was reconsidering the independent status granted
to the Resource Groups by referendum.
Currently, the Resource Groups face
several threats of re-structuring or de-
funding. As volunteer-run groups, the
debt-plagued AMS couldn't afford to reproduce them as pure bureaucracies. Denying students the opportunity to develop and be supported through them
shows a lack of trust in the UBC community. The SJC has publicly accessible meetings, website and email lists
(things not provided by the IAC) and
every student can participate who supports the principles of social justice.
It is claimed that SJC is too open but,
while funded by one sixth of $1.50 per
student of annual AMS fees, it would
be criticized more if students couldn't
participate. When socialjustice, environmental, racialized, queer or women's rights were first fought for, they
were on the margins and years of dedicated activism have brought these
critical voices forward. The AMS can
handle political issues that are easy
or instantly popular, but the Resource
Groups support mandated freedom
from political interference for good
reasons. While considering the upcoming election, students should recognize that limitations of elected offices are group-imposed if we fail to
demand more accountability and honest conduct from those people brave
enough to fight for them.
—Alissa Westergard-Thorpe
Communications Coordinator for
Socialjustice Centre 8/UBYSSEY.C A/PROF ILE/2011.01.10
I
OMAR CHAABAN
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Israeli-Palestinian politics often
are at the centre of the most ferocious debates on university campuses. But AMS presidential candidate Omar Chaaban is not one
to shy away from a fight.
The soft-spoken 20-something
has been involved in Palestinian
political activism since he began
attending university and was until Friday the president of the UBC
wing of Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights (SPHR).
However, Chaaban doesn't want
his political leanings to be what
defines his campaign.
"People shouldn't have prejudice against candidates because
of a political position," he said.
"[They] should look at candidates
and evaluate them based on whether they can get the job done or not,
whether they're going to represent
[students'] opinions or not."
And in the race for President,
Chaaban believes he is thatperson.
Born in Vancouver but raised in
a refugee camp in Northern Lebanon, Chaaban came back to Canada
in 2004 in order to pursue an Engineering degree at the University of Waterloo, before transferring
schools and degrees. He now studies international relations at UBC.
According to Chaaban, even in
his Waterloo days, he had an interest
n running for elected of fice. But it
wasn't until this year that he finally decided to take the leap.
"After the end of thisyear, a lot
of people told me, 'why don't you
run for a VP position?' Sol thought
about it and I decided to run for
VP Academic and University Affairs. But then I thought about it
a little more and [said], what the
heck, I'll run for president."
As AMS President, Chaaban's
biggest priority would be to fix
what he perceives to be a "damaged" relationship between the
AMS and the university. Chaaban
is looking to find a balance between what he believed was the
overly-hostile presidency of Blake
Fredrick and the overly-subservient presidential position of Bijan
Ahmadian.
"Our job isn't to be the enemies
ofthe [university], [nor] to be sleeping in the same bed. [It's] to ask
students exactly what they want
and [tell] the university."
However, if he wants to get elected as AMS President, Chaaban has
a hard fight ahead of him.
Coming in with no experience
in student government and a set
of political baggage, Chaaban will
have to appeal to students that
he is the best person to represent
their interests.
But Chaaban promises to give the
other candidates some competition.
"I'm running to win this
election."
Despite the fact that he s never before held a student government position, Chaaban already
has more fame—or perhaps infamy—than just about any student
politician in the country.
In 2009, as an executive ofthe
Canadian Arab Federation (CAF),
he created a small national controversy when he posted "Fuck
Canada Day" on his personal Face-
book page. He went on to call Canada a "genocidal state" and that
he "couldn't be more ashamed
to be Canadian," referring to the
country's treatment of its aboriginal peoples. His words were condemned by the CAF and shortly after he resigned from his position
as Vice President.
"I'm surprised that wasn't the
first question," laughed Chaaban
when asked about the incident.
According to him, the comment
was intended to incite discussion.
"Part of being a Canadian student is being able to say something
so controversial without fearing
the consequences so you can shed
some light [on] an issue that has
been buried for a long time," he
said. "And that's exactly what I
wanted to do."
He also said that he doesn't, in
fact, hate Canada.
"The whole point of having Canada Day is to celebrate the fact that
Canada is an awesome country
where you can say your opinion
as freely as possible." tl
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