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Celebrating 90 years!
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November 11,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
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Millions lost.
Key executives
leaving. Massive
funding cuts from the
provincial government
It's been a tumultuous
time for those running
finances at UBC.
Why the lack of
by Samantha Jung
News Staff
It may have been nearly a year
since UBC began to be affected
by the subprime loan failure earlier this year that caused the university to lose millions of dollars,
but the fallout continues. While
two senior university officials
tied to the loss have abruptly
left since the original disclosure,
UBC is keeping tight-lipped about
the incident.
The Ubyssey reported in
early January that UBC had suffered an estimated $18 million
loss in investments' value. The
university invested $122 million in non-bank sponsored "asset-backed commercial paper"
(ABCP) which make money by
gathering interest from debts,
usually corporate. The ABCPs
were connected to US subprime
loans resulting in the large loss
of funds.
According to a document
published by the UBC Treasury in
May, "UBC revised this estimate
to $3 7.9 million due to further deterioration in market conditions
1 Due to fallout from the subprime
mortgage investigation, UBC loses an
estimated $18 million dollars from its
investment fund.
2 UBC freezes its remaining $122
million invested in asset-backed
commercial paper, in order to stop its
losses from reaching an estimated $38
3 During the summer, VP Finance
Terry Sumner abruptly retires halfway
through his six-year term.
4 In September, UBC Treasurer Byron
Braley is fired by the university.
"This is by anyone's
standards, a large amount
of money, obviously, and
they don't seem to be willing to be very forthcoming
at all about answers."
—Bruce Ralston,
NDP Finance Critic
and as a result of detailed analysis
of recently released information
by two third-party experts."
Acting UBC Treasurer Peter
Smailes says that the remaining
$ 122 million have been frozen in
order to prevent realizing the estimated $37.9 million loss in value
at the current state ofthe market.
Smailes also said that UBC
will compensate for these losses
through excess investment income, meaning UBC will have less
discretionary funds. Smailes also
noted that this would not affect
current budgets, as the university does not budget investment
funds because of normal market
One critic of UBC's financial
management is Bruce Ralston,
MLA for Surrey-Whalley and provincial finance critic for the NDP.
"It is notable that apparently the
BC Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) which manages
$83 billion in provincial assets, including the public sector pension
plans, decided that this asset class
was not a suitable investment," he
said in a January letter to the Auditor General.
However, the university did
not heed the bcIMC's warning.
Minister of Finance Carole Taylor said that UBC was not obliged
to follow the guidelines or investment advice of bcIMC. Minister of
Advanced Education Murray Coell
told the BC Legislature in April
that the UBC Treasury received
their "advice from money market
brokers of the major chartered
banks and relied upon the ratings
approved by Dominion Bond Rating Services."
The University Presidents'
Council told Coell that "when first
made aware of the challenge in
this area, the university moved
quickly to limit its exposure and to
communicate the challenge to the
community." However, Ralston
raised this issue of transparency
earlier this year.
"Well, perhaps I could suggest
that it doesn't appear that the minister's oversight of this important
public institution is taking place at
all," said Ralston at the time. "This
is the most basic level of public
disclosure, and it's not being done.
I think it's shocking, frankly."
Two key players in the incident
have left the university in the past
few months. Halfway through his
six year term as VP of Finance,
Terry Sumner abruptly retired
this May. In September, UBC's
treasurer Byron Braley was fired.
UBC administrators have told The
Ubyssey that Braley's departure
was linked to the millions lost
through the subprime crisis, and
followed an investigation by the
UBC Audit Department.
Despite this, when asked about
this connection, Lisa Castle, acting
VP Finance, said, "The university
does not comment on confidential
personnel matters as a matter of
practice, and in fact is precluded
from doing so under protection
of privacy legislation....Mr Sumner retired in early May, and Mr
Braley's employment relationship
ended approximately four months
later in early September."
Inquiries to the UBC Board
of Governors office and the UBC
Audit office resulted in a referral
to Scott Macrae of UBC Public Affairs. Macrae said that the university is not making the link between
Braley's termination and the $18
million lost in investments.
Alex Lougheed, VP Academic
and University Affairs for the
AMS, is critical of the lack of
"It would be great if the institution had a clearer, more detailed
and transparent mechanism of
disclosure about its finances," he
said, citing ancillary departments
of the university—such as Athletics or Plant Operations—as well
as Properties Trust as areas that
lacked financial openness at UBC.
Ralston believes there is a lack
of accountability surrounding this
issue. "UBC was very dismissive of
my concerns when I raised them.
They didn't accept any responsibility in the sense that they said the
decision to buy those instruments
was a decision by UBC."
Ralston is still wary of the subject. "[It's] a profound lack of basic
accountability from UBC, its officials and the Minister of Advanced
Education normally responsible
for the institution," Ralston said.
"This is by anyone's standards, a
large amount of money, obviously,
and they don't seem to be willing
to be very forthcoming at all about
answers." \a
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Billy Bishop Goes to War * Billy
Bishop Goes to War asks a new
generation of theatre audiences to
follow Canadian WW I fighter pilot
Billy Bishop down in the trenches,
up to the skies and inside the
human spirit as he attempts to
reconcile the ecstasy of flying
with the horrors of war. • Nov. 3
-11 @ 7:30pm, Chan Centre for
the Perfoming Arts, Regular: $20,
Seniors: $14, Students: $10, Monday: Theatre at UBC Alumni $5,
Boxoffice: 604.822.2678 •
The Bible for Beginners * The
Bible for Beginners is an informal,
no pressure examination of one
of the most famous books in the
world. Meet over lunch (Mondays
12-1 pm in the SUB @ tables near
Starbucks) or coffee (Wednesdays
2-3pm @ Ike's Cafe in the Irving K.
Barber Center) to learn about this
strange book. • revnathanwright@
mac.com •
The Merchant of Venice • Another
one of the classics, Shakespeare's
masterpiece staged by Canadian
theatre veteran Antony Holland
• Nov. 6 -30, Studio 58 (Langara
College, WO W. 49th). Info 604-
323-5652. •
Vancouver Poetry Slam • Poetry
slam competition with guest performers • Every Monday, 8pm,
Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). Admission $5/3, info
604-215-9230 www. vancouverpo-
etryhouse.com •
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost
Train • Mortal Coil Performance
Society presents a pirate-themed
adventure featuring actors, dancers, performers, puppeteers,
swordfighters, hat-making, paint-
ing, storytelling, and the Haunted
Children's Farmyard. • Oct. 10-
Nov 21, Stanley Park Miniature
Railway (Stanley Park). Tix $9/5.50
(plus service charges and fees) at
www.ticketmaster.com. More info
at www.vancouverparks.ca/•
CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until
December 9, Railway Club (579
Dunsmuir). More info at 604-681-
Free Movies! Cinema Politica @
UBC • Cinema Politica at UBC is
a free weekly series showcasing
movies that harness the power of
film to engage issues relating to
the environment, globalization,
gender and sexuality, indigenous
rights, global health, and student
power. • Every Tuesday, 7pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB More info at
www.cinemapolitica.org/ubc •
Comedy at the Soho • Weekly
comedy showcase. • Every Sun,
9pm, Soho Bar and Grill. Info 604-
633-2722 •
The Urban Improv Challenge * A
series of improv-comedy challenges. • Every Mon, 8pm, Chivana.
Info 604-733-0330 •
November 11
UBC Community Remembrance
Day Ceremony • This event will
be an opportunity to honour and
remember all those who served
in times of war, military conflict
and peace. This year, we wil
commemorate two significant
anniversaries, the 90th anniversary
of the end of the First World War
and the 60th anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. The ceremony will include
music provided by the UBC
School of Music, short readings
and remarks. UBC Vice-President,
External, Legal and Community
Relations, Stephen Owen; AMS
President, Michael Duncan; and
Dr John Blatherwick, former Chief
Medical Health Officer for the
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Honourary Colonel with the
Canadian Forces Reserves will be
among this year's speakers. • Nov.
11 @ 10:45-1:35am, War Memorial Gym.  For more information,
visit: www. ceremonies, ubc. ca/cer-
html. •
November 12
Flu: Student Health Service
Influenza Vaccine Clinic * Nov. 12,
2008: 9am-12pm, UBC Hospital,
School of Nursing Classroom, MF
496-2211 Wesbrook Mall. Free. •
More info at http://www.students.
ubc.ca/health/ •
Wednesday Noon Hours:
Heather Schmidt, piano • Heather
Schmidt, piano. Lunch with Heather, Fanny and Clara Schmidt, Mendelssohn and Schumann: A recita
of music by women composers. •
Wed, Nov. 12, 2008 12pm-1pm
UBC Point Grey Campus. $4 at the
door (cash only) •
UBC Film Society presents
Mamma Mia! • Abba provides
the soundtrack for the musica
that has taken the world by storm
• Nov. 12-16 @ 7pm, 9:15pm,
Norm Theatre, $2 members, $4
non members •
International Guitar Night * Performances by guitarist Dale Kava-
nagh and steel-string guitar player
Andy Sheppard.  Argentina's
Cecilia Zabala, and San Francisco's
Brian Gore. • Nov 12, 7:30pm,
Massey Theatre. Tix $22/16, info :
Crepe Sale • Le Club Frangais
nvites you to share a little bit
of French culture, with crepes
for only $1.50 each! • Nov. 12,
M.A.S.S. Buch D,   11:30am-
1:30pm •
November 14
UBC Film Society presents The
Dark Knight • Somebody get the
Batman a lozenge • Nov. 14-16 @
9:30pm, Norm Theatre, $2 members, $4 non members •
Contemporary Mongolia - Transitions, Development and Social
Transformations • In the year of
the 35th anniversary of diplomatic
relations between Canada and
Mongolia, this major internationa
conference will take stock of the
current social-scientific research
on contemporary Mongolia
and offer opportunities for an
exchange between academics,
policy-makers and business people with an interest in Mongolia
• Nov. 14-17, Peter Wall Institute
for Advanced Studies. For more
details, see: www.iar.ubc.ca/pro-
grams/innerasia •
Women's Volleyball • The Birds
has been looking for a breakthrough this season and yet to
show their full potential for the
2008-09 campaign. Cheer on the
Thunderbirds against Regina! •
Nov. 14,15 War Memorial Gym
6pm. •
The END is near! • PRIDE UBC's
end of term party. All ages event.
• Nov 14, 6pm-11pm •
5th Annual Arts Gala • See the
year out in style.  Dancing and
live music from the Paul Steinbeck
Trio. Dress code semi-formal. •
Doors at 6pm, M.A.S.S. Buch D.
Tix $5, available in the AUS office
in M.A.S.S. •
Pink Out • Hosted by the Peace
& Love Party Team, all the money
from tickets and door goes to
building a Peace & Love Growth
Centre being build in Nigeria.
Wear pink, white, or silver and
party for the cause! • Nov. 14,
9pm, The Plaza, Tix $10 •
November 17
UBC World AIDS Week* Descrip
tion: World AIDS Awareness.
Selling of Red Ribbons and Little
Travelers to help fundraise and
promote AIDS awareness. • Nov.
17-21, SUB. ubcredcross@gmail.
com •
November 18
AFC Rally • Ancient Forests Committee is hosting a rally to raise
awareness. • Nov. 18, 1:30pm-
2pm, in front of Koerner library •
November 19
Blue Wash • The Ubyssey hosts a
clubbing night at Caprice. Come
out and enjoy yourself, take advantage of a deal, meet the cogs
of your student newspaper, and
support us as we raise money to
attend a conference in Saskatoon
Wear blue to show your support.
• Tix $10, available from all Ubyssey editors and the Ubyssey office
(SUB 24, across from Copy Right) •
Amnesty International UBC
Movie Night • Al presents Deepa
Mehta's film Water, to help raise
awareness of global issues through
film. • Nov. 19, 6-10pm, M.A.S.S.
Buch D •
UBC Film Society presents Tropic
Thunder • "I don't read the script.
The script reads me." • Nov. 19-
23 @ 9:45pm, Norm Theatre, $2
members, $4 non members •
Burger and Pint Night * Enjoy a
burger and beer while watching
the Canucks vs. Rangers game.
50/50 draw tickets will be sold.
• Nov. 19, 4-7:30pm, Mahony &
Sons Public House, Tix $15 (includes admission, a burger and a
beer), info cate.rankin@ubc.ca •
November 20
Drop-in Beading • Learn to bead,
finish a project, make a gift. • Nov.
20, 11am-12pm, First Nations
House of Learning, info 604-822-
Sustainability Seminars: Climate
Change and Sustainability * A
"sustainability across the curricu-
um" session on climate change. •
Nov. 20, 12-2pm, 227IBLC •
Science Skate Night • Science
Undergraduate Society invites
you out for a evening of skating,
games, and prizes. Hot chocolate
and cookies will be served to
celebrate the end of term. • Nov.
20, 3:30-5pm, info www.sus.ubc.
ca, $2 skate rentals •
Ice Wars • "Chill out" in a unique
way. Teams of six to ten students
vie for the championship title in
series of ice-based events such as
ringette, European handball, and
shuffleboard on ice. • Info mla-
zar@rec.ubc.ca, 604.822.4909*
November 21
Wear Red • Support World AIDS
week and wear red • Nov. 21 *
Canada Music Week * Piano
studens of Core Hamm present
works by Canadian and International composers • Nov. 21,
7-9pm, Music Building, Recital
Hall, info concerts&mterchange.
ubc. ca •
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November 11'", 2008
volume xc, n"21
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impact ofthe ad.
Kellan Higgins and Joe Rayment found 100 million dollars
and decided to make an action film.They got Kate Barbaria
as lead actress,standing alongside Kathy Yan Li and Kyrstin
Bain as supporting actresses.Tara Martellaro dressed up as
a zombie with the help of make-up artist Dan Haves. Maria
Cirstea and Goh Iromoto were used as stunt-men, while
Keegan Bursaw was the hair-stylist, the extras included
Jon Horn,Celestian Rince,Stephanie Findlay,Justin McElroy,
Helaine Boyd, Pierce Nettling, Raien Naraghijrevor Melanson and Paul Bucci handled craft services.They found Henry
Lebard to direct the film. He's known for his off-and-on
relationships with his starlets, Karen Moxley, Melody Ma,
Shirazeh Entezari and Nilofar Tabrizy. In unrelated news,
Robert Fougere hates cats.
Front page photo illustration NOVEMBER II, 2008
Carl is one of the many homeless Vancouverites who hopes that VANOC will rethink their current budget for affordable housing, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
Mayoral candidates clash over housing visions
Ladner, Robertson articulate post-Olympic homelessness issues
by Karen Moxely
News Writer
In just 467 days, the world will
arrive in Vancouver for the 2010
Winter Olympic Games. Athletes
will unload from planes, dreaming ofthe gold; thousands of media personnel will swarm the city,
capturing Olympic moments;
and tourists will bog around in
rain-gear, disappointed by the
lack of snow.
The opening ceremonies will
commence, and the mayor of
Vancouver will make a spirited
speech, welcoming the world to
this great city.
As to who will take to the
podium as Vancouver's mayor,
will soon be decided. The civic
elections are being held on November 15.
The two major mayoral candidates in Vancouver are the
Non Partisan Association's Peter
Ladner, and Vision Vancouver's
Gregor Robertson.
Originally criticized for being too similar—just two more
skinny white guys who like to
ride bikes—recent platform releases and public debates have
set these gentlemen apart. They
have distinguished themselves
through the different directions
they hope to take leading up to
the Olympics.
While both candidates are
strongly supportive of 2010,
navigating Vancouver's road to
the Olympics is a different game
all together.
The issues of homelessness,
affordable housing and crime re
duction have dominated municipal debates in this election, and
the current economic downturn
has forced all parties to carefully
reconsider spending.
With economists whispering
about the recession and both
Ladner and Robertson promising fiscal efficiencies and external audit reviews at city hall,
municipal Olympic plans are
likely to be affected by economic
prudence in the months ahead.
Long before the economy
took the front seat as an Olympic
issue, the 2010 games promised
to leave a legacy.
Legacy became a common
buzzword emanating from the
mouths of countless politicians
looking to justify the millions being spent on the Olympics.
In Vancouver's municipal
election campaigns, the legacy
theme has certainly had no shortage of prime-time exposure.
At a recent debate, Peter
Ladner spoke specifically about
"creating a legacy of volunteering" and "bringing investment
back to the city through the
"We need someone to be enthusiastic about the Olympics,"
said Ladner.
"This is a big time for the
city....the Olympics are coming,
and so is an economic crisis."
Gregor Robertson is keen to
address the issue of homelessness in Vancouver, and to "leave
an Olympic legacy of affordable
Aptly aware of the current
economic  circumstances,  Rob
ertson spoke from a practical
standpoint about City Hall's
half of a $20 million budget for
Olympic spending.
"We need to look creatively
at the funds we have, which isn't
a lot, particularly under the economic circumstances. The next
elected government will have to
make more sustainable and wise
decisions about how Olympic
funding is allocated. We have
to ensure a meaningful legacy,"
Robertson said.
"When the world arrives in
2010 they can't see thousands
of people strewn around our
streets," Robertson added.
Vancouver's Organizing Committee for 2010 (VANOC) has
vowed to cut every "unnecessary
frill and non-essential component," in the hopes of preventing
revenue shortfalls.
Recently published reports
already indicate $60 million in
cost overruns at the southeast
False Creek Olympic Village development. The city is in charge
of ensuring the village is completed on time for the Games.
Ladner, who voted in favour
of the Olympic Village project
as a city councillor, said at a
recent debate that he hoped the
private developer would be able
to finance the expenses, and that
taxpayers would not get stuck
with the bill.
Ladner further ensured that
the city had a "doomsday" plan
to underwrite the costs if the
need arose. He did not offer any
details on this plan.
Robertson    was    quick    to
shame Ladner for voting against
the expansion of social housing
on the site ofthe Olympic Village.
Instead, the NPA opted for more
waterfront luxury condos.
"It's put us on a riskier
course, because now we have
a luxury development with the
market softening, and a lot more
vulnerability for the viability of
that project," Robertson said.
Despite the economic slide,
Olympic ticket sales don't appear
to have been affected.
VANOC executive vice-president Dave Cobb said ticket sales
are going extremely well, and
that VANOC expects to sell all
of the 1.6 million tickets to the
One man who won't be buying a ticket to any Olympic event
is Marc Emery, leader of the BC
Marijuana Party, who is also running as an independent mayoral
candidate in Vancouver.
"Holding the Olympics is the
worst possible thing that could
have happened....The Olympics
will be the peak of the disaster.
They're going to bankrupt us,"
said Emery.
Emery's opposition to the
Games and political views might
be radical, but he certainly has
one thing right: there will be no
snow in Vancouver for the Winter Games.
"Why are we bringing the
Winter Olympics to Vancouver,
when there's no snow, and in the
middle of a recession? People
might accuse me of smoking
weed, but even I wouldn't screw
up that badly." \a
Unaffected GPA
allows for course
exploration beyond
chosen major
by Shirazeh Entezari
News Writer
The senate is reviewing a pass/
D/fail elective policy that would
allow students to take an elective
with the option for the grade not
to be included in their GPA. If the
policy is passed by the deadline
of early 2009, UBC undergraduate students will have the option
of taking electives without the
fear of destroying their GPA.
Students will have the option of deciding to take an elective course on a pass/fail basis,
where if they get a letter grade
of D or higher, they will be
granted a pass in the course and
not assigned a letter grade or
"If it makes it into the senate
calendar by the appropriate time
in the next academic year, the
option will be available to students this coming September,"
said Azim Wazeer, a member of
the senate teaching and learning
committee, which is currently reviewing the pass/D/fail proposal.
The new system would present students with the option as
part of the registration process.
When registering for an elective,
an option would be available to
take the class with pass/D/fail.
This would mean that no grade
would be recorded while still
fulfilling the need for required
If a student is taking the elective as an average booster, they
can maintain the conventional
status of the course and receive
a grade on their transcript. The
proposed deadline for converting
a course to pass/D/fail is to coincide with the current deadline for
dropping a course without having
a "W" standing or any record of
having taken the course.
"The purpose is to give students the opportunity to pursue
education in any field they
choose. One core aspect of this
system is that we are not forcing
students to take electives," said
Blake Frederick, AMS AVP External and a member of the Senate
Committee reviewing the policy.
"We are opening the door for
them to do it more easily, since
the grade system will not be punishing them for doing so," said
Similar arrangements are
offered in many graduate programs at UBC and have been
implemented by undergraduate
programs in a wide range of
American universities.
"Grades aren't that relevant
until your last years of university, and by then, everyone should
know what their strengths are,"
explained Crystal Tai, a third-
year political science student.
"Though we're encouraged
to be balanced, multi-talented
individuals, the academic system is one track in the sense that
you pour most of your focus into
your major anyway."Xi 4 | NEWS
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Imagine for everyone
First day classes cancelled, AMS seeks to expand
first day orientation to include upper level students
by Maria Cirstea
News Writer
The AMS recently passed a motion
to support the development office
at UBC to try to expand Imagine
UBC Day to facilitate all incoming
and transition students. The motion sees the first day of classes
cancelled for all UBC students.
"The goal is to allow the Imagine coordinators to expand the
program to better accommodate
the needs of first year students,"
explained Science Undergraduate Society representative Sonia
"While creating the environment to expand other transition
programs to aid second and third
year students who are in the midst
of transferring faculties or declaring majors within departments, it
also allows students to transition
into the academic year by giving
them the opportunity to deal with
administrative issues such as
transferring credits and classes or
buying books."
The purpose of Imagine is to
show students a working campus,
but as it stands, most of that "working campus" takes place in the
classroom. Expanding Imagine to
accommodate everyone would allow professors to give advice and
insight without commitments to
lectures or classes.
Although the AMS believes this
will be a positive change for students, many logistical issues have
been brought up, such as whether
withdraw dates will change or if
professors will have enough time
to cover all required academic
material, especially in seminar
"I think the reason people are
divided," notedstudentsenatorHe-
laine Boyd, "is because they don't
like the word 'cancelling'. It should
be changed to postponed.'"
"We have never actually done
something for the transfer students," Arts Undergraduate Society president Avneet Johal added.
"This year, we tried a mini
orientation in MASS for them.
All we did was let them know the
services available, where to go
with questions, how majors work,
what the AUS is, and things like
that—it was very well attended
and they were so happy for it," he
The office of Planning and Institutional Research assessment
ofthe orientation has determined
Imagine to effectively and positively contribute to a student's
experience, concluding that cancelling the program would have a
negative impact.
UBC-Okanagan has already
implemented a campus-wide orientation day, and has seen success
with high attendance rates. "As it
stands," Johal said, "Imagine is
not mandatory. But we still have
amazing turnouts year after year."
"I think pushing back all
classes on the first day is a good
idea," said Jeremy McElroy, propaganda minister for the Radical
Beer Faction.
"I know from personal experience that being a MUG leader
is  hard  since  most professors
outline their expectations, rules,
and dates on the first day, and
then head straight into their lectures. It's unfair to disadvantage
those who are giving their time
and energy to help create a better
sense of campus community and
student involvement."
But not all students are on
board. "It's a pretty bad idea.
UBC-O can't really be used as a
comparison in this case, since it
is a much smaller campus," Mitch
Wright, a second-year arts student,
pointed out.
"Hell," he continued, "if I lived
in Kelowna, I'd want to spend as
much time on campus as possible. It's probably a lot more fun
than the city itself. But with such a
large commuter population here,
how can one expect such a large
number of people on campus?
There are way too many people
who seem to show up simply to
attend class, and less for the social
atmosphere, which is definitely
Carson Lam, a second-year
science student, agreed. "I think
it will just mean most people will
treat it as a holiday and simply not
come," he said.
Regardless of the disapproval,
Senate presented the proposal to
the Committee of Deans. It has
received approval from both the
deans of the Faculty of Arts and
the Sauder School of Business as
well as the vice provost.
For now, pending further
developments, students will still
have to imagine their first day of
classes off. Xl mion
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November 11,2008 \ Page S
The Ubyssey got it wrong for the farm
The editors naturalized, ignored taxation and democratic problems
Fact: The largest average tuition
hike in Canada occurred in BC
from 2002/03 to 2003/04 with
an increase of 30.4 per cent.
Fact: Since 2002, tuition has
doubled from $2181 to $4342
for domestic undergraduate
In The Ubyssey's editorial,
"Governing our Farm" [Nov. 4],
the editors claim that UBC, like
universities across Canada, are
"hemorrhaging millions of dollars and...struggling to balance
the books" due to the current state
of the global economic system.
Universities, they claim, will start
to see through the "green lens" of
capital in order to sustain themselves, and the 24-hectare UBC
Farm will be the first sacrifice to
the university's growing need for
financial sustenance.
The first problem with the
editorial is that it naturalizes the
ongoing privatization of UBC in
the face of continual provincial
budget cuts. This year, the cuts
amounted to $60 million. These
come despite the federal government transferring an extra $ 110
million to BC for post-secondary
education along with Gordon
Campbell's BC Liberals posting a
$4 billion budget surplus. These
cuts are clearly not related to the
current financial crisis.
The Ubyssey's recent article
"Campbell defends education
cuts," [November 4] accepts premier Campbell's assertion of an
"overall increase" in post-secondary education funding without
bringing up the problem that this
so-called increase does not match
inflation, student population
increase, and has resulted in a
decrease in FTE funding overall.
Instead of seeing the provincial underfunding at the core of
the problem, The Ubyssey's editors focus their criticism on the
municipal level of governance,
specifically discussing the "multi-
headed albatross" that oversees
UBC. The editors are quick to
be "skeptical" about the Metro
Vancouver decision to support
the Farm but seem to take the
$60 million cut in stride. On that
note, why are the editors so quick
to dismiss the hard work of community organizers who worked
to achieve this Metro Vancouver
motion, as well as the petition
with over 15,000 signatures? Is
it not the job of the "UBC powers" to listen to the community?
But the editors maintain that
we have to "face facts" and realize that decisions will be made
mainly on "financial grounds,"
due to the economic crisis and
other economic "realities."
The impasse of this "reality"
is already evident. Over a decade
of simultaneous privatization of
the university and its "entrepreneurial" turn has meant little
for students other than steep
hikes in tuition and debt. The
entrepreneurial university that
invests its money and future in
the stock market, just saw over
$200 million of its endowment
melt into the air in a single
month of market crash (which is
about how much the Farm land
is valued in the market).
On the other hand, the private land developments have
brought billions of dollars for
real estate developers, who
may use a dismal portion of
their profits to lobby politicians
to lower property taxes. As the
provincial government spends
its surplus budget on endless tax
cuts to the rich, the university administration takes the "reality"
ofthe underfunding to justify its
autocratic yoke over the campus:
the role of responsible autocratic
administration is to restrain irresponsible democratic demands
(presumably including saving
the Farm).
But what if we should not
remain trapped in this impasse?
What if instead of begging for
donations and building condos,
the administration shows leadership and fights a bitter fight with
the province to receive adequate
funding? What if the true choice is
not between the Farm and student
tuition, but between tax cuts for
the rich on the one hand, and the
Farm and student tuition on the
other hand? Specifically, what if
we should focus our criticism to
Campus and Community Planning
autocrats and their unelected real-
estate developer supporters in the
Board of Governors who pushed
the university in the neoliberal
trap in the first place?
It is not for no reason that SDS
summarizes its mandate as the
"liberation from the dictatorship
of the economy over everyday
life." ^
Searching for security solutions in Vancouver
by Joe Rayment
Perspectives Editor
I am Joe Rayment, private investigator. Or I was at least—I was
sponsored through my employer, so when I quit, they took my
I was what you call a loss
prevention officer (LPO). They
have them in most decent-sized
stores, though you wouldn't
know it unless you're looking.
They paid me to walk around for
eight hours at a time looking like
I was shopping and, when I saw
someone steal, make arrests.
I was better at looking like
I was shopping than arresting
people. I'm a skinny kid with
bad posture who shaves less
than he should. When I go grocery shopping these days a lot
of times I spot the LPO standing
next to me, pretending to study
the toothpaste ingredients a
little too closely.
So when I stopped people
outside—"Excuse me sir, I'm
store security. Would you mind
showing me what's in your left
pants pocket?"—they were never
expecting it. If I didn't act in
just the right way, they'd keep
walking, run, start a fight, or
just say "no, you can't see in my
pocket," in which case I'd have
no course of action; I was security, not police, I couldn't just
search people and not expect
legal troubles myself.
I had to be firm and, when
things didn't go so well, aggressive. I had to act like I was willing to make it physical and that
if I did I'd win.
When I started, I would have
described myself as a pacifist. By
the end, on certain days I would
have started a fight without
thinking twice. Needing to assert
that much authority on a regular
basis changed who I was, and,
ironically, it made me less effective at arresting people without conflict. There's a balance
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Suck it. Trebek...since 1918.
between being firm and being
drunk with power, and it's not
one I handled well, so I quit.
I say this having met Corporal Charlotte Peters, a new
ranking officer in the RCMP's
UBC detachment, a few weeks
ago. She thought it was important to introduce herself to the
paper and expressed her desire
to start off on a good note with
us. For whatever reason, this
drove home two points for me:
1.) police have a much more
complicated balancing act than
I did—with much higher stakes.
And 2.) as much as we criticize
them, we can't deny that they
are trying to achieve the right
Especially in a small university community, the RCMP
have to balance maintaining
a sense of authority among
often-adversarial, often-drunk
students with maintaining the
respect of the community and
the sense that they are a force
for good. It doesn't help that the
two sides—drunks and upstanding community members—are
often the same people.
My other recent run-in
with police was downtown. My
friend's been having blood-pressure problems, and she was having a spell where she lost feeling
in her legs and the mobility that
went with it. This was complicated by the fact that I had no
idea what was happening and
that she insisted I not call an
ambulance because, as an international student, she wasn't
insured. I was piggybacking her
to a McDonald's and she fell. A
man approached us, asked if we
were all right, asked me if I knew
her, and then identified himself
as a police officer. I think he
was trying to figure out if I had
drugged her, which, given the
optics, was reasonable.
I thought that was the end of
it until I used the McDonald's
washroom and he followed me
in. We can't be out in public
like that, he told me, apparently
having adjusted his theory to
the idea that she was just high.
When I told him that she was
having trouble walking, that she
had a blood pressure problem,
he replied, "Yeah, and I have a
retard problem." She ended up
in the hospital the next day.
I couldn't figure the guy out.
We were dealing with a medical
situation—a scary one, since I
didn't know what was happening—and all this guy was doing
was messing with my head in
the McDonald's washroom.
He had to push me. If, when
I was an LPO, shoplifters told
me they didn't steal, I had to
become more firm, more aggressive, to get them to cough
up the merchandise I knew was
there. But if the evidence on
which I'm basing my decision to
press a person is insufficient—I
wouldn't be doing anything illegal, but I would be being an
In the McDonald's washroom, the officer was assuming
that I was lying to him—that I
was a scumbag who was negotiating a set of fictions, and that
all he had to do was trip me up
to get me to sell myself out. And
probably, with a lot ofthe people
he deals with, that assumption
serves him well.
It's a contradiction I never
fully had to confront as an LPO,
but it's one I don't think I could
resolve if I did. Which is where
I'd like to put some questions
out to the public: what are the
philosophies here? How can
police operate effectively without selective firebombing campaigns? And how can peace officers maintain their delicate position—respected without being
hated—in a community where
the villains and the bystanders
are the same people? \a
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on this subject and would like to
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Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
November 11,2008 | Page 6
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Feminism for modern people
by Melody Ma
Culture Writer
A large, red cloth-woven vagina
greets the unprepared visitor
entering the "WACK!" exhibition.
This is Magdalena Abakanow-
icz's "Abakan Red," an enormous
coarse-clothed organic mass
pulsing feverishly amidst the
atrium of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG).
Named for several feminist protest groups from past
decades, "WACK!" explores
the relationship of art and the
feminist revolution of the late
60s and 70s. VAG is the only
Canadian gallery featuring this
collection; it showcases more
than 120 artists from 21 countries. Its exhibits are physically
divided into several feministic
themes such as goddess, gender performance, body trauma,
female sensibility and gendered
"WACK!" is highly interactive. Artists use media that appeal to multiple senses. They
explore the female body and its
roles, oppression of race, class
and social acceptance through
traditional paintings, photography, narrative and performance
videos, writing, textiles and
much more.
For example, as a "private
art performance in real time,"
artist Lynn Hershman Leeson
personified herself as Roberta
Breitmore, a fictional divorcee
who moved to San Francisco.
On and off, during the period
of 1974 to 1978, Hershman
would dress up as and lived
the life of her persona to the
extent of even obtaining a valid
driver's licence and a personal
cheque book under the name of
Other artists like Mimi
Smith use household objects to
create montages depicting the
confinement of women to the
house and their obligation to
perform mundane and repetitive housework. Many artists
use their own body as the subject in physical demonstrations
or photographs. They take serial
photographs of their body or
parts of their body during a diet
or labour phase to demonstrate
the mutability of a human body
over time.
However, the artists are not
the sole contributors to their
artwork—visitors are invited to
participate in Lygia Clark's interactive art, where we can add
to her chandelier of flyers and
notes, attach large rubber bands
to her elastic net or try on her
nylon net T-shirts. Clark wants
to create a unified experience for
all genders and races through
her social sculptures.
Men are not forgotten in this
feminist collection. By casting
men in a plaster and scaffolds on
wood, ropes and concrete blocks,
Colette Whiten wants to reverse
the roles of women and men
through physical limitations of
the male body in "Structure #7."
With so much controversy embedded in each piece, "WACK!" is
meant to be experienced with a
contemporary eye.
Set aside a day for "WACK!"
The exhibition should not be
missed, nor rushed. "WACK!" is
being presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from now until
January 11,2009. 11
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"WACK!" showcases a variety of feminist artists, many of whom are a
part of their own pieces. The exhibit will run until January 11, 2009
Mom and
dad pass
a joint at
Neil Young
Young and old
united by the
veteran rocker
Culture Writer
Neil Young is a seasoned veteran of the music business,
having started his career in
the 60s, but he doesn't come
across as a senile rocker trying
to regain his youth. In fact, it
was a combination of his stage
presence, the vibe from the
audience and his unparalleled
guitar playing that took me
back to his glory days.
I didn't know what to expect
from Young, having heard the
heartbreaking stories of Bob
Dylan. I was expecting a similar
undecipherable performance,
but I was pleasantly surprised.
Young's presence captivated
the audience.
He didn't quite have the
Mick Jagger strut, but what he
did have was a quiet, captivating manner that seemed effortless. He was mesmerized by the
music to a point where he just
closed his eyes, let the music
wash over him, and played guitar riffs that sounded natural
and unrehearsed. Young didn't
captivate the crowd with an
obvious kicking and jumping
show; rather, he drew them in
with his under-the-radar confidence, letting his talent—instead of an obnoxious light
show—entertain them.
The audience at the concert
was unlike any other that I have
ever been a part of. The crowd
ranged from golden oldies to
teens having a flannel showdown. Sitting beside a couple
who resembled my parents
and being offered a joint was a
mix of welcoming and slightly
uncomfortable. As cheesy as
it may sound, Young's music
brought together a crowd of all
ages. As he played "Cinnamon
Girl," I found myself singing
and dancing with the mom and
dad beside me.
The highlight of the concert
was the encore. Being a borderline obsessed Beatles fan, I was
absolutely ecstatic when Neil
Young played a cover of "A Day
in the Life." As soon as the first
piano chords echoed throughout GM Place, the crowd instantly began to applaud. It was
the best live song I have ever
Overall, what made this
concert so different wasn't just
Neil Young's guitar work, nor
his youthful stage presence—it
was the crowd he brought to the
show. \i
Neil Young played for a sold-
out crowd at GM Place on October
22, 2008. NOVEMBER II, 2008
Chris Taylor and photographing celebrities
Famous photographer speaks to UBC Photosociety about working in the industry
by Robert Fougere
Culture Writer
Chris Taylor got his start in photography shooting the two things
he loved the most: skateboarding
and bands. Now at the tender age
of 30, he has just returned from
a visit with singer-songwriter
Bill Callahan (known to many as
Smog) to present his first career
retrospective in the form of an
invited guest lecture to the UBC
His affinity for documenting
the lives of the younger generations was apparent early into the
slide show, as he kicked the lecture off with a resounding image
of rockers Modest Mouse. The
black and white photo was taken
backstage at a Victoria show in
'99 and later purchased by the
band's label.
But his first foray into full-
time professional photography
came shortly after, when Taylor
accepted an invitation to tour
with fellow Victoria resident
Nelly Furtado. Despite the
weekly salary, the experience
was not entirely positive, he
explained, as he neglected to
have Furtado sign a model release waiver. This resulted in
her management confiscating
hundreds of his photos. The
crowd at the lecture sympathized as he showed one of the
only photos of Furtado remaining in his possession, shot from
his point-and-shoot camera, the
date stamped on the lower right
Discouraged by the music
industry, Taylor set aside his
camera and professional ambitions for a short period to pursue other artistic avenues. His
return to the shutter eventually
came in the form of a workshop
in Mexico with acclaimed photographer Mary Ellen Mark.
He was forced to re-evaluate
the concepts of photography as
both observer and participant.
For him, this was accomplished
by hours of standing on a street
corner engaging with locals and
snapping photos of street life.
The influence of this social expansion became apparent upon
his return to Canada in his series
entitled "City Shut Down," which
poignantly captures the contrast
of day versus nightlife.
Much   of  his   lecture   connected what was happening in
his personal life to the work he
was producing at the time. A
meaningful relationship coupled
with a trip to Morocco produced
a blithe series on the local cats,
which was recently featured in
Vice magazine.
Taylor closed the lecture by
showing some of the work from
his latest trip to see Callahan.
One photo had horses on a golden field backed by a rising sun.
Taylor said that Callahan had
expressed interest in using the
photograph as the cover for his
forthcoming album.
The UBC Photosociety hosts a
different speaker the last Thursday of every month throughout
the school year, excluding December, in room 212A in the
Robert Fougere is the president
ofthe UBC Photosociety.
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and Electoral A Elections
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Electoral A Rep Debate
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, November 12th
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Electoral A Candidates will debate on issues such as the UBC Farm,
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Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
November 11,2008 \ Page 8
Season review
The squad will hopefully advance into the next division this season, kellan higgins photo/the ubyssey
A new generation
of UBC athletes
Former UBC soccer players create a
league between Varsity and UBC Rec
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
Many athletes come to UBC and
have no choice but to give up their
athletic career when they don't
make the varsity team. That's reality, but that doesn't mean we all
have to give up our hopes of challenging sports teams and resign
ourselves to joining REC leagues.
The Vancouver Metropolitan Soccer team is a perfect example of
what students can produce from
the passion of sport.
The Metropolitan Soccer team
is completely self-dependent and
competes in a Vancouver-area
league. The club currently holds
two teams, both fighting in different divisions and consistently
ranking in the top three. They are
basically an alternative for serious
soccer players who want more
than a pickup game while still enjoying the realm of sports without
any pressure from coaches or fellow teammates.
Three UBC students, Adam
Kahnamelli, Dante Topalisky, and
Moh Mehrabi, put the club together a few years ago. They all shared
a passion for soccer, but always
yearned for something more than
a pickup game at Place Vanier. So,
they decided to build a club to play
"We want to be a household
name" Topalisky commented
That said, the club consists
of more than 30 players who are
very dedicated. On top of their
personal training, they usually
practise twice a week in the UBC
Players practice diligently late at night, kellan higgins photo/the ubyssey
neighborhood or the soccer field
on Wesbrook. Within the roster,
there are players from BC Junior
Leagues, Whitecaps Junior, and
even former professional players
from the Australian A-League.
They also boast that they are
an international club. They have
people from various countries
outside of North America, which
shows that the group of young
athletes could come together for
one purpose—to play soccer. It is
a positive energy to see on UBC
when the NCAA issue continues to
rattle the campus.
The Metropolitan Soccer team
is in the midst of a season at the
moment, but they are willing to
expand and offer more opportunities to soccer players once it
ends. They intend to hold a tryout
session later in the school year
before exams start in April. Both
squads of the team hope to win
their section so that they can advance to higher divisions. It might
take some time to be a household
name, but the players and students in the Metropolitan team
have already proved that sports
can bring people together. \a
The team will need to rebuild in the off-season, keegan bursaw photo/the ubyssey
Thunderbirds Soccer
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
The men's soccer team was the
defending CIS champion until
recently, but this year they have
settled for third place in the
Canada West. After dominating
the regular season since September, the squad seemed to be
a hopeful candidate to defend
their national title, and there
were no worries about qualifying for nationals. But for some
reason, the Birds were sucked
into the slump that many fall
sports have been experiencing
this year.
The Birds were expected to
be victorious against the Trinity Western Spartans, but after
a hard fought game, the squad
lost due to a fatal penalty kick by
Trinity Western University. In the
single elimination Canada West
tournament, the Birds achieved
a third-place finish after beating
the Alberta Golden Bears. It was
a disappointing tournament for
both the fans and the players.
After losing veteran players
from last year, head coach Mike
Mosher solidified the roster with
young players with little experience in the CIS. Hopefully the
young team will use this experience to grow and win the Canada
West next season.
On a separate note, co-captains Nick Poole and Graham
Smith received the CIS First
Team All-Canadians honour
for this season. Though Smith
is in his last year for eligibility,
Poole will have one more year to
restructure the team and hopefully not repeat this season's
The women's team also had
an equally unsuccessful season,
placing third in Canada West behind Victoria and Trinity Western.
The tournament was held at Trinity Western University, and the
Birds lost in the semifinals against
the Spartans just like the men.
The 90-minute game did not
resolve anything, thus leading to
a penalty shootout. After a few
successful kicks from both ends,
the Birds eventually fell 4-3. That
ended the season for the squad
and they packed their bags early
in the post-season.
Itwas definitely an unproductive season for both Thunderbird
Soccer teams and the fall sports
in general seem to be entering a
slump. As the winter sports fight
for top spots in their own respective league, the soccer teams will
have to regroup and work during
their off-season for a comeback.
UBC will have to wait until next
year for the teams to bring back
a championship. \a NOVEMBER II, 2008
Birds unable to keep up with Huskies on the ice
Men's Ice Hockey team drops both games in weekend doubleheader
by Henry Lebard
Sports Staff
The Men's Ice Hockey team
kept close to the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies in this
weekend's back-to-back games,
but were unable to pull out a
victory, allowing the Huskies to
sweep the weekend.
UBC fell behind 1-0 less
than nine minutes in after Travis Brisebois's attempt in front
of Thunderbirds goalie Gerry
Festa made it across the goal
line. The league's leading scorer, Steven DaSilva (2 7 points
in 14 games) added to his high
total less than two minutes
later, and the lead proved to be
Two Thunderbirds, Darrell
May and Jeff Lynch, received
misconduct penalties making
for a short bench. Without eight
of their starters due to injuries,
it was bound to be difficult for
the home team to come up with
a victory one way or another.
"We lost Jeff right away there
in the first, which hurt us and
forced us to make some adjustments, but our guys were just
gassed tonight," said head coach
Milan    Dragicevic.    "Everyone
needs to contribute though. It
doesn't matter who is in and
who is out of the lineup. This
is what we have and there is no
excuse to be made."
Festa made 27 saves on 29
shots and Huskies goalie Jeff
Harvey made 21 saves for the
shutout. "I thought Gerry gave
us a chance to win tonight and
it came down to some defensive
zone mistakes in giving up those
two goals," said Dragicevic. The
Thunderbirds managed just
three shots on goal in the first
period. "We have to be hungry to
score goals and I thought today
we were happy to just get shots
on net," Dragicevic added.
As for Saturday's game, the
first period from Friday was virtually duplicated. The Huskies
started off with yet another goal
produced by a scrum in front of
the UBC net and the puck trickled past the goalie—this time,
however, Francois Thuot was in
DaSilva continued his scoring with yet another goal to
make it 2-0 in favour of the
Huskies with just less than ten
minutes to play in the first period. The Thunderbirds had just
finished killing a penalty, but
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in the first, which hurt US
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Goalie Francois Thuot defends the net. The Huskies shutout UBC for the weekend, jon horn photo/the ubyssey
-Milan Dragicevic, Head Coach
DaSilva was wide open in front
of the net and made no mistake
putting his shot above Thuot's
glove. At this point it looked
as though the home team was
down and out.
Nevertheless, a comeback
began in the second period
when forward John Flatters was
able to put the puck past Harvey
after some good offensive pressure. UBC was playing with a
intensity and had their sights
on a game-tying goal.
Not to be outdone, Jeff Lynch
gained control of the puck from
a faceoff at the right circle and
fired a wicked wrister to the
top shelf, tying the score at 2-2
with just under five minutes to
play in the second period. Going
into the locker room, it seemed
as though UBC would take their
momentum into the final twenty
However, it was just the opposite. The Thunderbirds looked
flatfooted and were unable to
successfully set up their powerplay during a long two man
advantage early in the period.
UBC's offensive struggles
in Friday's game seemed to
come back during the last part
of Saturday's game. "Certain individuals have to step up when
they are put in offensive situations and produce, and if they
can't do that, we are going to
struggle," Dragicevic said.
After good pressure, it seemed
imminent that the Huskies were
going to score. Sure enough, with
just under three minutes left, they
took a 3-2 lead, that they did not
relinquish even after a very good
chance late in the game for UBC
when they had pulled Thuot for a
sixth skater. The Huskies had an
empty net goal to top off the scoring making for a 4-2 final.
UBC travels to Regina next
weekend for two games against
the University of Regina Cougars and look to move up from
the bottom of the Canada West
The Ubyssey's
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November 13 to 22
Frederic Wood Theatre
$6 preview: November 12
Box Office:
by Kevin Kerr
Directed by
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Blue Wash, Nov 19th
-$3 highballs
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Ii Editorial
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November 11,2008 \ Page 10
Our view
The inevitable gap
78,375. That's the difference between the number of people who attended the Notre Dame football game against University of Pittsburgh
last weekend and the number of people who attended Shrum Bowl.
78,375 people. Approximately 31 times more than the Shrum Bowl's
2500 attendees. An extreme comparison perhaps, but if the Thunderbirds seriously think that they could become a top-tier athletic school
in the United States anytime soon, a sober second thought is in order.
Not to say that UBC would not do well in such a possible endeavour. If the Birds are successful in joining the NCAA Division II, and if
there is enough corporate and community support, then it could bring
a substantial amount of income through a contract with a TV network.
Then, if the recruiting becomes more aggressive, and if the fan base
responds to the slightly higher talent level, then UBC could be in a
position to make a leap to Division I. If, if, if.
But looking at the negatives, joining the NCAA means our athletic
fees could rise to meet the increased budgetary demands. The situation
will not change for our athletic facilities for non-varsity players, and we
will continue to have to pay hundreds more than other universities in
Canada to go to a campus gym and pay for our yearly athletic fees. Our
hockey team would more or less cease to exist as a competitive club
for a couple of years due to the requirement that NCAA players cannot
play junior hockey.
It becomes evident that there is an inevitable gap no matter how
hard you try to hide it. People may think that Notre Dame uses oodles
of money to facilitate the perfect environment for the football team,
but they also have famous, competitive dorm teams that go against
each other so students can engage in the sport that represents their
athletic department. There's an entire history and culture of caring
about athletics that has been bred into the university for decades and
decades. That's what you need in order to have a "world-class" university athletic program, and it's a piece of the puzzle Athletics has
ignored for many a year.
By no means are we degrading our athletic program. It's perhaps
the best in Canada with many top-notch athletes—as all the championship banners can attest to. But when it comes to community support,
facilities and overall preparedness for the big time, we're probably a
one on the scale—five is the NCAA II, and ten is Notre Dame. Do we
have to jump from one to five in one step? UBC Athletics, and UBC in
general, has plenty of large issues they're addressing in moving this
campus forward. Itjust might not be the smartest idea to bite off more
than we can chew. \a
Imagine a difficult sell
For many UBC alumni, the first day of classes can be fondly recollected
as being spent following a monstrously peppy student, who, despite
only being a couple of years older than themselves, seemed to have
an innate knowledge of the beastly expanse otherwise known as UBC
campus. Or you mighthave spent it huddling together with your fellow
first years, hiding from the pouring rain.
Fast forward a year, or years, and here you are: a mature student
who can rather easily find the way across campus to attend class on the
first day of school. The first years' orientation is either: a) entertaining
b) annoying or c) totally unknown to you.
Well next year everything could be different. Every student's
classes could be cancelled—replaced by more general orientations
and welcome back events to boost school spirit—in order to encourage
students to be involved in their university.
You, too, can be like the droves of first-year Imagine UBC students
led by an intrepid MUG (My Undergraduate Group) leader blocking
streets, alleyways, entrances to buildings and anyone stupid enough to
try and drive across campus in order to further the first-day university
Why has the AMS motioned to support this plan? For one, the AMS
seeks to ramp up their involvement on the first day. Something along
the lines that the AMS is accountable to all students on campus, not
just virgin students.
Proponents point to UBC-Okanagan as a successful model for a
comprehensive full-day campus-wide orientation. Create, the orientation for UBC-O, is a day-long experience with small groups, campus
tours and meet the dean sessions. UBC-O's turnout for these orientations is impressive, something that UBC hopes to recreate here.
But success in Okanagan won't necessarily translate to the Lower
Is it really necessary to point out that UBC-Vancouver's status as
a commuter campus negatively affects the probability of high attendance rates? If given a choice between a day off and a predictably boring orientation, students will choose to stay home and enjoy those last
days of summer sun.
For a campus where we have trouble keeping students here later
than 5pm to attend things like football games and participate in student life, it's not hard to reach the conclusion that first day orientation
day attendance rates will be dismally low.
Imagine UBC Day was created for first-year students. It's good for
them. However, jaded second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth years are probably going to take the time to extend their summer vacation. We're
assuming that graduate students and PhD candidates are outliers because they are doing "important" things with their time.
That isn't to say that school spirit can't be fostered, or even that
the university shouldn't try. You've just got to pitch something beyond
perky student-leaders to get us out of bed. \a
by Maria Cirstea
In reply to "Governing our Farm"
November 4, 2008
At first I was struck by "cutting
back on the size of Marine Drive
Towers...more than a little bit silly." Metro Vancouver pushed to
have the towers reduced by three
floors because Wreck Beach,
a part of Pacific Spirit Park, is
under the jurisdiction of MV. Unlike all other Vancouver beaches,
Wreck is a unique haven in that
it has no cityscape view and no
one wanted to see towers looming above.
As far as UBC Farm lands are
concerned, they are important
to all UBC students, alumni and
any of us who live in the Metro
Vancouver area. Why? Less
than five per cent of BC is arable food land! It's under attack
everywhere by developers. The
Agricultural Land Reserve was
founded in 19 7 3. Since that time
we have lost more than 52,000
hectares of "protected" food
land. Why is this a problem? Why
is the removal of even a tiny portion of UBC Farm wrong?
• peak oil-fossil fuel will eventually be $3/4/5 per litre like
• cost-prohibitive transportation of far away food
• mono-culture induced food
failure—Vietnam, Thailand,
Darfur, etc.
• increasing water shortages,
especially in California and
• "possible" climate change
• rising rivers and endless
hectares of broken-dike-
drowned farm land
Has there ever been a more
critical time in our human history—to stop the loss of each and
every acre, every single hectare of
potential agricultural food land?
As well, the UBC Farm offers
a perfect opportunity for the
university to further develop
agricultural courses. Sustainable
"organic" small plot farming is
becoming more and more important as all ofthe above factors
speed towards us. Metro Vancouver front and backyard properties as well as boulevards will
eventually be planted with potatoes, beans, greens, etc. The UBC
Farm offers a perfect venue for
critical education in this area.
—Lance Read, UBC '79
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What do you think about the pass/fail grade scale?
Aneil Jaswa
Land & Food Systems 2
"It's part of a
motivation for
working harder.
I agree there
should be other
ways of grading...but pass
or fail is not the
Cam Miller
Arts 3
"It's just all
about coming in
to learn things
that will be applicable to your
life. I don't really
like their way
of just having
classes that are
just for your
Iris Tam
Arts 4
"I really don't
see the point of
changing and I
really do work
towards the
A's....It's a way
of motivating
people to work
Jay Kohn
Arts 4
"It might help...
relieve some
pressure from
your electives....
But at the same
time, it does
kinda put you at
a disadvantage
if you are doing
well or ifyou're
trying hard."
Nina Lobo
Forestry 4
"I guess they
just won't do
as much work
if they don't
care about it....
They'll treat it
more like something like they
have to do."
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