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Vol.LXXXVIH   N°28	
NIGELLA DOES BITE!
Listen to the Ubyssey for food advice...
Page 3
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
PUSHING BOUNDARIES
Performing arts festival brings puppets,
beasts and violins. Page 4-5
Bitch stole my purse on NYE since 1918
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007
MASTER DEBATERS
exmploooode all over campus.
Page 8
UBC Parking faces class-action lawsuit
UBC "can't go around saying what's allowed and what's not/ says lawyer
I AIN'T PAYING: Daniel Barbour's unpaid parking ticket led to the
$4million class-action lawsuit, kellan higgins photo illustration
by Momoko Price
NEWS STAFF
According to UBC's parking
enforcement policies, not paying
your parking tickets can have serious consequences, including vehicle impoundment, fine increases
and the retraction of university
services. But according to the
grounds of Daniel Barbour's newly
approved class-action lawsuit
against UBC, these consequences
aren't legally enforceable, and
haven't been for the past 16 years.
Last month the BC Supreme
Court approved Barbour's case to
go forward and now $4 million,
paid in parking fines by some
100,000 people since 1990, may
be at stake.
It began on March 26, 2004
when a heated dispute between an
angry driver and the man who
towed his car. At the time, Barbour
said his car had been towed due to
five outstanding parking tickets
which he knew nothing about. The
tickets amounted to about $150
but a further $200 had to be paid
to get his car. Barbour claims he
was denied the option to appeal
the charges against him until after
he had paid the fines, a regulation
he considered wholly contradictory and unfair.
Barbour was frustrated.
"I realised that their policy
doesn't even say they have to put a
notice on your dashboard...and if
you want to appeal the fines you
could only appeal to the people
who charged you in the first
place," he said.
Because the UBC Parking
appeals procedure does not
involve an impartial arbitrator to
resolve challenged cases, Barbour
claims UBC is enforcing and defining parking laws unfairly and outside its jurisdiction.
UBC Public Affairs director
Scott Macrae contends that UBC is
entirely within its right to enforce
fines and that they are no different
than any other university in BC.
"We're authorised by legislation to pass these rules regarding
traffic through the University Act,"
he  said.  "We're well within our
rights to regulate parking and, as
part of that regulation, to give
fines to people when they go
against the regulations we've set
up."
Though he did not wish to comment on the lawsuit itself, Macrae
confirmed that the University will
appeal the Supreme Court's decision from last month.
"We believe we have the authority to not only charge for parking,
which we do on a non-profit basis,
but we also believe we have the
right to fine people when they disobey the rules."
On the contrary, Barbour's
lawyer Sharon Matthews states that
the issue is not UBC's general jurisdiction to "regulate traffic," but
whether or not it can legally define
parking offenses and collect fines
from contravening parties, actions
that require special permission
from the legislature, which
Matthews says UBC never had.
"UBC says in its policy and regulations that if you have contra-
see "Parking" page 2.
Exam leak causes kerfuffle
Releasing the exam key "a stupid thing to do"says UBC student
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
Biology 200 students will not be
receiving their course mark until
a January examination is completed by 183 students after an
instructor in the course accidentally released the exam key before
they had taken their final.
James Berger, an instructor in
the course, posted the final exam
key on WebCT, intending it to be
hidden until after the students had
completed the final. But students
were able to access it prior to the
exam. The problem was magnified
because the 1170 students that
are registered in the five-section
course were allowed to bring
notes to the final.
Berger only found out about
this incident after being told by a
student on December 6, the day of
the exam. He could not be reached
for comment by press time.
A make up exam has been
scheduled for the 183 students
who have chosen to write the new
final on January 10.
According to Ellen Rosenberg,
coordinator of Biology 200, there
was a multitude of choices given
to students including accepting
their term mark as their final
course mark, and rewriting the
exam in January. Other students
had the option of using their final
mark towards 50 per cent of their
final grade.
Amy Rolfsen, a Biology 200 student in Berger's section, did not
know about the key leak until after
writing the exam and receiving an
email about the different options
left open to students in the course.
"TO MAKE EVERY STUDENT WRITE A NEW
EXAM WAS FOR A NUMBER OF STUDENTS...THE
WORSE OUTCOME
BECAUSE THEY WOULD
HAVE TO STUDY WHEN
THEY WERE STARTING
NEW COURSES."
-Paul Harrison
Associate Dean of Science
"I'm. not counting the exam,"
said Rolfsen, who decided to
accept her term mark as her
course mark, even though she
took the final. "I would have done
well enough if [the mark] was
scaled...and I sort of get the
impression that this exam won't
get scaled at all."
The incident, she said, was
a stupid thing to do but the professor who leaked it should not be
fired.
"He's a pretty smart teacher."
She said this gaffe posed "a
minor inconvenience" to her personally but indicated that there
were many students who "were
studying really hard on the
final" because for some students
the final meant passing the
course. In addition, the course
was important to others considering that the course is an important prerequsite for other
courses.
"The final was a big deal," she
said.
All Biology 200 instructors,
Rosenberg and Paul Harrison,
associate dean of Science have
worked for the past few weeks to
determine the fairest possible
grading solutions for the students.
Anne Lacey Samuels, a Biology
200 professor, indicated that it's
been a very difficult situation for
all the instructors.
"The majority of the students
who have contacted me [felt] that
the solution was fair," she said.
She added that the incident
affected all of the sections because
there were common questions on
see "Key leak"page 2.
THERE ARE EIGHT OF THEM:
CHEN PHOTO
The founders of After 8 Events, oker
First years embark on
entrepreneurial endeavor
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
Who says UBC students are just a
bunch of lazy cannabis smoking
hippies?
Jen Loong, an Engineering and
Commerce student and one of the
founders of After 8 Events and
Entertainment along with other
seven first-year students at UBC have
created their own events and promotions initiative to provide students
with an alternative party scene.
"I always wanted to...follow a
different genre  of parties  and  I
always had been doing that and I
was experienced doing event promotion," she said. "I think I picked
this group of people totally based
on their different expertise and
what they could bring to the
group."
Loong explained that the
idea for After 8 Events and
Entertainment came to the group
of friends after they figured they
could make waves in the 'party'
scene.
Commerce  assistant professor
see "After 8"page 2.
Happy   2007   and  welcome  back  to   school. News
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Providing more entertainment geared towards students by students
"After 8"continued from page 7.
Ronald T. Cenfetelli feels that running your own business is a great
learning experience.
"It's a terrific idea," he said
adding that typically people aren't
in control of a company until
they're promoted to senior staff.
"It's a great learning tool in many
ways."
Cenfetelli hopes that the Sauder
School of Business equips their students well enough for them to start
their own entrepreneurships.
"A business school at the
undergraduate and graduate levels... involves many levels of disciplines," he said. Accounting, statistics and marketing are just a
few of the areas a successful business student must master.
"I hope it succeeds but..a lot
can be learned from failure," said
Cenfetelli.
The founders of the group all
have other part time jobs, some
with two or three, added Loong.
All members hope that this will
be a success but in the meanwhile
they are all enjoying running a
company.
"It's all about putting our
names out there and just putting
out the company image and doing
relations with people [as] opposed
to getting money," she said.
"It comes easy for the eight of
us to do what we're doing and
we're [having] fun doing it.
Professionally it's something
we'd like to be doing for a long
time."
Loong explained that the
events scene was a natural start
for the group of eight friends and
that they have had a lot of fun
along the way, but they also see a
professional future in the business.
Having fun, said Loong, wasn't
the only benefit the group saw in
After 8; it gave them a chance to
apply much of what they have
learned in the classroom to real
world situations.
Jack Smith, a first year Arts student and friend of the founders of
After 8, indicated that their first
event, "Jungle Rumble", was a success, with over 300 students in
attendance.
"I haven't really heard of anything quite this ambitious," he
said. "I think a lot of students are
excited."
They hope their second event,
"No Pants 2.0", will be just as successful and with over 300 tickets
already sold it's an event that is
unlikely to disappoint. @
I thought the instructors acted quite efficiently,
says associate dean of Science
"Key leak"continued from page 1.
all the sections.
Harrison indicated that this
incident was "a human error" and
assured that "everyone will be
more careful in the future."
He added that the instructors
were very careful to mark the
exams and to give a fair assessment to each one.
"I thought the instructors acted
quite efficiently," he said.
Harrison added that making
all students write a new exam was
not in their best interests.
"To make every student write
a new exam was for a number
of students...the worse outcome because they would have to
study when they were starting
new courses," he said. "It was not
a preferred option."
"THE MAJORITY OF THE
STUDENTS WHO HAVE
CONTACTED ME [FELT]
THAT THE SOLUTION
WAS FAIR."
-Anne Lacey Samuels
Biology 200 instructor
Instructors contributed five
years to the improvement of
this course, Harrison said, and it
was very unfortunate that this
happened. @
"Parking"continued from page 7.
vened their regulations that you
have committed an offense, and
a private citizen—which essentially is what UBC is—can't do
that. It can't go around creating
offenses and saying what's
allowed and what's not."
While Macrae stressed the fact
that parking fines at UBC are
meant solely to deter parking violations and not to generate profit,
Barbour is convinced the system
is setup to make money, and speculates that the reason the issue
hasn't been raised before is
because students are penalised
most of the time by regulations.
"People don't do anything
about it because most of them are
students who don't know better
and when it's $15 or $40 here or
there and they can withhold your
marks, it's not worth it." @
News
Briefs
UBC student forgets to
tell mum he'll be late for
dinner
The search for a missing 21-
year old UBC student was
called-off on New Year's Eve
when police found him in his
dorm room.
The student left Cypress on
December 31 after a day of
snowboarding, but did not
return to his parents' Burnaby
home as planned.
North Shore Search and
Rescue had a massive search
ready to go before he was
found on campus.
Mo' buses, mo fusses?
Students busing to UBC in
the new year might notice
shorter wait times along two
of the main arteries runn
-ing to campus. Beginning
on December 18, Translink
increased bus service along
4th Ave and 41st Ave,
increasing Number 41 Joyce
Station/UBC and Number 84
VCC-Clark/UBC bus services.
Both routes serve as alternatives to the main Broadway corridor, which is one
of the busiest transit routes
in the city. Translink is looking to speed up service along
Broadway in the new year, and
is considering implementing
dedicated bus lanes, and transit priority signals at key intersections. @
'ttA)Mh&
Arts Week is happening!
Free! A 14-hourcontinuous
January 12-19
presentation of VEXATIONS.
All are welcome to come and
Monday:Compete in
go as they please.
"Gladiator"in Buchanan
D104.
Walk the Labyrinth for
Peace
TuesdayiCheck out lOarnaz-
St. Paul's Labryrinth, 1130Jervis
ing student acts in the Freddy
Wood Theatre @ 7.
January 12,7-9pm
Walk this recreation of a 12th
Tickets are 55 and benefit the
Century meditation tool
SIDS Foundation.
Canada's first permanent
indoor labyrinth.
Thursday: Check out the Arts
Career Fairall day in the SUB
The Art of Loving
concourse,and at night,corne
1819 West 5th
to Buchanan Dl40for our
January 15,730pm
Poetry Slam.
The fee is 530.
Photographer Horst Siegler
Friday:Mardi Gras @7 in the
shares tips on the technical
SUB Ballroom.
and professional aspects of
More details at
nude photography.
www.aus.ubcca
Five Nations Cup Wine
Sonata for Violin and
Tasting
Turntables
Vancouver Lawn Tennis and
Chan Centre
Badminton Club, 1630 West
January 11,8:00pm
15th.
Tickets 534-S3S
January 9,7-9pm
New Yorker Daniel Roumain
A blind wine tasting, hosted
mixes musical genres to cre
by the South World Wine
ate an innovative sonic land
Society.Sample wine from
scape.
each of the southern-hemi
sphere nations.
Eric Satie's VEXATIONS
UBC Recital Hall
January 11,8:00pm
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Tuesday, 9 January, 2007
Vol.LXXXVIII  N°28
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Feature
Or: Eat better, Stupid! You'll save money!
Stop eating out!
Maybe you're in a hurry, or miles away
from home. Maybe you're like countless
others who, for some reason, believe that
eating fast food is actually cheaper than
cooking yourself. Whatever your reason
for not preparing your own food, it's likely based on habit rather than sense.
Eating out is never as cheap or nutritious
as putting meals together yourself, which
takes less time than you probably imagine.
Some students still subscribe to the
age-old argument that food from
McDonalds is practical for students,
aecause it can fill you up quickly at low
cost. "Fast food just seems cheaper!"
There are all sorts of problems with this,
the first being the delusion that fast food
is filling. Your average combo meal consists mainly of simple sugars, from the
white bun and soft drink right down to
the ketchup that goes with your fries.
Simple sugars rate high on the glycemic
index, meaning they spike your blood
sugar levels with a temporary high, but
break down quickly—leaving you feeling
hungry soon after eating.
Next, fast food is not cheap. Yes, a
burger for less than a dollar seems like a
good deal, but let's consider a value
meal, which comes to, say, $5, if not
more. If you skip breakfast and eat one of
these meals each for lunch and dinner,
you are spending $10 a day minimum,
with no snacks and pathetic returns in
terms of nutrition. On less than $ 10, you
could eat three home-cooked, healthy
meals, plus snacks, that will keep you full
all day. To find out how, keep reading.
Buy some things in bulk
If you have the means, head to
Costco every four months and expect to
spend about $200. This will actually
save you a ton of cash, since all other
grocery trips during that time will
come to no more than $3 5. Count it up:
three $200 Costco trips plus weekly
$35 local stock-ups a year and you 11 be
spending less than $7 a day on food.
Compare that to the $10-a-day
McDonald's starvation diet—you save
over a thousand bucks. Find a friend
with car and a Costco card and make it
happen.
Before the trip, think about the things
you eat most often and make a list that.
you will not waver from, even when vats
of gummy worms tempt you from the
candy aisle. And hey, want to splurge on
pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes? Go
for it—you can get away with it with this
plan. Eating on a budget does not mean
spaghetti and toast every day, supplemented by corndogs.
Once you get home, take care of any
meat. Open the huge packages and individually wrap pieces in foil or plastic
before freezing. Small Ziploc bags work
well, so that in a pinch meat can be
defrosted in the bag in a bowl of room-
temperature water. This process is far
more efficient than botched microwave
jobs in which the outside of the chicken
actually begins to cook while the center
remains frozen. Gross.
Stop going to Safeway
Shocked? Don'tbe. If you haven't ventured elsewhere, then you won't know
this dirty little secret: Safeway is needlessly expensive, among other things.
Small produce stores are usually
found kitty-corner or across the street
from most Safeways. An amazing variety
can be found on West Broadway and 4th
Avenue. These places are packed with
cheap, fresh produce, and you may be
surprised to find they also stock many
other fridge and pantry products, often
in bulk. You might pay a few cents more
for milk, since these places are selling on
a smaller scale than Safeway, but your
receipt will definitely reflect the fact that
these places are cheaper on the whole.
If you live on campus, try the
Granville Island Market store in the
Village. It's a bit more expensive than the
places along Broadway, but still good. At
the cashier you will find $ 1 bags of fruit,
vegetables, and bread nearing their stale
dates-as long as you can eat these fast
enough, or freeze the bread, the bags are
a great deal.
Eat your vegetables (and fruit)
For the price of a chocolate bar out of
a vending machine, you could buy about
six bananas. Or two big bunches of
spinach. Or a bag of potatoes.
In most supermarkets, people tend to
cycle through the store to land at the produce section last, with a full basket and
an exhausted budget. Shop for fruits and
vegetables first, buying in season and
therefore cheaply (i.e. no strawberries in
mid-December!) If you are sticking to the
plan and spending $35 a week on groceries, then purchase $ 10-$ 15 worth of
produce before buying other stuff.
If price is not the problem, and you
are simply unsure how to incorporate
roughage into your diet, then just keep it
simple. Cut orange juice from breakfast,
since it is expensive and often made with
soaked orange peels anyway, and eat a
fresh orange, instead..
Stuff sandwiches and wraps with
romaine lettuce, green beans, snow
peas, green onion, tomato, sliced
cucumber, chopped cilantro, whatever
you have in the fridge. When stir-frying,
simply double the usual amount of vegetables-try pre-chopped bell pepper,
celery, broccoli, and cauliflower for
quick cooking.
One last vegetable tip: Make your own
pasta sauce. It will be cheaper and more
nutritious than the stuff that comes in
jars, and it's dead easy. Simply saute
some chopped vegetables (like onions,
garlic, zucchini, etc.) until they are nice
and soft. Then add a big can of diced
tomatoes and some dried oregano, and
let simmer uncovered for twenty minutes. One try and you will be pumped
with ideas for the next batch, which you
can always freeze for later.   .
Shop with recipes in hand (or mind)   ■
People come to hate buying fresh
food for two reasons. First, they come
home and find they can't construct a single complete meal. Second, they are
forced to throw out half their food in two
weeks' time because it rots at the bottom
of the fridge.
Save yourself the pain of both by
shopping with recipe ideas in hand. This
means sitting down before your weekly
shopping excursion with a pen and
some paper, then flipping through
recipes. If you don't have any recipes,
then go to Allrecipes.com. Identify three
meals that you will actually follow
through with-they should be easy, and
should require only a few, easy-to-find
ingredients. In addition to these meals
(soups, stews, lasagna, whatever), think
of what you will need for a week's worth
of breakfasts, snacks, and on-the-go
meals such as sandwiches and wraps.
Next, copy the ingredients down in
groups. For example, list all of the produce in one part of the list, and all the |
bulk items in another. This may seem
tedious the first time, but as soon as you I
are in the store, the beauty of the system
will dawn on you.
Learn some great recipes .
People say they don't know how to
cook, but usually they are just daunted.
Cooking requires nothing more than fol-
ilowing directions. This means that any
one with a cutting board, a big knife, a
pot, and a not-stick pan can do it.
Great recipes are the ones you keep
coming back to because they are delicious and easy to make. As soon as you
find one of these, jot it down ontOo a
large note card and keep in a drawer or
in a box. Then, when you go to make
your grocery lists, you can simply flip
through your cards and choose the
recipes you want for the week.
For inspiration, ask your mom or
dad how to make some of your
favourite childhood meals. Or search
around Allrecipes.com for your
favourite kinds of foods. Some of your
first meals might turn out truly terrible, but it doesn't take long to compile
a stack of recipes that you know and
love and can even cook for friends.
Be quick and creative with your cooking
-Breakfast sandwich: peanut butter
and banana.
-Breakfast smoothie: banana, eight or
so ice cubes, and a package of dessert
tofu (don't be afraid-they're like pudding
and come in delicious flavours: coconut,
banana, almond, and mango-papaya).
-Mary's favourite sandwich: pita
with cream cheese, figs, and chopped
walnuts.
-If you put an omelet in a pita, you can
walk out the door with it.
-Add nuts to cereal in the morning to
stay full longer.
-Easiest fruit crumble ever: chop up
apples and mix with lemon, a little
sugar, and some frozen berries. Let this
sit for an hour or a day, then pour into
a pie pan and top with a mix of flour,
oats, brown sugar, a little butter, and
some cinnamon. Bake at a medium
heat for about 40 minutes.
-Instant fullness: Cook instant noodles with broccoli and bok choi, and an
egg swirled in at the end.
-Cook extra pasta. In a hurry, you ca¥
toss in some canned tuna or salmon, and
if you've got it, some dill or parsley, sun-
dried tomatoes, pine nuts, lemon juice,
and salt and pepper.
-Eat lentils. Lentils + rice = complete
protein.
-Toss a sweet potato in the oven at a
low heat for aOn hour, for the most comforting food ever.
■   -Mix plain yogurt with a few spoon7
fuls of sugar and some vanilla, then
pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
After a minute in the blender, this
the best "frozen yogurt" ever. @
text byMary Ljeighton, photo by Oker Chen Tuesday, 9 January, 2007    THE UBYSSEY
Culture
THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 9 January, 2007
Story of a direktor
by Christine McLaren
CULTURE WRITER
On January 5, director Tom
Tykwer's film, Perfume: The Story of
a Murderer, hit theaters in
Vancouver. The story, originally a
renowned novel by German author
Patrick Siiskind, takes place in 18th
Century Paris and tells the tale of
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who possesses the world's most potent scent
of smell that allows him to smell
anything and everything. After discovering the most beautiful scent in
the world—that of a beautiful
woman—he sets out to make the
world's most extraordinary perfume, taking the audience on a near-
supernatural journey of murder and
insatiable desire.
The sheer magnitude of the
film's narrative has made it the
most challenging work of Tom
Tykwer's career. With a flair for the
mystical and magical, Tykwer is
well-known for bringing his audiences into a parallel world in his
films, while the stories still remain
within our own realm.
"That is what the cinema does,"
he said. "It takes you to a place, a
certain state that is a mixture of
reality and fiction. The audience is
suspended outside of reality, yet
once they leave the cinema everything has been sharpened."
It was at the age of nine that
Tykwer was first drawn to filmmaking and its ability to seduce and
manipulate the viewer.
"We love to be manipulated," he
said. "It's human nature."
He became a film "addict" at a
very young age, taking in everything he could until eventually
crossing  over   from  living  in  a
PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER Tom Tykwer directs
Karoline Hurfurth in his latest film.
world of fantasy to creating it himself. The turning point came when
he saw the film King Kong in theatres for the first time, Tykwer
explained.
"It was then that I realised that
this was something man-made, and
from then on I was hooked. It was
my [artistic] medium before I could
even know I had a choice."
Through his younger years the
director made a handful of films,
finally making his break into the
international scene with the hit
German film, Run Lola Run.
Following Tykwer's typically
dreamy, distinctive style, the film
explored the concept of time and
the difference miniscule events can
impact the fall of events in life, a
topic that had always fascinated
him. He admits although it is not
always easy to be a film director
from a financial perspective, he
believes success is not defined solely by how much ends up in your
bank account.
"You always have to fight for the
money, always, but I never did any
film just for the money. It's the
labor of love and if you give that to
the people, they will give [you] the
right to your own path. I can really
do what I want and as long as I can
do that, I'm successful."
As far as his latest film goes,
it had always been a dream of
Tykwer's to pursue Perfume. He
discussed the obligation a director
feels when attempting a story that
already exists in written form,
to deliver something as "intense,
drastic and simply crazy, while still
being just as joyful as the book. We
needed to deliver the movie as
three-dimensional, with as many
fantastic images as the original."
In the end, Tykwer's artistic philosophy is simple—to allow his
viewers to lose themselves enough
within a film that it helps them find
themselves more easily afterwards.
"The further we allow ourselves
to fall into another world," he says,
"the easier it is to understand the
one we live in." @
M A S T E R of
FINANCIAL
ECONOMICS
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Master of Financial Economics Program
University of Toronto
150 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 3G7
The Master of Financial Economics Program at the Unit
of Toronto is a small enrollment, collaborative program
between the Department of Economics and the Rotman School
of Management. The Program equips talented students with
the tools required for successful careers in the financial sector
by merging the theoretical, analytical and quantitative
components of an MA in Economics with the practical and
applied case-based studies of MBA finance courses.
The MFE program is at the forefront of the new trend towards
increased specialization in graduate programs. In addition to
the core course requirements, students are able to choose electives
from both economics and management to individualize their
program and more closely match it with their career objectives.
MFE graduates have been employed in a variety of areas
in the financial system including: banking, economic rese
portfolio management, risk management, consulting and the
public sector.
Applicants must have completed or be in the Final year of
completing a four-year or Honours Degree in an undergraduate
program. Preference will be given to applicants who have
completed advanced level courses in economics, mathematic
commerce and statistics.
Application deadline: February 1, 2007
For additional program, admission and application
information, please visit the MFE Web site or contact the
Program Coordinator at (416) 978-8623.
www.rotman.utoronto.ca/mfe/
Festival PuShes the envelope
by Andrea Loewen
CULTURE  WRITER
If you've ever found yourself wondering about the future of theatre, the
PuSh Festival for the Performing Arts
is the perfect place to start. Running
January 10 to February 4, PuSh is an
annual festival simply described as a
"festival about contemporary performing arts," according to festival director
and curator Norman Armour.
You won't find any Shakespeare
or Neil Simon at PuSh because
Armour went out of his way to find
pieces that were "innovative, bold,
and daring... hybrid forms of performance." True to form, you'll discover pieces that push (pun intended)
the boundaries of what theatre is,
incorporating dance, multimedia,
and other elements into their work.
In Armour's view, theatre has an
important place in society as a place to
"make sense of the world, make connections and show the human cost of
things... theatre is a huge investment-
it's incredibly daring and vulnerable
and with PuSh I was looking for artists
who take that investment seriously."
He found them in the collective theatre group, Forced Entertainment,
from Sheffield, UK.
Tim Etchells, one of six contributing artists to Forced Entertainment,
describes their work as not only "trying to talk about the contemporary
world, about our experiences, our
identity," but also as trying to push
the edges of theatre as a form.   He
likens their method to that of a child
with a new toy—trying to see what it
can do and what (if anything) will
break it, making them a perfect fit for
the festival.
Their penchant for experimentation is clear with the two pieces they'll
be contributing to PuSh this year:
Quizoola! and Exquisite Pain. A "duration piece," Quizoola! runs for six
hours, freeing the audience to come
and go as they please. Breaking down
traditional theatrical confines of a
fixed audience and time constraints,
Etchells describes duration pieces as
creating a freedom among performers
and audiences. Audiences have total
freedom to come or go as they please,
and as time goes by, he says performers "get tired, even slightly hysterical.
You find yourself...making unplanned
moves. You're naked, defenses
down."
Exquisite Pain is based on artist
Sophie Calle's piece by the same
name, a piece that tells her own story
of personal suffering, as well as
those of complete strangers. Although
direct participation from audience
members is not included in the show,
Etchells describes the appeal of this
piece as "inviting the thought experiment of adding to it" In contrast to
many other PuSh performances,
Exquisite Pain takes an extremely
minimalist approach, stripping away
most of what would be considered
"theatrical" and leaving only two people onstage, working through other
peoples' sad tales.
As well as showcasing new and
daring performances, PuSh attempts
to create context and opportunities
for artists to form community with
the PuSh Assembly. The Assembly
consists of various structured and
unstructured networking events
including speed dating, workshops,
speakers, and an emerging artist
assembly (theatre students take
note!) All this adds up to a "a platform for profile, shared ideas, and
providing means for likeminded people to connect."
From local to international artists,
dance, multimedia and extreme minimalism, PuSh tries it all. With such a
large collection to choose from,
Armour makes only one suggestion:
"go where you're passionate." @
Wednesdays at 1pm, SUB 24 - be there!
UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA
Campus &  Community Planning
Development Permit Applications
DP 06029: South Campus Lot 16 Townhouses
GBL Architects Group Inc. proposes to build 24, 3-storey townhouses on Lot 16 of
Wesbrook Place (South Campus Neighbourhood). This proposal is consistent with the
approved Neighbourhood Plan.
DP 06012: Site A (Coast) - Amendment
Bastion Coast Homes proposes an amendment to their previously approved 76-unit
project. Revisions to include reducing the size and floor layout of the townhomes; to split
some mid-rise apartment units and revise others; and revisions to the parkade and
landscape. This proposal would remain consistent with approved Neighbourhood Plan.
Poafic Spinl
Regional Park
SUBJECT
PROPERTY #1
— ■ Green Streets
SUNOS
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More information on this project is available on the C & CP website:
www.planning.ubc.ca/corebus/devapps.html
These applications are scheduled for consideration by the Development Permit Board on
January 17, 2007, Room 101, Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, 5:00-7:00
p.m.; for directions visit www.maps.ubc.ca
CJ   Questions: Caroline Eldridge, Land Use Planner, C & CP e-mail: Caroline.eldridge@ubc.ca
l     This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about assistance for persons with disabilities, e-
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UNIVERSITY OF
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GRADUATE
STUDENT SOCIETY
Attention Grad Students:
The nomination period for GSS
Executive Elections is now open!
Executive officers receive
the following annual honoraria:
President: $13,000
Vice-President Finance: $10,000
Vice-President Administration: $10,000
Vice-President Services: $10,000
Vice-President Student Affairs: $10,000
The execs hire their own assistants which
receive annual honoraria of $6 Grand.
Limited Campaign funds are
provided by GSS. The campaign
period runs from Jan. 22nd-Feb. 12th and
voting takes place Jan. 29th-Feb. 12th.
For information contact
Ed Durgan - GSS Election Officer:
edurgan@interchange.ubc.ca
Freedom to learn
by Jennifer Chrumka
CULTURE   WRITER
"My name is Erin Gruweli. Welcome
to Freshman English."
That's how it started, in Room
203 at Woodrow Wilson High
School in Long Beach, California.
She stood in front of a class of
strangers, a string of pearls around
her neck, facing the students who
would change her life forever. It
was Gruwell's first teaching job
and the classroom was its own kind
of war zone.
The room was heated by gang
violence and racial tension but
Gruwell's slow, steady way of teaching by understanding and empowering transformed them all. "I tried to
validate who they were and where
they came from," Gruweli said.
Her goal: "If I can teach them to
pick up a pen and put down a gun,
that's the weapon of choice for
everybody." The students, as a
result, became readers and writers
and donned themselves with the
moniker Freedom Writers.
Now the Writers have graduated
and moved onto University and
Gruweli is taking their story on the
road. She was recently in Vancouver
speaking at Queen Alexandra
Elementary School. Her hope is to
inspire other teachers and students,
so they can achieve all that she has.
"This has really given me the
platform to talk about the things I
am very passionate about," Gruweli
explained. "That every kid can
make it, they all have the ability,
and that doing bad things doesn't
make you a bad person."
Faye Walsh, executive director
of the Erin Gruweli Education
Project, says about her, "she has an
amazing way of bringing worlds
together of people that would not
normally interact and of making
them fit."
The Freedom Writers have been
immortalized, first through a book
(a collective diary), and soon in a
major motion picture, all bearing
the same name.
Gruweli played a big role in the
making of the film. She helped with
the screenplay and casting, and so
had a say in who portrayed her.
Her first choice was Hilary Swank.
"I loved Boys Don't Cry, it was so
poignant and gritty," she said.
"Hilary really becomes an advocate
for the subjects she portrays and I
thought she could become a true
advocate for education."
"She brought so much passion
to the film and she really believed
in the story."
While Swank came from a humble background, Gruweli had a different upbringing. The daughter of
educated, successful parents, she
was raised in a suburban, gated
community. "It is a contrast for me
to have experienced such a safe,
loving, nuclear family and choosing to work a community where
there aren't those kinds of homes,
where kids are transient and have
deadbeat dads."
She wanted to make a difference
by acting before problems surface-
she turned to teaching and chose a
neighbourhood far removed from
her own.
But that's not the end. While the
movie, the book, and the success of
the Freedom Writers "are wonderful first steps," she said, Gruweli is
determined to train teachers
across the country and across the
world so that kids in similar situations can replicate the change she's
seen take place.
"I am a dreamer and I'm shamelessly idealistic," says Gruweli, "I want
the kind of experience I had to happen
to kids around the world." @
UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference
March 3rd, 2007
Location: SUB Ballroom
Make your project count for more than jusl a grade... present it at the next Multidisciplinary llndergraduate Research Conference and make it count toward your future.
The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference celebrates the contributions
of undergraduate research at UBC. It provides an opportunity for students from across
campus to present a research project they have been working on while engaging in
scholarly debate amongst each other.
Participation in the conference is on a voluntary basis. It is open to all undergraduates
interested in presenting their research. Presentations and posters will be judged by a
panel of graduate students, and prizes will be presented at the end of the conference.
MURC - Where Great Minds Meet.
Important Dates:
January 10: Information booth in the SUB - Main level
January 8-12 and 22-25: Open office hours with Sonja Embree, the conference coordinator, from 2 - 4:30pm (see below for address and contact)
January 18 and 19: Workshop on how to write an abstract (two slots; see
website for times and locations)
January 26: Deadline for submission of abstracts to present
February 23: Deadline to register for the conference
Sonja Embree. Coordinator
Office of the Vice President Research - Rm. 101.6190 Agronomy Road
lei: 604-822-4919 Fax: 604-827-5356
www.research.ubc.ca/murc      info.murc@ubc.ca
The Ubyssey welcomes you back and
wishes you a happy 2007!
culture @ ubyssey. be. ca Opinion&Editorial
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Introducing UBC
ResolutionPlan 20/07
It's self-improvement time, UBC! Suck in that
white-collar gut! Pull up those threadbare yoga
pants! And for the love of Toope, will someone
please think of the children! As the year begins
anew, the Ubyssey unveils its own vision of a
sustainable future...UBC ResolutionPlan
20/07!
Play with kids!
This includes children of all ages, be it little toddlers or first years, emotional, immature
bosom buddies or content adult babies in the
Commerce Department. Each one of these subgroups needs a little more TLC from the current administration, but nobody moreso than
the 1200 or so individuals waiting for daycare
spots here on campus. The University has so
far proposed just 146 spaces to alleviate the
current need. That's about 10 percent. Maybe
UBC should be taking Math 184 along with
every other broke freshman at Totem Park.
Channel Jimmy Carter and start
building!
UBC students have elephantine memories-
same goes for their genitalia—and no-one soon
forgets the hassle of trying to find a place to live
while studying at UBC. Thousands of students
applied to live in residence this year. Imagine
their disappointment when, just weeks before
moving in, they were given notice that "it
would be prudent to begin to investigate
options for alternate housing." This is exactly
what happened to anyone who didn't draw a
lucky number for the rez lottery—even students
from abroad were not afforded the chance to
have residence even after initially being
assured of it. The resolution here is to find a
solution that does not unfairly kick students to
the curb and be a little more honest with those
who've taken the trouble to apply.
Stop smoking!
The fumes from your steaming piles of rhetoric
are choking us all, and when you keep blowing
smoke up our asses, it becomes unbearable.
Rather than refusing to talk, try to reach out to
a few people. Many of us want to get to know
you, UBC, and you should talk to them. Macrae,
when we ask you about UBC Parking lawsuits,
don't talk to us about the U-Pass. Alumni
Affairs, when trying to get more donations,
don't tell us you're out to make us more friends
on Facebook. Just stop already. We may be
dumb, but we're not that dumb.
Be Thrifty!
"Thrifty" doesn't mean not spending any
money—thrifty means evaluating what needs
to be improved, who's overpaid, who's underpaid and where funding is needed. You keep
'. should probably resolve to do something this New"*
Year. Maybe get in shape, stop being so cheap, or be more
pleasant to people....
^o
UBC'S NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION IS TO NOT
MAKE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
getting those raises you shoot for, UBC, but that
doesn't mean you should blow it all on a TV on
the side of a building, or dual clocks for the
same time zone, or ludicrous segways that tear
up the carpets when they come inside (which
they shouldn'L) It's just not practical. Instead,
think before you spend and tighten a few things
up. Some buildings don't need upgrades and
it's alright to put your foot down when someone plans to spend money poorly. You have the
power to stop them and give that money to the
groups who really need it.
This applies to UBC's attempts to expand
their sister university, UBC-O. Their development plans have resulted in a $12 million
shortfall. As of the last Board of Governors
meeting, the administration has yet to find
resources to completely fund the entire projecL
However, they assure that they will find the
money to fund the development projects currently underway. Whatever happened to
University Boulevard which was to be ready for
UBC's centennial celebration? And how about
the underground bus station, slated to be ready
by this year? The UBC Winter Sports Centre is
slated to be on budget and ahead of schedule.
Perhaps this is a sign of better things to come.
Stop doing Coke™!
Everyone knows the omnipresent of Coca-cola,
as well as its ability to dissolve metal, stomach
linings and even the teeth of tiny sub-Saharan
babies. So why bother shelling out more money
to the electronic coke pusher that scowls the
basement of the SUB in search of young nubile
bodies to poison? Also, we at the Ubyssey are
still bitter at the ghosts of Alma Mater Society
(AMS) past for inviting a virtual monopoly onto
campus with open arms. We'd also like to take
this opportunity to invite anyone who has ever
spent a day on campus walking around with
the taste of marijuana in a dry, dry mouth
searching desperately for a water fountain to
pass along to us any stoned missives against
the administration. We'll forward them directly to Stephen Toope along with a roach for his
consideration.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has taken
the right steps and have motioned against
adopting a future contract with a cold-beverage provider. The prospect of UBC resigning
with Coca-Cola for another decade has us
wondering whether students at UBC will be
sacrificed in the name of the almighty dollar
again.
As much as the New Year is an arbitrary deadline for something new, it's still as good a time
as any to effect change. Be a positive influence,
spend your money wisely and cut the excess
faL Baby steps, UBC, baby steps. @
Streeters
What's your mom's New Year's resolution?
—VarunRana
Mechanical Engineering. 4
"I'm an
international
student, so I only
talk to my mom
over the phone,
and i forgot to ask."
—UmairRana
Engineering, 1
"My family doesn't
make any New
Year's resolutions."
—Stephanie Hui
Statistics, 4
"I haven't talked to
my mom at all yet."
—Ida Martin
Law, 2
"III had to guess,
probably learn how
to play left-handed
tennis...she's kinda
odd."
—TzzaraJohl
Political Science, 4
"This is so serious,
you have to know
my mom. But
probably to stay
with her feelings"
-Coordinated by Simon Underwood, Candice Okada, Cheatah Nao and Oker Chen
Perspective
Turnitin on track
by John Barrie
I want to acknowledge concerns expressed
in the article, "Students using Turnitin vulnerable to US Patriot Act," that appeared in
your publication on November 14, 2006.
Students are understandably concerned
with the privacy of their academic work and
I commend the authors of the article for
their desire to expose potential risk.
However, I think it is important to note that
the article did not address the full spectrum
of potential privacy issues that should be
considered when addressing the topic.
Your readers should consider the thousands of service providers—from email
providers such as Hotmail and AOL to
major cell phone providers like Verizon
and Cingular—that pose similar if not
greater risk. With the advent of the information age, people must ask themselves if the
benefits they reap from using a particular
service are worth the potential privacy
risks. Privacy is an important issue and
should not to be taken lightly. Despite the
potential risk, most people feel comfortable
with these services and desire the convenience they offer. This is true for the six million plus students and educators worldwide
who have used Turnitin to promote academic integrity, collaboration, and productivity in over 7,000 institutions worldwide.
Additionally, the concerns cited in the
article regarding Section 215 of the Patriot
Act, which relates to procurement of
"books, records, papers, documents, and
other items," pose minimal risk when you
consider that judicial authorisation is still
required.
According to U.S. Attorney Ken
Wainstein's testimony before the U.S.
House of Representatives in 2005, "just as
prosecutors use grand jury subpoenas in a
responsible manner, information recently
declassified by the Justice Department
reveals that the Department has used section 215 in a judicious manner."
The issue of privacy is really with government policy-makers, not with services
like Turnitin and others. I actively encourage your readers to understand the implications of the Patriot Act and other such laws
imposed by government agencies around
the world. It is important for all of us to
understand when using services in this age
of information how to protect our rights.
The company recognises the concerns of
students and provides guidance for protecting their privacy in our Pledge policy,
which can be found on our website.
Furthering our commitment to protect the
privacy rights of students, we are actively
developing a new feature that will be introduced with our service in 2007. This new
feature will isolate and encrypt student's
personal information and only the student,
teacher and school will have access to the
key that unlocks that data. Turnitin will not
store this information. As a result, in the
unlikely event of a court-ordered surrender
of student information, Turnitin could only
provide an encrypted /which would render
the data useless. Because of this, the risks
identified in the article are largely unfounded and simply do not apply to our service
when adhering to the user guidance that
the company provides. Turnitin will continue to make options available to students to
protect their privacy and provide a level of
trust that when using our service they can
minimize their risk and forever protect
their identity.
—John Barrie is the creator of
Turnitin.com and CEO
of iParadigms, LLC.
Feedback@ubyssey.bc.ca THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 9 January, 2007
Culture
7
Scariest thing is the ancient cliches
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
now playing
by Oker Chen
CULTURE STAFF
Everyone remembers those beloved films from
their childhood. From the animated Charlotte's
Web and The Jungle Book to the happy-go-lucky
attitude of the redheaded orphan Annie, they all
showcase lively hi-jinx while weaving a complex
story with emotionally-involving nuances that
the young mind can grow with—whether it's the
search for lost identity, the responsibility of
growing up, or learning to let go of friends.
Director Shawn Levy's holiday film Night at the
Museum plainly underestimates a child's ability to digest, or at least chew on, cinematic soul-
food more intricate than a formulaic slapstick
comedy cracker. Although it's easy to dismiss
its mind-numbing mediocrity as a family film,
all but the most closet-trapped children will roll
their eyes at the film's stale attempts at comedy.
Night at the Museum is highly impressive for one specific aspect—it hits every
Hollywood comedy cliche it could find.
Somewhere in Levy's chest of directorial
tools, located between the jar of pickled wit-
tiness and the wand of lousy romance, there
lies a tone of conventional slapstick, to
which Levy has faithfully followed in his
directing. The film is about a lone parent (in
this case, Ben Stiller's archetypal loser
Larry) who is separated from his child (Jake
Cherry as the heartbroken boy) and undertakes an adventurous quest to win him back
with the help of a cast of quirky characters—
who are much more interesting than him—
by thwarting the nefarious plans of wicked
and greedy villains and to have an unstated
romance with a supporting damsel in distress somewhere as a romantic subplot.
This film could be one of any number of
movies fromFinding Nemo to Honey I
Shrunk the Kids, but it just so happens to be
about the hero taking a job in a museum of
natural history to fight a machismo complex
rooted in his jealousy over his son's stepfather ability to provide shelter better than he
does. Oh, and the museum is enchanted—
exhibits come to life after closing hours.
Whoops, lost that one neat bit to the grind of
bad acting as the characters are trying so
hard to be weird and wacky, that the formula of having quirky characters becomes very
evident in the canned exaggerations of both
its main and supporting actors.
Unfortunately, nowhere does the film
actually attempt to distance itself from the
highly calculated blandness. How many
times must we endure Larry falling down,
getting hit and flying across the room, being
tripped, bound, and peed on by a monkey?
At its worst, the film is downright damaging
to a child's perception of the world with its
examples of rampant sexism, mockery of
foreign  languages  in  tribute  to  ignorant
racism, and worshipping wealth as social
status. For the sake of ending this review
optimistically, this film is highly recommended for those who cannot get enough of
phony family-oriented comedies. @
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Sports
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
UNDERDOGS TAKE DEBATING CROWN
by Mary Leighton
SPORTS STAFF
More than 1000 delegates from
around the world made their way to
the UBC campus last week for the
2007 World Universities Debating
Championships. Many of the debate
stars knew each other from other
championships, but none could predict the surprise winner of the
Grand Finals.
The intensity of the teams
would surprise anyone unfamiliar
with debate competitions. One
of the event's coordinators, conducting a security check at
5:30am, found teams "practicing
together, exercising together."
Some delegates even have special
diets, he said.
The teams, each comprised of
two delegates from the same university, were given just 15 minutes
to prepare once the topic was
announced. Two teams defended
the proposition and two opposed.
Each speaker had a mere seven
minutes at the podium.
Last Wednesday, the audience at
the  Chan Centre hushed to hear
which four teams would face off
in the Grand Finals. Cheers and
singing rang out after each
name: "Queensland A...Cambridge
C...Oxford D." To the shock of some,
the list even included a G team-
Sydney G.
Once the teams took their
places on stage, the topic was
announced: "This house believes
that economic growth is the solution to climate change." The teams
retreated to the wings for their 15
minutes of preparation, while the
delegates in the audience discussed arguments for and against
as well as team favourites.
"I'm hoping Sydney G gets it,"
said Zoya Sheftalovich from the
University of Technology in Sydney,
Australia. "It's an all-girl team...I
don't think an all-girl team has ever
won," she added. An all-women
team has won in the past, but not
since 2000.
After a speech from VP Students
Brian Sullivan, a Cambridge speaker
sparked the debate, arguing that a
"carbon trading system" would make
environmental efforts profitable for
companies. Queensland A opposed
this plan, proposing in its place a flat
carbon tax that would "make polluters pay."
As the debate progressed, the
speakers grew more colourful.
Bob Nimmo of Cambridge, who
appeared at the podium in a kilt,
referred to George W. Bush as "the
odd wanker in the White House,"
called the European Union "a bit
crap," and taunted the opponents
with a "na na na na na." The speakers also called each other by first
names at times, revealing the col-
legial nature of the event.
Nevertheless, delegates formed
sharp arguments and rebuttals, frequently dotting their presentations
with debate formalities such as
"ladies and gentlemen," "on this side
of the house," and "what the prime
minister proposed."
The winners were announced at
the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre,
after the adjudicators took almost
two extra hours to decide. In a true
underdog story, the all-women G
team from Sydney took first place by
a unanimous decision.
"We're stoked!" said teammates
Julia   Bowes   and  Anna   Garsia.
"This is the first time a G team
has ever won," said Bowes. She
also added that Vancouver is "the
most beautiful city in the
world...after Sydney."
In the ESL Finals, which also
took place Wednesday, the team
from IIU Malaysia (International
Islamic University) won first place.
The delegates may have learned
English as a second language, but
they delivered mile-a-minute performances, often leaving the podium breathless.
To wrap up the ESL Finals,
Raanan Eichler from the Hebrew
University made the closing comments against the proposition that
politicians have a right to a private
life. He won laughter and applause
when he responded to an opponent's sidebar question, "When did
Monica Lewinsky give up her right
to privacy?" Eichler began his
response—"When you have sex with
a president..."
A year from now, many of
the delegates will meet again
in Bangkok, Thailand, for the
2008 World University Debate
Championship. @
Bird
Droppings
Men's basketball
The CIS No. 2 ranked Thunderbirds
lost their first game to a Canadian
opponent all season over the holidays at the Guy Vetrie Memorial
Invitational in Victoria. UBC fell to
the No. 6 ranked Concordia Stingers
84-70, before rebounding the next
night, December 30 with a 75-68 win
over the Queen's Golden Gaels. Back
home after the new year, UBC
downed their cross-town rivals from
SFU Friday at War Memorial Gym
73-61 behind 16 points each from
Bryson Kool and Jason Birring. The
Thunderbirds pushed their conference record to 13-0 the following
night with a 76-67 win at Simon
Fraser. Casey Archibald led all scores
with 27 points in the win, UBC's 33
consecutive in conference play.
Women's basketball
After beating up on three of Ontario's
best in Brock, Toronto, and
Laurentian over the Christmas
break, the T-Birds returned to the
court only to get handed their first
regular season loss of the year. No. 3
ranked Simon Fraser beat No. 2 UBC
74-71 at War Memorial Friday. Five
Clan players were in double digits
while Cait Haggarty and Kelsey Blair
led the Thunderbirds with 18 points
each. UBC returned the favour
Saturday as they outlasted the Clan
on Burnaby Mountain 62-53 in a
defensive battle. Erica McGuinness
scored 16 points for UBC. @
Sms
HITERRCTIVE
Announcements
THE WEEK
HMD  EEYDND
Pub Quiz
- Gallery Lounge 8:00pm
Wednesday Jan 10th
(free)
Overflow Wednesdays w/ The Yoko Casionos
- Gallery Lounge 10:00pm
Wed Jan 10th, 17th, 24th, 31 st
(free)
Craig Cardiff w/ Patrick Brealey
-Gallery Lounge
Thurs Jan 25th Doors 8:00pm $7 at Outpost
SLC
STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
This year's Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is
coming up this Saturday Jan. 13th! Check out the
website at www.ams.ubc.ca/slc for more information!
www.ams.ubc.ca
Nominations for the AMS Executive are now open!
Go online to www.ams.ubc.ca/elections or grab a form at SUB 249K to
nominate. Deadline is January 12,2007 at 4pm! Questions? Email
Elections Administrator Chris Anderson at elections@ams.ubc.ca
This year the AMS Elections is running a Voter-Funded Media Contest
with the January 2007 elections! For more information and to enter, go online to
www.ams.ubc.ca/elections/vfm.html. There are 8 prizes from $500 - $1500 to be won!
Deadline is January 12,2007 at 4pm.
Questions? Email VFM Administrator Tiffany Glover at vf m@ams.ubc.ca
The AMS Presidential Candidates Debate will be held:
Monday, January, SUB Conversation Pit
AMS Day - January 12
Come find out more about your student society represents
and serves you - from lobbying government to organizing social activities.
SUB Concourse, Friday, January 12
And join us in the evening for a special Pit Night!
Looking to get a job this year to pay the bills?
Check out our massive database of part-time and full-time positions at
www.careersonline.ubc.ca! Looking to gain more career-oriented experience,
but don't have much prior experience? Consider signing up to be an intern
with Joblink's Internship program. We've got a wide range of internships,from
business to education.
M
For more information, see www.ams.ubc.ca/internships.And before heading out
there to apply for jobs, come by our office or email joblink@ams.ubc.ca
to sign up for a free cover letter/resume consultation or mock interview."
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