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Keegan Bursaw was late for a party thrown by Anthony
Goertz, where everyone had to dress up as Celestian
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Stephanie Ip and Rhys Edwards, the children of Ashley
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Dan Coghlan set up the Kathy Yan Li foundation, who
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it from runaway monkey Linda Min, whose keeper was
Nicole Gall, whose boss Alex Coarnett fired under the
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Samantha Jung, who told it to reporters Kate Barbaria
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OK Cobra plays Vancouver • Canadian
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Modem and Nov 12 at The Media Club,
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Ubyssey Production • Come help us
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The Dance Centre presents Discover
Dance! • Discover Dance! is a series
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The Master Builder • A play by Henrik
Ibsen, presented by the UBC Department
of Theatre and Rm. A visitor from the
past re-enters the life of Halvard Solness,
a young woman who returns to daim the
sexual promise made to her by Solness
years before • Runs Oct 29-Nov 7,
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the article "Cultural Olympiad boycott
mostly hot air" said "A recent Globe
and Mail article reported that Matthew
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artists to boycott the Cultural Olympiad."
At no point in the Globe and Mail article
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was "1 think that it's really shameful fa
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SOL rules
and rights
The minimum price for alcohol is $2, but giving away free alcohol
is acceptable.
There is a limit on the amount of alcohol present but the exact
formula the RCMP uses to determine this is not released publicly
Minors are allowed at SOL-licensed events as long as they are not
consuming alcohol.
A Serving It Right certificate is not required to serve alcohol if the
server is not being paid.
—Neal Yonson
Taking a critical look at Vancouver
UBC-based public opinion project asks youth about our city
Through a youth-driven and public
opinion project, UBC-based Youth
Vital Signs (YVS) has given voices to
young people on Vancouver-based
YVS sprung from Vital Signs,
which only polled adults on issues
surrounding Vancouver. The organization noticed that within the
adult Vital Signs survey, the voices
of Vancouver's youth were not fully
represented. In 2008, Vancouver
Foundation's Youth Philanthropy
Council established the Youth Leadership Council to coordinate the
public opinion project.
Shahira Ismail, a UBC student
completing her major in English
and minor in Sociology, and Ricky
Tu, another UBC student completing
his major in Psychology and minor
in Family Studies, are two out of
the nineteen members who helped
make the project happen. Ismail and
Tu helped decide the subject areas
that Vancouver would be graded on.
Participants were asked to grade
12 subject areas, ranging from
the arts scene, to poverty, to the
overall quality of life. YVS leaders
relentlessly handed out surveys to
youth aged 15-24 in places such as
schools, community centres and
coffee shops. They gathered 1192
online responses and 556 hard-copy
responses from community-based
"No subject area received an A,
but there were also no subject areas
in which Vancouver failed," said YVS
Coordinator Vi Nguyen. She noted
that in the first YVS report card,
revealed in June 2009, the subjects
Youth Housing & Homelessness, as
well as Poverty, received "Ds"—the
lowest grades possible. Despite the
poor grades in certain subject areas,
Ismail and Tu found that the youth of
the city have positive attitudes; they
want to make improvements rather
than dwell on the bad.
Paticipants wanted to see changes in a number of areas, with 32
per cent of participants wanting
improvements to transit and SkyTrain services; 31 per cent wanting to see a universal U-Pass; 45
per cent wanting the cost of rental
housing to be reduced; 33 per cent
wanting to see the relationship
between police and youth improve.
50 per cent of participants wanted
the voting age to be reduced to 16;
and 19 per cent wanted youth to
be integrated into decision-making
processes at the government level.
Tolerance and perspective are the
most significant values that Ismail
and Tu have taken from leading this
project. "It [taught us] to be aware of
other people's positions in life," Tu
told The Ubyssey.
Ismail added, "To realize that everyone has a different perspective,
and that their perspective is just as
Not only does YVS identify the
concerns of local youth, they also
work to solve issues through initiating dialogue to change public policy.
Representatives from YVS have met
with politicians and policy makers,
including Vancouver Mayor Gregor
Robertson, to discuss social planning
in the city.
The YVS Leadership Council was
present at the Union of BC Municipalities Council's 2009 Convention
to speak to an audience consisting of
mayors and councilors from urban
communities in BC. The Leadership
Council discusses "how municipalities
can engage with youth in a conversation around public policy." Policy
change does not happen immediately
but this is a "good beginning," said
Ngyuen. 'Youth Vital Signs has opened
conversation on policy changes."
'Youth are the future," stated
Ismail, "but you can't wait until the
future to hear their voices."
'You have to listen to youth now." va
"Youth are the future, but you can't wait
until the future to hear their voices."
—Shahira Ismail,
Member of Youth Vital Signs
Transportation: B
Going Green: B
Safety: C
Arts Scene: B
Youth Spaces: B
Youth Voice: B
Youth Housing/Homelessness: D
Poverty (Gap between rich and
poor): D
Employment and Training: B
Education and Learning: B
Health and Well-Being: B
Culture, Identity and Belonging: B
Info from yvs.com
Yonson: "It's pretty clear that there are two sets of standards in place."
"It's pretty clear that there are
two sets of standards in place—one
for student groups and one for non-
student groups," said Yonson. "And
while the RCMP has been denying
that there has been a crackdown on
liquor policy, the records show that
there clearly has been [one that] affects students disproportionately."
"It's absolutely favouritism."
Staff Sargeants Kevin Kenna and
Brian Decock of the university RCMP
detachment deny any accusations of
favouritism. Kenna told The Ubyssey
that if students submit a SOL application on time, it will be processed
with few exceptions. The caterers
receiving the overabundance of
SOLs were "oversights" on the part
of Sargeant Dan Wendland, Decock's
As well, they pointed out that
Athletics have since applied for
an SOL exemption to continue to
hold bzzr gardens at Varsity home
games. They said that the events for
which Athletics requested SOLs were
generally events at small venues,
with which they never encountered
problems. If anything, they said,
these "oversights" were beneficial to
students, in that there were more opportunities to drink.
UBC Athletics claimed that they
were "unaware of the two-SOL-per-
month policy until March 2009,"
when they learned from the Victoria
Liquor Control Branch that they
were not compliant with provincial
law. They then "immediately began
the process of applying for an SOL
Wescadia declined to provide
comment to The Ubyssey.
The fact remains, however, that
whether or not they were aware of it,
the RCMP had been allowing this to
go on for at least more than a year,
and the LCLB has become aware of
"The province, in conjunction
with the RCMP, has become aware
of a substantial number of issues
concerning Special Occasion Licensed events on the UBC campus,
including issues around the number
of licences issued, eligibility for the licences, unauthorized or illicit liquor
and minors accessing liquor," said a
spokesperson for the LCLB.
Another bone of contention is
some of the university RCMP's detachment-specific SOL rules—rules
that Yonson contends are neither
clear nor fair to students.
SOL-issuing practices vary
depending on the municipality,
said Kenna. And while UBC is not
technically a municipality, the
university RCMP is allowed, under
the provincial Liquor Control and
Licensing Act, to add extra rules
to SOL applications. They can set
extra conditions but only if they
identify "enforcement concerns"
and are consistent.
Some of these are reasonable
rules to have in place for such a
small police force on a campus with
so many students. For example, no
more than 2000 people are permitted to drink at any special events on
campus at any given time.
Others do not go over well with
students. There is the issue of the
minimum price rule, which sets the
lowest price that can be charged for
an alcoholic beverage at $2. Provincial law only sets maximum prices
for drinks. This is so SOLs cannot
be used as a way of making a profit,
except in cases where funds are being raised for charity, according to
servingitright.com, the province's
program that encourages a responsible and professional approach to
serving alcohol. Oddly enough, you
can give away alcohol. So where can
you score free booze?
"It's those catering companies,
it's the university functions, it's the
Wine and Cheese, the faculty events
that are holding free alcohol events,"
Yonson said.
Kenna explained that the minimum price rule is in place to discourage overconsumption. When asked
how free drinks do not encourage
over consumption, Decock replied
that that was a "grey area."
However, there is currently no
mention of the minimum price
rule in any of the information
made available to SOL applicants.
Decock said he planned to modify
the SOL information available to
applicants when he "has time."
Kenna maintained that groups that
regularly apply should know that
this rule is in place.
All of these rules are held up by
both Kenna and Decock as "Wend-
land's rules," referring to Sgt Wendland, Decock's predecessor and, in
the eyes of some, the architect of the
"War on Fun," the term some students use in reference to the crackdown of liquor law enforcement on
Yonson sees "Wendland's rules"
as an excuse, a way for the RCMP to
avoid taking responsibility for these
unpopular guidelines. He has no
problem with imposing additional
guidelines. It's the lack of clarity and
fairness that is the issue.
"[These rules] can't be found in
provincial law, and the RCMP refuses
to admit that they do it," said Yonson.
"They're absolutely unwilling to say
'we did this.' They don't want to take
responsibility for the rules."
At its most basic, Yonson sees
this issue as contributing to the slow
death of campus culture.
"There used to be a lot more
social culture, a lot more beer
gardens on campus and now that
is pretty much gone," he said. "It's
hard to pinpoint who's to blame.
The university is partly to blame,
the RCMP is partly to blame and
students themselves are also
The LCLB stated that they "will
continue to work with the RCMP and
other officials to ensure concerns are
Kenna stressed that his primary
goal is that students and his officers
are kept safe. "[The university] can't
be a gong show," he said.
"My ideal resolution would be that
the RCMP has no role in approving
private SOLs," said Yonson.
"Basically the RCMP has completely lost the trust of people who apply
for liquor licences to do it fairly."
There is no mention of the minimum
price rule in any of the information made
available to SOL applicants. Decock said
he planned to modify the SOL information
available to applicants when he "has time."
12,000 pairs
of shoes
Student educates
children in Ghana
through basketball
While a forty-by-ten foot container
filled with a tangle of 12,000 pairs of
running shoes would have your average Foot Locker employee running
scared, this past summer fourth-year
Life Sciences student Jamie Keast
could not wait to jump in with both
This summer, Keast followed a
container filled with basketball shoes
and jerseys donated by schools in
Vancouver to southern Africa. There
she worked with Projects Abroad in
Ghana as well as global not-for-profit
organization Hoops for Hope in
South Africa to provide school-age
children with life-changing basketball and life skills programs.
On May 3,2009, right after exams
had finished, Keast and her then-
boyfriend started on their trip to
southern Africa by boarding a plane
to Ghana, where they spent the first
five weeks of their three-month trip
in volunteer positions.
The couple flew into the capital
city of Accra, where they would live
in a local-run homestay with other international volunteers. After one day
of orientation, Keast began her job in
an orphanage in Ghana. As well, she
spent her time giving presentations
on behalf of the Planned Parenthood
Association of Ghana and educating
children in churches and schools
around Accra about HIV/AIDS.
Toward the end of her trip, and after many hours camped out in a local
internet cafe to research information
on HIV/AIDS, Keast felt confident
enough to present to groups of as
many as 400 students.
From Ghana, Keast continued her
trip by tracking down the Hoops for
Hope's container of basketball shoes
in South Africa, where she helped
keep kids off of the street and on the
basketball court learning life skills
through the program. "It's the best
thing I've ever done, the best decision of my life," she said.
Although Keast has returned to
the UBC campus for the 2009/2010
academic year, she is already making plans to go back to Africa. She
will know whether her application to
Go Global Uganda has been accepted
for the upcoming summer within
the next few weeks. In the meantime,
she is continuing to work with Hoops
for Hope in Vancouver, and saving
money to pay for her upcoming trip.
"If I have to sacrifice those Fridays
and Saturday nights out, I really don't
care," she said. "I would do arothing
to be with those kids again." *U 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 0 0 9.11.0 2
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University presidents some of
highest paid in public sector
UBC President Stephen Toope once
again made the top ten list of the
highest-paid employees in BC's public
sector, in the number three spot with a
salary of $5 75,813 in 2008. However,
given the recent cuts to post-secondary
education, the high salaries of universi-
ity presidents in BC has sparked concern that these academic leaders are
not doing enough during these hard
economic times.
The disclosure of public sector salaries was made possible by an amendment to the Public Sector Employers
Act in 2008, which required the chief
executive officer and the next four
highest paid executives of every public sector company to reveal their full
compensation on an annual basis.
According to an article in The
Vancouver Sun dated June 30, 2009,
former University of Northern British Columbia President Don Cozzetto
made the number one spot with a salary of $647,025, followed by President
and CEO of BC Pavilion Corporation
Warren Buckley at $597,438. Also on
the top ten are University of Victoria
president David Turpin and SFU President Michael Stevenson.
Toope's salary is comparable to the
presidents of other prestigious universities across Canada. McMaster University President Peter George made
$524,435 lastyear and University of
Toronto President David Naylor made
$380,100. Making more than Toope
is University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera, who made about
$62 7,000 in 2008.
According to Iisa Castle, UBC's AVP
human resources, the reason why the
university is keeping the salaries high
is twofold. "Market for a university
president has a different package," she
explained, and "we look at other top
research-intensive universities in
Canada and try to be competitive."
"It's a blend of public and private
sector," said Castle, explaining how
they determine the numbers on staff
payrolls. "The compensation criteria
for presidents, managers, professors,
are all different, depending on what
part ofthe sector they came from."
"UBC salaries are consistent relative to where we recruit our employees
and what our comparable market is
paying," she said.
UBC's financial report for 2009
reveals that salaries and benefits at
UBC account for 60 per cent of total
expenses per year. The university also
had a loss of about $250 million to its
endowment fund lastyear.
With the exception of unions and
associated staff, negotiated salaries
increased by two to three per cent in
2006, but salaries of UBC executives
and staff have been flat, said Castle.
But according to James Turk, the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the flat
rate was only achieved after dramatic
increases in university salaries over
the last 20 years.
"Ifyouwere earning over $500,000,
of course you wouldn't be unhappy
with a freeze," he said. Turk also notes
there is an underlying problem of
growing disparity of what a CEO earns
and what an average worker earns—up
to ten times as much. Previously this
disparity was not common, but Turk
said that it is now increasing.
"University salaries are coming to
be more of privatization.. .where deans
see themselves as managers, and the
presidents [see themselves] as CEOs,"
he said, adding that the salary that
Toope is currently earning would have
been an unheard figure for university
presidents 20years ago.
Turk feels that competiveness between universities is wrong.
"[University] presidents are supposed to be academic leaders of the
university who should also be a leader
ofthe community," he argued, advocating instead for what he termed a "community academic decision" based on
qualifications and performance.
Rob Heming, MLA for Victoria-
Swan Lake, said that the high paying
executives in the university sector is
part of a "bigger issue"—the government is not giving enough compensation to respond to the "cuts to student
services, funding decline for students,
and tuition fees still going up and well
above the Canadian standards."
"I think it is valid for people to ask,
in the context of budget cuts and service reduction, whether it should be
just students, faculty or staff struggling
with cuts and the quality of education,"
he said. But Heming added that he
is sympathetic to the difficulty that
comes with allocating government
compensations that may put sacrifices
on other services.
NDP Vancouver-Quadra president
Marc Speyer-Offenberg feels that the
high wages are ridiculous. "I don't
think anyone should be earning [twice
minimum wage]," he said. "If $30,000
to $40,000 a year is the average earning, then $500,000 for only certain
people is unreasonable."
In an article published in March
2009 about financial crisis in the
Stephen Toope, President of UBC: $575,813
university sector, macleans.ca called
on Ontario's university administrators
to follow the lead of University of Winnipeg President Iioyd Axworthy, who
cut his salary by ten per cent as a way
to share the financial burden at hi
Castle said salary cuts are "feasible"
for UBC, but "[neither] necessary nor
wise" because it makes the compensation package less competitive. She also
said that it would require government
approval, since compensations are
operated in a specific framework that
takes time to change.
"I think [Axworthy's move was]
more of a political move—a grand
standing—and I don't think you need
to do that as a way of setting the right
tone on belt-tightening the finances,"
said Castle, adding that the University
of Winnipeg is probably more precarious in their finances than UBC.
"It is more important to commit to
the negotiated agreements than try to
break them," she said, tl
Top 5 highest salaries in BC's
public service sector, 2008
1. Don Cozzetto, former president
of University of Northern British
Columbia: $647025 (severance)
2. Warren Buckley, president and
CEO of BC Pavilion Corporation:
3. Stephen Toope, UBC president:
4 Bob Eton, president and CEO of
BC Hydro: $549,923
5. Douglas Hyndman, chair of BC
Securities Commission: $549,092
Information torn The Vancouver
Sun. Includes severance, relocation,
housing allowance, tuition waiver, car
allowance and vacation payout w
NOV. 4-8
7pm-Fast Food Nation
9pm-(500) Days of Summer
NOV. 9
7pm-Mewesicology: Jay and
Silent Bob Strike Back &
a Q&A with Jason Mewes, tix
NOV 11-12,14-15
Tpm-Paper Heart
9pm-Funny People
NOV 16-22
7pm-District 9
9:15pm-/n the Loop
NOV 25-29
7pm-lnglourious Basterds
9:45pm-Pu/p Fiction
The Master Builder builds high
Contemporary drama, psychological motives and sex
If you dressed up as a Norwegian architect or playwright for Halloween
you should pay close attention (also,
you're a tad weird). From October 2 9
to November 7, The Master Builder, a
play by Henrik Ibsen (of A Doll House
fame) is being put on by UBC Theatre
at the Chan Centre.
Originally written in the 1890s,
the standard English translation for
The Master Builder was developed
in the 1950s. This production uses
a more recent adaptation translated
by UBC professor and Ibsen scholar,
Emeritus Professor Errol Durbach.
Both Durbach and Director Gerald
Vanderwoude want The Master
Builder to be contemporary in the
same way that it was in the 18 90s for
Ibsen and his audiences.
"We wanted to do something a
little more modern," said Vanderwoude. "What [Durbach] wanted to
do was lift the deader language that's
no longer in use out of the play and
modernize it in a way that still held
try to what the spirit of the show is
and what Ibsen was trying to say."
The play revolves around elderly master builder Halvard
Solness (Chris Humphreys), and
features Professor Emeritus Norman Young, in his return to the
stage after a 3 5-year hiatus, as his
assistant Knut Brovik.
Hilde (Fiona Mongillo), a youthful, energetic, sexual woman
comes into the Solness's office,
much to his shock and surprise.
Hilde claims that they know each
other: Ten years before, when
Hilde was 13, Solness had made
a promise to her, and she has
arrived to collect. Hilde is like a
whirlwind, blowing through the
lives  of Solness,  his  stingy yet
Despite being a master builder, Humphreys never passed his grade 8 anatomy final. This frustrates him. courtesy oftimmatheson
scarred wife Aline, Kaja, Ragnar
and the family doctor, Herdal,
disrupting everything in her wake.
Ibsen has been referred to as the
Freud of Theatre, and for good reason. The repressions of past experiences and traumas, the unexpressed
desires and wants, and the opening
up of the spirit are all thematically
integrated into this new adaptation.
The sexually-tame script ofthe 1950s
has turned into both a powerful,
modern and witty play containing
many euphemisms of "presentational sexuality," as Vanderwoude put it.
The "contemporary sexuality" of the
play can't help but draw horny university students into its audiences.
"It's a play largely about passion
and how you can write your own history," Vanderwoude said.
The passion between Hilde and
Solness, the passion of Brovik in his
dying hours to get Ragnar his own
commission, the passion of Aline
over her lost sons and the passion of
Solness facing the ghosts of his past
and how he challenges them.
The set design created by Ana
Luisa Espinoza Vaca is skeletal, and
innovative lighting effects are used
to illuminate a blueprint of the location the characters are in. It works
well with the unique layout of Telus
Studio Theatre, which gives the
audience the feeling that they're at
the Globe, watching from the three
different levels down onto the stage.
Besides a few mixed-up lines and
a scene where the doctor and Hilde
interact amiably without actually
having met one another, there are no
technical aspects that should prevent
you from seeing this production. An
intriguing psychological play, tl
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10
for students, $14 for seniors and for
groups of 10 or more $2 off ticket
prices. Go to the Chan Centre box
office on 6265 Crescent Road on the
northern part ofthe UBC campus, or
call the box office at 604 822 2678 to
reserve tickets.
from the
back of a
Making a feature-length film is a
daunting task even for a team of
professionals backed by corporate
funding. It's even more difficult for
a couple of students using their own
money. However, this is precisely
what Patrick Caracas, a fourth-year
student in UBC's Film Production
program, has accomplished.
Caracas had worked on numerous
short films and music videos in the
past, but nothing as ambitious as a
full film. That all changed last September when his friend Liam Bates
asked him if he wanted to go on a
motorbike trip through China. He
responded, "Of course I want to do a
motorbike trip! But let's make it into
a movie!"
Bates, Caracas and two others
(a Tibetan and a Chinese national)
travelled from Lhasa to Shanghai
in 60 days. Caracas chronicled
the 8000-mile trip as the main
There were setbacks, to say the
least. They were detained by Tibetan
authorities, had equipment damaged
by sandstorms and two of their motorbikes were stolen. There was even
a serious crash that resulted in Bates
breaking his left leg. Ultimately, they
accomplished their goal. The documentary, Motorbikes, Mao, and a Yak
(MMYj, is now in post-production.
Pat Caracas, played by Garcia Bernal
Caracas appreciates all kinds
of film, but likes documentaries
in particular. "They're about real
people...that have something to say.
It's a great medium for information
and for cinema." There is nothing
wrong with fiction, he said, but it's
synthetic. "Documentaries are about
the time of now."
After MMY is completed sometime in 2010, Caracas and his team
plan to release it as widely as possible. They hope to premiere it at the
"Of course I want to
do a motorbike trip!
But let's make it into
a movie!"
—Pat Caracas
Vancouver International Film Festival, if it is selected. They also want to
release the film in China.
Caracas said it was an unconventional documentary; since they had
no producer to help find sponsors,
broadcast licences or the like MMY's
future is somewhat uncertain.
Caracas's next immediate project
is doing cinematography for a student
film called Serial. Collaborating with
three other Film Production students,
he described it as an "office thriller"—
a mix between the television series
The Office and a slasher film.
Regarding future plans, Caracas
remains uncertain. Though film is
his main passion, he has a band in
Brazil and dreams of becoming a
professional musician. He is also
interested in directing his own films,
as opposed to doing cinematography. But for now, he is content with
focusing on shooting documentaries.
"This is what I want to do—travel
around the world and film documentaries. I want to see the world, and if I
can do it through film, that's great." tl
Joseph Gordon-
Levitt plays the
ladies like a fiddle.
Days of
"Roses are red,
violets are blue...
fuck you, whore."
During the promotional campaign
for (500) Days of Summer, there
was one thing that the filmmakers
wanted to be clear about: it isn't a
love story.
In this quirky
film, the romance between
main characters
Tom Hanson
(Joseph Gordon-
Levitt) and Summer Finn (Zooey
Deschanel) is on
a timer; soon to
expire, no matter how much
you want things
to work out.
As depressing
as the premise
of the film is, it holds countless
moments that allow you to almost
forget that Tom and Summer are
doomed. The film's non-linear
approach to storytelling becomes
confusing at times, tricking the
audience into thinking things have
taken a turn for the better when
they really haven't.
But if you're willing to put aside
the fact that Tom and Summer will
never end up together—and you're
not too concerned with following the
exact timeline—it's the well-crafted
moments in between and the characters we meet that make (500) Days
Gordon-Levitt is incredibly fun
to watch, especially as his character swings from morning-afterglow happiness (complete with
animated Disney birds) to down-
in-the-gutter depression. His onscreen chemistry with Deschanel is
sickeningly adorable, most notably
in a scene where they play around
in IKEA.
Geoffrey Arend is hilarious as
McKenzie, Tom's co-worker and best
friend, providing comedic relief at
all the right moments, including
one very drunk karaoke night. Tom
and Summer's workplace, a greeting
card company, entertains some of
the film's more quotable moments
("Roses are red, violets are blue...
fuck you, whore.")
But take heed, lovers! The film
is wonderful and adorable and
hopeful but don't be fooled by its
whimsical soundtrack and smart
casting choices—they were right
when they said it wasn't supposed
to be a love story. If you're able
to put aside all your preconceived
notions of precious indie art-film
romances and just enjoy (500)
Days of Summer for its characters, then you just might fall in
love.tl 6/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2009.11.02
UBC Persian Music Ensemble tunes up
Masoud Kamkar speaks with a certain
reverence when he discusses the tar.
The main body of the traditional per-
sian instrument is made out of a single
piece of wood, and he claims that a
single instrument can take many years
to create.
Aylin Tavakoli uses a pick to play
the fretted instrument. Its sound is
dynamic; capable of sweet, vibrational
highs and twangy sweeping lows.
When I walk into Leon's Lounge in the
GSS centre, I'm greeted excitedly by Aylin Tavakoli. A 2007 Sauder grad and
tor player, Tavakoli is a member of the
UBC Persian Music Ensemble.
Made up mostly of PhD and post-
docs, the ensemble has been meeting at 6pm every Thursday. This
time they're setting up for their last
practice before their recital on the
November 5 at the UBC Recital Hall.
Although the group only formed in
January of this year, Tavakoli says it
will be their third performance.
As the group goes through the long
process of tuning their traditional
Persian instruments, which can be
"Knowing how to tune the santoor is
part of knowing how to play it," laughs
Kamkar, "you have to tune it every time
you play, often even between songs."
It's quite an undertaking; Kamkar's satoor
has 72 strings, which span three octaves.
He says the satoor has existed at least
3000 years, and versions of the instrument are found from the Middle East,
to China and India. Kamkar has some
ancient history with the instrument as
quite finicky, Tavakoli introduces me
to Masoud Kamkar, the ensemble's
founder. A post-doc in Mathematics,
Kamkar plays the santoor. He explains
that the group plays mostly traditional
Iranian folk music, with some modern
interpretations using western instruments such as the guitar and flute.
A shiver goes down my spine as
they begin to play; their months of
practicing together have paid off.
The atmosphere in the small practice
space follows them through a sound-
scape which ranges from joyful and
chilling to blisteringly passionate.
Their music is broken into two
parts; the rhythmic sections which
include most of the ensemble, and
improvisational vocal sections Kamkar called avaz. The avaz sections
ABOVE: Masoud Kamkar plays his santoor by striking the strings with mezrab.
LEFT: Aylin Tavakoli tunes her tar.
well; he's been playing it since he was
nine, and has continued for the last 18
years (with a brief hiatus shortly after he
moved to Canada).
Kamkar uses two long, delicate
mallets called mezrab to play the
santoor, which he places between
his index and middle finger, and balances with his thumb. It produces
a ringing, metallic sound when
are particularly heartfelt, comprised
of fiery vocals from Hani Eskandari
accompanied by Amir Abbas Ali-
abadi on the oud. It's a good chance
to better hear the oud—as Kamkar
complains, the oud and sitar are very
quiet and constantly in danger of
being drowned out by the louder santoor and drums—the daf and tonbak.
As they perform, a few non-members come in to listen. The eight-member group is always looking for new
members. Kamkar says one of their
aims is building community, and as
the ensemble plays together, the bond
they've formed is plain to see. tl
The UBC Persian Music Ensemble performs November 5 at 7pm in the UBC
School of Music Recital Hall.
Vancouver through the eyes
of independent cartoonists
Drippytown is a bizarre, decrepit, funny
and morbid commentary on our wet city
The Drippytown exhibition, located in
the quietly unassuming Rare Books
and Special Collections Department
on the first floor of the Irving K Barber
Learning Centre, isn't exactly what one
expects of the art usually on display at
UBC. Having to remove one's bag and
coat to view a mere five display cases
worth of material—on first impression
it's difficult to understand what the
fuss is about.
But the material on display is
more than a collection of little comic
books. What you are looking at is a
series of artworks that evocatively
communicate the spirit of living in
The six artists featured in the
collection—James Lloyd, Julian Lawrence, Ken Boesem, Colin Upton, Jason Turner and Jose Menjivar—have
each created a unique commentary
on the often bizarre, decrepit, funny
and morbid culture of Vancouver
The small collection consists of a series of snapshots into the repertoire of
each artist. This is no comic book store;
instead, sections of material have been
carefully selected to convey what work
is typical ofthe artist.
Each has their own style—Jose
Menjivar, for example, creates a visual poetry of sorts, elucidating simple
tales of every day life, while Colin
Upton prefers to examine the ironic
post-punk mentality that often conflicts with the search for identity in
Vancouver's contemporary culture.
The exhibition is important because it presents an entirely different understanding of the comic book
medium. When we usually think of
comic books, superheroes, sultriness, and silliness come to mind.
However, these local independent
artists used the unique capabilities
of the medium to convey authentic
sentiments on the society in which
we live. Their work is not always allegorical; it is often specific (a Ken
Boesem piece, for example, captures
the types of interesting 'wildlife' one
can often encounter on Davie Street),
and it often refers to the innate human struggles we encounter daily.
It makes sense that the work
comes from an anthropological
rather than a gallery context, for the
material in Drippytown isn't just a
compilation of fantastic and funny
artwork; it's also a collection of items
that are direct cultural products of
our society. I was informed that the
responsibility of the Rare Books and
Special Collections department is to
obtain and preserve material pertaining to local culture—and I don't
think that there could be contemporary work more relevant to this
pursuit than Drippytown. While the
collection is small, it's still a good
starting point for further examination of the local, independent comic
book scene in Vancouver.
The show has been curated by students of the Visual and Performing
Arts special collections course in the
school of Library, Archival and Information Studies and is on display
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Thunderbirds Season Preview: Men's basketball
Reaching a national championship and losing is like getting 95
per cent on an exam. You've done
pretty much eveiything required and
achieved more than virtually anyone
else. The only mark you can get is an
In the classroom, you're more
than happy with 95 per cent. In sport,
watching the other team celebrate to
strains of "Beautiful Day" by U2 is a
harsh reminder that there's a higher
"Last year, after coming second
after the countless hours and energy
you spent trying to get to the game,
and to lose it, leaves a sour taste in
your mouth," said men's basketball
coach Kevin Hanson as he looked
back on a season that saw the T-Birds
ranked in the top ten the entire year,
eventually going 21-2 in the regular
season and 7-2 in the playoffs, only
to lose to Carleton University 77-87
in the CIS Championship in Ottawa
last March.
So what can UBC do to get back
to the big game, and win their first
championship since 1973? Get
tougher. The T-Birds finished 12th
in the 14-team Canada West conference in defensive rebounding last
year, and many pointed to their lack
of physical play and inside presence
as the decisive difference in the
championship game between UBC
and Carleton. Hanson knows this. He
even has a name for it.
"Our motto this year is we want to
be pitbulls," he said. "Every loose ball
and every rebound has to be ours."
His players have gotten the message. "Someone that's going to do
everything possible to win, be aggressive, fight as hard as you can,
and never give up," said swingman
Kyle Watson, one of nine students
returning to the team this year. "He
uses pitball because it's an angry, aggressive animal."
For the past two years, the Thunderbirds were led by the snapshooting Chris Eyck: Time after time in
close games, Eyck would be the one
with the ball as the clock wound
down. Now with his graduation, the
torch has been passed to Josh Whyte.
In just his first year at UBC, the
fourth-year guard who transferred
from UVic was second on the team
lastyear with 13.8 points per game,
and Hanson believes he is up to the
"He's the player we go to at the
end of the game. [Josh] can do a lot
with the ball, whether it's driving to
the basket or taking a jumper...the
guy wants the ball, and we're perfectly comfortable giving it to him,"
he said.
Blain Labranche and lanky forward Brent Malish are expected to
also provide offence for UBC, while
Watson, 6'5" Graham Bath, 6'9"
Balraj Bains, and incoming 6'10"
centre Chad Posthumus are expected
to make up for the losses of Bryson
Kool and Matt Rachar to graduation.
Hanson hopes that students come
out and support the team.
"There's going to be lots of dunks,
lots of three-point shots, it's going to
be exciting to watch. People are only
here for a few years, and it's every
student's team, and we hope people
will come out and support us." tl
STANDING: 1st in the Pacific Division,
2nd in the CIS Championships.
KEY STAT: UBC largest loss of the
season was ten points to Carleton in
the CIS Championships.
2009/2010 PREVIEW
OFFENSIVE STAR: Josh Whyte was
second on the team in points (13.8)
and first in assists (4.9) and steals (1.9).
DEFENSIVE STAR:  Kyle Watson had
2 7 steals to only 22 turnovers.
Nov. 13 vs. Saskatchewan, 8pm
Nov. 14 vs. Alberta, 8pm
Nov. 19-20 ©Thompson Rivers, 8pm
Nov. 2 7 @ Winnipeg. 8pm
Nov. 28 @ Manitoba, 8pm
Jan. 8 vs. Regina, 8pm
Jan. 9 vs. Brandon, 8pm
Jan. 15-16 vs. FraserValley, 8pm
Jan. 22 @ Lethbridge, 8pm
Jan. 23 @ Calgary, 8pm
Jan. 28 & 30 @ SFU, 7pm/3pm
Feb. 5-6 vs. Victoria, 8pm
Feb. 13 vs. TWU, 8pm
—All game times local. Home games
available on CiTR 101.9 FM
Pitbull (n): an aggressive
and tenacious person.
Both UBC soccer teams are heading
into the Canada West playoffs on
fire, with both the men's and women's teams going undefeated over
the weekend. The women clinched
a playoff spot Saturday in a 1-0 victory over UVic, as Jaclyn Dunnett
recorded her league-leading eighth
shutout of the season. On Sunday,
they defeated the University of Fraser Valley 2-1, to finish the regular
season 8-2-4 on a ten-game winning streak.
The men's soccer team also
continued their winning games,
defeating Calgary 4-0 on Saturday
and managing a 1-1 draw against
Lethbridge on Sunday. The victories
combined with Trinity Western's
loss to Lethbridge, moves the Thunderbirds to first place in Canada
West conference, and earns them
the right to host the conference Final Four, to be played next weekend
at Thunderbird Park.
The Globe and Mail ran an article
by David Naylor last week examining why CIS quarterbacks never
advance to the CFL. The reason?
"CFL head coaches—all of them, not
just the Americans—agree that quarterbacks coming out of Canadian schools
simply don't measure up to the ones
coming out of the upper US college
ranks. And they say it's no mystery
why: American quarterbacks come
from a more competitive level, usually
have been playing the game longer and
have had far-more coaching specific to
the position," said Naylor. A Canadian
has not not started a CFL game at quarterback since LarryJusdanis in 1995.
The UBC Thunderbirds came close to
defeating the defending Canada West
champion Manitoba Bisons Saturday
evening, but fell short in a 2-1 shootout loss in women's hockey. Kirsten
Mihalcheon scored UBC's lone goal
at 19:26 of the first period on the
powerplay, and the goal held up for
most ofthe game.
However, with 4:55 left in the
third period, Bison Tammy Brade
responded, putting the game into
a shootout, where UBC failed to
get any pucks past goaltender Sta-
cey Corfield. UBC also lost Friday's
game to Manitoba 5-2, and are now
1-4-1 in the Canada West regular
season, tl
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Thunderbirds sweep Spartans
Mens and women's teams overcome sickness to win season openers
Josh Whyte may not be a bird or plane, but he led UBC to a victory with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals, keegan bursaw phokvthe ubyssey
There was audience participation in a
horror film last weekend, but instead
of Rocky Horror at the Norm, it was
basketball at War Memorial Gym.
"Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye"
alternated with "Warm up the bus!"
as the chants of choice for the 1750
fans late Friday night, while the
UBC Thunderbirds began their
2009/2010 season with a 71-44 destruction of their rivals from Trinity
Western University (TWU).
"That was a good team that came
into our gym, and we took care of
them," said Graham Bath after the
game. Did they ever.
How impressive was UBC's victory? Well, first consider that Trinity
Western's lowest point total in one
game all of last year was 61. Then
consider that the  Spartans were
expected to contend for the Canada
West Championship after going 17-6
last season. Then consider that the
Thunderbirds held Trinity to 15 of
50 from the floor, and forced them
into 29 turnovers.
It was putrid. It was vile. It was the
sort of performance that loops like a
bad horror film in the mind for those
on the losing end.
And head coach Kevin Hanson
loved every minute of it.
"I was really happy with our
defence, I thought we had a couple
great quarters of really disciplined,
really tough nosed defence, and they
had to work for every point," he said.
It only took a few minutes for TWU
to start wishing they could do the time-
warp, as UBC frustrated the Spartans
from the very beginning, forcing them
into a number of charging fouls and
playing tough, physical defence. After a
tot^hfewminutes to start the offensive,
the Thunderbirds broke through at
the end of the first quarter, going on a
12-3 run to take a 14-7 lead.
The second quarter was no different, as UBC continued to outplay
and outhustle Trinity, taking a 34-13
lead into halftime. Jacob Doerksen,
last year's CIS Player of the Year,
was never able to get into a groove,
shooting three for ten on the game
and committing eight turnovers,
neutralized by UBC forwards the
entire game.
"I knew he was going to be good,
knew he was going to physical, and
so I came in saying that I was going
to be more physical. And I think I did
that," said Graham Bath, who was
assigned to Doerksen at the start of
the game.
Josh Whyte and Blain LaBranche
led UBC with 16 points each, and
Kyle Watson had a team-leading six
rebounds, tl
Theatre at UBC Presents
IUBC        a place of mind
by Henrik Ibsen
a new adaptation and
translated by Errol Durbach
directed by
Gerald Vanderwoude
a co-production
with Yorick Theatre
October 29 to November 7, 2009 -
TELUS Studio Theatre, UBC
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Box Office: 604.822.2678
Lia St Pierre looks for an opening against the Spartans, keegan bursaw photo/the ubyssey
Men I
What happens when you combine
swine flu and sport? Not the most
exciting basketball game, that's for
The UBC Thunderbirds Women's basketball team began their
2009/2010 season battling Spartans,
sickness and vomit, but managed to
come out with a 74-52 victory over
Trinity Western University on Friday
at War Memorial Gym.
"Our defence created our offence
for us," said UBC Head Coach Deb
Huband, who began her 15th season
as coach of the Thunderbirds with
a victory. "We weren't cutting well,
and were having difficulty making
the plays we needed, but we did
what was necessary to pull out that
Both teams were slow and sloppy,
(and not in the way most students are
on Halloween) with 61 turnovers in
the 40 minutes. For those not math-
inclined, that's one turnover every
45 seconds. For those not sports-
inclined, that's a terrible number.
But despite the uneven play, the
T-Birds showed the 1200 in attendance why they are expected to be
in the mix in the competitive Pacific
Division. Alex Vieweg hit nine of
11 shots for a team-high 18 points.
Fifth-year guard Candice Morrisset
had nine turnovers to only three
UBC's only hiccup came early
in the fourth quarter, as Trinity got
back into the game by scoring seven
straight points at the start of the
fourth quarter, making the score
54-47. However, UBC pulled away,
ending the game on a 20-5 run.
"You could tell that we have a lot
of flu and had a lot of people fighting
lethargy and energy levels," said Huband. "In the second half we hit the
wall physically and mentally and we
really had to dig deep."
If there was one player who personified the game for UBC, it was
sophomore guard Lia St Pierre,
who had 17 points and a team-
leading eight rebounds. Even more
"I started the game feeling fine,
and halfway through I started to
feel something in my stomach, and
I wasn't getting a break because the
play kept going....It got to a point
where I just had to run off the court."
And after a quick throw-up, St. Pierre
was back on the court.
A fine display of intestinal
fortitude, to be sure. And it's one
of many reasons why Huband
believes the Moncton, New Brunswick native will be a star at UBC for
years to come.
"She is only in her second year but
she finished lastyear very strong and
will have a really solid career, and
we saw her separate herself from
the rest of the players on the court
Pierre, though, was just happy
with the win.
"We're going through a lot of sickness, but that isn't an excuse...coming out with a win was great, and sets
the tone for the season." tl 2009.11.02/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/9
T-Birds Season Preview: Women's basketball
The women of the UBC T-Birds basketball team may not have the top talent in the country, as they did when
they won three CIS Championships
from 2004 to 2008. But they refuse
to go down without a fight. After a
difficult season lastyear, losing three
starters, including their top two scorers, they still managed to go 10-2 in
the second half of the season and
beat out the Victoria Vikings in the
first round of the playoffs.
Head coach Deb Huband is optimistic that her young team, which
included six rookies last year, will
be able to make significant improvements in 2009/2010.
"We gained momentum last year
in the second half of the season and
showed a lot of improvement and
development as a young team last
year. We are continuing to build and
refine what we are doing, so we expect to be more competitive earlier
this season."
So far the team has already come
out strong, beating Trinity Western
in their home opener and Huband
is looking to third year forwards Zara
Huntley and Alex Vieweg to continue
to move the team forward.
Despite the fact that both players
had a successful season last year—
Huntley was second on the team in
scoring with ten points per game
and Vieweg ended up third on the
team—Huband is looking for more
from both players this season.
"They are still young. They are in
third year so this is the year they are
expected to make bigger strides,"
explained Huband. "Now is their
opportunity to take their experience
and move it forward in being consistent performers for us."
A healthy Devon Lisson is another
player Huband is looking at to play a
leadership role for the young team.
After averaging 8.5 points per game
and second on the team in steals in
2007-2008, a devastating ACL injury
slowed her down last season. Fighting back from her second ACL injury,
Lisson showed improved form this
"She has been tremendous offseason, she has come back physically
stronger, mentally stronger and her
leadership skills are there," she said.
Despite Huband's optimism and
belief in the strength of her players,
the T-Birds will have to find a way to
make up for the loss of all-star post
player Leanne Evans. Evans, the
CIS 2009 Defensive Player of the
year who was second in the league
in rebounds, has created a void in
the T-Birds' defensive line with her
"I think two things that Leanne
brought that we need to address
as a team is her ability to be a shot
blocker in the final rotation of our
defence—an intimidating factor for
players," Huband said.
"And the other part is the rebounding. Leanne did a great job rebounding offensively and defensively for
us. It's not just one person that is
going to step up and fill the void left
by Leanne. It's centred in improvements as a group. It's a team effort,"
she added.
With the newly recovered Lisson
as well as the potential of young leaders Huntley and Vieweg, not to mention the addition of stand-out rookies
Erika Vieweg, Tori Spangehl and
the return of forward Lia St. Pierre,
Huband is confident in her team's
ability not only to fill the void left by
Evans, but excel in their own right.
However, with the defending national champions from SFU and the
challenging UVic Vikes in the same
Pacific division, the team is going
to have to come together and play
consistently all season if they hope to
"We know we play in the toughest
conference in the CIS. But I think that
prepares you well for playoffs," said
Huband. "I think that is one of the reasons that Canada West schools have
been dominating the CIS for so many
years and why we've been bronze baby
for as manyyears as we have."
With a more experienced team
and core leadership group, the
T-Birds look as if they are ready to
reclaim their title as division championship; the bronze baby of the division is ready to go for gold, tl
2008/2009 RECAP
STANDING: 3rd in the Pacific Division, lost in
the Divisional Finals.
KEY STAT: Of UBC's five losses to SFU, four of
them were less by 10 points.
2009/2010 PREVIEW
OFFENSIVE STAR: Sophomore Zara Huntley
averaged ten points a game last season while
playing only 22.8 minutes per game.
DEFENSIVE STAR: Candace Morisset led UBC
with 58 steals, good for 10th in the conference.
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very young and attractive and whom
I often turn to for help with assignments and readings. Last week I ran
into her working out at the BirdCoop
and we struck up a conversation.
Seeing her in her workout clothes
made me get an awkward boner that
wouldn't go away. She definitely noticed. The whole gym noticed. Now
I'm afraid to go see her for extra help
and I'm worried my grades might
suffer as a result. What do I do?
—Has A Real Dilemma
Howdy HARD,
Well, it looks like you've gone and
made a dick ofyourself, champ. Don't
worry, even the best of us sometimes
have trouble keeping our undercover
lovers undercover—especially at the
gym. There's the spandex, the easy-
off sweat pants, the grunting, the
sweating, the rubber matted floors....
Who wouldn't rise to the occasion?
Of course, most women don't have
problems with their male profs seeing their throbbing boners, so your
prof may be less sympathetic than
the Too Sexy crew. Luckily we've got
a three-step plan to make this all go
STEP ONE: Cut a hole in the box-
sorry, that's not right at all.
STEP ONE (TAKE TWO): Confirm the
sighting. Try going to talk to her and
feel out whether or not shit's gotten
weird. If it hasn't, then she either
didn't notice the assuredly enormous barbell in your pocket or she
doesn't give a shit that your biological imperative to mate has swollen
your trouser snake.
You may find this hard to believe,
HARD, but you're probably not the
first dude to get erect while talking to your hot, young professor,
especially if she makes a habit of
hanging out at the gym. Hot, young
female professors (when they're
not frolicking with other mythical
creatures such as unicorns, big foot
or the 420 gnomes) are probably,
as a group, going to be secured
enough in themselves to not freak
out over every teenaged erection
you get. Things are probably fine.
Go talk to her, be normal, think
about baseball scores, whatever
you gotta do. If it does get weird,
it's time for step two.
STEP TWO: Walk it off. Boners happen, HARD. Sometimes they happen
to you. Don't let 'em slow you down.
Even if shit does get weird, she's still
your professor. She's here to help
you. Don't be creepy, don't hit on
her, don't even recognize that the
boner occurred. What Boner? I don't
even know what we're talking about
anymore. Point is, when it comes to
grades, there's some stiff competition out there. Roll back your sleeves
and get to work. Don't let your self-
conscious feelings get in the way of
kicking academic ass. As long as
you don't try to change the topic of
conversation to your penis, we find
it hard to believe that she will. And if
she does...
STEP THREE: Find another prof, or a
TA, or the curve-destroying exchange
student in your class. There's a royal
shit-tonne of people on this campus
who can help you with assignments
and readings. Very few of them will
engender disruptive erections. A
small percentage of those who do
might even be happy about it. One
hot, atheletic, toned, gym-bound prof
is not the lynchpin of your academic
success here. If it can't be fixed, find
a way around it.
Well, that's all for this week, children.
Send your letters to toosexy@ubys-
sey.ca. It's 100 per cent anonymous,
100 per cent helpful and about
9,000,000 per cent too sexy. Have a
happy November, and watch out for
the Crampus. tl
Dan meets cooky old man, learns about bombs
There seems to be a large number of
celebrations around this time of year
having to do with explosions and the
dead. November 5, for example, is
Guy Fawkes Day. In Britain it commemorates the Gunpowder Plot of
1605, a failed conspiracy to blow up
the Houses of Parliament in London.
Fawkes, one of the conspirators,
was arrested when an anonymous
informant tipped off the authorities.
It's a night with many associated
traditions, such as fireworks, the
burning of effigies of Fawkes, and
the consumption of groaty pudding
(which is even more delicious than
it sounds). For me though, this day
brings to mind memories of an entirely different dead British man and
his explosives.
I once met a man from Scotland
named Bill. His birthday coincided
with Guy Fawkes Day and he was
very proud of that fact, so it came up
often in conversation. He was getting
on in years when I met him, so when
I say it came up often in conversation, I mean it tended to come up
two or three times during the same
Bill was a funny guy and I got
along with him pretty well. He was
also a shameless flirt. It came out
during his memorial service a few
years ago that, while alive, he had
used the same line on at least five of
the women attending: "I think (insert
ethnicity of addressee here) women
are the most beautiful women in the
world." Oh Bill. You sly dog, you.
The day I met him, I was wearing a t-shirt that read "I am a Bomb
Technician. If You See Me Running,
Try and Keep Up." I actually used to
wear that shirt a lot before that day.
He read it and marched straight
toward me from the opposite end of
the room. I figured it was because he
liked the shirt. He did and it was. I
figured he liked it because he thought
it was funny. He didn't and it wasn't.
As it turned out, Bill had stopped
reading after "I Am a Bomb Technician." As it also turned out, during
World War II he had been trained
as a bomb technician. As it also also
turned out, after years of having no
one else around him trained in the
fine art of blowing things up, he was
itching to talk shop.
So here comes Bill, gung ho to meet
a fellow bomb technician and me,
who couldn't tell the difference between the red wire and the blue wire
to save my life (literally). He asked
me what kind of bombs I worked
on    and,    immediately    realizing
the source of the confusion, I
explained that my shirt was a joke.
He still didn't get it.
He told me about his days working on bombs for the Royal Air
Force, mentioning that some of his
work had been dropped on Berlin. I
considered wearing my shirt inside
out for the rest of the day. But after a
while, I realized that Bill just wanted
to talk and share, so I let him go
ahead. I even learned a few things,
like what to do if you get your watch
tangled in the fuse wires of a live
shell. You never know when a tidbit
like that might come in handy.
The moral of the story? It should
probably be "a T-shirt isn't funny
if no one else gets it." Either that
or "retired bomb technicians need
company too." But for me, it's just
this: There are some really kooky
characters out there and it pays to get
to know them. They give your life colour, and that's never a bad thing. tl
He asked me what kind of
bombs I worked on and,
immediately realizing the
source ofthe confusion, I
explained that my shirt was
a joke. He still didn't get it.
Should Toope cut down his income?
UBC President Stephen Toope made $5 75,813 lastyear. Spelled out, that's
five-hundred seventy-five thousand eight-hundred and thirteen dollars.
If that doesn't mean anything to you, get this: He is once again one of the
top three paid employees in BC's public sector. If that still doesn't mean
anything, before taxes, that could pay for 13 0 domestic Arts students to go to
school this year.
There has been a movement toward paying presidents more and more,
according to a New York Times article. This stems from the prevailing view
that universities should be run like corporations. The high salaries are for
attracting talented and competent individuals. Like Stephen Toope. Who has
done what again?
According to the same New York Times article, some university presidents
across America took symbolic pay cuts. It's a pittance—five per cent—but
it shows that they care enough to at least feign sympathy for the students
who are experiencing giant cuts in financial aid. So for you, Toope, that's
$28,790.65 on the total you took home, including compensation, which
would send a mere six Arts students to school this year.
If these salaries are for attracting talent, why haven't we seen the effects?
We still have the same giant classes, with professors who couldn't care less,
and faceless, uncaring faculties. UBC lost over $200 million in its endowment in the past year. Scholarships have been slashed, departments gutted
and the university is considering raising fees on professional courses. Toope
and other university officials aren't feeling the pinch at all. They don't have
to. Apparently, that's our job.
Beyond that, in this giant financial crisis, we have seen that the current
corporate model doesn't work. As companies go under and people are getting fired, those at the top are still making money hand over fist. If UBC is
trying to run itself like a corporation, they should take the progressive route
and spread that cash around and show students that no one at UBC is immune to the effects ofthe recession, tl
Wouldn't it be nice if heartless bureaucratic university adrninistrators gave
back some of their money for the student good? True, if Stephen Toope or
Brian Sullivan or any other well-compensated figure at UBC wants to make a
public show of donating back a portion of their salary to the school, it would
be very nice. But making an issue about this is silly. They didn't choose what
their salary would be, the Board of Directors did. And they pay him well for a
variety of reasons.
Yes, Stephen Toope makes more than almost any other public employee
in BC. He is also in charge ofthe organization most responsible for BC's
long-term economic success. If UBC didn't exist, SFU would be our biggest
university. So yeah, his job is sort of absolutely essential. It's not unfair to
adjust his salary accordingly
Furthermore, Toope's salary isn't all that out of whack with what other
presidents make. Toope's salary is right in the same cluster as presidents
from Alberta, Calgary, McGill, Toronto and McMaster. Now it's fair to argue
that all university presidents are paid too much. However, it is what it is and
it's not changing anytime soon. If UBC is going to keep up with the Joneses,
these salaries are needed.
UBC may be struggling to balance its budget, but so is every other
university out there. The University of Alberta is dealing with a $60 million
shortfall this year that will probably lead to large tuition increases, and its
president, Indira Samarasekera, is the highest paid university president in
You can believe that our president is paid fairly without being a
neo-liberal, international capitalist, pig-dog, bus loop-loving stooge. It's
a reasonable position to take. Hysterically demanding his income be
slashed, on the other hand, might not be. vl 


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