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THE VISUAL ARTS STUDENT ASSOCIATION BRINGS
YOU IM/PERFECTBODIES. SEE THIS AND OTHER ARTS
WEEK COVERAGE ON PAGES 6 AND 7.
EDITORIAL I Your move, elections committee
We at The Ubyssey have to deal with
a large number of people who have
strange and illogical ideas about obscure and irrelevant things. Sometimes, and unsurprisingly, these
people are part of your student society, the Alma Mater Society of UBC.
As a newspaper, we strongly
believe that our function is to try
our best to uncover corruption,
create accountability and inform
students. We know that our work
is never done, and we must always
push harder and further for what
we can access, who we can talk to
and what we can discover.
So, to be absolutely clear, we
strongly believe that it is part of our
mandate as media to be aggressive
and subversive as much as we can.
In light of that, we'll admit that
there is an issue that we have been
keeping quiet about for a long time:
the AMS communications policy.
This year's enforcement of the
policy has decidedly stopped dialogue on campus that should have
happened, though it hasn't stopped
embarrassing press releases.
The current incarnation of the
policy is designed to direct AMS
opinions about the AMS through
one person only to ensure homogeneity and avoid embarrassments
due to miscommunication.
Well, that didn't work so well,
did it?
So why are we bringing it up
now, when elections are almost
upon us? Honestly, we thought it
was too "inside baseball" to bring
up before. Now we're seeing the effects of restricting conimunication
in a real, direct way, as the AMS
cracks down on political candidates being allowed to speak.
Even though nominations for
elections closed last Friday, there
are a whole ten days between
then and when they're allowed to
campaign. Given that the actual
election period is only 12 days
long, it seems like a pretty stupid
decision. Especially given that
they're not allowed to do much of
anything public right now.
It is the current interpretation of
code that if we publish something
said by a candidate that could
be construed as the candidate
campaigning before the official
campaign period has begun, the
candidate could be punished.
Here's an example of what we
were told this weekend we couldn't
print, lest we harm a candidate:
THE UBYSSEY: Hey, totally fake
long-time student politician
who we will refer to as "Mr B,"
why have you decided to run for
president after so manyyears?
MR B: Because I want the AMS to
be strong.
ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR: That
is campaigning, and you will be
lashed 30 times and be disqualified from the race. Sorry!
So, Elections Administrator
Isabel Ferreras, if your argument is
that that won't happen, issue a public statement saying that—because
candidates think that it will. If you
don't believe that, explain why we
are getting frantic phone calls late
at night asking us to please please
please not publish comments.
If your argument is that we
should just wait until you decide
that it is a good time for us to
start printing candidates' opinions, let us remind you that we
are an independent media organization, meaning that we are
not a part of the AMS, and could
care less about your timelines.
For some reason, we think that
when we're deciding who will
be the president of the largest
student union in Canada, seven
days of campaigning before voting begins is too short of a time
to have a real debate. But feel
free to start punishing student
politicians for talking to the
media, a very natural thing for
them to do.
So, from now on, let it be known
that The Ubyssey is printing anything and eveiything candidates
talk to us about until elections are
over. Either people will stop talking
to us, or you'll have to deal out a
whole lot of punishment.
Game on. tl
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WEATHER
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SUNSET
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SUNRISE
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91 DAYS TIL END OF TERM
1 MILLION STUDENTS IN CANADA
4430 DOLLARS FOR TUITION
2000 DOLLARS FOR BOOKS
20 DOLLARS FOR BEER AND FOOD
NEWS BRIEFS
GRAD STUDENT HEADS NORTH
TO FIND TIME CAPSULE
Rob Eso, a UBC Geophysics doctorate student, will be going to Prince
Rupert to find a lost time capsule,
reported The Northern View.
The cylinder was buried by the
city in 1971 in an unmarked location
overlooking the city, but due to rain
and the bogland it may have have
moved.
Eso will be using an inductive
source electromagnetic sensor,
which detects variations in electrical
conductivity and can sense metal
objects up to five meters deep,
along with a magnetometer, which
measures magnetic fields, to try to
locate the cement-encased capsule.
The capsule is supposed to be
dug up for the city's 100th anniversary on March 10,2010.
FORMER DEAN OF ARTS
SUCCUMBS TO LUNG CANCER
Former UBC Dean of Arts Patricia
Marchak died from lung cancer on
January 1.
Marchak received both her BA
and PhD from UBC before joined
UBC's faculty in 1973. She was the
head of the Anthropology and Sociology departments before becoming
dean from 1990 to 1996.
Marchak is survived by her husband Bill and two sons Lawren and
Geordon.
UBC STUDY ON SMOKING
RECEIVES CRITICISM
A recent study by a group of U BC
researchers has received criticism,
reported the National Post.
The report claims that the
increased amount of shame put
on smokers from anti-smoking
campaigns and laws has made it
even more difficult for them to quit,
and that there is an "urgent need
for governments to revisit their anti-
smoking policies."
Critics and policy makers claim
that the campaigns and laws have
strived not to discriminate against
the smokers themselves, but to
take away the romanticism of
smoking.
They maintain that the campaigns
have succeeded, as the popularity of
smoking in Canada has decreased
from 50 per cent of the population in
1960 to the current 20 per cent.
U OF A STUDENT UNION PRES
RESIGNS
On Friday, January 8, University of
Alberta Student Union President
Kory Mathewson said that he will
resign on Monday, January 11,
reported The Gateway.
Mathewson is citing personal reasons for his resignation. The student
union now has two options: they can
appoint a qualified replacement, or
they can call a by-election.
Until a decision can be reached,
however, VP Operations and
Finance Zach Fentiman is to chair
the executive committee and remaining presidential responsibilities
will be divided amongst the rest of
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JANUARY II, 2010
VOLUME XCI,   N°XXXI
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LEGAL
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University of British Columbia. It is published every
Monday and Thursday by The Ubyssey Publications
Society. We are an autonomous, democratically run
student organization, and all students are encouraged
to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey
staff. They are the expressed opinion of the staff,
and do not necessarily reflect the views of The
Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia. All editorial content appearing in The
Ubyssey is the property of The Ubyssey Publications
Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and artwork
contained herein cannot be reproduced without the
expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian
University Press (CUP) and adheres to CUP's guiding
principles.
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words
Please include your phone number, student number
and signature (not for publication) as well as your
year and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped off at the
editorial office of The Ubyssey; otherwise verification
will be done by phone. "Perspectives" are opinion
pieces over 300 words but under 750 words and
are run according to space. "Freestyles" are opinion
pieces written by Ubyssey staff members. Priority will
be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion pieces
will not be run until the identity of the writer has
been verified. The Ubyssey reserves the right to edit
submissions for length and clarity. All letters must be
received by 12 noon the day before intended publication. Letters received after this point will be published
in the following issue unless there is an urgent time
restriction or other matter deemed relevant by the
Ubyssey staff.
It is agreed by all persons placing display or
classified advertising that if the Ubyssey Publications
Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an
error in the ad occurs the liability of the UPS will
not be greater than the price paid for the ad. The
UPS shall not be responsible for slight changes or
typographical errors that do not lessen the value or
the impact of the ad
CONTRIBUTORS
Once upon a time there were a bunch of people who
contributed to a paper. Those people were thought to
be: Hilary Atkinson-who is not related to Dr Atkins,
Ian Turner-whose last name is not Smith, Alice
Hou- whose name contains an "e," Kasha Chang,
Austin Holm-who's not from Texas, Anna Zoria-who's
in my French class, Kirstie Cameron from the clan ol
Cameron, Philip Storey who has a story (probably),
Tara Martellaro, Kate "The Barbarian" Barbaria, Trevor
"T-Rex" Record, Paul "Buccinator" Bucci, Justin
"Student Leader Incarnate" McElroy, Brendan Albano,
Virginie Menard gui est formidable, Samantha "The
Jungian" Jung, Gerald Deo-who I won't make fun of,
and  Katarina "Regrgictator" Grgic-who should stick
to proofing.
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EVENTS
ONGOING EVENTS
UBYSSEY PRODUCTION* Come help us
create this baby! Learn about layout
and editing. Expect to be fed. • Every
Sunday and Wednesday, 2pm.
KOERNER'S NIGHT* Join us for open
mic night every Monday. Listen
to the different flavours of music,
all while enjoying a nice cold beer
or a competitive game of pool. •
Every Monday, 8:30pm onwards.
Koerner's Pub.
MONDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY MUSIC &
MEAL* Like to play fun music? Just
want to listen? Looking for a sense
of community? This is for all members of the UBC community who
want to have a good meal and
great conversation. All meals are
home-cooked and are vegetarian-
friendly. • Every Monday, 6:30pm-
8:30pm, Chapel of the Epiphany
(6030 Chancellor Blvd), more info
revnathanwright@mac.com.
DRIPPYTOWN: VANCOUVER'S COMIC
ARTISTS ON DISPLAY* Want a different take on Vancity? The collection
features contributions from six local
comic artists whose work provides
a look at life in Vancouver. • Continues until Jan 31, Rare Books and
Special Collections in IKE, more info
at puddingsock livejoumal. com.
ROMEO & JULIET • This production
of the Shakespearean classic will
feature live music with a cast of
21 UBC Theatre BFA Acting students. Expect a brave and twisted
approach to Shakespeare's iconic
story of lovers in a dangerous time.
• Jan 20-30, 7:30pm, Telus Studio.
Tickets at $15/$20/$25.
UBC FILM SOC PRESENTS: A SERIOUS MAN • Directed by the Coen
Brothers, A Serious Man is a dark
comedy about a man trying to find
balance and direction in the world
• Jan 13-17, 9pm-11pm, Norm
Theare, SUB. $4 general admission, $2 for members.
NOON "FUN" RUN • Get healthy and
come run or walk. Hosted by UBC
Rec, the Noon "Fun" Run is about
active participation, wellness and
fun that takes students on a scenic
course ranging from 3 to 5 km. •
Every Thursday starting Jan 14,
Student Rec Centre (6000 Student
Union Blvd).
MONDAY, JAN. 11
REC CENTRE SHOPPING WEEK* Have a
class you want to try out? Want to
see if you can endure an entire class
of pilates? This is the week to do
it! All instructional classes are free
this week! So just pop by and start
enriching your life! • Jan 11-17, REC
centre. For more details, go to rec.
ubc.ca.
FREE OMAR KHADR-Vigil and public fo-
rum for the release of Guantanamo
Bay prisoner Omar Khadr. • Vigil
begins at 5:45 pm at Victory Park followed by walk to the SFU Harbour
Centre for a public forum, contact
dwiight@amnesty.ca, free.
CALL FOR AUDITIONS: BRAVE NEW
PLAY RITES 2010 • Be a part of the
24th Brave New Play Rites Festival
of Original Plays, April 7-11, 2010.
Open call: Actors of all ages, male
and female (non-union, non-paying).
• 9pm, Room 122, BC Binning
Studios, more info at biavenewplay-
rites@gmail.com.
TUESDAY, JAN. 12
DISTRACTION SPELLING BEE • Part of
Arts Week. What happens when
you try to spell words while we try
to distract you? Hilarity! Brought
to you by the Cognitive Systems
Society and the Speech and Linguistics Students Association. •
12pm-1pm, The Gallery, SUB.
ARTS ALUMNI PANEL • Part of Arts
Week. Meet some of Arts' most
prominent alumni from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts.
Will feature a short presentation of
the experiences of each alumnus,
including advice on applying your
degree to your career and how
to succeed. Free food and drinks
provided. • 4pm-5:30pm, MASS
Buchanan D.
STUDENT INVOLVEMENT SHOWCASE •
Have you ever wondered how you
can get involved on campus? Be
sure to stop by the new Centre for
Student Involvement and get connected at UBC. • 10am-6pm, Brock
Hall, more info at sdo.leadership®
ubc.ca.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13
FILM NIGHT - DISSOLVE: THE DOCUMENTARY (2005)* Being put on for Sexual
Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
as the first part of their series of
events, with speakers to follow. Refreshments provided. • 6pm, Room
182, IKBLC.
UBC TECHNICAL CAREER FAIR • Come
and meet with employers at this
annual career fair. Learn about
summer, co-op, and new graduate
opportunities targed to Science
and Engineering students. • 70am-
4pm, SUB Ballroom.
THURSDAY, JAN. 14
POETRYHAUS* Part of Arts Week, a
chance for students to share poetry in a casual atmosphere. With
special guest appearances from
Slam Vancouver, UBC Slam and
UBC Improv. Coffee and snacks
will be provided. • 5pm-7pm,
MASS, Buchanan D.
BRANCHING OUT • The Foresty
Undergraduate Society (FUS)
and the Students for Forestry
Awareness (SFA) are hosting a
symposium to provide insight into
the implications of current forestry
issues and perspective regarding how students can apply their
education to adapt to and initiate
changes in the sector. Listen on
to the panel discussion and get
an opportunity to voice your opinions. • 6pm-9pm, Lecture Theatre
1005, Forest Sciences Centre.
IAN FERGUSON • An award-winning
playwright and humourist whose
commentaries have been widely
broadcast on radio and television
speaks on being Canadian. • 2pm,
Lillooet Room (301) IKBLC.
ARTS AND MASS VIOLENCE: NEW FORMS
OF ENGAGEMENT* The Liu Institute's
Transitional Justice Network presents this dialogue about artistic
research and practices relating to
situations of mass atrocity, social
reconstruction and social change. •
Panel discussion at 4pm, reception
at 5:30pm, Liu Institute for Global Issues (6476 NW Marine Drive). Free
registiation online at fluidsurveys.
com/surveys/liuinstitute/register-tjn-
arts-event/.
CONTINUING STUDIES WRITING CENTRE
USED BOOK SALE • The Writing Centre
will be holding its gigantic annual
booksale. There will be a wide variety of used books on a wide variety
of subjects, from cookery books to
classics of fiction, and lots more. All
proceeds go to awards and scholarships in the UBC Writing Centre. •
Jan 14-15, 10am-4pm, UBC Wning
Centre. All books are 50 cents each.
GO GLOBAL ONLINE APPLICATION WORKSHOP* Come to this workshop to go
over the Go Global Online Application for Exchange & Study Abroad
step by step. Helpful for students
who have decided to apply to study
abroad, but have not yet started the
online application. • 11am-12pm,
Upper Lounge, International West
House (1783 West Mall). More info
at go.global@ubcca.
FRIDAY, JAN. 15
A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL IGNATIEFF @ UBC • Liberal leader Michael
Ignatieff is starting the new year
with a cross-Canada campus tour
to meet young Canadians in the
lead-up to Canada at 150: Rising
to the Challenge—a non-partisan
conference being held in Montreal in
March 2010. • 3pm-4:30pm, Norm
Theatre.
SUNDAY, JAN. 17
GUTTERBALL BOWLING • It doesn't
matter whether you roll a strike,
spare, split, or gutterball at this
bowling tournament because
you'll have a blast! CoRec teams
of 4 to 6 participants sign up for
a one hour timeslot. Sign up by
Wednesday, Jan 13. • 6pm-10pm,
Varsity Ridge Bowling Centre,
2120 W. 15th ave. $48 UBC student
team, $100 UBC staff, more info at
amiu@rec.ubc.ca.
MONDAY, JAN. 18
AFRICA AWARENESS WEEK • Participate in the on-campus dialogue
about African issues • Opening
Night, 6pm-7:30 pm, africaconfer-
enceweek.eventbrite.com.
TUESDAY, JAN. 19
AAI CONFERENCE: AFRICAN ART AND
POETRY: OPEN MIC PERFORMANCES •
Africa has been the source of artistic
SUSCOMIC. COM, BY MICHAEL BROUND
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inspiration for many, the geopraphi-
cal nature of Africa is an astounding
piece of art in its own right. Join us
in celebrating the artistic nature of
Mama Africa through art from the
motherland. This is a collaborative
event with the Nyala restaurant
and Caribbean African Association.
• 6pm-12am, Koerner's Pub, Entrance by donation, suggested $5.
THURSDAY, JAN. 21
HKIN SEMINAR SERIES: OLYMPIC
GAMES INPACT RESEARCH—HISTORICAL, CONCEPTUAL AND METHODOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS • This seminar will be given by Dr Rob VanW-
ynsberghe, who will be examining
the theorectical and methodogical
underpinnings of the International
Olympic Committee's Olympic
Games Impact research program.
• 12:30pm-2pm, War Memorial
Gymnasium Room 100.
THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE—DISSOLVE • Being put on for SAAM as
their second event, followed by a
Q&A with creator and performer
Meghan Gardiner. • 7pm, Dorothy
Somerset Studio (6361 University
Blvd). $5 deposit to be returned at
performance.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24
AMS ELECTION PRESENTS: HACKFEST
BZZR GARDEN! • Meet the candidates
running to be in your student government, one day prior to the opening
of the polls! Mingle with your opponents and campaign to students
who never go out to debates! Also
available: samosas and $2 beers! •
Jan 24, 7pm-11pm, SUB Partyroom.
TUESDAY, JAN. 26
ALLIES UNITE! COMMUNITY RALLY AND
MARCH • Being put on for SAAM
as their third event. Gather for a
rally and march around campus, followed with refreshments. • 4pm-
6pm, Student Union Building.
THURSDAY, JAN. 28
TOUGH GUYS: SEXUAL VIOLENCE, MEDIA,
AND THE CRISIS IN MASCULINITY* Be
ing put on for SAAM, a public lecture by Jackson Katz, PhD. • 6pm,
Hebb Theatre.
FRIDAY, JAN. 29
"TAKING IT PERSONALLY: WHY GENDER
VIOLENCE IS AN ISSUE FOR MEN" •
Workshop for students being put on
for SAAM. • 70am, Room 100, Neville Scarfe Building (2125 Main Mall).
SATURDAY, JAN. 30
EXHIBITION INDIA 2010* Presented by
the UBC Bhangra Club, this is one
show that combines the sounds,
sights, and vibrancy of India in an
entertainment-filled night of entertainment. All ticket proceeds go to
BC Children's Hospital. • Jan 30,
6pm-9pm, Bell Centre for the Performing Arts (6250-144th St), $15,
For tickets call Harman (778-865-
3216) or Puneet (778-24-4235)
All
announcements
are free for ubc
students. e-mail
us at events@
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Your AMS
elections 2010
candidates
Chu vies for external again;
Ahmadian, Swift for president
SAMANTHA JUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
Last Friday, Elections Ad-
minstrator Isabel Ferreras
announced the candidates
for the annual AMS elections. As of press time, over 50 candidates are running for 10 positions.
A whopping 16 candidates are
running for the six student-at-large
spots on the UBC Senate, including
current VP Academic and University Affairs Johannes Rebane. Four
candidates are running for president, including Board of Governors
(BoG) representative Bijan Ahmadian and Forestry Undergraduate Society VP External Natalie
Swift. Current AMS President Blake
Frederick is running for three positions: Senate, BoG and The Ubyssey
Publications Society. And Tim Chu
is hoping to once again be elected to
the position of VP external.
This year the elections begin on
January 18. Voting will run from
the 25 to 29, and the results will be
announced on January 29 in The
Gallery. Events during the elections
period include Jell-0 wrestling,
debates, a "Hackfest Bzzr Garden,"
and a quiz night. Voting is mostly
online this year, with select paper
voting stations around campus. vU
CANDID
ATE LIST
PRESIDENT
-Guillaume Houle
-Star
-Sean Kim
(Arts Undergraduate
-Ding Kun
-Pak Ho Leung
Society president)
-Brittany Perna
-Natalie Swift (For
-Ahmed Azim Wazeer
-Guessy Wang
estry Undergraduate
(senator-at-large)
Society VP external)
STUDENT LEGAL FUND
-Bijan Ahmadian
SENATE AT-LARGE
SOCIETY
(Board of Governors
-Nader Beyzaei (Com
-JJ Maclean (SRL,*
representative)
puter Science Student
(Science Undergradu
Society VP external)
ate Society Chemistry
VPEXTERNAL
-Ryan Bredin
rep)
-Aaron Palm
-Philip Edgcumbe
-PaulJGodin(SRL)
-Stas Pavlov
-Blake Frederick
Alexander Shalashnly
(Commerce Under
(AMS president)
(SRL)
graduate Society
-Arielle Friedman
-Anthony Bryson
second-year rep)
(UBC Social Justice
(SRL)
-Timothy Chu
Centre)
-HillsonTse(SRL,
(incumbent)
-AJ Hajir Hajian (Com
AMS Advocacy
-Jeremy McElroy
puter Science Student
Office)
(Arts councilor)
Society Communica
-Kyle Warwick (Arts
tions Committee)
councilor)
VP ADMINISTRATION
-Sean Heisler (student
-Siavash Ahmadi
-Michael Haack (Out-
senator, Engineer
-Omid Atai
week coordinator and
ing Undergraduate
-Aaron Sihota (Sci
fundraising coordina
Society)
ence councilor)
tor, Pride UBC)
-Alyssa Koehn (Politi
-Ekaterina Dovjenko
cal Science Student
*Students for Re
(Commerce councilor)
Association DAPP)
sponsible Leadership,
-Blair McRadu
which is a slate.
VPACADEMICAND
-Spencer Rasmussen
UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS
(director, Common
UBYSSEY PUBLICATIONS
-Ben Cappellacci (stu
Energy UBC)
SOCIETY (UPS) BOARD
dent senator, Com
-Johannes Rebane
merce Undergraduate
(current VP academic
President:
Society)
and university affairs)
-Campbell Bryson
-Rodrigo Ferrari-
-Aminollah Sabzevari
(UPS member at
Nunes (GSS VP
-Miriam Sabzevari
large)
Student Services)
-Gary Tse (Music
councilor)
Students-at-large:
VP FINANCE
-Joel Mertens
-The Invisible Man
(senator-at-large)
-Neil Andrews
-Elin Tayyar (vice-chair,
-Syed Nayef Andrabi
-Oliver Thome
AMS Student Admin
(Psychology Student
-Sandy Buchanan
istrative Commission)
Association Informa
-Imran Habib
tion Technologist)
-Blake Frederick
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
(AMS president)
-Bijan Ahmadian
INTERNATIONAL
(incumbent)
STUDENT
-Blake Frederick
REPRESENTATIVE
(AMS president)
(NON-VOTING)
-Sean Heisler (student
-SeWonAn
senator, Engineer
-Charlott Sandor
ing Undergraduate
Johnson
Society)
-Xena Sofia Hinson
—candidates a
re listed with their known p
alitical office and affiliation
Student Leadership Conference draws 1100
But not all students benefit from annual symposium
ALICE HOU
Contributor
Over 1100 of UBC's current and future young leaders flooded the Chan
centre on Saturday to attend the
university's eighth annual Student
Leadership Conference (SLC).
Students selected two workshops
and two speaker presentations to
attend, which organizers said were
meant to develop leadership skills
and facilitate networking. Current
Canadian senator, author and
former soldier Lieutenant-General
Romeo A Dallaire was the keynote
speaker at this year's conference.
The conference has previously
hosted other famous leaders such
as Roberta Bondar, Stephen Lewis
and Justin Trudeau.
"The SLC was meant to give student leaders the knowledge and
tools to make a difference, said co-
chair Robert Winson. He hopes that
the conference "educated students
on tangible local and international
opportunities in which UBC students can...initiate action."
First-year student Nancy Wang
felt that the conference was definitely better than she expected.
"It really put me in the mindset
that...anyone can be a leader," said
Wang.
"I think that's really good to reinforce, especially when we're bogged
down with work and we kind of forget why we're at university."
While Wang found the workshops to be most memorable, she
also enjoyed the wrap-up speech by
Dallaire.
"It was veiy inspirational...and
you could tell that he truly believed
in what he was talking about."
Although Wang found the SLC
to be a success, not all of the campus's established leaders made an
appearance.
Linda Liu, founder of Planting
Hope, an organization dedicated to
providing nutritious plants to West
African people and a leader for
Youth Ending Poverty and Youth
Canada, did not attend.
"I went to last year's [SLC] and I
didn't find the workshops helpful,"
said Liu.
I went to last year's
[SLC] and I didn't
find the workshops
helpful.
LINDA LIU,
FOUNDER OF PLANTING HOPE
She does not deny that leadership conferences can be effective
at helping students network and
develop leadership skills. However, she believes that conferences
should include more of an interactive element than merely having
speakers talk to the audience.
"Often, you learn leadership
skills by watching and emulating
the actions of an effective leader,"
she said.
Despite Liu's laments, Winson is
convinced that the SLC is effective.
He said that students involved in
the campus's VP Students Emerging Leaders Program and the Faculty of Arts Academic Commuter
Transition Program have consistently rated the SLC as the best opportunity to connect to resources,
opportunities and contacts at the
university.
According to Winson, UBC holds
the conference each year because
it is "not only a great resource to
students with its internationally
renowned keynotes, featured presenters, and over 70 workshops
from alumni and students, but it
also has a high impact involvement
experience for the organizing committee." tu
I'm a "Face
of Today"?
GERALD DEO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
JUSTIN MCELROY
sports@ubyssey.ca
Hey there! If you were on campus
this Saturday, you might have seen
my pale, somewhat-happy face on
screens during the Student Leadership Conference.
For whatever reason, I was
selected as one of the "Faces of
Today" for the event. Apparently,
I've interviewed enough leaders on
campus that people have begun to
confuse me for one. And what the
heck is a "Face of Today" anyway?
It's a vague, meaningless phrase
that sounds like it was drawn up
in a Sauder classroom. Sort of like
"Student Leadership Conference."
Don't get me wrong, teaching
leadership isn't a bad thing. It's
just an inherently tricky thing to
do, especially within the confines
of a series of hour-long seminars.
Most conferences are about something concrete that binds you with
people: A job. A political affiliation.
A deep burning love of comic books
and Joss Whedon. Leadership is an
abstract concept, one that has been
mined for millions of dollars in bad
books by CEOs, but no more of an
important thing to have than plenty
of other virtues. And yet, something
tells me we won't be seeing a Student Kindness Conference anytime
soon.
Despite the pomp
and smugness...
there are way
worse things to do
on a Saturday than
get inspired for
cheap.
I'm the grumpy cynical sort,
though. Most students who register for this conference just want to
hear a few good speeches and meet
some like-minded students. For
that, the conference delivers; it's
the largest student-run conference
for a reason. There were around a
hundred presenters this weekend,
and if there was one common denominator between them, they saw
an issue—however large or small—
and thought "why not me?" Despite
the pomp and smugness around
the endeavour, there are way worse
things to do on a Saturday man get
inspired for cheap.
Although, it is just a first step
for participants. There's the actual "leading" thing that needs to
follow.
But if you have a passion for
what you do, ask questions, surround yourself with good people
and treat them with respect, and
aren't afraid to screw up, then the
rest will happen sort of naturally, va 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 010.01.11
AMS tries to fill beds
for Whistler Lodge
The AMS has lowered the rates of its
Whistler Lodge in an attempt to fill
beds during the Olympics.
As of Wednesday's meeting, the
lodge was not fully booked. In addition, some of Whistler's top hotels
have deals during the Games, with
some charging less than the AMS
Whistler Lodge's top price of $199
per night.
If the beds are not filled by January 13, the remaining beds are to be
offered to UBC students at $30 per
night or to the public at $40 to $80
per night. Anyone who purchased a
ticket at the original public rate of
$ 149 to $ 199 will be given a refund
of the difference.
The motion comes in contrast to
the notion that the Whistler Lodge
could turn a profit during the Olympics. In February 2007, VANOC offered to rent the lodge for the duration ofthe Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games. The lodge would
have been closed to student rentals,
but the AMS would have been given
between $128,000 and $224,000
from VANOC. The AMS declined
the offer.
But in August 2009, the AMS voted in favour of raising prices for the
public from the regular rate of $40
to anywhere between $149 and
$ 199, in order to turn a profit while
still keeping the lodge available to
students. In September 2009 they
voted down a motion to contract the
lodge to a private company, a move
which would have resulted in an
additional $60,000 to $90,000 in
revenue for the student society, but,
like VANOC's proposal, would have
left students out ofthe deal.
Students can e-mail the Whistler
Lodge to book rooms at the reduced
prices.
—Samanthajung
Four candidates drop out of
Board of Governors race
Five remain to compete for two seats
Four candidates for the Board of
Governors (BoG) race have dropped
out of the running.
AMS Elections Administrator
Isabel Ferreras tweeted on Saturday at around 3:45pm that Peter
Stein, Nader Beyzaei and AJ Hajir
Hajian had withdrawn from the
running for a seat on the BoG. Then
at around 5pm on Sunday, she announced that Philip Edgcumbe had
withdrawn as well.
"My entrance was a strategic decision, and based on the nominees
I decided it would be best to drop
out, and focus on what I originally
set out to win: Senate," Beyzaei told
The Ubyssey in an e-mail interview.
The five candidates that remain
in the running for the two BoG seats
are Bijan Ahmadian, Blake Frederick, Sean Heisler, Guillaume Houle
and Azim Wazeer.
—Samanthajung
Friday's All-Candidates Meeting. MICHAEL THIBAULT PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
Six referenda currently
proposed for elections
Two ofthe six questions are for
the removal of current execs
As of last Wednesday, six referenda
questions have been approved to
go on the ballot in this year's AMS
elections.
All six questions were brought
forward by Arts Councilor Matthew Naylor. He struggled to get
1000 signatures on Wednesday
afternoon for each referenda question in order to gain funding before
giving up and letting AMS Council
approve them instead.
Three referenda surround the
removal of AMS President Blake
Frederick and VP External Tim
Chu from office—one to remove
Frederick from office, one to
remove Chu from office, and an
amendment to the AMS bylaws to
make it possible to legally remove
future directors.
One of the other three referenda
questions is whether to bring back
slates, which would allow candidates to effectively run in a political
party. Another is whether the AMS
should introduce a $5 refundable
fee, or "engagement levy," for students who want to vote in future
AMS elections, which is supposed to
help improve student engagement
by encouraging voter turnout. The
final question is whether to index
all AMS fees to the Canadian Core
Consumer Price Index, making fees
rise in accordance with inflation.
Other referenda have been rumoured, such as one on changing
the AMS tuition policy, and one that
would add a voting seat for students
with disabilities to AMS Council,
but these have yet to be confirmed
bythe AMS elections committee.
The deadline for submitting referendum questions is January 15.
—Samanthajung
Sexual
Assault
Awareness
Month
At their meeting on Wednesday
the AMS Council voted in favour of
branding January Sexual Assault
Awareness Month (SAAM).
The launch coincides with Arts
Week, which runs from January
11 to 15. Events will be occurring
all month, starting with Dissolve,
a documentary about sexual assault with a panel discussion on
January 13. Other events include
a rally and march with Allies UBC
on January 26 and a speaker series with Jackson Katz, author,
filmmaker and anti-sexist male
activist.
SAAM came out of a desire from
the Faculty of Arts and various
groups on campus such as Allies
UBC, the AMS Womyn's Centre and
the Sexual Assault Support Centre
to raise awareness about sexual assault on university campuses and
to start dialogue around sexual assault. In October 2009, a controversial article in the Arts Undergraduate Society's satirical newspaper,
The Underground was pulled off
newsstands because it trivialized
rape on campus.
Elena Kusaka, a representative from the SAAM committee,
expressed gratitude on Wednesday
for the support that the group has
received. "Support for this initiative
has been phenomenal," she said.
"These events are important
because they confront myths...and
the ultimate goal is to end sexual
assault. Ending sexual assault is
everybody's responsibility."
—Samanthajung
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Student arrested at U of O
CHARLOTTE BAILEY
The Fulcrum
OTTAWA (CUP)-A graduate physics
student was arrested on campus
during the fall exam period at the
University of Ottawa, days after
receiving a no-trespassing notice
from university security.
Joseph Hickey was handcuffed
and escorted out of University of Ottawa President Allan Rock's office
on December 11 as he was attempting to arrange an appointment to
have the notice revoked.
"As a registered full-time graduate student with course, research
and teaching assistant obligations,
I have the right to be on campus
every day, without discrimination
or interference," said Hickey.
Painting on a wall
does not warrant
the use of such
drastic measures.
GAETAN-PHILIPPEBEAULIERE
EXTERNAL COMMISSIONER, U OF 0
GRADUATE STUDENT'S ASSOCIATION
Hickey had been served a no-
trespassing notice on December 7
under the accusation of painting
"These walls belong to students" on
the walls of Morisset Hall. Hickey
received an e-mail on December 8
from Protection Services, the university security unit, informing him
that the no-trespassing notice was
still valid.
Protection Services said that they
would make an exception only for
his December 9 exam. Two days
later, his arrest was carried out by
the Ottawa Police Service.
When he was told that he could
not be on the University of Ottawa
campus, Hickey sent an e-mail to
Rock in an attempt to get the restrictions removed. After being escorted
off university property during a
physics graduate holiday party, he
explained he continued to do everything that he could in order to get
the no-trespassing notice revoked.
He was not alone in his pursuits.
"We requested that the trespass
notice be revoked immediately"
said Gaetan-Philippe Beauliere,
external commissioner of the
Graduate Students' Association
(GSAED). Issuing a trespass notice,
he continued, "should only be used
against such students who act deliberately in a way that compromises
the...well-being or the security ofthe
other members of the university
community.
"Painting on a wall does not
warrant the use of such drastic
measures."
Hickey also had CUPE 2626, the
union that represents teaching assistants at the U of 0, writing letters
on his behalf.
The union wrote a letter to Rock,
stating that it was an infringement
of Hickey's rights as a lab demonstrator to keep him from campus,
as it put his job in danger and restricted his access to the on-campus
CUPE office.
CUPE also claims that the no-
trespassing ticket is illegitimate, as
it is in violation of the university's
mandate to provide a "free and
non-discriminatory workplace" to
all union members.
Hickey also wrote to Ottawa's police chief Vern White, asking him to
keep police out of student political
affairs.
The physics student has received
no word so far from the chief. Ottawa Police Service stated that it
was a confidential matter, and that
White had not come out with an
official statement on the subject.
Hickey has also been unsuccessful
in getting a response from Rock.
"However, the vice-president of
governance [Diane Davidson] has
replied, informing me that I have
to contact the head of Protection
[Services] to discuss coming to campus," said Hickey.
The issue is further complicated
by the fact that Hickey is a teaching
assistant and has not received his
winter semester contract because
of the restrictions. The Department
of Physics, he said, refused to send
him his contract until the issue is
cleared up.
"The job starts next week, so I
think that this basically is...denial of
work," said Hickey.
According to Hickey, he will
go to trial on January 12, facing
charges of mischief under $5000.
He indicated that the trial would
only concern events from the day
when the graffiti was drawn, and
does not include the no-trespassing violation.
Hickey has not
received his winter
semester contract
because ofthe
restrictions. The
department of
physics refused to
send him his contract until the issue
is cleared up.
"I'm not sure what to expect. I'm
pleading not guilty, and I might
need to call witnesses," he said.
At press time it was unknown
whether charges will be pressed
against Hickey by the University
of Ottawa for vandalism and the
violation of the no trespassing
ticket.
Due to the legal nature of the
issue, the university was unable to
comment on the matter, vl
Great sex tied to
emotional maturity
BEN DEXTRAZE
The Gateway
EDMONTON (CUP)-Trouble in
bed? According to a study from the
University of Alberta, allthatmaybe
required for good sex is an attitude
adjustment.
Andrea Dalton, who is completing her PhD in developmental psychology at the school, used a small
poll in the 2005/2006 school year
to uncover the truth behind freshman sex. Her research hoped to
probe inside the sexual activity of a
select portion of the student body,
and postulate whether the emotionally mature students were having
healthier sex lives.
In the past, much research has
portrayed sexual activity among
young people in a negative light.
Dalton andher researchpartners
recruited first-year University of
Alberta students in 2005, and had
them fill out surveys each month
for the academic year describing a
variety of behaviours and feelings.
For this study, her master's thesis, Dalton compared the sexual
behaviour of about 200 students-
focusing on vaginal intercourse
and oral sex—and then related their
behavior to the emotions they felt
over the course of the school year.
She then examined these findings
in relation to other markers in her
study that measured students' maturity levels.
Dalton discovered that the more
"on track" a sexually active student
was in terms of emotional maturity,
the higher the possibility they were
having positive sexual experiences.
Based on age and developmental
level, students in the study were
classified as either "genuinely
mature," "immature" or "semi-
mature" based on their responses
to certain questionnaires.
The study found that mature
students were experiencing a wider
range of positive emotions on a
regular basis. "Immature" students,
on the other hand, were experiencing a wider range of negative emotions and more frequently than the
"genuinely mature."
The students polled in the study
were from across all faculties at the
University of Alberta and consisted
of approximately 56 per cent women and 44 per cent men. But as
Dalton noted, the results were surprisingly similar for both genders.
For men, who are oftenportrayed
with as being prone to engage in
carefree casual sex, there was little
variation in their emotional levels
when compared to women polled
in the survey.
"It looks like men and women
are equally capable of having positive and negative experiences associated with their sexual behavior,
but it might be a function of their
attitudes towards it," Dalton said.
As the study primarily took into
account attitudes towards sexual
activity, it did not measure what
role gender could have played.
The study found that a permissive
attitude towards sexual activity, no
matter the gender, will lead to like
feelings both before and after sex-
depending on how mature one is as
a lover.
According to Dalton's study,
for those who have a more liberal
attitude towards expressing their
sexual self, and are emotionally mature enough to do so, sex will most
likely become a positive experience.
But if sex is approached with an immature attitude, it could become
a negative experience and lead to
conflicted feelings once the deed is
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THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY'S
$55.5 MILLION renewal project will
be complete on January 24. They
currently hold around 36,000 ethnographic objects, as well as 535,000
archaeological objects. According
to moa.ubc.ca, "The Museum's
mandate is to maintain objects purchased or donated by the public in
a facility accessible by the public, to
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further research and education, and
to offer assistance to originating
communities regarding the preservation and display of collections in
their possession."
What do you think about the Museum of Anthropology's mandate
and attitude regarding their collections of ethnographic objects?
E-mail us at culture@ubyssey.ca.
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Jzrit&y.    nches
w*nnla    DEEP
Untitled, screen print on five t-shirts. brendan albano photo/the ubyssey
ALLISON MANDER
Q What is the main message you are
trying to convey throughyour work?
A My work is about a lot of things.
I don't really consider there to be a
main message but rather I'm trying
to push my public to think about
what they are looking at and interpret it in relation to their own situation. For me, the work is about the
value of my body. I've printed it nude
onto a t-shirt and made that t-shirt
available for wear and purchase,
while also limiting the degree to
which it immediately resonates as a
nude form through separating it into
five parts and pixelating it. The pose
I've chosen is particular for a number of reasons...it connotes a sense
of sexuality while also appearing
almost death or specimen-like. The
verses printed over top of the shirt
some from the book of proverbs and
speak to the concept of wisdom in
reference to the female figure.
Q What were some challenges in us-
ingyour chosen medium?
A The challenge with screen printing is you've only got one chance
to get it right. If you screw it up you
better get yourself out there to buy
a new shirt. Another challenge was
paying for it! If you didn't know,
making art can be crazy expensive.
Q What areyour goals as an artist?
A I make no goals for my art. I want
to continue learning and I happen to
be a creative person so my work will
continue to be produced as a reflection of what I'm thinking about.
Q What were some of your inspirations for your work?
A I make a reference to The Ecstasy
of St Theresa by Bernini but the work
is just something I'd been thinking
about doing for a long time and finally had the means to do.
Q Do you have any advicefor aspiring
fellow artists at UBC?
A Art is all about technique and
skill. I don't necessarily mean
that in relation to an ability to
paint like Michelangelo, rather
I mean it in the sense that you
have to be skilled at choosing
what to incorporate and what
to leave out. It's an attempt to
communicate, so how well and
in what context is your message
best reflected? That's not an easy
question to answer, and all of us
get it wrong sometimes. The key
for me is to earnestly think about
what you're doing, why you're doing it and how you're doing it.
Detail of finger painting/figure banging, plaster, oil paint on canvas
COURTESY OF KAREN TENNANT
KARENTENNANT
Q What is the main message you are
trying to convey throughyour work?
A The figure within art history is
implicit with ideological signifiers
that communicate and enforce
the status quo. The figure within
this work is flayed of its skin and
becomes the raw sinew, genitals, of
an "alive" human body. There isn't
any linear message other than the
experience the viewer has with the
grotesque manipulation of plaster,
fiberglass and oil paints within
the historical context of an "easel"
painting. The gender of this body is
a mass of androgynous sinew, the
identity transcends the ideological
signifiers of sexuality, ethnicity, age
and beauty. The mass sits ambiguously sexed and sexless. The viewer
may associate the sculpture's gender as female or feminine...however
the feminine is redefined as aggressive, seductive and powerful.
Q What were some challenges in using your chosen medium?
A The main challenges ofthe mediums which I use, were painting the
plaster with its infinite crevasses,
the toxic and relentless smell of
fiber glass resin and transporting
a canvas which weighs more than a
small child.
Q What are your goals as an artist?
A My goal is to be a working professional artist, curator, lecturer, critic
and writer.
Q What were some of your inspirations foryour work?
A My inspirations are all artists
ever...as well as seeing progress
within my own work over the years.
Q Do you have any advice for aspiring fellow artists at UBC?
A I don't think I am in the position
yet to give advice, but I treat art
school as I would med school, working as hard as I possibly can. tu
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Self Portraits, blue ball-point pen on poster paper
COURTESY OF EDDIE LIU
SHA0YI (EDDIE) LIU
Q What is the main message you are
trying to convey throughyour work?
A To me, the human society is
all about language and culture;
it is about different means of
construction.
Q What were some challenges in us-
ingyour chosen medium?
AI used blue ball-point pen, which
has a casual quality, so the challenge was to somehow make use of
this casual quality and add more
meaning to the work. Another challenge was that I had to be error-free
because the ink was not erasable.
Q What are your goals as an artist?
A My main goal as an artist is to offer
my audience a unique experience:
both aesthetically and conceptually.
Q What were some of your inspirations for your work?
A To a great extent, my inspiration
came from my own experience as
an immigrant, confronted by a new
culture and language.
Q Do you have any advice for aspiring fellow artists at UBC?
A Make your own art. Have your
own style, tl
JJt
PRETTY VANILLA
7 INCHES DEEPEP
"Do you remember back in '97?"
sings Nikki Nice, the lead singer of
Pretty Vanilla on the first track of
the 7 Inches Deep EP. Yes, Nikki. I
do remember what music sounded
like in the 90s; suspiciously like your
band. If this hypothetical conversation were ever to take place, I expect
she'd reply "But you know, all good
rock is easy," which in turn would
fulfill my theory that Nikki Nice is actually a clone of Courtney Love with
all the interesting aspects removed.
Pretty Vanilla can't make up their
mind about what they want to be.
They sing about soda shops and the
radio, sound like a bizarre mix of 70's
and 90's punk, and they look like
30's glam rockers. If the EP had a
fifth song, I expect it would be about
the Great War and feature Rosie the
Riveter and a sock hop.
I can really only recommend 7
Inches Deep to those who feel
like the 90s—and riot grrl music in
particular—should come back. So
if your hair is stuck in that grunge
cut and you haven't bought new
clothes since 1993, I'd like to remind
you that we are now two whole
decades past that and you should
probably shower. \3
DANIEL, FRED & JULIE
SELF-TITLED)
Daniel, Fred & Julie (or Julie
Doiron and Two Other Guys, as
like to call them) is, according to
the press release, what happens
when some friends get together in
Sackville, NB to record folk songs.
In this, it is absolutely correct.
Most of the songs on the album
are old public domain songs that
have been burned into the public
consciousness. The most easily
identifiable of these is the Western ballad "Clementine" which the
trio plays without enthusiasm.
Neither of the album's original
songs—"Runner" and "Your
Love" —manage to keep up with
the others. Although "Runner" is
supposed to be the highlight of the
album, and Fred Squire's vocals
do manage to inject some life into
the song, its lyrics are more or less
steeped in cliche. Even though it
drags on longer than it needs to,
"The Gambler and his Bride" is
the best song on the album.
If you have a great love of either
folk songs or Julie Doiron, then
you might like Daniel, Fred & Julie. However, don't ever count on
seeing it played live, because each
of the members of Daniel, Fred &
Julie have their own bands. This
is why I hate collaborations out
of principle, because even if you
really liked this album, you'll never
have more than this one amateur-
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Perfecting your protrusions
Im/Perfect Bodies at the AMS Art Gallery
ANNAZORIA
Contributor
The human body is a fascinating
subject, and this week it will be on
full display at the AMS Art Gallery
during Arts Week. The Visual Arts
Student Association (VASA) and Art
History Student Association (AHSA)
will be exhibiting a collection of
works submitted by UBC students
on the theme Im/Perfect Bodies. The
collection—which ranges from screen
printed t-shirts, to photographs, to
video installations—focuses on our
perceptions of the human form and
reconstructs them in truly unique
and innovative ways. Although only
a handful of works were chosen
for the actual exhibition, the jury
received over 40 submissions in the
last few weeks.
You could say that
the body—present
in art history since
people decided to
bang sharp rocks
together—has been
explored from all
angles.
The theme of the works is based
on an ongoing dialogue in contemporary art theory surrounding
ideas on the human form. You
could say that the body—present in
art history since people decided to
bang sharp rocks together, through
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the Renaissance obsession with an
ideal form, to total abstraction in
the 20th century—has been explored
from all angles. It is not only a
symbol unto itself, but a personal
expression of individuality. Im/Perfect Bodies explores the wide range
of ideas amongst artists at UBC on
this theme, which continues to attract boundless interest.
The best part about a student-run
show is the opportunity it provides not only for the artists, but
for everyone who is interested in
art. Allison Mander, AHSA president, said "There is definitely a
mutual benefit to exploring and
being introduced to each other's
processes of work. For this project
in particular, students were involved in all areas...promotions,
jurying and curating the show,
liaising with artists, and of course
creating the art." tl
The exhibition runs from January
11-15 between 12pm to 5pm at the
AMS Gallery in the SUB. The opening reception is on January 11 from
4pm to 7pm, with representatives
from AHSA and VASA present for
discussion, plus a bar!
Bigger is better
Arts Week rises to the occasion
KIRSTY CAMERON
Contributor
Arts students are creative, clever
and determined individuals. They're
taught how to think about a range of
moral, artistic and practical complexities and have an enviable spread of
skills and talent within their ranks.
The largest faculty on campus, with
their endearing chant, "Bigger is better. Arts kicks ass," reminds us that
they likely do have a class, club or
event for anyone.
Throughout the week, clubs in the
AUS will be manning a booth in the
SUB concourse in addition to running
or assisting with an event The events
listed below are merely a pick from
each day of the week.
MONDAY'S PICK
Im/Perfect Bodies opening 4pm to
7pm, AMS Art Gallery
The Visual Arts Students Association, Art History Students Association and the AMS Art Gallery present a collection of student artwork.
Im/perfect Bodies will be open all
week, but join the clove-smoking
artist clan while they show off their
work at a licensed event. If can get
your beret tilted just right, and can
fake your way through a discussion
of "problematic works" and "post-
structuralist" theory, you might end
up swapping spit with a "genuine
artist" by the end of the night.
TUESDAY'S PICK
Distraction Spelling Bee, 12pm to
lpm, The Gallery
Noontime drinking, a chance to
prove your spelling suaveness and
make use of that Latin class you took
on a whim. Presented by The Cognitive Systems Society and SALSA,
the Speech and Linguistic Students
Association (canyou say misleading
acronym?), the premise is simple:
you try and spell a word, they try to
distract you. Should be good for participants and audience alike.
WEDNESDAY'S PICK
Dissolve film presentation, 6pm,
IKBLC 182
January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC. The first of the
month's events is the screening
of Dissolve, a documentary about
drug-facilitated sexual assault.
Sponsored by more groups that
there is room to print, the film
will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Tracy Porteous,
Helen Griffiths and Anoushka
Ratnarajah.
THURSDAY'S PICK
PoetryhAUS, 5pm to 7pm, MASS
A chance to share poetry or listen to
some of the city's best young poets
has been coordinated by Academic
Services and the English Students
Association. There will be performances by guests from Slam Vancouver, UBC Slam and UBC Improv,
and anyone is invited to participate
in a contest- and critic-free environment. Free coffee and snacks will be
provided.
FRIDAY'S PICK
J'<3 les Crepes, 12pm to 3pm, MASS
The French Club is making crepes.
And we all love crepes. ^J
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BASKETBALL
GOLD
WOMEN VS. REGINA: WIN, 76-63
WOMEN VS. BRANDON: WIN, 103-62
MEN VS. REGINA: WIN, 97-70
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HOCKEY
UBC salvages weekend in OT
With a win and a loss, Birds stay alive in playoff race, but just barely
Despite being stopped in close by Adam Ward, the T-Birds managed to defeat the Rams Saturday night. MICHAELTHIBAULTPHOTO/THEUBYSSEY
HILARY ATKINSON
CONTRIBUTOR
The UBC Thunderbirds (6-11-1) escaped
with a 5-4 overtime victory against the
Regina Cougars (5-10-1) thanks to Brandon Campos. Campos scored at 2:14 in the
extra frame to claw out a victory for the
home team, after UBC gave up a 4-0 lead.
Jordan White made 33 saves in victory
for the Thunderbirds, which will need a miraculous second half of the season in order
to make the playoffs.
"Our powerplay really came through for
us and we just found a way to win," said
UBC head coach Milan Dragicevic. "I've
told the guys that at this point it's just about
finding ways to win and getting two points
towards a playoff spot."
Coming off a disappointing 6-2 loss on
Friday against the last place Cougars, the
Thunderbirds didn't start their new year's
resolution off the way they wanted, giving
up two goals in the first period, and getting
stymied all night long by Adam Ward, who
made 41 saves in goal for Regina.
Mindful that a second straight loss to
basement-dwelling Regina would more or
less end any hopes the Thunderbirds had
for the season, UBC started off Saturday's
game strong, with goals by Brandon Campos, Tyler Ruel and Justin McCrae to take
a 3-0 break. And when McCrae scored
his team-leading ninth goal of the season
just 14 seconds into the second period to
extend the lead to 4-0, it seemed that UBC
would romp to an easy victory.
However, penalties, a sore spot for the
team all season, caused all sorts of problems
for UBC yet again, as two penalties in the
second period led to power play goals. By the
end of a period in which the Rams had 16
shots on net, the T-Birds only led 4-3.
Finally, with just seven minutes left in
the third period, Regina forward Dillon
Johnstone scored his second goal of the
season, tying the game up and sending the
game into overtime.
"The pressure is high," said Dragicevic.
Going into the weekend matchup, UBC had
to win 9 out of 12 games to make the playoffs. After the two game split, they now have
to win 8 out of 10 remaining games.
The Thunderbirds, sixth place in the
Canada West conference, still believe that
they can make the four-team playoffs, but
the final weeks of 2009 were rough on the
team, as they went on a six-game losing
streak and suffered from inconsistent
play.
"Obviously the guys have to win," said
Dacey Dinsmore, a fan who just started
watching the Thunderbirds this season. "I
think that if they play like they've got nothing to lose and play aggressively, that will
intimidate other teams and give UBC a
mental edge."
The Thunderbirds have a turbulent
flight ahead of them and, like most new
year's resolutions, staying focused and
disciplined to clinch that final playoff spot
won't be easy, tl
5 KEYS TO THE T-BIRDS MAKING THE PLAYOFFS
1 CONSISTENCY | The Thunderbirds have little room for error in their
last ten games, needing to nearly run the table to make it in. They
will have to be consistent in their effort, offence and defence every
night. They have to be the scrappy, desperate team everyone else
hates to play.
2PENALTY KILL | The penalty kill has been a game killer for UBC, as
they have given up 32 power play goals, worst in the conference.
Their 62.8 per cent kill is also at the bottom of the barrel too. Playing
one man down tires out the team, wastes essential offensive opportunity time and drains momentum from the bench.
3 POWER PLAY | Their powerplay unit has to be deadly, and at just
16.2 per cent so far this year, deadly it ain't. The Thunderbirds have
to take advantage of their oppurtunities and force their opponents
to work.
4 GOALTENDING | Frangois Thuot, currently of the 4.1 goals against
average against, has to be better. But his defence also needs
work—UBC has given up the most shots of any team in the
Canada West. Backup Jordan White has to push Thuot to be sharp.
5 DRIVE | Plain and simple, the 'Birds need to want the final playoff spot more than their rivals. With only four teams making the
Canada West playoffs, every game counts from here on in. tl
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WOMEN® REGINA: LOSS, 1-2
WOMEN® REGINA: LOSS, 2-3
MEN VS. REGINA: LOSS, 2-6
MEN VS. REGINA: WIN, 5-4 (0T)
BIRD DROPPINGS
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WOMEN SWEEP PRAIRIE FOES TO START 2010
If the women's basketball team has their way, 2010 will
be the year of the Thunderbird. UBC started the second
half of their season in fine form, upsetting the division
leading Regina Rams 76-63 before blowing out the Brandon Bobcats 103-62 on Saturday.
Friday's game saw the 'Birds start out the game sluggishly, turning the ball over thrice in the first two and a
half minutes. By the end of the first quarter, they were
down 21-29. After a short two minute pep-talk, they put
on a good show in the second quarter to take the lead
3 5-3 3, a lead they would not relenquish.
"In the first quarter, we got a good look at what they're
doing." said UBC head coach Deb Huband. "We knew we
had to contain number three, their ball handler. We had
to be more deceptive on defence when she had the ball."
After the first quarter, they also began to contain
Regina's dominant post-player, Brittany Read, much
more effectively, holding her to just ten points and five
rebounds.
"We knew that [Read] was a dominant post player
when she gets position in the paint and is hard to guard.
We were trying to be a bit physical with her and not allow her to establish herself," Huband said. "I thought
our bigs really stepped up and everyone that was in the
game played tough both physically and mentally."
The T-Birds had no single player leading the attack,
but rather took advantage of their depth to overwhelm
the Rams. Five players scored at least 10 points, and
Alex Vieweg and Zara Huntley tied for the team lead
with 14 points.
Saturday's blowout against the Bobcats lacked the
drama of Friday's upset, as UBC took a 29-12 lead after
the first quarter, and coasted afterwards to a victory that
left UBC 7-3 on the season, and in firm control of second place in the Pacific Division behind SFU.
"I think we came out really strong." said Huband
after the game. "We defended well. We created some offense from our defence. We ran the floor really well. We
pushed the ball. We lost a little bit of intensify for moments
throughout the game.. Again, I think it was another strong
team performance. I'm just thrilled with the intensity we
bringing to the floor. I thought it was crazy that we were
able to get everybody on the court." tl
— Ian Turner
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL STARTS TO TURN SEASON
AROUND WITH SWEEP
Could UBC make the playoffs in men's volleyball? After
two wins over the weekend, the improbable remains a
possibility.
"Slowly but surely we are getting back on track. As the
cliche goes, we control our own destiny. The next two
weekends we play teams just ahead of us in the standings and we will need to perform well in those matches
if we want to move up the standings," said head coach
Richard Schick after UBC (3-7) defeated Regina (0-10).
Kyle Dupperon had 14 kills in both games for the
T-Birds, who face Brandon (5-3) next weekend in a two-
game series, tl
DYCK GOES DOWN UNDER
Former UBC offensive star Chris Dyck signed a contract
to play professional basketball in Australia, effectively
immediately
Dyck, who played for UBC from 2006-2009, led UBC
in points for the past two seasons before graduating,
was a student coach on the men's team for the past
semester, tl 2010.01.11/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/9
Thunderbirds blow out Bobcats
T-Birds keep their perfect record intact with a pair of victories over the weekend
IAN TURNER
Contributor
In an explosive game for the T-
Birds, Kamar Burke set the tone
with three dunks in a 92-46 victory over the Brandon Bobcats
Saturday.
"I was just happy. It was a new
year. Fresh start. Get a couple
dunks. Get the crowd excited. Get
the guys excited. Get more people
to watch our game. I was just trying
to be happy" Burke said.
But even when you're 9-0 and
the top team in the country, there
are always ways to improve.
"You know, I thought, they played
their full-court pressure. They tried
to slow the game down a little bit.
We missed a couple defensive assignments," said UBC head coach
Kevin Hanson.
Once in the first quarter, UBC
inbounded the ball only to fall prey
to Bobcat's stellar full-court press.
In a somewhat comical fashion,
Melyyn Mayott and Alex Murphy of
UBC tried to advance the ball past
half-court, but the Bobcat's two attackers kept Mayott and Murphy
fumbling each other's passes and
running around UBC's end. Eventually the ball advanced over the half-
court, only to be quickly turned over
by the T-Birds. The Bobcats scored
an easy layup, and were only down
15-19 after one quarter.
In a game like
this, you got to
keep your cool.
You don't want
to wake sleeping
giants.
KEVIN HANSON
UBCHEAD COACH
However, in the second quarter
the 'Birds played to their full potential, outscoring the Bobcats 25-8 to
take total control of the match. The
only blemish to the quarter was
when, after a frantic scramble for
a loose ball, two UBC players ended
up on the floor. Then things got
murky: UBC's Graham Bath, who
was firmly planted on his two feet,
somehow fell onto his two teammates. In all likelihood, he was
pushed by the Bobcat player standing immediately behind him, who
was benched for a short time.
We got some
players who could
be playing lots of
minutes in other
places. They've
accepted their
role.
KEVIN HANSON
UBCHEAD COACH
"He's just got to keep his cool.
He got a two-handed shove. He
picked up a couple fouls. He can't
let people get in his head. He's an
absolute workhorse. He's just got
to maintain his cool. In a game like
this, you got to keep your cool. You
don't want to wake sleeping giants.
So I brought him off, cooled him
off. He'll be playing, though," said
Hanson, explaining why he took
Bath out of the game following the
incident.
In Bath's absence, the men's
bench stepped up.
"The first half, I think, we were
18-0—our bench versus theirs. We
started sluggish. We got some players who could be playing lots of
minutes in other places. They've accepted their role. When they come
I was just happy.
It was a new year.
Fresh start. Get a
couple dunks. Get
the crowd excited.
KAMAR BURKE
in, they compete right away and
play well. I'm really pleased with
our bench. That's what's making
us win, it's not one or two guys,"
Hanson said.
As the game turned into a full
blowout during the second half,
Hanson opted to rest his starters
the bench, and out came UBC's
big, friendly giant: Chad Posthumus—who, to the amusement of his
friends, opted to do his post-game
interview in only a towel that barely
wrapped around his waist.
He had a strong fourth quarter,
after sitting out most of the game.
Once when Brandon called a timeout, the entire team swarmed Posthumus, with Kyle Watson jumping
onto him. Posthumus finished the
game with a season-high of eight
points, and it was clear that UBC
fans cheered louder for him than
for their other teammates.
"It's a real tough grind for a
rookie. He's a got an opportunity.
He's the youngest kid on our team—
a team that's winning a lot of basketball games. I told him we got a
three-year development plan in
place. Everything he can get in his
first year is a bonus. He obviously
wants more playing time...It'll take
time for him to adjust to the university game. It's real positive when the
team gets behind everybody. That's
really good for team cohesiveness,"
Hanson said.
With a big smile, Posthumus
agreed: "Had a good game—good
fourth quarter." \J
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NEW LAWS LEGITIMIZE CITIZEN JOURNALISTS
Journalists in Canada now have a new defence against libel called "responsible communication," (pertaining to a matter of public interest) meaning that
if journalists can prove that they tried really hard to get their facts straight,
they're off the hook. This will help to add to our current arsenal of defences,
which include truth, consent, fair comment, opinion and public record.
You may be thinking, "Who cares?" As the National Post pointed out, the
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may aid non-journalists, or "citizen journalists," in defending against libel.
So who are "citizen journalists"? You are! Anyone who has a blog is a citizen journalist. Anyone who comments on our stories is a citizen journalist.
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the proper channels, and fully attempted to get your facts straight.
Beyond Canada recognizing media exists beyond the CBC/CanWest/To-
ronto Star, this represents a huge step toward reforming Canadian libel law,
which, in the same National Post article, has been described as "draconian."
This generally refers to the fact that journalists cannot use the "no actual
malice" defence. This means that, if they have defamed someone, they can
still be sued under Canadian libel law whether or not they meant to.
Hopefully this is the next change coming to Canada's understanding of
libel and defamation. Because, if we're moving towards a more responsible
and intelligent society, freeing speech is necessary for a productive dialogue
to get us there, tl
ACM SHOWS STUDENT INTEREST REMAINS SORT-OF HIGH
Last month, AMS hacks were delighted to find that the UN debacle had the
side benefit of renewing interest in the student society. There was the open
question as to whether this enthusiasm would last. At Friday's All-Candidate's
Meeting, itwas clear that the answer to that question was...maybe. Compared
to lastyear, there remains an uptick in the number of students still interested
in the AMS, if the number of applicants and attendees are any indication.
Lastyear, there were only two applicants to the Senate, which led to a committee selecting from dozens of applicants months later. This year, there are
16 students running for senate. One student politician commented to us that
the long list of Senate hopefuls means that votes will be so split that anyone
with enough easily-goaded Facebook friends has a shot at a seat. Still, that's
better than having senators who got in because no one else applied.
But there aren't a great deal of new politicians applying for executive positions. In fact, Elin Tayyar, current SAC vice-chair, is running for VP finance
functionally uncontested; his only opposition is "The Invisible Man," who
doesn't seem like the sort to run a high-visibility campaign. Two other positions (VP admin and academic) are two-person races. There was an increase
in the number of candidates for the BoG position at nine, but four of these
have already dropped out ofthe race.
One of these stated that his decision to drop out of the elections was
based on the other nominees, who are comparably much more qualified.
So although this election has brought in a great deal of new blood, it'll be
interesting to see if these fresh faces stick around once they learn how the
AMS generally operates—as a dull, insular, self-satisfied group, at least when
they aren't trying to lynch one of their executives.
On that note, we have noticed a decrease in the number of joke candidates;
there are only two this year (well, sort of). Although the buffoonish antics of
Tim Chu and Blake Frederick have left many a bit weary of AMS humour,
The Ubyssey is disheartened that most of the laughs we get from the election
debates will be due to the ridiculous grandstanding of serious candidates, tl
TOO SEXY
AUSTIN HOLM
& KASHA CHANG
toosexy@ubyssey.ca
Nostalgic Readership,
Too Sexy would like to invite you
to take a moment out of your busy
day-to-day hustle and bustle to take
a walk down memory lane with
us. Every time we sit down to write
these undeniably clever and informative tracts, we find ourselves reminded of all the fun we've had with
previous columns. From over-eager
econ profs to seductive spam bots,
from worm/bird roleplay to embarrassing boners, we sure have had
some great times (or at least some
times that were great to read about).
All those letters were charmingly
unique in their own little ways.
However, whenever our minds
turn to the past, we are reminded
of those things we cannot escape.
Of course, we speak of the piles of
repetitive letters we get. Oddly all
the similar letters seems to cluster
around three topics: sticking food in
places it doesn't belong, wondering
how to navigate the sexual tensions
some of us feel with professors, and
buttsecks.
Not too long ago we received this
laconic, semi-legible letter:
My bofrend really wants to do anal
but im scared it might make mecrapp
myself, plus i herd it hurts, what do i
do?
And today we have this fine
specimen:
DEAR TOO SEXY,
My last gf was really into anal, but
she's old news now, and I've been
dating this new girl for a month
now and she's not down, she said
she'd only do it if I gave her 10 legit
reasons to do it, I get stuck after 1,
help me out.
LETTERS
-Bumsnake
Mr Bumsnake,
Normally I don't think we'd respond
to your letter. For starters, your
email has six commas, two sentences, and only one period. Admittedly
we at Too Sexy are hardly paragons
of grammatical correctness, but we
like to make the effort. You know, for
appearance's sake.
That said, we were intrigued
by how your letter appears to be
some sort of mirror version of the
anonymous, alias-less anal letter
we received so many weeks ago.
Are you perhaps the TDoifriend' of
which she speaks? Maybe a brother
or other familial relation? Neither?
Both?
So you're in luck, Bumsnake.
We'll give you ten reasons in
favour of the buttsecks you so
desperately need. But first we're
going to reprimand you a bit. So
prepare to face your own flaws
first. No skipping ahead. If you do,
we'll know.
First off Bumsnake, your last
girlfriend, old news though she
may be, is a separate person from
your current lady friend and you
can't expect them to share likes and
dislikes. One girl's rear-end rodeo
of raunch is another girl's slow,
sluggish and sour sodomization. A
new audience requires new tricks.
Maybe it's time for Bumsnake to
evolve into Snatchsnake, Mouth-
snake, Arbok or Raichu. Or maybe
you should get a galpal who likes to
bedroom boogie the same way you
do.
Secondly Bumsnake (if that is
indeed your real name), if someone is asking for ten reasons to do
something, they obvious don't want
to do it no matter how many good
reasons you give them. Pressuring
someone into doing anything they
don't want is not okay, especially
when it comes to acts that are supposed to be sexy and intimate. As a
matter of fact, most countries have
a bevy of laws against that kind of
thing.
Thirdly you've been with her a
month. If she's gone this far into
her life without having anal sex,
then why on earth would it be comfortable for her to try it with someone she's only known for a month?
Anal sex can be highly stigmatized
and a lot of people feel like if they
accept it as something they might
find pleasurable, they'll be judged
by their peers (and possibly even
their 'partner in crime') as a stigmatized butt slut.
So, please Bumsnake, recognize
that she needs to be comfortable.
Nagging, begging, wheedling and
pressuring are not going to make
her feel any more comfortable. Let
her know that you're not going to
judge her, wait for her to believe
you, have bum sex and then don't
judge her. If that doesn't work,
nothing will.
AND NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO,
THE TEN REASONS TO TRY ANAL SEX:
ONE: You're not going to judge her. If
you skipped ahead, Bumsnake, now
would be a good time to go back and
read why.
TWO: She may find she prefers it.
THREE: Even if she doesn't prefer it,
variety is the spice of any sex life.
FOUR: It's the cleaner option during
menstruation.
FIVE: If she tries it once, she'll be able
to make an informed choice about
whether or not she wants it to be a
reoccurring part of her sex life.
SIX: When we do something taboo
alone, we can feel shame for it. When
two people do it together, it can bring
them closer, because they're exploring outside of their own societal/
sexual boundaries together.
SEVEN: It doesn't have to be as painful as people think. Use foreplay,
lubricant, and go slow with a first
timer.
EIGHT: No babies.
NINE: She'll feel like a virgin-
touched, for the very first time.
TEN: The clitoral reach around. If
you have any questions, ask your
parents/Google.
And that's it for this week. Send your
questions to toosexy@ubysseyca or
to our online web form at ubyssey.
ca/ideas. And please, no more letters about mixing food and your
genitals. It can lead to infection and
ruin an otherwise nice meal, va
VENEZUELAN STUDENTS
SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF
STUDENTS IN IRAN
Central University of Venezuela,
Caracas, Venezuela,
January 7,2010
Iranian students:
This new year will be the year of the
young liberators, openers of a new
cycle of life in the world for the welfare of all citizens, and the routing
of our way of doing politics in our
spaces.
It will be the consolidation of a
movement that has been characterized by being a faithful servant
of the principles of university autonomy and the Constitution of the
Republic. It will be the year where
we will gather the fruits of the fight
we have begun and we will show to
those who try to silence the voices
of the future, we will continue
breaking paradigms due to our
way of being, people and their messages, for our actions and footprints
left behind.
As the strength, commitment
and conviction mark our footsteps,
the youth can rest easily because we
will have hope in the near future,
because the fate of our nations have
been irrevocably fixed to hope, for
people who love their freedom finally succeed in obtaining it.
Students, who have not been
shaken by the violent passions of
revenge, corruption and greed, like
those now in power, are permitted
under all laws of equity and history
to raise our voices in the name of
the motherland and its people.
We have been and will always be
proud of our glorious Universities,
which have profound impact over
the population and the future of our
countries.
Fellow fighters for freedom!
Many greetings and wishes of infinite joy, strength and courage from
the distance, from Venezuela, so
that in this new year, this new opportunity, we can return with clear
consciences to continue fighting for
men and women without ruined
accounts with historical justice, to
assume the leading role.
The Rock: The distracted tripped
over it. The violent used it as a
projectile. The entrepreneur built
with it. The farmer, tired, used it to
rest. Drummond poeticized. David
slew Goliath. Michelangelo created
beautiful sculptures! In all cases the
difference was not in stone but in
man.
The year 2 010 is the same for all,
but it depends on what we do with
it.
Happy 2010!!
Let's keep fighting for the dream
of freedom and democracy, continue raising our voices fearlessly
towards a victory that is coming
and not surrender, because in our
hands are the destinies ofthe future
of our country!
On behalf of the Venezuelan student movement, best regards from
the distance! tl
—Roderick Navarro Duron,
President Federation of University
Centers, Universidad Central de
Venezuela
Have an opinion? Most people
don't. Prove thatyou can! Send us a
letter at feedback@ubyssey.ca. 12/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2010.01.11
Campus Justice
UBC's disciplinary system applies harsh penalties with few safeguards
ANDREW E.JACKSON
Contributor
The system of student discipline at
UBC has recently come under fire
from civil libertarians. Under the
present system, UBC students face
severe penalties for plagiarism, including expulsion, suspension or a
formal letter of reprimand. In most
cases, convicted students receive a
formal notation on their transcript.
This notation can have a devastating impact on the student's career,
as future employers can see their
transgressions.
CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
Under the University Act, "the
President of the University has the
power to suspend a student and to
deal summarily with any matter of
student discipline." At the moment,
an advisory committee, comprised
of four professors and one graduate student, reviews every case and
makes recommendations regarding punishment. With assistance
from University Counsel, the President's Advisory Committee on Student Discipline (PACSD) conducts
regular, formal meetings, where
students face misconduct charges.
According to the annual Student
Discipline Report published by
University Counsel, more than 700
UBC students have appeared before
the PACSD to face charges ranging
from "unauthorized collaboration"
to "assaulting an RCMP officer"
since the 1990s. The 2001/2002
report states that a student was
disciplined after they "drove an impounded vehicle out of the Campus
security compound without paying
the appropriate citation and towing fees and in the process, recklessly threatened the well-being of
a person acting for the University
in the course of an official duty."
A male student was disciplined in
2006/2007 for taking photographs
in a women's washroom.
While there have been many colourful cases, most of the students
who appeared before the PACSD
were convicted of "academic misconduct," especially plagiarism
or cheating during exams. In the
report from 2007/2008, 59 of the
68 students who appeared before
the PACSD were convicted of "academic misconduct."
To ensure the integrity of UBC's
courses, the penalties for "academic" misconduct at UBC rival
the penalties for serious cases of
"non-academic" misconduct. For
example, the Student Discipline
Report says that the student who
drove off with the impounded vehicle received a 12-month suspension from the university. That same
year, another student submitted an
essay "that was largely plagiarized
from published sources," and received "a mark of zero in the course
and a suspension from the university for eight months."
Given the severity of its punishments, some commentators believe
UBC must do more to ensure its students receive a fair trial. David Eby
executive director of the BC Civil
Liberties Association (BCCLA), has
questioned the present system of
student discipline at UBC in which
faculty act as "judge, jury, prosecutor, plaintiff and expert witness."
At the very least, the present
structure "creates the perception of
bias," Eby said.
BLEAK HOUSE
In theory the University Calendar
contains standard rules for dealing with misconduct at UBC. But in
practice, UBC's system of student
discipline often produces uneven
outcomes.
"The rules often vary between
courses, which can confuse students," said Paul Harrison, the Associate Dean of Science.
"On some level [plagiarism] is a
subjective matter," Harrison added.
Professor of Law and former
Chair of the PACSD, Elizabeth Ed-
inger said "some professors ignore
[plagiarism], because of a natural
reluctance to put in the effort to
confront someone....Plagiarism is
often discovered by accident."
On top of this, students may
receive different punishments for
comparable offences, depending
on their age and knowledge of
university protocols. In some cases,
Harrison said he asks students "to
write an essay on plagiarism" instead of referring the student to the
PACSD. "However, the majority of
cases that come to me are serious
enough for me to write a referral,"
Harrison said.
There is no guarantee that all instructors, departments and deans
will enforce the rules evenly across
the university.
In the academicyear 2001/2002,
for example, a record number of
students (103) appeared before
the PACSD. Edinger said that the
increase in 2001/2002 did not reflect students' behavior but rather
"a campaign" by a former PACSD
Chair.
"In the past," Edinger said,
"there had been an uneven number
of referrals from each faculty, so
Bob [Reid] met with the deans from
each faculty to make them aware of
the rules and procedures."
Both Harrison and Edinger
emphasized that in plagiarism
cases, most students confess. This
fact troubles civil libertarians—if
a student confesses without legal
representation or knowledge of the
consequences, the confession will
undermine his or her chances of
obtaining an appeal.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND
CIVIL LIBERTIES
Eby believes UBC's system of student discipline must respect students' constitutional rights. He said
that UBC must strike a balance between the "competing imperatives
of justice and efficiency."
"Criminal courts represent the
'gold standard' in terms of safeguards and procedures," Eby explained. On the other hand, labour
arbitration has far fewer protocols
and safeguards, because its punishments are less severe. At present,
the system of student discipline at
UBC applies severe punishments,
without the safeguards used in the
criminal system.
Safeguards and protocols slow
down the system, which can increase costs. Yet without adequate
safeguards and protocols, a legal
system will lose credibility in the
eyes of the public.
Hillson Tse, the coordinator of
the AMS Advocacy Office, said that
"in high stakes cases such as law or
medicine, legal counsel often becomes involved at an earlier stage
of the process."
"Everyone has the right to hear
the evidence against them, to have
a representative present, and to
mount a defence," Eby says. At the
moment, PACSD meetings are not
open to the public, which removes
one safeguard against bias.
In an e-mail to The Ubyssey, UBC
Provost David Farrar wrote that
"students can bring whomever they
like to those [PACSD] meetings: legal counsel, peers, parents, etc."
Drawing parallels with internal
police investigations, Eby explained
why this safeguard does not remove the possibility for bias against
students. "When police investigate
themselves," Eby said, "they prefer
to hear evidence from other police
rather than criminals." By the same
token, UBC professors may prefer
their colleagues' arguments to an
undergraduate student's testimony.
Defending the work of the
PACSD, Edinger said that she often
asked instructors "to locate the exact passage the student plagiarized
in published sources."
Despite this safeguard, Eby
believes that, given the harsh penalties for misconduct, UBC should
overhaul the PACSD by replacing
three of the professors with two
AMS representatives and an independent arbitrator.
Edinger doubts that such a
change would improve outcomes
for students. She says that in her
experience, "students are often
harder on each other."
CAREERS IN JEOPARDY
Camille Williams, a law student
who was convicted of plagiarism,
illustrates the risks all UBC students
face under the present system. After
paying tuition for years, Camillie
Williams was "tried and sentenced"
in less than two months, a decision
she would unsuccessfully attempt to
appeal to the BC Supreme Court.
In April 2005, the associate dean
of Law Claire Young informed Williams that they needed to meet.
"Mrs Williams asked the Associate
Dean if she needed a lawyer and
was told that she did not," said the
transcript of Williams' subsequent
appeal to the BC Supreme Court.
Williams met with Young to
discuss one of her term papers in
June of that year. Professor Young
told Williams that her instructor
had found plagiarized passages in
the term paper. Young also told Williams to write "a confession and a
letter of apology," court documents
reveal. One month later, faced with
the threat of expulsion, Williams
wrote the confession and appeared
before the PACSD, without legal
representation.
Two weeks after the PACSD
meeting, Williams received a letter informing her that the university would suspend her for four
months. Given the implications for
her career, Williams appealed the
decision to the BC Supreme Court,
which upheld the PACSD's ruling.
In her decision, Madam Justice
Loo cited an earlier BC Supreme
Court decision in which Justice
Macaulay deferred to faculty "on
matters of academic judgment."
"Where a senate committee
makes a decision deferring to faculty on matters of academic judgment, it is my view that the court
should accord high deference to
such a decision," Justice Macaulay
wrote.
In other words, university students in BC have limited legal recourse against the present system
of student discipline, because, in
these matters, courts treat faculty
as expert witnesses.
In most cases, the system of student discipline at UBC prosecutes
and convicts students in a short
amount of time. Williams was
charged, convicted and suspended
from the university in less than two
months. Evidently, the PACSD's decision has damaged Williams' legal
career.
In an e-mail to The Ubyssey, the
Communications Officer for the
Law Society of BC Lesley Pritchard
said that his organization questions all prospective members
about academic misconduct.
"If the answer is yes," Pritchard
wrote, "the Society's credentials
committee will further exam [sic]
the allegations, and an investigation would be carried out."
Law students who have been
convicted of academic misconduct
face many barriers to practicing
law in the future.
At the moment, none of the
major Canadian legal societies lists
Camille Williams among their practicing members.
Edinger understands the gravity
of the PACSD's actions. "In these
cases someone's career is always in
jeopardy." tl

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