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What's on
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AMS presidential debate: 6 p.m. @ the
Gallery Lounge
Want to hear from the AMS presidential candidates? The Ubyssey will
be hosting the AMS presidential debate. It's not quite on par with a U.S.
presidential debate, but the event still offers you a glimpse into AMS and
UBC politics. Free.
VOTING »
AMS election and referendum voting: all day @ UBC
Time to vote on important issues
and elect AMS candidates! Be
sure to vote for new AMS executives and referendums such as
renewing the U-Pass program.
Voting closes Friday. Free.
SPORTS»
California kickball: 11:45 a.m.
@ UBC Student REC Centre
Want a little bit of fun and
exercise? The UBC REC Health
Promotions team is hosting free
games of California kickball as
part of their Rexercise weekly
noon-hour activities. Free.
Rhinoceros: 7:30 p.m. @ Telus
Studio Theatre (in the Chan
Centre)
Eugene lonesco's savagely funny
satire on conformity, Rhinoceros,
is running from Jan. 24-Feb. 9 at
the Telus Studio Theatre, but you
can catch a cheap preview ofthe
show on Wednesday. Follow the
herd and go check it out. $7
FOOD»
Vancouver Dine Out @
restaurants all over Vancouver
Looking for some good food?
Tourism Vancouver is hosting the
two-week Dine Out Festival, with
participating restaurants offering
bargains on their fine-dining
menus. Three-course meals
range from $18-38.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
Video content
Make sure to check out our AMS
elections coverage, airing now at
ubyssey.ca/videos/.
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JANUARY 21, 2013 | VOLUMEXCIV| ISSUEXXXIV
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AMS presidential candidate Ekateryna "Ekat" Baranovskaya says she is one of many nerds in student government.
AMS prez candidate geeks out on Star Trek, sci fi
Ming Wong
Senior News Writer
"I think when I was younger, I
wanted to be Han Solo," AMS
presidential candidate Ekateryna Baranovskaya said.
From seven-year-old Star
Wars enthusiast to AMS
presidential candidate, Baranovskaya has kept up her interest in sci-fi, video games and
other bastions of geekdom.
"Things like science fiction,
they let me stretch my imagination of what humanity
could be," said Baranovskaya,
a fourth-year political science
major and economics minor.
Baranovskaya grew up in
Ukraine before she settled in
White Rock. She is immersed
in extracurriculars — her
sorority Alpha Delta Pi and
Model UN, to name a couple —
but she is still working on the
lofty goal of watching every
Star Trek episode ever made
(over 700 in all). So far she's
about two seasons into Star
Trek: Enterprise.
And her two cents on the
age-old Star Wars vs. Star Trek
debate? "I used to be ... gung-
ho Star Wars, and lately, I've
sort of [been] drifting towards
Star Trek because it's more
based on science. It's not that
much more, but I'm not a big
fan of fantasy, and Star Wars is
too close to that."
And for the snobby sci-fiers
who brush Baranovskaya off
and say that both franchises
are too mainstream, she's also
into 1920 sci-fi books, programming and Mass Effect 2.
"It's a really grandiose
thing, but I think it's important
to look towards the future,"
said Baranovskaya. "I don't
have any inherent scientific
ability, but if ultimately I can
get in a position and help other
people forward,... then I'll have
done what I really want to do."
Although her full name is
Ekateryna Maria, she's affectionately known as "Ekat,"
despite the fact that "Katya"
— what her family calls her
— is the typical short form
of Ekateryna.
"In Russian, Katya is more
like Kate or Katie. It's a really
normal, generic name, and I
think Ekat [is] a little stranger," she explained. "It's a
little more unusual. It just
fits a little more with me than
Katya."
People who have met her in
the past might not recognize
her now. Her short blonde coif
is the latest hair colour she's
trying on. Born with what she
calls "librarian brown" hair,
she's gone through five different colours in the past few
years, ranging from purple to
bright red.
"It's completely by accident,
but it's been a huge sociological experiment, because people
treat me differently based on
my hair," she said.
Recently, Baranovskaya has
been to gaming festival Penny
Arcade Expo in Seattle with
several other AMS members,
but she remains tight-lipped
about her cosplay preference.
"There are a lot more nerds
than you think in student government."
Although she hasn't grown
up to become a swashbuckling
hero in a galaxy far, far away,
she keeps a special duel FX
lightsaber with her at all times
— just in case. tJ
PAID ADVERTISEMENT
JANUARY 21-_
www.ams.ubc
AMS elections MONDAY, JANUARY21, 2013    |   WELCOME
THE ELECTIONS ISSUE
It's kind of a rule that newspapers
should start their elections
coverage with a reminder of why
democracy is good, and why you
should vote. Let's go ahead and
skip that part. The truth is, the vast
majority of UBC students won't vote
in these elections. A good turnout for
the AMS is around 10 per cent of students. Those who choose not to vote
think they're too busy or have already
decided that the AMS is too small
time and insular to really care about.
And sure, part ofthe fault lies with
the AMS. They talk big about being
more relevant to students, but don't
often offer a way to get there.
But it's also part ofthe larger
cultural disengagement at this uni
versity. UBC never makes it feel like
you should engage outside of class.
Students, especially commuters, don't
tend to socialize on campus. When
they do, it's in tight cliques.
There's only a few things UBC students as a whole have in common: the
Student Service Centre, the U-Pass,
the SUB, taking classes. Nothing particularly inspiring. At UBC, it's nearly
impossible to get everyone under one
big tent.
Disengagement is never good for
any community. And while casting
a ballot won't change anything immediately, it gives you an incentive to
learn a little more about the people
around you. What kind of problems
are students facing? What kind of
people are stepping in to confront
them? Are they the best ones for the
job? Or could you do better? Ifyou
think so, start looking into the issues.
This is a good place to start.
In these pages, you'll learn about
the races, the candidates and the
issues. You'll learn how students are
getting screwed and what we can do
about it.
If you've ever felt like you're
drifting through your degree, learning how power works can be, well,
empowering.
Happy voting,
The Ubyssey editorial board
HOW TO VOTE
• All voting is done online.
• Check your email for a link
to the online voting site or
go to ams.ubc.ca/elections/.
Your CWL is all that you
need to vote.
• Voting is open from Jan.
21-25.
• Polls close at 5 p.m. on
Friday.
what's inside
Two AMS councillors face
off against one incumbent
for VP Academic and University Affairs.
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LIPDUB?
As VP Admin,
have the power.
Use it wisely.
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ACRONYM
APOLOGISTS
Use your new found knowledge to try to decipher the hacky headlines on the
opposite page. Want to really test your knowledge? Stop by the Ubyssey's AMS
presidential debate Monday, January 21 at 6 p.m.!
Let's face it: AMS hacks* sometimes forget who
they're talking to. Here's a handy guide to AMS lingo,
in case one of them starts spouting about committees,
business boards and quorate meetings. There's gold in
them tharr acronyms.
AFFILIATED COLLEGES
Ever noticed those colleges
around campus with "Saint" or
"Christi" in their names? Well,
students in those theological
colleges are AMS members. They
pay student fees and get the
U-Pass, but right now they don't
have anyone voting seats on AMS
Council. There's a referendum
question on this year's ballot
which would give them voting
seats.
AMS
The Alma Mater Society of
UBC Vancouver is your student
society. You pay them a lot in
student fees, and they provide
a lot of services, such as the
U-Pass, clubs, tutoring, a subsidized health and dental plan
and a whole slew of other things.
They also operate the Student
Union Building. Every January,
students elect five people to
AMS executive positions. Each
of these positions has a unique
portfolios and oversees different
parts ofthe AMS's operations.
AMS BUSINESSES
AMS businesses have taken a hit
due to construction-related disruption around the SUB. While
the AMS is trying to become less
dependent on business profits,
establishments like Blue Chip
Cookies and the Outpost have
suffered and bad sales still hurt
the AMS bottom line.
AMS COUNCIL
The AMS makes decisions
through a council of students
elected from different faculties. There's free food at
their meetings.
BAGB
The BAGB is the Business Administration and Governance
Board. The AMS operates a
bunch of businesses in the SUB,
like the Pit Pub, AMS Catering and Blue Chip Cookies. Up
until this year, AMS Council
dealt with the nitty-gritty of
how all these businesses were
run, in addition to other usual
student government stuff like
lobbying and student services.
Now they've created a separate,
appointed business board, made
up of students and alumni, to run
the businesses.
BIE
The bachelor of international
economics is a degree to be
offered by the newly formed
Vancouver School of Economics.
It'll be open to 80 students, 40 of
whom UBC hopes will be international students.
When it was first announced,
UBC planned to charge double
the cost of a BA in economics for
the new degree. Student groups
swiftly and loudly criticized the
proposed cost.
The UBC Board of Governors
eventually relented and reduced
tuition, though a BIE still costs
more than similar degrees.
BREWERY
Partway through planning the
new SUB, the AMS hatched
the idea to build a student-run
brewery in the building. But
since then, some other AMS
councillors and staff members
got concerned that the brewery
wouldn't make enough money. So
they're thinking long and hard
about whether they want to build
a brewery, and they'll decide
once and for all at a meeting
this Wednesday.
BRIDGE TO UBC
UBC needs money, so they've
come up with a program called
Bridge to UBC. It's being touted
as a cure-all for UBC's budget.
This program will allow prospective international students
who fall just below UBC's admissions cutoff to enroll in what is
essentially a UBC-run remedial
college. If these students do
well, they will be streamed into
second-year classes. Some have
worried that such a program
would segregate international
students, especially since English
proficiency is the most common
area for improvement.
CASA
The Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations is a group made up
of various student societies to
lobby the federal government,
and it's generally a little more
moderate (and Liberal-aligned)
than its competing federal lobby
group, the further-left Canadian
Federation of Students. The
AMS was a member of CASA for
some time, but opted to leave the
organization in 2011. Since then,
the AMS hasn't really done any
federal lobbying on its own.
CLUBS BENEFIT FUND
This fund gives student clubs
money for special projects. Since
2011, it's been funded by a dedicated student fee — $1.50 per student,
per year goes into it. It's been used
to fund everything from photo
studios to Diwali celebrations. But
overall, it still isn't all that well-
known, and many clubs aren't sure
how to apply for money from it.
CONDORCET
Condorcet is the electoral system
used for AMS elections. Don't
ask your poli sci prof about this
one; they won't have any idea.
Basically, a Condorcet ballot allows the voter to rank candidates
in order of preference. This is in
many ways fairer than a winner-
take-all ballot.
ENDOWMENT (AMS)
To try to stay financially healthy
over the long term, the AMS
made a plan to take any extra
cash they have year-to-year and
invest it in an endowment fund.
This means they can spend the
interest as it piles up without
touching the initial sum. One of
this year's referendum questions will formally establish
the AMS endowment, making
sure that nobody can dip into
the principal.
EXAM DATABASE
A lot of UBC student senators
have been pushing to get old
exams for most courses into a
centralized, online database.
There have been some hurdles:
chiefly, since professors own the
copyright to their old exams,
they'd all have to all give their
permission.
GET ONBOARD
A five-month-old rapid transit campaign started by AMS
Associate VP External Tanner
Bokor. The AMS supports it and
gives it part of its budget, but Get
OnBoard is a separate lobbying
entity. Unlike past campaigns
supported by the AMS, Get
OnBoard pushes for an across-
the-board increase in transit
funding rather than rapid transit
to UBC specifically.
GOVERNANCE
UBC campus isn't part of any city
or metro board, so the university
gets final say on zoning, local bylaws and what gets built where.
This situation was supposed to
be temporary, with all the "stakeholders" (rich condo owners, the
UBC Board of Governors and students) coming together to agree
on a new way to run things. But
UBC likes having all the power
an awful lot, and the current
system is unlikely to change any
time soon.
*HACK
In its UBC-specific usage, a
"hack" is a student politics insider. The AMS can be a pretty insular group; hacks are the people
who have managed to join its inner circle. Their hobbies include
acronym addiction and knowing
far more about Robert's Rules of
Order than any human should.
HOUSING INTERNAL LOAN
When UBC housing borrows
money from the university's student housing endowment to build
new residences, they have to pay
interest back to the university on
that loan. UBC says this simply
covers the interest the money
would otherwise be making if it
remained invested in the endowment. However, the AMS argues
the result of this arrangement is
that student housing costs more
than it would otherwise.
NEW SUB
That giant hole in the ground
next to the current SUB? That's
going to be a new SUB by
September 2014. It'll cost $103
million to build, fundraised from
student fees and other sources,
and it'll have a bunch of social
spaces, meeting rooms, club
rooms, student-oriented businesses and so forth. Right now,
the AMS is making some final
decisions about what things to
put inside it.
QUORUM
Quorum is the minimum number
of voters required for a vote to
be legitimate. The AMS has two
important quorum numbers:
quorum for referendum questions (changes you vote for on
a ballot) and quorum at general
meetings (when a large group
of people gathers to vote for
things in person). In order for
a referendum question to pass,
eight per cent of all UBC students
have to vote "yes" on it. (This
year, eight per cent = almost
4,000 students). And at an AMS
general meeting, where students
can vote in person, there must
be about 1,000 people present
for votes to count. One ofthe
referendum questions this year is
about lowering general meeting
quorum to 500 students. If this
change passes, the AMS plans to
hold 500-person general meetings in the SUB Ballroom. MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013    |    HACKEDEX
REFERENDUM
A referendum is a vote of an
entire electorate on whether to
accept or reject a specific proposal. This year, students will vote
whether to...
• approve a new U-Pass agreement
• give the Bike Co-op $1 from
every student
• shift the AMS elections period
to March and change when executives take office, give UBC-affiliated theological colleges seats
on AMS Council and form a
protected endowment fund
• make some minor bylaw
tweaks so that the AMS follows
provincial laws
SENATE
The UBC Senate is in charge
ofthe big-picture academic
direction ofthe university. Some
recent initiatives ofthe UBC
Senate you might recognize are
Credit/D/Fail grading and admitting students based on Grade
11 marks. UBC's 18 elected student senators get a say on Senate
initiatives. Their next big challenge? Getting UBC to implement
a database of past exams.
SLATES
Slates are essentially student
political parties, and they were
banned by the AMS in 2004.
Slates presented several advantages and drawbacks for the AMS
political process. On one hand,
they offered candidates more resources, helped push more equal
gender and minority representation, and generally increased
engagement. But slates also tended to hyper-politicize the AMS
and create a toxic environment.
Candidates can now be penalized
for sharing resources or engaging
in "slate-like behaviour."
TUITION VOTES
Every spring, the UBC Board of
Governors votes on whether to
increase tuition. Tuition increases were frozen under the last
provincial NDP government, but
skyrocketed when the B.C. Liberals took over in 2001. In 2005,
the Libs capped domestic tuition
increases at two per cent (which,
proponents say, is just enough
to account for inflation). Since
then, approving this increase has
been somewhat uncontroversial,
though many student representatives abstain from voting on such
measures. How candidate says
they'll vote on tuition tells you a
lot about their political leanings.
TURNOVER
Currently, the AMS president
and vice-presidents are elected
mid-January and take office at
the end of February. This means
that all candidates either have to
gamble on taking a lighter cour-
seload in anticipation of getting
elected, or drop a course late with
a "W" standing. A question on this
year's ballot could move turnover
to the start ofthe summer term
in May.
UNA
The UNA is the neighbourhood
association for residents of private
housing on UBC campus. Though
technically powerless, the University Neighbourhoods Association
often clashes with the university
over issues of noise and lack of
consultation in planning processes. In their most recent election, a
more assertive slate took control of
the organization, with plans to advocate more strongly for residents.
One AMS exec sits on their board.
WARON FUN
This is the idea that UBC, the campus RCMP and other groups have
spent the past 5-10 years doing
things that hurt the social scene
on campus. Examples: It's now
harder than ever to get a licence
for a beer garden, Koerner's Pub
has been shut down indefinitely
and a legendary end-of-the-year
stadium concert has been swapped
for a much smaller event. The most
likely culprits? People who have
been buying the swiftly multiplying high-priced condos on campus
and wanting the place to quiet
down a little bit.
WHISTLER LODGE
It's a lodge. It's in Whistler. It's
run by the AMS. It offers cheap
rooms so that students can hit
the slopes. But it's also old and
in disrepair. And since the 2010
Olympics brought a ton more
cheap, hostel-style accommodations to Whistler, the Lodge
hasn't been making very much
money. The AMS has been torn
on whether to sell the property
or pay for the massive repairs it
needs to stay open long-term. Xi
MORE
ONUNE
Check out The Ubyssey's AMS
elections portal at ubyssey.ca/
ams-elections for video interviews with every candidate, a
presidential roundtable video
and streaming debate coverage.
BLOCK F DEVELOPMENT
Musqueam is contemplating an OCP Amendment and Amendment
to the Land Use, Building and Community Administration Bylaw
from the existing MF-1 Zone which currently allows for the site to
be developed with residential uses up to a density of 1.45 fsr.
You are invited to drop in to a second Open House to learn about Musqueam's future development
plans for Block F in the University Endowment Lands. Representatives of the Project Team will be
available to provide information on the development and to seek public input.
About: Block F Open House Meeting #2
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Where: University Golf Club (5185 University Blvd. ^J
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Drop in)
Please direct questions to Cordon Easton, Project Manager at Colliers International:
Gordon.Easton@colliers.com / (604) 662 - 2642; or visit www.placesoeak.com/UELBIockF for more information.
HACKTASTIC
HEADLINES
1. "New SUB microbrewery in
limbo" (Dec. 2,2012)
2. "AMS council hikes exec
pay post-referendum" (Sept. 6,
2011)
3. "Negotiations for new SUB
at standstill" (Jan. 30,2009)
4. "Candidates spar over
market housing, development"
(Jan. 20,2009)
RHINOCEROS
by Eugene lonesco
Translated by Martin Crimp
Directed by Chelsea Haberlin
January 24 to February 9
TELUS Studio Theatre
Preview, Wednesday, Jan. 23
Tickets: $22 | $15 | $10
Box Office: 604.822.2678
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theatre.ubc.ca 6    I   VOTER FUNDED MEDIA    I    MONDAY, JANUARY 21,2013
DAVID MARINO PIXEL ART/THE UBYSSEY
UBC Insiders' hackily infamous upside-down Toope has
adorned the VFM blog's Twitter feed since its inception.
Battle of the Blogosphere
FROM THE VOTERMEDIA ANNALS: UNPACKING THE BLACK BOX
Black Box was an anonymous blog that only existed
for about five months, but it
produced the juiciest scandal in
VoterMedia history.
In November2010,theSocial
Justice Centre, a progressive
AMS Resource Group funded by
student fees, gave $700 to a student club. That club was called
Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights, and they were going to
give the money to an aid flotilla
headed to Gaza.
Many students and AMS
councillors balked at this. Some
speculated whetherthe money
could, indirectly, wind up supporting terrorism. In response
to these concerns, the AMS
commissioned a legal opinion
about whetherthey'd be liable
forthe money somehowfalling
into unsavoury hands.
(The AMS wound up giving
them permission to donate the
money, but an administrative
snag kept the actual donation
from taking place.)
That legal opinion was
supposed to be private, until
somebody leaked it on anonymous blog called "Black Box."
Many AMS councillors got
angry about this, but there
wasn't really much they could
do.
Then, Black Box applied to
get some money from the year-
round VoterMedia pot.
Bijan Ahmadian, who was
AMS president at the time,
cried foul. Many assumed this
was because Ahmadian led the
opposition to the Gaza donation,
and was angry about the legal
opinion getting out. A kerfuffle
erupted in which Black Box was
first kicked out of the VoterMedia
contest, and then reinstated.
The AMS realized they didn't
have any hard and fast rules
about who could and couldn't
be in the year-round VoterMedia
contest. (The rules about who
could enter the election-season contest were a lot clearer).
They wound up freezing all
ofthefundingforyear-round
VoterMedia rather than laying
down some concrete rules,
which angered a lot of people.
They reinstated year-round
VoterMedia for a while, but
interest in the program soon
petered out and the money to
fund it ran dry before long. Now,
VoterMedia is only funded during the AMS elections season.
No one ever wound up
proving who was behind Black
Box and the leaked document,
though many tried.
The Gaza donation scandal
faded into myth.
Student politics became
less and less interesting with
each passing year. But some
still remember.
—Laura Rodgers
Whatever happened
to VoterMedia? Or,
to back up, what
is VoterMedia?
In 2007, UBC alum
Mark Latham brought the idea of
democratically funded media to
UBC. VoterMedia is structured as
a contest wherein different student
news blogs compete for prize
money allocated by voters in the
AMS elections. (Entrants aren't
required to write blogs, but that's
the norm).
Latham started working on
the project in 1988, originally as a
way to keep shareholders informed during corporate board of
directors elections. He said that by
bringing the program to UBC, he
hoped to increase student engagement in elections and form better
connections between AMS candidates and the average student.
And for a while, it worked
marvelously.
Accordingto AMS archivist
Sheldon Goldfarb, 13 blogs competed in the first year of VoterMedia
and eight of them won cash prizes
varying from $500 to $1,500.
"It's really great to have that student point of view on the elections,
commenting on the candidates,
which is something we [the elections committee] cannot do," said
Jenny Chen, this year's elections
administrator for VoterMedia.
But last year there were three
contestants, and this year there
are only two: AMS Confidential
and Spilling T.
AMS
Confidential
What accounts for the precipitous drop in participation?
Many in the know say it's the lack
of funding.
In the contest's first year, Latham personally provided $8,000
in prize money, but in recent years
funding has passed to the AMS
and the budget has been drastically decreased. Accordingto Chen,
much ofthe AMS's election budget
is put towards candidates. Last
year, it was $1,000; this year it will
be $1,200, still nowhere near as
much as inthe past.
Another reason for the decline of VoterMedia is the lack of
advertising, accordingto Chen.
"We weren't connecting with the
different groups on campus and
nobody knew about it, and I think
that's why we didn't get applications."
VoterMedia blogs have produced serious content over the
years, including many ofthe
stories from UBC Insiders, an
investigative blog founded by
Tim Louman-Gardiner and Gina
Eom in January 2007 for the first
VoterMedia contest.
Neal Yonson, who was heavily
involved with the blog from 2009
until he stepped down this past
October, said he likely would have
done much of what he did for the
blog regardless ofthe money, but
the extra incentive helped.
"It gives a good incentive to
keep going, and you have to credit
VoterMedia for actually having the
blog exist in the first place. I don't
think I would have organically
started up something like that on
my own," Yonson said.
"I don't think anyone has a
magic formula for making it better
or making the coverage better; it
just has to be that people want to
do it."
Latham thinks that the main
way to increase student interest in
VoterMedia is to increase funding.
"People could have blogged before the VoterMedia contest came
on; people can still blog," Latham
said. "But the idea is having some
incentive, some way for the blog-
gers to get paid for what they do."
Chen, however, thinks that students are getting over the change
in funding. "I think it's been long
enough that this has become kind
ofthe regular amount that is allocated to the contest," she said.
There is, after all, more interest
this year than meets the eye: Chen
said three other blogs actually
applied, but ended up missing
the deadline to be included on
the ballot.
"The interest is definitely
there," she noted. "I think that the
future for VoterMedia is definitely
bright. It's definitely worth it and I
think students get a lot out of it."
As Latham said, "It's really
important for voters to have a clue
who's who and try to be able to
vote smart.... Voter information
is important, and this is a way of
paying for voter information." Xi
—Sarah Bigam
VS
Spilling T
It's your choice: VFM funding this year is between
incumbent blog AMS Confidential and newcomer Spilling T MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013    |    PAST PRESIDENTS
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PRESIDENTIAL FLASHBACK
Twenty years ago, Bill
Dobie sat down for an
intimate dinner with
former Prime Minister
Pierre Trudeau and then-
UBC Chancellor Robert Lee. It was
a dinner made possible only by who
Dobie was: AMS president.
"I certainly met a lot of politicians," said Dobie. "The government ofthe day took student
politicians seriously, so there was a
lot of interaction and feedback."
Dobie's sit-down with Trudeau
and Lee points to the perks AMS
presidents have enjoyed over the
years. But as AMS elections draw
closer, we're taking a look at what
people have done after their time in
the AMS offices is over.
For Dobie, two terms as AMS
president — "not something I'd
recommend," he quips — burnt him
out. He dropped out of UBC shortly
afterwards to begin work for a
software company.
Now he's the president of Stage 3
Systems Inc., a software company he
founded that works in the shipping
industry. He said he has no regrets
about not finishing his degree.
AMS: WHERE POLITICS
GOES TO DIE?
While the AMS is viewed as the
home of student politics, cursory
research into the lives of former
AMS presidents shows that few
have continued in politics after
leaving university.
"It probably cured me of my interest in politics at a broader level,"
laughed Dobie. "You quickly learn
that even ifyou don't feel a certain
way about something, if someone
thinks you do, that's their formed
opinion of you and you can't easily
change that opinion."
This feeling was shared by another former president, Blake Frederick. Now known for "UNgate," his
controversial appeal to the United
Nations over high tuition costs,
Frederick came into presidency in
2009 hoping to transform the AMS
into a risk-taking student advocacy
group.
But accordingto Frederick, that
dream quickly came crashing down.
"It became clear very quickly that
it's too large of a bureaucracy for a
couple individuals, even through
sustained efforts, to make any
difference in the AMS whatsoever,"
Frederick said.
"It sounds pessimistic, but I
think it's necessary for students to
abandon the notion that the AMS
could ever create the spontaneous
student uprisings we've seen in
other provinces."
Frederick stands by his UN
action, but regrets that it failed to
draw attention to the issue of rising
tuition costs.
"Unfortunately, the attention was
switched [onto] me as a person."
Frederick, who graduated from
UBC with a BA in philosophy, is now
back in school to complete a computer science degree at SFU.
"I did work in politics after I
graduated, but I found that the role
ofthe political party is just to more
or less put a more human face on
capitalism, as Zizek says," Frederick
said, referring to Slovene philosopher Slavoj Zizek.
SO WHAT ARE THEY UP
TO?
Many former AMS presidents have
ended up as lawyers.
Margaret Hollis (nee Copping),
AMS president from 1984-85,
was on the fence about whether to
pursue medicine or law. But during
her term as president, she saw the
power of advocating for students
and decided to head into law.
After graduating in 1987, Hollis
clerked for the B.C. Supreme Court
and was called to the bar in 1989.
Today she works as legal counsel for
the Nunavut Department of Justice.
Like Dobie, student politics
ultimately deterred her from joining
real-world politics. "I would be
no good on the front lines of any
political position. I really hated
the public scrutiny such as it was.
I wouldn't ever hold up an elected
politician position."
Another former president making
his way into law is Bijan Ahmadian.
Known for his elaborate, public
displays of presidency (such as Lip-
Dub and UBC's Got Talent, where
he sang a duet with UBC President
Stephen Toope), Ahmadian was
completing a joint law and MBA
degree when he decided to run
for president.
Ahmadian fondly remembers his
time as president from 2010-11.
"It would, for the rest of my
life, mean something to me," said
Ahmadian. "I became a leader
because UBC helped me become a
leader."
After the AMS, Ahmadian held
a small political role as vice-president of B.C. Premier Christy Clark's
Riding Association. Nowadays, he
is an articling student at a firm,
and hopes to start practicing law in
September.
WORKING THE
CONNECTIONS
Dobie, the software company
president, said he still has many
friends and contacts from his
AMS days. He founded a company with another former AMS
president, Martin Ertl (1992-93),
and has worked with Ryan Davies
(1997-98).
More recently, AMS exec alumni
Elin Tayyar, Ben Cappellacci and
former AMS President Jeremy
McElroy (2011-2012) came together
to create Campaign for Culture, an
advocacy group against B.C.'s strict
liquor laws and Vancouver's "War
on Fun."
McElroy, now general manger
ofthe Kwantlen Student Association, said he landed his current
job because ofthe fact that he used
to be president of a 40,000-person
student society.
"Probably the only reason they
wanted me," he said with a laugh.
MOVING ON
They all hold the same office, but
where AMS presidents go after
they bid adieu to the Council
chambers is for each of them
to discover.
At the end ofthe day, Dobie
thinks he made the right decision
running for AMS president — and
the right decisions after he left.
"I think it was one ofthe formative experiences of my life, and a
good one in terms of figuring out
how to work with people to do
something," said Dobie.
Almost 30 years after the fact,
Hollis said that being president
was more than a great line on
her resume.
"It wasn't about ambition. I saw
something and I wanted to fix it,
and then I moved on." Xi
—Ming Wong
PAST AMS PRESIDENTS
In case you've been itching
to find out who all the
past AMS presidents are,
here's a small sampling.
The full list of past student
executives can be found on
the AMS website.
2011-2012
Jeremy McElroy
2010-2011
Bijan Ahmadian
2009-2010
Blake Frederick
2008-2009
Michael Duncan
2007-2008
Jeff Friedrich
2006-2007
Kevin Keystone
2005-2006
Spencer Keys
2004-2005
AminaRai
2003-2004
OanaChirila
2002-2003
Kristen Harvey
2001-2002
Efran Kazemi 8    I    OPINION    I    MONDAY, JANUARY 20,2013
HANGING
FRUIT
Is a new system for executive
bonuses turning student
politicians into under-
acheivers?
EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK
by Arno Rosenfeld
In the summer of 2011, the
AMS decided its executives
had been underpaid for too
long. Without going through
its own budget committee, Council gave the execs a raise totalling
$30,000.
The fact that this was voted
on by AMS Council without
budget committee consideration,
and that it added to an already
large $200,000 deficit, prompted
budget committee member Erik
MacKinnon to resign.
"This was a very poor move
which optically makes the AMS
Council look like what it is — a
bunch of 18-21-year-old political nerds fucking around with
your student fees," MacKinnon
wrote in a blog post following
his resignation.
The unorthodox tactics and conflict of interest (the raises were initially intended to take effect for the
Council that passed them, though
eventually this changed) raised
eyebrows and stirred student ire,
especially given that they came just
months after the AMS successfully
passed a referendum raising student
fees by $19.
Now, a year later, the question is not whether it's OK for
the AMS to give itself raises; the
question is whether those raises
have actually worked as an incentive for AMS execs to dream big.
Short answer: it appears not.
How could this be?
These raises are officially
known as "Performance Accountability Restrictions" and are tied
to the completion of certain goals
outlined for each executive at the
start of their term. The problem
with such a system is that the
execs set their own goals. In
other words, each exec presents
their list of "PAR goals" to AMS
Council when they start their
jobs and the Council assesses
whether they completed those
goals when it comes time to pay
their PAR bonuses.
While previous AMS execs
tackled issues like the construction ofthe new SUB and took
tuition complaints to the UN,
the list of PAR goals this year included putting some ofthe AMS
Art Gallery's collection online,
maintaining the Presidential Beer
Hall Speakers Series and creating
"a robust budget consultation
process."
These are all noble goals, to
be sure, but perhaps they leave
something to be desired in terms
of aspiration. It would be remarkable if the execs failed to accomplish these goals.
None of this should diminish
the serious accomplishments of
the AMS exec team this year. Get
OnBoard was an important (if
low-key) step toward improving
public transit access to UBC.
Important work was done on
student housing, including the
completion of a Student Housing
Action Plan.
And, also relating to transit, a
new U-Pass contract was negotiated. That all goes along with lots
of other projects and the standard
work the AMS execs do to run a
massive student society with a
huge budget.
But if one ofthe execs decided
they wanted to reduce student
tuition, and put that in their PAR
goals, they would be putting
their massive bonus on the line.
That is the problem with evaluating people based on goals they
set for themselves.
If the AMS Council made
the PAR bonuses contingent on
general evaluations of each execs'
work throughout their term, this
problem would be solved and
execs would be free to work on
goals they aren't sure they would
be able to check off at the end of
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VP ADMINISTRATION
SUBS & CLUBS
The VP Admin race is beginning to tighten as candidates Barnabas Caro, Justin Fernandes,
Derek Moore and Olivia Yung square off. The position's portfolio includes managing both
the current and new SUB buildings and overseeing the administration of AMS clubs.
Current AMS Council arts rep and student senator Barnabas Caro hopes take a new approach
to the role of VP Admin. Instead of viewing the role as something that is strictly managerial, Caro
wants to work side by side with students who wish to participate in the development ofthe new
student space.
"I really think it's time to start focusing on building communities as opposed to buildings," said
Caro at last Wed nesday's debate. "For the last five years now, the VP Ad min role has been about
building the new SUB, and now it's time to start building communities that will fit inside that SUB."
Justin Fernandes, a fourth-year physiology student and current VP External for the Science
Undegraduate Society is looking to bring his knowledge and experience to the role of VP Admin.
Fernandes's main campaign points revolve around improving the management of current club
resources, using the power of clubs to bring students closer to the AMS and continuing to develop
projects forthe new SUB even after its construction phase is complete.
"I feel as if I would be the best candidate forthe role because I have the most experience in stu-
1. What will be your role in the final stages ofthe new SUB project?
2. What were some ofthe best past uses ofthe Clubs Benefit Fund, Competitive
Athletics Fund and the Sustainability Projects Fund? How should these funds
be used in the future?
3. What student services should get more funding? What student services
should see cuts?
4. What do you think about the new SUB brewery project?
dent politics and I also have the dedication to see my project forward," said Fernandes. "I believe
that I would be the one to stay up late at night and continue working when all else fails."
Derek Moore, community engagement coordinator for the new SUB, has spent the last eight
months working on the new SUB project alongside current VP Administration Caroline Wong.
Moore hopes to continue pushing the project through to its opening in September 2014.
"I currently work at the AMS on the new SUB project, and that, I believe, is my biggest strength,"
said Moore. "I've been immersed in it for about eight months now."
Olivia Yung is a third-yearstudent in the Faculty of Land and Food Sciences, president ofthe
UBC Dance Club and assistant coordinator of AMS Tutoring.
Yung aims to actively encourage students to become more involved with AMS clubs, improve
the operations system surrounding current club management and fight for effective sustainability
initiatives to be brought to campus.
Yung also plans to advocate for better management of UBC's Whistler Lodge in order to ensure
that it remains a suitable lodging option for both students and stakeholders.
—Veronika Bondarenko
DEREK MOORE »
JUSTIN FERNANDES »
OLIVIA YUNG »
BARNABASCARO»
1. The new SUB project is nearly
through the design phase. As
soon as that's finished, I'll refocus
onto the operational side ofthe
new SUB: AMS business and CRU
policy, operational sustainability,
student spaces. Most importantly,
I'll lay the groundwork for the
next VP Admin (or Student Engagement) to leverage the opening
and occupation ofthe building as
a tool to build student culture on
campus. I plan on using student spaces in the new building
to communicate campus [and]
student history, and to figure out
and communicate how students
1. My role will focus on ensuring
that the project is on time, on
budget and completely transparent to students. Additionally,
I will take the lead on shifting
the mindset into an operational
one to create best practices in
management in preparation for
the grand opening next year. I
will also work to implement a
plan for the transition of all the
staff, services and business so
that entering the new SUB is
seamless and efficient.
2. In the past, these funds have
been used for a variety of pur-
1. My role in the final stages of
the new SUB will be ensuring
that construction remains on
schedule and continuing the
projects and plans for the building that the current VP Admin
has established. As well, it will
be my duty to create an action
plan to make a smooth and
well-communicated transition
for clubs, staff and services in
the old SUB to the new one.
2.1 think that some ofthe best
past uses ofthe available funds
the AMS can provide has gone
1.1 believe the role ofthe VP
Admin in regard to the end of
the new SUB project is make
sure that we balance the differing interests of clubs and other
student groups that will be
looking for visibility within the
design ofthe building's interior.
The position will also deal with
any other student decisions that
will come up across the year.
2. The Dance Club's use of
the Clubs Benefit Fund for their
collaborative dance perform-
can best use the new building as a
cultural tool.
2. I am most familiar with the
Sustainability Projects Fund and
the Competitive Athletics Fund.
For the former: the atrium art
prototyping project for the new
SUB is pretty cool. It promises,
should it come to full realization,
to continuously remind students
to act sustainably when they
cruise through the SUB's main
concourse. I dig that. Next, the
Competitive Athletics Fund is
pretty new, but it's off to a great
start supporting the UBC Wrest-
poses, including but not limited
to funding capital projects (ex.
new studio for PhotoSoc), ensuring that athletes not recognized
as varsity by UBC still had the
ability to compete (ex. wrestling
club, ultimate frisbee team), and
spearheading new sustainability
initiatives (ex. art projects for
the new SUB to promote awareness for sustainability). In the
future, I feel these funds should
continue to support clubs when
they bring forth new and innovative projects, and are best used
when all other funding options
are exhausted.
to groups such as the UBC Jazz
Cafe and the UBC Sailing Club.
If possible, I would like to see
more clubs receive funds such
as these, preferably with less
restrictions, as they are a valuable resource for AMS clubs to
improve their group and ultimately provide a better service for
students on campus.
3.1 believe that all the services in the AMS are beneficial
to students; however, student
mental health and academics
have become key issues on
ance, as well as my own use of
it to allow me to put on social
mixers for club execs in the
Gallery, [has] proven to be great
successes.
The fact ofthe matter is that
there are plenty of people with
bright ideas on campus and
plenty of money sitting in funds
that would allow them to act on
them (whether they be funds of
the AMS or ones offered by the
university). The problem is the
disconnect between them.
I strongly believe that we do a
ling Team and the UBC Ultimate
Team, both of which are elite. I
feel that the Sustainability Projects Fund has a great direction
right now, and I feel that the
Competitive Athletics Fund will
likely need to be both increased
in size and broadened to include
more fledgling teams.
3. AMS services fall under the
president portfolio, but as a
member of ExecComm I could
recommend a few things. First,
my opinion is that the services
are one ofthe most important
things that the society does.
3. There are many services
provided by the AMS available
to students, and I think it is
important to reassess budgets
annually to streamline the operations and maximize the money
available to students. I have not
had an opportunity to experience all ofthe diverse services
offered, and so feel that the best
approach to this would be to
implement a survey system and
use student feedback to ensure
that the services are providing the best possible resources
for students.
campus. Thus, I would like to
see AMS Speakeasy and AMS
Tutoring receive more funding.
Although AMS Volunteer Connect, Externship and Internship
are important services, there
are other resources and groups
on campus that also provide
assistance in this area, such as
co-op and programs out ofthe
Centre for Student Involvement
and Careers.
4.1 believe this project is a great
idea because it was based off the
opinions and proposals of past
terrible job advertising both the
funds and their potential, and better opening them up to students is
one of my main platform points.
3.1 think none ofthe student
services should see cuts in funding. Rather, to avoid this end, we
should think harder about starting up new AMS businesses and
investments that may, due to lack
of financial forethought, turn out
to become services instead.
4. I'm not against the brewery
They should not be cut if it is not
necessary. Second, it's important
that student money is being put to
good use. At the end ofthe day, a
services review needs to be done
to determine what actions should
betaken.
4. The decision comes down to
the AMS Council next week, but
I personally like the idea a lot. It
could turn into an amazing tool
to build student culture. I think
it should be pursued as long as
we can make it self-sustaining
and subject to the interests of
students.
4.1 think the microbrewery is
a very interesting and unique
initiative that has the potential
to draw in more students to
the AMS, highlight the diverse
aspects ofthe new SUB that
caters to all students on campus, and potentially also make a
small profit (going straight back
to student services). However, I
would like to note that despite
my own opinions on the matter,
the issue will be decided by AMS
Council during the Jan. 23 meeting, and I will abide by whatever
the final decision is.
students at UBC. The brewery has
the potential to bring students
together in a pastime that many
enjoy (let's be honest), and in a
new building that is planned to
become a central part of campus.
So yes, I support the new SUB
brewery project. With that being
said, it is important to consider
the sustainability ofthe brewery
and the costs associated with
such an undertaking. As long as it
can sustain itself 10, 20, 50 years
down the road, I think it will
become quite a favourite spot for
students in the future.
in any way. On the contrary, I
would like to see one. It is not
the decision ofthe VP Admin,
however. It is up to Council and
the student body. Whatever
decision is reached, I will follow
up on to the hilt.
The real responsibility ofthe
VP Admin is to make sure students and councillors are well
informed about both the short-
and long-term consequences of
the decisions they are making
and providing them with the
facts. MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013    |   THE CANDIDATES    |   11
VP EXTERNAL
BUSSES AND STUDENT LOANS
There's only one candidate
running for VP External this year,
and his top priority is clear: he
/ants to fix TransLink.
Second-year arts student Tanner
lokor promises to improve the sad
tate of transit to UBC, lobby for child-
are and scholarships in the upcom-
lg provincial election and engage
etter with students as a whole.
He's worked under current VP
External Kyle Warwick for months, but
e's quick to point out how he hopes
3 differ from his predecessor. "Kyle
nd my issues are the same, but our
lethods are different," he said. While
Varwick favoured more of a back-
3om, policy-wonk approach, Bokor
Jans to hold more open consulta-
ons and pub get-togethers to get
tudents talking about the issues.
He's already earned some stripes
s a lobbyist, starting the successful
Set OnBoard campaign for better
ansit funding last September. He
lanaged to convince both Vancouver
nd Surrey's city councils to join the
ampaign, a slight coup on an issue
/here the two cities are often seen as
'itter competitors. The Get OnBoard
ampaign was careful in its rhetoric:
promoted new funding sources for
ransLink and didn't push rapid transit
to UBC as a priority that should come
ahead of, say, a similar project south of
the Fraser. This paid dividends in the
wide-ranging support Bokor was able
to get, but he will need to switch up
his goals and make UBC the centre of
everything as VP External.
Bokorsaid the recent round of
U-Pass negotiations, which resulted
in UBC getting to keep the program
with a slight price increase, were a
success. He's looking forward to the
implementation of TransLink's new
Compass Card transit pass system,
which will get rid of paper passes
and make replacing a lost or stolen
pass easier and cheaper. And as
far as lobbying to higher levels of
government, Bokor also thinks the
AMS's strategy for dealing with the
provincial government needs an
overhaul.
Without any other choices for the
VP External position, it's a race for
acclamation: students can vote either
for Bokor or for nobody at all. And with
his well-honed campaign message
and proven lobbying experience, the
chances of Bokor losing the acclamation vote are virtually nonexistent.
UBC, meet your new VP External.
—Priyanka Hariharan
. The VP External race has been uncontested for two years in a
ow. Is this a problem? Is it a disservice to students that they don't
et a choice in this race?
. Evaluate the performance of this year's VP External, Kyle
Warwick. What will you do differently?
. You've spent a good portion of your time this year running Get
>nBoard, which doesn't advocate specifically for UBC students,
tfill you continue your involvement with Get OnBoard as VP
Ixternal?
. How will this spring's provincial election affect students?
ANNERBOKOR»
. An uncontested race is a significant
roblem regardless ofthe portfolio, as
: signals a lack of engagement with
tie rest ofthe student population on
/hat these positions are, why they
re important and how non-AMS
ffiliated students can get involved.
Jntil we grapple with our general en-
agement problem of getting students
iterested in their student society, we
un the risk of seeing more uncontest-
d seats inthe future.
. This year's VP External has
one an exceptional job at creating
/ell-researched policies and creating
onstructive relationships, ensuring
tiat partisan politics stay separate
romthe role, an approach I strongly
elieve in and will continue. However,
believe that more direct engage
ment with students is needed to
drive issues forward. I plan to create
more opportunities for consultation
on issues that affect students [and]
provide mechanisms for students to
be directly involved, as well as seek to
develop a greater campus presence.
3. As campaign director of Get
OnBoard B.C., my focus has been on
the issue of funding the entire transit
network in Metro Vancouver, which
is an important first step before we
can begin to discuss specific projects.
Shifting from the role of campaign
director to AMS VP External, my
approach will be to still promote the
need for a better funding formula to
address transit needs throughout the
region, but I will place the majority
of my focus on advocating locally for
better transit service, including rapid
transit, to and from UBC.
4. The spring provincial elections
this year will have a huge effect on
students throughout B.C. With cuts
to institutions and needed reform
for B.C.'s financial aid system, as
well as transit funding and childcare
reform being key issues during this
election, this is the best opportunity
to influence policy making. As such,
this is the best time for the AMS and
other stakeholders to work collaboratively to lobby candidates before the
elections [and] ensure that we clearly
explain the impact to students, and
after the elections, it will be extremely important to hold officials and
parties to their promises, regardless
of who is in power.
VP ACADEMIC
YOUR LINK TO THE ADMIN
This year's race for VPAcademicand University Affairs is the only AMS exec race with an
incumbent running.
Kiran Mahal, current VP Academic, is facing off
against two challengers: AMS councillors Anne Kessler
and Montana Hunter.
Major issues in the VP Academic's portfolio include
student housing, student mental health and issues
with exams.
When it comes to housing, all the candidates agree
that student housing costs should be lower. But while
Kessler and Hunter want UBC to stop expecting student
housing to pay interest on loans UBC receives from itself,
Mahal has taken a more reserved stance, emphasizing
a report on student housing she commissioned this
year. Mahal said that if elected, she would commission
another housing report on not just the volume of housing
UBC makes available to students, but also the affordability of that housing.
In keeping with her more aggressive campaign tone,
Kessler vowed to make B.C.'s Residential Tenancy Act
apply to student housing at UBC, a position neither of the
other candidates share.
The other major issue in the campaign has been how
to address UBC's poor record on student mental health.
Kessler said it was important for UBC to address
underlying issues, not just to treat problems when
they occur.
"We need to start evaluating the academic environment where we only study and eat crappy food at Irving,"
Kessler said.
Hunter said that dealing with student mental health
was such a big task that it might exceed his capacity as
VP Academic. He pledged, if elected, to hire a mental
health commissioner to lobby the university and conduct
a mental health report.
Mahal drew on her prior experience when addressing
the mental health question.
"I started a conversation in Senate to revise academic
policy for students," Mahal said. She added that if she
is elected to a second term, she will recruit a team of
mental health experts from across Canada to assess
UBC's needs.
Hunter disagreed with this approach, saying, "We
should put our resources back into our university and
not send money out of UBC." However, Mahal insists
that in order to sway top-level administrators at UBC, it's
necessary to show outside research.
The candidates have tried to distinguish their messages, even if they generally agree on many issues.
1. What do you think is a higher priority: the exam database, mid-term teaching evaluations or
early release of exam dates? Ifyou could only accomplish one, which would you pick and why?
2. What's your take on the Bridge to UBC program? What are some ofthe potential benefits and
drawbacks ofthe program?
3. UBC exists in an unincorporated area with no municipal government. What do you think is
the best governance structure for UBC campus? How do you expect to advocate for students'
interests on this issue?
ANNE KESSLER»
1.1 believe the early release of exam dates should be
the AMS's highest priority. The impacts of an exam
database and mid-term evaluations will not be as
significant. The early release of exam dates will affect
all students greatly. It will allow for students to book
flights home earlier, saving them money. It will allow
some students to choose their courses based on the
exam dates, resulting in less stress about exams being
closer together.
2. The Bridge to UBC program will give a more diverse
group of international students the chance to come to
UBC. It will also help UBC solve some of its budgetary issues. However, we need to be careful that these
students are well integrated into the UBC community,
are given ample housing and, since this is a pilot project
KIRAN MAHAL »
1. This year we made great strides on all fronts and the
stage has been set for the AMS to leverage the work already done to address all these issues. This year I made
sure the exam database was being discussed in the right
Senate committees extensively; we are currently in
development for release in the next year. The mid-term
evaluations pilot project I led was extremely successful
and associate deans who lead policy in their faculties
have been engaged in the process. We have the right research done for exam date release and the VP Students
office is engaged in discussions. With the right person
in office, we don't have to choose; we have the potential
to accomplish all three.
2. The university has been clear on the goals/purpose
ofthe program: yes, there is a financial component, but
there is also the goal of diversifying the international
student population on campus and testing innovative
pedagogy that can later be applied campus-wide. All
MONTANA HUNTER »
1.1 believe that the early release of exam dates
should be the highest priority, followed by the
exam database and mid-term evaluations in that
order. The early release of exams has been a longstanding issue for students and, due to new exam
scheduling system UBC is bringing in, may actually be an achievable goal this year. By making the
exam dates available earlier, we would allow students to book more affordable flights home for the
holidays, avoid possible exam hardships (therefore
benefiting mental health on campus) and allow
students to know their work availability earlier.
2. The Bridge to UBC program is a fantastic idea;
it will encourage students from around the world
to study at UBC and provide a gateway to the
world of academia. As a student struggling with
with experimental learning, that they are given a quality education. UBC also needs to clearly define where
these students fit in, and make sure they are not just a
source of money but a way of enriching all of UBC.
3.1 think it is difficult to say there is a "best" governance structure. There are many potential options and
some will benefit students more than others. We need
to consult students and see what they would like in a
governance structure and then advocate for that. If a
governance structure that works for all stakeholders
is to be found, we need to begin a conversation with
them. I would suggest a working group be drawn up
to explore the many options, and within this, I would
advocate for proper student representation on any
new structure.
three of these goals, if achieved, will provide great benefit to the university. A drawback would be the potential
for a low quality, revenue-focused program. From my
involvement on the Steering Committee, I can say with
confidence that the university is aiming for a quality
program that prepares students for success at UBC.
We need the AMS to [be] vocal on ensuring the quality
of student life for Bridge students is parallel to the
quality ofthe academic curriculum being developed.
After all, these students will be UBC students and
AMS members.
3. The best governance structure for UBC is one that is
developed and agreed upon by all the major stakeholders involved. But at the end ofthe day, we are a university campus and students need special representation
in whatever governance structure is established. This is
what I will advocate for.
learning a foreign language and interested in
using it academically, this is the sort of program I
have searched for when looking for universities to
study at.
Having said that, the AMS needs to make sure
that these incoming students are supported by the
AMS, receive health benefits, the U-Pass and representation on AMS Council for their unique needs.
3. The current governance structure actually
benefits students in most cases. While students
and the university do differ around certain issues,
for the most part what is good for students is
good for the university and vice-versa. If the
governance structure were to change, I believe it
would be more difficult for students to have their
voices heard. 12    I    THE CANDIDATES    I    MONDAY, JANUARY 21,2013
VP FINANCE
NOBLE GUARDIANS OF THE PURSE STRINGS
Joaquin Acevedo faces off
against Mateusz Miadlikowski
for the position of VP Finance,
and both have very different perspectives on how to manage the
finances ofthe $14 million Alma
Mater Society.
Acevedo comes off as the more
experienced student politician.
He's well-versed in AMS lingo,
having worked his way up from
being director of finance for the
Science Undergrad Society.
His platform looks toward putting together a long-term financial
plan and making sure there's a
smooth transition into the new SUB.
In contrast, Miadlikowski's
only experience with the AMS's
financial side comes from his time
as an employee ofthe Pit Pub and
the Gallery Lounge. He's argued
in favour of giving AMS employees a say in how businesses are
run, rather than leaving decisions
to the newly formed Business
Administration and Governance
Board.
On many issues, he's promised to
defer to what students want rather
than promote his own stances.
AMS businesses, like the Pit
Pub and Blue Chip Cookies,
haven't been doing well this year.
As of last November, they had
already lost close to $100,000.
Acevedo wants to give the AMS
other sources of revenue, and
hopes to secure partnerships and
sponsorships with outside companies. He also plans to conduct
a formal review ofthe businesses to see if they could become
more profitable.
Miadlikowski agrees the AMS
budget should rely less on business
profits and should instead focus on
investing. "Plenty of investments are
possible, such as simple bank investments where you get the return rate
on something," he said.
The two candidates had different opinions about the AMS's two
large annual concerts, Welcome
Back BBQ and Block Party. Acevedo
said he thinks they're a service
for students and wants to keep
them running, even if they lose
money. Miadlikowski, on the other
hand, said he thinks they ought to
break even.
Acevedo came into this race the
front-runner, as he clearly has more
experience inside the AMS machine. But although Miadlikowski
is a relative outsider, he still brings
some interesting ideas to the table.
As we've said before, sometimes it's
hard enough to find one student to
take on the demanding and often
dull VP Finance job. The AMS is
lucky this year that there are two
candidates eager for the spot. Xi
—Ming Wong
Joaquin Mateusz
Acevedo   Miadlikowski
1. Yes, I would support a fee restructure. It is clear that some fees go into
funds and simply accumulate over
time. Changing the policies that
regulate the use of these fees may
allow us to fix our structural deficit
by reallocating some of this money
to the AMS Endowment Fund. They
could also be reallocated to our
operating budget to ease immediate
needs ofthe society.
An internal loan program for the
AMS would be useful; several organizations and governments use it,
so there is no reason we couldn't. It
would allow departments to better
finance their innovative projects
while maintaining strong financial
responsibility. While it would be
useful, effective policy needs to be
generated to ensure accountability.
2. These events are AMS landmark events, and therefore they
play a large role inthe culture and
experience of students at UBC.
The AMS should not be turning a
profit on either of these events. We
should be providing the best value
for people attending by controlling
alcohol prices and getting good
entertainment. I would be comfortable running them at a loss,
due to the potential impact on the
student experience.
3. The new business board has an
incredible potential to improve
our businesses. I would provide
them with all ofthe information
necessary to develop policies
and strategies that will make our
businesses more successful inthe
new SUB. Furthermore, I would
encourage all members to provide
their insight, students emphasizing
student needs and alumni sharing
their experience.
4. Neither of these should be sold.
Each of these holds enormous
value to students and the society.
A significant amount of students
strongly oppose selling the Whistler Lodge, as shown by a recent
survey. I think that we need to
invest in refurbishing the lodge,
in consultation with the Ski and
Board Club, to increase bookings
by external groups. The AMS art
collection should not be used as a
scapegoat to eradicate financial
deficit. Selling the art collection,
either in part or full, has many
implications and is not as simple as
taking it to the local pawnshop.
Q&A
l. A fee restructure referendum
didn't go through on this year's
election ballot. Would you still
support a fee restructure, and
which fees would you alter?
What do you think about the
possibility of an AMS internal
loan program?
2. Should events like AMS Block
Party and the Welcome Back
BBQ make money, or is it all
right to run them at a loss?
3. How will you work with the
new business board to make
sure the new SUB businesses
are more successful than
businesses in the current SUB?
4. What's your take on the
AMS art collection and the
Whistler Lodge? Should either
of these be sold? Why?
1. Yes, I would support the restructure to give the AMS more
financial flexibility. Moreover, we
should be focusing on large funds
such as Student Spaces Fund and
large expenditures that come from
that fund ([like the] brewery inthe
new SUB). The possibility of an
AMS internal loan demonstrates
that there are funds that could
be reduced and others could be
enlarged. Given the current budget
deficit, I think it is a good idea.
2. AMS Block Party is a great
event. After the long school year,
students get a chance to relax,
socialize and enjoy good music. I
am very pleased that we are able to
attract well-known musical artists,
and at the same time keep prices
relatively low. But not all students
are interested in attending the
event. In my opinion, Block Party's
minimum objective should be to
break even and keep the prices
relatively low.
3. I will work very closely with
the new board to ensure that the
current issues are addressed. The
board is a newly created institution, and I believe my previous
experience with AMS businesses
and my own business is necessary
to improve the quality of services
we offer. VP Finance does not have
voting power on the board, but
sits among the voting members
and can provide accurate advice
regarding specific areas in need of
improvement. Working closely as
a team is an important aspect in
achieving our goals.
4. From the economical point
of view, the sale ofthe Whistler
Lodge could provide finances that
could be invested with high returns. The money coming from interest rate could be spent efficiently on different areas of student life.
But the AMS is a non-profit organization and should not be guided
by financial incentives. I believe
that we should recognize [the]
importance of students' opinions.
The Whistler Lodge and the AMS
Art Collection are property ofthe
AMS and thus students themselves. I would strongly advocate
for referendum questions regarding these instances. If students
decide that they want to keep the
lodge and the gallery, then we
should decide what the best way to
improve and promote both is. MONDAY, JANUARY 20,2013    |    THE CANDIDATES    |    13
PRESIDENT
THE HEAD HONCHO
The three presidential candidates — Caroline Wong,
Ekateryna Baranovskaya and
Jay Shah — are competing to take the
helm of a changing AMS.
With the need to finalize plans for
the new SUB and the new Business
Administration and Governance
Board (BAGB) taking charge of
businesses, the AMS will be going
through a lot of changes inthe
coming months.
Current AMS VP Admin Caroline
Wong is the only candidate with
experience as an AMS exec, but
the other two candidates are by no
means outsiders.
During her campaign, Wong
talked up her experience as an exec
and her work on the new SUB. She
said she won't need time to catch up
on the plans for the new SUB (set to
open in 2014) if she takes office.
Ekateryna Baranovskaya, an AMS
councillor and committee chair, took
a different approach to campaigning.
She hopes to harness the potential
for change inthe provincial election
coming up this spring. "Unless
we have a president who actively
understands lobbying the nature of
what the AMS believes and how to
communicate that effectively, we
could be missing out on something
huge," said Baranovskaya.
In contrast to Wong and Baranovskaya, Jay Shah has never held
an elected AMS position. But as the
society's executive coodinator of
student services, he still has a great
deal of experience.
Shah made improving communi
cation the top issue of his campaign.
"The AMS does overall a horrendous job of communicating to
students," said Shah. "Looking at
ways to involve students is actually
the most important point of my
platform." His platform centres on
nebulous ideas like better involving
students and improving communication through social media. While he
knows the service side ofthe AMS,
his lack of political experience could
hurt him. All ofthe candidates are
poised, professional and knowledgeable enough to do the job without
embarrassing themselves. For that
matter, there's no way to tell whether
any of them are more or less eager to
oppose UBC administration. With
all three in what's more or less a
dead heat, we're expecting a win for
whichever ofthe three manages to
run a better campaign machine.
• l. What would you have done
differently than former AMS
President Matt Parson?
• 2. Executives are now
able to set the terms of
their performance bonuses
under the Performance
Accountability Restriction
(PAR). So far, it seems to
discourage executives from
taking on ambitious goals.
What big-picture goals will
you set?
• 3- Name one thing the AMS
does very well and name
one thing the AMS needs to
improve on.
• 4. Do you think the AMS is
more or less visible/relevant
to students than it was this
time last year? Why or why
not?
Caroline
Wong
1. As a current AMS exec, I learned
several skills under Matt's leadership. One thing I would have done
differently would be to hold weekly
one - on- one me eting with the VPs,
especially during the first few
months, to help them acclimatize to
the AMS work environment, provide any resources or guidance and
to checkup on their progress.
2. As the VP Admin, I set very demanding goals for myself and managed to make significant progress in
each. A big-picture goal I will strive
to accomplish as AMS president
will be to create a unifying vision
for the society. At the moment, the
AMS only has a mission statement,
and I feel strongly that if we are to
move our organization into the new
SUB and implement many internal
changes, we need a long-term vision
of where we want to be in 20-30
years. Since this year will be the
most important year to prepare our
society for the new SUB opening in
2014, my strong background with
the new SUB project will be crucial
in aiding the creation of strategic
plans on how we will operate our
new businesses, services, branding,
communication and other areas.
We need a president with knowledge and experience as an exec to
provide that big-picture vision for
our organization.
3. The AMS is very good at getting
ideas off the ground — starting new
clubs and pushing forward concepts,
such as the new SUB. However, we
still have room for improvement in
terms of nurturing our clubs, providing more resources to continue
our initiatives and ensuring that
they have longevity despite the transient nature of student government.
One thing that we need to
improve on is student governance
on business issues. This presents
inefficiencies on the business side,
and as an AMS exec, I helped in the
creation ofthe Business Administration and Governance Board,
which will monitor the progress of
our businesses. As president, I will
ensure a smooth transition of this
Board and scrutinize its operations
to identify any inadequacies or gaps
and act on them immediately to
ensure its success.
4.1 believe the AMS has become a
little bit more visible to students this
year than last year. I was part of a
working group that revamped the
AMS website and reduced irrelevant
content. I also helped inthe creation
ofthe social media coordinator job
description and have full intentions
as president to improve our social
media presence, hire a social media
coordinator and fully renovate our
website. If I am elected president,
I also have a plan to act on the
findings from the communications review, implement a CRM
(customer relationship management) platform to further engage
students and make information
more relevant to them. I also plan
to hold regular meetings with
constituencies and groups outside
ofthe AMS (Residence Hall
Assocation, residence advisors,
UBC REC, etc.). During my term
as VP Admin, I made a huge effort
to meet with club executives and
gain feedback. I will do the same if
I am elected president and support
my executives in regularly communicating with students.
1.1 would have focused more on
improving internal communication
and cohesion. For the second year,
the VPX [VP External] position is
unchallenged; this is in large part
due to a concentration of external
information to a small group of
people.
One ofthe most important checks
to the executive is a bi-weekly
meeting between the chairs of AMS
committees (who oversee the executive along with other duties) and the
chair ofthe executive committee
(the president). In the past year, this
meeting has been held about four
times, creating a stark disconnect. I
would not only hold these technically required meetings, but encourage others to get informed prior
to Council.
2. My goals will include creating
widespread support for constituency elections and creating a
forum for AMS politicos, Athletics
and Recreation, Rezlife and other
student groups to communicate.
The forum would not only allow us
to share experiences, but facilitate talks that will lead to a much
stronger environment of student
leaders — and make it much easier
to get diverse opinions in relatively
homogeneous organizations such as
the AMS.
Though PAR really should be
reworked in a way to encourage ambition rather than the status quo.
3. Recently, the AMS has been excellent at pushing through well-researched policy. We have been able
to improve the quality of our work.
However, we lack both internal
and external communications
skills — something dangerous in an
election year.
It is necessary to have a president
who understands AMS policies in
depth and prefers asking questions
to misinformation. As an example,
Get OnBoard is working towards a
vital step in improving our transit
system: fixing the broken funding
model. However, many of our directors still confuse this campaign with
lobbying for a UBC line. Internally,
these mistakes are unfortunate.
Externally, they can create serious damage to relationships with
our partners.
4. This past year, we began constructing the new SUB, reached
out to groups around campus for
regular meetings and launched
a $50,000 disruption marketing
campaign. We have been more
visible; however, we are much
less relevant.
While we have more consultations and meetings with
student groups, many feel as
if we talk at them rather than
Ekat
Barano
with them. Club executives
have come to me with worries
that they have not received the
most basic training on how to
run meetings and events. The
new SUB will not open until
after this presidential term, yet
we're already marketing our
current building as an "old"
afterthought. I will focus on developing the relationships and
structures that we already have,
so the president that actually
moves us into the new SUB next
year has a solid foundation to
stand on.
il
1. This year I would have taken a
more proactive approach with constituency relations, holding regular
coordination and information
sharing meetings with Arts, Science,
Commerce and other constituency
representatives. It is important to
facilitate constructive conversations
between all ofthe diverse faculties
Jay
Shah
at UBC in order to make tangible
improvements for students at all
levels. The AMS's relationship with
graduate students has historically
been marred in difficulty, with little
change happening this year. It is imperative that constructive criticism
be voiced respectfully and frequently in order to increase the impact
that the society has on students. In
working alongside constituencies
and the entirety ofthe student body,
the AMS can better engage and
represent students moving forward.
As president, I will make sure this
happens.
2. Addressing the structural deficit
will be a major goal moving forward.
Band-Aid solutions such as reallocating non-discretionary funds to
the operating budget do not address
the root cause ofthe problem. It will
be important to do a comprehensive
review of every department in order
to ascertain the areas that can be
adjusted to alleviate the AMS of this
ongoing financial problem. Getting
a commitment from West Point
Grey regarding a rapid rail line to
UBC will be another goal that I will
work hard towards. The majority
of our students are commuters. It
is important their voices are heard.
Finally, I will reorganize the AMS
communications department to
ensure students are receiving
necessary information as easily and
efficiently as possible.
3. Over the last several years, the
AMS has done a stellar job at producing comprehensive reports in
areas that are important to students.
The academic experience, housing
affordability and communications
reports all pointedly addressed
many ofthe problems with the AMS
and UBC, providing concrete recommendations for the student body
moving forward. While there are
many areas the AMS needs to improve on, the major focus should be
communication with students. The
disunity of AMS branding, the use
of antiquated mediums of communication such as e-mail, the absence
of metrics to assess our impact on
students and zero feedback channels greatly hinder students and
their knowledge of AMS services.
As president, I will ensure we take
corrective action in this area.
4.1 believe the AMS is slightly
more visible to students this year
as compared to last; however, the
AMS's relevancy to students is
more confined to particular departments rather than the AMS
as a whole. This year, the AMS
services department dramatically increased its outreach in
order to convey information and
engage the student population.
Whether it was JumpStart, Imagine Day or day-to-day outreach
with students, the AMS services
department has worked hard to
ensure individuals are receiving assistance in the form of
tutoring, sexual assault support,
mental wellness and volunteer
placement, to name just a few.
The AMS needs to ensure that all
departments are being adequately supported and that students
are receiving the information
that will improve their lives on
and off campus. 14    I    THE CANDIDATES    I    MONDAY, JANUARY 21,2013
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
YOUR BoG REPS ARE THE TWO MOST POWERFUL STUDENTS AT UBC
Five candidates are vying
for two seats on the highest
decision-making body at
the university.
This year's Board of Governors (BoG) election includes a
host of accomplished candidates,
including incumbent BoG rep
Mike Silley, AMS President Matt
Parson, Graduate Student Society
President Conny Lin, community
and regional planning graduate
student Erin Rennie, AMS VP
Academic Tristan Miller and Arts
Undergraduate Society President
Harsev Oshan.
Parson is running on a three-
point platform: student finances,
affordable housing and transportation. He plans to continue working on the Housing Action plan
and look into student bursaries
and loan repayment.
Sharing Parson's concern for
student finances, Silley plans to
dig deeper into the university's
financial policies.
"Once that conversation happens, there's a lot more possibility that the students and the
university administration will
reach a unified deal and get more
provincial funding to universities
and post-secondary institutions,"
said Silley.
Besides affordable student
housing, Miller wants to focus on
sustainability initiatives and UBC
varsity and recreational athletics.
He plans to continue his work as
a member ofthe Sustainability
Steering Committee, as well as
renovate the REC centre to "build
relationships through sports."
Lin talked about her concern
for student mental health programs and the integration of these
programs across campus. As a
neuroscience Ph.D. student and
president ofthe Graduate Student
Society, she said she will be able to
bridge the gap between students
and senior administrators in order
to promote student mental health.
Rennie's bid to end the "war on
fun" at UBC makes her platform
unique among her peers. "The biggest issue is the [lack of] vibrancy
of life on campus and the campus
community," she said.
Rennie said the lack of social
life on campus is connected to
decisions made at the Board level,
such as market developments.
As an international student,
Oshan is primarily concerned
with the Bridge to UBC program.
He said that the program has
"many administrative logistics
that haven't been taken into consideration that I want to be there
for, to make sure it doesn't become
obsolete." Xi
—Brandon Chow
Q&A
• i. What do you think would be the best governance structure for UBC?
• 2. Will you or won't you vote in favour ofthe yearly two per cent domestic tuition
increase? Why? What about international tuition increases?
• 3. As one of only two student reps, how will you be an effective voice for students on
the Board?
• 4. Should Board members represent students' interests or the overall "best interests
ofthe university"? How would you define "best interests ofthe university"?
• 5- What do you think about differential tuition for specialty programs like the
bachelor of international economics?
• 6. What do you see as the role ofthe Bridge to UBC program and potential plans
for revenue-generating online courses? How much should programs like these be
contributing to UBC's bottom line?
1. UBC has an incredibly
complex governance structure
because ofthe unique nature of
the land endowment, academic
mission and the competing interests that exist on campus. The
current structure of governance
is by no means ideal; however,
considering the University Endowment Lands is contemplating
incorporation, I believe it is too
early to form any definitive opin-
Tristan
Miller
ions on a new governance structure. There is always a danger
that student voices may be lost or
diminished if the structure changes to include more stakeholders.
Ensuring that the governance
structure supports the academic
mission ofthe university first
and foremost should remain an
imperative. I would suggest we
look toward similar institutions
and how they have made change
to begin the discussion around
governance reform.
2. My vote will depend upon the
UBC budget presented. I will most
likely vote against the tuition
increase. My feeling from talking
with my fellow students is that
they don't want their tuition to
rise. Who would? In addition, if
the rate of inflation in the province
is not two per cent, then I will
vote against the increase. I may
be convinced to vote in favour if
the tuition is raised by an amount
equal to the B.C. CPI or if the rate
of inflation is at two per cent for
that year.
3. Through passionately voicing
my thoughts and students views
to the members ofthe Board [and]
remembering that respectful
dialogue coinciding with evidence-based argumentation is the
best way to get results.
We can adamantly disagree
with the other members ofthe
Board, but by doing so in a firm
and respectful manner, backed up
with research, you are likely to
make a better impression and earn
their respect, which can help you
in the long run on other issues.
4. I see these as one [and] the
same. All members ofthe Board
are there to do what they think is
best for the university. I believe a
strong student- and learning-focused campus is in the best interest of UBC.
5.1 think we need to navigate this
road carefully. Differential tuition
in itself is not necessarily a bad
thing. It should reflect the true
cost ofthe education it provides.
As we have seen in the case of the
bachelor of international economics, however, the university must
be watched carefully so that students aren't being taken advantage
of to close budget holes, or worse
yet, providing UBC with an avenue
around the two per cent mandated
tuition cap.
6. The role ofthe Bridge to UBC
is twofold. It has the tremendous potential to bring a level of
diversity to UBC that we don't
normally see among international
students, adding to the richness
of UBC's student population. The
second is to generate revenue for
the university. In the here and now,
this program is helping UBC meet
its budget, with the added bonus of
enriching diversity on campus, but
it is a Band-Aid solution. UBC needs
to ensure that the provincial grant
grows to aid its budget rather than
pursue multiple revenue-generating
boutique programs.
Matt
Parson
1. Currently the governance structure at UBC has its
residents of "U-Town" represented through the UNA [University Neighbourhoods Assocation],
an organization that has proven
to be toothless at times. This has
been most obvious when there
have been conflicting views
between the residents and the
university on how best to develop
UBC's neighbourhoods.
Recently we have seen
that students have been fair
ly successful at changing the
university's plans on certain
things like the bachelor of international economics, zoning of
Gage South and developing the
Farm. If students continue to
have an impact on the the Board
of Governors, then should we
drastically shift our governance
to a system where we would also
have to not only convince UBC of
the merits of our views but also
the residents?
2. In an era of mounting debt
and rising costs, preventing
tuition from rising would be
ideal. However, I would only
vote no if I believed the budget
could maintain academic quality
without increasing tuition, but
a raise was still being proposed.
To vote no based on ideals would
be a violation of fiduciary duty.
Furthermore, as adequate work
has yet to be done from both
the university's and AMS's
part in addressing this issue, I
would likely abstain rather than
vote yes.
3. It is a matter of knowing who
to talk to, when, and how. I have
been able to do this effectively in
the past, and will continue to as
a student representative on the
Board.
4. As a member ofthe Board, it
is important to remember one's
fiduciary duties. If other Board
members are aware that I take
my fiduciary duty seriously,
they will trust my perspective
regarding the student experience
and give it equal weight with all
other necessary considerations.
Only when trust is built will any
perspective be taken seriously.
To position oneself as an interest
group would be to relegate oneself to barking from the sidelines:
appealing to some people's eyes,
but that would not be in the best
interests of students.
5. The concept of cross-subsidization between different
programs is not a new one at
UBC. The principle that must be
maintained is that every program
needs to be cost defensible.
Thankfully, through the
effective advocacy of Kiran
Mahal, we have held UBC to this
principle with the emergence of
the BIE. As a student representative on the Board, I will keep
a vigilant eye on unnecessary
costs, particularly surrounding
differential tuition.
6. The flexible learning initiative is a program that needs to be
explored, or we risk being a laggard in the industry of post-secondary education. The potential
to have the online experience
complement the classroom is an
exciting one that needs a place
to be tested. The Bridge program
is being brought in as an opportunity to be a revenue stream, increase the internationalization of
our student body, and also a place
where new pedagogical methods
can be piloted. The success ofthe
program hinges on the university's ability to thoroughly prepare themselves for this unique
cohort and prepare the cohort for
university life.
—Parson's responses were received
after deadline. MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013    |   THE CANDIDATES    |   15
1. UBC has arrived at the point
where it needs a more democratic,
representative and accountable form
of governance that recognizes that
it is both an academic institution
and a community with residents. I
would like to see governance [that]
empowers students and faculty, and
recognizes and protects our particular vulnerability to outside interests.
2. Yes. I think tuition should go
up with the costs of providing
education. Either we pay for rising
costs now or we put it on the backs
of future students. International
students deserve to know how much
they are going to be expected to pay
throughout their degree, and I'll
fight for that right.
3. I've never been afraid to speak
truth to power but I'm also all about
respect. I will represent students by
building a strong working relation
ship with the other Board members
without becoming co-opted or bamboozled. I've been around enough
committee tables to see through the
bureaucratic language and strategic
power plays. We need a BoG rep
who knows how to connect with
students and listen to their needs.
BoG reps need to fully integrate
themselves into student life, solicit
opinions from students, keep
regular office hours and understand
how to read a budget in order to
ensure that they truly represent
the student body's immediate and
long-term interests.
4. Students' interests and university interests are not in conflict,
they are nested. The student BoG
rep is responsible for all students,
present and future. That being
said, inthe past some ofthe Board's
choices have harmed students. For
example, some decisions pertaining
to campus development and liquor
policy have stifled student life and
today we see the results: low student
engagement, low social capital and
high rates of anxiety and depression. UBC needs a student BoG rep
with the experience, perspective
and long-term vision to recognize
when a decision has the potential to
damage student life.
5.1 am skeptical of anything that
seems to smack of elitism, especially
in a public institution. I don't like
the idea of creating special enclaves
for the particularly wealthy. This
kind of elitism stifles social mobility
and leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Taxpayers contribute a lot to our
university systems because they
believe that everyone's children
should have access to high-quality
university education if that is the
path they choose. As a taxpayer I
am disappointed that the univer-
Erin
Rennie
sity is choosing to create a university structure that mirrors the
income gap rather than works to
eliminate it.
6. This program seems like it could
be great or that it could be a disaster.
It is too soon to tell. As a BoG rep I
would fight to ensure that the pilot
phase of this program is small, closely scrutinized and doesn't displace
regular students. It seems to me
that Bridge to UBC seeks to take advantage of today's hot international
student "market"; I would be wary of
allowing such a program to become
a major part of our revenues since
these markets can crash at any time.
1. We need the universities to
change so that our education prepares us well for unstoppable trends
towards jobs that require interdisciplinary skills. For example, [is] our
centuries old discipline-based (i.e.
faculties) structure still applicable
for the future? The world [does]
not have an answer to this question
yet, but this is a critical time for us
to take a serious look into how best
the university governance structure
should change to adapt to the future
of "interdisciplinarily."
2.1 would vote yes to the two per
cent domestic tuition increase. In
terms of international tuition increase, I believe the increase should
be equivalent. I would be reluctant
to vote yes to anything more than
three per cent yearly increase
unless UBC provides extra services
to the international students that
would justify higher tuition.
3. The majority ofthe work on any
Board is done at the committee level
before the decision is presented to
the Board. To be most effective the
reps have to be active in committees.
I would initiate formulating a "committee/issue coverage strategy"
with all three student reps on the
Board. That will enable us to work
as a team to get the most comprehensive coverage on the Board for
the students.
4. UBC's main "product" is public
education. That means their consumers are students. With that said,
the best interest for the university
is to provide the best product (education) to the consumers (students).
However, the best product in the
world would mean nothingto the
consumers if we cannot afford
it. Therefore, the main challenge
for the Board is how to strike that
fine balance between quality and
affordability.
5. This is a good question touching
on the delicate question of "accessibility to education." I can see that
the differential tuition is a result
of supply, demand and return of
investment. However, the high
tuition prevents accessibility for
less financially well-off students. I
think that goes against Canadian
mentality. A solution to remove that
financial barrier is to establish more
need-based grants for qualified
students. This year I have worked
with a federal lobbying group to find
creative solutions for establishing
more federal need-based grants. I
can bring that experience back to
UBC and see what we can do within
the institution.
6. We need to be careful about the
bottom line intention behind the
"revenue-generation" role of these
programs. If we strictly talk about
revenue generation and forget about
other visions behind these programs, I foresee Bridge and online
courses having the potential to close
the budget deficit gap. However,
these two programs are not just
about revenue generation. If they
were, I would be against them. The
bigger vision behind the Bridge is to
internationalize UBC's reputation,
which helps any UBC current student and alumni by increasing the
prestige of our degrees. The online
program is an unstoppable trend.
Ultimately establishing a good
online education program will
save students money. Those two
programs are beneficial to UBC
students by themselves; it doesn't
matter if they can generate revenue
or not.
—Lin's responses were received
after the deadline and edited significantly for length.
1. As it stands, UBC has a good
governance structure where we
have two students representing the
voices ofthe general student population. I think the problem is with
the way the student representatives
on the Board of Governors communicate with students. We saw the
amount of interest and engagement
when the tuition ofthe bachelor of
international economics was being
discussed. The interest is there, the
BoG reps just need to engage and
connect with students better.
2.1 will be voting in favour ofthe
two per cent increase in tuition.
We cannot control market forces
that cause inflation. However, as a
university, we can look at different
ways of making the cost of living
on campus more affordable. For
example, we could focus on having
cheaper housing on campus, which
could be seen through if UBC can
reduce the 5.75 per cent interest rate
it charges on the money borrowed
from the endowment to build the
student housing.
3.1 will look at first researching on
the issues at hand. Working together
with the other student representative, I will apply for grants from the
AMS to organize student consultations events and forums so as to get
students input on the issues we are
discussing. Representing students'
interests on the Board is fundamental. Overall, my role will be to make
sure that students' interests are
voiced at the Board level.
4. It is in the best interest ofthe university to provide a good learning environment for its students. Without
the student population, there would
be no UBC. Student affordability, tu
ition costs [and] transit are all issues
that affect the learning environment
on campus. Students' interests must
be kept [at the] forefront as representatives ofthe student body on the
Board of Governors. Therefore, I will
represent students' interests, which
should, in a perfect world, be the
best interests ofthe university.
5. Differential tuition can be caused
by a number of reasons. For example,
if the B.C. government has decided
to subsidize the costs of tuition for
a particular program because of
the high demand of workers in a
particular field, the tuition [will] be
lower. In such a scenario, difference in tuition costs would be fine.
However, if there is no reason for the
tuition to be higher and if it is used to
discourage people from joining the
program, the costs of tuition should
not be higher for specialty programs.
Harsev
Oshan
6. The Bridge program is conceptually a fantastic idea. It looks
at taking a broader approach at
recruiting international students,
which would increase the diversity
of this campus. The student representatives on Board need to make
sure that the program does not let
any students fall through the cracks
because of financial reasons. With a
broader approach, issues surrounding student affordability need to be
taken into consideration, otherwise
the program could fall apart. Online
courses give UBC the chance to expand its educational outreach across
the world; however the administration should be careful not to neglect
the physical learning spaces.
1.1 would like to eventually see
the amount of student Board seats
increasing with tuition. This can lead
to a province/university cost-sharing
model, ending concerns over high
education leading UBC towards
privatization. This year I have seen
students bringing forward their
concerns and their ideas genuinely
be taken into account, which has not
Mike
Silley
always been the case. The best governance structure for students may
change inthe future, but for now, I
believe the current structure is right.
2. The main problem isn't tuition, but
the increasing financial pressures
faced by the university. Efficiencies
are being found throughout all of
UBC, but the university is forced to
offload costs to students to maintain
its academic excellence. Rather than
student vs. institution, I have been
pushing for broader tuition debate so
we can create a united front in lobbying the government for additional
funding. Until this happens, we can
expect tuition hikes just to maintain our accustomed standards of
education. However, I will continue
to ensure students do not pay more
than their share!
3. It takes several months to become
competent enough to effectively
comment on issues brought to the
Board. Currently sitting on the
Board, I have demonstrated my
effectiveness raising issues that are
important to both students and the
institution. I was heavily involved
inthe bachelor of international economics discussions, leading to a total
tuition savings of over $550,000 per
year for students without sacrificing
the original scope ofthe program.
If re-elected, I will continue being a
strong voice for students.
4. The University Act requires me
by law to represent the best interests
ofthe university. However, the best
interests ofthe university are oftentimes in line with those of students.
The few times that their interests
diverge, a strong student Board member is needed to get each side to meet
in the middle. A poor relationship
between the students and administration can often hurt each side more
than the issue itself.
5. Tuition canbe higher for programs if data supports higher career
salaries resulting in faster student
loan repayment. Tuition can be lower
if the province covers program costs
for job demand in a field. Differential
tuition between grad and undergrad
students (cross-subsidization) can
occur if investing in our research and
technology sector is a priority. Differential tuition is not okay if used to
discourage student enrolment in certain programs or if there is no valid
reason for the respective difference.
6. The Bridge to UBC program is
meant to increase the diversity of our
campus and increase accessibility to
international students who would
otherwise not have access. The
Board must communicate reasons
for running this program and must
not financially over-commit to a
program that may rapidly become
obsolete. Online courses follow a
shift in education towards virtual
space. It will broaden the scope of
who UBC can educate and ensure
UBC's current learning model does
not become obsolete. One program
helps us stay relevant now, and the
other will ensure we remain relevant
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SENATE
YOUR ACADEMIC ADVOCATES
Eleven candidates with similar platforms are competing
for five spots on Senate.
The candidates all want to improve student mental health, implement an exam database and be part
ofthe move towards online courses.
Incumbent Senate candidate
and AMS VP Academic Kiran
Mahal is already working on
the exam database and pushing for better student mental
health. She said she should be
re-elected so she can continue her
ongoing projects.
Philip Edgecumbe, a second-
year MD/Ph.D. student, has served
two terms on Senate, giving him
valuable experience.
Mahal, second-year political
science student Yaniv Pereslavsky
and second-year Ph.D. student
Natalie Marshall all want to find a
way to give students recognition for
extracurricular activities.
"I think that when, for ex
ample, an employer or a graduate
school is looking at an undergraduate's transcript to get a
sense of who they are and what
they excel in, it's not just about
grades," said Marshall.
As the university moves towards
new forms of online courses and
lecture capture, just what shape
courses will take is a big issue on
Senate. While all ofthe candidates
want to be a part ofthe discussion
surrounding online courses, few
have their own ideas.
All ofthe candidates included
looking at midterm teaching evaluations in their platform. Third-year
geography student Anne Kessler
has her own take on teaching
evaluations: she wants to create
a representative from each class
who would report to the department head about the progress of
the course.
First-year political science
student Austin Erhardt is the
only candidate to make financial awards the focus of his
platform. Although he would
have little control over awards
policies, he wants more options
to be available in the wake
ofthe loss ofthe President's
Entrance Scholarship.
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crowd. XI
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1. Has broad-based
admissions achieved its
goal? Should UBC keep
broad-based admissions,
and if so, should the
program be altered and
how?
2. Do you support
continuing to admit B.C.
and Yukon students based
on their Grade n marks?
Why?
3. Which existing Senate
projects will you continue
to work on? What new
ideas will you bring to
Senate?
Natalie Marshall
Second-year Ph.D.
1. The broad-based admissions
process at UBC has certainly made
progress towards recognizing excellent UBC applicants beyond just
grades. Its implementation across
UBC faculties may usher in a new
generation of well-rounded students
who will contribute to the community at UBC and at large. In these
ways, broad-based admissions has
achieved its goal, and for the same
reasons it will be beneficial to UBC
and should be kept. Broad-based
admissions could be improved by
giving extracurricular and leadership experiences of applicants more
weight, since these traits are valuable to students and the university.
2. Yes, I support admitting B.C.
and Yukon students based on
Grade 11 marks because it allows
UBC to offer admission at a much
earlier time than if they based
admission on Grade 12 marks and
had to wait for those grades to be
released. This also makes UBC
more competitive with other Canadian universities. Offers for UBC
admission which are conditional
upon Grade 12 marks still allow for
sufficient examination of student
performance in their final year of
high school
3.1 will continue the initiative
for an exam database for students
and earlier exam date release,
working with UBC faculty to
develop a policy with which
students, faculty and the university can agree. I understand
the value of such databases, as I
attended a university where one
was available.
A central part of my platform
is to recognize student involvement. Beyond the broad-based
admissions process, I'd like to
work with the Student Senate
Caucus on the development of
co-curricular transcripts to formally document student extracurricular, volunteer, leadership
and professional development.
This transcript addition would be
valuable for scholarship assessments, potential employers and
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I would like to pursue providing course credit for co-curricular involvement and working
with other Canadian universities
[that] have similar programs
in place.
I would like to develop a more
effective ground-up approach for
course feedback.
I have two years' experience representing students and
redeveloping undergraduate
programs, courses and curricula
at my alma mater, and would like
to work with the curriculum,
academic policy, and teaching
and learning committees to bring
something similar to UBC.
Anne Kessler
Third-year Arts
1. Broad-based admissions have
certainly brought in a more diverse
set of students this year. However,
I believe it is too early to properly
evaluate the program. The success
of broad-based admissions depends
on how successful these students
are at university, academically,
socially and within extracurricular activities. It would be useful to
conduct a study to see both how
UBC benefits from this more diverse
group of students and how well
these students are doing at UBC.
2. Yes, I do. I think that for most students, their Grade 11 marks will be
representative of their intelligence
and hard work. However, some students struggle in high school but in
their later years improve significantly, meaning that they might not be
accepted with their Grade 11 marks
but would be on their Grade 12
marks. UBC needs to recognize this
and create a mechanism for these
students to apply based on their
better Grade 12 marks.
3.1 am very passionate about
many ofthe existing Senate
projects, including improving
the summer semester, the early
release of exam dates and the
creation of an exam database.
One potential idea is to pilot a
project, similar to what other
universities do, where each
class has a student representative. The representatives from
all, say, poli sci classes meet
with the head of the department
a couple times a term to discuss
how the class is going. This
allows students to voice their
opinion to a peer if they are not
comfortable speaking to the
professor, and this opinion can
then be voiced to the department head. This creates a more
local, ongoing type of feedback
on classes.
Jeff Abeysekera
Ph.D. student
1. Yes, and I think UBC should
keep the program. I support
co-curricular recognition by UBC
and believe that UBC should be
striving to recruit and develop
well-rounded individuals. I think
we need to continue to monitor
the program and make changes as
necessary. One addition that could
be made is including co-curricular
involvement on transcripts.
2. Yes. In some cases Grade 12
marks may not be available at the
time of application. In these cases
it is critical to get the information.
Generally I think the more information available for evaluating
students, the better. Students have
been informed ofthe inclusion of
Grade 11 marks, so there should be
no surprises.
3.1 will continue to work on the
mental health initiatives inthe
Senate. Specifically, I would like
to re-open the debate on Policy
J-102 on exam hardship, possibly
extending hardship to include
mid-terms or term papers. I also
support a later withdrawal date
and an exam database to help reduce student stress. In addition,
I would like to see some change
in course evaluations: making the
results available to all students,
allowing students to provide
input on designing questions
and encouraging departments to
make questions specific to course
goals to ensure that they are
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Austen Erhardt
First-year Arts
1. Student engagement is cited as
one ofthe primary goals for broad-
based admissions, and Sauder, the
first faculty to implement broad-
based admissions, has seen notable
rises in measures of engagement in
various areas, such as participation
inthe CUS [Commerce Undergadu-
ate Society]. Though additional
research would be necessary to
determine the exact impacts ofthe
wide implementation of broad-
based admissions, the policy has led
to new UBC students being more
well-rounded — [which is] reflected
in Sauder's research — and has
allowed for the admittance of some
students with lower GPAs who are
very involved in extracurriculars,
contributing to UBC's diversity.
Though the program is a step in
the right direction, the university
should ensure that the program
does not become viewed as a necessary part of admission; people who
excel in academics shouldn't be, or
feel, valued less than those who are
ardent volunteers, and those who
are, for varying reasons, unable to
volunteer, should not be penalized.
2.1 agree with the decision to have
used Grade 11 marks for admittance
during the 2012 BCTF job action,
but I believe that the policy of using
Grade 11 grades to offer early admission should be revisited. The use of
both Grade 11 and 12 marks better
reflect the ability of a student to
maintain grades (and may more accurately represent academic ability),
but this is countered by the fact that
Grade 12 marks display the result
of students' years of education to
that point. One approach that would
make the process more acceptable
(and has already been discussed) is
to make offers conditional (beyond
meeting the minimum GPA requirement), to ensure that those who
should be admitted, are.
3.1 would like to continue work
on the entire undergraduate
admissions process (including
broad-based admissions and the
use of Grade 11 marks). Regarding
new ideas, my primary focus is on
investigating current scholarship
distribution and achieving equitable scholarship distribution. The
removal ofthe President's Entrance
Scholarship has had a detrimental
impact on many new students, and
there are significant disparities
between faculties and disciplines —
even extracurriculars — in terms of
available scholarships, which I plan
to address.
Yaniv Pereyaslavsky
Second-year Arts
1. I'm a staunch supporter of broad-
based admissions; however, the
goals ofthe program are much more
far-reaching than the single class
of 2016. The goal of broad-based
admission is to bring in a more
diverse range of students, students
who would be more inclined to be
involved on campus. However, if
we're accepting students based on
oranges, why are we evaluating
them with apples? If as a school
we've made it clear that we value
extracurricular diversity, we should
be reflecting that value in transcripts and official recognition. The
extreme amount of effort put in by
students involved in extracurricular activities goes unrecognized by
the university, and for many, the
trade-off in time won't be worth it
if UBC doesn't seem to value the
diverse work done once a student is
in the university.
2. High school education in the
province is an unfortunate situation. The strike situation has not
happened as a result of student
action, so those students should not
be punished. UBC has stated that
the program is meant to recognize
those who achieved well in Grade
11 without excluding those who
only picked up the slack in their
senior year. I'm wary, however, that
students may fall through the cracks
ofthe system. Some who deserve to
be here may not be accepted. The
system in place at UBC may not be
ideal, but inthe interim, while the
high school level is so severely damaged, I support it.
3.1 believe that the identification
of students' mental health as an
issue is one ofthe most important
steps UBC has made inthe last
five years. Like with any issue of
mental health, however, we need
to be treating the causes and not
the symptoms. In order to combat
issues of mental health, we need to
focus on platforms like the exam
database and the effort to announce
exams earlier, as well as pushing the
drop deadline back inthe semester.
Allowing students to better plan and
prepare for the exam season can
alleviate one ofthe core causes of
stress on students.
Nina Karimi
Third-year Arts
1. Broad-based admissions has
achieved the goal of having all university students admitted with the
use of supplementals and not just
grades. However, we will not know
the full extent to which it will aid in
creating a more well-rounded student body, which is an asset continually preferred in the job force, until
this class graduates in 2016.1 believe
admitting students with a combination of experience and grades is
amazing and will produce a more
involved and less apathetic student
body. Because broad-based admissions for all incoming students is at
its beginning stages, there needs to
be extra care taken to ensure that
this now "subjective" process is in
continual review to ensure applicants are examined fairly.
2.1 do support continuingto admit
all students based on Grade 11
marks. It keeps us up to par with
competing universities because we
are now able to send out admission
letters earlier, and it also promotes
equity as students across Canada
can now use the same grades. Although it was a very last-minute and
temporary measure at first, with
Policy J-52, it is evolving and will
continue to evolve into the accepted
norm for secondary school students
hoping to attend UBC. Although the
issue of "adequate notice" was problematic at first, as long as admission
information is relayed to students,
Grade 11 marks can be just as telling.
3.1 wish to continue working on the
exam database, summer course vari-
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release date. Senate is slow moving,
which means these current issues
will most likely carry over to the
next year, and with my determination and fresh perspective I will try
to see these policy changes through.
In terms of new ideas, I will promote dual degrees being viewed as
more of a viable option for first-
years and other students to consider,
as well as creating a feedback
process/mechanism for the Senate
and AMS to receive direct student
opinions and criticism. I would also
like to open/continue discussion on
a scholarship for incoming students
to replace the recently removed
President's Entrance Scholarship
(replacement with financial aid).
Kiran Mahal
Fifth-year Science
1.1 think broad-based admissions is
a great initiative and will help UBC
attract and admit well-rounded students. Something I have been vocal
about is the need to make the principles behind broad-based admissions
more than just an admissions issue.
If we are admitting students to
UBC based on their profile beyond
academics, we are sending a strong
signal about valuing the whole
candidate, not just their transcript.
But as soon as they get to UBC, we
continue to judge students solely on
their academic profile. There needs
to be a campus-wide discussion
about how we support students in
being well-rounded throughout
their university career and not just
for the purposes of admissions.
2. Yes. It makes sense from the
standpoint of offering admissions
decisions in a timely manner in line
with most other Canadian institutions. Under this policy, Grade 11
marks are only used when Grade 12
grades are not available.
Most post-secondary institutions across Canada, and even in
B.C., already do this successfully. UBC has communicated this
decision widely to high schools
in B.C. well in advance ofthe
policy coming into effect and has
received positive feedback. Prospective students are aware and
can prepare accordingly. There is
still a process for appeals and later
admission decisions as a safeguard
for prospective students who may
need them.
3. Students need continuity on
Senate. If re-elected, I will continue
to work on the projects I brought
forward to the Senate committees
I served on this year, includingthe
exam database, lecture capture,
recognizing student involvement and promoting a healthful
academic environment.
Elaine Kuo
Fifth-year, unclassified
1.1 would be hesitant to say broad-
based admissions has definitely
achieved its goal. I think broad-
based admissions is a good idea that
should be continued at UBC, but
improvements need to be made.
Students often resort to stating
false experiences in their applications, so I think prospective
students should have to provide references (including contact information) for any extracurricular activities they were involved in. It would
require more work on the part ofthe
admissions office, but it would ensure that UBC is actually admitting
the most well-rounded students.
2.1 support continuingto admit
B.C. and Yukon students based on
Grade 11 marks because I do not
believe marks from four Grade 12
courses are adequate to demonstrate
students' academic success. It gives
students the idea that they only have
to study hard in four courses in order
to be admitted into UBC. Comparing
a student's Grade 11 marks to his
or her Grade 12 marks when they
are available gives a better indication of whether the student truly
excels academically.
3.1 would love to sit on the Curriculum Committee in Senate to
approve new courses and degrees. I would also like to engage
with faculty representatives in
discussions on Massive Open
Online Courses and establishing
the logistics of online learning
technology. As an immigrant
with family in another country, I
understand the trials and tribulations of students who often have
to make travel plans and students
who worry about their family
members' wellbeing. I would love
to lobby on behalf of students like
me for earlier release of exam dates
and amendments to the criteria for
academic concession.
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NEED LEGAL HELP?
Six seats, six candidates.
The race for Student
Legal Fund Society (SLFS)
Board of Directors is all
but already decided this year.
Nevertheless, the candidates are
still at the mercy of UBC students'
yes/no votes to be acclaimed in
their positions.
The SLFS takes in $1 per
student each year in order to help
students in legal trouble. This
year's candidates — Aaron Sihota,
Barnabas Caro, Roshak Momta-
hen, Dawei Ji, Jordan Stewart
and JJ MacLean — are all part
ofthe Students for Responsible
Leadership (SRL) slate. This slate
has dominated the SLFS board in
recent years, save for one seat lost
to an upstart (and now defunct)
left-leaning slate last year.
After the election, SRL veteran
Sihota said, they plan to continue
holding small, low-cost Know Your
Rights workshops on campus.
"There's been a demand recently for academic rights as well,"
said Sihota.
The SLFS emerged inthe aftermath ofthe 1997 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit held
on UBC campus. Hundreds of students were arrested in the pepper
spray-soaked protests surrounding the summit, and many of them
had trouble paying their legal fees.
So the AMS created a fund to help
students in legal distress.
"A lot of students found
themselves in a situation where
their rights were violated," said
Momtahen, a new and unusually
progressive addition to the SRL
slate. "There was no real mechanism for students as a whole to have
their legal concerns put forward,
[so a] referendum established this
society."
Since then, though, the SLFS
has moved away from reimbursing
small-potatoes legal fees. And the
SRL slate has insisted on keeping
keeping hundreds of thousands of
dollars in the bank in case a big,
precedent-setting legal case needs
the money.
"We're in for mindful spending," Sihota said. "We're ensuring
that the fund is available and
intact for a big case that comes to
the court, because legal expenses
are very costly." Sihota argued that
financing a single Supreme Court
case could cost up to $100,000.
But not all members ofthe SRL
slate are as frugal as Sihota. Fellow
candidate Caro (another SRL
newcomer) said he hopes to spend
more ofthe nearly $50,000 they'll
take in this year. "We are really
goingto actively use the resources
available to us to try and reach out
to people," he said.
So despite SRL's reputation for
penny-pinching, the addition of
new, less conservative members
like Momtahen and Caro might
result in a major overhaul of this
year's budget.
"A slate is made up by the people
who are working inside of it," said
Caro, who hopes to "help make
things happen next year." Xi
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Aaron Sihota, Barnabas Caro,
Roshak Momtahen, Dawei Ji,
Jordan Stewart and JJ Maclean
make up the Students for Responsible Leadership slate.
1. The money given to the Student Legal Fund Society (SLFS)
generally sits untouched every
year. How much does the Students for Responsible Leadership (SRL) slate plan to spend
this year?
The SLFS has a mandate to use
avenues ofthe law to "improve
education and access to education
at UBC and other such matters of
law that set broad precedent." As
such, we believe SLFS directors
have a responsibility to ensure
that the society has the financial
means to pursue large precedent-setting (and very expensive)
cases. However, we at SRL also
recognize the need to re-engage
students with the work ofthe
SLFS and to pursue more legal
opinions in matters of importance
to students, potentially regarding
issues like freedom of information
and copyright. Overall, SRL seeks
to keep expenses below the annual
intake from student fees, but we
also recognize that major court
cases will require us to spend
beyond that extent.
2. Would you put the money
toward a court case hoping to
open up the records of UBC's
wholly owned corporations?
We at SRL recognize the need for
such a case and would likely pursue it, pending approval from the
society's litigation committee.
3. What's your take on the SLFS
having funded seminars on UBC
campus with David Eby after he
stepped down as head ofthe B.C.
Civil Liberties Association and
began to shift into campaigning
as an NDP candidate in Point
Grey?
David Eby remains probably the
best-known civil rights lawyer
and activist in B.C. Considering
his success in drawing a relatively
high turnout at the SLFS Know
Your Rights workshop earlier this
year, we at SRL would be open to
working again with Eby in funded
seminars, up until the official
election period.
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REFERENDUM TIME
Renewing the U-Pass. Adding seats to
AMS Council. Giving money to the Bike Coop. Lowering the attendance needed for a
general meeting.
You can vote on a lot of things aside from your
next student government. Here's a breakdown
of this year's referendum questions.
Changes to the U-Pass,
a new student fee and
AMS policy changes are
some ofthe referendum
questions asked on the
ballot in this year's AMS elections.
The first referendum question proposes the continuation
ofthe U-Pass at a higher cost. If
approved, the monthly cost ofthe
pass will rise from the current $30
to $35 in May 2013, $36.75 in May
2014 and $38 in May 2015.
If the changes are not approved,
UBC students will no longer be
eligible for the U-Pass program.
The second question focuses
on bringing direct democracy
back to the AMS. Currently, 1,000
students need to be in one room
at one time to reach quorum for a
general meeting. The AMS wants
to lower quorum to make general meetings more feasible. The
proposed threshold for quorum
is 500 students, or one per cent of
the student population, whichever
is greater.
A trio of changes involving the
AMS are included in the third referendum question. The first part
would change the schedule ofthe
AMS executive turnover, allowing
the executive term to run from the
beginning of May to the end ofthe
following April. It would become
effective inthe 2014 AMS elections.
The second part involves giving
schools affiliated with UBC a voting seat on AMS Council. Students
at the Vancouver School of Theology, Regent College and St. Mark's
College are all AMS members, but
their AMS representatives are not
eligible to vote at Council.
"All these people pay AMS
fees [and] are able to vote in AMS
elections and referendums just like
any other member; the only thing
that's different is that they don't
have a voting seat on Council," said
AMS President Matt Parson. "We
saw that it would be appropriate to
give them that right."
Rounding out this referendum
question is the proposal to entrench the AMS endowment fund.
The AMS builds up their endowment fund so interest can be used
to pay for student services.
"It's ultimately a mechanism to
give the AMS a bit more stability
in a financial sense," said Parson.
The fourth referendum
question involves housekeeping
changes to AMS bylaws. Since
the changing of AMS bylaws has
proven difficult, many of their
rules no longer reflect current
practices or are considered appropriate for societies registered
under the Society Act of B.C. This
question is designed to update the
outdated bylaws.
The final referendum question asks students if they wish
to approve a new $1 student fee
for the AMS Bike Co-op, which
would allow them to improve their
services to cyclists on campus.
The fee would come into effect on
Sept. 1 and could be refundable
upon request.
"Even if someone is never going
to ride a bike, I think that dollar
is going to a right place," said
Lucas Gallagher, manager ofthe
Bike Kitchen.
Voting for the referendum
questions starts on Jan. 21 and will
close at 5 p.m. on Jan. 25. All the
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