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Funding to
dictate rise
in tuition
Uncertainty forces
tuition proposal to be
delayed until May
by Sarah Bourdon
A minimal increase in tuition fees can be
expected if UBC receives a $25 million funding
grant from the provincial government, according to university officials. Without the funding,
UBC could face many challenges next year, said
VP Students Brian Sullivan in a presentation to
AMS Council last Wednesday.
The $25 million is what UBC estimates it
would receive as part of a $50 million request
for all BC universities from The University
Presidents' Council.
The university's commitments for the
upcoming school year have been estimated at
around $34 million, according to Sullivan. A
funding letter UBC received two years ago indicates that UBC will receive $7 million in additional funding and with the extra $25 million
requested, most of the commitment funding
needs will be met
"If we found a full $25 million from the
province, we've closed most of that gap and a
very modest tuition increase could make up the
rest," said Sullivan. "But a...cost-of-Hving tuition
increase without a grant from the province will
leave us hi a very difficult situation."
In the recent throne speech, the provincial
government announced plans to link tuition
with inflation, a plan that could prove challenging for UBC if the province does not increase
the operating grant provided to the school
"We know what the public policy intention
is, but we don't know how long this might be in
place or exactly what the legislation might be,"
explained Sullivan. "The university is quite prepared to respect public policy, that's why we
have elected governments. The issue is to make
sure we can still function as an institution and
that we don't allow the quality of experience for
students to deteriorate."
Administrators have their fingers crossed as
they await a response from the government,
hoping to avoid the decline in educational quality caused by the last tuition freeze put in place
by the NDP government, explained Sullivan.
"As long as the funding is made up for in
some way or another through the grant mechanism, the government can obviously bring a
policy like this," he said. "The present concern
and the fiiture concern would be if we're in a situation where that possibility for bringing new
revenue in, namely tuition, is severely restricted and there is no further response from the
government on the operating grant That would
be very, very difficult"
The Ministry of Advanced Education did not
respond to the Ubyssey by press time.
Since it is unlikely the university will receive
immediate word on the funding, student tuition
consultation will likely be less extensive compared to efforts in previous years, explained
Sullivan at the AMS Council meeting.
"To be fair, consultation being minimal is.
See "25million"page 2.
Tuesday, 1 March, 2005
Vol.LXXXVI   N°39
by Dan McRoberts
The UBC Athletics fee will increase by two per
cent for the next academic year, as the
Department of Athletics continues to freeze
user fees for UBC REC programs.
The athletics fee has increased every year
since the Liberal government lifted the tuition
freeze in 2001. After increases of 19, ten and
five per cent over the past three years, this
year's increase will see the per student cost
grow from $169.15 to $172.53.
"The two per cent increase covers the cost
of Hving for our program," said UBC Athletics
Director Bob Philip. The fee increase will be
part of the Athletics budget that will be
reviewed and approved at the March meeting
of UBC's Board of Governors.
As the universal fee has increased, the
Department of Athletics has frozen the user
fees charged to students who register in UBC
REC events or use the Student Recreation
Centre. This year's small fee increase is necessary in order to maintain user fees at their current level, Philip said.
"The long range plan is to reduce fees," he
said. "It would be minimal for each person to
do that now, but when we can make a significant reduction, we will."
The user fee freeze forced the department
to reevaluate its business operations and fee
levels for community users, Philip said. These
adjustments are paying off with increased
profitability, which has helped the department
keep this year's Athletics fee increase to a
With the UBC REC program organising
eight league sports with 7,500 student participants the program is well-used, according to
Michael Tan, business operations manager for
"These people are coming through our facilities about once a week," said Tan. There are
a significant number of drop- Nbne in users
for the court space and the workout centre in
the SRC as well.
On-campus recreation facilities will need to
be expanded in the near future, Philip acknowledged, as the current gym and workout centres
are often filled to capacity.
"The SRC is just so successful that it is over-
crowded...You can't get any more teams into rec
See "Athletics"page 2.
"The SRC is just so successful
-Bob Philip
UBC Athletics Director
Teachers question
grade ten provincial
exam use
by Sara Norman
As high school students start gearing
up for provincial exams, some BC
teachers are concerned about the use
of such testing in grade ten.
For some students, provincial
exams marks are the deciding factor
on which university they go to, if they
get scholarships or whether or not
they are admitted to university at all.
For those in grade ten, this provincial
exam season will be the first of three
years of such tests.
On January 25, 2005, Vancouver
School Board (VSB) Chairperson
Adrienne Montani sent a letter to
BC Minister of Education Tom
Christiansen urging the elimination
of the grade ten examinations.
The grade ten provincial exams
are in their second year of implementation and are causing many students to fret about getting into university. However, they needn't.
When looking at
marks, universities
across Canada are
still only focusing
on the grade eleven
and twelve marks
and they have no
plans to change.
When it comes
to awards, however, marks can be
looked at as far back as grade ten.
Thus, students who have a less than
stellar grade ten year may still suffer.
Christy Clark, the former BC education minister who spearheaded the
implementation of grade ten exams,
said that these exams should not
have so much weight put onto them.
"Exams give you a snapshot as to
how kids are doing on one day...I
think universities should look at
more than marks," said Clark. "If
UBC, SFU and UVIC want to be
among the great schools, they'll have
to [change their admissions]
Helen Samson, assistant registrar
pro tern for UBC Admissions stated
that the university does not intend to
change admission requirements to
include the review of grade ten
provincials. UVic, SFU, U of A,
University of Saskatchewan,
University of PEL, and the University
of Manitoba also have no plans to
begin considering the exam results.
The only university contacted that
actually looked at grade ten was
McGill, which mainly considers senior level marks for admissions.
In her letter, Montani argues that
the exams may have a negative
impact on students in grade ten.
"Grade ten should be a time for
exploration. Students at that age are
still quite vulnerable...We fear that
the exams may heighten the risk of
school failure."
Clark stands by the decision to
implement the exams.
"The purpose (of grade ten exams)
is to recognise that most high schools
are now grade ten to twelve... [The
See "Grade ten"page 2. 2 News
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BC electoral reform goes to referendum in May
Single Transferable Vote system would empower voters, supporters say
by Andi Bergen
VICTORIA (CUP)-British Columbia's
Citizens' Assembly on Electoral
Reform says the new electoral system
it is proposing will improve the practice of democracy in the province.
"Election results will be fairer,
reflecting a balance between votes
and seats. Voters will have more
choice and candidates will work
harder to earn their support,* says
the final report of the Citizens'
Assembly, Making Every Vote Count:
The Case for Electoral Reform in
British Columbia.
After deliberating for 11 months,
the group—made up of 160 randomly selected BC residents—has recommended a Single Transferable Vote
(STV) system. During the provincial
election in May, BC voters will
decide whether or not to adopt the
new system.
If implemented, STV will change
the way residents are represented:
there will be a clear balance
between the popular vote and the
seats a party gets in government.
That means if 60 per cent of the
population vote for the Liberal
party, then roughly 60 per cent of
the seats will go to the Liberals, a
significant change from the current system where the Liberals
control over 90 per cent of the
seats with less than 60 per cent of
the total votes.
The disproportionately high
number of white, middle-class men
in the legislature will likely be
adjusted as well.
"There will also be more pressure on parties to have balance in
nominations in terms of gender
and in terms of visible minorities,*
said Norman Ruff, an associate pro
fessor of political science at the
University of Victoria.
Smaller parties will also be able
to get seats. "More people will vote
for them as a first preference. You
won't have that kind of strategic voting pressure that you have now,"
said Ruff.
Another change will be the size of
constituencies. Each constituency
will elect two to seven representatives. But their size will increase so
the current number of 79 representatives will not change.
Without having multiple member ridings, it would not be possible
to achieve proportionality in each
riding, said James Lawson, an assistant professor of political science at
the university.
But it is not all about the parties
and members of the legislative
assembly. The electoral reform is
designed to benefit voters.
"If you really want to empower
individual voters, this is the best system," said Ruff.
This is especially true for supporters of relatively small parties
who currently have no representation in government. Through this,
proponents say, governments will
be more accountable and will be
forced to accept compromises, as
they will have to consider the policy
positions of several other parties.
The new system will also change
the way ballots are cast. In a STV system, voters rank candidates according to preference.
"STV allows each and every voter
the chance to say not only which candidate is their favourite, but also to
rank a number of less favourite candidates,* said Lawson. "In other
words, who you could live with and
not just who you desperately want to
represent you."
Ruff points out candidates will be
"a lot nicer to each other" because
they are trying to pick.up the voters'
second and third preferences.
As a result, counting the votes
will become more complex.
Candidates will have to obtain a certain number of votes to get elected.
If no candidate reaches this quota
after the first count, then the candidate with the least votes gets
People who voted for the eliminated candidate will then have their
vote transferred to their next preference. In the case a candidate
exceeds the quota, votes are then
redistributed to the other candidates
according to the next preference. By
redistributing votes according to
preference, the system strives to
ensure no vote will be "wasted."
After dropping several candidates and relocating votes from one
candidate to the other, the victorious
candidates are those most accepted
by voters in the constituency.
In other countries that use such
systems "people have a sense that
their vote counts, their choice really
counts, that their vote won't be wasted and that increases the probability
of a higher turnout," said Ruff.
In order for the new system to be
adopted, at least 60 per cent of the
voters in BC need to vote in favour of
it, as well as a simple majority in 60
per cent of the ridings. Any
Canadian citizen over the age of 18
who has been Hving in BC for at least
six months can vote in both the referendum and the election.
The Citizens' Assembly has also
recommended, if electoral reform is
accepted, the effectiveness of the
system be reviewed with the involvement of ordinary citizens after three
elections. BI
$25 million in government cash required to meet UBC commitments
"25 million" from page 7.
in a large part, not the university's
fault," said Alma Mater Society
(AMS) President Spencer Keys in
response to Sullivan's presentation. "Unless they have a budget letter, there's only so much they can
do in terms of planning.
"The budget itself was already prepared and sealed up before the
[provincial government's] throne
speech," added Keys. "You can tell by
the numbers that there is a significant disconnect in terms of what the
throne speech wants to do and what
the university budget wants to do,
and until that disconnect is resolved,
it's not just students who are in
limbo, it's the university itself."
The student society executive will
be working to communicate with the
university as decisions are made to
ensure that students are informed
throughout the process, said Keys.
"We do not want an unnecessary
tuition increase," he explained. "It's
all quite up in the air and we feel our
job right now is to just make sure we
are informed as soon as the university does get that budget letter and that
we are also informed once a proposal has been put together.
"We're going to press hard to get
that information as soon as possible,"
he added. "At the very least we hope
[UBC administrators] will come to
council, that they will talk about it
with council and we can provide
appropriate feedback."
Though Sullivan expressed hope
at Wednesday's AMS Council meeting of presenting a tuition proposal
to the Board of Governors in
March, that possibility has since
been ruled out, according to
Michelle Aucoin, executive coordinator at the VP Students' office.
"There are a lot of implementation
issues that are not resolved," Aucoin
explained, adding that student consultation is needed and that the university administration hopes to present a
proposal to the Board in May. HI
Two per cent athletics fee increase will go toward UBC REC programs
"Athletics" from page 7.
leagues or fit anyone else into the
gym," Philip said.
The new Winter Sports Centre
soon to be built on South Campus
may include space to accommodate the increased demand for
recreational space.
"As for adding artificial fields, a
new tennis centre or adding to the
SRC, those things are further away,"
Philip said. "But it should happen
sooner or later."
These projects will likely rely on
significant fundraising efforts, not
major increases to the Athletics fee,
Philip said. IB
Most Canadian universities consider only grade eleven and twelve marks
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"Grade ten" from page 7.
ministry of education] wanted to
make it more flexible for kids so they
can take grade eleven courses in
grade ten."
Students were able to take grade
eleven courses in grade ten before
the exams were implemented.
However, when informed that students in grade ten were formerly
given exams in English, math and science before standardised provincials
came into effect and those exams
were not always worth the 20 per
cent that the provincials were, Clark
replied, "the difference for the [education] system is that some kids
wouldn't get those exams."
When contacted, Christiansen
confirmed that he does not intend to
change the current exams.
"The number of exams and exam
sessions, the subjects and grade levels, the weighting, the various
processes have all been thought
through," said Christiansen, adding
that the exams are not particularly
important in terms of admittance to
"Post secondary institutions seem
to be moving to using broader criteria for admission." II
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News 3
New provincial ID theft
prevention measures set
Law restricts how the
private sector collects,
uses and discloses
personal information
by Jenn Cameron
In an ongoing effort to find new
ways to secure and protect the personal information of British
Columbians from identity theft,
the Office of the Information and
Privacy Commissioner for British
Columbia (OIPC) is now holding
private sector organisations
responsible for securing any personal information they receive
from their customers.
As a critical part of the Personal
Information Protection Act that
was put into force in January
2004, the step is in response to
the growing number of cases of
identity theft both in BC and the
rest of Canada.
"[The Personal Information
Protection Act] is intended to create a level playing field," said Mary
Carlson, director of OIPC. "It establishes a certain set of rules that
private sector organisations must
abide by."
The Act places requirements
and restrictions on how private
sector organisations collect, use
and disclose personal information
based on the sensitivity and circumstances of that information.
According to Carlson, this ensures
that businesses treat personal
information with care and only
use it for reasonable purposes.
"There has to be a sense of reliability/ said Carlson.
"[Businesses] are custodians of
personal information. They don't
own it," she added, explaining that
businesses must take specific
steps to protect any personal information they are privileged to.
Such steps include requiring
private sector associations to
acquire consent to use personal
information in the form of a formal application, and allowing customers to have access to their
information upon request.
Private sector privacy laws
such as this one are being implemented globally due to rising
demand from consumers that
there be some control over the
information they provide in order
to receive the services these businesses offer, said Carlson.
"In Canada alone there are over
300,000 associations that collect,
use and disclose the personal
information of their customers.
"[Businesses] must make sure
the information they collect is
accurate and complete as per what
they require it for," Carlson said,
adding that in accordance with the
act, a specific person within an
association must be appointed
with the task of caring for the personal information of customers.
"Recently in Alberta, several
companies, such as Linens and
Things, were throwing out applications for credit cards in the dump-
ster, and there's lots of information on those things," said Carlson,
maintaining that privacy laws
such as this one are important
measures in preventing these
types of oversights.
Public sector institutions such
as UBC are governed by similar
regulations under the Freedom of
Information and Protection of
Privacy Act. University Counsel
Hubert Lai explained that UBC has
been following the guidelines set
out by this act for over ten years.
"We have a fairly stringent set
of protocols and fairly elaborate
mechanisms for ensuring the privacy of students," he said.
In the event that personal information is leaked out, Carlson said
that the association that lost the
information has to notify consumers, and undergo an investigation from the OIPC.
"We regularly investigate companies where consumer information has gone out and attempt to
"What I've
learned from the
whole process is
that if you want
TO [STEAL someone's identity],
it's really easy."
-Brynn Anderson
Identity theft victim
find out how the information was
compromised—whether security
was slack, or if it was hacked into
without the fault of the companies," she said, emphasising the
importance of fraud prevention.
Identity theft is not limited to
companies leaking customer information.
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Brynn Anderson was a victim of
identity theft when her wallet was
stolen—by the next day, the thieves
had charged $700 to her company
credit card and $200 to her personal credit card.
"I probably spent 20 to 30
hours a week for the next four
weeks trying to sort everything
out," said Anderson. "One time the
cops even showed up at my
Anderson explained that the
people who stole her cards
attempted to use her identity to
open a chequing account and to
buy a car, as well as attempting
other minor charges. The thieves
could have potentially cost
Anderson over $30,000 had she
not taken action by contacting
credit bureaus.
Carlson and her coworkers at
OIPC try to make sure people like
Anderson are able to take the right
steps when their identities are
The OIPC and the RCMP are a
part of the Fraud Prevention
Forum, where they work with
other groups with similar goals to
trade ideas and platforms in order
to raise awareness in an effective
"If you ever find out that your
identity has been stolen, contact
the credit bureaus right away,"
warned Anderson. "What I've
learned from the whole process is
that if you want to [steal someone's identity], it's really easy."
Carlson agreed: "It's a very
messy problem to clean up once
your credit rating has been compromised. You just don't know
what they've done." Il
Documentary shadows students
by Yumimi Pang
Alcohol. Sex. Studying. Independence. Roll it all into one and you get
the gist of John Zaiitsky's new documentary, College Days College
Nights, which follows the fives of 16
UBC undergraduate students during
the 2003-2004 school year.
Over 500 hours of tape filmed
by eight UBC film school interns
and Zaritsky's own professional
crew was combined with cast
members' video diaries and edited down to a 90-minute version—
the full documentary runs six
hours—that was screened for a
packed theatre at the Chan Centre
on Saturday evening.
The condensed version features seven of the student cast
members, who, as Zaritsky intended, are representative of the student body in faculty, year, background, and interests.
"I was a college student myself so
many centuries ago," said Zaritsky,
an acclaimed filmmaker, whose
accolades include an Academy
Award in 1982 for documentary
filmmaking. "In so many ways,
things haven't changed. People party
and people study. They're still doing
the same things and still feeling the
way we did years ago."
Not only does the film herald
the excesses of college life with frat
parties, house parties, and sorority
girls in limos, but the film also
unfolds the multi-layer complexity
of student fife.
Students come to terms with their
cultural identity, like in the case of
Byron Lee who deals with his own
identity as a Korean raised in a
Western world. Or Surina Sproul
embracing her mixed Scottish/Irish
and Chinese heritage.
Mia Taghizadeh struggles with
the unexpected failure of her parents' marriage and, as a 19-year old,
has to deal with being an emotional
sounding board for her parents.
Others flirt with student poHtics
and deal with defeat like Spencer
LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU: John Zaritsky, documentary subject
Howie Wong, and Oscar, submitted photo
Keys, who had an uncanny knack for
perennially placing second in pubHc
speaking, debating, and even AMS
elections. (At film's end, Keys was
warmly applauded after the audience learned that he had finally been
elected AMS President.)
The brutal honesty of Lenny
Smith drew constant laughter for his
comments ranging from the pros
and cons of being in a relationship
to studying for his Japanese
"I just call them as I see them,"
Smith said.
Gideon Teo, an international student who struggles to balance
Christianity with student life in the
film, found being a documentary
subject challenging at times.
"The most difficult thing was
overcoming my personal fears,"
said Teo. "Because I knew that if I
wanted to do this, I would be vulnerable. And it hurts to be vulnerable."
Despite their fears, Teo and his
fellow cast members open their
Hves for intimate public perusal,
producing a whirlwind peek into the
Hves of students whose struggles,
wins and losses that reflect college
life here at UBC and beyond.
The fuU 6-hour version of
College Days College Nights runs on
the Documentary Channel on March
1, 2, 3 at 8pm. a
UBC Election Stock Market now open for business
by Will Keats-Osborn
UBC's business school is operating a
stock market based on the upcoming
provincial election to be used as both
a research and an educational tool.
The UBC-Election Stock Market
(UBC-ESM), organised by the Sauder
School of Business, is similar to the
actual stock market with one key difference—the ultimate value of the
stocks is based on the outcome of the
election. The stock market is one of
the most accurate predictors of election outcomes, according to Dr Tom
Ross, co-director of the UBC-ESM.
"We've been doing this since '93,
and the market has been doing pretty
well at predicting the shares of seats,"
said Ross, adding that UBC-ESM is
one of the only programs of its kind
that predicts seat distribution, rather
than popular vote. "We usuaUy beat
the polls."
During this particular election,
there are four markets: the Seats
Market, the Popular Vote Market, the
Majority Government Market, and
the Electoral Reform Referendum
The Seats Market is typically the
most popular and pays out according
to the number of seats each party
ends up with after the election. The
Popular Vote Market pays out accord
ing to the percentage of the popular
vote that each party receives. The
Majority and Referendum markets
pay out all or nothing depending on
whether or not a certain party ends
up with a majority, or whether or not
the referendum passes, respectively.
UBC-ESM is effective because
investors have a real financial stake
in getting their predictions right, said
Ross. If they invest in a party that is
unlikely to win, they face the risk of
losing most of their investment
In addition, the market is
designed to reflect almost real-time
changes in the predictions based on
events of the candidates' campaigns,
said Ross.
"If something big happens, our
markets will show its effect within
minutes," he explained.
The ESM is also a useful tool
for studying stock market and
trader behaviour. Using basic personal information that traders submit when opening an account, as
weU as optional on-fine surveys,
researchers can learn how people
trade with respect to their location,
their pofitical views and their financial standing.
Since the market was built entirely from scratch, researchers are
intimately familiar with the way it
works and can apply that familiarity
to assess the mechanics of its
"It's a way to introduce...students
to basic economics/ Ross said, pointing out that at the same time students are gaining experience in stock
markets, they are foHowing an election. "It's a nice, integrated way to
teach a bunch of things," he said,
explaining that he hopes to get high
schools interested in the program
as a multidisciplinary educational
Conceived of at the University of
Iowa in 1988, the Election Stock
Market program has been running
alongside various provincial and federal elections since 1993. It was
brought online for the first time in
1997, using software designed by Dr
Werner Antweiler of the Sauder
School of Business.
"We were the first of the markets
to have an online interface," said
Antweiler, referring to the similar
markets in Iowa.
The UBC-ESM is entirely nonprofit—the money paid out after the
election is exactly equivalent to the
total money invested, so while individual investors may earn or lose
money, there is no overall growth in
the market.
The market is open from 3 am to
11pm every day until May 16.
Participation is open to everyone,
and investments can range from $2 5
to $1,000. For more information,
visit http://esm.ubc.ca. 11 4 National
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The UBC campus community and members of neighbouring communities are invited
to provide feedback on the Strategic Transportation Plan (STP). The STP is a living
document for managing transportation at UBC in support of Trek 2010 and the
Official Community Plan.
The 1999 version of the STP needs to be updated to serve the changing
transportation needs of UBC's growing community. UBC's department of Campus
and Community Planning is facilitating this process.
We will have information on STP performance to date and feedback forms for your
comments and suggestions.
March 1, 2005, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Student Recreation Centre (SRC), East Gym &
6000 Student Union Boulevard
March 2, 2005, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
War Memorial Gym, Foyer "k
6081 University Boulevard
9c For directions to the open houses please visit www.maps.ubc.ca. Both locations
are conveniently adjacent the temporary trolley and diesel bus drop-off areas.
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Former Saddam official
gives thanks to US
by Monique Smith
Rashid Wihaib, former head of
protocol for Saddam Hussein,
spoke about life under Saddam's
regime and the prospects for the
new Iraq at Georgetown University
February 24.
Following a film that presented
eyewitness accounts and footage
of the brutality that persisted
under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, Wihaib took the stage to discuss his personal involvement
with Saddam.
Wihaib explained how he did
not choose to work under Saddam.
'Nobody chose to work for
Saddam; he chose you/ he said. If
people resisted, they not only
faced imprisonment, but their
families would often be tortured,
imprisoned or killed.
"I don't know how many times I
have been imprisoned, and I don't
know why I was/ Wihaib said.
Because Wihaib tried to resist
Saddam, his 80-year old mother
was also incarcerated but was
released after the fall of Saddam's
regime, he said.
Wihaib commented on Saddam's
support of terrorism, namely Osama
bin Laden's movement.
"Saddam was the only person
who was happy with bin Laden
after Sept. 11. He delivered a message to the Iraqi people that this
was the punishment of God on
America/ Wihaib said. "Saddam
thought that by supporting international terrorism he would weaken his enemies and strengthen
Wihaib is currently the chair of
the New Iraqi Green Party. His
party strongly supports the recent
elections and focuses on environmental restoration in light of so
much destruction.
Wihaib went on to express gratitude to the United States for its
intervention in Iraq.
"I came with a message from
the Iraqi people to thank the
American people for the support
and help they have given us to
hold our first election in modern
Iraq/ Wihaib said.
Wihaib said voting under the
old regime was virtually ineffective.
"If you refused to vote for
Saddam, you would be tortured
"Saddam was the
only person who was
happy with bin laden
after Sept. 11. He
delivered a message
to the Iraqi people
that this was the
punishment of god
on America"
-Haitham Rashid Wihaib
Former Iraqi head of protocol
and killed/ he said. At one time,
he said, the regime had over one
million informants throughout
Responding to a student's
query about those critical of the
United States' involvement in
Iraq, Wihaib said: "See what he left
after 35 years—he left us with
Wihaib described his hopes of
seeing universities and hospitals
develop in the new Iraqi state.
"With the help of a lot of countries,
we will rebuild Iraq/ he said.
He mentioned changes that
were already taking place: "For the
first time the children are reading
books that suit their minds and
their spirits, not books of hatred
and violence that Saddam had
Wihaib presented an Iraq that
was grateful for liberation. "Iraqis
are very happy with those who
have come to help. Iraqi people
will never accept a dictator
again. They have now felt democracy and they will not let it go/
he said. II
Tower reduction
The Greater Vancouver Regional
District (GVRD) board has accepted UBC's offer to reduce the height
of the nearest Marine Drive student residence tower by two
The university made the proposal in November in response to
concerns brought forward by the
Wreck Beach Preservation Society.
The group was worried that the
original design would create towers visible from the beach.
Under the terms of the design
amendment, the residence complex would include three 20-storey
towers and one 18 storey tower.
The GVRD has also asked that
the university undertake a com
prehensive consultation program
for the remaining phases of the
project. This comes on the heels of
the board requesting that UBC
release environmental assessments on the project to the public.
The reports were released and
indicated that the land on which
the towers will be built is seismically stable.
BoG newbies
The new faculty and staff representatives for UBC's Board of
Governors were announced
Andrew Irvine, a professor and
deputy head in the Department of
Philosophy at UBC, and Belle Dale-
Wills, the associate director of UBC
Facilities Services, were appointed
for a three-year term.
The 15-member board includes
the chancellor, President Martha
Piper, eight persons appointed by
the provincial government, two
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National 5
campaign underway
by Patrick Szpak
VICTORIA (CUP)-As Wal-Mart draws criticism for its continuing efforts to halt organised labour's attempts to gain a foothold in
its stores, one union says the retailer can't
stop them all.
The recently announced closing of a
store in Jonquiere, Quebec, will leave 190
employees without jobs in May.
The workers, who voted to unionise with
the United Food and Commercial Workers
in September 2004, had spent the last three
months in negotiations with Wal-Mart but
had failed to reach a coUective agreement.
Wal-Mart officials claimed the closure
had nothing to do with union negotiations
and the shutdown was due to the poor performance and lack of profitability of the
Jonquiere store.
"We were unable to reach an agreement
with the union that would have allowed the
store to operate efficiently and properly,"
said Kevin Groh, spokesperson for Wal-Mart
Tom Fawkes, director of communications for local 1518 of the UFCW in British
Columbia, was not surprised by the closure
of the Jonquiere outlet.
"Our members know that this corporation will do anything. They are capable of
anything," he said.
The UFCW is also attempting to unionise
workers in the tire and lube department of
the Langford, BC Wal-Mart.
Fawkes said the union was undaunted by
Wal-Mart's closure of its store in Quebec
and it would continue to battle for union
representation of Wal-Mart employees
across the country.
"We haven't slowed down any," said
Fawkes. "Whether it takes six months or six
years, it's inevitable" that Wal-Mart employees will have union representation.
The Jonquiere store was the first Wal-
Mart in North America to unionise and is
being followed by another Quebec Wal-Mart
in St-Hyacinthe.
The US- and Canada-based UFCW has
been waging a Canada-wide campaign to get
unions into Wal-Mart outlets. The union is
supporting organising activities in Quebec,
Saskatchewan and BC stores.
The UFCW represents 230,000 workers
across Canada.
Fawkes is confident Wal-Mart will eventually
succumb to the UFCW and points to successes
the union has had with other large corporations
like Coca-Cola, Zellers, the Real Canadian
Superstore and Save-on-Foods.
"These companies are not pushovers.
They're hard, tough employers, but they at
least recognise the law and right of their
employees to belong to a union," said Fawkes.
"[These employers] don't give anything away,
but [negotiations] have a substantial level of
respect between both parties."
When asked if Wal-Mart brings the same
level of respect to negotiations, Fawkes
answered: "Absolutely not. Wal-Mart
respects nothing."
Fawkes referred to recent fines given to
Wal-Mart stores in the US for having used
child labour and hired illegal immigrants,
along with lawsuits claiming systemic
PROTESTING IN UNITY: Union workers in Portland, Oregon show support for the
employees of Wal-Mart who want to unionise.
Wal-Mart, however, refuses to be depicted as a workplace ogre and has launched
campaigns in the US and Canada to "set the
record straight" by trumpeting the company's allegedly good relations with its "associates'—its name for employees—as well as
its charitable activities, which amount to
over $30 million in Canada.
Groh dismissed recent criticism. "We're
the world's biggest [retail] corporation, and
that makes us a target for criticism and
scrutiny, whether earned or not."
"We try to have as direct a relationship as
possible with our associates. We really pre
fer a one-to-one kind of dynamic," said
Bill Wertz, spokesperson for Wal-Mart
Wertz's statement echoes the position of
Wal-Mart's US division, which also claims
a preference for one-to-one relationships
unhampered by third parties such as
In 2000, Wal-Mart terminated the position of meat-cutter in all of its US-based
stores shortly after 12 workers in Texas
voted to join the UFCW. Wal-Mart claimed
the decision to do away with meat-cutters
was unrelated to the union. II
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WINNIPEG (CUP)-Whatcha baggin'? You make your deuce? Considering tree planting as a road to summer riches? It can be done,
but it takes a lot of hard work.
Before moving on to other, greener pastures of summer
employment, I used to plant trees. In fact, over my numerous seasons, I have planted some three-quarters of a million trees from
Ontario across to Manitoba, Northern Alberta, British Columbia
and the upper regions of Vancouver Island. All those summers
add up to about two cumulative years of hving in a tent
Apart from the actual monotonous planting of the trees and
harsh working conditions, it was a pretty good summer job-
definitely a worthwhile experience. On the downside, tree
planting is not all about carefully renewing old growth forests
or reclaiming forest fire-ravaged wilderness. It is mostly 'tree
farming*—planting clearcuts on lumber company-managed
land for later harvest.
Tree planters form part of a unique culture of workers
engaged in seasonal, migrant labour across North America.
Because of the small and usually tight-knit communities that
evolve over the summer months, tree planting is often described
as the best and worst experience one can have. If you can stick it
through a full season, you may find your character changed and
your horizons slightly broadened.
Like any job, tree planting has its own jargon, rules and code
of ethics—how one chooses to follow them is entirely up to the
individual. Unlike road construction workers, hydro-electrical
maintenance crews, surveyors or loggers, tree planters can spend
weeks isolated in the deep bush, northern forest regions or atop
Canada's western mountains while Hving in fairly primitive conditions. In addition, tree planters usually pay a 'camp cost* of
about 30 dollars a day just to get fed and driven to work.
Because of the nature of the job, workplace safety and health
regulations are often bent to get things done—not to mention the
notoriously spendthrift silviculture companies' quest to save
money. But this is a reality that is hard to avoid when working in
the bush. Machinery is often taxed to its limits and repaired in
any manner possible. Workdays are often longer than anything
you have encountered—one can expect the workweek to drag on
for weeks at a time. Breaks are self-administered and often nonexistent if you want to be a 'high-frailer*—meaning that you make
a 'deuce,* or $200 or more a day above camp costs. And; as a rule,
the hot water heater always breaks right before it is your turn to
shower. As any old-timer will tell you, the bush has its own set of
rules—ones that do not fit neatly into policy-makers' formulas.
The small solace is that good company owners and camp bosses are, for the most part, no-nonsense—although not always honest—individuals that deal with problematic situations swiftly.
After all, the dollar is the bottom line and they rely on good workers and a sound season for their profits.
The owner of the company I worked for was nicknamed 'Full
Metal Jim,' presumably after R. Lee Ermey's unshakable character, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's movie Full
Metal Jacket Company owners also have the uncanny ability to
look you straight in the eye and he to you without batting an eyelid or losing their convincing smile. But often you do not want to
know. All you really need to know is how many trees you put in
the ground that day.
Among the many factors that affect the hybrid environment
of reforestation are company finances and changing contract
deals, which, behind the daily grind of sticking trees in the
ground, can alter everything at a moment's notice. Tree planting is 'tree farming/ and much like agricultural production,
weather and prices affect the level of production. Reforestation
companies are often under contract to complete jobs within
specific periods and are tempted by big dollar corporate and
governmental bonuses if they finish early. Sometimes these
incentives are passed on to the planters, and sometimes they
are not; it all depends on the company.
Morale is everything in the bush. Camp conditions can go
from good to bad in a matter of moments. Rain, bad food, cold
showers, theft and arguments can put a whole camp on a downward spiral. It takes a certain presence of mind to hold it together in times like this, because after all, making the most money
'possible is the main objective for putting up with all the discomforts. It is an odd symbiotic relationship between oneself, the
environment and the company. The monotony, physical strain
and sometimes harsh conditions are realities of the job.
For some, the drudgery is quelled by engaging in one of tree
planting's more notorious reputations. Planting is one of the few
jobs out there where you can consume as much marijuana as
humanly possible and not lose your job—so long as you actually
keep doing your work, of course. Although, given the current illegality of cannabis, no reforestation company would ever openly
admit to tolerating such activity—and some actually do not
Despite the organic nature of the job, planting is a capitalist
venture through and through. Rookie or 'green* planters will
most likely find themselves planting new harvests on land
clear cut by lumber giants such as Weyerhaeuser, Abitibi-
Consolidated, and Slocan Canfor. The daily witness of deforestation on such a massive scale combined with the knowledge
that what you plant is eventually slated for toilet paper, servi
ettes and junk mail is discouraging to say the least.
When one experiences first-hand the after-effects of logging
and its environmental damage, it can fundamentally alter your
denial about the negative impact of excessive consumerism.
Arguably, we do need lumber and paper products, but issues of
consumption and sustainability come to the forefront. Lumber
companies do engage in some sustainable practices, but given
growing ecological concerns, one has to question if it is enough.
But there is a silver lining. After my first season, I began working on isolation crews that were often flown by helicopter to
remote locations to replant areas for conservation. These areas
were usually naturally deforested by fire or had been cut decades
ago and abandoned. The beauty of these contracts was that whatever was planted was left to nature's management system and not
boardroom decisions.
Living in the pristine wilderness, without road access, where
the water is potable and the immensity of the landscape dwarfs
your own sense of existence prompts a sense of stewardship and
responsibility. I am not one to openly espouse hard ecological
views—or any other ones for that matter—but hving and working
among old-growth forests and its many natural denizens, brought
me as close as I will ever come to being a 'tree-hugger.'
I highly recommend tree planting as a summer job. Sure, it
is brutally hard work, but you will make good money if you
work—and I mean really work. It does, however, take a while to
learn to ensure that you avoid the dreaded re-planting of ill-
planted trees—you do not get paid the second time around.
Obviously the full brunt of nature, insects, wild animals, torrential rain, knee-deep mud, freezing cold, snow in the early
season, broiling temperatures and excessive UV levels must all
be contended with—but you will adapt.
The friends you make from the scope of characters you meet
may last a lifetime; mutual manual labour has the tendency to
bond people together. Some of the more influential people I have
known, I met tree planting; their character, calmness and
response to adversity and emergencies left me with a deep sense
of respect for their self-control and awareness.
The stories one accumulates, both personal and shared, range
from the hilarious to the tragic, but lead towards a fuller understanding of humanity.
If you last the season, the goodbyes are the hardest part and
make you want to do it all over again—apart from actually putting
the trees in the ground.
Nature is in constant change. What is good one day is not the
next; the same applies for reforestation companies. I hope you
find a good one. Still, if you take my advice, you will probably
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O.A.R. bringing grassroots
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by Chris Little
Most independent bands fail to
achieve success on their own terms.
As listeners, we take it for granted
that alternatives exist to either follow
the rigid path established by the
major labels or simply fold up the
cards and walk away from the table.
The success of OAR. ("....ofarevo-
lution") provides ample proof that
some bands can survive in the music
industry and bring a fresh sound to
top-40 predictability. This
Washington D.C.-based quintet
appearing for the first time in
Vancouver on Wednesday March 2 at
Richard's on Richards; has built up a
devoted following by focusing on a
grassroots approach to music and
touring. Comprised of lead singer
and guitarist Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, bassist Benj
Gershman, saxophonist Jerry
DePizzo, and guitarist Richard On,
the group sold over 230,000 concert
tickets in 2004 and headlined storied
venues from coast to coast, all without significant radio exposure.
OAR. describes the music they
play as "island-vibe roots rock.*
Speaking with saxophonist Jerry
DePizzo, he elaborates that the catch-
phrase was "something we came up
with in high school that still applies
today. We take elements of traditional Americana-folk, rock, jazz and
swirl them around together with
other styles to create a mix." It goes
without saying that the most prominent of these is reggae, which
accounts for the "island-vibe" nature
of their sound.
Renowned for the quality of their
Hve shows, DePizzo feels that a mix
ture of their music and lyrics has
prompted the strong connection
between the band and its loyal audience." A part of it is what Mark writes
about He makes a point of not writing about things which he has never
experienced himself. I think people
connect with that Also, reggae music
just makes you groove. If you put all
that positive energy in a venue filled
with kids and some alcohol, you've
got yourself a party." And who doesn't like a party?
The group's sound is frequently
compared to that of the Dave
Matthews Band, but DePizzo assuredly explains that the rationale for this
is often practical, which doesn't bother him in the slightest "Eveiy band
gets compared to another band-
that's how people describe
music.We definitely have DMB as an
influence though, so we take it as a
OAR. are often categorised as a
jamband by those in the mainstream
media and while the description is in
some ways appropriate, DePizzo
notes that it isn't entirely accurate.
"At shows we improvise and kinda
stretch things out, but I think we
kinda teeter on the edge. We share a
lot of characteristics with bands of
that nature, but it has to do with timing as well. Bands like the Police and
Led Zeppelin could have been called
jambands if they were putting out
music now instead of back then."
While contending that the scene
has built up too much momentum
for it to continue to He dormant and
remain ignored, DePizzo maintains
that the group currently "enjoys the
pros and cons" of both jam scene
credibiHty and mainstream acceptance. Prior to forming their own
label, Everfine Records, and securing
a distribution deal with a Warner subsidiary, OAR. ambitiously released
four independent albums.
2005 will see OAR. head back
into the studio at the conclusion of
their spring tour, a prospect that
DePizzo is enthused about But first,
Vancouver will have the chance to
experience the band in an intimate
venue, perhaps for the first and last
time. DePizzo adds that "playing
smaller places brings you back to the
earHer days and there's something
special about going to a city where
you've never been before and playing
and creating a personal connection
with the audience." II
Quality controlled on Pit Sundays
Hip hop night off to a slow start, but packed with the potential to survive
Quality Kickback
@ Pit Pub
Every Sunday
by Ania Mafi
Welcome to the start of a new era—hip hop has come
to UBC's Pit Pub. Hosted by Roc D. Joint Productions,
every Sunday the Pit will open its doors to a new wave
of music sure to get on and off campus crowds coming back for more—except you can't say crowds
will be coming back if they don't actually come in the
first place.
The night is known as Quahty Kickback and is
rightly named so as it plays quality hip hop music
that Graham Ewanchuck, the man behind the event,
feels this campus needs. As a DJ himself, going by the
name DJ G-Rocka, Ewanchuck says "there's a lot of
kids who really like non-top 40 quafity hip hop, which
you never hear anywhere...As a DJ I always get
requests like 'where's the Talib Kwefi, where's the
Mos Def ...and especiaHy on campus there's nowhere
really to hear this kinda music."
Since leaving the UBC commerce program to pursue his love for music, Ewanchuk has since joined an
agency called Prime Collective DJs and through them
he spins on occasion at Skybar Nighclub. Students
may also recognise DJ G-Rocka's musical styles from
a few events he played at Place Vanier residence as
well as some appearances at the legendary
Wednesday Pit nights in November.
Once aquainted with the workings at the Pit,
Ewanchuk approached Pit manager Bill Anderson
and got the greenfight to start up his Sunday night hip
hop night. "On a typical club night, you can't play
[this], you gotta keep the dance floor busy, that's your
job," as Ewanchuck explains. But being in charge of
this musical event means this DJ can play whatever
he wants to achieve what he describes as a "chillin'
early lounge-type night."
Unfortunately, the turnout wasn't as large as
Ewanchuk had hoped, but for a Sunday night premiere the event was still a small success with a
turnout of about 50 hip hop fans. Maybe it was the
Oscars keeping people at home, but Ewanchuk is
hopeful that the event will pick up as students and
fans of hip hop familiarise themselves with this musical addition to their week. II
PLAY THAT SONG: DJ Chris Goodspin at work.
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Culture 9
Boo gey man no Bogey
Now playing
by Simon Underwood
You'd think in the era of open-space
interiors and feng shui that the
Boogeyman might be out of a job.
Closets are so over and translucent
cubby-holes are so hot right now, at
least according to the IKEA catalogue
and most of the lifestyle programming on Life Network. But after sitting through 89 long minutes of
Steven T. Kay's Boogeyman, perhaps
retirement IS the best option for this
beleaguered closet-dwelling demon.
And before he shuts the closet door
for good, maybe he can inhale everyone involved in this production and
digest them whole before expelling
their remains in the form of golden
tickets so that the real victims here —
the audience—can all go watch a better horror movie.
It took three screenwriters to take
a flimsy premise and group-think it
into the ground. They begin with Tim
at the wee age of eight, in a series of
events that do not bode well for our
young hero, an amorphous demon
hauls Tim's father into the recesses
of the closet and sends the boy into
the welcome arms of psychiatric
care. Fifteen years later, Tim, played
by Barry Watson, is still paralysed by
the prospect of a closet door, and
although he's managed to attain legitimate employment and a vapid girl-
Mend, played by Tory Mussett, the
untimely death of his mother threat
ens his fragile yuppie stasis.
Pills would seem in order, but his
doctor, evidently schooled in the
tough-love tradition of Dr. Phil, prescribes a one-night stay back at the
house that ate his father. Armed with
his 'thinking face' and his 'Teen
Messiah' coif, Watson returns to face
the Boogeyman. And so begins the
shameless repetition of the same
simplistic plot device: Tim, reaching,
slowly, very slowly, to open a closet
Why is Sam Raimi's (producer of
such films as The Evil Dead and
Spiderman 2) name attached to this
picture? Is he putting an extension on
his house? Was he engaged in an illicit affair with the director's spouse?
Who threw money at whom here?
And just which part of "starring Barry
Watson" seemed like a novel idea?
When we evaluate a horror film, the
question of paramount importance is
whether we were scared. We may grimace at the indiscernible plot, the
hackneyed set pieces stolen from better films, and the strange way the
female leads deliver their stilted lines
in the cadence of disaffected porn-
stars, but these conditions alone do
not a bad horror movie make.
Boogeyman is awful because it is
boring and not scary. Intermittent
bursts of sound do not count as
scares; the same effect can be produced with a pair of concealed
garbage-can lids and doesn't cost
It does seem a shame that none
of the six films with 'Boogeyman' in
their title feature the original figure
behind the legend. The Boogeyman
was not always a low-rent CGI animation, but was once a little man in
culottes avec riding crop. When the
threat of French invasion seemed
imminent in the early 19th century, British propaganda depicted
Napoleon Bonaparte as the devil
incarnate, 'Bogey', stalking the
countryside for flesh and blood.
Now there's a costume-drama just
begging for a sugar-daddy producer. Somebody call Sam Raimi—this
idea is gold. M
Saved 3.5 hours of your life?
We'll fill you in on the Oscars
by Kian Mint-Woo
If it wasn't for Chris Rock, I wouldn't be watching either. Somehow
they managed to convince him to
host the Oscars (somehow = $$$)
and so here I am, ready with a bag
of chips.
5:33pm—They start off with a
montage of past movies. Nothing
all that impressive, but I catch a
glimpse of Gilliam's Brazil.
5:46pm—It's sad to look at all of
the Art Direction nominees up on
stage together when everyone
knows anyone who wasn't in The
Aviator doesn't stand a chance.
And then, after The Aviator wins,
they all look uncomfortable and
have to just sort of slink off the
6:00pm— The Incredibles win a
richly deserved best Best Animated
Feature. Chris Rock announces
next year's black version... "The
6:04pm—Look at those creepy
singing boys onstage with
Beyonce. Maybe they're a bit
young... but that'll earn them bragging rights for the rest of their
6:25pm—Is this a debonair
attempt at wit? Or is it in sincerity?
But Gate Blanchett saying to Martin
Scorsese "I hope my son marries
your daughter" in front of millions
of people is more than a little scary.
6:36pm-The hair on the
Counting Crows leadman undoubt
edly at least deserves consideration for best Animated Feature.
6:42pm—YES!!! Sideways wins
Best Adapted Screenplay. That's
one for Sideways.
6:46pm—What happened to
Jake Gyllenhaal's hair?
7:05pm—Jay-Z's rubbing off on
Beyonce a bit—she can't get
enough of that bling bling.
8:02pm—Aww... Prince is so
small. Like Lil' Kim. Wait a second, that's not a good thought.
8:17pm—Eternal Sunshine
wins Best Script. Take that Aviator!
8:26pm—Jamie Foxx wins Best
Actor and I win $10. He talks
about how his grandmother
whipped him when he misbehaved and told him to act like a
'southern gentleman/ He cries
remembering her.
8:33pm—A double blow for
Scorsese—Eastwood with his
Million Dollar Baby make Best
Director and Best Picture.
Surprising and impressive. But I
have a confession to make, I found
The Aviator dull and uninspired
8:45pm-Well, that's it It's too
bad that Sideways didn't win Best
Supporting Actress, or even get nominated for Best Actor. Before Sunset
came away empty handed, which is
unfortunate because it deserves a
wider audience. And Chris Rock
played it conservative, possibly
scared to alienate all the viewers out
there. Next year, all I can say is he
better bring the pain. II
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Tuesday, 1 March, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Tuesday, 1 March, 2005
Vol.LXXXVI  N°39
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Mitchell McArts lives for
It's April 9 2004. Exactly six hours
and 3.7 minutes after Arts County
Fair 13. Our hero, Mitchell McArts,
rolls out of bed and nearly throws
up a bag of cheetos mixed with three
litres of cheap beer on the carpet
Thankfully for his rez roomies, he
makes it to the bathroom, before
emptying his guts into the pube-iid-
den porcelain God.
"364 days to Arts County Fair
14!" he exclaims. This is promptly
followed by another satisfying torrent of innards-poison-ridding
September 6,2004,215 days to go:
Our Mitch arrives for another
semester at UBC. He cannot concentrate as the teacher passes out class
schedules. He is too busy dreaming
about the end of another school
year, meaning...another Arts County
Fair! This is why he passed up that
full scholarship to McGill, he tells
himself; and Harvard would have
been dull anyway, all those period
stone buildings and gay robes.
Here at UBC, Mitch has the
promise of one perfect day:
mediocre bands on a distant stage;
cups 'n cups of urinesque beer; first
years shakin' what their rez mommas gave 'em; and, of course, the
whiskey he conscientiously buried
under the surface of the field the
previous week. Aaaaah, the residue
of soil only makes it taste more
manly, earthy...hard-core ACF high-
jinks, hell yeah!
October 30,2004,161 days to go: So
what if he has to write all these
pesky papers and spend useless
hours in the library slaving away for
professors he only continues to lose
respect for as the weeks wear on.
There's always ACF looming large in
the fiiture, a beacon of good old-
fashioned outdoor-daylight-free-
handjobs-for-everyone fun! Kleenex,
please. Mitch leans forward and
into the surface of the desk.
Our Mitch knows better than to
listen to those "rational" people in
his classes who express disbelief at
his profession of love for ACF. "I
would rather masturbate to a naked
photo of Horatio Sanz than go to
ACF," a girl in his seminar tells him.
"I hate you deeply...ACF so rules the
world!" he replies, tacitly.
November 2,2004,158 days to go:
Porkchop sandwiches are the only
things that get Mitch through the
day. "Porkity pork chop samiches,"
his mom used to tell him.
Mmm...pork county sandwiches.
Kleenex, please?
Januaiy 29, 2005, 70 days to go:
Rumours spread on the internet as
to which bands will be at Arts
County. Will Baby Blue Soundcrew
be making a return appearance?
Please, please, pleeeeeeease. Mitch
has a small orgasm. Then a slightly
larger one. Kleenex, please.
He immediately logs onto E-
bay and purchases posters of the
bands that will potentially be performing. Then when the posters
arrive, he, weeping softly, pastes
them gently overtop of last year's
Andrew WK visual cornucopia,
creased corners and all.
February 13, 2005, 55 days to go:
Matt Good is going to be there
(how did they ever land the
Goodness?!?!). "Suuuuweeet!" our
Mitch yells out, surprising the guy at
the computer next to him at the
library. Mitch moves his Matt Good
poster to his dorm room's most
prominent, honoured poster-place:
the spot on the ceiling above his
bed, the last thing he sees every
night before he falls asleep.
March 1, 2005, 39 days to go: Rez
roomies horrified after Mitch
spends the entire night listening to
his K-Os CD, over and over (and
over) again.
March 12, 2005, 28 days to go:
Mitch volunteers for postering duty,
spending his entire Sunday covering every bulletin board on campus
with  the  ACF logo.   (Sunday at
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6 mi y*0 ? H Avf you
could iatll*y
MASS—ha ha, good one, guys.)
Exhausted, Mitch returns to his
room, a stolen box of posters in tow.
March 14, 2005, 26 days to go:
Mitch volunteers for the ACF "street
team" wearing Bono style sunglasses, ACF t-shirt (with sleeves rolled up
over his chicken-bone shoulders),
shorts, sandals and a hemp necklace, his skateboard in hand. He
stands outside the SUB with a megaphone asking students as they
approach if they have bought their
ACF ticket in the most annoying
voice possible.
March 29, 2005, 10 days to go:
Mitch starts buying his alcohol.
Enough jello for 600 jello shots! He
will be the most popular guy in rez.
He also checks his condom stash
and realises they have expired. He
had better make a stop at the UBC
Wellness Centre, wouldn't want to
have to pay for them. Next year he is
going to suggest that ACF makes offi
cial condoms autographed personally by the bands, then no one would
have to pay. He is ready.
April 8, 2005, the moment of truth:
ACF is here! Mitch is drunk at 8am
and ready to face the day. Better
drink some more. He downs 25 jell-
o shooters and puts on his Hawaiian
shirt and visor. By 2pm he makes
his way, staggering, to T-Bird stadium, leaving a trail of puke along the
way. Somewhere near the expensive
UBC condos, our hero passes out
and falls on his face, never to see the
lights of ACF.
His friends, laughing at his misfortune, leave him, afraid they'll
miss the first band. RCMP officers
scrape him off the pavement and
whisk him away. He can hear the
garbled sounds of the first band as
he is dragged off into the abyss.
Better luck next year, buddy.
April 9, 2005: Mitch wakes up in
Emergency at VGH. T-minus 364. II
Perspective opinion
Zionism not racism
by Dan Levy
Last semester, I was inspired to
become a member of UBC's newly
founded Indigenous Students
Society (ISS). As a Jew, I have always
felt a kinship with Aboriginal people
due to our shared histories of mar-
ginalisation, persecution, and
attempted annihilation. I joined the
ISS because I believe the rights of
Indigenous people, whose land we
hold our beer gardens on, need to
be acknowledged by us all.
Recently, I was greatly disturbed to receive an invitation to
a panel discussion organized
by the ISS entitled "Occupation
and Colonisation: From British
Columbia to the Middle East." The
invitation went on to claim that
"From BC, to Palestine to Iraq, territories that have never been
ceded or surrendered are being
illegally occupied," and compared
these situations to Apartheid
South Africa. The panel included
two BC Aboriginal leaders, a representative from the Palestinian
community centre and author
and activist Naomi Klein.
My objection to these statements
did not arise merely out of personal
conviction or political allegiance. It
was the intellectual dishonesty and
historical revisionism of these alle
gations that made them not only
ridiculous, but dangerous.
The establishment of the Jewish
State was neither illegal, illegitimate
nor an example of colonialism. The
previous Roman, Crusader and
Ottoman regimes in Palestine were
colonisations. The State of Israel
was established multilaterallyby the
UN in 1948. It was to be created
alongside a sovereign Arab State
with Jerusalem under international
control. This decision was rejected
by the surrounding Arab countries,
which opted to declare war instead.
Today's desperate situation is the
tragic result of decades of war, most
notably that of 1967 when the
Israelis, originally defending themselves once again against an attack
from all sides, ended up occupying
those Palestinian regions under
Jordanian occupation since 1948.
What Middle East panelists,
Klein and Palestinian spokesperson
Khaled Barakat, failed to mention in
their addresses was that the land of
Israel/Palestine has two indigenous
peoples with legitimate claims to
the land. The Jews are not simply
returnees but have been a continuous presence in the region for the
2000 years since the Romans subjugated Judea. This curious omission
was brought to the panel's attention
by Israel advocate Gordon Brandt
during question period; it was a
telling moment. Klein, herself a
Canadian Jew, was forced to
backpedal, conceding that "the situations are not quite the same."
Arthur Manuel, representing the
Secwempec nation, admitted that he
was not qualified to comment on it.
The apex of distortion occurred
when Barakat retook the microphone. Ignoring Brandt's initial
question, which concerned the issue
of coexistence, Barakat resorted to
the most ugly and discredited anti-
Israel myth around—that Zionism
equals racism. This claim, which
was put forth in 1975 in UN
Resolution 3379, tarnished the
credibility of the UN, until it was
finally repealed amid condemnation by world leaders in 1991 (Anti-
Semitism, by the way, was not condemned by the UN as a form of
racism until three years later).
Zionism, and the idea of a
Jewish State, is not racist, nor is it
comparable to the principles of
Apartheid. It is not merely a political movement, but a cultural philosophy focused on preserving the
language, customs and identity, not
to mention survival of the Jewish
people—something Aboriginal people can more than relate to coming
off a century of Residential
Schools, Potlatch bans and other
instruments of physical abuse and
cultural genocide. Zionism is a
Nationalist movement aimed at
combating the very idea of cultural
homogeneity/annihilation leftist
activists are supposedly rallying
It is very nice that Barakat and
Klein envision a unified state where
Palestinians and Jews can Hve
together as one big happy family.
Yet even if the two sides can somehow reconcile their differences in a
giant overnight group therapy session (I'll call Dr Phil), we are still left
with two distinct nations with different cultures, languages and beliefs.
A one-state solution would overwhelm the Jewish majority within
generations and defeat the very reason the state was created in the first
place—as a haven for the Jewish people and their culture in the wake of
centuries of ghettoisation, culminating in virtual extermination.
It is important to give voice to
and show solidarity with all groups
who feel oppressed or victimised.
Yet it is a horrible injustice to those
who have legitimately suffered at
the hands of colonisation, racism
and genocide to distort reality
through outrageous analogies and
It is my hope that at UBC, we
can all stand together not only in
the name of justice, peace and
autonomy but for honesty and
truth as well.
—Dan Levy is a third-year
Bachelor of Arts student at UBC
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IntL peer program
students with continuing students, is recruiting Senior
Peers and Group Leaders for the fall.
Senior Peers are continuing undergraduates (Canadian and
International) and interested in sharing their experiences
and learning from their international peers. Every senior
peer will be linked to 2 - 5 international peers. Time
commitment is estimated to be 1 - 2 hours per week.
Group Leaders are continuing undergraduates (Canadian
and International) who are trained to facilitate small
faculty-based groups of 25 - 45 students. Group leaders
play a key role in shaping the program, event planning and
acting as liaisons. Time commitment is estimated to be 5 -
8 hours per week.
For more information on the program, visit
http://students.ubc.ca/international. Deadline for Group
Leader applications is Tuesday, March 1. Deadline for
Senior Peer applications is Monday, March 21.
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The UBC/AMS Student Food Bank (SFB) is open for the spring semester (March 3 - April 14,2005) on
Thursdays from 12 noon to 3 pm in SUB Rm. 58 (lower level, next to the UBC Wellness Centre). All UBC
students are welcome to use the Food Bank by showing a valid student ID card. The Food Bank offers dry
goods and non-perishable groceries, and hygienic supplies as well.
The service is meant to help students during a time of crisis and we ask that users limit themselves to one
bag of groceries for individuals. Staff will provide referrals to other Lower Mainland food banks and
sources of financial assistance if these limits are not meeting your needs. The initial set-up of the food
bank was funded by the AMS, through the Innovative Projects Fund. With their support, and that of the
AMS Executive Coordinator of Student Services, UBC Ismaili Student's Association, and UBC Red Cross
Club, the SFB was launched February of 2005.
If you wish to donate non-perishable groceries, you can also drop these off at the SFB during Thursdays.
For more information on the SFB, e-mail foodbank@ams.ubc.ca.
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AMS Job Fair
March 21 - 22 @ SUB Main Concourse
9 am - 5 pm
In the middle of finishing year-end projects? Here's one
more to add to your list: polish off your resume and bring it
with you to the AMS Job Fair.
Prospective employers will be on hand to provide
information on part-time work, summer jobs, full-time
vacancies,and opportunities overseas. Bring several copies
of your resume and enthusiasm!
Compost, Compost, Compost!
Presented by UBC Waste Management
Wednesday, March 2 @ SUB Rm.245
4 pm - 5 pm
Attend this free informational session to find out
everything you need to know about worm
composting at home, followed by a presentation
on the new composter at the UBC campus.
Presented by the UBC Student Environment Centre.
Ski & Board with The Front
Friday, March 11 @ Chan Centre/Telus Studio
4 pm - 7 pm
Tickets: $5, aat the Chan Centre Box Office
AMS Events presents this event at the Chan Centre
including cheap microbrews, ski and board film
premieres, and performances by hip-hop group
The Front.
— upcoming events
One Man Star Wars Trilogy
7 pm, Monday, March 7 @ Norm Theatre
Tickets: $7/students; $10/general public
All proceeds to benefit the Restore the Norm
Available atTicketmaster
One Man Lord of the Rings
7 pm,Tuesday, March 8 @ Norm Theatre
Tickets: $7/students; $10/general public
Ail proceeds to benefit the Restore the Norm
Available atTicketmaster
Charles Ross brings his well-received one-man
show to the Norm Theatre for two exclusive
engagements. Proceeds from both shows will go
toward the Restore the Norm campaign to provide
upgrades to the Norm Theatre.
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Tuesday, 1 March, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Lucky No. 8
The Thunderbirds captured an
unprecedented eighth consecutive
CIS swimming tide in Edmonton
over the weekend. In the individual
categories, UBC took four awards
including: Haylee Johnson for
women's rookie of the year, Scott
Dickens for men's swimmer of the
year, Callum Ng for men's rookie of
the year and Tom Johnson, who
was awarded coach of the year.
Scott Dickens and Matthew
Huang both broke CIS championship swimming records in the
50m breaststroke with times of
27.85 and 28.04 respectively.
Hit me baby one more
The women's volleyball team battled through a tough Friday night
loss against top-ranked Alberta
and defeated Winnipeg to advance
to the CIS championship in
Saskatoon. UBC's bronze medal
match against Winnipeg went to
four sets, but some timely hitting
by Emily Cordonier and Stephanie
Kurtz overcame a possible
Winnipeg upset. This will be the
11th consecutive time the Birds
have gotten to the national championships.
The quest no mo'
The men's basketball quest for a
third consecutive appearance in
the CIS championship ended last
weekend when UVic swept the
Birds in a best-of-three series.
Friday's affair wasn't close as
the Vikes reeled off a 87-78 victory.
The following night's 73-70 result
was closer but it was too little too late.
The Birds were forced to foul late in
the match with seconds left when
fourth-year guard Casey Archibald
was called for an offensive foul.
The women's basketball team was
unable to retain their CIS championship status after losing Friday
night's match against Regina 57-52.
Saturday's bronze medal match
against UVic ended the same, as the MedlOCrity
Birds lost 63-56. Poor second half
shooting led to the Birds' demise as a
17-point second was not enough to
stave off the surging Vikes.
ion after getting swept by the
Calgary Dinos, losing 6-0 and 3-2.
Brilliant goaltending by Calgary
and some untimely injuries led to
the Thunderbirds' early exit from
the playoffs. This marks the second
consecutive year the Birds have lost
to the Dinos in the first round.
Snap, crackle, fizzle
The men's hockey team concluded
their season in disappointing fash-
The UBC Thunderbirds baseball
team finished their pre-season with a
mediocre 4-7-1 record. Sunday afternoon's 20-8 win over Oregon Tech
saw the Birds leaving on a high note.
The Birds' first conference game will
be played this weekend while their
home opener will be on March 19th
at Nat Bailey Stadium. II
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