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January 23,2009 \ www.ubyssey.ca
Absinthe and Chinese food since 1918 | volume xc, number 32
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
the bank
How students can
deal with financial
pressures in the midst
of a global recession
by Kevin Schulz
The Manitoban
(University of Manitoba)
WINNIPEG (CUP)-The benefits
of the university experience often come at a steep financial
price. Scrimping, borrowing and
penny-pinching have long been
the staples of an average post-
secondary student's life. But not
since our grandparents and great-
grandparents struggled through
the Great Depression has the
young generation inherited such
a gloomy economic landscape.
While the recent market
slump will not directly affect
most students, Janice Compton,
a University of Manitoba professor of economics, warns that if
these negative trends continue,
Canada's economy could enter
into a nasty downward spiral
where many financial institutions and private businesses will
completely clam up and further
restrict their already tight lending and spending policies.
"It's going to be harder and
harder for students to get credit...
so when you want to get a car or
something else that's big, it's
going to be really tight to get the
[money] you need," Compton said.
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All of this troubling economic
information culminates into
what fellow U of M economics
professor Robert Lobdell calls a
"situation that is unprecedented
in many of our lifetimes."
"It's something that everyone
should be concerned about,"
Lobdell said.
Despite these claims, Lobdell
notes that the economy has endured some very rough patches
in the past and somehow it has
always come back stronger.
Lobdell also believes that
students should not panic, but
rather seek guidance and take it
one step at a time.
"The first thing every student
should do is go get some solid
advice. Don't do anything in
haste; just take a step back and a
deep breath," Lobdell said.
In attempting to find this solid financial advice, it is important that young people consult
a number of sources. Unfortunately, many students are either
unaware of where they need to
look, or they do not have the time
necessary to seek out the advice
that they need.
From speaking with a number
of experts in the economics and
business professions, the follow
ing presents some of the key recession-proof tips and hints that
students should keep in mind.
According to Compton, choosing
to make a greater investment
in skills and education (or what
is known as human capital) is
among the smartest decisions a
student can make when encountering a poor economic climate.
Compton believes that in an
ultra-competitive environment
where the supply of jobs in the
marketplace is low but the demand for work opportunities is
high, any extra degree, accreditation, or relevant work experience on your resume will be
extremely helpful for being hired
for the job you want.
"There have been studies
done that show that for students
coming out of school and looking for their first job in a time
of recession, they actually come
out at the very bottom, and unfortunately, you might not ever
catch up. So, I think that the
priority should be on your education. Students should invest
in their human capital because
the big issue for students right
"Can anyone name one
Israeli prime minister
who wasn't a terrorist?"
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now is when they go to graduate,
everything has tightened up and
there will be a lot of competition
for jobs.
"The best thing students can
do right now is to just stay in
school. If you are thinking about
grad school, it's a really good
time to go to grad school. If you
feel like you need to graduate and
get a job, consider coming back to
do a night course, because it's a
really good time to improve Ijour
resume]," Compton said.
Murray Baker, the acclaimed
best-selling author of The Debt-
Free Graduate, agrees with
Compton over the importance of
enhancing your human capital.
"When the going gets tough, the
tough go to grad school," he jokes.
However, Baker also stresses
that the competitive job market
won't just affect recent graduates,
but also those university students
looking for relevant part-time
work or full-time summer jobs.
"There will be fewer jobs out
there this year, especially the
really good ones that everyone
wants. My recommendation is
to start looking for summer jobs
early. The tendency is to wait until the spring, but in these tough
economic times I think it's best
to start looking for jobs even
over the Christmas holidays."
Baker has advice on how
eager job-hunting students can
begin their search for summer
jobs over the winter break.
"When you are at home together with your family, start
talking about your goals and
begin asking your aunt or uncle
if there will be any summer
job openings at their work that
you could apply for. The Christmas break is a great time to go
through the networking process,
and once you discover any job
openings, start applying for
them right away," Baker said.
The ongoing global financial
meltdown also presents students
with certain realities. In a world
where post-secondary education
is often very costly, and where
there is now a limited opportunity to find well-paying part-time
work to fund it, sometimes student debt is inevitable.
A key to successfully surviving a global economic crisis is
not necessarily to avoid student
debt altogether, but rather to get
the best deals on loans so you
can limit what you owe.
The news in 140
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JANUARY 23, 2009
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January 23
Global Health Discussion * The
Global Health Journal Club invites
undergraduates, graduates, and
staff to talk about global health
research initiatives from an interdisciplinary perspective. • Jan 23
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through Meditation • The Nithy-
ananda Meditation Academy wil
help you increase your concentration, visualization, memory power,
and maximize you brain power. You
will subsequently come to feel bliss.
• Jan. 23 @ 3-6pm, Location: SUB
room 214 & 216, Free admission •
Tang-Yuan Making • A Chinese
New Year Event allowing you to
showcase your culinary skills to
others. • Jan. 23 @ 6-8pm, Location: LSK 460, Cost: $2 members,
$4 non-members •
Women's Volleyball • The
Women's Volleyball team takes on
the Manitoba Bisons. • Jan. 23 @
6-8pm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Tickets: $10 adult, $4 youth/
seniors, and $2 students •
Comedy and Drinks • UBC's
SOS club presents an evening of
ive comedy. There will be hors
d'oeuvres and mocktails. • Jan. 23
@ 6:30-9:30, Location: email sos-
marketing@gmail.com, Cost: $10*
Men's Volleyball • The Men's
Volleyball team takes on the
Manitoba Bisons • Jan. 23 @
8-1 Opm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Tickets: $10 adult. $4 youth/
seniors, $2 student •
UBC Symphony Orchestra •
Works include Richard Strauss,
Includingrvideos aboufthe DPRK
Susan Ritchie
founder. First Steps
Korean cultural
Performing Arts Society
Proceeds to First Steps
In support of malnourished North
Korean children
Ski & Snowboard
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Burlesque & Dvorak • Jan. 23 @
8-10 pm, Location: The Chan Centre, Free admission at the Chan
Centre box office •
January 24
Exploring Christianity • An informal discussion group for those seek-
ng to explore the Bible. You will not
be required to read aloud, pray or
sing. • Jan. 24 @ 9-11am, Location:
SUB 113, Free admission •
Do You Dream Benefit Concert •
A concert for malnourished North
Korean children. All proceeds wil
go towards First Steps. Korean
cultural performances. • Jan. 24
@ 7pm, Location: SUB ballroom,
Cost: $5 for students, $10 general
admission •
January 26
Photoshop Level 4 • Learn how
to use Advanced Photoshop 6.0
How to use filters, masks, and layers will be taught. • Jan. 26 @ 12-
lpm, Location: http://isit.arts.ubc
ca/workshops, Free Admission •
Food Security • Susan Murch,
UBC professor of chemistry, wil
present on "Indigenous Knowledge for Food Security." • Jan. 26
@ 12- 1pm, Location: Botanical
Garden Reception Center, Free
admission •
SUS-organized Jeopardy • Four-
person teams will participate in the
first ever Science Week Jeopardy
Tournament. The top four teams
will advance for the Friday showdown. Questions will be drawn
from all Science departments. The
winning team will receive 4 $400
Princeton Review gift certificates. •
Jan. 26 @ 2-4pm, Location: Ladha
Centre, Free admission •
Women's Mental Health & Addictions • The presentation will focus
on issues influencing the mental
health of women specifically in
BC and self-enforced methods to
reduce the effects of epression
and bipolar disorder. • Jan. 26 @
6-8, Location: UBC Robson Square
Theater, Free admission •
January 27
China's path in the Global Financial Crisis • Zhanwu Li earned a
PhD in Economics in the UK and
later worked for the Chinese central government. He will present
on the current economic implications for China, how the Chinese
government has sought to ensure
stability, and on Canada-China
economic relations • Jan. 27 @
12:30-2pm, Location: Choi Building Rm 120, Free Admission
Prof Talk • Professor Benajmin
Perrin talks on CiTR 101.9FM
regarding Canada's role in human
trafficking for sexual exploitation
purposes. Farha Khan will be the
host. • Jan. 27 @ 4-4.30PM, Location: CITR 101.9FM*
UBC Improv • Team David and
team Goliath crank out the jokes
• Jan. 27 @ 7-9pm, Location:
Scarfe 100, Cost: $2 or free with a
membership •
January 28
Learn about the Integrated Science Program • The integrated
science program will host a free
breakfast to allow you to see if
ISCI is a fit for you. • Jan. 28 @
7:45-9:45am, Location: Leonard S
Klinck Rm 464, Free admission •
In-Class Essay Writing Tips •
Learn how to write an in-class
essay effiticently in 50 minutes
The workshop will focus on how
to prepare, write, and learn from
your in-class essays. • Jan. 28 @
12- 1pm, Location: Dodson Room,
Chapman Learning Commons,
Free admission •
Eat Right • Students' hectic lives
make eating right difficult. Learn
how to eat effectively while juggling a lot. The presentation wil
also discuss how to maintain your
energy levels and increase concentration. • Jan. 28 12-1:30pm,
Location: Lillooet Room, Chapman
Learning Commons, Free admission •
Photoshop Level 5 • Learn specia
effects such as motion blurring of
a still image, serigraph effects and
how to superimpose environmental effects like rain. • Jan. 28 @
12- 1pm, Location: Koerner Library
Rm 216, Free admission •
Opportunities for Aboriginals
in your Community with a B.A.
• For Aborginal undergraduates
or graduates seeking to work in
your community. The presenters
will promote job opportunities,
summer internships, and the long-
term career prospects of students
seeking to be involved in their
community. • Jan. 28 @ 12-lpm,
Location: Irving K. Barber Center,
Rm 156, Free admission •
Jello Wrestling • All science
students invited to compete in the
annual jello wrestling competition
to prove your superiority. • Jan.
28 @ 12- 1pm, Location: SUB Ballroom, Cost: by donation •
Environmentally Beneficial Research • The Chemical and Biological Engineering Sustainability Club
will showcase environmentally
beneficial research that is being
built at the Department of Chemical and Biological Enginerring anf
the Clean Energy Reseach Center.
• Jan. 28 @ 1-4:30pm, Location:
Main Atrium of the Chemical and
Biological Engineering Building,
Free admission •
Learn how to Succeed in an
Interview • Garner effective skills,
strategies, and other skills to sway
potential employers in your favour.
• Jan. 28 @ 1:30-3:30pm, Location: Brock Hall 101 •
January 29
Learn about Alzheimer's Disease
and Related Dementias * The
nstructor will explain the changes
the brain undergoes when Alzheimer's is contracted, how the
zdisease progresses, and its impact
on communication and behaviour
abilites. Information will be presented on family and friends can handle
the workload, grief and stress associated with a loved one contracting
Alzheimers • Jan. 29 @ 12-1pm,
Location: TBA (http://02.cms.ubc
ca/Page5655. aspx#alzheimers),
Free admission •
Service and Leadership *
Workshops on how to develop
leadership skills and explore opportunities to serve your local
community. • Jan. 29 @ 12-2pm,
Location: First Nation's Longhouse,
Free admission •
Learn to Peer Review • Peer
Review is central to the ongoing
professional development for
teacehrs at UBC. This seesion wil
bolster one's resume and likely
ncrease merit pay. • Jan 29 @ 12-
4:30pm, Location: Irving K Barber
Learning Center, TAG Fraser River
Room 2.27, Free admission •
In the January 20th edition of The Ubyssey, we published an editorial,
"More seats for students is the only answer," which said that the only
student seat on the newly formed Police Advisory Committee was reserved for the AMS VP Academic. While the seat is currently held by that
executive, the student seat is open to any member of AMS Council. The
Ubyssey regrets the error.
Thh Ubyssey
January 23rd, 2009
volume xc, n"32
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Once upon a time Joe Rayment was dating Tara Martellero
who never stopped talking. When Joe was on the phone
one day, Shun Endo remarked that he had thought he was
on hold. Justin McElroy agreed, he had never seen someone
speak so little on the phone. Paul Bucci cut in and argued
this statement, then Stephanie Findlay came out from the
woodworkwith a dagger. She quickly let it go though, her
moral resolve was being saved for getting her hair cut. Vivian Tulewski suggested that she might want to drink before
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at him, "man," he said, "when you cut your hair you rarely
take off even a centimetre!" Katarina Grgis and Gerald Deo
chuckled. Kristen Ford laughed right out loud and then
punched Olivia Fellows in the face. Kate Barbaria walked
in with Sam Jung and Zoe Seigal and flopped down on the
couch. All they wanted was some wine. Ricardo Bortolon
laughed at Ian Turner who was running around with his
head cut off.
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January 23,20091 Page 3
AMS Election debate recaps
Candidates Frederick, Duncan, Markle and Ahmadian at The Gallery this Wednesday, gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
Board of
Governors External    Finance
by Samantha Jung
by Kyrstin Bain
by Katarina Grgic
News Staff
Wednesday's Board of Governors (BoG) debate saw the
candidates emphasize their
experience to spectators at The
The debate began without
Andrew Carne. The Engineering
Undergraduate Society executive was attending a conference
and was absent at the critical
debate, the candidates' first
chance to introduce themselves
to students.
The other four candidates are
current AMS executives. Blake
Frederick, current member of
the UBC Senate, talked about the
problem students have paying
their education, noting that the
average debt for a post-secondary student is $2 7,000.
"More and more students
can't come to this university
because of the cost." Frederick
pledged to look at getting more
needs-based bursaries.
Current AMS president Michael Duncan stressed his successes as president this year,
citing the SUB renewal project,
the UBC Farm, and making the
Aquatic Centre free to students
at all hours as examples.
Tristan Markle, current VP
Administration argued he has
a track record of "changing the
"I have probably the best understanding of the key issues that
the BoG deals with," Markle said.
Incumbent BoG representative Bijan Ahmadian argued
one year isn't enough time to
accomplish goals or establish
relationships between other
members. Ahmadian said he is
only halfway through his projects, which include improving
relations with the RCMP.
The other candidates cited
their disapproval towards the
underground bus loop, or "bus
bunker," but Ahmadian said
that he voted for the bunker because it would have been futile
to oppose the motion
The next Board of Governors
debate is next Tuesday. *2I
News Staff
The VP External debate Wednesday afternoon quickly showed
all the makings of a gongshow.
Candidates Tim Chu and Iggy
Rodriguez battled with two joke
candidates, Fire and The King's
Head. The four candidates disagreed on most topics.
Chu, a member of the NDP
club on campus, claimed he
could lower tuition fees. Rodriguez, himself a Young Liberal, promised to work toward
a reasonable tuition fee cap.
Chu mentioned implementing
a task force in order to suss out
exactly why there was so little
minority representation in AMS
council. He also proposed starting an AMS publication that will
demonstrate to students exactly
what the AMS is doing with their
money. Rodriguez showed interest in moving the equity program forward and promised to
increase transparency of AMS
However, despite a semi-
serious start, the debate very
quickly degraded into partisan
lobbying and personal digs directed toward one candidate or
the other. When a student who
recently joined the VP External
office asked the candidates if
they could name both her and
her job, Rodriguez replied she
was "another member of the
AMS establishment continuing
to disappoint students," while
Chu identified her correctly.
Another question involved the
candidates proving they had
the cojones for the VP External
job by taking a tequila shot.
Throughout the debate, Rodriguez continued to hold that what
the office of VP External needed
most was "new blood," only
to be peppered with continual
cries of "vote experience!" from
the heavily Chu-weighted crowd.
By the end of the debate, Fire's
promise to instate a "Trial By
Burning Oil" method of choosing our political leaders began
to seem like a much more sensible solution. *2I
News Staff
The second debate between VP
Finance candidates Ale Coates
and Tom Dvorak started off on
decidedly non-financial issues.
Dvorak began by firmly
stating his desire to set global
standards as a student society.
Coates addressed her plans to
budget into student initiative.
Dvorak gave an overview of
his background, including his
enrollment in the Sauder School
of Business, citing his close ties
with the business community
as a vice-chairperson of a Student Development Conference.
Coates cited her current position
as vice-chair for the Student Administrative Commission.
Coates said she knows the
issues clubs are dealing with
when it comes to the AMS, and
that she plans on restructuring
the finance commission to better
address clubs' needs. She also
mentioned making a weeklong
clubs event in term two as well
as creating an AMS bookstore.
Dvorak said that he plans to set
a mandate to ensure each faculty
society meets with him regularly
to discuss individual faculty
When an audience member
brought up the subject of childcare funding, both candidates
acknowledged that there was
$180,000 allocated by the AMS
towards the issue. Coates said
that she plans to set up a committee to deal with the issue,
while Dvorak said that he didn't
want to spend the money just
for the sake of spending it, but
pledged to create a committee to
investigate the issue as well. *2I
Th^offiTe of VP
External needs
"new blood."
—fey Rodriguez. VP External
Norman Finkelstein lectures at
ubc. zoe siegel photo/the ubyssey
by Zoe Siegel
Overcapacity crowd
at Finkelstein lecture
Controversial scholar packs Woodward for
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights event
Finkelstein believes that one
of the main reasons that Israel
recently attacked Gaza is to restore its deterrence capacity. He
told the audience, "that's a technical term meaning restoring
the Arab world's fear of Israel."
While approaching the more
present situation Finkelstein
said that "as far back as March
2007, Israel decided to attack Hamas. Then there was a
ceasefire truce in June 2008.
Israel broke the ceasefire by killing Hamas soldiers on the flimsy
excuse that they were digging a
tunnel. This was an excuse that
no one in Israel took seriously.
Israel could now embark on yet
another murderous event."
He went on to say, "The [Israel
Defense Force] has no mercy
for children in Gaza nursery
schools. No one intended to kill
children but no one intended not
to kill them. The blood of Gaza's
children is on our hand and we
will never be able to escape this
The effect of the media was
brought up often during the
speech. He stated that Israeli
press "gives prostitutes a bad
name, but there is no press more
shameful than the Canadian
press. I read the editorials in
The Globe and Mail and my innards churn."
He also said, "The Nazis were
the best thing that happened to
Germany. That defeat broke the
back of German racism and German Militarianism."
He concluded his main speech
by saying, "That's the facts. If we
just learn to wield truth and justice, that despite all the money
that the other side has, that [we
could win]."
During a phone interview
before the event, Finkelstein announced that he does not think
that Obama will make much of a
difference when it comes to international decisions. "[Obama]
is a master at exploiting opportunities created by the real sacrifices of other people who came
before him. After the civil rights
movements, he walked though
with a latte in one hand and a
smile in the other. He is just a
corrupt, opportunist politician,"
he said.
Finkelstein believes that Palestinians should have the right,
"to elect the government that
they want, not the government
that Condoleezza Rice wants.
Can anyone even name one Israel prime minister who wasn't
a terrorist?"
The event lasted well over
three hours and UBC students
had a variety of responses afterwards. Second-year student
Kristina Cooke admitted that she
"didn't know too much about
the situation [beforehand] but
he gave really excellent explanations and reinforced what I
already knew."
Not everyone in the crowd
was as positive though. Third-
year Arts student Kara Lipsett
said she "was surprised and
disappointed at how one-sided it
was and how he didn't talk about
resolutions to the conflict as it
was advertised he would." *2I
News Writer
On Wednesday, more than 800
people came to hear the acclaimed, highly controversial Dr
Norman Finkelstein speak about
the Israeli-Palestinian situation,
which he refers to as a "massacre" and "bloodbath."
The son of two Holocaust survivors, Finkelstein is considered
an expert on this topic, yet he
was banned from Israel for ten
years and denied tenure at De-
Paul University for his beliefs on
the decades-old conflict.
The student run organizations Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights (SPHR) and Color
Connection sponsored the event
where attendees piled into the
main room and two overflow
SPHR president Fatemah
Meghji was really pleased with
the turnout. "This is the biggest
event that SPHR has ever had,"
she said.
Jon Elmer, the controversial
photojournalist who spoke at the
last SPHR event, introduced Finkelstein and admitted that he is
also a highly controversial man.
However Elmer argued that, "the
word 'controversial' is a term
used to detract from what [Finkelstein] really is, 'a scholar'."
Finkelstein began his speech
by announcing that he was no
longer going to speak about Gandhi's theories on non-violence
and how that applies to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Instead,
spurred by recent events in the
region, he spoke about what he
referred to as "a background on
the Gaza massacre."
Finkelstein said he never
refers to the situation as a war.
"How can it be a war when the
ratio of death was 100 to 1?"
he asked the crowd. Instead, he
decided to refer to it as a massacre, bloodbath, or a slaughter—though he did call it a war
a number of times during his
Much of his speech was an
in-depth history of the Israeli-
Palestinian situation dating back
to 1948, focusing a great deal
on the 1967 war. He referenced
many of his friends and colleagues, and included a plethora
of quotes and statistics. He stated that, "Israel is a Spartan-like
society consumed by blood loss.
Killing Arabs is a sure crowd
pleaser. Killing Arabs is a way to
garner votes." Features
Editor: Joe Rayment \ E-mail: features@ubyssey.ca
January 23,2009 \ Page 4
The university student s guide to surviving the recession
With the global and national economy in such dire straits, many
university students may find that
they need assistance to help cover
the cost of tuition or to pay for their
rent and groceries. But in light
of the predicted large-scale job
losses, banks and credit card providers have become increasingly
selective in giving out loans.
As an alternative, many banks
and credit card providers have
also increased their interest rates
substantially in an attempt to recoup some of their losses.
For this reason, Compton
stresses that while credit cards can
be beneficial for students looking
to establish a credit rating, the key
is in establishing a great credit rating by using your credit card both
prudently and responsibly.
"Using a credit card to establish
credit can be very helpful for students, you justhave to be very careful," he says. "It's really important
for students that they don't just
make [the minimum payments],
but that they are paying their bill
off in full every month."
Despite the potential benefits of
credit card use, Professor Lobdell
feels that the risk of racking up a
huge debt greatly outweighs the
positives and suggests that students look instead toward either
local credit unions or the government for financial assistance.
"Credit cards are just so dangerous so I think you are much better
off to go to a credit union or to
apply for a student loan," he said.
"The student loan business is a lot
better than it's made out to be and
credit unions really try to make
your life better and are also more
flexible [than the big banks]."
Barry Stone, the acting director
of the University of Manitoba's
financial aids and awards office,
strongly encourages young people
to consider applying for a Canadian government student loan
and firmly believes that a student
loan is the best financial assistance
option available to university
"The government student loan
is almost always financially better
for students because to start, there
is a very low rate and secondly, as
long as the student stays in school,
the rate stays the same and there
is no obligation for them to pay off
their debt," Stone said.
Stone also addressed the issue
of how applying for a student loan
is perceived by some students to be
time-consuming and complicated.
"From talking to students, we
have found that a lot of them are
going toward private credit lines
because from what I have heard,
many of them feel that the student
loan process is complicated and
cumbersome, but I think a lot of
that is perception. Of course, things
could always be more streamlined,
but we are working on that, and we
will work with students every step
of the way to help them get the aid
they need.
"Plus, with the new online and
electronic programs that we have,
the student loan process can actually be quite seamless," Stone added.
"We are here to help the students."
David Domes, the manager of
the Sanford Credit Union, accepts
that government student loans are
often the safest and most practical
choice for students, but points out
that most credit unions have plans
in place for students to receive further assistance when their government loans are still not enough to
cover all of their costs.
"Where student government
loans sometimes have zero per
cent interest for now, and we and
other credit unions have very low
rates, with a credit card, you're
looking at 18 to 25 per cent interest and maybe even more," said
Domes. "I think the student loans
are still the best option available to
students as long as it meets their
needs. Beyond that, we have a
student loan special for our members, where we will top up their
Canadian governmental student
loans and we have subsidized
rates that really cater to our students' needs."
Finding the financial assistance
plan that's right for you is often a
critical step, necessary to help you
enhance your human capital.
But along with nearly every
other matter pertaining to your
economic well being, finding the
plan that fits your needs takes a lot
of foresight and planning.
Carefully budgeting your finances and planning ahead are
both especially important in a
recessionary period, when your
expenses are rising, but resources
are often harder to come by.
There are different methods that
can be used to budget your finances, but the basic idea is to accurately record all of your expected expenses over an allotted timeframe,
versus your expected income over
that same timeframe. You can then
work out a plan on how you are
going to cover the difference/It's
more important now than ever to
think ahead and really have a solid
game plan with your finances, and
the reason I'm such a big advocate
of budgeting and planning ahead is
because it prevents forced error,"
Baker said. "When you don't start
out the school year with a solid
plan, then you may find out at the
beginning of March that you have
run out of money, and then with
exams and things, it can become a
real scramble."
Baker believes students
should plan to leave a significant
portion of cash available to pay
short-term expenses  and help
cover any errors made in long-
term budgeting. He says this
money should be left in a high-
interest savings account so it
grows in the meantime.
"It's important that students
have enough cash to pay for their
short-term expenses like their rent
and groceries, but it's best to invest
your money into a high-interest
savings account so your money
doesn't just sit there," he said.
According to a new poll from
the Royal Bank of Canada, about
79 per cent of all Canadian university students say they plan on
budgeting their finances in some
way this year.
However, Kavitajoshi, director of student markets at RBC,
points out that "the challenge is
creating a budget that's realistic
and practical."
Joshi suggests that students
should split their expected
expenses into two separate
"To start, you should have
fixed expenses like rent, tuition
and other things thatyou need to
pay for each month. Then, make
another list of variable expenses
such as groceries and clothing:
items you need, but the costs can
vary from month to month."
Joshi explains that in spite of
a tumultuous worldwide financial situation, good planning and
a detailed budget can still get
you a long way.
"With a good plan and a little
discipline, you may even manage to have some money left
Baker also notes that young
people should avoid losing too
much sleep over these tough
times, as poor economic conditions are not going to last
"I do think that this is certainly a big wake-up call, but everything is cyclical so even if there
are some rough years ahead,
history has shown us that things
always come back better." *2I
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Editor: Trevor Melanson \ E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
January 23,20091 Page 5
Songs for star gazers
13 played a sold out, hypnotic set at Richard's on Richards this past November, matthew ratzlaff photo/the ubyssey
by Matthew Ratzlaff
Culture Writer
M83, like the dazzling spiral
galaxy it's named after, makes
spectators want to jump out of
their bodies and fly through outer
space. Headed by Anthony Gonzalez of Antibes, France, the band
returned to the stage at Richard's
on Richards for a sold-out show
late lastyear.
The crowd followed the lead of
the band members, who seemed
to be instantly hypnotized by
their dreamy electronic rock.
Cheers erupted during songs
from M83's newly-released album Saturdays=Youth, which
dominated the majority of the
set. However, many die-hard fans
appreciated the odd song from
previous albums such as Before
the Dawn Heals Us and Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. After
an encore the band applauded
the cheering audience, and a
beaming, starry-eyed Gonzalez
shouted, "I think I'm in love with
you, Vancouver!"
Before the show, The Ubyssey
sat down with Gonzalez to discuss
M83's music and success (for the
full effect, picture Gonzalez speaking with a thick French accent).
UBYSSEY M83 played in Vancouver in May 2008 and again in
November. What inspired you to
return to Vancouver so soon?
GONZALEZ Because that's music.
You have to promote your music
all the time, so you never really stop. I think it's cool to come
back. Last time we had a good
experience at Richard's. Itwas really amazing. I hope tonight will
be okay as well.
U You have maintained a characteristic M83 sound across your
albums. What attracts you to
make this particular style of electronic music?
G This is a really tough question. I don't really know because
I think the music I'm doing is just
a mix of all my influences. Because I'm listening to a lot of different kinds of music, I just pick
the things I love in music and put
that together. I think that's the
recipe. I'm not really thinking
when I'm making music. It just
U What impact do you want your
music to have on your listeners?
G I think it's important for
me to have my music listened
to from a lot of people. To touch
more and more people with my
music. I think if I can give happiness to people with my music
that's already a great thing. I can't
expect much more than that. It's
just music—it's not a big deal.
U Your lyrics often combine human emotion (love, fear, etc.) with
out-of-this-world themes (ghosts,
dreams, outer space, etc.). Where
do these references in your lyrics
come from?
G From plenty of things. I'm
watching a lot of movies. I'm
listening to a lot of music as well.
And also my personal life is a big
influence. It has a big influence
on my music. When I'm making
music, it's also a part of myself
that I reveal.
U Your music is starting to be
used in clothing ads and various films. How do you feel about
your music being used for these
G It depends on the product, it
depends on the movie, it depends
on the director. I'm really difficult. I don't let my music be used
by anybody, by anything. I really
choose the people I want to work
with. When the project is cool,
yeah, let's do it. I like to have my
music used.
U You'll be touring with The
Killers in 2009. How do you feel
about M83 getting more exposure in North America from playing big venues with them?
G I think it's good to tour with
a famous band, especially for a
small band like us. It's going to be
a wonderful experience. You're
playing in front of a lot of people
that don't know about your music and it's very challenging, but
also very exciting. It's definitely
a good thing, a good way to promote your music. *2I
Kate goes for Oscar gold
Having already picked up a Golden Globe
by Gavin Fisher
Culture Writer
The Reader is a powerful and
thought-provoking drama about
passion and the destructive powers of shame and pride. Adapted
from Bernhard Schlink's international bestseller of the same
name, Reader is a moving rendition of the original novel.
Set in post-World War II Germany, the film tells the story of
15-year-old Michael Berg (David
Kross) who has a passionate
and secretive affair with Hanna
Schmitz (Kate Winslet), a tram
conductor twice his age. One
day Hanna packs up and moves
away, leaving no trace of her
Eight years later Michael is
a law student studying the Nazi
war crime trials, and there he
meets Hanna again, shocked to
discover that she is now on trial
for her involvement in the Holocaust as an SS guard. As Michael
comes to terms with the horrendous past of his former lover,
he also discovers that Hanna is
guarding a secret she considers
so shameful that she will sacrifice her own freedom for it.
Director Stephen Daldry (Billy
Elliot, The Hours) and screenplay
writer David Hare have kept
faithful to the original by following the novel's plot closely.
However, the main weakness
of this movie is that it does not
represent   Michael   Berg's   in
ternal conflict as effectively as
the novel does. Both Kross and
Ralph Fiennes (who plays the
older Michael Berg) excel in representing the pain and distance
Michael feels, but the internal
monologue that drives the novel
is missing. This could have
been achieved by having some
narration—an option that Hare
regrettably decided against. As
a result, the novel has more psychological and emotional depth
than its adaptation.
The movie succeeds in terms
of its casting. Winslet is an excellent choice for Hanna Schmitz,
accurately fitting the novel's description of her character. Winslet delivers a powerful portrayal
of her character's helplessness
and vulnerability, proving herself worthy of the Golden Globe
she recently won for this role.
Young German actor Kross plays
Michael Berg in his teenage and
young adult years, excelling in
his first major role in an English
Newcomer Kross effectively
brings out both the passion
and turmoil of his character.
Fiennes, who plays the adult Michael Berg, successfully portrays
how Michael's pain carries into
his adult life and affects his personal relationships.
The Reader is a heart-wrenching and truly unique love story,
making it a definite must-see for
both fans of the novel and for
everyone else. *2I
Misplaced Specialized Bicycle
To the person who mistakenly made off with the black 2008 Specialized
Globe Sport bicycle with black front and rear pannier racks and with
black front and rear fenders on Sunday January 18th, 2009
between 5:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. outside the Gold's Gym
near UBC campus:
If you return the bike, I'll remove the curse that I've put on you and
we can forget the whole thing; otherwise, misfortune will fall upon you
for the rest of your life. You didn't work for the bike and it
doesn't belong to you, return it; not everyone gets a second chance.
For anyone with information leading to the arrest ofthe person
responsible for the bicycle's disappearance, there is a $1,000 reward.
Contact: globesportreward@yahoo.ca
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If you'd like to submit a letter, please contact feedback@ubyssey.ca
January 23,2009 \ Page 6
Fight for your right to party
Whether or not there is a War on Fun on campus, we at The Ubyssey propose a War for Fun. After years of complaining, it's time
for UBC students to stand up and make the campus into what they
Are you mad about the lack of a music scene on campus? Start
a band. Organize shows at the Meekison lounge. The Pendulum
used to host open jams on certain days of the week. Get a bunch
of people together and sit in the SUB and make some music. Or,
hell, actually listen to CiTR.
That's right folks, we have a radio station. 101.9 on the FM
dial. You can totally volunteer for them, too.
Or let's say you're furious about the direction of campus
politics. Then organize a rally. Go to an AMS meeting. They have
free food. Join the SDS and try to piece together that fragmented
mess. March to the Farm and yell a little. Or, by God, people,
please, VOTE.
Maybe you think there needs to be a little more art on campus. Well, then make it. And put it out there. Guerilla art is damn
fun. We'd all talk about it. Or organize an art show.
Lack of theatre? Do some street performance. Or if you can't
act, find people who can and get them to. UBC Improv is there
for you to exploit.
It's the same for anything. Skateboarding? People used to (and
may still) skate down the parking garages. Street hockey? We
have wide open spaces and slow moving drivers. Philosophical
discussions? Check out the Philosophy Students' Association, or
put up posters saying, "Philosophical discussion Monday, lunch,
Hell, do you just want more crazy shit to go down? Then do
it. Get some people together, paint yourselves blue and recreate
ancient Celtic battles across the Knoll.
A War on Fun will never destroy student spirit, it will only
give excuses to those who had none in the first place. So the
RCMP wants to restrict our drinking, and that sucks. We love our
booze, too. But we go to school with 44,000 nerds—there's got
to be some creative ways to entertain ourselves, and be part of a
community as well. \a
Investing in your future
As the prolonged economic crisis approaches its second straight
quarter of disastrous market conditions, President Obama is a
shining beacon of light/hope/change/optimism for millions of
people that are suffering through this situation. North of the border, here at UBC, the worry is more towards the slim job market
that has very little to offer us compared to a year ago. But in this
disaster, it may be that investing some spare cash might be a
wise choice for your future.
No one is sure whether the market has hit rock bottom yet,
and it probably hasn't. At least one of the big three auto companies is destined to go bankrupt. Job losses keep piling up. With
interest rates now slashed to a minimum, governments are running out of options. Yet despite the entire negative outlook, the
main reason for investing is simple. It may be a disaster right
now, but sooner or later, the market will correct itself. It's pretty
much like Vancouver weather—we may still be in the midst of
the never-ending rainy (and suddenly foggy) season, but people
are just waiting for those sunny summer days. The bottom line
here is that if you play your cards right, a substantial amount of
surplus could come into your pocket at the end of this road. Who
doesn't like profit?
Secondly, investing is probably better than leaving all your
money in savings. We have to pump money into the circulation
in order to help the market recover. There is risk in investing,
but your chances of winning are high and you are simultaneously
putting capital into a company.
Now, when talking about investing money, people often get
the impression that the person is greedy for money. That may be
true, but if you actually make a profit, it's your choice what to do
with it. You could just as easily give your surplus away to charity
as save it for your future plans. You will also obtain some kind of
economic knowledge that could never hurt you. Basically, investing is an intriguing option, and if you stay logical and use your
surplus money (and not your tuition fees), things might turn out
better than they were when you started. The market will always
have its ups and downs, but it's our choice to make the best out
of the situation.
Of course, if you have no money and mounting student debt,
you probably have no spare cash, in which case, we suggest
prayer. *2I
The Ubyssey is not responsible for financial gains or losses coming about from the above editorial.
By the way ^^^^^^^^^
The AMS elections committee has
officially decided to implement the
Condorcet system of voting for this
election. This allows for a preferential
ranking system.
by Trevor Wolf
Internet comments
'WAR ON FUN'" [JAN. 20, 2008]
How deliriously ironic that the
guy drafting the Anti-Marijuana
Coalition's constitution is the
one telling people there is no
war on fun, never has been. This
rigid adherence to petty rules is
what's preventing people from
caring about campus life. I mean,
apparently the DKEs [Delta Kappa
Epsilon's] got shut down for
drinking at a beer garden! Who
would have thought they'd do
that? Taping their liquor licence
to the wall in a prominent location
sounds simple enough, but a
little pointless, don't you think?
UBC's bureaucracy is the abyss, as
unwittingly demonstrated by the
amount of space devoted in this
article to providing the steps to
getting anything done. No, the AMS
isn't gung ho about promoting
anything but themselves and
holding little parties where nobody
shows. It's mostly because they're
the sort of sanctimonious self-
righteous types that want/don't
mind even stricter regulation on
every aspect of university life.
This piece itself is apologizing
for the fact that students have to
jump through 50 hoops before
being permitted to have fun while
at the same time proclaiming that
the hoops are absolutely necessary
and are fun itself. Some respect
for students please! They don't
need literal and figurative minders every step ofthe way. UBC's an
inconvenient island and this stuff
ain't helping. I imagine that a non-
apologist who has a concept of fun
ought to be the one proclaiming the
end of this "War on Fun."
If you wish to to submit a
letter it must be no longer than
350 words. Your identity will
be confirmed by phone or by ID
from the office. People may email
us atfeedback@ubyssey.ca
Are you concerned about your online presence affecting future opportunities?
Ian van den Dolder
Commerce 3
"I deleted
my Facebook
that kind of
thing just kind
of sketches me
out...[there are]
a lot of employers that just go
on [Facebook]
and search you
out...it kinda
scares me."
Maureen Bezanson
"Yes, I'm
I am a library
studies student and have
been involved
a little bit with
the folks that
did the Digital
Tattoo project at
UBC, which is all
about that."
Berry Mao
"I think so because Facebook
is just like a big,
a huge network
and it is contain
a lot of information and I think
it is maybe an
opportunity for
the future."
Natalie Cammarasana
Arts 1
"I don't think
its something
that I'm super
conscious of...
looking back
you kind of
maybe worry
about [employers access]...But
am I worried
about it [now]?
I'd say probably
Leanne Murao
Arts 2
"Not too concerned at all. It
depends what
kind of things
you put on the
blogs. If you
don't put anything incriminating...it shouldn't
be that bad."
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Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
January 23,2009 \ Page 8
Athletes ofthe Week
bv Claire Hanna, Thunderbird Athletic Council
JoelHalcro | Track and Field
As UBC's track and field season
is starting to get underway, so
are some of its runners. This
past weekend at the Dempsey
Indoor Preview, Joel Halcro
proved how fast he really is.
After taking a couple years off
to train, Halcro is back in it,
ready to compete in a variety of
A competitor in the 100m,
200m, and 400m sprints, Joel
started the season off showing
up to dominate. He made the finals in two events, the 60m and
the 200m—all extremely competitive divisions. The 60m,
an indoor sprinting event, an
event that Halcro would not
normally call his forte, had him
shave .09 seconds off his time
to clock a 7.06 in the 60m final.
In the 200m final, he came
in first running a fast 22.12
He also brought valuable
maturity and experience to the
team this year. Currently, UBC
does not have an on-campus
track. That's about to change.
The new track, which is under
construction on Wesbrook Mall
just past the Thunderbird arenas, is set to be ready by summer time. Look for Halcro and
the rest of the track squad to
be competing there in the next
upcoming months. *2I
Blain LaBranche \ Men's Basketball
If Blain LaBranche struts into War
Memorial Gym this Friday after
a thrilling weekend defeat of the
University of Winnipeg Wesmen
and the University of Manitoba Bisons, it's with good reason. Notching a solid 12 points against the
Wesmen last Friday, LaBranche
used the night as a warm-up period. On Saturday night versus the
Bisons, not only did the 6'4 senior
score a team-high 25 points, but
LaBranche scored 16 of those
in the clutch third quarter of the
game when the Birds desperately
needed a comeback.
LaBranche also hit six of nine
three-pointer   attempts,   helping
place UBC at an overall .500 efficiency from the three-point line.
This performance helped propel
LaBranche to a fourth-place spot
in the CanWest conference statistics for three-pointers. He also currently places fifth on the free throw
line hitting .821 of all his shots.
This is only LaBranche's second
year at UBC, but he seems to be fitting into the program nicely. Make
sure to catch more of LaBranche
and the rest of the Birds at the
end of the month when the War
Memorial Gym hosts Lethbridge
and Calgary on January 30 and
31. Women at 6pm and Men at
8pm. ^
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