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many Shakespeare lovers on the
waterfront in Vanier Park right
next to the downtown core for
another season of Bard on the
Beach. This season sees the
comedy As You Like It and the
classic drama The Merchant of
Venice on the main stage. Bard
on the Beach continues their
third year of "The Kings" with
Henry Viand Richard III. • June
2-Sept24, Vanier Park, $21-40.
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PLAYLAND* Playland is open again
with all of your favourite rides
waiting for you. Grab some cotton
candy and play the midway, or hit
the links and play minigolf. Come
monkey around on the climbing
wall or just simply absorb the fine
fair culture that Playland provides.
The fair is always best with the
sun shining! • Now-Sep. 25,
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FOR A SOLO VOICE* Nuns, kings
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appearance in this mischievous, beautiful and poignant
concert for solo unaccompanied voice, drawn from composers spanning a millennium.
The astonishing Phoebe MacRae channels some unforgettable characters. • 1pm-2pm,
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MALICK • Vancouver is set to
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Malick. Films to be screened
include The New World, The
Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven, Badlands, Pocket Money
and The Dion Brothers aka the
Gravy Train. • June 10-16, Van-
city Theatre.
The Bad Reputations take on
the Taco Kickers and Riot Girls
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a new 4 level Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL) Building on the TRIUMF
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below grade, a 2-storey Compressor Building, and a 1-storey Badge Room.
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UBC student dies in swimming accident
A man who drowned Sunday
at Kawkawa Lake near Hope,
BC, has been identified as 24-
year-old UBC student Felix Ri-
aga Odera.
Odera was visiting the lake
while on a trip with the Inter-
Varsity Christian Fellowship—
an AMS club.
According to the RCMP,
Odera was staying at a bible
camp on the lake. He jumped in
the water on Sunday afternoon
from a floating dock that was
approximately 70 feet way from
the shoreline. Four or five other students were on the dock
at the time, and when Odera
did not resurface, they called
the RCMP.
"The early stages of the investigation point to the young
man being unable to swim," Cst
Tracy Wolbeck told the Hope
Golden Star. "It's a really sad
accident and very upsetting for
the people who witnessed it."
The initial search for his
body was unsuccessful, but was
finally recovered on Monday
morning by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.
Odera, a Kenyan from Nairobi, began studying at UBC in
2007, majoring in political science. According to his personal
blog, which he started in April,
he was interested in socialjustice, entrepreneurship and spiritual understanding. He had a
full scholarship to attend UBC
and was the VP Finance for the
Africa Awareness Initiative.
His final blog post, written on
April 30, described the month-
long missionary trip called the
Vancouver Urban Partnership
that was to start shortly after his
trip. It involved a week of intensive bible study in Sundre, Alberta, followed by three weeks
of scripture studies, lectures
and internships in the Downtown Eastside.
His body has been sent to Royal Columbian Hospital for an autopsy. The coroner determined
that neither foul play nor alcohol
were factors in Odera's death.
A page on Facebook has been
setup to memorialize Odera. tl
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Crime on campus still the same problem
Petty thieves on campus quick to steal unwatched goods in 2010
While most students are safe at
UBC, their unattended belongings may not be.
Despite theft prevention programs implemented by Campus Security in conjunction with
UBC RCMP, the number of thefts
on campus hasn't dropped. In
2010, 214 thefts were reported
to Campus Security in 2010, the
same number as 2008.
In addition to their security patrols, Campus Security's
theft prevention campaign has
included education and awareness programs. These include
signs that warn students not to
leave property unattended, the
bait bike program, the bait locker program, property engraving
and mapping of high-theft areas.
However, Campus Security says that for all their programs, student diligence is the
best defence.
Paul Wong, manager of Crime
Prevention and Community Relations for Campus Security, said
the majority of thefts are ones
where somebody leaves something unattended, and comes
back to find that it is no longer
"I don't have numbers of the
items most commonly stolen
but bikes, electronics like laptops and phones, backpacks and
wallets are typically reported.
Many students who have a backpack stolen often have electronics, books and a wallet inside,"
said Wong.
Commerce student Winsie
Tang experienced exactly that
while studying in Koerner Library for a midterm lastyear.
"I thought that it would be
safe to leave my stuff there and
just walked literally almost ten
steps to the washroom and then
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when I came back...I realized
that my bag was stolen and in
it were my keys, my wallet and
my phone," said Tang.
The bag was later found in an
elevator at the library, but her
wallet and phone were gone.
"I feel so stupid because I
trusted everyone. [They were]
just too into their own studying
that I didn't want to tell them
to look at my stuff...and I also
thought that the washroom was
so close," said Tang. "I was too
innocent to think that someone
would steal my stuff."
Tang reported the theft to the
staff at Koerner Library.
"They weren't really helpful.
I told them I lost my stuff and
then they said you can fill out
this form which we will give to
the campus police. The campus
police never got back to me. It's
pretty useless," she said.
Wong said the recovery rate
for stolen property is unknown,
but emphasized the 95 per cent
recovery rate for items turned
into Campus Security's lost and
found, totalling thousands of
dollars everyyear.
He stressed the importance of
not leaving valuables unattended and properly locking bikes
with hardened steel locks in
order to prevent thefts. "Ifyou
have an ability to protect the
property, then even if it's for a
minute, that's something you
should do," he said. "We encourage people to use the programs
that campus security has...and
to watch out for each other. Try
not to leave any valuable items
According to Wong, laptop
theft usually has the most impact. "There is a financial cost as
well as an impact on academic
commitments, such as term papers, class notes, dissertations
etc...that have not been separately backed up."
Tang's laptop, which was also
sitting on her desk at Koerner
Library, was spared. She said
that while she was lucky that
it too wasn't stolen, she had so
much trouble concentrating on
her exam that afternoon after
the loss of her bag that she got
a poor grade.
Wong said to also take caution with items left in vehicles,
of which theft is on the rise.
The number of thefts from vehicles since lastyear, according
to Campus Security reports, has
risen from 13 to 25 cases.
Wong stressed the importance
of taking action to prevent future cases. "Take expensive electronic equipment from your vehicle when leaving it parked.
GPS devices, iPods and phones
in plain view are targets of
choice for thefts from auto.
"Removing the opportunity
for theft is the best preventative measure." tl
The UBC Board of Governors
is set to approve the construction of a 15-bed hospice on
campus on Wednesday. The
decision has been a long time
February 2008: The Order
of St. John and the Vancouver Hospice Society present a
proposal to the Board of Governors (BoG) to build a single-story hospice on campus,
with the land donated by UBC
and the administration of the
hospice overseen by St. John.
September 2008: The BoG
gives tentative approval to a
hospice, subject to "a suitable
site" being found by Campus
and Community Planning.
September 2009: UBC announced the hospice will be
located on Northwest Marine
Drive, sandwiched between
Marine Drive, St. John's College and Place Vanier.
October 2009: After an outcry
from students, the decision is
April 2010: Campus and Community Planning tell the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) that the area between the Promontory condominium and Thunderbird Stadium has been selected as the
location for the hospice.
June 2010: The BoG gives
tentative approval to the hospice being located at that
January 2011: Residences
of Promontory stage a public campaign against the proposed location. They cite a
Chinese stigma towards death
and possible lower property values as reasons for their
displeasure. UBC announces they will put the final decision on the hospice's location
on hold.
February 2011: The UNA
board approves a motion that
"urges UBC to reconsider the
choice of the Promontory site
and to consider selecting another site."
May 2011: A final open house
is held for residents to discuss the location of the hospice, but UBC announces that
the hospice will go ahead
as planned in the proposed
June 8, 2011: Date of the BoG
meeting where it is expected
that UBC will formally approve
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CiTR sends off two long-time staff members
Luke Meat and Bryce Dunn say goodbye after ten years at the station
While campus radio station CiTR
is increasing student funding
and embarking on technological challenges, two of their longest-serving staff won'tbe along
for the ride.
CiTR has announced a restructure of the Music Director and Program Coordinator
positions, ending the tenures
of Luke Meat and Bryce Dunn.
Meat had served as Music Director since 2000 and Dunn as Program Coordinator since 2004,
though both had been involved
with the station well before becoming paid staff.
According to a statement
made by Board of Director's
Chair Janis McKenzie, the decision was made to reflect "the importance of a renewed focus on
students as listeners and as programming participants and the
need to adapt to and lead technological change."
Funds brought in by the referendum earlier this year were
an "increased vote of confidence"
and bring the "challenge of even
greater accountability to the student segment of our campus radio community," added McKenzie in the statement.
Penny Clark, outgoing President, echoed McKenzie in saying that the decision to restructure was "hard, but made the
most sense."
Last semester, Clark campaigned in favour of the "Yes"
vote for raising student fees
in the March referendum. The
question passed with 52 per
cent of the vote, increasing the
CiTR fee from $4 to $5 per student. Though the station was relieved to receive the extra funding, the low margin by which it
passed was startling for the Student Executive.
"The referendum was important because it didn't pass by very
much, so we take that as a warning signal from students that
they're feeling disengaged from
their club services," said Clark.
In a meeting with staff and
programmers on Thursday,
those in favour of the decision
reiterated the need for greater student involvement, something the old positions weren't
Luke Meat has been with CiTR since 2000. GEOFF LISTER PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
equipped to coordinate. "Dedicated volunteers are what help
a not-for-profit like CiTR grow.
Volunteers require challenging
and interesting responsibilities
that give them a personal stake
in the station," Clark said.
"We had positions that were
designed to run the station but
we need positions that are designed to draw volunteers into
station operation."
Student programmers currently represent 11 per cent of
CiTR's on-air talent, a figure
Clark called a "big problem." In
comparison with other campus
stations, CiTR ranks among the
lowest in terms of student-produced on-air content.
Station Manager Brenda
Grunau said those in Thursday's
meeting represented "the successful volunteers, but there
are a lot more unsuccessful volunteers who aren't here. We're
good at recruiting volunteers,
but not keeping them."
Clark added the station is
looking for ways to become
more user-friendly and student
accessible by making it "easier
to get shorter term or less frequent shows. It's hard to commit to a regular schedule."
But no one is quite sure yet
what the restructured positions will look like. Further
meetings and consultations
will take place before the redefined positions are to be posted in July.
Janis McKenzie thanked Meat
and Dunn "for their passion,
dedication and valuable service
to CiTR." Nardwuar the Human
Serviette, CiTR's most notable
programmer, offered a motion
to give Meat and Dunn honorary lifetime memberships to
the station.
"Luke and Bryce were really
integral to CiTR. They gave everything to CiTR and they taught
me about music," he said.
"You don't want to lose people like that." tJ
Bard on the Beach ready to kick off 20th season
All the world may be a stage,
but there's a better view in Vanier Park.
Since its inception in 1990,
Bard on the Beach has been lauded as a Vancouver cultural institution. Each summer, thousands
flock to Vanier Park to partake
in a festival of Shakespearean
comedies and tragedies, as well
as operas, arias, numerous lectures and special events—all
held in an open air 'village' that
allow actors to perform against
the beautiful backdrop of English Bay.
There are several changes to
this year's festival. Most notably,
the venue has expanded, with
a new main stage tent that will
seat up to 742 people. Director
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Dave MacKay, a UBC Theatre
graduate, has been tasked with
opening thisyear's season with
As You Like It on the new stage.
As a performance venue, he
notes, it presents a wealth of new
theatrical opportunities.
"I think we are just starting to
see that this is going to be quite
a great and fantastical step for
Bard," he said. "The addition of
more people viewing will not
only reward the audience, but
the cast as well, with all the additional ears in attendance."
Christopher Gaze, the charismatic founder and artistic director of the festival, is particularly excited about the historical dramas.
"What could be better, ifyou
love Shakespeare, than to watch
the entire History Cycle, with
the Henry VI plays [which the
director has compressed into
one play] and then finishing that
whole cycle with Richard III,"
said Gaze. "People should see
both if they have a particular
interest in the history and the
emergence of the gloriously seductive, dangerous, and fantastic Richard III." Gaze points out
that such a staging ofthe history
Charles (Charlie Gallant) fights with Orlando (Todd Thompson) on stage
cycle has "never been done before in Vancouver, on any large
Part ofthe attraction of Bard
is its brand of affordable, succinct and high quality Shakespearean productions. Gaze
notes that the directive of the
festival "is to reveal the play and
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it, so that the story is there, the
language is there and the characters are there for a stimulating, fun, thoughtful and dramatic evening in the theatre."
However, there is more to
Bard than the plays themselves.
"I used to resent the fact that people would talk to me about the
view and not about the show,"
said Gaze, "and then it took me
some years to understand that
there is a whole Bard experience.
It's a tradition for people to come
to Bard, the physical place, and
enjoy the sort of buzz and festival nature of it all." tl
Bard on the Beach officially opens on June 10 and runs
until September. As You Like It
premiers on opening night. The
Merchant of Venice on June 18,
Henry VI (The War of the Roses) on July 6, and Richard III
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Nancy Wilson resigns after three seasons
Women's hockey coach leaves to run lighting business
Last week UBC women's hockey
coach Nancy Wilson announced
her resignation from the program. Wilson served as an assistant coach from 2005-08, and
was named head coach before
the 2008-09 season. In her three
full seasons as head coach, she
led UBC to a 26-46-3 record.
"It's time for me to have a change,
and I think the program at UBC
needed a change as well," Wilson
said in a phone interview Sunday
morning. "I'm very happy and
proud of the UBC players in the
program, but I feel like it's time
to move on."
It's time for me
to have a change,
and the program
needed a change.
Wilson is a partner in a successful lighting company (CNJ Lighting Solutions) and the time commitment at UB C did not allow her
to run her business in a satisfactory way.
Wilson came to UBC with an
impressive resume. She led the
Women's National Under-22 Team
to a gold medal at the 2007 European Air Canada Cup and was
an assistant coach with the Senior National Team in 2008. In
her first season as head coach,
Wilson guided the 'Birds to a
8-15-1 record. UBC's eight victories matched a program high,
and allowed them to qualify for
the Canada West playoffs. It was
only the second time the 'Birds
had qualified for the playoffs in
the last ten years.
But UBC never reached a record of. 500 or better during Wilson's tenure, continuing a streak
over ten years long. The 'Birds
have been in the basement cellar
of the Canada West for a long time,
and not even the wealth of experience Wilson brought to the program was able to change that.
"It is always hard to build a
program," said Wilson. "UBC has
very high academic standards so
getting players into UBC, quality
players, can be difficult."
A lack of depth has perennially plagued a UBC roster that has
shown flashes of brilliance. Last
season UBC defeated the consistently dominant University of Alberta Panda's 3-2 in regulation
time. It was one of only four losses the Panda's suffered all season.
"They players [on] the first two
lines were very solid," said Wilson. "They can compete with any
team in Canada West. The Canada West is a very competitive division though, so if you have issues such as illness or injuries
you really need to have a third
or fourth line that can step up,
and we didn'thave that lastyear."
The inability of coaching a
team capable of rolling with four
lines is one thing that Wilson is
remiss about with her departure.
"Our recruitment this year was
very solid," said Wilson. "I think
that if the recruits want to finish
what I started there [and] they
still go to UBC, then I think the
program will have more depth
[next season]."
Wilson was unable to turn the
Thunderbirds into a title contender, but three years may not be
enough time to adequately judge
her tenure as UBC's bench boss.
UBC Athletics hasyetto announce
Wilson's successor. For now, last
season's assistant coach Jeff Old-
enborger has been named interim coach.
Whether it is Oldenborger who
inherits the job, or someone else,
Wilson believes that the foundation pieces have been put in place.
"UBC is only a few players away
from competing for the top spot,
they are that close," said Wilson.
If Wilson is correct, expect the
'Birds to gain ground in the ultra competitive Canada West next
Men and women's track finished in the top 20 at the NAIA
outdoor track and field national championships last weekend
in Indiana. The women finished
17th in a 65-team field, while
the men's team finished 13th
in a 74-team field. UBC's long
distance ace Tim Smith set a
school record in the men's marathon with a time of 2:34:11.00.
Smith came in 12th in a field of
over 60 runners. Nelly Amen-
yogbe had a stellar race, finishing in 4th place with a time of
3:01:05.01, a mere 25 seconds
away from 3rd.
UBC will be sending basketball
coach Kevin Hanson and guard
Nathan Yu to the 26th Summer Universiade Games, August 12-23, in Shenzhen, China. As UBC's sixth man, Yu averaged 13 points a game. Coach
Hanson, thisyear's CIS coach of
the year, has a talented roster led
by CIS player of the year, Car-
leton's Tyson Hinz. Hanson will
be looking to improve on Canada's 9th place finish in the 2009
Universiade Games.
Eight current or former T-Birds
will be competing national- ly to
qualify for the 2012 Olym- pic
Summer Games in London. Current T-Birds Kyla Richey and Lisa
Barclay made the senior team
and Shanice Marcelle made
the development 'B' team. Recent graduate Jen Hinze also
made the senior team, along
with former grads Carla Bradstock, Liz Cordonier, Marisa
Field and Claire Hanna. These
players formed the nucleus of
UBC's current run as four-time
defending CIS champions.
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This Wednesday in sunny Kelowna, the Board of
Governors will give final approval for a hospice
to be placed in between the Promontory condo
and Thunderbird Stadium. The two-year long debate over its location has produced plenty of headlines and cultural cleavages, but we can't help but
think the end result is a win for all sides.
UBC has the satisfaction of supporting the
hospice community and doing an unambiguously good thing by providing land to the project. Students win by having the hospice placed
in an area that will not provide conflict with either the academic or more leisurely pursuits that
we take part in.
And the University Neighbourhoods Association, the quasi-municipal group that represents
the permanent residents on campus? Well, to be
honest, the hospice issue has created more tension in their ranks than anything else in their
history. Residents have called for the resignation
of the entire board an overhaul of the monthly
newsletter, and everything else in between. People feel like the organization created to represent
them has failed.
Yet we can't help but feel this is a good thing.
Permanent residents upset with the change have
been given a reality check as to their rights as residents of UBC, the only major urban area in Canada without a municipal government. After 20
years of growth ofthe non-student population at
UBC, there's a community on campus would like
to believe that they have a real say in how their
neighbourhood develops. Instead, they are given
the option by UBC to be put on a priority wait list
for new units on campus.
UBC Campus and Community Planning head
Nancy Knight framed this in a positive light, arguing that "a municipality would not be able to
provide this level of service." True—but a municipality would have much more democratic accountability in their land-use decisions.
It's a reminder that, not having to live by the
rules of any real government, UBC can do many
things for its citizens—both pleasant and unpleasant. At least now, UNA residents should be
as aware as students that, when it comes to how
this campus is governed, the status quo is unacceptable in the long-run.
A Translink official recently told the Vancouver
Sun that issues with lost, stolen, resold and fraudulent passes are costing the company enough to
threaten shutting down the program altogether.
The subsidized student transit system, which costs
around $30 a month per student, is apparently
responsible for $15 million in fraud each year.
For one thing, Translink's figures, completely
overblown in our view, reside in the realm of good
ol' fear mongering. Besides the numbers including
passes lost in the mail, lost by students, and passes that were never claimed, a focus on the fraudulent passes should require a deeper look at the
circumstances that creates both the desire to resell U-Passes and why people risk buying them.
Students at participating universities can't opt
out of the program and so students who do own
a car or don't use their pass are not compensated
if they do not wish to take part in the program. If
you have a car, the U-Pass is a three-figure mandatory tax.
Some people are of course justlooking for a quick
buck, and many people are complicit in fraud, or
find ways to legitimize it to themselves. However, there is something to be said about the affordability of transit for students who are not attending classes during the summer, or have recently
graduated. University and college students across
the Lower Mainland in the lower economic bracket are usually just as broke during the summer
months as they are during the year. Graduates
who have had the chance to use the U-Pass program during their studies aren't suddenly going
to be able to afford the $151 multi-zone pass the
moment they step off campus.
Before Translink reps begin threatening to
shut down the U-Pass program, they need to get
their numbers straight and stop blaming students for their losses, tl
Toope s graduation address lacked courage
At the majority of 2011 graduation ceremonies this May, President Toope, fighting the evils of improper language usage, condemned Macleans "Too Asian?"
article in his speech. He stated the controversy surrounding the article, "resulted from strong language, masking sloppy thought," adding that it is
"the sort of thing I hope you university graduates are inoculated against."
Overall the speech went well for Toope.
He even got a few laughs.
This speech was given to 7500 attentive (or inattentive) soon-to-be graduates,
as well as thousands of their guests. He
assured everyone that as UBC students,
they have been instructed against thinking in the way those Macleans writers
did (in his own words): sloppy. Anecdotal. Hurtful. It is "Everything that a
university education speaks against."
But what Toope failed to inform
his audience is that the writer of "Too
Asian?" was a student—a UBC student,
to be exact, trained by our very own
It was in the classrooms of our own
institution that one ofthe writers ofthe
article, Stephanie Findlay, developed a
good portion of her critical thinking. At
one time, she was even an editor of this
bi-weekly rag. Apparently, for her, four
years was not enough for the kind of
"inoculation" that Toope talked about.
While this mistake may be an acceptable one to make for some, Toope
should have been more careful. For
me, knowing the authorship of the article made his speech seem careless.
His words? They became uninformed.
Perhaps even guilty of the crimes he
bequeathed upon the writers of "Too
Especially for someone who has
made it part of his Presidential agenda
to address creating dialogue between
different cultures—an issue he acknowledged exists—"I don't want to pretend
that just because you have people from
different backgrounds they're going to
interact—they're not," he commented
in Maclean's "Too Asian?"
As someone who takes this issue seriously, I would have expected Toope
to have made the authorship of the
piece explicit.
It wouldn't have sounded as nice to
the thousands of excited people packed
into the Chan Center—to let everyone
know that our institution contributed to the frame of mind behind "Too
Asian?" And it would have reminded
us all that we still have a long way to
go before his agenda to "create mechanisms, programs and opportunities
for people to interact" is in place, ready
to inoculate the young minds at UBC.
But at least he would have been
I commend Jamie Paris' concise commentary in May 24's Ubyssey and the
Executive's decision. As much as it's a
sad day to find out that Koerner's Pub
is no more for the summer, it's galling
to imagine it staying open at a projected loss of $175,000. Leaving it open
would have been against financial logic, and diversion of funds from other
recreational or support services for
GSS would have led to a chain of unpredictable outcomes undesirable by
a greater student population.
I've known that the Pub has been
struggling, but I had not realized the
huge and growing deficit. It's odd that a
business could continue to operate under such conditions, and I'm surprised
that it didn't get axed earlier. Student
society businesses are not supposed to
profit hugely, but it's also backwards
for it to survive on handouts.
The Executive made a tough decision, but a correct one. Dramatic problems calls for dramatic solutions. However, as the editor put it, the method
didn'thave to come at such a surprise
to stakeholders, and labour relations
should have come into play much earlier. Butting heads with unions is messy
business, so I wish that there were
more warning or consultation with
them before the major decision. (On
that note, I don't think students really
have a place to vote for Koerner's fate-
it's almost purely a business decision.)
I hope the little guys aren't forgotten
and that they receive any compensation due to them.
I love Koerner's and I've had many
fond memories there, but I do not advocate it to be reopened unless it makes
financial sense and it is within GSS
means to do so. Koerner's has weaknesses rooted in its location, marketing, targeted audience, etc. and this is
an ideal time to rethink the strategy
and come up with an innovative solution. There are other pubs around campus and many options for socializing—
it's too frivolous and wasteful for Koerner's to remain niche.
It seems to me that GSS has done
both a right and a wrong. I'm not hearing an outcry from the student population about the summer closure so one
can argue that the right outweighed
the wrong; however, let us not sink to
that level of commitment. GSS can do
better and I expect council to smooth
things over with Koerner employees.
PS: I don't think much of Jaishankar
Iyer's (the past GSS VP Finance) opinion.
It might have been a careless thought
onpaper, butraising GSS fees by $10 to
support a struggling pub that has no extraordinary hold on GSS services? Let's
stay away from dangerous thinking.
-Jackie Law
MSc, School of Population
and Public Health
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