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The Ubyssey grades the AMS execs
Amina Rai
Amina Rai ran with SPAN, a slats
purporting to be progressive and
sensitive to the wishes of students.
During the election campaign,
Rai's catchphrase was 'dissemination of information.* It's ironic that
a serious failure to communicate
was the reason that Rai came within a few votes of being removed
from office earlier this month.
We have no doubt that Rai's
intentions were good throughout
her tumultuous time in office.
Unfortunately, Rai has proved to
be more style than substance.
Though her idealism seemed
promising last February it has
proved fruitless and has not led the
society anywhere constructive.
This isn't to say that Amina has
spent her time in vain. Several
projects, such as the Anti-Racism
Action Coalition, look like they
could have real benefit to students
and to the campus. But the job of
President requires much more
than coordinating a few initiatives.
It involves facilitating communica
tion and being the spokesperson
for the society, two things that Rai
has not performed well on. It
seems that she focused on personal causes rather than issues facing
her student body.
In addition, Rai was unprepared for the issues that she would
encounter as president Her inappropriate handling of human
resources issues demonstrated her
lack of consideration for council
and for the best interest of the
Alma Mater Society.
Early in her term the President
was faced with serious problems
with regard to hiring and maintaining senior staff members.
Rather than deal with these issues
in a timely fashion, she made no
concerted response, leading to the
temporary termination of AMS
General Manager Bernie Peets'
employment The disastrous mismanagement during this period
makes it impossible for the
Ubyssey to give Amina Rai anything higher than an F. ♦
VP Academic
Brenda Ogembo
The new VP Academic and
University Affairs has the largest
portfolio and faces the most difficult task of all five executives upon
taking office. Brenda Ogembo's
burden was made more difficult
for having to follow in the footsteps of Laura Best, who had done
admirable work during her year in
office. It is perhaps unfair to compare Ogembo to Best, but it is difficult to ignore the clear differences in their approaches and
indeed, their performance. Best
made every endeavour to consult
a wide range of student opinion on
university affairs, while Ogembo
took a more individual approach
to her tasks.
Brenda has made progress on
several important files. She has
been a constant voice pressuring
the advancement of the Teaching
Excellence Initiative (TEI) and the
technical difficulties that have
plagued the installation of that
project cannot be left at her
doorstep. She organized housing
forums to investigate the needs
and requirements of students living on campus. The results of
these discussions have yet to be
seen, but their mere existence is
positive. It is simply a shame that
Ogembo did not pursue similar
development   forums   of   this
nature when discussion was ongoing with regards to the South
Campus Development Plan, for
instance. Also of concern were the
troubling reports of questionable
professionalism from several
AMS staffers who worked directly
under Ogembo. We recognize that
some of these individuals had
political agendas that may have
been satisfied by making such
complaints, but when Ogembo
defended herself by citing systemic racism, it seemed to show
an unwillingness to face criticism.
We would be willing to dismiss
these concerns as petty if not for
Ogembo's participation in the
appalling decision to terminate
Bernie Peets and expose the AMS
to potential legal action. The
choice reflects poorly on all five
executives and suggests a lacking
sense of responsibility to the students that elected her. Ogembo
has done some fine work and furnished the Ubyssey with a fist of
outstanding projects that if seen
through to completion, could
cause us to reflect more kindly on
her term in office. Considering
what she has managed to do, however, and in light of the many
concerns surrounding her performance, Brenda Ogembo has
earned a D-.
Friday, January 21,2005
Year of inconsistency characterizes AMS executives
VP External
Holly Foxcroft
The U-Pass stands out as Holly
Foxcroft's greatest accomplishment this year. Holly worked diligently with the university and with
Translink to ensure that the transit
pass would be renegotiated at a
minimal cost to students.
Indeed, she has been successful in doing this, and the fate of
the pass will now be in the hands
of students in the upcoming referendum. A new summer pass
program will also be voted on,
the product of Holly's efforts as
well. She managed to negotiate
what should be a benefit to summer students in one year, a significant accomplishment given
the glacial pace of discussion
that plagues bureaucracies such
as Translink.
Holly also worked hard early in
the year to deter the university
from negotiating with a private
student loan company, proving
her ability to stand up to UBC in
the interest of students. In addition. Holly worked hard to obtain a
copy of UBC's full budget, which
has not been released to the AMS
in recent years.
However, Holly has been less
successful in deterring a raise in
tuition that will come next school
year. When she ran with SPAN, she
promised to advocate a zero per
cent increase in tuition. It is understandable that UBC pretty much
does what it wants with respect to
tuition, and if they want to
increase it, they will. But very little
was done on Holly's part to bring
the wider student voice to the
Though Holly has lobbied on
her own, she has overlooked the
valuable resource she has in her
fellow students. Many are dissatisfied with rising fees and with
the lack of change in quality of
education and, if properly organised, they could be used to bring a
much more powerful message to
the university. UBC will be raising
tuition again, apparently with fit-
tie opposition, something that
Holly could have worked harder
to organise.
Holly would be the one executive who would have received an A.
However, her involvement with
the termination of Bernie Peets
brings her down one letter grade.
For her performance this year,
Holly receives a B. ♦
VP Adminstration
Lyle McMahon
Much of the work of the VP
Administration involves SUB management. In this respect, Lyle did
very well. He followed through on
several innovative sustainability
initiatives that had been initiated
by his predecessors, such as aiding
in the creation of Sprouts (even
donating a considerable amount of
his own money) and bringing in an
ethical purchasing policy for AMS
businesses. He also brought a
motion forward to council to cre
ate a gender-neutral washroom to
accommodate trans-identified
individuals on campus.
On the other hand, Lyle
received a decidedly lukewarm
response for drafting a letter to
UBC administrators expressing
the AMS' disagreement with the
university's choice to allow the
GAP display on campus. For
some, it was a long-overdue gesture; for others, an unfortunate
imposition of personal views on
the entire student society. Lyle
was also roundly criticised for
bringing a bloated motion to
council that condemned the presence of anti-skateboarding knobs
on campus.
It's fair to say that McMahon
was an effective administrator that
sometimes allowed his personal
politics to overwhelm the fact that
he was acting as a representative
of 40,000 plus, not just his own
Lyle's performance overall this
term has demonstrated a genuine
interest in addressing the needs of
students and in improving the
SUB. On his own, Lyle merits a
solid A-.
However, his complicity in the
questionable decisions made by
the executive in December and his
subsequent censure drops him
down to a B-. ♦
VP Finance
Stacey Chiu
The VP Finance is the numbers
guru of the AMS Executive. Draw
up a budget, ensure that the society stays solvent and you've done
a good job. Stacey Chiu did that.
She also had the thankless task of
preparing the society for the expiration of the Coke contract, an
inevitable development that will
remove $130,000 in annual revenue while giving Coca-Cola a two-
year free monopoly on beverage
service in the SUB. Chiu took def
inite steps in the right direction,
presiding over a consolidation of
business space. The Canada Post
outlet and Subcetera moved in
with the Outpost, leaving more
rental revenue on the table. Chiu
also moved quickly to sever relations between the AMS and
SmartMedia after the much-anticipated coupon/cash machines
never materialized. The SUB now
features a DVD rental kiosk and
an instant teller machine,  and
those service charges go directly
into the society's coffers.
It wasn't all good news for
Stacey, however. Both AMS
FirstWeek and the Welcome Back
BBQ lost considerable amounts of
money. Risky events, to be sure, and
no one expected the VP Finance to
keep the rain away. At the same
time, these events had been losing
money on a consistent basis and
Chiu could have revised expectations to take losses into account or
better yet killed the barbeque altogether. These are small potatoes
though. Overall, Stacey's done a
good job. In fact, the only thing keeping her from an A is her choice to
stand alongside her fellow execs
during "Berniegate." For someone
supposed to be ensuring fiscal
responsibility, risking a lawsuit
seems rather foolish That considered, we give Stacey Chiu a B-. ♦
It was an inconsistent year for the AMS executive this
year, as can be seen from the diverse letter grades we
have awarded to the various office holders. As a group,
the executive was expected to present a strong and relatively unified voice, but due to the poor showings of
some executives and the Bernie Peets situation in
December, the executives' good intentions and projects were often masked by their bungles. There was a
troubling lack of openness at times, as the executives
held closed door meetings where serious discussions
took place. Some suggested these private meetings
were "strategy sessions' but the executives deny this.
AMS Council also spent an inordinate amount of time
in camera this year, often motivated by an executive.
While we understand the need for privacy when dealing with legal matters, there seemed to be undue
desire (and willingness on the part of councillors) to
limit access to information. This obviously concerns us
as reporters, but it should also worry students. It's your
money these people are playing with here.
—Sarah Bourdon and
Dan McRoberts
The "experts" speak
To accompany our annual report cards, the Ubyssey asked members of
the AMS Council to contribute their feedback on the performance of this
year's executive. The feedback we received was entirely expected. Only
a limited selection of councillors responded, just as only a small number of councillors seemed to maintain an active interest in what was
going on in front of their eyes. The responses were almost evenly divided between those who were very critical of all executives and those who
had words of praise for all five. This division was also seen in the close
voting on the resignation and recall of President Amina Rai, as both
measures divided council down the middle.
The survey we distributed asked councillors to rate the executives in
three categories:
• Overall Job Performance
• Approachability/Availability
• Ability to Manage Portfolio, Responsibilities
Each category was rated from one to five, where one represented the
worst possible result and five the best. Councillors were also asked to
decide Hot or Not? For each exec. The average results were as follows:
President Amina Rai
Overall: 2.66
Approachability: 3.22
Ability to Manage: 2.66
VP Academic Brenda Ogembo
Overall: 2.11
Approachability: 2.88
Ability to Manage: 2.44
VP External Holfy Foxcroft
Overall: 4
Approachability: 4.44
Ability to Manage: 3.77
VP Admin Lyle McMahon
Overall: 3.77
Approachability: 4.11
Ability to Manage: 3.66
VP Finance Stacey Chiu
Overall: 3.55
Approachability: 3.55
Ability to Manage: 3.77
Councillors were also asked to contribute comments for each executive.
There were some notable quotes pertaining to each, as well as patterns
for certain execs. In the case of both Amina Rai and Brenda Ogembo,
multiple responders commented on a lack of office hours and slow
response to requests, emails and phone calls.
VP Admin Lyle McMahon was described as "inarticulate* more than
once. And VP Finance Stacey Chiu was called both "boring and "unsexy".
People just hate numbers.
Some highlights from the comments section:
Amina Rai
• "Extremely welcoming and inclusive."
• "Hopefully she will realize that a 'request to resign' is actually a way
for someone to gracefully exit without making it obvious that they are
about to be fired."
• "It is unfortunate that she does not have all of the HR skills required
for the position but I still feel that her honest attempts at improving the
society have benefited and empowered students."
Brenda Ogembo
• "Other people clamour for less overtly ambitious people in politics. I can say that I have yet to meet a student politician with more
noble aspirations."
• "Really needs to remove the chip on her shoulder."
• "I don't feel that Brenda did much with her portfolio. Which is too
bad because there is so much work to be done within the University."
Holly Foxcroft
• "Very experienced and thoughtful."
• "Best of the bunch, but that's not saying much."
• "She worked hard, worked with the administration, worked against
the administration, maintained her values and integrity throughout."
Lyle McMahon
• "Massive congratulations are in order for being the sole executive to remain
behind to face an issue after the other executives who were paid to attend left."
•"Very hot"
• "Relaxed and confident, Lyle maintained his belief in democracy
and sought solutions that were creative and unconventional."
• "Lyle's ability to bring people together made him a perfect AMS
presidential candidate...until the recent events within AMS council
forced him to reconsider."
Stacey Chiu
• "The most competent member of the exec*
• "Barely a blip on the radar." ♦ 4
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With the rise of green cars and cycling
as common modes of transportation,
a new animal has emerged: the e-bike
by Nick Hersh features writer
Noel Hop-Wo   photos
There is no denying it anymore: energy conservation
and environmental friendliness are the trendiest of
trends. Hollywood celebrities cruise
through town in electric cars and
manoeuvre around their film sets on
expensive Segway Human Transporters; you can't cross a Vancouver
street without hearing someone
preach about tihe evils of automobiles;
and even oil companies are advertising how clean and efficient their gasoline is and how they are leading the
way in alternative energy research.
And while, yes, I agree that these
trends are more welcome than Pogs,
Beanie Babies and reality television,
they still seem to be wide of the mark.
After all, electric cars and Segway
Human Transporters may be better
than more traditional forms of transport, but their high price tags put
them relatively out of reach for ordinary folks. And anyways, even if you
are driving an electric car, you're still
wasting energy while sitting in traffic,
warming up the car in .the morning
or just waiting in the parking lot
while your grandmother slowly bobbles out of Denny's.
With this in mind, consider for a
moment the idea of an electric bike.
Sure, it might not be a good idea
for all situations, but for everyday
travel, the electric bike (commonly
known as the e-bike) far outstrips the
competition in almost every category.
The basic notion behind the e-bike is
brilliantly simple. Take any bike you
please, attach a motor to either the
front or back wheel and some batteries for energy and you have an e-bike.
Your speed is controlled hy a throttle
that is either attached to the handle-
bars or built into the grip, and a simple twist of the vmst sends you off at
speeds that csm reach upto 6.0 Mo-
metres per £o%i>s11ie batteEries are
usually just recharged by plugging
the bike into a normal 110-volt outlet,
though oe^in S6i%ts can be taken to
allow y^^:$edbarge your battery
through^ff&b ;energy transferred into
your Brakes as you slow down.
,t?Si3^C!m e-bike conversion kit
(al^^t,, all of which come from
G$3$b&, if world leader in terms of e-
pokes), the cost of converting your
present bike can be as little as 400
dollars — the best conversion kits
can be bought for a few thousand —
and the batteries generally carry
you 30-40 kilometres before needing to be recharged.
Sadly, however, I have never
been a bike person. My first bike
was khaki and brown-coloured,
with a banana seat, curved handlebars and the word "Excalibur*
emblazoned in bright red over a
cartoon broadsword across the
chain guard. The vinyl of the seat
was cracked enough to let the yellow foam stuffing pop through,
braking was accomplished with the
feet rather than the hands and each
handlebar was capped by a collection of brown and silver plastic tassels. Excalibur came into my possession because my older brother
had gotten a new bike and the
Salvation Army had refused my parents' charity for safety reasons.
Needless to say, I have since shied
away from anything having to do
with bicycles.
Thus, not having touched a bike
of note since the early nineties, and
not being among the most technologically aware of people, I recently
decided to sit down with a few
members of the UBC Electric Bike
Club so that they could clarify a few
e-bike related details for me.
Justin Lemire-Elmore and Matthew
Cbiidleiffb. both Engineering Phvsics
students and leading members of the
ErBike Club Jhere at UBC, have a lot of
experience with e-bikes and alternative forms of transportation. Lemire-
Elmore even went to the length of
building his first e-bike out of a used
motor and pieced-together batteries
from discarded laptops.
The UBC E-Bike Club was started
by a group of students who, having
made a few electric bike prototypes
for engineering classes, decided
that an official organization was
needed to get the word out on e-
bikes and help those interested in
finding the parts and constructing
bikes of their own. Though still less
than a year old, the members of the
club have built a number of e-bikes
and organized shipments of e-bike
parts for students from factories in
China. However, though their interest in e-bikes seems to revolve
mainly around the technical side of
things, this did not stop them from
tutoring me on the environmental
worth of e-bikes as well.
E-bikes , crush the alternative
transportation competition because
they are not only simple and cheap,
but also leave behind a very small
environmental footprint.
Put it this way: a car, whether
gasoline or electrically powered,
requires a few hundred horsepower
to operate at the level we expect of
it. However, an electric bike would
only need in the area of 1/3 to 1/2
horsepower to go upwards of 45 or
50 kph. In a city like Vancouver,
which is frequently congested and
clogged with traffic, a car will never
reach its full speed, and rarely
moves quickly. Yet a bike, with its
smaller dimensions and easier han
dling, is able to move easily
through traffic and will keep up
with cars. So, by paying thousands
more for a car than an e-bike, you
will be driving a much less efficient
form of transportation.
In fact, e-bike batteries use so little energy that, despite propelling
bikes at such quick speeds and having an average life-span of 500
recharging cycles (about 2 years of
everyday use), the average e-bike
batteiy produces much less energy
throughout its life than was put into
creating it. Even for such durable
and. powerful energy sources, the
range of travel for a cyclist. One
member of the UBC Electric Bike
Club even commutes to school by e-
bike from North Vancouver on a
regular basis. It also opens the door
to people who would otherwise be
turned off by the idea of cycling:
those afraid of sweating before
school/work, those physically incapable of the exertions of normal
cycling and those who happen to
live at the bottom of a big hill.
Lemire-Elmore and Chudleigh's e-
bike optimism has not been shared
by everyone, however. Of course,
many cyclists look down on people
energy used in the production of
these batteries far outweighs thei^r
total output. I
Also, taking into consideration*"
the large amount of energy gained
from food that a normal biker relies
on when biking, e-bikes are surpris:
ingly more efficient than bikes that
use solely human power. Food'pros- \
duction in North America is alarm?
ingly inefficient, with your body:
only using about ten per cent of the
total energy that went into the pro- 1
duction, packaging and transport of
whatever food you eat. E-bikes, on
the other hand, are able to convert
60-75 per cent of the energy that
they gain through electrical outlets,
making them incredibly efficient.
Lemire-Elmore and Chudleigh estimate that e-bikes use 2-10 times
less fossil fuel energy than the average person on a bicycle, meaning
that you not only go faster on an
electric bike, but are many times
more energy-efficient.
E-bikes are also more useful
than everyday, pedal-powered bicycles. Because you use so much less
energy,   the   e-bike   expands   the
whom they deem too lazy to power
their own bike, but a more surprising adversary has been the government. Despite the current public
trend of environmental friendliness, the e-bike has been restricted
by many national governments.
Until only a few years «igo, e-
bikes were classified as. a iopm of
motorcycle in Canada and,, Jas^such,
naturally required the iPidWto carry
a license and insurance. Now that,
the rules have changed, e-bikes are
street legal and riders do not need a
license or insurance, as long as the
bike cannot reach a certain speed
and the motor is not too large.;;Yet/
despite this rule change, e-bike regulations in Canada are still far
stricter than they are in many Asian
countries and even the government
of the United States has warmed its
otherwise cold heart to the e-bike.
Go figure.
After having heard so much
about e-bikes, I was ready to forget
my natural distaste for bicycles and
try one out. However, upon seeing
the converted mountain bike I was
to ride, I was a little less sure of
myself. E-bikes in general are surprisingly discreet. The motor hardly stands out between the spokes
and other parts of the wheel, and
the battery is small enough to be
concealed in a small compartment
on the back of the bike.
Yet, after having everything
pointed out to me, my confidence
in this, particular bike quickly fluttered away. I was assured,that this
was an older, crappier variety, one
of the first bikes built by the E-bike
club, and the electrical tapesecur-
ing wires to the frame and the pack-
ing tape holding the batteries
toget&er seemed a minor cause for
worry. '.   <.
"Uhh... maybe I should ask if
there are any safety concerns With
"Ha"•!&£?' Suckled the e-bWe
kids, /it's the same as riding any
other bicycle.*
"Well, the battery packs have
been known to fall off the back and
onto the tire. It happened to my
roommate once/ warmly remembered Lemire-Elmore. *She was biking between a bus and the curb,
and the battery fell onto the tire.
The bike started shaking and felt
like it was gonna spin out of control...*
"She chose the curb... better
than the bus." Awkward pause.
"Here, let me tighten the battery
pack for you.*
The battery pack now secure,  I
asked if there were any other con-
' cerns. '/
'Mall, safe as any other bike*...
except, well,./
'Well/   sometimes,    if   you're
going too fast and happen to unplug
thye x%&Ubfy; pack from the motor,
'ihe mbfc&r will lock up/
"-fA :   '-,    xX'-'A^''   ,
/; :Kotliag;the quizzical and, I'm
;SUre, -;:i|liite daft expression on my
face; jCMudleigh continued. "That
means your wheel will basically
freeze, no niatter how fastJrou are
going;;, Happened, tp somebody in
Vancouver awhile back/ Bi^ ,#ont
tire locked and he Mpp^d:'4yerCtfie
handlebars at about 60 *_(£&*,But
,-*^V  rpGyynrV
what religion you practice. And
these people will have high paying
jobs while I'm still floundering in
graduate school, if I'm lucky.
Blocking the last few minutes of
conversation from my mind, I
grudgingly climbed on the bike and
started pedalling. The first few seconds were awkward. Pedalling on
an e-bike without using the motor is
tougher than a normal bike, as the
motor offers more resistance than
just gears by themselves. Upon
turning the throttle, however, the
entire experience changed.
Biking along Wesbrook Mall, I
gradually accelerated just by
pulling down my wrist. There was
no obnoxious noise, no aching legs,
no sweat; just the faint hum of the
electric motor and a delirious smile
on my face. I breezed past the bookstore, climbed the hill through the
parking lot and flew in the direction of Koerner Library. Passing the
geography building, I came back up
the hill next to the Angus building.
All without pedalling,for significant
stretches. Even when climbing
hills, I had no nee^ i^work aiid
only^pedalled to keep iny speed up.
The safety worries were long
gone and I loved every second. It
was the most fun I have had in a
long, long time and the most fun I
have ever had on a bike. So buy an
e-bike to save energy for your commute to schooL Buy an e-bike to
increase the amount you exercise,
or because you can't use a regular
bicjrjcle. But mostly buy an e-bike
because of the amount that you will
enjo^yourself when you ride it. The
''&$&$, of coasting up a steep hOl
wimdut even pedalling or passing a
biker working their ass off while
you aren't even sweating are experiences to be cherished and e-bikes
supply them in spades.
The future of electric bikes and
alternative transportation is looking
brighter by the day. New lithium
polymer batteries are increasing the
power of e-bikes while decreasing
the size and weight of the energy
source. E-bike stores are cropping
up throughout Vancouver and
organizations like the UBC E-Bike
Club are on hand to answer questions, help you find parts and fix up
don't; Worry, you'll be fine. Just    your bike exactly as you want it.
don't unplug the batteiy pack if Next on the  table  for Lemire-
you're going really fast/ \        -fElmore and Chudleigh is an electric,
Engineering students seem to;: two-wheeled skateboard. You have to
regard personal injury as a neces- /^see it to believe it, but judging by how
sary evil, just something that hkp^;.-successful and expansive their e-bike
pens in the name of science and p^jp^pject has become, this new idea
future fortunes. As a student of ,«oikd set the alternate transportation
anthropology, I have only learned ^e^pd alight
that death is something to fear, no        ijhaiikfully, I neglected to tell them
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Friday, January 21,2005
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Dan McRoberts
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Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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'Flushl' exclaimed Matt Hayles as he glanced around the green
felt table at Jon Woodward and Trevor Gilks' horrified faces.
Colleen Tang looked at Matt with distain in her eyes, and scolded him for letting Claudia Li (the new mother of little Jonjoe) fold
her cards. Sara Norman was sitting aside placing bets with Paul
Evans on who would win the large pile of paper money. Nic
Fensom walked in just as Michelle Mayne proposed a new game,
"Its called the doyour-work-game..." Blank stares, that's all she
received from Carrie Robinson, and Ania Mafi. Meanwhile, Eric
Szeto was typing away hoarding the spare supper money and
basking in his newfound power of being temporaiy-office-whip.
Alex Leslie would have cracked satirical remarks about the entire
situation, but she was awqy binge drinking at a conference so
Sarah Bourdon and Dan McRoberts collaborated to come up with
a few witty jokes. Jesse Ferreras and Greg Ursic didn't find them
very funny, but found hilarity Nolan HopWo's blissful enjoyment
of The OC.
Nolan Hop-Wo
Michelle Mayne
Canada Port Salaa Asraamant Numbar 0040878022
since 1973
This year's version of the Alma
Mater Society is rapidly degenerating into bickering and infighting.
Realistically it's not surprising
since both council executive are split
between supporters of the Students
Coalition (read service-oriented) and
Democratic Students Caucus (read
Idealistically it is unfortunate
because the one occasion on which
they spoke with a united voice— in
the SUB lease dispute — they won.
In that dispute, by presenting a
united front, the society gained a
major concession when the
administration backed down from
its insistence that any agreement
granting increased maintenance
and supervision in SUB would
have to include an administration
cut of the building rental revenue.
However, some coalition types,
particularly long-time hacks Rick
Murray, Bob Angus and Gordon
Blankstein, have abandoned that
co-operation and are concentrating on low blows to the caucus
This comes in the form of attacks
on the one of the few remaining DSC
strongholds, the speakers and education committee.
It also comes in the form of
harassment of the two remaining
DSC executive members, President
Brian Loomes and co-ordinator
Joanne Lindsay.
This is unfortunate because the
service types have had it mostly
their way so far.
And in the case of their special
events program (Cheech and
Chong, the Beach Boys) they've
done a roaring good job.
But Loomes, Lindsay and
friends are trying to maintain the
other half of that balance both
groups promised last year: namely
Since there are a number of
problems like the Rec UBC, bookstore prices and the Georgia
Straight hassle that will be more
easily solved by a relatively united council, not to mention execu
tive, the two factions will have to
negotiate an effective working
Student Coalition types will
have to realize that the caucus
and predecessors have drawn
their share of student support
over the years.
The DSC, especially Loomes will
have to realize that the accurate
statement that the root of many evils
is capitalism, should not be used as
a cynical cop-out whenever a problem needs solving.
We understand the new Pit in
the SUB will be opening soon.
How about if all you guys get
together  over-a few beers  and
plan the revolution, whatever it
Things have changed since 1973:
Chong has served time, John Stamos
became a member of the Beach
Boys, the Cold War is over and
Siegfried and Roy have become
Siegfried. However, some things at
UBC never change. Surprise surprise, there are still disputes within
the AMS. If they were arguing back
in the seventies while they were
most likely smoking a bowl during
meetings, what hope is there for
future AMS executives to get along
and run this Alma Mater Society in
peace today? Answer: Yoda. ♦
Stop moccasin mayhem
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By Jenn Cameron
Now I didn't complain last
winter   when   the    classic
leather boot was  replaced
with   the   tallest  wrestling
shoe in existence, but this winter, the high healed moccasin
has taken tilings too far.
Somehow the moccasin has allowed itself back into
the world of trendy shoes, only this time the take on them
has taken away eveiything that was good about them. All
the times when the moccasin has been popular before it
had its characteristic soft, earthy comfortable appeal. Now it
has a heel.
In sixth grade, I remember finding my mom's old pair of
rabbit fur mukluks from the seventies and falling in love
with them. And what eleven year old wouldn't fall in love
with a soft furry boot that allowed her to slide across ice with
the greatest of ease? They even had tassels that bounced
when I walked.
The seventies and I were wrong. Moccasins do not deserve
the spot light, and it's because once we make something as
ridiculous as a moccasin a trend, we do ridiculous things to it
to try and make it attractive. Like put sparkles on it. Now
someone try to explain to me why sparkles and glitter belong
on a moccasin.
The latest moccasin/mukluk fad has stripped away everything that was good about them as a footwear option, and kept
the bad things. Tassels do not belong on any shoe, despite
what any eleven year old girl or maybe your grandmother
might tell you.
No one in their right mind would put a heel on any sort of
loafer, a moccasin in the least. It looks like it was an accident,
jutting out undecidedly, transforming something that was
ugly to begin with into a hideous monstrosity of a shoe.
I fear that the moccasin shoe will take the same place in
my heart as the vastly inappropriately worn Lululemon yoga
pants. Both are unattractive clothing items designed for comfort, and I fear that this similarity will allow moccasins to
become a new eyesore for casual Vancouver dressers.
—Jenn Cameron
Ubyssey Culture Staff
Friday, January 21,2005
Work needn't be
a four letter word
now playing
by Greg Ursic
That feeling you have when you leave
a good movie is one of appreciation—
you leave feeling like you didn't just
waste your money and you're glad to
see there are good actors out there
that can make a film that touches you
without all the cheese. That feeling
doesn't happen often, but it will after
seeing In Good Company.
Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid)
may be a senior manager for
American Sports magazine, but
he's also a down to earth guy who
treats his employees like friends,
and believes in sealing a deal with
a handshake. He enjoys his job
and is also blessed with a seemingly idyllic home life. The bliss is
shattered when a corporate juggernaut buys the company and Dan is
demoted. Even worse, he discovers
that his new boss, Carter Duiyea
(Topher Grace), a hyperachieving
buzzword spewing young powerhouse, is half his age and knows
nothing about the business. Some
days it pays to sleep in.
In spite of laudable performances in such films as Traffic and
the more recent PS, Topher Grace
is best known for his snappy comebacks as twitchy teen Eric
Foreman on That 70's Show. To
milk a cliche, this film is going to
change all that. As Carter, Grace
displays a amiable bravado, but
the cracks in his tough guy exterior
are visible almost immediately.
Grace relies on sincerity and plays
Carter with a light touch - a verbal
stumble or nervous laugh that
reveals a growing sense of self-
doubt. Consequently, his Carter is
endearing rather than annoying.
His performance is only one of the
film's highlights.
Scarlett Johannson stable of
post Lost in Translation continues:
she shines as Alex, Dan's beautiful
but bashful daughter. Johannson
has a calming presence grounding
every scene she's in, and it is a
pleasure to watch as Alex blossoms
into a self-assured young woman.
Quaid meanwhile looks better than
he has in a long time with his trademark mischievous smile in full
force. Quaid's Dan always tries to
do what is right by his people and,
despite one minor lapse,    main
tains his self control. Quaid also
demonstrates a flair for physical
comedy, hijacking several scenes.
The film's best moments however
come in the exchanges between
Quaid and Grace: from cadence to
body language they share an inherent familiarity in their interactions
which feels natural, and enhances
their evolving relationship.
In Good Company is as much a
triumph for what it doesn't do: rather
than playing for the cheap laughs, or
copping out with a traditional
"Hollywood ending,* the script
boasts equal parts grit and substance
to balance out the humor. The cast
notably Grace and Quaid, deserve
credit for infusing the stoiy with genuine emotion giving this big budget
film an indie feel. It is, dare I say, a
must see for moviegoers. ♦
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Friday, Januaiy 21f 2005
Begging for
Expressive explosion finally appears in final play of trio
at the Pacific Theatre
until Jan 29
by Jesse Ferreras
Immortalized in the annals of
great literature is the Irish poet
and playwright William Butler
Yeats, who has conceived much of
the greatest poetry ever written.
Famous for his works on mythical
themes, such as his collection "The
Wanderings of Oisin," as well as
more politically-charged works
including "The Second Coming,"
'Easter 1916" and "No Second
Troy," until now Vancouverites had
only scant knowledge of his theatrical works.
Running until Januaiy 29th at
the Pacific Theatre, the Dumb
Prophet Equity Co-Op presents the
aptly-titled "Beggars at the Waters
of Immortality," the Canadian premiere of William Butler Yeats' one-
act plays "At the Hawk's Well,"
"The Cat and the Moon," and
"Purgatory," in a valiant effort to
finally bring to the Vancouver
stage the powerful language of
Yeats' plays.
Opening the production was
"At the Hawk's Well," a fascinating
play that captures the imagination
of the audience with a beautifully
written prologue that begins, "I
call to the eye of the mind, a well
long choked up and dry...," which
serves dually as the production's
The first play is the story of an
old man (Donnard Mackenzie) who
has waited for 50 years at a well he
believes will bring him immortality. Unfortunately, all those 50
years, the well has remained dry
and has denied him his Holy Grail.
Soon, he is visited by the Irish hero
Cuchulainn (Kyle Rideout), who
has come searching for the well
and, in so doing, the secret to eternal life. The play is enigmatic and
difficult to comprehend, but interesting nonetheless.
It is followed by "The Cat and
the Moon," a light farce about two
beggars, one blind, one lame in the
legs, who are told of a place where
they may find a mythical saint to
bless them. The saint appears to
them as a spirit and gives them
the choice of either being restored
to the abilities that they lack in the
physical world, or be blessed.
Hilarity ensues as they each face
this dilemma, with Kyle Rideout
and Donnard MacKenzie displaying an extraordinary amount of
comic chemistry.
The    production's    finale    is
"Purgatory," a heartbreaking one-
act play about an old man
(Mackenzie) who brings his son
(Rideout) to a burnt-down house
which is revealed to him as his
It was difficult to  determine
what I thought of the plays as I pondered over them at the two intermissions. The first two plays were
both very interesting, and I was
thinking at the time that it was an
honourable     deed    for    Dumb
Prophet  Equity  Co-op   to  bring
Yeats'  poetic language  and his
playwriting to the stage. However
that the performances themselves
were somehow lacking in emotional impact. That all changed immediately as soon as "Purgatory" hit
the stage, a performance in which
the full dramatic force of the whole
production explodes forcing the
audience to all but forgets the first
two plays. Mackenzie particularly
stands out in "Purgatory", portraying a father driven mad by his horrific past, a far cry from either of
the characters he performs in the
first two plays. The actors definitely appeared to feel the power of
"Purgatory" as much as the audience did.
An honourable attempt to bring
William Butler Yeats' theatre to the
stage, "Beggars at the Waters of
Immortality* emerges as a powerful,  ambitious production at its
finale. Although it may not be
remembered as the greatest production of Yeats' plays ever
brought to Vancouver's stage, it
will be remembered for its daring
as the first of its kind in this city.
Hopefully the doors have been
opened for the powerful language
of the playwright's work to hit the
Vancouver stage again in the
future. It is more than likely that
we will at least be treated to a journey through "Purgatory" once
again. ♦
Vote "Yes" or "No" in the AMS Referendum from Jan. 31 - Feb. 7
U-Pass Referendum Questions:
1.1 support the implementation of a summer Universal
Transportation Pass (Summer U-Pass) program at a cost of $20
per month for four months (May through August) for students
registered in the 2005 summer session and at a cost of $22 per
month in subsequent summer sessions for students registered in
those sessions.*
* Note 1: This cost will be added to the AMS fee paid by students registered in the summer session and will entitle those students to
unlimited use of bus, SkyTrain. and SeaBus services within the GVRD plus discounted fares for the West Coast Express as well as access to
UBC TREK transportation programs.
Note 2: Under agreements with Translink and the University, the $22 per month cost is fixed through the 2008 summer session. There will
not be an increase in the cost for summer students beyond $22 unless such an increase is approved through another referendum.
Note 3: The Summer U-Pass will be mandatory for all AMS members registered in the summer session for courses of at least five weeks
duration, with certain limited exceptions.
2.1 support the continuation of the Universal Transportation Pass
(U-Pass) program at a cost of $22 per month for eight months
(September through April each year).**
** Note 1: This cost will be part of your AMS fee and will entitle you to unlimited use of bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus services within the
GVRD plus discounted fares for the West Coast Express as well as access to UBC TREK transportation programs.
Note 2: Under agreements with Translink and the University, the $22 per month cost is fixed until April 2008. There will not be an increase
in the cost for students unless students approve such an increase through another referendum.
Note 3: The pass will be mandator}' for all AMS members with certain limited exceptions.
Note 4: ff the referendum receives a majority No vote, or fails due to a lack of quorum (i.e. less than 4.000 Yes votes), the U-Pass Program
will be terminated.
SASC Referendum
I support an increase in my AMS fee of $2 a year,
refundable upon request, to increase the funding
for the sexual assault support services fund and
call upon UBC to match this amount.***
*** Note: All money raised through this fee will be deposited in the Sexual Assault Support Services
Fund and may be used only for sexual assault support services. Any money raised through this fee
but not used in a given year shall remain in the fund for use in a subsequent year for sexual assault
support services.
AMS Bylaw Referendum
Do you accept the proposed amendment to the
AMS Bylaws to add a voting seat on Student
Council for international students?
Do you accept the proposed amendment to the
AMS Bylaws to add a voting seat on Student
Council for indigenous students?
Funding is available for those who want to support the Yes or No side of each referendum question. Please contact elections@ams.ubc.ca for details.
For details on each referendum question, visit www.ams.ubc.ca/elections beginning Jan 24th.


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