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 and chocolate body paint
An alphabetised Valentine's primer, from the heart. Pages 6-7
Interview with a bird
The T-Bird reflects on the avian flu, being nameless
and getting its head ripped off. Page 3.
Referendum rumination
The results are in, but questions still remain. Page 9.
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THE UBYSSEY
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Friday, February 11, 2005
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Alpine ski team hoping to win a championship
SKIING IS COOL: Captain Matt Woods tells us all. nic fensom photo
by Andy Prest
SPORTS WRITER
There are many strange things
about the UBC alpine ski team.
That became clear as I sat down
with four leaders of the team for a
liquid lunch at The Pit a day before
their season began at a Januaiy
21-23 meet in Oregon.
For starters, they have no
coach. Their team is run as an
autonomous collective with a few
veteran skiers taking lead organisational roles and everyone working together to achieve their goals.
'Not having a coach is actually
pretty nice, it's very relaxed/ says
Andrea Lustenberger, co-captain
of the women's team. 'We rely on
each other.
The team ethic they bring to a
sport that normally focuses on the
individual makes these Ski-Birds
an anomaly. They compete in the
United States College Ski
Association (USCSA) where you
must perform well as a team to
advance to regional and national
championships. Individual hot-
shots go nowhere if there is no
team behind them in the USCSA.
Trevor Bruce, a former Canadian
national team skier, has seen the
egocentric side of skiing and
is happy to be part of a real team.
'When you're racing for yourself
you're looking at your buddy and
hoping he blows his knee out
or something so you don't have to
compete against him.* That type of
thinking is nowhere to be found on
UBC team.
Jamie Finlayson is another former national team skier who has
found a happy home at UBC. 'I was
really into racing/ he says, "I kind
of got over it for awhile, but now
I'm back in/
"We're very team oriented/
says Matt Woods, the team's de-
facto leader. The skiers, recruited
mostly by word-of-mouth through
western Canada's ski community,
have known each other for many
years and many of them live
together in a couple of ski houses
around campus. That brings up
another strange thing about the
ski-birds; they are the only
Canadian team competing in the
USCAS and the only accredited ski
program in Canada.
'We're the obnoxious Canadians
on tour/ says Woods. 'Everyone
knows us and we really play up our
Canadian-ness when we're at
events/ That includes a starting
gate chant of 'TEEE-BIRRRRRRDS*
complete with a shake, shiver, and
little dance.
The final quirk of the team is
that they are having way too much
fun. As early afternoon bevies are
sipped there is talk of drive-by
moonings, excessive skin-tight ski
suit appearances, and Jack-Ass
style road trip videos. "The team
will be accompanied to Oregon by
a man aptly known as 'Pace-car*
who has nothing to do with driving
or skiing. 'We have a balance
between real hardcore competition and just going out and having
a blast/ says Bruce.
There is one more thing that
might not be evident in the previous descriptions; these
Thunderbirds are fast. The men's
team is looking to build on the
results of last year where they won
their regional competition and
placed third at nationals. The
women also took the region last
year and finished a strong eighth
at nationals. Both teams are looking to dominate regional competition again this year and come up
with strong showings at nationals.
They have spent the past four
months doing rigorous dry-land
training and they are ready to hit
the hill.
'We're as strong or stronger than
last year/ says Woods/We're fast
and we're fun/ says Woods.
Unsuspecting ski teams and
interstate drivers across America
are about to find out just how fast
and how much fun they really are. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, February 11,2005
3
fried Thunderbird
Getting friendly with
UBC's nameless mascot
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS EDITOR
The UBC mascot has a gaping hole in
its soul. When news hit last year that
the T-Bird would be losing its partner,
Lightning, ripples were felt throughout the mascot world. To make matters worse, it found out that it's long
time name Thunder was going to be
disposed of—it's been a rough year
for the T-Bird.
In this tell all confessional with
the UBC mascot, the T-Bird reflects
on its time at UBC, the nature of the
mascot business and the burdens of
being nameless.
Ubyssey: Do you ever feel as the mascot you are the spiritual leader of the
Thunderbirds teams?
T-Bird: I just think I have a big role in
hyping up the crowd for sure but the
team, I honestly think the team doesn't take notice of me...maybe I'm a
spiritual leader for the crowd.
U: Do you ever suffer any abuse or
backlash from being mascot?
TB: Once I got my head ripped off. It
was my first time mascotting. I
walked to the beer garden...this guy
was drunk and ripped my head off so
everyone saw me and I screamed,
'Give me my head back!*
Another time I was just sitting with
some people [at a football game] and
they had a video camera. They started
video taping me with some girls and
they were from a different school...I
was just goofing around with them, all
of a sudden the chick was like, 'Come
here, come here!* So I went down and
sat beside her. She puts her arm
around me then she started beating
on me—I got my ass kicked.
U: Did you get hurt?
TB: No, because of the mask but she
was literally beating on me and they
taped this. I also got sexually
harassed by a girl. She grabbed my
ass, full scoop and dip.  She just
grabbed it So that was disturbing.
U: Any good stories?
TB: The kids love you so you can sit
with the kids. There was this one
girl she was obsessed with me at
this hockey game and she was so
cute...she kept coming up to me
and kept giving me hugs and she
drew me two pictures that night
while I was watching the hockey
game... [she] coloured it and wrote
down, "To Thunderbird from
Rebecca/ It's on my door. Then she
drew another one by herself freehand of the mascot.
U: Do you get sworn at a lot or
taunted?
TB: I get taunted but not sworn at a
lot
U: Do you ever react to the taunting?
TB: Last year I had to stick around
for about half-an-hour in the stands
and say goodbye to people. And the
SFU people were being really rude to
me, people were hitting me and
stuff. I was hanging out by the stairs
and hanging out with people and
this guy was standing at the top of
the stairs and I could just tell that
they were coming right after
me...they came running down the
stairs and...I couldn't get away fast
enough, they come and they start
swinging at me and pushing me. I
took a couple of blows and I said you
know what? This is retarded so I
swung back at them, punched them
and ran away.
U: Going to change topics. Worst
fears. Would you ever be sexually intimate with a taxidermist?
TB: Only if he didn't stuff the T-Bird. I
could kind of relate, but it's also kind
of violating.
U: How about flight? Do you believe
you can fly?
TB: No, but I hy to convince people I
can. But it's hard to convince them
when you don't believe it yourself
U: Avian flu. How do you feel about
that?
TB: Word up to all my fellow birds
that fell to that. I was kind of happy
because I knew lots of my fellow
chickens wouldn't be used for food.
U: Eggs. Hot or not?
TB: I'd say pretty hot, without the
eggs where would I have come from?
U: Do you lay eggs? Or inseminate
them?
TB: I'd say [the T-Bird] is asexual.
U: How does it feel being nameless?
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TB: One of the ways I get taunted
right now is people scream out, 'No
name! No Name!"
U: So are you sad?
TB; I really want a name. I feel like I
have no identity.
U: I have a couple of names that I
want to ask you to see how you feel
about them. How about Cockle-doo-
dle-doo?
TB: No. I can just hear people in front
of me and it's kind of like a chicken
and one of the things people are calling me right now is chicken and
turkey. So that would be just asking
for it.
U: Sasquatch.
TB: No. I'm a bird. Sasquatch is a big,
mean, hairy animal, I need some
thing more that is more to a thunderbird.
U: Mack Daddy.
TB: I don't know if my parents would
be happy with that but hey that
sounds cool.
U: Tweety.
TB: Not bold enough.
U: Pecker.
TB: There are a lot of sexual connotations in there so...
U: Gandhi the bird.
TB: I like that...the bird's kind of spiritual. He's all about peace.
U: Jean-Luc Picard.
TB: No comment
U: Last one. Excali-bird.
TB: I like that! What does that mean?
I really like that ♦
mc
Explosive hockey trio lighting up the scoreboard
TNT LINE: Dustin, Bruce, and Bartzen. nic fensom photo
by Bobby Huang
SPORTS WRITER
Forget Marcus Naslund, Todd
Bertuzzi, and Brendan Morrison,
there's a new production line in
town. Meet the top line of the UBC
Thunderbirds men's hockey team:
Kyle Bruce, Casey Bartzen and
Dustin Paul.
The Birds have undergone a dramatic reversal in their fortunes since
the new year. They have won five of
their last eight games after suffering
a winless first half of the season.
An undisputable reason for the
turnaround can be attributed to the
play of captain Dustin Paul, fifth-year
centre Casey Bartzen, who is coming
off Canada West player of the week
honours, and recent addition Kyle
Bruce, also player of the week from
three weeks ago.
With the way these guys have
been playing, they might as well go
by the moniker of the TNT line
because their performances have
been simply dynamite.
The explosive trio has fit up the
scoreboard for a combined 38 points
in the eight games since 2005.
Bruce has collected 14 points
since joining UBC over the holiday
break, and has nothing but rave
reviews for his fine mates Bartzen
and Paul.
"Casey has amazing speed and
Paul is such a smart player," said the
right-winger. 'If you get them the
puck in the slot, it's a good chance it's
going in the net."
Bruce sees himself as the perfect
complement for Bartzen and Paul.
"I have great speed as well, and
I hit and I forecheck," said Bruce.
"I'm more of an all around player
and combined with Paul's great
shooting and Bartzen's speed, I fit
in well with them.*
Bartzen and Paul note that the
addition of Bruce has contributed significantly to the success of their line.
Paul has collected seven points in the
last eight games, and Bartzen continues to lead the team in scoring with
25 points in 22 games.
"When we brought Bruce in,
who's a hard worker by nature, he
makes other guys work at a higher
energy level/ said Bartzen. "Me and
Paulie have always had good chemistry but we had been missing that
third guy with the same mindset/
'They're quick guys and smart
with the puck/ said Paul in
describing the play of his other
linemates. "Anytime you have
good puck sense, speed and skill,
you're going to have success."
They hope to be enjoying even
more victories as well because with
the recent stretch of winning, the
team's expectations are riding high.
"We're looking at going deep into
the playoffs and contending for a shot
in the nationals/ said Bartzen. "Once
you get into that tournament, it's anybody's deal/ added Paul.
UBC (5-14-5) leads Lethbridge by
seven points for the final post-season
berth and have a chance to distance
themselves from the Pronghorns in an
all-important series this weekend at the
Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre. ♦ 4
PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, February 11,2005
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Brains and brawn
T-Bird swimmer Caitlin Meredith heads to Edmonton with an astounding 26 medals
POOL PERFECT Caitline Meredith practices, practices and practices some more, nic fensom photo
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
SPORTS WRITER
UBC swimmer Caitlin Meredith's
recent string of success has made
her a beacon of good fortune that
people have started flocking in gaggles to see.
Two weeks ago, Meredith was
named CIS Female Athlete of the
week, an honour followed by her
accomplishments in the Canada
West conference final in Lethbridge
last month. It was there that
Meredith was named female swimmer of the tournament after she
captured seven medals during competition. On top of that, she helped
the swim team hold on to their second consecutive conference title.
This makes her grand medal total
since joining the Thunderbirds 26,
16  Canada West and ten CIS.
Meredith knew from an early
age that if she were to compete with
her brother's shrine of medallions,
she would have to join a sport
where she would be able to receive
as many awards.
"My brother had swimming
medals lining entire walls of his
room, and I decided that skiing wasn't giving me enough medals to line
my wall. So I had to join swimming/
she explained.
But this wasn't her primary motivation behind succeeding. Meredith
challenges herself for the sake of it,
and for no other reason.
"All the pressure is coming from
myself. I want to win," she said. "I
understand how important it is for
each one of us to swim our best. I just
try to remind myself to have fun. I am
doing this by choice—no one is forcing me to swim. I just love it."
Although things have now paid
dividends, Meredith, like anybody
else who tackles academics and
competitive sport was initially overwhelmed. But as time wore on, she
began to feel more comfortable.
"I don't feel as overwhelmed by
eveiything—by training and by
school," said Meredith. "I feel more
comfortable and more confident in
everything that I do."
She also quickly dispels the stereotypes that are rendered to university
athletes being intellectually inept.
People believe these things because
of a certain ignorance, and aren't
open to the fact that it doesn't have to
be one or the other, said Meredith.
"People just get on with their set
ways and it's hard to change how they
view things. [People are surprised to
find out] that I'm actually intelligent,"
explained Meredith. "The whole athlete-stereotype isn't true for most athletes. We are smart people."
Looking beyond, Meredith has
many goals in mind for the fiiture as
she sets her sites towards more com
petitions,   and   maybe   eventually
going on to the Olympic stage.
"This year I want to definitely
quality for the World Student
Games, and then if possible, go to
the Worlds, the Commonwealth
Games," said Meredith. "After that,
who knows, maybe the Olympics.
It's a long ways away."
Derrick Schoof, the UBC swim
coach, has been witness to his superstar's growth and he attributes this to
her eagerness to evolve as an
athlete.
"Caitlin [Meredith] is definitely
improving since coming to UBC, her
improvement in her technique being
remarkable," said Schoof. "And as she
matures as an athlete, she will only
continue to get better."
With all these ambitions, she
still manages to keep eveiything in
life on track. And like any other
university student, she gives all the
credit to naps.
"Naps are the secret to life," said
Meredith.
Meredith and the rest UBC swim
team head to Edmonton for the CIS
championships at the end of the
month to defend the national championship for the seventh year in a
row. A win would clinch the Birds the
all-time record for consecutive CIS
championships. ♦
— with files from Eric Szeto
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Star shines solo
Improv favourite creates new laughs in his own show
That Improv Guy
Weekends @ Tom Lee Music
by Jenn Cameron
CULTURE STAFF
I arrive at the third floor of Tom Lee
Music to see what That Improv Guy
has to offer. At the top of the stairs
(or elevator, depending on your
choice) excited staff are busy encouraging people to sit up front and
make lots of noise, while people
laugh nervously and look at each
other wearily.
Lights start flashing over our
heads and music begins to pump
loudly in the small auditorium. An
animated Margret Nyfors runs onto
the stage, exuding all her energy
into revving up the crowd. She
needs two volunteers. Everyone
looks at the floor. Don't pick me.
Don't pick me. "How about you sir?"
Phewf. Dodged that one.
Two shaky young guys get up
onto the stage, while the audience is
egged on to think of a thing and
shout it out. Anything. Silence fills
the auditorium. Finally, an elderly
gentlemen yells something out, I
think he said cheese. Soon a beat
starts ringing beneath the floor, and
Dan Joffre, the Just for Laughs World
Improv Champion, hops onto the
stage, improvising a rap about
cheese. And quite well I might add.
The two volunteers on the stage continue to shift back and forth on their
feet, they've been asked to strike a
position or say something into the
mic whenever Joffre comes near
them. They don't give him much to
work with, saying things like "baby"
and shrugging their shoulders. The
audience starts to chuckle.
By the time a ten-minute break
rolls along, the audience is a mix of
hysterical fits of laughter and sup
pressed giggles. Patrick Pennefather,
the music guy, relaxes on the side of
the stage. A combination of game-like
skits and musical comedy in the style
of Wayne Brady, this comedy trio—
Joffire, Pennefather, and Nyfors—has
successfully broken the suppressive
shell around the audience.
Joflre's many character impressions and witty mannerisms combined with a friendly relationship
with his co-workers build a harmlessly amusing show. The amount of
energy that all three of the comedians must put out during the show is
intense. They're sweating by the end
of 90 minutes.
The whole situation is a little
reminiscent of when you had
Bongo the clown at your sixth
birthday party. Bongo expected
you to participate as well. In those
days, you would jump up and help
Bongo with whatever he needed,
now you sit and maybe even roll
your eyes. Well, we could all use a
little reminder of what it feels like
to laugh and join in the fun without hesitation.
Dan Joffre has brought Whose
Line Is It Anyways out of the television and into downtown
Vancouver, so it may be time to
leave the living room—even if it is
just for one night ♦
Music series ablaze
Concert No. 2: Un Grand Concert
Dramatique
Jan.28
by Ritu Kumar
CULTURE WRITER
The Chan Centre was ablaze in late
January as the Hector Berlioz's
Leho was resurrected by the UBC
School of Music.
Concert No. 2 (Un Grand
Concert Dramatique) of a year-long
concert series entitled A Blaze of
Berhoz, featured the talents of the
UBC Symphony Orchestra, the
University Singers, the UBC Choral
Union, and actor Remy Girard. The
evening combined a musical tale
of Berlioz's autobiographical
Lelio's failed suicide attempt, and
a narrated portion in which Lelio
discovers he is still alive.
While the concert runs all-year,
each night offers a unique presentation of music. Last week's was no
exception.
The performance was split into
two parts over the evening, with
the first half composed solely of
Berlioz's music. Here the UBC
Symphony Orchestra excelled as
they flawlessly performed five
pieces collectively entitled
Symphonie fantastique: episode de
la vie d'un artiste. It was easy to
forget that these talented young
artists were not musical veterans
as they performed with skill
rivalling that of a major symphony.
The  second half,  Lelio  ou le
retour a la vie, meanwhile, featured renowned Quebec actor
Remy Girard narrating as Berlioz.
Girard put words to the emotions
that the Orchestra had conveyed in
the first half as he gave a raw performance that was both moving
and captivating. Integrated in with
Girard's narration, the UBC
Symphony Orchestra continued
on, although now in the company
of the University Singers, the UBC
Choral Union, tenors Matthew
Stephanson and Keven Zakresky,
and baritone Rrzystof Biernacki.
All three soloists performed beautifully, and would have to be, for me,
the highlight of the evening's performance.
A Blaze of Berhoz was nothing
less than amazing. It was apparent
that it had been produced meticulously, and it was performed flawlessly! The next concert of the
Berlioz series—Concert No. 3, the
Grande Symphonie Funebre et
Triomphale—vriW be held March 31
and April 1 and will also be free.
But tickets must be picked up at
the Chan Centre box office ahead of
time.
Although it will be no compensation for missing Concert No.2,
tune in on February 16 at 7:00 PM
to hear Un Grand Concert
Dramatique as it is aired nationally on CBC's Espace Musique 90.9
FM. And be sure to pick up tickets
for the next brilliant blazing night
of music. ♦
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membership the outstanding and consistent
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community. Each year, the members send
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contributions to campus life
Sigma Tau Chi remained an all-male organization until
1995, when a spirited debate was held and the 400+
members were asked to vote to make Sigma Tau Chi an
organization which -would recognize outstanding women
as well as men on Campus. The resolution was passed by
an overwhelming majority and Sigma Tau Chi & now an
organization devoted to recognizing all student leaders.
Twice each year, members are invited to attend dinner
meetings to meet new members, to hear of current
developments on campus, to maintain alumni
involvement in the. encouragement of stndem and
Campus leadership, and to honour current leaders for
their commitment to the excellence of student programs.
Please note that applications and nominations arc
currently being accepted. Completed nomination forms
should be sent to the indicated address and questions
regarding die nomination process can be sent to the
indicated email address.
Maryann Adamec
AMS President 2001
AMS Vice President 2000
Kathy Bruggerscate
President, Alpha Gamma sorority
Volunteer, UBC Intramurals (2 years)
Jennie Chen
AMS VP Administration, 1996-97 and 1997-98
UBC Board of Governors. 1998-99
President, UBC Pacific Rim Club, 1998-99
Aaron Drake
Editor. The 432.2 years: 1989-90.1990-91.
Director of Publications. SUS, 2 years
Co-Founder of the Campus Times
Took a swing at Jason Brett at an AMS meeting, when
he tried to tank me, 1990
Instrumental in cementing the Engineer's red
Volkswagen to the fop of their Cairn, 1987
Won a game of chicken with the Physics department
over my refusal to attend my Physics 319 lab and, on
the fourth time through, they finally passed me.
Founder of the Physsoc Run-Around-The-Halls-Of-
Hennings-Naked footraces, 1989,1990.1991
Mark Fraser
UBC INFORMS chapter, founding member. 2004
UBC Board of Governors. 2002-2003
AMS VP Administration, 2000-2002 „^/,„„„
Place Vanier Residence Association President, 1999-2000
Ken Gammon
Grad class speaker, 2001
AMS Council, 1999-2001
SUS President, 2000-2001
SUS Executive Secretary, 1999-2000
Student Senator-At-Large. 2000-2001
1999 UBC United Way Campaign, Assistant to the Chair
Kristen Harvey
First Year Rep. for the Arts Undergraduate Society, 1999-2000
President of the Totem Park Residence Association. 2000-2001
AMS VP External, 2001-2002
AMS President, 2002-2003.
Tara Learn
AMS VP External, 2002-2003
Imagine UBC Coordinator, 2001-2002
Science ambassador
AMS SpeakEasy Peer counsellor
Christine Lenis
Sept-Nov2002:
Dept Athletics of UBC, Promotions Director. UBC Football
May-October 2002:
Aima Mater Society of UBC, Rrstweek Coordinator
UBC Head-Delegate, representing the United Kingdom 19th
Annual National Model NATO Conference at Howard University,
Washington, D.C. February 25-28th 2004.
UBC Delegate, representing the United Kingdom. 18th Annual
National Model NATO Conference at Howard University,
Washington, D.C. Best Delegation Award for UBC.
Member of the Executive Committee of the International
Relations Student Association (IRSA) of UBC.
Facilitating the planning and organization of student-run events
such as the UBC Mode] United Nations Conference (Co-Chair
of the NATO-North Atlantic Council
Student Senator (at-large) - UBC Senate, including Academic
Policy, Admissions, Library and Student Discipline
Committees, April 2002-April 2003.
Councillor (Board of Directors member) Alma Mater Society of
UBC (Jan 2001 to March 2002; Jan-March 2003). Arts
Undergraduate Society of UBC.
Safety Coordinator for the 11th & 12th Annual Arts County Fair,
2002-03.
Chris Lythgo
Alma Mater Society, 20CKH33, Vice-President Academic &
University Affairs. Initiated a core review of the UBC Student
Society'sforganizationat structure and implemented changes that
significantly increased efficiencies, interviewed over 200
applicants; hired 30 program coordinators. Allocated a $9
million budget among AMS services, reduced expenditures by
11%. Successfully negotiated and implemented $500,000 Zoom
Media partnership deal, liaised with media and university
administration on a weekly basis.
UBC Housing and Conferences, 2000-03, Residence Life Advisor
Exposed students to social, recreational, and academic
opportunities in an environment characterized by mutual respect
and camaraderie. Served as a role model and peer helper for
younger students. Organized programs and activities:
coordinated men's flag football league, managed inter-residence
bar team.
University Neighborhoods Association, 2002-03, Board of
Directors - One of 5 inaugural directors governing the municipal
affairs of UBC campus and surrounding endowment lands.
Advised UBC Board of Governors on campus development
policy.
UBC Student Leadership Conference, 2002-03, Co-Chair
Initiated and oversaw the implementation of a conference
committed to developing, inspiring,: and exposing leadership
opportunities for 400 students on UBC campus, Created a
campus wide planning committee to administer conference.
Developed and maintained relationships with campus
community partners and the greater Vancouver business
community to further mutually beneficial interests.
Jama Mahlalela
Captain, Men's Varsity Basketball team, 2 years
President, Thunderbird Athletic Council
Place Vanier Residence Association Sports Rep
UBC Trek program leader
Sam Saini
AMS VP External, 2003-04
As VP External of the AMS. Sam Implemented the final phases of
the UBC U-Pass project, a transit program that reduces transit
fees for students in the Lower Mainland. In addition, he also
worked on lobbying the federal government for advancements in
the Federal Student Loan Program, namely developing a student
grant program for low-income students to facilitate access to
6ost-secondary education,
lember, Gage Residence Association, 2001-2003 (2 years)
As a member of the GRA, Sam assisted in the Implementation of
events to promote a stronger residential community. He was also
the Sports Rep for the residence and was awarded IIBC Sports
Rep of the Year in 2001 -2002
Program Volunteer. UBC intramurals, 2000-2003 (3 years)
For three years, Sam facilitated recreational programs for
students to help build community and give students an outlet to
compete and socialize with other students in the UBC community.
Chris Zappavigna
SUS Council, 2001-2004, Student Speaker 2002, President's Advisory
Committee for the Selection of a New Dean of Science, 2002-2003
Student Senator, 2002-2004: Helped draft a new exam-hardship policy
that is now being implemented
Chemistry Club President, 2002: lobbied for and obtained new
computers for undergraduate chemistry students
UBC Learning Exchange volunteer and Trek Leader. 2002-'2004:
volunteered at a substance abuse shelter on Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside
Oana Chirila
Residence Advisor, 2001-2002
President, Alpha Phi Women's Fraternity, 1999-2000
AMS Student Administrative Commission Secretary, 2001-02
AMS VP Administration, 2002-03
AMS President, 2003-04
Now in first year law at UBC
Allison Dunnet
AMS VP External -1996/1997
Founder and Co-chair of Imagine UBC -1997 and 1998
Co-founder of Humanities 101 -1998
Recipient of the Ubyssey Community Contribution Award (1998)
Recipient of the Outstanding Student Award from the Alumni
Association (1998)
Michael Hughes
UBC Board of Governors - three terms, 93,94,95-96
1998 Ubyssey Community Contribution Award co-recipient
Presidential Search Committee 1996
Graduate Student Society - Director of Student Affairs 1996-97
President CUPE 2278 - approx. 1997-2000
Carmen Jensen
Education Student's Association Council Member, 1996-97
Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) President, 1992-93
Member Faculty of Science's Teaching Award Committee, 1992-93
SUS Secretary/AMS Rep, 1991-92
PHYSSOG Secretary/Treasurer, 1990-91
Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)
Director 1996-97, Treasurer 1994-96
Erfan Kazemi
AMS VP Academic/University Affairs. 20004001
AMS President, 2001-2002
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. Board of Directors, 2001 -2002
Board of Governors. 2002-2003
Residence Advisor, 2002-2004
Place Vanier Residence Association, President 1999-2000
Chris Payne
2004
AUS President2003- 2004
Member of AUS Council 2001 - 2004
Arts County fair Planning Comm. 2001 -2004
Arts County Fair Producer and Chief financial Officer 2003 ■
AMS Rrstweek Coordinator /Shinerama Coordinator 2003
UBC Student Ambassador 2002-2004
UBC Varsity Improv Team Member 2001 - 2004
Just recently hired as an Associate Student Recruiter-Advisorfor UBC.
Grant Rhodes
Student Administrative Commission, Art Gallery Commissioner
Feb 92 to Feb 93
SAC Secretary - Feb 93 to Sept 95
AMS Summer Information Co-ordinator Summer $3
Rentsline Co-ordinator - Apr 95 to May 96
Used Bookstore Co-ordinator - July 94 to April 96 - Brought the
store from a paper system to an electronic system
University Tours Summer '92 through Liaisons Office
Nick Seddon
UBC Men's Varsity Soccer Team 1997-2001
President of Inter-Fraternity Council 2001-2002
Vice President of BetaTheta Pi Fraternity 2001-2002
AMS VP Finance 2002-2003
Member of Dentistry Undergraduate Society (Class President &
Treasurer) 2003-2005
Shaneel Sharma
Sports/athletics: was involved with intramurals (now UBC REC)
for 3 years and 2 of those years was a pods director in charge of
specific events like Great Trek and Gladiator (among others) which
were established events as well as helping develop new events
such as Amazing Maze.
Residence: was on Gage Residence council for 2 years. Along with
standard administrative and program duties, the highlight was
creating the week long program Gages Toughest Contest Ever that
generated a lot of buzz around campus with the wild "challenges"
that we had some of the residents participate in.
Academics: was involved in faculty as member of the science
undergraduate society in first year then as a dean of science
ambassador for a couple of years after that. This involved
different duties such as mentoring for first years in the science
one and coordinated science programs as well helping organize
science week and stuff like that
AMS: was involved in different capacities with the AMS (an
Imagine UBC MUG Leader twice, a member of the Shinerama
executive about 3 years ago, helped organized AMS Firstweek and
the Main Event Carnival two years ago as well as presenting a
team building/communication workshop at the first Student
leadership conference two years ago)
Surina Sproul
Commerce Undergraduate Society VP External 2003-2004
President, Alpha Gamma Delta 2003-2004
President Order of Omega Honours Society 2003-2004
AMS Constituency Councillor 2003-2004
Student Leadership Conference Planning Committee 2002-2003
Chris Ste-Croix
Student Senator, 2001-2004
Chair of Student Senate Caucus, 2003-2004
AMS Councillor, 2003-2004
Involved with Sexual Assault Support Centre, 2003-2004
Volunteer with Allies UBC Resource Group. This was a men's
group Chris helped found which sprung out of a project a friend
and he started in 1999 called the White Ribbon Pancake
Breakfast, which is now an annual on campus event to raise
money and awareness about sexual assault To date the
breakfast has raised over $11,000 for sexual assault survivors,
much of the money having gone to establish the SASC.
At the same time, Chris and a group of people had been giving
workshops on sexual assault to groups of men on campus (such
as f rats and sports teams, residences, etc). Because a few of the
key members were leaving, they decided to consolidate both
Sroups into a resource group through the AMS in the hopes that
might add to the permanency of the projects.
Was also an executive member and of the UBC Aqua society (the
SCUBA diving club on campus) for three years, ending his term
as president, 1998-2001
Reka Sztopa
SUS internal Vice President 1999-2001
SUS President 2001-2003
AMS Councilor 2001-2003
Student Leadership Conference Executive 2003
Imagine UBC Director 2002-2003
Grad Class Council Executive 2002-2003
UBC Connect Dorm Supervisor 2002,2003
Imagine UBC - involved as MUG leader, Squad Leader, Facilitator,
Director,
Training Coordinator over a period of 4 years (1999-2002)
Buzz Moore
28yrs international rugby starting in 1948;UBC
Athletics Business Manager; retired, nowTBIrd
volunteenU.BC Sports Hall of Fame; Honorary
Doctor of Law. UBC (2002)
We are currently accepting nominations for 2005.
The new inductees wiii be announced in
late March or early April.
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Abstinence: Listen, if it looks like a
duck, quacks like a duck, and isn't
having sex with other ducks, it is an
abstinent duck. Even if the duck does
want to ruffle some feathers, the fact
remains that said duck is not copulating. Ergo, the fact that you haven't
had plans for the past four Valentine's Days can also
understood as a personal choice based on strong
moral principles. You are waiting for true love.
Embrace. Also, Newton probably never had sex and
look what he accomplished. (The prism.)
Also: Asceticism; ninth grade dates at A&W; anal play;
'Against Love'; Asking people if they're pregnant
BFFs (Best Friends Forever): Let's be honest Nobody is going to love you for who
you really are. There's a reason why you
attend to long-neglected cuticles and
pluck stray pubic hairs before your first
j   P& IE N t>S i  date. The same thing goes for your per-
I )  sonality: consider dating a long, grueling
 ^    charade that slowly deteriorates as you
lose both the ability and inclination necessary to come across like a decent person. But you never
have to posture unconvincingly for your BFF. The BFF
knows you're a horrible human being, because the BFF is
a horrible human being too. That's why you can sit together outside the SUB, catapulting frozen yogurt at unsuspecting pedestrians. And it will kind of taste like love.
Bear in mind: 'Bros before 'hos; Baking a cake in your own
likeness and eating it yourself; Bong-hits; Booty-calls
&mmmm* ^M0    Crafts! How better to distract yourself from the tedium
\T^^f of loneliness than crafting a beautiful Valentine's Day
MWk crown for your own private usage? Your princely head
fllP will never look better, and you get to use the verb
^Bb^ ^^     "deign* all you like. Hold your regal chin high and
^^■^^      wrap your tear-stained lonely heart sheets into a flowing cape. Just follow these simple, fun instructions
from www.encliantedlearning.coni
Supplies: A paper plate, red and/or pink construction paper, paint,
markers or crayons, scissors, glue. Optional: glitter
To make: Cut a slit through the center of the paper plate, leaving about
an inch at the edges of the plate. Cut three more slits. Bend the triangles formed by the cuts upwards, forming the crown shape. Paint the
crown red or pink (or use markers or crayons to color it). Let the
paint dry. Glue hearts to the Valentine crown. Optional: Decorate the
crown with glitter.
Consider also: Charlie Brown; Crying in the corner; "Chant and Be Happy,"
Cupcakes; Can I borrow a feeling? Take my hand with your glove of love...
Drinking and dialing: The problem with
phoning your friends when you're totally
tanked is that the quantity of joy you
receive from making these calls
becomes inversely related to the number
of friends willing to be a passive listener
at 2 in the morning. And since all you
want is a little attention, why not grovel
to an audience of sympathetic netizens?
Slackertown.com will take your drunken call, record it, and
post it to the internet for all to enjoy. Collective schadenfreude. Long distance charges apply.
Don't forget: David Sedaris; Downward-spiral-Britney; Divorce
rates; Doting on your mother (ever since dad fell under that
Guinness truck...); denial( Valentine's what?); dancing about
architecture; dungeons and dragons
Ewan McGregor: Where to
begin? Words cannot conjure a
true likeness ofhis loveliness.
Holding out on Valentine's
Day festivities only increases
the possibility that by next
year youn' Blue Eyes will have
scooped you up and swept you away to a Scottish
castle/manor/dukedom (and by you, I mean me—
back off, bitches). Come what may! Also see High
Standards.
Et aussi: Enya; "everybody hurts" by REM; Effigy
burning; Exes; Exsex; Exchange students; E-dating
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Freedom: Freedom is, like, the theme of the
millennium. And since 9/11, we all have to
do our part This Valentine's Day, remember
your brothers in arms and those who have
fallen. Love is for the French! It is your duty
to continually impress upon your coupled
peers (especially while they are in the act of
coupling) that there's a war on here, people. What kind of
example are we setting for struggling democracies by walking
around in pairs talking about how much we love each other
and exchanging French (!!) kisses and Belgian (read:
French]!!!]) chocolate? And if the terrorists win ain't nobody
gonna send you any more Hallmark cards.
Furthermore: Fantasizing about that girl at The Pendulum
everyone's in love with; Fugues: Bach had rough break-ups too;
Frolicking, see Gay Bars; Fuckbunnies
Item 1: Gay marriage: Gays, no! What you getting yourselves into! Wedlock is a padlock! I
mean it's one thing to have the right to get
married, but another thing entirely to actually
want to do so! Do you have any idea what this
means for your sex lives?
Item 2: Gay penguins at the
Bremerhaven Zoo in
Bremen! So cute! And so in
love! Plus, those penguin
tuxedos were just begging for
top hats and folded pink hankies, not to mention impolite
thought bubbles inspired by
Oscar Wilde.
Go To: God; Gawd!; Gaudy;
Gaudiness; Godliness; Gone with the wind; Giving love a bad name;
Gay bars (Where everyone's a Celebrity!)
Hobbies: As in getting them. Stat
Sooner or later, someoone is going
to ask you what your hobbies are,
and if all you've got is hot-boxing
■^f \ \     (   W your parents' Chrysler, nine times
^%^g& \ out of ten you're likely to be SOL.
Nor does your degree count as a
Tiobby.' If you're going to get any
play, you need to be the type of good
person that sheilacks faux-wood
tabletops while sorting the bad beans out of their free-trade coffee, selflessly picked on a secular relief mission.
Honourable mentions: High standards (see E); Ham-fisted hyber-
bole ("you are SO BEAUTIFUL...AS beautiful as...as beautiful...as...");
Honey hams; Hate-ons; Hitting on the Koerner Reserve librarians;
"He's just not that into you*
Interpersonal first-state relations:
DATER: "So, what do you like to do?"
DATEE: "Urn..."
DATER: "Other than school?"
DATER:*I like [forage through mind for
appropriate answer]...folk art?*
DATER: "What do you use to make folk art?'
DATEE: "Oh..you know...things around the house."
DATER: "Like what?"
DATEE: "Old shirts and...pasta?*
DATER: "Pasta?"
DATEE: "Spaghettini, exclusively."
DATER: "Cheque, please."
In ADDinoN:Imitating Oprah having an orgasm;
Indifference; Invoking the not-withstanding clause;
Italicising phrases in drunken break-up letters {not that
you're Hterate); I Saw You ads (see R).
Jennifer Aniston: See, it doesn't matter how pretty, successful, wealthy
and peppy you are, there will always
be a bisexual, baby wielding juggernaut waiting in the wings to sweep
your loved one away.
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Kisses: Why aren't we all kissing?
It's fun, cheap, and with the absence
of cold sores, basically 100% safe!!
Mouths of the world unite, you have
nothing to lose but your lip gloss.
Just think: instead of watching your
fellow Honours seminar students
prattle about Foucault, you could be
pressing your lips to theirs. Two distinct advantages would emerge from
such a gesture. #1: You would be
kissing someone; and #2: They would (temporarily) lose the
ability to speak.
{Consequentially: Kicking over tandem bicycles; Kleenex; Kiteflying at night: Kabbalah bracelets (so hot right now)
Lies: Dating is predicated on lies: you lie
("You're so big!'), they lie {The feet that
you're a mime doesn't bother me!*), our
friends he CWe're so happy for you!*),
and we He to ourselves ("I'm so happy
for me, too"). And February 14th is like
the day of truth and reconciliation when
we all stop to compare where our lies
have got us. So here's the truth. My
boyfriend is unfortunately out of the
country, saving the Appalachian Billy goat from being renamed
the "William goat" by onomatogically-correct overzealous heehaw biocrats. So yeah, we're having phone-sex. Tonight Woot
LOL: Lesbian bed death; Learning to love you; Lasserre 3rd floor
BATHROOM AT 3 PM; LETTING YOURSELF GO
Maoist Thought This whole damn
holiday just plain stinks of aristo-
bourgeois decadence. Pass the
rice wine.
Moreover: Masturbation;
Morrissey; Military service; Miss
moneypenny
Nickel slots: 'All the lonely people,
where do they all come from?'
Well, I don't know where they
came from, but I do know where
they go. RICHMOND CASINO
NICKELSLOTS! Chocolate, cupcakes, endless viewings of When
Harry Met Sally—here are innum-
berable methods to madness of passing those lonely
hours. Or!—choose to cope like one of the many
housewives who while away the hours pawing at
their grimy change cups.
Next best thing: Notary publics in little vests;
Napping AM; Napping PM; Napping AM-PM
Ol&peqple ser: And by old people, we specifically indict Bill
O'Reilly, Martha Piper, Mel
Gibson, and Your Mommy and
Your Daddy. Also, those monster
ladies with the tattooed eyebrows
who reuse disposable shopping
bags until the individual fibres
can be recognised from across
the parking lot Actually, strike
all that Love is a beautiful, beautiful thing at any age. As long
as it's not Michael Douglas.
Or:Octopussy; Octogenarian sugar daddies; "Oligarchy and the
quiet, personal struggle for bedroom dominance" by Michael
Douglas
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Pillows that love you: Lonely in
bed? Need something warm to
hold on to? Japan's "man pillow"
is the invention of the modern
age! A soft and huggable item
that never talks back, snores or
steals the blankets.
Props to: Panty-fights;
Pugs; Potting plants;
Peeing in the snowbank;
Pimping your friends;
Pop-a-matic bubbles (kind
of feels like sex)
Questioning): All quiet on the L.O.V.E.
front? Tilings not working out with the
certain someone you thought might actually be special? Perhaps you're barking
up the wrong tree? Maybe you've been
thinking you like dedicuous trees, when
there's a nice sturdy coniferous arbour
that you've never even paused to consider. Who knows? Just
because you've never climbed a conifer doesn't mean you can't
give it the ol' college try. Maybe you've liked conifers all this
time and never even known? There are all sorts of trees on this
earth, and you're just the woodsman for the job. And by trees I
mean people, and by that I mean all you straight boys should
really give me a try.
Quo vadb: Quarantine; Queer Theory; Quoting people who
believe in love and people who don't with equal conviction,
depending on whether or not you're in a relationship.
Rendezvous in Tinseltown
parking lot: SWF seeking
, _ SWM. I'm a Mary-Kate and
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/ v^mi» y enthusiast who likes dark
places. You're an ex-
Olympian with a talent for
gourmet cooking, hand-
knitting snug but fashionable scarves and tantric
acrobatics. Let's meet up!
I'll be in the '84 volvo with
the Beach Boys on max vol. Wouldn't it be nice.
Recommended: Robot sex (referring to both robots, as
in the machines, and the people who act like them)
Scientology: Actually, no
one's that desperate. Except
maybe Kirstie Alley, but
Cheers for the great show; an
act like that is hard to follow.
Nice work with those cream
cheese ads. Addendum: Tom
Cruise (see Robot Sex).
See also: Sisyphus; Seeing-eye dogs (faithful!);
Sexualising Stephen Guy-Bray; Sisyphus; Saving
the best for last..; Sisyphus
Totem Park Sweethearts: If you
began your UBC career here in residence (those unsanitary panopticons) by term's end you get to find
out which of those pregnancy
scares blossomed into full-fledged
partnerships. These are the people
you either are or you hate: "college
sweethearts" that met in tightfitting pinnies on the
Ultimate field and end up giddily gloating about their
post-grad nuptials at any opportunity. Brother, any
pigeon-holed love consummated on a ragged slat-thin
mattress is no love of mine. Game, set, match, moi.
Try: Threatening to eat people's babies; Tetris; Twins;
Tummytucks
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Undulated the underbellies of the undergrads
Upside-down and
urgent, in utmost
Utopia.
Later their fluids will be used in Uroscopy.
—U. Shakespeare
Underwood sez: Undressing people with your
eyes; "Unbreak my heart*—Toni Braxton
Voyeurism: Rear Window is a
masterpiece, yes, yes. But
how much hotter would that
movie have been if Jimmy
Stewart had aimed his telescope at a couple experienced
in experimental homoerotic
horseplay in the apartment
next door? Check out Alfred Hitchcock's lesser-
known masterpiece, "Rear Entry," that explores
these themes in full (see XXX).
VbuiEWOOs: Virginity reclamation; Viagra;
Velcro; Victory laps around the outdoor pool;
Valentine's cards for your pets
W: If only there were relationship Ws. That pesky Russian
Lit course that just didn't turn
you on? W! Sure, the readings
looked interesting on the
department info page, but
now you've decided it's just
not for you. No need to
explain, or write a note. Just log in to that handy web
page and undick. If only there were a similar mechanism available to those wishing to abort doomed, nascent relationships.
Wife: When Harry Met Sally; Wonton soup at 2 AM;
Wanton destruction; 'What is Love'—Haddaway
XXX: This isn't
rocket science
peeps! It's porn!
Just head down to
Granville Street—
but keep in mind
that you can't eat
a hot dog anywhere in a three-
block radius of that strip without feeling
like a Grade-P Pervert
Xtant: Xylophones; X-men erotic fanfic
Yelling: BECAUSE SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST
WON'T LISTEN! DO YOU KNOW WHAT I'M
TALKING ABOUT HERE? I'M A GODDAMNED
NICE PERSON. WHY CAN'T YOU SEE ME FOR
ME? ME ME ME! ME ME! ME!
Ye ol' runnhhjps:Young Hearts Run Free!;
Yellow labradors
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Zoloft: The "hard-core cupcake.* ♦ 8
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UBC loses bid to halt
students1 appeal
by Sarah Bourdon
NEWS EDITOR
UBC's application to halt the appeal
efforts of six former students
involved in a tuition dispute with the
University was dismissed by a judge
on Wednesday.
The graduates are accusing UBC
of breach of contract for its decision
in 2002 to increase MBA program
tuition from $7,000 to $28,000 after
the students had already accepted
their admission offers.
Wednesday's hearing centred
around UBC's attempt to stop the students' appeal based on the fact that
one of the students, James
MacDonald, had not paid the
University $4,692.18 plus interest—
an amount he owed from a separate
court session eight months ago.
MacDonald owed the money
after losing a case against UBC in
which he argued that there was a
conflict of interest within the
Board of Governors because one of
the Governors was the Chief
Operating Officer of HSBC Bank.
At the time, HSBC was negotiating
with UBC's MBA Program to offer
private loans to the students affected by the fee increase, according
to Lara Tessaro, a lawyer representing the students.
In Wednesday's hearing, Chief
Justice Lance Finch dismissed UBC's
application to stop the appeal based
on MacDonald's outstanding fees,
saying that "it wouldn't be in the
interest of justice to shut down the
appeal/ said Tessaro.
"UBC's argument was that in fact
[MacDonald's] separate proceeding
from which that amount is owed was
really brought on behalf of everybody/ explained Tessaro. "It's pretty
scary stuff to hear that because your
friend owes money that your right of
appeal should be taken away
from you/
Lawyers for the students argued
that to stop the appeal, the University
would have to demonstrate that
MacDonald's lack of payment caused
irreparable harm to their interests.
"We argued that the University
just couldn't do that/ said Tessaro.
"UBC has more than $2 billion in
assets. They hadn't bothered to put
"It's pretty scaiy
stuff to hear that
because your friend
owes money that
your right of appeal
should be taken
away from you/
—Lara Tessaro
Students' lawyer
forward any evidence that this
irreparably harmed them so we basically argued that it was a transparent
attempt to delay the appeal and
potentially put the appeal off course/
UBC is prepared to continue on to
the appeal process, according to
Mark Crosbie, legal council from the
office of the University Council.
"UBC's response is that we respect
the decision of the court and we will
comply with its order/ explained
Crosbie.
"As a natural course of the litigation now the appeal will go forward
and we are prepared to respond to
the appeal on its merits/ he added.
At present, there is no specific
timeline set for the appeal to be
heard. Five of the students are seeking $21,000 each in damages from
UBC, with the other student, who is in
a joint MBA/LLB program, seeking
$23,439. ♦
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over movie
ident
resigns
UBC Film Society President Lauren
Emberson resigned this week after
controversy surrounding the film
The Birth ofa Nation, which screened
at the Norm Theatre on January 26
and 27.
The film, originally shown in
1915, was heralded for its artistic
and cinematic achievements, but
has also been harshly criticised for
its racist portrayal of African people. It generated controversy at
UBC when Film Soc unknowingly
scheduled its screening during
Africa Awareness week.
In explaining her resignation,
Emberson stated that she was not
leaving because of the controversy or
because of the timing of the screening, but because of the "hypocrisy"
she saw "as a result of bringing such
a historically important film to a university campus/
Student generosity
After promising to give their January
tips to tsunami relief, the AMS Food
and Beverage department cut an
$8,339 cheque to Care Canada. With
over 275 student employees participating, the tip campaign raised over
$4,000, a figure that was matched by
the business operations.
This amount, combined with previous donations to the disaster relief,
brought the AMS' donation total to
$18,922.
Med students give blood
Students from UBC's medical school
will be participating in an annual
blood donor challenge over reading
break that includes students from
medical schools across Canada.
The event, run by Canadian
Blood Services, is intended to raise
awareness about the need for blood
donors and to highlight the important relationship between Canadian
Blood Services and the medical
community.
According to the organisation,
only 3.5 per cent of eligible
Canadians donate blood regularly. To
book an appointment, call 1-888-2-
DONATE. ♦
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U-Pass passes with flying colours
Timing or referendum may have prevented opposition
by Paul Evans
NEWS STAFF
With a record turnout, 19,192 students voted
in favour of continuing the U-Pass program at
a price increase of $2 per month.
The U-Pass question, part of a larger referendum that concluded this week, ensures the
continuation of the transit pass program until
2008.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP External Holly
Foxcroft said that the referendum results indicate strong student concern with the continuation of the program.
"Almost 53 per cent of the student population came out to say yes to continung the U-
Pass, which is very, very encouraging and I
think it demonstrates the success of the program and the continuing desire to have it/
she said.
Student-led initiatives played an important
role in drawing such a large turnout, added
Foxcroft.
"This was not a centralised campaign, this
was very grassroots and it was very much word
of mouth and through networking/ she
explained.
While voter turnout may have been
extremely high, the referendum still faced
some problems. Anthony Waldron, the elections coordinator for the AMS, characterised
the election as "one hell of a rush."
"The timing was unfortunate...The AMS
council meeting [on Januaiy 19] that
announced the referendum was actually during voting week of the executive election/ he
said, adding that because of this, people may
have been otherwise occupied.
Voting in the referendum began on
January 31, leaving less than two weeks for
groups to organise. The problem, Waldron
noted, was that the effects of the timing
weren't felt evenly.
"The people who lost out principally from
the lack of time was anybody who would have
wanted to oppose the U-Pass for the simple reason that an official opposition campaign would
be required to gather 500 signatures on a committee before it could get funding," he said.
"The AMS of course, as a yes campaign, was
able to start campaigning from the second it
THREE MORE YEARS: VP External Holly Foxcroft shows off her U-Pass to one of our
friendlyTransLink bus drivers, nic fensom photo
decided that it wished to hold that referendum.
"Of course anybody could start making up a
campaign, but the fact is the AMS knew ahead
of other people."
This advantage, coupled with the fact that
the AMS did not need 500 signatures to start
an official yes campaign, gave the student
society an edge in the referendum, Waldron
suggested.
"The AMS as the de facto yes campaign very
much dominated the debate and there wasn't
sufficient time for any opposition to really feel
itself expressed/ said Waldron
"It's not really about following the rules, it's
about opportunity/ he said. The rules were
adhered to, but according to Waldron, the spirit of the rules—"that everyone should have
equal opportunity to get their message out"—is
not so certain.
"One could easily argue that equal opportu
nity did not exist for the yes and no sides in the
case of this referendum/ said Waldron, adding
he will bring this information before AMS
council.
Foxcroft defended the timing of the referendum and pointed out that the rules stipulate
there need only be ten days from the calling of
a referendum to the actual voting.
"It was the only time we could have called
the referendum/ she said. "If we'd called the
referendum any later, we would not have been
able to implement a summer U-Pass."
In addition, since the U-Pass cards are manufactured in England, TransLink needed two
months to get them ready, according to
Foxcroft.
The referendum could not have been called
before the date chosen because there were still
issues that needed to be resolved with
TransLink, she added. ♦
ylaw referenda leawe much to
essrecs
by Paul Evans
NEWS STAFF
The two proposed bylaw changes that would
have seen an AMS council seat added for
both international and indigenous students
on campus failed to pass in referenda this
week.
Students voted 6,149 (73.0 per cent) in
favour and 2,270 (27.0 per cent) opposed to
the addition of an international student seat
on AMS council. The vote was 5,390 (67.3
per cent) in favour and 2,619 (32.7 per cent)
opposed for the indigenous council seat.
Both referenda achieved quorum, but since
the proposed changes would have affected
AMS bylaws, they each required 75 per cent
voting in favour to pass.
Reaction to the results was mixed. AMS
President Amina Rai said that the voter
turnout was definitely encouraging.
"I think that the turnout...showed that it
definitely is something that has caught the
attention and awareness of many people,"
she said. "I do think that they have the
potential to look into it for next year and see
if there is an opportunity for them to come
back to the table again."
Although the vote failed, International
Students' Association (ISA) VP External Lizzie
Tan viewed the situation optimistically.
"We are very happy with the result and
will continue to work on it for next year/
said Tan. "You know that you're almost
there, you're just lacking that two per cent.
That was a bit disappointing, but I think
we're almost there. It's a good gauge for
next year."
Tan noted that one problem facing the
ISA was time. "We had a very short timeframe to work on promoting this referendum," she said.
"I think that this speaks
loudly to the issue of
systemic oppression on
our campus...They need
to realise that there has
been a very low representation of indigenous
students on our campus.
//
-Amina Rai
AMS President
Next year, the ISA hopes to have time to
effectively facilitate a discussion with
domestic students and generate support for
an international seat on council. She
acknowledged the important role of domestic students play, as there are only 4,000
international students on campus and it is
doubtful they can carry the vote alone.
Jennifer Redvers, spokesperson for the
UBC Indigenous Students' Society said she
was disappointed with the referendum
result. Like Tan, she said that time constraints made it difficult to mobilise.
"It's quite a large undertaking to try to
get 75 per cent of the population to vote for
you/ said Redvers, adding that the referendum seemed very last minute.
The vote on the indigenous student seat
highlights an issue facing UBC, according
to Rai.
"I think that this speaks loudly to the
issue of systemic oppression on our campus," she explained. "In order for indigenous students to have a seat on council, in
order for such a question to go forth to the
students of UBC, people need to understand
the issues. They need to realise that there
has been a very low representation of
indigenous students on our campus/
Redvers also called into question the
fairness of such a vote. "I don't think it's
right that a large body like this should vote
on minority rights," she said, noting that
there are only about 500 indigenous
students on campus.
However, Rai defended the manner in
which the vote was conducted, saying that
there is currently no alternative.
"Looking at it from the code and procedures
type of thing, any bylaw referendum needs to go
through the student body," she said.
"Bylaw changes cannot happen through
council...I don't think that 40 people should
be able to change the way the AMS is basically established so easily." ♦
NEWS
9
BC liberals
promise a
tuition cap
by Jonathan Woodward
BC BUREAU CHIEF
Future tuition increases at BC's post-secondary schools will be capped at the rate
of inflation, the BC Liberal government
announced in its pre-election throne
speech.
Beginning this September, new laws
will force universities and colleges to
rein in fee increases, a move that
pleased student groups but surprised
university administrators.
"This is good news for students/ said
Scott Payne, spokesperson for the BC wing
of the Canadian Federation of Students.
The speech was delivered by Lieutenant-
Governor Iona Campagnolo on behalf of the
government from BC's legislature. It marks
the first major policy statement from new
Minister of Advanced Education Ida Chong
since she assumed the post from Shirley
Bond in December.
It is also a sharp change from BC's current policy of letting universities and college
set their own tuition. Under that policy, students saw rapid fee increases as universities made up for lost revenue from the
tuition freeze of the NDP government.
Average BC university fees rose from
$2,168 in 2001 to $4,137 now, an increase
of more than 90 per cent. Average BC college fees rose from $1,447 to $2,140, an
increase of about 50 per cent.
If tuition increases are tied to inflation,
students will see a fees change by closer to
2.5 per cent: about $100 for university students, and about $50 for college students,
on average.
BC's sudden shift mirrors the tuition
freeze promised by Alberta Premier Ralph
Klein, and comes on the heels of Ontario
Premier Dalton McGuinty bringing that
province's tuition freeze to an end.
The BC government should go further
than it has, said Payne. "We want to see
more than regulation. We want to see it
frozen. We want to see it reduced to 2001
levels."
The announcement throws a wrench
into university budget planning, including tuition consultation. UBC was considering a tuition increase of up to 12
per cent, and now may have to rethink
its budget numbers before its board
meeting in May, said spokesman Scott
Macrae.
"Were we surprised? Quite emphatically,
yes, we were," he said.
"The chief reason for doing the consultation was to work with students around what
the tuition increases would be. The tuition
cap nullifies that reason to consult," he said.
Universities will have to wait until the
provincial budget is announced on
Tuesday to see if their $50 million
request for new money across the system is answered, he said.
While he said that it was too early to
know what the effects of the cap would be,
Simon Fraser University VP University
Relations Warren Gill was thankful that it
wasn't a tuition freeze.
"The freeze always costs you, because
of the inflation, and you get buried in a
hole," he said.
Neither Gill nor Macrae would rule out
tuition increases in May, slipped in before
the legislated September deadline.
Campagnolo's speech also promised an
improvement to financial aid for students,
which was hit by a $50-million cut lastyear.
That money was sent to universities to balance tuition increases.
Her speech also promised a new
World Trade University in Chilliwack,
and a scholarship to send students
abroad to study. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
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lt#s not too late to start punishing hate crimes
The label "hate crime" could hypo-
thetically refer to many actions.
But as defined by the law and
deployed in drawn-out courtroom
decisions, it covers a strangely
limited amount of criminal activity. This has been made tragically
apparent through the outcome of
the trial of Ryan Cran in
Vancouver this week.
Three years ago, 41-year old
Aaron Webster was beaten to
death in Stanley Park by a group of
young men. The killing was
alleged to be a gay-bashing
because of the locale where
Webster's body was uncovered but
the ruling released this week
states that this does not qualify as
a "hate crime." Ryan Cran, the 22-
year old man accused of leading
the killing, was convicted of
manslaughter and received a six-
year sentence.
According to the Criminal
Code, a judge can increase sentences for crimes that are deemed
to be motivated by hate. But even
the prosecution pushed for a scant
six to nine year imprisonment
claiming that there were "no sub
missions pertaining to the murder
being a hate crime."
It seems futile to argue now
that the attack on Webster, which
was reported to include beatings
with baseball bats, golf clubs,
sticks and pool cues, was indeed a
hate crime. It seems futile because
it's too late for Webster. It's too
late to admonish the people who
viciously took the life of another
human being. It's too late because
one of the accused men was
already acquitted, two were sentenced to house arrest and Ryan
Cran received a mere six years for
manslaughter. It's too late because
when the court ignores glaringly
obvious facts pertaining to a case,
an open and fair discussion of the
problems underlying the crime is
clearly off the table.
As Webster's sister said about
her brother's killers: "These men
deliberately went to Stanley Park
to an area that is known as a gay
stroll. It doesn't take a genius to
draw the picture." But no matter
how many people speak out angrily against this, the ruling won't
change—there will be no justice for
Webster and this case will not
reflect what we have learned from
previous rulings.
And Webster's story is nothing
new.
In 1998, 22-year old Matthew
Shepherd was murdered in
Wyoming, the victim of a hate
crime. In Shepherd's case, the
accused men, Aaron McKinney and
Russell Henderson, received a fair
sentence: life imprisonment without parole. The incident spurred
thousands of others who have experienced assaults to come forward
with their own stories. Even George
W. Bush, a devout evangelical
Christian, denounced the act in an
official statement, asserting that
Americans should reduce the fear
and anger they feel toward people
who have different lifestyles than
their own. He also advocated passing hate crime legislation.
Still, the problem of public
homophobia persists in Canada.
Just last month, Joelle Perras and
Brooke Morrison, a young lesbian
couple, were attacked and beaten
for kissing on a Montreal street. In
a  recent  study by the  Toronto
police department, it was reported
that 11 per cent of all assaults in
that city that were homophobic in
motivation. Deeply-rooted attitudes of prejudice are never shed
easily.
In Canada, the creation of Bill
C-250 has changed the mandate
of what defines a hate crime to
include sexual orientation. A provision broadening the definition of
hate-motivated crimes is a step
forward, but unfortunately, even
the law doesn't change attitudes.
Crimes can only be effectively
tried, and their perpetrators fittingly punished, and their future
reoccurrences curtailed, as far
their origins are acknowledged
and condemned, not glossed over
or ignored.
Those who feel strongly about
the case of Webster and others
must communicate their views to
their elected representatives, to
their friends and family, and to the
media. Though Aaron Webster's
killers will not serve the sentences
they deserve, the perpetrators of
hate crimes need not get off so easily in the future. ♦
The Funtacular Comic Contest results!
Starting today, we're releasing the top four winners is ascending order. Behold #4: XXX by Joel Libin. Watch For #3 in the next issue of the Ubyssey
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Ivy has little to do with the draw to UBC
by Levi Barnett
ICarrie Robinson's well-written "US students
[see cheaper alternative in UBC" [Feb. 1] puts
fout a UBC-friendly explanation of
fwhy you'll see increasing numbers of students from the United
(States on this campus. However,
jit's by no means the only reason,
I and the University administration
doesn't deserve nearly that much
! credit.
Having attended international student ori-
i entation for the past two years as an incoming
| American and as a group leader, I've asked
many of my countrymen why they came here.
Several trends emerged.
First, Vancouver is attracting students as
much as the university. UBC is the only full
university within the city of Vancouver, and
many students come to Vancouver for its proximity to skiing, West-coast lifestyle, and legendary BC bud. Americans come to Vancouver
for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, its environmental record, and its all-around good reputation. They don't come here just because of the
U.S.-Canadian exchange rate, which increased
the tuition price in American dollars 13 per
cent over the past 18 months.
In the United States, students normally
have to wait until their third year until they're
old enough to drink, and an increasing number of campuses are going dry. At home we
dodge police running
around campus, ready to
give out citations for having
a beer. You can be thrown
out of on-campus residences
to boot. Not surprisingly,
being able to go to the Pit
and Koerner's at 19 looks good from the other
side of the border.
Ask around and another reason you'll find
Americans at UBC has to do with our domestic
politics. Young people are concerned that with
four more years of war (If they can do it in
Iraq, they can do it anywhere) around the
globe, the US may resort to conscription. Being
in Canada might not be such a bad idea.
The University can't claim credit for all of
these reasons. It can claim our $1500 per
course in international student tuition however. And you know what? We'll keep paying it,
since this is still the best damn place to live on
the planet.
—Levi Barnett is a photographer
for the Ubyssey
UBC needs diverse drinks
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by TOman Roschinski
We can create a better university by not signing an exclusivity deal with a soft-drink manufacturer. What students need is ready
access to a variety of drinks, including tasty,
low-sugar beverages.
An increased consumption of soft-drinks
has recently been linked to an increased risk
of diabetes. Diabetes is the
cause of various serious
health-problems, including
kidney damage. But one does
not need scientific studies to
conclude that soft-drinks are
unhealthy, when, from common sense, one
can infer that a mixture of sugar and various
chemicals can't be wholesome. Certainly,
students can make up their own minds on
what to drink, but in reality the easily available product will be consumed. Therefore,
the university should look after the health of
students and decide not to agree to any exclusivity contracts with the sugar-terrorists.
Large corporations only care about
money, and when it looks like they do something for the public good, it is only to
enhance their public image for the sake of
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profit. Moreover, the University's reliance on
corporate dollars builds an unhealthy foundation. When we rely on corporate sponsorship to fund some basic or essential services,
a conflict of interest arises between what
kind of drinks students like and what kind of
services they want
My real beef with the exclusivity contract,
though, is the fact that the drinks these companies make are far too
sweet and there is no real
variety. Nevertheless, a
sugar fix can be quite useful
at times. Therefore it is not
in the interest of students to
exclude any drink manufacturer from selling
their products on campus.
Some things that would be nice to see in
campus vending machines are various
unsweetened Asian teas, and more
machines offering hot chocolate and coffee,
besides that one hidden by the arcade. And
how about filtered, chlorine-free tap water in
the SUB?
—Tilman Roschinski
is taking Graduate studies,
in the Faculty of Science
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Friday, February Tl, 2005
AMS reviewing relationship with
national student organisation
Need for membership in Canadian lobbying group questioned
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is reviewing
its status within its national lobbying organisation, concerned that collective efforts are
not having the desired impact and worried
that chances to organise policies could cost
the AMS substantially.
The AMS is a member of the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), one
of two national groups of student associations. The group lobbies at the federal level
and provides support to members for local
and provincial efforts.
The AMS believes that two new policies
adopted by CASA as part of a strategic plan
could have negative impacts on the UBC student population. The national organisation
intends to alter the mechanism for calculating membership dues to a per-student basis.
Should the change be made, the AMS' contribution would double, draining money
from the society's external lobbying fund.
Further, members of the AMS Council are
worried that it will become more difficult to
leave the organisation, as CASA has proposed
making a campus-wide referendum the only
means for a member society to drop out At
present, AMS Council has merely to pass a
motion in order to exit CASA
To address these concerns, the AMS
struck a lobbying review committee last fall
to investigate options. With executive
turnover coming at the end of this month,
the committee has yet to make any firm recommendations,  despite bringing prelimi
nary observations to Council in December.
"The committee is largely concerned
with making sure we're getting the most for
the money," said AMS VP External Holly
Foxcroft.
There is little indication that the AMS
intends to drop CASA and join the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), the national
alternative. A majority of colleges and universities in BC are CFS members.
However, the prospect of UBC separating
from CASA and remaining independent has
been considered.
"It wouldn't be that much more difficult,"
said Foxcroft, who would be responsible for
managing the lobbying efforts. "There are
structures in place and we could competently do that."
Foxcroft admitted to feeling somewhat
alienated by CASA throughout her term.
"I have at times felt that Western alienation,* she said.
Another concern for the AMS is the quality and effectiveness of CASA's public relations campaigning. For two years in a row,
the organisation has staged a "wall of debt"
stunt on Parliament Hill. AMS President
Amina Rai participated in this year's version and observed a limited media
response.
While CASA supports the AMS' efforts to
review lobbying policy, the organisation's
national director believes that membership
in CASA is money well spent.
"I totally endorse what the AMS is doing,"
said James Kusie. "Student associations
need to make sure that they are spending
Raising a flag for PRIDE
UBC President Martha Piper helped members of Pride UBC and other campus
community members celebrate the start of Outweek on Monday. UBC raised
a rainbow flag on the new flag pole between the SUB and Brock Hall to
recognise the LGBQTTI community. Pride UBC organised many events during
the week, including the well-attended Pride Gala held at the Sage Bistro on
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money in the best way possible."
Kusie acknowledged that changes to the
fee structure would make membership
more expensive for the AMS, but said that
CASA was reviewing reaction from its member groups before proceeding.
"We can't move towards a new fee structure without a game plan, and right now
we're reviewing recommendations. We
haven't made this a priority."
CASA's Board of Directors reinstated the
so-called "easy in, easy out" policy, Kusie
added, addressing another AMS concern.
"UBC has an important role to play in our
organisation," said Kusie. "We hope it continues to play that role."
Kusie has no plans to visit UBC in order
to argue in favour of CASA membership, but
said that he would be willing to do so if
requested.
"If the AMS wants us to come down and
make a presentation, we'll be there." ♦
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