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U-Pass and AMS fee restructure pass, bylaws fail
Students overwhelmingly show support for tuition lobbying by AMS
The AMS referendum results
are in.
On Friday, the U-Pass and
the AMS fee restructure both
passed, but by widely differing
The U-Pass was overwhelmingly passed by students, with
95 per cent voting in favour
of continuing the transit program. The AMS fee restructure
passed by a comparatively narrow margin, with only 52 per
cent of voters in favour of the
fee changes.
The housekeeping by-laws
also passed. However, the substantial by-laws—which would
have seen changes in the quorum required for annual general meetings, as well as moving
executive turnover from February to May—failed to reach
The question asking whether
the AMS should lobby for lower
tuition fees for both Canadian
and international students also
passed overwhelmingly.
"I'm ecstatic, but more tired
than anything. I'm exhausted.
But I'm really happy with the
outcome," said AMS President
Jeremy McElroy.
McElroy said that even last
week, the AMS was worried the
referendum wouldn't pass.
"Last week we were desperate,
we were down one coordinator.
["Yes" campaign coordinator
Alyssa Koehn] was running
around like a chicken with its
head cut off and we were essentially falling apart at the seams
and it did not seem likely that
this referendum was going to
Atotalof 13,574 students voted in the referendum, which
constituted a 28.9 per cent turnout. Around 5000 of those votes
came on the final day of the
"I am so happy, I put in so
much work and I'm so glad that
it paid off with Council's help
and anybody who put in hours
this week," said Koehn.
"I'm ecstatic, but
more tired than
anything. I'm
exnausted. But I'm
really happy with
the outcome."
"I think that the campaign
faced some struggles and I'm
glad it paid off in the end," she
said. "I knew it was going to be
close and I'm glad that it was
close on our side."
Nick Frank, the head of the
No campaign, opposed the fee
restructuring as well as the by-law
changes and said he was disappointed with how the AMS framed
the referendum discussion.
"I honestly felt at the beginning ofthe election itwas completely one-sided. Our referendum was completely without dis-
course, [which] requires more
than one person. There was one
side. There was no back and
forth discussion, no disagreement," said Frank.
"I [just] wish I had made 387
more friends."
Koehn said that she thought
the No campaign's contribution
to the dialogue about the referendum was positive.
"I'm glad that someone felt
that the AMS needed to not just
talk the yes side and provide information and that encouraged
us to put information out there,"
she said. "In the end it was his
right and he made us run a better campaign."
The passage of the U-Pass
means that students will continue to have access to the popular transit program, although
the pass will cost students $30 a
month instead of $24 throughout the year.
"UBC students love their U-
Pass, and that was demonstrated today," said McElroy. He went
on to say that he wished that
more students would have voted on it so it could reach closer
to the historic number of voters, but was still satisfied with
the result.
With regards to the fee restructuring, McElroy said that
despite the small margin, he is
very satisfied.
"As of yesterday evening we
were worried about reaching
quorum on the question more
than anything, but essentially
the surge of votes that came out
today, based on the emails that
were sent output us in there. We
were quite happy. And again,
I'm ecstatic about that passing
because it was so desperately
"The last time we did this was
three years ago, [there was a]
completely different group of
students, 75 per cent of campus
has turned over since the last U-
Pass, so most of them don't even
realize that the U-Pass was even
up for question.
"So we didn't do a good
enough job of really explaining it to them right from the get-
go that ifyou don't vote on the
U-Pass, you lose it."
He also said that general student apathy was responsible for
the lower turnout.
"[There was] a surprising
amount of apathy from the student body, even about the U-Pass.
"I don't understand what's
wrong with some of these students because we're generally trying to reach out to them,
and they didn't necessarily understand or care about what was
going on." tJ
—With files from Micki Cowan
. (13,574),
Abortion debate on campus stirred by graphic display
An anti-abortion display generated as much controversy Thursday as the issue itself.
Last week, UBC Lifeline, a student anti-abortion club, presented the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP).
The project, a touring display coordinated by the American-based Center for Bio-Ethical
Reform, places images of abortion next to images of genocide,
with the intention of generating debate.
"Our main goal today was just
to get the abortion debate started on campus, [and] stimulate
discussion," said Ania Kasprzak,
president of Lifeline. "That was
our main point and we thought
we got it across."
The GAP has been controversial around the country. On
March 4th, a group at Carleton
University in Ottawa launched
a lawsuit against their university for discrimination after being arrested while presenting a
GAP exhibition in the fall.
This year, UBC's Lifeline was
permitted to post the full version of the display, rather than
the compromises they said they
made in the past, which limited
the number of signs.
"I'm really impressed with
how they've let us exercise our
right to free speech," said Paula Samper, a public relations executive with Lifeline.
According to Samper, the
display's controversy is largely based on the debate. "If you
don't agree that the unborn are
persons...that's when you get
people that are really angry at
you that come up to you and say
things that are hurtful and offensive," she said.
"This is good," said Deanna
Cune, a first-year Science student. "They should tell people
what it looks like to basically have an abortion...people
should know."
Across from the GAP display,
a number of protesters attempted to counter the GAP display,
holding signs and chanting pro-
choice messages.
Justine Spencer, the president of Students for Reproductive Rights (SRR), an abortion
rights club on campus, felt that
the photos were offensive. "I respect that there's freedom of expression...but I think it should
be a choice to view these images," Spencer said. "There was a
school field trip of small children who walked by and they
saw these images. That's not
Protesters gather across from the GAP display. TIM BLONK PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
"It's pretty upsetting," said Lu
Lee, in her second year of First
Nations studies. "It's like they're
trying to induce some sort of visceral traumatic reaction from people... and it feels like violence."
SRR had organized the counter-protest, advancing abortion
rights issues and fundraising
for prominent abortion rights
"I think that we need to be here
in order to provide a buffer zone
for people who are going to be
triggered by the display," said
Anna Warje, the vice-president of
SRR, "[and] need to see that there
are positive messages of choice."
There was no formal buffer
area agreed upon, as there was
in the past. Lifeline execs indicated there was conflict last
year, but Spencer said that was
due to outside groups.
"UBC students are respectful of other UBC students," she
said. "That's why it's remained
Lee disliked the parallels to
Native Americans' genocide, given the links between Christianity and First Nations persecution in Canada.
"The hypocrisy is unbelievable," she said.
"[If] they wanted to talk to
people about why they were pro-
life...I would think they're idiots, but it wouldn't offend me.
This is offensive."
Samper suggested that the
message could be tweaked
in the future to deal with the
"It'd be interesting for our
club to have a display without
the genocide ones. So, having
still the photos of the aborted fetuses, but not the ones of
the dead Jews or dead people
in Rwanda, etcetera," she said.
"Maybe we'll see, something
to test out and find an answer
—With files from Kalyeena
Makortoff 4/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2011.03.14
SENIOR WRITER GINNY MONACO »gmonaco@ubyssey.ca
Attention is a hot commodity. In
a world where anyone with a message has a platform to broadcast
it, competition for attention is
fiercer than ever. For arts organizations, it's hard to get heard
above the din.
"Arts events have increased
probably ten- or fifty-fold [in re-
centyears]," saidjanet Smith, Arts
Editor at the Georgia Straight. She
said that this has changed how
the Straight chooses who and what
to cover. "Everyone's competing
for space, and if somebody can
point out an angle to me for a good
story, that's awesome."
That job falls to the publicist.
All fields employ public relations
specialists—arts groups are increasingly relying on publicists
to raise awareness about their
events. Ifyou're an artist, you
hire them to present' you or your
work, manage your profile and
essentially bring you out of the
woodwork and into the public eye.
"It's probably true that [publicists] have more of an influence
these days with that many events
happening," said Smith.
But do those groups that have
a publicist to manage or promote
their profile receive more extensive media coverage because of
them? Have they become the arbiters of art in our society?
For those out there who think
publicists are purveyors of PR
smoke and mirrors, Rachel Sen-
tes of Gal-Friday begged to differ.
"Some people need to get out
of that thought process of 'they're
just selling air,' because what
we're really selling is air-time,"
she said.
For artists, clubs and festivals,
there are more ways than ever
to get their name and whatever
they're selling out there—through
blogs, newspapers, podcasts and
other mediums. For some in the
visual arts, having someone to
help navigate those waters can
make or break careers.
"Ifyou're working with a small
art gallery, a little publicity can
go a long way in getting people
out to the events [you're] staging,
like poetry readings," Sentes said.
A large part of their job is essentially professional networking,
putting people together. This often involves their relationships
with clientele in the industry and
their ties to newspaper editors
and television producers.
"There's no denying they play
a large role in us knowing about
shows we otherwise would know
nothing about," said Smith. "If the
group can afford a publicist, they
know us and how to get through
to us; their speciality is who my
readers are and what sorts of people my writers like to talk about."
Publicists seek to plant ideas
in the minds of newspaper and
The cost of fame
In the media world, art is common
and attention is a commodity
magazine editors, as well as the
patrons of the arts their clients
hope to attract to their next show
or festival.
"I make a point of listening to
that radio show or reading that
paper or magazine so I can understand [its] demographic," said
Kim Plumley of Publicity Mavens,
who has worked for the Eastside
Culture Crawl and is doing publicity for the Queer Arts festival
this year.
"I play matchmaker, ensure
that there is a connection and
let it be known to them there's a
great story here."
Sarah Buechner's story is one
Plumley helped bring to the attention of the public as well as
the media.
Born David Buechner, thejuil-
liard educated pianist underwent
gender reassignment surgery in
1998, after which she noticed her
career beginning to deteriorate
due to bias regarding her lifestyle
choices. CityTV Vancouver ended
up doing a feature on her story.
"I believe in community and
building it, and social media has
given us the opportunity to do exactly that. It's opened up a lot of
new dimensions," said Plumley,
adding that blogging, Facebook
and Twitter are new and quickly
expanding platforms from which
to run publicity campaigns.
Ellie O'Day was a journalist
before finding work in publicity,
and has relationships in the former that have helped her work
in the latter.
"When I started doing publicity, I already knew a lot of people,"
O'Day said, who works for the Vancouver International Film Festival, the PUSH Performing Arts
Festival and the Vancouver International Children's Festival
among others. "Because I worked
in all those media prior to being a
publicist, I knew right away what
[clients] needed."
The work of a publicist is to find
free editorial content for their clients. Does this blurred line between journalist and publicist,
editorial content and advertisement affect what sort of art is in
the public eye?
Both parties say that not all coverage is funneled through these
"Most ofyour established papers have very clear policies about
the differences between advertising and editorials," O'Day said.
Smith said while keeping in
touch with publicists is a big
part of her job, just as they are
trained to pitch stories, editors
are trained to say no to them too.
"Not everything we write about
is pitched to us by publicists,"
Smith said.
"We have writers with expertise in certain fields, so we can
get stories from the grassroots
level as well."
But publicists are also key figures for editors and journalists
because they pitch a 'hook,' or
a certain angle on a story, that
the publicist knows are of interest to that publication's viewer or
"We get so many emails and
so many press kits over the wire
that it helps to have a publicist
that makes yours stand out," said
"In this day and age, there's
such an onslaught of information
and groups trying to get their
word out that it helps to have a
publicist because they get the
word out in a more targeted way."
Changes in media and in how
word gets around have changed
how both O'Day and Smith go
about their jobs.
"A lot of us in media were panicking a couple of years ago when
the papers were downsizing, and
we just had to catch on with the
new media stuff and get on with
it," said O'Day.
"Working with film festivals,
for example; if I had a sidebar
kind of story, I'd probably pitch
it to [Georgia Straight movie section editor] Craig Takeuchi's
blog rather than the paper. My
skills as a publicist have had to
change along with changes in
the media."
It seems that a new breed of
publicist requires a new breed of
journalist, and vice-versa. Both
are tasked with bringing the
public's attention to stories and
events of interest, and though
their methods are different, the
mutual benefits of the relationship are not lost on either party.
"It's important to have relationships with the editors and
producers, because they are the
ones who are going to expose
your client's work," Plumley said.
"Publicists are starting to collaborate instead of compete, and
that's going to be great for anyone
looking to raise their profile." tl
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"Iranian food is my favourite,"
said Poureya Bazargani, an Iranian-Canadian Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. "Whenever I eat [Iranian food] in Vancouver, I am reminded of home."
The foundation of any Persian
meal is rice and meat, explained
Bazargani. The rice is eaten either
plain, with meats that have been
cooked in a sauce, or seasoned
with saffron and szereshk, tart
dried barberries which bring out
the sweeter flavour ofthe saffron.
Lamb, beef and chicken are
widely used in Iranian recipes.
"Ghormeh sabzi is probably
the most famous Persian beef
dish," said Paul Reyes, a server at
Darchin Restaurant downtown.
"It is a stew with beef marinated
with salt, pepper and sour sun-
dried limes, mixed with kidney
beans and served with spinach,
parsley, green onions and plain
basmati rice."
Another famous dish is called
soltani, derived from the word
'king' in Farsi. It is a big meal
with two kebabs. The first, the
actual soltani, is grilled steak
bathed in salt, pepper and lemon juice; the second kebab, kabi-
deh, is grilled ground beef which
has been formed into small pieces and skewered.
"It takes a lot of culinary skill to
make sure that the kabideh stays
on the skewer," said Bazargani. "I
use egg to hold the groundbeef together [on the skewer] and leave it
in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
I then season it with salt, pepper
and tumeric."
The meal is then finished off
with a charred whole tomato,
crisp raw onion and plain basmati rice.
Doorgh is another Persian specialty. It is a fizzy sour yogurt
drink, which is popular in Iran.
The yogurt is left out for several days to ferment, which gives
it the sour taste, and it naturally carbonates, said Bazargani. It
tastes like a soda water and Indian lassi hybrid, without the expected sweetness, tl
The Foundation of
Critical Thinking
Sundays March 20 and 27 & April 3 and 10
1:30-3:30 PM
Sandy Gillis is the author of
Thinking Woman and co-author of
Introducing Critical Thinking. She
will present a series of 4 free
Workshops exploring the human
quest for understanding,
influenced by the writings of the
Canadian philosopher Bernard
Lonergan. These Workshops are
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Porn at the Norm tonight
A scene from the film PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
On Monday, March 14, the Norm
will feature the adult film Pirates. Riding the buccaneer fad
spawned by Pirates ofthe Car-
ribean: Curse ofthe Black Pearl,
the movie is the centrepiece of
the UBC Film Society's second
Porn at the Norm event.
"The last Porn at the Norm
that was shown was Debbie Does
Dallas," said UBC Film Society
SubFilms President Sandie
Chen. "It's part of FilmSoc lore.
We have a DVD in the club room
and it gets watched every once
and a while."
Debbie Does Dallas came to the
SUB five years ago, courtesy of
then-member Lachlan McLean,
who discovered the film in his
parents' house.
"For him, itwas a way of making fun of his parents' porn," said
Chen. "Debbie Does Dallas is also
from the 60s or 70s, so I think
that was sort ofthe motivation for
him. It's kind of like...retro porn."
Pirates has a different appeal.
Released in 2005, the film set
records with both its million-dollar budget and the 11 Adult Video
News awards it received.
"Pirates seemed like a really
perfect movie to show for Porn
at the Norm, because it's fairly
theatrical for one thing, and it
is film-related, in that it's a spin
on Pirates of the Caribbean. For
a porn, it's kind of more mainstream," said Chen.
Pirates recounts the tale of Captain Stagnetti (Tommy Gunn), a
swashbuckler seeking, with his
first mate Serena (Janine Linde-
mulder), the ancient and powerful Sceptre of Inca. He is pursued by Captain Reynolds (Evan
Stone) and his first officer (Jesse
Jane), who learn of Stagnetti s plot
after rescuing a woman named
Isabella (Carmen Luvana) from
drowning. As the action-packed
plot unfolds, the characters have
many different kinds of sex with
one another.
According to the Adult Film
Database, the breakdown ofthe
scenes in Pirates, in alphabetical order, is: all girl, anal, fetish,
sex toys; all girl, fetish, sex toys;
all girl, fetish; all girl, finger
fuck, oral (female to female);
all girl, finger fuck; all girl, finger fuck; all girl, oral (female to
female); all girl, pussy spread;
all girl, pussy spread; handjob,
oral (blowjob); intercourse, kissing; intercourse, spoon; intercourse; kissing; oral (blowjob),
orgy, threesomes; oral (blowjob); oral (blowjob); oral (male
to female); oral (male to female);
oral (male to female); reverse
"Playing porn at a big theatre,
atleast on campus, kind of has the
effect of de-eroticizing the whole
thing," said Chen. "If someone
watched this in their own home,
by themselves, it might be erotic.
But when it's watched in a giant
theatre, I think the appeal is that
it kind of makes fun of it.
"And it's just a strange experience," she added. "For some people to watch a porn with a room
full of other people." tl
Pirates will play at 7pm on Monday in the Norm theatre. Admission
for FilmSoc members is $2.50 and
$5 for non-members. 18+ only.
IDs will be checked at the door.
A pair of Forestry troubadours hold court in Gage's elevators
most Friday nights. Trevor Simmons, a residence advisor, and
Marc-Antoine LeClerc perform under the name Trademark.
Drawing crowds with their acoustic jams, the duo's performances offer at-home entertainment for occupants of the
Gage buildings.
"We just wanted to jam and entertain our friends," said
"We want to put a smile on every Gage resident," added LeClerc. "And dude, the acoustics in here are amazing."
Trademark doesn't have a publicist, a booking agent or even
a MySpace. If you want to catch their performances, it'll have
to be the old fashioned way: in the flesh. Drop by Gage on a
Friday night, and bounce around between the main floor and
the 17th.
—with files from Harsev Oshan
The last in our series on lifestyle diets: fruitarian, and a video on UBC's
iPhone app at ubyssey.ca/culture.
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Where does your food come from?
Tracking the sustainability of three AMS food products
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Does eating locally mean eating
In 2005, Vancouver writers Alisa
Smith andJB MacKinnon released The
100-Mile Diet: A Year of Eating Locally, which claimed that eating locally
meant the consumption of less fossil
fuels, better support for local farmers
and an overall healthier diet.
The local food movement has since
exploded in popularity, which has seen
the AMS add local foods in food services as part of their sustainability commitment. However, AMS President Jeremy McElroy said that the added costs
make it difficult.
"The AMS [committed] to buy as much
local produce as possible," said McElroy. "But on the off season, sometimes
it is not financially sustainable for us
to do that...In addition, the supplier
company that we use for the majority of our food has their relationships,
and their ordering processes, that we
have to sometimes go along with. The
added costs and resources necessary to
get [sustainable products] sometimes
aren't feasible."
The Ubyssey's investigative team recently traced the main ingredients of
the three most popular food choices in
the SUB. In general, few of the ingredients are local. McElroy said that although the AMS buys local food—especially from the UBC Farm, when possible—it may take student-led projects to
further increase the amount of sustainable food available on campus.
"Given that we do have the Sustainability Projects Fund I would definitely welcome any project to investigate
more sustainable food processes for
AMS Food Services." tJ
—With files from Trevor Record
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The chicken quesadilla is available at The Pendulum. Its chicken is
supplied by Superior Poultry Processors Ltd., who get their poultry from over 240 different farms, all in various locations within BC. Saputo uses Armstrong brand monterey jack cheese and
Dairyland brand sour cream. The cheese is transported by Agri-
foods International Cooperative, who work in coordination with
BC dairy farmers from the Okanagan, Creston and Smithers. The
sour cream is manufactured in Saskatoon by dairy farmers who
are residents of Saskatchewan. The Sunripe brand tomatoes and
also the green onions are produced on California farms. The Pita
Bread Factory tortilla has ingredients from Canada and the US.
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The spinach bagel is available at Bernoulli's Bagels. The main ingredient, flour, is Rogers brand, which uses local grain from BC,
Saskatchewan and Alberta. Rogers said that for their sugar, they
use local BC manufactured sugar. Windsor salt comes from various mines in eastern and western Canada. The spinach in the
bagel is planted and harvested in Yuma, Arizona.
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product |
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The yam roll is available at The Honour Roll. All of the ingredients in the yam roll, with the exception of the yams, are supplied
by the Nishimoto Trading Company. Most of the rice is from the
US but some of it is also their own brand, Shikiku. The Takao-
kaya seaweed and Kinjirushi wasabi are both produced in different parts of Japan. The Golden Ginger product is primarily from
California but some of it also comes from China and Japan. The
Mishima brand tempura batter is based in Japan with US and China-based subsidiaries. The yams are supplied by Central Foods
from AV Thomas Produce in Livingston, California.
Retried beans
Tracy, CA
Green onion
Salinas, CA
Monterey jack
Sour cream
Salinas, CA
Santa Fe
Livingston, CA
Tempura batter
Los Angeles, CA
"The AMS Food and Beverage Department is committed to providing sustainably and locally produced
foods whenever possible, supporting applied learning on food-related
issues, reducing waste and fostering
positive changes through staff training, menu design and various community events."
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EDITOR MARIE VONDRACEK»sports@ubyssey.ca
Disappointing bronze end to a promising season
Uncharacteristic semi-final performance drops 'Birds into bronze medal face-off
A heroic Whyte played through a fractured foot for his Thunderbirds
HALIFAX-This weekend in the
CIS final eight basketball tournament, at Halifax's Metro Centre, the No. 1 ranked UBC Thunderbirds experienced the highs
and lows of competing under extreme expectations—finishing
with a bronze medal after defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies 111-95 in Sunday's consolation round.
As the top-ranked team in the
country, the bar was set high for
the 'Birds. With a plethora of veteran experience coming from
the trio of Brent Malish, Alex Murphy and Josh Whyte, a third consecutive appearance in the gold
medal game was expected.
"Obviously, we are very disappointed," said head coach Kevin
Hanson after the bronze medal
victory. "The outlook at the beginning of the season was to
win a national championship."
The Thunderbirds started the
weekend off against the eighth-
ranked Acadia Axemen. Following a shaky back-and-forth first
half, UBC's squad displayed tremendous poise in the second
half, overcoming the hostile
hometown crowd and early tip-
off (9am PST), to pull away with
a 96-77 victory.
Plumb had a game-high 20
points and Whyte chipped in
with 19.
Saturday night marked the low
point of the tournament for the
'Birds. UBC squared off against
conference rivals, the fifth-
ranked Trinity Western Spartans.
UBC started the match in excellent form, jumping to a 22-12
lead by the end ofthe first quarter. Early on in the second frame
things still appeared promising,
with UBC at one point establishing a 16-point advantage.
Then the refs started blowing their whistles. "Things were
rolling for us [in the first half]
and then a whole bunch of players got into foul trouble," commented Hanson on Saturday. "We
were sitting six different players...and we got out of sync with
our rotations."
Trinity doggedly pursued
UBC's lead after trailing 39-30
at halftime. In the second half,
both Brent Malish and Graham
Bath fouled out ofthe game, and
the score remained tight until
the final seconds. Trinity trailed
72-71 with 30 seconds left on
the clock. They worked the ball
down court and the Spartans'
Kyle Coston (the game's MVP)
drained a three point shot to
push Trinity into a 74-72 lead.
That would stay the final score
after a buzzer-beating long bomb
by Kamar Burke rimmed out.
The game was an obvious upset and was only the second time
this year UBC had scored less
than 80 points. The Thunderbirds' offensive attack lacked fluidity and continuously missed
shots that on most nights would
have been routine. Josh Whyte
was far from his usual self, going 3-15 in field goal attempts
and 0-3 from downtown.
The next day, it was made
known that Whyte had played
the first two games of the tournament with a stress fracture
in his foot.
"On Monday we found out that
he had a stress fracture in his
foot," said coach Hanson. "He
didn't practice all week; he took
a [cortisone] shot before game
one and put together an incredible effort, especially in the second half. You know, he couldn't
walk before the second game and
he took another shot. He put everything in his heart towards
his team, sacrificing personal
injury like that to play," Hanson
With a championship gold
medal no longer an option, UBC
was still left with the opportunity
to salvage their tournament and
leave Halifax with the bronze. On
Sunday afternoon they squared
off against rival and conference
foe, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
From the onset, victory was
never in question. The game unofficially ended with 6:39 left in
the second quarter. The score
was 48-44 and the Huskies were
slowly crawling back into the
contest. Then Saskatchewan's
Jamelle Barrett received a technical foul on a play with Alex
Murphy. This led to Huskies head
coach Barry Rawlyk garnering
another technical foul for disputing the Barrett infraction.
UBC hit all four shots from
the charity line and proceeded
to go on a 12-point run, bringing the score to 64-44. The Huskies were never able to recover.
UBC's offensive domination was
spurred on by fifth-year senior
Alex Murphy, who rained down
terror on the Huskies from the
three-point line, going seven for
ten and finishing the game with
a career-high 36 points.
"Alex Murphy, in what he did
in his career, sometimes starting and sometimes coming off
the bench, to have a career high
in your final game is an amazing thing. He just held us together like glue. This will be a memory he will always have," Hanson said.
Not having a chance to play in
the national title game was far
from the result UBC expected, but
Hanson didn't feel that the tournament was a complete disaster.
"It's always good to win the
last one, there is a sour and bitter taste when you lose and get
knocked out, but at least the
guys have something to take
pride in by winning that last
game," he said.
"It's a very difficult game to
play [in] but they gutted it out...
you have to give a lot a credit to
those fifth-year guys. Both Alex
and Brent [Malish] have been
here five times now and have
finished in different positions.
They can retire from university
basketball very proud of themselves and the year they had...I
am proud to have had the opportunity to coach them."
With the season wrapped
up, the 'Birds will be looking towards next year. With
both guards Whyte and Murphy gone, UBC may have a surprise candidate in line to take
the starting role at point—Kamar Burke.
Burke opened the bronze
medal game at guard for the
'Birds and handled himself
quite admirably, notching 15
points, 11 rebounds and eight
assists on the day, only two assists short of a triple double.
Burke, for the majority of the
season, has been UBC's big man,
but coach Hanson thinks he may
be even more of a contribution
at guard.
"He is actually a 'pass first'
type of player...Magic Johnson
was the first big man to play the
point guard position and Kamar
models his game after him. It's
kind of his natural position, he
passes well..you might see a lot
of him there next year."
UBC's roster will have six seniors on it next year and will
once again be one of the more
veteran teams in the CIS. Hopefully the taste of recent near-
misses at nationals and the experience gained there will be
enough motivation for the 2012
roster to win UBC's first WP Mc-
Gee Trophy in 40 years, tl
Alex Murphy in action. JON CHIANG PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
Alex Murphy earned Athlete of the Week after a stellar weekend at the CanWest final fours March 4-5 at
War Memorial Gym. Murphy, who recently received a
CanWest all-star nomination after a very accomplished
fifth and final season with the T-Birds, was unstoppable in his final career home game. He made an incredible near-perfect 22 out of 23 free-throws, an essential contribution to the 107-100 win over the Huskies
for the Canada West victory.
Murphy played in his final match as a Thunderbird last
weekend in Halifax, leading his team to a bronze medal at the CIS national championships.
—Amelia Rajala 8/UBYSSEY.CA/S PORTS/2 011.03.14
Bad trips up the wall
One of the more successful athletes on the wall. KELLAN HIGGINS PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
"He wore a hockey helmet and
rode a granny bike. In the first
two minutes, he was lapped over
three times," saidjian Huang, a
second year Forestry student. He
was referring to his friend's struggle to compete in lastyear s Storm
the Wall, UBC's largest Rec event.
UBC Rec claims Storm the Wall
to be the "largest Intramural event
in North America," with about
2500 students expected to compete this year. Students compete
in a five-person relay, including a
225 yard swim, 450 metre dash,
2.8 kilometre bike ride and a one
kilometre run. At the end, each
team member must climb over,
or "storm," a 12-foot wall.
Huang recalls his friend's race
as "a last-minute attempt to earn
participation points. [The day before the race] he realized he had
no bike and borrowed the best
he could find. Unfortunately, the
'best' was also the crappiestbike I
have ever seen," said Huang. And
to make matters worse, "he had
no helmet, so he used a hockey
helmet. He had no speed and was
passed by almost everyone."
"I did the swim," said Huang
about his own team's interesting experience, "but I had never learned the front crawl. I only
knew the butterfly and breast
stroke. Itwas too long of a distance
for me to do butterfly, so I chose the
breast stroke. I got lapped twice."
His teammate Diane Kim said,
"We had to make up for so much
time in the bike and the run. I
did the run. At the end of my run
our teammate, Jon Lee, ended
up knocking me to the ground."
Kim, a second-year Commerce
undergrad, said she did not remember how it happened: "We
just collided."
Lee, a fourth-year Commerce
student, said, "two different referees pointed our team to two different walls. So half our team went
one way and half went the other.
Diane and I collided, and I ended up laying her out. And I wanted to win, so I dragged her to the
wall." Their team came fourth in
their heat, but was disqualified for
a registration mix-up.
Registration for this year's
Storm the Wall ends on March
21 and costs $42.50 per team, or
$10.50 for the single person race.
The event starts March 27.
For those worried about showing up with a granny bike or hockey helmet, UBC Rec also offers a
bike and helmet rental program.
Students without equipment can
email eventsl@rec.ubc.ca to request a rental. However, there are a
limited number of bikes available,
so Rec suggests students email as
early as possible, tl
Professional teams
from here? No, thanks.
Why I'm against a move to the NCAA
In my firstyear, I was a member
of UBC's novice rowing team.
Five times a week, I'd wake up
at 4:30am to bike 15 kilometres to
the UBC rowing facility in Richmond. Truth be told, I often simply woke up and fell back asleep,
but on the days I didn't, I'd go
through the morning stretches,
row for an hour or so and bike
back to UBC for my eight o'clock
classes. If I attended class, I'd sit
in my wet, sweat-drenched spandex. We had five afternoon workouts as well. In the second term,
we trained as frequently as the
varsity team. We were novices
only in name.
I quit the night before a trip
to Spokane, Washington, in late
February or early March—I forget the date—because if I went
I would have failed the second-
year economics midterm I had
the Tuesday after the trip. As I
recall, UBC men's rowing head
coach Mike Pierse told me that
my decision was understandable, but that I should also consider how my decision would
impact others, in this case my
teammates. He was right.
He was good coach and person, and I enjoyed my time spent
in his program. I quit for a few
underlying reasons. One, my
heart was never in the sport. I
joined for all the wrong reasons:
resume-padding and such. Two,
I wasn't mature or organized
enough to handle the pressures
of varsity.
But even if I were more mature
or organized, varsity would have
been a serious challenge. Most
of us rowers were academic laggards. The exception was Robert
Vanner who got into the University of Toronto's MD/PhD program.
Rowing at UBC is by far the
most demanding sport offered
by Athletics. Unlike a number of
varsity teams, we don't only meet
up four times a week to train. At
least half our training sessions
were outdoors in the rain, dark,
and cold on the fast-flowing Fraser River. We didn't saunter over to
War Memorial Gym or the Doug
Mitchell Arena after the sun came
up. Our day began at 4:30 am.
While a varsity athlete, I got a
good sense ofthe struggles ofthe
most taxed varsity athlete. And
it's with that perspective in mind
that I don't think UBC should join
the NCAA.
As an athlete in one of the
sports UBC funds the least, I didn't
get a single dollar directly from
the university. My parents paid
the bills.Had that not been the
case, my conversation with Pierse
probably would have been different. If Pierse had given me, say,
a $16,000/peryear athletic scholarship, the maximum allowed in
the NCAA's Division II, he would
have expected a serious return on
that investment. Certainly some
second-year econ midterm wasn't
going to stand in the way of going
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I'll write a fictional but probable guide
to what could have happened in the lead-
up to when I quit.
One, I probably wouldn't have taken a
second-year econ class in firstyear. UBC
would have registered me in courses—
as former Hawkeye Megan Heise was in
her first and only year at the University
of Iowa. (See "Leaving the Business Behind," February 20th 2011.) Or UBC would
have recommended courses for me to
take. Last week, California Watch, an online investigative journalism outfit, reported that Stanford University produced
a list of easy classes for student-athletes
to register in (Stanford has since discontinued the list). NFL quarterback Matt
Leinart was famously registered in a ballroom dancing course in his final year at
the University of Southern California.
Two, I may have been provided with
the midterm prior to writing it—as former Central Arizona pitcher Jordan Anderson was.
NCAA supporters often bring up the
league's tougher academic eligibility requirements. True, unlike the CIS-SIC (Canada's athletic association for universities),
the NCAA has a GPA minimum requirement to be eligible to play, but schools
find a way around the academic requirements and in the process attack the integrity of their academic departments.
But regardless of the precautionary
steps taken to ensure I'd clear the GPA
minimum, Pierse would have probably said that he needed a return on his
$16,000 investment—aka, you're going
to Spokane, Ian.
There's the rub: athletic scholarships
are given not for academic success, but
gameday success, which leads to the watering down of academics to ensure the
coach can justify their program's annual monetary haul to the higher-ups in
the administration. In the NCAA, the
athletes become defacto employees of
the university.
As former Western Washington University lineman Kelly Kurisu said of his
former coaches, "[They'd say] you're here
at this time. You got to do this at this time.
It doesn't matter what else is going on.
We're paying you."
Ifyou're not there, your contract/athletic scholarship won't be renewed—because you broke the rules. And because
of the scholarships and ensuing hype-
holy shit, I'm worth $16,000 dollars!-it's
natural that many athletes are for UBC
joining Division II.
There are other reasons UBC's administration could also be psyched about going south: the NCAA is a far more widely known brand than the CIS. If we were
accredited by an American accrediting
agency, American students at UBC would
qualify for federal aid more easily, and
more American students may come for
the school spirit and big-time athletics.
But I'm unconvinced of the brand argument. It's obvious UBC spends millions
branding itself every year and would
gladly find yet another way to brand itself, but the NCAA is a dirty word of sorts.
Just look at ESPN.
The entire site is filled with stories of
collegiate coaches making illegal phone
calls and pimping out women for recruiting endeavours. Yes, I know these schools
are Division I, but we'd still be associated with all that.
There's the money side of the NCAA,
as well. For starters, how Athletics' budget would change if we joined the NCAA
is unclear. Right now, our budget is $4.5
million, which supports 28 teams. In the
NCAA's Division II, the average spent for
fielding seven male teams (including football) and eight female teams is $9 million for the top quarter of schools.
Assuming this, our teams' financing
will be more comparable to the bottom
quarter of teams—the Division II average
is $2.2 million for 15 teams. Doubling the
number of sport teams wouldn't require
an increase in Athletics' budget, but I sincerely doubt our university would switch
conferences simply to be among the most
under-funded, and subsequently under-
performing, programs. Take Simon Fraser University as an example. Lastyear,
when they were a CIS-SIC member, they
had three full-time football coaches. This
pastfall, they played their firstyear in the
NCAA's Division II. They hired three additional coaches for their inaugural season. Will we let ourselves get out-coached
by SFU? Probably not.
If we go, expect to see the Athletics
budget increase: more coaches hired per
team, more public-relations employees,
more athletic scholarships, etc.
Now, UBC says that the operating budget will be stable and that increases for
athletic scholarships will come from a
campaign that hopes to raise the scholarship endowment fund to $75 million.
Right now, it's at $8 million. Ifyou think
UBC Athletics can raise that much money in a few years time, you're more confident than me.
I find a possible increase in Athletic's
budget if they can't follow their proposed
plan very irksome: UBC Athletics is not
a stand-alone institution, as has been
claimed in the past. They're financed by
a $189.66 fee levied on all full-time students and smaller fees for part-time students. That's approximately $7 million
we give them annually. Take that away
and they'd have a much different budget.
They're playing with our money. Because
of that, our opinion should be very seriously considered: if we, the students, oppose the NCAA, UBC shouldn't be joining
the NCAA. As a student, I'd like to vote
on this issue. Where's the referendum?
This decision should not be made by
UBC President Stephen Toope and others in the administration alone. It's unclear what the actual situation is, but I'd
like the consultation process to be advertised more. UBC hasn't advertised this in
The Ubyssey, on its website prominently, in a recent email or on its big screen
across from Shoppers.
But for me, the dominant reason to
oppose the NCAA goes back to the salary issue. One athlete in particular comes
to mind.
Last spring, I was sitting with an engineer in the library when a former classmate of his walked by. They started to
talk. During the brief conversation, the
classmate, who plays on one of UBC's
smaller teams, said he switched out of
Engineering because his coach said it
would detract too much from his athletic endeavours.
I didn't introduce myself as a Ubyssey
reporter, so I'll omit his name. But he
plays in the NAIA, an American athletic
association widely considered to be below the NCAA's Division II with regard
to quality of play. Wouldn't it be prudent
to ask ourselves if the NAIA is too professional before we join Division II?
Arianne Duchesne, an Engineering
student and starting point guard for the
women's basketball team, said she didn't
find athletics to be too professional, or
that it's impossible to be a varsity athlete and engineer ifyou spread your degree over five years. The NCAA only allows four years of eligibility, though, and
she's a CIS athlete.
But UBC students I've talked to who
once played in the NCAA found the athletic scholarship they received allowed
their coaches to determine their schedules, which was done to have game-day
success, which saw the academics placed
to the side. And that goes entirely against
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The AMS is in a jubilant mood—and rightly so.
The U-Pass, easily the most popular program in
their history has been renewed. And a fee restructure that will eliminate the need for widespread
cuts for the foreseeable future also passed. This
is a big deal.
But the truth is that they got lucky.
Up until Thursday it was looking like most of
the referendum questions wouldn't even achieve
quorum. In fact, despite all of the talk about the
U-Pass being an instant quorum-maker, the substantial by-law changes question didn't get enough
votes to come into play.
And when it comes to the fee restructure, almost half of students were againstit. If 386 of us
had voted another way—that's one first-year psychology class—the AMS would be just as screwed
today as they were on Thursday.
So why is it that after a year of talking about
the need for a referendum, one aborted attempt
and tens of thousands of dollars later, the fee referendum came so close to failing?
The most obvious answer is that despite the
year-long hand-wringing, the referendum campaign didn't start in earnest until the absolute last
minute. The AMS was handicapped by the combination of a former president who had little inclination to actually plan for a referendum and
an election schedule that meant most of January
and February were devoted to campaigning and
transition. However, even without these reasons,
the truth is that the AMS is out of touch with the
student populace.
They approached this referendum as a top-down
initiative coming from the executive and council. But in a campus as decentralized as UBC's,
the only way to get a large number of students on
board with anything is to engage from the bottom.
The opportunity was there. Clubs, people with
sustainability ideas, residences, the resource
groups and, yes, the campus media, all had a
stake in the referendum. But instead of seeing
these groups as equal partners, the AMS treated
them as a liability, something that could screw
up their messaging. Only they and they alone
could be trusted to tell students why they needed more money—this became a referendum on
the AMS itself.
Unsurprisingly, many students associate the
AMS with lackluster leadership, stunts to the UN,
infighting and a general lack of competence. Su-
prisingly this caught the AMS off-guard.
And it might seem easy to blame the lackluster number of votes on student apathy, as AMS
President Jeremy McElroy appeared to do after
the results were announced.
But students are no more apathetic than they
were three years ago, when the vote totals for the
U-Pass were almost double what they were this
time around. Ifyou can't get students to show up
to vote on the one thing that is integral to their
lives—that's a transitpass, not lobbying, for those of
you wondering—that's a failure on the AMS's part.
Even more worrying is the fact that the AMS
had absolutely no viable back-up plan. Whenever
asked what he would do if the referendum didn't
pass, McElroy reiterated that they would simply
hold another one. By not being upfront about the
effects of voting no, it only encouraged those who
believed the AMS was campaigning in bad faith.
And ifyou can't get students to care when the U-
Pass is on the line, there is no amount of money
or wizardry that can change things. The simple
answer is that the AMS would have had to make
massive cuts.
Now that the referendum did pass, another
daunting question is looming on the horizon:
what to do with all of the money? If the AMS sees
this as a blank cheque, they risk alienating students even more.
The AMS needs to remember that even though
about half of students voted to give them more
money, the other half thought it wasn't worth the
change in their pocket. So the onus is on them
to make sure that when they spend your hard-
earned money, it's on sensible projects that will
build upon a relationship between the AMS and
students that is obviously lacking. Otherwise, the
next referendum could very well be for reducing
fees, not raising them, vl
McElroy: 5 Days for the Homeless should be taken in context
For the next five days, there's going
to be a sight at University Boulevard
and East Mall more commonly seen
at Powell and Hastings.
Ten UBC students will be living
outside the bookstore, as they take
part in a campaign called 5 Days
for the Homeless, an annual event at
UBC since 2008. Lastyear they raised
$16,500 and this year they hope to
raise that to $20,000.
So for the next week, there's no bed
or tent, no food, no money and no
toothpaste. Some will use sleeping
bags, some won't. The only shelter
will come when they go to classes, or
need to use the washroom.
It's a campaign that inspires plenty
of donations. But when students who
participate talk about the "struggle"
they undergo, it also inspires plenty
of raised eyebrows.
There's no way that spending five
days outside, in March, at UBC, with
friends, going to class, while getting
the unlimited use of washrooms can
replicate being homeless in any way.
Everyone knows this and it's not belittling to point out that this is an awareness campaign with a twist, not a reality TV show.
And yet, there are those that called
last year's fundraiser an "emotional
struggle" or "taste of how marginalized
and shunted homeless people may feel."
This December, UBC student Nima
Farzaneh spent a week on the streets,
in downtown Vancouver, actually
spending time within the homeless
community. He knew he would leave in
a week, but it still gave him a far more
realistic experience than the 5 Days
for the Homeless campaign could.
This isn't to demean the campaign,
or disparage the volunteers. It's a noble
cause and a good way to raise awareness. We hope they let their actions
speak for themselves, tl
Julian Ross Markowitz asked me to
make it clear that he was one of the
people who came to speak against Bijan's censure, but was not involved
in the "no" campaign. I'm happy to
make that clear, though—as I stated
in no uncertain terms—I'm convinced
that any similarities in the people who
were anti-censure and anti-fee referendum are purely coincidental anyway.
-Brian Piatt
In Gordon Katie's article ("Katie:
Women's issues are universal issues"), the author suggests that popular culture is somewhat to blame
for destructive masculine tendencies. But Katie offers no examples
of what in popular culture needs to
be critiqued. Katie, could you please
supply the Ubyssey's readership with
some evidence on how "the idealization of violent masculinity" in our
film, literature, television, etc.? (I
ask because I seem to have the opposite reaction from popular culture. To me, the prevailing state of
Western society reveals a breakdown
of the "physical strength, independence and stoicism" of what we call
the male gender).
—Scott Wilson
In response to Gordon Katie's column:
"Women's issues are universal issues."
Women's issues are indeed important, but Katie uses logical fallacies,
misleading omissions and even outright lies. No cause, no matter how
worthy, should be promoted with such
Katie says that everyone should care
about women's issues, and he's right.
But he's wrong when he says that all
men are responsible for them. It is logically invalid to say that all members
of a group are responsible for the actions of some of its members, when
membership in the group is due solely to accident of birth.
Women commit the majority of child
abuse, the vast majority of infanticide,
false rape allegations and 100 per cent
of paternity fraud. Would Katie agree
that all women are responsible for
stopping these despicable acts?
Katie implies that the gender pay
gap is caused by men. In fact, it is because of choice. Women choose to pursue lower-paying professions (teaching over engineering), safer and more
comfortable professions (secretarial
work over garbage collecting), choose
to take more time off work, choose to
work less hours than men.
Katie claims that 95 per cent of domestic violence [DV] is committed by
men. This is simply false. There has
been no legitimate study that claims
that 95 per cent of DV is committed by
men. The only sources for this number
are unscientific and flawed, such as
police statistics and figures from domestic violence shelters; and one survey (the US Crime survey). In contrast,
there are literally dozens of scientific and methodologically valid studies
that show DV is about equal by gender.
The domestic violence wikipedia page
has links to metastudies (collections
of scholarly studies) that show this.
Further, Katie's claim would imply
that lesbian partners would be largely
non-violent, whereas gay men would
have much more violent relationships.
Studies show that both gay and lesbian relationships show equal violence
to heterosexual ones.
I applaud Katie's goal of promoting
women's rights. I urge him not to do so
at the expense of men, the vast majority of which are good, decent people.
—Celestian Rince
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