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Vol.LXXXVHI   N°24	
More and More students are gambling their tuition
away. Page 4
Politicians urge women to get involved
in politics. Page 6
Crazy carpets and plastic bags in the snow since 1918
Tuesday, 28 November, 2006
Canucks, UBC team up for four Thunderbirds
games at GM Place. Page 9
Lights out" for UBC Campus
by Matthew Jewkes
An unplanned electric outage resulted in the closing of the University
Last night, at approximately 2 am,
the entire UBC campus lost electric
power. According to BC Hydro, the
outage extended north to Chancellor
Blvd, south to W 16th St, and east to
Camosun St.
"The fallen trees on
University Blvd were
-Joe Kiem
Vancouver Fire and rescue
BRRRR: Students living on campus were without power for over 12 hours yesterday, oker chen photo
At 6:15am, the Deputy Vice-
Chancellor, Doug Owram, followed
his policy on the "disruption of
classes and services by snow" (policy 68,) and announced the cancellation of classes for the day. The
announcement was relayed via
website and email, though many
students did not receive the information until they arrived at their
closed classrooms.
Partial power was not restored
to the campus until approximately
BC Hydro was unable to confirm
the cause of the outage beyond
attributing it to the heavy snowfall.
The snow, which began on
November 25 at about 2pm, accumulated to an average depth of
33 cm across the city.
Joe Kiem, a firefighter with
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services,
who was working under still-groaning snow-covered branches on the
shut-down section of University Blvd
said, "The fallen trees on University
Blvd were definitely a main cause
[for the outages]."
"The snow's been accumulating
on these branches over the past day,
and has brought a number of them
down," he added. "We're working
non-stop to clear the road, but our
ultimate completion of the work
depends upon whether it continues
to snow on Thursday."
Steve Blackett, a steam fitter for
UBC Plant Operations, further commented on the effects of the power
"The power boiler went down
because of the blackout..so it lost all
the steam so now the power boiler is
going up again and we're draining all
the steam so all the water condensation can [be] let out," he said.
"There's a lot of work to be done."
Blackett added that classes may
be cancelled tomorrow.
"I would doubt very much
that there's going to be class
tomorrow...is my personal opinion."
Coming near the end of the term,
the snow day was a mixed blessing
for many students.
Without electricity to run computers, many students were unable to
work on projects, write papers, or
study electronic notes. Students with
finals on yesterday's snow day, now
face the hassle of rescheduling in the
midst of the final examination weeks.
However, many students enjoyed
the unexpected day off. Laughter,
snowballs, and alcohol filled the
atmosphere at the Vanier residence.
Calls of "happy snow day" were heard
throughout the day.
The snow will likely stick
around for a while longer. Though
Environment Canada forecasts
clear skies over the next two days
before further snow on Thursday,
temperatures will probably remain
below zero. @
Building proposal passes
Students vote 75 per cent in favour of the commerce building fee
by Colleen Tang
Seventy-five per cent of commerce
undergraduate students voted in
favour of a new student building fee
in a referendum last week.
Mike Woodward, president of the
Commerce Undergraduate Society
(CUS), said the 48 per cent voter
turnout was the best turnout they've
had to date.
"This is the biggest turnout we've
ever had. I think in the last referendum for the $250 student fee the
turnout was about 350 people," he
said. "I think the difference was that
it was online and easier to do."
Now with the student fee decided
upon, it will be easier to focus on the
actual building construction and to
maintain student consultation on
the process, said Woodward.
"It's just important that we...still
focus on the same consultation
throughout the rest of the process so
while we may still have a student fee
it's still important to hear student
voice on design and on usage of the
space that it's going to be built."
According to Woodward, a building user committee liaison will be
hired who will coordinate student
consultation. In addition, a build
ing user committee will be put in
place that will include two undergraduate commerce students and
one MBA student.
"I imagine [the MBAs] will run
their own student consultation,"
said Woodward.
In the meantime, Woodward
expressed excitement for the project.
"We had great feedback on the
whole process from other schools in
the country, from our students
abroad and I'm really looking forward to the next step," said
Andrew Tian,  first-year  com-
Mining fresh talent
New UBC program hopes
to BC's min
by Shanshan Lu
UBC will launch its first Global
Mining Program focused on China
later this year. The program aims to
bring talented Chinese students to
study in Canada.
Chinese students admitted to the
program will spend two years in BC
earning a master's degree or professional certificate in mining.
Mining is British Columbia's second-largest industry, contributing
more than $4 billion to the economy
annually. According to the Mining
Association of BC, the BC mining
to recruit Chinese students
ing industry
industry grew $4.5 billion last year.
But the profession has a hard time
attracting young talent in Canada.
"Job openings are growing much
quicker than enrollment numbers
in mining schools," said Michael
McPhie, president of the Mining
Association of BC. "Not enough students want to take jobs in the mining industry."
According to a Pricewaterhouse-
Coopers 2003 Mining Report, there
were 6,000 direct and more than
12,000 indirect jobs vacancies in
the industry.
China also has problems attract-
see "Mining" page 2.
Tuesday, 28 November, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Ride that rail
Many students took this break from class to participate in
outdoor activities. ChrysVilvang was sporting the snowboard
in front of the Student Union Building, kellan higgins photo
"CUS"continued from page 7.
merce student, agreed that the
turnout for the referendum was
very good. He did admit that
some first-years were concerned
about the fee but he said "the
first-years trust the older years
because of the fact that the older-
years were quite confident for
the referendum so the first-years
were quite confident too."
Tian added that some first-
years are also concerned about the
construction itself and how it will
affect their learning environment.
"This will definitely decrease
our cohesion as [first-years] and
our student body...because David
Lam [library] might be closed and
classrooms are going to be split
apart in all different areas within
UBC so you won't have that ability
to connect and be together all the
time," he said.
"You might have to go to different places for different courses...you won't see as many people
or there's going to be a lot more
stress that's going to be inflicted
because of the proposal."
However, despite these concerns, he is excited about the new
"I think a lot of first-years feel
that because they are going to
UBC they are affecting a change.
When they look back at it they'll
be like, T did that. We pushed
that forward,'" Tian said. "Even
though we might not benefit from
it we did make a change within
UBC that's something we're
proud of." @
"Mining"continued from page 1.
ing workers, but for a different
China's mining industry is
an unpopular career choice in
China, according to Yunhan
Wang, an expert on China's
mining safety issues who is
serving as the director of a
Bureau of Mining in northern
China's major mining area,
Shanxi Province. Last year
3,300 gas blasts, floods and
other accidents killed 6,000
miners across China.
"Students are tired of the risks
in China's mining industry."
In 1999, 40 per cent of
Chinese mining graduates went
to work in the industry. By 2002,
the percentage had shrunk to 12
per cent. In the mining centre
Henan, the industry has been
unable to recruit mining graduates for five consecutive years.
"This new program stands a
good chance to attract students
who have passion [for] mining
[and] were held back by the terri
ble safely situation in China," said
Wang of UBC's new program.
In BC, however, the mining
industry's injury rate has shrunk
from 1999's four per 100 man
years to 1.3 per 100 man years
last year.
"The mining industry has
become the safest heavy industry
in British Columbia," said Bern
Klein, UBC mining professor.
According to PWC 2003
Mining Report, mining jobs have
become the highest paid jobs in
the resource sector, averaging
$94,500 per annum.
Chinese students are motivated by BC's safe working environment and high wages.
"I will consider this education
opportunity. Although I didn't
take jobs in the Chinese mining
industry upon graduation, I do
have passion," said Yingwei An, a
mining student who graduated
last year.
"If we can retain the Chinese
mining engineers, it will benefit
BC's mining industry," said
McPhie. @
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of Anthropology for a breath
This presentation, by SFU's Dr
of fresh air and a fabulous
Craig Janes, documents the
lunch: one samosa, three
adaptive strategies employed
pakoras, tamarind sauce and
by Mongolian herders to cope
a cup of chai tea for $4.50.
with environmental hazards in
All proceeds to United Way.
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Shahram were cast into darkness. Hilary Smith and Jesse
Marchard were showering when the Gage power went
out, and Leah Poulton was writing a paper on King Kellan
Higgins II. Samantha Jung and Eric Szeto decided to drag
a group of friends outside-Matt hew Jewkes, Shansau Lu,
and Victor Liang among them.They built a snow fort reminiscent of those built by the Colleen Tang armies in the
Carolynne Burkholder battle of the Jesse Ferreras war. As a
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Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 28 November, 2006
To become a city or join Vancity
Provincial governance review of UBC could take up to six months, official says
by Eric Szeto
VANCOUVER (CUP)-The largest
North American university to exist
without a municipal structure
could either amalgamate with
Vancouver or become its own city
in the near future, officials say.
During a meeting in October
between the Greater Vancouver
Regional District (GVRD)-UBC
joint commitee, a unanimous decision was made for UBC to undergo
a governance review by the provincial government.
"UBC has no municipal structure so the GVRD is its local council
and it's an extremely awkward and
uncomfortable arrangement," said
GVRD Director Suzanne Anton.
"UBC in my opinion should have a
municipal structure in place."
The addition of a municipal
structure would, among other
things, allow UBC to implement city
by laws. Noise by laws, anti-smoking laws or heritage laws are not
currently permitted at UBC because
it lacks a municipality. This is also
why the RCMP and not the
Vancouver Police overlooks UBC.
As it stands now, UBC—a
University with a student population of roughly 43,000 and about
$ 1 billion in revenue annually—is
part of an unincorporated rural
area called Electoral Area A.
UBC has quickly outgrown its
rural area status as the University's
permanent resident population is
projected to grow from 9,000 in
2005 to roughly 18,000 by 2021.
Most rural areas such as the
islands of Bowyer, and Passage and
Barnston, for example, have an
average population of 500.
Furthermore, the GVRD has
wanted to dissolve unincorporated
rural areas and turn them into
municipalities, as was the case
with Bowen Island in 1999.
"Since 1990 [the GVRD has]
wanted to rid of Electoral Area A,"
said Anton.
For critics who feel that UBC
has run with impunity for its
developments, the results of a governance review should finally provide an effective forum for resolving conflicts and limiting development controls.
Jeff Friedrich, Alma Mater
Society (AMS) VP academic said
that an alternate governance structure will make UBC more accountable to future developments.
"The University...has had too
much discretion over how planning and developments happens,"
said Friedrich.
However, Joe Redmond, a VP at
UBC Properties Trust feels that a
municipality would bog down the
development process and further
escalate project costs.
"Taking it out of the
University's hands would add time
and complexity to the process,"
said Redmond.
Over the past few years, UBC
has embarked on well over $600
million in developments, making
great strides in establishing a permanent population and ridding
itself of the stigma of being a commuter campus. But UBC has been
inundated with criticism and
growing resistance in the process.
None of the developments have
been more controversial than the
$100 million Marine Drive
Towers, a student residence that
straddle a nudist beach on
Spanish Banks called Wreck
UBC was eventually forced to
redesigned and lowered the
remaining high-rises to three stories because the first tower
exceeded GVRD building height
limits and could arguably be seen
from the beach.
Dennis Pavlich, VP External
and Legal Affairs at UBC, admitted
that criticism had been mounting
with the way that UBC had carried
out its past projects, and that this
was why the relationship between
GVRD staff and UBC was "somewhat rocky."
"I think that was as a result of
the [Marine Drive Tower] student
residences," he said, "it's a fallout
from the residences."
He said that the university
"would like any type of governance
that allows the University to
realise its academic mission."
However, he did not believe
that the results of a governance
review will limit development controls at the University.
"This idea that you'll get some
control out of development is pure
fantasy," he said.
The GVRD repeatedly stated that
they do not want to reign in UBC;
they just don't want to deal with
these matters when they have other
regional matters to attend to.
"When [UBC's] development
issues come to the GVRD it's an
awkward forum and it consumes a
lot of GVRD time that should be
dealt with regional issues," said
Development matters at UBC,
Anton said, they are just not that
important to a GVRD director. @
Students becoming less interested in politics
NOPE: Students just care less about politics, katie fitzpatrick photo
by Leah Poulton
University-age students have double
the workload of the last generation,
leaving them with barely enough
time to read a newspaper, let alone
care about politics, according to a
UBC political science professor.
Michael Byers, professor and academic director at the Liu Institute for
Global Issues, said that consistent
with the drop in youth voter turnout,
is the rise in tuition rates and number of hours students are forced to
work to pay for it.
"This is a substantial change in
the last 20 years," Byers said. "It's not
apathy, people are simply tired."
According to Byers, younger
demographics likely don't rush to the
polls not only because they are
pressed for time, but also because
they feel distanced from the people
in power.
"Younger people are increasingly
frustrated by what they see as an
inability to influence the course of
politics, provincially, nationally and
internationally," he said.
Though experts are not clear on
the reasons, the falling numbers of
voters in recent years is undeniable.
Elections Canada reported the
worst voter turnout on record for
the 2004 federal election, with just
over 60 per cent of the nation's population casting ballots. The numbers
were even lower in the younger
demographics—only around a quarter of eligible 18 to 24-year-olds
voted. When surveyed, the non-voters in this age group stated the number one reason they didn't vote was
because they felt distanced and
under-represented in politics. The
number two reason was apathy and
a lack of interest.
This feeling seems to affect youth
nationwide, a Winnipeg journalist
Mary Agnes Welch, civic politics
reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press,
said that in the city's last election,
only 38 per cent of their eligible population turned out to vote.
She said that she was surprised
by the especially pitiful youth
turnout, as there were several
important issues raised for that
demographic in the election.
"I think they're sick of these old
geezer politicians talking endlessly,"
she said. "There's nothing sexy or
stylish in politics now, just the same
old catchphrases."
She said part of the problem is
that city politicians often do nothing
but talk amongst themselves, without opening up the debate to the
people their decisions affect, especially the youth.
"They don't realise how many
ideas [young people] have," she said.
"These people travel..they're interested in the arts."
Byers agreed that the power of
young voters is often grossly
underestimated, even by the youth
"If young people wanted to take
control, they could," he added, "but
they must first realise they have
Byers placed the blame for students' lack of political knowledge
mainly on the universities.
"Younger people are
frustrated by what
they see as an inability to influence the
course of politics."
-Michael Byers
political science professor
"We teach abstract theories, we
don't actually teach them how they
can make a difference," he said.
Many UBC students do, in fact,
feel this sense of disconnect with the
world of politics.
"We're really unattached from
local politics," said John Cullen, a
fourth-year English student. "It's
very difficult to sense that we're
making any kind of difference with
our vote. There's no direct connection with what you voted for to what
you get."
Nik Bunting, a third-year history
student, voiced the same opinion.
"It's hard to see the connection
between you and the politicians,"
he explained.
If students wanted to get more
involved, they could participate in
the UBC student elections, said
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President
Kevin Keystone.
Yet only 4,500 of UBC's nearly
40,000 students voted in last year's
AMS elections.
Keystone was not worried by the
low percentage; he said ten per cent
is an average voter turnout for student societies in Canada. He added
that many students don't vote in the
campus elections because they don't
realise the impact that the AMS has
on their lives.
"People don't make the connection. They think 'whether or not I
vote, I'm still going to get my U-Pass,'
but those people had to vote in the
person who spearheaded the whole
campaign for the U-Pass in the first
place," he said.
However, voting shouldn't be the
only focus, said Keystone.
"Political involvement is more
knowing what the issues are and
finding people to change those
issues," he explained. "Voting is just
an indicator of awareness."
However, in the end, it all comes
down to too much information and
not enough time.
"It's the age of information," said
Keystone. "The more information we
have, the less informed we are."
Despite the numbers, Byers
remained optimistic about the
political future of the up-and-coming generation.
"My generation has screwed up
pretty badly. But statistically, there's
a future Prime Minister at UBC.
There are signs of hope and change
beginning to happen." @
Lack of
participants in
psych studies,
not a problem
by Samatha Jung
Having a small group of similar people may not be all that bad when it
comes to Psychology studies, according to UBC professors.
The Psychology Department
offers UBC students the opportunity to participate in the psychology
subject pool offering a wide variety of psychological studies. Often
the same group of students sign
up to participate in these studies
for the cash or subject credit
According to Ilan Dar-nimrod, a
PhD psychology student, participant
diversity varies depending on the
type of study being conducted.
"If you are trying to generalise
through a university human population then it's crucial to have diversity in every relevant aspect, whether
it be ethnic, racial, gender, age, [or]
body type," said Dar-nimrod.
But in some studies a lack of
diversity can be beneficial, according to Jeremy Biesanz, UBC psychology professor.
"There are other times when
you want as little diversity as possible within a particular laboratory
study in order to increase statistical
power and have the ability to detect
certain experimental effects," he
said. "There are times when you
want to see what impact specific
treatments have and you want to
demonstrate a possible effect and
then later you work on generalising
out to different populations."
Ara Norenzayan, psychology
professor at UBC, said there is a
problem with cultural representation in psychology. Since most
studies are conducted in areas
with Western populations, psychologists are unsure as to how
psychological findings and theories apply to other cultures.
"If you are trying to
generalise through
a university human
population then it's
crucial to have
diversity in every
relevant aspect."
-Ilan Dar-nimrod
PhD psychology student
"This problem has existed in
areas as diverse as how people
think. What are the basic emotions,
the nature of depression and its
effective treatment, and how people
are influenced by groups," he said.
Cultural psychologists are working to show how psychological
processes differ among cultures.
"UBC is at the forefront of this
new development," Norenzayan
added. "The cultural diversity of
Vancouver contributes to this
strength, along with Vancouver's
location...at the intersection of
diverse cultural influences."
On hsp.psych.ubc.ca/, students
can view and sign up for numerous
research studies. The longitudinal
studies involve palm pilots with
questionnaires and other studies
involve laboratory work, interaction
with other participants, and take-
home questionnaires. @ News
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by Victor Liang
With Texas Hold 'Em poker gaining
popularity inside and outside the
casino steadily, concerns over problem gambling for young adults is
also increasing.
At the McGill International
Centre for Youth Problem Gambling
and other High-Risk Behaviors (YGI),
senior researcher Alissa Sklar is part
of a team that works towards understanding the underlying factors to
youth gambling problems and treating clients, which includes both high-
school and university students.
For Sklar, youth problem gambling is not an issue to be taken
"What we found is that gambling
in general seems to be a very big
issue amongst all youths of legal age
and under it," she said, "especially
university students because [they] are
often of legal age to go into casinos
and buy lottery tickets, yet they are
still young enough to fall within the
boundaries of high-risk or sensation-
seeking youth. They are still experimenting with risk and looking for
high-sensation types of activities."
Jan Zacharias, clinical counselor
and prevention specialist with the
Problem Gambling Program, is
aware of the destructive path of gambling addiction.
"Recently, I was talking to a
woman who's now 25 and...when
she got her student loan money in
one lump in the fall [she] would use
her student loan money to gamble,
and by October it would all be gone."
Zacharias said that she paid her
tuition  and  dorm fees,  but was
without money to eat.
The most recent study on problem gambling in BC showed that
the prevalence of problem gambling is higher than average among
those in the 18 to 24 age group,
with activities ranging from sports
lotteries to casinos. The sampled
study group also showed higher
rates of problem gambling among
Internet gamblers.
Though the hard facts on Internet
gambling are few, both Sklar and
Zacharias agree that young adults are
more susceptible to the deceptive
nature of online gambling sites.
"People get hooked
into being on the
internet. there is a
kind of trance-like
thing that happens."
-Jan Zacharias
clinicial counselor and prevention specialist
Problem Gambling Program
"People get hooked into being on
the Internet There is a kind of trancelike thing that happens on the
Internet because you can gamble 24
hours a day, seven days a week. It
never shuts down and you kind of get
lost," said Zacharias.
"My problem is the way that it is
marketed; it's exciting, risky and
promises escape," said Sklar. "It's
often marketed to a young male population that is more impressionable
and it's particularly pernicious with
online gambling because there's
even less control, these sites are run
offshore, and there's very little regulation of what's going on out there."
Vincent Yung, a UBC arts student, plays online poker said he
realises the importance of setting
limits on himself to avoid the pitfalls of gambling.
"I play for about two hours a day,
but I do not see myself as having a
gambling problem because I know
what is more important. I treat
[online poker] as a job where I set a
time limit on myself and I only play
after school."
"But there are people who do play
during school, and even skip class to
play, they have a problem because
poker is just a game, not a career, and
there is always an element of luck,"
he added.
Young people are not without
help, said Sklar, as there are confidential hotlines, counselling services
on and off campus, and family physicians available. The YGI recently put
in an anonymous and confidential
chat service, www.gamtalk4teens.
org, which runs in the evenings
throughout the year.
There are "counselors always
standing by, and it's a great resource
for those who might not otherwise
want to pick up the phone," she said.
Sklar is cautious about overstating
the problem, but points out that it is
still a concern for experts like herself.
"One of the reasons we are so
worried about this is because a gambling problem can really change your
entire life course...for many kids it
won't be the case, but for the unlucky
few it can be a downward spiral." @
Labels lead to decline in antidepressant use
by Leah Poulton
The warning labels now printed on a
common anti-depressant have led to
a sharp decline in prescriptions for
the drugs and caused concern for
some doctors.
The labels warn of a connection
between the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and
increased suicidal thoughts and
behaviours in children and adolescents.
Raymond Lam, professor of
psychiatry and medical director of
the Mood Disorders Clinic at UBC,
said that the labels may be deterring some patients from taking
medication that they really need.
The evidence for the warning
labels came from a series of clinical trials on children and adolescents, where there was "a small
excess of suicidal thoughts" found
in those who took the drug compared to those who took a placebo,
said Lam.
When all 24 studies were combined, they showed that for every
100 youths who took a placebo,
one to three of them might show
suicidal behaviors, and out of 100
youths treated with the SSRI medication two to six of them might
show suicidal behaviors.
But Lam suggested that the results
were not conclusive enough to warrant the warning labels.
One of the main problems with
the studies is that the criteria for
volunteers severely limited the
subject pool, he said. Volunteers
could not have been depressed for
more than six months, have any
substance abuse problems or
other health issues or have suicidal thoughts at the time.
He also pointed out an issue common to clinical trials—the subjects
are volunteers.
"Why would someone volunteer
their kids for this?" he asked. "They
don't represent the average kid with
depression," he said, adding that
there were no deaths by suicide during the studies.
He also pointed out that suicidal thoughts are a common symptom of depression. As the subjects
reported just once weekly, it is
nearly impossible to prove that the
thoughts were caused by the drug.
"We have to be very careful
with these types of results," Lam
said. "This isn't like heart attacks
where you can measure it on a
piece of equipment."
Other methods of evaluation,
besides clinical trials, are needed
to substantiate such a finding, he
When four large observational
studies were conducted on the
same subject, where researchers
looked at tens of thousands of
youths both treated and not treated with antidepressants, none of
them reported any increase in suicidal thoughts or behaviour in
those on the antidepressants, Lam
pointed out in a recently published article.
Even more indicative are the
studies that examined three million patients in the UK. There were
15 youths who died from suicide,
but not one of them had antidepressants in their blood, Lam
"Even if there is a slight increase
in suicidal thoughts, it doesn't seem
to translate to actual suicide deaths,"
he said.
"The number of deaths from
Tylenol and Aspirin are ten times, 20
times greater than anything we're
dealing with here," he said, pointing
out that these medications do not
carry the black box warning.
Lam said that, like any medica
tion, it is a matter of the benefits outweighing the risks. He also said this
is a discussion that patients must
have with their physicians.
"Untreated depression is also
dangerous," he said.
Lam said that this issue has most
likely come up with youth and not
adults because "youth maybe have
fewer coping mechanisms."
Adults are perhaps more prepared for side effects of antidepressants, such as insomnia or
"The number of
deaths from tylenol
and Aspirin are ten
times, 20 times
greater than
anything we're
dealing with here."
-Raymond Lam
psychiatry and medical director
of the Mood Disorders Clinic
"Youth don't have other ways of
dealing with [the side effects], so
there's the possibility that in someone with depression it could come
out in suicidal thoughts," he said.
However, Thomas Newman, an
epidemiology professor from the
University of California at San
Franscisco and member of an
expert panel on the issue of warning levels, told the Washington
Post, "We have very strong evidence of harm and not very strong
evidence of efficacy. It would not
be bad if use of these drugs were
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Thunderbirds and Canucks team up for four games at GM Place
by Boris Korby
The University hopes a little plug
from the Canucks is just what it
needs to get people interested in
the re-vamped Thunderbirds
men's hockey program.
UBC Athletics and the Vancouver
Canucks have teamed up to promote
four upcoming T-Birds men's
hockey games at General Motors
Place (GM Place), as the team continues to play off-campus while
construction on the new Winter
Sports Centre progresses.
GM Place Schedule
Dec. 3 Lethbridge 2:00
Dec. 12 Regina 7:30
Dec. 13     Regina   7:30
"Not only our team, but the athletic department and the University
itself are tremendously excited to
have the Canucks give up their ice
for us to play [at GM Place], and for
Orca Bay—parent company of the
Vancouver Canucks—to jump on
board to market and promote the
games," said UBC men's hockey
coach Milan Dragicevic.
"This is a huge event that's
going to showcase university hockey, showcase UBC, and really show
people how good this hockey is
and hopefully put university hockey on the map."
In addition to emailing season
ticket holders, Canucks Inside
Edge subscribers, and promoting
the games on their website and
likely on an upcoming Canucks TV
Pay-Per-View telecast, the Canucks
have organised two events to coincide with UBC's contests in the
hopes of getting more people out
to the games, and potentially
break the current CIS hockey
attendance record of 13,3 54 set in
Prior to the December 3, 2pm
puck-drop against the University
of Lethbridge Pronghorns, a
Canucks alumni squad boasting
the likes of '94 heroes Greg
Adams, Kirk McLean, Jyrki
Lumme, and Cliff Ronning, among
others,    will    take     on the
Thunderbirds alumni team.
Then on January 13, the
Canucks will open up GM Place
early for fans to watch game two of
the CBC's Hockey Day in Canada
triple header featuring Vancouver
at Toronto, prior to the 7pm start
of UBC's contest against the
University of Regina Cougars.
"The Vancouver Canucks are
pleased to continue to build upon
our strong relationship with UBC
Athletics and UBC alumni by having a four game series played at
General Motors Place," said
Canucks Senior Vice President and
General Manager Dave Nonis. "We
have a number of unique events
surrounding the games for our
fans that will allow us to celebrate
the past, present and future of
For the University, the chance
to expand its product in
Vancouver's hockey-mad market
is   an   opportunity   they   hope
TAKING CENTRE STAGE: The UBC men's hockey team is set to play four games at General Motors
place —home of the Vancouver Canucks —starting this Friday December 1. oker chen photo
will have lasting benefits for the
team as they prepare to move into
their new 7,000 seat facility next
"We'd love to have five to ten
thousand people watch a UBC
hockey game," said Scott Kobus,
Business Development and
Promotions Officer for UBC
Athletics. "That's the very first
thing, we want to provide the experience to our athletes. But also at
the end of the day we want to be
able to put the proceeds back into
As for the Canucks, who have
a tradition of community involvement in Vancouver, the opportunity to support university hockey
and help raise funds for student-
athlete scholarships is all part
of the new 'we are all Canucks'
marketing campaign, which they
hope will create an even tighter
bond between the team and a
city already crazy about the
"They really wanted to do
grassroots and community-level
marketing, and we have an
opportunity to help them with
that," said Kobus. "But there are
also so many people, including
students, who want to go to
Canucks games that can't afford to
and there's so many people that
want to but just can't even find a
ticket, so here's an option for
them to get some of that exposure
and give fans that experience."
Ticket prices are $7 for UBC
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Tuesday, 28 November, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
The University who didn't need permission
As Electoral Area A, UBC is one
of the few areas in the Lower
Mainland not to have an elected
municipality and hence have little
obligation to be accountable to the
public. Unfortunately, University
officials have interpreted this to
suggest that they don't need permission from anyone when it
comes to development.
Over the past ten years, UBC
has invested hundreds of millions
of dollars into its community without bothering to check with the
community that surrounds it. As
the University continues to grow,
officials continue to act with a
developmental carte blanche,
forced to backpedal only after getting caught going too far.
Take the $100 million, 2000
student bed, Marine Drive
Residence, for example.
Because of UBC's failure to
properly align its original proposal with regional district regulations, the University was
forced to redesign the remaining two high-rises. UBC ended
up losing 400 much needed student beds, and it was the students who ended up having to
foot the cost overruns—$30 million when last checked.
The saddest thing is the
Greater    Vancouver     Regional
District (GVRD) would likely not
have intervened at all if the Wreck
Beach Preservation Society hadn't
raised a furor over the towers.
UBC development regulation
appears to work in a volatile manner: officials only seem to listen to
authority once they overstep their
bounds. It takes an interest group
to get upset and the GVRD steps in
Protest is not always heeded
when it comes to development
issues with the GVRD, however.
UBC students raised concerns over lack of consultation
about the Mahony & Sons Public
House that opened last July, a
restaurant whose prices obviously did not target cash-
strapped students. However, this
student concern was only communicated to the GVRD as part
of the Irish Pub's liquor license
application process.
Let's not forget the 'accidental' clearcutting of almost an
acre of trees on GVRD property
in March, or the fact that UBC
lacks heritage laws that would
have prohibited the demolition
of the old Chancellor Building,
the two wings of the Main
library, even the Empire Pool, all
of which have historical significance to the community and city.
How about the lack of consultation for non-institutional buildings like with U-Town?
Problems like this point to the
need for a discussion on an alternative from of governance at
UBC. The only thing UBC has to
adhere to right now is the Official
Community Plan (OCP), which is
regulated by the GVRD/UBC joint
committee, the only forum for
resolving developmental conflicts. It's also a proven time consumer and waste of the GVRD's
But what most people don't
know is that UBC's OCP's a 'gentleman's agreement'; they can
adhere to it at their own discretion.
But to give UBC credit, they
have since tried to reconcile
these differences. The consultation process for the South
Campus development, and even
Campus Plans, should be lauded.
But the accumulation of UBC's
misplays only warrants more
binding regulations, like that of a
municipal structure.
With U-Town slowly growing
around us, we need a direct governing body here at UBC. Some
officials have not shown any interest in joining the City of
Vancouver or creating a distinct
municipality. That's not surpris
ing—they've got a pretty good situation here with the ability to make
all its decisions without answering
to anyone, at least, until people
start protesting.
Answering to someone is a
good thing— especially if the
University is so committed to
accountability. However, instead
of doing the accountable thing,
UBC is trying to slow the process
down. Officials are demanding a
governance review by the
provincial government before
they even think of giving up
their autonomy.
For Suzanne Anton, a GVRD
director, this has become painfully clear.
"I'm not really wanting GVRD
to be spending its time on development issues at UBC. Those should
be done by some sort of municipal
structure," she said, adding the
University should either become a
municipality in and of itself or join
the City of Vancouver.
As Anton pointed out, the
GVRD doesn't want to deal with
UBC matters anymore. With the
Olympics on the horizon, they've
got bigger things to deal with
than student residency or liquor
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What did you do when the power was out at UBC?
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"Went to the
downtown library
to do homework
and use the
-Russ Barnes
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"Played tackle
football out in
the snow and
had a powernap."
—Luis Berrones
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"Pretty much
nothing. Worked
and tried to
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Get out of my class
by Michael Bround
"Hello. Today I am here to tell you about
the wonderful opportunity that is
CollegePro." Or not.
On November 20 2006, a morning
Biology lecture was prefaced by yet
another canny entrepreneur trying to ply
his trade of...whatever it is that CollegePro
managers are expected to do. Disinterest
followed by a clipboard (which was
abandoned prior to circumnavigating the
lecture hall). One was left wondering what
the point was.
Every student is veritably inundated
with the CollegePro rhetoric for the entire
first week of classes. Everyone has heard
about the multi-grand earnings of the
average student manager and the terrific
leadership opportunities a mere e-mail
away. It would reasonably follow that all
the interested parties have already
pounced on the proverbial CollegePro
The second semester will see the same
zeal for recruitment that September did
and will, perhaps, nab those few dozen
new transfer students brimming with
CollegePro expectations. The campaign
for collecting new recruits will
recommence in force in January, no doubt
with another two-week blitz of clipboards.
April will also be graced with CollegePro's
wondrous presence in its last ditch
attempts to nab students pondering an
imminent need for summer employment.
What of this November-putsch? What's
the point? As far as can be reasonably
deduced there is no point. Summer, being
a vague shimmer on a distant and unseen
horizon, cannot possibly be the
inspiration. Nor can the presence of new
students because everyone in that Biology
lecture was there for the initial flood of
CollegePro: those who were disinterested
in September are still disinterested.
Furthermore, most of those same
disinterested students have a thousand
more important worries (term papers,
final exams, Playstation III) than some
distant leadership opportunity.
Aside from the sheer pointlessness of
November recruitment campaigns,
CollegePro comes with a whole slew of
other interesting qualities. Merely
broaching the topic of this dubious
organisation has yielded two "I've heard
bad stories" in three hours. Despite
hearing about the earning power of a
CollegePro-pro dozens of times, words
pertaining to what the job actually
encompasses have been scarce. The
format of the company itself is so sketchy,
it's almost pyramidal. Mangers recruiting
mangers recruiting managers who will
eventually recruit managers. Who actually
does the hypothetical painting for this
company? Why do professors even let
these people speak in their lecture halls?
It seems that this November
CollegePro incident was designed simply
to show that, defiantly, resolutely,
CollegePro lumbers on. Despite hideous
flaws with it, and the sheer stupidity of
their recruiting schedule, the
machinations of this 'employment
opportunity' grind along. Regardless of
resentful disinterest with it, CollegePro
If only they would yield to the majority
position and disintegrate. @
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Science student
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