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 Celebrating 90 years!
February 10,2009 \
so gay since 1918 \ volume xc, number 37
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
SLATES | The Elections Committee accused Frederick of running in a slate. Find out what a slate is inside.
APPEALS | What happens when democracy goes into the courts? Check out the appeals process on Page 3.
ONLINE | See the reactions of key players in the debacle online at
Frederick thrown out as president, Monegro set to take his place
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
Blake Frederick has been disqualified from the AMS presidential
race after the Elections Committee
found that Frederick violated electoral code by running in a unofficial slate with other candidates.
The Elections Committee acted
after a complaint against Frederick was filed on the evening of
Tuesday, February 3. Then, on
Friday morning runner-up presidential candidate Alex Monegro
filed a separate complaint, alleging that Frederick had engaged in
slate-like activity with other candidates, including campaigning and
postering with other candidates
that had similar platforms. By Friday evening, the Elections Committee made its ruling disqualifying Frederick from the race.
One of the pieces of evidence
cited by the committee in their
disqualification of Frederick included a piece of video evidence
filmed by Tom Dvorak, the VP
Finance-elect. While the tape has
yet to be released, multiple sources have confirmed to The Ubyssey
that the tape shows Frederick, VP
Administration candidate Tristan
Markle and VP Finance candidate
Ale Coates campaigning at the
same time—though in different
areas—in the Totem cafeteria.
A shocked Frederick, who said
late Friday he learned about the
result by reading a blog appealed
the decision to the elections appeals committee Saturday afternoon. Should the committee rule
against Frederick, he could appeal
the decision to Student Court,
whose decision in turn would
then have to be accepted by AMS
council based on past precedence.
"I have been very, very careful
in not breaking any rules," Frederick said. "I would like to assume
that the committee has evidence,
but I know I haven't broken any
Monegro said that he was "very
cautious" in filing the appeal, but
felt it needed to be done due to the
closeness of the race, which saw
Frederick preferred over Monegro
by just 42 voters.
"Every infraction could make
a difference in an election that
close," he said.
When reached for comment on
Sunday, Markle denied any campaigning with other candidates,
and questioned whether the Elec-
Rehal's decision moves presidency from Frederick (left) to Monegro (right), gerald deo photos/the ubyssey
tion Committee's decision, given
both the short timeframe it was
made in and the committee's decision not to question himself or
"There was no due diligence
done in making this
I don't see how a good decision
could be made."
Elections Administrator Sarina
Rehal replied that the committee
is not required to speak to candidates before decisions. "The Elections Committee is not a court,
and does not hold hearings," she
wrote. "Instead, it has the power to
issue rulings on complaints."
In their ruling, the committee
also said that they could not "entertain the prospect of re-doing
the elections, as the rules were
infringed upon only by one candidate, and thus requiring all candidates to re-run the race would be
unfair." Unless overturned, the
ruling would hand the presidency
to Monegro, who was preferred by
1415 more voters than Paul Korczyk, the other losing candidate.
Monegro said that while he
was surprised the ruling from the
committee came so quickly, he
agreed with the committee that
there should not be a re-election.
"I don't think we have time for
another election, especially because the process takes so long...I
don't really have the time for that,
and I don't think Blake has the
time for that."
AMS president Michael Duncan agreed, believing that "with
Condorcet election style, students
are voting ranking-wise... and
having that as an understanding,
Blake was their first choice, but
it was clear Alex was the second
choice. So if Blake was disqualified, Alex would obviously be the
next choice."
The decision is likely to cause
an uproar with many of the stu
dents who voted for Frederick,
but Monegro said that the appeals
process would ensure that a fair
resolution would emerge.
"I do think their needs should
be met, and I do think they should
trust the Elections Committee."
Rehal reiterated Monegro's call
for calm, writing "While we feel
that this situation is regrettable,
it would be inappropriate for the
body responsible for enforcing the
rules to ignore violations for expediency's sake."
For his part, Frederick said
that he would follow the appeals
process through to Student Court
if need be, and had some harsh
words for the way the Elections
Committee had dealt with the
"I have been chosen democratically by students to represent them
as their AMS president. I find it
extremely troubling that I am guilty
until proven innocent." *2I
Sent from Sarina Rehal Elections
Administrator on Feb 6, 7:14 pm
This email is being sent to all official VFM media outlets, and the
Ubyssey paper.
On Tuesday February 3
around midnight the Elections
Committee was given a formal appeal supported by video evidence
implicating Blake Frederick and
two other candidates as exhibiting
"slate" behaviour.
As per Section 9, Article 2(11)
in the Code of Procedures, it
states that:
"Candidates shall not run in
slates, real or apparent, or share
expenses for campaign materials,
excluding minor supplies as defined in 10(e) of this article. A slate
shall mean a group of candidates
who run for elected office (including but not limited to Executive
positions and positions in the Senate and on the Board of Governors)
on a similar platform for mutual
At the time when the Elections Committee received this
allegation, we were already investigating and following up with
concerns over false statements
Blake provided the committee
in regards to allegations towards
another candidate.
Furthermore, this morning the
Elections Committee received another allegation of slate behaviour.
Recognizing that he campaigned, postered and participated in classroom announcements together with a group
of individuals who run a very
similar platform, the Elections
Committee has ruled that he ran
the campaign as part of a slate.
Recalling that slates have been
banned by the AMS of UBC due
to the advantageous nature of
running in a slate, the Elections
Committee believes that he was
provided an unfair advantage in
the elections.
Recognizing that code stipulates "Candidates shall not run in
slates, real or apparent."
The Elections Committee has
ruled that we must disqualify
Blake Frederick from the Presidential race. We cannot entertain
the prospect of re-doing the Elections, as the rules were infringed
upon only by one candidate, and
thus requiring all candidates to
re-run the race would be unfair.
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Slatestorm: timeline of a controversy
How it began, and where it's going.
Committee receives complaint that
Frederick is in a pseudo-slate
Election results announced, Frederick
defeats Monegro by 42 votes
Monegro submits complaint, accusing
Frederick of slate-like activity
Committee finds Frederick engaged in
slate-like activity, disqualifies him
Blake submits appeal to the Elections
Appeal Committee
Article 8 of the AMS Electoral Code.
Section 2. Protests or complaints of
rregularities regarding candidates,
referendum campaign groups, or election officials may be submitted to the
Elections Committee, provided that the
protest or complaint is submitted in
writing no more than seventy-two (72)
hours after the occurrence to which it
relates and is signed by at least three
(3) Active Members...
Article 8 Sec 2 con'd... the Elections
Committee must reach a decision on
the protest or complaint no more than
twenty-four (24) hours after it has
been received in person by a member
of the Committee
Section 7.  In the case of an appea
of a decision made by the Elections
Committee, the appellant must submit
an application in writing to the Clerk
of Student Court no more than forty-
eight (48) hours after the Elections
Committee has made its decision. The
Clerk shall immediately forward the
application to the Chair of the Election
Appeals Committee
Expected hearing by the Election Appeals Committee
Expected ruling of Appeals Committee
Potential for Student Court ruling
Sec. 16. An Election Appeals Committee must hold its first meeting concerning an
application made in accordance with paragraphs 6 or 7 above no more than forty-
eight (48) hours after the submission of that application
Sec. 17. An Election Appeals Committee must come to a decision no more than
forty-eight (48) hours after holding its first meeting
Sec. 20. A decision of an Election Appeals Com
mittee may be appealed to Student Court in
accordance with the procedures described in
Section XV of the Code. On receiving an
application to appeal an election decision
to Student Court, the Clerk of the Court
shall immediately notify the President
and the Elections Administrator in
writing that such an application has
been filed
CODE of PROCEDURE - Section IX A: Electoral Procedures May 2008
(t) If Council directs the Elections Administrator not to present all or part of an
election report until Student Court has ruled on an appeal, thus delaying the
official declaration of a winner for one or more positions, and if Student Court
does not rule on such an appeal so that a winner may be declared in time for the
Society's Annual General Meeting, then the position or positions shall be deemed
to be temporarily vacant, and pursuant to Bylaw 5(3)(c)(v), Council shall appoint
from among its members a temporary replacement or replacements to fill the
vacancy or vacancies
(g) Once Student Court has ruled on an appeal and a winner has been declared
for a position deemed temporarily vacant in accordance with paragraph (f) above,
the winner shall take office and the temporary replacement shall step down
The Slate Debate: the black plague of AMS politics
by Kalyeena Markortoff
News Staff
Following the Election Committee's disqualification of elected
AMS president Blake Frederick
last week, the slate conversation
has been resurrected. This issue
of slates isn't a new issue in the
AMS and this most recent episode is characteristic of the ebb
and flow of the conversation over
the past 40 years.
Slates in AMS politics essentially functioned as political parties. They allowed candidates to
pool resources and unite under
common platforms to create cohesive brands.
AMS slates date back to the
early 1970s, but they soon disappeared in 1975 after council
began choosing the executive
instead of having student-wide
elections. The elections were resurrected in the 1980s, but slates
remained absent in student politics until the 1990s. From 1991
onward, slates gained dominance
within the AMS, with 5 6 out of 60
executive positions filled by slate-
affiliated candidates.
Documented discussions
regarding slates' impact on student politics took place in 1999.
Students voiced their concerns
over the lack of regulation because there was no formal recognition of slates in AMS code.
Others spoke of banning slates
all together, but it was noted
that individuals suggested that
a ban on slates would not only
be undemocratic but essentially
unenforceable. In the end, the
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maintained slates with no alterations to Code or slate regulations.
The 2003/2004 AMS council was
the next to discuss a ban and successfully implement it.
The argument surrounding
the banning of slates in '03-'04
was initially motivated by Spencer Keys, an unelected independent candidate sitting as a councillor at the time, and president
in the following year. He cited
the impediment of slates to independent candidates in elections,
especially in terms of financial
resources. The slates also created
an artificial split that branded
individuals according to slate
affiliation. These polarizations,
Keys argued, created a lack of
cooperation within the executive.
"Before the executive even took
their positions [in '03/'04] there
was a total lack of trust and the
assumption that anything done
in the following year would either
be used as evidence of one slate's
ability or another slate's inability
to get anything done." said Keys.
Other points supporting the
ban included the creation of an
uneducated voter who would vote
simply for a slate without taking
the individual into consideration,
although those in opposition said
voters are aware of candidates'
political leanings anyway. Keys
had suggested that those "arguing that everybody knows quasi-
slates exist is to assume that only
AMS insiders vote. The rule is
about equipping voters to make
fair, informed judgements."
At the time, councillors such
as Richard Davis had concerns
over how broadly defined the
word "slate" would be if they were
"The reason it says slate, 'real
or apparent' is intentionally
vague in order to put the onus on
the candidate to distance themselves from appearing to voters
to be part of a slate," said Keys,
who was on the committee that
wrote the slate ban rule.
Since the ban there have continued to be arguments supporting
the resurrection of slates or at
least a review of the ban in AMS
In November 2007, a motion
proposed to amend AMS Code by
focusing specifically on the idea
of "formal" slates but loosening
the hold that "apparent" slates
had on candidate affiliation.
"I still believe that the AMS is
fundamentally a political body
and that we should stop trying,
in vain, to squeeze the politics
out of it. Slates exist in the real
world for a reason—it's easier
for voters to figure out who to
vote for, and it's easier for candidates to mount an election
campaign," said Stephanie Ryan,
former AUS president.
The discussion continued into
March 2008 where the motion received over half of council's support but not the two-thirds that
was required for the motion to
"The arguments against our
motion were primarily about
how the  working  relationship
amongst the AMS executive
was much better without slates,
because of the decreased level
of partisanship," said Ryan.
"However, I think that it's safe
to say that the AMS exec can
experience problematic working relationships even without
slates—just take a look at everything that went down in the last
year, with both Alex Lougheed
and Stefanie Ratjen threatened
with impeachment."
Now, with Frederick removed
from office because of apparent
slate-like behaviour, many are already predicting that council will
revisit the idea of slates.
"The slate ban was a novel
experiment, but it has not done
much to accomplish its goals-
executives still have disagreements," said Matt Naylor, Arts
councillor. "Under a slate system,
at least people will know why
the exec and council has these
disagreements, and be able to
demand better of their elected
officials." *0 4 | NEWS
FEBRUARY 10, 2009
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3. Restructure update (Kellan)
4. Board elections update (Justin)
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6. Congrats to Kathy for PRIDE issue
7. Rant supplement (Pierce)
8. Literary issue update (Cel)
9. Cel's copy guide for volunteers (Cel)
10. CiTR collaboration (Steph)
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Surviving the recession
Columnist Alicia Woodside gives you
the downlow on being in co-op during
an economic crisis.
Co-op worth your time
despite national layoffs
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At a recent information session
entitled "Co-op jobs in today's
economy," co-op students from
the Sauder School of Business
voiced their concerns about
how the economy may affect
their work opportunities. Students anxiously asked, "Will the
opportunities come?" and "Will
my job still be there in the summer?" There was considerable
concern in the room.
But what these students
didn't know was that they are
arguably in the best possible
position to deal with the crisis.
According to Jobpostings, a student-focused career magazine,
"a recent survey by the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE)
projects graduate recruitment
will decline in 2009...[however]
roughly forty percent of survey
respondents also reported
plans to increase co-op hiring."
The magazine also points to
the University of Waterloo's coop program during the recessions of the 1980s and 1990s,
which saw a decrease in overall
graduate recruitment but an increase in co-op opportunities.
While companies are left
with fewer staff than expected
due to cutbacks, projects still
remain that need to be completed. This is where the co-op
student comes in. With co-op
students, employers get keen
students who are ready to finally prove themselves in a
work environment. They are extremely motivated and they are
comparatively cheap: co-op employers aren't required to pay
students benefits and are able
to avoid the long-term financial
commitment of a permanent
Nancy Hudson, campus
recruiting manager for Ernst
and Young in Vancouver, also
points out the benefit in co-op
programs' flexibility.
"Our co-op team members
are with us to help out during
our busiest season, but then
return to school during the
months that aren't as busy."
In addition, using the coop system saves companies
in recruitment costs—they
are targeting a more defined
group, and the co-op office can
even help locate appropriate
students for a specific role. In
effect, the co-op employer gets
to benefit from a system funded
by students and the university.
Chevron Canada recently
filled a temporary hire position
with a co-op student, rather
than going through a staffing
agency—their traditional route.
"We had a supervisor who
Taking advantage of
a co-op program puts
you in the best position to weather the
economic downturn.
had a temporary position available, and because we were
trying to cut costs wherever
possible, she chose to hire a
co-op student instead," said
Diane Chung, human resources
administrator for Chevron
Lynne Murchie, director of
the co-op program at the Sauder
School of Business, reiterated
the message of increased opportunities for students. When
asked about her predictions in
today's economy, she replied
optimistically and added that
the number of postings this
year for the Commerce co-op
program is in line with numbers from previous years.
Employers may be more
inclined to hire co-ops for a
number of reasons beyond
the efficiency standpoint. For
instance, the BC provincial
government requires that a certain number of co-op students
be used to fill staffing needs.
Within the federal government,
co-ops will likely be a strategy
to cushion the current hiring
freeze, which prevents only the
hiring of permanent staff.
Taking advantage of a coop program puts you in the
best position to weather the
economic downturn. As permanent hiring can be expected to
decrease, companies will look
toward the lower commitment
and high reliability that co-op
opportunities provide.
And if you are in co-op already, get the very best out of
your program by developing a
relationship with co-op advisors. Often times, employers
ask the advisors to suggest suitable candidates.
As Lynne Murchie says,
"sometimes we work with employers directly, because we
know the students so much better." *(3 FEBRUARY 10,2009
Project Seahorse tackles degrading oceans
Adorable (and sexy) creatures perfect way to promote ocean sustainability
by Alec Young
News Staff
Seahorses are not just the stay-
at-home dads of the ocean; they
are also the public face of Project
Seahorse, a marine conservation group based in UBC. Project
Seahorse has been operating
for over ten years. Their goal is
to promote conservation and
awareness, using the seahorse as
a charismatic symbol to identify
Dr Amanda Vincent, the head
of the project, has a twofold
interest in the tiny creatures.
She first became interested in
studying them for the evolution
in their sexual differences, but
then realized that the study of
seahorses could lead to applied
work in marine conservation.
"The average person is not
that mad on fishes, except to
eat," said Vincent. "Because we
put the charismatic face of the
seahorse on [marine issues],
we're able to bring in public and
policy and scientific interest in
a way that is pretty unusual for
Seahorses are primarily
threatened by fishing practices,
particularly by non-selective
trawling methods that rake the
sea-bottom indiscriminately. According to Vincent, the average
shrimp trawl might only pick
up five to ten per cent shrimp,
and the rest of the catch is either
discarded or ground up for fish-
meal. Direct over-fishing of seahorse habitats is also a concern.
Vincent says the issue is not just
an environmental issue, but a
socio-economic one as well.
"We have to get our heads
around the idea that sustainability comes in social and economic
as well as environmental terms,"
said Vincent. "I don't happen to
value seahorses as keychains,
but if it provides support for
local coastal communities and
manufacturing, I can live with
it, but it has to be dealt with
Dr Ussif Sumaila, director of
the UBC Fisheries Centre, echoes
this view. In the case of the collapse of Atlantic cod stocks, $2
billion was spent in response
to the crisis—a cost he believes
could have been greatly reduced
by preventative action. "In our
Short-snouted seahorse H. breviceps, Australia
photo competition, courtesy of david harasti
society, people only become
aware when there is a crisis. A
smaller contribution could have
stopped this from happening
Seahorses are also widely
used in traditional medicine.
Approximately 24 to 30 million of the animals are used
each year. In mainland China
they are primarily used in compounds to treat respiratory ailments and sexual disorders. It
was this facet that first caught
Vincent's attention. "I was walking through the streets of Berlin
one day, and there was this electronic billboard scrolling that
said seahorses are the number
one export from the Philippines
to help men with 'weak tails.' I
translate literally."
The project establishes dialogue with those in the industry
including traditional medicine,
to seek sustainable fishing and
trade practices. It was instrumental in establishing a new
global    accord   which    forces
"Seahorses of the World"
"Because we put the charismatic face ofthe
seahorse on [marine issues], we're able to
bring in public, policy and scientific interest
in a way that is pretty unusual for fishes."
—Dr Amanda Vincent
Long-snouted seahorse H. guttula-
tus, France, federic maxant photo
countries to track, regulate, and
justify their export of seahorses.
Looking to the future, Sumaila
said that while marine conservation is justifiably not a hot-button
environmental issue like climate
change, it is still very important
given the effect climate change
will have on marine ecosystems
and vice-versa. Vincent said
there has been a trade-off: While
the quality of the world's oceans
has degraded significantly,
awareness has also risen.
But Canada lags behind in
implementing laws to protect
the oceans, both in public interest and political will. "No pun intended, but it is going to require
a sea-change in order to see real
progress," said Vincent. *2I
Dr Amanda Vincent, head of the project, kellan higgins photo/the ubyssey
Engineers gave out scarves last week.goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
On Tuesday night, a group
of UBC Engineering students successfully pulled
off a stunt at the corner of
Cordova and Hastings in
Vancouver's Downtown
This time, it involved less
cars and more scarves.
220 handmade scarves
were handed out by a group
of UBC engineers as a way
to express the spirit of ingenuity, and to also promote
the health and well-being of
All the scarves were gone
within minutes as hundreds of people wearing red
scarves with the infamous
'E' patch symbol began to
disperse throughout the
Planning for the stunt began a year ago as the group
of students bought the fabrics, cut them themselves,
and aided in the embroidery
In 2006, the UBC engineers built a replica of the
Engineering cairn out of
food cans and placed it right
in front of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society,
and in 2007, they created a
giant jacket for the Inukshuk
by English Bay and filled it
with clothing to be handed
One UBC engineer at the
event said, "we always want
to show society that we're
not just about hanging cars
off brid_ges, but [we] can do
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February 10,2009 \ Page 6
The microcredit crunch: the global recessions invisible victim
by Monica Tanaka
Perspectives Writer
Jorimon Khan clearly remembers the day she took out her
first $10 loan from Grameen
Bank in Bangladesh nearly 30
years ago. She feared she would
be killed if she didn't re-pay the
$10 on time. But her children
were starving.
"I was afraid to take the loan...
but when I finally paid back that
first $ 10,1 felt brave. So I asked
for more money. After that I
asked for $33," said Khan in an
interview for the 2009 annual
Microcredit Summit Campaign
Whether people like Jorimon
Khan will continue to receive
microloans could be affected
by the sudden downturn in the
global economy. Commercial
investors in microfinance institutions (MFI) may find it more
difficult to invest in MFIs at a
time of financial instability.
But as global markets grind
to halt and economic giants
file for bankruptcy, the chat in
coffee shops across the country
has focused on dwindling savings and insecure jobs as we
brace ourselves for hard times
to come.
What lies below the radar of
our collective consciousness is
how the economic crisis will affect the one billion people who
live on less than a dollar a day.
Companies that provide microcredit or small loans to the
very poor are at risk of losing
some of their funding, which
would have devastating effects
on people who are struggling to
lift themselves out of poverty.
"The real impact [of the
financial crisis] is not on the
rich people," said Muhammad
Yunus, Grameen Bank founder
and winner of the 2006 Nobel
Peace Prize. "The real impact is
on the poor people. They will be
the ones losing jobs. They are
the ones losing income."
Yunus said this in a recent
press conference for the Microcredit Summit Campaign. The
campaign is a project of Results,
a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to end
global poverty.
Yunus's comment followed
his announcement that the
Microcredit Summit Campaign
had reached its decade-long goal
of providing microloans to just
over 100 million of the world's
poorest families. Women like
Khan make up 83 per cent ofthe
recipients of microloans. The
money allows them to feed their
families and start small businesses in areas such as husking
rice or making handicrafts. As
a result, microloans have improved the lives of half a billion
of the world's poorest people.
The Campaign's annual report highlighted the expanding
reach of microcredit. But there
was also uncertainty as to how
commercial investors, who have
recently shown an interest in
MFIs, will affect its growth.
"In the coming year, the microfinance industry will face a
liquidity crisis as most [of the
largest] MFIs receive the majority of their financing from international investors," said Asad
Mahmood, director of the Community Development Group at
Deutsche Bank, in a survey of
investment managers.
The credit crunch has meant
that these funds are drying
up. Some MFIs are feeling the
pressure to keep their business
profitable while still serving the
needs of their clients.
But there is the strong
belief from supporters of microfinance that it will make it
through in better shape than
banks on Wall Street.
"Through the Asian crisis,
say ten years ago, one of the
things we learned that microfinance was surprisingly resilient
compared to when there were
failures with main commercial
banks," said Results Canada
president Blaise Salmon in an
interview with the Chronicle
Microfinance institutions
provide around $18-35 billion
in microloans. Not all MFIs have
commercial investors, however.
What will likely keep investors interested in MFIs is their
repayment rate—a staggering
95 per cent. Microfinance clients are perhaps the safest bet
in these dire economic times.
They're not the only ones to
see potential in MFIs. The Canadian International Development
Agency invested $76 million
in microcredit programs in
2008, and the Citizens Bank of
Canada has about 658 clients
who support microcredit pro-
grams through RRSPs and term
Support from charitable organisations and international
investors will undoubtedly
help microfinance weather this
slump in the global economy.
But Yunus points to the need for
a harmonious union between
the world of microfinance and
the mainstream economy for
both to thrive.
"In a financial crisis...we
have to redesign the whole [financial] system so that we don't
see a similar thing happen
again," Yunus said. "I hope we
design an inclusive system." *2I
Prior to the front page of your
February 3 issue ("Prank Fail!"),
I was quite impressed with the
various feats of engineering that
the members of the Engineering Undergraduate Society had
pulled off.
I was impressed because I was
under the (mistaken) impression
that they were undertaken with
permission from the appropriate
authority in each case. Now? I'm
appalled at the idiocy of hanging
cars from bridges without civic
permission. And yes, you do
need civic permission if you are
going to hang something from a
public edifice.
And the EUS, as a society, is
complicit in this. By use of the
patches and the telling of stories,
they endorse and encourage this
behaviour. The EUS has the following responsibilities:
1. Pay the legal fees of the students who were involved.
2. Pay the costs required to
clean up their mess (removal of
car chasis, cables, etc).
3. Discourage illegal pranks.
Furthermore, the EUS claims
that the pranks raise awareness
of the faculty's "creativity and
innovation." How? How creative
is it to simply choose a different
bridge to hang a car chasis from?
Is there innovation in choosing a
different model of chasis? The
same (illegal) prank is simply
repeated in different locales.
If anything, this emphasises
the lack of innovation of a society
that is supposed to be producing
the innovators of the future. If
it wasn't so stupid, it would be
—Brian Lynchehaun
Philosophy 4
To: Ticketing and Venue Rental
Re: Pricing of accessible seating,
Juno Awards 2009 General Motors Place
I am a huge supporter of Canadian music and the arts, so when I
heard that the 2009 Juno Awards
would be held in Vancouver this
year at General Motors Place, I
was unbelievably excited. I was
extremely saddened and hurt
however, when I learned that
due to my physical disability, I
would have to pay over twice as
much as another person, just
for the opportunity to attend the
show at all.
Face-value ticket-pricing at
GM Place is set by the presenter
renting the venue, and scaled according to the quality ofthe seats.
In the Juno's case this means
$69 for basic seats and $189
for everything else, Normally,
the price one pays for a ticket is
determined only by their level
of desire to see the show from a
particular angle, and how proactive one is about getting tickets
before seats in his or her desired
bracket are sold out. These are
the criteria by which concert goers weigh their options and their
This is not so with disabled
patrons. Their only option is to
see the show or not, for a much
higher price than one could otherwise pay just to get in the door.
Even while $69 tickets are still
available, accessible seating is
only located on the Plaza level,
and The Canadian Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences
(CARAS) has opted not to offer a
rate for The Junos that takes this
into consideration.
Customer service at Ticket-
master very kindly stated that
they could do nothing to adjust
the price, which is determined
based on the basic rental fee of
the venue, and on whatever the
presenter feels is additionally appropriate. For similar reasons, I
expect an equally stoic response
from GM Place.
I understand that the quality
of the seats is better, but that is
irrelevant when quality cannot be a factor in a purchaser's
choice. It is not in the spirit of
the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms to allow a higher-
scaled price when there is no
scale of options, especially
considering that a person with
a disability often has to pay for
an extra seat for an attendant
anyway. Former Chief Justice
Dikinson once said that equal
treatment, in this case charging
based solely on seat quality, can
often be the source of the greatest inequality because it does not
account for the things that make
us individual.
I ask that CARAS uphold the
Canadian values of equality and
inclusion and allow everyone
to attend the Junos in a fair
—Marie Burgoyne
Arts 3
As many of you have known,
the recent conflict in Gaza has
greatly intensified the tension
between the Jewish and Arab
community on campus. This can
be seen from the altercation at
the Elmer lecture and from the
recent incident between Jewish
and Arab students outside of a
I understand that this topic
is one of the most heated and
controversial topics in the world
today and both sides have a lot
at stake. I also understand that
healthy debate on the topic is
necessary and constructive, especially for the young and budding minds at UBC. The problem though, is that the debate
is not healthy, and is certainly
not constructive. I have read
through all of the postings at the
Ubyssey website as well as talking to a number of people on
both sides of the debate, and it
makes me sad to see genuinely
intellectual people resorting to
petty name calling to get their
point across. People on both
sides of this argument are doing it. These types of insults will
only increase the tensions on
campus, and can lead to further
violence. No amount of name
calling will change the views of
the people on the opposite side
of the debate, but claims backed
by factual evidence have a great
chance of doing just that.
I urge people who feel the
need to argue this, through
whatever media, to back all
of their facts up with credible
sources. Name calling not only
increases hatred on campus,
but it really makes your argument look poor and makes you
seem very ignorant. I know
this seems obvious to a lot of
people, but a lot of the arguing
is being done poorly. Tension
is increasing, and it needs to
stop. I would love to see healthy
debate on this topic, because it
is obviously important. But the
way both sides are arguing is
just going to continue to add
to the already high tensions on
campus. UBC is a highly regarded community of intellectuals;
let's make sure our arguments
reflect that.
—Mike Shipley
Arts 2 Pride Supplement
Coordinated by-.
Kathy Yan Li
February 10,20091 Page 7
A message from
the coordinator
Pride Coordinator Kathy Yan Li. gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
"Out and Wild." This is
the theme that I have
chosen for this year's
Pride supplement, and
it does have a bitterts-
weet twang to it when I
think about it.
From the passing of Proposition 8 in California on
the worldwide scale to the
attack on Jordan Smith
right here on Davie Street, this
school year has been very eventful. Yet despite all the negativity happening around us, we can
now safely say that we are not
alone—voices of protest and indignation have sounded through
and brought hope and strength to
us. People care and I am proud
of the work I have done as an
ally. The many protests that were
spurred from the passing of Proposition 8 showed the thousands
from the queer community come
together with allies and friends
alike, showing the world that we
will no longer take this sort of
archaic crap any longer.
That is why this issue is to celebrate the freedom we enjoy here
in Vancouver. The freedom to be
ourselves, whoever we may be,
away from persecution and away
from laws that prevent us from
marrying the person that we love.
We should be proud to be who we
are and flaunt it. Out and Wild.
Don't resist it. *2I
Celebrities exposed
A closer look at our favourite gay club
by Katarina Grgic
News Staff
Celebrities Nightclub is the pot
of gold at the end of the gay
rainbow. Drag shows, Burlesque
dancers, bright lights, and music from some of the best DJs
around the world make Vancouver's most renowned gay club
one colourful place.
The club is located in Vancouver's hip West End at 1022
Davie Street. Named after
former closeted premier Alexander Edmund Davie, who led
BC in the late 1800s, the Davie district is the epicentre for
gay pride, offering a variety of
shops, restaurants, and services
that cater to the gay, lesbian,
transgendered, and bisexual
community. Celebrities is an asset to the Davie street "gaybour-
hood," providing a safe locale
for gays to enjoy themselves in
an atmosphere created solely
for them. The club is known for
its cheap drinks, cheap cover
(anyone in drag gets in free!)
and for hosting various queer
events such as the "Twinkies
College Night," the "Bowie Glam
Ball" and the infamous "straight
night" on Tuesdays.
Celebrities is not Vancouver's first gay bar, but it is
among the few founding gay
clubs that operated openly. "The
first gay bars were known as
'tea dances' in 70s," said James
Steck, who handles marketing
and promotions for Celebrities.
Tea dances were code for the
private all-male gatherings on
Sundays, when drinking was
not allowed. Now, Celebrities
stands as a defiant representation of gay pride.
The building is a landmark
in itself, as it's been a nightclub
since 1910. Only in the early
eighties did it become a gay
bar, when two buyers decided
to transform Celebrities into
a queer entertainment spot.
When it re-opened as a gay bar,
crowds flocked en masse. Since
then, it has been a hit with Vancouverites, both straight and
queer. Last fall, it served as the
venue for the Madonna concert
after party and in April, it is
set to be the same for Britney
Spears's concert.
"The place is constantly improving and we're always trying
to bring new [queer] entertainers into the city," said Steck.
"We are one of the largest gay
bars in the city, so we want to
make sure that our entire format applies it." He added, "we
do our part and help other [gay]
societies fundraise... and we
take pride in that." *2I
Persecuted UVic student speaks out
How one man from a Muslim country escaped persecution for his identity
by Brian Platt
Pride Supplement Writer
The last time Ubyssey readers
heard from Abdullah, he was
preparing to go before a judge
without legal representation. It
was November 2008 and if the
hearing went wrong, Abdullah
faced a future of forced hormone injections, jail time and
possibly much worse. He was
pinning all his hopes on gaining
refugee status to stay in Canada.
In January 2005, Abdullah
arrived here from Dubai with a
scholarship to study at the University of Victoria. He was 17
years old and excited to be studying in a new country. He had also
applied to the United States, but
a spot in Canada opened up first
and he jumped at the opportunity. However, his first term here
did not go well.
"I had culture shock. I wasn't
ready for it. I didn't do well in
school, and I fell into depression." Abdullah dropped out
of school in August and began
therapy. A few months later, he
made the decision to tell a few
close friends that he was gay.
"Coming from a Muslim country, I had to hide it for 17 years.
I'd felt repressed for so long.
Not being able to be me."
Abdullah began school again
in January, and things went
much better. He was more
comfortable with himself, his
friends, and his environment.
Soon he met his partner, Tyler.
"My family came to visit me at
one point, but they didn't know
anything. They thought Tyler
was just a friend." That changed
a few months later, when his
Abdullah (right) is seen here with his sister and co-worker in Dubai, neither of whom he sees any more
sister in Dubai was exploring
Abdullah's Facebook page.
Looking back on it now,
Abdullah kicks himself. "I
didn't know about the privacy
settings on Facebook! I didn't
think to hide the pictures from
my family." When his family
confronted him about it, Abdullah took a stand. "I said: Yes I
am. I'm gay. And I'm sick and
tired of lying about it." In November 2007, his mom and his
brother came to visit him in
Canada, and pleaded with him
to come home. They told him
that people who are gay are
guaranteed to get AIDS.
Abdullah knew the harsh and
cruel treatment he would receive
as an open homosexual in Dubai.
And there were further issues. "It
wasn't just about being gay. It was
about being an apostate." So he
decided to apply for refugee status in Canada. After a long wait,
his hearing was finally set for
November 2008. But in October,
Abdullah was told that his legal
aid was not going to be renewed;
his scholarship made him ineligible to continue to receive it. Un
able to afford a lawyer, he faced
the prospect of representing
himself during a refugee hearing
to determine his future.
Abdullah, Tyler and a few
friends began to canvas support and research options.
One of his friends, Michael,
published a perspective in The
Ubyssey asking for help finding
a pro bono lawyer. "I soon had
advice from all kinds of people.
I'm so thankful for everyone
who helped me at that time."
Unfortunately, he still didn't
have a lawyer.
Abdullah went to his hearing and planned to ask for a
postponement. The judge listened to what Abdullah had to
say, and suggested he go ahead
without a lawyer. "He told me
my case was straightforward
and that I had everything I
needed to do the hearing. My
partner was there. I had photos
of us together. I had witnesses."
Abdullah decided to go for it.
"The judge was so helpful
and informed, I was really
amazed. He knew everything
about my situation. He knew
Sharia (Muslim law), and
exactly what I was facing if
I returned home." Abdullah
achieved status as a Convention Refugee. Once he has his
permanent residency, which he
is applying for now, Abdullah
can live here and go to school
for as long as he likes. In a few
years, he can apply for a Canadian citizenship.
Reflecting back on the whole
story, Abdullah is mostly jubilant. "Tyler and his family were
there for me the whole time,
through everything, no matter
what. And my friends. Everyone was so supportive. I feel
overwhelmed by their commitment." But there are regrets. "I
do miss Dubai. It's 17 years out
of my life. My brother's wedding is in February, and it hurts
me so much not to be there and
tell him I'm happy for him."
As for his new country, his
thoughts are hopeful. "Canada
gave me a right to live. This is
my home now. This is where I
want to raise my kids. I want to
raise them to be accepting and
loving." *2I \ YOUR FIRST DAY
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FEBRUARY 10, 2009
Queer and homo-normativity
Out and wild or out and mild
by Molly D
Pride Supplement Writer
In 2008's by-election ofthe Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, the first out lesbian MLAJenn
McGinn was elected in the Van-
couver-Fairview region. The gay
community was celebrating this
'victory' with its full joy. This is
evident by an immediate interview in the December 4 issue of
Xtral West, right after the swearing-in ceremony on November
19. A fair description of McGinn
may be well-educated, mild and
good mannered. She was once a
successful banker and heavily involved in the local NDP political
scene. On the day of her inauguration, she, like all other politicians, brought her 'wife' and posited a 'happy family portrait.'
This, for her, was a big step forward to show people that a lesbian can have a good 'family' as
well. All in all, she presents herself as a model Canadian citizen
whose only 'difference' is her
sexual orientation.
Yes, it is a blast to have someone out and proud and represent
'us' in the provincial political
scene. Yet, if we take a look at
what various scholars in gender/
queer studies have told us, the
trend of 'homo-normativity' has
surfaced and come out strong.
Homo-normativity, simply speaking, is a concept emerging from
the one of "hetero-normativity,"
which describes a moderated
type of heterosexual lifestyles
that is deemed as norm in the
society. Hetero-normativity helps
paint other sexual orientations,
sometimes even unconventional
heterosexual sex, as deviant.
This is the ideology the early gay
activism fought against: out and
proud, they said.
As time goes by, the gay and
lesbian community has become
more visible and accepted (or
tolerated as some might say).
The statement that the gay and
lesbian community are simply
like other people eases the fears
in many. It is a counterpart of the
multiculturalism in Canada.
Even though it appears differently from those portrayed in the
States or other places in the world,
Canada has its own prejudice
against non-Euro-Canadian cultures, in a vague term. In Canada,
or in Vancouver more specifically
multi-racial/cultural groups somehow peacefully and respectfully
co-exist together. One's racial/cultural background will most likely
not be a problem to apply for a job,
run for public service position, or
even find a mate, as long as one
is 'qualified' as such. This description sounds square and fair.
However, the standard of 'qualification' should be reconsidered
here. Whose standard is that? Who
is historically, socially, and politically marginalized under this standard? The same questions should
be asked in the aforementioned
homo/hetero-normativity. Yes, a
standard citizen who 'happens to
be a lesbian' won her victory in a
provincial election. But what else?
Are gays and lesbians that are
Is mild the way to go for the queer community to be accepted as mainstream? goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
well-educated, 'well behaved' and
even properly dressed the only
ones who are accepted/tolerated
and allowed to succeed? What is
needed to succeed anyway? Are we
all supposed to be mild in order to
merge into the main stream?
In the end, I want to ask,
'Where is the riot?' Maybe, on a
sad note, considering the reputation of Vancouver, or Canada in
general, there probably will never
be a Harvey Milk who not only
is an out gay male, but also has
told us and his people through
Sean Penn, "Never blend in." Is
marching into the mainstream a
victory? Yes, in a way. Is that the
only type of victory we need and
want? Probably not. It should not
be about being elected, but about
how to elect the people in general. McGinn is elected because
of the resource and privileges
she holds. Is she representative?
An easy way is to look around on
the Commercial Drive. There is
no one who can be representative
for the community. Are "straight"
and "gay" the only dividers of sexual orientation? Yes and no. And
that is the one thing we shall all
remember: Queer never means
a static definition, but a mutative movement that never settles,
never blends in. \a
Out and Wild at Vancouver Pride 2008
A personal take on the war against curious leering eyes on the queer community
by Fernenda Fukamati
Pride Supplement Writer
It's the day after Vancouver
Pride 2008 and my girlfriend
and I are sipping Venti green
teas on the westbound SkyTrain.
We curve around Science World,
into the downtown sunset. Parade paraphernalia litters the
city's sidewalks; queers and allies everywhere nurse their
hangovers, and reporters muse
whether or not the previous
day's hammer attacks on Davie
Street classify as a hate crime.
Said girlfriend and I discuss dinner: "Thai food or sushi?" She
drapes her arm across my sunburned shoulder. I touch her
waist. We share a kiss or two.
The young man sitting in front of
us turns and, in a thick accent,
asks, "Are you lesbians?"
I wince. His agitated breath
is so close to my face I can smell
it. He waits for an answer with a
penetrating stare. His lips curl
upward with intrigue.
"Excuse me?" I say, bewildered.
"Who are you?" my girlfriend
asks him.
He leans in even closer.
"I saw you kissing her," he
tells my girlfriend.
"Sorry, are you my mother?"
she replies.
I laugh. His eyes grow violent.
He stares at my girlfriend like a
tortured, confused monkey.
"Are you a man or a woman?"
he demands of her.
There it is: the ambiguity that
dares not speak its name and the
Underneath the festive and cheerful celebrations, some still fight the war for their right to be themselves, goh iromoto/the ubyssey file photo
rage that seeks to annihilate it, in
the form of a question that trickles into my ears and chills my
heart. He repeats his question.
"What is your problem?" I ask.
His eyes twinkle. I immediately kick myself for dignifying
his lewdness with a response.
He sputters and states, "I'm
from Brazil," as if to justify his
ignorance. At this, my girlfriend
"Voce e BrasileiroT I retaliate.
The man's jaw drops as the
inconceivable—a Brazilian lesbian—comes to life before his
very eyes and proceeds to berate
him in his mother tongue. The
SkyTrain pulls into Waterfront
Station. I stand up, lift the lid
from my piping hot tea, and toss
it towards him. He deflects. I
stalk off the train. My girlfriend
follows suit and takes a shot.
This time, 20 ounces of scalding
tea land squarely on the man's
We stride away while two
dudes fall over themselves
laughing at the idiot with wet
pants and scorched balls. A teenage hipster catches up to us.
"That was wild," he grins.
"You guys made my day!"
The universe is on our side, it
seems. Fate armed us with tea,
rainbow flags fly, allies cheer:
we've won the battle...which explains why, beneath the adrenaline high, I feel wounded, and
soiled. This is a war.
Do I step unarmed into a
warzone every time I hold my
girlfriend's hand? We reel from
the man's gaze, his questions
and his violence. Bruised and
tender in the aftermath of this
attack, we lighten the mood by
recounting our victory. My girlfriend jokes that I am her hero,
but I don't want to be. I don't
want my life to be a parade or a
battle. Yet, only by being out, do
I exist. As the dick hailing from
my homeland reminds me, it's a
privilege to be out and have that
mean something. But does that
"something" necessarily include
transgression and, thereby, disruption? If my presence alone
offends and confounds, do I not
lose the very war that it wages?
Is to be out, then, always to be
"wild?" ^ Soorts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail:
February 10,2009 \ Page 11
Birds drop last home game
Loss ends T-Birds to Brandon for must win playoff series
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
After a victorious Friday night,
the Birds desperately wanted to
win their last home game for
the 2008-09 regular season, but
they took too long to get the engine started and lost against the
Brandon Bobcats in four sets
(25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23).
With a win, the Birds would
have had the playoff home court
advantage, but with the Bobcats
and the Birds both recording
10-8 for the regular season,
they will have to play a best-of-
three set playoff series next
weekend at Brandon.
In the opening set, both
teams were off their game as
careless misses stood out from
both sides. That said, the Bobcats' middle hitter, Joel Smalls,
pulled his team for an early 16-
10 lead by pounding a few kills.
The T-Birds on the other hand
were still warming up with indecisive offence and poor defence
that combined to give away the
first set 25-18.
The second set was pretty
much the same story with the
momentum heavily leaning
towards the Bobcats. The Birds
were still unable to focus allowing a 6-0 lead as receiving errors
signified their poor condition.
Nevertheless, Steve Gotch, the
Birds' ace, started to fight back
recording a few crucial kills to
keep up against Brandon. Then,
the team started to function a
little better giving them a better
result towards the end, but it was
too late for the squad as the Bobcats took the second set.
With two sets down, the Birds
finally started to engage in some
long, intense rallies that brought
them back up to their full po-
Joe Cordonier and Jared Krause displayed defensive effort through the game, shun endo photo/the ubyssey
tential. Joe Cordonier pulled the
fans back into the game as he
screamed after making several
kills early in the set. The Bobcats
started to quiet down, but Paul
Sanderson was determined to win
in straight sets by making kill after
kill throughout the game. He eventually recorded a game-high of 26
kills. After an 11-11 tie, the Birds
took off and smoothly finished off
the set, which created hope for a
comeback within the audience.
The   fourth   frame  was   by
far the best. Both teams had
a lot more energy, creating
dramatic plays and numerous
momentum swings within the
set. Despite the Birds' performance, Brandon answered with
Sanderson's hard smashes that
gave them a 23-16 lead. By
then everyone thought it was
over until the Birds magically
produced a seven-point winning
streak, which put the Bobcats on
the edge. But no one was able to
stop Sanderson as he fired two
straight kills to close the match.
With a loss, the Birds will
unfortunately have to travel to
Brandon, with the winner of
the three series advancing to
the CIS championships. Head
coach Richard Schick looked
disappointed as he commented
about the overall performance
of the game. "You can't start the
first two sets down four or five
nothing or 8-1, and it's just lack
of preparation for the game. I
don't know if it was the short
turnaround, but we looked tired
and unprepared,and it was very
disappointing." U"
Wrestling club hosts first tournament
*5)   Q
The UBC Wrestling Club hosted the Paul Nemeth Cup, which is named after the club's first coach. Current coach David Wilson (second from
the left in the back row) is trying to rebuild the club into a varsity team, but has been facing several obstacles including practice space and a
lack of funding from the Athletic department. The team will continue their activity and aim to level with the SFU team, which is one of the
most renowned wrestling teams in Canada, photo courtesy of ubc wrestling club
The effect
of recession
in sports
by Ton Dykeman	
Memorial University ofNFLD
ST. JOHN'S (CUP)-Economic recessions have come and gone,
impacting the wallets and careers of North Americans. However, major pro-sports leagues
have seemingly bypassed these
economic downturns.
Watching professional sports
games is an escape for many
North Americans. Hardcore fans
have always allotted a place in
their budgets for the games. For a
long time, collecting tickets at the
gate was all that was necessary
to keep franchises afloat. But in
the last three decades, pro-sports
have changed. No longer are the
directors of teams the highest paid
people of the franchise, television
programming is no longer limited
to the local market, and corporate
sponsors are no longer making
minimal contributions.
The change has been in the
source of the business—the players. In the last three decades, players in the major pro-sport leagues
have emerged as superstar athletes. This emerging status drew
attention away from corporations,
and athletes began to take on roles
similar to movie and music stars.
As their popularity increased, so
did their salaries, making them
the highest paid employees of the
franchise. Corporations invested
money in the franchises, increasing their values and changing their
target audiences.
The NHL provides a good example. In 1988, Wayne Gretzky was
traded to the Los Angeles Kings,
which led to the eventual appearance ofthe Kings in the 1993 Stanley Cup finals. Hockey fans started
to come out of the woodwork in
LA, thanks to Gretzky and his influential sponsors. His tenure in LA
showed the influence star athletes
have had on untapped fan bases.
In the mid-1990s, two Canadian NHL teams fled Canada, not
because there weren't enough
hockey fans, but because NHL
executives had dreams of teams
thriving in large markets like Phoenix and Florida, where they could
be supported by major television
contracts, corporate sponsorships
and a potentially growing fan base.
These decisions, shared by
pro-sports executives across North
America, have turned into headaches for the many executives in
the current recession.
According to Macleans, nearly
ten per cent of the National Basketball Association's workforce
has been cut, including the entire
staff of their LA offices. Of course,
with many of the world's corporations cutting costs wherever possible, pro-sports haven't escaped
General Motors has also cut
many sponsorship deals, including
an advertisement during the Super
Bowl and a major deal with golf
legend Tiger Woods. Perhaps more
shocking was Johnson & Johnson
backing out of a sponsorship deal
for the 2010 Winter Olympics, leaving organizers looking hard to fill
the vacant sponsor dollars.
Ironically enough, the NHL,
often maligned for their lack of corporate support, will feel the effects
of the recession less than other
sports, as their revenue is less dependent on corporations and more
on ticket sales. vJ Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson \ E-mail:
February 10,2009 \ Page 12
Behind the curtains of campus plays
The uphill battle of an unknown director organising a new UBC play
by Kate Barbaria
Culture Staff
Every book needs an author. Every
portrait needs a painter. Every play
needs a playwright, stage manager,
costume designer, sound technician, sceneographer, an entire cast
and a director.
It's no small task to organize
a whole production, to imagine
and create a story from start to
finish. It's even harder when
you're a full-time student with no
money or time and no one in the
business knows your name. But
Brendan Albano is fighting back.
In his directorial debut with the
UBC Players' Club, this second-
year Arts student is going to take
the Vancouver theatre scene by
storm. That's what he keeps telling me, anyway.
Albano chose to stage the
play Armitage, written by Don
Nigro. Armitage follows the twisting lives of one family through
incest, murder and just plain
pettiness. And you thought your
family was screwed up.
I followed Albano through his
first three weeks of rehearsals.
Between twelve cast members
and six production staff, he's got
a lot of juggling to do. Over coffee we discussed the challenges:
scheduling, funding, and, of
course, art. "Armitage connected
to me on a bodily level long
before it did on a mental one,
and it is precisely this fact that
the show resonates physically
without having to be understood
rationally that drew me to directing it," he explained.
The first rehearsals were run-
throughs, covering each scene
and helping the actors figure
out how to pronounce names
like "Cfytemnestra" and words
like "contrapuntal" (whatever
that means). These were minor
stumbling blocks, but they made
the start of this production look
bleak. There was no magic yet,
no connection between the actors and the characters whose
words they were speaking.
As rehearsals progressed,
the scenes suddenly began to
unfold for everyone involved.
Each reading brought more definitive life to the characters, and
their relationships took on more
breadth. Albano reflected that,
"Each scene is like a bubble in
a pot of boiling water. The characters suddenly come together,
enact the scene—then pop, it's
gone, absorbed into the rolling
sea of emotions and memories."
By the third week, each actor created histories for their
emotional reactions, from the
psychotic aging patriarch, Zach
Pendragon, to his exiled bastard
daughter, Fay. These histories got
down to nuances of childhood
memories or recalled glances in
unwritten courtyards. It became
each actor's job to deliver a convincing character to the audience.
In the developmental stage, it was
far less about memorizing lines
and following the written arc of
the story. They needed something
intuitive to feed on, the needed
ways to give reason to reactions
that were not their own—to give
honesty to feelings that they had
not experienced.
The dizzying charts of scene
schedules, blocking diagrams
and script notes don't seem to
faze Albano. Just over halfway
through the production schedule, nearly two weeks away from
opening night, you would expect
him to worry about the show's final rehearsals. Instead, he sends
everyone in the production a
chipper note, reading, "Also, this
play is funny."
I will be following Brendan
Albano's directorial debut of
the play Armitage, by Don Nigro, through the final stages of
production. Armitage will run
from February 24-28 at the Havana Theatre. Go to
to watch a silly interview with
Brendan. Includes discussions
regarding being a tool and being
naked, ui
The actors try to discover their characters, kate barbaria photos/the ubyssey
Dean Wareham visits Zulu Records
by Stephanie Dong
Culture Writer
While my generation was in love
with the Backstreet Boys, I was in
love with Dean Wareham. Seven
years later, I got to meet him.
The long-time friend of Zulu
Records hosted a reading and
acoustic performance at the
store on Saturday, January 31.
Wareham began with reading
two highly entertaining excerpts
from his biography Black Postcards—A Rock 'n Roll Romance.
With a voice similar to Lou
Reed, he opened with a road
trip story: "Who would you
fuck?" That alone elicited an
appreciative laughter from the
audience, who were mostly in
their 30s and early 40s. Barely
being 19,1 had no idea who Tipper Gore, Natalie Merchant or
Paula Jones were, yet I laughed
anyway. Was I laughing because
I didn't want to be left out? No.
I laughed because it was Dean
Wareham, a notoriously prickly
indie-rocker, whose album Ro-
mantica, from his days in Luna,
came out around the same
time when most people my age
bought into the Spice Girls cult
phenomenon. His whimsical
Dr Seussian lyrics, his transcendental, ambient sound,
and the noticeable influences
of Velvet Underground set him
apart from the rest of the music industry (to me, at least). I
stood front and centre, totally
engulfed by his unique accent
and quirky mannerisms.
Wareham finished with a story about Marianna, a hot Spanish girl he "rolled around with"
after a show, making a smooth
transition into the performance
part of the afternoon.
After the readings, Wareham
took up his acoustic guitar and
played a few numbers with his
wife Britta on electric bass, his
friends Anthony on the head of a
snare drum and Matt on electric
Famous for being a shoegaz-
ing rocker, his eyes were mostly
downcast at the floor or closed.
There was a powerful chemistry
between Wareham and his wife,
Britta. They were in sync the
whole time, and were some of
the tightest performers I'd seen
in a while. The acoustics in the
space were amazing. Wareham
sounded great live, maybe even
better than on his records—an
impressive feat.
In such a small space, it was
an intimate experience. The
contrast between Britta's vocals
and Dean's creates an unusual
pairing, which works to their
At one point, Dean laughed
into the mic, remarking how Anthony looked like those wind-up
monkey toys set to rhythmically
bang on a drum. "No, no, I meant
that as a total compliment. I
think those wind-up monkeys
are totally sexy," he chuckled.
Sooner than anyone was willing to accept, the performance
was over. It was a quarter to
five, and just as I thought the
experience had come to an end,
Wareham offered to sign a few
books. Having scoured all over
town for a copy, only to end up
buying a copy from Zulu a week
earlier, I got in line, excited to
have both his book and Back
Numbers (Dean and Britta's CD)
signed. Like a silly child, I'll never forget the conversation that
transpired as he was signing my
book. "Wow. This is a really nice
pen. I might just have to steal
it," he said. Burning with girlish
ecstasy (yes, he's old enough to
be my father, not to mention he's
married), I somehow managed
to remain cool. "Yeah, it's a great
pen," I said. "Keep it. I've got a
dozen more." With that, I left
Zulu feeling blissful and wholly
satisfied. "ST FEBRUARY 10,2009
Disappointing venue bogs down Broken Social Scene
The Orpheum is far too constricting for BSS and co-headliners Tegan and Sara
by Celestian Rince
Culture Staff
February 6 saw one ofthe more
anticipated concerts in recent
Vancouver history: Broken Social Scene (BSS) co-headlining
with Tegan and Sara (T&S). This
show was among the first of
many events hosted by the Vancouver Olympic Committee as
part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Many had apparently travelled
from distant locales; I saw one
group with a sign proclaiming
themselves from Ohio, and
later, while browsing fansites,
read about people flying into
Vancouver for the concert.
I was puzzled as to the
choice of venue. The Orpheum,
famous for hosting orchestras
and symphonies, seemed a
rather strange choice for two
indie rock acts. How were we
supposed to dance, mosh or
crowdsurf in a place like the
Orpheum? I secretly hoped
that the crowd would rush to
the front and overwhelm the
security guards while chanting
"power to the people!"
Unfortunately, that didn't
happen. Though T&S started
mere minutes after their
scheduled time and had amazing energy, it did not seem to
translate to the audience. We
were sitting down throughout
their performance as if watching a movie rather than a live
It wasn't all bad though; T&S
had good banter going with the
audience. At one point, Tegan's
shirt popped open, which drew
comment from Sara. My yelling
"Take it off!" prompted Sara to
remark that she was disturbed
that we wanted to see Tegan
nude. "I've never thought, T
really want to see Bruce Springsteen take off his pants,'" she
remarked. We laughed.
When BSS came on, they
asked the crowd to stand in
an attempt to increase energy.
This worked somewhat; most
of the audience did stand up,
and a handful even started
dancing in the aisles. However,
they were quickly discouraged
by security guards and pushed
back into their seats. Yet security presence seemed to be
noticeably lax in the balcony, as
the distinct odour of marijuana
wafted down in the middle of
BSS's set.
While BSS started off strong,
the energy level took a noticeable dip in the middle of their
set. It didn't help that Charles
Spearin took several minutes
to explain and showcase his
incredibly bizarre album
The Happiness Project, which
centred on a recording of his
neighbour (Mrs Morris) speaking a thickly accented English.
Ten points for experimentation; minus one hundred for
lack of auditory appeal. I saw
many people leaving during
BSS's set; though to be fair, this
may have been T&S diehard
fans who couldn't care less
about BSS. At least they managed to end on a strong note;
I quite liked Lisa Lobsinger's
rendition of "Anthems for a
Seventeen Year-Old Girl," being
every bit as powerful as Emily
Haines's original.
Ultimately, the concert was
like taking one bite of a cookie:
pleasant, but unsatisfying. The
bands tried their best, but the
overly formal and repressive
venue was just too much for
them to overcome. Had the
show taken place in a more intimate venue like the Commodore Ballroom, the night would
have been memorable instead
of a vague disappointment.
Maybe next time, vl
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On now!
The AMS Valentine's Fair has
over 30 different vendors
with unique gifts from all
around the globe, including
jewellery, scarves, lotions,
clothes, art, bags, cell phone
accessories, and more!
February 11th to 13
Ith   SUB Main Floor
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February 24th, 8:00 p.m.
Pit Pub, UBC
Tickets: Ticketweb, Zulu, Outpost
$13.00 advance
Plants & Animals
March 18th, Biltmore Cabaret
Tickets: Ticketweb, Zulu,
Scratch, Red Cat
Great Lake
with Kate IWaki
March 29th, St James Hall
March 30th, Norm Theatre
Tickets: Ticketweb, Zulu, Outpost
$15.00 advance
Board of Governors:
Blake Frederick
Michael Duncan
Bijan Ahmadian
VP Administration:
Crystal Hon
Student Legal Fund Society:
Gordon McCullough
VP Academic:
Johannes Rebane
Emily Griffiths
Sarah Stevenson
VP External:
Graem Fisher              ^
Tim Chu
Aaron Sihota               \
VP Finance:
Tom Dvorak
Thanks to all who voted!
stf Annual
^Meeting &
February 26th, 12:30 p.m.
in the Norm Theatre.
Thank your outgoing
Executives for all their
hard work and welcome
your incoming Executives!
Refreshments provided. Editorial
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Cluster fuck.. .again?!
AMS election clusterfucks! A pleasure to see you, as always. It's
been too long—just a year, you say? Regardless: on Friday, Blake
Frederick was the president-elect, soon to be the 100th president
of the AMS, and today, he is not. It's easy to point fingers and
claim bias, but before trumpeting fury from rooftops, it might be
best to examine what we know about the situation.
What can we be certain of? We know that Frederick was around
candidates that had, if not similar platforms, similar ideological
views. We know that the evidence against Frederick isn't based on
one silver bullet/bloody glove, but a number of smaller incidents
that would seem to implicate him. We also know that Frederick, as
well as Markle and Coates, deny engaging in any joint campaigning, other than announcements at the same classes, which were
We don't know what the exact evidence against Frederick is.
We don't know to what extent the evidence in question would
have swayed the results. We don't know how the public will react
at this point. So, what do we make of this?
First of all, it is far, far too early to pass judgement on whether
the elections committee made the right decision in disqualifying
Frederick. They have the relevant information and evidence; the
general public at this point doesn't. It is fully within the committee's right to disqualify a candidate. And in a race that was decided by 42 votes, if Frederick clearly did break the rules against
slates, he deserves to be disqualified. Rules are rules, and they
have to be enforced, however inconvenient the timing.
It is fair to criticize the elections committee for not releasing
all of their evidence immediately, or that the AMS code regarding slates is nebulous, or that none of the candidates accused of
wrongdoing were contacted during the appeal. But that impacts
perception of their ruling, and not the ruling itself. At this point,
can anyone outside of the elections committee accurately make a
judgment on the full merits of the case?
That being said, disqualifying the person who won an election
is an extremely dangerous thing for an unelected group to do.
Especially when it's the president of a society. Especially when
over 6000 students voted. Students are already—and will continue
to be—infuriated by this decision and question the motives of the
elections administrator, the legitimacy of Monegro's possible win,
and the basic competency of the AMS. They will do so in often
nasty language. It may not be fair, or right, or based on anything
but emotion, but it will happen.
Forty-two votes is a close victory, but it isn't razor-thin. For the
committee to say that the result clearly influenced the election,
it would need to have clear evidence of wrongdoing. So far what
we've seen is circumstantial evidence that Frederick, Markle and
Coates—who have worked together in the same offices for the last
year—spent a fair amount of time around each other when campaigning. You would think, and you would hope, that the elections
committee has enough irrefutable evidence that the vast majority
of students would agree with their decision. Otherwise, controversy will ensure, and will ensue for quire some time.
While we don't yet know enough about the situation to pass
judgement, we can only hope that the elections committee has
made a decision that is either bulletproof or clearly lacking in
plausibility, and that the process will play out swiftly—if only
because the alternative options are a lot worse. *2I
Bring it back, 182, maybe...
Musical groups coming back after a breakup and/or long hiatus
has been quite common in recent years. Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, The Spice Girls, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Blondie... and the
list goes on. The most recent example of this phenomenon was
Blink 182's announcement a few days ago at the Grammys—the
pop punk legends are back for real. A new album. A comeback
tour in 2009. A few of us at The Ubyssey were very excited and are
eagerly awaiting the return of Blink (though the editorial board is
split on the issue).
It's understandable that devoted fans are undoubtedly overjoyed when they get word that "the band's getting back together."
One Ubyssey editor actually cried tears of happiness upon learning of Blink's reunion. But perhaps we should be wary of getting
our hopes up.
In many cases, bands fail when they try to return. Van Halen's
reunion in 2003 was marred by Eddie's alcohol issues, and
viewed by some as largely a money grab. Guns N'Roses ten years
in production Chinese Democracy was a commercial flop, being
outsold by Taylor Swift's Fearless.
On the other hand, the return of The Spice Girls reunion tour
was quite successful; the majority of their shows completely sold
out. However, concertgoers at their Vancouver show reported
that the majority of the audience was only interested in hearing
their old songs, taking bathroom breaks when newer material was
performed. In many cases, "comeback" bands operate primarily
on the strength of nostalgia.
No band lasts forever. The life of touring takes a toll, what
with all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Members get old and
burnt out. Interpersonal conflicts and in-fighting break up groups.
And when bands try to get back together while still harbouring
unresolved issues, the result can be disastrous. Comeback tours
are often disappointing failures instead of the triumphant returns
they are supposed to be.
That said, some of us are still hoping that Blink 182, at least,
will "stay together for the kids," and that fans will be earnestly
chanting for their shows to last "forever, and ever/let's make this
last forever." *2I
It is a well-known fact
that slate campaigners
are made of wood—and
also, that wood burns. I
give you Exhibit A.
by Trevor Melanson
Recently, any form of friendly
criticism is being dismissed as
anti-Semitic, whether ethnicity
proves one Semitic by descent
or not.
The event presented in The
Vancouver Sun and 24 was neither a hate crime nor a planned
assault against either party. It
was a blatant violation of one's
right to political freedom. Again,
the quintessential accusation
has returned to bombard us with
claims of anti-Semitism. Whether it is true that the student had
pro-Palestinian posters on his
door or not, what gives anyone
the right to call public attention
to another student's political
As Canadian citizens, we are
entitled to freely practice our
indisputable rights. Yet, when a
student's home is to be displayed
in a fraternity documentary
without his permission, these
rights are seldom brought to the
table. If the act didn't in fact intend to disregard certain rights,
why wasn't the student asked to
partake in this video? Despite
the supposed tensions between
pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian
students, we're left to question
the relevance of immature acts
of discrimination to a conflict
that is miles away. At this point,
to mention how much counselling is needed for the students
involved and to point fingers
is trivial. With the resources at
our disposal, in a country that
praises impartiality, student efforts should be invested in presenting the humanitarian side of
a conflict which presents itself as
purely political.
No root conflict between the
SPHR and IAC exists, unless
staring contests constitute otherwise. Unnecessary feuds por
tray both as groups striving to
deepen hostilities. Besides, it's
not mere coincidence that while
borders are shared among opposing factions, shared culture,
language and—more often
than not—beliefs, bring their
proximity slightly more into
It's easier to close ears, arouse
offence and run home to write
an instant rebuttal to opposing
perspectives than to come to
terms with the fact that disagreements are inevitable. With the
repeated question of whether a
solution were to be adopted, the
possibility of it posing a risk to
Israeli or Palestinian security,
we're hit head on with the next
question; if peaceful co-existence
is so complicated in universities, how do we expect it to be
successful among neighbouring
—Radwa Saad
Science 2
How do you feel about the election committee's decision to disqualify Blake?
Zack Keizer
Connie Do
Nessa Aref
Nicholas Tan
Sara Nazim
Arts 1
Psych 3
Arts 1
Arts 1
Commerce 1
"People have
"I think they
"When you
"It's not fair
"If he knew
obviously seen
should have told
break the rules,
for Blake to be
these campaigns
him before they
you know...I
he was sup
and it obviously
sent it out to
guess they had
that way, but
posed to do and
wouldn't have
the press."
no other choice.
I think that he
not supposed
bothered them
It's a shame, I
shouldn't have
to do then he
if they still voted
think he was
been disquali
shouldn't have
for him; so I
pretty popular."
done it in the
think that's kind
first place."
of silly."
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