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UBC's got the final draft ofthe campus plan—
but the Farm is not included. Students have few
chances left to have their voices heard. 2/UBYSSEY.CA/EVENTS/2009.10.15
OCTOBER 15, 2009
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I, Charlize Gordon, do swear to tell you the story as
saw it. Keegan Bursaw and Michael Thibault were the
ring leaders. Their "crew", Miranda Martini, Kristen Ford,
Sara Baldwin, Carson Pfahl, Katarina GrgiC Nima Kashani,
Celestian Rince and Michelle Silongan were very loyal to
the cause. I was recruited by Hilary Atkinson and Grant
Burns, but I did not know how far they would go. Jim
Frankish and Yuri Tricys were there, too. They were not
supposed to hurt anyone, only to show protest. I tried
to tell them it was a mistake to kidnap Paul Bucci and
Samantha Jung, but they would not listen. When we arrived only Kate Barbaria and Trevor Record were there
We tied them up, put them on ice and waited for the
others. Soon Justin McElroy, Trevor Melanson, Krystin
Bain and Tara Martellaro were in the cooler too. When
Kalyeena Makortoff arrived with Mira Galperin they were
in very rough shape and in no mood to be put in the
cooler; they fought back. We did not need to tie them
up. Fabiola Carletti and Lisa Fussell were both packing
heat and we were unaware. The shooting started when
Ashley Whillans screamed. Anthony Goertz was a
bystander along with Kathy Yan Li and Kasha Chang.
How Austin Holm got to be there, I do not know. Chibwe
Mweene was the one to escape and call the police, and
constables Krittana Khurana and Brendan Albano were
the first to arrive with sergeant Bryce Warnes and his
sidekick Alvin Ma were right behind them. It was Mandy
and Kai Green who convinced me to turn myself in. I
accept whatever punishment that may befall me
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The Hurt Locker • A US Army bomb
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Taiwan Sublime: Four photography
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The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance!  • Discover Dance! is a
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• The Metro Vancouver homeless count in 2008 found a 35 per cent increase in street
homelessness between 2005 and 2008.
• Homeless populations in municipalities including Pitt Meadows, Burnaby and Coquitlam grew
by over 100 per cent
• 450 new units for supportive housing will open in Vancouver this year
*from an article in The Tyee on October 12, 2009
Finding solutions for homelessness
An interview with The Tyees investigative editor Monte Paulsen
Monte Paulsen stood at the corner
of Main and East Hastings, pointing at neglected buildings and
telling of their former grandeur.
Across the street, at the historic
Carnegie Public Library, throngs
ofthe visibly destitute were strewn
out on the stairs.
"This used to be like Vegas," he
Paulsen is the investigative editor of the web-based magazine The
Tyee. For three years, he has been
writing solution-oriented journalism on homelessness in BC, talking
to everyone from politicians and
outreach workers to people living
beneath the Science World docks.
The Ubyssey met with Paulsen
on Friday before his free public
talk, "Ending Homelessness: What
Works," an event that was co-sponsored by The Tyee and the Museum
of Vancouver, timed to coincide
with the region's fourth annual
Homelessness Action Week.
Paulsen said that most media
coverage is still very stigmatizing
and focused on the Downtown
Eastside, but the issue is much
more complex and multi-faceted.
Different groups—like youth,
women, First Nations people and
the mentally ill—all have very
different needs. Only through
solutions-oriented discussions can
homelessness be understood in
real terms.
"And you have to ask what kind
of a society you want to live in,"
said Paulsen. "Are you comfortable stepping over bodies on a
daily basis?"
To emphasize the point, Paulsen
referenced the recent death of
an aboriginal man named Curtis
Brick in Grandview Park. On the
hottest day of the year, Brick lay
dying of heat exposure for several hours while people around
him strummed on guitars and
played with their families. Paulsen
pointed out that there are so many
homeless people that no one sees
them, and that's dehumanizing to
us all.
With this in mind, Paulsen
wants to prove, beyond an optimistic sentiment, that the province can end homelessness for the
same amount it currently spends
on crisis management.
Paulsen's research indicates
that BC taxpayers currently spend
about $55,000 per year in health,
corrections and social services
for each of the estimated 11,750
homeless people in the province.
That comes to about $644 million
ayear to "maintainhomelessness."
"For that amount of money, we
can house and treat everyone,"
said Paulsen, who is serious about
making big policy changes.
He thinks it is important for our
generation to understand what
we are allowing to happen. For
instance, while speaking about
the "grossly disproportionate"
number of First Nations people
on the streets, he drew the connection back to the Residential School
system for which we reprimand
our parents' and grandparents'
"I'm not sure history is going to
judge this generation better than the
last," he said. "I think it might judge
it worse, and yet we like to think
we've made progress and somehow
we're better than them." va
Monte Paulsen spoke to The Ubyssey on homelessness. gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
1) Understand what happens to
foster kids who disproportionately end up on the street. Reach out
and involve them in your lives:
"They may be people you went to
high school with...who just didn't
have the advantages you had to
wind up at UBC."
2) Learn about mental health
on campus and take the two-day
Mental Illness First Aid course
offered by the Canadian Mental
Health Association. "Make it less
scary. You might find a lot of the
issues look familiar to your own
3) Advocate building an inclusive
community in ways that feel appropriate to you. Whether through
a student club or residence council, find ways to get involved in
small projects or initiate something unique.
Advocacy group pushes for universal U-Pass
Students across the province are
pushing for a universal U-Pass for all
Lower Mainland students and have
created an advocacy group to better
pressure the provincial government.
The group, called OnePassNow,
formed in response to BC Premier
Gordon Campbell's May 2009
election campaign promise: If the
Liberals were to win a third term,
he would ensure that all college and
university students in the province
would receive U-Passes starting September 2010. The group includes
students from Emily Carr and Vancouver Community College.
While Campbell did not address
the costs of such a program, OnePassNow is asking that all students
be offered the UBC rate of $25 per
"As the largest and most successful of the U-Pass programs, it makes
a lot of sense to make it the system
and price standard," said Tiffany
Kalanj, media coordinator for OnePassNow. "We conducted an online
survey in which over 3000 students
responded. 90 per cent of students
believed that the U-Pass should be
the same price as UBC students currently pay."
UBC students currently pay
$23.75 per month. TransLink negotiates U-Pass rates with schools individually. They take a "revenue neutral" approach in which they negotiate a price with an institution based
on the percentage of its students that
are using public transit. When UBC's
U-Pass was initially implemented in
2003, not many UBC students were
using public transit, hence the AMS
was able to negotiate the low rate.
However, TransLink is arguing
that giving colleges the same price
as UBC for the U-Pass is not so easy.
Ken Hardie, spokesperson for TransLink, said that colleges have higher
ridership and therefore necessitate a
higher rate for the U-Pass. They pay
$73 per month, about three times
that of a UBC or SFU student. "We'll
have to buy more buses and pay for
more operators and maintenance,"
he said.
JudyRudin, another spokesperson
for TransLink, said that the company
has a funding gap at the moment.
"We can't do much of anything until we know what's going to happen
with our funding supplements. So all
of this is very speculative," she said,
adding, "We can talk until the cows
come home about U-Passes and what
we can do but if we don't have the
money for that kind of program then
we can't do it."
Rudin went on to say that when
details of the U-Pass program were
being worked out, a few schools
declined participation. She said that
while things can be revenue-neutral,
they cannot be cost-neutral, and that
if the program was expanded they
would have to re-evaluate it.
To resolve this issue, TransLink
has come up with a compromise.
"If the schools themselves agree
to a big, blended program, the costs
will be lower for the schools coming
in but a bit higher for the existing
schools," Hardie explained. Based on
their model of revenue neutrality and
excluding possible funding from the
provincial government, TransLink
estimates they can currently offer a
common U-Pass to all post-secondary
students for a rate of$35to$38 each
month. While this is half of what a
college student typically pays, it is a
substantial increase of about $ 15 per
month, or $120 ayear, for university
AMS VP External Tim Chu said
that while the AMS supports a universal U-Pass, they do not support a
higher rate.
Kalanj asks for Gordon Campbell
to follow through on his promise and
to fund that promise.
"Invest in us, invest in the environment, invest in the $25 per
month U-Pass for all Metro Vancouver students," he said.
For the love
of dogs
Talking to Psychology
prof Stanley Coren
A professor emeritus in the department of Psychology, Stanley Coren
has made a name for himself
amongst Psychology students with
his wit and sense of humour. However, Dr Coren is also a national celebrity in the dog lover's world.
Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Coren got his undergraduate
degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his graduate degrees
from Stanford University. After
teaching in New York for five years,
Coren moved to BC in 1973 to teach
at UBC. Now, he can be found teaching Psychology 100 to 500 very eager
Coren focused his research on
sensory processes and sleep. What
makes him unique in his area, however, is that he focuses both on human and animal psychology.
Known to the general public for his
research on dogs, Coren has written
countless books and has appeared
on national television. His sarcastic
sense of humour came through in
the interview. Even though he has always been a dog lover, he didn't start
doing active research on dogs until
the 1990's after he had "no more
awards to be won" and had "put off
[his] original aim of studying the human and animal bond for too long."
Coren brings his love for dogs
into the classroom, starting off each
lecture with a slide featuring a different breed of dog, and Coren tells the
class a few facts about the canine. As
well, he has brought in his dogs as
examples of classical conditioning.
His most popular book is The
Intelligence of Dogs, while he admits
that How to Speak Dog is probably
his most "useful" book. When asked
about the book that he's most proud
of, he simply said, "[It's] the one I'm
working on right now and has yet to
be published."
In addition to teaching, researching and writing, Coren also devotes
his time to the Vancouver Dog Obedience Training Club, in which he
is an instructor. He teaches at the
non-profit club two nights a week
because he "loves the puppies and
the people."
Right now Coren has two dogs,
but says he wants another retriever.
From the countless photos on his
wall to the dog pin on his shirt collar,
dogs are "very, very special toys" for
Coren. tl UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 0 0 9.10.15
AMS fights budget cuts with
postcard campaign
On Tuesday afternoon amidst rainy
weather and midterm season, representatives from the AMS could be seen
outside the SUB giving out free coffee
to those who signed a postcard in protest of the $17 million cuts to student
financial aid. The cuts were made over
the summer by the provincial government. "These cuts will hurt students.
But the AMS...is pushing back," the
Facebook group for the event advertised. The event is part of the AMS'
larger campaign that opposes the cuts.
The postcards will be sent to Minister of
Advanced Education Moira Stilwell and
the provincial government. Students
who would still like to sign a postcard
can visit AMS VP External Tim Chu's office in SUB 238.
ABOVE: The AMS External office displayed their banner at the south plaza
ofthe SUB yesterday afternoon.
RIGHT: Students sign postcards and
grab free coffee.
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AMS slow on uptake
to repair leaky roofs
Both the Bike Kitchen and the Varsity
Outdoors Club are set to receive leak
repairs, as the AMS recently agreed
to spend $6000 on remedial work on
their ceilings.
While the AMS Design Office has
said they've known about the leaks
for around two years, UBC Bike
Co-op President Kevin Cooper said
the problem started back in 2002,
and is only now being thoroughly
"For the last five years we've been
constantly reassured by the AMS of
different things," said Cooper. "In
2005, they told us the space was
made with expanding concrete and
that eventually the problems would
go away. When the leaking did not go
away, they installed the gutter system
[in] 2006, which didn't do much except for help redirect the water to certain places. Finally, they agreed to do
the high pressure [epoxy] injection."
The clubs have had to endure
flooding all over, explained Cooper,
creating dangerous puddles while
damaging inventory, furniture and
The capital cost of the work is being split fifty-fifty with the university,
and repairs will be starting in the
next two weeks. The AMS voted last
Wednesday to take $6000 out of
their Capital Projects Acquisition and
Construction Fund.
Aside from concern about business loss during repair closure, Cooper is relieved that the repairs are
finally going forward. "Being closed
for two or more days can incur up to
$3000 in lost revenue, not to mention the fact that staff and volunteer
hours will be used to relocate inventory and bikes so that the workers
can get to the hard-to-reach spots.
That said, I'm very grateful that it's
actually happening now," he said.
"Even though it's been annoying,
I'm really glad they're finally fixing
the problem." tl
Offensive article
taken off newsstands
The Arts Undergraduate Society
(AUS) has pulled the most recent
copy of The Underground, their satirical newspaper, off newsstands due
to an offensive article that trivializes
The article, published in The
Underground's October 5 issue, is
titled "So-called 'Campus Rapist' simply exploring his sexuality," and is
about fictional campus rapist Johnny
"'I've found that I get most turned
on when I pin a woman down in an
alleyway and have my way with her,'"
reads the article.
The article has spurned a backlash from the student community. A
Facebook group called "Rape is not a
Joke" has been created in response
which has over 300 members. Additionally, furious letters have been
sent to Dean of Arts Nancy Gallini.
"I did express my extreme concern over the article and used fairly
strong language in my note to the
individuals [involved]," said Gallini.
She said that she has received calls
demanding the publication be shut
down, but after deliberation, decided
not to.
"To take an action like that would
be disrespectful of the Arts students
who have indicated the highest integrity and have been extremely socially
responsible in so many suggestions,
and including [the fact that] this was
one article," she said.
Underground editor Alicia McLean
has apologized in a letter addressed
to the AMS Womyn's Centre. "It was
a complete mistake on my part, and I
see now how insensitive and damaging itwas. I cannot express how sorry
I am and I wish I could apologize
personally to everyone who read it,"
said McLean in the letter. She will
be printing a formal apology in the
next issue of The Underground, and
various groups have been contacted
to see if they would be interested in
submitting pieces that would focus
on the seriousness of rape.
"The approach is to recognize the
seriousness of it, but to try and build
something positive about it, not to
be...punitive about it," said AUS VP
External Kyle Warwick. He said that
from now on all of the content in The
Underground will be checked by the
AUS executive before publication, tl 2009.10.15/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/5
A review of The Hurt Locker (playing <s> the Norm)
New reviews of VIFF films including Tetro, Hunt for
Moby Dick, Rembrandt's J'Accuse and A Prophet
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Prom Night in Mississippi explores prejudice
Nothing changes until you do: an interview with director Paul Saltzman
Every year, The Ubyssey chooses a
film to sponsor at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). This
year, it was Prom Night in Mississippi,
which has been garnering praise
around the film festival circuit since
its premiere at the Sundance Film
Festival in January. Directed by renowned photographer and two-time
Emmy award-winning Canadian
Paul Saltzman, the film chronicles
renowned actor Morgan Freeman's
successful bid at paying for the first
racially integrated senior prom in
Charleston High School in Charleston, Mississippi.
Until Freeman's second offer to
pay for an integrated event in 2008,
Charleston had had two separate
senior proms—one for blacks and
one for whites. Saltzman follows and
interviews the teachers, students and
parents of Charleston High School in
the lead up to the historical event. The
Ubyssey got the opportunity to talk to
Paul Saltzman aboutProm Night inMis-
sissippi during this year's VIFF, where
the film had two sold out screenings.
UBYSSEY: It has been 15 years since
your last film. What about the plight
of Charleston, Mississippi brought
you back behind the camera after all
of this time?
PAUL SALTZMAN: I went back down
in 2006 just to see how things have
changed since I was there in 1965.1
wasn't expecting to make a film until
I met Morgan Freeman through a
mutual friend. We spent a day together, just hanging out, but he didn't actually mention the Charleston High
School segregated proms. I found out
about it later by serendipity through
a high school student...! thought
it was just an incredible thing that
these kids had, you know, wanted
for years to have an integrated prom,
but the parents and school board had
stood in the way....I phoned Morgan
and asked if it was true that there was
still separate proms at [Charleston
High School] and that he had offered
to pay if they'd integrate it. He said,
Tes, tenyears ago." So I said to him,
"Is the offer still good?" There was a
pause on the end of the phone and
Paul Saltzman poses for a press photo with collaborator Morgan "holy crap I love your voice" Freeman, courtesy of Patrick shannon
he said, "Oh, okay." He put the offer
back on the table with me there as a
filmmaker and we went from there.
U: How did Morgan Freeman view
this ostensibly backwards situation
in his home state?
PS: He thought, and thinks, that this
racism and prejudice in general,
because it's not just about black and
white prejudice, is universal. Morgan's feeling about [prejudice] is
that it is ridiculous., .that if we ignore
colour and the differences and just
see people as people the whole world
would be hugely better. I [personally]
believe there isn't a human being
alive on the planet who has zero
prejudice—we all do.
U: Prom Night in Mississippi really
reflects on prejudice as a whole. How
do you think the world would change
if we all reflected on, and admitted,
our own prejudices?
PS: On our website, promnightinmis-
sissippicom, you'll see the words
"nothing changes until you do...." I
have found, in my experience, that
people who are extremists of any
kind are not joyful because that extremism takes us out of our feelings,
and our feelings [are] where joy lives
and where creativity lives. I think the
world would be awesome if people
looked at their own beliefs, feelings
and prejudices.
U: What struck me as most interesting about your film was that the
kids in the school, for the most part,
weren't resisting the change—their
parents were. Do you see this new
generation as the one that will finally
put the prejudice of the past behind
them in Mississippi and elsewhere?
PS: I certainly think that each generation has a new opportunity to
define the present as different than
the historical. I do believe the world
is evolving in a positive direction
despite all the negative stuff that still
goes on. Young people, more than
older people, have more flexibility....
For the most part, as we get older,
we become more set in our ways,
more frightened of change, and
more frightened of looking inside
ourselves. In terms of the kids in
Charleston, in 2009 they had their
second integrated prom and it was a
big success. There were still parents
and their white teenage children who
refused to go to the integrated prom,
so there was again another white
prom. But it was smaller, we believe,
than last year. [It comes down to]
freedom of choice, people are free to
be prejudice or not prejudice. That is
a beauty of the conscious species.
U Is there a general feeling of dissolution in the school of the prejudices
that existed before or has the feeling
of prejudice expressed by the white
prom committee endured?
PS: [An integrated prom] has happened and there will probably [be]
an integrated prom forever, which
changes the whole community. Jessica [a white student] says she finds
it hard to get a job because she has
black friends, so the lines are drawn
fairly strong in that traditional way.
Chasidy [a black student] says "more
white people are talking to us in
the school." Is it a big change? Yes.
Is there still a long way to go? Yes.
People will hold their negative beliefs a long time and often through
their whole lifetime. Again, the new
generation, young people, are the
hope of the future and [represent]
hope that things will change more
and more. I think that's happening
and I think it's inevitable.
U: Do you see Prom Night in Mississippi as an educational resource then?
Is the ultimate goal for this film to get
young people tfiinking and involved
in these discussions?
PS: We have more than one goal
with the film, but in that sense yes.
The film [acting as an educational
resource] is very important to us, if
we were rich we would give [the film]
to every school in North America
because I think every school in North
America ought to have this and show
it generation after generation because it's such a dialogue enhancer
and dialogue stimulator.
U Do you have another proj ect in mind?
PS: When I stopped making films 15
years ago, it was for many reasons.
One was I was the single father of
a teenage girl. Another was I found
the pictures of The Beatles I took
34 years ago, so I published some
books, did gallery shows, and so on.
When I went to Mississippi I actually
shot two documentaries. I shot one
called Return to Mississippi, which is
still not edited because Prom Night
in Mississippi came up and we had
to do it. I'm now going to edit and
finish Return to Mississippi. Morgan
Freeman is in it, Harry Belafonte is
in it, and the Ku Klux Kian are in it.
It is really a personal journey of my
going back [to Mississippi] to see
how things have changed since the
1960's. Beyond that there are no
plans, the future is still unwritten, va
Prom Night in Mississippi opens
in Vancouver on November 6. More
information about the film and Paul
Saltzman can be found at promnight-
Candelabra Collective does Craigslist's Missed Connections
When you hear the term "poetry
group," what do you think? Probably
of a bunch of blowhards cracking
open books and reading arcane lyrics to pretentious old dudes sipping
wine. Boring!
Candelabra Collective (CC) aims
to dispel that image. They're a group
of six young poets, three of whom
are UBC students, that trained
together at the Cultch's IGNITE!
program last year. The program
paired up two aspiring poets with
one established mentor; each poet
was selected through a submission
and audition process.
Last week on October 10, CC performed at Cafe Deux Soleils, opening for Brendan McLeod. This was
their third show, and as their first
outside the Cultch's theatre it was
their first foray into more informal
cafe shows, where the audience
is usually more energetic and certainly more inebriated.
Cafe Deux Soleils was packed
that night—standing room only.
The show started off with one group
member standing on stage, calling
out ideas, themes, phrases. Bitter
breakups. Crowded soggy buses.
Then, from within the crowd, the
other members raised their voices
and joined in, slowly walking up
on the stage. This culminated in an
appropriately unsynchronized "A
series of unscripted moments!"
Most spoken word is performed
by individuals: one poet, one poem,
one spotlight. A CC show, by contrast, is a group effort. They have
ensemble group pieces where two,
three, or even all six will be on
stage at once. They have pieces that
involve other elements of art, like
music and improvisation. Candelabra Collective member Adrick Brock
described the effect of the group as
akin to having "a poetic crescendo
descending on you." Bold words
Brock remarked that one of the
reasons why the group works is
because everyone was chosen due
to their own original and different
voice. When they put on a show
featuring all six of them, one experiences these different voices and
But after their promising start,
it was somewhat disappointing
when many of the following performances were entirely individual.
I was later told that this show was
less group-based than prior ones.
They were still engaging, witty and
well-delivered, however. One poem
was about m(an) seeking w(ealth)—
a play on the phrase "man seeking
woman." I abandon my children
just to be alone with you. I lust after
you constantly. I want you in my
Many of the pieces revolved
around Craigslist's Missed Connections or The Georgia Straight's
"I Saw You" column. One very
tongue-in-cheek piece was about a
missed connection with "the Cafe
Deux waitress that I noticed while
performing on stage." Although it
could have come off as cheesy, it
was delivered with class and style.
One group piece that stood out
was one of Brock's poems. He spoke
in a soft but confident voice while
holding a guitar and strumming
slowly. The performance evoked the
feeling of of a religious infomercial,
where a televangelist preaching the
word of Jesus while gentle, uplifting
music plays in the background. The
effect was completed by two female
members of CC, who provided an
ethereal backing melody. The aesthetic of the piece was so compelling
that I chose to ignore the actual lyrics, instead letting the sound of the
spoken word wash over me.
CC's 40-minute set was, for the
most part, very good. It's clear that
they are a young and relatively inexperienced group, but it's equally evident that they have talent and drive.
They may not totally live up to being
a "poetic crescendo," but they're as
close as you're going to get in East
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120 days until the Games begin
Critic speaks out against harassment
"It was meant to send a chill, and
it does. I think many people are
shocked and horrified."
Over the past year, UBC professor
of Opthamology Chris Shaw's friends
and ex-wife have been approached
by Olympics authorities, simply
because they know him. The most
recent incident was last week, when
Danika Surm, a 24-year-old nursing
student and friend of Shaw, was
approached and questioned by two
police officers at Langara College.
Shaw is an outspoken critic of the
2010 Olympics, and said that he has
been for seven years. He opposes the
Games because of the impact it has
on the environment the excessive
amount of funding to security measures and laws that restrict rights to
free speech. He said that his opinions
have nothing to do with who he knows.
"What's that got to do with my
friends?" he asked. "It's meant not
to find information about where I
hid Saddam Hussein's weapons of
mass destruction, it's meant to send
a chill...it's meant to send a message
that if they can approach a student
at Langara because she knows me...
they can approach anyone."
Shaw claimed that the officers,
who were from the Integrated Security Unit (ISU), VANOC's security
unit, are threatening BC citizens.
"We still have charter rights," he
said. "And they are trying to send a
message to people like you and others that you really don't want to be
making waves, you don't want to be
asking questions, you don't want to
be hanging around with that Chris
Shaw...because you're going to get a
knock at your door."
Mandy Edwards from the public
affairs and media department of the
ISU said that officers approached
Surm "to speak with her with any
information that she had in regards
to any threats of security or safety to
the 2010 Winter Games" and that
she could not comment on why the
officers chose to approach her at
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"I can confirm that we are looking
to speak to anyone who may have
information and we're looking to
confirm or disregard persons who
pose a threat to the Games," she said.
When asked if Surm was engaging
in dangerous acts, Edwards said, "I'm
not going to comment on that, but basically we're not looking at speaking
to everyone, we have specific people
we want to speak to...but we're looking to speak to anyone and it could
be associates of persons, it could be
family members, we're just basically
trying to gather information."
Am Johal, Chair of the Impact on
Communities Coalition, an Olympics
watchdog group, said that the ISU is
creating a "climate of fear."
"If people have committed crimes,
if they have broken the law, that
certainly the police have a reason to
investigate them," he said. "In these
circumstances, they are pre-emptively meeting with people and creating
a climate of fear."
Shaw and the BC Civil Liberties
Association (BCCLA) filed a lawsuit
last week against the proposed Bill
13, which, if passed, would give
municipal officers the ability to enter residences after only 24 hours
notice to remove or cover illegal
signage during the Olympic period.
The bill also restricts signage from
being displayed over four city blocks
in prominent areas such as Robson
Street, Granville Street and David
Lam Park.
Executive Director of the BCCLA
David Eby said that this proposed
law is similar to the restrictions
placed on commercial signage at
housing at UBC.
"It's definitely similar because
I understand that the motivation
for this comes from the IOC, which
would like very much for the city to
be free of all messages except for its
messages and the messages of the
official Olympic sponsors," he said.
"So whether it's UBC it's dealing with
or Whistler or Vancouver, it's always
the same."
"Some places are more willing
than others to agree to those demands and Vancouver seems to be
the most compliant so far."
Shaw echoed Eby's statements,
saying that UBC and UBC's VP External, Legal and Community Relations
Stephen Owen "should know better,"
and that what UBC and Vancouver
are doing trumps the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
"If that turns out to be the legacy
of 2010,1 suggest that will haunt us
for a long time to come," Shaw said.
"If that is in fact what we get out of
2010, if we discover that our charter
is just a piece of toilet paper and
politicians will wipe their butts on it
every time they get the chance. And
they will do that, I guarantee you they
will do that."
"I think it will continue to escalate through the end of the games. I
would bet my mortgage on it." tl
2010 Speaker Series enlightens students
UBC becomes the crucible of discussion and debate prior to the Games
From hosting lectures, to showing
films and facilitating discussions,
UBC is doing everything in its
power to inform and inspire students prior to the Vancouver 2010
Winter Olympic and Paralympic
As part of UBC's educational
mandate, the UBC 2010 Olympic &
Paralympic Secretariat is planning
a series of events and lectures to
enhance the games time experience for students, staff and the
general public. Collectively known
as the Olympic Speaker Series, this
series of free lectures will highlight
the broad range of social, economic
and personal issues brought about
during the Olympic Games.
"The Olympic Speaker Series is
the perfect way not only to highlight
UBC's strengths, such as our world
renowned research, but also to ask
important questions of society," said
Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat,
Michelle Aucoin.
Aucoin believes the Olympics
provide the perfect opportunity to engage the academic community and
discuss many relative topics. And,
with relevant issues ranging from
athletics and health and well-being
to sustainability and development,
there is no shortage of possible topics to discuss.
So far some of the events listed
as part of the Olympic Speaker
Series include Arts Wednesdays, a
speaker series taking place at UBC's
Robson Square which will focus on
the cinematic and cultural aspects
of the games, as well as Who's Not
There, a series of events dedicated to
controversial Olympic topics such as
doping and drug use.
While aimed to be informative
and thought-provoking, the event
series won't just be limited to lectures led by professionals, professors and athletes. The Educational
Council, in conjunction with the
UBC 2010 Olympic & Paralympic
Secretariat, is encouraging student
"We are inviting student groups
across campus, which either do
lecture series normally or who want
to do something different come
games time, to participate under the
umbrella of the UBC Winter Games
Event Series," said Aucoin.
There is also funding available in
the form of $500 bursaries to assist
groups who wish to host a lecture,
debate or symposium with a Games-
inspired theme. With funding available, Aucoin is putting the challenge
out there to all student groups on
campus to participate in what she
describes as UBC's Olympic Legacy.
"I have oodles and oodles of
ideas," said Aucoin, on the endless
possibilities ofthe speaker series.
"I'd love the film society to do a
film festival on Olympic film... Or, the
debating society..! would love to see
the debating society do some show
debates with faculty members—and
just have some fun with Olympic topics," she said.
As for groups eager to get their
foot in the door and host a speaker
series prior to the February's
Games? Student participation,
Aucoin explained, is not only critical to the success of the games but
a rare opportunity that students
should take advantage of.
"This is a unique moment" she
said. "It's not going to come again
and we're going to have some amazing people around campus as we approach the Games. As students [you're]
in the perfect place to experience the
crucible of curiosity and dialogue and
As the Olympics draw nearer and
nearer, there is still time for students
to be part of the action during the Winter Games. With free lectures and bursaries still available, Aucoin assured,
"It's simply not too late to get involved."
More details and funding application form are available at webcommu-
nications.ubc.ca/ubc2010. tl
Students will be glad to hear that
their U-Passes will be valid during
both the Olympic and Paralympic
Games, while others will have to buy
expensive transit passes.
TransLink will offer a 2010
Games Transit Pass to allow for unlimited travel on all buses, SeaBus
and SkyTrain services during the
Games. The passes go on sale starting in December and are valid from
February 8, 2010 until March 21,
2010 and cost $ 110 for a one-zone
pass, $ 149 for a two-zone pass, and
$204 for a three-zone pass.
UBC has posted maps that outline
road restrictions and accessibility
routes to campus during the Olympics. Starting January 25,2010 and
ending March 28, 2010, the nine
phases of road closures are available
d.t ubc.ca/2010.
Those who plan on coming
to UBC should note that road
restrictions affect only vehicle
traffic. Emergency vehicles will
be permitted on closed roads, and
cyclists and pedestrians can access
all roads except those inside fenced
security perimeters.
Two First Nations artworks are
now on display outside the Doug
Mitchell Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre.
"Thunder" by Thomas Cannell
and "Take Off by Michael Nicoll
Yahgulanaas are a part of VANOC's
aboriginal art program. "Thunder"
is at the main entrance of the
arena and is meant to welcome
fans and athletes and depicts two
Thunderbirds flying upward, facing each other and carrying three
salmon and three salmon eggs.
"Take Off is located on the arena's
north side and is meant to duplicate the motion of a duck taking off
from water.
The art displayed at the
Thunderbird Arena are part of a
collection of 45 pieces that, by the
end of the year, will be installed
at the 15 Olympic venues across
the province. The artworks will
be represented through sculpture, textiles, multimedia and
other mediums, totalling over $2
The IOC will set up a system to
keep an eye out for corrupt betting practices linked to Olympic
The new venture is to tackle
match-fixing and corrupt and irregular betting during the Olympics.
International Sports Monitoring, a
Swiss company, will monitor betting during the 2010 Olympics and
the 2012 Olympics in London. It
will receive and check information
on betting patterns from 400-450
oddsmakers, according to an
article in The Guardian.
Risto Nieminen, senior vice
president of the World Lottery
Association, told The Guardian that
match-fixing and irregular betting
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Protest zones" leave critics doubtful
Olympic protests are almost as
much of a tradition as the Olympic
Torch itself. From the Irish boycott
ofthe 1908 London Olympic Games
to the controversial protests of the
2008 Beijing Olympics, the games
have always attracted world class
protesters in addition to world class
One of the ways in which organizers are hoping to ensure safe protests
during the 2010 Olympics is through
the use of protest zones, also known
as safe assembly areas.
According to a Vancouver 2010
press release, these zones or areas
will be used as "areas for demonstrations that are options for demonstrators to ensure they have a space
reserved for them which is in plain
view of the public and the media accessing the venues."
"Demonstrators are not required
to use the safe assembly zones, but
they will be made available to ensure
a clear space is maintained for demonstrations in the busy environment
around each venue."
These safe assembly areas will be
guided by principles set in motion by
the Hughes Commission—an investigation into the actions of the RCMP
after the protests at the 1997 Asia
Pacific Economic Summit (APEC) in
Vancouver, BC.
APEC saw the unlawful and unconstitutional arrest, injury and abuse of
UBC students during an ugly confrontation between law enforcement
and demonstrators, which came to a
head when a security fence fell over
during a protest.
In total, 52 complaints were made
against the RCMP about events that
happened during this protest. It was
stated in court that inadequacies in
planning and command structure
used at the APEC protest contributed
to the confrontation.
As the Hughes Commission determined, the incident at APEC occurred partially because of the small
size of the safe assembly areas and
lack of enforcement during the protest. Consequently, organizers are
spending a lot of time thinking about
what these areas will look like and
how they will be enforced during the
Operating under the three guiding
principles of safety, proximity and
visibility, Michelle Aucoin, UBC's
Olympic and Paralympic secretariat,
hopes that these areas will provide
students, student protestors and
other groups with the space necessary to exercise free speech.
"It has been treated as a process
of trial and error that we have come
to where we are today," said Aucoin.
"We will have to wait and see how
[the free assembly areas] are executed and to what degree groups want to
participate. There is nothing to stop
a group from showing up, it is their
full right."
"Freedom of expression is the
point of a university," she added.
"Events such as the Olympics create
open social dialogue, and hopefully
students use this opportunity to ex-
Many critics are worried that protests at the Olympics will get out of control, like those at APEC in 1997
ercise their democratic right to free
While the exact location of these
zones have yet to be released by the
Vancouver Organizing Committee
(VANOC) and its partners, safe assembly areas at UBC will be situated
near the venues and will provide
space for groups who wish to protest.
Theoretically, these areas will be
known by officials and protestors,
but will remain without signage or
fencing. Students may or may not
use these areas and it is undecided
whether or not law enforcement will
direct protesters into these designated areas, explained Aucoin.
Whether used by students or not,
the UBC RCMP detachment will ensure that these safe assembly areas
are monitored and will provide regular campus security.
In addition to the RCMP detachment, the Integrated Security Unit
(ISU) in charge of the security of the
venues during the Games, will be
on duty at the Winter Sports Centre. Both units will work together to
ensure events run as smoothly as
"The RCMP-led Vancouver 2010
ISU takes into consideration lessons
learned and best practices from other events when planning security for
an event, such as the Olympics," said
Mandy Edwards, the Public Affairs &
Media coordinator for the Vancouver
2010 ISU.
UBC's AMS is also doing everything in their power to ensure students who wish to protest remain
safe during the Olympic Games.
"It is all about awareness. Stu
dents have to be told of their rights,
because with knowledge comes
power," said Aucoin.
Once the games begin, the areas
around the venues are no longer the
responsibility ofthe university.
"All we can do is to inform the
students prior to games time, after
that it is the responsibility of the
UBC RCMP detachment and not us
to keep the area secure," said Aucoin.
One worry about these areas has
been communication between enforcement and protestors. Edwards,
however, insists that these lines of
communication will remain open
both before and during the Olympic
"The Vancouver 2010 Integrated
Security Unit is reaching out and will
continue to will reach out to protest
groups to facilitate peaceful and lawful protests during Games time," she
"As we get closer to Games time,
the ISU and our partners will encourage open dialogue with any potential
protest organizers to de-escalate tensions and ensure that any potential
protests are carried out peacefully
within the limits of lawful advocacy,
protest and dissent."
"The constables have been talking
with student groups," added Aucoin.
"They really want to make sure that
the groups are safe, and that the
police understand what the groups'
objectives are."
While organizers are doing
everything they can to keep these
areas safe and secure, some groups
are still doubtful about the ability of
enforcement and organizers to up
hold their promise of peaceful, lawful and safe protest areas.
"There's a disconnect between
the public statements of officials
and the actual legislative language
in terms of what the limits and
conditions are placed on people,"
said Chair of the Olympic watchdog
group Impact on Communities Coalition Am Johal.
"Our sort of broad concern is
that the corporate sponsors of the
Olympics will have the protection of
Olympic sponsors [and being given a
greater value than protecting the free
speech rights of citizens."
Johal also said that another cause
of concern is that the ISU has about
16,500 members, and that there
could be disproportionate responses
to protests.
"We won't know if these processes
and methods that they're devising
will be effective until we actually see
what happens on the ground during
the event when the protests are happening," Johal added.
"I think there are good intentions all around as far as protest
groups wanting to get their message out there and police who want
to facilitate that. But, trust is critical. It takes a long time to develop.
If you take a situation like APEC,
it was a very powerful experience
and one that some people find really challenging to let go of," Aucoin
There might be problems that
arise during the Olympic Games, but
it is all a learning process, she said.
"We are just going to have to wait and
see." til
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What civil
Chris Shaw and his acquaintances
are only the most recent targets
among critics of the Olympics who
have been accosted by the Integrated
Security Unit (ISU), the RCMP and
the Vancouver Police Department.
These violations of personal privacy
are one facet of a coordinated and
increasingly intensive security crackdown leading up to the 2 010 Vancouver Olympics.
Aside from intimidating and spying on individuals who have broken
no laws, the city is busy inventing a
whole host of new laws to criminalize dissent and opposition to the
Olympics. The province has recently
proposed legislation that would allow police to seize illegal signs and
penalize the offenders with fines of
up to $ 10, 000, or six months in jail.
Let me repeat that: fines of $ 10, 000
or six months in jail. For putting up
a sign. And what would constitute an
illegal sign? Any sign that isn't authorized by the Olympics, of course!
We've seen the same thing here at
UBC, where residents were forced
by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) to sign a clause in
their contracts, limiting the content
of material they could display. The
city is already setting up fenced-in
"free speech zones." What does that
make the areas outside the fences?
Authoritarian police-state zones?
With the inclusion of closed-circuit
cameras on public spaces and militaristic restrictions onleafleting, noise-
making, public displays and people's
ability to move freely through the
city, legally protesting the Olympics
in any significant way will be all but
There are, however, some who
will enjoy abundant legal freedom
come February. VANOC and Olympic sponsors will be free from many
existing zoning, noise and sign
regulations in order to facilitate the
Olympics events and promotions,
which are apparently worth much
more than our civil liberties. These
sponsors have, after all, paid a lot
of money—enough to trample the
rights of the people.
Why all the security? A telling
report released in 2008 by a branch
of CSIS identifies the main threat to
the 2010 Olympics as being political
protest. The erosion of civil liberties
does not stem from any real concern
over the safety of athletes and participants, but from a much more cynical
fear; VANOC doesn't want to look
foolish when the world is watching
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Saturday's 32nd annual Shrum Bowl takes place this
Saturday at the SFU campus. The series is currently tied with 15 wins for both schools, along with
I tie. With SFU's defection to the NCAA next year,
Saturday's game could be the last Shrum Bowl.
Pick up next Monday's Ubyssey for details of this
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T-Birds Season Preview: Men's hockey
After reaching semifinals, last year s rookies are ready to break the ice
When the leaves began to change
this time last year, the UBC Men's
hockey team was stacked with rookies looking to make their way into
the league. Though they squeaked
into the playoffs, their inexperience
showed at different times throughout the season and the veteran
presence necessary to lead the way
to a championship simply wasn't
there. This year those young rookies
have developed into disciplined and
determined veterans, and now the
Thunderbirds are ready to soar past
their competition.
"Our first expectation is to make
the playoffs," said Head Coach Milan
Dragicevic. "The players have a better understanding of what it takes to
win. Making the playoffs is our absolute first goal."
Things are going to be rough for
the T-Birds this year. Coach Dragicevic knows that the Canada West conference is going to be a "dog fight."
The league has changed their rules,
only allowing the top four teams to
advance into the playoffs. Last year,
six teams moved into the post season. Translation: every game counts.
"Our identity is one of hardworking
in-your-face forechecking hockey," said
Coach Dragicevic, who also described
his team as a bluecollar group that
plans on playing smart hockey and
outworking the opponent to win.
The Thunderbirds aren't going to
let games get away from them. They
aren't going to worry about what the
other team is doing. Coach Dragicevic believes that if the T-Birds stick
to their brand of hard-nosed, hardhitting hockey then his team will be
every other team's nightmare.
Even if the puck does, somehow,
make it to the home team's net, goal-
tender Francois Thuot says that the
puck will stop there.
Thuot has the talent to carry the
team and insists that he has tried to
be looking to improve on last year's fifth place, keegan bursaw hi* photothe ubyssey
stop his old goalie superstitions.
"I tried to cut that out," he laughed
when asked if he has any special pre-
game rituals. He isn't worried about
any hockey hocus-pocus. He only
wants to win, and that means UBC
being top four in the conference, top
two at nationals, and then just the
So, can T-Bird fans expect a few
shutouts from Thuot this season?
"Of course you can expect them,"
said Thuot, who admitted he does
not like to say the "s-word", as he puts
it, out loud, despite not being superstitious. He believes that the team's
success has everything to do with the
team's new attitude.
"We have a more positive attitude
this year and that is really big to succeed this season," said Thuot.
In Dragicevic's mind, there is only
one ingredient left needed for the
Thunderbird's victory this year: fan
support. The games, including this
weekend's home opener against the
Manitoba Bisons, are going to be action packed, emotional, high-adrenaline affairs, and when every game is
a must-win, home ice fan fanatics are
"We have the best venue in
Canada," he said, referring to the
Olympic-ready Thunderbird Arena.
"We need more students to come out
and cheer." tl
STANDING: 5th in the regular season,
lost in semi-finals.
KEY STAT: UBC's penalty kill was 3rd
in the conference, running at 85.1
per cent for the year. On the powerplay, the T-Birds were 5th in the
league running atl2.8 per cent.
2009/2010 PREVIEW
OFFENSIVE STAR: In his second
game as a Thunderbird, Scott Wasden scored a hat trick against the
NAIT Ooks last month. The West-
bank, BC native is coming to UBC
following a WHL career with the
Medicine Hat Tigers and Kamloops
DEFENSIVE STAR: Following a stellar
junior career that saw him captain
the OHL champion Kitchener Rangers, Matt Pepe joined UBC last year |
and immediately made an impact,
making the conference all-rookie
Oct. 16-17 vs. Manitoba, 7:30pm
Oct. 23-24 © Lethbridge, 7pm
Nov. 6-7 vs. Alberta, 7:30pm
Nov. 13-14 @ Saskatchewan, 7pm
Nov. 20-21 vs. Lethbridge, 7:30pm
Nov. 27-28 ©Calgary, 7pm
Dec. 4-5 vs. Calgary, 7:30pm
Jan. 8-9 vs. Regina, 7:30pm
Jan. 15-16 ©Manitoba, 7pm
Jan. 22-23 vs. Lethbridge, 7:30pm
Jan. 29-30 vs. Saskatchewan, 7:30pm
Feb. 12-13 ©Alberta, 7:30pm
Feb. 19-20©Calgary, 7pm
Mar. 5-28: Playoffs
—All game times local. Home games
available on CiTR
Your guide to the rest of the Canada West conference
The Gateway
University of Alberta
Regular season finish: 1st
It was another successful season
in Edmonton, as the Golden Bears
managed to secure first place, with
10 more points than second place
Saskatchewan. As has been the story
for so manyyears, the Bears met up
with Saskatchewan in the conference
final and swept the Huskies to secure
the conference's lone ticket to the
national tournament. The season
ended on a sour note for the Bears,
getting lit up by the University of
New Brunswick 6-3 in game one of
the tournament, which all but ended
the Bears' hopes at a repeat. The
Bears should be the favourite, but the
gap between first and second at the
end of the season won't be as wide
this time around.
Regular seasonfmisk 2nd
The Huskies are always good, and
that won't be any different this season—it's just a matter of if the Dogs
can turn their best recruiting class
in recent memory into a conference title. Dave Adolph was able to
capitalize on an extremely deep class
of Saskatchewan-born WHL grads,
and has brought in the talent necessary to compete for the conference
crown and upend the University of
Alberta. The Huskies have a wealth
of young talent and won't be satisfied with anything less than securing
one ofthe conference's two berths to
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Regular seasonfmisk 3rd
Calgary wasn't the only team in
the conference to make a coaching
change in the offseason, as the Bisons will welcome back Mike Sirant
behind the bench. Sirant, who took a
leave of absence after the 2005/2006
season to work with the Norweigan
national team, will inherit a team
that finished third in the regular season a year ago. Sirant's teams have
long played a hard, physical game
and that should remain a staple for
the Bisons.
Regular seasonfmisk 4th
Greg Gatto's team was impressive
last season, finishing the regular
season in fourth place before bowing out in the first round of the
playoffs to UBC in three overtime
games. Gatto managed to bring
in St Albert native Adam Chor-
neyko from the Saskatoon Blades.
Chorneyko was solid last season putting up 5 8 points, starting the season
with the Lethbridge Hurricanes before being traded to Saskatoon early
in the season.
Regular season finish: 6lh
Much like Gatto in Lethbridge, Regina
Head Coach Blaine Sautner has managed to get a lot out of his squad without
a great deal of WHL talent. The Queen
City crew will be without their leading
scorer and best offensive weapon Kyle
Ross this season as he transferred to the
University of Saskatchewan to pursue
a law degree. That will be a major hole
to fill for the Cougars who struggled to
score last season. Sautner has brought
in a pair of WHL grads with former Red
Deer Rebel Carter Smith joining former
Chilliwack Bruin PartJk Bhungal looking to bring some offensive pop.
'"S^w Regular seasonfmisk 7"1
It was a season to forget in Calgary
last season for the Dinos, as the team
missed the playoffs for the first time
since 1985. The offseason brought
great change in the Stampede City
with a new coaching staff and new
recruits. Mark Howell took the reigns
of the Dinos after Scott Atkinson was
fired shortly after the conclusion of the
team's dismal 2008/2009 campaign.
Howell has brought in two former
NHLers to round out the coaching staff:
Cory Cross, who played with Howell at
the University of Alberta in the early
90's, and 11-year NHL veteran Brad Is-
bister. Howell has also brought in Eric
Frere, Graham Potuer, Luke Egener,
Tyler Swystun, and Tylan Stephens,
who all come to the Dinos this season
after playing in the Western Hockey
League. Calgary will surely be a much-
improved team this season as Howell
looks to instill a winning mentality, va 2009.10.15/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/ll
Dear Too Sexy,
My boyfriend and I have been
together for almost a year and we
have a really great emotional connection. We spend hours talking
about our future plans and our love
(we started talking about love about
six months ago). I am really happy
with our relationship with the exception of our sex life.
When I first brought up the
subject of having sex (two months
into the relationship) we were
in bed and had been making out
(naked) as we had been doing for
several weeks (almost every night).
He stopped kissing me, wrapped
himself up in the blanket and pretended to be asleep. It was obvious
that he was just really upset by the
idea of having sex with me, and the
next morning he was extremely affectionate and acted as if nothing
had happened.
If I ever try to bring up the subject in the bedroom, the same thing
happens again (after four repeat
instances I have stopped trying
that particular approach) and if I
try to confront him about it in any
other setting he claims to be upset
about something unrelated to our
relationship and, thus, unable to
talk about it at that time.
My sister thinks he might be gay,
but he definitely gets aroused when
we are making out and we have
done EVERYTHING except penetrative sex. Does his penis hate my
vagina and he is afraid to tell me?
—Now Obtaining Truth About
Insolent Lover
We at Too Sexy hate to inform you,
NOTAIL, that this is a problem
without an easy solution. Almost
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a pretty clear sign that he isn't gay
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David Hasselhoff while you guys
are making out), so we're inclined
to believe that although the body
is willing, the spirit is spongy and
How much do you know about
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esteem invested in their sexuality, and a few bad or even outright
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If your fella is simply inexperienced, then solutions can be quite
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Remember that being in a relationship is supposed to be about
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he can't ask for help after a year
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it's time for you to take care of
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What do you think about the Olympics?
Amanda Brest
Science 1
"It's very exciting
for Vancouver...!
think it's a good
decision because
in the past it has
created jobs and
it will create jobs.
They had to build
things. I think it's
a positive thing
for the economy
even though there
is some deficit.
The benefits of
hosting such an
international event
will outweigh the
financial costs."
Sheida Rezapour
"UBC-wise..it creates jobs for the
students for that
period of time,
which is nice, and
I guess culture-
wise it's good, but
I think the money
that goes into it
is quite a waste
and there are
better ways that
we could bring
together the world
without wasting all
this money."
Rowan Pantel
"Well, school
gets shut down
for [another]
week, and so it's
disrupting classes
and students have
to spend an extra
week in schoolt.lf
you're applying for
a jobJn terms of
summer positions
available to me,
I'm going to be a
week behind other
students in the
province that can
continue to go to
Marysia Mcgilvray
"I'm not a fan of
the Olympics. I
think it's really going to effect
transportation in
the city, so I don't
know what school
is going to be
like during those
few weeks....! think
it's going to be
awful in the city in
terms of getting
around..AII in all,
it's a shitty deal
for the city and for
anybody living in
the city."
Daniel Poppe
Poli Sd 4
"We really need
to be careful
to make sure
that whatever
building is going
on is done in an
ecologically-friendly way.The hope
is they can do this
and we can be
supportive of our
athletes and at
the same time be
responsible to this
land that we have
the privilege to
be on."
-Coordinated by Tara Martellaro and Krittana Khurana with photos by Chibwe Mweene
Our hands are tied,
our mouths taped
The recent events surrounding UBC professor Chris Shaw, coupled with
the introduction of Bill 13, is cause for some concern. From a cursory
glance, it would appear that rights to free speech are being infringed
Of course, this isn't the first time issues of free speech have come up
during the run-up to the games, and it won't be the last. Students will
remember the original UBC housing contract that restricted the display
of commercial signage in areas that are visible from Olympic venues
on campus. And while this only affected a few residences, and while
the policy was clarified after public outcry, the point stands: The first
impulse of Olympic organizers is to minimize dissent.
How much are we allowed to speak out? Will we be followed and questioned by Olympics authorities? Are our viewpoints restricted to "protest
zones?" We actually have no idea what to expect come Games time.
Here's what we do know: There will be security cameras set up on
major streets. The police could soon be able to invade our homes with
little or no warning to take down unauthorized signage. Why? Because to
the International Olympic Committee, our rights get the bronze medal,
placing solidly behind the competitors known as Olympics Sponsors and
Controversy-Free Games. There is money to be made. It's not personal,
just business. A brochure from the Olympic Resistance Network, an
Olympics watchdog group, says "2010? It's about making a killing."
They've got a point.
So what should students do during the Olympics? We aren't going
to be getting any help from our campus or our city, but don't be afraid
to stand up for your rights. Don't give into fear mongering. Bullying is
unacceptable, whether it comes from a nine-year-old looking for lunch
money or an international organization. tl
A place of what7.
We've seen the banners, walked over the weird asphalt overlays, gently
refused the pins, and boggled at the Google ads that seem to turn up when
searching about or on campus. There's a Twitter feed, a Facebook fan page,
a YouTube account and a user-driven content model on the rich content-
laden homepage. The Flickr group is almost bursting with photographs of
both campuses.
Welcome to "A Place of Mind," UBC's new advertising campaign. Just
who it's advertising to and what it's advertising aren't terribly clear. The
climb in admission averages reflects the increased demand for seats, so
they're not targeting undergrads. Graduate students, judging from an informal poll, are less likely to base their decisions on glossy campaigns and
more on the strength of their chosen program. Faculty and staff? Market
housing? Bueller?
Equally mystifying is the "From Here" tagline competition, in which
students are asked to compose their own slogans ending in "from here."
As with any form left unguarded on the Internet, the responses seem to
be a curious mix of earnest responses, anonymous attempts at wit and a
substantive ratio of veiled barbs from a wide range ofthe disgruntled. The
slogans themselves tend toward the schlocky, and being limited to 100
characters, they read like the unholy lovechild of a tweet and a fortune
cookie: a half-hearted attempt at being profound in a medium more suited
for tacking on absurdist innuendoes. This won't provoke any inspiration,


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