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ThSJlJbyssey i September 21st, 2007
Where: UBC Farm
Time: 3 pm-7pm
Come get drunk with
the Ubyssey
Relations Students
Association Annual
General Meeting
Where: International
Time: 12:30pm
Indiana Jones &
Raiders Of The Lost
Where: Norm Theatre
hosted by: UBC Film
Time: 7 PM
VNV Nation
Where: Plaza Club
Time: 8pm
AIDS Walk For Life
Where: Stanley Park
Time: 8:30AM
Walk for 7km for a
Do Immigration and
Erode the Welfare
Where: Liu Institute
for Global Issues
Time: 6:30 pm
September 2 jsi
MON    University Square
Open House
hosted by UBC Campus
& Community Planning
Where: SUB Concourse
Time: 10:30-5PM
You work hard for your money...So what does it get you?
Safewalk can help you navigate
through campus at night. For
more details on these services
browse through the website
This fee may be opted-out
of by giving a form to the AMS
offices in the second floor of the
SUB, with a deadline of early
September—but if you do so,
please don't use the services
by Celestian Rince
News Writer
Ever wondered about some of
your student fees? Just what
exactly is this Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Fee of $33.50?
What are you getting when you
pay $181.76 for Athletics and
Recreation? And if you pay good
money to be a member of an un-
dergrad society, what are they
doing for you?
These are all valid questions.
The truly inquisitive may delve
into the AMS Budget, which
is available on their website
(www.ams.ubc.ca/budget). But
if you're reluctant to peruse a
40 page document, and would
rather read a short summary,
please read on.
Many of the student fees are
self-explanatory. You pay for a
U-Pass, you get to ride the bus
whenever you want. You pay
for health insurance, you save
money on certain medical and
dental expenses. But what about
those that are a little more ambiguous? What exactly are these
fees going towards, and more
importantly, how can you take
advantage of having duly paid
them? (Because the world revolves around you, naturally)
AMS Fee: $33.50
Believe it or not, the AMS
has "one of the lowest general
operating fees of all student
unions in Canada," according
to Brittany Tyson, the AMS VP
Finance. The $33.50 AMS fee
that you see in your financial
account is actually split into
different categories. The $15
Capital Projects Allocation Fund
is used to maintain, renovate,
or create buildings. Ever hang
out in the SUB? This is what the
fee is for.
The $3.50 External/University Lobbying Fund is used to
hire people who argue, threaten, and convince other people
to act in the best interest of the
university. One project which
utilised these fees will soon
allow students to view teacher
evaluations online. No longer
will students be forced to rely
on ratemyprofessor.ca!
The $12.50 for Operating
Expenses funds events and
programming at UBC. Events
such as Firstweek and the Welcome Back BBQ are heavily
subsidised by the AMS. Without
such subsidies, Firstweek would
have cost much more than $20.
The "free" (in reality, pre-paid)
AMS Insider is another example
of your fee dollars at work. In
addition, there is a $6750 Clubs
Benefit Fund which is used to
help support UBC's various
This means that in order
to get your money's worth, you
should attend as many UBC
events, and join as many clubs
or groups as you can. And never
turn down anything "free" —
that just means you've already
paid for it.
The $ 1 WUSC Refugee Fund
enables a few refugee students
to attend UBC. The $1.50 Resource Group Fund is used to
operate places such as the Student Environment Centre. Getting involved in these resource
groups is a good idea, if you are
so inclined.
Note that the AMS Fee is
mandatory—you must pay it if
you wish to be a UBC student.
Student Services Fund Fee: $9
This is used to pay for various services and programs available to students at UBC. CiTR,
UBC's own radio station, relies
on this fee, as does CiTR's magazine, Discorder. There is also
the AMS Foodbank, which gives
free food in the case of genuine
emergencies. AMS Tutoring is
always useful, if your final is in
a week and your textbook might
as well be in Latin. Rentsline is
good if you need a place to live,
or looking for a new roommate.
Athletics and Recreation:
$181.76. Athletics and Intramu-
These fees go towards anything related to sports. They
are largely spent in three main
categories: Subsidising varsity
sports, such as the basketball
team, hosting athletics programs and intramurals, and
maintaining and building recreation facilities. Keep in mind
that a small portion also goes
toward administration of the
Athletics department.
While most of us will never
play on a varsity team, we can
participate indirectly by being
spectators at games. Then there
are events such as Day of the
Longboat and Storm the Wall,
which are subsidised by UBC
Recreation. There are also various intramurals tournaments,
and "Learn To" programs like
martial arts, or dance classes.
The UBC Aquatic Centre has two
pools, a gym, a hot tub, sauna,
and steam room which are all
free for students, if they enter at
certain times on weekdays.
So, to get your money's
worth for the roughly $200 you
pay in Athletics fees, simply
participate in athletics. Simple,
no? Sign up for Storm the Wall.
Go for a swim in the pool, or
make a dodgeball team. If you
don't—our loss, literally.
see "fees" I page 03
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on Thursday Sept. 27th.
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September 21st, 2007
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Press September 21st, 2007 | The Ubyssey
 News     3
Date rape drug allegedly used at UBC frat party
Fraternity helping lead charge in effort to uncover
person(s) responsible
by Boris Korby
News Editor
Members of the campus community are reeling after nearly
a dozen women claim they were
drugged with the notorious date
rape intoxicant GHB at a recent
fraternity party.
"I was drugged, along with
ten other girls that I know of at
the Beta frat party on Friday"
Stephanie Ataliotis said in a
message posted on the Facebook
"Iknowfor lOOpercentthatl
was drugged because after about
eight hours ofthrowingupl went
to the hospital and got tested for
drugs in my system. There was
GHB found in my system."
GHB is undetectable after
about 24 hours, leaving victims
unable to prove that they were
administered the drug.
No cases of rape have been
report thus far.
The drugging occurred at
the annual Beta Fiesta party last
Friday. The event was a licensed
party in which tickets were sold
in the weeks prior. "It was pretty
much an open party, you can
come if you have a ticket," said
Sean Kearney, President of the
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
The sheer number of party
goers at Friday's event has made
identifying the person(s) responsible for the druggings difficult
however party security took photos of every male attendee, and
Kearney and Ataliotis are asking
for anyone with information to
come forward.
Those who attended the party
and suspect they may have been
drugged or saw any suspicious
action are being asked to contact
the Beta fraternity and will be
given access to attendee head-
shots, according to Kearney.
"Hopefully if someone comes
forward and recalls something,
we've got pictures, and that's
probably our biggest resource."
Thus far, no complaints of
the incident have been made to
the UBC RCMP, according to Corporal Rob Worsley, however he
stressed that occurrences such
as this are the kind of incidents
which need to be reported.
"We need a victim or even
a witness at this point to come
in and lodge a complaint," said
Worsley. "Don't assume that
someone else has made the
According to Judith Prat,
coordinator of the UBC Wellness Centre, one or two reports
of drink-spiking are received
every September. She notes that
such incidents are not isolated
to fraternities, but also occur at
residences, bars, and clubs, both
on campus and off.
"It can happen anywhere,"
said Prat. "21
A wide range of substances have been used in sexual
assault. The most common date rape drugs are GHB,
Rohypnol, Ketamine, and alcohol. Because many of
these substances are colourless and tasteless, the only
way to tell if your drink has been spiked is by monitoring your own apparent level of intoxication. Combined
with alcohol, the effects may be amplified.
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) was originally developed as a sleeping aid, and comes as a clear liquid
or white powder. It is a sedative hypnotic that can take
effect in ten to twenty minutes. At low doses it produces
an effect similar to alcohol lasting up to four hours.
However, regular doses may lead to physical dependency. Overdosing is easy and can result in drowsiness,
vomiting, impaired breathing and even death.
Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) is the tranquilizer found
in small, white pills notoriously known as Rooties. It
dissolves colourlessly, tastelessly, and odourlessly. It's
strong sedative effect can be felt in about 20 minutes
and is accompanied by relaxation and drowsiness.
Cases of blackouts and amnesia have been reported.
Ketamine is a general anaesthetic that is sold as
a liquid, capsule, crystal, or powder. Like Rohypnol it
is colourless, tasteless, and odourless, and dissolves
easily. It produces a relaxed or sedated effect, but in
large doses can cause delirium, amnesia and depression. Long term use can produce paranoia and loss of
The Sexual Assault Support Centre recommendations
to protect against drink spiking:
- Use your intuition, if you feel like something is not
right, listen to your instincts
- Don't share drinks or drink communal beverages
- Don't accept drinks from someone you do not know
very well
- Bring your own drinks to parties
- Watch your drink
- Use the buddy system. Watch out for your friends and
try to leave a social gathering with friends you trust.
—Matt Hayles
Fees spread widely
from "you" | page 03
The    Athletic    fees    are
Undergrad / Graduate Society Fees:
Depending on your faculty
and year, you are most likely
paying an undergrad or graduate society fee. However, only the
Arts and Science Undergrad fees
will be discussed.
The Arts Undergraduate
Society (AUS) fee is $13, and is
used for the following: hosting
events such as Arts County Fair
and Arts Week, supporting AUS
clubs such as the International
Relations Students' Association,
running AUS Academic Events
such as Career Fair, and paying
for the Meekison Arts Students'
Space, a lounge for Arts students
located in Buchanan D. The
AUS president, Stephanie Ryan,
states that joining AUS clubs are
a good way to unite the large Arts
faculty, and encourages students
to join AUS clubs that pertain to
their chosen field.
The Science Undergraduate
Society (SUS) fee is $22, and is
used to pay for the Abdul Ladha
Science Student Centre; support
science sports teams, clubs, publications, and social events such
as Cold Fusion and Science Week;
and administration and building
expenses. The SUS president,
Michael Duncan, states that the
SUS spends thousands to subsidise intramural science teams,
and encourages students to participate on SUS teams for free.
All undergraduate and graduate society fees are mandatory.
Just remember that many, if
not most, activities, programs,
and services offered at UBC are
being paid for by you, the student, either directly or indirectly.
Therefore, it's in your interest to
get out and participate in stuff
that you find fun—whether it's
getting smashed at Arts County
Fair, or hanging out with the
Chess Club, vi
Breaking down broad-based admissions
by Serena Mason
News Writer
Ever wonder how the University decided to let you in here?
Chances are your grades are
what got you here. But it's not
all about grades now-a-days, and
this is where trying to figure out
the UBC admissions process can
get complicated.
But luckily Andrew Arida of
UBC Enrolment Services has
some answers.
Of all the students who apply
to UBC, 71.8 per cent of them will
be admitted. UBC seeks to admit
students who will be successful
in this academic environment.
Yes, this means people with good
marks, but some faculties look
beyond that. The Faculty of Science and the Sauder School of
Business take into account extracurricular activities like sports
teams or debating.
"Everybody's a little different," explained Arida. "Business
is going to say, 'Look, we all
know that what makes a person
successful in the business world
is not necessarily how smart they
are. It's about leadership, it's
about communication, it's about
group work.'"
The Faculty of Science takes
a slightly different approach: if
For the next 4 or 5
years, it may be easier
to get into UBC.
a student is just on the cusp of
the grade cut-off for admission,
the faculty of science will take
extracurricular activities into
consideration. Arida continued
on to explain, "If you're a really
good athlete or you did science
fairs...that kind of involvement
maybe made you get slightly
lower grades. We know that the
difference between someone
with an 86 per cent or an 85 per
cent average is really not a huge
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difference, and we'd rather take
those kinds of things into consideration when we make our
Surprisingly, the Faculty of
Arts isn't as flexible as either Science or Business. Because Arts
makes up the largest group of un-
dergrads at about 1700 per year
(depending on the year) the only
thing taken into consideration
are the grades from the provin-
cially examinable courses.
Although we're all sitting
pretty having already been admitted to this illustrious institution,
it can seem pretty scary for high
school students who watch as admission GPAs seem to go up and
up. However, Arida explained
that it is the students themselves
who push the entrance point
Right now there is a perceived
shortage of undergraduate seats
at UBC. The GPAs required to
get  in   are  pretty  high.   High
un*n Kin,
See where you stack up in the UBC admissions chart.
school students' anxiety over
these high averages cause them
to study harder and reach even
higher levels of achievement.
UBC does not set a concrete GPA
that all students must reach in
order to be admitted. Enrolment
Services simply rank the students applying for a given faculty
and admit all the students with
the highest GPAs as will fit into
the enrolment target. It is the
students themselves who push
the admissions average higher.
That being said, it certainly
isn't all doom and gloom. Arida
predicts that for the next four or
five years itmay actuallybe easier
to get into UBC than it has been
for the last few years. All those
anxious high school students can
breathe a little bit easier, vl 4     Culture
ThSJlJbyssey i September 21st, 2007
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Announcement of Consultation Events
University Square Program Review
UBC Campus & Community Planning (C&CP) will be holding an open house to obtain input
from the campus community on the building and open space elements of the plaza to be
built above the transit hub.
This is a very important place on campus. Come
out to one or more of the consultation events
and identify the mix of building and open space
program that should occur on the square.
Open House Drop-In
Main Concourse, Student Union Building (SUB)
Monday, September 24 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, September 25 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday, September 2610:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday, September 27 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday, September 28        10:30 am - 5:30 pm
In addition to the open houses, there will be workshops on a variety of topics relevant to
the Square. Details will be out soon.
This is an opportunity to learn about this important project at the heart of the campus.
Feedback forms will be available at the Open House as well as on-line at
The SUB is located at 6138 Student Union Boulevard. For directions visit www.maps.ubc.ca.
For further information contact Joe Stott, Director, C&CP, 604-827-5157.
{t    This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about assistance for persons
with disabilities, e-mail rachel.wiersmaOubc.ca
Daniel Heffner lazily lounges in front of the UBC Rec centre with his guitar.
Music for meds
Heffner combines new cd release with fundraiser
by Samantha Jung
Culture Writer
"There's nothing that brings
people together like live
That is the reason Daniel Heffner decided to combine the release of his new CD, Heffrology,
with a fundraiser.
Recently, a friend of his
friend made a trip to a Cuban
Jewish  community.  There  she
Music is definitely
a universal art.
Daniel Heffner,
found a pharmacy housed in a
"They didn't have enough
money to purchase medication,"
says Heffner. He decided to raise
money to purchase medication
for this community. The third
year pharmacy student got the
Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (PhUS) and Hillel, UBC's
Jewish community, to sponsor
his event.
The combination CD release
party and fundraiser will be held
at Cafe Montmartre on September 22 at 4362 Main Street. In
honour of Yom Kippur, the event
will take place after sundown,
from 10pm to midnight.
Heffrology is Heffner's second CD, his first having been
released in 2004.
He describes his sound as
a diverse mix of genres, with
blues, folk, flamenco jazz, and
Middle Eastern styles.
The CD starts with the title
track, "Heffrology", which is one
of Heffner's favourites.
The second track, aptly titled
"My First Guitar", tells of a pivotal point in Heffner's life.
As a youth, Heffner was into
drumming, until his parents
pulled him out when he began
"drumming on everything".
"Then I found my mom's old
guitar in my parent's basement,
it has three strings on it. My parents put on another three strings,
and I just went from there, I just
taught myself for a few years."
Heffner continued with his
humble beginnings, playing at
farmer's markets in Edmonton
and his hometown, Calgary. He
calls music his passion, a balance to his work, which keeps
him "mentally stable", and gives
him a way to make a difference.
"Music is definitely a universal
art," Heffner says. "It's the most
powerful tool that people can use
for certain things such as social
change, and so you can use your
love of music. I mean, protesting is great, all those things are
great, but music is something
that binds people together."
Heffner talked about the
advantage music has over other
methods of expression: "There's
so many different genres, so if
somebody likes techno, if someone likes classical, someone
likes jazz...it doesn't matter,
everybody listens to music," he
says. "Everybody should have
somewhat of an appreciation
for music, they can appreciate a
melody so that's just so far reaching. I mean, that's something
that   [the]   visual   arts   doesn't
He calls music his passion, a balance to his
work, which keeps
him 'mentally stable'
and gives him a way
to make a difference.
necessarily have the ability to do
[because] not everybody's going
to be able to see, or go to galleries all the time."
However, Heffner still encourages people to change the
world, any way they can. "I just
hope that people see this and
they will be inspired to do something that will fit well in terms of
their interests and in terms of
their time...If you have an idea,
and you want to put it into motion, it's totally possible.
"You just have to start." Xi September 21st, 2007 | The Ubyssey
Culture     5
Outdoor art gallery becomes its own exhibit
by Sarah Marchand
Culture Writer
"Apparently, to fit in on opening
night of any art exhibit, you have
to be drunk and you have to be
full of yourself—22 year-old local artist who wishes to remain
Unfortunately, I didn't get
this memo until the day after
opening night at the Belkin Art
Gallery. Fine arts graduate students proudly displayed their
final projects on Thursday, Sept.
13 from 8pm until alcoholic
resources dwindled. I was sober
and idle, and the pretentious
"art chat" was incredibly intimidating. I had to get out of there.
I went outside for a breath of
fresh air and got more than I
bargained for. The only down-to-
earth artist for as far as the styl-
ishyet obnoxiously pompous eye
could see stood outside, ready to
save me from my boredom and
general social discomfort. His
name was Paul Kajander.
When I asked Mr Kajander
how he thinks his piece will be
received by undergraduates
passing by, he said, "I hope
it's engaging and I hope it asks
people to consider the texts...as
much as I find some of them irritating...! also sympathize with
a lot of the sentiments behind
the texts and I feel aligned with a
lot of them." Unsure of whether
students would abuse the piece,
Kajander appeared open to the
idea that his piece will deteriorate over time, claiming that if
people do mistreat the piece he
is "interested in the way that the
work might record the violence
that may bubble beneath the
surface of the university." Thus
far, no one has attacked his
exhibit. In fact, those that stop
to look appear interested in the
Kajander went on to explain
his piece further, exposing an
interesting narrative within the
context of what appears to be a
protest. "There's an imagined
group called the critical contestation club and they're committed
to the role of the intellectual in
the university. So, a lot of these
slogans, texts, are borrowed
from texts that one might discover in the university when
pursuing a degree." These texts
are the first thing that stand out
when walking past the piece.
"We regularly set fire to ourselves and our belongings in or-
Mr Kajander sits on his piece for the UBC MFA Graduate Exhibition, which promotes the agenda of a fictional group on campus, the Critical Contestation Club.
Perhaps it's because
it's outdoors and the
smell of perfume and
chardonnay wasn't
permeating my brain the
way it seemed to inside,
but the piece evoked
interesting questions.
der to be cleansed of the virulent
plague  that is   capitalism...We
must resort to other measures."
You may have noticed Kaja-
nder's texts while running down
Main Mall. Kajander's outdoor
installation piece speaks to UBC
students in a different way than
the pieces inside: it doesn't talk
down to you.
Perhaps because it's outdoors
and the smells of perfume and
Chardonnay weren't permeating
my brain the way they seemed to
inside, but the piece evoked interesting questions. Interviews
held a few days after the exhibit
first opened showed that I wasn't
the only one intrigued. Provoked
by the bright colours, bold print,
and (fake) UBC student trapped
under a large box—track pants
and all—this piece has made un-
dergrads stop and think.
English major Benny Quack
discussed his sentiments regarding the piece, saying "I think its
really interesting, people walk
by and everyone looks at it"
Similarly, when I asked philosophy major Evan Westra what he
thinks about the scene, he said
"it seems like a very nice piece
of artwork that's protesting
against, well, everything."
"It makes me confused, but
because I cant find a definitive
statement—so much as an emo
tion or a sentiment— I can't
agree or disagree with it, if
anything I disagree with the fact
that its not more specific".
Fine arts undergrad Kati
Jenson noted "[the piece is] not
hiding inside, it's not in 'the
palace'." This statement sums
up the reasons why Kajander's
piece stands out from the rest.
Kajander's piece is both thought
provoking and eye-catching but
most importantly, it has managed to break down the intimidating barrier that appears to
separate 'the art world' and 'the
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UBC has a $1.6B budget-where
does it go?
Sept. 18 is now several days
past, and the last day to add/drop
courses has come and gone. We're
all set in our courses for the fall,
and while Brock Hall isn't charging late fees until October this
year, most of us will now have
paid our student fees in full. That's
4257$ in tuition for most Arts and
Science students, before AMS and
undergraduate society fees are
thrown in for good measure.
And yet, despite the thirty
thousand people paying at least
that, and with ten thousand part-
time students contributing as
'well, the University spends many
times that much per year. In fact,
| UBC's annual budget amounts to
1.6 billion dollars, and rises by a
hundred million every year.
Unfortunately, for a process
that seeks to be driven by "creative and responsive community
.response," there isn't much pub-
llic knowledge or coverage in the
media of the University's budget.
Furthermore, the Board of Governors (BoG) doesn't finalise the
budget until March, leaving the
student press little time to do any
While much of the budget information is public, understanding what is going on involves digging through hundreds of pages
of charts, vision statements, and
individual faculty reports. Luckily
for students the Ubyssey will attempt to distill the budget down
to its most important issues.
At the end of September
and the beginning of October,
analysts in the budget office
and the finance department
present projections to UBC's
executive administration.
Revenues are projected, with
the primary revenues being
grants from the government
and tuition. Then expenses are
projected, with the primary
expense being salaries. In the
past, a call would go out to the
deans and departments, soliciting requests for new budget
requirements. Those would
then be received, evaluated,
and then adjudicated against
the funds through open consultations in the fall.
Ultimately a budget is
finalised in the new year
and presented to the BoG in
However, in the last two
years, UBC has faced deficits.
Government Funding
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Interest on longterm debt
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Travel & Field trips
Salaries & Benefits
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Left: UBC's consolidated revenues for the 2007/2008 academic year. Right: UBC's consolidated expenditures for the 2007/2008 year. Student fees account for a mere 17% of total revenue
New spending has pretty much
come to a grinding halt, and many
programs, including funding for
libraries ^nd IT Services, have
required cuts across the board to
balance the budget.
"Generally, in the past, the
budget has been formed using an
incremental technique, where we
look at the change from the previous year and adjust," said former
VP Academic George Mackie, who
is helping talspearhead this year's
However all of this will soon
change. The University is undertaking a process they are calling
Steering Committee on Academic
Planning Processes, or SCAPP. Ba
sically SCAPP is designed to move
control of spending away from
faculties and put it into the hands
of the executive. Mackie feels this
will bring the budget more "in line
with stated academic priorities."
"What we are aiming for,
through the SCAPP process, is to
better align the the allocation process, with academic priorities. We
will start discussion much earlier
in the May-June period, amongst
the faculties. An evaluation process will begin during Autumn,
to five-year plans. Hopefully this
will get us away from being primarily reactionary in our budget
process," he added.
According to Mackie, the fall
review process will involve public consultation, AMS input, and
reviews by each vice-president.
The administration's priority is
in maximizing the benefits to the
entire university. The final plan
is reviewed and compiled by the
vice-presidents with the president
The Board of Governors (BoG),
which includes two students
elected by their peers, then reviews and approves the budget,
and make the budget available
for comment. The budget is not
released to the public until the
board has reviewed it.
"Generally there  is little  at
tention. What comes to attention
is when there is problems. What
has attracted attention in the last
few years is the recurring deficit.
Much of our funds are earmarked.
Research funds can only be spent
on research, they cannot be spent
on faculty salaries."
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In order to balance the
2007/2008 budget, the administration made a $20 million cut to
the University's general purpose
operating budget. Much of the
additional $16 million cost was
passed on to students in a variety
of ways. Application fees nearly
doubled from from $60 to $100.
$2 million was cut from academic
equipment. Cutting the credit card
payment program saved $2.5 million. $1.2 million is expected from-
charging ancillary operations,
such as parking to the bookstore.
The library services suffered a $2
million cut, which will primarily affect book purchases. Finally,
the University is putting less into
their financial award reserves,
says Mackie, citing increased student loan availability as reducing
demand on the service.
A hiring "chill" has taken
place at the University in order
to prevent an increase in costs.
While   essential   staff  positions
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Vancouver capital building projects,
in millions of dollars.
Bottom-Centre: The domestic, international, and total, unsubsidised
costs for studying at UBC
Bottom-Right: The number of dollars contributed by the university to
the faculty, per dollar contributed
through student tuition. The university contributes 3.83 dollars per
student dollar to arts, while contributing but 18.49 dollars per student
to forestry.
Much of this funding is earmarked
from private donors, and cannot be
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are still filled, new or unessential
services are not being filled until
the budget is more permanently
Furthermore, the University
has raised tuition by two per cent,
the maximum the province allows to cover inflation. However,
according to AMS President and
BoG member Jeff Freidrich,
when the tuition costs are added
to increases of fees from other
sources, students could be paying
more this year.
"[Over the past budgets]
Things haven't been getting better," said Friedrich. Most of the
cuts were earmarked as one-time
cost saving measures. The administration is hoping to address the
budget deficit more thoroughly
over the coming years by having
the University's main faculties
undergo restructuring in order to
follow a more "robust academic
curriculum." Thus the budget specifically states that all administrative units "will maintain flexibility
to enable significant restructuring
in 2008/09." The nature of the
restructuring plans have yet to be
What is causing the recurring
deficit is difficult to determine
according to Friedrich. After all,
in a budget as large as UBC's, the
deficit is only the size of a pair of
pennies on a dollar.
budget, and with the increasing
use* of sessional instructors, the
amount of money being paid to
aging and tenured professors has
caused concern among those who
would like to see new blood at the
school. The 10 per cent increase
in salaries has even caused concern among the administration.
"Salary pressures are growing
faster than the revenues, as they
are in hospitals," said Mackie.
The AMS, though, believes that
salaries must be raised to keep the
quality professors. "We certainly
support the annual salary increases, they are really necessary to
retain superior faculty members,"
said Friedrich. "However, when
budgets and travel expenses, you
can see that they are rising faster
than the rate of inflation."
"There is a problem with the
quality of education at UBC," says
Friedrich. "All major surveys
are reporting that we are under-
performing compared to similar
sized universities in Canada, and
seriously under performing compared to universities in the US.
It is really unfortunately that the
budget deficit and the associated
cuts are happening now.'vl 8     Sports
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by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
Some UBC athletes may have
used the summer to recover or
prepare for the next season.
Then there are Scott Dickens, Brian Johns, and many
other UBC swimmers who spent
their summer traveling around
the world competing and beating some of the best athletes on
the planet.
"We've won the CIS ten years
in a row, which is great, but it
loses its lustre after a while,"
said UBC head swim coach
Derrick Shoof. "For us to win
an Olympic medal is really the
higher level of aspiration we are
hoping to achieve this year."
Dickens and Johns are looking toward the Olympics and
used some big meets this past
summer for preparation.
Dickens got Team Canada
going at the Pan American
Games in July with his come-
from-behind win over American
Mark Gangloff in the 100-metre
breaststroke in Rio Dejaneiro. It
was not only a personal best for
Dickens, but itwas also the first
gold for Canada in any sport.
"It was a really great experience to hear my national anthem
get played and stand on top of
the podium for once," said Dickens, who also said that he came
into the meet in the best shape
of his life.
Annamay Pierse followed
Dickens' lead with a silver in
the women's 200-metre breast-
stroke, breaking the oldest Canadian swimming record.
UBC's Matt Hawes and Cait-
lin Meredith were also in Rio De
Janeiro competing.
Only a couple of weeks later,
these four athletes joined ten
more UBC swimmers in Bangkok, Thailand for the World University Games. Brian Johns had
the honour of leading Canada
into Rajamangala National Stadium as he carryed the flag for
opening ceremonies.
Johns went to Thailand as
the most decorated CIS swimmer in history, winning 33 gold
medals and one silver plus being named CIS swimmer of the
year three times while leading
the T-Birds to five CIS championships. Despite his awards from
the CIS, Johns has his eyes set
on the Olympics this summer in
While Dickens and Johns say
that competing in the CIS is fun,
competing internationally is a
whole different level.
"We are swimming beyond
the CIS level and we are using it
as a stepping stone to get where
we want at the international level," said Johns. "There are those
of us here whose main goal is to
For us to win an Olympic medal is really the
higher level of aspiration we are hoping to
achieve this year.
Derrick Shoof,
Head coach of UBC swim team
compete at CI's, win at CI's and
help the Thunderbirds win titles
there. But for a large percentage
of us, it is a large stepping stone
to Beijing and winning medals
at an international level."
"It's a whole different level,"
said Dickens of the difference
between CIS and international
competition. "CIS is all about
being one with your team...and
trying to represent your school,
but it's a different level when
the competition is far greater
than it would be on the university level here."
He continued to say that
"They are two different scenarios, but they are equally fun in
their own way."
As for Shoof, he said it's "living the dream" to have his student-athletes compete so well
on the international stage.
"It's rewarding and exciting and nerve racking all at the
same time." \a
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Despite an exciting win over Alberta will, T-Birds football fair better in the playoffs this year
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
Last Saturday's Thunderbird
football game against the University of Alberta was as exciting
and dramatic of a match as one
could hope for. It also proved
the maxim that there are two
sides to every story.
On one hand, the T-birds
stormed back from a 23-0 deficit to heroically upend Alberta
by one point. On the other hand,
the T-birds barely scraped by a
winless Alberta team after being
dominated in the first half.
The win improved UBC's
record to 2-1, and put them into
12th place in the most recent
CIS rankings. However, those
two wins don't seem so impressive when they come against
SFU (0-3) and Alberta (also 0-3).
I could continue this laborious comparison for several
more sentences, but the point
is this: Nearly halfway through
the eight week, blink-and-you'll-
miss-it regular season, the jury
is still out on this Thunderbirds
squad—and it's probably going
to be a few more weeks until
we'll really have a clear idea of
what this team is made of.
Looking at the seven team
Canada West Conference this
year, it's obvious that there are
three tiers of teams, and UBC
resides in the mushy middle.
At the top, Manitoba stands
alongside perennial power
Saskatchewan as leader in the
Both teams are balanced
on both sides of the ball, undefeated, and eyeing a birth in
the Vanier Cup. At the bottom
lie Alberta and perennial basement-dwellers SFU.
And in the gooey centre of
the S'more that is Canada West
football is where we find UBC.
They are good, not great; talented, but not talented enough.
They may be 2-1, but it's still not
Brady Browne (40) gets a hold of UBC wide receiver Braden Smith (4).The T-Birds came backfiring the next week to beat Alberta and attain a 2-1 record.
clear if they have what it takes to
play far into November.
If that sounds familiar, it's
because the same fate has befallen the Thunderbirds the last
three years.
Since 2004, UBC has finished no better than third and
no worse than fourth—and every
season has ended with a first
round loss to the Saskatchewan
Huskies. For coach Ted Goveia
and company, their heads surely must be hurting, failing year
after year to break through the
glass ceiling in CIS football that
separates the contenders and
That's not to say there isn't
reason for optimism with this
year's crew. After all, this is a
veteran squad, with seven returning starters on both sides of
the ball.
The defense, outside of the
aforementioned firsthalf against
Alberta, has been solid. And
fifth-year running back Chris
Ciezki is perhaps the best running back in CIS football right
now—one of those special backs
that can chew up the clock, wear
out defenses, and get stronger
as the game goes on.
But most football teams are
defined by their quarterback,
and at this point, Doug Goldsby
is very much a question mark.
All young quarterbacks tend
to have more athleticism and
promise than poise and maturity in their first few starts behind
the centre.
However, if UBC is going to
not only survive, but thrive this
year, Goldsby needs to find a way
to move the chains consistently,
quarter after quarter—something he hasn't been able to do
in his first three games.
Thus, it's obvious that while
UBC has all the equipment they
need to succeed, they still have
a sizable mountain to climb.
While their early season play has
raised some question marks, it
also leaves room for optimism.
In the next eight days, we'll
see if the guarded optimism is
founded or not. Later today,
UBC will face the University of
Regina in a game critical for
both teams' playoff chances.
And next Saturday, the Thunderbirds play their final home
game of the regular season
against the vaunted Huskies of
After that, it'll be pretty clear
to football fans if UBC will be a
realistic contender for the Vanier Cup—or whether the 'Birds
will be destined to see their
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ThSJjbyssey i September 21st, 2007
Dion: 'It's a matter of rights'
Happy 21st Birthday Omar
Khadr! As a gift to you, Canadian politicians have begun to
stand up for your rights following six
years of inaction. It's about time.
Federal Liberal leader Stephane
Dion is urging the government to
intervene in the case and demanding
that Khadr receive adequate consular
support from the Canadian government, which until now has been
"It's a matter of rights," said
Dion to reporters after a meeting
with Khadr's US military-appointed
lawyer on Wednesday in Toronto. The
Canadian Bar Association agrees with
Dion, saying that its not enough for
the federal government to trust the
Bush administration when they say
they are following due process at the
US base at Guantanamo Bay. In August, the Association began requesting that Stephen Harper urge the US
to release Khadr into the custody of
Canadian enforcement officials.
To date Harper has refused to
ask the US to release Khadr or have
him tried in a court of law in either
Khadr, who turned 21 yesterday,
has been held in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba for almost six years now. A
Canadian citizen by birth, Khadr is
accused of throwing a grenade that
killed US Army Sgt Christopher Speer
during a 2002 firefight in eastern
As it stands, the system in Guan-
tanmo Bay is fundamentally flawed.
Khadr will eventually be tried by a
US military commission, which has
significantly fewer legal protections
for defendants than the US civil or
military court systems. In fact, the
case against Khadr was previously derailed by the US Supreme Court when
it ruled that an earlier version of the
military commissions violated the US
When he last spoke with US
President George W. Bush in August,
Harper reportedly did not discuss
the issue. Taking a cue from the Bush
administration, the Harper government earlier drew up a list of "talking
points" to dismiss any reporters'
questions about the case—deflecting inquiry and criticism about the
Harper government's complicity in
How Harper Imagines Gitmo
denying basic legal rights to a Canadian citizen.
This doesn't have to be the case.
Britain, Australia, and other Western
countries have had their citizens
repatriated from the US prison base.
In doing so, they are able to bring the
detainees into the criminal justice
system, subject to not only representation but also the possibility of
conviction under a fair trial. Canada
should do what it can to bring Khadr
before a legitimate court, and eventually back to Canada.
However, one should question
why Khadr is being held in the first
place. At only 15 years of age when
he killed Sgt Speer, he shouldn't be
tried as an adult. Khadr is known
to have come from a pro-violence
household and should be considered
a brainwashed child soldier, not a
coldhearted adult who committed
a premeditated "war crime". In
holding a talk last March by Sierra
Leone child soldier Ishmael Beah,
UBC has acknowledged that these
individuals deserve the opportunity
to be rehabilitated into society. And
both Canada and the United States
have been internationally involved
in the Convention on the Rights of
the Child, which supports the rehabilitation and reintegration of child
However, despite this claim to
support child soldiers, actions taken
by the United States Senate have
further hindered Khadr's case. This
week the Senate's failed to reinstate
the right of Habeus Corpus for Guantanamo detainees. Habeus Corpus
is a 700-year-old legal action that
allows prisoners to seek relief from
unlawful confinement. In this context, Khadr cannot be guaranteed a
fair trial under the US military commissions systems. Our government
has a responsibility to ensure that
Khadr, as a Canadian citizen, is given
an adequate chance to establish his
innocence or guilt.
Five years waiting for his day in
court is long enough. It's time that
Canada stands up for the rule of law
and the rights of its citizens.
Streeters is a weekly column
in which students are asked a
question related to UBC events.
Do you believe that political prisoners deserve legal representation?
Krista Riley,
Women's Studies Grad
"I think everyone
deserves legal
Arash Shaul,
English 4
"If you consider
terrorists political
prisoners then
no, they don't
deserve legal
They [terrorists] are
not legally political
prisoners. They
fall outside of that
Sam Mohamadkhany,
Economics 4
"Yes I do.
We cannot judge
people before
they are represented properly by
somebody in the
law. How could we
know if they were
innocent or not?"
Magali Bailey,
Master's of Architecture
"Absolutely.. .Yes,
regardless of
the charges and
especially... if they
are being charged
for heinous crimes
I think they need
to have their story
heard and be fairly
Melanie Maile,
History 4
"Of course I do.
I believe that
everyone is
innocent until
proven guilty."
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A culture of inequality:
Sexual assault on Canadian
university campuses.
Throughout my seven year-long
undergraduate and graduate
career at Canadian universities,
empowered female colleagues
and I have exchanged traumatis-
ing sexual experiences—affronts
to our bodies and ourselves—
from a small pill slipped in a
drink at a bar to overly aggressive dates to being stalked on
late night walks home.
I have never heard of the type
of sexual assault that rocked Ontario university campuses this
month from any of my friends.
But then again, a 1992 study
found that only 16 per cent of all
rapes are ever reported.
The attacks that took place
during this year's university
"frosh weeks" were extremely
brutal, but not unique.
They were chilling reminders to empowered females that,
in addition to bearing the usual
load of student-related stresses,
we are forced to be hyper-aware
of the vulnerability of our
At Carleton University in
Ottawa on Sept. 1, a 23 year-old
woman was knocked unconscious, tied up, and raped while
working alone in a research lab.
Just days later, two female
students asleep in their rooms
in Vanier Hall, a residence at
York University in Toronto,
were sexually assaulted by two
predators who together infiltrated six unlocked dorm rooms
and attempted to attack a third
The dominant myth of the
21st century is that women
have achieved equality—or beyond—and that men are now
suffering. A team of Canadian
researchers reported in January
that women on campus are not
only outnumbering men, they
are also outperforming them.
But the harsh truth is that no
matter how much women excel
in academia, no matter how empowered 21st century women
believe we are, the culture of
sexual inequality remains intact
and women remain its reluctant
Most of the media discourse
about these astonishing attacks
has centered on the issue of
security on Canadian university campuses. But the Canadian
media and universities have
it wrong if they believe more
security is going to end the victimisation of female university
students. Ramping up security
on university campuses is a
Band-aid solution to a cultural
epidemic of sexual exploitation.
And York is urging female
students to be increasingly vigilant, but this advice will accomplish little more than reinforcing
that young women should not
only fear the random shadow
on the street but also fear every
male in a biology tutorial or at
the campus pub wearing jeans
and runners.
Police descriptions of the
suspects match any number
of Canada's thousands of male
university students—two white
men of average height, in their
20s, wearing jeans and running
Investigators with the Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit believe the men most likely used
a university-issued access card
to enter the residence, meaning
they could be students.
Both Toronto police and York
University officials consider the
events rare and atypical.
But emphasising the randomness of these attacks undermines the private traumas
of Canadian female university
students whose bodies are vulnerable to sexual violation
from random men and our
Statistics are grim for female
university students. Thirty-two
per cent of female students attending university in Ontario
have been the victim of physical
or sexual assault, according to a
study by Health Care for Women
The study also found women I
are more likely to be assaulted
while living in residence and in
their first year of school.
Yet, the burden of responsibility does not lie with female
university students.
Nor does it fall on university
campuses to improve security.
The stakes are higher
than that. The vulnerability of
women's bodies permeates the
culture of the ivy-covered walls
of post-secondary institutions.
I have witnessed traditions
that remind empowered females
of the vulnerability of their bodies at every university I have
attended—from McMaster's
tradition of parading nursing
students in front of engineering
students to the Western Gazette's
controversial spoof article that
satirized rape to UBC's own Glacier Girl competition, in which
girls who eagerly participate
in their own objectification fall
prey to the 21st century fagade
that sexual "empowerment"
substitutes for empowerment in
a culture where our brains are
not subjugated by our bodies.
—Sunny Freeman is a Master's student
of the School of Journalism.
Prostitution: Canada's Next
Booming Industry?
The legalisation of prostitution
debate has a tendency to spring
up in the media every few years
and stir up the heated debate
over whether or not prostitution
should be viewed as a crime.
Both sides claim to have "firsthand knowledge" from sex-trade
workers on why their stance is
without a doubt the proper way
to go. This is not an argument
on morals, ethics or religion;
one can argue that all of those
are subjective areas. This issue
has surpassed what any portion
of our community might feel is
morally wrong or right.
Whether prostitution is right
or wrong is not the issue on
debate; it is what consequences
legalising prostitution may lead
to. To determine such, there is
no need to speculate a "what if?"
scenario. There are countries
that allow the sex trade to exist
as a conventional profession. A
quick look at the facts and studies within these countries easily
reveals that legalisation of prostitution fails to deliver on any of
the promises its advocates have
put forth. The situation would
be a lot less complicated if the
sex trade purely consisted of
the prostituted women themselves. It is crucial to note that
it is the pimps, traffickers, and
sex consumers that determine
the cash flow in the industry. In
a legalized sex trade society, a
pimp would be considered a legitimate entrepreneur running a
respectable and massively profitable business, a profession our
young boys and maybe a select
few young girls can aspire to.
It is quite a different situation when it comes to the prostituted woman herself. She is a
piece of commodity traded for
an amount of currency which
she doesn't see much of. The
woman appears to be the minor
detail in the transaction between the male pimp and male
consumer. The idea of a woman
prostituting herself "because
she happens to enjoy it" is just
as laughable as the myth of
the stripper who dances to put
herself through college. And
before you say 'No, I have heard
of a friend of a friend of mine
who is doing that,' let's face the
fact that there is no friend of a
friend. These myths are ideas
presented by some consumers and bystanders in order to
soften the mistreatment that is
actually taking place.
A decriminalised sex industry is also a prime target for
exploitation. No legal repercussions mean a drastic increase
in consumers, which in turn
will make the sex trade a booming industry. This can mean
anything from competition to
induction of new corporations
to a brand new playground for
organized crime. A new increase
in demand from the consumer
means that the product must be
made available in any way possible, therefore explaining why
80% of the women in brothels in
the Netherlands are trafficked
from other countries. It has also
been documented that the legalisation of prostitution in both
the Netherlands and Australia
has led to a great increase in the
drug trade. After the legalisation
of prostitution in the Netherlands, child prostitution also
increased from 4,000 children
in 1996 to 15,000 in 2001. It
should be no surprise that since
the police have no need to keep
an eye on brothels or other such
areas, they become the prime
ground for clandestine activity.
At the moment Canada holds
less restrictive prostitution laws
than the United States, and
seems to be heading towards a
gradual decrease of strict laws
on this issue. The purpose of
this piece is to display that legalising prostitution does not
make us a "liberated" country. It
comes with consequences, very
serious consequences. It does
not "liberate" the prostituted
women. It oppresses them on
a much higher degree. It does
not remove any stigmas or give
them any more respect. It only
sends them the message that
we have given up and come to
terms with the fact that what is
happening to them is just a byproduct of daily life.
—Shirazeh Entezari is a
fourth-year mechanical engineering student.
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