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 Celebrating 90 years!
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Issue Date: 2008/08/26
November 14,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
walking on the wild side since 1918 \ volume xc, number 22
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
Candidates spar
in an empty room
UBC's next representative
to be decided tomorrow
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
"This isn't quite a dead community," Charles Menzies said
at one point during Wednesday
night's Electoral Area A debate.
The comment was somewhat
ironic, coming out in front of no
more than 20 people. Nonetheless, the five people vying to become the only elected municipal
representative for the UBC area
energetically debated their ideas
at the Acadia Park Commons-
block in their final encounter
before voters cast their ballots
this Saturday.
The first question asked ofthe
candidates is where they stood
on future governance of Electoral
Area A, a common concern raised
in all three debates. Candidates
Fred Pritchard, former director
of Campus and Community Planning at UBC, and Maria Harris
indicated that their voice would
reflect the desires of the entire
community, which includes
UBC student housing, University
Town, the surrounding University Endowment Lands and
unincorporated islands around
Metro Vancouver.
"Systems can be tweaked, but
there should be some version of
the status quo," said Harris, a
member of the UEL Ratepayers'
Charles Menzies, Ben West
and UBC student Matthew Naylor—the other three candidates
running—all spoke in favour of
reviewing the governance structure of UBC, with West being the
most steadfast against the status
"There is no government
here," he said. West, a 30 year-
old who has organized for the
Green Party for many years,
heavily criticized the current
arrangement regarding development on campus, which
is controlled through Properties Trust and the Board of
"The regulator and the developer are the same people, and
that's a problem."
The five candidates spent the
bulk of their time outlining their
platforms on transit, private development, the UBC Farm, and
how to best meet the needs of
the islands that are also placed
under their jurisdiction. However, they also took the time to
explain why their experiences
and skills made them best suited
to be director.
"I've been fighting for student
advocacy for years," said Naylor,
pointing to his experience as VP
External for the AMS, where he
lobbied various levels of government for students, as the most
prominent qualification he had.
Menzies, who has spent
many years advocating for
schools through parent advisory
councils and the UNA, said all
five candidates were qualified,
but cited his work with schools
and indigenous groups, as well
as his local ties to the area, as
reasons why he would be an effective advocate.
For his part, Pritchard emphasized the work he had done
as a community planner in cities
across Canada. "I know all there
is to know about a rapidly growing community and the issues
they face," he told the crowd,
and told them he understood
the inner workings of Metro
In order to vote in the Electoral
Area A election on Saturday, November 15, you must be a Canadian citizen, have lived in British
Columbia for at least six months,
and currently live in the Electoral
Area A boundaries. Voting is open
from 8am to 8pm in room 212
of the SUB, and University Hill
Secondary School. Two pieces
of identification are needed. No
proof of residency is required;
students living in UBC housing
can make a solemn declaration at
the polling booth that they live in
Electoral Area A. \a
j ourney
It is lunchtime at UBC. Hungry students are happily talking to
their friends over a rushed lunch and leave in a hurry Left alone
on a table, at the center of this bustling, brightly lit cafeteria, lays
a forgotten lunch scrap: a half-eaten hamburger left on a paper plate.
And its journey has just begun.
Waste at UBC travels through an extensive system that seeks
to sort, separate, and process or incinerate as much as it can. The
systems goal is to reuse as much waste as it can and reduce the impact
ofthe things it can't. The hamburger, relatively pristine when it was
abandoned, will be subjected to all UBC Waste Management can
throw at it in an attempt to turn it into soil.
James Bond.
Page 9
For more on
trash go to
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NOVEMBER 14, 200 8
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The Bible for Beginners * The
Bible for Beginners is an informal,
no pressure examination of one
of the most famous books in the
world. Meet over lunch (Mondays
12-1 pm in the SUB @ tables near
Starbucks) or coffee (Wednesdays
2-3pm @ Ike's Cafe in the Irving
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this strange book. • for more info
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The Merchant of Venice • Another
one of the classics, Shakespeare's
masterpiece staged by Canadian
theatre veteran Antony Holland
• Nov. 6 -30, Studio 58 (Langara
College, 100 W. 49th). Info 604-
323-5652. •
Vancouver Poetry Slam • Poetry
slam competition with guest performers • Every Monday, 8pm,
Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). Admission $5/3. info
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etryhouse.com •
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost
Train • Mortal Coil Performance
Society presents a pirate-themed
adventure featuring actors, dancers, performers, puppeteers,
swordfighters, hat-making, paint-
ing, storytelling, and the Haunted
Children's Farmyard. • Oct. 10-
Nov 21, Stanley Park Miniature
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(plus service charges and fees) at
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CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until
December 9, Railway Club (579
Dunsmuir). More info at 604-681-
Free Movies! Cinema Politica @
UBC • Cinema Politica at UBC is
a free weekly series showcasing
movies that harness the power of
film to engage issues relating to
the environment, globalization,
gender and sexuality, indigenous
rights, global health, and student
power. • Every Tuesday, 7pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB More info at
www.cinemapolitica.org/ubc •
Comedy at the Soho • Weekly
comedy showcase. • Every Sunday,
9pm, Soho Bar and Grill. Info 604-
633-2722 •
The Urban Improv Challenge •
A series of improv-comedy challenges. • Every Monday, 8pm,
Chivana.  Info 604-733-0330 •
50/50 Draw 1 for $1, 5 for $3,
one arms length for $5, wing span
(2 arms length) for $10. • Everyday
@7pm until Nov. 19 @ Mahony
& Sons Public House, info maria.
woo@ubc. ca •
November 14
UBC Film Society presents The
Dark Knight • Somebody get the
Batman a lozenge • Nov. 14-16,
9:30pm, Norm Theatre, $2 members, $4 non members •
Contemporary Mongolia - Transitions, Development and Social
Transformations • In the year of
the 35th anniversary of diplomatic
relations between Canada and
Mongolia, this major internationa
conference will take stock of the
current social-scientific research
on contemporary Mongolia
and offer opportunities for an
exchange between academics,
policy-makers and business people with an interest in Mongolia.
• Nov. 14-17, all day, Peter Wall
Institute for Advanced Studies.
For more details, see: www.iar.
ubc.ca/programs/innerasia •
Women's Volleyball • The Birds
has been looking for a breakthrough this season and have yet
to show their full potential for the
2008-09 campaign. Cheer on the
Thunderbirds against Regina! •
Nov. 14,15 War Memorial Gym
6pm. •
The END is near! • PRIDE UBC's
end of term party. All ages event.
• Nov 14, 6pm-11pm •
5th Annual Arts Gala • See the
year out in style.  Dancing and
live music from the Paul Steinbeck
Trio. Dress code semi-formal. •
Doors at 6pm, M.A.S.S. Buch D.
Tix $5, available in the AUS office
in M.A.S.S. •
Pink Out • Hosted by the Peace
& Love Party Team, all the money
from tickets and door goes to
building a Peace & Love Growth
Centre being build in Nigeria.
Wear pink, white, or silver and
party for the cause! • Nov. 14,
9pm, The Plaza, Tix $10 •
The 2008 Vancouver Women's
Economic Security Summit * The
summit will treat five themes of
crucial importance to the local and
national women's communities
Child Care, Prostitution and Human Trafficking, Poverty, Women's
Financial Literacy, and Homelessness. • Nov. 14 from 9am-4pm in
the SUB Ballroom. FREE for UBC
Students, $5 for the public ($ 13
extra for optional lunch) •
50th Anniversary of International
House • Join us to celebrate 50
years of International House on
the UBC Vancouver campus,
nternational House (I. House) is a
student and community centre at
UBC. This is a great place to meet
people, share your culture, and
learn about the world. • Nov. 14,
from 8am-12pm, International
House. •
Mamma Mia! • Presented by the
UBC Film Society, rated PG • Nov.
14, 7pm at the Norm Theatre, $4
general admission, $2 for members*
One Night One Net • Help UNICEF
UBC fundraise the fun way for
the Spread the Net Campaign-
preventing the spread of malaria in
Liberia and Rwanda. • Friday, Nov.
14, 10:30pm, Caprice Night Club,
tickets only $10 • (http://www.
November 15
Christianity Explored • Christianity Explored is an informal course
for people who'd like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up
on the basics. You don't need to
know anything about the Bible.
You won't be asked to read aloud,
pray, or sing. You can ask any
questions you want. Coffee and
snack provided.* Nov. 15, 9am-
11am, SUB 113 • info see www.
geocities.com/bornformore •
November 17
UBC World AIDS Week* Description: World AIDS Awareness.
Selling of Red Ribbons and Little
Travelers to help fundraise and
promote AIDS awareness. • Nov.
17-21, SUB. ubcredcross@gmail.
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November 18
AFC Rally » Ancient Forests Committee is hosting a rally to raise
awareness. • Nov. 18, 1:30pm-
2pm, in front of Koerner library •
November 19
Blue Wash • The Ubyssey hosts a
clubbing night at Caprice. Come
out and enjoy yourself, take advantage of a deal, meet the cogs
of your student newspaper, and
support us as we raise money to
attend a conference in Saskatoon
Wear blue to show your support. •
Tix $10, available from all Ubyssey
editors and the Ubyssey office,
9pm doors open (SUB 24, across
from Copy Right) •
Amnesty International UBC
Movie Night • Al presents Deepa
Mehta's film Water, to help raise
awareness of global issues through
film. « Nov. 19, 6-1 Opm, M.A.S.S.
Buch D «
UBC Film Society presents Tropic
Thunder • "I don't read the script.
The script reads me." • Nov. 19-
23, 9:45pm, Norm Theatre, $2
members, $4 non members •
Burger and Pint Night * Enjoy a
burger and beer while watching
the Canucks vs. Rangers game.
50/50 draw tickets will be sold.
• Nov. 19, 4-7:30pm, Mahony &
Sons Public House, Tix $15 (includes admission, a burger and a
beer), info cate.rankin@ubc.ca •
November 20
Drop-in Beading • Learn to bead,
finish a project, make a gift. • Nov.
20, 11am-12pm, First Nations
House of Learning. Info 604-822-
Sustainability Seminars: Climate
Change and Sustainability * A
"sustainability across the curricu-
um" session on climate change. •
Nov. 20, 12-2pm, 227IBLC •
Science Skate Night • Science
Undergraduate Society invites
you out for a evening of skating,
games, and prizes. Hot chocolate
and cookies will be served to
celebrate the end of term. • Nov.
20, 3:30-5pm, info www.sus.ubc.
ca, $2 skate rentals •
Ice Wars • "Chill out" in a unique
way. Teams of six to ten students
vie for the championship title in
series of ice-based events such as
ringette, European handball, and
shuffleboard on ice. • Info mla-
zar@rec.ubc.ca, 604.822.4909*
November 21
Wear Red • Support World AIDS
week and wear red • Nov. 21 *
Canada Music Week * Piano
studens of Core Hamm present
works by Canadian and International composers • Nov. 21,
7-9pm, Music Building, Recital
Hall. Info concerts&mterchange.
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November W, 2008
volume xc, n"22
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UBC has democratic deficit
There's a governance deficit at UBC, but does anyone have a solution?
by Rebecca teBrake
News Writer
The debate over governance at
UBC has been thrust into the
spotlight by the Electoral Area
A election, but no candidate is
stepping up to offer a solution
despite increasing criticism of
the current system.
UBC has no cohesive local
government. The only elected
representative is the Director
for Electoral Area A, who sits on
the Metro Vancouver board, the
regional government comprised
of representatives from across
the Lower Mainland.
Metro Vancouver wields
considerable power over local
government functions for UBC.
However, the elected director
of Electoral Area A is only one
voice out of 38 making decisions about what happens on
campus. The remaining local
responsibilities are left to a
variety of overlapping institutions—the most influential of
which is UBC.
"There's obviously a lot of
inherent difficulties with it. A
lot of things regarding RCMP or
construction of new buildings
don't have a reasonable place to
go to for students and the community to give the feedback like
they would in a city," said AMS
President Michael Duncan.
Governance flies below the
radar of most students but has
a substantial impact on student
life including transit, housing,
policing and event regulation
(i.e. concerts and beer gardens).
Despite its growing importance, governance changes are
only being studied at a preliminary stage by the UBC Board of
"The issue is on everyone's
mind," said Bijan Ahmadian,
an elected student representative on the Board of Governors.
"People are more aware of the
problems than the solutions.
"The university wants to be
able to deliver its academic mission and governance can have a
lot of impact on that," said Ahmadian. "If you are coming up
with a governance model you
have to come up with one that
really allows the students to influence the decision making."
According to Ahmadian,
the Board has not endorsed
any specific option for future
Governance difficulties have
become fodder for the Electoral
Area A debate, with candidates
expressing divergent views on
the scale of the problem and
potential solutions.
There are three main options for governance: the status
quo, incorporation as a separate
city, or amalgamation with
Candidates Maria Harris and
Fred Pritchard have expressed
support for the status quo.
Though    Charles    Menzies
said residents are living with a
"democratic deficit," he said he
supports the current structure,
where the University Neighbourhoods Association is a majority
elected body.
Candidate Matthew Naylor
has said that governance is the
reason he's running, but will
leave its structure up to residents.
If elected, he will undertake a
large scale governance review.
The main force for change
is candidate Ben West, who is
part of an electoral agreement
with Vancouver's Vision and
COPE parties. West announced
this week his intention to move
Electoral Area A towards incorporation if elected.
"It's time Pacific Spirit became its own city," said West.
According to his campaign,
it would also avoid amalgamation with the City of Vancouver—a controversial option that
is momentous in Vancouver and
Metro Vancouver.
"[Metro Vancouver] has been
saying for quite a few years to
UBC that they have to regularize their government," said
Suzanne Anton, a Vancouver
City Councillor for Non-Partisan
For Metro Vancouver "regularizing" would entail incorporating UBC as a municipality or
joining the City of Vancouver.
Anton has recently forwarded a motion to study what
amalgamation     would     mean
for Vancouver, if UBC decided
amalgamation would be the best
Gregor Robertson, mayoral
candidate for Vision Vancouver
says there are "good reasons"
to look at amalgamation, but acknowledges there are many challenges to be sorted out.
"Certainly I am open minded
about how we improve the situation and make decisions on both
sides of the line that are sensible and positive, but there is
work to do there for sure," said
Residents of the UNA and
University Endowment Lands are
more cautious of change.
"The staff at [Metro Vancouver] don't like it, so what," said
Jan Fialkowski, UNA Executive
Director, citing that residents are
"overwhelming" in support of the
status quo.
She also said the UBC is generally a "good neighbour" and
they have further strengthened
their relationship with a recent
Neighbours Agreement.
The story is the same at the
UEL. According to Robert Castings, president of the UEL Community Advisory Committee,
it's Metro Vancouver pushing
change, with residents supporting the status quo.
"It's a little bit like Italian
democracy. It might not seem
like the most efficient way of
running things but it works,"
said Castings. \a
protest bus
UBC, SFU and bus
drivers union draw
attention to transit woes
by Stephanie Findlay
News Editor
In anticipation of the November
15 municipal election, students
from UBC and SFU rallied with
bus drivers at stations across the
city to bring attention to transit
The UBC AMS executive organized at Broadway Station waving
signs and handing out leaflets
and buttons. Students at SFU held
simultaneous action at Production
Way Station. Members from the
Canadian Auto Workers—the bus
drivers' union—attended the demonstration as well.
AMS VP External Stefanie
Ratjen said, "Everyone is realizing
that this is an issue."
"People have been pretty receptive," she said, adding that it's
important for students to be aware
that their vote in the election can
expedite a solution to current transit issues—vnamely, wait times
and crowded buses.
Mable Elmore, bus driver and
chair of the Union and Politics
Committee explained that the
bus drivers sympathized with the
students. "We can't meet the demand," she said, "we continually
pass up students.
"The union has asked for support for all mayoral candidates to
help fund purchase the operation
of 500 buses in the system by
2012," she said.
Elmore saidTranslinkplanned
to have 1600 buses in operation
by 2006, but lastyear only 1120
were on the road.
The introduction of the U-Pass
in 2003 saw ridership increase
by twenty per cent. This was accompanied by only a two per cent
increase in new buses and service
hours, according to Elmore.
"Passing people sucks," said
Christine Morrison, Canadian
Auto Workers officer.
"I'm a mother and it's my
nature in general to pick people
up—I don't have a roof rack," she
The lineups at Broadway Station consistently reach to the back
ofthe depot. The long waits for the
bus have a negative effect on many
students' academic lives.
Hugo Li, a fourth-year arts student, has had to go out of his way
to accommodate the long waits.
For exams he says that he comes
two hours early. "I do it for every
exam," he explained.
"Sometimes the lines are horrible. Four buses will pass by—especially in September. It happens
all the time."
Students and Auto Workers
agree that transit is an important
topic to consider, and both parties agreed the issue needs more
Tahara Bhate, science representative on Student Council
anticipated the voter turnout for
the election. "A bunch of them
will [vote], but not necessarily for
transit," she said.
"I don't think either party has
been talking about transit."
Still, there is potential for students to cast their ballots to put an
end to long waits and overcrowded
commutes to school.
"Let's go out and vote," said
Ratjen, "and know the issues
why." \a 4 | NEWS
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As consultations end, Toope
reiterates support for farm
by Katie Hyslof
News Writer
The consultation phase ofthe UBC
Vancouver Campus Plan came to
a close November 7, leaving some
students unsure whether their
voices will be heard.
"For me it's still not clear how
these consultations are clearly
used in the decision-making process and how public consultation
and feedback is weighted compared to, say, the developer's interests," said Nancy MacPherson,
a Master's student in the department of Land and Food Systems.
"[The UBC community] have
asked Joe Stott that at the previous
consultation, and we did not receive a clear answer, other than...
the report will go to the board of
However, at last Wednesday's
Senate meeting, President Toope
vehemently argued against the
idea that the farm's future was
threatened. He stipulated that no
decision taken by anyone at the
university, including the board of
governors, has been made that
would cause belief that the farm is
under threat.
"There's no farm that needs
to be saved because there is no
decision that threatens the farm.
I can simply tell you that there is
no decision taken by anyone at
the university that would cause
to believe that the farm is under
threat," Toope said.
"Where I stand today is that
it is very likely that I will bring a
recommendation to the Board of
Governors to expedite the process.
Simply because so many people
seem so concerned, in my view,
needlessly—and I would like to alleviate that concern."
The UBC campus community
was first asked for feedback last
fall during the "Ideas and Issues"
phase, where they answered questions about their experiences on
campus—what should change and
what should stay the same.
"The feedback we got from
students was general and it was
themed, so the input we received
through that part of the process
helps drive the evaluation framework for the options," said Joe
Stott, director of Campus and
Community Planning.
"All those themes about
campus life—campus character
and identity, and access and
movement—are the themes that
we derived from those earlier
Stott says the three options for
campus development that were
unveiled during the consultation
phase were the product of input
from the UBC campus community,
campus stakeholders, and ideas
from a design charette comprised
of professional architects, professors and students.
"The student feedback has
been around in numbers in the
previous consultations, it's been
representative of their higher
numbers in the campus community," said Stott.
"Ideas that we've garnered
from our other workshops include
comments and ideas from all aspects of the campus community,
but the student ideas, if you look
at housing options, we're explicitly responding to a formal letter
and a request from the [Alma
Mater Society] to look at more on
campus student housing."
Judy Kirk, president of Kirk
& Co. Consulting Ltd., who are
facilitating the consultations, said
it isn't fair to compare the student feedback from phase two to
student feedback now, especially
since the consultation process
isn't over. However she does
admit to noticing a difference in
feedback thus far.
"A great deal ofthe community
discussions so far in this phase has
been about...the importance ofthe
farm, its size, its current location,"
she said.
"A lot of the discussion has
been about..these different approaches to densification or to
distribution of classroom space,
lecture space, research space and
social space for faculty, students,
and staff—how do they impact the
rest ofthe land on campus.
"There has been very little
discussion so far about the criteria you and I started with here,
which is access and movement,
academic research, campus life,
public spaces, etc. There has been
some, but not as much as we
would wish."
Though the consultation phase
is almost complete, both Stott and
Kirk stress the UBC Community
will have a chance to comment on
the final draft due early next year.
The final decision on the draft
plan will be made by UBC's Board
of Governors, but Stott said student input will be considered by
the board.
"Our Board of Governors, in
approving the whole procedure
to develop the plan, has also approved the notion that we need
to engage the campus community in the process to develop
the plan," said Stott. "I think the
board of governors will weigh,
because there are contrasting
opinions about things—they'll
have to carefully weigh those
matters when they consider a
draft plan." \j
—With files from Stephanie Findlay
Meal cards to be accepted everywhere
One card for all food purchases set to be
implemented around campus next year
by Karen Cheung
Have a plan to fill these empty spaces?
Ubyssey sub24
News Writer
UBC Food Services (UBCFS)
hopes that the UBCcard will soon
be joining the ranks of many cities and universities' smart card
systems. If UBCFS succeeds,
UBCcard holders will be able to
expand their card use to make
purchases across campus, including the AMS food outlets and the
UBC Bookstore.
The current UBC Card is considered to be "multi-use"—monetary value is added to the card
which can then be used at UBCFS
outlets like Pacific Spirit Place
and 99 Chairs.
The UBCFS Director, Andrew
Parr, says a "multi-application"
system will be in place by September 2009. He hopes that cardholders will soon be able to make purchases with the Card at the AMS,
UBCFS, the UBC Bookstore, and
some off-campus businesses.
However, the plan is stalled
for technical reasons: cash registers need upgrading, the Point
of Sale (POS) systems need to be
made compatible, and separate
e-purses need to be added to keep
separate accounts for the places
the card can be used at.
For the AMS, working with
UBCFS on this project is a way to
expand dining choices at the SUB.
Victoria Graham, a UBCcard
holder who doesn't frequent the
SUB, agreed. "Yeah, I might
go [to the SUB] if they took the
By putting all the food outlet
stores on the card, students on a
meal plan can use their cards to
purchase food and beverage items
from AMS stores like The Honour
Roll and Blue Chip Cookies. Additionally, commuting students will
be offered the same five per cent
discount that meal-plan students
currently enjoy.
However, AMS businesses
have their reservations. While
Robbie Bousodda of Pie R2 is glad
that the plan offers students more
choices, he also worries about the
7-15 per cent UBCFS commission
taken every two weeks from each
transaction location. "It cuts into
the profits for programs for you
students," he pointed out.
AMS profits currently cover
the cost of production, wages,
programs like the AMS Mini
School, and the AMS/GSS health
plan. Food services, however,
also needs the commission to
run the system.
"Final details have not been
established and negotiations
with the AMS will determine
these final details," said Parr.
"But at this time UBCFS and
the UBC Card Office would receive the commissions to offset
administration costs (managing the accounts, IT support
needs, cheque processing, etc.)
to provide a general revenue
Store managers in the SUB
aren't sure the convenience of
having the card will persuade
enough students to go to the SUB
to make a significant difference
in revenue. Karim Rajam of
Mediterra predicts that students
won't drastically change their
habits with the Card because of
personal preference, location,
and accessibility between classes.
Unless there was another way,
the only method to guarantee the
same profits would be to increase
The card will hit UBC in the
near future. Parr said their 2009
meal-plans all have the separate
e-purse function and the new
commuter-student card purses
will be different from students
living in residence, for easy differentiation, xi orts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
November 14,2008 | Page S
Courtside Comment II Athletes of the Week
The need for
alternatives at UBC
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
Before I came to Vancouver
to attend UBC, I took sports
seriously and concentrated on
swimming and tennis. It took
some self-discipline to put my
body into the cold water at 6:30
in the morning. In all, I can confidently say that sports is a vital
part of my life.
After being here for a few
years and becoming an insider
of the sports sphere at UBC, it
seems to me that there is a need
for alternatives for the athletes
that aren't quite Thunderbird
calibre. There are many athletes or former athletes that
still desire to be part of an organization to participate competitively, and that desire should be
One of the reasons why this
kind of topic doesn't get much
attention is due to the focus on
the NCAA and the overall promotion of the varsity teams by
the Athletics department. With
no doubt, this is a crucial issue
to both the department and the
university, but there are realistic
ideas that could be considered
to attack the problem.
First off, there could be a
junior varsity team to many of
the existing squads on campus.
This would allow athletes to be
involved with an organization
and keep training within the
UBC facilities. It would also be
a good  incentive  to  students
as it would allow them to aim
higher to join the varsity squad.
Secondly, UBC could assist
students or groups to create or
sustain separate sports teams.
For instance, the school could
subsidize self-governed teams
such as the Vancouver Metropolitan Soccer team in terms
of facilities and finances. This
would enhance the sports community within the campus.
So, what are the setbacks to
these ideas? One of them is a
financial limitation. UBC puts a
ton of money into fielding more
competitive athletic teams than
any other school in Canada.
This is all well and good, but it
means that there's scant money
available for secondary teams
(hello, Ski Team!). The second
issue that it will face is the problem of facilities. There's simply
not enough of them, given the
demand on campus. This is part
ofthe reason why the Metropolitan Soccer team practices on
the field from 9:30pm onwards.
That said, the possibilities are
still there, and with new multipurpose turf fields on the way,
it should not be an issue. Also,
if UBC decides not to join the
NCAA, it will undoubtedly give
Athletics more flexibility to help
fund these less high-profile athletes in the future.
In any case, sports is a significant part of many students'
lives. Barack Obama never
played varsity basketball in
college, but he shot hoops on
election day and plans to build
a court in the White House. In
the midst of all the promotion of
the Thunderbirds, people need
to take a step back and view the
bigger picture. Build a potential
powerhouse in the Northwest
or provide the joy and thrill of
sports to a broader range of students? The answer is up in the
by Claudia Richard
Thunderbird Athletic Council
Olympian Annamay Pierce won
the Athlete of the Week for her
incredible performance at the
2008 Slingshot Cup in Calgary
this past weekend, smashing
two Canadian records. In the
women's 100m breaststroke,
Annamay swam a time of
1:06.63 to beat her old record
of 1:07.12. Then she broke her
second Canadian record of the
meet in the 50m breaststroke,
swimming a time of 31.00 to
break the record by almost half
a second. Annamay was sixth
at the Beijing Olympics in the
200m breaststroke and will
lead the the UBC women's team
in their quest for a record-setting 12th CIS championship to
be held at UBC in February. *0
The UBC Rowing team finished
their fall season with an impressive performance at the
prestigious Head of the Lake
competition in Seattle. The
women's team was the top Canadian entry, finishing third
behind powerhouse Division 1
hosts, the University of Washington and Washington State.
Coxswain Kristen Kit won this
week's Athlete of the Week for
her instrumental role in the
team's success. Her job as coxswain is to steer the boat and
give commands, which she did
this weekend while completing
a 180 degree to avoid a private
boat in the water. Kristen is
also responsible for motivating
the crew, ensuring the team is
healthy and ready to race, and
serves as a go-between between
the coach and the crew. Her success is proven in UBC's record
this season, taking rivals UVic
5-0 so far, and the ultimate test
for the Birds will be to win the
Brown Cup this coming year. \a
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One hamburger s journey
through the hellish bowels
of the university
by Heather Amos
Graphics by Goh Iromoto
On September 23, the
College Sustainability
Report Card awarded
UBC an A- in sustainability, third overall and highest
of all universities in Canada.
One category UBC excelled in,
with a grade of A, was food and
When UBC Food Services staff
clear off lunch tables in the SUB,
they separate the different types
of garbage into their respective
bins. Our lonely hamburger and
its paper plate would get thrown
in the compost. Plastic bottles
and pop cans go into the recycling. And just about everything
else goes into the garbage. If the
students had cleared their own
table, the hamburger wouldn't
have made it to the compost.
Education and access are
the big reasons why people are
not composting, thinks Jennifer
Wardle, a fourth-year physical
geology student. Wardle is doing a project on composting in
the Pacific Spirit Cafeteria for a
technical writing class. The goal
of this assignment is to improve
something, and, since Wardle
is an avid composter, she chose
composting. She passed out surveys to diners in the cafeteria
asking them questions such as
"How often do you use the composting bins when disposing of
organic food waste?"
"I think a lot of it has to do
with education. A general feeling
I got from people was that they
were not familiar with composting. They didn't really know the
process and they didn't understand why they should compost
so they don't," Wardle said.
When Wardle counted, she
found seven compost bins in Pacific Spirit Cafeteria compared to
30 garbage cans. She also noted
how many recyclable and com-
postable materials she found in
the garbage.
"I think you really need to
offer [compost and garbage
bins] side by side and only side
by side. You have to discourage
Once material is in the bins—
whether they're the appropriate
bins or not—it is in the hands of
UBC Food Services, specifically
Wing Yau.
Yau is a general worker with
UBC Food Services. He comes by
several times a day to empty the
waste receptacles.
When the garbage bin is full
Yau ties up the bag, throws it
onto his trolley, and wheels it
through the noisy energy of dining faculty, staff and students.
The same goes for the cans in
the recycling bins. That is, if they
escape the grips of people looking to cash the cans in for the
The big green bin with the
hamburger can hold 200-2501bs
of organic waste. There are 22
bins in the SUB just like it. When
it is full, it gets wheeled to the
back and a new, empty green bin
replaces it.
Later, Yau will move the
waste downstairs to the storage
room, where it will stand at attention alongside some of the
other bins. The bin next to it
may be filled entirely with leftover pasta or the unused bits of
chopped vegetables. Most of the
waste comes from bins filled in
the kitchens. They contain what
is known as pre-consumer waste.
The hamburger and plate are
post-consumer waste.
Yau explained how sometimes all the green bins fill up
with organic waste and he has
to wait for UBC Waste Management to come and empty the full
bins. "Nothing I can do about it,"
explains Yau who, as a result,
sometimes has to put compost
in the garbage as he waits.
UBC Waste Management has
separate trucks for organics, recycling and garbage. Depending
on a building's waste volume,
the trucks come to collect waste
once or twice a week.
pop can and water
bottle taken from the
same table as our hamburger   would   travel
to Metro Waste Paper Recovery.
This is a full recycling operation
just outside Vancouver. Metro
Waste Paper Recovery sorts
UBC's recycling and breaks it
down to their component materials. This material is sold to
companies who can incorporate
that into their products.
The aluminum pop can may
end up being remade into a new
can or an auto part. The water
bottle could become a non-food
container, an auto part, part of a
carpet or a fleece jacket.
Alternatively, if the pop can
and water bottle had gone into
the garbage, the can would take
80-100 years to degrade and
a plastic bottle would never
A plastic container, some
Styrofoam and a coffee cup that
made their way into a trash can
would all be compacted behind
the SUB before being put on a
truck. The truck will unload at a
transfer station, where the material will be re-loaded and shipped
to an incinerator in Burnaby or
At the incinerator, the garbage is burnt and some of the
energy is recovered and converted into electricity. "So there
is a bit of a benefit to that but it
is still incineration which isn't
perfect by any means," Beaudrie
At the landfill, it's another
story. The coffee cup is  com-
postable but will be decomposing
in a non-optimal environment.
No oxygen will be added and the
pile won't be turned enough to
provide oxygen for microbes to
use—they will be working in an
anaerobic environment. This
means that methane is produced
from the process. Methane has
21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
After a waste audit in 1998,
UBC Waste Management set a
goal to divert 55 per cent of their
waste to composting or recycling
by 2010. "We still have some
work to do and we're running
out of time," Beaudrie said.
Metro Vancouver has surpassed UBC campus in diversion
rates. "I believe Metro Van has
reached the 55 per cent," said
Beaudrie, who went on to explain
Metro Vancouver has set a new
70 per cent diversion target.
"We've laid off the pressure."
Beaudrie said. "There's very little
information or encouragement
to keep doing that stuff so I think
that instead of doing better with
diversion we're sort of almost
getting lazy with it."
On the back ofthe pickup truck, the green
bin with the hamburger rides along
the bumpy road to south campus. The in-vessel composting November 14,2008 | Page 7
system, located down a dirt
road, is the destination. The site
smells earthy and acidic, recognizable as food in the throes of
"Because [the system] is
completely enclosed we are able
to control the environment so
the break down is optimal," explained Christian Beaudrie. "So
we have an optimal amount of
oxygen that is supplied and the
pile is turned regularly....That
enables the system to breakdown anything including meat,
cooked and uncooked food,
dairy, paper."
Beaudrie is the outreach
coordinator, a student position
with UBC Waste Management.
He explained that 40 per cent
of waste generated at UBC is
Once at the site, the bins are
emptied, washed, loaded back
onto the truck and returned to
their buildings. The truck can
hold 10-12 bins at a time. There
are 22 bins in the SUB; it's a
labour-intensive portion of the
The hamburger makes up
part of 1.5 tonnes ofthe organic
debris Waste Management adds
to the in-vessel composting system daily. They add another 1.5
tonnes of clean organic waste
daily, which comes from an
NGO called Quest.
Quest collects food from grocery stores that can no longer be
sold. They distribute this to food
banks, soup kitchens and sell it
at a discount at their warehouse.
They bring the food they cannot
give away or sell to UBC.
When UBC started the in-
vessel system they did not have
enough organic waste for ideal
composting, so they needed the
extra organics from Quest. Furthermore, the organics brought
by Quest are high-quality pre-
consumer waste. A Quest green
bin will be bursting with red
peppers or coffee beans—this
helps the composting process,
especially when trying to compost large quantities of paper
napkins and plates.
The amount of organics
UBC accepts from Quest has
decreased and will continue to
decrease as Waste Management
collects more organic waste
from campus.
Currently, UBC Waste Management receives most of their
organic material as kitchen
waste or other pre-consumer
waste. This material is beneficial for the in-vessel composter
because it is high-quality organic matter that hasn't been processed. UBC Waste Management
is now trying to capture more of
the post-consumer waste. "The
challenge right now is getting
people to compost more," Beaudrie explained.
Before any organics enter
the composter they are mixed
with wood chips to help speed
up decomposition. The wood
chips arrive at the composting
site from Vancouver construction companies, like Bartlett
Tree Experts. UBC and Bartlett
have a symbiotic relationship;
if they didn't bring the wood
chips to UBC they'd have to pay
someone to dispose of them.
UBC needs the chips to keep the
pile of organics aerated and add
fiber so the pile can move easily
through the system.
The hamburger, now mixed
with wood chips, moves up a
steep slope  along a conveyor
belt. Over the next two weeks,
the hamburger and other waste
is turned in the in-vessel system,
which reaches a steamy temperature of 70 °C. This tropical
environment is created from the
energy released by the microbes
breaking down the food. They
add an excess of oxygen to the
environment so the microbes
use an aerobic process. The use
of oxygen means that carbon
dioxide and water, rather than
methane, are produced during
the break-down process.
Two weeks later a very
dizzy, hot hamburger
and the plate it was sitting on come out of the
system. They are no longer recognizable as a hamburger and
plate—they resemble mushy soil.
For the next two months, this al-
most-soil will sit in a holding bin
while it cools down, and eventually the breaking-down process
slows and the soil stabilizes.
The biodegradable forks and
spoons that went into the bin with
the hamburger still resemble
plastic after two weeks, just softer
and slightly deformed. After another two months in the holding
bin, they will degrade. In contrast,
a regular plastic fork would look
the same at the end ofthe process
as the day it was made.
Items misplaced in the
compost bin by diners are
contamination. "As we capture
more [post-consumer compost],
we are also capturing a lot of
the non-compostable material
that is contaminating our waste
stream. A component of that is
education and awareness," Beaudrie said.
"We also have to help people
to build these habits starting
when they first arrive at UBC."
According to Beaudrie, UBC
Waste Management "trained all
of the MUG leaders in the composting and separating so they
could help all the new students
coming in to get familiar with
the system...then those habits
will carry out for the four years
or five years they are here."
The operator of the in-vessel
system tries to capture as much
ofthe contamination as possible
by standing beside the conveyor
belt and removing any plastic,
Styrofoam, metal cutlery, baby
diapers and plastic bags—even
the biodegradable ones. This
takes a lot of time and doesn't
capture everything.
In one day, it is possible to fill
two full bins with materials not
meant for the composter. Some
particularly surprising contaminants include industrial-sized
tuna cans, sushi containers and
plastic bags. The metal cans can
actually break the shovels and
pins used to turn the pile in the
composter. Plastic bags wrap
around the turning wheels.
After two months in the holding bin, the soil made out of hamburger is added to ground waste
that has also been composting
separately. Ground waste, such
as leaves, is composted in piles
that are turned occasionally.
The combined soil is
screened to remove all the big
pieces. The final product is so
fertile that it is used only as a
topping agent, such as fertilizer.
One hundred per cent of the soil
produced is kept here on campus and used by the farm and
for gardening.
UBC s waste composition:
34% OF IT IS
Waste UBC diverts from landfills:
Waste the City of Vancouver diverts
from landfills:
SET FOR 2015
52% CURRENT Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
November 14,2008 \ Page 8
Punks Rise Against at the brand new Thunderbird Arena
A rabble-rousing debut for the UBC venue fills the freshly constructed building
by Kenneth John Dodge
Culture Staff
The concrete and steel exterior
that shrouded the finely-polished
cement floor at the heart of
UBC's new Thunderbird Arena
was quickly dissolved by a flash-
fire of raised fists, sweat and energy last Sunday. The excitement
was palpable as fans lined up on
Wesbrook Mall for the largest
punk show of the fall season.
Promoters could not have picked
a better venue for headliners
Rise Against.
Vancouver has been aching
for a stage like Thunderbird Arena. Not only does this building
provide a modern and permanent new home for Thunderbird
hockey, but it will also serve as
an ideal entertainment venue
for the shows that are too high
energy for the sedate Orpheum,
Vogue and Queen Elizabeth Theatres, but not large enough to fill
the larger coliseums of our fair
It was almost eerie entering
the arena this past Sunday night;
the seats were comfortable and
clean, the floor spotless, the
exterior gleaming with Olympic
polish and that "new building"
smell. One asked oneself how
would this new venue's sound
system stand up to the impassioned rasps of Rise Against's
Tim Mcllrath or the bouncy bass-
lines of Alkaline Trio? Would
the blood that gushed from excited masher's noses stain this
new arena, like some kind of
Punk Passover sacrifice? Would
stoned rock fans be able to find
their way to the new venue in the
torrential rain, or more difficult
yet, distinguish it from Thunderbird Stadium? Most importantly,
would there be room for a beer
After some problems with
Thrice's equipment and a mediocre series of songs by the prog-
screamo guys, the darkly-poppy
riffs of Alkaline Trio summoned
us like tom-toms in the night.
By the end of their rousing set,
a diverse horde of punk fans
had amassed before the stage.
Everyone from beer-swilling
dudes with Nickelback T-shirts
to Mohawked-out hardcore
diehards stood elbow to elbow
together—each barely tolerating
the other.
At one point prior to Rise
Against's set, a gentleman sporting a beaten black punk shirt
slammed his elbow into the
chest of a slightly tipsy concert-
goer, after approximately three
minutes of the latter fellow
screeching "We chill? Yeah, we
chill!" over and over again. That
shut him up.
But   it's   no   wonder   that
Rise Against lead vocalist Tim Mcllrath rocks out to a packed Thunderbird Arena last Sunday, david zhang photo/the ubyssey
the crowd was so diverse. By
pumping out two radio friendly
albums, The Sufferer and the
Witness and the brand spanking
new Appeal to Reason, the band
that was originally credited with
maintaining a strong independent ethic and sound now has to
deal with that old cliched cry of
"sell-out!" as fifteen year old emo
girls squinted through inches of
But, Rise Against has maintained its punk integrity and
ethic. That's the only reason that
Sufferer was a success story. In
an era when most mainstream
punk has experimented with theatricality and big sounds, Rise
Against stands out as a vestige of
the old hardcore movement in a
record industry that seems to be
going the opposite direction. Mcllrath has one of contemporary
rock's most convincing and passionate voices, unlike, say, Chad
Kroeger, whose growl conveys
nothing but bestial frustration.
Mcllrath leapt onto the stage
with a trio of songs off Sufferer,
attempting to start a riot with
the grassroots radical anthem
"Bricks." The densely-packed
crowd swayed violently and
more aggressively than any mass
of punks this reporter's been a
part of this season, exploding at
the peaks of "Ready to Fall" with
no less than seven pits swarming on the floor at one particular
moment. Fans really went kamikaze for this one, with everyone
from body builders to those
adorable emo girls bouncing off
of flesh like contused pinballs.
Mcllrath called this a "week
of hope" before tearing into classic oldy "Everchanging," which
really begged the question:
what's a band like Rise Against
going to do when there's no one
in the Oval Office to be pissed off
at anymore? Well, the Olympics
present a new source of angst,
as Mcllrath decried the event
and prayed that his hometown
of Chicago would not make the
same mistake as Vancouver.
The most touching moment
occurred during the epic folk-
ballad "Hero of War" as Rise
Against went all acoustic on us.
Mcllrath sang with conviction
the Full Metal Jacket-esque tale
of an average kid signing up for
the army and being sucked into
the depravity of humiliation, torture and murder in the War on
Terror. I had not seen this many
lighters raised at a punk show in
a long time.
The pits frothed with motion
once more for Guitar Hero-ic
tracks "Re-Education (Through
Labour)" and "Prayer ofthe Refugee." "Prayer" is a killer song on
its own merit but is also probably
the band's most widely-known
single due to its video game exposure, so it was great to be in
the fray for a memorable song
that was also so well received.
Especially when the song is so
perfect for a mosh pit.
My only complaint about the
Rise Against set was that it relied
a bit too heavily on material
from Sufferer. Their new album
Appeal to Reason has a handful
of good songs and that fans were
left scratching their heads as to
why they weren't played.
"Prayer ofthe Refugee" rolled
through this reporter's battered
brain cells as he stumbled up
the stairs and looked at the desecrated floor on his way out. This
new gladiatorial ring had stood
up well for a first night, and had
truly been broken in. But I suppose the venue's true quality will
be measured in beer cups, ass-
grabs from strangers, bruises
and scabs, laughter, filthy text
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Bond, James Bond
Quantum of Solace diverges further from the franchise
a happy movie
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by Gavin Fisher
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The camera zooms in over the
ocean to Siena, Italy, where
Quantum of Solace bursts into
life with a high-adrenaline car
chase. Daniel Craig returns as
James Bond, searching for those
responsible for making the woman he loved betray him in 2006's
Casino Royale.
A mix-up of identities introduces Bond to the beautiful
Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who
leads him to Dominic Greene
(Mathieu Amalric), a dangerous
figure in the Quantum organization that is planning to take control of a major natural resource.
As alliances become increasingly
blurred, Bond has to go rogue
in order to stop Greene and uncover the truth about Vesper, the
woman who betrayed him.
Quantum of Solace is a visual
spectacle. The action scenes are
elaborate and artistic, often consisting of very short clips shot
from multiple angles. These rapidly intersecting scenes create a
sense of realism and heighten
the suspense, complementing
the movie's serious tone. However, this film technique makes
the action hard to follow.
The movie's title is from one
of Ian Fleming's short stories,
but the plot itself is original.
Quantum has a sombre tone, and
the Bond we meet is a broken
man bent on vengeance. The film
diverges from the franchise even
more than its most recent predecessor, and this may not sit well
with die-hard fans.
First-time Bond director
Marc Forster [Stranger than
Fiction, Finding Neverland) has
taken Casino Royale's new direction farther. Bond is humanized,
the action is gritty, and the plot is
political—it focuses on the power
struggle for limited natural resources. The visual effects and
dramatic narrative make this
movie a thoroughly entertaining
experience. However, Quantum
of Solace just doesn't feel like a
James Bond movie. \a
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Veteran director Mike Leigh's
latest achievement is Happy-Go-
Lucky, a film that is very different from his previous work [Vera
Drake, Secrets and Lies). It is
another a must-see movie.
The film opens with Poppy, a
witty kindergarten teacher, smiling and riding her bicycle toward
a bookstore, where we witness
her trying to cheer up a snobby
bookkeeper. Later, she attends
flamenco classes and driving lessons. Somehow, this is all very
The characters are well developed and its story telling is sweet
and engaging. It focuses on the
simple and funny moments of
Poppy's life in London.
Her energy and slyness pull us
in. Sally Hawkins plays the hilarious Poppy, and though Hawkins
has done major films in the past
[Vera Drake, Cassandra's Dream),
Happy-Go-Lucky is her breakthrough performance, winning
her this year's best actress award
at the Berlin Film Festival. Not to
be forgotten are her co-stars Eddie
Marson [TheIllusionist), who plays
a pain-in-the-ass driving instructor, and newcomer Alexis Zeger-
man, who plays her best friend.
See this film and walk out happier. Leigh accurately referred to
Happy-Go-Lucky as an "anti-mis-
erablist" movie, and this reviewer
couldn't put it any better. \a
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Candidate Profiles
Naylor, a Political Science
student, has
been an AMS
and knows all
that there is
to know about
this campus,
its politics, and
its culture. His
most relevant experience is the
term he served as AMS VP External, during which he lobbied
various levels of government on
behalf of UBC students.
GOVERNANCE: Naylor stated,
"Governance is why I'm running."
He has a very specific plan that
involves an 18-month consultation process for all residents of
Electoral District A. He recognizes
a lack of accountability in the current system, and wants to engage
DEVELOPMENT: Naylor's main
idea is to implement a democratic
permit board to provide oversight
for UBC. Also, he is in favour of a
one-for-one policy, through which
each unit of market housing would
be matched by a unit of affordable
student/faculty/staff housing.
TRANSIT: Naylor wants to
extend the SkyTrain to UBC immediately. He also wants to push
to gain Electoral A representation
on the TransLink Mayors' Council,
which would facilitate that goal.
LAST WORD: Naylor is a hack,
but that might be exactly what we
want. Electing a student for council would express that we are fed
up with the status quo, and Naylor
will work hard for us. A top choice
for student interests.
West was the
deputy leader
for the Green
Party of BC,
ran in 2004
in Vancouver-
Quadra, and
was the education critic for
the Green Party
of Canada. He is
part ofthe "Save the Farm" movement and served on the Board of
Governors at Capilano College.
GOVERNANCE: West is focused
on a long-term plan for the campus, and sees us as a separate community that needs to be catered to.
He is in favour of UBC becoming
its own city, though he also supports a consultation process.
DEVELOPMENT: West takes issue
with the fact that the regulators
and the developers are the same
people at UBC. He is specifically involved in conservation, and wants
to retain as much of Pacific Spirit
Park as possible.
TRANSIT: West is in favour of
increasing the number of buses
that come to UBC, and developing light rail to campus. He mentioned frequently that UBC will
have to deal with a tripling in size
of population by 2030, and must
accommodate that.
LAST WORD: Ben West is
young enough to connect with
students, and green enough to
be able to handle the issues on
campus. He has the experience
to get things done, and seems to
want what's best for us. The only
drawback is that he will vote extremely left—which may actually
not be a problem.
has mainly
worked with
Parental Advisory Committees, and also
has involvement in the local education
system. He is
is an associate
anthropology professor at UBC,
and also is on the Schools Action
GOVERNANCE: Menzies unequivocally supports making
Electoral District A its own municipality, or even multiple municipalities. He is strongly against
amalgamation. He is for intense
community involvement and
wants to bring out local culture. He
is an advocate for an official voter
list as a way to involve residents.
DEVELOPMENT: Menzies takes
a strong stance, advocating a
moratorium on the removal of
any green space. He wants to
halt development until schools
are built.
TRANSIT: He is in favour of a
community-based approach, with
an emphasis on shuttle-bus expansion. He believes some sort of
rapid transit system is needed, but
expressed concerns about noise
and visual pollution.
LAST WORD: You know exactly
what you're going to get with Menzies, much more than any other
candidate. He has specific plans
that will improve communities
throughout Electoral District A,
but as a supporter of the UNA, he
does not focus on campus governing structure as much as others.
Harris is an
and member
of the University Endowment Lands
She is also
a ten-year
resident of the
GOVERNANCE: Harris stated,
"We [the UEL] are a community
where we don't have a democratic deficit," and that "systems
can be tweaked and there can
be some version of the status
quo." Basically, she is not for
radical change, but does want
more community involvement.
ally shines in her advocacy for
green space. She is in favour
of protecting green spaces
and preserving the Farm. She
stated that, "We've got issues
of growth, and we have to deal
with preserving green space
when building a community."
TRANSIT: Harris is in favour
of strong community service,
especially fast and frequent
shuttle buses. She is concerned about the effect rapid
transit would have within the
LAST WORD: Voting for Harris
would be a strong vote for the status quo, with a little bit of green
advocacy on the side. She doesn't
seem to be strongly in favour of
the students, and, frankly, we
need someone who is.
Pritchard is
the most experienced of the
group, having
worked in and
with many
levels of government. He
is an architect, FRED
and has plenty   PRITCHARD
of    experience
with community planning. As
former director of Campus and
Community Planning at UBC,
Pritchard was instrumental in recent development.
GOVERNANCE: Pritchard believes any representation we
need, we have. He believes that
the two student representatives
on the Board of Governors serve
as adequate democracy at UBC.
DEVELOPMENT: While he ac
knowledes that development plans
"don't necessarily help everyone,"
he believes the status quo is more
or less fine.
TRANSIT: Pritchard is in favour
of increased rapid transit to UBC,
provided that it doesn't adversely
affect the local communities. He is
also in favour of pushing to expand
the U-Pass for residents at UBC.
LAST WORD: We can't stress
this strongly enough—Pritchard
would be a terrible choice for UBC
students. He has nothing critical
to say about how UBC has been
run, and seems to believe that
everything is fine when it comes
to adequate representation for students. No doubt, he's tremendously qualified. But with the exception
of the Farm, we can't imagine an
issue in which students would be
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