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Voting begins for AMS elections
Another year, another election for students to ignore. For those who aren't
too busy playing Angry Birds in class, come to the SUB. cast a vote for
the AMS elections and take part in determining your school experience.
Voting runs from January 23-27.
Ubyssey President's Debate:
2:30pm @ Centre for Student
Join The Ubyssey as we pin down
the candidates with tough ques-
tions. Watch how high the bun on
Alyssa Koehn's head gets as we
grill them.
Last debate: 6-9pm @ Totem
Park commons block
Candidates for the VP External. VP
Academic and Board of Governors
races will be pitted against one
another in a verbal battle of wit
and wisdom. Chances of survival:
medium-high to high.
You haven't voted yet.
You haven't voted yet?! The
debates are over, you have no
excuse for missing this. Do you
know how much of YOUR money
the AMS is in charge of every
year? MILLIONS. You shouldn't
just let them do what they want
with it; make them do what you
want with it. The elections are
coming to a close, hurry up and
cast your vote.
Voting ends; results party
Polls close at 5pm. The elections
results party is held from 7-9pm
at the Gallery. Good thing it's not
at the Pit. like last year. Seeing the
dim faces of those who didn't win
became just so much sadder in
the dark Pit.
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Our Campus
One on one with
the people who
make UBC
Ben Cappellacci, who spent the last four months in Paris, decided when he returned to UBC to run for AMS president.
President profile: Ben Cappellacci
Andrew Bates
Senior Web Writer
After he finished his exams, Ben
Cappellacci looked out of his
window at the Seine river in Paris
and knew he had to come back.
"I was sort of sitting around
with a few of my friends that I
had met there and I realized,
well, what's next? What can I do
next with my career and my life?"
For Cappellacci, returning to
run for AMS president seemed to
be the answer. "I realized that the
AMS kind of still needed some
direction, especially in this transition time. It needed a way to go
"It needs to sort of refocus on
some ofthe things it was doing
well and reinforce in things it
wasn't doing so well."
Cappellacci, 22, was born in
Toronto. He's in his fifth year of
international business, and has
been involved on campus from
day one.
He worked with SafeWalk and
served on the UBC Senate. In
2010-2011 he broke into the executive, earning a spot as AMS VP
Academic. Cappellacci's portfolio
dealt with governance, university services and international
"It was very taxing. There were
a lot of challenges within the
AMS executive, on Council, within the university," he said. "When
the time came for elections, I decided that I wasn't goingto run.
So instead I went to Paris."
For four months, Cappellacci's
Go Global program took him to
the Institut d'etudes politiques
de Paris (SciencesPo), a de facto
academy for the country's political elite. Cappellacci described
SciencesPo as competitive and
unique in its teaching, with no
exams but "many, many" papers.
Luckily, a familiar face was
able to help him out. The year
before, Cappellacci befriended
a student at UBC who was from
"Because I was the only person
who could kind of speak French,
I ended up being his big brother,
his mentor in the fraternity,"
he said. "It turns out one of his
friends was a student also going
out on exchange, but he happened to be living in this beautiful apartment over the oldest
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Building #4  2205 Lower Mall
(Marine Drive Residence)
bridge in Paris called the Pont
"So out of my window I could
see the Seine, I could see the
Louvre and Notre Dame. Just a
beautiful bachelor pad."
Accordingto Cappellacci, the
difference in approach to student
engagement between UBC and
SciencesPo taught him what the
true power ofthe AMS is. "[At
SciencesPo] there's no sense of
campus, in the sense that there
isn't an isolated area. That alone
really changed a lot about the way
students interact," he said, noting
that their student union threw
some parties and minor events.
"But there wasn't this sense
of very large presence or a voice
articulating students' interests
and needs."
Compared to Paris, the possibility at UBC to focus on students
is a strength, he said. "The idea
that we can have a vision that as
students we can get together and
unite and work with university
and other organizations to really
make a difference really became
apparent to me," Cappellacci said.
"The potential for the AMS really came to light." tH
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Hundreds of students across the province rally at the BC legislature earlier this year to advocate for more post-secondary education funding
Federal lobbying without CASA
Stepping out onto the national
The AMS VP External is meant
to lobby organizations outside of
the university on behalf of student
interests. But after the AMS opted
to withdraw membership from
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA) in December
2011, the AMS has been left with no
lobbying body on the federal level.
Sole VP External candidate Kyle
Warwick, who agreed with the
AMS's decision to leave CASA, said
that the student union can make efforts on their own.
Accordingto Warwick, going
independent will allow the AMS to
present individual messages. "By being independent, the AMS can now
advocate for issues, such as funding
for the Broadway rapid rail, which
are not priorities with the other
schools in CASA," he said.
Warwick said he'd still work
on specific federal initiatives like
infrastructure, copyright law, aboriginal students and international
When asked whether Warwick
would support the AMS aligning
itself with another federal lobbying
organization such as the Canadian
Federation of Students, Warwick
said no.
"Council has already decided
that CASA was not a good fit for the
AMS," Warwick said. "I absolutely
oppose joiningthe alternative group,
the Canadian Federation of Students,
as it has frequently taken an excessively ideological approach towards
However, current AMS president
and former VP External Jeremy
McElroy disagreed that the AMS
can be represented federally without CASA.
"It isn't about money, we have
plenty of that now that we are not
members," McElroy said. "With
only one VP External, limited
staff and more pressing municipal and provincial issues, I don't
think the AMS will have much
time or energy to dedicate to federal
Warwick said advocacy should be
taking place at a provincial rather
than federal level. With pressing
issues such as the U-Pass contract
negotiations and rapid transit line
discussions taking place in the near
future, the AMS should focus its resources towards those areas.
But McElroy disagreed. "I've
always believed strongly in federal
advocacy, especially advocating for
the creation of a national strategy on
post-secondary education," he said.
"I relied almost exclusively on CASA
to this end, as Vancouver is a long
way from Ottawa, and one school
among hundreds has a much smaller
voicethan many workingtogether."
With the creation of a new
University and Government
Relations Advisor responsible for ad-
visingthe AMS on external lobbying
issues like student loans, Warwick
said that the AMS will be more effective in streamlining the AMS's advocacy priorities to be more effective
for student interests. 13
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Public Open House
New Engineering Student Centre (ESC)
On Wednesday, February 1, you are invited to attend an open house to view and comment
on the new Engineering Student Centre. The proposal is for a new two-storey building for
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information and respond to
inquiries about this project.
For directions, visit:
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For further information:
Please direct questions to
Karen Russell
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candidate eyes
BC lobby group
Creation of provincial lobby group
has eluded AMS for two years
Arshy Mann
Managing Editor, Web
The creation of a provincial lobbying group to rival the BC wing
ofthe Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS) has become the
white whale of AMS politics in
recent years.
After two years of efforts, the
initiative, spearheaded by former
VP External and current AMS
President Jeremy McElroy, has
not come to fruition. But presidential candidate Ben Cappellacci has
pledged to continue the endeavour, if elected, using a different
"I think a lot of symbolic activities—efforts to work together on
maybe more minor issues before
collecting to a bigger one—is the
approach we should take on this,"
he said.
Kyle Warwick, the only candidate running for VP External,
"What we've seen before is that
in two cases we've had an attempt
to create a top-down model of a
lobby group, wherein you have
bylaws attempt to be drafted [and]
you try to have all ofthe bureaucratic apparatus...before you have
any actual cooperation."
He pointed to the Where's the
Funding campaign (WTF), a joint
initiative by seven BC student
unions including the AMS, as a
possible starting point for a more
structured lobby group.
"We don't necessarily want to
grow that quickly into a bureau-
cratized group with mandatory
membership fees, complex bylaws
and all of these things, but we can
see that's been moving along very
well," Warwick said. "[And] it's
very clear that there's appetite for
further cooperation to develop out
of that."
The WTF campaign is focused
on advocating for the elimination of
interest on student loans, re-establishing provincial needs-based
grant programs and increasing
post-secondary funding.
Accordingto McElroy, previous efforts to get a group off the
ground failed primarily because of
executive turnover at other student
But he went on to say that the climate in BC has changed. Last year,
the University of Victoria Students'
Society successfully left the CFS,
while the Simon Fraser Student
Society (SFSS) and the CFS recently settled a lawsuit that resulted in
the SFSS also withdrawing from
the organization.
Both of these organizations are
part ofthe WTF campaign, which
is planning a province-wide campaign at the end ofthe month in
anticipation ofthe throne speech.
McElroy said that any possible future organization would
resemble groups in other provinces
such as the Ontario Undergraduate
Student Alliance or the New
Brunswick Student Alliance.
The relationship with
the province has become even more complicated with the issue
of UBC governance.
Presidential candidate
Cappellacci said that the creation of a provincial lobby group
would be especially opportune for
UBC students presently because of
UBC's unique governance situation.
The governance ofthe university
endowment lands was transferred
to provincial jurisdiction two years
ago as a result of Bill 20. This was
seen as an interim solution, with a
more permanent framework to be
developed in the near future.
"The relationship with the
province has become even more
complicated with the issue of UBC
governance," said Cappellacci.
"And I feel like a dedicated focus
toward that would eventually allow
that student position to be really
He went on to say that executive
turnover at other student unions
presents one ofthe greatest challenges to getting an organization
off the ground. The other challenge lies in the reservations about
formal lobbying organizations in
the wake ofthe many lawsuits with
the CFS.
"[But] I think those reservations
can be easily quelled when we actually start realizing how good it is to
work together and how much we
can achieve." 13
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Summer semester still needs work, says candidates
Though the VP Academic and
University Affairs portfolio is
wide-reaching, the topic that most
divides the candidates this year is
their stance on developing the summer semester.
The current proposal for the
summer semester looks to standardize course start dates and
lengths, meaning that more intensive three-week courses would
generally no longer be offered. The
candidates reacted differently to
the loss ofthe three-week courses.
Kiran Mahal described herself as
a "huge advocate" of their removal,
citing personal experience taking a
three-week course. Mahal characterized the stress ofthe accelerated
learning rate as "not healthy for
mental health," and that she had
found the quality of education in
the summer term to be significantly less than the regular year.
Bahador Moosavi also came out
in support ofthe removal of short
courses. Moosavi argued that the
creation of more six-week courses
would guarantee that "the summer term is sustainable in faculties like Engineering, where there
are no three-week courses and the
courses that are offered are very
However, both Carven Li and
Iqbal Kassam thought the university should continue to offer intensive courses to students.
Li argued that the university
should try to accommodate many
types of learners. "I think that they
should definitely keep some ofthe
intense courses for students who
learn better at a more intensive
rate," he said.
Kassam agreed, and said that
three-week courses offered flexibility to working students. "I
honestly just like the way it is now;
I like the flexibility."
The manner in which the summer semester is developed will
Party Rock
Scrap the summer
term and install an
program to Ibiza.
Kiran Mahal
Not healthy for
mental health.
also impact campus life and the
financial health of businesses during that season. Though the candidates agreed that a more lively
campus during the summer should
be encouraged, their strategies to
achieve it varied.
A lively summer term is dependent on the expansion of year-
round student housing on campus,
argued Moosavi, "because it guarantees the traffic that's needed to
support those [campus] businesses
over the summer." He said that expanding the course offering during
Carven Li
'I think they should
definitely keep some of
the intense courses for
students who learn
better at a more
intensive rate.
VP Academic
candidates on
the summer term will "make the
AMS stronger in terms of lobbying the university, especially in
Mahal thought similarly, and
added that the increase in year-
round traffic will also give the
AMS more sway with TransLink
over the creation of rapid transit to
UBC. "I think that there is potential to keep this campus vibrant all
throughout the year, and I think
that's what everyone wants."
Maintaining student services
during the summer was prioritized
Iqbal Kassam
[UBC] could have a much
busier campus life if we
just made it possible for more
students and more professors
to live here.
Bahador Moosavi
••The summer term is sustainable in faculties like Engineering,
where there are no three-week
by Li. He advocated for more
four-month course options in the
summer, "so that AMS services
like Safewalk and tutoring are
more feasible during this time."
However, he also acknowledged
the difficulties surrounding maintenance of a year-round campus.
Kassam argued that a lively
campus in the summer required
more housing, "in particular for
the faculty." He pointed to commute times of both professors and
students as being problematic, and
maintained that students "could
have a much busier campus life if
we just made it possible for more
students and more professors to
live here."
A very different approach to
the summer term is envisioned by
joke candidate Ian "Party Rock"
Campbell. Though it might not
be financially sound, the idea
to "scrap the summer term, and
install an exchange program to
Ibiza" might be favoured by the
student population. Plus, as Party
Rock put it, it will most definitely
"make UBC a more fun place." tH
Selling lodge supported by VP Admin candidates
Colin Chia
With one week to go in the AMS
elections, both candidates for VP
Administration are calling for students to vote to sell the Whistler
Lodge in the upcoming referendum,
amid concerns about expensive
renovations and falling revenues.
According to an AMS report in
December, while revenue from students has remained stable, a drop in
visits from the general public due
to competition from other hostels
in Whistler is responsible for a
$60,000 drop in revenue from 2010
to 2011.
VP Administration candidate
Caroline Wong supports the sale of
the lodge, and while she expects the
referendum to fail, Wong believes it
will raise awareness ofthe financial
difficulties the lodge is facing.
"It's uneducated students who
don't know that the Whistler Lodge
is creating a loss for us right now
and burning a hole through our
But for those who regularly
take advantage ofthe lodge, it is a
valuable service for cash-strapped
"As as student you don't have
much disposable income," said
Katherine Valentine, president of
the Varsity Outdoor Club, whose
members originally built the lodge
in 1965.
"To have a cheap place to stay in
Whistler, that's an amazing advantage for students," she said.
Charlott Johansen, president of
the Ski and Board Club, thinks a lot
can still be done to solve the lodge's
problems before selling it.
"This comes as a shock to everyone," said Johansen, who said
not enough was done by the AMS
to inform students that the lodge
was in trouble. "I don't understand
what they're saying when they say
that student usage is going down
because obviously it's not."
There have also been problems
with an inconvenient booking
system, management and lack of
publicity, she said.
"The push needs to come from
the AMS and clubs like us and try
at least one last-ditch effort before
selling it off."
Wong said $150,000 in repairs
are needed immediately, but ultimately the lodge should be kept as a
service if students want it.
"The lodge would have to remain
operating if that's what the students
want, but it will probably have to be
put to a referendum another year."
If the lodge is sold, Wong said the
interest earned from the savings
could be used in other ways to
support winter sports. "I would
like to propose other solutions and
collaborate with students to find
the best way to help our skiers and
snowboarders in the future."
The other candidate in the race,
Elaine Kuo, is also looking at other
ways to accommodate students
goingto Whistler if the lodge is
sold off.
Regardless of whether the
referendum passes, Kuo said the
AMS "should definitely provide
some way of lodging students up at
Whistler at a cheap price," adding
that the AMS could subsidize lodging expenses for students instead.
Like Wong, Kuo also expects the
referendum to fail. However, she
would invest in renovations and review the management ofthe lodge
if students vote against selling it.
"If students overwhelmingly
vote against selling the Whistler
Lodge, I am open to any means
possible to really renovate the
lodge and make it more comfortable for students," she said.
However, Kuo said that the AMS
would need to work with groups
like the Ski and Board Club. "I
would love to help them maybe
fundraise enough to do some minor repairs and renovations to the
lodge." 13
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Dealing with your classes
The Senate is responsible for the academic governance of the university. All
major changes to campus academic policy must be passed at monthly Senate
meetings, chaired by UBC President Stephen Toope. Five students are selected
by the entire student body to sit on the Senate, but each faculty also elects
a student representative-giving students nearly 25 per cent of the seats on
Senate and allowing your opinion to reach the highest level of power
1 The Senate is one
of many boards on
campus but doesn't
always attract as
much attention as
Council or BoG. What
makes it a priority for
2 In the debate over
honorary degrees for
there was tension
between AMS Council
and Senate over both
bodies' positions.
What are the limits of
Senate's responsibility
on campus?
3 What sort of
academic principles
and standards
should this institute
maintain? When
they conflict with
the student interest
which is more
Fourth-year Political Science
Both AMS Council and the
Board of Governors are important in their own ways
to the lives of UBC students, and
Senate is just the same—all three
have their role to play. Senate deals
with the academic lives of students; from admission to UBC, to
the creation of academic policy and
curricula, to working with academic
appeals, to recognizing excellence
in the UBC community through
nominations, awards and tributes.
Students come to university
for a wide variety of reasons and
each of them experiences unique
opportunities, but one thing is experienced by all students while at
UBC: academics. This is what binds
all students together during their
time at UBC, and the Senate is the
institution that guides this crucial
experience. This is why the Senate
is a priority.
_    AMS Council and the Senate
W often work together to create
positive changes for UBC students in
their academic lives, but sometimes
issues come up that create diverging opinions. This divergence can
be healthy as both AMS Council
and the Senate comes from different
perspectives that generate diverse
discussion and parameters.
3     UBC is a world-class institu-
" tion, and students come to
this university because of its
high academic principles and standards, and these should be maintained and improved upon.
It is in the students' interest to have
the resources and opportunities
that such principles and standards
generate, but it is also important
that students have the ability to
become well-rounded individuals with different types of growth
experiences. When these different
interests of students come into conflict it is important that the situation is mediated and a resolution
can be found.
Fifth-year Pharmacy
I      I don't necessarily agree that Senate doesn't attract
"  as much attention. I think that Senate attracts a
lot of attention. For example, Access Copyright
is huge. There are a ton of students in my classes who
are extremely disappointed about the restrictions on
what professors can post in their PowerPoint slides. The
discussion about the agreement and its costs was not
brought to BoG or Council for an opinion, itwas brought
to Senate. The non-academic misconduct policy is also
garnering a lot of attention. I think Senate is a priority
because issues like these impact every single student on
2     Senate is the highest academic governing body
on campus. Issues beyond academics such as the
budget, UBC's land use and financial aid (awards, scholarships, bursaries, et cetera) are off limits.
3     Senate should hold a commitment to keeping
tuition low and increasing accessibility to student
academic resources (such as online resources, learning
spaces and libraries). Senate should also hold a commitment to excellence in getting the best research faculty.
In any conflict with student interest, students should
always be kept as a priority. Students form the base of
any educational system, and students should be put
first. Always.
Fourth-year History
I     The Senate is the highest academic body on
"  campus—its decisions regarding courses, exams,
scholarships, et cetera, affect the day-to-day life
of students just as much, or more, than BoG or Council.
We're all involved in academics at a university, so the
Senate plays a huge role in student lives and should be a
priority. One reason Senate doesn't receive as much attention as some ofthe other governing bodies at UBC is
because it works so slowly. It's not flashy.
2 The Senate was within its responsibility duringthe
debate over honorary degrees. The AMS external
committee should have made a greater effort to reach out
to the Senate—a failing on its part but one that I hope we
shall learn from. Both the student senators and the AMS
should make a greater effort to reach out to each other.
3 The student senators exist to insure student interests are defended and we should speak up if a
proposal compromises student interests. I can't imagine a
situation where a student senator would vote against the
interests of students without a very good reason.
3 Caro
U. Third-year Polit
Political Science
1      Senate is the only way in which UBC students
can have an active say in academic policy at their
university. It also gives us as students a chance to
speak to profs and administrators on a one-to-one basis
and let them know what issues are important to us, [that
are] garnering also a lot of attention. I think Senate is
a priority because issues like these impact every single
student on campus.
2 I believe the Senate's most important role on
campus is to increase student awareness that the
Senate exists and also let them know what it does and
how it is relevant in their lives.
3 It's our role to represent student interest in the
Senate, no matter what. We will of course be polite
but we cannot lose sight of our mandate.
Fourth-year Biochemistry
.     The Senate is the highest governing body for aca-
'  demic issues on this campus. We are all here to get
an education and join a community of academic
scholars. The number one thing on the mind of most students at UBC is academics. There are no shortage of academic concerns or questions within each department and
faculty at UBC. Student senators need to make an effort
to inform students about what they do, what Senate does
and how students at large can voice their concerns.
2 This debate showed a disconnect between student
™ senators and AMS Council. Both bodies exist to
represent the interests of students and in many cases
one may have more information than another regarding
certain issues. Mutual trust and understanding needs to
be established between the two to ensure that we are all
on the same page fighting for student interests and show
the university that students have a united front.
3 Senate should maintain principles of creating
an accessible, student-focused, collaborative
academic environment at UBC. When conflict arises
it is important to explore the issue and have student
senators view it from all angles. We cannot necessarily
say that one always overrides another, but as student
senators we should always aim to bring forth the perspective ofthe students.
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Fifth-year Arts/Science
While Senate's role might seem unimportant
1     when compared with the role of other bodies such
as the Board of Governors, it actually affects students in genuinely tangible ways: approval of new
academic programs, overseeing academic strategies regarding international learning, and determining admissions policies for the university at large. Some other roles,
such as the approval of awards and honorary degrees,
are less urgent but nevertheless important. Additionally,
in spite of its size when compared to other governing
More online fe
Videos of all the candidates, exclusive president and BoG debates and
much, much more on the AMS elections-all at www.ubyssey.ca/ams.
bodies, Senate's composition is very heterogeneous,
comprising librarians, faculty members and members of
the convocation—all of these people are potential allies to
student senators.
Senate's responsibilities, as outlined in the
2    University Act, extend only so far as to address
issues of an academic nature, including admissions, courses of study, awards, libraries, academic
discipline and degrees.
2     UBC is a truly world-class institution that should
" be focused on providing an exemplary and affordable undergraduate education to enable students
to become leaders ofthe future. At its core, UBC was
founded by student action (i.e. The Great Trek) and
must remain staunchly student-centred in practice and
in policy. I don't see a divide between UBC's mission
and the interests of those whom it serves. 141 Candidates 101.23.2012
Vice President
Your representative for all levels of academia
The VP Academic and University Affairs is in charge of overseeing both the AMS's policy on academic life at
UBC and issues specific to campus governance. As such, they sit on a host of boards and committees. The VP
Academic and University Affairs typically employs a number of part-time commissioners and associates who focus on specific areas of interest and advocate to the university. In previous years, these issues have included campus
housing, the UBC Farm, teaching evaluations, the "War on Fun." first-year seminars and governance on campus.
Third-year Arts
How will you promote
1     a balance between
UBCs plans for campus
development (Gage
South, et cetera) and the
demand for student housing?
At this point, I do not believe that
"balance" is what students need.
Students need a VP Academic that
will lobby for every single extra
non-market bed that UBC can be
pressured into creating. I believe
that the key to creating enough demand for student housing in order
for UBC to be able to make it affordable for all students lies in increasing popularity and viability ofthe
summer semester; if more students
are interested in taking courses in
the summer, less beds will be empty
for one-third ofthe school year,
which would translate into more
revenue for the Student Housing and
Hospitality Services (SHHS). This,
in turn, should allow UBC to bring
housing costs down so students
are not paying above-market value
prices to live on campus.
What do you think of
2     UBCs restructuring of
the summer term? Does
more work need to be done on
developing the summer term
system at UBC? Why or why
I believe that flexibility is extremely
important to maintain in the summer semester. I support the inclusion of three-week courses, two-
month courses, four-month courses,
even six-month courses that run
into the winter term ofthe follow-
ingyear. Many students require that
level of flexibility in order to complete their degrees, despite retaining full time employment. I do not
believe that UBC should be in the
business of deciding whether or not
students can handle three-week long
courses. If a student believes that he
or she can handle the intensity, and
that the concentrated curriculum is
appropriate in the context of his or
her academic objectives, he or she
should have that choice available.
More work does need to be done
including a greater variety of courses in the summer semester. I believe
the first step to this is a campus-
wide student academic consultation
through which students can inform
UBC what courses they plan to take
in future semesters. This would help
UBC create an academic curriculum tailored specifically to students'
needs, and avoid wasting resources
on courses students have no interest in taking. Again, the summer
semester is critical to making UBC
housing financially viable, both
for the university and for students
during the other two semesters. If
enough demand is generated for
courses in the summer, I believe that
on-campus housing would become
significantly more affordable for all
How should the AMS
approach its relationship
with the UNA?
I believe that the AMS should
pursue a close relationship with
the UNA, and collaborate on issues
significant to both students and
residents under the jurisdiction of
the UNA. Ultimately, despite the
negative attitude held by students
towards all private housing on campus, private housing in the neighbourhoods has been vital in address-
ingthe problem of a lack of faculty
housing. I believe that there is more
common ground that can be found
on a variety of issues, and that leveraging a close relationship between
the UNA and AMS will lead to positive outcomes for both parties.
4     Should students have a
right to access professor
Absolutely not. First of all, from a
legal standpoint, there are all kinds
of barriers that would prevent this
from happening, even if it was a
good idea. Ultimately, these evaluations are written by students in order to provide constructive criticism
for the professors, criticism tailored
to address perceived flaws or potential improvements by professors. If
students had access to these evaluations, students would begin writing
them for the benefit of other students, as opposed to for the benefit
ofthe professors. We do not want
teaching evaluations to become a
glorified, UBC-funded ratemyprofes-
Fourth-year Arts
How will you promote
1 a balance between
UBCs plans for campus
development (Gage
South, et cetera) and the
demand for student housing?
An enforceable designation ratio.
The university has already made
commitments to house its staff and
faculty, and 50 per cent of students.
We are the biggest population on
campus and we must remain a priority in campus-central housing. I am
ready to engage with faculty and
staff unions and develop an equitable housing proposal.
What do you think of
2 UBCs restructuring of
the summer term? Does
more work need to be done on
developing the summer term
system at UBC? Why or why not?
I am thankful for the restructuring as students who always work
full-time and do not prefer intensive
course loads can now choose some
four-month courses. The term needs
to offer more four-month courses.
Expansion will draw in students
who can promote residence life and
make AMS services like Safewalk
How should the AMS approach
its relationship with the
The AMS must work closely with
the UNA to keep check on university governance over land use. I
learned many concerns of UNA residents from being at the Wesbrook
and Gage South consultations. I
will consult students and UNA on
a long-term advocacy plan for a
more democratic city structure or
governance—a well-publicized plan
pressuring the university to respond
actively and open discussion with
the province.
.   Should students have a
right to access prof essor
They are under the BC privacy
legislation. However, the AMS
should advocate faculties to encourage releasing evaluations because
students' low response rate is due
to the lack of transparency on these
results. Let's bi-win.
UNA—The University
Association represents residents of the non-acadmic
lands on campus. There is
often contention between
these residents and students. To remedy this and
facilitate communication,
the VP Academic sits on
the UNA Board. The UNA
is struggling to gain more
power in UBC's governance.
How will you promote
1 a balance between
UBCs plans for campus
development (Gage
South, et cetera) and the
demand for student housing?
UBC has an aggressive plan for
student housing but what is being overlooked is that areas such
as Gage South are the ideal place
for student housing. The centre of
campus is the heart of student life
and that is where student housing
should be. We need to have a clear
stance on affordable housing for
students, in accessible and central
areas. Campus development and
student housing should not be seen
as trade-offs.
What do you think of
2 UBCs restructuring of
the summer term? Does
more work need to be done on
developing the summer term
system at UBC? Why or why
Restructuring the summer term
is a step in the right direction,
but more work needs to be done
in terms of courses offered and
their structure. We need a shift
in the perception ofthe summer
term. It needs to be a viable option
for students to complete degree
requirements while maintaining
the value of education. It shouldn't
bea way to check off requirement
or simply "get through" courses.
Regardless of what time duringthe
year a student takes a course, they
should receive the same quality of
2     How should the
AMS approach its
relationship with the
UNA members contribute immensely to the campus community
through volunteer work and involvement. While their needs may
not always overlap with students,
the AMS needs to make an effort to
understand their position and work
towards developing viable and collaborative solutions that benefit
both parties, especially in the upcoming issue of governance.
.   Should students have a
right to access professor
This issue is a complex one as it
deals with the right to privacy of
professors as well as the quality
of learning for students. While a
full release of evaluations is not
the best course of action, we can
look at alternatives that fulfill the
needs ofthe university, professors and students. Students have
a right to know how evaluations
are being used to determine future employment and that their
feedback and input on their own
learning experience is being taken
seriously. oi.23.2oi21 Candidates 115
•  How will you promote a
balance between UBC's
plans for campus
development and the demand
for student housing?
UBC has a target of housing50 per
cent ofthe student population on
campus. However, UBC has been
pushingto designate Gage South,
which is the heart of student activity
on campus, as "non-academic."
Students have strongly opposed this
and the proposed plan for market
housing in this area, and would like
to see it designated as "academic."
This does not contradict UBC's
development plans by any means,
as student housing is still allowed in
academic lands and staff and faculty
housing can be moved eleswhere by
transferring density of other areas,
such as Wesbrook Place.
What do you think of UBC's
2     restructuring of the summer
term? Does more work need
to be done on developing the summer term system at UBC?
The summer term definitely needs
more development. One ofthe main
reasons UBC is encouraging more
market housing on campus is to
support the existing businesses on
campus all year, especially over the
summer when there [aren't] many
students around. Also, there's a trend
towards 12-month contracts for student housing. With this, it would be
absolutely beneficial to students and
UBC if the summer term was developed to its full potential. The current
work ofthe VP Academic's office in
this regard should continue.
How should the AMS ap-
3 proach its relationship with
the UNA?
Specially duringthe discussions
around UBC governance, building
on the existing positive relationship with the UNA is essential to the
Should students have a right
4 to access professor evaluations?
There's obviously a lot of demand
from students to be able to access
professor evaluations, but the main
arguments against releasingthem
include privacy issues and the fact
that these evaluations are created to
provide feedback to the professors to
improve their teaching and releasing
them would discourage this.
I believe that UBC should look into
the current teaching evaluation
(especially since it's not currently
used effectively) and develop a new
system which has two components:
one that aims at providing feedback
to the professors with the other
directed towards the needs of future
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balance between UBC's
plans for campus development
and the demand for student
First, the university should turn
Maclnnes Field into the world's largest outdoor dance floor. Once that's
in place, Gage South development
should go ahead as planned with two
conditions. There must be at least one
bar per floor and the building exterior must be completely covered in
high power colour-changing LEDs.
Overflow student housing can move
into The Ubyssey's offices.
What do you think of
2     UBC's restructuring of the
summer term? Does more
work need to be done on
developing the summer term
system at UBC?
The summer term should be
scrapped entirely; in its place, we
need to start a summer exchange
program to Ibiza. Summer is for
partying, not studying. Think of
the cultural exchange we could all
,     How should the AMS approach its relationship with
the UNA?
Everybody just have a good time.
Should students have a right to access professor evaluations?
Party Rock supports full
4     transparency on this issue.
I mean, come on, I'm sitting
on the Knoll for the whole campaign
period. My whole life is on public
display! It is a little lonely up here
though. Please come visit me. I love
you all.
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Student Union
English Literature
VP Adminstration
SAC, clubs and everything in the SUB
Much of the work of the VP Administration in past years has been overseeing the building of the
new $103 million SUB. scheduled to be completed by September 2014. However, with construction
slated to begin on the building next month, the VP Administration's other tasks will gain in prominence, including chairing the Student Administrative Commission, which oversees, approves and
resolves disputes within all student clubs. They also oversee the AMS Art Gallery, hire special event coordinators, organize Clubs Days and oversee the AMS's eguity program. Finally, the VP Administration is in charge
of activities in the current SUB as well as any improvements and renovations made to the building, such as
the $80,000 renovation to create more club space in 2009.
^^  How should the AMS
1     approach its relationship
with the resource groups?
The AMS should increase its communication and administrative
support for our resource groups. In
order to improve the working relationship between both parties, the
AMS must prove its accountability
and answer all resource group
questions promptly and adequately.
We value our resource groups and
as VP Admin, I will work to provide
a link between resource groups and
the AMS administration.
The Whistler Lodge is be-
2     ing put to a referendum. Do
you feel this is an important service for the AMS
to continue to offer to students,
or something that can be done
The Whistler Lodge is an important historical building ofthe AMS
and Varsity Outdoor Club and has
functioned as a unique service for
students. I am interested in preserv-
ingthe heritage ofthe building but
will explore several options for the
future ofthe lodge depending on
student feedback from the results of
the referendum. For example, if the
students decide to sell it, an option is
to use the fundingto subsidize our
winter skiers and snowboarders.
How do you think the
3     AMS has fared in the past
year without an Equity
Office (which was eliminated in
the 2010 budget) and a reduced
Safewalk service? What services
do you think the AMS should be
focused on expanding?
This past year under the VP
Academic portfolio, the AMS equity commissioner role was combined
with the international student
commissioner role. Though I have
worked alongside this commissioner in the planning ofthe December
6 Memorial and Action on Violence
Against Women, I am excited to see
the report on his progress.
Through an interview with
the current Safewalk coordinator for the ongoing AMS Services
Review, I was able to collect data
to be analyzed for the effectiveness ofthe service operating in its
current budget. It is clear that the
service is restrained by its budget if
•  How should the AMS
approach its relationship
with the resource groups?
The relationship between the
AMS and the resource groups
has definitely been tense at
times. However, the resource
groups provide valuable services for students and it is important for the AMS to maintain a civil relationship with
them. I envision the AMS as
—  acting the part of an older sibling; frequently checking in to
make sure everything is functioning with the resource groups and
asking if they require assistance,
but mostly allowing them to serve
students in their own way that they
think is best.
The Whistler Lodge is be-
2     ing put to a referendum. Do
you feel this is an important service for the AMS
to continue to offer to students,
or something that can be done
The AMS Whistler Lodge is certainly a valuable service for students in clubs as well as undergraduate societies that use the lodge for
their retreats. However, given the
high cost of maintenance and repairs I am open to sellingthe lodge.
I am aware that the Ski and Board
Club has intentions of taking over
the lodge and I think provided that
they have the means to do so and
keep it open to all UBC students, it
could be a viable option. If students
overwhelmingly vote against selling, I would take a closer look at
making small-scale renovations to
improve the comfort ofthe lodge.
• How do you think the AMS
has fared in the past year
without an Equity Office
(which was eliminated in the
2010 AMS budget), and a reduced
Safewalk service? What services
do you think the AMS should be
focused on expanding?
Eliminating the Equity Office
budget in 2010 was not necessarily
a negative thing for the AMS. The
role ofthe AMS should be to lobby
the university to improve student
life so the university running the
Equity Office instead ofthe AMS
can be viewed as positive. I believe
the AMS services should fill a
gap that isn't filled by the university so services such as Safewalk,
Speakeasy, the Wellness Centre
and Volunteer Connect should be
expanded and better promoted to
serve student needs as they are very
valuable resources for students.
The Clubs Benefits Fund
4     can either be seen as underused underpromoted
or overtunded. How would you
make the service as useful as it
can be?
Speaking as a club executive myself, the criteria for applying for
the Clubs Benefit Fund is rather
vague, which is why few clubs are
applying for the funds. I would
make the criteria more specific by
providing concrete examples of
events that are eligible. I would also
better promote the Clubs Benefit
Fund by adding a category to the
club awards given out at the AMS
All Presidents' Dinner for the club
that made the best use ofthe Clubs
Benefit Fund.
the coordinator wished to increase
Safewalk hours but I look forward
to helping to complete the Services
Review project in order to assess
which services the AMS should
focus on expanding in the upcoming year.
^ The Clubs Benefits Fund
4     can either be seen as underused underpromoted
or overfunded. How would you
make the service as useful as it
can be?
The Clubs Benefit Fund is a fairly
new fund that is highly underutilized due to a lack of communication and club awareness. As
VP Admin, I will work with the
Communications office and SAC
to ensure that all clubs know about
this resource and how to apply for
Clubs Benefit Fund-
The Clubs Benefit Fund was
established as part of last
year's fee increase referendum. It is a pot of money
that clubs can apply for.
but many think it has been
under-advertised and poorly
implemented. 161 Feature 101.23.2012
by Brian Piatt
Features Editor
'n January 25, there will be
a birthday party at the Centre for
Student Involvement (CSI).
The party is for the CSI itself. That
day will mark the two-year anniversary ofthe university's signature
project in the realm of "student
The definition of student development depends on who you ask. Most
faculties have their own student
development officers, each of whom
has slightly different priorities. On
the whole, though, it involves providing students with opportunities and
resources to make them feel supported and encouraged during their
time at UBC.
Today the CSI has grown into the
staging grounds for most ofthe major events you see at UBC throughout the year, including the Imagine
Day orientations, Terry Talks and
the Student Leadership Conference
(SLC). It also hosts a steady flow of
meetings, workshops and minglers
for smaller student groups.
The idea ofthe CSI came up a
decade ago in the office of Brian
Sullivan, who was VP Students at the
time. "It was driven by requests by
students for access to certain kinds
of services," says Janet Teasdale,
the senior director for Student
Development and Services. "There
were quite active groups of students
that were saying, 'We don't have a
place to access resources.'
"One ofthe things that Brian
[Sullivan] felt strongly about was
supporting student leadership, and
supporting peers helping peers, students helping students."
After manyyears of planning,
the centre was designed by a group
mostly consisting of UBC alumni.
Located in Brock Hall, it is characterized by plushy chairs, open workshop space and entire walls made of
The concept of university-funded
student development programming isn't new. UBC has sponsored
programs such as Residence Life,
Go Global and Counselling Services
for manyyears. The office ofthe VP
Students has been around since 1999,
with Sullivan as its first holder.
But the CSI is different. For the
first time in its history, UBC is providing a well-resourced physical
space devoted entirely to producing
student-centred events. The department that runs the CSI has an annual budget of just under $1 million,
which includes at least 9 full-time
staff and a myriad of programs in
partnership with other university
But if the CSI is doing all of
this programming for students,
where does that leave the student
union and its affiliated clubs and
As more and more students get
their first taste of leadership training
and event organization through the
university administration, the effect
it has on our student government in
coming years could be huge.
Overlapping mandates, different
When boiled down to its essentials,
the CSI is simply a work space for
students and university departments to use for their projects.
Margot Bell, the associate director
for student development and the de
facto manager ofthe CSI, says that
with its prominent location in Brock
Hall, the centre also acts as an entry
point into university life for new
"It really is about that storefront,
for lack of a better word," says Bell.
"What we try to do is act as that
coaching and referral place for
students to really understand the
landscape." Sometimes this means
referring students to the AMS or
undergraduate constituencies. Other
times it draws students to programs
based out ofthe CSI, the biggest of
which are the SLC, Imagine Day
orientations and the Conference on
Learning and Academic Student
When asked whether an overlap
exists between the mandates ofthe
CSI and the AMS, the first thing anyone involved with the CSI will tell
you is that the two entities work as a
complement to each other. Actually,
the first thing they will do when
asked is scrunch their face, because
it's not something they think is much
of a concern.
"I don't see it as, oh, ifyou don't
want to be there, come here. It's not
even close to that, philosophically,"
says Bell. "There's so much opportunity to work to the mutual purpose
of improving student life on campus.
We just come at it from different
"It's very important to have
both," says Tanya Shum, who got
her start in the CSI working as an
Imagine Day group leader. Today she
is an elected executive in the Arts
Undergraduate Society. "They both
offer services to students, and are all
about getting students involved in
the community."
Yet the CSI operates as an alternative to the AMS in some significant
ways. Perhaps the most important difference is in institutional
In student politics, new leadership comes in almost everyyear,
depending on who wins the election.
And as anyone who goes through
a student election knows, the best
candidate doesn't always get the job.
This means that the AMS, and every
club and undergraduate council on
campus, goes through cycles of good
leadership and bad.
Sometimes very bad.
The CSI, meanwhile, hires staff
who stay on the job for years. "They
tend to be [former] students who
were really engaged in their day,"
says Bell. "Often a mentor, or a
leadership program they were involved in, really made a difference to
their experience, and they essentially want to give that back to the
This gives the CSI a level of consistency and professionalism that a
student union, based on its democratic structure, will never be able
to match. But it also gives the CSI a
different atmosphere.
"In the CSI there's student development officers who oversee the
projects, so you get support there,"
says Shum. "They have an idea of
where they want things to go, they
can make sure things go in the way
that the CSI would like it. In the AUS
there's also support, but it's in a different way. It's more student support
in one and staff support in the other.
It's just two different ways to learn,
I think, and I really appreciate both
"The opportunities are different,"
says Teasdale. Students who work
on programs such as the Student
Leadership Conference are within
a framework that has certain bounds.
"The bounds, for example, around
our commitment to intercultural
learning, our commitment to equitable environments, our commitment
to student life that addresses significant barriers to student participation—that's unwavering. And it may
not be in the AMS. Now it may be,
I'm not saying that it's not [all the
time]. But certain commitments are
not goingto disappear in the work
that students do in the CSI."
There is a certain flow that is
developing between the CSI and the
AMS. CSI programming establishes
an environment, based on certain
principles, for students to grow their
leadership skills in. Those students
then apply that experience to other
areas of interest—which, for many,
includes student government.
"Student development is more of
cultivating leaders and people who
haven't been involved," says Shum,
"and then student politics is more the
voice ofthe students."
Taking on theuniversity
Of course, CSI programs exist for
their own sake, not simply for training student politicians. But it is
undeniable that the CSI is now providing a steady stream of candidates
into student societies.
This year, one ofthe candidates for
the AMS presidency is Alyssa Koehn.
Unlike her two opponents, Koehn
has never sat on AMS Council,
though she has coordinated AMS
programs such as Firstweek. Koehn's
main involvement on campus has
been through UBC-sponsored
programs, including Residence Life
and UBC Rec. Most recently she
was co-chair ofthe massive Student
Leadership Conference that took
place on January 15. The SLC is a
flagship program ofthe CSI.
Candidates who have come up
through the CSI will be especially
well-versed in how the university
works, which is advantageous in
AMS election races. But student
unions often see themselves as
tasked with pushing back against
policies and practices ofthe university administration. Sometimes this
involves outright antagonism.
When the CSI first came into
existence in January 2010, the
outgoing AMS president was Blake
Frederick, who had attempted to
file a legal complaint to the United
Nations over tuition costs. In 2008,
the VP External was arrested in
protests over a proposed underground bus loop. The compendium
of AMS executives involved in anti-
university activism is lengthy and
(This isn't a hard and fast rule,
obviously; Frederick's successor
as president was Bijan Ahmadian,
whose closeness to the administration was such that he had even
worked as a research assistant to
President Stephen Toope before winning the election.)
If future AMS executives are
increasingly likely to come out of
UBC's student development, will our
student union be less likely to challenge the university?
"There's definitely a worry there,
because they are coming up through
university stewardship," says Gordon
Katie, who was a coordinator for this
year's Terry Talks—now based out of
the CSI.
"That was a very big worry of
mine, especially when I started. But
in my experience, the CSI has been
a place that has nurtured critical
engagement. Certainly I've been
controversial, but I haven't had any
pushback or anything like that. I've
had nothing but support."
A matter of personality
If Teasdale is right, then the CSI is
firmly supportive of constructive
disagreement with the university—
but done in a certain way.
"Some students want to change
this place," says Teasdale, "Some
of them want to change it through
elected office, and others want to
change it through direct engagement
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with the university. And that's what
[the CSI] is. This is changing the university on behalf of students, through
direct and purposeful engagement
with the university."
Andrew Carne has viewed the
situation from both sides ofthe
divide. Between stints as an AMS
councillor, he worked for UBC's
land use planning department. Yet
nobody would accuse Carne of biting his tongue when criticizing the
"I think it allowed me to be more
critical in a way," he says of having
worked for UBC. "I saw from the
inside, and saw [that sometimes] the
problems were as bad as we actually
thought they were.
"I would say on the whole that the
concern is a little bit overblown. I
think it comes down to what kind of
person, as to whether or not they're
going to think for themselves or
whether they're just going to take in
what's fed to them."
Katie agrees with that. "As with
anything, it all depends on the people
involved. They have to be brave
enough to see critically."
For her part at the CSI, Bell stays
focused on what she sees as the
centre's core mission. "I would hope
that students can make their choices
and that as an institution, we provide
that real continuum of opportunities.
Some that will stay out ofthe political realm, some that will be in the
political realm.
"A university wouldn't function
without its student government. You
need students to really push and
work with the university. It's up to
students to choose where they want
to lead, essentially." 13   Opinion »
B RHitnr- Rrian Piatt
VP Finance: why we're
selling off AMS assets
The crisis of
mental health
Earlier in January, AMS Council
voted to support four questions that
will be on the January referendum,
which coincides with our elections
The AMS bylaws, quite uniquely,
require us to go to referendum in
order to sell or dispose of any AMS
assets. We are now asking students
whether they approve the potential
sale of some of our expensive assets
in order to better fund on-campus
activities and to enhance student life.
On the AMS Art Collection:
This issue been talked about for some
months now. We have a sizeable
collection of art that costs us a lot
of student money in insurance and
maintenance, and it is being kept in
very poor and unsafe conditions.
The collection started in 1948
with the purchase of an E.J. Hughes
painting, and was expanded with
the donation of nine paintings by
Maclean's magazine. After a number
of decades, the AMS simply does not
have the capabilities and expertise
required to successfully maintain all
of these works of art. In fact, a number of our paintings have been damaged in the past several years.
Our current vision is to sell up to
three ofthe most valuable pieces
in our collection, ensuringthat
they will be well taken care of by
others. We are expectingto raise
over $1 million, all of which will go
towards an Art Endowment; this
will drastically increase funding
for student art projects, artists-in-
residence programs, as well as the
continuous acquisition of more art.
Today, we allocate only $1500 per
year on the growth and acquisition of
our collection. This will increase to
$40-50,000 per year.
Expect to see our three
most valuable paintings
go... Unfortunately, we
are simply not in the
business of taking good
care of expensive art.
Elin Tayyar
VP Finance
With the sale, our goal is to maximize this endowment for the arts.
Students can expect to see our three
most valuable paintings go, likely
includingthe Harris pieces donated
by Maclean's as well as the Hughes
piece purchased by the AMS.
However, we will hire experts to
advise us about which sale will maximize long-term value for students.
We plan to engage the UBC arts
community through a special committee—consisting of alumni, the
director of Belkin Art Gallery, and
graduate students in relevant fields—
that will oversee this process.
Unfortunately, we are simply not
in the business of taking good care of
expensive art. We hope that the extra arts funding will allow us to better plan and maintain our collection.
On the Whistler Lodge:
There have been a few comments
against the sale ofthe Whistler
Lodge, as some see it as a student service. The reality is that students don't
use it. In fact, more non-students
benefit from the highly subsidized
operation than students. The competition is high, and the small bunks
that we offer at the lodge are not appealing at our prices.
Our review committee has looked
at expandingthe number of beds
threefold, which would provide an
economy of scale for a model that
might be sustainable. Unfortunately,
the municipality has made it clear to
us that they will not allow us to expand the size or the number of beds.
We have also looked into leasing
the space to a third party, but there
is no interest, and for good reason.
Simply put, the operational model
does not work.
Sellingthe lodge would not only
save UBC students over $100,000 per
year, it could provide us with over
$50,000 per year in increased funding through the endowment. This
would mean more student services
and programming at no additional
cost. It could also provide the opportunity for us to lower student fees.
I urge students to vote YES to all
ofthe referendum questions, as they
will lower student fees, make the
AMS more fiscally responsible, allow
us to offer additional services and
provide more funding for the arts.
-Elin Tayyar is the VP Finance ofthe
»Gordon Katie
Of all the columns I've written—
covering such important topics as
tuition, campus politics, activism,
feminism and the environment—you
might be surprised to learn which
one I'm most consistently praised
for, almost a full calendar year after
I wrote it. In a piece entitled "Living
in the Adderal Era," I argued that
the hyper-competitive campus environment and the financial anxieties of students has led to a dramatic
increase in the use of illicit study
I wish I could say that it was a
penetrating analysis of campus culture that elicited such praise, but I
know itwas something far simpler:
I stated the obvious. Students know
that there is a mental health crisis
on university campuses, but few
speak of it openly.
The statistics are alarming and
unprecedented: surveys by the
National College Health Association
consistently find that one out of four
students seek counseling, one out
of three students report feeling so
depressed they're "unable to function," and six to nine per cent of students seriously consider suicide.
In the United States, the Higher
Education Research Institute has
done a national survey for 25 years
that tracks freshman well-being;
last year, the proportion of students
rating their mental health as "below
average" was higher than ever.
But you don't need to read the literature to understand the problem;
just take a look around and you will
see how students at this campus are
being ruined. The only reason it's
sometimes hard to recognize is that
it all seems so normal.
How much ofthe binge drinking
is youthful hijinks, and how much
is self-destructive alcoholism? Are
the study drugs and party drugs a
case of "work hard, play hard," or
are they chemical dependencies? Is
"exam season" just another name
for overwhelming stress and debilitating anxiety?
Despite the reported rise of
mental health problems, I'm encouraged that there is an increased
willingness to speak frankly about
these issues. More people are turning to resources like the Wellness
Centre or the AMS Speakeasy, and
important groups like the UBC
Mental Health Awareness Club
have sprung up.
Matt Parson, an AMS presidential
candidate, has even made student
well-being a central pillar of his
platform, advocating for a "comprehensive audit ofthe academic calendar with respect to implications
on a student's physical and mental
Parson is right. We need the university and the AMS to take a serious look at these issues and make
real policy change. Otherwise, I'm
afraid more and more students are
goingto end up being unhappy, unhealthy and overwhelmed in years
that are meant to be the best of their
lives. 13
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live work learn together Fiscal
Referendum 2012    .
Lower Student Fees
► Increased funding for student services.
Establish a Student Endowment Fund
► A long-term growth strategy.
Benefit from our Whistler Property
► A more responsbile use of student money.
Promote Student Art _
;  ► An Arts Endowment Fund through the
sale of three paintings.
To start a Yes or No campaign contact elections@ams.ubc.ca
to apply for funding.
Vote on Jan.23-27
► Vote online at ams.ubc.ca/elections
4. Do you authorize the AMS Student Council to sell a maximum of
three (3) paintings owned by the AMS at any time prior to February 28,
2013, such paintings to be selected at the discretion ofthe AMS
Student Council?
1. Do you support and approve the following changes to
the AMS student membership fees?
2. Do you support and approve the following change to
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