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Friday, 27 January, 2006   THEUBYSSEY
The future of UBC sports
by Megan Smyth
UBC Athletics and Recreation will
be looking to review and revise the
athletic and varsity programs over
the next few years.
Budgetary concerns, the possibiHty of NCAA eligibility in the
fiiture and overall sport performance are just a few of the factors
that have led to review of the varsity and athletics programming.
"We should take a look at having two designations of sports,
like a level-one varsity and a level-
two varsity. One has a full time
coach, gets funded, plays in the
league and so on. But the other
still exists because they've been
there and there's still people who
want to play, but there is no university league to play in. [Level-
twoj should be subsidised but to a
lesser extent/ explained Bob
Philip, director of Athletics and
Although the status of UBC as
a NCAA league school is still in
the exploratory phase, the possibility still has some influence
over varsity and athletics programming revisions.
PhiHp alluded to the possibiHty
that some teams may be sacrificed
as a result of the league swapping.
"If we went into the NCAA there
may be some sports that aren't
offered, so that we might not be
able to continue to have them and
there may be some sports that
they have that we would like to
play in/ stated PhiHp.
But before any of these changes
go through there will be a group of
students who will join the
University Athletics Council,
actively voicing their concerns
and ideas.
Many questions will be addressed, said Phillips.
"Are we running the programs
we should be? Are we funding
them the way they should be funded? If we were going to add or subtract [programs] what would we
use for the criteria?*
The committee wiU be creating
a standardised criteria upon
which sports programs can be
evaluated. "It was just a matter of
me thinking that it was time to
have some sort of more formal
process for evaluating programs/
said PhiHp.
None of the proposed changes
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have been decided upon as the
committee will continue evaluation
throughout the next year. "Over the
next couple of years we'll be able to
apply the criteria to the sports and
make some decisions/ said PhiHp.
"Everything we do would be for
the future." H
Cordonier volleys to the top
UBC women's volleyball senior leftside hitter Emily Cordonier has
been named the CIS VIA Rail female
athlete of the week. Cordonier
recorded match highs in both week
end games against Trinity Western
University. Her hard-hitting skills
have placed Cordonier in the fourth
spot on the Canada West players'
standings. UBC now sits at the top of
Canada West standings and will
take on Calgaiy, currently third in
the standings, this weekend.
Bains: Athlete of the week
For the second time this year Pasha
Bains, senior guard on the UBC
men's basketball team, has been
named CIS VIA Rail male athlete of
the week. This past weekend Bains
pulled out all the stops. During
Friday's game against Thompson
Rivers Bains set a new UBC record
for most three-point shots made in
a single game. Bains scored 20
points, six rebounds and four
assists during Saturday's game
marking the highest offensive output of a UBC basketball players
since 1996. Currently Bains averages 23.4 points a game and has
helped UBC create their 14-0 perfect   conference   standing.   UVic
comes to Vancouver to play UBC
this weekend. The heat will be on as
the top two Canada West teams battle it out at War Memorial Gym.
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volunteers Colleen Tang
research/letters Claudia Li
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I THEUBYSSEY   Friday, 27 January, 2006
Culture 3
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now playing
by Simon Underwood
Woody Allen is a twisted old man.
Match Point, the septuagenarian's
latest pet project, is strung along by
the sort of yarn only a writer of
Allen's stature and age could spin: a
bleak and amoral rumination upon
how life is lost and won. And unlike
the slapstick entries of the past few
years that have earned him the derision of critics still creaming over
Annie Hall et al.. Match Point is a
cold and calculated attempt to get the
better ofhis audience, and to impart
the existential maxim that money,
success, and happiness are more
often at the mercy of a lucky bounce
than anything else.
When we first meet Chris Wilton
(Jonathan Rhys Meyers), it appears
that his good fortune has run its
course. The former tennis champ,
tired of the professional circuit and
resigned to the limitations ofhis ability therein, finds a job at a posh tennis club and an expensive cubby-hole
of a flat that boasts a sofa bed, an
abandoned wok, and very little
else. Although he has dragged
himself upwards from a destitute,
Dickensian childhood, it appears
that Chris will spend his days listlessly batting balls back and forth
with uncoordinated members of the
British upper crust until wealthy
Tom Hewitt (Matthew Goode) steps
on to the court and lobs an easy
serve across the net, introducing
Chris to his mousy younger sister.
Chloe (Emily Mortimer) is as
kind-hearted as she is naive, and
instantly smitten by the tennis
champ's delicate good looks, goes
about snaring Chris in much the
same way that a young girl gets a
horse—she gets her daddy to pony
up. In no time at all Chris is
enveloped in the Hewitt corporate
family. He finds himself spending
weekends at their country estate, sipping hard Uquor in drawing-rooms
and shooting clay pigeons for shits
and giggles. The only hitch is Nola
(Scarlett Johansson)—Chris' buxom,
social-climbing colleague who is
engaged to Tom despite his mother's
thinly veiled reservations about the
match. Chris is hot for Nola, who
doesn't seem to mind, but the attraction threatens to jeopardise the comfort they both seem poised to secure
in winning the hearts and wallets of
their spoiled old money matches:,
I am wary to reveal anything further about the film—to be frank, I
stepped into the theatre thinking
Match Point was a romantic comedy
and that Allen was going to heinously
bang Scarjo. But neither the director
nor his trademark neurotic narrative—a canonic staple that tends to
divide audiences depending on their
psychosocial stasis—is anywhere to
be found. What begins as a simplistic
survey of the English upper class,
inoffensively cliched in its appropria
tion of cultural symbols and stereotypes, soon descends into a claustrophobic thriller that takes a page from
a Patricia Highsmifh novel. Match
Point places the viewer in a vice-grip,
and with Allen at the crank, the effect
is nothing less than surreal.
"Holy shit," exclaimed the person
sitting beside me, recoiling in horror
as the third act swirled into a fever
pitch, "this is brutal." It's difficult to
say whether my neighbor was referring specifically to the action unfolding on screen or to Allen's nihilist
turn in general. Either interpretation
is unsettling—Depression-era babies
like Woody usually espouse the merits of hard work and good character.
But Allen, save for revolutionary
advances in the field of anti-aging, is
slowly approaching the mortal twilight, and the crux of Match Point is
that life is nothing more than a crap-
shoot I can't tell if that makes me feel
better or worse about the viability of
my costly liberal arts degree. Thanks
a lot old man. li
Taking aim at the yellow smiley face
Brave New Films
by Kian Mintz-Woo
A company with the size and
power of Wal-Mart can be a
tremendous force for change. But
a debate has raged for many years
now whether the nature of that
change is good or bad. Robert
Greenwald's Wal-Mart: The High
Cost of Low Price makes a strong
argument for the negative camp.
The documentary has been successful enough for Wal-Mart to take it
semi seriously, choosing to dismiss
Greenwald's film as "propaganda."
They have since issued their own film
in rebuttal, which purports that Wal-
Mart is a strong force for economic
growth in the United States.
It was also deemed threatening
enough for Wal-mart's CEO, Sam
Walton, to refuse to represent the
company in Greenwald's documentary. Instead Greenwald uses public
speeches by the CEO to present the
corporate side of the story. He inter-
views families that represent different results of introductions of Wal-
Marts. The movie works hard to
emphasise that many people are conservative, "I'm no socialist," laissez-
faire types who maintain that Wal-
Mart's mass unbalances the market
The Hunters are Bush backers,
but as they describe the conditions
facing their hardware business, a title
MIDDLEFIELD* fills the screen and
the family explains how their business has been eroded by competition
with the retail giant
Over the tale of the Esry family,
which lost its Foodliner grocer business to the retail giant, a lonely harmonica plays. This is sentimental
manipulation 101. The story itself,
of a subsidy given to a Wal-Mart
store and the core argument that the
subsidy money could more effectively have gone towards education is
compelling. It is to the detriment of
the film that the director weakly
resorts to simplistic manipulation to
get his point across.
Some of the other stories are
more striking. One woman states that
a store manager explained to her that
people like her had no place in management Because "I'm a woman?"
she asks. "Or [becausej I'm black?"
His response? "Two out of two
ain't bad."
Another woman, who works as a
river keeper, says that Wal-Mart
refused to respond to her complaints
that the dangerous fertiliser chemicals were leaking through storm
drains into the local drinking water.
And still others are unable to pay
for the overpriced medical plans (the
costs of which have since been lowered in what critics label a scrambling PR move in response to the
filmland are encouraged and assisted by their employers to apply for
state aid financial aid instead.
The overarching point is that free
enterprise is not actually free of government— it is only "free" when the
corporations are subsidised and the
people are not
Greenwald also makes a concert-
ed choice to depict these people in
context, as opposed to the traditional
talking-heads that litter most documentaries. As his subjects speak, they
wash dishes, iron clothes and recycle
cardboard, rendering them real people as opposed to just angry or frustrated quotes and statistics.
Wal-mart The High Cost of Low
Price is convincing when Greenwald
refrains from undermining his message with crude visual and auditory
techniques. The stories he projects
paint a picture of a company so
obsessed with its bottom line that it
cannot or will not acknowledge the
needs of its workers and the communities it affects every day. H
The simplicity in
valuing our loves
Fifth Avenue
Opens today
by Mary Leighton
You may never see this movie. It's ,
only playing at the Fifth Avenue, and i
the lack of Napoleon .Dynamite-style
hype means that you will not rush out
to Blockbuster on April 4th to retrieve
the DVD either. This is a massive
shame, because Ushpizin is wonderful and touching on the level of a
Princess Bride, if a little less girly.
Writer and star Shuli Rand plays
Moshe, a financially desperate rabbi
striving to meet the expectations of
his ultra-Orthodox Jewish faith.
Moshe loves Malli (his wife in both
the film and real life) and Malli loves
Moshe. Their conflict is two-fold—the
couple is too poor to observe the
rights of Succoth, which include worshipping a "citron" (similar to a
lemon), and they are unable to conceive a son. Not the sort to lose their
faith, they pray for a miracle. Sure
enough, an envelope stuffed with
American money appears under the
door that very day.
True to their faith, the couple reinvests the money in religious and
moral acts, giving a tenth to charity
and buying the most expensive citron
available in Jerusalem with the hope
that it will bring them more fortune
in the form of a son. This is all very
kosher when, out of the blue, two ex-
convicts and "old friends* of Moshe
arrive on the Eve of Succoth. With
their drinking, fighting, rap music,
and insatiable appetites, they live up
to their roles as conflict-generators,
offending the religious neighborhood
and dividing Moshe and Malli. But
enough about the plot
The freshness of the film comes
from the director's ingenious decision to cast all speaking roles with
people that had left the acting profession to become Orthodox. While the
idea might prompt skepticism, the
results are undeniable—there is no
sense of acting. The prayers and practices scattered through the plot are
totally earnest and engaging, so
much that Moshe's lively one-sided
conversation with God is as likely to
draw appreciative laughs as it is religious sentiment
Furthermore, the way in which
observance of Succoth is introduced
to the two ex-convicts allows the
director to explain the audience rituals and customs in a very casual and
unforced way. But enough about
On the road to a happy ending, the
characters take the usual steps
towards transformation, but the treatment is completely different than in
so many glossy Hollywood features.
While Ushpizin acknowledges how
transitory our lives can be, it also
stresses the important simplicity in
valuing those we love. When Moshe
is in the depths of despair regarding
the big issues of money, love, and
religion, a rabbi gives him these simple words: "Make her [Malli] happy.
That's what matters." On top of all
this, the film is a sweet 91 minutes
long, leaving us with plenty of time
afterwards to put the good values
we've learned to work. II 4 Culture
Friday, 27 January, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
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The Fisher Scientific Fund supports initiatives that enhance
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These two film buffs spent an unhealthy amount of time writing notes
by Greg Ursic
Unlike previous years where I've
struggled to come up with top
films, this year was flush with so
many great entries, that after three
hours of retrospection, I had 17
contenders (not counting docsl). As
no one was forthcoming with
"incentives* (I really need to
become a member of the Academy)
I wracked my brain for another
couple hours before I could definitively winnow down the list to the
final five. Whether you agree or disagree with all the choices, there's
some good viewing to be had.
Brokehack Mountain
In 1963, two rugged cowboys working in isolation embark on a secretive affair that develops into a lifelong relationship. The "gay cowboy
movie" tag has done little to dampen audience enthusiasm: the film
has consistently slain the blockbusters in earnings per screening
since opening. And it's not hard to
see why: with a gripping, sensitive
story, gorgeous cinematography,
and a stellar cast —Randy Quaid,
Michelle Lee, Anne Hathaway, and
Jake Gyllenhall —it delivers on
every level. Heath Ledger is the
stand out of the piece however as
Ennis, deftly balancing his passion
and pain, all while maintaining a
stoic tough as nails front. A sensitive lyrical love story it will surprise
anyone going in with preconceived
notions (including my heart of
stone boss!).
A carjacking serves as the catalyst for
a series of seemingly unrelated incidents. Using his real-life carjacking
experience as the starting point,
writer/director Paul Haggis skillfully
interweaves parallel plot lines, while
keeping track of a host of myriad
multiethnic characters to demonstrate how peoples' actions and perceptions affect everyone around
them and cause an unintentional ripple effect Boasting a talented ensemble cast that includes Matt Dillon,
Don Cheadle, and Thandie Newton, it
was Sandra Bullock's solid dramatic
performance that most impressed
me. Using the microcosm of LA as a
metaphor for the world around us,
Haggis forces viewers to do some
serious introspection. See it with a
couple friends and be prepared for a
powerful post-screening debate.
Good Night and Good Luck
Journalist Edward R Murrow takes
on Senator Joe McCarthy and his
paranoid legions as they trample civil
liberties and destroy lives. George
Clooney, who wrote and directed the
film, went to great lengths to capture
the look and feel of the newsrooms
from the era, complete with permanent clouds of billowing smoke. The
film features a powerful supporting
cast, David Strathairn's dead on portrayal of Murrow, an iconoclast who
refused to be intimidated (easily his
best work to date), and disturbing
archival footage of McCarthy in
action. The subject matter is especial-
ly timely given the current atas^of-
power predicament south of the border (Cheney? McCarthy? Can you see
the difference?).
Me and You and Everyone
We Know
Richard and Christine are a pair of
misfits desperately in search of love,
acceptance and a way out of the relationship void. Performance artist
Miranda July, wrote, directed, and
starred in this cinematic gem that is
equal parts drama, comedy and
romance which smoothly segues
from the sublime to surreal to silly,
without a misstep. The chemistry
between July and quirky lead John
Hawkes (Richard) the scruffy anti-
Romeo, is real and refreshingly
sweet Brandon Ratcliff, is hilarious
as Robby, Richard's youngest son
and Carlie Westerman is eerily composed as the 10 year-old next door
who has her whole life figured out If
you're tired of cookie cutter plots and
looking for a film that doesn't fit into
any particular mode, look no further.
The Squid and the Whale
Noah Baumbach's semi-autobiographical film follows a couple's
break up and the effect it has on their
children. Jeff Daniels is the picture of
bitterness as Bernard, a professor
and has-been writer who spends his
time denigrating everyone around
him. Laura Linney also shines as the
quirky mother with a penchant for
being too honest with her kids. Often
painful, sometimes humorous and
always riveting, this is the Ordinary
People of the new millennium. H
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Culture 5
gardeners among 2005's best
in the dark in order to bring you this critical compilation of worthy flicks.
by Jesse Ferreras
In a year when Hollywood blockbusters were edged out of financial
prosperity by marching penguins,
car crashes and cowboys, the task of
compiling a best of 2005 was made
exceptionafly difficult considering
the output of independent and foreign films that vastly outquaHfied the
offerings of mainstream Hollywood.
Broken Flowers
The latest film from Jim Jarmusch
(Dead Man, Coffee and Cigarettes)
proves outright that Bill Murray is the
best deadpan comic working today.
He is Don Johnston (with a "t"), a
jaded Don Juan whose girlfriend
(JuHe Delpy) has just left him and
whose best friend (Jeffrey Wright) is a
part-time detective. He receives a
note informing him that he has a son,
and thereafter traverses the United
States trying to find out which of his
former flames is the mother.
That's about all there is to the
plot, which unfolds with remarkable simpHcity—Don barely registers any words with other characters and yet communicates a world
of information, implying with subtle glances and awkward gestures
just what kinds of relationships he
had with a host of women. Broken
Mowers manages to be touching
and often hilarious without once
descending into rank sentimentaH-
ty, making for the most remarkably
subtle comedy of the year.
The Constant Gardener
2002's City of God was a difficult act
for BraziHan filmmaker Fernando
Meirelles to foUow, but he fashions
an pulse-pounding thriller out of his
adaptation of John Le Carre's best-
selling novel. Ralph Fiennes plays a
wealding of a diplomat who is
sparked to action by the mysterious
death ofhis wife and rumours of her
infideHties, triggering the reveal of
some hard truths about the practices
of pharmaceutical companies in
Africa. MeireUes refuses to turn a
blind eye to issues affecting marginalized populations in third-world
countries, and here he crafts a work
that is simply haunting, powered farther by spectacular performances
from Fiennes and Rachel Weisz who,
following forgettable roles in The
Mummy and Constantine, looks
primed to garner herself an Oscar
Steven Spielberg bounced back from
a reprehensible attempt to revitalize
War of die Worlds with Munich,
which has emerged as one of the
most controversial films of the year.
Spielberg here documents the morally-ambiguous attempts to avenge the
slaughter of IsraeH athletes at the
1972 Munich Olympics by a crew of
assassins recruited by Mossad, the
IsraeH intelligence service. The film
clearly stands on the side of Israel in
its commentary on the Middle East
conflict, despite its claim to represent
both sides, but is a jarring, important
film nonetheless, telling the story ofa
country that must make compromises with its own values in order to
maintain its nationhood. The film,
wisely and cleverly, links itself with
current attempts to uphold a nation
that is currently engaged in similar
activity (ie. the War on Terror) and
achieves an impact that resonates for
weeks after the film is over.
It is rare that a film's abiHty to confuse its audience with the connections in its plot is precisely what
helps the work become so compelling. Difficult as it is, Stephen
Gaghan's sophomore directorial
effort following an Oscar-winning
turn as screenwriter for 2000's
Traffic, pulls it off with a complex
poHtical thriUer exposing the inner
corruption that administrates the oil
trade, most specifically as it affects
the United States and the Middle
East Bob Barnes (George Clooney) is
a CIA-operative who gradually discovers that he has been made a pawn of
oil companies and the U.S.
Government in his attempts to assassinate Prince Nasir (Kingdom of
Heaven's Alexander Siddig).
Meanwhile, among the thousands of
interlocking plots that dominate the
film, Bennett HoHday (Jeffrey Wright)
is a corporate lawyer attempting to
furnish a deal to merge Connex and
Killen into a single oil company,
whose merger puts foreign employees in the Persian Gulf out of work
and into the influence of a radical
cleric who draws them into a terrorist
plot. These are just three of the several intertwining plots whose construction resembles that of Traffic, but is
only made more confusing without
the aid of differentiating colour tones
to separate the settings and stories.
The film succeeds in presenting the
United States as a "have" nation taking desperate measures to maintain
that status.
If Ovid had been a filmmaker, his
works might have looked and felt
much like those of Wong Kar-wai.
The internationally-acclaimed director of such love-elegies as
Chungking Express and Fallen
Angels here completes a cycle of
films centering around two characters, Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung)
and Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung
Chiu-Wai) which he began in Days of
Being Wild and continued in 2000's
unforgettable tragedy In the Mood
for Love. The final film amounts to
one of the most beautiful pictures
ever put on film, also starring the
likes of Gong Li (Memoirs of a
Geisha) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon) in a moody
period piece about the perils of a
love that could never be. Though a
structural mess like many of Wong's
films, 2046 is simply heartbreaking
and boasts some of the most beautiful sets and costumes placed on celluloid this year. Bi
The writers would also like you to consider the following:
Ursic's Honorable Mentions:
Martial Arts Mayhem: Stephen
Chow's KungFu Busde riffs on marital bliss (or lack thereof) romance,
slapstick, martial arts masters/ special attacks and kick ass fight scenes.
The kind of movie Jackie Chan wishes he could remember how to make
but with way better FX.
Coolest Comic Book Adaptation:
shot in stark black and white with
the occasional burst of fluorescence
Frank Miller's Sin City features
intersecting plot lines, tough
chicks, gritty cops and Mickey
Rourke as a one man wrecking
crew. Sweetl
Most Revealing Doc: Inside
Deep Thro&t examines the dirty-Ht-
tie-film-that-could which dragged
blue movies out of dingy basements and into the mainstream,
made a pop culture icon out of it's
star and spawned the War on
Pornography that still rages today.
The cast of quirky characters is as
hilarious as the poHtics are scaiy.
The Teddy Bear's Picnic —The
Story Behind the Music: Werner
Herzog's Grizzfy Man uses footage
from  self-proclaimed   eco-warrior
Warrior Tim Treadwell, to show why
you should never hy to Dance With
GrizzHes as you'll just come off looking like a walking Big Mac. Stick to
stuffed bears.
Cronenburg Can Make a
Mainstream Movie. Who Knew?:
There are no big bugs, fetishes, or
exploding heads in A History of
Violence, just a small town guy who
gets dragged into the spotlight illuminating his shady past in the
process. The subtle nuances in
Viggo Mortenson's portrayal o£bad-
makes him aH the scarier.
Ferraras's Honourable Mentions:
Robert Rodriguez and Frank
Miller's adaptation of ihe latter's
graphic novel series is less an
adaptation than a homage, and less
an homage than a direct transfer of
Miller's pages to the screen. Sin
City is a gritty, violent realization
of Mfller's appalfing world and is
brought to life with the utmost
faith by Rodriguez and a guest
directing stint by Quentin
Tarantino. Dark buildings tower
over an even darker underground
that looks like a combination of
Dark City and the worst nightmares of Dashiell Hammett The
beautiful black and white imagery
is oft-punctuated by the red of
blood spattered across the screen
throughout the picture, as well as
the uber-creepy presence of Nick
StaM's *Yeflow Bastard/ Sin Cityis
a grim realization of a dark vision
that marks the welcome return of
film-noir to the big screen.
Its AS Gone Pets Tong is easily
one of the most entertaining
Canadian films ever made.
Michael Dowse's (Fuhar) resurrects the music lnockumentary out
of the dry spell following This is
Spinal Tap and jettisons audiences
into the hedonism of Xbiza, Spain,
where the drug-addled DJ Frankie
Wilde (Paul Kaye) is the biggest star
on the scene until he goes deaf. He
experiences an Icarean fall into the
depths of drug addiction, struggling both with his inability to hear
and the possessive abuse of the
"Coke Badger/ only to re-emerge
as the world's first deaf DJ, able to
mix tracks through feeling the
rhythms in his feet. IE
Friday, 27 January, 2006
Friday, 27 January, 2006
Feature 7
Economics, environment, and the endowment
Three untold stories of the University Town
by Carolynne Burkholder  I  FEATURES STAFF
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Project planners estimate that the south
campus community of UBC's University
Town (U-Town) will be ready for a surge
of new residents to move in within the next
two years. But despite the nearing completion
date, UBC students still have many unanswered questions about the development that
is taking place on the site, as well around the
campus in general.
Economics: who pays and
who profits?
Most articles on U-Town begin with the same
statistic: the project will generate over $500
million in new funds for the university over
the next 25 years. This statement in itself is
understandable. But less clear is where the
money will be going and who is really going to
benefit from this project—corporations or the
university and its students?
Unlike UniverCity, a similar community-
building, endowment-raising project being
built at Simon Fraser University—where none
of the businesses will be chain franchises—
the businesses built in the U-Town community will be corporate.
U-Town has come under significant criticism
from the student body for its promotion of corporations.
Second-year cell biology student Emma
Preston said she is really against the development of a corporate presence in U-Town. "I think
it's really important to have independent businesses that are locally owned and students working," she said. "It seems kind of like we're selling
ourselves out*
"The south campus
development is one of
the greatest threats to
one of the most sensitive
areas of Wreck Beach,
namely the estuary."
-Judy Williams
Chair,Wreck Beach
Preservation Society
Sarah Allan, a second-year cognitive systems
student agreed. "It's important to have smaller
businesses as opposed to chain stores," she said.
But other students can see benefits in the
developments. Physics student Darren Peets
supports the idea of a supermarket being built
in U-Town.
"We already have the population on campus
to support a supermarket but we have to leave
campus to buy food/ he said. "And if development is going to happen, south of 16th [in U-
Town] is a fine place for it"
Speaking generally, however, Peets is
opposed to the corporatisation of U-Town.
"They're installing more shopping than I think
the area should have, particularly given how
much the AMS relies on sales to subsidise student fees," said Peets.
Brad Foster, manager of communications for
U-Town, said negotiations with the businesses to
be developed in the community haven't begun
yet, but he added that he is confident that the corporations will not change the atmosphere of U-
Town or UBC.
Foster said the vision and ideals of U-Town,
already set out, will determine what businesses
will be built
"The idea behind the village is to have a character that is very village-orientated...not super-
glossy kind of retailers in there," he said. "We are
looking at maybe a Thrifty's or a Choices or that
kind of grocery store," which he described as
"kind of earthy."
But corporations aren't the only monetary
concern students have.
U-Town is a real-estate investment where the
prices will be set by the housing market The area
itself is "arguably some of the most valuable real
estate in the world," according to Foster.
This desirability will be reflected in the price.
Although the exact price of housing is not yet
known, it will be higher thanf in most of
Vancouver. Currently, the average assessed value
of a home in neighbouring university endowment lands sits at $ 1 million.
Although 50 per cent of the south campus
community will be dedicated housing for students, faculty, and staff, and most, if not all,
buildings will have secondary suites available to
rent, many students feel U-Town will be a place
for the wealthy and not for them.
"There are concerns that it's going to be
really expensive, too much for university students to afford," said fifth-year music student, Micajah Sturgess.
"Universities are really expensive," agreed
Yassen Savov, also a fifth-year UBC student "We
need basic cheap residences students can afford
so they can focus on studies."
Since the cost of housing is high throughout Vancouver, Foster dismissed the concern
that the community is not conducive to student living.
"Realistically, financially very few people can
afford to hve in Vancouver, period," said Foster.
"And the issue of affordability is really a subjective one. If you are from Moose Jaw moving here,
you are going to go insane with these prices. If
you are from San Francisco moving here, well
that's a different issue."
Foster also emphasised that "this isn't student housing. This is a real-estate development..our mission is to maximise the dollars we
get for the University Endowment This is not
about subsidised housing."
But some students feel more housing specifically for students should be UBC's focus.
Savov said he feels U-Town will be too elitist
He advocates putting the money towards subsidised housing. "There's a big wait-list in residence, the University should put more money
towards Gage Towers4ype residences that don't
take up much space," he said.
But Foster pointed out that there are many
other student residences being developed on
campus as a form of subsidised housing.
"There is some student housing that we
are developing. That's a totally separate
issue/ he said.
Regardless, many students currently attending UBC will have graduated and moved on
before U-Town becomes a reality. And those
who will be staying are not sure they'll be inter
ested in what U-Town has to offer.
Sturgess is adamant that he will not Hve in the
south campus community when housing
becomes available. He said he wants to distance
himself and get away.
As a second-year student, Allan will still be
attending UBC when U-Town is built, but she
said she doesn't know if she'll consider hving
there. "There's a good chance it will be too
pricy," Allan explained.
-Darren Peets
Physics grad student
Environment: sustainability leader
or environment degrader?
UBC has the reputation for being the most environmentally conscious university in Canada. As
well as being home to Canada's first sustainable
development policy and the first Campus
Sustainability Office, both products of the late
1990s, UBC will be the first Canadian university
to meet the goals of the Kyoto Protocol—reducing
greenhouse gas emissions by six per cent from
the 1990 levels in 2006.
Ruth Abramson, Campus Sustainability Office
public relations representative, said she is
pleased with UBC's accomplishments in protecting the environment "We are a leader in campus
sustainability/ she said. "We've done a lot and
we are on the road to our vision."
Although U-Town does not fall under the
Sustainabifity Office's mandate specifically,
there are links between the office and U-
Town development.
With help from the Sustainabifity Office, U-
Town developed a Residential Environment
Assessment Program, which works to encourage
builders to use local materials, high-efficiency
appliances, and equipment that minimises energy and water consumption and waste.
Kate Petrusa, a fifth-year geography student,
said she wasn't aware of most of UBC's environmental initiatives until recently. "I think it's
great," she said, regarding the sustainable development poHcies. "More people need to know
about it and do their part*
U-Town also aims to increase UBC's commitment to the environment by reducing vehicles
driving to the campus, simply by providing housing for current commuters.
"There are 10,000 jobs here, and until recently we had no housing here," said Foster. He pointed out that UBC is the third largest employer in
the province, with the majority of employees
making the daily trek to the campus.
"That's why you have gridlock and traffic
jams and environmental degradation and the
burning of fossil fuels," Foster said. "Our
strategy with University Town is to build a
complete community simply putting the
houses where the jobs are."
Petrusa said she is impressed by the environmental ideals of U-Town. "The U-Town
provides a model of a new way of living in
smaller, more sustainable communities," she
said. "Also working locally, people don't have
to use their cars."
But Judy WilHams, chair of the Wreck Beach
Preservation Society (WBPS), is adamant that
UBC is doing more to degrade the environment
than to sustain it
WilHams, a former graduate student at UBC,
has been an environmental advocate in
Vancouver since 1969 and has been involved in
the WBPS since its inception in 1977.
Although the WBPS primarily works to preserve the environment, naturist atmosphere and
legal usage of Wreck Beach specifically, they are
highly concerned with U-Town development Of
particular concern are "water quaHty affected by
development [and] destruction of habitat due to
overuse from increased numbers of students
and inhabitants in the areas as housing densi-
fies," according to WilHams.
"The vision statement for University Town
asks us to 'Imagine the creation of a new community that is as sustainable as it is vibrant,
while preserving the most beautiful university
campus setting in Canada,' as UBC appears to be
systematically destroying that setting with its
multiple-pronged development," said WilHams.
An example WilHams cited is the proposal
by U-Town developers to run a storm-water
drain pipe through the perched aquifer cliffs
to dispose of excess rain water from the community into the ocean.
Despite U-Town's commitment to plant
grass swales to help filter pollutants from the
water, WilHams beHeves that this process will
result in "dumping milHons of gallons of
storm water laden with aromatic hydrocarbon
run-off from the roads into the estuarine
waters of Wreck Beach."
-Byron Braley
Associate Vice President
UBC Treasury
"The south campus development is one of
the greatest threats to one of the most sensitive areas of Wreck Beach, namely the estuary," WilHams continued.
An estuary is the meeting place of a river and
an ocean, where sea water and fresh water mix.
The Wreck Beach estuary, located south of the
UBC campus, is a feeding and resting place for
salmonid making their way to the sea.
"These waters do not respect boundary
lines...neither does poUution caused from an
eventual 18,000 homes on south campus,"
said Williams.
Peets also feels that UBC is not Hving up to its
environmentally sustainable status.
"We could be leading in sustainabiHty, but we
follow because the profits are more certain," he
said. "We could save a few more trees, have a few
less cars...but it's more lucrative for the developers and UBC if we slap together cheap cookie<nit-
ter condos for the rich."
Endowment: the silent motor
of U-Town
With the rush of lectures, assignments, and
exams that make up university life, students
don't think much about the university endowment but it plays a major role in campus life.
Preston, who is in her second year at UBC,
said she had never heard of the university
endowment "We definitely need more information about that," she said.
- B|yron Braley, the UBC associate vice-president of the treasury, who describes himself as
"the guy who looks after the endowment," is
aware that most students don't know what the
endowment is and how it affects their Hves as
UBC students.
According to Braley, the universitv endow-
ment is currently worth $ 780 milHon, and is likely to nearly double over the next 25 years.
The initial funds in the UBC endowment
were given to the university over the past 100
years as corporate donations, personal gifts,
or government funding. Over the next 25
years the majority of this money wiU be generated by U-Town.
The endowed funds are invested by the
University Treasury. The initial donations
remain in this fund, but the interest, running
into the milHons of dollars, is used to fund the
University's academic pursuits.
"It's for getting the better professor in the
classroom to teach, giving financial aid to the
students. It's the things you can't do normally," said Braley.
The endowment ensures there is intergenera-
tional equity, meaning that this standard is preserved for years to come.
"Every generation of faculty and students has
to get the same benefits as their predecessors
and successors," said Braley. "The endowment is
all about sustainabiHty."
As is mentioned in all U-Town articles, the
project will generate $500 milHon for the endowment This money will be invested and the interest revenue will go directly back to students in
the form of research grants, scholarship money,
and funding for professors.
"I don't have a lot of patience for the argument that we shouldn't be doing this," said
Braley. "If there is not a bona fide academic use
for the land [then] creating a University Town as
a means of making UBC a nicer place to be and
creating money for the endowment, what a wonderful double win that is."
Foster too is frustrated by students who
beHeve U-Town is all about the cash grab. "Where
do you think the money's going?" he asked. "It's
going back into the University to serve the academic mission."
And many students agree.
"You have to get the money [for student aid]
from somewhere," said Sturgess, who's current
ly attending UBC on a scholarship.
Sturgess questions the objections to the U-
Town development by other students. "We have
to remember that this is what the endowment
land is here for," he said.
UBC is a leader and also a trend-setter in the
development of an endowment-raising community. Other Canadian universities, such as the
University of Calgary and York University, are
considering similar projects to raise money for
their respective endowments.
Nevertheless, some students find their
doubts hard to shake concerning the direction
the University is headed with U-Town.
"Does the University really need the money?"
asked Savov, suggesting that this is more of a
want than a need. T think we're compromising
the University's land too much." II
$1 million
$780 million
$500 million
First residents will live in U-Town
The projected completion date
Average price for standard two-story house in Vancouver
The average assessed value ofa home in neighbouring
University Endowment Lands
Number of residents who will live in U-Town by 2021
The current value of the UBC endowment
The money U-Town will raise for the endowment
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Campus  &   Community  Planning
Campus Open Houses: 16th Avenue Redesign
You are invited to two open houses on redesigning 16th Avenue to incorporate
roundabouts. These are opportunities to drop-in and speak to University staff about the
The first open house will be for you to
provide feedback:
Date:      Tuesday, January 10th 2006
Time:     3pm to 6pm
Place:    Student Union Building
Room 214
The second open house will report back on
the feedback we've received and the revised
recommended option:
Date:      Monday, January 30th 2006
Time:      3pm to 6pm
Place:    Student Union Building
ope ot Redesign
For directions to the Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard visit:
All information Is available on the Campus & Community Planning (C&CP) website:
Contact: Karly Henney, Planner, C&CP - email: karly.henney@ubc.ca
Africa Awareness week is back
Student initiative challenges stereotypes
Studies Minor Program would be
implemented at UBC.
The creation of an African
Studies program presents a broadening and diversifying of the
University's curriculum that can
raise awareness of the negative
stereotypes associated with Africa
and encourage students to think
beyond colonial perspectives of the
continent said Situma.
'One of the main goals of this
conference is looking to those who
hve outside [the African Diaspora]
and the roles that they can play |to
help out in Africa]/ she explained.
Another aim of Africa Awareness
is to "reframe Africa/ from commonly perpetuated media depictions of an underdeveloped continent ridden with conflict genocide,
poverty, famine, and sickness.
"I see poverty in Vancouver too*
says Situma. "I've seen slums in
Nairobi and I have seen wealthy
She explained that while Africa
remains engaged with issues like corruption, poverty and AIDS, it also has
developed cities, as well as a rich and
diverse culture that the West sometimes fails to acknowledge.
"Why focus only on those negative things when there are positive
things too?" a
by Alia Dharssi
The fourth annual Africa Awareness
Week kicked off Monday with a
flourish of energy/colour and style.
The Beauty of Africa—a fashion
show in which UBC students modeled eveiything from traditional
Masai clothing to an East Indian outfit to* Western business attire—was
staged to showcase some of the
many cultural influences present
in Africa.
Africa Awareness (AA), established in 2002 by Veronica Fynn, a
Liberian refugee student, is a student initiative that aims to establish an African Studies program at
UBC, while eliminating the controversial stereotypes associated with
the continent.
Ruth Situma, an AA co-chair and
second-year international student
from Kenya, describes Africa
Awareness Week as "a tool to get
African studies in place/
Together with other African
clubs, Africa Awareness successfully
obtained 3,347 signatures for a petition that pushed for the institution-
alisation of African Studies at UBC.
Last year, dining AA 2005, Nancy
Gallini, Dean of Arts, announced
that an inter-disciplinary African
"Where does Africa fit into the equation?"
by Idrissa Simmonds
Africa Awareness describes itself as
"a student-driven initiative" that
"plans an annual week of lectures,
workshops and cultural events pertaining to Africa." That's true enough,
but the group brings so much more.
Since its birth in 2002, AA has
championed for the presence of
African resources and studies at UBC,
a presence that should have been
acknowledged years ago without
"What exactly does global citizenship mean?" asks Timothy
Mwangeka Makori, administrative
coordinator for AA "If we are nurturing a global environment at UBC, and
acknowledging that we are all part of
a global citizenship, then where does
Africa fit into that equation?"
Jo-Ann Osei-Twum, co-chair of
Africa Awareness, agrees.
"We need a Hbrary! There needs to
be courses; a department that has
instructors who know the continent,
so students don't have to go through
so much hassle to get information."
Students involved in AA are not
alone in their frustration. "I really
noticed [when I first joined the
group] the response from other students at Club Days. People were
shocked and surprised that there
were no African Studies offered—and
they wanted it. There's a need for it,"
says Osei-Twum.
AA is also working hard to fulfill
this need. With events ranging from
African fashion to a public lecture
titled Africa Injury Research
Consortium, the week covers everything from culture to politics to education.
Such diversity lets the uninformed know that though Africa is
facing staggering social and economic problems, it cannot be shoved into
any one box or preconception. But
what there is to know cannot be dealt
with in one week.
"The issues to be discussed are
huge," says Makori. "We need
more discussion on colonisation
and its legacy, and institutional
All three agree that their volunteers gain invaluable skills and
knowledge working with AA.
Makori also sees how student volunteers of African background have
used their involvement to connect
with other students and community members from Africa. TKey are
optimistic about the future of
African Studies at UBC, but see
room for improvement.
"If UBC and Martha Piper's goal is
to get Trek 2010 into place, but are
still not devoted to enhancing the
presence of Africa at UBC, we have a
long way to go," says Situma.
Africa Awareness Week closes
tomorrow with the Africa Awareness
Conference. For more information
visit www.afiica-awareness.ubc.ca. VI
I THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 27 January, 2006
National 9
PEI students get a B for cutting class
Professor explains why he encouraged students not to attend history course
by Ray Keating and Sean Molloy
CHARLOTTETOWN (CUP)-In the midst of
what was dubbed "Academic Integrity Week"
by the University of Prince Edward Island's
administration, Dr David Weale came under
fire for a unique offer he made to students in
his History/Religious Studies 332 class.
Weale recently offered a deal to his students
he caUed "The January Clearance," which
essentiaUy awarded students who accepted
the offer a final grade of 70 per cent provided they promise not to attend his class.
While most students chose not to accept
the offer, approximately 20 did. When word
of the deal reached the ears of Richard
Kurial, the dean of Arts, he condemned
Weale's actions.
"There won't be a free pass, this universi-
—Zac Kurylyk
Student Representative
Academic Integrity Committee
ty prides itself on teaching exceUence," he
said. "We've won many awards and this is an
The CBC reported that Weale made the
offer because the class is too big and some
students aren't interested in being there.
Weale has since been replaced as the
course professor while UPEI's administration considers what appropriate disciplinary
action to take.
When pressed for comment, student
union President Ryan GaUant said, "while I
understand to a certain degree what Dr
Weale is trying to say, obviously the integrity
of this institution is of utmost importance to
us, the students who invest our time and
energy here."
GaUant thinks Weale's offer damages the
school's reputation and, as a consequence,
the value of students' degrees.
"It wiU very likely overshadow the other
great things that are happening here,"
he said.
While the university's response has been
overwhelmingly negative, The Cadre wanted
to offer Dr Weale the opportunity to explain
the motivation behind the offer. What follows is a transcript of that conversation:
The Cadre: Why offer this deal?
Weale: I felt it was in everyone's best
interests, certainly, by eliminating the overcrowding in the room it provided an
enhanced learning environment for the
approximately 70 students who were reaUy
interested in the 0010*86, and not just the
credit. That surely is worth a few raised eyebrows.
The Cadre: Is it fair to students?
Weale: You would have to ask them.
There was a lengthy discussion about the
option with the entire class, and not one of
the students who remained has complained
to me that they are being treated unfairly.
Ironically, I think the people who are complaining the loudest about it being unfair are
those—both students and professors—who
beHeve that everyone must 'play the game'
-Dr David Weale
University of PEI Lecturer
the way they have been forced to play it. Is it
fair what I am doing? I suppose that means
playing by the rules, and at that level perhaps it's not fair; but there is another level,
a deeper one, and that is the question of who
made the rules, and in whose interests, and
whether or not the rules themselves are fair.
Rule makers hate rule breakers—as a rule.
The Cadre: Is it ethical?
Weale: Demanding ethical or moral
behavior is often just a way of getting people
to comply with a pre-arranged program. I
could only have second thoughts about my
decision if it could be pointed out to me that
what I did was clearly injurious to individuals. Did I harm anyone? I don't beHeve so,
but am open to talk to anyone who feels they
have been hurt or damaged by what has happened. Is it ethical for young adults to be
forced to fit into a system where they have
no say about how they are processed and
evaluated? I suspect that the people who are
most concerned about what has happened
are   not  thinking  about  the  individuals
involved, but about the chaUenge it poses to
the status quo. And what could be more
unethical than that—putting the system
ahead of the individuals within it?
The Cadre: Does it undermine the value
of traditional education?
Weale: The question of the value of a university education is an interesting one. I
think the university is a wonderful place; but
not for everyone; not for the many students
who are pressured into going there, but who .
would probably be better off foUowing some d
other avenue of learning. The expensive
credits many students receive at UPEI are '
largely worthless, and when their time there
is over many are left with a crippHng debt-
load that greatly limits their abiHty to pursue
what they reaUy love. In a word, time spent
at university is a great benefit to some, and
a great waste of time to many others, and I
don't beHeve most universities are reaUy
honest about that.
While Dr Weale's methods are controversial, the university community sees some
validity in the root issue. When asked for the
position of the Academic Integrity
Committee on the matter, Dr Wendy Shilton
noted that "there are legitimate concerns,
including class size. Professors need control
to address the quality of teaching...changing
unilateraUy in ways that undermine the
integrity of the degree is not the way to proceed. It is an untenable position to put
students in."
While Dr Shilton's comments faU short of
an outright condemnation, the reaction of
students has been more pointed.
"I'm disappointed to see UPEI sink to
this level," said Zac Kurylyk, the student representative for the same committee said.
"Many people think that UPEI is an easy university, but it's never been this bad before. I
can certainly see, though, why this option
would appeal to someone with no work
ethic. I think that someone who takes this
deal isn't getting what they paid for—
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Friday, 27 January, 2005   THEUBYSSEY
Slanderous AMS elections
predictions: the Annual
Ubyssey edition
Can you smell it? It's time for an
election. Again. Tomorrow marks
the final and main day of voting for
the AMS elections, and just like the
municipal elections, students are
faced with an overwhelming number of candidates to choose from.
Already in circulation is the
Ubyssey's AMS elections supplement and we encourage students
to give it a read-over before making their final decision. An .
informed electorate is far more
likely to choose effective and
responsible pohticians.
It's disappointing that are so
many more joke candidates than in
previous years (VP External and VP
Finance have only one candidate
worth considering seriously). While
it isn't a problem that joke candidates are running, it is a problem
that there is a deficit of serious candidates in these two races. And in
the case of VP External, the only
actual candidate, Ian Patillo, is very
inexperienced and his AMS pubHci-
ty campaign proposal threatens to
waste a lot of valuable fluids.
But certain candidates have
stood out among the others, and
the Ubyssey wiR now provide some
commentary and endorsements
and, unlike certain other pubHca-
tions, will try not to Hbel candidates
in the process.
Since Quinn Omori is graduating
next year and has decided not to
run a serious campaign, there are
only two choices in this race—
unless you have some bizarre fascination with poutine.
The only executive running for
re-election (albeit from a different
post) is Kevin Keystone, the current VP Finance. Though he is the
more qualified of the two candidates, his campaign has unfortunately been plagued with inflated
rhetoric and a lack of substantive
vision for the society's future.
His opponent former Totem
Park Residence Association
President Jeremy SheU, offers a different perspective claiming not to
be immersed "within an eHtist AMS
community." Although we applaud
his past campus involvement, his
lack of experience and disdain for
the AMS casts doubt on his suitability for its top position.
Keystone's knowledge of the
AMS and competent management
of the student society's finances
makes him the Ubyssey's pick.
VP Academic
The current AMS safety coordinator, Mariana Payet has run a fairly
effective campaign. While she
would certainly ensure that safety
issues continue to be a priority for
the AMS, some of her other objectives (more affordable student
housing and tuition), will be difficult to follow through on.
Jeff Friedrich makes no secret
that he is very concerned about the
UBC Farm. Fortunately, he does
have a good knowledge of the
University's operations and has
some practical reforms planned for
teaching evaluations.
The final serious candidate in
the running in Laura Levine. She
has some experience within the
AMS but her platform is not particularly striking and she needs more
focus if she's going to be able to put
herself above the competition.
Although Payet would be a competent VP, our choice is Friedrich,
as he has a realistic grasp of what
can be achieved.
VP Administration
Weighing the platforms of Sean
Kearney and David Yuen, one
may come to the conclusion
(indeed both the candidates
admitted they have) that they are
both very similar.
The choice basically boils
down to style. While both candidates have relevant experience,
it is in different areas. Kearney's
job as Science Undergraduate
Society Social Coordinator has
seen some impressive events,
including the 500 person "Cold
Fusion," happening tonight,
which he can't seem to stop
mentioning in his speeches.
David Yuen, on the other hand,
has worked as the coordinator of
JobHnk, giving him valuable AMS
experience and contact with the
people he may be working with.
Either candidate wiU likely do
a fine job of managing the SUB
and its many denizens.
Incumbent Tim Louman-
Gardiner, Lauren Hunter and -
Omar Sirri get our vote.
He may be a policy-wonk, but
Louman-Gardiner has demonstrated that he's fit to sit another
year on the board.
But the race between Sirri,
Hunter and Fire Hydrant should
be close. While we would
endorse the man behind Fire
Hydrant, Darren Peets, his insistence on running as an inanimate object makes us question
whether the administration will
be able to appreciate his vast
knowledge of campus developments and affairs.
Hunter is the only graduate
student running for a position
within the AMS. She has spent a
great deal of time at UBC and wiU
certainly be able to add to her Hst
of accompHshments if elected.
WeH-spoken and confident,
Sirri's reafistic approach to the
BoG makes him a decent choice.
Of the 20 candidates (only five
get elected), the candidates to
focus on are: incumbents Ida
Noohi and Gina Eom; Evan
Hesketh, Jensen Wong, Tariq
Ahmed, Jaspreet Khangura, Katie
McAlHster and, we never thought
we'd say this, but Fan Fan.
Or you can pick the candidate
with the funniest name. IB
Perspective Opinion
There's more to AMS elections than funny names
by Kevin Quinlan
Greetings, fellow students! As a
graduating poHtical nerd, this will
be my fifth and final AMS election.
However, I remember that as a
young student, I failed to inform
myself on the choices at hand. In a
simpler time, back when Chris
Klein and Katie Holmes shared a
love that was pure and true, I didn't even care to vote. When Idid,
my choices were made through a
mixed-member transfer vote system, often referred to as "who has
the funniest name". Although this
system helped elect Brian Duong in
consecutive elections, it failed to
motivate me to be informed.
In one last attempt to give back
to the campus community, I have
devoted myself to following this
election so as to share my humble
opinions with those who might be
less informed. So for all the students who vote based on funny
names, random guesses, and cutest
poster pictures (see: Klug, Jess;
2005), I present to you my insights
on this election, in the hopes that
you will be better informed to cast
a meaningful vote.
In Jeff Friedrich's (VP academic)
campaign poster, he is sitting on a
tricycle. However, at first glance it
looks like he is strangling a goose
with each hand. This is somewhat
disturbing, as he is a strong supporter of the UBC Farm.
Sean Kearney's (VP Admin) face
on his poster displays an uncanny
resemblance to the infamous
"Shooter McGavin" from Happy
Gilmore. However, this is not an
insult. Rather, like a new Weezer
album or a carrot muffin, it is neither good nor bad.
Being a MUG leader is not a
qualification for any AMS position
—it's not even a qualification for
being a MUG leader. If you go to
UBC long enough, you will be asked
to be a MUG leader. Twice I have
been asked to be a MUG leader the
day before the event Unless the
quaHties that MUG leaders should
possess are the abilities to cry and
have sex (or as I call it, "crexing") at
the same time, there was no good
reason for me being asked to MUG
it up; therefore, it is not something
to brag about
Jeremy "Fridge" SheU—ditch
the nickname. This isn't TPRA,
my friend, this is the big leagues;
you need to take a page from
Curtis "50 Cent* Jackson and distance yourself from the 'hood.
Putting your household appHance
nickname on the baUot is not the
most effective way to gain an
aura of legitimacy. You have
strong event management skiUs,
and you would do weU to high-
Hght them more; no other candidate can match Fridgefest (for
those not in the know, Fridgefest
is a social justice conference held
at the Commodore featuring progressive inteUectuals from
around the world). Alas, I can
count the number of successful
people who kept their childhood
nicknames on one hand, and you
sir, are no Kofi "Dump-truck"
Annan or Maya Angelou, aka "da
black widow spida/
FinaUy, Jerry Fan Fan. I admit,
lastyear I readily mocked the
young poHtico, but I have to say
that I beHeve JFF deserves to be
elected to Senate for two reasons:
1) He has the best candidate
website. Each page has Eva, his animated electronic assistant, who
speaks in a sexy Chei>circa-1998
voice while guiding you on each
page. You can learn such tidbits as
the English translation of popular
Chinese surnames (Wang means
"King"), as weU as that his favorite
building is Rome's Pantheon.
Which begs the question: just what
is Kevin Keystone trying to hide, if
he won't reveal his favorite architectural structure on his website?
How can you be the Wang of the
AMS, Kevin, if you won't be forthcoming with your beHefs?
2) JFF has the most heart-tugging campaign promise, regarding his controversial bait laptop
"Having heard too many occasions of laptop thefts in residences
and in the Hbraries, I want to
implemente something of these
sort, so that students can eventuaUy
go take their washroom breaks in
peace, knowing that their belongings wiU stiU belong to them when
they get back/
How can you not love the guy?
Jerry Fan Fan, you are the only
candidate in this election that I
am proud to say I wiU vote for. To
the rest of you: ditch the cHches
about lowering tuition and being
accountable (you can't and you
won't), stop bragging about being
a MUG leader, and visit www.jer-
ryfanfan.com to see what an AMS
candidate reaUy looks like.
—Kevin Quinlan is a political
science student in fifth year
What was the most
important election this
week and why?
"AU off the AMS elections. The elections have the most direct effect on
students as a whole."
—Omar Siri
Political Science 3
"Neither. I have no beHef in the
poHtical system."
—Tamara Dhillon
English 4
"Federal. I'm graduating in May and
the AMS won't have a lot to do with
my life after that—hopefuUy."
—Sarvi Mirabagheri
Science 4
"The federal election. The Liberals
—Andy Evans
Political Science 3
V    ^ 3".
"Federal because  it's  the  entire
—Meghan McAneeley
■Streeters coordinated by
Carolynne Burkholder THEUBYSSEY   Friday, 27 January, 2006
News H
Harper takes the helm
by Whitney McCaskill
On arrival in Ottawa Tuesday,
Prime Minister-designate Stephen
Harper said in a brief speech that
he is excited to "start rebuilding
Canada/ and reiterated his new
government's top priorities.
A refreshed Harper announced
that the Parliament Act, a bill
designed to promote transparency
and accountability in Ottawa, will
be the minority Conservative government's first act when it
assumes power.
Harper went on to say that the
ParHament Act will be followed by
bills addressing his party's previous campaign commitments to cut
the GST, develop a child care
allowance, toughen sentencing
laws, and establish a wait-time
guarantee for health care.
"Canadians have expressed the
need to get on with the governance
of this country," UBC poHtical science professor Alan Tupper noted.
This will increase the new
Prime Minister's abiHty to pass his
budget and other proposals in spite
of the differing poHcies of the opposition, he added.
Also helping the Tories is the
nature of some of their promises.
When asked how capable Stephen
Harper will be in implementing
Conservative promises without
majority support, UBC Political
Science Professor and Department
Head Richard Johnston observed
that several aspects of his poHcy
platform "may not require parHa-
mentaiy approval."
Johnston explained that powers
afforded Stephen Harper by his
new office allow him to shape
Canada's foreign poHcy and economy without parHamentaiy support.
"You would be surprised what
[Harper] can do, [particularly] on
the economic front and on the foreign poHcy front, on his own."
For example, he said, by
expressing the Canadian
Government's support for the US
missile defense plan, Stephen
Harper can strike a chord with the
Bush Administration and strengthen future relations with the United
States, all without having to pass
legislation in the House
of Commons.
The same
strategy would
also enable the
Harper government to address
guaranteed wait
times for Health
Care services. In
spite of the
restriction laid
out in the
Canada Health
Act that services paid for by the
province may not be purchased in
any private matter, Stephen
Harper can open the gates to private health care by simply side
stepping these regulations.
Professor Johnston observed
that by simply claiming to "interpret the Canada Health Act
HberaUy," the Conservatives can
allow provinces to explore time
saving strategies, including private  health  care.  Such a move,
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Johnston warned, "can, in effect,
unravel a lot of the foundations of
pubHc health care as it stands
For those matters that demand
the support of Parliament, the
public expectation of cooperation
might compel the opposition to
resist toppling the minority government by voting down its budget. Johnston explained that the
promise of direct child care payments wiH have to be passed on a
budget while cracking down on
crime wiU require criminal code
amendments, both of which
require parliamentary support.
While it wiH be difficult for the
Liberals, NDP and Bloc to oppose
stricter sentencing on gun crimes,
the matter of child care payments
might become a hot topic for the
Should the Conservatives defer
the child care poHcy to next year's
budget, Johnston admits it probably wouldn't pass and would
become the dominant topic for the
next election. Such a turn of
events would work out weU for a
future Conservative majority
whose plan would provide roughly
$ 1,000 to each family for each eligible child. The combination of
that with another GST cut would
give the Conservative's considerable appeal in a late 2007 election, Johnston speculated.
In the meantime, Harper and
the Conservatives have their eyes
set on passing legislation like the
ParHament Act, and stricter sentencing for gun crimes in order to
strengthen their pubHc support. BB
In the name of science
Several stalwart combatants faced off in vats of Jello for all
to enjoy last Wednesday in the SUB to celebrate science
Man found dead on campus
The body of a homeless man in his
thirties was discovered in front of a
UBC home on Thursday morning.
PoHce say that there is no reason to
suspect foul play.
"The initial determination from
ourselves and the coroner is that he
died from the elements," said Sgt
Dan Wendland of the UBC RCMP
detachment. "He was unkempt and
not wearing the type of clothing
that you could survive on the street
for any length of time."
The man's fingerprints have been
sent to Ottawa in an effort to identify him. Wendland said that he was
definitely not a UBC student.
"He's not known to us or the
neighborhood where he was located," commented Wendland.
He said that there is no reason
for residents in the area to be
Tower power
Early Thursday, UBC's Board of
Governors (BoG) approved the
redesign of the Phase II portion of
the Marine Drive Towers. The two
remaining towers wiU now be 18
and 17 storeys respectively.
It is estimated that the delays of
this project has cost UBC an additional $20 milHon. The subsequent
rise in construction costs has lead
to a $240 increase across the board
for aU student housing. II 12 News
Friday, 27 January, 2006  THE UBYSSEY
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Oyster in the rough
UBC's Oyster Research Farm selling techniques leaves some local residents angry
by Biyan Zandberg
For some Vancouver Island communities, it wasn't the news that
UBC's Clyster River Research farm
had been sold, but rather who had
pin-chased the 1746-acre tract of
land that came as a reHef.
The news came just prior to
Christmas that the University had
sold the former dairy research farm
to long-time dairy farmer Patrick
Evans. That announcement wasn't
before the University raised hackles
in Courtney, Campbell River and
other communities, however.
"At first, when we heard about
the farm sale, we felt a bit insulted about the short notice," said
Wendy CampbeU, a fisheries biologist.   Campbell was  among  a
number   of people   concerned
about protecting the social and
environmental  integrity of the
site. It's home to the Oyster River
Salmon Enhancement hatchery, a
network of trails, buildings used
for pubHc events, and an estuary
restoration project—aU of which
are enjoyed and maintained by
surrounding  communities.  The
hatchery alone  is. run by the
efforts of 300 volunteers.
One section of the property
comprises 367 acres of waterfront
on the Georgia Strait. CampbeU
said when she and other residents
started seeing words like "views-
capes" being used in the advertisements for the property, alarm
bells started going off.
"Our fear was that it would happen like it happens in so many places,
that it just turns into condominiums
and golf courses," said Campbell.
She complained that the
University    refused    to    include
THE LEGACY THEY'RE LEAVING: The Oyster River under a mantle of snow, bruce pirrie photo
covenants in the sale that reflected
the interests of user groups. She
explained that many residents wanted to safeguard pubHc access to the
trails, a tenure for the fish hatchery
and a commitment to continue ecological efforts on an estuary that is
being rehabilitated there.
"The response from the
Endwoment Trust was that, 'Nope,
we're just selling the land and you
can work it out with the new
owner," she said.
Neil Cameron, editor of The
Campbell River Courier-Islander,
ran an editorial accusing UBC of not
being able to distinguish between
"monetary and social values."
"One would think and hope that
a university would have the academic prowess to understand just
what this sale will mean," he wrote,
encouraging residents to pressure
the University to protect what he
termed  an   "environmental   and
recreational paradise."
Now, both Cameron and
CampbeU readily credit the
University for having selected
Evans, who has subsequently
entered into independent agreements to honour the existing infrastructure on the land.
"Maybe aU the time they knew
who the buyer was going to be,"
Cameron explained in a phone
interview this week. But he said the
way the Endowment Trust handled
the sale left him wondering if they
would have sold to a developer had
the opportunity arisen.
"I would hate to think that they
were in their for a quick buck,"
he commented.
Byron Braley, associate Vice-
president of UBC Treasury, downplayed the local opposition to the
sale: "On the Oyster River piece
there's a lot of blow-back because of
so-called environmental concerns
Polls close at 4pm
and so on. WeU we've found a purchaser that's going to respect aH
that I'm quite pleased with the way
it's aU turned out"
In terms of real estate transactions, he said the Oyster River sale
is significant
"As an individual holding in
the endowment, it actuaUy is
pretty big."
According to Braley, students
and the University at large stand to
gain from the sale because the
monies wiU be re-invested as part of
the Endowment, which in turn guarantees future scholarships and
operating costs of aU the various faculties at UBC.
The research farm was willed to
the University by New York stockbroker Barrett Montfortin 1962
under the agreement that it be
used for farming and research for
20 years. UBC research on the site
more or less ended in 1999, when
the University puUed up stake and
moved its dairy research to the
more-accessible Fraser VaUey.
Both UBC and Evans are waiting
for the final approval of the Minister
of Advanced Education, which is
expected later this spring. The
terms of the deal cannot be disclosed until final approval, a
AMS candidates land
in penalty box
by Paul Evans
Candidates who received an endorsement in the Knoll, a pubhcation of the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) resource
groups, were penaHsed Tuesday for
having derived a benefit from the
endorsements earHer in the week.
The elections code prohibits the use
of AMS resources for the purposes of
endorsing particular candidates, and
since the Knoll violated this rule, itwas
removed from circulation.
Candidates Jeff Friedrich, Lauren
Hunter, Mariana Payet, Sophia Haque,
David Yuen, and Kevin Keystone were
each fined 50 doUars from their campaign expenses as a result of the
Ian Pattilo, VP External candidate,
was also penaHsed two days of campaigning privileges because he actively
participated in the Knoll's production.
"The section of code says that if candidates receive a benefit as a result of
those actions, which are illegal, then we
are to penaHse the candidate," said AMS
Elections Administrator Ian McKechnie.
VP Academic and University Affairs
candidate Jeff Friedrich commented
that he and the other candidates
shouldn't have been punished for the
Knoll's actions because they were
unaware of them.
"We didn't soHcit the endorsements,
we didn't know about the endorsements," he said. "It was something the
KnoU did on the their own vohtion."
McKechnie said that intent or knowledge only counts towards the severity of
the penalty.
"If you have knowledge or intent,
then obviously it would be worse.
However, if a benefit was received, they
have to be penaHsed for that benefit,"
he said.
Friedrich appealed to McKechnie's
decision unsuccessfully. He said he
intends to take the matter to student
court in the hones of estabHshina a
precedent for future campaigns.
With advanced online polling completed, students who haven't yet voted
may do so in by paper ballot today from
9am to 4pm. Voting locations are
Maclnnes Held by the bus loop, the
SUB, Koerner library, Buchanan courtyard, the Fred Kaiser Building and
Biological Sciences Buildling.
There will be a results party in the
Gallery lounge starting at 5:30pin. ff
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