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The Ubyssey Feb 1, 2005

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Behind the mural
Who is that artistic person making the
SUB conversation pit pretty? page 5
Why UBC won't be hosting the Vanier
Cup anytime soon, page 8
Get your vote on this week for the U'Pass,
aboriginals and assault victims, page 10
He ain't heavy, he's my brother since 1918.
Tuesday, I February, 2005
www. ubyssey. be. c a
Vol.LXXXVI  N°33
U-Pass now dependent on voters
by Paul Evans
With voting in the U-Pass referendum
already underway, the AMS External
Commission has been busy since last
Thursday running an awareness
campaign aimed at informing students about the referendum and
encouraging them to vote.
The U-Pass referendum, running
simultaneously along with four other
referendums, asks students if they
support raising the monthly cost of
the U-Pass from $20 to $22. AMS VP
External Holly Foxcroft, the External
Commission chair, said the group
has taken measures such as distributing leaflets to students, especially
in high traffic areas, postering
around campus, and offering coffee
along with information to students at
the bus loop as part of their effort
Foxcroft noted that raising awareness about the referendum is a
responsibility that belongs to the students as well as the AMS.
*I believe that it is the AMS'
responsibility to promote the referendum but it's also the responsibility of
students to take the initiative and to
vote," said Foxcroft. 'Also, if they feel
so passionately about it we've been
encouraging people to make efforts
like e-mailiog their friends or making
individual classroom announcements."
Like many others, second-year
student Shaun Zoneveld said that he
found out about the referendum
from friends via e-mail. While he
applauded current promotion efforts
by the AMS, Zoneveld believes they
should have been started a month
"I think they're trying to do stuff a
little too late now," he said.
Arts councillor and Board of
Governors representative elect
Quinn Omori agreed that the AMS
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waited too long before launching its
awareness campaign.
"We definitely should have had
something earlier. It reflects poorly
on the AMS as far as optics are concerned," he said.
Foxcroft agreed that starting the
campaign sooner would have been
beneficial, but said that many complications arose that made the
process difficult
"We had to wait until we had final
wording approved from council on
the Wednesday night" said Foxcroft.
In addition to this, she claimed that
materials such as posters weren't
ready     until     late     Wednesday
While timing maybe one problem
facing the awareness campaign,
some students are questioning
whether the AMS is sufficiently communicating to students the potential
implications of the referendum.
Quorum for the referendum is set
at ten per cent, meaning that if
fewer than ten per cent of UBC
students vote, the U-Pass program is
Given high stakes like this,
Kamran Moshref, a fourth-year Arts
student believes the AMS should be
doing more to publicise the campaign, "especially focusing on the fact
that the U-Pass could be completely
gone if we don't reach quorum with
the referendum."
But Foxcroft remains optiinistic
that quorum will be reached.
"Given the magnitude of the e-
mails that have been circulating, I
think that students have the volition
to vote," said Foxcroft. "We set up an
information table at Totem [Park] on
Thursday evening. Seventy five per
cent of students were already aware
of the referendum at that time, which
was very encouraging information
for us to hear."
See "U-Pass"page 2.
Fussing over the fees
Verbal agreements and poor communication confound AMS, UBC
Season slipping away
Sheila Townsend catapults her team in the right direction after
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by Dan McRoberts
A handling fee that would further
increase ihe cost of the U-Pass
program for students has campus student societies up in arms
this week.
Under the terms of a business
agreement negotiated in 1992,
UBC charges a small handling fee
for all AMS fees that are collected
and disbursed by the university's
financial services department.
When the U-Pass was approved
two years ago the university
agreed to defer these costs until a
later date. With the recent renegotiation of the program, that day
seems to have come.
The AMS, however, was surprised by this development,
claiming that UBC reneged last
week on a verbal agreement that
had been reached with a senior
university administrator. Under
the terms of this agreement, the
handling fee would be covered by
the university.
"Geoff Atkins (associate vice
president of Land and Building
Services) had made a commitment
in November," said AMS VP
External Holly Foxcroft
"I had received this commitment and hours before the council
meeting it was pulled out," she
said. "We were notified at 2:20 in
the afternoon." That same evening
the AMS had to approve the referendum questions that are currently before students.
Concerned that including the
cost of the handling fee would discourage voters from supporting
the renegotiated U-Pass, AMS
Council voted against including
those costs in the referendum
'It was hard to word it in a
See "Fees"page 2.
U-Town poll to
give students
more choices
by Sarah Bourdon
Students participating in a poll
in April will have the chance to
choose whether or not they support
any of the design options for
the new University Boulevard
In addition to being able to
select a preferred design from the
three final proposals, community
members will have the option of
selecting a "none of the above"
option, according to Brenda
Ogembo, AMS VP Academic.
"We felt that that wasn't enough
to just ask people to just vote on
the three, it wasn't very representational of what campus was asking for," said Ogembo. "We were
just addressing some concerns we
had about dissemination of information regarding the University
Boulevard competition.*
The poll, which will run from
April 1 to 10, is designed to collect community input to be submitted to an architectural jury
who will select the final design.
Models of each design will be set
up in the Belkin Art Gallery for
viewing and graphic designs will
be accessible on the internet during the polling period.
At a Board of Governors
Properties and Planning meeting
last week, Ogembo proposed that
poll-takers be given a chance to
express their views if they do not
like the University Boulevard development plan. The Board opted for a
"none of the above" option along
with a comment box where poll-takers can express any views they have
on the project
Without a place for comments,
poll-takers would not have a way of
explaining their choices on the poll,
said Ogembo.
"pf] people don't vote favourably
on one thing or the other, you won't
know why they didn't like it* she
said. "It's just a concept it's not
binding, it can still be altered. If you
had a survey then you have an
opportunity to take the feedback
into account when you're actually
implementing the plan. The Board
seemed very positive about it they
seemed to like the idea,'
The poll will be a useful tool for
the architectural jury in making
their final decision since it will
include input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and university residents, according to Linda Moore, a
spokesperson for University Town.
'This is a very large exercise in
democracy because if you count up
all that that's well over, I think,
150,000 people so it will be interesting to see how many people do
vote,' said Moore.
U-Town officials also felt that an
alternative should be included in
the polling questions, said Moore.
'Before Brenda [Ogembo] had
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Ten per cent quorum must
"U-Pass" from page 7.
Foxcroft's main concern is with
technical issues related to the AMS'
online voting service. When voting
officially began at 5pm yesterday, a
time that the External Commission
be reached to retain pass
had been encouraging people to start
voting, there were errors on the website preventing people from registering their votes.
Assuming the referendum carries, Translink has agreed to freeze
the U-Pass price until 2008. ♦
"None of the above" option to be included
"U-Town"from page 7.
made her presentation we were
already contemplating this and
certainly with her presentation we
heard that and we sort of went yes,
that's what we're thinking too,"
she explained.
Though Ogembo said that the
proposal she put forward was
intended to enable poll-takers to
oppose the entire project, being
able to oppose the specific designs
will still give voters a more powerful voice in the process.
"The 'none of the above' option
is not the ideal situation for us in
the sense that it doesn't give a
comment on whether people don't
like the plan in general or whether
people don't like the designs. At
the same time, at least it's far better than nothing,* said Ogembo.
Students should have a greater
role than simply being asked to
choose one of three predetermined options, according to Chris
Ross, a second year Arts student.
"I think there should be student
involvement in the whole arc of
the process, not just the design to
begin with but the whole implementation of it and how it's constructed/ said Ross. 'Having students involved on their campus is
a way of creating community.*
The AMS may run a more comprehensive survey in the future to
'provide better input as to what
students want to see," according to
University Town officials are
confident that the designs presented will be very high quality and
will be appealing to community
members, explained Moore. Three
teams, recently chosen from a list
of seven semifinalists, will present
their visions for evaluation.
"It was very, very challenging.
There were seven excellent interviews so the calibre of the interest
and talent was extraordinary and I
think that we are really fortunate
to have had this kind of response
from so many architecture firms
that are clearly leading the pack of
the world's best architects.*
A final design for University
Boulevard will be chosen in May. ♦
VP Students office has no knowledge of agreement
"Fees" from page 7.
way that it didn't sound like a cash
grab,* said Arts Councillor Quinn
"I understand why they collect
the fees in general,* Omori said.
"But the U-Pass is part of UBC's
TREK program, so they see the benefits of the program as well.
"It was an appropriate time to
take a stand," said Omori. "This
isn't just for students, it fits right in
with the larger plans and vision for
the university."
Omori's view was echoed by Phil
Orchard, the vice-president external
for the Graduate Students Society
(GSS). The GSS Council passed a
motion last week questioning the
university's decision not to cover
the handling fee and supporting the
AMS stance.
"We're very supportive of the U-
Pass referendum...but essentially
this would mean that the AMS would
have to collect money to pay the university," said Orchard. "That's the
type of lightning rod to mobilise students who would otherwise support
the U-Pass, because it looks like a
sort of tax from UBC."
While Orchard acknowledged
that the university subsidises the U-
Pass program to the tune of $3 per
month, he feels that there are substantial benefits for the institution.
"They don't need to build new
parking structures or worry about
traffic congestion," he said.
The U-Pass program offers
clear institutional benefits for
UBC, but there are also substantial
costs to the university, according
to Michelle Aucoin from UBC's VP
Students office.
"It's a splitting hairs kind of
argument,* she said. "Students are
not paying the full cost of the program... Implementing the U-Pass
program has been a very costly
exercise. It has not happened like
pushing a button.* Aucoin cited
the work involved in processing
exemptions and the production of
the passes themselves as examples
of program costs borne by the
The VP Students office has no
knowledge of a verbal arrangement
with regard to the handling fee and
has received no official communication of any sort from the AMS,
Aucoin said.
"I had no knowledge of any verbal statement...There's certainly
been no agreement in writing," she
said. "However we do have a formal
agreement in place to address the
administration fees incurred by the
university and the university is not
going to forgo that fee...The AMS has
not communicated with the
university any reason why
we should treat the U-Pass fee
Because the referendum question does not incorporate the handling fees, Aucoin feels that UBC and
the AMS have limited options to deal
with the situation.
"I don't know what the university
will be willing or prepared to do,"
she said. "The administration would
like to have received the concerns of
the AMS in a more constructive
The AMS cannot increase fees
without going through a referendum
and if UBC refuses to waive or defer
the administrative costs, the student
society may be forced to hold another referendum to approve the inclusion of the handling fee.
Foxcroft hopes that such a step
will prove unnecessary. The AMS
executive will be drafting a letter
intended for the university administration outlining why they disagree
with paying the handling fee.
Foxcroft plans to have the letter
ready in time for Wednesday's AMS
Council meeting to allow for further
"We've been mandated by council to pursue a solution for this," she
said. "So we're looking to find some
common ground." ♦
Sexual assault centre seeks support
Deveau asks students to pay a little bit more to support the
resource centre, nic fensom photo
by Dan McRoberts
The Sexual Assault Support Centre
(SASC) at UBC has seen its clientele
triple in only two years. Now, the
centre is asking for an equal
increase in core funding.
SASC wants to increase the fee it
receives from students from one
dollar to three, a levy that will
enable SASC to better provide
essential services to the UBC community, according to co-coordinator
Lisa Lafreniere. The fee is refundable on request.
"We're run off our feet," she said.
"Right now, we aren't funded
enough to be open full time.*
The request for additional fund
ing comes as part of the AMS
Referendum, which runs until this
Friday. The SASC related question
states that should the fee increase
be approved by the required ten per
cent of the student body, the AMS
will call on UBC to match funding
for the centre.
"The main thing about matching
funding is that the need will be
recognised for a specific sexual support centre,* said Lafreniere.
UBC has not been approached
recendy about funding for SASC,
according to VP Students Brian
"No one has initiated a formal
discussion with us about this, the
first time I heard about it was when
the question was tabled at AMS
Council/ he said.
"There is no direct university
funding for core services that are
supplied by the AMS services. The
only exception to that was a onetime situation with equipment for
Safewalk/ Sullivan added.
The university offers support for
sexual assault victims through its
student health and counselling services, but SASC is the only body on
campus that offers specific support
for the victims of sexual violence,
according to Lafreniere.
When the centre was in its infancy, donations from organisations
such as the Totem Park Residence
Association and the White Ribbon
campaign provided for its
A one-dollar fee was later
passed by a referendum to provide
more stable funding. The original
fee levy was deliberately low-
balled, Lafreniere said.
"We went low because we didn't
know what the demand would be
like/ she said. "Generally that's
half or one third of the funding
that other centres received and
we're one of the largest campuses
in Canada/
Wearing laminated sandwich
boards, the centre's two coordinators have been actively soliciting
support for the fee increase this
week and have had a positive
response from most of the students they approach.
"A lot of people are very supportive of us," Lafreniere said.
"There are also a lot of people not
recognising how prevalent a problem [sexual assault] is...it happens
on our campus and it is a huge
US students see cheaper alternative in UBC
"Canadian Ivy"
branding pays
off with
by Carrie Robinson
Tuition increases will not stop
international students in the
United States from choosing UBC—
enrollment of US students at UBC
has been on the rise for the past
eight years.
"Our numbers have gone from
40 to 450 in the last eight years/
said Dr Donald Wehrung, head of
the International Student
Initiative. This growth is a direct
result of the authorisation given
by the UBC Board of Governors in
January 1996 to "expand the
enrollment of international students/ he added.
Currently there are 3,900 international students enrolled at UBC,
said Wehrung.
Recruitment of US students
involves visiting colleges, high
schools and fairs promoting UBC
as part of a Canadian Ivy rubric,
which includes the University of
Toronto and Queens.
The high entrance fees and
standards of the American Ivy
League universities have made
UBC a very attractive alternative
for US students.
"I think there are several reasons why, the primary reason is
that US students feel that they get
good value for money at UBC/
said Wehrung.
American students agree that
the difference in cost is an important consideration.
"It is more expensive for me to
be here than most Canadian students, however it's still less expensive than if I were to go to an
MOVING NORTH: American students like Stephen Friedman-Gerlicz from New Mexico come to UBC
to save money and try something a little different, trevor gilks photo
American University, outside of
state," said Stephen Friedman-
Gerlicz, a first-year student from
New Mexico. Friedman-Gerlicz
added that it costs him about
$16,000 to attend UBC, including
food and housing at Totem Park
Residence, whereas it would cost
him about $30,000 to attend an
American university.
Financial assistance and
awards are available to international students to help with the
cost. In the 2004 winter session
190 US student loan recipients
were enrolled at UBC, said Rella
Ng from Student Financial
Assistance and Awards.
"There are no bursaries specifically for US students but there are
scholarships for international students," said Ng.
The Mary Margaret Young
Scholarship provides an internation
al student with $27,000 for one year
of study. One of these scholarships
was received and three were
renewed in 2004, said Ng.
Another major scholarship that
UBC provides is the International
Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship.
This scholarship can last from one
to four years and only one student
received it in 2004. The amount
varies from year to year from
$14,000 to $33,000.
"International students have to
perform well academically/ said
Ng. In order to receive and renew
the scholarships, which are based
upon merit and need, international students must keep their
grades high.
Aside from the financial considerations, US students seem to
enjoy being in a relatively familiar
setting. Friedman-Gerlicz wanted
to go somewhere a little bit differ
ent and in visiting UBC last summer, discovered he liked the experience of being an international
student while still enjoying some
of the familiarities of home.
This is common among students from the US, according to
"What a number of students
have said that they like about UBC
is that it's different than being in
the US because there is less
emphasis on the sports side of
campus and more the student life
side...but there is still the English
language medium, and still basically the same TV signals/ said
In the future Wehrung expects
the number of US students to continue to rise because, "they can get
all that at a good tuition level
and they don't have to go very far
for it." ♦
$8 million for
A Vancouver couple has donated
$8 million to UBC for the creation
of a biodiversity research centre.
The complex will feature a natural history museum, the only one
in Canada to be integrated with a
major research centre.
The Beaty Biodiversity
Research Centre, named for the
donors, Ross and Trisha Beaty, will
house more than 30 UBC scientists
in disciplines ranging from
genomics to oceanography. Their
research will be reflected in museum exhibits and educational programs.
The five-storey, 12,600 square-
metre centre is expected to open
in November 2007.
Ross Beaty, a 53-year-old geologist and mining entrepreneur, is
chairman of Pan American Silver
Corporation, one of the world's
leading silver producers. He has
both a bachelor of science honours degree and a law degree
from UBC. Trisha Beaty is a local
physician who majored in zoology
and obtained her medical degree
from UBC.
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UBC has appointed an acting vice-
president to replace outgoing VP
Research Indira Samarasekera,
who is leaving to take the job of
President at the University of
David Dolphin, a professor in
chemistry, will take over the position as of February 1. Dolphin has
taught at UBC since 1976 and was
recently a finalist for this year's
Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold
Medal for Science and Engineering.
The Board of Governors also
approved the re-appointment of
Terry Sumner as vice-president,
Administration and Finance for a
six-year period, effective June 1,
Voter's paradise as
forums sweep
Students are invited to a U-Pass
forum today (Feb. 1) in the SUB
Conversation Pit from 12 to 1pm.
Come learn about what the U-Pass
can offer you.
Additional forums are being
held today at Gage's Fort Camp
from 6:30 to 7:30pm, and
Thursday in Place Vanier's Shrum
lounge from 6:30 to 7:30pm.
Voting started Monday night
and continues through February 7.
Vote at www.ams.ubc.ca or through
the student service centre website,
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Troubleshooting for exam solutions
by Colleen Tang
The way UBC schedules exams is changing one step at
a time.
In response to a letter sent by last year's student senators which called for "a change in the definition of
exam hardship from 24 hours to 36 hours as well as an
alleviation of the current phenomenon of exam clustering,* the administration is changing the way they schedule exams, according to Gina Eom, a student senator.
While the 36-hour time frame for exam hardship is
not a possibility, UBC hopes to change the clustering
problem by adjusting the computer software that creates
it, according to Justin Marples, director of classroom
"We only have an opportunity to manipulate the software according to three criteria...the level of concerns of
exams in a day, level of concern with back-to-back, and
level of concern with conflicts," said Marples.
The software is very useful, but the dedustering has
to be done manually.
"Once the software has done its thing, we go through
and look for clusterings. That's about a specific area of
academic discipline where say a fourth-year applied student has four exams in one day...in sciences and applied
science where there have been particular concerns, we
devoted whatever resources we could garnish within our
limitations to try to specifically spend a few days going
through very carefully and looking at clusterings and
then seeing what we can do to minimise the clusterings," said Marples.
Dedustering resulted in the removal of 28 sections
in last December's exam schedule, an improvement
when compared to the December 2003 schedule,
according to Brigitte Priebe, an exam scheduling clerk.
In addition, the number of evening exam seats
increased from 300 to 850 over the past three years,
though this is not a significant change relative to the
number of overall seats, said Marples. Having these
extra evening seats makes it easier to avoid back-to-back
exams, added Priebe.
The whole process involved running 30 different trials to adjust the weighting of the exam schedule.
"The software allows you to adjust from a scale of
zero to ten how important something is. If it is really
important that we don't have back-to-back we would put
that at a ten. The software would then resist any student
writing back-to-back/ said Marples, adding that there is
always a window of opportunity for changing the current
schedule. "In the fourteen day exam period we hold back
one Saturday to resolve conflict and to decluster.*
Still, there is room for improvement, according to
Eom. One remaining problem with the scheduling software is that it doesn't recognise what classes are being
"I think the biggest problem with the program currently is that there is no qualitative process to it," she
explained. "It would be so much easier to have a program just for exam scheduling. The program is pretty
much blind. If [the program] it doesn't know what
course it is, it doesn't show up/
The software doesn't consider the limited number of
venues on campus that are available for exams, so
Classroom Services has to make sure everyone is slotted
in, a process that takes a few weeks, said Marples. The
entire scheduling process takes four weeks, with only 13
days to decluster manually, leaving a limited amount of
time to make adjustments.
Meeting the needs of every student proves difficult.
"You can never win in this process. There are always
complaints," said Marples. "Nonetheless, the optimal
exam schedule is what we're looking for and we've met
with AMS representatives for the past few years...and
they really liked what we were doing."
Currently, Eom is working on a student survey,
which will include "all academic aspects, not just exam
scheduling but it definitely is a component of it.
"What I would like to do is receive some more support from the students," she explained.
Eom hopes to continue working toward changing the
definition of exam hardship.
"I think all too often [we see] the scenario of two
exams in one day and then one the next morning, and
that barely escapes the exam hardship definition," she
said. "For me, that's a hardship, for many students that's
a hardship...but this is just a small step in the right direction. I think we can improve it significantly." ♦
Are universities hooked on Coca Cola?
by Megan Thomas
OTTAWA (CUP) — The first in a series of controversial
cola deals on Canadian university campuses will
expire this summer, putting the spotlight on whether
schools are so cash strapped they've become dependent on corporate funding to provide essential student
UBC was the first Canadian school to sign an exclusivity deal with Coke, making the cola giant the only
beverage supplier on campus. The ten-year deal, negotiated in 1995 by the university administration and the
student union, provided $8.4 million to UBC.
A new proposal from Coke has been presented to
the university president's office, said Stacey Chiu, the
vice-president of finance for the Alma Mater Society.
Chiu expects more details to be available by the end of
the month.
Chiu said any new deal between UBC and Coke
should be watched closely because it will set a precedent for future contracts on other campuses.
The decision to enter into another exclusive beverage contract lies with the senior UBC administration,
said Arlene Chan, who does marketing and business
development for the university.
Chan confirmed Coke has made a new proposal, but
said it is too early to tell if there will be a new contract.
However, Chan did say the university would negotiate
differently than 10 years ago.
Since UBC was the first Canadian deal, the contract
was largely based on consumption rates at US universities—rates that turned out to be drastically higher
than what UBC students drank. This shortfall translated into Coke's exclusive access to UBC being extended
until 2007, for free.
Since the first deal was signed, there has been concern that student unions and universities would
become reliant on sponsorship from corporate powerhouses like Coke and Pepsi to provide student services.
Chiu said the student union has leased portions of
their building to fill the void of two years without Coke
money, but said the cola cash will be missed.
Carleton University is halfway through its Coke contract. Bryan Zimmerman, vice-president of finance for
Carleton's student union, said the cola money has
become an essential crutch to fund student services.
"A lot of things the fund covers should come out of
the university's pocket," he said.
The University of Ottawa has been a Coke campus
since 1997. David Mitchell, vice-president of university relations, admitted that some services the university
provides are dependent on the cola money. If the university doesn't renew their deal, new sources of external funding would have to be found, he said.
Mitchell said he will watch what happens at UBC
closely, but said any new contract at the University of
Ottawa .would need more provisions for the university.
"The world has changed over the past 10 years,"
Mitchell said. "If we are going to renew in Ottawa, we
will be looking for more flexibility and transparency."
Shannon Denny, a spokesperson for Coke, declined
to comment on which campuses in Canada have exclusive contracts with the company, or on which campuses Coke is currendy negotiating with.
But Denny did say Coke considers the contracts a
"We will continue to partner with schools as long as
they value our partnerships and that they request it,"
Denny said.
Coke has seen its net income—profit after expenses,
but before taxes-double since 1995, the year it signed
the first campus deal.
While Coke has grown, it is difficult to know how
much it profits from partnerships with universities,
said Richard Girard, who recently profiled Coke for the
Polaris Institute, an Ottawa-based social policy think-
tank. Girard said this is partly because of the secrecy
around the deals.
"These corporations, they just don't want you to
know," he said.
But exclusive campus access does translate into
some profits for Coke, said Michael Mulvey, a marketing professor at the University of Ottawa.
"When your [product] is the only one available within a geographic region, it really increases the odds,
Mulvey said. "People may prefer Pepsi over Coke, but
not enough to walk across the block to the convenience
store to get one."
Mulvey said the contracts are also a sensible option
for universities struggling to provide more than their
government funding will allow.
"They have to find money," Mulvey said. "This is a
pretty sensible, pragmatic solution.* ♦
Passmore's project underway
The artist behind the SUBcultures mural project shares her inspiration and technique
by Yumimi Pang
There's a 20-foot piece of plywood sitting in
Heather Passmore's kitchen. Far from being
a home renovation project, this sizable
stretch of wood will eventually grace a wall in
the conversation pit of the Student Union
Building (SUB).
Passmore was recently commissioned by
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) to create the
SUBcultures mural intended to represent
anti-hate, anti-bias graffiti.
The project isn't technically a mural,
because she won't be working directly on the
wall, but on that piece of plywood. The idea is
that the piece will be moveable. But, otherwise, the project has similarities to the
purist's definition of a mural. "It's a political
piece for a public space, so in essence it's a
mural, but not 100 per cent," said Passmore.
Last December, there were three forums
open to the public for ideas about the mural.
While attendance was poor—not entirely surprising considering exam schedules—
Passmore still got some good ideas out of it.
And while the images have not yet fully
formed in Passmore's mind, her ideas for the
mural are intriguing.
"The reclamation of space and the student
ability as a group to have change—small-
change—over time which is meaningful and
effective or something more romantic orex-
citing," are the two main themes that
Passmore said she is currently considering.
She also emphasised group unity and working together to let go of differences together
with the theme of intentional and non-inten-
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the wear and tear on the body and on space.
"I totally want to try to avoid making a
cliche," said Passmore.
The mural will be photo-based, incorporating linoleum and paint stencilling techniques. Passmore is no stranger to using
linoleum in her work. In fact, last September,
her graduation exhibit for her UBC Master's
degree in Fine Art also featured linoleum.
"I would rip up a section of flooring and
present it on the wall and each piece would
reveal the history of its use over time," said
As for the stencilling, Passmore explained
that it's actually a graffiti technique that's been
growing in popularity. "I'm really happy to be
able to validate graffiti in the SUB," she says.
Perhaps one of the most interesting
aspects of this mural project is that when the
project gets closer to completion, Passmore
will actually be working on the mural in the
public eye, right in the SUB. Students will be
able to stop and chat with her, and maybe
even give her a hand. Passmore hopes to
complete the project by the end of February.
Asked about her inspiration, Passmore
said, "I guess I'm a bit of a romantic. I think
that, that kind of project is worth creating.
Maybe there are more important ways to
make art, but [for this project] the effects
are small but long term. I think it's worth
people's time." ♦
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part of the Sundance Film Festival
by Jesse Ferreras
Directed by independent newcomer Phil
Morrison and written by North Carolina
screenwriter Angus MacLachlan,
Junebug is their entry for the Dramatic
Audience Award at the Sundance Film
Festival. A film that allegedly took two
years to finance, Junebug won the support of a number of experienced
Hollywood actors—helping it win entry
into one of the world's biggest independent film festivals.
Shot on a Sony HD camera, and boasting a number of solid performances and
some innovative editing techniques,
Junebug is a valiant effort that does make
its impact despite a number of flaws in
writing and execution.
Madeleine, played by Embeth Davidtz
from Scbindler's List, is an art auctioneer
who works in an "outsider's" art gallery.
She has travelled to North Carolina to
acquire the obscure civil war art of a man
named David Wark (Eric Hoyt Taylor),
who is seriously considering whether he
wants to expose his art to Madeleine or to
another gallery in New York.
Consequently, Madeleine is married to
George (Alessandro Nivola) and the couple
reside in the same town as David. George,
who has yet to introduce his wife to his
family, feels this is a good time for his new
wife to get to know his southern roots, consisting of his brother Johnny {The O.C.'s
Benjamin Mackenzie), who is dismayed at
George's return, as well as his bubbly sister-in-law Ashley (Amy Adams). Ashley
takes an immediate shining to Madeleine
and her cosmopolitan values. Laughs and
tears abound as Madeleine struggles to
adapt to the values that George's family
expects of her, although she soon discovers that he too has maintained a strong
distance from his family for a number of
years. Junebug showcases the work of a
new director who maintains adequate control of cinematic elements and the story
he's telling. He manages standout performances from Amy Adams especially, as
well as Benjamin Mackenzie, whose
brooding portrayal of Johnny helps the
audience recognise him as more of a versatile actor than he has shown on The O.C.
Director Morrison uses some interesting editing techniques in various scenes,
often having his actors enter the camera
after he begins shooting. He also uses
some interesting fade-ins of the actors
into blank settings, which he claims is
inspired by the filmmaking of Japanese
filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu. The character
development is not as strong as many
other elements and, unfortunately, the
character of George is not given a very
strong performance by Nivola, nor is his
character given enough screen time in
order to develop.
The film is a valiant effort for a first-
timer, however, presenting the audience
with an authentic southern setting and
providing a distinct emotional impact
by the film's end. Three stars on a five
star scale. ♦
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Chamberlin too complex
Life Begins Again
[Sanctuary Records]
by Terry Boake
Who is Jimmy Chamberlin? Apparently he's the ex-
drummer for the successful Smashing Pumpkins,
and the once-existing Zwan, and this (of course) constitutes a decision to start a solo career. You might
question, and rightfully so, the decision to accept the
drums as the major instrumental contributor to your
musical forte. This is the exact problem that Jimmy
Chamberlin faces with his debut album Life Begins
Again, which gives rise to plenty of musical mishaps
that clutter this erroneous album.
The album was put together hastily, and although
the production values are fairly reasonable, the musical value is disappointing. After listening to the first
track "Nightcrawlers", which is one of the better
songs on the album, I couldn't help being reminded
of Radiohead. Now, it seems insulting to name these
two within the same breath, but the surrealist touch
that the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex mixes within
his songs are definitely comparable to those found in
the English rockers. The backup vocals for the
"oooh's" and "ahhh's" are nearly directly taken from
"Paranoid Android", as one example.
Getting back to my main argument, the biggest mistake is revolving all of the other instruments around the
drums, which is the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex's "payoff. Unfortunately, there is no cohesive nature to these
tracks, where one song can spill into another without
any notice that the song has changed. There is also an
annoying interchanging between vocalists, which
becomes extremely distracting once you realise none of
them possess much talent
The final blow to the record is that it lacks a hit.
The golden rule for any record is to have that one
song that can catch the ear of any passer-by and
immediately drill the track into their psyche.
It happened with Britney Spears' "Hit me baby
one more time", and Hansons' "MMMBop", but the
Jimmy Chamberlin Complex is left without a single
chorus, bridge, or beat even hummable to the average Joe.
The end result? A 45 minute improvised jam session worthy only of airplane radio. For those of you
out there looking for the bizarre, stylized, and surreal rock, stick with Radiohead. ♦
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by Jhenifer Pabillano
The Woodsman is the tale of
Walter, a man who has just returned to
his hometownafter 12 years in prison.
It is a powerful, moving examination
ofhis struggles to deal with his crimes
and fit into the world again. It is also
an extremely difficult film, as Walter is
a pedophile, one of society's most
abhorrent pariahs.
It is, however, amazing to see Kevin
Bacon bring Walter to life as a man
genuinely wracked with guilt over his
crimes and desperate to find some
sense of normalcy and acceptance.
Bacon's Walter walks through the
movie with his head down, guarded
and wary as he returns to his former
job at a lumberyard and eventually
falls into a relationship with tough coworker Vickie (Kyra Sedgwick, Bacon's
real-life wife).
Dialogue is sparse in this film, and
Bacon's posture becomes a virtuoso
performance—it carries a coiled tension that constantly projects Walter's
struggle with his burden of shame, his
need to be free from his forbidden
desires, and his anger at the world for
refusing to believe in him.
Much of the tension in the film
comes from this anger and fear.
Pedophiles are universally reviled,
and no one wants to believe Walter can
get better, despite Walter's obvious
personal fears of relapse. At work,
Walter's true crimes are discovered
and co-workers turn on him, while a
police officer (played with a casual
insouciance by Mos Def) pays regular
visits to reiterate his contempt for
child molesters.
In a cruel twist of fate, Walter
lives across the street from an elementary school and is tempted
almost daily. From, his window, he
watches another possible pedophile
stalk the playground. In every
moment of the film, we watch Walter
drawn to the flames of his desires,
and the palpable conflict we see in
his face makes us wonder whether
Walter truly is incurable, as the rest
of the world has prophesied.
Director Nicole Kassell gracefully
captures the story of the claustrophobic, pale imitation of life Walter
experiences in his newfound freedom. A palette of muted grey-greens
and soft white light blurs through
the background,  and a feeling of
enclosed space is created by the frequent use of close, tight shots
throughout the movie. Kassell's
touch is spare but expressive, setting meagre yet meaningful scenes
that highlight Bacon's performance.
It is a real and vital controversy
that this film can make pedophiles
seem like sympathetic characters.
However, I am not sure Kassell was
aiming for that The Woodsman, at
its core, appears to simply be an
evocative, singular portrait of a man
struggling with some of the worst
demons anyone could face.
Sympathy in this case was for the
struggle, and not for the disease. The
struggle is heartbreakingly real, and
its deeply affecting portrayal makes
The Woodsman worth creating, and
especially worth watching. ♦
The art of ar
Ondaatje pictures the film and
literary world perfectly
THE CONVERSATIONS, Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
by Michael Ondaatje
[Vintage Canada]
by Matt Simpson
The role of editor is largely unknown to the casual moviegoer. Without the
hype that surrounds actors, directors, and sometimes writers, most editors
must be content with only filmmakers appreciating their critical role on the
product In reality, the subtle ways of cutting and sound placements can
make the difference between a memorable and easily forgotten movie. With
his latest book The Conversations, Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film,
Michael Ondaatje attempts to bring a torrent of light into the editing profession, one Ondaatje considers the "stage of film-making that is closest to
the art of writing."
Michael Ondaatje met Walter Murch when he was editing the film version ofhis novel, The English Patient and found a man that was even more
passionately devoted to his craft than he was. Murch is the editor of many
landmark films including the three Godfathers, The Talented Mr Ripley,
and Apocalypse Now.
Ondaatje structures the book in five conversations that begin in June
2000. The first, and best, conversation largely revolves around Ondaatje
attempting to demonstrate the similarities between writing a novel and
editing a film: "the last two years of my book I work on are given over to its
editing. I may have spent four or five years writing in the dark, but now I
have to discover the shape of the object I have been struggling to make, its
true organic shape, that figure in the carpet" From the conversations the
reader can see that Ondaatje is an insightful perceiver of the film world but,
because he is a writer, he is able to watch films as the reader does, enjoying
where they take you for two hours.
The book is definitely centered on films but also ventures into the other
worlds of metaphysical speculation, poetry, and astronomy—all without losing the audience. Because Ondaatje and Murch come from two different
crafts, they don't get lost in jargon but are clear in expressing ideas in
intriguing ways. Film students would be enriched by the knowledge in this
book, but it is far from a textbook. It will enrich the understanding of films-
for anyone who reads it If you were ever curious about how or why certain
scenes or moments in films resonate with you, sometimes, for the rest of
your life, the book will let you know that there's a mind behind it all.
The discourse also has many amusing anecdotes about how classic films
like Apocalypse Now and Ihe Godfather were made. Like how George
Lucas wanted to direct Apocalypse Now five years earlier in 1973.
Unfortunately, doing a movie about the Vietnam War was still too hot of a
political issue at the time (the war was still ongoing) and so Lucas took the
central message of the story, and put it into outer space. He made the North
Vietnamese into the rebel group and America into the imperial empire. As
Murch puts it "Star Wars is a transubstantiated version of Apocalypse
While the epicenter of the book is cinema, I also learned a lot about the
writing of novels.
Ondaatje describes the constant revisions he does to his own novels,
sometimes killing key scenes that seem central to a story, but by their
absence make the story as a whole stronger.
Ondaatje, bravely, lets the audience see a sample page of the handwritten first draft of Anil's Ghost, which is full of pen scratches, lines through
entire paragraphs and arrows reworking the entire page. Any fledgling
writer will find it comforting to know that even awardrwinning writers have
to endure slicing and dicing their own work too.
Like a good conversation with someone you admire, you'll finish this
book feeling like you learned a lot ♦
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by Dan McRoberts
The Vanier Cup will be heading
west of Ontarrio for the first time in
more than 5*0 years next year, but
don't expect the game to touch
down at UBC any time soon.
Canadian Interuniversiry Sport
announced flast month that the
2006 Vanier Cup would take place
in Saskatoon,. Saskatchewan after a
half century of being held in
Toronto or Hamilton.
"It's a ome-year thing for the
[University off Saskatchewan] but it
may go elsewhere later/ said
Michel Belaiuger, communications
director for CIS. "Every university
and conference has the chance to
bid for the Vanier."
While the City of Bridges might
be ready for the marquee event
in Canadian university sport, UBC
has no planes to bid for the big
game, accordiing to Athletic Director
Bob Philip.
"It would be difficult to host the
game at Thunderbird Stadium/
said Philip. 'You have to put up a
fair amount of money to host a
major championship/
With the small seating capacity
and outdated facilities at T-Bird
stadium, the only venue acceptable for the game would be BC
Place, Philip said.
The Vanier Cup has been held at
Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium
the past two years and the event
has lost money, another concern
that has discouraged a bid from
UBC. The Thunderbirds football
team last made it to the Vanier Cup
in 1997 and Philip does not believe
that a contest involving two teams
from Eastern Canada would draw
many fans in the Lower Mainland.
This prospect does not faze
Saskatchewan Athletic Director
Ross Wilson, who is convinced that
this football-mad province will turn
out to the Vanier Cup no matter
who is playing.
"If the Huskies were in it that
would be a great final piece, but
we're pretty confident that we'll sell
out no matter who's playing," he
said. "The Grey Cup came twice to
Regina and they had to add additional seating even though the
Rider's weren't in either game/
A closer relationship between
the CFL championship and the
Vanier Cup would be one of the few
circumstances in which Philip
could envision the title game coming to Vancouver.
"There was some consideration
a few years ago about having the
Grey Cup and Vanier Cup on the
same weekend/ Philip said. "The
Vanier Cup would be held on the
Saturday before the Grey Cup." This
arrangement would help ensure a
good crowd for the CIS championship and defray some of the
organisational costs, but the proposal has thus far remained strictly
in the realm of the theoretical.
Besides football, UBC has never
bid for national championships in
ice hockey or men's basketball, the
largest and most prestigious events
on the CIS calendar.
The Final 10, CIS' basketball
championships, have been held at
Halifax's Metro Centre for the past
21 years, but just like the Vanier
Cup, any school can bid to host the
"There are some pros and cons
to keeping the Final 10 in Halifax/
said the CIS' Belanger. "There is
the tradition of course, but at the
same time we want to promote
and showcase the game across the
UBC's current infrastructure
prevents a bid on either hockey or
basketball for the moment, according to Philip. However, the new
winter sports complex, which will
host hockey at the 2010 Winter
Olympics, would have adequate
seating to host major events and
UBC has considered putting in
a bid.
"It would be hard to host anything there before the Olympics/
he said. "We hope that the new
rinks help to kick start our hockey
program/ ♦
Bad timing
The women's hockey team
realised that their two losses over
the weekend have severely hampered, although not ended, their
playoff hopes. Saturday night
against the Manitoba Bisons the
Birds   were   defeated   3-1,   but
worse, they allowed the Bisons
to take third place in CanWest
standings. Sunday was the same
result, but this time is was to the
tune of 4-3.
Character building
It had to end sometime. After
going unbeaten in five, the men's
hockey team suffered their first
loss of the season on Friday losing
3-2 in overtime.
While Friday night's defeat was
heartbreaking, the game Saturday
might have mended those broken
hearts, as the Birds, climbed their
way back into the game down
3-0 to finish with a 4-4 tie.
Newcomer sensation Kyle Bruce
now has 11 points in the six games
since joining the Birds. The Birds
now sit 7 points ahead of Lethbridge
for the final playoff spot.
All sports enthusiasts have an
opportunity to listen to a sports
marathon this Saturday, via radio.
CiTR (101.9) sports will be broadcasting for nine hours straight
starting with the women's volleyball game at 1pm. The men's volleyball game follows after that. At
6pm the women's basketball game
will be casted. The show will conclude with the men's basketball
game starting at 8pm.
If you build it...
Plans are in motion for a new
baseball stadium to be built at UBC
over the next few years, under the
UBC Athletics Plan. More details to
follow in next Tuesday's issue of
the Ubyssey on February 8. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Double overtime nail biter
Top two seeds in Pacific Division battle it out in weekend series
By Bryce McRae
Coming into Friday night's
game one was expecting a tight
low scoring affair between the
Birds and the Vikes. One was
not, however, expecting the
offensive prowess that took
place between them.
The game started as a tight
affair with each team trading
baskets in what was a fairly even
first. UVic may have held a 42-38
lead going into the half, but it
was fifth-year Mark Tasic who
brought the crowd to their feet
mid-way through the half when
he threw down a thunderous
one-handed dunk
Coach Kevin Hanson must
have given his players an inspirational speech at the half
because his team came out and
took it right to the Vikes. UBC
tightened up their defense and
on the front court, they couldn't
miss. They opened up a 17-point
lead on the back of a 31-10 run
that lasted the first 10 minutes
of the second.
Basketball, however, is a
game of runs and the last ten
minutes of the game would
belong to UVic. Sparked by
UVic's Chris Trumpy and Steve
Moore, the two would combine
to score 23 of UVic's finals 35
points as UVic nearly doubled
UBC's point total.
Third-year guard Casey
Archibald gave the Birds a two
point lead after he hit to key free
throws with seconds left, but was
quickly made the goat when he
forgot to pick up his man who
ended up with an open dunk. This
sent the game into overtime.
Both teams traded baskets
during the overtime until UVic,
after hitting two clutch free
throws, put themselves up by
three with second left on the
This is where fourth-year
guard Jordan Yu stepped up.
With ball in hand and time expiring Yu lofted a tough 3-point shot
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that hit the front of the rim and
bounced up. The whole crowd
rose to their feet in anticipation
as the ball, with forespin on it,
rolled in sending the game to a
second overtime.
The second overtime, however, was not to be. UBC couldn't
tighten things up and despite having two good chances to tie it UVic
was too much, winning 110-106.
UBC was led in scoring by
Archibald who finished with 36
points and Tasic who finished
with 25 off the bench.
Coach Hanson commented
after the game. 'It was very exciting to watch, very emotional/
however he felt that UBC, 'offensively...can score, but..have to
step up [their] defense.*
UBC would do just that with
a 65-62 over UVic on the
Saturday night game to draw
back within one game in the
division. UBC has a home and
home series with SFU next
weekend before heading to
Winnipeg for their final two
regular season games. ♦
Home stretch
Weekend split leaves
playoffs in uncertainty
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
After sweeping back-to-back games against
University of Victoria back in November,
Friday night's 61-51 loss was a tough pill to
swallow for the women's basketball team who
are now on the tight stretch to playoffs.
Nonetheless, the Thunderbirds picked up their
performance on Saturday to steal a 75-66 win
from the Vikes.
The T-Birds showed much determination and
grit as they fought hard on both ends of the court.
Fifth-year guard Sheila Townsend noted the
difference in their defensive intensity Saturday.
'I think we handled their defensive pressure a
lot better [tonight],* said Townsend, who had a
respectable 17 points and 4 assists. "I think last
night we were caught a Utile off guard by their pressure and we didn't play very well against them.*
The Vikes rallied in the second half to take
back a 40-39 lead, but this was only temporary.
"The Thunderbirds regrouped in the last ten minutes to give the home crowd something to cheer
about. Down 45-41 with under 10 minutes left,
the Bird stormed back and clinched the much-
needed victory.
'I think it was a completely different game [in
the second half]. I think our team just turned
around and we were just a completely different
team,* said third-year forward Kelsey Blair, who
collected a solid 18 points and 10 rebounds. "We
came together, compared to last night, which
was lacklustre.*
Deb Huband, head coach of the basketball
team, knows what Blair means to the team.
'[Blair] is a big part of our team. She is playing better now than she has ever played...and she
is a young player,* said Huband. *We sometimes
forget that*
'[Blair] had a Utile bit of slow start to the season but she has got herself back on track in the
last month and half. And we will need that to be
the case going into the playoffs,* said Huband.
Second year Cait Haggarty, who finished
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'UVic is a great team so they really challenged
us, and we were able to tonight pull together,*
said Haggarty. 'It gives us a bit of momentum
going into next weekend because next weekend
is going to be tough.*
The win Saturday gives the Birds an 11-5
record going into their crucial match up against
the Clan this weekend. Catch the Birds as they
attempt to unravel the unbeaten SFU Clan at War
Memorial Saturday night at 6pm. ♦
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referendum of
We just can't get enough of elections here at
the Ubyssey—if not in the AMS, then international. Well, folks, this editorial is no different, but the current referendum is not one
that can be easily ignored. This hefty
plebiscite boasts five questions, all of which
have huge consequences for the future of students at UBC. We have broken them down for
your convenience.
Sexual Assualt Support Centre
(SASC) fee increase
The student-run SASC needs an extra two dollars from students' fees to keep the centre
running. The fee increase will help the service
stay open full time and meet the demand of
the increasing client base. The number of people accessing the centre has tripled over the
last two years.
The Sexual Assault Support Centre provides everything from counseling to educational outreach for those who seek it. While
students currently pay $ 1 in fees every year, it
is clear that the increase in demand has made
an increase in funding necessary for the centre to meet needs and expand services.
According to the University of Victoria,
nearly one in two women will be sexually
assaulted in their lifetime, making the
resource extremely important.
Also, if you're really an asshole and don't
want to support assault victims you can
always opt out.
The U-Pass fee increase
According to VP External Holly Foxcroft,
Translink, ridership has increased by 53 per
cent since the introduction of the U-Pass. The
ballot asks if you support increasing the U-
Pass price by $2 per month. The catch? One
way or another, students lose. The question is
whether they want to lose a lot or a little. If the
pass is voted down, students lose a lot and
end up paying at least $69 a month for bus
services. If it is voted in, students lose only $2
dollars more per month.
If the majority of the voters choose no or if
it fails to meet the mandatory ten per cent of
the student population to reach quorum, the
U-Pass will be discontinued. It took seven
years  of negotiations before  the  program
began, so it would be very sad to see the
extinction of the U-Pass after only two years.
The U-Pass has drastically reduced the
amount of traffic around campus and has
made transportation to campus more accessible and financially feasible.
The summer U-Pass
The summer U-Pass would affect summer students who are enrolled for more than five
weeks. The need for this pass was obvious last
summer, when many students applied for the
AMS's subsidy so they didn't have to pay the
full price of multi-zone passes. With 14,000
summer students, a U-Pass for these months
seems right. And though this pass only affects
students in summer school, winter term students will be responsible for actually providing enough support in the referendum to
make the pass a reality.
Aboriginal Council seats
It's about time that aboriginal students had a
voice on student council. Aboriginal issues
require strong representation and providing
a seat on council is a big step toward helping
these issues receive the attention they
deserve. Perhaps Aboriginal students would
have something to say about those multi-million  dollar  condominiums  being  built  on
Musqueam land.
International Students council
This is the one referendum question that
we're a little concerned about. While there are
many international students at UBC and they
do have unique circumstances, such as higher
tuition, are their voices really different from
those of other students? While some international students come to UBC to live and study
within groups like Tec De Monterrey, many
attend the same classes as everyone else.
Introducing a seat for international students raises the issue of offering the same
allowance to other groups of students. Why,
for instance, is there not a seat for disabled
students? After last month's snowfall it was
obvious that no one was thinking about the
difficulty some of these disabled students had
in trying to use the wheelchair ramps and
sidewalks that were covered in haif-a-foot
of ice.
This referendum has the potential to make
substantial changes and we hope students will
take this opportunity to heart and vote. These
are issues that affect all students and though
some people will be gone from UBC in the next
few years, we encourage everyone to consider
the future of the campus and the benefits we
have enjoyed as students here.
Vote at www.ams.ubc.ca or log on to the student centre and webvote before February 7
NDP not the scaly beast Liberals purport it to be
by Sam Heppell
1 was not surprised to read of the
reaction by "conservative voices in
the audience* ("NDP would freeze
tuition if elected," Tuesday Januaiy
2 5th) to Carole James's visit to UBC.
Like a broken record, they urge us
to let the scales fall from our eyes,
and see how the NDP is merely a
puppet for the sinister machinations of big labour.
The assertion that Carole James
is in the pocket of Jim Sinclair and
the BC Federation of Labour (BC
FED) would be funny if it weren't so
ridiculous. Yes, the BC FED will
play an active, issues-based role
during the upcoming Provincial
Election. It is nothing new for non-
political organisations to take
actions in the run up to elections to
support the party they believe
(rightiy or wrongly) to be in the best
interest of their members. Witness
the endless barrage of "You're
Hired!" ads released by the BC
Business Council to boost the
Liberals's flagging numbers in the
Nobody should be  surprised
that not only big labour, but small
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businesses, student organisations
and many others are hoping for a
New Democrat win on May 17: the
NDP is the only party standing up
for students and working families,
and is the only viable alternative to
another four years of Liberal policies that have devastated the social
fabric of our province.
Perhaps skeptics should take a
look at the diverse range of candidates winning NDP nominations.
Yes, there are union and community activists, but there are also small
business entrepreneurs, environmentalists, health and social development workers, lawyers and city
and municipal councilors. Unlike
the extreme agenda of the Liberals,
New Democrats are offering a balanced approach that will work for
all British Columbians. That is what
conservatives should really be worrying about.
—Sam Heppell is in first-year
Bush governs through
fear: Harper's editor
Administration uses fear to justify
foreign, domestic policy, Lapham says
by Natalie Climenhaga
EDMONTON (CUP) - Declaring a war on terror is like declaring a war on lust, argued
Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's Magazine,
before a crowd of nearly 700 student journalists and Edmontonians Jan. 21.
"You can't declare a war on an abstract
adverb,* he said, gesturing in his signature
three-piece pinstriped suit
Despite his humour, Lapham spoke
earnestly about the censorship of political
thought and fear mongering that has gripped
the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.
Lapham denounced the idea that
Americans "are the chosen people and therefore [they] can do no wrong.*
"The Bush administration has employed
what I would consider to be a policy of fear,*
he said.
While the war on terror is premised on the
rejection of fear, the government consistently
uses fear tactics to maintain support for its
policies, according to Lapham.
"Because where else does the Bush administration ask the American people to Hve
except in fear? On what other grounds does
[the administration] justify its destruction of
the nation's civil liberties?* Lapham asked.
"Since Sept.  11, no week has passed at
which the government failed to issue warnings of a sequel," he added.
He said that regardless of who issues the
warnings—the FBI, the CIA, or the
Department of Homeland Security—they're
always the same.
"It's always the same message: 'Suspect
your neighbour and watch the sky, buy duct
tape, avoid the Washington Monument and
hide the children," he said, referring to his
belief that the Bush administration is using
these warnings to raise support for its actions
in Iraq and elsewhere.
Lapham saw this first-hand when he visited
Washington, D.C., in the days before the presidential inauguration. He described it as a disheartening experience due to the militarised
atmosphere that had fallen over the city, and
recalled the rigid security measures that prevented children in marching bands from looking at the president and using the bathroom
without escorts during the inauguration.
These measures, in his view, are far from reasonable precautions.
"The last place that I would ever get a sense
of America, the land of the free, the home of
the brave, is Washington, D.C. I could not wait
to get away from that place," he said.
"And I [thought] to myself, okay, the United
States has lost the war on terrorism."
However, Lapham didn't target Bush's gov
ernment as the sole American administration
guilty of misleading its citizens and exaggerating the threat of foreign hostility.
"We have been through this gag-rule-type
situation before. We went through it with the
McCarthy hearings, we went through it with
the Spanish-American War, World War I, and,
of course, during the long siege of the Cold
War,* Lapham said.
But along with his concerns, Lapham also
shared the hope and belief that the American
people will find freedom not through war but
rather by taking the initiative to "leave voluntarily from the herd."
"We can all do that, and to me that is freedom; freedom is the freedom in the mind." ♦
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events calendar
Vote on-line at http://www.ams.ubc.ca/elecfions from
January 31 - February 7/05
UBC students are asked to vote "yes" or "no" on the following three
important issues in the upcoming referendum:
U-Pass Program
Sexual Assault Support Centre
AMS Bylaws
Visit http://www.ams.ubc.ca/eIections for all the referendum questions
and information about each issue.
Voting begins at 5 pm on January 31 and ends on 4:59 pm on February 7.
Sue Johanson (host, Sunday Night Sex Show)
Thursday, Feb. 3/05
6:30 pm - 8 pm @ Totem Ballroom / $3 at the door
Sue Johanson, of the Sunday Night Sex Show, comes to speak and
answer questions down in Totem Park. Presented by AMS Events and
UBC Housing and Conferences.
Rainfest Team Challenge, presented by UBC Rec
Cost: $107/team - Deadline for registration: Friday, Feb. 4/05
(Register at online@rec.ubc.ca or in person at the SRC.)
Fight the Flood! Hit the Showers! Rainfest is on deck at the UBC
Aquatic Center.This exciting all aqua event for those people who love
water, being wet, or for people who just like having a freaky good time.
Rainfest, the 5th and final Grand Slam event of the school year, proves
to be a crazy splish-splashing event every year.
ciTR fundraiser
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CiTR Benefit Fundraiser
Friday, Feb. 4/05
SUB Ballroom
8 pm - midnight/ Tickets $12/$10
With D.O.A., The Nasty On, and You say Party! We say Die!
Come out and support your campus radio station! CiTR is
having an all-ages benefit show on Friday, February 4,featuring
homecoming rockers D.O.A. who used to call the SUB Ballroom
their old stomping grounds in the 80s. Special guests include
The Nasty On,who are recoding a new album, and Abbotsford-
based You say Party! We say Die!
Tickets are $10 for CiTR members, $12 for general admission,
and available at Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat, Noize, and the CiTR
office (Rm.217/SUB). The fun begins at 8 pm.
The AMS is currently seeking two qualified individuals to join our team.
AMS Executive Coordinator of Student Services
The Executive Coordinator of Student Services is responsible for providing general supervision and
guidance for the service coordinators and their assistant coordinators in operating the AMS Services. The
ECSS is also the main point person between the AMS Executives and AMS Services and participates as a
non-voting member at the Council and Executive meetings. The ECSS is a one-year appointment from
February 28,2005 to March 1,2006. This position requires a full-time commitment of about 35 hours per
week. For the full job description, visit http://www.ams.ubc.ca under "Jobs". Deadline for applications is
Feb. 4/05.
Policy Advisor
Reporting to the President with a close working relationship with the Vice-President External, the Policy
Advisor will be charged with the responsibility of advising the AMS Executive and Council on issues
affecting post-secondary education including initiatives and communication with the AMS membership,
the government the university administration, and the community at large. For the full job description,
visit http://www.ams.ubc.ca under "Jobs". Deadline for applications is Feb. 9/05.
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Kiss-in denounces gay bashing
Couple returns to Montreal street corner where they were assaulted a week before
by Dave Weatherall
MONTREAL (CUP) - The purple
and yellowish bruising around
Joelle Perras' eyes was returning to
the normal shade of pink, but the
emotional wounds will take a lot
longer to heal, she said Jan. 28.
A week after Perras and her
partner, Brooke Morrison, were
assaulted on the corner of Saint-
Denis and Mount-Royal for kissing
in the street, the two returned with
almost a hundred supporters and a
horde of media to kiss in public
without fear of persecution. "I think
it could have been irresponsible for
us not to have done anything in the
face of what happened to us," said
Morrison. "People wouldn't know
about it, and this kind of incident
could repeat itself."
The two took questions from the
media in the minutes leading up to
4:15 p.m. and then joined roughly
20 other same-sex couples in a kiss
to denounce what took place. Joelle,
a 22-year-old French student at the
Universite de Montreal, said she
came to the kiss-in with her partner. Jade, to show their support for
Morrison and Perras, because she
said they shouldn't have to be
afraid to kiss in public. "That could
have been us," she said. "We hve in
the area, and we've kissed here
JE T'AIME Couple kisses on street corner, and they don't care who's watching, cup photo
Marli Williams couldn't believe
it when Perras phoned with the
news of what happened earlier in
the week. "I didn't even know stuff
like this still happened, I thought
stuff like this was over," she said.
The 21-year-old outdoor educa
tion student drove several hours
from her University of New
Hampshire campus to attend the
Friday kiss-in. "I was shocked and
appalled when I heard about it, but
[the assailant] couldn't have picked
a worse person to do this to; Joelle
has shown amazing courage in
turning this horrible event into a
positive denunciation of gay-bashing." Jean-Pierre Perusse, a 40-year-
old gay Montreal man in attendance, went up to Perras, congratulated  her  for  her  courage   and
wished her a speedy recovery. He
said he hopes the incident will
change the way Montreal police
record assault crimes.
"At the moment, we have no
idea how many assault cases in
Montreal are homophobic in
nature," he said. "Toronto is the
only city that gathers statistics on
homophobic or racially motivated
assault crimes. It wouldn't be that
hard to just add a box with homophobic on the form." Since Toronto
began collecting data on the subject, the city's police force found
roughly 11 per cent of assault
crimes in Toronto are driven by
homophobia. Perusse said he'd
been called a "crise de Gf on the
street by a driver in Montreal, but
had never experienced something
on the scale of what happened to
Perras and Morrison.
"It doesn't pass in Montreal, it
doesn't pass anywhere," he said.
The attack has left an indelible
mark on Morrison, who said, in the
future she would be more aware of
her surroundings, but added she
wished she didn't have to. The couple kissed only once on the corner,
and Perras rejected catcalls to re-
enact the moment for camera operators who showed up late for the
event. "It's the last time we're kissing today ... on the street," she
said, as she walked away hand in
hand with Morrison
Vote on-line in the AMS Referendum from Jan. 31 - Feb, 7
U-Pass Referendum Questions:
1.1 support the implementation of a summer Universal
Transportation Pass (Summer U-Pass) program at a cost of $20
per month for four months (May through August) for students
registered in the 2005 summer session and at a cost of $22 per
month in subsequent summer sessions for students registered in
those sessions.*
* Note 1 r This cost will be added to the AMS fee paid by students registered in the summer session and will entitle those students to
unlimited use of bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus services within the GVRD plus discounted fares for the West Coast Express as well as access to
UBC TREK transportation programs.
Note 2: Under agreements with Translink and the University, the $22 per month cost is fixed through the 2008 summer session. There will
not be an increase in the cost for summer students beyond $22 unless such an increase is approved through another referendum.
Note 3: The Summer U-Pass will be mandatory for all AMS members registered in the summer session for courses of at least five weeks
duration, with certain limited exceptions.
2.1 support the continuation of the Universal Transportation Pass
(U-Pass) program at a cost of $22 per month for eight months
(September through April each year).**
** Note 1: This cost will be part of your AMS fee and will entitle you to unlimited use of bus. SkyTrain, and SeaBus services within the
GVRD plus discounted fares for the West Coast Express as well as access to UBC TREK transportation programs.
Note 2: Under agreements with Translink and the University, the S22 per month cost is fixed until April 2008. There will not be an increase
in the cost for students unless students approve such an increase through another referendum.
Note 3: The pass will be mandatory for all AMS members with certain limited exceptions.
Note 4: J f the referendum receives a majority No vote, or fails due to a lack of quorum (i.e. less than 4.000 Yes votes), the U-Pass Program
wil! be terminated.
SASC Referendum
I support an increase in my AMS fee of $2 a year,
refundable upon request, to increase the funding
for the sexual assault support services fund and
call upon UBC to match this amount.***
*** Note: All money raised through this fee will be deposited in the Sexual Assault Support Services
Fund and may be used only for sexual assault support services. Any money raised through this fee
but not used in a given year shall remain in the fund for use in a subsequent year for sexual assault
support services.
AMS Bylaw Referendum
Do you accept the proposed amendment to the
AMS Bylaws to add a voting seat on Student
Council for international students?
Do you accept the proposed amendment to the
AMS Bylaws to add a voting seat on Student
Council for indigenous students?
For details on each referendum question, visit www.ams.ubc.ca/elections.
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