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Vol.LXXXVII   N°36
Tuesday, 21 February, 2006
J'Well, we could always move to Fort McMurray" since 1918
U-Pass expansion at an impasse
City's post-secondary
schools will have
to wait until 2007
by Eric Szeto
NEWS EDITOR
Vancouver area post-secondary students eagerly awaiting the expansion of the U-Pass to their institutions will have to wait until 2007 as
negotiations for the highly successful program have come to a grinding halt.
Negotiations for the expansion
came to an impasse late last year
when TransLink and the student
coalition responsible for administering the expanded program couldn't agree on a fixed price for the universal bus pass.
Proponents in the coalition are
in a furor because TransLink is proposing that prices vary between different colleges. In most cases, the
suggested prices would be substantially higher than what students at
SFU and UBC now pay.
UBC and SFU, the only institutions in the Vancouver area that
have the U-Passy currently, payJ>2.2
and $24.50 per month respectively.
Heidi Taylor, a College Board representative at Douglas College, said it
is unlikely that other schools will be
willing to pay more for the pass.
"There is absolutely no way
we're going to sign on for bigger
prices than what UBC or SFU is paying right now/ Taylor said.
"I think it would the most ridicu-
See "Impasse" page 2.
Smashy smashy
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A crowd of spectacle-hungry students congregated before reading break to solemnly witness the systematic destruction of Main Library's
eastern wing. As the demolition machine made way for the expansion of the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, two stubborn seagulls
fluttered at the peak of the pummeled structure, refusing to concede their perches until the building gracelessly collapsed. With the loss of
the library's anachronistic stacks, hallucinogen-addled students must now take their mushroom trips elsewhere. Michelle mayne photo
Social space to unify science students
by Colleen Tang
NEWS STAFF
Construction that began mid-
January for the creation of the Abdul
Ladha Science centre, a social area
for science students, is slated for
completion this fall.
Currently there has not been
any central location for Science students at UBC. The existing social
space for science undergraduates
can only accommodate 30-40 people while there are over 7,000 science students, said Patricia Lau,
Science Undergraduate Society
(SUS) president.
"The reason for this building is
that currently our social space has
reached its maximum capacity."
The Science faculty is currently
behind in terms of a large social
space comparatively to the faculty of
Arts,  said Lau. The Abdul Ladha
WORKING MEN: The centre is calling for two and a half floors.
What about the other half? yinan max wang photo
Science Centre is a bigger version of
the one in Buchanan D, she added.
This project was student based,
said Paul Harrison, associate dean
of Science.
"I was involved in discussions of
the project but it really came from
the students and the deans and people like me were there to help."
The science centre, which is
planned for East Mall between Hebb
theatre and the Chemistry/Physics
building, will sit directly across from
the Student Union Building (SUB).
Harrison indicated that this
space was "inadequate for a Science
building but not for a social space."
He also believes this building will be
"beneficial for students [and] important for the life of undergraduates to
direct their activities."
The Abdul Ladha Science Centre
will be 7,000 square feet and two
and a half levels. The main floor will
include SUS offices, a study space,
computer tenninals, while the second floor will have a patio and a
kitchen, said Lau. The half floor will
contain couches and an informal
space, she added.
Increase in construction costs
resulted in delays to the project as
original pricing went up from $1.7
million to $3.2 million—a significant
difference from the project's 2003
estimates.
A bulk of the funding came
from Abdul Ladha who donated $ 1
million for the project—hence the
building's name.
The SUS was able to fund the
remaining sum with support from
the SUS, the faculty of Science, the
Board of Governors, UBC Properties
Trust and through student fees.
All current and former SUS presidents involved in this project hope
this building will bring the science
community together into one space.
"It is going to be a really good
building; it's going to be really
fancy...and a good place to go,"
said Lau.
Reka Sztopa, former SUS president present during the initial planning of the social space expressed
her positive sentiments toward the
new space.
"I'm excited it's finally happening." The goal for her was to "have a
space where science students feel is
their place. I want to see a vibrant
social space."
For Dan Yokom, another former SUS president, this space was
about creating a "science community" and "creating greater networks for scientists." U
CiTR, meet your
new sister, GIRO
by Jenn Chrumka
NEWS WRITER
The space is the size of a small bedroom, tucked in behind the student
newspaper. This is where CIRO, the
South Okanagan's first campus and
community-based radio station, is
being conceived.
Located in Kelowna at the
University of British Columbia's
Okanagan (UBC-O) campus (formerly
Okanagan University College), there
has been a closed circuit radio station
before, but never an FM station that
broadcasts from the campus.
Cameron Baughen, the FM
Licensing Committee chair, commented, "we think that the time has
come for this kind of station to
come forward."
Because Kelowna boasts a strong
artist community, a campus rich
with opportunity and a wide diversity of local bands, some are wondering why a station like this hasn't
come forward yet.
"Musically, there's a lot of bands
and artists who don't get represented by other stations in Kelowna,"
said Baughen.  "CIRO could be a
See"CIR0"page2.
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■:Ub 2 News
Tuesday, 21 February, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
TransLink says it is committed to expanding the U-Pass to alLpost-secondary schools in the Vanncouver area
"Impasse" from page 1.
lous thing for us to bring forward a
referendum to our membership
saying, 'Hey lets pay twice as much
they do over at SFU and at UBC."
She said TransLink can demonstrate its commitment to helping
students get decent prices for
transportation to and from school.
"It's very clear that all of us want
the same thing," she said. "It's a universal bus pass and it should be the
same across the board."
Christa Peters, executive director of Vancouver Community
College student union, feels that
TransLink is penalising students
who don't go to university.
"I think it's ridiculous to have
different prices for people that are
using the same system," said Peters.
"You're not going to be able to convince students...that they should
have to pay $ 10 a month more than
somebody who studies at UBC."
So far Capilano College,
Douglas College, Emily Carr
Institute of Art and Design,
Kwantlen University College,
Langara College, Native Education
Centre, and Vancouver
Community College are vying for
the expanded U-Pass.
VP Planner for TransLink, Glen
Leicester, said that there are a myriad of reasons why the program
hasn't expanded yet.
Coming to a common pricing
point, administrative problems
and achieving successful referenda
in all the schools participating are
hurdles still yet to be overcome, he
explained.
In addition, the increased rider-
ship will further strain an already
taxed transit system. Delivering
new busses to account for the
increase, he said, is a main priority before instituting an expanded
U-Pass.
"There's a lesson learned from
UBC and SFU," said Leicester, "and
its transit usage grew by higher
than we expected and so that did
result in some crowded busses."
The introduction of the U-Pass
saw a 50 per cent increases in rid-
ership at UBC and SFU in 2003.
This, said Leicester, created a
waft of bus overcrowding problems.
"We certainly don't want to rush
into the colleges and create more
problems," he said.
TransLink, Leicester explained,
is fully committed to improving
public transit by expanding the U-
Pass as was recommended in the
announcement of the $3.9 billion
Gateway Program.
The project, announced last
month by the provincial government, is dedicated to alleviating
the burgeoning traffic problem by
improving road and bridges in the
Lower Mainland.
Leicester noted that when an
agreement does come into place,
schools would integrate the U-Pass
program in phases. The first few,
Leicester said, would be implemented in 2007 while the remaining schools would be added the following year. II
CIRO, UBC-O's FM radio station will be up and running in two years given CRTC approval
"CIRO" from page 1.
strong conduit for [those bands] to
reach people."
To actually turn a campus and
community radio station into a
fully operating FM one takes a lot
of effort. Developing stations face
long, slow, growth processes, are
typically under-powered and operate on very minimal budgets. But
the group of people working
behind CIRO is committed to realising their goal of creating a thriving radio station.
"Since 2003 we've reached a lot
of milestones and we have a lot of
people in place" said Rob Madu,
the project coordinator. "It's very
much a collective of people, trying
to make a go of it," he said.
The collective have already
secured space, applied for grants
and received funding to purchase
equipment. They've launched a
website (www.ciro.ca), formalised
a name and with it an identity.
Currently, they are broadcasting
programs from their website and
have recently established a board
of directors for a non-profit society.
Lydia Masemola, station manager of CiTR, UBCs campus station, is helping CIRO by providing
information regarding bylaws, constitutions and the structural details
of campus stations.
"I'm always excited to hear
about any new conununity/cam-
pus radio station starting up," she
said. Assisting young stations is
part of her role as president of the
National Campus and Community
Radio Association but she is particularly enthusiastic about CIRO's
progress. She sees CIRO as a kind
of twin station. Though the two
communities are very different,
the fact that they share the same
overarching institution, UBC,
establishes a unique relationship.
The importance of campus
and community radio stations,
Masemola said, lies in their ability to "give voices to students of
that particular campus or outlying community."
This is exactly what the group
behind CIRO intends to do. The
vision and voice of the station
will come directly from the community itself, and from different
demographics that normally go
unheard.
"Hopefully there will be some
niche programming that happens," said Madu "and groups in
the community or students who
will take on a variety of issues that
interest them."
Baughen also hopes the station will be able to promote the
different communities in the
South Okanagan. "There's a really strong movement here, all
over," he said. "We haven't experienced any negative feedback
from what we're doing and that's
a pretty positive thing."
The big challenge will be to
approach the Canadian Radio-
television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC), the regulatory agency responsible for
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada, who could
grant CIRO an FM license. But
before they take that step,
Baughen wants to make sure that
everything is ready, so that when
they do present themselves, it
will be as a very strong candidate. Given CRTC approval,
Baughen hopes they will be operating as an FM station in about
two years. II
'TWEENS
Lyle Wilson carves "Wee-
git Releases the Light"
Museum of Anthropology
Until March 2006
Public carving of an eight-foot
tall yellow cedar sculpture in
the Great Hall.
Taste Indonesia
Vancouver Public Library
March 7 7,6-9:30 pm
Gado-Gado Indonesian
Students Association of UBC
presents a night of Indonesian
food, dance and performances.
Granville Island
Winterruption Festival
Granville Island
February 24-26,2006
Cure your winter blues with a
festival of food, music, theatre,
and more.
The End of Suburbia—
Oil Depletion and the
Collapse of the American
Dream
Wood Theatre 6
February 23rd, 7:30pm
Documentary screening
presented by the Green Party
Club of UBC.
Louisiana Purchase
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Feb 21-25
A bumbling Republican
senator from the North is
caught up in a sex scandal
after going South to investigate dirty government doings
in this Big Easy musical.
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Vol.LXXXVTP N°36
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The stage was set at Michelle Macneil Theatre for Simon
Underwood to present Luke T.Johnson, a play starring Claudia Li,
Kellan Higgens,and Sarah Bourdon. Khatidja Vaiya designed the
costumes, Boris Korby the set and D. WinterWhite arranged the
music. Paul Evans and Megan Smyth, the producers, watched
nervously as people filed past into the theatre. Johanna Yawosky
and Jill Orsten were the first into the theatre. Andrew MacRae,
Catherine Hart and Maxwell Maxwell smuggled in some Bryan
Zandberg Vodka and began drinking. Eric Szeto asked for a shot
as Jenn Chrumka frowned at the public drunkenness. Colleen
Tang, usher, tried to stop the drinking but instead joined in.
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THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 21 February, 2006
News 3
African development initiative
Student run group
headed to Uganda
by Khatidja Vaiya
NEWS WRITER
Lack of clean drinking water and
related waterborne diseases have
long been a major concern for
organisations seeking to reduce
mortality rates in the most impoverished regions of Africa. African
Development Initiative (ADI), a
non-governmental organisation
formed by a group of UBC students, is the newest organisation
to join the battle against poor
sanitary conditions in the developing world.
ADI is primarily student run
and focuses on the improvement
of sanitation systems, the introduction of hygiene education, and the
further development of water filtration infrastructure.
"It's not enough to install a fancy
system and expect people to use it,*
sajd ADI member and UBC arts student, Ian Crosby.
"You have to teach these people
about the importance of sanitation
and look at other sources of disease
such as tossing waste into streets."
Although educating the impoverished about the reckless disposal
of waste is less of a priority, other
well established aid organisations
including WaterCan and the Ryan's
Well Foundation have made large
strides in improving water quality
throughout Africa.
The UBC student initiative ADI
is partnered with African
Community Technical Services
(ACTS), a Christian technical mission working in Uganda to assist
communities with development
goals through local churches; ACTS
will assist ADI with the logistics of
the operation, and have already set
up the project site in Kikagati, a
Ugandan town of approximately
3,000 people.
The partnered task force draws
upon the filtration technologies of
a Calgary based group, Centre for
Affordable Water and Sanitation
Technology (CAWST), and hopes to
implement BioSand water systems—a low cost means of water
filtration. BioSand filters provide a
method of water purification
through layers of sand and concrete based on slow sand filtration
technologies that have been used
for centuries. Filters range in price
from ten to thirty dollars, and have
been described as being designed
for "intermittent use."
While the materials for building
the water filtration systems are
donated by ACTS, ADI still hopes to
fundraise the $28,000 needed to
send four volunteers to Kikagati
where ADI will launch its program.
When asked about the formation
of ADI, Crosby described the three
month old project as a "random
stroke of inspiration" and noted
that, "students, if they educated
themselves about the world...they
could make a difference." II
Celebrating Darwin's 197th birthday
Students and professor mark'Darwin Day'with events on UVic campus and downtown
by Kate Webb
THE MARTLET (UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA)
VICTORIA (CUP)-Carols, a decorated tree and a nativity scene
marked Victoria's first organised
"Darwin Day" event. A group of
UVic philosophy students celebrated evolutionary theory on
February 10 at UVic and February
12—Darwin's 197th birthday—in
Bastion Square.
"Darwin, not only was he a very
important scientist, but his ideas
and his discoveries changed the
way we understand life and the
universe," explained Justin Kalef,
a UVic professor who has taught
and has a keen interest in the philosophy of religion. "The implications [of Darwin's theoryj are profound to both scientists and
philosophers."
It's been nearly 150 years since
the presses started churning out
copies of Charles Darwin's The
Origin of Species, and the flames
of controversy it sparked are still
burning strong.
There has been a resurgence of
debate in the US over the past 20
years between young-earth creationists, who believe in literal
interpretations of the Bible that
declare humans and the world
were created by God 6,000 years
ago, and evolutionists, who believe
the complex species that exist
today are the product of four billion years of natural selection.
Numerous court cases launched
by proponents on both sides have
left American schools in a
quandary over what to tell their students: Should they teach evolution
or creationism, or appease a faction of the creationist movement
calling on them to "Teach the
Controversy"?
. That dilemma is the reason the
Philosophy Students Union (PSU)
and Kalef decided to celebrate the
birthday of the founding father of
modern biology in a big way.
The events centred on a light-
hearted satire of Christmas. A
"Darwin tree* illustrated the
branches of life as outlined by the
modern theory of biological history, featuring prokaryotes, eukary-
otes and other life forms.
Volunteers sold "Darwin cards,"
featuring messages such as "I naturally select your friendship."
Baked goods, including "gingerbread Homo-Neanderthals," "pro-
cookie-otes" and "Cambrian explosions" adorned the table. There
was even a "nativity scene," which
attempted to demonstrate the origin of species from a container full
of dirt, with simple plant forms
and more complex animals being
added throughout the day.
A small but loyal crowd of car-
oilers stepped outside the SUB every
half hour to sing "Darwin carols*
based on the melodies of seven popular Christmas songs but with lyrics
rewritten by Kalef and PSU member
Vanessa McCumber.
The Dajrwin Day phenomenon is
not unique to UVic. Six years ago, a
non-profit organisation called the
Darwin Day Celebration created a
website to promote Darwin Day
events  around the world,  and to
spread information about Darwin's
life and work. An annual weeklong
Darwin Festival at Salem College in
Massachusetts was founded in
1980, and is still held today.
Andy Mulcahy, a director of the
Victoria Secular Humanist
Association, said he is grateful to
Kalef and the PSU for putting on
the event. He and a group of about
20 of his fellow humanists joined
the UVic group downtown on
February 12 to sing carols and
educate the public about Darwin's
contribution to science. For the
past three years, the humanists
have taken on the task of getting
the Mayor's office to declare
Februrary 12 "Darwin Day* in the
City of Victoria.
"I'm glad they were able to
[organise Darwin Day] because it
was a good thing for Victoria to
see," said Mulcahy. "The carols
[Kalef] worked out, that took a lot
of creative ability...I hope next
year he'll try and do that again,
and we'll certainly give him more
help next time." II
News
Briefs
Tuition likely to rise two per
cent next year
Tuition will likely be increasing
by two per cent for domestic
students in the 2006/2007
academic year.
In a presentation to AMS council on February 8, Brian Sullivan,
VP Students, said that tuition will
be the same at both the UBC
Okanagan and Vancouver campuses for comparable programs.
The presentation contained
projections that for a basic undergraduate programs—the per credit
cost will increase from $136.40 to
$139.13.
An announcement by the
provincial government in early
2005 pegged any tuition increases
to "the cost of living"—a number
that varies from region to region.
As was the case with last year's
tuition proposal, that number was
determined to be two per cent.
The University's tuition proposal will go to the Board of
Governors for approval in March.
CASA on campus
The Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations' (CASA) National
Director Phil Ouellette was in
Vancouver before the reading
break to meet with the members
of the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
and talk about CASA's role in the
post-secondary world.
A national student-lobbying
group, CASA takes "a very professional approach to lobbying,"
explained Ouellette.'He said that
this meant not only presenting
federal politicians with problems
students are facing, but with solutions to those problems as well.
Commenting on the recent elections, Ouellette noted that the
organisation will be working with
another minority government.
"We have a minority government, which means multiple
access points to deliver our message," he said, adding that CASA is
not limited to working with the
government and can work with
other parties to put policy forward.
GVRD approves Marine
Drive towers
The final decision on the second
phase of UBCs Marine Drive
Towers came last week when the
Greater Vancouver Regional
District decided that the proposed
student housing towers do not violate the neighborhood's official
community plan.
This came as bad news for the
Wreck Beach Preservation Society,
who wanted to see the towers limited to 14-storeys. One tower will
be 18-storeys while the other will
be 17-storeys. The two approved
towers will be in addition to the
one tower already built.
Good news from the AMS
about your health plan
he AMS Health and Dental Fee will
now be eligible to tax credits after
the lobbying by the Alma Mater
Society (AMS).
The $ 196.74 Health and Dental
Fee will be included on the
T2202A tax receipt issued to all
students for the dates of January 1
to December 31, 2005.
This may have bigger implications for other university students
in Canada if other post-secondary
institutions follow suit. II 4 News
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by Michelle MacNeill
NEWS WRITER
The Vancouver School of Theology
(VST) is undergoing a process of
restructuring and reorganisation
aimed at ensuring *!he school's
future on campus.
VST is sponsored by the
Anglican, United and Presbyterian
churches of Canada and is widely
viewed as one of the most progressive centres for theological education in the country.
Reverend Wendy Fletcher was
recently installed as VST's 6th
Principal, becoming the first
Anglican Principal since the union
of the Anglican Theological College
and Union College in 1971, and the
first woman to serve in that role.
Further restructuring plans
include staff downsizing with 13
jobs in all lost, either to retirement, combining positions, or
simply phasing out. But perhaps
the most visible part of the
restructuring is the land development taking place north of the
Gage tower residence.
"We went through a whole
negotiation process with the federal government and UBC/ said
Corinne Rogers, VST director of
external relations. "There is a
whole neighbourhood plan for
UBC of course, and we've been
part of that for this corner of the
theological neighbourhood.*
Back in the 1920's, UBC leased
ten acres of land to VST for 999
years. The purpose of the recent
land development, according to
Rogers, was to provide endowment
for future theological education.
The average yearly operating
deficit of theological schools
across North America is
$600,000. VST's solution to
ensure financial stability was to
sell 99-year leases of some of their
leased land for market housing.
"There are several parcels of
land that we sold over the course
of several years," said Rogers. "In
fact we're just in the process of
completing the sale of the final
two parcels and that entails taking
some buildings down, developing
some space that hadn't been
developed previously with the
money from the sale of the leases
coming to the school, which has
been part of the whole development process."
Revenues from housing sales
have also allowed VST to build a
new student residence called
Somerville House, named after
Archbishop T. David Somerville,
and to renovate and upgrade the
Iona building, often referred to as
"the Castle." Built in 1927, the
beautiful Tudor gothic structure
had been home to students pursuing their university education or
call to ministry for the past seven
decades.
"The outside of the building has
been maintained and the inside is
completely redone and brought up
to code," explained Rogers. "We've
maintained some of the heritage
elements in certain areas of the
building and we're re-incorporating other heritage elements now."
With major renovations to the
Iona building complete, administrative staff moved back in over
the Christmas holidays. The entire
west wing and basement will hold
VST's new library, one of the
major theological libraries in
North America, and include a new
archival space.
The Chancellor building, also
built in 1927, which currently
houses VST library is one of the
buildings scheduled for demolition, but the Chapel of Epiphany is
supposed to be saved.
The library is expected to move
into its new home in May of this
year. II
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I THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 21 February, 2006
Culture 5
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The unbearable lightness of awesomeness:
the Ubyssey quizzes Joey Clement
Seth Cohen be damned!
THE AWESOME TEAM
The Awesome Team
Bumstead Records
by Maxwell Maxwell
CULTURE WRITER
Lately, a lot of bands are doing
disco-rock. It seems as though any
group of four skinny boys with skinny ties, a willingness to rip off Gang
of Four, and a four-on-the-floor
drum beat will be given a record
contract, a verbal slobber-job courtesy of SPIN magazine, and immediate adoration by hordes of sheeplike fashionistas made hipsters by
watching The OC. After all, the kids
-from The Bravery traded their ska
band (Skabba the Hutt, for the curi
ous) in for eyeliner and synths, and
won immediate fame and fortune,
so why not follow suit?
This lesson seems to have been
lost on Canadian pop-rockers The
Awesome Team: Forgoing tight
designer jeans for tight harmonies,
the Toronto quartet (Joey Clement
on vocals and guitar, Dan Beeson on
drums, Geoff Major on lead guitar,
and Morgan Smith on bass) has
packed the six songs on their self-
titled debut EP with emotion, distortion, and ambition. The tracks are
twisty, complicated, and well written, mixing Beatles-esque melodies
with loud guitars. Most notably, the
record illustrates a great grasp of
dynamics—the band goes from quiet
introspection to violent outbursts of
overdrive and crashing drums without ever sounding forced.
Their first single, "The Last Of
My World," is good—but the
remarkable thing is that its cohorts
are just as strong. None of the
tracks on the album are disposable, which hodes well for The
Awesome Team's future releases.
And the boys' sound, somewhere
between Weezer and Taking Back
Sunday, is infectious. They may not
be hip, but they make up for it by
having decent music. With the
video for "The Last Of My World"
receiving MuchMusic play and a
cross-Canadian tour lined up,
maybe their approach is working.
The Awesome  Team hits  the
Railway Club on February 22. II
THE UBYSSEY: What is in heavy
rotation on your iPod, right now?
JOEY CLEMENT: Um, you know
what, 1 don't have an iPod.
U: CD player, then.
JC: Okay, I've got, um, Gran-
daddy, I've got Lagwagon, I've got
some Masterplan, which is this
crazy metal out of Sweden, very
good stuff, and I've got Motley
Crue, uh, geez, lemme think, some
Elvis Costelio, Velvet Underground.
U: Are there Awesome Team
groupies?
JC: Absolutely! My goodness, J
had no idea until we went out on
tour, though. Oh my god.
U: Would you say the quality is
overall pretty high?
JO Oh, they're amazing. AMAZING. We're having a fucking killer
time, man/ that's all I can say.
U: Speaking of having a killer
time and coming out on tour, your
video for The Last Of My World"
was picked up by MuchMusic*
Now you're playing with the big
boys, have you felt any kind of
pressure to change anything
about yourselves, either in terms
of image or sound, to sell records
and fit in?
JC: No, I don't think so, and I'm
not just saying that to be Mister
Indie Underground Guy or anything. We haven't changed anything a bit, man, we're just grassroots style, riding in a van across
Canada type of guys. I don't know
how else to say it you know? The
MuchMusic thing was nice, it was
there for about ten weeks, it was
okay, I'm not trying to downplay it.
It was in light rotation. Hopefully
the next one we get, you know, at
least a medium.
U: What's the craziest thing you
guys have done onstage?
JC: Nothing too zany. Nothing
too crazy. A lot of times, if we're
playing to like twenty people, I'll
just grab my water bottle and
chuck it. I'll just kinda toss water
out onto an empty floor...it/s a stupid bit I do where I say "hey you
guys look hot" and there's like no
one there so I chuck the water on
the floor. It's not bad...then people
slip on it and it's not so funny.
U: You guys survived a mugging at gunpoint
JC: Yeah, that was our guitar
player and drummer, actually.
Like, within a month of moving
into Toronto that's the type of shit
they dealt with, (nervous laugh) It
was kinda shitty luck, and I'm just
glad they stuck it out stayed in
Toronto, cuz that's... hindering, or
something.
U: Does it make you want to
move to beautiful Vancouver, BC?
JC: Well, talk to my bass player
about that That guy goes on and
on about Vancouver. I have no idea
what the trip is there, but I'm sure
it's great. I just don't know, I don't
have firsthand experience.
Trademark arpeggios and frenetic synths score life out of balance
KOYAANISQATSI with
THE PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
February 23
by Luke T. Johnson
CULTUREWRITER
One of the most innovative and influential films of a generation almost
never got made. Having shot three
years worth of footage, director
Godfrey Reggio approached minimal-
ist composer Philip Glass and audaciously asked him to score his film. "I
don't do film music," Glass replied.
But after some spirited convincing,  Glass finally agreed to assist
Reggio with the project The result is
nothing short of a masterpiece.
Koyaanisqatsi is a documentary without any words, script, or discernable
story. The only actors are unwitting
members of the human race. The
film uses Glass' trademark arpeggios
and frenetic synthesiser to bolster
sequences of time lapse and slow
motion photography that harshly juxtapose images of man and nature.
With nary a word, the message is
clear: the continued rape of the planet leads to a life unbalanced.
The film created a genre unto
itself, paving the way for such nonverbal mediations on life such as
Microcosmos and Baraka. The latter,
released in 1992, was directed by
Ron Fricke, the cinematography
maestro behind Koyaanisqatsi—
Koyaanisqatsi may have been
Reggio's vision, but the film simply
wouldn't exist if not for Fricke's
expert photography. Any footage you
have ever seen of clouds time-lapsing
across a filmstrip is a nod to the work
of Ron Fricke.
Koyaanisqatsi, a Hopi Indian
word that translates as "life out of balance," is the first film in the Qatsi trilogy. Reggio spent over 20 years filming and editing the series, releasing
Powwaqatsi ("life in transformation")
in 1988 and Naqoyqatsi ("life as
war") in 2002, and Glass composed
the original score for all three.
To call Philip Glass a minimalist
would be to sell him a little short
Although his music essentially
defines the genre with its subtle thematic variations and intense repetitions, there is nothing minimal about
the drama it evokes. He has written
prolifically for keyboard and has
composed a number of symphonies
and operas. Artists from David Bowie
to Bjork count him as an influence.
Working with Reggio may have
forced Glass to eat bis words about
"not doing film music," Glass went on
to compose soundtracks for several
films including Candyman and The
Fog of War, as well as The Hours, for
which he was nominated for an
Academy Award.. * r>
The Philip Glass Ensemble was
founded by its namesake in 1968
and has performed together ever
since. Much of the music Glass has
composed has been for his ensemble,
which is generally made up of amplified woodwinds, synthesiser, and a
solo soprano voice. Under the direction of Michael Riesman, the group
has been touring all over the world,
performing the scores of the Qatsi
trilogy five to screenings of the films.
The Koyaanisqatsi tour comes to
Queen Elizabeth Theater on February
23, and features Philip Glass himself
on keyboard. II
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The Knoll: new tactics of media
democracy in the campus revolution
Funding from AMS resource groups enables nascent student
publication to address the question of what is to be done at UBC
by Catherine Hart
CULTURE WRITER
The Knoll is ah uprising—a. provocative opening line for the latest publication to hit the UBC campus. But
far from being a wannabe attempt
at fomenting weak-kneed student
revolution, I found this paper to be
an intelligent attempt to engage an
apathetic student body in issues
that thirty years ago might have
prompted passionate activism.
A self-described "history of
protest and student activism on
this campus/ The Knoll has memorialised the imminent demise of
the hilly greenspace outside the
SUB to provide a lasting place for
free exchange, a printed forum
open to contradiction and conflict
even within itself. Begat by the
Resource Groups, but blossoming
into a collaborative means between
faculty and students, The Knoll was
a result of different people wanting
to bring together divergent and
convergent topics of social concern
in a serious student paper.
Co-editor Lyle McMahon hopes
that The Knoll will amplify dialogues that go too often unheard
out here at Point Grey.
"The focus is on creating discussion, because that's not going on at
all," says McMahon. "It's not about
propaganda and pushing our
views; we wanted it to be accessible." He adds: "And not boring—
unlike an academic journal."
The result? Editor Rob Parungao
sums up the contents of The Knoll
for me as "Arts, Academics, Action."
The first issue contains articles that
provide a history of activism on
campus, offers incitement to vote in
both the national and AMS elections, and generates discussions
about multiculturalism and feminism—all interspersed with student
poetry and art.
The Resource Groups are given
space to advertise, with a view to
developing this from a tagline into
a forum. These collectives, which
include Fride UBC, Colour
Connected, the Women's Centre,
the Social Justice Centre, and the
Student Environment Centre, are
concerned with a range of social
issues and rely on AMS student
fees. In turn, they provide the only
form of advertising in The Knoll,
which relies solely upon the
Resource Groups for funding.
"It was important for it not to be
cornmercially asphyxiated," said co-
editor Nate Crompton. As a result,
the paper is a reflection of the students of UBC, and not the influence
of adveritiser and marketers.
Although only in its infancy,
The Knoll still landed itself in trouble with the AMS a few weeks ago
over endorsements for the AMS
election. "It was a symbolic clash
with power," said Crompton. "Which
is what The Knolls all about—challenging bases of power." The editors did acknowledge that an
infraction had occurred. "It's
important to recognise that rules
do exist, but what's more important is that we're generating
dialogue," said Crompton. "Although we were advocating certain
candidates, we're not trying to
convince people of our views but
rather we were trying to get
people interested." He adds: "We
have a viewpoint but we're not
enforcing it on anybody—the focus
is interactivity*.
Interactivity and discussion are
The Knoll's most important attributes, as is its affiliated website
(http://www.theknoll.ca) indicates.
This is probably the easiest way
for the regular Joe on campus to
get involved—all submissions are
online.
"There's a big focus on outreach
on our part, because it's come out
of the Resource Groups," says
co-editor Rebecca Hall. "We want
to bring other people in to get
new perspectives." And on a practical level, a publication takes a
lot of work, so there's always plenty to do.
The paper will continue to be
published sporadically, and if funding and coordinating allows, look
for The Knoll to appear on a monthly basis. The website being the
easiest way to stay in touch, and
check for the sophomore issue as
February ends. II THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 21 February, 2006
Culture 7
No, this isn't about poon in case you were wondering jackass
BEAVER
Presentation House Theatre
until February 25
by Jill Orsten
.    CULTURE WRITER
On a cold and rainy night, I had the
mixed pleasure of attending
"Beaver/ a theatrical play written
by Claudia Dey. Falsely advertised
as a comedy, "Beaver" has some
very funny moments but is definitely a drama. It's the coming of
age story of Beatrice, later nicknamed  "Beaver,"  who's journey
into the scary reality of adulthood
is traced from the death of her
mother to her wedding day.
Beatrice is left to live with her
grandmother and aunt because her
Father Silo is deemed an unfit parent, thanks to his penchant for
drink and chronic unemployment.
(Allow me a brief sojourn to
declare that Byron Chief-Moon
does an outstanding job with the
role of Father Silo, portraying both
the cruel master of alcoholism and
the enduring yet undependable
love he shows for his daughter.)
The play begins on a winter day
in Shania Twain's Ontarian hometown, Timmons, as the characters
leave the funeral of Beatrice's
mother. The play is just as cold to
the audience as the opening scene
is to the characters, but after the
thaw an uncomfortable attachment forms between the viewer
and the over accentuated and
stereotypical characters. The play
centres around the difficulties and
problems of small towns, where
the choices seem so often to be
stay and rot in a continuum of
poverty and addiction, or leave to
the world  outside   of the  town,
which is rumoured to be flat and
full of nothing.
I was struck by the magnificent
performances by the whole cast.
But the plot is as predictable as the
ingredients in Captain Crunch
(sugar, more sugar, and crunch
berries) except in this case there's
very little sweetness. Saccharine
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Tuesday, 21 February, 2006
Feature Q
By replacing tenure-track with contract faculty, are hiring practices at Canadian
universities eroding academia and employment equity?
hances are mighty good you make
more money at your summer job
than a lot of the talented people
teaching your classes. If you've ever
made more than $ 11 dollars an hour, that
puts you in a potentially higher pay-scale
than about one-quarter of faculty at UBC,
where a growing coterie of professionals—
also known as 'sessional instructors' or 'contract staff—are earning one-third less than
starting high school teachers.
It's a nation-wide problem that's been
getting increasing attention lately, even if
many students still seem completely in the
dark about the pay and working conditions
of a significant number of their teachers.
Nevertheless, in an era of cutbacks, modern
university administrations are banking on
huge financial savings by replacing ever-
increasing numbers of tenured faculty (or
full-time profs) with temporary, contract
positions.
The trend is a sort of echo of the equalisation—some might argue McDonaldisation—
playing out in many sectors of society. But
when you throw higher tuition and skyrocketing university enrolment into the mix, a
pattern emerges where it seems both students and faculty are left holding the short
end of the stick.
Gypsy faculty caught in
revolving doors
'Gypsy faculty' and 'road scholars' are two
recently coined, tongue-in-cheek terms that
approximate the sketchy business of trying to
work for a university nowadays. If anyone
could fit the 'gypsy' bill, it's Erica Paterson.
Closing the door to her spartan office with a
hot cup of coffee in hand, she looks a little like
Janis Joplin. And when she starts talking about
her experience as a sessional instructor, it
turns put she's even got a hint of the
songstress' gravelly voice to boot
Once her children were grown and had
moved out, Paterson finished her PhD in theatre studies and then spent a number of years
living in Latin America, where she helped
found a university on a small island off the
coast of Honduras.
These days, she's in her second term as a
sessional instructor for the Department of
English at UBC. Unlike many contract staff,
Paterson isn't gunning for a full professorship.
'I'm a little unusual/ she admits, explaining that while she loves to teach, she just isn't
interested in keeping her nose to the academic grindstone. She wouldn't enjoy the constant
pressure to publish, lecture, research and beetle about in a kafkaesque bureaucracy.
"I like the freedom/ she explains.
In this respect, Paterson reflects thousands
of gypsy faculty across Canada.
Freedom and flexibility aside, Paterson
finds the plight of sessionals instructors at
UBC unacceptable.
First off, there's the fact that sessionals are
paid peanuts. Not just at UBC, but across the
country. Paterson candidly admits she earns a
scant $5,200 per course. Given the maximum
course-load sessionals are permitted to teach
is three per semester, that puts her maximum
earnings at a paltry $31,200 per academic
year—before taxes.'
She said she sat down one time and calculated roughly what that breaks down to as a
per-hour wage. Since she puts in 15 hours a
day, six days a week, her hourly wage works
out to about eight or nine dollars an hour.
James Turk, executive director of the
Canadian Association of University Teachers
(CAUT), says that's below the national average,
which is between $ 11-13 an hour.
Part of the problem is that sessionals are
not paid for the time required to prepare a
course. Neither are their efforts to prepare
"If rr is okay for universities
TO EXPLOIT THEIR FACULTY,
DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY
ARE WIDELY PERCEIVED TO LEAD
THE WAY IN TERMS OF ETHICAL
DIRECTIVES, THEN WHO IS TO SAY
THAT ANYONE ELSE CAN'T TOO?"
-Petra Ganzenmueller
Sessional Instructor
course outlines, readings, assignments or master the material.
The nature of contract teaching is
ephemeral, which is to say there are* no
guarantees that contract staff will teach the
same class from one semester to the next. As
a result, they often have to run the same
bling-less gauntlet to prepare and master
courses every four months.
Here's where the plot thickens. Paterson
goes on to explain that sessionals are normally
hired on very short notice—usually a week or
two before students plunk themselves in their
chairs and poise their pens to start taking
notes. By that time, she's only had two weeks to
prepare three university-level courses; as such
the quality of her teaching isn't at all what it
could be if she were given the time to properly
prepare, like tenured faculty are.
The hitch in this scenario is student evaluations: feedback from students is the only
means departments have to evaluate the sessional faculty they employ. That throws contract staff in a catch 22: they're given insufficient, unpaid time to prepare and then expected to perform by an audience with great expectations, an audience that doesn't know what's
at stake. The upshot is less than inspiring for
students or their teachers: the quality of the
course is diminished, and the person teaching
is put under supreme stress.
"If I could see anything change in terms
of our situation, it would be that prep period/ says Paterson. "We would be hired a
month before classes start with a decent
time to prepare/
Roads scholars and glass
ceilings
Unlike Paterson, Petra Ganzenmueller does
want a tenure-track position at UBC—she wants
to be a full professor. Though she comes across
as somewhat shy and unassuming in her small
office in the Soviet-inspired Buchanan Tower,
"FOR EVERY SESSIONAL
INSTRUCTOR WHO WANTS A
SHOT AT TENURE-TRACK
APPOINTMENT, THERE'S AT
LEAST ONE WHO'S HAPPY
TEACHING ON CONTRACT, OR
WHO IS AFRAID OF THAT A
MOVE TO CONVERT SESSIONAL
POSITIONS TO TENURE-TRACK
MEANS THEY WOULD LOSE
THEIR JOB."
-Vicky Smattman
Organising and Collective
Bargaining Officer
Canadian Association of
University Teachers
as Chair for the Sessional Faculty Committee
she's been unrelenting in her work to fight for
a better deal for contract faculty at UBC.
StilL in the eightyears she's toiled for the
University as an instructor in the Central,
Eastern and Northern European Studies
department, Ganzenmueller has realised
something that sessional instructors all
across North America have been finding out
in recent years: that the trend toward hiring
contract staff is creating very real hurdles
for them to ever get permanent, tenured
positions.
It works like a revolving door. You graduate with a PhD heavily in debt and start looking for work at an academic institution.
Unless you've already somehow managed to
cobble together a lengthy list of publications
and research projects, chances are you'll end
up picking up work as a sessional instructor—
to keep current with what's happening in
your field, you tell yourself.
But once you've taken on the three or possibly four courses you need to pay down your
student loan and cover the rent, you realise it's
impossible to find the tune to do research and
pubhshing.
'Initially, let's say for one or two years/
illustrates Ganzenmueller, "being a contract
academic provides you with some income and.
valuable teaching experience while you are
searching for a tenure-track position/
"Depending on your discipline and specialisation, this position may not come up for
some time. The longer it takes, however, the
more difficult it gets. At that later stage in your
career launch, a multitude of hindrances kick
in: Most importantly, your dissertation has a
shelf life. This is now compounded by oppressive teaching loads taking away considerable
time from research agendas/
She adds that "substandard incomes" sideline trips to conferences, which are an important forum for presenting papers and networking with other professionals.
So, far from promoting career advancement, Ganzenmueller says that sessional work
effectively hinders it, creating a glass ceiling.
Meanwhile, the university administration
gets two and half professors for the price of
one entry-level tenure-track professional.
UBCs VP Academic office counters that the
University has ironed out this inequity by
installing tenured positions for what they term
teaching and research streams, both of which
are full-time, tenured positions. But
Ganzenmueller argues that, "few to none of
these positions ever become available."
"Why?" she asks, rhetorically, "As
[employees with these positions] are paid
significantly higher salaries than their non-
tenured colleagues, a position with tenure
and fair pay attached does not benefit the
corporate bottom line."
Canadian universities and the
In an article about sessional faculty she wrote
for The Ottawa Citizen in November of 2005,
journalist Maria Kubacki pointed out that:
"[fjull-time faculty salaries and benefits are the
single biggest item in university budgets."
Tammy Brimner and Mark Oldham, both
UBC Faculty Relations representatives working
in the VP Academic's office, underscored the
same fiscal reality in an interview with the
Ubyssey in January. Asked why the University,
simply doesn't move away from contract
teaching and research positions in order to
offer instead more full professor spots,
Brimner, a senior manager, gave the simple,
self-evident reply:
"Budget."
_^ She explained that the money used to pay
professor's salaries comes from the government under a transfer scheme called GPO.
These are fimited resources, and with recent
cuts to education—per-student funding
alone is $2 billion less than it was a decade
ago—administrations are scrambling to find
ways they can cut corners and curtail spending. Faculty agreements, which provide for
more pay each year for tenured staff, combined with shrinking government subsidies
sets the stage for an unsavoury fiscal cocktail: "You have expanding pressures on a
discreet pile of money/ relates Brimner.
"That makes it difficult."
Responding to the criticisms of
Ganzenmueller and other contract staff sharing similar feelings of professional frustration,
Brimner is less than sympathetic: "If an individual wishes to move into [a tenure track
position], it's not for the University to create
opportunities just because they are here, do
you know what I'm saying?"
"As an employer, we hired them to teach,
and that's what we asked them to do. If they
want to do something else, they need to take
the steps necessary in order to meet the criteria for another position/
Brimner also pointed out that the responsibility doesn't rest solely on the shoulders of
adrninistrations; individual departments have
an equal hand in the creation of sessional
appointments. And while the collective agreement provides for a minimum salary, it's up to
the departments to set the rates at or above the
minimum.
Both science and commerce pay well above
the minimum to retain and attract the best
and the brightest, the rationale being, as
Brimner explains, that chemists and physicists
can make connections with industry and be
lured away.
"We have to try and match those salaries in
order to recruit and retain the people that we
have/ she said.
You could almost predict the conclusion:
hiring at universities takes on the familiar ring
of supply-and-demand capitalism. Science and
commerce, worth more to the market, are paid
at a premium. The liberal arts can take a fiscal
jump in the lake.
by Bryan Zandberg | Features Editor
photo by Yinan Max Wang | Photo Editor
In the meantime, Brimner and Oldham say
it's up to contract staff to negotiate a better
contract at the bargaining table.
Tenure, or getting a hold ©f
academic freedom
Turk says that the Canadian Association of
University Teachers is watching hiring patterns closely at Canadian universities, where
huge numbers of professors of the baby
boomer generation are expected to retire in
the next decade. He says he's concerned that
adrninistrations will continue with their fiscal
ruse of replacing tenured positions with contract staff.
Even Turk hasn't escaped the plight of
being a sessional instructor. Talking by cellphone at an airport in Winnipeg, he tells the
story of teaching a night course at the
University of Toronto, where he couldn't get to
his mail, had no email address and couldn't
even do up the reading lists for his course
because he was denied a library card for all of
August, the rationale being that his contract
technically didn't start until September.
These days he's more concerned about contract teaching's challenge to academic freedom and integrity. He insists academic freedom is protected by tenure.
Turk makes a compelling case. He explains
that tenured faculty can openIyq»ooh pooh and
even condemn deans, university presidents
and major corporate donors without fear of
reprisals. If you're tenured, you cannot be
fired without just cause.
Not so for contract staff: "If you're a sessional, nobody has to do anything to get rid of you/
he says. "They just don't renew your contract"
Turk makes a hypothetical example of a
pharmaceutical company that is  a major
"if you're a sessional,
nobody has to do
anything to get rid of
you. They just don't
renew your contract."
-James Turk
Executive Director
Canadian Association of
University Teachers
donor to a university's budget A sessional who
was openly critical about the adverse affects of
one of the company's drugs would be sticking
his or her neck out According to Turk, the
company wouldn't even need to threaten to
withdraw funding; the administration would
likely be more than happy to take it upon itself
to censor the faculty member in order to keep
the donation money a-flowin.'
Thus, Turk fears that the vulnerabihty of
sessionals only invites abuses. But he adds
that they could also lose their jobs just for challenging the prevailing ideology of any given
department.
"You don't teach what you think is right,
you teach what will allow you to keep your job."
As for the matter of administrations
boasting about the newly created teaching
and research streams—which would be
decently paid and tenured—Turk thinks it's
a terrible idea.
"We're bitterly opposed to the fragmentation of an academic's job. We think that what
distinguishes a university, as opposed to a
high school for example, is that the
people...are supposed to be breaking new
ground in their field."
Turk recalled his undergrad years at
Harvard, where there was a policy in place that
paired the most senior professors with first
and second-year students. As such, he was
privy to the teachings of Nobel laureates James
Watson and George Wald.
"My second year political science course
was taught by Henry Kissinger," he boasts.
Turk said these high-profile pedagogues
communicated nothing short of an ardent love
for learning.
"The notion was that you want people
who are doing significant work, and are
excited about their work, teaching students,"
related Turk.
He sees the newly christened teaching and
research streams as just another cost-cutting
manouever invented by administrations. "The
victims are the faculty and the students."
Ganzenmueller agrees, taking issue with
the compartmentalision of an academic's
work based on her own first-hand experience.
"The idea of the 'teaching-only' position
conveniently ignores the everyday realities
of academic work. It allows UBC to make
policy on the fiction that teaching, research
and service are separable when, in fact, all
of these activities are vital and integral parts
of the academic profession and are all mutually dependent."
As for students, they get crammed into
high-enrolment first and second-year Arts
and Sciences courses with overworked,
underpaid and burnt-out teachers. A far cry
from Nobel laureates.
Respect and two-tier
teaching
Turk says one of the" main aims of CAUT has
been organising contract staff into the faculty
associations (or professors' unions) at their
respective universities. But it isn't easy.
"It's impossible to generalise about contingent academic staff/ wrote Vicky Smallman,
the Organising and Collective Bargaining
Officer for CAUT. "For every sessional instructor who wants a shot at tenure-track appointment, there's at least one who's happy teaching on contract, or who is afraid that a move to
convert sessional positions to tenure-track
means they would lose their job."
Ganzenmueller isn't afraid to speak out
and ruffle feathers. She openly denounces
UBC for paying Tip-service" to its own glossy
Trek 2010 mission statement, which reads:
"The University of British Columbia will
provide its students, faculty, and staff with the
best possible resources and conditions for
learning and research, and create a working
environment dedicated to excellence, equity,
and mutual respect."
Ganzenmueller contends that, far from
living up to its own standards, UBC has cultivated a "two-class system/ where tenure-
track faculty and sessional faculty work side
by side under vastly different salary and
working conditions.
"If it is okay for universities to exploit their
faculty, despite the fact that they are widely
perceived to lead the way in terms of ethical
directives, then who is to say that anyone else
can't too?"
Paterson agrees. "I mean, I thought we
already did the equal work for equal pay battle/ she says. T remember doing that about
thirty years ago." m
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T-Birds win Pacific Division semifinals
by Megan Smyth
SPORTS EDITOR
On Friday night UBCs women's basketball
team took on UVic in what was one of the most
defensive games of the season. UBC ploughed
through and pulled off a 56-38 win in the first
game of the Pacific Division semifinals at War
Memorial Gym.
"We knew they'd be changing up their
defensive schemes and we wanted to make
sure that we were all reading and being intelligent ball players out there and making good
choices/ commented coach Deb Huband.
Kelsey Blair led the scoring for the
Thunderbirds with a total of 14 points. "For
me it's just about going out there and playing,
and if it happens to go in my direction that's a
good thing," said Blair.
Teammate Tina Lum followed close behind
Blair, scoring 13 points during Friday's game.
Lum, who just returned from a course excursion to Bamfield, quickly had to switch from
student to team player for the important weekend match-up.
In order to be on the same page as her
team Lum had UVic's stats faxed to her in
Bamfield. "I read the stats over there and then
I met with Deb [Huband] after practice yesterday just to get a handle on their stuff, and then
I went for it," related Lum.
Overall, the scoring for UBC was very bal
anced with nine out of ten players who
dressed for the game pulling in points for the
team.
UVic struggled late in the game as they
weren't able to score for the first five minutes
of the second half.
"We knew it was going to be a defensive
battle and that both teams were going to
know each other's stuff and know each
other's personnel, so we knew we were
going to have to execute and we knew we
were going to have to defend what was coming at us," said Blair.
UBC dorninated the court for the majority
of Friday's game and was able to pull off a fairly easy win.
Saturday's game was a different story.
The Vikings came back hard during
Saturday's rematch.
Erica McGuinness was the top scorer and a
key player in Saturday's game and Blair got in
the winning shot in the last eight seconds of
play, for a UBC 66-64 win over UVic.
As Huband said during the weekend match
against UVic, "there's no Simon Fraser if you
don't get by Victoria."
Now UBCs on to face SFU in the Pacific
Division final this Friday and Saturday at
SFU's Burnaby Mountain campus. It will be
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Both the men's and women's UBC hockey
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rinks, but not before losing their practice and
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scheduled for closure to all users on March 31
and demolition is set to begin on April 1, the
very next day. Construction on the new Olympic
facility to be built in its place will begin shortly
after that
Currently the facility holds four rinks, dressing rooms, the ThunderBar and little multi-purpose space. According to Joe Redmond, VP UBC
Properties Trust, the administrative body handling the development project, the new facility
will include three sheets of ice, dressing rooms
and a great deal of space with, to date, an
unspecified function.
Although UBC will be receiving a brand new
facility, the campus will be losing one ice surface in the process. The final project will house
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What will it cost?
The new state-of-the-art, world-class facility is
expected to cost just over $48 million.
Redmond emphasised that the funds are coming mainly from the Vancouver Olympic
Organising Committee (VANOC). $38.5 million
has been put forward by VANOC, another $ 1
million has been donated by Rona, a hardware
and renovations company, but the rest of the
funds have to be provided by the University.
With such a project costs are obviously
going to be high, but UBC was able to save
money in one area. "The ice plant is being reused; it's being taken out, rebuilt and put
back to use"—all in an effort to save on
expenses, said Redmond.
It has been suggested that the many metres
of frozen ground recently discovered under the
current twin rinks was the reason UBCs Board
of Governors decided to approve a $4 million
addition to the $5 million that UBC had already
committed to the project.
"Under the twin rinks there has been
mechanical and electrical problems so the
ground has been frozen, but the ground has to
be excavated anyways," explained Redmond.
Consequently, UBC believes the frozen ground
should not cause construction delays. In reality,
no one will be able to tell the depth of the frozen
ground and the problems it may cause until
excavation begins on April 1, if everything proceeds as scheduled.
Where to play?
The closure of the UBC Winter Sports Centre is
necessary for the development of the new facility, but is causing great problems and concerns
for many users.
Besides the UBC varsity ice hockey teams
there are many other groups who use the current ice facilities. Intramural leagues, figure
skating participants, and community hockey
leagues are just a few of the users who will be
displaced when the facility closes its doors on
March 31. UBC has not offered any alternatives
for the users who will be without practice space
for the duration of the construction.
Gaye Collins, President of the Vancouver
Thunderbird Minor Hockey Association
(VTMHA), a group that organises the competitive youth teams west of Fraser Street, estimates that her organisation uses about 47-50
hours a week at UBC for the approximately 900
players involved with the organisation.
The City of Vancouver has told the VTMHA
that there is ice space available within the city;
in fact a study done in 2003 concluded that
there was actually an excess of ice space that
was not being utilised by anyone at all.
Collins, however, is skeptical. "We haven't
seen what ice that is; I'm assuming it's during
the early morning times. There is a limited time
frame when we can use the ice, especially when
young people can use it and the City of
Vancouver says that the ice can be used until
midnight, but children can't use those hours,"
lamented Collins.
In addition to ice space availability, many of
the displaced organisations have other concerns with city rinks. The VTMHA, as well as
other hockey organisations currently renting
ice space at UBC, have programs where players
range in age from five to 17 years old. Some of
the rinks in Vancouver simply are not equipped
to handle the older players.
"We have issues in that some of the rinks [in
the City of Vancouver] aren't safe enough and
large enough for our 15-17 year olds, and we
have 14 teams of that age. We have to have ice
at night time and at rinks that are safe, so we
have been limited/ explained Collins.
A large portion of the VTMHA program is
the five to eight year olds, and the only option
Collins can envision for this group is to "cram
them into the city on their ice."
The UBC men's and women's varsity ice
hockey teams are stuck in the same situation as
other current users of the facility. Both UBC
teams are looking for a fall time practice facility,
ideally close to UBC, for the entirety of next year.
Milan Dragicevic, the UBC men's hockey
coach, has been told that there is no ice available from seven in the morning until 11 at
night. "We're probably going to have to go into
Richmond and practice at Minora Park, and
coincide with the women's team so we have ice
at the same time/ he predicted.
"There will probably have to be a bus or a
shuttle to pick up the players at UBC and take
them out to Richmond and then shuttle them
back," suggested Dragicevic, "which is going to
be a huge inconvenience for a short period of
time because now the players need a two hour
window for practice and getting back to class,
whereas if you're shuttling people to Richmond
you probably need a four hour window between
classes," he added.
Finding a facility to host home games for the
Thunderbirds is another issue for the varsity
coaches. Women's ice hockey coach Dave
Newson is looking into some creative options to
accommodate the team during facility construction. "Our sport is still relatively young so we
want to showcase it around the province. We
will play some home games at various sites
around the province, maybe UBC Okanagan
and maybe a series of games on Vancouver
Island," indicated Newson.
"For [men'sj home games it's a Utile bit of a
concern right now," said Dragicevic. "We've
approached the Vancouver Giants to see if we
can play some games at the Coliseum. Since our
horde base will probably be Richmond we'll
probably play some games there. The , other
option is to get inside the community and go to
the various minor hockey towns and play a
weekend in Burnaby or a weekend in Delta."
Finding practice and game venues will be an
ongoing challenge for both UBC ice hockey
teams in the upcoming future, but both coaches
agree that the temporary relocation of training
and game facilities will not have a negative
impact on recruitment
"I don't think it will be a concern with
recruiting players, because really it's a short-
term situation/ stated Dragicevic. "If they can
live with it for a few months they are going to
move into a brand new facility the following
year that will be the nicest university faculty in
Canada. I think it will enhance it and enhance
the profile of the hockey team."
Newson echoed these sentiments in regards
to finding new talent for the women's team:
"the new facility will be a major draw; it already
is. The number of recruits we have coming in is
the best year we've ever had. I think one year of
pain isn't really scaring anyone off."
When will it open?
So when exactly will the many users be allowed
back into the fabulous new ice facility? Recent
murmurs suggested that the practice ice sheet
would be usable in November or December of
this year. This opening date has now been
pushed back.
"Two rinks should open as soon as we can
get them operational," said Redmond. "There
will be some life safety and fire code issues. It
really is a code issue rather than a construction
issue. We're trying to get those rinks open as
soon as possible."
The predicted opening date for the practice
rink—and hopefully T-Bird rink—is now early
2007.
According to Redmond, "eveiything will be
completed in the summer of 2008/ But he
noted that a final construction schedule has not
yet been agreed upon.
Bird Design-Build Ltd is in charge of the
actual building and construction portion of the
project and progress on the facility will depend
on demolition and the evaluation of any hazardous materials found during teardown.
Director of UBC Athletics and Recreation,
Bob Philip is excited about the new
Thunderbird Winter Sports Complex, but has
also been involved with the difficult task of making sure UBC will be financially secure over the
construction period.
"We've factored into our budget for next year
two different things. One, the loss of revenue
from the arena and two, the one-time costs to
relocate the teams," declared Philip.
As UBC will lose one existing ice surface,
Philip acknowledges the possibility of gaining
an additional ice surface in the future after the
Olympics. "If there was a partner willing to go
in with us that's something we'd consider, it's
not totally out of the question. It would not be
part of the new complex, but it could be built
right next to it and be connected somehow,
therefore it would be maintained and managed
by the same people," he described.
Only time will tell if construction begins,
proceeds, according to schedule and costs
remain at predicted levels. II 12 Sports
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Speeding down the slopes
Over reading break the UBC alpine
ski team was in Mission Ridge,
Washington competing in their
last conference race of the season.
Clear skies provided perfect conditions for some of the best slalom
races by the UBC team. Trevor
Bruce skied the best run of his
career, coming in 3rd place during
a race on February 11. Andrea
Lustenberger pulled in her best
run of the season during the
women's slalom event, finishing
4th on February 11 and 2nd on
February 12. The UBC team
advances to the regional championships in Steamboat Springs
Colorado and hopes to do well
enough to move on to nationals in
Maine in March.
Dingers a plenty
UBC seems to be picking up after
the worst start to a season in
the baseball program's history.
The T-Birds lost their first four
games, but since then their bats
have caught fire. On February 13
UBC won 16-8 in Claremont,
California against the Claremont-
Mudd-Scripps Colleges. The
Thunderbirds gave themselves a
Valentines Day present with a 9-3
win against the Division 1 Cal
State Northridge in California. The
next day UBC took down the
Pepperdine Waves 4-1 in Malibu
California. On February 16 the T-
Birds received their first loss of
their away series when UBC lost 4-
3 to Division 1 University of
California   Santa   Barbara.   The
Thunderbird's home opener
against Oregon Tech occurs on
March 18 at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Hockey heads to playoffs
After losing home ice advantage
due to Calgary's win over the
University of Alberta, the UBC
men's hockey team took to the
road over reading break. On
February 11, the T-Birds won 5-4
against the Calgary Dinos, but
unfortunately their luck turned
during the February 17 game
when the Dinos beat the T-Birds 4-
2. When the Lethbridge
Pronghorns came to town on
February 18 UBC pulled it together
and got themselves a 3-2 victory.
Next up for the T-Birds is a trip to
Calgary to once again take on the
Dinos and open the playoffs.
Women's playoff dreams
die
UBCs women's hockey team lost out
a playoff spot after their 5-2 loss
against the Alberta Pandas on
February 10. With their playoff hopes
dashed, the women lost 6-0 the next
night when the Pandas shut the Birds
out. The Thunderbirds finished up
with a 5-11-4 record but unfortunately just out of the Canada West Playoff
series.
Nordic skiers grab gold
The UBC Nordic ski team returned
from 100 Mile House with some
great results from the first BC Cup
Competition of the season. After a
long drive into Northern BC on
Friday the team made it through
the 10km classic technique race
with first place finishes in two different age groups from Elliot
Holtham and Nathan Wolfe. These
two T-Birds were golden again on
Sunday when they both took the
first spots in their sprint races.
UBC looks like one of the strongest
Nordic teams and therefore hopes
for some great performances at
the Canadian College and
University Championships, the
National event, in early March.
Rugby.World Cup at UBC
Seven UBC men's rugby players
have been included in the Rugby
Canada U19 and U21 tryouts.
First-years Nick Daniels, Ben
Jones, Charlie Jones, Ben Johnson
and Sam Penhall are joining second-year John Georgas in Arizona
this month for some test games
against the USA team. During this
training camp all players on the
Canadian team will be vying for a
spot on the Rugby Canada team
that will be traveling to Dubai for
the U19 World Cup in Dubai.
Third-year Tyler Hotson was chosen to be a part of the U21 team
and travel to the Cayman Islands
at the end of April. UBCs
Thunderbird team traveled to the
World Cup series in California and
lost after a close game against
Berkeley. The second World Cup
game will be played on March 25
at UBC, again against Berkeley.
T-Birds swim at World Cup
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The Thunderbirds have been busy skiing
the hills, hitting home runs, scoring goals
and trys and swimming up a storm
Brazil over the break competing in
the final stop on the World Cup
short course circuit. Although
Dickens didn't pull of one of his
best times, it was still good enough
for gold. Dickens swam the 200m
breaststroke in 2:12.17. Dickens
finished in 8th place in the 50m
breaststroke. Darryl Rudolf, another swimmer representing UBC,
took the 8th spot in the 50m butterfly race. Unfortunately UBCs
Brian Johns and Callum Ng pulled
out of their finals due to food
poisoning.
Men's V-Ball crushed
The UBC men's volleyball team finished off the regular season with a
3-1 loss to the Alberta Golden
Bears on February 11. The T-Birds
headed to the University of
Manitoba to begin the Canada
West playoffs. UBC didn't play
Manitoba during the regular season. UBC played in the first game
of the Canada West quarterfinals
on February 17 and 18 and unfortunately lost to the Bisons in both
games. The T-Birds played hard
this season but missed their
chance at a berth to the national
championships.
T-Birds host CW final four
The Manitoba Bisons were beaten
down by the UBC women's volleyball on February 11. The women's
team finishes up first in the
Canada West rankings after one of
the best seasons in the program's
history. On February 16 the
Winnipeg Wesman came to UBC to
begin tin* Canada West quarterfinal series The T-Birds served up
a loss to the visiting Wesman. The
next day UBC finished off
Winnipeg with a score of 3-1 The
T-Birds will now be hosting the
Canada West final four this
Thursday and Friday where the
teams will battle for three berths
to the CIS national championships II
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Tuesday, 21 February, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
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is paltry pay for a PhD
In case you thought UBC was a
paragon of employment equity—a
beacon of equal work for equal pay
shining in the dark night on Point
Grey—let us give a much-needed
check to your reality.
UBC pays a scant wage to
many of the smart people we mistakenly call 'professors' here on
campus. Even if you can't tell the
difference between an assistant
professor and a sessional instructor, the University administration
sure can.
That's because an assistant professor makes around $78,000 per
year, while a sessional lecturer
only makes about $30,000. No
matter that both may have PhDs
from the same prestigious university, the same amount of scholarly
publications, the same amount of
adrninistrative and professional
experience: the increasing reliance
on contract faculty means that UBC
has found a cash saving cow that
they're bent on milking. More than
two profs for the price of one.
The Canadian Association of
University Teachers estimates that
sessionals earn an average of $ 11-
13 per hour, and some would say
they earn less. The present contract  between   faculty   and   the
University is conveniently shortsighted, failing to remunerate contract staff for the significant contributions they make to the academic
environment we enjoy here—work
such as meeting with students
needing help, marking, committee
work and, most of all, the prep
work involved in putting courses
together. Instead, UBCs 628 non-
tenured  staff are  predominantly
hired a few weeks before classes
start  each  semester   and  then
expected to impress the students
that will later evaluate them.
To be fair, UBC is by no means
the only administration in Canada
or the States to be exploiting its
employees by paying vastly different wages for comparable work-
but that certainly doesn't justify it.
Instead of following the pack, the
administration should be leading
the way by increasing the minimum three-credit wage paid, up
from the unsatisfactory 5,200
bones doled out at present. Sure,
it's up to the union to negotiate
such things, but then again if the
University wants to sell itself as
being a bastion of gushy happy
feelings in literature like the Trek
2010 document, it has a vested
interest in living up to what it
claims to do.
And to be even more egalitarian, it isn't purely the fault of the YP
Academic's office. Individual faculties are given the option of doing
what the Department of Physics
and Astronomy has done in the
past: they give an ad hoc bonus of
several thousand dollars to compensate for the time a teacher has
to invest to get a handle on a new
course. It's a simple gesture that
would make all the difference in
the  world  for   some   struggling
sessionals.
But then again, the increasing
dependence on contract faculty
doesn't bode well for the future of
academic freedom, neither on our
campus or elsewhere. The serv-
ice-provider-and-client corporate
approach we're embracing is disgusting—cranking up enrolment
and then undermining academic
tenure makes for an industrial
education: not many of us are
happy about paying higher and
higher tuition fees for a less
enriching experience.
Nor are we thrilled by the idea
that highly skilled-faculty at the
University are making less than
starting high school teachers.
The next contract between faculty and the University is currently
under negotiation. If UBC truly
wants to brighten the academic
landscape a little, now would be a
good time to change a light bulb
or two. 11
Coach Steph
Ask Coach Steph is a bi-weekly
advice column appearing in the
Ubyssey. If you have a question
pertaining to life management,
career preparation, self
actualisation or just need
general advice email
steph@visionswithoutborders.ca.
Stephanie Tait is a Personal
and Professional Leadership
Coach who works with young
professionals helping them
create the lives and careers they
truly desire. Visit
www.visionswithoutborders.ca
for more information.
Dear Coach Steph
I have recently started dating a girl
who enjoys letting out sounds during our ldvemaMng. True, it is both
hot and appealing, but I feel for my
roommates who have to endure
the noise. I hve in residence, so
almost nothing is private. There is
no way for my partner to not make
noise—it's just what she does. What
should I do^so my roommates
don't hate me? By the way, my bed
squeaks very loudly as well.
—Sincerely,
Squeaky Bed
Dear Squeaky Bed,
Congratulations for having a problem many men (and women)
would love! Well, maybe not your
issue of having a squeaky bed, but
having a. sexual partner who enjoys
your lovemaking so much she can't
hold it in is quite a compliment to
your abilities (perhaps you want to
reconsider my withholding your
real name...).
My advice—enjoy every minute
of it! Lovemaking is one of the
most beautiful acts two humans
can create and experience together. For some, it can be a critical factor in buuding a healthy relationship. It's not often people share
such intimate love making with
one another that they must scream
in ecstasy to release their pleasure.
Asking your partner to withhold
her noise would be like asking her
to keep her feelings for you to herself, which is a big 'no no' to ask of
any woman.
With regards to your roommates, it doesn't sound like you
have actually spoken to them about
this issue. It sounds like you're
assuming they will hold a grudge
against you for some reason, and it
is not clear why you have jumped
to this conclusion. Some people
really enjoy hearing other people's
sexual noises (there's a whole
industry around this—just walk
down the Granville strip); some
people are indifferent to it; others
find it quite offensive. It sounds
like you've assumed your roommates fall into the third category,
when they may actually be quite
enjoying having you as their
roommate.
What is more, your roommates
might not even be able to hear
your partner at all. First, have a
talk with them to see what, if any-
tliing, they can hear. If it turns out
what they can hear bothers them,
consider one or a number of the
following options:
• Put vour mattress on the floor.
This will at least quiet your bed.
• Turn up your music. Put on
something that compliments sexual screams.
• Close your windows and stuff a
sheet under your door. This will
help contain her noise in your
room, and thereby allow you to
enjoy it more yourself.
• Make love in places other than
your room. You may find somewhere where noise is less of/ not
an issue, like out in nature.
• Make love when you know your
roommates are not home, like
mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or
around dinnertime. Whoever
said lovemaking was reserved for
Taed time'?
Whatever you do, fully enjoy your
love making. It sounds like you
have found something special with
your partner and it would be a
shame to hold back from any of it
to not risk offending your roommates. Who knows—the joy they
hear you creating with your partner may spark something in them
to have in their own lives too. II
Letters
Where the money went
Re: "Where has all the money
gone?* [Ubyssey editorial, Feb.7].
Important question. The answer is
that the $ 10.3M in bursary support
at UBC Vancouver went to eligible
students with the greatest financial
need, in keeping with Board policy.
That included 43 students who
received more than $10,000 in
non-repayable grants, with the
largest award being $33,000. As
noted, the amount was 16 per cent
less than the previous year. This
was due to modernisation of the
government's need assessment
formula and higher loan limits,
changes that had been urged by
CASA (the AMS is a member) for
several years.
This change will even out as
some costs increase and loan levels remain constant. What is most
telling is the experience over the
last several years. During the period after the tuition freeze, bursary
support provided by the
University at the Vancouver campus grew from $4.6M in 2001 to
$12.3M in 2004 and the number
of students receiving bursaries
doubled to 3,455. During this period, funding required under the
policy exceeded the budgeted
amount and the University
accessed one-time contingency
funds to ensure it met the access
commitment. Student Financial
Assistance and Awards will continue to meet students' emergency
needs for the remainder of the
term and any budgeted funds not
spent this year.
UBCs bursary program is the
strongest in the country; the average bursary for undergraduates in
first-degree programs was $3,100
this term. That said, student debt
and access impacts are a pressing
concern and the adniinistration will
continue to work with student
organisations at each campus and
various levels of government to
minimise debt, increase knowledge
of assistance available and strengthen financial planning and credit
management skills for students.
—Brian Sullivan
Vice President, Students
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HOW MUCH DO YOU
THINK SESSIONAL
INSTRUCTORS GET PAID
PER COURSE?
"I haye no idea/
—Amanda Wang
Commerce 1
'I say $5,000 per course.*
—Jermey Tse
Commerce 1
"I haven't really thought about it.
Let's say $2-3,000.'
—Steve Chang
Biochemistry 4
"I have no idea.
—Scott Napier
Earth and Ocean Sciences
graduate student
"That's kind of hard to say, maybe
$3,000."
— Yassen SavOv
Arts 5
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Colleen Tang and Kellan Higgins THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 21 February, 2006
Opinion IS
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
by Steven Klein
Tempers continue to flare and pundits continue to churn out words
about the now infamous and uninspired Danish cartoons. The debate
has been framed as one between
freedom of speech and Islam, but
this continuous harping about the
dangers to our secular democracy
blinds us to what the vast majority
of Muslims are really angry about—
that the cartoons perpetuate orientalist caricatures of Muslims as
scary, dark-skinned and primitively
violent, unable to live peacefully in
Europe. Lurking behind the ideas
expressed in these cartoons is an
exclusionary, racist Europe, and a
continuously imperial West.
Focusing on the Islamic extremists
allows the Western media to ignore
the very real hostility directed
towards moderate Muslims by
European society.
The   cartoons   first   received
attention in the Islamic world when
Danish Muslims, upset with the
lack of action by the Danish government, used them as an example of
the racism pervading Denmark.
The government in Denmark currently depends on a far-right anti-
immigration party, the Danish
People's Party, to maintain a majority, and the newspaper that first
published the cartoons, Jyllands-
Posten, has historically been associated with the far right in Europe,
supporting Mussolini in the thirties. Xenophobia has become a pronounced problem in a nation that
only twenty years ago was almost
entirely white.
The situation in Denmark is
only a snapshot of what is happening all over Europe, and the media
alarmism over the Muslim
response to the cartoons is feeding
the xenophobes. Suddenly, parties
and groups that campaign for the
creation of police states are the
champions of secular democracy.
Overall, overt racism, such as vio
lent attacks, is on the rise, and
covert racism, the perceptions that
colour our interactions, is as firmly
entrenched as ever.
So, the real point of the protests
in Europe is a deep-seated resentment over the continued exclusion
of Muslims from white European
society and not any violation of
Islamic law. The media, motivated
by a mix of sensationalism and
cultural chauvinism, have distorted and obscured this fact. This was
clearly demonstrated by the generally dismissive coverage of the
recent protest in Trafalgar Square,
where 5,000 Muslims and groups
acting in solidarity gathered to
decry Islamophobia in Europe and
its expression in the Danish cartoons. The British media was more
interested in the hundred or so
protestors at the Danish embassy
who called for religious violence,
letting them drown out people like
Doctor Azam Tamimi, the director
of Institute   of Islamic  Political
Thought, who told the BBC before
the Trafalgar protest, "we have the
right to be angry, but we have to do
it within the remits of the law,
and we have to respect the rights
of others."
The situation in the Middle East
is more complicated. Decades of
Western meddling has violently dissolved the Islamic social order and
replaced it with direct domination
or thinly veiled puppet regimes.
For all our recent bluster about secular democracy, we have spent the
last century consciously undermining it in the Islamic world. For
example, could anyone .honestly
suggest that the protests currently
occurring in occupied Afghanistan,
the deadliest so far, are really about
the cartoons? Come on! They are
rooted in feelings of powerlessness
in the face of a foreign occupier, the
disintegration of Afghanistan's civil
society, and the rise of anarchic
warlords who are just as oppressive, if not more oppressive, than
the Taliban. This is not to say that
extreme Islam is not a troubling
and pressing problem, but to
ignore the complex nature of the
emotions and ideas fostering it,
and our role in creating them, is to
make impossible the fight against
Islamic demagogues.
Between the 'clash of civilisation' alarmists and Islamic fundamentalists, a third way must be
found. The battle needs to be fought
alongside Muslims for full inclusion that rejects the crypto-racism
permeating Western discourse as
well as extremist Muslim demagogues. There needs to be a reaching out to those Muslim groups
who affirm that co-existence will
occur only under the banner of secular democracy. In Europe and
Canada, this task of reaching out
falls largely on the left. Let's hope
we.don't miss the point.
—Steven Klein is a second-year
arts student
Reprinting cartoons upholds liberal-democratic west's resolutions
by Mario Rubio
The Ubyssey has chosen not to
print the controversial cartoons of
the prophet Mohammad that
recently ignited a firestorm of violent protest throughout the Muslim
world. This decision is the prerogative of the publication's editors and
I do not wish to call into question
their rationale for choosing to act
in this way. However, it would be
incorrect to claim that running the
cartoons at this point would serve
no purpose other than to splash oil
onto an intractable fire. Reprinting
the drawings, as UPEI's The Cadre
did last week, serves to uphold the
resolution of the liberal-democratic
West to prevent itself from being
bullied by the growing wave of religious extremism in the Muslim
world.
The terrorist attacks in London
this past summer elicited a
response among the general public in Britain that echoed that of
the  American response  to  9-11
and the reaction of Spaniards to
the 2004 attack on their railway
system: we must not change our
way of life. Doing so by succumbing to the fear fomented by a
minority who choose violence as
their voice in global affairs would
be granting the perpetrators an
undeserved victory. Similarly,
refraining from printing cartoons
because of the startlingly violent
response of Muslim extremists—
who in Gaza last week called on
the elusive Osama bin Laden to
make Denmark his next target-
would be tantamount to abandoning our ideals and allowing ourselves to be dominated by fear.
Clearly, the extremist protestors that rioted in the streets of
Muslim cities from Beirut to
Jakarta last week do not represent
the moderate majority of Muslims
throughout the world. Nobody can
plausibly deny that. Accordingly,
the overzealous reaction of this
minority faction must not dictate
the   action  or,   more  ominously,
coerce the decisions of the press
in the free and democratic West.
Racism and bigotry shall not be
tolerated, but the threat of violence against Western countries
must not elicit a passive response.
Re-printing the cartoons at this
juncture would thus be to act stoically in the face of extremism and
to prevent the long arm of violence
from influencing our decisions.
—Mario Rubio is a fourth-year
arts student
Job Posting - AMS First Week Coordinator
The Firstweek Coordinator works with the AMS Events department and other
organizations to plan and implement our week-long welcome series of events in
September 2006.
Duties & Responsibilities:
• Creating and scheduling Firstweek programs and events
• Coordinating all marketing and promotions for Firstweek
• Recruiting, training and supervising the Firstweek staff
• Managing or delegating management for all events during Firstweek
• Securing all necessary venues, equipment, power, artists, and special staff
• Creating and managing a budget, in consultation with Budget Committee
• Liaising with campus and AMS organizations to ensure a comprehensive and
coordinated student orientation and welcome experience
Experience / Qualifications
• Event management and programming experience an asset
• Familiarity with student life at UBC (must be a current UBC student)
• Strong leadership skills and the ability to manage a First Week staff
•■ Creative promotional and marketing ideas
• The ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively
Time Commitment
• Minimum 30 hours per week May - September (will be much higher immediately before and during Firstweek)
• Occasional office hours during the school year, with emphasis on transitioning
the 2007 Firstweek coordinator in the spring
Compensation
• $7000; 1 week paid vacation
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Applications should be e-mailed to applications@ams.ubc.ca with the job
title included in the subject heading and a resume and cover letter attached as
a single file in a standard file format.
Alternately, they can be hand-delivered by February 26, 2006 to:
Gavin Dew , Vice-President Academic & University Affairs,
Chair of the Appointments Committee c/o Alma Mater Society
Room 238 - 6138 SUB Boulevard , Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
AMS Annual General Meeting
Monday, Feb. 27/06, 12 noon @ The SUB South Alcove
The general public is invited to attend the AMS Annual General Meeting on
Monday, Feb. 27 at noon in the SUB South Alcove. Reports will be provided
by the AMS President Spencer Keys and the General Manager, with remarks
from new incoming president Kevin Keystone.
ANTI-APATHY DAY #2: Corporations & the University
SUB South Side Alcove (near Starbucks) on Monday, February 27at 6:30pm
Have you noticed that corporate involvement is on the rise at Universities
across North America? Ever wonder whether it is for education or the bottom
line? Come out and chat with our panel of experts to find out more about the
situation at UBC!
AMS Job Fair 2006!
"Bring your resumes and meet your future employers"
Introducing UBC students to prospective employers for
part-time, summer, full time, work abroad and post
grad opportunities.
Main Concourse - Student Union Building, 10am to 4pm
March 15th & 16th only . 16 Sports
Tuesday, 21 February, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
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Clan cut down by
towering T-Birds
Basketbirds go into Pacific Division finals riding
22 game unbeaten streak; UVic next opponents
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS STAFF
Somebody must have reminded the UBC
Thunderbirds to bring their brooms and raincoats Saturday night.
Needing only one win to sweep their playoff
series against the dismal SFU Clan, the undefeated basketball Birds vied for the clincher not with
a hard working, gritty effort, but with the long-
ball as UBC pulled off an easy 82-63 victory to
move onto the Pacific Division finals.
The initial minutes for the Birds emulated
the UBC dance team's performance: flat and
out-of-sync. Easy layups were missed, ten-foot
jumpers rattled off the rim and the defense
looked porous, as SFU, not known for their
offensive prowess, held on to an early seven-
point lead.
Additionally, the early notable play of SFU's
Aaron Christensen and Nolan Holmes, who both
finished with double-doubles, kept the Birds
grounded, as both big men scored off the numerous second chance opportunities provided by
UBCs poor first half rebounding.
But as it has been in many cases all year, all-
star guard Pasha Bains kept the Birds witbin
striking distance after hitting a series of threes
that not only weathered the early SFU storm but
allowed enough time for the recalcitrant Birds to
get their heads into the game and also take a
slim lead going into the half.
It was a game of role-reversals for the Birds
in a relatively uneventful second half. Guards
Casey Archibald and Jason Birring, cold in the
first half, blistered offensively as each player
hit a trio of threes, while Bains went frigid,
scoring only one field goal in the second.
Archibald and Birring finished strong; collecting 13 points each, and contributed to the
growing 23-point lead.
SFU staged a modest comeback during the
foul-plagued half, cutting the UBC lead down to
14 in the early minutes, only to have it hindered
by stronger defensive play by forward Bryson
Kool. On an earlier play, Bryson took a hard
charge which led to no call, and, instead of
mouthing off the officials, on the ensuing defensive play countered with a big block.
With frustrations mounting and the season
on the line, SFU's composure slowly unraveled
as a double technical was awarded after a livid
SFU forward Enny Unaegbu disputed a questionable call that had him foul out. This gave UBC
four free throws and thwarted any last ditch
effort by SFU to mount a comeback as UBC
regained a comfortable 19 point lead.
Bains led with 20 points in the first half and
finished with 22 points and seven helpers while
guard Jordan Yu finished with ten points and
five assists.
UBC, still undefeated, will go into next
weekend's tilt playing host to the UVic Vikes.
The Vikes have had UBCs number in the past
as they swept the Birds in last year's Pacific
Division finals. II
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