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FEBRUARY 6, 2009
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Let's Talk Science • Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman will present the
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Vagina Monologues * A benefit
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Feb. 6-7 @ 7:30pm, Location:
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Changeling • A Los Angles kid is
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Beijing Performance Photography • Performance Photography
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Bang on a Can All-Stars * The
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• Feb. 8 @ 8pm, Location: Chan
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Synecdoche, New York • A struggling director attempts to build a
scaled model replica of New York
in his warehouse while managing
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February 9
Travels of a Modern Plant hunter
• Photographer and Plant Hunter
Ron Long will report on his travels
through California, Oregon, Ontario, and Colorado in the pursuit
of never seen before species.
• Feb. 9 @ 12- 1pm, Location:
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Centre (6804 South West Marine
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Options and Implications of Pricing Carbon • Economic Theory wil
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February 10
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Hungry4Change!! • 16,000
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February 11
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Zack and Miri Make a Porno *
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they begin to discover that there
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Australia • As Darwin, Australia
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Feb. 11 - 17 @ 9-11:45 pm, Location: Norm Theater, Cost: $4 general admission, $2 for members •
February 12
Engineers Without Borders
Benefit Concert • Shades of Grey
and The 562's will perfom among
others in a concert that will help
development overseas. Party all
night. • Feb. 12 @ 7:30pm -2am,
Location: Pit Pub/Club, Cost: $5 •
Fair trade Breakfast * UBC
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hosting a breakfast to highlight
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pancakes •
Nuclear Disarmament: Is It Closer
Than We Think? • Professor Wade
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Disarmament and Non-Prolifera-
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events, including the Mumba
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in 2009. • Feb. 12 @ 12 - 2pm,
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February 13
Heart Beat: Building Healthy
Relationships • The Canadian
Red Cross and AMS Sexual Assault
Support Centre are putting on
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challenge: to break down the
"wall of relationship violence"
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Frederick the 100th AMS president
Defeats Monegro by 42 votes
President-elect Frederick following his win. gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
It was a night of hugs, handshakes, and heartbreak in the
Gallery Wednesday evening, as
42 more voters preferred AVP
External Blake Frederick over
CUS VP External Alex Monegro,
making Frederick the new AMS
The presidential results were
the last announced by elections
administrator Sarina Rehal, who
stood in front of the crowded Gallery at 10pm and read the results
of the AMS executive elections.
The election had the highest turnout in 22 years with over 6500
students voting.
"I think the students have sent
a message that they want an AMS
that will stand up for students,
that will fight for their interests,"
said Frederick seconds after the
results were announced to a delirious crowd of candidates and
supporters at the Gallery. He then
hugged Monegro, and said to him
"I hope you stay on council, I really do."
Frederick, who will become
the 100th AMS president, said
that while he was confident that
he would prevail, the closeness of
the vote surprised him.
"I have to say, I am a bit
shocked, because I thought it was
going to be a good margin of victory on my side. I'm happy that I
won, but at the same time, only 12
per cent of people voted, and out
of the people that voted, probably
only about half of them voted for
me, so I see that as a win, but that
doesn't give me a mandate to do
whatever it is that I had planned
to do. So that means that whenever I make a decision, I'm going
to have to consult with students
on what it is that I'm doing."
Perhaps because of the closeness of his victory, he said that
consulting with students on
all issues would be an official
For his part, Monegro, who
was considered a slight favourite
by most prognosticators, was gracious in defeat.
"I'm sad I didn't win, but I
think him and his team will have a
really big chance to achieve what
they want to," he said afterwards.
"I think he has a very strong
exec council, I know he has a
strong personality and strong ideals, so I'm happy he has a council
that will balance that."
The atmosphere in the Gallery soon gave way to a party-like
scene, as winners and losers
celebrated—or drowned their sorrows—as the night went on. And
while Frederick was happy to
enjoy the moment, he was clear
in the commitment he had to his
new job.
"Work starts tomorrow," he
—Justin McElroy
Hon wins Admin
in shocking upset
lichael Duncan reacts in shock to Hon's win. gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
In the most surprising result of
the AMS elections, Crystal Hon
emerged victorious in the VP
Administration race, unseating incumbent Tristan Markle.
In the one-on-one matchup
between Hon and Markle, Hon
was favoured by 2374 voters to
Markle's 1876.
Markle, who is seen by some
as a divisive figure on campus for
his activist and hard-left stances
on issues, was nonetheless heavily predicted to be re-elected to
his position, with virtually all
AMS councillors in support ofthe
job he had done over the previous
year. So when elections administrator Sarina Rehal announced
the result, the reaction in the Gallery was one of shock.
"I can breathe now," said
Hon moments after the result.
"I worked so hard for this, so
hard, and just, wow," she said,
before bursting into screams of
joy with her jubilant supporters.
Though full results from
the race are not yet released,
preliminary numbers seemed
to indicate that Markle was
hampered by the Condorcet
voting system in his bid to be
re-elected. For example, in the
matchup between Hon and joke
candidate Water Fountain, Hon
was preferred by 1939 more
voters, but in the race between
Markle and Fountain, Markle
was only preferred by 387 more
For his part, Markle, who
also was defeated in his bid for
the Board of Governors, did not
react outwardly to the result
as it was announced, and appeared at peace with what had
"Next year people will have a
lot to do, and I hope it goes well
for them," he said. Though when
asked about his future plans at
UBC, he declined to comment.
—Justin McElroy
Rebane succeeds Lougheed
Handily defeats Purewal, Wood, Nogas
VP Academic winner Johannes Rebane (right) celebrates with VP Finance
winner Tom Dvorak (centre), gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
Johannes Rebane defeated three
other candidates to become the
next AMS VP Academic and University Affairs.
Immediately after the race
results were released, his relaxed
smile disappeared in a crowd
of jumping commerce students
around him. While he lost his
glasses briefly, his suit and tie
managed to escape unscathed.
When reached for comment he
said, "Work starts tomorrow. I am
ready to change UBC.
"I was pretty optimistic coming in. Amazing, amazing team
that we have right now, and I look
forward to making UBC a better
place," he said. Rebane's nearest
competition was councillor Sonia
Purewal, who did not appear at
the Gallery.
The night began with current
VP Academic and University
Affairs Alex Lougheed sauntering into the Gallery two hours
before results were announced.
"I feel that it's time for the next
generation to take over," he said
when asked why he chose not to
run for a position. He offered to
provide advice for the next AMS
VP Academic if asked. He said
that the next VP Academic should
immediately get to know his staff
and mold their office to suit them
best. He also urged Rebane to focus on ensuring that campus development does not marginalise
the academic institutions, and
said that a substantial portion of
the upcoming presidential fundraiser should go towards improving learning and teaching at UBC.
Jeremy Wood, who finished
third in the race, surfaced next.
Before the results were released
he admitted he would likely lose
the race, but said he is thinking of
running for council. "The election
is not that important. Whether I
win or lose I will still be involved
in this stuff," he said. Wood promised to continue fighting for the
Farm, as he believes farm security will be an important issue in
the near future.
What has he learned from
his campaign? "I learned that
politics are nasty," said Wood. He
criticized the egos of others who
placed themselves ahead of the
issues. He did not identify who.
—Lan Turner
Timothy Chu, a third-year Arts student, has successfully been elected
as the AMS's next VP External.
Chu was up against three other
candidates for the position, two of
which were joke candidates, and
one of which was Iggy Rodriguez,
an AMS outsider and Young Liberal
who ran with the goal of "bringing
change to the AMS."
Chu felt that his determination
is what pulled him through.
"I actually really wanted this
job, so I think that's what made me
carry through all the way.
"And every time I saw Iggy's
name on the floor in chalk, I would
start pumping myself up again and
go all crazy."
Chu and Rodriguez both
championed the use of chalk as a
primary campaign method over
the past few weeks. Many students
have commented that they could
not go anywhere without seeing
their names on the sidewalk, stairs
or walls of various UBC buildings.
When asked if he was shocked
at the results, he said "I am and I'm
not. I am in the sense that people
are supporting me, but at the same
time, I understand what they want,
and I will deliver on that."
—Lsabel Ferreras
Tom Dvorak, a second-year
commerce student, won the VP
Finance position over Ale Coates
Wednesday night by a margin of
637 voters. Though exiting VP Finance Chris Diplock had publicly
endorsed Coates, Diplock had said
that he would be happy with either
ofthe candidates.
Dvorak, who demanded that
any of his comments printed here
be prefaced with the disclosure
that he was "really wasted," said
that he was "extremely excited"
over his win.
"I went into this for a learning
experience," said Dvorak, "I went
into this to apply what I've learned
in my degree for a better student
society, and I felt like I could make
a difference, and that pulled me
through to the very end."
Dvorak will become the youngest executive in the AMS, but feels
this won't be a detriment to his
Coates, upset but composed,
congratulated Dvorak and wished
him luck.
"I think Tom is going to make a
wonderful VP Finance," said Coates,
"It's going to be a steep learning
curve, but it was going to be a steep
learning curve for me as well. I
think he can contribute a lot. I know
he has the best intentions at heart"
—Trevor Record
After a grueling campaign period,
Michael Duncan and Bijan Ahmadian emerged as the victors in
the Board of Governors election.
The most hotly contested race saw
five candidates vie for two seats on
UBC's highest governing body.
Duncan, outgoing AMS President, was effusive about his victory. He said he was looking forward
to working with Ahmadian, who
has sat on the board for a year.
"I'm sure Bijan and I can work
together effectively. There's a lot
of work to be discussed...but I'm
sure we can get the job done."
Ahmadian, meanwhile, was
pleased to have won a second term
and recognized the importance
of his supporters in his victory. "I
actually started a list of the people
who have been helping me out,
and the list was about a hundred
people, and I felt really fortunate.
I'm going to be writing a lot of
thank-you cards."
Outgoing VP Admin Tristan
Markle, incoming president Blake
Frederick, and EUS VP Communications Andrew Carne were unsuccessful in their bids.
—Justin McElroy 4 | NEWS
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Ovarian cancer? kate barbaria and goh iromoto photo illustration/the ubyssey
UBC breaks ground in
ovarian cancer research
by Rebecca teBrake
News Writer
UBC professors recently participated in a research team for which
discovered ovarian cancer to be
five distinct diseases. This discovery was made during a three year
research project as part of the BC
Cancer Agency's Ovarian Cancer
Research program.
Dr David Huntsman and Dr
Blake Gilks of the Department of
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and their research team compared over 500 samples of ovarian cancers and their outcome
data to 20 different biomarkers
that would tell them how a disease would progress and react to
The discovery promises to
transform how ovarian cancer
research is conducted, clinical
trials are run and eventually how
patients are treated.
"We believe that once we start
treating the subtypes as distinct
diseases we will be able to improve the outcomes for each specific subtype," said Huntsman.
Ovarian cancer is frequently a
deadly disease with a five-year survival rate of 30 per cent. It affects
about 1 in 70 Canadian women
and is extremely hard to detect in
time for successful treatment.
This research may be able to
lower those numbers through
more specialized treatment
"We believe that
once we start treating the subtypes as
distinct diseases, we
will be able to improve the outcomes
for each specific
—Dr David Huntsman,
Department of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine
"Patient care will no longer
be generic," said Huntsman. "We
believe there are women who
are being over-treated right now
and women who are being under-
treated. There are women who
will receive treatment that will
have little benefit to them and it's
our job to find new alternatives."
According to ovarian cancer
expert Dr Nelly Auersperg, this
is a major departure from the
established forms of treatment.
"In those days you either had
surgery, you had radiation or
chemotherapy," said Dr Auersperg. "When you had a patient
with cancer you didn't know
what would be best. It was lot of
guesswork. You did what statistics show usually works."
Despite the promise of this
discovery, patients are not likely
to see their treatment change
instantly. The research will be
put to work to inform clinical trials and research into alternative
"These cancers are all so different that the same treatment
won't be good for all of them.
Even now we still don't know
enough about ovarian cancer to
really individualize treatments,"
said Auersperg, who has dedicated over 30 years of her life
to forwarding ovarian cancer
Still, the research community
has given the discovery a warm
"We were a little surprised
and gratified that it did capture
people's imaginations," said
The research was preformed
by the Ovarian Cancer Research
Program at the BC Cancer Agency—a collaboration between a
number of institutions including
UBC, the Vancouver General Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency.
It was funded by Vancouver General Hospital Foundation, the
BC Cancer Foundation and the
Michael Smith Foundation.
"[The collaboration] was such a
success that I know they are working together to tackle other types
of cancers," said Huntsman. XI Soorts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
February 6,20091 Page S
Athletes ofthe Week
by Shun Endo, Sports Editor
Darrell recorded his 100th appearance as a Thunderbird
last weekend and led the Birds
to two victories over the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The St.
Albert native presented his
skill with five assists and solid
defence—especially on power
plays. The two wins place Darrell and the squad at sixth in
Canada West, which is the last
spot for the playoffs. The team
hopes to create a gap between
seventh place Lethbridge and
surge in to theplayoffs with this
momentum. XT
Claire wins the Athlete of the
Week with an outstanding performance at last weekend's games
against the Winnipeg Wesmen.
In the first game, she recorded a
game-high 23 digs on Friday and
22 on the following night. She
led the team to two consecutive
victories and kept the chance
of hosting a playoff series alive.
Her performance now ranks her
number one in Canada West for
digs and second for digs per set.
Claire will attempt to help her
team to victory over the Manitoba Bisons this weekend. Xi
Vancouver Metropolitan
looking to expand
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
The local soccer club, Vancouver Metropolitan, is looking
to expand their organisation
after a successful campaign in
2008-09. With the premier and
the secondary team both qualifying for the playoffs this season, the club is aiming to build
its household name, which is
predominantly represented by
UBC students.
The club, a non-UBC Athletics
club, is a relatively new team
that supplies soccer opportunities to many competitive players that are seeking constant
training while simultaneously
being a full-time student. This
year they have divided their
team into a premier team, secondary, and a practice squad.
The structure has allowed competitiveness as well as roster
depth, which has resulted in the
successful season. But they are
still yearning for change and
have decided to take their local
soccer club to the next step by
creating a third team.
With the popularity of the
program and the expanding roster, the executive members feel
that it would be a good time to
add another team to the organisation. By doing so they feel that
they will have more playing opportunity to various players as
well as expand into a larger club
hoping to attract more audience
and sponsors.
Though some players have to
leave due to their graduation,
the core players from this year
will still stay to sustain the team.
So, if the league allows the club
to have another team start from
the very bottom, the Vancouver
Metropolitan will definitely be a
prominent club that could eventually bring out some great talents. They are hoping to create
a junior team in the future and
follow a plan to build a famous
soccer organisation. The club
will host a tryout in March and
form a new group to fight in the
2009-10 season. 11
Birds breeze past Calgary Dinos Saturday
The Women's Basketball team came out victorious against the Calagary Dinos last Saturday after a
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Senate beats around the bush
On January 21, Dr Elizabeth Dean from the Faculty of Medicine
presented a suspiciously ambiguous report at the Vancouver Senate
meeting. She presented the latest update on the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Academic Advising Issues Relating to a Culturally Diverse
Student Body. Or: Issues with non-white students.
The report defines "culturally diverse students" as students with
"cultural, ethnic, language and/or religious traditions that influence
their understanding or interpretation of university policies and procedures and/or interactions with the university."
The presentation began innocuously enough, but soon Dean was
saying some curious things:
"The academic appeals committee had observed a disproportionate number of [culturally diverse] students that were coming in.
"In conversation with members on the disciplinary committee
there had been that observation as well," she continued.
This comment was preturbing.
The report itself identified factors that affect the success of these
culturally diverse students, including: "Understandings/experiences of power relationships," and "Awareness of differences in
educational goals, practices and expectations, i.e. the cultural experience and skills required to participate in class discussion or group
Those factors were perturbing as well.
Dean said the committee faced tremendous difficulties trying to
collect data. Ultimately, she concluded that the factors were too numerous and too complex to pinpoint any specific reason to account
for the the issues certain students face.
But that didn't stop Dean and her team from giving an earnest try
at analyzing students—starting with their last names.
"We were restless with this," she explained. "There were themes
being pushed. We decided not to pursue those themes or those
"Perhaps the next level will interpret things quite differently," she
Now, this committee probably started on solid ground, beginning with the best of intentions to try to help segment of the UBC
population (a Senate member made a parallel with the unique
difficulties of the Aboriginal population), but this particular vision
was poorly executed. Almost two years after Senate struck the committee, the report simply restated what was already known: how
complex the issue was and that the committee had failed to address
the problem.
After a half hour of convoluted questions and answers, the motion to continue the work ofthe committee failed by one vote. All of
the student Senators voted down the motion.
Despite the intention of the committee, the only result seemed
to be racial profiling. The committee bit off more than they could
chew, and the ambiguity of their research and the inconclusiveness
of their data proved as much.
Addressing an issue like this is a tremendous challenge. The
nightmare is that our academic leaders do not have the capacity to
address it without relying on existing structures that are culturally
A critical look at the failure of this committee would go a long
way towards identifying a problem within the culturally diverse
population on campus and making the appropriate moves to address it.
Until then, the UBC Vancouver Senate risks repeating itself. Xl
VP Admin elections
Two weeks out of every year, the AMS steps out of its role as
protector of student interests and purveyor of Marbelous cookies
to step into the centre of a three-ring circus. As student politicians vie for the chance to serve their constituents (or pad their
resumes) with a term in a variety of offices, student journalists
(more of them, now, courtesy of Voter-Funded Media) stand by to
report the mundane and absurd alike.
As Sarina Rehal, AMS elections coordinator 2008/09, read
out the results from the elections, she went from least to most
contested. It was widely assumed, then, that one of, if not the first
elections to be announced would be the vice-president administration's race. Even here at The Ubyssey, we had placed a joke candidate in our second endorsement slot, and checking The Radical
Beer Tribune's Endorsement Tracker, we were far from the only
media outlet to do so. Crystal Hon's victory wasn't marked with
the roar from a gaggle of Commerce students that raucously
celebrated the victories of two of their own, but with a moment of
surprised silence followed by a joyous riot from the corner of the
room populated by Radical Beer Faction and AUS hacks.
Hon's victory seems even unlikelier, in retrospect—a vague
campaign from a relative outsider whose major platform point
was to reconnect with the large and distant commuter student
body, up against an incumbent coming off a strong year with a list
of goals and another list of all the ways he'd met the goals he'd set
We stand behind the reasons that Tristan was our pick for the
job, but having been proven wrong once by Crystal and the electorate, we'd like to issue a challenge:
Prove us wrong, Crystal. Draw on the disbelief and prove us
wrong, every day of your term. Revoice the disenfranchised commuter student, navigate the contentious SUB Renew negotiations
and bring us back a building that reflects how students are the
heart of campus. Streamline club bureaucracy, enhance AMS link,
and bring more voices into high-speed consultations.
It's a hard job, it's a big job, and it's your job now. Go forth and
conquer. Xl
"Yes, we can, UBC!"
by Trevor Melanson
Dr Norman Finkelstein was cut
loose from De Paul University
because his work was too blunt,
too honest and too hurtful. Here
is my response to a friend's editorial published on February 3.
Allow me to systematically respond to each of Yoni's claims.
First, Finkelstein quickly
accentuated that the pre-1967
resolution, to which Yoni was
referring to, was "not advocated
by [Finkelstein], but by the wider international community."
He specifies that the community
includes the UN General Assembly, the International Criminal
Court of Justice, and a variety of
Then he stresses that these
refugees should be given the
right to return, as adjudicated
by countless international organizations and human rights
commissions. He stressed that
"[Palestinians] should be able to
choose to return to their homes
or receive an equitable settlement. They should have the ability to choose. To choose." The
problem, Finkelstein stresses, is
that "Israel wants everything."
Finkelstein, pointing to the
1948 expulsion of Palestinians
from areas within the modern
Jewish state, stresses that the
state is unable to conceive
any wrong-doing and that it is
unwilling to retrench from the
still-occupied territories.
Also, Dr Finkelstein never
said that this solution was "viable and legitimate." Nor should
there be a question of legitimacy
on this point. He said that this
solution was "the only fair solution." That was Finkelstein's
point of view.
Secondly and simply, Hamas
does want peace. On several
occasions, Hamas has declared
that a complete withdrawal to
pre-1967 borders would mean
peace. Google "Hamas and
peace with Israel" and you will
find dozens of articles on that
Lastly, both Yoni and I
can agree: Dr Finkelstein's
language was at points inflammatory. But, how can he (or
we) remain calm and pacified
while hundreds of children die
for reasons that seem more and
more political, religious and historical? Israelis or Palestinians,
Muslims or Jews, this conflict
has torn us apart.
For those who missed it, I
invite you to watch the entire
lecture with Dr Finkelstein
at http://workingtv.com/
finkelstein-jan09 .html.
—Tarik Chelali
What do you think about the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts on campus?
1 .V^v
Melissa Chung
Science 4
"It gives an
opportunity for
you to deal with
people who do
have opposing
views from you
and...the fights
...just [show]
us how much
more we need
to learn how to
deal with those
Mike Robinson
Fine Arts/Phil 3
"It can create
an atmosphere
of fear...but
you also can't
separate people
from very important conflicts
if that's where
they're really
from or they're
really involved
in it."
Cameron Hookey
Science 2
"The conflict
itself is tragic
and there's a lot
of different sides
to the story...but
when it comes
down to people
being hurt on
campus, we
should avoid it
at all costs."
Azim Wazeer
Commerce 4
"I think we
should encourage debate on
I don't think
there is room
for any violence
of any sort...
this is a place
of learning not
-Coordinated by Kathy Yan Li & Tara Martellaro, with
Arts 1
"If it's creating
conflicts then
that's an issue...I
know they were
having conferences.... it's okay
to express their
thoughts in that
way but if it's creating problems
then it shouldn't
be brought to
photos by Shun Endo Features
Editor: Joe Rayment \ E-mail: features@ubyssey.ca
February 6,2009 \ Page 7
by Kathy Yan Li
Fear and Idatjiing in the AM& eteiSfcft?
Features Staff
JANUARY 21,2009:
I was late. I was waiting for the
memory card for my video camera
to deposit its previous memory
onto the computer. Five minutes
into the start ofthe debate and my
laptop was announcing there was
seven minutes left before I could
use the camera. But I was in no
rush; I'm not a big fan of elections,
not after this year at least—the
Canadian elections and American
elections and the Vancouver elections. Now, the AMS elections. Is
this what we do? Election after
I arrived at a slightly overflowing Gallery and noticed how the
pub was segregated into three
prominent groups: the media, the
supporters and the candidates.
It didn't seem like there were
a whole lot of people who were
genuinely concerned about what
was going to happen; there were
lots of people there for bylines or
paycheques or to hawk their chosen candidate or just to get drunk,
but I didn't see many honest-to-
goodness undecided voters. But
then again, who am I to judge? I
was there as media, sticking my
camera into people's faces to
capture their expressions for that
brief moment before they realize
I'm watching and stiffen up.
Back to the debate: the scenes
unfolded were amusing if you're
not put off by the lack of professionalism shown by the staff and
supporters ofthe candidates. Here
were the students who are so passionate about our school that they
want to lead in their chosen areas.
Yet debates about their platforms
and plans don't reach out enough.
How can they speak for and represent the student body when the
majority ofthe students don't care
enough about student government to vote? What we hear is just
the vocal minority. So here at the
Gallery, it's just like being in a fish
bowl with the fishies competing
against each other to redecorate
the sunken ship at the bottom of
the bowl.
The debate for the VP finance
position was, frankly, not very
memorable. Swinging the video
camera around I caught a glimpse
of Juhee Jang wearing a cardboard
king's mask. I started getting excited for the VP external debate,
which would be between Tim
Chu, Iggy Rodriguez, Juhee as the
personified King's Head pub, and
"Fire," filling the electoral gap left
by the Fire Hydrant, who graduated with Darren Peets lastyear.
Navigating the Gallery, every
direction I turned I saw someone
diligently taking notes of the candidate's speeches on their laptops,
or poised thoughtfully with a voice
recorder in their hand. This whole
thing seemed like work.
The VP external debate itself
gave me mixed feelings. For sure,
Tim Chu seems like this fantastic
guy who's oh-so-involved on campus, but with so many Tim Chu
supporters in the audience it was
hard to think past their cheers.
Was the crowd responding to his
answers or were they supporters
when they got there? Iggy Rodriguez might have had a good platform, but I was distracted by his
douchebaggery. In most of his answers to the audience questions,
he added snide remarks about
the failings of the AMS. There is
confidence and there is cockiness.
Which convinced him to shoot
down the current AMS in blanket
statements, I haven't decided.
Maybe the AMS did screw up, but
there is a civil way of arguing that.
It was reckless and I don't think he
thought it through properly. Not
the makings of a leader.
I was late. Again. The paper went
drinking at the Pit drinking last
night, so I spent the night swearing at my production manager
before passing out in the office
along with six other people. I was
in a very bad way. I woke up a half
hour before the debate started and
got brunch with Tara Martellaro,
my multimedia editor, and Kyrst-
in Bain, our crossword editor extraordinaire. By the time I tracked
down the camera I was supposed
to shoot the debate with—that is,
discovering I didn't have a camera
to shoot the debates with—I was
15 minutes late.
I ended up arriving for the
last half hour of the debates that
day to relieve Tara, as she had a
class to go to. I wonder how these
candidates juggle campaigning
and school work? It was nice to
see Iggy had toned it down a bit;
it made him seem more like a sen
sible human creature. Tim Chu,
on the other hand, didn't seem to
have anything to say that wasn't
about his experiences in equity
and how he'll makes the voices of
minorities have more say in administrative matters. It's the type
of promise I wonder about—how
does a VP external back that up?
If it is possible, it won't be easy.
And I wonder, again, how all these
people are going to go back to normality if they don't get the position
they want, having devoted the past
few months to planning out their
next year as a member of the student government and campaigning for that cause.
JANUARY 27,2009:
I was early, surprisingly. Tara
had a class that would cut into the
debate, so I dropped by the SUB
Conversation Pit early to set up. I
was the main camera person now,
so I watched the debate through
my viewfinder even more than before. For once, I managed to catch
the candidates socializing before
their debate, sharing laughs with
each other and enjoying themselves before they had to argue.
I have to admit, I went into the
debate with some bias. The day
before, people in the office talked
about how word was Bijan Ahmadian, a candidate for the Board
of Governors, had acted like a real
politician and demanded that in
exchange for his support for the
Farm that they endorse him. The
accusation made him sound outrageous, as if his campaign was a
ploy for a title. I met him once at
a campus planning meeting and
he came as across eloquent and
seemed to have a good head on his
shoulders. Was that a ruse?
So when he sat there with the
other candidates for BoG, looking
absolutely full of himself, shaking
his head and looking bewildered
at the other candidates' answers,
it was really hard to take him seriously. By the time Tara arrived, I
was sulking. She understood. Bijan explained later on in response
to a question from the audience
that the whole Farm threatening
story was taken out of context, and
that he has always been a firm
supporter of the Farm. I eyeballed
him for a while and decided that
I couldn't trust him, despite
his work in the BoG and for the
JANUARY 29,2009:
I didn't have to film this debate,
but due to some miscommunica-
tion, I ended up in the crowd at
the library with my video camera
and tripod anyway. Kyrstin was
there as well to get the news briefs
for the VP external debate she was
following. Wandering around,
waiting for the debate to kick
off, someone offered us some Johannes stickers. Kyrstin declined
while I pocketed one—I can wear it
when I'm not working I told her.
Being able to write a straight-news
piece objectively doesn't require
purging yourself of political opinions. Kyrstin rolled her eyes at me.
As the debates went on the
candidates' characters started
to round out for me—I'd pick up
on snippets of their lives they
dropped in their answers and file
them away in the human category.
It made them more human than
the vicious student politicians
they started out as, just trying to
slit each other's throats. (Sadly
this didn't extend to Bijan, today
at least, since he didn't come out.)
I watched Sonia Purewal a lot
during the VP academic debate.
I thought she was sulking and
throwing a tantrum at first. She
gave short, curt answers and
would slam the microphone on
the table. I looked out of my video
camera and stared at her a couple
of times. It was only later I figured
out she was trying to keep all her
tears in. Her eyes were watery and
she seemed to be having difficulties maintaining control in her
voice. I didn't think tears should
play a role in influencing the voters, but I was overwhelmed with
the desire to run over and give her
a hug. Not the place of a journalist
though. And besides, she doesn't
know me. Sticking a video camera
into people's faces and watching
them over and over again as you
edit the video does not give you a
friendship lease to them.
During the VP academic debate, someone in the audience
asked the candidates what they
thought of their opponents. The
answers brought such warmth
to the debate. It was a side I had
not seen at all throughout the debates. It was what I was searching
for: the passion and love for the
people, the understanding of the
fellow passionate students. Sadly,
though, none of this came through
in the resulting video. Xl kV
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