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Array Not now, I'm eating roast meatwith my woman SINCE 1918
A microbrewery
in the new SUB?
It's more likely
than you think!
MARCH 03,2011
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TOUR* With a sweet name and
even sweeter sound, Oh My
Darling conjures up the right mix
of emotion and elation with their
unique brand of country. Their
prairie roots mixed with blue-
grass, Appalachian old time,
southern twang and Franco-
folk makes their style a melting pot of musical languages.
Their winter Love Shack Tour
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in a run of shows in Western
Canada. • 9pm, Railway Club,
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ENGLISH MAJORS: ICE CREAM SOCIAL • This event is for English majors and potential English majors (especially second-
year students). Alumni from the
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speak about their experiences in the work force and also
discuss internship opportunities. • 4-6pm, Room 261, Irving K Barber.
Guest conductor for this concert
is Roman Brogli-Sacher, chief
conductor and opera director
ofthe Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Theatre Lubeck, Germany. This concert also features a
new work by UBC composition
student Eileen Padgett and
piano soloist Bogdan Dulu,
winner of the 2011 UBC Concerto Competition. • 8-10pm,
Chan Centre, free.
wonder what a functioning
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just how we store all the CDs
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an open house. Come to the
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get on-air. • 12-4pm, Room
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CITR RADIO VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION • Interested in getting involved with CiTR? Swing by our
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AMS looking to install brew pub in new SUB
SafeWalk stout. Point Grey pilsner. AleMS.
These delectable drinks could
soon be a reality.
Plans to build a microbrewery in the new Student Union
Building are currently fermenting in the AMS.
If this plan is approved, the
AMS would be the only student
union in the country to own and
operate a microbrewery. VP Finance Elin Tayyar said that the
brew pub would be focused on
the UBC community.
"We're looking at selling [beer]
to clubs and campus groups. We
would not be interested in selling to off-campus groups at all,"
he said.
"The whole point is to keep
it local for our students and
Tayyar said that the AMS first
became interested in the idea of
a brew pub because of cost issues
as well as sustainability ones.
"Sustainability is a huge portion of this because you're avoiding all the transportation. We'll
be looking to use [products] from
the farm and give our by-products to the farm to use," he said.
"The cost of making your beer
is a lot less.. .there's no price minimum that we have to sell it to
ourselves at."
The AMS has hired a consulting firm with experience in setting up microbreweries to look
into the matter.
Tayyar said that the AMS's
first concern is the financial
feasibility of the building a
"We wouldn't want to lose
money on this project because
there's a lot of capital costs
Micropeople making some microbrews under the Knoll. INDIANA JOEL ILLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
involved and we wouldn't want
to take that kind of a hit in uncertain times.
"We'd probably be looking at
a 20 year pay-off of the initial
investment. It depends on what
the demand is going to be, what
the market is going to look like,
the pricing, et cetera."
The microbrewery would likely be placed next to the Pit Pub
in the new SUB. This would require digging deeper under the
Knoll, where the Pit is currently slated to go.
According to their consultants, the AMS would have to
hire a full-time brewmaster and
an assistant for the brew pub.
Last October, the University of Saskatchewan Students'
Union axed a similar plan to
open their own microbrewery. A
report commission by the USSU
said that the project was financially infeasible and would be
stifled by restrictive liquor laws.
The microbrewery was a pet
project of USSU President Warren Kirkland. He had proposed
the pub as both a revenue opportunity for the USSU and a
way to train chemistry and biology students to become future brewers.
In order to repay the full cost
of the venture, the pub would
have had to sell 20,000 liters of
beer a year for the next 2 5 years,
which the USSU determined was
unlikely to happen.
The Engineering Students' Union (EUS) at UBC is
also considering installing a
microbrewery in the new Engineering Student Centre (ESC).
"A microbrewery is currently being designed by a group of
graduating chemical engineering students as part of their capstone design project course,"
said former EUS President Lin
However, she added that, "the
feasibility of implementing the
microbrewery in the ESC has not
been determined yet."
Tayyar said that the AMS
would be deciding whether to
move forward with the microbrewery at the end of March.
"We'll see what our consultants come up with. We're doing a very thorough study and
we'll be relying on their results
to make the decision," he said, tl
Law school more competitive during recession
Thisjune, several thousand Arts
and Science graduates will receive their degree, shake the
hand of Stephen Toope, smile
for the cameras and then calmly face the question that so many
before them have faced:
What now?
For many who are furtive about
their future career prospects, the
answer lies in attaining more education to set themselves apart
from peers.
For Arts students especially,
that often means law school.
During times of economic
downturn, like the global recession we have recently emerged
from, applications to UBC Law
often increase substantially.
Since September 2010, 20 per
cent more people applied to UBC
Law than the previous year.
"When there is an influx of
applications every category becomes more competitive," said
Elaine Borthwick, director of J.D.
admissions for UBC Law. "However, 2010 was not a normal year,
as competitiveness increased this
year by only four per cent."
Additionally the faculty is
admitting 200 first year law
The law building under construction. GEOFF LISTER PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
students thisyear instead ofthe
180 ithas admitted in each ofthe
last two years.
With the economic downturn,
law school has become more difficult to be accepted to, but not
overly so. Even in down years,
people still need lawyers.
"The job market was definitely affected by the recession we
just experienced," said Pamela
Cyr, director of Career Services
at the UBC Faculty of Law. "Despite this, the articling placement
rate among our graduates is very
high, about 96 per cent."
However, what happens when
you leave law school and resume your job search remains
governed by the dual laws of
first-come-first-served and survival of the fittest.
Insurance lawyer Seth Wheel-
don, a recent graduate of the UBC
J.D. program, thinks that the ultra-competitive legal job market
in Vancouver might bear fruit for
the rest of BC.
"In Vancouver, the market is
especially competitive. After the
recession, I noticed some of my
peers taking jobs in the interior
of BC," Wheeldon said.
"The fact that the market
shrunk in Vancouver proper has
benefited places like Kelowna and
Kamloops that have struggled
with filling vacancies in the past."
While the economy no doubt
has an impact on the number of
admissions to UBC Law year-to-
year, an esteemed faculty reputation likely garners as much
competition for student admission as do economic and employment considerations.
"We are committed to being
one of the world's great centres for legal education and research," Borthwick said.
"I believe UBC Law has a solid reputation for being one of
the best law schools in Canada and as a result students
are very eager to attend UBC
Law." \3
Mike Liambas has decided to
leave UBC's hockey program
following an on-ice fight and
subsequent two-game suspension that garnered attention from coast to coast.
"Michael has decided to
leave UBC and pursue professional hockey," head coach Milan Dragicevic said Wednesday,
offering no further comment.
Sources have told The Ubyssey
Liambas hopes to sign with a
professional team after the winter semester has ended.
In Friday's game against the
Alberta Golden Bears, Liambas got into an altercation with
Eric Hunter, Alberta's captain.
Though the reason for the altercation is disputed, it ended
with Hunter suffering a concussion and facial cuts.
Liambas was assessed a
game misconduct and two-
game suspension, leaving him
out of UBC's final game of the
year on Saturday.
The story quickly made national headlines because of Li-
ambas's past career in the Ontario Hockey League, which
ended in October 2009 when
he checked Ben Fanelli of the
Kitchener Rangers into the
boards, fracturing his skull.
Liambas was suspended for
the remainder of the season
and decided to move to UBC
after the school offered him a
In November, Liambas said
he was looking forward to
the opportunities UBC would
provide for his career and
"After everything I've been
through, the best route for my
life right now is for some mental stability and just settling it
down for a bit," he said.
"I'm getting my school done
and paid for and I'm still playing hockey. I'll be able to work
on the offensive side of my
game, instead of worrying about
All requests for comment
from Liambas were directed to
Nick James, his agent.
—With files from Marie
Vondracek 4/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2011.03.03
'lock Party 2010 left the AMS
with a bit of a financial hang-over.
Once the cups were cleared from
Maclnnes Field and students
stumbled off to finals and summer, it became clear that the student society was a little more in
the hole than they expected. Headlined by the Barenaked Ladies
and attended by only 2900 students, the third annual Block Party lost $103,000.
Facing a tight budget due to decreased business revenues, the
AMS decided this year's Block
Party couldn't afford to lose money. The event's budget has been
scaled back to $92,767, a large
drop when you consider lastyear's
talent budget alone was $115,000.
With a month to go until Block
Party Four, it seems the event is at
an important juncture. With the
AMS hurting for money the demand for large one-off concerts
drying up and memories of the
glory days of Arts County Fair
fading fast, can students still put
on a show?
The market for large outdoor
concerts has dwindled in recent
years. "They're certainly expensive to do for one day" said Shea
Dahl, the director of AMS Events.
"Your costs are always going to be
high if it's a one-day event."
The trend is now towards either huge events or smaller club
shows. "Theconcertbusinesshas
dried up," said Alnoor Aziz, associate director and CFO of UBC Athletics. "The biggest promoter, Live
Nation, is not doing mid-level concerts anymore. They're only sticking with big ticket items, big ticket names and
sticking with
certain venues
only such as
Rogers Arena."
Thunderbird Stadium
used to be such a venue, but has
recently been turfed, making
large concerts next to impossible at the venerable stadium. This
September, UBC Athletics negotiated with the University Neighbourhood Association and RCMP
to begin having DJ shows at T-Bird
Arena, but the idea is in bureaucratic paralysis.
That puts the AMS in an awkward position: subsidizing a midsized event which generally loses
money and is attended by a relatively small chunk of the student population. Is Block Party
something the AMS can continue to sustain?
AMS President Jeremy McElroy said that in previous years,
it was accepted that they would
run a deficit on Block Party. "The
AMS likes capping either end of
the year with a big festival, so [it
is] all about subsidizing this particular event," he said.
McElroy attributed a number of
factors beyond the talent budget
tolastyear'sloss. "The bands we'd
originally lined up pulled out at
the last minute, so we were stuck
trying to find a group to play and
essentially opted for a more expensive band," he said. "The AMS
had embraced it and allowed for
that deficit. So it wasn't a super
huge deal, like, Argh, we've lost
all this money'" said McElroy.
Past headliners have included the Roots, Hey Ocean and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. This
year's talent budget has been cut
to almost l/6th of last years—to
$18,500. This necessitated hiring smaller names: the lineup,
announced early this week, has
a more electronic/hip hop bent,
with Switch, rye rye, Team Canada DJs, andMY!GAY!HUSBAND!
performing. The AMS will still
need to sell at least 4318 tickets
to break even.
When the AMS released its
budget this year and Block Party
had not been included, rumours
spread in the AMS that the concert had been canceled. McElroy
said this was frustrating for last
year's executive, who had no intention of ever cutting Block Party.
"People were saying, 'Oh, it's not
budgeted for, so it's canceled.' No
matter how much we'd say 'No,
it's happening,' people seemed
to think we were lying," he said.
"To me, that was a personal affront, because of myinvolvement
with Arts County Fair, that anyone
would think that I would, number
one, let that happen and number
two, lie about it."
Everyyear, from 1992 to 2007,
UBC was home to Canada's largest student-organized event, Arts
County Fair, the Arts Undergraduate Society's response to the Engineers' OktobEUrfest. The first
year of ACF was intended to mimic a real county fair, complete
with rides and featuring musical accompaniment by then little-known Canadian rock band
Barenaked Ladies. In the gap between BNL being booked for the
show and the day of the concert,
the group's debut album Gordon
topped charts—and suddenly tickets for ACF sold out. Due to the
number of people attending, the
show was moved from Maclnnes
Field to Thunderbird Arena and
on April 3, 1992, a UBC institution was born.
"Some people look back and
smile, while some people look
back and grimace at the memory
of Arts County Fair," said McElroy,
who was social coordinator for
the AUS during the lastyear the
society put on ACF. "Fifteen thousand people, five bands, 500 kegs
of beer—it was huge. But also, at
times, it did reflect poorly making UBC a party school, just a reason for binge drinking and general debauchery."
It may have been ACF's double nature as a source of student
pride and campus chaos that led
to its demise. The event was not
well-loved by UNA residents or
the RCMP.
"Certainly it's been no secret
that the RCMP has not been very
supportive of Arts County Fair,
ever since 2003, 2004 onwards,"
said Mike Kushnir, who was heavily involved in planning and running the ACF from 2002 to 2007.
Kushnir, who now regularly organizes parties in East Vancouver,
suggested that market housing
was one cause for increasing financial pressures on ACF.
"People who buy property [on
campus] want to make sure they
get their beauty sleep and that
their flowers don't get trampled
on. So we had to make sure that
there were security guards that
were patrolling the more delicate
areas," said Kushnir. "I don't really know how many residents actually complained, but with the increase of market housing on campus, it definitely gave the RCMP
the cards to say that they were responding to community desires."
ACF also faced internal
"One of things that happened
was there was a lot of people
within the [AUS] that really managed to coalesce institutional information and decision making...
that knowledge didn't really get
transferred on through the years,"
said Kushnir. "So what happened
was, you had this group of people
who had done it for three or four
years in a row, they didn't really
have anybody to pass on the torch,
so to speak. It became harder and
harder to run."
As the central group of volunteers organizing the event graduated and left UBC, there was no
one to take over in their stead.
And with the heart of the ACF's
volunteer base being whittled
away the enthusiasm of those
less directly involved with planning the event waned.
"Because there was this internal decision-making process, the
other people who had to work on
it saw it less and less as their project and as someone else's project,"
said Kushnir. "There was more
absenteeism and people started
questioning why they were doing it. So the volunteer staff started to dwindle and the quality of
their work started to dwindle,
[and] there [were] more things
that needed to be contracted out,
which upped the cost."
By the time ACF was cancelled,
the event had racked up $38,000
in debt for the AUS.
"At the same time, people expected more volunteer organizers," said Stephanie Ryan, who
was AUS President in 2006 and
2007. "Shrinking revenue, increasing costs—it's not a sustainable trend. And itwas also a very
labour intensive event to pull off.
We had probably between 50 and
100 volunteers most years, and
the core organizers were donating a huge amount of time into
organizing the event.
"We really had an incredible
thing going on for those 16 years,
and I think that anyone who was
involved with organizing Arts
County Fair should be very very
proud of what we were able to do,"
she added. "But all good things
come to an end at some point."
Students began protesting ACF's
demise shortly after it was cancelled. But it was far beyond revival, and attempts to fill the vacuum itlefthave, for the mostpart,
failed. During its bestyear, Block
Party attracted barely half the
number of people ACF did at its
"The problem now is that, if
people tried to bring back ACF,
you would be bringing back something that would be a poor imitation of it," said Brian Piatt, current
AUS President. "ACF is not going
to come back in the form that it
was before, even if it's just for the
fact that there's nowhere on campus any more where you can have
a 17,000 person party. It would
be better to leave ACF as it was:
as sort of this amazing, magical
thing thathappened for 15years."
Piatt said that, in order for
something capable of taking ACF's
place to develop, student societies need to "think outside the box"
when planning their events.
"When they throw events now,
it's almost always [in] the SUB
ballroom or their own student
space," he said. "If we start taking a few risks—making sure that
it's a manageable risk, that
it's something
you'll organize
well and that
you have the
capacity to organize it—that's especially what
this university needs."
Piatt points to Get Lucky the
AUS's 2011 St. Patrick's Day event,
as one such risk-taking venture.
An outdoor concert and beer
garden taking place around the
Knoll, Get Lucky has a capacity
of 500 students, with tickets selling for five dollars. It will feature
Vancouver performers, as well as
performances by finalists in the
AMS's battle of the bands, Combat Rock.
"We're trying to pioneer something new with Get Lucky. There's
risks involved, it might rain," said
Piatt. But he argued the danger of
failure is well worth the potential rewards of success—namely the seed of a yearly institution like ACF.
"I'm not saying that Get Lucky's
the next ACF," said Piatt. "What
I'm saying is that these things
start with an idea and the important thing is to do that idea well."
Even though it has fallen on tough
times, McElroy said he is sure
the AMS will stay committed to
the idea of a party on the last day
of classes. If they finds itself in
a better way financially McElroy said the event will likely be
given a larger budget. "The AMS
has always contributed to these
events without any expectation
of recompense."
Though he hopes more students will turn out to the show,
he doesn't think relatively small
attendance numbers—especially when compared to ACF—is any
reason to discount the event.
"Not all students take advantage of our tutoring services, not all students take advantage of our food bank, he said.
"The argument has been made
that if only 4000 people go to
Block Party but you're spending $40,000, is that a good use
of student money? And I would
say absolutely." vU 2011.03.03/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/5
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When he's not hacking, Chris Russo is busy looking like a total badass. PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS RUSSO
As a young hacker with a track
record of cracking some of the
most well-known websites on
the internet, every day brings
Chris Russo something new and
Within the first month of 2011,
Russo foundhimself wrapped up
in the centre of a major publicity
storm that pitted him against the
founder ofthe world's largest free
dating website, PlentyOfFish. In
the media, Chris was villainized,
described as a threat to security
who had exposed PlentyOfFish's
30,000,000 members. It's not the
first time he has stirred controversy with a major website. Just
six months earlier, injury 2010,
Russo hacked Pirate Bay making
a name for himself with his reported ability to access four million accounts' worth of user data.
At his home in Buenos Aires, during a Skype interview,
Russo paints a picture of the 23
years thatled up to his worldwide
notoriety. While hisyouthfulness
is frequently mention in the media, reports rarely note that Russo already has over a decade of experience. Russo got his own computer when he was only eight
and began to teach himself programming by reading forums.
"I [found] I could communicate with computers better than
I could with humans," he said.
But his first introduction to the
world of hacking came through
"I had a discussion with the
girl I was dating, so I got interested in hacking her email account.
I guess that was the way I started with security-related topics,"
Russo said. After that, he founded and ran several different underground communities before
heading off to university, where
he studied to become a software
engineer at Argentina's Univer -
sidad Argentina de la Empresa.
Butlike Bill Gates or Mark Zuck
erberg, a university degree wasn't
in the cards. "I was wasting my
time... So I just didn't go back [to
university] one day," said Russo.
The years of self-teaching were a
big factor. "I already had the technical knowledge in programming
that was interesting for me in the
career, so I decided to quit and focus directly on my own business."
This led him to create Insilence,
an internet-penetration testing
business which has grown to employ five researchers.
Today the word "hacker" has
a negative connotation, one that
evokes viruses, information theft
and fear. Russo is often portrayed
as a villain in the media. For example, a February 11 article in the
Financial Post said, "Chris Russo
must have had some bad online
dating experiences. Less than two
weeks after the self-described 'security researcher' based in Argentina accessed the Vancouver-based online dating website
PlentyOfFish, it now appears he
has set his sights on eHarmony
a similar web-based romance
However, Russo explained that
he has come under fire because
of a stereotype fabricated by Hollywood dramas in the 1990s. He
insisted that, unlike the movies,
there are distinct types of hackers. "A hacker is basically a person
with advanced technical knowledge. This doesn't mean that everyone who's into hacking is a
criminal." He added, "You, as a
hacker, can provide services to
companies seeking... security solutions, release public advisories,
create tools in order to expose a
certain vulnerability—or sell services to underground communities, develop malware or viruses,
sell stolen information or even
steal money from others.... This
isn't something related to the profession itself, but the ethics and
education ofthe person. It's mostly like the difference between apo-
liceman and a thief. The fact that
you have skills aiming a gun or
analyzing weak points in a structure doesn't mean that you'll necessarily use such skills to cause
So where does Russo stand? Is
he a cop or a robber?
While the Pirate Bay hack
stirred allegations that Chris
profited from selling information about users' downloads on
the site, he publicly denied selling the information.
"The Pirate Bay hack was closely linked to a government, that's
all I can say." In the case of PlentyOfFish, Russo's actions take a
wildly different plotline, depending on the source ofthe information. When asked about the incident inperson one month later, he
said, "I didn't hack into PlentyOfFish. What we did was reporting a
security vulnerability to its owner, just like we regularly do when
we find something vulnerable on
the web ... Many people [think]
that hackers like us break into
the security ofthe site, but the reality is that we never broke into
it, we just informed about the potential risk of a website running
like that.
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you saw a fire on the street, you
would stop to put it out, wouldn't
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Welcome to the Finance Supplement
Guest Editor
As much as all of us dread being
reminded of our finances, a reality check is bound to hit us hard at
one point or another, especially
in our current, vulnerable state of
transition from living in the nest
to independent lives as adults.
Thus, it is important to prepare
yourself as a student for future
financial decision making.
We decided to prepare this
issue for all of you, as a useful
reference for your student related financing. This is just the
first step to becoming acquainted with organizing your money.
However, keep in mind that the
valuable tips of fellow students
can be a solid foundation to becoming financially literate individuals. There are many places
to start when it comes to keeping track ofyour money and in
this issue we want to present
just some of the possibilities.
After reading this issue, students will find out that saving
money can be a pleasant experience, especially since much of
the advice our writers offer involves freebies. It is astounding
that many students have not the
slightest idea about easy money-
saving tricks that can aid in keeping finances on track. Hence, as
the editor ofthe Finance Issue, I
feel the obligation to inform students of easy yet effective steps
to gain a solid understanding
of their money options.
I hope that this issue will be
a valuable starting-off point
for students who are looking
to make smart financial decisions. Also, I hope it brings
awareness about the subject to
students who have little interest in their finances. My goal
is to convey that personal financial responsibility can be
rewarding and easy with a little research. In this issue, we
have conducted much of the
beginning research for you,
so get ready to start making
life-changing financial decisions, tu
Guest Editor
One of a student's best friends
is, without a doubt, a credit card. How else do you pay
next month's rent if the allocated amount was "accidentally"
spent shopping at Metrotown
last weekend? Indeed, it is almost too convenient to spend
money that we do not have using our credit cards. As harmless
as it may seem at first, credit
card abuse can lead to serious
financial consequences that can
impact the rest of your life.
First things first, credit cards
are certainly useful and have
countless advantages, including
convenience, rewards and money back options, among others.
Yet reminding ourselves about
their risks is imperative if we
want to avoid debt.
The average credit card interest
is around 14.6 per cent, according
to creditcards.com. Doesn't seem
like a lot to you? Well, consider
this example. Ifyou have around
$10,000 in credit card debt and
make monthly payments of $200
dollars, it will take you around nine
years to pay off your debt. This
is a total payment of twice the
original amount! Gently put, one
purchase can grow into a quite a
If this risk is not enough, one
of the more significant problems
caused by credit card misuse is
bad credit history. This, in turn,
can lead to problems with future
financing for loans and mortgages, along with other financing options that are necessary for important purchases such as vehicles
and real estate. So just remember
that your next "necessary" trip to
Whistler purchased on your credit
card is a potential barrier to your
becoming a home owner. How
is that for a reality check?
But fear not; your future financial position is in your hands. All
it takes is for you to be careful
and conscientious about your
spending and credit card usage.
To start you off, here are a few
rules to follow:
1. Never spend an amount that
you do not actually have or plan
to receive in your bank account
within the due date of your
credit card payment. This prevents build up of high-interest
debt. UBC Commerce Professor Emeritus Steve Hamilton has
some simple advice for students
who are spending too much.
"Put that card at the bottom
of your drawer and don't take it
your spending," he
2. Pay your balances on time!
The easiest way to avoid outrageous interest, is to simply pay
off your credit card on or before the due date. It would be
a shame to pay a few extra dollars each month, just because
you were being lazy to either
walk to the bank or, use easy
online banking.
3. If you are desperate for money, there are alternatives to the
credit card.
"You're going to want to talk
to the bank and tell them that
you're a student and tell them
about what debts you currently have," said UBC Accounting
Professor Joy Begley. "Askthem
what they can do to help maybe
move that credit card debt over
into a line of credit or something
else that would have a lower rate
of interest. Then work on some
plan to repay it, either a little bit
every week if you have a job or
to plan to repay it off in the summer with a summer job."
4. Avoid paying the minimum
payment; instead, always pay
the full balance. If you pay off
only the minimum, interest will
accumulate on the rest ofyour
balance. After a few periods,
you will end up paying interest
on your interest. Doesn't sound
too appealing, does it?
"The ideal way to use a credit
card is to pay it off every month,"
said Begley. " If you pay it off every month, then you don't pay
the very high rates of interest."
Ifyou follow these golden rules,
then you can actually benefit
from credit card usage. For example, a credit card can save
money if it offers money back
options or points. Just be prudent in training your credit card
habits, and the benefits will
quickly outweigh the drawbacks, tu
A beginner's guide to investing
As a student, planning your
study schedule for exams can
feel more urgent than planning your long-term financial
future, but taking a moment
to review your options for investment is more than worthwhile. Ifyou are curious about
this topic, here are some risks
and benefits to consider when
deciding what form of investment is right for you.
UBC Commerce Professor
Emeritus Steve Hamilton ranks
using a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) as a "common-
sense" move. A TFSA is a new
type of savings account where
you can contribute a maximum
of $5,000 ayear. It's different
from a regular savings account
in thatyou will not be taxed on
the interest earned within the
account, even ifyou decide to
withdraw it.
Funds from these accounts
can be invested through a wide
range of methods, allowing
for tax-free growth. Ifyou do
not contribute the maximum
amount in a certain year, the
unused amount can be contributed in a later year. There are
fees, however, if the money is
withdrawn more than a certain
amount of times per month, depending on the bank.
Hamilton said investing about
five per cent ofyour income
as soon as you have a cheque
coming in is advisable, with
the goal of meeting the $5000
limit of a TFSA.
"I'd [invest] monthly because
I know if I do it at the end of the
year, I'll procrastinate. I'll decide to go out and buy football
tickets... or go on a trip to Seattle. Let's get on these things
month after month. Just make
it a habit."
Joy Begley, a UBC accounting
professor, said that learning to
budget early on will help students later in life, when they
have more monthly expenses.
"It's a good time in your life
to try to get some practice at
managing your money, before
you're out there buying houses
and cars and things like that."
There are a number of options
for investing that bear low risks
such as term deposits, bonds
and guaranteed investments.
With a term deposit, the money you invest is locked in for
a certain period of time. After
that period it can be withdrawn
or kept for another term. Longer periods tend to yield greater returns.
Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) will give you a
guaranteed rate of return over
a fixed period of time. GICs are
more flexible than term deposits—you can redeem them at anytime. Canada Savings Bonds offer a low risk, low return, secure
investment that is guaranteed
by the government of Canada.
The interest rate will change periodically according to the central bank's intervention.
Hamilton suggests that for
starting investors, the low risk
options may not make as much
sense as the higher risk options
due to their comparatively low
"Ifyou're 20 years old with
$5000 out and you lose it all, you
have a lifetime to make it up."
Ifyou choose mutual funds, your
money is pooled with other investors—and managed, for a fee,
by a professional investment
fund manager. The level of risk
with mutual funds varies. For
all the low-risk options your investment can only increase, but
with mutual funds there is risk
because ofthe stock market.
This added risk is balanced
out by the possibility of greater returns. However, Hamilton
warns against creeping fees.
"You've got to watch the expensive ratio. They call it the MRE,
the management expense ratio.
Right now there are a lot of funds
that go charging anywhere between 1.75 and 2.5 per cent."
Saving for real estate is also
an often overlooked investment
plan. However, Hamilton said
that the rewards are well worth
the high risk, so long as you are
careful not to buy a property beyond your means.
"My goal at ayoung age is save
enough money to buy a principal
residence, whether it is a condo or
a house, but get a principal residence," said Hamilton. "It's a tax-
free investment, it gets you in the
habit of saving because you take
on mortgage with regular monthly payments. I think it just has so
many virtues for ayoung person."
If these options sound interesting to you, talk to your
bank—they would be happy to
help someone who is taking initiative in financial planning. tl
Ifyou have contributed to a
Registered Retirement Savings
plan (RRSP), the money within it
can be put into any ofthe above
investments except a TFSA. 2011.03.03/UBYSSEY.C A/FIN ANCE/7
Going on exchange: how to plan ahead
You're going on exchange! After all the anticipation and excitement of discovering your
partner school, you'll realize
that the best things in life are
not always free. Living abroad
can—but doesn't have to—be expensive. You will surely want
to discover the best that your
new city has to offer, as well as
do some traveling. So, to make
sure you'll survive during your
time abroad, it is best to create
a monthly budget.
First things first—let's start
with the basics. Categories to include in your budget are the following: tuition, rent, travel, transportation, health and life insurance, food, phone, personal and
"You should firstly determine
what the trouble costs would be,"
said UBC accounting professor
Joy Begley. "In this case, look
online at airfares and then you
want to think about whatyour accommodations are going to be."
Once you have your expenses planned (either on paper or,
better yet, an Excel spreadsheet)
you need to figure out how to
allocate your money. Straightaway you can account for the
fixed items such as rent and tuition. Figuring out how much
you will be spending in the other categories is where it may
get tricky. To make your budget as accurate as possible, do
some research beforehand. Ask
around or look on the internet
to see how much groceries will
be each month or how much a
phone will cost. Then you can do
a rough estimate ofyour needs.
Make a budget before you leave when going on exchange. MELISSA GRAY PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Be realistic—it is important to be
realistic from the beginning soyou
aren't disappointed (or starving) in
the end. Areyou sure you'll only be
eating 50 euros worth of food per
month, while spending thousands
traveling? Didn't think so. Ifyou're
realistic from the start you won't
have to worry about running out of
money at the end ofyour exchange.
"You're going to have to think
about whatyour daily costs are going to be," said Begley. "So you'll
have to keep a budget for food and
for travel within the area in which
you are visiting. And for incidental costs."
Make sure check out the UBC Go
Global web site, www.students.ubc.
ca/global. In addition to a checklist for getting prepared, they have
budgeting tools for students considering going on exchange.
Know your travel options for
when you arrive—if you're in Europe, websites such as SkyScan-
ner.net or RyanAir.com will help
you find the best deals on flights.
Also, consider alternatives to flying, such as trains or buses. Eu-
rolines.com offers super cheap
deals—20 euro round trip from
Rotterdam to London? I'll take it!
Another option: get some
friends together and rent a car.
Nothing beats a good old fashioned road trip.
Once you're there, meet the locals—they can direct you to discount shops and weekly markets
and all that other good stuff that we
foreigners don't know about. This
is especially useful ifyou are not
familiar with your new country's
native language. Don't get ripped
off because you are written off as
some dumb tourist!
Always ask for a student discount, because often student discounts are offered at museums
and theatres, etc. It doesn't work
every time but it never hurts to ask!
Every time you make a purchase, write it down—it sounds
tedious, but it is very helpful. Recording your expenses will enable
you to compareyour actual costs
to your budgeted costs, helping
you to make adjustments later on.
Additionally, seeingyour purchases on paper will make you think
more about the way you spend
and affect where you choose to
put your money in the future.
Think before you buy and if
there's something you MUST
get because you "can't get this
at home," be aware thatyou may
have to spend hundreds of dollars shipping it back or you might
have to leave it behind. Is it still
worth it?
At the beginning of your exchange you will want to be a
tourist and experience a new city
so you might be spending a little more freely than you would
at home. But don't be in vacation
mode all the time! You're living
abroad, you're not on holiday!
Be aware of how much you're
spending but remember that it's
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Groceries can be very costly for
students on budgets who live on
their own. Although chains provide an easy source for everyday
shopping, in order to save money
it is necessary to shop at several
different locations to save money.
Small grocery stores on Broadway, West 4th and Main Street
often have better prices on produce than the grocery chains,
even during the winter months.
I shop at East West Market on
Main Street, where they have
two-for-one sales on normally
expensive items such as almond
milk and organic soup. Bananas
are usually ten to twenty cents
cheaper than if purchased at Safeway, whereas apples can be up
to a dollar cheaper. And these
small shops usually have everyday sales on main grocery items,
including dairy and frozen foods.
Buying items in bulk like dried
fruit, pasta, flour, spices, herbs,
nuts and snacks is cheaper than
buying those same items already
packaged. The packaged price
is usually double or triple the
amount paid for a bulk item. The
Real Canadian Superstore offers
great deals on cases of canned
soup and vegetables, juice, Kraft
Dinner and granola bars. Split the
spoils with a roommate if it is too
much for you. Also, the T&T in Chinatown sells cheap bulk packages of rice noodles and produce.
Even Shoppers Drug Mart and
London Drugs have great deals
on snack food, pasta and frozen
meals. If you have—or have access to someone who has—a
Costco membership, their deals
are usually quite good too.
"I only shop at Price Mart because they have inexpensive
good quality pork, chicken and
produce," third-year sociology
major Ryan Chu claimed.
Inexpensive meat can also be
found at Safeway and Save-On
Foods as well, starting at around
$1.99 per pound. It is also helpful to look at Save-On Foods,
Safeway and the Real Canadian Superstore's online flyers before going shopping so that grocery lists can be plotted out and
impulse shopping cut down, tl
—Chelsea Sweeney
Budgeting for food
Financial cleanup on aisle three. CHARLESTO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Cutting costs: Eating out and coffee
Have you ever calculated the
amount of money you spend
on coffee or tea throughout
the year? What about on lunch
at the SUB?
A major hidden cost in the
student budget is eating out.
The sandwich special at the
Pendulum costs $6.95 and includes a small green salad. The
cost of this sandwich would be
enough to buy meat, cheese,
lettuce and bread for four or
five sandwiches at the grocery
store. That means $27.80 in
savings in one week by bringing a sandwich from home.
"Ifyou are living on a fairly tight budget, you are going
to want to limit the number of
times you eat out," said UBC accounting professor Joy Begley.
"Eating in is usually cheaper,
just going to the grocery store
and buying the ingredients and
just cooking it at home. You're
going to also have to be realistic about how much you're
going to spend on your social
For those dead-set on eating
in the SUB, The Pendulum does
offer a 2 5 cent discount when using personal take-out containers. The Delly in the SUB also
offers 50 per cent discounts on
all food after 3pm on Fridays
and most of the food lasts several days.
Another major budget blow
can be coffee. According to the
Coffee Association of Canada
website, 63 per cent of Canadian adults drink coffee on a
daily basis. While 66 per cent
is consumed at home, a full 16
per cent of coffee is purchased
from speciality coffee shops.
As individual purchases, the
number may seem insignificant. When looking at the total cost, however, it can be staggering. Fortunately, with proper budgeting and preparation
this amount can be trimmed.
Coffee, in particular from
high-end cafes, takes up a significant portion of a student's
budget. If one spends $2 on a
coffee every school day for 32
weeks, the final total is $320.
A decent coffee maker from
Walmart starts at $30 and a can
of coffee at Save-On Foods is $6.
This equals a total savings of at
least $200 over the school year.
Still need the specialty drink?
Bring your own mug. Blue Chip
offers a 25 cent discount on every drink purchased with a personal mug.
Another idea for coffee
drinkers is to switch to tea,
which is about half the price
of specialty coffees. The Boulevard gives free hot water with
your own mug and tea bag,
while hot water is 25 cents at
Ike's in the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre. There is also
free coffee and tea at the Simon
K.Y. Lee Global Lounge at Marine Drive Residence.
By brewing coffee at home
and packing a lunch, a student
could potentially save hundreds of dollars over the 32-
week school year. Even by simply bringing a reusable mug or
container, students can save.
If you are anything like an average UBC student, chances are
you are on a tight budget. Even
if that is not the case, there is
no doubt that you love anything
that's labeled "free," especially
when it comes to nutrition. Here
are several pieces of advice for
those on the quest for complimentary food:
The campus is full of hidden
treasures. Free food can be
found at AMS Council Meetings
every Wednesday night at 6pm
in Council Chambers. In addition,
hitting up Community Eats (put
on by Sprouts in SUB Room 66)
should become a Friday afternoon ritual for those in search
of a hot, nutritious and, most importantly, free meal. Don't forget to bring your own plate and
utensils. Ubyssey volunteers
who come to help out on production nights on Wednesdays
and Sundays in The Ubyssey's
office are also given a free meal.
Believe it or not, there is a
group of brilliant students who
have it as their mission to reveal
the campus-wide freebies available to each and every student,
©freefoodubc and www.free-
foodubc.wordpress.com should
keep you updated on the latest deals.
Make it a rule for yourself to
walk by a Starbucks every morning, be it in the SUB or Fred Kaiser. Often, samples of a newly-introduced torte or scone will
be available to passersby. Moreover, remember that with the
new AMS Coffee Card, after
ten coffees purchased at AMS
businesses in a re-usable mug,
you will receive the next medium cuppa joe for free.
Subscribe to AMS clubs'
newsletters and follow www.
events.ubc.ca. You will uncover
numerous opportunities to avoid
paying for your lunch.
With these tips, you are
bound to save a few bucks,
which in turn can later be spent
on cheap Pit beer specials. Ifyou
are vigilant enough, you may
even score the "perfect week"
of food served gratis. Happy
hunting! tl
—Paulina Aksenova
Need a job? Find work on campus
Working while studying is often unavoidable for many students. However, UBC offers Work
Study and Work Learn programs
that offer on-campus jobs with
flexible hours, a competitive
wage and career-related work
Work Study positions are
available for domestic students who are taking at least
nine credits. International undergraduates can apply to the
Work Learn program, open to
full-time students who have a
study permit. Both Work Study
and Work Learn positions have
a limit of ten hours per week, offering flexible work hours based
around students' class schedules, with average wages from
$13-$18 per hour.
According to the Career Services website (careers.ubc.ca),
Work Study/Learn positions
include clerical and lab positions, library assistance jobs
and event planning. It's a great
way to get involved at UBC, earn
some career-related skills and
Work Study and Work Learn offer flexible employment for U BC students. JONATHAN CHIANG PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
supplement your income while
on campus. For the winter term,
positions are posted in August
through October, while summer
jobs begin being posted in April
on the Career Services website.
Apply early—they fill up fast!
Donna Chin, managing editor at Canadian Literature, an
on-campus academic journal,
has hired Work Study and Co-
Op students for nearly tenyears.
"It's a good way for students to
learn job skills and pay for their
studies at the same time," she
said. Chin observed that it's economical for the employer to hire
a Work Study student because of
the subsidy they receive from
UBC, making it a win-win situation for both employers and
Angela, a fourth-year dietetics
student who asked that her last
name be omitted, has worked as
a clerical assistant through the
Work Study program for three
"[Work Study/Learn] employers are more in touch with being a student [than a regular employer]," she said. "Having a job
on campus is so convenient."
Juggling work and school can
be tough, so Angela doesn't mind
the ten-hour limit. She notes "It's
a good break from school and
adds variety to a study-heavy
Besides Work Study/Learn,
there are several options for
on-campus work. Positions with
AMS-run businesses in the SUB,
the UBC Bookstore, Student
Housing & Hospitality Services, Food Services and the businesses at UBC and Wesbrook
Village offer the convenience
of working on campus. The advantage for this form of employment is that there are usually
no restrictions on how many
hours you can work. Peak hiring times are before the start
of new school terms (August/
Susan Pan, a fourth-year food,
nutrition & health student, works
at the UBC Aquatic Centre front
desk. "I like that you can work
in between classes; they understand if it's just for two hours,"
she said. Pan likes that there's
no travel time between work and
school and that she can work as
often as she wants, tl
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We've mentioned before that The Ubyssey has teamed
up with the AMS and others on next week's referendum question on student fees, which would raise
our student levy from $5 to $6. Next Monday we'll
be deluging you with information about why this
is a good thing, but today we'd like to explain why
we're asking for a $1 fee increase and what we
would do with it.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "Were it left to me
to decide whether we should have a government
without newspapers or newspapers without a
government, I should not hesitate a moment to
prefer the latter." And while Charlie Sheen, conscience of America, recently called Jefferson "a
pussy," we think the author of the US Constitution had a good point.
A free and vibrant press is needed in any community. It informs. It entertains. It comforts the
afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
And though a campus newspaper does all of
this—sometimes well, sometimes less so—The
Ubyssey is more than that.
We're a place thathas trained dozens upon dozens of Canada's finest journalists. In the last three
years, we've won more national awards than any
other campus paper in the country. We're a historical record of what and who this campus is year
after year. Most of all, we're a paper that is truly
the voice of students, produced by over 200 of you
each year, the majority of whom are volunteers.
And while we've been around since 1918, it
was only in 1995 that students voted to make us
a financially autonomous organization, with a
$5 student fee. In the 16 years since, we haven't
once asked for a fee increase.
We are now. Here's why.
First, we want to ensure our fiscal solvency. Are
we in danger of losing an AMS-level amount of
money? No. But this is still an increase that we're
going to need sooner rather than later.
In the last 15 years, the cost to print paper has
gone up and salaries have slowly increased. We've
also invested in webmasters and video editors, as
the internet has become integral to what we do.
If our fees were tied to inflation, they would be
at around $6.50 per student right now. Instead,
we've stayed at $5.
And ifyou know anything about newspapers,
you know that the advertising market hasn't
been great to us over the last decade, so while
we've upgraded in what we do online, we've had
to make corresponding cuts to other services. An
increase to $6, with annual CPI increases, will
ensure that we can continue our current level of
services year after year.
This extra money isn't just about ensuring the
stability of what we have, though. It's about building for the future and meeting the needs of today's students.
In the last decade, the number of students
taking summer classes has increased by thousands. UBC is no longer a little ghost town from
May to August.
Because of that, we'd like to provide The Ubyssey for all 12 months of the year, with a reduced
staff printing issues every two weeks from May
to August, while keeping our website updated. We
want to serve students who work, live and study
here during the summer and if the referendum
passes, we can do that.
In addition, a dollar increase would also allow
UBC to have the first campus newspaper that truly embraces the internet. We're talking daily updates, increased online-exclusive stories, more
of our awesome videos—things students deserve
and we want to provide. The increase would give
us the resources necessary to do that.
That's our promise to you if this passes. We
know we aren't always perfect, but we're by all
measurements one of the best university papers
in Canada and we'd like to keep it that way for
some time to come.
So ifyou're someone who enjoys reading us
regularly in print and zealously online, or someone who enjoys having something to read during breakfast in Vanier and lunch in the SUB,
please vote for the fee increase next week. It's a
vote that shows your appreciation for who we are.
More importantly, it's an investment in what we
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Katie: Students shouldn't aeeept tuition increases
In one day, four students collected almost 1200 signatures in support of a
referendum that would implore the
AMS to lobby for reduced domestic and
international tuition fees. On March
7, you'll be able to decide. Will our student union fight for affordable education, or will they continue to acquiesce to soaring fees and bloated debt?
The old adage that says "education
is the one thing a person is willing
to pay for and not get" seems to be a
maxim among those deciding AMS tuition policy. Our representatives have
the impression that we'd like to continue paying more for less.
Students are paying unprecedented tuition for a deteriorating standard
of education. In Canada, tuition fees
have grown more than four-fold over
the past two decades. They have significantly outpaced the rise in food,
shelter and inflation, and now account
for the single largest expenditure for
many students. In the same time period, class sizes have soared as the ratio
of students to faculty has increased by
almost 40 per cent. As a result, Canadians lag behind most industrialized
nations in PhD graduates.
We often hear that there is no money, but these arguments are demonstrably false. The issue is not money,
but priorities. Despite the wishes of a
vast majority of Canadians, our gov-
ernmenthas privileged expensive corporate tax cuts and costly deficit reduction over post-secondary education. They fail to recognize that education offers a tremendous return on
investment. A recent OECD report has
found that funding post-secondary education has a "direct public benefit"
of over $100,000 per person, exceeding the cost by $62,141. However, we
have lagged behind other OECD countries in educational investment, and
our proportion of GDP dedicated to
education has decreased significantly. The average university operating
revenue consisted of 80 per cent public
funding just three decades ago, but
that number is now less than 50 per
cent. In response, two parties have
footed the bill: students and the corporate world. Canadian students are
working more than ever, and Canadian universities are among the most
privatized of OECD countries.
Nearly half of all students work during their school year, a percentage almost twice as high an increase of almost double from 1976. Studies have
shown that students are feeling unbearable levels of stress from jugging
work, school and their social lives.
Moreover, the burden of school debt
has forced many to pursue less than
ideal careers, and prevented others
from taking rewarding internships
and volunteer positions.
Despite the views of a significant
majority of students (and eight out
often Canadians), our student union
continues to support annual tuition
increases. However, on March 7 you
can force their hand by voting in favor
of the tuition referendum, vl
In the February 24 article "AMS pushes forward with fee restructure," the
AMS claims that if the new fee structure isn't passed, the society will be
forced to reorganize, or even shut
down. If you investigate the numbers, this claim fails logic, and for
you—student—I've done the math.
At the beginning ofthe fiscal year,
AMS passed a balanced budget, relying on a $900,000 contribution from
AMS businesses. As early as July, it
was known this projection would
not be reached, and the AMS would
have to cut spending. Unfortunately, Council was unwilling to act until a new projection was made (on
November 26). The projection was a
$204,000 shortfall, offset by $64,000
in spending reductions. Subtracting,
we find out AMS is now projecting a
$140,000 deficit this year.
To handle the $140,000 deficit, the
AMS is proposing $800,000 in new
student fees (in the 'Fees' question
on the referendum) and threatening a shutdown if they don't get what
they want.
We went on to discuss the controversial "Sustainability Projects
Fund", and any plans the AMS has
for what would be a $100,000 fund
(if passed with the 'Fees' question on
the referendum). Elin [Tayyar, VP Finance] explained that there is currently no plan for what the money
might be used for, only thathe would
be attempting to have at least half
of the fund's board be students-at-
large, although it would likely consist of Council members and corporate representatives.
I urge every student to investigate
the proposed fee structure, and vote
NO on the 'Fees' question when they
find the "accountability gap" Elin
and I uncovered.
—Nick Frank
Chair, No Campaign
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say something about
the referendum that
Nick Frank or Jeremy
McElroy haven't said
yet? Send us a letter
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Send all letters to
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