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PENETRATE OR FLASH?
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www.ubyssey.bcca
Vol.LXXXVII   N°28
Tuesday, 17 January, 2006
Peanut: Picking up the Pieces since 1918
T-Birds take two
The weekend match-up between UBC and SFU resulted in two wins for theThunderbirds, who
are now in a three-way tie for the second slot in the conference standings, yinan max wang photo
AMS referendum questions up in the air
by Michael Kenacan
NEWS STAFF
The proposed Alma Mater Society
(AMS) referendum that questions
whether to allocate additional funding to the UBC Farm has been turfed.
"There won't be a question on the
farm," asserted Dave Claassen, chair
of the AMS Referendum Committee.
Designated as a future housing
reserve in UBC's Official Community
Plan, there have been various efforts
to save the UBC Farm like preventing
the re-zoning of the land to residen
tial from its current agricultural use.
"The idea was to make some positive moves for the farm," said AMS
President Soencer Keys.
The referendum question would
have asked students if they supported
$1 being directed to the farm from
their student fees. It was planned to
have been part of a larger referendum to run along side the AMS election that is currently underway.
Claassen explained that the rationale for not having a farm question on
the ballot was because "a few new
ideas came up at the end of term in
early December that needed more
research, and the AMS didn't want a
referendum on something that hadn't
been researched fully."
WhHe the farm won't be on any
referenda in the near future, the AMS
is currently considering a number of
alternative questions to ask students.
Claassen stated, "it's very up in the
air. We're looking at a few by-law
questions that are very un-sexy, but
that people have said we've needed
for a while."
See "Referendum"page 2.
One sweet ticket
UBC Rhodes Scholar wants to help others
by Charles Miller
NEWSWRITER
UBC student Matthew Chan has
earned the highly prestigious tide
of Rhodes Scholar for BC this year.
The fourth-year economics major
has won the scholarship, worth
more than $100,000, to study at
Oxford University.
Chan said he is planning to pursue two master's degrees, an MSc
in global health science, and then a
second degree either in economics
for international development or in
forced migration.
He hopes to use his education to
work in pubHc health and community
development in a developing country,
possibly in Africa.
Traditional pursuits for Rhodes
Scholars such as business, law or
poHtics are not what he's attracted
to, however.
"I'm reaUy interested in being on
the field and having a more hands-on
position—That's what I thrive on, not
sitting in an office in Vancouver."
Chan has considered entering
medical school, but prefers to take a
pubHc health perspective, as that wiH
enable him to help the greatest number of people.
It was a childhood trip to Ningxia,
in northwest China, that gave Chan
first-hand exposure to poverty and
sparked his lifelong desire to help
people. The people there, he
described, "Hved in crude brick and
mud huts. I remember there was no
running water, no sanitation."
The children had swoUen belHes
from malnutrition and had many
health problems, Chan recaHed. "It
was a real eye-opener."
Chan feels that once you understand "what poverty reaUy means...
you can't help but be motivated to
do something."
He has traveled extensively and
Hved in the Third World: after grades
11 and 12, he went with a church
CHAN: Rhodes Scholarship
recipient, nathan phillips photo
group to several countries. In the
summer of 2004 he volunteered with
Hope International and helped build
a school in a village in the Dominican
Republic. Last summer, he volunteered in Uganda in an AIDS outreach
program, travelling to the homes of
AIDS victims, making sure they had
and were taking their medications,
checking on their health and doing
basic household chores for them.
Chan beHeves that Western governments should more actively inter-
See "Rhodes" page 2.
Why are you
here today?
Alma Mater Society Presidential
Debate comes down to character
by Simon Underwood
NEWS STAFF
PoHcy took a backseat to personaHty
and experience as the candidates
for Alma Mater Society (AMS)
President convened at the Norm
theatre Saturday and vied for the
chance to fill the loafers of outgoing
leader Spencer Keys.
The debate, scheduled in tandem with the society's Student
Leadership Conference (SLC),
was the first opportunity for the
presidential candidates to duke it
out in a public forum. Moderated
by AMS elections administrator
Ian McKechnie, the debate lasted
less than an hour and was conducted in a similar manner to its
distant federal cousin, a moderated "town haU" format in which
both McKechnie and the audience were able to pose questions
directly to the candidates.
Presidential candidate Quinn
Omori, a current representative to
the Board of Governors, appeared
on stage with an interpreter and a
copy of The Hockey Sweater,
answering questions with French
language excerpts from the classic
children's story.
With the help of translator
Leanne McLean, Roch Carrier's
solemn narrative voice was translated into inflammatory talking
points taken from Omori's pro-Arts
platform, which advocates a "referendum on separation for aH arts
students" and the employ of "real
cheese curds" in the SUB poutine.
Jeremy SheU, former Totem
Park Residents Association
President and rugby player joked
that it was "nice to be back" after
an unsuccessful bid for the presidency last year. SheU took pains
to establish himself as a serious
candidate for the job.
"People seemed to be concerned
last year that I didn't have a legitimate platform," he noted in his
opening statement, "so I went and
put one together."
SheU vowed to protect campus
green space and to ensure that
AMS Services are efficiently run-
naming SafeWalk as one particular example—and concluded that
the twelve months foUowing his
last bid for councd had "proven
[he] could lead."
The third presdiential candidate
Kevin Keystone, current VP
Finance, requested that the mic
stand be moved so that candidates
could sit next to each other as they
spoke, and began his opening
remarks slowly, referring to an
event at the SLC earHer in the day
that convinced him to tear up his
original speech. He pointed instead
to a "fundamental flaw" with presenting a concrete platform at aU.
"What the AMS is doing next
year isn't about me and it isn't
about I," said Keystone. "What the
AMS wants to do is what you want to
do because you're the members
and you're the students and we
serve you because we're your student society."
WhUe the reticent Omori continued to push his platform of
"arts Hberation,* the debate soon
boiled down to a set of cfipped
exchanges between SheU and
Keystone in which both candidates reiterated thier stated platforms and emphasised their curriculum vitas in order to curry
favour with those in attendance.
"Who doesn't want
AMS President' as
A RESUME CREDIT...
I DON'T THINK EITHER
OF US IS REALLY HERE
BECAUSE WE SOLELY
BELIEVE IN THE GOOD
OF THIS CAMPUS."
-Jeremy Shell
AMS Presidential Candidate
When asked what distinguished
him as a candidate, SheU emphasised his outsider-status and the
"objectivity* that he could bring to
the position, attesting that "the
AMS is a very tightly-knit group
of friends—it's almost a social
subset of this campus population—and it needs some new
blood and new ideas."
Keystone, while stressing that
the AMS should encourage student
involvement, noted thathe has only
missed two council meetings as an
executive thus far. "To be able to do
things, you need to know how the
AMS works," he said, glancing at
SheU. "You need to go to AMS council meetings."
The topic of campus development further divided the two candidates. SheU, advocating a "marriage
of viable commercialism and student priority," welcomed competition from the University Town
development "The best thing we
can do is consultation."
But Keystone warned that plans
for a competing campus pub a few
hundred metres from the pit could
jeopardize the $767,000 that the
See "Debate" page 2.
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Tuesday, 17 January, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Candidates lay out their AMS vision
"Debate" from page 7.
SUB business brings the AMS in
revenue every year. "We need to
be prepared for competition," said
Keystone, noting that this source
of income funds a number of
AMS services including Safewalk
and Speakeasy.
The threat from campus competition to AMS revenues came to
the forefront again in the debate
via "concerned student" Spencer
Keys. "Do you support a raise in
AMS student fees, and under what
conditions,* he asked, prefacing
his question with the observation
that business revenues account
for almost half of the student society's operating budget
Shell, who said that he runs his
own business, was opposed to
raising fees. "One thing I can teU
you is always look within to cost-
cutting,* he said.
Keystone was cut off by the
moderator in his first response,
but managed to assert that "no
student fee should be non-opt-
outable* before the time clock
sounded. He pointed to his experience working on the budget
and referendum committees. "I
don't support cutting services,
and there are limits as to how
much we can cut..."
SheU explained that one cost-
cutting measure would be to
"bring in promoters who wiH actuaUy not lose snippets of money on
events," touching upon an earHer
disagreement between the two
over the effectiveness of the marketing campaign used by the
fledgling Sprouts co-op.
The original question, voiced by
Land and Food Systems student
Christine Boyle pertained to the
umbrella topic of campus development and the future of the UBC
farm, which currently sits on land
designated as a housing reserve.
The focus then drifted to the visi-
biHty of Sprouts after Keystone
pointed out that it was a distributor
for campus-grown goods.
"Great marketing campaigns
get noticed," argued SheU, whale
Keystone voiced his support for
the expansion of the current campaign, which features a Kinsey
spectrum of couples united by
fresh organic produce.
The pivotal moment in the
debate was decided by a curt question from Sean Carney (candidate
running for VP Admin), who
asked the candidates "why [they
were] here today."
T owe this university a great
deal...I've come a heU of a long
way [here] and I owe this place,"
SheU began. "Who doesn't want
AMS President as a resume cred-
it..I don't beHeve in altruism—I
don't think either of us is reaUy
here because we solely beHeve in
the good of this campus," he continued.
"I think it has to be a combination—you beHeve in the school,
you want to see what's best for it,
you want to see what's best for
yourself...and anyone who can't
acknowledge that doesn't deserve
to be president"
SheH's comments were met
with nervous laughter and silence.
Keystone distanced himself
from SheU's statement. "I am
doing this for altruistic reasons,"
responded Keystone. "I don't owe
the University anything. I owe the
students. And that's why I'm
doing this," he said.
The Norm remained at less
than half its capacity throughout
the debate, and was populated
mainly by prospective candidates
and AMS members. The weekend
date was chosen so that the event
might capture the attention of the
750 students on campus for the
Student Leadership Conference
(SLC), but McKechnie was "quite
disappointed" with the turnout
"We had initially looked forward to this event starting off the
campaign period on a high note,
but it is clear we wiU have to work
harder to draw students in for
the other debates—especially the
General Forum in the same location on January 23," he wrote in
an email to the Ubyssey on
Sunday.
Jarinder GUI, a fourth-year student in ceU biotics and genetics
attending the SLC, appreciated the
opportunity to see the hot-blooded
candidates in the flesh.
"It's nice to know who they
actuaUy are instead of randomly
cHcking when I place my vote,"
she said. "I hadn't gone to one of
these debates before and it was
good to see that they were actuaUy
serious about the issues."
But not everybody left the
Norm happy. _ Vladimir Choi, a
third-year student in microbiology
and immunology, was unsatisfied
by the event and the prospect of
the January 2 7 vote.
"I think there are not enough
candidates running," he lamented. Choi added that "[although]
some issues were brought up,
[not] aH of the issues were
brought up," citing research and
employment opportunities as
two examples.
The second debate between
the presidential candidates is set
for Januaiy 17 at the Place Vanier
Meal Hall, tf
"Sexy" question may boost voter turnout
"Referendum" from page 7.
The resolutions being developed would streamline AMS government function, though how
much or in what capacity is stiH
under defiberation.
"Once we have come up with a
strong idea, one that students
want, we'll put it to our constituents," said Keys. To entice voters to the poUs and reach the all-
important quorum (10 per cent of
the student population voting in
favour of the proposed change),
Claassen is "looking towards a
sexy question on the possible
expansion of the UBC Recreation
Centre, but it's stiU far from being
decided upon."
He assured UBC students that
sexiness would not be the only
quality of some referendum
questions.
"You don't run a question just
because it's sexy, or sexy for the
sake of being sexy," said Claassen.
"You need a question that is
functional and sexy."
Keys cautioned, however, that
an AMS referendum may not
occur at aU.
"The purpose of a referendum
committee is to make sure we are
thinking of the big changes,"
explained Keys, and "not setting
ourselves to meeting artificial
deadlines." II
"Ask yourself, what do I really want to do?"
"Rhodes" from page 1.
vene in civil conflicts and avert
humanitarian crises. As an economics student, Chan beHeves that free
trade can be a good thing if done
right, but says that it is frequently
inequitably appHed—especiaUy in the
area of agriculture—in that rich countries demand that poor countries
open their markets without opening
their own.
Chan is from Vernon, B.C. and is
from a family of high achievers. His
father is a doctor, as is his older
brother. "I wouldn't say my parents
had really high expectations or put
any pressure on any of us. At the
same time I do owe any success I
have to them because they were
incredibly supportive."
"When we did weU they made us
feel -Like, we had accomplished something worthwinle," he said.
Chan has always been a top student as well as an athlete. In his first
year at Okanagan University CoUege,
he won a scholarship for international students to attend San Diego State
University. There he won the Scholar-
Athlete award and the rowing team's
Most Valuable Rower Award.
Chan pursued studies in economics, a discipline he felt would give
him the most insight in to the reasons for inequaHties of wealth and
give him ideas of what he could do to
help. His advice to other students
looking to succeed at university:
"Work hard, but on top of that, you
can't work hard if you're doing something you hate... Ask yourself, what
do I reaUy want to do? Put aside practical questions at first of what's going
to give me a rich, comfortable life. Go
back to when you were a kid and ask
yourself, 'What do you reaHy want to
do when you're an adult?" II
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m THE UBYSSEY  Tuesday, 17 January, 2006
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across the Maritimes
Education technology plays Into Atlantic universities
by William Wolfe-Wylie
CUP ATLANTIC BUREAU CHIEF  .
SACKVILLE, N.B. (CUP)-What began
as a technological phenomenon at a
single maritime school is rapidly
spreading across Atlantic Canada.
The Classroom Participation System
(CPS) is the latest in a line of technological advances introduced
into the classroom environment.
Already on the Hst of participating
Maritime schools are the
University of New Brunswick,
University College of Cape Breton,
Mount Saint Vincent University,
and Dalhousie University.
The "clicker* system, as it is
commonly known, operates by
placing a number of short-range
radio sensors around the classroom that respond to handheld
devices purchased by each student.
The result is a system similar to
that used by audience voters on
Who Wants to be a Millionaire and
America's Funniest Home Videos.
The system is designed for professors to be able to gauge student
reaction in the classroom or to
spring pop quizzes that can be graded instantly. Questions such as
"Does everyone understand" or a
simple question based on the
assigned readings for the class are
answered instantly by students carrying the clicker device.
"Although still in the assessment stage, this technology seems
to allow a timely response to
questions and feedback on
correctness," said Bill Waterman
of the Mount Allison University
Department of Commerce, who
has recently begun using the technology in his Introduction to
Accounting II class.
Adam Sarty of the St. Mary's
University (SMU) department of
Astronomy and Physics has been
test-driving a number of classroom
technology systems for that university and is happy with the CPS.
"CPS worked great, and a few new
instructors at SMU have come on
board this semester," said Sarty.
Some students feel that the technology is more appropriate for larger
schools, such as the University of
Toronto or Guelph University—both
of which are using the system—than
for smaller Maritime schools.
"The class is less than thirty people," said one student in Waterman's
class at Mount Allison. "I really don't
think it's that necessary."
"He's a really good teacher, so I
don't really see the need," continued
the third-year student.
Students in classes using the technology are required to purchase the
handheld device as they would be
required to purchase textbooks for
the class. The clicker sells for $7.56
with taxes and students are required
to register the clicker on the e-
instructions website for an additional $ 15 per semester.
"It's a little annoying because
the textbook was like $100 so it
adds another $25 to the price of
ATLANTIC BUREAU CHIEF/CUP PHOTO
the class," said one student.
The technology is designed and
marketed by elnstruction corporation, based out of Denton, Texas.
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U of T student rivals professor for shot at MP
by Tabassum Siddiqui
THE VARSITY/UNIVERSITY 0FT0R0NT0
TORONTO (CUP)-Heading into the
home stretch of the federal election,
there has been much discussion
about how to engage young voters
who are increasingly tuning out the
poHtical process. It's an issue first-
year U of T law student Liam
McHugh-RusseU understands all too
well—so he resolved to do something about it But where most might
be content to pin a button on their
jacket or erect a lawn sign, McHugh-
RusseU went one further: he decided
to run for office.
"I've worked as an activist and an
. advocate for a long time," said*
McHugh-RusseH, 25, on how he
decided to run for the NDP in his
home riding of Etobicoke-
Lakeshore. "When I heard that the
Liberals were thinking of running a
pro-war candidate who'd been out of
the country as long as I'd been aHve,
I felt it was important to make my
voice heard."
McHugh-RusseU is up against
Liberal Michael Ignatieff, a wen-
known historian and journalist
who was recently appointed as a
visiting professor in human rights
policy and senior fellow of the
Munk Centre for International
Studies at U of T. Ignatieff s return
to Canada after years in the U.S.
(most recently as a professor at
Harvard University) and first foray
into the poHtical arena have turned
the spotlight on the usually quiet
suburban Toronto riding of
Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
"It's not about David versus
GoHath, or the size of our campaign," McHugh-RusseU smiles.
"Some people say, Tou have a young
face,' and I say, "That's not what matters—what matters is my commitment to the issues.' And once they
hear me talk and answer their questions, they're pretty comfortable that
I could do a good job representing
them in Ottawa."
The irony of two U of T-ers facing
off in the same riding certainly isn't
lost on McHugh-Russell.
"It's an interesting dimension of
the campaign—the cynical, old professor versus the ideaHstic student
who beHeves he can do better!"
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for his home riding Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Jacqueline urbano/the varsity photo
riding are John Capobianco
(Conservative Party), Phil Ridge
(Green Party), Cathy Holiday
(Communist Party), and Janice
Murray (Marxist-Leninist Party).
While McHugh-RusseU insisted
his focus hasn't been on the differences between himself and Ignatieff,
he wastes no time in setting out the
contrasts between his campaign and
that ofhis high-profile opponent. For
one, Ignatieff was perceived to have
been "parachuted" into the Liberal
candidacy despite opposition from
the local riding association, whereas
McHugh-RusseU (a longtime resident of the area) faced a tight race
against two other NDP hopefuls in
order to get the nod to run for
the party.
"We think we've got a good shot.
People from across the riding have
called us and said, We're disappointed with the undemocratic
process that brought us the Liberal
candidate. He hasn't Hved in the riding and doesn't represent our concerns.' They're excited that someone
with youth and energy is running to
represent this riding in Ottawa and
make their community a better
place," McHugh-RusseU said.
He may be young and stiU in
school, but McHugh-RusseU is no
poHtical neophyte—the co-chair of
the youth wing of the Ontario NDP,
he also sits on the Ontario
Federation of Labour's Under-30
committee, was appointed by the
provincial government to the
Ontario Student Assistance Plan
(OSAP)'s appeals board, and he volunteers with a law clinic that is fighting to get AIDS drugs to Africa.
McHugh-RusseU's activism began
during his undergrad days as a
math student at the University of
Waterloo, where he did advocacy
work with his student union for
improved post-secondary education. The NDP's proposals for education and their firm stance
against the war in Iraq attracted
him to the party.
"I always felt like my voice mattered in the party; I always felt like I
was respected despite my youth,"
McHugh-RusseU said.
•• "I think at the core of the crisis in
post-secondary education is the
undemiining of funding, the cutting
of $4 bilHon from the [federal] education transfer [to the provinces],"
McHugh-RusseU said.
McHugh-RusseU isn't the only
Ontario university student running
in the January 23 federal election.
Two other U of T students have
joined the race, and Western
University student Steven Maynard
is also running for the NDP in the
riding of London North-Centre.
While McHugh-RusseU is pleased
to be an inspiration to youth looking
for alternatives to the malaise currently marking federal poHtics, (he
beams that two ten year-olds were
volunteering in his campaign office
because "they were excited about a
young person working to represent
even them"), he's buoyed in turn by
the young people he talks to on the
campaign trail and his feUow students on campus.
"The best thing about U of T is the
diversity of its students and their
commitment... I think the students
are its power," he said.
He knows that there are those
who wiU dismiss him because of
his age, or see the race in
Etobicoke-Lakeshore as hopelessly unbalanced. But running for
office isn't about which candidate
monopolises the headfines or has
a marquee name, McHugh-RusseU
points out; it's supposed to be
about who can best represent his
or her riding. II
Wal-Mart among
BiU 101 offenders
by Erika Meere
CUP QUEBEC BUREAU CHIEF
MONTREAL (CUP)-Wal-Mart, Future
Shop and Business Depot were
among the targets of a record number of complaints to Quebec's language police last year.
L'Office de la Langue Franchise
received 4,014 complaints about
violations of Quebec's BiU 101 in
2004-2005, up from 2,591 in
2003-2004.
Also known as the Charter of the
French Language, BiU 101 states
that French is the official language
in the province of Quebec. Among
other provisions, it estabHshes the
right of consumers to be served and
informed in French.
Gerald Paquette, spokesperson
for the Office, said that most of the
complaints were about poor translations on labels and in instruction
manuals.
"There are some cases where the
French translations are so bad that
you have to read the English
instructions just to understand," he
said, explaining that some of the
worst violators of the law are based
in the United. States or overseas,
where French is not otherwise used.
One poor translation cited on thte
Office's website is "biscuit sale de la
noix," for the word "nutcracker." In
this example, "cracker" is translated
in French as the food item, rather
than an appHance that cracks things.
Other complaints related to inadequate service in French.
"There are... situations where
people have caUed a company and
no one is able to help them in
French," said Paquette.
The Outaouais region, on the
Ontario border near Ottawa, saw
the largest increase in the number
of complaints—up more than 250
per cent from 2003-2004.
"The forces of defrancisation in
the Outaouais region are very
strong," said Jean-Paul Perrault,
president of Imperatif Fran^ais, an
organisation that aims to protect
the French Language in Quebec.
Imperatif Frangais is calling on
the Quebec government to devote
more resources to enforce language laws in Quebec, and in particular, hire an officer to foUow
through on the complaints made in
the Outaouais region.
The organisation has also recommended that the Quebec government increase fines for violating
language laws, especiaUy for multinational companies. Currently,
fines range from about $500 to
$5,000.
"There have been some large
companies that repeat the same
offenses over and over again,
because the fines mean nothing to
them," said Perrault.
Paquette could not say what
additional measures would be put
in place to enforce BiU 101, but
said that the law is essential to
ensuring the future of the French
language in Quebec.
"The population of Quebec represents a minority of the population of
North America—about three per
cent," he said. "We want to continue
Hving in French, and it's important to
take steps that allow us to do this."
Of the 4,014 complaints made in
the province last year, 584 were
determined to be unfounded. In
1,200 cases, the subject of the complaint was corrected, while in the
remainder of cases, a fine was
issued, the complaint withdrawn, or
the case referred to Quebec's
Attorney-General. IH
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Federation of Students gave the NDP the top mark in its Election Report Card.
As a share of the economy, the Liberals are spending less on post-secondary
education in cash transfers than any government in the last 30 years.
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Lafreniere outstanding as
T-Birds vie for playoff spot
by Alissa McArthur
SPORTS WRITER
The UBC women's hockey team
continued their battle for a playoff
spot with their second straight split
this weekend. The Thunderbirds
faced the University of Lethbridge
Pronghorns, one of their chief competitors for the final Canada West
playoff spot.
FoUowing a heartbreaking 3-2
overtime loss on Friday night, the
T-Birds rebounded for an impressive 3-0 victory on Saturday night.
But despite their strong play, the
T-Birds' inability to puU off two
wins meant they could not gain any
ground in the standings.
Friday night, the Birds put in a
hardworking effort with many scoring chances, but were the victims of
an unfortunate bounce.
Goaltender Lisa Lafreniere was
brilliant for the T-Birds in keeping
the Pronghorns off the board in the
scoreless first period. The Birds
jumped ahead 1-0 at 9:01 of the
second period, as a Kim Allan point
shot was tipped by Laura Kosakoski
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Saturday would serve UBC weU. "If
we come out with an effort like we
had for the third period tonight.,
we're going to find ways to put
[pucks] in.*
Saturday night proved to be a
bounce-back game for UBC as they
rode their smoking special teams to
prevaU 3-0. The Birds got off to fast
start in the first, as forward MicheUe
Dufly continued her strong weekend
with a power play goal 6:42 in. Then
Norwegian Julia Staszewski put UBC
up by two, as the top power-play unit
of Jenny MahovHch, James and
Staszewski combined on the play as
the T-Birds continued to produce with
the man advantage. "We've been progressively doing better on the power
play/ noted Staszewski. "PersonaUy I
feel a lot better since Christmas, and
the lines are dicking."
UBC's power play manufactured
another goal, 11:04 into the second
period. James scored a highlight reel
goal as she powered around the
Lethbridge defender and wired the
puck in off Pietersma's mask. After
being denied Friday, James was
happy about helping her team win on
Trina     Saturday. "I sucked it up after last
Pietersma. The goal, however was
credited to AUan.
As UBC's intensity picked up after
the goal, second-year Anne-Sophie
Larsson fired a shot top shelf at 12:50
to increase the lead to 2-0. Larsson's
goal woke up the Pronghorns, and
Lafreniere was forced to make some
solid saves to keep her team ahead.
After Lethbridge climbed within
one, their onslaught continued with
another goal a minute and a half
later, knotting the game at two with
only 30.4 seconds left in the second.
Despite numerous chances for
both sides, the third period was also
scoreless. Forward KeUy James
wreaked havoc on the Lethbridge
defence, helping generate some juicy
opportunities for the T-Birds to take
the lead. Lafreniere held the fort for
the Birds, bringing the game to overtime with the score tied 2-2.
The extra frame was short-lived,
as the Pronghorns benefited from
a crazy bounce only 24 seconds
in. Lethbridge forward Carley
Merkeley's dump-in hit the end
boards, and bounced off a UBC
defenceman and Lafreniere into
the net, spoiling her otherwise
rock-solid performance. "I felt
good,* she said of her play. 'Some
of their goals were bad luck...but I
know what I can correct for tomorrow.* The Sherwood Park native
made 30 saves in the loss, as the T-
Birds outshot Lethbridge 35-33.
UBC coach Dave Newson felt that
the Birds played weU, but couldn't
put Lethbridge away. "We didn't put
our chances away in the third period... [Lethbridge] has done it time and
again, they hang in there and find a
way to get a cra2y bounce in the end.*
Newson felt that a similar effort on
night and tonight we waxed them.*
Carrying the 3-0 lead, the T-Birds
claimed victory in the scoreless third
period, thanks in large part to strong
penalty killing. UBC was three for
three on the kiU in the third, rounding out a superb night for the special
teams. AU three UBC goals Saturday
were scored on the power play. "We
made an adjustment to our penalty
kUl,* said Newson. *Last night we
had some good kills, but they
scored two power play goals. And
our skiUed players came through
on the power play.*
Newson was impressed with his
whole team, and singled out several fantastic performances as key to
the win, including Lafreniere, who
was again outstanding in net, making 21 saves to record her first
career CIS shutout.
"Also, Haleigh Callison was just
outstanding on defence... and
[James's] goal was one that not
many other players in the league
could score.*
Although the T-Birds were pleased
with the win, their inconsistency
throughout the season is catching up
to them. "We know we have to
sweep...against Saskatchewan this
weekend,* Newson conceded. "If we
win the first game, we have to make
sure there's no unfinished business."
UBC is quickly running out of time to
garner the wins necessary to capture
a playoff position.
Saturday's win raised UBC's
record to 4-9-1, but the split left the
Birds still one point behind
Lethbridge for the last playoff spot.
The T-Birds face the University of
Saskatchewan this coming weekend for their final homestand of the
regular season. II
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My favourite band two nights a year
WE CONSTANTINES
The Pit
January 14
by Quinn Omori
CULTUREWRITER
The first time I saw the Constantines, it was at a
Three Gut Records showcase hosted by the
PiccadiUy Pub during New Music West 2002.
And almost four years later, while I'm ecstatic
that the band is popular enough to play some
bigger rooms, there was something about being
crammed into the tiny confines of the Pic that
was sadly missing when they played Richard's
the last couple of times the Cons roUed into
Vancouver. UBC's own Pit Pub isn't aU that
much smaUer capacity-wise than Dick's on
Dicks, but it is dingy and it definitely feels
cramped. Those two attributes aren't generaUy
selling points, but they helped form the perfect
setting for the hour and a half aural assault to
which enthusiasts were treated this past
Saturday. It was sweaty. It was loud. And, at
times, the stage seemed too small to confine its
occupants (which led bassist DaUas Werhle to
climb up on a railing at one point).
Opening with "Draw Us Lines"—also the
lead-off track on the band's latest. Tournament
of Hearts—the Cons showed that they didn't
need any sort of warm up. The bass and drums
thundered, as a raft of squealing feedback was
coaxed out of the keys and guitars. The crowd,
to their credit, was on board from the opening
note, as more than a few fists were thrown
towards the roof in unison with singer-guitarist
Bry Webb's shouts of "hey!" during the opening
number. The band didn't let up, and neither did
the audience. Songs, old and new, were equaUy
weU received, and Tournament standout, "Soon
Enough," even elicited a crowd sing along. In
fact, at times, the screaming from the Pit floor
made it sound more like Britney or Xtina
shoiild've been strutting around on stage,
instead of five scruffy Ontaiians.
Awhile back, I read an interview with the
band where they stated that the songs for
Tournament of Hearts were written with their
live show in mind. They wanted arrangements
DINGY AND CRAMPED IS THE WAY I LIKE IT: Pit Pub provides perfect venue for garage band with chops, quinn omori photo
where the dynamic could be changed, and
where they had some freedom to take the tunes
somewhere slightly different in person. They
have certainly succeeded. While "Young
Offenders," "Arizona," "On to You," and a number of older tracks stiU brimmed with extra
intensity, it was the songs from the Cons' latest
that went from restrained (maybe even understated) on record to untamed and explosive in
front of a live audience.
The Constantines are my favourite band for
about two nights a year, and those nights are
when I get the opportunity to see them in the
flesh. Don't get me wrong, they're fantastic
musicians, and I spin their records fairly regularly But there's something about their hve
show that is far more compelling than the
recorded equivalent It's great to watch shows
where you can just sit back and relax, but when
it comes to reaUy experiencing rock'n'roU, it
should be close, sweaty, and with enough volume to make your insides shake. The
Constantines at the Pit was just that; five guys
who look like they just stepped out of garage
rehearsal for the first time, playing like they
were opening for U2, and heU bent on blowing
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WAITING IN THE WINGS: Jean-Pierre Perusse says in many ways living with AIDS/HIV is like being stuck in limbo, dave weatherall photo
Sex, drugs and HIV
Jean-Pierre Perusse talks about living with the human-immunodeficiency virus
by Dave Weatherall
CUP QUEBEC BUREAU CHIEF
MONTREAL (CUP)-The man sitting
across from me doesn't look like
the photo I saw of him on his website. The full, freshly-shaven smil-
ino far-f in tVio -rVhptn ic r<*r»1 P^pH fo*r
a more concerned, thoughtful look.
He's lost weight, there are frown
lines across his brow and he has a
grey, white and black beard. Almost
ten years of living with the HIV
virus has taken its toll.
Jean-Pierre Perusse is open about
his HIV. He's seen a lot of friends die
from the disease and he's been Hving
with it long enough for it not to be a
taboo topic of discussion. But he's
worried about younger gay men.
While the number of cases of men
who contracted the disease after sex
with another man category has
dropped from 66 per cent of all HIV
diagnoses from 1985-1998 to 36 per
cent in 2001, it rose again to 45 per
cent in 2004. It's this latest increase
that concerns Perusse.
"Some of them see people like me
last ten years with the HIV virus and
they think 'oh I can deal with taking a
pill in the morning and evening,' but
they don't always realise everything
that comes with those pills,* said the
40-year-old Perusse, a gay actor who
has been hving with the HIV virus
since 1998.
Perusse's first round of medication caused a chemical imbalance
in his brain that plunged him into
depression. After seeking advice
from a psychologist about the side
effects of his HIV medication,
Perusse embarked on a steady diet
of Prozac. It was then he discovered
that none of the medication to help
an HIV-infected patient deal with
the side effects of HIV drugs are
covered by Medicare. And it can get
expensive—the HIV drugs run
Perusse about $1,200 a month,
which is covered—but he said the
Prozac, the Gravol for the nausea
and other ailments all add up financially. Personality-wise, they can
take an even heavier toll.
"When I was on Prozac, I became
a zombie. I just didn't react to things
going on around me," he said. "As an
artist, I can't hve like that*
The HP*/ medication also restricted Perusse to four hours of regular
activity a day. The rest of the time he
spent feeling nauseous, enduring
diarrhea and sleep problems. After a
few months, he went back to his doctor, exasperated.
"I told him this wasn't working for
me. I told him that if this was what
the rest of my life on meds was going
to be like, I'd rather be dead.*
So Perusse began a new round of
different HIV medication. It was relatively successful in treating the HIV—
Perusse is now in remission—but the
depression and, as a consequence the
Prozac, continued. It's gotten so bad
that Perusse takes what he calls
"vacations* from his medications.
Once the medication forces the HIV
into remission, Perusse stops taking
them for a couple of months. When
the HIV returns, he goes back on. The
miserable catch-22 of HIV drugs is
that no one really knows the long-
term effects, but none of the patients,
Perusse included, want companies to
withhold the drugs until they know
they're completely safe. By then, they
might be dead.
"We're guinea pigs when it comes
to HIV medication. What you get
depends on what doctor you go to
and which conference he/she has
recently attended. That's why it's so
important to get a doctor you trust
and who will Hsten to you,* he said.
For Perusse, being HIV positive
has meant becoming a speciahst in
what HIV drugs he takes and how
they might interact negatively with
regular prescriptions he received. In
Januaiy, Perusse contracted pneumonia. When he went to the hospital, the doctor who saw him didn't
have his file and so wasn't aware of
the other drugs he was taking. He
said getting tested isn't difficult, but
the waiting Hsts for knowledgeable
doctors can be excruciatingly long.
"The doctors are so tired, they are so
overworked,* he said.
Perusse contracted HIV from his
r>artner when a condom broke dur-
"i just can't
understand why
anyone would
ever go bareback.
i mean why
would you not
wear a condom?
Why would you
want that little
voice in the back
of your head
asking, 'am i
really safe?'"
—Jean-Pierre Perusse
HI V Positive
ing sex. He knew his partner was
positive before having sex with him
and said that now that he is HIV positive, he is open with sexual partners
about his disease. That openness
has meant rejection.
"There was one man I told, he left
the room to think about it, came back
and said, Tou know what? I'm not OK
with sleeping with you," said
Perusse. "That hurt; nobody likes to
be told no, but I was happy later
because at least he'd taken the time to
think about the consequences of an
action he was about to take.*
That act of reflection is something Perusse is trying to encourage amongst the next generation of
gay men in Montreal. Because of
his openness about being HIV positive, Perusse said young men often
accost him at bars with questions
about HIV. He said his message is
always the same.
"I tell them to play hard, but play
safe," he said. "I just can't understand why anyone would ever go
bareback. I mean why would you not
wear a condom? Why would you want
that Httie voice in the back of your
head asking 'am I really safe?'"
The consequences of contracting
HIV initially damaged Perusse's professional career as an actor. In 1999
Perusse was up for a part in a commercial, but once the producers
found out he was HIV positive, he
was denied the part.
"There was a kissing scene," he
said. "So they wanted someone who
didn't have HIV."
Perusse said that kind of open
discrimination is much rarer these
days and said government awareness campaigns have helped dispel
myths about HIV and lower the
infection rates among gay men, but
he remains concerned about the
possibility of a generation that
doesn't know the reaHty of Hving
with HIV until it's too late. He's critical of the government awareness
pubHcity that showed headstones
in a cemetery of people who were
killed by AIDS.
"A headstone means nothing to a
young person, they're young, they
think they are invincible. I know, I
was young and I thought I was invincible. I still think I'm invincible!"
Perusse said he beHeves the one-
on-one interactions with gay men
about AIDS/HIV are far more effective at eliminating society's emotional response to HIV and replacing it
with a rational one.
They owe it to themselves to
think," he said. IB
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by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE STAFF
Have the glum days of January got
you down? Not to worry, because
some of the greatest performing
arts talent from Vancouver and
around the world may have just
the antidote for you!
With the help of external funding from various organizations
including the Department of
Canadian Heritage and the Canada
Council for the Arts, the PuSh
International Performing Arts
Festival, which runs from Januaiy
10 to February 4, is an annual
showcase of critically-acclaimed
hve performance staged by some
of Vancouver's most talented theatre, music and dance companies.
The schedule is packed with 15
events that will address the
themes of death, love, sex and
tragedy over the next three weeks.
"The festival brings international artists to Vancouver in
dance, music, theatre and film as
well," says Deb Pickman, a
media representative for Rebus
Creative, responsible for marketing and outreach of the festival.
"We're a young city and our arts
scene is still growing...we have
some wonderful artists here."
Among the theatrical compa
nies performing at this year's festival are Boca del Lupo, famous
for their local outdoor shows, who
will bring their collaborative production The Perfectionist to the
Waterfront Theatre at Granville
Island from January 19th to 29th.
Incorporating animation,
music and a cast of three, The
Perfectionist chronicles the Hves
of a man and a woman who
attempt to overcome their impossibly high standards.
Studies in Motion
takes its inspiration
from the work of
Eadweard Muybridge,
a 19th century
photographer known
for the use of multiple
cameras in order to
provide the illusion of
movement
Front and centre at this year's
festival is Studies in Motion:
The Hauntings of Eadweard
Muybridge, a co-production
between Electric Company
Theatre, whose play The Score was
recently adapted for a CBC television production, and Theatre at
UBC, running at the Fredric Wood
Theatre from Januaiy 17 to the 29.
Described as an "original, multi
media play," Studies in Motion
takes its inspiration from the work
of Eadweard Muybridge, a 19th
century photographer known for
the use of multiple cameras in
order to provide the illusion of
movement, a technique that led to
the development of the cinema.
Written by Governor General's
award-winning playwright Kevin,
Kerr, with UBC Theatre chair
Robert Gardiner serving as scenog-
rapher, Studies in Motion received
funding from the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council
which has been used to transform
the stage of the Fredric Wood
Theatre into a laboratory for
the experimentation of theatre
technology.
Also notable at this year's festival is the performance of San
Francisco-based Kronos Quartet,
a string quartet that has partnered with Canadian Inuit throat-
singer Tanya Tagaq in a world
premiere work titled Nunavut, a
program that will also feature
works by other artists from the
northern hemisphere such as
Iceland's Sigur Ros and that will
continue on to Carnegie Hall in
New York City in the spring.
Nunavut is a one-night only program premiering at the Chan
Centre on January 28.
Tickets for the PuSh Festival are
available from Ticketmaster at (604)
280-3311 except for Studies in
Motion, for which tickets are available at the Freddie Wood Theatre at
(604) 822-2678. II
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until January 28
Liz Green
CULTURE STAFF
The ticket may read like Abbott and
Costello meets Dumb and Dumber,
but Urinetown: The Musical mixes
clever humour, a diverse score and
a talented cast with just the right
amount of potty mouth.
Urinetown is actually set in "any
town* as the narrator, a friendly
policeman named Lockstock informs
the audience. The officer sets the self-
mocking, ironic tone that makes this
show so sharp with help from Little
Sally; a befreckled and spunky girl
who desperately wants this to be a
happy and well-made musical.
As the policeman explains, the
town has long-suffered from a severe
water shortage and all toilets are controlled by the Urine Good Company
(UGC), an evil corporate monopoly
that keeps raising the price of using
the public toilet. Bobby Strong, our
hero, leads the rebellion against the
UGC while falling in love with Hope,
who is of course the daughter of the
UGC's CEO.
Puns aren't the only thing that
keeps this musical flowing: there
are countless references to everything from pop culture to classical
philosophy. Even the score of the
show is written with a clear inspiration from classic musicals
throughout the last century, and
the choreography adds to the
humour as whole scenes are adapted from Fiddler on the Roof and
West Side Story. There's a moment
when the owner of Public Amenity
#9 stands on a crate waving the
UGC flag, twistedly mirroring the
classic scene from Les Miserables.
To borrow from the sign outside
the Firehall Arts Centre, Urinetown
is indeed "a love letter to the
American musical."
You don't have to be a musical
connoisseur to enjoy this show. The
brilliance of its tongue-in-cheek style
makes it more accessible to all types
of people. And the cast is superb,
drawing from local talent—including
one my favourite bartenders from
Celebrities—and national theatre
celebrities, including David Adams
as Lockstock, Jay Brazeau as
Caldwell B. Cladwell and Barbara
Basky, a Broadway actress and five-
time Dora Mavor Moore Award
nominee as Penelope Pennywise.
Ryan Cunningham as Bobby
Strong plays the perfect idealistic and
boyishly charming leading man to
Tracy NefFs naive and adorable Hope
Cladwell. In the final song, "I See a
River,* Neffs confident, incredible
vocal talent is reminiscent of some
great Broadway performers, ringing
with a New York jazz club resonance.
On top of the quality performances and the Brechtian brilliance
of the show, this tour de force is
being performed in the most intimate of spaces. The Firehall Arts
Centre took an enormous risk in
staging this show, and the investment has certainly paid off. The
Firehall is a theatre with enormous
potential in the heart of the
Downtown East Side and Urinetown
is a stunning success.
Maybe, as Lockstock warns
Little Sally, you don't want to go
see a musical about how our society is unsustainable, especially one
that doesn't have a happy ending
(they tell you that at the beginning
of the show, so I don't feel guilty
giving it away), but I can guarantee
that you will leave this show smiling and even feeling a little uplifted. And that is the true test of an
awesome musical, il
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Stanley Theatre
until January 22
by Liz Green
CULTUREWRITER
Tale as old as time, song as old as
movie, Disney's Beauiy and the
Beast is being held over for an extra
week at the Stanley Theatre until
Januaiy 22. Performed by a flawless
cast with sharp comic timing and
professional vocal talent, Beauty and
the Beast will bring that magical
Disneyfied sparkle to your eyes as
you relive your classic childhood
memories. The hve show is even
funnier than the original movie and
allows you to get sucked right into
the life-sized staging, which includes
both new songs and old songs rewritten with new verses. For the first
time since puberty I got swept up in
the magic and the final scene left me
gasping *how'd they do that?!* This
show is the perfect way to feel like a
httie kid again and have some good,
wholesome, Disney fun. II
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Stop sending us mixed signals
Since the introduction of the
U-Pass in September 2003, a tripartite battle has slowly raged ,
between Translink, the drivers
and the student riders nervously
clutching their U-Passes as they
tentatively board the bus. To
stick-it-in or not to stick-it-in has
become the burning question du
jour when it comes to getting on
the bus anywhere other than the
B-Line assemblies at the UBC bus
loop and the Commercial Drive
depot.
In May 2005, a Translink report
reviewing the U-Pass program
referred to student complaints stating that "some operators require
students to insert U-Passes whereas
other discourage it, and some staff
are not aware of policies regarding
the U-Pass program."
Nine months later, cardholders still face the same awkward
problem: the importance of putting the pass in the machine
seems to differ depending on
which bus driver is at the helm.
The costly rigmarole involved in
reprinting approximately 43,000
passes distributed to students at
UBC have made the little strip
that records the number of riders getting on the bus very
important to Translink.
Many of us have had our
knuckles rapped or our U-Passes
grabbed before we can deposit
our precious piece of plastic into
the orifice of the grabby electronic farebox. Others have held their
passes out eagerly only to be rudely shooed along by an impatient
transit worker. And still many
more have had to listen to lectures on either side of the debate,
with some drivers testifying to the
importance of recording every
time the pass is used while others
lament the aggregate waste of
time that results from having
every single student punch in.
One of us has even suffered
through a demoralising 20-
minute tutorial conducted over
the PA.
According to many bus drivers, the main reason they advo
cate the "flaish" over the "deposit*
is the time that it takes for every
rider to be electronically registered. According to the 2005
report, 'dwell times'—the excruciating period in which a bus rests
at a stop—are up at routes which
service SFU and UBC.
"Not only does this increase
round trip travel time and result
in a need for additional buses in
some cases," the report argues, "it
also adversely affects schedule
reliability." Think about it: if you
had to sit passively while 3 7 post-
secondary students struggle with
the simple task of depositing a
plastic card the right way 'round,
you'd want to shoo them on in
and get out the stick too.
And therein hes the problem.
"To partly address this issue," the
report reads, "CMBC policy currently permits bus operators at
their discretion to make visual
inspections of U-Passes during
peak hours, so as to avoid extended dwell times."
How are bus drivers supposed to
know when to swipe the pass and
when not to? And with so many opting not to, it seems that Translink's
rider-ship information is badly
skewed. Moreover, how are transit
riders supposed to know?
But just to make things clear,
we are not advocating that
Translink stop trying to find out
how many people take the bus.
But if it's that important to them
they should enforce it. And if the
bus drivers feel scanning each U-
Pass is unimportant then they
should take their petitions to
Translink and not take it out on
us, cause it's pretty hard to tell
just by looking at a bus driver's
face how they'd like us to present
the pass. With the impending
introduction of so-called smart
cards five to ten years in the
future this may soon be a moot
point, but in the meantime, while
the 43,000 thousand of us are
trying to complete our Bachelors,
Masters and PhDs maybe you
could be consistent with your
policy. II
Ask Coach Steph
Dear Coach Steph,
I am having a problem with a
friend of mine. My friend is deeply
religious. The other night we were
watching a movie and she said a
loud prayer when one of the characters swore. She told my other
friend she was going to Hell
because the numbers 666 are in
her phone number. Once she
insisted a homeless man we saw
was Jesus and wanted to give him
fish. I love my friend and want to
address these problems with her
without seeming insensitive to her
rehgious behefs. I also dont want
to hang out with her if she acts like
a rehgious nut. What should I do?
-Alex
Dear Alex,
We can't change other people.
Nor should we seek to, for that
would assume we know what is
right and best for them, when we
really only know what is so for
ourselves. In other words, we can
only change ourselves. The
issues you raise are not at all
about your friend. In fact, she
seems to be dealing with her
challenges in a way that suits her
belief system just  fine.   These
issues are about you and how
being around your friend makes
you feel.
The people who surround you
influence you in different ways,
depending on who you are each
being in relationship to each
other. In fact, we can't not influence the people around us—we
do so simply by being in each
other's presence. It's a two-sided
coin; you influence everyone
around you, while everyone
around you influences you. In the
process of all this influencing, we
all get to know more of who we
are and what we want. As such,
when you and someone you are
around are sufficiently different,
the experience can be uncomfortable because you can't fully support each other to be who you
are.
If you want to fully be yourself
and support others in being so as
well, surround yourself with people you can naturally support and
who can naturally support you in
that way. Surrounding yourself
with these kinds of people is
energy-giving, thereby enabling
you to feel you have an abundant
supply of yourself to share and
give back to yourself. On the
other hand, surrounding yourself
with people who cannot naturally
support you in this way is energy-
draining. It's a very selfless act to
be selective with the company
you keep, and a very selfish one
to allow yourself to hang out with
people that drain your energy
because you will then have less of
yourself to give.
Often as time goes by and we
grow older, we naturally move in
different directions than old
friends and family members we
once shared much in common
with. Though some people you
associate with may not enable
you fully, you don't necessarily
have to cut all ties with them in
order to be yourself. Rather, you
may want to limit the time and
energy you devote to that relationship and stop looking to
them for direction and support if
you see they no longer serve
that role.
However you decide to continue your relationship with your
friend is up to you, Alex.
Whatever you do, know that if
you want to completely be your
natural self and support others in
being so as well, surround yourself with people you inspire you
to be more of yourself every day,
and look less to others who don't.
Ask Coach Steph is a bi-weekly
advice column appearing in the
Ubyssey. If you have a question
pertaining to life management,
career preparation, self
actualisation or just need
general advice email
steph@visionswithoutborders.ca.
Stephanie Tait is a Personal
and Professional Leadership
Coach who works with young
professionals helping them
create the lives and careers they
truly desire.
Streeters
DO YOU THINK THE BUS
DRIVERS ARE CONSISTENT
IN THEIR REQUEST ON HOW
TO USE THE U-PASS?
"I take the 99 B-line and they just
don't look at it."
—Marttxa Yong
Human Kinetics 2
"Yeah. They ask for it, to insert it
into the machine."
Boyan Delev
Psychology 2
"Yeah. They usually just ask you to
flash it at the UBC bus stop and
other stops they usually ask you to
put if in [the machine] which I think
is good because if everyone puts it
in at the UBC stop, it would be a big
waste of time."
—Lauren Toleikis Arts 4
"Not really. They don't really look at
the picture. I could use my friend's
and get on the bus. It's just like a
routine check."
—Horace Wei
Science I
"No. I don't think so because a lot of
bus drivers don't care if I put it in
but one bus driver told me to take
[my U-Pass] off the hook to make
sure it was valid."
—Irene Chiu Arts 2
—Streeters coordinated by
Colleen Tang
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Bogged down by policy
by Tim Louman-Gardiner
Lyle McMahon is currently pursuing
an appeal of UBC's decision not to let
him stand for election to the Board of
Governors. This is a good appeal, as
he's shedding light on a very important issue. I write this letter in support ofhis cause.
First from the small amounts of
research that I've done, I have been
unable to find any authority for the
Academic Governance Officer to
make the decision he did. When exercising administrative authority, an
administrative officer may only take
actions that s/he is explicitly authorised to do. Under the UBC elections
agreement (to the best of my knowledge) there is no authority for the registrar to look at the substantive elements of the nomination, only the
procedural ones. As such, the decision to disqualify a nomination based
on substantive grounds is probably
ultra vires the officer's authority. (I
should qualify this by first pointing
out that I in no way am suggesting
improper motives on the part of the
Academic Governance Officer, nor do
I claim to have an exhaustive knowledge of election rules.)
Second, the rule itself is wrong-
headed, and may even be subject to
Charter review. Section 15 entrenches legal equality regardless of national origin, which this rule would seem
to violate. Sure, the University is only
enforcing a provincial law, but, in
that circumstance, the Charter may
actually apply to the University's
action. Moreover, it certainly does
apply to the University Act, which
appears to unfairly strip international students of rights. Which brings us
to the University Act itself. It's currently written in such a way (by accident) to give the student BoG reps
three-year terms. The current election is proceeding under the assumption that the Act will be amended,
retroactively if necessary. So the UBC
Academic Governance Officer is running the election as a courtesy, based
on the assumption that the act will be
amended. However, no such courtesy
is being extended to Mr McMahon.
He should be given as much a chance
as any other student who wants to
run, even though right now no positions are open until 2008.
I encourage UBC to give Mr
McMahon a fair hearing on this
matter. Any UBC community member should able to have a review of
an administrative decision; particularly one that prima facie unfairly
discriminates against a large segment of UBC's population, international students.
—Tim Louman-Gardiner is a
student rep on the UBC BoG
Fairview an internet void
Anyone familiar with Fairview residence knows that it has a notorious
history for terrible internet access
as it was one of the few residences
only accessible via the University's
wireless network. I Hve in a six-person unit and after two solid months
of complaining, having to hike to
the SUB at 10pm to do homework,
and filling out constant complaint
forms all six of us are more than a
Httie frustrated. Our situation was
so well known that student assistants in IT services started to recognise myself and my roommates by
name when we called.
On November 17 memos were
left on units notifying us that by
December 14 hard-line Resnet access
would be installed in all of Fairview
due to its widespread connectivity
problems. In late November a technician entered our unit and was
shocked to learn that six, not four
people Hve here, informed two of my
roommates that he didn't have
'authorisation* to work on a six person unit, and left We haven't seen a
technician in this unit since and all
the other units around us are now
"wired.* Inquiry calls placed to IT
services has resulted in one employee telling us that if we didn't receive
a hard-line by now we wouldn't, and
another told us that we were *on the
top of the Hst* That was over 48
hours ago.
I'm paying the exact same
amount as anyone else in this complex for a service I'm not receiving
and I'm done being cordial about it
More and more it seems like services
at this university that are meant to
"serve" us, the students, the ones that
are paying to be here, are forcing us
to have to pubHcly embarrass them to
get the bare minimum done. Here's
hoping it works.
—Emily Walker
Arts 2
The future of AMS fees
Dear Mesdames and Sirs,
I write to you in the hopes that any or
all of the candidates running for
positions on the AMS executive will
send an answer to a question that I
deem to be highly important
AMS mandatory fees are currently $33.50. Of that amount, the AMS
General Operating Fee stands at
$12.50, possibly the lowest in the
country. In 1967, AMS mandatory
fees were $29. If the fee had been
indexed to inflation, students would
now be paying $168. If the fee had
been indexed to the minimum wage
in BC, students would now be paying
$ 186. Not only are costs substantially
higher but so is the abiHty of students
to pay.
However, to offset these massive
financial deficiencies, we've aUowed
our student union building to not
only degrade but be dominated by
commercial operations to finance
our service, communication, and
advocacy infrastructure. These businesses now account, for almost 50
per cent of the AMS discretionary
spending. At the same time, they are
turning a profit that is 50 per cent
greater than the operations of any
other student union in the country.
In order to effectively represent
an increasing student population,
provide effective social infrastructure, and continue to provide student
services, the size of the AMS necessarily has to grow. Sponsorship from
Coca-Cola has dried up and there is
only wiggle room of $3,000 on a
$10.5 milHon budget So my question to all candidates for all AMS
executive positions is this:
In Hght of the above considerations, do you support an increase to
the mandatory AMS fees? If so,
under what conditions and if not,
what specific actions will you take to
deal with the concerns I have raised?
—Spencer Keys
Arts 6
Take action against genocide
The 2004 film Hotel Rwanda leaves a
lasting impression on all who see it
It is a timely reminder of the
Rwandan  genocide   that  claimed
about 800,000 Hves a decade ago. It
is also a timely reminder that the
world failed Rwanda and vowed that
the specter of genocide would "never
again" haunt the world.
Despite this, the Darfur region of
Sudan today is an unfolding nightmare replete with unimaginable horrors. Since 2003, an estimated
180,000 people have died and
another two million people have
been displaced. These people now
Hve in refugee camps and struggle to
meet their basic needs.
The Sudanese government is
behind this massacre. Its arm's-
length "Janjaweed" miHtia terrorises
civiHans on the ground while the
strong arm of its aircrafts bomb villages from the air. However we may
characterise the Sudanese government, it is certainly not stupid.
Gauging the reaction of the outside
world, it seems to coldly calculate just
how much it can get away with. That
it is getting away with murder is a
telling comment on the world's
resolve.
In this respect, Canada can do
more to fill the void of international
leadership in this conflict. With
courage, vision, and action, Canada
can send a strong message to
Khartoum that Canadians wiH not
stand for this. Other countries would
no doubt follow Canada's lead.
In this federal election,.let your
candidates know that Darfur is an
election issue. Visit avotefordar-
for.org to see where your candidates
stand, and on January 23 vote for a
candidate that is committed to
Darfur. As the Canadian Students
For Darfur line goes, "let 'never
again' mean something."
—Garrett Johnson
Arts 3
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Federal Election Day - January 23rd, 2006
Remember to vote in the upcoming Federal Election! If you live and vote at UBC, you can
cast your ballot at the following locations on Election Day from 7am-7pm:Gage Residence,
Totem Park Residence, Acadia/Fairview Residence, and the University Chapel. Please vote
in the location closest to where you live. For more information on how to vote, and voter
registrations, see: www.efections.ca.
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AMS Hiring Process Coordinator
Contract appointment - February 6th, 2006 to April 28th, 2006
Part-Time - 20 hours per week 	
Qualifications and Experience '      T
• Ideal for a student wishing to gain experience in the Human Resources field.
• Knowledge and experience in a Windows based computer environment.
• Comfortable in relating and interacting with university aged students.
• Positive, enthusiastic flexible, creative, with a high energy personality
• Organized, detail oriented person
Compensation - $2000 honorarium
Applications should be e-mailed to applications@ams.ubc.ca with the job title included
in the subject heading or hand-delivered by January 27,2006 to:
Gavin Dew, Vice-President Academic & University Affairs,
Chair of the Appointments Committee
c/o Alma Mater Society
Room 238 - 6138 SUB Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1
AMS EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR OF STUDENT SERVICES
The AMS is seeking an Executive Coordinator of Student Services for a one-year
appointment from March 1,2006 to February 28,2007.This position requires a full-time
commitment of about 35 hours per week. Remuneration for the year is $18,668 and is
open to all registered UBC students.
Position Description:
The Executive Coordinator of Student Services is responsible for providing general
supervision and guidance for the AMS Service Coordinators and their Assistant
Coordinators in the effective operation of the AMS Services. The ECSS is also the main
point person between the AMS Executives and AMS Services and participates as a
non-voting member at the Council and Executive meetings. AMS Services include
SafeWalk,SpeakEasy,Tutoring, Sexual Assault Support Centre, Volunteer Connections,
JobLink, Food Bank, Mini-School, and Advocacy.
Duties & Responsibilities:
• Oversee the management and administration of all AMS Student Services and
facilitate the achievement of their goals in a team based and supportive environment.
• Ensure effective internal and external communications and promotional campaigns
for the various Services.
• Act as the liaison between the AMS Executive Committee and the AMS Services,
• Liaise with University Administration on behalf of AMS Services on initiatives,
programming, and funding.
«   Participate in various committees, including the Executive Committee,
Communications Planning Group, Safety Committee, and other duties as assigned
from time to time.
Qualifications:
« Demonstrated team building skills and experience
• Comfortable and flexible in the role of mediator, initiator, and problem-solver
• Strong communications and presentation skills and a sense of diplomacy
• Supervisory/managerial skills with volunteers and employees an asset
• Understanding of workplace safety and equity issues
• Knowledge of the AMS services and resources
Only short-listed candidates will be interviewed for this position.
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, with three
references, no later than Friday, February 3,2006 to:
Executive Coordinator of Student Services Search Committee
c/o Rm. 238, Student Union Building, 6138 SUB Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1 UNIVERSITY TOWN
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The development of Hawthor
Place Neighbourhood has so tar
contributed over $36 million
dollars to the UBC Endowment.
This money will now be used to
support student scholarships,
bursaries, research programs and
academic Infrastructure.
UBC
* UNIVERSITY
BOULEVARD
* HAWTHORN PLACE
* HAMPTON PLACE
* SOUTH CAMPUS
* EAST CAMPUS
* CHANCELLOR PLACE
* NORTH CAMPUS
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South Campus Receives
Board Approval
UBC's Board of Governors
has given final approval for
University Town's South
Campus Neighbourhood Plan.
This follows the GVRD Board
of Directors determination
that the plan complied with
the University's Official
Community Plan.
**We are thrilled by this
outcome and congratulate the
entire UBC team for producing
a neighbourhood plan that
truly leads the region in terms
of its community consultation
program and sustainability
initiatives," said Dennis
Pavlich, UBC Vice-President
External and Legal Affairs.
The South Campus plan
was subject to rigorous
public consultation, which included the formation of the South
Campus Working Group. This consisted of stakeholders from various
community groups and neighbours, as well as representatives of
UBC's faculty, students, and staff. Group members provided relevant
community input and reported to their respective groups on plan
development.
South Campus is conceived as a pedestrian-oriented village in the
forest - a relatively dense development integrated within a wooded
setting. Homes will include two and three-story town homes, four-storey
apartments and 18-storey apartment buildings. A 65,000 square foot
mixed use village centre will straddle Wesbrook Mall and will feature
retail shops as well as professional, institutional and residential space. A
180-suite seniors' living facility is planned, as are a public school and a
community centre.
Artist's rendering of South Campus Neighbourhood Village
Plenty of room for children in the completed Hawthorn Place neighbourhood park
South Campus is the
largest of University Town's
seven new residential
neighbourhoods and will
become home to some 4,000
people in 1,989 residences
- adding a significant work-
study population to the
university.
For further information on
South Campus please visit:
www. university town. ubc.
ca/living_neighbourhoods_
southcampus.php
Hawthorn Place Wears
Completion
The transformation of the
infamous Lot B parking
lot into Hawthorn Place
Neighbourhood is nearing
completion. The UBC
Development Permit
Board has issued the final development permit for the last residential
site in Hawthorn Place. On completion (scheduled for Spring 2006)
Hawthorn Place will consist of 708 townhouse and apartment units
and approximately 1,416 residents. About 20 per cent of the units
are faculty and staff co-development, 30 per cent are faculty and
staff rental, and 50 per cent are market homes. A community centre,
including a daycare, neighbourhood parks and Rhododendron Wood
are important amenities for this new University Town neighbourhood.
Wesf Point Grey \s Not A Parking Lot'
Commuters traveling to UBC are encouraged to respect UBC's
neighbours and not park on neighbourhood streets. Neighbourhood
parking creates problems for residents and businesses by clogging
areas intended to serve residential and daily business needs. The City
of Vancouver's Street and Traffic Bylaw (2849) prohibits non-resident
parking for more than three hours on streets abutting residential or
commercial properties, and offenders can be fined or have their vehicles
towed. U-Pass holders can park at any regional park-and-ride facility
and travel by transit to UBC.
Information regarding travel options to UBC is available at www.
trek.ubc.ca.
Round, ftound~A-Bout We €So
UBC is seeking community feedback on proposed roundabouts for
16th Avenue and associated traffic calming initiatives on East Mall.
Roundabouts were first discussed in the context of South Campus
Neighbourhood planning in combination with narrowing 16th Avenue
through UBC to two lanes. Modern roundabouts reduce the number
and severity of collisions compared to signalized intersections and
old traffic circles. Improving pedestrian and cyclist safety across 16th
Avenue is important for South Campus.
To learn more and provide feedback visit the Campus &: Community
Planning website at www.planning.ubc.ca.
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Community Shuttles
UBG, TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company will launch a
Community Shuttle Program at UBC no later than September 2006.
Community Shuttles are minibuses that work to complement existing
transit service provided by regular buses. While specific details on
routes and schedules are yet to be determined, two community shuttles
operating approximately 5,000 service hours per year are anticipated.
The buses are equipped to carry up to 24 passengers in addition to two
people in wheelchairs. The service will improve access to those areas
that are not well served by regular transit service at UBC, particularly
from residential neighbourhoods such as Hampton Place and East
Campus;
Look for public open houses and opportunities for feedback on this
service sometime in the New Year. Stay tuned for more information at
www.trek.ubc.ca.
UBC shuttle bus circa 1926 (UBC Archives photo)
University Town UBC External Affairs Office 6328 Memorial Road, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2 T: 604.822.6400 F: 604.822.8102 www.unJversitytown.ubc.ca

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