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The Ubyssey Nov 5, 2009

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Last night AMS Council voted against
censuring AMS President Blake
Frederick, with a narrow vote of 17
for censure and 21 against.
Councilor's concerns were most
strongly encapsulated in a five-
minute speech made by Senate Vice-
Chair Geoff Costeloe at Wednesday's
"The actions displayed by the
president, on behalf of this Council
and students of UBC, are a continuation of an aggressive and antagonizing approach that our executive has
adopted," said Costeloe.
Discontent over AMS President
Blake Frederick's professionalism
as president has grown for months
with certain councilors. The final
straw was last week, when Frederick
issued a press release claiming that
the proposed underground bus loop
had been cancelled prior to the university's own announcement.
Last week, TransLink announced
that they could not fulfill their commitment to the project. The AMS
press release made the assumption
that the university was going to cancel the project, accused the university
of wasting millions of dollars and demanded that the university disclose
the total amount of money spent.
In response, UBC President Stephen Toope issued a letter to the
AMS, voicing his displeasure with
the press release and his concern
with the rift in the relationship between UBC and the AMS. This is an
unusual move, as typically Toope
would only contact Frederick or the
"Statements in the AMS October
27 news release regarding the proposed campus below-grade bus terminal were not merely unfounded
and intemperate; they have been
injurious and destructive," wrote
Toope. "These grave allegations
could have a corrosive impact on
your university and its reputation."
Councilors' opinions varied at the
two-hour debate; comments from
alumni and students-at-large were
presented. Current Board of Governors representative and former AMS
President Michael Duncan was concerned that the move would affect
relations between UBC and the AMS.
"These kinds of motions really
affect our ability to negotiate with
the university," he said. "They know
we have a divided council versus a
divided executive."
"I really don't think I can communicate to you how upset [university]
directors were with the AMS," said
VP Finance Tom Dvorak. My personal feelings are not of anger or of
frustration...but of simple honest
However, it was clear that councilors were upset by the press release,
some going so far as to call Frederick
"unprofessional," "arrogant," and his
actions "rude."
Frederick acknowledged in a letter to Council that the tone of the
press release "should have been less
forceful," and took "full responsibility for all comment" in it.
"I believe I have acted according
to the policies and bylaws ofthe AMS
and guidance that was provided to
me," said Frederick to council, adding "to be quite frank, I think the
university should be apologizing for
going ahead with a project that this
council made very clear that they do
not support."
Frederick eventually apologized—
though not formally—for the harsh
tone of the press release and agreed
not to employ the same tone in the
"I think Council has made it clear
that they felt that the tone of the
press release...was inappropriate,"
Frederick said, though he added
"but ultimately Council did support
my actions in sending out that press
release. I think it's particularly important that the AMS, as representatives of students, hold the university
"I think people blow these kind of
things out of proportion and that the
university deals with these kind of
thing all the time," said Duncan after
the motion failed. "A lot of students
oppose this bus loop and [Blake] is
trying to represent the interest of the
society and of students."
Costeloe is skeptical whether
things will change.
"This is a continuation of external
policy that we basically have with
every group outside of it, except for
ones very favoured," he said.
"The [university adrninistration]
prides themselves on being educators and they pride themselves on
being there for students....So when I
see letters from people like that, that
they are disturbed by the way we are
acting, that should be a real wake up
"That's more than a symptom of a
sickness here, that's us fktlining. And
I don't think we did enough CPR." va
—with files from Justin McElroy
1. Strong or vehement expression of disapproval
2. An official reprimand, as by a legislative body of
one of its members.
Censure has generally been used to condemn the
actions of an elected individual even if they are acting
legally and within their rig' '
NOVEMBER 3, 1977
The UBC boar"d of governors publicly censured student
board member Moe Sihota for charging certain
members of the commerce faculty with racism without
having supporting evidence.
FEBRUARY 22, 1979
I »
The student representative assembly voted to censurel
the actions of the RCMP in the recent cancellation of a'
planned punk rock concert.
An excerpt from the motion:
"... this type of interference is unwarranted, and as
such should not be tolerated..."
JANUARY 4, 2005
Council voted to censure the AMS Executive following
the Executive's decision to fire then-General Manager
Bernie Peets. President Amina Rai was also asked to
resign, although that motion failed.
"[Toope] determined that he needed to iane a very
unusual step in writing directly to Council and asking
this letter be passed on. That's not been done before
by a president I've served under here."
"[The tone of] requests on SUB, the Olympics...they're
issued generally in a very curt fashion, they're demands,
they have time requirements on them that are hopelessly
unrealistic." -UBC VP Students Brian Sullivan
Will the proposed UNA
noise bylaw allow
residents to mow their lawn?
Find out on page 3
According to an article published in The
Concordian, research presented at the
Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Edmonton found that the health of Canada's
youth is slowly declining.
The majority of teenagers have at least
one major risk factor for developing heart
disease and stroke, and one in five Canadians aged 14 to 15 has high blood pressure.
From 2002 to 2008 the study monitored over 20,000 grade 9 students in the
Niagara area in Ontario. The study reveled
an increased percentage of obese students
and students with high cholesterol, and a
rise in the number of students with high
risk factors for heart disease from 17 to 21
per cent.
Dr Charles Lucjutras, associate
professor at McGill University, told The
Concordian that although Canadians put
great effort into recognizing the guidelines
for managing risk factors for heart disease
and stroke for adults, their efforts for children are lacking. Bothjutras and Associate
Professor Dr Roland Grad of McGill point
to the need to have all of Canadian society,
parents, schools, individuals and the
government work together to decrease the
number of young people at risk.
A recent article in the Edmonton Sun
reported that students from the University
of Alberta are calling themselves the Sama-
rasekera Response Team in response to
controversial comments made by the university's president Indira Samarasekera.
In an October 21 interview with the Sun,
Samarasekera said that the fact that female
students make up 5 8 per cent of Canadian
universities is concerning and in 20 years,
"we will not have the benefit of enough
male talent at the heads of companies
and elsewhere." Students have launched a
poster campaign voicing their opposition.
Women's studies major Derek Warwick,
who participated in the poster campaign,
told the Sun that her comments were
"pretty uncalled for" and "suggests a complete lack of understanding of our context
The posters featured images that Warwick said were to "provoke some thought"
as well as be humourous. One read
"Women: Stop! Drop! Men: Enroll!" and below "Stop the Femimenace." However, the
posters had a short life. Within 24 hours
they were taken down.
The AMS is hiring an external organization
to determine potential racial barriers that
prevents students from participating in
AMS activities. One example the AMS website cites is the fact that Chinese students
are the largest ethnic group at UBC at 3 7
per cent, but only make up five per cent of
AMS Council.
The chosen organization will conduct a
study and present the AMS with a final report identifying the barriers, and advising
the AMS on how to deal with these issues
and create a long-term strategy to help the
AMS be "more pro-active in addressing
social justice issues within the AMS and
throughout campus."
The AMS is accepting proposals until
November 20, and plans to spend between
$6,000 and $ 12,000 on this project. U
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they were not there-that turned out to be a problem as
the ones they came back with were poison. Pierce Netting, Liselle Law, Jonathan Tang and Kalyeena Makortoff
were waiting for the rest of the party to show-up before
they went in. Ashley Whillans and Vinnie Yuen were next
and had some bottles of red liguid they were handing
out to everyone. They began to have visions of Bryce
Warnes, Stephanie Findlay and Siri Williams, may they
live on forever into eternty. Everyone gathered together
and knocked on the door of a cabin nearby. Kathy Yan
Li and Steven Chua were waiting in the smoke filled
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drums being beat upon by Charlize Gordon who was
so high that her feet did not touch the floor. Everyone
was in a sort of trance and it would be several "daize"
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Q; Will the proposed UNA
noise bylaw allow
residents to mow their lawn?
NO PERSON SHALL CAUSE During the day: over 55 decibels
CONTINUOUS SOUND: During the night: over 45 decibels
OWNERS CANNOT OPERATE   "Between 0800 hours to 1800 hours on any
POWER EQUIPMENT EXCEPT:   weekday or between the hours of 0900 hours to
1700 hours on any Saturday or at any time on any
Sunday or holiday."
News Editor: Samantha Jung
Noise bylaw will not affect students
Others concerned it could be a blueprint for campus-wide restrictions
"The bylaw itself does not deal
with issues between the UNA and
This is the most important issue
for students to understand regarding the University Neighbourhoods
Association's (UNA) proposed noise
bylaw, explained Mike Feeley chair
of the UNA Board of Directors. Despite its UNA specific legislation,
this bylaw is being criticized for its
strict noise regulations and vague
terminology, causing a stir amongst
students, residents and the general
The UNA is a governing body
in charge of residential areas on
campus, and Feeley stressed that
these bylaws do not affect students.
Instead, they are only applicable to
individuals residing in one ofthe five
UNA-governed residences, which
include Hampton Place and Greenwood Commons.
So what exactly are these proposed
bylaws, who do they affect, and how
is the UNA going to go about enforcing their regulations? At this point,
not even the UNA seems completely
"What we have now is a draft bylaw," said Feeley. "It describes how
things will be enforced...if the Board
[of Directors] suggests that we need
to make changes [during the public
consultation process], then we will
do that."
What is known about the UNA
bylaw is that it will govern over
individual residences and facilitate
conflict resolution and discussion
between said residences. The UNA
is currently formulating the rules
and regulations and will bring it to
the UBC Board of Governors for approval. This process, according to
Feeley, should happen in the next
couple of months.
If approved, the bylaw will be
enforced by the UNA's Board of
Directors and an executive governing body. Much like a municipality,
the UNA will be able to act independently investigating and mediating
UNA residents have complained about
children making too much noise on the
40 dB
50 dB
60 dB
70 dB
80 dB
90 dB
quiet room
moderate rainfall
conversation, dishwasher
busy traffic, vacuum cleaner
alarm clock, busy street
From the American Speech-Language-
Hearing Association
conflicts and issuing fines. "With the
amendment of the Neighbourhood
Act in 2008, the UNA gained the
power to create and maintain their
own bylaws, and this proposed bylaw
is an effect of this change," explained
While most complaints have
been manageable through discussion, Feeley emphasized the importance ofthe bylaw as the population
of residential areas continues to
grow. The UNA has 6000 residents,
and the expectation that they operate more like a real municipality in order to mediate issues is
UBC Insiders, a student-run
independent media source, has
expressed concerns over the bylaw,
describing it as having "very broad"
rules, "contradictory clauses" and
"uneven modes of enforcement."
The blog post expressed concern
in regards to the vagueness in the
language surrounding the bylaw.
UNA Executive Director Jan Fialkowski defended the bylaw's somewhat vague terminology, saying that
it was intentional. "Rather than be
specific about playing your radio or
having a live band...the bylaw talks
more about giving people guidelines
about what kind of [noises] are acceptable, and that allows people to
make their own judgement call," she
said. Fialkowski added that the bylaw
is modeled closely after the city of
Vancouver's noise bylaw, but that
the city "has had many more years of
While AMS VP Academic and University Affairs and AMS appointed
director on the UNA board, Johannes
Rebane, could not comment on the
effects that the UNA bylaw might
have on students in the future, he
said the bylaw is in a pretty open
and pretty plastic form at the moment. He assured that the AMS "is
trying to get as much input into the
process as possible before the bylaw
is approved."
There exists the worry that these
noise regulations could turn into a
blueprint for campus-wide regulations and a crackdown on both noise
and school spirit. Bill 13, currently
being read in Parliament, caused a
stir last month. If passed, it would
grant power to the university that
would allow them to restrict and fine
for noise complaints.
As well, fraternities located along
the borders of the UNA residences
have already experienced numerous
altercations with residents living in
UNA buildings.
"It feels as if we are almost being targeted by certain groups to
curb our demeanour," said Mike
Scott, president of UBC's Interfra-
ternity Council. "We are unclear as
to whether or not the bylaw will be
pushed forward into the rest of the
"Depending on how strictly it
would be enforced, a noise regulation on campus could be extremely
detrimental," Scott said. "It would
be shame to see social life at UBC
affected by something like this. It
is difficult to imagine the prospect
of losing an integral part of our culture." tl
The public consultation process is set
to be approved in the new year. For
more information and upcoming public consultation dates visit myuna.ca.
Are you feeling sick? Tell it to the SSC
Students can now declare their absences with the click of a mouse. The
Student Service Centre (SSC) now
provides a space where students can
let all their professors know they are
missing class due to influenza-like
illness, or ILI.
"Basically the student can go in
and declare absence on the SSC, and
that is recorded in the administrative
system so that [Records and Registration] can tell that a student is away,"
explained Jaclyn Mosher, manager
of Business and Systems at UBC's Records and Registration. "The faculty
members or instructors will be notified via the system they use, and then
the student is responsible for letting
us know that they have returned to
Anna Kindler, associate vice-
president of academic affairs, said
that the idea came about as "part of
UBC's pandemic planning approach
for the upcoming year to help prepare for potential high absenteeism
The program, which has been in
the works for the past three weeks,
was available for student use on the
SSC website last Friday. Mosher said
that the program is already being
"The numbers from students
have gone up, from those who have
declared absences," she said, "and
there have been no major issues or
complaints so far."
The self-declaration option has
also assisted the workload of Student
Health Services in managing H1N1
and flu season. "A lot of people come
to us to look for medical certificates,
so we're happy to provide a link to
it," said Patricia Mirwaldt, director of
Student Health Services.
"In general, people who have
been coming in [to Health Services at
UBC], have been mildly ill. We have
been finding that most students who
are ill should be staying home," she
However, some students are skeptical about the effectiveness and ultimate use ofthe program. "I think it's
good because it stops people from
going to school sick, but at the same
time it doesn't change your academic performance. I'm going to miss
the information in class and will still
have to make up, or find alternative
ways of obtaining information," said
Leana Rae, a fourth-year Economics
and Anthropology major. "Unless
professors are going to accommodate due dates for sick students, I
don't know how much this will help."
And this, in fact, has been the case.
"We've definitely been asked to make
concessions for students," explained
political science professor Bruce
Baum. "It could mean rescheduling
exams, it could mean, definitely, taking late papers without the penalties
that I would usually give."
But Baum also expressed concern
over the potential misuse of the
system, which does not require any
medical or doctor's note.
"Obviously, it could potentially be
abused pretty readily, so there's that
concern, that people could just want
to take a day off," he said. "But I guess
we're trusting people and it's a little
bit of an honour system."
Rae agreed. "Lots of students
aren't going to be honest, and I think
it gives them a much easier excuse to
stay home."
Despite potential abuse, the self-
declaration system is still seen as
crucial in curbing the spread of influenza andHlNl.
"UBC believes that this absence
declaration tool is in the best interests of the UBC community. We are
following through on recommendations that students do not visit
health care providers for influenzalike illness symptoms," Kindler
Don't make
against the rules
With Bill 13, UBC may soon have the
power to regulate noise on campus.
While it is unknown what effect this
may have on students, it appears to
be very fortunate for the University
Neighbourhoods Assocation (UNA),
the municipal-like body that governs
market housing on campus. The
UNA has been preparing for this and
is in the midst of a consultation process about a proposed noise bylaw
which could be put in place not long
after the passage of Bill 13.
The UNA has made it clear that
their intention is only to regulate
their own neighbourhoods and that
any rules they might put in place
would not apply to campus at large.
But if UBC wanted to put in place
campus-wide noise rules, it would be
convenient to have an already-written blueprint to model them after.
That would be a big mistake.
The UNA's draft rules are extremely vague. Essentially, any noise
that could be interpreted as a disturbance to someone else is against the
rules. This could conceivably include
evils like TransLink's community
shuttles or crying babies. That's not
an absurd exaggeration. The September UNA board meeting actually
had residents on record complaining
about excessive noise caused by children playing at the playground.
By making eveiything against
the rules, the people who end up
denning what's unacceptable are
the ones who will lodge a complaint
at the drop of hat. That's not a good
idea. Nor is it smart to have nebulous rules, and allow the RCMP to
determine how best to interpret and
apply them. If a set of reasonable
guidelines laying out what noise is
acceptable and what noise is excessive cannot be developed, then putting in broad prohibitions on noise
doesn't solve the problem—it simply
replaces it with a different one.
That is assuming there actually is
a noise problem in the UNA. If people's biggest complaints are concerning the sounds of children at play,
life must be pretty good. The UNA
is also in the process of developing
rules around parking even though a
survey at the beginning of this school
year found that non-resident parking
in the neighbourhoods was not a
Hopefully the consultation process will improve the bylaw but the
end result will probably still be inappropriate for a university campus. If
the UNA wants to adopt it for themselves, then so be it. But please leave
the rest of campus out of it. tl
Neal Yonson is an editor for the blog
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AMS looks at installing
themed housing
Program would group students with shared interests
What if you could live in a residence
with all of your colleagues from the
same faculty? AMS VP Academic
and University Affairs Johannes
Rebane is looking into the concept
of themed housing for students,
which looks at merging everyday
learning with everyday living.
The concept entails taking sections or floors of residences and
applying specific themes to them
so that students who are interested
in the topics can apply for the housing, and have a convenient environment in which they can interact
and learn from others with the
same interests.
Rebane illustrated themed housing as an opportunity to amass students who share certain qualities
and enable them to explore their
interests in a new way.
He sees this as a way to "promote
some of the key strengths we have"
here at UBC, by grouping together
students who share interests that
could range from sustainability to
engineering. The program would
also provide opportune environments for students to create "tangible results in these [specific]
areas," because they will interact
with each other more easily.
"It's about bridging the gap between what you learn in the classroom and what you can learn at
home...as opposed to segregating
[the two]," said AMS Campus Development Commissioner Selena
Rebane noted that right now
residences are typically seen as a
source of "noise, partying and social disruption," when they could
also function to support learning
without taking away from what one
would see in a typical residence.
This is a "university-wide initiative to look at teaching innovation...
What better way [is there] to innovate teaching than to take it away
from just the classic classroom and
" [There is a] university-wide initiative to look at
teaching innovation...What better way [is there]
to innovate teaching than to take it away from just
the classic classroom and bringing it into where
students eat, live and laugh?"
— Johannes Rebane,
AMS VP Academic
bringing it into where students eat,
live and laugh?" asked Rebane.
Rebane hopes that students will
have a convenient place to talk
about their passions, develop networks, and be able to bring those
passions and skills to use post-
graduation. It would also create a
deep culture among students that
is both fun and rewarding.
These shared cultures will
make it easier to connect external
resources and create "more hubs
of interactivity," noted Rebane,
adding that it would be much easier to bring in a professor or guest
speaker on a certain subject than
it would be in a regular residence,
where you have many different students with different interests.
Those who don't live on campus
can also become involved through
guest speaker sessions and other
events put on by the programs.
It's about more than "just learning from your multiple choice exams and...essay questions. You're
being taught the skills to learn in
everyday life," Rebane added.
Shannon anticipates that
students living in a university
residence such as Totem or Vanier
next year may be the first to apply
for an experimental round of the
"There's a big opportunity for us
to jump on board with this," noted
Rebane, regarding the addition of
550 beds to Totem Residence and
the continuous development of
new housing schemes.
Themed housing would not cost
students any more than regular
housing, as it's merely a matter
of shifting the programming to
the resident advisors who already
coordinate housing activities and
making them more focused.
This idea of themed housing is
not a new one by any means. In
fact, UBC seems to be lagging behind most other major universities
in Canada and the US in regard to
its implementation.
Other notable Canadian universities employing similar concepts
include the University of Western
Ontario, McGill University and
the University of Alberta. Though
not all school residences encompass specific themes, many of the
programs share the underlying
University of Toronto Community Development Coordinator
Beth Spilchuk said that the Living
Learning Communities at her campus offer two themed programs: an
Eco House and Scholars Housing,
with the main priority of promoting learning beyond the classroom,
Spilchuk said that the Scholars
Housing "facilitates study sessions,
and is really focused on building
[students'] resumes and applying
for grad schools."
In terms of the success of the
program, Spilchuk said that the
campus "is very academic [and]
I think I could see the Scholars
Housing grow more...and become a larger Living Learning
"The [residences] are pretty
much full and...students are really
enjoying it." tl
UBC did not forget
about the Farm
UBC's draft of the Campus Plan,
officially unveiled in October, did
not include South Campus or the
UBC Farm, and for good reason.
The area has been designated a
separate evaluation and recommendation process under the
South Campus Academic Planning
Committee (SCAPC), a committee
which will give recommendations
and guidance to the university
administration regarding how the
space in South Campus should be
"I think it was very important to
have an academic plan governing
that space," said SCAPC Co-Chair
Andrew Riseman. "My personal
feeling is that academics should be
more involved in the planning process, not that they should remain
Friends of the Farm (FotF) President Andrea Morgan holds similar
sentiments. "The academic and
community objectives of SCAPC
gets back the fundamentals of what
a university does. It also opens up
capacity for having regular and
meaningful consultation, something that is critical in meeting
many stakeholder objectives coming from diverse backgrounds:
learning and research in the public
The committee, struck shortly
after the Board of Governors
requested an academic plan for
South Campus in December 2008,
has already sent out a draft document of recommendations to the
university's Executive Committee
after working out guidelines and
reviewing public feedback. They
worked for four months to develop
a mission, vision statements and
goals they could all agree with.
Riseman believes that the SCPAC's
recommendations have been well-
received, but he is still waiting for
an official response.
Morgan is also optimistic about
the committee's impact on the
Farm's fate. "It's been really uplifting to hear from a large group of
faculty members—representing so
many   different   disciplines—who
are all passionate about the Farm,"
she said. "They're putting forward
ideas that would allow many more
students to get involved, developing new courses, linking to existing
ones, providing more recognition
for volunteer work and self-directed studies on the site."
As it stands, the 24 hectares of
South Campus are currently designated as future housing reserve
under UBC's 1997 Official Community Plan, and this has been
unsettling to Farm supporters, and
arguably the most pressing issue
for members of the SCAPC.
Following the approval of the
South Campus Academic Plan, this
committee will generate various
plans for the area. Riseman explained that the SCAPC will look at
plans for the entire South Campus
area. "The Farm is a core component...but not the only component,"
he said.
While Riseman believes there
are indications that the university
is viewing the Farm favourably, he
said that the situation will remain
in flux until there is a reassertion
of an academic label for the land.
"The future housing reserve is
actually a condition, not a goal," he
said. "What we would recommend
is that condition be removed and
have it established as fully and perpetually academic."
"I am optimistic that we will be
able to help facilitate meaningful
and effective development that allows for the connections between
a productive land base and a residential community. That's what
everyone's goal is—we just have to
talk." %H
"It's been really uplifting to hear from a large
group of faculty members....They're putting
forward ideas that would
allow many more students to get involved."
— Andrea Morgan,
FotF President
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A Plate of Mind: healthy eating and living
On Monday, UBC President Stephen Toope and
UBC Food Services Chef Andy Chan held a cooking demonstration for about a hundred spectators to kick off the university's first annual Thrive
Week. On the menu were caramelized pears and
Vancouver Island goat cheese crostini, and UBC
Farm swiss chard omelette with Qualicum spiced
cheese. Toope engaged in amusing dialogue with
Chan while helping prepare the dishes.
Thrive is a week-long series of events designed
to promote health and well-being at UBC. It is
a project of the UBC VP Students office, and a
ten-person planning committee has been working since July to organize events, explained Hillary
Woo, a Healthy Minds project assistant at UBC's
Wellness Centre.
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features moving discussions
On Tuesday, UBC had its first-ever
Suicide Awareness Day (SAD), part
of the university's wellness and
health week, Thrive.
The UBC Suicide Awareness
Committee planned to have the
event close to World Suicide
Awareness Day, which is on September 10. Patty Hambler, student
development officer, explained
to The Ubyssey that the committee has existed at UBC for about
five years, and is an initiative
spearheaded by Cheryl Washburn,
director of UBC's Counselling
Services. The Committee is made
of 12 members from different organizations on campus, including
Residence Life, Campus Security,
First Nations House of Learning,
Health, Safety and Environment
(HSE) and the Josh Platzer Society.
The event kicked off with a
lecture by Lloyd Craig, chairman
of the BC Business and Economic
Roundtable on Mental Health, on
mental health and the workplace.
Craig began his speech by telling
a brief story of how suicide has
affected his life. His son Gavin
developed depression in 1996,
and Craig lost Gavin to suicide in
August 2 001.
"Though depression seems
to overpower thought and action, ironically, it is precisely by
thought and action that society can
overmaster it," Craig said. Craig
pointed out that depression and
mental health should be an issue
companies pay more attention to.
Depression can lead to days off
from work, poor performance at
work and can end up costing big
dollars for the company and the
economy. "Rule out mental illness
before you rule out the employee,"
he said.
Craig emphasized the importance of research to helping
those with depression. Only with
research will knowledge increase,
and only with knowledge can we
reduce stigmatization ofthe issue.
Craig ended on a hopeful note by
pointing to the progress made on
increasing infrastructure, funding, and awareness of depression
as a physical illness.
Drawing From Life, a documentary by the National Film Board of
Canada, was shown at the Norm
Theatre in the afternoon, providing audiences with real-life examples of people who have attempted
suicide at least twice. The film
documents their 20-week journey
in a group therapy workshop.
The patients' voices are no
doubt powerful in conveying the
pain and frustration of people
struggling with thoughts of suicide. However, the film provides
encouragement—there is help for
those in need and people can get
After the film, a panel discussion concluded the day's events.
One of the most crucial questions
asked was how to help those with
depression or suicidal thoughts.
Arlene Decaire, return to work
coordinator for UBC HSE, introduced the Question, Persuade and
Rescue (QPR) program. QPR is a
suicide prevention program that
provides the knowledge needed
to reach out to someone who may
be contemplating suicide and connect them to resources that will
One clear message was conveyed throughout the event:
knowledge and awareness is the
first step towards prevention of
"Armed with knowledge [about
suicide], you're already ahead of
the game," saidjude Platzer ofthe
Josh Platzer Memorial Fund, va
Every month at her Meet the Dean
session, Dean of Arts Nancy Gallini
interacts with students from her
faculty over free pizza. However,
this month's edition looked at the
controversial article trivializing
rape on campus that appeared in
The Underground last month, and
issues of sexual violence.
Gallini was joined by Dr Becki
Ross, chair of the UBC Women's
and Gender Studies program. Students quickly moved discussion
beyond the future of the controversial satirical publication—review is
still being planned by the AUS—and
onto the culture of rape some feel
is present on campus, or the feeling that issues surrounding sexual
violence are not taken seriously.
Most of the voices heard came
from UBC V-Day, the UBC chapter of
a global movement that focuses on
stopping violence against women
and girls. They are concerned that
the university doesn't report on
rape, violence and other incidents
of this type in order to maintain the
public persona of a safe campus.
This call for a better and more
accurate flow of information was
echoed throughout the entire
meeting. Not only were there
suggestions to use the university
emergency text and e-mail system
to inform or warn students about
attacks, there was support for letting people know about the very
serious long-term effects that rape
and assault have on the victim.
Although Gallini explained that the
emergency broadcast system isn't
controlled by her office, but by the
president's office, she indicated
that there might be a possibility
to have a similar system installed
within Arts.
The meeting ended with the
promise that there was need for
further discussions, events and
publications to turn towards an anti-rape culture. Gallini announced a
follow-up meeting on November 18
to discuss these issues, as well as
other events such as a screening of
a movie about drug-induced sexual
"Though depression seems to overpower
thought and action, ironically, it is precisely
by thought and action that society can overmaster it....Rule out mental illness before
you rule out the employee."
—Lloyd Craig,
Chairman ofthe BC Business and Economic
Roundtable on Mental Health
UBC Campus & Community Planning has compiled the feedback on
Phase 5 of the Vancouver Campus
Plan, a document that will guide the
next 20 years of development on the
university's academic lands.
From October 5 to 22, the planners consulted students, staff and
other stakeholders, holding four
open houses and gathering both paper and electronic feedback forms.
In total, they received 195 forms, 95
per cent of which were submitted
online. Students were the most vocal
reviewers, accounting for more than
75 per cent ofthe feedback.
Joe Stott, director of planning
at UBC's Campus and Community
Planning, said support was strongest for infill development (filling
in space between existing academic
facilities), mixed-used student housing, improving the public realm, and
making the campus more pedestrian
and cycle-friendly Eighty per cent
of respondents were supportive of
creating a more sustainable campus. Agreement ranged from 71
per cent in regards to striving for a
world-class reputation, bolstering
natural beauty, and creating a physically well-connected and accessible
campus. The lowest agreement score
was related to implementation; only
53 per cent agreed that the plan has
clear implementation tools and well-
understood procedures.
Stott added that the Board of
Governors will receive an update
on the Phase 5 work, including the
summary report on the campus
consultations and the draft plan. The
final draft plan will go to the Board
in early 2010 for their final approval.
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From the editors
Back in the early 90s, Conrad Black's Hollinger International purchased a minority stake in the Southam
newspaper chain. The move left the now-incarcerated
Lord with control of more than 40 per cent of Canadian
daily newspaper circulation.
The spirit of those protesters who petitioned against
Big Media domination in Canada then is here today in the form of Media
Democracy Day (MDD). On Saturday, November 7, MDD will take place
at the Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, from 1 lam
until 6pm. Speakers from the respective spheres ofjournalism, academia
and new media industries will advocate for a system that "informs and
empowers all members of society, and enhances democratic values."
At The Ubyssey, we believe an independent press is a key component
in an open democracy. Here in the basement ofthe SUB, we're able to
transmit the news as we see it without any influence from "the management" above. Trust me, we might have massive issues on glossy paper
packed with colourful ads if we were allowed to communicate with advertisers. But we don't compromise our print space for articles that wax
poetic about our business partners just to increase our profit margins.
For our annual Media Democracy Day issue, we decided to take a look
at one of the most profoundly influential forces in our (student) lives. Our
question was: how has the internet and media affected our democracy
today? Our dedicated staff of writers, artists and photographers took the
idea and ran with it. In this issue, you'll read how the Internet is, among
other things, a conduit for underground Iranian music, and an unregulated area for free speech. You'll also read about Vancouver's own initiative, FreshMedia, which is harnessing new media—Twitter, Facebook,
the blogosphere—hoping to wash out the nasty aftertaste ofthe old media
business model.
Thinking about the media may lie outside the average student's periphery. Most days, you might read something on the bus, chat to friends
on Facebook, listen to your favourite online station—heck, maybe even
read a tweet or two. We participate with the changing media landscape
everyday and what it means to the future—today, we hope you do the
—Stephanie Findlay & Justin McElroy
Since the dawn of YouTube, all it takes to
reach massive audiences is a webcam.
Now anyone can amass a following of
disciples who religiously drink in the words
of these newfound heroes. Here is a list
of ten (order of appearance not important)
YouTube celebrities you need to check out.
Why? Because The Ubyssey told you to.
Neil Cicierega—Playing with puppets can pay off.
Neil spoofs Harry Potter with an entire series known as the
Potter Puppet Pals.
Chad Vader—Web series with Darth Vader
operating a grocery store. Exceptionally good production,
with a hilarious storyline.
^_J    Matt Harding—Video game designer travels the
world and dances in countless countries in front of famous
landmarks with the locale.
Kevjumba—Renowned for his commentary on
growing up Asian American. Check out Asians Just Aren't
Cool Enough?, his rant on the Dragonball movie's casting for
the role of Goku.
_y byronfgarcia—A filmmaker whose videos of Filipino
inmates performing songs (most notably, "Thriller") shows
how prisoners should be rehabilitated.
CGEIIiot09—A poster who has somehow captivated
millions with a video of a baby dancing to a Beyonce video.
/       Pruane2Forever—A pre-teen kid with a nasal voice
that critiques music/movies/games. After bashing rapper
50 Cent online, Fitty saw his video and flew him over to
New York to hang out.
Ray William Johnson—A comic who regularly brings
you a dose of the stupidest/funniest videos on YouTube,
alongside hilarious commentary.
^/     Brilliant Woman Solves All of California's Problems—
Her name isn't disclosed in the video, but we do know she
was a former Miss Teen South Carolina. Her economic
stimulus plan consists of boosting your self-esteem. You'll
feel like a genius.
Desdamonaone—An underground hip-hop
artist who is using her song "Too Big For My Skin" to
spearhead an affirmation campaign to increase women's
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Why the internet
is a haven for
emove non-whites via 'Mandatory Criminal Exile' and
Voluntary Compensated Relocation' for non-criminal
cases. It's ethical, humane, and important for the
future of this country." —soneverl, commenting on a
YouTube video about a racist monument in California,
posted five months ago.
Despite the prevalence of hate speech online, governments are doing little
about it. This isn't just about light-hearted critiques of religious education, like
on venganza.org. Or even political right propaganda—check out Conservape-
dia for that.
There are entire websites, channels and forums dedicated to defamatory
activism, and all of them are available to anyone with internet access.
4chan and YouTube are just two of many sites home to racists, homophobes
and misogynists. As a result of unmitigated democratic freedom, the internet
has become a platform for nearly any agenda. With online anonymity, it's
never been easier to express a strong opinion without being subject to the
law. What's troubling
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Matsui, director of
Japanese legal studies at UBC and expert on mass media and internet law,
says jurisdiction of law online is no simple matter. In order for an offender to
be prosecuted within Canada, his actions have to "satisfy criminal statute in
Canada." The prosecutor must be able to prove, beyond all possibilities, that
the defendant is in fact perpetuating a crime in the first place. That's easier
said than done. The intrinsically anonymous and open nature of the internet makes providing evidence for the prosecution a difficult and expensive
The obvious example of this is in the US, where many hate sites are based.
"The US has very strong protection to freedom of speech," says Matsui. The
First Amendment allows citizens of the US to freely express their opinion,
no matter how defamatory. Matsui also noted that an offender can still be
prosecuted if it can be proven that he is inciting violence—but, as in Canada,
making a case can be very difficult, especially considering how valuable freedom of speech is to the supposed epitome of democratic societies.
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FREEDOM of thought is
a valuable commodity toted
by the Western powers, it is
evident that BIGOTRY,
been virtually consolidated
into organized platforms
mass media sites.
Sections 318 and
319 of the Criminal
Code of Canada state
that defamation
(genocide advocation,
hate speech, etc.) is a
criminal offence, and
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hate speech, yet these laws go
virtually IGNORED online
can be very controversial," cautions
Matsui. This was the
case on September 2,
when the validity of
Section 13, under the
Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms,
was publicly brought
into question in a case
between former Canadian Human Rights
Commission member
Richard Warman and
Marc Lemire, web
master of the Canadian right wing website
The former accused
the latter of infringing Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and, as
a result, Lemire appealed that Section 13 undermined his right to freedom
of speech. The final decision—which exempted Lemire from punishment,
despite being found guilty of one act of infringement—is the first time that a
defendant in a Section 13-related tribunal case has won.
While this is a cause for celebration for freedom of speech advocates, the
case—and many others like it—ultimately shows that government jurisdiction
on what constitutes defamation is woefully lacking in clarity.
In this age where freedom of thought is a valuable commodity touted by
the Western powers, it is evident that bigotry, racism, and homophobia have
been virtually consolidated into organized platforms. If we as a society wish to
prevent defamation into this new age, we will first have to decide if unequivocal freedom of communication is an ethical priority in the future. MD
Upstart Freshmedia
questions media reform
Participants at FreshMedia (an interactive "unconference" focusing on media forms) held on October 24. courtesy of freshmedia
Fresh is best...or is it? The first ever
FreshMedia event was an interactive
"unconference" focussing on the
current state of traditional media
and the potential of new participatory media forms.
Held on October 24 at a small
and funky art gallery downtown, at
112 West Hastings, organizers said
that they wanted to draw together
local "media innovators, artists,
technologists, citizens and the online
community to re-imagine media
and celebrate innovation in the 21st
The underlying theme ofthe event
suggested that the future of media is
increasingly within the eyes—and
hands—of the beholder. With the
emergence of webbased user content as credible and accessible news,
the internet has given a voice to an
audience that has historically been
passive consumers ofthe content.
"Something other than pornography is driving the internet," says
Alden E Habacon, manager of Diversity Initiatives at CBC.
New social media forms integrate
one of the most critical elements
that prevented the democratization
of old media hierarchies—citizen
engagement. The increasing popularity of social networking sites like
Facebook and Twitter mean that
what constitutes news is no longer
confined to its six-o-clock timeslot
"Everything is news," argued David
Eby, a former CBC correspondant, at
the conference. "The new credibility
is transparency."
The series of panel discussions
continued this discussion—the camera phone might be the new press
badge, the consumer the new producer, but the injection of freedom
of speech comes at a price because
there are fewer filters there are more
"house hippos" and "balloon boys"
out there than ever before. "Speed
becomes more critical than delivering good content," said Monica
Hamburg, a writer and social media
From there, the day broke up
into    workshops    ranging    from
photography as a form of social
media to appropriation of new music from DJ's to a strangely kick-ass
Capoiera demonstration with veggies and dip. There was a growing
sense in the ongoing discussion that
the line between public and private
is being erased as more and more
people are able to access and broadcast their personal lives, and it isn't
necessarily a good thing. "If you take
out headline news tweets, there are
all mostly pointless babble tweets,"
groaned the local tweeting queen of
Raincoaster Media.
The take-home message was
slightly contentious, much like the
day itself. Becoming an active agent
in the changing face of media might
be easier said than done, as the privileged that have the time and money
to access these mediums.
It's an issue that simultaneously
empowers and subverts the potential for true media reform. This was
well reflected by the aura of affluence
embodied by the hip crowd in attendance which begs the question: who
are the real participants in "participatory media?" MD
Broadcasting politicized tunes
The turntable spins in the radio
room, and standing above it, a
man in his 50s takes hold of the
It's DJ Goulash. His voice
drenched in a thick Manchester accent, he begins preaching political
commentaries and playing political
music with a freedom that most commercial DJs cannot even fathom.
The Ubyssey takes an in-depth
look at UBC's very own backyard to
investigate forms of music censorship, and examines how the internet
is now capable of circumventing
these repressive measures by bringing political music (that commercial
labels and radio stations wouldn't be
caught dead associating with) to the
Meet Andy Hunter: Currently
serving as DJ Goulash at UBC's radio
station, CiTR. He has over a decade
of radio DJing under his belt, with
gigs ranging from community and
college radio in Europe, to stints with
the BBC and Fairchild Radio. As a
man with extensive experience in
the radio business, one word aptly
summarizes his sentiments toward
commercial radio: frustration.
During his time with the BBC
Radio in Manchester, Hunter constantly experienced frustration when
he was restricted from playing music
that had political undertones, or
providing any commentary on political affairs. 'You couldn't even talk
about the Queen!" he complains, "[or
else] you'd lose your job." His stint
at Fairchild Radio (a multicultural
radio channel in Vancouver, Toronto
and Calgary) was hardly an improvement. "No politics" is the phrase that
Hunter uses to define his experience
there as well.
So how does Andy vent his frustration? A healthy dose of the internet
and college radio does the trick.
"Things done in college radio can't
be done anywhere else, because
nobody can tell me what I have to
play," says Hunter.
While Hunter now has a place to
broadcast the music he wants to, one
problem still remains: getting a hold
of the political music that is almost
never available on a major record
So he turns to the internet. The
most politically evocative music lies
buried in the underground music
scenes of their respective genres,
and to access it Andy has turned to
Youtube, Twitter and Myspace. The
internet is not just useful as a place to
get songs; his podcasts are distributed past the radius of CiTR's network
to his various online audiences on
Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Now Hunter lets "the songs
do the talking" in his political
When asked just how important
it is that he can have access to politically uncensored music, Hunter says
"As long as there are dissenting musicians, humanity has a chance." MD 2009.11.05/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/ll
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art gallery
VANIMAUX is a small exhibition that
claims to "explore the Vancouver animal
in its native environment." Some of the
pieces are more relevant to this concept
than others, and subsequently the selections are collaboratively quite weak, if not
a little pretentious.
There are a few gems in here—Dan
Elstone's photography raises some interesting questions about how integral
human objects are in our natural environment, and Judit Navratil's cartoon-like
compositions are a delight aesthetically, if
not a little vacant.
But even with these interesting
works, the overall tone suggests an
uninteresting passivity on the subject—
a proverbial shrug or throwing up of the
arms, declaring the usual sentiments: "Humans have messed up the environment!
Also, we're animals too!"
—Rhys Edwards
Lovestruck: A Romantic Comedy Set in the
Horrific World ofH.P. Lovecraft
If the first thing that comes to mind
when you hear the word "lovestruck"
is mind-crushing terror on a vast
cosmic scale, you may have some
emotional issues.
Or you may be the perfect target
audience for Lovestruck: A Romantic
Comedy Set in the Horrific World of
H.P. Lovecraft.
"I thought, isn't it silly that he
writes horror stories, but his name is
Lovecraft?" asks Andrey Summers,
writer and director of the play's current incarnation onstage at UBC's
Dorothy Somerset Studio. Despite
the verbal similarities, the connection between romantic comedy and
the works of H.P. Lovecraft might not
be immediately apparent.
Lovecraft's fiction is known as
much for its pessimistic view of
humanity's place in the universe as
for the description-defying monsters
that inhabit it. It's a stance that defied the Christian mindset of its day
as much as it does the humanism of
the modern era. So what makes this
sobering vision of reality a hotbed for
romantic foibles?
"It's a satire ofthe ridiculousness of
life and the things that we care about,"
says Summers. "And whereas Lovecraft says, in his stories, that these
things are meaningless and trivial,
Lovestruck says they're meaning[ful]
and trivial—but that's funny."
Set during the Great Depression,
Lovestruck tells the story of Victor
Crancy (played by Chris Schonfeldt),
an obsessive scholar of ancient history, and the attempts of Tammy Lancaster (played by Jessica Lewthwaite),
a small-town flower girl, to woo him.
Before long, dark forces beyond
human comprehension become involved—with hilarious results.
The settings and characters draw
heavily on three Lovecraft stories
in particular—The Dunwich Horror,
The Rats in the Walls and The Call of
The last title may sound familiar
even to those uninitiated to Lovecraft. That's because Cthulhu—an
interstellar behemoth with a face
full of tentacles who draws a cultlike earthly following—has had its
fair share of influence on popular
culture. The mythical beastie's name
tends to pop up in strange places, everywhere from death metal records
to cartoons. Summers stresses the
fact that, despite its arcane subject
matter, Lovestruck will entertain
even those who have no prior familiarity with Lovecraft's fiction.
"We are trying to appeal to a
broader audience," says Summers,
"but not in the way that, say, Big
Momma's House II does."
This production is a "very collaborative" effort, put on by the Players Club—the first official club ever
formed at UBC (established in 1915)
and one that allows students from
all faculties to become involved in
Summers, who completed his
BFA in Creative Writing last year,
says this will be his last production
with the Club. He intends to go out
with a bang.
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"[Audiences] can expect some
guts," he says. "They can expect a big
monster to appear." Regardless of its
setting or theme, Lovestruck is still a
comedy, blending equal measures of
high- and low-brow humour. And it
brings a romantic glow to Lovecraft's
often bleak and generally sexless
There have been some bumps
along the road. Last month cast
members fell victim to H1N1, and
the original lead actor was drawn
away halfway through production by
a lucrative television offer. Is this the
beginning of a Macbeth-style curse?
Is it possible that evil forces are at
"I think so, yeah. But I think that's
good for us. That's what it's about,"
says Summers. "Without evil forces,
we can't bear in mind its theme:
love, which is one of the evil forces
at work." va
Lovestruck plays November 4-7 at at
7:30pm in UBC's Dorothy Somerset
Studio, on University Blvd. There will
be a matinee on Saturday, November
7 at 1:30pm. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students. Visit
ubcplayersclub.com/or more info.
H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937)
was a reclusive author who
barely made enough from
his writing to survive during his lifetime. Nonetheless, his short stories and
novellas served as one of
the foundations for modern
science fiction, fantasy and
Something of a misanthrope, Lovecraft was considered racist and sexist,
even for his own time. That
hasn't stopped his stories
from having a broad influence on modern culture,
with luminaries as diverse
as Alan Moore (From Hell,
Watchmen) and Joyce Carol
Oates {Them, Black Water)
paying tribute to him in
their work.
Struggling with depression and mental illness
most of his life, Lovecraft
created many protagonists
whose interactions with
forces beyond their comprehension led them to
UBC Opera Ensemble breaks free of the nunnery
Audiences can expect to be taken on
an emotional roller coaster at the
UBC Opera Ensemble's double bill
production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicci by Giacomo Puccini.
Suor Angelica is a tragedy about
a disgraced noblewoman who is
living in a nunnery. It contrasts well
with Gianni Schicci, a comedic retelling of a story referred to in Dante's
Divine Comedy. The two one-act
operas, together with a third which
will not be performed, II Tabarro,
make up a trilogy of operas called II
Although slightly more obscure
to those new to opera, they are well-
known and embraced by devotees
in the community. "[They are] very
contrasting, emotionally raw and
intense," said master's student and
soprano Erin Armstrong.
"They are both very much ensemble pieces," said Leah Field, a second-
year Music PhD mezzo-soprano who
will be singing the role of the Princi-
pessa. She added that the audience
can expect to be impressed by the
"vocal prowess ofthe singers and the
ensemble as a unit."
The students of the Opera Ensemble have been hard at work on
these pieces for several months. For
Armstrong, who will be singing her
first title role as Suor Angelica, the
preparation has been arduous.
"Five solid months of preparation,"
she said. "Translation comes first."
When asked how it feels to be singing her first title role, Armstrong was
modest. "It feels great!"
"I really hadn't actually thought
about it until we were talking the
other day because I haven't put any
more importance on the meaning
of singing the character after which
the opera is named as opposed to the
other fabulous women I've portrayed
onstage who are [equally] an amazing part of the opera. But I guess as
far as title roles go, Suor Angelica has
been an absolutely amazing experience for me."
"Vocally it's very challenging,"
said Field. "It requires a lot of dramatic restraint. With the music, it's
easy to get carried away."
Armstrong agreed. "Keeping the
divided focus [is challenging]. To not
delve too far into yourself.. .not allowing yourself to weep. Emotionally...I
don't want to say it's draining because I feel so full and replenished.
[But] it's very intense."
You certainly don't have to be an
opera buff to thoroughly enjoy and
understand the operas, added the
singers. "The emphasis is on real,
identifiable human emotion that anyone can understand [and] the way it's
captured in music," Field said.
Both operas contain popular
songs that even the non-opera fan
maybe familiar with. The arias "Sen-
za Mamma" from Suor Angelica and
"0 Mio Babbino Caro" from Gianni
Schicci are both used often in film
and television to this day.
And for those who need another
pop-culture push through the door?
Gianni Schicci, the comedic piece
of the trio, was produced by Woody
Allen in conjunction with the Los
Angeles Opera in 2008.
Audience members will have
plenty to take away from the pieces,
the two performers promised.
"I hope that the audience is able
to appreciate the full range of very
human emotion presented in these
two pieces, from the pain and grief
oi Suor Angelica, to the love and joy
that Gianni Schicchi closes with,"
said Field. "A general impression
of renewal can be taken from the
movement from grief to celebration,
from death to the union of young
Armstrong concurred. "You never
stop learning with opera." tl
Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicci
will be playing at the Chan Centre for
Performing Arts on November 5-7 at
8pm, and November 8 at 2pm The
production is directed by Nancy Hermiston and will be conducted by Dwight
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Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Mastering the martial arts stereotype
It's the 13th Vancouver Asian Film
Festival (VAFF) this year, and boy
do they have a treat lined up for
you. Abandoned children, panda
mascots, vaginas on vacations and
plain and simple immigration, this
year's films are chosen to "see more
realistic portrayals of Asian North
Americans in film."
In the majority of North American
films and television shows, stereotyping is prevailant for Asian roles;
gang members, submissive females
and martial arts experts. The gritty
films shown at VAFF offer a wider
scope of images of Asians living in
modern North American society.
Despite its successful run of over a
decade, the VAFF had a very humble
start. The founder of VAFF, Barbara
Lee, was inspired by the Seattle Asian
American Film Festival in 1995, and
wanted to bring a festival of the same
flavour to Vancouver. From there,
she embarked on a project with the
help of several other media artists
and friends. With no government
funding, just sheer determination,
the first VAFF made its debut in
September 1997 at Robson Square
Conference Centre.
Tammy Tsang, the media and
marketing director of the festival,
talked about UBC's involvement.
"UBC is full of bright minds and activists of the future," she said. 'VAFF
would like to tap into this and hopefully trigger the passion in some of its
students to carry on the groundwork
VAFF has already done and move it
into the future." In collaboration with
the Asian Canadian Cultural Organization (ACCO) on campus, they had
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a Mighty Asian Moviemaking Marathon (MAMM) held at UBC.
Tsang said that films from Asia
are not often as relatable to an Asian-
Canadian. To bridge that gap, most
of the films shown at the VAFF are
stories about the Asian-Canadian
experience. Primarily from North
America, these documentaries tell
stories about the Asian-Canadian
community. "Films used to be mainly about identity crisis, living in two
worlds, now it is much broader and
the Asian culture perspectives and
stories continue to evolve....It is very
exciting to watch and have someone
capture this evolution that we are
all experiencing, but find it hard to
Despite the common perception
of filmmakers as kooky, creative
characters, Tsang says probably "80
per cent of VAFF filmmakers and
organizers have degrees in law, business, education, science, political
science," but were looking for ways
to express themselves and to impact
the world in some small way.
One of the headliner documentaries to look out for this VAFF
is Whatever It Takes, directed by
Christopher Wong. The film is a raw,
realistic portrait of the struggles and
triumphs of a talented but troubled
ninth-grade girl, Sharifea Baskerville,
during her first year at the Bronx
Center for Science and Mathematics.
The personal stories of her school's
students and staff bring attention to
the themes of school reformation
and the "need for educators, parents
and policy makers to prioritize the
transformation of the public school
systems so that all children can
receive a quality education," something almost everyone can relate to.
So go take a look, there's definitely
something for everyone at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, asian or
Vancouver Asian Film Festival runs
November 5-8 at the Cinemark Tinseltown Theatre. For more information
about film schedule and ticket prices,
go to vaff.org.
UBC Professor Gillian Jerome is the author of Red Nest, courtesy of harbour publishing
Politics and poverty with Gillian Jerome
Nightwood Editions and Brick
Books hosted a poetry book launch
at the Vancouver Heritage Hall featuring UBC's very own Professor Gillian Jerome, as well as Joe Denham
and Chris Hutchinson, with their
books Red Nest, Windstorm and
Other People's Lives, respectively.
The hall provided an air of class and
sophistication; it was the perfect
environment for the launch. Wine
glasses, empty and full, decorated
the hands of the various attendants,
a crowd drawn mainly from friends
of the authors, local intelligentsia
and artists. The first half-hour of
the event was devoted to mingling,
which allowed The Ubyssey to pull
Jerome aside for some insights into
her latest work.
Those who enjoyed Jerome's Hope
In Shadows collection, a series of
non-fiction stories written by residents of the Downtown Eastside
about their personal experiences,
will be pleased to find that Red
Nest includes political references
that relate to the poverty that is
prevalent in Vancouver. Jerome
revealed that "there is a sequence
about light that relates to the
Downtown Eastside," as well as
a "poem called Epilogue for the
people [she] worked with on the
Hope In Shadows book."
However, with this book Gillian
shared that she wanted to include
more universal themes such as
"violence, war, poverty, love and
domesticity, neighbourhoods and
the importance of community."
Jerome writes on these topics using
otherworldly imagery, serving as a
tool to examine "how the mythological is woven into our daily lives," she
An introduction was given by the host
of the event, Brad Cran, Vancouver's
poet laureate, and Joe Denham took
the stage to begin reading an excerpt
from his new book Windstorm. As a
fisherman from the Sunshine Coast,
Joe's reading revolved around environmental problems that he observed
on a day-to-day basis by vividly describing visions that he had during a
severe accident involving a table saw.
Gillian Jerome went on the podium next. True to her word, poems
from Red Nest examine a number of
universal themes, many of which are
existentialist in nature, and deal with
life in times of great adversity.
Chris Hutchinson took the stage
last. As a former resident of Vancouver, the poetry in his work Other
People's Lives revolved around much
of his day-to-day experiences here in
the Lower Mainland, ranging from
the good natured to the dramatic.
With the launch of the Olympics
nearing, and the Campbell administration's controversial stance
towards  arts  funding,   this  book
launch certainly carried a political
tone to it. Brad Cran said that "it's
time to stop thinking of investments
in the arts as a hand-out...it's an
industry...we just want to be taken
care of in the exact same way that
other industries are."
Chris Hutchinson shared Cran's
sentiments, as he stated that "[Vancouver is] becoming a really unaffordable place to live for artists....I
didn't consciously set out to lead a
subsistence [lifestyle] beneath the
poverty line, it's just what happened
to me and so I wrote through it...the
importance is to write through it all."
When asked to give a direct quote
about the Campbell administration
he laughed. "There's nothing I can
say thatyou could print."
Future book launches and other
literary events can be found on
harbourpublishing.com. If you have
an interest in the literary arts, you
should definitely check these events
out. But the bottom line is that these
occasions mainly cater towards the
literary crowd. Be prepared for some
deep thoughts, or at least endless
grumbling about the government, va 2009.11.05/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/13
The UBC Football team retroactively wins another
game—but still finishes out of the playoffs
In an embarrassing spectacle for the Canada West Conference, the Manitoba Bisons football
team was forced to retroactively forfeit five games from the beginning of the regular season and
have been stripped of three wins. The decision followed the revelation that the Bisons' wide receiver Julian Hardy previously played in the CIS in 2001, before being suspended for four years
following a doping violation. As a result, Hardy was no longer eligible to play in the CIS. The
decision changes UBC's record to 3-5 on the season (two of the wins coming by retroactive
forfeit), but still out of the playoffs—UBC lost the 4th place tiebreaker to the Regina Rams.
The man behind the mask: Francois Thuot
The Thunderbirds starting goaltender has always thrived between the pipes
When Frangois Thuot was young, he
always screamed for his parents to
flip back to hockey if they dared to
channel surf. He forced his parents
to stop the car whenever they drove
by an ice rink just so he could watch
the game.
From the moment he could walk
and hold a stick, Thuot was hooked
on hockey.
Thuot loves hockey. He loves
stepping onto a clean sheet of ice
after the zamboni has washed away
the grooves and chips from the last
period's battle. He loves the blue
paint of the crease; it means that
it's his crease and Thuot owns that
From post to post, goal line to
crossbar, Thuot, the man behind the
mask, is all that stands between victory and a flashing red light.
"It was a passion right from the
start for me," said Thuot.
"For me, my plan is so set to go
and just keep playing hockey and
that's what it's been all about my
whole life and that's still what I want
to do."
Thuot joined his first league team
at age five. He played Major Junior
hockey in the Ontario Hockey League
for the Barrie Colts and Saginaw
Spirit. Now, Thuot mans the crease
for the UBC Thunderbirds and is
looking to capture a championship
for the home team.
The Thunderbirds have started the
season with Thuot in net, and has already shone, with a 2.61 goals-against
average and a .912 save percentage.
The team is depending on him to be a
large part of their push for the playoffs
and hopefully a CIS title.
"I know we can do it," said Thuot.
"If the team is healthy and we believe
in ourselves, we can do it. I think we
can do it, because that is what I want
to happen and we need these four
points this weekend big time, if we
want to make the playoffs."
Making the playoffs is essential
for the Thunderbirds this season and
top priority for Thuot. He is hungry
for the win, and won't be counting
just on luck to get the team there;
although a little doesn't hurt.
"I had lucky socks for the playoffs,
like my grandpa used to wear," said
Thuot about his past lucky charms. "I
had a lucky tie for a long time. "Most
likely, if I am wearing a shirt and we
are losing two games in a row, I am
never wearing that shirt again and
if I am wearing a shirt and we keep
winning I am probably going to wear
it day after day to the game."
One thing Thuot always wears is
his mask. Painted in Cujo-style with
the head of a wolf, jaws open bearing
fangs, the UBC puck-stopper wants to
send a message to his opponents: the
puck stops here.
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The mask is the same he wore in
the OHL, and has a quirky history.
When Thuot played for the Barrie
Colts, it was the first time he was able
to get a painted mask.
"I've always loved it," said Thuot
when asked of the design. "All my
career, the paint was too expensive.
Then the mask was stolen when I
was playing a game in Sudbury and
I had to get the mask made the same
Thuot will do everything this season to help his team win. He may
even score a goal.
"I'm still working on that. My shot
is not good enough to get the puck all
the way down there. Maybe the NHL
guys can do it, but I am still working
on it."'(J
It's door-die for UBC soccer teams
Both have to win their first game at
the conference championships on
Friday to advance to the CIS National
"Overall I think we treat it like every
other game," said men's head coach
Mike Mosher, as he looked ahead to
his team's semi-final game against the
Alberta Golden Bears (7:30pm, Thunderbird Park). "There's nothing we can
do or not do in practice to change that,"
said head coach Mike Mosher.
UBC (10-3-1) won the rights to host
the Canada West Final Four by finishing with the top regular season record.
The T-Birds split their two game season
series with Alberta (7-3-4), with both
teams winning one game by a score
of 1-0. The winner on Friday faces the
winner of the Trinity Western—Victoria match in the gold medal game on
Mosher's team has won all seven
home games this year, shutting out
their opponent in every game, and he
points to that as a reason why the team
is confident entering this weekend.
"There's an advantage. We're in
comfortable confines, we're one of
the only teams that play on turf. The
players are used to ft we practice on it
every day...we're confident"
Meanwhile, the women's soccer
team will be in Langley at Trinity Western University, where UBC (8-2-4)
have a semifinal match against the
UVic Vikes (9-2-3) to determine
which team will make the national
After a slow start to the season that
saw them as far back as ninth place
at one point the Thunderbirds have
won six straight games to end the
year, and finished in third place in the
"I think we've done a pretty good recovery job," said women's head coach
Dick Mosher. "We've done it primarily through team defence, we haven't
given up a goal in our last three games,
so if we can add a few goals to the defensive effort, we'll be fine."
For those goals, Mosher will be
counting on rookie forwards Janine
Frazao and Rachael Sawer to provide
the bulk of the offence, as the two
scored 15 of UBC's 30 goals during the
"It's always tough, in the playoffs
for first-year players, they haven't been
there and experienced there before,
but the team has a lot of confidence in
them, and I expect that they'll step it up
even more."
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UBC vs. Alberta
7:30 (a Thunderbird Park
UBC vs. UVic
3pm (?) Trinity Western
Thunderbird Park will be the nation's hotspot for women's rugby
this weekend, as UBC hosts the CIS
The No. 9 ranked Thunderbirds had
an automatic berth into the championship by being the host team, buthave just
come off an impressive Canada West Fi-
nalFour, where theynarrowjy lost 19-15
to Alberta before defeating Victoria 46-0
in the bronze medal game.
"We've struggled to find consistency this year but at the same time
have shown in stretches that we're
capable of playing fast, exciting, aggressive rugby and playing with the
big teams," said UBC head coach
Lesley McKenzie.
UBC is one of six teams in the tournament, along with two-time defending champion Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The Thunderbird Women's field
hockey team looks to take its first
national championship since 2006
this weekend. They enter the CIS
Championships as the No. 2 seed.
UBC finished the regular season
with a 10-2 record, and finished
first in the Canada West conference.
The team will play four round-robin
games from Thursday to Saturday,
with the top two teams from the five-
team tournament advancing to the
gold medal game on Sunday, tl
Thursday-Sunday (?) UVic
Friday-Sunday (?) UBC
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On Monday
Why the Liberals lost support
and how they can get it back
Ideas Editor: Trevor Melanson
Avuncular Readership,
This dreary season has left us
pining for summer, and we must
confess to a degree of weariness
as a result. If you're in the same
boat, though, never fear; the colder
weather provides a more plausible
reason to huddle, and everyone
knows warm nights by the fire are
synonymous with romance. If you
must venture out, it's likely you'll
find a den mate or three willing to
keep you company through the hi-
bernatin' season. This issue's letter
is about just such an endeavour.
for the first time last week with a
bunch of friends. Long story short, I
ended up drunk and made out with
a few really hot girls throughout the
course ofthe night. I had an amazing
time and can't wait to go back to Pit
Night to see if those girls are there
again, but my friends are trying to
stop me. They think the other girls
weren't lesbians, and that they were
only kissing me to get away from
the really creepy guys on the dance
floor. Do you think this is true? Do I
have a shot, or am I just being used
as a convenient cock block?
—Pit Is Terrific
Hey PIT,
First off, let's say that sussing out
a same-sex smooch buddy when one
is not at all homosexually-inclined is
a pretty roundabout and unlikely
way to avoid the leers of that nearby
creeper. That said, it's not entirely
implausible, so let's consider the
The Drunk/Opportunistic Straight
Girl is one of the phantasms that
haunts relationship-minded lesbians the world over, as well as
presenting yet another stigma
needlessly attached to the bisexual-
identified. But the question is, PIT,
are you relationship-minded?
What are your goals for seeking
these girls out, or attending Pit Night
in the first place? It sounds to us as
though you are out to meet people
and have a good time, and regardless of the potential orientations of
your make-out sesh sweethearts, it
appears you've been doing just that.
Even if they are just using you
to avoid being undesirably hit on
(which, as we've said, seems a trifle
unlikely), what's the harm? They get
protection from icky dudes, you get
a hot lip-lock, and everyone goes
home happy.
There are worse things out there
than getting to make out with hot
babes whose sexual orientation may
usually take them off the Rug-Munch
Cafe menu. As long as you're aware
that everyone who makes eyes (or,
in this case, mouths) at you is not
necessarily in for the long haul,
you're safe from heartbreak. Who
cares which team she bats for if you
can focus on enjoying yourself?
Please also keep in mind that,
like gender, sexuality is increasingly recognized as less binary
than traditionally believed. After
all, PIT, when was the last time you
were attracted to a woman solely on
the basis of her gender? For some
people, gender and/or physical sex
can serve as a classification system
whereby some potential mates are
summarily eliminated.
For many others, however, this
isn't the case. In your situation, the
question is not whether the girls
you made out with are always and
ever into other girls (i.e. identified,
true-blue lesbians); the question is
whether they are into you. Are these
girls simply grabbing on to the first
safe-shelter in the horny boy storm,
or did they pick you out after a chat
and a laugh? If so, we guarantee it
will not be on the basis of either
your female parts or your womanly
modes of social construction, but
rather on other ways you present
yourself, like style, sense of humour
and conversation.
PIT, the bottom line is when in
doubt, ask. The next time you're
pressed up against some girl you
met at the bar and you're wondering whether or not she might be
into something longer-lasting than
the time span it takes for you both
to get out of breath, come up for air
for a second and ask her if she'd like
to give you her number and go for
coffee sometime soon. That way you
can discuss your intersecting sexu-
alities at a soberer time, and thus
forestall any misunderstandings
owing to your mutual inebriated
states. Also, if she tries to make out
with you again in a coffee shop, her
motives are more likely stroking her
own flames of passion than dousing
some boy's trouser fire.
That's all for this week, friends. Send
your tawdry letters to toosexy@ubys-
sey.ca. tl
Where do you get your news?
'Web news,
newspapers....! get
the Sun every
day..and then I
also check msn
com.Twitter and
Facebook aren't
where I find that
kind of news, that's
more like people
news....Honestly the
first thing I read
is celebrity news
cause it's more
entertaining, then
it goes to global,
international news."
Carmina Tang
Human Kinetics 4
"Usually it's msn.
ca and the newspaper, like the
24...Usually [it's
easiest to get my
news from] my
laptop, because
I'm usually on it
doing work....[Social
networking sites]
are here-say,
they're not really
reliable. You'll hear
it and then you'll
research it, you
won't necessarily believe it right
"Most of my
news would come
from blogs....
Usually if I have a
topic that I want
to research.J'll
do a series of
searches, try
to figure out a
bunch of different
perspectives on it.
That's one of the
advantages [of]
modern media....
There is no one
place that I rely
on...to tell me the
entire truth."
Krysta WUark
Science 2
"I usually read all
my news on cbc.
ca...{\ use the web]
mostly because
it's paperless, less
trees...also it's
definitely easier for
me to get to."
Kefey Allen
Science 2
"Since I commute
to school I usually
get my news from
The Ubyssey, 24
and Metro since
they're avalible
on my commute to school....
Usually if I'm using
my laptop I have
other things to
do on my laptop
whereas when I'm
commuting in the
morning there is
nothing else to do
other than read
the paper."
-Coordinated by Tara Martellaro with photos by Chibwe Mweene
Does Frederick deserve
the benefit of the doubt?
A motion to censure an AMS President has not come to Council in nearly five
years. That alone should tell you how serious last night's debate was.
Make no mistake, what President Blake Frederick has done is serious. In his
eight months as president, the relationship between UBC and the AMS—and
therefore students—has gone seriously downhill. A poorly thought-out press
release wasn't significantly worse than anything else our president has done,
but it was the cherry on top of the Sundae of Suck that has been his leadership.
When Stephen Toope, the president of UBC, sends out a letter that is so
sharply worded that people say they've never seen him this angry and disappointed, you know things have been bungled.
Council realized this. To their credit, most all of our student leaders were
worried how students would perceive this and whether the relationship
between the AMS and UBC was irrevocably damaged for the rest of the
year. They realized they had a public relations debacle on their hands. The
vast majority realized that the press release was wrong. The question was
whether a formal censure would make their disappointment clear, or would
cause more problems than it would solve.
In a case like this, it would seem that a formal apology, or retraction of the
press release, would be a public show of grace and humility, not to mention
a compromise. It would get the message across without going to extreme
measures. After all, Council forced VP External Tim Chu to pull back an
overly-partisan report card that was issued on the provincial parties during
the May election. They could have done much the same thing here.
But Frederick refused to issue a formal apology and refused to issue a
second press release. Moreover, he said that the university should be apologizing. Council wanted him to show some formal contrition.
Instead, he said he was sorry about what happened—not formally, mind
you. He said he "would take this very seriously." He said he would change.
He said: Trust me. And Council said: Okay.
Is that really wise? Because thus far, under Frederick, if the AMS has had
a chance to embarrass students or damage their relations with the university, more often than not, they have.
They spent $ 19,000 on advertisements in 24 Hours newspaper. They've
misled students in leaving CASA. They've squandered any chance of students
playing a meaningful role of making sure the Olympics doesn't cause undue
disruption to this campus in February. They've alienated countless university
officials and put into jeopardy negotiations for a new SUB. In the choice between making a political point or building up relationships for students, time
and time again Frederick—and Chu—have chosen to make a political point.
The bus loop was cancelled. Students had won. There was no need to thumb
the university in the eye. But Blake did. Again.
A few councillors claimed that while what Blake did was very stupid, and
while what he has done in the past has not been helpful, censuring the president would make the AMS look weak and divided, and damage relations
with the university further.
Well you know what? The university now knows that the AMS is deeply
divided, and that many councilors have no faith in their president. They also
know that they let the juvenile press release stand. You think that makes the
AMS look stronger?
There are the continued negotiations to build a new SUB for students.
There is a possible federal election. And there are the Winter Olympics,
where literally hundreds of millions of people will have their eyes on UBC,
and Frederick will be in his final month as AMS President, unencumbered
by having to deal with repercussions. Just saying.
There are plenty of more chances for President Frederick to embarrass
the AMS and embarrass the student body. Council decided to trust him, rolling the dice just one more time. So, if Frederick makes another gaffe, it's on
you, councilors, tl 2009.11.0 5/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/l 5
This is their
campus, not ours
Perhaps the banner on the clock
tower, the university's slogan, tuum
est (it is yours), might give you the
impression that this campus is ours.
The problem is, it isn't.
The last few weeks have seen
interesting developments for the
future of this campus. The underground bus loop has been scrapped.
We've also had our last opportunity
to have our say about the University
Campus Plan. However, if the recent
events somehow lead you to believe
that we've somehow acquired the upper hand in Electoral A, you're still
mistaken, as this will always be their
Now, your education is yours, yes,
after you pay for it, but this place we
call campus is not. To all of those
who are writing down my e-mail address, about to send an angry letter
(I dare you, you phlegmatic bunch), I
ask you to take a step back and look
at UBC as a whole.
First, who exactly are we, the
students? We're individuals who decided to spend four or so years at this
geographical point on a peninsula,
far removed from the city, hoping
to learn something about the world,
hoping to receive a piece of paper
(and hoping that it will get us a respectable job). So, where do we go after this excursion? We leave, and with
it we enter adulthood, completing
the metamorphosis that begun when
you entered preschool in 1989. The
reality is that university from our
perspective lacks permanency.
A question to the third-, fourth-
and fifth-years: How many of you
still hang out or associate with the
people you thought were cool and
hip from your first year? How many
of you were the campus animals getting involved, running and attending
beer gardens, or campus parties, but
now just live off campus with an increasingly insular group of friends?
And really, how many of you soon-to-
be graduates want to associate with
that insular group after university?
Now, I don't know about you, but I
don't see myself hanging out with
the gang, or even staying in this city
after I finish. Regardless of whatever
reason you come up with, this campus is temporary. People move on,
and nobody wants to be known as the
campus Van Wilder.
So whose campus is it? It's the
people that The Ubyssey complains
about twice a week. This campus belongs to the workers, Stephen Toope,
Campus Planning, Gordon Campbell's bachelor pad, and of course the
University Neighbourhood Association. Let's be honest with ourselves:
The groups mentioned have to live,
work and walk up and down Main
Mall, cursing at Plan Ops in the rain,
just like the rest of us. But they'll be
doing it indefinitely.
Meanwhile, you leave for that
graduate school in Amsterdam, the
place you've become infatuated with
since your third year. A few of us go
on to teach English in Asia or work
for an NGO in Africa. While others,
who are just content with graduating,
move back to Grand Forks.
Ultimately, the campus is their
vision; we're just their peer review.
The question is now, for the next
decade, how to unite as one voice to
use our temporary mandate for the
most desirable outcome. During this
decade, we've seen two very distinct
ways of answering this question.
Some, after having campaigned
under the guise of populist slogans,
have become the aclministration's
parrot on all issues concerning UBC.
While others, who employ a more
successful tactic, have resisted the
university. The parrots may have ultimately won the battle in controlling
you, the student population in council, but the resistors won the war. The
underground bus loop is a distant
memory, the knoll is intact for future generations, and the University
Boulevard project never materialized. Meanwhile, the parrots only
produced hysterical grandstanding
on their VFM blogs. How's that war
on fun going, again?
To those who believe that this
campus is equally shared and not
dictated from above, this message is
for you: Its time for you to stand up,
take action, get out there and break
some glass. Tuum est. tl
Who exactly are we,
the students? We're
individuals who
decided to spend
four or so years at
this geographical
point on a peninsula,
far removed from
the city, hoping to
learn something
about the world,
hoping to receive a
piece of paper.
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