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Array Drinking our essence SINCE 1918
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UBC turns
off the
Popular campus watering-hole Koerner's
Pub has had its liquor license revoked
since Friday, March 26. To find out more,
turn to PAGE 3.
Last Wednesday, UBC President Stephen Toope announced
what the university calls "aggressive new greenhouse gas
emissions targets" for UBC's
Vancouver campus.
The goal is to reduce GHGs
an additional 33 per cent from
2007 levels by 2015, reduce
them further to 67 per cent
below 2007 levels by 2020
and eliminate 100 per cent of
GHGs by 2050.
"As a leading research university, we believe it's important to set ambitious standards to address the realities
of climate change and show it
can be done," Toope said in a
press release.
Twelve UBC scholars have
been appointed Canada Research Chairs (CRCs), giving
the university more resources
for research in neuroscience,
economics, psychology and
cancer screening, among other fields.
The chairs, which consist
of nine renewals and three
new appointments, are valued at $11.4 million. UBC
now has 175 CRCs, the second-largest of any post-secondary institution in Canada.
Students at the University of
Alberta will see a $290 increase in non-instructional fees starting next year, reported The Gateway.
The fee increase was reduced from the Board of Governors' initial proposal of
$550. The university proposed
this increase in anticipation of
a $59 million budget deficit.
The initial proposal resulted in
outcry from students, including
a protest last week.
Despite higher ridership numbers, TransLink is still seeing
red—falling short $68 million.
The deficit comes despite
a $36 million cut from their
budget, and the company's
spokesperson, Ken Hardie, said
that they are dipping into the
Annie Yun, who was recently elected as Public Relations
Officer (PRO) for the Science
Undergraduate Society (SUS)
resigned shortly after the
The Elections Committee
has ruled that Yun's position
will be filled temporarily "after a two-week advertisement
of the vacancy," and filled permanently during the fall undergraduate elections. 2/UBYSSEY.CA/E VENTS/2010.03.29
MARCH 29,2010
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&MEAL* Like to play music?
Just want to listen? Looking
for a sense of community?
This is for all members of the
UBC community who want to
have a good meal and great
conversation. All meals are
home-cooked and are vegetarian-friendly. • Every Monday,
6:30pm-8:30pm, Chapel of
the Epiphany (6030 Chancellor Blvd), for more info e-mail
STORM THE WALL 2010 • North
America's largest campus intramural event. Be a part of the
event that defines UBC. Men's,
women's and CoRec teams of
five will compete in a swim,
sprint, cycle and run relay before storming over one of two
12-foot walls in the heart of campus. Individuals may also complete the entire relay themselves
in the Iron Person categories. •
All day until Apr. 1, $40 team, $10
individual, for more info go to rec.
PLUNGE! • Twelve new plays by
emerging Canadian playwrights
presented over two nights. •
Apr. 7-11, 8pm (2pm on Apr. 11),
Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, $10 general, $5 student, for
more info call (604) 822-2678.
Come to the fair at the SUB
South Concourse to check out
volunteer opportunities. Over
30 organizations and on-campus clubs are participating in
this fair. • 11am-3:30pm, SUB
south concourse.
trusty steed and cruise up
to campus for a big, warm,
friendly Bike Co-op greeting.
The weather is turning from
great to greater so how better to celebrate spring than
on two wheels? Bike checks
will be available at our commuter station tent to make
sure you're riding safe, along
with free coffee and breakfast goodies! • 7:30am-11am,
University blvd.
UBC School of Population and
Public Health presents L'S
Health Reform (This Time for
Real?): Prospects and Lessons
for Canada. Students, staff, faculty and the community are welcome to attend this free public
lecture by Dr Elliott Fisher, Director of Population Health and
Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. • 5pm-6:30pm,
room LSC2, Life Sciences Centre, with a wine and cheese reception 4pm-5pm at the atrium,
RSVP to the reception at sylvia.
froese@ubc.ca, for more info go
to spph.ubc.ca.
This auction features only the
bestofthebestatUBC. We're
talking smart, involved, athletic and drop-dead gorgeous. It
will feature the Science Undergraduate Society, Mr Vanier, the Alpha Phi Women's
Fraternity and the Gamma Phi
Beta Sorority. Win a date at
Dot Desserts with desserts
and drinks on us, and free cover to our afterparty at Republic
Nightclub! All proceeds will
go towards the Heart of the
City Piano Program (HCPP).
• llam-lpm, SUB Ballroom.
LANGUAGE POLITICS, AND COLONIAL HYDERABAD • This talk examines the work of Muslim
writers, literary critics and
intellectuals in the southern city of Hyderabad. There
they founded the first vernacular university of modern
India, Osmania University,
using Urdu as the medium
of instruction in all subjects
from History and the Humanities to Medicine and the Sciences. The work of these intellectuals allows us to rethink the place of Muslims
within the history of Indian
nationalism and the trajectory of the national language
question in modern India.
• 4pm-6pm, Asian Centre
604,  1871 West Mall.
WORKSHOP* The Thunderbird
Dance Team presents the 6 Degrees of Freedom dance workshop! Three classes: Contemporary from 4pm-5pm, Hip Hop
from 5pm-6pm and Breakdance
from 6pm-7pm. Local teachers
will instruct, as well as b-boy
secret sqwerl from The Massive Monkees. • 5pm-8pm,
BC Binning Studios, pre-reg-
ister $12/class, $30/3 classes,
walk-up $14/class, $35/3 classes, topre-register, e-mail t-b'wd.
In 2003, bear enthusiast and
amateur researcher Timothy
Treadwell and his girlfriend
Anne Huguenard were killed
in a grizzly bear attack. Filmmaker Werner Herzog tells
the story of Timothy's bear
fascination by combining Timothy's own footage and interviews with his friends and relatives alongside Herzog's own
commentary. • 8pm-10pm,
Piano Lounge, Graham House,
Green College, for more info contact gc.events@ubc.ca.
BLOOD BASH • What happens
when you cross Tarantino,
vampires and Shakespeare?
You get Taranampspeared in
the most GORIFYING Halloween Party of April. Dress up
as your favourite bloody characters (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hannibal Lecter,
Freddy Kreuger, etc). • 19+
event, 8pm-12am, SUB Party Room, $5 in advance, $7
at the door, to purchase tickets call Andrew Lynch at (604)
839-4316 or Genevieve Bolduc at (604) 338-2805.
THE BRIEFING* UBC Dollar Project
and the Global Lounge present
a conference where participants
vote to decide the outcome, after 15 charitable causes present
5 minute pitches. The winning
cause will receive all the donated money. • 12-2pm, location
(on campus) will be e-mailed to
registrants, $1 donation at the
door for vote, registration info
can be found atthebriefingubc.
CONFERENCE* UBC Amnesty International is holding a
conference on Human Rights
and Consumption Patterns.
Human rights should be the
same for all people no matter their background, race or
origin. We are very privileged
as UBC students. People deserve to be accepted as we
are. Events in other parts of
the world related to the economy, environment, workers'
rights, etc. affect all of us.
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UBC orders Koerner s to go dry
No liquor licence for bar until further notice
On Friday, March 26, UBC directed Koerner's Pub to stop serving liquor to its customers following two separate infractions
over the past month.
According to UBC VP Students
Brian Sullivan, the pub had been
under review by the Graduate
Students Society (GSS) and the
university for two similar violations dating back to 2008.
The RCMP say that Koerner's
served four underage persons in
early March, which was followed
by an incident of over-serving
to an individual a week later.
In both cases, issues of safety
were involved.
UBC, the liquor license holder for the pub, informed the
GSS that as of March 26, Koerner's alcohol service would
be suspended until further
These actions were taken following a formal report commissioned by the GSS regarding two similar incidents that
took place 2008 and 2009. The
GSS presented the university
Drown your sorrows somewhere else . GERALD DEO PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
with a list of measures that
they would take to ensure future violations did not occur.
However, UBC made it clear
that if any further infractions
took place, they would be dealt
with in a serious manner.
Koerner's will continue to
serve patrons food and non-al-
choholic beverages during the
Rick Carre, the manager of
Koerner's, deferred comment
to the GSS executive, tl
"As ordered by the University
of BC, Koerner's Pub will no
longer be serving alcohol until
further notice. The kitchen is
open and non-alcoholic drinks
may be purchased. We apologize for the inconvenience."
Tiberghien: Polyglot and hitchhiker
Yves Tiberghien speaks seven languages. C0URTESY0FYVESTIBERGHIEN
Yves Tiberghien turned down
job offers from Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania to teach here at UBC.
Why? It is because when he was
19, he "hitch-hiked to Vancouver
and resolved one day to become
a professor at UBC."
Tiberghien hails from the
"rocky peninsula" of Bretagne,
France and grew up "on a diet
of multiple cheeses [and] buckwheat pancakes."
He studied at the HEC (Hautes
Etudes Commerciales) in France
and at the London Business
School, as well as the Hoschule
St-Gallen (Switzerland), earning
degrees in international finance
and international management.
He also holds a PhD in Political
Science from Stanford University and is a Harvard Academy
Tiberghien specializes in
comparative political economy, specifically that of Japan,
Korea, China and the European
Union at the undergraduate level, and international relations
at the graduate level.
He explained that all of
his upper-level political science courses centre around
the tensions between the pursuit of prosperity [in the market] and the pursuit of democratic legitimacy. Tiberghien's
love of research has allowed
him to dine with prime ministers, work with ministries of
finance, attend G8 conferences and learn to speak Japanese,
German, Mandarin, Spanish,
Chinese and a few words in Korean. He speaks both English
and French as well, of course.
A researcher of great recognition, Tiberghien is currently working on a project dubbed
"Globalization, Inequality and
Political Realignment: The
Emerging Clash Between Structural Reforms and Rising Inequalities in Japan," which focuses on the effects of globalization on widening economic
inequality in Japan.
To add to his impressive resume, he is leading a multi-
year research project on the
impact of the rise of China on
global governance and the G20
Tiberghien travels quite a lot,
yet he still manages to go backpacking, prove his expertise on
traditional Japanese karaoke
or listen to the guzhen, a Chinese harp.
"I remember during one of
my back-packing trips in Northern Japan, I witnessed a volcanic eruption that nearly took my
life," he explained.
So far, Tiberghien has
achieved many of the dreams
in his diary, but still hopes to
write books on how to improve
the world, advise political leaders and leave a legacy.
Tiberghien has some advice
for students: "Everyone can
change the world in some way.
It starts with a dream." vl
Ready, aim, fire!
Competition teaches students
about sustainable uses of wood
Last Saturday, 11 university
teams competed against each
other on Whit-Matthews Field
at UBC in an unusual competition. The goal: to design and
build the best catapult.
The Canadian Wood Design
Competition is an initiative of
the Canadian Wood Council and
strives to educate students, future engineers and architects
on the proper, sustainable uses
of wood in a fun setting.
To achieve this goal, all
teams taking place in the competition had to build their lightweight catapult out of nothing
but wood.
Their catapults were then
put through a series of tests in
order to determine which one
worked best in terms of precision, performance and length
of shot. Four teams from UBC
took part, all of which received
course credit for participating
in the competition.
"It is built into the curriculum," said Chris Czapiewski,
fifth-year Forestry student and
one of the team captains for
UBC. "Our professors guide us
through the process and give
us pointers."
The UBC teams are given $ 100
for spending costs and can use
raw materials as well as the
high-tech machines in the shop.
Catapults come in many
shapes and sizes, as was evident on the field on Saturday.
The designs ranged from large
crossbows to trebuchets to your
standard slingshot catapult.
"I've gone to the past couple of
competitions and a lot of the
time, people are trying to do
something very complex," said
Not all the designs could live
up to expectations. Only seven designs made it through the
qualifying round, where they
had a limited time to hit targets
at 20, 30 and 45 meters. Those
who passed then moved on to
the performance trials, where
they had another 20 minutes
to hit any target of their choosing as many times as possible.
Designs ranged
from large
crossbows to
trebuchets to your
standard slingshot
While some teams had trouble during the second round,
other teams' contraptions were
so powerful that they destroyed
targets. After that, they each received another five minutes to
go for the longest shot, where the
objective was to sling their two-
pound ball as far as possible.
Though the Canadianv Wood
Design Competition was in fact
a competition, all teams worked
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Sullivan breaks the silence
University administration reveals
previously confidential negotiations
In a 1500-word e-mail to The
Ubyssey, UBC VP Students Brian Sullivan disclosed several
aspects of the contentious negotiations on the SUB Renew
project that were previously
"The SUB Renew agreement
process has certainly had its
share of contestation," Sullivan
said. "The parties have spent a
lot of time as protagonists rather than partners, and the whole
thing has taken much, much longer than anyone envisioned."
However, he added "Yet we now...
[can] re-focus our collective energies on advancing the actual
project, arguably the most central contribution to student and
campus life that will occur at
the Vancouver campus for the
next 50 years."
Sullivan, who is the university's chief negotiator for the $103
million project, was asked along
with other AMS and university
executives to write a short opinion piece on the SUB finally receiving approval from the Board
of Governors after two years of
Instead, he sent an e-mail outlining the issues that caused negotiations to drag on for months
and months—issues that the
AMS has refused to publicly
discuss for fear of disrupting
the process.
A major stumbling block was
the issue of project management and architect selection.
For much of 2008 and 2009,
the AMS had argued that they
should have the final decision
on both the project manager
and architect. The university,
"afraid the project parameters
and costs would be ungovernable and that they would be holding the bag if things cratered,"
to quote Sullivan, only allowed
the project to go through after
the AMS had agreed to give up
control of choosing the project
manager. UBC then chose Properties Trust to manage the project, and while the AMS characterized the decision as normal
negotiations, the delay eroded
much goodwill between the two
Asserting patently
unfeasible positions
and then moving
off them is not
"Asserting patently unfeasible
positions and then moving off
them is not negotiating," said
Other sticking points included setting the total budget for
the building, which was originally forecast at $120 million
before being reduced to $103
million, and the issue of how
UBC wished to integrate the
cancelled plans for an underground bus loop. The final major issue, only settled within the
last month, was that of commercial space in the building. The
conflict was eventually resolved
"after an inspired piece of horse
trading" according to Sullivan,
wherein UBC agreed to pay a
full market rate for commercial
space in the SUB in exchange for
the AMS reducing its involvement with the Innovative Projects Fund.
Former AMS Blake Frederick
confirmed Sullivan's version of
events, but argued that the "two-
on-two negotiations" between
the AMS and UBC ultimately
served the process well.
Whenever we had
an agreement, we
never knew if that
agreement was
"I think in this setting...it was
the way to go. I want to make
clear that it was not a closed process," Frederick said. "Our mandate when we came to the negotiating table came from the SUB
Renew Committee, where we discussed all issues in depth."
Frederick also was critical of
the university reneging on previous agreements during the process. "There were countless instances where UBC went back
on their word after agreeing
to one of our issues. Whenever
we had an agreement, we never knew if that agreement was
final," he said.
It's a position that Sullivan doesn't entirely disagree
with. "Once something is decided, it should stay decided unless both parties agree otherwise. In one view, the administration veered from this by
re-opening the matter of an
interest rate guarantee after
a key trade and re-visiting an
MOU clause [on] AMS input on
uses along University Boulevard," he said.
Frederick admitted that as
his term as president ran down
and the deadline for architect selection became closer, the need
for him and VP Administration
Crystal Hon to reach a solution
"Once we did have the hard
deadline ofthe term coming to
an end, there definitely was increased pressure and it did help
us reach some of the deals we
made," he explained.
With the Board of Governors
slated to give initial approval
to the project at their meeting
on April 8, both Frederick and
Sullivan are happy that the new
SUB is now a tangible reality.
"Students are not getting from
this project what was initially
envisioned, and there are reasons for students to be disappointed, but it does mean increased student space on campus, and I think everyone should
be very excited for that," said
"I extend my congratulations
and thanks to all those key players and look forward with great
anticipation to the physical and
community forums SUB Renew
will bring. It will be a stunning
expression of'Place of Mind' and
is getting done from here, by us,
warts and all," said Sullivan, vl
In his e-mail, UBC VP Students
Brian Sullivan outlined four major issues that caused delays
in negotiations. These issues
1. TOTAL BUDGET: "This had been
heralded as a $110m project and
some sizing of the desired program had been done against
that amount. Problem was...
there was not enough debt financing, even with the university contributing its entire $25m
right at the beginning, to get to
more than $103m....Eventually the university agreed to a financing schedule that extended its (current) lowest possible rate into the future, despite
uncertainties about prevailing
rates when the loan is actually
taken out."
2. BUS LOOP: "The below-grade
bus loop was a messy planning
and scheduling issue when it
was on the table and an equally messy issue when it fell off.
For the AMS, it made sense
that money the university would
have spent related to digging
out the terminal should just be
moved over as an addition to
the new SUB budget since it
was going to need a basement
dug. It seemed just as obvious to the administration that
a basement level was going to
provide space for programming
and was part of the established
project budget, just like for other buildings on campus."
AMS business model relies on
net dollars from operations to
support services for students.
Those operations cannot drive
a net return if they have to bear
full costs. AMS wanted the largest possible subsidy; the administration wanted to end subsidies in areas defined as commercial...In a late-hour inspired
piece of horse trading, a compromise was reached on what
portions of seating related to
food outlets would be commercial and what would be deemed
informal social space. A full
market rate was established
on commercial space in new
SUB and the Admin agreed to
discount it in recognition of the
vital student life contribution
made by AMS services. The
AMS agreed to reduce the level of entitlement it claimed to
have over the Innovative Project Fund and its right of regard
over retail and service uses the
university may develop along
University Boulevard."
AMS was afraid the building
would turn out to be different
and less than students had said
they wanted and thought they
were funding. They insisted
the AMS had to control architect selection and manage the
project to ensure delivery. The
administration was afraid the
project parameters and costs
would be ungovernable and that
they would be holding the bag
if things cratered...and insisted they either chose the architect or have the lead on project
management but not both. The
AMS went with control of architect selection." tl 2010.03.29/U BYSSEY. CA/S PORTS/5
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Sammie Starr earned athlete of the week after a four game sweep of Concordia,
outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 45-6. Starr went 10 for 16 from
the plate. Along with his impressive batting average, like a true star, Starr was defensively flawless as always. With several months left in their season, Starr will
continue to shine brightly on the field for UBC.
—Photo by Geoff Lister. Profile of Kamark Burke
(the other Athlete of the Week) can be found at ubyssey.ca
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One-Two-One, Rocket and the IronMan
Mastering the lingo for UBC's annual triathlon: 'Storm the Wall'
Storm the Wall is back, and with
a record 3000 students and community members competing, the
only part of the event not growing is the 12-foot-high wall itself.
Started in 1979, Storm the Wall
was created to bring students together. Since its humble beginnings, the event has grown to become one ofthe mostwell-known
university recreational events in
Teams divide up the tasks of a
1 km run, 225 yard swim, 2.8 km
bike ride and 450 meter sprint,
leading to the climactic moment
where all members ofthe group
scale a 12-foot wall in front of
their peers watching from the
Grassy Knoll.
Otherwise known as "storming the wall," every team member
and individual competitor must
make it over the wall to finish the
race, which, as Events Coordinator at UBC REC Caitlin Brenchley
explained, is the most difficult
and dangerous part ofthe event.
"This is probably one of the
most risky events that UBC REC
runs," said Brenchley. "Especially when students are doing it for
the first time and have a bunch
of people cheering them on," she
So just how the heck do competitors scale a 12-foot wall?
As Brenchley said, many of the
techniques vary with skill level.
Here are just a few of the different ways people choose to scale
the wall:
Used primarily by REC or 'Just for
fun" competitors, the "two-one-
two" technique involves one base
on the ground and one or two people at the top of the wall, explained
Adam Mattinson, who is competing in his third Storm the Wall.
The person scaling the wall then
climbs on top of their teammates
and is pulled up over the top.
Another technique for storming
the wall is "the Rocket." Used primarily by male teams, this method also uses two bases, but has no
supports at the top ofthe wall. Instead, participants run at the wall,
are supported by their two bases
and try to grab the top of the wall
all by themselves.
"Male teams often shoot them-
selves up on their own," said
Brenchley. "They use their height
and upper body strength to pull
themselves over."
Iron Person competitions are
what they sound like—instead of
a team, it's one person doing all
parts of the relay by themselves,
culminating in storming the wall.
IronMen are allowed one person
at the top ofthe wall to help them,
while IronWomen are allowed
one person at the bottom as well.
To scale the wall these Iron Persons run up the wall and grab a
hand. "They somehow use their
upper body strength and their
friend's upper body strength to
sort of heave themselves over,"
Brenchley said.
But if competitors are feeling exceptionally confident, they can
also race as Super IronMen or
IronWomen. These Super Iron
People scale the wall with absolutely no help (although women
are allowed one person at the top).
Jordan Meynhart, a competitor who has completed this amazing feat, explained that making it
over unassisted is all about skill.
"My vertical is very small and
I actually can't jump very high. I
can't even dunk and I'm like 6'2",
he said. "I think it is all technique
running up the wall."
Although he couldn't think of
any tricks to making it over, he
did propose a new technique to
help future teams.
"I do think it would be cool to
do a cheerleader launch with a
team and kind of chuck people
over," he said. tl
I do think it would
be cool to do a
cheerleader launch
with a team and
kind of chuck
people over.
This is probably
one ofthe most
risky events that
UBC REC runs.
Especially when
students are doing
it for the first time
and have a bunch
of people cheering
them on.
Teams will complete the entire
course without assistance, and
will be eligible for advancements
to Semi-Finals and Finals.
Teams will compete only once.
They are given any help they
need to 'storm the wall'.
Individuals will complete all four
legs of the relay themselves before storming the wall in the following categories:
May have the help of one male
at the top of the wall.
May have the help of one person of either gender at the bottom ofthe wall.
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Last Wednesday, the men's rugby
team lost the second World Cup
match this year against the California Golden Bears of Berkeley 41-10.
In front of a few spectators
at Thunderbird Stadium, the
men's team played valiantly despite missing eight starters due
to injuries. As such, they were
out-muscled and out-played. In
the first ten minutes, the Golden Bears scored two tries, with
one conversion. By half-time,
Cal was ahead 24-3.
"The manyyoung guys...playing are good, don't get me wrong,
but they lack physical strength,
size and experience, and California capitalized on that. The
team needs to literally grow,"
said graduating prop Clayton
"I truly believe if we were not
hindered by the vast amount of
injuries we could have beat that
team. I remember in September saying, 'Wow, with these
guys, we are going to kill Cal
this year.' Unfortunately most
of those guys were not with us
for the game," Hunter-James
'The guys' Hunter-James was
referring to are the backs. Of
the usual seven backs, only one
played last Wednesday. The inexperience and nerves crippled
UBC's chances.
"This game, being one of the
biggest in our year, brings out
the nerves in some of the younger guys and that had its effects
in the first few minutes of the
game. Once the boys start to
make contact and settle in, it becomes easier to focus on their
individual assignments," graduating senior Sam Penhall said.
"Before the game we were really worried about losing like we
did when we were down there,
which in the end pretty much
happened," added Hunter-James.
"[But] by the second half everyone realized these guys are
not that tough and when we run
at them, well they are not used
to it and don't like it at all, quite
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36. To (perfectly)
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42. Additional
15. Model Campbell                        42. Intervening, in law
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45. Instigate
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47. Hidden
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The musical weirdos came out in force for the first
annual Fake Jazz Festival. See our video coverage
online at ubyssey.ca.
Adrian Teacher hops up on a chair to be heard overthe din. PHOTO COURTESY OF PIGEON ROWRECORDS
Mr Teacher s classroom
Apollo Ghosts frontman teaches punk rock, Nanaimo History and Grade 4
When most musicians talk
about influences, they cite records, guitarists and poets.
When Adrian Teacher talks
about the influences behind
the forthcoming Apollo Ghosts
album Mount Benson, he talks
about Vancouver Island, bathtub races and a particularly eccentric Nanaimo mayor.
"Frank Ney was the mayor of
Nanaimo. He used to wear a pirate suit," recalls Teacher with a
laugh. "I remember when I was
a kid, in like Grade 3, he came to
our class in full regalia."
Mount Benson is the follow-up
LP to Apollo Ghosts' much-lauded first album Hastings Sunrise.
That album, with songs like "Little Yokohama," was set mainly around East Van. Teacher
tried to place the new record
as a prequel to Hastings. Much
of the material for Mount Benson was drawn from Teacher's
coming of age in Nanaimo, a
sleepy Vancouver Island town
that nonetheless had its share
of kooky characters. The various
tales around "Pirate Frank" figure heavily into the imagery of
the album.
"[Ney] was a real estate agent,
and in order to bring some notoriety to the town, he started
this bathtub race between Vancouver and Nanaimo. I remember as a kid going down to the
ocean watching all these people getting into bathtubs and
going across the ocean. It was
just so absurd.
"He was just this really eccentric character."
Mount Benson is the story of
Teacher's adolescence on the Island. Told over his jangly guitar,
Jay Oliver's thumpin' bass and
the swingin' drums of Amanda
Panda. Musically this CD can be
placed somewhere in the indie
rock continuum, with heavy new
wave punk influences. It is very
danceable. The album burns
brightly and quickly with no
song going over the three-minute mark.
"It's a conscious effort to
try and keep [the songs] under three minutes," explains
Teacher. "I was having trouble
writing songs for a long time,
and I thought a way to get out
of that would be to kind of cut
them down.
"There are so many beautiful songs that are under two
and a half minutes. Brian Wilson's "Wouldn't it be Nice" is like
As Teacher's surname would
suggest, when he's not playing
with Apollo Ghosts, he's teaching Grade 4. There is something
in his demeanour that seems to
suggest this, and the moment he
mentions this it seems immediately obvious.
But he's the kind of Grade 4
teacher who drops punk rock references off the cuff. "Ian MacK-
aye of Minor Threat and Fugazi
once said, 'We always had day
jobs,'" says Teacher, when asked
if he ever plans on making his
living off the band. "As soon as
you start making it your living
you're kind of fucked in a way. I
wouldn't want this to be my day
job. I can do it for fun, basically."
For the time being it seems
that Apollo Ghosts, born on the
Island and raised in Vancouver, will remain a BC band. Bad
news for the rest of the world,
but good news for Grade 4. *vH
The Mount Benson release
show is set for April 10, at Little
Mountain Studios in Vancouver.
Feast before famine
Close of Cultural Olympiad reveals extent of provincial arts cuts
Some say it was like wearing
your best jewelry out before
heading to the pawn shop. Others called it the ultimate feast
before the famine. That was the
Cultural Olympiad before the BC
arts cuts. We knew that the art
and culture buffet would eventually come to an end, but now
that it has, the situation for the
local arts community is looking
particularly grave.
Described as a chance to "hold
60 days of art and popular culture inyour hands," the Cultural
Olympiad came to a close March
21. With an attendance of about
2.5 million, the two-month long
festival engaged visitors and residents alike in a celebration of
musicians, artists, actors and
dancers with over 650 events.
"Itwas an opportunity to showcase national talent to the world,"
described Kevin McKeown ofthe
experience. McKeown is the Director of Communications at the
Alliance for Arts and Culture, the
overarching body that represents
over 330 organizations and independent artists in BC.
When asked for cons or areas
of improvement in the Olympiad,
McKeown said, "There were none.
[The arts community] achieved everything we wanted to achieve. [In
fact], much ofthe Games' success
can be attributed to the arts."
The promise of culturally rich
and diverse events of such great
proportionhelped in Vancouver's
bid to be host Olympics 2010, and
attracted the attention of millions.
Despite the success of the
Olympiad, the recent unveiling
of the 2010 BC provincial budget proclaimed an overall 34 per
cent cut to the creative sector.
Typically artists are funded
by the provincial government
in one of two ways:
• From gaming funds or
gambling and lottery money. These funds are saved solely for charities and the arts.
• Through the BC Arts Council (BCAC), which receives funding from provincial taxes and
a $150 million endowment.
The budget, released March 5,
is unclear and misleading. Because of the recent inclusion of
$12.1 million for the BC Royal
Museum, the cuts in funding did
not appear to be quite so severe.
However, this $12.1 million did
not appear in last year's budget,
so the figures seem artificially
low. In reality gaming funds are
cut by 58 per cent and the BCAC
funds are cut by 53 per cent.
If arts funding continues to follow the trends of depletion, more
jobs maybe cut, more culture may
be lost—and there is talk that the
province may see a brain drain as
artists move eastin search of greener pastures and bigger arts budgets.
McKeown offered some advice
on how to take action to support the
creative community through the
cuts, "Become politically involved.
Write to your MLA, buy tickets, become donors and patrons and get
involved as a volunteer.
"It can only go up. Things can
only get better. We need to develop and bring the province to
a new arts funding policy." *vU
Sometimes I wonder how many
musicians are secretly marketing executives in disguise. This
is probably just due to my irrational fear of executives, marketing or otherwise, but nevertheless, the Jessica Stewart Few
are one such example.
Their website advertises them
as a blend of jazz and indie pop,
which as I am trying to imply,
is a brilliant, brilliant idea for
making money off of dirty twenty-something hipsters.
Both jazz and indie music are
supposedly pretentious and artsy and there are no two qualities that hipsters like more. So
reading about a fusion ofthe two
made me excited in ways that
I'm not allowed to talk about in
a public forum.
The whole of Kid
Dream is way
too upbeat and
However, what quickly became clear is that jazz and indie pop work well together in the
same way that broken shards of
glass and my eyeballs work well
together. Call me a depressive,
but the whole of Kid Dream is
way too upbeat and cheerful. It
is, in fact chirpy and annoying.
Oddly enough, the one song
that is actually quite excellent is
not at all a fusion of jazz and pop.
"Climb the Mountain" comes
along halfway through the album and left me wondering if
I'd accidentally set my iTunes
to shuffle and come across a
long- forgotten track that was
actually good.
This, unfortunately turned
out not to be the case.
While every other song is the
same retread of the first track
on the album, "Climb the Mountain" displays Jessica Stuart's
ability to play the koto, a thir-
teen-stringed traditional Japanese harp. This is flouted on
the band's website with complete impunity so I really wonder what made them feel that it
was only really worth showcasing on one song.
If I had to pick another song
that shows that Kid Dream isn't
a total flop, "Epic" is probably
the one I'd choose. It's not quite
so happy and Stuart actually
sounds like she is trying to sing
jazz. The rest of the album is
pretty much one giant upbeat
mess. "White Rice, Brown Sugar" really takes the prize for being utterly cliche.
Overall the "jazz influence"
really comes across as just that—
an influence. The band doesn't
have the technical skill of a classic jazz artist and the pop elements are basically just irritating. I'm sure that the Jessica
Stuart Few are just the sort of
thing that yuppie CBC3 lovers
will fight over like the last Starbucks latte on the block, but fortunately for us all, I don't have
Ugg boots and I hate coffee. *vU r 2010.03.29/UBYSSEY.C A/CULTURE/
Billy Bishop stares in horror as he is haunted by the phantom appearance of a once-beloved stepladder from his childhood known as "old yeller." COURTESY OF ARTS CLUB THEATRE
Billy Bishop: on wars and airplanes
Billy Bishop Goes to War is the
story of a boy who became a
hero, as well as the story of the
legendary fighter pilot and his
memories ofthe First World War,
As April approaches and we begin to recite our usual end-of
-term mantras, (You know the
ones: my life is so hard! Why the
hell did I need to take stats? I'm
so busy, I'm so stressed, I'm so
busy, I'm so stressed!), this play
may provide us with a much
needed reality check.
Billy Bishop was 24 when he
was fighting for his life on a daily basis. In comparison, I am
24, and I fought with my coffee
machine this morning. That's
about equal, right?
The play was created by Order of Canada recipient John
Gray and Corner Gas star Eric
Peterson. The playwrights met
as students in the Department
of Theatre at UBC in the early 1970s.
Billy Bishop premiered in
1978 with its creators in the lead
roles at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Since then it has
received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Award in 1981, the
Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play
Award in 1982 and the Governor General's Award for English
Drama in 1983.
The current star is twenty-
something Ryan Beil, who in
1998 saw Eric Peterson's return
performance and, in that moment, decided that he wanted
to be an actor. Beil is a UBC BFA
graduate in very high demand—
you most likely saw his dorky
character in recent A&W ads,
but he has also graced some of
the biggest stages in BC.
Standing on a stark stage, our
hero Billy attempts to reconcile his contradictory views of
the war. The war clearly brings
with it horror and brutality, but
it also gives Billy the exhilarating opportunity to fly.
The war is the source of his
joy and his pain, and the paradox is not lost on Bishop.
Billy Bishop captures the complexity of a soldier's experience: the
humour, the hell, and the adrenaline. As we contemplate the harsh
questions brought about by the current war in Afghanistan, it is important that we be reminded that
there is always a human being behind every uniform.
In the crunch of term papers
and exams, take the time to see
this show. The acting and direction are superb and a bit more
perspective when contemplating our lives is always necessary,
Isn't it interesting how the counterfeit world of the stage can so
radically bring us back into the
reality of the world around us? *vU
Billy Bishop Goes to War by the Arts
Club Theatre Company runs March
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Architects will give presentations for        2.    A proposed design team
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below from April 6 to 9 in the SUB South                sustainable development
Alcove, the open space with tables and         4.    Student participation during
computer docks behind Starbucks on                design and construction
the main floor of the SUB.                               Each presentation will be followed by
Firms will have 20 minutes to present    a 25-minute question and answer peri-
on four main topics:                                     od. Firms will also create a short video
1.    Their company profile and past       clip that will be viewable at ams.ubc.ca
projects                                              starting on April 12.
TUESDAY April 6® 12pm
Bunting Coady Architects
WEDNESDAY April 7® 11am
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THURSDAY April 8® 12pm
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What do you
want your new
SUB to look like?
Pick an architect that
meets your needs
UBC students will soon have the
opportunity to choose which architectural firm will champion
the design of their new SUB.
During the first few weeks of
April, students will play a crucial role in shortlisting architects for the SUB Renew project
in an attempt to further student
consultation and involvement.
In October 2009, UBC administration and the AMS decided
that the project manager would
be chosen by the university administration, while architect
selection would remain in the
guiding hands of the AMS and
students-at-large. Which architectural firm will work alongside
project manager UBC Properties
Trust will depend, inpart, on the
outcome of a student-wide vote.
Seven architectural firms will
appear on the ballot, only three
of which will make it through to
the final stages of selection. After this initial selection process,
an AMS-led SUB Renew Committee will choose the architect responsible for helping to design
the new SUB building.
The selection process began
early lastyear with a call for submissions on BC Bids, a provincial government website for public sector projects. While AMS
received 21 expressions of interest from a variety of architectural firms, a student selection committee narrowed the
list down to seven firms during
the spring of 2009.
Criteria for primary shortlisting, according to Guillaume Savard, a Senior Project Manager
from MHPM who sits on the SUB
Renew Committee, was based on
team depth and capacity, similar
projects in the institutional and
educational field, and approach
to both sustainability and student participation.
While plans to continue with
the architect selection process
were put on hold due to legal
negotiations between the AMS
and UBC administration, Savard
said that the adapted timeline
might actually benefit student
involvement and input.
"We were wishing to resume
the shortlisting process but we
were not at the state that agreements were [final] in terms of
legal clauses," he explained. "It
But now we re so
close to signing
the agreement that
we're ready.
was more prudent to wait. But
now we're so close to...signing
the agreement that we're ready.
And the timing is good because
we have enough time to implement the process.
"We want the architects to
mobilize in August and come
in September and start the design process with the students."
As for what students should
be looking for in architectural firms, new SUB Coordinator
Jensen Metchie said that how
firms interact with students is
"Look to see how they interact
with the students, answer their
questions, look at their past projects and see if this is kind of
what they want. The styles can
change, it's really not that important. The important thing is
how they interact with students,
take their feedback and address
their questions...address them
seriously [and] integrate them
into the project."
Savard said that while architects commonly work with a host
of recommendations and program guidelines, public consultations are not usually as extensive and comprehensive as
SUB Renew. "We know what we
want [and] we put a lot of time
designing that student engagement process," explained Savard, adding that this is possible as long as the architect is
kept in the loop.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about each ofthe
seven firms from live 20-min-
ute presentations during the
week of April 6 to 9. The presentations will be summarized in
video-clips on the AMS website
beginning April 12. vl
No more SUB blues
The new SUB is
supposed to be the
"heart of student
life on campus," according to the proposal that is likely to
be approved at the
Board of Governors
meeting on April 8.
The SUB and the
Alumni Centre are
to be the "anchor
buildings" in University Square.
SUB Renew project gets
the go-ahead
AMS and UBC reach consensus
After two years of back-and-forth
negotiations, the AMS and UBC
have finally come to a consensus and are ready to sign a contract to finalize the financial and
lease agreements ofthe SUB renew project.
The contract, which must be
signed before April 30, outlines
details ofthe $103 million project, including payment structure and the lease agreeement.
As per agreement, once the
new SUB building is complete
the AMS will begin leasing it
from the university.
"UBC owns the building and
then we lease it, just like it is for
[the current SUB]," explained
AMS President Bijan Ahmadian. "The term ofthe lease is 40
years plus 15 years renewable...
at the AMS' discretion."
The AMS is more or less responsible for the cost ofthe new
building, which is being paid for
through student fees as well as
a $25 million subsidy from the
university. The AMS is also responsible for the operation and
maintenance costs on all commercial spaces, minus a 20 per
cent student discount.
UBC, on the other hand, will
be paying the operation and
maintenance costs for all noncommercial spaces. This means
that UBC will be responsible for
approximately $2 million ayear
in these costs, noted Guillame
Savard, a Senior Project Manager from MHPM who sits on the
SUB Renew Committee.
"[We are] paying the capital
part, they are paying the operational part," he explained. "In
terms of life cycle costs we are
paying about the same."
While Ahmadian seemed confident about the future success
ofthe tentative agreement, progress hasn't always gone smoothly. Over the last two years the
AMS and UBC have experienced
numerous setbacks.
Issues that frequently stalled
negotiations included discrepancies over project costs and
disagreements over who to appoint as project manager.
In October 2009 UBC President Stephen Toope wrote a letter to the former AMS executive
expressing concern over the negotiation process.
"We should be long past the
current stage and the delays
in delivering the additional
space the student community
needs and potential for escalation in costs are worrying,"
wrote Toope. "It is clear that we
must take steps to rebuild mutual respect and resolve, especially with respect to the SUB
development process."
After Toope's letter there was
a renewed effort to move forward. Good progress was made
in 2009, and in March 2010 all
outstanding issues were resolved, explained UBC VP Students Brian Sullivan.
While Ahmadian would not
comment on the state of past
AMS negotiations, he assured
that similar negotiation delays
would nothappen once construction on the new SUB building
"The difference now, in comparison to the SUB negotiations,
is that they weren't necessarily
on a timeline. When the project starts [being built], it is on
a tight timeline," he said. "That
changes the dynamic because
people will think about how to
[reach a] consensus."
As Sullivan reiterated, "Progress has been difficult at times
but there is no doubt all parties
worked toward the same goal—
to create an outstanding student space in the heart of campus to meet the needs of all students, be a home for commuter
students, and to bring University Square to life for the entire
university. The partners are now
well on the way to realizing this
The contract is still subject to
change, but as AMS VP Administration Ekaterina Dovjenko
pointed out, most ofthe agreements are final.
"As they are right now, we
have an agreement in principle," Dovjenko said. "Most of the
terms aren't too negotiable...but
if we run into something that is
a problem, for the UBC-side or
the AMS-side, then we will have
to go and take a look at [the contract] again." *vH SUB INSIDERS     Four individuals who have worked on SUB Renew weigh in on the project.
Michael Duncan
It started as a renovation project, and
is now going to be a
brand-new 255,000
square foot building.
The only steadfast
pillar of this project has being trying
to improve the student experience at
the heart of campus.
The first executives on this project
(Sarah Naiman and Jeff Friedrich) were
focused on club space. Now focus seems
to be on the businesses and commercial
space. Both are important; the revenue
made from our businesses keeps the AMS
fees some of the lowest in the country
and goes to support services and clubs
which, in turn, support students.
How do we ensure we get a finished
product that doesn't look itwas designed
by committee? That is where the importance ofthe architects comes in. It is students who will now vote on the architectural selection.
When looking at and voting for potential architects there a few key characteristics students should look for:
1 Excitement to work with students.
True excitement.
2 Willingness to fight for student values. A lot of people vie for control of
the University Boulevard area and the
architects need to stand up for our
3 Vision, but practicality. This building will be the heart of campus and
must be iconic, but still needs to function as the student hub and be useful
from day-to-day.
4 True passion for sustainability. The
architects can't pay it lip service, but
need to truly integrate sustainable
thinking into every aspect of their
The student exec teams have fought hard
for years to keep this project student-focused. And because of that, students get
to have an impact on the architectural
selection. I truly hope that they make the
most out of it.
Michael Duncan was the AMS President
from 2008-2009.
Stephen Toope
Thanks to University of British Columbia students, present and future, the
new Student Union
Building on our Vancouver campus is the
largest donation the
university has ever
Think about that
for a minute. The largest donation in
UBC's history is coming from the very
people for whom the university exists:
our students. Even before it is built, a
new SUB stands as a symbol ofthe investment UBC students are willing to make
for their own university experience and
the experience of future generations.
In 2008-100 years after UBC was established—when the student body voted
in favour ofthe donation, it affirmed that
UBC provides a world-class educational
experience students value and support.
Students are partners in the university's
vision and values, as expressed in Place
and Promise: The UBC Plan, and committed to ensuring that UBC continues to be
a place of innovation and discovery. This
is why the university is proud to make its
own commitment of $25 million.
The new SUB will feature sustainable
construction practices and designs, and
will strive for a LEED Platinum+ designation—the highest Green Building rating in North America.
The new SUB will be an even greater contributor to social sustainability
for a population that has long outgrown
the current building. As one ofthe most
widely used facilities on campus, the
new SUB will help promote community
at UBC, encouraging interaction between
students, faculty staff, alumni and those
residents who have chosen to make UBC
their home. By relocating to a vital new
University Square, the building will be
a true campus hub that creates a welcoming sense of arrival for students—indeed, for everyone arriving on campus.
The prospect of how the new SUB will
contribute to UBC and studentlife is tremendously exciting, and I join with the
entire campus community in eagerly anticipating its opening in 2014.
Stephen Toope is UBC's President.
Jeff Friedrich
I have three thoughts
on the new SUB.
1. The SUB project
was conceived and
passed via referendum in one year because broad interests worked together towards a common goal. They convinced the university that a gentrified mall and condos were
a lame entrance to a "student-centred"
campus. Further, they had a well-reasoned alternative to "University Blvd":
a renovation of the building that serves
as a community center for a largely commuter-based student population.
Student politics is usually a debate between two general archetypes. One works
within the system and meets with people,
while the other stages protest. The first endorses protest only after all other tactics
and debate are exhausted. The second, on
the other hand, dismiss any effort at compromise as a sell-out to the power structures they are fighting against. The SUB
project is a good example of what happens when both approaches are employed.
2. An ideal project is one that is transformative for the AMS, but a building
is just a tool to get there. Every dean on
campus has a building project up their
sleeve. They make for easier legacy projects than more complex objectives—improving teaching, funding more research,
reducing tuition. Like the university's
larger problems, the SUB will not solve
the challenge the AMS faces in realizing
its full potential as a valuable resource
and voice for students.
3. The best chance at transforming the
AMS through the building project is to
not lose sight ofthe sustainability mandate the referendum set as expectation.
A truly sustainable project will engage
the interest ofthe most students on campus. It's a chance to demonstrate students' willingness to face the challenging choices of a new era and it joins diverse efforts in addressing a problem that
impacts life on campus and throughout
the world. That's what effective student
unions should be for.
feff Friedrich was the AMS President from
Crystal Hon
Negotiations between two parties
who want different
things are always
difficult. What kept
the progress of the
negotiations between
the AMS and UBC
optimistic was that
both parties consistently came back to
the fact that we both wanted to build a
building that worked for students. Both
the AMS and the university have worked
hard to make sure that the way it is built
works for both sides.
I am excited to see how the issues that
were standing when I left office have
been resolved. I trust the SUB negotiation team carved out a deal that works to
the advantage of students in the present
and future. Drawing the agreements to
a close will give this year's executives a
chance to focus on the next stage of the
project, architect selection and officially partnering with UBC.
I'm also excited to see the partnership
between the AMS, MHPM (Many Happy
Projects Managed, the AMS-hired Project
Managers) and UBC Properties Trust (UB-
CPT). Since students are hesitant to use
UBCPT as the project managers for our
building, the pressure will be on UBCPT
and the AMS to make sure accountability is present at all levels.
This project will work only if the three
parties work cohesively and as a team.
The AMS will have to work hard at making sure that students are involved not
just on the project management side of
things, but also on the architect side of
things. When we find a final architect, it
will be up to the AMS to consult thoroughly
and meaningfully with students in order
to keep this a student-friendly building.
Ensuring that students understand
how important it is to participate in this
consultation will not be easy and the
executives will have to pull out all the
stops. This project is the biggest project the AMS has taken on in recent history and and it is my hope that the levels of student engagement will be higher than usual.
Crystal Hon was the AMS VP Administration from 2009-2010.
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Student spaces
across Canada
The U of A SUB most resembles our new
SUB. It is 240,000 square feet, and according to U of A Students' Union (SU) President Zach Fentiman, its space is entirely
student-controlled. Construction started in
1965, with costs totalling $6.5 million; 1/3
of these costs were covered by the university while students paid for the rest, largely through a 5.5 per cent fixed rate mortgage spanning 30 years.
Unlike the AMS' deal, the SU shares ownership ofthe building with their university,
although the land remains the university's
property. The SU also pays for small maintenance items and a cleaning staff, while
the university handles large mechanical
projects. Although there have been three
renovations to the building since 1993,
there are no plans to construct a new one.
McGill's SUB is named "Shatner" after Canadian actor and McGill alumni William
Shatner, although President Ivan Neilson
of the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) said that McGill refuses to recognize this name. The building is owned
by the university, and the SSMU rents it
for $100,000 per year.
The SSMU lease is renegotiated with the
university every five years. Rent was $1
per year up until around 1999, Neilson explained, until the university began to complain of electricity and heating expenses
of over $400,000. The university pays for
Shatner's utilities, although the SSMU pays
for the upkeep and other remaining fees.
Operations within Shatner are mostly
under SSMU control. However, they are
not permitted to run businesses that could
compete with the university. Shatner is too
small, according to Neilson, but there is little opportunity to expand as their campus
is located in downtown Montreal, where
real estate comes at a premium.
The U of O has a university centre which
is managed by the university. Ted Horton,
VP University Affairs ofthe StudentFeder-
ation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO),
said that although the university owns the
building, itwas funded jointly by the SFUO,
the university and the province of Ontario,
with the majority ofthe funding for building coming from Ontario. Unlike the new
UBC SUB, SFUO has to share its space with
the university, and is expected to pay rent
on commercial spaces within the centre.
Like UBC, U of O students want a new
student building, which will be attached
to the current university centre. Although
negotiations are ongoing, Horton expects
they will pay about $45 million. Horton
says that, like the AMS, they will have to
give up some space once the new building is completed, although they will retain some space in the university centre.
Although Dalhousie University owns the
land on which it sits, Dalhousie Student
Union (DSU) President Shannon Zimmerman says that the DSU owns the building.
Their university, however, pays for all ofthe
maintenance and upkeep ofthe four-storey
building, while the DSU only pays for ren-
novations. The most recent of these took
place in 2001 and was financed by a loan
from the university to the DSU. Students
also continue to pay $25 each per year to
pay into a capital project fund.
Use ofthe Dalhousie student union building is shared, with the university running
a bookstore and counseling centre from
within its walls, amongst other things. Zimmerman said that, to the best of her knowledge, the DSU does not pay rent to the university and that there is no time limit on
their current lease, although it may be renegotiated at some point.
SUB timeline
1. Where is your company based?
2. When did your firm start up?
3. What projects has your firm worked
on in the past? (Please include
average costs)
4. Where will emphasis be placed for
the new SUB? (i.e. Durability,
Technological modernization?
Environmental sustainability?)
See the full responses at ubyssey.ca.
Bunting Coady Architects
1. Alberni and Thurlow (Vancouver)
2. Bunting Coady Architects was founded
in 1994, several years after Teresa Coady
and Tom Bunting graduated from the UBC
School of Architecture. The inception of
our firm's philosophy and approach to
the built environment is based on Teresa's 1983 architectural thesis, entitled
"Living Breathing Buildings."
3. UBC Vancouver: Life Sciences Centre ($120 million), Chemical and Biological Engineering Facility ($39 million),
NRC Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation
($14.8 million)
UBC Okanagan: Engineering and Management Building ($60 million)
Okanagan College: Learning Centre
($22 million)
4. Design Excellence and Innovation
• On average, 85 per cent of our lives
are spent indoors and possibly even
more during university life.
• This figure reflects the importance
of user centred design and innovation
to facilitate creation of a space that is
functional, flexible, and durable.
Environmental Sensitivity
• Movement beyond LEED requirements is necessary to fully minimize
the effects that the built environment
has on our overall environment.
• Subsequently, we apply our Living
Breathing Buildings principles, along
with those ofthe Living Building Challenge, and our team includes an international leader in the field of Passive Design.
Humane Development
• A building should do more than simply protect the health of its occupants
and meet their physical needs.
• With holistic consideration for both
the physical and emotional wellbeing
of occupants, architecture and landscape can inspire and enhance the
human experience.
Community Connection
• The new SUB should be a nurturing place to connect, exchange, and
MAY 2007: The AMS
brings forward a
petition to the Board
of Governors (BoG)
signed by 2500 students
asking for a halt to
plans for University
Boulevard, which
included above-ground
commercial space and
market housing with an
underground bus loop.
The BoG goes ahead
with the bus loop, but
decides to delay the
above-ground portion
of the project to allow
further consultation with
NOVEMBER 2007: The
AMS hosts a design
forum in order to
convert student ideas
into concrete visions
for the new SUB. Six
architectural teams are
given two days to come
up with a design plan
for the new building.
Emphasis is placed
on sustainability and
open spaces. The AMS
contemplates a student
fee to help fund the
MARCH 2008: A
referendum is held
asking students whether
they support paying a
fee in order to finance
the renovation of the
current SUB and the
construction of a new
SUB as an annex. The
proposed fee would
be implemented in
2008/2009 at $20 and
would rise each year
by $10 until reaching
a maximum of $110 in
2016/2017. Over 13,500
students vote and the
question passes, with
54 per cent in favour.
JULY 2007: AMS Council
passes a motion to
contribute approximately
$140,000 towards
consultation and
space planning for a
redevelopment of the
current SUB, which
opened in 1968.
JANUARY 2008: Sarah
Naiman, AMS VP
Admin, says that
students will decide on
one of two plans for
the new SUB: whether
to renovate the current
building, or construct
a new one. "The point
of this is not because
the SUB is ugly," she
said, "it's because it's
no longer meeting the
needs of students."
JULY 2008: The
AMS approves of
a Memorandum of
Understanding that
entrusted an $85 million
investment for a new
SUB to be constructed
at University Square.
1. The HBBH+BH is a Canadian collaborative of HBBH Architects and B+H Architects. The HBBH studio is located in
Vancouver while B+H is based in Toronto with offices in Vancouver, Shanghai,
New Delhi, Sharjah and Dubai.
2. HBBH+BH formed in 2000 with
the design of UBC's Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (IOCS). HBBH was founded in
1973 in Vancouver and B+H started 56
years ago to collaborate with Mies van
der Rohe on the TD Centre in Toronto.
3. HBBH+BH has completed UBC's
ICICS, the Hugh Dempster Pavilion
($25 million) and the Marine Drive
Residences ($130 million), including
the new commonsblock.
HBBH contribute to the public life of
Vancouver with projects such as Granville Island ($20 million, "the best neighbourhood in North America"), the 4th Ave.
Capers Building and the new CBC building ($50 million). They have designed vibrant student centres at BCIT and UNBC
and recently completed the innovative
Quest University ($60 million).
B+H has a broad portfolio that includes many recent university projects such as the University of Windsor Centre for Engineering Innovation
($90 million) and the Queens University Beamish Munro Hall Integrated
Learning Centre ($20 million). This
project is the most sustainable building possible, with a large green bio-filter wall, green roofs and many other
green strategies. Both projects feature
student-run cafes, popular places for
student discourse.
Queens Centre ($140 million) is a
multi-program project creatively integrating a student center, academic programs and athletic facilities.
4. Our emphasis is to inspire. Key elements will include:
Fostering the UBC student community. The UBC student community is the
core objective ofthe building. The SUB
is a home away from home for students.
Club space in the SUB is critical and allows students to gather to focus on specific issues or interests. At the same
time, students need space that is conducive to dialogue and the informal "so-
cialness" of campus life. The SUB must
support both and will do so with a design that is flexible. The nature and detail of student culture will always be in
flux, and the building must be able to
accommodate different programs and
desires over time.
Engaging the world. The new SUB will
be a source of great pride to the students
of UBC. This student-centered, student-
created building will contribute to the
global conversation about architecture,
sustainability, and community.
Cannon Design
1. Cannon Design is an example of a
'SFMO' firm [single firm multiple office]. SFMO firms use the power of communications technology to make geographic collaboration and information-
sharing easy.
2. We have DNA in BC that goes back
about 20 years, but the firm got started
over 60 years ago in western New York.
Since then, we have slowly and carefully transformed into a network of offices
across Canada and the US, and recently
a couple overseas. There aren't any folks
in the firm that were around at the beginning, but the founding ideals are intact.
3. We are one of North America's leading firms in higher education, science,
health and wellness, so our clients are
almost all public sector. We don't do developer or commercial projects. Our
typical projects range from around $10
million to more than $200 million, but
we do smaller projects when they are
interesting or important to our communities. For example, we recently restored one of Frank Lloyd Wright's early houses, and we are building a residential hospice in North Vancouver.
Our roots in sustainable design go back
more than four decades, when we designed the first double-skinned high-
performance building in North America. We also are responsible for the first
LEED Gold project in Canada, the Vancouver Island Technology Park.
Our favourite projects on university campuses are what we call 'student
life' projects like student unions, recreation centres and residences. We are
also the originators of something called
the 'fusion' building, which is a combination of union, recreation and often
student residence into one complex.
Some of our recent local projects
include the Richmond Olympic Oval
($178m), the new Centre for Film Studies at Capilano University ($28m) and
the University of Victoria's new student
recreation centre ($45m). We look for important and challenging projects where
we can work with our clients to innovate
sustainably—like the new SUB project!
4. We can't predict where the emphasis will be placed in the SUB project,
due to the consultative design process
which is about to kick into high gear.
However, we can tell from the student
feedback so far that the new SUB will
be an astonishing, unique and truly living building built for the ages.
If we are chosen, we will work hard
to honour the vision of UBC's student
community. We really believe that the
new SUB can show the university and
the community how we need to build
for the future. Our commitment is to
help you turn great ideas into a smart,
innovative, useful and beloved reality. 2010.03.29/UBYSSEY.CA/SUB/13
OCTOBER 2008: The
AMS selects the
Cornerstone Planning
Group to draw up the
program document for
the new SUB. A six-
phase planning process
is implemented.
MARCH 2009: The AMS
releases the first draft of
the new SUB program
and describes the new
building as "a student-
run, $110 million,
250,000 square foot,
visionary green building
open to the entire
campus community."
Future plans include a
60 per cent increase
in AMS facilities, a
childminding centre, a
24-hour study space, an
expanded Norm Theatre
and BBQ Pit, and a
node section.
Work begins on the
agreements with
Properties Trust and
the architect selection
process, but the AMS
and UBC cannot agree
on the size ofthe
project's budget.
MARCH 2010: Current
AMS VP Administration
Ekaterina Dovjenko
and President Bijan
Ahmadian inform
AMS Council that the
university administration
and the AMS have finally
reached an agreement
on the leasing ofthe
new SUB. The AMS
will now undergo a
shortlisting process to
choose the architectural
firm who will design the
new building.
Students Brian Sullivan
tells AMS Council
that the SUB Renew
project has come to a
standstill. "There's an
acknowledgement on my
part that we've hit some
serious speed bumps at
the moment," he said at
the time. The university
administration said that
project management and
architectural selection
processes have not
been resolved, therefore,
drafting agreements
cannot be finalized.
names Properties Trust,
a private company run
by the university, as the
project manager for the
new SUB. The AMS will
select the architectural
firm. A joint oversight
committee consisting
of representatives from
AMS and UBC will
oversee the project.
President Stephen
Toope sends a letter to
the AMS expressing
his displeasure with
the status ofthe SUB
Busby Perkins+Will (BPW)       Bing Thorn Architects (BTA)
1. Based in Vancouver. 23 offices
2. Peter Busby founded the firm 25
years ago in Vancouver and merged with
Perkins+Will in 2004, adding over 75
years of international experience to the
3. Recent and current UBC projects include the Place Vanier Residences, the Buchanan Building Renovations, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), Earth and Social Sciences Building (ESSB) and the Centre for
Brain Health.
Other university projects include the
Living with Lakes Ecology Centre at Laurentian University Sudbury; the Energy. Environment. Experiential Learning. (EEEL) building, at the University
of Calgary; the Arts and Social Sciences
Complex at SFU; Nicola Valley Institute
of Technology Merritt; York University Computer Science Building, Toronto.
Our SUB experience includes the University of Washington, University of Texas, Chicago State University Clarkson
University Cleveland State University,
Drew University Duke University Eastern Michigan University Foothill Community College, Illinois State University Montclair State University Northwestern College, San Diego State University,
Seton Hall University Spellman University and Texas A&M University - College
Station, among others.
Our deep green sustainable design
and building experience includes VanDusen Botanical Garden Facilities Renewal, Vancouver (targeting LEED Platinum and Living Building Certification); Dockside Green Mixed-Use Development, Victoria (LEED Platinum Certified); Cross Roads, Vancouver (targeting LEED Gold); White Rock Operation
Centre, White Rock (LEED Gold Certified); Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Vancouver (targeting LEED Gold);
Currents Mixed-Use Development, Ottawa (LEED Platinum Certified); Ven-
to, Calgary (LEED Platinum Certified);
Norman Maurice Government Building, Montreal (LEED Gold Certified).
4. The new SUB presents the opportunity for current students to leave a legacy. The most important aspect of this
legacy will be the effect this project will
have on the campus' carbon footprint.
UBC is a Canadian and international
leader with the current LEED projects
on campus and the SUB can take that
reputation one step further and develop
one ofthe first student union buildings
in Canada, a facility that has no net-impact on the campus. It is essential to design a facility that is resilient, growing
and evolving with the changing technologies and needs of students today and
well into the future.
At Bing Thom Architects, we've been designing, building and inspiring communities for 28 years. Founded and based
in Vancouver, our two partners are UBC
alumni and over the years we have hired
many UBC grads, so we have a long relationship with the university and a firsthand understanding of what it means
to be a student on the campus. Our relationship with UBC has also extended
to include guest lectures, sponsorship
of architecture and planning talks, support of student clubs and the activities
of Friends of the Farm. Bing Thom recently received an honorary degree from
UBC for his service to the university and
greater community.
One of the buildings we're proudest
of is the Chan Centre at UBC. This project cost $26 million to build, making it
one of the most cost-effective buildings
of its type ever constructed. Manyyears
later, it continues to delight audiences and artists alike. We discovered early on that the key to a successful performance space is to create a place that immediately inspires the artist when they
walk on stage. If we can inspire them to
do their very best, everything else will
fall into place.
Architecture can make a difference,
and the first step is to design a building
that everyone will love. Then, the ability to achieve functional, social, environmental and economic goals becomes
much easier. The Chan Centre has become a bridge to the greater city community acting as a wonderful ambassador for the university. We believe the
SUB needs to have similar aspirations-
attracting people and changing how they
think about themselves and their community and extending the university's
influence far beyond its walls.
Several of our other projects have inspired positive change. A local example
is our Central City project ($135M) that recycled and reinvented a declining shopping centre in Surrey by adding a new
university campus for SFU along with
an office tower. The university space in
Central City is so popular that the waiting list is actually longer than for their
main campus.
We are impressed by the commitment
and the dedication of UBC students to the
SUB project. The AMS has chosen an innovative and challenging selection process and we encourage you to get involved
by attending the lectures and participating in the vote. Ongoing engagement is a
critical part of our design process as it is
through this process that we find our inspiration. In addition to face-to-face meetings, we use social media such as blogs,
Flickr and Facebook as a way to broaden
this discussion and to keep a wide constituency informed.
Henriquez Partners/
IBI Group Architects
1 & 2. The joint venture between Henriquez
Partners Architects and IBI Group began
in 1991 and combines the strengths of a
local design firm with grassroots activism,
collaborating together with the global expertise within an international practice.
Henriquez Partners has been practicing architecture in Vancouver for over 40
years and focuses on ethical practice, inclusive communities, and culturally sustainable architecture that is beautiful and
inspiring to inhabit.
IBI Group is an international company
with over 60 offices and over 2300 employees worldwide. Since its inception in
1974, the firm has been known as a leader in urban sustainability. The Vancouver
office is over 100 employees strong, many
of them UBC alumni.
3. Henriquez Partners are the architects
for the Woodward's building ($330 million)
which is a true example ofthe community
collaborating with the architects as an integral part ofthe design process. This innovative building is the physical manifestation of best practices and ethical design.
Our most acclaimed local collaboration
has been the BC Cancer Research Centre
($80 million). An iconic structure in Vancouver's skyline, the project combined the
rich design history of Henriquez Partners
with the deep technical knowledge and resources of IBI Group. The Centre is the first
medical research lab to reach LEED Gold
certification standards in Canada. This
project was also cost effective, coming in
$7 million dollars under budget.
4. By embracing smart technology and
empowering students, we will together
create a building that exceeds the expectations and desires ofthe entire university community treads lightly on the planet,
and creates a culturally meaningful legacy for future generations.
A dedication to sustainability is integral
to our design philosophy and is one ofthe
lenses through which we make decisions.
IBI Group having 286 employees with LEED
certification and Henriquez Partners Architects having recently designed a LEED
Platinum building at Broadway and Alma
demonstrates our dedication to sustainability. We believe our commitment to sustainability goes further than purely traditional environmental issues and accreditation. This is best explained by our friend,
renowned architect and scholar Alberto
"Ithas become increasingly self-evident
that merely 'sustainable' architecture that
establishes a better relation to the natural
environment..is not sufficient. Rather the
issue is one of 'cultural sustainability': an
architecture capable of addressing the new
realities of our increasingly complex and
heterogeneous social fabric."
Stantec Architecture/3XN
We consciously formed our collaboration
with Danish architects 3XN for the SUB
Renew Project 18 months ago to create an
outstanding building for the students of
UBC: one that is responsive to and shaped
by human behavior; one that has sustainable design principles imbedded at its core;
one designed through a process of student
engagement and one that is uniquely expressive of UBC student values.
1. Stantec Architecture's office is located
in Vancouver, with architectural staff resources of 120, and 3XN is located in Denmark with staff resources of 80. During
the intervening 18 months since our EOI
submission, we have spent time in our respective offices; refined our common values respecting design and delivery processes/approach to the AMS SUB Renewal
project; and created an ongoing collaboration in pursuit of other projects together.
2. Stantec was founded in 1954 and has
grown over the years into a major Canadian-based multi-disciplinary design company with staff in excess of 10,000 and annual revenues over $1.5 billion. 3XN was
formed in Denmark by founder Kim Her-
forth Nielsen in 1986 and has grown into
a pre-eminent Danish firm, with a "global" reach, securing the majority of its work
globally through invited International Design Competitions.
3. 3XN and Stantec Architecture projects completed or underway can be seen
at newsub.org/3xn and newsub.org/stan-
tecarchitecture. 3XN projects include Ores-
tad College, Denmark; Tangen Polytechnic, Norway; Alsion, Knowledge and Culture Centre, Denmark; and the Museum
of Liverpool, England. Stantec projects
include successive YVR International
Terminal Expansions; the SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue; the new VCC King Edward Campus; the BCIT Downtown Education Centre; the Liu Centre and MOA
Expansion at UBC; the new Student Centre and Medical School buildings at UBC-
O; and the new YMCA mixed-use building on Burrard Street. Project roles include full Prime Consultant services, collaborations with other firms and Executive Architect of Record responsibilities.
Stantec Architecture and 3XN have completed projects that range in construction
cost from $10 million upwards into the
hundreds of millions.
4. From the start, student engagement
will be our main priority. We will employ
the latest technology to harness student
opinion into the design. As we proceed,
embedded sustainability will be a major
emphasis securing not only a LEED Platinum Certification, but also setting new
standards for sustainable architecture. We
will make this a first-rate example of client-architect collaboration resulting in a
world class building for many future generations of UBC students. 14/UBYSSEY.CA/IDE AS/2 010.03. 29
Does the AUS not find it problematic that $60,000 of    by insiders. I hope that newly elected AUS President
Arts students'money resulted in a meager voter turn-     Brian Piatt will bring change that makes this kind of
out of 600? I didn't follow the AUS elections closely,     practice unacceptable.
but I can only assume that much of that $60,000 was
spent on parties thrown by insiders attended primarily                                            —Blake Frederick [March 25]
EDITOR TREVOR RECORD»ideas@ubyssey.ca
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You may be wondering why The Ubyssey devoted four pages to
the SUB renew project today. The new SUB won't be completed
until 2014 at the earliest and most of us will be long gone by
that time.
But the decisions that students make during the upcoming
consultation period will affect the experience for people coming here for decades to come. You'll have the unique opportunity to help select the building that will lie at the heart of campus. This building, along with the huge amount of club and social spaces it will come with, will play a major part in directing the experience of future students.
It's a costly project that is massive on a scale usually reserved
for cities and multi-billion dollar corporations. And it's the students of UBC who are putting themselves at the greatest financial risk. We'll be paying $78 million for the construction costs,
and $66 million of that is a loan.
UBC students are already contributing millions to the SUB
Renew fund, and that amount keeps growing. We'll be each paying $40 next year, and by 2017 that number will have reached
$110. They'll have to continue to pay that amount for 40 years
to come and it will be based on the designs of an architectural firm thatyou will have the opportunity to select next week.
So get educated about the SUB Renew. This project is the largest thatyou have any sort of say in while you're at this university. You should care about this project, even if it's just as a basic
courtesy to the students who will be using that building once
you are gone.
We were lovers once. You were my first. A nervous young first-year,
you took me into your warm embrace. You gave me reasonably-
priced beer, shuffleboard and an easy place to bum cigarettes. I
gave you my heart.
And now you're gone. All I can ask is, what happened, baby?
Sure, we had our differences. I said Saturday night Rockband
was a terrible idea and you shot back with a 10.75 pitcher of
Rocky Mountain Lager.
And sure, I sometimes find open mic tedious, but then again,
you've listened to my drunken ramblings with patience and po-
litesse. And while we're erring grievances, I'll admit that I think
that your pool table is barely functional, your shuffleboard has
seen better days and your atmosphere is sometimes akin to that
of a Foreign Legion cafeteria.
But I didn't mean for it to end like this. The truth is, I love
you for all your flaws.
So pull yourself together. Get rid of the bad people in your
life, watch your back door a little more carefully, and maybe,
just maybe, cut a few people off a little earlier in the night. It
won't mean you're frigid, it'll mean thatyou're ready for another raucous round tomorrow.
I promise that I'll change too. I used to complain about your
1 am close time, but no more. You want to experiment with midnight, 11pm? It's cool, honey-pie. I'll even make sure to bring a
more convincing fake ID next time.
You're more than a liquor license to me, Koerner's. But keeping your liquor license is a very important aspect of our relationship. Get it back and I'll stop boozing about the town with
any bistro or speak-easy that'll take me in. tl
Long-time reader, first-time
writer. Lately I've been kind of
getting interested in pee. Peeing on, being peed on, watching
people pee...It's not a big thing,
it's just kind of a curiosity. I can
see there's a taboo there, and
something about that taboo interests me.
Can you tell me a little about
some of the risks/benefits/cul-
tural-perspectives on this seemingly harmless activity? Ideas
like 'humiliation' and 'degradation' always seem to get lumped
in with 'water-sports', but is that
what it always is? Or is there
something more?
—Wandering Enthusiastic
Thoughts Needing Erotic Social
Before we get into your question, we' d like to thank you for
your letter. Writing in about
these kinds of things can sometimes be difficult, so we'd like to
applaud not only your charming
acronym, but also your openness. Now let's get down to
Risks seem to be pretty few,
apart from the obvious risk
of one of reeking of piss for a
bit. Keeping it in the bathtub/
shower or putting down a tarp
is, of course, a smart precaution. Aside from that, we recommend avoiding the eyes.
Benefits of watersports remain a mystery to this writer, but one assumes that if you
wrote this letter with sincerity in your heart, you've got the
full list either on your person
or memorized. Peeing on someone else will probably not improve cardio health, flexibility
or grades, but if you and your
consenting are both piqued
by the experience, it can have
the same benefits as any sort
of intimate play. Increasing intimacy, trust and erotic pleasure come to mind. That being said, keep in mind that
most people will actually experience estrangement, distrust and sexual aversion in relation to a person taking a leak
on them, so ask first and make
sure that everyone knows what
they're getting into.
Now to discuss the most interesting part of your letter: is
humiliation an inherent part of
piss-play? Urine, like most ofthe
obvious things that leave our
body, has a lot of symbolic baggage that comes with it. Now,
seeing as urine is a waste product, anointing someone with
piss seems to carry a bit of an
underlying message of "be my
human toilet." That being said,
if you don't see it that way, your
partner doesn't see it that way
and when you're peeing all over
each other you're really trying
to say something like, "I need
your love like I need to pee: several times a day," or "stay golden," then maybe there is something more to it.
In either case, I trust that if anyone is capable of exploring and
mapping this terrain, it's you,
WETNESS. Be your own sexplor-
er and smash through that taboo.
I've heard that sex columnists
are crazy-sauce in the sack, so to
speak. Is there any truth to that,
or are all the stories just rumors
started by the sensually-starved
sex columnists themselves?
And hey, when exactly does a
"healthy sex life" turn into a "crazy wild sex life"? Is there some
sort of point scale to judge by?
-Willing Yet Lustfully Demanding Usefully Responsible
General Edification Soonish
Three points here:
1 Being a humble sort, I hesitate to boast of my own prowess, but judging from the noises this writer hears in the
night either one member of
the Too Sexy house is, well,
too sexy, or our mild-mannered Chinese landlady has
some explaining to do.
2 A healthy sex life is something that helps you survive
the daily grind. A crazy wild
sex life is something that
takes a grind daily in order
to survive. When you reach
the tipping point you'll know.
Point scales are for frat boys
with something to prove.
3 Great Acronym. The Y for
the I in Wild? Genius. tJ
Anyways, that's it for this week
Send your letters to toosexy®
Is   academic   freedom
I'd like to develop an idea
touched by Joanna Chui's recent article [The 'faith test' debate, March 19] regarding Canadian Association of University Teachers's (CAUT) critique
of what is perceived as Trinity
Western University's (TWU) impediment of academic freedom.
CAUT has criticised the university for requiring professors to
sign a declaration confirming
their Christian faith. The accusation, I believe, is self-defeating on two interrelated fronts.
The rhetoric of 'freedom of
choice', can be pushed so far
as to undermine other people's
'rights' (to use another slippery word). In what way? Take
a boundless capitalism, where
the powerful may trample the
weak; or similarly, the case of
abortion: how are the rights of
the unborn human protected? In
both cases the 'freedom' of some
trumps the 'rights' of others.
CAUT's critique assumes that
academic freedom is hindered
by requiring a confessional
stance. However, by professing
to be immune and 'free' from
dogmatism—and by setting itself on a witch-hunt against
those who, in their view, impede freedom—CAUT actually
errs by committing the very sin
it condemns. The freedom of
TWU is hampered by what is
essentially the inflexible prejudice of CAUT.
It seems that the question to
ask is if there is any evidence
that an institution requiring
its faculty to submit to a statement of faith is any less 'free'
than any other institution. Do
not all institutions, in one way
or another, have some intellectual commitments—even if hidden or unexplored?
If I'm allowed a gross speculation, CAUT's resistance boils
down to a secular society whose
assumptions have left their (unseen) mark on us. Freud hovers
over the turbulent waters ofthe
21st century, while Nietzsche subtly reigns supreme through his
power-grasping stance and the
pessimism which are embedded
in our post-everything culture.
Yet Nietzsche and Freud are
not gods, are they? Why, then,
do we worship their commitment to doubt and suspicion in
taking them for granted as the
highest of all virtues (as well as
the militant atheism implicit in
them)? Freud and Nietzsche also
had agendas—deeply over-reactive, biased, 'un-free' agendas.
It was the latter, after all, who
said that in women "a slave and
a tyrant have all too long been
We've all experienced adolescence. We all know what it means
to pleasantly follow whatever is
in vogue and be blindly swayed
bythe spirit ofthe age. Sadly, in
a totali-tolerant Western world,
under the rubric of'tolerance' critiques such as CAUT's are nothing but a product of our times:
screams and shouts of a teenager rebelling against anyone who
stands in the way to challenge
his veiled motivations.
To hold a perspective is not the
issue—we all hold one, consciously or not. Claiming to posses a
'free', 'unbiased objectivity' is
not a virtue; it's an illusion—and
sadly, a candy-coating for those
wielding power, as I'm sure Nietzsche would certainly agree.
Hopefully, we can all learn
from this and ask our professors to be explicit as to what
their philosophical assumptions
are, and to what it is they are ultimately committed, vl 2010.03. 29/UBYSSEY.C A/IDE AS/1 5
It's dissapointing to see that we
will soon be saddled with an
$89 "cost of living" increase. For
someone working a minimum
wage job that's another two days
of work just to cover the rise, not
to mention all the food that one
could buy. And yet, our newly-
minted AMS president feels that
this won't have an effect on his
Which leads me to ask, who is
paying his tuition? Is he working 40 hours a week to pay for
school and rent? If he isn't, who
is he to say what effect this has
on a working student? I know
plenty of people who would have
run against him. Alas, printing
hundreds of campaign posters is
a luxury that most can't afford,
what with the cost of food, and
now this $89 fee hike.
-Matt McDonnell
Arts 4
Dear Justine,
You start off your letter by pointing out that abortion is a common medical procedure. Is it
correct to assume that simply
because something is common
and easily accessible, it should
be taken off the discussion table and granted immediate
Currently the United Nations defines genocide as the
deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part,
of an ethnic, racial, religious,
or national group. This includes:
1 Killing members of the
2 Causing serious bodily or
mental harm to members of
the group.
3 Deliberately inflicting on
the group conditions of life
calculated to bring about its
physical destruction in whole
or in part.
We are aware that there are differences between abortion and
historical acts of genocide, but
there are still fundamental similarities which warrant a comparison being made. Abortion
is the deliberate and systematic killing of unprecedented
numbers of unborn children,
and there are trained medical
professionals and clinics set up
solely for this intent.
Furthermore, there exists a
striking correlation between
the dehumanization of those
victims present in historical
genocidal schemes and more
contemporary justifications for
abortion. So as you can see, we
are not comparing women who
have had abortions to Nazis—in
contrast, we sympathize with
them and condemn the abortion
itself and not the individual. We
are arguing for the humanity of
the unborn, who are what we all
once were, both voiceless and
legally defenceless. I hope you
can agree this is a serious topic
and deserves a serious discussion by mature parties, whatever the outcome may be.
The students representing
GAP on March 9 were willing
to engage with UBC students
passing by in a civil and respectful manner, which hardly
deserves being labeled as hate
speech. You point out that "If
the administration insists on
allowing the GAP display to return to campus, there should be
strict limitations." What sort of
limitations, Justine? Canada is
supposed to be a country allowing individual expression, and
we cannot have a democracy
by limiting the rights of free
speech and peaceful demonstration. Where do we draw the line
and decide who has the right to
have an opinion?
There have been historical instances in the past where those
vying for social reform experienced persecution and harsh
opposition, and it scares me
to think that we live in a country where the truth can only be
revealed if authority says it is
permissible. If "everyone has a
right to free speech," then why
did the pro-choicers stop the
pro-life students from engaging
in peaceful debates? Are they
suggesting that controversial
speech should be made illegal,
and we should only discuss what
society has already labeled as
the right choice?
A university should be a marketplace of ideas, and the chanting, censorship and discrimination demonstrated by the SRR
is a clear example of blatant injustice against human rights.
—Ania Kasprzak
I am a former features reporter for the Calgary Albertan and
the Lethbridge Herald and editor for three magazines. Recently I was given the article by Trevor Record, Paying for the Party,
printed in your paper March 1,
2010. This article was biased
and personally offensive as it indicated the cost for the Olympic
Games was "Atleast $8.7 billion
spent," which included items
not budgeted for by VANOC for
the Games.
Costs for such projects as
the Canada Line, the Convention Centre and Sea to Sky improvements are not part of the
Olympic expenses. They were
in the works as necessary improvements for the city and
province. Including these projects is like saying any expense
that would enhance the Games
should be included.
It is understandable that
anything that would make our
bid to get the Olympics better,
should be included. However,
these were previously on the
table and not part of VANOC's
What I also object to is Mr
Record's use of verbage such
as "The City of Richmond was
stuck," the use of "even spent,"
"even Surrey" "That doesn't even
include" and "with no clue." The
article was not on the Editorial
page or a column.
The feature would have been
better to categorize costs as
"VANOC Costs" and "Other Costs
to spruce up the city" for this
worldwide look at Vancouver,
the province and Canada. {Editor's Note: Subsections within the
article which she refers to were
"VANOC's share," "What we've
budgeted," "Add it up," and "Fudging the numbers."]
When I put on a party I don't
include cleaning costs, home
renovations or a new dress,
which I may spend money on
but would have regardless.
Lastly if I want to achieve
something, like attracting special guests or winning the right
to host the Olympic Games, I
would name EVERYTHING I
could think of to accomplish
my goal, even though those
costs would not be in the VANOC
budget. What others decide to
contribute comes out of their
The spin-off benefits from
having these Games is so great,
but that is another topic and you
can't put a monetary value on
people's positive memories and
the benefits for years to come.
—Angel Drummond
The following students are eligible to vote in the Ubyssey Editorial Elections this week:
Brendan Albano
Stephanie Findlay
Cynthia Khoo
Roel Moeurs
Ian Turner
Kate Barbaria
Kristen Ford
Krittana Khurana
Pierce Nettling
Laura Tuovinen
Jeff Blake
Anthony Goertz
Sarah Ling
Sophie Raider
Jonny Wakefield
Paul Bucci
Kai Green
Trevor Record
Bryce Warnes
Keegan Bursaw
Katarina Grgic
Alex Lougheed
Oana Sandu
Kasha Chang
Kristen Harris
Kayleena Makortoff
Tagh Sira
Ashley Whillans
Joanna Chiu
Austin Holm
Tara Martellaro
Stephanie So
Kathy Yan Li
Sarah Chung
Samantha Jung
Justin McElroy
Philip Storey
Danielle Zandbergen
Gerald Deo
Larisa Karr
Virginie Menard
Michael Thibault
Voting will take place in the Ubyssey offices until Friday 3pm this week. Email cmweene@ubyssey.ca
for more information.
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