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Winning impromptu dance-offs since 1918
Tuesday, 23 January, 2007
Pickton goes on trial
WOMEN WARRIORS' SONG: Supporters of the victims' families rallied outside the New Westminster Law Courts.   Francis plourde photo
Murder trial ignites display of solidarity
Dozens come to honour missing family and march against violence against women
by Jesse Ferreras
A traditional drumming ceremony greeted the beginning of the
trial of Robert Pickton at the New
Westminister Law Courts Monday
Over a dozen representatives of
the Downtown Eastside Women's
Centre and other organisations
gathered at the Law Courts plaza in
a display of solidarity to draw attention to the violence being committed against women from the area.
The participants, many of
them wearing traditional First
Nations regalia, performed a
"Women Warriors' Song" from
the Lillooet nation as well as
many   other   traditional   songs
throughout the morning.
"I'm here because I needed to
drum and honour my sisters and
their family members to let them
know that there's support here
for them," said drummer C.J.
Julian. "We come here in a good
way and all we want is respect,
[to] show them our culture, our
traditional ways and that we're
good people."
Marlene George, an organiser
for the annual Women's Memorial
March, which commemorates the
murders of 29 women and 40
still unaccounted for, said that
violence is happening against
women in the Downtown Eastside
by men outside the community as
well as inside.
The march, which takes place
February 14, was instituted as a
community-wide event after the
"heinous, ugly" violence that was
committed against a woman in the
Downtown Eastside 16 years ago.
"There's just way too much
violence and it has to end," said
George, adding that a lack of
enforcement is allowing it to continue.
"We have waited a long time in
the Downtown Eastside community to see justice," she added.
"There are 26 women that
Pickton is charged with murdering, six families will be getting
some justice and will be having
some closure, but for many other
families, still their daughters are
missing and unaccounted for."
"There's still all kinds of crimes
committed against women."
Elder Rita Blind, also of the
Downtown Eastside Women's
Centre, asked for spiritual help
on the first day of the trial.
"Today I would like to ask our
grandfather Buffalo to guide us,"
she said. "Especially in this courtroom today, I ask him to be present, and our spirit people to be
present, so that justice will be
done. It has to come from within
the system itself, it has to come
from there in order for anything
to change because that's where
justice is."
"There's just way too much
violence and it has to end,"
George said, "adding that a lack
of enforcement is allowing it to
continue." @
by Eric Szeto
Robert William Pickton sat motionless as the Crown prosecutor laid
out the details of a confession in
which he admitted to killing 49
people and planned to get one
more "to make it an even 50," but
failed to do so because he "was
kind of sloppy at the end."
It was among many shocking
revelations the prosecution
unveiled Monday morning as they
offered their opening statements
during the first day of the most
highly publicised murder trial in
Canadian history.
Pickton, 57, charged with the
murders of 26 sex-trade workers
from Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside, is currently sitting on trial
for the deaths of six women: Mona
Lee Wilson, Sereena Abotsway,
Georgina Faith Papin, Andrea
Joesbury, Marnie Lee Anne Frey and
Brenda Wolfe.
Crown prosecutor Derrill Previtt
reaffirmed Pickton's guilt, stating
that "he had the expertise, means
and opportunity."
Pickton was subdued, scribbling
notes as the prosecution underscored the gruesome findings of the
18-month excavation of the 6.8
hectare Port Coquitlam pig farm that
started in 2002.
Led by police officers and archeology students from Canadian universities including Simon Fraser
University and the  University of
see "Trial"page 2.
and BoG
candidate gets
by Katie Fitzpatrick
The Board of Governors (BoG) debate on
January 16 pitted newcomers against
veterans as some candidates questioned
the advantages of previous Alma Mater
Society (AMS) positions.
BoG candidate Tristan Markle's
opening speech set the tone for the rest
of the debate.
"Experience is kind of like a bell
curve or a parabola. No experience
means you won't make much of a dif-
see "BoG" page 2.
More AMS elections... think you can you handle it? News
Tuesday, 23 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Justice Williams and defence lawyer Peter Ritchie urge jury to keep an open mind
"Trial"continued from page 1
Toronto, the excavation team
unearthed the partially decomposed remains of 27 people.
Previtt said in his opening
statements that it was only after
Pickton was arraigned on gun
charges in 2002, when police
officers who were searching his
farm inadvertently came across a
freezer with large plastic buckets
containing the severed heads,
hands and feet of two people.
The remains, later identified
by DNA, belonged to Sereena
Abotsway and Andrea Joesbury.
The skull of Mona Wilson was
later found in the slaughterhouse
of Pickton's farm. Her skull had a
bullet hole through the frontal
lobe. Authorities, according to
Previtt, also found sex toys, a
drug pipe and women's running
shoes in his closet marked with
Wilson's DNA.
The lower jaw of Brenda Wolfe
was uncovered mixed with a
number of bones and manure
near the slaughterhouse. Marnie
Frey was identified only by a partial jaw.
"No further corporeal remains
have been found," Previtt said.
Previtt alleged that while
Pickton was detained on the first
pair of murder charges in 2002,
he admitted to an undercover
officer posing as his cellmate
that all he needed was one more
to "make it an even 50." That was
when, according Previtt, Pickton
gestured to his cellmate a five
then a zero with his hand.
During interviews with the
authorities, Pickton was also alleged
to have said "I should be on death
row" and "You make me more of a
mass murderer than I am."
All the interviews Pickton had
with the undercover officer and
with the authorities were videotaped, said Previtt.
Despite the unnerving opening
statement by the prosecution,
defence lawyer Peter Ritchie urged
the jury to keep an open mind.
"Mr Pickton did not kill, nor
did he participate in the killings
of the six women," Ritchie said
during the defence's opening
Ritchie said that he wasn't
refuting the Crown's position but
acknowledged that he would not
accept their case because the DNA
that was found was not Pickton's
nor the six women he is being
tried for killing.
"Be objective about the evidence," he said, while appealing to
the jury not to let their emotions get
the better of them.
Justice James Williams also
appealed to the jury to remain
impartial during the proceedings.
"You must listen to this evidence
alone," he told the jurors.
Outside the court, tensions were
high as many of the 300 accredited
media swarmed the victims' families throughout the day.
Most of the attention was directed towards Marnie Frey's outspoken stepmother, Lynn Frey as she
stood with her 14 year-old granddaughter Brittney.
Lynn Frey, who lives on
Vancouver Island, said she would
try to attend as many days as possi
ble even though she wasn't allowed
to enter the trial because she had
been subpoenaed to testify.
Other family members were
frustrated by the spotlight Lynn
Frey was receiving.
Rick Frey, brother of victim
Marnie Frey, said he and their biological mother, Charlotte Frey, had
been experiencing much pain from
their treatment by other family
Rick Frey asked, "How long is it
going to be before Lynn Frey goes to
the news again?"
"That's the mother," he said,
pointing to Charlotte Frey. "How
does she feel?"
Charlotte Frey said that she just
wanted the spotlight to be taken off
her daughter.
Pickton has been charged with
the murders of 20 other women. A
subsequent trial for those victims
should follow shortly after the completion of the first trial next year.
The provincial government has
already spent an estimated $120
million on the case. ©
—with files from Jesse Ferreras
Friedrich holds his ground at the BoG debate
"BoG"continued from page 7
ference. [Too much experience
means] you are embedded in the
system and you start to think like
the administration, you start to
think tuition fees are okay...you
start to think like the oppressor,"
he said.
"I fall on the other side of the
parabola probably, and a lot of people are probably going to hold my
experience against me," said
Friedrich in response, "I don't really think that should be the case and
I hope you do take a look at the plat
form and what I have to say."
Melody Ma, a second year student
who was admittedly the least-experienced candidate, described the
advantages of an undergraduate
perspective. "[The BoG] needs to
understand that students have daily
complaints such as the puddle that
is always bothering us."
Darren Peets and Robert
Maclean also used their openings to
place themselves on the experience
"I know enough about this stuff
to know what the problems are,"
explained Peets.
With a sister and father previ-
as newcomers question
ously involved in UBC politics,
McLean noted, "Even around the
dinner table, I live UBC politics."
Not only was Friedrich's previous
experience with the AMS brought
into question by other candidates—Friedrich was forced to
defend his simultaneous vie for
both the AMS presidency and a
BoG position.
"We send at-large reps out now
so they're not bound to AMS policy," said Friedrich. "With AMS policy everything that is said has at
least gone through a committee
process and has been debated at
AMS council...! guarantee [thatthat
veterans experience
is] more consultative than an at-
large student who goes and represents his own opinion or the opinion of himself and a few of his
friends...I think we should be sending our chief representative of students, the president."
Aidha Shaikh addressed the
issue of making UBC politics more
transparent by proposing "a session
where you can openly discuss with
students and explain what these
[policies] actually mean [and] their
"The BoG," said Shaikh,
"should be like a natural bog, full of
resources for students." @
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External debate
poses problems for
two candidates
by Katie Fitzpatrick
VP External candidates Chris Brush and
Thomas Masterson both spoke about their lack
of experience in their opening speeches at last
Tuesday night's debate. Although a common
theme in this week's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
debates, it appeared to have posed particular
problems for the two.
When asked about UBC's choice to align
with lobbying group Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA), as opposed to the
more popular Canadian Federation of Students
(CFS), Brush turned the question back to a few
informed audience members, asking why UBC
had aligned with CASA in the first place.
Masterson noted that although he was
unsure of the difference between the two
groups, it seemed "inane" that there might be
any conflict between them and suggested "finding a common ground."
This was echoed by candidates Joel
Kozwarski and Matthew Naylor. Naylor was
aware of the divide between the two groups and
cited reconciliation between them as a major
element of his VP External platform.
On the issue of public transit to UBC, Brush
again mentioned his lack of experience but
noted his admiration for the "beloved" U-Pass,
and said he would like to see other, similar policies adopted by the AMS.
Kozwarski said that he would like to see
more buses at UBC, but doubted the GVRD
would come up with the necessary resources.
Masterson proposed a different type of
adjustment, saying that it was perhaps not the
number of buses but their routes that needed to
change. If all the buses which ran down 41st
street, explained Masterson, were to run down
16th, then they would hit a much more "densely student populated area."
Naylor suggested that the GVRD hold a
meeting at UBC at nine in the morning on a
Friday. With some members coming from as
far away as Coquitlam, he pointed out that this
might force them to acknowledge extent of the
UBC bus shortage. @
AMS battle continues between old and new
by Colleen Tang
The Alma Mater Society's (AMS) Senate, VP
Administration and VP Finance debates took
place Thursday night at Totem Park and once
again pitted veteran student politicians against
rookie candidates.
The debate began with Senate candidates providing different reasons for wanting the position. It ranged from prior experience as councilors to the ability to provide an external perspective to the AMS.
"I can bring a new perspective and a really
different one to the senate," said Alfie Lee.
"Throughout this year I've seen many cases of
students having trouble with academic matters
and do not know where to turn to get help."
Senatorial incumbent Jaspreet Khangura
highlighted why her time served on Senate
proved successful.
"[Senate] is a slow moving body," she said
adding that issues are discussed for over a year.
"It's important to have old senators come back."
"Continuity is important."
Like Lee, candidate Hillson Tse has no prior
experience in the senate body but expressed his
two main goals clearly—to combat student apathy and maintain accountability.
"If I screw up, I have another nine years to
deal with this problem," he said adding he was
"open to criticism."
Lawrence Song said that being "a full time
and heavily loaded student" is advantageous
because he can represent students in similar
Candidates Daniel Lin and Raymond "Peter"
Pan were absent from the debate.
"It was actually disappointing to see everyone not show up," said fifth year arts student
All five candidates discussed the issue of student apathy but also acknowledged that student
apathy is not a central issue for the Senate position. "That's not what this race is about...it's
about academic [policies]," said Ahmed.
VP Administration
The race for VP Administration is between
three women and a "barbarian" this year.
Suvina To currently works closely with VP
Administration David Yuen on the Student
Administration Commission, while Sarah
Naiman sits as an AMS Arts representative.
Liz Ferris, meanwhile, has experience with
the Student Environment Centre and did her
homework days before the debate.
With three different backgrounds came
three distinct views—and Lougheed "the
Barbarian" grunted back at them all.
To's main goal as a candidate is to "increase
communication and...visibility" on campus
between students and the AMS because of her
"experience dealing directly with students" and
their concerns.
She added that she wants to continue reinforcing initiatives currently in place.
Naiman's central objective is to develop a
new project with all the current clubs on campus to show off their work.
Ferris took a different approach and stated
the importance of maintaining and sustaining
AMS businesses.
The issue of resource groups and the AMS's
stance towards them came up for discussion
and all candidates agreed that a level of neutrality should be maintained without alienating students, they also agreed that they were a great
presence on campus.
Lougheed "the Barbarian," however
expressed his intention to "destroy" them.
Naiman's powerful presence and voice
proved effective for one student Martine
Plouffe, fourth year arts student. She said out of
all the candidates she "sounded opinionated."
"I don't know if I'd hand over power to
anyone quiet...so what they [the other candidates] had to say didn't affect me in any
way," she said.
Lougheed's contributions were limited to
grunting about "Lougheed clubs," and stomping
his feet and thumping his fists.
However, this race between three candidates and barbarian has been cut to two as
Ferris withdrew from the race on January 19,
citing "her own reasons."
VP Finance
Peter Rizov and Brittany Tyson managed proper debate over the position of VP Finance: one-
Because of Tyson's prior experience working with both the current VP Finance and her
predecessor, she expressed interest in "[making the] AMS more relevant to...student life"
because she knows the position as well as
"improve efficiency of businesses."
Rizov countered this point with the argument that the position should perhaps be made
to do more than "crunch the numbers" so that
it would free up the VP Finance to spend time
on organising projects, such the idea of having
a textbook buyback system—an idea that has
already failed as an AMS business.
He also expressed interest in combining the
jobs of VP Finance and VP Administration
because of issues that traverse both portfolios.
In addition, he said that an additional position
to focus primarily on the budget could possibly
give the VP Finance "more time to explain [the
budget] to the students."
Tyson pointed out that there is already a
structure in place to look at the budget—the
budget committee. She said that combining the
two positions would not be beneficial because
"there's enough for one individual" to deal with
in each portfolio.
"I think [Tyson] would be better because
she's more experienced and she has some
knowledge of the [AMS]," said first-year
human kinetics student Davin Mackenzie.
"The new ideas that [Rizov] put forth can be
implemented by her" because of her prior
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McGill principal reiterates
call to lift tuition freeze
Quebec'wants low tuition/says student leader
by Sarah Colgrove and
Alexander Legrain
MONTREAL (CUP)-Heather Munroe-
Blum took advantage of her recent
appearance before the Quebec
National Assembly to call for an end
to the province's tuition freeze.
Noting that "the under-funding
of post-secondary education is seriously handicapping Quebec society," Munroe-Blum went on to say
that "the government alone cannot
foot the entire bill."
"The freeze on tuition fees should
be removed immediately and Quebec
tuition should rise at least to the
Canadian average within three years,"
she said.
Munroe-Blum, the principal of
McGill University in Montreal, was
reporting to the legislative body on
how McGill was using public funds.
Her presentation came as McGill
students began to gear up for the
February 7 Day of Action, when student unions across the country will
call for increased government funding for post-secondary education. At
McGill, a central focus of the campaign will be maintaining the freeze
on tuition fees for Quebec residents.
"Munroe-Blum speaks on behalf
of the upper admin of the university—she has no mandate from the student body or the university senate,
or the unionised workers," said
Aaron Donny-Clark, president of
McGill's student society. "Quebec's
society and student movement have
shown time and time again that
[Quebec] wants low tuition."
At the McGill senate, Munroe-
Blum said she was optimistic about
the effect of her presentation to the
National Assembly.
"This meeting was the most substantial I have seen," she said. "There
was widespread recognition that the
system is under-funded and that it
must be addressed. . . [People] put
aside their ideologies."
The Canadian Federation of
Students, a national student lobby
group and the organiser of the Day of
Action, worries that the tuition freeze
is in danger under the current provincial Charest government, which has
refused to commit to the the freeze if
re-elected in the next year.
In her presentation to the National
Assembly Munroe-Blum reiterated
her proposal that higher tuition fees
be coupled to improved financial aid,
with 30 per cent of tuition fees
increases going directly into bursaries, in order to maintain accessible
"The current tuition fee policy primarily benefits students from upper-
middle class families and more affluent sectors of society" Munroe-Blum
told the National Assembly. "The
inescapable truth is that subsidising
tuition fees forces the average taxpayer to help pay for the education of children of the most affluent."
But Max Silverman, a student society vice-president, rejected that analysis, calling it "economically unfounded" and saying that Munroe-Blum's
progressive language cloaked an ideological commitment to tuition fee
"Under a progressive taxation sys
tem, if parents are paying tuition fees,
those who are making more money
are those who are paying more taxes,"
he said.
"And, if students are paying their
own tuition, starting salaries are higher than those without post-secondary
degrees, so when they start working
they're automatically paying more
back into the system."
Silverman said that a better bursary program would not make education more accessible if coupled with
higher tuition fees.
"It does nothing for students who
don't live with their parents, or students who come from lower-middle
income backgrounds, or who are
struggling to pay current fees and
would not be eligible for these bursaries," he said.
Donny-Clark said that higher
tuition fees would "change the kind of
people attending university" regardless of a bursary program.
He pointed to a 1999 study by
the Department of Epidemiology at
the University of Western Ontario that
examined how the socio-economic
background of medical students
changed as tuition fees increased
from $4,000 to $10,000 over a four-
year period. The study found a 50 per
cent decline in the participation rate
of students from low-income families.
Munroe-Blum also called for an
end to the McGill Adjustment—under
which McGill has received $80 million less than it is entitled to from the
Quebec government since 2000—and
for a program that would see the government match private donations in
order to encourage philanthropy. @
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Labyrinthine fantasy
now playing
by Mark Hazel
Pan's Labyrinth is the most awe-
inspiring work that sci-fi/horror
junkie Guillermo del Toro has created to date. Del Toro's amazing talent
of creating fictitious worlds and characters in previous films such as
HeUboy do not even compare to the
display of creativity and ingenuity
seen on display in his latest film.
The story centres around a giant
mill on an expansive estate during
the Spanish Civil War. The plot consists of contrasting, interwoven storylines. The first story displays the
harsh reality and struggle of those
involved in the civil war under fascist rule. The second tells of the
film's young protagonist, Ophelia,
and her fairy tale world of fantasy
and awe. It is extremely impressive
how del Toro is able to develop both
storylines equally and then seamlessly present them together as a
polished product.
The film has been fashioned as
a fantasy for adults, and it is
because of the often graphic and
mature content in this film-
unseen in other fantasy productions—that one yields to its original
tone. Even though it is a violent
film, the acts are out of character,
or excessive. These traits are attributed to del Toro's ability to create
such amazing, complete characters, and his artistic genius.
Despite the brilliant script and
outstanding character development,
the film leaves the audience with
unanswered questions, or deviations in character that have no
repercussions. As an adult fairy tale,
the presentation of certain monsters seemed to appear somewhat
childish. Overall, however, Pan's
Labyrinth is an amazing film. @
OToole peaks in twilight years
now playing
by Kian Mintz-Woo
Peter O'Toole has such an extraordinary acting ability that when he
takes on a role, it's like he's
explored every crevice and crawl-
space for cobwebs and dirt. Even
the way he leans against a rail
makes you feel for him. His posture
and hand gestures convey character. In the span of a single scene,
he managed to become the
emotional anchor in Wolfgang
Petersen's dreadful Troy. Venus is
a film that showcases his talent as
effectively as ever before, and does
it extremely well.
This is not the O'Toole we all
know from movies like The Ruling
Class and Lawrence of Arabia.
It would be easy to say that he
has mellowed since his younger
roles, but I'd say instead that his
range has widened. We see in
Venus how he's actually more
intense when smiling than when
being dramatic. While his role in
The Ruling Class was ecstatic and
insane, in Venus, he is an old man
coping with his mortality the only
way he knows how: through pleasure. It's a subtler conflict, although
it still retains his wicked sense of
Maurice (O'Toole), an aging
actor, becomes captivated by his
friend Ian's (Leslie Phillips) grand-
niece. Enter Jessie, the eponymous
girl (Jodie Whittaker). Ian dreams
of a girl he can introduce to the literary pantheon who will cook him
fish. Of course, he is not ready for
Jessie. With her drinking and her
disaffected front, she leaves him
"screaming for euthanasia."
This does not stop Maurice from
falling for her, however. He can't
resist; pleasure is how he interacts
with the world. Maurice is charming and witty but he tries to bury
his emotions in his relationship
with Jessie. It takes a talented actor
to portray this unusual script.
Hanif Kureishi (writer of My
Beautiful Laundrette) has written a
script that doesn't attempt to give
answers about old age, death,
friendship, or love. All it does is
suggest. Maurice, for instance, is
no Humbert Humbert. Kureishi's
script takes away Humbert's pathos
and simplicity and replaces it with
bathos and layers.
The other actors, particularly
Whittaker and Vanessa Redgrave,
as Maurice's ex-wife, are a pleasure
to watch. Director Roger Michell
(Notting Hill Enduring Love) has
coaxed a nuanced performance
from Whittaker. She balances
teenage disgust with female vanity
and the tension that results.
This is a film that will be
enjoyed by aspiring actors; it showcases a master at the height of his
creative powers. @
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Tuesday, 23 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Let us not forget the concerns of the DTES
The proceedings of the Robert
Pickton trial are now public and
already they're being examined
at length from every possible
angle. Our gorgeous coastal city
is now preparing itself for a deluge of disturbing detail, all of
which happened, horrifically,
right under our noses.
Those of us who attended the
first trial proceedings yesterday
have already gotten a preview to
the terrible truths that are being
unveiled after five years of
silence. The haunting faces of
those first six women alone, staring from the front page of every
newspaper, are enough to make
one turn away from the violence
and cruelty they represent in
The grisly details of this murder case will likely affect the
Downtown Eastside (DTES) in
one of two ways. They will either
shine a much needed spotlight
on the neglect that continues to
plague the DTES community and
its marginalised women, or they
will simply compound the fear
and xenophobia that keeps driving us away from helping and listening to our fellow citizens who
live just a bus ride away.
Let us remember, in the
midst of all the violence and gore
that will soon be made public,
that these forgotten women who
once lived among us were not
simply 'hookers and drug
addicts.' Let us hope this case
will ram it home to all of us that
they like so many others struggling in the DTES, were human
beings and members of our community who desperately needed
help, a fact that we continue to
ignore despite ongoing DTES
advocacy efforts. It will certainly
be bittersweet if it takes a massacre of this scale to get people's
It's one thing to talk about
support; it's another to give it.
We don't realise the avenues
available to us to help. We have
known social workers who in
the past have pointed wryly at
the irony of our internationally
focused students trying to save
the world abroad, when part of
our city is dying right before
our eyes. Why exactly do some
of us aspire to fight the AIDS
crisis in Africa when our own
city's oldest neighborhood has
one of the highest rates of HIV
infection in the Western world?
We don't know. But it's food for
There are a several ways to
contribute to improving conditions on the DTES. Organisations
like the Women's Drop-In Centre
Society (WISH) and Prostitution
Alternatives Counselling and
Education (PACE) need support
while they work towards making
the DTES safer for sex trade workers. They have been incredibly
resourceful with such projects as
the Mobile Access Project (MAP),
which, instead of simply opening
doors to those in need, goes out
onto the streets to find them.
Epidemiologists here at UBC
were evaluating and applauding
these initiatives long before most
of us were ever aware of them. In
addition, the UBC Learning
Exchange has been leading programs to educate students and
bring their enthusiasm to the
education and empowerment of
DTES residents. It's time more
people became aware of these
programs and took a look for
And of course there is the controversy around Insite, the supervised injection site where drug
users are able to inject drugs in a
clean, monitored environment
and receive immediate medical
attention and counselling services. The federal government has
agreed to only extend the site's
operating permit until the end of
the year, and the jury's out on
whether they'll get it renewed.
The site has committed itself to
improving conditions on the
DTES by centralising drug users—
in light of the floundering support
of the federal government it
needs, all the help it can get.
To put it simply don't succumb to fear. Go there sometime,
respectfully. You'd be surprised
at what you'll see. Talk to someone, you'd be surprised at what
they'll tell you. You pass by it
every Friday night on the way to
the bar. You walk right by it while
shopping in Gastown.
The Pickton trial will highlight
a number of things: drug use, violence, sexual assault, neglect and
poverty. But let's hope that it will
also highlight the intense amount
of communily advocacy fighting
to improve the quality of life there
from the inside out. Hopefully this
trial will, if anything, serve to
emphasise the needs of the DTES,
not its fearful stereotypes. @
Is the media coverage of the Pickton trial excessive?
—Daen Chang
Electrical Engineerings
"Yes, a little bit. It's
necessary to cover
something this
big, but there is a
—Danielle Cossarini
Literature, 4
"I've seen it a lot, so
yeah, it is a bit
—Mike Chang
"Is that the serial
—Jesse Cui
Economics, 4
"I haven't heard
about it"
—Mark Lee
Statistics and Economics, 3
"That's a good
question. Probably
cause it hasn't even
—Coordinated by Cheata Nao andXiaoyang Luo
How UBC is ruining the world
Lately most advances in greenhouse gas
abatement have focused on technological
change and altering the behaviour of individuals within society in order to assure a sustainable future. I, however, believe that this is a liberal media conspiracy to divert the blame
away from species Homo hippius, who is in
fact the main failure of the environmental
Disagreeing with "the system" is the focus
of many of his discussions, while trying to
change social conscience through grass-roots-
bottom-up-methods is perceived as his preferred way to incite change. H hippius is
inherently idealistic and makes normative
statements that completely circumvent reality.
He rejects most types of top-down approaches
as it would involve "getting into bed with the
enemy as a wage slave for the military-industrial complex." By acting in this manner, he
counter-productively limits his sphere of social
and environmental influence.
As the core value of H hippius lies in
respect for Mother Gaia, this means that he
has a duty to ensure her well-being. By making environmentally conscious concessions
in his personal life, but not in an organised
large-scale-top-down manner, he could be
considered to be acting morally reprehensi-
bly by not fulfilling his de-ontological duties.
Furthermore, he could actually be aggravating the situation by tarnishing the reputation
of all environmentalists who are tackling the
problems on both fronts.
Perhaps a more efficient way for H hippius
to make a positive contribution to the environmental movement would be to join the system
and to quit preaching airy-fairy BS. He should
get a career in a polluting company and slowly
work himself into a position where he could
incite change from the top down.
This is not to say that while working for "the
man," H hippius wouldn't be able to ride his
bike to work and eat organic food. He, as any
individual, is free to choose what to do with his
life because relatively few restrictions are
placed on him by society. He, however, refuses
to grant society the same unspoken liberties.
He is dedicated to preaching the way to environmental salvation by obstructing the autonomy of others e.g. lobbying for restrictions on
production, providing verbal disincentives for
certain careers, etc. Essentially H hippius is a
liberal fascist.
You may wonder how a society could propagate the misguided ideals of H hippius. The
answer lies in well-established institutions
such as the University of British Columbia.
UBC is a prime example of an institution that
fosters hippy ideals by creating a social
enclave of so called "college-know-it-all-hippies." This is widespread throughout the university and is not only limited to the student
body it is perpetuated by opinionated science
teachers foretelling the apocalypse, and by outspoken eco-socialist/eco-feminist/eco-marx-
ist/eco-anarchist teachers in the Faculty of
Arts. When a critical mass of "kindness" is
achieved, a properly unique to species H hippius develops in the form of pseudo-telepathy
Suddenly all members begin to conform to
their counter-culture hippy norms by speaking
and thinking in the exact same way. Such conversations and thoughts include the following:
that eating meat should be a felony that pants
should be made and not bought, that Noam
Chomsky has transcended the plane of metaphysical reality into the realm of the deity that
bongos and jam bands can make an actual difference to the world, that we can all survive on
organic food alone etc.
Changing the mentality of an individual
member within species H Hippius is nearly
impossible. All attempts will be in vain due to
their inherent stubbornness and self-righteousness. If in fact it were possible to grant
them a new perspective on the environmental
movement, their entire worldview would collapse. Up would be down, left would be right
and Royal Dutch Shell would be a fantastic
company to work for. Sadly they must come to
their own realisations upon maturation. Until
then it is highly suggested not to encourage
them, preferably ignoring them at all times.
—Alex Campell is a fourth-year
science student. THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 23 January, 2007
'Dwaid siwm mai i fy frind bach!7
Translation: "Say hello to my little friend!"
At the PuSh Festival for the
Performing Arts
January 20
by Jesse Ferreras
Mention to a film fanatic that you
haven't seen Scarface and you'll likely get a look of incredulity. Brian de
Palma's over-the-top gangster classic
has influenced rap artists and video
games, and helped immortalise Al
Pacino with lines like, "You wanna
fuck wit' me?" and "You know what?
Fuck you! How 'bout that?!" But I'm
willing to bet you've never seen the
Cuban druglord quite like this.
Eddie Ladd, a Welsh artist, has
dared to bring Tony Montana to a
new medium that sits somewhere
between dance, theatre and film. The
results are mixed, but are an undeniably innovative approach to de
Palma's zealous anti-hero.
The setup looks something like a
TV weather centre. A neon green canvas towers across the stage. A camera
sits downstage right, before a platform topped by a rotating chair. The
lights darken and the downstage
screen illuminates with idyllic
imagery of a family home in the
Welsh countryside, and suddenly you
hear narration that informs you:
"This is Frank Lopez's home. This is
the immigration office."
I don't think we're in Miami anymore, Tony.
Purists beware—this is not the
Scarface you've come to love. It is
less an adaptation than an homage
to Tony Montana and further
entrenches him as a pop-cultural
phenomenon by removing him
from his home and placing him in a
parallel context (Ladd contends in
her notes that the Cuban/American
dichotomy parallels that of Wales
and Britain.) Though innovative, I
am not ready to call the results
successful. The artist (I'm not sure
whether to call her an actor or
dancer) displays incredible movement, capturing with some effectiveness Montana's over-the-top
mannerisms and boisterous personality. Unfortunately, it's the
show's innovative technology that
mars its ultimate effect. Too often
the background projections seemed
so pixilated and crude that I wondered if that was even their intention. Seeing Ladd both onstage and
on-screen created an interesting
effect, but when placed against the
backgrounds, she did not blend or
engage with them at all.
Ladd is a very physical performer
and extremely creative technological
ly—these are qualities for which she
is to be applauded enthusiastically.
But to be frank, I'm not sure her
medium works in its current form.
You could probably achieve a similar
effect as a TV meteorologist or by
waving your arms in front of a dis
play videocamera at London Drugs.
Her Scarface comes off as something
she is enjoying immensely, but anyone who hasn't seen the film (all two
of you) would have been lost. The
trouble is that, even though I've seen
it myself, sometimes I was, too. @
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Tuesday, 23 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
T-Birds ruin UVic s weekend
HANDS OFF: UBC's Alex Murphy fights for a rebound, wilson wong photo
by Wilson Wong
VICTORIA - You're UBC men's basketball
coach Kevin Hanson.
Your team is in Victoria.
They lost last night 89-78 and are down
again by 11 in the first half of the most
important game of the year, a game that
will likely decide who will have home
court advantage if these two rivals meet
again—and they almost certainly will-
come playoff time.
So what do you do?
Do you stick with what won you 33
straight conference games between 2005-
2007 prior to last weekend's loss to the
University of Brandon? Or do you shake
things up and try something your players
have only seen in the playbook?
Hanson chose the latter on Saturday in
Victoria, and this new strategy paid off as
UBC rallied for the 83-72 win at
MacKinnon Gymnasium.
"We just said penetrate and find the weak
link defensively—go at them and see if we
can draw some fouls. It just spread the floor
a lot and with the lineup they had, we were
luckily able to get some penetration and
guys finished and made some plays," said
Hanson, who had five perimeter players on
the floor for most of the game.
Playing small-ball, UBC tied the game
at 28 and went into the half trailing by
only a point, 33-32.
The two teams traded blows for much of
the second half until there was 6:30 left in
the game, with the Thunderbirds up 55-53.
That's when another UBC surprise,
Cody Berg, grabbed the spotlight.
Playing in front of friends and family
(including brother Mike on the Victoria
bench), the 6'9" Shawnigan Lake grad
sparked a late 8-2 run that was instrumental in the end result.
He scored four straight points for UBC
and then stole the ball from Graeme
Bollinger and passed it to teammate Casey
Archibald, who went in for an open lay-up.
That gave UBC their biggest lead of the
game, one they did not relinquish.
Berg was perfect from the field and
ended up with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
He said his performance, especially in
the second half, was his best as a UBC
"Moments like that, you just have to
work your heart out," said Berg.
Hanson said the game showed what
Berg can do when he's not in foul trouble.
"He's a true, true [centre] that can score
with his back to the basket and cause some
problems for Victoria down low."
Casey Archibald was the leading UBC
scorer with 20 points. Chris Dyck was right
behind him with 19.
Hanson said he was happy with the
team's performance on Saturday.
"I know as a player, I wasn't holding
my head up high after too many games in
this gym [MacKinnon], so anytime you can
get a win in here, it's a good one," said the
coach and former Thunderbird player
from 1985 to 1987.
Hanson's comments were a far cry
from just the night before after Victoria
dropped UBC 89-78.
UBC had a terrible start and with four
minutes left before half time, they trailed
Victoria by 23 points.
The Thunderbirds then worked over
two halves to cut the lead to one with
seven minutes to go in the game.
But they didn't get any closer. Offensive
possessions late in the game often ended
without a quality shot at the Victoria basket.
And UBC turned the ball over 22 times.
Archibald led UBC with 26 points, but
no other player had more than the 12.
Hanson did not have kind words about
the game.
"I thought we really got outplayed and
outworked and anytime that happens to a
team of mine, I really take it personally. I
don't think we should ever be outworked."
The split gives UBC a record of 15 wins
and two losses, one game ahead of 14-3
Victoria in the race for the Pacific Division
title and home court advantage through the
first two rounds of the playoffs.
The Thunderbirds host Trinity Western
this week with games on Thursday and
Saturday. @
by Wilson Wong
VICTORIA — This weekend's nod to CIS history
shows just how far UBC's women's basketball
program has advanced under the guidance of
Deb Huband.
The CIS No. 2 ranked Thunderbirds swept a
two-game series on Victoria 's home court, which
was newly re-named to honour two of the most successful coaches in the history of Canadian basketball, Ken and Kathy Shields.
Victoria used to be a site of misery for the UBC
Thunderbirds. While 20-point UBC losses were the
norm when Kathy Shields was coaching her Vikes
teams to eight national titles between 1978 and
2001, UBC has since recorded six straight wins on
the island going back to the 2003-04 season.
The Thunderbirds started with a 71-56 victory on Friday.
In that game, the young and injury-riddled
Victoria team gained an early lead, disrupting
the UBC offence by double-teaming post players
like Kelsey Blair.
UBC was trailing 33-27 before they went on a
21-0 run over the second and third quarters, effectively sealing the win.
Erica McGuinness led the way with 16 points
despite being sick with the flu. Blair also had 16.
UBC had the Victoria pressure solved by
Saturday en route to a 71-58 win.
Their strong defensive performance sparked an
offence that shot 64 percent in the first half.
The Thunderbirds led by 14 at the half and were
on track for their best defensive performance of
the year but gave up 3 9 second-half points.
Huband says her team continued to show
"We're not playing our best basketball yet but
we've seen glimses of what we're capable of and
hope that we get closer to our potential as we come
forward," said Huband.
McGuinness was the leading scorer for the second straight night with 17 while Blair recorded 11
points and seven assists.
With their two wins, UBC improves their record
to 16-1. first in the Canada West Pacific Division. @
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The President is the spokesperson for the Alma Mater Society.The
President chairs the Student Council, the Executive Committee and
the working groups.
1. What three issues were most important to you this year? What do
you plan to do about them?
2. What were they three biggest failings of the incumbent council? How
would you have clone things differently?
3. What were the three biggest successes of the incumbent council?
How will you maintain the momentum behind these successes?
Full name: Jeff Friedrich
Year: 4th
Program: Global Resource Systems (Food and
Resource Economics)
Pet peeves: Accessorising with pets,fixed
gear bicycles, and Ubyssey articles that promote stereotypes about student politicians.
Name three assets: Ability, experience,
and passion
Name three things you suck at: Singing,
dancing,and being hip.
Relevant experience: AMS VP Academic,
Farm advocate,Sprouts education coordinator, nice guy.
1.) How campus development happens and where students fit into that. There
exists a governance vacuum because UBC is not an incorporated municipality,
and students have had too little ability to prioritise how campus development proceeds (despite being a majority resident population). The University has pursued
a for-profit development agenda that has conflicted, at times, with student desires
for housing and a student run Farm.
-Quality of education: The NSSE results at pair.ubc.ca demonstrate that the
University is failing in areas like faculty-student interaction, class size, and the
overall quality of the learning experience. Finding ways to lobby the university
and province to tackle these big issues, and to imagine a purpose for universities
that is about more than just economic development, are the biggest challenges facing UBC.
-Making students believe in the potential of the AMS. Making them more aware
and proud of what we already do. Students need to see the AMS as a resource and
enabler, and not an obstacle. The issues surrounding that (see my platform for
specifics) are the AMS's biggest challenge.
2.) We passed a motion to renovate council chambers. A committee determined
this as necessary, and it was—the whole SUB needs fixing. But should our board
of director's chambers be the first priority? I can think of other student spaces I
would like to fix in SUB first.
-We haven't convinced students of the value and the potential of the AMS. Even if
we do offer a lot of services (U-Pass, sexual assault support services, etc), and have
an ability to influence decisions that affect students (childcare, tuition, etc), our
efforts are hampered by students not knowing what we can do and not challenging us to do more. In a very general sense, students need to believe in the AMS.
-We need to do more to support clubs, greek life, resource groups, and constituencies, because it's one of the biggest things the AMS does or can do.
3.) -We're closing a deal on childcare expansion that leverages AMS dollars with
provincial and university monies to help reduce a 1,370 person waitlist.
-We achieved a request for a provincial governance review of how campus development happens and where students fit into that. We also got a voting seat on the
development permits board (which approves all non-institutional projects on campus- meaning condos) and made a strong case for the UBC Farm.
-We were strong voices in the Campus 20/20 provincial review of post secondary
education. The results of that review await, but we presented new and exciting
arguments on behalf of students.
Full name: Maxwell Maxwell
Year: Entering 3rd
Program: Arts
Pet peeves: Paying people money and having
them waste it. People who talk like Borat when
they're not very good at the voice.
Name three assets: I'm not connected to
tuition increases. I'm an extremely quick
learner. I am a powerful voice for change-.
Name three things you suck at: I have zero
tolerance for bullshit. I am inherently distrustful
of authority. I am utterly unable to come up
with buzzwords.
Relevant experience: In high school, I was an
editor at our school paper, the Jacket. I host a
radio show on CiTR 101.9 FM (Mondo Trasho).
No experience at screwing up the AMS (unlike
our current student government)
1.) Over 92 per cent of the people who were eligible to vote actually didn't do so
last year. We have a serious communication gap, which needs to be fixed as soon
as possible. Bottom line, I'm going make sure every student on campus knows
what the AMS is, what it's doing, and how they can have a voice in its decisions.
The AMS has a long, proud tradition of wasting money. They paid $40,000 for
a new meeting room. We have an uncommonly top-heavy organisation—we need
to get rid of some executives. Having more Vice-Presidents than the University
itself is not a good sign. Why not replace some of them with qualified volunteers?
Somebody needs to stand up for students, and that simply won't happen with
the current AMS. We need someone who won't write letters to those in charge,
meekly accepting their decisions, but will instead stand up for students. I will
fight for what students want, not just bore you with dull political rhetoric.
2) The most obvious problem with the incumbent council is how little students
care about it. Maybe that's because, at times, it seems as though it cares just as
little about students. The AMS is widely perceived as out-of-touch, elitist, and
something only its executives care about. Our student government does important work which matters to every person on campus. Sadly, the AMS has done a
terrible job of communicating with its members. I would have done better—by
getting rid of the boring politician-speak which plagues all student governments,
by keeping in touch with constituents via e-mail, blogs, and YouTube, and by actually listening to what students want. Maybe then we would have had more than
eight percent of the student body care enough about the AMS to vote.
The AMS, I have said often, wastes money. When cash-strapped students have
to hand over $450 to the AMS, it is the duty of the AMS to make sure that not even
a dime is wasted. If I was handed millions of dollars of student money, I would
never have spent it on improving my own offices while neglecting the needs of
The AMS does not stand up for students in a meaningful way. On issues that
deeply matter to the average student, the AMS appears frustratingly neutral.
When UBC students expect leaders they voted for to speak up, those leaders
remain silent. UBC students want cheaper tuition, more student housing, more
parking on-campus, and basic amenities like water fountains and a decent grocery store on campus. They deserve someone who will fight for what they want,
not someone who will continue the previous administration's proud tradition of
capitulation and meek acceptance.
3) Most people don't really know what the AMS does, let alone what its success
stories were last year. The lack of communication on the part of the AMS largely
overshadows their positive achievements. That being said, the AMS has gotten
more done that a lot of people give them credit for. Most students agree that on-
campus development is not going particularly well. This is largely the
University's fault—right now, Stephen Toope and his homies don't have to listen
to anybody when they're planning what to build at UBC. The previous administration (along with my opponent) got a good thing started when they convinced the
GVRD to ask the provincial government to restart their review of UBC development. The problem is, AMS officials are pretty much the only people who know
about this. I would increase student awareness and participation in order to
demonstrate to the GVRD, the University, and the provincial government that our
students care about their campus.
When filling this out, I was supposed to think of three things the incumbent
AMS administration has done well. Unfortunately, I couldn't. Our AMS operates
without our knowledge, inadvertently obscuring everything they do under a cloud
of empty political rhetoric and red tape. Elect me, and I'll cut through that bullshit to give you a student government you can care about.
I'm not a joke candidate, and I'm not a gimmick. I'm also not just another AMS
insider who offers nothing new or exciting—just another year of wasted money
and a student government no one pays attention to. I believe that together, we can
create a new AMS, full of cheap beer and good times but at the same time, built
on the understanding that without your support we're just wasting our time. VP ACADEMIC
The Vice President, Academic is responsible for internal university issues and chairs the
University Commission.
1) What three university policies have affected the students the most this year and why ?
2) With regards to the main Campus Plans, what aspect of it interests you most?
3) How do you intend to voice student concerns to not only the AMS council but the University at large?
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Full name: Fan Fan, but friends call me Jerry
Year: 3rd
Program: Finance
Pet peeves: instant noodles
Name three assets: Experience, Knowledge,
Name three things you suck at:
Driving, Playing Pong,and I swim like a brick
Relevant experience: Senator of UBC,
Government of Canada Internship
1) Patriot Act and
Turnitin: The nature of
Turnitin changed when
the United States
implemented the
Patriot Act, allowing
the American government to spy on any
information stored
inside the American
border. This exposes
UBC students to the
risk being monitored
by the American government; also students
may withhold academic opinions out of fear of becoming a blacklisted by the American Government.
* A Change of helm, Martha Piper and Lome
Whitehead. In case you've been sharing a cave with
Taliban, President Piper has resigned last summer
and was replaced by Stephen Toope, and VP A&P,
Lome Whitehead, resigned in November, and a
replacement has yet to be named. I believe that as long
as the AMS sees the change of helm as an opportunity
and grasps it, our lobbying efforts within UBC will be
much more effective.
* rejecting Coca-Cola exclusionary deal as one of the
major achievements by the University.
2) * Ensure that new businesses that open up on
Wesbrook do not compete with the AMS
I am for retaining some element of competition, however, because I believe that it is important that students have a choice, and because I believe that AMS
businesses should be given some pressure to improve
After all, forcing students to buy food that they don't
like to eat in order to raise money is much worse than
simply asking them to give you a dollar.
3) * Greater Availability of information, such as making them available on WebCT
Information about the University and the AMS needs
to be placed in a manner that is convenient for the students to access, in places that they access often, in
places that they think are relevant. So that students can
become aware of what going on with the AMS and the
For example, putting AMS quarterly reports and
University statements on WebCT, alongside course
notes. Not only will Webct allow virtually everyone to
become aware that this information exists, the communication structure of the Webct will readily enable
students who wish to make a comment to post on the
WebCT discussion boards and gather strength from
the like-minded.
* Make first year and new transfer students aware of
the opportunities to be heard
Full name: Willem Bruce Krayenhoff
Year: 1st Year Masters
Program: Physics
Pet peeves:The buzzing sound old fluorescent lights make
Name three assets: Keen interest in the
environment, social justice,and democratic
Name three things you suck at: Writing
and editing,opera,and improv.
Relevant experience: Have done a significant amount of research into politics, particularly in the areas of the environment and
democratic reform. Have experience working
with political parties.
1)   Insufficient residences/affordable
housing.   Some have
not been able to find
housing     and     are
sleeping on couches.
-High tuition, resulting in higher student
I debt and  a  greater
I barrier to entry.
} -Large class sizes
-Research has  found
VDAVCMUArr''13' ^BC students do
IVKMY LrMrlUrr not have enough interaction with their pro-
fessors/TAs, which is an important determinant of
academic success.
2) How the students have no real say in what happens - we must continue to work with the GVRD to
give students a real voice in UBC's decisions
- The public consultation process, which is reaching
only a small self-select group of people who choose
to attend the consultation meetings. I would ask the
university to include a small paid group of randomly selected students (a citizens' assembly) in the
consultation process so that the interests of all students are being heard, not just those keen enough
to go to meetings.
3) How do you intend to voice student concerns to
not only the AMS council but the University at
-Working with the GVRD to give students a real
voice in university affairs
-Create a citizens' assembly that will provide students with a clear and credible voice. This will be
part of a direct democracy system, so that groups
will have another route to make sure their concerns
are heard/addressed if the AMS executive/council
can't help them.
-Consultative referenda on the most important of
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Full name: Brendon Goodmurphy
Year: 4th
Program: Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies in
Rhetoric and Poli Sci
Pet peeves: conceit,apathy and poor bus
Name three assets: I take a firm stance, I
can build strong relationships,and I'm passionate about what I do
Name three things you suck at: Not taking
on too much work,delegating responsibilities and maintaining personal balance (eating well, working out, relaxing,etc)
Relevant experience: AMS Council (Arts
Rep),Arts Undergraduate Society,Co-Chair
of Student Environment Centre,Trek
program coordinator.
1) University Boulevard:
The U-Blvd project is
being pushed along,
despite a heap of problems including costs
and design.
o it is important that
AMS asks tough questions and moves
motions that decrease
traffic, provide green
spaces, prioritize informal learning and study
spaces and demand
green buildings.
- Governance review
o The province will begin a review process with UBC on
how it makes development decisions, and I want to
make a lot of noise and flood the rooms with students
during this review to make sure they know we're listening!
o Also, students have been given seats on key committees that approve development permits, which means
better consultation with students—we need a firm voice
to represent us.
- Pass/Fail Courses:
o Student Senators have been developing a policy that
will allow students to take courses for pass/fail with no
grade, which encourages students to try new subjects
and supports a holistic learning process
o We need to bring forward more innovative academic
policies like this that provide varied learning opportunities, such as community service credit and student
directed programs.
2) The consultation process:
-I will push for a policy that guarantees a consultation
process, which gives students power in the decisionmaking process.
- Building Community:
o Less emphasis on market-housing and more on student housing
o Less emphasis on corporate and commercial interests, more on informal learning programs and student
- More student-driven projects:
o Community and student art projects for aesthetics
and community building
oStudent run businesses, student employment opportunities
3)-1 will initiate an AMS campus plan that is developed
and designed by students to be used for lobbying the
University on development issues.
-1 will demand academic accountability by reintroducing the Yardstick for publishing teacher evaluations
until the University produces something better, and by
demanding paid TA training.
The Vice President, Administration, oversees the day-to-day operations of the Student Union Building, manages clubs throught
the Student Administration Committee and chairs the renovations planning group.
1 )What SUB policies do you agree with and which ones do you not agree with?
2) What SUB policy would you like to revise or create?
3 What is your vision for the SUB?
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Full name: Lougheed,"The Barbarian"
Year: ugh.
Program: Rape and pillage.
Pet peeves: UGH
Name three assets: CLUB. ME CLUB.
Name three things you suck at: ug h.
Relevant experience: ME BARBARIAN.
1) What SUB policies
do you agree with and
which ones do you not
agree with?
Smash. Me need more
smashing. Destroy
SUB! Take all gold! Me
2)   What   SUB   policy
would you like to revise or create?
3) What is your vision for the SUB?
[incoherent scrambling]
Full name: Sarah Naiman
Year: 3rd
Program: Arts
Pet peeves: Disorganisation and messiness,
micromanaging,the lack of drainage on
Name three assets: I am experienced at
running and organising events, I am a good
leader but also know when it is appropriate
to just participate, I work well with people I
know how to compromise.
Name three things you suck at: I a m a perfectionist, I am awful at ball hockey and my
jokes suck as well.
Relevant experience: Arts Rep on the AMS,
ACF-Hospitality Coordinator, AUS member
and treasurer of the IAC.
1) The biggest issue I
have with SUB planning
is that there is no cohesive proposal that
describes what students
want for their SUB.
Based on student input
through surveys,
forums     and     focus
groups, I will compile a
comprehensive      and
sustainable   plan  that
lays the foundation for a
new or improved SUB. I
feel that this plan will be
advantageous in negotiating with the University and
allow us to begin fundraising for the improvements
or renovations we want to see in our building.
2) -1 want to create an AMS video-sharing channel
that will display student-made video clips, campus
news and events to be projected onto a screen in the
SUB. I intend to call this YouBC TV. This will encourage student participation and foster a feeling of community by providing students information about
what is happening on campus. It will also give students an outlet to express themselves and make the
SUB a more enjoyable place to be.
3) My vision for the SUB is for it to be an accessible
place for students to socialise or study between and
after classes. My campaign is based on the idea of a
united UBC community. The SUB should be a place
to foster that community feeling and meet the
diverse needs of all students. If this requires a new
building or simply an addition or renovation, it is
the job of the VP Admin to collect that information
from the students, the users of the SUB. I do not
think it is the individual policies that students are
concerned about, they are interested in the overall
student experience. Of course I will make the SUB
more sustainable and environmentally friendly and
of course I will ensure that the SUB is safe for students, these are the promises that all candidates in
any election will say. What makes me a unique candidate are my ideas. I am very creative and have
devised a number of new ideas that I will implement
to make UBC more of a community using the SUB as
a central location for that community, to be based
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Full name: Suvina To
Year: 4th
Program: Integrated Sciences
Pet peeves: People who shirk responsibility,
chewing with your mouth full,
apathetic/ignorant people
Name three assets: Responsible, helpful,
and knowledgeable.
Name three things you suck at: threading
needles, button-masher video games,and
the organisation of my room.
Relevant experience: SAC Internal
Subsidiaries Commissioner,current Pres of
Phi Delta Epsilon, pastVP Programming for
Alpha Phi and YWCA High School
Mentorship Program committee member.
1) I would have to agree
with most of the current
SUB policies. I know
some need updating, as
the SUB continues to
undergo many changes,
but the majority of them
maintain security in the
building and try to maximise the lifespan of the
SUB (ie. policies regarding the use of meeting
rooms, offices, etc.).
2) - more policies for sustainability
- consolidation of current policies (a clean-up of
- revision of policies to increase support for student-
run clubs and businesses
3)Short term (within my term in office):
- minor renovations to keep the SUB in a usable condition (ie. redoing the floor of the ballroom)
- initiatives for either the building of a new SUB or
expansion of the current building
- revision of current policies to ensure maximal use
and accessibility of the SUB
Long term:
- a shiny new SUB that has enough space for all of
our clubs, businesses, and services and is a clean,
comfortable space to relax!
The Vice President, Finance manages the finacial affairs of the student society.
He or she chairs the finance commission and the commerical services
planning group.
Full name: Peter Rizov
Year: 3rd
Program:   Commerce-i-   and   Minors   in
Philosophy and in Economics).
Pet peeves: not having enough time to nap,
cold weather,stupid mistakes.
Name three assets: passionate, dedicated
problem-solver, efficient.
Name three things you suck at: staying on
task, knowing when to shut up, and 'networking.'
Relevant experience: AMS Elections
Committee (for an insight into the AMS), a
multitude of on-campus involvements that
have put me in touch with the needs of students of every walk of life.
What changes or plans
do you have for the
AMS business strategy?
- developing more rigorous standards with
which to measure performance
- keeping competitive
with new businesses via
I renovations and greater
- tailoring business
focus to coincide with student demand
Do you think the AMS should attempt to turn a profit or should it be run at a loss when needed?
- the AMS's businesses are there to provide a profit
for the society as well as a service to students
- businesses that are losing money should be
restructured or phased out and replaced with businesses that would be more popular with students
- however, AMS businesses should not make substantial profitonthe backs of the AMS constituents: the
- services and events are worth subsidizing and losses are not a way to achieve this
What is your fiscal  plan for the AMS  in the
2007/2008 year?
- to insure no unwarranted increases in AMS fees
- to develop services that the all students can take
advantage of, such as a textbook-swap program
- to continue to fund the services students use the
Full name: Brittany Tyson
Year: 4th
Program: Economics and Political Science,
Commerce Minor
Pet peeve: missing the bus.
Name three assets: Relevant experience
with the AMS, in-depth knowledge of internal systems and passion to make positive
Name three things you suck at: refusing
chocolate,air hockey,and filling out surveys.
Relevant experience: Vice-Chair, Finance
Commission, Member at Large, Gage
Residence Association, Alcoholic Events
Coordinator,Gage Residence Association and
Assistant Manager of a small bar in Toronto.
What changes or plans do
you have for the AMS business strategy?
- improving efficiency
- reducing wait times
more     sustainable
options for students
Do you think the AMS
should attempt to turn a
profit or should it be run at
a loss when needed?
As a not-for-profit organization, the AMS should
attempt to break even. In the
event that we do have a profit at the end of the year, it
should be put towards areas that would directly benefit
students, for example the Student Initiatives Fund,
Innovative Projects Fund, or an event like the Welcome
Back BBQ. Running the AMS at a loss would not be in the
best interests of students because the quality of our
services, resource groups, and businesses would be
What is your fiscal plan for the AMS in the 2007/2008
- reduce costs by making our businesses more efficient
- updating the AMS'financial systems for better internal
- spending money in areas that are most relevant to students
The Vice President, External is responsible for student issues outside the UBC
community, chairs the External Commision and is the contact for other student
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Full name: Chris Brush
Year: 4th
Program: Political Science
Pet peeves: Expensive beer, puddles across
Name three assets: Extremely positive, team
player, effective communicator
Name three things you suck at: Fighting, economics, speaking French
Relevant experience: I have lived on campus
for 4 years and learned what students like
about the AMS (the U-Pass program) and what
policies students don't see as successful or
know about (Students for BC program). As a
residence advisor, I have been done extensive
event planning, coordinated with campus
groups like Allies for presentations, and have
been responsible for the needs of a wide range
of students.
1.) As stated in the goals of
Campus 2020, I believe
skills transferable from
high school to post secondary must be looked at
as a necessary and attainable goal for the Ministry
of Advanced Education.
First year is a huge step-
I ping block from high
I school that doesn't have
to represent such a challenge. Universities across BC
should spend more time
engaging their future students and helping them understand what their university experience will be like,through current resources like
high school councilors and senior grade teachers. The
transition from university to the workplace is something
I feel is unique to each faculty and I would hope that
Campus 2020 ensures the diverse needs of undergraduate and graduate students are met through increased
faculty support for students. A faculty centric mentality
would best prepare each UBC students graduating with
skills that would allow them to move directly into the
2.) I would like to see the returns on the private commercial and residential expansion across campus deflect
some of the tuition costs that have increased so rapidly
of the last 6 years. I understand the university must be
competitive as a world class institution, but I feel that
student interests aren't being met when the school is
benefiting from increased revenues from both lease
sales and increased tuition. I have seen little general benefit for the average student as a result of these increased
revenues to the university. A percentage of the lease revenues could be allocated to tuition reduction across the
3.) The CASA versus CFS (Canadian Federation of
Students) debate is not something I have a great deal of
understanding about. I have not been involved with the
politics behind the division of these two student lobbying groups nor do I think most students know what
these groups are or what they do. I feel the ultimate goal
of belonging to a national lobbying group is to ensure
the interests of Canadian and UBC students are met and
this is important to me being one of the primary portfolio pieces of the VP External. So long as CASA provides
the strongest lobbying influence for UBC students, I
would like to use the AMS's membership in CASA to our
full advantage and stay out of the politics the organization has with its counterpart at other schools. I would
also like to see CASA known and understood around
campus as an important part of the work the VP External
Full name: Joel Kozwarski
Year: 4th
Program:    Majors    in    Combined    Poli
Sci/Philosophy and Economics
Pet peeves: bigotry, strict provincialism and
cold french fries
Name three assets: friendly, hard-headed,
able to make an impression
Name three things you suck at: tennis,
bowling, generic self-criticism,
Relevant experience: On  Development
Committee, Directorship of MUN, critical
studies of AMS
1.) Reinstate BC grants
-Invest enough money in
post secondary education to lessen the burden
of tuition on students to
20% or less.
-Engage student voices
concerning the fate of
their universities and
their cities.
KOZWARSKI -Decrease the involvement
of   the    private    sector.
Universities,in one of their many, roles should be a place
of criticism and should not be beholden to the whims of
2.) To create an aligned movement of BC post secondaries schools to effectively lobby the government.
To make the AMS a carbon neutral society.
Help create a more comprehensive responsible investment initiative.
To engage the voices of First nations groups.
3.) Yes, UBC should continue to be a part of CASA
because we are a driving force behind it and it can be a
very effective lobbying tool, much more effective than
dropping out and staring over again with the CFS.
CASA could be a more effective organization by utilizing more goal oriented motions and by incorporating
more diverse ideas into the melting potto come up with
better approaches to lobbying.
In the best scenario CASA and CFS will come together to form a common front to lobby the government on
the issues they agree on.Their differences are abundant
but their common goals are as well.
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1 .With regards to the Campus 2020 initiative, if you were to write your own recommendations what would they be?
2. The U-Pass not only allows students to get to our "commuter campus" cheaply and, for
the most part, easily, but it also allows students to explore ALL of our beautiful city. This
has largely solved the issue of accessibility at UBC, but has it improved student sentiment
towards UBC?
3. What is your opinion of CASA? Should the AMS still be a part of it?
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Full name:Thomas Masterson
Year: 4th
Program: Cell Biology and Genetics
Pet peeves: dishonesty, excuses, unreliable
Name three assets: Hard worker, easy to get
along with, hard to say no to
Name three things you suck at: Fitti ng i nto
small spaces, giving myself a vacation, table
Relevant experience: President of Local
Honour Society, Organizer of numerous
large   charity   events,  Former   Canadian
National BBQ Champion (not really relevant,
but interesting!)
1.) Students will be more
apt to accept tuition
changes only if there is
an appreciable change in
the quality of their university experience
a) make UBC a more fun
place to be: more public
events on a large scale;
more emphasis (though
not necessarily financial)
MASTERSON on varsity athletics and
school spirit
b) make UBC more accessible: UBC needs more decent
and affordable housing, an easier way to get around
campus (monorail anyone?); from books to beers, services should give more bang for your buck
- The effects of such changes will benefit students and
the University alike. A more attractive campus atmosphere lures in the most sought after potential students
and faculty.
2.) I would say no, student sentiment can be improved,
however, in a few ways.
a) Increase school spirit. The AMS wields the power to
work with the TAC (UBC's Athletic council), UBCRec, and
virtually every other campus organization to increase
the profile of UBC athletics. This does not mandate a significant financial contribution either,and could in fact be
a source of revenue if dealt with correctly.
b) Students should be INFORMED about the advances
that the AMS is making on their behalf. This inclusion of
positives can only increase campus morale,and will give
the AMS a reputation it can be proud of (or even just a
- It is my hope that these changes to internal, student
based affairs, will have a strong effect on the University's
outward appearance, showing everyone else that this is
THE place to be.
3.) It is my opinion that an organization can be more
than just the sum of its parts. CASA has this potential,
and, as such, I believe AMS would be making a mistake
by leaving it.
- UBC is a huge player in CASA, and the setbacks we
would create in starting over on our own would take
quite some time to rectify, both for us and the remnants
- Our AMS should also not be outwardly opposed to
working with the CFS, as I believe that, despite a few
minor political differences, our ultimate goals are the
same, and that we would be foolish to neglect such an
J V.
Full name: Matthew Joseph Naylor
Year: 2nd
Program: Biology, transferring into Political
Pet peeves: Imperial Measurements
Name three assets: Experience, dedication,
the knowledge and will to lobby on behalf of
the AMS
Name three things you suck at: Seeing the
big picture, time management, delegating
(and sitting in this damn chair)
Relevant    experience:    SUS     Executive
Secretary, AMS Rep for Science, Chair of the
AMS ad-hoc Lobbying Review Committee.
1.) A long term phased
tuition proportion
reduction    agreement,
one that reduced student payment of tuition
to the AMs goal of 20 per
cent, from the current 28
per cent. Ideally, the drop
would beimmediate,but
it is more reasonable to
I expect something less
from  the  government.
That's why I want to work
to establish a long term
proportion reduction plan
to eventually achieve our goals, as opposed to beating
our heads againsta brick wall.
- An expansion of the BC grant program so that
University Access will be improved and students who
cannot otherwise afford university will be able to.
- The appointment of people to the Board of
Governors by the provincial cabinet, who will be attentive and listen to the needs of students. Eleven of
Twenty-one seats are provincial appointees, so if the
government were to appoint people who were willing to
listen to student concerns, that would be significant.
2.) Improving accountability by holding bimonthly
forums with the External Commission, the ad-hoc
Lobbying review committee and the VPX,to connect to
student issues and to let students know what is going
- To collaboratively work with other student societies in
BC to lobby as a United Front to the provincial and federal governments.This can happen now that other student societies, namely the SFSS,have become less enamored with the Canadian Federation of Students, and
more likely to engage in a lobbying partnership with
3) - CASA has been very effective at lobbying the federal
government. It sets reasonable goals and has a student
focused approach.
- UBC has a fair amount of influence in CASA,as one of its
largest schools and one of the founding members.
-1 think that any attempt to remove the AMS from CASA
would be ill advised,and I remain a strong proponent of
the way that CASA lobbies.
- CASA needs to reach outto other institutions,including
CFS institutions, to work collaboratively with them on
shared priorities.The issues at UBC are the same at those
at SFU, and UVic, and UBC-O.We can and should work
with these institutions to achieve results for our members.
If you have any questions about me, my positions or my
campaign, please visit my website at
The UBC Board of Governors is the highest decision-making body of the university. Student representatives to the Board
represent student interests on matters of management,administration of property revenue, business and affairs of UBC.
1) What are the top three visions the BoG rep should address to the University?
N r
Full name: Jeff Friedrich
Year: 4th
Program: Global Resource Systems
Pet peeves: I have this thing against really
typical Ubyssey editorials that portray easy
stereotypes about student politicians, particularly when the people writing them haven't
read a platform.
Name three assets: Experience, ability, and
Name three things you suck at: Singing,
dancing, being hip.
Relevant experience: AMS VP Academic,
BoG enthusiast
^^ -Student reps should actu-
£k J^ "   ally bring motions  for
ward. Surprisingly, this
has never happened. I
will bring forward a related AMS policy and ask for
an amendment to the
South Campus neighborhood plan that ensures
the future of the UBC
-I will demand action
and accountability
around the University's
NSSE results (see them
at www.pair.ubc.ca) because these numbers demonstrate that UBC is failing to provide adequate quality in learning. The University, and in turn the
province, need to do something about it. See my
platform for my ideas.
-Proportional represntation at BoG that is tied to
tuition. If we're asked to pay a higher share of the cost
of our education (and to consequently become a larger
"shareholder") and if the province is paying a smaller
share than they used to (which they are)- then we have
a responsibility to ask for more seats at the table, even
if they come at the province's expense.
Full name:Tristan Markle
Year: 3rd
Program: Biology
Pet peeves: BoG political appointees,fat cat
developers,and other corporate finaglers.
Name three assets: whatever.
Name three things you suck at: Singing the
Canadian, American, or  British   national
Relevant experience:  I  am  currently a
Science Undergraduate Society
Representative on the AMS (student council).
i) Put educational quality
before profit: The Board
of Governors (BOG) is
made up of two interest
groups: on the one hand,
there are representatives
I of student, faculty, and
staff, all of whom share
the goal of improving the
quality of education at
' UBC, and on the other
hand, there are representatives who are appointed
by the current Liberal (read
CONSERVATIVE) government whose interests are in seeing tuition rise to US
levels and in shifting emphasis from teaching to profitable research. The student, faculty and staff reps
need to form a voting block and work together to craft
policy that sets specific standards on class sizes, student-teacher ratios, fair pay, and just employment conditions.
ii) Student housing for all: The University Town Plan
should be updated so that at least one third of students
are guaranteed cheap, affordable housing. Vancouver
is wedged between the mountains and the sea, so property values will only continues to increase. The undeveloped regions of the University Endowment Lands
are a goldmine. Fat cat developers have their thumbs
up the butts of the politically appointed BOG directors
(and have for decades). They are building multi-million
dollar condos when they should be building CHEAP
planned now, because if you think it is expensive to
live in Kitsilano today, just wait 20 years.
iii) Ethics: I will continue to lobby the Board to follow
the student society's decision to do away with the Coca-
Cola exclusivity agreement. I will help the University
adopt and properly implement an ethical and sustainable purchasing policy; also, there should be an investment policy that ensures that the Endowment (capital
generated from campus development) is invested in
ethical funds and companies (as it stands, the Board is
allowing the endowment to be invested in companies
such as the Carlyle Group military contractor which
builds tanks currently used in Iraq, for example.)
Full name: Darren Peets
Year: 5th
Program: PhD in Physics
Pet peeves: sound of metal on teeth, wanton
misuse of apostrophes, people with no sense
of humour
Name three assets: knowledge, insight, and
I'm not intimidated by administrators
Name three things you suck at: dancing,
singing,anything requiring fashion sense
Relevant experience: University Town
Committee, 2004-present. South Campus
Plan Working Group, 2004. Vancouver
Campus Plan Technical Advisory Committee,
2006-present. Also, some experience in student government.
University Boulevard:
In the wake of the architectural competition, students actually had things
they could like about the
plans for the area. Many
of the aspects students
liked, however, were
viewed as unaffordable
add-ons that could be
"value engineered" out.
We need to revisit plans for
the area, and plan it around
what students want. A
bland and utilitarian shopping area with housing
above it, no shelter from rain, and nothing green living
in it are is not what students want for the primary
entrance to the university.
Two of the greatest needs for construction on campus
are student housing and daycare. Housing is extremely
difficult to get into and has plenty of gaps (e.g. no student residence allows pets, few units are suitable for
couples). On the daycare side, we have a waitlist of
1300 for about 300 spaces (we're adding another 110).
This adds up to a wait longer than some degrees, and a
lack of access to daycare can force student parents to
drop out of school.
The greatest volume of feedback in the "What's the
Plan" exercise was in complaints around condo construction and the loss of green space. Market condos
are being sold on students' behalf—if the reasoning is
explained to us and we still don't want them, housing
should be restricted to (and affordable for) students,
faculty and staff only. As for green space, far more
attention is paid to buildings than to their surround-
ings.This is backward, and the evaluation process for
new buildings needs to take into account the effect on
their surroundings as a crucial criterion.
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to other candidates due to page limitations.
Full name: Fathima Aidha Shaikh
Year: 2nd year PhD
Program: Chemistry (Grad studies)
Pet peeves: cars that park or stop in a no
stopping lane during rush hour
Name three assets: fast learner, easy to get
along with and respected,and creative
Name three things you suck at: staying
away from video games, skating, sucking out
Relevant experience: FoGS Rep on GSS
Council, GSS Rep., AMS Business Operations
Committee—Member     at     Large,    TAG
Committee, Faculty of Science Dean Search
Committee,     Chemistry     Head     Search
1) Financial resources for
students: Increasing funding (securing funding) for
both merit and needs
based awards for undergraduates and guaranteed
funding for graduate students including increasing
the UGF pool.
Why? With rising tuition
and an increase in the
number of students entering university there has
been no real significant
increase in the number of
awards administered. We need to ensure that the ratio
of awards to students is maintained since we are receiving a lot of high calibre students and we don't want to
turn students away from our university. In addition
with rising tuition students should feel that their merit
based scholarships are representative of their accomplishments. For graduate studies: the PhD tuition award
may not last too long and our university must ensure
that other funding sources are available for us. In addition the number of UGF awards administered has not
changed much while the number of students has
increased. Again with decreasing national scholarships,
students need more funding so that they can contribute
to our university's thriving and talented research community.
2) Student Housing resources: There should be a higher
proportion of housing developments dedicated for students. These should be in the form of affordable housing
and residences.
Reasons: Waitlists are growing and students are
stressed out over the uncertainly of where they will live.
For international or out of province/ town students the
added stress of having to make backup living arrangements or make an extra trip to ensure off-campus housing is costly and stressful. We need to ensure that students who need housing have a place to live so that they
are less stressed out and not driven away from studying
at our university because of the lack of a place to live.
I believe a certain proportion of current housing developments could and should be allocated for students
because we need to ensure that they are considered first
otherwise we will lose students and more students will
become frustrated which will reflect badly on our university.
3) Educational resources: An increase in the number of
classrooms/ lab facilities (ie instructional buildings) or
renovations to current buildings that require it.
Rationale: There are a lot of classrooms and laboratories
which are currently either unsafe or inadequate for a
proper learning environment In addition the lack of
space (either classrooms or laboratories) means that students do not get the practical experience that they need
for their studies and careers (such as labs being a practical application of their theory) or the limited spacing in
classes limits them from choosing a major that they really enjoy. I think it is important that students get the practical experience in subjects that they need and that classroom facilities ensure a comfortable and efficient learning experience (eg large enough tables to write on, seats
that are not painful to sit in for an hour, AV equipment
that allows instructors to show videos etc).
Full name: Melody Ma
Year: 2nd
Program: Science/ Biology
Pet peeves: People who talk with their
mouths full and don't wash their hair.
Name three assets: Thinking realistically,
taking initiatives and keeping my word.
Name three things you suck at: Resisting
facebook, parallel parking, waking up.
Relevant experience: Founded a debate
club, started a food bank and taught a
bunch of aggressive rural kids in a foreign
- Fixing the campus' water
drainage system (e.g. filling in
- To tie tuition to inflation and
to only increase when conducting projects agreed by student
- Increase in-campus shuttle
services between class times
Full name: Cris Marincat
Year: 4th
Program: Commerce
Pet peeves: Raised voices when arguing a
Name three assets: Listening, positivity and
a willingness to change.
Name three things you suck at: Singing,
not believing that some things are impossible, and taking on fewer responsibilities.
Relevant experience: CUSVP 2nd YearJDC
West Organising Committee, conferences,
travel,athletics and competitions.
-Including more student opinions in the decision making
process at UBC
-Garnering more respect and
more clout with the Board in
making final decisions
-Creating a true community
that will see 20,000+ come
out to cheer and support our
teams, organizations, and
individuals towards a common unified goal that lets visitors feel an inescapable cloud
of passion.
Full name: Robert McLean
Year: 3rd
Program: General Science, Minor Commerce
Pet peeves: People who are late and who
break the little promises made every day
Name three assets: Perfectionist, good lis-
tener,going above and beyond
Name three things you suck at: Running,
verbosity, getting enough sleep (but who
Relevant experience: Two years on the Arts
Undergraduate Society Council, staffed ACF
XV, weekly conversations on university
progress and development with a UBC senator and ex-Arts President.
- Communication of all activities that the BoG does to the
UBC campus at large as this
has been a major failing point
over the last few years.
-Preserving campus space and
future development for academic space and student
housing instead of overpriced
- Making sure that University
fiscal policy is kept in check in
the best interests of the complete organization as well the
student body in regards to
spending and tuition.
Full name: Hillson Tse
Year: 1 st
Program: Arts
Pet peeves: Eating with your mouth open
Name three assets: Enthusiastic, spontaneous, first year's perspective.
Name three things you suck at: Pool, salsa,
doing my readings.
Relevant experience: UBC Dance Club executive, two years on high school student
council, community youth leader.
- Increasing student representation should be the BoG's
top issue because students
are currently undermined
and underpowered in student
- Environmental awareness is
another issue to be addressed
by the BoG as UBC has an
important responsibility in
environmental stewardship
by becoming an eco-friendly
campus. SENATE
The student representatives on Senate are elected to represent student interests on maters
related to the academic functioning of the university. Elect five.
What are three important issues you want to bring to Senate?
Full name:Tariq Ahmed
Year: 2nd Year
Program: Law
Pet peeves: Puddles, styrofoam cups and
Hugh Jackman.
Name three assets: Experience, dedication
and a sense of humour.
Name three things you suck at: Line dancing,
Christopher Walken impersonations and yoga
positions that require any degree of flexibility.
Relevant experience: Incumbent Senator at
UBC and a past Senator at UVic, elected positions with the UBC Law Students'Society and
the UVic Engineering Students'Society,includ-
ing president of the latter,served on a number
of university committees ranging from ones
dealing with co-op to academic discipline.       ,
1) The overall issue that to me touches on everything we do is to make sure that there is a strong
student voice in all decisions that are made by the Senate. Too often decisions are made without
student input and full consideration of the results. I hope to bring to the Senate a strong, progressive and experienced voice for UBC students.
2) I imagine that an issue that will be of continued importance in the coming year is going to be
the relationship between the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. It's going to be a delicate balancing act to decide where to draw the line between consistency and independence. The relationship between the Vancouver Senate and the Council of Senates will have to reflect this.
3) Student evaluations of teaching are going to be big in the coming year as well. I've had some
experience working on such a plan at UVic. It's great that the university is moving forward with
this, but we've got to make sure that it's done right.
Full name: Hillson Tse
Year: 1 st
Program: Arts
Pet peeves: Homework
Name three assets: Fresh thinking, critical
thinking, thinking in general
Name three things you suck at: Music, drawing, Linux
Relevant experience: UBC Dance Club executive, 2 years on student council, community
youth leader
Academic  fraud  is
the most important
issue I would like to
address because  it
hurts  not only the
people involved but
the whole community of UBC as well.
- Increased financial
assistance is another
issue of importance
because financial burdens can distract the
most deserving  students from achieving
Full name: Raymond "Peter" Pan
Year: 3rd
Program: Biochemistry
Pet peeves: The Great Lakes around UBC
campus when it rains.
Name three assets: Wit, Cha rm, a nd Creative
Name three things you suck at: Lollipops, bas-
ketball,and drinking (cheap drunk)
Relevant experience: I'm on a Member of
External Opportunities on a council in the
Burnaby Hospital. Also, I am on a Board of
Directors for an international business.
1) Exam Policy:
I will motion to
spearhead a temporary committee that
will review the
exam hardship policy and rectify it.
Also, bring the
exam schedule out
PLACES to GO to:
I will advocate to keep
libraries open longer
during exam periods
and take initiative in finding new venues o students to study and relax, some which can be
opened for weekend access.
CAREER after school:
I want explore the possibility of studying career
options as one of the modules in core courses
Once elected, I will maintain a personal website,
where I'll post updates and have feedback blogs
so you can consolidate your ideas and I'll bring
them to the Senate.
Full name: Jaspreet Khangura
Year: 1 st yea r Med, 4th yr at U BC
Program: Medicine
Pet peeves: endless rain, piles of dirty dishes,
people who talk loudly on cell phones next
to you on the bus—I don't want to hear your
private conversation!
Name three assets: caring,approachable
and knowledgeable.
Name three things you suck at: curling,
physics, keeping a serious face in photos.
Relevant experience: Student Senator
2006, Member of Medical Undergraduate
Education Committee,SUS IstYr Committee
Executive Sci-Team Leader, UBC Debate
Society member,and World University
Service of Canada member.
1) Improving student's academic
Last year when I
ran for Senate I
promised to introduce a pass/fail
system for elective
I courses. The main
I goal of the proposal
' is to encourage academic exploration, to
de-emphasize grades
and to re-emphasize
In my first Senate term, I created a proposal (with
the AMS VP Academic) to give students the
"option* of taking electives on a pass/fail basis.
The proposal passed Student Senate and AMS
Councils with overwhelming support and we're
now taking the proposal forward to the appropriate UBC-V administrative/governance bodies.
2. Improving teaching evaluation.
This idea has been at Senate for a LONG time. As
your student Senator I would work closely with the
rest of the Student Senate Caucus and the faculty
and administration to resole outstanding issues,
some of which include: faculty opposition to making evaluations public and standardizing evaluations across faculties (every program has a different way of doing evaluations.)
3. Establishing a mentorship / training system to
help with Student Senator turnover.
Every year, there is a high turn-over of student
senators. I want to create a better
mentorship/transition program between incoming and outgoing Senators, because the issues that
Senate deals with are long (they've often been at
Senate for more thanlyr) and complex.
Continuity of student representation is important
for effective representation of student views in
In SUMMARY, if I were re-elected, my top priorities would be to provide a strong voice for students in Senate, to continue to work towards
improving the academic experience of students at
UBC and to improve the effectiveness of the
Student Senate Caucus. When you vote, remember
KHANGURA... it sounds like KANGAROO!
Full name: Alfie Lee
Year: 1 st
Program: Science
Name three assets: Enthusiasm,
Willingness to listen and to interact,
1  JImprove
and   to   raise   students' awareness in
I the    role    of    the
I Senate in their academic pursuit
I 2.   Extend   library
I hours and increase
I the amount of quiet
I study space  across
the campus
3. Set up policies that
can  create  a better,
more engaging learning environment
Full name: Lawrence Chen Song
Year: 3rd
Program: Electrical Engineering
Pet peeves: Disgusting keyboards
Name three assets: good listener, great time
manager, give a darn about the school
Name three things you suck at: drifting
down corners,eating hotfood,Talking to girls
Relevant   experience:   EUS    First   Year
1) - A better study room
policy: Make more efficient use of quiet, comfortable, and adequately
lighted spacing like
vacant classrooms and
locker rooms, as well as
revising the rules surrounding study rooms so
there is enough for everyone, especially during
peak exam periods.
- The lack of engineering
participation in major
AMS events greatly concerns me. Not just for engineers, but a greater number of students who spend most of their time away
from the SUB and the SRC may feel that they are not
properly represented. I will dedicate part of my time
to make sure that events and participation appeals to
these students who feel left out of "the loop".
- One trend following an AMS election is the fact that
most candidates disappear from public view, doing
things that the majority of the student body is
unaware of. How can students address their concerns
if they do not know whom to turn to? I will press for
a requirement to ensure visibility and approachabili-
ty of the elected staff.


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