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Senate, BoG, Student Legal
Fund Society and UPS elections
M^^M—^S'l^l—fM-tl   ^e Pres'^ent 's the spokesperson for the Alma Mater Society. The President chairs the Student
elect one Council, the Executive Committee, and the working groups.
Questions for AMS president:
1. What do you think are the three most important things that stu-   3. UBC students hold a wide variety of views. How will you represent
dents want from the AMS? How do you plan to meet these desires?   the views of students that differ from you own? Be specific.
2. What is your most important goal for Council this coming year and
why? Please specify.
Paul Dhillon
UBC for U
1. VISION-This year will be a difficult
one due to changes in our provincial government The UBC for U team believes
that we have articulated our vision for the
AMS in our policy document This is the
first time ever that a group running for
election has put together their stand on
student issues. We are now the only
group that can be held accountable to students throughout our term.
VALUE-Students have the right to
know that their student fees are being
spent wisely. With tuition rises imminent
we must ensure that student money is
not wasted.
INTEGRTTY-I believe that my experience on campus, nationally, and internationally with a number of organisations
illustrates my desire to serve and represent students with integrity.
2. What is the AMS? What do they do?
These questions are often heard from students around campus. My goal for this
upcoming term will be to make our student society visible and viable to all students. Past Council executives have campaigned on the issue of AMS visibility and
relevance to the students. However, when
representatives are elected this issue has
quickly fallen to the. back burner and the
same situation arises year after year.
What makes me feel that I can change
this? I will dedicate my entire term as
president to informing the student body
of the AMS and its services. I will do this
through direct interaction with students
for every day of my term and personal
involvement with student groups.
3. One of the many reasons I love UBC is
the diversity of students and the variety of
views they hold. It is only by listening to
all different views, building consensus,
and then acting that our student society
can truly represent students. I do not
believe it is the role of the president to
dictate his or her views to Council. The
president's role is to guide the Society in
the direction its members, the students,
would like to. When elected I would dedicate my time to representing all of the students at UBC. I hope that by listening to
all student concerns and voices we can.
create a student society that is relevant in
the daily fives of students. ■
Chris Dingwall—Underground
1. As a lawyer of no small repute of the
good town of Bungsport Missouri, and as
owner and proprietor of the prestigious
Underground periodical, I heretofore
declare that the pupils of this mighty and
noble campus desire three things primarily. Firstly, our cotton industry needs
more protection from shifty foreigners
than Billy Yank is willing to give. I shall
therefore set the Cotton Tariff for the
greatest maximisation of profits so that
the upholders of our traditions (landowners such as myself and my pappy before)
may continue unimpeded and uninter-
fered from the federal government.
Secondly, I will re-combine West Virginia
back into Virginia, undoing a most treasonous act made against us by the strong
hand of Washington. I will also legalise
human bondage.
2.1 shall promptly and swiftly move the
Society of Alma Mater's Council headquarters to Richmond, Virginia,
wheretofrom we may recieve Europeans
and other such foreigners to conduct high
ly important and various businesses of
state. Furthermore, I shall institute a
Dress & Decorum Code for all members of
this most supreme council. Unorthodox—
and, dare I even say, un-Christian—garments and hairstyles will be no longer in
the halls of our government—not so long
as Colonel Chris Samuel T. Beauregard-
Calhoun Dingwall is president
3. If elected, I shall take the mandate
given to me by the people of this great
confederacy to make use of whatsomeev-
er constitutional powers that are inherent
to my role as president at their fullest
interpretation. Dark times is a-brewin',
and the northern aggressor may lead us
down an unavoidable path to war—but a
war that we will fight to deliever us to our
rightful glory. Now, though I presume
some unedumicated ninnys mightn't
appreciate the glory of our inevitable battle, they won't be president like I will be.
As my pappy said, "A goose mayn't have a
nose, but it sure do have more feathers
than a Arkansas moose frog." ■
Kristen Harvey—Students for Students
1.1. Improved Communication
- With over 3 7,000 students at UBC, I
consider communication to be a priority.
My goal is to introduce online voting in
elections and referenda to increase
access and communication mechanisms.
n. Community
- If elected, I will support and improve
events that build community, such as
AMS First Week, and AMS services such
as Safewalk and Tutoring.
-1 will also support and build partnerships with student groups such as
clubs, constituencies, resource groups,
residence associations and the Greek
system.
III. Affordable Tuition
- I oppose tuition deregulation. The
government the university and the AMS
need to work together to ensure that
tuition is affordable.
-1 firmly oppose differential tuition.
Students should be able to choose their
classes based on merit, not cost
2. This year, I believe Council needs to
focus on effective consultation and com
munication. It is important that each student knows who their elected representatives are, and for these representatives
to receive feedback on critical issues
such as tuition. With a new provincial
government in power. Council needs to
do everything it can to strive for student-
friendly policies and intiatives.
3. One of my goals is to strive for better
representation of all students—including
(but not limited to) international, graduate and transfer students.
We need to ensure that students can
express their diverse views, and based
on such feedback (and plain old listening
skills!), I will help provide direction for
the AMS.
One way we can accomplish this is to
set up a voluntary weekly e-mail newsletter. That way, students know right away
when controversial issues come up.
Furthermore, open student forums will
be a perfect place where we can speak
our mind. This will help the AMS be
responsive, more inclusive and a better
representative student society.
Thank you! ■
Rob Nagai-
-Studentsy Voice
1. The three most important things that
students want from the AMS are leadership, accountability and advocacy. The
Students' Voice team and I have continually demonstrated these qualities.
We have shown leadership on transportation issues. Students thanked us for
informing them when the AMS executive
fell short
We have shown accountability when we
fought at the committee and the Council
level against bylaws that restrict your
rights to view AMS business information.
We have advocated, continuously for
improved safety measures on campus-
including sexual assault services—when
others have said it was not a priority.
We will provide a safe, sustainable,
social environment you can be proud of.
The Students' Voice team intends to stand
up for these issues and more.
2. The most important goal for the
Students' Voice team and I is keeping
tuition levels as low as possible. It is still
largely unclear whether post-secondary
education will meet the core review. I
have been a strong, outspoken proponent
of the tuition freeze and I have always said
that core funding must meet tuition levels.
My goal will be to continue to fight vigorously against any increase in tuition
fees. Whether they come in the form of
deregulation or schemes like differential
fees, I will oppose these with every means
at my disposaL
Students need a voice they can trust to
stand up against rising tuition. The
Students Voice team and I are committed
to standing up for you.
3. The Students' Voice team and I are outspoken advocates for issues such as safety, health and transportation. I have conr
tinually strived for a consensus as we
build a more inclusive campus.
By listening to what students have to
say about how safety, I know we need
more safety measures on campus.
2By working last year with the health
plan committee, I advocated against cuts
to prescription coverage.
By consulting commuters, residents,
and other stakeholders, I know the time
has come for a universal bus pass. I will
work towards a fair, affordable pass for all
UBC students—a promise I intend to keep!
The Students' Voice team and I will
continue to listen, consult and build a
consensus as I stand up for these issues. 9
Andrew Tinka—Radical Beer Faction
1. I. Beer. I will meet the students'
desire for beer by providing them
with beer. My goal as president is to
ensure that no student is ever without
that precious, precious beer. Except
for hobbits. They can't have our precious beer. We hates hobbitses, my
precious, yes we do.
II. Parties at which to consume
beer. Everyone loves the Welcome
Back BBQ. Let's do that some more.
Sure, some people might ask why
we're still welcoming everyone back
in November, but with some clever
advertising ('Welcome Back from
Remembrance Day BBQ,' 'Welcome
Back from March Midterms BBQ,'
etc.), I don't think anyone will mind.
III. Free aspirin and other hangover medication—including more
beer—for the inevitable effects of
beer.
2. As you may know, student council is
a group of about 60 representatives
from different faculties on campus. As
president, all my decisions would
have to be approved by Council, and I
would have to follow their direction.
Screw that! My goal for Council this
year is to dissolve Council and turn
the AMS into a dictatorship, where
every whim of the executive is slavishly obeyed. Trust me, you won't notice
the difference.
3. Cider drinkers have nothing to fear
from the Radical Beer Faction. We
respect all methods of intoxication, and
will treat everyone equally. Wine, liquor,
it doesn't matter. Your rights will be
respected and cherished no matter what
you drink. Unless you like Smirnoff Ice.
That swill is a plague upon this earth and
will be mercilessly eradicated. 9 Q [Friday,
.January 18.2002
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Swimmers Alberta-bound
by Parminder Nizher
The Thunderbird swim teams are set to make a splash
in Edmonton this weekend at their first CIS meet of the
season, the Canada West Championships.
Co-captain of the women's team, Angela Stanley, is
confident that UBC will take the regional title. "I think
we're the team to beat Other teams look to knock the T-
Birds off their podium."
Kevin Johns, the men's team captain, agrees. "We've
been near the top, or at the top, in every meet we've
swam in this year."
Although this weekend they'll be vying for the regional title,tlie T-Birds aim ultimately to win both the men's
and women's CIS National Championship this season. If
they succeed, it'll be their fifth double-title win in a row,
a feat never before accomplished in Canadian university sports.
. Since the Canada West Championships will be the
Birds' first CIS meet of the season, this weekend will
also be one of the Birds' first opportunities to test their
competition.
"It's gonna be exciting to see where the other teams
are at right now. It's been kind of a mystery where they
are at, and we haven't seen much of them this year/
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Stanley said.
The Birds do have a few factors playing against them.
Calgary, whose men's and women's teams both placed
second at last November's Colleges' Cup, is a strong
competitor in Canada West. The Dinos also have a
numerical advantage: in the past, they've had 18 swimmers; UBC maxes out at 15.
"It should be a really tough battle, but hopefully we'll
come out on top," Johns said.
The Dinos' women's' team has finished in the top
three at Nationals for the past three years.
"The Calgary team is gunning for us," said UBC
women's co-captain Katie Brambley. "They really want [a
CIS title] quite bad."
Coming out of Christmas training camp in Arizona,
the Birds are short of much-needed rest According to
Johns, however, heavy training has not negatively affected UBC's performance in the past
"We swam well [at World Cup II] in Edmonton in a
situation where we were not well rested," he said. "Other
teams were ready to swim quite fast, whereas we sort of
trained through the meet."
Besides the Colleges' Cup last Novermber, the Birds
have had no varsity meets this season, leaving the swimmers to compete as individuals rather than as a team.
"We haven't had any competition as
a varsity university team. We're serious about getting back together and
swimming and feeling like a team, letting everyone know what their part is,"
said Brambley.
Johns feels the same about the
men's team. "We haven't been able to
interact as a team on the deck and in
the pool because there haven't been
L any varsity meets. I think after this
weekend we'll definitely learn what
we need to work on for the CIS
,6   [National] meet."
The men now have six new prominent swimmers on the team, filling the
spots of fifth-year veterans who graduated last year.
"It's tougher than it has been in
years past," said Johns. "Our team is so
much different than it has been in the
past. I still think we have a great
chance at winning though."
The women, meanwhile, are excited about the return of co-captain Kelly
Doody, who was absent during the fall.
Stanley feels that the team is now well-
rounded enough to win.
"We will have a lot of good swims by
a lot of different people. For example,
Angela MacAlpine has been swimming
really well lately," she said.
Overall, the swimmers are excited
to test their metal in their first CIS
meet of the season.
"As soon as I stop and look at
who's in the water, I get excited,"
Stanley said. ♦
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University Affairs
elect one
The Vice President Academic is responsible for internal university
issues and chairing the University Commission.
Aidan Forth—UBC for U
Questions for VP Academic:
1. One of your responsibilities is to chair the University
Commission (UComm). What campus/ academic issues
should be addressed by this commission in the upcoming
year? Be specific.
2. What academic issues most concern students and should
be addressed by the VP Academic? Be specific.
3. Safety has beome an increasingly important issue on campus. With the help of the university administration, how will
you make UBC's campus safer? Be specific.
1. In the past year a new climate has
descended upon our province, and an
era of spending cuts is poised to ensue.
In such times it is vital that innovative
student leadership bring educational
matters to the fore. As the chair of the
University Commission I will make education a top priority for our university,
ensuring that quality of instruction and
research is not compromised. At the
same time student life must continue to
flourish. Responsible for issues of housing and safety, I will initiate a new commissioner to liase with housing and
advocate for student needs. Seeking
sponsorship for an additional security
Chris Lythgo—Students for Students
1. The University Commission serves as
the forum in which students' concerns
about their life on campus are
addressed. The tasks set forth to the commission are pressing—with the dark
cloud of tuition hikes looming over all
our heads, it is pertinent that a UBC education remains accessible and affordable
to all students. This may be achieved by
lobbying the university not to impose differential tuition, which will only exacerbate the financial burden of students.
Futhermore, the commission must
address the issue of student safety on
campus through an anonymous concern
mechanism, accessible to all students. It
Brian MacLean—Students Voice
1. I think UComm needs to expand its
on-line service, particularly it's exam
database and professor evaluations. I
have begun fighting for this in Science
but we need to ensure that we have comprehensive coverage from all faculties. I
think it is crucial to enlist the help of all
the academic clubs and compensate
them for their cooperation.
I would like to create an equity commissioner position to fight discrimination on campus. I would like to expand
the Multicultural Fair to include more of
our dynamic Asian and South Asian
bus and much improved fighting will
begin the process of making UBC safer.
In all matters, addressing student concerns remains top priority.
2. UBC's once entrenched position as
one of Canada's leading educational
institutions is beginning to wane, and
our previous student governments have
done little to address this problem of
fundamental importance to all UBC students—class sizes increase and learning
is compromised. I will relentlessly lobby
all levels of government and administration in order to reverse this trend, bringing student concerns back to the politi-
is essential that UCom collaborate effectively with services, res councils and
resource groups towards the goal of
enhancing the safety, inclusiveness and
well-being of everyone on campus.
2. With the Liberal government currently reviewing its tuition policy, it is imperative that university policy responsibly
reflect the financial needs of all students
on campus. As such, differential tuition
must be opposed as it encourages detrimental side effects in the education system. The cost of differential tution would
deter students from taking courses
based on merit or interest This policy
clubs. I would also like to make the
Multi-faith Fair an annual event I would
like to create positions on UComm for
representatives of the different residences to ensure residences have a
voice.
2. The most important academic issue is
potential tuition increases. It is very likely that the tuition freeze will be lifted
soon and UBC tuition will likely skyrocket. Students need an executive that is
firmly committed to holding these
increases in check, opposing differential
cal arena.
It is long time that the AMS become
relevant to the academic concerns of students. As VP Academic I would vastly
increase the exam database, initiate a
homework helpline, publish teacher
evaluations online and stand up for student concerns regarding the course curriculum. First and foremost a university
exists to educate—please don't be fooled
by superficial facades when voting.
3. Safety remains a top priority for all
students at UBC. In effect our campus
exists on the outer recesses of a dark
rock jutting into the ocean and corn-
does not ensure that the university gets
the best out of its investment, which is
ultimately us the students. It is essential
that the university implement a mandatory publication of professor evaluations
to encourage transparency and accountability within our university. This system is a must, especially when at the
same time, the university will be asking
us to pay more for our classes.
3. Living on campus for the last three
years, I must admit that there has been
some progress related to student safety
on campus. Tragically, progress is not
enough, as safety and inclusiveness
tuition, and fighting to lower the exorbitant fees paid by international students.
At the same time, we need to ensure that
the quality of education at UBC is not
compromised. UBC money needs to be
spent where it counts most—on education. We also need to fight overcrowding
in classes and student residence—something I have already spoken against in
Student Senate caucus.
3. Safety is one of the most important
issues on campus. We now have a
WAVAW Youth Outreach Coordinator at
pared to any other campus in Canada,
fighting is absolutely appalling. I will
pressure administration to increase
lighting in strategic areas throughout
campus, in addition to lobbying municipal authorities for lighting along Marine
Drive and other major routes. I will also
seek sponsorship for an additional security bus around campus, reaching major
locations. Support and awareness for
Safewalk must also be maintained.
I thank you for you time and, this election, I urge you to vote for capable and
hardworking candidates. All members of
UBC for U will work to make student concerns the number one priority. ■
must be an absolute on our campus.
However, this is not enough as all students must be able to voice their concerns through the establishment of an
anonymous and efficient mechanism.
There is a need for more lights on campus, especially in collaboration with
Campus Security's 'danger zones'.
Security bus route reform is needed to
prevent half hour wait times.
Furthermore, AMS Services such as
Safewalk, Speakeasy, Rape Crisis Centre
and Pride UBC must be advertised on
campus and adequately funded to
ensure that every student realises the
resources at their disposal. ■
UBC and I would like to work with her
to help establish a sexual assault centre on campus. I would also like to
work closely with other areas of UBC,
especially residences, to raise awareness. I think we need better lighting on
campus and perhaps an investigation
into the effectiveness of the Blue Light
system—perhaps it needs to be
revamped. A disturbing number of
blue lights seem to be broken down at
any given time. A false sense of security could be more dangerous than wariness of walking alone. ■
Devin Nice
Pylon—Radical Beer Faction
\
1. Have you seen the UComm office? It's
freakin' huge, yet they have no bar
fridge, and no beerl How can they be
expected to function properly when I
know for certain that last year the AMS
hired two commissioners who don't
even like the taste of beer! II Are these the
kind of people you want helping to shape
your stance on UBC? I would demand
beer loyalty oaths from everyone, AND
they'd have to pass a MGD/Granville
Island Lager taste test Once we have a
proper staff, I'd put them to work finding a way to solve the ever-present prob
lem of there being no pub anywhere
near Woodward IRC. This area is clearly
beer-deprived, yet nothing is planned to
solve this travesty!
2. Well, I must say I'm very pleased with
Food and Nutritional Science's decision
to offer Wine Tasting as a course again,
but that's only a start. What of beer?
High and low balls? Shots? Liqueurs?
There's a whole universe of inebriation
out there that our university officially
ignores. We need to change this! With
my mighty Rod of Democracy (Pro Tern),
I shall drive a drunken path of libatorius
fury in supporting academics for
drinkers on this campus. I shall—beer in
hand—fight for stonings (with cans of
Coor's...ugh...Coor's) for plagiarisers,
bad profs, and ANYONE who says "postmodernist" in class. Oh, and that whole
parking being able to put holds on transcripts and registration for outstanding
fines thing? That sucks ass.
3. First off, the major problem, as I see
it, is that students have to walk WAY too
far for beer on campus, hence exposing
them to undue risks. The solution is
rather simple: I'm fairly certain the campus 'Blue Lights' could be retrofitted
with pony keg and tap. This way, students just have to go as far as one of the
23 conveniently located pillars on campus safety. Further to this. Campus
Patrol's cruisers have plenty of trunk
space; we could fit bar fridges in there
for ice-cold delivery anywhere on campus! With these innovations there will
surely be less people wandering UBC in
the dead of night, and more drinking!
It's a win-win situation people! ■
Student Legal Fund
Society Directors
elect six
The Directors of this society
are responsible for setting
policy and for pursuing the
projects of the Student
Legal Fund Society.
AnizAlani
Question for SLFS
Director:
1. To what specific
projects do you
plan to allocate
SLFS funds, which
include a $1 fee
from each student?
Even though I'm the only director standing for election, the SLFS Contitution
restricts the use of Society funds to advocacy for students' legal rights and access
to education.
Many students are, sadly, unaware of
the SLFS and its mandate. A comprehensive public relations campaign would
serve students well while raising awareness about the Society and the services it
offers. I support an increase in advertising spending, and allocating some funds
to be saved for future cases.
Since the election returns will leave
the SLFS short of the minimum required
number of Directors, I encourage those of
you who care to get involved with the
SLFS and consider applying for appointment as a Board member. A background
in law is not required, but an appreciation
for the rights of students certainly helps.
Free food and drink are reputed to be
great advertising tools. I'm up for that,
too. ■ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
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Friday.'January 13. 2Q02IO
AMS all-candidates' forum uneventful
But the Radical Beer
Faction is back in
action, pylon and all
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
About 50 students, most of them wannabe student politicians,
showed up at Totem Park residence on Tuesday for the first all
candidates' forum of the Alma Mater Society (AMS) election
campaign.
Candidates—who were there to discuss issues such as student apathy, effective student government and a potential thaw
to the tuition freeze—applauded increased student involvement in AMS politics, stating that Tuesday's turnout was significantly higher than that at last year's Totem Park all-candidates' forum, which was attended by about five people.
Sari Abdel, a candidate for vice-president, finance, on the
UBC for U slate, said that a lack of student enthusiasm is the
fault of the student government.
Tm running because I've been here for four years. There hasn't been a single change," he said. "UBC has so much potential:
you are not aware of it and neither is the student government"
But despite poor attendance at the forum, important issues
were addressed.
Students asked the vice-president, external, candidates how
they would deal with an end to the provincially legislated
tuition freeze. The freeze is currently under government
review and is expected to end with the next provincial budget,
to be released next month.
Independent candidate Dan Grice said that with the Liberal
government's overwhelming majority in the legislature—77 of
79 seats—he felt the government won't be forced to listen to all
student concerns.
"We're going to have to compromise on a lot of issues and
be willing to compromise," he said. "We've got to be realistic."
. Tara Learn, the Students for Students candidate, said that if
the tuition freeze ends, the AMS should make sure UBC spends
tuition increases on improvements to the school. She also said
that she felt the government should regulate tuition, rather
than allow UBC unlimited control over tuition rates.
UBC for U candidate Kristen Read said that if elected she
would lobby realistically.
"We do have to pay for education if we want education, and
a good education," she said.
Megan Cassidy, Students Voice candidate, said she hoped
that the tuition increases wouldn't be drastic, but said the key
to reasonable rates would be working with other schools.
"It's very important that we maintain a united front," she said.
The failure of November's referendum, which asked stu-
STUDENTS FOR STUDENTS IN CHAIRS: We took photos of candidates watching Thursday's all-candidates' forum
in the SUB because really, they were the only ones there. Kind of like Totem's forum on Tuesday, nic fensom photo
dents to increase their AMS fees by $3 every year for four years
in a row and to approve changes made to the AMS Bylaws, was
also discussed during the forum. People criticised the Council's
executive motion to support the yes' side of the referendum.
"Why have the referendum when AMS Council already
decided they want yes?" asked UBC for U presidential candidate Paul Dhillon. "It is not your mandate to tell students to
vote yes or no."
Dhillon later said that with the tuition freeze's probable
thaw in February, another attempt to increase student fees
would probably be unpopular.
Dhillon instead suggested re-evaluating the AMS's membership in the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, saying that the federal lobbying group "doesn't do much* to warrant its $32,000 annual membership fee.
Other candidates said that many of the AMS's core services—like Speakeasy, Safewalk and the Ombudsperson—are programs that should be funded by the university.
"We can't continue to rely just on students to support these
services," said Students Voice presidential candidate Rob Nagai.
He said that he felt the university should be paying between 20
and 25 per cent of the cost of safety and tutoring programs.
But while candidates were keen to address the accessibility
of education and student apathy, many students at the forum
were more concerned with day-to-day issues.
One student asked the VP Academic candidates if they could
address the high price of textbooks, or of the junior residences'
meal plans.
The return of the Radical Beer Faction (RBF) to AMS politics
after a one-year absence was a highlight of the otherwise boring event Presidential candidate Andrew Tinka, current
Engineering Undergraduate Society president, promised to
fake budgets and extort money for beer if elected, as well as to
ensure "five major scandals by Christmas."
"I'd actually like to hear the [RBF VP Academic candidate]
pylon talk, because its silence would be a lot more valuable
than some of the other comments that we've heard tonight,"
said one student ♦
CUPE nixes training program's campus sales
by Chris Shepherd
A program to train First Nations students in kitchen skills has
been prevented from serving food on campus by the Canadian
Union for Public Employees (CUPE) 116.
The Musqueam Cafe Training Program (MCTP) is a program funded by the Circle of Eagles, a lodge that helps people
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NOT FOR SALE: Instructor David Amos makes pasta sauce while students
Velma Williams and Evan Stogan (rear) look on. chris shepherd photo
in transition develop employable skills, and the Musqueam
Indian band.
Jenny Spencer, MCTP's project manager, describes the students as people who "are in recovery and are just going
through different life transitions."
Last September, the Graduate Student Society (GSS) was
approached by MCTP, who asked to use the kitchen on the sec- '
ond floor of the Thea Koerner House
as a training centre to teach youth
cooking skills. The kitchen, which
had originally been run by CUPE
116, was closed over five years ago
because it was losing money.
But because plans for the training program included selling lunches five times a week, CUPE 116
intervened in the deal between the
GSS and MCTP, saying that serving
food on campus falls under its jurisdiction as a union.
CUPE counts serving lunch
Monday to Friday as sub-contracting
on the part of the GSS, and as all
food service employees are, by contract, required to be members of the
union, CUPE intervened in the deal.
The trouble with the program
began with the conflicting views
between CUPE and the GSS surrounding what the kitchen was initially
going to be used for. Colleen Garbe,
vice-president of CUPE 116, said the
union believed the kitchen would be
used for training purposes only.
"The union said, 'Let's talk about
it Send us over the lease agreement
On the face of that we have no problems," Garbe explained.
But GSS  Food  and  Beverage
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Manager Simon Couverette gives a different portrayal of the
conversation.
"What I told her was what I thought we intended to do: we'd
like to put the Musqueam band in the kitchen; we'd like them
to run their catering company," Couverette explained.
Couverette said that the GSS sent the union legal documents
outlining the society's plans for the kitchen, which included
Monday to Friday lunch service for the UBC community.
"Our official stance has been the same from day number
one that the Musqueam Cafe Training Program will be serving food at GSS," agreed Joydeep Sengupta, GSS director of
administration.
Trouble arose when the two groups met in December to discuss the issue face to face.
"During the meeting they came with a different stoiy," said
Garbe, who said that last month was the first time they heard
of the training program's plans to sell food.
The serving of food is what CUPE disagreed with "because
any operation of a food service nature is CUPE 116," Garbe
asserted. For the kitchen to generate revenue it would need to
have CUPE members to satisfy the union.
And because the students are going through a training program and are not considered employees, they are ineligible to
become members of CUPE.
Students get a small stipend of $200 dollars a month to
help them with transportation and to give them some spending money, but are not considered paid employees.
The meeting ended with CUPE agreeing to the presence of
the MCTP on campus, as long as no food was served on campus.
"When this happened initially, obviously we were quite disappointed but we're not going to let that hold us back," said
Spencer. "We are signing a lease anyway with the Graduate
Student Society to use the kitchen. We hope one day this issue
will be resolved."
While the MCTP cannot sell food on campus, the students will
continue with their training program, catering food off campus.
"We do anything from breakfasts and lunches and we've got
quotes out right now for dinners for 400," said Spencer. ♦ VP External
elect one
The Vice President External deals with student
issues outside of the UBC community. The VP
chairs the External commission and is the contact for other student organisations.
Questions for VP External:
1. As someone responsible for lobbying the university and all levels of government, name three key issues that you would like to address this year. Be specific.
2. The provincial government has put a freeze on education spending for the
next three years and is expected to end the tuition freeze. What will you do to
ensure high quality, affordable education for students in BC?
3. A universal bus pass and the reduction of traffic to the university have long
been goals of the AMS and UBC administration. What steps will you follow to
improve transportation at UBC?
Dan Anderson—Radical Beer Faction
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1. First, I would like to address the lack
of cheap beer on campus. I would
increase the amount of funding towards
licenced events, so that losing money
because of incredibly low beer prices is
no longer a problem.
Second, to address the problem of
alcoholism a policy of cheap or free nonalcoholic drinks at every AMS-related
function would be re-introduced and
enforced.
Third, I would solve the problem of
Megan Cassidy—Students Voice
1. I will work towards successfully
negotiating a universal bus pass. The
students of UBC need to be heard at all
levels of the negotiations and I will
work for results. It has been talked
about long enough; it is time we
resolve the issue.
As well, I will work towards keeping
tuition affordable for all students by
working with government, the university and other student societies. I will fight
for increased funding for our school.
Dan Grice—Real
1.1 am a serious candidate who understands student issues and will work to
secure the survival of our education.
Now is the time when students must
step up and transform our future. We
must take an active role in the provincial government's already announced
redefining of education. I want to create a student advisory council, a powerful voice to guide the government's
new advanced education policy. I also
want to encourage the AMS's active
Tara Learn—Students for Students
1. The three key issues that I will focus
on this year are student finances, transportation and organising a non-partisan
BC student coalition.
I will lobby the government to
change the student needs assessment
portion of the Canadian Student Loan
program: all students who need financial aid should get it I will also advocate
for more bursaries and financial aid.
Approximately 24,000 of UBC's
37,000 students are commuter stu-
Jason Martin—The Underground
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1. Lobbying is the policy of the current
AMS administration, not ours. If elected, the Underground Party will repeal
students' right to assembly, free
speech, as well as abolish all councils
and fraternities not supervised by and
loyal to the Underground regime.
Under the coming administration
ideas such as "lobbying" will simply
cease to exsist, as well as the notion
that there could be "three key issues"
to complain about—the Underground
Kristen Read—UBC for U
1. Issues that I would like to ensure students are represented in are: viability of
student lobby groups, the threat of
tuition deregulation and the new training wage implemented by Gordon
Campbell's administration. In all issues I
wish to follow the advisement of the AMS
Council, the representatives of the students. Being a student at UBC, I am
proud that we have a respected avenue
such as the AMS and federal lobbying
groups to have our needs heard in all lev-
boring classes. I would have beer dispensing machines placed in all major
buildings so that prior to class people
could get a cool, refreshing distraction
from the prof for just a buck.
All of these would follow my main
campaign policy: cheap or free beer for
all who want itl
2. To ensure that UBC maintains its prestigious standing, I will keep beer and
beer gardens a central priority in the
Finally, I will provide accountable,
effective leadership. I will bring FULL
and reasonable budgets to Council for
ALL initiatives of the External
Commission. As active members of the
campus community, the Students Voice
team and I will ensure that those issues
important to you are dealt with effectively and fairly.
2. In the upcoming year, many important decisions will be made regarding
participation in the 2010 Whistler bid,
for it will employ thousands of post-
secondary grads and will shape the
province's future. As far as the university, I will support differential tuition,
only if student loans and grants are
automatically available to all to cover
the difference in faculty costs.
2. The age of student innocence in BC
is about to end. In the next month,
Advanced Education Minister Shirley
dents. I will improve student transportation by:
a) Fighting for a universal student
bus pass
b) Improving bus service
c) Lobbying for fair and affordable
car insurance that does not discriminate based on age.
I will organize a non-partisan BC student coalition. A united voice to lobby
the governments on issues that are
important to you, the UBC student
Party will solve all your problems, we
swear. Remember, a vote for Jason
Martin is a vote for our children.
Mmmmmm, children.
2. As a real candidate on a slate I swear
is not a joke, tuition is a problem I care
deeply about. There is only one solution:
reactionary military interventionism.
For too long the AMS administration has
appeased those who threaten our sovereignty, nay, our vary way of life, and as
els of government. However, I also
believe that there should be an annual
review of lobbying groups to ensure that
students' money is being used to its best
advantage.
2. The provincial government should be
made aware of the hardships of student
debt I would like to encourage that if
tuition is raised (which is inevitable following the lift at UVic), it remains at a
level that optimises the benifits to stu-
upcoming year. We can't let government
cutbacks affect the quality of our education, and I will lobby tirelessly to keep
levels of beer, sex education and fun at
current or increased levels, should funding be cut Ely the same token, if tuition
increases, students will have less disposable income. This will be solved by free
beer gardens—with the biggest requirement out of the way, students will not feel
as much fiscal pressure. Vodka gardens,
as pioneered by the Ukranian club, will
tuition at BC's post-secondary institutions. The Students Voice team and I
believe that tuition should be fair and
affordable for everybody. I will work
with the different levels of government
and the university to keep tuition at its
current level. Tuition should not be a
barrier to your education.
It is no secret that UBC needs more
funding. However, as tuition only
accounts for a small percentage of the
university's   costs,   I   will   fight  to
Bond will announce core services legislation that will remove the current
tuition freeze and work to homogenise
provincial and federal student loans.
The time to lobby the government has
passed and now is the time to work to
minimise the impact on students. I
want to press both levels of government, including HR's Jane Stewart to
remove parental income stipulations
and to make student loans repayable
out of Canadian tax credits, which will
2. The provincial government has put a
freeze on education spending for the
next three years and is expected to end
the tuition freeze. What will you do to
ensure high quality, affordable education for students in BC?
I will lobby against governmental
deregulation of tuition. The government has a responsibility to maintain a
regulatory role in the cost of tuition. It
should not be left up to the UBC administration to decide the cost of an edu-
VP External I promise a return to 17th-
century British foreign policy. Within 90
days of being elected I promise to erect a
thousand-man strong Baronial Guard,
answerable only to me and our president Colonel Dingwall, which will invade
and occupy Brock Hall, the SUB and
other such administrative buildings.
Our demands will be met! Read The
Underground). Er, I mean...Remember, a
vote for Jason Martin is a vote for cold,
unforgiving imperialism!
dents. In addition, the Student Loan
Program should be reviewed and a new
system of repayment should be explored.
I believe that students who pay back
their loans within the first five years of
graduation should be rewarded with an
interest rate close to zero per cent.
I would also like to work with the
alumni department of UBC to make students more aware of available bursaries
and scholarships. Thousands of dollars ,
go unclaimed each year because stu-
also be supported, as the Radical Beer
Faction is not prejudiced. We believe that
beer, vodka and other alcoholic beverages are all deserving.
3. Recent Translink bus cuts, such as no
buses running past 1:30am, have crippled the UBC student's nightlife: buses
are but a buck, but a taxi home costs
upwards of $20. A mandatory bus pass
will not solve this problem; instead, the
Radical Beer Faction will implement a
answers continued page 8
increase funding to the school. This is
vital in the effort to improve our labs,
libraries, classes and campus in general. I will be your voice in this important time.
3. The Students Voice team and I are
dedicated to ensuring that the universal
bus pass finally gets negotiated and
resolved. Within the next year, it is highly likely that Translink and the university will actively seek to negotiate a pass.
answers continued page 8
minimise student debt and decrease
Canada's brain drain. Finally, I want
to encourage Campbell and Bond to
legislate a minimal level of post-secondary funding adjusted for inflation
and increasing with provincial economic growth.
3. The AMS has made a lot of headway
on the universal bus pass and I will continue that work. I want to press
Translink's board to increase service
answers continued page 8
cation here at UBC.
I will fight against differential tuition.
I believe in 'one student, one tuition fee':
a student in Engineering or Nursing
should pay the same amount as a student
in Arts or Science. It would be unfortunate if students began picking electives
based on cost rather then merit I believe
in making post-secondary education
affordable and accessable to everyone.
I will also advocate for more provincial and governmental funding for UBC.
answers continued page 8
^4By "improve transportation,' do you
mean easier access to buses, car-pools
and alternate forms of 'green' transportation, or rather the creation of a
UBC military state? If the latter, I
promise, if elected VP External, to
repeal students right to assembly,
abolish free speech and ban all councils and activities deemed 'revolutionary' and 'unloyaT to the governing
body, us. Please, remember, elect us
now, think later. If, upon thinking, you
answers continued page 8
dents  are not made  aware of such
resources.
3. The current executive has brought the
three-year-long battle to finalise nego-
tions with Translink near to its conclusion. If the current VP of External Affairs
is not able to finish negotions by the end
of her term, I wish to continue in her
path. UBC for U is dedicated to negotiat-
. ing an opt-in bus pass before exploring
further options. If an opt-in bus pass is
answers continued page 8 4
Friday. January 18.2002
^s^asg-'jE-a. —
Feature
Friday. January 18.20021 IT
Page Friday-the Ubyssey Magazine
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stoiy and photos by Julia Christensen
Some names have been changed to protect
privacy
i livia remembers feeling fat by age eight
| or nine. It marked for her the beginning
of a long battle with bulimia and anorexia—a battle that the 2 3- year-old has only recently begun to recover from, Her stoiy is a long one
and as universities like UBC are discovering, it
is one shared by many students, particularly
women. Disordered eating, in fact
is more prevalent on cam- .
pus than off. s
In the seventh grade,
Olivia began taking diet
pills. In the ninth grade,
Olivia made herself sick for
the first time with a friend
who also "felt fat'
"She and I had friends
that felt pretty good about
how they looked so we sort of
confided in one another
about how we always felt fat
and were very angry with ourselves," Olivia recalls. "She
was particularly angry because
she thought that I was thinner.
Anyway, we had eaten a chocolate bar and we went to the washroom and I was
able to make myself sick and she was not She
told me that I was lucky, so I really started to
think about it in that way."
"* For about a year and a half Olivia was making herself sick on a regular basis. Living in her
parents' house, she had to be very secretive
about what she was doing.
"You just very quickly learn what bathroom
you have to use and what meals to skip if you
have to be there with mum and dad,"
she recalls.
The purging continued "to the point where
by the time I was 16, I was kind of sr-aring
myself. I was really disturbing my stomach with
the purging and there were a few times wbere I
had just purged so much in one day that I just
passed out I would wake up in the morning i» nd
it was like some kind of hangover, and I would
just feel so bad and would then just not eat all
day. And that's what purging
wul do to you, the guilt will
start a starving cycle
whether you mean for it to
or not just because you feel
very disgusted with yourself that you could bring
yourself to do this."
The fear led Olivia to
visit her school library in
search of information that
might help her figure out
the reasons behind her
purging. Reading
through the various
books on eating disorders available there,
however, left her feeling
even more lost
"I remember looking up what it was to be
bulimic and I didn't really fit what they had in
the book," she says. "I wasn't a binger. I didn't
have these really wide swings in weight..For
me, that was a way to tell myself I didn't have a
problem. I nonetheless was very disgusted with
myself but I remember, in a way, kind of feeling
very sad because I wanted to open up a book and
have someone tell me exaclly who I was and
what my problem was because I didn't know
why I was doing what I was
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doii g. I just knew that 1 hated how I loc ked *
But in Gradi) 12, bomcihirig changed n
Olivia's 1 fe. Sho fell in love She deb-ri ibes 'he
ti'ni* as <in iru redibly happy period In Lit life—
ottfi wh'.-n she was completely dis'TiH ted by -he
rolatio'.rliip. Her m:it-.l was preiK rupied «nd
her weight was no longer a coiic-rn The p irking stopped completely and she learned to view
and use her body in new ways. She became sexually active in her relationship and "discovered
this hew, wonderful capacity for Pier] body that
[she] hadn't had before."
Upon graduation, Olivia and her
boyfriend made the joint decision to
move from their hometown in Ontario
to Vancouver to pursue studies at UBC. It was a
time of great change in both of their lives and,
ultimately, caused them to grow apart The relationship ended shortly after the school year
began, leaving Olivia very hurt and very far
away from home.
"[I] found myself all of a sudden, again, preoccupied with my body and how I looked,"
Olivia remembers. "I was just very worried
about how [my ex-boyfriend] perceived me, how
anybody perceived me. I felt unattractive. I
found myself going back into an age 15 way of
thinking where if I don't make the basketball
team, it means I'm fat If I don't make a part in
a play, it's because I'm fat If I fail a test it's
because I'm fat Even though he told me he was
very attracted to me for a year and a half, I
began to sort of edit my past and believe that
really he had never found me attractive
all along.
"I just hated the person that I was,* she says.
"And for the first time, I really lost my appetite.
It was frightening, but it was like a godsend. I
felt in control of everything. I liked the idea of
simplifying my day into, 'I have an apple at this
time, I have a bun at this time.' Everything was
just too complicated with this break-up and new
friends and being away from my family and
being in my first year of university. There was
something very satisfying about knowing at
night when I went to bed what I would eat the
next day, all day. I gained a strange satisfaction
from it knowing that that was taken
care of and I could check it off my list"
Olivia certainly wasn't the only girl
in residence who was struggling with
disordered eating. She saw habits
around food and exercise in other
girls that were painfully familiar to
her. Girls suffering from anorexia
stood out especially, she says.
"I remember watching one girl
who was so thin, I don't know how
she even functioned, and I saw her
return string beans and accusing the
cashier of telling her they were
steamed, when really they had been ■
cooked in oil. And she was livid. She
was just absolutely furious and I        Si   *,
remember thinking to myself that I
had to remember to always ask them ;-, * .
whether [my food] was steamed or
cooked with oil, because I just
thought to myself I don't want to eat
vegetables cooked with oil if this
woman won't"
Quietly, Olivia was descending
into despair. As she starved herself,
her depression manifested itself.
Starving, she says, has an impact on
the  body that a lot  of people
Universities like UBC are becoming increasingly aware of a quiet disease plaguing many of their
students—disordered eating. Here, one woman's story takes us through the complexity of her
disorder and the challenge of her recovery.
don't realise.
"Ihe temporary high you get from feeling
like jou're losing weight and you're controlling
your weight very well, the high you get from
fee! i' ig hunger is always counteracted with a bit-
teiiu-ss that comes from somewhere deep
inside—it's your body being angry with you for
• being malnourished, especially if you're pushing it to go to class and to still go out with your
friends who you no longer want to go out with
because you're just so tired and all you do is
think about food," she says, "Everything else
fades away."
Her behaviour did not go unnoticed, however. Her friends in residence were becoming
increasingly worried about her, noticing her
weight loss and the change in her eating patterns. Instead of comforting her this only made
her panic. She began to put what little energy
she had into "acting* happy. But inside, Olivia's
life was caving in. A scholarship student who
was accustomed to excellent grades, she
received some disappointing grades on her second-term mid term exams.
"I couldn't get anything done," she recalls.
"It took me five hours to do something that
would normally take me one hour to do. My
brain couldn't work."
Her poor mid term grades made her very
frustrated with herself and the need to do well
in school^ became more important to her than
losing weight She started to eat again and her
brain came to life. She tried hard to scare off
any thought that she was unattractive and
poured herself into her schoolwork and her
friends. Things got better.
In second year, however, her eating disorder
returned and was worse than ever. Olivia's
main motivation was no longer to be thin so
she could meet an ideal of physical beauty.
Instead, she wanted to be thin so she could
"melt away." She had reached a frightening low.
"I took the idea of simplifying my diet to an
extreme—I just wanted to simplify my entire
body. I wanted bones and skin, it was too complicated to have everything else. I hated it," she
says.
Olivia also found 'hat her desire to eat had
completely Jis-appe-ired. Mo Kir-ger was sho
plagued wi*h thoughts »>f food while *bo
starved. She was tcrrifi..*! to pat afraid that mating anything .it ail wojld cause her to immediately put on weight 1'he annplcto abspnn* of
any food craving at all s( aivJ hpr evjagh to
seek therapy for ihe first time.
By this time, Olivia w«s almost 2 2 jcars old.
It had been almost six years since she first
began purging. Her body was tired. Her heart
was tired.: Hating herself and putting her body
through such hell was becoming far too hard.
For years she had been convincing herself that
her weight'was'lEe*cause of Eer unhappiness.
But when she began being honest with herself,
she realised that starving was the cause of her
misery. And she was sick of starving.
But getting help proved to be the most difficult part of the eating disorder, especially
telling her parents. She knew she couldn't tell
them that the problem began in university. She
was tired of lying and she knew that lies weren't
going to help her get better.
"I knew that telling [my parents] meant
telling them that for years I had been miserable
under their roof and, for years, dinnertime,
which was so nice for them, was so fantastically stressful for me," she says.
Her parents were shocked and confiised.
Olivia's mother didn't know what bulimia was,
so she had to explain it There's a lot of shame
around bulimia, Olivia says, because this type
of disordered eating is "the ultimate in having
your cake and eating it too. It's greed. It's everything that women are not supposed to be. This
is why it's done in secret, this is why it's done
with purging as well, to punish yourself for all
that you've eaten.
"I had been very good at hiding this for a
number of years,* she says. "That's how I grew
up in their house. That's how I developed as an
adult with them as I was hiding all of this.
Telling them this was telling them I was a different person than they thought I was."
C"\ livia's recovery has been a long, trying
I process. It's been over two years now
~~JF that she has been seeking therapy, on
and off, and she still isn't comfortable with
her body. She still doesn't love herself in the
way that she desperately longs to. But she is
no longer purging.
Through the recovery process, she has
been forced to look at her past in new ways,
in an attempt to understand what led her
down the path to disordered eating. She has
become a firm believer that eating disorders
are addictions much like alcoholism, or drug
addictions. They are all unhealthy ways of
coping with stress, she says.
For Olivia, the key to her disordered eating might have been a childhood trauma.
While there are other factors, this event
in particular profoundly affected her
self-image.
"I wanted control over this feeling that I
was a bad person. It was easier for me to grow
up thinking that if I was thin, I would be a
good person," she said.
"It was easier to do that than to fundamentally look at why I believed that I was a bad
person. It became much easier to say you're
bad because you're fat It's amazing how
many women with disordered eating use that
kind of language. I think that eating disorders
are about control, but I think it's often about
controlling tiiin feeling that there's something
wrong with us, but we don't know how to pin-
pomt it. It's \cry easy to cut it into either fat
or thin "
L'po't iffi'.'i '.ion, Olivia sees the many stresses of h< r university career as being particularly
deti i.^K-ntdl in the progression of her eating disorder, h iii.iko» sense.
Kitent figures show that many university
students, most of them women, are impacted
by eating disorders. More disturbing is that the
numbers on campus are higher than the
national average.
udith Frankum, coordinator of the UBC
Wellness Centre, says the high levels of
stress many students experience at university put them at greater risk for a wide variety of negative coping mechanisms, like alcohol
and drug abuse, disordered eating and over-
exercising. While students maybe academically
intelligent it does not mean they know how to
cope on an emotional or social level.
Dr Kathryn Pedersen, a counsellor at UBC
Counselling Services, agrees. "People experience feelings, women experience feelings, and
it's a way to cope with stresses, with the way
that society is viewing young women, with really traumatic experiences...There is no
relationship between, disordered eating and
intelligence."
The reason why eating disorders are more
prevalent on university campuses is pretty simple, says Frankum; universities draw people
who believe in over-achieving and perfectionism—two characteristics often found in people
suffering from disordered eating. Pedersen
says that studies indicate 25 per cent of university women in Canada suffer from disordered
eating of some sort, and a study done recently
at UBC shows similar figures.
"I think the biggest [factors are] age and the
life tasks that [these women] are facing,"
Pedersen adds. "In our society, women are
taught that we're supposed to be thin to be
attractive...The media
associate looks with ^
relationships when really there isn't any kind of
a correlation between
what a person looks like
and the quality of the
relationship they end
up in."
Frankum and
Pedersen both stress that
disordered eating has to
be seen as a continuum—
that one needn't meet clinical definitions of eating
disorders to, in fact, have a
problem with disordered
eating.
"You might have somebody who's just weight preoccupied on one end of the
continuum and somebody
who's  about  to  die   from
anorexia on the other end.
[We] have found that almost
all eating disorders do start
with a diet," Pedersen says.
"When you are so worried
about being a good friend, a
good daughter, a good girlfriend, you shouldn't have to
worry  about being  a  good
anorexic or a good bulimic* Too
many definitions box people out,
only letting you recognise your
problem as disordered eating if
you meet certain criteria, she
adds.
Dr Deborah Schwartz, a psychiatrist at UBC Student Health
Services, says that current classification systems often mean that
people fall through the cracks.
"One of my biggest pet peeves
is having a young woman come
through my door and tell me
they saw a dietitian or they yent
to a counsellor and the counsellor said, 'Don't worry there's
nothing wrong with you,' and
meanwhile this person is starving to death."
Like Olivia, Schwartz is a
firm believer in an addictions
model when treating disordered eating.
"The alcoholic can't stop drinking, but when
the alcoholic gets the right treatment, they can
abstain from drinking alcohol and learn to live
a really happy life. Food is much more of a complex addiction than that because you have to
eat What is the right amount? The right types of
foods?"
Looking at it from that view, the incredible
frustration felt by people trying to recover is
apparent—while recovering from any addiction
is more than difficult people trying to recover
from eating disorders can't rid themselves of
food. In fad, that's the whole problem.
There are many causes behind disordered
eating. The common perception that eating disorders are fueled simply by the desire to look a
certain way, or meet a certain ideal, just skims
the surface.
Pedersen adds that the normalisation of
dieting makes it easy for disordered eating patterns to continue.
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"Disordered eating is socially sanctioned in
most environments [in North America]. A lot of
people could be on a continual diet, if you could
call it that and think that's normal..Another
thing is how healthy is exercise when its whole
reason is to burn off so many calories...rather
than to experience life a little fuller, to work your
body, to be healthy? It's about something else."
I edersen, Frankum and Schwartz all
agree that group therapy is the most
effective form of treatment for those
seeking recovery from disordered eating. On
campus, there are two different support groups
available. One of them is Breaking Free from
Disordered Eating, and is offered through UBC
Counselling Services. Pedersen says these
groups can help break down the barriers created by shame during recovery.
"I think sitting in a group you realise there's
a lot of shame, first of all, behind disordered
eating, especially hinging and purging...and
you're sitting in a room with other people who
feel the same way, who've done the same
things...[and] you think, I'm probably like that
too and I'm doing this to myself. So there's
this empathy that people get for themselves
and for other women going for the same
thing."
Both Pedersen and Schwartz, who run the
two support groups for disordered eating at
UBC, are extremely passionate about their
work. And it's good to see. Working with an
issue that is so complex, and so varied in
each individual, can be extremely frustrating. But Pedersen says she never loses
hope.
"I never let hopelessness get the better of
me—I wouldn't be in this position if I did.
And in the women who come to the support
groups, I see a tremendous amount of
hope. Once women realise how disordered
eating is impacting their fives and they
start to take steps away from it it's amazing what those women can do." ♦
Breaking Free from Disordered Eating is
a drop-in support group on Tuesday
from 10:30am to 12:30pm at
Counselling Services.
Resolving Disordered Eating: A Path
to Recovery is offered through Student
Health Services. For information, call
822-7689. VP Administration
elect one
The Vice-President Administration oversees the Student
Union Building and chairs both the Student
Administration Commission and the Renovations
Planning Group.
Spencer Keys—UBC for U
Questions for VP administration
1. As the central meeting place for UBC
students, how could the Student Union
Building be improved?
2. Given recent renovations, a number
of offices in the SUB have been vacated.
How and to who do you intend to
allocate these offices? Be specific.
3. What do you think should be done
with the space vacated by the Bank of
Montreal?
Oana Chirila—Students for Students
1. The SUB currently offers many services, from the Norm Theatre to social and
meeting space, food services, CopyRight,
the arcade, the used bookstore and
many more. As Vice-Chair of the Student
Administrative Commission, I have
heard from students that they would like
more social space, better lighting, a new
dance floor for the ballroom, free
phones, and improvements to the accessibility of the building. As well, this
building is currently the largest producer of waste on campus—as your VP
Admin, I will work to minimise the envi-
Graham Hicks—Underground
1. The Ubyssey is a horrible blight upon
this campus, and must be eradicated at
the earliest opportunity.
Clearly the first step I must take as
your VP, admin will be to move the
offices of the Ubyssey to an abandoned
tool shed we've located behind TRIUMF. Once banished to the extreme
south end of campus, they can continue
to pump out the same negative, self-
serving tripe we've come to expect,
with no one but the squirrels to hear
them.
Second,    more    copies    of    The
ronmental impact of the SUB. I will
undertake a widespread consultation
process to ensure that every student can
offer suggestions for the improvement
of the SUB, and will incorporate these
into a new SUB Strategic Plan.
2. With over 250 clubs, but only about
40 offices, the AMS needs to ensure that
each club is fairly treated in terms of
bookings and office allocations. Due to
the construction of the new Resource
Group Centre, two clubs were moved
into temporary locations, and should be
Underground must be made available
to students in SUB. I can't stress
enough the positive effect this would
have on the campus mood.
2. It seems to me that the sudden availability of extra office space in the SUB
just goes to show how important it is
that we do everything possible to eradicate the scourge upon this campus that
is the Ubyssey. To have allowed such an
atrocity to remain on this campus,
much less in our beloved Student
Union Building, is perhaps this univer-
allocated one of the offices that has now
been freed up. The volume of office
applications I have received as SAC Vice-
Chair indicates that there are many
interested clubs whose belongings no
longer fit in their locker or in their president's car. I believe the remaining three
offices should be allocated to clubs who
have been applying for a few years,
whose membership is soaring, or with a
large executive.
3. With the upcoming move of the bank
to the village, a large space will be freed
sity's greatest mark of shame.
Verily, we must rain down upon
them with the vengeance of the truly
righteous, and move their collective
behinds into the aforementioned tool
shed with all speed.
As for the remaining office space,
I'll arrange some sort of race around
the world to determine who gets what.
3. Obviously, my focus must remain on
my running-tie Utjssej-out-of-town-
on-a-rail programs, but once that's
completed, a referendum will be held
up in the basement of the SUB. I believe
this space should be used to the maximum benefit of UBC students, whether
this means leasing the space to a new
bank such as HSBC or to other businesses that serve students, or converting the space into social, meeting, and
office space for the many students and
student groups who use the SUB. As VP
Admin, I will consult with the university and with campus groups to ensure
there is fair representation of the interests of students in the allocation of this
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to select one of the following options:
1. We had a bowling alley once, and
dammit, we can have a bowling alley
again!
2. Meth lab. If nothing else, it would
take care of our cash-flow problems.
3. Demand more from the one
newspaper on this campus that makes
any attempt at being serious. No, seriously, they suck. s
4. Read The Underground: Go NOW!
5. For the love of [deity], stop reading my rant and go and vote for one of
the serious candidates right now. 9
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1. Students at UBC are full of surprises. I
am constantly impressed by the talent
and dedication in our community of AMS
clubs and constituencies. However,
under the current administration, these
important groups—the backbone to UBC
student life—have been ignored in favour
of SUB commercialisation. As a member
of UBC for U I will make it my commitment to ensure that AMS clubs get the
space and resources that they need. This
will include the effective development of
SUB space and the guarantee that we will
not destroy important social space for
Matt Lovick—Students Voice
1. The Students Voice team is committed to fighting for what matters to students. As a member of this dynamic
team, I will ensure the SUB becomes a
functional, accessible, sustainable
resource for all students. I promise to
eliminate styrofoam from the building,
allocate space for a much needed rape
crisis/sexual assault centre, and
ensure that clubs, resource groups,
and constituencies come first in the
building, as they, and not businesses
are what truly matter. I will also end
the red tape and bureaucracy that has
Jesse Sherlock—Radical Beer Faction
1. The number of students spending a
significant amount of time at the SUB
who aren't at the Pit, the Gallery or visit-.
j a    ing a bank machine in order to buy
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Here's some improvements that
came off the top of my drunken head:
1. Turning the Pit into a less decrepit
shithole, more servers for faster, easier
drinking, and a personal team of bouncers to kick out any guy hitting on a girl I
think is hot (Those last two go for the
Gallery as well).
2. Beer vending machines. Serving
profit like the bagel shop that was recently carved out of the Gallery. The SUB is
already full and we will not ignore the
reason for its existence.
2. After I am elected, I will ensure that
SUB space is allocated efficiently to those
clubs/groups that need it. This will
include a multi-level approach of developing common space for smaller clubs to
meet and keep materials, as well as providing larger groups with the space that
they truly need. Specifically, this means
that we will create more meeting rooms
become entrenched in SAC. I will also
install microwaves, sinks, and free
phones in a convenient location in the
SUB as this would make it easier to
bring lunches from home, rather than
being forced to buy them.
2. As part of its commitment to standing up for all students, the Students
Voice team will ensure that fairness,
student consultation, and an understanding of the unique nature of some
clubs will be at the forefront of all allocation processes, be they office space.
quality beer, coolers for the ladies and
hard alcohol for those who've already
had a few and want to speed things up a
bit
2. Shut up, question man, I'm still on
question one. If Coke has a problem with
other non-Coke beverages like booze
being sold from campus vending
machines we'll change their minds over
a few beers or, if needed, over a few
hours with them tied to a chair in a closet, in one of those offices that question
two keeps bugging me about
As for the other offices, we'll knock
so that clubs will not be meeting at the
whim of Classroom Services. SUB governance must keep this in mind as it is in
everybody's interest for heavily active
groups/services (such as Safewalk, the
Ubyssey and CiTR) to have functional,
and sanitary, space for people that dedicate themselves to student life on this
campus.
3. Since the bank was built in the
1969, banking services close to campus
have been developed significantly. That is
why this is a great opportunity for the
or room bookings. As there is limited
space in the SUB, and over 2 50'AMS
clubs, the allocation process is never
easy, but I, and the Students Voice
team will ensure that past mistakes
such as double-booked rooms do not
occur. Finally, I promise to 'increase
club office space to ensure that most, if
not all our clubs have a place to work
from.
3. The Students Voice team arose out of a
desire to stand up for, and improve the
experience of all UBC students. I believe
down a few walls and turn them into a
large stylish smoking room with a well-
stocked bar. Classy. Any space left over
is filled with the wads of cash the AMS
made on the health plan until we can
find a fair way to give it back to all the
ripped off students.
3. You know that American Gladiators
game where you put on pads and a helmet and get a staff with big foam pads
on it and you hit a guy with it until he
falls off his pedestal? I want that, in fact,
that should be how the election is decided. I'm really good at that game.
next administration. The current executive has shown its preference for profiting from, what should be social space.
UBC for U. will make it a priority to not go
down a slippery slope such as this.
During the next two years, the AMS is not
allowed to turn the former bank into commercial space. We will dedicate a significant portion of the vacant area to large
meeting rooms for student groups. The
rest will be used for effective social space
in the SUB basement. Until we regain
autonomy over the space, this is the best
path for UBC students. ■
strongly in this, and will ensure that the
vacated space will serve this purpose.
UBC students need a rape crisis/sexual
assault centre. We need end-of-trip facilities for those of us who choose to bike to
campus, such as showers, change rooms,
and secured bike lockers. We need more
club space. We also need a place to bank
from. Fortunately, the vacated space is
large, and will accomodate all of these
much needed services. These are promises that I, and the Students Voice team
intend to keep. The SUB is your building,
it should work for you! 9
Plus there could be a rock climbing
wall, some pool tables, foosball, a kick-
ass obstacle course, one of those virtual
reality cop simulators and some kind of
prize system for displays of athleticism
or stupidity or both. Troublemakers go
into that closet from question two and a
bar, because everyone has to be drunk.
That is my vision.
Vote Radical Beer Faction: Honest,
Irresponsible, Drunk. ■
VP Finance
elect one
The Vice-President Finance is in charge of the
financial affairs of the Society. The VP Finance
chairs the Finance Commision and the
Commercial Services Planning Group.
Questions for VP finance
1. With the Coke exclusivity contract
ending in 2005 and the failure of this
year's referendum to increase student
fees, the AMS is expected to face financial problems in upcoming years. Where
would you reduce funding to ensure the
financial security of the AMS?
2. The AMS has focused a great deal of
Lana Rupp—Radical Beer Faction
attention on the development of new
businesses in the SUB. What do you
think is the role of for-profit businesses
in a non-profit organisation like the
AMS?
3. What strengths and weaknesses wilt
you bring to the the position of VP
Finance?
1. I think the real issue here is why the
Coke deal appears to be failing. Coca-Cola
has been less than satisfied with our consumption of its product Had we been
supported by say...a beer company, this
tragedy could have been averted. Beer,
you see, is a more satisfying and marketable product, especially among the
young students of our fine institution.
2. I personally support this expansion. I
feel that more locations, however, should
be sources of Beer. Mmmmm...beer.
3. I find that with the consumption of
beer, my ability with numbers increases,
as well as my ability to communicate with
members of both sexes, to dance and to
come up with creative and imple-
mentable solutions for financial issues
that face all UBC students. To this job I
also bring honesty, as I feel that I am the
only candidate who can proudly admit
that I drink beer on the job. 9
Sari Ahdel—UBC for U
Nick Seddon—Students for Students
1. Making cutbacks in AMS programs
would be my last resort First I would
ensure that no cutbacks are made to core
services of the AMS, such as Safewalk,
Ombudsperson, Speakeasy, etc. I would
make it my personal objective to pressure
the university to pay for its fair share of
the cost of these services which serve the
interests of both the students and the university: I would re-evaluate our relationships with federal lobbying groups such
as CASA, which at times spend more than
they produce. I would ensure that all
Wyatt Arndt—Underground
1.1 would reduce funding by getting rid
of all Plant Ops vehicles. I enjoy watching
them rotate positions every 20 minutes
just as much as the next guy, but we need
the money. We will use the money we
save from this to purge all capitalists out
of office, and instead replace them with
puppets who I can manipulate to help further my political career. Wait I probably
shouldn't tell you that last part until I am
actually in office. Okay, forget I said that
Lets just pretend I said that I love puppies.    Who    doesn't   love    puppies?
future relationships with companies, are
made with realistic contracts and quotas.
Finally, if neccesary I would eliminate
executive perks and even force an executive pay cut
2. For-profit business play an important
part in the AMS, by providing students
with a variety of useful services. I believe
that the AMS should increase the pursuit
of quality businesses to operate with the
AMS. However, I want to make it clear
that students are not a commodity, and
Capitalists, that's who! Boooourns to capitalists! AH they want to do is implement
a petting tax! A vote for comrade Wyatt is
a Vote for the puppiesl
2. For-profit businesses only allow capitalists to steal your souls! For-profit businesses in the SUB will lead to nothing
more than the rich getting richer, the students of UBC suffering needlessly, and
more mutants coming out of the sewers
to try and take away our children. Why
would these capitalists want the mutants
thus should not be treated as a means to
an end by the AMS. The objective of any
government is to ensure students before
profits. Thus no business should be given
rights to operate within the AMS if it takes
away from student involvement, student
opportunties at the SUB, and space that
could otherwise be used by students.
3. My most valued strengths that I can
bring to the position of VP Finance, are
my knowledge and experience. I am very
lucky to have gained expert experience in
to have our children? Simple. They sell
them to them for money. I, for one, will
stand up to these children-stealing
mutants, and put them to work in several
of my 'therapy camps' that I plan on
implementing once in office. And just
what are therapy camps? Well, according
to my PR man, they are a nicer way of saying sweatshops.
3.1 think my main strength is my undying devotion to whatever task I undertake. I will devote my time 100 per cent
finance. I was the executive of finance in
Start Up INC, a company I helped start in
high school that went public. I was also a
junior economist with CITI Bank (one of
the worlds largest investment groups)
and a volunteer in a number of programs
such as UNEP, which allowed me to hone
my leadership skills through motivating
and managing others. It is very hard to
list ones weaknesses as one always tries
to conceal and even deny them. My weakness (if it can be called a that), is that I am
a perfectionist. 9
to being the best damn VP Finance there
is. I would have to say my main weakness
probably lies in the fact that I have no
idea what a VP Finance is, or is supposed
to do. In fact, I just learned I was to be
running for this position a few days ago.
But rest assured, The Underground
would be happy to spend your money.
Please. Vote us in; If for no other reason
v then to see Chris Dingwall, editor of The
Underground, do a strip-dance live at this
year's Arts County Fair. Vote one.for the
stripper! 9
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1. This year, the AMS took a proactive
approach toward preventing any future
financial concerns by proposing an
incremental $3 increase over four years.
Although the referendum did not pass,
the upcoming year will not endure any
reductions to the budget because the
agreement with Coke expires 2005.
Nonetheless, we still must look into ways
of preventing this from becoming an
issue in the future. The AMS prides itself
on its services it provides, and my goal is
to ensure that hone of these services,
through funding to resource groups,
AMS services, clubs, and constituencies.
Adam Wright—Students Voice
1. The StudBnts Voice team will make
sure that students receive the quality of
services that they deserve. Reduced funding is not the key to combating the Coke
contract. The Coke contract was more
than met within the SUB. The shortfall
was from the UBC vending machines
around campus. I feel that the services
which the AMS pays for directly influence UBC overall, and because UBC fell
short in its end of the Coke contract, then
UBC should help pay the AMS for the
services which they provide. This assisted funding would ensure that students
are compromised. Even though the term
of office is only for one year and the
sponsorship expires in three, we still
must address the long term needs of our
students.
2. First and foremost, the AMS is a nonprofit society that provides services to
improve the lives of all UBC students.
For-profit businesses are a means to
fund such services sponsored by the
AMS. Currently, the AMS businesses provide employment to over 400 UBC students and pay them over $2 million in
student wages. Not only do they help
receive the services that they need and
deserve. Budget cuts do not help students
receive their wants and needs. I will fight
to give students the services they want.
2. The Students Voice team will stand up
for you to ensure that your money is
spent on you. The role of profit businesses in a non-profit organisation like
the AMS is to better supply students with
improved services that cannot be afforded normally. The businesses in the SUB
collect money from students. This
money should be used, in return, for stu-
individual students through employment, they also fund AMS services. One
of my responsibilities, if elected to this
position, would be to chair the
Commercial Planning Committee which
oversees the development of new businesses. It is imperative that we do not
infringe upon the lives of our students.
The implementation of these businesses
would, therefore, have to improve student life in some way.
3.1 feel that the diverse experiences that
I bring to our team will certainly benefit
the AMS executive. I am currently the
dentsY Services are one of the outlets that
the AMS pays for which directly influence students. Money collected from the
businesses should help pay for these
services, raising the quality of life at
UBC. I will make sure that this money is
not kept hidden from students. It will be
spent on students, and will be spent
where students want it to be spent.
3. A strength which I hold in common
with the entire Students Voice team is
accountability. We can be held accountable for our actions and our promises. I
vice-president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Within this organisation, I have had
many executive positions which have
taught me to organise my time effecively
and deal with others in a fair and respectful manner. One of the positions that I
held was house manager, where I was
responsible for managing a $100,000
budget. As for my weaknesses, I would
say that I tend to take on too many things;
however, my undergraduate experiences
have helped to solidify my organisational
and time management skills, and if elected to this position, I can guarantee that
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will have a public budget which everyone can look at and be a part of. By opening up my doors, students can be
ensured that I will be spending, their
money in their best interest. I care for
this school. This is the reason that I am
running in the elections. I have been
involved in many activities during my
years here that have been geared to the
improvement of this school for everyone. I am a part of many organisations
and will be aware of students needs
and problems. I will be able to address
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THEUBYSSEY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2002
VOLUME 83 ISSUE 30
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
Duncan M. McHugh
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Crawling through a ventilation shaft. Donald Prime. Heather
Arvidson. Jesse Marchand and Maureen Rode were on a mission. Chris Shepherd figured they shouldn't he up there and
pointed it out to Alicia Miller and Graeme Worthy, who tried to
load Parminder Niztler into a BB gun. Stuart Clarlt and Rob
Stotesbuiy-Leeson watched apathetically on the sidelines while
Ayalto Kobayashi Ai Lin Choo, Sarah MacNeill Morrison and
Ron Nurwisah placed bets on the outcome. Scott Bardsiey
cringed as he noticed the shaft above Julia Christensen. Laura
Blue and Nic Fensom bulge threateningly. Ifywel Tuscano fear-
lessb/ pushed eveiyone to safety as the shaft collapsed onto
last week's masthead- And Kerrie Thornhill's brother, Duncan
M. McHugh, is a very nice person who will not be tarred or
Feathered. Female Vbyssey writers are quite sorry, and thins
he is greaL
Fake your own rental contract and stay in res!
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'Rental* Agreement.
This Agreement, made the 27th of March, 2002 between (the "tenant")  and U.B. Byssey
(the "landlord") states that the tenant shall commence tenancy May 1, 2002. The contract prevents the landlord from fucking over the tenant by forcing the tenant to move out four days before the tenant moves into
somewhere else. And there won't be any of those moronic 'points' either. Sports in the hallway... whatever.
The premises to be rented is located at #24-6138 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC.
signature
Residents screwed, once again
On April 26 this year, thousands of UBC students will gather up their boxes, clothes and
small pieces of furniture when their residence
contracts with UBC Housing end four days
before the end of the month.
Housing says that the earlier eviction date
will help to relieve "undue stress' on
Housekeeping, which has to clean all residences
before the start of the conference season. But
what about "undue stress" on students, who
could be left without homes for five nights?
Many students return to their families for the
summer, but many—especially those in senior
residences, which are common at UBC—choose,
or are forced, to find their own accommodation
for the summer.
Common sense suggests that the date students
must leave Housing should coincide with rental
agreements in the rest of the world. Common
sense suggests that housing contracts should end
on the 30th of the month, not the 26th.
We would complain about not having equal
rights to those covered by the Residential
Tenancy Act, a hot issue debated during the
Alma Mater Society elections two years ago, but
Housing is right we signed contracts during the
summer which stated that the end date would be
April 26. But this significant change in policy
was not called to residents' attention. Yeah, we
should read the fine print, but even if we had,
what choice would many of us have had?
Not very much. Living in residence is an
affordable alternative to rental prices in one of
the most expensive cities in North America, particularly for students who want to live near campus, in some of the most pricey areas of
Vancouver.
But as UBC is one of the nicest areas in the
Lower Mainland, it also is a really nice location
for a hotel. After the pesky UBC students move
out for the summer, residences like Gage, Totem
and Vanier become conference accommodation,
charging several times the student rate.
Students living in Gage during the school year
pay up to $ 12 a day for a single room—the same
rooms during the summer start at $3 7.
So maybe that's why students are getting the
boot—to make room for the people who can
afford to pay higher prices. And maybe that's
why it appears that UBC Housing's role as a con-
letters
ference centre is taking priority over student
housing. Financially, it makes sense, right?
But is it just because we're students that we
think the priority of student housing should be
the needs of students?
Housing has offered to let residents stay until
May 1, as long as they provide documentation
by March 28 proving their extenuating need for
shelter until the end of the month—such as a
signed rental agreement starting no later than
May 1.
But by thinking this will help alleviate stress
for residents. Housing showsthey've obviously
never rented a house in Vancouver before.
Looking for housing in the Lower Mainland is a
full-time job, requiring early-morning phone
calls, instantaneous visits to potential homes,
and the determination of a tiger. And most ads
for rented space only appear in the month before
places become available—houses for May 1 will
start being offered at the end of March. Students
wanting that precious extensipn will have to
secure a new pad by this time, while still trying to
prepare for exams and finish term papers.
How does this make any sense? ♦
Canadian
University
Press
Canada Poat Sotaa Aaroatnant Number 0732141
"It seems to me that
Mr Eaton is part of a
slate"
After a few days of in-class presen-'
tations (particularly from Mark
Fraser, who has appeared in all of
my lectures), reading about the candidates on the AMS website and, of
course, reading the Ubyssey, I have
thus far become slightly frustrated
with student politics here at UBC.
From my observations, it
seems to me that all slates (and
candidates) are running on the
same platforms, promising things
like keeping the tuition rates
frozen and increasing student
access to funding.
The most frustrating piece so
far is seeing Christopher Eaton
posters on campus after reading
his letter in last Tuesday's publication of the Ubyssey {"An open letter
to the candidates in this year's elections,' Letters [Jan. 15]). His call to
end slates seems reasonable given
his argument, but having only been
here since September, I certainly
do not know enough about student
elections to agree or disagree. After
seeing his colourful orange posters,
along with those for Ryan
Morasiewicz, it seems to me that
Mr Eaton is part of a slate. Whether
the slate is official or not is irrelevant; to those of us unfamiliar with
UBC slates and student government (and obviously ill-informed),
Mr Eaton, along with Mr
MorasiewicZ, seems to be branding
himself the same way as those run-,
ning for the Students Voice and
Students for Students slates.
Perhaps Mr Eaton doesn't have to
worry about slate funding (given
those flashy posters he has) but it
seems to me at least that these two
are taking full advantage of shared
branding.
As a first-year, I'm not surprised
so many people do not vote. I certainly will be voting.. .though if I see
another Mark Fraser presentation I
think I might scream!
—Brett A Taylor
Science 1
Response to
Christopher Eaton
I thank you for this opportunity to
publicise a most important issue—
the notorious slate system—which
has been labelled the most disruptive and divisive aspect of student
politics ("An open letter to the candidates in this year's elections,"
Letters [Jan. 15]). In last year's election, like the ones before, all executive positions went to a single slate.
The trend will continue until another slate is able to gain power.
For the last several years.
Students for Students have proven
their true worth. They are an election
machine, skilled in the facets of PR,
an avaricious self-indulgent group
whose mass infrastructure produces
the most posters, the most pamphlets, and now, even the best websites. As a fairly new slate last year,
UBC for U became overwhelmed by
this election system as Students for
Students relentlessly and maliciously sought to expel us from the election. They singled out the little guy
and struck with bitter venom. So
busy clearing up petty complaints
from a team surely poised for victory, UBC for U hadn't the time to campaign and discuss those issues most
important to students. We fought for
mere survival. Now triple our suffering lastyear, and such is the plight of
the independent
For the rest of us, the slate system is a means to an end, a means
to gain power and strike down the
mighty goliath. Now, UBC for U has
regrouped with vengeance, to take
on that which is most debasing and
undignified. If elected, UBC for U
will work to abolish the slate system and bring student politics back
to the students, away from some
over-inflated egotistical monolith.
What distinguishes us from other
slates, particularly Students for
Students, is that we seek to represent
the needs and concerns of students
for one term only. Our mandate is
not re-election, from vice-president,
external, to president, from president to Board of Governors. We
come to work hard for the students
and if that means putting our reputation on the line for next year, so be
it We will not sequester ourselves in
offices and AMS Council chambers
designing websites for next year's
elections. We will actively pursue student concerns, bringing innovation
and vision to a now stagnant
Council We will open the AMS up
again to talented and capable people,
committed to hard work and student
needs—something our university
desperately needs in these times of
funding restraints. And it is thus
with the most solemn imperative
that I urge all voters to consider this,
next week, and so that which brings
us to power will be cut down and
Council will be open to students once
again.
-Paul Dhillon
AMS presidential candidate
UBC for U
The politics of timing
Mr Eaton, I am afraid you may be
too jaded ("An open letter to the
candidates in this year's elections,"
Letters [Jan. 15]). I can remember
several occasions that I approached
you to talk about the issue of slates
at UBC.
As you are aware, it has always
been my belief that slates do provide
an advantage that can hide one's
experience behind glossy photos
and colourful resources. I suggested
that if slates are not abolished, then
we should at the very least recognise
slates in AMS Code. For if they existed in code, there could be reprimands and punishments encompassing whole teams of candidates
when one candidate acts irresponsibly on a slate. But you replied to me
that the issue would never be accepted by AMS Council.
So I find it most perplexing that
you bring the issue up now during
the election, when in fact you, as
Chair of the Codes and Policy
Committee, played a large role in
writing this year's Elections Codes
and Procedures. And I do not
remember you ever championing
this issue. In fact, quite the opposite. Of all the democratic initiatives and changes you suggested, in
the two terms I have served on
Council, ending, or even recognising, slates was not one of them.
But I pledge to you now that the
Students Voice team and I, after the
election will—in whatever capacity
the student body chooses—work to
make the AMS a more democratic
place. And I sincerely hope that the
AMS will never again elect the
mediocre. There are many candidates running this year but only the
Students Voice team has distinguished itself as advocates for what
is right Time and again this slate
has stood up for the issues of
tuition equality, transportation and
safety. And of course, we have
always fought against codes, procedures and bylaws of an undemocratic nature.
—Rob Nagai
AMS presidential candidate
Students Voice Board of Governors Representatives
elect two       The student representatives to the Board of Governors represent student interests on matters of management,
administration of property revenue, business and affairs of the university.
Question for UBC BoG representatives: How will you communicate issues discussed by the BoG with the students you represent?
Be specific.
Mark Fraser—Students for Students
Serving and representing you as AMS vice-president, administration, for the
past two years has taught me the importance of campus-wide consultation
and communication. As student representative to the UBC Board of
Governors, I will organise open forums on all student issues including
tuition, academic policies, campus safety and student social space. I will write
letters to the Ubyssey updating and informing students on current topics
affecting them. I plan to hold regular office hours in SUB so that I am easily
accessible by any student I will hold regular meetings with the AMS and GSS
executives and councils as well as other student groups such as international
students, AMS constituencies, clubs and resource groups. It is important that
you are represented to the Board by students who are proven, responsible
leaders and are experienced when dealing with university officials. ■
Erfan Kazemi—Students for Students
As your student representative, I will ensure that your concerns are
expressed to the Board of Governors. I strongly believe that your representative must be easily accessible and aware of the many diverse issues on
campus.
I will ensure student-wide consultations and raise awareness through
forums, regular office hours, using campus media, the AMS website. Inside
UBC, attending meetings with a variety of student groups (international students, undergraduate societies, residences, GSS, etc.), and utilising e-mail
lists and listserves.
As your BoG representative I will protect students from drastic tuition
increases, and differential tuition and ensure that the university addresses
classroom overcrowding, social space, campus safety and transit 9
Joel McLaughlin—UBC for U
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Excellent communication skills are an imperative characteristic of sound
leadership. UBC for U's policy document shows a firm commitment to
improving communication between student government representatives
and the student body. Specifically, I intend to liase with clubs and student
groups on campus to receive feedback about the imperative issues that
are debated by the BoG; additionally, I will seek out various forums for
student participation. The BoG plays a vital role at UBC. From tuition policy to campus building development, all students at UBC have a vested
interest in the BoG.
It has often been said that the very essence of leadership is vision. The
Board has adopted a vision statement, which outlines a commitment to providing students with 'an outstanding and distinctive education" while "aspiring to be Canada's
best university." As your student spokesperson, I will ensure that we achieve this vision while
keeping student interests close at heart ■
Olivier Plessis—Students Voice
The Students Voice team and myself are dedicated to fighting for students and
their needs. The Board of Governors provides an unbelievable opportunity to
listen to and act on student issues. I believe it is vitally important for students
to be able to communicate effectively with their student representatives and
vice versa. In my years at UBC, I have been involved at every level of organisation: as a club rep on the PSSA, a constituency rep for the AUS and as an
Arts Councillor on the AMS. These experiences have taught me that open lines
of communication, from detailed BoG reports at AMS meetings to periodic
student forums, will ensure that the student's voice is listened to at the university level. More student input on issues such as transit services and university development will ensure that the Students Voice team and myself
Andrew Schuster—Independent
UBC has over 35,000 students. I must have a clear plan to communicate BoG
issues to students as frequently and effectively as possible. I will draw upon
the skills I have developed from over 15 years experience working on community-building projects with social, political, arts and business groups and
those I am learning by completing my Master's in business administration at
UBC. My overall communication strategy is: be active, listen, be accesible and
be responsible. Specifically, I will work with broad student bodies such as the
AMS and GSS; and I will forge links with the organisations representing the
UBC constituencies in each faculty. I will organise open student forums as a
ikjvr^s!   means of listening, as well as outwardly communicating. I will use on-campus
/-■mil 3 media channels for delivering BoG information. Finally, I will openly publish
my contact information so that ad hoc inquires from students will be possible. ■
Nino Ugrenovic—UBC for U
Discussing the issues presented by the BoG to the students of UBC will be
the most important part of my job when elected. I believe that the best way
to do this will be to provide students with an easy way to communicate their
concerns to BoG representatives. To do this, I will ensure that every student
of UBC has a chance to talk to me personally. Through dynamic interactions
with other UBC governing bodies (such as the GSS, AUS and SUS) I will
make sure that the voice of every student at UBC is heard. One of the main
goals of UBC for U will be to make every student count In closing, if you
want a chance to voice out your ideas to fellow UBC students, make sure to
vote UBC for U in the AMS elections. ■
Ben Warrington—Radical Beer Faction
The best way for students to communicate is over a beer. I would therefore
lobby for a AMS-funded beer night where students can get together and discuss all soils of issues, including, naturally, those that are raised at Board
of Governors meetings. Such beer nights would likely be well attended, so
they would be useful in increasing student awareness and interest in the
workings of the university. This increased awareness would hopefully
reduce apathy, and maybe, just maybe, more than one in four referenda
would be able to reach quorum. In short, an increased flow of beer would
be beneficial to the communication of university issues discussed at Board
of Governors meetings. 9
Kate Woznow—Students Voice
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The Students Voice team is composed of individuals representing students
from all facets of university life. I am one of those individuals.
As your student representative on the Board of Governors, I will communicate issues discussed by the BoG by reaching out to university constituency groups (i.e. AUS, SUS), AMS clubs and other student bodies. I will provide
regular BoG updates at student council meetings and be an active voice on
committees that deal with BoG issue areas, like the Safety Committee.
Furthermore, I will reach out to students directly by holding public forums
around pertinent issues like campus development and tuition policies.
Finally, not only will I commuicate BoG issues to students, but also I will
represent the students' voice at BoG meetings and be a strong advocate for
your needs. 9
Dave Tsang—Radical Beer Faction
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All students are eligible to vote
for the positions of AMS
President, VP Administration,
VP Academic & University
Affairs, VP External, VP
Finance, Board of Governors
representatives and Senate
representatives. In order to
vote for the Student Legal
Fund Society or the Ubyssey
Publications Society positions,
you must not have opted out of
the relevant society.
Be sure to vote in all the elections mentioned in the supplement! Bring your student card
to vote, January 21-25, 2002.
Need more information? Have
questions about the elections?
Contact AMS Elections
Administrator Deanna
Metcalfe:
phone:604-822-6054
e-mail:
elections2002@ams.ubc.ca
in person: SUB 224 Pane Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Q^ture
Friday. January 18.2002
Moliere's "School" Play
THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES
at the Vancouver Playhouse
until Feb. 2
by Donald  Prime
Sexual jealousy has provided the
fuel for innumerable stories.
Perhaps you enjoy watching the
hopeless losers on Jerry Springer. If
you demand a more intelligent
object of derision, however, you
might enjoy Hardee Lineham's riveting Arnolphe, the antihero of
Moliere's The School for Wives.
Moliere wrote many of his plays
around characters whose obsessions alienate them from society.
The School concerns Arnolphe, a 42-
year-old bachelor who so fears cuck-
pldry that he has raised a girl,
Agnes, from the age of four to be his
wife. For 13 years he cultft ated hor
in his house and in a convent,
instructing the nuns to keep her
ignorant of sex and men.
As the play begins, Arnolphe
is just returning from a ten-d jy-
long vacation. Before leaving,
he had ended Agnes's education, planning a quick marriage to keep her secluded
and   naive.   He   quickly i
learns, to his horror, that /
Agnes has already fallen /
in love with the handsome, young Horace.
Arnolphe is enraged,
and tries to quash the
budding affair by bullying Agnes and deceiving
Horace. Arnolphe had
hoped to avoid competition by keeping Agnes
unaware of men. He finds.
however, that she is forever
changed, unwilling to surrender her
newly discovered passion. Now she
compares Arnolphe with Horace,
and finds her guardian wanting.
- Hardee Lineham brings the neurotic Arnolphe to life. His intense,
convincing performance is the centre of audience attention, and is
alone worth the price of admission.
Lineham elicits conflicting emotions, often simultaneously. He
makes the audience laugh at
Arnolphe's foolishness, then sends
chills up their spines with his selfish
cruelty. We sympathise with his
desire for fidelity; deride his foolishness; pity his suffering and mental
illness; fear and loathe his mad
designs for Agnes.
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Lineham's powerful performance.
The authentic set and costumes,
designed by Douglas Paraschuk,
ensconce us in a 17th-century southern French town. Mike Wasco's
Horace brings physical energy. Alec
Willows's Chiysalde provides the
voice of reason and contrasts with
Arnolphe's neurosis. Furthermore,
the production adds an innovation:
puppeteer Luman Coad begins each
scene with a funny or touching summary of the action that takes place
before the scene.
Unfortunately, some of director
Martha Henry's decisions mar the
show. Jennifer Paterson's Agnes
seems to be in a stoned stupor
almost the entire time. She speaks
in an irritating high-pitched monotone, and her face expresses nothing. Moreover, Henry tries to turn
Fobb Paterson's Enrique into a
(funic character. He carries an
abfr'ird six-foot-long rifle, speaks
more like a Southern gentleman
Lh.i.ri like a Frenchman, and yells
like a cowboy. French fur traders
.vere not cowboys.
Richard Wilbur's translation also causes problems.
Like Moliere's script, it consists mostly of rhyming couplets.   The   rhymes   may
occasionally be witty, but
their artificiality is grating.
Overall, however, the
superb set, strong acting,
and Moliere's rich script
make     the    production
excellent.    Not    merely
entertainment, The School
/for Wives illuminates primal aspects of human
nature. ♦
WAR, THE PENTAGON AND THE MEDIA
at the Ridge
Jan. 13
by Dcnald Prime and Heather Arvidscn
What you don't see on the news is death. Of course, it
usually happens to people in the Third World, so we
don't care. We'd rather think about who's fucking whom
on Friends than about deformed babies and mass
graves. We want entertainment more than freedom,
more than we want to hear the truth. Or do we?
War, the Pentagon and the Media was a one-day film
festival that played last Sunday at the Ridge. It showcased six intense, critical documentaries on a range of
issues, including American interventions in Central
America, arms sales, the use of_depleted uranium in
Desert Storm and the continued sanctions against Iraq.
Linking the films was the premise that information
is pervasively suppressed and manipulated by the
Pentagon's war machine, and doled out faithfully by
mainstream media. That's where these docunientaries
come in.
The Academy-award-winning documentary Panama
Deception: Exposing the Cover-Up reveals the truth
about America's brutal involvement in Panama. The
geopolitical importance of Panama and its canal led to a
bloody intervention by the US Army in 1989. Although
American officials claimed that only military installations were targets, the film reveals something else. The
eyewitness accounts of whole neighbourhoods of
Panama City being devastated, mass graves and slaughters seem to contradict the official histories.
Arms for the Poor shows the litde-known and staggering facts surrounding the American military com
plex. The USA exports more arms than all other nations
combined. The Pentagon, the industry and elected
politicians all have a stake in selling weapons to countries that don't always have the cleanest human rights
records.
Equally as lucrative and morally bankrupt is the CIA
involvement in the drug trade. Cover-Up: Behind the
Iran-Contra Affair reveals much more: back-door deals
between the American government and Iran during
the hostage crisis to delay their release until after the
1980 election, failed assassinations of American journalists and damning stuff that would make even Oliver
Stone blush
As if that wasn't enough. The Invisible War:
Depleted Uranium and the Politics of Radiation
shows how radioactive ammunition used during the
Gulf War has been causing cancer. Gulf War Syndrome
and horrific birth defects in Iraqis and Americans.
Although there is a strong correlation, the White House
and the Pentagon deny that the ammunition's
uranium and plutonium cause these tragedies. They
won't surrender their radioactive ammunition, perhaps because it conveniently and cost-effectively
relieves the Atomic Energy Commission of
nuclear, waste.
The crowd at the Ridge was obviously one already
converted. The films provoked derisive laughter from
the audience several times by placing Pentagon PR
alongside contradictory documentary footage. The contrast between flag-waving clips from major news networks and the passionate testimonies from the victims
of America's wars quickly silenced the crowd and
instead instilled a quiet rage, one that would've been felt
by anyone watching these moving accounts of hidden
injustices. ♦
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DANGEREUSES
Christopher Hampton
JAN 23-FEB 2
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Christianity, Yale University
Friday, January 25th at 12:00pm Noon
Student Union Building
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(in the basement
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to a screening of:
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Prophecies
at 7:00pm on Wednesday
January 23,2002 at
Tinseltown Theatre.
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Jk3 %sYv%JLw\Jm\S     to rePresent student interests on matters related       1. What issues do you plan to bring to Senate
to the academic functioning of the university.
and why is student involvement important?
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any specific issues to
Senate yet, because I
haven't yet consulted
with students about
what issues are important to them. Senators
are not chosen to represent their own or their
slate's interests. Student
senators represent students—all of them. Senate is not a way for ex-
AMS hacks to keep a seat on Council
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Senate isn't about student involvement;
it's about basic representation at the university level. If you're facing suspension from
UBC, a student on the Senate Academic
Appeals Committee will help ensure you get
a fair hearing. If you care about what goes on
the Senate agenda, who gets awards, how the
library is run, or who gets nominated to fill
Senate vacancies, then you'll care about who
represents you on Senate. I'll do so in a nonpartisan, common-sense manner.
I'll look into lowering library fines. The
rest is up to you. Beware the Ides of March. ■
Jennifer Lau—Students Voice
Students Voice and I
believe that student
tBsj involvement is crucial.
|§ Without student senators, debates on admissions, tuition, and academic policy would go
unchallenged by the
largest constituency on
f campus: students. As a
general BA student, I
support inter-faculty disciplines, (e.g. integrated sciences, the new BA/BASc dual
degree). Talented students should be able to
combine their interests into a recognised
degree. I will fight for a reasonable start
date to term two. Why ask students to return
on Jan. 3? I will also lobby to have more
teaching evaluations and old exams
released. How else will students make
informed decisions prior to registration, or
properly prepare for final exams? This is
crucial for new students without on-campus
experience and for senior students who
want the most out of their education. The
Students Voice slate and I will make your
concerns heard at all levels of campus
administration. ■
Yvette Lu-
Studentsfor Students
The Senate is responsi- UBC and I will bring an experienced voice
to the Senate. I am the current AMS vice-
president, finance, and was a member of
the Senate last year. I will support
improvements to our libraries, including
increased social study space and
improved online and print resources. In
addition, with the recent controversy over
plagiarism, it will be important that student interests and rights are protected in
any new policy. Furthermore, I will advocate for increased flexibility and innovation in student academic programs. M
ble for the academic
governance of the university. As students, it
is essential for us take
an interest, get
involved, and participate in the decisionmaking processes that
will greatly influence
our academic lives
while at UBC. I have a
long history of student involvement at
Elizabeth Thampy—Students Voice
The Students Voice
team and I are committed to placing preeminence on students'
needs. I believe the
Senate is a great opportunity for students to
shape academic poli-
i'f \ -- ' nu c*es- T° make UBC a
L *      KPl more        responsive,
• ^^ accountable and equi
table university I will bring important student issues to the Senate. Specifically, I, as
your student representative, will work to
Scarlett Yim—Students Voice
ensure a more reasonable start date for
term two, make sure that parking violations
are not tied to inaccessibility to transcripts,
work to have a flexible exam schedule
where core requisite courses are evenly
spread out and strive to ensure accessibility to all teaching evaluations. These issues
have a huge impact on the students' quality
of education and hence, it is integral to
have a strong student voice on the senate
that will effectively communicate students'
concerns. The Student Voice team and I are
committed to making a stand for you—the
students. ■
The Students Voice
team and I will stand
up for you. This year
with the over enrollment of first-year students, classrooms
have become crowded
and a lot of classes are
full. I will lobby for
smaller and more
classes to fill the
demand. I will push
back the start date for term two on the
academic calendar. To ensure that the
quality of our education stays at the same
level, I will make the publishing of teaching evaluations mandatory. Students
Voice and I will fight for the benefit of the
student in all issues.
I have been involved in all areas of the
campus community. I am involved with
Speakeasy, Imagine UBC and the AMS. I
have been involved with the Science
Undergraduate Society, Safewalk and
other clubs. Student involvement is very
important to me. All the groups and clubs
and constituencies on campus add to the
academic experience. ■
Senate-
Pharmaceutical Sciences
elect one
OmarAlasaly
Diana Soochan
Chris Eaton
For the past year, I have
served on Senate and as
Chair      of      Senate
Caucus—the head of the
students on Senate. As
with many fellow senators,   I   view   student
involvement as pivotal.
We are the ones who
take the courses Senate
creates, use the libraries
Senate manages and deal with the regulations Senate imposes on eveiything from
admissions and program descriptions to stu-
Christine Lenis—Students for Students
dent discipline. If re-elected, I would continue
to press for fairer scholarship policies, for full
implementation of Senate resolutions directing the release of teaching evaluations, and
for congruence of Senate and BoG policies on
plagiarism in a form that protects students
while maintaining academic integrity.
Further, although Senate does not have direct
control over parking, I view last week's
announcement that parking will be withholding registrations and transcripts for outstanding fines as an inappropriate business
encroachment on academic matters, and will
fight for it not to be implemented. H
The senator's mandate
is to address the academic issues or concerns of the students.
Speaking to classmates
and friends with concerns and having been
directly affected by academic issues since my
first year at UBC, I
chose to become
involved in student life and ultimately
address these issues. Current issues, such as
overcrowding, due in part by the increasing
Ryan Morasiewicz
If re-elected as a student
representative to the
UBC Senate, I will continue to effectively represent student views on
such issues as scholarship policy and exam
databases. Of specific
concern to me is a new
proposal from UBC
Parking that would prevent students with three or more outstanding tickets from registering and obtaining
academic transcripts from the university.
Gina Tsai—Students Voice
Of all the academic
issues being debated,
the one closest to my
heart is that of the universal availability of
. . ,„ teaching     evaluation
^ M   results.     (You     may
understand why if you
caught me on the
phone with rude secretaries, and on the hunt
for every last available teaching evaluation
result last spring). I believe that the university should be held accountable for
number of enrolled students, have more
than ever, been affecting students. Other
issues, such as mandatory teacher retirement, the fairly recently implemented plagiarism policy or the possibility that parking
tickets maybe tied to a student's registration
or transcript request have to be reassessed to
ensure that students are being offered a quality education and that their rights are being
protected. Student involvement not only permits communication between the university
and the students, but also ensures that UBC
students are kept informed on university
decisions that will affect their education. 9
While I understand and sympathise with the
need to collect unpaid traffic fines on campus, I have grave concerns about giving this
ancillary service power over a student's academic life.
Students need strong, experienced representation to voice these and other concerns
in Senate. There is a common misconception that as students we do not have a voice
in university affairs. My experience over the
past year, however, has shown me that student involvement does indeed make a difference, and I am asking for your permission to continue serving you on Senate. ■
what students are learning, and the publication of teaching evaluations allows students to choose what they are being
taught. I will also bring forward any issues
that are beneficial to the university and its
largest constituents: students! Students
are the ones most affected by any motion
the Senate passes, and I will work to
ensure that students are part of the decision-making process.
Where there is a student, there is a
voice. Students Voice strives to make that
voice heard in the AMS, the Senate, the
BoG and beyond! ■
Senate-—Faculty of Science
elect one
Michael Groves—UBC for U
Over the past two years, the Faculty of    tial tuition.
Science Curriculum Committee has been
undergoing a re-accreditation of courses
within the Faculty of Science so that students
receive credit for their labs and tutorials.
Tuition is calculated on a per credit basis and
a concern is that the extra funds collected by
the Registrar's Office may not be issued back
to the Faculty of Science to fund heavily taxed
lab resources. I want to ensure that the extra
revenue is appropriately allocated especially
since the tuition freeze is in doubt and the
university is seriously considering differen-
Student involvement within the Senate
is important so that
major academic issues
are put forth to the
appropriate authorities. Above all, I would
remain accountable to
the UBC Science body
for decisions of the Senate and would be
always willing to help anyone who wants to
have their opinion heard. 9
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Christopher John Zappavigna
As a student senator representing the faculty of Science, I
plan to bring to Senate the issue of large size of Science
classes. Many third- and fourth-year Science classes have
over 200 students enrolled. To produce the best students,
the opportunity to be exposed to the best education must
be provided.
Another issue I plan to bring up is the confusion that
surrounded the university during the December power
outage. Definite standard operating procedure must be
created for similar incidents. Not only would this limit
confusion during the time of the crisis, it would also pre
vent students from writing their
December exams in January.
Student involvement is important for the entire university. The
decisions that are made on bodies
such as Senate affect all students,
not just those who sit on these bodies. Thus, it is imperative that students become involved, obtain
information and distribute this
information. ■
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News
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UBC Housing to kick students out early
:       7 ^ by Alicia J. Miller
Students living in winter-term residences this year must either shell out
extra money to stay until May 1 or
move put four days before the end of
April.
This year's April 26 residence-
contract termination date will affect
all students currently living in
Totem Park, Place Vanier, Walter
Gage, Fairview Crescent and
Ritsumeikan-UBC House residences.
In a notice distributed to residents' mailboxes this week, students
were informed they could extend
their winter-session residence contracts until noon on May 1.
Extensions will only be granted,
however, if students have 'unusual*
circumstances, already-purchased
travel arrangements with a departure date after April 26, or an off-
campus lease with a start date
between April 26 and May 1.
Students who wish to extend their
residence contracts must submit supporting documentation, such as a
rental agreement or plane ticket; by
March 28. those who extend their
stay in residence will be charged $ 10
to $25 per night depending on the
residence.
For students moving into
Fairview—the summer stay-through
residence—approval of a residence-
contract extension until May 1 will be
automatic. Housing has not yet determined whether those students will
also be charged fees for the four extra
nights they stay in residence at the
end of April.
According to Fred Fotis, director
of UBC Housing and Conferences, the
residence-contract termination date
has been changed this year to avoid
"undue burden on housekeeping
staff," who will be cleaning the rooms
in Totem Park, Place Vanier and
Walter Gage residences.
These three residences are used
as a conference centre during the
summer months and will begin
accepting guests in the first week
of May.
Damien Enright, a Gage resident
and fourth-year Arts student, questioned whether the conference centre
should be given priority over
students.
"It's a student residence/ he said.
"[UBC Housing] should be trying to
accommodate us and not their hotel
service in the summer. We're the priority, not the hotel."
Despite notices from Housing,
many students are unhappy about
the early expiry of their residence
contracts.
"It's been the, 30th since I've
moved here and this is my fourth
year here," said Astra Foisy, a Gage
resident and fourth-year Science student "The date shouldn't be
the 26th."
'It seems like an excuse just to
make us pay $15 extra a night to
stay in res," said Stephanie Sanger,, a
Fairview resident and third-year
Agricultural Sciences student "Our
rent's no cheaper this year than it
ever has been. We're paying for
eight months, two terms of Housing
and every other place that you rent
where you're signing a rent contract you get the full month."
But Fotis pointed out that April 2 6
was listed as ihe residence-termination date when all residents signed
their contracts in the summer.
Erfan Kazemi, president of the
Alma Mater Society (AMS), however,
said that the university has a responsibility to ensure that residences are
meeting student's needs.
"They have to communicate any
changes in a clear and efficient
manner. This is a reduction in
Housing services and we want to
ensure that doesn't happen," he
said. "I think there needs to be
more student consultation, especially with Housing, making sure
that this doesn't happen in future
years."
Term-two exams, scheduled to
end April 25, are a concern for residents who must vacate by April 26.
Director of Classroom Services,
Justin Marples, who is responsible
for the exam schedule, projected that
April exams will end ahead of time,
however, just as they did in
December.
"I would say the 9th through the
23rd would be the exam schedule
that we are projecting at this time,"
he said.
Students who extend their residence contracts in the junior residences will have to look outside the
cafeteria for food. The last meal
served in Totem Park and Place
Vanier will be breakfast on
April 26.«>
Joe Clark speaks to UBC on foreign affairs
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NICE GLASSES! Joe Clark, former Prime Minister spoke at the Liu
centre on Wednesday to a packed house. His lecture entitled
'Canada in the world after September IT touched on globalisation,
terrorism and Canada's global role* maureEn rode photo
 by Graeme Worthy
There were more people than seats ins
the crowded auditorium. The doorway and windowsills were clogged
with people who came to hear former
prime minister and current .
Progressive Conservative party,
leader Joe Clark speak on Wednesday.
Clark's lecture, entitled 'Canada in
the world after September 11/
focused on what Clark sees as the
declining role of Canada in international affairs, and "a dangerous
diminution of foreign policy within
the country."
"Traditionally Canada has played
a leading role as a bridge between the
developed and developing world,"
said Clark. "It is a practise that we
must return to as a country.
"Let's face it the Americans are
not the only national isolationists in
North America," he chided.
After giving a long list of
Canadian triumphs in the international realm, particularly those pertaining to free trade and environmental policy, Clark said that
Canada should return to a position
of international mediator and leader
in international politics.
"We cannot plan or prosper if we
are subject to the whims of either
superpowers or terrorists, or if the
world is threatened by disease or
anarchy or the violence that flows
inevitably from sovereignty in disin-1
tegration," he said.
Clark pointed to economic disparities between the developing and the
developed worlds as a cause of "angry
desperation" in the world.
"Globalisation has led to a growth
of both prosperity and fear. To [many
people) 'global' has become almost
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pejorative, which is not surprising in
light of continuing poverty and desperation in developing countries," he
said.
Clark suggested Canada take
action as a global leader to reduce 'a
growing envy, a growing anger^ a
sense that there is an injustice in the
distribution of opportunities and
chances in the world."
Nasmin Afsin-Jam, a recent UBC
political science and international
relations graduate present at the lecture, agreed with Clark's assessment
of the causes of instability.
"By alleviating [poverty and desperation] it inevitably stops the instability and the conflicts that we see
today, like terrorism," she said.
The lecture, which is part of an
ongoing series of lectures at the Lui
Centre for the Study of Global Issues,
was organised by Paul Evanst the
director of the Asian Institute of
International Affairs.
After the event Evans praised
Clark for his analysis of Canada's
international role, and said that
while Clark does not currently hold a
strong political position, his opinions on Canadian foreign affairs are
more relevant than the simplistic
answers being offered by the
Canadian Alliance, the country's official opposition.
After the lecture, students lined
up to speak to the former prime
minister. Some wanted to shake his
hand and offer encouragement on
his political future. Others sought
advice on their aspirations in
Canadian politics. One even requested Clark's presence as a celebrity
judge at an event hosted by the Wine
Tasting Club, an honour which
Clark declined. ♦
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for upcoming meeting times. Ubyssey Publications
Society Board
elect one president and four directors
The student representatives to the Ubyssey
Publications Society Board (president and four
directors) are responsible for the financial management of the Society.
Question for the UPS Board:
1. What should be the relationship between the UPS
Board of Directors and the Ubyssey editorial board?
President
Chris White-DeVries
While the UPS Board of Directors and the editorial board must remain
separate entities in terms of the paper's direction and content, they
must simultaneously act in concert to produce the best newpaper possible. In other words, while the UPS Board of Directors should have no
control over the content of the Ubyssey, and the editorial board should
have no control over the budgetary concerns of the paper, communi-
Directors
Esther Abd-Elmessih
cation between the two groups is essential to maintain efficiency and
professionalism! As president of the Board of Directors, my job is to
ensure that the editorial staff feels comfortable bringing forth concerns that they have regarding the finances that the Board has mutually decided upon, and know that the reverse relationship will be
equally sound. ■
Dave Gaertner
For any system to work efficiently, it needs checks and balances. This is
most effective when two separate entities work towards the same goal. The
UPS Board of Directors is such an entity to the Ubyssey editorial staff.
Although the Board's focus is mainly on finances, it is important that the two
have a strong and commutative relationship to ensure that staffs stories
and ideas can be explored to the best of their means and the paper's tangi-
Elizabeth Kendler
The UPS Board of Directors should function mainly as a check and balance
for the newspaper. We should perform this fiinction in the interests of UBC
students, to ensure that the Ubyssey meets students' demands. That said, I
believe that the editorial board should remain in control of the content of
Michael Kotrly
It's specious to assume that the two boards should be completely separated
in every single aspect Certainly the Board of Directors should have no voice
in the editorial content of the newspaper. However, since the Board of
Directors controls all business matters of the Ubyssey, the editorial staff has
ble means. Separate from the editorial staff, the Board of Directors is able to
provide a more objective view point on their processes, particularly
finances. In turn, the editorial staff has a more objective view on the financial processes. This objectivity, with good communication, will allow the editorial staff and the board of directors to produce a paper that is pushed to
the limits of its financial and imaginative means. 9
the newspaper. The Board of Directors should offer suggestions and advise,
but should ultimately leave the substance of the Ubyssey Xo the expertise of
the editorial board.9
a right and obligation to voice their concerns to the BoD, especially when
dealing with issues like the purchasing of equipment or negotiating a contract with a printing firm. These issues should not be addressed unilaterally by the Board. ■
VP External, continued from page 3
Dan Anderson continued
set of AMS-run buses that will go to and
from each Vancouver bar until half an hour
after closing, with drop-off spots all over
the Lower Mainland, within stumbling distance of every home. These will cost a dollar each direction, but will make most of
Dan Grice continued
and restore some of the recent cuts made.
But we must prove to them it will be financially sound to increase service, and therefore I will focus on specific routes.
Specifically, I want to request that Translink
restore and extend the most popular late
night route, the #10, to a 3:30am last run,
Jason Martin continued
disagree with any of our decisions,, you
may—at any time—feel free to talk to us
and any one of our 're-education centers.'
their money from a fully-licensed bar in the
back, which, while inexpensive (with a
miniscule profit margin), will make money
based on volume.
Vote RBF!
Vote Beer! 9
which had until recently connected
Vancouver's social scene with UBC and was
nearly always filled. This would benefit the
thousands of UBC residents who want to do
late night activities downtown. Additionally,
I want to encourage Translink's bike mobilisation of buses. 9
The Underground loves you. Remember, a
vote for Jason Martin is a vote for communist Russia-esque repression! 9
Megan Cassidy continued
The students of UBC need to have an effective voice in this process and I will make
your voice heard.
As VP External, I will ensure that this
pass is affordable and that all students
will benefit. Whether you cycle, car-pool
Tara Learn continued
3. Approximately 24,000 of UBC's
37,000 students are commuter students.
Transportation is therefore an important
issue.
I will aggressively fight for a universal
student bus pass (U-pass). I will ensure that
the U-pass proposal is first passed through a
referendum to insure that the voices of UBC
students are heard.
I will lobby for improved bus service.
Kristen Read continued
not possible, any type of transportation pass
finalised must be useful to all students.
Drivers and bicyclists should also be integrated into an all-inclusive transportation
or bus to school, or whether you are a resident of campus, I will stand up for your
needs.
The universal bus pass will be negotiated successfully. This is a promise I intend
to keep. 9
Pass bys are not acceptable.
For those students who drive or car-
pool to school, the price of auto insurance
is an important issue. Within the lastyear
the price of car insurance has increased
by approximately $1000 for those aged 18
to 24. I will advocate for fair and affordable auto insurance that does not discriminate based on age. 9
pass. Furthermore, I would like to encourage
bus use by negotiating with Translink to
expand service and bring back late-night
routes. 9
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