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Robert Helsley replaces Muzyka as dean of Sauder School of Business
Maitrayee Dhaka
Contributor
After a year-long search for a new
dean, the Sauder School of Business
recently announced Robert Helsley
as the successor to Dan Muzyka.
Dylan Callow, the only student on
the search committee for the new
dean, said the search was a year-long
process that involved hundreds of
applicants from across the world.
"What differentiates Bob Helsley
from basically every other candidate in the pool is that he was both
an 'external' candidate as well as an
'internal' candidate," said Callow, referring to Helsley's most recent role
as a professor at UC Berkeley's Haas
School of Business and previously as
senior associate dean at Sauder.
Outgoing Dean Muzyka, who
will be president and CEO of the
Conference Board of Canada, was
pleased with the search committee's
decision.
"I worked very, very closely with
him, about as closely as you can for
quite a number of years. I have a full
appreciation of Bob's capabilities
and I am thrilled that he's agreed to
come back and be dean. I think he is
the right person, in the right place, at
the right time," Muzyka said.
Timing was one factor that created problems for Muzyka during
his time as dean, although he insists
against the term "controversy."
"You don't always get to choose
the timing for things, when something is initiated," he said.
"In a university that has so many
different stakeholders who have
influence or can make decisions,
the truth is, you do the best you
can given the timing and the constraints," said Muzyka.
"It would be very hard for me to
have any regrets. We did what we
needed to do. Many of the things
were handed to us as timing. The
best you can do is the most optimal
process under the conditions.
"Some of the people who had the
most difficulty with the changes
were the people outside the faculty.
I respect and appreciate their voice
and the students do as well. It really
is [the students'] decision."
Callow said Muzyka improved the
faculty by institutingbroad-based
admissions and drivingthe construction of the new Sauder building
Muzyka and Callow both lay a
particular emphasis on the importance of student involvement.
Muzyka, quoting UBC's motto, insisted that achievements during his
term were collective.
"The university's motto is about
right. TuumEst. It is yours. Stay
involved. We've done a lot here
because of students, and I encourage them to continue to be involved.
We're partners in all of this." 9
RESOURCE GROUPS»
Womyn's Centre shuts its doors
AMS tells the centre it is no longer allowed to act as an overnight
shelter due to the lack of funding for 24-hour security in the SUB
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
For over 10 years, the Womyn's
Centre in the SUB has acted as an
ad-hoc shelter for women fleeing
domestic abuse or otherwise in crisis. That is, until now.
When AMS VP Admin Caroline
Wong learned of women staying
overnight in the space, she immediately raised concerns about the
safety of the women stayingthere,
since there were no security guards
working in the SUB overnight. And
from June 19 onward, no one has
been allowed to stay in the centre
after the SUB's closing time.
"We did not budget for 24-hour
security, so it's not something that
would be feasible for this year," said
Wong. "It's out of our budget.
"As well, we want to be able to
make sure that this kind of service
is maximized to benefit all students, and not just women."
Wong first learned of the women
staying overnight in early June, and
an email exchange began between
her and the centre's executives.
Wong raised concerns that the
location wasn't safe for the women
stayingthere because of the lack
of overnight security, while the
centre's executives argued that
they needed time to find alternate
shelter for the one woman who was
staying there at the time.
On June 18, Wong sent an email
stating that if anyone was still in
the Womyn's Centre when the
SUB closed at midnight on the 19th,
they would be removed from the
News briefs
UBC may limit use of its name
due to hockey coach incident
UBC may no longer allow community
teams that play on campus to use
"UBC" in their names, in response to
an incident in which the coach of the
UBC Hornets minor league hockey
team tripped a 13-year-old player on
an opposing team.
This is one in a series of steps UBC
has taken recently to control its brand
more tightly. In 2011. the university
banned new AMS student clubs from
using "UBC" in their names unless the
names also included "AMS."
RCMP are recommending assault charges against the coach,
Martin Tremblay, who has also been
suspended by the Vancouver Minor
Hockey Association.
premises.
Jennie Roth, the manager of the
Womyn's Centre, wasn't happy
about the tight deadline. "The
woman stayingthere was homeless.
Two days is not long enough to find
stable housing," she said.
According to AMS director of
operations Uli Laue, there wasn't
anyone present in the centre when
the SUB locked its doors on June 19.
Wong said that she was assured by
the Womyn's Centre coordinators
that the woman in question had
already found alternate housing
by that time, but Roth was unsure
about where the woman went.
The Womyn's Centre, one of the
AMS Resource Groups, operates
out of a small room on the second
floor of the SUB. The Resource
Groups are funded by student fees
and exist to further various social
justice causes.
The purpose of the Womyn's
Centre, accordingto Roth, is to
"create a safe space for women,
intersex and trans people on
campus."
Roth said that she'd see women
staying overnight nearly every day
since she started working at the
centre three years ago. "We didn't
really find it our business to ask
people exactly why they were there,
but it was available for women in
crisis, escaping abusive partners or
homeless for any reason," said Roth.
The centre's executives are currently negotiating with Wong about
the possibility of creating some sort
of 24-hour crisis shelter on campus.
"We want to make sure that we find
B.C announces new student
loan repayment policy
The B.C. government has unveiled a
new "repayment assistance program"
for university graduates having trouble paying back their student loans.
Student loan payments can now
be partially relieved for people
whose incomes were above the
thresholds of the existing student
loan interest relief program. The
new assistance plan is part of B.C.
Premier Christy Clark's "Families First"
agenda.
According to Ministry of Advanced
Education spokesperson Baljinder
Jacgues. the program ensures that
those paying back student loans will
not need to pay more than 20 per
cent of their monthly income.
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The Womyn's Centre can no longer provide overnight shelter to students on campus
a long-term solution for students
who need this kind of 24-hour
space, and we want to address the
appropriateness of having it on
campus," said Wong.
"I see there is a need for this
and I want to be able to provide
this kind of service for students,"
added Wong. "But there's a strong
argument that there [are] shelters,
I guess, operated in [Vancouver's]
Westside."
Wong said that she had begun to
liaise with various campus groups,
including the office of UBC VP
Arrest warrant issued for UBC
student Jensen White
The Vancouver Police Department has
issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant
for a UBC student charged in connection with the 2011 Stanley Cup riots
who is now believed to be in Seattle.
Jensen White, a science student from Seattle, was charged in
November 2011 with taking part in
a riot and mischief to property over
$5,000. According to the VPD. he did
appear in court once, but after missing
a May 7 court date he was charged for
failure to appear.
Failing to appear pursuant to a court
order carries a maximum sentence
of two years in prison. White is one of
four confirmed UBC students charged
so far in connection with the riots.
Equity Tom Patch, on the feasibility of a UBC crisis shelter. But Patch
said he hadn't heard anything on
the topic yet. "As far as I'm aware,
we haven't spoken to the AMS
about this," said Patch.
Roth isn't particularly optimistic
about the possibility of recreating
any sort of on-campus crisis shelter.
"I feel like these needs aren't being taken seriously, and that rather
than working together, we're having to fight the AMS," said Roth. "I
just don't understand why it's such
a struggle." 13
Transit cops allegedly used
excessive force on UBC student
Two Transit Police officers are facing
disciplinary action after allegedly
using excessive force against a UBC
student stopped at a fare-check last
summer.
The student reportedly reguired
hospitalization after the incident.
The initial complaint was filed not
by the student, but by another
Transit Police officer. The two officers
involved. Edgar Diaz and Michael
Hughes, have not been suspended
from duty. The issue is currently
being handled by the Office of the
Police Complaint Commissioner, and
after an investigation, the fate of the
two officers will be decided in the
coming weeks. 13
CYCLING »
New bike
shop opens in
Wesbrook
Grayson Reim
Contributor
More Bikes, a new bike shop in
Wesbrook Village, has been open
for two weeks now, offering more
options for UBC's growing biking
community.
Don Brooks, one of More Bikes'
two owners, said the shop is meant
to play a collaborative role within
the biking community, which
includes the already established
UBC Bike Kitchen. "We are here to
obviously help the community with
enjoying our passion for cycling,
so that's what we want to portray,"
he said.
Lucy Chang, the other owner
(and a class of'97 UBC Commerce
alum), also mentioned that eight
UBC students make up nearly half
of More Bikes' current staff, filling roles from retail associate to
mechanic.
As an additional location to buy
bikes in the UBC community, More
Bikes may be a source of competition for the Bike Kitchen.
But Lucas Gallagher, the Bike
Kitchen's current manager, does
not foresee More Bikes affecting
their current business. Gallagher
thinks that they are approaching
two different markets and that
there is only a small overlap for
them to compete.
While the Bike Kitchen primarily repairs bikes and helps customers fix up their own, More Bikes
sells new bikes, ranging from basic
children's bikes to more high-end
road bikes that cost over a thousand
dollars.
Brooks also said that the Bike
Kitchen is more of a "do-it-yourself" shop, while More Bikes
will leave repairs to their service
department.
But even though More Bikes
will operate as a retail store, there
are still many perks for students.
Beyond student employment opportunities, More Bikes offers
students a ten per cent discount
year-round.
Chang also sees More Bikes getting involved in the UBC biking
community in other ways. They
participate in many biking events
(such as UBC's Grand Prix), and
are helping to facilitate several riding clubs, including a family riding
club, women's riding club and road
riding club.
Brooks said he hopes that More
Bikes will become an integral part
of the UBC biking community.
"There's so much that the UBC
biking community can offer," said
Brooks. 13 4 I NeWS   07.16.2012
POST-GRAD »
Alumni board drops AMS prez
Laura Rodgers
News Editor
The group that represents UBC's
280,000-plus alumni just changed
the way it does business because of a
meeting attended by 33 people.
The UBC Alumni Association,
which is expected to act as the
"independent voice" of UBC grads
when communicating with the university, just restructured its board of
directors. Among other changes, the
AMS president has been removed
from the Board and placed on an
advisory council with no real power.
And while UBC says the new structure will make the association more
effective, some alumni are questioning the motive behind the changes.
The new set of bylaws were voted
in at the association's June 19 annual
general meeting. The group's board
of directors, which previously could
contain as many as 26 people, was
slimmed down to 15. No current students will sit on the new board, but
they've been offered some degree of
representation on a newly formed
advisory committee.
"The advisory committee will not
have voting power, becuase there's
goingto be a large membership of
40-plus people," said UBC alumni
engagement director Barney Ellis-
Perry. "This group will come up with
recommendations... on everything
UBC's Start an Evolution fundraising campaign wants more alumni to donate to UBC
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from the student and young alumni
strategy to communications and
branding. These people will be
called upon for their opinions."
AMS President Matt Parson
wasn't particularly dismayed by
the change. "In conversations with
[Alumni Affairs], I was assured that
in an advisory role, I'd still be able to
have impact," said Parson.
Alumni association member
Roger McAfee questioned whether
acting as a branding "focus group"
is really part of the group's mandate. "My view is that the Alumni
Association has ceased to become
independent as a result of that, because in my view, that was the final
step in selling out to the university,"
said McAfee.
As a former AMS president,
McAfee questioned how involved
the association should be in UBC's
fundraising efforts. "The university wants to maintain complete
control over all fundraising that's
happening," said McAfee. "Nobody
is doing it in bad faith.... It's just I
think they're wrong." UBC recently
launched its $2 billion Start an
Evolution fundraising campaign,
and a key strategy is tryingto convince alumni to make donations to
the university.
Still, Parson is confident that the
association's new direction will
benefit both alumni and UBC as an
institution. "The university has quite
lofty ambitions," he said. "I see [the
Alumni Association] as an organization that's able to help alumni be
part of the UBC network, achieve
the great things they hope to do and
help them connect back to the university." 9
SPORTS»
Change at the top for UBC Athletics
Andrew Bates
Managing Editor, Web
UBC has reassigned Director of
Athletics Bob Philip after 18 years
in the role. And with nobody filling
the position until September, an advisory panel will spend the summer
contemplating the future of athletics at UBC.
An external review of UBC
Athletics published in June concluded that the ancillary department lacked both direction and a
clear connection to the university.
By the end of the month, Philip
stepped down to take an advisory
position in UBC's VP Students
office. Now, VP Students Louise
Cowin has taken the interim reins
of the department and has appointed a ten-person panel to brainstorm
what she calls the reimagination of
the Athletics department.
"I see this as an opportunity to
not just look at the 20 recommendations that the review delivered
back to us, but ask some fundamental questions about what is the role
of a department of athletics and
recreation at a Canadian university
in 2012," said Cowin.
Accordingto Cowin, the department has been successful in many
ways, but it hasn't offered opportunities for all students. "There
are thousands of students who pay
a mandatory ancillary fee to UBC
Athletics and Recreation who I
imagine never cross the threshold of UBC's facilities," she said.
Cowin added that the department
needed to shift its focus so that it
could serve students of all athletic
abilities.
The panel will include Cowin, senior administrators, academics and
private-sector experts. Master's
student Donna Lee was picked for
her research into the social inequities of athletic participation.
Shaking up the Athletics department has been Cowin's first major
act at UBC since she was appointed
in November 2011. "I think it's just,
with a relatively new vice-president
that's just come into the position
... she just wants to get a sense of
what the possibilities are," said
panel member Richard Price, an
executive advisor to UBC President
Stephen Toope. After UBC decided
against joining the NCAA last year,
Price has been working on a proposal to raise the bar in Canadian
Interuniversity Sport (CIS) by splitting varsity athletics into regular
and elite divisions.
The external review noted a
disconnect between Athletics and
UBC's senior administration. "I
think that the university doesn't
have a clearly articulated vision for
Athletics and Recreation," Cowin
said. "That was very clear from the
report, and truthfully, one didn't
need to have the report to tell you
that."
There are thousands
of students who pay a
mandatory ancillary
fee to UBC Athletics
and Recreation who I
imagine never cross
the threshold of UBC's
facilities.
Louise Cowin
UBC VP Students
The review also has suggested
that Athletics should change the
way it connects with the rest of
campus, including with the AMS.
"We are a very active campus,
but in my point of view, [Athletics
is] a very small community within
the broader 50,000," said AMS
President Matt Parson. "I think
that we'd really like to ... see more
students involved in that area."
Parson said the AMS is pushing
for more support for high-performance athletic clubs like Ultimate
Frisbee and the UBC Wrestling
Club, neither of which have been
able to secure varsity status.
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"They're already competing at
this premier level with similar
costs that varsity athletes have to
incur," Parson said. "Hopefully,
in creating an infrastructure and
support system around these clubs,
we'll see more clubs sprouting out
around this area."
Parson also suggested that the
AMS should start helping varsity
teams promote their games. "How
can the AMS better support varsity
athletics?" Parson asked. "How can
we get more people out to games,
[or] hopefully have an effect of
improving student spirit at UBC?"
One idea involved providing pre-
match events at places like the Pit,
then starting a march to the game
similar to those done by Vancouver
Whitecaps fans.
A new athletic director will not
be appointed until the fall, and instead of appointing an interim boss,
all of the associate directors that
would have reported to Philip are
reporting directly to Cowin. She
said she opted for this arrangement
in order to better understand the
department's inner workings.
Accordingto Cowin, Philip may
have been tiring of his position as
director after nearly two decades.
"We've arrived in a place where,
you know, Bob is kind of relieved of
the nitty-gritty of the everyday of
his former role," she said.
Big changes are unlikely to come
right away, as the panel's work has
just begun. "I don't think that we
can turn on a dime on this," Cowin
said. "If we're goingto be successful in delivering a holistic model of
health and wellness and generating
innovative and inclusive opportunities for engagement, this is a lot
ofwork.
"Let's look forward for the next
10 or 15 years," said Cowin. "I'm
terribly excited." tS
LABOUR»
AMS Security
union strikes
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Will McDonald
News Editor
The union that represents AMS
security workers conducted a strike
outside the SUB on July 13, and
union officials expect more expansive job action in September.
Union representative Dave
McPherson said the one-day picket
was an effort to keep their strike
mandate active. The union passed
a unanimous strike vote on March
6, givingthem the option to call a
strike within a 90-day period.
This means the union could
strike in September, when job action
would have more of an effect.
"I don't expect there to be a
deal soon. I do expect there to be a
full strike, come September," said
McPherson. "That would involve
picketingthe whole building on a
continuous basis and affectingthe
AMS economically in a serious way.
We see no hope beyond that, quite
frankly."
The relationship between COPE
378 and the AMS has been rocky
since the employees voted to unionize in 2011. The union and the AMS
have since gone through mediation
and multiple proposals to try to
reach a collective agreement.
AMS President Matt Parson said
he was displeased with the union's
action. He said that it came beyond
the 90-day window to strike.
"The AMS is deeply disappointed
by the actions of COPE 378 and their
decision to strike past the 90 days
since their last strike vote, which
goes against the labour code of what
constitutes a lawful strike," said
Parson.
However, McPherson said the
union's job action is legal, since the
union spent several weeks in mediation. Accordingto him, the 90-day
time limit pauses during mediation.
McPherson said the AMS's wage
proposals are inadequate. The current proposal would set the salary
for new hires at $10.50 per hour for
the next three years, slightly above
the current minimum wage.
"I say that's an offensive proposal,
because they don't need a union to
get that. In fact, they'd be better
off without a union in terms of the
wage.... It's sort of a recipe to get rid
of us."
Parson said the AMS proposals
are reasonable and comparable to
other companies who employ security guards.
"We feel that our offer is reasonable, it's generous... Every dollar that the AMS collects, makes,
spends is tryingto maximize benefit
for all students at UBC. Tryingto
maximize our services means that
we are tryingto find ways to accommodate the security department,
but also hoping that we don't have
any hits on other areas of the AMS
which have benefit to students as
well," said Parson.
McPherson said COPE 378 also
currently lacks recall rights, meaning employees have to reapply and
be rehired every year. Last May,
19 of the 24 AMS security workers
received letters of termination due
to the summer slowdown. The AMS
later backed down on the decision.
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Last Words
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
There's a special place in hell
reserved for U-Pass fraudsters
UBC has already capped the amount
of replacement U-Passes that can be
issued due to people abusingthe system. At the last AMS Council meeting,
VP External Kyle Warwick said that
UBC may have to stop issuing replacement U-Passes without a police report
if the fraud rate remains so high.
Some people actually lose their
U-Passes, but when students are
taking out U-Passes and "replacing"
them within minutes, the entire program is threatened.
It seems many of the "lost"
U-Passes can be found on the internet. A Ubyssey investigation into the
fraudulent sale of U-Passes (involving complicated acts of journalism
like searchingthe term on Craigslist
and Facebook) found that there are
over 20 U-Passes currently for sale
online. And that doesn't even take
into account all the people who give
their U-Passes to their friends or drop
a class and keep their pass for the
month.
Keep this up, and we'll see how
TransLink reacts during the next
round of negotiations to renew
the program. Really, we dare you!
The rate of pass fraud was almost a
non-starter last time; participating
institutions had to start issuing passes
monthly because so many were being
fraudulently sold online.
There are already limits on U-Pass
replacements, and those are only getting smaller. If someone actually loses
their U-Pass, it's almost too much
trouble to file a police report to get a
replacement. If students keep committing fraud, TransLink is ultimately
goingto pass the costs on to us. Don't
ruin the U-Pass for everyone else to
make $30 on Craigslist.
UBC struggles with dual
identities
After the incident of an irate youth
coach tripping a kid at Thunderbird
Arena rippled through the world
media, UBC announced that it might
consider banning community teams
from usingthe university's name.
Administrators were concerned that
the public thought the team, the UBC
Hornets, was run by the university,
when in fact it is only a loosely affiliated Rec team run by volunteers.
Last year, we saw another example
of UBC being overprotective of its
brand, when UBC's lawyers told the
AMS that new student clubs couldn't
have the word "UBC" in the name
because people might confuse them
with the university.
This makes sense when you consider UBC as a multinational business
with a team of 18 marketing pros
tryingto create a polished image to
attract international students and
donors. But UBC also enjoys the privilege of being a small city, a de facto
local government and a community
of students, professors and residents.
Did the City of Vancouver try to deny
the Canucks the use of its name after
the bad publicity brought on by the
riots? Didn't think so.
The university has to decide
whether people pay lots of money
to live and study here get to feel like
they're part of UBC, or whether they
can only interact with UBC when
they enter into a commercial relationship with it.
Because it's all well and good to
respect optics and brand cohesion, but
you have to respect the community as
well if you wish to have one.
A little movement on student
loan reform isn't a bad thing
The B.C. Liberals recently announced
a new plan for provincial assistance
for student loan repayment. As
indebted students, we're cautiously
optimistic about the revised plan.
Though provincial support with
student loans isn't new, the plan
comes as an adjustment to the current
assistance program. Under the new
plan, students can apply for provincial
help on paying both the interest and
principal on their loans. If your debt
is not paid off after 15 years, the province will now pay off the rest.
These changes also lower the
income maximum needed to qualify
for assistance, meaning a whole new
swath of indebted students will benefit from the program. For students
facing job uncertainty, the new plan
offers at least some defence against
serious financial troubles.
The new program won't satisfy everyone. The Liberals' political opposition, of course, will remain forever
unimpressed. For their part, the NDP
points out the new plan does nothing
to impact the price of education upfront, nor does it offer any assistance
on a merit basis.
No, the assistance plan doesn't address all sources of financial hardship
to B.C. students. Yes, there remain
problems with the cost of education.
But even if the program is flawed, the
province is still taking one step in the
right direction by introducing more
options for students struggling with
debt. And with the highest interest
rates for student loans in Canada,
offering more help to B.C. students is
better than nothing.
To benefit the campus as a
whole, UBC Athletics needs to
break out of the varsity bubble
Athletics' boat has been rocked.
A recent report heaped some heavy
criticism on the department, arguing
that its priorities haven't been in the
right place for a longtime.
Now that director Bob Philip has
been pushed out — er, whoops, "promoted to an advisory role" — there's a
window of possibility forthe department to make some huge changes.
But in order for those changes to
happen, the Athletics department
needs to figure out that its twin aims
of supporting high-performance
varsity sport and engagingthe whole
campus aren't really at odds after all.
That is, if they're both done right.
If you ask anyone who considered
attending an American university
instead of UBC (like many of our
editors who hail from south of the
border), they'll tell you how strange
it is that UBC's major varsity sports
are seen as a niche offering. It isn't
that we're hoping that UBC someday
becomes host to a behemoth football
program that dwarfs the university
it's attached to. But we're a school
with some really fantastic athletic talent, and it wouldn't kill us to whip up
a little school spirit and support those
people when they do their thing.
Attendance at on-campus games,
even events like the Shrum Bowl, is
regrettably low year after year. When
a group of Ubyssey editors tried to
find a TV on campus to watch the
women's basketball national final last
year, it was a dauntingtaskjustto convince any bar to show the game.
The people who run UBC's varsity
teams have been allowed to be single-
minded about what they're pursuing.
The AMS is taking a step in the right
direction by tryingto start up a supporters club for our teams. Get the Pit
to add a couple drink specials on game
days. Oh, and get them to actually
show games. Do somethingto get Joe
Average Student more interested in
paying attention to the Thunderbirds.
Because this sure as hell won't happen on its own. 13
Dean Dan and Sauder's
cult of personality
Editor's
Notebook
Jonny
Wakefield
The list of B.C.'s highest-paid public
employees is made up of financial
managers, Crown Corporation
CEOs, university presidents and
the occasional faculty dean. These
people make a lot of money, are put
in a position of public trust and are
a good indicator of where our province's priorities lie.
I guarantee that only one of them
has ever been the subject of a good-
natured, over-the-top YouTube
sendoff.
Earlier this month, that's the
kind of goodbye we saw for Sauder's
"Dean Dan" Muzyka, who left the
position last month after 13 years.
In "My Name is Dan," an obvious
homage to Lonely Island's "I'm on
a Boat," a group of Sauder students
dance around the newly renovated Henry Angus Building, rapping about how cool their dean is.
Towards the end, a group of people
who seem to be Sauder staffers
stand around clapping while a student wearing a Dean Dan mask does
"the Party Rock." Nobody seems to
know what's going on.
Weirded out yet?
The idea of a university dean having a cult of personality is strange in
and of itself. A dean's job is to oversee multimillion-dollar research
organizations that recruit students,
grant degrees, run businesses and
compete internationally. They're
not hired to be your friend. And
despite the chummy air he liked
to project (or, more precisely, had
projected onto him), Muzyka didn't
always act in the best interests of
students.
During his tenure, Muzyka tried
several times to pass the cost of the
new Henry Angus Building onto
students. While buildings are usually covered by provincial grants
or private donors, Muzyka saw no
problem asking students for oodles
of money to fund construction. In
2007, the faculty ran a plebiscite
asking students to approve a $500
fee increase on future students who
would benefit from the space.
Students agreed, everything
seemed fine to the university, and
walls started coming down. Then
the province stepped in and ruled
that asking students to pay $500
more in fees amounted to a tuition
increase, and tuition can't legally
rise more than inflation. The brakes
were temporarily put on the project.
Muzyka was quick to realize that
COURTESY OFYOUTUBE
he had an ally in the Commerce
Undergraduate Society (CUS).
If the CUS ran an actual referendum and made the increase a
student fee, it wouldn't be subject
to the tuition cap. As an additional carrot, Muzyka alluded to
unseen reviews by the AACSB
and EQUIS — two groups that accredit business schools — which
allegedly said if Sauder couldn't
get a new building, it might
lose accreditation altogether.
To sum up, Muzyka went to
students and told them that if they
didn't pitch in half a grand apiece
for a new building, their degrees
might be worthless. The CUS, perennially uncritical of the administration, went along with it: playing
booster for the fee referendum and
citing only information that came
down from On High.
Whether this whole fee boondoggle amounted to blackmail is debatable. Students did vote overwhelmingly in favour, and the university
has long been asking the province
to relax its cap on tuition for professional programs, which need to
spend more money to be competitive internationally. But when the
dust started to settle, it turned out
that Sauder had been sitting on
some reserve cash all along. The
faculty is now kicking $4 million
into the project, which means the
$500 fee won't be there for quite as
many generations of future Sauder
students.
But what this situation does represent is a willingness on Muzyka's
part to use fear to motivate. And for
a faculty whose identity depends
so much on thinking they're better
than other schools (a key message
in "My Name is Dan": we're better
than Queens, we're better than
SFU) that fear is potent.
(As a side note, the episode only
came about because the faculty
started work on a major construction project without a secure source
of funding. This reveals a massive lapse in judgment from the
man who is going on to lead the
Conference Board of Canada.)
Muzyka leaves a complicated
legacy. Without him, the school
probably wouldn't have secured the
$20 million gift that gave the faculty its name. He did a lotto make the
school internationally competitive,
and, in spite of a few unscrupulous
incidents, he remains popular with
students.
At the end of the day, it's little
wonder why students thought of
Dean Dan as such a friendly, Party
Rockin' kind of guy. He had to be.
He needed them for a whole lot of
money. Vt Scene»
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Anthony E. Boardman I SAUDER
Jan Marshall Friedman I MEDICINE
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UBC's highest-paid employees
Every year, the Vancouver
Sun compiles a list of the
highest-paid employees
in B.C.'s public sector. It
comes as no surprise that UBC
employees regularly top the list.
UBC President Stephen Toope. for
example, made over $528,000,
earning him the title of the sixth-
highest-paid public employee in
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science/medicine-related fields.
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