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News/Events
Paoe Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
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by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Despite the dismal attendance at all
five all-candidates' forums, voter
turnout for this year's Alma Mater
Society (AMS) elections has been
'good,* according to Elections
Administrator Deanna Metcalfe.
Today is the final day to vote for
candidates to fill the AMS^s five executive positions, as well as for student
representatives to UBC's Board of
Governors and Senate. So far,
Metcalfe has been happy with voter
turnout
"It's looking good right now," she
said yesterday morning. "I'm hoping
it'll be better than last year. It's looking good, but you can never tell."
By yesterday afternoon, the elections committee had to print more
ballots—the 4000 they originally printed ran out Last year's AMS election
drew only 3122 voters.
The scene at the final AMS all-candidates' forum in the SUB
Conversation Pit on Wednesday was
very much like the forums held last
week—student apathy was clear and
lunchtime conversations made it difficult to hear the candidates debate.
The ongoing slate debate was vehemently addressed in the presidential
candidates' opening statements.
"We are fundamentally against
slates and we will work to change lhe
system so we will not have slates in
future elections," said candidate Paul
Dhillon of the slate, UBC for U.
Harvey did not address the issue in
her speech, but both she and Student?
Voice candidate, Rob Nagai, referred
to their slates as "teams" during their
addresses.
Aidan Forth, UBC for U's vice-president academic candidate, slammed
the current Students for Students executives and criticised their effectiveness in office.
Criticism also came from students, as fourth-year psychology student Henry Yao wondered if candidates were considering other issues
such as student welfare after graduation, instead of solely focusing on lobbying the government for increased
funding and low tuition fees.
"I want someone who won't just
bitch about things. I want a more
solid answer," he said. "We can pay
as little as possible, but if we get out
and can't find a job, that's a problem for us."
Yao wanted to hear about leadership from the presidential candidates, but when the candidates
focused on lobby tactics, Yao questioned the role of AMS president
"Are you saying we're electing a
speaker, not a leader?" he asked,
and re-directed the question was
asked again, to vice-president, external candidates.
Students Voice candidate Megan
Cassidy still opposed a tuition-fee
thaw, and said she would work
towards maintaining low tuition in BC.
"Right now we've had a tuition
freeze for a number of years and I
think that has meant that students
are able to come to school," she said.
"I don't think that it's fair to make it
so that if you can't afford to go to
school, that you might not have an
education or ail opportunity. And
that's why I'm here fighting it"
But independent candidate Dan
Grice, who has said in previous
forums that students need to
"compromise," said that lobbying
would not work with BC's current
government, and added that students need a provincial student
advisory council to respond to government decisions.
To ensure attention is paid to
education, said Grice, it's important for government leaders to
realise its importance to the
province's economy.
But Yao did not leave the forum
satisfied. Cuts are needed to balance
the province's budget, he said. Yao
claimed that by saying that they will
keep lobbying for more funding, candidates showed that they just didn't
understand the issues.
"If the government does not have
the money, and we keep on asking
them, the government will never be
able to give us a financial future," he
said. "By just satisfying students now,
I feel like they are not demonstrating
a sense of leadership." ♦♦♦
New digs for Senate
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Student senators were pleasantly
surprised at Wednesday's Alma
Mater Society (AMS) all-candidates '
forum, when a question regarding
work-space for senators led to the
discovery of a new office.
Posing a question to vice-president academic candidates. Senator
Chris Ste-Croix complained about
the lack of resources allocated to
representatives who work towards
academic policy.
"Student senators represent students in all manner of academics,"
he said. "We were relegated to
an1 office in the middle of
nowhere...aiid we were given a
budget that is less than the cellphone bills of some previous
councillors.
'And yet we are here to address
your student needs."
Currently, Senate representatives share office space with Board
of Governor representatives
and members of the External
Com mission.
In response to the question
posed, UBC for U candidate Aidan
Forth stated it was important that
academic issues were thought
shout first
"Education is why we're here,'
he said.
But senators were surprised
when Students for Students candi
date Chris Lythgo said that with renovations to the AMS's student service centre, student senators would
receive new office space by
September.
Neither Ste-Croix, nor Students
Voice vice-president, academic candidate Brian McLean—also a sena-
tor-at-large—were aware of the new
office, but both were quite pleased.
Chris Eaton, a senator running
for re-election, who also attended
the forum, approached the mic to
express his delight at the surprise.
"Hi, I'm the Senate caucus chair
and thanks for the office, I had no
idea,' he said.
But the current vice-president,
administration, Mark Fraser—currently running as a student representative to the BoG—says he doesn't understand why senators were
surprised.
"I'm not sure why they didn't
know that because I told them that
when they moved to the SUB basement,' he said. "So I think it's more
of just an election thing to kind of
bring up. I told them they were
going to get space as soon as that
was done.'
Eaton, the Senate's caucus chair,
said that in discussions at the senate
caucus, no one was aware of the new
space. He added that he finds it odd
that a Students for Students candidate would know about the renovations before senators. ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
News
Friday. January 25.200210
Slates hot topic in AMS elections
- by Ted Chen
Students for Students has a website,
UBC for U has a policy booklet and
Students Voice passes out 'rave cards'
displaying photos of their candidates.
In this year's Alma Mater Society
(AMS) elections the slate system is
serious, much to the frustra-
tion of many candidates.
In the AMS's electoral
process, students typically
join political 'slates' in order
to pool resources and get
broader publicity. Teams
often field candidates in
every position.
Chris Eaton ^and Ryan
Morasiewicz are current
UBC senators running for reelection. Both running as
'incumbents,' they are campaigning together and their
posters advise people to
avoid the slate system.
Eaton Calls the slate system 'undemocratic,* accusing it of promoting an unfair
advantage when financing
and promoting campaigns,
and preventing students not
heavily involved in the AMS
from participating.
"Right now, our slate system makes it prohibitively
difficult for anyone who's
not in the know, for anyone
who's not friends with someone who is currently here to
get involved in the AMS,' he said.
The student society always talks
about getting students more involved
in the AMS, said Eaton, but when students do try to get involved by running
for positions, they end up having to
run for a slate, and if they are unfamiliar with the system, they usually lose.
Eaton, who has written two letters
to the Ubyssey criticising the slate system during this election, said slates
makes elections so difficult for independent candidates that "there's basically no point in them running.'
Dan Grice, the only independent
candidate running in this year's executive election, is critical of slates and
the candidates who join them.
Slates allow inferior candidates to
get elected on the backs of candidates
who actually deserve their positions
said Grice, who is running for vice-
president, external affairs.
"There's a lot of people who are
just tag-alongs on slates. They don't
actually deserve their positions,' he
SLATES
fighting
ARE LAME: Senator Chris Eaton is
the slate system, nic fensom photo
said. "It's just the only position on the
slate that was available."
Grice attributes voter apathy as a
cause of students' confusion regarding slates.
But presidential candidate Kristen
Harvey disagrees.
Harvey was elected vice-president,
external last year with Students for
Students, the slate that swept all AMS
executive positions for the past two
years. She said she believes that by
allowing candidates to pool their energy and resources, the slate system
encourages voter turnout on a very
large campus.
"UBC has grown over the last ten
years," she said. "There are now very
close to 40,000 students and I think
that teams and slates offer a sense of
teamwork and a sense of co-operation
and they offer, logistically, the best
way possible to cover all of campus to
encourage voter turnout'
"I believe that there is nothing
wrong with teams working together to
cover campus, either to speak with
classes, to poster, to get together
and have a common vision and I
think that ultimately, it's the students who decide the issues democratically by voting," she said.
Other presidential candidates
disagree.
Paul Dhillon is running for AMS
president for the second year in a
row—last year his newly-formed
slate,,UBC for U, did not elect anyone. Dhillon thinks the slate system "fundamentally {stifles] the
innovation and efforts" of individuals and should be abolished:
"The AMS is excluding people
who may want to get involved in
the AMS but can't due to the fact
that they can't get on a slate," he
said. "I think individual people
should run on their own merits
and not on the merits of other candidates.'
Arts councillor Rob Nagai is also
re-running for president for the
Students Voice slate. Last year, his
team elected two senators and was
defeated by Students for Students
in every other category, often very
narrowly.   Nagai   lost   to   Erfan
'Kazemi, current AMS president, by 4 7
votes.
Nagai has been actively promoting
his slate this-year—at forums, he
uses the words 'we' and "the Students
Voice team" repeatedly. But he
still sees problems with the system
and thinks it needs more regulation.
"The system as a whole is flawed
and we need to make it more demo-.
cratic, more accountable and provide
rules around slates," he said. "We can
either abolish slates or we can at least
recognise them in [AMS] Code,
because at this point, we don't recognise them and yet we know haw beneficial they could be to students who are
running." ♦»•
Former UBC student keeps his
eye on Vancouver's Olympic bid
 by Dennis Wang
As the final bid for the Vancouver-
Whistler 2010 Winter Olympics is put
into place, a former UBC student is
ensuring the city's bid views the community perspective when considering
environmental, transportation and
civil issues.
Chairing the Impact of the
Olympics on Community coalition
(IOC), Am Johal hopes that his group
will set a precedent for raising community expectations surrounding the
Olympic bid.
"Based on previous hallmark
events like Expos and other Olympic
Games, our objective is to set the bar
higher in terms of what communities
should expect when hosting these
kinds of events," he said.
Johal added that a successful
Olympic bid could result in violations
to civil rights and liberties.
"Looking at the lesson of Expo '86,
we found that a thousand people were
evicted, and rent prices increased dramatically. Even in Salt Lake City, the
bid process promised 2500 units of
social housing for low-income earners, and ended up with only 150 for
them," he said. "What we want to do is
to make sure we secure those kinds of
benefits for the community."
But Michele Penz, manager of communications and media relations for
the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Bid
Corporation, said the Olympic committee is taking measures to address
many of the issues, including civil
rights and liberties.
"There are certainly issues in the
Downtown Eastside that we need to
address. We are striking a workgroup
with community stakeholders; we
have meetings commencing in
February to ensure opportunities are
maximised for the Downtown
Eastside, and to ensure we can mitigate any negative social impacts that
can arise from hosting the games,"
she said.
Penz added that past Games have
proven to be mainly positive for hosting cities. She pointed to the Sydney
2000 Olympics, where an investment
in capital works improvements
improved sidewalks, streetlights and
city roads in the downtown core.
"One of the key goals in [the
Vancouver-Whistler] bid is to ensure
that everything is sustainable," she
said, adding that a recent economic
study by the provincial government
does a good job of outlining the benefits of hosting the Games.
"It predicts a substantial increase
in economic activity, jobs and the cre
ation of permanent community and
sport legacies that may benefit all BC
citizens," she said.
But Johal said the IOC coalition is
developing an alternative bid book to
address his organisation's concerns,
and expects to complete it by January
2003. Then, the IOC will announce
whether it supports a Games held in
Vancouver, and send copies of
the book to the bid corporation,
municipal, provincial, and federal
governments, and all members
of the International Olympic
Committee.
"If what we're pushing for isn't
incorporated by that time, we will
have to evaluate whether we're going
to be in favour of, neutral to, or against
the games. But up to and before that
point, we're going to by and make this
the best bid possible."
But Johal stresses the potential of a
Games that takes into consideration
the IOC's concerns.
"Rather than simply accepting the
norm of hosting an Olympic event, we
could raise the bar by ensuring the
money is held accountable, and the
benefits are extended to abroad group
of people/ he said.
On February 5, the IOC will be holding a public forum at 7pm, at the
Sunrise Hotel on East Hastings. ♦
Streeters
HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
"Just by looking at the
posters and listening
to   the  people   who
came into my class."
-Sandra Garcia,
Arts 2
"Attitudes toward the
transportation issues."
-Graeme Brown,
Arts 4
-Jon Robinson,
Jirts 4
"I read the posters,
and I kncAf one of the
candidates, so I voted
for him. I gjess I voted
for [one presidential
candidate] because he
seemed to have more
innovative goals...and
for the other candidates I just voted at
random."
-Tiiman Poschinski,
Sciences 2
"if I had ihe willpower
and time I would
attend all the debates
and stuff, but unfortunately I'm a lazy person. I did vote for one
person because she's
my fn'end and I knew
she'd be good at that
stuff."
-Greg Wlens,
Fharmacy 3
"Well, I looked at what
the position was, and
what was required,
and just little things
that they wrote that
caught my eye, like
reducing styrofoam in
the SUB building."
-Lauren Levy,
Artsl -■p-
Friday. January 25.2002
Feature / Culture
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ihe scene is disturbing. Four TV screens: a disembodied head fills each One and in the background
there are the fuzzy outlines of what look like riots,
demonstrations, fires and even images of police
brutality. Finally there's a wooden rifle pointing at the
screen, a permanent and foreboding threat of violence
hangs over the entire work.
This kind of constant violence is not unknown to
Heri Dono. In fact, the violent scenes displayed on the
TV screens are all too familiar to the Indonesian artist
—the threat of violence has hung over his head throughout most his life. Born in Jakarta in 1960 of Javanese
parents, he remembers the bloody 1965 coup that
thrust General Suharto into power. Memories of waiting in the dark with his mother, wondering where his
father was, or going to the market and feeling the fear
in the air—all through the eyes of a five-year old—are
still olear in his mind.
With this context in mind, is it any wonder that when
Dono began to seriously engage himself as an artist in
high school, he chose not to shy away from the social
and political problems that plagued his country?
Are we surprised to hear that Dono, the rebel, was
once jailed and interrogated by the police for taking
part in a protest? Fortunately, he was one of the lucky
ones, making it out relatively unscathed, while some of
his friends met a much worse fate—torture.
Perhaps, it was that same determination to fight for
justice that led him to drop out of art school three
Indonesian artist Heri Dono has had his award-winning work shown
in New York and Tokyo. But it's clear that reaching out to the public is
central to his artistic mission.
months before graduating over an
argument concerning his thesis.
Dono would never go on to complete his degree, but in the end it didn't matter. Today, Dono is one of the
most esteemed artists in South East
Asia and his works have been shown
many times throughout Japan,
Europe and North America.
Now living in the Javanese city of
Yogyakarta, the 40-year old Dono is
happy with his life. He is doing what
he loves.
'Being an artist, I have a feeling of
freedom. I can criticise things that
are social, political, or even me/
he says.
Dono is a strong believer that artists can, and should,
try to engage the world around them, challenging it,
encouraging change and reaching out to people. Art is
not something that should remain within the clear
boundaries of gallery walls, but rather something that
should interact with people, allowing people to interact
with it Moreover, art is something Dono feels should
belong to people.
That is all.
THEUBYSSEY
*I would like to bring back art that belongs to society
as a part of culture. Most of my activities in Indonesia,
I am working with people," he said.
Dono's happiness doesn't just stem from his freedom to create the kind of art he wants to. His works
allow him the opportunity to connect with people on a'
regular, real basis, something that is deeply important
to him. At his opening, the artist is exuberant—he
shakes hands and engages strangers in conversation.
He seems to radiate a welcoming glow the more he
interacts with new people. I'm not at all surprised when,
he tells me that back home in Indonesia, he is often
working and talking to grave diggers, electricians and
becak (rickshaw) drivers.
'Most of my work has a connection with the political.
I think the creation of work has to do with the political,
even for people who don't like politics,'' Dono says. And
his geographical context made it impossible for him to
ignore the connections between his art and the politics
of life around him.
In fact, Dono feels compelled to make his art speak
to audiences who view it. 'Because I live in Indonesia, a
lot has happened around my life—sometimes I feel
scared if my work is exclusive and doesn't have a connection with the people," he says.
The politicisation of his art and his desire to stay
rooted in the Indonesian public consciousness both
play a fundamental role in the inspiration and creation
of his artistic works. For example, the installation of TVs
currently being shown at
Vancouver's Centre A
gallery is a strong critique of
the violence that accompanied the last gasp' of
Suharto's New Order in
1998. The work is, unar-
guably, the largest and most
symbolically loaded piece in
Interrogation, Dono's current Vancouver show.
Dono explained to me
that the footage shown was?,
actually shot by protesters
and that, although owning
the videotapes was illegal,
they were quickly passed around throughout the student
activist community in Indonesia.
His other works also examine the theme of interrogation, but use different, less confrontational media to-
address the same issues. One work that made me
uncomfortable was an installation of a rotating, disembodied mannequin head. Its eyes have been replaced by
orange light bulbs that pulsate as the head spins around
the room. It's the physical realisation of the gaze concept. Here, tie gaze is clearly a hostile
one; its "rays" scan you, the viewer,
reminding you that you are always
being watched.
While the message is equally as profound, the head doesn't have quite the
same shock value as the TV installation,
nor the same sinister effect. It appears,'
at first, humorous and low-tech, giving it
noticeably less power and authority
then the dramatic use of the TV screens.
While the video work definitely blurred
the boundary between art gallery and
real world with its use of TV, the mannequin head seemed more exclusively
at home in the gallery.
"Sometimes I feel
scared if my work
is exclusive and
doesn't have a
connection with
the people/'
—Heri Dono
Artist
INTERROGATING THE ARTIST? Heri Dono will be an artist-in-residence until the end of the month at
the Western Front, ron nurwisah photo
\    nother    important    aspect    of
Dono's work is the Javanese artistic tradition known as wayang
-Akulit, or shadow-puppet theatre.
The art-form is incredibly important
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and central to the history and culture of Java. To perfect his own abilities, Dono trained with a wayang
kulit master.
It might seem strange for a contemporary artist
like Dono to be so engrossed in a traditional art form
like wayang, but to him it is an important way to stay
connected with the people, places and past of his family's heritage. Not only that, but the interactive nature
of presenting puppet work made sense to Dono, who
thrives ori that interaction—through art
"To me, when I exhibit my paintings, I don't feel
close with people. I think puppet performance is very
. interactive. There's dialogue in puppet performance
and I can bring up a lot of issues."
According to Dono, wayang shares many similarities with contemporary entertainment forms and this
attracted him even more to the puppet-making
tradition.
"When I make puppets, they use the screen. Even
now, people use screens for videos, for the television,
they still use the screen. The screen is the medium
; that people need for expression. It's something old,
but they still use it now," he says. This underlying
theme of old-meets-new is something that has greatly
influenced Dono's artistic thought.
Dono's work is informed by many Javanese traditions, like the animism that is still widely practiced
despite the country's official Muslim status. Dono
feels that old ideas are crucial, particularly for
Indonesians, a people moving rapidly into the
modern world.
"When people talk about the Javanese kris {a type
of traditional dagger] there are connections with
architecture, connections with dance, with literature,
with gamelan and puppets and wayang. Everything is
connected with each other," he says.
"I can use the old concepts to [engage] in the contemporary life."
But Dono also feels that there are many people in
Indonesia's cultural elite who tiy to pigeonhole traditions, and, in effect, allow them to fossilise.
"Many people have museum-ised tradition...They
think it's static but there's a dynamicity [sic]," he says.
The art of wayang, he continues, helps to further
prove the point "tradition is always moving, a long
time ago the shadow puppet arms cannot move, but
now they can."
It's this conservatism and unwillingness to engage
tradition that Dono feels is at the root of the problem
in Indonesia's culture.
"In the [art] schools everything is too sterile.
There's no connection with people's lives, it's just
about theory and the theories aren't based on
Indonesian problems," complains Dono.
'As an artist, I can give an opinion; a consciousness to the people through the art [and] share the
knowledge about the wrongs of the system."
C~Xo even though Dono's work is heavily steeped in
Indonesian tradition and myth, it has an impact
_ when shown outside of Indonesia. At its core, his
*—-*Avork questions assumptions about certain things
we take for granted and it engages us politically.
The theme of Interrogation might not be something many of us are familiar with. It is safe to
assume that relatively few of us in Vancouver have
ever been arrested and tortured, or forced to give up
information. But interrogation touches us in indirect
ways: in the arrest of innocent protesters, in new legislation that allows for "preventive arrests."
Dono explains it best. "After [September 11], people question the feeling of freedom. People with an
Arabic name are interrogated on airplanes."
'[The works], they're Indonesian icons, but the
subject matter is everywhere." ♦
Hera Dono's Interrogation is showing at the Centre A
gallery until Feb. 9. The g$lfery is located at 849 Homer
St and open Tu&Sat 11-§, Admission is tree. Dono will
also be holding a %^^mg'performance at the Western
Front- 303 East ^^^Mm-Jl and Feb. 1. Tickets are
$8, students getfp%iHt2 on Jan. 31.
Tha 'angels* j>a the cover and in this article are from
Heri Dono'rai^Lation piece loser City." The graphic
on the left is anexample of Dooo's wayang work.
Chouinard's Angel
tells moving story
by Yu Gu
(LANGE DE GOUDRON) TAR ANGEL
at Tinseltown
Now Playing
Canada—the true north, strong and free. Liberty and equality
are etched in our Charter of Rights. And unlike our neighbours to the south, we are not as militant in their defence.
Canadians are different Instead of travelling around the
globe to see ourselves reflected in impoverished mirrors, we
prefer quiet reflection at home. It is this silent satisfaction of
our way of life, of our righteousness, that we revel in.
Quebec director Denis Chouinard's Genie-nominated film,
L'Axige de Goudron (Tar Angd). questions those beliefs and
more. In L'Ange, a Muslim family immigrates to Montreal
from Algeria. The father, Ahmed (Zinedine Soualem), works
as a roof repairman while the pregnant mother stays home.
They have two grown children: a young daughter and a 13-
year old boy named Hafid, Religious and familial serenity
abounds until Ahmed recognises his son as one of the perpetrators of a break and enter into Immigration- Canada's
offices.s' \ >
y The rest of the movie chronicles Ahmed's disillusionment
with the ruins of his former reality. Bewildered by his son's;
disappearance, he enters into the hidden world of struggle
for social justice in the heart of Montreal. He befriends his
son's girlfriend, Huguette, a tattoo artist a slightly stereotypy,
icai rebellious-rude-white girl. Together they go in search of
Hafid in a borrowed truck. The pair's chemistry is at times
awkward, but the relationship serves its purpose.
Images of Huguette's back covered in flowing Arabic
script dissolve into the snow-stained landscape of Quebec
Such instances of sensuality are grounded by comedic examples of culture shock. The director's attempts to balance two
cultures is also evident in the soundtrack, which flows from
beautiful religious laments to classical violins and cellos.
The film is an exploration of the immigrant experience,
something central in; the lives of many Canadians. In this
case, the main narrative is one of alienation between immigrant generations.- Ahmed wonders whether his sacrifices
and suffering to bring his family in Canada were in vain,
while his son feels that he must fight for what is right by
protesting Canada's immigration policy.
Chouinard builds on these themes so effectively that when
the film's emotionally charged ending does come, it is
extremely effective. In the wrong hands it would have been
cheesy, but here the effect is moving and it's easy to see why
Zinedine Soualem's portrayal of Ahmed earned him a Genie
nomination. ,-
This film takes on many complex issues: youth entering
the realm of adulthood in a symbolic violent act a father's
acceptance of change and, most importantly,, the questioning
of accepted superficial beliefs.   '
Our country is a multi-cultural mosaic and here, in our
countiy, eveiyone is free and equal in the eyes of the law.
Chouinard's- Tar Angel goes a long way in questioning and
looking at some of these assumptions. ♦ . Friday. January 25.2Q02
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The one with the tightest ass?
Another AMS election, another voting dilemma.
Deciding who deserves your vote is difficult, we
admit, especially if you haven't attended any of
the all-candidates forums, or done any research
ahead of time. Judging by the turnout at this
year's elections forums, it's pretty safe to say the
most of the students who bother showing up at
the polls this year won't have a clue who they're
voting for. If that's you, keep the following
pointers in mind:
Bad selection criteria:
-You think the candidate is cute.
-The candidate slept with you.
rThe  candidate you  are  not voting for
wouldn't sleep with you.
-The candidate checked out your ass at a bzzr
garden.
-You checked out the candidate's ass at a bzzr
. garden.
-The candidate has a colour poster.
-The candidate has a name tag.
-The candidate has a name.
-The candidate gave you candy
-Okay, maybe if they gave you candy. Or a
beer.
Two years ago. Students for Students swept
every seat on the executive by a large margin.
That was all well and good. But then they did it
again last year. That was kind of flukey. They
managed to sneak their way into every position
they ran for—the race for presidential candidate
came down to 47 votes, and the difference
between successful and unsuccessful Board of
Governors candidates was a mere seven.
Seven—that could fill a table at the Gallery.
Think about it—get a few of your friends and you
can rock the vote.
How did that happen? Doesn't anyone else
find that really, really weird? We do. Especially
because there is no discernable difference
between most candidates and many students-
check out today's Streeters—admit to voting for
their friends or even random names. And we
know there are people voting for the people they
find most attractive. Represent me, baby!
So are the AMS elections just a crapshoot?
Perhaps. Well, okay, probably. Did the Students
for Students candidates just have like 47 more
friends and/or associates and/or cronies?
Year after year, it is painstakingly obvious
that the real dilemma is not who to vote for, but
whether or not to bother voting at all.
But AMS elections are one of the few places
you can make a difference in something that—
believe it or not—actually concerns you. Yeah,
this is getting kind of preachy. We hate preachy
editorials, too. But while your voice can make a
difference—eight of you can elect someone—
democracy is much more convoluted when
electing.
For those of you who have managed to make
it to your third or fourth year without voting—
there's no better time than now to start working
that voting muscle. Making a choice, not to mention an X with your writing hand, isn't too difficult. And for those of you in your first year, as
hard as it may be to believe amidst tens of thousands of students, your voice does matter. And
regardless, you might as well be up-to-date on
' the issues. Things like tuition costs affect each
individual student directly.
Okay, so this is getting really preachy. But
come on. We constitute a population of almost
40,000 students. Our campus houses the largest
concentration of students in one place in BC,
and UBC is one of the largest schools in the
country. And we are represented by someone
who only 1000 students bothered to vote for?
Pretty pathetic.
So you hate the candidates. Well what are you
doing? Run next year, or encourage someone
you find competent to do so. Or elect a pylon—it
would make our jobs more interesting. "Safety
cone wins AMS election'—ah, we can see the
headlines now. ♦
letters
A request to the
incoming AMS
Executive
As a candidate in the AMS election
last year and the Science Senate
election this year, I know the effort
that goes into a campaign. This
year I am also the Science Week
Coordinator and as a result I have
not-had a chance to help with the
UBC for U campaign. Science Week
is next week, and I am trying to
advertise, but I find it difficult with
the combined efforts of all the election candidates to contend with.
One might use the word "overkill.*
What I noticed lastyear was that
after the last polling booth closed
and the results were made official,
the new executive breathed a sigh
of relief and relaxed. (A usual thing
to do after a huge exertion of time
and energy.) Sadly, I never witnessed the same effort put into any
project all year by the executive as a
whole. I am just using the current
executive as an example, but I am
sure this is what has .happened
eveiy year since student apathy
became an issue at UBC.
Regardless of the 2002 election
results, I am asking that the incoming executive not look to fill their
resume with great job titles and ref
erences.. I believe people with these
motives only lead to further student apathy. I am asking that the
new executive put as much (and
ideally more) effort into their new
job as they did campaigning for it
After campaigning on the pretext
that they are the best people suited
for their respective postions, would
they not want to prove it to their
employer, the student body?
-Michael Groves
Science 3
Ubyssey profane,
comment for Mr. Eaton
If the Ubyssey expects to be taken
seriously, its editors should follow
both common decency and conventions followed by those in the profession; the use of profane language in journalism is not necessary unless one is quoting another's exact words. I was disgusted to
read headlines such as 'Prepare to
be fucked over" and "Swimmers
kick ass" in your January 22 edition. I pay my yearly Ubyssey fee
expecting to read literate and
researched articles and opinion
pieces. If I wanted to be insulted by
vulgar headlines, I would read the
Underground and the 432.
As for Mr. Eaton's comments,
one cannot be "forced to compromise [one's] ideals." Mr. Eaton
chose to disregard his beliefs
because he saw the choice as personally advantageous. If he is so
disgusted by the system, one wonders why he continues to try to be a
part of it
—Stephen LaRoy
Engineering 2
Liberals' budget cuts
should be no surprise
We all knew it was going to happen...Gordon Campbell campaigned on a platform that made it
very clear that public policy in this
province would be taking a hard
turn to the right But everytime I
open a copy of the Ubyssey or even
flick on the local news, everybody
acts like they've been caught completely offguard. I can almost hear
the stupid cries right now, 'You
mean, they're actually going to do
what they said they were going to
do...well they should have told us."
Guess what..they did. Now, I'm not
going to defend all of the things
that have  happened   since  the
Liberals'were elected, but I for one,
am getting so lucking tired of everybody acting surprised every time
the BC government does exactly
what they said they were going to
do during their campaign.
The airwaves are rife with a
never-ending parade of students
set to complain about anything and
everything under the sun. "Tuition
will be going up, oh no, what will I
do? I work so hard at my two courses per year in my sixth year of a
four-year degree.. .I'll barely be able
to afford skiing and putting gas in
the Benz." Blah, blah, blah.
Students here should take a look
around them and see what their
measly $2100 a year nets: fourth-
year classes with hundreds of people, a neverending string of cutbacks to labs and course materials,
buildings that haven't been
repaired since the 1960s and a
group of students who are so oblivious to the decay around them that
they'll stand back and watch the
university erode right off the cliffs
and into the Pacific before they'll
admit that they're paying way too
little to maintain a first-rate institution. Have a nice day.
—Joseph McPhee
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Letters
Peter, you are sadly
missed already
fridafc Januarys. 20021 "f
by Emily Chan
Dr Peter Loeffler, who recently
retired from the theatre department, died suddenly on Friday,
January 18, 2002.
He was a wonderful man and the
best of men—generous, caring, passionate, humble, respected by all
who got to know him. Anyone who's '
ever taken the introduction Theatre
120 course in the theatre department doesn't forget Professor Peter
Loeffler. Sometimes in the hall, you
hear older theatre students say they
wish he'll never retire.
I will miss my talks with him—
philosophising about the world;
talking about art, photography and
possible artistic projects to do using
film, dance, photography; capturing this or that
image and not
being totally
absorbed in the negative of the
world, but rather as one who is
PERSPECTIVE
opinion
grateful for being introduced to his
friend, Rose Ann Janzen and her
paintings. To be reminded about
warmth and colour, something that
breathes life and the human spirit
in this post-modern, destructive,
chaotic and war-hungry world.
I realised how great a teacher
you are and how much I missed
being in your classes when I was
able to stay awake in one of my
classes last term when you guest-
lectured. You weren't soft spoken
but gentle and you made us, your
audience, feel comforted by your
presence and generosity. Time did
not seem to lag behind nor was my
brain turned off during your lectures. When I took your course the
first year that I was at UBC, I was
inspired to become like you. You
made the ordinary seem so interesting and enjoyable. I remember
thinking, 'Loeffler can make the
most boring subject seem extraordinary and worthwhile to listen to.'
But more importantly, I learned to
live life to the fullest from you and
to not be scared to take risks.
Classes were at 9:30am and for
my friends, it would have seemed
like the skippable morning course,
but they didn't want to skip his class.
Word got around to others about this
amazing prof and sometimes we
would see a friend who wasn't registered in our class until he Or she was
a regular. Even those who might
have disagreed with him at times
still came back to talk to him and see
how he was doing.
I think for some of us, Peter left
too soon. And yet, maybe we knew
deep down that his time was coming.
Back in November, I remember seeing him and was too embarrassed or
scared to ask him, as my prof, if he
was okay. He was
quite slim. One
day I saw him and
thought that
maybe he had
stuffed his shirt underneath to make
himself look pregnant for some reason. But after seeing him with the
same bulge at the stomach and the
rest of his body thin the following
week, I knew something was wrong.
I thought maybe it was stomach cancer, but I pushed that out of my mind
and was then absorbed with preparing for December finals, until the
news. He didn't die of stomach cancer but of liver cancer. I had an uncle
who died of liver cancer, too, and it's
sudden. The prognosis ranges from
one month to six months sometimes.
Near the beginning of the term in
Theatre 120 when Loeffler was
telling us about Frederic Wood, I
think he used a quote from Walt
Whitman to describe Mr Wood. I
think it describes Peter Loeffler better: "If I give, I give myself."
Rest in peace, Peter, and drop in
some time to let us know how great
paradise is.
—Emily Chan is a second-year
Arts student
What lies beneath
by Rob Stotesbury-Leeson
One of the things I remember learning in small-town Ontario is that
things are rarely what they appear to
be. I never forgot that throughout
the intervening years. What amazes
me is the fact that very few people
have learned and applied this piece
of wisdom to everyday life.
With the aftermath of September
11, I had hoped that more people
would catch onto
this idea. Just
because the terrorists were Muslim
doesn't mean that
all followers of Islam are terrorists.
In spite of a few incidents reported
in the news, it seemed that the
majority of people, on some level,
realised that things are rarely what
they appear to be.
Unfortunately this useful piece of
insight seems to have failed to reach
" our campus. Safely sheltered away
from the real world, some people at
UBC, a place of higher learning,
insist on being lazy and judging
things by their surface appearances.
I own a trenchcoat Worse yet it
is a black trenchcoat It is a little
piece of home for someone who
is far away from home. It
has been with me through my
PERSPECTIVE
opinion
years of wandering.
For a change, I decided to eat in
the Pit Pub. As I looked for a place
to eat dinner, I received several
unfriendly glares from complete
strangers. Later that evening, I was
heading out of the SUB to catch a
bus back to where I live. Not two
steps outside of the building, another stranger gave me a Nazi salute.
He also said something in German.
(What, I'm not sure. My German is
limited to
'Thank you' and
'You are welcome.')
It is my hope
that he was drunk. If he wasn't
drunk, I think it is a sad statement
about the degree of tolerance at
UBC. But he was kind enough to
share his wit with me on my birthday. So from my gift I shall take this
chance to spread the message of tolerance.
Unlike cliche cartoons, good
guys don't always wear white and
bad guys don't always wear black.
Judge a person on their words
and deeds, not their appearances.
Things are rarely what they seem
to be.
-Robert Stotesbury-Leeson is
a first-year Arts student
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kisrs hit the slopes
by Scott Bardsiey
As varsity teams go, the
UBC alpine sM team is
pretty small (five men and
four women). Their schedule makes for some pretty
long road trips (five US
destinations, all by van),
and they practice on
something virtually
unknown in Vancouver:
snow (real snow, not that
slushy campus stuff).
This year, the ski team
is doing some important
rebuilding—after a two-
year absence, the
women's team is back In
recent years, there just
hasn't been enough interested women to form a
team. But now, with more
individual initiative and
promotion in the pre-season, the women have
returned to the slopes.
"I think pretty much from the
start we've always had a ladies' team
and that's why it was so disappointing when we couldn't get one togeth-"
er two years ago,* said Paul
Boskovich, the team's manager and
top-seeded racer.
Boskovich took over managing
the team tins season after their old
manager left He tried to put a bit
more effort into promotion, notably
creating a website. "Now I probably
get more interest in terms of e-mails
from girls than I do from guys."
Stephanie Rodenkirchen, one of
the team's best female racers, says
that simply having a women's team
now is an important stepping stone.
"It's really good that we do have one
because if there's not a women's
team the chances of having one
next year don't look as good, but
there's four keen girls this year so
I'm excited."
With Whistler right next door to
Vancouver, there's certainly local talent that will want to go to university
and want to continue skiing when
they do, and that's where the UBC
team comes in. Joining the team
allows those athletes to compete and
go to class at the same time.
With time, as' they rebuild the
team, the women will have a shot at
reaching the same level as the men,
who finished seventh in the United
States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard
Association (USCSSA) nationals last
year and were ranked ninth in a preseason coaches' polL
So while the men are aiming to
finish in the top five at nationals, the
goal for the women is more modest
"On the ladies' side the goal is definitely to make it to national^—it's a
rebuilding year. That's where we're
Swimming
Not one, but two Thunderbirds
were named CIS athlete of the
week. Olympian swimmers Brian
Johns and Jessica Deglau received
the honour after leading the Birds
to their fifth consecutive conference title.
Basketball
The curse has finally been broken.
Before last weekend, the women's
basketball team had not won any
of its past 27 games in UVic's
McKinnon Gym. But the women
erased any doubts last Friday,
defeating. UVic 61-42. Annie
Krygsveld broke into serious scoring for the first time this season
NOT FALLING DOWN: A UBC ski team member illustrates the fine art
of standing up on two thin boards in the snow, scott bardsley photo
really putting a lot of our focus. A lot
of our emphasis is really having the
girls step up this year and see where
we're at," Boscovich says.
Over 150 schools compete in the
USCSSA, but UBC is the only one
from Canada. In the league's alpine
skiing competitions, schools compete in technical events (slalom and
giant slalom).
"It's a competitive circuit that's
one step down from NCAA, which is
a pretty exclusive circuit A lot of the
guys that are racing and that are winning are a little older because NCAA
rules only permit people that are
under 25, meaning when people go
to school and they're over 21 they
usually choose to get a scholarship
with the USCSSA," Boskovich says.
Preparation for the season beings
with 'dry line' training—strength
training—twice a week in the fall.
"[Dry line training lets] you get to
know the team before you're on the
snow, get to know what's expected,
what the races are going to be like,
form as a team throughout the fall
and hit the slopes at Christmas,"
Rodenkirchen says.
After tryouts in early January, the
team went up to Grouse Mountain
twice in the past two weeks to train
together, in addition to individual
training. Actually being able to go up
the mountain and practice on their
own course is an important part of
training that the team hasn't been
able to do for the past few years.
"Until now we haven't had the
resources," says Graham McLoire,
the team's only third-year racer
and assistant manager. "Paul
Boskovich, he knows people in the
Lower Mainland and Whistler to be
able to get us hill space and gates.
with a team-leading 15 points and
seven rebounds. The Birds made it
a sweep on Saturday, taking out
the Vikes 60-50, with Carrie
Rodgers' 13 points leading UBCs
scoring.
Things were more mixed for
the men's team. With Paul Naka
scoring at the buzzer, the Birds
took an 81-79 win on Friday. Kyle
Russell was Friday's other big
But gates and drills and everything's so expensive...we don't
have any of our own equipment, so
to borrow a hill's equipment, their
hill space and their time is a big
thing."
After qualifying for conference
championships in two races, the
team will compete in regionals in
order to move up to USCSSA
nationals.
Getting to these races may not
be the most glamorous part of skiing, but McLoire says that it's critical for team spirit. "For the past
three years we've been six guys in a
minivan, from anywhere till eight
to 26 hours and we drive straight,
no stopping. Pee breaks every eight.
hours, so you've got to hold it. And
it's fun times. It's a lot of driving,
but everyone bonds in the van and
you sleep and you get crusty and
everyone just becomes friends and
it makes skiing at the end of your
road trip just that much better."
McLoire says that the ski team's
athletes are a bit unusual compared to most other varsity teams
because professional competitive
skiing can't mix with a university
degree.
"For volleyball and stuff,
school's a way to improve your
skills, to move on, whereas most
ski racers, when they've entered
school, have quit serious sM racing...It takes up all of your winter
so it's not really school conducive.
But it's fun, it's a good mix between
having fun with friends and serious race competition."
And, of course, being on the ski
team lets the athletes see something that you won't see if you stay
on camps: real snow. ♦
hero, making 20 of his game-leading 26 points in the last 20 minutes. But the men couldn't repeat
their last-minute dash Saturday,
they fell 81-61.
Both the men's and women's
squad are squarely second in their
division. They will play Trinity
Western this Friday in War
Memorial Gym.
Ice Hockey
The men's hockey team lost on the
road again—no surprises here,
lhey fell 4-2 on Friday and 5-1 on
Saturday to the nationally third-
ranked Saskatchewan squad. The
team is now eight points behind
Lethbridge for the last playoff spot
in the mountain division. ♦>

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