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Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan
09.19.20111 3
AMS Security seeks "fair process," votes on unionization
Micki Cowan
News Editor
For at least one AMS Security
employee, working for the student
society just doesn't have enough
benefits—and he's hoping a union
can help change that. Employees
voted Monday on whether to join
the United Food and Commercial
Workers Local 1518 (UFCW1518)
in response to what some claim are
unfair working conditions.
The poll requires 45 per cent of
the 30 eligible voters to pass. As one
ofthe ballots is currently being contested, results will not be known until late next week after Thursday's
One ofthe issues that AMS
Security is unhappy with is the lack
of benefits. "I have two kids. I don't
have any benefits, any health and
dental plan, whereas my predecessor had it," said AMS Security officer Irfan Reayat.
"On top of that, there is a huge
difference in the salary they are
"They've got concerns about
benefits and paid vacation and
that kind of thing, but I think job
security was one ofthe bigger ones,
because a lot of them were laid off in
the summer when most ofthe students leave the campus," said Andy
Neufeld, communications director
at UFCW1518. "They're looking for
some sort of fair process to be in
place to deal with that."
Reayat discussed issues he has
had with the AMS. "I'm the supervisor and chief, but ifyou ask the
management if I have any contract
on paper, they don't have anything.
"When I was interviewed, I was
hired as chief and supervisor, but
when I was signing the contract,
they told me: you should be a security officer, because we don't want
to disclose this fact on the other
employees as they would feel bad,
because they have been working in
this department for a longtime and
they've hired me from outside."
AMS President Jeremy McElroy
said that they had thought the issues
had been resolved. "I can say that
this was quite out of left field for us.
We were given three business days'
notice ofthe vote," said McElroy.
If the vote turns out in favour of
joiningthe union, AMS Security
would work together with a union
representative to negotiate a contract. Neufeld said that benefits
would be a big topic for discussion.
McElroy said that if the vote fails,
the AMS is goingto try to address
the security members' concerns. "A
petition of this many people and this
kind of vote doesn't happen if there
aren't concerns. We recognize that
and we're goingto work to resolve
them." 13
Petition aims to keep Gage South student centred
Micki Cowan
News Editor
First itwas about protecting the
Farm. Then there was outrage over
University Boulevard. Now students are speaking out against Gage
South development plans.
Over the past few years, students who have disagreed with the
university's development proposals have protested publicly. For
Gage South—the area encompassing Mclnnes Field and the main
bus loop—students are uniting to
petition before any proposals are
brought to the public.
The petition argues against the
land being used for non-academic
development and a lack of public
consultation along the way.
UBC graduate student and UBC
Insiders editor Neal Yonson is the
creator ofthe Gage South petition.
He said that he has been requesting
public consultation for over a year.
"I've been raising this same issue
to deaf ears for so long now that the
petition seems like the only way to
get their attention.
"The Farm went through the
same thing, where they tried plenty
of other means to get the university's attention, and it turned out the
petition was the only way the university would stand up and actually
discuss with them the land."
AMS President Jeremy McElroy
said he has concerns with the
prospect of market housing at
Gage South. "[The university]
insists that private housing, being full year rental or mortgaged
housing, needs to happen in the
centre of campus for all of their
plans—for village centre academic,
the new SUB, and all the other developments that are happening in
the area—to be sustainable.
News briefs
UBC opens new research
A new campus research facility for
scientists at UBC and Vancouver
Coastal Health opened September 15,
providing the space and equipment
to study treatments and possible
cures for prostate cancer, ovarian
cancer and bone and joint problems.
"The opening of the Robert H.N.
Ho Research Centre marks a new
era in health research and will build
on British Columbia's strength as a
leader in research and innovation."
said BC Health Minister Michael de
Jong. Approximately 150 staff will
work at the building, with 40 new
jobs created within the Centre for Hip
Health and Mobility.
UBC Insiders editor Laura Rodgers requests petition signatures from students in the SUB
"[But] ifyou do want people to be
living in the centre of campus, then
it should be students and it should
be SHHS [Student Housing and
Hospitality Services]-run housing."
In regard to student concerns,
Randy Schmidt, UBC's director of
Public Affairs, said the consultation
will take place later this fall. "This
petition calls for a broader consultation process, and that's exactly
the process that's underway," said
"There is a working group that's
been established to look at options
to bring forward for the Gage South
area.. When they come forward,
they want to have options that are
technically feasible and realistic."
But Yonson said that he wants
Sauder students create GPS
Four former Sauder students have
turned a 2006 class project for a
technology entrepreneur course into a
budding commercial venture.
The students incorporated a head-
mounted display-complete with GPS,
a stopwatch, data on speed, temperature and altitude-into ski goggles.
Initially, the group's idea was to create a simple display that could offer
real-time information such as lap times
while training in water. However, the
idea was later adapted to winter sports.
Professor Thomas Hellmann ofthe
UBC Sauder School of Business said
the technology entrepreneurship class
spawns at least one business each
the university to communicate
openly and honestly throughout the
entire process.
"Students have been sayingthe
same thing for ten years now, that
they think the heart of campus
should be for students, and the university has been doing their best to
push it under the rug," said Yonson.
Matt Parson, the AMS VP
Academic, sits on the Gage South
working group, but McElroy was
told he could not sit in on the meeting last week. Public and media
have been barred from attending working group meetings since
August 25.
But Schmidt insisted that academic use is what's looked at first
by the working group.
Conference connects female
The electrical and computer engineering department will be holding
a conference next week entitled
"Creating Connections 2.0: A New
Perspective." The event, which
will invite 150 female engineering
students, new immigrants and
women in transition, is intended to
provide networking and mentoring
opportunities to those in engineering who typically have higher rates
of attrition than their peers.
Keynote speakers include
Maryse Belanger, director of
technical services at Goldcorp
and Judi Hess, CEO of CopperLeaf
Technologies Inc.
"No decision has been made yet
on housing for that land. The group
is looking at options for academic
use of that land, and then once
they've looked at academic use of
that land, [then] they're looking at
the potential for accommodating
housing on that land," he said.
While the petition numbers
will be revealed Monday, Sept 19
by Yonson's UBC Insiders, Yonson
doesn't expect the university to
immediately act on the petition's
"But at least it's bringing the issue to their attention in an in-your-
face manner that will make them
discuss it.'"ffl
—With files from Andrew Bates
Presidents work to improve
financial aid for students
Four presidents from the Research
Universities' Council of British
Columbia-Stephen Toope of UBC,
Andrew Petter of SFU, David Turpin of
UVIC and George Iwama of UNBC-
have raised concerns about the
province's skyrocketing interest rates
on student loans.
They have submitted recommendations to the BC Ministry of Advanced
Education, which is currently reviewing
financial assistance for students.
Currently, BC's interest rates sit at
2.5 per cent above prime-effectively
the highest in Canada. Collectively,
the four universities spend about
$120 million in financial aid each
year. 13
"Ask a Scientist"
connects government
with UBC profs
Hayley Dunning
The federal government's official
science portal, science.gc.ca, was
launched with the goal of being the
authoritative source on science and
technology for Canadians tryingto
wade through the latest scientific
The site's useful "Ask a Scientist"
project connects people directly
with government and institutional
Martin Aube, director general ofthe Strategic Science and
Technology branch of Natural
Resources Canada, said it's important for the public to know how science and policy interact.
"A lot of people don't understand
how science pervades a bunch of
these issues, and it might seem esoteric on first sight, but it's incredible how much science is behind
And open answers can help dispel
some fear around new science.
"New technology can seem scary
and foreign when it's distant from
everyday life. The importance of trying to promote connection between
the government, scientists and the
public is to cross that barrier of
understanding," said UBC political science student Lisa Danielson,
who wrote her thesis on science and
Danielson said the government
has a responsibility to be a source
for information on the science they
fund, or the public will look for it
elsewhere, from sources that may
have their own agenda.
UBC astronomy professor Jaymie
Matthews, a scientist on the panel,
said it's an important part of his
job to devote time to the questions
that can't be answered by a simple
Google search, especially since his
work is publicly funded.
"That's what we're here for. The
knowledge and the discoveries
wouldn't do anybody any good if nobody knew about them," Matthews
said. 13 41 News o9.i9.2oii
AMS calls for inter-faculty
sustainability minor
Ming Wong
A new sustainability minor may be
an option for students in the very
near future.
UBC currently offers 300 courses across 17 faculties that deal with
sustainability at UBC. However,
the AMS's proposed minor will
bridge across faculties.
"It gives the opportunity for
students to ingrain sustainability into their education from any
faculty...and that's something we
definitely don't have anything similar to at UBC," said Justin Ritchie,
AMS sustainability coordinator.
"[The] AMS is pushing to get
this aspect of sustainability education added to the curriculum and
what we're saying is the minor is
a great way of doing that," said
At the August 31 AMS Council
meeting, in which Council announced their support for the new
minor, VP Finance Elin Tayyar
said that it will cover all "environmental, business and engineering
aspects" of sustainability.
To fulfill the minor, students
would take sustainability courses
tailored to their studies and also
take electives in other faculties.
This is similar to the Faculty of
Commerce's sustainability concentration, which requires the student
to take sustainability Commerce
courses with outside faculty electives. Upon completion, Sauder
students recieve an additional certificate for the minor.
But unlike the AMS's proposed
minor, the Commerce minor has a
relatively narrow focus.
"They wanted [the concentration] to be very specific to business
and how businesses would look at
sustainability, and making sure
that it's not just great for society,
but great for businesses as well,"
said Pamela Lim, assistant dean
and director ofthe Sauder School
of Business.
It is still unclear how the curriculum for the AMS's proposed
TheCIRS building will be one of the greenest buildings on campus.
sustainability minor will be implemented across all faculties, and
possible concentrations for the
minor could include energy, ecology and climate.
"A lot of what the sustainability minor is, is up in the air right
now," said Ritchie, who added that
the earliest implementation would
be between 1.5-2 years from now.
The minor will be shown on transcripts as an official minor, as opposed to a certification program.
The program would be offered
in the summer only. "UBC is looking at various ways to reinvigorate
the summer term so this could be
one way of doing it, and it would
give people that option to still pursue whatever aggressive timelines
they have in their own program,
but still pick up this sustainability
education that would still be important to them," Ritchie said.
To move from a faculty-specific
sustainability minor to an inter-
faculty minor will be up to the individual departments themselves,
should they choose to integrate it.
But Ritchie is hopeful.
"There's always room for more
systems thinking when it comes to
developing an overall ecological
awareness." tH
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Interned Japanese Canadians
seek honourary UBC degrees
They were forced out of university
because of their race. Nearly 70
years later, a movement to finally get
Japanese-Canadians their degrees
is underway, but UBC has not yet
leant its support.
Mary Kitagawa, a fourth-generation Japanese-Canadian and a
member ofthe Greater Vancouver
Japanese-Canadian Citizens
Association, has started a petition
to grant honourary degrees to UBC
students forced into internment
camps during World War Two, in an
attempt to give institutional recognition to victims' experiences.
During World War Two—in response to speculation and suspicion
of Japanese spies in the Canadian
West Coast—the federal government ordered the internment of all
ethnic Japanese in BC, confiscating
their property and forcing them into
prison-like camps. Among the victims were 76 UBC students—mostly
Canadian-born. Due to forced
deportation and property loss, they
could not complete their education
after the war had ended.
The government issued an official
apology and financial reparations
to surviving internees in 1988, but
within the local community, many
are seeking further institutional
recognition for the victims.
"Honouring [UBC's] former students with special honourary baccalaureate degrees would enhance
the stature of UBC as an institution
that believes in the nobility of justice," wrote Kitagawa in an edtorial
to the Vancouver Sun. She noted
that American universities recently
granted similar degrees to ethnic
Japanese students who suffered
Japanese Canadian families interned in Hope wait to board a train back to Vancouver
the same fate as their Canadian
However, she was told bythe
UBC Senate Tributes Committee
(STC) that it would be "highly
unlikely" that UBC would grant
those degrees to the students. While
Kitagawa was informed the request
would be looked at, no new developments have taken place in the past
Sally Thorne, a member ofthe
UBC STC, said the process for
granting degrees takes time. "The
committee hasn't discussed the
matter or considered alternatives
yet," said Thorne. "We have to
go through a process and handle
hundreds of other nominations for
honourary degrees. We can't make
an immediate decision."
Millie Creighton, an executive at
the Centre for Japanese Research
and an associate professor in anthropology, said that honourary degrees are the best way to recognize
interned students.
"The idea of education is extremely valued within Japanese
culture, so the inability to achieve
such is very significant. The process
through which the loss happened
has been acknowledged to be unfair
and inhumane. So it would be a nice
gesture from UBC to grant honourary degrees to those who were denied
the chance to finish their studies.
"The university is a place that emphasizes the value of education and
knowledge, and people having access and being able to pursue that,"
said Creighton. "It's also important
to place what happened into a historical context."
While UBC has not yet given an
official decision, Kitagawa said she
hopes the university will eventually
grant recognition.
"They deserve to be honoured,
however late. We will continue our
effort on their behalf to see that
they receive their special honourary
degree, resplendent in their cap and
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09.19.20111 5
Patrons visit Project Space, a new gallery for art books that opened last week in China-
Project Space opens
its doors
Will Johnson
Senior Culture Writer
Project Space isn't an art gallery.
It's not quite a bookstore either.
You could maybe call it a studio, but
that doesn't quite sum it up either.
Ifyou combine all of those things
together, you start to get a sense of
what's going on at 222 East Georgia
Last week, right in the heart of
Chinatown, Project Space held its
grand opening. Tracy Stefanucci
and Jaz Halloran, the creative force
behind the new space, hosted hundreds of guests who came to check
out their quixotic collection of art
publications, design books, magazines and art installations.
One book that drew the attention
of visitors was Getting to Know My
Husband's Cock, a self-published
sexual scrapbook by Ellen Jong
that includes brazen pictures ofthe
aforementioned appendage. The
work is indicative ofthe controversial indie publications that Project
Space is interested in.
Stefanucci was shocked when she
first picked up the book, but after
hearing about Jong's artistic vision,
decided it had earned a place on her
She said that she is happy to have
a space that welcomes strange, offbeat and potentially offensive publications, and believes that Project
Space will fill a necessary void in
contemporary publishing.
"I have never enjoyed bookstores," said Stefanucci. "I always
feel like the number of books they
carry I am not interested in largely
outweighs the number they carry
that I am interested in.
"Even bookstores that do have
a decent selection ofthe types of
Getting to Know
My Husband's Cock
"This recollection of the first three
years leading up to rny wedding
day and rny first year of marriage
is a love song in photographs
and text where the male body is
used as a metaphor for love; his
cock is a symbol of manhood, it
affects me profoundly, challenges, Indulges and Intoxicates me."
- Ellen Jong, author
publications I like tend to have too
many selections, and it feels stressful to sort through and make quick
judgment calls of whether or not a
publication is something I'm going
to really enjoy.
"Our vision for Project Space is
to create an accessible community
space that encourages more energy
and community around this niche
of publishing in our city, while also
connecting our audience to an international community of like-minded
artists, writers, curators and publishers," said Stefanucci.
"Every two months we will be
inviting artists from the community
to transform the space with exhibitions and installations. Our intention
is for visitors to discover something
new every time they come in," she
Stefanucci said she was thrilled
with the community response at the
grand opening, and is excited for the
future ofthe space.
Stefanucci and Halloran are currently vetting programming proposals, and hope to host a number
of events, including readings, art
installations and parties. tH
Members of the Musqueam First Nation perform a welcoming ceremony at the Museum of Anthropology
MOA honours Musqueam nation
John Hayes
On Sunday, the Museum of
Anthropology (MOA) celebrated
several decades ofthe special—and
at times, complicated—relationship between the Museum and the
Musqueam nation.
The event featured a ceremonial
unveiling ofthe Welcome Plaza's
new Musqueam name, which translates as "remember your teachings",
and an acknowledgment of two new
art works: "Salish Footprint" by
Susan Point and a fountain named
"Transformations" by Joe Becker.
"We want to honour and thank
those artists," said Dr Susan
Rowley, a MOA curator and
associate professor in the department of anthropology.
The two new exhibits are already
in the Welcome Plaza, and the
Musqueam artists have inscribed
a message underneath their work,
expressing hope that all who
visit campus will come and see
the museum's entire collection of
Musqueam exhibits.
Accordingto Rowley, the dedication was based on growing pains
associated with decades ofthe
Museum's interaction with the
Musqueam, who call UBC their ancestral land and who never formally
ceded their land to the Canadian
government. "Much ofthe events
that have happened between MOA
and the Musqueam have forced the
Museum to look at their practices,"
In the last 30 years, the MOA has
better understood the value of collaboration and consultation with
the Musqueam, making the spatial
layouts and selections of Musqueam
exhibits more authentic.
"One day back in the 70s, former
Chief Delbert Guerin was out fishing one day and heard drums up
here [near the MOA] on the cliffs,"
said Rowley. "Later that day, he was
phoned up by a CBC reporter, asking
how he felt about the unveiling of a
[totem] pole at the Museum.
"He replied, 'How would you feel
if someone came onto your lawn,
put up a cross and didn't ask your
permission?'" 13
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New passes will be available for pick up starting on the
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Visit upass.ubc.ca for details » 09.i9.20ii | Sports 17
Game recap
UBC women's soccer team
trounces Manitoba 4-0
Colin Chia
The UBC Thunderbirds women's
soccer team dominated in a 4-0 win
against the winless University of
Manitoba Bisons Saturday evening, winning their third game in
three matches to start their varsity
Using a laid-back defensive strategy proved fatal for the Bisons, as
they gave the Thunderbirds ample
time and space to play the ball out of
defence. The Bisons were lacklustre
on offense, forcing UBC goalkeeper
Alyssa Williamson to make only
one save in the entire match. At the
opposite end, it was almost entirely
one-way traffic, as the 'Birds applied
heavy pressure and were rewarded
with a feast of goals.
Janine Frazao and Rachel Sawyer
each scored two goals for UBC.
Frazao got the first goal when
she found the ball in a goalmouth
scramble and struck it into the roof
ofthe net at the 18 minute mark, and
then made it 2-0 with a well-placed
header just before half-time. Sawyer
scored in the second half with a
brilliantly-struck free kick that beat
Manitoba goalkeeper Chloe Werle
to the near post at the 55 minute
mark. She scored again six minutes
later, striking the ball past Werle after Natalie Hirayama's pass put her
through on goal.
UBC could have scored more,
accordingto head coach Mark
Rogers, who felt four goals flattered
Manitoba. However, he also praised
the watertight defence, especially
with the team losing team captain
Kelly Cook and centre-back Alisha
Peneveto injuries.
"It's great that the team rallied
behind that and kept a clean sheet
despite that," Rogers said. "You
don't concede goals, you win championships. That's the starting point
for us."
The Thunderbirds, behind rookie
goalkeeper Alyssa Williamson, have
yet to concede a goal this season.
"It's been a great start to the season," said fourth-year midfielder
Natalie Hirayama. "Ally's helping
our team massively this year."
This dominant win for the
Thunderbirds came after a pair
of 1-0 victories. In their opening
match, Sawyer scored the only goal
against Trinity Western University,
and on Friday the 'Birds claimed a
victory against University of Regina,
with Frazao potting the winner.
Both players now have scored three
goals in three matches.
With a 3-0 record, UBC is now
in second place in the Canada West
conference—tied in points with
first-place University of Alberta,
who liave the edge on goal difference. They face an important road
trip next weekend, with matches
against the No. 4 ranked University
of Saskatchewan and the University
of Alberta. 13
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a weekly look at what's new at your student society
Have you ever wanted to learn what a good pint of beer or a glass of
wine is all about? Ever wanted to learn how to play guitar or how to be
a DJ? How about improving your fitness and getting in shape with pole
dancing or meditation?
AMS Minischool provides a variety of hobby courses
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Registration for the fall 2011 term starts
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SCHOOL places shape people,
people shape places
Campus + Community Planning is working to ensure that any choices about land, buildings, infrastructure
and transportation serve UBC's core academic mission and advance sustainability. We're helping shape the
campus into a vibrant, sustainable community in which to live, work and learn. A number of initiatives are
underway or coming up this fall that will help advance this vision. To find out more, drop by our booth
at the Student Union Building on Tuesday, September 27 or Wednesday, September 28 and speak
with staff from Planning + Design, Campus Sustainability and Transportation Planning.
planning + design
Housing Action Plan: UBC is developing a plan to
improve housing choice and affordability on campus for
faculty, staff and students. Watch for opportunities to
provide your feedback.
Main Mall and University Boulevard: Upgrades underway
to improve pedestrian experience replacing existing
roadbeds with high-quality pedestrian walkways.
transportation planning
Winter Bike to Work Week: UBC and Vancouver Area
Cycling Coalition developing programming for UBC cyclists
competing in Vancouver-wide commuting competition.
UBC took top hounours for third consecutive time in
spring competition.
New Bike Lockers: Twenty-seven new secure bike lockers
arriving on campus, increasing total on-campus lockers
to 103. Reserve through Bike Kitchen in the SUB.
campus sustainability
Community Energy and Emissions Plan: Plan will identify
ways to make UBC's residential neighbourhoods, including
student and family housing areas, more energy efficient.
Consultation will ensure the plan reflects community
ideals and values.
Waste & Water Action Planning: Water Action Plan
and Waste Action Plan will establish visions and actions
for better campus water and waste management.
Drafts expected this fall.
Behaviour and Organizational Change Strategy: Strategy
under development to support UBC's ambitious climate,
waste and water goals through aligning business practices
and encouraging sustainable behaviours.
To find out how you can get involved,
stop by our booth at the SUB:
Tuesday, September 27, 10am - 3 pm
Wednesday, September 28, 10am - 3pm
Secure Bike Parking
New bike parking under dev
at Fraser River Parkade and bast Mall,
University Blvd will complement 7 exi
facilities including North Parkade and
Buchanan Towers that open
Memorial Road Public Realm
Development of pedestrian
pathway with public gathering
spaces along Memorial Road.
"Do It in the Dark"
Province-wide energy
conservation competition
pitting Place Vanier and
Totem Park against
other BC universities
and colleges. Watch
for details.
Gage South "Area Under
Review" & Environs
Process involving affected
stakeholders underway to
develop a plan for a diesel
transit facility, the Aquatic
centre, Maclnnis Field and
potential university rental
housing (faculty, staff
and student). Public
consultation targeted for this
fall and public hearing in new
year for portion designated
"Area Under Review".
iThunderbird Boulevard
Student Housing "Hubs"
First Hub near Ponderosa
building, to be complete in
2013, will include 577 beds,
academic facilities, informal
spaces, a cafe, fitness facility,
bike storage and more.
U-Pass BC
New vending machines in
UBC Bookstore enable fast
and easy pick-up of monthly
U-Pass BC cards. Other
U-Pass changes in place this
year - visit upass.ubc.ca.
Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood
Plan Amendments
Planning process, including two public
consultation periods this fall, is developing
amendments to the Neighbourhood plan
to achieve a more sustainable community
and transfer housing density from
UBC Farm to Wesbrook Place.
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Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
CiTR comes bach to the
You know that radio station on
campus? The one you see from time
to time at events, where a couple
of hipsters sport headphones and
choose tunes? The one you each
pay $5 towards?
That's CiTR, 101.9FM, your
"campus and community radio station," which, for manyyears, hadn't
exactly served students first. The
number of students who hosted
shows on a student-owned radio
station was shockingly low.
But this summer, sensing that
their increased funding from the
referendum brought increased
accountability, they let go of two
long-time (and full-time) managers, brought in new blood and made
a concerted effort to reach out to
students. They made a presentation to AMS Council last week,
and we have to say, the progress is
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, we'll note that we're developing a show to air every week
on their airwaves, and they've
recently hired former Ubyssey
photo editor Oker Chen to helm
their DJ division. But that doesn't
change the fact that for the first
time in a while, the radio station
funded by UBC students is serving
the campus first, and the general
Vancouver arts-based community
second. It's a welcome shift.
Gage South is one battle in a
larger struggle
The good news about student
leaders deciding to speak out over
the future of Gage South is that
students are challenging the bulldozer that is UBC's consultation
The bad news is that there are
plenty of other pressing issues—
from the price of housing to the
future governing structure of
UBC—where there is little vocal
opposition from students. In the
past, you could usually count on
a loud contingent of social justice
activists to lead the charge when
UBC valued market housing residents' interests overthe needs of
current students. But the campus
left has been silent and disorganized for nearly two years now.
Behind-the-scenes consultation
and collaboration is always good,
and that's probably the ideal way
for the AMS to engage the university. But there is always the need
for a vocal group of students—regardless of their political ideology—to rise up, sign petitions and
make UBC a little uncomfortable.
That this is being done for Gage
South is a good thing. That it
hasn't yet for the overall governance of UBC is lamentable—but
we hope that will change sooner
rather than later.
We're all in the same Tardis
A time-traveling fictional painting was the best-selling poster at
the Imaginus poster sale in the
SUB this week. It's okay, we bought
one too. (We also bought the Ninja
Turtles poster exhorting us to
choose pizza over drugs, but were
then berated by our more fun-loving editors.)
The Exploding Tardis, painted
by a fictional version of Vincent
Van Gogh and sent forward in
time in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor
Who, was a nice departure from
Imaginus' usual best-sellers of
Audrey Hepburn black-and-whites
and hot chicks making out on a bed.
Maybe Imaginus organizers
will take note and nerds can look
forward to more nerd-inclusive
options. Suggestions include:
propaganda posters featuring
the Daleks, and wanted missives
searching for the crew ofthe good
ship Serenity.
And ifyou didn't understand any
ofthe words in that last sentence,
go stare at your Scarface-covered
walls and pound a protein shake.
Clubs give UBC a personal
Okay, we get it. UBC is a huge
campus, with thousands upon
thousands of nameless faces. And
unless you've somehow managed
to land a huge group of friends
with similar interests in the first
two weeks, you're goingto need a
way to make some bosom-buddies
on campus.
This is where clubs at UBC come
into play. While clubs are founded
on a common interest—such as
beer, swimming or science fiction
books—they're nothing without a
diverse group of people. At their
core, clubs are more about the
social aspect and findingyour subgroup at university than about the
thingyou are gatheringto support.
So join a few clubs. Find your
clique and avoid the crushing
loneliness that eight months of
rain on an enormous campus can
Electric Courage even
more shameful than liquid
Electric Courage is a cell phone
app that will soon help you find
people in campus bars. You "check
in," and then can start surreptitiously texting potential dates until
you get to the point where you can
actually talk to them in person.
We understand that there are
many shy folk out there who will
appreciate any new way to break
the ice, but we also say: come on,
pick yourself up off your chair and
go talk to people. You know, like
actual face-to-face interaction. It's
supposed to take a bit of courage to
meet new people.
If technology can make it a bit
easier for those who have trouble
finding dates, that's not such a terrible thing. But nothing beats the
sheer j oy that comes out of summoning the courage to approach an
attractive stranger and having it
work out. Let's not lose that. 13
Petitions keep this
campus for students
HI McElroy
You may be vaguely familiar with
the term "Gage South." It's on our
front page and has been bandied about by your over-involved
friends. But it's confusing. Should
you really care?
Well, the first thing you
should know is that UBC has
been trying to develop the area
around University Boulevard and
Wesbrook Mall for a full decade.
They've wasted literally millions of
dollars and dozens of consultation
reports trying to ram through non-
student housing, increased retail
space, underground bus loops and
plenty of other things that the vast
majority of students have never
Two years ago, it seemed that a
compromise had been reached. A
new Student Union Building and
Alumni Centre would be the focal
points of campus. Maclnnes Field
would remain open to concerts and
casual soccer games. Simple, right?
After months of consultations that were meant to inform,
rather than engage, Campus
and Community Planning is,
by all reports, planning to propose non-student housing for the
area around the bus loop and a
new Aquatic Centre to sit where
Maclnnes field now lies (usually
conveniently shortened into "the
Gage South issue"). Some sort of
field would be included in the plan,
though UBC is short on details.
A nine-year-old could tell you
this is a dumb idea. A vibrant
student centre is integral to any
university, non-student housing
generally reduces the vibrancy of
any student centre, and playing
fields are awesome.
But a fifty-something city planner doesn't care about kids having
fun, and will argue the nine-year-
old doesn't understand the value of
a dollar.
And so here we are. There is currently a group of students leading a
petition advocating for a different
future for the area. Now, you may
be tempted to dismiss a petition
as a power to the people throwback that doesn't actually work
to change anything. But the fact
is that without real democratic
accountability, the only way UBC
ever changes its mind is if thousands of people sign petitions. It's
why the Marine Drive residences
are a few stories lower, thanks to
a 2004 petition by Wreck Beach
activists. It's why University
Boulevard is not currently filled
with condos, thanks to a 2007 petition. It's why the UBC Farm is designated "green academic" instead
of its previous "future housing reserve," because of a 2008 petition.
Petitions work.
Petitions scare UBC because
media reports on petitions, and
then people are reminded that
UBC runs a de facto municipality
in a less accountable way than any
municipality in Canada. If enough
people sign a petition, then UBC
invariably "rethinks" their position, stalls development and keeps
this campus a little more student-
focused. They then claim that this
is a good method of democracy. But
I digress.
The point is, you should sign the
petition. You should sign it because
the centre of campus should be
for students. You should sign it
because UBC shouldn't make key
land-use decisions behind closed
doors. And you should sign it because sometimes, a single signature makes a big difference. 13
SASC must be a priority
It has come to our attention that
the Sexual Assault Support Centre
(SASC) has not been up and running
for the first few weeks of school,
and further, will not be fully functioning until after winter break or
mid-October. Judging by the time
allotted to find replacement coordinators, it is obvious to us that SASC
has not been a priority to the AMS.
This lack of prioritization of these
important services to students is
SASC is an important service
to students who have experienced
sexual assault and it is crucial that it
be available and fully functioning at
all times, especially in the first few
weeks of school when there's a higher risk of sexual assault on campus
due to increased alcohol consumption. The fact that this service will
not be functioning fully until later in
the semester is unacceptable. SASC
is extremely important because it
deals specifically with sexual assault and although there are counselling services on campus, they do
not specialize in this area. If the
only sexual assault services available to students are those available
off-campus, this will act as a detrimental barrier in students accessing
the help they need, affecting their
well-being and ability to function at
this university.
The AMS has had since the end of
June to find replacement coordinators qualified to manage the centre.
Although they have said they are
having trouble finding qualified
candidates, we have heard from the
former coordinator of SASC that
there are an abundance of qualified candidates. It appears that the
hiring process was done in an unprofessional and under-advertised
manner, showing that this student
union has failed to prioritize this
service. Currently there is not even
a job posting available on the AMS
website, let alone the UBC careers
These are serious issues that need
to be addressed immediately by all
members of Council and the AMS
executive body. We at the Womyn's
Centre urge you to prioritize finding qualified candidates to fill the
positions at SASC immediately, ensuring that these essential services
are restored and accessible without
further delay.
—UBC Womyn's Centre
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