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November 14,20111 vol. XCIII iss. XXI
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What's on
This week, may we suggest..
Kung Fu class: 4:30pm @ the SUB
Want to get fit and learn how to kick some ass? The UBC Kung Fu
Association is holding a free class for beginners. The club also organizes numerous social activites for its members. More info at ubckungfublogspot
Occupy what? An open discussion: 4:30pm @ the Global
Itching to make your thoughts
heard on the Occupy movement? The Global Lounge is hosting a civil forum to discuss the
past week's events.
Bill McKibben: Notes on the
climate fight: 12:30pm @ the
Chan Centre
McKibben has been dubbed "the
world's best green journalist" by
Time magazine. In this Terry Talk,
McKibben will discuss climate
change and global inequality.
Flow yoga: 3pm @ the SUB
$2 yoga! For less than a bucket
of fries you can get stretched
out and calmed down between
classes. Membership for the UBC
Yoga Club costs $7 for students,
and a limited number of mats are
Gingerbread man decorating
& candy apples: 10am-5pm @
SUB Concourse
Student group Organizing
Support for Charity is selling
gingerbread men and candy
apples to raise money for the
Harvest Project. Stop by for some
seasonal noms.
Got an event you'd like to see on this page? Send your event
and your best pitch to printeditor@ubyssey.ca.
November 14,2011, Volume XCIII, Issue XX
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Our Campus
One on one with
the people who
make UBC
Wayne Maddison, director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and the moustachioed little guy he discovered in Ecuador.
Wayne Maddison's spider love
Asher Ishbrucker
It's hard to describe Dr Wayne
Maddison's career in only a
few words. Just a little background research on Maddison
came up with a daunting list of
accomplishments—a list that
includes a PhD from Harvard
University and his current position as Canada Research Chair
in Biodiversity, along with UBC
professor and director ofthe
Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
His CV may be awe-inspiring,
but his true fascination lies with
one small creature: the jumping
"When I was 13 I found a
spider that I just got entranced
with," Maddison recalled. The
initial spark of his passion came
from a youthful curiosity about
wildlife and the outdoors. "This
jumping spider just looked up at
me, and there was almost a sense
of empathy there."
His long-lasting fascination
with jumping spiders has led him
many places, from elite universities to tropical rainforests in
Gabon, the Dominican Republic,
and most recently Ecuador in the
fall of 2010. Itwas in Ecuador
that he made one of his most notable discoveries.
"The Ecuadorian trip of last
fall was really special," he said.
"We found this amazingjumping
spider [in a cloud forest west of
the Andes]... I was just so excited.
I knew within about two or three
seconds after I saw it that it was
something completely new."
Maddison described the moment he found the new species.
"You see this [jumping spider],
and you realize there's a whole
world here that we can explore,
and it's opened up to you just like
that. That feeling goes through
you in five seconds. Suddenly
your world has changed."
Upon further DNA research,
it was confirmed that the little
guy was a new species, and like
all new discoveries, it needed
a name. Maddison and his colleagues decided to hold a naming contest for the new species,
which was under the genus
Lapsias. They asked people
around the nation for a name for
the spider.
"We pointed out [in our contest] that the face of this spider
was unusual in that on the top
part of its jaws there were a
couple of little yellow bands of
hairs. So the name that ended up
showing up was 'Lorax,' so the
name ofthe new species will be
Lapsias lorax. The Lorax is Dr
Seuss's environmentalist character who spoke for the trees, so
not only is there a resemblance,
but it really fits the museum's
As director ofthe Beaty
Biodiversity Museum, Maddison
enthusiastically noted that
students and faculty can access
the museum for free and get a
firsthand look at organisms from
a blue whale to jumping spiders.
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11.14.20111 3
AMS too broke to pay for UBC Ombudsperson Office for Students
This year UBC's Ombudsperson
Office may not be receiving funding
from the AMS, despite a previous
verbal agreement. But now the student union is worried that without
their financial contribution, the organization will be too closely linked
to the university.
"The AMS has advised the university that they do not have the
funds to provide the transfer that
was expected this year," said Janet
Teasdale, senior director of Student
Development and Services.
The Ombuds Office was created
in 2009 in partnership between the
AMS, the Graduate Student Society
and the university, and the costs of
running the office have previously
been shared between the three organizations. Last year the AMS contributed $42,000. Despite the current
inability to provide funds, the AMS
wants to keep the Ombuds service at
arm's length from the university.
"We get a seat on the oversight
committee, and we don't want just
UBC paying. The Ombuds Office is
supposed to be a neutral space where
people can bring any issues they
may have and be treated in a fair and
unbiased manner," AMS President
Justin McElroy said.
Teasdale and UBC President
Stephen Toope have met with the
AMS to negotiate their partnership on behalf of UBC students, but
Teasdale doesn't expect the office
to face financial difficulty without
AMS funding.
Regardingthe service in its entirety, McElroy emphasized that it
is important that the Ombuds Office
be funded, even if it means funding
independent ofthe AMS.
Since its inception, the office has
grown from a single person staff to
multiple staff members. UBC ombudsperson Shirley Nakata said that
services provided bythe Ombuds
Office range from investigating student complaints to facilitating conferences that lead to student service
"We definitely do not want to
see a reduction in these services,"
McElroy said.
The AMS plans to take Ombuds
fundingto referendum next January,
which coincides with executive elections, accordingto meeting minutes.
The plan is to ask for a $1.25 or $1.50
increase in the AMS fee to go specifically to the Ombuds. If the fee does
not pass in January, McElroy said it
might be added to the U-Pass referendum in October 2012.
"This would mean that at least a
portion ofthe office costs are paid by
students, to ensure that there is still
that accountability to students," said
McElroy. 13
CIRS paves the way for green campus
Micki Cowan
News Editor
On November 3, UBC opened its
most sustainable building—a project
11 years in the making. But what
makes the Centre for Interactive
Research on Sustainability (CIRS)
especially unique is that it also
happens to be the most sustainable
building in North America.
"The general idea of a lot ofthe
sustainability agenda has been
about doing less damage, being
less bad, cutting back," said John
Robinson, director ofthe CIRS.
"We're interested in a slightly
different approach we call regenerative sustainability. Can human
activity actually make the environment better—not just less damaged
but actually better—and human life
better as well?"
Renowned biologist and environmentalist David Suzuki kicked
off the CIRS opening as the keynote speaker for the associated
conference, "Celebrating CIRS:
Accelerating Sustainability."
In his presentation, Suzuki
focused on the effects of climate
change, as well as Canadian politics.
"The impact of climate change is
goingto become more severe from
year to year. Economists discount
the cost of climate change on subsequent generations. They discount
the future generations," said Suzuki.
"You're only one person but you
can amplify your impact ifyou get
Suzuki's presentation spoke to
the nature ofthe CIRS building,
encouraging change to happen now.
Robinson explained that the CIRS is
net-positive on a number of fronts,
which means the building actually
improves—rather than harms—its
News briefs
Occupy movement comes to
A new group called Occupy UBC
has started meeting on campus
in an attempt to create a campus
group in solidarity with the Occupy
movements in cities across the
According to a tweet sent out by
the @OccupyUBC Twitter account
Tuesday afternoon, the group hopes
to "use our academic perspective
to bring attention to facts regarding
social, economic and environmenta
Organizers have been holding daily 4pm meetings since November
7 in the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre and the SUB. They also have
a Facebook account.
David Suzuki was the keynote speaker for the associated conference following the opening of the CIRS building
"We're completely dependent on
rainwater; there's no water supply
from the city and it's all treated on
site," said Robinson about the CIRS.
"We have full sewage treatment
inside the building, and what that
means is the water leaving the
building after we use it—it's been
through everything includingthe
toilets—it's cleaner than the water
landing on the roof."
Aside from the rainwater system,
the CIRS uses heat produced bythe
earth and ocean sciences building
next door to heat both bulidings.
"Sustainability is not a building-
scale phenomenon. Don't try and
UBC Library digitizes
newspaper history
UBC Library's Digital Initiatives unit
has digitized more than 45.000
pages of BC newspaper history dating from 1865 to 1924.
Papers including the Abbotsford
Post and the Phoenix Pioneer are
now available to the public for free
through the UBC Library website in
their online archives section, either
"UBC Library's digital collection
of British Columbia newspapers
makes the exciting history of the
province's early development
readily available to a wide reading
public." said Bob McDonald, an associate professor in UBC's department of history.
do everything within the walls of
your building," said Robinson. "It's a
neighbourhood phenomenon. Look
for opportunities to interact with
your neighbours to make even bigger savings."
Pani Pajouhesh, a third-year
geography student majoring in environment and sustainability, was involved with the conference through
her work-study at the University
Sustainability Initiative.
"I hope to pursue sustainable
architecture in the future, so it
was great to see how different
companies and organizations are
tackling climate change in terms
UBC professor attended G20 in
UBC political science professor Yves
Tiberghien was selected to join the
world's financial leaders at the G20
Summit held in Cannes. France in
early November. Tiberghien. a leading expert in international politica
economics, listened and commented after the conference on the
Canadian economy, the exclusivity
of the G20 itself, and the European
debt crisis.
Tiberghien will be holding a
debriefing event on the G20 called
"The G20's Critical Juncture: Asian
Roles and the Balance of Power in
Cannes: Report from Our Specia
Envoy" on November 28 from
12-1:30pm at the CK Choi Building.
of architecture and buildings, and
how to change to a regenerative
community," said Pajouhesh about
one session she attended, entitled
"From Regenerative Buildings to
Regenerative Communities."
Robinson said CIRS is not the final project for sustainability at UBC.
"CIRS is intended to be a living
lab, so the idea is we'll be continuously studying and improving it over
its lifetime," he said.
"On the other hand, I would like
CIRS to be the worst performing
building on campus [in the future],
in the sense that every new building
should be better." tH
Wood fuel expected to trump
corn ethanol, says UBC study
A recent UBC study suggests
that fuel made from wood could
become a competitive commercia
alternative to corn ethanol fuels by
Researchers in the Faculty of
Forestry found that wood based
ethanol. also known as cellu-
losic ethanol. is a more viable and
capital-friendly alternative than corn
"As industrial production increases, cellulosic ethanol is likely to become more competitive with corn
ethanol for a share of the renewable
fuels market." said Jamie Stephen,
a PhD candidate at UBC and head
author of the study. 13
Boulevard to open
to cars and buses
Ana Komnenic
Students wandering down University
Boulevard will have to keep their
head up in the near future; UBC is
openingthe area up to car traffic.
Joe Stott, director of planning for Campus & Community
Planning, explained that renovations to the University Boulevard
are part of UBC's Neighbourhood
Plan, adopted in 2003. Stott said
the university is merely changing
the temporary ban on cars on the
boulevard, which runs in front of
the Mahony and Sons pub.
"We still have people who come
to our campus by car and we still
run parkades on campus and in this
case because it's the front door to
campus, it's the gateway to the academic campus," he said.
Stott also said that the road will
be opened to increased trolley bus
But one UBC student, Kevin
Chan, fears that as the road opens
to cars and buses, inexperienced
cyclists might find the route too
daunting to use—a route which he
considers to be one ofthe main entrances to campus for cyclists.
"[It] doesn't start where cyclists
are coming from so when you're
coming from pedestrian campus,
there's a good section where there's
no bike lane," said Chan. "It makes
it uncomfortable for [cyclists] who
aren't as confident."
Chan also believes that the lanes
are simply too narrow to accommodate cyclists, cars and buses.
"The issue here is that this is a
much narrower street than, say,
Wesbrook. You're really squeezing buses and bikes and cars into a
fairly small space," he said.
But Stott said the board has a
"share the road policy," and that
opening up the road for traffic is
necessary. "In some parts ofthe
campus, bike lanes are shared with
vehicular traffic. The idea is to
make it safer and better." 13 41 News I ii.i4.2oii
Too many clubs on campus
AMS tries to move out the old to bring in the new
Malcolm Bailey
At UBC, students continue to make
club proposals. But due to its limited
accounting system, the AMS only
has room for less than 15 student
clubs before they hit capacity.
The student union's current
accounting system is limited to
999 accounts, 400 of which are
reserved for AMS clubs—and with
more than 360 clubs already in existence, the Student Administrative
Commission (SAC) must be selective when considering club
But space is being made by decon-
stituting old or inactive clubs. Once
cancelled by the AMS, the club account is frozen but can be reactivated after a year.
Accordingto AMS President
Jeremy McElroy, it's simply a matter of looking for active clubs that
haven't been using their bank
SAC Vice Chair Alannah
Johnson said that they do make
sure to contact the clubs, but without a reply, the club gets added to a
list for mass deconstitution.
This year's list of cancelled
clubs have included The Canadian
Afghanistan Partnership Club,
UBC Green Party, It's Always
Sunny in UBC, UBC Motorcycling
Club, Roots and Shoots, and the
UBC Post-Secret Club.
An overhaul and update ofthe
AMS accounting system—which
would ultimately make room for
more student clubs—would cost
$20,000-40,000, said Johnson.
"It'd be a nightmare. We'd have
to retrain the whole staff," she
The AMS accounting system
is not the only hindrance to UBC
The AMS is deconstituting inactive clubs to make room for more
clubs. The student union building,
established in 1968, was constructed at a time when UBC was much
smaller, with less businesses and
clubs to accommodate. Presently,
the building provides barely
enough space for the school's increased size.
Brooke Shaughnessy, social
coordinator for the Ski and Board
Club, said booking prime locations
in the SUB can come down to endurance and competition.
"One day every year, booking
starts at five in the morning," she
said. "Some people even sleep in
the SUB just to get a spot in line...
we always send our first year rep
to do it."
The restrictions on booking
spaces will be diminished with
the construction ofthe new SUB,
which McElroy said will accomodate more club spaces.
However, it doesn't look hopeful
that the AMS will be overhauling
their accounts to make room for
clubs anytime soon.
"The number of new clubs constituted everyyear is quite small, so
we are not too concerned that this
will become a big issue before we
move into the new SUB," McElroy
"We feel that with more than 360
clubs right now, all ofthe club office
and lockers accounted for, and our
already overworked administrative
staff, that any significant increase
in the number of clubs is next to
impossible," said McElroy.
"We are confident that we can
find enough room in the current
system for most clubs that might
come up along the way, but we are
not in a position, financially or
otherwise, to radically overhaul the
system right now." 13
Public Consultation
Gage South & Environs Workshops - November 24
During the Land Use Plan amendment process, students asked UBC to revisit the future
land use for the Gage South area, which consequently became an 'Area Under Review.'
On November 24th, UBC will hold workshops on future land use for the area, including:
• A new Aquatic Centre     • A transit diesel bus facility
• An open air bookable recreational space for student events (Maclnnes Field)
hursday, November 24, 2011 Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall
Workshop 1: 1:00pm -4:00pm or Workshop 2: 6:00pm- 9:00pm
The workshop is repeated to accommodate different schedules.
Please only register for one workshop. Refreshments will be provided.
Main Mall
Lower Mall
This consultation seeks feedback on each of four possible
concepts as well as the possibility of including non-market rental
housing for faculty, staff and students in the area.
Participate online between November 15th and 28th
or by attending one of two workshops.
RSVP to Stefani Lu at stefani. luaubc.ca before
November 21st, 2011 to participate in the workshop sessions.
For more information, please visit:
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Job Trend Tracker
predicts career demand
Andrew Bates
Senior Web Writer
The BC government has launched
a new tool that predicts career demand, but it may not be very useful
for UBC students, many of whom
are pursuing broad-based degrees.
BC's Ministry of Jobs, Tourism
and Innovation launched the Job
Trend Tracker website this October.
The site uses the data from the
ministry's ten-year Labour Market
Outlook document to create a number of charts and graphs to help
people gauge employment demand.
"This model is a complex system
that incorporates regional macro-
economic and regional occupational
models," Carolyn Heiman, communication manager for the Ministry
of Jobs, said in an email to The
Accordingto UBC economics
professor Thomas Lemieux, despite
the province's work, it's always goingto be tricky to make long term
"That tends to work reasonably
well for the short term...But once
you start looking at projection in
five, ten years from now, then it's a
bit of a crystal ball. We don't know
what could happen at any time."
The data currently projects one
million job openings by 2020, two
thirds of which will be to replace
retiring workers, accordingto the
Ofthe openings, 61 per cent will
require some post-secondary education, and the government predicts that by 2016, we'll need more
workers than are available.
Lemieux explained that projecting the labour market is
mostly based on examinations of
the past.
"By and large, what they tend to
do is just look at prior trends over a
couple of years," said Lemieux. For
example, "the health sector is growing because of all the baby boomers
that need medical treatment. So you
predict that it's goingto be a sector
in demand."
Accordingto Job Trend Tracker,
sector growth is expected for carpenters, cabinetmakers, construction and transportation managers,
spiking in 2011 and remaining high
through the decade.
The numbers also consider major provincial projects and labour
demand for them, said Heiman.
However, Lemieux said
that there's a lot of uncertainty, especially for the trades.
"Construction's a very volatile
sector. When you have booms and
bust, it tends to be very much affected by that, compared to other
Accordingto Andrew Merida
of UBC's Enrolment Services, the
fluctuations in specific careers
doesn't tend to affect UBC enrolment, as the university's programs
tend to be too broad.
"It's not like BCIT, for example,
where programs are very closely
tied to certain industries," Merida
said. "Graduates from UBC with
degrees in Arts, Science, even
professional programs like the
Commerce program, could end up
in lots and lots of different areas."
The larger movement ofthe
market doesn't tend to affect UBC
either, said Merida. "I know that
other BC institutions have said
that they see demand increase as
the economy is not as strong, as
more people want to go back to
school and increase their skills,"
he said.
"Demand at UBC is always very
high, so it's not somethingthat
would register here as much as it
would register in other places."
Lemieux sees this as a difficulty
for career-specific statistics like
the Job Trend Tracker.
"These things are going to be a
little less useful for your typical
UBC student," he said. "That's the
advantage of university education;
you have kind of broader skills." 13 »   » u.14.20111 Sports 19
'Birds hope to learn from experience after playoff exit
Colin Chia
Following a 0-0 draw after regulation, the UBC Thunderbirds women's soccer team had their season
come to an end last weekend when
they lost the Canada West semifinal
in a 4-2 penalty shootout against the
University of Alberta.
After the season we had,
it was disappointing to
go out that way...To
lose on penalties
was cruel.
Mark Rogers
UBC head coach
The 'Birds were forced to settle
for a Canada West bronze medal after beating the University of Victoria
2-1 the next day. Though they left
with a medal, UBC failed to qualify
for the CIS national championship.
It was a real kick in the teeth for
the 'Birds after a season in which
they lost only once and finished second in the league standings.
They also broke a conference
record for clean sheets with a
stingy defence holdingthe opposition scoreless on 11 occasions. Head
coach Mark Rogers said the players
were devastated after the loss to
After a 0-0 draw against the University of Alberta Pandas, the favoured UBC sguad lost 4-2 in a shootout in the Canada West semifinals
"After the season we had, it was
really disappointing to go out that
way. Part ofthe frustration is that
the girls played very well and created enough chances to win that
game. To lose on penalties was
cruel," he said.
Competition in the Canada West
conference was always goingto
be tight, with Rogers commenting
at the start of the season that the
toughest task would be to qualify
for nationals and that certain critical moments in a game would make
or break that objective.
"It's not prophecy or anything
like that, it's the reality. Our
conference is a very, very difficult conference, compared to the
other conferences," he said. "It's
a real dogfight to get into this
There were individual accomplishments of note for the team
as well. Striker Janine Frazao,
who finished the season as the
conference's top goal scorer (16),
was named Canada West player ofthe year and goalkeeper
Alyssa Williamson, who led the
conference in clean sheets, was
Canada West rookie of the year.
Frazao and defender Kelly Cook
were also named to the conference
all-star team.
However, Rogers remarked that
personal accolades did little to
compensate for the team's disappointment in not qualifying for
"That shows a real sign of how
together they are as a team; they're
only interested in achieving a team
goal," said Rogers.
Next season, the team will lose
graduating seniors Diane Rizzardo,
Lisa Furutani and Natalie
Hirayama, but with a young team
that has much room for growth,
Rogers is confident the younger
players will respond well.
"You don't replace a kid like
Natalie Hirayama. I think it'll take
a bit of time to see how the team
copes without that," he said. "I
think some of the young kids are
goingto step into that and grow
when given that opportunity."
The team will now have to attempt to take what they can from
this season to push forward.
"Right now it's time to reflect on
the good things they did during the
season. There are a lot of positives
to build upon," Rogers said. "A lot
of young players contributed and
there's a good foundation to grow
the program going forward.
"I think that the future looks
bright." 13 Opinion »
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The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
On Remembrance Day, keep the
focus on remembrance
On November 11, we say "never
forget." In the decades following
the establishment of Remembrance
Day, there was no danger of that.
November 11 was a day where we
observed the shared sacrifice of two
world wars, and honoured those who
had served our country.
But in the next decade, almost
every living person who served in
World War II or Korea will no longer be with us. Remembrance Day
is becoming more of a national history lesson, and in some ways that's
a good thing. Yet we need to keep
this day focused on honouring the
memory of soldiers whose lives were
lost in the service of Canada, then
and now.
This day need not become politicized. Buying a poppy supports the
Royal Canadian Legion, which helps
veterans of all ages return to society.
Now many of them are our own age
as they return from Afghanistan.
We give, we observe, we remember. The resonance is in its simplicity,
and may it continue to be so for some
time to come.
Niki Ashton gets set to take on
the old boys
The Canadian political class is led
mostly by men who have been in the
game for years; even Afghanistan has
a higher proportion of women in its
parliament than we do. Any democracy worth its salt needs to have strong
representation from those who can
challenge the old boys club.
For students, having a youthful
voice in parliament is particularly important; it means issues like student
debt will have be given fair play during policy debates.
For these reasons, and likely many
more, we applaud the entrance of
Niki Ashton into the federal NDP
leadership race.
At age 29, she's joining a very
crowded nine-person contest dominated by Brian Topp and Thomas
Mulcair. But as the only candidate
born in the 1980s and only the second woman, she will be able to push
those issues into the discussion.
While she's not a top-tier candidate, hopefully Ashton, who was the
NDP's critic for youth and advanced
education in the last parliament,
can make sure whoever is the next
leader ofthe official opposition has a
strong position on student issues. A
bunch of old men aren't necessarily
going to do it on their own.
A School of Public Policy at UBC
is long overdue
UBC, in partnership with the
Vancouver School of Economics, is
planning a School of Public Policy.
And while the idea is still in the
planning stages, it seems like the
sort of initiative that UBC should be
applauded for undertaking.
Too often, this university's academic ambitions seem solely fixated
on anything that has to do with
sustainability, research or international students, to the detriment of
other programs. A School of Public
Policy is a must-have for any large
and ambitious university, and it will
increase UBC's connections with
the rest of Vancouver.
Frankly, some of us are a bit
peeved we won't be able to enjoy
the classes.
What's the rush to have cars on
University Boulevard?
UBC is planning to do an overhaul
of University Boulevard (the road
that runs past Mahony's and the
outdoor pool) to make it car-friendly. There will be a small number of
parking spaces added.
This comes after the university
rushed to pave over the area in the
run-up to the Olympics—otherwise the area would have looked
like a giant mud pit during the time
when thousands of visitors would
be walking through campus. Itwas
a patchwork solution then, and this
feels like another one.
The University Boulevard area is
going through massive changes in
the next couple years, as a new SUB
and Alumni Centre are constructed
along with new shops and housing.
What is the point of allowing cars
back on to the area now just to get
a few more places to park? Why not
wait until the other development is
Furthermore, the area is currently a busy bike route into campus. If
the university is insistent on getting
cars back there, we hope there is a
plan to keep a dedicated bike route
Whistler Lodge might get more
students if it loosened up
Over the weekend, Ubyssey staff
left for our annual retreat on Pender
Island. Although this editorial was
written before we left, we can tell
you for certain that it was one hell of
a weekend.
Many student organizations take
their retreats at the AMS Whistler
Lodge, which can be booked at a discount rate ifyou're a student group.
However, we will never do this, and
not just because we love Pender. The
problem is that the Whistler Lodge
really sucks for student retreats,
which may be one reason why it's
hemorraging money.
Even if your organization books
out the whole lodge, "quiet hours"
begin at 11pm—for the sole reason
that the lodge manager sleeps in the
building. The hot tub closes at 8pm.
And if anyone from your group is
18, all alcohol is banned from the
premises, even if the underagers
stay sober.
Obviously the Whistler Lodge
has many more problems on top of
this that cause it to lose money. But
here's a tip for the AMS as it decides
what to do with the place: make it
more fun for students to book for a
A Yukon university deserves
federal support
Stephen Harper's Conservatives
have made a big issue of Arctic
sovereignty. And with global warming bringing enormous changes to
the north, that type of push makes
sense. But true dedication to our
north means more than just spending on icebreakers and military
This year, the federal government
cut funding to the University ofthe
Arctic initiative by three-quarters.
But now the new Yukon government
is looking to build a true university
in our north. Supporting this would
be an excellent way for the feds to
demonstrate that the Arctic actually
matters to them. 13
Time to turn the page
on campus planning
m.     WL-.     McElroy
Sometimes, a relationship, no matter how well-intentioned, goes
sour. Mistrust grows on both sides.
Commitment to working together is
thrown out the window.
This is the case with Campus and
Community Planning (CCP). It's the
planning and development body at
UBC, and it has a less-than-stellar
reputation these days. Students believe CCP is trying to ram through
a plan to put market housing next
to the SUB. Campus residents are
increasingly saying that CCP doesn't
listen to their concerns.
The university needs either students or residents (and hopefully
both) to trust them whenever they
go to Victoria with a new governance plan. Right now neither do.
Fortunately, there is one thing
that UBC can do that would immediately help the situation for all
involved. Unfortunately, it involves
one person leavingtheir job: Nancy
Knight has been been head of
CCP since 2005. She's done a fantastic job in carrying out what she was
hired to do. The campus has grown
in a smooth, efficient and cost-effective manner—no small feat, when
you consider the short time frame
and large population involved.
But now that the campus has
grown to a certain size and the permanent population of "University
Town" has discovered a desire for
self-determination, UBC needs to
shift gears. They need to focus not
on growing the population, but on
ensuring residents feel that they
have a real voice.
The current management at CCP
is unsuited to carrying this out.
It is an open secret that student
leaders haven't trusted Knight for
years. She's seen as not caring about
student concerns, viewing them as
impediments to be brushed aside on
the path to her master plan for UBC.
But while students are, as a rule,
against development, the university
is now also facing a growing rebellion from residents.
Last semester, the University
Neighbourhood Association (UNA)
faced harsh criticism of its legitimacy when hundreds of residents
pointed out that they were powerless to stop UBC's construction of a
hospice next to an apartment.
Last month, UNA members elected Thomas Beyer, a firebrand who
has continually denounced UBC's
lack of local democracy, to its board
of directors.
Last week, a meeting between
CCP and South Campus residents
turned hostile due to some believing
CCP outright lied to them about the
size of their community.
This is akin to a hockey coach
losing the trust of their players.
And while the GM (that's the UBC
Administration) can't fire (or evict)
the players, they can get a new
Soon UBC will be embarking on
a new governance plan that will set
out how non-academic lands will be
run for decades to come. The person
spearheading those discussions
will need a lot of personal capital to
bring together the disparate groups
on campus. Someone who is seen as
an honest broker who listens.
Again, this is not a comment on
Knight's abilities, which, when it
comes to growing a community, are
to be lauded. She's been in her position longer than nearly any other
current vice-president or associate
vice-president at UBC. But somebody needs to speak the uncomfortable truth. Sometimes change for
change's sake can help all parties.
UBC is about to start a new chapter of its development. And you can't
start a new chapter without turning
the page. tH
Dear Nancy Knight
As you are no doubt aware, there
has been considerable public unease
over UBC Campus and Community
Planning's (CCP) proposal to build
non-student housing in the Gage
South area. This unease has only intensified since the relevant working
group was abruptly closed to public
and the media.
Much of this concern stems from
non-student housing being entirely
inappropriate for this area. The
concentration of a highly active
diesel bus loop, student residences,
sports facilities, and concert space at
Maclnnes Field makes this a lively,
noisy, student-centric space. These
existing uses would undoubtedly
conflict with the quieter needs of
non-student housing.
Any residents in this area would
have to contend with the realities of
late-night residence noise, licensed
concerts, and unending diesel buses
outside their bedrooms. To suggest that faculty housing should be
crammed into this area not only
disregards the conflicts that it would
create - it presents a disappointing
and uninspiring vision for faculty on
this campus.
Faculty housing should not be
shoe-horned into an area where the
result will inevitably be conflicts
with existing uses and ongoing complaints. It is not in the best interests
ofthe academic community, nor of
UBC. Both students and faculty deserve better.
These concerns have been known
to CCP for over a year. Be it through
last year's Land Use Plan consultations, the AMS, The Ubyssey, or the
overwhelming responses received
during public hearings, these concerns have been clearly communicated to CCP over and over and over
again. These are not the objections
of a radical few. These are widely-
held and reasonable objections to a
stunningly poor idea.
We therefore expect to see an option at the November consultations
that does not include non-student
housing, and which retains the entire
Gage South area as "Academic" land.
We expect this not only because it
is good planning. We expect this
because it is critical for the credibility of CCP that it be responsive to the
concerns and needs ofthe academic
community it is meant to serve.
—Organizers ofthepetition to keep
Gage South Academic: Meg Anderson
(Arts 4), Adrian Oruclar (Commerce
4) and Neal Yonson (Chemistry PhD
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