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BYSSEY
Vol.LXXXVIII N°50
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
Tuesday, 3 April, 2007
EXTRA! EXTRA!
Students, lobbyists and policy analysts clash
on tuition hikes... big surprise.
Page 3
SPORTS AIN'T OVER YET!
Rowing, swimming and soccer! Oh my!
Page 4
THE UBYSSEY GUIDE TO:
Dealing with garbage profs.
I Page 6
AMS rejects Student Court ruling
First time in 30 years AMS
has ignored a Student Court
decision
by Brandon Adams
NEWS EDITOR
Students in the commerce diploma, coop, and similar programs can abandon
any hope of becoming Alma Mater Society
(AMS) members after AMS Council decided
Wednesday to ignore a Student Court ruling
that stated students who were previously not
AMS members actually were.
AMS VP External Matthew Naylor said
that in the fall of 2005 AMS Council decided
to ask the AMS Student Court, a body composed of three UBC law students, for clarification regarding whether commerce diploma and co-op students could be considered
AMS members.
Naylor said that AMS Council asked the
Student Court: "Are co-op students, commerce diploma students, and others—are
they AMS members and are they entitled to
receive services such as the U-Pass and the
Health and Dental Plan in return for paying
student fees?"
The Student Court ruled on February 27
that co-op, commerce diploma, continuing
studies, and distance education students
were indeed members of the AMS and thus
entitled to its services and required to pay
AMS student fees.
"This caused concern among us based on
a number of things, not the least of which included the possibility of people who needed
dental work or health care signing up for a
continuting studies certificate and abusing
our system," Naylor said.
He also expressed concern about the
potentially prohibitive cost of tuition for
continuing studies and distance education
students if they were required to pay AMS
student fees.
Naylor brought the Student Court's ruling
before AMS Council on March 28, and recommended that it be tabled indefinitely. He
made this recommendation so that Council
would not be forced to "'reject' the views of
the court perse."
AMS Council has not rejected a Student
Court decision since  1977 when they re
jected a ruling that required the AMS to pay
compensation to the Varsity Outdoor Club
over a conflict regarding the AMS Whistler
Lodge.
Indefinitely tabling the motion, explained
Naylor, would allow Council to interpret
AMS membership by-laws as it saw fit.
"I'm hoping that it goes away, to be honest," Naylor said when asked about the Student Court's decision. "There is no real, valid reason for bringing this up again because
we have the kind of flexibility to interpret
our by-law right now and, unfortunately, because of quorum requirements it's very very
difficult to change our by-laws."
During the Council, meeting AMS Councillor Sam Heppell expressed concern about
Naylor's recommendation to indefinitely table the Student Court's decision and instead
proposed that the court's decision be tabled
for a year in order to give council time to
resolve the by-law issues.
"It's obvious that the status quo isn't
meeting the needs of all students," said Heppell, "and I know the initial consultation with
see "Rejects"page 2.
UBC Students take Translink for a ride
Ubyssey three month
experiment shows
invalid passes still work
by Eric Szeto
CUPWESTERN BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP)-A recent "Buy-and-
Bust" operation by TransLink underscores
the relative ease that students have when
selling their U-Passes.
Over the past few months TransLink has
been going onto online classified forums
like Craigslist and the Buy and Sell posting
ads that say, "email me if you have a [U-Pass]
for sale, thanks," pretending to be interested
in purchasing the popular discounted pass
which can sell for as high as $300. Students
pay $20 per month for an eight months
U-Pass.
TransLink officials wouldn't provide
numbers of people they've apprehended so
far, but said that people caught using illegally sold U-Passes can be issued a $346 fine.
To further curtail the illegal sale of the
passes, TransLink will be adding constables
to busses. "[We are] stepping up enforcement on our 99 B-Line," said Drew Snider, media relations at TransLink. "There
will be some spots checks, similar to the
skytrains."
UBC, whose ridership has risen from
19,000 to 47,000 people per day since the
inception of the U-Pass in 2003, has been active in the campaign.
"We want to try to prevent as much U-
GOT $20? Selling U-Passes is easy for students, photo illustration by oker chen
Pass fraud as we possibly can," said Matthew
Naylor, Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP External, adding that if the problem gets worse,
the program could be jeopardised.
Students also face the possibility of getting a non-academic misconduct citation
on their transcript if they are caught selling
their passes.
The problem may lie with how easily people can sell their U-Passes, however. It takes
moments to get a new replacement at a cost
of $20.
Both TransLink and UBC said that this
was irrelevantbecause when new passes are
issued, the old ones stop working.
The Ubyssey tested these claims by going to the campus U-Pass provider, claiming
that a U-Pass was stolen. Moments later, the
Ubyssey took both passes and tried them on
numerous busses. Both the old and new bus
passes still worked fine.
The Ubyssey also took a U-Pass that was
lost in January and itwas still active.
Despite the Ubyssey's claims, Carol Jolly,
UBC Trek Program Centre director affirmed
that these old passes shouldn't work.
"If a student loses their card, we charge
them a replacement fee, can get a replacement U-Pass, every time a U-Pass is replaced
it nullifies U-Pass cards," said Jolly. "Technically they shouldn't."
A control number on the back of the card
see"U-pass"page2.
Deficit will
make classes
bigger and
electives fewer
by Candice Vallantin
NEWS STAFF
Starting next fall, UBC will be answering
President Stephen Toope's cash call for $20
million by putting a freeze on hiring new
faculty, which will translate into larger class
sizes and some electives being dropped
entirely.
The dramatic cut announced January 29
is a short-term strategy to immediately address UBC's $36 million deficit. Long-term
plans to adapt to UBC's new spending limitations will require permanent restructuring
in the University's academic focus.
VP Academic Provost pro tern George
Mackie explained that the $20 million in
spending cuts were spread across faculties
proportionately according to their size, with
each facing between 4.4 and 5.2 per cent
cuts to their total budgets.
"I don't think it's going to be painless, but
it's an opportunity to develop a more rational way of allocating scarce resources," he
said. "We have to do a better job of matching
student demand with our academic priorities and goals," he said.
Mackie defined important academic
goals as programs that benefit society such
as diabetes research, cleaner energy, and
programs that foster global citizenship.
The immediate result of the spending cuts
in most faculties has been a hiring freeze,
delaying the filling of positions left open by
retirees until a long-term plan to deal with
the deficit has been developed.
The Faculty of Arts—the largest faculty at
the UBC with an enrolment of 11,000 students—has frozen 30 positions to deal with
a $3.2 million cut from its budget. Since
the average faculty member teaches four
courses, this hiring freeze will amount to the
elimination of 120 sections next year. Nancy
Gallini, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, said that
an increase in class sizes will be inevitable,
and those classes with the smallest enrolment numbers will likely be cut out entirely.
The Faculty of Science, with 6,761 undergraduate students, has dealt with its share of
the cuts, $2.7 million, in a similar fashion.
Dean of sciences Simon M Peacock wrote in
an email that the funding cuts will be met
"primarily by reducing planned capital expenditures (research start-up funding for
new faculty, undergraduate lab equipment
upgrades, and construction expenses) and
secondarily by delaying the filling of selected
faculty and staff positions."
Peacock said they will not increase class
see "Deficitpage 2.
Check out our spoof issue later this week! News
Tuesday, 3 April, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Faculty of Science will most likely cut electives instead of increasing class sizes in the 2007-08 Winter term
"Deficit'continued from page 1.
sizes in the coming year, instead
choosing to offer fewer electives
to students.
Although the larger faculties seem to be rolling with the
punches, smaller faculties are
having a harder time dealing with
the cash crunch. "Small faculties
have a smaller cash call, but they
are hurting the most because they
have less flexibility," said Mackie.
The film production
program,for example, with an
enrolment of only 32 majors
and nine graduate students, is in
limbo.
Brian Mcllroy, chair of the film
program, explained that originally, new admittance was halted in
December so that the curriculum
could be re-organised, but as a result of the budget cuts announced
in January, the Department of
Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing is going through a re-structur
ing process, leaving the fate of the
production program unknown
until this process is finalised. Mcllroy said that students currently
in the program won't be affected,
but he doesn't know when or if the
program will be offered to more
students in the future.
Mcllroy, however is hopeful
things will work out, however.
"Once there is a realistic plan
(given the current resources) for
a new production curriculum that
all the stakeholders can buy into,
I would expect things to turn out
well," he said.
Toope's decision to deal with
this deficit with an immediate
one-time cash call was well received overall, but the deans
are worried about the long-term
effects of the deficit. Peacock
warned, "A recurring budget cut
of this magnitude would have a
much greater negative impact."
Dean Gallini agreed. "Next
year does worry me because of
this huge cut, but what really
worries me is the permanent
cut—are we losing these positions
forever? Then we really have to
re-think what we're doing in the
Faculty of Arts."
"Small faculties have
a smaller cash call
but they are hurting
the most because they
have less flexibility"
George Mackie,
Vice-President UBC
Academic and Provost
pro tem
Trying to plan ahead for different circumstances, Gallini is
considering of limiting the impact of increasing class sizes by
adding tutorials to classes that
currently don't offer them, such
U-Passes shouldn't work after they are reported stolen, says official
"U-pass"continued from page 1.
provides detailed information
about the card's activity so that
as soon as TransLink gets the information of a lost card, the fare
box, where a person inserts their
U-Pass flags the invalid card.
U-Pass users, however, flash
their cards and are rarely asked
to insert their card into the fare
box.
Bus drivers, said Snider,
aren't obligated to enforce this.
"A lot of it is the discretion of the
driver," he continued. "The driver is not expected to enforce fare
collection anyways. The motto is
inform don't enforce."
"The driver is not
expected to enforce
fare collection"
Drew Snider,
Translink PR
Snider said that there have
been times when enforcement
has led to violence so "if it looks
like a U-Pass they'll take it."
It's the dirty little secret that
everyone knows but won't admit,
said Rhys Gilkes, 24. He said he
uses a counterfeit one because
frankly it's cheaper...it ends up
being cheaper than $70 a month
[for a regular pass]."
Gilkes, who recently bought
a used U-Pass from his friend,
said bus drivers don't check to
verify whether the pass is actually
theirs.
"The bus pass that I'm using,
the person is of a different nationality," he said. "It doesn't look
anything like me."@
as higher-level courses.
"What I'm thinking about is
student interaction. From 100
[students per class] to 300, is
there really a big difference?
What if we add tutorials with
TAs?" she said.
The Academic Steering Committee is evaluating the University's academic goals to decide how
to allocate the resources available
over the long-term. UBC's general
purpose operating fund consists
largely of provincial grant money
plus tuition fees and varies from
year to year. Last year this fund
reached $591 million and Mackie predicts it will total over $600
million next year.
Despite the tough decisions
ahead, Mackie is up for the challenge: "We're going to prune our
garden, that's what we're going
to do. We're proud of our garden,
but even the best of gardens can
use some pruning and weeding."
he said. @
Motion tabled indefinitely,
says AMS VP External
"Rejects" continued from page 7.
the Student Court by the AMS was
motivated by a recognition that
the status quo wasn't meeting the
needs of all students."
"It's important that we do
revisit it," Heppell continued,
"Amending our code and by-laws
shouldn't necessarily be the AMS
Council's number one priority
right out of the gate, but it should
be on our agenda because the status quo isn't working for everyone as well as it should be." @
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Correction:
The Ubyssey [March 22]:
"Hayden Smith: Sardonic Space Cowboy"
The author was Jason Spittel and not Hayden Smith.
Also, 2 comics were not attributed to their artist, Geoff Webb.
The Ubyssey regrets the errors.
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THE UBYSSEY
Tuesday, 3 April, 2006
VoLLXXXVIII N°50
Editorial Board
COORDINATING EDITOR Eric Szeto
coordinating@ubyssey. bc.ca
NEWS EDITOR Brandon Adams &
Colleen Tang
news@ubyssey. bc.ca
CULTURE EDITOR Jesse Ferreras
culture@ubyssey. be. ca
SPORTS EDITOR Boris Korby
sports@ubyssey. bc.ca
FEATURES/NATIONAL EDITOR
Momoko Price
features @ ubyssey. bc.ca
PHOTO EDITOR Oker Chen
p ho tos@ ubyssey. bc.ca
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Champagne Choquer
production@ubyssey.bc.ca
COPY EDITOR Levi Barnett
copy@ubyssey. be. ca
Coordinators
VOLUNTEERS Paul Bucci
volunteers^ ubyssey. bc.ca
RESEARCH/LETTERS
Andrew MacRae
feedback@ubyssey. be. ca
WEBMASTER Matthew Jewkes
webmaster @ubyssey. bc.ca
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University
of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday and Friday by The
Ubyssey Publications Society. We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation, and all students are encouraged to
participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. They
are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect
the views of The Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia. All editorial content appearing in The Ubyssey is
the property of The Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opinions,
photographs and artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced
without the expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
The Ubyssey is a founding member of Canadian University
Press (CUP) and adheres to CUP's guiding principles.
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please include
your phone number,student number and signature (not for publication) as well as your year and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped off at the editorial office of
The Ubyssey; otherwise verification will be done by phone/'Perspec-
tives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750 words and
are run according to space/'Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by
Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is time sensitive. Opinion pieces
will not be run until the identity of the writer has been verified. The
Ubyssey reserves the right to edit submissions for length and clarity. All letters must be received by 12 noon the day before intended
publication. Letters received after this point will be published in the
following issue unless there is an urgent time restriciton or other
matter deemed relevant by the Ubyssey staff
It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified advertising that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to publish an
advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the liability of the UPS
will not be greater than the price paid for the ad.The UPS shall not
be responsible for slight changes or typographical errors that do not
lessen the value or the impact of the ad.
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did they know, Matthew Jewkes had already planted an Isabel
Ferreras to distract them, so Christine McLaren could sneak
ahead and sabotage the grand Candice Vallantin. So really,
Kellan Higgins got the last laugh as Alison Bailey toiled over
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Are lower tuition fees
worth higher taxes?
Fee reductions lead to
tax hikes, analyst says
by Kerry Wall
THEEYEOPENER
(RYERSON UNIVERSITY)
TORONTO (CUP)-The image of
student activists marching on the
legislature brandishing bright yellow "Reduce tuition fees" placards
is one that rallies the spirits of
many debt-burdened post-secondary students.
Students protesting tuition
hikes are seen brandishing megaphones and wearing bitter, resigned T-shirt slogans like, "I sold
my other shirt to pay for tuition."
However, you'd never find a slogan that read: "Increase taxes."
But some people, like Canadian
policy analyst Yvan Guillemette,
think they might as well.
Tuition fee reductions and
freezes would lead to "obvious"
tax hikes, says the analyst from
the CD. Howe Institute, an Ontario-based think-tank. As students
continue to rally for freezes and
tuition reductions, he suspects
that proposals designed to take
some of the load off of students'
chequebooks will hit other citizens' pockets instead. And whether this is justifiable isn't as easy
to judge as a t-shirt slogan might
make it seem.
In 2003, the University of Manitoba Students' Union criticised
their provincial government for
funding its tuition freeze through
new taxes, saying, "In the end, students saved some money through
lower tuition yet ended up paying
more in taxes . . . government has
come out ahead while students
and universities have lost."
But that's what students can
expect from freezes and reductions, analysts like Guillemette
would say.
Students "can't only expect the
government to keep services high
and fees low," said Neil Desai, the
Ontario director of the Canadian
Taxpayers' Federation. "They have
to be willing to work with them as
students."
Student groups advocating lower user fees may want to be careful what they wish for, Guillemette
adds. "Freezes and reductions
are not an investment," he said.
"When the government freezes or
reduces tuition, it's not putting
funding into the other aspects of
post-secondary education." Those
"other aspects," he says, include
building maintenance and research funding.
"Education always
seems to lose out to
things like health care"
Yvan Guillemette,
Canadian Policy Analyst
But Amanda Aziz, national
chairperson of Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), points to
the fact that fees can add up, preventing some otherwise deserving students from pursuing their
education.
"User fees are a barrier for low-
income Canadians," she said. "We
have to send the message to the
provinces helping to create those
barriers that this isn't good for
students."
The CFS and other groups may
be forgetting that the provincial
government's role goes beyond
this one issue, Guillemette said.
"Education always seems to lose
out to things like health care,"
Desai agreed. "The government has so many other things to
deal with besides post-secondary
education," he says. "There has
to be a balance between public
and individual investment. When
groups are calling for a [tuition
fee] freeze, they're calling for society as a whole to fund universities
in a greater way."
But    funding    post-secondary
education is "absolutely" society's
role, Aziz says. "Education has a
huge societal benefit," she said.
"While there are obviously individual benefits, the societal benefits
are as great or even greater than
those for individuals."
As an example, she cited the
BC government's 2005-06 budget, which stated that "70 per cent
of job opportunities will require
some post-secondary education,"
as a reason why society needs a
well-educated population.
Desai said that while he can
understand students' desires to
get a good education, they should
be prepared to get what they pay
for. "It [currently] falls to all taxpayers to fund universities," he
said. "Students need to come to
the realisation that they're contributing to the cost of post-secondary education, but so are other
citizens."
Aziz argued that this isn't an excuse. "That's just the way our tax
system works," she said. "Once you
make a lot of money and can afford
to pay more in taxes, you have to
help to fund education for people
who are faced with barriers."
Guillemette said Aziz's argument is indicative of student
lobbyists' position—that post-secondary education is society's responsibility. "They're aware that
society is contributing most of that
money," he said, "but they think
it's the right thing to do." A tuition
freeze might even work against
students, he added. "It would hurt
them more than it would help
them, I think," he said. "When you
freeze tuition, you freeze it for everybody, not just those who have
difficulty paying."
Desai recently finished his
master's degree in England. He
said that many students in Canada
don't realise how lucky they are.
"We are very privileged here," he
said. "We have very high expectations, and expectations don't
come cheap." @
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Second to last
staff meeting agenda!
1. intros?
2. new staff members?
3. help with spoof?
4. And as always, plans
for world domination,
Yawn. Same goals as
usual (abortions for some,
miniature Amer—Canadian
flags for others.)
4. Anything else?
Staff meetings: Wednesdays
at 12pm,
Kickin' it Kodos-style since
1916. Sports
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Culture
(BIRD DROPPINGS
Rowing
T-Birds sunk by UVic at Brown Cup
UBC's varsity and reserve men's and women's rowing squads all fell Saturday to their rivals from Victoria in the Brown Cup, run on out of the new UBC
Boathouse on the Fraser River.
The UBC men's varsity team will be without the
trophy for the first time in three years after the
loos, while the UBC women's squad is still seeking
their first Cup victory in 15 years.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF UBC ATHLETICS
Swimming
Current, formerThunderbirds medal at
World Aquatic Championships
Fifth-year UBC swimmer Brian Johns and former
Thunderbird BrentHaydenwillhave alittle extrabag-
gage to bringhomewiththemwhen they return from
the FINA World Aquatic Championships this week.
Johns and Hayden grabbed bronze in the 4x200
relay on Friday, a day after Hayden took gold in the
100M freestyle, Canada's first world title in the
pool since 1986.
Men's Soccer
T-Birds tie'Caps
An 88th minute goal by second-year midfielder
Cole Richardson was enough to give UBC a 1-1 tie
with the Vancouver Whitecaps Sunday afternoon in
front of over 400 fans at Thunderbird Stadium.
The Whitecaps, in the middle of a five game
exhebition series in preparation of the upcoming
USL season, drop to 2-0-1 after defeats of the Fraser Valley All-Stars and the University of Washington, with games against Trinity Western and UVic
coming up. @
THESMEARS
Asthenic Process
[Independent]
by Levi Barnett
CULTURE STAFF
Whatever happened to being raw? In their
new album, The Smears sound too well-orchestrated, led by galloping drums that ring
out as if someone is anxiously ringing church
bells for a black jeans and studded-belt wedding. The blood-on-the-page heart is there,
but can all this can make the band stand out
from the pack?
Since 2001, The Smears have been a live
act out of Vancouver. Their appeal has been
the full-throated vocal pipes of singer Rene ]
downtown club, it's less inspiring in its flaw-
lessness. Hearing such a voice in person is
an experience; on the album
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powerfully appealing onstage howl could put a smile onto anyone
willing to appreciate a good old rock song.
On Asthenic Process, the singing is graceful;
but, stripped of the context of a booze-soaked
same. The Smears can run
with the best of them in cranking out by-the-
numbers black mascara tunes about longing and broken hearts. Their musicianship
is tight, with no extraneous layers clouding
their sound, which rides along on a tonal
roller-coaster within each stanza without
ever jumping its tracks. It's a bankable
formula they stick with throughout the
album.
Asthenic Process's songwriting and
sound is accessible and grabs the listener by the collar. Botha relates in the track
"Wake Me" that, "I threw you off the counter/
Pushed you down to the floor/I made love to
you for the first time/Nothing felt the same
as it did/Before you came."
It's hard for a listener to ignore being welcomed like that, and The Smears offer enough
to make you stay for at least one night. @
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• Strong leadership skills and the ability to manage a First Week staff
• Creative promotional and marketing ideas
• The ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively on shared projects
Time Commitment
• Minimum 30 hours per week May - September
(will be much higher immediately before and during Firstweek)
• Occasional office hours during the school year, with emphasis
on transitioning the 2008 Firstweek coordinator in the spring
Compensation
$7,000
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Brought to you by your studen t soci Editorial
Tuesday, 3 April, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Letters
Teachers, tenure, and student torment
It's unlikely that any student at UBC gets
through their undergraduate career without
clashing at least once with a faculty member whose teaching methods don't make the
grade. Running into a bad instructor seems
to be a rite of passage for students. It's one
that we all struggle through, curse about to
the heavens, and then...end up submitting a
small, bitter evaluation form before moving
onto our next class and, hopefully, a better
instructor.
The National Surveys of Student Engagement (NSSE) of 2004 and 2006, in which students' overall experience at major Canadian
universities was weighed against US schools,
have shown that UBC has consistently lagged
behind other institutions when it comes to
student-faculty interaction. According to these
surveys, UBC students have relatively little
motivation to approach their instructors with
regards to their education, despite the fact that
we also seem to lag behind in other areas of
academic engagement. From personal experience, we guess that one factor contributing to
student ambivalence towards their instructors
is a sense of impotence when stuck with a prof
who just doesn't deliver.
What avenues are in place at UBC to prioritise, evaluate, and enforce high teaching
standards within our departments? According to basic economic principles, one would
assume that three things should be in place
to make this happen: incentives to encourage
good teaching: enforceable policies to discourage poor teaching; and a reliable way to
assess which is which. Ideally, these elements
should also provide reasonably fast returns.
Since the release of NSSE's results, the University has acknowledged its need to further
address these issues and we at the Ubyssey
would like to add our two cents.
The first question that comes to mind
is, do we have sufficient incentives available to encourage strong teaching efforts
at UBC versus research efforts? While
the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive, one cannot ignore the fact that
good, relevant research brings in money,
industry connections, and professional prestige, while good, relevant teaching usually
brings in little more than a set of informal,
albeit generous student evaluations or, at
best, the odd nomination for a Killam prize.
When one brings money and prestige and
the other brings student popularity, we can't
help but suspect which gets priority within
the administration when assigning tenure—
the holy grail of academic incentives. While
some might ask how to make profs prioritise
teaching as well as research, one could take it
a step further up the ladder and ask, how do
we ensure that the administration prioritises
effective teaching?
According to the UBC Faculty Association and University human resources policy,
teaching quality among the faculty is assessed
primarily by student and peer evaluations,
and are employed regularly when considering promotion or re-appointment. But student
evaluations shouldn't be the only standard by
which our education is evaluated. Students
are under no obligation to praise or even
recognise effective teaching as opposed to
entertaining or easy teaching. Furthermore,
should there not be some kind of enforceable
policy to address less-than-effective teaching
year-round, not just at the end of a contract or
in consideration of a raise?
Lastly, students at UBC have virtually no
avenues by which to make their instructors accountable to them while they're in their classes. Altruism and vengeance aside, there's little point in providing a thorough end-of-term
evaluation of a crappy course when you've already paid for it and suffered through it. Midterm evaluations might help both students
and faculty work together to improve the
learning process as it's happening. As painful
as it is, randomly assigned in-class audits, not
just for tenure-track instructors but as a standard measure of teaching quality, could also
help the University figure out exactly where
its weaknesses lie. And they hopefully, create
a system that would remove them.
To realise the problems that face teaching
evaluations, just think about the last day of
one of your classes. It's the end of the year,
and you want to get through those pesky
evaluations as fast as possible. Much of your
judgment is often affected by your tiredness
and your eagerness to get the hell out of
there. Many of us haven't often been in the
right state of mind to give a fair evaluation
of your teachers. But just remember that the
quality of your educators relies almost completely on the fives you fill in for professors
who give you those B pluses you don't really
deserve. @
streeters
What do you think about the quality of teaching at UBC?
—Brad Davis
Commerce, 3
"I think that within
Commerce, it's
excellent. I think that
there is interaction
between the teachers
and the students at
many levels."
-Caroline Walker
Science, 4
"Variable. It's a range.
Some of it is really
great, and excellent.
But I've had some
bad experiences"
—Brittany Skinner
Law, 2
"I'm in the Faculty of
Law, and I'm really proud to go to
UBC, and think it's
first-class"
—Callum Kerr
Science, 1
"It's fine"
-Bonnie Wong
Science, 2
'There are a select few
good profs. Some are
boring. It's not really
relevant all the time,
and doesn't cater
toward the students."
Story missed facts on
UBC-UAEM
While I was pleased to see the access to
medicines issue receive some media exposure ("UBC takes steps towards accessible medicines, research on neglected
diseases" [March 20]), I was disappointed to note a number of factual errors and
otherwise misleading statements in the
article. In the interest of brevity, I will
only make a few clarifications.
When UBC-developed technologies
are licensed to companies for further development and manufacturing—that is,
when UBC rents out or sells its intellectual property—the licensing agreement
can in principle contain any provision
imaginable. We believe that licensing
agreements, especially for health-related
technologies, should prioritise global access; what's more, we believe this can be
accomplished without sacrificing profits,
either for the university or for the company seeking the license.
When it comes to neglected disease
research, universities are somewhat restrained by their funding sources: since
mostbiomedical research funding comes
from Canadian government sources such
as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (and not the "Canadian Research
Institute" named in the article), it is quite
difficult to get funding to study diseases
which affect very few Canadians, even
though they affect millions of people elsewhere in the world. UBC-UAEM is therefore expanding its scope to advocate at
the federal level for increased funding
for global health research, but as university students our primary focus remains
on universities. We are very excited about
the positive response we have had from
UBC administration so far, but our work
here is by no means complete.
Our next meeting with administration
will be at the end of April—seven weeks
from the date of publication (not two, as
the article suggested). The first meeting
was attended not only by Dr. Toope, Dr.
Hepburn, legal counsel, and representatives of UBC-UAEM and the AMS, but
also by Angus Livingstone, Director of
the University-Industry Liaison Office, as
well as student members of the Board of
Governors.
Media attention is a valuable component of our campaign, and we are looking forward to an ongoing relationship
with the Ubyssey in the future.
—Andrew Gray is a member of the
UBC Chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UBC-UAEM)
— Coordinated by Paul Bucci and Oker Chen THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 3 April, 2007
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Why I believe in God
by Steven Green
Lately, I have been considering
why I believe in God, and I have
discovered that I can't credit any
amount of philosophy with bringing this belief on me. In fact, as
far as my initial belief in God, I
can only credit my upbringing, as
I have believed in God for as long
as I can remember. The question
I am prepared to answer, then, is
not, "Why did I start to believe in
God?" but rather "Why do I still believe in God?"
Why, indeed? I spent seven
years of my life in Africa. There,
I saw many who were affected by
malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS,
not to mention corruption and civil war. What kind of god can look
upon that and say nothing?
Why believe in God in a world
that is falling apart? Why believe
when so many of my prayers seem
to fall on deaf ears? Why believe
when there is no real irrefutable
proof that a god exists in the first
place?
It's hard to describe, really. It's
difficult to satisfy the demands of
all who are looking for concrete
evidence to cement their philosophical positions. I can't offer
that. All I can offer is my own experience, tainted by my own subjective interpretations.
And this experience could best
be summed up in the following
sentence: without God, I would
not be who I am today. I would
be more oriented towards success, and I would care less about
relationships. I would care more
about myself than about the world
around me. I would view women
more as sexual objects and care
less about experiencing real intimacy. I would be less inclined
to help people connect and more
likely to remain cliquey. I would
be without meaning, without help,
without love, without hope.
I believe all that because I have,
in each of those areas, seen a shift
in the opposite direction which I
can only credit to God. And I believe that without God, I am not
that much different from those
who have made the world the mess
that it is. In fact, I know that I am
at least partly responsible. I know
that I've hated people; I know that
I've deceived people; I know that
I've neglected others' needs while
living in affluence; I know that
I've treated some women better
just because they were good-looking; I know that I've been jealous
of those who are more successful
than me; I know that I've treated
people like dirt. But I believe that
God can help me change, if I let
him. God can enable me to stop
pretending I am good and really
be good. And this gradual change
that I am experiencing towards
genuine goodness is probably the
biggest reason why I can believe
in God.
And for me, this change is how
I view a good, powerful God acting
in the midst of suffering. Rather
than simply watching as the world
destroys itself, God is intent on
helping fix the real problem:
people. Rather than simply relieving the symptom, God is treating
the disease. God's not giving us
morphine; instead, God is doing
surgery. But like any good doctor,
God wants our consent first. I have
given mine, and the operations
are not yet over. But the effects are
already evident, and they're looking positive.
With that in mind, I will close
this off and say that any discussion
and sharing of experiences about
a God or lack thereof should not
simply be separate monologues
but a vibrant dialog between authentic people.
—Steven Green is a
third-year Psychology
student
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PROPERTY COP: Police now have other means to recover
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by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
An RCMP officer is making it easier
for students and other community
members to recover lost property
through the use of the Internet.
Officer David Brierley is the
project co-ordinator and founder
of the PropertyCop.org website.
PropertyCop, a non-profit program
based out of Victoria which officially launched in mid-February
allows users to create a free account to register their property in
a private database.
Brierly started thinking about
the idea of Propertycop two years
ago because of an on-going problem RCMP officers face: "I'd be
out on the road with my squad
and we'd spot some fellas, people
I knew from the neighbourhood
that [were] homeless with no fixed
address, trying to sell cameras, for
example, or...bicycles that were
well beyond their means because
they were very expensive," he said,
"and you know as a police officer
they were stolen but there was no
way to get it back."
The only programs previously available for police officers
were databases of reported stolen
property.
According to Brierley, PropertyCop has already generated significant attention, with thousands
of items registered so far. Using a
call centre supported by Intercon
Security Services and launched on
March 7, police can call in with
their queries using an access code,
he said.
Suresh Bhindi of Campus Security and the university liaison for
Propertycop said that the new da
tabase will be helpful for UBC Campus Security due to the amount
of unidentified property that is
recovered.
"We're not going to stop people
from stealing," he said, but added
that at least they now have a means
of returning stolen property.
Bhindi said that UBC students
have already started registering
their property.
Brierley assures that the database is secure—only the police and
the user have access to registration
information.
"All the information there is encrypted," he said. "First of all it is
password protected. Second of all
we have an encryption for all the
data. The next thing is that it has
SSL protection which basically
means all of the transactions that
happen between the user and the
database stay within a conduit per
se; they don't go across the net."
Hasan Cavusoglu, a professor at
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that with any website there are security risks including the potential
modification of information.
"It's not only a problem of websites, it's applicable to any other
databases through online [hacking]," he said. "There are privacy
concerns...any information may be
breached."
"Top-notch security takes a lot of
money. Security doesn't come free.
As a result I don't know to what extent they can secure the website."
Despite potential security concerns, not all UBC students are opposed to PropertyCop.
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