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Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Volume 85 Issue 1
Bickering and quickeriiig since 1918
30% tuition jump largest ill nation
By Jonathan Woodward
A recent Statistics Canada report shows tuition rose by an average of 7.4 per cent across Canada this year, but BC leads the
pack with a staggering 30.4 per cent rise—22 per cent more
than any other province.
BC undergraduate students now pay an average tuition of
$4140, which exceeds the national average of $4025 for the
first time in eight years. This is almost triple the Canada-wide
average of $ 1464 in the Statistics Canada benchmark year of
1990-1991*.     ' -   V
Nationally, tuition has increased by at least 136 per cent
since the 1990-1991 year, outstripping the 20.6 per cent inflation rate by more than six times.
"It's very disturbing that we've seen tuition rise this much
since the nineties, but given the political climate it should
come as no surprise to any student lobby group,' said James
Kusie, the national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations. -
UBC undergraduate students are paying $3459 this year, a
30 per cent increase from last year's tuition of $2661. Last
year's tuition increase saw BC undergraduate students pay
25.7% more tuition than the previous year, also the highest
increase in Canada at the time.
This year tuition in Newfoundland and Labrador declined
4.5 per cent while universities in Manitoba continued to
freeze tuition for a fourth year. Saskatchewan and Alberta posted the next-highest tuition jumps at 8.3 per cent and 7.7 per
cent respectively. «.••«.». ^■*«..^-'..-- ;
Executive Coordinator for the VP Students Office Michelle
Aucoin said "UBCs tuition was frozen for six years. We did not
receive a comparable increase in provincial funding at that
time. That is what accounts for the significant increases last
year and this year.' ,, ■-
Still, she argues, compared to the average of similar,
research-intensive universities such'as tlie University of
Toronto, UBC's tuition remains low.
Sam SainL Ahna Mater Society VP External, said, "Outside
of Quebec students, we still have the lowest tuition in Canada,
but I cringe when I see tuition increases. It went up a substantial level, and we're not pleased.' Without money coming from
the provincial government he said that UBC is 'at a standstill
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BOtH ARE KiNo OF SAu ANYWAY: While the new floors of the* SUB are questionable the new computers are in
use 24/7. Oh and check out the new sushi place. It looks alright too. michelle Mayne photo
unless it increases tuition,'
BC graduate students suffered a 30.1 per cent increase in
fees last year and another 20 per cent this year Graduate
Student Society VP Academic and External Joshua Caulkins
voiced his concerns, saying, "To have our tuition increase 50 to
60% over two years they're really missing the point I'm not
4 See"Tuition"onpage2.
Student society signs
Smart Media contract
IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A JUKEBOX? No, it's the latest advertising assault coming to the SUB.
More advertising for
SUB, $245,000 for AMS
by Megan Thomas
For at least the next two years students
looking to take out some cash in the SUB
will have another blinking, flashing, talking option.
. • At the August 13 council meeting the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) student council
voted in favour of bringing Smart Media
Group (SMG) cash machines, complete
with audio and plasma screen advertising,
to the SUB. However, council was divided
on the issue and many voiced concerns
about the commercialisation of student
'I just got the sense learning about how
this machine functions that the purpose is
very much to,sell advertising to students,'
said Kate Woznow, AMS councillor. "My
concern is that the student union should
be a student social space."
For a charge of $1.50 students can
withdraw cash from the electronic transfer machine (ETM) and will also receive
coupons that correspond with the advertising displayed on the machine.
According to Brian Duong, VP finance
for the AMS, the student society stands to
gain about $245,000 per year from SMG.
However, he cautions that this is an estimate put forward by SMG. "It may be on
the high side but that is, why we have the
guaranteed amount" SMG has guaranteed the AMS revenues of $120,000 each
year regardless of how much money the
machines make, SMG is also responsible
for all costs associated with the maintenance of the machines.
J The contract lasts for two years with
the option to continue if the AMS desires.
Duong said that a minifniim of two years
is needed because it may take time for students to learn about the machines and
start using them.
Duong added that all the advertising
on the machines must agree with AMS
guidelines and the AMS reserves the right
to refuse or remove  any advertising
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Putting the 'free' in freeze.
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SPORTS: Kyle Russell brings
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Team Canada returns from
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Movie Thirteen proves raw and
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"Tuition" from page 1.
saying that there should be no tuition
increases, but this is excessive."
Caulkiiis is also concerned about
other expenses related to going to
school in BC, such as the higher cost'
of living. "We have one of the lower
tuitions but it doesn't make it any
more affordable to come to university in Vancouver.' He also added that
foreign graduate  students  suffer
because they can only work on campus, usually as teaching assistants. ''■
'It's a deterrent," he said, and
called on the university to lobby the
provincial government to provide
additional funding sources.
This is the final year that the
provincial Liberals have promised to
maintain the education envelope, a
committment to maintain the same
levels of funding as when they were
elected in 2001. "They gave us a
three-year window so that we could
plan," said Aucoin. 'In this coming
year, we will be facing a loss of funding^
At UBC, a new round of consultation for further tuition increases will
begin in September.
Students also face an increase of
other mandatory fees, but that
money will chiefly go to fund the U-
Pass, a universal bus pass granted to
all students of UBC. ♦
ETMs to offer banking and coupons
"ETMs" from page 1.
submitted by SMG. However, he
admits that the advertising may be
of a corporate nature,
'Looking at students as prospective plients for corporations, I think
that is problematic,* said Woznow.
Duong added, "We will definitely be trying to evaluate what the student perspective- is. If they hate it
or it is grossly"disturbing then we
really have to_ reconsider the presence of the machines/
The contract allows two ETMs to
be placed in the SUB but only the
one situated on the upper level will
dispense cash due to an agreement
with other banks that does not
allow more than six cash machines
in the SUB. The machine located on
the lower level will just display
advertising and dispense coupons
free of charge.
Woznow is also concerned that
the AMS is looking to business coil-
tracts to boost revenues and wor
ries that the Society will become
dependent on this contract in much
the same way that they became
dependent on the Coke deal.
'Now we are relying on another
business and another corporation
to fund our services and I don't
know if that is the most sustainable
way for a student union to be funding itself," she said.
The exclusivity contract with
Coke was extended for two years
because of a failure to meet the projected consumption of Coke products. It remains in place until 2005
without additional money being
given to UBC.
Laura Best, VP Students for the
AMS, disagrees. "It is my understanding that the Smart Media
money will be managed in a completely different way than the Coke
money was." Duong agreed saying
that initially the money will be used
for one-time projects and will not
go directly to support operating
'One of the things we've got to
watch out for is becoming dependent on this money because then it
becomes an issue if they go under,"
said .Duong. This is a concern
because SMG is a new company,
having only had its ETMs at the
University of Western Ontario on a
trial basis for oneyear. According
to Kevin Markin, SMG regional
director for western Canada,
Western has renewed its contract
for another year and is satisfied
with the machines.,
Joshua Caulkins, a graduate student on the AMS council, is also
concerned that other ways of gathering revenue are not being considered. 'I know that the graduate students are concerned about the
amount of commercialisation of
student space," he said. "I think
[the AMS will] just see this as the
easiest and quickest way to make a
quarter of a million dollars.
"There is no such thing as free
money," Caulkins added. •>
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More than 40,000
students this year
UBC accepts more students
than it is funded for
by Megan Thomas
"It is the first time we have eclipsed 40,000,"
commented Registrar Brian Silzer on the record
enrolment numbers for the upcoming school
year. Once again UBC will be stretching to
accommodate more students than the government has funded, but the university hopes that
this will not compromise students' education.
The final numbers will not be calculated until
November 1 when the university makes its
report to the provincial government but preliminary estimates suggest that there will be
40,699 students this year, a four percent
increase from lastyear.
"If we err in terms of trying to hit our targets
we try to err on the up side," said Silzer.
The target number of students that UBC
strives for is the amount of domestic full-time
equivalent (FTE) students funded by the provm-
cial government. The FTE calculation adds all
part-time students together to determine how
many full-time students they represent.
"We want to be in proximity to the funded
places that the government provides, otherwise
we are essentially taking students and not having the frill resources to accommodate them,'
said Silzer, but he admits, "This isn't a precise
science. We don't admit to precise quotas. There
is always a httle vagary in the process."
Silzer projects that when the dust settles this
year there will be about 650 FTE students
enroled that the government will not be funding. "They are not funded and so the university
eats that,' said Rosalie Phillips, assistant registrar for undergraduate admissions, of the extra
; This year's over-gnrolment comes despite
tfi£ extremely high admission averages for firstyear students.
"The number of places available throughout
the BC higher [education] system just are not
sufficient to meet the demand and that is effectively what's driving up those averages,' said
According to Oana Chirila, Alma Mater
Society president raising admission standards
is not the answer to lowering admission levels.
"Ideally we would hop6 that the provincial government would understand the pressures on the
universities and increase their funded spots,'
she said.
However, despite concerns about the double
cohort of students expected by the elimination
of grade 13 in Ontario, UBC did not see a surge
in Ontario students. While applications from
Ontario were up, Silzer attributes the normal
enrollment levels to the successful accommodation of the extra students in Ontario. "I think
most of those students were using institutions
in other provinces as insurance policies,'
he added.
This year's over-enrolment was also caused
by a higher than average number of UBC students opting to return and continue their
degrees. Phillips said that this may be because
students fear rising tuition and want to complete their degrees in short order.
Another area where enrolment is up this
year is international undergraduates. According
to Lisa Fisher, communications coordinator for
international student recruitment this year's 2 9
per cent increase is a result of active recruiting
on the part of the university. "The university
wanted to recruit more international undergraduate students with the caveat of course that
they pay the Ml cost of their education.' For this
reason she said that these students will not displace domestic students.. *
Phillips added that "With the funding from
additional international students there is a possibility that they might have extra money to
open up extra seats."
Despite the record enrolment projections
and limited government resources Silzer feels
that the quality of education at UBC will not be
compromised. "I think we will do a veiy good
job of accommodating the needs for most of the
students.' ♦
PhD for free?
by Megan Thomas
Starting this year PhD students at UBC will
receive an award for the amount of their
tuition. However, some graduate students
view the way in which this award is being
funded as a cause for concern.
Domestic PhD students will be receiving
$3200 to cover this year's tuition while
international students will recieve $7200,
the equivalent of international tuition. The
award will also be on top of any external or
UBC funding that PhD students receive.
"The only external funding that would
make a student ineligible is if they have a
third party expressly paying their tuition,'
said Brendan Morey, the awards financial
clerk for graduate studies. For example,
recipients of the Commonwealth
Scholarship, which pays for tuition and living expenses, will not be receiving the new
All PhD students in the first four years of
their program will be eligible, but those
doing doctorate degrees that are not
research-based such as a doctor of pharmacy will not be eligible. These degrees are
defined as professional programs and also
have considerably higher fees.
There is some concern that in order to
fund the $ 1 million cost of the PhD tuition
award the university has reallocated money
from existing merit-based graduate student
"In order to be able to pay for the PhD
tuition award there has been a reallocation
of money and some of that money in previous years has been allocated for merit
awards that have gone to PhD students,"
said Michelle Aucoin, executive
coordinator for the VP students
According to Chris Fennell, former Graduate Student Society
(GSS) executive and student representative on the university committee for the tuition award, "There is
nothing wrong with the tuition
award; it is how the university got
the money for it'
Fennell said that in order to
fund PhD tuition the merit-based
University Graduate Fellowship (UGF)—an
award also open to Master's level students-
has been reduced this year.
Aucoin said that last year when graduate
tuition was increased, $700,000 was added
to the UGF. To help fund the PhD tuition
award $3 50,000 of that money will be taken
from the UGF this year.
"You shouldn't fund the award by cutting
back other student awards,' said Joshua
Caulkins, VP Academic and External for the
GSS. "I want to see this as a one time
expense and that next year they are going to
figure out another way to fund the award so
that way other students are not being detrimentally affected by the PhD tuition award."
Caulkins added that PhD students only
make up 30 per cent ofthe graduate student
population, "So that's an additional 70 per
cent of graduate students who do not benefit
W5T] from tins tuition award.'
li?%j       Fennell is also concerned that a
\ reduction in merit-based funding
from the university may put more
pressure   on   individual   departments to fund graduate students.
"The administration has downloaded some of the costs to the
departments,* said Fennell.
"Individual departments are now
having to front some amount of
GRANOT       the bill."
However, the Dean of Graduate
Studies, Dr Frieda Granot disagrees. "We
really don't have enough for all students but
it doesn't necessarily mean that the burden
for [UGF funding] will fall on departments.
We just have to be more aggressive and
more innovative in how we bring more
money to our students at UBC."
The international partial tuition scholarship that has long been in place for graduate
students at UBC will no longer apply to those
students receiving the PhD tuition award but
Master's students will still be receiving the
$3600 towards their tuition. ♦
SASC opens new office in the SUB
by Jonathan Woodward
UBC's Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)
will open a new office this fall with new staff
and volunteers funded by the revenue from a
$ 1 student levy.
The $ 1 student levy shared the ballot with
the U-pass in a referendum last Febuaiy and
was approved when 80 per cent of ballots cast
supported it, bringing approximately
$38,000 to the SASC.
The new facilities aim to raise awareness
of sexual assault on campus, and to better
provide support for women after experiencing the trauma of sexualized violence.
"Sexual assault happens a lot. A lot. More
than I thought I'd ever see on campus," said
newly hired SASC Co-coordinator and UBC
student Julia Payson.
"Statistically speaking, acquaintance sexual assault is a crime that is one of the most
underreported to police," she said. "Women
feel self-blame; there are so many reasons
why they don't come forward.".
According to a 1993 Statistics Canada
study, one in two women have been assaulted
in some way by a man at least once. One
third had been assaulted by a husband or a
"Women don't necessarily feel that there's
a process or a system in place that will allow
someone to be charged,' said Payson. "You'll
face barriers, rape myths and your credibility
attacked repeatedly.'
The SASC will help survivors through the
emotional and legal processes, she said.
Payson will work with Lisa Lafreniere, last
year's SASC coordinator, as a second paid
staff member. Between them they will have
27 paid hours, of which 15 are for consultation. This is nearly twice the paid hours that
the SASC office was staffed lastyear.
Lafreniere was grateful for the new facili-
REALLY? AMS VP Josh Bowman learns where his $2000 went. Michelle mayne photo
ties, but maintained that the need for sexual
assault support services is still great "We've
'''doubled the number of staff, but we're still
short in terms of hours/ she said.
The new office, which was formerly the
Big Rock Enthusiasts office, will serve as an
administrative centre next to the existing but
newly renovated consultation office. Chairs
and other fixtures have been donated by
Women Against Violence Against Women.
The consultation office will maintain its
private door linking the SASC to the Wellness
Centre, an outreach program of the Student
Health Service. This allows survivors of sexual assault to access it publicly through the
basement of the Student Union Building, or
privately through the Wellness Centre, preserving anonymity.
"In contrast to the U-Pass, we had minimal
advertising, but we got 8000 people to vote. In
the past four years we haven't seen this sort of
support directly from the student level" said
Josh Bowman, AMS VP Administration.
"Personally, I think that matters."
Bowman and AMS VP Academic Laura
Best promised during the previous AMS election to donate $2000 each from their executive stipends to the SASC. They promise to
come through on their election claim and
donate the money this week, providing an
addition of more than 10 per cent to the new
'We're showing a commitment to this
agreement. That's why we're donating this
money,' said Bowman.
The SASC will also work with the newly
formed Victim Services unit at the RCMP's
university detachment which provides support for victims of all crimes. "We're going to
have contact with the SASC to aid victims'
recovery,* said Coordinator Uultsje Dejong.
However, he hoped more could be done on
the investigative side, like emphasizing that
women should get to a hospital to get forensic evidence.
The SASC will also promote events around
campus that highlight the issue of sexual
assault and women's issues, including Take
Back The Night a women's march that has
been an expression of reclaiming safety in
public spaces, and Dissolve, a one-woman
show that will come to UBC after being performed at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. ♦ S't t vi/»i i;/it'ip't THE U8YSSEY
Tuition allocation draws ire
Accountability, deferred maintenance, scholarship funds cause concern
by Jonathan Woodward
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) and Graduate
Student Society (GSS) have expressed seriours
concerns about how tuition money is being
spent and about the transparency of the allocation process. However, the university
claims that UBC's level of transparency surrounding tuition allocation is unprecedented.
Of $30.1 million that UBC took in from
students in the first of an impending series of
tuition hikes, $ 17.6 million, the largest single
portion, was allocated into a general maintenance fund called Overall University. This
falls under the Sustaining the Learning
Environment heading in the Tuition Increase
Allocation brochure put out by the university.
Included in this section were network
upgrades, facully salaries and staff salaries.
However, most controversial is the $3.7 million being allpc,ated- to the previous year's
budget",to' fill; Rinding holds left when UBC
overestinlatecf its tuition income by $5 million last ye&r.,  '.
According lo Joshua Caulkins, GSS VP
Academic and External, the allocation of the
$3.7 million is unclear. "They're not being
totally transparent in what they're giving the
money to. That is a very serious concern," he
"In last year's budget there was an
accounting error," said Michelle Aucoin, the
executive co-ordinator for the VP students
office. "We are moving the expenses associated with the allocation for 2002-2003
onto an annualized
basis so we can continue to fund them
into the future."
As for accountability, no other university in British
Columbia has gone
to such lengths to
reveal where its
tuition money has
gone, she added.
"In an effort to be
accountable for the
revenue the university generates as a result of tuition increases,
we're reporting back to the community how
that portion is being allocated," she said.
But included in the $17.6 million is core
"They're not being totally transparent in what
they're giving money to.
That is a very serious
—Joshua Caulkins
GSS VP, Academic
and External
funding such as repairing aging infrastructure—otherwise known as deferred maintenance—and staff salary increases. According
to Sam Saini, AMS VP External, these items
are central not to education but to the operation of a public institution.
"The AMS made it clear that we didn't feel
that tuition should go
towards deferred
maintenance, and
we've told the university to change that
approach. The funds
should not be used in
that way for next year's
allocation," he said.
Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations
(CASA) National
Director James Kunsie
said, "Tuition should
go directly to the cost of
the classroom, not its
maintenance, because
those should be services provided by the government' CASA is currently advocating a system of transfer payments from the federal
government that would see money trans
ferred to the provinces to be directly spent on
post-secondary education. This would reduce
funding discrepancies among the provinces.
"The issue of deferred maintenance is a
big issue, and aJTects students," said Aucoin.
"Students will benefit directly from being in
better-maintained buildings."
Even with the tuition raise, UBC's Board of
Governors insists that "no qualified domestic
student should be denied the opportunity to
attend the University of British Columbia
solely for financial reasons." $4.4 million has
been allocated to student financial support,
with $ 1 million allocated to pay for PhD graduate students' tuition.
The university has not determined
whether tuition money will be applied to
merit-based' scholarships, such as the
Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP).
This marks-based entrance scholarship of
$2500 covered all but $161 of 2002-2003
base undergraduate tuition; now, the scholarship falls $959 short
The UBC Calendar website indicates that
the USP is currently under review. The value
of the USP will remain unchanged for this
year, but the number of awards is to increase,
said Aucoin. ♦
High-tech classes offer alternative ways to learn
E-leaming, with virtual labs
and online techniques, starts
second year at UBC
*   \, p*.
by Megan Thomas
At their last meeting in July, the
Board of Governors was treated to
a presentation of one of the more
unique teaching methods at UBC.
It is called mixed-mode learning
and it is designed to make the
most of recent advances in learning technology.
Mixed-mode classes offered
through the English department
combine a specially designed website with once a week face-to-face
discussions to create an alternative to traditional lecture-style
Chemistry uses mixed-mode
learning through virtual labs and
online technique models in all
first year labs. The idea is to help
students understand fundamental
concepts before they hit the actual
lab each week.
"I'm not aware of anything
[else] that combines this kind of e-
learning with face-to-face classes,"
said Dr Jonathan Wisenthal, a professor for mixed-mode classes in
the English department. "UBC as
an institution is a pioneer in this
kind of work."
But innovation does not come
cheap, with the start-up costs per
mixed-mode course being in the
neighbourhood of $ 100,000.
"Initially with any new endeavour or new initiative there are upfront startup costs that are high,"
said Neil Guppy, associate VP academic programs for UBC. "I don't
think future ones will be that costly
because we have learned a great
deal about how to do it."
Concerning the university continuing with courses of such an
expensive nature Guppy said, 'So
long, as people that are the users
and providers of this find that it is
positive then we will continue to go
Guppy also said that the reasons for moving towards using
technology are not based on freeing up crowded classrooms and
reducing class sizes, although he is
happy if that is a result.
"We don't want to create a kind
of campus of closeted individuals
who never meet one another and
simply interact over the web," said
Michael Wolf, an associate professor in chemistry, cited some
concerns that the university may
be using learning technology in
place of regular labs because of
cuts to funding in recent years.
"The use of computers in physical science such as chemistry and
physics is certainly important,"
said Wolf, "but they do not substitute for actual experiments in the
"We don't want to
create a kind of
campus of closeted
individuals who
never meet one
another and simply
interact over the
—Neil Guppy
Associate VP,
academic programs
GETTING FRIENDLY WITH YOUR PC: Dr Wisenthal teaches English by combining online learning with
lectures, michelle mayne photo
real lab."
Another issue for learning technology projects is ensuring that
students have access to the technological requirements of the
'Overall I don't think the university is committed to a policy of
buying a personal computer for
every student on campus, but we
are committed to ensuring that
there is access to the right
resources and connections," said
Morgan Reid of Arts Instructional Support and Information
Technology (ISIT), a group that
takes care of the technical side of
the classes, stressed that access is
extremely important for students.
"We are providing as much as we
can and growing those resources
to keep up, but there still will be
more needed and access to the
technology is one critical factor."
Wisenthal admits that to take
part in mixed-mode classes most
students need a home computer. "I
suspect this would not be all that
satisfactory from a student's point
of view if he or she couldn't work
from home."
However, those supportive of
the project believe the advantages
outweigh the financial concerns.
For Wisenthal, the continuity that
the website provides promotes
learning. "When a class occurs, it
occurs and it is over. Whereas with
this a student can just keep going
back to the materials."
Joanne Nakonechny, a research
associate for Skylight—the Science
Centre for Learning and Teaching
in the Faculty of Science—sees
great value in the mixed-mode
chemistry labs: "The lab has
changed to a guided inquiry type of
learning to help the students
understand the concepts behind
the chemistry labs rather than just
following almost like a recipe."
According to Jill MacLachlan, a
TA for a mixed-mode English class
last year, "There were a few frustrations for people who are still
more used to the traditional
approach to teaching and learning...on the whole students were
very adaptable."
While students may enjoy the
courses, Wisenthal recognises that
not all faculty encourage an
increase in learning technology. "I
think there are some faculty members who are keen on this kind of
teaching, others who are not so
keen. And the important principal
for the university is not to impose
technology on anyone."
Ulrich Rauch of Arts ISIT agrees
that not all faculty are enamoured
with this style of teaching. "They
don't quite understand it because
they are really afraid of the technology. They are afraid that the
technology drives it all when the
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Following the June 2003 Open Houses and a Campus and Community Public Meeting, consultation will continue
September 2-15, 2003 regarding the University Boulevard Draft Neighbourhood Plan and the preferred transit
service concept.
Attend the following Open Houses (Sep 2-10) and Campus and Community Public Meeting (Sep 15) and give
us your feedback.
Come see us in our TENT in the SUS PLAZA beside the Goddess of Democracy
(located south of the Student Union Building at 6133 Student Union Boulevard).
Tuesday          September  2: 10 am to 3 pm
Thursday     .   September   4: 2 pm to- 7 pm
Monday          September   8:. 2 pm to 7 pm
Wednesday- September 10: 10 am to 3 pm
SPECIAL MEETINGS (September 2-J 5, 2003)
Your group can request a special meeting from September 2-15 by contacting the University Town inquiry I ine
at 604,822.6400 or by emailing info.universitytown@ubc.ca
Monday, September 15 @ 7:00 pm in the Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall. Parking is available in the
adjacent Fraser Parkade.
For a map showing the location of the SUS Plaza or the Asian Centre go to;
www.planning.ubc.ca.'wayfinding/Finding/dbase.html and enter "Student Union Building" or "Asian Centre"
or call 604.822.6400 for further information.
Background and information: www.universitytown.ubc.ca
Feedback gathered through this consultation will be reported to the UBC Board of Governors in October 2003,
Linda Moore
Associate Director, External Affairs (University Town)
Tel:    604.822.6400
Fax:   604.822.3102
or info.universitytown@ubc.ca
What went
Didn't crack a book this summer,
much less a newspaper? No worries, the Ubyssey has you covered.
Read on to find an overview of the
important things that happened
around here when you weren't.
For the complete stories visit
www.ubyssey.bc.ca and check out
our summer issues.
Student health plan lost
The student health plan run by
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and
Graduate Students Society (GSS)
continued its trend of losing
money, coming in at almost a million dollars over budget. For the
plan to continue without a student
referendum, benefits have been
cut for the upcoming term: dental
benefits were slashed from $750
to $500.
Fortunately  the  bill  will  be
shouldered by the plan's provider,
Sun Life, rather than the student
societies, but to continue the con--*
tract   for   this   year   Sun   Life^
demanded higher premiums.
The AMS and GSS must hold a
referendum to increase premiums
and are not allowed to do that over
the summer. A referendum could
be held during the fall term to ask
students whether they would like
to see premiums raised from
$187 to $208. Should students
vote in favour of higher fees, benefits could be restored by January.
MBA student's lawsuit
against UBC dismissed
A judge dismissed a case that
pitted Master of Business
Administration (MBA) student
James MacDonald against UBC
Board of Governor Martin Glynn.
The lawsuit, sparked by a quadrupling of MBA tuition in March of
2002, was ordered out of court on
July 11.
MacDonald alleged that
Glynn's position as head of HSBC
Bank of Canada biased his vote as
a Board member on the tuition
hike as HSBC was the only bank to
offer a financing package to MBA
students affected by the increase.
Had the court ruled in his favour,
the decision of the Board of
Governors to raise tuition in
March of 2002 from $7000 to
$28,000 would have been void.
However, a case surrounding
the MBA tuition increase that was
voluntarily adjourned last January
could still be pursued by the plaintiff in the future. This suit alleges
breach of contract on the part of
the university.
Date-rape drug hit
The date-rape drug, otherwise
known as rohypnol or gamma
butyrolactone (GHB), disrupted
the night life in Vancouver this
summer. 15 cases were reported
between May and August.
Fortunately the drug did not
appear at UBC and authorities are
working to keep it that way.
GHB is known'as the date-rape
drug because it is easily slipped
into the drinks of victims and can
result in intoxication, inhibition,
and unconsciousness. It also eliminates the victim's memory and is
linked to sexual assaults.
The bars and pubs around campus plan to work together to raise
awareness of GHB and warn customers how to protect themselves.
The Pit Pub, the Gallery Lounge
and Koerner's Pub hope to have a
poster and coaster campaign
ready for this week.
Labour dispute settled
over the summer
Last spring's chaotic labour
dispute that disrupted campus
through the exam period was settled in binding arbitration just as
classes finished for the summer.
On April 14 a settlement was
reached between UBC and its
striking unions, CUPE locals 2278
and 2950, but the unions were
less than pleased with the settlement.
CUPE 2278, teaching assistants
(T^s)," received ail. 11'.5 pe| cent
rais4 over three years but ry3 concessions for rising tuition. This
result was significantly less than
the union's demand of a 15 per
cent wage increase, and only
slightly more than the 10 per cent
offered by the university.
CUPE 2950 (Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts staff and support staff, including library workers) received no pay increases but
maintained their current benefit
structure and language around
contracting out. The contracts last
for three years and are retroactive
to March 31 of 2002..
Residents enraged by, -
housing snafu
Between 300 and 400 third-
year students had their applications to Walter Gage and Fairview
residences rejected, and instead
were assigned to first- and second-
year residences. Place Vanier and
Totem Park. About 81 second-year
students offered a special upgrade
to Gage residence found that offer
rescinded and were returned to
Vanier or Totem, but stripped of
their room preferences.
The crunch was indicative of
the pressure put on UBC Housing
to supply both returning and guaranteed students. Despite the construction of Tec de Monterrey
House and Korea-UBC house in
Vanier, and the conversion of
lounges, basement space, and
housekeeping spaces to create
over 400 more student rooms,
Housing has been scrambling for
space. Next year, the guarantee
system for first-year students may
be replaced in favour of a housing
The 81 second-year students
have since found a place somewhere in Totem or Vanier, even if
it wasn't what they were expecting; the demand of many of the
applicants returning
to Gage has been absorbed
AMS won trial against
The AMS was cleared of
charges of censorship and suppression of freedom of expression
earlier this summer. The lawsuit
was brought forward by former
student members of Lifeline, an r-
on while you were getting a tan
AMS club that focuses on anti abortion issues.
" the AMS has policies in place that prohibit the Lifeline
club from bringing any Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)
material into the SUB, but the Lifeline alleged in their lawsuit that this infringed on their rights as outlined in the UBC
Calendar and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The decision, handed down by Justice Bruce Cohen of the
BC Supreme Court, found that although the principles and
spirit of academic freedom is fundamental to a unive/sity
setting, it does not equate to a contract and therefore there
was no violation by the AMS.
The judge set the value of the damages sustained by the
GAP at $5000. The AMS spent approximately $100,000 on
the trial, which lasted six days in total.
POSITIVELY BRILLIANT! University professor Dr Richer
made a most excellent planetary discovery, michelle
Prof discovers oldest planet
An international research team co-led by UBC Professor
Harvey Richer discovered the universe's oldest planet during the summer.
The planet was found to be thirteen billion years old,
forming only one billion years after the big bang, a cosmic
explosion that is thought to have formed the universe* Other
planets, such as the Earth, underwent more typical births
only four billion years ago.
The discovery has put UBC on the astronomical map:
"UBC's name got put on the front page of the New York
Times, which doesn't happen that often," said Richer. "It's
not A Nobel Prize discovery...but if Sweden calls, I wouldn't
Development Summit Planned by AMS
The  university's  vision  of a  developed  University
Boulevard—a proposed redevelopment that would see shops
and services brought to the academic core—is being challenged by the AMS in a September 22 student summit that
would attempt to guide development and set a precedent for
future student involvement in land development at UBC.
The proposal was to go to UBC Board of Governors (BoG)
for approval during the summer, but due to concerns raised
that student consultation would not be adequate during the
summer, the proposal will be taken to the BoG in October.
This is the first step in student involvement as development attention turns to planning for East Campus, which
will see current frat houses torn down, and South Campus,
which will see the construction of a neighbourhood and a
Open houses describing the university's plans will begin
September 2.
Security hole delayed U-Pass
Due to delayed printing of the U-Pass, UBC's universal
transit pass> UBCcards will be used as a, proxy until the new
passes are produced. As a result of the need for a proxy,
Translink did not agree to previous plans to start the U-Pass
on August 15.        7
Translink viewed the earlier start date as a security hole
because anyone with a UBCcard, including droprouts and
graduated students who are not paying fees, could use the
card as a free bus pass during August and September. As a
result, the start date was pushed back to September 1st,
inconveniencing students who had opted not to buy a bus
pass at the beginning of the month.  .
Both the UBCcards and the U-Passes are available to students who request them at Koerner Library. Both cards will
be accepted by bus drivers during September.
PARK IT: Bike Co-op member Jesse Jackson likes plans
for bike hub. michelle mayne/ubyssey file photo
Wheels turned for bike co-op
The AMS approved a $275,000 renovation project—of
which UBC will contribute $125,000-that will see the UBC
Bike Coup's Bike Hub set up in a new bare-bones SUB basement room. The money will come from the AMS's Capital
Projects Acquisition and Construction Fund.
The Bike Hub had been scrambling for space ever since
its huts near the MacMillan building were slated for destruction. The huts have now been destroyed to pave the way for
a parking lot
Currently, the Bike Hub is operating out pf a fenced-bff
area north of the SUB, an AMS club office, and the Bike
Kitchen. The new space will be finished in January. "It will
be the finest full-service bike facility on a university campus
in North America,' said Biie Co-op member Jesse Jackson. ♦
—compiled by Megan Thomas and Jonathan Woodward
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East Campus Draft Neighbourhood Plan
Consultation on the East Campus Draft Neighbourhood Plan begins September 2, 200 J.
The East Campus area is located between Agronomy Road to the north, the Public Safety Building (RCMP and
Fire Stations) to the south, Osoyoos Crescent and Fairview Avenue to the east and Wesbrook Malt to the west
Attend the following Open Houses (Sep 2-10) and the Campus and Community Public Meeting (Sep 17) and
give us your feedback.
Come see us in our ItNT in the SUB PLAZA beside the Goddess of Democracy
(located south of the Student Union Building at 6138 Student Union Boulevard).
Tuesday September   2:
Thursday September   4:
Monday September   8:
Wednesday September 10:
10 am to 3 pm
2 pm to 7 pm
2 prn to 7 pm
10 am to 3 pm
SPECIAL MEETINGS (September 2-17, 2003)
Your group can request a special meeting from September 2-17 by contacting the University Town inquiry line *
at 604.822.6400 or by emailing info univeisitytown©ubc.ca
Wednesday, September 17 <£ 7 00 pm in the Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Malt. Parking is available in     *
the adjacent Fraser Parkade.
For a map showing the location of the SUB Plaza or the Asian Centre go to:
www.planning.ubc.ca/wayfinding/Findfng/dbase.html and enter "Student Union Building* or "Asian Centre"
Or call 604.822.6400 for further information.
Background and information; www.univefsitytown.ubc.ca
Feedback gathered through this consultation will be reported to the UBC Board of Governors in October 2003.
Linda Moore
Associate Director, External Affairs (University town)
Tel:   604 822.6400
Fax:  604.822.8102
or info.universitytown@ubc.ca
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With the popularity of organic foods on the rise, students are finding it easier to eat chemical-free.
be glare of a freshly
waxed apple catching a
beam from overhead fluorescent lights is enough
to warrant sunglasses.
Shiny chrome shopping
carts jerk between the
bins of produce.
Flittering hands squeeze fruit to test its
ripeness. Eyes glance at tiny imperfections
and move on to the next vegetable vyhile the
chosen few are placed info rustling clear
produce bags. A small indent or a slightly
irregular shape immediately renders food
It's a market for the eyes and not for the
Vegetables and fruits- seem to be produced for their aesthetics rather than their
nutritional qualify or ethical farming practices. Customers want pristine-looking prq^
duce at a low price. But often the beauty of
the final product is only a waxy skin deep.
Conventionally grown produce has its
benefits. It's inexpensive, readily available,
and has few growth imperfections. The goal
is to produce! as much goods as possible in
the smallest amount of space. Emphasis is
placed on volume and appearance and
most goods are transported far distances to
market Growing a product to entice the
eyes, however, involves processes that many
feel take away from the quality, flavour, and
nutritional content and raises issues of
chemical safety and energy loss in transportation.
It's not only wayes that give produce an
artificial feeL Chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers coupled with overused
soil and treated city water are part of the
seedy side of conventional farming.
Non-biological products are used to prevent pest and weed infestations and boost
the size of the produce. Many potent chemicals used in farming are easily available
despite the threat they pose to the environment, especially if used incorrectly. Most
chemicals come with restrictions and proper handling techniques.
Kupragrin (copper oxysulphate), a fungicide for such products as grapes, hops,
apples, and peaches, is reported to be harmful to people, aquatic and warm-blooded
organisms. To prevent living things from
being harmed, it must be applied at least
two to three weeks before harvest to prevent
residue from affecting humans. But where
does the chemical go?
"Whatever you'fe putting in doesn't magically cjisappea^r. ft goes into the system,'
Donna Marben.'remarks while sitting on the
deck pf her cabin on Galiano Island. Marben
and her family have grown organic produce
for over thirty years. "When you have a concentrated farming community you get
runoff.'Just Because Kupragrin was applied
two weeks before harvest does not mean
that the chemical has not entered the soil or
that no residue remains on the produce.
"If it's toxic enough then the buyer has, to
sign out that they have the knowledge to
apply it and the restrictions on it, but what's
a signature? From here there's no process to
follow up who's applying it and who's consuming it," Marben claims.
The Pest Control Products Act under thai
Department of Justice Canada, requires that
every farm that desires to use a pest control
product must apply to become a registered
user, and note each chemical to be used in
the application. The use of control products
that would lead to "an unnacceptable risk' to
living things, public health, and the environment, are prohibited. Anyone found in contravention of any provision under the act is
subject to penalties as high as $50,000 and
six months of imprisonment.
Natural alternatives to the use of chemicals are available, and require no registration, as Marben discovered on her farm.
"I put a garlic bed to bed in the late fall
;andcdne-iyeajt,I was looking for a. handy
mulch, and I saw my cherry treeso I raked
up the cherry leaves and I put that down
and put some hay on top of it...lo and
behold I discovered that cherry leaves have
a built-in herbicide in them for grasses and
other weeds." :'-* -
Natural herbicides pose no health risks
and won't affect the taste or quality'of the
produce.,Conventional herbicides, on the
other hand, may not only affect the people
consuming them but also those applying
the product. y
In a study conducted by Tye Arbuckle in
the fall of 1999 for the Bureau of
Reproduction* and Child Health at Health
Canada, traces of herbicide 2,4-
Dichloropjienoxyacetic Acid were detected
in bojn i|riril aid semen samples collected
from pesticide applicators in Ontario. What
this means fo| hormonal and reproductive
after-effects remain unknown.
While the long term effects of chemical
supports are yet to be detertfuned, concern^
about what people are ingesting, ha^g, led to ?
an increase in organic fooo|*ebnsuinption.
In British Columbia, major'grocery
stores like Choices or Capers will not buy
organic food unless it is recognised by the
British Columbia Certified Organic
Program,- an agri-food quality program'"
sanctioned by the Government of British
Columbia.        ''■'•■
According to their website, www.certi-
fiedorganic.be.ca, an organic product is one
that does not use synthetic inputs such as
chemical fertilisers, chemical pesticides,
chemical growth regulators/hormonesf and
antibiotics. Organic production is a system
of farming that is environmentally stable
and focuses on the maintenance of healthy
sod. -
The Certified Organic Association of
British Columbia (COABC) is an umbrella
organisation that authorises organic certifying agencies within the province. These
agencies in turn certify individual farmers
in their appointed jurisdictions. Once certified, produce can be sold with the Certified
Organic logo.
But the certification process causes
problems for smaller farms that don't want
to pay the fee for joining the COABC.
"Wa are not certified organic and yet we
would be more organic than maybe some
other certified farms that you would have in
that system, but I refuse to pay somebody.
There's no profit in my operation because
I'm not caring to get rich,' Marben comments, "For me to pay an organisation to
tell me, to certify me, fo say that I'm good?
I just refuse to do it'
Despite not being certified, Marben runs
a tight ship using many alternative tactics
to ensure a healthy crop in addition to using
cherry leaves. By arranging her garden in
such a way that breaks up the row patterns
she can prevent losing an entire crop.
"The beeties are smart They can see a
row of something and they'll just march
down a row and destroy what you've got, so
it's also good to have configurations of
nature that are not so linear,' Marben
'A lot of the bugs target specific plants
and even specific species,' says Marben,
while the same goes for insects. 'Hopefully
you would leave your zones that are wild so
that you can harbour all your predators that
would balance out your harmful insects.'
By gardening close to unused areas a large
diversity of natural predator insects will eat
those that are harmful to the crops. Nature
does the work for her, and if a crop is lost,
'you just have to accept that its all part of
the cycle.'
Her efforts grew cauliflower the size of
basketballs with, a flavour . surpassing
none—without the possibility of chemical
side effects.
"Just take one sample of my stuff and
you're in heaven," says Marben.
Organic food is healthier because it has
no traces of chemicals, tastier because
farmers regulate the use of the soil so that
vegetables absorb jnore flavourful nutrients, and better for the environment
because chemicals are not being leached
mto the soil.
. If organic food is. healthier, tastier, and
better for the environment, why is it rare
for studehts,to buy it? The cost Because
pesticides and herbicides are not used,
growing organic produce is more labour
intensive than conventional farming.
Weeds need to be.hand picked, insect cover
sheets need to be placed by hand, and to
'reduce fuel emissions many organic farms
hand harvest instead of using farm machinery. These costs are passed on to the consumer.
"The cost of.organics have gone double
just because that hands-on means that I'm
going to grow without these supports
because, these supports are poisonous,"
Marben explains. 'Organic means that
there's a lot of hand labour in it, and there's
th& Cost' . ' 7 '
4, "I've got my Gala apple tree and I'll take
a hundred pounds off my tree, but only ten '
pounds will be'beautiful, pristine, picture
perfect because I've chosen not to spray. So
now I've got 90 percent that I still have to
do something with....I do a process. I juice
it I dry it I do something so that you're not
going to see that it wasn't a perfect apple,'
Marben illustrates, "You being the conservative farmer with your arsenal, you will get
your one hundred pounds of Gala picture
perfect and you can send it all to market at
the highest price. Where did that leave me?
My ten percent perfect, my marketable
stuff, then becomes more valuable. That's
one way of looking at it'
UBC students may find it difficult to
afford organic food, especially when produce grown with conventional growing
methods is cheaper and appears more uniform. Students need to ask themselves
LADY OF THE FLIES: Donna Marben puts insect netting over her carrots as an
alternative pest control on her Galiano Island farm.
where to draw the liije between ethical eating and saving money.
"If you got something totally dirt cheap
then you know that you're exploiting somebody," warns Marben, "The best thing you
can do is connect with somebody local, eat
in season and locally and support tha small
guy, and hopefully the small guys farm with
. * UBC Sustainability is currently promoting a pledge for students to sign, committing them tq achieving, sustainability pij
campus and raising awareness about sustainability issues. Although this also pertains to minimising the consumption of
goods and using less fossil fuels, there is a
large emphasis on using organic foods. On
UBC campus therp are many affordable
emerging opportunities to purchase organic foods.
"We have farm market as well as we sell
into the AMS food services and Green
College, St. John's College, and University
Food Services. We're the first university in
recent Canadian history who's growing
food on campus that is actually going into
the university food system," explains Derek
Masselink, outgoing program co-ordinator
for the UBC Farm and a current PhD student in interdisciplinary studies. .
The UBC Farm is a partnership project
between the faculty of"Agriculture, the faculty of Forestry, and the faculty of Science's
botany department'and is mostly student
driven, depending heavily on volunteers. As
growers of organic food, the, farm supplies
more affordable produce on south campus,
putting their ideals of sustainability into
"When I was a Master's student and sitting on a sustainability committee I would
think, 'Oh my god, this is just so much
administration, so much bureaucracy. I
don't see us moving forward. We're arguing
about these kinds of issues and yet we're
not doing anything.' So for me the farm has
been a place to act out in a tangible project
that people can sink their teeth into, get
. involved with, participate and know that
they are making a difference," Masselink
says. ,       * ;:
To create awareness and promote the
use of organic produce, the UBC Farm, with
support from the'AMS, is hosting Farm Aid,
an all-ages event on September 19 from 3-
7pm at the UBC Farm. Local music, a family carnival, local vendors, an interactive art
display, a BBQ and local produce are "all on
the roster. Information about the farm and
how students can get involved with sustainability groups will be available.
As of September. 23. and until mid
November, the UBC Food Co-op will be having a weekly organic and fair trade market
in the SUB concourse. Students can purchase these goods at a lower cost than other
vendors can offer to encourage the use of
organic foods.
"We're going to be selling fresh produce
from the [UBC] farm and dried goods from
local growers coming from pure organic
[goods] and we're also going to have fair
trade teas and chocolates," Alice Miro ofthe
UPC Food Co-op commented. The UBC Food
Coop hopes that this market will be a
springboard for the later development of an
actual stprefront'within the SUB next
"We want to reach out to the general public at UBC, so we're going to have the market outside and a display about the UBC
Farm too, to raise awareness,' Miro continues, "We worked really hard to get it together and now we need volunteers.' Students
are needed to help man the booth, amongst
other jobs, and will have the opportunity to
buy organic goods for wholesale price for
their efforts."
Instead of glaring fluorescent light illuminating bins of waxy, imported produce,
students will be able to select fruits and vegetables on campus from local growers.
There maybe more spots on the apples and
comically mishapen carroty, and tomatoes,
but students will be aware of the processes
involved in getting the produce from seed
to marketplace. Processes that do not harm
the environment they were grown in and
the people who consume the finished
- products 10
By Jesse Marchand
After almost a week and a half of athletic events, the 2003
Summer World University Games (Universiade) in Daegu,
Korea celebrated their final ceremonies on Sunday. The
Universiade is^ held every two years* and features up to 13
sports ranging from basketball, to water polo and archery, and
for the first time ever, laekwondo. * -•
. Ofthe over 200 athletes representing Canada at th^ event,
UBC sent 14 athletes and administrators. Two of UBC's athletes
were also honoured with carrying the Canadian flag in the
opening and closing ceremonies: swimmer Kelly Stefanyshyn
and basketball star Kyle Russell.
FISU (the International Sports Federation) also commended
North and South Korea for putting aside their differences and
competeing in the games. Nojth Korea had previously threatened a boycott of the event* after South Korean protestors
burned the North Korean flag at a rally. An apology from South
Korean officials sweetened the relationship and the games continued without a hitch.* " t ■■''
Because the teams were announced less than two months
before the games, the athletes had little time to prepare as a
team for the-event While* select universities held training
camps two weeks earlier, many atheletes did not meet their
teammates until their arrival in Korea last week.
Nevertheless, Team Canada managed to score 3 medals at
Universiade this year.  . >.
The Bronze medal'* was secured by Kelowha resident
Elmore Malindi in the women's 1500 metre race.. Falling
from a first place rank in preliminaries, Malindi actually beat
her first time by 2 seconds to claim a third place berth.
Canada's second medal was won by 20 year old Catherine
Roberge in the women's 70kg judo competition. Roberge lost
to Emane Gebvise of France in the final round, and came
away with a silver medal. UBC's Kyle Russell and the men's
basketball team also took home a bronze, beating China in
the medal match.
Other UBC athletes didn't fare as well as they'd hoped in
medal standings at the games this year, however. Despite the
short of gold
absence of sniny souvenirs to bring home, the UBC athletes did
experience some personal bests, however. The results of UBC
athletes are listed below, and are broken up by sport For a
comprehensive list of national jesults visit the official Daegu
games website at http://universiade-daegu.org/.
■'■' Athletics (Track and field)
»,,Tenth placl vyas not a bad result for David Milne, who completed the daunting 3,000 metre steeplechase with 14 other
participants. The steeplechase is a sport originating in 19th
century England that challenges athletes to jump hurdles and
avoid water* pits as they race to the finish. Milne's time was
8:58.40, 22.75 seconds longer than his personal best
The men's basketball team had a fantastic run, winning
their first five games and making it to the Bronze medal match.
Their first game saw them beat Hong Kong by an amazing
score of 119-44, and a beat-the-buzzer shot by UBC's Kyle
Russell helped to secure a seven point lead in game two against
' Bulgaria. Despite their losses to the Russian Confederation,
Germany,, Serbia and Montenegro, their close wins against
Australia aijd Estonia secured them a position in the final.
They went on to squeak past China 82-80 for the Bronze medal.
The women's basketball team didn't do as well. They lost
six of their nine games and were booted out of medal contention by ah 83-79 Toss to home team Korea. Their highest
scoring game was against South Africa who they beat 99-41,
scoring ten baskets before their opponents sunk one. They
placed 13th overall, after beating Thailand 92-71. The
women's team featured UBCs Deb Huband as head coach and
Sheila Towsend as a guard.
UBC athletes managed to score Canada's first and last goals
of the men's soccer tournament Steve Frazao knocked ih
Canada's first against China just minutes before the half-time
break. The team went on to beat China 2-1. In the final, the
men's soccer team placed 13th overall as Aaron Richer scored
the winning goal in the 31st minute to win 3-2 over Nigeria.
After a loss to Korea in their first game the Canadian
women's soccer team were unable to recover in their following
games. Three goals in a row were enough to secure Ireland the
win in the second game and several losses left the women out
of medal contention. They placed 26th overall.
Seven was jiot a lucky number for Michelle Landry, Kelly
Stefanyshyn and Caitlin Meredith who all competed in the 100
and 200 metre'freestyle relays and placed seventh in both
events. Stefanyshyn and Meredith also placed seventh in the
100 metre medley. Landiy couldn't break away from that number either, falling from a second place ranking in the heat to
seventh in the 200 metre individual medley. But, she did
record a personal best, placing third in the B final of the 200
metre butterfly. Landry beat her previpus best time by seven
seconds. r
Stefanyshyn'also improved her races by placing fourth in
the 100 metre backstroke with a time of 1:05.30, and moved
up to first place ih the 200 metre backstroke with a time of
2:18.99. In the 100 metre butterfly, however, she fell from a
third place ranking in her heat to eighth. Meredith brought up
a fifth place ranking in her heat to first place in the women's B
final for the 100 metre' backstroke and finished an amazing
second out of 12 in the 200 metre backstroke.
For the first time ever, the Universiade added taekwondo to
the list of competitive events. UBCs Kevin Yang went to compete in this groundbreaking event but came away empty handed, at least medal wise.' Competing in the 72kg lightweight
competition, Yang beat Slovenian opponent Danijel Landeka
12-4. But a close 11-14 loss to Bayat Hamid of Iran and a nagging leg injury knocked him out of medal contention in this
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Read 'em, Cowboy!
What you didn't know about your stetson
THE COWBOY HAT BOOK a large part of our North A
bv William Revnnlds and Ritrh Rand tTiat'ps nftpn nnpYnWp=rl   rate
by William Reynolds and Ritch Rand
[Raincoast Books]
Like so many recent events in my life, the
arrival of The Cowboy Hat Book was an odd Uttle synchronicily. Inspired by the LA
sleaze/glam bands of the late 80s and Stevie
Ray Vaughan, I ranted on air (CiTR) about the
lack of hats (and personalities) in current rock
bands, and vowed to start wearing my black
pseudo-Stevie cowboy hat more. A few days
later this tome was sitting in my mailbox.
Weird, but cool
In addition to hundreds of great photos of
unique hats and the characters who sported
them, authors William Reynolds and Ritch
Rand give an informative and fun uverview of
the cowboy hat world, with interesting tidbits
about everything including tlie history of the
cowboy hat—its invention by John B. Stetson,
different makers and the proper fitting and
care and trimming of hats. For example, I had
no idea that more than 13 people are involved
in the making of each cowboy hat.
Tlie Cowboy Hdt Book offers a window into
a large part of our North American culture
that's often unexplored, taken for granted or
ridiculed. Nowadays, especially in our
urbanised world, we tend to see this particular
hat as a stereotype or cliche, and dismiss its
wearers as hicks or rednecks. Effectively, this
means we ignore or villainise a big part of our
history and, perhaps, ourselves with this view.
For myself, I have always been interested in
how we present ourselves and our personalities through our clothes and accessories, and I
don't think it can be denied that one who wears
a cowboy hat makes a strong statement about
themselves in a society that is becoming more
and more hat-free. Reynolds and Rand also
have a lot to say on this account, as you might
well imagine.
While cowboy hats (and non-baseball hats in
general) may no longer be the dominant form
of headgear anymore, I'm always up for looking into these sorts of dropped stitches of cultural fabric to see where they fit. If you are too,
you'll find The Cowboy Hat Book a breath of
fresh air. ♦
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y^u tjfia niw U-PASS - a
universal biis pass that each
*siuden,l receives as part of
their student fees. For the
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Coffee at alt.our retail operations. Beginning September 1, 20O3t ail coffee available for
"purchase from the AMS writ §0 Fair Trade exclusive We are excited to be able to provide
iustafhabfe and* fair trade options to everyone purchasing our'ceffee. wih mipimg! impact
on the price* We wtil also continue to offer the same great varieties we always have - and
have *orked hard with our supplier to cfosety match our previous blend options.
The AMS has been providing fair Trade alternatives for the past two years and wtth
the effort^ of the AMS Food and Beverage Department this year, w© are able tp provide
. exclusively Fair,Trade coffee^ You can help the AMi sustainability efforts every time"
you purchase a coffee at one of the AMS outlets. Alt AMS operations, including AMS
Catering, Mt be Pair Trade exclusive beginning September t, 2003, Coffee continues to.
6e pdced below most of the competition, and an 8 oz cup of coffee can still be purchased
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t;*. fHOffcUKj' sushS* bar currently open for business. The Honor Roil can be
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FROM THE GREAT BEYOND: Stipes of REM sings to the masses, bringing the
summer to an end at T-Bird Stadium, emily chan photo
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■ Discounted West Coast Express fares.
■ Discounts at participating merchants.
» Continued access to a variety of UBC TREK Programs
With the increase of transit traffic to accomodate students taking advantage of the new U-Pass,
plans have been developed to improve the current bus loop. With the affected area undergoing
extensive development. University Boulevard west of Wesbrook will be closed to regular
vehicular traffic as of August 18th, 2003.
Another U-Pass development in September is the implementation of All Door Boarding at
selected stops for specific times during peak periods:
Broadway Station - 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM for the #99 B-Line and Special Non-Stop UBC.
UBC Loop - 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM for the #99 B-Line and Special Non-Stop Broadway Station.
Show your UBCcard to receive your U-Pass at the distribution station in the Walter C.
Koerner Library during hours of operation. Please refer to WWW.LIBRARY.UBC.CA
or call 604.822.2406 for these times. The same photo is used for both cards.
Photos are taken in the Walter C. Koerner Library during hours of operation.
Your UBCcard alone will serve as your U-Pass until September 30. Your U-Pass
card will become effective October f. Printing facilities are limited so get
your U-Pass today and avoid the rush. The U-Pass contains valuable
merchant discounts in addition to the transit pass. Check out the deals
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Hywel Tuscano
Megan Thomas
Jonathan Woodward
John Hua
Jesse Marchand
Heather Pauls
Michelle Mayne
Sarah Bourdon
Bryan Zandberg
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Karen Leung
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John Chapman stepped up to the bent over Greg Ursic. licied
his fingers and placed them squarely between his legs. Lined up
to his left are Nidk Maggisano and Hywel Tuscano, to his right
are Jonathan Woodward and Megan Thomas. John Hua paced
in front of him, wavinghis arms in the air and shouting insults.
Jesse Marchand, Heather Pauls, Michelle Mayne and Sarah
Bourdon performed a choreographed dance number. In the
crowd, Bryan Zandberg and Dave Carr cheered them on in
between sips of beer. Over the din, Monica Penner can be heard.
reprimanding Iva Cheung for being a maverick while Emily
Chan tried to get some action, claiming that it was all psychological.
"Hut!" Melissa Toon took the hand oft, sidesteped the rampaging Yu Gu, Vainpyra Draculea made a crucial block and—
Canada Post Sate. Agreemepit Number 0732141
A slap
to the
We realise that you're a little bit anxious and—
hopefully—excited. Oh, you bright-eyed, bushy-
tailed students back from summerl
You make us sick. We at The Ubyssey have
been around long enough to have the weight of
everything that goes wrong here make us droop
our eyelids and gag on our bile. Be cynical. Read
The Downtown East Side
Despite campaign promises by Mayor Larry
Campbell last year, safe injection sites have yet
to be opened in the Downtown East Side (DTES).
In July it was reported that they may be up and
running by September. Well, it is now
September and those doors haven't opened.
This is a sad, representative example of the
general lack of action to help heal arguably the
worst section of urbanity in Canada. The
HIV/AIDS epidemic inherent to the DTES has
been described as the worst in the developed
world by the Human Rights Watch, with approximately 40 per cent of the" nearly 5000 drug
users testing positive for the disease. And that is
just those who have been tested.
In fact the only part of the supposed four-pillar plan—prevention, treatment, harm reduction
and enforcement—that has actually taken place
has been that of enforcement: a special
Community Wide Enforcement Team was sent
on 24-hour patrols of the drug-ridden corridor
last spring to arrest and heckle sometimes innocent residents. The only result of this plan was to
push those in need further from the resources
that are placed in the DTES to help them.
Outreach workers in the area reported that
when the enforcement plan went ahead only a
fraction of the sterile syringes were being given
out at exchange points. This could mean that
less drugs were,being used; but more likely it's
an indication that fewer clean needles were
being used by addicts.
So where, one must ask, has the $20 million
in federal and provincial government funding
gone? In a deal announced in 2OO0 the city
asked for, and got, funding ten battle social, economic and health problems in the DTES. The
four-pillar approach advocated by Campbell is
proposed to cost about $20 million for the first
few years of implementation. Has all that money
been eaten up by enforcemeijt before any of the
other three pillars have been built? Why is no
one asking where the othe* pillars are?
As a community we need to become more
critical of actions, or the lack there of, pertaining
to the DTES. Real people need, our help.
Crab Park and the Olympics
There is, well, a homeless situation in
Vancouver, Ifs come to a head twice in the summer, as squatters protesting to draw attention to ,
the need for affordable housing have been
removed not once, but twice from their protest
sites of Victory Square Park "and Crab Park with
the force of a Parks Board ultimatum.
We recognise the need to maintain order:
renovations of Victory Square, a veterans'
memorial, had to be completed before
Remembrance Day, and Crab Park daycamps
shouldn't have been disrupted. Vancouver parks
are for everyone's enjoyment.
But. after, removing the squatters from
Victory Square, tfiey moved somewhere else.
Now, they'll move again, and the cycle will continue. This is not a Parks Board problem but a
housing problem, an East Hastings problem, an
Olympics problem and a problem that cannot be
continually passed along.
The Sea-to-Sky highway renovation will cos't
over half ^ billion dollars, while the creation of
all other necessary infrastructure will create
huge bills to be footed by the municipal, provincial and federal governments. We will see
whether the Sea-to-Sky highway will be complet-
- ed before anything is; done with the Woodward's
building. It will be interesting to see how—and
whether—this issue is resolved.
Church vs Queers
The Catholic church, is rejecting same-sex
marriages in the name of the sanctity of procre-
ative unions, while condemning politicians supportive of th4.bUl.At the same time they are realising that many of their clergy are homosexuals
themselves, ■ and are telling queer priests to
preach against their own sexuality.
This conflict of interest is a clear violation of
human rights. The federal government, meanwhile, is floundering on passing legislation to
legalise gay marriage nationally while provincial
courts have already legalised them in BC,
Ontario and soon, hopefully, in Quebec.
Politicians grow weary of supporting the bill as
they worry about holding onto their seats in the
upcoming federal election. Will the church win?
Will paranoia over the election prevail? Will
queers be granted the human rights they
deserve? Tune in next year...
BC burns
Watching our province's forests burn to the
ground does cast a pretty red light into the sky,
but we admit that the extreme dryness this summer is causing some problems for the fall. While
firefighters have been working to save houses,
entire ecosystems have been destroyed.. There
has been an exodus of animals from the wild,
and this means bears and have fled their smoky
habitats and are heading into nearby towns.
But remember, like Smokey the Bear says
'Only you can prevent forest fires.' While it may
be simple to chalk these fires up to lightning*
strikes and dry temperatures, illegal campground fires and carelessly .tossed cigarette,
eiijbers are the main cause of, kelowna's sum-.,
mer"hbme inferifij.    '.'•'  "'^  "7.7:
The millions ,g| Utr^ior fresh tyajer use4 to."
the fight fires, aloiig witha nearly rainless su"m-"
mer have also caused a water shortage. While
recycling your bath water may seem like the only
option, perhaps shutting down the useless foun-
' tains like .the one on Georgia Street may be more
appropriate.      , .
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Occupying other countries
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*'Nuff said. American imperial designs are
splashed across every, headline in the globe,
*. with the exception of American papers. It seems
that the US believes violence in Iraq can be
solved by placing even more military in the area,
a giant task even if they only plan to replace their
' dead^Tempers and tensions in tie region seem
to flare no"matter who's holding the guns.
University Development =
Phallic towers of concrete housing expensive
air spaces are going to start threatening student
life in the next years as UBC plans to build various condos by the SUB, Thunderbird Stadium
and the Chan Centre.
The university planned to push the development proposals through the Board of Governors
during the summer, when you weren't here to
raise your weak fist;and ygur.tiny voice of
protest. Because of tne huge stink that was
raised, the approval date was pushed back. You
can now complain. Please do.
Things to watch for: student interests. Don't
let the university sell pieces of itself like ballast
to keep afloat'' Make sure developments are in
the spirit of things UBC is supposed to stand for:
sustainability,. maybe, or at least education.
Otherwise you'll end up with a Surrey where
your Endowment Lands used to be.
Set coupons on stun
Lastly, we are concerned that unsuspecting
students may be sucked in and ingested by the
new Smart Media telemachines. We want to
make our concerns known to the Alma Mater
Society so that all safety precautions can be
taken but we do acknowledge that in some circumstances it may be unavoidable. We understand that should students not consume
coupons at the same voracious rate that they
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by Yu Gu
It's bloody obvious: the band's name is a light
iconoclastic play oft high art and pop culture.
The choice of cover art for their new album
Welcome to the Monkey House is also no sur-,
prise: a painting by the contemporary pop artist
Ron English. Fusing Sticky Fingers with The
Velvet Underground and Nico, English has a
reputation for reconfiguring billboard advertisements into biting social commentary.
Everything about this new album promises a
certain frivolous subversion. And that's precisely what the band delivers: trivial slices of mainstream pop music.
The tracks on Welcome to the Monkey House
are cold cuts of 80s synth pop. Nick Rhodes,
founding member of Duran Duran, provides
additional synthesizers to almost every track.
Also co-producing almost eveiy track on the
record, Rhodes leaves an unmistakably polished
signature. The song "Plan 'A* feature^ Duran
Duran's lead "singer Simon LeBon as packup
vocals. While hoping for some relief from the
relentless onslaught of glassy pop culture ennui,
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lyrics: 'So I am alone but adored by a hundred
thousand more/ I have been loved like a whore/
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as the mellow 'Insincere because I* and the
rock guitar driven "Hit Rock Bottom".
In Taylor's autobiographical blurb/interview, he claims that, "These are the voyages of
The Dandy Warhols, to boldly go where no
band has gone before.' Rock is the final frontier. Unfortunately, it seems that this time they
have consciously gone where seyeral bands
have gone before; and in ways that can hardly
be labelled innovative or new. After the artistic
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From Urban Bohemia, this one is disappointing. However, if you are an 80s child and the
music of your youth brings back the good
times, this is the album for you'. After all,
Taylor's rhythmic flat vocal style and some
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