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Seriously oldschool since 1918.
Tuesday, 18 January, 2005
Vol.LXXXVI  N°29
Tuition may increase by as much as 12 per cent
by Dan McRoberts
UBC students could see tuition fees increase by as
much as 12 per cent next year.
While an official tuition proposal will not
emerge until next month, a presentation was made
at the November meeting of the UBC Senate that
evaluated the impact ofa tuition increase on UBC's
$22 million operating deficit. The ramifications of
a 12 per cent increase were outlined, and similar
discussions were had in regard to increases of
eight, five and 2.5 per cent.
Tuition will be discussed at the January meeting
of the Board of Governors Finance Committee, and
shortly afterwards with the Alma Mater Society
executive, according to UBC VP Students Brian
Sullivan expressed his personal desire to see
that the eventual increase is less than 12 per cent.
*I would see 12 per cent as a very sizeable
increase and I would hope that the increase that is
necessary will be less than that/ he said. 'Going
beyond that without a proposal in hand would be
UBC is continuing to lobby the provincial government for increased funding to make up for the
operating shortfall, Sullivan said.
'We're trying as hard as we can not to put a
tuition proposal out there until we have done all
that we can in terms of provincial government-
funding/ he said.
Tm sorry that I can't be more definitive for
now,* Sullivan said. 'We'll be a bit closer in another week or ten days.*
A meeting between the university administrators and the AMS executive to discuss tuition and
related issues had originally been scheduled for
December 10, according to AMS VP External Holly
Foxcroft. The meeting was postponed in the aftermath of the executive's unexpected firing of AMS
General Manager Bernie Peets.
See "Tuition"page 2.
Sending a message to the CIS:
A pair of 25-point victories over Trinity Western has created a UBC resurgence. Shooting guard Casey Archibald
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UBC plans
green with
H2 Village
VP Academic draws
inspiration from UBC
by David Phillips
UBC's proposed hydrogen village, which would see a fuelling
station and a fuel cell on campus,
is waiting on Paul Martin's
'We have a'principal proposal
in with the federal government
worth 4.9 million dollars...[and]
we have corporate partners who
will fund the other half,'
explained Barney Ellis-Perry, the
head of fundraising for the UBC
sustainability office, in a recent
In its partnership with
Natural Resources Canada, the
UBC sustainability office is trying
to take advantage of a federal
program to provide funding for
H2 technology implementation.
The sustainability office has been
See"H2 village"page2.       ON THE CLOCK: Whitehead Is a busy man. nic fensom photo
Lome Whitehead
works to improve
academic excellence
through dialogue
by Sarah Bourdon
Lome Whitehead has a unique
connection to UBC. Not only is the
university's Vice President Academic
and Provost a former student
and an experienced employee, he
has witnessed an important
change transpire at the school
over the years.
'As a student I can recall experiences that were not as good as
they could be,' he said. 'There
were situations where it really felt
to me that the time of the professor and the time of the students
wasn't being used optimally to
achieve education.'
Whitehead completed both his
undergraduate degree in honours
physics and his Masters in low temperature physics at UBC. Though he
speaks highly ofhis academic experience as a student, he is pleased to
see that UBC has made room for
'Today I would say that most professors are in agreement that we can
do better,* he said. 'The notion that
we can strive to be the best, that
improvement is possible, now
pervades the campus and I find that
very exciting.'
Whitehead left UBC after graduating to start a company called TIR
Systems, which he was co-president
of until 1994 and which now has
200 employees. He returned to the
university as an associate professor
after being given an Industrial
Research Chair position and soon
moved to full professor status in
After briefly serving as acting
dean for the Faculty of Science,
Whitehead was recruited for the job
of VP Academic and Provost.
According to Whitehead, his primary responsibility is 'coordinating
issues between faculties' and working with faculty deans.
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Official proposal set to come from UBC by February
"Tuition" from page 1.
The delay has provided the
AMS an opportunity to prepare
further, said Foxcroft.
"It kind of buys us some time/
she said. "Our aim is to have a
comprehensive outreach program
ready for students."
Foxcroft hopes to prepare information that will help students understand where their tuition dollars are
going and why fees are being upped
for the fourth year in a row.
"We don't want to water the
information down, but we'll try to
make it something that students
can relate to/ she said.
The AMS will continue to lobby
for minimal tuition increases and
support the university in its efforts
to persuade the government to
increase post-secondary funding,
Foxcroft said.
After consultation on the
tuition proposal, the increase will
likely be approved at the March
meeting of the Board of
Governors. While Foxcroft understands that the timing is made necessary by the bureaucratic process
used by UBC, she said that it is difficult for incoming AMS executives
to deal with the issue just days
after taking office.
"It's not an opportune time for
the new executives to be able to
fully outline their concerns/ she
said. Foxcroft had been VP
External for only 12 days lastyear
when the tuition increase was
approved. ♦
VP Academic works with both students and faculty
"Whitehead" from page 1.
"I am the chief person at the university responsible for academic
integrity and excellence but of
course it is our deans and faculty
members and department heads
who achieve that excellence/ he
explained. "I see myself as a facilitator of that excellence."
One issue on Whitehead's plate is
reviewing UBC entrance requirements—a very difficult task.
"We cannot change the fact that
more students would like to come to
UBC than we have room for. That's a
fact," he said. "So there has to be a
method of deciding who can come.
"Let's not kid ourselves, we are
the best university in BC, and we
think in Canada, and we strive to
be one of the best universities in
the world," he said. ^People are
going to want to come here so we
are going to have to decide who
can come."
Though most faculties base
admissions on grades, the university
may be researching the viability of
broad-based admissions in the
future. Such a system would examine
students' "positive, personality-building experiences" rather than just
looking at marks, according to
"[The current system] makes it difficult for people who want to come
here from high school without really,
really high grades," he said. "So we
are looking at possible alternatives."
Though Whitehead deals with
administrative issues and UBC faculty, he doesn't trivialise the importance of consulting with students,
emphasising that the key to consultation is finding a balance between
ensuring adequate processes and
maintaining efficiency.
"You haven't consulted sufficiently if the people you consulted with
don't feel that you've consulted sufficiency. In other words, it's very
important that people believe and
understand that they have had their
thoughts taken into account."
Whitehead speaks with student
leaders, conducts surveys and puts
together randomly-selected focus
groups. Speaking with student leaders is one way of getting student
input, but he recognises that they do
not always represent the needs of all
"It is so interesting talking to
students because I can remember
being a student here and the experience of being an undergraduate
student very clearly and it doesn't
seem like long ago and I just really understand what it's like to be
in the classroom."
Ultimately, it is this ability to
identify with the student experience that Whitehead feels has lent
him a special appreciation for the
"UBC is an inspiring place to
spend time.
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"H2 village" from page 7.
trading proposals back and forth
with the federal government for
about a year.
Federal funding is necessary, said
Ellis-Perry. The technology is so new
that "the business case isn't there," so
even corporate contributors are supported largely by grants and eco-con-
scious investors.
Ellis-Perry explained that the
H2 village will complement a Fuel
Cells Canada project, which will
place four H2 powered vehicles at
UBC's disposal.
This will create a 'hydrogen
highway,' with fuelling stations
eventually lining the roads from
Vancouver to Whistler. The goal is
to link up with California, which is
currently installing some 500
fuelling stations along its roads.
How to bypass H2-less Washington
and Oregon is unclear, but a drive
in your H2 car from Whistler to
Disneyland may not be so far off.
The simultaneous delay in federal
funding and rapid advance of H2
technology is posing some problems.
The cutting edge H2 village may soon
lose its edge, if the federal government doesn't pony up soon.
Ellis-Perry explained that the
sustainability office may have to
re-evaluate their proposal to incorporate leading technology if the
money doesn't come soon.
The goal of these initiatives is
"to showcase hydrogen technology
in a working environment" to
speed up the implementation of
this technology, said Ellis-Perry.
Municipalities are reluctant to
use the new technology because
of expense and unfamiliarity.
Demonstrating its feasibility will
help speed up the use and advance
of H2 technology. Ellis-Perry and
the sustainability office hope to
kick-start systemic change, largely
by making us more aware of environmental issues and solutions.
For now, the UBC sustainability
office and their partners aren't
holding their breath. They are
involved in a wide spread of initiatives, and continue to make our
world and future cleaner and
more sustainable.
Ellis-Perry was quick to stress
that if the money doesn't arrive,
nobody is giving up. The road to a
sustainable future may be jammed
with obstacles, but UBC is bringing
in the bulldozers. ♦
Journalism ethics evolving rapidly
by James Weldon
For much of the past century, journalists have adhered to certain ethical standards in the course of gathering news and presenting it to the
public. Now, says a UBC ethicist,
those standards are about to change
"We are in the middle of a communication revolution,* said Dr
Stephen Ward, speaking at a gathering of students and journalists at
the UBC School of Journalism on
Wednesday. "It is the end of journalism ethics as we know it."
Ward, a professor of journalism
ethics at UBC and the author of The
Invention of Journalism Ethics: The
Path to Objectivity and Beyond, said
that news production is undergoing
such a radical transformation that
our ethical standards must be
completely overhauled, or they
will risk becoming
Whereas only a
few years ago the
public would have
turned to daily
papers or the
major networks to get news, he
said, today we turn to any number
of sources, from cable channels to
weblogs to text messaging. The coverage of the tsunami provides an
obvious example.
"No longer does the mainstream
journalist have it his or her way,"
said Ward. "There are all sorts of
other sources out there to get
news," each with its own set of ethical standards.  Some verify facts,
some do not. Some attempt to be
objective, some are entirely
"There is an incredible mishmash of public and private media,"
he said. "The result is a fragmented
ethical discourse."
Compounding this problem are
other radical new trends in journalism. Satellite communications, the
twenty-four hour news clock, fragmented audiences and global
media companies are all altering
the way news is produced and
"We're gradually changing the
very idea of what a journalist is."
The new ethics of journalism, he
said, will have to take into account
the new forms of news we are seeing arise. One problem he cited was
a decreasing lack of impartiality
and stressed that new forms  of
news will not fit with the old model.
On the other hand, he said, we
cannot abandon traditional
"We can't get to the point where
we're just putting out information
with the disclaimer 'don't know if
true," warned Ward. "We have to
strike the right balance between
objectivity and interpretation."
The new ethical standards will
also have to take into account the
global nature of the new media.
Global impact, said Ward, means
global responsibility.
"There is a feeling that at times
of crisis like 9-11, we should be
patriotic, that when it really counts,
we can't be impartial," he said.
"I would like to get to a point
where journalists see themselves as
agents for humanity and for human
rights, serving the citizens of the
world," he added.
Ward also advocated the formation ofa coalition of concerned journalists who would meet annually in
a high profile, public forum in order
to debate these issues. This coalition would hammer out new ethical
standards as changes in journalism
require them. Without such a
process, he said, our current ethical
codes risk becoming irrelevant and
By the end of the lecture, however, Ward warned the audience to
take his recommendations with a
grain of salt.
"Predicting the future is inherently dangerous," he said. No one
can say for sure what is coming.
One thing, though, is certain.
"In five years," said Ward, "I
believe I'll be teaching an entirely
different course.
; '*\\
72 years ago
On this day in 1933, The Vancouver
Sun allowed the staff of the Ubyssey
to take over many of the editorial
responsibilities for a day. The staff,
all UBC students, contributed content, and determined the layout and
placement of stories.
The top story of the day was a look
at whether a university education
was beneficial in the workplace. The
second most important story
addressed cutbacks to the university.
Other coverage included a holdup at
the Mount View Beer Parlor in downtown Vancouver and the funeral of
the wife of Premier Simon Fraser
72 years later, The Sun would
probably never let us touch their precious paper. Oh well.
Family housing fire
A fire broke out at Acadia Family
Housing and Montgomery Place on
campus on Sunday night. The blaze,
which was reported at around 5pm
escalated quickly, though no injuries
had been reported as of late Sunday.
The cause and extent of the damage could not be determined by
press time.
Mystery voting guide
A "Progressive Voter's Guide" was the
topic of speculation Monday as the
AMS Elections headed for the homestretch.
The half page handout was found
throughout the SUB. Asking readers
to "distribute widely" the leaflet
insisted that UBC voters make "educated decisions* when selecting next
year's AMS executives.
The paper includes a summary of
prominent candidates for each executive position, but no mention of
those ninning for Senate or Board of
A first choice was indicated for
each position and a second also indicated for VP Academic and VP
Candidates and current executives alike professed ignorance about
the origins of the voting guide.
"I have no idea, but I'd really like
to know who did this," said VP
Administration Lyle McMahon.
"I'm impressed with how objective it is in general."
Polls are now open and voting will
continue until Friday afternoon.
The results will be announced in
Koerner Pub shortly after 7pm
Friday. ♦
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1014 Mainland Street
by Jennifer Trac
Shopping at Fine Finds is a little like rummaging
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Eveiything from teak furniture, specialised gifts,
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found here. Owner Jane McFadden started out selling teak furniture five years ago but has expanded
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in a store that manages to blend the easygoing aesthetic of Vancouver style with international flair.
A standout is the wall of purses and eye-catching
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gilt framed mirror on a wooden dresser. Upcoming
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mall sleek and
with tunes
By Doris Sun
They are sleek, they are stylish, and
they come in seven different colours
and are the hottest fashion accessory
to hit the streets since Ugg boots and
fake Louis Vuitton bags. Behold, the
Mac iPod.
The original iPod, a stylish white
music machine capable of holding up
to 10, 000 songs, has seen its popularity skyrocket over the past year. Peter
Chiu, sales representative at London
Drugs' electronics department, agrees
that iPods have become enormously
"I would say seven out of ten
customers ask about an iPod, whether
they're buying one, whether they're
interested in one, or they just want
to look at it because it stands right
Chiu, who says that the popularity
of iPods peaked during the recent
Christmas season, thinks that iPods
are just as much a fashion accessory
as they are a functional electronic. "It
just seems to be the 'in' thing. It's very
fashionable—the thing to carry. It's
very stylish and sleek too."
The iPod is iconic right down to
its distinctive all-white headphones.
"If you just look at the general headphones, they're all black," says Chiu.
"They have different coloured plates,
but the wires and everything are black,
whereas if you look at iPods, they're all
white. So they are pretty flashy."
But don't be fooled by its refined
size. The tiny four or six ounce iPods
pack a big punch in terms of memory
capability. "They put a lot of capacity
into the unit itself, so you don't have to
buy additional memory," says Chiu.
"It's basically like a walking portable
hard drive of music." Chiu points out
that because some iPods hold up to
40GB of music, you never have to
delete the music that you stored in
your unit in order to make room for
more music.
And, to ensure that you never
become tired of your iPod, different
companies have created accessories
for your gadget. There are protective
cases, chargers, FM tuner attachments, belt clips, and even car attachments, which enable you to play music
out of your car's deck.
That's not to mention that iPods
have gone mini, with a smaller, tech-
nicoloured version of the original.
Mac has also recently launched the
iPod Photo, an iPod that not only plays
music, but also stores photos on its
coloured screen. And the latest Mac
offering is the iPod Shuffle, a tiny eraser-looking stick that randomly plays
the music that you load.
But perhaps the most compelling
proof that iPods have gone the way of
pop culture: the U2 special edition
black and red iPod, which conies autographed by Bono and the boys.
by Jennifer Trac
I recently walked down West Broadway feeling good about
myself, wearing my new fabulous orange top with a white striped
collar and buttons. I was looking slightly sailor-like, having a good
hair day and hoping that someone would ask me where I had purchased that darling top! Coming towards me was a flash of orange.
Was that girl wearing the EXACT same top as me? I had nothing to
cover me, no large blanket or poncho in sight. We tried to avoid eye
contact as we passed by each other but the damage was done.
Which leads me to make a Public Service Announcement:
Vancouver is a small city and if you purchase items on clearance
at the GAP, you will most likely see your very own doppelganger in
the near future.
like a 60 per cent off Kate Spade pink leather wallet, being
unique is something that all fashionistas and style cats treasure.
Wallet brimming with plastic credit cards and American dollars
(16.87 USD for lunch money to be exact), I made the slightly harrowing two and a half hour drive across the border to Seattle,
Washington to shop for unique items that could not be found in the
Lower Mainland. Anything that involved hurtling down a five lane
freeway at 100 miles per hour better be worth it, and I wasn't disappointed.
It's highly recommended that you start your shopping day by
hitting the road at 7:00am. If you're anything like me (easily
excitable), you will have no problem being ready by this ungodly
hour as you can rest assured that the day will be filled with nothing but shopping and Taco Bell. This will ensure that you arrive in
Seattle at exactly 9:30 am which is when most of the shops in
Downtown Seattle open.
Right in the heart of downtown Seattle, there is a flagship
Nordstrom (500 Pine Street) that is department store heaven.
Hard to find cosmetics, high end purses, beautiful clothing, accessories and the best shoe department I have ever seen are the main
draws. The only drawback is that some of the items will cost you a
pretty penny. They often have huge sales in the women's clothing
section so keep your eyes peeled for the clearance racks on the second floor. Nordstrom Rack (1601 Second Avenue) is a must for
bargain hunters and is only two blocks away. Overstock, clearance
and discontinued items from Nordstrom end up here and some
artful digging will unearth some great bargains.
The other behemoth department store conveniently across the
street is Bon-Macys (1601 Third Avenue) with an almost equally
impressive shoe selection and a wide array of quality purses at a
lower price point than Nordstrom.
Makeup hounds will worship at the altar of the new Sephora
store that recently opened at 415 Pine Street across from
Nordstrom. Stila, Pop, Lola, Sue Devitt, Vincent Long and Bourjois
are just a few of the cosmetic brands offered in a layout not seen
before in North America. All of the high end makeup is laid out
with testers and is self-serve. No high pressure sales associate
breathes down your neck as you can freely sample 30 different
eyeshadows in relative peace.
Anthropologic (1509 Fifth Avenue) is a beautiful store for anyone who loves feminine, girly clothing with unique, vintage-like
detailing. A particular stand out is their incredible selection of
skirts that range from funky to feminine and everything in
Sway & Cake (1631 Second Avenue) is just around the corner
from Nordstrom and boasts the latest up and coming designers
and brands like Sass & Bide, Development and Rebecca Taylor.
This little boutique is crammed with fabulous finds that the owner
brings in from New York and LA. TBC (1623 Second Avenue) sells
clearance items from Sway & Cake and is the perfect place to go to
get your designer duds at 50 percent off. Walking a bit closer to the
waterfront will bring you to Ped (1115 First Avenue) which offers
a unique selection of shoes that reflect the funky, relaxed style of
downtown Seattle.
Tulip (1201 First Avenue) is another shop for the unabashed
girly girl in everyone. Frilly tops, lace trimmed camisoles and
adorable baby tees abound here. There are only one or two items
stocked in each size so you can be sure that you won't encounter
random people wearing the same outfit (at least not on the streets
of Vancouver). And the best thing about all these places is that they
are all walking distance from each other.
What better way to end your shopping expedition than with a
hearty meal in the heart of Seattle? Jai Thai (2132 First Avenue),
Japanese Gourmet Restaurant (82 Stewart St) and Mama's
Mexican are all great, inexpensive choices to round off an exhausting day of putting the raising value of the loonie to good use. ♦
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Political jockeying
With so much devastation in Asia
from the recent tsunami, political
leaders are bending over backwards
to lend a helping hand. But their
attentions are not being commended by everyone. Some see their
actions not as selfless gestures, but
as shallow attempts to score points
both globally and at home.
True to form, Paul Martin recently visited Sri Lanka, one of nine
nations in Asia that he is expected to
visit Martin's official agenda is to
ensure that aid is reaching people in
remote areas and that it is being distributed equitably. He has also
secured assurance that Tamil Tiger
rebels are not recruiting orphaned
children into their militant ranks.
But the plain truth of the matter
is that the visit will bring Martin
commendation and praise from the
Canadian public and the international community. Though his
attempts to do good things for the
people of these countries cannot be
trivialised, it also can't be denied
that he has a strong ulterior motive.
His trip is starting to look like a thinly veiled attempt to boost his popularity in Canada and most importantly, abroad.
The general act of leaders visiting devasted places is strange in and
of itself. When Colin Powell visited
Thailand immediately following the
disaster, his observations were
beamed across the world instantly,
conveying his own political reaction
to the situation. But is it necessary
for such people to make these visits?
Do they have to assess for themselves what the damage is before
they can decide how to act? Possibly
in Powell's case, but not really in
Martin's. His visit comes three
weeks after the fact
Certainly Martin's visit to the
Disaster Assistance Response Team
[DART] water purification system
was the most direct way to observe
the Canadian contribution and to
boost morale of the relief workers,
but his visits do not really make a
profound difference. Will people
think that Canada is contributing
and that we are a country of nice,
generous people because our Prime
Minister walked on some beaches
and looked at fallen buildings?
Martin has already pledged what
Canada can afford to the tsunami
victims; his trip now seems like
This isn't the first incidence of a
political leader being accused of
using the tsunami relief to improve
themselves politically. Chancellor
Gerhard Schroder of Germany
donated $649 million USD to the
relief effort and the German media
was quick to ponder the possibilities
behind his motives. During
Germany's last election in 2002,
when severe flooding ravaged the
eastern part of the country, Schroder
stepped in to save the day and saw
his popularity quickly rocket in the
polls. At the same time, Germany
has cut spending in several areas
and many have questioned whether
or not the country can afford the
astronomical level of support they
have pledged.
Although Schroder claims that
Germany's increased relief aid has
nothing to do with politics (though
Berlin is making concerted efforts to
hold a permanent seat in the UN),
it's hard to ignore Schroder's track
record as the 'crisis manager.* With
the next federal election in 2006,
Schroder saw the natural disaster as
an opportunity to win support. He
could prove this pattern is not a shallow attempt to win votes if he took
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similar actions when votes weren't
up for grabs.
Many countries increased their
donations when they found out how
much other countries were giving.
Like a giant international poker
competition, countries steadily
upped the ante when they realised
just how good they looked by
being generous. Canada originally
announced that they were giving $ 1
million in aid. The figure quickly
grew to $3 million, and then $40
million. Then after the US pledged
$432 million, Canada committed
to sending $427 million over
five years.
Although the donations are going
to a very needy cause, it's hard to
ignore tbe fact that donations seem
to be pouring in as countries compete in a race to see who finishes on
top as the most generous country in
the world. Canada won't win that
race, but our Prime Minister still
seems preoccupied with cultivating
an image of generosity and concern
on the world stage.
A visit from the Prime Minister
might create memorable photo
opportunites, but is of very little
benefit for those affected by the
tsunami. Paul Martin should be
able to rely on the word of his consular officials that Canadian aid is
being used properly. They are there
to act as our representatives. With a
number of pressing issues facing
ordinary Canadians (US borders
closed to Canadian beef, an heated
debate on the definition of marriage, and a provincial Premier who
won't fly the Canadian flag, just to
name a few) the Prime Minister
needs to worry less about keeping
up appearances and concern himself with taking care of the business
of governing. ♦
Nothing like a crisp winter election
by Lyle McMahon
It's January here in the wonderful
world of the AMS, and you all know
what that means!
Or, actually, if you're the average
student, one of 43,000 now here,
you probably don't know what that
Well, my fellow pupils, it's that
time of year for the glorious elections of your beloved student society. Aren't you excited? Boy, I sure
am. The crisp winter morning is
filled with the scent of uninformed
promises and unfeasible agendas.
Does that not smell so sweet? Watch,
as abandoned campaign flyers flutter by, sustainably decorating campus. Aah, yes, democracy is in the
air! And we do love our democracy
here at the AMS, yum yum.
I write not to heckle candidates,
though. Kids who are running this
year are by and large competent,
and deserve a basic acknowledgement—sticking their necks out on
the line, each are asking for you for
the humble opportunity to represent
you! Give them the respect of your
attention, even for just a minute or
two. I promise you, as well, that if
you excuse yourself of the responsibility of voting intelligently, you
might just regret it
'Let's try it out, see how it
works,* said only about 51 per cent
of AMS Council about one year ago,
as I was just about to enter the grueling trek that is a term in AMS executive office. Poof! Slates were
banned.  Goodbye SPAN,  goodbye
RBF, goodbye Students for something. I tell ya, I would have voted
goodbye, too—Slates were no good,
favoured the popular—but at least it
was simple to vote: Red, Blue, or
Beer. We made meek squeaks in
summer Council meetings about the
need to proactively prepare for a
complicated January, but they were
tabled, swept under the rug. Election
reform is a lovely thing, yes, but
requires preparation and energy—
we all have to chip in—AMS, candidates, and voters alike. Has this
been done? Is this an energised
political battle? Are we an impassioned and informed electorate? Is
an inanimate object really going to
win a Board of Governors rep seat?
God, at this point, I sure hope so!
Let's stir this ugly pot of democracy.
I hold the view that the AMS can't
just jump ship on the slate idea and
expect that ninning an all-independent-candidate election is going to
work out perfectly just all by itself,
whilst maintaining a decent voter
turnout (if you call 10 per cent
a decent turnout). The kids
aren't interested in reading so
many posters, and Elections
Administrator is tasked with having
to oversee 38 independent election
campaigns instead of four. Even a
group of ten or so candidates, campaigning together last year, could
only muster about 1,500 votes—I
wish the best of luck to all the
candidates in summoning even
that many!
I sincerely wish ourselves luck
and I look forward to being repre
sented by successful candidates who
may have only received a few hundred votes! Yay for democracy!
Maybe I'll opt out of my AMS fees.
Alas, we can at least get a good ol'
nihilistic laugh in. I applaud those
(few) people who are out there
spreading the word: yes, this is the
AMS Elections. Yes, it is quite a
ridiculous circus. Let's hope that a
slate-free election doesn't necessitate a disgraceful voter turnout, and
let's hope that candidates get their
blasted campaigns on in time to
cajole the masses. Here's our ultimatum: Either you candidates
muster a semi-respectable percentage of votes, or SAC (the
AMS Student Administrative
Commission) will stage an AMS
coup d'etat. Hah! Just watch us.
And empowered student voters!
Kick back with a brew in a
brown bag, watch the circus, and
for Buddha's sake, go to
www.ams.ubc.ca/elections and vote
baby, vote.
—Lyle McMahon
AMS VP Admin
But what about Spencer?
I felt a little dismay and a whole lot
of surprise when I read the editorial,
'Airing our Opinion* [Jan. 14]. While
you are, of course, entitled to your
opinions, I expected a somewhat
more even-handed treatment of the
presidential candidates. Specifically,
I had hoped that Spencer Keys
would receive, if not your endorsement, then at least your considera
tion.   It  seems  the   criteria you
applied to the candidates were experience (generally and in the AMS),
specific goals, and capacity to carry
those through. I believe Spencer has
all of these. His extensive experience
as a leader at UBC, on the AMS and
elsewhere is impressive—and far
greater than that of his opponents.
His platform lays out clear goals for
an effective  student government,
including building trust between the
executive and council, getting input
directly from students, and hiring a
human resources consultant (something you noted in your article).
Finally, I believe his record shows
his capacity to follow through with
these. I can further vouch for his
ability as a leader. Having worked
with him on the executive of the UBC
Debating Society, I have seen his
skill both as an "ideas man/ and in
following through with the nitty-gritty, day-to-day work of leadership.
Further, I have seen him compromise where necessary for the good
of the club, but also be firm when
others were unwilling to do so. He
has not once proceeded without
seeking input from  others,  but
knows also when to trust his own
judgement Overall, he has shown
admirable personal leadership in
tandem with the ability to work on a
team—qualities ideal for a President
of the AMS. You may not agree, you
may not believe that he is the one to
lead our student society, but I would
have hoped that you would at least
consider such a qualified candidate
in your article.
— Teddy Harrison,
President, UBC Debating Society THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2005      7
Shrine time
This weekend witnessed the 80th annual
East-West Shrine game in San Francisco.
Defensive tackle Nick Johansson from the
UBC T-Birds did not register any tackles,
but running back Jesse Lumsden from
McMaster's University did run for 8.2
yards per cany. The East beat the West
Two victories in double digits have given
the women's basketball team life after their
tough loss against Regina last weekend.
Sheila Townsend and Kelsey Blair led
the way both finishing with double figures in points both nights while Erica
McGuinness and Julie Little provided a
more balanced attack. The Birds sit third
in Canada West standings behind SFU
and Winnipeg.
Middle of the pack
A weekend series against the Winnipeg
Wesmen finished with a split for the
men's volleyball team. UBC lost in five
sets on Saturday afternoon, but bounced
right back the next day and clinched a
sweep 3-0 to even out their weekend.
The Birds currently sit fourth in Canada
West standings.
Bring the brooms, it's cleaning time
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by Andy Prest
The UBC men's basketball team pulled away
from Langley's Trinity Western on the scoreboard and in the standings Friday night at War
Memorial Gym en route to an 83-68 victory and
a weekend sweep of the Spartans.
After battling through a tight first half the
Thunderbirds exploded for 47 points in the second to give Kevin Hanson a victory in his 500th
career game as a head coach at the college and
university level.
'It was a special highlight for me to win this
one,* said Hanson, adding that the team's performance over the weekend made the milestone
even more special. 'It was an important game
for our psychological makeup and I'm pleased
that we maintained our composure and finished
on a strong note.*
A couple of sharpshooters sealed the victory for the Birds. Explosive guard Casey
Archibald started the assault with four longdistance three pointers in a five minute
stretch to start the second half. Reserve guard
Craig Rollins clinched the win with three
triples of his own late in the half.
*When [Rollins] hit those three in a row it
changed the game,* said Hanson.
The Birds were also led by fourth year point
guard Karlo Villanueva who dished out 14
assists, including a few spectacular, Steve Nash-
like passes.
After the game, Archibald, who parlayed his
second half three-point barrage and a 12-14 performance at the free-throw line into 31 points,
spoke about the importance of having a positive
mindset *We're trying to have some fun out
there,* he said. 'When we start playing loose we
start playing well. We know when we play well
we should beat this team.*
The Thunderbirds, plagued by injuries and
HE BE BALLIN' Casey Archibald breaks some ankles in his 31 point performance
Friday night against Trinity Western, yinan max yang photo
foul trouble, got some big minutes out of their
reserve players. The bench mob was led by
Rollins and Bryson Kool, a rookie forward who
pulled down a team high six rebounds.
The losing Spartans were paced by Logan
Kitteringham who registered 16 points. Tough
UBC defense limited Adam Friesen, Trinity's top
offensive threat, to nine points on 3-11 shooting.
The win, combined with Thursday's 88-51
blowout of the Spartans, gives the 8-4
Thunderbirds some breathing space ahead
of the 4-8 Spartans. Second place UBC can
now focus on catching Victoria for first place
in Canada West's Pacific Division. The Birds
head east next weekend to face Saskatchewan
and Alberta before returning home for a pivotal home-stand against Victoria January 28
and 29. ♦
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Reminder to all students to vote online for the 2005 AMS Elections at
http://www.ams.ubc.ca/elections. Candidate profiles are available for review on the website
and there are two more forums during this week for the undecided:
Presidential Candidates Forum - Tues., Jan. 18 @ 12 noon, SUB Conversation Pit
Presidential Candidates Forum -Thurs., Jan.20 @ 7 pm, Vanier Residences
Voting closes at 4:59 pm on Friday, January 21,2005.
Find out what the AMS Resource Groups can offer
Participate in the Resource Groups Open House from
January 17 -19 for an informational tour, free food from
UBC Food Co-op and Sprouts, and the chance to win daily
Meet in front of Blue Chip Cookies at the SUB at 11 a.m.
deadline for ti-pass subs
deadline for IPF \
The Innovative Projects Fund (IPF) is an annual donation made by the
AMS to the University in an effort to aid the enrichment and
progressive development of the campus community. The IPF was
designed to provide a start-up funding pool for a broad range of
visible and innovative projects of direct benefit to students. Funding
can range from $3,000 to $5,000.
AH UBC students, staff and faculty who have a vision for a new project
that does not duplicate existing resources are encouraged to apply.
For more information on the IPF and to download an application, visit
http://www.ams.ubc.ca under "IPF". Deadline is January 20,2005.
The Alma Mater Society offers a U-Pass Subsidy to students who have financial need (family
obligations and personal requirements will also be taken into consideration). Subsidies are
disbursed in either a $5 or $ 10 amount/month. The deadline for applications is February 4, at
4 pm.
The U-Pass Subsidy Committee will meet to review applications in early February. For more
information on eligibility and the application process, please go to http://www.ams.ubc.ca
and click on "U-Pass".
For further questions on the U-Pass program, please contact Holly Foxcroft, VP External at
votantBur mwl,
Check into Volunteer Connections
(http://www.ams.ubc.ca) to connect with volunteer
opportunities with organizations in the Lower Mainland.
Here's a sampling of volunteer positions for this week:
The 411 Seniors' Centre is looking for income Tax Ciinic
volunteers during the months of March and April. Duties
include screening clients' eligibility, organizing forms and
preparing simple tax returns for low-income seniors.
Contact: Carrie Belanger at cbelanger@411seniors.bc.ca
or call 604.684.8171.
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is seeking a Big Sister to
a girl in need, or as a Study Buddy to tutor and support a
younger girl.
Contact Carolyn Herger at cherger@bigsisters.bc.ca or
call 604-873-5425. 8
From the mic to the court
WINNING IN STLYE: Cordonier is determined to be an integral part of winning a national championship for theThunderbirds. nic fensom photo
Volleyball star
Emily Cordonier
has it all
by Eric Szeto
She can pick you apart on the court and outsmart you in a one-on-one about world
affairs, but there's one talent that Emily
Cordonier would prefer you not to know
Fourth year left-side Kirby Dow, a long
time friend and teammate of Cordonier, has
been fortunate enough to be a witness to her
hidden talent.
'[Cordonier'sl ridiculous. It's hilarious...
she likes karaoke... I don't know how I get
dragged into these things but I do,* said Dow,
who injured her ankle on the court a week ago.
But it hasn't been Cordonier's superb
singing skills that have been making ripples
in the volleyball world. The Birds blazing 10-
2 start combined with Cordonier's outstanding play hasn't gone unrecognised.
Cordonier currently sits first in Canada West
with 3.88 kills per game and is second in hitting percentage with 0.349.
It's no wonder why teams are paying so
much attention to her.
*I definitely feel it in a lot of games that
I'm being keyed upon,* said the fourth-year
captain. 'When you're standing at the net and
you hear all the time 'It's going to ten! It's
going to ten! It puts some pressure on me,
and I'm trying to raise above that pressure.*
Last summer, Cordonier had her first
taste of international play when she made the
starting lineup of Canada's national team.
She feels this has helped her game evolve.
*I got a lot of leadership experience, and
just general experience on the international
scene. [National's] was a great experience,
we did a lot of traveling a lot of playing
against different types of teams, different
styles of play and you learn to be a more consistent player with that much,* said
Cordonier, who aims to eventually play for
Canada in the 2008 Olympics.
There were definitely some growing pains,
said Cordonier.
'My first game this summer as we played
Japan and I don't remember a time when I felt
so nervous,* explained Cordonier. 'I ended up
actually having a good game and once you get
the first few out of the way, you gain more
momentum and confidence.*
Doug Reimer, coach of the volleyball team,
has seen this growth carry over onto the court
for the Birds.
*I think overall her consistency of play has
improved and her ability to do more than one
thing,* said Reimer. 'She much more of a
complete player skill by skill...that's why I
think other teams are concerned about her
this year.*
Dow's seen the dynamics change when
Cordonier's not on the court.
'She's always had a strong personality on
the court. She's the backbone,* explained Dow.
"I remember one game when her back was
hurting, it didn't feel the same on the court
without her.*
'She's the team captain. She's very articulate. She's very strong academically, she's
very social,* said Reimer. 'There's no missing Emily.*
"She's always had a
strong personality on
the court. She's the
backbone...! remember
one game when her
back was hurting, it
didn't feel the same on
the court without her."
—Kirby Dow
Left Side
T-Bird Volleyball
Catch Cordonier and the women's volleyball team reclaim second place in Canada
West as the Birds play a weekend series versus
Trinity Western January 21 and 22 at War
Memorial at 6pm.
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start at $23 for lift.
Skiing, Snowboarding,
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Call 604-986-2261 local 215.
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