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Vol. LXXXIXNo. 16 | www.ubyssey.bc.ca | October 30th, 2007 | SINCE 1918
AMS Council prohibits recordings
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
Members of the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) Council have
overwhelmingly voted to place
a number of restrictions on
the use of recording devices at
AMS Council and committee
"I thought that the spirit of
this motion...was to put limit on
the public's ability to see what's
going on and increase [AMS
councilors'] ability to be quite
reckless and not accountable in
the way they act in Council," said
AMS Council Science representative Tristan Markle, who along
with  Arts   representative   Nate
Crompton was one of only two
councilors who voted against the
Drafted by the AMS's Code
& Policy Committee, the motion
outlines a number of policies
related to the use of recording
devices at both AMS Council and
committee meetings.
While   no   restrictions   are
placed on the use of audio recording devices during AMS
council meetings, significant
restrictions are placed on other
Video recordings of AMS
Council meetings are explicitly
prohibited,  with  an  exception
see "Recording" I page 02
the stars
The Parade of the Lost Souls
filled Grandview Park on Saturday evening. Performers,
organisers, and participants
celebrated life and death in a
festive extravaganza.
The event, put on by the
Public Dreams Society, was
deemed a success by its executive director. Its massive
turnout was attributed to its
community oriented, participatory approach.
For details, see page 7
by Andre Coronado
News Writer
Take a quick look around campus, and immediately you begin
to notice a certain symbol that
has been appearing in greater
and greater numbers over the
past few years. Engraved onto a
majority of students' mp3 players is that little Apple logo. However, not only is the Apple Inc.
symbol growing in popularity on
the UBC campus because of their
iPod products, but there is also at
trend in the increase of sales of
Apple computer products.
At the UBC Bookstore, the
trend is nothing but a steady
increase in Apple product sales.
During its past two 'Back-to-
School' periods (which fall within
the months of July to September),
the Bookstore has sold approximately 1700 Apple products to
customers that, for the most part,
have been students.
Debbie Harvie, manager of
the bookstore, reports that over
see "Apple" I page 02
Fraternity men strut stuff for charity
by Freeman Poritz
News Writer
UBC's fraternities showcased
their best looking male 'members' this past Thursday night
at the MacMillan building on
campus. The fifth annual Mr.
Greek competition—a half talent show, half beauty pageant
hybrid—brought out several hundred students to watch the finest
men in the Greek community
strut their stuff.
Mr. Greek, which refers to
the practice of fraternities and
sororities to refer to themselves
as 'greeks', was hosted by the
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, but
every sorority and fraternity on
campus joined in on the event.
Each of UBC's nine frats nominated a contestant to participate
in the competition with the goal
of being crowned "Mr. Greek
UBC," while each of the UBC sororities nominated a judge for
the panel to select the competition winner.
Gamma Phi Beta's philanthropy chair and Mr. Greek event
organiser, Raman Dasanjh, told
the Ubyssey "It was a lot of work.
We worked on Mr. Greek from
the middle of the summer until
see "Mr. Greek" I PAGE 05     Eric Freilich plays up his toga side in Gammi Phi Beta's recent'Mr. Greek'
Campus construction
continues to climb
University appeals to private condo market despite
calls for affordable housing
by Amanda Stutt
News Writer
For anyone who has been around
at UBC for a while, it's impossible not to notice the disrupted
landscape. Some of the changes
are pleasing and pastoral while
others seem to be an eyesore.
There's no denying that the campus is under construction. So
what exactly are the impacts to
staff and students?
Most have probably heard of
"U-Town"—the plan to take the
remote and arguably isolated
campus and turn it into a "university city in an idyllic setting."
Whether you're on board or not,
it's happening.
Jan Fialkowski, executive
director of the University Neighbourhoods Association, has Utopian visions of what U-town can
become and discussed a number
of both realized and hypothetical
"U-Town is...based on the
Cambridge/Oxford model, where
the philosophy is you study, you
eat, you play, and you live where
you go to school—it's a seamless
progression from one aspect of
university life to another."
Fialkowski has hopes to
render the distinction between
where you live and where you go
to school obsolete and "have it all
rolled into one...a situation where
there are no borders."
Fialkowski discussed plans
for new amenities such as retail
and office space, and proposals
for a new pub on Wesbrook mall.
She viewed artist's renditions
on plans for U-Town at function
put on by UBC Properties Trust.
"They were very pretty pictures...
very idyllic."
She pointed out that new
developments on Wesbrook Mall
such as Fraser Hall are "totally
geared toward student housing,"
and additionally, Greenwood
Common    is    rental    housing
see "Construction" I page 03
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PCs on
from "Apple" | page oi
the past five years, Apple sales
have continued to climb, topping
each previous year by at least 16
per cent every time. In 2004 in
particular, the number of Apple
sales beat the previous year by
111 per cent.
"The department of education
and the Faculty of Arts are pretty
consistent in their Apple purchases," said Harvie. "There is always
a core group of Apple users." She
goes on to explain, however, that
because of programs like Parallels Desktop and Crossover, which
allow Mac users to use Windows-
based programs, there is an ever
greater interest in Macintosh
Paul Cubbon, a marketing
instructor at UBC's Sauder School
of Business, tied the success of
Apple brand laptops to that of
their mp3 and video players.
"Before people will buy the
brand, they have to know it," said
Cubbon. "The iPod was launched
in 2001. [It was] a lower priced,
category-leading device that sold
100 million [units]. It revitalised
the whole brand by extending
it into another category. It got
people experiencing and testing
all things Apple."
Cubbon further explained
Apple's popularity, attributing
much of the success to word of
mouth marketing.
"It's [all about] someone coming to school with the latest iPod
and people watching videos together on it. It's the actual experimental action." Cubbon added
that "People that have Apples love
their Apples." A supporter of the
Apple brand becomes a kind of
"evangelist" for the company, he
"It's a very personal kind of
It is exactly this kind of evangelical occurrence thatleads some
people to argue that Apple's success lies only in its brand name.
In the article, "Apple: It's All
About the Brand (Dec. 4, 2002
Wired Magazine)," Marc Gobe,
marketer and author of Emotional Branding (a book about the
brands of corporations and their
relationship with the masses)
stated, "Without the brand,
Apple would be dead. Absolutely.
Completely. The brand is all
they've got. The power of their
branding is all that keeps them
alive. It's got nothing to do with
"I think he's being deliberately mischievous," said Cubbon, when asked to comment on
Gobe's view, "clearly the brand
is important, but [each Apple
product] looks sexy and works
wonderfully easily. Apple's DNA
is that it's user-friendly, reliable,
and easy to use. [The brand] is 23
years old, but it feels brand new.
It's always new."
Whether that's true or not,
one thing is clear, and that's that
UBC students are certainly happy
with their Macs. "[My MacBook]
is very user-friendly and easy
to navigate," says fourth-year
UBC student Leslie Melvin, who,
when asked whether she would
recommend a Mac to other UBC
students responded with a clear
"Definitely." tl
Crompton: "It's about the feeling of
having control over the press."
from "Recording" | page oi
provided if two-thirds of Council vote in favour of allowing
recordings. Individuals interested in making video recordings of council meetings are
also called to provide council
members with at least 48
hours notice and are required
to make arrangements "...to accommodate those persons not
wishing to appear on camera."
The requirements placed
on the recording, whether
audio or video, of AMS committee meetings are even
more stringent. All recordings
of committee meetings are
completely prohibited unless
members of the relevant committee vote unanimously to
allow recordings.
AMS President Jeff Friedrich, who abstained from voting on the motion, argued that
the restrictions were necessary because of the lack of any
pre-existing policies regarding
the recording of AMS council
and committee meetings.
"It's not uncommon to
have these kind of policies in
place for different boards that
you see," said Friedrich. He
later stated "there was an absence of a policy so we drafted
one because people brought it
forward as a concern."
"I don't think that it's going to do a lot to deny people
an ability to get information,"
said Friedrich. When asked
about how these restrictions
will effect students' ability
to remain informed, he said
"There's still minutes from
council. People can still show
up to meetings."
"Council has the right to
control the publicness of certain parts of its decisions,"
stated Friedrich.
Both Crompton and Markle were highly critical of the
restrictions which council had
placed on recordings.
While Markle acknowledged that some council members may be intimidated by
recording devices or feel that
video recordings constitute
an invasion of privacy, he was
ultimately dismissive of their
claims that recordings must
be restricted.
"If you're an elected representative, I don't think that
you have an argument there,"
said  Markle,  who   has   also
contributed to the The Knoll,
an AMS-funded newspaper.
"The Privacy Act has been
used by the University, in my
personal experience, over and
over again, to deny access to
what should be open, public
meetings of elected representatives. And now the AMS is
using that justification."
Along with Markle, Crompton leveled harsh criticism
against the restrictions on
recordings and recording
"It's about control," said
Crompton, "It's about the feeling of having control over the
Both Crompton and Markle argued that support for
the restrictions stems from
fear among councilors that
constituents would oppose
some voting decisions made
during council and committee
"I'm intuiting, but [councillors] must have an inkling
that the way they're voting
is not the way they want to
be seen," said Markle, who
argued that council members
should take pride in their voting decisions.
"Personally, as a councilor," said Markle, "I'm proud
of how I voted on everything
and I should stand behind it
and people should be able to
see how I voted, whether it's
on camera or documented in
AMS Council law representative and Code & Policy Committee head Scott Bernstein
would not comment for this
story, but did speak to Ubyssey reporter Jesse Ferreras in
September about the need for
policy regarding recordings.
Bernstein arguedthatsome
council members felt uncomfortable being recorded.
"I know things are said
in council meeting that are
sarcastic or witty or funny,"
said Bernstein. "I think you
know if these things are going
ot be reported on tape, I think
councilors are going to be just
a little more guarded in the
types of things they say."
Ultimately, Markle's advice
to students concerned about
the recording restrictions was
"Come to student council,"
said Markle, "and videotape
it." U
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Peets: "University Boulevard stands out to me as an example of how [consultation] was done wrong."
from "Construction" | page oi
geared toward students who
want a different experience than
institutional residential housing,
as offered in Gage or Totem or
"There are lots of students
living in Hawthorne neighbourhood and Hampton," she said, explaining that students rent from
the owners or live in secondary
She also said that there will be
more employment opportunities
on campus through the UNA once
U-Town is fully realized and the
UNA community centre is open
to students.
"We're committed to making
sure that this works," Fialkowski
said as she explained the UNA's
broad plan to implement new
initiatives through the U-Town
messaging boards. One examples is a babysitting services for
faculty who are hard pressed to
find care. With students living in
closer proximity and looking to
make extra cash and faculty and
staff needing care for young children, it could possibly forge new
relationships between faculty
and students.
"They already know each
other," said Fialkowski, pointing
out that there would already be a
relationship of trust established
and that ideas like the babysitting
service board would be mutually
Joe Stott, director of Campus
Community Planning, said that
the main purpose of campus development is to benefit those who
work and study on campus, and
that there are both institutional
and non-institutional (residential) developments that have
been completed, with more in the
Stott said that a series of community plan memorandums of
understanding between the GVRD
(now Metro Vancouver) and UBC
were consolidated in 2000.
"It defines how, in partnership with the GVRD, we would
administer a regime of land use
planning and development controls," said Stott. "The bargain we
have with the regional district is
that half of our rental accommodation, about 10 per cent of the
housing stock, would be non-market housing."
Non-market housing is priced
below market value, therefore
making it more accessible for
staff and students who would not
be able to afford to rent or buy at
market price.
"It's not just students who
worry about affordable housing,"
Stott pointed out, "it's also a faculty and staff concern as well."
According to Stott, the university gives faculty and staff rental
housing by providing land for
free, paying what it costs to get
a mortgage, as well as the operating fees, and then passing them
on as rentals at below market
"Since the community plan
was approved, there's a commitment by the university to have
50 per cent of the new housing
occupied by people who work or
study at UBC," said Stott.
UBC physics PhD candidate
and BoG (Board of Governors)
member Darren Peets is sceptical. His vision of U-Town is not
quite as idyllic, and he raises issues surrounding what will happen when the other 50 per cent
non-university members arrive
to call U-Town home.
Peets believes that some concepts around U-Town contain
flaws and wants the policies on
developing non-institutional
housing revisited.
"The way it's being done...
makes it unaffordable for people
associated with the university,"
he said, pointing out that aside
from accessing rentals, many
UBC community members would
not be able to purchase a home
on campus.
"A large portion of this is being done to make money, which
means you want to sell for as
much as possible... a large fraction of people working at the
university are not in a position
to afford [to buy property] at one
and a half million [dollars]."
Peets believes that if the goal
is to create a complete community, where people can live where
they work, then "we're not doing
He also believes there is currently not enough affordable and
accessible student housing on
Peets also said that instead of
asking students and faculty what
they wanted or even what they
thought, "consultation was run on
the design, display, defend...and
do it regardless of what they may
think system."
"University Boulevard stands
out to me as an example of how
[consultation] was done wrong,"
said Peets.
He also believes that the $ 1
to 1.5 million condo target market "may have a pretty abstract
idea of what a university campus
is. They may think a university
campus is made up of a bunch
of very quiet, very intelligent
people walking around reading
philosophy books pondering the
meaning of life."
The reality, as Peets argued, is
that in large part, the campus is
comprised of students who may
be away from home for the first
time and are more interested in
parties, late night drinking, and
"playing loud music at three in
the morning...rather than standing around quietly under trees."
Peets believes that complaints
will be imminent.
"When you put apartments
that start at one and a quarter
million across the street from
Totem Park residence, you're
putting people that are nocturnal
and loud against people who are
not nocturnal and are quiet," said
Peets, "and referees' whistles'
blowing on the playing fields
at nine in the morning on Sundays...to some people, that's quite
Peets also said that residents
arriving with dogs would begin to
use the university as a park when
they walk their dogs and said
there are no 'pick up after your
dog' laws on campus.
Peets is concerned about
possible future disruptions saying that "when these residents
discover that the university is not
what they thought it was going to
be, they will attempt to change
Peets said, "I think things
could have been thought through
a little more before they were
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Aged elevators
approaching end
Integrity of Gage lifts in question
These patents are displayed for an elevator nearly four decades out of
date.These are the elevators of the Water Gage student residences.
by Raeven Geist-Deschamps
News Writer
You've probably used them at
sometime or another. You might
have even been stuck between
floors in one at some point during your time at UBC. Despite
students' frustration with their
speed (or lack thereof) and the
rumours that they are hanging
on by a thread, the elevators
in the Walter Gage Towers are
here to stay, at least for as long
as most current students will
be around campus.
The Gage elevators have
been serving students since
the buildings' construction. At
this ripe age they're older than
most of the students who use
them. According to Director of
Housing and Conferences Fred
Fotis, the elevators have anywhere from three to five years
of life left in them, and Housing is currently putting away
money annually to pay for their
replacement—which will cost
approximately $750,000 for
each of the six elevators.
Despite their advanced age,
Fotis said he wasn't aware of an
increased number of mechanical breakdowns in the past few
Brandon Kotyk of Otis Cana-
Housing is currently
putting away money...approximately $750,000 for
each of the six elevators.
da, the company that originally
built the Gage elevators, said
that they would have to be replaced approximately every ten
years if the mechanical system
was not regularly maintained
and had no part support.
However, with such care and
the modernisation of various
replacement parts, he said the
elevators could actually run
"till Kingdom come."
Fotis said he wasn't
aware of an increased
number of mechanical breakdowns in
the past few years.
According to Fotis, the
Gage elevators will begin to
be replaced once Housing and
Conferences saves the requisite
money. This means that they
could be in operation far beyond the timeline Housing and
Conferences has set for their
replacement, should the money
not be available. But he added
that while all machines come
with a shelf life, the Gage elevators undergo frequent maintenance and testing to ensure
their safety.
If and when the elevators do
get replaced, continued Fotis,
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News     5
Mr. Greek with his Phi Delta Theta Brothers.Top row(L-R):Daniel Kong, Pamela Fung (Gamma Phi), Chris Siedel, Aaron Lapins, Scott Moore,TylerSage Bottom Row(L-R):Joe Hwang, Martin Sing.
Competition selects fraternities finest
from "Mr. Greek" | page oi
the day of the event. It was definitely worth the effort though. All
the contestants were great!"
This year's Mr. Greek spectacle ushered in an intense level
of competition between contestants. All nine demonstrated confidence, prowess, and impressive
resolve—walking the runway and
working the crowd into a frenzy
with relative ease.
The competition was divided
into several parts: a formal wear
section   where   the   nominees
were decked out in their finest
evening apparel, a swimsuit
competition in which contestants were encouraged to show
off some skin, and a casual wear
segment where the competitors
were encouraged to act natural.
But the climax of the night
came when the talent competition began. The audience was
taken to cloud nine with the
Kappa Sigma nominee's sing-along rendition of a heaven based
song. Sigma Chi's contestant
demonstrated superior strength
by power lifting several of the
Gamma Phi Beta girls, but the
star of the evening was Mr. Phi
Delta Theta.
Christopher     Seidel,     who
pledged  to  the  fraternity this
All nine contestants demonstrated confidence,
prowess, and impressive resolve—walking
the runway and working
the crowd into a frenzy
with relative ease.
September, clinched the 2007
Mr. Greek crown by responding
to a question from one of the
judges regarding who he would
bring with him to a desert island.
Seidel responded promptly: "My
"To me, Mr. Greek means
representing my fraternity brothers in the most honourable and
professional way possible," said
Seidel upon being crowned Mr.
Greek UBC.
Other fraternities were also
impressed by the event's unified
"Mr. Greek is an incredible
event that unites all Greeks in
one night and really lifts the
morale of the community. You
see some amazing contestants. It
really shows how much effort all
the fraternities and sororities put
into the Greek community," said
current Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity president Niv Ben-Shlomo.
All proceeds from the event
went to Gamma Phi Beta's official philanthropy, Special Camping For Girls, which raises funds
in order to send underprivileged
girls to summer camp. \j
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Slammed for the first time
by Celestian Rince
Culture Staff
Slam, for those not in the know,
is like a poetry recital, but in the
same way that the London Philharmonic is like Linkin Park.
This is poetry in its most raw
form, poetry on the cutting edge.
It's poetry where the audience is
expected to heckle or cheer their
favourite poets. The atmosphere
is energetic and fever-pitch, and
more appropriate to a heavy
metal concert than a poetry
Today is Tuesday October
23, the day of the poetry slam in
the Meekison Arts Student Space
hosted by the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS). According to
Stash Bylicki, the organiser of the
slam, this is not the first poetry
slam that UBC has seen. There
have been smaller poetry slams
at AUS events in years past, but
this is the first event that has
been organised in association
with the Vancouver Poetry Slam
Association (VPSA).
The VPSA has sent over
eight of their regular poets, and
the remaining four performers
are UBC students. The crowd is
anxious, and many have already
begun drinking. This is my first
experience of a poetry slam, and
I'm just as pumped as everyone
else. I ask an audience member,
Alamir Novin, what he likes
about slam poetry. He explains
that as a third-year literature student, he enjoys poetry in general.
Novin goes on to say that he feels
slam poetry is more relevant
to contemporary times, as it is
more interactive. Almost like an
evolution of poetry.
I ask around, and find myself
talking with R.C. Weslowski and
Lisa Slater, the co-slammasters of
the VPSA. They explain that their
duties include promoting slam
poetry within the city, booking
performers, and coordinating
events such as the slam here today. Slater says Vancouver does
well on the international scene,
and that their teams regularly attend national tournaments. Just
the night before, a VPSA team
competed in Bellingham, and
placed first, guaranteeing a spot
at nationals. Slater and Weslowski make a point to mention that
Cafe Deux Soleils hosts a slam at
5th and Commercial every first,
third, and fifth Monday of the
With a scant few minutes left
before the slam starts, I chat with
Nora Smithhisler, a third-year
physics student. She got into
poetry slams after attending an
event a few years ago, and found
it to be dynamic and beautiful,
rather than the "angst-ridden
teenage angry poetry" she had
expected. Now she's a top-tier
slammer,   having   participated
several times in Canadian and
American national level slam
And the slam begins.
The first performer is drawn
out of a hat. To my surprise, it's
Weslowski himself. No armchair
slammaster, this guy is the real
deal. He delivers a powerful,
rhythmic performance about
various types of food.
"Shake the salt!"
I don't fully comprehend, but
I get swept away by the energy of
the words like everyone else. He
finishes to generous applause.
The judges hold up their scores,
and most of them are quite high,
except for one guy in the corner
who holds up a six. I, along with
half the crowd, boo the man, but
he remains unperturbed. His
score stays.
The rest of the performers
are just as impressive. Some
are fast and furious, some are
slow and lyrical. Some poems
are comedic, others emotional.
Some deal with serious issues
like global inequality and youth
violence, others about abstract
concepts like the nature of reality. All are excellent. Most scores
are above 8.5, except for my man
in the corner who seems to be
the harshest judge.
The last performer is Smithhisler. She speaks of herself crying in a coffee shop. Gradually
a terrible realisation dawns on
me—she's talking about the suicide of her friend—death by gunshot. She uses physics terms to
describe it—the acceleration and
mass of the bullet, the velocity
and radius of the spread of the
pool of blood, and the relativity
When she's done, the crowd
is silent for a moment, and
then breaks into thunderous applause. Everyone is moved. Even
the guy in the corner feels it, giving out his first and only perfect
ten score. After the intermission,
the five performers with the
highest average scores return for
a second round. Each contestant
gives another outstanding performance, and by coincidence,
Smithhisler is again the last
performer. A brief time later, the
scores are tallied up. Smithhisler
takes first place, winning a small
cash prize.
The performance is over, but
now it's open mic time. Anyone
can jump in and give it a go. A
few poets who were eliminated
after the first round go up.
After some internal debate, I
decide to go up and recite a little
something I wrote a while ago.
I'm nervous as hell, but as soon
as I pick up the mic the jitters
seems to fade away. I give what
I feel to be a good performance,
and receive a fair amount of applause. Eh, not bad for the first
time. October 30th, 2007 | The Ubyssey
Culture     7
Parade of Lost Souls a sensational success
Carnival flair
distinguishes festival
celebrating life and
by Stephanie Find lay
Culture Staff
Hallow's Eve came early to
East Van's Commercial Drive
on Saturday night when the
Parade of Lost Souls filled the
streets in a fantastical celebration of life and death. Organized
by the Public Dreams Society,
the parade is held to recognize
and acknowledge life and death
celebrations held traditionally
around the world, promote community involvement, and foster
artistic growth.
Dolly Hopkins, founding
member and artistic director of
Public Dreams Society, says "it
looks to be a success! I love the
turnout and interpretation of
costumes. There is an array of
random displays, with so much
"This has become a mainstay
of Vancouver culture," executive
director Helena Campbell says,
"it's about keeping communities together. Families that play
together, stay together."
Campbell attributes the
event's success to its community
based, participatory approach.
"The audience are members of
the parade, it's an environment
that brings people together.
People phone in August wanting
to know the dates of the event so
thev can schedule beforehand."
Dressed as the "primary colors", Commercial Drive resident
Robb Hill says that the festival
"brings out the best in people by
letting them express who they
are—otherwise you'd be called
a freak."
Volunteer  Wade  Tin   says,
ing and happy. You feel like you
are living."
Residential streets were lit by
glowing pumpkins and littered
with front yard displays. Field
manager Gweny Wong, involved
with Public Dreams society
since 1993, intimates the story
of the "guitar man," a legend
who, atop his private roof, used
to serenade the passing parade
playing his electric guitar. The
original guitar man has since
left, Wong says, but the legacy of
the "guitar man" remains, multiple people adopting his post,
continuing the tradition.
John Flipsey is the owner of
a festive looking house opposite
Grandview Park who says the
festival is, "just fun. We've never
had any negative impact. People
just go out that night if they don't
want to participate, the festival
is part of the neighborhood."
Flipsey's house is elaborately decorated, complete with a
cobwebbed graveyard and misty
smoke. His eight-year-old nephew Adam exclaimed, "people
think it's an exhibit, they come
The Parade of Lost Souls
faces multiple challenges as it
prepares for the future. A serious concern is the increasing
size of the production. Hopkins
points to two issues, financial
pressure, and preservation of
the grassroots feel.
Campbell says that they raise
the money with "great difficulty."
Performers, security, rent, and
tents are all covered by donation. "There is always a shortage
of workers with skills, and yet
the team needed to mount the
event grows larger."
To keep the festival alive,
Hopkins prescribes continual
evolution, saying it will be kept
fresh by "bringing in new blood
and ideas."
Challenges notwithstanding,
next year's festival seems poised
to be another hit, with a giant
puppet pageant in the works as
well as a new choreographed
fire performance.
Standing behind one of the
intricately designed installation
panels of art, a giant Furby remarked, "I've never been to anything like this before," passing
a joint to a leopard beside her.
The circle—including a skeleton,
a flower child, and a zebra—was
approached by a devil calling
"chocolate mushrooms, chocolate covered mushrooms for
Campbell is nonchalant
about the flagrant drinking
and smoking saying that "they
do it on the Drive anyway, it's
just part of the atmosphere,"
however, its not often an event
provides the sort of atmosphere
to conjure such a fantastically
potent metaphor.
Chocolate covered mushrooms, anyone? \a
The Ubyssey vs. Nardwuar the Human Serviette
Culture Editor i
Nardwuar   is   one   of the i
greatest and strangest celebri- t
ties UBC has ever produced. He 1
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Thursday, he will be holding a 1
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show in the SUB ballroom on j
Friday night. We called the man ^
himself to hear his thoughts on 1
the show and life as Nardwuar. ^
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all about. ^
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the Narwuar the Human Servi- ]
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to October 2007...It will be a (
complete Nardwuar weekend. ;
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retiring. ;
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say that? I love rumours, but no. in the United States of America.
Is that what people would like Actually   it's   quite   indicative
me to do? No, I didn't say any- of the position of many actors
thing like that...I'm still excited and entertainers; you will lose
because I have so many goals to your shirt when you try to make
meet. I still want to party pool- it big in the states. Just stay in
side with Heather Locklear...I'm Canada.
encouraging people to e-mail in
their favorites, if they have any U:  You  seem  to  try to  link
favorites. Or tell me what not to things back to Canada in your
play. Don't play that, don't play interviews.
that; maybe nothing, so there
could  be   silence.   If  enough N: It all seems to come back to
guy I interviewed, were all fake.
So if you say the moon rocks
are from the moon, you're
lying, you're part of a big conspiracy. UBC even plays into the
moon rock conspiracy. I say,
U. What is your role in the
media? You have been called a
litmus test for a celebrity's true
personality. What does that
people phone in and say,  "I     Canada. It all seems to come
want silence," then there will     back to UBC.
be twenty hours of silence. It's
what the listeners want.
U. About the new floaty pen,
why does your shirt come off
when  you   go   through  the
David Strangway, who was
the president of UBC, was the
guy who collected and investigated   the   moon
rocks,   and   the
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to be able to explain me. I just
like having fun and doing interviews... Chris Murphy, from
the band Sloan...slammed the
door and walked out on the
interview, and now he's playing
bass in my band.
There are other people who
hate my guts and continue to
hate my guts to this day.
U. Oh, like who?
N: Beck. I interviewed him in
1994 and he told me to fuck off.
Then I got in trouble because
he told me to fuck off. And as a
result I got
banned from doing interviews
with anyone on his label.
(J: Are you going to get sleep in
between interviews?
N: Exactly. My interviews are
that boring. I'm sure I'll fall
asleep in the middle of the
night. I hope I don't fall asleep
and then there will be dead air
and people will get angry. I'm
hoping then people will phone
in, but if no one is listening
there might be some problems
there...I will be falling asleep
during the long, boring interviews. Hey! There are no long
boring interviews! I'll manage.
I did this same thing during my
11th year anniversary. Why did
I do 11? Because I forgot about
my 10.
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and can even block vaginal openings.
You're probably thinking that someone
would have to be pretty clueless to hook
up with a partner who's covered in genital
warts. But there's just one problem - not
everyone infected will have symptoms.
So, whether you're all about staying exclusive or playing the field, a partner can still
pass HPV on to you without even knowing
they have it.
And as if the thought of genital warts
isn't enough to kill the mood, other types
of HPV are the number one cause of cervical cancer. It's a serious disease - this year,
about 1,350 women will be diagnosed
with it, and another 400 will die from it.
Condoms do provide a safety net
against HPV, but they can't promise to be
100% effective. This is because HPV
spreads so easily that all it takes is skin-to-
skin sexual contact for it to make the jump
from one person to the next, and a
condom might not completely cover an
infected area.
There's too much of a risk involved to stay powerless against they're both important components in the fight against HPV
HPV. Up to 80% of Canadians will be exposed to it, many before This year, more than 400,000 women will have an abnormal
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UBC Tennis taken down by UVIC at int'l tourney
23 teams in Portland,
usual rivals fight for gold
by David Karp
CUP Western Bureau Chief
Beaverton, ORE. (CUP)-Kelly
McNabney battled through a
shoulder injury to carry UBC's
tennis team to the finals of the
regional championships, but it
wasn't enough to knock off UVic
at the 23-team tournament last
weekend in Oregon.
While teams competed from
colleges and universities all over
Washington, Oregon, and BC,
the final featured a competitive
all-BC matchup where UBC lost
to UVic 29-21. The last three sets
all went to tiebreakers.
A second-year physiotherapy
master's student and former
starting goalkeeper for UBC's
varsity soccer team, McNabney
was battling a rotator cuff injury
on her right shoulder the whole
"Number one on the docket is
that I'm supposed to rest at this
point in time, but I'm not going
to," said McNabney.
She had tears in her eyes
after the loss to UVic. "I'm not
emotional because of the loss,"
she said. "I'm emotional because
my shoulder is so sore that once
the match is done, pain kicks in
over adrenaline."
Despite McNabney's courage
to play through the pain, she
could not secure a win as the
Thunderbirds were the runner-
up in the US Tennis Association
Pacific Northwest College Cham
pionships. The co-ed tournament
was played using World Team-
Tennis rules, where each match
consists of five sets—one of
men's singles and doubles, one
of women's singles and doubles,
and a set of mixed doubles. The
score is determined by the number of games each team wins. (A
team needs six games to win a
The tournament was held at
the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center
in Beaverton, Ore., just outside of
Portland. Lastyear Simon Fraser
University lost in the final.
I'm emotional because
my shoulder is so sore
that once the match
is done, pain kicks
in over adrenaline.
Kelly McNabney,
UBC tennis player
UVic was able to contain
McNabney, whose play in women's singles and mixed doubles
was one of the main reasons
UBC reached the finals.
"She's a beast," explained
University of Washington captain
Cory Taylor, whose team lost 30-
12 to UBC in the quarterfinals.
"I've seen a lot of Gonzaga scholarship players that she could
"Why is UBC so good?" asked
Simon Fraser captain Arman
Kaveh. "Because of Kelly...she
can singlehandedly steal a
UVic's Crystal Knysh handed
Kelly McNabney, a former UBC soccer goalkeeper turned tennis star, serves during the tournament over the weekend.
McNabney her first women's
singles loss of the tournament
in a 6-5 set that had to be settled
by tiebreakers. Knysh was able
to use her strong backhand to
return McNabney's bullet of a
"I'm really out of shape and I
couldn't make a forehand," said
Knysh, who said luck and her
backhand helped her win.
"I just wasn't putting the
ball where I should have," said
McNabney. "[Knysh] had a really
good backhand and I was giving
her way too many backhands."
McNabney and Sepehr
Khorhsani   fell   6-5   to   UVic's
mixed doubles pairing of Matt
Vaulkhard and Ana Curcin.
UVic won four of the five sets
in the finals.
UBC's lone victory came in
men's singles, where Erin Crockett came back from a 5-3 deficit
to defeat UVic's Rob Fuhrman in
tiebreakers. til
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The event will bring together prominent political figures who
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Sponsored by:
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The AMS is supporting this event with a $450 grant from the Clubs Benefit Fund.
Safewalk is a free, student-run
foot      patrol      service      with
two-person   co-ed   teams  that
will meet you and accompany
you anywhere on campus to
make sure you get there safely. Keep an eye out for
our bright red reflective jackets and signature foot
logo, and let your next walk be with us!
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Transparent Obscurity: The AMS Paradox ' Letters
An interesting coincidence at
the intersection of multimedia and open government
occured last week. The Ubyssey
began putting video content on its
website, and the AMS approved a
motion restricting video and audio
recording at AMS Council meetings.
Video recording can be a valuable tool for keeping track of who
votes for what in AMS Council
meetings. As it stands, most of the
votes in AMS Council are not done
by a roll call. Instead, executives
and student members silently raise
their hands to vote for or against
a measure. This serves to expedite
the voting process, but makes it
difficult to know who specifically is
voting yes or no on policies. Hand
voting leaves students in the dark
about the positions that their elected representatives take, because
there is no record in the minutes of
individual votes—making the entire
process less accountable.
Under the new policy adopted by
the AMS on October 24th, council
meetings can only be videotaped
with the assent of a two thirds
majority, preferably with 48 hours
notice on the part of the videog-
raphers. Furthermore, committee
meetings are off-limits to audio
and video recording without the
unanimous consent of committee
This is a terrible step back from
open government. Video recording
of AMS Council meetings will allow students to see what the AMS
(funded by students) does. It will
allow them to see how their elected
representatives are using their
Some councillors reportedly feel
that video cameras may be intimidating, but we feel that recording
can be useful to check on student
politicians operating without the
knowledge of their constituents.
How many times have officials
tried to deny making comments
that are in the public record,
rewriting the past for their own
benefit? Recording government
meetings that are already open to
the public brings accountability
to elected officials, and helps in
maintaining awareness of our civic
Lastyear, the AMS sponsored
the Voter Funded Media (VFM) contest to raise awareness of student
government issues. Many execs
cited the project as a major accomplishment of their tenures.
Similar to VFM, video of Council
meetings can only increase the
potential for more students to be
informed of the student politicians'
actions, possibly resulting in less
student apathy and a higher voter
turn out in AMS elections and increased dialogue with executive.
As online news is now tied to
video and audio, it makes no sense
that Council would now take a firm
step back, restricting multimedia
recording of their meetings.
Having the ability to visually
record government meetings is an
integral part of open government
in the digital age. The AMS should
videotape all of the Council meetings and make them available online, similar to how C-SPAN shows
the activities of the United States
No good can come from a government hiding its most basic legislative functions. After all, how can
the student government claim to be
promoting transparency while passing motions which further obscure
its work. Students deserve better
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Streeters is a weekly column in
which the student body are asked
their opinions on current affairs.
Is it fair to require a 2/3rd majority vote to be allowed to record at AMS meetings?
Lauren Buuck
Commerce, 1
"I don't see why
you can't have a
video recorder
or camera
documenting the
event.  I think it's
completely absurd."
Craig Pagens
Philosophy, 3
"I guess it can
never hurt, but I
don't know enough
about the issue to
say either way.  I
mean if we want to
know we should be
allowed to."
Naveen Dosangh
Commerce, 2
"Honestly, not
really. I don't vote
in AMS Elections,
so it doesn't bother
me much."
Michael Darman in
Philosophy, 2
"Corruption [can't]
be avoided, and
it's almost a virtue
for politicians,
so if they find
a way to keep
videotaping out
of the process and
keep their decisions
anonymous then
it's good for them."
Patrick Littlejohn,
Enineering Masters
"I guess if it's not
interfering, then
it's not a big deal.
It really comes
down to liability.  I
think the resource
should be there for
the people that are
Organic article full of unsubstantiated
While reading through the Friday, October 26th
editorial ("The benefits of going organic for students,") on the benefits of organic food, I came
to a realisation: I'm not convinced.
First, the claim that organic food is safer because it contains less pesticides: I'm assuming
that the source for these claims is the same as
mine, a 1997 Consumer Reports study of fruits
and vegetables purchased in five cities across
America. The study found trace amounts of pesticides in 25% of organic produce and in 77%
of conventional produce, yet only one sample
from each group had pesticide levels that exceeded the federal limit. So, yes, a smaller percentage of organic produce has trace amounts
of pesticides, but conventional produce is still
well within limits accepted by the American
FDA and Health Canada.
Second, the author's claim that organic
foods are somehow healthier to eat: The only
thing brought up by the author to prove this is a
quote from a Land and Food Systems associate
professor claiming that "people eating organic
are more aware of their diet so there is a correlation with better diet habits all around." This
statement, while likely true, in no way implies
that organic food is healthier to eat! I'm still
skeptical, but don't take my word for it; here's
what the Food and Agriculture Organization of
the United Nations has to say about the topic:
"Many of the studies that have so far been carried out to compare the nutritional quality of
organically grown foods with those produced
by conventional methods have suffered from
flawed experimental design. This has undermined the validity of some of the results and
limits the ability to confidently draw conclusions tit this regard...In several cases, even
when differences between the content of certain nutrients are statistically significant, they
are only of minor nutritional importance. Further work needs to be carried out in this area to
verify or clarify earlier results."
So, if you're really concerned about consuming trace amounts of pesticides deemed
safe by Health Canada (keep in mind the definition of trace: "a very small quantity, especially
one too small to be measured"), then organic
food might be the way to go. But please, don't
make unsubstantiated claims that organic food
is somehow more nutritious than conventional
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T-Birds fall to Dinos, lose playoff berth
Jon Roe
The Gauntlet
Winnepeg, MB (CUP)—The UBC
football team had the lead at half-
time, but the Dinos stormed back
with 31 points in the second to
beattheT-Birds41-23 onFridayat
MacMahon Stadium in Calgary.
The win gave the Dinos a record of 4-4, putting them in the
fourth and final playoff spot for
Canada West. The loss dropped
the T-Birds to 3-5 meaning they
will miss the playoffs for the first
time since 2003.
Though UBC hadn't played
a game since October 13, they
started the first half with the sole
purpose of making the playoffs.
They opened up a 10-3 lead in
the first quarter thanks to a Tyler
Hamade touchdown set up by a
41-yard Derek Townsend punt
The T-Birds' offense kept rolling in the second quarter, as Tyler
Codron returned the ball 71 yards
off a fumble for a touchdown. The
Dinos began to get going after a
Marc McVeigh interception gave
them the ball, then an offside call
gave them a fresh set of downs.
Running back Anthony Woodson capitalised on the call as he
punched the ball in the end zone
from 13 yards out.
"We worked so hard only to
have the season finish with a sub
par performance," said Dinos
head coach Blake Nill to his players at the half.
What he said must have
worked as The Dinos came out of
the locker room with a spectacular
32-yard run by Matt Walter that
cut the Birds' lead to three points.
The T-Birds answered with a
field goal, but that would be all the
scoring they would do. The Dinos
We worked so hard
sub par performance
Blake Nill,
Dinos head coach
followed with 24 unanswered
points off of four touchdowns and
a field goal.
The Dinos will take on the No.
1 ranked University of Manitoba
Bisons in the first round, vl
Calgary running back Matt Walter tries to run through the UBC defense. His 32-yard run put the Dinos within three.
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Women's V-ball starts hot, ranks No. 4 in nation
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
Continuing our preview of the
winter sports teams at UBC, we
take a look today at the women's
volleyball team.
They entered the season
ranked No. 4 in the nation, despite not making it to nationals
last year. We look to see if their
ranking is justified. The women
opened their season with a win
against SFU and two wins against
Winnipeg, but will this trend
The 2006-2007 Season, in
SO Words or Less: In what was
supposed to be a rebuilding year
for the program, UBC managed
to stay competitive with the top
teams in the ultra-competitive
Canada West Conference and
finished with a 14-6 record in the
regular season. However, a first
round loss to Calgary ended their
dreams of glory.
Departures: A young team
last year, the Thunderbirds return relatively intact this season.
Only three players left the team,
all to graduation. And of these
three, only the loss of right side
attacker Stephanie Kurz poses
any real challenge to the 'Birds.
Arrivals: With most of the
team returning, the off-season
was relatively quiet for head
coach Doug Reimer. Rookies
Rayel Quiring and Kyla Richey
were outstanding high school
players in the province for many
They come to UBC with high
expectations, although those
high expectations may not necessarily be reached this year. Mami
Miyashita was brought over from
the University of Manitoba to add
some depth at the libero position.
After transferring last year from
UBC's Liz Cordonier positions the ball just right on a spike to get it past University of Winnipeg Wesmen players Leah Brezinski (left) and Jayme Menzies
(right).The T-Birds won both games 3-0 this weekend to start their season undefeated. They have not dropped a set in their first three games.
SFU, junior Nathalie Eades will
get a chance to play a lot in the
middle of the court.
The Leader: Carla Bradstock.
She may not be the flashiest
player on the squad, but coach
Reimer describes her as the "one
who takes charge when she's out
on the court."
Bradstock led the team in assists, finished third in aces, and
had a very tidy 27.8 per cent attack rate. In her final year with
UBC, Carla is ready to lead the
team back to the CIS nationals.
The Wild Card: Kyla Richey.
Described by Reimer as "perhaps the top graduating player in
BC lastyear," Richey enters UBC
having already spent two summers with the junior national
team. In Reimer's attack-by-committee offensive system, Richey
will get her fair share of opportunities to show that she's worth
the hype. So far, she's proven up
to the task. In the season opener
against SFU on Oct. 24th, she
had eight kills on nine attempts
(an obscenely good rate, for you
volleyball novices out there). The
question is, will it last throughout the entire season?
The Sleeper: CaitlynKnowles.
A quiet, competent backup,
Knowles has earned more and
more playing time as she has
progressed   through  the  years
with the Thunderbirds. Now a
5th-year senior, Reimer will be
counting on her experience and
giving her more playing time,
allowing Knowles the chance to
prove what she can do as a starter. Based on her performance in
the home opener (seven kills and
ten digs), the chance of a breakout senior year is there.
Burning Question: Can the
Thunderbirds make the leap in
one year from outside the playoffs to the CIS championship?
Reimer has gone on the record
to say "we certainly believe that
this team is capable of going all
the way."
But this team still lacks  a
player who can dominate matches for extended periods of time.
And in this tough and deep conference, that looms as a potential
In Conclusion: When a team
wipes the slate clean, as the Thunderbirds did at the beginning of
lastyear, it rebuilds step by step.
The first step—being competitive
in the conference—took place last
This year, the Thunderbirds
hope to skip straight from there
to winning a national championship. But before they do that, they
might have to go through that inevitable phase of being very good,
but not quite good enough, t
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