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August 13,2008 | www.ubyssey.ca
finding another rock since 1982 \ volume xxv, number 2
UBC's official student newspaper is published Wednesdays during the summer
$237,882.49 134 days
Think your summer was interesting? Two groups of UBC students
hiked across North America—one
to St. John's, the other to Tijuana—for two
different causes this summer.
oh canada: The Moving Muscles Ride enter St. John's, Newfoundland, ending their trek, couresyof movingmusclesride.ca
UBC students bike from sea to sea, raise
$150,000 for muscular dystrophy
by Kalyeena Makortoff
News Writer
Tuesday, August 5 marked the
end of an 85-day biking trip
across Canada for five young
men raising money for muscular
dystrophy (MD), a disease that
causes progressive muscle weakness but is often a multi-system
Keith Martin, Pat Cuthbert
and Michael McDonald of UBC
and Jonathan Taves and Brian
Sprague of McMaster University
recently biked across Canada
with a $150,000 fundraising
goal in mind for the "Moving
Muscles Ride 2008." According
to their website, the group came
very close, raising $146,760
to benefit Muscular Dystrophy
Canada since the trip began on
May 13.
"It took a lot of work from all
five of us, in terms of planning
what equipment we needed,
planning logistics of when we
were going to leave, and exactly
how we were going to make it
across," said Martin,  "and we
Concerts at UBC
Thunderbird Stadium will host a
pair of music superstars next week,
with Radiohead performing on
August 19th, and Jack Johnson on
the 21st. The events continue a long
standing tradition of summer shows
on the UBC Campus. Justin McElroy takes a look at the past, present,
and future of concerts at Thunderbird Stadium. More on Page 4
weren't experienced cyclists, so
we had to figure out what we
needed to do."
While the group's initial intention was to bike ride across
the country, someone proposed
using the ride as a fundraiser,
and the rest, as they say, is
"We chose to do a ride first
and then from there the suggestion was made...well, why don't
we raise money for muscular
dystrophy? And then all the stuff
around it to make it into a decent
fundraiser came from that."
For Keith Martin, this issue
is a personal one, as he has been
diagnosed and lives with Muscular Dystrophy.
"It's a challenge, certainly.
Certain physical tasks are more
difficult and I have to accept that
some things are going to be difficult for me, that I'm going to
do some things differently, and I
have to adapt."
Martin, though dealing with
the symptoms of MD, never entertained thoughts of giving up
at any point during the ride.
"I mean, I was definitely
slower, and I think it was more
mentally taxing for me, with that
knowledge that, you know, I'm
the slow guy...but in the end they
were understanding."
With four friends by his side
in a bike ride across Canada, Martin said the support and friendship between the five young men
kept the group going.
"It was great, you know, I
don't think any of us could've
done it without having the other
guys there for support and camaraderie. It was great to have four
other people to be able to accomplish the ride with."
The group received personal
donations as well as corporate
sponsorship. Bell supplied
Blackberries which helped the
five students stay in contact with
friends and family during their
85 days on the road.
As for future plans and further fundraising, Martin says he
will be lying low for a while.
"That's for another time,
right now I'm just ready to rest
and relax." vl
A summer spent cycling to
Mexico for (micro) credit
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
On June 7, three UBC students
began a seven week cycling
journey that took them from
Vancouver to Tijuana, Mexico to
raise funds and awareness for
Ben Amundson, Adam
Kedebe, and Emille Whittemore
all decided to take part in "Riding
to Break the Cycle," the second
annual trip to Mexico organized
by Global Agents For Change
(Global AFC), a Vancouver-based
non-governmental organization
that aims to build the world's
largest youth run microcredit
In order to take part in the
project, all 26 riders had to raise
$3000. After ride costs, all funds
raised go toward Global AFC's
youth-managed microcredit
fund. As Amundson, a second-
year global resource major,
pointed out, "There's no administration costs—that's what
makes us unique. It's 100 per
cent volunteer-based."
With the money raised, Global
AFC works with Kiva Microfunds
to fund entrepreneurs in developing countries that are in need
of low-interest loans in order to
grow their business and sustain
their families. Once the money
is paid back, Global AFC is able
to re-lend the funds to another
worthy business.
The concept of microcredit
was popularized internationally by Muhammad Yunus, a
Bangledeshi economist who was
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
in 2006 for his efforts.
It's a cause that Kedebe is
quite happy to support. "In our
first year, this organization has
raised over $100,000 dollars,
so every year, that money comes
back, and we can re-lend it and
re-lend it."
In the end, the riders rolled
in to Tijuana, having raised over
$91,000 for the Global AFC Microcredit Fund.
Students interested in taking
part in the 2009 ride will be able
to apply at www.globalafc.org in
the coming months, vl
Cycling to Mexico
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Sunshine Coast Festival of the
Written Arts • Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian
writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new
voices, with opportunities for writers
and readers to mingle amidst Rock-
wood's heritage gardens. • 557 7 Shorn-
cliffeAvenue (Rockwood Centre), Sech-
elt. Tickets by telephone (1-800-565-
963 7 or 604-885-9631) or in person,
www. writersfestival.ca/index.htm *
Free Outdoor Yoga at Canada
Place • Yoga participants can relax,
de-stress and meditate while experiencing Vancouver under the brilliant
white sails. • June 18-September 17.
6:00pm - 7:00pm, with registration at
5:45pm. Canada Place - Observation
Deck 999 Canada Place. FREE. Donations graciously accepted *
2nd Annual French Film Festival •
Over an eight-week period the 2nd Annual Vancouver French Film Festival will
showcase eight of the best films to come
out of France in the past year. • Different
locations, either the Park, Fifth Avenue or
Ridge Cinemas. $8 Student ticket, www.
festivalcinemas.ca/index.htm *
Does Politics Stop at the Water's
Edge in Canada?: Parties and
Partisanship in Canadian Foreign
Policy • Brian Bow (BA UBC, MA York,
PhD Cornell) is an Assistant Professor of
Political Science and a Fellow at the
Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. He specializes in Canada-US relations, North American integration, and Canadian and American
foreign policies. • Wednesday, August
13. 12:30-2pm. Liu Institute, 3rd floor
Boardroom. •
The Egyptian Judiciary: Between
Secularism & Islamization * Discussion with the deputy chief justice of
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court,
Dr. Adel Omar Sherif • August 13,
2008, 6pm. Free admission. SFU Wosk
Centre for Dialogue. 580 W. Hastings. *
Introducing Nia: dance away
your noon hour • This interactive
session will get you out of your office
and trying something new. Wear loose
fitting, comfortable clothes and bring
a water bottle. • Wed, Aug. 13, 2008
12:00pm-1:00pm Wed, Aug. 20, 2008
12:00pm-1:00pm Wed, Aug. 27, 2008
12:00pm - 1:00pm To register for a
session, please contact HSE Coordinator (Health Promotion Programs),
Suhail Marino at marino@hse.ubcca
or 604.822.8762. Your email should
include both your contact information
and your employee group. Thea Koerner
House, 6371 Crescent Road, Graduate
Student Society Ballroom. Free. *
August 14
Rameau's "Pygmalion" • A delightful evening of music & dance from
the French Baroque: Works by Charpen-
tier, and Rameau's acte de ballet "Pygmalion." • Thursday, August 14, 2008.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at
UBC. 6265 Crescent Road, UBC campus
entrance gate 4. Rush seats for students
with valid ID are on sale for $10, at the
door only, from 7:00pm on the evening
ofthe concert. •
Queer Film Festival • The best
in independent queer cinema from
Vancouver's 2nd largest film festival. •
August 14-24 www.gueerfilmfestivai
August 16
Eastside Youth Festival. • On Saturday, August 16 from noon-6:00pm, at
Victory Square Park, the premiere East-
side Youth Festival hosts street dancers,
graffiti artists and local musicians who
will play all day to raise awareness for
youth homelessness and addictions. The
event will also include a community
marketplace, BBQ, an interactive art
zone, massive mural mix, temporary tattoos, b-boy dancing and more. •
Clitoral Mass and Party • Women
celebrating, cycling in the streets
followed by an all-ages, ALL genders
After-Party. Wear your loveliest lingerie,
a cool costume, some super sox and a
swimsuit...whatever tickles your fancy
and/or fanny. • Saturday, August 16,
2008. Meet at 4:30pm at the Vancouver
Art Gallery, ride departs at 5pm. THE
AFTER-PARTY'at Rhizome Cafe, at 317
E. Broadway (@Kingsway) http://www.
rhizomecafe.ca/7pm, to close (midnight). FREE entry with suggested donations of $3 - $10 to cover some shared
snacks, and eguipment rental. Contact
Jennifer Campagnolo (jcampagnolo@
shaw.ca). •
What Lies Beneath • Help catch,
observe, and release the sea creatures
collected by a beach seine net and learn
about the undersea life from a loca
biologist, park intrepreters, and volunteers. • August 16, 10:30am-2:30pm,
Belcarra Regional Park. Free Admission,
www.metrovancouver.org •
Summer of Love • Live music will be
performed on two stages in Kits featuring original acts of the '60s including
the Melodic Energy Commission,
Kentish Steele, Stephens, Ross Barrett
and local favourites. • West Fourth Ave.
71:00am-6:00pm. Saturday, August 16,
2008. Free for everyone, www.kitsilano-
4thavenue.com •
Pacific National Exhibition * For
the past 95 years, millions of guests
have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting
events, amusement rides, concerts,
cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer fair at the PNE. • August
16, 2008 - September 01, 2008 PNE is
located in Vancouver on Hastings Street,
just off Highway #1 West - Exit #26.
Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival
• Blackcomb Mountain Base, Whistler.
The Canadian Cheese Rolling race will
start at 1 pm. Event 12-4pm. August 16,
2008. Sean Cullen, the Canadian finalist
on NBC's current LAST COMIC STANDING, will be the MC. •
August 17
Motorcycle Show n' Shine. * Jack
FM presents the 4th Annual Gastown
Motorcycle Show n' Shine. • Sunday,
August 17, 2008. Registration at 9am
with Judging from 11 to 5 pm with
awards presented at that time. Any entries received after July 18 will be
$20.00. Free event for the whole family.
www.bccom-bc.com •
Latin Summer Fest • A one day
outdoor event promoting Vancouver's
Latin Culture scene with colourful spirit,
arts, culture and food. Launching with
a parade down Commercial Drive, the
party will settle down at Trout Lake surrounding an outdoor stage where artists
from Flamenco to Cuban Rueda delight
the stage. Enjoy the day complete with
an import marketplace food fair, music
performances and a kid's activity area.
• Sunday, August 17, 2008 11:00am-
7:00pm. At Trout Lake Park. Free. www.
Iatinsummerfest.com *
August 20
Another Musical Co-op presents
The World Goes 'Round * The
World Goes 'Round is a sizzling musica
revue brought to you by the writers of
Chicago, John Kander and Fred Ebb. •
Pacific Theatre. 1440 West 12th Avenue.
August 20-30, 2008 andtheworld-
Richard Shapcott "From natural
duties to global justice." * Richard
Shapcott is Senior Lecturer in international relations in the School of Political
Science and International Studies at the
University of Queensland, Australia. His
main research focus is on cosmopolitanism in ethical and political theory and
the Philosophical Hermeneutics of Hans
Georg Gadamer. • Thursday, August 21.
12:30-2pm. Liu Institute, 3rd floor
Boardroom. •
Victoria Fringe Theater Festival
• The Victoria Fringe is a non-juried festival of alternative theatre from around
the world. There are more than 50
international theatre, comedy, spoken
word and dance companies in 12 indoor
venues, and free outdoor special events.
• August 21-31. info@intrepidtheatre.
PROMiscious Party: Presented
by Peace & Love International at
Caprice. • All proceeds go to charity.
Prom-themed party to graduate from
summer of 2008! Come decked out
in your poofiest and most glamorous
dress. $20 dollars in advance. • Includes
Limo Transportation. Complimentary
drinks in limo. No line/No Cover. Tickets
Yashar - 778-847-9274 •
Models of Transnational Integration - Executive Action vs
Parliamentary Process. • Labour
lawyer Don Davies gives his perspective on negotiations for the Security
and Prosperity Partnership currently
underway among the governments of
Canada, Mexico and the United States.
• Thursday, August 27, 2008 at 7:30pm.
Hewett Centre, Unitarian Church, 949
W.49thAve. at Oak St., Vancouver. All
welcome. Free Parking. No charge. •
Monsters in the Meadow 2008 •
Free Outdoor Movies Return to Stanley
Park! The Vancouver Park Board will
again offer free outdoor horror movies
at Ceperly Meadow in Stanley Park later
this summer. • Dracula (1931) Friday,
August 22, 9pm. The Creature from the
Black Lagoon " (1954), Friday, August
29, 9pm. Rain date: Friday, September
5. Held at Ceperley Meadow, located
near the red fire engine at Second
Beach at Stanley Park. •
August 23
IRAQ! • SATURDAY August 23-4PM.
Vancouver Art Gallery. •
Dancers of Damelahamid * New
Works presents a performance of traditional Aboriginal Gitskan dance from
the Northwest Coast of B.C. Part of the
All Over the Map series. • Aug. 24,
2pm, Ron Basford Park (Granville Island). Free admission, info 604-893-
8875, www.newworks.ca •
August 30
Justice Rocks! • Connect with some
of Vancouver's hottest indie acts, top
non-profits, and visual artists this summer fusing indie music with themes of
social and environmental justice. • Saturday, August 30, 2008 12:00pm-
8:00pm. Strathcona, 857MalkinAvenue. Vancouver, BC. justicerocks.org/'•
Stanley Park Singing Exhibition
•Performances by Neko Case, Andrew
Bird, Destroyer, Deerhoof and the Evaporators (Sun); and the New Pornographers, Stevie Jackson, the 1900s,
Visqueen, and Black Mountain (Mon) •
Aug 31-Sept. 1, 4:30pm, Malkin Bowl
(Stanley Park) Tix $35 for one day, $60
for both days (plus service charges and
fees) at www.ticketmaster.ca/. Tix also
at Zulu, Highlife, and Red Cat Records. •
September 7
Feast of Fields • Sample delicious
creations from local restaurants and see
the origins of the produce at this annua
Farmfolk/Cityfolk fundraiser. • Sept. 7,
1-5pm, UBC Farm (6182 South Campus
Rd). Tix $75, info 604-822-5092, www.
feastoffields.com •
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crab in the ocean. Celestian Rince the blow fish suggested that he ram against the jolly Joe Raymentto relieve stress. Justin McElroy couldn't comment because
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across Maggie Zelaya the squid that was dysfunctional
because she squired red ink, what was soon to come
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Press \_]\J AUGUST 13, 2008
New chancellor election process ignores students
by Sarah-Nelle Jackson
News Writer
This past May, provincial legislation withdrew the right of
University of British Columbia
alumni to elect the university's
Bill 34, or the University
Amendment Act, makes history of the election process
altogether. From now on, the
Board of Governors will appoint
the chancellor after nomination
by the Alumni Association and
consultation with the Council of
The elimination of the election process has ruffled more
than a few graduate feathers. In
a resolution put forward by the
Council of Senates to counter the
bill, Ronald Yaworsky, chair of
UBC's Council of Senates Elections Committee (CSEC), states,
"this provision was advanced in
the absence of consultation...with
our Convocation, our Senates,
and critically, our Council Elections committee." The CSEC, he
concluded, opposed the bill.
The opposition had little effect. On May 22, the third reading of Bill 34 was passed, receiving Royal Assent a week later.
Yet despite her Majesty's
across-the-pond endorsement,
the bill remains an object of dissent. Students' exclusion from
the election process has drawn
strong opposition from the
university's Alma Mater Society
"Student representatives to
Senate appreciated being involved in the election process-
now UBC students don't have
a voice," says AMS President
Michael Duncan. "In addition,
[the election was]...one of the
few ways Alumni were engaged
with UBC.
"This further disconnects
them from the UBC community,"
Duncan said.
The prestige of the chancellorship adds to electors' reluctance to give up the vote. Lawyer
and UBC alumnus Timothy
Louman-Gardiner described the
Chancellor as a ceremonial and
well-respected citizen whose
voice carries significant weight
in the Board of Governors.
Though Louman-Gardiner
personally claimed not to stand
on either side of the issue, he
called the election process "a
neat way to connect to alumni,"
as well as noting it is a fair election process.
"It gave me a chance to contact everyone in my office and
say, 'Hey, ifyou're UBC alumni,
please vote.' Even if they didn't,
the chance was there for them."
However Louman-Gardiner,
doesn't see the end of the Chancellor elections as seriously disconnecting alumni from the rest
of UBC.
"Alumni have a lot of ways
to get involved in the university.
The Chancellor is but a small
part of that."
The AMS, meanwhile, took action against the slight to student
influence. Stefanie Ratjen, AMS
Vice President External, sent a
letter to the Hon. Murray Coell,
British Columbia's Minister of
Advanced Education, outlining her concerns regarding the
"Some people would say that
no one really had any say in the
election anyway," says Ratjen,
referring to the fact that most of
those who had previously been
able to vote were alumni, not
"But I think it's significant
because it's another tick along
the road towards an institution
where [students] have very minimal say.
"Just because we don't have
as much of a say, doesn't mean
we should abdicate from that
process altogether."
Coell defended the bill's
capacity to reflect community interests. "The amendments maintain the important participatory
role of alumni associations [and]
senates...while    providing    for
vote or die?: UBC students can't vote for the Chancellor, goh iromoto & drew Thompson photo illustration / the ubyssey
a more effective selection process," he wrote.
Coell went on to emphasize
the administrative and financial advantages of chancellor
appointment. "The previous
process...has required institutions to implement expensive
election processes," he said in
an interview, adding that the
"appointment process is similar
to the process in place for most
universities across Canada."
He then turned his attention
to  statistics.  "In recent years,
electoral participation has fallen
to levels as low as one per cent
of eligible voters," he wrote, suggesting that those who could vote
in the elections were not necessarily leaping at the opportunity.
Whether that low turnout
owes itself entirely to voter disinterest is disputable. Yaworsky
and the Elections Committee
places blame on the university
for having "significantly reduced
the publicity around the election
and its nomination process."
Taking   away   the   election
altogether is drawing criticism
as being an undemocratic solution. "You see low voter turnout
all over the place. Just because
people don't vote, doesn't mean
you can take away their right to
vote," argued Louman-Gardiner,
In Ratjen's view, Bill 34 is
only one example of the many
changes applied to post-secondary institutions by the provincial
government: "Our universities
are increasingly run by appointed officials in whom the public
has absolutely zero say." Xi
Stretch for charity
AMS Briefs
stretching to the max: July 12 filled Thunderbird Stadium with over
2000 participants in the 6th Annual Camp Moomba Yogathon and
Blissfest, a festival celebrating community and sustainable living
flee far and wide once exams
are done in April, their student
government, the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) is still hard at
work throughout the summer.
Student Council is the highest
elected decision making body
of the AMS, and they meet every
three weeks during the summer
months. Over that time, they've
continued to pass motions, and
allocated student fees towards a
number of projects. Here are a
few examples of your dollars at
• Maximum of $20,000 for
a new IT office in the Student
Union Building (SUB)
• $29,000 allocated to new
furniture in the South Alcove.
■ $8975 on fully soundproofing the Sexual Assault Support
Centre (SASC)
■ $3500 for wood shelving at
Art Gallery
■ $500 to replace the Safe-
walk Office carpeting with tile
tearing it up: The couches that need
AMS COUNCIL have authorized
the Oversight Committee to coordinate a constructive review
of the AMS Student Court. The
move is intended to ease concerns that Council has stripped
Student Court of its legitimacy,
having struck down the last three
rulings by the court. Calling it an
"issue of respect", Law Councillor Clare Benton told the Ubyssey that without a review, "many
law students may choose not to
spend their time [on Student
Court] if they do not believe that
their work will be appreciated."
Griffiths abruptly announcedher
resignation from Student Council in the middle of last week's
AMS Council meeting. In a letter
sent out two days later, Griffiths
described the reasons for her
resignation as "both personal
and political," citing council's
decision to hire two new AMS
student researchers on a salary
equivalent to $7.50 (as opposed
a salary at minimum wage) per
hour as a key reason for her
departure. No date has been set
yet for a by-election. Xi Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
August 13,2008 | Page 4
Summer thrills at Thunderbird
Radiohead and Jack Johnson continue stadium s musical tradition
by Justin McElroy
Culture Staff
For 360 or so days each year,
Thunderbird Stadium is just another run-of-the-mill university
field with seats: a football or soccer game here, a small festival
there, with rarely more than a
couple thousand people inside at
any one time.
But for a couple of days each
summer, it gets transformed into
a concert venue for thousands of
screaming Vancouverites. This
year is no different, as Radio-
head and Jack Johnson will be
dropping by the UBC campus on
August 19 and 21 respectively.
Both Johnson and Radiohead
have performed at Thunderbird
Stadium in the past, along with
scores of other internationally
acclaimed artists. According to
John Hallen, manager of Thunderbird Stadium, the reason
bands keep coming back to UBC
is simple.
"The great view, it has a
nice bowl for seating, and you
can fit 25,000 to 30,000 people
in here—there was even ample
parking at one point," Hallen
adds with a chuckle.
The list of performers who
have graced UBC over the past
15 years is indeed impressive.
Scores of Canadian favourites
have passed by, including the
Tragically Hip, Sarah McLach-
lan, and the Barenaked Ladies.
But it's also seen the likes of
Pearl Jam, Green Day, the Foo
Fighters, R.E.M., the Killers,
Black Sabbath—and many, many
And it's not just individual
concerts either. Over the years,
Warped Tour, Lollapalooza,
EdgeFest, Ozzfest, Lillith Fair,
Virgin MusicFest, and many
other festivals have descended
on Thunderbird Stadium for
days at a time.
It wasn't always this way.
Though the stadium was built in
1967, concerts were a seldom-
seen sight until 1986, when UBC
Athletics became an ancillary
department of the university,
forcing it to become financially
self-sustainable. At that point,
according to Hallen, hosting concerts was seen as "a way for [Athletics] to recoup some revenue
to pay for maintenance of the
stadium and to run programs,
because [the stadium] is really a
white elephant if it's not in use."
The revenue UBC Athletics
gains from hosting the concerts
goes towards a variety of services
each year, from lowering fees for
intramurals, to maintenance and
repairs at Thunderbird Stadium
itself. It's a win-win for both
the Athletics department and
UBC students. So why does UBC
restrict itself to only a couple of
major concerts per year?
One reason is the limited
resources of the RCMP. With no
municipal police force dedicated
to the university, UBC relies on
burning up the stage: Hot Hot Heat Performing at UBC Thunderbird stadium, david zhang/ubyssey file photo
the RCMP to bring in dozens of
outside officers to UBC for concerts, and Hallen admits that
"the RCMP are taxed in terms of
manpower, and to do more than
a couple of major concerts each
year is a real strain on them."
Another impediment to having more large-scale concerts
at Thunderbird Stadium has
been the growth of non-student
housing at UBC, and the rise of
the University Neighbourhood
Association (UNA) as a powerful
advocacy group for permanent
residents of UBC.
"With the UNA now, it's a
very delicate situation, with
the balance of having people in
there and protecting their asset,"
says Hallen. To accommodate
residents who live near the stadium, several meetings are held
to discuss concerns, and homes
are fenced off during the concert
While some residents will
never be happy with concerts
at Thunderbird Stadium, Hallen
believes that "with the demise
of Arts County Fair, [the student-
run concert held at Thunderbird
Stadium annually from 1992 to
2007], one of the biggest issues
[for the UNA] is out ofthe way."
For the foreseeable future,
summers at UBC will still feature
the odd superstar performing
in front of over 20,000 Thunderbird Stadium patrons—and
ultimately, that's good news for
athletic fees and concert goers
alike. ^
For your information:
RADIOHEAD (performing August 19) is currently touring to promote their most recent album. In Rainbows. Jack Johnson (performing Aug. 21) is currently touring to promote his most recent
album Sleep Through the Static. Doors open at 5pm for Radiohead,
and 6pm for Johnson.
BOTH GROUPS have requested that all fans attending the concerts
do their part to reduce their ecological footprint. To that end, all
garbage bags at Thunderbird Stadium will be biodegradable.
THE LARGEST CONCERT hosted at Thunderbird Stadium was
EdgeFest '97. Headlined by Our Lady Peace and Collective Soul,
attendance is estimated at 32,000 for the day.
SPINAL TAP reunited in 1992, and headlined Molson's Great Canadian Party on Canada Day at Thunderbird Stadium. No word on
whether they went to 11.
Since their 1977 debut, Pink Flag,
Wire have been one of the giants
of post/regular punk. They should
either be recluses, republicans or
terrible musicians by now. But
Object 47, the 47th disc in Wire's
discography, sounds as fresh as
anything I've heard this year.
"One of Us," the opening
track, has a giddy cynicism that
nods back to 80s new wave and
post-punk. It begins with a strong,
repeating baseline and an underwater-sounding guitar. Colin
Newman's vocals come in a few
seconds later: "Can I make it plainer?/! misjudged your intentions."
There's no magic in the lyrics—I
think I wrote this poem in high
school—but they soon become endearing; he's having fun singing
them. This song sound tired and
self-referential, but Wire manages
to play it with a young band's energy, and it's exhilarating.
None of the album's other
tracks quite live up to "One of
Us"—they're a little less catchy, a
little less fun, and most of them
take a second listen to appreciate.
But the mood persists; behind the
whole, mostly down-tempo album,
is Wire's big goofy smile, wl
—foe Rayment
There's no denying the fact that
marijuana has been an element,
if not the central theme, of many
films: Half-Baked, Cheech &
Chong, and the Harold and Kumar
series to name some. Go figure
that it would take a British Columbian to bring some creativity to
the genre.
Pineapple Express is the latest
from Vancouver-born Seth Rogen,
double billed as star and writer.
He has made his Hollywood bones
from collaborations with the
comedy world's other unexpected
success, Judd Apatow, with movies such as Superbad and Knocked
Up. Between the two of them,
Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen have
blazed a trail in cinema where
the socially awkward misfits are
the protagonists. Now, they have
shaken up both the stoner and action film genres by bringing us an
unlikely fusion.
Rogen plays Dale Denton, a
process server who wastes away
his days smoking dope, philosophizing on talk radio and lurking
in the hallways of the high school
with his girlfriend seven years
his junior (Amber Heard). James
Franco plays his drug dealer, Saul.
The action begins when Denton
witnesses a murder by Saul's main
supplier (Gary Cole) and his police
accomplice (Rosie Perez), which
sends them running for the hills.
Let's be clear: the action is
hardly jaw-dropping, and the majority ofthe comedy has a "you had
to be there" quality to it. However,
what you get from Rogen film is
a laid back, dog days of summertime romp. You're guaranteed a
few chuckles (no matter if you've
smoked or not) and a few eminently absurdist quotables to drop
into conversation every once and
a while. *u
—famesfohnson Features
Editor: Joe Rayment \ E-mail: features@ubyssey.ca
August 13,2008 | Page S
by Joe Rayment, photos by Kellan Higgins
The Good, The Green and the Phallic
OPENED: 1925
COST: $7.1 million*
Today, the "heritage core" of the
original Main Library is nestled
in the haunches of the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre's modern
glass and concrete structure. The
old block, about a quarter of the
new centre, predates just about
everything on campus and is the
only piece of the school's original
plans that made it into reality.
UBC's Main Library is one of
the campus's three original permanent buildings. Its designs date
back to 1912, when the architectural firm Sharp and Thompson
won an international competition
to design a campus for UBC at
Point Grey. Their plan was for a
sprawling French Beaux Arts-style
campus fit for the American Ivy
League, all centred around the
gothic administration building.
The Great War intervened
before too long though, and most
of Sharp and Thompson's plans
would get turfed due to lack of
resources and, later, to lack of
political will. When anger culminated in the Great Trek, the Main
Library was put up at a breakneck
pace in order to open in time
for the University's first Point
Grey school year. When it finally
opened in 1925 it was, accord
ing to the UBC Library's Vault,
"the only building that hinted at
the ambitious original campus
The university added a north
wing to the library in 1947 and a
south wing in 1960, both of which
were torn down in 2005 to make
room for further renovations. Its
interior was done in Caen stone
and Oak, while the exterior consisted of granite blocks shipped in
from Nelson Island.
The archway at the library's
entrance features several engravings, including UBC's coat
of arms. To the left of the arch,
almost hidden, is the figure of
a bearded man reading a book
titled "Funda" (short for fundamentalism) and, opposite to him,
a monkey reading a book named
"Evo" (for evolution). This was
a tribute to the Scopes Monkey
Trial, which pitted liberals and
fundamentalist Christians against
each other in a battle to decide the
truth behind evolution.
The library underwent a
$79.7-million transformation
from 2005-2008 and came out
on the other end as the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre. The renovation opened up space for 2.1
million volumes, 1.8 million of
them accessible through Canada's
first "automated retrieval system"
(giant robot librarians).
OPENED: 1998
COST: $47 million*
Just across the road from the
Pulp and Paper Centre, the Forest Sciences Centre is the quirky-
looking home of the forestry department. When the building was
being planned, the committee in
charge of overseeing the project
decided that since it was going
to be the site of world-leading research into forestry, the building
construction should use as much
wood as possible. And, further, it
should visibly showcase this fact,
which posed a bit of a challenge,
since the fire regulations limited
their use of exposed wood.
They decided that the building's main atrium would be the
best (and safest) place to demonstrate the use of wood as a
product. As a result, the skylight,
a glass ceiling that lets natural
light into much of the building,
is supported by massive exposed
tree columns. These columns,
their webby supports and sky-
walks connecting the upper-level
offices give the whole section of
the building the look of a tropical tree fort.
COST: $131.7 million*
The Buchanan complex is considered a landmark of
Vancouver's history of modernist architecture, a style
known for simple, functional designs with the ability
to suck the souls of arts students. Buchanan Tower
was added to the complex in 1972.
Visit ubyssey.ca to sign a petition to have the tower
painted pink, so it blends in better at sunset, and to
install a dome on its roof to facilitate rain drainage.
COST: $131.7 million*
The Life Sciences Centre opened
in 2006 to accommodate the
school's medical program.
The building reportedly uses
28 per cent less energy than an
average building and 50 per cent
less water. It also has a dynamic
monitoring system that constantly adjusts its lights and ventilation depending on weather
conditions. In 2006, it became
the first educational building in
Canada to qualify for Leadership
in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) certification.
osts are
lation adjusted
OPENED: 1976
COST: $15.9 million*
UBC's Museum of Anthropology
opened in the Main Library's
basement in 1949, and it stayed
there for 27 years before it finally got its own building. The
Museum as we know it today
opened in 1976, made possible
by a 1971 donation from the
federal government that marked
BC's hundredth year in federation, accompanied by matching
funds from the university.
Architect Arthur Erikson
(who also designed Robson
Square and the SFU campus)
based his designs on Northwest
Coast aboriginal post-and-beam
Erikson designed the museum to have its focal point at the
Great Hall, which houses several
totems. The massive glass walls,
which measure 15 metres high,
allow visitors to view the totems
set against the natural setting of
the museum's courtyard.
The museum opened to
great success in 1976. Better,
in fact, than they'd planned for.
The building was designed to
serve the UBC community, but
it quickly became popular with
BC's general population and a
choice destination for school
field trips. It was also offered
several collections that it had to
turn down due to lack of storage
space. As a result, it went under
the knife just a few years after
opening to add another 18,000
square feet (bringing the total
to 84,000 square feet). The expanded museum included more
"visible storage" space for permanent and travelling collection,
and room for live performances,
such as ceremonial song and
More recently, the museum
announced it would be going
through yet another round of
expansion that will increase its
size by 50 per cent. Phase I ofthe
project, which saw the completion of a new wing, finished in
July. Phase II will shut the museum down for six months starting
September. To mark the start of
the new phase, the museum will
be holding a closing-day party
lpm to 4pm on Labour Day. Xi lnion
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Our view
Trim that bush UBC
What is the UBC campus to you?
Is it walking around trying to find
a spot to relax on grass? Oh wait,
that's going to be a problem. In
your search around campus
you'll find a lot of green space;
unfortunately campus planning
has decreed green space should
look like a war zone.
The thing about UBC is that
there is no thought towards making green space. The best green
space on campus is our dearly
beloved knoll.
What about Maclnnes Field?
Well, okay, maybe that's fair.
But for green space, that's not
a whole lot for the entire campus. In fact, if you want to hang
around outside you are going to
have to make a calculated effort
to find a soft patch of grass. You
can count the number of green
spaces larger than your backyard
on one hand. To name a few:
■Beside the SUB, in what could
be considered a grove: also in the
shade and muddy.
•Around Buchanan: good on
you Buchanan-area. Sure, the
only green space is on the north
side. And it's in the shade most
the day. Also, the north side is the
muddy side. But pretty good considering how ugly Buchanan is.
The Knoll: not very good
green space. Hard to sit on and is
like a big campus pimple.
■Main mall grass: ever seen
anyone sitting there when it's not
for class? Didn't think so.
And by the way, where the hell
is UBC's quad? Most university's
have awesome quads. A perfectly
groomed green space for the pleasure of the student population.
The University of Washington
has one the size of a football field.
Even UVic, our friendly competitor to the west, has a quad (albeit
infested by adorable bunnies).
It feels as though the campus
planners decided that students
hate green. The engineering
space is cold, hard concrete.
The math and music areas
have nothing but hedges and
mulch. The engineering area
around the Cheeze is a concrete
And the worst offender is the
new Irving K. Barber library. It
tries to provide green space on
its front (the side least frequented) and instead remains concrete
and brick in the back (the highest
traffic volume).
What UBC really needs is to
trim its bush. Then we'll be free
of all that unnecessary jungle. Xi
Editorial Cartoon
Graphic by Trevor Melanson
Liberal gov't: "What
ever, I do what I want!"
Most people wisely take a break
from watching the sport of student politics during the summer. But for the last several
months, the AMS has repeatedly
denounced changes made by the
provincial government in how
chancellors are selected in this
The changes to the province's University Act mean that
university chancellors across
British Columbia will no longer
be directly elected by alumni—instead, chancellors will be
chosen for nomination through
vote by their respective alumni
associations, and then will be
appointed to the position of
chancellor by university board
members after consulting with
university senate members.
In essence, this means that
the final say on who becomes
chancellor no longer rests with
university alumni, but instead
lies with university boards,
who ultimately decide whether
or not to approve the alumni
association's nominee.
Some will argue the change is
a meaningless, symbolic, meaningless amendment in choosing
a symbolic, meaningless position. With alumni participation
in the election of Sarah Morgan
and Silverster estimated at less
than one per cent, it's not as
though this is a serious blow to
democracy. And there is merit
to arguing that, for all the gnashing of teeth done by the AMS,
this is really a case of much ado
about nothing.
But symbols do matter, because more often than not, they
reveal some core truths about
what they represent. And the
fact remains that those who run
UBC are often seen as a group
of unaccountable, secretive
individuals who rarely put the
interests of students first. In doing nothing to fight the government's decision to remove the
right of UBC alumni to elect the
titular head of the university,
those in power on this campus
have sent their own silent message: Once you've graduated, we
only value your chequebook, not
your voice. Xi
mxitt a letter
Dear Ubyssey team,
Thank you for your well-
written, well-researched article titled "Toope takes home
$580,000 in 2007" [Aug. 6].
Although I appreciate the
quality of this particular piece,
I must disagree with its zealous
criticism, as it fails to consider
other very important factors.
Firstly, the role of a university president is not restricted
to people management or public relations alone. Indeed, Professor Toope has an active role
(and responsibility) in regards
to UBC revenue development,
obtained often through donors
such as granting agencies and
individuals. I would ask you
to consider the multiplying effect of such an accomplished
individual to revenue development, in comparison to anyone
we would attract with less com-
petitive compensation.
In reality, Professor Toope
is an integral part of UBC's
increasing success in securing funds beyond those gained
from our provincial government, which, as you so accurately noted, is cutting its funding to post-secondary education
(again). In fact, by the end of
the 2007-2008 fiscal year, the
university endowment fund
surpassed $1 billion, making
it "75th richest in North America" [The Vancouver Sun, "Survey puts UBC in Billionaire's
Club," [Feb. 4[). The average for
Canadian universities is $151
Secondly, it would be interesting to calculate Professor
Toope's real wage-per-hour. I
would imagine that our university president logs more
working hours per annum then
many of the other "public-sector
employees in British Columbia"
to whom you have referred.
Finally, given Professor
Toope's credentials, I find it
hard to believe he would have
difficulty securing an executive
compensation package many
times more in one of our province's large corporate entities.
For example, Mr. Ian Telfer,
CA, MBA of Vancouver-based
Goldcorp earns over $ 1.45 million in salary and bonuses. I
would encourage you to take a
moment to look over Professor
Toope's curriculum vitae on the
president's office website; I'm
sure you will agree with me.
We are getting a bargain—and
we are taking that to the bank.
Respectfully submitted,
—Aaron Sanderson is a
political science major in the
Faculty of Arts
What's the most memorable event you've been to at Thunderbird Stadium?
Ivan Penkov
Arts 4
Actually I've
never been to
an event at
is there in store
for me? What
can I expect
there? Radio-
head: that's
Ferusa Abdjliva
interdisciplinary 4
Arts County
Fair: that was
good, two years
back. I actually
worked at it, so
that's why it was
the best. Lots
of people came.
It was pretty
Mia Mushinski
Psychology 2
I haven't really been to any
[events] except
exams and
those weren't
my favourite but
I am going to
Radiohead next
week so that's
Ben Stevenson
[Radiohead] is
probably going
to be [the best
event I'll ever
have attended
at Thunderbird], I think
the only other
[event I will have
attended] was
Arts County Fair
like 2 years ago.
It's a nice field.
Katina Tom
Global Resources 3
I guess you
could say a
couple ofthe
concerts there.
Itwas one of
those indie
groups and I
went with some
-Coordinated by Jen Davison, photos by Drew Thompson AUGUST 13, 2008
Education Insider
by Maayan Kiieitzman
Imagine the following: A government announces a certain level
of funding to universities. Just
before budgeting is completed,
the government then announces
a lower level of funding. Officials
scramble to make budgets add up
by cutting programs. A university
president resigns in protest. The
government won't clarify the
situation, but stresses that universities cannot go into deficit,
cannot increase its revenues, and
must adhere to strict "priorities."
A few months later, the government posts a three-billion-dollar
Of course, the government is
our very own, and few outside of
Gordon Campbell's immediate
family are happy with BC's post-
secondary strategy.
The skinny: a few years ago,
the BC government began to send
out three-year budget projections
to post-secondary institutions
so that longer term planning
could take place. Funding from
the government comes in three
main ways: base funding, which
is based on the type of institution, full-time equivalency (FTE)
funding, which is based on the
number of students, and special
one-offs for capital projects. So
for instance, UBC is a global-citizen-building, patent-producing
research institution, we have
about 40,000 odd students, and
we really want to build a fancy
new library, so we get a few more
dollars then say, SFU.
Problem is that these three
year projections are only useful if
expectations are met. Though all
schools are getting more money
than they did last year, they are
getting an across-the-board reduction of 2.6 per cent from the
amount that the government
originally outlined, and FTE funding was also shifted to reflect government priorities. This means
that both campuses of UBC lost a
combined $ 11.3 million dollars.
Colleges have also been hit
hard—including those that were
christened "universities" on Gordon Campbell's education PR
tour this spring. Don Cozzetto,
the president of UNBC, resigned
in early June in protest. To signal their displeasure, none of
BC's post-secondary institutions
have signed onto this years' letters of expectation, which are
now being reworded.
Knowing how much money
is coming is especially important
now. This government has set out
very aggressive goals regarding
where higher education should be
focusing resources; specifically,
toward health care, trade professions, and aboriginal enrollment.
This is fine, but it means that institutions have very little wiggle
room when budget constraints
occur. It means that when unexpected budget cuts happen, the
traditional academic fields in the
arts and humanities take the hit.
If this is what the government
wants, it needs to be clear and
above board about it.
What does this all mean? To
this government, "expectations"
are not mutual. Universities must
deliver increasing numbers of
graduates in specific fields, while
boosting aboriginal enrollment,
not raising tuition more than two
per cent a year, reaching out to
disabled students, increasing
degree completion, reducing
greenhouse gasses and providing healthy choices in vending
machines to boot. The government must provide a policy
framework, and put up the cash.
Universities are fulfilling their
end of the deal. The provincial
government isn't. And when our
province posted a three-billion-
dollar surplus, to heap fiery coals
on our spinning heads is far from
good enough. Xi
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Canadians dominate at packed Thunderbird Stadium this past weekend
Canada takes gold at Ultimate Championships
by Alec Young
Sports Staff
Canada capped off a wild week
at the World Ultimate Championship tournament with a pair
of gold medals last Saturday at
Thunderbird Stadium in front of
4,000 ultimate-crazed fans.
In the early afternoon, Canada's mixed division team easily
overwhelmed their Japanese opponents 17-8. The game's final
point was scored on a play similar to a football "safety", where
the Canadian defender sprawled
out to pick off a Japanese pass
that was thrown deep in their
own end zone. Both players collapsed to the turf, with the Canadian coming up and clutching
the winning disc above his head,
sending the home crowd into an
The Japanese were clearly
heartbroken by the loss, with
many players visibly shaken and
in tears following the match.
They did, however, raise their
heads and join in the clapping
when the Canadian team led the
crowd in chants of "Nippon" to
congratulate their opponents.
Canada also successfully
defended its world title in the
open division, with a tight 17-
15 victory over arch-rival USA.
The open division is Ultimate's
main event, and draws some of
the most elite disc-chuckers each
country has to offer. The already
raucous capacity crowd swelled
for the marquee match-up, with
fans and athletes spilling out
into the aisles and onto the field
of Thunderbird in order to find
room to watch the game.
After the mixed division
game, Vancouver local Raefel
Imerman, proudly wearing his
new gold medal around his neck,
expressed his elation at winning
a world championship in his own
backyard. Our brief interview
was interrupted several times by
Japanese players wanting to pose
for photographs with him. As he
tried to stop his hand from shaking so he could sign his name,
Raefel described his team as
"just a group of friends that I've
had for years."
Vancouver is in fact the Ultimate hub of Canada, with numerous local players participating on
the national teams in the various
divisions, including many from
Canada itself is a team known
to peak for key events, according
to Ultimate enthusiast Michael
"Match" Fiedler, who blogs on the
game for ESPN. With no defined
season for an Ultimate team,
those involved in the game refer
to a team "peaking" to describe
a natural elevation of team play
and improvement of chemistry
at certain points of the year,
often for major tournaments or
Ultimate has been growing as
an international game, as many
countries are starting to see
returns on Ultimate programs
started by visiting North American athletes. Japan is the best
example of this, but teams in Colombia and the Philippines have
also improved in recent years.
In North America, it remains a
largely middle-class-liberal game,
centred around major urban
centres such as Boston, Denver,
solid d: Canada's mixed division team played Japan and beat them 17-8 last Saturday, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
San Francisco, Vancouver, and
Seattle, owing to the game's "hippie" roots, according to Fiedler.
Hippie roots, you say? Well,
the game remains based around
ideals of fair play and equal involvement, which is why there are
no referees and players call their
own fouls. This is both a blessing
and a curse for the game, as it remains the domain of dedicated
amateurs, but drives away the
corporate sponsorship and the
higher profile that would result
from third-party officiating. Corporate sponsors shy away from
supporting  a game  that lacks
the objectivity of standardized
officiating. Also, a lack of regulation disqualifies Ultimate from
consideration for events such as
the Olympics.
Still, its low-profile amateur
status gives the game a certain
character and subculture. Players are highly keen to swap
jerseys with competitors from
other countries, much like professional soccer players do. For
smaller friendly tournaments,
teams often make up special
jerseys just for the event so they
will have something to exchange.
The   near   sideline   was   lined
with four hot tubs used to dunk
unsuspecting players, which, I
was told, is some form of bizarre
Ultimate ritual—or perhaps just
typical behaviour at these types
of events. In addition to medals,
a "Spirit ofthe Game" award was
also handed out to a German
squad, which celebrated and saluted the audience with a lawn-
sprinkler dance they had obviously pre-planned. Though they
may never get to the Olympics or
play for millions of dollars, it's
pretty clear that those who live
by the disc are happy with their
sport just the way it is. Xi
Courtside comment
UBC Football team heads into 2008 season with plenty of questions
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
It's the same scene on thousands
of fields across North America
right now.
Dozens of physical specimens
running windsprints and tackling dummies. Grizzled old men
barking commands to monsters
nearly twice their size. Hour after hour of drills, meetings, and
Yes sir, it's football training
camp time, a place where grown
men go through hell and back for
the privilege of putting on a helmet and going into battle in front
of impassioned onlookers.
It's also a place where optimism is eternal, where every
team is undefeated, every player
is on the cusp of a breakout year,
and every coach believes they can
go for the entire year without losing any hair.
But for the UBC Thunderbirds
this year, the optimism is guarded, tempered by reality.
"You don't want to set unrealistic goals for your football team,
especially when you lose 12 starters," coach Ted Goveia tells me as
we sit in his office. "It's a tough
conference, and while it's a transition year, it's not an excuse for
where we finish."
Such talk does not exactly
inspire visions of Vanier Cups,
but for this team, this year, the
prognosis is apt.
The anchor of the offense
(tailback Chris Ciezki) now plays
for the Edmonton Eskimos. The
anchor ofthe defense (linebacker
Shea Emery) was drafted by the
Montreal Alouettes. Four offensive lineman have graduated,
three wide receivers have moved
on, and as for Doug Goldsby, the
starting quarterback from last
year?  He's  now a cornerback,
coaching it: Coach Goveia with hopeful thunderbirds. goh iromoto/the ubyssey
courtesy of a torn tendon in his
throwing arm that hasn't healed.
Put simply, this is a team that
is rebuilding. UBC went 3-5 last
year, missing the playoffs, and
the chances of this group bettering that are about the same as
hitting on 16 and striking gold.
Conceivable, but unlikely.
If this doesn't faze Goveia, it
might because he's busy focusing
on building the UBC football program in his image for the upcoming decade. It's almost essential
for a good university team to have
stability at the  head  coaching
position—effective recruitment
and continuity become almost
impossible without it. The Thunderbirds have gone through four
head coaches in the past decade.
Not coincidentally, they've won a
total of one playoff game in that
But this is Goveia's third year
at the helm of this team, and he
believes progress is being made.
"My first two years, you get some
resistance when you change the
culture—the reality is, we probably lost as many guys as we
brought in—but I was prepared to
do that in order to change the culture, in order to move forward.
Our guys have improved in the
classroom, they're doing more
community work then they ever
have before."
For now, Thunderbird fans
will have to be content with off-
field successes because on the
field this team will be in tough
against any team not located on
a small mountain in Burnaby.
It will take a year or two before
the prospects recruited to this
campus will have a discernible
impact on the team.
Until that time, Goveia will
continue to focus on the culture,
and look towards the future.
"If you can get guys lifting
weights, not getting into trouble,
doing the right things on and off
the field, and keep them here for
five years, then the rest falls into
place." Xi
The UBC Thunderbirds gin
their 2008 regular season against
the SFU Clan on Saturday, August
23 at Swangard Stadium. Game
time is 7pm.


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