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Array  21 Page 2110.03.2011
What's on
This week, may we suggest...
CiTR Radio Volunteer Orientation: 6:30-7:30pm @ CiTR offices
Every first Monday of the month. CiTR holds an orientation for people
interested in getting on the air. DJing events or writing for Discorder. Stop
by to check out their massive record collection and see the radio magic
happen live.
Steve Aoki: 9pm-1am @ the
Pit Pub
Holy shit! Facebook says that
over 800 people plan to attend
the influential electro producer's
concert at the Pit Pub. Clearly, we
will finally see the Pit in its final
form, in which it transforms into
a multitiered mega club with a
foam room, seven bars and a
state of the art sound system.
We're excited for this long overdue boost to the campus club
scene. Thanks. Mr. Aoki!
Copyright in the Classroom
Seminar: 1:30-3pm @ 1KB
Hey faculty! You should probably
attend this seminar so you know
how to avoid being thrown in jail
for contravening copyright laws.
UBC Symphony Orchestra:
8pm @ the Chan Centre
Stop by the Chan box office at
noon for free tickets to the evening's performance! Class up a
bit after the shameful things that
are bound to happen at the Steve
Aoki show.
Men's hockey vs. Calgary: 7pm
@ Winter Sports Centre
The Thunderbirds have had a
rocky past couple of seasons,
but based on pre-season games.
UBC may actually have a chance
of winning some games this year.
Check out the first game of the
season against Calgary.
Got an event you'd like to see
and your best pitch to printed
on this page? Send your event
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One on one with
the people who
make UBC
David Ng teaches biology in a way that the rest of us can understand.
David Ng: Science rules!
Geoffrey Woollard
Trying to setup an interview
with Dr David Ngwas no easy
feat. He sat like a praying mantis
in his uber-ergonomic chair,
reviewing his schedule on an
elongated monitor twice as high
as it was wide: "No, Thursday I'm
teaching all day... I'm in every
day at 7:30am and I teach at 9."
Eventually though, an interview
was scheduled.
Ng, a professor known for us-
ing Price Is Right-esque games to
teach students about the cost of
equipment, is the supervisor of
the Advanced Molecular Biology
Laboratory. It's the education arm
of Michael Smith Laboratories,
the university's biotechnology
lab named after the former UBC
professor who won the Nobel Prize
for chemistry in 1993. Ng oversees
programs that teach science to the
general public.
The longest running program
in his lab is the molecular biology
workshops. One student review on
the website called it a "well-oiled
machine...[so] easy to follow, even
an economist can do it!"
In only a few minutes of speaking with him, Ng's genuine interest
in his projects became obvious.
Joanne Fox, his next door neighbor
and colleague, described his energy
as a sort of "boyish fun: 'that sounds
cool, let's do it!'"
A project currently taking up
Ng's time is the Phylomon project.
Started in response to a paper
published in Science magazine that
reported that kids knew much more
about the creatures ofthe Pokemon
universe than real life organisms,
Ng is creating a game where children learn about real animals. He
hopes the project, which can be
seen sitphylogame.org, will inspire
others to make teaching science at a
young age more accessible.
"The reality is the most attractive thing to a kid is something that
looks a little Pokemonish," said Ng.
"I'm hoping over time we can get
some museums to step away and be
a little more risky."
While Ng said Phylomon hasn't
gone viral yet, he's pleased with the
progress that it's made, with many
artists and scientists contribut-
ingto the project. It's just another
example ofthe varied career Ng has
made for himself while at UBC.
"Over the years, I've been able to
build a reputation of taking on unconventional projects...when I start
things, the degree of success is all
relative, because we don't actually
know what the degree of success
should be." 13
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"The reality is the most attractive
thing to a kid is something that
looks a little Pokemonish."
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AMS Security votes to unionize, but switches to COPE378
Dominic Lai
AMS Security has voted in
favour of unionizing, but it
won't be through United Food
and Commercial Workers 1518
(UFCW1518) as expected. Instead,
they'll be negotiating through the
Canadian Office and Professional
Workers Union (COPE378).
Andy Neufeld of UFCW1518
explained the switch. "We felt it
made more sense for the members to belong to a union that was
already established at UBC, and
especially adjacent to where they
work already," he said.
COPE378 is the union that
represents staff at the AMS. The
union also represents employees
from BC Hydro, the Insurance
Corporation of BC, Capilano
University, TransLink, Coast
Mountain Bus and Terasen.
"We talked with the members about that and they were in
agreement, [and] COPE 378 was in
agreement, so it's just in the process now of driving that forward,"
said Neufeld.
AMS Security officer Irfan
Reayat said he fears AMS Security
will be penalized for successfully
unionizing. He said that a number
of steps taken by the AMS "indicates that the AMS management
is least interested in addressing
the real issues, but more inclined
to punish the security department
for their decision to get unionized.
"In the end, I am satisfied with
the election results, but anticipate
retaliatory actions from the AMS
management towards me and the
rest ofthe security department
that can include the replacement
of some of the employees in the
department," he said.
Once the switch-over is complete, negotiations on pay and
benefits between the AMS and
the union will begin.
"We're now moving into a
period of collective bargaining,
so that's all we can really say at
this point," said AMS President
Jeremy McElroy. "When an
agreement has been made between the two organizations, that
agreement will be made public...
We'll be able to comment further
at that point."
Reayat sees the possibility of
things becoming more positive
following negotiations.
"Notwithstanding the current
circumstance, it is also a good
opportunity for them to substantially improve the credibility of
the AMS not only as a student
organization, but also as a good
employer," he said. 13
—with files from Micki Cowan.
Gaza transfer stalled due to accounting "mishap"
Jonny Wakefield
Managing Editor, Print
Last year's contentious money
transfer from an AMS resource
group was discovered to have never
gone through.
Last January, the AMS Social
Justice Centre (SJC) was set to
transfer $700 to the student club,
Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights (SPHR). The money would
fund the Canada Boat to Gaza, an aid
and protest flotilla.
The SJC is a resource group which
receives part of a $1.50 student fee
paid by every UBC student.
The transfer was first frozen by the
AMS in November 2010 and caused
over two months of debate before
finally being approved.
AMS VP Finance Elin Tayyar has
called it an accounting mishap.
While the actual donation came
out ofthe SPHR accounts on April 20,
2011, records show that it was never
funded bythe SJC because the transfer never came through.
"That's very interesting," said
Omar Chabaan, the president ofthe
SPHR. "We did not know about that."
Chabaan said that the SPHR did
change treasurers in the middle of
the term, so that could be why it was
Arielle Friedman, who was in
charge ofthe SJC finances during
this period, was also surprised to find
out. "That's terrible," she said. "To my
knowledge, it had gone through."
When asked how it went unnoticed, Friedman responded, "Seven
hundred dollars is not a huge portion
of our total budget."
After notingthe issue last
Wednesday, Tayyar sent out an email
to councillors.
News briefs
Modern Green residential
complex goes on sale
Units at a new UBC residentia
complex called "Yu" have been
designed to appeal to immigrant
Chinese buyers. The building
is being constructed by one of
China's largest property developers,
Modern Green.
Yu is said to be an extension of
UBC's "living laboratory" initiative, in terms of its sustainability
Opening by the end of 2012,
prices for the 106 units start at
about $450,000.
In 2010. Modern Green donated
$3.5 million towards research
by UBC's Centre for Interactive
Research on Sustainability
An AMS Council decision in December 2010 approved the $700 transfer, which, ten months later, has yet to go through
"It has recently come to my attention that last year's transfer of
$700 from the SJC to SPHR was not
actually processed due to an apparent
mishap in the accounting procedure.
This information was brought to my
attention through a discussion regarding resource group budgets."
The donation was originally frozen
in November, 2010. On November 25,
then-AMS president Bijan Ahmadian
tweeted that he called security to
remove Chabaan from his office.
SUS election results
The results of the UBC Science
Undergraduate Society's 2011 fall
election have been tabulated. The
four winners of the position of
general officer, with a combined
49.5 per cent of the vote, are Vanilla
Sun. Carmen Wong. Stella Fang and
Divya Patel. Serena Ng and Justin
Chang were each elected to be
AMS representative, with 39 per
cent of the vote each. Winning by
six votes. Joyce Chang was elected
for Coordinated Science Program
representative. Out of 18 candidates,
Arun Dhir and Cynthia Lam were
elected as first-year representatives. Since only a single vote was
cast in the Science One representative race, the results are yet to be
Campus was deluged with
pamphlets and email campaigns
as opposing sides argued overthe
donation. An AMS Council meeting
on December 1 attracted hundreds of
students to the Norm Theatre, where
Council voted 26-10 in favour of ap-
provingthe transfer.
The transfer was then put on hold
while an investigation was conducted as to whether it would violate
any rules about donating to terrorist groups. Tayyar was instructed
Provincial doctors program
not producing
UBC's Northern Medical Program
aspires to train doctors who wil
stay after graduation and serve
communities in northern BC.
where doctors are desperately
However, students accepted into
the program are not obligated to
practice family medicine in northern BC.
The province has invested $100
million in the program since it began in 2004. as CBC pointed out in
a recent article.
Out of the first class of 24 graduates in 2008. only 12 chose to
enter family medicine, and among
those, only five have started a rural family practice in BC.
to consult the Canadian Security
Intelligence Service and Fintrac, a
financial tracking organization that
investigates money laundering and
transfers to terrorist organizations.
Eventually it was concluded that the
donation did not violate any rules.
On January 29, the transaction was
finally approved by Council. Eight
months later, the transfer may now
actually go through. ^
—with files from Brian Piatt.
UBC launches fundraising
On September 28. UBC launched a
$1.5 billion fundraising campaign with
the goal of doubling the number
of alumni engaged in the life of the
university by 2015.
In the planning years leading up to
the campaign launch, the university raised $760 million towards the
final goal. The number of alumni
involved with UBC has increased by
more than 50 per cent over the last
three years. The university is aiming
to double engagement to 50.000
alumni annually by the end of the
The campaign, named Start an
Evolution, is said to be the largest
fundraising campaign in Canadian
university history. 13
Navigating Pacific
Spirit Park-on
your iPhone
Keegan Landrigan
Getting lost in Pacific Spirit Park
might soon be a thing of the past.
Metro Vancouver has released
an app for the iPhone called
iParks Navigator, which displays
maps that track your position
on trails using Geographical
Information Systems servers and
the iPhone's location technology.
iParks Navigator is the second
parks app released by Metro
Vancouver. First was iParks
Explorer, which provided static
general information about Metro
Vancouver parks.
"The response was really
quite remarkable," said Stephen
Suddes, project leader for both
apps and manager of Public
Programs and Community
Development at Metro Vancouver.
"We probably got over 10,000
downloads of [iParks Explorer] in
the last year."
Suddes said Navigator is
important to sustainability. It
means less dependence on printing brochures that are quickly out
of date.
Additional Navigator features
include news about facilities,
trails, nature and safety. It also
provides access to photos and
"It can give a bit of a vicarious
experience," said Dawn Hanna,
Visitor Services specialist for
Metro Vancouver.
"Basically it gives you a jumping off point for a lot of different
ways to experience the park."
Because cell phone signals are
weak in the backcountry, Metro
Vancouver has disabled many
Navigator features in parks such
as Lynn Headwaters Regional
But iParks is a useful tool for
parks that are close to civilization
and have well-established trails
like UBC-adjacent Pacific Spirit
Park—the most heavily used park
in Metro Vancouver at 1.3 million
visits ayear. 13 41 News I io.o3.2oii
Student union staff lock-out continues at SFU
As CUPE members and SFSS clash, cross-campus divisions deepen
Cont'd from PI
"We recognize that we want to
reach a fair agreement, but there's
been cuts and cuts and cuts to the
budget, and we need to put a stop to
that," he said.
"Our constitution says that we're
supposed to organize events for
students, we're supposed to represent students and we're supposed
to advocate for students, and that's
exactly what we intend to do. It
doesn't say that we should employ
people at all costs."
However, Maria Persdotter, SFSS
member and SFU undergraduate
student, said students should have
had a chance to give input.
"As a student here at SFU and
a member ofthe SFSS, I'm deeply
insulted that I was never consulted
on this. The lock-out started in the
middle ofthe summer when most
students were not in school, which
gave the student body very little
opportunity to respond to the lockout," she said.
"I definitely understand the
lock-out as [an] ideologically motivated attack on workers and on the
Service cuts
"It's not just hurting workers, it's
hurting our ability to access essential services," said Persdotter.
CUPE said that as long as the
lock-out continues, students will be
CUPE workers are still locked out after months of intermittent negotiations with the SFSS
deprived of many ofthe society's
services, including the copy centre,
the Women's Centre and Out On
Campus, the SFSS's LGBTQ support
"They do a lot of advocacy work,
peer support and in some circumstances, even crisis support," said
Overgaard ofthe two support centres. "So for example, if a student
were in crisis, they would have a
safe space and a support network to
tap into.
"And because ofthe lock-out, the
trained staff who run these centres
aren't available to students. And I
think it has had a significant impact
on both women who need a safe
place and a peer support network
they don't have and also to GLBTQ
students at SFU who, some of them
might be in the closet and some of
them might be out but not very supported at home, and that was just a
safe space for them."
However, McCann said that the
board of directors has been forced to
make cuts to the programming for
both centres in the past few years
due to budgetary concerns.
The lounge space for both centres
remains open—although students
would have to cross the picket line
to access them—but staff services
are no longer being provided there.
Without an end in sight
Both sides claim that they want
the lock-out to end, but no end appears to be in sight. The SFSS said
that they're waiting for a counter
from the union on an offer that was
made by the board on September
1, but was rejected by the CUPE
"As far as I'm concerned, the
ball's in their court," said McCann.
"I had contacted one of their national representatives and they said
that they were crossing the t's and
dotting the i's.
"They've said that they have a
counter just sitting there and they're
not willing to give it to us."
Overgaard maintained that the
union won't present a counter until
the SFSS ends the lock-out.
"What the union has said to the
board is that we cannot negotiate
with the members locked out, because all they do is wave a proposal
at the members, who are under
duress, who are sitting on the picket
line with no wages. So what we have
told the board is that we will absolutely bargain and present counter
offers, but get these people back to
work; end the lockout." 13
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Campus space for commuter students, but for a price
Micki Cowan
News Editor
UBC is exploringthe idea of building a series of customized student
spaces called collegia in order to to
reduce the disconnect from campus
that some commuter students feel.
However, it maybe limited to those
who can pay the price.
"[A collegium] would provide
them a home away from home, a
lounge space, where they begin to
be part of a community of people
outside the classes," said Janet
Teasdale, senior director of Student
Development and Services. "We
think it will make a tremendous difference in the sense of belonging and
sense of affiliation and ultimately
the sense of student success for students at UBC."
While still in the early stages of
development, only two collegia have
been approved so far, one in each
phase ofthe Ponderosa Commons
building project.
Each collegium would have 300-
400 student memberships. While
the fee is yet to be determined, AMS
VP Academic Matt Parson, who
has been part ofthe initial planning
stages, said it maybe around $75 per
Students with membership to a
particular collegium would benefit
from amenities such as assured
seating, a microwave to warm their
lunch or a place to play a game of
The model for UBC's collegia comes from the successful
implementation of collegia at Trinity
Western and UBC Okanagan.
While Trinity Western does
charge a membership fee, UBC
Okanagan does not.
Teasdale said that a fee is necessary at UBC Vancouver to assist with
the operational costs, which include
a student concierge to answer
On the price, Parson said, "You've
got to find the balance between being accessible and affordable, and operationally neutral on the budget. If
it is restricted membership, is it fair
that only those 300 people are creating a cost that's being subsidized by
other students?"
But Parson said it's an initiative
worth exploring, considering the under-served commuter student population. "There is data supporting that
they are the least involved, there's a
lot of problems with them not being
able to find a sense of community [or]
feeling like you're a number within
this huge campus of UBC," he said.
"There's a whole host of things
like mental health issues that are
tryingto tag alongto those types of
problems when people don't feel any
sense of belonging at university."
There will be limited spaces, and
how membership will be decided is
yet to be determined.
"Ultimately the goal isn't to create
an upper echelon where it's selective
ofthe students that can and can not
get into collegia," said Parson.
"The goal is to be able to provide
enough spots for all students that
would want that."
Commuter students who could foot the bill for the collegia would have a lounge space for studying and relaxing
The question of access was
brought up when Teasdale presented the idea of collegia to AMS
Council on September 28.
Jamie Paris, the Graduate
Student Society representative to
the AMS, asked if there would be
scholarships available for students
who couldn't afford to pay the fee.
But as the model is still in its
initial planning stages, the question
could not be answered directly.
Dalaina Helberg, a UBC student
whose commute is an hour and a
half from Commercial Drive, said
she sees merit in the general idea of
collegia. Due to her long commute,
she is not as involved in campus as
she might be.
"I think it's a good idea, I just
don't know what price I could justify going into it...$70 per month
even would be too much. I would
certainly make use of it if it was
For UBC Vancouver, free collegia
are not in the current plans.
"A user-pay model where the
student contributes some funding
to the operation ofthe space is because they're goingto directly benefit from the space," said Teasdale.
"And not everyone will." 13
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One goal left for captain Gill
Soccer captain hopes leadership will lead to national title
Andrew Bates
Senior Web Writer
He started playing soccer with older
boys, but now fifth-year centreback
Jason Gill is the one encouraging
the young bucks.
Accordingto the UBC captain,
there were jitters before the men's
soccer team's 4-0 season-opening
win against Victoria on September
9. "We had our young second-year
centreback, and some other guys
were antsy too," he said. "I just told
them, just look, it's another game.
Go out there, you can control what
you can control."
Gill, an Abbotsford native, started
playing when he was nine. "As a kid,
I went to play a year up with the
older guys," he said. "Playing with
them, I wasn't really interested in
goingto university or anything, I
was just thinking, 'I'll play until
high school's over.'"
Coach Mike Mosher describes
him as a reliable influence in the
centre of UBC's defence.
"Jason's been a key piece in our
defending corps last year and the
last several years," he said. "Ifyou
look at the statistics for the last
couple of years, we've had a very low
number of goals scored upon us."
The captain's armband fell to Gill
followingthe 2009 season. "I was
kind of surprised, but it was obviously something to be proud of and
I've just kind of went with it and got
the guys' respect, and it's mutual,"
he said. "It's been a good thing
For Mosher, Gill's attributes made
him a clear choice.
"He has character, integrity and
he's got the respect of his teammates. He's a calm individual and
he's a calming influence on his
team," he said.
"He's a guy that I can trust and
I can always go to as a coach. He'll
make the right decision at different
Gill tries to take that approach
to the field. "I'm more of a finesse
centreback; I'm composed...Every
game pretty much means everything, so go out, do whatyou do,
keep it simple, and nothing that
you're not able to do, and things will
fall for you."
After university, Gill said he was
unsure of his plans, citing a difficulty to make the professional leap
as a Canadian player. "You've got
to face adversity in those times,"
he said. "You've gotta be lucky too,
which is huge. Just keep battling
through and hopefully something
comes your way."
But Gill, a political science student, thinks he's picked up skills
employers will want. "Employers
will love that leadership role. Not
only that, but I get the respect of my
peers and I give them respect back.
It's just something nice to have."
Gill is happy with his five years
at UBC, but has one more goal to
accomplish. "It's exciting to be here
for the last year, but at the same
time it's almost the end, so just
wanting to win, coming away with
things," he said.
He was at the helm last year
as the T-Birds lost 1-0 to York
University in the national championship game, and there's one word
he uses to describe the experience:
"We still talk about that to this
day. Pregame, postgame, everything...Coming so close, just this
bitter feeling in your mouth, you
just want to get back at it, and that's
what we've been trying to do all
summer and this season.
"We just want to get back to nationals." 13
'Birds blow half-time lead
Drake Fenton
Sports Editor
On Friday night at Griffiths Stadium
in Saskatoon, the UBC Thunderbirds
football team fell short in a 36-33 loss
to the University of Saskatchewan
With 1:03 left in the fourth quarter, Huskies' quarterback Jahlani
Gilbert-Knorren rushed 15 yards for
a touchdown to give Saskatchewan
a decisive 36-26 lead. UBC managed
to drive down the field on their ensuing possession, with Billy Greene
rushing for a touchdown with four
seconds left on the clock, but it was
too little too late.
"I don't think we played especially
well. Offensively we couldn't get in
sync the whole night [and] we were
really inconsistent," said UBC head
coach Shawn Olson. "Defensively,
I thought we played pretty well for
three quarters and tnen tne fourth
quarter kind of fell apart."
Though UBC was inconsistent
in their play, they were consistent
statistically. As it has been all season,
the offence put up huge numbers
and the defence gave up big numbers
against the run.
Billy Greene rushed for 73 yards
for 3 touchdowns, and passed for 382
yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His go-to receiver Jordan
Grieve pulled in 10 catches for 115
The Huskies rushing attack piled
up 311 yards against UBC's defence.
With only 2:25 left in the fourth
quarter, and UBC trailing 29-26, the
Huskies drove down the field in 6
plays for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Those six plays were five rushes and
one incomplete pass.
"I feel like we didn't play well
enough to deserve a win," Olson
said. "The big thing that let us down
was our focus and that's been our
strength to this point. I kind of felt
we just weren't mentally focused
through the whole [game]."
UBC dropped to 3-2, while
Saskatchewan improved to 3-2. Both
teams are now tied for second place
in the Canada West. UBC has a bye
week comingup before facingthe
University of Regina on October 15 at
Thunderbird Stadium. 13
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update we get is that he feels bad that 9/11 happened or
something. Even his mega fans can't be bothered to lift
a finger to care about this wooden "actor." This is getting
Time to bone up on your chops, LaBeouf. As you're
probabaly learning, there's more to enterprising journalism
than making unintelligible grunting sounds as you're attacked by giant robots. You have to learn to ask them the
right questions. Like what is the Allspark anyway?
LaBeouf has yet to visit The Ubyssey. Opinion »
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1003.20111 14
UBC's new collegia program: if you're low on cash, you're out of luck
The Last Word
Parting shots and snap judgments on today's issues
Insite decision allows us to
move on with the real work
Friday's Supreme Court ruling on
Insite—which allowed the safe
injection site's exemption from
Canada's drug laws to stand, but still
broadly upheld the federal government's jurisdiction—was predictable from a legal standpoint. Yet the
palpable relief of many in this city
shows that this was no mere legal
matter; itwas a vindication ofthe
values of our city.
On the other side ofthe Rocky
Mountains, Insite is a curiosity,
a peculiarity. In many ways, it's a
Rorschach test for your opinion on
drug policy—particularly ifyou're
uninformed on the issues surrounding hard drug addiction. As a result,
Insite is a lightning rod of controversy for those who have a War on
Drugs mindset.
But ifyou live in this city, ifyou
study harm reduction, if you've talked to any health care professional,
you know that Insite is working and
saves lives. It makes our streets safer and gives relief to the destitute.
And much to the amazement ofthe
Conservative government, it does its
work every day without causing the
end of civil society as we know it.
With this ruling, we've finally
seen the end of threats from the
federal government to close Insite
down, and can now focus our energy entirely on how to treat addiction and reduce the harm it causes
to everyone. It should have been this
way from the beginning.
BC must improve its access to
information procedures
BC is the slowest province in
Canada for responding to freedom
of information (FOI) requests, accordingto an audit conducted by the
Canadian Newspapers Association
and the Canadian Community
Newspapers Association. This is a
big problem.
FOI requests are one ofthe most
important tools we have for keeping public institutions accountable.
Elections are just one part of what
makes a democracy different from a
dictatorship; the ability to ask questions and get answers about how our
public institutions operate is just as
Furthermore, journalists, who
are responsible for the lion's share of
those requests, often need timely responses in order to properly source
the stories they are working on. The
Ubyssey is well aware ofthe slow response rate, as we have multiple FOI
requests in with the university right
now that we are patiently (or not so
patiently) waiting for.
We can at least be happy that
the audit showed that when the
requests do get filled, they are often
more comprehensive than other
provinces. And of course, getting
answers late is better than not getting them at all. But it's still inexcusable that BC is slower to respond
to public requests than any other
Canadian jurisdiction.
The long wait for riot charges
had better be worth it
Last week, the Vancouver Police
Department announced they will be
serving warrants to media outlets
in order to obtain footage from the
Stanley Cup riot. Apart from the
question of whether this is appropriate (Peter Klein, the head of UBC's
School ofjournalism, has criticized
the move), this is yet another occasion for us to ask what the hell is
taking so long.
It's approaching four months
since the riot took place, and the
police are only now getting around
to checking media footage? It also
took over two months for the police
to put up pictures of suspected rioters on their website, long after most
people had shifted their attention to
other matters.
The one thing that will redeem
this process is if the police are able
to lay serious charges that stick.
They report that at least forty charges will be laid by end of October.
That's a pretty small number given
the amount of people involved in the
violence, but at least it's something.
The old saying that justice delayed is justice denied may not yet
apply in the Vancouver riot case, but
if this goes on much longer, it will.
The National Post apology
was well-deserved
Last week, people were offended at
something published in the National
Post. That, in itself, is not necessarily news. The difference in this
case was that it wasn't something
they wrote, but rather, a full-page
advertisement which attacked the
Ontario government for providing
basic LGBTQ education in elementary schools. The ad showed a picture of a young girl and implied that
such teaching would "corrupt" her.
After much deserved criticism,
the Post, to their credit, unambiguously apologized for the ad
and pulled it from circulation.
They donated the proceeds from
the advertisement to an organization which "promotes the rights of
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgen-
dered people."
For the record, we have a policy
of not accepting any ads which promote cigarettes, combat roles with
the Canadian forces or ads which
aren't "sex-positive." If we do get
an offer for an ad that our business
office feels is controversial, we, as
a staff, check it over to make sure
we're comfortable with the content
before it is published.
When readers judge a publication,
they don't discriminate between
content and advertisements. One
can only hope the National Post's
salespeople remember that in the
Despite their fluffly tails,
squirrels are gross
It is wrong that squirrels are often
viewed as cute and cuddly while
rats are abhorred as disgusting and
disease-ridden. The only real difference between them is the fluffy tail.
Ignore that, and it becomes obvious
that squirrels are just as ugly and
conniving as rats are.
Squirrels have gotten away with
this ruse for far too long. It's time to
recognize them for what they are. 13
Go ahead, be a snoop
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Last July, a Canadian-owned boat
that planned to run the Israeli
naval blockade around Gaza was
blocked from leaving a Greek port.
This week, The Ubyssey discovered
that the $700 transfer from the
Social Justice Centre (SJC) to the
Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights club (SPHR) for the purposes
of donating to that boat was never
actually processed, despite being approved by AMS Council.
So ifyou're keeping score at
home: last year, the AMS was
swamped by months of annoying
and polarizing arguments—and
even conducted a preposterous terrorism "investigation"—over a small
amount of resource group money
that was never actually donated to a
ship that never actually sailed to the
blockade. Good grief.
For those who weren't here
when UBC was making national
headlines as we heatedly debated
whether our money should be given
to some hardy sailors tryingto run
a blockade, let me assure you, it was
a rather ridiculous time. I know
this especially well because I was
on AMS Council during the whole
debacle. Full disclosure: I voted
against the initial motion to transfer the money, and then in favour of
the final approval.
Nobody looks good coming out
of this.
The AMS looks frivolous for having gone through all kinds of maneuvers to vet the transfer, and then
never exercising the due diligence to
actually transfer the money.
The SJC and SPHR both look
incompetent for not having noticed
the money never moved from one
account to the other. Neither organization has a big enough budget
Don't charge for collegia
that $700 should be able to slip
through the cracks.
Will you mind if I turn this into a
teaching moment? Well too bad, I'm
goingto anyway.
Here's a little tip: as an AMS
member, you have the right to inspect all the financial documents
ofthe society. All you have to do is
ask to see them. The only reason
this failed transfer came to light is
because The Ubyssey decided to take
a look at the SJC's financial transactions for last year—which is apparently more often than the SJC does,
given that this had gone unnoticed.
The AMS has over 300 clubs, plus
the various faculty student societies,
the resource groups and an assortment of services, businesses and
committees. It can't possibly keep
tabs on everyone. So you should.
Many student organizations spend
thousands of dollars and are managed by inexperienced young people
with the proclivity to drink a lot
of booze. The only hope of holding
them to any level of governance accountability is through crowd-sourc-
ing. Is there an organization that
you're particularly interested in, annoyed with or suspicious of? Exercise
your right to check out what they've
been spendingtheir cash on!
All right, most of it will be boring.
And most students clubs only operate with money given by members
who signed up with them, so it
doesn't really matter if they decide
to blow it all through silly decisions.
But the organizations on campus who take money from every
student—this includes the AMS
itself, the undergraduate societies,
the Graduate Student Society and
the resource groups—deserve your
scrutiny. Ubyssey reporters do this
as mucn as possible, but heck, we're
all volunteers or barely paid full-
time editors who sometimes try to
attend classes.
Checking up on these groups
doesn't have to be malicious. It's just
that ifyou don't do it, nobody will. 13
UBC has come up with a great idea
that they will surely ruin.
For two years, the university has
tested a program to create things
called "collegia" at UBC Okanagan
in Kelowna. The intention was to address the difficulties that arise from
being a commuter campus.
Collegia are a blend of a computer
lab and a student club lounge: they
have some desks, couches, tables
and workstations for studying, and
a full-service kitchen with a fridge.
At the Okanagan campus, there are
two of them. One is for first- and
second-years, and one is for third-
and fourth-years.
The UBC-O collegia are excellent.
They provide a place to relax for students who don't have memberships
to social clubs on campus. It really
makes the hours you spend on campus before catching the bus home a
lot more enjoyable, and it creates a
stronger bond between commuter
students and the university.
Does it sound like you could use
some of those here? The VP Students
office is thinking about doing it, but
there will be one key difference:
they're goingto charge for it.
Accordingto Matt Parson, the
AMS VP Academic, they may charge
the same price as parking—around
$75 a month. This is not goingto be a
great way for UBC to get commuter
students to engage with the university and spend more time on campus.
It is goingto be a great way to get
more money from students that can
afford it.
UBC-O has around 6000 students
and 2 collegia. Vancouver has over
40,000 students and would also
start with 2 collegia, located in the
to-be-built Ponderosa Hub. The hub's
student housing is already projected to be very expensive. Putting
pay-for-use collegia there furthers
Ponderosa's atmosphere as a country
club for those with cash. Some students will have a beautiful commuter
lounge or an expensive on-campus
suite, while the rest of us proletarians have to sit in the hallway at
Irving K. Barber until we bus 45
minutes back to our basement suites.
Ifyou're goingto build collegia,
don't model them after those nice
airport lounges that you have pay a
cover charge to get into. Model them
as a free service for students who
are otherwise goingto spend most of
their time off campus.
The university is absolutely right
when they say that having collegia
will help students succeed. But what
they haven't said is: only ifyou can
pay for it. 13 Scene»
Pictures and words on your university experience
10.03.20111 15
When bad television consumes your life
Will Johnson
A few years ago I came home from work to find
my roommate Kristin curled up in a blanket
watching.Bur^y the Vampire Slayer.
"What the hell is this?" I asked, seeing the
corny makeup and bad 90s fashion.
"It's Buffy," she said. "This is the best show
Incidentally, I had already discovered the
best show ever (The Sopranos) and had a comfortable line-up of HBO shows to keep me busy.
I was a self-admitted television snob and
I wasn't interested in wasting my time with
trashy garbage. But Kristin insisted I sit down
and watch an episode with her.
"Please, Will? Please? Keep me company?"
She stuck out her lip and gazed up at me with
her best puppy-dogface. She looked so helpless
there, in the glow ofthe television. I decided to
oblige her.
"Okay, just one episode, though," I said.
Fast forward a week, and both Kristin and I
called in sick to work so we could plough through
a 12-hour Buffy marathon. We only took breaks
to eat or go to the bathroom, and one quick trip to
get Kristin cigarettes from the nearby gas station.
Around hour ten, I started to complain.
"Kristin, I feel like shit. I think I'm just
gonna go to bed."
"No, Will! We can make it! We're almost
done the third season!"
She was like an army general waving me into
battle. I couldn't argue with her. And when she
threatened to finish the season without me, I
Ultimately, I ended up watching seven seasons oi Buffy and five seasons of Angel in about
three months.
It was a strange time in my life.
Nowadays, I find myself blindly following
shows I can't even begin to defend. I watched
Lost right to the last episode, even though
60 per cent of it was cliche-riddled, poorly
scripted sci-fi nonsense. I watched Dexter
long after it started to suck. Same with Big
Lately, I've been devotedly watching True
Blood and Entourage, even though at times
they're both blatantly terrible, sub-par shows.
I keep watching, hoping that maybe, maybe,
they'll get better.
But they don't.
It's like I'm in a stifling, unfulfilling relationship, just waiting for something better
to come along before I go through the messy
break-up. But Boardwalk Empire and Breaking
Bad can't be on all the time, and sometimes I
just want something quick and dirty.
I admit it. I have a problem.
But at least I don't watch Jersey Shore. 13
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Khodorkovsky (Germany/France, 111 min.)
Director Cyril Tuschi tells the fascinating story of oil tycoon Mikhail
Khodorkovsky—who went from being one of the richest men in the world to
languishing in a Russian jail after offending Vladimir Putin—with panache. A
modern morality tale with unprecedented access to Khodorkovsky himself and
surprising doses of humour. <KHODO>
Fri. Oct 7, 12:40pm, Granville 7
Mon. Oct 10, 8:45pm, Granville 7
Will the Real Terrorist Please
Stand Up? (USA/Cuba, 82 min.)
Chronicling a half-century of USA-
Cuba enmity, Saul Landau's fascinating documentary tells the story
of Cuban exile terrorist groups in
Miami, and the "Cuban Five," intelligence agents sent to penetrate them.
Landau highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed
by Washington and then ignored by
the very government that launched a
"war against terrorism." <WILTH>
Wed. Oct 5, 6:40pm, Granville 7
Fri. Oct 7, 3:00pm, Granville 7
Tue. Oct 11, 1:30pm, Cinematheque
White (South Korea, 106 min.)
Best known for their provocative "underground" political movies, twin brothers
Kim Sun and Kim Gok have surfaced
in the Korean commercial mainstream
with a zappy horror thriller rooted in
their hatred of the pop-music industry.
Feuding girl group Pink Ladies are given
one last shot at saving their record deal
by recording a "cursed" song called
"White." But the song comes with vengeful, ghostly baggage... <WHITE>
Thu. Oct 6, 4:00pm, Granville 7
Sat. Oct 8, 4:00pm, Granville 7
You've Been Trumped (UK, 95 min.)
In this all-too-real David vs. Goliath
drama, a few Scottish farmers find themselves in the way of bragging and bullying Donald's Trump's plans for developing the "world's top golf resort" on ecologically fragile coastal sand dunes near
Aberdeen. Documentarian Anthony
Baxter offers us a stirring example of
principled resistance, but asks if, in fact,
Goliaths lose. Winner,Green Award (best
environmental film), Sheffield 2011.
Music by Sigur Ros' jonsi. <Y0UBE>
Tue. Oct 4, 6:30pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 6, 2:50pm, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 9, 4:30pm, Vogue
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady
Jaye (USA/France, 70 min.)
Marie Losier's alternately charming
and moving documenrary captures the
domestic and professional lives of performance artists Lady Jaye and Genesis
P-Orridge, a couple who tried for "pan-
drogynous" perfection through plastic
surgery aimed to make each look like
the other. Winner, Caligari Film Prize;
Teddy Award: Documentary, Forum,
Berlin 2011. <BALLA>
Thu. Oct 6, 7:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Fri. Oct 7, 8:45pm, Granville 7
Invasion of Alien Bikini
(South Korea, 75 min.)
He's a self-appointed "city protector"
(and litter collector) who rescues a
woman he sees being attacked by three
men. She's a predatory alien in a stolen
body, which needs human sperm to
survive. But he has sworn a vow of
chastity... Oh Youngdoo's gleeful satire
of schlock sci-fi is a total blast. Dragons
8i Tigers Award nominee. <INVAS>
Tue. Oct 4, 9:30pm, Vancity Theatre
Wed. Oct 5, 4:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Sat. Oct 8, 11:30pm, Granville 7
Target (Russia, 154 min.)
Scripted by the most famous maverick of post-Soviet Russian literature, Vladimir Sorokin, Alexander
Zeldovich's ambitious science-fiction
extravaganza puts one in mind of
Stanislaw Lem on acid. "Loosely
resets Anna Karenina in a near-future
Russia where... special goggles reveal
numerically how much good and evil
exist in any given person... Decidedly
strange."—Variety <TARGE>
Thu. Oct 6, 9:00pm, Granville 7
Fri. Oct 7, 3:00pm, Granville 7
Sun. Oct 9, 8:00pm, Granville 7
Patience (After Sebald) (UK, 80 min.)
A richly textured essay film on landscape, art, history, life and loss, Grant
Gee's much-anticipated new film offers
a unique exploration of the work of
internationally acclaimed writer W.G.
Sebald via a walk through East Anglia
tracking his most influential book,
The Rings of Saturn. The first film
about Sebald internationally, marking 10 years since his untimely death,
it features contributions from major
writers, artists and filmmakers. <PATIE>
Wed. Oct 5, 6:15pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 6, 11:45am, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 13, 11:00am, Vancity Theatre
Inni: Sigur Ros
(Iceland/ UK/ Canada, 75 min.)
Following on 2007's successful Heima,
this is Sigur Ros second live film and
it shows them again as mesmerizing
performers at the peaks of their abilities. Director Vincent Morriset weaves
ten years of archival material into his
ethereal live footage. Inni, he says,
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we listen to their music."—Filmakers'
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