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Rai lives on, executives censured
"I do wish that things had been done differently/7 President says
STILL IN CHARGE: Rai thinks she can work well with AMS Council until her term ends, nic fensom photo
by Dan McRoberts
An intense and emotional night
of debate Wednesday saw AMS
President Amina Rai survive a recall
vote that would have removed her
from office by the AMS Council.
The recall motion, which required
two-thirds support to pass, failed
with only 16 councillors in favour
and 19 against
"I feel relieved and I was glad to
see the majority of councillors trust
me/ Rai said.
Rai had opened the meeting by
informing Council that she would
not be resigning her post, despite
the fact that Council had passed a
motion on December 17 asking her
to do so.
In a speech in favour of the
motion that lasted upwards of 20
minutes, Graduate Students Society
representative Dave Tompkins
accused Rai of "gross incompetence, negligence and behaving
with malicious intent."
Tompkins outlined his concern
with Rai's behaviour, claiming that
the President had spent too much
time trying to establish just cause
for firing AMS General Manager
Bernie Peets.
"The executive looked for loophole after loophole after loophole to
fire the GM...They actively made a
decision that they knew would cost
the society thousands and thousands," he said, referring to the possibility of Peets suing the AMS.
Rai responded to the allegations
by reading from a prepared statement in which she explained that
because Council had not been
informed in the past about personnel changes, the executive had felt it
was following established precedent in firing Peets.
"From my understanding and
experience as a Council member,
[human resources] issues in the
past have not been brought forward
to Council," she said. Rai then apologised for the way Peets was fired.
"In seeing how the situation had
unfolded in this past month, I
understand why members of
Council are angry over not being
informed of the situation and for
that, on behalf of the executive, I
apologise." Rai also denied that the
executive had acted strategically or
with malicious intent.
"Our terms were coming to an
end, we had to ask ourselves the
question: Are we leaving our positions confident that we have done
everything to the best of our belief
to better the Society. The answer
was, unfortunately, no. The issue of
our grave concerns of Mr Peets still
remained and we felt it needed to
be dealt with before our terms were
over," she said. "This is not as exciting as believing the executive
planned the timing this way, but it
is the truth."
With a speaker's list at times
stretching into the mid-teens, many
voices of condemnation and support rang out in the crowded council chambers. Those speaking in
favour of the recall, including Arts
councillors Lianne McLean, Quinn
Omori and Richard Davis, as well as
Science councillor Patricia Lau,
emphasised concerns about a lack
of due process provided to Peets
and the need for a strong response
from council.
Rai's support came both from
current executives and several AMS
alumni who packed the room.
These speakers expressed serious
reservations about removing a democratically elected official from
office. VP Administration Lyle
McMahon went as far to say that a
campus-wide referendum was the
only proper way to decide.
Former councillor Kate Woznow
said that removing Rai or other
executives would not solve the problems facing the society.
"What this situation shows is
that the AMS needs a dedicated HR
person, not that you need to
impeach the President and the executives," she said.
Current Board of Governors representative Brian Duong delivered
an impassioned address in which
he described the "poisonous atmosphere* at the AMS in the days following Peets' termination. He speculated that a lawsuit from Peets
could cost the society more than
$500,000 and then called for a vote
on the recall motion.
As had been the case with the
request for Rai's resignation, the
Council voted by roll call. This tally
lacked the tension of December's
resignation request, as early on it
became apparent that far less than
the required two-thirds of Council
supported the recall.
With Rai no longer under threat
of removal, Omori proposed a
motion to censure all five executives for their actions after they had
made a decision to fire AMS
General Manager Bernie Peets on
December 7. A censure motion
serves as a public condemnation of
the executives' behaviour.
"Regardless of who it is, people
deserve due process," Omori said.
"Bernie deserved a chance to have
a face to face discussion of his
Agricultural Sciences councillor Christine Boyle said that while
she had weakly supported the
motion to recall, she was strongly
in favour of censure.
"We can't walk away from this
without doing anything more than
talking to one another," she said.
More than one speaker encouraged councillors to reflect on the
serious impact that censure would
have on the executives in the fiiture.
"These things dog you," said
Senate student caucus chair Jitesh
Mistiy. "Being censured will affect
you years from now when it comes
up on a resume or people ask
about it."
Lyle McMahon, looking emotionally drained and wearied by the proceedings which had stretched into
their sixth hour, said that the ordeal
of the past month had been punishment unto itself.
"All that I've undergone and all
the stress has been more punitive
than a motion to censure," he said.
The vote on the motion was
done by a show of hands and
passed comfortably in the estimation of council chair Jason Loxton.
It was the first time in AMS history that multiple executives had
been censured.
Rai said later that she felt the
decision had been made without
councillors understanding the
implications of their choice.
"I think people were unsure
about the meaning of censure and
the repercussions were not understood," she said.
The need for moving forward
was emphasised by both Rai
and McMahon, who committed
themselves to working constructively with councillors, AMS staff
and the General Manager.
Negotiations are still ongoing to
arrange Peets' return. ♦
Friday, January 7,2005
UBC joins tsunami relief
Piper challenges
community to contribute
by Sarah Bourdon
In the face of the devastation in
southern Asia and eastern Africa
caused by the tsunami on
December 26, UBC has issued a
challenge to students, faculty, staff
and alumni to provide $2 million
in donations.
In an announcement at a memorial gathering held at the Chan
Centre on Wednesday afternoon,
President Martha Piper announced
the university's plan to raise funds
for both immediate assistance and
long-term development
"What we wanted to do was play
a role in stimulating people to think
about giving," said Piper.
UBC's proposal encourages the
community to donate to major
Canadian aid agencies, with the
goal of raising $1 million. The
Canadian government is committed to matching donations made by
individuals to certain organisations
before Januaiy 11.
Piper also announced that the
university will match donations of
up to a total of $1 million made
to a Global Service Learning
Endowment The fund will be creat-
IN OUR THOUGHTS: UBC staff and students reflect on the disaster in
the Indian Ocean, nolan hop-wo photo
ed to provide long-term opportunities for students to work on humanitarian initiatives.
"We're trying to provide the support for students to travel to mount
projects and engage in global service learning," said Piper. "My hope
is that we will reach the million dollar target fairly quickly on the
endowment and then we would
match that so we would have a two
million dollar endowment"
Even after the endowment's target amount is reached it will contin
ue to provide a lasting resource to
fund student projects.
"We would continue to raise
money for the endowment over a
period of time because the idea is
that it would Hve forever," said
Piper, adding that the fund will provide financial incentives for
students to bring projects forward.
Though the immediate need in
Asia and Africa will likely inspire
tsunami relief projects through the
endowment, the fund will be
designed to provide assistance for a
wide range of situations around the
world and increase the global outlook of UBC, said Piper.
In order to determine the
direction of UBC's response to the
disaster, the university is forming
a steering committee that will
be made up of students, faculty
and staff.
"The question is what should we
be doing and what can we do in
response," said Lome Whitehead,
vice-president Academic for UBC
and one of the committee chairs.
"But the deeper question is what
can we as an academic community
do to help."
The committee will look at short-
term assistance, such as providing
experts to help with specific problems related to the disaster, in addition to engaging the knowledge and
talents of the university conununity
over the long term.
"After the newspapers are no
longer interested, the problems are
still there, we want to look at what
we can do to help on a rebuilding
basis," explained Whitehead. "And
just as importantly, and this maybe
the biggest contribution we can
make, we want to look at how we
can help to prevent similar disasters in the future."
Students affected by the disaster
are encouraged to send an e-mail
to studentinformation@ubc.ca or
call (604) 822-6340. ♦
University Boulevard competition down to seven teams
by Sarah Bourdon
Designing UBC's new University
Boulevard neighbourhood will
now be up to one of seven teams
of architects entered in an international architectural competition. The teams were short-listed
after UBC received expressions of
interest from 52 groups from
around the world.
The competition is aimed at
selecting the best team to design
buildings and public spaces in the
developing area, creating a new
social heart for the campus, according to Linda Moore, a spokesperson
for University Town.
"University Boulevard is one of
Beautiful music
YuelYawney and Patricia Shih, members of the Borealis
String Quartet, played at a memorial held on Wednesday to
reflect on the tsunami disaster.The UBC Opera Ensemble
also performed, nolan hop-wo photo
the most prominent sites at the
University of British Columbia. It is
the front door," said Moore. "There
is a general desire to improve the
quality of design at UBC."
There has not been an international architectural competition
in Vancouver since 1991, when
a similar approach was used to
choose the design for the
Vancouver Public Library.
"It's hard to talk to people about
the process that is required to create
a great place and that's why we're
doing this competition," said Moore.
"We're not looking for good, we're
looking for great"
The competition received interest from teams coming from
16 countries, including Canada, the
US, Belgium, Italy, Denmark,
Austria, Spain, India, Germany,
the United Kingdom, Finland,
Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland,
Japan and France.
The seven semifinalist teams are
comprised of firms from Canada,
the US and the United Kingdom.
Each team was chosen based on
their expression of interest and what
they could bring to UBC, said Dennis
Pavlich, vice-president External and
Legal Affairs for the university.
"We wanted to have some assurance that this was a group that could
do this job," said Pavlich. "This is not
only building buildings, it's also a
question of urban design and there's
a big landscape architecture component Those were the kinds of things
that needed to be addressed."
Each team includes architects
from BC, a requirement of the
Architectural Institute of British
Columbia. Opening up the competition to a wide field of architects
allows UBC to find the best design
possible, explained Pavlich.
"Given the size [of the job] I think
there was a feeling that it was important to ensure that we get the top
people in the world to help us," he
said. "The groups that actually came
in are top architects."
In late January, a shortlisting
committee will interview each team
and choose three finalists to present
designs for the University Boulevard
project A jury consisting of architects, UBC representatives and campus community members will evaluate the proposals and choose a final
design to be presented to the Board
of Governors.
Though the final decision will be
left to the jury, students and other
conununity members will have a
chance to view the three finalists'
designs and participate in a poll,
which will be passed on to the jury
for consideration.
"We're going to have an exhibit
that's going to be up over a two
week period. People can come in
and for each team there will be a
model and a series of drawings,"
explained Moore. "There will be a
poll where people will be asked to
give us their preferences."
The jury will do a professional
evaluation of the three designs in
April, in which they may integrate
the information provided by the poll.
According to one UBC student, the
poll is a good step, but a larger effort
should be made to include students
in development processes.
"I think it would be interesting to
participate in the poll, but the student input might not necessarily
mean anything," said Coreen
Lemire, a 4th-year UBC student.
"Students would probably want to
participate more if they were actually making some decisions or if they
had more power."
Though it is understandable that
UBC wants the international recognition that comes with the competition, students remain an excellent
resource that the university does not
always recognise, said Lemire.
"It's a bit sad that they wouldn't
use their own students in a larger
capacity. They've got so many opportunities to do that." ♦
reme snow
It's becoming a yearly traditior
at UBC.
The Lower Mainland was in the
grip of the first winter storm of the
year on Thursday and the substan
tial snowfall hampered transports
tion to and from UBC campus.
Translink warned of significan
delays and students late to camput
confirmed the hold up. A particulai
problem spot for bus traffic wa*
10th Avenue west of Alma.
On campus, Plant Operation!
staff had crews out clearing priority
areas in front of the UBC hospital
and other high traffic zones as soon
as possible, according to depart
ment spokesperson Ajay Prasad
The "extreme" nine centimetres Oj
snow that fell exactly one year age
was taken into consideration anc
Plant Ops was prepared this time
around, he said.
"We are prepared to deal wit!
this and while it may seem to man}
that we are not very visible, we have
to prioritise what we are doing,'
said Prasad.
No more styro
As part of the Alma Mater Society's
(AMS) push for sustainability, the
food outlets in the Student Unior
Building will soon be offering a non
styrofoam alternative for students
who get their grub on the go.
AMS VP Administration Lylt
McMahon announced the new
measure at Wednesday's counci
meeting. To use the environmental,
ly friendly containers, customer*
will have to pay a small subsidy a
the till, he said.
McMahon believes that effectiv*
marketing and promotion for th<
containers will be key and he wil
be working with the impacts com
mittee to come up with ideas in th»
near future.
The VP Admin has also bee?
looking into the farmed salmoi
used by the Honour Roll sushi out
let. McMahon acknowledged tha
the additional cost for wild salmoj
is substantial, but he is considerin,
the different options.
unami rene
The Alma Mater Society counc
passed a motion Wednesday t
donate $10,000 to the tsunarr
relief effort. The council did n<
decide on a specific organisation t
give the money to, according t
President Amina Rai.
The UBC Sri Lanka Society i
holding a dinner and cultim
evening in the SUB party room t
raise funds for relief projects in Si
Lanka. The event is being held o
Januaiy 15th from 6 to 8:30pm an
tickets are available in the SUB i
the club's booth. For more inform;
tion, e-mail sls@clubs.ams.ubc.ca. - "TT
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UBC undergraduate Donovan
Tildesley, medalist at the 2000 Sydney
and 2004 Athens Paralympics, remains
grounded after a life in the water
by Alex Leslie
When he was small, Donovan Tildesley's parents
began taking him to water baby courses, where they
bobbed up and down to nursery rhymes. Tildesley
quickly developed an affinity for being in water, and
swimming became a hobby. At age eight, swimming
recreationally with his father, he began racing for fun.
1 really liked that idea of racing and getting there in a
certain time and making the time faster," he tells me.
Soon thereafter he joined the swim club at
Vancouver's Arbutus Club, with which he remained
affiliated for six years, and began attending local
meets, then provincials and nationals, taking on a personal trainer and extra hours of practice while working his way up through the ranks of competitive amateur swimming. Now, in his third year at UBC, he has
competed at an international level, medaling at meets
in Sydney, Quebec, Argentina and Athens. This would
be an impressive accomplishment for any individual
of Tildesley's age, but in his case is singularly exceptional, as Tildesley was born blind.
I meet Tildesley in the bus loop before walking to
the location of our interview; as we walk towards the
SUB, he rests his hand on my elbow for guidance and
carries a collapsible white cane. He tells me about his
classes for the new term, among them two in German
literature. After taking first term off, he needs to hit the
books, he explains. However, Tildesley's excuse for
his absence is more convincing than those of most students—he spent September in Athens competing in
the 2004 Paralympics. The rest of the term was spent
on more relaxing activities, including a trip to LA and
down to Tijuana with a friend.
Tildesley had been practicing in the pool before our
interview and still carries the faint disinfectant scent
of chlorine. He has the slight build of a powerful swim- to do exams."
mer, partly guised in a leather jacket Though he tells
me later that competing at the level he has attained
requires determination, describing a rigorous training
schedule that makes me think guiltily of the innumerable skipped gym classes of my past, Tildesley is easygoing and humourous in conversation. Later, he tells
of discrimination due to his blindness: 'that's
IT'S GOING JUST SWIMMINGLY: Tildesley displays his medals, nic fensomajbyssey file photo
approached his son's private trainer and told him of
their desire to compete in the upcoming Paralympics.
"[He] said 'you mean Athens 2004'; dad said 'no, this
coming Paralympics' and [he] walked away and went
back to coaching his triathlon group in the neighbouring lane." A few weeks later, he came back and told the
Tildesleys what they needed to do to meet their goal.
"When I did make the team he said it was the most
progress he's ever seen an athlete make in one year. I
was able to prove them wrong," Tildesley tells me with
some satisfaction, smiling.
That June, at the age of fifteen, Tildesley participated in the Paralympic trials in Montreal. He
made the cut for the team, and celebrated with a
de-alcoholised beer.
"I was very, very high and happy about the whole
thing for a couple weeks. I had to calm myself down
never really bothered me. I make fun of myself, so people have free reign to make fun of me all they want"
Tildesley recalls the first time he heard about the
Paralympics, in 1996 at a provincial swimming championship for the disabled in Kamloops.
"I met a couple of people there who would be going
off to the Paralympics in Atlanta in just over a month's
time. Up until then I had never really known that there
w^s something out there for people with a disability to
compete at that high a level and it kind of planted the
seed in my mind that maybe I could do this one day.
"And so from there it kind of stayed in the back of
my mind and I continued to train and get better."
At that point, Tildesley was swimming at the
Arbutus Club, working with private coaches during the
week who assisted him in the natural challenges to a
blind swimmer. "It's difficult for me as a blind swimmer to swim in a lane with a group of other different
swimmers," he explains, adding that though he has
never suffered a concussion from a collision with
another swimmer, he knows others who have not
been as fortunate.
Then in 1999 Tildesley's private coaches left, needing to move on in life. Tildesley's father took their
place. The following September Tildesley began working with a different private coach and practising with
his father eveiy morning before father and son left,
respectively, for work and school.
It was a watershed year for Tildesley and the time
that marked the crystallisation of his Paralympic
dream. "At that point, it was kind of the goal that we
were training for." Tildesley was in tenth grade.
"There's certain times in life when you need that challenge, something to get you going and that's at that
time what I needed," he tells me.
Partway through the year, Tildesley's father
Tildesley swam five events at the 2000 Sydney games,
bringing home one bronze medal for his first event,
the 200m individual medley. "All those early mornings waking up at five-thirty were worth it," he comments. He recalls the Opening Ceremonies, walking
across the field with Team Canada, as an "incredible
experience—thousands of fans cheering at you."
Four years later, this past September, Tildesley
returned as a Paralympian, this time to Athens. He
had matured and gained confidence as a swimmer
and, at the wise old age of nineteen, was no longer the
rookie on the team. Increasing the expectations for his
performance were his successes between Sidney and
Athens, when he competed in two world championship meets in Argentina and Quebec, cumulatively
winning five gold medals and one silver. "I was placed
highly and I was a medal contender and I think for me
that pressure of knowing that people wanted me to
win a gold...[that] I was a main contender, made it
harder," he tells me. The anxiety wore down, and he
returned home with three medals: a bronze in a 100m
event, a silver in the 400m freestyle, and another silver in the 200m freestyle.
Tildesley describes Athens as a more enjoyable
overall experience than Sydney. The schedule was
less exhausting, he was familiar with his team
members, any wariness from others towards his
father's double role as coach had subsided, and
the swimmers were able to practise outdoors,
soaking up the Grecian sun. Also, importantly,
Tildesley was now of legal drinking age. "That's
quite a bit of ouzo. Too much, probably."
Receiving his medals, Tildesley was guided to
the podium, shook hands, was presented with
flowers and the traditional Olympic wreath, and
faced the applause of the crowd. On two of the
three occasions, he notes with a grin, the person
guiding him to the podium was "apparently, a
nice-looking Greek girl."
The entire Athens experience having taken
twenty-seven days—from a training camp on a
Greek island to the closing ceremonies—Tildesley
returned home to Vancouver with three medals
in hand; a few months later he would be back
to studying German literature in familiar UBC
The notion of organised games for disabled athletes
was born in 1948, when Sir Ludwig Guttman held a
sports event for WWII veterans disabled by spinal
cord injuries. 1960 witnessed the first Olympic-
style games, held in Rome. In 1976, the first
Paralympic winter games were held in Sweden.
Since then, disabled athletes have competed fiercely in a room of their own, showing that physical disabilities carry no indication of weakness in other
areas; Tildesley is no exception.
Mental preparation has been no less important
than nhvsical Drowess to his success. "If I ao into a
race thinking negative thoughts that I'm not going
to be able to do as well as I can, then I don't usually do as well," he tells me. "But if I go into the race
feeling confident in myself and in my preparation
then I tend to do well and that's been the case
throughout my training."
Tildesley needs the basic assistance provided to all
blind swimmers—for example, he must have a support person on deck at each end of the pool with a plastic stick with a foam pad to tap him on the head, giving
him the signal to turn—but discouragement, he
claims, has always rolled like water off his back. He
recalls one instance, laughing it off.
"Once at a meet when I was about ten years old my
dad was about to tap me and some lady by the edge of
the pool said 'do they really let them swim in these
races?' meaning the blind people, and my dad said
'well, look at him now, he's winning the race' and
tapped me on the head, and I had won the heat or
come second or third."
Aiding him in his accomplishments to date, he
names his parents—his mother, who guided
Tildesley to our interview, has also overseen practices along the way. He also names Terry Fox as a role
model. "Everybody in their minds wishes they could
be like that, be as courageous as that, and I've always
been inspired hy that story."
Tildesley remains undecided as to whether he will
compete in the 2008 games in Beijing. With three
years to make up his mind, he's focusing on other priorities: flitishittg his English degree and working
towards his dream since the age of six of working in
radio. He also hopes to attend a school for the blind for
six to nine months to learn independent living skills;
currently, he continues to five at home.
"I've realised that swimming is only one part of life
and it's given me a lot but there's other things I want to
accomplish in llfe.,.Swhnming has taught me a great
deal about myself, it's helped me to travel around the
world and it's been a part of my life through wy formative years and no matter what I do with my life it'll
always be a part of me, no matter what
"I'll always be grateftil to say to people ten, twenty
years down the line, this is when 1 went to two
Paralympics or three, possibly, and won these medals,
and that'll always be a part of me/ ♦
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Friday, January 7,2005
Jesse Marchand
Sarah Bourdon
Dan McRoberts
Ania Mafi
Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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Fernie Pereira
Dave Gaertner
Shalene Takara
"How about you start the first sentence," said Jenn Cameron. "I
would if I could find a computer connected to tbe network.*
exclaimed Joel Libin. In search of the network. Colleen Tang
and Liz Green ran around outdoors in the new fallen snow.
Once outside, they met up with Trevor Gilks who was carrying
his childhood craay karpet Claudia Li asked him if her and Jon
Woodward could fiy away on it Suddenly, Paul Evans and Ania
Mafi, entered the discussion with "what are you all talking
about, what have you been smoking?* Nic Fensom greedily
replied, "Uhhhh, you wouldn't like it' Jesse Marchand said,
"why not? I got it from Michelle Mayne." Eric Szeto wanted to
change the subject so Dan McRoberts started making Johnny
Depp impressions. Sarah Bourdon and Carrie Robinson watch
and then said, "that's the one from the pirate movie". Alex
Leslie couldn't stop laughing Nolan Hop-Wo made slight chuckles, and Levi Barnett snickered for quite some time.
Joel Libin
Nic Fensom
Michelle Mayne
on the
wrist ?
Though it is perhaps inappropriate to compare this year's AMS
executive to a team of inexperienced children on a soccer team,
the past month has made it
clear that this year's AMS executive have made some very naive
and incompetent decisions. The
five execs fired the society's general manager without going
through Council, initiating a
firestorm of controversy, confusion and anger.
In Wednesday night's council
meeting, the exec, and particularly President Amina Rai, were
accused of "gross incompetance,
negligence or behaving with malicious intent.* On the table was a
motion to remove Rai from her
position, along with similar
motions for each of the other executives. Though these motions
were not successful, the executives received comprehensive censures and the meeting suggested
that changes are on the horizon
for the AMS.
These executives were elected
on a platform of substantial
change. They obviously didn't anticipate the issues that they were
going to face in office and they
we're ill-prepared to deal with
them. Rai told the Ubyssey to
before taking office, she did not
assume that she would be dealing
with staffing issues instead of student's rights and other broad
issues. The issues faced may not
have been anticipated, but that
does not excuse reckless decisions. Effective leaders adapt to
the unexpected.
The fact of the matter is that
the AMS execs made a serious
error in judgement by deciding to
SffaOrfVfS OS
fire Peets in the way they did.
Faced with a very difficult decision, they took the hasty route
rather than the careful path.
Censuring them for their rash and
thoughtless actions seems very
fair. Recalling Rai would have
been too much. A censure, which
can be reflected on a person's
record of employment, will affect
Rai and her fellow executives for
years to come.
In addition, Rai did not make
the decision alone. The executives
were united in their actions and
they should share the same punishment. Yes, Rai is the President
and is therefore responsible for
the executive, but in this case,
each executive seems equally
responsible (or irresponsible, take
3rour pick). Recalling any of them
would have created substantial
chaos for the society.
Censuring the executive doesn't make the problem go away.,
however. Former councillor Kate
Woznow referred to the possible
solution of the AMS hiring a "ded
icated HR person." Having an
AMS employee with specific
responsibility for HR matters may
have ensured that this situation
was dealt with in a more appropriate manner.
At the same time, adequate
communication between the AMS
executives and council members
may have resolved the situation
in much more orderly and less
time-consuming manner by itself.
Though the execs have been censured, they are quickly approaching the end of their terms. It is
important that a greater sense of
transparency, accountability and
communication be developed
between the next executive and
In the future, a little more discretion should be used by AMS
executives when they decide to act
on something that drastically
affects all members of the AMS.
The AMS execs truly believed they
had just cause for their actions,
but the methods which they carried them out indicated the lack of
foresight and consideration for
the entire council.
The executives have been given
an opportunity to finish their
ongoing work and hopefully participate in some major reform of
the AMS.
Rai made a laundry list of sug-
gstions for improving the relaton-
ship between the executive, Council
and the general manager. These
should be the starting point for a
serious discussion of how to avoid
repeating December's fiasco.
There has been a serious lack
of trust between this executive
and the current Council. A majority of councillors, however, were
willing to let the executives off
with a warning and give them a
chance to demonstrate a greater
spirit of cooperation. The executives must take advantage of the
Censure is more than a slap on
the wrist. It is a condemnation
and a warning. It remains to be
seen if the executives will
take heed. ♦
Amir's letter not fair to UBC
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I have found many of the opinion pieces in the
Ubyssey over the past few weeks to be wildly
entertaining reading but lacking objective
thought. In particular Mia Amir's opinion
piece struck as being distorted and counterproductive. I agree that Brenda Ogembo
appears to be the target of an organised smear
campaign and it is distressing that the Ubyssey
is actively engaged in this process. However, I
believe that suggesting that the actions against
a single member of the AMS are evidence of
systemic racism at UBC demonstrates a woeful
lack of intelligence.
The few statistics that Amir gleefully presents as evidence of her argument from the
Equity Office's 2003 report unjustly present
the efforts the university has taken over the last
decade to increase campus diversity. She neglects to mention that the number of Aboriginal
Peoples working at UBC has increased by 20%
over the past seven years and the number of
visible minorities working at UBC has jumped
by almost 50%. Amir also cites the Political
Science Department as an example of institutionalised racism which I find offensive to
myself and hundreds of graduates of the program as well as many of my fellow graduate
students in the department. The McEwan
Report identified some serious gender related
issues in the department that have been acted
upon and have  resulted in  a transparent
department that continually seeks student
input from all members of the undergraduate
and graduate student programs. As a past
member of the student's associations executive
and as an equity representative for the department I am certain that incidents of racism and
sexism were never tolerated and initiatives
were taken to insure they did not occur.
The articles and letters from the past few
weeks have turned the Ubyssey into a tabloid
gossip rag which is not necessarily a bad
thing, as I said it has been fun to read. That
said, I am bothered by people who attempt to
speak authoritatively on issues they are not
informed on. Mia, I have thought about it as
you asked and here's what I think. UBC is an
amazing  place  to  live  and  study in part
because  it is  an inclusive  and supportive
learning environment for peoples of all religions, beliefs and ethnicities. I believe that
this is a sentiment shared by many of the students here at this school. I also think it is
unfortunate that as students we do not take a
keener interest in student politics because we
are faced with the unfortunate and humiliating situation where you are  in a position
where you can claim to represent me and the
rest of my fellow UBC students.
—Kashi Tanaka
Graduate Student, Political Science
m i
Friday, January 7,2005
Phantom females
the steal spotlight
Theatrical masterpiece hits the big screen with same
vibrant soundtrack and a much prettier Phantom
The Phantom of the Opera
now playing
by Greg Ursic
In the latest film depiction of The Phantom of
the Opera, the new owners of the Paris Opera
House are faced with a dilemma when
Carlotta (Minnie Driver) their finicky diva
refuses to perform. Thankfully Christine
(Emmy Rossum), the resident understudy is
a vocal phenomenon. Her natural beauty
catches the eye of Raoul (Patrick Wilson) the
Opera House's young patron and her former
love. Their reunion is threatened by the
Phantom (Gerald Butler), the disfigured
genius that dwells in the catacombs beneath
the Opera: after teaching Christine to sing he
is not prepared to give her up.
The stage version of Andrew Lloyd
Webber's Phantom has been seen by
over 70 million people and has grossed
roughly $2.5 billion to date, making it ripe
for a film version. Indeed the original
leads, Michael Crawford and Sarah
Brightman, were signed to do the film in
1990, but the production fell into limbo.
When Moulin Rouge and Chicago drew critical raves and big box office figures, the project was resurrected.
Director Joel Schumacher and Webber
chose to cast virtual unknowns for the leads,
with mixed results. Emmy Rossum, a classically trained singer, is radiant as Christine:
she projects a delicate innocence and surprises with a clear voice that rings true.
Driver, meanwhile, is wonderfully flamboyant as the inept diva, creating an amusing
caricature both in the way she sings and carries herself. The male leads however tend
towards unremarkable.
Despite months of voice training it is evident that Butter is not a singer; while he manages the high notes, he sounds like he's growling and tends to fade out when he attempts the
baritone. I was also surprised with his banal
appearance—I expected a monster and got
someone from a Clearasil commercial.
Wilson, a Broadway veteran has a better voice
but whether it's because he acts too much like
a dandy or lacks "passion" there is something
lacking in his performance. The film is sure
pretty to look at though.
The stages are spectacular both in
scope and detail: from the marble stairways
to the brocaded curtains, they exude opulence and grandeur. And the glorious chandelier which, although it lacks the impact
(or more appropriately near impact) that
it did in the stage version, is no less impressive. As befits any high end opera, the
costumes are outstanding—lush, and eyecatching. Ultimately however, the film will
live or die on the score.
Webber's soundtrack is still vibrant after
a decade. Though I'd be hard pressed to
pick a favorite, "Masquerade" stands out in
my mind—the combination of choreography, showy costumes and excellent delivery
provide a visual and acoustic treat. Running
a close second would be the piece where
the Phantom delivers a series of ultimatums
which in turn inspires the film's most
comical moments.
While I'm not a big fan of musicals, to
quote Mr Burns "I know what I hate, and I
don't hate this", I repeatedly found myself
humming along with the numbers and was
only occasionally bored. While the singing is
not as polished as the play (at least according
to the colleagues I've spoke with who've seen
the play), it is nonetheless entertaining and
will prove to be a pleasant re-run for most
fans. And at one fifth the ticket price, it's well
worth the investment ♦
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