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January 19,20121 vol. XCIII iss. XXXII
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An Afro-fusion cultural celebration marking the end of Africa
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Week with performances and a
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Imbibe!
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Synchronized Swimming
Western Championships:
1-4:30pm@ Aquatic Centre
Grace. Power. The ability to
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powers. Admission is free.
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ELECTIONS »
President, VP Admin and VP
Finance debate: 6-9pm @ Vanier
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SUB. do we? Stop by Vanier and
give'em a real grilling.
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THEUBYSSEY
January 19,2012, Volume XCIII, IssueXXXII
EDITORIAL
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Andrew Hood, Bryce Warnes,
Catherine Guan, David Elop
Jon Chiangjosh Curran, Wil
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Virginie Menard,Scott
MacDonald, Anna Zoria:
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Our Campus
One on one with
the people who
make UBC
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Chilled out AJ Koehn says, "You can tell how stressed out I am by how high on my head my bun is."
Presidential profile: A J Koehn
CHRIS BORCHERT^HE UBYSSEY
Will McDonald
StaffWriter
Alyssa Koehn is "unfortunately"
from Edmonton and came to UBC
out of a desire to get away from
home, as well as to enjoy the ski
slopes.
"I love British Columbia and that
was more the driving factor than
the school itself..I'm a big skier so
Whistler was also a bit of a draw..It
was a lot based on the location."
Koehn is a fifth-year Arts
student double-majoring in political science and geography. She
hopes to study architecture after
she graduates. Koehn has been
involved with the AMS since her
second year at UBC. Her interest
in the organization was sparked
in her first year, when a student
campaigning for president wearing a pink cowboy hat gave her a
lollipop.
When that candidate (2008-
2009 president Michael Duncan)
won the election, she started to follow AMS politics.
"I started to pay attention to the
AMS and that was the first time I
got involved in Firstweek and kind
of watched his presidency.
"I think that [the AMS] is an under-appreciated part of campus by
a lot of people, and I'd love to make
it relevant again...It was mostly
that lollipop, though."
Koehn has served on the UBC
Senate, led this year's Student
Leadership Conference, been a
residence advisor, worked for UBC
Rec and led last year's fee increase
referendum. The list goes on.
"I'm sort of known for being
over-involved in everything," she
said. "I kind of float in and out of
things that interest me. I've always
been on the verge of being super involved with the AMS...I've always
been just a step away—a half-step
away—from being a hack."
Koehn has spent her entire time
at UBC living on campus, starting in
Totem Park. "Probably the coolest
thingthat ever happened to me was
moving into Totem Park," she said.
Since then she has had a very
campus-centric existence. She says
it's a shame students can't invest
more time in campus life.
"There are so many opportunities and I don't understand the
people that don't get involved in
them, and sol have a pretty hard
time saying no to anythingbecause
I want every experience."
Her super-involved status
sometimes leaves her frazzled.
Oftentimes her hairstyle is a testament to her busy schedule.
"You can tell how stressed out
I am by how high on my head my
bun is."
Koehn said she is more passionate than most people know.
"I have a lot of heart and I come
off as sarcastic and bitter a lot, but
it's just hidingthe amount of love
that I have, because I don't know if
everyone can handle my passion." 13
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AMS ELECTIONS »
Elections administrator foibles: a brief history
Looking back at voter fraud, slate-like behaviour and third-party endorsements
Laura Rodgers
Contributor
The realm of student politics is not
known for being polite.
It's become the rule and not the
exception that during every AMS
electoral cycle, something goes
horribly wrong. Voting systems
have been hacked. Candidates have
personally attacked one another
in the most ruthless possible ways.
And when all-out war breaks out
on the campaign trail, it's up to the
elections administrator (EA) to try
to keep the peace.
In 2010, a student programmer
was paid a small honorarium to
design an online ballot to work with
the newly-introduced Condorcet
system of preferential voting. The
ballot had a security flaw, however,
which allowed the Internet equivalent of ballot-box stuffing.
A third-party investigation determined that 731 of 6925 online
ballots submitted were fraudulent.
Subtracting fake votes from candidates'totals did affect the results,
with Alyssa Koehn only then being
elected to Senate (Koehn is now
runningfor AMS president).
The AMS decided to start using
a commercially-developed voting
system the next year. "We obviously learned our lesson there," said
2010's EA, Isabel Ferreras.
The following year, then-president Bijan Ahmadian mounted an
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This year's EA, Carolee Changfoot, hopes to prevent any big problems from arising in the AMS elections
JOSH CURRAN/THE UBYSSEY
attack campaign against presidential candidate Jeremy McElroy.
The campaign left 2011 EA Erik
MacKinnon (now running for Board
of Governors) in a position where he
was being urged by some people to
discipline a non-candidate.
McElroy and VP External candidate Mitch Wright then started
an anonymous website to rebut
Ahmadian's criticisms and promote
themselves. Election rules state
that candidates cannot campaign
together, however, and when the
site's creators were identified, itwas
up to MacKinnon to issue a punishment. McElroy had won the race for
president, and MacKinnon issued
fines to both McElroy and Wright.
Election rules have been altered
this year to allow candidates to endorse one another in limited circumstances and to require them to make
statements accepting or rejecting
any endorsement or support from
third parties. However, it remains to
be seen how this year's EA, Carolee
Changfoot, will respond to similarly
controversial issues this year.
Changfoot believes that the current voting system from Simply
Voting, which was also used in 2011,
is secure. "This is a company we're
working with that solely focuses on
voting and therefore their entire
product is the voting system and
they would have done many, many
tests to make sure there are no bugs
or loopholes," she added.
Third parties could still seriously affect races, pouring in
money well above the $500 campaign spending limit. "There's
nothing you can do about it," said
MacKinnon, referring to how
little power EAs have over anything not done by the candidates
themselves.
"The best way to deal with it
would be speaking individually
to them, to ask them to stop on a
personal level," said Changfoot.
"There's nothing really that you
can do...You have no control over
third party people."
And if candidate attacks break
out on the campaign trail, she
plans to take action against them.
"One ofthe things we really
want to prevent is personal attacks
in campaigns," said Changfoot.
"My first reaction would be to
speak to [candidates] individually
and personally and be like, 'Please
take this down.'"
She then added that if this approach is not effective, then the
elections committee will consider
stronger measures. The committee
has the power to enact punishments such as curtailment of
postering, fines against campaign
reimbursement cash and even—in
the most serious cases—invalidating the result of a race.
But Changfoot's outlook is confident. "Hopefully, we can prevent
big problems from arising." 13
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SYNCHROS
Contorting in the spotlight: UBC synchro
Jasmine Leung
Contributor
Metallic swimsuits, moves with
names like "torpedo scull" and a
soundtrack that runs the gamut
from Bollywood to AC/DC-the
Aquatic Centre is getting a serious
dose of attitude this weekend.
UBC plays host to the Canadian
University Synchronized
Swimming League (CUSSL) western championships on January 21
at lpm. Teams from the University
of Alberta, University of Calgary,
University of Victoria and UBC
will compete in solo, duet and team
events.
This is the first time the event
has been held at UBC and the only
time students will have the chance
to see all four western teams in
competition. For the relatively
new AMS club, this is a chance
to showcase the sport to a wider
community.
"Most people's idea of synchronized swimming is what they see in
Austin Powers and Mona Lisa Smile
and those are movies where it's
just women in flowery caps breast
stroking through the water," said
Jacqueline Tiplady, president of
the UBC Synchronized Swimming
Club.
"If they come to our meet, they
will see that's not what it's like at
all. It's really hard and intense and
ALEXANDRA DOWNING^HE UBYSSEY
UBC's synchronized swimming team practicing at the UBC Aguatic Centre. UBC is preparing for the Canadian western championships
I think that will surprise a lot of
people."
There's a special buzz around this
year's competition because the team
is likely to compete in the CUSSL national competition for the first time
since 2008. The top four teams in the
east and west advance to nationals,
which means that each western university will automatically move on.
However, UBC's program has historically had troubles with funding.
It has been petitioningto become a
varsity sport in order to gain greater
support from the university. This
year, as the nationals are in Calgary,
the team believes it can afford the
trip, which could explain coach and
co-founder Stephanie Ellis's laid-
back take on the competition.
"It's fun, really. It's more of an
administrative rule that in order to
compete at nationals, you have to
have competed at westerns," said
Ellis. "It's a good show as well as a
competition, particularly ifyou're
aware the outcome ofthe competition doesn't have that much of a
bearing on the season, but it's a really
impressive show of both artistry and
athleticism."
The club itself is comprised of
just under 20 women with varying
levels of experience and talent, although it is open to any men who are
interested.
"What I think is one ofthe coolest
things about our club is that we have
a novice program," Tiplady said. "So
we do have some people who can
join at our age, which is cool because
most of the time people join synchro
when they're younger." There is
even a novice division in which UBC
competes.
Competing in an underwater sport
is not without its perils. Last year, the
team battled through snowy practices and even technical malfunctions.
"Last year at westerns, we dove
into the water and we couldn't hear
our music under the water. We have
underwater speakers so that we can
hear the music when we do stuff
underwater, but we were the first
team to go in our category last year
so there was a problem with the
music, so we had to do the whole routine with no music underwater," said
Tiplady.
"But we still managed to beat
UVic." 13
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