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Evaluations of professors to be published
by Ines de Sequera
News Writer
Assuming all goes according to
Senate and AMS administrative
plans, UBC students will finally
be able have access to previous
student evaluations of teachers
in order to choose their courses.
Vice Provost and Associate
Vice President Academic Affairs
Anna Kindler said, "We expect the
dissemination website to be up
and running in the spring 2009."
A report by psychologist A.
Hakstian to UBC about the new
evaluation system concluded
that the addition of the University-Module Items (UMIs) to
the current student evaluation
materials will be a "useful" addition to teaching evaluation
"It is felt that the posting of
results obtained with the UMIs
will accomplish the Senate's
goals in providing students with
useful course-selection information and can be accomplished
fairly and with minimal harm,"
the report stated.
Alex Lougheed, AMS VP
Academic and member of the
student evaluations of teaching
committee, said, "The AMS will
also be conducting focus groups
to go over exactly what students
and, in general, the community
wants to see out ofthe published
"It's been a bit of an institutional blemish in that, when it
comes to promotion and tenure,
research has been disproportionately weighed compared to
teaching and learning, which is
the other aspect of being a professor along with community
On May 16, 2007, the UBC
Vancouver Senate approved a
new policy on student evaluation
of teaching. This policy envisions
three changes to the current teaching evaluation system: a possible
web-based platform for student
evaluations, a standardized "University Module" of evaluation
questions for every course, with
a standardized score, and posting
of these scores on a student-accessible website.
The modular assessment instrument uses sets of questions
to more accurately determine
students'    perception    of    the
effectiveness of a professor's
Kindler, who co-chaired the
UBC Senate committee that
drafted the policy, said that the
modules should be used as a
means of critical communication between the students and
their professors during the term
so that students will benefit immediately from the feedback.
The policy also stipulates the
publication of the data collected
from the university module
questions within the university community via a web-based
password protected site. The
policy is only committed to posting results of evaluations where
faculty members have given
their full consent.
However, this part of the
policy has not yet been finalized.
In October 2007, the UBC
Faculty Association issued a
grievance, demanding a moratorium on the implementation
of the policy. According to Dr
Neary, member at large of the
Faculty Association, the Faculty
Association executive objected
to the policy because there had
been no consultation.
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Though the Senate has committed itself to the policy, the
association appealed to the initial
arbitration which supported the
university position. They have directed an appeal to the BC Court
of Appeal.
As well, the project continues
to be delayed for technical reasons.
"We are currently developing the
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platform for dissemination, we
expect that it will be completed
in time to post the results at the
end ofthe current academic year,"
said Kindler.
"Hopefully [the evaluations] will
be online extremely soon....They'll
have a huge impact on the perception of teaching and learning here
at UBC," said Lougheed. "21
I Index
NOVEMBER I 8, 2008
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
The Bible for Beginners * The
Bible for Beginners is an informal,
no pressure examination of one
of the most famous books in the
world. Meet over lunch (Mondays
12-1 pm in the SUB @ tables near
Starbucks) or coffee (Wednesdays
2-3pm @ Ike's Cafe in the Irving
K. Barber Center) to learn about
this strange book. • For more info
revnathanwright@mac.com •
The Merchant of Venice • Another
one of the classics: Shakespeare's
masterpiece staged by Canadian
theatre veteran Antony Holland
• Nov. 6-30, Studio 58 (Langara
College, 100 W. 49th). Info 604-
323-5652. •
Vancouver Poetry Slam • Poetry
slam competition with guest performers • Every Monday, 8pm,
Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). Admission $5/3. Info at
604-215-9230 www. vancouverpo-
etryhouse.com •
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost
Train • Mortal Coil Performance
Society presents a pirate-themed
adventure featuring actors, dancers, performers, puppeteers,
swordfighters, hat-making, paint-
ng, storytelling, and the Haunted
Children's Farmyard. • Oct. 10-
Nov 21, Stanley Park Miniature
Railway (Stanley Park). Tix $9/5.50
(plus service charges and fees) at
www.ticketmaster.com. more info
www.vancouverparks.ca •
CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until
December 9, Railway Club (579
Dunsmuir). More info at 604-681-
Free Movies! Cinema Politica @
UBC • Cinema Politica at UBC is
a free weekly series showcasing
movies that harness the power of
film to engage issues relating to
the environment, globalization,
gender and sexuality, indigenous
rights, global health and student
power. • Every Tuesday, 7pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB More info at
www.cinemapolitica.org/ubc •
Comedy at the Soho • Weekly
comedy showcase. • Every Sunday,
9pm, Soho Bar and Grill. Info 604-
633-2722 •
The Urban Improv Challenge •
A series of improv-comedy challenges. • Every Monday, 8pm,
Chivana. Info 604-733-0330 •
50/50 Draw • 1 ticket for $1, 5 for
$3, one arms length for $5, wing
span (2 arms length) for $10. •
Everyday @7pm until Nov. 19 @
Mahony & Sons Public House, info
maria. woo@ubc. ca •
UBC World AIDS Week 2008 •
Week-long series of events in
order to help educate students
and the greater Vancouver community about HIV/AIDS, and also
to raise money for both local and
international AIDS groups. Events:
Monday-Coffee House, Tuesday-
Networking Fair and Forum and
Candle Light Vigil, Wednesday-
Film Night-"Yesterday", Thursday-
HIV/AIDS Workshop and Club
Night Fundraiser Friday-UBC Campus wide WEAR RED Day!   • Nov
17-21 throughout the week, the
UBC Red Cross will be selling Red
Ribbons, Little Travellers, and Red
Scarves in the SUB, For more info
e-mail us at wad.ubc@gmail.com
or check out our website http://
ubcwad.wordpress.com •
David Claerbout Exhibition •
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery is pleased to present a
solo exhibition of work by the
Belgian artist David Claerbout. The
exhibition will transform the gallery to show a selection of video
nstallations that date from 1996
to the present. David Claerbout
draws on the conventions of film,
photography, and digital media,
challenging boundaries by combin-
ng traditional technologies in the
production of his works • All day,
everyday until Dec. 18 in the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery •
November 18
The Ubyssey sells delicious Cinnamon buns • Come find us in
the SUB and buy some delicious
cinnamon buns to support young
budding student journalists • Nov.
18, table in front ofthe SUB. for
more information, call 604-822-
2301 •
AFC Rally • Ancient Forests Committee is hosting a rally to raise
awareness. • Nov. 18, 1:30pm-
2pm, in front of Koerner library •
Christmas Bakeshop by Swirls •
Your favourite Holiday Goodies are
available from November 18—December 22 Place your order now. •
Nov. 18-21, all day •
Spirituality by the Cup * Spirituality by the Cup: Hang out over
a cup of coffee and talk about
spirituality, ethics, and the big
questions in life. Feel free to stop
by at any time. • Nov. 18 @ 8pm
and Nov.21 @ 11am, Ike's Cafe in
the IBLC •
Payoke: Pioneering the Fight
Against Human Trafficking * The
nstitute for European Studies
nvites you to this public lecture
concerning the battle against human trafficking • Nov. 18 @ 12pm
in Rm. 120, CK Choi Building •
November 19
Blue Wash • The Ubyssey hosts a
clubbing night at Caprice. Come
out and enjoy yourself take advantage of a deal, meet the cogs
of your student newspaper, and
support us as we raise money to
attend a conference in Saskatoon
Wear blue to show your support. •
Nov. 19, Tix $ 10, available from all
Ubyssey editors and the Ubyssey
office, 9pm doors open (SUB 24,
across from Copy Right) •
Amnesty International UBC
Movie Night • Al presents Deepa
Mehta's film Water to help raise
awareness of global issues through
film. • Nov. 19, 6-10pm, MASS
Buch D •
UBC Film Society presents Tropic
Thunder • "I don't read the script.
The script reads me." • Nov. 19-
23, 9:45pm, Norm Theatre, $2
members, $4 non-members •
Burger and Pint Night * Enjoy a
burger and beer while watching
the Canucks vs. Rangers game.
50/50 draw tickets will be sold.
• Nov. 19, 4-7:30pm, Mahony &
Sons Public House, Tix $15 (includes admission, a burger and a
beer), info cate.rankin@ubc.ca •
Excel Level 2 • Learn intermediate
features of Excel including sorting
and transferring data and using
basic math formulas at this drop-in
hands-on workshop • Nov. 19
@ 12pm- 1pm in Koerner Library
Room 216*
Unity [1918] • Written by Kevin
Kerr, Director Stephen Drover. In
1918, a world ravaged by war
was hit by a deadly plague—the
"Spanish Flu." In fact more people
died in this epidemic than had
been killed in battle. Theatre at
UBC alumnus Kevin Kerr offers
an epic chapter of Canadian history in this gothic romance filled
with dark comedy which earned
the Governor General's Literary
Award for Drama as well as the
Sydney Risk Award for Outstand-
ng Original Script. • Nov. 19
@7:30pm-9:30pm in the Frederic
Wood Theatre •
November 20
Drop-in Beading • Learn to bead,
finish a project, make a gift. • Nov.
20, 11am-12pm, First Nations
House of Learning. Info 604-822-
Sustainability Seminars: Climate
Change and Sustainability * A
"sustainability across the curricu-
um" session on climate change. •
Nov. 20, 12-2pm, 227 IBLC •
Science Skate Night • Science
Undergraduate Society invites
you out for a evening of skating,
games, and prizes. Hot chocolate
and cookies will be served to celebrate the end of term. •
Nov. 20,  3:30-5pm, info www.
sus.ubc.ca, $2 skate rentals •
Ice Wars • "Chill out" in a unique
way. Teams of six to ten students
vie for the championship title in
series of ice-based events such as
ringette, European handball, and
shuffleboard on ice. • Nov. 20, Info
mlazar@rec.ubc.ca, 604-822-4909 •
November 21
Wear Red • Support World AIDS
week and wear red • Nov. 21 *
Canada Music Week * Piano
studens of Core Hamm present
works by Canadian and International composers • Nov. 21,
7-9pm, Music Building, Recital
Hall. Info concerts@interchange.
ubc. ca •
The Forgotten War Against the
Chinese North Americans * Dr
Jean Pfaelzer, author of the award-
winning book Driven Out: The
Forgotten War Against Chinese
Americans (Random House 2007)
and Dr Patricia Roy, author of A
White Man's Province: British Co-
umbia Politicians and Chinese and
Japanese Immigrants 1858-1914
• Nov. 21 @ 8pm in the Fairmont
Social Lounge, St. John's College •
Canada Music Week * Piano
studens of Core Hamm present
works by Canadian and international composers • Nov. 21,
7-9pm, Music Building, Recital
Hall. Info concerts@interchange.
ubc. ca •
November 25
Tar Sands: The dark side of the
Boom • BC Wide Speaking Tour
on the Impacts of the Tar Sands on
Communities in Alberta and BC.
Please join us for a very important
panel about the largest industria
project in history that has been
devastating the environment and
communities in Alberta. • Nov. 25,
7pm Heritage Hall 3102 Main St,
more information please e-mail:
hgrewal@canadians.org or call:
604 688 8846 •
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The horrible case ofthe Mondays swept the Ubyssey. The
gang was hungry and Justin McElroy, Matthew Ratzlaff,
Caitlin Ohama-Darmus, Ines de Sequera, Katarina Grgic,
Celestian Rince,Trevor Melanson, Kyrstin Bain were in the
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Kellan Higgins refused to eat Chinese food asthey had eaten
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care what was for dinner. Joe Rayment, Pierce Nettling,
Stephanie Findlay, and Kenneth John Dodge were meh.
Adam Leggett, Kalyena Makortoff, Shun Endo, Hereward
Longley, David Zhang, Keegan Bursawjon Holn, Raeven
Geist-Deschamps, Jorge Amigo were not hungry, but tired,
and went home early. Oh the case ofthe Mondays.
Front page graphic NOVEMBER I 8, 2008
A paperless world at UBC?
Faculty of Land and Food Systems looks to eliminate its paper footprint
by Katarina Grgic
News Staff
Imagine a world without paper.
It sounds like a tacky futuristic
marketing slogan. Perhaps, but in
the student services office of the
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
(LFS), it's a reality.
The office produces close to no
paper at all, as most documents
are kept in the Student Information System, allowing student
advisors to access a variety of information, including grades and
student-teacher evaluations.
The idea to go paperless came
in 2005. "At first we started off doing various things paperless," explained Lynn Newman-Saunders,
the faculty's assistant dean, "[but]
now, only medical and legal documents are put on paper."
The paperless nature of the
office leaves more time for the
advisors to interact with students,
said Newman-Saunders. With
everything in the Student Information System, she works from
home and her advisors can now
carry laptops to service students
"wherever they are."
Newman-Saunders also says
that the computer-based system
is more student friendly. Students
are able to access their own file
from a separate monitor and
By being completed online,
course evaluations are "more
thoughtful and have an immediate effect on the professors behaviour," said Joshua Robertson, a
LFS student advisor.
"I like being able to do professor/course   evaluations   online,"
agreed graduate student Rosanne
Smit. "I can really think about my
answers and suggestions instead
of being time constrained by needing to hand in a paper copy by the
end of class," she said.
Robertson estimates online
evaluations have saved the faculty
around $10,000 since it broke
from using Scantron sheets.
He joked, "You could buy
a small car with a Scantron
As for the the question of security, Newman-Saunders believes
that, "with all information backed
up hourly and password protected, we really felt the benefits
outweighed the risks.
"I have more faith that a computer isn't going to crash than I do
about a piece of paper not going
Since becoming paperless, the
advisors are happy to say that they
have never had an electronic mishap. The assistant dean credits
the success of the paperless office
to her two young student advisors,
Joshua Robertson and Winnie
"Our staff really bought into
the system and deserve the credit
for the implementation and for
developing creative ways to cut
paper out," he said.
The paperless office is the first
of its kind in Canada. Brock Hall
and the Faculty of Education are
looking at following the lead of
The LFS office is not only the
greenest office on campus, it's
also the tidiest, as the lacquered
office desks shine unblocked by
any papers or file folders. \a
• Paper trail left by student information
• Documents are photocopied
• Letters are printed and sent
• Physical forms are filled out
• Physical files of students are kept by
the faculty
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• No paper trail—students' information
uploaded directly to computer
• Advisors use reusable laminated
forms (using acetate reclaimed from
overheads) and dry-erase markers to
illustrate course options for students
• Only use paper when required by law
or faculty policy, such as confidential
medical files or failure notices
Info courtesy of UBC Reports
Dr Jane Goodall:
reason for hope
Celebrated researcher
inspires in Vancouver
by Caitlin Ohama-Darcus
News Writer
Five days before Barack Obama
was elected President of the
United States, world-renowned
primatologist Dr Jane Goodall
shared a similar message of
hope to an audience here in
Vancouver. Hers, however, extended far beyond the borders
of a single nation.
"One of my great reasons
for hope is the determination,
the enthusiasm, the energy, the
commitment, and the courage
of young people all around the
world," said Goodall.
This hope, in fact, was
Goodall's inspiration for Roots
& Shoots—a youth environmental program she founded with
sixteen Tanzanian teenagers in
1991. Today, Roots & Shoots is
active in nearly 100 countries
across the globe and supports
tens of thousands of youth, from
preschool to university, in making a positive difference in their
"I think, really and truly, that
there is an enormous amount of
hope. It lies with each one of us.
We've all got to do our bit."
But in the 300 days of travel
Goodall embarks upon each
year, not every face she encounters is a hopeful one.
"As I began traveling around
the world, I met so many young
people—high school students,
university students, young people who were out there in the big
world with their first jobs...so
many of them seemed to have
lost hope for the future."
Goodall described the depression, apathy and anger
expressed by youth—anger that
was directed at the generations
before them, whose actions are
thought to have pushed the planet to its current state of peril.
"Is there perhaps a disconnect between this very clever
brain and the human heart?"
Dr Goodall asked. "I think if
we don't have a grounding in
this humane part of us, we create  a very dangerous  animal
Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist, spoke in Vancouver about the Roots & Shoots program, her
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indeed—an animal that can go
out and make weapons of mass
destruction and kill others far
away by pressing a button, and
can destroy the environment to
the detriment of the children of
the future.
"We have compromised
the future of our young people
today," Goodall acknowledged.
"But it's not right that there
is nothing we can do about it.
There's a lot."
Speaking to a full house at
Vancouver's Centre for Performing Arts while a Madonna
concert blasted on at GM Place
just a few blocks away, Goodall
made it clear that now, more
than ever, why she had reason
for hope. Whether through the
energy of Elliot Lupini, a fourteen year-old Victoria boy who
raised over $2000 in support
of orphaned chimpanzees, or
through the passion of a young
Canadian leader like Simon
Jackson, founder of the Spirit
Bear Youth Coalition, Goodall
sees indomitable human spirit
shining. This, she says, is the
source of her optimism.
Goodall recalled the words
of an indigenous leader from
Greenland speaking at the Millennium Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders in
New York eight years ago.
"My brothers and sisters,
I bring you a message from
your brothers and sisters in the
North. Up in the North the ice is
melting. What will it take to melt
the ice in the human heart?
"Perhaps, and I hope at last,
we are beginning to see the ice
melting in the human heart."
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Wednesday. The nominated Female Entrepreneur of the Year
kicked off Entrepreneurship Week Canada at UBC, which continues until this Friday.
Entrepreneurship Week Canada is a nationwide event dedicated
to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship in Canadian youth. The
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NEWS | ;
UBC researchers leading post-Olympic study
Team to lead independent body to complete first formal study to
track information, assess impact ofthe Olympic games on host cities
by Matthew Ratzlaff
News Writer
A team of researchers headed
by Dr Rob VanWynsberghe of
UBC's School of Human Kinetics, is helping the Vancouver
Organizing Committee (VANOC)
complete the first formal study
of the impact of the Olympics
on host cities.
The study, called the Olympic Games Impact (OGI), was
developed by the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) over
a period of seven years. It consists of 126 social, economic
and environmental indicators
measured at regional and national levels.
Between 2001 and 2013,
VANOC is responsible for producing four reports, measuring
these indicators in collaboration with independent research
The initial report, called
the OGI Program Baseline Report, was originally completed
by the Fraser Basin Council in
2001 and released by VANOC
in 2007. The next three reports
have been assigned to UBC and
are due to be released in 2009,
2010 (post-games), and 2013.
"We were approached by
VANOC and asked how we
would do this, whether we were
interested. And, of course, we
were interested," said Dr Bob
Sparks, director of the UBC
School of Human Kinetics. "UBC
is a global university. This is a
global event. It's a good fit."
"We are confident we've got
the right team to deliver the
research we need to meet our
OGI obligations," said John Furlong, CEO of VANOC, in an October 10, 2008 media release.
"Tracking this information will
not only help future games but
will also prove to be an important legacy for those who will
continue to use this data long
after 2010."
With their first report due in
February 2009, the UBC team's
challenge has been wading
through various jurisdictions to
access data from sources such
as Statistics Canada, provincial
ministries and TransLink.
Stefanie Ratjen, VP External
for the Alma Mater Society, believes that with respect to the
impact of 2010 games "there
are a lot of issues that raise red
flags that warrant significant
concern for students." She
explained that hard costs, like
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Thunderbird Arena, an Olympic hockey venue, come with
additional soft costs.
"VANOC is asking for a lot
of the parking spaces to be
donated to Olympics event goers...which means that those
spaces aren't available for UBC
purposes at that time," said
She named other negative
impacts that students should
expect as a result of the Olympics. These include decreased
access to sports fields near
Thunderbird Arena, an overcrowded transit system and
the curtailing of education with
the university being closed for
two weeks in February 2010.
Ratjen is also concerned about
VANOC's accountability in light
of recent cost overruns related
to the Games.
"VANOC actually ceases to
exist as soon as the Olympics are
over and they're having quite a
significant influence over a lot
of government decisions that
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Campus development pits student residents against each other
by Amanda Stutt
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campus isn't the
same place it used
to be. Everyone
feels it. Bulldozers, cranes, trucks and construction sites are everywhere while long-
loved student hangout spots are quietly being
closed. Lineups are longer. Wait times are
higher. The secret unauthorized parking spot
I gleefully occupied unnoticed is now the site
of a shiny new condo highrise. They built a
lot of condos before they paid any attention
to student needs, like renovating our bunker
of a SUB or rebuilding that decrepit hovel
UBC Properties Trust, the infamous,
elusive company that struck deals with the
private condo developers, was formed in
part by former UBC Chancellor Robert Lee,
who is also a prominent real estate developer.
UBC Properties Trust aims "to generate $1
billion for UBC's endowment wealth over the
next 15 years by developing serviced land at
the university," The Globe and Mail reported
in 2005.
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University of British Columbia
a "C" in investment priorities,
commenting, "the university
prioritizes investing to maximize
profit." UBC also got an "F" in
shareholder engagement, where
it was discovered UBC had not
made "any public statements
about active ownership or a
proxy voting policy." UBC also
flunked right out of endowment
transparency because they "have
no known policy of disclosure of
endowment holdings or its shareholder voting records."
In 2007, The Ubyssey reported
on Properties Trust's U-Town developments in its various stages
of inception. A spokesperson
from the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) said that
UBC Properties Trust plans were
"very pretty pictures...very idyllic.
U-Town is based on...a seamless
progression from one aspect of
university life to another."
But the progression has not
been as seamless as the UNA and
UBC Properties Trust predicted,
and the reality of U-Town is turning out to be pretty un-idyllic on
some parts of campus.
A hotspot on Wesbrook Mall
highlights problems student residents of U-Town are having as a
result of the east campus plan,
which authorized the construction
of a private market condo complex
called Greenwood Commons next
door to seven fraternity houses.
Yes, seven. Fraternity houses
have existed on campus since the
1950s, but until recently, they
were on leased land at the south
end of campus. In 2003, the new
fraternity village was completed,
moving most the campus's fraternities onto Wesbrook Mall.
Greenwood Commons is populated mostly by mature students
with families and researchers. In
addition to fraternities, it's also
parked right in the middle of four
major student resident blocks, all
of which are connected by a pathway. This setup creates a lot of
traffic, noise and friction—young
students getting their first taste of
freedom mixed with alcohol late
at night, with families with young
children sleeping ten yards away.
The fraternities take a lot
of heat for the problems in the
neighbourhood, but, according
to RCMP spokesperson Staff
Sergeant Kevin Kenna, police
records indicate only five of the
66 complaints registered from
Greenwood Commons residents
contain any mention of the
"Things have changed since
last year. This whole thing is
bigger than just Wesbrook Mall.
There's more and more traffic
around. My main concern is public safety. I worry about students
roaming around on campus,
oblivious to traffic. I don't want to
see anyone hurt," Kenna said.
Greenwood Commons resident James Fitzmorris is a 32
year-old law student with a wife
and infant daughter. He wanted
his family to live comfortably
while still being able to walk to
his classes. He and his wife shell
out $2300 a month in rent for
a living space he said is "really
nice, really big."
But since the Fitzmorris family moved in, the late-night parties and student traffic have been
much worse than they expected.
"I've woken up to people pissing
in our yard," said Fitzmorris,
clearly not impressed. "We pay
a lot of money to live there. It's
overpriced. Why should we be
taking [this] from neighbours?
It's poor planning. It's on the University. If they want to develop
this land, and make it market
housing...they can do something
about it."
He said that so far the university has done "absolutely nothing." The drama of living next to
scores of students has taken its
toll on the Fitzmorris family.
"When we moved in we had
no idea it was going to be like it
was. At the end of the year...we're
out of there."
Brady Gordon, Alpha Delta
Phi member and public relations
chair for the UBC Inter-Fraternity
Council (IFC), has a whole other
set of problems. On the front
door of his fraternity house, the
first thing you see is a large notice
posted that outlines rules for alcohol consumption on the premises. It states no minors or persons
who are visibly intoxicated are
allowed on the grounds.
Gordon is not happy that the
fraternities are "getting the rap"
for all the parties and noise.
When frats host parties, they
have to obtain a special occasion
licence, or SOL, and hire private
security. Anyone getting past
the door has to have a valid student ID, proof of legal drinking
age, and has to know one of the
Lots of people that try to get
into these frat parties are turned
away and then wreak havoc on
the neighbourhood.
One night, a young man reportedly got aggressive with a bat
in front of Greenwood Commons
after being turned away from
a party, and a police incident
"We didn't even know who he
was," Gordon said.
Many Greenwood Commons
residents hold the fraternities responsible for noise disturbances,
and the IFC is aware of this.
The fraternity leaders are concerned that there will be more
complaints levied from Greenwood Commons. The fraternities'
brotherhood, both active and
alumni, is collectively worried
about a class action lawsuit originating from Greenwood Commons. And noise complaints are
a violation of the code of conduct
signed by the seven fraternities,
which could feasibly shut the fraternity houses down in the long
run, and they know that.
According to Gordon, some
of the complaints that have been
brought to the attention ofthe IFC
are "ridiculous. They are about
people 'walking by.'"
In response to concerns, the
fraternities receive fewer and
fewer SOLs, holding less revenue
generating parties—revenues of
which go toward fraternity expenses, such as sports and charity events.
Gordon is frustrated. "We're
not doing anything except existing. The victims are the residents
of market housing," he said. "The
students aren't going anywhere."
Jan Fialkowski, executive director of the UNA, said that some
of the new U-Town residents
might have a "less than realistic"
idea of what it is like to live on a
university campus. Fialkowski
believes the university should
take responsibility, and that the
situation should be addressed
"The UNA would be willing to
sit down with the involved parties
and talk," she said.
Joe Stott, director of Campus
and Community Planning, wasn't
aware of the magnitude of the
complaints. He said he did not
think putting market housing next
to the fraternity houses would create problems because the fraternities signed the code of conduct
agreement with the university
that stated the fraternities would
collectively maintain "peaceful,
orderly, neighbourly conduct."
Stott also said student representatives from the AMS were invited to attend, and participate in,
a neighbourhood advisory committee prior to the authorization
of the development. Meetings
took place in October 2002 and
August 2003. Both times, AMS
student representatives were recorded as "no shows." Stott said
campus planning didn't think it
would be an issue because "no
one brought it up."
Properties Trust owns Greenwood Commons and the revenues generated all indirectly go
to UBC. Properties Trust doesn't
do any hands-on managing, however. They hired Dorset Realty
Company to manage Greenwood
Commons instead.
Kim Schuss, spokesperson for
Dorset Realty, said Dorset staff is
taking a lot of heat. "We try to calm
the waters....We've received several complaints. There are a number
of other properties suffering...."
Schuss reported having no direct contact with UBC Properties
Trust and said, "we are wondering who's managing the whole issue. Dorset staff wind up cleaning
up the mess....To a large extent it
is on Dorset's shoulders."
UBC Properties Trust declined
The Ubyssey's repeated requests
for comment.
It's safe to say that U-Town
isn't working out so well for a lot
of students who live on campus.
The developments on Wesbrook
Mall pit two groups of student
residents against each other—par-
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the whole issue. Dorset staff wind up
cleaning up the mess.
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Letting it all hang out at Sin City
A personal venture into the world of fetish parties
by Raeven Geist-Deschamps
Culture Writer
Sin City is well known for throwing sexually expressive parties for the different spheres
of Vancouver's fetish scene. I
come from a place where fetish
parties are usually kept under
wraps, and I would await that
one weekend in August for a glorious three-day blowout of vinyl
glamour and subculture stardom. The idea of such events
being a weekly occurrence was
eye opening to me. I was curious, wanting to compare my
normal bar visitations with this
The friend who had invited me
to the event graciously accommodated me with a number of
articles, namely a short, low-
cut pleather dress with strings
tying it up on the side and a
pair of handcuffs. She wore
a low-cut corseted dress with
knee-high, five-inch platform
boots with thick metal clasps on
the side. We skulked into a cab
to avoid 20 minutes of public
The rules for these parties
dictate that if you do not follow
the main theme, you must be
dressed up in your particular
fetish, wearing kinky body paint
or, if you're a man, a low-slung
leather thong.
The venue was decorated with
a pirate theme and was as dark
and rank as a bar. However,
given the amount of exposed
flesh in the place, people were
very respectful. They seemed to
be observing a set of tacit agreements in a highly secure environment. They placed the sexuality at a distance. It revelled
in the superficiality of being an
observer as much as it loved to
touch and flog.
Instead of my arms being
randomly groped, as they tend
to be when I go to bars and
clubs, there was an appreciative verbal undercurrent—"very
nice," as my friend walks by.
Older couples were observed
from the upper level without
The pressure of actually going home with someone was
not the principal purpose at the
surface of every interaction. Essentially, it was the opposite of
a Pit night, where, as one of my
friends once said, "instead of
fishing, it's kind of like shooting
a gun at a barrel full of fish and
digging up the remnants."
The variety of persuasions at a
fetish parry are oddly comforting
and safe, although the amount
of sadomasochism occurring
in the dungeon might make an
ordinary parry-goer a bit uncomfortable—if the man flaunting his
ability to deep throat 13 inches
hadn't done so already.
The dungeon is the supreme
specimen of exhibition. There
are dungeon masters who ensure
that no one gets fully naked, but
inside there are people flogging
each other, putting gentle electrodes on the inside of thighs to
experience pleasure and pain
under someone else's grip. You
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so desire, while knowing that a
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The dungeon master took out
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the blade along her skin without
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onto the bloody stumps. Day
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prefers to think of the HorrorPops as a "pop" band. But words
like "pop" and "country" don't do
justice to this kind of eccentric
punk, which could also be applied to bands like Tiger Army or
Alkaline Trio.
Backed by Nekroman on guitar and Neidermeir on drums,
this beautiful dame pumped out
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set, they pumped out a personal
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Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
November 18,2008 | Page 12
Confessions of a varsity athlete
by Shawn McIsaac	
Thunderbird Football Team
Having just recently finished
my fifth year on the UBC football
team, I have some perspective
on the problems currently facing the Thunderbirds. I have
been very active in the varsity
community over the past half
decade and can offer insight
into some ofthe Birds' woes.
If you ask any coach or player
from the last decade about the
grass fields at Thunderbird Stadium, you will immediately get
a chuckle. The condition of the
current grass field has become
a running joke amongst the
people that use it the most. We
work on a field that looks like
it hasn't been renovated since
it was built in 196 7, and when
we practice six or seven times
a week, the conditions deteriorate to dangerous levels. The
field the Thunderbirds practise
on is scattered with potholes,
mud and lighting that is slightly
darker than the adjacent street
lamps. While recent upgrades
were made to some parts of
Thunderbird Stadium, the field
conditions have continued to
get worse with no foreseeable
end in sight, as recent plans for
turf upgrades have apparently
fallen short.
The facilities that the Birds
have dealt with for years have
finally started to catch up to the
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squad as the game has evolved.
Players are not able to practise
at full speed due to unsure footing and dim lighting. Receivers
have difficulty catching a ball
thrown on the practice field
from more than 20 yards away
in the dull flicker of lights that
have not been replaced or maintained since at least 2004.
The problem compounds to
the point that it affects practice;
cancelled portions  due  to  un
safe conditions; the inability to
perform drills; chronic injuries,
coupled with multiple season
and career-ending injuries are
a few consequences I can think
of. The deeper problem for the
Thunderbirds is that these facilities make it next to impossible
to recruit the best Canadian
athletes for reasons other than
academics. Additionally, a key
part of our sport is off-season
training and the best facility we
have is the Student Recreation
Centre that is overcrowded and
out of date. Obstacles like these
often make it difficult for a recruit to choose UBC.
As The Ubyssey has mentioned, the SFU Clan has seen
a dramatic turnaround over the
past two years. In 2006, SFU installed turf at Terry Fox Field on
the Burnaby campus thatthe SFU
team practises on. This, coupled
with a recently expanded weight
room, gives the Clan top-notch
facilities. While the turnaround
of the Clan can't be entirely attributed to the facilities, this is a
suspicious coincidence. In fact,
in the Canada West conference
only two teams—UBC and Manitoba—practise on natural grass
for the majority of their practices. Neither of these teams
made the playoffs this year. Furthermore, a quick survey of the
16 teams that made the playoffs
in the CIS shows that 11 play on
The potential of the coaching staff, team and this school is
huge—and with the proper facilities will flourish in the future.
After bringing this issue up with
the University Athletic Council and Thunderbird Athletic
Council, and competing for the
university through five football
seasons and four track seasons,
I don't know what else to do to
convince the department that
this is a much bigger issue than
they think. And from what I am
hearing there is no solution in
the near future.
So as the football team continues to play with the cards
they have been dealt, the cycle
continues. If you would like a
taste of what I am talking about,
visit the practice field with the
lights on around 5:30pm when
our training would be in full
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