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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
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Where's the free water?
A UBC student investigates why some campus
drinking fountains have gone extinct
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
Water's free, isn't it? Well, yes and no.
In some UBC buildings like Scarfe—the education bunding—17 of 18 water fountains have
been shrouded in plastic and rendered unusable since 1997, with no consistent word from
UBC maintenance on exactly why—meaning
that more students have to buy their water, says
Education Master's student Sean Cook.
'What has caused a diminished commitment to providing free water to students?'
Cook asks.
Cook, who is doing his thesis on corporate
sponsorhip and education, thinks that it is more
than a coincidence that the chinking fountains
began to go out of service without being
repaired the same year that UBC and the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) signed a $844,2 60-a-year
exclusivity contract with drink manufacturer
Coca-Cola.
But conspiracy theory it is not said Cook. He
is not accusing the university of closing the
fountains'because of requirements of the Coke
contract Instead, he believes that the signing of
the contract has resulted in a different set of
beliefs, on the part of the university about the.
heed to provide students with free drinking
water.
'For 40 years [UBC] was comfortable giving,
us the option,' said Cook. 'A demanding corporate sponsorship has created these new values.'
When Cook began his investigation of the
dry fountains last summer he said he asked university officials repeatedly about why the fountains were closed but was never told who gave
the order to close them or why they were out of
service.
" To be sure that the quality of the water is not
the reason. Cook spent $160.50 of his own
money to have the water from the fountains tested at a Burnaby lab. The results showed the
water from the Scarfe fountains to be perfectly
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safe. ' priate department, who would then draft a
In a letter to UBC President Martha Piper last response to Cook.
, week. Cook described the fountain situation and In the letter Cook also described a 19 9 7 Coke
asked the university to reimburse him for the Annual Report that cited water fountains as
water testing. A spokesperson for Piper's office
said the letter would be fowarded to the appro- v See "Water" On poge2.
Election results in, but controversy continues
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR __'
The unofficial Alma Mater Society (AMS) election results show a first-ever sweep of executive
positions for the.: Student Progressive Action
Network (SPAN) slate, but the numerous complaints filed with the elections committee must
be investigated and settled before the results
become official.
The exact number and nature of the complaints will not be revealed before they have been
settled by the elections committee, said Anthony
Waldron, AMS elections administrator.
According to AMS policy, the elections committee has 24 hours to deal with the complaints.
"Some of them are not exactly grievances,
they are just people saying things. There are
three or four things that I need to investigate,'
said Waldron;
While he would not share information on all
of the complaints in order to protect the investigation, Waldron did say that one concerns AMS
promotional signs featuring SPAN candidate
Brenda Ogemba that were removed in a controversial AMS executive decision just a day before
the election officially began.
Another complaint deals with information
contained on VP External candidate Spencer
Keys website, said Waldron, who declined to
provide details.
'It said things it wasn't supposed to say
according to the [AMS} constitution," he said. 'I
can't tell you details because it is under investigation."
Waldron and the elections committee are
expected to present election results to the student council at Wednesday's meeting to make
them official. But all outstanding complaints
must be resolved before that presentation.
The controversy is the latest in a string of
rocky developments during the election campaign. Just two days before the start of the campaign, the student council decided to replace the
then elections administrator Sundeep Chandan
with Waldron in a closed-door part of a meeting.
The Students, for Students (SfS) slate also
received a 24-hour campaign suspension from
Chandan for illegal postering in the aquatic centre early in.the campaign. That suspension
was then repealed part way through the sentence when Waldron took over as elections
adininistrator.
SCREAMS OF JOY: Amina Rai and her supporters celebrate victory, micheile mayne photo
But controversy or not, unofficial SPAN
President-elect Amina Rai was thrilled with the
way her slate dominated all five of the AMS executive position races.
'I knew we had it in us...I knew we could do it,
and we did it' said a tearful and excited Rai just
minutes after the announcement of her 400;
vote win. - *
'I think it was the fact that we all knew that we
were such a solid, fantastic team that it really
shone through when we were campaigning,' she
added.
SfS presidential candidate Sam Saini said lie
was disappointed with the loss, but felt his slate
gave it their all.
'We tried as hard as we possibly could and the
results came in as such,' he said.
-    When asked what made the difference for"
SPAN, Saini said, 'We weren't very sensational. I
think SPAN is a veiy sensational sort of slate.
"We tried to be very honest and very realistic
about what we could provide to our students,' he
added.
The closest race was for the Board of
Governors (BoG) positions won with a 26-vote
margin. An official request has been made to
recount the BoG race which saw SPAN candidate
Mia Amir and SfS member Brian Doung win the
two available positions with 1868 and 1622
votes respectively.
The next closest candidate was SPAN member
Olivier Plessis with 1596 votes.
Another close race was for the VP External
position, which saw independent candidate
Spencer Keys lose by just 53 votes to SPAN candidate Holly Foxcroft
Keys said his campaign, and subsequent loss,
shows that despite reformed elections policy
this year independent candidates have extreme
difficulty competing with powerful slate
candidates.
"I ran the best campaign that an independent
can possibly run,' said Keys. "I think it is proof
that an independent cannot win.' ♦
Students eyeing
UBC financial
access policy
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR
A proposal to redefine UBC's access
policy could see some postbaccalau-
reate students have to turn to commercial loans before they would be
considered for university bursaries,
students say.
The university .is redrafting Policy
72, a statement that says no student
should be denied an education at
UBC because of financial reasons
alone. But the new draft may exclude
students in the Law, Medicine,
Denstistry and Education faculties
from getting bursaries, said the president of the UBC Medical Students
Society.       ._ ^       .,-
"We are more concerned with the
apparent Discriminatory nature of
the policy, with the way it is worded
currently,' said Kyle Kirkhanx 'It is
creating the illusion that everyone
has access to education. But they
are   doing   it   on   the   backs   of
See "Policy"on page2.
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"Water" from page 1.
direct    competition     for     Coke
- products.
The lack of water fountain access,"
combined with Coke's stated policy
on watef fountains, has changed -
UBC's priorities when it comes to fixing fountains, said Cook.
According to the contract if the
university does not sell 33,600,000
units of Coke products, including bottled water, by August of 2005, Coke
will get either two more years of
exclusive access to campus or exclusive access until the. quota is reached,
whichever comes first
It is extremely unlikely that the
Coke quota will be met by next year,
said Brian Duong, VP Finance for the
AMS.
'We could fill up the Empire Pool
with Coke and we still wouldn't make
it* said Duong.
Cook estimates the cost to UBC for
not meeting the quota will be $1.7
million.
"It seems reasonable to conclude
that UBC's diminished commitment
to providing free water through fountains was influenced by the fact that
the university profits immensely
from the sale of water,' Cook wrote to
Piper.
But a Plant Operations official, the
body responsible for building maintenance on campus, said the Coke deal
has nothing to do with why the fountains are out of service.
"There is no connection. It was
just a matter of choices and priorities," said David Barnes, the director
of UBC Plant Operations. "We have
had limited maintenance resources
to repair or replace [the fountains]."
The fountains have not been fixed
' because of a'shortage in the*annual
$45 million BC government grant
UBC receives to.maintain tha campus, said Barnes, fie also said there is
about $350 million of campus maintenance currently being deferred.
"There was a decision marJ| in the
early 90s, in terms of priorities, that
the roofing and heating systems are
higher priority than drinking fountains," he added.
Barnes said that to find out why
the fountains are "not serviceable at
this time would take an investigation into what is causing the malfunction. ■
Cook also questioned why there
were* no water fountains installed in
some newer buildings on campus,
such as the Forestry building.
But Barnes said he was not aware
that fountains had been left out of the
buildings, adding that it was not a
conscious decision on the part of the
university.
"It is not a regular type of thing
to eliminate drinking fountains,'
he said."
A Board of Governors committee
approved last week that the university will match a $60 million grant
from the BC government to infuse
$ 120 million into UBCs plant operations budget this year.
While Barnes could not guarantee
that the money would get the water
fountains up and running again, he
did say, "We will start to more aggressively pay more attention to them as a
priority, for sure." ♦
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I Third-Year Student
"Policy" from pagel
our graduates."   ;
The current draft of Policy 72 says
that the assessed financial need of
'post-baccalaureate students that is
. not met by BC student loans "should
be met primarily through commercial loans, then supplemented by bursaries."
Kirkham said this wording will
exclude students in professiorialpn>
grams from UBC bursaries.
"The effect of it is basically saying
that no medical students will qualify
for any of the university-wide
money," he said.
But a spokesperson from enrolment services at UBC said the proposal is not meant to exclude any students. Instead it is meant to share the
limited funds of the university in the
best ' way
possible;
"There is a reality of so much
money and" so much need,' said
Deborah Robinson, director of UBC
student recruitment admissions and
awards;,-
Postbaccalaureate students are
more likely to be able to get commer-
' rial loans because they are in professional programs, resulting in the proposal to ask them to pursue that
option before asking the university
for help, she said.
"Our real objective is to put money
into the hands of those who" most
need it and through some vehicle,
make sure that all students can
finance their education,' said
Robinson.
But Kirkham does not agree that it
is easier for students in professional
programs to get commercial loans to
finance their education and does not
like the reasoning that students in
professional programs will be in a
better position to pay back interest
bearing loans.
"We question the validity of that,"
he said, adding that sho.uld the proposal become policy, students who do
not have the financial means may be
discouraged from even applying to
professional programs such as medical school
But Robinson also said because
post-baccalaureate students are in
expensive programs, they could be
taxing university financial aid
resources more than other students.
"Their need could be quite high so
they could be faking a disproportionate amount of the money that is available/she Said- .   ,   . .      ;.;'
Robinson also said that there is
room in the proposal for students
with exceptional circumstances to be
considered by the university.
"There are exceptions and we will
look at those gase^by-case," she said.
Robert Tierney, dean of Education
at UBC, said he has concerns about
the policy, as it is currently drafted,
excluding some students who may
need financial aid.
"What you don't want to do is to
create a procedure in which students
can't get access to the support that
they need to get an education,' he
said..
But Tierney added that it is too
early to panic about possible implications because the university is in the
process of evaluating concerns students and staff have with the draft
"We need to see what they do with
this document based on the feedback,' he said. "I am assuming they
are going to be fixing a lot of that
stuff.'
Policy 72 was originally created in
1995 to guide UBC in establishing
future tuition fees, said Michelle
Aucoin, executive director for the VP
Students office. It was repealed in
2002 by the university and is being
reformed because the original is no
longer relevent she added.
Aucoin said the decision to change
the policy was not a direct result of
higher fees when the tuition freeze
was lifted, also in 2002.
"In a sense it was because of the
freeze but it wasn't because the freeze
was lifted that all of a sudden we
decided to [repeal] the policy,* said
Aucoin.        .
"It was written by a different
administration in a different political
climate and financial climate,' she
added.
A UBC committee will now consider the feedback received through public consultation and will present a policy to the Board of Governors in
March for final approval. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27,2004
UBC helping to create Kuwait learning institute
by William Mbaho
NEWS WRITER
A team of UBC professors and administrators
will be subrrntting their design ideas next
week for a new university in the tiny, oil-rich
country of Kuwait, a country still rebuilding
after the 1991 Gulf War.
The university, scheduled to open in the
next four to five years, will be called the
Kuwait Institute of Business and Technology
and will offer courses focusing on commerce
and technology.
UBC got involved with the project in 2000
after winning a consultancy award offered by
Kuwait's Ministry of Education and Higher
Education. UBC officials hope the new school
will help to revitalize the country disrupted
by war.
"[Kuwait institute] graduates will be entrepreneurial leaders and a catalyst to help reenergize Kuwait's private sector, as Kuwait
shifts from an oil-based economy to one which
is diversified across sectors,' said Ruby
Theilmann, Kuwait Project manager for UBC.
UBC's final report to the Kuwait institute in
February will include a vision statement for
the school, an undergraduate curriculum and
recruitment plans for faculty and staff. UBC
project team members have also advised on
facilities, research programs, student recruitment and organisational structure and university governance.
The consultancy project is valued at $2.7
million and is the largest such project UBC has
ever undertaken. It has also resulted in a significant collaborative  effort between  the
Sauder School of Business, the Faculty of
Applied Science, the Provost Office and many
other departments at UBC.
"The project has encouraged enriching dialogue and visitation between Kuwait and UBC
on several occasions; it has as importantly
resulted in rewarding discussions among colleagues at UBC,' said Theilmann.
- The Kuwait institute will be a high-quality
regional facility located in Kuwait City and
enrolment is expected to be about 4,000
undergraduate students. Graduate programs
are also in the plans, but will not start right
away, said Theilmann.
-The Kuwait institution will feature state-of-
the-art teaching methods such as problem-
based learning and team-teaching, modeled
after UBC's integrated teaching success in
areas such as the Science One and Arts One
programs, which offer students broad-based
learning in either Arts or Sciences, said
Theilmann.
The Kuwait institute will offer a challenging
curriculum that integrates business, technology and engineering through innovative program design, research opportunities and
strong links to the commercial sector, added
Theilmann.
In 1991, Kuwait was the scene of a massive
US-led international military campaign to oust
Iraqi forces, which had invaded the year
before. Operation Desert Storm saw their
eventual removal but Kuwait's infrastructure
was left in bad shape and in need of reconstruction. Oil exports, critical to Kuwait's
economy also ceased for a period during
this time.   '
PLANS COMING TOGETHER: UBC's Ruby Theilmann shows off ideas for a new business and technology institue in Kuwait, willian mbaho photo
A UBC official said the project will also benefit UBC through the exchange of ideas once
the Kuwait institution opens.
"The Kuwait Project represents an opportunity for us to understand more about the
Middle East, and participate more with people
from Arab nations/said Neil Guppy, associate
VP of UBC's Academic Programs.
"It's an area where we would like to have
more exchange with faculty members and students and more opportunity to benefit from
many of the views and values that are
expressed by people in that part of the world,'
added Guppy. ♦
Peace and justice issues in Congo
THREE CHEERS FOR PEACE: Congo exile
Mambo Masinda (second from right) gets to
know cause supporters, william mbaho photo
Group looking to engage
Canadians at home
By William Mbaho
NEWS WRITER
Over two million Congolese have died over the last six*
years and over 50 million people have been directly
affected during the bloody war in the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) according to United Nations^
estimates—atrocities that have the World Federalists*
of Canada calling on the Canadian government to
step in. ■',,
'Canada has been in the forefront calling for the
international community to do more to protect civilians in, humanitarian emergencies,' said Fergus
Watt, executive director of the WFC at a recent public
meeting in Vancouver. "We're a leader in a nunjher
of important policy debates, at the UN and elsewhere.
Now is the time for our deeds to match pur words.'
Last year, former Prime Minister Jean Chretien
committed Canadian transport planes to help the UN
deployment in the DRC, he said.
Also leading the discussion was Dr. Mambo
Masinda, who was exiled from Congo in 1985. He
admitted that Canada was not alone in not following
through on its commitments.
"The Congolese tragedy is not known very well. It
is a forgotten conflict The international community
has been timid in dealing with the conflict,' said
Masinda. ~ < ■ ■ .
Conflict boilihg in Rwanda spilled into neighbouring Zaire in 1997 with an invasion that ultimately
installed Laurent Kabila as president—he then
renamed the country the DRC.   ■••
A violent split in his government dragged in
neighbouring African countries, turninp the country
into a vast battleground. The war in the" DRC is the
widest interstate war in modern African history.
In 2001 Kabila was shot dead by a bodyguard.
Since the assassination, Kabila's son Joseph has been
the president of the country's transitional government The DRC has pledged to hold new government
elections in 2005.
Although a shaky cease-fire has held across most
of Congo since-1999, million of lives have still been
lost either as a direct result of fighting or because of
disease and malnutrition. It has been called possibly
the worst emergency to unfold in Africa in recent
decades.
Meanwhile, the UN says that the warring parties
are prolonging the conflict in order to plunder gold,
diamonds, timber and coltanv used in making laptops, mobile phones and Playstation II game
consoles.
During the discussion Masinda pointed out that
peace and justice are separate priorities as far as the
Congolese are, concerned and should be noted by the
international community.
"First, stop the fighting. Second, bring back the 2.7
million Congolese living in exile. Third, allow stu?
dents to return to schools,* said Masinda.
Gareth Jones, a twenty-year-old audience member,
said, "It is disturbing to hear about the atrocities that,
have been committed there. And the fact that people
in the West hardly even know about them." .
Also attending the discussion was tanja Mugabo,
an Outreach Coordinator for UBC's Liu Institute for
Global Issues. ■ '
'One of the lessons learned in the last ten years
since the Rwandan genocide is that we need to
respond immediately to African crises instead of letting them escalate into chaos and say we are sorry/
said Mugabo. "We need to do this for future generations, we need it for human security. It's that critical.'
The World Federalists believe that peace or justice
will be unlikely unless an effective system of enforceable international law is in place and called for the
DRC to continue to subject itself to upcoming rulings
by the International Criminal Court
Congo faces many options for justice as atrocities
are recognised, said John Roosa, a UBC professor of
International Relations. A danger of post-conflict trials is that the usual pattern is 'show trials' conducted
by the victors of the conflict, he said, while mixed
courts will bind citizens and rebuild a nation.
'Mixed courts—with judges from other countries—helps avoid the appearance of show trials,"
he said. "Truth commissions can be mandated
to investigate and provide recommendations.
They also bring a lot of people forward to speak
the atrocities.' ♦
Trial for med program
by Megan Thomas
NEWS EDITOR      ^
Sixteen UBC medical students are on
the move this week to take part in the
first-ever trial run of the university's
new Island and Northern medicine
program scheduled to begin next fall.
The student volunteers, half of
whom went to the University of
Northern BC (UNBC) and the other
half to the University of Victoria
(UVic), will be learning the same
material as their classmates at the
UBC campus this week and will also
be gathering feedback for very interested program organisers.
"They will be taking exactly the
same courses as the students here,*
said Angela Towle, associate dean of
medical undergraduate curriculum
at UBC. ."They are also" playing an
important role in evaluation of the
experience.' j
Faculty hiring for UBC's new
medicine program? starting at UNBC
and UVic next year is not yet complete, which is another reason this
'prototypical' week is an important
step in organising the new
distributed medicine program,
said Towle.
This week's classes will be
taught by a combination of local
physicians and university faculty at
the three campuses.
"There is no commitment to
teach in the actual program. But this
is giving them a sense of what it
would be like to teach," said Towle.
"There is a lot of enthusiasm, among
the local physicians to take part
in that'
The 16 students on the all-
expenses-paid trips are volunteers
and were selected by UBC back in
November. Towle said the students
were picked to be a sample of the
types of students who will enroll in
the full program next year at UNBC
and UVic.
But Towle is not expecting every
part of this week to go absolutely
smoothly.
"We are not expecting it will not
be without its problems, but at least
we will know what they are,"
she said.
The goal of the distributed program is to recruit "physicians that
are interested in working in rural
areas, said David Snaddeh, a
spokesperson for the UNBC part of
the program.
"What we are looking for here is
to try and train those students in the
north that will stay in the north,'
said Snadden.
Towle said having a medical
program in Prince George will also
help to recruit doctors because of
the prestige of having a medical
school.
"Having a medical program
there also is attractive to physicians,
so it is helpful for recruitment of
physicians into the north," she said.
A,, spokesperson for UVic said
this week is an important step in
creating the distributed program at
the university.
"This is of course a very important step, a milestone, because we
are testing a number of things that
have been in planning and preparation for a very long time,* said
Oscar Casiro, head of the UVic
branch of the program. ~
. Casiro said the next step will be
to, do another test week next fall
when the new buildings on the UVic
and UNBC campuses are complete
and the technology is installed".
The program at the UNBC and
UVic campuses must also, pass the
Canadian and US accreditation
process before it can open its doors
to students. That process will happen in March.
'Because this is very new it is
likely that they will want to come
back at intervals to see how we are
doing,'said Towle.
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fall term at UBC and then move to
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2004      5
by Zerah Lurie
NEWS WRITER
The next American presidential election
will be the most important in our lifetime,
said the head of an American think:tank on
global policy issue* who visited campus
last week.
In a speech at. the Live Centre for Global
Issues, Jim Garrison,'president of the State
of the World forum, discussed how the
upcoming; November election will determine US international policies in the future.
'We're going ta make a
decision, about * whether
we're going ' to v move
beyond 9/11 or, we're going
to use 9/11 ta" further cort-
solidate the national securi1
ty state in the United
States,* said Garrison to an
audience of about 50.
To Garrison, who is promoting his recent book
"America as Empire," the
9/11 terrorist attacks were
the point where the US suddenly changed how it dealt
with the world. Instead of
focusing on commerce, like
the| Clinton administration;
0/11 pushed President
Bush's administration into
a mentality of absolute waiv
fare and total victory with a very black and
white view of global politics, he said.
Bush reaffirmed his commitment to the
war on terrorism in a recent state of the
union address.
Yet .most Americans. are not that conr
cerned* about global issues according to a
Gallup poll conducted from January 12-15.
When asked what was- the most important
problem facing the United States, 44 per
cent said it was domestic issues such as the
economy, unemployment and healthcare,
whereas 26 per cent listed foreign issues
"We're going to
make a decision
about whether
we're going to
move beyond
—Jim Garrison
President of the
State of the
World Forum
like the War in Iraq or terrorism.
But that same poll also indicated that 48
per cent of Americans are totally dissatisfied, with the role of the US in world affairs.
Garrison said it seems clear that if Bush
is re-elected he will reinforce the international stance his administration has taken
over the past three years and this might be
irreversible.
•If a- Democrat is elected instead,
Garrison believes that any negative
American foreign policy could be changed
relatively easily.
Garrison is actively supporting democratic presidential candidate Howard
Dean because "he's the one
democrat that can actually
take on Bush.'
On Monday afternoon, as
Garrison was giving his
speech. Dean was the democratic front runner, but he
placed a disappointing third
in Monday night's Iowa
Caucus behind candidates
John Kerry and John
Edwards. A late week poll
suggests Kerry now leads
Dean in New Hampshire
and beyond.
Still, the fate of the world
isn't only up to Americans.S
said Lloyd Axworthy, director and CEO of the Liu Centre. He shares
Garrison's feelings about the US facing an
important choice in the coming election
and* says that Canada also faces important
choices on how it conducts its foreign policy
in the future.
Axworthy says if Prime Minister Paul
Martin acquiesces to the American agenda
to create a missile defense plan, it might
change Canada'3 leaders from a commerce-
oriented government to "part of the apparatus that wants to rule the world in
other ways.' ♦
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by Wilson Wong
SPORTS WRITER
While the weekend 'home and
home' series against the Simon
Fraser Clan started out with promise
for both UBC basketball teams on
home court, it ended in a horrible
fashion on the floor of their cross-
town rivals.
UBC's top-ranked women came
out Friday night at War Memorial
and dominated the Clan in the first
half, outscoring them 40-24 on the
strength of a stifling defense that
held SFU to- 24 per cent shooting.
It would be the Clan who would
increase the defensive intensity in
the second half but they couldn't,
eliminate theii4 deficit, losing 62-53.
Kelsey Blair had a tremendous night,
recording 21 points and 13
rebounds for UBC. Kelsey.Thu led
the Clan with 19 points, including
five three-pointers.
The men continued the streak
started by the women, beating the
Clan 82-72 Friday night It was a
close game marked by several runs.
UBG started the game on a 7-1 run,
only to be outscored 19-2 in the next
six minutes.■■
The two teams were separated by
five at the*' half and remained close
throughout the final- period until
UBC, tied with SFU with 4:05 left in
the game, went on a 12-2 run td seal
the fate of the Clan. Casey Archibald
led UBG with 2.4 points while Peter
Wauthy. helped out with 14
rebounds.
While UBC had many stars, the
Clan had only one notable leader,
Pasha Bains, who scored 30 points
for SFU on Friday night
After the two Friday wins, things
looked, very good for UBC on
Saturday as the scene switched to
Chancellor's Gym atop Burnaby
Mountain. The fans were treated to a
gem of a game on the men's side.
The Clan built up a 16-point second
half lead but UBG came back and
took.the lead with 2:43 left in the
game. With the score tied at 8*9.with
26 seconds left, Wauthy was gjven a
controversial foul even though'players from both sides initiated contact
while going for a ball that was heading out of bounds. Bains hit both
foul shots and SFU eventually won
94-89.
Wauthy led his team with 17
points while five other Thunderbirds scored more than 10 points.
Normally, balanced scoring like
that would equal victory but it could
not match the prolific trio of Bains,
Chad Clifford and Brent Charleton
who had 31, 25 and 20 points
respectively.
UBC head coach Kevin Hanson
summed up his team's weekend and
looked forward. 'We are playing
very well right now, but not great
For the next three weeks we must
start playing for the game for 40
minutes."
The men's game provided plenty of offence, so the ladies showed
everyone how to play defense *on
Saturday. Trying to avoid a season
sweep at.the hands of UBC, SFU just
smothered the Thunderbirds into
submission. SFU's play, especially
in the second half, was what basketball coaches dream about. The
Clan held UBC to 20 per cent shooting over the final 20 minutes while
they shot 56 per cent themselves,
winning 50-39.
In the end, the SFU women
shared their points a little more than
their men's team. SFU's Morgan
McLaughlin led all players with 14
points followed by Lisa Sigurdson
and Julia Wilson, who both had ten.
Thunderbirds head coach
Deb Huband' was frustrated but
realised that winning three of four
against SFU was quite a feat 'It didn't
matter what we tried tonight,' she
said. 'But to be in that position tells
you something about our team.'
There will be no time to rest as
both teams head out to the Island to
play another arch-rival, the Victoria
. Vikes, this weekend. ♦
Birds send Huskies back to kennels
by Wilson Wong
.    SPQRTS WRITER "
,A nationally-ranked team didn't faze the, UBC
Thunderbirds as they rode the coattails of their all-star
goaltejjder Lucie Fortin to two shutout victories over
die visiting Saskatchewan Huskies on the weekend.
Head Coach Dave Newson indicated before.the
series that his team would have to run the table to
make the playoffs and they got a good "start by beating
the terith-ranked Huskies.
A defensive battle* highlighted Friday's action as
centre Marjorie Sorensen scored the only goal of the
game at 12:22 of the third period to give UBC the
ItQ., victory.
UBC's penalty-killers were perfect as they prevented
the Huskies, from scoring on five power plays. Fortin
mads-.SOYaves* for the shutout.
Fortin;Was at her best again
on Saturday as sr.e
made 35 stops to backstop UBC to a 2-0 win. The
Thunderbirds were buoyed early in the Saturday game
byj'a first-period short-handed goal from Jeanine
Saviile. That goal, combined with Fortin's play, gave
the Birds confidence despite being, constantly under
attack. The insurance goal came from winger Kelly
James" as l she sqored late in the
middle period. •/.
Newson had great words for his team, especially
his goaltehder, 'We did get a lot of confidence from a .
great goaltending performance both nights...[and it]
allows us td push a little.bit more at the other end of
the rink."
One point out of a playoff spot, UBC heads put onto
the road to'play Lethbridge next who are on'e point
ahead of the Birds for the final Canada West pjayoff
spot. Manitoba is tied with UBC with two games .in
hand and are also the Birds' filial opponent.
The coach is sure his team will be ready for the- final
stretch. 'We're'pretty confident knowing we've beaten
those-teams." ♦ THE UBYSSEY
S P O It T S
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2004
Freestyle!
LEAPING TOWARD VICTORY. The UBC swim team asserted its aquatic dominance in winning both men's and women's Canada West titles this weekend in Victoria.The Birds will
now compete for a seventh consecutive national championship in March at the University
of Toronto. Look for detailed coverage in this Friday's Ubyssey. michelle mayne photos
Men's volleyball team
clinging to playoff spot
Before their series, men's volleyball
coach Richard Shick believed that his
team was much better than Calgary's.
However, the "results from this weekend only show that both are pretty
even after the- Thunderbirds and
Dinosaurs once again split their
weekend series.
Friday night UBC was up two sets
to one but ended up losing in five (15-
10 in the fifth), despite 16 kills from
Steve Corothers. On Saturday, UBC
managed to close out their' sets and
took the match in four (2 8-2 6, 21-2 5,
25-21 and 25-20). At 5-9, UBC is two
points ahead of Calgary for the final
playoff spot in the conference. The
Thunderbirds host top-ranked
Alberta this weekend.
Lady Birds spike the Clan
Like the basketball teams, the
women's volleyball team had a
home-and-home series with SFU
over the weekend. Unlike the basketball teams though, the volleyball
ladies came out with a sweep. Friday
night on the road, UBC was led by
Emily Cordonier and her 19 kills.
After dropping the first set, the
fourth ranked Birds took the next
three for the win. On Saturday,
Kelowna's Kirby Dow led the team
in kills with 18 and added 11 digs to
help UBC to a four-set win. With an
impressive 14-2 record, UBC continues to own the best record in the
Canada West conference. This weekend, the 3-11 Trinity Western
Spartans will battle UBC on the floor
of War Memorial Gymnasium.
T-Birds ice-cold in sweep
The men's hockey team is still clinging to a playoff spot despite two loss
es on the road against Saskatchewan
over the weekend. Tough guy Shon
Jones-Parry scored five minutes into
their first game, but UBC couldn't
add any more, losing 4-1 on Friday
night On Saturday, Tim McEachen
scored UBC's lone goal in a 2-1 loss.
Robert File was heroic, making 48
saves, but he couldn't prevent the second Husky goal which came five and
a half minutes into the third. UBC
hosts Regina this weekend at the
Winter Sports Centre, still one point
ahead of Lethbridge for the final playoff spot with two games in hand.
X-country team readies
for home race
Members of the cross-country team
competed at the Seattle Open Cross
Country Classic on Sunday, January
25. In the 4km race, Shannon
Elmer finished fifth amongst the
female competitors and was immediately followed by teammates Kate
Jardine in sixth and Stephanie
Markovich in seventh. Morgan
Titus finished just off the podium in
fourth in the men's 8km race. The
team will next see action on
February 15 when they host the
UBC Invitational at Jericho Beach.
Rugby team outpaces
Rowers
The men's rugby team improved
their record to seven wins and two
losses after defeating Rowers 45-5 on
Saturday in BC Rugby Union,
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2004
EDITORIAL
THE UBYSSEY
THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAYJANUARY 27, 2004
VOLUMB 85 ISSUE 32
EDITORIAL BOARD
COORDINATING EDITOR
Hywel Tuscano
NEWS EDITORS
Megan Thomas
Jonathan Woodward
CULTURE EDITOR
John Hua
SPORTS EDITOR
Jesse Marchand
FEATURES/NATIONAL EDITOR
Heather Pauls
PHOTO EDITOR
Michelle Mayne
PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Paul Carr
Iva Cheung
COORDINATORS
VOLUNTEERS
Sarah Bourdon
RESELARCH/LETTERS
Bryan Zandberg
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of
British Columbia B is published every Tuesday and Friday fay The
Ubyssey Publications Society.
We are an autonomous, democratically run student organisation,
and all students are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. They are the
expressed opinion of the staff, and do not necessarily reflect the
views of Trie Ubyssey Publications Society or the University of
British Columbia.
The Ubyssey is "a founding member of Canadian University Press
(CUP) and adheres to CUP*s guiding principles.
Al! editorial content appearing in The Ubysseyis the property ofThe
Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and
artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced without the
expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey Publications Society.
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please include your
phone number, student number and signature (not for publication)
as weH as your year and faculty with all submissions. ID will be
checked when submissions are dropped off at the editorial office of
The Ubyssey^ otherwise verification will be done by phone.
"Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750
words and are run according to space.
"Freestyles" are opinion pieces written by Ubyssey staff members.
Priority wiH be given to letters and perspectives over freestyles
unless the latter is time sensitive Opinion pieces will not be run,
until the identity of the writer has been verified.
It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified advertising
that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs ttie liability of the UPS will
not be greater than the price paid for the ad Ttie UPS shall not be
responsible for slight changes or typographical errors that do not
lessen the value or the impact of the ad
EDITORIAL OFFICE
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BUSINESS OFFICE
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advertising: 604-822-1654
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BUSINESS MANAGER
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AD SALES
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AD DESIGN
Shaiene Takara-
1 want more piei* screamed Duncan R McHugh. "Hands off my
roIosT bellowed William Mbaho aa he grabbed Heather Pauls'
purse. Melissa Roude, already empowered^ by a lust-induced
brain freeze after staring at Jon Woodward's excellent posture,
tackled the jet-lagged news editor, Meanwhile, above the fray,
Paul Carr, hugged his frayed and worn slipper named Levi
Barnett IH and whispered 1 am the king of Candyiand." Nio
Fensoin then materialised from the mist and begged Hywel
Tuscano. enscoiised on a bean bag chair, to let him play the part
Shelby Tay was busy getting sign-ups for her petition to have a day
named after (only Sarah Bourden signed) her but Peter Klesken
was too busy- stealing cash from (he Ubyssey dinner fund and buying consolation wine for Dan Burritt, who was not elected to the
AMS...'cause he didn't run {"Pricks!"). Wilson Wong gave aB of his
tlnicef money la Jordy Hamilton, Megan Thomas and Iva
Cheung who were all suffering from that unfortunate weeping
eye infection (Michelle Mayne has the photos—cause she's the
love child of that Kodak bastardl). Bryan Zandberg, Jesse
Marchand and John Hua practiced their soft shoe for their
upcoming performance of "When Slavic Eyes are Smiling.*
Finally, in a moment of political insight Alex Leslie then grabbed
a bullhorn and announced, "If Saddam Hussein can get voted into
office, and the people on Survivor can vote people oS. why can't
the inhabitants of BC vote out Gordon Campbell?* There was a
murmur of approval amongst the townsfolk.
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Canadian
University
Press
Canada Poet Safes Ag/aamant Numfaar 0732141
Sweeps are stupid
St. Johns, NFLD—Hey, youl Yeah, you.Alma Mater Society (AMS) elec-
torate. The people who voted. We know that's not many of you, but we
have something important to say.
You made a mistake.
Let's be clear: we don't have a problem with any particular candidate. We think that their ability is untested, and they should be given
a chance to prove themselves.
But looking at the results of this election, did any of you vote for any
individual candidates? Did any of you read our elections supplement
and attend enough forums to make an informed decision? We don't
think so. r
You just voted for a single slate.
Why is this a problem? Slates cluster candidates together in a recognition campaign. Slates plague walls with coloured posters emphasising slate names and head sizes. Slates stand for an end of a spectrum,
an amorphous blob of ideals rather than any specific platform located
in the bottom corner.
Slates ride to success on name recognition and an emotional
sweep. To them, forums are pageants that provide only a momentary
distraction for the lunchtime rush that glances for a moment, then
keeps on eating. Slates use a friendship network to get elected that
individual candidates just don't have. And friends' votes aren't likely
to be swayed.
So what have you, as an electorate, done by voting for a Student
Progressive Action Network (SPAN) sweep? Streamlined the efficiency
of the AMS'system of government. But while that may fast-track council meetings, a government dominated by a single party or slate puts
democracy in peril.
Having two competing factions in the executive council gave
incredibly valuable debate for motions before they were even considered by council. It also provided incredible access for the press, who
did not have to wait months before minutes were compiled to scrutinise the meetings, but could have an outlet to complain: and the public could know, and debate themselves.
Here we are, after the best year that student politics at UBC has
seen in years. And we are taking a step back to the new equivalent of
three years of Students for Students (SfS) sweeps of the executive
elections.
These were years in the AMS that held strongly to the status quo
and provided us with a stagnating student government.
This changed when there was art opposition and motions could
come from all sides of the floor.
But this slate is positioned in a completely different position on the
spectrum. The year promises to be completely different than years
dominated by SfS, but we are worried that this will allow a different
9iO05
One £ letter ^
LOOKING To THE fafVfrl
of rm AMS council
sort of plan that goes through a similarly untested process with
little debate.
With a progressive student slate completely in power without opposition, we are wondering what will really hold them in check. While we
agree with many of their ideals in principle, the presence of a split
executive provided good debate and proved to many of us that our student council could actually do something.
So this is a challenge that we issue to SPAN, surrounded by no
checks and no balances.
Prove us wrong. Impress us. The new executive report cards will hit
the stands in a year; ♦
LETTERS
The swan song of
Spencer Keys
I am writing to express my thanks
to all of the students who voted for
me to be your Alma Mater Society
(AMS) VP External, and to the people that believed in me enough to
work on my campaign team. Sadly,
our efforts were not enough to
break the slate system but we got
our message across. We told people that we care about ideas. We
told people that we cafe about qualifications. We told people that we
care about the AMS. We told people
that relevancy is the thing that
the AMS needs to prove to its ^
members.
I am very thankful for the people that made this such a meaningful campaign to me—the people
that made me buttons and cakes,
the classes that cheered, the people that joined my campaign staff
because they believed in me, the
people that sent emails to tell me
they voted for me and the constant
signs of support that I saw. This
campaign was not about me, but
students looking for real representation in their student
government.
Slate politics need to end. I am
delighted that I only lost by fifty-
three votes, but even if I had won,
I believe it would have been a
fluke. It is far too difficult for ari
independent to beat the brand
name of a slate. In a previous
issue, someone wrote that they
were concerned about the Charter
implications of banning slates.
That argument is a red herring
because the problem is not a
group of people working together;
the problem is the creation of a
brand name and that is not a right
protected by the Charter.
I would like to hear from my
fellow students—do we want the
status quo to continue? Do we
want slates to exist? Do we want
elections to be an intelligent discussion of ideas or a marketing
campaign? Send your letters and
let us hear your voice.
I also challenge my fellow
members of the AMS Council to
seriously consider these questions. I believe that this change is
necessary.
—Spencer Keys
Arts 4
Arts Representative, AMS Council
Get a grip (on your
U-Pass)
The first time I read the "Bring
Your U-Pass I" article in the January
23 Issue of Page Friday, I instinctively checked the paper's date to
make sure the Ubyssey hadn't acci-
dently printed an early draft of the
April Fool's edition. Then a fleeting
thought passed through my mind:
perhaps this article wasn't meant
as a joke...this gave me a good
chuckle (and drew a few strange
looks from passersby).
I'll keep my comments brief:
Mr! Labadie, might I suggest you
leave your misplaced anger at
home and bring your U-Pass
instead. It would serve you much
better in the long run than wasting
everyone's time over this non-
issue. Your forgetfulness cannot be
blamed on Translink, UBC or anybody else—sorry to be the bearer of
bad news I
—Chris Snow
M.A.Sc. Candidate, Electrical
Engineering
Pacific Spirit a
"dysfunctional entity"
In response to your story regarding
the Pacific Spirit Family and
Community Service on UBC's campus (Tuesday, January 20, 2004),
allow me to balance the reporting
a bit
In a nutshell, were I suicidal and
presented my fate to Pacific Spirit,
you'd be reading my obituary today
and not a letter-to-the-editor.
Last summer, I telephoned their
voicemail box and requested a copy
of their brochure. I waited half a
month with no response. After calling them a second time, the
brochure eventually arrived with no
explanation for the delay. They
placed me on a waiting list upon my
third contact and several weeks later
I was delighted to receive a message
from a counsellor offering me a
choice of time-slots for the initial 55-
minute appointment Immediately,
I called back indicating my choice,
asking for it to be confirmed by the
Pacific Spirit employee. Another
week went by when I suddenly
received a one hour, 25-minute
notice of confirmationl
Needless to say, my comfort
level with that employee plummeted and I requested a different
employee for a future appointment. Again, I was placed on
another waiting list (fair- enough)
for two months and was personally promised by the director a
December 1 commencement date
with a new employee. That person
didn't call me until the second
week of that month, just in time to
offer a 55-minute session before
their nearly three-week hiatus for
Christmas and resumption of service in 2004.
One day during the week before
Christmas—when the entire
remainder of the university was
still open—I paid a visit to their
office only to find the place locked
up like ForJ Knox.
The moral of the story is: allow
such a dysfunctional entity as
Pacific Spirit to die a natural death.
It can be no coincidence that they
now face extinction, surely it is a
blessing in disguise. Let's hope for
a phoenix to rise from the ashes
that is actually professional. The
world does not take a three-week
Yuletide break—neither ought a so-
called "community* counselling
service.
—Rial Saint Laurent
Vancouver, BC THE UBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, JAIWARY 27, 2004
11
Comedic pantie-monium
Silky smooth performanceof Steve Martin's "The Underpants"
THE UNDERPANTS
at Waterfront Theatre
until Feb. 8
by John Hua ...
CULTURE EDITOR
Dating back to the fall of man,
when the fig leaf was, all the rage,
the simple minds of men have been
seduced, entranced and bewildered
by women's panties. So, what is it
about the soft, smooth,, deliriously
delicate quality of those naughty
knickers—which gently, yet entic-''
ingly caress and cradle the unmentionable flesh—that drives a man's
passion to the heights of Mount
Kilimanjaro?
Steve Martin's adaptation of
Sternheim's "The Underpants' is a
play of Ibsen-esque quality, built
upon the pain of the human condition: a wife naive to her depraved
condition lives dutifully under the
oppression of her overbearing,
militaristic and chauvinistic husband. Knowing nothing of true
love and passion, she drones day
in day out yearning for something
to fill the empty carcass that fs her
existence.
Well, up until the moment her
underpants scandalously drop
down to her ankles during a public
parade extolling the king.
This wonderfully scandalous
event creates a bedlam of comedy,
as   two   lace-crazed   men   rent,
divide and share a vacant room
from the couple in hopes to wop
thtf passion-deprived wife, all
because of thp consuming sight of
her exhilar'atingly coy and wdn-
drously intriguing, dare I say it,
panties. .. -x      ,'■"■"
"The Underpants' is a hilariously seductive sociopolitical
farce, touching on everything from
feminism to politics, sewn neatly
together with a combination of
excellent. . direction by Chris .
McGregor and. wonderful acting by
a. talented cast. At the center of the
satin frenzy are Louise- and Theo
Maske^ played by Tracey Power
arid Troy O'Dpnnell respectively.
Power- beautifully presents a
young woman,'. desperately longing for human affection of the sultriest quality. Troy O'Donnell also'
puts in a wonderful performance,
using his. piercing stare to nicely
contrast the masculine ignorance
of his character. '     .   . v
Adding unbeatable support to
"The Underpants' is the character
/of Gertrude (played by Colleen
Wheeler)—the nosiest of neighbours and the womari* of all
women. Wheeler's bawdily,bari-
tohe voice stole the show, leaving
the audience salivating for more.
Other mentioriables in this play
about unmentionables is Garrett
Ross' portrayal of Versati, the
"promiscuous poet who desires
Louise for a muse and lover in hopes
that she can rid him of his painfully
pent up creative' frustration. Scott
Walters also delivers a few laughs,
yet at times creates a bit of slack with
. his over-the-top portrayal of 'Cohen
with a 'K," the Jewish barber set on
thwarting Versati's attempts at marital corruption.
This play is a brilliantly written
comedy performed with masterful
■dCfefe.
precision by an enchanting cast.
"The Underpants' is far from theatrically skimpy and is just as
pleasurable as a nice lacy pair of
Victoria Secret panties. ♦
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