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Shortfall projected to be gone in three years
"Deficit"continued from page 1.
said. "I would say that his
approach seems to be very team-
oriented and he views everyone at
UBC as being an important part of
the University and he's being very
open about the budget."
Omar Sirri, BoG student representative echoed Hunter's views.
"I think he's handled it very professionally and very adequately
and...honestly he's done his best
under the circumstances," he said.
"Clearly in the past there were
some serious structural problems
that went wrong that professionals
failed to catch."
"The most crucial element that
has been present and has benefited
everybody involved is the issue of
transparency," Sirri said. "There
has been a lot of engagement with
the affected parties and people are
starting to realise there are tough
decisions to be made."
While recovering the shortfall,
new initiatives directed at improving teaching and quality of the student learning environment may be
at risk because of gaps in funding,
said Sirri.
"There are going to be advancements needing to be made to areas
and faculties and departments that
cannot be made because of this
deficit," he said.
"We're going to have to wait three
or four years to really change and
improve places in this University that
needs to be improved," he said.
"UBC is going to encounter a lot
of pressure, I think, and I hope from
the student body in that they need to
improve their standing in the student experience area and the student experience area includes academics and the idea of intelligentsia
and academia needs to improve."
The budget plan is expected to get
approval from BoG during their
March 22 meeting. @
GSS elections funding 'totally absurd'
"GSS"continued from page 1.
say $500 and they voted again
no and then he asked what
about $300 and they voted yes,"
said Durgan, stating that they
only used Webvote. "It's totally
absurd."
More money needs to be
put into the elections, said
Noshad, adding they have more
money to spend this year. "The
financial situation of the society
is better."
The election results will be
ratified during the February 15
GSS council meeting. It will also
decide the fate of the vacant
presidency.
According to the constitution,
the VP finance should automatically fill the position until a decision is made unless someone
else is appointed to the position.
This would make current VP
Finance Ali Khalili acting presi
dent until it is resolved.
"It's a temporary thing right
now," said Khalili. "We miss
our president and I'm the
acting president until the next
council so basically I'm under
two portfolios right now."
There is also the option of voting for a president in an upcoming bielection.
Durgan is worried that
council may not be able
to reach quorum to have this
crucial motion passed Thursday
because this also coincides with
the AMS lobbying day in
Victoria—the lobbying day that
GSS executives and councillors
were encouraged to go to.
"Whether we are going to be
able decide what to do in terms
of the president position on the
fifteenth is going to be questionable," he said.
Noshad said otherwise. "They
are coming back for council." @
'He is iconoclastic. He pushes boundaries/says UBC official
"Professor"continued from page 1.
course. The course, whose number is inspired by Ray Bradbury's
book Farenheit 451, ran in the
first term of the 2006/2007 year.
Baumann describes (ISCI 451)
as "a very different course." He
admits that his teaching goes
against the grain—"abusive language and all that shit."
George Spiegelman, director
of the Integrated Science
Program, said, "[Baumann] is
iconoclastic. He pushes boundaries."
Baumann said he warned
his students about his teaching
style, and his course website
invites them to visit ratemypro-
fessor.com to check his rating as
a professor. "The students who
take the course know I am rude,
and know how to take it," he said.
Spiegelman passed down
to Baumann concerns from
the Dean's office about his
teaching. Baumann said that
these concerns were based more
on his interactions with the
Dean's office, including an email
sent to Associate Dean Paul
Harrison, than on the original
complaint from a student.
Spiegelman said Baumann misinterpreted this as a situation
with "no next step."
The communications spiraled
to another level, however, with
the aforementioned open letter
to UBC President Stephen Toope,
which included a call for support
from Baumann's own students.
Nineteen responded in support, including a 2005 UBC alumnus. This student writes of
Baumann, "Yes, his methods are
different, but upon completion of
the course I think all students
would say they learned something that no other professor
taught them...they learned to
THINK!"
Since the open letter, two
other pieces of writing have been
produced.
In a letter sent to Harrison on
January 26, Peacock addressed
five areas of concern regarding
Baumann's teaching, his interac
tions with the dean's office, and
his use of a course website off of
the UBC server. In response,
Baumann sent Peacock an email
which he, in Baumann's own
words, "told the dean to fuck
himself."
Baumann presumes that he
will not be re-hired. Spiegelman
maintains that Bauman has not
been banned, and that he
has merely been asked to make
simple changes, as simple as
"being nice." He said, "We don't
want him to lose his skepticism...that's what makes him a
good teacher."
Spiegelman's assessment of the
situation is that it is "a series of
complicated communications." @
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Tuesday, 13 February, 2007
Vol.LXXXVIII  N°38
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Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 13 February, 2007
News & National
Students rally for education reform
Low UBC turnout
despite close proximity
by Rebecca McConchie
NEWS WRITER
With its throbbing music, cheering
crowds, and groups of people dancing or playing hacky-sack, the Day
of Action on February 7 resembled
an outdoor festival more than a
politically-charged rally despite the
seriousness of the issues and the
constant rain.
"It is very heartening to see,"
said BC Chairperson for Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), Scott
Payne. He added that there was a
relatively large, vibrant, and active
crowd.
This event was organised by the
CFS at the Vancouver Art Gallery as
part of its campaign to get the government to reduce tuition fees by
ten per cent, to increase funding for
post-secondary education, to give
grants rather than loans, and to reinstate free college-based secondary
education for adults.
The crowd was interested in the
protection of future generations'
interests as well as their own.
"Education is actually the most cost-
effective way for a society to raise its
standard of living," explained Emily
Carr student Rainbow Friberg.
BC Federation of Labour
President Jim Sinclair echoed this
sentiment in his speech; he energetically encouraged students to keep
fighting "for Canada." Still, many
students considered the most important issue to be the need for an
immediate decrease in tuition fees.
To show their support, students
used Kraft dinner boxes as noise-
makers and pumped their red
"Reduce Student Fees" signs. Some
eye-catching signs featured enormous papier-mache heads of Steven
Harper and other government officials with embellishments such as
devil's horns; the exuberant artistry
was most likely due to the large
Emily Carr contingent at the protest.
Many students from Capilano
College, Kwantlen University
College and Vancouver Community
College went to the event. However,
not many UBC students were in
attendance. Among them included
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP
Academic Jeff Friedrich and VP
External Ian Patillio.
Adair Harper, a UBC student at
the protest, wondered why Payne
did not shout out UBC's name when
addressing all the  other  schools.
When informed that UBC is not part
of the CFS, she seemed confused asking, "Why not?"
Even though both Friedrich and
Patillio support the Day of Action,
the AMS is actually part of the
Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA) and not CFS,
which may explain the low UBC student attendance.
Pattillo explained that although
both organisations are concerned
with improving post-secondary education, "the way it's developed over
time is that the two organisations
have differed in their approach in
that CASA has got a more, I guess
you could say, involved kind of
approach to lobbying where we frequently meet with politicians and
bureaucrats," he said, adding, "and
rather than simply criticise the status quo and call for a radically dif
ferent educational system, we
develop policy that works at a more
gradual, what we would call realistic, implementation of change over
a time period."
According to Pattillo, protests
and rallies do not fit into the repertoire of CASA's annual campaign,
which Pattillo described as
"unsexy." In response to the question of why CASA did not organise
anything for the Day of Action,
Pattillo said, "Because the CFS
wouldn't let them is sort of the
answer. There's a lot of animosity
between the two organisations that
everybody thinks is awful and hurting the student movement but
nobody can seem to figure out a
way to get past it."
Pattillo regretted not organising a
means for UBC students to participate in the Day of Action. @
Strange complaints coming from Strangway
Rainwater leaks and ventilation problems concern building employees
by Momoko Price
NEWS STAFF
Ongoing employee complaints
about poor air circulation, rainwater leaks and stifling heat have
highlighted the need for ventilation system repairs in UBC's
Strangway building, a number of
which are scheduled to begin this
week.
Jon Waplington works as human resources secretary in the
development office on the fifth
floor of the building. Soon after
moving into the office last year, he
came down with an undiagnosed
illness, which forced him to leave
his job for four months. He suspects the illness was brought on by
poor air circulation in the new
building.
"At first they were treating me
as a neurological case in the hospital," he said. "I had impaired
speech, motor skill issues, stuff
like that."
"I was just like a zombie," he
continued. "They were treating me
as if I had a brain tumour or something, but then they started ruling
things out...they could tell me
everything I didn't have, but nothing that I did have."
Waplington contends that he
was not the only one suffering
chronic discomfort in the building
at the time. "I got sick quite quickly. But certainly after I got back I
heard people hadn't been feeling
well," he said. "And I think that's a
pretty common thread throughout
the whole building."
Bob Woollard, head of the UBC
department of family practice, is
also seriously concerned about
Strangway's air quality. His office,
as well as the rest of the UBC
department of family practice, is
located on the third floor of the
building.
"It's been a very real problem,"
Woollard said. "It's been pretty
thoroughly investigated in terms
of its status by the WorkSafeBC
compensation board, and the air
quality reports that have come in
have basically confirmed [our]
concerns."
"In my personal opinion,
there's virtually no air circulation.
We've measured it; there really
isn't. When the system is up and
running, the air doesn't circulate
at all in my office."
Woollard said the department
brought in consultants from
Siemens, the original installers of
the air management system, to
assess the situation. When the
engineers shut off all the side
channels between the main
plenum and his office, Woollard
said even with maximum output
they could only get 40 per cent of
the minimum required standard
for air movement in the area.
He added that the lack of
air circulation is contributing to
soaring temperatures within the
building. "Routinely, if it's a
sunny day, even with low ambient
air outside, [the] temperature
goes up to 33 degrees in my office,
which is, needless to say, challenging. Even my IT people tell me
it has an adverse effect on the
computers."
He went on to say that the conditions have affected office productivity and even forced some
employees to work from home.
Dan Leslie, associate director
of UBC Plant Operations (Building
Operations and Maintenance), has
been helping to deal with the problem since the building was turned
over from UBC Properties Trust to
Plant Operations last September.
"There are various things
that [UBC Properties Trust] is
doing right now to address the
problem," he said. "It's a holistic
issue, if you will, with the heating,
ventilation and air conditioning.
There's no one specific area that
has been identified as causing the
issue. There's a whole pile of related pieces of equipment and so on
and so forth that they're trying to
adjust and fine-tune."
According to Leslie, UBC Plant
Operations and UBC Properties
Trust are currently working
together to address the problem
through a series of adjustments
to the ventilation and heating
systems.
"The engineers are involved,
it's not strictly trial and error;
they do have their engineering
behind them," he said. "The technical term is they're trying to
do 'commissioning of the building.' That means you do something, see if it has the desirable
outcome, if not you go back and do
it again."
In addition to ventilation prob
lems, employees in the development office have noticed numerous leaks in the ceiling, resulting
in several brown stains lining the
ceiling tiles on the fifth floor.
Greg Hashimoto, consultant for
UBC Properties Trust, has not
heard of leakage on the fifth floor,
but said that water infiltration has
occurred before on the lower
floors, caused by rainwater from
storms getting sucked into the air
intake mechanism on the roof.
"Where the intake of fresh air
comes into the building, the
design of the opening by the manufacturer was incorrect," he said.
"We've done a recall on it and
they're re-manufacturing that particular location, and that will be
modified probably [this] week."
With regards to the "stuffiness"
on the third and fifth floors of
the building, Hashimoto said
that just before Christmas, it was
determined that the speed of
the ventilation fans were "maybe
a bit on the low side." He also
said that the complaint registered
by WorkSafeBC was not confirmed
by their own air quality assessments. In any case, he stated that
it's a minor concern that will soon
be rectified.
"We haven't got the fan speed
quite right yet," he said. "It's being
looked after and dealt with right
now, but there's nothing of a serious nature in there."
Both Leslie and Hashimoto contend that structural and systemic
adjustments are common issues
for new buildings. @
Rent too high
for minimum
wage: study
by Norman Ed Baskerville
THE MARTLET (UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA)
VICTORIA (CUP)-The minimum
hourly wage in BC is not enough to
pay the rent, according to a recent
Canadian Housing and Renewal
Association (CHRA) study.
The study found that an hourly
wage of more than $ 10 is required
to afford a bachelor suite in ten of
Canada's largest cities. A $10.79
hourly wage is needed for a bachelor suite in Victoria, while a single
parent would need to earn double
the current minimum hourly wage
of $8 to afford a two- or three-bedroom apartment.
Rent has risen in all 28
Canadian metropolitan areas,
making housing unaffordable for
minimum-wage-earning employees working 3 5 to 40 hours per
week. Toronto, Vancouver and
Calgary top the list of cities for
highest minimum wage required
to afford housing.
Employment in BC grew by
nine per cent between 2000 and
2005, while the number of minimum-wage earners increased by
36 per cent. British Columbia currently has the second highest number of people working for minimum wage in the country, with
Newfoundland topping the list.
"The [CHRA] minimum wage
study is another example of how
totally unaffordable housing is
becoming in British Columbia,"
said Martha Lewis, executive director of the Tenant Resource and
Advisory Centre, a provincial nonprofit housing rights organisation.
Although the minimum wage
hasn't increased since 2001, the
provincial government still guarantees rent increases at the inflation rate plus two per cent each
year, according to Lewis.
"Housing should be a basic
right, yet we're getting to a point
where even full-time employment
is not enough to keep someone
from becoming homeless," Lewis
said.
Rob Fleming, NDP provincial
representative for Victoria-Hillside,
said the provincial Liberal government's neglect of affordable housing
for low-income earners is a big part
of the problem.
"Unfortunately, the government's new housing plan took six
years to start and only offered a
timid rent supplement and no
restoration programs like the
1990s' Homes for BC program
that had a hands-on, brick-and-
mortar component," Fleming said.
The new strategy, Housing
Matters BC, unveiled in October,
promises to provide $40 million
in rental aid to working families
with annual incomes below
$20,000.
Jim Sinclair, president of the
BC Federation of Labour, has suggested that the provincial government introduce legislation where
increases to minimum wage are
indexed annually in relation to the
rate of inflation, similar to the system used in Washington.
Fleming said there is some
merit to indexing minimum wage
to inflation but said the best
approach is to set up an all-party
commission consisting of economists, labour market forecasters
and others qualified to do a proper
minimum-wage survey, as was
done leading up to the last
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UBCTV, PART DEUX
Goodbye to the clip show, hello to
creative student content
by Cheata Nao
SPORTS WRITER
UBC REC is bringing back UBCTV
and this time you're going to want to
check it out.
Launching under the slogan
"Fresh," this era of UBCTV plans to
engage students and more importantly, entertain them.
"When UBCTV officially launched
in 1990 there was a lot of energy
behind it," said Mike Tan, the associate director of UBC REC.
But with a decrease in resources
and lack of creative content,
Channel Two became the lacklustre
24-hour UBC REC clip show we
have come to know, and want to
forget about. Which was why a complete overhaul of the programming
was needed.
Say goodbye to the clip show
and hello to original, creative student content.
"The programming will be dictated by what students want to see.
We want them to submit content
that's relevant to them because it's
their submissions," said Tan. Any
students, faculty members, coaches, or alumni looking for a new
way to reach out to the UBC community can simply submit their
programming ideas via e-mail.
UBCTV is looking to air a wide
range of content including short
films, music videos, and events
organised by alumni, students, UBC
REC and UBC Improv. "Anything and
everything," said Tan.
One of the brand new shows that
students can look forward to watching after reading break is UBC
Sportsdesk, the University's very
own version of Sportscentre.
SportsdeskwHl be the place to get all
the info on the UBC Thunderbirds
including upcoming game times
and dates, injury reports, athlete
profiles, pre-game and post-game
interviews, and highlights.
UBCTV is also re-launching their
website to provide 24-hour on-
demand video. The website will provide students who don't live on campus—and therefore don't get
Channel Two—the opportunity to
access UBCTV and to pick and
choose what they want to see.
"Anyone from UBC can watch it,
whether they're at home or on campus. Now all 40,000 students can
access it," said Ahad Bhai, assistant
director of media for UBCTV.
When UBCTV first launched in
1990, itwas in hopes of building a
bigger community for UBC students and to give students an outlet
to find out what was going on
around campus. This time around,
that idea hasn't changed. Instead,
there is simply a bigger emphasis
on entertaining students and getting them involved.
"UBCTV is very much a medium that can embrace everyone,
engage everyone, and give them
the opportunity to get involved,"
said Tan. "By engaging students
we can build a bigger community
on campus." @
Overwhelmed!
UBC Rubgy lost to the Bayside Sharks Saturday, by a final
score of 29-12. The sheer size of Bayside's players may have
contributed to the loss. Heated tempers on both sides threatened to erupt into fighting at several points throughout the
match, levi barnett photo THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 13 February, 2007
Sports
UBC EDUCATES UCFV IN OFFENSE
by Eric Szeto
SPORTS STAFF
The comment from the crowd said
it all.
With the CIS No. 5 ranked T-
Birds up 20 at the mid-way point of
the first half during their final
game of the regular season
Saturday, a fan from the bleachers
heckled University College of the
Fraser Valley (UCFV) Cascades centre Kyle Graves while he took a pair
of free-throws.
"Hey, need a respirator number
22?"
He didn't need a respirator, but
his team could have used a defibrillator to keep their hearts pumping.
Emotionless and sloppy, the
Cascades's lifeless act in conjunction with UBC's stalwart offense provided a less than memorable affair,
one that lacked any real intensity.
Throw in some inconsistent Cascade
shooting—24 per cent from the field
in the first half—and you've got yourself a snoozer.
If there was any indication that
the game was going to be more of a
tune-up than a competitive bout
you need look no further than the
opening tip-off.
Casey Archibald—who afterward
celebrated seniors night alongside
departing T-Birds Jason Birring,
Sean Stewart and Adam Friesen—
drove the ball past the entire
Cascade starting five off the opening
tip-off for the easy lay-up two seconds into the contest.
And UBC never looked back.
The first ten minutes were
enough to show why the rest of
Canada West won't be shedding
more than crocodile tears when
Archibald departs at the end of
this season. The fifth-year guard
managed six points and made two
huge blocks in the opening min-
FIVE GOOD YEARS: Casey Archibald finished with 16 points in his
final regular season contest as a Thunderbird. kellan higgins photo
utes; one of which led to a steal
and then a hail-Mary pass to
streaking guard Adam Friesen
who put in an easy lay-up.
Shortly after, Archibald made
guard Chris Dyck the recipient of a
slick outlet pass. Dyck took the
pass,   circumvented   two   Fraser
Valley players and converted a
tough reverse lay-in.
Archibald finished with 17
points and seven assists.
The T-Birds were up 28 at the
end of the first and nearly doubled
the cellar-dwelling Cascades 96-55
by the end of the match.
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"I was a little bit worried that
they would take it a little bit lax
tonight but I'm happy with the way
we played intensively tonight in
the first half," said T-Birds coach
Kevin Hanson.
The Cascades did nothing to help
their cause, shooting an anemic 27
per cent from the field all night.
Their counterparts scorched the
hoop shooting almost 50 per cent
from the field.
The play of the younger T-Birds,
in particular third-year guard
Chris Dyck was among the bright
spots during a pretty uneventful
night. He was among the five
T-Bird players to finish in double
figures.
"I'm pretty happy with the progression that our younger guys
have had," said Hanson, recognizing the contribution his younger
players had been making recently.
With the win, the 20-3 T-Birds
claim the Pacific Division title for
the second straight year, and are
one of the favourites—along with
perennial powerhouse UVic and
upstarts Brandon Bobcats—to
come out of Canada West.
But before they do that they will
have to face last year's demons.
Even with their unbeaten record
and the deadly Pasha Bains/Casey
Archibald combo, UBC lacked
a low-post presence necessary
for any team to succeed on the
national level.
Hanson knows their success will
be determined by the play of his low-
post players after bowing out early
in the CIS national tournament in
consecutive years.
Hanson hopes that third-year
guard Bryson Kool, who came out
of the weekend on a tear—
25 points on Friday and an 11
point 11 rebound double-double
Saturday—can ride this wave come
playoff time.
"Our post-guys will have to be
solid come playoffs," said Hanson.
"I'm glad Bryson had a good weekend."
The T-Birds quest for a national
title now gets underway as they welcome rivals Trinity Western to War
Memorial Gym in Pacific Division
semi-final action this Friday and
Saturday, with game three on
Sunday if necessary. @
T-Birds clinch division with win over UCFV
by Jesse Ferreras
SPORTS STAFF
A night after destroying CIS sophomores Thompson Rivers 84-32, the
UBC Thunderbirds waved a sweet
goodbye to the regular season careers
of graduating players Kelsey Blair,
Kim Howe, and Julie Little by defeating CIS newcomers the University
College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV)
Cascades 86-65 at War Memorial
Gym in women's basketball action
Saturday night.
Though the outcome was decidedly in favour of UBC, it was not
without a hard fought game. The
Thunderbirds put up a strong defensive effort that ultimately saw its
greatest results in the second half.
"We were really crashing the
boards," said T-Birds forward Kim
Howe. "It really sets the tone when
someone plays defense for like 20
seconds and then you have to get the
offensive rebound and then they have
to set up and play defence again."
UBC was focused on grabbing
offensive rebounds but struggled
from the floor in the third. Yet they
managed to widen their lead
to 10 points after an Erica
McGuinness three with four
minutes left in the half.
The Cascades clearly studied the
strong points of their opponents
before the game and ensured that
much of the defensive pressure was
focused on star forward Kelsey Blair,
who was kept at only five points for
three-quarters of the game before finishing with 11.
Blair, however, was undaunted
by an uncharacteristically low
point total.
"I might have been kept low but
my team beat them by 20, 25 points,"
she said. "So if I don't score at all and
my team wins by 20 then I don't care
in the slightest."
UCFV should have concentrated
more effectively on the rest of the
team, however—Howe delivered her
best performance of the season, registering 16 points, while every team
member that hit the court managed
to get on the scoreboard.
The score was less evenly-distributed for the Cascades, who relied
heavily on the scoring prowess of
Michelle Buhler. The third-year guard
penetrated UBC's strong defences
often enough to register 17 points to
lead all players.
UBC's victory clinched their first
Pacific Division title in three years.
The T-Birds will now face the
Cascades again in the first round of
the playoffs this Friday and Saturday
at War Memorial Gym.
Following the win, the game was
capped off by an emotional ceremony
for starters Blair, Howe, and Little,
who will all be graduating at the end
of the season.
It was no coincidence that
coach Deb Huband took them off
the court for the final minutes of
the game.
"We brought them all off
towards the end of the game so that
they could be acknowledged by
their teammates and fans."
Now, the thunderbirds quest to
repeat as CIS champions begins,
starting this Friday at 6pm at War
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Culture
Tuesday, 13 February, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Photo exhibit tells visual stories
THROUGH OUR EYES
at the Talking Stick Festival
February 11th
by Jane Lee
CULTURE WRITER
Originally started as a way for
Christine Germano, a professional
documentary photographer, to
establish a teaching job, Through
Our Eyes has since become an
inspiration to multitudes of aboriginal youth.
Through Our Eyes, a gallery
exhibit as part of the Talking Stick
Festival, is a photo documentary
project that began four years ago,
in which students of over eight
First Nations communities across
BC and Alberta reflected on "what
their community means to them"
through visual art.
Students would photograph a
chosen topic, write text to accompa
ny the image, and thereafter compose their stories for visual and
audio presentation.
"Photography helped [the students] write a story with something visual," said Germano.
"Writing is an important component of the photograph."
She hopes this project will "foster
in them an interest in continuing to
seek similar artistic opportunities
throughout their lives."
Britannia Outreach School, an
alternative high school that allows
students to work at their own
pace, is one of the schools funded
by sponsors such as the Vancouver
Foundation, Art Starts, and
Vancouver School Board Artist in
Residence. Students participating
for the first time this year spent all
summer on their projects, and in
addition, spent the last four weeks
matting and framing each photograph   to   be   displayed   at   the
Roundhouse Community Centre.
Their efforts were undoubtedly
evident through their work.
"[This project] kept me busy
and out of trouble," said Mike
Martin, a student artist. "There's a
lot of other stuff I could [have]
done in the summer."
When asked why it was important to showcase their artwork at the
exhibit, Kevin Conroy and Courtney
Wilson, upon exchanging guilty
looks, whispered, "[We're] hoping
somebody will buy it."
In the past four years some students have been quite successful in
the sale of their pictures to magazines, newspapers, and individuals. All the profit from sales of the
photographs go directly to the students, which in itself is a motivation for students to present their
hard work to the public.
The student artists' photographs cover a wide range of top
ics, from joy of family to a captivating moment in their lives.
"[This project] kept
me busy and out of
trouble... There's a
lot of other stuff i
could [have] done
in the summer."
-Mike Martin
Student Artist
A photograph of an adorable
smiling baby in particular caught
my eye. It was titled "My Cute and
Adorable Niece" by Kehew Crowe
McCallum from Stride Avenue
Community School. The accompanying text to the photograph ended
with, "I will teach her to love all of
our family and respect others."
Another particularly moving
work was put together by Rainbow, a
student of the Aries Project, called
"Confessions of a Broken Heart." It
began, "Hey dad, I wait for the postman to come but I don't get a letter
from you, it feels like you don't love
me. But, why did you leave?"
Some photographs captured the
essence of reality, like the one tilled
"Downtown Eastside" by Charles
Pronteau of the Aries Project. In the
picture are two men living in the
Downtown Eastside community, and
words cannot do justice to all of their
amazing artwork. Some will definitely make you smile, some will make
you nod along, and all will leave you
with the feeling of awe. Perhaps a few
will make you shed a tear.
Through Our Eyes was a very
worthy that helped one reflect on
what your community means to you.
Its organisers hope to eventually
show the exhibit across Canada.®
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Enter to win at The Ubyssey office,
room 23 in the SUB building.
Contest closes February 16, 2007.
Top 10 items stolen from vehicles
1. Stereo equipment — CD players, amps, speakers, subwoofers
2. CD's
3. Personal items — Clothes, sunglasses, bags, briefcases
4. Coins — parking change
5. Registration papers
6. Garage door openers
7. Cell phones, portable DVD and MP3 players
8. Work tools
9. Airbags
10. Tires and wheels
Enter contest to win 1 of 5 gift certificates for an
electronic immobilizer with installation valued at $180
each, or 1 of 10 standard automobile steering wheel-
lock devices valued at $50 each by tilling out a ballot
at The Ubyssey student newspaper office, room 23
in the SUB building. No purchase is necessary. Gift
certificates for immobilizer are valid only at Ralph's The
Mobile Electronics Store and expire on March 31,2007.
Winners must correctly answer a skill testing question.
Contest is restricted to University of British Columbia
students registered for the 2006-2007 school year.
Contest closes on February 16, 2007 at 3pm PST.
Full contest details available at The Ubyssey office.
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3. Desk Crawl: Staff
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February 12th-14th
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Culture
OKER CHEN AND JESSE FERRERAS PHOTO ILLI	
Hip Hop Week to give voice to aboriginal youth
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE EDITOR
A youth advocacy group is tapping into fresh
reserves of hip hop talent in aboriginal youth
communities for its first annual Hip Hop
Week from now until Friday.
The Knowledge Aboriginal Youth
Association (KAYA), an Aboriginal youth-led
organisation based in East Vancouver, is
organising its first annual Hip Hop Week to
provide workshops in everything from break-
dancing and DJing to graffiti art.
The Week has been organised to raise
funds for a volunteer-led recording studio that
has thus far served the talents and ambitions
of 150 youths, according to Jerilynn Webster,
KAYA's director of programs.
"We have a lot of older youth that are established or emerging and we wanted to support
their voices," she said. "Some of the hip hop you
hear on the... radio, it's about bling and it's all
about this other stuff and we wanted to take it
back to what it used to be... a protest."
Webster gives credit for the studio's establishment to Nicky Ermineskin, its coordinator.
Ermineskin, a graduate of the Pacific
Audio Visual Institute (PAVI), has passed on
skills that she learned there to youths interested in expressing themselves through music.
"We want to be able to have youth come in
and tell their stories," she said. "Growing up
in an urban area in East Vancouver... it's
kind of hard because it's really easy for you
to get caught up and put in the wrong direction, and we really just want to...empower
youth in this way so they can use their voice
and tell their story."
Ermineskin spoke from personal experience. She said that the death of her grandfather
led her to withdraw from Britannia Secondary
School and into drugs and alcohol.
"I kind of got caught up in the not-so-good
things in the city," she said.
It was the discovery of Eminem's MarshaU
Mathers LP that inspired her to follow hip hop
as a means to express herself.
"It hit me in a place where I was like, wow,
there's people out there who are speaking what
people only think," she said. "That's kind of
what got me into hip hop and after that I just
started learning more about the culture...and
learning to freestyle."
"Hip hop saved my life," she said.
Ermineskin and Webster point to Native
American rapper Litefoot as an early proponent of native hip hop. They also mentioned
Canadian artists War Party, who in 2001
became the first Aboriginal rappers to appear
on Muchmusic's Rapcity.
The fusion of hip hop with aboriginal culture, Webster said, makes perfect sense given
the marginalisation faced by First Nations
people in North American society.
"The reason there's a big connection
between hip hop and native culture is because
it has all the aspects of what native culture is,"
she said. "We've just been slightly disconnected...a little bit from [our] culture because of
residential schools and...systemic racism."
Kelly Balon of Rhythm and Action Arts, a
society that will be partaking in breakdanc-
ing workshops for Hip Hop Week, spoke of
the genre as one commonly employed for
the creative expression of marginalised
populations.
"It's about giving voice to those who are
marginalised and ignored and mistreated,"
he said.
KAYA's Hip Hop Week will culminate in a
block party at the Pacific Coliseum this
upcoming Saturday and a CD release event
for "Time 2 Shine," a compilation of tracks by
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AMS Annual
General Meeting
Friday February 16,2007
Noon, at the SUB Conversation Pit
Food Bank
Awareness Days
Come check out our displays
on the SUB Concourse
Feb 9,15 & 16 from 11 am-2pm. Learn how the food bank
was started, how many students it has helped since opening
and how you can get involved. For more information, email
foodbank@ams.ubc.ca.
MISSING:
The following clubs have been inactive and not submitted documents to the AMS for 2006-2007.
Unless we hear from you, we will be deconstituting these clubs in March.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship
Ahmadiyya Muslim Students'Association
Argentine Tango Club
Athletic Trainers Club
Biomedical and Biomechanical Club
Canadian Club of the AMS
Canadian Students for Darfur
Cannabis Culture Club
Civil Liberties Association
Club Brasil
Club Europa
Country Club
Cross Cultural Solutions
Debaucherous Literature
Diploma in Accounting Program Student Assc.
Emerging Leaders Network
EMF Electric Bike Club
Esteemed Afternoon Tea Society
Experimental Music Collective
Field Hockey Club
Filipino Students' Assc.
Formosa Cultural Study Club
Game Unlimited
Gentleman's Club
Global Ethics Society
Indigenous Students' Society
International Culinary Society
Kidney Club
Marxist-Leninist Study Group
Masala - South Asian Students Association
Mirth, Music, and Fermented Grapes Society
Moustache Club
Mycological Society
NetbatlClub
Pagan Students' Association
ParkourUBC
Poker Club
Russian Club
Sauder Impact
Skating Club
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights of UBC
Spanish Club
Students for Clayoquot Sound
Technology, Investment, and Management Entre.
Club
University Cricket 11 Club
Venture Capital & Private Equity Club
Walking Robot Club
Wordsworth Charter Club
X-ChangeClubofUbc
If you belong to one of these clubs and know
that you are active, or want to be active - please
contact Emily Lapper at fincom@ams.ubc.ca
by March 1st, 2007.
Brought to you by your student society 10	
Drawing a line
in the sand
If you were a student politician, what would
you consider the best way to demand tuition
reductions from the government? Meeting
with legislators? Mounting a letter campaign?
Apparently for executives from the York
Federation of Students (YFS) and the
University of Toronto Students Union
(UTSU) last Monday, the most effective
course of action is to impersonate members
of the student press, infiltrate a press conference and then shout down Chris Bentley,
the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges
and Universities before he could even make
his address. Because of this Bentley
refrained from giving his address to the
press at all and all other student newspapers suffered for it.
We're not saying that direct action doesn't have its place in politics, but students
need to realise that harebrained publicity
stunts like this can often cause more harm
than good in the long run. Assuming the
guise of student journalists is not only dishonest, it hurts the student community as
a whole, impugns the credibility of student
journalists and makes it that much more
difficult to investigate student issues and
be taken seriously by the administrators
and politicians who govern us.
Surprisingly, Sarah Barmak, editor-in-
chief of the Varsity, one of the four newspapers exploited as a guise by the student politicians, believes that the incident was "not really a big deal..no one was really harmed in
the process."
Her blase attitude either reflects a lack of
understanding of the harm that could have
been done or the fact that she just doesn't
care. We hope The Varsity is simply masking
how worried they really are—and worried
they should be.
The unprofessional shenanigans of the
UTSU executives, as well as the indifference
of editors like Barmak, demonstrates a lack
of respect not only for student constituencies
but for the standards of autonomy and distance we should all be striving to maintain
between government and media, whether at
university or beyond.
It's a simple dichotomy. The role of the
media is to report; the role of the government is to govern. There is a reason we keep
them separate.
In contrast to the reactions of The Varsity,
we should expect student media to stand up
for themselves. The implications are significant—what effect will this have on the ability
of student journalists and, for that matter,
student politicians to access government offi-
Opinion & Editorial
Tuesday, 13 February, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
These Palookas don't know from nothing
cials if we are looked upon as juvenile, deceitful pranksters?
This scheme highlights the risks inherent
to the merging of media and government
and unfortunately, many Canadian schools
are still fighting against this. According to
Canadian University Press (CUP), an organisation linking 76 student newspapers across
the country, only one-fourth of its participating papers have been granted autonomy.
Autonomy of the press is a safeguard
whose value can often be blurred in the
wake of turbulent and ever-changing student politics. While it does not guarantee
the kind of coverage that might make student governments happy, it is the only
standard that protects the freedom of the
press to act as watchdogs of all levels of
government, in addition to the students
they represent.
For instance, if it wasn't for SFU's student newspaper The Peak, the student population would have never known about the
shady dealings and inadvisable firing of a
long-time staffer by its student executives
last summer. The heavily reported scandal
eventually led to the impeachment of the
entire executive, which was ultimately
upheld by the BC Supreme Court.
Here at UBC, it wasn't long ago that it
the Ubyssey existed as an entity of our student government the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) and was at certain times subject to
pressure when it attempted to criticise
members of council or the executive. The
AMS eventually shut down the paper,
locked staff members out of their offices,
motioned to appoint its own editor-in-chief
and amend the newspaper's constitution,
(check facts) Luckily, this eventually failed
and the paper was resurrected independently in 1995. Even then, journalists, student and otherwise, stressed the dangers
of government influence on the media,
regardless of how the media might be
flouting its allegiances to its student society at the time.
And while this fiasco seems distant, an
incident molding away in neglected newspaper archives, the Ubyssey has of late had
to deal with its own dose of student government members trying to meddle behind
the scenes. Though the concern is appreciated, in the long run it doesn't help any
community to try to bridge the gap
between government and the press without
well-regulated arbitrators.
There is a tacit understanding between
student journalists to stay at arms-length
from student government officials and
vice-versa. The same reason why daily
newspapers operate independently of the
Canadian provincial and federal governments. Independently-run print outlets
allow reporters the ability to investigate
current issues and events without the burden of having to toe another's political
line. It can shed light on questions that
governments do not want to see
answered. @
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As a student, do you feel that the Ubyssey is accountable to you?
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—Ryan Cross
International Relations, 4
"Honestly, I don't
know. I don't read
the newspaper"
-Ben Feagin
Fine Arts, 2
"If there was a green
page with issues
like student interest,
activism, environmental—a First
Nations column
should be in every
paper. We wouldn't
be here otherwise."
—Jenny Craig
Arts, 4
"It's great.J think
they could have
taken a stronger
stand on environmental issues and
criticising ...the
administration...Stir
it up. Look at both
perspectives and
raise the bar."
—ChloeCoppin
Science, 2
"Not really"
—Alvin Bonifacio
Science, 3
"I have no opinion
about that."
—Coordinated by Allison Bailey and Oker Chen
Perspective
VFM gets students involved
by Alfie Lee
Now that the election is over, I would really like to thank the Ubyssey, all the Voter-
Funded Media (VFM) contestants and
Mark Latham, the creator of the VFM contest. They have made a huge difference in
this election and opened the door for more
students to get involved, especially the
first year students.
Most people have a stereotypical
impression that first year students are
ignorant of campus issues. We don't care
or we simply do not know enough to care,
but this does not have to be the case.
To prove my point, there has been a
first-year student sitting in the AMS council since September, and in the recent election, first year students were elected to be
Senators. Fortunately, I am one of them.
Therefore, I believe that given more
sources of information, first-year students
can be just as involved as any student
on campus. We are still new to the UBC
and our curiosity is a great motivation
to foster awareness and enthusiasm. And
the VFM is the perfect invention to
help more students familiarise themselves
with important issues.
For me, I started off by reading the
Ubyssey. I learned that students' voices
do matter in the policy making process
and through Senate, we students can
actually play an active role rectifying
what we complain about at UBC. Later
on, I even read through last year's
minutes of the Senate. However, I still
have to admit that before the election,
I had difficulty understanding some
of the issues and the inner-workings
of Senate.
During the election, the VFM contestants offered many different perspectives
and insights into the position I was
running for. Not only did the VFM contestants allow voters to make informed
decisions, but it also gave us, the candidates, a lot of feedback on our campaigns and generated many meaningful,
constructive discussions, especially the
Elections Insider. The Elections Insider
suggested a list of issues that the Senate
should focus on in the upcoming year. The
list really helped me clarify and restructure some of my platforms. Most importantly, the VFM was successful in showing
me that this election was NOT another
high school election. The AMS election is
not only about putting up more posters,
Facebook ads or merely name recognition.
The fact that I attended all the debates
and my willingness to face the tough
questions from the media did not go
unrecognised. The VFM contestants
demonstrated to me that dedication and
effort actually matter. That really inspired
me to become more enthusiastic throughout the campaign and I really have to
thank those who have provided the inspiration. I thank the Knoll and the Election
Insider for their endorsements.
In addition, throughout this election,
I found that with such pressure presented
by the media and the abundance of
student input, the quality of many candidates has improved. By setting up
the VFM, Mark Latham has achieved
one of his goals, which is to increase
the amount of intellectual discussion in
the AMS election.
Personally, I learned a great deal of
knowledge about UBC from the VFM
coverage of the election. I was amazed
by the wealth of information. It would
only be fair for more future first year
students to share the same sense of
wonder and to know what institution
they have gotten themselves into after
all those hectic provincial exams.
Therefore, the VFM project should be
renewed because the voters deserve to
know more.
—Alfie Lee is a first year science
student and Senator-elect THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 13 February, 2007
Letters
11
Green leader and reality checks
I read with interest your article covering
Elizabeth May's attendance at UBC's sustainability conference ("Mobilise, says
Green Leader," [Jan 30]). Certainly, it is
crucial that as many voices as possible
speak out about the dangers of climate
change. However, progressive people
who are interested in what May and the
Green Party have to say might be
shocked to hear about May's views on
abortion. Reading her comments, you
cannot help but reach the following
damning conclusions:
1) Elizabeth May is personally opposed
to abortion. You don't need to twist her
words, or take her out of context: she
comes right out and says it. "I think all life
is sacred" and "I'm against abortion." Of
course she's entitled to her opinions. But
as leader of what claims to be a progressive party, this is concerning.
2) Elizabeth May has disdain for
women who choose to have abortions. In
addition to reaffirming her opposition to
a woman's "frivolous right to choose,"
she stated, "I would never have an abortion myself, not in a million years. I can't
imagine the circumstances that would
ever reduce me to it."
3) Most frightening of all, Elizabeth
May wants to reopen the abortion debate
in Canada. According to May, "I think
there are moral dimensions to the question that can be discussed as dialogue"
and "I think one of the things I would
like to bring to Canadian politics is to
show enough respect for the other view,
that we could actually have a dialogue
about it." Now, as I said before, individuals are entitled to their opinions. But
when the leader of a political party that
wants to be seen as mainstream is advocating for reopening the abortion debate,
this is problematic.
We've had the abortion debate in
Canada. It's settled. Let's move on. We
can't afford to turn back the clock.
Elizabeth May's comments do a disservice to all women, and Canadians would
be well advised to apply a little more
scrutiny before buying into the 'Green
Party' brand.
—Katya Woloshyn is a
third-year Music student.
Ubyssey drug story based on 'hearsay'
The article "Students taking drugs" (Dec 5,
2006) has caused concern and discomfort in
our Pharmacy Undergraduate Society. The
inferences about the faculties of Pharmacy
and Medicine, as well as the questioning of
the competency of physicians in BC, are
questionable and carry great consequences.
Pharmacy (and to my understanding
Medicine) at UBC focus on "evidence-based
teaching" where curriculum and learning are
focused on facts, not hearsay or personal
opinion. We are appalled that the author suggests that knowledge about how a system
works is equivalent to abuse of that system.
Will students in education who learn about
how plagiarism is detected 'abuse' the system by learning how to get around it and plagiarize? This is misleading.
Sources of evidence that the author provides as "proof" that students must be abusing drugs include:
1) An anonymous pharmacy student who
simply explains how Ritalin (Dexedrine)
works. Learning how a drug works is a critical part of our curriculum.
2) A doctor at the student clinic states she
is surprised by the use of the drug by health
professional students. That she stated sur
prise at the possible use of the drug does not
equal acknowledging the abuse. If someone
were to tell me that students engage in
unprofessional and illegal activities, I would
be surprised. The fact that I am does not
mean the statement was fact.
The author claims the "abuse of stimulants such as Ritalin and Dexedrine is on the
rise at UBC." The phrase 'on the rise', similar to other adjectives like 'moderate' or
'mild' or 'strong', could have many different
interpretations. An increase of one student
using it could satisfy the 'on the rise' criteria.
It seems that there is no hard proof to support her hypothesis.
As a person who does not seem to be
enrolled in either medicine or pharmacy
and who has not personally gone to challenge
the competency of doctors in prescribing
Ritalin for people who need it, the author
should not pose charges questioning the
integrity and professionalism of students in
health care faculties based on 'hearsay' and
personal opinion.
— Charmaine Ma is a third-year
Pharmacy student
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