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MARCH 24 2011
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The UBC Pottery Club is now
selling their work at Sprouts,
and have donated some pieces
to Sprouts in return for space.
It brings a new addition to the
Sprouts atmosphere and allows
potters space to showcase
their pieces. • Mon-Fri,
9:30am-4pm, Sprouts, SUB
CAREERS DAY • With the
support of UBC Sustainability,
students are organizing
Greenspeak, an event about
careers in sustainability. They
will be hosting speakers who
have integrated sustainability
as a crucial part of their
business vision and have also
incorporated it in their careers.
• 4:30-6pm, Room 261, Irving
K Barber.
• STAND UBC presents a
discussion and presentation
on regional climate change to
help us understand the effect
of environmental factors in
perpetrating conflict in Darfur,
Sudan. Light refreshments
will be provided. • 5-6pm,
Global Lounge, Marine Drive
Building 1.
SHOW* The UBC Pottery club
is having a gallery show with
live music and appetizers. It's
open to everyone and is free!
• 7:30-1 Opm, Room 205, SUB.
The German Theatre Group
will stage the North American
premiere of Hedwig Dohm's
1879 comedy of manners, Die
Ritter vom goldenen Kalb (The
Knights of the Golden Calf).
This will be the group's third
public performance at UBC. •
Friday Mar. 25, 7:30-10:30pm,
reception to follow. Sunday,
Mar. 27, ll:30am-2:30pm,
Thea Koerner Penthouse,
Graduate Student Centre.
E-mail lydiajanejones@gmail.
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AND RITS • People from all
over the UBC community,
particularly from Marine Drive
and Rits, are invited to come to
the Global Lounge for a games
night. There will be classic
North American games played
as well as international games
which participants are free to
bring! • 8:15-10:15pm, Global
Lounge, Marine Drive Bldg 1,
call (604) 928-1891 or email
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LIPDUB UBC* LipDub is simple:
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will sing, dance and show
off their special skills while
lip-synching the words of a
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UBC's first ever rap karaoke
drops on Tuesday, March 29
at UBC's Pit Pub. This is your
chance to slay all the classic
rhymes you've been rapping
to yourself in the shower and
show off your mad skills for
the adoring crowd. DJ Relly
Rels from the Crimes and
Treasons radio show is going to
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the party going between
karaoke sets. Please note:
this is not an opportunity for
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work, and no freestyling! •
8pm-lam, Pit Pub, SUB. $5
at CiTR (SUB Room 233) or
The Outpost, $8 at the door.
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rap over, performers need to
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• On UBC CiTR Radio's Prof Talk,
with host Farha Khan, Dr Jeffrey
Byrne from the Department of
history will discuss his research
on revolutionary Algeria in the
1960s in the context of some
of the North African uprisings
today. • 3pm, live programming
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Creative Writing and Theatre
departments present their
25th annual Brave New Play
Rites festival. Students from
both departments stage a risk-
taking and wildly inventive
festival of original one-act
plays. • Mar. 30-Apr. 3, 8pm,
matinee at 2pm on Apr. 3.
$10/$ 15, call (604) 822-2678
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• Vancouver's JC Dance Co
showcases the glamour and
skill of ballroom and Latin dance
for the March edition of The
Dance Centre's popular Discover
Dance! series. Directed by
former ballroom champions Joel
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including the waltz, foxtrot,
quickstep, cha cha, samba,
rumba and jive. Throughout
the show, JC Dance Co will
explore three different forms
that ballroom and Latin have
taken in the past decade: social,
competitive and performance.
There will also be a question-
and-answer session with the
dancers. • 12pm, Scotiabank
Dance Centre, 677 Davie St,
FUN RAISER! • Theatre at UBC
is holding their first annual
Fun Raiser! which hits the
stage with roller-skating, stilt
soccer, fire juggling (poi),
stand up comedy, live music,
singing and dancing. Featuring
the talents of both theatre
students and faculty, this
event is destined to become
the stuff of legend. • 7:30pm,
Freddy Wood Theatre, $15
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EDITOR ARSHY MANN»news@ubyssey.ca
Wage hike helps students, hurts AMS
With the BC minimum wage set
to rise from the Canadian low
of $8.25 per hour to $10.25 over
the next two years, many have
speculated that this will lead
to fewer jobs—and fewer jobs
for students.
David Green, a UBC professor
of economics who specializes in
labour economics, said that isn't
the case: research shows that
minimum wage hikes do little
to hurt those in the job market.
"The biggest question is always whether [minimum wage
increases] lead to lower employment rates—whether it makes it
too expensive to hire," he said.
According to Green, while
minimum wage increases often have a small negative effect
on employment rates for teenagers, the effect on most university-aged students would be almost negligible.
"[However], what it does do is
affect the nature of the jobs and
how the terminations and hiring are handled," said Green.
"What seems to happen is
that lay-offs go down somewhat, buthirings also go down.
So the net impact is that your
probability of being employed
doesn't change very much, but
whenyou're on a job you tend to
stay on it longer. It's just harder to find [jobs]."
Green made clear that although significant research
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changes to the minimum wage
in Canada, this is much larger
than most increases studied.
"This large an increase, basically a twenty-five per cent increase, is bigger than any we've
seen in any jurisdiction in Canada, as far as I know."
The restaurant industry has
been one of the fiercest critics of the new minimum wage
increases, with owners arguing that between a slow economy, rising food costs and HST,
restaurants are already being
squeezed out.
"The question that I'm now
fielding, which is coming from
the business community, is
how do you pay for increasing
your wage cost when you're in
a market that's flat and/or losing sales?" Ian Tostenson, president and chief executive officer
ofthe BC Restaurant and Food-
services Association, told The
Globe and Mail.
Green said that restaurant
owners are likely to overestimate
problems with a wage increase
because they don't realize that
their competitors are under the
same sort of pressure.
"The minimum wage tends
to be a bit player in determining the main employment prospects that students are going
to face," he said. "What's really going to be important is
whether the economy, wherever they go to find a job for the
summer, whether that economy is doing well."
While students across BC are
getting a bump from Clark's proposal, the AMS is expecting to
take a big hit.
VP Finance Elin Tayyar said
that the minimum wage increase will likely mean at least
an extra $200,000 in unforeseen
costs over the next two years.
"We definitely did not take
this into account when we went
into the referendum," he said.
"The effects are quite massive,
but it'll all depend on the choices we make in the next few
Tayyar said that the AMS will
likely have to redo their entire
pay structure because ofthe minimum wage bump. He went on
to say that no decisions have yet
been made, but the AMS is beginning the discussion process.
"We're not necessarily for or
against this. We're just going to
obey the law and accommodate
the increases and we're definitely looking at redoing our
wages as a result," he said, tl
Budget brings breaks for part-time students
National Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-Education and
training were of particular importance in the 2011 federal budget, entitled "A Low-Tax Plan for
Jobs and Growth," and unveiled
this Tuesday, March 22.
"With the next phase of our
economic action plan, our government is focusing on securing
and completing our economic
recovery," Finance Minster Jim
Flaherty told journalists in advance of his speech in the House
of Commons.
"Our government continues
to invest in innovation, so Canadians can prosper in the global
economy. This will mean more
investments in world-class research, higher education...as well
as an enhanced Canada Student
Loans Program for full- and for
part-time students."
One particular item that Flaherty highlighted in his speech
was the government's pledge to
forgive student loans of up to
$40,000 for new doctors and
$20,000 for new nurses and
nurse practitioners who plan
to work in rural and Aboriginal
communities. The initiative is
set to launch in 2012-13.
The government will also invest some new money in up-front
grants for students. An ongoing
$2.2-million yearly investment
will allow more part-time students to be eligible for Canada
PM & Flaherty day of the budget. ALEX SMYTH PH0T0/THE FULCRUM
Student Grants, thanks to changes made to income thresholds.
Currently, about 4000 part-time
students benefit from this grant
of up to $1200. The changes are
expected to benefit roughly 1600
more part-time students once
they are fully implemented.
Additionally, part-time students will no longer having to pay
interest on their Canada Student
Loans while still in school. More
changes to the Canada Student
Loans Program will also allow
part-time students to have higher family incomes without seeing
their loan eligibility change, and
will increase full-time students'
in-study income exemption from
$50 to $100 a week.
In terms of research, an additional $37 million in annual
funding has been earmarked for
the three federal granting councils. The Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council
of Canada in particular will benefit from added investments to
support climate change and atmospheric research, its Ideas
to Innovation program, and 30
new Industrial Research Chairs
at colleges across the country.
The government will also
pledge $53.5 million over five
years to create ten new Canada
Excellence Research Chairs on
campuses from coast to coast-
some specifically involving digital innovation, a field quite prevalent in the 2011 budget. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada will reallocate $60 million in its existing
budget to promote enrolment
in studies related to the field,
such as science, engineering and
The topic of commercialization of research was also present, in the form of $80 million
in new funding to be distributed over three years to a pilot program that supports collaborations between colleges and small
businesses on projects relating
to information and communications technologies.
According to this year's budget document, Human Resources
and Skills Development Canada—
the department responsible for
the Canada Student Loans Program—will be seeking to slash
$80.5 million from its spending
in 2011-12, up to $140.7 million
from its spending in 2012-13,
and up to $273.9 million from
its spending in 2013-14. No details have yet been released on
what specific programs will be
affected by these cuts.
While this year's budget predicts a deficit of $40.5 billion for
2010-11, the governmenthopes to
reduce it to $0.3 billion in 2014-
15, and is projecting a surplus of
up to $4.2 billion in 2015-16. tJ
An elaborate house of cards
collapsed last week for parents
looking to offset the cost of
their child's education at Trinity Western University through
charitable donations.
The Christian university, located in the Vancouver suburb
of Langley, BC, is a private institution and thus does not receive the same level of provincial and federal funding as public universities. Because of this
lack of government funding, tuition costs between $16,000
and $20,000 per year.
The university invited parents
of current students to donate
money to a registered charity
called the National Foundation
for Christian Leadership. In return, donors would receive a
tax receipt, allowing them to
deduct their donation from their
taxes paid, and their children
would receive a scholarship or
bursary to help offset the cost
of their education.
This method became popular with parents looking to offset the cost of their children's
education until the Canada Revenue Agency determined the
donated funds were not really "gifts" as reciprocation in
the form of lower tuition was
Justice Campbell J. Miller,
who presided over the case
when it was in the tax courts,
called it "disturbing" as "80 per
cent to 100 per cent of monies
they donated would go to cover
the education cost of those students who solicited the funds—
primarily their offspring."
The current president of Trinity Western University declined
to comment on the issue, stating that it predated his time at
the institution and he didn't "fully understand the issue."
Two former University of Manitoba students, Ferid Ahmed
Imam and Maiwand Yar, have
been criminally charged for terrorist-related activity.
In 2007 the two men fled to
Pakistan, after which they severed contact with their family
and friends. Their whereabouts
are unknown, and the Manitoba RCMP has laid the charges
in absentia.
The RCMP did not elaborate on the exact details of
the terrorist-related activity for
which the two men have been
Canada-wide warrants have
been issued and the RCMP is
collaborating with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service,
Canada Border Service Agency,
and the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation, along with other
international law enforcement,
in their search for Imam and Yar.
"We are going to be working
with our partners again across
the world to, if they are located
and we do become aware that
they're in a specific country, to
bring them to justice," said Sgt.
Line Karpish, a spokesperson
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Want to buy yourself a passing
essay? It may be easier to commit academic fraud than you
Last term The Ubyssey's investigative team contacted 16
essay revision services which
advertise around campus. Posing as desperate students, we
asked if they'd be willing to
write a first-year science essay.
Of these 16 services, six immediately agreed to do so, knowing they'd be taking part in academic misconduct.
One particular service, Essay-
Experts.ca, referred us to their
website—where we found the
company provided custom-written essays, research papers and
even theses and dissertations at
high prices. To test its claims
of originality and high quality writing, The Ubyssey bought
an essay. And with the cooperation of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOSC) Professor Michael
Lipsen, we proceeded to submit
it under an assumed name for
grading with his TA. We also
ran it through Turnitin.com to
check for recycled content. If it
was this simple to plagiarize an
essay, would it be just as easy to
get away with it?
Purchasing an essay and
submitting it as your own
is considered a form of plagiarism. Other forms of plagiarism include using improper citations, copying
published sources, copying other students and even
copyingyour own work from a
different course without prior
consent from the professor.
"I don't ever buy the idea
that students didn't understand they plagiarized,"
said Dr Janet Giltrow, associate dean of students in
the Faculty of Arts. "The very
fact they chose the other person's words as opposed to their
own, shows that they know value's added."
Companies who make it convenient for students to plagiarize,
often referred to as essay mills,
are numerous. Bestessays.com,
custom-essays.net, and prime-
writings.com are just some of
who come up when you Google
"custom essay writing." Unlike
individuals offering tutoring
services that may be willing to
write essays for clients, these
companies have based their
entire business model on essay writing.
For the most part, they also
position themselves as research
assistants that can help students
with figures, sources and examples on how to write a quality paper.
"Our papers are designed to
HELP you write your own essay,"
states EssayExperts.ca on their
FAQ page. "It is completely legal
to buy a completed paper from a
research service, whether prewritten or customized. Plagiarism means you sign your name
to apaperyouhaven'twritten, or
take credit for ideas without indicating where those ideas came
from. Buying an essay from a research service IS legal,
*    and is often the best
/way to learn about
writing quality essays or term papers.
NEEDS HELP at some
or another. Essay writing services are designed to provide
you with personal assistance
in writing your own papers
and essays."
EssayExperts.ca, which has
corporate offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles,
provides an online application
form that allows students to
specify the topic, length and
other details about the assignment. Prices range from $27-
$40 per double-spaced page,
depending on how quickly the
essay is needed. The company's website guarantees original work, and each writer possesses "at least a Master's degree." In its mission statement,
EssayExperts.ca boasts that it's
the "leader in custom academic writing in North America...
well versed to be able to deliver a superb document."
The Ubyssey ordered our own
three-page EOSC essay seven
days before it was due for submission, to get the lowest rate
of $27 per page. The next day,
an "academic advisor" called us
back and told us the fee would
be raised to $32 per page, because it was a science paper.
$116.14 later, our essay was assigned to a writer.
There are automated plagiarism-
detection services which claim
to detect fraud. For many classes, student papers are screened
using turnitin.com's originality
check. Calling itself the "world's
#1 most used and most effective
plagiarism prevention tool," the
online tool compares student
papers to a database of publications, indexed web content
and previously submitted student
papers. Naturally, these
services are unable to detect
plagiarism in original essays.
"Essays from essay writing
services often contain extensive material cribbed from online sources as well as material
from banks of standard essays
that have been recycled many
times over," said Katie Povejsil,
VP of Marketing at iParadigms,
creators of Turnitin and Write-
Check. "Students who purchase
so-called custom-written essays
may not be getting as original
work as they think," she said,
adding "Turnitin is likely to flag
content in so-called custom essays as unoriginal."
However, no red flags came up
when the essay was submitted
to Turnitin.com, suggesting that
EssayExperts.ca did indeed hold
up to its promise of originality.
Apart from Turnitin, professors and TAs rely on their prior knowledge ofthe student's capabilities to check the originality of their student's work. But
Giltrow acknowledges it's harder to detect plagiarism when a
student has used a service that
sells original work. "I think it's
harder to prove services because
they're not ready made; they're
not up there on the web to be
bought off a shelf...[but] essays
that are produced to order very
rarely fit the assignment."
The TA did not detect that the
investigative team's plagiarism,
per was given a low grade for
poor content quality.
Giltrow interviews students who
have been accused of plagiarism, and determines whether
or not they'll be sent to the President's Advisory Committee on
Student Discipline (PACSD) for
further judgment. Once cases
have been have been heard by
the PACSD, the consequences
can range from no penalty to
suspension to expulsion from
the university with a permanent notation on one's record.
Dr Charles Slonecker, chair
of PACSD, explained that rules
on reviewing plagiarism are reviewed by the course instructor,
department head and dean's office before the PACSD.
Giltrow interviews all Arts
students suspected of academic misconduct and determines
whether or not each particular
case should be sent to the president's committee for further
judgement. She said that usually, the case is resolved without the involvement of PACSD.
"Most of these cases are solved
between student and instructor," said Giltrow. "The student
gets another chance, or takes
a very low mark for that essay,
or a zero, or gets to rewrite and
the grade is discounted or cut in
half...Sometimes students will
also be referred to the head of
the department who will speak
to the student and the department will decide
how they will
handle it in the
As such,
the disciplinary reports reflect
only those
cases which
were not resolved within a faculty.
If an issue does
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PACSD, it will often be for plagiarism of some form. During
the 2008-2009 academic year,
13 of 32 academic violations
at UBC were attributed to plagiarism. The punishment can
range from a failing grade in
the course to a suspension of
1-12 months, depending on the
circumstances ofthe incident.
However, students are rarely caught and fully prosecuted for submitting papers that
they had some one else write
for them. In most of the PACSD cases, students were caught
when they inserted material
from online sources into their
papers. In the 2008-2009 academic year at UBC, only one
student was brought to PACSD
for allegedly submitting a final paper that was suspected
of being written by someone
other than the student. The allegation was dismissed due to
lack of proof.
It is difficult to determine realistic numbers for how many
students engage in plagiarism,
and estimates tend to vary—one
1995 study entitled Undergraduate Cheating: Who Does What and
Why? claimed that as many as
60 per cent of students have engaged in academic misconduct,
including plagiarism, copying
of others' work or inventing lab
Giltrow said that students who
commit academic misconduct
are likely "alienated from their
experiences or studies."
"There's a number of different ways that might happen,"
said Giltrow. "They might have
just not been going to class because they feel quite separate
from the class and the course-
work. They usually don't talk
about having close friends in
the class [either]."
This alienation from the class
could come about from disinterest, as well.
"It is completely
legal to buy
a completed
paper from
a research
whether prewritten or
"[If] itwas a course they were
disinterested in, they [feel] they
[don't] need to have responsibility for doing their own work.
It's not a very grown-up attitude," Giltrow remarks. "Maybe it was their parents' idea
that they come to UBC. However, I don't think it's retaliation
or resistance."
Still, people who plagiarize
and buy ready-made essays
aren't always disengaged with
"I have seen a case where an
extremely conscientious student
ended up turning in an essay
where he finally said it wasn't
his, but it was the product of
tutoring and he just wanted to
do the best he could," explained
UBC RCMP confirmed that as
long as essay mills are not violating any copyright laws,
they are legally within their
rights to operate as a business.
A company like EssayExperts.
ca, which sells original work to
students, can continue to do so
despite the fact that students
may be using them to commit
academic fraud.
Slonecker stated that the
PACSD is trying to combat academic fraud by "establishing
a level playing field for all UBC
students based on academic integrity." This is enforced by investigating allegations through
three different levels of the
university. The President's decisions are published annually
on the PACSD website.
Giltrow believes the key to
undermining plagiarism is to
"engage students in their studies and make them a part of a
community of young scholars
who are exploring an area of
their discipline, and then the
last thing [they] do is download
something from the internet."
"Students as part of a community of scholars...it's all about
"I don't ever buy
the idea that
students didn't
you, and what you can do, and
whatyou can say. I guess that's
a broad mission."
Additionally, academic support is available at UBC. Unlike
self-advertised tutoring or essay writing services, these programs have a system of checks
and balances to ensure that no
misconduct occurs.
AMS tutoring services has a
month-long hiring process involving interviews, reference
checking and diagnostic skill
testing. Hired tutors have to attend a mandatory training session where it is made clear that
plagiarism is not allowed, and tutors are supervised by more experienced tutors. Head tutors monitor both drop-in sessions and
appointments at the Chapman
Learning Commons in IKBLC. At
the end of online sessions, transcripts of the sessions are sent
to the AMS tutoring coordinator.
The essay that The Ubyssey investigative team submitted was not
detected as being plagiarized.
However, the company's claims
of producing high quality work
seemed to fall through: the essay only received a mark of 58
per cent. Additionally, our essay
was sent to us six days late; the
first writer assigned to our essay
abandoned the project without
notice and the company scrambled to find another one. Coupled
with the 30 per cent late penalty
(5 per cent per day), the assignment received a failing mark of
28 per cent.
When we called in to complain about the poor quality and
service, EssayExperts.ca offered
credit and the promise that our
next order would be of higher
priority. We filed a request for
a refund and a month later, it
was granted.
When we called the company again revealing we were student journalists, the company
refused to comment. \3
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UBC LipDub to film this weekend "
Only one event can bring together the young, the old and the
On Saturday March 26, filming for UBC LipDub will take
over campus in what is sure
to be a strange assemblage of
over 1000 people out to promote
school spirit. "We have a whole
lot of people with crazy costumes
signed up," said Andrew Cohen,
the event's organizer. "People
come up to me saying, 'Can I be
a Chewbacca on rollerskates?'
And I'm like, 'Yes, that'll be fantastic' I don't need to say no to
In its purest form, a lip dub
is a single-shot video in which
participants lip-synch along to
a song while trying to act as outlandish as possible.
The songs chosen to represent UBC are Marianas Trench's
"Celebrity Status" and Pink's
"Raise Your Glass." Cohen feels
that the latter encompasses the
best parts of campus and of lip
dub as a form. "It's got a really
great message. It's about being
who you are, it's okay to be different and to enjoy what makes
us different," he said.
Besides the traditional single-
shot path of a lip dub, the video
will end with a choreographed
flash mob dance sequence. If the
weather cooperates, the scene
will be filmed partly from a helicopter. Part ofthe lip dub will
be shot at the pool using an underwater camera and the band
Marianas Trench will also appear in the video. It's high production values for a five-minute
Youtube video. "Almost everything has been donated to us because we're trying to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation," said Cohen. "We want to
make it the best video we can
and the more cool stuff we can
throw in, the higher the chance
of it going viral and the more
money we can raise."
On the same day flash mobs
take over the Point Grey campus,
UBC-O will be filming their own
lip dub to Mika's "We Are Young."
According to Cohen and organizers from UBC-O, it would have
been difficult to integrate the videos as they came into being at different times.
Despite the fact that they are
standalone pieces, the simultaneous production speaks to the
appeal of lip dub. Cassandra Pa-
terson, volunteer coordinator for
the Vancouver video, feels the
project is a good way to foster a
sense of community. "It took me
my third and fourth year to start
getting involved on campus. It's
going to be an exciting day, and
it's taking a lot of work, but I think
it'll pay off."
Cohen agrees. "Everyone
wants to have a positive experience, do good for the community, and raise money for Make
a Wish. It's about togetherness,
really." tl
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Coffee prices expected to reach 30 year highs
It might be time to consider becoming a tea drinker.
Over the past several months,
coffee prices have risen to levels
not seen in 30years. Facing lower
than expected crop yields, retailers
like Ethical Bean—which supplies
much of the coffee served at UBC—
have beenfbrcedtoraise their prices.
"Part of the problem is that inventory of coffee is low right now
until the picking season begins
later thisyear," saidftofessor Werner Antweiler ofthe Sauder School
of Business.
According to a New York Times
video from March 11, Colombian
farmers have been facing endemic
crop loss due to heavy rains that
damaged early plants. Warmer
temperatures have also made the
crops more susceptible to pests.
Colombian coffee production has
fallen 30 per cent over the past
fiveyears and crop losses for 2011
are projected to be almost 70 per
cent for some farmers.
Sara Elder, a PhD candidate
who researched the impact of
Fair Trade certification on Rwandan coffee growers, expressed
the difficulty of predicting coffee prices. "It gets complicated because a lot of coffee is traded on
the futures market and it's not always dependent on actual supply
and demand," she said.
It seems unlikely that, even after
the upcoming harvest, coffee re-
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serves and prices will return to
normallevels. In a statementpost-
ed to their website, Ethical Bean
president and CEO Lloyd Bernhardt explained that the company's price increase is a reflection of global markets.
Pointing to a weakened American economy and subsequent
food speculation, Bernhardt said,
"Those with beans are reluctant
to sell, hedging their bets for even
higher and higher prices. In its
most serious form, commodity
speculation on food has driven
up such a high price increase on
food goods that some global communities can't even afford the basics, let alone coffee."
UBC students shouldn't expect
to see an immediate increase in
the cost of a cup of coffee. According to Director of Food Services
Loriann McGowan, UBC-contract-
ed wholesalers (including Ethical Bean) are required to give 30
days' notice before implementing
a price escalation.
"They haven't given us any
indication that they're going to
be raising their wholesale prices
within the next 30 days," said McGowan. "But we are anticipating
that's something that's going to
come down the line."
For several weeks, Food Services has been absorbing a rise in
produce costs, following unfavourable growing conditions in
Mexico, Florida and California.
McGowan said that menus and
recipe quantities were modified
to save consumers from these
prices, as the situation seems
However, the ancillary group
is in the midst of a price review
and consumers might see an
increase come May 1. "We trust
and work with our suppliers to
source us the best pricing possible," said McGowan. "However, we can only absorb so many
price increases and coffee is just
one aspect of what we buy." tl
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Any university student knows that it's easier to receive a giant pile of money than actually spend it.
That's what the AMS will have to deal with in the
aftermath of the student fee increases narrowly
passed by referendum. One of the new funds that
deserve extra scrutiny is the "Sustainability Projects Fund," to which all students will pay $2.25. This
sort of fee isn'twithoutprecedentin Canada—UVic,
SFU, Ottawa, McGill and Concordia (among others)
have a dedicated fund that students can apply to if
they have aprojectthatpromotes sustainability on
campus, paid through student fees.
The only problem is that, at this point, there are
no details on how it will be managed. This gives the
AMS the flexibility to talk with other student societies about what works and doesn't with their sustainability funds, ensuring that whatever is created at
UBC is structured in a way that will give maximum
value to students. However, since they haven't outlined any of that yet, there is plenty of ammunition
available for those who believe the sustainability
fund will be a slush fund for mismanaged events.
The opportunity for great projects that could be
launched by this is significant. Future initiatives
could include projects to remove plastic bottles
from the SUB businesses, install solar panels on
UBC buildings and so forth. There is also the danger that this fund will be a way for hacks to squander their money on other hacks. Imagine an endless train of AUS councillors asking for funding to
do surveys on "sustainability engagement," organizing "go-green" parties, filing meaningless UN
complains about UBC paper cups... you getthe point.
Given the amount of money UBC is putting into
their own eco-friendlyprojects, students should have
their own opportunities to make sustainability initiatives. Ifyou know how the AMS will actually set
up this fund, then we congratulate you on inventing a time machine. But for those of us whose hot
tubs are missing the "time travel" function, we'll
be keeping an eye on where this money ends up.
Today's essay-writing services story carries one ray
of hope for Masters students: it looks like you can
always settle into a job helping people plagiarize if
you can't find other employment.
In truth, we don't really know the exact number
of students that are using these various essay mills
and tutoring services to put out fraudulent papers.
But neither do your teachers. And judging by the
number of businesses that are available online, it's
a lot. Which leaves us with the question: how easy
is it to actually buy your degree?
We were told several times that professors and
TAs learn their students' writing habits, which
helps them sniff out plagiarism. But at a school
like UBC, where some classes have hundreds of
students, that approach is bound to have plenty of
misses and false accusations. There's also technology available to help detect cheating. But technology also brings greater ability to find ways to cheat,
and the gap between cheating options and plagiarism detection will only widen with time.
Better efforts at catching students cheating could
help as well. And there is room for improvement
there—at SFU, 113 cases of plagiarism were taken
to their student court in 2009, compared to 13 cases at UBC during the 2008/2009 period. Despite
the easy pot shot at SFU, we are fairly certain students at that august institution aren't 12.5 times
more likely to plagiarize.
However, ultimately the solution should be a reshuffling ofthe importance given to take-home essays. Without getting rid of them entirely, it should
be possible to put more importance on making sure
students are getting a better quality of education,
then testing them on this in a way that is difficult
to cheat with. From exams, to in-class essays, to
presentations and group projects, there are plenty of
methods used to gauge a student's proficiency within a subject that can't be manipulated through paying for an essay.
What is at stake here is the value ofyour university degree. The easier it gets to "buy" yourself a
passing grade, the less valuable your education becomes. This is something thathappens at an alarming
rate, now more than ever, so it's also the time that we
start thinking about what should be done about it. til
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Katie: No need to support Middle East wars
Brian Piatt has written a series of articles in this paper regarding our intervention in Afghanistan. He argues
that the West must build schools and
ward off "gangs of religious death
cults," because "this is about keeping our promise to the Afghan people." Rather than acknowledging that
more Afghans blame the United States
than the Taliban for violence and insecurity (36 per cent to 27 per cent, according to an ABC poll), Piatt perpetuates the lie of Western benevolence
and gives a veneer of legitimacy to a
disastrous and immoral war.
I don't doubt that he has noble intentions. However, school-building is
plainly not the nature of our intervention. For the price of one soldier, we can
build 20 Afghan schools. Yet Obama has
sent a surge of 30,000 troops, only emboldening the Taliban and creating an
alarming rise of violence.
I'd like to see a piece on the fact
that a majority of Canadians, Americans and, most importantly, Afghans oppose the war. I'd like to see
a piece explaining how our endeavour in Afghanistan is destabilizing
the nuclear-armed nation of Pakistan.
Most importantly, I would like to see
Piatt recognize that the war has created more than five million refugees and
exacerbated hunger in one ofthe most
impoverished nations in the world.
While it is encouraging that students have genuine humanitarian
impulses, we need to be cautious that
these are not exploited to justify wars
that only serve to cause further suffering and bloodshed.
Over the past months, many students have come to support popular
uprisings in the Middle East, to sympathize with the people's democratic ambitions and to condemn the violence of
savage dictators. In particular, the debate around intervention in Libya has
cited the slaughter of innocents and
the behaviour of Muammar el-Quad-
dafi as justification for a US-led invasion. When I read war-mongering editorials in the New York Times saying
Quaddafi is "erratic, widely reviled,
armed with mustard gas and has a history of supporting terrorism," I wonder if they didn't just take an old editorial and swap out the name Hussein
for Quaddafi. Clearly, our good intentions can be exploited.
The answer is not Western intervention in an area where we are particularly reviled. In Egypt, America
supported a dictator for over three
decades, resulting in 92 per cent of
the population seeing America as the
"greatest threat to their security," according to a Zogby Poll. Moreover, the
White House continues to support violent regimes in Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq
and Saudi Arabia. Why should we believe that the American government
cares for the plight ofthe Libyan people, when they enable the suffering of
people elsewhere?
When students assess the appropriate course of action in Libya, they
need to consider the lessons learned
from past experience. Western military intervention, though rationalized
through the rhetoric of humanitarian
concern, has proved to be disastrous.
Instead of feeling good about our humanitarian efforts, as Piatt does, we
should critically evaluate the real impacts and motivations for war in the
Middle East. U
I first heard of Brian Sullivan in the
summer of 1999 when I was a MUG
Leader. One of the emails asked us
to keep an eye out for a guy in a bow
tie looking lost on campus—our new
VP Students.
My first thought was thathe seemed
cool for daring to be different and
sounding down-to-earth. Having had
the pleasure of working with him
closely for many years now, I know
that students across campus appreciated his unique style of leadership
and that we are going to miss him.
Vice President Students is a truly
unique position in Canada since, in
other Canadian universities, the student-affairs responsibilities are usually handled by an associate or deputy
vice president. As the first person filling the position, Brian took the leadership in truly shaping it.
During his tenure, the student affairs at UBC were reimagined. Whether it was the Trek or the Place and
Promise strategic plan, Brian's role
in making the student learning and
experience a priority was always
His leadership was instrumental
on improving the quality of student
space on campus, on increasing affordable housing, on diversifying learning options outside the classroom
and on creating a more robust social
life. But things he dealt with weren't
always glorious. For example, he also
led many heated consultations with
students, including an intense one after the tuition freeze was lifted.
Regardless of the issues involved,
Brian's principled approach built trust
with students. He was always genuinely engaged with us whether he was being thrown into a dunk tank, attending a beer garden or running a consultation. He will be missed for being an
ally, a mentor and a friend and I wish
him all the best as he moves into his
new role in Alumni Affairs.
—Bijan Ahmadian
101s'AMS President
I would like to extend my gratitude and
pleasure at having been given the privilege of working for you during my undergraduate years at UBC. I will be graduating this May—and I suppose both of
us will be 'graduating' in a way, moving on to something new. I would like
to thank you for being courteous and
friendly while I was donning whatever
"hat" I happened to be wearing. Whether we were eating lunch together during
MUG Leader training, or I was asking
you some (probably tough) questions
about the university in my role as news
editor of The Ubyssey, I enjoyed your
company and professionalism. More
importantly, I enjoyed your devotion
to the students of this campus.
I won't make a joke about bow ties
here—I imagine you are extremely tired
of them by now. Good luck at your future post in Alumni Affairs, and I will
definitely return to my alma mater to
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