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Culture writer
It's a convenient truth: the
Student Environment Centre
(SEC) is back in session for
2007/08. On Tuesday in the
SUB, a dozen or so activists,
both fervent and potential, met
in the Resource Groups Space
to lunch and talk green at the
first meeting of the year.
Words like sustainability and bureaucracy emerged,
passionately muffled, through
mouthfuls of vegan cookies.
SEC co-chairs Emily Gordon and Mike Richardson plan
to make good use of the enthusiasm. "Lastyear we just spent
September and October figuring out what we should do,"
said Richardson. "We want to
get more of a jump-start this
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have more of a focus on UBC,
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development.
For development,
read, UBC's controversial plan
to develop the grassy knoll into a
commercial centre and bus loop.
On the day SEC met, students
camped on and around the knoll in
protest.
"Opposition is definitely there,
Gordon said. The demonstration
[was] to show thatpeople have been
protesting right from the start."
SEC will also partake in international events like Buy Nothing
Day, on November 23. Big events
like that get a lot of public attention, said Richardson.
Perhaps the most attention-
grabbing SEC event last year was
the UBC Sustainability Conference,
which drew more than 300 attendees over two days in January, and
boasted such guests as Dr. Michael
McGonigle of Greenpeace, and Dr.
Elizabeth May, Canada's Green
Party leader.
"We hope it will be equally good
this year, said Gordon. It would be
awesome if there was a dedicated
team of people [to coordinate it]
rather than just one or two."
Hint, hint. SEC is looking for
volunteers.   You   can   help   with
events, sign on to
help      organise
a particular occasion,    or    go
all-out and join
the SEC staff via
election.    Richardson       and
Gordon    clari
fied that 'election' is a somewhat
relative term. The process is less
about picking and choosing than
simply getting to know who wants
to be involved.
"We're not going to vote you
out," Gordon said.
Two people can share a position. Positions can be either year-
round, or more specific and action-
oriented, like committing to help
organise a certain event, as well as
annual events SEC holds several
enterprises on a monthly basis.
The last Friday of every month, for
example, they have a Stuff Swap,
where students can rummage
through a supply of garage-sale
goods and barter with their own
used wares.
The Postcard Campaign is
an artsy form of petition. SEC
identifies a pertinent issue, then
arranges a table with information
and postcards in the SUB. Students
can either sign a pre-written card,
or decorate and write their own.
Innovatively, SEC is also willing
to move away from the limelight,
acting as a financial resource to
students who want to embark on
projects of their own.
Richardson emphasised that
anyone should feel free to approach SEC for funding: "We will
support you. We have money."
Funding proposals, as well as
upcoming events, volunteering
opportunities, and group affiliations are discussed at the weekly
meetings, Tuesdays in SUB 245 at
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Bonobo delivers dance to UBC at Pit
By Stephanie Findlay
Culture Writer
On Monday night the Pit was
transformed into a musical
oasis by UK composer and DJ
Simon Green, aka Bonobo. He
was brought by the Alma Mater
Society to an eclectic gathering
of people who came to listen
to the rising star on tour from
the British underground music
scene.
Prior to his set, Green was
wary of the venue, given that it
changed from the Lamplighter
lounge to the Pit. Taking a drag
of his cigarette he looked inside
the venue, "I'm actually a bit
worried, there is no one on the
dance floor."
"North America is much
more reserved," he explains. "In
Britain people aren't afraid to go
crazy." Not that Simon looks so
completely wild himself. Wearing a black sweater and dark
jeans he was indistinguishable
from the crowd, no one recognising him despite standing
close by.
"Canada, I like being here,"
said Green, "America is much
more uptight. As soon as you
cross the border you notice the
difference."
He takes a sip from his drink
of Jack Daniels and 'ginger'.
Tonight he was going to DJ,
playing a set with about twenty
per cent of his own material.
When asked about his music being typically categorised under
chillout or downtempo he broke
from his diffident attitude.
North America is much
more reserved, in
Britain people aren't
afraid to go crazy
Simon Green,
Bonobo
"Oh, I hate that. Call it whatever. Not that."
It was clear why Simon had
so vehemently opposed the clas
sification of his music, because
it was anything but downtempo
and chill. Cheers and shouts
came from the crowd as the
beats kept coming harder and
harder. The sound was a thick
swirl of vibrant rhythm and
melody, exotic refrains weaving
within the unrelenting bass: this
wasn't music for lounging, this
was music for dancing. A flabbergasted bouncer remarked,
"I've never heard anything like
this before."
Outside at the end of his
set he looked diminutive surrounded by his excited fans who
he posed with, autographed for,
and talked with until the Pit
closed.
Itwas hard to recall that this
tiny, soft-spoken, chain-smoking man had just commanded
the club.
It was cool. Very cool. "Went
well for a Monday night," he allowed. He had shrugged when
queried about the name Bonobo, derived from a species of
peaceful chimpanzee wherein
sexual activity plays an especially prominent role in everyday
interaction. However, maybe
there was some relevance in
the name. Simon Green came
into the Pit with nothing but a
backpack, but Bonobo walked
off into the night with a girl on
either side. Not bad, for a Monday night. \a
Which one are you adventuring with at UBC
by Joanna Octavia
Culture Writer
During the Fall 2007 Orientations, from First Step to Imagine
Day, you see students walking
around campus with 'I AM UBC
T-shirts in their faculty colours.
Once you become a student
of UBC, you are instantly a member of the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) the largest student society
in Canada and frankly, there's
nothing better to do than immerse yourself in the activities
that it has to offer.
With over 300 AMS clubs to
choose from, this academic year
is surely going to rock. From
leadership-based organizations
to volunteer groups to sport-
related gatherings, as well as
various religious, cultural and
interests affiliations, UBC has
everything and if it doesn't have
the club you want, you are more
than welcome to create it.
Many clubs are branches of
organisations that already have
worldwide reputation. AIESEC
(originally the Association Internationale des Etudiants en
Sciences Economiques et Com-
merciales), branded the 'world's
largest student organisation',
is certainly one of them. What
makes this club so special, you
ask?
"Well, AIESEC is not just a
club, it is also a world-renowned
student run organisation that
exists in almost a hundred countries." Dian Asa Sinaga, the Vice
President of Finance for AIESEC
UBC  stated.   "Everywhere  you
go around Canada and perhaps
even most places in the world,
you can find AIESEC people,
and if you are a member of
this club you are instantly connected to them. Joining AIESEC
is a really good opportunity for
students because the benefits
after university which include
leadership training, networking
and the internship programme
are indescribable.
There are a number of clubs
devoted to service and volunteering for students with a philanthropic focus. The UBC UNICEF
club is affiliated with UNICEF
and students who join this club
will have the opportunity to help
organise various fundraising
events. Last year alone the club
conducted entertaining fundraisers, such as the Pumpkin
people boxing to help children
in Malawi. UNICEF UBC also
organised local visits to the BC
Children's Hospital, acting out
skits for Tales Around the World.
If you are interested in service
then UNICEF, Oxfam, World Vision, Youth Outreach Club and
the oh-so-many other volunteer
clubs are definitely for you.
Aside from leadership-based
and service-oriented clubs, students can also embrace the fact
that they don't have to leave their
sporting interests in high school,
with the numerous sport-based
clubs UBC has to offer. Ranging
from martial arts to UBC's famous dance team to the Ski and
Board club, these clubs promote
fun and health at the same time.
Michael   Degroot,   a   newly
OKER CHAN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Members of the Varsity Outdoor Club gaze across a crevasse on the top of
Mount Baker during the annual trek to Glacier School.
admitted first year Arts student
said: "I plan on joining the Ski
and Board club because I heard
it is the best one here and that
a good group of people organise
these ski trips. I also enjoy snow-
boarding and going up on mountains and seeing such beautiful
slopes and scenery."
Indeed, the Ski and Board
club is one of the most popular
clubs among UBC students. Four
times a year the club organises
trips for almost 700 fellow members. Famous for their great
deals from outstanding sponsors
and fun events, this club is perfect for anyone who wishes to hit
the slopes while having fun and
enjoying the ultimate university
experience.
The AMS hosts over thirty
religious, cultural and interest-
based clubs, ranging from the
Jewish Students' Association to
Gado-Gado Indonesian Student
Association (GISAU) to Science
Fiction Society, these clubs seek
to provide a close, tight-knit community for students, particularly
those who are away from home
for the first time.
Dee Kay, the President of
Chinese Christian Fellowship,
stated that "this year we are
going to address some issues
that we think our members are
struggling with...We are also
going to promote a culture that
encourages mutual support and
care about the world around us,"
He said. "In particular, the UBC
campus."
What's the moral of this
story? Don't forget to visit the
numerous club booths in the
SUB during Clubs Days from
September 19 to 21. Ask questions. Sign up for a club. Attend
meetings. Join in the fun activities. Make this year worthwhile.
In the end, you may find that the
best memories of your academic
life are neither the times you
spend at the library, researching
for a term paper, nor the parties
you go to every other weekend.
Once you participate in enriching experiences with other folks
attending this university, you'll
understand what our slogan
Tuum Es means for you. UBC is
yours. Get involved.Xi _
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 Culture     5
Rock, paper, scissors the solution to all problems
Fringe Festival play
exposes the underground
world ofRPS
by Andrea Loewen
Culture Writer
How did Adam and Eve decide
who would tell God about the
'apple incident'? Why, Rock, Paper, Scissors of course.
Other historical moments
you may not have realised were
determined by Rock Paper Scissors include the decision to accept the gift of the Trojan Horse,
the death of Tibalt in Romeo and
Juliet, and Mary and Joseph's decision to keep the baby and call
him the Son of God.
Okay, so they may not all
be "historical moments" in the
strictest definition of the term,
but at the very least they all had
pretty well-known ramifications.
Dani Bryant, director of
Hands Down, describes the play
to be "about a couple, Paul and
Abby. Paul, afraid to make a
wrong decision, is immobilised
by the daunting task of deciding
what to do with his life."
What exactly is the catalyst
that launches him into action?
Crazy or not, these
guys are serious
about their sport.
Why Rock, Paper, Scissors (or
RPS, to those who are in the
know), of course. Bet you didn't
know that there is a world championship of RPS held in Toronto
every year. Well there is, and in
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A goblin shows off his yo-yoing abilities at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival Opening Gala,earlier this month.
Hands Down we follow Abby and
Paul on their journey through
this twisted, intriguing, and hilarious world.
Of course, it's easy to write
off RPS world-champions as
fanatical nerds, but according
to Bryant there is some serious
strategy involved. "If RPS was
simply chance, I wouldn't lose
as often as I do. I'm usually so focused on throwing a legal throw,
I don't have time to read my opponent." In case you're wondering, a throw is deemed illegal if
the angle of the elbow exceeds 90
degrees. Crazy or not, these guys
are serious about their sport.
Calling it a "sport" is another
thing that some might find bizarre, but what with the hours of
training and strategy that go into
it, RPS is considered an up and
comer, "the new poker", according to Bryant.
The play itself is fairly brilliant. The acting is strong across
the board: Julius Chapelle plays
Paul, and is pathetically adorable
in his inability to make a single
decision about his life, until RPS
ignites his passions. His driven
and pushy girlfriend, Abby, is
played with intelligence by Tosha
Doiron.
The two highlights of the
show, however, are Chris Cound,
who plays Felix, a RPS master
I think that as a society we should just
move to using RPS to
decide everything.
Dani Bryant,
Director
"from the good part of Europe,"
Christina Sicoli who is simply a
joy to watch. She plays at least
five characters throughout the
show, each one distinct and magnetic. As Cound commits more
fully to his twisted guru, his antics become reminiscent of the
funny days of SNL.
The pacing is kept up to a
good clip with Dani Bryant's directing, and her background in
physical theatre shines through
on several occasions.
My only criticisms of the show
are small. First off, the writing,
while sharp and comedic, became
slightly repetitive in structure.
The play had a basic three-scene
rotation: a historical moment
of RPS, a RPS lesson from Felix,
and then a snippet from Abby
and Paul's life. This format was
repeated throughout the show.
Each scene was individually well
done, but the overall structure
could have used some shaking
up. Also, the repetitive form may
have been less apparent if some
of the transitions between scenes
had been a little smoother. The
help of a lighting and sound designer to set the timing would
have created a more seamless
flow between some of the scenes
(although there were some brilliant juxtapositions).
These tiny details aside,
Hands Down is a must-see at
this year's Fringe, and should be
a serious contender for Pick of
the Fringe. As for Bryant, where
does she think RPS is going from
here?
"I think that as a society we
should just move to using RPS
to decide everything. Everything
from what to write a paper on,
where to live, and what to do with
your life, apparently."
"We should just get Sam Sullivan and the unions to play a
match of RPS—whoever looses
can chalk it up to luck, and do
some extra training for next
year's match." \a
Encore Series creates controversy at Fringe
Plan to bring in acts from previous years seems to undermine festival's core principles
by Andrea Loewen
Culture Writer
A newly developed Encore Series at this year's Vancouver
International Fringe Festival
forced many artists to cancel
performances or entire shows.
For the first time ever, the
Fringe has invited back shows
from previous years to perform
as a fundraiser for the Festival.
But, because festival organisers
are covering the expenses for
performers in the returning
shows, actual Fringe artists are
pissed-off. Festival organisers
pay for their entry fee, venue
(putting them up in the comfortable Granville Island Stage), and
promotion, while splitting their
box office revenue.
It's just gross, vile,
and unethical.
Tara Goerzen,
Fringe Festival Artist
The Fringe Festival, in previously recorded statements,
claims the Encore Series to be
a project that will act as a fundraiser for the Festival as well as
motivate people to go see other
Fringe shows.
According to Tara Goerzen,
an artist who has been heavily
involved in the Fringe Festival
for years, the Encore Series represents a "blatant disregard for
the principles of the Fringe."
Initially, Goerzen defended
the Encore Series as something
that the Fringe needed to do
in order to raise some money.
However, she now claims that as
a Fringe artist and an employee
of Granville Island, she was under the impression that things
were done a little differently.
"I thought that it was to be
marked separately from the
Fringe, with their own posters
and promotional material," said
Goerzen. "I also believed that
their intention was to bring in
audiences to the Fringe."
However, the fact that the
Encore Series is being marketed
simply as a part of the Festival,
and that audiences who visit the
Encore Series don't need to purchase Fringe memberships, put
Goerzen over the edge.
"How does that encourage
people to see our shows?" wonders Goerzen. "It doesn't. It's
just gross, vile, and unethical."
Typically, at the Fringe Festival, audiences are required to
purchase a membership that is
good for the entire festival
season before they can see
a single show, as revenue
from the box office goes
straight to the artists. The
festival  itself only makes
money off the member
ships.     However,     this
year the Fringe makes
money not only from
memberships,      but
they   also   make   a
box office cut from
the Encore  Series
performances.
Dani   Bryant,
We find this not only unfair, arbitrary, and bizarre,
but highly offensive.
Kris Joseph,
Performer
director of Hands Down and
a newcomer to the Fringe, is
cut-and-dry in her view of the
Encore Series.
"The Encore Series goes
against the Festival's purpose,"
said Bryant. "The purpose of
the Fringe is to provide a venue
where anyone can put up a show
with the same resources. Holding a fundraiser like this during
the Festival goes
against the "un-ju-
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Fringe."
Other   problems     with
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ries are outlined by Kris Joseph,
performer in The Churchill
Protocol and spearheader of the
Encore Series protest. On the
Festival Facebook site, Joseph
has posted a letter that states,
"we find this not only unfair, arbitrary, and bizarre, but highly
offensive."
Joseph breaks down the issue
with the Encore Series by pointing out that, "the Encore Series
has a budget for promotion,
production, and administration
which is not independent of the
rest of the Festival. One further
The Fringe is making
money from memberships as well as a cut
from the box off ice
sales for the Series.
assumes that the attention and
energy of media sponsors and
media representatives will be
drawn to the Encore Series,
and it is self-evident that it is
intended by the Festival as a
kind of representation of elite
excellence."
The need for the Fringe to
generate income is understood
by the artists in question. One
huge issue, however, lies in the
communication of the decision.
"Let's start by informing performers and the public that the
festival it will have a very different structure this year before
that apply. More  importantly,
this should have been brought
to the members and performers
while it was still an idea, rather
than during its execution," suggests Bryant. He wants artists
and members to have a chance
to provide feedback before it's
too late.
There is support for the idea
of bringing back former Fringe
successes. However, there are a
few things Bryant and Goerzen
would do differently.
"Why not have it take place
the week before the Festival, as
a precursor, to start getting the
public excited about the Festival," suggests Bryant. Goerzen
agrees with this idea: "get people excited, say 'look, here are
some past Fringe shows, look at
what you can find'—use it as a
promotional opportunity."
Goerzen also suggests including "sample packs," or five-
minute snippets, of local artists'
shows in the Encore Series to
give audiences a taste of what's
to come, as well as requiring
Encore Series audiences to
purchase a membership so that
they have motivation to come
back and see some new shows.
Suggested protests include
curtain speeches informing the
audience of the issue, a letter
writing campaign, organised
informational pickets, and a petition to be sent to the Canadian
Association of Fringe Festivals.
Interested parties can view and
sign the petition at http://www.
thepetitionsite.com/6/protect-
the-fringe. \j  September 14th, 2007 , The Ubyssey
News     J
AMS policy chair tries to stifle campus media
By Jesse Ferreras
News Staff
Student politicos at the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) have sided
with transparency after striking
down a motion to prevent video
and audio recordings of council
meetings.
The motion was brought before the AMS by Scott Bernstein,
a second year law student and
chair of the AMS Code and Policy
commitee. He called for the AMS
to place a "moratorium" on video
and tape recordings of its meetings; a moratorium which would
remain in place until council
came up with a policy on such
practices.
Bernstein's motion was
based on fears that private conversations could become public
if caught on tape, and that this
could "reduce the freedom of
councilors to speak freely."
"I'm not trying to be a stick
in the mud," said Bernstein,
"Perhaps [we] haven't thought it
out and we don't have a policy on
this. I thought...before we just let
it go ahead and evolve...that we
actually put some thought into
it."
Science rep Tristan Markle
held up a videocamera as Bernstein delivered his remarks.
Arts rep Nate Crompton, sitting
behind Markle, held up a small
digital recorder.
Had it passed, the motion
would have outlawed the use of
video or tape recorders in AMS
meetings until a policy on such
recordings could be passed by
council.
That means that anyone hoping to have a record of AMS meetings would have to rely solely on
notes or meeting minutes posted
online. The most recent council
minutes available on the AMS
website date back to June 2 7.
However, Bernstein found few
followers on council who openly
agreed with placing any kind of
ban on media recording.
Matthew Naylor, AMS VP
External, argued that a student
society should be as open and
democratic as possible and that
taking a record of council meetings was "a good thing."
"We should be able to stand by
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what we say and stand by what we
write," Naylor said. "I think that
limiting media access, or to limit
personal access to this council, is
simply abhorrent."
Naylor drew raucous applause
from councilors for his remarks.
Darren Peets, student representative to UBC's Board of
Governors, also disagreed with
banning media recording but felt
that the AMS should develop a
policy regarding the practice.
"We probably should be recording our own meetings for our
own records so that people can
access the minutes of this sort of
thing," he said before motioning
to strike the "moratorium" clause
from the motion.
The motion eventually passed
when it called on council to
develop a policy about media
recording—without imposing a
moratorium.
Bernstein was unclear about
what events gave rise to his motion. In an interview outside council chambers, he first said that no
councilors had approached him
with concerns about tape or video
recording, but reversed himself
when asked specifically what triggered his motion.
"Councilors had expressed,
when I brought the issue to them,
that they were somehow uncomfortable," he said. "Things are
said in council meeting that are
sarcastic or witty or funny, and
I think..if these things are going
to be reported on tape, I think
councilors are going to be just a
little more guarded in the types of
things they say."
Bernstein ultimately hopes
to see a policy develop that will
direct the AMS to record its own
meetings. A new motion is expected to come to council after
consultation with members of the
UBC press. ^
AMS executive fails to submit quarterly reports on time
By Jesse Ferreras
News Staff
Excuses may buy you time with a
late term paper, but they haven't
helped the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) executive escape their
deadlines.
During executive remarks at
the September 12 meeting, AMS
executives confirmed that none
of them had submitted their
second quarterly reports by the
proper deadline—24 hours prior
to the first September meeting,
according to the AMS Code of
Procedure.
The reports, which are designed to provide students with
a progress summary of work performed by executives throughout
their terms, typically report the
progress of committees, projects,
and events.
Despite    their    importance,
only one of five executives delivered a report on Wednesday—VP
External Matt Naylor, who said
he finished it four hours before
the meeting.
AMS President Jeff Friedrich
took some responsibility for the
lag, citing staff turnover and
a torrent of activity in the first
week as causes.
"We had shorter notice than
usual," he said. "Normally we
receive notice from staff who
remind us that it's time for
quarterly reports to be due, and
this time, partly because we had
some turnover in the administrative staff position, we didn't
get the notice until later than
usual."
Friedrich admitted that he
asked for the executive's commitment to have their reports in
by Thursday, two days after the
deadline set down in AMS Code.
"There are tons of examples
of people breaking code without
really realising it," he said after
the meeting. "We don't all have
an in and out view [and] knowledge of code."
Sarah Naiman, VP Administration for the AMS, was first to
admit her failure to submit her
report during executive remarks
at Wednesday's meeting.
"I think it's a horrible time
to have reports due to be honest.
I think that it's more important
that we're doing things than writing them down," she said Thursday. "While I understand the importance of writing things down,
we are responsible for running
Firstweek, and then with the All-
Presidents' dinner [a Tuesday
dinner for UBC club Presidents]
which took up a lot of my time,
we just didn't get to it."
VP Academic Brendon Good
murphy, meanwhile, told councilors that he would submit his
report Thursday and that it would
be "extensive."
/ think it's a horrible time
to have reports due.
Sarah Naiman,
VPAdmin
"We had [the] All-Presidents'
dinner [Tuesday] night, and we
were here at seven in the morning to meet with President Toope,
so I was overloaded, that's all," he
said after the meeting. "It's not a
good excuse, but it's an excuse."
Brittany Tyson, VP Finance
for the AMS, said that she would
e-mail her report directly after
the meeting. She added that frosh
events kept her from submitting
it on deadline.
"I wanted to commit more to
celebrating first years and being
at all those events than getting
my quarterly report in on time,"
she said.
Events during the first week
of school at UBC included an
indoor/outdoor pool party at the
Aquatic Centre, UBC Open-Air
Pit Night and the AMS Welcome
Back BBQ.
The current executive's failure to turn in their quarterly
reports on time is not the first
time that an AMS executive has
violated the society's code of
procedure.
In 2004, VP Academic Brenda Ogembo came under fire for
not turning in her third quarterly
report by November 10 of that
year. She was reprimanded by
Quinn Omori, then-chair of the
AMS Code and Policy Commission and asked to apologise. Xi
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/Is the sun dips over the horizon,
'shades of orange, yellow, and red t
fill the clouds slowly begin to fade.
They chase after the sun, pursued by
the spectrum of greys and navy blues that
have replaced the daytime colour of the
sky. What is remarkable about this particular sunset is not the procession of colour
to black, but rather how it is mirrored in
the water that surrounds our boat to the
horizon on all degrees of the compass. As
the light on the water slowly fades away,
an entire universe of blue gradually turns
to black until, finally, there is nothing.
Except on this rare, near cloudless
night on the Pacific, 'nothing' reveals
infinity: a full unadulterated semisphere
of sky, filled with stars and the milky
white for which our galaxy is named - a
sight that is rarely seen in this world of
rampant light pollution. Unfortunately, it
is rare even here, over a thousand miles
from the nearest star-drowning collect
of lights.
On this night, my foul-weather jae
flaps open in the wind. Though
particularly warm, I can't resist ges'
ing flamboyant;y to the squalls that
frequently pass over Bolt, drenching 1
crew. All of us are tired from the seemi:
ly endless days of sailing in a frustratin
northerly direction. Though my attention
is held by the wonderous view of the celestial above, it is held only grudgingly
so. I'd already been sitting at the lashed
down helm, for over an hour. It was the
aiUnq the summer cueau
had long since begun longing for relief, so
I could clamber down below to claim r~"
four hours of much needed sleep.
Sleep that the two  others  onboa
were   most certainly enjoying as I kept
the watch, leaving me alone to the infinite
world of dark ocean and brilliant lit si
Thoughts of oblivion and insignificar
were matched every night by
wonder at the sheer marvel of
existence.
As my watch comes to a close,
my thoughts are promptly set aside
as I wake my relief and crawl into
my bunk.
Onthe coldest, drowsiestnights,
I would often remind myself that I
was doing one of the things I love
most in the world, sailing—on the
Pacific Ocean. When that was an
insufficient motivator to move me
from the companionway, across
that boundary from warm cabin to
chilly deck, I'd remind myself that
not only was I sailing, but I was
getting paid to do it.
For three weeks, Bolt—a Nelson Marek 55—was my home on
the Pacific Ocean, from Honululu,
Hawaii, all the way to California.
I was being paid as crew by Ken
Murray, a professional delivery
skipper, who had been contracted
to act as the boat's master and
return her home. Bolt, a racing
yacht, had made the trip both ways
many times before, and this wasn't
the first time that Mr. Murray had
returned her after the owner and
his crew raced her west.
Mr. Murray makes his living
delivering boats, though not always across oceans.   A transpac
delivery, he will say, is more about
prestige than anything else.   The
bulk of his deliveries are along the
coast - comparatively short hops
that,   unlike   sailing  a  boat
across an ocean, can be
predictably   scheduled.       Such
delivery
jobs    are    in
constant   demand,   and   it
isn't at all uncommon for the deliverers to be looking for crew.
Getting into the loop is a matter of connections and networking. It can be as simple as going
down to a marina and talking to
people. Most boaters know at least
one delivery skipper, and the delivery skippers look to their boating friends for crew when in short
supply.
Aside from battling off fa
and staying warm and dry
downpour, boat deliveries offer
plethora of challenges. From to
sails to engine difficulties, there
are plenty of ways for things to
go wrong—Murphy's Law is at
its height at sea. Life becomes a
constant game of contingency,
planning while never forgetting to
not   a   morning
went by that didn't hold a
majesty to it, nor a night sky
that wasn't surrounded by an
indefatigable mystery.  The experience of sailing a boat acrosr
the Pacific Ocean (and gettinj
paid to do it) is, simply put, hard
to match. Xl
Every little action takes an infinite
more effort then it would on land,
effort that is accented by perpetually diminishing energy.
Despite all this, the diminish,
ing food supplies as the days tick
by, the unpleasant sticky feeling
of always being covered in
salt, or the perpetual
damp that seeps
into    everything,
: A sailing boat met upon the
sea—a very strange sight
Below: Santa Barbara mechanic
checks over the dead engine
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Students adjusting well to
new tuition payment rules
by Stephanie Taylor
News Writer
The end of credit card tuition payments has not caused the mass
hysteria that university officials
expected during the first week of
classes. And despite initial outcries following its decision, the
move to discontinue the credit
card payment option has proven
to be surprisingly painless, UBC
Enrolment Services said.
"We anticipated that there
would be many students on the
first day that would be looking
for deferrals," said Barbara
Crocker, Associate Director of
Student Financial Assistance
and Awards.
Crocker said she spent an
entire day in the Brock Hall concourse taking questions from students and was asked only twice
about the new payment rules.
While Crocker wasn't completely able to explain the lack
of student concern regarding
the new payment rules, she did
point to student loans as a possible reason.
"For student loans... we defer
[students] for a month, so that
covers a number of people, especially people who might have
been planning to put [their tuition payment] on a credit card."
Brian Silzer, Associate Vice-
President and Registrar of Enrolment Services, was quick to
applaud students for their adaptability to what was obviously an
inconvenient situation.
"I think really [the student
response is] a tribute to the
adaptability of our students,
and they've been challenged by
this and they've responded and
they're figuring how to go about
their affairs."
Despite the lack of outcry regarding the new payment rules,
the assessment of financial hold
penalties, (late fees) continues
to be of concern to many students. "[Financial hold penalties]
have typically been imposed at
some point during the month of
September. It's not a fixed date
because [Enrolment Services]
appreciates that part of [penally
assessment] is contingent on [En-
, rolment Services'] own efforts in
terms of processing these fees,"
explained Silzer.
According to the UBC
2007/2008 Calendar, students
who make late payments will
be charged a processing fee of
$35, plus an interest penalty of
six per cent per annum, which
is calculated on a monthly basis.
However, Silzer explained that
the assessment of late penalties
would likely begin later than in
pastyears due to the time needed
to process the increased number
of cheques this year.
"If [a student] makes a payment and we don't get around
to processing it for two weeks,
we would be really wanting in
integrity if we then immediately
charged a late penalty," added
Silzer.
Even with the accommodating measures being taken by Enrolment Services, AMS President
Jeff Friedrich believed more
could have been done to ease
the burden on students. "[Enrolment Services] could have just
gone public and said that [they]
are not going to charge late fees,
they could have not made tuition
due on the first day of school,"
Friedrich said.
Friedrich was also concerned
that a later kick-in date for financial hold penalties would
not be enough, wondering what
challenges a late-paying student
might be facing financially. "Why
are [late-paying students] choosing at that point to take on a late
penalty?
While the University Council's
Policy 72 states that no eligible
student can be prevented from
attending UBC for purely financial reasons, Friedrich worried
that some students would incur
unmanageable late fee penalties
due to an inability to make use
of student loans or a non-credit
card payment method.
"This affects students in real
ways," said Friedrich. "There's
a group of students out there
who've fallen through the assessment cracks and who don't
have any other options and are
therefore taking on a bad form
of debt.... It doesn't fit within
the spirit of Policy 72 from [the
AMS'] point of view," *5I
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Leave university green, students tell UBC
by Paul Bucci
News Staff
As you walked to class yesterday,
you may have noticed grass had
sprung up on the asphalt of the
old bus loop-turned-parking lot.
You may have also noticed that a
checkerboard has appeared and
tents seem to have risen from
the ground. All this is part of a
continuing protest by UBC students against the development
which threatens the Grassy
Knoll.
The site currently known as
'Trek Park' is located south of
the SUB, and has become a hub
of protest in light of the University's plan to develop the space
into an underground bus loop
and above ground 'University
Square'.
/ don't know if you've ever
played checkers standing up," he said, "but it's
much more therapeutic
than sitting in a hard
chair. We had some
games last night, we
had a mini-tournament
Bernard Haggarty,
a PhD candidate at UBC Law
When asked of their efforts
and whether demonstrators
were staying overnight in protest, Bernard Haggarty, a PhD
candidate at UBC's Faculty of
Law, replied, "I think some
people, occasionally. I'm not. It
sure is a relaxing place to sit."
Another   student,   who    is
OKER CHEN PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Fourth year materials engineering student Russell Haddow tends to the garden recently planted at the site of the'Trek Park'near the old bus loop.
friends with one of the activists,
mentioned that there are no real
leaders in the group, which has
been a problem for the University, as there is no way to hold anyone in particular accountable.
"Most of what happens here
happens spontaneously," said
Haggarty. "Just a couple of peo
ple saying, 'hey, let's get some
plants.'"
Haggarty encourages students to use Trek Park to relax
at their will and study, or just
play. "I don't know if you've
ever played checkers standing
up," he said, "but it's much
more  therapeutic  than  sitting
in a hard chair. We had some
games last night, we had a
mini-tournament."
The park will also be home
to other events happening
throughout the week, such as
movie night Thursdays.
In addition to such events,
the group is now holding meet
ings on Tuesdays at 5:00pm, at
which major decisions are made
about Trek Park.
"At the meetings...we have
a couple of different, very
loose, committees. Like a media group, and a gardening
committee. Then there's a fun
committee. "Xi
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Field Hockey looks to repeat as champions
Young team returns
from New Zealand with
eyes set on winning
by Jessica JiYoung Kim
Sports Writer
The UBC Thunderbirds field
hockey team returns to the turf
this weekend with high expectations of repeating last season's
performance where they captured an 11th CIS championship
title.
The T-Birds finished the 2006
season in the top spot under the
leadership of recent graduates
All-Canadian Leigh Sandison and
CIS player-of-the-year Christine
De Pape. In addition to those
two, Lise Galand, Sarah Saddler, and Deb Martell have also
departed, forcing the remaining
Thunderbirds to work harder to
ensure the legacy.
This season, co-captains Jessie Denys and Laura Dowling
will lead the young team that
includes 5 freshmen, in hopes
of attaining a seventh CIS title in
the last 10 years.
"We lost 5 grads last year, so
getting Jessie Denys back was
huge," said head coach Hash
Kanjee. "She came back and with
her she brought leadership and
experience to the group."
Kanjee showed excitementfor
Denys' decision to play out her
fifth year as the team's central
defender. Denys has played at
the national level with Canada's
junior team and has been named
to the first-team All-Canadians.
She was also honoured with the
MVP trophy in the CSI championship tournaments for the last
two years in a row.
Laura Dowling is also back
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Midfielder Tyla Flexman snaps the ball past the Vikes player during last year's national championship game.The Thunderbirds won that game 3-1 last
November to capture a record 11th McCrae Cup and their sixth in the past nine years.They kick off the season this year in Edmonton against Alberta.
from injury giving the team
some needed leadership, said
Kanjee.
Dowling returns to the line
up after being sidelined for two
seasons with various injuries.
However, she had a busy summer representing Canada at the
Samsung Indoor World Cup in
Vienna and is in shape to begin
the season
Despite the return of two All-
Canadians, Kanjee still says that,
"It's a young team now, but we
hope to play the best as we can
as a young group."
He will be leading the team
for the 14th year and once again
looks forward to continuing his
journey with the new recruits.
"Because of graduation and
other various reasons, teams are
always changing," said Kanjee
of university sports. "I think a
team's record is not really valid,
because unlike professional
teams that can retain their players for a long time, university [teams] go through constant
changes."
Despite the shift in roster,
the Thunderbirds are already
off to a great start, coming off
a three-week pre-season tour in
New Zealand.
In a similar fashion to last
year, the T-Birds traveled to
Whangarei, Hamilton and Auckland to play against some of the
top players in the wo rid. They also
had the fortune of training under
a guest coach and trainer from
Waikato High Performance.
"The reason we go on these
tours is to go to countries that
are great field hockey countries,"
said Kanjee. "New Zealand is
ranked sixth in the world in the
men's side, and they are in top
eight for the women."
This is compared to Canada
which is ranked 25th in the
world.
He continued to say that,
"We are lucky to have played
against some of the world's finest [players]."
Kanjee favours these tours
that allow the team to spend time
away as a group before returning
to begin their studies. With so
many of his players coming into
this season with the advantage
of having played at both national
and international level, he believes that the players will utilise
the lessons they gained from the
international games to benefit
the team.
"We learned a great deal in
terms of technical skills and who
was going to take the leadership
roles," said Kanjee. "It was a
great opportunity for the young
players to step up and take the
leadership role, and become
closer as a unit."
The Thunderbirds open their
season this weekend on the road
against the University of Alberta.
Their home opener will take
place at the Wright Field against
the University of Calgary the following weekend. \a
COURTSIDE VIEW
Professional athletes may be superhuman on the field, but why do we expect the same standards off the field?
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
For newspapers, the summer sports section used
to be filled with daily recaps of the World Cup
or Olympics, reports
of free agency sign-
ings, and stories on
big golf and tennis
tournaments.
This summer
however, sports
sections had headlines uglier than
the new Canucks'
jersey.
Dog fighting. Nefarious referees. Performance   enhancing
drugs. Match fixing.
It seemed  like  nobody cared about championships, free agent signings,
or milestones.
All the water cooler talk was
about those naughty athletes.
And how some of them lie, cheat,
and spend their spare time doing
things that make the most cynical
of us shudder. Bad, bad athletes!
Now, of course this is no
laughing matter. But it's funny
how much the public perception of law-breaking athletes has
changed over the past decade.
Consider that in 1995, when
Mike Tyson returned to the ring
after serving 3 years in jail for
rape,   boxing   fans   welcomed
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him back with open arms and
wallets.
In 2000, Baltimore Ravens
star linebacker Ray Lewis stood
by and watched as two of his
friends murdered two civilians. A
year (and a misdemeanor charge)
later, when he received MVP of
the 2001 Super Bowl, fans and
announcers alike lauded him for
'overcoming adversity.'
In    2004,    when    Todd
Bertuzzi   punched   Steve
Moore in the back of the
head,  knocking him
out causing a fractured neck, most
Canuck        fans
were more concerned   about
the impact it
would    have
on    Vancouver's playoff
chances than
on   Moore's
future.
Now,    in
2007,   many
are calling for
Barry   Bonds'
numbers to be
removed     from
the  record  book.
Still   more   believe
Michael Vick  should
be banned from the NFL
for life.
This turn in public reaction
is not an unwelcome development, but certainly a puzzling
one.
Why fans have now decided
to rise up and collectively shout,
"We're not gonna take it anymore" is a mystery.
Perhaps constant reporting
on the misdeeds of key players and superstars alike finally
reached a tipping point with the
general public, causing athletes
who have broken the law to turn
from "ethically flawed" to "criminal" in record time. Perhaps
the skyrocketing gap in salaries
between those who watch games
and those who play them has
caused fans to expect a certain
amount of moral fibre in their
sports stars.
Or maybe we just all really,
really, love dogs.
Nonetheless, while this current trend of vilifying all those
who break the law in sports is
valid, it's also a textbook case of
overreaction.
As unpleasant as it is to state
the obvious, there are criminals
in all walks of life, yet we don't
get worked up about them. So
why do we care so much
about professional
athletes?
Why    do    we
expect  that  the
talented people
on    our    TV
screens     are
not only great
athletes    but
great people?
The   truth
is  we   always
have   and   always will yearn
for sport to somehow symbolise  an
idealised   version   of
life. A vision where people
play by the rules, compete hard
against   others,   and   celebrate
victories. It's the part that makes
sport so appealing to Joe Everyman. And it's easy to only see that
side if you stick to what happens
during the games.
But this is the era of 24 hour
news stations, of ESPN, and
Youtube.
For anyone who spends hundreds of hours ayear in front of a
camera, the line between public
and private life is blurred if not
erased altogether.
That privacy, and assumption
of moral purity, disappeared for
movie stars and politicians decades ago.
Inevitably, it's now happening in the world of sports, and
frankly, we should get used to it.
At the end of the day, sports
will be better off when
people    stop    treating sports stars as
heroes, and start
treating them as
human beings.
Humans
that   can   perform   amazing
feats of skill and
strength,     but
flawed humans
nonetheless.
When       this
happens, the ugly
headlines will once
again be more or less
exclusive to the front of the
newspaper, and the sports fan
can focus their attention where it
belong-on the field, vl 14   Editorial
ThSJjbyssey I September 14th, 2007
WAR ON TERROR, WAR ON RIGHTS
The world is in bad shape. The
West has entered a seemingly endless 'War on Terror'
which has led to numerous wars,
a curtailing of civil liberties from
free speech to Habeas Corpus, and
the creation of societies governed
by fear. This isn't new information.
Yet, we North Americans have
been largely docile. While 'fringe'
elements may march in the streets,
hoisting banners, shouting slogans,
and generally appearing unbathed,
the masses remain complacent and
submissive.
In the six years following 9/11,
our collective political culture has
become more reserved in its outward political actions. This has resulted in a war that, due to a lack of
social pressure, will soon continue
into its fifth year.
Many draw comparisons to
America's other unpopular exercise
in foreign relations: Vietnam. While
that war led to massive student protests, strikes, and ultimately strong
disapproval from the general
public, our current wars have led to
falling approval ratings but little in
the way of concrete action.
Perhaps we can attribute this
to apathy, to a population which
hardly cares about its government's
blunders. Or maybe we can point to
greater trust in the government and
a childish desire to be led and not
to lead.
But it may be neither.
Our general lack of action may
instead be caused by a collective
feeling of powerlessness; a society-
wide acknowledgment of the futility
of protest.
Thus our question: Is protesting
an effective tool? Or is it useless
venting, a kind of democratic pressure-release valve?
On the one hand, high profile
dissidents ranging from Noam
Chomsky to Greenpeace claim that
public protests are vital to effecting political, societal, and social
change.
Protests, they argue, are often
disruptive, highly visible events
which can bring an issue to light
and can sway public opinion.
But on the other hand, protests
often act as no more than a pressure release for the frustrations of
a few; or worse, a collective wank-
fest which allows individuals to go
home feeling fulfilled and socially
empowered.
Whatever the reasons for a
protests, their effectiveness often
seems quite low—there is still a
war being fought in Iraq; Israel still
occupies former Palestinian land;
old-growth forests are still milled
into lumber; women still shave
their legs and wear bras; the night
has yet to be taken back.
This lack of progress leaves
some feeling defeated, burned
out, powerless and spent. Others
leave with an air of smugness and
superiority, and little care for the
actual outcome of the protest itself.
The protestees go home with only
a minor inconvenience in time
and money. Public relations are
usually able to spin protesters into
derranged, unreputable, uncredible
hippies. When the media decides to
cover them at all, that is.
It's useful to remember that
protests are only one tool in the
dissident's toolkit. In the United
States, the second amendment was
designed to give protests the kind
of oomph that spin doctors and
bulldozers can't deflect. A well-
armed populace, they say, is the
best defense against tyranny.
But even without guns, physical
disruption is a tool that should not
be ignored. Students like Sean Gorman, whose work received federal
attention after the 9/11 attacks,
have developed maps of civil infrastructure which show choke points
for trucking warehouses, vital intercity cable trenches, and electronic
communication bottlenecks. Even if
you don't want to hurt anyone, nonviolent dissidence with intelligence,
research, and a shovel can cause
a huge profit loss to a targeted
company.
And then there are personal
economic tools. Protesting the government? Consider living simply
and dropping your income below
the minimum tax line. While you
won't be eating out much, you are
depriving the government from the
tax on all of your income.
There is also the problem of
the internet. Due to the increased
interconnectivity, we are able to
broadcast our ideas almost anonymously across the globe. Perhaps
our anger and dissentful energy
is being released into a veritable
black hole of opinion. Perhaps we
feel like we've done something,
and said something when really it's
just been some political cyberspace
masturbation. Or, perhaps the only
arena in which our protests truly
matter is the internet, and changing public opinion happens no longer in an overt and abrasive way,
but instead in a subtle and passive
way. 'Come to my webpage and let
me convince you,' rather than, 'I'm
in your face and ready for you to
capitulate.'
What we have to realise is the
more we let apathy overtake us, the
more we let our rights be whittled
away.
Or, we give our rights away in
the interest of security, only to
find them harder to win back once
we decide that we need them. The
grand conspiracy is not that we
will have oppressive governments
ruling by fear, but that we will ask
them to oppress us. And we cannot
afford to let that happen.
ilTREETERS
Streeters is a weekly column
in which students are asked a
question related to UBC events.
Sam Wallace,
Geography 2
"Yes, I wouldn't
myself, but if you
have an opinion,
you should state
it. [Protesting]
does work. It raises
awareness, but I
think there are
better ways to
get your opinion
across."
Do you believe in protesting? Why or why not?
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Jack Liu,
Commerce 2
"Yes. It feels
proactive. I would
protest
international
tuition fees."
Alexandria Palacol,
Science 1
"Yes, I believe in
[protesting].  It
does make a
difference. If
people see others
protesting, it
[raises] awareness.
If I feel passionate
about something, I
will protest about
it."
Lisa Babiuk,
Biology 2
"It gets people's
attention, and it's
taking action for
something you
believe in.  It's
better than not
protesting.
Generally, it's a
good idea, but isn't
always appropriate."
Eirin Kagami,
Arts 2
"Yes, if it's something you believe
in. Otherwise, the
voices aren't heard,
and the problem
becomes the
norm. [Protesting]
provides some
opposition-things
to think about."
Letters
Politics and academia don't mix
As UBC welcomes thousands of new students
this fall, it also welcomes a new director in the
form of the Hon. Stephen Owen, former MP
for this riding, Vancouver Quadra, as the new
UBC VP for community and external relations.
However, this appointment very possibly could
not have come to fruition. Prior to his hiring,
the committee consulted former Conservative
MP and campaign co-chair John Reynolds, not
for a reference, as if that could happen in the
partisan climate of federal politics nowadays.
No, he was consulted because the sensitivities
of the current government to an 'enemy' appointment were sought.
Regardless that Owen now holds the job,
regardless of the role the position plays in lobbying government, regardless of how much
power over policy or governing Reynolds really
wields, the fact that the question was even asked
suggests a vicious pettiness in the style of the
ruling party, serious flaws in the bureaucratic
administration, or both. Ostensibly, Owen was
vetted in this regard because there were fears
that it could jeopardize the aid UBC receives
from the government, research grants that
the school needs to maintain its international
reputation.
To say nothing of the ability of our current federal leaders to play well with others,
that post-secondary institutions would need
to engage in such lobbying reveals a worrying
trend. To wit, in the last budget, 105 million
dollars were granted in research dollars, but
for the first time, the peer-review processes of
federal granting councils were bypassed. Say
what you will about those practices and their
inherent biases, consider the additional biases
of putting this power in the hands of elected
representatives. In here lies a greater probability that money be granted for non-meritorious
reasons, positive or not—to curry favor with
local voters, to reduce inequity, to cherry pick
favored projects, or the worst of them being to
settle partisan scores.
Academic freedom, although not directly
threatened, faces obstacles, as with the consideration of Owen's appointment, when it must
be concerned with satisfying the preferences of
such fickle overloads as politicians. Academia
is reduced by mucking in the world of politics
and worse still, innovation, which is the motivating factor behind these federal grants, is
stilted when racked with doubt. Therefore, a
friendly reminder to our elected officials, past,
present and future—sometimes the best thing
is to write a blank cheque and let the chips fall
as they may. Results may not always be favorable, but you can be comforted that they are
achieved with confidence and efficiency. And
is that not what Canada's knowledge economy
needs to compete internationally?
James Johnson
Arts I
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Corrections
Jessica MacLeod was
misquoted in the
September 11th 2007
addition of Streeters
-the Ubyssey regrets
the error.
Jessica MacLeod,
Science 4 September 14th, 2007 , The Ubyssey
Letters   15
Letters
Talk is cheap
I came to UBC in September
2004 and witnessed the closure
of the old bus loop and the
beginning of the U-Boulevard
project. I participated in the
student consultation process
at that time, and I voted on the
final three proposals for the redevelopment. Since then, I have
seen nothing until the recent
addition of "Trek Park" at the
old bus loop.
As an Arts student, most of
my classes are in the Buchanan
complex, which until recently,
was a decades-old relic which
stood in stark contrast to some
of the excellent facilities enjoyed by other faculties. Thank
fully the Buchanan complex has
undergone some renovation,
leaving behind the only other
relic with which I have regular
contact: the SUB.
The SUB is a shameful embarrassment for a high-profile
university such as UBC. I have
been to smaller, less significant
institutions and seen excellent
student-run facilities.
Not so at UBC. Our SUB is
an out-of-date eyesore, even
with the pathetic renovation
attempts of in recent years. The
interior certainly leaves much
to be desired, but the exterior
is atrocious: a dirty-looking win-
dowless concrete blob that belongs in another century.
Then there's the old bus
loop. I can't begin to explain
what a joy it's been to pass that
eyesore countless times over
the past three years.
So what of the U-Boulevard
project? What happened to
the promise of a long-overdue
redevelopment of this part of
campus?
When I voted on the final
three proposals, I was excited
about the changes. I wanted
the new facilities and I'm sure I
was not alone. The consultation
process at the time was quite
involved, and many students
participated.
Now I hear that some students   think  the   consultation
process was insufficient. For
them, the process would have
been more effective if free burgers were offered to encourage
student participation. Give me
a break! Sadly, some of these
idiots are running the AMS. No
wonder the SUB is in such poor
shape.
While I am sympathetic to
some of the concerns raised
recently, such as the preservation of the Grassy Knoll and
the capacity of the new underground bus loop, I am also tired
of waiting. The student consultation process was three years
ago, and a design was selected
by free vote. Stopping the project now when it appears to be
finally getting started is unreasonable and inexcusable.
Oh, and by the way, the "Trek
Park" fiasco is pathetic. Give it
up already—you look stupid.
Paul O'Shaughnessy,
Arts 4
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