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Array Celebrating 90 years! •
WITH THE MOVERS & SHAKER
^l DEAN OF ARTS NANCY GALLINI • PAGE 3 M
VICE-PRESIDENT STEPHEN OWEN • PAGE 5
The Ubyssey
September 12,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
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SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
Events
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
September 12
AUS FrAUSh • It's the end of the
summer but us artsies aren't quite
ready to let go of the sunshine
yet! Hence, the AUS presents.,
a beach-themed Arts frAUSh
The barbecue also serves as a
WELCOME BACK to the rest of
Arts' undergrads. There'll be
club information available, TONS
of giveaways, awesome music,
$2 burgers and bzzr.* Sept. 12,
2008. 4-9pm. Buchanan Courtyard (between A/B/C).  • More
information at http://www.aus.ubc.ca/
UCS (Two) Buck-a-Beaker • The
Undergraduate Chemistry Society
presents (Two)-Buck-A-Beaker!
$2 beers served in glass beakers
Buck-A-Beaker has become an
nstitution at UBC and is an event
not to be missed. You can't really
call yourself a UBC student until
you've been to Buck-A-Beaker.
Head down the pathway between
the Chemistry buildings then
follow the noise!* Sept. 12,
2008. 4-8pm. Chem Breezeway
(between B&D). $2 to get in
without membership, and $5 for
an empty beaker (bring your own
from home)! •
EUS Cheeze Tub • Who wouldn't
want to get stripped to their
bathing suit with the minds of
tomorrow? Me, personally, but
$1.50 drinks may change even
my mind. It's an EUS event, so of
course there's not even any cover,
you silly goose. In case you've
never been, there's hot tubs at
this event. And beer/cider. And
probably meat (i.e. burgers). A
great place to start your night.
• Sept. 12, 2008. 6-11pm. The
Cheeze. Free. •
Annual Indoor Plant Sale * Its
the last day of the sale and you
can pick from a wide selection of
ndoor plants, including kitchen
herbs, cacti, hanging plants, flowering potted plants and orchids.
Funds generated support research
and educated activites at UBC Botanical Garden • Sept. 12, 11am-
6pm. UBC Botanical Garden and
Centre for Plant Research (6804
SW Marine) Free •
Tropical Fever Dance • Featuring
African and Cuban DJs, a live
Carribean dance performance,
and a Brazilian dance workshop •
Sept. 12, $10 admission. Kentizen
Fusion Lounge (2nd floor, International Village 88 W. Pender)
International Day of Action •
Free the Cuban Five comittee
will picket to free the five Cuban
prisoners held in U.S. jails on the
10th anniversary of their arrest. •
Sept. 12, 12pm, U.S. Consulate
(1095 W. Pender) • More info at
604-685-4311.
September 13
CUS Smashball at Spencer Field
• The CUS Social Committee
presents the second annual
smashball tournament! A crazier
version of kickball, smashbal
requires more than athleticism.
For $ 10 you get a highly coveted
smashball shirt to represent your
team, enough drinks to last you
a month and memories that last
There's even a trophy for the
winners! Think you have what
it takes? Form a team of 8-10
people and sign up fast! • Sept.
13, 2008. 1-6pm. Spencer Field.
$10. •
You Say Party! We Say Die! w/
Winter Gloves & Beast * dose
ca and AMS events presents You
Say Party! We Say Die! w/ specia
guests Wintergloves and Beast •
Sept. 13, 8pm. The Pit Pub. $13
advance on Ticketweb & Zulu
Records •
Pop Culture Collectibles Fair •
Featuring comic books, records,
books, video games and toys  •
Sept. 13, 10am-4pm. Croatian
Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial) Free admission More
info at www.geocities.com/turn-
buckle99/»
Slightly Stupid • Slightly Stupid,
an American band who describes
their music as "a fusion of acoustic rock, and blues with reggae,
hip-hop and punk" performs at
the Commodore Ballroom • Sept.
13, 10pm. Tickets on sale at
Ticketmaster, Zulu, Highlife and
Red Cat •
September 14
Terry Fox Run • The 28th annua
10-kilometre run takes place
throughout the Lower Mainland
• Pre-registration required. Please
come 30 minutes before the run
starts in order to participate •
Sept. 14, various locations. Free. •
More info at www.terryfoxrun.org/ •
IFC 2nd Rush • If you missed the
first rush, come and experience
the fraternity village at UBC. Be a
part of the brotherhood and lifelong bonds that cannot be found
anywhere else on campus • Sept.
15, 2880 Wesbrook Mall. Free •
www.ubcfrats.ca •
September 17
Give Me Shelter: bringing
Homeless Voices Out Front •
Lunchtime lecture series featuring David Eby, legal counsel for
Pivot Legal Society • Sept. 17,
12-1.30pm. UBC Robson Square
(800 Robson) $12/15*
Common/N.E.R.D. • Grammy
nominated hip-hop artist in a
double bill with Pharrell William's
alternative rock and hip-hop
band • Sept. 17, 6:30-10pm,
Malkin Bowl (Stanley Park). Tickets $45 at www.ticketmaster.ca,
tickets also at Zulu and Highlife
Records. •
September 18
Gormenghast • Theatre at UBC
presents Gormenghast featuring
the graduating Fine Arts Acting
class. A macabre tale of a dysfunctional family incarcerated in
a fantastical bygone age, you will
encounter a strangely compelling
and lurid tale of greed, honour,
madness and love. • Sept. 18-27,
7:30pm. Frederic Wood Theatre.
$6 for preview night, $10-$20
for the rest of the nights •
September 19
Football »The team plays Regina
after a road game against defending champion Manitoba. It
also starts at 7pm and should be
an exciting night game! • Sept.
19, Thunderbird Stadium.
September 20
The Japan Film Show • A matinee double feature of popular
recent films from Japan featuring
SHANGRI-LA (Togenkyo no Hito-
bito) at 1:1 5pm and Breathe In,
breathe Out (Shinkokyu no Hit-
suyo) at 3:10pm • Sept. 20, Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe
Street) Free • Reservation advised •
More info at www.vancouver.ca.emb-
japan.go/jp/en/special_en/2008/
film_show)vancouver.htm •
Men's Hockey • The team opens
up their pre-season with a
double header against SAIT With
the new arena and talents, the
games should be interesting to
follow. • Sept. 19(7:30pm) and
20, (2:00pm Thunderbird Arena.
Women's Field Hockey »The
team plays their home opener.
They aim to capture the double
header after finishing fourth last
year at the CIS championships.*
Sept.20(2:00pm) and 21(1300),
Wright Field. •
The Women's Soccer • The team
plays Calgary and Lethbridge.
They have yet to prove their full
potential after a win and two
ties so far. It will their last home
game on September and will
have four road games after this
series. • Sept 20 and 21 (both
12:00pm), Thunderbird Park.
September 21
Garbage Can Art Contest & Auction • 25 artists take part in four
hours of creating madness, turning
metal garbage cans into works
of art, which are then being auctioned off • Sept. 21, 11am, Granville Island Market (1689 Johnston)
• More info at 604-984-3864 or www.
lghfoundation.com •
National Nikkei Musuem and
Heritage Centre • Re-shaping
memory, owning history: through
the lens of Japanese-Canadian
redress. Japanese-Canadian National Musuem presents a unique
history of Japanese-Canadians to
commemorate the 20th anniversary
of redress, layers of voices, drawn
from government documents,
newspapers, books, poetry, diaries,
letters and oral history • Sept. 21,
6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby •
More info at 604-777-7000 •
September 25
K-OS w/ Guests STUDENTS ONLY
• AMS Events Proudly Presents
K-OS with Special Guests. This
special campus performance is
a huge underplay in the market,
and we are extremely excited to
welcome him back. Currently in
town putting the finishing touches
on his next album, we figured UBC
students should get the chance to
experience one for his legendary
ive shows in a tiny litle club. This
will be a very intimate performance and one that you will not
want to miss.  • Sept. 25, 8pm.
The Pit Pub. $17.50 advance on
Outpost and Ticketweb •
PhotoSoc Presents: Fred Herzog
• Former photographer of "ordinary" people in Vancouver, and
their connections to the surrounding city, gives a talk. His work has
appeared at the Vancouver Art
Gallery amongst other galleries
and in numerous books. • Sept.
25. 7:30pm, doors open at 7, SUB
212a. •
September 2/
Day of Longboat • UBC REC
presents Day of Longboat, where
ten-man voyager canoe teams race
along the waters of beautiful Jericho Beach to a point on the beach
where one person leaps from the
boat, collects a baton from the
beach, and then hops back into
the boat. A yearly tradition of
UBC, definitely not to be missed
•  Sept. 27 and 28, Jericho Sailing
Centre (1300 Discovery Street) •
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The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper ofthe University of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday
and Friday by The Ubyssey Publications Society. We are an
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Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff.
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Contributors
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called Emma Myers,Mairead MacKinnon and Vanessa Choo
to go to a house party. Unbeknownst to them, Shun Endc
was skulking in the bushes following their every move. Kellan Higgins caught him and Michael Bround—along wit!
Ricardo Bortolon,Trevor Record, and Joe Rayment—threw
him naked offthe 10m. Police informant Gerald Deo watchec
Later he told Constable Justin McElroy who mistakenly arrested Stephanie Findlay,Isabel Ferrares,Sarah Ling,and Celestian Rince. At the house party, Andrea Bucci was refilling
the punch when Goh Iromoto, Drew Thompson, Grace Lau
and Tara Stieglitzchiefed a naked Matthew Mill.They drew
family portrait on him that included Paul Buccijiana Blouir
and Youmi Choi.Tara Martellaro stayed at home that night.
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September 12,2008 | Page 3
Election issues that matter at UBC
by Isabel Ferreras
News Staff
Despite the level of excitement
that comes with elections, the
majority of students may be sick
of politics come the end of November. But for now, there are
issues that cannot be ignored,
especially by students that head
to the polls on October 14 (only
32 days from now). So, without
further adieu, please take the
time to consider the following.
TUITION
Many students who traipse the
UBC campus have the comfort of
doing so without the overhanging worries of debt. Maybe they
did extremely well in high school
and their education is being
financed by scholarships, or perhaps family members were able
to pay for their education. But for
many others, this type of funding
for a university education is not
a reality.
"The problem," says AMS
VP External Stefanie Ratjen, "is
that the average student debt for
those on loans adds up to about
$27,000, and that's an astronomical amount of money."
Ratjen's office has produced
a pamphlet that details some of
the factors in the rising tuition
costs at UBC. It covers everything
from ancillary fees to declining
provincial funding of post-secondary education in BC.
"What's interesting is that despite tuition being much higher
in the United States, their government's funding per student
is still higher than the Canadian
government's."
This issue, though largely addressed at the provincial level,
must be considered a federal
issue as well, and this is largely
due to the ongoing reform ofthe
Canadian Student Grants program. This program—a replacement of the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation award-
was introduced by the Tories in
Which election issue will compel you to vote in the upcoming election? The 2010 Olympics are yet another voting issue, shun endo photo illustration/the
their 2008 Budget. It will see
that a maximum of $2000 go
to students from low-to-middle
income families. It will not, however, be paid in full immediately.
Instead, there will be a monthly
payment of $250 (for low-income) or $100 (for middle-income) so that students can plan
the funding of their education
with their families. Additionally,
the $2000 cap on the grant will
allow for more students to gain
access to the program.
But, as Ratjen reminds us,
there is an issue that could arise
from the new grants program.
"Reducing the maximum
amount of money allocated to
individual grants will allow for
them to be spread out more
laterally, but at the same time,
the federal government is not
taking into account the amount
of tuition that, say, a student in
medical school will have to pay,
which is much more than the
average UBC student."
THE ENVIRONMENT
The environment is certainly to
be the most hotly debated of all
election issues, and that is particularly in response to Stephane
Dion and his Liberals' "Green
Shift."
The simplified version of the
plan is as follows:
- Taxes on investment in energy efficiency will be cut
- Taxes on pollution, carbon,
waste, and greenhouse gas emissions will be set (in the case of
BC, there will be no additional
carbon tax; the rest of Canada
will unify with BC's tax that has
been provincially implemented)
- Revenue neutrality will be
implemented. By law, every
dollar raised from carbon emissions will go back to Canadians
Protestor takes an unusual route
An unidentified man, seen above, is escorted from campus Thursday morning by campus security and
Vancouver police after a number of students phoned campus security to voice their concerns. The man
was first seen in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in the late morning, before moving to the Student
Union Building during the lunchtime rush. UBC Public Affairs Director Scott Macrae told The Ubyssey
that the man posed no physical threat to campus, and left the campus without resistance, goh iromoto
photo/the ubyssey
uas tax cuts, and this will be
insured by the Auditor General.
Tax at the pumps will not rise,
since the excise tax on gas at the
pump is already $42 per tonne
of carbon.
According to Kathryn Harrison, associate dean for the Faculty of Arts at UBC and a political
science professor, "the average
person will not pay more than
they are getting back."
Harrison believes that the
taxation of carbon could have a
similar effect to the taxation of
tobacco.
"The taxation of tobacco has
been the largest factor in the
decline of people smoking in the
country," she said. "Perhaps the
carbon tax could have a similar
effect."
It is especially interesting to
consider the business aspect of
this policy. If businesses invest
in better, cleaner technology
for their machinery and infrastructure, some believe that the
economy will be fuelled by an
increase in investment in green
solutions.
And at the same time, some
won't have it. One of those
"some" is Stephen Harper.
It is prudent to consider that
the Green Shift is an extremely
tough sell to the average Canadian. And this is something that
Harper has chosen to tackle in a
different way.
Harper's plan is as follows:
- The Conservatives will create a "balanced, achievable" plan
to reduce Canada's greenhouse
gas emissions 20 per cent by
2020
- This will be done by enforcing industry through law to comply with the set emission targets
from the government
- An ecoAUTO rebate for fuel
efficient vehicles
- Grants to individuals and
businesses to help them invest
in energy and pollution-saving
upgrades
- $2 billion over seven years
for the production of renewable
fuels
Students should be concerned with this issue largely because of its monetary factor. Will
it be the taxation and subsequent
tax cuts that will come with the
Green Shift? Or will it be no extra
taxation, subsidies for greener
initiatives (such as driving a
fuel efficient vehicle), and law
enforcement for industry?
THE 2010 OLYMPICS
The Olympics are the source of
burgeoning excitement in Vancouver and the UBC Vancouver
Campus. At the same time,
however, there are concerns that
must be addressed, as has been
recently discussed in the September 9 issue of The Ubyssey.
Ratjen is especially concerned
with the governance structure
behind the games.
"The issue here is that VANOC
is not an official political power,
yet it is assuming federal political control for the duration ofthe
games."
"And, of course, VANOC will
cease to exist once the Games
are over."
Christopher Shaw, a UBC professor and neurological scientist,
also helps run 2010 Watch, a
web-based source of information
on issues to do specifically with
the 2010 Games. And, he says,
studentz need to be concerned
with the implications behind
them.
"It specifically impacts the
quality of life in Vancouver," he
said. "The city at the moment
is engaged in what I call a 'cosmetic exercise' to try to hide the
homelessness problem from the
rest of the world. And that's a
major issue."
"Students must also remember the lessons learned from
the APEC conference in 1997.
No protests will be allowed near
Olympic venues, so if a small
group of people decide to demonstrate outside one of these
venues, imagine what could
happen."
Finally, students need to be
aware of the fact that security
cameras will be in place everywhere (including UBC), equipped
with face and voice recognition
systems. Are the games restricting the level of privacy students
will have on their own campus?
Many believe so.Xj  SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
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NEWS | ;
Stephen Owen:
glad to be out
of Parliament
Vice president of
external, legal and
community relations on
his first year in office
by Kellan Higgins
Coordinating Editor
Last Tuesday, The Ubyssey sat
down with Stephen Owen, vice
president external, legal and
community relations. Owen,
now a year into his appointment, outlined his priorities at
UBC, emphasizing three themes
throughout his interview: experiential learning, sustainability,
and creating public goods.
Owen is excited about the
Learning Exchange and other
programs which were implemented by his predecessor,
Dennis Pavlich. He hopes to increase the number of students
in this program.
He said he'd like to see UBC
become "the most well-known
university in the world for experiential learning," believing the
university, is not just the classroom and the lab.
Owen wants to "flood Vancouver schools, with UBC students tutoring kids in grade
eight and nine." He hopes that
university students will come
out with a greater skill set by
having these experiences outside ofthe classroom.
When it comes to sustainability, Owen sees the issues as
going hand in hand with the creation of a world-class university.
He adds that with a sustainable
campus, the university can both
improve the use of the land and
make less of a impact on the
environment that surrounds the
university.
"UBC is now at 1990 levels
of greenhouse gas emissions,"
said Owen. "Using technology
to have a huge outreach" is one
of Owen's ideas in dealing with
sustainability concerns.
The third pillar of Stephen
Owen's initiatives at UBC is the
creation of public goods. Although obtuse in his description,
Owen believes that by building
research and educational capital now, British Columbia can
continue to be a leader in technical and scientific innovation
in the future.
Companies in the mining
industry, according to Owen,
have been a major contributor
to a possible new building. The
Earth Systems Science Building,
(ESSB) has received about 34
million dollars towards its construction. The mining industry
is "desperate for geologists and
mining engineers. Vancouver
is the real mining centre of the
world expertise in terms of ven-
Stephen Owen, vice-president external, legal and community relations, sat down with the Ubyssey to describe
his hopes for his term as vice-president, kellan higgins photo/the ubyssey
ture capital and that's a beautiful example of how government
can partner with the private
sector, if that's the interest, in
a major area of the economy to
create and maintain a skill."
Owen believes that this is
an excellent way to promote
private and corporate interest
at UBC. By expanding in need
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public goods that just increase
the quality of peoples' lives."
It hasn't been all positive
news for Owen this year though.
The funding cuts made by the
provincial government last
spring, which removed 11.3
million dollars of expected funding to UBC Vancouver and UBC-
Okanagan this year, came as an
unfortunate surprise to Owen.
"Well, there was certainly
surprise because we were into
the second year of what had
been agreed to be a three-year
funding increase."
Despite this turn of events,
Owen's previous government
experience gave him understanding into the decisions of
the provincial government. "As
they juggle their responsibilities, they look towards an election," said Owen. "You have to
balance things [in government]
and if there is a threat of economic collapse or economic
recession then you've got to be
careful about that."
Owen took a careful tone
when talking about the arrests
at KnollAid 2.0 during early
April of 2008. The protests,
which resulted in 20 arrests
and 19 charged, centred around
a bonfire set at the old bus
loop, named Trek Park. In the
aftermath of the arrests, Owen
announced that the university
would be conducting an investigation into the actions of both
the protesters and police during
the incident—but in his discussion with us, he cautioned
against making any sweeping
judgments about either side.
"The one thing I've learned
over the years, whether it is
from environmental disputes or
working in war torn countries,"
explained  Owen,   "is  to   start
from the moderate middle."
"You don't solve problems
from the extremes," furthered
Owen, "you solve them from
the moderate middle building
outwards, building understanding, dialogue, information
sharing, common ground and
eventually you get to a point
where you've got better understanding around the lines of
division."
Despite the protests, Owen
feels that there has been adequate input into campus
development. "The planning
processes have been very open;
there has been lots of adjustments to deal with student and
other concerns that have been
expressed and while you get
flare-ups and demonstrations at
times those have to be taken in
the context of what the broader
student body wants and thinks
is the right direction."
Owen was sympathetic to
the protesters, having been part
of student demonstrations forty
years ago, when famed activist
Jerry Rubin led a group of students in storming the Faculty
Club. Owen firmly believes that
student activism is part of the
university experience. "I think
thats a healthy part of university life, but there are limits to
property damage and safety."
Despite the challenges that
Owen is facing, he feels home
at UBC. "I wasn't and I am not
a career politician, I was just involved for six years" said Owen,
"I learned a lot, it was a great
adventure."
And Owen doesn't mind having to miss taking a weekly five
hour flight to Ottawa. "I feel very
much at home at UBC." \a
—with files from Justin McElroy
and Stephanie Findlay Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
September 12,2008 \ Page 6
Taking the fat out of freshman year
unhealthy eating on campus: A ravenously hungry student devours a fatty cheeseburger courtesy of The Pit Pub. Yum. goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
BY MAIREAD MACKINNON	
Culture Writer
We've all dreaded the infamous
15, but those pounds can be
avoided during your first year
at university. Yes the beer gardens, five per cent off A&W,
and staying up as late as you
like are all perks of campus
life—but they come at a cost.
The increase in alcohol and
fatty cafeteria food along with
the decrease of sleep and exercise could spur the nightmare,
that is the freshman 15.
Fortunately, UBC is a great
campus that offers a wide variety of ways to stay active and
healthy. Consider the following:
1. Layoff the booze. The occasional drink is unavoidable, but
don't make it habitual. Alcohol
is very high in calories (beers
and coolers are about 150 calories each!). So minimize your
consumption and you can avoid
the dreaded 'beer belly'.
2. Eat well. I'll try my hardest not to sound like your mother, but don't forget to eat your
vegetables! There are many
healthy eating choices that
you can find on campus; such
as salad bars, Subway, and the
UBC Farm Market. Choosing
oatmeal, yogurt or fresh fruit
for breakfast is a nutritious al
ternative compared to bacon or
hash browns. Also, opt for soup,
salad or sandwiches for lunch,
and salmon, whole wheat pastas or vegetables for dinner.
3. Get your Zzz's. Researchers
have found that people who sleep
less than seven hours per night
are more likely to be overweight
or obese. Lack of sleep may cause
overeating or weight gain because
you're more likely to have midnight binges. Lastly, avoid coffee
and energy drinks because of their
high sugar and caffeine content.
4. Exercise. If you're like
me and hate the gym, UBC has
a lot of alternative ways to keep
active. UBC REC offers dance,
yoga, Pilates, and martial arts
classes. The UBC Aquatic Centre
also has free times for students
to swim. If you do enjoy hitting
the gym, the UBC BirdCoop
has monthly memberships for
only $40 for students (with
lower rates for longer terms).
The membership includes use
of the climbing cave! Lastly,
another tip you can use in your
everyday life is walking or
biking to class and taking the
stairs instead of the elevator.
Visit www.athletics.ubc.ca for
more information about UBC
REC facilities, the Aquatic Centre, sports camps, the BirdCoop
and more. \a
Woody Allen
is not dead
by Emma Myers
Culture Writer
The past two decades have been
hard times for Woody Allen fans.
An avid admirer of the director
myself, I was vicariously insulted by an article I read in The
Guardian this year, which used a
pretentious number of adjectives
to bash the director to pieces,
calling Allen a "spent force...a
corpse that [has] been awaiting
internment for years."
Admittedly, his recent films
cannot hold a candle to those of
his gloryyears. Like any good fan,
however, rather than dismiss
him as dead, I have patiently
remained loyal and have at last
been rewarded with his latest
film, Vicky,Christina, Barcelona.
Vicky, Christina, Barcelona is
essentially an exploration of love
and life. The story begins with
the arrival of the film's protagonists, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and
Christina (Scarlett Johansson) in
Barcelona for the summer. The
two women are enticed by the
mysteriously charming bohemi-
an painter, Juan Antonio (Javier
Bardem), to a weekend of wine
and lovemaking in the Spanish
town of Oviedo. Both women
end up falling for the irresistible
Spaniard, but the arrival of his
neurotic and slightly psychotic
ex-wife, Maria Elena (Penelope
Cruz), complicates the plot.
Aside from its fantastic cast
and witty screenplay, the brilliant cinematography lures the
audience into a steamy and
strangely romantic love affair
not only with the characters, but
with the breathtaking city of Barcelona itself.
The best part about the film
(aside from its hilarity) is that,
like all of Allen's best, it offers
no solutions. In Vicky, Christina,
Barcelona, the director proves
that he still has a knack for portraying the complex and often
inexplicable reality of human relationships without a Hollywood
ending. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to report that
Woody Allen has risen from the
dead. ^
AMOS LEE/LAST DAYS AT THE
LODGE
Amos Lee is equally influenced
by folk and R&B, and draws
upon both genres in Last Days
at the Lodge. Rather than merge
these styles, however, he opts to
bounce back and forth between
the two. What results is predictably uneven, but generally
pleasant.
In the R&B tunes, Lee sounds
out of his depth, lacking the supporting musicians to pull it off
convincingly. Without horns,
backup singers, or a strong
rhythm section, Lee relies on
his voice to carry the show, and
it isn't quite up to the task. Consequently, these songs end up
sounding closer to John Mayer
rather than Motown.
Thankfully, he sounds much
more at home on the folk numbers, such as "Ease Back," with
its pedal steel and banjo providing the instrumental diversity
lacking in his R&B. Last Days
at the Lodge shows that Amos
Lee should stick to what he does
best—or at least get himself a
better band.
THE CREEPSHOW/RUN FOR YOUR
LIFE
With stage names that include
"Sarah Sin" and "Sickboy," and a
campy horror image, The Creep-
show come across like a punk
rock version of the Addams
Family. Luckily, the Creepshow
doesn't let the horror gimmick
interfere with their ability to
make music, as Run for Your
Life is an entertaining, catchy
(and, yes, sometimes creepy)
album.
The band trades off lead vocals on nearly every song, often
coming together for shouted
cho ruses that are practically begging for audience sing-alongs.
But it is drummer Matt Pomade
who steals the show with his
relentless, clattering beats, and
stuttering bass drum. Want to
lose six pounds in 28 minutes?
Try drumming along to Run for
Your Life.
As well as their musicianship, it's the band's ability to
write a hook that saves them
from being dismissed as a
shtick. Rather than overshadowing the music, the Creepshow's
image gives it a new dimension,
and demands its inclusion on
your Halloween playlist.
THE VERVE/FORTH
It's been 11 years since the
Verve's last album, and during
that time, Urban Hymns has
become accepted as a Brit-pop
classic, and "Bittersweet Symphony" one of the genre's landmark singles. Success seems to
have gone to the band's head,
as their comeback album Forth,
has epic pretensions that suggest a group that has bought
into its own hype.
The title and album cover (an
aerial shot of God-like clouds) of
Forth imply grandeur of biblical proportions. Clearly, band
leader Richard Ashcroft fancies
himself a philosopher, with sermonizing lyrics and weighty atmospheric rock arrangements.
The track lengths seem to
stretch on interminably, usually
propelled by endless reprisals
of the chorus; all but one track
exceeds five minutes in length.
It is no coincidence that the
album's shortest song, "Valium
Skies," is also its best. Maybe
with a little more self-restraint,
Forth could have been the triumphant return the band was
obviously aiming for. \a
—Alex Hudson SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
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Spend on Trend tradeshow: pleasant and affordable
On the left, timeless jewelry by Tala Designs; in the centre, quality pendants by Shi Studio; and on the right, vintage screens printed by Track and Field Designs, grace lau photos/the ubyssey
by Vanessa Choot
Culture Writer
Since 2004, Spend on Trend has
been an annual weekend mini-
tradeshow and retail exhibition
for Canadian designers. Tickets
were very affordable and partial
proceeds went to the St. Elizabeth Home Emergency Shelter.
On the first evening, I showed up
at the event location, Scotiabank
Dance Centre, and was greeted
with an Urban Fair gift bag full
of sponsored goodies ranging
from JJ Bean coffee beans to an
organic "Spend on Trend" T-shirt
by Parade. It was a welcome start
to the evening.
With over 20 booths this
year at Spend on Trend, the
event was more personable
than a trade exhibition, but
much classier than a stereotypical craft fair. It was a lovely opportunity to converse with the
individual designers, and each
artist had so much to say about
their creations. They ranged
from belts to hair accessories,
from Chinese silk to leather,
and came from Victoria to Mon
treal. Spend on Trend captured
the essence of Canadian design
with national diversity. Each
item had its own story, and each
artist told it well—a narrative of
their background, their inspiration, their hopes and dreams.
For example, Sasha Barry of
Track & Field Designs aspires
to eventually move into making
clothing that reflects the same
feeling as the rest of her products. Currently, Track & Field
Designs specializes in cutesy
vintage-inspired home and
fashion accessories: from cloth
pouches to screens printed
with nature motifs to sturdy
pincushions accented with a
wooden button.
Meanwhile, Cory Judge of
Shi Studio is based in Victoria
yet draws her inspiration from
Asian design by using silk from
south China and India in her
jewelry. She views her pendants
as stained glass pictures: silk
pressed between cut glass with
the edges soldered with silver.
When asked why it matters to
use quality imported silks in
her work, Cory responded say
ing that high-quality silks have
a texture, iridescence and shine
that cannot be reproduced with
anything less.
However, she's not the only
artist at Spend on Trend with
cultural diversity in her artwork.
Bahar Taheri of Tala Designs
used the Farsi word for gold to
name her jewelry line. Adorned
with Swarovski crystals and
delicate chain, Bahar aims for
a timeless look to her pieces,
which can be worn during the
day with a smooth transition
into the night. Xi
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September 12,2008 \ Page 10
Birds fall to fifth after Sunday
Finishes with two draws and fails to grab their first win ofthe season
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
After drawing with the Saskatchewan Huskies 2-2 the previous
day, the men's soccer team
seemed desperate for a victory.
Despite the need, they faced serious scoring issues and tied 0-0
against the Alberta Golden Bears
on Sunday at the Thunderbird
Park. The two draws and winless
record put UBC, the defending
CIS champions, at 5th place in the
Canada West league behind rival
Victoria Vikes.
It seemed like the Bears' goal
was sealed the with a barrier
that never accepted any shots.
The Birds weren't performing
poorly, considering that they
held possession ofthe ball comfortably and outshot Alberta
18-9, but failed to convert any of
the crucial opportunities. Every-
time the ball went up the field,
the audience cheered loudly,
but those voices constantly
turned into sighs after the shots
slid by the goal post or hit the
crossbar. "It's frustrating because we played reasonably well
and created enough chances
to win both games," explained
head coach Mike Mosher, "but
we just couldn't convert."
From the start, the Birds
dominated the pitch but didn't
deliver a winning goal. The first
half was characterized by a side
tactic where the T-Birds swayed
the ball from left to right and
then popped the ball in the centre to produce scoring chances.
This tactic was successful as
first-year Marco Visintin centred
A Thunderbird attempts to breakthrough the Bears' defence near the penalty box. tara stieglitz photo/the ubyssey
the ball for second-year Jorge Angel-Mira, who had several close
shots that intimidated the Bears'
defense, but failed to deliver the
finishing touch.
In the second half, UBC
quickly got on task and continually attacked the goal, but the in-
decisiveness of some players
resulted in the continuation of
the deadlock. Frustrated co-captain Graham Smith ran up from
midfield and made a header
from the cross kicked by first-
year Devin Gunenc in the 65th
minute, but the crossbar denied
the ball, which angered Mosher.
"I am confident in the forwards,
but we need someone to step up,
whether it's a younger guy or a
veteran, and start scoring goals."
Ultimately, the Thunderbirds ran
out of energy and the whistle blew
signifying the scoreless draw.
Compared to last year, the
team has rejuvenated itself by
adding a lot of young talent, but
the lack of experience definitely
appeared in these first two
games ofthe season.
Despite the results, Mosher
briefly commented about the optimistic side ofthe hectic weekend.
"Graham was outstanding both
games. We're a young team, but
I think it showed that we can still
compete with other teams."
The squad now faces Fraser
Valley this Saturday and hopes
to grasp the momentum that led
them to a national championship lastyear. \a
ATHLETE
OFTHE
WEEK
ATHLETE: Spencer Betts
SPORT: Football
GAME: UBC v. Alberta, September
6, 2008
In his second game as a T-Bird
Spencer Betts was all over the
field. Totaling up 253 all-purpose
yards, including two plays over
80 yards, Betts ended the day
with 113 yards receiving, 100
on punt returns, and 40 on kick
returns. Betts is leading the
conference in punt return average and kick return average, and
was named Canada West Special
Teams Player of the Week.
ATHLETE: Liz Gleadle
SPORT: Track and Field
COMPETITION: NAIAs, Cana
dian Nationals, NACACS (North
American Central
American Caribbean
Championships)
Liz Gleadle won the athlete ofthe
week nomination from outstanding performances competing for
UBC, Team BC and Team Canada
over the summer. Liz began her
winning streak by taking gold
at the NAIAs in St. Louis for the
Thunderbirds, then went on to
win gold at the National Championships and Olympic trials held
in Windsor, Ontario for Team BC.
She capped off the year with a
win for Team Canada at the NA-
CAC competition held in Toluca,
Mexico. Liz's personal best this
year for javelin is 54.13m. Xi
Thunderbird Athletic Council
When they're not on the field, UBC athletes are
working hard to build Thunderbird programs
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
UBC has 650 athletes belonging
to over 25 official teams, and
they brought back four national
championships last year. Frankly, this record is impressive and
gives a tone that the Thunderbird
programs might be ready if the
administrative side is successful
in joining the NCAA Division II.
Yet, after following the programs for nearly two years, the
support and attendance for the
sports games are ridiculously
low. Perhaps, this aspect of the
We have
phenomenal
athletes, but
we don't get a lot
of SUppOrt or
recognition.
—Tiana Blouin,
TAC President
Birds might be the element that
lacks energy to compete in the big
leagues. To attack these issues,
the athletes themselves are putting aside some of their precious
leisure time to contribute to the
Thunderbird Athletic Council
(TAC) to spread "Thunderbirds
awareness"around campus.
Founded eight years ago, the
TAC is an organization that consists of two representatives from
each sports team and led by four
executives—the president, the
vice-president, secretary, and
treasurer. They focus on giving out scholarships, acting as
a liaison between athletes and
administrative staff, and most of
all, advertising the Thunderbird
spirit.
"We have phenomenal athletes, but we don't get a lot of
support or recognition," said
TAC president and captain of
the women's hockey team, Tiana
Blouin.
On top of supporting the
athletes, TAC tries to hold several gatherings so that athletes
from various teams can mingle
together and recognize their
performance, sharing the same
Thunderbird pride. "Our aim is
to make the athlete experience
better and try to get recognition."
Claudia Richard, the treasurer
for TAC, said she wanted people
to see the off-court side of athletes so that students can put a
name to the face.
The organization also tries
to extend their activities to the
Vancouver community by holding events and seminars for
children. "TAC helps to get athletes involved in the UBC and
Vancouver community by getting involved with Varsity Readers, T-Birds in Schools and we're
going to UBC all through TREK."
The group seems to understand
that it is essential to share the
joy of sports with the future players and contribute to building a
prestigious athletic program.
As the new school year approaches its third week, the fall
season of sports will get active
with upcoming crucial games,
which are definitely worth a
watch. Although UBC lacks the
definitive home atmosphere,
the teams are yearning for student support to help launch into
NCAA. If you want, you can check
out games at the new soccer field,
watch one of the hockey games
in the brand new Winter Sports
Centre, and hopefully share the
moment of triumph with our
UBC athletes. ^
Low attendance has been a constant issue, drew Thompson photo/the ubyssey SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
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PERSPECTIVES     II
Confessions of a non-voting student
Voter turnout was up last election:
Is it a trend worth continuing?
by Dan Haves
Columnist
CBC reported last week that for
the first time in over two decades, Canada has seen an increase in voter turnout for a federal election. In the 2006 election, 64.7 per cent of registered
Canadians voted, the highest
percentage since 1997 and the
first increase since 1984.
I hear they're still patching up
drywall and steam cleaning the
carpets in Elections Canada's of
fice from the massive party they
threw when they heard the news.
Last time I checked, 64.7 per
cent still gets you a C grade. There
is still a significant percentage of
the population who doesn't vote.
I have never voted in a federal election. It's not something
I'm proud of, but it's a cross I
bear. I've had three opportunities to vote. The first was in 2000
as a newly christened adult. The
fact is 18-year olds don't run to
the polls like 16-year olds run to
take their road test, 19-year olds
run to the pub and 55-year olds
run to Canadian Tire on the third
Wednesday of every month. It's
a strange phenomenon, but I
suppose it says something about
the way we value our age-specific
responsibilities.
One would imagine that being able to choose the person to
lead my country would be a responsibility I would take on with
great pride and vigilant patriotism. But I don't and there are a
number of reasons why.
First Past the Post (FPTP)
elections reward larger parties
and in some cases make it futile
to vote for the smaller parties.
I wonder how many of the 35.3
per cent of Canadians that didn't
vote are people who would have
voted for the NDP or the Green
Party but figured it wasn't worth
their time. Proportional representation would make every vote
count. According to the World
Policy Institute, countries with
proportional representation
have higher voter turnouts than
those with FPTP.
As a society, we've become
fully automated. We can order
our groceries, take Spanish
lessons, and even pick out our
funeral casket, all through the
wonders of the Internet. Why
can't we vote online? Electronic
voting, combined with the traditional methods, would inevitably
increase turnout, especially
among young voters. Yes, there
are security hurdles that need
to be overcome, but that's not to
say that they can't be.
And can't we non-voters take
credit for saving our country
some money? I mean, for every
person that doesn't vote that's
one less vote to be counted. No?
Okay, I was just looking for a
third reason.
Depending on how the next
voter turnout, uh, turns out, we
might notice a new trend in voting. If we see another increase,
it would appear that minority governments lead to higher
turnout. Our first increase in
twenty-four years came on the
heels of our first minority government in twenty-four years.
Maybe voting every other year
is the key.
Will I be voting in October?
I don't know. I'm always open
to trying new things, but I've
come this far without voting and
seem to be doing okay. Maybe
I'll be like the guy who hasn't
seen Titanic and never will, just
because. \a
Last time I checked, 64.7
per cent still gets vpu a C grade.
There is a significant
percentage of the population
who doesn't vote.
SUSTAINABLE REGION INITIATIVE . .  .
TURNING IDEAS INTO ACTION
NOTICE OF NOMINATION
ELECTORAL AREA A   - 2008 GENERAL LOCAL ELECTION
Public Notice is hereby given to the electors of Electoral Area A that nominations
are called for the office of Director of Electoral Area A, Greater Vancouver Regional District,
(GVRD) for a three-year term expiring December 2011.
"Electoral Area A" refers to that part ofthe Greater Vancouver Regional District not within
the boundaries of a City, District, Island, Town, or Village municipality, or any land, foreshore,
or land covered by water that may be hereafter incorporated within the boundaries of a
municipality (University Endowment Lands, University of British Columbia lands, Bowyer
Island, Grebe Islets, Passage Island, Bamston Island, and those areas of Howe Sound, Indian
Arm and West Pitt Lake in the GVRD not within a municipal corporation).
Nominations for qualified candidates will be received at the office ofthe Chief
Election Officer, Corporate Secretary's Department, 3rd Floor, Greater Vancouver Regional
District (Metro Vancouver), 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC from September 30 to October 10,
2008 during regular working hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. excluding weekends and holidays.
A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local
government if the person meets the following criteria:
• is a Canadian citizen;
• is 18 years of age or older on general voting day, November 15, 2008;
• has been resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately
before the day nomination papers are filed; and
• is not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment
from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being
elected to, or holding office.
Interested persons can obtain information on the requirements and procedures for making
a nomination, by picking up a nomination package at the address noted above.
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Chief Election Officer
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Let them shower with dish soap
Emergency pay increases for senior employees just a first step for AMS
Everyone knows students are poor and
everyone is looking for
solutions to the problem of student poverty. After
uncountable and unsuccessful
attempts by politicians of all
ranks—including UBC administrators who, in our neolib-
eral era of the underfunding
of public institutes, can't care
less about student debt and
poverty—a few good souls at
Rogers Mobility have created a
satirical advertisement suggesting practical and innovative solutions. These solutions, which
in a perverse way remind us of
Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal, include showering with
dish soap and refilling ketchup
bottles with tiny fast-food packets. A less modest solution to
the poverty of at least a few students came last week from the
AMS council. The council gave
some of the AMS workers a pay
raise of up to 110 per cent to
make AMS salaries reach the
minimum wage.
Surely the AMS solution
helps only a few students, but
what makes it an instructive case
is its paradoxical nature which
the former AMS VP Academics,
Brendon Goodmurphy, summarized in his interview with The
Ubyssey: "As a student society,
we are asked by our membership
to keep fees down—of course this
makes sense because we're all
poor students. But we have a
huge society to run, and it means
that money is hard to come by.
Thus, we have to rely on volunteers more at the AMS than other
organizations would."
On the one hand, the AMS
should keep its services cheap
to   keep   its   poor   members
happy, and avoid their revolt.
On the other hand, in order to
keep the costs down—and in
a manner reminiscent of the
19th century indentured labour
system—the AMS has no choice
but to "rely on volunteers
more...than other organizations." In the mean time, students, desperate to find a job
that can be juggled with heavy
course loads, should be happy
to receive ajob on campus even
if it comes with the expectation
of some "volunteer" work.
But here we should remember Karl Marx's observation
that the poverty of the proletariat is not due to the cruelty
of the bourgeoisie; rather it is
a necessary outcome based on
the structure of the capitalist
economy. Transitory compromises—like the welfare state-
might be devised between the
bourgeoisie and the proletariat,
but the force of the market always pushes labour towards
devastation. Isn't this the lesson that UBC workers are learning on a daily basis?
In recent years and under
the rubrics of increasing efficiency, creating synergies
with the private sector, and
enhancing strategic partnerships, UBC is contracting many
of its formerly well-paid unionized jobs to external contractors. And it is not only about
"synergies." The University is
currently using the zoning of
the new U-Town Neighbourhoods as a spatial strategy to
outsource food services and undermine CUPE Local 116 that
has the workers of UBC Food
Services in its membership.
The non-unionized labor of the
neoliberal U-Town neighborhoods shall compete with the
non-unionized labor of other
contractors, and even with the
part-time student workers of
the AMS. All to receive more or
less minimum wages (that may
also include some "voluntary"
work) in order to "keep the
business competitive."
What is never jeopardized
in keeping business competitive is, of course, the interest of
the ruling class.
A recent incident in UVic's
Student Union is suggestive of a
reasonable first step for student
labourers in the AMS. Workers
at UVic's SUB are organized
with their local steelworkers
union, and have recently gone
on a strike, demanding a wage
raise to the level of a starting
worker at KFC. That the AMS is
a "student union" should not
fool its student workers.
AMS student workers too
should form unions to be able
to effectively demand living
wages. But that is only a first
step. In the larger context, the
issue of fair pay for workers is
an urgent cause for progressive
students on campus to help
all non-unionized workers to
unite in resisting the administration's endless efforts to neo-
liberalize our so-called public
university. Until students and
workers pull their act together,
perhaps they should shower
with dish soap. Xi
What is never jeopardized
in keeping DUSIIICSS
competitive is the
interest ofthe ruling class.
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Our view
Fight for the Farm!
Despite UBC Farm being acknowledged by UBC, the U-Town community and the Greater Vancouver population, complacency on
the part of students to voice their support continues to threaten
the farm's future.
The support from the community is present. At a recent University Neighborhood Association (UNA) meeting last Tuesday, 73
per cent said that they visited the farm once a year, and 18 per
cent visited it monthly. It is the most widely used UBC service and
it is acknowledged as an important piece, not only of UBC, but the
Greater Vancouver district.
The support from Vancouver is present. Outside of UBC, companies and restaurants alike have rallied behind the farm. For
example, the principals of Farmstead Wines and Barbara-Jo's
Books to Cooks launched an online auction website offering a
home-cooked dinner for eight. Upcoming on September 20, six
top-rate Vancouver restaurants (West, Gastropod, Cru, Fuel, Chow,
La Quercia) will hold a fundraising dinner to preserve the farm in
its current size and location.
And while there are concentrated pockets of student support,
for the farm to be preserved there needs to be more. At an AMS
Senate council meeting over the summer Tim Blair presented the
Lees Report. The independent consulting firm Lees & Associates
was commissioned by the Faculty of Land and Food Systems to
assess the long-term academic and research needs for the farm.
It concluded that the UBC Farm is an invaluable asset to UBC because of its academic value.
Unfortunately, though the Lees report had a definitive conclusion, Blair's presentation was less than compelling. His game plan
to secure the farm's future was murky. Given present and future
students' stake in the farm—future learning and research opportunities—and their unique position to negotiate and influence future
campus plans, it is worrying that there hasn't been more publicity about the consultation process concerning the farm's future.
Unlike the U-Town community and Greater Vancouver residents,
students have a specific set of interests that relate to academic
value of the farm. Additionally, students have the chance to directly contribute and influence the consultation process regarding
South Campus, unlike people from the Greater Vancouver region.
UBC Vice-President External, Legal, and Community Relations
Stephen Owen has said that the label "reserved housing" is "unfortunate." But until the UBC Farm real estate is free from that
category, students continue to imperil the farm's future through
inaction. With the farm real estate worth approximately $200 million at the moment, it still remains possible that the Farm could
be converted into a more lucrative venture.
Owen said to The Vancouver Sun that "the idea is to put out a
number of scenarios that the public can respond to. It will probably end in summer 2009, with recommendations to the Board of
Governors."
The onus is on students to secure the farm's future. It is better
to be safe than sorry. Xi
Shoppers propaganda mart
Our best-looking features editor went to the campus Shoppers Drug
Mart last week looking for a copy of The Globe and Mail. Instead, he
found The Vancouver Sun, The Province and the National Post, all on
one branded rack. What you may notice about this selection is that
all three newspapers take the same centre-right editorial slant and
they're all owned by Canwest.
In fact, ofthe major dailies that cover Vancouver, only The Globe
is free of the Canwest umbrella (it's owned by the CTVglobemedia
conglomerate).
Why, oh why are all the newspapers at our Shoppers owned by the
same company? Drug stores usually have one of the best selection
of daily newspapers—Shoppers Drug Mart is usually one of the only
places in Vancouver to find The New York Times. So why is UBC the
exception? Why should a UBC store have less choice for news than an
average store?
The only reason we can think of is money. Media companies routinely buy exclusive rights for certain stores, shops or complexes. The
most common example of this is Starbucks. Interestingly enough, the
Starbucks in the Village carries both The Sun and The Globe—with
The Globe on the top shelf, which you can bet CTVglobemedia paid
through the nose for.
The key difference between Starbucks and Shoppers is, obviously,
that Starbucks is a coffee shop, and Shoppers is a store that's expected to sell newspapers.
No newspaper is free of bias (and the more they claim they are,
the more biased they probably are). The only effective way to keep
them truthful is to have more than one source for the news. Selling
exclusive rights to a particular media company is destructive to the
free press, as is buying out your competition and creating province-
wide media monopolies.
Journalism is not a regular business—it has obligations to the
public and can't be run for profit alone. \a
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Letters
Do you think there's enough fan support for UBC sports teams?
Alex Golubovic
Arts 4
"I for one don't
watch or care
for any of the
sports, for UBC
especially...!
don't really know
how they're
doing, in terms
of other people's
support. But I
can definitely
say that I'm not
helping."
Azim Wazeer
Commerce 4
"Athletes at
UBC don't get
the support
they need....The
university really
needs to look at
the way athletics is run here,
and maybe
restructure the
program, for
better spirit as a
school."
"Well, I'm not
really sure,
it's just my
first year. But
certainly the first
day, Imagine
Day, there was a
lot of hoopla."
"I was talking to
one of my friends
from the States
and she said that
there were about
the same amount
of people that
were at her high
school games;
so...no, there isn't
a lot of support
for UBC's sports
teams."
Michael bae
Commerce 3
"No, I don't
think so. I'm
actually originally from SFU,
and SFU usually
has a lot more
school spirit
when it comes
to Clan games."
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