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Array Toope tops the payroll
Find out how your president is paid more than the
prime minister. Read more on page 3
BYSSEY
AugUSt 6, 2008 | www.ubyssey.ca
finding another rock since 19821 volume xxv number 1
UBC's official student newspaper is published Wednesdays during the summer
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Pemberton Festival 2008
Fear and loathing north of Whistler read more on page 4
Phase II of construction shuts down museum after Labour Day weekend
Museum of Anthropology goes under the knife
by Stephanie Findiay
News Editor
The UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA) will be closed from
September 2, 2008 until March
3, 2009 as it enters the final
phase of construction to expand
the internationally acclaimed
institution.
Titled a "Partnership of Peoples," the five-year $55.5 million
renewal project will leave the
MOA almost 50 per cent bigger,
with a redesigned research centre showcasing 15,000 objects in
a new south wing, a 5,600 square
foot major exhibit gallery, and
museum cafe. Last month, Phase
I ofthe project—the construction
of a new research wing—was
completed.
Anticipation surrounds the
Reciprocal Research Network,
a ground-breaking digital network that will link MOA's collections with those of others
around the world.
It is part of a larger initiative that supports collaborative, socially responsible and
interdisciplinary research. A
bulk of the museum's funding,
$34.4 million from the Canada
Foundation for Innovation and
the British Columbia Knowledge
Development Fund, has been
slated to this project.
The project has created excitement since its initial debut.
In 2002, after receiving funding
from the Canada Foundation
for Innovation, then-director
of the museum Ruth Phillips
said "this facility will accelerate
Bus Loop
President Stephen Toope announced that UBC wants to go
ahead with an underground bus
loop below U-Blvd. Responding
to criticisms that the loop would
be redundant with the proposed
SkyTrain line, Toope said, "Even
if there is a rapid transit line, there
will still be many buses coming into
the university from different areas."
Delighted Dean
On his last day as Dean of Applied
Sciences at UBC, Prof. Michael
Isaacson arrived at his office to
find Engineering s famed red VW
Beetle parked at his desk. The car,
which has been hung from both the
Golden Gate and the Lions Gate
bridges, had a webcam to capture
his reaction. Isaacson told 24 that
he was "stunned" and "delighted."
the pace of museum research.
The potential for technology to
support collaborative research
is enormous and critical
where research partners are
geographically dispersed and
knowledge systems are culturally distinct."
The Reciprocal Research
Network is being created in partnership with the MOA and three
First Nations communities: the
Musqueam Indian Band, the Sto:
ol Nation / Tribal Council, and
the U'mista Cultural Society, as
well as a number of cultural and
academic institutions.
To support the museum
through the construction period
with additional infrastructure,
and to fully capitalize on the
new improvements, additional
staff have been designated to
work on the Collections Enhancement Project.
The project aims to physically and virtually improve access
to the museum's collections.
Since 2006, the museum has
been digitizing its 35,000-piece
collection. The project team will
continue this initiative as well
as substantially increase the online archives by surveying the
collections in order to add them
to the database.
Increased detail to mounting
the pieces will make physically
viewing the pieces easier. The
MOA has contracted Goppion,
an internationally renowned
Italian firm whose work includes case construction for the
"Mona Lisa" in the Louvre and
the "Dead Sea Scrolls" in Jerusalem, to manufacture cases for
the pieces.
As for potential thieves,
MOA spokesperson Jennifer
Webb said that during construction the museum has "security
appropriate to the value of our
collections and to our facilities."
During the closure, no one except construction workers and
select administrative, collections, design, and maintenance
staff will be allowed into the
Museum building.
Programs will continue
throughout the closure period
around various venues in Vancouver. Information is available
at www.moa.ubc.ca/programs.
To celebrate the new phase
of renewal, the public is welcome to a "closing day" party
on September 1st, Labour Day,
from 1pm until 4pm. vl
SUB Renewal
Last Wednesday, the AMS voted
in favour of an $85 M investment
in a new SUB to be constructed at
University Square. The contribution is the largest single student
investment in UBC history. With
the memorandum of understanding passed, the SUB renewal process has set a schedule and is slated
to complete the project by 2014.
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Toope takes home $580,000 in 2007
Base salary plus benefits makes him one of highest
paid university presidents in Canada
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
UBC has revealed that in the
2007/2008 fiscal year, President Stephen Toope made
$578,936.79, making him the
highest paid public-sector employee in British Columbia.
The University was forced to
disclose the salaries of Toope and
other top university executives
due to an amendment made to
the Public Sector Employers Act
by the provincial government.
The amendment requires that
the chief executive officer and the
next four highest paid executives
of every public sector company to
reveal their full compensation on
an annual basis. In 2007/2008
Toope received a base salary of
$378,000, and $200,936.79 in
additional compensation.
Accompanying the financial
report, Scott Macrae, executive
director of public affairs at UBC,
noted, "as one of the highest
ranked universities in Canada,
and one of the top 40 universities in the world, UBC seeks to
retain and attract the best senior
administrators it can by remaining competitive in its compensation practices with other large
Top 5 Highest Paid Employees at UBC for the
07/08 Fiscal Year:
•Stephen Toope, President &
Vice Chancellor: $578,936.79
•Terry Sumner, VP Administration & Finance:
$325,937.51
•Doug Owram, Deputy Vice
Chancellor: $322,034.34
•John Hepburn, VP Research:
$306,423.69
•Brian Sullivan, VP Students:
$282,122.84.
research-intensive universities."
Indeed, Toope's salary is comparable to the presidents of other
prestigious universities across
Canada (see sidebar): University of Toronto President David
Naylor received $429,681.60 in
compensation for the 200 7/2008
fiscal year, while University of
Alberta President Indira Sama-
rasekera receieved $591,000 in
2006/2007.
However, the announcement of executive earnings drew
some criticism from provincial
and student politicians as the
disclosure came four months
after the provincial government
made extensive funding cuts to
post-secondary education. These
budget cuts have forced UBC to
cut $11.3 million in spending
for this fiscal year. "His [salary]
would cover the tuition fees of
over 100 students, or it would
go a long way toward financing
threatened departments, for example, the Women's and Gender
Studies," said Tristan Markle,
Alma Mater Society (AMS) VP
Administration.
"It's important to realize that
Toope is only one of hundreds of
UBC managers and middle managers whose salaries are increasing while the funding for teaching and learning is squeezed."
The Official Opposition critic
for Advanced Education, NDP
MLA Rob Fleming, noted, "It
shows that under this government, the rich continue to do
well for themselves, while those
who aren't as well off continue to
be ignored."
AMS President Michael Duncan agreed that the salary was
high, but cautioned that Toope's
compensation was part of a
greater issue involving fiscal accountability at the university.
"It's a lot of money to be paying a university president, but
LIVING HIGH: Stephen Toope's salary includes a housing allowance for living in the Norman A. Mackenzie
house on campus, seen above GOH IROMOTO PHOTO /THE UBYSSEY
we as a student society should be
focusing on a lot of larger issues
involving money and transparency within the university."
"I'm not defending his salary
by any means but I think there's
a lot of other places where we
could criticize spending...you
have to put it in context," said
Duncan.
The disclosure of President
Toope's full salary gives a glimpse
into the world of executive compensation, where the difference
between a CEO's base salary and
their total pay can often be vast.
$50,000 of        Toope's
2007/2008 salary came from
meeting goals laid out in an special incentive plan exclusive to
the president. Under this plan,
50 per cent of the bonus is based
on meeting performance objectives, 25 per cent is based on
meeting annual fundraising targets, and 25 per cent is based on
meeting annual academic and
research ranking goals. Toope
has collected the entire $50,000
in both years of his presidency.
Another $64,965.79 came
from health, welfare, and government benefits, the pro-rated
value of academic leave, as well
as a housing allowance exclusive to President Toope which
allows him to live in the Norman A. MacKenzie house on
campus.
The largest slice of additional
compensation for the UBC president comes from an $85,971
pension contribution from
the university. The size of the
pension contribution is significantly higher than other public
sector executives in the province, yet comparable to those
of other prestigious Canadian
universities. When asked for
comment, President Toope's office declined to comment on the
matter, as did members of the
Board of Governors responsible
for setting the salaries of UBC
executives, vl
How does Toope's
total compensation
compare to presidents of other Canadian Universities?
•University of Alberta:
$591,000
•UBC: $578,936.79
•University of Calgary:
$557,000.
•McGill University: $426,000
•University of Toronto:
$429,681.60
•McMaster University:
$504,792.05,
•Waterloo: $491,551.50,
•Carelton University:
$392,000
•Queen's University:
$351,505.90
•Ryerson University:
$349,093.10
UBC Professor hopes to shake Liberal stronghold in Vancouver
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
UBC Political Science Professor Michael Byers is set to
run for the NDP in the next
federal election in the riding of
Vancouver-Centre.
Dr. Byers, the Canadian Research Chair in International
Law and Politics at UBC, told
the Ubyssey that the decision to
make the leap from academa to
politics had "a great deal to do
with my children."
"Twenty to thirty years from
now, I'll be looking back at what
I've been able to leave behind for
my kids, and I know that simply
being a professor is not all that I
can do...I want this to be my contribution to the next generation,"
he said.
Byers, who holds five degrees,
including a doctorate of philosophy from Oxford University, is
widely known as a fierce critic of
Canadian foreign policy.
Since arriving at UBC in July
Micheal Byers
WILLIAM TING PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
of 2004, he has written at length
about what he believes is the
complicity of the Canadian government in allowing transferred
detainees in Afghanistan to be
tortured. He has also spoken out
critically on arctic sovereignty,
international law, and human
rights. Lastyear, Byers wrote the
book Intent for a National: What
is Canada For? which became a
national bestseller.
Byers had been a supporter
ofthe NDP's policies, most notably their stance on Afghanistan,
where he has advocated for a
withdrawal of Canadian troops
for many years. However, he
said that climate change was the
most important issue in his decision to fully embrace the NDP.
In particular, Byers was critical of the federal Liberal Party's
proposal of a national carbon
tax similar to the one already
enacted on a provincial level by
the BC Government.
"I've studied climate change,
and the Liberals' timing on this
is lousy," Byers said, believing
that a tax on energy consumption makes little sense during a
time of skyrocketing fuel prices
across the country.
He contrasted this with the
NDP's plan, with he said "respects individual citizens" by
offering Canadians an incentive
to invest in retrofit housing and
green bonds, among other initiatives. Byers also advocated a cap-
and-trade system to combating
climate change, which he pointed out was "an idea endorsed by
Barack Obama."
Yet, according to the Liberal
Party, Byers seriously considered running as a candidate
before switching to the NDP.
Bruce Young, the Liberals' BC
campaign co-chair, told the
Vancouver Sun that Byers was
"clearly interested" in running as
a Liberal candidate in the West
Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea
to Sky riding, but backed away
when told he would have to compete for the party's nomination.
But, Byers denies the claim.
"I studied Green Shift and concluded that it was the wrong plan
at the wrong time. The NDP is
my first choice."
While Byers still has to officially win his party's nomination,
he is the only declared candidate
for the August 17 nomination
meeting, and the deadline for
nominations has now passed.
When the next federal election
is called, he will have an uphill
climb to win the riding. The
downtown Vancouver riding has
been held by Liberal MP Hedy
Fry since 1993.
In the 2006 election, many
observers thought the NDP had
an opportunity to take the seat
when longtime MP Svend Robinson attempted to make a political
comeback in Vancouver-Centre.
However, Fry ended up defeating
Robinson by nearly 9,000 votes.
Though Byers still intends
to continue teaching this year,
he will taking a leave of absence
from the university once an election is called. In the meantime,
students will have the chance
of having a potential MP as a
professor. After consulting with
Allan Tupper, the head of UBC's
Political Science department,
Byers has decided that, should
he win the NDP's nomination,
he will continue teaching at UBC
until an election is called.
"I think my experience will
add to the classroom dynamic...
before I could only talk about it,
but now I'm practicing it." vl Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
August 6,2008 | Page 4
Pemberton Festival
breaks new ground
BY MlCHEIXE SlLONGAN
and Kenneth John Dodge
FOLK FESTIVAL: Abigail Washburn serenades crowd at Jericho Beach. JORGE AMIGO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Mesmerized at the Vancouver
Folk Music Festival
by Jorge Amigo
Culture Writer
Three weeks ago, on a sunny
Friday afternoon, I entered the
grounds of Jericho Beach Park
for my first Vancouver Folk
Music Festival. Being much less
than a folk music connoisseur,
I crossed my fingers and hoped
that my recent online exploration ofthe festival's artists would
pay off. But nothing—not even
MySpace and Wikipedia—could
have prepared me for the colourful experience of that weekend in
July. The festival did more than
turn me into a new follower of
folk music; it enhanced my love
for Vancouver and its people.
As I walked into Jericho, I
was awed bythe festival's impeccable organization. There was,
for example, an enormous gated
area dedicated to bike racks, catering to the growing number of
Vancouver riders.
Upon my first glance at
the crowd, I noticed that this
festival's uniqueness extended
beyond its music and location,
finding itself in its audience. It
is a festival planned for families,
who come fully prepared with
chairs and other beach paraphernalia to enjoy a long day at
the park.
Standing amidst the festival
grounds surrounded by colourful blankets, kids rocking hula
hoops, a band of mimes and a
trio of banjo players, I realized
that the Folk Festival is the ultimate Vancouver institution.
The sense of community was
inescapable.
The first major act I witnessed was Aimee Mann, for
whom I had great expectations
(she won a Grammy for the
Magnolia soundtrack). However,
I found her to be less than extraordinary on stage—her performance dull and her sound rather
monotonous.
Soon after this initial disappointment, I found myself taking
pictures of Ozomatli. Their tunes
were modernized versions of
typical Mexican folk songs, and
their show was so electric that it
made the entire audience stand
and jump. As always, Ozomatli
excited the crowd by jumping off
ofthe stage with sizeable drums,
doing a sort of carnival parade
around the field.
On Saturday, I arrived just
in time to see Martin Sexton.
His performance was visually
simple, but his music injected
the Jericho lawns with an energy
that prompted collective goose
bumps. After him, I enjoyed
the sets of Abigail Washburn,
and the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck. Fleck, the banjo
sensei who won four Grammys,
turned the stage into a display of
musical mastery.
The last act of the night was
provided by Spirit of the West,
who established a truly personal
connection with the audience.
After 25 years of performing
together, this Vancouver band
is a local favourite, with songs
that tell elaborate tales of North
Vancouver, and that sound as
if they are taken from Broadway musicals. I wouldn't say
I loved their songs, but it was
impossible to keep still in their
presence. In what sounded like
the Celtic folk equivalent to a
motivational poster, I was soon
shaking my body to a fiddle and
a mandolin.
On Sunday, I put the lens
cap on my camera for a while in
order to become a true festival-
goer. I played with a purple hula
hoop for a while, and then fled
to the food area, which was full
of colourful stands offering food
from all corners of the globe. I
enjoyed an organic lentil wrap,
whilst sitting on someone's
cotton blanket, listening to the
inspiring music of Bachir Attar
and the Master Musicians of
Jajouka.
The sun was setting as I
prepared my camera for the last
performance of the weekend.
Once Micheal Franti took stage,
I found myself mesmerized. I
spent a whole song simply watching him move on stage, hoping
to absorb his energy.
The night ended with a parade of paper lamplights that
formed a path through the singing crowd towards the exit. As a
lover of music, I walked towards
my bike rack feeling inspired
and excited. As a citizen of Vancouver, I felt proud to live in the
city that hosted this fantastic
weekend, vl
Culture Writers
We were at the foot of Mount
Currie, somewhere near Pemberton, when the dust took hold.
For days, thousands of pilgrims
had lined up in the middle of
nowhere with bundles of sleeping bags and contraband alcohol
for as long as eight hours. It was
loathsome. Itwas chaotic. Itwas
glorious.
On day one, Emily Haines of
Metric expressed her optimism
for the festival, hoping that it
would be able to recreate the
famous festival experiences of
Coachella or Glastonbury. As
the first act on the main Mount
Currie stage, Metric built up the
momentum and the crowds.
Still pounding with adrenaline the masses were satiated
by the operatic vocal shredding
of Serj Tankian of System of
a Down. Serj even gave these
highly skeptical reporters a reason to believe in his solo project,
slaying us with "Empty Walls."
Though Interpol put on a
satisfying show for fans, their
set seemed like a quiet interlude
between two much heavier acts.
The moment "999,999," the first
track from Nine Inch Nails' latest album began, the proverbial
roof came down.
Curtains of light covered the
band, banishing fears that the
festival setup would compromise
Reznor's vision for the opening
date of their tour. Swerving from
the quiet instrumentals of "The
Frail" to lacerating techno-waves
off "The Great Destroyer," their
performance on the opening
night of the festival set the bar
for all the headliners to come.
Our war paint was layers of
dust, sweat and sunburnt skin,
all of which readied us for the
onslaught of classic rock that
was day two. As the rain fell,
Sam Roberts asked, "Will it
wash us all away?" during "Mind
Flood." The response came as
Gordon Downie pleaded frantically to "Swim! Swim!" during
the Tragically Hip set, as the
crowd outstretched their arms
along every line, as if the sheer
force of music pumping through
I them could carry them away.
Those willing to lose their
place in the crowd were rewarded by one-man show Buck 65
on the Lillooet Stage. The self-
proclaimed "loneliest man" at
the entire festival scratched on a
humble turn-table while rapping
his heart out in heavy verses.
And over at the main stage, the
Flaming Lips literally rolled over
the audience in an enormous
hamster ball.
Day two ended with a grand
old sing-along to pretty much
every song that rock-legend Tom
I Petty has ever written. The sight
of young and old colliding in a
drunken outdoor karaoke bar,
as lighters were held aloft and
teenagers crowd surfed to "Free
Fallin'," amazed everyone.
A large crowd anticipating
day three headliners had already
gathered when Vampire Weekend took the stage in the afternoon. Dirty faces head-bopped
to the distinctive beat of tracks
such as "Oxford Comma" and
"M79"—songs that became ideal
for stumbling between the beer
garden and the camp site.
If you were able to endure the
immense line up for the Bacardi
B-Live tent, you would have witnessed an afternoon collaboration between award-winning DJ
Dopey and 16 members of the
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
in the Bacardi B-Live tent that
mashed up "Carmina Burana"
with "Bittersweet Symphony."
The fact that it happened in a
tent with hay on the ground only
made it more unbelievable. DJ
Dopey described his set as "probably one ofthe most exhilarating
playing times [he] ever had...It
was epic."
Death Cab for Cutie struck
a chord with their fans with
"Soul Meets Body," and seemed
to share the same amused bewilderment as their audience
at the day's lineup. "We'll probably never get to say this again,"
the band proclaimed, "so I just
wanna say that Jay-Z is up next!"
When Jay-Z finally burst onto
the stage with "Roc Boy," his charisma oozed over the throngs of
posers and skeptics alike. For a
brief moment we were all pimps,
brushing the real-life dirt off
our shoulders, with some lucky
ones—including one humble
Ubyssey writer—getting shout-
outs from Shaun Carter himself.
How do you top the extravagance and showmanship of Hova?
You bring out Chris Martin and
the boys from Coldplay to wind
it down with songs about colours
and science. New songs like "Lost!"
and "Death and All His Friends"
performed against a background
of French revolutionary imagery,
provided a rare moment of serene, transcendent beauty. We
know it's cliche, but looking up at
the stars, as the lyrics to "Yellow"
dictate, was unforgettable.
At its worst, the eclectic
lineup provoked impatience
("Get off the fucking stage!").
At its best, which was most of
the time, Pemberton brought
fans of diverse musical tastes
together. When else could fans
of Death Cab for Cutie and Jay-Z
comfortably share mojitos? If
you're going to come up here
next year, leave enough time
for arrivals and departures, and
bring a bandana for the dust.
Be friendly and enjoy yourself.
You'll find that you're camping
with twenty thousand of your
best friends, vl A
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Our view
Editorial Cartoon
Graphic by Trevor Melanson
U-get-out-of-Town
It is called University Town? Am I presumptuous to think that I
should have an opportunity to live on the campus of the University
I attend? Is it out of line to believe that I have more of a right to be
closer to the university than the average millionaire?
Finding housing at UBC is a series of unfortunate events. First,
said applicant is denied success in the housing lottery. Second, a
search on campus for other housing options yields no success. I'm
not familiar with how people get spots in the alternate housing facilities on campus (Fairview, theology colleges), but I'm positive it
involves some sort of omniscient housing sixth sense. Third, after
realizing that there is no housing opportunity available on campus in
the foreseeable future, students begin their search off campus. This
final attempt involves living far too far away from campus, splitting
the lodging with a billion people so that the rent falls under $500
and a landlord that refuses to refund your money for the "wireless"
internet that was, oops, actually dial-up.
Displaced students are denied the opportunity to participate fully
in the university life. A residence experience is, more often than not,
a life-changing one. There are innumerable ways that a living space
can enhance and optimize a university student's life.
Obviously, there will be those who wish to escape the sometimes
(often times) stifling academic confines of the Ivory Tower. But for
those students, like say, those around number 3581 on the waitlist
for residence, it seems a far off goal to get to live on campus.
In fact, with the lease of valuable land on south campus, not much
is being done by the university to help those students who are waiting in the cold. UBC Housing and Conferences are run as an ancillary
service. The university does not consider housing on campus a vital
service. Housing and Conferences are not funded by the university's
budget, which is kind of odd when the university sought to increase
the number of first year students guaranteed housing. Outlined in a
memo explaining the lottery, it states that UBC wanted to give first-
year students priority over other applicants.
With the massive boom in construction ofthe south campus, we
wonder where our UBC housing has gone. Why do we have to wait to
live on this campus full of students?
100th Birthday
Maybe we're naive here at the Ubyssey, but we tend to think that a
100th birthday deserves some sort of party. After all, British Columbia just turned 150 last weekend, and there were huge celebrations
across the province to commemorate the occasion. Meanwhile, UBC
has worked hard to ensure that every man, woman, and child in Vancouver knows that it's the university's centenary. But we're pretty
certain 99 per cent of students would be hard pressed to name any
sort of celebrating they've done in honour of their university's big
birthday.
When defending UBC President Toope's $580,000 salary recently, the university pointed out that it's approximately the same as that
given to Indira Samarasekera, the University of Alberta's president.
Coincidentally, the University of Alberta is also celebrating
their centenary in 2008, and the centerpiece of their celebrations
is a "Prime Ministers Conversation Series," where every single living Prime Minister will be dropping by their Edmonton campus to
speak to students. Meanwhile, at UBC? Well, we have an audio tour
ofthe grounds, a whole bunch of banners downtown, and....did we
mention the audio tour?
In the end, the "celebrations" surrounding UBC's 100th birthday
are pretty emblematic of a major problem plaguing the university
as a whole: A lot of trumpeting to outside audiences about how great
UBC is, but no work towards building campus spirit, and no sense of
making students excited about their time here.
Pissed off as to why we
ragged on UBC being a
hundred years old?
Write us a letter
feedback@ubyssey.ca
Letters
Wondering why there is nothing here?
Well that's because you haven't written
any letters yet.
Please write us a letter. Also realize
that if you write us a letter, we must be
provided with identification that you
exist (i.e., someone will confirm that you
are real). ^
Streeters
What do you think of housing on campus?
Thomas Ludwicki,
Grad
Marine Drive is
pretty much the
best place to live.  I
applied pretty late
and there was a
three month waiting
'ist [but I still got
in].  Price-wise, you
ust can't really beat
iving on-campus.
Kate Storey,
Grad
No, god no [I don't
live in residence]. I
didn't even look into
it.  I'm a grad— I
don't want to live
with first-years, no
offence.
Chris Feehan,
Biophysics 4
[Res] was okay.
Kind of decrepit.
Fairview has roaches
and rats and it's kind
of dirty and smelly.
I didn't mind it that
much. It was pretty
cheap and I had a
pretty small room. I
like to have my own
living situation and
I can't afford Marine
Drive. It's pretty
much Gage or Fair-
view, and Fairview
has less people per
space.
Roberto Calderon
Grad
I've thought about
living off-campus,
because in residence
is not as private and
you're living with
four people you
don't know. I've
considered [living
off campus], but
it was too expensive for me alone.
Sometimes I have to
work on Sundays, so
it's easier for me to
just live here.
Ed Brooks
Med 2
[Residence] is wonderful.  I ended up
on the top floor [of
Marine Drive Residence]. There were
all these people applying for residence
for September, but
it's first come, first
serve, so I moved
in June 1st.  I just
made a judgement
call, paid the first
two months of rent
for the summer, and
totally skipped the
line-ups.
-Coordinated by Celestian Rince & Jen Davison, with photos by Ricardo Bortolon AUGUST 6, 200 8
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Perspectives
Liberation or just another Mardi Gras?
Vancouver Pride 2008
as popular as ever
by Trevor Melanson
Vancouver's distinctively
proud citizens hit the streets
once again this past Sunday,
adorned—unsurprisingly—with
more colour than clothing.
Hundreds of thousands of Vancouverites and nearby neighbours attended.
The Pride Parade erupted
along Robson and travelled during the early afternoon down to
Sunset Beach where the party
continued, transforming a normally calm beach into anything
but. Tents were strewn along
the waterfront, forming a veritable Mesopotamia of extroversion where the music was loud,
the costumes were outrageous,
and the beer was...beer.
"We're all here to celebrate
who we are," claimed Patrick
McGowan, who, along with his
English Bay Swim Team, provided one of many vibrantly
coloured floats. His presented a
rainbow of balloons.
"I've been to a couple different Prides," said Scott Linnertz,
a shirtless visitor from Seattle,
"and I noticed that there are no
hecklers here—like religious
hecklers—during the parade
and festivities. That's something that I usually see at other
Prides that I didn't see here."
On the contrary, Vancouver's religious were part of the
festivities, advertising their
God or gods as gay-friendly.
Certainly there is no doubt
that freedom of sexuality has
garnered mainstream popularity in Vancouver. For this
reason, some consider the day
redundant. "In most cities it's
okay now. You can be gay,"
admitted Linnertz. "You don't
have to have your certain day."
"We've got a lot of the things
we wanted in this country," said
McGowan. "I marched in one
of the first parades back in '82
right after the police raids. The
RCMP were in there taking our
pictures as we went in because
we   were   doing   illegal   stuff.
PRIDE: More colour than clothing at last Sunday's Parade on Davie Street. GOH IROMOTO PHOTO / THE UBYSSEY
Now it's come full circle...Everybody's in there, everybody
loves to party."
Perhaps Pride Day has
become "an excuse to party in
public, more so than [a celebration of] sexual orientation," af
firmed Linnertz. But so what?
Nonetheless, it's obvious
that people of all stripes enjoy
the day immensely. Controversy is dead, at least here, which
only reflects the pride-worthy
merit of Vancouver. The city-
wide party that Pride Day has
become is our reward. "We're
very lucky here in this country," McGowan said. And proud
of it. ^
—Trevor Melanson is the culture editor ofthe Ubyssey.
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Campus hosting World Ultimate & Guts Championships for second time in 10 years
Frisbees and flags fly high at UBC
by Leslie Day
Sports Staff
On August 2, the world descended on the UBC fields for the
World Flying Disc Federation
(WFDF) 2008 World Ultimate &
Guts Championships (WUGC),
hosted by Vancouver Ultimate
Events (VUE). The WUGC are
held every four years, with national qualifying events taking
place in the year prior. Games
are played primarily at Thunderbird Park, with a few games
taking place at both University
Hill and Jericho Park. With on-
site accommodation, food services, and playing fields, not to
mention UBC's recent history of
hosting a successful Canadian
Ultimate University Championships, UBC was an ideal location
for the WUGC.
Ultimate is a popular sport
in the Pacific Northwest region,
with organized competitive
leagues in Seattle and over
five thousand Ultimate players in Metro Vancouver alone.
The World Championships are
played under standard rules,
with seven players to each side,
and a scoring zone similar to
football's end zone. To score
a point, a team member must
successfully catch the disc while
standing in the zone—once in
possession of the disc, a player
may not move except to pivot.
Games continue until one team
scores 17 points.
Guts is also a disc game, but
is more similar to dodgeball
than to Ultimate. Teams line up
facing each other and attempt
to score points by throwing the
disc into a scoring area located
behind the opposing team. The
defending team must prevent
the scoring play by catching the
disc cleanly with one hand. Guts
is not as popular as Ultimate-
only five teams are competing
in the World Championships, including Canada and the United
States. Games in the Guts event
GO FOR THE DISK: Great Britain and Team Canada battle for possession on Saturday at the World Ultimate Championships. Canada defeated the Brits 17-
15 as the nearly-full Thunderbird Stadium. KELLAN HIGGINS PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
began on Monday, August 4,
and no scores were available as
of press time.
Of the 21 participating nations, only five countries—Australia, Canada, Great
Britain, Japan, and the United
States—entered teams in all six
Ultimate divisions. In the WFDF
Championships, there are no
men's divisions; instead the
teams are divided into Open,
Women, Mixed, Masters, Junior
Open, and Junior Women categories according to each team's
composition.
The opening game was
billed as a "showcase" Mixed
match between Canada and
Great Britain, with the Canadi
ans walking away with a 17-15
win in the only game played on
the Saturday. There are some
familiar faces on the Canadian
Mixed team from the T-Birds
team, including Jordan McPhee,
and UBC captains Kira Frew and
Russell Street.
On Sunday, Canada's Mixed
team trampled France 17-4.
The Women's team also soundly
thrashed their competition with
a 17-5 victory over Sweden,
though later in the day the Canadians fell 17-8 to a strong
Japanese squad in Sunday's
showcase game. In Masters action, Canada played both New
Zealand and Italy, winning both
games 17-9 and 17-3, respec
tively. Canada's Junior Open
team had a strong debut, beating their Germany opponents
16-13. The Junior Women didn't
fare as well, falling 9-12 to Australia just four hours before losing to Colombia by two points.
The hotly contested Open division ran 15 games on August 3,
including two wins for Canada,
against Italy and Switzerland.
The bronze medal game
takes place in the Open division
goes down at 9am on Saturday,
August 9, followed by the gold
medal game at 4pm. The women
battle for bronze at 4:30pm on
Friday, with the championship
on the line on Saturday at 1 lam.
On Friday, the Mixed runners-up
vie for the last spot on the podium at 3:30pm, and on Saturday
the top two teams play for gold
at 1:30pm. Masters play ends
on August 8, with the third-place
game at 4:30pm, a few fields
over from the 5pm gold medal
game. In Junior action, the
Women's bronze medal game
is at 8:30am on Friday, followed
bythe Open at 10:30am, and the
Women's finals are at 12:30pm,
with the Open at 2:45pm the
same day. vl
For more information on
the WFDF World Ultimate and
Guts Championships, including
complete schedules, rules, and
team rosters, visit http://www.
wugc2008.com.
UBC well represented at the 2008 Games with many medal hopefuls
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
Starting to get Olympic Fever?
Well, should you decide to wake
up early this Friday to watch the
opening ceremonies of the Beijing Games, you might end up
seeing a face or two that you've
bumped into on campus.
All told, there are 41 members of the Canadian team who
are past or present members
of the UBC community. These
include coaches, trainers, medical staff, and yes, even a number
of athletes—27 Olympians and
Paralympians in total.
It's a fact that makes UBC
Athletic Director Bob Philip justifiably proud. "I think that the
number of Olympians and Para
lympians going to Beijing, both
current UBC students and alumni, demonstrates the strength of
our program, the quality of our
coaches, and our ability to attract
top athletes. We are very proud
of their accomplishments."
So for UBC students wanting
UBC AT THE OLYMPICS: A PRIMER
• UBC athletes have participated
in the Olympic Games since the
1928 Games in Amsterdam.
• UBC Olympians have captured
54 medals, including 15 gold, 22
silver and 17 bronze.
• The most recent UBC medalist
is Jeff Pain, a former UBC track
and field athlete who captured
silver in skeleton at the 2006
Games in Torino, Italy.
to feel a little campus pride, here
are a few individuals and teams
worth following:
Brent Hayden, Swimming:
After a disastrous 2004 Olympic
Games that saw the Canadian
Swim Team leave Athens without
any medals. Hayden, a 24-year
old UBC graduate, is looking to
lead the squad—which includes
three other UBC graduates—to
greater success this year. Last
summer, Hayden won the 100m
freestyle at the 2007 world
championships, but since then,
has been hampered by a series of
ailments to his back. Aside from
his own individual event, Hayden
will be part of the 4x100m and
4x200m relay teams for Canada,
both of which have a chance of
taking home a medal.
Men's   Field  Hockey: The
UBC Field Hockey program is
considered by many to be the
best in the country—so it should
come as no surprise that a total
of 6 current T-Birds (Anthony
Wright, Scott Tupper, Marian
Schole, Mark Pearson, Philip
Wright, and David Carter) are
among the 18 members of the
Canadian Olympic Squad. The
Canadian team is ranked 15th in
the world, but they'll be in tough
during their opening game when
they face the top ranked Australian team on August 12th.
Brooks McNiven, Baseball:
In the final year for baseball at
the Olympics, the UBC baseball
program will be represented by
pitcher Brooks McNiven, who
played for the 'Birds from 1999
to 2003. McNiven, who has
pitched in the upper levels of the
minor leagues for the San Francisco Giants this year, is expected
to make at least one start in the
tournament for Canada.
Women's Wheelchair Basketball: They may fly under the
radar, but the Canadian Women
Wheelchair Basketball team is
an international powerhouse,
having won medals in every
Paralympic Games and World
Championships since 1992. It's
also the sport with heavy UBC
representation, with head coach
Tim Frick, assistant Bruce Enns,
and players Patricia Nicholson,
Misty Thomas, and Canada's
Paralympic flag bearer Jennifer
Kremplien—all former UBC students or coaches, vl

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