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OLYMPIC BUS RE-ROUTES
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Bus re-routes for the Olympics
are going to be put into effect
on Monday, and many of them
are routes near UBC, reported
TransLink's Buzzer.
The 25, 33, 41,43, 49, 480
and the C22 are among those to
be re-routed.
All of the changes will expire
some time in March, and buses
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U OF MANITOBA
FIGHT CLUB INVESTIGATED
Last week, the University of
Manitoba made headlines when
a "fight club" was alleged to be
taking place in squash courts in
the university gymnasium. The
allegations arose after a witness
reported seeing someone leave
the court in November with a
bloody nose.
The club founder says the
club has been greatly exaggerated by the media, The
Gateway reported. Edwin
Dela Cruz, founder of the
club Knock You Out, said that
the club uses proper gear to
"spar."
"People like to use the word
'fight,' but the term is 'sparring.' There is a big difference....
Nobody really goes all out," said
Cruz.
The approximately 87 students
identified via Facebook group for
the club have since had their gym
memberships suspended.
NEW UBC CLINICAL
TEACHING FACILITY OPENS
The new clinical teaching
building at Kelowna General
Hospital (KGH) is open for
UBC Doctor of Medicine (MD)
undergraduate students. It is
the first-ever academic medical facility in the Southern
Interior.
The 34,000 square-foot facility includes a 180-seat lecture theatre, video conferencing
suites and resource rooms for
undergraduates in the Southern
Medical Program which will
commence in January of 2011.
The Southern Medical Program
will be the fourth academic campus of the UBC Faculty of
Medicine; joining UBC Vancouver,
the Island Medical Program at
UVic and the Northern Medical
Program at UNBC.
"Starting in January 2012,
medical students in the
Southern Medical Program will
begin their classes at UBC's
Okanagan campus and then will
have access to a working teaching hospital to round out their
studies here," said Dr Gavin
Stuart, dean ofthe UBC Faculty
of Medicine. "This new building
at KGH will be a major asset to
our province-wide curriculum." 2/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 0 10.0 2.0 1
FEBRUARY 01, 2010
VOLUME XCI,   N° XXXVII
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Recent explorations of the Peruvian rain forest have yielded
a number of new plant and animal species. Raul Bucci is a
carnivorous jug plant that lures Samantha Jung and Sarah
Chung with its sweet nectar Kate Barbaria and Jonny
Wakefield are two varieties of fungi with medical applications. Justin McElroy is the worlds first one-winged bird
His circular perambulations herd swarms of Trevor Record,
Serald Deo and Anthony Goertz into the ravenous maw of
Virginie Menard, a creature serving as a hotbed of parasites;
its bowels have produced Katarina Grgic, Tara Martellaro,
and Kai Green—new strains of E. coli. Ashley Whillans isa
tree whose fruits leed broods of Keegan Bursawand Geoff Lister
and provides a nesting habitat for Bryce Warnes. The hoarse calls
of Brendan Albano alert otherforest animalsto Sarah Baldwin,
a predatorwhich resembles, the Rebeka Ryvola of New Guinea
However it has evolved a unique a ppendage su ited to draining
the life fluids of Drake Fenton and Gary Brett. Its excretions house
the eggs of both the Nicola Gailits and Emilia Rajala beetles, on
which Kasha Chang defends entirely as a source of nutrient
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discovered—the Austin Holm. Its soft, brownish caps serve ritual
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V-Day is proud to present their
2010 benefit productions of
The Vagina Monologues and
A Memory, A Monologue, A
Rant and A Prayer. • Feb. 9-13,
7:30pm-11:30pm, Freddy Wood
Theatre, $15 for either show, or
$25 for both productions, tickets
selling until Monday Feb. 8 outside the SUB main entrance.
NOON "FUN" RUN • Run for fun!
Walk for fun! Get healthy and
come run or walk the UBC
REC Noon "Fun" Run, hosted by the UBC REC - Health
Promotions Department which
takes participants throughout
many of UBC's most scenic areas on a course ranging from
3 to 5km. • Every Thursday,
12:30pm, meeting outside
the doors of the Student Rec
Centre.
CHINA • William Yang's compelling storytelling, photography
and reflections about culture
and belonging against a haunting live score for the erhu and
pipa create an unforgettable theatrical experience. Presented
by Theatre at UBC with the
2010 Cultural Olympiad & PuSh
Festival of the Performing Arts.
• Feb. 2-6, 7:30pm, Freddy
Wood Theatre, $10 UBC Rush
student tickets, $30 regular
tickets.
MONDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY MUSIC
&MEAL* Like to play fun music?
Just want to listen? Looking
for a sense of community? This is for all members
of the UBC community who
want to have a good meal and
great conversation. All meals
are home-cooked and are
vegetarian-friendly. • Every
Monday, 6:30pm-8:30pm,
Chapel of the Epiphany (6030
Chancellor Blvd), more info
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DRIPPYTOWN: VANCOUVER'S COMIC
ARTISTS ON DISPLAY • Want a different take on Vancity? The collection features contributions from
six local comic artists whose work
provides a look at life in Vancouver.
• Continues until Jan. 31, Rare
Books and Special Collections in
IKE, more info atpuddingsock.live-
journal.com.
CARDIAC CARE WEEK • The ladies of Alpha Phi invite you
to have a heart, and help fight
cardiovascular disease during
Cardiac Care Week! There
will be a booth in the SUB,
complete with Heart and
Stroke pamphlets, merchandise, Wellness and Nutritional
Store info, and (possibly) roses and chocolate for sale.
All donations collected will
go to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of BC & Yukon. •
Feb. 1-4, 10am-3pm, SUB.
TANTRAMAR GOTHIC ART EXHIBIT •
Regent College Lookout Gallery
presents Tantramar Gothic,
a collection of work by Dan
Steeves. • Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-
5pm, Sat. 12pm-4pm, Regent
College, 5800 University Blvd.,
runs until Monday, Mar. 1.
MONDAY, FEB. 1
FOUR-LEGGED RACE • Part of
Engineering  Week:   you   and
two friends. You have six legs
between you, right? Wrong. In
this race around campus, your
trio will have to decipher clues
as to the campus locations,
and be the first to get to all of
the locations and back to the
Cheeze. Dry and fluid races are
available. • 5:30pm onwards,
everywhere on campus, mostly the Cheeze.
VOICE MASTERCLASS WITH RUSSELL
BRAUN • Co-presented with the
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra,
Jemini Foundation and Vancouver
Academy of Music. • 2pm-4pm,
Recital Hall, UBC Music Building,
more info at concerts@inter-
change. ubc.ca.
TUESDAY, FEB. 2
AFRICA     AWARENESS      WEEK
• Participate in the on-campus
dialogue about African issues.
• Opening Night 6pm-7:30pm,
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GODIVA BAND MARCH • Come
out with the Godiva Band and
march around campus loudly
for Engineering Week. Bring out
your instrument if you have one.
• 11am-12pm, The Cheeze.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF    •   The
Gilbert and Sullivan Society
of UBC in partnership with
John Oliver Secondary
School is pleased to present
Fiddler on the Roof, the beloved Broadway classic about
family and community, prejudice and perseverance, love
and duty, new ideas and of
course, tradition. • Feb. 3-6,
7:30pm, John Oliver Theatre,
530 E. 41st Ave (at 41st and
Fraser), $20 general admission, $15 students.
PARANORMAL   ACTIVITY   •    The
UBC Film Society presents
Paranormal Activity (14A, 87
min). • 9:15pm-11:15pm, Norm
Theatre, $4 general admission,
$2 for members.
THURSDAY, FEB. 4
ALPHA PHI PRESENTS: THE DATING GAME • Part of Cardiac Care
Week, the Alpha Phi Women's
Fraternity is holding their annual
Dating Game. Prizes from many
wonderful sponsors including
Tim Horton's, Starbucks, Canucks
Team Store and Personal Training.
Proceeds go to the Heart and
Stroke Foundation. • 6:30pm-
9:30pm, Woodward 2, $2 tickets
with draw entry at Cardiac Care
Booth in SUB Feb. 1-4, 10am-
3pm, or $4 at the door.
STAND FOR THE DEAD CAMPAIGN   •
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film DARFUR, starring Billy Zane,
Edward Furlong and Kristanna
Loken. The campaign engages
and inspires Canadians to stand
for the life of one Darfuri victim of
genocide. Students across Canada
will have the opportunity to purchase and proudly wear T-shirts
with a Darfuri victim's name
across their chest. Screening
will be followed by a Q&A session with STAND leaders and a
special guest. • 7pm, SilverCity
Metropolis (Burnaby), $10 tickets
can be purchased at standcanada.
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the night of the show.
COOKING WITH BEER • Part of UBC
E-Week, sample some of the
various beer-containing delicious
creations made by each of the
E-Week departmental teams. •
12pm-1:30pm, The Cheeze.
FRIDAY, FEB. 5
LOUIS RIEL OPERA • UBC Opera
Ensemble presents Louis Riel by
Harry Sommers, Libretto by Mavor
Moore with Jacques Languir. In this
presentation we introduce cousins and countrymen of Louis Riel,
and describe how they fit into the
Metis world that he died trying to
defend. Pre-show talk takes place
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OVERHEARD
"The role as president has obviously been very difficult for
me. From the very beginning I felt very strongly that a lot of
people, particularly a lot of people on Council, were out to
get me, and the reason I believe that is because I was disqualified before I was even able to take office. That started
my term on the wrong note."
—AMS President Blake Frederick, reflecting on his past year in office
Bijan Ahmadian the new AMS president
SAMANTHAJUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
After 6900 students voted
over five days, Law and MBA
student Bijan Ahmadian has
been elected the 101st AMS
president.
Beer and good spirits were
overflowing in The Gallery
Friday night as the results were
announced. The bar was overcrowded, and several dozen
people were forced to hear the
results from outside.
Candidates Natalie Swift and
Bijan Ahmadian waited with
bated breath, surrounded by
their friends, as the Elections
Committee delayed announcing the results by an hour.
Swift came in second
place, only 375 votes behind
Ahmadian. Sean Kim and Pak
Ho Leung placed third and
fourth, respectively.
I must say it was a
lot of fun. However,
politics just isn't my
cup of tea. I plan
to be a good boy
and focus on my
studies.
PAKHO LEUNG
AMS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
A disappointed Swift had
tears in her eyes Friday night
upon hearing the results.
"I was supported by the people that mattered," she said on
Friday, later explaining that she
meant that she felt a wealth of
support from her close friends
and roommates. "I essentially had my family with me...I
wasn't trying to imply that there
were people on campus that
Ahmadian was shocked and could hardly speak to us for several minutes. GERALD DEO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
didn't matter. Anyone would
say their family matters more
to them than anything else."
"It is what it is," Swift said on
losing the presidency in an interview a few days later. "You
know going into it that it is a
possibility, so you kind of have
to frame your mind to accept either result." She added that her
future plans do not include the
AMS, as she plans on "catching
up on schoolwork" and working
on an initiative to connect students in the various natural sciences faculties together.
Leung and Kim had positive
feelings about the elections.
Kim said that the election was a
great experience and he wanted
to thank all the people who voted for and supported him, and
wished Ahmadian good luck.
I was supported
by the people that
mattered.
NATALIE SWIFT
AMS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"In terms of future plans, I
am planning on starting up a
business," Kim said. "And, of
course, I will still be actively involved with UBC in a variety of
aspects, especially in brand imaging and marketing."
"I must say it was a lot of fun,"
said Leung. "However, politics just
isn't my cup of tea. I plan to be a
good boy and focus on my studies."
But the night belonged to
Ahmadian, who in his 11 years
at UBC has been an Engineering
student, fraternity member, AMS
ombudsperson, student senator,
Board of Governors representative and now president.
"The vote of the silent majority makes all the difference,"
Ahmadian said. "It was a taxing
experience, but the support that
I got from people really made it
worthwhile." vl
Frederick not removed from office
Miscalculation by Elections Committee led to wrong data
SAMANTHAJUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
Blake Frederick can breathe
easier—due to a mess-up by
the Elections Committee, our
AMS president has not been
impeached via referendum.
"The Elections Committee
would like to announce a correction regarding the AMS Elections
referendum questions," said
Elections Administrator Isabel
Ferreras Saturday morning in an
e-mail.
She said that question two,
"Do you support the removal
of Blake Frederick from the office of president?" did not pass
and did not reach quorum, with
3542 votes in favour and 1432
votes against.
However, question eight,
"Should the AMS actively lobby
for reduced tuition fees and increased government funding?"
did reach quorum, and passed,
with 3844 votes in favour, and
910 votes against.
Quorum is 3716 "yes" votes.
Referenda on impeachment require 75 per cent majority to
pass.
The
miscalculation
raises concern
that there are
errors in the rest
ofthe races.
Frederick was pleased with
the announcement.
"These election results
show that although a number of students disagree with
my approach, they agree that
their student union should
stand up for lower tuition," he
told The Ubyssey. "I am proud
that the AMS has finally been
held accountable to the students through the referendum process. I look forward
to transitioning the new executive and moving on to new
opportunities."
On Friday night at The Gallery,
the Elections Committee announced to a packed house that
only the question on the impeachment of Frederick passed.
The announcement was received
with raucous cheering. There
were nine questions in total on
the ballot.
The reason for the miscalculation, according to Ferreras,
was that the "reorganization of
the output of the ballot referendum questions led to misappropriation of tabulated results."
Other   media   publications,
such as The Vancouver Sun and
The Georgia Straight, picked
up the story of Frederick's
impeachment soon after it
was announced, only to receive the news soon after that
the Elections Committee was
incorrect.
The miscalculation raises
concern that there are errors
in the rest of the races, particularly the ones that were very
close. For example, only 208
students preferred Jeremy
McElroy over Stas Pavlov in
the VP external race, and only
375 voters preferred Bijan
Ahmadian over Natalie Swift
for the presidency.
However, incoming President
Bijan Ahmadian isn't worried.
"The [elections administrator]
told us that they have triple-
checked everything and everything else has been confirmed,"
he said. *vH
Rise ofthe right
JUSTIN MCELROY
sports@ubyssey.ca
Things were shook up in a
big way with the AMS Friday
night. People of all stripes
and faculties were elected,
ensuring that our next group
of student leaders represent
all of us. And what a group!
There was that frat boy, that
Sauder student, that other
frat boy, another person from
Sauder, and finally one more
Sauder student...who was also
a frat boy.
I kid...but only partly Truth
is, Commerce students and fraternity members won three of
the five executive spots (including the presidency), got the most
votes for Senate and Board of
Governors and won almost every race they campaigned for.
These two now wield considerably more power than any other group on campus.
In many ways, their rise isn't
all that surprising. Both groups
have very strong recruiting programs, have large fees to ensure loyalty, and once you join
you're pretty much stuck with
them until graduation. You end
up having a lot of dedicated
friends—If you're a Sauderite
or a frat guy, you could be in
a coma and still have a decent
shot at 1000 votes.
But here's the rub: When it
comes to political views, they're
generally the most conservative
groups on campus.
Now, I don't mean conservative as in "Conservative"
or "Republican" or "Evil Rich
White Person Who Loves War
and Hates Gays." Those types
of conservatives usually don't
care about student politics. But
there is a certain type of campus conservative, and more often than not, they'll be a fraternity member or Commerce
student.
They'll work with the university and are all about "building
relationships." When it comes
to finances, they're generally
against spending lots of money on things unless it gets you
something tangible back. They
don't like making explicitly political statements. They prefer
incrementalism over sweeping changes. They're also pretty lukewarm on many of the
pet causes of the campus lefties, such as Council seats for
marginalized groups, daycare,
tuition reduction and equity.
Again, none of this is necessarily bad. Most of it was expected. When you have an ideological government that fails
spectacularly, people often elect
people who tend to be the exact
opposite of them. See: Obama.
However, just as the majority of students weren't as far to
the left as Frederick, the majority of students aren't as far
to the right as Bijan Ahmadian
and many of the others elected.
But that's democracy for ya.
The right has risen. Things
are going to get interesting, fl 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 0 10.0 2.0 1
REBANE & MERTENS LEAD
NEW GROUP OF SENATORS
It was a mixture of youth
and experience elected to
the UBC Senate Friday night,
as Johannes Rebane, Joel
Mertens, AJ Hajir Hajian,
Spencer Rasmussen and Nader
Beyzaei were the five at-large
students elected to UBC's highest academic decision-making
body.
The elections of Rebane, current VP academic, and Mertens,
incumbent student senator,
were predicted by many ahead
of time. The two fulfilled expectations by having the two highest vote totals of the 12 candidates in the running, and
are expected to take a leadership role in the Student Senate
Caucus this year.
"The Student Senate Caucus
certainly had a strong year last
year. Our comments were well-
respected and we ensured that
student concerns were heard,"
said Mertens, adding, "I want
to ensure that the Student
Senate Caucus builds upon the
respect we have earned and I
will step up into a larger leadership role if that is what I think
is required."
"I think this gives myself and
the rest of the elected Student
Senate Caucus a very strong
foundation and mandate to
work off of as we continue to
engage the student body on academic issues this upcoming
year," Rebane said.
Hajian (third place),
Rasmussen (fourth place) and
Beyzaei (fifth place), all of
whom are in their third year,
emerged from a crowded field
to grab the final three spots.
"It's great. Pretty much all
my friends went out to vote,
so it was the people that really supported me," said Beyzaei,
a third-year Commerce and
Computer Science student. "I'm
already working with a number
of professors to make seminars
more engaging."
The five will join the Senate
starting in April. Candidates
who ran, but were not elected, were Aminollah Sabzevari,
Blair McRadu, Alyssa Koehn,
Miriam Sabzevari, Ryan
Bredin, Gary Tse and former
AMS President Blake Frederick,
with Koehn coming the closest
to victory.
Geoff Costeloe, current
Senate vice-chair, had hopes
that the new senators would
help make "Place and Promise,"
the new strategic plan for UBC,
closer to reality.
"Every new senator should
pick one issue that they are passionate about and really try to
make a difference in that area,"
he said.
—Justin McElroy
SAFEWALK'S cappellacci
takes vp academic
The AMS has a new VP academic—Ben Cappellacci, a
third-year Commerce student and former Commerce
Undergraduate Society Board
of Directors member, was
elected to the position Friday.
Cappellacci beat Rodrigo
Ferrari-Nunes, a fourth-year
Master's of Anthropology student, by a margin of 192 7 votes.
The VP academic and university affairs is responsible
for dealing with campus governance, academic quality and
funding and campus climate.
When asked how he planned
to begin his term as VP academic, Cappellacci said he was
prepared.
"I've been doing a lot of research," he said. "I've read
through all the documents
I could get on campus planning and governance, I've
talked with [outgoing VP academic]  Johannes   [Rebane]
PROPORTION
OF VOTES
This shows the
proportion of
students who
ranked each
presidential
candidate first.
LEUNG
MARGIN
OF VICTORY
This shows
Ahmadian's
margin of
victory over
each candidate.
PROPORTION
OF VOTES
This shows the
proportion of
students who
ranked each
^residential
"andidate
ourth.
LEUNG (1198)
AHMADIAN
LEUNG (3175)
Circular
3716 YES VOTES
4 (1773 YES VOTES)     5   7   9   6
extensively   about   the   job
already."
Cappellacci was optimistic
about establishing relations
with UBC VP students Brian
Sullivan, who is responsible for
student orientation and development and liaising with student organizations.
"I've met him few times before in the Senate, so I have a
bit of a relationship with him as
it is...it should work very well,"
Cappellacci said.
"I'm going to work my hardest to make sure that I know
about the issues and make sure
that I make the decisions that
need to be made," he added.
"We look forward to working with Ben quite a bit," said
Sullivan. "I think our discussions
around the SUB are hugely important and Ben will be a really
important part of that team."
Ferrari-Nunes was not at the
Gallery results night on Friday,
and could not be reached for
comment by press time.
—Jonny Wakefield
MCELROY BEATS CHU FOR VP
EXTERNAL
Jeremy McElroy, a fourth-year
Political Science major, is now
In case you don't
understand the
AMS voting system,
here are some circles
to help you along.
RELATION
TO QUORUM
To be passed, each referendum question needed
the support of eight per cent of students in order
to pass—in this case, 3716 "yes" votes. This
diagram shows how close each question was to
reaching that number, known as quorum, which
is represented by the dotted line. Thus, while a
majority of students voted in favour of questions
1, 2, 3, 6 and 9, they failed to achieve quorum and
thus did not pass.
1 Student Court
! Removal of Blake Frederick
I Removal of Tim Chu
4 Engagement levy
5 Indexing AMS fees to CCPI
6 Bylaw amendments 2010
7 Access UBC
8 AMS Tuition policy (passed)
9 Voting seat for students with disabilities
the new VP external for the
AMS 2010/2011 school year.
"I'm so relieved, I was worried at first, but I'm really happy the way it turned out," he
said. "I had a great team to
work with and I want to thank
them all."
McElroy won by a close margin of 208 votes. The second-
place runner was Stas Pavlov,
a second-year Commerce student, who was devastated.
"It was 200 votes, I put my
best foot forward, I did my
best...so whatever the outcome
is, I wish Jeremy the best, he's
going to do a great job, so in a
way, he's going to have a good
external office," Pavlov said.
Aaron Palm came third, beating incumbent Tim Chu.
"Military intervention I think
is the only available choice
now," touted Palm.
Chu is currendy away from
campus, and missed the event.
—Sarah Chung
TAYYAR TAKES VP FINANCE
RACE
Now that he's defeated his opponent The Invisible Man,
fourth-year Economics student Elin Tayyar will succeed
Tom Dvorak as the new AMS
VP finance.
He will be in charge of getting the AMS out of its structural deficit during the coming
year, something he said is "the
highest priority."
"We need to change our systems, making some reforms
so that we won't just have a
balanced budget next year,
but for future years as well,"
he said.
Even though Tayyar ran virtually unopposed (The Invisible
Man never made an appearance at the debates), Tayyar said
it has been "a rough month, but
definitely worth it," and is "relieved" that it is now over.
As the elections are winding
down and the transition period begins, Tayyar has some
ideas as how to deal with the
financial crisis. "Definitely
changing the way SAC and
[Finance Committee] is run,"
he said. "Those are two areas
where I've had a lot of experience in."
Tayyar said he is disappointed that the referendum to index
AMS fees to the Canadian Core
Consumer Price Index (CCPI)
did not pass. "Its a huge blow to
the AMS," he said. "It basically
means that we need to, over
time, decrease our services. We
will see a gradual decrease in
services and programs as time
goes on."
The new VP finance isn't
prepared to drop the idea of
indexing AMS fees, though. "It
is very likely that we will introduce another referendum
question next year after we
have better studied what we
need to [do]."
—Roel Moeurs
DOVJENKO TO TAKE OVER SUB
RENEW
Third-year Commerce student
Ekaterina Dovjenko managed
to defeat Michael Haack in the
race for VP administration.
At results night, Dovjenko
said she was "overwhelmed
but excited" about having won
and "glad to have run against
someone who is just as good."
The new SUB, a keystone of
the VP administration portfolio, is obviously the new
AMS executive's focus. "I feel
Crystal [Hon] has done a great
job and I'm just going to take
it from her and from here,"
she said. "First of all, we have
to make sure that the SUB negotiations are signed and that
students are involved."
Haack said he doesn't regret
running. "I knew that going
into the election, Ekaterina
would be a tough opponent.
Her name was better well-
known....! just saw it as a challenge and wanted to see if I
could make it."
—Roel Moeurs
WAZEER AND HEISLER ELECTED
TO BOARD
Ahmed Azim Wazeer and Sean
Heisler were elected as student
representatives of the Board
of Governors (BoG), beating
current Arts Undergraduate
Society President Guillaume
Houle, who came in third,
and current President Blake
Frederick, who came in last.
"I feel pretty ecstatic. I've always been excited about the
board," said Wazeer. "[BoG] is a
very very difficult playing field
and I'm looking forward to the
challenge."
As a new student representative on BoG, Wazeer hopes
to ensure that the matters of
governance is "on the right
track" with student voices being heard.
And for Houle, his loss
wasn't a disappointment. "I
didn't spend any money on my
campaign," he said. "Looking
at the endorsements, I knew I
would lose—but it was a great
experience and I wish both candidates good luck."
Guillaume plans to focus on
his new permanent role on the
SUB Renewal, the biggest project the AMS has ever initiated.
Frederick was not present at
the event for comment.
—Sarah Chung
OTHER RACES
For the Student Legal Fund
Society Race, the slate Students
for a Responsible Leadership
was elected. The slate consists
of JJ Maclean, Hillson Tse,
Anthony Tse, Anthony Bryson,
Aaron Sihota, Paul J. Godin
and Alexander Shalashniy.
Brittany Perna won the international student seat on AMS
Council.
For The Ubyssey Publications
Society (UPS), Neil Andrews,
Sandy Buchanan, Oliver
Thorne and Imran Habib were
elected to the member-at-large
positions. UPS presidential
candidate Campbell Bryson
withdrew from the race just
prior to the end of the voting
period.
—Samanthajung 2010.02.01/UBYSSEY.CA/CULT URE/5
CULTURE
The Ubyssey will be publishing recipes from
Sprouts at the end of every month! Go to
ubysseyca/culture for the recipe, slide show
and guides for sustainable, super-sweet
soups and other dishes.
EDITOR KATE BARBARIA»culture@ubyssey.ca
ASSOCIATE JONNY WAKEFIELD» iwakefield@ubyssey
Another man s treasure
Dumpster dives and digs in the lean months
TIP#2: Diving deep? Dress in something you don't mind getting covered in garbage juice. GERALD DEO PHOTO ILLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
BRYCE WARNES
bwarnes@ubyssey.ca
Dumpster diving sounds more
dramatic than it really is. You
don't need to cannonball into
heaps of refuse to find free
things in the trash. In fact,
you're probably better off just
lifting the lid and peeking
in. The UBC campus is full of
garbage bins, but some yield
sweeter fruits than others.
Whether you're seeking scrap
for a DIY construction project
or a new hobo chic outfit, or
just lunch, this rundown ofthe
best diving locations on campus should help you separate
trash from treasure.
CLOTHING
Try hitting the dumpsters by
Totem and Vanier near the beginning and end of the term,
when people are cleaning out
their wardrobes. Even on an
off day, I managed to find a
pair of pants covered in what
was, hopefully, tartar sauce.
Your new threads may not fit
perfectly, but beggars can't be
choosers. Oh, and make sure
you wash the clothes before
you try them on.
FURNITURE
Fairview and Acadia are the
destinations of choice for battered bureaus and dilapidated side tables. It's worth trying faculty buildings as well,
though. I found a pristine Ikea
bookcase—shelves and all—by
the Biological and Chemical
Even on an off
day, I managed to
find a pair of pants
covered in what
was, hopefully,
tartar sauce.
Engineering Building on East
Mall. The loading dock at Vanier
is lined with residency chairs.
They may not technically be
"garbage," though, so proceed
with caution. The same goes for
the milk crates stacked on the
SUB loading dock.
FOOD
Don't even try. The only places on campus where potentially useable food gets discarded use trash compactors,
and getting moldy bread for
free isn't worth the risk of being pressed into a bloody cube
of flesh. You'd be better off hitting up Sprouts on Friday between ll:30am-l:30pm for
Community Eats (free or by
donation).
APPLIANCES
As with clothing, the beginning and end of term are the
best times to find culinary accoutrements. I got my toaster oven from a dumpster not
far from Rits. The labels are in
Chinese, but it has worked fine
all year. Behind Macmillan, I
found a charcoal grill. Right
now, the pickings are slim.
Just wait until everybody goes
home and hit the bins.
TIME MACHINE COMPONENTS
Aspiring Tony Starks should
be able to find all the parts
they need for their basement
projects in the UBC dumpsters. There are vats by the
Brimacombe Building filled
with discarded pipes, valves
and assorted mechanical-looking things.
With a little
creativity, I'm sure
you could use
these items to brew
up a pneumatic
tube system or
some sort of ultra-
complex sex toy.
In a small bin by the
Manufacturing Automation Lab
(near Applied Sciences), I dug
up a busted shop vac and a couple pairs of still-useable work
gloves. The dumpster by the
Ponderosa Annex yielded server racks and ethernet cables. By
Hugh Dempster I found a bin
full of scrap wood and PVC piping. And behind the bookstore,
there is a laboratory incubator
with its guts hanging out. With
a little creativity, I'm sure you
could use these items to brew
up a pneumatic tube system or
some sort of ultra-complex sex
toy.
Stick to your guns.
You're not doing
anything wrong-
just finding a use
for something
otherwise destined
for the landfill.
TIPS
Do your diving at night to
avoid strange looks from passersby, and bring a partner to
help haul off heavier items.
If you plan on digging deep,
dress in something you don't
mind getting covered in garbage juice, and wear gloves.
Do your best to avoid anyone
in a uniform or a labeled vehicle. Digging in the trash may
not be technically against the
rules, but you'll avoid a lot of
hassle by keeping your activities discrete. At the same time,
if someone stops you, stick to
your guns. You're not doing
anything wrong—just finding
a use for something otherwise
destined for the landfill.
That's the point, right? You're
helping out Mother Earth, and
picking up some free swag at
the same time. It may involve
getting your hands dirty, but
the old cliche is true: Beggars
can't be choosers, tl
PERSPECTIVE
Ecological
servitude
REBEKA RYVOLA
Contributor
Today, with enough money, we
can live whatever lifestyle is
our cup of tea. Money buys us
food and clothes from stores
and the water in our taps. We
have become seperate from
nature and while we often give
it little more than a passing
thought, almost every one of
our actions depends on some
sort of function or service of
the natural environment.
The roles that the natural environment plays in our lives are
called ecosystem services. The
UN's Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment conducted in 2004
categorized these services in
four groups: provisioning (food
and fresh water), regulating
(keeping our climate in check),
cultural (spiritual, recreational
and aesthetic values) and supporting (allows for the functioning of the other three services).
These "services" have broad
ranges, from trees taking up
our excess C02 to providing us
with mountains to ski on and
rivers to kayak. It becomes
clear very quickly that almost
everything we do is inextricably linked to nature.
Despite their undeniable
importance to our way of living, we are increasingly threatening these natural services, using them for free without any payment in return.
Oceans are being emptied of
their fish through overfishing, forests are shriveling due
to deforestation, and we're
set to lose one-fifth of all species in the next thirty years.
Though we rely so greatly on
these services, we are rapidly degrading them, and as resources grow scarcer, the deficit we run with nature is catching up.
The time for a greater environmental conscience is now.
Only with a collective understanding of the consequences of our actions will these essential services be preserved.
Look for little ways you can
make a change, be it switching from paper cups to a super-cool travel mug, or printing on two sides of your page.
Think about what you can do
to give back to nature. Start
talking about your environment. Together we can begin
repaying our earth, tl
Check out Rebeka's blog,
Envirosphere, at ubyssey.ca/en-
virosphere/ This week, she talks
to Professor Kai Chan about ecosystem services on and around
campus. UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2010.02.01
It takes two and
a half Earths to
sustain me!
SARAH BALDWIN
Contributor, Artist & Eco Stud
GOODS & SERVICES FOOT
PRINT = 4.97 HECTARES
(NATIONAL AVERAGE = 25.13
HECTARES)
PERSONAL FACTORS
• I fill less than one garbage can a week.
• I'm a frugal spender and
save money for the future,
and I use things until they
need    replacing.     Buying
new      things       depletes
resources.
• I never buy clothes made
out of recycled materials.
• I recycle almost all of my
aluminum, glass and plastic products and some of
my paper and electronics.
Recycling  our waste  has
enormous    environmental
and economic benefits in
the form of reduced landfill space, fewer demands
for raw materials, less energy consumption, less air
and water pollution,   lower waste-disposal bills and
cheaper goods.
MY FOOD FOOTPRINT =
23.67 HECTARES (NATIONAL
AVERAGE = 23.67 HECTARES)
PERSONAL FACTORS
• I'm   an    omnivore   and
I   usually   eat   two   large
meals a day with medium
sized snacks in between.
A  low-fat vegetarian  diet
needs   0.18   hectares   per
person   per year while  a
high-fat diet with  lots  of
meat needs 0.85 hectares
because animals need so
much more room.
• I   don't  have  a   garden
to   grow   my   own   food.
Instead,   my  food  comes
from a combination of supermarkets    and    natural
food stores. Food from far
away requires lots of energy for transportation  and
refrigeration.
I've always known the size of my own footprint, but I was blissfully
ignorant about the size of my ecological footprint until I discovered
that my "eco-friendly" lifestyle requires 2.50 Earths to sustain.*
Even more disturbing is that this is less than half the national
average, which is 5.67 Earths. Where are we going to get all that
extra land?
Four categories are used to calculate your ecological footprint:
carbon, food, housing, and goods and services. My total footprint
is 44.12  hectares  (the average     Canadian  footprint is 89.25
hectares).
*Numbers calculated by myfootprint.org.
MY CARBON FOOTPRINT =
7.91 HECTARES (NATIONAL
AVERAGE = 28.97 HECTARES)
PERSONAL FACTORS
• I live in Canada, and colder areas require the most
energy. I also live in an older suburb. Compact urban living has lower energy
requirements and rural areas are the least energy intensive because of reliance
on local food, energy and
water resources.
• I live in 50-100 square meters or less powered by electricity and natural gas and
59.33 per cent renewable
energy.
MY HOUSING FOOTPRINT =
7.57 HECTARES (NATIONAL
AVERAGE = 11.48 HECTARES)
PERSONAL FACTORS
• I live in Totem Park,
which is a large apartment
building with 20+ units and
isn't made with green materials. Green buildings reduce demands for energy,
water, and materials when
choosing a site, design,
construction, operation,
maintenance and removal.
• I minimize shower times
and toilet flushing and run
the washing machine only
when full. Household water takes water from irrigation and wildlife.
• I sometimes use biodegradable cleaning products.
Products used to contain
harmful chemicals can have
health risks and contaminate
water supplies, fish and wildlife if they are poured down
drains, circulated through
ventilation systems or disposed of outdoors. \3
a placeof mind
THE  UNIVERSITYOF  BRITISH COLUMBIA
UBC Student Housing Demand Study
Join us for a look at key findings.
Together, Campus + Community Planning and Student
Housing and Hospitality Services invite you to attend a
presentation of a recent study assessing UBC students'
housing needs.
Date Friday, Feb. 5, 2010
Time 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location Room 211,
Student Union Building
6138 Student Union Blvd.
Refreshments will
be served.
Questions?
Contact Kera McArthur
Associate Director of Community Relations
kera.mcarthur@ubc.ca.
43% of students
who live off-
campus would
live on campus
if they had a
choice
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Campus +
Community Planning
planning.ubc.ca
Student Housing and
Hospitality Services
housing.ubc.ca
Public Open House
University Boulevard Neighbourhood
University Boulevard Neighbourhood will have shops and services
that meet the needs of our growing community of scholars, a new
Student Union Building, Alumni Centre and student residences.
Please join us at an open house to view and comment on master
plans for this neighbourhood.
study area
University Boulevard
Neighbourhood    ///
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Date Mon. Feb. 8, 2010   Time 11:00 AM -1:00 PM
Location SUB Concourse, 6138 Student Union Blvd.
Questions? Contact Laura Holvor at laura.holvor@ubc.ca
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The Ubyssey Brewing Society
A slovenly & inebriated guide to home brewing
BRENDAN ALBANO
balbano@ubyssey.ca
I wandered into Dan's Home brewing Supplies on 692 East Hastings
Street wide-eyed and a litde intimidated. Unfinished wood,
open buckets full of grain and every sort of tube and container a
budding mad scientist could desire—the place looked legit to me.
I announced that I wanted to start
home brewing and the surly-looking man at the counter mumbled
at me and started bustling about
collecting all the equipment I
would need.
A start-up beer or wine kit
should include everything you
need except botdes, a 19-litre stock pot and your ingredients, running in at about $70.
Dan suggested I use an extract/
grain recipe, which uses a malt
extract base (looks like molasses) and a litde bit of whole
grain to liven up the flavour,
along with fresh hops.
This is the intermediary between the "kraft dinner" beer
kit in a can approach, and all-
grain brewing, which requires
a few more pieces of equipment. The recipe cost about
$30, and I picked up an aluminum stock pot at a kitchen supply store down the road for another $30 (if you get an aluminum pot, make sure to boil
some water in it first to give it a
protective coating of aluminum
oxide).
Now you're home and it's
time to...sanitize everything.
Don't skip this step, and make
sure to sanitize the surfaces of
the area you are working in as
well. This is to ensure your yeast
is the only thing you're growing,
as most other fungi and bacteria
will just make you sick instead
of drunk and then sick. Now it's
time to make beer.
There's no way you're waiting two whole weeks.
You've waited for so long
and you want a beer now.
Mine's only been bottled
for five days. It hissed
promisingly, but is a little flat. Smells like beer.
Tastes like beer. Party, tl
Sanitize bottles, siphon and big spoon, siphon beer from carboy back into primary, dissolve dextrose in warm water, add to beer (the yeast needs this extra sugar to carbonate the beer), siphon beer into bottles, it will get on
the floor, but your floor is already covered in beer stains so no big deal, right? Cap your beer and... wait... again.
DAY 18 8/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/2010.02.01
GOLD
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II
rs
BASKETBALL
WOMEN VS. SFU: LOSS, 68-81
MEN VS. SFU: LOSS, 79-82
MEN VS. SFU: WIN, 77-68
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EDITOR JUSTIN McELROY»sports@ubyssey.ca
VOLLEYBALL
HOCKEY
SILVER
WOMEN VS. MANITOBA: WIN, 3 0
WOMEN VS. MANITOBA: WIN, 3 0
MEN VS. MANITOBA: LOSS, 2 3
MEN VS. MANITOBA: LOSS, 13
WOMEN VS. MANITOBA: LOSS, 12
WOMEN VS. MANITOBA: LOSS, 3 5
MEN VS. SASKATOON: LOSS, 2 3
MEN VS. SASKATOON: LOSS, 3 6
#1 'Birds trounce #2 Bisons
Manitoba falls to UBC twice in straight sets as UBC clinches first place
DRAKE FENTON
Contributor
The numeric difference between one
and two is, of course, one. The difference between the number one
ranked UBC women's volleyball
team and the number two ranked
Manitoba Bison's is substantially
greater. These girls are simply that
good.
This weekend they welcomed the
Bisons to the slaughterhouse that is
War Memorial Gym. In straight sets
(25-14, 25-16, 25-16 on Friday and
25-23, 25-20, 27-25 and Saturday)
they drubbed Manitoba to sweep the
weekend series. The win moved them
to 17-0 on the year, and clinched first
place in the Canada West standings.
The T-Birds are to CIS volleyball as
Roger Federer is to tennis, as Tiger
Woods was (or still is) to golf, and as
the 72 Dolphins are to the NFL. They
are as near perfect as a team can be.
They've won 32 straight games, have
lost just 8 sets all season, and have no
peers in Canada.
It is not a team built around a single superstar; it is a team of superstars. Katie Tyzuk masterfully controls the flow of the offence. Kyla
Richey and Liz Cordonier strike fear
into the hearts of defenders with their
ability to finish off rallies. Jen Hinze
and Shanice Marcelle are prone to
beat opponents on either offence or
defence. Behind it all is libero Claire
Hannah who anchors a defence more
intimidating than the tattoo on Mike
Tyson's face.
The squad's pedigree of success is
unmatched in the CIS. They've won
two straight national championships,
and they are well on their way towards claiming a third.
Like every opponent they have
faced, Manitoba fared no better at
slowing down the juggernaut T-Birds
this weekend. In the third set of
Saturday's match, the Bisons found
themselves up 24-21, one point away
from taking the set.
But on the ensuing serve Manitoba
choked, spiking the ball into the net.
Liz Cordonier, who led UBC with 14
kills received the ball and responded in the only way that seemed appropriate: back to back aces. Jessica von
Schilling ended the set with an ace of
her own, propelling the girls to victory.
On the precipice of defeat the
'Birds remained unfazed. The girls
Katie Tyzuk helped lead UBC to another win. KEEGAN BURSAW PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
showed a stark refusal to be beaten.
When the game was on the line, they
rose to the occasion.
Much of their success rests on
the shoulders of head coach Doug
Reimer. He isn't the least worried
about his girls getting overconfident
with their continuous victories.
"The personality of this group
wouldn't allow for it. For the most
part they stay extremely focused and
they are in no way cocky about their
success."
Without a blemish on their record
and with first place locked up it would
appear that losing a match would relieve some stress of the pressure
to stay undefeated. Coach Reimer
doesn't think so.
"It's not about remaining undefeated. It's about taking every game as it
is. We play to win; we would never set
ourselves up to lose," he said. "You
wouldn't hire a lawyer who thinks
'well if I lose a case it doesn't really
matter.' We're the same way; we're
out there to win."
The journey towards a third-
straight championship continues
next weekend on the road against the
fourth-ranked University of Alberta
Pandas. The 'Birds aren't looking for
their first defeat: they're looking, always, for their next win.
"We may try different things here
and there, but we will keep the same
emotional context ofplaying to win
intact," said Reimer. vl
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
DEMIJAN SAVIJA VOLLEYBALL | Savija
put together another stellar performance on the weekend against the
University of Calgary Dinos. The
third year Commerce student has
been battling problematic knees,
which kept him out of action for
much of the season. However,
his knees had little bearing on his
play this weekend, as he led the
T-Bird squad with a team high 19
kills as well as a stunning 6 aces
last Friday—one of which was the
match-winning point.
EMMA BEATTIE SKIING | Awarded for
her performances at the team's
first conference race of the season in Spokane, Washington this
past weekend. The speedy freshman recently returned from injury
to lead the women's team to first-
and second-place finishes this
weekend. Beattie blew the competition off the slopes, taking first
place both days—in one race, finishing four seconds ahead of the
second-placing athlete, tl
GEOFF LISTER PHOTO (ABOVE) & KEEGAN
BURSAWFILE PHOTO (LEFT)/THE UBYSSEY
BIRD DROPPINGS
KEEGAN BURSAW FILE PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
BIRDS B-BALL TEAMS FALL FLAT AGAINST SFU
The No. 1 ranked men's basketball team lost
their first game of the season Thursday night
against the SFU Clan 82-79. The T-Birds were 13
points down at halftime, but rebounded to take a
78-77 lead with 2:19 off a Melvyn Mayott three-
pointer. However, SFU made a number of shots
down the stretch to secure the victory. The Clan
made a whopping 14 three-pointers on the evening, which coach Kevin Hanson attributed their
victory to.
"We are going to need to bring more intensity
to the defensive end ofthe floor [on Saturday]," he
said. "We gave them too many open look [three-
pointers] and we weren't executing on the defensive end ofthe floor."
UBC responded on Saturday with a 77-68 win,
with Blain LaBranche leading the team with 21
points. The win moved UBC to 14-1, while SFU is
now 12-3 on the season.
Meanwhile, the women's basketball team continued to struggle against the No. 1 ranked SFU
Clan, losing 81-68 on the road. SFU has now won
52 straight games in a row, moving to 14-0 in
Canada West play, while UBC stayed in second
place in the conference at 10-5.
MCCABE CIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
UBC swimmer Martha McCabe was named CIS
female athlete of the week for her performance
last weekend at the Canada West swimming
championships.
McCabe, in her third year at UBC, won three individual gold medals, setting conference records
in the 200 metre breaststroke (2:22.66) and the
400 metre individual medley (4:42.97). McCabe's
victories help propel the T-Birds to a conference championship over their rivals from the
University of Calgary.
DANTON SCORES IN FIRST CIS GAME
In his first hockey game after five years in prison, former NHL forward Mike Danton scored a
goal for the Saint Mary's Huskies in a 4-1 loss to
the Acadia Axemen.
Danton, who played for the St Louis Blues and
New Jersey Devils, pled guilty to hiring a hitman
to kill his agent in 2004, and was released from
prison in March of 2009. The crowd of 2000 fans
of the Halifax Forum gave a standing ovation to
Danton after his goal.
WHAT DO ABBOTSFORD, UBC AND NORWAY HAVE
IN COMMON?
The Norwegian men's national ice hockey team
will tune up for Team Canada by facing the UBC
Thunderbirds on February 10 at the Abbotsford
Sports Centre.
"It's a once in a lifetime experience and we
hope that it will be a great experience for both
teams," said UBC head coach Milan Dragicevic.
"Our guys will be ready to compete at a very
high level and we expect Norway to give us a
very tough game."
Norway, which has one NHL player on their
team, Flyers defenseman Ole Kristian Tollefsen,
will be in the same pool as Canada, the US and
Switzerland in the preliminary round of the
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UBC GETS PRETTY FOR THE OLYMPICS
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JUSTIN McELROY»sports@ubyssey.ca
As part of the ongoing changes UBC
is undergoing in preparation for the
Olympics, UBC is paving over the
area in front of Shoppers Drug Mart.
"We're just trying to make the area
look good for the Olympics, and for
future use, moving forward until we finalize the plans for the bus facilities,"
said Joe Stott, director of planning
at  UBC's Campus and  Community
Planning.
The area was previously going to
be used for an underground bus loop
project, which has been cancelled.
Other Olympic-related additions include signs which have been installed
around campus, including large
"From here" advertisements around
War Memorial Gym. tJ
—Samantha Jung
UBC-O Nursing student to carry the flame
KRITTANA KHURANA
kkhurana@ubyssey.ca
Twentyoneyear-old UBC Okanagan
Nursing student Treanna Asia
Delorme is beginning to feel the
impact the Winter Olympics will
have on her self, her family community, friends and school—every facet of her life.
This down-to-earth, enthusiastic and ambitious student will be a torchbearer in
Lillooet, Kelowna, on February
6, the 100th day ofthe Olympic
Torch Relay. Delorme is as
anxious as she is excited about
her charge.
"I watched it last night here
in Kelowna and I choked up a
little bit as the reality of it all
started to sink in," she said.
"I'm going to try to hold back
the tears when the day finally
comes."
Snowboarding is one of
Delorme's passions, along
with other interests such as
camping, dirt-biking, reading
and fishing. Although not competing in the Olympics, she aspires to compete more often
to increase her rank in the
world—and to be a role model
to her siblings. Delorme is
of Cowessess of Qu'appelle
Valley First Nations heritage.
She is optimistic about the exposure the Olympics will have
for First Nations of her community as well as in Canada in
general.
In fact, she is witness to some
of the effects the Olympics
have on herself and the First
Nations Snowboard Team: "I
hope to gain as much exposure
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as possible in hopes of receiving more sponsorship for both
myself and the First Nations
Snowboard team," she said.
"One of our sponsors is
Aboriginal Legacies Now, which
is directly linked to the 2010
Olympics. The team has received
so much media attention due to
the Olympics, which has contributed to the new sponsorships
we've received like RBC [an official Olympic sponsor] and Nike."
I'm going to try to
hold back the tears
when the day finally
comes.
TREANNA DELORME
OLYMPIC TORCHBEARER
When asked when her interest in boarding started,
Delorme recalled that her father bought her snowboard
gear for Christmas when she
was eight-years-old. Since
then, it has grown into a passion as she continued to challenge herself and excel in skill
every year.
How is it possible for a university student to balance between academics, social life
and personal aspirations?
"It can be hard to go to
class when I know that it's a
bluebird day up at big white
with ten centimetres of fresh
powder."
Delorme feels she's struck
a balance, mixing her love
for snowboarding with her
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Sustainability: the Olympic-sized debate
ASHLEY WHILLANS
awhillans@ubyssey.ca
In 2003, when Vancouver
was selected to host the 2010
Winter Olympic Games, VANOC
made a promise: Vancouver
would be the first sustainable
Olympics in history.
Now with less than two
weeks to go before 5000 athletes, 10,000 media members,
14,000 volunteers and 2.3 million attendees take part in the
Games, the questions remain:
Will Vancouver live up to its
claim? Is there such a thing as
a sustainable Olympics?
It is already known that
328,000 tonnes of carbon, or
the equivalent of approximately 65,600 extra cars driving for
a year, is expected to be emitted into the atmosphere during the Games. Air travel alone
will contribute 226,000 tonnes
of total emissions, according to
a report published by the David
Suzuki Foundation.
However, this environmental pollution is just the tip of
the disappearing iceberg. While
most people think about the
environment when they think
about sustainability, in the
wake of a mega-sporting event
such as the 2010 Olympics, this
concept becomes more complex, explained Robert Sparks,
director of UBC's School of
Kinetics and of the Centre for
Support and Sustainability.
"Sustainability is not just economics and the environment,"
Sparks said. "When we think
about sustainability, we should
also be thinking about development, health and physical
activity."
To lessen the environmental
and social impact of the Games
and help  Vancouver live  up
to its sustainability promise,
VANOC has solicited the help
and advice of UBC.
UBC TAKES THE REINS
Since the bid's inception
in 2003, UBC, one of the top
three sustainable universities in the world, according to
a Cambridge Institute report,
has been involved with a number of projects that assess the
ecological impact and increase
the overall sustainability of the
Olympics.
One of these projects is the
first comprehensive Olympic
Games Impact (OGI) report, a
series of two reports seeking to
determine the social, environmental and economic impact of
the Games.
These reports will track the
number of people made homeless by the Games, environmental factors such as air quality and the number of tourists,
and the businesses and jobs
created or changed because
of the Olympics, said Dr Rob
VanWynsberghe, associate professor of Human Kinetics.
The UBC Centre for Sports and
Sustainabilily will addresssus-
tainability issues by creating long
term jobs and opportunities for
students and individuals in the
community, added Sparks.
UBC's Coaching and
Sustainability Initiative will
pair university student mentors
with high school students in the
local community, he said. More
than 1000 students will take
part over the Olympic break.
IS IT ENOUGH?
While many professors and
employees at the Office of
Sustainability at UBC can't say
enough great things about the
initiatives and research being developed at the university thanks to the Olympics,
not everyone on campus is as
enthusiastic.
Sarah Stevenson, a fifth-year
Biochemistry student and board
member of the Student Legal
Fund Society, believes UBC-led
projects will have litde to no effect on the overall sustainability of the games. She especially was concerned that the research of the OGI reports would
largely be "ignored" by VANOC
and the city of Vancouver.
"The impact of UBC's initiatives will be a minor contribution at best to the overall sustainability of the Games," she
said. "To believe that UBC's
Olympic Games Impact reports
would be treated [seriously] is
naive."
She also argued that while
many Olympic venues, including UBC's own Doug Mitchell
Sports Centre, have LEED
(Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) certification, a certification that takes
into consideration the carbon
footprint of the venue and how
it was built, this is only part
of the Olympic "green washing" campaign. Green washing
is when a company or organization spends more time and
money claiming to be "green"
through advertising and marketing than actually being
green.
She explained that the
Whisder Sliding Centre has
LEED certification, which is
supposed to mean that it is sustainable. However, she said
that it uses the same amount
of energy it takes to run all of
the facilities at Whisder and
Blackcomb combined.
"These types of sustainable
claims are absurd, and a total falsification of the global
consumption that occurs every year an Olympic Games is
held," explained Stevenson.
UBC Professor of
Neuroscience Dr Chris Shaw
agreed. "Sustainability at the
Olympics is an oxymoron," he
said. "The focus is all directed
at the party. When the party is
over, when the bills are due, all
these initiatives will vanish," he
warned.
FROM HERE
While not all students and
staff at UBC agreed about
whether or not the Olympics
are sustainable, everyone
did manage to agree on one
point—that is, the need for
sustainable initiatives after
the Games are over.
"The Olympics alone cannot bear the burden of achieving sustainability," said newly appointed UBC Director of
Sustainability John Robinson.
"I think the best way to think
of this is not so much whether what we do at and for the
Olympics will ensure the continuance and reinforcement
of sustainability, but instead
how what we do at and for the
Olympics will fit into a larger
strategy of promoting and fostering sustainability at UBC and
beyond," he said.
Regardless of how much or
litde UBC contributes, or whether the Olympic targets are met,
our society must continue to
foster and promote sustainable
initiatives, added Shaw.
"Sustainability is something
we should do all the time, under all circumstances—not just
for special events." tl
OLYMPICS BRIEFS
NO "BOOM "FOR VANCOUVER
HOUSING PRICES
Despite the enormous number of people present during
Vancouver 2010 Olympics,
permanent housing prices are
expected to stay relatively the
same, according a UBC study.
"We do not find support for
the argument of host city backers that the Olympics delivers
positive economic benefits,
nor of the arguments made by
opponents that there is some
post-Olympic bust," said Tsuer
Somerville, a UBC professor in
real estate finance for Sauder.
He suggests there is only a
small "boom" in the construction employment sector during
the pre-Olympic period.
The study's co-author is
Sauder PhD student Jake Wetzel,
a 2008 Beijing Olympics gold
medalist.
MORE OLYMPIC ADS:
TRANSLINK
Ads not related to the
Vancouver 2010 Olympics
have been removed from all
BC transit services.
VANOC has purchased all
available spaces for Olympic
ads on TransLink skytrains
and buses as part of their contract—which is estimated to
be worth $17 million, TransLink
spokesperson Ken Hardie told
777e Georgia Straight.
Hardie said that VANOC is
now selling the spaces back
to the other advertisers—but
only those related with the
Olympics.
GAG LAWS REMOVED FOR
ANTI-OLYMPIC PROTESTERS
UBC Professor Chris Shaw
and UBC law student Alissa
Westergard-Thorpe have
dropped their lawsuit against
the City of Vancouver regarding the bylaws that restricted
Olympic protests in certain areas, reported Canwest.
Shaw and Westergard-
Thorpe filed a suit last October
claiming that the Olympics bylaws infringed on their political
freedom of expression, as protected by the Charter of Rights
and Freedoms.
The city has made changes
to the bylaw that alleviated a
large part of Shaw's concerns.
The amendment removed
the bylaw that outlawed anti-Games protests within a
40-block zone in Downtown
Vancouver.
The BC Civil Liberties
Association also dropped their
legal actions after the city removed the bylaw that banned
anti-Olympic signs in private
homes. The restriction is now
only limited to commercial
signs in order to respect the
rights of Olympic sponsors, tl
—Sarah Chung
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WE HOPE YOU LEAD THE FIGHT, BIJAN
Congratulations are in order to Bijan Ahmadian for winning the
AMS presidency. While we endorsed his chief rival for president,
Ahmadian put out more policy ideas, articulated his vision better,
and got his supporters out to the polls. He deserved to win.
Now comes the hard part: Running the damn thing.
This past year has been a disaster for student interests. We're
not represented at all for the Olympics, the SUB Renew Project has
stalled, Council has stopped functioning as an effective body, and
our ability to bargain with the university and provincial government
became non-existent. Ahmadian will change this, not only because
he's not Blake Frederick, but because, as a two-year Board member,
he knows the key players, how to leverage the voice of students and
what can and can't be accomplished.
Ahmadian is still far from perfect. In many ways, he is the exact
opposite of Blake Frederick. While that is good in many ways, going
from one extreme to the other on the AMS political spectrum brings
concerns. Being a president is different than being a board member; you are the voice for all students. While Ahmadian might believe that UBC and students agree on most issues, he'll quickly find
out that AMS Council doesn't exacdy see it that way. He must respect Council, and Council must be vigilant—otherwise the system
will break down.
As students, we all want this university to live up to its mottos and
its reputation as a world-class institution. But we also want more
student housing, increased accessibility, a secured UBC Farm, professors that make students their first priority, a more accountable
Board of Governors and a campus that actually feels like a community (and not a retirement village). It's now Ahmadian's job to lead
us in that fight. We wish him well, vl
MIKE DANTON RETURNS TO COLLEGE
Last Wednesday, former NHL forward and recently released convict Mike Danton played his first game for the St Mary's Huskies,
gaining a standing ovation for the only goal his team would get in
their 4-1 loss to the Acadia Axemen.
Danton made headlines when he was found guilty of a conspiracy to
commit murder in 2004, after hiring a contract killer to target either
David Frost, his agent and former coach, or possibly his father (as he
would later claim). His relationship with Frost was of particular interest; some speculated they had a sexual relationship, and Frost has been
recorded demanding Danton say "I love you" to him. He went from the
playoffs to the outhouse in a matter of months. Itwas weird.
Now that the former jailbird has returned to play hockey—as a
2 9-year-old in the CIS—he has understandably come under some degree of scrutiny. But does he deserve it?
In his short NHL career, Danton was never more than a role player, and hasn't been playing at the professional level for years. Heck,
he hasn't been playing any hockey at all. He will still be a valuable
player for the Huskies, but in the two games he's played for the
team, they've gone winless. Statistics aren't the issue here though.
It's about whether our prison system is built upon the hope that individuals can be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society. To what
extent should we judge?
Since he's a Canadian who pleaded guilty to a crime in the US legal
system, he will probably not be allowed to return to the land of the free,
making a comeback to the NHL unlikely. University hockey and his psychology and sociology courses are all he's got going for him at the moment. Regardless of his past, Mike Danton deserves a second chance, va
TOO SEXY
KASHA CHANG
& AUSTIN HOLM
toosexy@ubyssey.ca
HEY TOO SEXY,
I wrote you guys the other week with some questions
about how to deal with implicit expectations in open relationships. I'd like to follow up with
a question about conflicting implicit expectations between my
different partners, and how to
mediate or manage these.
I am currendy faced with a
dilemma: there is an upcoming
event at which two of my casual partners will both be present.
This will be the first time they've
been in the same room together
with me, and I don't know what
to do. It's likely that they both
have the same expectations of
me—i.e., that we will hook up at
some point during this event. I
can't decide who I would rather hook up with, but I know that
no matter the outcome someone will be disappointed.
I have never wanted my promiscuity to hurt peoples feelings, and I do actually care about
both individuals, but in this foreign environment I am entirely
unsure whether or not I ought
to remedy the situation, even
absent a clearly defined obligation. Moreover, if it is the case
that I should attempt to actively address this situation, how
best could this be achieved?
Should I approach one partner,
or both? Perhaps suggest a menage a trois? That's totally way
too ambitious...but you know
what I mean. I'm faced with the
competing interests of treating
my partners fairly, and also just
wanting to have a good time.
Help me, Too Sexy\
-FRAUGHT (Part Two)
Hey    again   FRAUGHT,
thanks for the follow-up.
and
There really isn't an easy way
to deal with this situation. Your
hand is being forced; this is one
of the reasons it's good for your
different partners to meet or at
least know about each other before a situation like this one necessitates it. It can be difficult
for someone who is used to having your undivided attention
have to deal with the abrupt introduction of another partner.
Having to imminendy deal with
said other partner, socially, in
person and with no warning
whatsoever doesn't help either.
That said, all is not lost. In answer to your first question: yes,
you should attempt to address
the situation. Talk to both partners and let them know what's
up. It doesn't have to be a big
deal. Otherwise, things are likely to be excruciatingly awkward,
chilly, passive-aggressive... in
short, no fun for anyone. So,
since we assume that isn't what
you want, how should you address this?
Tell them exacdy what is going on and your motivations for
talking about it with them, except maybe leave out the part
where you aren't sure which
of them you'd rather hook up
with. Plan what you are going to
say so the conversation doesn't
implode. We'd recommend saying something like:
"(Name here), I wanted to let
you know that on (date here) at
(event here), (other name here)
who I am also seeing non-exclu-
sively will be present. I wanted to
let you know this because I don't
want this to be a source of awkwardness and surprise for you.
I don't want anything untoward
to happen; I really care about
you and value our relationship
and your comfort, but I also like
(name here) and value my relationship with her and her comfort. I'd like to hang out with both
of you at some point or other during this event; I'm hoping we can
all hang out together but understand if you find this too awkward. I just don't want there to be
conflict between the two of you
and I wanted to make sure you
were okay with and prepared for
the situation. My foremost concern is for no one to get their feelings hurt."
Ideally, this litde speech
leads to a productive discussion with either partner about
how they would prefer the three
of you interact, leading to some
good conclusions that make
everybody happy. Given that
you're relying on your partners
to be totally cool with a tricky
situation, however, it might
also be good to have a contingency plan.
Unfortunately, FRAUGHT,
there's a chance things won't
turn out peachy-keen, at least
not this time around. If there's
any indication that one or both
of your partners are uncomfortable with the situation, we'd
recommend erring on the side
of caution and not hooking up
with either partner, or anyone else. It's a bit of drag, but
if you really want to avoid hurting anyone's feelings and want
to hold on to both of these relationships, it's probably the safest way to go.
On the other hand, there's as
much of a chance that things
will go awesomely and your
partners will get along really
well. In which case, the neatest, most sensible solution (depending on your partners' preferences, obviously) may be to
suggest a menage a trois. They
aren't as difficult to orchestrate
as people usually think, and
they sure are fun. Remember to
dream big, tiger.
Once again, good luck and
have fun! \J
Love y'all. Return the favour
and write us at toosexy@ubys-
sey.ca Reciprocation, yol
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PERSPECTIVES
THE FACULTY OF FENCES AND
MID-DEGREE CRISES
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NICOLA GAILITS
Contributor
I'm in my room slowly slugging
away at my anatomy lab, when
my stressed-out third-year
friend bursts in, just about
at the end of his rope. Like
many of us, he is completely
lost when it comes to what career path he wants to follow.
After two years spent focused
on one Science major, he has
put in an application to change
majors, and is again questioning whether this is his true
calling.
Science is tough. The Faculty
of Science is rigid for good reason, but this might be impeding our process of career discovery. Most of my science
friends have their heads stuck
so far into their books, there's
hardly time to make weekend
plans, let alone muse about
their future.
I remember applying to
UBC and looking up what I
would be required to take in
Arts, and what would be needed for  Science.  I was  sorely
disappointed that in Science I
would be given no electives for
my whole first year. I would be
burdened with mind-cramping
courses like chemistry, physics
and calculus. And after an introductory year from hell, I'd be
expected to pick a major based
on these wonderful courses. It's
no wonder my friend is throwing his hands up in desperation
three years down the line.
It's a joke between my friends
that I should have worn half
blue, half purple on Imagine
Day because of how litde I fit
into either Arts or Science.
Instead of buckling down and
accepting the excessive amount
of requirements for Science,
I took half. I explored electives like French and psychology. My amazing anatomy class
(BIO 153) didn't have any prerequisites, and it gives me a significant perspective into what
more advanced biology courses
might be like.
I'm not sure if I just got
lucky, but I got incredible professors for my CHEM 121,
MATH 100, and BIO 121 courses. But couldn't they offer more
electives in the first and second years, and less in later
years? This could prove beneficial to the future of the Faculty
of Science. Instead of having
a crop of third-year students
switching majors or forced to
finish one they don't like just to
get out of school, you'd find students in the majors they're actually passionate about. More
inspired students pursuing careers   means   more   students
likely to wish to continue their
studies in graduate school, doubling the benefits for UBC.
Science is serious. After all,
they need to weed out the weaklings who can't handle integral
calculus or three-hour labs. But
why force students into hurriedly choosing a major, freaking out and then dropping out?
Being exposed to more variety
would broaden our experiences
and give us a litde bit more time
to sort life out (or get our drink
on). There are people who spend
half their life pursuing degrees
in all manner of subjects before
they finally settle down. I don't
believe offering more electives
would suddenly give everyone
the portkey to their Hogwarts-
like future, but it would at least
be a start.
LETTERS
EXECUTIONS IN IRAN
Early morning Thursday,
January 28, 2010 the government of Iran executed two young
men—Arash Rahmanipour, a
teenager, and Mohammad Reza
Ali Zamani—on the basis of mo-
harebeh or fighting against
God and God's government.
Another nine protesters are
on death row under similar
charges. Capital punishment
has been a frequently used
method of punishment in Iran
since 1979. From the first days
of establishing the Islamic judicial system, tens of thousands have been executed for
political activities, economic charges, involvement in extramarital relationships and
numerous other violations of
the rule  of government and
Islamic sharia.
Thursday's executions are a
warning by the government to
millions of Iranians who are preparing themselves for anti-government protests on February
11, 2010. This is an important day in the history of Iran:
31 years ago, people were able
to overthrow another dictatorship ruled by Pahlavi dynasty.
But the days of people breathing
in what they called the "Spring
of Freedom" were very short.
The newly established Islamic
regime used similar and even
harsher ways of suffocating any
demands for equality for women, a decent standard of living
for working people and freedom of expression for the vast
majority of people.
The anniversaries of February
11 were stolen and taken over by
the Islamic government for 29
years. This year, people have declared their intent to come out
and liberate the streets as they
did in many occasions in 2009:
June 14-20, July 9, September
18, December 7 and 27. Many
Iranians are seeing a population that is eager enough to get
rid of this brutal regime and a
government that, in spite of its
cruelty, is unable to rule. This
is the moment of social revolution—people do not want to live
under the present system and
the government is losing all its
methods of oppression.
During his Friday, January
29 prayer in Tehran, the
Imam Ahmad Jannati told government [loyalists] that he is
thankful the head of the judiciary (Sadeq Larijani) expedited
the executions of these two prisoners who, as he claimed, were
in charge of the "events after
the election." "Events after the
election" is a phrase used by authority figures to describe the
revolution that is evolving in
Iran. Jannati asked for more executions, adding that if the government had killed more [earlier], the protests of December
27 would never happen. He is
wrong. In Iran and around the
world, these executions have
been condemned. We will ask
everyone to show their support
for the movement for equality,
freedom and a humane republic in Iran.
—Yasi Bayani
KOERNER'S DEPOSIT POLICY
Hi, Ubyssey. I would like publicize the new level of creativity
in Koerner's Pub management.
Earlier they used to accept student IDs as deposits for foosball
balls. Now they realize that the
balls are far more precious than
IDs and are accepting no less
than a credit card or your licence!
Allegedly, they do this as some
students get away with the precious [foosball balls]. I don't know
how [many] such cases they have
seen...but I don't think anyone
will actually forgo their ID for
a ball until and unless insanely
drunk...they could have asked for
a [cautionary] deposit if needed,
but [a] credit card is too much!
—Venu Kurellas
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