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Array Celebrating 90 years! •
January 27,2009 \ www.ubyssey.ca
Cigarettes, beer, and Risk since 1918 \ volume xc, number 33
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
Wolverine fights Magneto
Last weekend an explosion was scheduled with the fire department at 5:45pm for the filming of X-Men
Origins: Wolverine, slated for release in May 2009. Crowds of students were told not to take any flash
photography at the risk of wasting "hundreds of thousands of dollars" and to cover their ears in anticipation of the very loud explosion. The crew prepared for the blast, taking a couple of hours to set up before
finally blowing it all up in it's glory. Students crowded around and applauded the explosion, much to the
amusement of the film crew, kathy yan li photo/the ubyssey
Aquatic Centre
free for students
by Sarah Ling
News Writer
Even with your wallet depleted
after paying for tuition, books and
a bar tab, you can workout without
breaking the bank.
After negotiations between
the AMS and UBC Athletics, the
Aquatic Centre is free at all hours
for UBC students.
"It was always one of those
things that I was concerned about
as a student here at UBC," said
AMS President Michael Duncan,
an influential player in renegotiating the Aquatic Centre fees.
"I felt that I was paying a whole
lot more than I should be. It was
part of my campaign election platform in 2008 when I ran for president. It didn't get much attention
for the first six to eight months
but halfway through the term Neal
Yonson and I started working together to address the situation."
Neal Yonson is a chemistry graduate student and a member-at-large
with the AMS. He also sits on the
University Athletics Council.
Yonson and Duncan worked
together with the help of the AMS
to show students where their UBC
athletics and recreation tuition fee
is going. Ultimately, they concluded that what students got in return
for their fee was not proportionate
to the amount paid.
Over the past few months
Yonson and Duncan have been
negotiating with UBC Athletics
to improve the provision of recreation on campus. It is the first
step—they plan to push for significant reductions in intramural
fees and Birdcoop fees to improve
access for the new Thunderbird
Winter Sports Complex and the
tennis centre.
UBC Athletics director Bob Philip had a significant impact in the
success of the fee changes. "Bob
has been really helpful. We're excited about how he also wants to
improve recreation on campus,"
Duncan said.
The changes to the fee, Philip
claims, are "cost mutual." Swim
times, which were previously
allocated for students only, are
now open to the public, making
the swim schedule flexible for
everyone. Philip added that the
Aquatic Centre was not seen as an
area where financial change was a
"The Aquatic Centre was a show
of good faith; to show that we are
working towards improving the
provision of recreation on campus. It's a beginning to what we
hope to be even more substantial
changes in the provision of recreation on campus," Duncan said.
Philip echoed this commitment
in providing more concessions for
UBC students. "I told the Board of
Governors there will be a series of
concessions starting in September. [This includes] reductions in
user fees for playing intramurals
and using facilities such as the
Birdcoop," Philip said.
While the UBC Athletics has yet
to announce specific fee reductions, Philip said they are in progress and they will take effect. "You
will hear about it," he confirmed.
For now, swimmers are quite
pleased to hear that they can swim
as they choose. "It's good," said
Amanda Ding, third-year science
student. "It's better because now
my school schedule doesn't have
to work around pool times. I can
control the times that I go and how
frequently I go instead of having
limited times." vi
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JANUARY 27, 2009
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
China's path in the Global Financial Crisis • Zhanwu Li earned a
PhD in Economics in the UK and
later worked for the Chinese central government. He will present
on the current economic implications for China, how the Chinese
government has sought to ensure
stability, and on Canada-China
economic relations • Jan. 27@
12:30-2pm, Location: Choi Building Rm 120, Free Admission
Prof Talk • Professor Benajmin
Perrin talks on CiTR 101.9FM
regarding Canada's role in human
trafficking for sexual exploitation
purposes. Farha Khan will be the
host. • Jan. 27 @ 4-4:30PM, Location: CiTR 101.9FM*
UBC Improv • Team David and
Team Goliath crank out the jokes.
• Jan. 27 @ 7-9pm, Location:
Scarfe 100, Cost: $2 or free with a
membership •
Learn about the Integrated Science Program • The integrated
science program will host a free
breakfast to allow you to see if
ISCI is a fit for you. • Jan. 28 @
7:45-9:45am, Location: Leonard S
Klinck Rm 464, Free Admission •
In-Class Essay Writing Tips •
Learn how to write an in-class
essay efficiently in 50 minutes.
The workshop will focus on how
to prepare, write, and learn from
your in-class essays. • Jan. 28 @
12- 1PM, Location: Dodson Room,
Chapman Learning Commons,
Free Admission •
Photoshop Level 5 • Learn specia
effects such as motion blurring of
a still image, serigraph effects and
how to superimpose environmental effects like rain. • Jan. 28 @
12- 1pm, Location: Koerner Library
Rm 216, Free Admission •
Opportunities for Aboriginals
in your Community with a BA
• For Aboriginal undergraduates
or graduates seeking to work in
your community. The presenters
will promote job opportunities,
summer internships, and the long-
term career prospects of students
seeking to be involved in their
community. • Jan. 28 @ 12-lpm,
Location: Irving K. Barber Center,
Rm 156, Free Admission •
Jello Wrestling • All science
students invited to compete in the
annual jello wrestling competition
to prove your superiority. • Jan.
28 @ 12- 1pm, Location: SUB Ballroom, Cost: by donation •
Environmentally Beneficial Research • The Chemical and Biological Engineering Sustainability Club
will showcase environmentally
beneficial research that is being
built at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and
the Clean Energy Research Center.
• Jan. 28 @ 1-4:30pm, Location:
Main Atrium of the Chemical and
Biological Engineering Building,
Free Admission •
Learn how to Succeed in an
Interview • Garner effective skills,
strategies, and other skills to sway
potential employers in your favour.
• Jan. 28 @ 1:30-3:30pm, Location: Brock Hall 101 •
January 29
Learn about Alzheimer's Disease
and Related dementias * The
nstructor will explain the changes
the brain undergoes when Alzheimer's is contracted, how the
disease progresses, and its impact
on communication and behaviour,
nformation will be presented on
family and friends can handle
the workload, grief and stress associated with a loved one getting
Alzheimer's • Jan. 29 12-lpm, Location: TBA (http://02.cms.ubc.ca/
Page5655. aspx#alzheimers), Free
Admission •
Service and Leadership *
Workshops on how to develop
leadership skills and explore opportunities to serve your local
community. • Jan. 29 @ 12-2pm,
Location: First Nation's Longhouse,
Free Admission •
Learn to Peer Review • Peer
Review is central to the ongoing
professional development for
teachers at UBC. This session wil
bolster one's resume and likely
ncrease merit pay • Jan. 29 @ 12-
4:30pm, Location: Irving K Barber
Learning Center, TAG Fraser River
Room 227, Free Admission •
Choirs at Chan • UBC choirs wil
preform at the Chan Center • Jan.
29 @ 12- 1pm, Location: Chan
Centre, Free Admission •
Off-Campus Work Permit Workshops • International students
seeking to work off campus should
come to learn how to gain eligibility and complete required forms.
• Jan. 29, 12:15-1:15pm,Location
International House, Upper
Lounge, Free Admission •
After Second Year • Speak to
program advisers from numerous
programs to help you plan your
academic path. Learn about co-op
and Go Global. • Jan. 29 @ 5:30-
7:30pm, Location: Ladha Center,
Development Permit Applications
DP 08030: Wesbrook Mixed-Use Building
UBC Properties Trust proposes to build a 5-storey mixed-use
development, with up to 18 commercial retail units and 72 residential
rental units in Wesbrook Place (South Campus Neighbourhood).
The proposal is seeking commercial and residential parking relaxations.
Hampton   <
(Mixed Use Building)
This application is scheduled for consideration by the
Development Permit Board on Wed. Feb. 11, 2009, Cedar Room,
Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall, 5-7 pm. For directions visit:
www.maps.ubc.ca. More information on this project is available
on the C&CP website: www.planning.ubc.ca/corebus/devapps.html
Please direct questions to Daniel Sirois, Manager Development Services,
email: daniel.sirois@ubc.ca.
This event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about assistance
for persons with disabilities, e-mail rachel.wiersma@ubc.ca
Free Admission •
Lace Up for Kids • A UBC REC
event to raise money for the BC
Children's Hospital. The goal is
to have a total of 40,000 laps of
the UBC Thunderbird Arena and
is to raise $1 5,000. • Jan 29 all
day, Location: Thunderbird Arena,
Cost: minimum $300 donation per
team •
Salsa Night! • Enjoy Cuban-born
dance with Indian music with
your friends. A salsa instructor wil
instruct you for an hour prior to
letting you dance wildly! • Jan. 29
@ 8pm- 12am, Location: Pit Pub,
Cost: $4, bring dance-shoes and 2
pieces of government ID •
January 30
Revamp your Resume and Cover
Letters • Career Services will help
you improve your resume and develop noteworthy cover letters for
an upcoming job application • Jan.
30 @ 12-2pm, Location: Swing
407, Free Admission •
Women's Basketball * UBC vs
Lethbridge Pronghorns • Jan. 30
@ 6-8pm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Cost: $10 adult/$4 youth &
senior/$2 UBC student •
Men's Hockey • UBC vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns • Jan. 30 @
7:30-1 Opm, Location: War Memorial Gym, Cost: $ 10 adult/$4 youth
& senior/$2 UBC student •
Men's Basketball • UBC vs Lethbridge Pronghorns • Jan. 30 @
8-1 Opm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Cost: $10 adult/$4 youth &
senior/$2 UBC student •
Cold Fusion • The last day of
science week. With live performances from State of Shock, the
Veer Union, and DJ Matt this party
promises to be exciting. • Jan. 30
@ 8pm, Location: SUB Ballroom,
Cost: $8 (tickets presold only) •
Get Fit Faculty • In teams of 5
faculty members use pedometers
to record the number of steps they
taken in a week. The group's total
gets recorded and is plotted on
a virtual map of Canada for nine
weeks. • Jan. 30 @ 7pm, Location:
wherever you're at, Cost: see
www.educ.ubc.ca/walkabout for
details •
January 31
UBC Student Olympic Conference
• Panel discussions on the follow-
ng topics: the economic impacts,
transportation and infrastructure,
security and civil liberties, sports
and doping, and the environmental impacts • Jan. 31 @ 8:30am
- 9pm, Location: Life Science
Center, Cost: see http://soc2010.
ca/registration.html for details •
Rec Tailgater Football * Tournament REC holds its first ever
Co-Rec Football Tournament. Play
football the day before the Super-
bowl. • Jan.31 @ 11-5pm, Location: Wright Field, Thunderbird
Park, Cost: $64 Student teams,
$100 Staffteams*
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Happy Chinese New Year
For all those who were in the cafeteria yesterday you would be one of the lucky ones to see, the annual UBC Kung Food Association's lion
dance for the Chinese New Year. The dance is brings good luck, prosperity and fortune to the people around it. kellan higgins photo/the ubyssey
Bijan's UBC
Farm blunder
Board of Governors candidate explicitly offers
full commitment in exchange for endorsement
Blunder blather
by Justin McElroy
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
Incumbent Board of Governors
(BoG) candidate Bijan Ahmadian
has come under fire recently for
a statement he made regarding
the UBC Farm at a Friends of the
Farm meeting last week.
Ahmadian, who is running
for re-election for one of the two
student seats to the board told
Friends of the Farm that if they
did not endorse him then he
would not be championing the
Farm if re-elected.
"I have been kind of clear that
if you endorse me and if we have
that contract between each other, then I will have a very solid
commitment," Ahmadian said.
"I know that I'm emailing everyone saying that I have made this
solid commitment but if you're
not endorsing me, then I won't
be emailing people saying 'this
is my project this year.'"
The quote came to light due
to a person who was attending
the meeting secretly recording
Ahmadian as he was trying to
convince the Friends ofthe Farm
to endorse him. The anonymous
person put the recording on a
quickly created blog, where the
news rapidly spread to other
online publications competing in the Voter-Funded Media
Ahmadian has issued a press
statement, saying that the anonymous blogger who posted his
quotation took it out of context
and that it seems like it was a deliberate smear campaign against
him. He says that the comment
refers to a specific project "beyond general support of the
"Given the large number of
stakeholders engaged with the
farm issue," Ahmadian said, "I
stressed that I was reluctant to
make that project a top priority if students and the university
Ahmadian. gerald deo photo/the
administration would not see
me as legitimately speaking on
behalf of farm advocates."
Friends of the Farm (FotF)
president Andrea Morgan says
the group is not impressed with
the statement, saying that Ahmadian's actions caused quite a
stir with the group which is only
endorsing Tristan Markle for the
"There was [a] considerable
group of members who were
really pissed and annoyed that
Bijan asked for our support and
compare it to a contract rather
than act out of his own will for
the farm. I personally will not
speak for or against Bijan's campaign as I am only one member
of Friends of the Farm but I will
say his actions caused quite a
stir and there were very mixed
opinions expressed about his integrity once he left the meeting."
Morgan did add however, "we
wish Bijan luck in the coming
weeks and hope to maintain a
friendly relationship with him."
Fellow BoG candidates contacted for this article declined to
comment. Va
News Editor
"A gaffe is when a politician tells
the truth." The phrase, written
by journalist Michael Kinsley in
1992, neatly summarizes what
most of us instinctively understand: that politicians bend the
truth and speak in bland platitudes because to do otherwise
is often career suicide. So when
someone in the political realm
pulls back the curtain and speaks
an unpleasant truth, it is known
as a Kinsley Gaffe.
I mention this not because I
need to showcase the extensive
political trivia I've gathered
through the years but because,
much to the delight of everyone
at UBC who loves controversy
and politics, a bona-fide Kinsley
Gaffe has occurred in the AMS
The candidate? Bijan Ahmadian, running for a second
term on the Board of Governors
(BoG). The place? A Friends ofthe
Farm meeting last week, where
Ahmadian was looking for a surprise endorsement.
The gaffe? From the horse's
"If you're not endorsing me,
then I won't be emailing people
saying 'this is my project this
Ah, controversy. Now, it goes
without saying—so I'll say it anyway—that what Ahmadian said
was of the stupid, palm-smacking
variety, and pretty much the exact
opposite of how you try and get
an endorsement (the fact that he
then told the Friends of the Farm
that he was probably going to win
without their endorsement was
the cherry on the sundae). But
was it truly offensive?
Let's face it, a politician
pledging support for an issue in
exchange for an endorsement
isn't a small quirk of politics—it is
politics, like it or not. You scratch
my back, I'll scratch yours. We're
not as used to it here, because
there are a very small number of
groups at UBC where an endorsement means anything, and candidates generally go about it more
quietly. Ahmadian simply went
about it with all the subtlety of a
jackhammer, and paid the price
for not knowing he was being
It's also important to note that
Ahmadian didn't say he would
change his position on the farm
if he got their endorsement which
would have been worthy of the
hysteria some are treating his
gaffe. He only said he would make
it a priority of his, as opposed to
an issue he would support, but
not really push forward. It's an
important distinction, because at
the board level, it's not a question
of what positions you hold, but
what positions you push.
Students only occupy three of
the 21 seats on the BoG and are
in their position for 12 months,
and then are shunted aside. It's
hard to get any momentum for
student issues, so if you're going
to be effective, you have to pick
two or three key points to constantly bring forward to the other
members of the board, and push,
push, push them to the forefront.
This past year, Ahmadian
didn't make the farm a focal point
of his work. He left that fight to
the other UBC-Vancouver board
student representative Tim Blair.
Given that Ahmadian has been
running on continuing to forward
the issues that he has worked on
during the past year—RCMP relations, University Boulevard, and
housing—it's doubtful that he
would have spent the capital he
has with board members on the
UBC Farm.
Essentially, what this incident
has confirmed is that Ahmadian
is a) not going to make the UBC
Farm a top priority if elected, and
b) a politician. Both of these facts
will no doubt add fuel to the fire
for those against the incumbent
candidate but it is unlikely to
sway the race significantly. Voters
who care about the farm already
have three candidates—Tristan
Markle, Blake Frederick, and
Michael Duncan—who are outspoken supporters of the farm,
and Ahmadian has a diverse network of supporters throughout
campus, having been elected by
a nearly 900-vote margin in the
2008 election.
One thing is for sure: The controversy will rage for a few days.
Such is the case when making a
Kinsley Gaffe. After all, once the
truth is out there, it is difficult to
make disappear. U
News Briefs
A motion was passed at the Board
of Governors (BoG) meeting Tuesday granting a $400,000 funding
release for continued development
on a new Law building.
Campus and Community Planning gave a presentation to the BoG
outlining the features and benefits
of the new building, which is to
be located beside the Curtis Law
Building. The new building would
be slightly larger than the existing
building, with more open space
inside with large windows.
Additional funding has not
been confirmed yet, although Law
students are discussing a possible
Discussion surrounding the SUB
renewal project is facing issues.
There is disagreement among
the AMS and UBC about the choice
of architect and how the project
will be managed, said VP Students
Brian Sullivan at Tuesday's Board
of Governors meeting.
The AMS wants autonomy and
a strong say in the project. The university has questioned the AMS's
ability for risk management on the
University Square project.
Tristan Markle, AMS VP Administration said that they are "negotiating" the issues now, and have
been for the last couple months.
There is still strong support
for the project. Sullivan says that
there is a mutual desire by all parties to see this project completed.
Lisa Castle, Associate UBC Human
Resources, wants all members involved to work together for a "mutual expression of interest."
Bijan Ahmadian, AMS BoG representative, says that things could
change soon. "I have a sense that
things could turn around after [the
AMS elections]." 11
The Friday installment of the VP
External debates went smoother
than those on Wednesday. The
joke candidates, The King's Head
and Fire, were unavoidably detained, leaving Tim Chu and Iggy
Rodriguez to spar in peace.
The debate began with both
candidates agreeing that the
AMS should lobby the provincial
government to reduce the age of
majority to 18. From there, the
debate focused around remaining with the Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations (CASA),
which does federal lobbying for
universities, or joining the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS),
which lobbies on both provincial
and federal levels.
Chu insisted that the differences between CASA and CFS were
largely exaggerated but that there
were serious issues with CASA
mentioning that it was heavily
weighted by Atlantic schools, and
failed to address prominent UBC
issues. While Rodriguez held that
UBC would not be joining CFS, he
said CASA must be willing to address our issues before we return
to full membership. Rodriguez
also added that he is not opposed
to banding together with CFS
schools in order to lobby the provincial government for a two per
cent hard cap to student tuition
Both candidates dismissed
the Olympics as fairly out of their
control with any lobbying at this
point being no more than students
"screaming at a brick wall."
—Kyrstin Bain 4 | NEWS
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Friday, January 30,2009
New system, new problems?
AMS implements fairer voting method in upcoming elections
by Alia Dharssi
News Writer
This year's AMS elections, which
will take place from January 29
to February 4, will be conducted
using the Condorcet ranked-
pairs method of voting, a system
which is considered to be fairer
than the first-past-the-post method used in previous elections.
Supporters also hope that the
system will promote a greater
level of voter engagement while
preventing vote-splitting and
strategic voting.
The Condorcet winner is
the one person who could beat
every other candidate in a one-
on-one election, as fair Vote
UBC president Bruce Krayenhoff
Elections administrator Sarina Rehal stressed, "With Condorcet, you really have to make
sure that people prefer you over
all other candidates."
To win under the new voting
system, it is the interest of the
candidates to have a broad base
of support rather than the strong
support of a limited number of
"Condorcet tries to find the
single person with the greatest
possible support," explained
Antony Hodgson, who sits on
the board of directors of Fair
Voting BC, an organization that
promotes voting reform with
the goal of empowering voters.
Hodgson explained that the
method works like a round-robin. Voters rank as many of the
candidates as they wish based
on their preferences. If a voter
ranks three or more candidates
on their ballot (assuming there
are at least three people in the
race), each candidate is measured against each other within
the ballot in a series of one-on-
one competitions. The combined
rankings of every ballot are then
used to determine which candidate would win in a paired race
against every other candidate.
Hodgson, Krayenhoff, and
AUS President Avneet Johal
expressed hopes that the new
system   will   increase   student
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With three candidates, each ballot
has three ranked pairs, all of which
'contribute to the final electoral result
Condorcet ranks each candidate on each ballot, unlike First-past-the-
engagement. Since individual
votes now play a bigger role in
determining the outcome, students have a greater incentive
to exercise their vote as well as
to become more informed about
the candidates in the race. No
vote is a wasted vote. Voters who
prefer an underdog that is unlikely to win can select that person as their first choice, while
still expressing opinions on the
other candidates in the race.
AUS President Avneet Johal
explained that in the past certain
races have been determined by a
particular group on campus that
displays significant support for a
specific candidate. That group's
support may be enough for the
candidate to win in a first-past-the-
post system, but it does not mean
that the candidate is representative of the whole student body.
Another benefit is that, as the
Condorcet ranked-pairs method
better translates the actual preferences of voters, it is in their
best interests to rank the candidates honestly.
"One of the big reasons we
actually pushed for the system
is that it will decrease strategic
voting," said AMS VP Academic
and University Affairs Alex
Lougheed. Lougheed explained
that the Condorcet method also
helps to mitigate concerns over
vote-splitting. Under first-past-
the-post, two candidates with a
broad base of support might take
votes away from one another,
enabling another candidate with
less general support to win the
The decision to apply the
Condorcet method was approved
by the AMS Council March 16,
2008. Both Lougheed and Johal
said that the decision to choose
Condorcet was a careful one,
with an ad hoc committee created to review different voting
systems, spending months deliberating over alternative options.
"As a leading Canadian university, I think it's really important for us to look at electoral
reform," Johal said. "We need to
show our federal and provincial
governments that if we can use a
fair and just system, you can do
it too."
The Condorcet ranked-pairs
method will not be used in the
Board of Governors election. In
that election voters will choose
two candidates, with the two highest vote-recievers elected. For
a detailed overview on how the
Condorcet ranked-pairs system
works, go to www.ubyssey.ca. vi
Wood back in after flip-flop
Candidate briefly pulls out of VP Academic race
by Kalyeena Makortoff
News Staff
Candidate Jeremy Wood is back
in the race for VP Academic and
University Affairs after briefly
dropping out Friday afternoon.
"It was a long decision made
over a couple of days," Wood explained. "I felt like I had begun to
put winning this race before the
issues I was running for. I found
this a self-destructive mindset
for myself to hold and an unfair
place from which to ask students
to support me."
Wood's sudden decision
was met by surprise, as was his
rumoured endorsement of fellow candidate Sonia Purewal
in hopes of defeating Johannes
Rebane in the VP Academic race.
Wood explained that Purewal did not receive his support
because of her platform, citing
their disagreements on issues of
development. "But in the short
time I've known her I've found
Sonia to be one of the few people
in this big, bad world of the AMS
who cares, whose heart is actual
ly with students." And as for Rebane, "Johannes' platform fails
to really address many of the
issues students care about...he's
running the precise campaign I
dropped out to avoid running."
Later the same day, Wood apparently changed his mind. "I
realized that if I was not in this
race, it was likely that the issues
I've been speaking about would
go unheard. As a student I was
afraid of that prospect. It was
a very hard decision to make
and I kept going back and forth.
Eventually I came to the conclusion that my duty to speak was
more important than wavering
on the race. So now I'm back and
I'm making sure I put the issues
Rebane has speculated that,
given the mathematics of the
Condorcet voting system, characterized by its ranked-candidate
ballot, this incident will not take
its toll on the candidate's campaigns if they remain focused on
their central issues.
As for how students may now
view Wood's candidacy, Wood
worries that voters will see himself as undedicated to the race
but hopes that, "they see that I'm
not like many of the other candidates who are looking for something to put on their resume. I
would hardly have gone back
and forth if that was the case."
Fellow candidate David Nogas expressed his belief that
the flip-flop reflects weakly on
Wood. Rebane communicated
similar sentiments. "I think it
really begs the question—if it is
so easy for Mr Wood to lose sight
of the issues even before voting
starts, how much assurance is
there that his focus would not be
derailed in the much tougher environment of holding the actual
In contrast, Purewal suggested that the move was understandable. "Jeremy had a
moment and I completely understand that. Election campaigns
are mentally exhausting and
there are moments where we
maybe insecure, afraid or angry.
It's unfortunate that it ended u
being a very public moment. JANUARY 27, 2009
Empty rhetoric? Potential VP Academics vie for votes
Lower book prices, cool courses, tutorial restructuring, candidates jostle to win over students
by Ian Turner
News Staff
If VP Academic Alex Lougheed
were asked to describe his AMS
executive position, he might
call himself a lobbyist of a consumer group. What group, you
ask? The undergraduate and
graduate students here at UBC.
His goal, he said, is to fulfill the
AMS mandate "to enhance the
student experience."
The task is difficult. With a
broad range of areas to cover
during his almost complete
term as VP Academic, Lougheed
has focused on lowering the
UBC Bookstore's book prices
and having the numerical results of student evaluations of
teachers be published online for
students to browse.
One of the four candidates
seeking Lougheed's soon-to-be
vacated seat is Johannes Rebane,
who plans to emphasize different initiatives. His primary purpose is to ensure all professors
and teacher assistants pass a
standardized English test.
"You could be the brightest
bulb in the bucket, but if you
can not teach or communicate
effectively...that is a bit of a
problem," he said while explaining his proposal. Rebane also
wants to "make sure the norm is
to be academically cool." That,
to him, means making courses
cool. He wants some first-year
courses to resemble those at
Harvard and UCLA which focus
on exciting yet narrow topics,
citing the history of chocolate or
the physics of skateboarding as
examples UBC could emulate.
David Nogas, another candidate for the job, is promoting
a similar vision with regard to
spicing up courses. Nogas believes "students are moving away
from traditional ways of learning
and the administration needs to
embrace that." He wants to see
more multi-disciplinary courses,
particularly at the first-year level
when students are unsure of
their direction.
Jeremy Wood, another VP
Academic candidate, is seeking
to pressure the administration
to increase course offerings in
less-developed areas, including
Women's and Gender Studies.
Sonia Purewal has promised
to lobby for students to be allowed to retake exams in courses
they failed early in the ensuing
term, ensuring those who failed
would not have to enroll in summer courses or prolong their
time at UBC. The administration,
she believes, will accept the idea
if it is a financial incentive and
it is noted on the student's transcript that they had, initially at
least, failed the course.
She also said she wants to make
tutorials "complement the course
material," and criticized the other
candidates who "want to make
[tutorials] more interactive, more
discussion-based ... as different
discussions and different tutorial
sections have different focuses."
The three presidential candidates—Blake Frederick, Paul
Korczyk and Alex Monegro—all
emphasized the need for tenure
VP Academic hopefuls have big shoes to fill in Lougheed's position, goh iromoto graphic illustration/the ubyssey
to be tied more tightly to student
evaluations of teachers.
Korczyk is promoting largely
a student-aimed approach. Currently a residence coordinator
of Robson House in Place Vanier, he notes the success AMS
tutoring and LEAP has in residences. However, he bemoans
the fact that few students, even
in residence, are aware of the
free tools at their disposal. As
president, he has said he would
seek to have workshops open
daily in the SUB concourse to
handout quick tips on notetak-
ing and studying to students
scurrying from lunch to class.
After having discussed the
VP Academic's responsibilities
with Lougheed, Monegro advo
cates for trimming responsibilities from the VP Academic's domain to "flatten the bureaucracy
as much as possible." Following
on Lougheed's heels, Monegro
says he will further pressure the
bookstore into reducing costs
by encouraging the expansion
of the iBook swap through the
use of the AMS website and
For his part, Frederick, himself a former AVP Academic and
University Affairs, promises to
make the Senate more effective
to ensure it is "proactive, not
reactive." He wishes to consolidate academic policy in the
Senate, believing the current
policy—where, for example, departments control the training
of their TAs and the structure of
their tutorials—is insufficient.
Later, he claimed he could
implement a quick and fast
pass/D/fail initiative that would
allow students to take courses
outside their discipline without
only the credit counting, and
not the grade, in an effort to add
more breadth and challenge to
students' course selections.
Lougheed warned against
candidates who promise to
enact campaign rhetoric as it
"can be a very uphill battle."
Regardless of who is elected
next Wednesday, when it comes
to engaging the university on
improving education, the new
executives will have a steep hill
to climb. 1H
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Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
January 27,2009 | Page 6
Thunderbirds dominate weekend
series against Manitoba Bisons
Mens Volleyball strikes twice, wins twice
by Henry Lebard
Sports Staff
When a team in any sport gives
free points to an opponent,
there is a high likelihood that
their challengers will come out
the victor. If the T-Birds want to
make a push deep into the playoffs, which they have to earn the
right to play in first, they will
need to cut down on the number
of unforced errors they
UBC (8-6) made a push toward those playoffs with a two-
game sweep of the University of
Manitoba Bisons this past weekend at War Memorial Gym. UBC
won Friday's match by a score
of 3-1 (26-24, 24-26, 25-21,
25-20) and Saturday's match
by the same margin of victory,
In the second set of Saturday's match, UBC continuously
committed service errors, falling behind 21-16. With their
backs against the ropes, the T-
Birds mustered a comeback and
were somehow able to win the
set 26-24 thanks to crucial kills
by Steve Gotch and errors committed by the Bisons. Throughout the night, some Manitoba
players seemed unable to control the ball. This resulted in
service errors.
"It's a mental game," said
UBC coach Richard Schick. "We
were aiming for a few targets
on their team because there are
certain players that aren't as
skilled as others. We were being
aggressive with our service attempts and trying to be strategic
as to where we were serving the
Gotch had 28 kills in Saturday's game for UBC and a hitting percentage of 0.404 while
several others made plays vital
to the team's success. Libero
Blair Bann had 17 defensive
digs on Saturday for the T-Birds,
allowing the home team to keep
points alive that may have otherwise been unsalvageable.
"We tried to address our
blocking and defensive system
coming into today's game and
they were tested again, and I'm
not sure if we passed that test or
not," Schick said.
At times on both nights, the
UBC squad looked out of sync
and seemed unable to string
successive points together.
They made crucial errors that
stopped momentum and hampered their ability to get the
game out of the Bisons' reach.
"We are still looking for that
chemistry out there and it just
isn't quite there," Schick said.
"We had it in the first half of
the season but we are missing
something right now, so we've
got to strive to get that back."
The Thunderbirds are in the
thick of it with two more weekends of matches until the playoffs
start. Next weekend, they will play
two matches against the Winnipeg
Wesmen, who they are just one
game ahead of. UBC will close out
the season at home on February
6 and 7 against the University of
Brandon Bobcats, whom they are
currently locked in a three-way tie
with the third team being the Trinity Western Spartans. '21
UBC Thunderbird Steve Gotch spikes the ball at Friday nights' game
against the Manitoba Bisons, keagan bursaw photo/the ubyssey
T-Birds take make Bison's extinct
Women's Volleyball took a double win over the Manitoban Bisons in games on Friday and Saturday
seek at a
whole new
By Andrew Smith
The Martlet (University of Victoria)
VICTORIA (CUP)-Unknown to
the local authorities, there was
recendy a full-fledged manhunt
involving over 35 peoples in Victoria, BC's downtown sector.
In a blocked off area near the
BC Museum clock tower, several participants could be seen
chasing one another through
the streets and taking refuge
by whatever means at their
The hunt was roughly the 23rd
of its kind to take place in Victoria this past year. But these all-
out chases are not your average
With over 350 members in its
chapter, Victoria Manhunt—better known as "A Game 0' Manhunt"—has become one of the
fastest-growing local recreation
The entire game evolves
around an elaborate hide-and-
seek concept and the rules are
simple enough that it's easy for
newcomers to participate. This
group has had 50 new members join since Christmas alone
through flyers, Facebook, newspaper ads and word of mouth.
Manhunt's Victoria chapter,
organized by University of Victoria grad student Eric Anderson,
is the first on Vancouver Island.
It's not the first in Canada, however, as Vancouver, Toronto,
Montreal, Halifax, London and
Edmonton each boast their own
rapidly growing chapters.
"It's something that's free,"
Anderson said. "It's something
based outdoors, and I think
it really speaks to people's
ideas about community and
The game begins after a "Man-
hunter" has been designated
"it." After waiting 120 seconds
for their "fugitives" to hide, the
Manhunter will stalk his or her
prey within a predetermined
boundary. If the fugitives exit the
boundaries at any point during
the game, they join forces with
their hunter and become another Manhunter.
If a Manhunter manages
to arrest a fugitive during the
game, the fugitive will become
"brainwashed" and must join
forces with the Manhunters. If
a fugitive manages to elude the
hunters by the end of the game,
he or she is declared the winner.
The concept is simple
enough, and participants need
not bring anything more than a
pair of durable shoes and clothing that blends in with their
Despite the sometimes less-
than-stellar conditions, there is
no shortage of players. Anderson
says each hunt brings out an average of 20 to 30 people.
"It's absolutely open to everyone," Anderson said. "There can
be a lot of running involved, but
it's a game that you can also be
sneaky in and really avoid running—it caters to a lot of different athletic levels. We've never
turned anybody away." "21 JANUARY 27, 2009
1 What are the strengths you
feel you bring to the position?
2 Only a narrow subset of students interacts with the AMS.
Should this be rectified? If so,
3 How will you deal with the
Olympics coming to UBC on
your watch?
4 What lessons can the AMS
draw from the year-long saga
surrounding Trek Park and
'Knoll Aid?
5 Do you feel that AMS Block
Party has been a success, and
would you support continuing it
6 How will you address and
engage the growing commuter
student population?
Blast from
the Past
Let's pretend you are the President of the AMS: you go to a party and speak with a student who
is a member of a club, gets an
AMS bursary or is on a student
loan, wears glasses, and took
the bus to the party. The student
asks: "What's the AMS?" This
type of student likely represents
up to 80 percent of the AMS
membership. A typical student
doesn't realize that they probably use their AMS membership
on a daily basis. They also don't
vote and probably have a negative opinion of student politics.
You're the AMS President:
Does this matter? There are
examples of "successful" Presidents—one introduced a U-Pass,
and others have successfully
lobbied for more student funding. Even they were still unable
to dramatically increase voter
turnout from its twenty-plus
year average of around 10 per
cent. Even when it is relevant,
many students will remain disengaged from the AMS.
It does matter though, and
plenty of people will line up to
tell you that it matters. 40,000
students engaged through the
AMS represent a powerful political constituency for change. The
AMS, in some ways, is a powerful tool with a potential that is
only half realized.
Whatever achievements- an
executive team can make, and
they very likely will make ones
which effect students in positive
ways, I think navigating this
identity crisis will remain the
biggest challenge facing an AMS
Jeff Friedrich was the^2007-
2008 AMS President'
/jfSWk K not quite. The
[fW lim annual AMS elec-
IYI VBuons are iess a
IT I THgrand circus, and
™more of a traveling freak show,
the type that's enjoyable to
peer at once a year, but would
become fairly grotesque if it
■ were to appear anymore than
that. Nonetheless, it's time to
choose our student leaders for
the upcoming year, the faithful
few that will fight for student
interests, lobby governments,
j:un the SUB (not to mention
build a new one), keep the U-
PASS alive, and oversee all of
the services that students at
UBC take for granted. Every
year, students pay nearly $500
in fees, and its the AMS that
administers where that money
goes. Some years, there are
good executives running this
operation, and some years...
not so good. That's where you
come in.
This year, we've added a
couple of new wrinkles into our
annual AMS election supplement. For each of the 6 races
fthe five executive positions,
and the board of governors),
there will be a few words of
wisdom from a former UBC student that used to hold the job
in the 2007-2008 school year.
They'll go over what the job
entails, and pass along some
handy advice to the candidates.
Also, on the right hand side of
this page we have a brief analysis of each of the races. Sort of
a Cole's Notes for those of you
that want to take part in the
democratic process, but find
all that reading and research
stuff annoying. We hope this
will give you some added context that will help you make an
informed decision—though as
famed American showman P.T.
Barnum once said, "There's a
sucker born every minute." So
enjoy this questionnaire, do
your research here and on the
interwebs, and may the best
candidate win!
Online voting runs from
Thursday, January 29 to Monday, February 2. On campus paper voting runs on Wednesday,
February 4, from 9am to 4pm.
1 My experience working in
the AMS and advocating for
students is vast. As AMS Associate VP of Academic and
University Affairs last year, I
co-authored a comprehensive
sustainability strategy for the
AMS with targets to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. As
AMS Associate VP of External
Affairs this year, I've worked
with other student unions to
advocate for more child care,
better transit service, and affordable housing during the
municipal and federal elections. This year as an elected
Student Senator, I've worked
on a proposal that will allow
students next year to take
some of their elective classes
on a Credit/Fail basis rather
than receiving a mark.
The AMS President does
not have time to learn on the
job. I have a clear knowledge
of the issues and a specific action plan to make the fives of
students better. I know how to
work with students and University administrators towards
finding mutually beneficial
.solutions. ■.:
2 Yes. The AMS's mandate
is to represent all students.
There is a large number of students on campus who would
be involved with the AMS if
they were given the opportunity. Creating an AMS that can
successfully engage students
is one of my top priorities for
next year. Not enough students know about the work that
the AMS does. On many campuses, student unions hire full-
time outreach coordinators to
recruit interested students and
organize large-scale events.
The AMS lacks this ability to
communicate with students. I
will investigate the possibility
of hiring a full-time outreach
coordinator to organize and
communicate with students.
3 As AMS Associate VP of
External Affairs this year, I
have been the point person
on the issue of the Olympics
on campus. The newly constructed Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre will be a host
venue during the Olympics,
but students will be affected
for much longer than the two
week Olympic period. For the
entire second term next year,
Wesbrook Mall will be closed.
This means that there will
be significant disruptions to
transit service and severely
limited access to fraternities
and sororities as well as parking facilities. UBC has not
consulted with students on
these changes. I will express
extreme dissatisfaction with
UBC's lack of transparency
on the changes to campus
next year and ensure that
students are consulted on
all future decisions, as well
as undertake an awareness
campaign to prepare students
for these changes and ensure
that students wishing to partake in political action during
the Olympics are informed of
their rights and liberties.
4 Trek Park and Knoll Aid
have shown us that direct student action can be effective.
Before Trek Park, UBC had
plans to build high-rise condos
in the middle of campus, but
a group of dedicated students
successfully put a stop to those
plans by collecting over 4000
petition signatures. These'
students acted almost entirely
without the support of the
AMS. The AMS should be engaged in any means that are
effective in bringing positive
change for students. Instead of
outsourcing activism to other
groups, the AMS should be initiating campaigns to stand up
for students. I will shift the responsibility of advocacy to the
AMS, as well as work to repair
relationships between active
student groups on campus.
5 We must recognize that
the AMS Block Party will
never be Arts County Fair. It
is unfortunate that ACF faced
insurmountable financial and
security challenges, but as a
large-scale end of class party, I
regard the AMS Block Party as
a success. The Block Party was
well attended and feedback
from students was positive,
but there is room for improvement. I will work with AMS
Events to ensure that this
year's AMS Block Party is bigger and better with increased
attendance and great bands.
6 A large number of commuter students would rather
live on campus if they had the
opportunity. This year, over
2000 students were left on
the waiting list for on-campus
housing and forced to find alterative accommodations. Fot
students who don't want to
live on campus, the AMS must
ensure that there are spaces
on campus to study, sleep and
socialize. I will continue to
work with the University towards the construction of new
affordable student housing, as
well as investigate options to
include 24 hour study space
and sleep space in the new
SUB. JANUARY 27, 2009
1 There are three strengths
that I feel will help me be an
excellent President. Firstly, my
ability to stay objective and focus on creating solutions that
will benefit students. Second
is my ability to understand
that more often that not in life
it is possible to create solutions where both sides win. I
am able to do this be looking
past people's stated positions
and trying to address the underlying interests that both
parties have. Lasfly, my well
honed management skills will
enable me to keep my team
motivated and cohesive, working always towards creating
implementable solutions to
pressing student issues.
2 Through our clubs and
constituencies the AMS has
quite an extensive reach. I do
believe however that the AMS
itself provides many services
that and they are underused.
Students also don't see the
AMS as a desirable avenue for
involvement. I would stress
however that the AMS can not
and should not attempt to be
everything for everyone. As
president I will, strengthen
the quality of our hiring and
training for our services. This
will enable the AMS to provide
better service for students and
enhance the image students
have of our services. Secondly,
hire a second communications
manager to help the current
communications director with
internal communication with
students. After the person is in
place I will engage in a campus
wide advertising campaign
highlighting involvement opportunities and our services.
This will lead to more people
being engaged.
3 There is a sense of inevi--,
tability with the Olympics. They
will come to UBC and that is
probably non-negotiable. What I
will do as President is to look at
ways of minimizing the impact
it will have on campus, e.g.,
those living in the Greek village. One solution, for example,
is to work with the university to
provide parking for them for
1 I feel my leadership and
connections to various campus
groups that the AMS does not
communicate enough with is
my greatest strength. I have
significant experience with
leading teams, and I have
always seen success. Furthermore, my current position has
put me in contact with many
different parts of the VP Students' portfolio. I have solid
connections within LEAP, the
SLC, Student Development,
and Housing & Conferences
that the AMS needs a stronger connection with. The
VP Students' portfolio has a
mandate very similar to the
AMS: improving student life
on campus. One example: the
AMS currently has nobody sitting on the New to UBC and FYI
Newsletter committee I sit on.
The newsletters reach a majority of students on campus, and
are a powerful way for the AMS
to communicate.
2 Stealing a quote from
Phoebe Yu's 'UBC Years' blog,
"open communication, open
communication, open communication." There will always
be students who simply don't
care, and never will. However,
the students we need to engage
are those that are interested,
but don't know how and where
to find information.
3 We need to create a positive student experience of the
Olympics. I've spoken with
students who are both excited
for the Olympics, as well as
those strongly opposed. The
AMS needs to find a way to address both to create the most
positive experience possible.
Along with the VP External,
I will communicate with the
Provincial Government and
VANOC to know exactly how
UBC will be affected, and make
sure to push for a minimal
disruption of campus activity. I will then make sure the
AMS clearly communicates
to students how they will be
free in one of the nearby parking lots as they will not be able
to reach their parking spots in
the Greek village.
4 There are two main lessons to be learned. First is
the effectiveness of in-person
interactions when wanting to
inform students of a pressing
issue. Secondly, that in order to
get the attention and cooperation of the administration, one
has to not only state that there
are issues, but also provide a
possible solution that is feasible
and beneficial to all parties. As.
we saw from the year-long saga,
while the protests did garner
the attention of important student groups, such as the AMS,
it did not lead to the University
halting the development of University Boulevard. The development was halted after the AMS
presented the University with
a viable alternative: the SUB
Renew project.
5 I do believe it was successful. There was great attendance
and from the conversations
I've had, people enjoyed the
experience. I would definitely
continue it into the future.
However, I would be looking
to evaluate the results of this*
year's Block Party to see what
areas can be improved upon.
Obviously there are issues
around communicating the
message and around getting
different  student  groups   on
affected. Personally, being a
big fan of sports, I will also
work to enhance the Olympic
experience of those similar to
me. I see the Olympics as being something that can bring
students at UBC together. Hosting Olympic rallies and parties
around campus would be a fun
way to get students engaged.
4 We have many dedicated
and passionate students on
campus. The UBC Farm is a serious issue, and I want to make
sure it has a future at its current size and location. Green
space is equally important,
as UBC is moving towards being more of a concrete jungle
with all the development surrounding it. We need to make
sure development is student
focused. While I may disagree
with some of their tactics,
the issues they stand for are
5 Put simply, I want Arts
County Fair back. Going back
to my commuter student perspective, aside from Imagine,
whichl didn'treallyhave much
of a choice in going to, the only
thing I attended was ACF. It
was legendary, and everyone
talked about it. The tradition
behind it is paralleled possibly
only by Storm the Wall. It was
a defining event on campus,
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campus to get involved. Also,
it is worth noting that it is the
first year it has been done and
it will take time for students
to become accustomed to the
Block Party being the norm for
year end celebrations.
6 I believe this is a very
important challenge. Ideally
we would have more housing
available on campus, but that is
a more long term option and I
will work hard to find workable
solutions with the administration as they also want to have
more students living on campus. However, there are some
concrete steps we can take
to engage our commuter students immediately. One issue
for commuter students is that
many times they don't know
what's going on on campus.
I will address this by beefing
up our AMS Link system and
; linking the events section of
that system to a portal listing
goings on on campus. I will
also look explore the option of
having information terminals
across campus in the different
buildings. I believe that if students knew more about what
is happening on campus, they
would participate more. I will
also survey the general student
population to gauge what their
challenges are as commuter
students and work with that
information to create a more
comprehensive long term plan.
and Block Party doesn't quite
live up to it. I would forgive
the AUS debt, and work with
the AUS to bring back ACF in
an economically stable and
sustainable form.
6 For starters, I will bring
workshops to the SUB. I don't
see a reason why, for example,
LEAP workshops that are successful in residence wouldn't
be similarly successful in the
SUB concourse, and made engaging to the crowds passing
through the SUB. I also want to
improve the commuter hostel.
The idea of giving commuter
students a place to spend the
night on campus is a great
idea, but right now has flaws.
Currendy there is little advertising of its existence, and it.
needs to be cheaper. Furthermore, I will work with student
development and orientations
to maintain the friendships
begun on imagine day. MUG
leaders do little to have the
group live on past Imagine. Finally, looking at the future, the
new SUB is critical in engaging
commuter students. The AMS
needs to look at different methods for commuter student
engagement such as 24-hour
spaces, collegiums, or possibly
even hostel space right in the
new SUB.
'President: Korcyzk is the
outsider who promotes better communication...and not
much else. The race is between
Monegro, the compromising
centrist, and Frederick, the
experienced ideologue. Frederick knows where he wants
to take the AMS, whereas Monegro is content to work within
his team, and hasn't highlight
where the AMS would go under
his direction.
Academic & University Affairs: While none of the four
candidates for this position are
fully qualified for this position,
all bring to it certain strengths.
Nogas has an enthusiasm for
the job, but lacks the support
network needed to get enough
support. Purewal has the most
AMS experience of the group.
Wood has the most passion,
and the clearest sense of what
he wants to do with the position—though his hardline
stances may alienate the vast
majority of students. As for
Rebane, he probably has the
clearest grasp on the job, and
has had the best campaign, yet
he has very little grasp of the
University Affairs portfolio,
which grows in importance
every year.
Administration: The race is
between Markle, the progressive, hardline incumbent, and
Hon, who claims to represent
the "silent majority of UBC students." Markle has done much
in his portfolio, and has an
aggressive vision for what the
new SUB should be. However,
his far-left politics have alienated more than one student
in his time at UBC, and Hon
is seeking to take advantage of
External: This position is
always home to the nastiest
debates each year, and it's no
different in 2009. Part of that
has to do with a young NDPer
running against a young Liberal, but as always, the candidates are split on the nature of
lobbying, what their priorities
should be, and how to engage
with CASA and CFS. Chu has
the edge in experience and
campaign performance, while
Rodriguez has a platform that
probably appeals to a wider
swath of students.
Finance: Both candidates
have a handle on what the
position entails. Dvorak has
the Commerce pedigree, while
Coates has the more traditional
experience of being a SAC Vice-
Chair, which many VP Finance
executives have started as.
Board of Governors: A
straight up five-way race, with
all candidates being worthy.
Ahmadian has the experience,
Carne has the right mindset for
the job, Duncan has the knowledge and personality, Frederick, if elected to both BoG and
President would be a powerful
advocate for, students, and
Markle has the passion and
aggressiveness needed to chal-
je the board. .A
8 ■V.
1 Academics or university affairs: which area in your portfolio will you focus on, and why?
2 What do you think is the most
successful approach to dealing
with the UNA?
Blast from
the Past
This is definitely the most diverse
of all the VP portfolios. Academic I
issues are big enough, but add in I
campus development, housing,
equity, safety, international student issues, etc., and they have a
lot of work on their hands—you
need a VP Academic who gets all
aspects of the portfolio and who
can prioritize.
The VP Academic can't lower
tuition, or change class-sizes or
single-handedly change academic
policies. They are an advocate for
improving the student experience.
They can be very engaged and
active with Senate, they can run
campaigns that raise awareness,
and they can write policy documents and use them to lobby the
This year the Olympics are going to affect the academic schedule and campus life. The extent to
which is likely unknown, and it is
likely too late "[to do] something
about it"—but continuing to push a
strong rhetoric that it is negatively
affecting students can be used at
the negotiating table to get other
needs met.
Also, the UBC Farm issue is
really coming to a head right
now. The VP Academic should be
working very closely this year with
Friends ofthe Farm and other environmental groups on campus,
and they should be using all the
media outlets they can to publi-
cally pressure the university.
And lastly, UBC is undergoing
an academic planning process—
the AMS should be setting the
priorities in this discussion, and
the VP Academic has to be able to
take something really overwhelming—the quality of the academic
experience—and pair it down into
a few clear objectives that can really send UBC in some innovative
new directions.
The VP Academic is also your
mouthpiece to the university—they
sit on the most committees and
deal with the most UBC administrators. You want to look for someone who can be a critical voice at
the table, pushing the University
out of its comfort zone, but who
can still build a positive working
relationship with administration
in order to make things happen.
Brendon Goodmpurhy was the
2007-2008 VP Academic & Vjmxtf
sity Affairs
1 I intend to focus more on
University Affairs. Academics
demand reform, I know, and I
will work with Senate towards
instituting the pass/fail system and expanding funding
to smaller departments. I believe, however, that students
deserve more, both in and
out of the classroom. You care
about the Farm, they want a
community that is inclusive
and fun for all. That means
funding for more affordable
and available childcare. It
means   more   emphasis
1 Though both sides of the position are critically important,
if elected I will focus more on
the Academic side of the equation. Regardless of perspectives on campus development,
all students care that they
have   engaging  classes,   are
able to pursue an academic
path that they are passionate
about, and are provided with
the tools to find a job they love
after they graduate.
I have the experience working with other constituencies,
the     UBC     Administration,
equity, expanding the scope
of the Equity Office to make a
real difference on issues of harassment and marginalization
on campus. It means ensuring
that commuters' concerns are
heard on a Commuters' Advisory Commitee that I'll create.
It means making it easier to
hold events on campus, wet
or dry, to finally end the War
on Fun.
2 While our neighbors
in the UNA have genuine
interests here, it cannot be
forgotten that these people
chose to live on a University
campus.  Students' interests
Senate and faculty in order
to make change happen on
campus. As VP Academic over
the past year I oversaw the
development of new courses,
academic programs, and
academic resource allocation
from the onset to implementation. Because academic
issues are important and I
know I have the skills and
experience to make a tangible
difference within my term, I
will be focusing on academics
if elected.
2 First, the VP Academic
must establish a healthy and
positive    working    relation-
need to be put first. When
student events are cancelled
constantly because of UNA
complaints, that's unacceptable. I will fight for your right
to party.
When market housing is
being pushed for at the expense of student housing or
the farm, that's unacceptable.
On this issue we can either
work with or against the UNA
but they will decide which
side they are on. I intend to
sit with these people and
listen to them but at the end
of the day, I will be there for
students and no one else.
ship with each of the Board
members on the UNA. Since
decisions are voted on by all
Board members, having a
friendly rapport with them is
vital to ensure that AMS motions can be effective. It is also
very important to be a very
active, engaged, and fully informed Board member on all
issues presented. In order to
get buy-in from the rest of the
Board, one has to show that
he or she is fully dedicated to
development issues all across
the UNA jurisdiction, and not
just there for his or her personal wants and desires.
1 Students need to work with
the UNA to find alternate
methods of conflict resolution,
rather than resorting to RCMP
complaints. I've spoken to the
Executive Director of the UNA,
regarding residential parking
interests and potential noise
pollution due to student activities. It has been made clear
that the UNA does not wish to
impede campus life or maintain the current antagonistic
relationship. Through reason
able discourse, both sides
can ensure that issues are addressed without potential costs
inflicted on students alone.
2 The centralization of information in a single website
regarding academic services
would result in increased access to resources. Publicity of
services offered to students
would do more to promote
both access and the ability of
the AMS to provide students
with what they need to have a
better campus experience.
Students need to work with
the UNA to find alternate
methods of conflict resolution,
rather than resorting to RCMP
complaints. I've spoken to the
Executive Director of the UNA,
regarding residential parking
interests and potential noise
pollution due to student activities. It has been made clear
that the UNA does not wish to
impede campus life or maintain the current antagonistic
relationship. Through reasonable discourse, both sides
can ensure that issues are addressed without potential costs
inflicted on students alone.
2 The centralization of information in a single website
regarding academic services
would result in increased access to resources. Publicity of
services offered to students
would do more to promote
both access and the ability of
the AMS to provide students
with what they need to have a
better campus experience. JANUARY 27, 2009
elections SUPPLEMENT I I 3
1 The AMS has a huge role
in the May provincial elections. Elections are the times
when issues are raised and
discussed. Come this May
provincial election, the AMS
should raise the issues that
students care about, whether
these are the rising costs of
tuition, the increasing student
debt, the poor transit service
or the university governance
structure. We need to make
sure that politicians take a
stance on the issues and the
AMS has a responsibility to
disseminate that information
to the students so students
can make an informed deci
sion. Furthermore, the AMS
should play a part in making
sure that students vote. As VP-
External, I will do just that. I
will make sure that the issues
of students aren't ignored by
politicians. I will make sure
that these issues get discussed
in the election and the students know where politicians
stand on the issues they care
about. Also, I intend on putting together a campaign
team for the AMS to ensure
that students actually vote, so
we have our say.
2 The lowering of tuition
fees is under the control ofthe
provincial   government   and
1 The provincial election
will provide an excellent op-,
portunity for the AMS to reach
out to all parties, and convince
them to adopt our priorities.
This will require a VP External
committed to not working for
any particular party during
the election. I will commit to
this. While UBC alone can be a
powerful force in pushing the
provincial parties to include
the priorities of students, if
we were to align our priorities with other universities in
BC, we can be even more
influential. To accomplish
this, I would convene an informal conference of external
representatives   from   other
post-secondary institutions
before the start of the provincial election. In addition, this
will be an economically oriented election, and the parties
must be made to realize that
in a recession such as this,
student friendly policies represent an investment into the
future of the province and will
ultimately be essential to the
sustainability of our economy.
2 Affordable tuition must
be a top priority of any VP
External. While we must keep
the long-term goal of lower tuition in sight, I think it would
be irresponsible of me as a
candidate for office to promise that to you in the next
the AMS has a responsibility
to lobby for lowering tuition
fees. The AMS can certainly
take up some effective lobbying techniques to push for a
reduction of tuition fees. For
example, instead of just yelling "Reduce tuition fees!" to
the government, let's actually
start providing viable alternatives to the government. If
countries like Sweden can do
it, we can certainly do it as
well. Furthermore, the AMS
represents over 45,000; we
need to start using this fact to
our advantage. The provincial
government cannot ignore the
demands of 45,000 students
if we all bind together.
3 Membership in any
national organization has advantages and disadvantages;
same with the CFS. Some advantages of the CFS are that
they have public campaigns
that really engage the student
population. The AMS is lacking this connection with its
year, especially given the current economic climate. That
being said, there are things
that can be done that will
make a difference. The first
priorities of our external advocacy must be a hard cap on
tuition adjustments, as well
as the creation of a Student
Price Index, ensuring that students are never asked to pay
more than they can afford.
We must also work to lower
and cap the percentage of our
education paid by students
(currently around 30%). At
the federal level, we must
lobby, with other schools,
for a dedicated transfer for
post-secondary education to
ensure that funds allocated
for education do not end up
being used for other projects.
Finally, we must advocate
for more upfront grants and
scholarships to offset the*
costs of education, as well as
reforms such as lower interest rates on student loans,
with the eventual goal of an
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responses to the questionnaire.
students. The CFS also does
provincial lobbying, which is
something that CASA is lacking. However, there are many
problems with the CFS right
now. Firstly, their membership is very strictly regulated.
Member schools have difficulty leaving the organization.
Second, the fees are a lot higher and are collected directly by
the CFS and collected directly
from students. Currently, the
AMS uses the fees that we collect and our revenue to pay
the CASA membership. Nonetheless, the AMS needs to start
engaging with schools that
are members of the CFS. The
divide between CASA and CFS
is over-exaggerated and we
need to act as a bridge to have
a strong unified student voice.
Because at the end, CASA and
CFS are both supposed to help
students with their concerns.
interest-free    student    loan
3 The Canadian Federation
of Students is a very effective
organization when it comes
to national campaigns, but
their skills at campaigning
far surpass their skills at lobbying, which I feel are vital to
achieving results. I am also
extremely uncomfortable with
the restrictions the CFS places
on its members. Currently, we
have an obligation to CASA to
review any changes they have
made, and determine if Associate Member status is right
for our organization before
the April deadline. External
to our standing in either CFS
or CASA, we must not let these
national organizations stand
in the way of being effective
advocates in our own province, which is why I would
reach out to any school, irrespective of national membership, to create a formalized
provincial lobbying network.
1 What role, if any, should the
AMS play in the May provincial
2 What can the AMS do to actually lower tuition fees?
3 What is your opinion of the
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)?
Blast from
the Past
The VP External is the AMS's
chief representative to off campus organizations, including
governments, other student
associations, and Translink, as
well as the Residence Hall Association. The External Office
is responsible for lobbying the
provincial and federal governments, and, as a part of that,
working with our federal partner, The Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA).
This year, working with CASA
will be particularly important,
as we decide whether or not to
remain members of that national lobbying organization.
Since CASA does not lobby
provincially, the VP External
also works to build good relationships with other student
associations across the province so that the AMS can be
more effective when speaking
to the provincial government,
which controls the Advanced
Education budget and policies.
The External Office develops
policies to guide our advocacy,
such as our stance on student
debt, tuition levels, or access
to education.
The VP External also manages the U-Pass program and
U-Pass Subsidy Fund. They
pressure Translink to improve
transit service options for
students. The External Office
also coordinates our public
campaign activities. There is
a provincial election this year,
so an effective External Office
will be key in ensuring that
student issues are front and
centre in the campaign, and
that students get out and vote
for pro-education candidates.
Matt Naylor was the 2007-
2008 VP External
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to the questionnaire.
1 What improvements can be
made to the SUB we have now?
2 Outside of the building of a
new SUB, what will be your number one area of focus?
Blast from
the Past
The VP Administration portfolio is responsible for the two
most visible wings of the AMS:
the 300+ clubs and the Student
Union Building. People who
say that the AMS isn't relevant
to the average person often
overlook the role of the VP
Administration and the impact this position has on UBC
life. Over 10,000 students are
involved in our diverse clubs
and over 6000 people per hour
walk through the SUB during
peak hours.
The challenge the VP Administration faces every year
is how to give these thousands
of students a positive image of
the AMS. One key way it's done
is through effective management of the Student Administration Commission, which is
responsible for all bookings
in the club, and is the official
liaison between clubs and the
AMS. Finally, the VP Administration will be the main executive overseeing the building
of a new SUB—a $110 million
building that is relevant to not
only to students today, but the
students of years to come.   .
Sarah Naiman was the
2007-2008 VP Administration.
1 The SUB should be made
user-friendly by creating a holistic communications system
with which student groups
can organize events and book
rooms easily online so that
this information can be displayed electronically on the
SUB concourse, allowing the
public to understand where
and when events are going on
in real time. This is currenfly
under development and will
be implemented by the fall.
That said, the New SUB
Project, at $110 million, is
the largest completely student-driven project in North
America. The VP Admin, who
manages the project, must be
extremely careful that the substantial student financial contribution goes toward achieving a student-centred vision; it
is, therefore, essential that the
VP Admin be a skilled man
ager and negotiator to ensure
the project is student-driven
at every stage of conceptualization and design. Over the
past year, I've negotiated $25
million in capital and $100
million in maintenance contributions from the university,
assembled a consultant team
accountable to the student
interest, managed comprehensive consultations for a
detailed space program, developed a Sustainability Charter, and created a student-led
selection process to shorflist
from the many interested
architecture Arms, setting
the stage for public conceptual design consultations this
spring. This transformational
project is an important part of
making UBC student-centred
1 The one thing that makes
the SUB one of the most annoying buildings to be in is
the lack of seating area. It is
impossible to find a spot to
eat lunch during the hours of
11-2 unless you breath down
the neck of someone who
looks like they're about to finish eating. In my opinion, that
is the one thing that we need
to figure out some solution to
in order to make the current
SUB more efficient and student friendly.
2 SAC. Not just because it
will be a part of my portfolio,
but also because it deserves
the rest of my focus. The role
of the VP Admin is to ensure
that SAC has a direction, set
initiatives for the year and in
general, ensure that SAC is
helping students with their
administrative work. This is
exacdy what I will do.
again, and it will be wonderful
to see the design through to
2 Not only will the above-
mentioned holistic communications system increase
visibility of events in the SUB
without wasting money on
renovations to a building that
will be completely revamped
in several years, it also takes
administrative pressure off
the Student Administrative
Commission's bureaucracy,
allowing them to focus instead on providing organizational and financial resources
to student groups, and to pro-
actively coordinate, showcase,
and promote student groups
and initiatives. Please see
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responses to the questionnaire.
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responses to the questionnaire.
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
January 27,2009 \ Page IS
Medea is dark, loud and unusual
by Kate Barbaria
Culture Staff
Being the messenger is a lowly
position, perhaps. The messenger is not a king, not a princess,
not even the soon-to-be-exiled
wife of an Argonaut. But the
Messenger (played by Russell
Zishiri) makes the human emotions of Medea, a Greek tragedy
written 2500 years ago, come to
life. He pulls at his face, he wilts,
he lunges forward and shrinks
away, terrified at the tale he
I usually judge a play on how
long it takes me to become lost
in the world on stage. Director
Louise Armstrong takes a different approach with Medea; the
audience never has the luxury
of immersing themselves from
the sidelines. Instead, we are
constantly aware of our position
as observers, sitting quite literally in the middle of the action.
Armstrong explains, "They (the
members of the household) were
there. So they are partly culpable
and they are partly witnesses.
They are, in a way, a microcosm
ofthe audience: how we, the audience, in a larger perspective, are
part of every human tragedy that
happens—we are connected to it."
The stage design, rich and
deceptively simple, arranges
the audience around the main
room of the household of Jason
and Medea. It is as though we
are being forced to acknowledge
our compliance in the crimes
unfolding, or at least in our inability to offer solutions to main
characters' problems. The actors
make you feel the theatre in
your bones. They run through
the aisles, drum on the railings
and rattle the poles between audience seats, creating waves of
Medea is playing at the Telus Studio Theatre in the Chan Centre, but only until January 31. courtesy of tim matheson
sound overwhelming the space.
The play begins with a heart
racing bang but, then stutters
forward, as though the actors
can't bring themselves to believe
what they are saying. Perhaps
it's a reflection on the situation,
or perhaps they struggle with the
alien nature of classical texts.
Three women in the household (played by Krissy Jesuda-
son, Fiona Mongillo and Mary-
anne Renzetti) wear Medea's
silver diadem at different points
in the play, taking on her all-consuming love and rage. Medea's
burdens are too much for one actor to bear, and yet none of them
are able to engage fully with the
character's conflicts. There is a
lot of yelling and pulling of hair
and collapsing, but these are not
the things that reach out and
speak to an audience.
Once the chorus comes
alive, though, the play begins
to breathe a steady inhale and
exhale of emotional turmoil.
Chorusmaster and housekeeper
Allison Jenkins orchestrates
a chorus that, she writes, "becomes a prayer, a lament, a blessing—whatever we need it to be."
She delivers fantastic harmonies
with heart-rending emotions, so
that while foreign screams echo
through the theatre, we feel the
household's pain.
When Jason and Medea
confront each other, the acting
finally starts. Kevin Stark plays
an arrestingjason. He is not just
a body recalling lines written in
431 BC but a man fully realized.
The character of Jason flows
through Stark's dialogue and
Mongillo responds with equal
The "real" Medea and Jason
(played by Maria Luisa Alvarez
and Brian Magahay respectively)
only exist on the sidelines for
most of the play. They pace the
catwalks, yell across the open
spaces of the theatre, and stomp
up and down staircases, not
descending onto the stage until
much later. When they finally
do set foot on the ground floor,
Alvarez and Magahay deliver the
Medea, a foreign witch
on the edge of society, is
exiled by her husband Jason when he chooses to
marry another woman.
He says it's for her own
security, but Medea, a
woman who the gods
made love Jason, will
not let go so easily. In a
blinding rage, she first
kills Jason's fiancee and
then their children. Euripides wrote the play
in 431 BC as a series of
soliloquies documenting
Medea's demise, with
occasional interjections
from other characters.
UBC Theatre takes the
classic to the stage 2500
years later.
play's conclusion with terrifying
conviction. They pour out their
grief, sweat dripping down their
foreheads and spit flying.
To sustain this level of conflict
and grief for the running length
of the play, it might just be necessary to have four women filling Medea's role, and two men
filling Jason's. The constant
passing of characters between
the actors ensures that we never
forget what position we hold.
Armstrong never lets us get
quite comfortable in our seats,
which isn't a bad thing. Running
at 90 minutes and without intermission, Medea has our teeth
on edge with every scream or
mourning wail, and craning our
necks upwards as the actors stalk
along the upper catwalks. *2I
Hippest Italian restaurant in Kits
The recently opened and extremely popular Trattoria Italian Kitchen
is delicious, reasonably priced and should not be missed by anyone
by Jordan Baimel
Culture Writer
Situated in the trendy neighbourhood of Kitsilano, Trattoria
Italian Kitchen is one of Vancouver's best-kept secrets. Trattoria is the sister restaurant of
the well-known Italian Kitchen
downtown, and serves food of
equal quality at substantially
lower prices.
The ambience of the restaurant is immediately welcoming,
modern and hip. Red mirrors
cover the walls and the separated lounge area beckons you
to sip a signature cocktail while
waiting for a table. Bar seating
overlooks the entire kitchen
while the tables provide an intimate setting for you and your
companions. Elevated communal tables in the middle of the
restaurant allow you to know
your neighbours around you and
participate in Trattoria's theme:
The menu is traditional Italian fused with local flavours.
Start   off  with   the   chickpea
bruschetta—a delicious twist on
the traditional appetizer. The
bruschetta is drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and is only
$5. For entrees, the quattro
formaggio pizza ($12) is composed of four different cheeses
melted together perfectly in a
brick oven.
The hand-rolled gnocchi
($13) is also a good option,
served in a peppercorn pesto
sauce that leaves you wanting
more. The Kobe beef lasagna
($12) is a culinary masterpiece,
enveloping robust flavours of
ricotta cheese, Kobe beef and
red peppers that melt in your
mouth. The dish is served on top
of a pesto sauce and includes a
small mixed greens salad. While
there are a variety of choices
available, Trattoria also recommends sharing platters that provide a small portion of each of
their main dishes.
No good meal is complete
without dessert, and Trattoria
does not disappoint. Try the
zeppole al cioccolato ($7), a
heavenly combination of fried
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"We would like to take a moment
to acknowledge that we are on
unceded Musqueam territory."
UBC students have probably
noticed that this phrase gets said
a lot on campus these days. It
opens activist events of all sorts
and, for September's incoming freshman class, it formally
commenced their university
experience when UBC President
Stephen Toope included it in
his opening remarks. But what
exactly does it mean? In general,
it is meant as a gesture acknowledgment of the First Peoples
of this country, as well as a
remembrance of the colonization involved in the founding of
this province. Furthermore, it is
meant to acknowledge that there
are a plethora of injustices still
being perpetrated on the people
whose lands we occupy, injustices that must be corrected.
In Canada, BC is a rather
unique case. In 1763, Britain's
King George Ill's Royal Proclamation stated that the government of Canada was required to
make treaties with every First
Nations band in regards to land
ownership. In BC however, very
few treaties were ever negotiated
or finalized. Some 245 years
later, we are left with a legacy of
unsettled treaties throughout the
province and battles over land
claims issues continue to this
day. Thus, much of BC is actually
unceded First Nations territory.
And what is this word "unceded" anyway? How many
freshman when they heard it
even had a clue as to what Toope
was talking about? Why do we
use language that is couched
in academic and legislative incomprehensibility? Would the
sentiment change if we were
to say "stolen Musqueam territory?" Seems to me like this is
just another way in which we
can distance ourselves from
the reality of the situation. It is
a way to acknowledge the situation while still obscuring the
cold hard facts.
Therein lies the rub: acknowledging the injustices that have
been perpetrated—and are still
being perpetrated—against First
Nations cultures in BC obliges
us to take serious action to correct them. Remembering what
has happened here in the past
is important—even essential—to
making BC remotely just society,
but it is far from enough. Indeed,
the words "we acknowledge that
we are on unceded Musqueam
territory" are empty, hypocritical and meaningless unless they
are accompanied by further
action. The question that we,
as UBC students, should be asking of President Toope and the
administration is, why is that
action so manifestly lacking on
campus? Why are First Nations
individuals so underrepresented
at UBC, both among students
and faculty members? Why is
the First Nations studies department one of the smallest and
most underfunded on campus?
Why are AMS programs to encourage students to volunteer in
the Downtown Eastside—where
the graduates of residential
schools continue to suffer and
die in an atmosphere of nonchalance—buried in a host of other
programs? Why is the planning
process for the development of
UBC's campus so utterly devoid
of meaningful consultations with
the Musqueam themselves?
This is not to say that UBC
has done nothing for the cause
of First Nations rights. The
Aboriginal Strategic Plan, the
existence of the First Nations
Studies department and the
Long House on campus, not to
mention the fact that President
Toope acknowledges whose
land his university sits upon at
all, are all very positive steps.
But thinking that they constitute
UBC sufficiently living up to
its obligations as a university
on stolen land is both arrogant
and offensive. Acknowledging
that we are on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people
is a wonderful thing for UBC
students to do, but until we as
a community start taking that
statement seriously,it is at risk
of becoming another empty
piece of politically correct rhetoric. As UBC students, it is our
job to add action to our words
and make sure that this never
happens. *2I
I appreciate media that portrays
all sides of any conflict, however,
I also maintain that The Ubyssey
should always contain facts. In a
letter, it was stated that physical
assault took place and that UBC
Security had to escort a member of
the audience out of the Jon Elmer
event due to physical assault. This
is false—just ask the UBC Security
that weren't present. Furthermore
no fists were thrown as Poritz and
Lerman claim, only voices. To verify this, ask anybody present who
is not from the Israel Awareness
Club (IAC) or Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights club (SPHR).
Baseless statements demonizing
SPHR need to be verified before
being published. The Ubyssey
should not be a medium for lies.
I also have a message to the
student body: keep an open mind
at all times and come from an unbiased perspective. Don't believe
anyone, see things for yourself at
events open to all. On the actions
of SPHR: we will never act with
aggression toward the IAC. Even
when they publish pamphlets with
identical titles and questions referring to SPHR or accuse us of lies
and post posters in the washrooms
of the building of our most recent
event with Norman Finkelstein,
defaming him with insults. We will
never sink to that level. We will
never defend the killing of 400+
children. SPHR is always open to
discuss other points of view, and
it was the IAC who declined to
debate with Norman Finkelstein.
SPHR will never hold protests or
counter-tables at events in which
the IAC wishes to commemorate
their dead (as the IAC did in November when SPHR commemorated 418 villages destroyed).
And SPHR will always respect
academic freedom and freedom of
speech and it will have high moral
calibre when dealing with those
who wish to convince the campus
otherwise. SPHR UBC will present
its views against the illegal occupation of Palestine and against the
human rights violations committed by Israel against Israel, not in
opposition to the IAC. So please,
UBC, keep an open mind, listen
to everything, and decide on your
—Fatemah Meghji
SPHR UBC president
third-year English  Editorial
If you'd like to submit a letter, please contact feedback@ubyssey.ca
January 27,2009 \ Page 18
Care so you won't have to care later
It's January: the time of year where New Year's resolutions have a
fighting chance, Vancouver turns into Waterworld and young ambitious hacks make their push to enter the highest realms of student government. We're halfway through the AMS elections campaign and chances are you've probably already been deluged with
enough Facebook spam about issues you barely care about that
the idea of Russian-style democracy at UBC may sound appealing.
That being said, just like every election, it's important to learn
something about the candidates, consider the issues and come
to an informed vote. Everyone has their specific reasons for supporting a specific candidate. Some are asinine ("Barack Obama is
a secret Muslim-Afheist-Marxist!") and some superficial ("Stephen
Harper is a real leader, and Stephane Dion can't speak"). But for the
rest of us there tends to be key criteria to gain our support. Many of
us tend to think when it comes to the AMS that the goal isn't to pick
the candidates who will inspire or solve our problems—it's finding
people who won't embarrass us.
Nearly all ofthe time student unions like the AMS go about their
duties with dull competency complete with mistakes that induce
eye-rolling but are relatively insignificant—the mistakes that happen with any organization run by a bunch of 20-year-olds. But then
there are the two per cent of mistakes where they create a clus-
terfuck and disgrace their fellow students. Consider three events
across Canada.
In Victoria, student workers who have been stuck at the same
pay level for six years put picket lines around the Student Union
Building at UVic, demanding a $1.50-an-hour pay raise. The UVic
Student Society countered with a measly 10-cent increase offer.
After two months—during which UVic students had no campus
pub, retail outlets or club space—they finally settled at a 70 cent
At SFU, the president of their student society is a self-professed
alcoholic and has been accused of sexually harassing multiple female student politicians over the past year. In October he allegedly
said to someone in his office, "Gays don't date; they're promiscuous
and that's why they have AIDS," and was censured by the student
society's board of directors.
Finally, in Ottawa, the Carleton University Students Association made national headlines when it voted—in near unanimous
fashion—to stop participating in Shinerama, the highly successful
fundraiser for cystic fibrosis, because the disease "only affects
white people, and primarily men." After the inevitable national
outcry that Carleton students were being represented by a bunch
of PC-loving nuts, the student association abruptly reversed their
course a week later.
And those were just in the past four months! Every year, it seems
new student unions are embezzling money, raking up deficits or
just making asses of themselves. At UBC, we've been fortunate that
the AMS—private actions of a few executives notwithstanding—have
been responsible and relatively scandal-free for the past few years
(much to our chagrin). The fact that this has happened in spite of
low voter turnout is fortunate as an informed and active populace
usually keeps politicians of all stripes accountable.
At the very least, tune in next week—that way, you can tune out
the rest of the time, being a little bit more confident that your student union will be competent for the upcoming year. *2I
Its borderline ridiculous
It's a risky and dangerous place where one wrong word, an ill-
timed hesitation or simple misfortune, can have lifelong consequences. It's also a place that an average Vancouverite is likely
to visit regularly. No, it's not the Downtown Eastside—it's the
Canada-US land border.
Crossing the border by land is something of a crapshoot. You
may just be asked a few brief questions ("What is the purpose of
your visit?") and waved through, but if you happen to raise some
red flags, you'll endure questioning worthy of the Spanish Inquisition ("How did you and your friend meet? What is your occupation? Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?").
Complicating matters is the relative ease that red flags are
raised, completely outside of your control. Are you a member of a
certain ethnicity? Better hope that your agent isn't a racist. Sporting a nose ring and a mohawk? Obviously a sign that you're up
to no good! Your agent had a bad day, and they feel like taking it
out on you? Gotta suck it up—like there's anything else you can do
about it. And if you make the mistake of giving some attitude or a
flippant answer—well, you can say goodbye to the next few hours.
Granted, it's a difficult and stressful job. The vast majority of
travellers are honest citizens, but there are those who have genuinely criminal intentions, and border services is responsible for
weeding out those individuals. The problem is, the security procedures in place are ineffective. When asked about the purpose of
their trip, the honest citizen will answer they plan to go shopping.
The criminal carrying thousands worth of drugs and toting illegal
firearms will give the same answer. How do you tell the difference? Unless the criminal is stupid enough to give an obvious sign
that he intends some criminal activities, you don't. The only effective method would be to search every single vehicle crossing the
border, but this is not feasible—it would probably take upwards of
12 hours to cross the border if this was the case.
As it stands, the current system instills dread in the common
citizen. For every person harassed and detained by the border
agents, the per cent of them that are average people as opposed to
actual criminals is undesirably high. We at don't pretend to know
the perfect solution, but the status quo is decidedly imperfect. *2I
But, Master Wood-
who will stand up for
me? Also, Condorcet
voting means
strategic voting is far
less effective since it's
a preferential
ranking system!
I've withdrawn from
the election. It seems
like I've lost sight of
the issues and got
too caught up in the
race itself.
I didn't realize how
much you needed
me! Thank you, farm
by Gerald Deo
There are two reasons why we
were heartened by The Ubyssey's
editorial on Michael Byers and
his prolific media appearances.
The first is our fundamental
political disagreement with
Byers: unlike him, we believe
that Canada should do what the
United Nations has asked us to
do in Afghanistan, at the invitation ofthe democratically elected
Afghan government. Byers advocates ending the NATO mission
and negotiating settlements with
religious militias who, among
other actions, lay improvised
landmines and use civilians
as human shields. He has also
mused about whether Canada
has committed war crimes by
handing detainees over to the Afghan government. This is moral
and cultural relativism. One
either believes in international
law and universal human rights,
or does not.
But our second problem with
Byers is one of media ethics.
Byers is consistently introduced
to media panels, newspaper
readers and television viewers
simply as an expert on international law or a holder of a
Canada Research Chair at UBC.
It is rarely if ever acknowledged,
by Byers or those media outlets,
that he is a long-time adviser to
the NDP, financial contributor to
the NDP, and has been (and will
be again) a political candidate
for the NDP. He is compromised,
by definition, as an objective
academic on controversial political issues. It is inexcusable that
Byers takes part in these panel
discussions under misleading
pretenses. It is destructive for
our public discourse.
We think it is important for all
Canadians to express their opinions and take part in the public
debate on Afghanistan. But we
also think if the media labels
Byers as an "expert," there is an
onus upon him to give impartial,
knowledgeable input based on
research and consultation with
those potentially impacted by the
policies for which he is advocating. And while Byers appears on
countless media panels on Canada and Afghanistan, he refused
to take part in the one forum that
really mattered policy-wise: the
Independent Panel on Canada's
Future Role in Afghanistan.
To use one's academic standing at UBC as a cloak for their political affiliations is unacceptable
and unethical. Canadians—and
Afghans—deserve better. *2I
—Lauryn Oates and Brian Piatt
are students at UBC and members ofthe Canada-Afghanistan
Solidarity Committee.
If you wish to to submit a
letter it must be no longer than
350 words. Your identity will
be confirmed by phone or by ID
from the office. People may email
us atfeedback@ubyssey.ca
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UBC Properties Trust proposes to relocate the UBC Plant Operations
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house. Existing soil on the site will be relocated to create a landscape
berm along the Wesbrook edge of the existing Nursery site.
Pacific Spirit
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Date:    Thursday, February 12, 2009, 4 - 6 p.m.
Place:   Atrium, Fred Kaiser, 2332 Main Mall
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1. Epic battle of Queens and Kings
5."          I hear."
2. 100 cents, in India or Nepal.
9. He drew the children out of Hame-
3. Smith's nemesis in Indepence Day
4. White blood cell within tissues, from
14. Luau dance.
makros + phagein.
5. Period in which nothing seems to
1 5. Those people.
16. The second book of the Old Testa
go right.
ment, en frangais
6. An actor's job
17. Extremely long poem.
7. One who snores.
18. Literal French-English translation
8. African animal that looks like the
of 'puce'.
offspring of a giraffe and a zebra
19. Warfare which a castle's fortified
9. Former currency of Spain
walls are meant to guard against
10. Corn lily genus.
20. One who can see the future
11. Coleridge or Dickinson, e.g
21. Deeply rooted, e.g. fears
12. The boundry of everything.
23. Madam, in Spain.
13. Necessary piece of a woodwind
25. Brad, of Fight Club.
26. To whom the payer gives money
22. "Get ready"/"     yourself"
28. Hat part that covers an ear.
24. Rank.
33. A rich man's dinghy.
27. Sicilian volcano.
36. Ancestors (with family-)
29. "Go away, pest!", perhaps
38. Ireland, to the Irish.
30. Lo-fat.
39. A Greek of Homer's Iliad
31. Particular place
41. Planner.
32. Prom preperation.
43. One of two political parties in
33. Tropical infection of the skin
England and the United Kingdom from
34. Have a yen for.
the 17th to 19th centuries.
35. Directly above the neck
44. Chipmunk Chip's best friend.
37. Fencer's equiptment.
46. Somethina wondrous, "like a
40. "Don't count your chickens before
47. River flowing through NY, as well
they hatch", e.g.
as group of Iroquoian people from the
42. Norse god of war
same area.
45. Gull family.
49. Eagle's home.
48. Utterer of famous last words, "Et
51. Gelling agent from algae.
tu, Brute?"
53. Hard, glossy finish for protection
50. "We to inform you..."
57. A big concern when mating pure
52. Cover with ornaments.
bred dogs.
54. Italian car company, abb.
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56. Filled with holes
65. One of the seven continents
57. Mosque leader.
66. Oat genus.
58. The brightest star
67. Dance party?
59. Light machine gun.
68. The thin part of a wine bottle
60. "...killed a man in     , just to watch
69. A rich estate.
him die..."
70. Tidy.
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