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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Volume 85 Issue 28
Assgoblins since 1918
"Obscene" conflict rocks AMS elections
Posters removed without due process, says VP
by Jonathan Woodward
This year, scandal rocked the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) elections before
the voting even began.
Executives who were elected last
year on a Students for Students (SfS)
slate engaged in an "obscene conflict' of interest while making decisions on current elections material,
alleges Josh Bowman, current AMS
VP Achninistration, elected on the
competing Students Progressive
Action Network (SPAN) slate.
In a meeting on Thursday,
January 8, three executive members—President Oana Chrilia, Vice-
President Sam Saini and Vice-
President Brian Duong—voted to
cancel an Arts Week poster and banner advertising campaign, that
prominently featured Brenda
Ogembo, a candidate for VP
Academic on the SPAN slate, said
The decision was made solely by
the three SfS executives without
either Bowman or Laura Best, VP
Academic and other SPAN member
' on the executivcfcommittee, present.
Bowman alleges the SFS executives suffered from a conflict of
interest when making the decision,
especially because two of the three,
Saini and Duong, are running for
elected positions as president and
Board of Governors representative
respectively, this year.
But AMS General Manager
Bernie Peets defended the decision,
saying the posters were not election
materials and were removed from
circulation on the grounds that they
were business advertising, some
thing over which the AMS has independent control and is apolitical.
"Pulling [the ad] was fundamen- '
tally a business decision," he said.
"We wanted to distance ourselves as
much as possible from appearing to
support any candidate in the elections...the AMS shouldn't be seen as
promoting anyone.
"Having her images out there in
large banners would put [the AMS]
in a position that we wouldn't want
to be in," he added.
Bowman is also concerned that
the meeting where the decision was
made was scheduled on Wednesday
for Thursday night, when neither he
nor Best could attend. They learned
of the decision Monday, long after
the posters and banners had been
cancelled, he added.
"This is a decision that has been
"made without my*consent,' without-
Laura's consent," said Bowman.
"Execs that are clearly affiliated with
one slate should stay out of elections
decisions. I'm tired of decisions
being made with clear conflicts of
interest People should know better.
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To  add to the confusion, the not official AMS knowledge until rumours that you heard from your
meeting was 2 6 hours before. any- then, and shouldn't have been acted friends when you're in a direct con-
one's    official    candidacy    was upon. Until it was, they were acting flict of interest," she added,
announced, said Best. - on rumours; nothing was solidified.
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Tuition proposal by the end
of January, says UBC official
by Jonathan Woodward
A proposal to increase UBC's student tuition could be presented to
the university's Board of Governors
as early as the end of this month,
administrative officials say.
The proposal will eventually be
incorporated into UBC's budget, and
will have to be considered alongside
a potential $ 10 million reduction in
funding from the provincial government, set to take effect next year.
The university must also consider
upcoming contract negotiations
with the faculty association, a
"prominent" factor in budget
"We'll have to look at how we
frame it under different contingencies depending on what we know at
that time, but we are looking to have
a proposal ready by late January,
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early February/ said Michelle
Aucoin, executive co-ordinator of the
UBC VP students'office.
This is the third year siijce the
recent BC tuition freeze was thawed
by the provincial Liberals. The BC
government also committed to keeping education funding for universities constant until this year. With
that commitment over, the there
could be $ 10 million less in government funding next year for UBC.
Educational institution were
given the power to increase fees
when the tuition freeze ended and
UBC reacted by first increasing fees
by about 30 per cent in the 2002-
2003 academic year, then about 30
per cent again at the start of this academic year. The increase brought in
approximately $30 million extra
this year for UBC and cost students
more than $ 1500 each over the past
two years.
Provincial funding decisions will
be officially made on February, 17,
and the university will be informed
of its operating grant within the next
month. The grant was $393 million
last year, which is 37 per cent of the
university's $1.1 billion revenue-
tuition accounts for 14 per cent
This is the third year in UBC's
three year plan to increase tuition a
Student society hires fundraiser
by Megan Thomas
In an effort to boost revenue, the
Alma Mater Society (AMS) has hired
a specialist to ask students, alumni
and university officials for money.
• The move to. hire Coreen,
Douglas, a UBC alumnus with 18
years of non-profit society fuhdrais-
ing experience, comes on the recommendation of the AMS fundraising and sponsorship committee.
"We try to avoid going back to the
students and asking them for more '
money," said Brian Duong, AMS VP
Firiancfe. "It is a definite opportunity
that we have never tried."
The fundraising will be in addition to corporate sponsorship opportunities that the AMS already offers
through events, such as the
Welcome Back Barbecue held in the
first week of school. Douglas said
the student society has room to
expand corporate sponsorship in
the SUB, but to certain limits.
"Do we want to rename the SUB
the way that GM Place has been
named? I don't think so, but that is
not my decision to make," she said.
"It is really up to the AMS to decide
what level it wants to go to."
Plans to generate more corporate
sponsorship are still in the early
stages, said Douglas, and whether
ads- will appear around the SUB is
not yet clear.
But Douglas added that students
'obviously represent a huge market
to companies."
- Decisions about acceptable sponsorship proposals will first go before
the AMS fundraising and sponsorship committee for preliminary
approval. Once a, deal has been
reached, the AMS executive committee will have to give final approval
for a project to go ahead. There was
no official timeline for projects by
press time.
Student Council will not directly
have a say in possible fundraising or
sponsorship deals. •   -
But Duong said the .AMS coyncil
would be able to read the minutes of
.   See"Fundraiser"onpage2.
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"Scandal" from page 1.
But Peets said the decision was
made after phoning Ogembo Friday
morning to ascertain whether she was
going to run in the elections. The meeting was set on Thursday because of the
urgency of stopping the posters before
the election began, he said.
"The decision was made so that we
could not compromise Brenda's campaign," he said.
' Chirila defended the decision saying
no malice was intended.
"The call was made through the
appropriate channels/ she said. "I
have no doubts that they were acting in
the best interests of the society and
tried to keep the elections as pure as
Saini defended his decision by saying there was no conflict of interest,
while Duong opted not to comment
AMS elections administrator
Sundeep Chandan was informed of the
decision on Monday, but admitted that
he did not have direct jurisdiction over
the poster because it was an AMS
advertisement and not part of campaign materials.
But the decision could have been
made with the consultation of AMS
staff who are independent of politics,
he said.
The posters and banners featuring
Ogembo were to advertise the AMS stationery store, The Outpost as well as the
upcoming Arts week. Approximately 50
posters were, to be placed around campus, and two large banners strung up on
the side of the SUB.
The ads will be shifted to allow
Ogembo's posters to be put up after the
elections and the VP Academic candidate said she plans to make a formal
complaint to the elections administra-
tor today.
Meeting minutes from the meeting
on January 8 have yet to be released by
the AMS. ♦
Students could be faced with another increase
"Tuition"'from page 1'.
predicted 30 per cent per year to bring the fees in line with other Canadian universities.
It is also the year that the Faculty Association will renegotiate a large part of
its collective agreement with the university.
"Faculty costs figure very prominently in deterniining what our commitments are going to be financially in the coming year," said Aucoin.
Current contracts with the university specify that faculty association negotiations must be complete within six weeks after UBC has been informed of the
size of its provincial operating grant will, or the contracts will be decided on by
a third parry. Current faculty agreements will expire on June 30.
"We are hoping then for our salary increases on July 1, 2004," said Richard
Anstee, the president of the faculty association.
The average of the individual salary increases would be approximately two
per cent if recent trends hold, adding another $ 10 million to UBC's expenses
next year, he said.
These increases are necessary to pay faculty appropriately, otherwise the
university risks losing its professors, which would negatively impact students,
added Anstee.
; ' ' This year's tuition* consultation process has been improved by learning frora
the past two years' increase, said Aucoin.
"Students are asking that we should look at the impact of raising tuition, and
we have been examining what the impact of last year's tuition increases have
been/ she said. " : '
This is a process that has, involved the Alma Mater Society (AMS) in its
research, said Sam Saini, AMS VP External, who works to lobby the university
over tuition.
"We've tried to look at other universities, to figure, out how UBC should
measure its performance, arid told UBC to measure quality and come back to
use with measurements like salary pay increases or library acquisitions/ he
said. "We will use these numbers to measure where we've gone."
But while UBC would be allocating its resources more efficiently, Saini said
ne anticipates higher tuition next year. "I'm expecting the increase," he said. "It
will happen in January. ♦
AMS looking to update "concrete monstrosity"
as new seats for the Norm Theatre,
become a reality.
AMS services would also benefit
from the extra cash boost
"We hope to bring them up to the
level they need to be for students on
campus," said Douglas, adding that a
service like AMS's Safewallc is incredibly popular but constantly fights funding issues.
"It is an amazing service and it
struggles," she said.
Duong said hiring a fundraiser is
not directly related to the looming conclusion of the controversial Coke deal
and will help generate more revenue
when the Coke deal expires in 2003.
In 1995, UBC became the first university to sign a 10-year exclusivity deal
with Coke behind closed doors. The
deal gave the AMS and UBC $8.5 million in exchange for a monopoly on all
soft drink sales on campus.
UBC students were expected to
drink 33,600,000 cans or bottles of
Coke over a ten-year period, ending in
2005. If consumption falls below these
targets, which is predicted, the company will be given a two-year contract
extension without having to give
money to the university.
"It is sometliirig that we are always
keeping in mind," said Duong. ♦
"Fundraiser" from page 1.
the committees and scrutinise the minutes at Council meetings.
Any contracts that will give an
advertiser exclusive access to the SUB
also must be passed by council, said
Another AMS official cautioned that
any sponsorship must be done with
ethics in mind and must not encroach
on student space. ■'.*'■.
'Of course any sponsorship that we
get needs to be something that students are comfortable with," said
Laura Best VP Academic.
An ethical policy has also been developed by the AMS to help direct sponsorship and fundraising, said Duong.
One possible project is to "bring a
bit more polish to the SUB building,"
said Douglas who referred to the SUB
as the "great concrete monstrosity."
The AMS would like to generate
funding, possibly in partnership with
the university, to make some upgrades
in the SUB, which was built in 1968.
"I believe it is the heart of the campus for students. It is suffering from
lack of care. Lack of funding," said
Douglas. "We are looking at a way to
really bring SUB into the 21st century."
She would like to see projects, such THE UBYSSEY
TUESDAY, JANUARY 13,2004     3
Lloyd Axworthy leaving BC
Former foreign affairs minister accepts appointment at University of Winnipeg
by Megan Thomas
Come spring, UBC will be losing more than a
little experience in its political think-tank.
Lloyd Axworthy, the director and CEO of
UBC's Liu Institute for Global Issues—a centre
that tackles international political issues—has
accepted an offer to become the president
of the University of Winnipeg in April.
'It was actually kind of unexpected/ said
Axworthy. "It's a chance to be the president of
a university that has good things going for it'
Axworthy started at the Liu Institute three
years ago, after retiring from a lengthy career
in politics that included a stint as Canada's
foreign affairs minister from 1996 to 2000.
He has appreciative words for his time
at UBC.
"I owe UBC a lot, after coming out of politics after 30 years. I really learned a lot about
what universities are doing, the role they can
play," said Axworthy.
He says he will take this knowledge forward to create his own vision for the
University of Winnipeg, an institution that
SETTLING DOWN: Lloyd Axworthy is ready to move on to a job that gets him home
in time for dinner, peter klesken photo
supports about 8,000 students.
"There is a lot of things happening, just in
terms of how [to] really develop this smaller
Beyond creating a strong focus on teaching, Axworthy hopes to take on some of the
challenges facing post-secondary education in
Canada. He identified student access as one
of those crucial issues.
"I think universities right now are kind of
caught in the way that public funding is really
in a stall," he said. "Until we start treating
education almost as a public good, we are
always going to be caught in these binds."
Axworthy hopes that the post-secondary
climate will change in the near future so the
federal government can avoid having students eating Kraft Dinner on the steps of parliament in protest as' happened in 1995
while he was in government
He also says there is ho time like the present for a leadership change at the Liu institute.
"It's probably a good time to make a
switch. I learned in politics that sometimes if
you are the initiator of something then it is
useful at some point to turn it over so somebody can get a fresh look at it," he said.
. While all policy discussion must be based
on solid academic research, Axworthy says
the mandate of the Liu Institute is,and should
continue to be translating that research into
something that has an impact He envisions
an expansion in the teaching role of the institute and perhaps even a Master's program in
the future.
In addition to his vision for the Liu
Institute, Axworthy is currently trying to create an impact on the border dispute between-
Eritrea and Ethiopia as part of a special envoy
for &e*Umted Nations* (UN).~ - -"'" -,"-,. V^; J
'' "We're jockeying," he said. Eritrea has yet
to accept the idea of mediation and Axworthy
says he will not leave for the tiny African
country until the Eritreaiis are willing to get
involved in a peace process.
"I don't want to go until we have actually
cleared the mandate," he said.
While the UN has been facing much controversy over its international effectiveness
as of late, with some even calling for its dissolution, Axworthy says, "It doesn't mask the
fact that it is still a necessity."
"One of the most important things we
need to do as Canadians, actually, is to
become much more actively engaged in UN
reform, support the United Nations,"
he added.
He hopes that this is on Canadian Prime
Minister Paul Martin's agenda. While he is
reserving judgment on the new regime as of
yet Axworthy said, "There are lots of things
that we should be doing. I'm not sure that
they are being contemplated in Ottawa at the
present time,"
One thing that is being contemplated in
Ottawa that does not please Axworthy is cooperation with the US to create a missile shield.
"I think it is a big mistake," he said. "To
offer it out as a sign of friendship is a big
price to pay. It will distort Canadian foreign
policy for a long time to come.
"[Paul Martin] has clearly made a choice to^
try to cater some of the interests to the Bush
administration/ he added.
But he also said it is too early to judge Paul'
Martin and his crew. "A lot of them are still
finding their way to the washroom/ he said.
One thing he does think the Canadian government should get involved with is helping
. to stabilise a war-torn Iraq.
While Axworthy does not commend the US
decision to go to war, he sees a situation that
needs to be resolved. "You've broken the egg,
so you may as well decide how you are going
to make the omelette," he said. "
He sees Canada as having a strength in
international peacekeeping and security that
could be of great use in Iraq.        ,.'v-;'5t',:  i
"We should be saying to Bush: 'Look, the:
missile shield, that is your particular fetish.
We are not interested.. What we are interested
in is international security," he said.
Despite the move to the prairies, Axworthy
said he will also continue his work to eliminate deadly land mines around the world.
Foreign Affairs' Minister, win* Se"up" forfa ten
year review soon, and in the face of increased
use of the weapon by civic and private groups,
he sees a need to incorporate the
International Criminal Court in prosecuting
those who unleash such a horror.
"We . are trying to create a^ cpnijectiQn.
between the treaty and the cOurf §§ w^cai^slrj
people who use these weapons should Be,
criminally responsible," he said.     * ■"
On matters closer to home, Axworthj!
says he will miss being at UBC, but will no|
miss the amount of travel involved in his
position. He looks forward to April when he
has a job that allows him to come home for
dinner instead of jetting into the sunset on
a 737. ♦
UBC is a 'green' campus
No other Canadian universities received the award
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by Paul Evans
UBC has received an award commending its exemplary sustainabil-
ity initiatives, such as composting
toilets and natural ventilation, during the 2002-2003 academic year.
UBC was the only Canadian university to be awarded Green
Campus Recognition from the
National Wildlife Federation
(NWF), the largest member-supported conservation group in the
US. Twelve American universities
and colleges also received the
"We're Canada's leader in campus sustainability," said Ruth
Abramson, Communications Manager at the UBC Campus Sustainability Office.
This is the largest and most
prestigious sustainability award
that UBC has won for campus operations, Abramson added.
"The reason we won this particular award is mostly based on our
energy work," said Abramson.
Last year, despite an increase of
close to 1300 students at UBC, there
was a campus energy use reduction
of six per cent In addition to reducing energy, water use and carbon-
dioxide emissions, UBC has a sustainability program with staff members ensuring long-term implementation, said Kathy Cacciola, a
spokesperson for the NWF.
The Green Campus Recognition
award was established two years
ago. Although it carries no cash
value, it gives third party recognition for sustainability efforts.
"It's really a way of celebrating
the accomplishments and sort of
generating a bit more interest and
awareness on campus green initia
tives at the university and more
broadly," said Cacciola.
To receive the award, a university must first enroll with the NWF
and submit specific goals for its
project. At the end of the year, the
university submits a yearbook
entry detailing its accomplishments and challenges throughout
the year. The NWF then evaluates
this and determines whether or
not to give recognition,
"The program is competitive,"
said Cacciola, adding that a university does not automatically receive
the award for submitting an entry;
there needs to be "quantifiable
The UBC Sustainability Office
was created in 1998 after UBC
became the first Canadian university to develop a sustainability policy.
The Sustainability Office undertakes numerous projects each year
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An example of the Green
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. Building, which, Abramson said,
"set new green building benchmarks for the world when it was
built." The building boasts highly
efficient lighting, natural ventilation and composting toilets.
Abramson also said the Sustainability Office seeks to go beyond
UBC by doing sustainability presentations at other campuses.
"We want to help other universities and colleges become more sustainable too," she said.     '   '
Abramson hopes that UBC will
continue to receive this award in
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OUC seeks to become full university
Okanagan residents push
for a campus in the Interior
by Jonathan Woodward   .
Calls axe mounting in the Okanagan
to create an independent university
with full research and teaching
capabilities in the region.
The move would bring federal
research funding and autonomy to
the Okanagan University College
(OUC), as well as provide post-graduate programs for students so they
wouldn't have to come to the West
Coast to complete a degree.
"The comprehensive university-
college model was a valuable stage,'
wrote Kelowna resident Rob HoltOQ,
in a letter to the Kelowna Daily
Courier. "Now it is time for a real
university, one that can - take its
place with the other respected universities in Canada."
The 7800-student OUC stretches
across five campuses in five towns
in BC'8 interior. It was granting
degrees in conjunction with UBC
and the University of Victoria until
1998, when it began granting its
own university-college degrees
independently. Growth of nearly IS
per cent and the allocation of
Canada Research Chair funding last
year prompted the OUC Board of
Governors to argue the university-
college could handle becoming a
full university.
'Our intention is to see OUC
develop as a comprehensive institution,' said Andrew Coyle, a
spokesperson for OUC.
A 2002 report by the BC
Progress Board, a board created to
envision provincial education in the
future, chaired by UBC President
Martha Piper, said there was a significant need for greater access to
education in BC's interior. It suggested that either OUC be incorporated into one of the coastal universities as a satellite campus, or
become its own university.
In September 200$, the OUC
Board followed suit by submitting a
report to the provincial government
requesting to be included in the
University Act the act that governs
BC universities like UBC and SFU.
In that report OUC said that university recognition would allow
access to research funding from the
federal government, multiplying the
university college's current $3 million research mandate severalfold.
UBC, by comparison, receives $164
million in federal research awards.
"We want to see that research
mandate recognised in legislation,'
said Cbyle.
The possibility of pursuing a
graduate degree at home is the
main draw for OUC Student Union
President Karina Frisque.
"[Having aj university means
more programs, and we can stay
here and do a Master's degree without moving away,' she said. 'We're
in favour of being able to complete
more of our education here, not
having to move to Alberta or to the
Having a university degree and
not a university-college degree
might mean more to employers,
she said.
'BC is the- only province with a
university-college system, so a lot of
people don't really understand what
that means,' she said. "Degrees
would be understood more by
employers and by the general
Frisque said that would bring
much-needed money to what she
thinks has been a historically
under-funded school, as well as
bring an 'economic engine' to the
Okanagan region.
But Frisque is not in favour of
bringing OUC under the control of a
West Coast university, saying that
the economic benefits of being independent would not materialise with
a partnership.
A government official agreed
that a university in the Okanagan
region would boost the economy.
'A university presence has a significant impact on an economy,"
said Karen McDonald, spokesperson for the Ministry of Advanced
Education in BC. "There is significant additional investment by the
province [in a university compared
to a university-collegej.'
But the province will not make
any decisions public about the
future of OUC until the provincial
government releases its budget on
February 17, she said.
Still, Kelowna residents are con-
tinuing their calls for full university
'OUC has already served its
apprenticeship. It deserves to be
made a truly independent full-status university, not a satellite,' wrote
Bob Lalonde, another Kelowna
resident ♦
UBG conference highlights tomorrow's leaders
LOOK AT ALL THOSE LEADERS! More than 450 students turned out to listen to Lesra Martin talk
about defending Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, john currie photo
by John Currie
For Lesra Martin, the journey from the ghettos of New
York to vice-president of a prestigious law firm was not an
easy one.
Martin received a standing ovation last weekend from
over 450 students during UBC's annual Student
Leadership conference with a talk about his life from illiteracy to practicing law. This journey included defending
boxer Rubin "The Hurricane' Carter who was wrongly
imprisoned for 20 years for the 1966 murders of three
New Jersey residents.
The weekend-long conference, organised by UBC's
Student Development Office and the Alma Mater Society
(AMS), featured 42 interactive workshops on team-building, communication and decision-making.
"It's been pretty amazing to see just how many students are dedicated to becoming stronger leaders,' said
fourth-year English and theatre major Shawna Beesley.
UBC alumni Nikki Skuce, who works for the BC development organisation One Sky, a Smithers BC institute that
promotes sustainable living globally, also shared several
difficult decisions she's made about leaving home and
venturing into the unknown.
"When you have choices to make, opt for the ones that
challenge you out of your comfort zones," said Skuce, an
activist and environmentalist "Those are the ones that
are going to allow you to grow.'
Skuce's other main advice to leaders: "You need to set
benchmarks and celebrate their successes.'
The conference also- featured a workshop by the UBC
Global Builders, who are currently working on a school
building project in Kenya.
Fourth-year biochemistry and genetics student
Christopher Zappavigna also received the Nestor
Korchinsky Student Leadership Scholarship at the
The $500 scholarship, awarded for outstanding contributions to student life, was named for Korchinsky, a 37-
year UBC veteran, who has served as director of the university intramurals program.
About 50 high school students also attended the conference, shooting attendance up 25 per cent over last
year's inaugural event
Co-organiser Chad Hyson said the conference's goal
was to bring the campus community together so people
could make connections, see what opportunities are out
there and learn from each other.
"There's so many great things going on on campus,'
said Hyson. "But often times there isn't a venue to really
bring people together to talk about those.'
Fourth-year human kinetics student Sophia Ha was
impressed with the networking she saw on the first night
of the conference.
"They didn't leave,' said Ha. "There were still people
sitting in circles on the floor way after [the desserts].'
Brenda Ogemba, a fourth-year women's studies and
political science student praised a workshop in which she
played a simulation game called 'Barnga'.
"It was about cross-cultural interaction,' said Ogemba.
"You're in a different culture. You're frustrated. You think
you're right Somebody else thinks they're right
"The North American model of leadership is not necessarily the only model of leadership,' she said.
Organisers said they plan to run one or more future
workshops, inviting presenters back to UBC in February
or March. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
UVic, SFU students withhold tuition fees
Hundreds of students join 'tuition
boycott7 in effort to stop fee hikes
by Stephen Hui
BURNABY, BC (CUP)-Students at two of British Columbia's
largest universities plan to withhold their fees in a protest they
hope will ward off a third year of tuition hikes.
About 2,000 students participated in a so-called tuition boycott at Simon Fraser University (SFU) last semester. Now, hundreds of students at the University of Victoria (UVic) have already
pledged to postpone paying their fees this semester, according to
that school's student union.
"We're expecting the tuition boycott to be a wake up call for
the university and the government,' said Jude Coates, chair of
the UVic Students' Society.
Students who don't pay their fees by the end of January will
be billed a two per cent interest charge every month until they
pay their tuition. They also risk losing access to some university
Boycott participants are demanding that the federal and
provincial governments increase funding to post-secondary education. They also want the province to begin reducing tuition fees.
The student union hopes the boycott will raise public awareness of the impact of high fees on access to education.
"We think that [a] greater voice can have a significant impact
in perhaps embarrassing the government into reinstating a more
progressive funding formula for the institution,' Coates said.
UVic students saw their tuition rise by 69 per cent over the
past two years.
After two years of 30 per cent fee hikes, students at SFU are
bracing for a 20 to 35 per cent tuition increase this year.
Despite the uphill battle, Geordie Dent, an executive member
of the Simon Fraser Student Society, maintains that their tuition
boycott—now entering its second semester—has been a success.
"I think we got their attention," Dent said. "I think we made
them respond to the public, and made them have to go through
some financial difficulties."
Although SFU student representatives were unable to get
financial amnesty for boycott participants, they scored a significant victory when the university's senate approved a resolution
calling for money gained from interest charges on late tuition
payment! be'directed fri bursaries; That plah.'must receive' the '
support of SFU's Board of Governors if it is to be implemented.
SAY WHAT? SFU students lure others into not paying tu
The student union at the UBC has decided not to pursue a
tuition boycott Rather, it is employing what Sam Saini, Alma
Mater Society (AMS) VP External, calls a research-based
approach to tuition fees.
"We are more concerned with where tuition dollars axe
going,' Saini said.
Tuition has increased by 5 6 per cent at UBC over the past two
years. The AMS is opposed to large tuition hikes, as well as any
fee increases that don't correspond to a significant improvement
in the quality of education.
"We always do a benchmark and efficiency analysis on everything the univer.sity does with tuition,' Saini said.
* ' Students af the'University of'Northern BC will also not be
carrying out a tuition boycott
But Tamara Sweet an executive member of the Northern
Undergraduate Student Society, said they are planning events to
coincide with a national day of student action qn February 4.
That day will see students from around the province and acjoss
the country join rallies to demand that post-secondary education
be made affordable to all.
According to Statistics Canada, BC recorded the country's
largest increase in average undergraduate fees for the second
consecutive year In 2003-2004.
Administrators at post-secondary institutions argue that
tuition hikes were required to balance their books,,maintain
services .and preserve the} *qu^ig^i)J|§^icatio^T^!i^aM that
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safeguard access to education. ♦
Publications Society
rd of Directors Elections
The Ubyssey Publications Society is the organisation responsible for publishing UBC's official student
newspaper, The Ubyssey. Its membership consists of all UBC students who have not opted out of membership
by completing an opt-out form. Members are eligible to run for, and vote in, Board Elections.
The Board of Directors oversees the administrative and business aspects of the paper including advertising,
marketing, distribution, the budget and finances, meetings of the Society, and management of employees.
The Board is not, however, involved in the editorial aspects of the paper. The editorial policy and content of the
paper is determined by the editorial board of the paper, elected by the staff in March of each year. To become a
staff member, those interested need to contribute to three issues of The Ubyssey and attend regular
staff meetings in order to get voting rights and the right to run for an editorial position.
Term is February 2004 to February 2005. Directors attend approximately 20 Board Meetings through the year
in addition to serving on Board Committees. No previous experience with newspapers or the UPS is required.
The positions up for election are THE PRESIDENT and 4 DIRECTORS AT LARGE.
Nomination forms are available at the Ubyssey Business Office, SUB 23 (basement). Completed forms must be
returned by noon, Thursday, January 15th, 2004.
Elections will be held in conjunction with the AMS elections January 17th to 23rd, 2004.
For more information, contact Fernie Pereira at 822-6681. .jesfe&iSirt
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available. All students are welcome.
CUTC is about the future of technology, where
technology is going, and how students can be a
part of it. The conference provides students with
the opportunity to interact with the brightest
minds across Cariada along with the world
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All interested applicants please email
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snowboard or downhill ski, then believe
the hype. There are much cheaper places to
sit in the snow if you don't salivate at the idea
of one mile of vertical, accessible resort terrain. If you go to Whistler, you are going to
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For the student traveler, there are two
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to Whistler: how to get there and where to
stay. Greyhound bus service from do\yntown
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getting around Whistler without a car can be
annoying if you're walking around with a
large backpack of stuff and a snowboard
or pair of skis. The municipal bus system
certainly works but unfortunately your
U-Pass won't.
Another consideration is whether you
want to pay a reasonable rate and stay at a
hostel, or spend three or more figures for
your own, private room. A popular destination is the AMS Hostel. The AMS (formerly
Varsity Outdoor Club} Whistler hostel is an
excellent choice for anyone looking for the
distinctly   student   Whistler   experience,
because of course it's filled with UBC students in a similar situation. Sleeping
arrangements are "unique" and "cozy" but
everything else is really cool. There is a full
kitchen with every Rooking implement imaginable and enough* old copies of National
Geographic to entertain anyone wishing to
..spend money traveling somewhere further
"than Surrey. Ask anyone who's been there,
and I'm sure you'll hear, a story or two about
the lodge's hot tub as well.
The Whistler resort itself is huge. This
makes it a prime training spot for the
Canadian. National Snowboarding Team. Try
. to catch a glimpse of these guys training or see
a competition, since their abilities* are unbelievable. After three hours of watching nonstop halfpipe action, your concepts of gravity
and motion may be permanently altered. If
you want to try some yourself, the terrain park
and garden off the Solar Coaster lift on
Blackcomb Mountain are a good place to start
After a day of riding the slopes, the
Longhorn Saloon—located at the base of the
Blackcomb gondola—is the place to fraternise
in a packed, steamy bar full of stockbrokers,
champion skiers and European TV crews, as
well as the odd UBC student or two.
For the more audacious, try a dip in the
Fairmount Chateau Whistler pool. Either
way, you should get a good reminder of what
a great deal they're getting back at the
AMS Lodge. ♦
The Campus Advisory Board on Student
Development (CABSD) is seeking nominations of
individuals, services and programs or departments  .
who make exceptional contributions or significant
improvements to student experience and the
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Nominations from UBC students, faculty, staff and
recent graduates are welcome.
Submissions, including a written statement and two
supporting letters, should be sent to the Office of
the Vice President, Students, Room 123, Old
Administration Building, 6328 Memorial Rd. by
February-13, 2004
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BACK OFF! Wauthy and Birring play defensively, peter klesken photo
Swept away
Trinity Western' Spartans
feast on male basket Birds
By Dan McRoberts
That resounding thud you heard
Saturday night was the high-flying UBC
Thunderbirds men's basketball team
returning to earth in a big hurry. Having
experienced several weeks of fine form
and confidence built from a hard-fought
victory over Carleton, UBC seemed to be
in for a straightforward start to 2004
with two home games against the
Pacific Division cellar dwellers from
Trinity Western University.
The weekend was straightforward
alright—at least for the Spartans, who
followed Friday night's 80-78 squeaker
with a dominant second half Saturday
en route to a 89-74 win.
UBC head coach Kevin Hanson felt
that TWU played with greater intensity than the Thunderbirds on- both
evenings. "Their season was on the
line/ said Hanson. 'Our backs were
against the wall tonight [Saturday]
but I don't think we took that to
Friday evening, UBC was at least able
to mount a comeback after falling
behind early on in the second half.
Riding the hot-shooting hand of Craig
Rollins and some solid interior play by
Pat Sponaski, the Birds hung tough
against the consistent Trinity attack. In
the final moments, however, UBC failed
to hit their shots, including a blown
Iayup with under a minute to go and
Trinity took full advantage.
"I thought we had a very good game
plan in place," said Hanson afterwards,
• "but certain guys got subbed into the
game and they weren't focused on what
they had to do.'
On Saturday night Trinity Western
left the Birds grounded in the second
half as they hustled on defence and
played a much more aggressive game
all around. The key stretch for the
Spartans came in the moments following their coach's ejection from
the game.
Stan Peters, the Spartans' head
coach, enraged with the game officials
for a series of calls mid-way through the
half, was kicked Out of the game and left
the Spartans without a bench boss.
Surprisingly, that didn't seem to hurt
anyone but the Birds, who found their
deficit stretch to double digits in
short order.
Frustration with the officiating was
not limited to the visitors as Hanson
was routinely on his feet in protest
throughout the weekend and was hit
with a technical himself on Friday night
He was critical of the refereeing following Saturday's game. "There were
too many fouls being called. We need a
game with a lot of flow to be successful
and the many stoppages had a negative
impact on our performance,' said
With the two losses, the Birds drop
to a 6-4 record. Perhaps more significantly, the Spartans now move back
into the playoff race with a 5-5 record.
The Birds could have more or less
eliminated TWU with two victories, but
now face a four-team battle for three
playoff spots.
Team captain Karlo Villanueva says
his team has much to improve on. "We
were emotionless this weekend. It's on
us to come together as a team and get
hyped about playing again. We have to
get into the gym, work hard and re-dedicate ourselves.'
UBC is on the road this coming weekend with games at Lethbridge and
Calgary. The Birds' next home action
will come on January 23 in a key
matchup with SFU. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Trinity West can't keep up to UBC
Lady Spartans can't spark a T-Bird basketball losing streak this year
by Wilson Wong
With their star player returning to regular season action and having just become the top
team in the country, the UBC Thunderbirds
could have easily looked past the wihless
Trinity Western Spartans. And for the first 15
minutes of their series, it looked like the
Thunderbirds had their minds focused elsewhere. After that, however, it
was smooth sailing as UBC
exorcised some demons from
last year and swept the
Spartans to open the second
half of the season.
UBC had their second-best
start in team history last year
but lost 71-67 on January 11,
2003 to a Spartan team with
only one win. Four more losses followed and UBC eventually lost to Calgary in the first
round of the playoffs.
Neither team looked
inspired to play on Friday
night a3 both teams went
scoreless in the first four minutes of action.
Taking advantage of UBC's poor shooting.
Trinity Western was actually up 14-13 with
five minutes left in the first half. Sparked by
the dominant play of Kelsey Blair, UBC went
on a 16-2 run to take a 29-16 lead into the
The second half is barely worth mentioning. With a roster containing no seniors,
Trinity may be strong in future years but the
inexperienced team proved no match for
UBC this weekend, especially on defence
where the Thunderbird press forced 26
Spartan turnovers. Further hindering the
Spartans was their propensity to take fouls.
gamescores \
At one point. Spartan forward Angela Booy
had to cower in the face of a jumping Kelsey
Blair to avoid getting her fifth foul. The final
score indicated the carnage: UBC 73,
TWU 38. . v   ;
Blair was the star on offence, recording
18 points and 13 rebounds while holding
TWU star Samantha Hill to only 12 points.
Kim Howe added ten points and six boards.
Carrie Watspn was the star on defence with
five steals and three blocks.
Sheila Townsehd struggled
in her return to regular
season action, scoring nine
points in 2 S minutes.
The second game of the
double-header went much
like the first, although the
qu,ality of play was much
improved. Trinity Western
sharpened their skills in
nearly all facets of their
game and again held the
lead late into the first.
Another late run, this time
ignited by Sheila
Townsend, allowed UBC to
take an 11 point lead into the break.
That lead turned into an 80-32 victory as
Trinity was unable to match UBC's 63 per
cent shooting in the second half. Thirty
Spartan turnovers also factored in the large
deficit, which allowed both coaches to empty
their benches.
Sheila Townsend returned to the top of
the scoresheet, leading UBC with 18 points.
Amanda Beer3 had an impressive night,
going six of seven, registering 14 points.
Spartan forward Samantha Hill was a force
on the boards, grabbing 16 rebound3-to a^$
to her team leading 12 points.
After the game, Townsend was asked
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about UBC's loss to Trinity last year, 'We
don't talk about it that much but I don't think
it leaves anybody's minds. Especially the people who were here last year. So we wanted to
j^ake §ure .we, came, out with, intensity. We
were a little flat at times but we still felt like
we stuck with our game plan and as the game
went on, it seemed .like Our defensive intensity picked up.'
Thi3 weekend, the 8-2 Birds can take care
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Calgary—the site of their playoff IdsS fast
spring—and Lethbridge. ♦
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Dinos roar all over Birds
A season characterised by many ups
and downs was bit with two more
losses last weekend as the T-Bird
men's ice-hockey team took on the
number-two-ranked Calgary Dinos. A
4-7 loss on Friday was was followed,
by a closer match of 14 on Saturday.
Three Calgary goals against UBC's
goalie Robert File in six minutes was
the deciding factor in this game, but a
move to put Chris Levesque in net in
the third kept the score from going
higher. Keeping it from a shut-out
was second-year Chad Grisdale who
knocked it in with less than two minutes left in the third. The Birds stand
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Bears still undefeated
The T-Bird women's hockey team
faced some tough losses against the
number-one-ranked University of
Alberta on the weekend. Despite a
first period on Friday that resulted in
2 7 shots but only one goal against T-
Bird goalie Teryne Russel, the T-Birda
were landed with a crushing 1-11
loss by the end of the game. The lone
goal was scored by S'5" forward
Laura Kosakoskl halfway through the
third period. Saturday's game did not
fare much better for the Birds who
lost 0-7 to the undefeated Alberta
team. The birds play Regina at home
this weekend.
Stilt in the race
The men's Thunderbird volleyball
team couldn't pull it together against
the Winnipeg Wesmen this weekend.
The two losses of 0-3 and 1-3 put UBC
in fifth place and four points behind
the Wesmen. With six spots in the
Canada West final open, the Birds
still have a chance at making the
finals, but they will need to score a
win against the number three
Manitoba Bison to move up in the
rankings this weekend, and put some
distance between them and Calgary
and Trinity who are hot ori their tails
in the rankings. • '  '-
Number one after loss
After five tough sets against the
Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday, the
women's volleyball team clinched a
3-2 win. But Saturday proved a different story and despite three very close
sets ending in 25-23, 25-26 and 25-
20, the Birds lost to the Wesmen 0-3.
Currently, the women lead the
Canada West league and play at home
next weekend against the fifth ranked
University of Manitoba. ♦
"At first I was too scared to take photos,
but then Michelle showed me the way."
—little Bobby
(shown right)
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photo seminar made it
so easy that even I
could take photos for :
the Ubyssey f
—Mr Snuggles
(shown left)
Photo seminar
Tiiesday Jan 20th
At 6pm
Everyone welcome
,    PHOTO TIPS SINCE 1918 10
. Hywel Tuscano
Megan Thomas
Jonathan Woodward
John Hua
Jesse Marchand
Heather Pauls
Michelle. Mayne
Paul Carr
Iva Cheung
Sarah Bourdon
Bryan Zand berg
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Dave Gaertner
Shalene Takara
Dan McRoberts was warn out from winning seven sanies of UBC
men's basketball by himself. Wilson Wong came to relieve Him after
- being kicked out of a women's basketball match, as he was hopelessly
..' masculine. He was doing, fairly well but needed some help, and so
pulled out his cellphone in mid^unfc and called John Currie_away from
i his speech at (he, student leadership conference, who brougljt his chief
'   advisors, Hywel Tuscano and Jonathan Woodward, Levi BarneH and
Peter Klesken with him. Paul Evans was referee, and he stopped them
from embarrassing the opposition by ending the game early. To use
'[_ ihe rest of their energy, the basketball players danced together to No
", Douhl and. Paul Evan* weighed down by hie green campus award as
he tended to the campus wildlife and his (breal preservation helpers,
- Melissa Toon, Heather Pauls and Megan Thomas, also began to groove
to the music Taul danced so wildly that he even stepped on a chip-
■'■ muni, injuring it badly, and paramedics Farm Mizher and Jesss
Marchand had to rush the poor thing oil to UBC hospital on a miniature stretcher, and also referred it to UBC's psychiatry department
'_, because il had been shocked by the fanatically dancing bunch. Michelle
- Mayne, observing ihe paramedics, chastised Paul and took the award-
-■ from him Stripped, of his honour, Paul' sprinted in tears from the   -
• scene, and jumped into the arms of his legal guardians. Paul Carr and
V Iva Cheung, who called the secretary at UBC psychiatry department,
; Bryan Zandberg, who. booked him aa appointment with Dr Sarah
Bourdon- Dr Bourdon had orderlies Kevin Groves and John Hua hold
(- Paul down because he was led to the department kicking and screaming and nurse Malcolm Morgan injected Paul to put him to sleep again,
and set him up with his IV next to Ihe recovering chipmunk.
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In a whirlwind of committees, acronyms, votes,
consultations and summits, UBC administrators are hurling this campus towards both residential and institutional development While
not everyone agrees on how these changes
should manifest, everyone can compromise on
the fact that the process is more complicated
than filing your income tax.
A point of contention between the administration and concerned students are the adjectives that will ultimately be used to describe the
mandate of these developments: sustainable,
profitable, public, private, commercial, student-
run...the list goes on as everyone tries to ensure
that their stakeholder groups are the ones that
have their interests represented.
But that's good, right? If everyone has their
say, then shouldn't what tha university has
planned be perfectly legitimate?
Well. Not if that grand process pollutes the
construction of buildings that UBC has every
right to build. UBC is trying to build a research
building in South Campus that will house
National Research Council labs that might look
into environmental sciences like fuel-cell
research. And the Pacific Spirit Park Society is
complaining about its environmental impact.
It's an institutional building on institutional
land. Should be no problem, right? The only reason we've seen the high-powered whinging
that's characterised the past eight months is
because any construction that involves residential or commercial space has to be cleared by
the GVRD in a lengthy (and awfully, unavoidably
public) planning process.
So as a result you've got UBC bending over
backwards to inform the UBC community about
an endless parade of acronyms. Think about it
for a minute, do you know what the OCP is?
How about the CCP? Ok; the BoG maybe? Jeez,
you must know what the GVRD is then. Looks
like it's time for another public meeting.
The process is good for building* where the
public has a right to know. But the optics are
less than proactive. UBC's unelected Board of
Governors is making municipal planning decisions. Rich people that have nothing to do with
the university are coming to campus. Students
aren't being consulted on mixed-use buildings.
The list goes on, and in the past has just touched
on deserving buildings.
But UBC has blurred the boundary between
buildings to fight over and buildings to just, well,
build. And the National Research Council building has somehow fallen into the first category.
While expansion is needed, there has to be a
fine balance between the continued development of the university and the concerns of
interest groups. The issues are inherently complicated when it comes to mixing housing and
commercial buildings with educational spaces;
all of a sudden, it's only a short hop from poor
students complaining about market housing to
residents complaining about a shopping mall
with a denstistry building on top to environmental groups complaining about the five-acre
"clearcut" that brings a home to a research
building that, in a few years, may contribute to
solving the environmental problems of our age.
But the Pacific Spirit Park Society isn't to
blame for their zeal in attacking UBC for its
development. It's sort of the fashion these days,
helped on by UBC's own zeal in marching into
the profitable world of development.
Hampton Place, a residential development
on the south end of campus, made UBC oyer
$116 million. South Campus developments
promise to make much more than that. But
blurring the bounds of development has invited
that much money's worth in hassle with the
tremendous scrutiny that the development
process—even on those buildings that UBC has
every right to build—will get.
With development, UBC made this bed. Now
it will have to lie in it ♦
You people suc^
See this black box? Thanks ;
to YOU We have no^ fetters.
Is there really nothing that
is pissing you off this week?
You'd better find'something
that makes you angry next
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Single for nine years
...but still hot as ever
The Singles 1992-2003
[Interscope Records]
by Melissa Toon
Guess who has the number one most
downloaded single in the world right
now? That's right. No Doubt Want
more? What is this number one downloaded song all about? Well, it's about
a rockin' band that did. an awesome
cover of their favourite '80s song
titled "It's My Life,' which was originally performed by UK's Talk Talk.
Lastly, where can you legitimately and
legally obtain this hit single? For now,
"It's My Life* can only be found on No
Doubt's new best-of album titled The
Singles 1992-2003.
* The album includes every hit single
released since their self-titled debut
album released back in 1992 and
shows the prominent progression of
the band's style and sound up to 2003.
According to No Doubt's bassist Tony
Kanal, the time couldn't be more perfect for this" albuin7 arid" quoted oh
www.nodoabt.com, "It feels like the
right time to release this collection
because it closes a chapter; this is the
"recap of an incredible journey that
we've had and it sets the tone for what
will come in the future.* So until
future albums are released, this singles album will have to do.
-After listening to the album, I
began to wonder just how much I really knew about No Doubt. The only
major thing that I could come up with
was that in 2002 Gwen Stefani got
married to Bush's frontman Gavin
Rossdale. So much for calling myself a
true fan.
The cool thing about this particular
album is that it includes an awesome
CD booklet. Within the booklet is a
mini biography that gives insight on
how the band came together, how they
were influenced and how they progressed to become the band we know
today. It also has a dozen group pictures and excerpts relating to each single, giving the listener a taste and
some insight on why and how the single was either made or released.
There is absolutely no doubt this
group has-been constantly working
their butts off, staying true to their
original influences, while at the same
time remaining creative enough to
experiment. Although some experiments are bound to fail, their unique
ska style is a constant, keeping their
fans faithful. Throughout The Singles
1992-2003, listeners will really be
able to enjoy the original songs that
put No Doubt on the map plus enjoy
their newest hit and flavour of the
future, "It's My Life." From a small ska
band in South Cali to a band that the
whole world just can't get enough of,
this new album really captures the
band's hard work, creativity, longevity
' and love for life'.'•>
Ghetto classical
The Diary of Alicia Keys
by Hywel Tuscano
The Diary of Alicia Keys is the sophomore album
after her debut Songs in A minor which garnered
her five Grammys in 2001. Expectations are exorbitantly high for this 21-year-old artist.
- It is impossible to narrow her music down to a
single genre. While some have called her the harbinger of neo-soul, she has also been labelled as
jazz, classical, blues and hip-hop. She rocks many
different sounds and an equal number of well-executed hats; despite her classical influences, she has
maintained a roughneck image and everyone loves
ghetto these days! I'll take her bandana under a
trilby over a stupid neo-soul knit cap anytime.
The Diary opens with a rich piano solo on
"Harlem Nocturne* interrupted by her husky
voice saying, "Drop it.* The bass hits perfectly at
this point and the album kicks to a wicked start
The album at this point begins fast and upbeat
and slowly settles into her trademark sound. The
next two songs have some of the biggest beats on
the album in the surprising absence of any of her
trademark piano. "Karma" begins with big bass
and heavy Roughrider-esque strings which
recedes long enough for Keys to speak of the
karmic consequences of one of many bad relationships—fictitious or not—that seem to fuel her
music. The song shines as the beat breaks down—
a sound I appreciate far too much after too many
Neptunes-produced songs. "Heartburn" is an
amazing funk throwback to the '70s blaxploitation
era sound that is distinctive amongst the rest.
Her trademark sound starts up with my
favourite song on the album "If I Was Your
Woman,* a welcome speculation on the playful
nature of possibility. Her first single, "You Don't
Know My Name," has a dreamy Motown sound
With '60s doo-wop background vocals that create a
comforting ambient croon as she breaks it down
with her sweet 'Oohs.' Sadly, on the album she
cheeses it up a bit and you get to listen to her
speak as she picks up an imaginary fella in a cafe.
"If I Ain't Got You" carries the sound of
"Fallin" from her former album. It's the classical
Alicia Keys sound that is still as fresh as the day
you first heard her and asked, "Who is this?' It will
be a great song to watch her perform live. Another
similar song is "When You Really Love Someone"
which is this album's 'A Woman's Worth.'
"Diary* features the only collaboration on the
album. While the slow jam doesn't particularly
shine, you still have to love the vocals of Tony Toni
Tone just 'cause. Ah the early '90s. "Wake up' is a
great, vocally driven track featuring strings, harpsichord and a relaxed bass line. 'So Simple' is a
great lounge track with what seems to be some
vocodering or a sweet sample.
The interlude on the album messed up the pacing somewhat It quickly winds down afterward
with a couple of slow jams: the R&B 'Samsonite
Man' and ends with the jazzy "Nobody Not Really.*
Alicia Keys delivers to the many different tastes
of the expectant masses and you can expect to
hear at least three or four singles in the upcoming
"year. ♦ 'T      ^"" ":        " *'r ; T'~'  "' "\?. r"y "T^ '
AMS Elections 2004
AMS Elections are-coming; Elections will run from January 17th, 2004 to
January 23rd, 2004. Elected representatives serve their term from March
2004 to March 2005. For more information on the AMS Elections, visit the
Elections Committee in their office, on the web (www.ams.ubc.ca/elections)
or e-mail them at electioii$@am$.ubc.ca.
Be an informed voter! Visit www.ams.ubc.ca/eiectfons for candidate
nformation and other information on the upcoming AMS Election.
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The Outpost - Your Stddent Store - has some gieat deals for you
Get involved and get great free stuff
Arts Week • Beyond the 8A" Jan, 14th at the Chan Centre 5"30
- 9:30 pm. First 100 peop'e in the door receive a cool canvas book
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Science Week "Jello Wrestling" Jan, 28th at noon in the Ballroom
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AMS Speakeasy is pleased to announce that they are hosting the
Third Annual National Peer Support Conference at the University
of British Columbia. They will be welcoming volunteers and service
coordinators from peer support centres across Canada this January
23rd,. 24th, and 25th, 2004.    '
The Annual National Peer Support Conference provides an
opportunity for peer support volunteers and service coordinators
from across the country to meet and discuss peer support issues.
The first conference was held at the University of Saskatchewan
in 2001. After the success and interest that this event generated,
the University of Alberta and Grant McEwar? Community College
stepped up and cohosted the'second conference in November
2002, AMS Speakeasy is delighted to continue this annual event!
If your student group provides peer support services and wishes to
participate, please download the delegate package from our web
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at the Presentation House theatre
until Jan. 31
by John Hua
Masterful things can occur in an
extremely small performance
space despite the obvious limitations. The intimacy of a small theatre can completely captivate an
audience, offering no opportunity
of escape or distraction. The
action is at your feet and the smallest and most barren stage is transformed into a vast setting.
However, this magical transformation can only occur with the aid of
superb acting and excellent direction. Any production lacking in
these elements is faced with the
complete opposite effect, and ends
up exposing a weak production on
a small and empty stage.
One of Shakespeare's most
delightful comedies, "As. You Like
It;" explores' true love through
female eyes. Unique to the time,
Shakespeare places the main focus
on the leading lady, Rosalind, an
independent, strong and down-to-
earth woman, not afraid to speak
up against the nonsensical flaws of
human relationships. The pangs of
love and its trivialities addressed
by Shakespeare make this play
extremely captivating, the perfect
formula for a small space such as
the Presentation House theatre.
Unfortunately, Director Michael-
Robinson's third production of "As
You Like It" does not quite complete the equation, leaving the.
production slightly lacking and
the Presentation House stage
dis tr a ctingly b ar e.
In all fairness, the expectations
for a production in a small space
are slightly skewed, calling on
other elements to compensate for
the limitations of space and simplicity in stage design. The acting
of the cast was simply unable to
meet the challenge, leaving the
play on a highly unexceptional
There were some mentionable
performances, however, which
were delivered by the two lead
characters, Orlando (played by
Michael Teigen) and Rosalind
(played by Mary Alison Raine).
Teigen was strong and solid
throughout the play, remaining
true as the valiant, honest and
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love-struck hero. Raine, however,
was plagued by inconsistency. At
times she would shine as the hope-
filled Rosalind holding nothing
back in her eagerness and emotion, but at some of the most
1 crucial moments, Shakespeare's
leading lady was simply unconvincing in her debates on love and
Successfully supporting the
leads were Adam, Orlando'3 faithful servant (played by_ Abraham
Jedidiah}. Jedidiah plays his part
with delightful precision, adding a
much needed sense of corhic relief
and adorable charm, Steven
Holmberg also finds his niche a3
Touchstone, the bawdy and sarcastic clown. Lastly, the character of
Jaques is nicely played by Paul
Herbert, who fully delves into the
melancholic and overdrarnatic
persona of his character.
Unfortunately the few above
average performances aren't
enough to save the production
from mediocrity. Despite a true
and commendable attempt, the
Tuatura Work's production of 'As
You Like It" falls short of great
things, lacking the stability of a
strong foundation. ♦
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