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hamlet, the famous writer who also sings since 1918 | volume xc, number 47
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The water
bottle debate
Are fountains a safe replacement?
by Sarah Chung
Features Writer
The AMS's effort to ban bottled
water is moving forward. Council approved just over $11,000
last month to install and retrofit
fountains in the SUB. The fountains would reduce the need for
students to purchase bottled water
and limit the building's waste. At
the same time, it raises questions
about the safety of tap water and
sanitation concerns with fountains, particularly in a building
that sees up to 6000 students pass
through it every day.
While some of the concerns
have factual foundations, most are
problems of perception. "A properly maintained water fountain
shouldn't have any problems...
as long it is regularly used," said
Dr Ray Copes, clinical associate professor of health care and
"The problem with infrequently
used water fountains [is that the
lack of flow] can cause a buildup of chlorine residue inside the
pipes, which can be a problem,"
Copes said. These problems often
occur in heavy industrial areas
where drinking fountains are
rarely used, but are less common
in a heavily trafficked university
The University Department
of Health, Safety and Environment does water testing every six
months. The most recent test in
November 2008 found the water
quality to be within acceptable
health parameters. The department tests for a variety of heavy
metals including lead and mercury. While trace amounts are in the
source water, the levels are well
below the guidelines established
by Health Canada.
However, these tests are based
on the water quality after it has
been flushed out for some period  of time.  The  University's
Department of Health, Safety and
Environment recommends students flush the water for 30 seconds prior to use, which prevents
the contamination that leads to
the metal taste in water.
The fountains' exteriors get
cleaned once a week. Although
no specialized cleaning for the
fountain's mouthpieces is necessary, Copes says that it would be
"reasonable" to clean them daily,
as they do with toilets and sinks.
There will be three new fountains fitted in the basement of
the SUB. Though the source water
for SUB fountains has been given
a clean bill of health, these fountains will be fitted with filters as an
added precaution.
To overcome negative perceptions about using fountains, the
AMS will launch a campaign
encouraging students to use refill-
able steel bottles—which the AMS
would sell at cost—and to raise
awareness about the merits of using tap water in favour of disposable bottles.
Banning bottled water would
be exclusive to AMS facilities, including the AMS food services in
the SUB. The ban would not affect
operations managed directly by
the university, including Pacific
Spirit Place.
Other universities across the
nation have already made the
transition from plastic bottles to
refutable bottle stations. Fleming
College, an Ontario university,
equipped its stations with reverse-
osmosis water filtration systems
to overcome students' fears and
encourage the use of refutable
water bottles. The initiative was
so successful that they began
marketing their approach to other
schools. Xl
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Alec Young, Alison Bailey, foanna
Chiu,foyce Wan, Karen Cheung
and Shirazeh Gutezon
"For example, the Capilano reservoir is the one that is most
susceptible to turbidity and so it is the one that is closed more often
than the others to deal with those kinds of issues. So, it's fair to say
that the majority of your water—by and large—you would be getting
your water from either the Seymour or Capilano source."
—Bill Morrel, Media Relations and Corporate
Communications Division Manager for Metro Vancouver
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MARCH 24, 2009
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Registration $5 (Individual)/$10
(Team). For more details visit the
Facebook event •
March 24
A Night of Art • A showcase of
The Body Project's photo images
to celebrate a diversity of bodies
that counter negative media images. Guest speaker Dr Laura Hurd
Clarke will be there. Free snacks
• Mar. 24, 2009. 4-7pm. Brock
Hall. For more details, check the
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Thai Aiyara presents "2009 Thai
Night: Rong RumTum Plaeng"-- A
Thai culture showcase: dance and
music.Thai food and drinks provided. 7-9 pm Fri. 27th March tix $8.
e-mail info@ubcthai.ca
MAVERICK: A Solo Showdown •
UBC Improv presents improvisers
from UBC and around Vancouver
as they do battle for solo improv
supremacy. Come watch as these
mprovisers fight for your love and
adoration, and decide who will
reign supreme. • March 24, 2009,
7-9pm. Scarfe 100. $2 or free for
members. •
March 25
RESULTS Vancouver meeting *
RESULTS Vancouver is a group of
volunteers committed to creating
the political will to end hunger
and the worst aspects of poverty
in Canada and around the world
This month, we will be discuss-
ng Tuberculosis: the Leading
Infectious Killer of Women in the
World. Learn more about how
ndividuals like you can make a
difference towards ending globa
poverty at our next meeting. •
Wednesday, March 25, at Calhoun's Coffee Shop (3035 West
Broadway), from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Everyone is welcome, and email us
at vancouver.results@gmail.com
for more details •
Doubt • Based off the award winning play, Meryl Streep and Phillip
Seymour Hoffman face-off playing
a nun and a priest in this high intensity drama • Wednesday, March
25-29. 7:00 pm. Norm Theatre,
SUB. $4 regular, $2 members*
The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button • Brad Pitt plays a man
that is born old and gets progressively younger. Cate Blanchett
plays his love interest. A drama
about time and love, nominated
for multiple Oscars. • Wednesday
March 25-29. 9:00 pm. Norm
Theatre, SUB. $4 regular, $2 members. •
Thunderbirds Women's Ultimate
Beer Garden Fundraiser * Chill
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their season! Highlights include
a fire breathing show by Sergio
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by Erin Brophy • March 25, 2009,
6pm, The Cheez Factory (2335
Engineering Lane). Cover by donation (at least $5). 19+ event •
March 26
UBC Film Screening • A film
screening of Examined Life, a film
which brings the thoughts of some
of today's most influential thinkers
to the real world, with director
Astra Taylor. • March 26, 2009,
4pm (doors open at 3:30). Norm
Theatre in the SUB. Free. •
Lola Dance: Provincial Essays •
Presented by the Dance Centre
A stunning ensemble work that
takes inspiration from the natural
world and our relationship to it,
Provincial Essays will be featured
in the next edition of the popular
Discover Dance! noon series. Created by Artistic Director Lola Ma-
cLaughlin, who is regarded as one
of Canada's finest contemporary
dance choreographers, Provincial
Essays is an eclectic collection
of choreographic landscapes
nformed by nature, and full of
delicious humour and ravishing
visuals. It looks at modern society's
relationship with the natural
world-our dominance and com-
moditisation of the environment
contrasted with nature's great
power and beauty. • March 26,
2009, 12pm, Scotiabank Dance
Centre, 677 Davie St (at Granville),
Inquiries contact 604-606-6400 or
www.thedancecentre.ca •
Spirited Away • GreenNoir
Cinemathique presents this award-
winning animated film from acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki,
about a young girl trapped in a
mystical bath house frequented by
magical spirits. • March 26, 2009,
8-1Opm. Piano Lounge, Graham
House, Green College (6201 Cecil
Green Park Rd). Free. •
March 27
Sikiliza • Sikiliza is here!!! its time
to break it down on the dance
floor. Come out and celebrate the
ending of the year AAI style! For a
moment celebrate the ending of
classes. Featuring DJ Mmeli and
DJ O! Dropping the hottest beats
from African sounds to hip-hop •
Friday, March 27, 2009. 7:30pm-
12am. Asian Centre (1871 West
Mall). $6 (Members)/ $8 (Non-
members) •
March 28
Spring at the Chan • Come hear
an array of glorious choral works,
presented by Trinity Western
University Chamber, Concert, and
Masterworks Choirs. You know,
if you're into that sort of thing. •
March 28, 2009, 7pm. Chan Shun
Concert Hall. Tickets are $ 18 at
Ticketmaster. •
March 29
The First Blim Monthly Community Market • Our first community
market includes 30 vendors, live
music, hot food, beverages,
and entertainment. Vendors wil
nclude food, fashion, accessories,
supplies, fine art, vintage items
and records, and not be limited to
crafts, and there will be a focus on
nurturing and promoting creative
production in our community •
Mar. 29, 2009. 11am-5pm. Cambrian Hall. Free •
March 30
"Deal With April Now" EXAM
prep Workshop • Learn exam
strategies from successful science
students and how to start organiz-
ng your time and preparing for
exams now! • Connect with a
Science Peer Academic Coach and
the SCI Team who will help you
prepare for finals! • 5:30pm - 7pm
in the IKBarber Learning Center,
Room 182 • Register at www.
sciteam@ubc.ca •
March 31
In Conversation with Adrienne
Clarkson • Come join the former
Governor-General as she discusses
her new book with host Irfhan
Rawji. After taking questions from
the audience, she will participate
in a book signing. • March 31,
2009, 12-1:30pm. The Chan Centre Concert Hall (6265 Crescent
Rd). Free, but tickets required: go
to www.chancentre.com/tickets. •
The Bernoulli Trials - A math
contest for undergraduates at
UBC • The contest is a sequence
of true or false questions where
contestants are eliminated after
two incorrect answers; last person
standing wins! Registration is free,
and not even any serious preparation is required! There will be food
and prizes. Pre-register by sending
your name, faculty, field of study,
and year to UbcBernoulliTrials®
gmail.com • March 31, 4pm in
Math 100 (main math building).
For more information, visit http://
www. math. ubc. ca/~sesitar/Berno-
Charity Open Mic Night * Come
down and show off your skills
Anyone is welcome to perform,
but performers should show up
early to sign up. The UBC improv
team will even be showing up to
make a performance. All proceeds
will be donated to the Vancouver
Food Bank. • April 1, 2009,
5-1 Opm. MASS, Buchanan D. $2
or canned food donation. •
April 3
Green Turns Red: One Act Plays
for HIV Care • An evening featur-
ng three plays performed by
Green College residents, to raise
funds for HIV care. • April3, 2009,
doors open at 6pm. Great Hall,
Graham House, Green College
(6201 Cecil Green Park Rd.). $5.
More Info at www.greencollege.
ubc.ca. •
April 4
The Run for Rural Medicine 2009 •
5/10 k run/walk through UBC Pacific
Spirit National Park, to raise money
for UBC medical students' 3rd year
rural medicine clerkships • April4,
2009, meet at 9am. Meet at the
SE corner of 16th and Wesbrook
Mall. Register at www.ubcmed.
com/ruralmedrun for $35 (includes
refreshments and t-shirt). •
2009 World Wide Pillow Fight
Club 4.0 • Join in the 4th Annua
Pillow Fight, where childhood
memories of sleepovers and pillow
fights are relived! Some gentle
reminders: 1) Hide your pillows, 2)
Don't be in location until the exact
minute, and 3) Leave immediately
after 1 5 minutes of crazy fun! Be
part of this amazingly fun flash
mob! • April4, 2009, 3pm, Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street).
For more information, checkout
the Facebook event! •
April 8
AMS Block Party with the Roots
• This year's concert features Phili-
delphia hip-hop giants The Roots,
as well as Canada's own Tokyo Poke Club, and Los Angeles' Pacific
Division, plus DJs Neil and Hana •
April 8, 2009. 1-8pm. Maclnnes
Field. $20. Tickets available at The
Outpost (SUB) •
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Leadership Summit '09:
finding skills for success
Donald Rix, founder of Cantest Labs, spoke to students on March 19 at the summit, kellan higgins photo/the ubyssey
News Writer
The leadership summit hosted
by Emerging Leaders of UBC
on March 19 at the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre brought
together over 100 students and
four accomplished speakers in
an effort to dissect leadership
and identify the skills necessary
for success.
The AMS club, whose mission
is to inspire and create leaders, re-emerged in 2007 after
its predecessor, the Emerging
Leaders Network, was dissolved
in 2005.
The leadership summit, one
of the club's biggest events, allows students to see how leadership is applied, giving them an
opportunity to expand their horizons and inspire them to lead.
At this year's summit, four
speakers took the floor. Donald
Rix, founder of Cantest Labs
and renowned philanthropist,
offered tips on how to lead a
successful business. Young entrepreneur Dan Johnston who
co-founded the consulting company Leading in Motion, talked
about helping people to control
their emotions—what he called
"emotional mastery." Rosana Sa-
blic, an emotional intelligence
specialist and author, reminded
students that it takes more than
expertise to be a leader.
Professional dating coach
Vincent Ng wrapped up the evening talking about the social aspect of leadership and the art of
complimenting. The audience
was also treated to a performance by Thorn Kolb from the
local band 41st and Home, and
St. Patty's-themed cupcakes.
Vincent Ng was a member of
the original Emerging Leaders
Network back in his university years, so when he got called
upon to present at this year's
leadership summit, he jumped
at the opportunity to share his
"I think events like these
are definitely important for
students to attend because we
are not teaching leadership in
school. It ends up that we lack
it, and that is why I think all students should be offered a course
in leadership and emotional
intelligence in university," Ng
Rosana Sablic said she volunteered to present at the summit
because giving back is important to her. "I think it is important to share that because if you
are not sharing what you know,
the next ones up do not have
the benefit of that important
Considering few university
students can afford personal
growth consulting, the executives of the Emerging Leaders
pride themselves for making
the leadership summit free to
their members. Will Tao, the
club's incoming president, said
the goal of Emerging Leaders is
to keep their events as low-cost
as possible.
"Elsewhere, you would be
paying thousands of dollars for
professional workshops on personal growth," Tao explained.
"We can offer this opportunity
to our members for free, food
included. It is because we understand the budgeting issues
facing students and realize they
do not have the hundreds of dollars to spend to go to a major
leadership conference."
After the event, students ventured to network with the speakers. Some chatted about the
event with their friends outside
the Victoria Learning Theatre in
"I was not actually sure what
to expect from this summit,"
said attending student Katryna
Fennerty. "But it was very motivational. I am in the period of
my life when I am not even sure
what I want to do, so it was really cool to associate with people
who are very motivated." \a
5 days in protest
for the homeless
Last week, a group of students lived without shelter and
disposable income for five days outside of the UBC Bookstore. The event, 5 Days for the Homeless, raised $1 5,000 for
homeless people. It is a nation wide event; 16 universities and
colleges participated in the 2009 edition. The Dean of Commerce's office matched all Vancouver donations up to $700
and Dean of Arts Nancy Gallini joined students to sleep on the
Monday night. The Commerce Undergraduate Society covered
all expenses so 100 per cent of the funds could be donated to
charity—all Vancouver's money is going to the Broadway Youth
Resource Centre, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
Alberta student discovers smallest dinosaur in the world
by Kirsten Goruk
CUP Northern Bureau Chief
EDMONTON (CUP)-It was an
adventure that began back in
1982, but 27 years later, Professor Philip Currie is able to say with
certainty that he and his colleague
have identified the smallest dinosaur known to have roamed North
The discovery and identification of the carnivorous
Hesperonychus elizabethae—a
species so small it would fit in
the palm of one's hand—will be
published in Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences
this week.
Originally thought to be a bone
fragment from a lizard, the piece
was found by a University of Calgary student who was hired by the
University of Alberta to work in Alberta's Dinosaur Provincial Park.
"She was looking mostly for
smaller animals, and the small
fossils she found, she thought
probably belonged to a lizard,"
said Currie, a University of Alberta
paleontologist and biological sciences professor.
"It came up here and everybody
thought it was not quite right for
a lizard, but at the same time,
nobody really knew what it was. It
just sat here."
There was no real thought given
to its origin until the late 1990s
when, said Currie, a feathered
skeleton named Microraptor was
uncovered in China. A student of
his was the one who made the connection between the two skeletons.
"[He] was going through our
collections one day and realized
that [the bone] is almost identical
to the one in China in terms of hip
structure. So he flagged it and we
had it prepared and yes, it was in
fact, answering many questions,"
Currie said.
Despite missing a complete
skeleton, the ability to compare
their fragment to the specimen
in China allowed for a concise
comparison of each structure.
Alberta has provided paleontologists with many skeletons over
the years, but Currie explains
that many of those smaller
specimens remain incomplete.
However, simply examining
the larger and whole skeletons
significantly narrows the field
of study when it comes to fully
understanding life during the period when dinosaurs wandered
"Normally we aren't worried
about it too much; we've just gone
after the good skeletons and that's
that. But it only gives you one side
ofthe story. Big skeletons preserve
a lot more easily than small things
because you don't have things eating them, you don't have slivers
that are ripping the pieces apart,"
Currie said.
For those researchers still ingrained in the area of Dinosaur
Park, even after over 100 years of
study, Currie believes that discoveries like this prove that there is
still a lot to be learned.
"We want to know what's going
on with the other side of the ecosystem; all the small animals and
that includes not just dinosaurs,
but all the things living with the dinosaurs. We wouldn't even know
about them if we just went after
the big skeletons," he said.
Research geared towards these
smaller specimens has Currie
excited about the potential of new
discoveries which could further
shed light on Alberta's past.
"It's pretty cool that if you like
dinosaurs, you don't have to work
on the big ones all the time. You
can work on things that'll fit in the
palm of your hand," he said.
For Currie, Hesperonychus
elizabethae is the first of many
skeletons of its kind.
"I think it's an area that's going to see a lot more research in
the future simply because as time
goes on, we're discovering more
and more of these small dinosaurs. I'm willing to bet that in a
couple years we're going to have
more small dinosaur species than
big dinosaur species." Xl 4 | NEWS
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Erin and George's excellent
microcredit adventure
UBC students set to cycle across Europe to raise funds
by Ben Amundson
News Writer
What if someone approached
you and said, "Come up with four
grand and I'll let you spend your
summer fighting athletes' foot,
near-death traffic experiences
and the glorious state of having
ass-rash?" It might sound like an
abduction or ransom situation
to some. But two UBC students
have willingly signed up for this.
If you're not thinking "why,"
stop reading and get your head
checked out by counselling in
Brock Hall—you've had one too
many study-pills.
Biochemistry major Erin Lee
and human geography major
George Rahi are dedicating their
time (while taking a full-course
load) to raise a dollar for each
kilometre they cycle across ten
countries. They're doing this because they believe that a reorganization of the world's financial
system is an imperative for a
more just world.
Lee and Rahi are undertaking
this project as part of the Riding
to Break the Cycle fundraiser,
organized by Global Agents for
Change (Global AFC), a Vancouver-based non-profit organization. In 2007, Global AFC has
organized a youth-led cycling
journey from Vancouver to Tijuana, an event that became an
annual fundraiser for the group.
This year, Global AFC have created a European journey, as
Lee and Rahi will travel with 23
other bikers from Amsterdam to
Istanbul over eight weeks. The
tour aims to raise $100,000 for
their microcredit fund.
Microcredit seeks to provide
access to capital for those who
have been locked out of formal
financial institutions. The model
for microcredit lending organizations started in the 1970s by Mohammed Yunus in Bangladesh.
A loan is given to a borrower,
provided that he or she has five
references from the community.
Interest fees are typically lower
than at traditional banks and the
repayment schedule is co-drafted
by the borrower and lender. If the
borrower defaults, then no new
loans can be made. The practice
was extremely successful in empowering women, and improved
their quality of life in many developing countries. Eventually, it
led to Yunus being awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
"[Microcredit is] a
step away from the
social Darwinism of
-George Rahi
In this system, small donations
are a gift that keeps on giving.
Global Agents for Change continually recycles the loan repayments
they receive into new loans to
other entrepreneurs. They work
with the popular online lender
Kiva.org, which has a repayment
rate of 98 per cent, to find entrepreneurs to loan the money to.
Lee and Rahi don't believe
microcredit is a cure-all fix to
inequality, but just one part of
the toolkit for enacting positive
social change. "[Microcredit is]
a step away from the social Darwinism of neo-liberal economics
towards recognition of the institutional barriers that people face
in overcoming poverty," said
Rahi. In this way, when micro-
loan borrowers buy goods to "reduce global inequity," they may
be facilitating the process.
Since their project is also a
bike ride, there will be incredible experiences to be had
including the inevitable butt-
bruises, bone-tired evenings,
and near-collision horror stories. Students can help support
Erin and George's 4000km ride
from Amsterdam to Istanbul by
attending the Riding to Break
the Cycle Party on Friday April
3 at 6pm in Buchanan MASS
Space or by viewing their blog
at blogs.ubc.ca/pedalpower.
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Taxes 101
First rule: don't panic
by Neal Beauchamf
AWj Writer
It's that time of year again and
yet the last thing students need
is something else on their plate.
With term papers, presentations
and finals all looming in the near
future, the burden of taxes is an
unwelcome addition to an ever
growing list of deadlines.
However, getting your tax
return out of the way isn't as
daunting a task as it seems. Having them done or doing them
yourself is fairly straightforward
and you usually walk away with
some cash for your effort.
The last day to file your 2008
taxes is April 30, 2009. If you
had any source of income during 2008, such as jobs or investments, then the law requires you
to file a return.
Even if this doesn't apply to
you it is still in your best interest
to submit a return. By sending
off your forms, you entitle yourself to an immediate provincial
sales tax credit of $75 and to
quarterly GST rebate cheques.
Not bad for the hour or so that
it will take you. Not only that,
those tuition fees that you always complain about can also be
claimed as a tax credit. You can
build this credit up and carry it
forward to future years to reduce
your taxable income when you
have a high-paying job. Or alternatively, you can transfer up to
$5000 of it to a parent, spouse,
or common-law partner.
So now that you can't wait to
file your taxes, how can you go
about it? A valuable resource
exists right on campus at the
UBC Tax Assistance Clinic for
Students. Here volunteers undergo a day of training from the
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
to learn how to prepare returns.
Appointments are available until
April 3 to students and other low
income individuals at no charge.
If you are unable to get an appointment, there are other free
Community Volunteer Income
Tax Programs put on by the CRA,
and a list of locations can be
seen on their website.
Or, for the more uninhibited,
you can also quickly and easily do your taxes yourself. Many
tax software programs have an
online version that is free for
students. UFile is a particularly
user-friendly interface which can
be accessed at www.ufile.ca. The
software will simply ask you a
couple of questions, have you
enter the amounts from your
forms, et voila: your tax return
is complete and ready to be electronically filed or printed and
In either case you will need to
gather all of your relevant forms
before filing. The most common
for students are:
• T4s—If you held any type
of job in 2008 you should have
received one of these from your
employer before the end of February. It is a summary of the
income and deductions you received from them over the year.
• T4As—You should have one
of these if you received income
in the form of an RESP withdrawal, scholarship, bursary or the
like in 2008. Of note however,
scholarships are NOT a taxable
• T5s—From your financial institution if you held any income-
producing investments in 2008.
• T2202—This form can be
found on your UBC SSC account
and states the amount you paid
for tuition in 2008 and the number of months that you were a
full-time or part-time student.
• U-Pass Credit—Directly below
your T2202 on the left toolbar of
the SSC site, this simply tells you
how much you actually paid for
the U-Pass, which can be used
as a credit against tax payable.
There is no reason to fear
taxes and with the help of a clinic
or online software, you can have
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March 24,2009 \ Page 6
What in the world is Jandek?
by Kenneth John Dodge &
Brad Morrison
Culture Staff & Culture Writer
Jandek is the sound of a lone man
howling at the night, strumming
on a guitar, seemingly oblivious
to chord structure, melody or
steady rhythm. It is whispers
and screams, lyrics that can erratically shift from mournful
dirges of lost love to primordial
grunts of brute emotion.
Somewhere in Texas, skirting
the edge of what can be classified as music, a man produces
sound. A sound that straddles
that dreamlike state between
sleep and waking—that feeling
one gets at 4am after two consecutive all-nighters, hammering out an assignment. Thoughts
devolve into animalistic, irrational and disconnected musings,
but they keep coming, and feel
somehow important. This is
Jandek: unstructured, unmelodi-
ous, nonsensical and not always
pleasing to the ear. But some of
us just can't get enough.
Jandek is a musical project, or
a band, structured around one
man: allegedly, the reclusive and
mysterious Sterling P. Smith. In
1978 a self-devised record label
in Houston, Corwood Industries,
put out a record called Ready
for the House. It was filled with
discordant, alienating music
that failed to gain much critical
recognition, save for its bizarre
outsider qualities. But what followed the release of Ready for
the House no one could have
Since 1978 Corwood Industries has published approximately 60 albums full of Jandek's
music. The only way to purchase
this music is to send a cheque
in US funds to a lonesome post
office box in Texas, listing the
albums you wish to purchase.
Needless to say, Jandek's music has not taken the pop culture
world by storm, nor the indie
scene for that matter. Think
you know "alternative" music?
Music that's non-conformist and
free of the tampering of record
companies? You don't know
how far the basics of rock 'n' roll
can be stretched until you hear
Despite his unique outsider's
playing style, Jandek possesses
incredible artistic breadth. Much
of his music features diverse
accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists, who introduce
their own musical backgrounds.
One example is the haunting
and chilling aria "Nancy Sings"
from 1982's Chair Beside a Window. The anonymous female
voice is both gentle and powerful, and somehow otherworldly.
Conversely, "Give it the Name,"
from On the Way, comes off as
Jandek's electrified take on the
deep South blues tradition.
There are only three credible stories about contacting this
man: one is an eerie phone interview from 1985 with John Trubee
that you can hear on YouTube,
another was done by journalist
Katy Vine, who claimed to have a
beer with him, and outsider music expert Irwin Chusid claims to
have received disturbing phone
calls from the man. Other than
this, nothing is known about the
man called Jandek. You can write
to him if you like and he kindly
responds in sentence fragments
that are more abrupt than cryptic.
He wrote us, at The Ubyssey,
saying, "We prefer not to comment on questions about career
or anything." It's the same damn
thing he's told journalists for the
past 30 years, concluding with
his strange signature "Corwood,"
as he is often referred to by fans.
Since 2004 Jandek has performed a series of live shows
across the world. The shows are
rarely announced, and if they
are, the artist is referred to only
as "the representative from Corwood." The background artists
are often an ensemble of local
musicians who jam with the
Corwood rep in dimly lit auditoriums and churches. They are
a fascinating and eerie sight to
behold. We recommend grabbing
Brooklyn Wednesday, a DVD put
out by Corwood, for an example
of what a Jandek show looks like
Listening to Jandek is akin to
listening to a man explore the
darker parts of his mind with
words and song, but when we
asked Jandek where one should
begin in experiencing his catalogue, his reply was simply that
"one must explore." *2I
Jandek's 60th release, Skirting
the Edge, strips away the fuzz,
screams, drums and bass that
the artist has experimented
with in previous recordings.
In recent years, he has been
returning to his roots of vocals
and acoustic guitar.
On his first album, Jandek
used the same instrumental set
up, but now, more than 30 years
after his debut, his voice is more
droning and gravelly than the
eerie gasps of the early years.
Skirting the Edge is the album
of an incredibly mature artist.
The   songs   are  hypnotic   and
complex, especially the epic and
occasionally repetitive 23-min-
ute-long "I Know My Name."
The artist plucks the strings as
passionately as ever, yet the
album lacks any real magical
moment that really makes or
breaks ajandek album. The best
song on the album is probably
album closer "Last Sunlight,"
which showcases the complexity of voice and string-work that
marks this period in Jandek's
Overall, a very good album
though not necessarily up there
with Jandek classics like Interstellar Discusson or Chair Beside
a Window. *2I
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The Idiots are brilliant
by Kate Barbaria
Culture Staff
The unpronounceable and incoherent The Idiots Karamazov
is brilliant. It is by far the best
show of the year presented by
Theatre at UBC. The Idiots delivers a deliriously non-sequiturial
ride through the West's literary
canon. With Becky Shrimpton
(playing Constance Garnett) and
Kevin Stark (playing Alyosha
Karamazov) leading the raucous
charge across Freddy Wood's
stage, the entire ensemble delivers a nonsensical and entertaining bash.
The Idiots is a show catering
specifically to university students with a taste for the irreverent, from flamboyant priests to
"sterile" intellectuals to an aging
epileptic translatrix. Written by
comedy masters Christopher
Durang and Albert Innaurato,
the plot, or lack thereof, revolves
around a hideous mistranslation of Dostoyevsky's Russian
classic, The Brothers Karamazov.
As literary genres collide and
reality and imagination mix,
Dostoyevsky's story arc is reconstructed through the mind of
Constance Garnett.
Becky Shrimpton explained,
"The basic premise of it is that
there's this woman, Constance
Garnett, who is a translator, and
she is attempting to translate
The Brothers Karamazov. However, she is insane. I imagine
Constance has been writing the
translations for IKEA furniture,
and this is why I ended up with
a dysfunctional three-legged side
table when I was under the impression I had purchased a sofa
The Idiots is far more spectacular than a three-legged side
table. Every part of the show is
pitch-perfect, from the troika to
the body bags to Ernest Hemingway's favourite rifle. Clearly, the
BFA Theatre students have done
their jobs this year. The audience
will have the pleasure of seeing
the best parts of the other shows
from this year transported into
a more refined, controlled delivery (if one can call multiple
orgasms refined).
The actors are able to locate
the physical drama of Gormenghast, the complex rhythms
presented by Unity 1918 and
the foreign challenge presented
by Medea. The Idiots far and
away outshines these previous
attempts. The most marked
change is the actors' ability to
create entirely new characters,
rather than playing off of their
most recent roles.
"The change is astronomical,"
said Shrimpton. "Going from
Gormenghast to Unity, for the
first read, most of us were still
playing out Gormenghast characters because we only had one
day off between the two...and
then going from Medea into this,
the change was seamless. We
are learning how to transform,
and now, okay, this character is
Kevin Stark, Jocelyn Gauthier
and Michael Neale give standout
performances. They've been in
the spotlight all year, playing
leads in Gormenghast and Unity
1918, as well as in The Idiots.
Stark proves why he's worthy
of his altar boy persona—aside
from his thin waist and charming falsetto. Not only can he recite homilies, but he has finally
struck a balance between physical comedy and conviction.
Jocelyn Gauthier is absolutely
hilarious in her role as Anais
Pnin, a tragically broken writer
wrapped up in her bizarre sexual
desires and longing for attention. That simplifies it, of course.
She also sings.
Michael Neale has the most
entertaining role as Father Zossi-
ma. While Neale has played very
physical roles all year, his skills
fit perfectly within the irreverent
dynamics of the show.
Constance Garnett, or rather,
Becky Shrimpton, is the guiding light in the chaos, and the
best performance in the show.
At once terrifiying and hilarious, she establishes a thought
out character, and holds an immense presence on the stage despite sitting in a wheelchair for
the entirety of the show.
"She is absolutely insane in
a way that has to make sense.
She sits in a wheelchair for two
and a half hours and doesn't
get to get up. And that includes
no pee breaks. And I have to go
pee when I get nervous. So she's
been my big challenge this year,
and I really respect her for that,"
said Shrimpton. Her bladder
might be exploding by the end
of the second act, but her acting
remains undiminished.
The inexplicable The Idiots
Karamazov is the last show of the
year for Theatre at UBC. It plays
at Freddy Wood from March 19-
28. I wouldn't recommend that
you bring your grandmother, but
your English major date will be
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1 Admittance of final new staff members
2 Colours issue final update
3 Final election stuff for editorial
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7 Final decision on other staff writer
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CD Reviews
Ray Guns are Not Just the Future, by
The Bird and the Bee, is like, well,
imagine French pop and spy movies racking modern electronica. If
you think this sounds awesome,
you have to understand that the
sort of people who would want to
produce such an album have middle-class ennui encoded in their
DNA. Even "Ray Gun" manages to
be mostly about sighing and looking out windows.
When they aren't talking about
being bored, the bird (Inara
George) is putting us to sleep with
her by-fhe-books love songs. There
are some decent tracks, but usually
they fail to live up to their potential.
A few ofthe lyrics are entertaining,
when the delivery isn't botched
and they manage to strike a balance between ironic sighs and pop
hooks. But there are some tracks
that have nothing going for them.
"Love Letter to Japan" is just stom-
ach-turningly terrible.
There isn't really anything
wrong with the abstract concepts
underlying what The Bird and the
Bee are trying to sell us—we may
even be their potential consumer
base. We like Serge Gainsborough,
dance music, and are up for some
jazz or bossa nova every now and
then. So really, it's just poor execution that kept us from buying into
Ray Guns are Not Just the Future.
A personal message to Jason
Bajada: the reason your love is
shit is because you are boring.
Congratulations, you're a less interesting version of The Shins, or
maybe Stars. All of Bajada's songs
are, we suppose, pleasant enough.
Compare Loveshit to curling up in
a cozy spot while it rains: sort of
nice and fuzzy, but one hour later
you've fallen asleep.
Bajada has one mode, which is
moping, with a few facets: in his
room in smelly sweatpants, alone
at a bar, or with some ex-girlfriend
who's learned enough to not put
up with his melodramatics any
longer. His lyrics are decent, but all
of his songs are about relationships
turned sour. He's one of those really jealous, whiny relationship guys
inventing reasons why things are
going bad. "Ten Days In Miami"
is about him getting drunk and
hopped up on pills because he's
worried his girlfriend will cheat on
him during a short vacation.
After complaining about his
women problems for nine songs,
he finishes with a cover of Wolf
Parade's "You Are a Runner and
I Am My Father's Son," which
manages to somehow be the most
sleep-inducing track on the album.
Loveshit starts with a yawn and
ends with a sigh.
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Eclectica (Episodes In Purple), by Juno-nominated Zaki Ibrahim, is the
sort of thing thatyou probably have
to enjoy in a very specific environment, under the spell of a certain
set of chemicals. It's ambient hip
hop laced with soul fusion—something you might listen to at a really
laid back club if you were on E and
didn't want to dance, but rather he
around and caress.
Zaki starts out with two jazz-
influenced tunes, "Love-Like"
and "Computer Girl." But by "You
Choose" she has moved on to by-
fhe-books femme hip hop. From
there, she explores all the inlets
and peninsulas along the ecletican
coast. The two hidden tracks are
better than most ofthe listed songs.
Zaki has a good voice when she
decides not to channel Nelly Furtado, and actually sings on songs
like "Lost in You." Unfortunately,
she is a slave to the eclectica, that
unholy force that drives her ever
onward toward the ziggurat of the
eclectinomicon, without having the
good sense to play up her strengths
Dear Hot Panda: while you've
been "discovered" and pulled out
of your garage rehearsal space in
Edmonton, you need to practice a
few more times before entering the
studio again. Also, be a little more
critical with yourselves. It'snotthat
you don't have good ideas, it's just
that a lot of that half-assed, garage-
band-glockenspiel sound doesn't
cut it anymore. Epileptic fits are
not as charming as they used to be.
Most of the songs on Volcano...
Bloody Volcano have something
going for them, but each time
Chris Connely decides to open his
mouth, we lose confidence in your
virtuosity. This tenacious grasp on
garage band vocals is blocking your
ability to integrate opposing synth.
Your CD jacket sprints through
an indie-rock name drop, but your
sound is not as close to The naming Lips or The Talking Heads as
you would have others believe.
You're just a less disciplined version of The Unicorns. Consider
cutting back on your excessive
synthesizing and highlight your
three guitars instead. We heard
some nice riffs on "Afraid of the
Weather" that suited your garage-
rock screaming better. *2I
—by Trevor Record
and Kate Barbaria Soorts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
March 24,2009 \ Page 9
The legend of March Madness
Sweet Sixteen to get underway this Thursday
Michigan St.
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Ubyssey writer predicts the
tournament winner to be UNC
by Henry Lebard
Sports Staff
If your most visited website
or newspaper page is one surrounding sports, then you know
what March is all about. If you
are one of the poor few who do
not follow the year's greatest
sporting event that takes place
in this fantastic month, I shed
tears for you.
That's right. "March Madness." The single greatest annual sporting event in which
64 of the most deserving (or undeserving, if you thought your
left-out team was more deserving of a spot) college basketball
teams fight through the bracket
on the hardwood for a national
All four number one seeded
teams that made it to the Sweet
Sixteen, have yet to lose in the
first round of the tournament.
Louisville, Pittsburgh, the University of Connecticut, and the
University of North Carolina
held their own in the first round
against their lowly opponents.
Every time an avid sports fan
looks at the bracket, there always seems to be a matchup or
two that he or she cannot get out
of their head. Those are what I
like to call potential girlfriends.
Once they give you what you
want, you can't get them out of
your head—but if they don't give
you the victory and you have
invested a great deal in their existence, you detest them. If you
have no idea what my metaphor
is trying to portray, I speak of
the legendary upset.
It seems that each and every
year when scanning the first-
round matchups, I see a sixth
seed versus an 11, or a 12-5 or
even a 14-3 and am eager to
pick the lesser ranked of the two
teams. This year my potential
girlfriends were Mississippi
State, Western Kentucky and
Clemson. Yes, I realize Clemson
is only a seven-seed, but I predicted that they would reach the
Elite Eight, only to lose to UNC.
Unfortunately, none of my girlfriends gave me the victory. Well,
Western Kentucky gave me the
fruition I desired, but they were
a popular upset pick, and ended
up losing in the second round to
Gonzaga who will face Michael
Jordan's alma mater, UNC in the
third round.
As there are teams that each
passionate fan devotes his time
and predictions to, there are
also teams that come out of
nowhere. This year, that team
is Arizona State. However, their
second round game was a bit of
a yawner simply because Cleveland State, who got through
Wake Forest's athleticism, was
their opponent. Unfortunately, I
chose Wake to beat Louisville in
the Sweet Sixteen.
Speaking of Louisville, they
had an eye-opening second
round game against Siena.
Who? Siena—the team that tried
to emulate George Mason's
2006 Cinderella run to the Final
Four, right down to their green
and yellow jerseys. Fortunately
for Louisville, leader and future
pro Terrence Williams helped
them down the stretch on his
way to 24 points, 15 rebounds,
and 4 assists in 38 minutes.
If third-seeded Kansas doesn't
beat Michigan State, and then
Louisville gets to the Final Four,
my bracket is bleeped—if it isn't
already. Fortunately, each of
my Final Four teams are still
alive: Kansas, UConn, UNC, and
I almost forgot about UNC.
I suppose coming from Maryland and having my Terrapins
knocked out by Memphis made
me jealous of both UNC and
Duke, two of Maryland's most
hated conference rivals.
UNC is my pick to win the final over UConn. They've got one
of the best guards in the country
in Ty Lawson and a monster in
Tyler Hansbrough, 2008's NCAA
basketball player of the year.
But hell, the madness is only
about to get under way. Get
ready. Something crazy is going
to happen. *2I
Who is the best
in baseball?
by Shun Endo
Sports Editor
In baseball, it has been mostly
taken for granted that the US is
the best in the world. They have
a top-notch major league baseball
team along with legendary players like Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken,
Derek Jeter—the list goes on
and on. But despite its rich history and the so-called dominant
league, the US seemed to show
where they really stood during
the World Baseball Classic.
The World Baseball Classic,
which is pretty much a world
cup for baseball, is approaching
the finals. Surprisingly enough,
the US is not in the final two. It
is the second time this tournament has been held, Japan won
the first and is one of the final
two that is alive this year. The
US didn't put much of its top
players in the roster last time,
but in this tournament, they
brought the stars like J.J. Putz,
Kevin Youkillis and Derek Jeter.
The rest of the roster has some
depth with all of them coming
from the big league.
The US started off smoothly
with a win against Canada in
the preliminary round, but fell
to Venezuela twice and finally
got sent home when they lost
to Japan 9-4 in the semifinals.
In terms of national baseball,
it really seems like US has
ranked themselves in the sub-
par range. And if the all major
league baseball player roster
can't defeat a team that consists
of players that play for local
Japanese teams, the validity of
the American league could be
questioned. After all they do
call it the World Series and the
World Champions.
So with all due respect to
Team USA, it is either the Koreans or the Japanese who are
going to claim the true world
championship in the tournament. And in reality, the
Japanese baseball players are
probably the best. Korea has
their big-hitters, but are still
not well rounded as a team. The
US might be the best only if we
incorporate the players using
steroids. U Editorial
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March 24,2009 \ Page 10
How hard is your head?
How many dangerous things do you do? Think about it, and be
honest. Ifyou're anything like the crowd here at The Ubyssey, you
will find one of 1000 ways to bang your head off of something, be
it the pavement after a night of drinking, a fence after trying to
jump over it, or even another head when playing mountain goat.
Dangerous/stupid things happen, and they happen more often
than not to your head.
So there's a debate going on about whether we should make
wearing helmets mandatory for skiers and snowboarders. Consider us skeptical.
First of all, many, many people wear helmets while skiing.
Many of us do, and believe us, we're aware of how stupid it looks.
We're also aware of how much stupider people can become when
they bash their head against something at ski-hill speeds.
Second, since when is the province actually responsible for personal safety? There are some overarching pieces of legislation designed to keep everyone safe, such as laws concerning seat belts
and drunk driving. They're in place to protect the populace from
the foolishness of others more than anything else. If you decide to
try to balance on the railing of a bridge, climb up a rock face, or
run on a sprained ankle, the province can do nothing but shake
its head and cluck. That's all they should be able to do, frankly.
Now, the common argument against leaving it up to personal
responsibility is that those who screw up become a burden to the
medical system. Um, isn't that part of the point of a medical system? To clean up afterward? To patch up mistakes? If we continue
to impose restrictions, even those as mundane as wearing a helmet while skiing, we run into the dangerous ground of restricting
Sadly, the problem is being attacked from the wrong side. It's
like prohibition, or cigarette smoking. Restrictions and bans
hardly ever work to change social attitudes, but campaigns over
time do work. Cigarette smoking is drastically down from the 50s,
and there's a negative stigma around the act that an all-out ban
(see: weed) would never be able replicate. One feels guilty (and
can catch flak from their friends) when one refuses to wear a bike
helmet, and it isn't just because they have a high respect for the
law. Educate, create a more responsible society, rather than a
blind irresponsible one bound by a series of restrictions.
Patrick Henry famously said "give me liberty or give me death!"
But the truth is, with freedom comes death. Facts are, few free
people will choose to do reckless and foolish things. When that
stupidity causes the deaths of others, it's one debate. But when
stupidity only affects the person in question, then why are we
having an argument? Since when has not wearing a helmet hurt
anyone but the person without a helmet?
So it's time for us to take our squishy heads and think about responsibility rather than wrap ourselves up in a provincial safetyblan-
ket. Or we could wear full body armour when we walk outside. \a
The final countdown
Three weeks of classes remain before exam time, a scary and
stressful period for many. For others, though, what follows is even
scarier—especially this year. We're talking about summer. It will
be upon us soon, and while its days will be warmer, they will be
more uncertain too.
The recession has hit home for many of us this past school
year, or at the very least, it has revealed its fangs. In many ways,
university has sheltered us, but with the end of classes approaching, that shelter may be removed—if only for four months.
For those who planned to work over the break, there are fewer
jobs to compete over; and for those who were lucky enough to
land an internship, many of you were also unlucky enough to
have it be canceled.
The safest bet? It might be summer classes. Three classes will
get you another student loan. The recent two per cent tuition hike,
while irksome, is far less intimidating than the current state of
the job market. But, of course, this is not a viable option for everyone, especially those soon-to-be graduates.
Many are, however, moving onto grad school in an effort to
hide from the job market a little bit longer—and for other reasons
too, of course.
But if more classes aren't an option, it's not the end of the
world. Chances are you're still young and your life's just starting.
Ifyou're older, well, then you don't need life advice from our editorial staff of 20-somefhings. You know you'll be fine.
You'll all be fine. Without sounding like Dr Phil, you're at UBC
because you're smart and competent people. With just a thimble
of ambition and motivation, you won't slip through the cracks—
you'll manage, whatever your situation.
Times are tough, but competent people persevere. It might not
be the best environment to rise, but ifyou're not in a hurry, staying afloat isn't a bad option. Our advice: enjoy the sunnydays and
know that life's not something that needs to be rushed. \a
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by Maria Cirstea
On March 17, The Ubyssey published an article entitled "Pine
beetle plagues forestry students"
written by Ian Turner. I am
pleased to see that forestry issues are making it to the pages
of The Ubyssey. However, I am
disappointed by the portrayal
of the mountain pine beetle
(MPB) epidemic, the use of a title
incongruent with the content
of the article and the misuse
of quotes. Unfortunately, this
results in confusion instead of
offering readers insight into the
issues and opportunities facing
forestry students.
I would like to point out that
it is specifically because of the
MPB epidemic that I happen to
find myself happily employed. I
am looking forward to my second
summer as a forestry technician
working on the "Forests for Tomorrow" reforestation program,
a provincial program set up to
respond to the MPB epidemic
and seasonal wildfires. Far from
"plaguing" me, the epidemic
has led to meaningful summer
employment and opportunities
to think creatively and critically
about how we manage forests
within this province.
Based on my personal experiences, I think the title is off the
mark. Furthermore, it fails to
reflect the content of the article,
which focuses on changing employment opportunities for forestry students. These changes are the
result of a number of variables,
including the collapse of the US
housing market, the global economic downturn, retirement of
baby boomers and growing interest in alternative forest products
and services, including bioenergy
and carbon sequestration. The article contains clear, direct quotes
that plainly spell this out. The
article says nothing about impacts
that the MPB epidemic has had on
forestry students.
Change is inevitable, and the
education we receive in the UBC
Faculty of Forestry positions us
to respond dynamically. The
range of pressing issues facing
our society presents forestry
students with the opportunity to
develop progressive and innovative strategies for the stewardship of our natural resources.
—Natalie Swift
BScNRC, UBC Faculty of
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Two per cent isn't a tuition hike
On the whole, BC Liberals treat higher education better than the NDP
by Matthew Naylor
Perspectives Writer
It was somewhat disappointing
to see the front page article
last Friday about the tuition
increase ("Tuition to rise by two
per cent," [March 20]). I have
come to expect a more nuanced
look at things from The Ubyssey
over the past year than this article
I think we should look closely at
whether this is really an increase
for domestic students. The soft
cap (which is basically a hard
cap, but whatever) of two per cent
adjusts our contributions by inflation every year. This is not unreasonable—assuming that the value
of our education is similar to the
year before, and acknowledging
that our money is worth less than
the year before, the actual value
exchanged is not different. (Although there is a case to be made
that the value of our education is
starting to increase for the first
time since it started to fall at the
beginning ofthe 1990s, according
to quality of education scores from
the National Survey of Student
The most damaging thing
that has ever happened to post-
secondary education in this province was the NDP tuition freeze.
The freeze represented not only
a freeze in prices, but a freeze in
funding. As students paid less and
less for their education, so too did
the government, and the quality of
education declined by over 30 per
cent. The decline in funding put
pressure on the university to generate more funding sources, and
so campus opened up for business
to everyone with a developer's
permit and a dream.
If the NDP had increased funding, some ofthe root causes ofthe
War on Fun would never have germinated. Presidents Strangway
and Piper would not have been
able to embark down the development path. Condos would not have
had to be built. Our campus would
have never transformed from the
fun-loving, student-centred, larg-
hosting place it was into the Borin-
gitarian police state it is now.
The graph on the front page was
eye catching to be sure, but didn't
tell the whole story. If you drew a
line straight up through the tuition
increases at the beginning of the
90s, ignore the tuition freeze,
and see how it matches up with
the figures after 2003, you'll see
something shocking: only one of
the years would have been above
the trend line of the early 90s. The
rest all fall below. That's right—tuition is rising less under the BC
Liberals than under the NDP.
A nice complement to that
graph would have been the
amount of inflation-adjusted dollars per student the government
chipped in. During the years the
NDP froze our tuition, you would
have seen a steady decline. You
would have seen a similar decline
as well if you looked at our quality
of education scores. By contrast,
when the BC Liberals were in power, more money was pumped into
our schools year after year, and
our quality of education scores are
starting to go up. Even the "cuts"
that people spoke about last year
still represented more money
being transferred to universities
than ever before—it's that the increase was smaller than expected.
I do not, by any means, think
that the policies of the BC Liberals
are perfect—the tuition rises we
saw six years ago should never
happen again. The price increases
on international students are
disproportionate to their domes
tic counterparts—this needs to
change. International students
should also be able to get tuition
breaks if they indicate that they
intend to stay in Canada post-graduation. Again, I'm not saying that
important work doesn't still need
to be done, but rather that people
need to take a look at who does the
work in the first place, and who
will do it best.
Since the deregulation shock,
the BC Liberals have done a better job of keeping tuition under
control than the NDP, and managed to do it all while increasing
university funding year over
year. To illustrate, this year the
domestic student tuition is going
to go up two per cent. By contrast,
the year over year increase in the
Ministry of Advanced Education
and Labour Market Development
was seven per cent. And this is in
a recession, when only 5 out of
19 ministries escaped the finance
minister's scalpel.
I'm not defending government's     advanced     education
The most damaging
thing that has ever
happened to post-
secondary education in this province
was the NDP tuition
policy because I'm a BC Liberal.
On the contrary, I'm a BC Liberal
because I believe in the policies.
I think advanced education can
be the silver bullet for so many
of the woes facing society, so
I make my choices very carefully. When it comes down to it,
the choice for me is clear—who
can help advanced education?
And who will damage it? For my
education, I'm casting my ballot
for Gordon Campbell and the BC
Liberals. *2I
I'm not saying that important work doesn't
still need to be done, but rather that people
need to take a look at who does the work in
the first place, and who will do it best.
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