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Vol. LXXXIX No. 48 I www.ubyssey.ca I march 25th, 2008
Tibet protest besieges Chinese Consulate
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Oker Chen
News Staff
Protesters opposed to China's
occupation of Tibet stopped
traffic on Granville Street Saturday when they paraded from
the Vancouver Art Gallery to the
Chinese Consulate, across the
Burrard Inlet. The March 22nd
protest follows nearly two weeks
of Tibetan uprising and suppression by the Chinese military.
Members of the Canada-
Tibet Committee, Students for
a Free Tibet, and American
Tibetan communities gathered
with local supporters to carry
Tibetan flags, photos of the Dalai Lama, and pictures of killed
protesters in a rally of several
hundred people. Police escorted
the procession, blocking the
southward lanes ofthe Granville
Street Bridge.
The   protesters   demanded
Beijing halt its current crackdown, allow journalists and
United Nations investigators
into Tibet, and exclude Tibet
from its Olympic torch route.
Protesters also called on politicians to forego attending the upcoming 2008 Olympic summer
"I've worked with Tibetan
refugees in India, and I've
worked with a number of torture    survivors.   I   personally
know people who quite literally
have been tortured because they
had a Tibetan flag in their possession," said Mati Bernabei,
an organizer from the Canada
Tibet Committee. "I'm horrified,
disgusted, and enraged that
just because I have a Canadian
passport, I can speak and think
things that would get them killed
in their own country."
According to members ofthe
Tibetan Association of Washing-
Young and old alike donned the
colours ofthe outlawed Tibetan
flag and chanted"China out of
Tibet"in opposition to Chinese
control over their homeland.
ton, Tibet has steadily seen an
erosion of its local culture and
economy since its 1950 occupation by the People's Liberation
Thinley Gyatso is one such
Tibetan in Seattle who's been
lucky enough to escape persecution. "We just walked, just
walked through the Himalayas
through Nepal to India," he
said, describing his journey between 1989 and 1990. "When
we reached Nepal, there was a
Tibetan refugee centre. We registered and they sent us down
all the way down to India."
There, he received a green card
and found a new home among
see "Tibet" | page 03
Simon Fraser University students vote to
leave CFS; CFS questions legality of results
By Shara Lee and Sam Norris
The Peak (Simon Fraser University)
BURNABY (CUP)-Over 4000 students at Simon Fraser University
voted in the recent Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) membership referendum. Approximately
66 per cent voted to leave the
Federation and 32 per cent voted
to stay. CFS representatives, however, have said that they may still
contest the validity of the vote.
"This is a clear democratic
mandate, there is no way to read
these results as anything but a
clear indication that SFU wants to
leave the Federation," said Simon
Fraser Student Society President
Derrick Harder, surprised by the
clear majority vote.
"I was expecting a closer result, but it's always hard to tell
when you're in the midst of a
campaign exactly what is going
on," he said.
SFSS Member Services Officer Joe Paling expressed similar
sentiments, and was particularly impressed by the high voter
"This is a clear mandate that
students at SFU want to take their
campus back," he said.
But the CFS has been quick to
cast doubt on the validity of the
"I think there [are] a lot of
concerns to be brought forward,"
said CFS National Chairperson
Amanda Aziz.
"Some of the things that I saw
were ballots being found outside
of the polling locations, people
from the 'no' campaign campaigning right beside the polling
stationjs], in fact, directing people
in terms on how they should be
voting on each of the questions,
polls running out of ballots, [and]
ballots being found outside of
polling locations," said Aziz.
Also, the referendum did not
take place under supervision of
the Referendum Oversight Committee (ROC), composed of two
representatives from the SFSS
and two from the CFS, as mandated in the CFS constitution.
At the request of the SFSS Board
of Directors, it was instead run
by the Independent Electoral
The only significant role of
the ROC in the referendum was
agreeing to the referendum question that appeared on the ballot.
"We've followed their bylaws
to the best of our ability and in
good faith. The ROC had no capacity to hold the referendum,"
Harder said, referring the Committee's deadlocked four-member
CFS Chairperson Amanda Aziz
has also questioned the SFSS's ex-
see "SFU pulls out" I page 03
Vote in the AMS
referenda NOW
Four Questions posed to the UBC student
Beginning today and ending
next Monday, the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) is asking students to vote on four question
that will have dramatic repercussions on student life in the
upcoming years.
To be decided are the
future of the U-Pass and the
SUB Renewal project, as well
as proposed increases in
funding for the Student Refugee Program and AMS bylaw
To vote online, go to
Student Services Centre (students.ubc.ca/ssc) between
March 25th to March 31st.
Scroll down to the 'Other'
section and then click on Webvote. Online voting will end
at 5pm on March 31st.
Paper balloting will be
held on March 31st from
10am to 5pm. You can download a PDF of polling station
locations at www.ams.ubc.
Online March 25th - March 31st
Paper Ballots March 31st
For the questions involved, see "Referendum" | page 03
Palestine Solidarity Week
Where: SUB
What: Info tables at SUB, "Arna's
Children"film showing,Gaza
photo presentation,and a firsthand report from the West Bank
Persepolis, Micheal
Where: Norm Theater
Cost: 4$ non-members, 2$
Tony Lee XXX Hypnotist
When: Thursday, March 27
Time - 8:00 pm
Tickets: $5 at the door!
Where: Pit Pub
What: Hypnotist extraordinare
30 Hour Famine
When: Friday, March 28
Where: SUB Partyroom
Time: 5pm-9am
What: World Vision UBC raises
funds for impoverished people
UT, UQAM students protest | page 05
Q Duncan dances on stripper pole | page 09
¥2,    UBC Basketball report card | page ii
HH Sauder frosh drives racecar | page i 5 2  i News
THfitteYSSEY I March 25th,2008
Students join the war against war
On the fifth-year anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq, approximately 20 students staged a'die-in'outside the SUB last Thursday
to protest the continued occupation of the country by American forces.
Students drew chalk lines on the ground to symbolize the casualties ofthe war,and laid on the concrete in windy, rainy conditions to draw
attention to their message, which focused on the pain and suffering of civilians in Iraq since the US-led invasion began.
Leaflets handed out outside the SUB drew attention to Canada's involvement in Iraq's reconstruction, which they say cannot actually happen
until the US halts "bombing and instigating violence among Iraqis."
Victoria cuts funding for
UBC, other universities
UBC's operating budget for the
coming year will be $8.7 million less than expected.
Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell told BC's university and college presidents
in a March 12th meeting that
$16 million previously promised by the Liberal government
to universities is being shifted
towards colleges and trade
The freed up money will
predominantly target "high priority" areas such as training for
health care and trades, as well
the recruitment of aboriginal
students. The $8.7 million cut
constitutes a 1.7 per cent decreases in UBC's total grant.
UBC is not the only school
in the lower mainland affected
by the decision. Simon Fraser
will find itself receiving $4 million short of what it previously
expected, while BCIT will see
a $4.1 million bump in its
Despite the cutback, UBC
will still receive more money
nextyear from the province that
it did for the 2007-08 year.
Lee misses court date
UBC student Hwi Lee, who was
arrested on February 29th in
connection with threats made
last month to UBC's Biological
Sciences building, was absent
from his first scheduled appearance in Provincial Court
last Thursday, March 20th.
Lee, who has been charged
with two  counts  of uttering
threats and two counts of mischief, was scheduled to appear
at approximately 9 am, but
never arrived. Lee's mother,
however, was in attendance at
the richmond court.
His next appearance in provincial court is scheduled for
April 8th.
University tests emergency
text messaging system
On Wednesday, March 19th at
approximately 1:43pm, Campus Security sent out the first
test of its emergency text messaging system.
The message to students
read: "This is a test of U.B.C.
Emergency Text Messaging
systems. No action is required
on account of this message.
Thank you."
The system is part of the
larger Rapid Emergency Advisory Dispatch service intended
to be able to keep the University
in touch with students in case
of a crisis on campus. It utilizes
both voicemail and email in
addition to the text messaging
As of last month, approximately 45 per cent of students
were signed up to receive
emergency text alerts.
Campus Security considered using the system during
the two Bio Sci scares last
month, but decided against it
because they had not tested it
Students who did not receive a message but who want
to sign up can do so on the
Student Services website at students.ubc.ca/ssc. xi
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Vol. LXXXIX N°48
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Granville Street shut down for approximately 50 minutes as protestors marched from the Vancouver Art Gallery to the Chinese Consulate Saturday.
'There is no freedom or peace in Tibet right now'
from "Tibet" | page oi
Seattle's Tibetan community of
Members of UBC's Students
for a Free Tibet (SFT) sold Tibetan flags and painted faces
with traditional colours of blue,
red, yellow, and white. SFT's
Hayfa Abichahine said, "We're
also demanding that the IOC
[International Olympic Committee] withdraw Tibet from the
torch relay route... The Olympic
torch is a symbol of freedom
and peace. There is no freedom
or peace in Tibet right now."
"Let the athletes compete,
but we don't want our politicians going there as foreign dignitaries legitimizing what's happening," added Bernabei. From
a press release on Wednesday,
Vancouver Olympic Committee
Chief Executive John Furlong
said, "Our view is that boycotting the Games serves little or
no purpose except to penalize
athletes who really serve as the
best role models there are."
Although the protest arrived
at the Chinese Consulate without
incident, UBC SFT protests have
seen violent opposition in the
past. In September 2005, SFT
protesters including three UBC
students clashed with 250 supporters of Chinese President Hu
Jintao at the Westin Bayshore
Hotel, resulting in knocked off
placards and stomped limbs.
"There seems to be fear-
mongering," said Bernabei in
response to the possibility of
counter-protests.  "A Ming Pao
reporter phoned me yesterday
and the first question they asked
me was, 'So what do you think
about the Tibetan plans to burn
down the Chinese Consulate tomorrow?' I was just like, 'Do you
know this community at all?'"
Protesters plan on increasing intensity of protests, cumulating with the North American
leg of the Olympic torch relay
that arrives in San Francisco.
"The problems will continue," said Bernabei. "There will
be more uprisings." \a
1 We fully expect that
the no side will be
from "SFU pulls out" | page oi
tensive pre-campaigning. Under
election rules, campaigning can
only be conducted for two weeks
before the election.
The CFS has described its
own extensive campaigning
as "under protest on a without
prejudice basis."
As a result of these concerns, Harder believes that the
CFS could rule the referendum
invalid, according to their
"We fully expect that the 'no'
side will be disqualified," Aziz
said. "Irregularities included
campaigning by the 'no' side
within the no-campaign-zone
around ballot boxes, poll clerk
interference, a number of
ballots being found in areas
around campus (away from the
polls), and ineligible voters being permitted to vote."
Harder is now preparing
for a lawsuit that he feels is
"Everything they have said
indicates that they will sue,"
said Harder, noting that the
SFSS plans to fight any lawsuit
brought forward over the referendum results.
"If people on this campus
vote to leave the Canadian Federation of Students, then that
needs to be upheld," he said.
Despite these concerns,
members of the SFSS Executive seem confident about the
"We are standing on a mountain of truth and righteousness,"
said Paling. "We've followed the
letter of the law as best as we
could," he said.
SFSS Chief Electoral Officer
J.J. McCullough was also upset
by the accusations.
"I find it extremely offensive
and personally hurtful that
people would spread such obviously false rumours insulting
me and my credibility as chief
electoral officer for partisan
reasons," he said.
"The only complaints I have
heard have been from a handful of the most actively pro-CFS
students on campus. I think it
is very clearly in their interest
to pretend that this election was
somehow full of errors because
their only hope is for the courts
to throw this thing out on a
Students at SFU currently
pay the CFS approximately
$430,000 per year in membership fees. \a
The four questions to be decided during this years referendum
from "Referendum" I page oi
The Questions:
Question 1:
Do you support the AMS establishing a graduated SUB Renewal Fee (the 'Fee') to contribute
to the construction of a new
Student Union Building?
The Fee would be levied on
all active AMS members on a
yearly basis.
The amount ofthe Fee would
be $20 in the 2008/9 school
year, $30 in 2009/10, and
would continue to increase by
$10 per school year up to and
including the 2016/17 school
The   Fee   would   increase
in each school year after the
2016/17 school year by the
rate of inflation determined by
the Canadian Consumer Price
The Fee would continue
to be levied until the AMS has
completed all its financing obligations for the new Student
Union Building.
The Fee will not be levied
until the AMS reaches agreement with the University as to
the terms of the University's
financial contribution for the
construction of a new Student
Union Building to be located on
or in the proximity of University
The AMS Council will estab
lish a process for active AMS
members demonstrating need
to apply for a refund ofthe Fee.
Question 2:
Do you support an increase in
your AMS fee of $1.50 a year
to allow the UBC branch of the
World University Services Canada (WUSC) to continue to support refugee students at UBC?
Question 3:
Do you support a $1.7 5 increase
in the monthly U-Pass fee?
The U-Pass will not continue
if this referendum fails.
Charge will now be $23.75/
month [$190/year] for a mini
mum of three years, as agreed
to by the AMS and Translink.
$0.25 of the fee increase
is to pay for the Collection Fee
assessed by the University as a
handling charge to cover their
costs of processing.
Question 4:
Five changes to AMS bylaw:
1. Change the official name
of the AMS to only include
students at the Vancouver Campus: Alma Mater Society of the
University of British Columbia
2. Lower bylaw quorum for
general meetings from 4000
to 1000 students, or two per
cent of the student population,
which ever is less.
3. Grant council to enter
leases with outside parties without a referendum.
4. AMS member rules shall
be clarified to include anyone
taking a regular for credit
course and anyone in a degree
or diploma even if they are not
taking classes. Council will,
however, be granted the power
to discount some students from
the AMS fee, and thus the AMS.
5. To allow the AMS to invest in Single A stocks which
are slightly less secure than AA
stocks, the current lowest allowable investable stock by the
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Concerning the Student Court case of the January AMS VP Academic race, which put Alex Lougheed into office by a margin
of 25 votes
by Nathan Crompton
On March 13th, I appealed to the Student Court with regards to
Mr Lougheed's act of multiple voting—Mr Lougheed voted multiple times on the day of paper ballot voting, causing the Elections Administrator to discount his votes. I argued that multiple
voting constitutes a severe electoral irregularity and is grounds
for Mr Lougheed's disqualification from the VP Academic race.
Upon discovering the multiple ballots on January 24th, the
Elections Administrator made a decision to accept the candidacy
of Mr Lougheed. Our legal case is against the Elections Administrator and is an appeal that the Court overturn his January 24th
decision in light of fact that multiple voting is a serious electoral
violation and a violation ofthe first principle of democracy: "one
person, one vote."
After over a month, the case has yet to result in a ruling! The
March 13th hearing was the second of two hearings. The Court dismissed the first hearing, which was held in late February, where
although the Court declared that it was near to disqualifying Mr
Lougheed, it ultimately could not make the ruling because Mr
Lougheed was not present at the hearing. Although Mr Lougheed
was aware ofthe hearing, he was not made aware of its "gravity,"
and so he chose not to attend or send a representative.
A second hearing was scheduled for March 3rd but cancelled
that morning due to the last-minute resignation of the Clerk of
Student Court for unknown reasons. The hearing was therefore
rescheduled to March 13th. At that hearing, both Mr Piovesan
and Mr Lougheed were present (the case is "Crompton versus
Elections Administrator").
I will spare people a full legal summary of the case. It only
needs mentioning that at the center of the case is Article 5(7)
of AMS Electoral Code, which reads: "The Elections Committee
shall take whatever steps necessary to ensure that only eligible
voters cast ballots and to ensure that each eligible voter votes
only once." Because the Elections Administrator has "the power
to penalize candidates for election irregularities" [Article l(B)(r)]
and "penalize any candidate...for breach of the Electoral Procedures and any other election irregularity" [Article 3(1)], 5(7)
indicates that the Elections Administrator and Committee did
not rule adequately when met with the multiple ballots of Mr
Lougheed. Although we dispute that 5(7) is ambiguous, any potential ambiguities embodied in Article 5(7) should be cleared
up through the Court ruling itself. The Court has the power to
state that voting multiple times, including the act of submitting
multiple ballots to the ballot box, is illegal in the AMS democracy and that the Elections Administrator should have ruled that
Also, Mr Lougheed did not publicly announce the nature and
purpose of his multiple voting. He declared a month after the irregularity, specifically after his installation as VP Academic, that
he voted multiple times to "make a statement to the EA about his
practices." We argue that a candidate who votes multiple times
in private has the opportunity to adjust him or herself after the
fact to all possible outcomes of an election. If Lougheed were
to have lost yet have his multiple votes revealed, the revelation
potentially becomes grounds for a legal case on the basis of his
right to legal ballot. On the other hand, if the ballots are not
counted, he has gained an electoral advantage, win or lose. We
thus emphasize that the course of the outcome of the elections
is altered by an act of multiple voting, and that the multiple opportunities opened up by multiple voting casts doubt onto the
integrity of any candidate running in democratic elections.
To say it in the nicest terms possible, Alex's decision to vote
multiple times was the result of an undemocratic mentality that
has dominated the AMS over the years, and far before Alex's
involvement with the AMS. "The hubris of the few" would have
run its course with or without Alex, and so it is unfortunate that
he has to take the blame for problems that are far broader in
scope. I ran in the elections not specifically to defeat brother
Lougheed, but to make the AMS a radical organization and a
positive student community that can advocate for democracy,
equality, accessibility, accountability and sustainability, and that
can act as a democratic counterbalance to today's intense privatization trend in BC-Liberal land.
—Nathan Crompton is a political science student.
Editor's note: The Ubyssey previously ran articles featuring interviews with Alex Lougheed and Brendan Piovesan, the other parties
in the case discussed in today's Perspective. To see earlier coverage of this issue, visit our website at www.ubyssey.ca.
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National .  5
Students protest provincial ban on protests
University of Quebec
strike persists through
by An Withers
The McGill Daily (McGill University)
MONTREAL (CUP)-Students in
Montreal joined hands to protest a court-approved ban on
student protests.
Approximately 150 students
formed a human chain on
March 18 to protest a court-approved temporary injunction on
student protests at l'Universite
du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM),
where stringent plans to dig the
university out of its deep debt
are being finalized.
The debt-plagued university
is currently revising its budget
and fee structures in order to
achieve financial solvency. Students are concerned that the
cost of their education will rise
while services will drop.
Striking students argue that
the government should bail out
the school and not forward the
burden on to students.
The ban on student protests, which lasts until March
27th, was imposed bythe UQAM
administration the week before
Tuesday's protest and was approved by the Quebec Superior
Court on March 18th.
It aims to prevent UQAM's
14,000 striking students from
disturbing the regular class
schedule,    or    demonstrating
University of Quebec at Montreal stud
within 100 metres of campus.
In response, students
formed a human chain just outside of the 100-metre boundary. Any infringements on
the injunction can result in a
$50,000 fine.
"We're going to respect the
injunction within limits," said
Eve-Lyne Couturieu, communications officer for the striking
ents formed a human chain to protest
political science and law students at UQAM.
"We're also going to look for
other means to proceed," she
Strikes and demonstrations
began breaking out at UQAM
last semester, following the
provincial government's plan
to lift the tuition freeze which
had been in place since 1996.
the province's ban on protests.
The movement then shifted
to focus on the University's
cost-cutting plans that aim to
pull the university out of its
$3 50 million debt.
PriceWaterho use Coopers,
hired by UQAM to draft the
plan, released its financial plan
on March 5th. Among other
measures, the report calls for
increasing   tuition   fees,   cut
ting 77 teaching positions and
freezing employee salaries.
Claude Corbo, the rector of
UQAM, said that the plan is not
Four of the university's seven faculties have since called
for student strikes.
UQAM imposed the injunction against protests after students disrupted an administrative meeting that was considering failing striking students.
Dominique Guay, vice-president internal of the language
and communications students
association, said that two students were suspended earlier
this month for admitting their
involvement in strike actions.
"If we go back to class now,
we scrap all the efforts we've
made in the last five weeks,"
Guay said. "It's worth nothing
right now because we have no
contract signed."
Professors have also joined
striking students, some writing
an open letter in support, and
others actually joining student
"It was a really big deal for
us to get the professors' support," said Valerie Reine-Mar-
cil, communications officer for
the human sciences student
"There was much too much
control in the injunction."
The UQAM administration
has said that funding cuts will
not threaten the survival of any
programs. \a
Police and protesters clash at
Montreal anti-brutality march
by David Parker
The McGill Daily (McGill University)
MONTREAL (CUP)-Police and
protesters clashed violently in
the streets of Montreal during
the 12th annual International
Day Against Police Brutality.
Despite mass arrests, property destruction and incidents
of violence, organizers said the
event was successful.
"There have been mass arrests at this event in past years,
but people aren't afraid to come
out in big numbers to denounce
the brutality," said Francois Du
Canal, a member of le Collectif
oppose a la brutalite policiere
About 300 protesters assembled at Berri Square, including
a troop of dancing clowns and
a 10-piece anarchist marching band. Approximately 100
police officers were stationed
around the square prior to the
Officers filming the crowd
refused to reveal why they were
filming, prompting a protester to
grab the camera and throw it to
the ground.
Members of Stella, a sex
workers' rights organization and
one of the 22 organizations endorsing the march, spoke to the
crowd at the start ofthe protest.
"Sex workers are criminals in
Canadian law. Police harass sex
workers who can't get legal protection from abuse because they
are constantly evading the law,"
said Jenn Clamen, a member of
As the crowd wound through
the streets towards Place-des-
Arts, a Surete du Quebec heli
copter followed the protest from
above. Du Canal pointed to this
as one of many police intimidation tactics. He also accused
police of striking protesters
with batons, performing illegal
searches in the metro before the
march, filming the crowd, using
pepper spray, carrying rubber
bullet guns and making arrests
in civilian clothes.
Marching down Maison-
neuve, several protesters with
covered faces smashed signs and
windows of commercial stores
including Starbucks, McDonald's
and Bell Canada.
Police, passersby, and other
marchers were forced to dodge
hurled snowballs, ice, rocks and
wooden sticks.
When getting put into
the group, I was hit in the
ribs a bunch of times.
Damon Van Der Linde,
Former editor of the Link
Participants paint-bombed
police cruisers and vans and fire-
bombed a car. When a handful of
rioters smashed in the window
of a police van, approximately
30 police in riot gear descended
from vans and rushed the
At about 4:30pm, the police
announced that the demonstration was illegal and ordered the
crowd to disperse.
Within seconds, officers in
riot gear charged the march
from Ste. Catherine and forced
the demonstrators up St. Denis,
cornering dozens of marchers.
Damon  Van  Der  Linde,   a
former editor of Concordia University's student-run newspaper,
the Link, was arrested and said
he was also assaulted by a police
"When getting put into the
group, I was hit in the ribs a
bunch of times," Van Der Linde
said, adding that he had not
been protesting when he was
"I was just standing on the
corner when I was rounded up.
I just happened to be there," he
Many were put in police vans,
detained, searched, and then let
go. Others were charged with
unlawful assembly and "failure
to move".
"It's mostly the same people
being arrested," said Montreal
Police media relations officer
Olivier Lapointe.
"Some people arrive ready
for war."
Organizers said that 42 people have been killed by the Montreal Police in the past 21 years.
In December 2007, 38-year-old
Quilem Registre died several
days after he was Tased six times
by police. He had been stopped
on suspicion of drunk driving.
In 2005, Mohammad An-
nad Bennis was killed by police
officers, none of whom were
charged in his death.
Police also assaulted three
women at last year's International Women's Day march. Other
police were caught on video last
August inciting violence among
protestors at the Security and
Prosperity Partnership Summit
in Montebello. *2I
—with files from Jesara Sinclair, the Link (CUP)
Demonstrators at Saturday's anti-brutality march charged through the
streets, dodging police with pepper spray. 6  i Culture
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Director remakes own film
by Raien Naraghi
Culture Writer
Critically acclaimed German
director Michael Haneke
[Cache, The Piano Player) has
recently released his latest
work, Funny Games, which is a
remake of his 199 7 film of the
same name.
The story is very simple: an
upscale family with a young boy
is settling into their vacation
home when two polite, handsome young psychopaths in
tennis clothes (Michael Pitt and
Brady Corbet) take them hos
tage. They then tortured them
physically and psychologically
apparently for their personal
Games is a thriller that
plays with the form and context
of story-telling. The film's suspense doesn't revolve around
the classic plot structure of a
protagonist fighting against an
antagonist. This is how the film
shakes you: when someone kidnaps you in your house, there
are not many ways you can
fight back. You'll probably end
up dead.
Other   than   the   dramatic
story and extraordinary film
making, the performances in
this film are extraordinarily
charismatic. Tim Roth and
Naomi Watts exhibit some of
the best work of their careers.
Their performances are key to
the realism ofthe film.
The film, however, is highly
disturbing. Do not watch it if
you have already had a bad day
or if you were thinking about
killing someone. This film is
like spicy Indian food: it is extremely difficult to tolerate, but
once it's all over, you're happy
to have consumed it. \a
Come Close
Come Close is Saosin's newly
released live album. It's a two
disc set consisting of a CD and a
haphazardly constructed DVD,
from a show played in Philadelphia as well as music videos.
Their live performance is
pretty strong, but not without
its flaws. The vocals are often
poorly harmonized. Also, the
CD is overly short, boasting
only eight songs and clocking
barely over thirty minutes. For
hardcore Saosin fans only.
-Trevor Melanson
Get You Out of My Head",
pop-lovers around the world eagerly anticipated an album that
would push the boundaries of
the genre. Unfortunately, Kylie
did not live up to expectations.
It's not that the album
doesn't deliver. Consensus is
widespread that the first single
"2 Hearts", hits home with a
surefire tune reminiscent of
Goldfrapps piano synths. One
was also notable, accomplishing
disco grief. However, Minogue
fails to overcome what has traditionally been problematic in
her career, namely her voice
and emotional engagement.
The album fails to sustain a
level of excitement for more
than one song; any momentum
is broken by the mish-mash of
pop fillers.
Ultimately, the album is able
to please because Kylie's popularity is hinged on her image
and girl-next-door niceness.
-Stephanie Findlay
Hot Chip eclipsed any melody
by interrupting flow with energetic spasms of electronic
Though Hot Chip may have
remained loyal to it's concert-
going neon nylon wearing fan-
base, Made In the Dark lacks
the coherence necessary for a
truly great album. Sticking to
a sound like the melodically
driven We're Looking for a Lot
of Love would inspire an album
from Hot Chip that would give
different, danceable, groundbreaking pop. Until then, Made
In the Dark will tide us over, as
there are enough salvageable
highlights to subsist on.
Kylie Minogue
Media darling Kylie Minogue
emerged from her breast cancer battle to release a supposed
comeback album that was one
of the most eagerly anticipated
of 2007. Following the massive success of 200 l's "Can't
Hot Chip
Made In the Dark
Just like their confused self proclaimed genre: Melodramatic-
Popular Song/Neo-Soul/2-Step
(aka electropop), Hot Chip's
Made In the Dark is a confused,
directionless mass of synthesizers. The occasional beat in the
midst of the robotic shrieks
and distorted walls of sound recalled something of what made
Hot Chip so infectiously catchy
in The Warning. Unfortunately,
-Stephanie Findlay
A Textbook Tragedy
A Textbook Tragedy is a young
and local metalcore band well
on their way to moderate stardom. Intimidator is a strong
early release. It's intense,
heavy, tight, and well produced.
But, in spite of impressive
musicianship, Intimidator falls
short in creativity. The album
sounds too much like its influences, and consequently far too
generic. Still, worth a listen. I
recommend watching for local
live performances.
-Trevor Melanson March 25th,2008 i ThSJjbyssey
Culture i  7
Rabin Ajaw: A different perception of beauty
Guatemalan pageant
emphasizes equity,
indigenous traditions
by Catherine Mayin Koo
Culture Writer
Rabin Ajaw is the one beauty
pageant in which long legged-
ness, stellar smiles, and using
an entire can of hairspray will
get you absolutely nowhere.
There were no bikinis, no ankle-
twisting stilettos, and only the
scantest trace of makeup. Most
contestants weren't wearing
any makeup at all.
Every July, in the city of
Coban, different Maya groups
gather to celebrate for four days
in the largest indigenous festival in Guatemala, culminating
in the Rabin Ajaw, the nomination ofthe "Maya Queen". When
I first arrived last July, asking
about the Rabin Ajaw, many told
me that it was an "indigenous
beauty pageant". I went not
quite knowing what to expect.
The space exuded a sense of
humbleness with pine needles
strewn across the stage. The
speeches in the beginning emphasized that there were no
winners or losers in the event;
this was an arena for bringing
about a sense of pride and self-
identity in being indigenous.
Mariana Lilian Sales Jacinto
gently swung an incense burner
and danced slowly onto the
stage and she began speeches
in three languages, welcoming
the audience, and addressing
issues associated with being
indigenous, more specifically
with being an indigenous woman. She was a powerful speaker,
and expressed herself with eloquence and earnest conviction.
She spoke of the struggle
against discrimination in a
country that is in need of reshaping its ideology of "otherness". Sales Jacinto asserted the
importance of accepting ethno-
cultural diversity and summarized a number of projects that
she was involved with.
Indigenous groups compose
at least 40 per cent of the Guatemalan population, but the
majority of these groups live
in extreme poverty. Issues of
indigenous rights are especially
relevant in light of three and a
half decades of Guatemalan civil
war, where the rural indigenous
population bore the brunt of
violence, especially during the
military conflicts of 1980s and
1990s. The "scorched earth"
policies during this period destroyed hundreds of villages,
displacing up to a million people. There were approximately
150,000    citizens    that   were
killed or disappeared.
The selection of an appropriate candidate for the Rabin Ajaw
also rested the woman's ability
to recognize past injustices and
work towards a more egalitarian society. All contestants
were at least bilingual, able to
speak one Mayan language and
Spanish. There were others who
could speak an array of Mayan
languages, and a few who could
speak a bit of English. As the
80 or so contestants filed on
stage one by one, each carried
a candle and was clothed in the
colorfully   hand-woven   indig
enous dress of their area.
Nonetheless, the event
wasn't without its ironies. Impossible to ignore were the two
behemoth proportioned, glowing, red and white swirled Coke
bottles flanking the upstairs
balcony. Coca-Cola was a major
sponsor of the event. Miss Guatemala, topped by a gleaming
tiara likewise seemed strangely
out of place in the audience as
she smiled all night, baring her
polished white teeth, reeking of
hair fixative and perfume.
Additionally, all the dancers
in the Ballet Folklorico seemed
remarkably, well, non-indigenous. True, not all of their
dances were meant to be in the
vein of that "ethnic stuff", but at
least some were. I couldn't help
but cock my head slightly at the
bouncing, twirling, toe-pointing, heavily made up and impossibly wide-smiled dancers. I
couldn't help but wonder at the
irony of non-indigenous dancers dancing their interpretation
of indigenous dance in their
idea of indigenous dress.
But despite these ironies,
it felt liberating that the Rabin
Ajaw does not focus on body
proportions or vague answers
pertaining to world peace (see:
Miss Teen South). Instead, the
festival dealt with issues that
pertained in a very real way
to the people speaking about
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MCs described the unethical
ways that the clothes were
The aim of the event was
to bring consciousness to
consumption and to better
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Improv: sex, bugs
and Nintendo
Show involves the audience in everyway,
even our writer on stage
by Celestian Rince
Culture Staff
It was the last day of the fourth
annual UBC Improv tournament.
The venue was the Neville Scarfe
building, Room 100. The room
was cloaked in darkness with the
exception ofthe stage.
A crowd of 80 to 100 people
attended, chatting and laughing
during the pre-show wait. The
audience was largely relaxed
and light-hearted, but had an
underlying current of anticipation. Soon hosts Olivia and Taz
strolled on stage to start the festivities. Cheers rang out as the
event began.
This tournament marked
the firstyear that both team and
solo categories were included;
previous years had teams and
soloists competing in the same
category. Each competitor was
given a score out of ten by the
audience as well as two judges
for a potential perfect score of
30. Four teams and four solo
performers had survived the
preliminaries to compete in
the finals.
The first team, Jurassic Trias-
sic, opted for the wacky, comedic
route. Their performance centred on a forest and the animal
denizens therein, which featured
a dangerously unstable (think
revolution against the monarchy) termite colony, a butterfly
and its admirer in the form of a
love-struck ant, and the conflict
between a bee and a bear over
honey. The crowning moment of
the performance was a hilarious
and possibly unplanned line,
where the termite queen ordered an ant to die in order for
the queen to consume the ant.
"Just..come in my mouth. Come
in my mouth right now!"
The first soloist followed my
suggestion of "Nintendo" as his
topic. The guy gave a valiant performance, having assumed an
angry, almost hostile tone.
"How areyou supposed to play
a four-button controller when
you only have two thumbs?"
Next was another soloist,
Brianna. She chose to discuss
her first sexual experience, "on a
faraway magical island" (known
to most as Vancouver Island).
She revealed that she was conceived on a boat in Saanich Inlet.
Using a voice distortion device,
she was able to simulate the BC
Ferries PA system with remarkable accuracy. Later amusing
anecdotes included discussion of
a book titled "The Joy of Sex for
Lesbians", and the "fucktarded"
stage of a relationship. Her performance was charmingly sarcastic and racy.
Team Curry Boys took a different approach. Rather than
going for overt comedy, they
chose to adopt a dramatic and
somewhat abstract tone. It was
akin to an old-time noir film.
Their plot was about fidelity and
a casino. It featured a luckless
man stumbling onto the secret
Table 49, being dealt into a game
of Life, and receiving cards like
birth, marriage, and death; a guy
trying to learn to count cards to
earn college tuition money (the
team themselves remarked upon
the similarity to an upcoming
movie); and jokes about Whoopi
After all eight performances
had taken place, the hosts and
judges conferred with each other
to tabulate the scores. During
these few minutes, club execs
stalled for time by making announcements and promoting
UBC Improv.
Inspired by the passionate performances I had just
witnessed, I asked if I might
be allowed to go on stage and
make a speech. They were surprised but willing. I jumped up
before I could talk myself out of
it and gave an unrehearsed but
heartfelt rant, which was about
imploring people to throw their
garbage away after eating in the
Student Union Building. The
audience was somewhat taken
aback—this was definitely unexpected. I didn't blame them,
I surprised myself too. Receiving moderate applause (improv
audiences tend to appreciate
spontaneity) as I finished, I
returned to my seat somewhat
shakily as the adrenaline high
wore off. ti March 25th,2008 i ThSJjbyssey
Culture i  9
Human labour auction a success
AMS and AUS presidents auctioned off to promote Free the Children
by Natalia Pisarek
Culture Writer
Bamboo, soy, and organic cotton
were the buzz words at Thursday night's live human labour
auction and fashion show fund
raiser hosted by the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS).
The event, meant to raise
funds for Free the Children—a
charity involved in international
development and child-labour
initiatives—included displays
of student talent as well as local
"We have a fashion show that
features local designers. We're
trying to do a one-hundred-mile-
radius fashion show where we
support the local designers as
well as sustainable fabric use,"
said Dorothy Kuk, one ofthe hosts
of the event. "These designers,"
she continued, "such as Devil
May Wear and Crystene Clothing,
all of them are using eco-friendly
fabrics such as bamboo or soy."
The use of such fabrics, however, has not inhibited the designers from creating clothing more
suited for an urban landscape.
"I find that for me [using sustainable fabrics] is an added bonus. The design and the fit come
first. I work with soy, bamboo,
organic cotton, and tussah silk.
But I want [the clothes] to be fashionable, it's not going to look like
a hemp sac," explained Melissa
Taylor, designer and owner of local clothing line Love, Deming.
Other designers featured
during the event were Kimmy
Park and students from LaSalle
Despite the focus on local designers, the event was international in scope as the main goal was to
raise funds. This aim was achieved
through the show's labour auction,
which featured members of the
student body from AMS president
Mike Duncan to "all around good
guy" Geoff Costeloe.
Each participant was asked
Above: AMS President Michael Duncan Strips for the children. Left: Boris Remes poses as he sports a pink tie and charcoal suit.
to reveal a talent before bidding
began. Duncan's pole dance was
one of the many eccentric displays; others included Costeloe's
acoustic rendition of the popular
song "Umbrella" and AUS president Stephanie Ryan's stint as
everyone's favorite purple dinosaur, Barney.
Bids ran upwards of 60 dollars for those being auctioned off,
who offered three hours worth of
services such as cleaning, aid with
tax write-ups, and swing dancing
lessons to the highest bidder.
Also up for sale during the
event were SUS t-shirts made
from organic cotton.
"Our Science UBC clothing...
was all done through Me to We,
which is a company that partners
with Free the Children.
"It was part of our working
with them that they gave us a
better price on clothing for students...and they're all organic
cotton. That ran along the same
lines of sustainability and responsible consumption during science
week," said SUS president Jamil
Ultimately the fundraiser was
a successful partnership between
UBC's student body and the local
Fatou Wurie, member of
student group Africa Awareness
and labour auction participant,
explained, "To just get the student
body and leadership on campus
to help in this process is great.
We're all friends and we know
each other so it's a fun social
event." ta
The design and the fit come first. I work with soy, bamboo, organic cotton, and tussah silk.
But I want [the clothes] to be fashionable, it's not going to look like a hemp sac.
Melissa Taylor,
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by Stefanie Ratjen
In principle, I support diversifying the funding for education programs, as access to education shold not only be limited to that of
universities. BCIT is perceived to have benefitted from the recent
budget restructuring through a four per cent funding increase.
This reallocation of funding is not surprising either, given the
perceived labour shortage in the trades in British Columbia, and
especially in light ofthe upcoming Winter Games.
However, while an institution that is perceived to enhance
immediate economic growth should be supported, it should not
come at a cost to the short and long term benefit of post-secondary
education in British Columbia as a whole. Among the reallocations, UBC received an $8.7 million cut to the general operating
budget, and SFU funding was cut $4 million as well. In the UBC
context, these cuts are coming to an institution where students
are graduating with an average of $25,000 debt, faculty programs
are being cut, and market-priced condos continue to spring up
all around campus. The BC government has been made aware of
these issues, most significantly at the recent AMS lobby days, and
has acted in blatant disregard of the issues that its own citizens
are calling on.
The timing issue really irks me because it was on Wednesday,
a week after UBC had been informed and the day before the announcement was to be public, that AMS President Mike Duncan
and myself met up with Advanced Education Minister Coell.
During this meeting, despite us specifically addressing how improving the quality of education (targetted in the Campus 2020
goals), among other things, requires greater financial support, the
Advanced Education Ministry did not mention anything about the
pending budget announcement. $8.7 million is a large number to
strategically not mention, and once again demonstrates a trend of
information exclusivity, particularly when dealing with affected
The second issue is that ofthe actual finances. While it remains
publicly unclear over who is going to have to make up for the loss,
and the $8.7 million cut is from the general operating grant. What
I do know is that the last quote on payment proportions I received
stated that UBC students are already paying up to 40 per cent of
the general operating funds. Roughly calculated, the $8.7 million
cut amounts to a $200 per UBC student loss. Furthermore, another concern that has raised is that "International students" are
already paying a higher proportion into this fund than domestic
students. In the very brief memo to those that were given advance
notice about the cut, President Toope stated that budgets should
continue as planned. Where this "lost" money is going to come
from has yet to be specified (although I know that a $40 million
underground bus loop hasn't been approved....). Given the lack
of communication from the UBC administration to students, students have definite financial risk here.
So what are we going to do about it? Initially, we need to be
aware of some of the funding policies and strategies in place for
UBC students. It's good to know that, as it stands and for "domestic" students only, the BC government has a soft cap on tuition annual increases at two per cent annually. However, while we need
to act to ensure this limit is not exceeded, we should also put it in
the context of high student debt levels and how allowing for any
tuition increases is already a contestable issue. Additionally, for
the government's idealized strategy for post-secondary education
in BC, read the Campus 2020 report (available online).
Besides awareness, we also need to address funding issues on
campus by looking at who's making the pertinent financial decisions. At UBC, the body that has the most impact over funding
allocations on campus is the Board of Governors, which has significant jurisdiction over both increasing and decreasing tuition
fees. As it currently stands, student representation on the Board
is not proportional to the financial contribution that students invest in their own education, nor does it reflect representation of
who is affected by the decisions made. This is a university. The
implications of the recent budget cuts are yet another reason
why we need to ensure that student voices are adequately represented and listened to in these decisions. The Board needs to be
I ran on a campaign where I stated that education is a right,
and I'm not backing down on this. We need to be aware of what's
going on, and we can't continue to sit back and let these budget
cuts happen.
-Stefanie Ratjen is the AMS VP External
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Sports 111
All too predictable season for T-Birds B-ball
Women limped out ofthe Division final, but dominate down stretch to capture third
national title in five years: here is the team and player report cards
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
Watching UBC's basketball teams
is like watching an episode of
While the plot may be different, the end result is similar. Jerry always hates Newman, George
always hates life, and Kramer always does something wacky. The
difference with UBC basketball is
that an episode lasts five months
instead of twenty-two minutes,
and there's no finale where they
all wind up in prison.
But it seems that no matter
what twists and turns happen in
the regular season, the playoffs
bring about a predictable result.
For the third time in five years,
the women are national champions. For the fifth time in six
years, the men were sent packing on the very first day of the
CIS tournament.
But despite the predictable
result, there was plenty of drama
for hoops fans. Just a month ago,
it looked like someone had doctored with the script. The girls
were limping into the conference playoffs, barely squeaking
by UVic and getting dominated
by SFU in the Pacific Division
Meanwhile, the guys were on
a streak that saw them lose just
one game in an eight week span,
and seemed to be peaking at
exactly the right time. But that's
what a good episodic TV show
does—it puts just enough tension
in place so you think that maybe,
just maybe, the ending is going
to be different.
In reality, basketball isn't
wrestling, there is no script, and
we're left at the end of a season
to speculate.
In any sport, it's easy to play
Monday morning quarterback,
and boldly state why a team performed the way it did after the
fact. And in such epitaphs, it's
easy to toss around words like
"chemistry", "momentum", "destiny", "cohesiveness", and other
buzz words that analysts say on
TV when they have no real information to contribute.
But ultimately, a team is
made up of individuals, and in
the game of basketball, it's how
these individuals shoot, pass,
and defend that determine how
well a team will do.
With that in mind, it's time
to take one last look at the 2007-
2008 basketball season, and
to commence with the 2nd annual Courtside Comment Report
(Record: 33-5. Division: 2nd. Conference: 1st. Country: 1st)
Erica McGuinness (Graduating): One of the greatest individual seasons for any UBC
basketball player ever. In a year
where she became the Thunderbirds' all-time scoring leader,
McGuinness continued to make
tough shots look easy, and clutch
baskets look routine.
As the team leader once
again in both points and assists,
she capped off her UBC career
with a MVP award in the CIS
And by the way, she was
also the Canada West Defensive
Player ofthe Year. A+
Cait Haggarty (Graduating):
At this time lastyear, I said that
"she could stand to use her excellent shot a wee bit more." Well,
she obliged, taking almost 100
more shots, and was selected as
a Canada West All-Star for the
first time in her UBC career.
But perhaps her greatest
asset was that, whenever she
brought the ball down the court,
you could just see the calm confidence radiate from the other
T-Bird players, assured that she
would make the right pass.
And that's the mark of an
excellent point guard, one that
head coach Deb Huband will
miss next season. A
Julie Little (Graduating): After deciding in August to come
The women's basketball team poses with the Bronze Baby and the championship banner after winning the CIS
Championship tournament in Saskatoon March 9.
back for one more season with
UBC, she battled through some
rusty games at the start of the
season, won her regular starting
job back, and in the playoffs became the second most dependable scorer for the Thunderbirds.
Another season of 6-14 points,
2-6 rebounds a game for the sort
of consistent complementary
starter that every winning team
has to have. A-
Leanne Evans: Aside from
scoring, the job of a centre is to
collect rebounds and block shots.
And Leanne Evans did that better than anyone else in Canada,
averaging a CIS high 2.7 blocks
and 10.8 rebounds in regular
season action.
Yes, she's probably never going to be a great free throw shooter, and her offense will never be
described as graceful, but Evans
is filling the void in the post left
by perennial all-star Kelsey Blair,
and filling it well. A
Devan Lisson: Progressed
nicely in her second year with
UBC, avoiding the sophomore
slump, and giving the T-Birds
another dependable shooting option from outside. With Haggarty
and McGuinness graduating,
next year will be the critical year
for Lisson, as she will become
the go-to shooter for this team.
Montanna    Dunmore:    In
her second year, Dunmore went
from a player rarely seen outside of garbage time to a regular
member of Huband's rotation,
and performed admirably in the
As long as Evans is around,
UBC won't be relying on Dunmore for much in the way of
offense, but so long as she continues to play good defense, and
makes the shots, she'll be a solid
post player for the T-Birds. B
Candace Morisset: After a
sophomore season that saw her
stymied by injuries, Morisset had
a productive season as a backup
whenever McGuinness and Haggarty needed a rest. For a guard,
her shooting (34 per cent) leaves
much to be desired, but so long
as she continues to bring stifling
defense and play-making abilities to the table, that flaw will be
overlooked. B
Alex Vieweg: An inspired
rookie season from the North
Vancouverite, leading all backups with 6.6 points a game, and
a gaudy 55 per cent from field
goal range, good for sixth in the
conference. Will be a key part of
this team for years to come. A-
Zara Huntley: When you're a
rookie, and the coach puts you in
as a starter in the CIS gold medal
match, you know you've had a
good campaign. A solid all-round
game, Huntley had an admirable
season with UBC, thousands of
kilometres away from her hometown of Halifax. B+
Kira Carre/Robyn Fashler:
Not enough minutes to be accurately judged, both will have
their oppurtunity to prove their
worth to the Thunderbirds come
next fall.
Overall: They won a national championship. Who can
ask for much more? A+ ta
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UBC Department of Athletics & Recreation proposes a
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(including two artificial fields, baseball diamond, running
track, and greenway) scheduled for Spring 2008 construction.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
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6308 Thunderbird Boulevard
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What does this mean? That the AMS has approved a framework for taking action to
reducing our environmental impact. The strategy includes targets and proposed
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Constitution as presented in the Bylaw Reform Package?
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contribute to the construction of a new Student Union Building?
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Sports 113
Routine season for men's B-ball
Coming off another Canada West title, men once again drop ball in
first round of CIS tourney; here is the team and player report cards
Matt Rachar fights to the get ball away from a Brock player during the T-Birds'opening round loss at the CIS
tournament in Ottawa last weekend.
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
MEN'S TEAM (Record:
26-7. Division: 1st. Conference:
1st. Country: 6th)
Chris Dyck: It's really hard
to criticize a guy who tops his
team in scoring (19.3 points),
shoots the ball well, plays good
defense, battles back from injury, and generally inspires his
teammates to play better.
But if you want to look at
reasons why the T-birds couldn't
beat the Brock Badgers in the
first game of the CIS championships, then the one for six three-
point shooting of Dyck would be
one ofthe first things to look at.
And while it could be attributed to more double teams, his
shooting percentage did drop noticeably from the season before
(50 per cent to 44 per cent). Still,
all in all, a great season—but one
that Dyck himself surely knows
he can top. A
Brent Malish: The second-
year forward stepped it up in
a big way, becoming one of the
main secondary scoring options
for UBC, and leading the team in
the unlikely combination of rebounding (seven per game) and
three-point shooting percentage
(41 per cent).
The 6'6" swingman poses all
sorts of matchup problems for
the opposition, and on a team
with less depth, could easily be
an all-star. Luckily for Thunderbird fans, he'll continue to be
an important cog in the UBC
machine next year. A-
Matt Rachar: A strange season for the Burnaby post player.
There were games, such as
the conference semifinal win
over Calgary where the T-Birds
clinched a spot in the nationals,
where Rachar would take over
stretches ofthe game, displaying
his fundamentally solid, inside-
outside game that has bedeviled
defenses since his high school
days. But there were other games
where he would get lost in head
coach Kevin Hanson's rotating
stream of players, failing to assert himself on defense, missing key rebounds, and causing
Hanson to scream out "Rachar!"
before calling on a bench player
to replace him.
It'll be interesting to see if he
can have the type of season befitting of his talents in his graduating year. B
Bryson Kool: Some columnist for this paper stated lastyear
that "all that promise, all that
potential that we've seen in Kool
over the past three years started
to turn into some actual results."
Open mouth, insert foot.
This season unfolded the
same way as the last two for the
enigmatic centre: A couple of
nagging injuries, games where
he would disappear, games
where he would dominate,
games where he would both disappear and dominate, and being
the leading contributor of stress
and hair loss for Hanson.
At this point with Kool, it's
best to just take the good with
the bad, and be happy that this
team has enough depth to mitigate the latter. B-
Brett Leversage: A fan
favourite, and the type of role
player every team needs to have.
After a couple of years of un-
derperforming in the few times
that he was called upon, this
season saw Leversage transform
into a gritty, multidimensional
Whether it was driving a
layup between two defenders, a
deft pass for an open three, or a
key steal (of which he had a team
leading 58), Leversage played
such a complete game for UBC
that his 5.6 points per game
were almost secondary.
While he slowed down in
the final month of the year, he
proved why he was so highly
regarded coming out of high
school three years ago. B+
Alex Murphy: Not really a
backup, playing 24.3 minutes
a game, Murphy continued to
grow as a point guard for the T-
Birds in his second season, leading the team with 3.5 assists per
game, and could usually be seen
on the court in the final minutes
of a close game.
He's the best player on UBC
in using his speed and dribbling
to break down a defender, and
played the point with a poise
that most nineteen year olds
don't have.
But when he doesn't have the
ball, he's prone to bouts of losing his focus, and he's a better
outside shooter than his 3-point
shooting average of 31 per cent
will suggest. B
Kyle Watson: The third-year
transfer from Langara brought
some much needed athleticism
and offensive rebounding ability
to a team that sometimes lacks
in those areas.
Aside from that, he's another
mid-sized swingman in a team
chalk full of mid-sized swing-
men, so if he's going to get more
playing time, he's got to improve
from the foul line (62 per cent)
and from beyond the arc (24 per
cent from three-point range). B
Blain "Two-Face"
LaBranche: Two-Face isn't actually his nickname.
But the moniker certainly
applies to a player who could
follow up a tidy 6-for-9 shooting
performance with an ugly 1-for-
11 game. It can be a good thing
to have a me-first, take-charge
sharpshooter like Labranche on
your team, but only if he's making the shots.
If not, he can quickly become a hindrance, which made
LaBranch such a frustrating, yet
occasionally brilliant player to
watch this year. B-
Graham Bath: A nifty, versatile player who saw more action
(12.6 minutes per game) then
most rookies ever do.
With the depth of this T-Bird
team, he probably won't play
much next year, but he'll contribute well when he does. B
Balraj Bains: Star in the
A shot-blocking, layup-mak-
ing machine, Bains is the type of
post player every coach dreams
of molding into a premier
He needs to add a bit more
muscle to his slender frame,
and Hanson will take his time in
brining him along, but one thing
is for sure: he's a keeper. B+
Nathan Yu: Freshman point
guards rarely see much court
time, and Yu was no exception.
Still, some positive signs for
next year. C+
Sean Maxwell: Didn't play
enough to define himself, and
didn't impress when he got in
during non crucial time. But
that's what a 12th man generally
does, right? C
Overall: For a team with no
fifth-year seniors, and only one
go-to guy on offense, a Canada
West championship is nothing
to sneeze at. Still, another first
round exit at the nationals will
sting all summer. With Dyck,
Rachar, and Kool all entering
their final year with UBC, the
pressure will be on Hanson
to bring this team a national
championship. B+ vi
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To renew or not to renew?
Is bigger better?
The week-long AMS referendum starts today, and among the other topics up for vote, such as the U-Pass price
increase, is a controversial proposal: the SUB Renewal project. The project aims to address what is perceived
to be significant failings in the current Student Union Building.
The AMS states that building was designed for a student population of 20,000, and is not serving the needs of
a population more than double that size, as well as being lacking in terms of sustainability targets and commuter
The project is still in the pre-planning phase. No architectural plans have been finalized and no figures about the
project have been cemented. The issue up for referendum, however, is whether students are willing to pay for the
project to move forward. If 4500 students vote yes over the next week (and another 4500 don't vote no), then next
year all UBC students will have a mandatory $20 fee. The year after, the fee will be $30, then $40 the year after, and
so on up until the fee is $ 110 in 2017.
And there is no firm number for the total cost of the project. The fee will simply be ongoing, and in addition to its
$ 110 cap, the fee will also be adjusted by the cost of living index, until the costs of the project are fully paid off.
We at the Ubyssey are of two minds about the project. On the one hand, we who work in the windowless, lightless
bowels of the current SUB clearly recognize the need for a new space without broken washrooms and asbestos filled
walls. On the other hand, this is a substantial fee increase, especially from an organization purportedly representing
students in reducing student and tuition fees. Here are two perspectives on SUB Renew:
Been to a good party at UBC lately? Met
anyone interesting at a student event? Know
of a good spot to hang out and chat with new
If your answer is yes to any ofthe above,
the context is not school events, in all probability, but facebook. Compared to just about
any other major school in the continent, UBC's
school community and school spirit could be
best described as lacklustre. And while building a shiny new SUB isn't going to fix all of
our problems, you can be damned sure that
if the Chinese Varsity Club isn't spilling out
of its five square foot room, they'll be able
to attract more members and hold better
events. And if the Pottery Club isn't stuck in
the back end of nowhere, then maybe people
might get to see the truly awesome stuff they
produce more than once a year. And don't get
us started on the Bike Kitchen being stuck
down a flight of stairs, or the suicide-inducing offices of student organizations that have
no traces of sunlight.
This is not a case of bigger for the sake
of being bigger. This is simply a case of being big enough for everyone. Big enough to
allow clubs to rally student spirit. Big enough
so that people don't avoid the SUB due to
And now, with the U-Town project grinding onward, is the perfect time to integrate
student life with the future of the university.
If we wait on a new SUB, U-Town will make
the SUB irrelevant—who wants to hang out
in the windowless basement when there is a
shiny new cafe/bistro/corporate edifice down
the street. If we allow SUB Renewal to go forward the SUB will co-ordinate with U-Town
making it a center point of student activity.
Counter Point: Here's the thing. We are not opposed in
principle to a new and renewed SUB. We fully realize that the
current building is old, cramped, dark, fully of hearty asbestos,
periodically invaded by birds, and generally not all that great.
But there's something to be said for financial prudence. And
that, sadly, is what the proposed SUB Renew plan is lacking.
Let's start with the bare numbers. Yes, it's true that the fee
will start out small. But it'll grow to $110 dollars within the
decade. And while not publicized, there's a niggling detail in
the funding plans that includes an increase, year after year,
based on the rate of inflation. So the publicized $110 maximum really isn't a maximum—it's the ground level. The fact
is, we really have no idea how much students might be paying
for this in twenty years from now.
Just think: how would you feel if you currently paid $110
for the SUB we have now? The new SUB is planned to cost $ 120
million, and if the newly planned SUB will be completed in
2014, student fees will be paying it off for something like 35-40
years. By the time 2048 rolls around students will be paying for
a hideous and outdated SUB that will most likely be as bad as
our current sub is now.
Effective governing is about making tough decisions.
Choosing what is necessary, and what is merely desired. For
those in the AMS, it's easy to hear all of the excellent ideas
for a revamped SUB—more social space, greater sustainability, sleeping pods, and the like—and then agree that nothing
is worthy of being cut from the project. But then again, they
aren't the ones that will be paying over $100 every year for
this building.
Students generally don't pay for things they can't afford.
We scrimp, we scrounge, we go with the cheaper option nine
times out of ten, because we tend to accept that at the age of
20, we can't always get what we want.
There's a lot of improvements that can be made to the
SUB—but they can be done progressively over time. $ 15 of our
student fees already go to a capital building fund to improve
the SUB. If we doubled that fee, then there would be approximately $ 1.5 million available annually to renew the SUB. That
could be the sustainable, practical solution that wouldn't add
an extra burden on future generations of UBC students.
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What do you think of SUB Renewal plans?
Petra Vaigloga
Archeology 2
"The SUB is
so ridiculously
there's so little space
in the SUB for the
amount of students
that there are. And
there's very little
light in the SUB, it's
very ugly."
Will Tao
"I think it's a long
term investment
and if we're making
everything else more
beautiful we may
as well make [the
SUB] more beautiful too."
Rachel Glass
Fine Arts 3
"I'd love to see a
new SUB. I guess
the only thing to
think about would
be the money
Luke Fendiess
Philosophy 2
"It would be nice for
a renewal, but get
rid of all that—the
[new] bus loop, the
housing that's not
for students. It feels
like UBC is just
trying to get money
at the students'
Colin Hilchey
Eng Physics 3
"I think it's fair and
for the best that
students pay for improving the future
of the university.
[The SUB] could
really benefit from
major work. I think
it would be good for
SUB garbage sucks
Recently I've been noticing garbage in the SUB.
People eat their food and drink their drinks,
then leave their garbage on the table. Wait, I
have to give some credit: there are people who
leave their garbage on the floor—the true heroes of our university.
I assume that this garbage has always existed, I just haven't been aware of it hitherto.
Well, now I am. And seeing this garbage is making me angry.
So angry that I regularly throw other people's trash away as I walk through the SUB.
So angry that two nights ago, I spontaneously
jumped up and started ranting to a crowd of
a hundred people about this very issue (to be
fair, it was at an improv tournament, but I was
not a contestant). So angry that I'm writing this
People, the garbage can is right next to you!
Take two steps, and there's the can! If you're
particularly tall or long-armed, you can probably even stretch and reach the can from where
you are!
Maybe you think you're sticking it to the
man, or the university, by leaving your garbage.
You aren't. You're "sticking it" to the workers
and janitors, who, guess what, are Average Joes
just like you.
More likely, you're just too lazy or selfish to
care about other students. If so, I hope you get
what's coming to you. Hopefully the garbage
men will back their truck up to your house
and dump trash all over your lawn. Better yet,
they can bring their gigantic bags of garbage
into your house or apartment and toss garbage
If you see someone just up and leave their
garbage on the table, do me a favour and
shame/threaten/convince them into throwing
it away. Ifyou're a person who does that, stop-
just stop. The world is dirty enough already.
—Celestian Rince
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Sports 115
UBC Commerce student hits new speeds in open-wheel racing
Adrien Herbert enters this season racing for Paladin
MotorsportSy still balancing school sponsors
by Leslie Day
Sports Writer
First-year Sauder student Adrien
Herbert is faster than you. As a
driver in the Champ Car Atlantic race series, he knows what
it's like to wrestle 1741 pounds
through a corner and control
nearly 800 horse power.
And he does it while balancing a university education.
"I try to keep my two lives
parallel," Herbert says of trying
to be a "normal" student, as well
as a driver.
He maintains good grades,
but admits that keeping up with
his university courses while racing is difficult, especially with
the season's first two races coinciding with the first two weeks of
April exams.
The season begins April 8
with the Streets of Las Vegas
race. With racing, he points out,
"you don't just miss a day, you
miss a whole week."
Herbert is the son of a dentist
from Port Coquitlam and got into
open pit racing after a chance
encounter at a restaurant led to
racing in quarter midgets, small
cars designed for children. This
encounter happened at age nine
and it led him to the race track
in Langley.
Since then, things have come
a long way. "My roots aren't
in racing," Herbert says, and
although his father attends his
races. "I don't have the 'driver
dad' problem—it's like 'hockey
dad' syndrome, but worse!"
He estimates that only about
four of the 24 or so drivers on
the circuit do not come from racing families. Unlike these other
families, Herbert's family was
not involved with racing and did
not force him into the sport at a
young age.
Herbert is entering his
second season driving for the
Paladin Motorsports team. As
is common in racing, the team
owns the car and trailer as well
as holding all contracts for staff.
The driver, however, foots the
bill—which runs $1.2 million per
season in Champ Car Atlantic.
When it comes to sponso-
rhip, he said, "You take whatever you can get, however you
can get it."
Drivers are constantly on
the hunt for additional sponsors
to reduce their own personal
investment costs. It's tiring for
drivers because "we're always
selling ourselves," he says. "Me,
I'm still for purchase. Always
for sale."
Most drivers end up turning
to their own savings, or asking
their families to invest. Though
some drivers are involved with
wealthy teams, or have large
reserves of personal capital to
invest, over 50 per cent of the
25-car field relies on sponsorship to stay on the track.
As for the future, Herbert
isn't ruling anything out.
As is common in racing,
the team owns the car
and the trailer as well as
holding all contracts for
staff. The driver, however,
foots the bill—which runs
$1.2 million per season
in Champ Car Atlantic.
Though most teams and
drivers are based out of either
Indianapolis or California, Herbert loves living in Vancouver,
and "wouldn't give it up."
His interests for his Commerce degree lie in the land development and real estate field,
not in the racing industry.
"It's hard to step back," he
said. "But I don't want to be that
guy, that bitter old driver."
Although he doesn't discount the possibility of taking
time off school for racing. "In a
few years, you either make it, or
you don't," he said, adding that
if he were to move up to World
Series Champ Car or the IRL
(Indy Racing League, another
open-wheel racing circuit that
recently gained press due to the
participation of female driver
Danica Patrick), he would seriously consider taking indefinite
leave from UBC. Racing is his
passion, and school is Plan B.
But Herbert as said, "I like
my Plan B a lot." ^
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Above: Paladin team member and UBC student Adrien Herbert races the
track in Cleveland.
Below: Herbert sits in his car as engineers work on his custom racing seat.
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Community Contribution Award
At the Ubyssey, we feel that a sense of community on campus is
important. Since 1998, we've been putting our money where our
mouth is, and offering $3,000 Ubyssey
Community Contribution Award. This annual award
recognizes returning UBC students who have made a
significant contribution to developing and strengthening a sense
of community on the UBC campus by:
1. Organizing or administrating an event or project, or
2. Promoting activism and awareness in an academic, cultural,
political, recreational, or social sphere.
The award is open to all returning, full-time UBC students, graduate, undergraduate and unclassified in good standing with the
Ubyssey Publications Society. For the 2007-2008 academic year,
we will award a $3000 award for a project. Deadline will be April
1 2008 and the award will be
disbursed to the successful candidate on April 10 2008.
Nominees for the award will be judged on:
1. The impact of the contribution made - the number off people
involved or affected.
2. The extent of the contribution - the degree to which it
strengthens the sense of community on campus.
3. The innovation of the contribution - preference will be
given to recognizing a new contribution over the
administration of an existing one.
4. The commitment of the individual to UBC as a
Nominations should include a cover letter by the
nominator, either an individual or a group, briefly
stating the nature of the contribution made, the
individual being nominated, contact information of the
nominator and the nominee and a letter (approximately 500
words in length) describing the contribution made and how
the above four criteria have been met.
Students are welcome to nominate themselves, but those
doing so must attach a letter of support from another member
of the campus community. The award will be judged by a
committee chaired by a representative of UBC Student
Financial Assistance and Awards office and members from
various parts of the campus community.
Deadline for submission of completed For  further  information,  please  contact
nominations should reach the Fernie   Pereira,   Business  Manager,  The
Ubyssey, Room 23, SUB, no later than Ubyssey,  at   (604)   822-6681   or   email:
Tuesday, April 1,2008. fpereira@interchange.ubc.ca 161 Sports
THfitteYSSEY I March 25th,2008
UBC wrestler takes bronze at university nationals
Club pins competition in first year as a
recognized outfit since 1986
Above: UBC Wrestling Club president Kevin Braund
works to pin his
opponent during
the Canadian
National Intercollegiate Cup held
at the end of last
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by Alec Young
Sports Writer
Years of hard work have paid off
for the UBC Wrestling Club as
Kevin Braund won bronze during the club's first year back as a
recognized club.
The fifth-year French and
psychology major took home a
bronze medal in the 76 kilogram
weight class at the Canadian National Intercollegiate Cup held
three weeks ago in Calgary.
Braund, who hopes to enter
UBC's Education program next
year, represented UBC at the
meet with two goals in mind:
to win a medal, and to promote
UBC's still-growing wrestling
program, which became an official AMS club this past September. Right now the club only has
about ten athletes, but as head
coach Dave Wilson says the potential is great.
"UBC is one of the biggest
schools in Canada," said Wilson. "There's no reason why we
couldn't have 30 male and 30
female wrestlers competing in
this very popular sport."
Wrestling at UBC was a men's
varsity sport through the 1960s,
70s, and 80s until the team folded back in 1986 when the head
coach departed for Toronto. In
2000, Earth and Ocean Sciences
professor Stuart Sutherland
started a new program. Suther
land is known for doing push-ups
during lectures and likes to start
off the term by showing classes
slides of action on the mats.
Prior to this year, the club
was not recognized, had little
funding or usable space, and had
been practising out of Vancouver
College, which made recruitment of new athletes difficult.
But thanks to generous support
from both the Walter H. Gage
Memorial Fund and the AMS
Clubs Benefit Fund, that has all
changed. The club now has space
[Head coach] David
Wilson brings out the
fun, reminds everyone that it's meant to
build self-confidence
and discipline.
Kevin Braund,
UBC wrestling club president
in the SUB, official recognition,
and is able to send athletes like
Kevin Braund to national competitions. Now, the focus is on
growing the program.
"Anyone can join and be
successful," said Braund, who
is also the club president. "The
great thing about wrestling is
that it doesn't matter how big
you are, how small you are,
whether you're a guy or a girl,
[and] there's no cultural bias to
The club features a mix of
athletes, some with years of experience wearing a unitard and
others who are just trying the
sport out for the first time.
The coaching staff wants to
build athletes first, and worry
about results second. Braund
calls this a "refreshing" approach. If you are obsessed with
winning, Braund said, "you can
lose perspective, it stops being a
sport and stops being something
that improves the quality of your
life. Dave Wilson brings out fun,
reminds everyone that its meant
to build self-confidence and
One difficulty the club faces
is recruiting female wrestlers.
While there are some good female wrestlers at UBC, recruitment must overcome the stigma
that wrestling is somehow a
male sport.
Canada has one of the most
successful programs in the
world for both male and female
wrestlers and many of them
train in BC.
The UBC Wrestling Club has
a Facebook group and will be
recruiting at future Clubs Days
for those looking to learn more
about wrestling at UBC. til
The U-Pass Contract is expiring!
• The March Referenda will ask you
to pay an increase of $1.75 per month
• If you don't vote "YES", UBC students
will lose the U-Pass
SUB Renewal Project: the Decision is up to Students
After extensive consultation with over 5,000 students,
the following became clear:
• More space is needed for student club offices, meeting
and study areas and lounge/social space
• The SUB needs to become more sustainable—it is the most used
building on campus, yet one ofthe least energy efficient
What you need to do:
Vote "Yes" in the upcoming Referenda from
March 25 - 31 to Save the U-Pass and Renew the SUB.
Imagine Your Space
For more information, please visit www.ams.ubc.ca
or email referendum@ams.ubc.ca


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