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Special Section
The first in a bi-weekly series,
focusing on issues, athletes,
and how the Games will impact
UBC students. Page 13.
■■news briefs
UBC recently digitized its first 100 graduate theses. The project is part of a larger
initiative, the UBC Retrospective Digitization Project, which plans to digitize all of
the university's theses published since
1920. The website showcases theses beginning in 1919. Although the university officially opened its doors in 1915, masters
programs were not offered until four years
later. The website highlights that the first
two students to publish master's theses at
UBC were women, and that out of the first
ten theses six were written by women.
The collection also proudly includes the
theses of former UBC President Walter
Gage and Evelyn Sykes Story, one ofthe
founding members ofthe AMS. Having
successfully digitized the first 100, the
project is now processing theses published
between 1992 and 2007, adding to the
nearly 9000 already-available titles in
UBC's online repository. All together,
33,000 theses, totaling in over five million
pages, are to be included in the digitized
theses catalogue.
The first 100 theses can be viewed at
library, ubc. cajarchives/firstl 00.
UBC's Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
has partnered with one of Canada's largest independent publishers, Douglas &
Mclntyre (D&M) in the creation of a book
series focusing on Northwest Coast art and
culture. This project is part of the MOA's
larger expansion and renewal plan. According to D&M publisher Scott Mclntyre,
partnering with the MOA made sense,
given the mutual interest in BC culture and
native communities.
Two books will start off the series,
Solitary Raven: The Essential Writings of Bill
Reid with introduction by Robert Bring-
hurst, and Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art ofthe Northwest
Coastby Ian M Thorn. These debut titles
will be available in the MOA bookstore and
traditional book retailers.
The partnership will also sponsor an
annual lecture series with the same focus
on Northwest Coast art and culture, and
will produce additional books tied to that
theme. A full-colour volume entitled The
Museum of Anthropology at the University
of British Columbia, edited by Carol E
Mayer and Anthony Shelton, kicks-off this
additional series and will be published in
January 2010. Future titles are still being
Facebook recently announced that they will
disable the controversial marketing feature
"Beacon." Adopted in November of 2007,
Beacon is an application that broadcasts
users' activities and purchases on other
websites to their friends on the social networking site. Facebook users couldn't turn
it off in December 2007, leading to complaints that Beacon ruined some Christmas
surprises that year.
Two UBC computer scientists have been
elected as Fellows to the Royal Society of
Canada, the highest honour attainable by
Canadian scholars and scientists.
Professor David Kirkpatrick is an expert
in algorithms and is considered a pioneer
in the field of computational geography.
Professor Alan Mackworth is the country's
leading authority in Artificial Intelligence
(Al) and the Canada Research Chair in Al.
Mackworth is also the founding father of
RoboCup, a robot soccer challenge.
Over 170 UBC faculty are members of
the Royal Society of Canada, tl
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Paul Bucci and Samantha Jung decided to go on a canoeing
trip. Whilst canoeing down the river in their canoes, which
they named Kate Barbaria and Trevor Record, they came
across a vortex in the sky and were sucked into it They
ended up in a marshmallow castle in the sky, guarded by the
four most handsome mermen in the land, Trevor Melanson,
Gerald Deo, Justin Mcelroy and Ian Turner. "You shall not
pass!" The mermen shouted, but they were annihilated
instantaneously by the centaur, Kyrstin Bain, and a griffin,
Katarina Grgic They walked into the castle and were greeted
by the seven dwarves who forever wandered the castle
searching for a place where they belong after snow white,
aka Tara Martellaro, ditched them. They were known as
Ashley Wilams, Wilson Won, Brendan Albano, Michael Thibault,
Chibwe Mweene, Krittana Khurana, and Katherine Mackin.
Chuck Norris, aka Kristen Ford, came out of nowhere and
roundhouse kicked all seven of them of the cloud in one
kick. A fierce battle broke out—the dwarves led by Phillip
Storie and the dwarf haters led by Alexis Stoymenoff. Kathy
Yan Li and Kasha Chang pulled out their machine guns
and blasted the mutated ofspring of the dwarves incest
adventures, Austin Holm, Sarah Chung, Kayleena Makortoff,
Roel Moeurs, Ricardo Bortolon, Lance Sy and Matthew Willis
This made the dwarf lovers very angry and they pulled out
their pet dragon, Lis* Law, who burned everyone to a crisp
except Bryce Warnes and Sophie Raider. They wept over
the death of Pierce Nettling, but no one else. The clouds
above parted and they looked up to see that nothing was
real and all this had just been controlled by the puppet
master, Ginny Kloos.
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Tatau: Samoan tattooing and Global
aJtue • An irscfitU and provocative
exhbit, featues ewer 40 photogaphs by
New Zealand artist Mark Adams • Runs unti
Wednesday, Sept 30, Museum ofArtthopd-
oqy, free forstlderis, staff and faaiy
Tonel: Las partes que mas me sudan
cuando me pongo nervioso • [The
parts of me that sweat the most when
I get nervous], a large diptych drawing
of a sweating male nude. The work
evokes graphic humour while dealing with
marginal aspects of sexuality and the
physical nature of human bodes, by artist
Antonio Eligio Fernandez • Through Oct
12, with an artist tak on Tuesday Sept 29,
1230pm-l30pm, Koerner Lbrary, more
irfo at bekinubcca/CLnent, free
Shameless Hussy Productions
Presents: Frozen • Shameless Hussy
productions and Theatre at UBC present
a Vancouver theatrical Premiere Frozen
by Bryony Lavery directed by Renee
Laci. One evening ten-year-old Rhona
goes missing... • Sept 22,23, 29, $25/
senior, $20/student
Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS)
by-election • The UBC Arts Undergraduate Society is holding its by-
election! Many positions are available
for all undergraduate students pursuing
a BA or a BFA, including AMS Representatives, Promotions Coordinator,
Social Coordinator, General Officers,
and representatives for each year from
1st to 4th. • Nominations close Fnday
September 25 at 3pm. Voting will take
place online through the SSC during
the next week. Nomination forms
are availabb online at ausubeca, or
in the AUS Office (Buchanan D-140).
For more informatbn please contact
Tracy Leung, Elections Administrator at
Arts Co-op Info Session No.5 • Apply
for the UBC Arts Co-op Program! Moving
students from educated to employed •
4pm-5pm, Geography 200.
UBC Alumni Homecoming 2009 •
Thinking of breaking out that celebratory touchdown dance you've been
practising in private? Still banging on
your thundersticks from last year's
game? Need a place to channel those
persistent blue and gold bodypainting
urges that seem to recur before every
office party? Come back to the place
where... • Tailgate: 12:30pm, ktokoff. 2pm,
UBC Thunderbird Stadium, adults: $10,
alumni: $5 (with ACard*), children: $4
(six and under free), UBC Students: $2
Up • The UBC Film Society presents
Up, a comedy-adventure by Pixar.
The film centres around a grumpy old
man named Carl Fredricksen and an
overeager Wilderness Explorer named
Russell who fly to South America in a
floating house suspended from helium
balloons. Rated G, 96 min • 7pm-9pm,
Norm Theatre, SUB.
Global Dance Connections • Alyson
Wishnousky and Jean-Sebastien
Lourdais/La Compagnie Defaut de
Fabrication. A partnership between
the Festival Transatlantique Montreal/
Quartiers Danses and The Dance
Centre. • 8pm, post-show Scotiabank
Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street,
Vancouver Tix $20/general, $16/
students, more info: 604 606 6400,
Fired Up and Ready to Go: Blueprint for Young Entrepreneurs •
Learn from experience as the Chairman of Rising Tide Funds, co-founder
of eight successful start-ups and venture capitalist responsible for $1 billion
funds—shares his secrets of success.
• 5pm-6pm, Forest Sciences Centie,
1005-2424 Main Mall, free
UBC Alumni Book Club • Networking
with UBC alumni has never been so
literal. Meet new head librarian Ingrid
Parent and choose from fiction or non-
fiction books for subsequent discussions
• Sept 30 & Oct 28, 7pm-8:30pm, Lillooet Roon, Irving K Barber, $30/book
Women's Rugby • Come out and
watch our team battle it out on the
field with the Lethbridge Longhorns, our
2009 conference rivals. • 1pm-3pm,
Thunderbird Park, adults: $10, chihren,
seniors and visiting students: $5 (six
and under free), UBC Students: $2
Piano Concerto • Chan Centre and
the Vancouver Recital Society present
pianist Murray Perahia. A perfect outing
with that special someone in your life
• 3pm, Chan Shun Concert Hall, $85,
more info at chancentre.com.
UBC Veggie Club and Liberation
BC: Vegan Thanksgiving • A free
talk by Vegan Outreach head Jon Camp,
followed by a buffet-style vegan meal
All are welcome! • 3pm-6pm, SUB
206/207, $5
The Moon of Letting Go • Join
renowned writer and celebrated
storyteller Richard Van Camp with
his friends Ivan Coyote and Gregory
Scofield as Camp launches his latest
short story collection. • 7pm-9pm, First
Natbns Longhouse Great Hall, free.
Away We Go • The UBC Film
Society presents the comedy Away
We Go. Couple Burt and Verona are
simultaneously expecting a child and
searching for the perfect place to raise
a new family while navigating around
the geographical and familial hurdles
thrown into the world around them.
Rated 14A, 98 min • 7pm-9pm, Norm
Theatre, SUB.
Moon • The UBC Film Society presents the refreshingly artistic science-
fiction film Moon. Rated PG, 98 min •
9pm-11pm, Norm Theatre, SUB.
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President's Fund expenditures authorized by AMS Council (requires a 2/3 majority):
May 30, 2007: $15,000 Redesigning the AMS website March 25, 2009: $25,000 Hiring recruiting firm to find Human Resources manager
September 12, 2007: $30,000 Hiring recruiting firm to find new General Manager May 6, 2009: $35,062.04 Arts County Fair debt
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March 25, 2009: $11,000 Great Farm Trek
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Looking back at the BioSciences threat
Public speaking coach reaches out to implicated teenager
JANUARY 30, 2008:
Hwi Lee sends the first e-mail threat
to UBC. The BioSciences building is
locked down.
FEBRUARY 29, 2008:
Lee is arrested after he is identified on surveillance cameras in the SUB. He pleaded guilty to
two charges of uttering threats and two charges
of mischief.
APRIL 28, 2009:
Lee receives a one-year conditional sentence that includes a six-month curfew and
writing a letter to The Ubyssey.
FEBRUARY 6, 2008:
Lee sends the second e-mail threat to UBC
MARCH 20, 2008-APRIL 28, 2009:
Lee makes several court appearances.
MAY 20, 2009:
Lee's letter is sent to The Ubyssey.
"My name is Hwi Lee. With guilt and
shame, I truly would like to apologize
for causing a great public disturbance and distress to all students,
faculties and staff at UBC. I am terribly sorry that my actions made so
many people feel uneasy and scary
at a place where a safe learning environment is to be taken for granted."
So begins Hwi Lee's apology letter
to UBC. Over one and a half years
later, the then 19-year-old UBC student still feels remorse for threats he
made to UBC.
On January 30, 2008, UBC Campus Security received an e-mail
threat that specifically targeted the
Biological Sciences building. RCMP
Staff Sargeant Kevin Kenna said
that the original threat was from an
individual who said he was going to
cause harm to himself and others.
The RCMP was notified and
acted quickly to place the building on
"lockdown," meaning that no person
could enter or exit the building. Up to
1000 students and faculty were stuck
inside the building for at least three
hours, some longer, as the RCMP's
ERT, the equivalent to the American
SWAT team, slowly allowed students
to leave. A second, less specific e-mail
threat was sent a week later, causing
the cancellation of all classes in the
BioSciences Building.
A month later, Lee was arrested
after being identified on video surveillance after the two e-mails he
sent were traced to a computer in
the SUB. What followed was months
of trials and hardship as Lee went to
court. In April 2009 he was charged
with counts of mischief and uttering
threats, and was released from jail
on strict conditions: he is not allowed
to visit UBC, and he served a one-year
conditional sentence that included
50 hours of community service, a
10pm curfew for 6 months and he
had to write a letter to the editor of
The Ubyssey.
"The whole thing went very well
from my perspective," said Kenna,
"and we worked together and got to
the bottom line and ended up with
[the person] who was making the
threats. So I think that kind of eased
everybody's mind in the end—there's
nothing left hanging in the air."
Lee immigrated to Canada from
South Korea and graduated from
Gleneagle Secondary School in
Coquitlam. He attended UBC to
study science. His classmates called
him "the smartest kid in school,"
and he placed high in Euclid math
He has an intense fear of public
speaking, and told the court that
he sent the e-mails in hope that his
class would be cancelled so that he
could avoid giving an oral presentation. A high school friend of Lee's
told CBC News that he was under a
lot of pressure at home to become
a doctor.
Pamela Hart, president of a Vancouver-based company called Raise
Your Voice, offered Lee free public
speaking lessons shortly after his
sentencing. Raise Your Voice specializes in public speaking and presentation skills training.
Hart told The Ubyssey that she was
touched by Lee's story.
"I felt so much compassion for
him," she said. "When I read his
story it was so touching, the pressure
he was under, how much work he'd
been doing to try and get to where
he had gotten and what he had
Hart said that Lee's case was not
"What he faced is not uncommon for students, for business
people...many people have an incredible fear of speaking in public,
being able to articulate their ideas
and organize their thoughts. And
especially because a lot of my clients are people with [English as a
Second Language (ESL)], I felt a real
compassion for him."
Lee did not take Hart up on
her offer. She said that his lawyer
informed her that Lee was "taking   time   off   from   everything.
She hopes that he will eventually accept her offer. The Ubyssey's efforts
to get a hold of Lee were unsuccessful as calls to his supervisor went
"I'm hoping that since he's going
to be going back to school this fall...I
would hope that he will eventually
be able to take me up on that," she
said. t&
A lockdown is an emergency procedure that is intended to protect
and secure those who are in proximity of an immediate threat. It
is used when evacuating those in
danger from a building would be
more dangerous than having them
stay inside. Emergency personnel
can better handle and contain
threats this way. Those in the
building are instructed to remain
inside and await escort from emergency personnel.
Catherine Christensen, liaison
for the department of Health,
Safety and Environment at UBC,
said that UBC developed specific
lockdown protocols following the
incident at the Biological Sciences
building in the fall of 2008.
Do not open the door once it
has been secured until you are
instructed to do so by emergency
personnel. Identification and a
password will be used by emergency personnel to alert secured
Do not use or hide in washrooms,   where   there   are   no
alternate doors or windows,
few hiding spaces and noise is
Do not travel down long corridors or hallways. They offer limited areas of refuge.
Do not assemble in large open
areas. They have limited hiding
spaces and lack of lockable doors.
Do not call 911 unless you have
immediate concern for your safety.
If the fire alarm is activated, remain where you are until further
instructed over a PA or portable
UBC has procedures and provisions in place for a number of
different emergency situations,
including an earthquake, fire,
lockdown and bomb threat. They
have a text messaging system to
notify students of an emergency.
The university uses the BC Emergency Response Management
System as a framework to respond
to emergencies.
UBC has also staged an annual
emergency exercise each June
since 1993. More information on
UBC's emergency procedures can
be found at emergency.ubc.ca.
Quotes about the Biological Sciences
building incident of January 2008:
On being kept inside the building:
"I was at my computer and then
someone knocked on my door, telling us that we need to keep it locked
until someone came by and gave us a
password telling us it was okay."
—Renny Lee,
Biology MA 4
February 2008
"I didn't know what was going on...
and that was frightening because I
had no idea what was going on...[I
started thinking,] 'If someone came
in right now, if they had a gun, what
For more responses to the BioSci story, visit ubyssey.ca/multimedia.
would I do, where would I go, where
can I hide?'"
—Alannah Hardy,
Cell Biology and Genetics 4
On being kept in the dark:
"Honestly it was more sort of interesting. We didn't really know what
was going on...I would say I really
felt scared when they were actually
escorting us out."
—Celeste Leander,
Biological Sciences instructor
"It's usually fire or chemical spills or
things of that kind [that cause building shutdowns]. It's not usually the
case that we see a police situation....
So it's obviously something more severe than what it would normally be.
But that's all I know, I haven't been
told anything."
—Wayne Goodey,
Biology professor,
February 2008
On the aftermath of the incident:
"It was very scary. One of the direct
consequences for me was that I
taught in that building the very next
morning at 8 am. And I had students
immediately e-mailing me, saying 'I
don't want to come in the building.'"
—Celeste Leander
Biological Sciences instructor
"The whole thing went very well from
my perspective, and we worked together and got to the bottom line and
ended up with [the person] who was
making the threats. [T]hat kind of
eased everybody's mind in the end,
there's nothing left hanging in the air."
—Staff Sargeant Kevin Kenna,
UBC RCMP detachment
On Hwi Lee:
"I felt so much compassion for
him....the pressure he was under,
how much work he'd been doing to
try and get to where he had gotten
and what he had accomplished."
—Pamela Hart,
President of Raise Your Voice
Lee's apology
Editor's Note: This is the unedited version of Hwi Lee's apology letter. Under
court order, Lee was told to write a
letter describing his feelings about his
actions and court procedures.
Dear Editor of Ubyssey (all citizens
of UBC),
My name is Hwi Lee. With guilt and
shame, I truly would like to apologize
for causing a great public disturbance and distress to all students,
faculties and staff at UBC. I am terribly sorry that my actions made so
many people feel uneasy and scary
at a place where a safe learning environment is to be taken for granted.
I am ashamed of my actions; they
were wrong and irrational. I harshly
blame myself for all that I caused. I
feel so guilty and remorseful that I
am not sure how I should apologize.
I am deeply sorry.
As soon as I did my first wrongdoing out of my childlike and immature
selfishness, I trembled and shook with
guilt and fear. Unfortunately however,
having been the extremely self-driven
and obsessive person with a lack of
mature and thoughtful mind that I
was, I was once again singularly preoccupied with the same chidish and irrational selfishness without being able to
recall how I had shuddered with guilt
and fear, in my first incident of wrongdoing. It was after my selfishness was
finally appeared that it struck me hard
what a huge mischief my wrongdoings
had been to everyone. Since then, my
agony mixed with guilt and sorry grew
deeper and deeper, and it was too late
when I realized that there was nothing
I could do to take things back to where
they had been.
As I was arrested and made court
appearances, thereafter, I felt more
and more guilty, ashamed and sorry
to everyone. Day by day my feeling
of guilt and remorse deepened, and
turned into a feeling of heavy grief, as
it kept penetrating my heart that those
affected by me were my classmates/
floormates with whom I was happy
to breathe and study together, professors whom I respected, and other
staff at UBC, the university which I
was proud of becoming part of and
which I felt strongly attached to. As I
was being brought to justice, I had a
greater fear than the fear of the legal
punishment; I feared and still fear the
most that I would be looked upon as
the person who had a hatred or any
other bad feelings towards the university and/or anyone at the university.
The last one and a half years since
I committed my fault has been a
devastating experience to me. Seeing
myself able to do nothing but to stay
home and wait for the time to pass. I
have lived with the fear that I would
become completely isolated from society for the rest of my life ahead.
Despite my fault, I loved and still
love the UBC. Several times a day I
recall and miss every trace of my days
on campus. I may not be deserved
to, or it may be too impudent of me
to have a wish; though, when I go to
sleep every night, I dream of myself
riding on 99 B-line bus on its way to
the UBC campus.
I may not ever be able to attend
the campus. It may be difficult for all
of you to understand that the motive
of my mistake was solely out of my
immature selfishness. Nevertheless,
I like to deliver my feeling of repentance that I have lived with since I
made my error. From the bottom of
my heart, I beg forgiveness from each
and every one at UBC
-HW1LEE 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 0 0 9.0 9.2 4
Waitlist for childcare two years
AMS, UBC recognize new childcare spaces are still not enough
In August, five new childcare centres were opened up on campus,
yet it is not enough, as there is still
a two-year waiting list.
UBC Childcare Services celebrated their 40th anniversary this year
with the unprecedented opening
of the centres, essentially increasing the number of available places
by nearly a third to a total of 460.
Even though these openings were
supposed to alleviate concerns of
parents searching for childcare
on campus, the crisis has not yet
abated. The current list still touts
approximately 1500 names, with
most still having to wait nearly two
years before their child can enroll
in one of the childcare centres.
About 40 per cent of students at
UBC use the university's services.
Even though the numbers do not
show it, Darcelle Cottons, director
of UBC Childcare Services, said the
openings have had an impact. "For
some age groups [four-year-olds
and seven- to eight-year-olds] we are
reaching our targets," she said. Cottons recognizes that there is still a
problem. "With every new opening
the hope factor goes up, and more
people apply, trying to get in."
The crisis has reached the highest ranks of the university as well.
At last week's Board of Governors
meeting, the speedy opening of new
(and temporary) centres was recognized as an "urgent" matter.
"Everyone feels the pressure,"
Bijan Ahmadian, a student representative on the Board, recalled.
"People have left UBC because of it."
President Steven Toope described an "aggressive" new plan for
childcare at last Friday's Town Hall
meeting that stated almost 50 new
full-time spaces would be added by
this time next year in the Barn and
in the trailers behind Gage Towers.
Apart from these temporary measures, a new Ponderosa and Law
hub, each providing 24 spaces, are
also under construction. The university is also hoping that the opening
of privately-run family childcare
services will provide an additional
one hundred spaces.
As with many things, the speed
with which these plans forge ahead
is limited by the funds that are
available. The Ponderosa and Law
childcare spaces will each cost half
a million for construction.
For these projects, the university
had hoped for government support,
but the five grant applications that
UBC had submitted in 2007 were
denied when the federal conservative government cut childcare provisions from the budget. The Alma
Mater Society (AMS), however, has
stepped in and is providing $1
million over the next ten years to
increase childcare spaces. In return,
childcare centres must reserve up to
40 per cent of spaces for students.
"The issue here is making sure
that childcare is affordable, and it's
accessible, and it exists. All levels of
government, including provincial,
need to step in," said AMS VP External Timothy Chu. "We are working with the coalition of childcare
activists, such as the UBC daycare
council, to push the provincial government for funding for spaces."
As all parties involved continue
to pressure and negotiate with
both provincial and federal governments in an attempt to increase
childcare subsidies, Ahmadian
calls on the AMS to "coordinate
with the university." Though Cottons said she "has been too long
in the field to be hopeful," she remains optimistic, vl
In June 2008, UBC rejected the argument that students were forced to
buy bottled water because of a lack
of drinking fountains. However,
through the student voices of the
Common Energy UBC and the Alma
Mater Society (AMS), UBC Plant Operations has started on a $ 150,000
project that will replace or rebuild
approximately 50 drinking fountains
"Over the last several years,
there has been a rise of man-power
and self-power from the students
against the lack of functional drinking fountains," Atkins said. "Some
even claimed a conspiracy theory
where the university was forcing
students to drink Coca-Cola...which
is nonsense."
Last March, a team of ten students from a group called Common
Energy UBC, a student-run group
dedicated to "bringing UBC beyond
climate neutral," were delegated by
UBC's Land and Building Services
to install 20 new fountains based on
the team's efforts to phase out plastic
bottled water sales. "Water access is a
human right and so, it should be free
and widely available," said Angela
Willock, the leader of the Tangible
Solutions Committee for Common
Energy UBC.
Atkins said that the fountains
on campus were shut down due to
minimal usage which in turn caused
a mineral buildup in the pipes, making it harmful to drink. As a result
of the student movement, any new
buildings and renovations are now
required to have drinking fountains
built or rebuilt where each fountain
will include a chilling unit and a
spout for students to refill their
Drinking fountains have been
replaced in the Neville Scarfe
Building, Henry Angus Building,
Anthropology and Sociology Building, MacLeod Building, Hennings
Building and the Student Union
Building (SUB). "We based our
decisions on a small survey, our
own pool of knowledge of the most
highly-trafficked buildings, data on
building and classroom capacity,
etcetera," said Willock.
The AMS shared the same intentions as Common Energy UBC, but
were too slow in the execution. At the
same time, under the leadership of
Tristan Markle, former Alma Mater
Society (AMS) VP administration, the
AMS pulled $ 11,107 from their Projects Acquisition and Construction
Fund (CPAC) for drinking fountain
upgrades and installation in the SUB.
Soon after, the AMS found out that
the university had "beat them to the
punch" by replacing two new fountains, one in the upper level and one
in the lower level of the SUB as part
of their agreement with Common
Energy UBC.
As a result, the AMS cancelled
their project. Instead, they made the
decision to spend $400 to install a
bottle refilling tap on an existing
fountain on the lower level of the
SUB. "In retrospect, I have observed
people using the fountains and refilling their drinking bottles, so it would
seem that people are willing to use
Waking up our leaders
On Monday, UBC students took part in a flash
mob to "wake up" the government to climate
action. Students "fell asleep," then "woke
up" and phoned their local MPs in bloc to ask
them to support Bill C311, the Climate Change
Accountability Act, that is being considered in
Parliament. The event was part of a global event
organized by Avaaz, a global web movement to
"close the gap between the world we have, and
the world most people everywhere want." More
than 2200 events in 128 countries participated
in the event, which was called "The Global
Wake Up Call." gerald deo photos/the ubyssey
Drinking fountains available on campus
Student pressure drives $150,000 drinking fountain project
them if you provide the opportunity,"
said Crystal Hon, the current VP
Although the newly replaced
water fountains will be beneficial to
students, Willock said that this is only
the first step towards banning plastic
water bottles.
"Ideally, we want a complete ban
of all disposable beverage containers," Willock said, "but because we
are aware of how UBC Food Services
entities rely on such beverages for a
significant portion of their revenues,
we'll be holding a bottled water free
zone campaign against plastic water
bottles for now."
This March, the University of Winnipeg became the first university
in Canada to ban the sale of bottled
water on campus, eliminating approximately 38,000 plastic water
bottles of sales.
Willock said that students can
help by not buying bottled water
and by using steel water bottles to
refill them in drinking fountains
and by contributing in their lobbying
campaign, tl
Alma Mater Society (AMS) Council
recently found itself divided over the
use of funds from the President's
Fund to send lobbyists to Victoria
rather than the External Lobbying
Fund. Although the costs of this
lobbying trip have already been profiled, the use of this slush fund was
also contested.
The President's Fund was created
to accept a one-time donation from
John Alexander Lyall Hunter. In November 2006, the AMS was notified
that Hunter—a UBC student in the
1930's and 1940's-had left 30 per
cent of his estate to the "President's
Fund," which was a value of about
$ 110,000. Funds under $ 10,000 can
be taken from the President's Fund
at the authorization of the executive,
but anything over that amount requires a 2/3 majority from Council.
Over the past three years, however, the fund has been reduced
quickly to about $61,000 after a
number of expenses, including over
$35,000 to pay off the Arts Undergraduate Society's remaining Arts
County Fair debt, $55,000 to hire a
recruiting firm to find a new General Manager and HR Manager, and
$ 15,000 for the last provincial election campaign.
The President's Fund, like all codified funds, has its monies allocated
according to the explicit purpose
of the fund. In the case of the President's Fund, this is to "advance the
mission of the society." But it differs
from other codified AMS funds—such
as the SUB Art Fund, the SUB Management Fund and the Clubs Benefit
Fund—in that it lacks a sustainable
source of revenue. Although the fund
has been topped off previously with
a proportion of any surpluses at the
end of each year, replenishment like
this is not consistent.
VP Administration Crystal Hon
has summarized the President's
Fund as "useful [as] a rainy day fund"
but added that Council needs to contemplate its use.
AMS Code states that "the Fund
may be used to fund initiatives
including, but not limited to, ad
hoc or special projects in the areas
of strategic planning, governance,
sustainability, marketing, services,
and other programs developed to
advance the mission of the society."
In other words, monies can go to
anything that is not already paid for
as long as it "advances the mission of
the society."
With such vague directives, it is up
to the AMS on how they want to allocate the fund. Student Senator Geoff
Costeloe reiterated this statement
when he asked at the September 2
Council meeting, "When does it stop?
At what point is it reasonable to take
from the President's Fund?"
The AMS is not clear whether they
are looking into the use of the fund.
VP Finance Tom Dvorak echoed
Hon's recognition on the Fund's
ambiguous purpose, but he only said
that he anticipates that the budget
committee will "hopefully be looking
into [it] in the very near future." vl
VP Administration
Crystal Hon has summarized the President's Fund as "useful
[as] a rainy day fund"
but added that Council needs to contemplate its use. 2009.09.24/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/5
Olympics open house had low turnout
Representatives from VANOC, the RCMP, Campus Security, the ISU and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat were present to answer questions at the open house on Tuesday, ashley whillans photo/the ubyssey
Tuesday's Game Plan 2009,
VANOC's first and only open
house at UBC, provided information about the Olympics but was
marked with a low turnout.
The open house was held
in the middle of the day in the
Ponderosa Centre. TV screens
scrolled through powerpoints and
maps, and representatives from
Coast Mountain Bus Company
the RCMP, Campus Security, Vancouver Organizing Committee
for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
and the Integrated Security Unit
(ISU)   were   present  to   answer
questions. VANOC representatives
estimated a total of about 150
people throughout the day with 50
people in the room at its peak.
The event had a "fun zone" for
events such as the Torch Relay, a
station for UBC-related changes,
and information on security measures from the ISU. TransLink was
also present, but their presentation was not complete, as they did
not want to release any details of
their plan until they have been
worked out.
Lizette Parsons-Bell, director
of operations communications in
Metro Vancouver for the Games,
said that the event was designed
so that students could become
informed about the changes the
Games will bring.
"This event provides people
with an opportunity to come in,
look at the different displays that
are here...talk to the subject matter experts and be able to have
their questions answered," said
This is the only event that VANOC is
holding at UBC, but Parsons-Bell said
that they held four events in the summertime in Metro Vancouver and
three in the Sea-to-Sky region. Three
are also booked for October in the
Metro Vancouver area. On campus,
Michelle Aucoin, UBC 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Secretariat, is talking
to members of other faculties and
communities on campus, such as
companies in the University Village,
student residences and residents of
the University Endowment Lands.
In explaining the low turnout,
both Parsons-Bell and Aucoin argued that there are other resources available for students to learn
about the Games.
"We are finding that people
want to access the information at
their time on their schedule," Parsons-Bell said. "We just find that by
using a multiple of approaches—e-
newsletters, the website, Twitter,
Facebook...by using every single
medium you can possibly think
of we reach a large amount of
audiences and they can pick and
choose the medium they want to
receive the information from."
Parsons-Bell also said that
they had a range of questions
throughout the day. "So, some
people may have questions on
whether they can walk their dog
down a street, or whether they
can cycle down a street. Other
people have questions on transportation; whether they can take
the bus still—and here...we are
able to answer those questions
for them."
Some students attending arrived on purpose, others by
"We just dropped by over here.
We saw TV screens and people talking about the Olympics and were
interested in what was going on,"
said Rahoul Garg, a fourth-year
student in Electrical Engineering.
"Today is pretty informative, it
hypes you up for what is going to
happen." tl
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Tired of paying $10 in admission at the
theatre, only to be treated to another
hyped-up flop a la Transformers 2?
Howe Street's Pacific Cinematheque
hosts cheap double-billings of classics
and modern must-sees. On September
25 and 26 it will be holding a Luis Bu-
nuel double feature; Un Chien Andabu
and LAge dor. Both collaborations with
Salvador Dali from Bunuel's youth, Un
Chien Andabu is the most famous short
film in the world, or at least the one
that everyone who takes an introductory course to film or 20th century art
is compelled to watch. Students are
charged $8 for a single film or $10 for the
two. It's also one of the theatres hosting
the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Art galleries and installations for
you burgeoning culture vultures
Ellen Neel
Replica by Calvin Hunt, Mervin Child
and John Livingston
First dedicated in 1948, cedar
Victory Through Honour was carved
by Ellen Neel, a Kwakwaka'wakw
carver from Alert Bay and was
dedicated during the homecoming
football game in 1948.
In conjunction with the pole's
dedication, Chief William Scow
gave UBC permission to raise it on
Musqueam territory. After being
vandalized for several years, it was
restored by Doug Cranmer in 1973,
and a replica was created in 2001 by
Calvin Hunt, Mervin Child and John
Culture Editors: Kate Barbaria & Trevor Record
1958 Main Mall
SUB (6138 Student Union Blvd)
The first exhibition of the year in the
AMS Art Gallery consists of a desk
and a chair in the centre of a locked
white room. The lights are off, so the
viewer must use his or her hands to
shade the reflections when looking
through the windows into the gallery.
This piece of institutional critique
cleverly resists interpretation and
obfuscates meaning, having no title,
no artist's statement, and no didactic
placard to tell you what you should
think about the artwork.
The AMS Gallery is probably the
best place to find the artwork of your
peers, because it's actually possible
Behind the staircase in Koerner Library is a diagram of the parts of artist Tonel's body that sweat most when
he gets nervous: "Las partes que mas
sudan cuando mepongo nervioso." This
work challenges notions of machismo
as Tonel opens himself up to public
inspection and comparison. Also, he's
naked, sweaty and awkward, which is
how I like my library experiences.
If you dare to plunge into the chilly
depths of the basement, you'll find
the new Koerner Art Gallery, tucked
away in room 112. Hopefully. Walk
through the stacks, straight by the "SILENT STUDY" areas, past the "SUPER
SILENT STUDY" areas, and beyond the
candy cane forest to find the nebulous
land of yore.
On right now is the UBC Visual Arts
faculty show What Matter. Although
billed as dealing with "the recent turn
toward visual culture, materiality, and
'the thing' in the humanities," the pieces seem to be more connected by the
fact that the artists are all UBC faculty
than any imagined thematic focus.
But what do I know? Check out the
artist talks on September 21 and 28
at 5:30pm and find out for yourself.
There was an open bar at the opening,
so you might score a free beer while
being baffled or enlightened by con-
, temporary art.
6393 NW Marine Br.
In the infamous GSS Handbook
2009, it was called the "Museum of
Stolen Art"—which has a nice ring
but isn't entirely accurate. Many
works have been donated or are held
in safekeeping by the university to be
repatriated theoretically, if lineage is
established in relation to the piece in
question. While primarily showcasing both "traditional" and "modern"
First Nations artworks, the Museum
of Anthropology also hosts traveling
and contemporary exhibitions several times a year.
Renovations on the museum began
lastyear, and will be completed in time
for the droves of tourists in February.
It's free for UBC students with ID, so
there's no excuse not to go.
Myfanwy Macleod
Cast concrete
Wood for the People is a charming
installation: a pile of 230 concrete
logs stacked up on the side of the
Belkin Art Gallery. Contrary to popular belief, these are not actual logs.
They are not useful. They are not for
burning, or stacking, or building. In
direct juxtaposition with Main Mall's
mowed lawns and the sterile brick
exterior of the Belkin, Wood for the
People was designed with the intent
of highlighting the potential for architectural deception.
1825 Main Mall
The Belkin is one ofthe more reliable
places to find art on campus. It also
has, I believe, UBC's only revolving
door, from which I get a thrill of danger every time I'm nearly julienned
by the person pushing the door
behind me. You can find their hours
and current and upcoming exhibitions on their website—a novel idea
that the other galleries on campus
should consider adopting.
Interrobang, the graduating MFA
show, just finished its run at the Belkin. The next show, World Rehearsal
Court by Judy Radul opens October 9.
CUMBRIA, 1966-67
Robert Murray
Corten steel
Created in 1966, Cumbria was installed in Toronto, New York and the
Vancouver International Airport, before being refurbished in 1995 and
moved to UBC. Can you figure out
what it's a sculpture of? Neither can
we! Cumbria is a non-representational sculpture placed in such a way that
it encourages viewer interaction. In
other words, Murray wanted people
to walk all over it. Now a popular spot
for skaters and smokers, it proves
that there is at least one useful piece
of art on campus.
23 50 Main Mall
One of the most well known (and
ugliest) sculptures on campus is the
engineering cairn. Perhaps not that
interesting in and of itself—it's just a
big white lump with a big red 'E'—but
the stories that surround it imbue it
with a sense of spirit that the majority of UBC sorely lacks.
Supposedly installed in the night
as a prank by the engineering department in the 60's, it has been removed
by UBC, rebuilt, relocated, reinforced
tipped over by forkM-driving arts
students, lit on fire and most recently
in 1988 reduced to rubble by forestry
students with a backhoe.
These days, the various other faculties, clubs and fraternities all seem
content to simply repaint it in their
own colors in the middle of the night,
rather than attempting to make a
more lasting mark.
Dorothy Somerset Studio Rm 110
(6361 University Blvd.)
Hidden deep in the bowls of of the
Dorothy Somerset Studio, Lum-
space is hawked by the visual arts
department as "a free, experimental
exhibition space for AHVA students,
faculty and sessionals...The use of
Lumspace is not limited to exhibitions. The room can be booked for
critiques, performances, installations and other happenings."
Sounds awesome, right? So when
is it open? What is currently showing
there? These are the great mysteries
of Lumspace that are not in the "need
to know" category for the general
public. Good luck! vl 2009.09.24/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/7
Monday night, open mic
The crooners & the swooners
Whether you're a pop snob or just a
student looking for another excuse
to go out and drink instead of finishing that econ homework, open mic
nights can bea great way to spend an
evening. After all, if a band's hipness
is determined by the magnitude of
its obscurity, then these bands must
be the paragons of the indie dream.
For the purpose of this argument
please disregard any and all on-stage
instrument fumbling, mumbling
crying, whining and very poor rhyming. Unless you are one of those
on-stage bumblers. For those of you
who shun the "actual concert" circuit
in Vancouver, here's a rundown of
three local open mics.
3 West 8th Avenue, signup before 9pm,
show starts after 1 Opm
A loud, underground hangout that
looks a bit more like a community
centre than a bar or club (possibly
owing to the "Mount Pleasant Hall"
sign on the outside). The Anza Club
gets packed on a Thursday night. It
also features a truly odd bar in the
basement that is accessed through
the washrooms. However, at $12.75
a pitcher and $4.50 a pint, not to
mention a $4 cover, you aren't really
doing your wallet a favor.
But this is no coffee house cry-off.
The Anza Club is a dark, throbbing
venue, mainly populated by regulars
who aren't afraid to call each other
up on stage to perform. Also, don't
believe the website's lies. The show
won't start until 11pm and won't end
until long past your bedtime. If you
have a love of beat boxing that borders on fetishism, or if you are at all
interested in underground hip-hop
culture, check it out.
UBC Graduate Student Centre, 9pm
Koerner's open mic night corresponds with Koerner night itself,
so it fills up early. During the
early fall, students might be out
on the patio but when the rain and
snow descends, the bar turns into
a noisy (and cozy) sardine can.
Consequently, most people aren't
really there for the music—you
can usually count the number of
people listening on one hand. The
artists themselves are students
who come in the form of ex-lyrical
creative writing majors.
Koerner's is not a sober affair
(and neither are quite a few of the
musicians, judging by some of the
singing). And why should it be, at
$10.75 a pitcher and $3.75 apint?
You'll be waiting in line for quite
a while, but that is just due to the
wild popularity of Koerner's Pub
on Mondays. It's the best-located
bar for anyone who lives on campus, even if Walter Koerner turns
out to be the patron saint of the
wailing Frat Bro acoustic cover.
158 5 Johnston, 10pm
Like Koerner's, the Backstage
Lounge's  open mic takes place
Gina Loes plays The Gallery—not on a Monday night, gerald deo file photo/the ubyssey
on Monday nights, has no cover
charge, and has a tacky, probably
ironic, disco ball. This is where
similarities end. While Koerner's
is usually wall-to-wall crowds, the
Backstage Lounge is relatively
empty. It's a modern bar with a
view of the water that can only be
described as chic. Unfortunately
the aesthetics can't stand up to
a pitcher that costs $13.50 and a
single pint at $5.75.
But, with the smaller venue comes
a more intimate atmosphere—and
then whispery hipster love songs
are not far behind. In fact, the whole
place is extremely hip and so are the
patrons, influenced largely by an
oppressive proximity to Emily Carr.
Radiohead covers spill out onto the
streets as the night goes on. If that
last sentence made your heart skip
a beat, then its probably the place
for you. til
Secret stuff: CSA Space Art Gallery
The CSA Space Art Gallery is for the
initiated only. It is not possible to fall
upon it by accident, or see it from the
street. For those in the know, it is a
welcome aesthetic sanctuary from
the more visible galleries, rife with
owners, interns and "by donation"
If you go to Pulp Fiction at 2422
Main Street and ask a store clerk
for the key, you will be allowed to
walk two doors down the block, let
yourself in, ascend the stairs and
enjoy a one-room art gallery. Close
the door behind you. If you get there
before October 4, you will be privy to
the work of Mohamed Somani (UBC
MFA 2000).
On the walls are a series of mulit-
media panels, but a small table of
collage works first draws the eye.
Piled up next to a potted cactus are
leaves from a ledger book, a throwback to the time before QuickBooks
accounting software. They are numbered, but do not have an order and
each stands alone as a moment of
Here are the seeds of Somani's
work: drawings, little paper constructions and all kinds of found bits,
held together with glue, stickers and
string affixed to over-sized pages.
The collection feels like a scrapbook,
but there is nothing superficial here.
These miniatures trace a period of
time in a life—not in transactions,
but in imagination. Somani attempts
to make art an everyday prospect out
of everyday items.
The table with it's cactus is
prominent, but the focus of
Somani's work is on the back
wall, furthest from the door.
This large, two-panel painting  with   collage   is   a   dreamy
expression of duality, mythology
and function. Divided into fields
of green and black, Somani's
dreamscape takes place under a
night sky in the broad light of day
and under the uncertain stare of
an evil eye. There is an overlap between present and past, time and
relative size. It is easy to under
stand this work emotionally, and
almost impossible to describe it.
Five circular panels complete
the show. They look like black and
white pictures of diseased eyes,
the pupils being attacked by some
grey aliment. The panels shift
from objects to subjects, as they
alternately stare and are stared
at—whether you want to become
involved or not.
The CSA Space Gallery experience is like opening a door in
your house and finding a room
that you never knew existed. The
surreal works of Mohamed Somani furnish that room in an ai
propriately chimeric manner.
your dorm on
a dime
It's the third week of school and
you're ready to get settled in. You've
already acquainted yourself with the
local bars, liquor stores, RCMP holding tanks, ERs and greasy hangover
diners. Time to clear out the beer
cans from your recent bender and
make it livable. If you're "lucky"
enough to live in res, you may want
to transform it from a glorified bunker into someplace you'll be able to
spend time in.
One problem: you spent a good
portion of your money on that last
keg. Blast. What options do you really
have? Swedish design named SLAT-
THULT or VAGHULT not your thing?
Too mature to hang a poster of the
Beers of the World? Flat-out forgot
about the Imaginus sale?
Time to DIY on a dime. All you
really need are scissors, rulers, pens,
poster mounts (stolen from res) and
a fro a la Bob Ross. You may need to
break out your kindergarten era arts
and crafts skills. But face it, Einstein,
UBC accepted you for a reason.
It's not nearly as dirty as it sounds.
That is, unless you want it to be. Take
your favourite picture and create a giant pixellated mural. The online site
homokaasuorg/rasterbato does the
gritty work for you. Create your own
giant homage to graffiti: Vancouver,
Guy Fawkes or Britney Spears (pre-
Federline hopefully). Do you live in a
particularly conspicious room? This
is a great way to obnoxiously air your
political affiliations! As long as you can
keep a stack of papers in order, you
should be able to complete this project
Tip: Splurge and find a ream of coloured paper. Ifyou're a bailer you
can do it in full colour.
Go to a dollar store and buy a few
rolls of wrapping paper (you'll need
about ten metres). Find a fun design
and cover one wall from ceiling to
floor. Stay away from patterns that
make you want to die inside (Jonas
Brothers and fussy stripes) but
anything can be fun. I recommend
Damask and polka dots for a little bit
more class. You'll need some help to
align patterns, but hey, that's what
friends are for.
Bonus: Reuse the paper to wrap your
valuables whenyou move out. Your epic
beer stein can now be transported safely.
Framed paintings are classy, but way
too much for my budget. Hanging a
collection of clipboards on the wall is
a functional way to accent your place
without breaking the bank. Not only
can you use them as pseudo frames,
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Way more fun than a corkboard and
it's just crazy enough to cement your
hipster cred with the impressionable
young adults at UBC.
Go to a dollar store and raid them
of their clipboards. A dozen boards
will generally suffice, depending on
your wall. Dollar Giants are ubiquitous, although sort of cheating
because each item is $ 1.25. Do you
live in a cinderblock dungeon? Use
the walls grooves to align your grid.
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each clipboard and you're good to go.
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Phone facts
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institution
cited in a 2009 report that commercial truck
drivers who are texting are 23 times more
likely to have a "crash or near crash event."
A 2006 study by Monash University in Australia indicated that young drivers who text while
driving take their eyes off the road 400 per cent
more often.
A 2008 report by the Royal Automobile dub
Foundation stated that text messaging causes
reaction times to decline by 35 per cent and
steering control by 91 per cent.
Compiled by: Paul Bucci
Carleton students want to withdraw from CFS
The Fulcrum
University of Ottawa
OTTAWA (Cf/PJ-Students at Carleton University started gathering
signatures this week in an attempt
to round up enough support to
launch a referendum on withdrawal from the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS).
In a September 9 press release,
fourth-year journalism student and
petition volunteer Dean Tester announced that he and approximately
20 other Carleton students would
begin a petition calling for a referendum regarding the CFS membership of the Carleton University Students' Association (CUSA). CUSA
was a founding member of the CFS.
The press release outlines three
issues the petitioners have with the
CFS, which they allege are "irresponsible spending," "interference
in local elections" and "undemocratic activities."
"We've seen enough," said
Tester alleges that the most recent action stems from several incidents that occurred during the last
academic year—using the example
of when the September 2009 Shinerama charity events were almost
canceled after a majority of CUSA
council members voted to discontinue the activities.
Last year, said Tester, "a lot of
students began asking questions
looking into [them], and we started
seeing a lot of it being linked back
to the Canadian Federation of
He added that he feels that
the   CFS   is   "basically   a   giant
corporation that markets directly to
students. This is not a student lobby
group anymore. This is a corporation that is taking $6 million out of
students' pockets every year."
CUSA President Erik Halliwell
said that the CUSA executive has
yet to make an official statement regarding the issue, although he did
comment on the allegations in the
September 9 press release.
"Many of the allegations in that
press release were false and completely baseless," said Halliwell.
"For example, the linking of the
Canadian Federation of Students to
the Shinerama issue is completely
baseless. In fact, I believe it's an
outright lie. There's no connection
whatsoever, and that's just a spin,"
he continued.
"I think this is just an opportunity to put down a laundry list of
grievances or supposed grievances,
and seeing who will pick up on it,"
Halliwell said.
According to Halliwell, the procedure of a referendum is largely
between the petitioners and the
Approximately 2000 verified
signatures are needed to hold the
referendum. Tester and other
student petitioners are aiming for
3000 to 4000 signatures, which
he said would then be notarized
by the school registrar's office and
a lawyer as well. Tester explained
that once the required number of
signatures is reached, rules state
that CUSA will be forced to hold a
CFS referendum.
Dave Molenhuis, CFS Services
National Treasurer, was unaware
of the press release or the circulating petition but spoke in general
about the situation.
"Myself, as an elected representative, I don't get involved in the
democratic process at the local
level," he said.
According to Molenhuis, no
students have contacted the CFS
national office about this matter.
Although Tester is optimistic
about the campaign, he believes
that no matter the outcome, students will still benefit from the
"At the end of the day, a referendum means that everybody is going
to know a little bit more about the
CFS and be able to have a fair and
democratic vote on whether or not
they want to remain in it; and even
if we lose in the end, these people
will be more aware of the CFS, and
they'll be held accountable for their
actions," said Tester. tl
Cell phone ban considered
Manitoba already passed legislation,
Saskatchewan to follow this autumn
CUP Central Bureau Chief
WINNIPEG (Cf/PJ-Increasing evidence regarding the dangers of
distracted driving has a number
of provinces considering legislation to ban texting and talking on
hand-held devices while driving.
Manitoba passed legislation
this summer and Saskatchewan
recently announced it is looking
to pass similar legislation this
Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia,
Newfoundland and Labrador
have already passed legislation
prohibiting the use of hand-helds
while driving. BC has announced
that it too is looking to ban the use
of hand-helds while driving.
Premier Brad Wall announced
on September 1 that the Saskatchewan government is interested in
legislation that will ban texting
and talking on a hand-held device
while driving.
"There are compelling, true-life
tragedies of, especially, young
people, who weren't drinking and
driving, but whose lives were lost
because of texting and driving,"
Wall told the Saskatoon StarPhoe-
nix earlier this month.
"We would be looking at a ban
on texting and cell use, but not on
hands-free (phones). We're not going to ban cell use completely but,
certainly we want to encourage
hands-free, which most people
know, I think, as a matter of
course when they're driving."
Tony Playter, Saskatchewan
Government Insurance (SGI)
media relations manager, said
that SGI looks to educate drivers
on the dangers of driving while
"The use of cell phones and
texting is rapidly increasing [and]
cause driver distraction but there
are other distractions. We find
people reading, applying makeup, eating or drinking, looking at
external objects. Those all pose
collision risks," said Playter.
The legislation in Manitoba
was developed over the span of
several years, drafted in 2008 and
then passed on June 12, 2009.
Ron Lemieux, Manitoba's infrastructure and transportation minister, announced the beginning
of a pubic awareness campaign
called "See the Signs" on September 21.
"We can't say enough how important it is to pay full attention
while driving a vehicle and bringing in the new law will address
the issue of a major distraction,
so motorists can focus on what
matters most—the road," said
Lemieux in a news release.
The amendments to the Highway Traffic Act, which will be proclaimed into law within the first
half of 2 010, would ban handheld
cell phone use and texting while
driving. It would also prohibit
smoking in a vehicle when a
child under the age of sixteen is
Statistics provided by Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation show that drivers who
text while driving are 23 per cent
more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision. The statistics
also show that drivers who use a
cell phone are four times more
likely to be a car accident serious
enough to injure themselves.
When legislation in Manitoba
is enforced, a fine of $ 190.80 will
be issued for talking or texting
with a handheld device.
Samantha Charran, public relations coordinator of the Canadian
Automobile Association (CAA)
said that CAA is pleased Manitoba has moved forward with
legislation concerning distracted
"For a long, long time, CAA
has called for legislation that
asks people not to be distracted
drivers. Cell phones and texting,
that's just part of distracted driving," said Charran.
"We're happy that Manitoba
is moving forward with banning talking on cell phones in
cars and banning texting but we
still believe that distracted driving on a whole still needs to be
looked at." tj
Telecom giants Bell,
Rogers bow to court
"The use of cell phones and texting is rapidly
increasing [and] cause driver distraction but there
are other distractions. We find people reading,
applying make-up, eating or drinking, looking at
external objects. Those all pose collision risks."
—Tony Playter
SGI Media Relations Manager
York University
TORONTO (CUP)-An Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge has
ordered Bell and Rogers to disclose the personal information of
an anonymous e-mail sender who
claimed York University President
Mamdouh Shoukri had committed
Judge George R Strathy ruled, in
what is known in the legal world as
a "Norwich order," that Bell Canada and Rogers Communications
must provide the information that
can allow York to identify the author or authors of the anonymous
e-mail. Neither Bell nor Rogers
chose to oppose the court orders.
The e-mail, which claimed
Shoukri committed "an outrageous fraud," came from a group
called York Faculty Concerned
about the Future of York University after the university announced
in January the hiring of Martin
Singer as the school's new dean
of the faculty of liberal arts and
professional studies. York called
Singer "a renowned scholar of Chinese history."
Strathy ruled that York could
only use the information for the
purpose of naming a defendant in
a lawsuit.
York's lawyer William C McDowell said the university is considering whether or not to proceed with
a lawsuit for defamation, "among
other things."
The university is now aware
of the identities of the multiple
individuals who had access to
the e-mail account yfcfyu@gmail.
com, from which the e-mail originated, but they cannot be publicly
The university corrected the
statement, claiming Singer was a
renowned scholar, chalking it up
to a public relations error, but that
didn't stop the e-mail from circulating widely.
"The fact that the university clarified its communication doesn't
detract from that central point.
[Fraud is] one of the most damaging assertions you can make
against someone," said McDowell.
York professor David Noble was
listed as a media contact on the
e-mail. He called the case "profound" and suggested that it may
set a precedent.
"It's about a corporation trying
to identify the critics of the corporation. That's why there is so much
chatter around it," said Noble.
In May, York received the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the
users of the Gmail account, but
they still needed to link the IP addresses to the internet subscribers
through Bell and Rogers.
The e-mail compared the misrepresentation of Singer's credentials to "misleading investors in
{he financial world," and called it
"the gravest offence."
McDowell said there were limits to freedom of expression.
"Broadly speaking, you can't go
around accusing people of having
committed fraud—that tends to
lower one's reputation," he said.
When asked whether the judge's
decision would stir the public's
reaction, he said, "the public
reading the fine print wouldn't be
surprised by the outcome of this
In his decision, Strathy said
he was "mindful" of the fact that
both Bell and Rogers have policies
to protect their subscribers from
having their personal information
disclosed, but also that neither of
their policies are absolute, citing
court orders, law enforcement and
emergency services in emergency
situations as exceptions to their
Strathy said if he were to order
the personal information provided
by Bell and Rogers to be withheld,
then it would "give the clearest
indication to those who wish to
defame [someone] that they can
do so with impunity behind the
screen of anonymity made possible by the use of websites on the
Internet."^ 2009.09.24/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/ll
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UBC: 1-2
Boyd ready to run this Saturday
Star running back will need to shine if UBC is to beat Regina
"The only real ritual, I guess, is the
way I tape my socks before a game.
Well, I wear either two or three
pairs of socks, and each one I put
on, I tape at the top around my leg.
It's weird, but I don't like any space
between my foot and the cleat... so it
feels my foot is the cleat."
It's a routine that running back
Dave Boyd repeats before every
game. And when the Thunderbirds
(1-2) face off against the Regina
Rams (1-2) at Thunderbird Stadium
on Saturday at 2pm, he'll need to be
at his best.
So far this year, his best has been
pretty good—Boyd is in second-place
in rushing yards in the Canada West
Conference, and because of that, he
has become the focus of opposing
teams' defences. Last weekend, the
focus that teams are starting to put
on Boyd showed as he was held to
just 46 yards.
Though Boyd did not say it, his
drop-off was largely a consequence
of the offensive line struggling
against Manitoba's defensive line.
"In order to run the ball, you
need to create holes up front. We
didn't do a great job up front,"
said   Head   Coach   Ted   Goveia.
"When Dave has success, it has a lot
to do with the eleven guys around
him. And when he doesn't, a lot of
it has to do with the eleven guys
around him, too."
Boyd is used to overcoming obstacles. Prior to his grade 12 year
at Cowichan High School on Vancouver Island, he attended summer
football camps scouted by coaches
from both SFU and UBC because he
knew he wasn't going to get noticed
due to Cowichan's football team—
Boyd claimed that only six players showed up for the pre-season
training camp .Half-way through the
season, the team folded because of a
teacher's strike.
Despite that, he managed to
make the Thunderbirds in his first
year at UBC—but with a broken
wrist, he was reduced to playing on
special teams. But that was then.
Today, he's a captain on the team
and gives players, like second-year
quarterback Billy Greene, support
on and off the field.
"As a young quarterback I have a
lot of pressure to know everything
and excecute at a high level which
I know I can do, but having Dave
takes alot of that pressure off,"
Greene said, adding, "Our team follows him because he has earned our
respect through what he does." tl
Boyd is second in rushing yards in Western Canada, gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
T-Birds Season Preview: Men's Rugby
"The hardest thing is when we have
the big guys running at us, a lot of our
guys don't step up and make the tackle," fifth-year Charlie Jones said. That
is a challenge the UBC Men's Rugby
team frequently encounters as they
play in the Spray League, an adult
men's rugby league in Vancouver.
But there are other challenges. For
one, UBC Athletics ranks its teams
into three tiers. Men's rugby is in the
last tier and as a result, each player
must pay $300 to play on the team.
Tier one teams receive enough financial support from the athletics department to avoid this. Moreover, Head
Coach Spence McTavish claimed that
rugby's yearly grant from the athletic
department has slowly "diminished"
in recent years.
Despite this, the T-Birds are not the
league's habitual gutter-dwellers, and
took home third place in the league last
year. This year, they hope to build on
that performance, and return much of
the same team as lastyear. "On paper,
we're a little better, actually," said third-
year player Will Philippson.
To that end, they will continue
with their perennial style: high-tempo rugby. It's a requirement necessitated by reality, as UBC players can't
blast their way through the teams'
opposing forwards.
But according to McTavish, it's in
the back where talent is stored. "Our
backfield...when everyone is playing
is pretty explosive and pretty talented," he said. However, star fullback
Shawn Ferguson will sit out the next
three weeks out to rest his hamstring.
Indeed, if there's one ever-present
weak spot for the UBC rugby team,
it's injuries, as UBC simply lacks
Don't let the smiley face t-shirt fool you—the UBC men's rugby team isn't for the weak of heart, gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
enough quality players to have solid
depth on their roster. "The one thing
that is really hurting us is the marks
needed to get into UBC," McTavish
Without a large stream of recruits,
the team must often develop students
who have never played rugby before.
Lastyear, only two ofthe recruits McTavish sought for his team were accepted
by UBC admissions. Many UBC faculties require their incoming classes to
have obtained at least a mid-80 per cent
average in their final year, a standard
that McTavish finds unnecessarily high,
arguing that his broad-based recruits
often average 70 per cent while at UBC.
Despite the challenges they face,
hope may be on the way. McTavish
is optimistic that rugby may become
a sport administered by the CIS or
the NCAA soon. With few western Canadian schools offering rugby, and
with UBC's application to the NCAA
in limbo, the rugby team will have
to wait at least another year for help
to come. Still, McTavish is optimistic
for the upcoming season.
"Once in a while, we get our
asses delivered to us on a silver
plate, but most of the time, we are
pretty competitive." tl
Sept. 26 vs. Ravens, 2:30pm
Oct. 3 @ Caplilano, 2:30pm
Oct. 17 vs. Bayside, 2:30pm
Oct. 24 vs. Burnaby Lake, 2:30pm
Oct. 31 @ Rowers Elite, 2:30pm
Nov. 7 @ Meraloma Elite, 2:30pm
Playoffs: Nov. 14-18
—All home games at Wolfson field
and preceded by a first division
After losing 3-1 to Trinity Western
last weekend, the Thunderbirds
get another crack at the top-ranked
defending national champions. This
time, the No. 9 ranked Thunderbirds head out to Langley's Spartan
Field for a 5pm game on September
26. While UBC's offence is producing chances, the team's much talked
about defence has given up five
goals in three games—one less than
UBC surrendered all last season.
The women's team (2-2-0) will visit
the No. 2 ranked Victoria Vikes on
Saturday and the Fraser Valley Cascades on Sunday
All-Canadian Radha Jain will lead
UBC's Women's Rugby team into
action against the No. 7 ranked
Alberta Pandas on Saturday. UBC
will play only four regular season
matches before entering the conference championships in Edmonton. The team will culminate their
year by hosting the CIS National
Championships, starting November
5. It's also opening weekend for the
men's rugby team. They host the
UBC Old Boys Ravens at 2:30pm on
September 26.
It will be a busy weekend for UBC's
golfers as they open their fall season at the St Martin's Invitational
in Lacey, Washington. After a one-
day break, the team will play the
Western Washington Invitational in
Bellingham on Monday and Tuesday. Head Coach Chris MacDonald
expects a top-three finish at the
tournament. "Bellingham was the
course where we set the 37-year
history of the tournament scoring
record a couple of years ago," said
The Women's Ice Hockey team
is heading to Edmonton to take
part in a pre-season tournament
at the University of Alberta. The
event also includes BC's Under-18
women's team. UBC opens regular
season play on the second weekend
of October.
Two of Canada's greatest university
field hockey programs face off at
Wright Field this weekend. Top-
ranked UBC hosts second-ranked
UVic for two games. They will
take place September 26 and 27
at Wright Field with both matches
starting at 1pm. The two teams are
tied for the most national championships with 11 each.
UBC is heading to the Okanagan
to open their pre-season schedule against the Thompson Rivers
Wolfpack. The two teams will
meet at Vernon's Clarence Fulton
Secondary on September 24, and
then again the next night at the
Tournament Capital Centre in Ka-
mloops. That is where UBC wants
to play at the end of the year as
well, as Thompson Rivers is hosting the national championships
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Reeve had the best individual finish at the T-Bird's first crosscountry
meet of the season in Seattle, Washington. She placed 6th in a competitive field of over 200 athletes in the
women's six km event with a time
of 21:59. Most impressively, she
placed ahead of all runners from
UBC's archrival, SFU. This veteran
will surely be one ofthe team's most
important assets this season as the
Thunderbirds attempt to qualify for
the NAIA XC Championships that
will be held in Portland, Oregon in
—Amelia Rajala
Wasden started his T-Bird career
with a bang this past Sunday as
he helped UBC's Varsity Men's
Ice Hockey Team to a 7-2 victory
over the NAIT Ooks. This rookie
racked up four points, including a
hat trick, in his second game with
UBC. The Westbank, BC native has
a wealth of experience after playing
four years in the Western Hockey
League with both the Medicine Hat
Tigers and more recently the Kam-
loops Blazers. Vancouverites may
remember Wasden from the 2007
Memorial Cup Final, tl
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2010 Vancouver Olympics
Matthew Tunnicliffe, Snowboardcross
Snowboardcross requires speed,
endurance and technical skill. UBC
Engineering student Matthew Tunnicliffe hopes he has enough of those
qualities to make it to Whistler for
the Olympics.
First appearing at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy
Snowboardcross is making its second appearance at the Vancouver
Winter Olympics in February.
Described by Tunnicliffe as "mo-
tocross at a ski resort," competitors
must execute a course complete
with jumps, hairpin turns and rollers while racing each other and the
Applying these skills on and off
the course, 24-year-old Tunnicliffe is
a disciplined snowboardcross athlete
(vying for a spot on the national team
at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Games) and a disciplined student,
concurrently working towards a Master's of Applied Science in the field of
Both Michael Tunnicliffe and his
older brother Patrick are competing
for one of four coveted spots on the
National Snowboardcross Team. The
anticipation, not to mention sibling
rivalry, will continue until February
when, two weeks prior to the Olympic Games, the team is announced.
Until the team is decided Tunnicliffe and the National Development
Team will be travelling to Farnum
Glacier—accessible only by helicopter—in Calgary, Alberta, to hone their
While Tunnicliffe has numerous wins under his belt (including
podium placements for the North
American cup, a win at the Neil Edge-
worth Slalom in 2009 and two world
cup top 16 finishes), he isn't just
Matthew Tunnicliffe will compete against his older brother Patrick to make the National team.
successful on the course. Tunnicliffe
manages to balance training, school
and part-time work at a restaurant
to subsidize the costs of training and
"I am getting a little bit of funding
to live on through doing my masters, but outside of that I work at a
restaurant called Watermark, down
on Kits beach. I try to put all that
money towards snowboarding. With
$ 15,000 a year to cover the costs of
snowboarding plus living on top of
that, its difficult," said Tunnicliffe.
The key to Tunnicliffe's academic
and athletic success so far has been
his attitude, not to mention time
management skills.
"I think you tend to learn more
skills balancing your time between
academics and athletics because
you learn how to use your time
wisely. You use your resources,
such as friends and professors
much more efficiently than if you
did one or the other. You just figure
out how to balance your time and
get everything done that needs to
be done," he explained.
And if he isn't selected to compete for the national team at the
2010 Vancouver Olympics, Tunnicliffe isn't too worried.
"I'm still a young guy when it
comes to racing. The top guy in
Canada is in his mid-30's. Being
only 24,1 have a lot of time ahead
of me. 2014 is on the horizon too,
if not a brighter hope than 2010,"
said Tunnicliffe.
"What I want to get out of snowboarding doesn't necessarily have
to do with the Olympics. Really
what I want to do is win the North
American Cup Tour, get some
World Cup hardware (medals), get
some World Championship hardware and go the Olympic Games.
That is what I want to do. The process of getting there, means way
more than the hardware itself; you
can't get too caught up in the final
goal. You've got to have fun on the
way." vU
UBC changes Olympic housing contract, AMS worried
Due to complaints from the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) and a civil liberties group, UBC has added a clause to
their housing contract that clarifies
students' rights to free speech during
the Games. However, both groups
are still wary of free speech issues on
The complaints began in early July
when UBC released their 2009/2010
residence contract that included a
clause about the Olympics. It stated
that residents could not allow "advertising signage or commercial
identification" that competed with
International Olympics Committee
(IOC) or the Vancouver Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Winter
Games (VANOC) sponsors during
the Games and signage "that creates
a false or unauthorized commercial
assocation with the Olympics."
In other words, display of companies that are in competition with
Olympics sponsors are not allowed
to be seen in residences from the
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre.
The change in the wording of the
contract sparked the AMS to lobby
for a clarification of the restrictions.
They asked for two things: to strike
reference of restrictions of students
being able to display signs, and to
add a clause that stated that students' political rights would not be
infringed upon. At the same time,
the BC Civil Liberties Association
(BCCLA) publicly spoke out against
the issue with the same concerns.
UBC acted quickly and added a
clause to the contract: "For greater
certainty, this section relates to
commercial advertising, signage,
displays and identification and does
not limit your ability to express your
personal and/or political views,
whether positive or negative, about
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games."
"The language always did just relate to commercial signage of VANOC
vendors or VANOC sponsors," said
Mark Crosbie, associate University
Counsel at UBC, "but because people
were concerned about the language
we put that rider on it just to make it
even clearer to someone reading it."
He added that the language was only
put in the contract to make sure that
UBC met those contractual obligations that were laid out between the
university and VANOC.
AMS President Blake Frederick
told The Ubyssey that the AMS is
satisfied, but that they are concerned
about the ease in which the contract
was changed.
"There are still also concerns
because of the university's unilateral ability to change the residence
contract whenever and however they
want," Frederick said. "So obviously
in this case they changed it in a way
that we wanted them to change it, but
it ironically brings to light the issue
that they can change a contract without getting approval from students...
there's another issue there."
Crosbie said that housing is
allowed  to   amend  its   contracts
whenever they wish, but he "wouldn't
expect that they would be making
anything other than minor changes."
BCCLA Executive Director David
Eby said that they're "happy with
the wording as well," but that they
are implementing a legal observer
program, which will monitor free
speech around the city during the
"It's exactly the concern that was
identified in terms of the language
of the residence contract," Eby said,
"and we want to be there to let UBC
administration know early if we
have any concerns, because we've
found them to be very receptive so
far. And if they aren't receptive...then
we want to be in a position to let the
media know and also to consider
litigation if necessary."
As to who will be monitoring this
signage, UBC Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat Michelle Aucoin said
that nothing is confirmed right now
but that she will be having a meeting
with VANOC soon about "ambush
marketing." va
The same people in charge of serving chicken strips and curly fries
at the Totem and Vanier cafeterias
will be serving the world at the
2010 Games. UBC Food Services
has been awarded the contract
to provide all food and beverage
services to Thunderbird Arena
for the Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games. Food Services will
be responsible for providing concessions inside the Arena, and will
also provide meals and catering
for all athletes, officials, workers,
media and VIP events at UBC. To
meet the demand, UBC will be hiring 200 temporary workers for the
duration of the games.
Andrew Parr, managing director of Student Housing & Hospitality Services, described the opportunity as "a once-in-a-lifetime
chance to do something a little
The Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) has not yet decided
when they will release a report on
the impact of the Olympic games
written by UBC researchers.
The report is the first of three
commissioned by VANOC that
tracks environmental, social and
economic changes in Vancouver
due to the games. The other two reports will follow in 2010 and 2013.
According to a page on the UBC
website that has since been taken
down, the report, written by professors Bob Sparks and Rob Van-
Wynsberghe, was to be released to
the public in June.
However, now it appears that
the report will not be released until later in the fall. "VANOC has it
and they've had it for a little bit of
time and they're working through
it," said UBC Public Affairs spokesperson Basil Waugh to The Tyee.
Heritage Minister James Moore
announced $7.7 million in new
money for the 2010 games after
a federal report suggested that
VANOC was running out of funds
to meet their budget commitments
for bilingual services.
Graham Fraser, official languages commissioner, wrote in
a report that ten federal agencies
had "dismal" results in providing
Olympic-related services in both
French and English.
Canada will have its own pavillion
at the Olympics, as the federal
government has decided to spend
$10 million on its own showcase
presentation. The pavilion will
promote tourism and investment
opportunities throughout the
entire country. The provincial
government had sent a letter requesting that a joint pavillion be
built for the games by the two governments, but the federal government chose to ignore the request,
deciding to go it alone.
Gary Lunn, the minister of state
for sports, was unable to provide
specifics on what the pavillion
would look like, but that with five
months to go, bids would soon
start to be put in place, tl 14/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2009.09.24
from the desk of THEUBYSSEY
Dearest students,
The Ubyssey wants more letters. We've recieved a few, but we sure would like a few more—or a lot more. We care so very much about what you have to say. Whether or not this feeling is
mutual, we encourage you to praise/slander us or any one or thing else, really. Please. Speak up. Offer us your wisdom. Your sweet, sweet wisdom, which we so desperately crave.
The Ubyssey
Dear Too Sexy,
A while back an attractive member of the opposite sex and I
(success!) made our way out
of an on-campus bar for a nice
"walk." Eventually we found
ourselves a private spot and got
right to it. Now, our location
didn't permit things to go all
the way, but there was enough
privacy to get pretty far in any
case. I held up my end of the bargain, and based on the feedback I
was getting I think I did so pretty
well. But there's what's chapping
my ass: there was no reciprocity. None. My partner was content
to keep things PG after I finished
my work, and time constraints
forced us to part ways shortly
thereafter. There is no possibility of a second encounter. I was
forced to finish what was started
on my own, at home.
So, Too Sexy, my question is
this: do I have a right to be pissed?
Honestly, I feel cheated. In my
humble opinion, when one accepts services such as those that
I delivered, one implicitly agrees
to reciprocate. If I find myself in
this predicament again, is there
some way I can make clear my
thoughts about such selfishness
without coming across as too
pushy? On the flipside, does my
lack of assertiveness in this case
make me a pushover?
—Frustrated One Night Stander
'Eeeeeeeyyyyyyy FONS,
It's not just your humble opinion, FONS, it's our arrogant one
too: you got screwed (not literally
of course...that's the problem).
However, do try to keep in mind
that you don't have all the facts.
The young person in question
may have had any number of
reasons for failing to toss the
ball back. Don't get pissed about
something you had little control
over, and in future, don't be
afraid to be politely assertive. If
you want to increase your chances, FONS, the best thing to do is
to ask.
Communication and sex go together like milk and cookies, so
this may be the simplest answer
to your conundrum. It's strange,
but some people may not implicitly understand that you'd like
to orgasm too. It's not too pushy
to grin and ask "Think you can
beat that" or to simply say "Your
turn." If they decline, don't press
the issue (it's a dick move), but
it may be worth delicately asking
why. Reasons can range from
the immediately fixable (no condom), to the difficult to fix (want
to get to know you better), to the
entirely understandable and unfortunate (childhood trauma), to
the frustrating (person in question is a selfish ass-twat-cock).
If you get an honest answer,
do what you can to sort out the
problem, but if you can't, don't
fuss over it. Whining isn't going
to make anyone want to lick your
wounds. Also, keep in mind that
people's boundaries vary and the
merest whiff of obligation or pressure, like so many other unpleasant things, can really take the fun
out of sexual activity of any kind.
Reciprocation is polite, but it's not
a duty, so don't treat it as such.
Finally, FONS, take the philosophical route and remember:
you win some and you lose some.
You could try replacing one-directional oral sex with 69ing, but
not every locale offers enough
space and it can be awkward to
arrange. Try making your wishes
known up front, and at least
you'll know how things are going to turn out. Other than that,
all we can do is remind you that
it is in giving that you receive.
As for the recipients of these
unreturned favours, if you ever
find yourself out on the town,
suffering from some issue, big
or small, that makes returning
any favours impossible for you,
please warn them before they
head south. Even if your reasons
are entirely legitimate, it's rude
not to say anything before some
poor young thing sprains their
tongue on you.
A brief note before we bid you
adieu: Too Sexy is always looking
for more letters to run. E-mail
us at toosexy@ubyssey.ca and
we'll do our best to answer your
query in an anonymous and informative manner. Please note,
however, that some letters will
be edited for length. A hundred
words can tickle us just as much
as four hundred. In fact, there's
only so much room in our column, so please don't try to jam
a huge letter in here. Size does
matter, but how much you say is
more important than how many
words you use to say it. tl
What's the best club you've joined?
Anita Kuzhiyil
Science 2
"I haven't joined
any clubs yet but
I was thinking of
starting a new
one called Builds
UBC. And it's
bringing underprivileged children
to learning and
so that's about
building schools in
Kiha Lee
"I think I will join
a music club,
because I am
interested in
singing...and I was
thinking about
joining the Korean
club because I am
from Korea, but
I might not join
because I heard
it's all about going
to parties."
Jocelyn Soares
Commerce 4
"Agents for
Change, because
it's about helping
others, not for
profit, and micro
financing, and
you're giving
money to help
other people build
a future for themselves in third
world countries....
You kinda of feel
like you're actually
doing something."
Michael Moll
Commerce 2
"The best club
I've joined so
far would be the
Players Club. They
have loads of
involvement opor-
club I joined is
the improv club,
pretty sweet,
pretty funny. And
UBC Marketing
Association, which
has a Battle of the
Ads competition,
which is pretty
bad ass."
Alison Dube
Chemistry 4
"Africa Awareness
Initiative is the
best club because
it has a lot of social events where
you get to meet
so many people
and they are all
so much fun....You
get to volunteer
a lot and you're
always in the
loop. Some clubs
that I've joined,
they never e-mail
you, but they
[Africa Awareness
Initiative] are pretty
good at communication."
-Coordinated by Tara Martellaro and Krittana Khurana with photos by Chibwe Mweene
Way too many clubs,
not enough time
How to efficiently pick the
club that's right for you
Welcome to Clubs Days, where the AMS trades a concourse full
of people vying for your money for one packed with clubs and
resource groups. Ostensibly, the point is to let students know about
the variety of options available to them as far as affiliations go, but
somehow, the event turns into some horrible cross between an election and a carnival.
The compressed time frame and trade-show atmosphere lend
themselves to glassy-eyed club members repeating sales pitches
with equal fervor to the fifth, the fiftieth and the five hundredth
student to be attracted to a table by a display. The slots themselves
are assigned by lottery, and since one club sold their prime spot
to another a few years back, the Student Administrative Commission (SAC) has been wary keeping clubs in their assigned spots, be
they packed on the concourse, jostled in the Ballroom, or idled in
a second-floor room that doesn't see nearly as much traffic as the
other areas.
The clubs themselves are weirdly reflective of the fragmented
collective student identity on campus; the reason we don't have
twenty thousand people at football games is the same reason there
are three hundred clubs. It takes ten signatures, a form, and SAC
approval to start a club, and that's left us with clubs for every affiliation from field of study (Chemistry, International Relations, Classics)
to cultural and cross-cultural grounds (CVC, Dragon Seed) to appreciation groups that are mostly protests (the lost and lamented Brian
Sullivan Appreciation Society along with the troubled Radical Beer
Presented with the ability to hang out with other people who share
specific facets of your identity and the desire to embrace them—West
Coast narcissism anyone?—who would opt to sit on cold bleachers in
a damp stadium and watch under-funded but well-padded athletes
run into each other at high-speed in the pursuit of getting a ball
across a line? This isn't intended as any sort of slight toward the
football team, who are talented and driven and merit our attention
and appreciation, but an unfortunate observation (and, as a side-
note, the reason NCAA Division 1 won't ever happen in this town).
Digressions aside, the fact remains: we take Tuum Est pretty seriously around here. Further to this, we're a campus full of academic
do-gooders, many of whom take an hour to get to school everyday,
and don't have time to coast around for a year or two trying out
different clubs. Hence, the very act of club choosing must be done
efficiently and the people who are out to recruit you are very aware
of this (or they should be, anyway).
Armed with the knowledge that every person at every table
wants your email address (but more importantly, your time), the
only way to proceed is with caution and purpose. There's a list of
clubs with descriptions inside the AMS Insider (aka. those eye-sear-
ingly orange agendas that were thrust upon you by well-meaning
AMS volunteers in the first weeks of school) that lets you screen
the clubs before you set eyes on them. Once you've found them,
though, you're on your own. vl j3   White reading this feature, you should be listening to "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.
Olympic gold medalist
Ben Rutledge gets tough
with UBC rowers
by Ian Turner
Graphics by Anthony Goertz
In the Richmond Olympic Oval
there is a photo of Ben Rutledge: He
and his crew are all smiles as they
toss their coxswain—the individual
who guides the racing shell—into
a lake. The photo captures the celebratory moment of winning the
men's heavyweight gold medal at
the Beijing Olympics.
The photo presides over the
Oval's weight room, and so does
Rutledge. As he monitors six of
UBC's varsity athletes working
through a demanding erg piece-
ergs are machines designed to
simulate on-water rowing—Rutledge delivers a series of questions
and demands designed, he later
explains, to get the most from his
"Show your teammates how
much you want to be in the boat."
"Ask more."
"You did it once today, you can
do it twice tomorrow."
"I know you are tired, but keep
your face relaxed. Don't let the
competition know you are tired."
Rutledge, who is the rowing
team's new assistant coach, possesses an imposing physical
presence. He stands about 6'5"
and weighs about 2151bs. He also
possesses an imposing moral and
professional authority recognized
not only by the UBC crew, but by
the university's athletic administration. In fact, UBC so keenly appreciates Ruttedge's expertise and
leadership that they have made
efforts to find outside financing to
provide him with a contract.
"I never saw myself as particularly driven," Rutledge says,
though he rowed in a pair at the
2004 Athens Summer Olympics
and won gold in Beijing.
"Ben's one of Canada's most
successful athletes ever," according to Head Rowing Coach Mike
Rutledge grew up in Cranbrook,
BC before attending and graduating from UBC's Sauder School of
Business in 2006, where he specialized in real estate.
While training in Beijing, Rut-
ledge's crew had an aggressive
mindset that he is seeking to instil
at UBC. "You have to make sure
you don't let [the competition]
pass you in practice. We always
thought that if we let them have an
inch, they can have a boat length.
We just never let anyone have an
inch," Rutledge argues.
Not all UBC varsity athletes
have Ruttedge's desired mindset,
however. Brook Biscoe is working
through an erg piece Rutledge assigned, and his split (how fast he
can row 500 metres) is 1:40, which
is well short of Ben's designated
target of 1:30.
Rutledge has not given up on
Biscoe, though. Frequently, Rutledge would walk over and encourage Biscoe. Biscoe's split fell to
1:30 whenever Rutledge was there.
Biscoe is from a small rowing
club out in Delta, and he is enjoying the intensity of this camp. He
has never been pushed before.
"All the guys are used to me,"
Pearce says. "Now, they got to get
used to Ben. If Ben wants to be the
disciplinarian, that's great."
And Rutledge certainly has taken
on the role of team disciplinarian.
On the morning of September
6, Garret Bouhuyzen and Andrew
Knorr sauntered in at 7:05am.
Practice started at 7am. As they entered, Rutledge asked them if they
owned a watch. After the morning
stretches, Rutledge took them aside
and told them he did not want this
to be a routine. He did not yell, but
he was clear: be punctual.
However, while he's the disciplinarian, "[he] wants to see who can
push themselves as hard as they
can without [him] cracking the
"I want my role to be someone
always asking for more," Rutledge
says, "making sure there are never
any setbacks or softness. It's easy
to get soft. You need a standard to
be held to."
Pearce says Rutledge has had to
lower his Olympic standards, but
Rutledge still has valuable advice.
Last year, Rutledge told the varsity
and novice rowers that they could
not twitter their way into the varsity eight—it takes hard work.
That hard-work mentality is
what needs to permeate into the
varsity program if UBC wants to
take down Canada's most recent
undisputed rowing king, the University of Western Ontario.
In part, the lack of intensity
stems from the men having only
one coxswain. One per boat is
needed, so pitting two eights
against each other is impossible.
Pearce calls the situation "shitty."
Mid-way through the first week,
however, a second coxswain, Carina Lui, committed to the team.
But Lui still has much to learn,
Rutledge comments.
Once, when Lui's boat was
behind the other eight, she commandeered the boat in the other's
Rutledge was not mad, but he
did take note, saying there was
plenty of flat water on either side
of Ronan Sabo-Walsh's wake.
"She'll learn," Rutledge said, after
a pause.
"I want someone who is smart
enough to learn how to [row],
but dumb enough to do it," Rutledge jokes.
Finding such individuals is
daunting, but a task Pearce and
Rutledge must accomplish if Rutledge is to meet Rowing Canada's
designated target.
They need tough-minded students. Pearce repeatedly states
and emphasizes the need for goal-
setting both in the classroom and
in the shell. There's a lot to juggle:
a 40-hour athletic commitment,
three to five courses per term, and
the demands of maintaining a social life.
Last year, the team's depth—the
number of varsity athletes—was a
problem. But things are looking
better this year: India's 2008 skulling (a one-person rowing shell)
champion, Rahul Baliga, and two
light-weights, Gord Clark and Josh
Metcalfe, who rowed with Canada's national team last summer,
are UBC varsity athletes.
Yet for all the bright spots, the
season's grind has already cost the
team two star rowers: Mitch Wilson and Tim Love. They left due to
academic obligations and injuries,
But the worst is yet to come.
Soon, the rain will fall more frequently, the Pacific's wind will become icier, and the mornings will
grow darker—eventually, entire
practices will be completed in total
darkness. All the while, they will
row on a river with a demanding
To ease the academic, social
and weather pitfalls, Pearce and
Rutledge have a few unparalleled
goodies to ease the burdens.
Pearce raised five million dollars to construct a new boathouse
on the Fraser River. "It's unprecedented in Canada," says Pearce.
Canadian athletics are largely
neglected, especially fringe sports
like rowing. The boathouse's location provides UBC with a four- and
three-kilometre stretch of straight
water. And barring frequent seaplane arrivals and departures, they
are left alone on the water.
But the real jewel is the Richmond Olympic Oval. Though expensive to use, the facility provides
coaches with a rowing tank and
numerous ergs. The rowing tank
is particularly useful for coaches
training novices.
"We are able to grab athletes and physically manipulate
them," Pearce says.
On the first day back at the Oval,
Pearce took advantage ofthe bland
rowing tank. Eight tired bodies
sat ruefully in "the tank." Eight
seats are fastened into concrete
back-to-back. Each seat has an oar,
which is placed in a large pool of
water. The team attempted to row,
and Pearce subsequently ordered
them to do drills to build up their
summer-ruined technique.
"I could barely keep my eyes
open," said one exhausted rower
who hadn't yet adjusted to the season's grind.
Eventually, Pearce sent them upstairs to work with Rutledge on the
ergs. As they ran to Rutledge, thaey
all filed past two photos of foreign
rowers competing at the Beijing
Olympics—a constant reminder of
Ruttedge's responsibilities.
For all that the facilities offer,
however, there is nothing like an
on-water practice. Dry-land training does not replicate the on-water
psychological warfare that plays
out in regattas.
On the following Saturday, Sabo-
Walsh's shell started one drill a
metre or two behind Lui's shell.
Two kilometres into the piece,
Lui's shell was roughly ten boat-
lengths ahead.
In the next exercise, Sabo-Walsh
got an early lead, and Lui's boat
slipped further and further behind.
Rutledge did not crack a whip.
But he did point out what had happened, grumbling, "You are down,
and you give up. That's shit."
It's these lapses that Rutledge
must overcome.
Prior to an afternoon workout,
Rutledge ordered his team off
the couches. Without hesitation,
the crew got up and congregated
around him. After determining the
shell's seating order, Rutledge set
the standard, once again:
"This is a varsity sport. We're
here to fucking win....We're not
here to slap ass in the shower....
We're here to support each other."
"Let's go out there and beat the
shit out of ourselves, so that we can
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