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Array Celebrating 90 years! •
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The Ubyssey
January 13,2009 \ www.ubyssey.ca
Boris Korby, editor emeritus since 1918 \ volume xc, number 28
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
HE CBC S LAST remaining
radio orchestra has rebranded
itself the National Broadcast
Orchestra (NBO), the privately
funded successor to the former
CBC Radio Orchestra. As was
previously the case, the orchestra
will call the Chan Centre home.
by Ian Turner
News Staff
UBC finalized the agreement
to be a founding partner with
the National Broadcast Orchestra (NBO) shortly after
the CBC Radio Orchestra's
farewell concert on Sunday,
November 16. NBO co-founder Philippe Labelle, the founder and CEO of Montreal-based
ZeFridge, an online software
platform, said the agreement
covers an initial period of
three years and is subject to
renewal provisions.
During the initial period,
the NBO will hold three concerts per year at the Chan
Centre, to be broadcast nationally on the CBC.
"If our efforts keep developing in a positive way, we
look forward to building a
regular presence of the NBO
at the Chan Centre," said Sid
Katz, managing director ofthe
Chan Centre.
The NBO will also feature
new opportunities for students, UBC faculty and alumni artists. Currently, the UBC
School of Music is negotiating
a contract with the musicians
union to confirm that students
will be able to occasionally rehearse with the orchestra and
potentially have music they
composed be played by the
members. Another potential
avenue includes internet-
based film documentaries on
the orchestra—an effort to
strengthen the bond between
the orchestra and its loyal nationwide fan base.
Orchestral member Andrew Brown noted that students will also be mentored in
other areas. For example, they
will be taught how to play in
an orchestra, not as a soloist,
as most music undergrads are
taught. Brown also sees potential for UBC-NBO interactions
on stage, like a performance
featuring the UBC choir and
the orchestra together.
According to UBC's School
of Music director, Richard
Kurth, the CBC originally had
seven radio orchestras spread
across Canada. The orchestras were slowly trimmed despite being what Kurth called
an "exceptionally important"
launching pad for Canadian
composers and young artists.
The upcoming talent's music
was routinely played on international airwaves—a rare opportunity for artists to showcase themselves. The March
decision to cut CBC orchestra
funding inspired public protests at the final concerts.
Kurth believes the CBC's
logic behind cutting the last
remnant was two-pronged: to
save money and enable CBC
Radio 2 to have more leeway
in its pursuit of younger listeners. According to Kurth,
the second goal has not been
entirely successful and has
succeeded in isolating a very
loyal base.
Brown was shocked by the
CBC's abrupt decision as well.
However, he believes the NBO
has a secure future, citing
confidence in UBC president
Stephen Toope's arts-friendly
Kurth notes that today the
orchestra is thriving under a
celebrated Quebec conductor,
Alain Trudel. Previously the
principal conductor of the
CBC Radio Orchestra, Trudel
has commited himself to securing the future of the NBO.
Kurth said he feels "a
moral duty for us to make
sure that the opportunities for
the orchestra to remain viable
exist." *2I
MARCH 2008 CBC Radio
executive Mark Steinmetz
announced the end of the
70-year-old CBC Radio
musical director Alain
Trudel announced the
orchestra would attempt
to continue independently
as the National Broadcast
Orchestra's last scheduled
don't stop
the music
Former CBC radio
orchestra is here to stay
ALAIN TRUDEL nicknamed
"The Jascha Heifetz of the
trombone," assumes post
as the musical director of
the NBO. Trudel was the
first Canadian to be an
"International Yamaha
again in September, said
Trudel. Fundraising has
already begun, with the
goal of building an endowment to help sustain a
projected annual budget of
$1 -million.
THE CBC HAS offered to
give the rebranded orchestra three broadcasts next
year and to commission
more new works
ofthe Chan Centre, Sid
Katz, suggests "building
a regular presence ofthe
NBO at the Chan Centre,'
to UBC Reports.
There is no such thing as a
definitive Jewish voice.
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7 2 I Events, Games and Comics
JANUARY I 3, 2009
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
January 13
Improve your Presentation Skills
• Whether you shake in your
boots at the thought of speaking
in front of a group or ham it up on
stage, Coach Rhonda Victoor wil
catapult your speaking to a whole
new level! After nearly two years
of gruelling competition Rhonda
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get some tips to improve your
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Complete the Type Focus personality inventory prior to attending the
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you • Jan 14 @10-2pm, Location:
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employment feeling a bit futile?
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that an overwhelming 80% of
jobs are unadvertised. So where
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Upper Lounge, Cost: Free •
Gigantic Annual Booksale * There
will be a wide variety of subjects,
from cookery books to classics of
fiction, from history and politica
science to books on astrology,
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Model. This workshop is part of
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Location: Dodson Room of the
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January 19
Islam Awareness Week 2009 •
Student-staffed booth that offers
free books, pamphlets, translated
QURANS and countless displays on
a wide range of issues regarding
Islam • Jan 19-22, Location: SUB
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Location: First Nations House of
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This past week, The Ubyssey
attended the national conference for Canadian University
Press. The culmination of the
weekend was the JHM Awards,
honouring the best journalism
in campus newspapers across
the country for 2008. The
Ubyssey outshone all other
papers, taking home prizes in
the following categories:
• 1st Place, Features: Trevor
Melanson, "Running from
• 1st Place, Photos: Goh Iromoto, "United we can"
• 2nd Place, Sports: Celestian
Rince, "Going inside the
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The Ubyssey
January 13"', 2009
volume xc, n"29
Editorial Board
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One chilly January day, Justin McElroy, Stephanie Findlay, Tara Martellaro and Katarina Grgic
and were driving across the praries on their
way to paradise city- Saskatoon. The group
was alarmed as four bullets flew through the
back windshield. When they looked behind
them, they were horrified to discover Kellan
Higgins, Boris Korby and Keegan Burnshaw
following them armed with sniper weapons.
"How dare you abandon your newspaperly
duties!" hollered Kellan. Immediately, Justin
got out of the car and challenged his op-
ponenent to a fist fight. Then, Dan Haves,
Trevor Melanson and Ian Turner pulled up in a
undamaged rental car. They offered the group
solace and comfort while Justin creamed the
life out of Kellan. The blink-182 ring of Cel's
cell simmered down the fight as all present at
the scene broke out in dance.
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Online vs. paper: professor evaluations
Arts switches to online teacher evaluations
by Ian Turner
Is www.ratemyprofessors.com redundant? goh iromoto graphic/the ubyssey
News Staff
The Faculty of Arts introduced
online teacher evaluations last
term. Though there are clear
benefits for students, the switch
is struggling to gain traction.
Arts introduced the online
surveys to fulfill a Senate policy
that requires all undergraduates
to fill out six universal questions
on their surveys. Should the instructor give their consent, the
results are released online. Faculties, departments and instructors are all allowed to pen their
own questions if they desire so;
Arts has its own set of six pan-
Arts questions. The six-question
concept came from the provost
and Vice President Academic
David H. Farrar's office, which
"initiated the need to look at the
student assessment of teaching
and in a more systematic way,"
said Ralph Hakstian, a professor
emeritus of psychology.
Hakstian was selected to produce a study on the differences
between online and paper surveys; he is also on a committee
responsible for advising faculties
on increasing response rates.
The first conclusion Hakstian
reached was that there was little
difference in the overall ratings
a professor scored—the mean
was unchanged at roughly a four
on the five-point scale. He noted
that "departments do take this
seriously to determine, among
other things, tenure, promotion
and merit pay."
Hakstian's report also found
that the response rate of online
and paper at UBC were 65 and
63 per cent, respectively. He
believes the response rate is
"worrying" and will seek to raise
the response rate to a more "acceptable" 75-85 per cent rate.
Among ideas he is currently
chewing over are an iPod lottery
for those who completed the
survey and delaying the release
of grades of those who did not
complete all required teacher
However, overall he considers the online evaluations "a lot
sleeker" as there are fewer scoring errors and it is less labour intensive, as thousands of papers
are no longer shoved through
Scantron machines.
Arts political science professor Kathryn Harrison, largely
in charge of the switch for Arts,
believes the web system is superior as it has resulted in "greater
validity," as the online version
ensures only one submission per
student, and "provided students
with a vehicle to provide more
meaningful feedback." Hakstian's analysis concluded that
online   surveys  produce  more
detailed and comprehensive
written commentary, largely
due to the increased number of
questions and the nature of the
survey: students are able to complete it on their own time.
Nonetheless, Arts saw the
percentage of evaluations completed fall sharply from 72 per
cent in the fall of 2007 to 60.2
per cent this past term. Harrison
contributes the decline, in part,
to unforeseen roadblocks, citing that UBC did not maintain
an up-to-date email address for
all students or, in the case of
courses taught by numerous instructors, the courses had to be
removed from the survey as instructors could not be critiqued
Harrison hopes that the
wrinkles will soon be ironed out,
and by June a website may open
to all undergraduates, releasing
the results of instructors to the
Alex Lougheed, AMS VP
Academic, said that this shift
is noteworthy as "over the long
term faculty will come to value
teaching more and allow faculties to know what students are
thinking." He also believes the
opening of "an open, online database will provide students with
appropriate information, as rate-
myprofessors.com is both unfair
and inaccurate." *2I
left Saudia Arabia, an important part of the MUN, debates
amongst themselves during last weekend's conference
above Two delegates pose for a photo.
Students join the MUN to take on the world
Model United Nations delegate Kendra Hefti reports on student conference
The extremely fragile nego-
tations between the separatist
rebel group Tamil Tigers and
the Sri Lankan parliament was
threatened when the prime
minister of Sri Lanka recieved a
death threat. Behind the scenes
at UBC's Model United Nations,
students politicked their way
through the saga, and the conference was on.
Last Friday, prime minister of
Sri Lanka represented by UBC's
Nicco Bautista confidently took
the stage—it was clear that even
in the most hostile circumstances, diplomacy would prevail. 225
delegates from across Canada
and the United States convened
at this year's University of British
Columbia Model United Nations
(UBCMUN) conference at the
Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver
from January 8-11.
Model United Nations is a
conference held annually in high
schools and universities across
the   globe   simulating   United
Nations. An annual project
of the International Relations
Students Association (IRSA),
UBCMUN is Western Canada's
largest simulated United Nations
Delegates research their
assigned country and its position
on various contentious topics
and assume their roles as
diplomats to suss out solutions
to international disputes.
Freed from the confines of
the classroom, students at the
conference gain invaluable
international diplomacy skills
and an increased knowledge of
international affairs.
Delegates took their roles
seriously in their respective committees—the Security Council,
General Assembly and Human
Rights Council. They discussed
issues ranging from contemporary forms of slavery to the political crisis in Zimbabwe.
On Saturday night delegates
let their hair down, left their suits
at the hotel and joined together
in the more relaxed atmosphere
of the Plaza Club where they
danced the night away.
However, the delegates were
unable to completely detach
themselves from their diplomatic roles. At the club there was
a dance-off between the prime
minister of Sri Lanka and the
Tamil Tigers. No winner was
declared. *2I
-Kendra Hefti is the UBCMUN
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• Must like working as part of a team (like Charlie's Angels)
• Must post their position paper (resume, brief platform) by Tuesday, January 13 (today)
issues in higher
Whyare we still
talking about this?
Woman students at UBC:
We want to hear from you!
When? Tuesday, January 20, 200Q,
from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.
Where? Thea's Lounge,
Graduate Student Centre,
6371 Crescent Road.
Why? To help us encourage
and foster an inclusive campus
At this event we will work with you to gain a
better understanding of:
. the campus culture that woman students
(undergraduate and graduate) experience
• the campus climate that woman
students face today
. other issues of concern for woman students
at UBC
This event is the first in a series.
Can't make it? Join us online at blog.students.
RSVP by email to cj.rowe@ubc.ca.
5SS5    Access & Diversity
You do not
speak for me
There is no definitive Jewish voice
by Eve Belle Wilensky
Perspectives Writer
UBC activist group Solidarity for
Palestinian Human Rights
(SPHR) had their first event of
the school year at the beginning
of November. The event, "Jon Elmer: Canada's Role in Occupied
Palestine," was heated to, say the
least. Before it even began, an
excited, nervous air hovered in
the lecture hall. As people took
their seats, heads kept turning
around to stare at the signs being held by a few students in the
back of the hall. One sign read,
"Terrorism won't lead to a Palestinian state." I bristled, waiting
for the lecture to begin.
Everything seemed under
control until Elmer began discussing the 1947 UN Partition
Plan of Palestine. Suddenly, Freeman Poritz (treasurer for UBC's
Israel Awareness Club and the
person holding the "terrorism"
sign) yelled out, "Then why did
the Arabs reject it?" and began
banging the desk. His question
rang out into the crowded lecture hall, momentarily suspended in mid-air, while students
processed his outburst. When
reality hit, the lecture hall rang
out with cries of, "Show some
manners!" "Let him finish!" and
"Wait your turn!"
The situation escalated until a
number of men stood up, chests
puffed out, glaring and ready to
fight. I am still surprised that security was never called. For his
part, Elmer reacted quite calmly
(somehow, I don't think this is
the first time he's experienced
this kind of reaction) and took
the time to answer the question
("Why would the Palestinians accept a plan that only gave them
back a third of the land that they
feel is theirs?") and even allowed
a member of the Israeli Defense
Forces in the audience to give a
lengthy response.
I sat there, burning with
shame. I amjewish and I couldn't
help but feel embarrassed by
these aggressive, emotional,
mildly hysterical eruptions from
fellow Jews in the room. At one
point, Corey Lerman, UBC's
Israel Awareness Club (IAC)
president, stood up, pointed at
Elmer and yelled, "You sound
like a Nazi!" My shame abruptly
turned to rage. It is an abuse of
the Jewish people's history and
an insult to all those that suffered under Nazi rule. Criticism
of Israel is not necessarily anti-
Semitism and playing "the Nazi
card" is childish, shallow and
disrespectful. Lerman also managed to call Elmer an anti-Semite
and I sat there bewildered, as
nowhere in his talk did Elmer
even mention Jews or express
any prejudicial views.
Following this, an editorial
appeared in the November 21
issue of the fewish Independent
clearly written by a member of
the IAC. The author belittled
the audience, explaining how
"there was an innocent credulity
among those who attended this
event" and how the "crowd was
challenged by the presence of a
few outspoken (and courageous)
Jewish students." The author
continued, "Like most Jews, the
Hillel students who showed up
that afternoon do not discount
the legitimacy of the Palestinian
case or the tragedy that is their
plight." Please, author, never begin a sentence with, "like most
Jews" for I am a Jew and you do
not speak for me.
I left Elmer's talk about ten
minutes from the end, as I had
acquired a raging headache.
Standing just outside the entrance, I had a quiet conversation with a member of SPHR. She
told me she was disappointed
with the way the event had gone
and how SPHR has a lot to learn
from this experience. "They [the
IAC] want to get a reaction out
of us so that they can disrupt
the dialogue. We have to learn
to ignore them so that they can't
get what they want and ruin our
On December 1, the SPHR
filed a complaint and, as a
result, the AMS launched a formal investigation. The Student
Administrative Commission
"found that the behaviour of
Freeman Poritz and Corey Lerman to contravene the AMS
policy on Discrimination and
Harassment for their conduct
created a hostile, intimidating
and offensive environment
directed at specific individuals
and groups." As a result, the SAC
requires that: 1. The executives
of the IAC and SPHR undergo
equity training; 2. Both clubs
must submit reports of their
activities and events to the SAC
vice-chair and AMS ombudsperson on a bi-monthly basis; and 3.
The IAC had to submit a formal
written apology addressed to the
SPHR by January 9 (which they
With the escalation of the
situation in Gaza, I am concerned more than ever about the
relationship between these two
student groups. If there cannot
even be peace on campus, how
can we possibly achieve it in the
Middle East? What will this equity training really accomplish?
And what exactly is the purpose
of a forced apology letter? How
do we achieve true and open
dialogue between the IAC and
Keep in mind, security has
already been booked in advance
for SPHR's next event.^ Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson\ E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
January 13,20091 Page S
Back in the USSR...
White Russians drank you
50-year-old drink enjoys cult
resurgence with hip crowd
Byron Hurt and Chuck D
bring the noise to Vancouver
by Todd Coyne
Culture Writer
Director Byron Hurt's documentary film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats
and Rhymes had its Vancouver
premiere recently at the VanC-
ity Theatre. On hand for a post-
show panel discussion were the
director, rappers Maestro and
HeatWave, local filmmaker Erin
Chen-ying Offer, and legendary
Public Enemy MC and preeminent hip hop scholar Chuck D. At
issue were the representations of
gender, power and homophobia
in hip hop culture and their dissemination beyond the art form
into the social subconscious.
Vancouver-based amateur
MC, Miss Christie Lee, got the
ball rolling for the evening with
an original Musqueam rap delivered over the house PA, welcoming audience members to the
Clocking in at just under one
hour, Hurt's film wastes no time
delving into the root of the issue
of gender roles in hip hop. While
questioning successful male hip
hop artists about the violence,
homophobia, and female subjugation promoted in their lyrics,
Hurt is met with refrain: "that's
what sells records." Is this how
they represent their audience—
as consumers only?
Hip hop did not invent male
aggression or the commodification of women. Yet, as Beyond
Beats and Rhymes shows, it
certainly goes a long way in celebrating these evils.
At its most poignant, the film
holds a mirror to some young
hip hop imitators struggling to
reflect back through their lyrics
the lifestyles that they see as requisite for street cred and international success. The aspiring
MCs performing for Hurt's cameras flaunt a well-conditioned affinity for terrorizing one another
in hopes that the most ruthless
among them may get his turn as
the next poster-boy pimp.
"What we've seen in the
United States and what has resonated all across the planet, from
Son-of-a-Bush, is that 'Thug-Life'
started from the top," proclaimed Chuck D, "and Byron
Hurt's film explains to the fullest that these [gender] identities
cannot come from a company."
The post-screening discussion centered on proactive community dialogue and personal
accountability as the only strategies for effectively reclaiming
the definitions of gender from
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forums to more all-inclusive
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Culture Staff
Next time you sidle up alone at
the bar, order a White Russian.
It's the coolest drink in town.
The Oxford English Dictionary refers to the first mention
of the word "White Russian" as
a cocktail appearing in the Oakland Tribune (from California)
on November 21, 1965. It was
placed in the newspaper as an
insert: "White Russian. 1 oz.
each Coffee Southern, vodka,
Since then the drink, named
after the anti-Bolshevik group
"White Russians" from the Russian Civil War, has enjoyed a
cult status. The drink includes
variants like the Slim Russian,
and the pop group Hot Chip
has recently created it's own
White Russian spawn called the
"Black Tarantula."
"When I first encountered it
in the 1970s, the White Russian
was something real alcoholics
drank, or beginners," said David Wondrich, the drinks correspondent for Esquire to the
New York Times. Now, ordering
the drink is "the mark of the
hipster," he said.
The drink is a big deal in the
movie, The Big Lebowski. A flop
when it was released in 1998, the
film now too enjoys a cult following. IMDB.com reports that The
Dude drinks nine White Russians
during the course of the movie.
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should consider including another drink on its menu, vi
The White Russian is served in an
old-fashioned glass with a short
straw and is often topped with a
cherry (The Gallery ran out)
* 1 and 2/3 oz. Vodka
* 2/3 to 1 oz. Kahlua, or
other coffee liqueur
* 1 oz. Cream
* 8 oz. rocks glass
* Spoon
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2. Add vodka.
3. Add coffee liqueur.
4. Stir.
5. Add cream.
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January 13,2009 | Page 6
Our view
We're tired of Byers
Last week, UBC political science professor, failed NDP Candidate,
and media gadfly Michael Byers went on a hunger strike as part of
the 2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike Relay. When we heard the
news, virtually every member of The Ubyssey editorial staff winced.
And not just because it was a self-serving media stunt that reeked of
martyrdom and did little to serve the actual cause of homelessness.
Since he arrived on campus in 2004, we've seen, heard, and written
more about Byers than is merited given his accomplishments—however impressive they might be. He's written many a book, comes
off as incredibly thoughtful in interviews, and people who take his
classes generally have nice things to say. That's the case with a lot of
academics though—and we don't see many thrusting themselves into
the public spotlight with the gusto Byers does.
But Byers isn't an academic at this point; he's a politician. He
ran for the NDP last election, he plans to run again for them in the
next election and he's ready to criticize the Harper government about
anything at the drop of a dime. Except he—and reporters who use
him for his good quotes and pretty face—still refer to him as an "international law expert," even when he's talking about the Olympics,
the economic crisis, or any other subject that has nothing to do with
international law. An academic imparts his learned knowledge on an
issue, and a politicians promotes himself and his particular views.
With Byers, the line is certainly blurred. At this point, whenever he
publicly promotes a cause, it's difficult to tell: is he promoting an
important issue, or is he promoting Michael Byers and the NDP?
We know that even though his actual job is a UBC professor, UBC
students aren't exactly his first priority. After all, this past semester
plenty of graduate students signed up for his class on global politics,
but when they got to their first class, he told them that due to the
upcoming election the class would be cancelled. He then proceeded
to tell them why he was running, why students should vote for him,
and, by the way, if anyone wanted to volunteer for him, that would
be super awesome. Not exactly a humble display from the socially
conscious professor.
All of which has led us to conclude the following: we're tired of
Byers; tired of talking about him, tired of hearing about him, and
tired of his pseudo-self promotion. Michael Byers, we're taking a cue
from Stephen Colbert: you're on notice. *2I
Olympic chickens home to roost
$875 million. Or $ 1500 per person ifyou're so inclined to personalize things. That's how much Vancouver and its citizenry will be on the
hook for, thanks to the overrun costs of the Olympic athletes village.
The torrent of, "I hate to say this...but I told you so" has been
running steady since this news broke last week. Everybody, it appears, predicted that the Olympics would eventually be bogged down
in some sort of financial quagmire. At the same time, let's not kid
ourselves: this is largely about the financial crisis gripping the globe.
Yes, the city signed a bad three-way deal (with Millennium, the
developers, and Fortress Investment Group, as financers) that put
way too much of the risk on our shoulders, but it's easy to say now
that anyone could have predicted the once in a century economic
downfall that's made it nearly impossible for Fortress to continue
fronting the city with the necessary funds.
The real concern here shouldn't be about the uncontrollable financial crisis, but about how the city is going to handle it. Complaints
about backroom deals by the previous municipal government are
both rampant and appropriate. There was little transparency when
the Millennium/Fortress deal was brokered by the NPA-led city council back in 2007.
Further exasperating public skepticism, the city has continually
responded to media reports about increasing costs with an insincere
confidence that everything will correct itself. In October, when it was
reported the project would overrun by $60 million, the city guaranteed that Millennium would be responsible for covering the costs,
even though the deal clearly states that the city is liable for all costs,
including overruns.
That was in October-before the public was let in on the risky
Olympic village deal. Now that all the cards are on the table, the city
is once again trying to instill confidence in the public that all is not
lost. City officials say the $875 million will be recouped when the
units are sold to private companies after the Olympics. They can't
honestly believe this.
There are 1100 units in the development, 250 of which are designated for social housing. That leaves 850 units to be sold for roughly
$ 1 million each. Despite False Creek's appeal, with the stagnant real
estate market, the city is lying to itself and Vancouverites if it thinks
it can fully recoup the losses.
It does appear that the new Vision Vancouver city council is trying
to open the shades on this much-maligned deal. Gregor Robertson
guaranteed he would hold a public meeting on the Olympic village
situation within 30 days of his inauguration. While he's a little late,
—holding the meeting only last night although he took office on Dec.
8—it's a step in the right direction.
So yes, this failure will give more ammunition to Olympic naysay-
ers who have been predicting a 2010 disaster for years, and who
have tried to link every problem this city has to the two-week event.
Ultimately though, families, cities, corporations and countries are all
struggling with the repercussions of relying on a global economic
model that was ultimately flawed for the past 2 5 years, and Vancouver's example is just one of many that will disappoint in the coming
years, which might be the most depressing thing of all. \a
by Trevor Wolf
It is earlyjanuary, and the world has woken up. The
question is, why did it take until January? Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned Hamas not
to provoke an Israeli attack on Gaza. "Please, we
ask you, do not end the truce. Let the truce continue and not stop." Meanwhile, the Israeli government declared its willingness to extend the truce
on condition of cessation of violence against Southern Israel. Despite forewarning, Hamas ended the
truce and intensified its attacks. Hundreds of rockets were fired at Israel between mid-December's
end of truce and January's Israeli incursions.
Who is to blame? It is easy to condemn Israel
when you look at the death toll. It is just as easy to
blame Hamas for deliberately targeting innocent
civilians and refusing to extend the truce. I personally place the blame on those who woke up one
day in early January and decided that they would
suddenly become humanitarian. If these people really cared about innocent civilians, they would not
only protest the current situation, but would have
also condemned the earlier Hamas attacks. Had
the world cared as much about Hamas rockets at
Israelis as they do about Israeli strikes at Hamas,
more pressure could have been applied on Gaza's
operational government to extend the truce, and
thereby spare innocent lives on both sides. Further
pressure could be applied by demanding Israel
end its embargo on the Strip in return for guarantees that Hamas stop importing rocket materials.
Many care only about the Middle East when it
suits them. Next time, let us wake up not in early
January, when the conflict has escalated beyond
repair, but rather in mid-December, when there
is still time to set things right. Humanitarian-
ism, when one-sided, only ends up deepening the
schism in an already divisive conflict.
—Yoni Dayan
Psychology 3
Yoni is a member of UBC's Israel Awareness Club.
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Has the media reported on the Gaza-Israeli conflict objectively?
Lauren Patton
Music 4
"I don't think
that it's been
covered that
well. I mean I
haven't heard
that much
about it... but
I haven't followed it that
Aaron Durand
Music 3
"I think they're
making more
of an effort
than they used
to in covering
it objectively.
I think CBC is
getting away as
portraying the
Palestinians as
an underdog."
Lori Sparrow
Forest Mgmt. 3
"I don't watch
the news."
Matthew Jaeggle
Economics 2
"They're kind of
portraying Israel
as bad. They
have demand
and wants and
need to sustain
their country."
David Murdock
Sociology 4
"No. I would
say not. Their
with the United
States pushes
aside that they
might be doing something
-Coordinated by Ian Turner, with photos by Keegan Bursaw Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
January 13,2009 \ Page 7
Will War Memorial Gym be able to sustain the games and fans in the next decade? shun endo file photo/the ubyssey
Assessing the Birds' environment
by Shun Endo	
Sports Editor
It has been said that the UBC
football fields and the Vancouver weather creates some of the
worst conditions possible for the
Many T-Birds have complained
about their feet literally sinking
into the ground. And when the
crowd cheers a goal by the basketball team, the War Memorial
Gym shakes like an earthquake,
signaling its age.
So, does this mean that UBC
has inferior facilities for athletes
here as the issue of the NCAA
comes to an end?
Ignoring the poor conditions
at the football field and the War
Memorial Gym, UBC has actually
invested substantial amounts of
money into building new athletic
facilities. The new hockey rink is
one of the official rinks for the
2010 Olympics, and new soccer
fields built on Wesbrook Mall
(although they have no space for
the fans). Furthermore, there is
a new track field that has been
under construction as we speak
and a few other projects are on
the way.
With these new projects costing the department a fortune,
it probably would be best to
postpone joining the NCAA for a
few years to stabilize the budget.
Then, by concentrating on upgrading and building new facilities, it would allow the athletes to
enjoy the luxurious environment
as well as allowing students the
privilege to use the same facilities for certain events. Basically,
a gradual movement both fiscally
and physically is ideal for the
Hopefully, this will also bring
some school spirit, which has
been non-existent for the past
few years. The only obstacle:
many of the facilities don't even
have seats for the fans and even if
they do, it's definitely not enough
to satisfy an NCAA team. \a
by Henry Lebard
T-Birds send SFU packing
Thunderbirds defeat Simon Fraser
University this past weekend
any kind of rhythm," said Hanson. "They played a triangle
plus two on us for a while to try
and force us to shoot from the
outside and it worked well on us
early since we weren't shooting
the ball well. In the second half,
we were much more relaxed
and guys executed, offensively, a
whole lot better."
With Whyte having been
taken out several times because
of fouls, others stepped up for
UBC. Brent Malish, Matt Rachar
and Kyle Watson each scored in
double figures for the Thunderbirds. Rachar had five steals and
dominated the rebounds along
with Malish.
Sports Staff
Before Saturday night's game
against the Simon Fraser University Clan, the Men's Basketball
team could say something that
no other team in Canada West
could. They could claim that they
had yet to lose two games in a
After losing at Trinity Western on Thursday 87-78, they
were on the brink of being unable to make such a claim. But
on Sunday, the Thunderbirds
showed why their #2 ranked
team in Canada, coming back
from a deficit to beat the Clan
After the first half against
SFU the team was down 33-29,
shooting an abysmal 33 per cent
from the field. SFU's Sean Burke
had a game-high 26 points, but
committed seven turnovers.
"That was one of the best
halves I've ever seen him [Burke]
play," said Thunderbirds coach
Kevin Hanson. "We adjusted our
defence to not play so aggressively and give their guys a bit of
Josh Whyte led UBC with
23 points and five assists and
played much of the game in foul
trouble. "Our depth is great, and
instead of being aggressive we
waited for them to make mistakes," said Hanson, whose team
won the Buchanan Cup with the
After being down in the first
half, the Thunderbirds were able
to mount a 30 point third quarter and took a lead that they did
not relinquish.
"We really struggled in the
first half with our shooting and
we didn't really seem to be in
"In the second half,
we were much more
relaxed and guys
executed, offensively,
a whole lot better."
—Kevin Hanson,
Thunderbirds coach
The Thunderbirds out-
rebounded the Clan 45-27 for
the game and shot 43.5 per cent
from the field while they held
their opponents to 40 per cent
shooting. UBC is top in the Pacific division in Canada West with
a 13-2 divisional record. Calgary
is the only other team in the conference with just two losses.
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