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Melanson, Andrew Hood, Liselle Law and Kate Barbaria
in travelling the world and finding the wood necessary
to produce the paper for these pages should be noted
Quin Sheppard, Anna Zoria, Justin McElroy and Jenny
Tsundu are credited with defending the aforementioned
heroes from angry wombats and beavers in thier travels,
whilst Katarina GrgiC, Samantha Jung, Trevor Record and
Ian Turner held down the fort at The Ubfssef, protecting
it from various vindictive villians trying to steal the
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Li, Trevor Record, Kyrstin Bain, Regina Nyamekye, and
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Carltti, Virgine Menard and Chibwe Mweene managing
their travel plans. In the meantime, Michael Thibault
and Brendan Albano fought in a bloody and epic battle
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Moeurs, Flora Wu, Jenny Tsundu, Tara Martellaro and
Sophie Raider provided the necessary catering service
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Mador, Anita Law, Elise Grieg, Catherine Lai provided
much-needed moral and psycological support
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and Wednesday starting at 2pm.
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Dance! • Discover Dance! is a series
shcwcasing BC-based companies. • Unti
May 27, more info go to thedancecentreca.
Monday Night Community Music &
Meal • Like to play fun music? Just
want to listen? Looking for a sense of
community? This is for all members of
the UBC community who want have
a good meal and great conversation.
All meals are home cooked and are
vegetarian-friendy • Every Monday,
6:30pm-8:30pm, Chapel of the
Epphany (6030 ChanceSor Blvd), more
info revnathanwrightcamac.com.
Drippytown: Vancouver's comic artist
on display • V\fent a different take on
Vancity? The collection features contributions from six local comic artists whose
work provides a look at life in Vancouver
• Continues until Jan 31, Rare Books and
Special Collections located in IKE, more
info at puddngsocklivejournal.com.
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Miles saves MSF thousands of dollars,
money that they use to deliver life-saving
medical humanitarian assistance to the
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you're supporting MSF's medcal humanitarian aid work and helping reduce the
amount spent on air travel. • Nov 5-Dec
4, donate at msf.ca/beyondmiles, contact
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Amnesty International UBC presents
Drink to Justice • Come out and listen
to great live music while enjoying cheap
drinks. All proceeds go to Heal Africa
(healafnca.org/cms/). • 6pm-1pm, the
Gallery, must be +19, $3 entrance
Dreamweaver Level 1 • An introduction
to Dreamweaver 8, web-usability and
good practice. Learn tried tested and
true site-building styles and how to
setLp and structure your worksite. • Free,
\2pm-1pn, Buchanan B125, mroe info
contact arts.iscaubc.ca.
Free Cupcakes • Help the UBC Learning Exchange Trek Program celebrate
its 10th anniversary. Come get a free
cupcake and hear about opportunities to
get involved in your community • 11am-
pm, between the SUB and Brock Hal,
more info contact rwprojectscaubcca or
visit learningexchange.ubcca
CfTR takes over the Gallery • Peace
{myspace.com/peacevancouver) and
\Afelter TV {myspace.com/waltertv) will
play • Cover $4, doors at 8pm, band
plays at 9pm, will be broadcast live on
1019 fm at 9pm, more info at citrca.
The Cuntalicious Coffee House and
Open Mic • Coffee provided by The
Boulevard. • 7pm-11pm, MASS, open
mic sign tps begin at 7pm, $2 entrance,
refreshments by donation
Spartacus Youth Club Class • Discuss
capitalist anarchy. V\fes Kari Marx was
right for workers revolution? Class
number four: The Russian Revolution:
How the Bolsheviks Took State Power •
6:30pm, SUB room 42T
Free the Children's Vow of Silence •
Place a piece of black (or red) tape over
your mouth to represent the silenced
voices of youth due to poverty, oppression, and violence. • All day, part of ELU
week, more info at eelubc.com.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
• Jamie Lee Hamilton speaks, followed
by a candlelight vigil, and a Pride UBC
Beverage Garden for UBC's Transgender
Day of Remembrance. • Speaker at
6pm, SUB 212/214, v'igi at 7:30pm outside the SUB, beverage garden 7-Hpm,
SUB 207/209.
Dreamweaver Level 2 • An introduction to the language of web design,
HTML Get aquainted with panels and
tools. Learn directory structuring for
HTML linking and how to set up your
own site. • Free, 12pm-1pn, Buchanan
B125, mroe info contact arts.iscaubc.ca.
Dan Savage—Savage Love Live •
Savage talks sex on campus. • 8pm,
Chan Centre, tix $27 at Ticketmaster,
more info at chancentre.com/whats-on/
Paint for Peace • The fundraiser will
involve 30 local artists coming together
and painting live At the end of the night
they will be auctioning off these pieces
All proceeds go towards building an orphanage in Nigeria in 2010. • 5pm-8pm,
Pacfc Pal'sades Hotel, 1277 Robson St,
free admission, cornplemertary snacks.
AMS Elections Information Meeting
• Come learn about nominations and
proper electoral procedure (new and
old). Meet current executives to learn
about their positions and what their jobs
entail. Occurs one week before elections
nominations open. Everyone is welcome!
• 5pm-6pm, SUB 212
Fatal Enlightenment—Rousseau's
Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
• Come join Brandon Konoval (Doctor in
Musical Arts) and other UBC students
as they explore this fascinating and
challenging text! • 10am-12pm, Victoria
Learning Theatre (Rm 182), IKE
Leave Them Laughing • Sneak-peak
at a new documentary. A comedian
rolls toward doomsday (due to AI_S)
vowing that humor will be the last sense
to go. Ninety riveting minutes of songs
about life and quips about death from
the wheelchair of a woman who vows
to exit laughing. Q&A with director John
Zaritsky following the screening. • 6pm,
Norm Theatre, donations accepted, more
info at leavethemlaughingfilm.com.
Jean Barman Comes to UBC • In
2008, BC celebrated the founding of
the Crown Colony of B.C. and BO years
of cultural dversity community and
achievement. In British Columbia, Spirit
of the People, historian Dr Jean Barman
delves into the region's history, from
the first humans to arrive in B.C. to the
promises and hopes of the 21st century,
including the first contact between
Indigenous Peoples and newcomers. •
2pm-3pm, LiSooet Room (301), IKE
ELU Helps the Homeless • Help
empower Vancouver's most vulnerable
community the Downtown Eastside. We
will be delivering sandwiches and care
packages to the homeless and DTES
shelters. • 12pm-5pm, SUB 42T/DTES,
free, more info at eelubc.com.
ELU Speaks • Come and listen to your
fellow students speak about their most
inspirational leadership experiences and
how they plan to put their ideas into
action. Event will be followed by some
sparkling wine and cheese. • 6pm-8pm,
BUCH 313, free, part of ELU Week, more
info at eelubc.com.
The AUS presents: frAUStbite •
Winter may be well upon us, but it sure
is warm in here! In festive celebration of
the end of semester, the AUS presents
frAUStbite, a semi-formal evening of
dancing and drinks featuring live performances from UBCs own trombone
quartet, Slideshow, and dub mixes by
DJ Supafiy. • 8pm-12am, Chan Centre,
tix sob in the SUB & the AUS offte in
If you have an event you want listed
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ca. This means you, campus dubs!
In the October 13 column "The best we
have is inadequate," it was claimed that
Mr Jim Taylor said he would like UBC to
merge with Vancouver in a past issue of
the Hampton Journal However, IVr Taylor
was skeptical of the merger option for
UBC, instead preferring to investigate
options such as special municipality
incorporation, and modifications of the
status-quo, and did not make this statement. The Ubyssey and author of the
column regret this error
In the November 16 article "First-Year
Seminar program postponed," we said
that AMS Council "defeated a proposal
to fund the program." We would like
to clarify that Council deferred the
motion, not defeated it, and that it was
only about whether they would like
to endorse the proposal for funding
officially. Council deferred the motion
because they felt it was not their
place to do so, postponing the motion
indefinitely. The application for funding
is not affected.
On page 15 of the November 16 issue,
we attributed a quote to Emily Griffiths,
Student Legal Fund Society president.
This is should have been attributed to
Dave Morphy, VP students at the University of Manitoba
In the November 16 article, "UBC
research fund goes up 17 per cent," Carl
Weiman won the Nobel Prize for Physics,
not the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Ubyssey regrets these errors.
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Christmas Fair
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Free Parking at Jericho Beach Lot 2009.11.19/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/3
Market vs.
land use
A: Land slated for academic purposes. Buildings, classrooms and student
residences are projects pursued first in this area. A projected 95,850
square metres of teaching and research facilities are expected to be built
inside the academic core within the next 20 years.
A: Land slated for commercial development on campus. UBC serves
as landlord and net proceeds from these leases are then endowed
to the university. These include Wesbrook Place and Hampton Place
—Compiled by Larisa Karr
UBC rejects intrusion on Campus Plan
Metro Vancouver says comment is premature before meeting with UBC
A Metro Vancouver proposal to install zoning regulations at UBC has
raised the ire of university officials,
who have warned that any imposition into the university's traditional
autonomy over academic lands
would threaten UBC's freedom.
Metro Vancouver put forward a
recommendation to its staff to propose a zoning bylaw for UBC in May.
The proposal is to be discussed for
the first time at the joint GVRD/UBC
committee meeting on November
25. However, UBC has already issued their opposition in an e-mail to
all students, staff and faculty, in addition to a press release.
UBC VP External, Legal and Community Relations Stephen Owen told
The Ubyssey the proposal is problematic because it places regulations on
areas on campus slated for academic
land use, such as student housing,
laboratories and research facilities.
"It puts seven different zones
within the academic area of the
campus," Owen explained. "It's
just an extraordinary constriction
on the university's ability to really
maintain its academic and research
The university is calling this a
violation of "academic freedom." In
1997, the university and Metro Vancouver agreed upon a Official Community Plan (OCP), which outlines
land use designation at UBC and
provides other various guidelines
for development. However, in 2000
a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) was signed between Metro
Vancouver and the university, clarifying that Metro Vancouver has control
over the development and planning
of family housing property, and UBC
has control of the development and
planning of academic, or institutional, land.
Metro Vancouver is arguing that
the OCP needs to be amended to deal
with several policy changes UBC has
made over the past decade—most
notably the current Campus Plan
"UBC currently acts as the landowner, developer, and approver for
the campus lands. This situation...
places UBC in a real or perceived
conflict of interest on some land use
issues," reads a document presented
to the Metro Vancouver Board on
November 13.
"The OCP has not yet had a comprehensive review and update,
which is normally completed for
municipal OCPs every five years....
The OCP and the new Campus Plan
should also be made consistent."
However, Owen said that the proposal is a violation of this agreement.
"Why on earth would a board that
isn't directly elected...be telling UBC,
its students, staff, board, faculty and
its researchers how to develop plans
here?" he rhetorically asked.
Bijan Ahmadian, Board of Governors student representative who sits
on the joint GVRD/UBC committee,
offered his comments on the issue-
speaking as a student, and not on
behalf of the BoG—and what implications this proposal could have on the
"When it comes to academic land
use...students and the university
have been able to resolve their own
issues themselves," said Ahmadian,
adding that the university has been
managing its own land use for over
a hundred years. "If we had to go
through new hoops, new bureaucracy, with a body that is not linked
to the university stakeholders, I don't
think that would work in the best interest of the students.
"A lot of institutional development
relies on donor funds, and if you
have to add another layer of bureaucracy to go through GVRD—which
has lengthy processes—then we cannot develop our institutional buildings as quickly as we can."
Director of Electoral Area A for
Metro Vancouver Maria Harris told
The Ubyssey that any comments
from Metro Vancouver would be
premature before the joint GVRD/
UBC meeting, as the plans are only
at the preliminary stages. She added
that Metro Vancouver's proposal was
"not a surprise and not new," and
that while Metro Vancouver is for the
idea of zoning on campus, they want
to discuss the issue in a working
group with the university.
Metro Vancouver has taken a
more active legislative role in the
past regarding academic land on
campus. In 2004, UBC was forced
to cut two stories from the original
plans for Marine Drive residences
because of backlash from the Wreck
Beach Preservation Society, as well
as reduce the number of towers from
six to three. In 2008, Metro Vancouver voiced their support for keeping
the UBC Farm at its current size. UBC
has long felt that such intrusions by
outside groups into decision-making
on campus is not helpful.
AMS President Blake Frederick
said that he could not comment
on what the AMS feels the specific
guidelines should be regarding the
proposal, but was optimistic that the
current conversation would produce
positive results for students.
"For years we have been calling
for increased governance guidelines
fo this campus, particularly around
campus planning and the land use
provisions," he said. "We would
never want to put the university in
the position where academic freedom would be compromised, but
we do believe that we should have a
larger conversation around land use
on campus.
"[However,] we do not think that
any bylaw should be implemented
that would infringe upon the academic freedom ofthe university." tl
—With files from Katarina Grgid
& Larisa Karr
1 Preferred option: Request
comments from GVRD/UBC
Joint Committee on Report titled
"Introduction of Additional Land
Use Development Provisions
to Implement the Official Community Plan for the University
of British Columbia Campus.,"
Metro Vancouver & UBC staff
would be directed to develop a
"public consultation program,"
for additional land use development provisions at UBC.
2 Proceed to a zoning bylaw
and "development permit areas"
for the UBC Lands. The public
would have the opportunity to
offer consultation.
3 Take no further action at this
A history of relations between Metro Vancouver and UBC
1992: UBC Main Campus Plan
1997: Official Community Plan (OCP)
The university's OCP establishes
generalized land use and provides
policies and other criteria for development of UBC Vancouver as well
as part of Pacific Spirit Regional
Park. Prepared for UBC as part of
the GVRD Liveable Regions Strategic Plan, this land-use document
established eight neighbourhoods
for further planning. It is enacted
as a bylaw by the GVRD Board of
Directors in 1997. Out of the OCP
spawned two further agreements:
2000: UBC/GVRD Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU)
This agreement outlines responsibilities that Metro Vancouver must
deliver to the university and its endowment lands. Metro Vancouver
has control over the development
and planning of family housing
property, and UBC has control of
the development and planning of
academic, or institutional, land.
This plan applies to the academic    maintenance and preservation ol
core of the university, designates    buildings and landscapes. The cur-
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November 2009: The Plan
Metro Vancouver introduces its desire to control zoning of academic
land on campus.
November 15,2009 UBCs Response
UBC issues a press release and e-
mail to students, staff and faculty
informing them of the university's
concerns with Metro Vancouver's
November 25: Meeting
Metro Vancouver and UBC will
discuss the new proposal for the
first time at the joint UBC/GVRD
October 2009: UBC Development
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2008: UBC Farm
Metro Vancouver voices their support for keeping the UBC Farm at
its current size, adding to UBC's
thoughts that such intrusions by
outside groups into decision-making on campus is not helpful.
2004: Marine Drive Residences
UBC is forced to cut two stories from
the original plans for Marine Drive
residences  because   of backlash
from the Wreck Beach Preservation
Society, and has to reduce the number of towers from six to three.
2000: Comprehensive Community
Plan (CCP)
Approved in 2000, the CCP provides more detail on the eight local
areas designated in the OCP. The
CCP allocates density objective for
each local area neighbourhood.
Talking science
"to whoever
will listen"
"I don't know?" is the response you'll
get if you asked David Ng for three
words that best describe him—but
what he knows for sure is that he has
a passion for scientific literacy.
The London-born professor
moved to Canada in 1981, and has
since become a Canadian citizen. Ng
is an alumnus of UBC with a Bachelor's and Doctorate in Microbiology
and Immunology. He met his wife of
ten years at Totem Park residence,
and is a father of two "awesome"
kids. Although he is not technically
affiliated with any UBC faculty, he
is a member of the Michael Smith
Laboratories, where his academic
mandate is to simply "talk science to
whoever will listen."
Ng is a key player in UBC's Terry
project, an interdisciplinary initiative
out ofthe Arts and Sciences designed
to educate students on global issues.
This self-proclaimed "science geek,"
along with Political Science professor
Allen Sens, teaches the popular Arts
Science Integrated Course (ASIC)
200, a course that focuses on global
issues. They also organize the TEDx
Terry Talks, an annual student conference where the UBC community
gathers together to listen to diverse
student speakers.
With the popularity of the TEDx
Terry Talks, Ng is currently excited
about Terry's upcoming launch of a
new program called "Terry Tales."
This is envisioned as an "informal
version of Terry talks, much like a
story telling open mike modeled
after the popular Moth Podcast." He
hopes that this more casual series
of gatherings will allow students to
have more opportunities to dialogue
and network.
Ng currently blogs at a number of
places, mcluding the Terry blog and
scienceblogs.com He is also editor of
a popular science webzine, Science
Creative Quarterly.
Ng is a guitarist who writes the
odd silly science song. Ng reads a lot
of academic material, but for a break
he likes to read creative non-fiction,
humour and graphic novels. He is
also currently a member of a book
club, although admits that this book
club is known for talking about the
book for five minutes and then focusing on the book-inspired meal for the
rest of the meeting.
When asked about his future
plans, Ng said "I am having such a
great time right now, it would be nice
to keep carrying on. I am optimistic
that some of the amazing students
I've had the privilege to work with
will go on to great things—you know,
win Nobel Prizes or Pulitzer Prizes,
that kind of thing."
"Wouldn't it be lovely if they came
back to UBC and gave a talk to inspire
future UBC students?" tJ UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 0 0 9.11.19
UBC gets new pep song
New tune to be widely sung during games and events
Hail! to the
Hail! UBC,
Thunder and lightning,
Onward to victory!
Hail! to the blue and
Hail! UBC
UBC forever!
Onward to vie
Stephen Chatman composed UBC's new pep song, anthony goektz graphic/the ubyssey
Shouts of "Hail UBC!" may soon
be common at many Thunderbird
games. The new pep song, recently
written for UBC, was introduced at
the homecoming football game on
September 2 6 of this year.
A "pep song" (also
known   as   a   "fight
song"),   is   a  team
tune        commonly
used in college sporting   events.   UBC's
original pep song was
written in 1931 by Harold King, an Arts student at the time.
It was called "Hail UBC," a name
retained in the new melody.
Three years ago, it came to Associate Director of the Development
Department at UBC Athletics Steve
Tuckwood's attention that it was time
for a new one. The original pep song
served its purpose at various university events, but "[the department]
didn't really use it at games because
it wasn't appropriate."
"The only issue is it's not a really fast song," Tuckwood said. "It's
more of a slower melodic song that...
wouldn't inspire [students] to get involved. It's not that sort of tune."
Tuckwood spoke to the School of
Music about his interest in a more
appropriate pep song for use at Thunderbird games. He was then referred
to Dr Stephen Chatman, a composer
and professor ofthe School of Music.
"Dr Chatman got up and he went
over to the piano...he said, you
mean a song that is like this?' Then
he played the Michigan fight song,
then he played the Notre Dame
fight song, and then he played the
Ohio fight song, then he played the
Wisconsin fight song. 'Something
like this, right?' And he knew them
all," remembered Tuckwood. "He's a
person who's been to these sporting
events and sees the value of having a
song like that to play."
UBC victim of bursary scams
A recent investigation by the Burnaby
RCMP Economic Crime Unit brought
attention to bursary fraud at two-post
secondary institutions, one of them
According to a press release from
the Burnaby RCMP detachment, an
individual charged students a fee,
guaranteeing clients the maximum
amount of money for bursary applications. Students allowed the suspect
to access their personal student
profiles and submit fraudulent information on the applications on their
The Ubyssey has learned that the
individual alleged to be conducting
the workshops was a former UBC
student, and is still under investigation by the RCMP.
Erin Shannon, manager of Financial Support Initiatives at UBC's
Student Financial Assistance and
Awards, said that bursary fraud was
first detected at the end of summer
2008. A flyer had been found in the
basement of the SUB, guaranteeing
bursaries of three to four thousand
dollars. Students would join a Face-
book group, attend a workshop and
employ an individual to access the
student's information and fill out
their applications.
"What really caught our attention
was the fact that the person running
it was charging for it," Shannon
said. "For any students that we had
deemed to be sort of questionable,
they were all interviewed individually. Their applications were reviewed
by our office and so were their student loan applications, to find any
discrepancies or any mismatches
between them."
"In every case we found discrepancies between what they had reported to the government and what
they had reported on their bursary."
Shannon explained that students
found to have falsified information
on student loans and bursaries were
sent forward to non-academic discipline, but were not handed over to be
dealt with by police.
"We didn't involve the students
at all with the RCMP or are looking
to press fraud charges against these
students, because we think that these
students were actually victims in
the entire thing, because they were
almost duped into believing that
this person was doing it out of good
faith," she said.
It is estimated that 15 to 20
students were involved in bursary
scams in 2008, and since then, the
bursary program at UBC has led to
significant changes within the bursary program and the application
"This all opened our eyes and we
said We have to start some sort of
audit process in order to ensure the
integrity of the bursary program,' [to
make sure] that bursaries are really
being used to fund students that are
in financial need.
"We didn't really have a formalized audit in the past," Shannon
After applications have been
received, a group of students are
randomly selected from the bursary
application pool and audited, asked
to confirm their claims and compare information with student loan
"If they are unable to verify their
information," said Shannon, "they
will face either reduction or cancellation of their bursary and possible
further disciplinary action."
Shannon suspects that what drove
students to false bursaries and student loans was fear of the application
processes. "I think what happened is
that students are often scared of the
student loan process and the bursary
process and thinking that there is a
certain way to answer your questions
in order to get a benefit, rather than
answer it truthfully.
"There is no trick to the system.
And that is a very common misconception out there, that it's a game
almost, and if you want funding
you have to answer in a certain
While there have not been any
cases of fraud since 2008, Shannon
hopes that students answer honestly
on their applications and approach
Student Financial Assistance &
Awards if they have any questions or
RCMP Corporal Brenda Gresiuk
also had advice for students.
"Never provide personal information or access to your personal information to anyone," she said. "Doing
so could put you at risk for identity
theft. Always use trusted services offered to students by the university or
"If something sounds too good to
be true, it's probably a scam." vU
After Dr Chatman wrote the
song, the UBC Wind Ensemble and
a choir assembled to record it. The
University Singers, the top choral
ensemble at UBC, and the UBC
Opera Ensemble joined to total
between 80 and 100 voices for the
One full version was recorded,
and a 28-second "stinger" was added.
The shorter "stinger" version will be
played whenever the Thunderbirds
score a goal at a game. Chatman
expects that the crowd will soon be
shouting along to the main parts of
the song, namely the part that goes
"Hail UBC!"
His favourite part of the song is
the yelling. "The range is easy, it's
memorable and the words aren't
very hard. I think eventually, the
crowd is going to learn to yell."
"I think it's fantastic. I've been
teaching in the United States for
the past 15 years and ["Hail UBC"]
is as good, or better, than any of the
American pep songs," said Director
of Choral Activities Dr Graeme Lan-
gager, who directed the voices for
the recording. "I believe that Stephen
Chatman has written an absolutely
perfect pep song. It's easy to sing, it's
catchy and it's energetic."
The pep song made its first debut
live ayear ago at The President's Blue
and Gold Revue in the Chan Centre.
"When I fir st hear d it, I was like Teah
this is fantastic!' It was exactly what
we needed," said Tuckwood.
Students have expressed similar
views to the new pep song.
Jon Hitchen, a freshman on the
Thunderbirds football team, liked
the song, but wishes it would be
played live instead of from a recording. "I wish ["Hail UBC"] was played
by a live band type thing, sort of like
how they have it in the American
football leagues," he expressed.
"Being able to see it brings a different presence and the sound is more
Third-year student in Music, Livia
Gho, agreed. "Having our own pep
song gives us a sense of identity. It is
especially important in cultivating a
sense of belonging and unity."
"["Hail UBC"] captures the essence
of a typical pep song. I take pride
in the fact that UBC bothers to have
its own pep song to represent the
spirit of the sportsmen or any other
[student]." tJ
Recordings ofthe song can be heard at
Japadog draws
crowd despite rain
On Monday, people were lining up
with their umbrellas in the cold rain,
all in hope for a hot, steaming Japadog. With flavours like Terimayo and
Okonomi, Japadog drew crowds of
the familiar and the curious.
First-year Arts student Joan Men-
doza, a fan of Japadog, wasn't fazed
bythe rain. "I'd do it anyways. When
it's in Robson street, I still stand out
there, so why not. It's closer than going out downtown."
The Japanese remake of the
hotdog was brought to UBC  in
collaboration with the Biological
Sciences Society to help raise funds
for their grad events. "It will either
be for just biology students, or all of
[the faculty of] science...By raising
money, we can subsidize the cost,
so it's lower for students," explained
Evan Baker, VP internal ofthe club.
Over 500 hotdogs were sold,
with all proceeds will be going to
the club.
—Kathy Yan Li
Dvorak compares AMS
Executive to war criminals
VP Finance Tom Dvorak has finally
snapped. In a recent quarterly report, Dvorak came down on his fellow AMS Executives—and hard.
The first page of the report is entitled "Things Have Gone Sideways,"
in all-uppercase bolded letters.
Hannah Arendt wrote that the
great evils in history are generally
committed by ordinary people doing
as they are told. Dvorak alludes to
Arendt's work by using her phrase,
"The Banality of Evil" to describe the
function of the AMS Executive this
"Comparing myself and my fellow
executives to war criminals is fairly
drastic," Dvorak wrote, "but I honestly feel that Arendt's thesis applies
to the past few months at the AMS."
The report comes hot off the heels
of an Executive Oversight Committee (ExCom) meeting, which Dvorak
believes "helped [him] realign [his]
"Without their work, much of this
may never have come to the surface,"
he said.
What exactly has been going on
that needs to come to the surface?
According to the ExCom meeting
minutes, VP Academic and University Affairs Johannes Rebane believes
that there has been a "lack of exec
meetings" and he states that the exec
"mostly work[s] alone."
The lack of conimunication and
cooperation between executives has
been a sore point for a while now.
Dvorak wrote that their lack of communication means that the AMS is
"sub-optimized"—basically meaning
"largely ineffectual."
Dvorak issued an apology and
a revised version of his report on
Wednesday morning, which leaves
out his war criminal comparisons
as well as most of his comments on
executive internal relations, va
"Comparing myself
and my fellow executives to war criminals
is fairly drastic, but I
honestly feel that Arendt's thesis applies to
the past few months at
the AMS."
— Tom Dvorak,
AMS VP finance
Academics rate high, food rates low
UBC rated fairly high on Globe and Mail survey
UBC students find their academic
settings and campus environment
satisfactory, but don't share the
same thoughts on available food, according to The Globe and Mail's 2010
Canadian University Report Card.
The eighth annual report surveyed
just under 40,000 students from 53
Canadian universities to rate their
schools in 19 categories, from the
quality of education and level of satisfaction to class size and the quality
of campus bars and pubs.
"Our survey has established the
importance of treating undergrads
as a paying customer and improving campus experience," said Simon
Beck, editor of the Canadian University Report.
UBC consistently received a B-av-
erage for three consecutive years in
the "large-sized university" category
based on enrolment.
While the school got an A- in
academic reputation and campus
atmosphere, it received a B- in campus pubs and bars, student-faculty
interaction, career preparation, class
size, student services and student
residences. The lowest grade was a C
for food services.
Beck explained the reasoning behind the low grade in food services.
"This is because most [universities] use big multinational companies as their food contractors, who
provide bad food and bad selection,"
he said.
But receiving a low grade for food
on university campus is not new,
said Beck. "Most universities get
terrible grades on food every year,"
he said. The highest score for small
universities is a C and for large-sized
universities, the top two institutions earned B- grades for campus
Still, Beck said there is "one shining exception," which is the University of Guelph—the only university to
receive an A for food services.
According to the school's website,
U of Guelph offers 16 different dining venues where a large percentage
of campus food is "made fresh from
scratch," which prevents having to
use pre-packed frozen food. Campus
dinning is available seven days a
week from 7am until midnight.
"Other [universities] would do
well to copy Guelph's example if they
want their students to stop complaining about food services," Beck said.
UBC VP Students Brian Sullivan
said that the reason UBC Food Services is rated low is not because of
the quality of the service itself, but
because food, in general, is easy to
complain about.
"We typically get food services
rated low because...food is one of
the things that's a flash point for
people...it's not hard to complain
about," Sullivan said. "We have a lot
of sustainable options, vegetarian
meals and many other choices."
Sullivan is also skeptical about
UBC receiving a B- grade for student
services. He said that because most
students had taken the survey "in
the middle of the process of looking
for money" their views on student
services, including financial aid,
were disproportionately given a low
rating. The results were based on
over 100 questions taken at studen-
tawards.com, one of the Ministry of
Education's recommended sites to
search for student financial aid.
Sullivan said there are many other
ways to assess student satisfaction,
including the National Survey of
Student Engagement (NSSE). The
survey is conducted every two years
for all first-year students and fourth-
year students to answer dozens of
According to Maclean's, the NSSE
survey results revealed that although
UBC rates lower than the NSSE average in all areas, UBC saw improvements since lastyear in the five benchmarks: level of academic challenge,
student-faculty interaction, active
and collaborative learning, enriching
educational experience and supportive campus environment.
Other evaluation tools include the
New to UBC (NUBC) survey, introduced last August when all incoming
students were asked about UBC services, extracurricular activities and
campus characteristics.
Despite all, UBC has been "trickling upward overall" and the B+
rating for "most students satisfied"
at the Globe report brings "some encouragement," Sullivan added.
"[It's a] pretty decent measure." tl
"Most universities
get terrible grades on
food every year," he
said. The highest score
for small universities
is a C and for large-
sized universities, the
top two institutions
earned B- grades for
campus munchies.
—Simon Beck,
Editor ofthe Canadian
University Report
Most satisfied students B+ (A highest)
Quality of education B+ (A highest)
Student-faculty interaction B- (B+ highest)
Teaching B (A- highest)
Course availability B (A- highest)
Class size B- (A- highest)
Ease of course registration B+ (A- highest)
Student services B- (A- highest)
Food services C (B-highest)
Recreation and athletics B (A+ highest)
Buildings and facilities B (A highest)
Student residences B- (A highest)
Campus pubs/bars B- (B+ highest)
Libraries B+ (A highest)
Campus tech B+ (A highest)
Campus atmosphere A- (A+ highest)
Career prep B- (B+ highest)
Academic reputation A- (A+ highest)
Environmental commitment B (B highest)
*Compared only with large schools
Nominations open
November 30th
close January 8
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Information Meeting
Monday November 23rd
Learn about electoral procedures (new and old) and
listen to current executives talk about their positions
SUB 212, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
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Keeping your cup half full during exams
A guide to coffee shops
and stops around campus
Though we've fallen back and are
now in the depths of early dusk and
late sunrise, we somehow end up
sleeping less because of our post-
Halloween horrors; midterms, papers and exams, oh my! And as the
season of giving approaches, it looks
like we'll be receiving plenty more
assignments. To keep you awake
long enough to make it to second
term, The Ubyssey presents a guide
to the best study sesh/refresh coffee
shops on campus.
1961 EastMall
Conveniently situated in the IBLC,
Ike's Cafe has fast service for those
wanting a quick bite to-go as well as a
spacious lounge with plenty of tables
for studying, and electrical outlets so
you can play Happy Farm on your
laptop (this is an important part of
the studying process). They offer the
caffeine basics, from lattes and cappuccinos to teas starting from $ 1.65.
They're quick with drinks, but you'll
have to wait a little longer for food.
Ifyou're feeling hungry, it'll cost you
from $4-5 or more for campus-style
cafe fare. The sandwiches or samosas will generally satisfyyour hunger,
but not always your taste buds. Their
drink menu doesn't offer much
room to be creative with syrups or
milks, and their food menu varies
from day to day; ifyou're lucky, you'll
come across the occasional quiche. If
you'd like to skip the caffeine, Ike's
also offers bottled juices, vitamin
water and flavoured milk.
Ideal for. A snack before, after, or during a study session.
5970 University Boulevard
The Boulevard's comfortable, chatty
atmosphere will suck you in and
you may find yourself chiming into
a conversation here or there—or
perhaps you'll find yourself posting
your eavesdropping on Overheard at
UBC. They offer a capacious seating
area, including some outdoor seating, as well as a seminally updated
art gallery. In the event thatyou find
yourself without a seat, you can linger by the counter until one is available. The Boulevard roasts their own
coffee beans and offers coffee, lattes
and well-made cappuccinos from
$1.65 and up. The Boulevard is open
daily until 10pm.
Ideal for: A harebrained discussion
about the meaning of life
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Tucked away in the Life Sciences
Centre, is Caffe Perugia, a cozy cof-
feeshop laden with foods and caffeine galore. Teas and coffee start at
$1.60, and besides the usual array
of croissants and cinnamon buns,
you'll also find rice bowls and sushi
starting from $4. In addition, Caffe
Perugia serves soups, paninis and
pasta. It's a great solution for picking up a snack or energy drink, or a
place to have lunch with a friend. If
you avoid the peak hours, they provide a nice outdoor view with lots of
natural light. Bonus points for large
tables and a plethora of electrical
Ideal for: Writing a paper that is (over)
6393 North West Marine Drive
For those of us who have to travel
near the Museum of Anthropology for classes or discussions, Cafe
MOA is a good solution on days you
forget your lunch. Starting from $4,
Cafe MOA offers sandwiches, wraps,
paninis, soup and a recent addition
to their menu—samosas. They sell
teas and coffee from $1.65; not the
typical Tazo or Lipton brands. They
also offer a selection of energy drinks
and bottled juices similar to the ones
available at Starbucks. Cafe MOA has
a large seating area, but their tables
and chairs are more suitable for dining than studying. Generally, Cafe
MOA provides a quiet environment,
until a train of eager elementary students on field trip trek in.
Ideal for: Grabbing a snack as you
make your long trek to Koerner
6331 Crescent Road
Located below Sage Bistro, LTK Cafe
serves coffee and tea from $1.65 as
well as the usual selection of baked
goods from $1.80 and up. They
offer sandwiches from $3-$4 but not
much else in the way of foods. They
are equipped with a microwave for
you to heat up your own meal, however. LTK Cafe has a great seating
area with tables and couches suitable
for individual or group studying, as
well as a view of a lovely zen-inspired
garden complete with a pond and
benches. Overall, LTK Cafe is probably a better choice for picking up
a snack as you study. Ifyou're looking for a cold drink, they also offer
bottled juices and pop.
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Lest We Forget
Transgender Day of Remembrance
On November 28, 1998 a woman
named Rita Hester was brutally
stabbed to death in her home in
Boston, Massachusetts. This violent
murder catalyzed a web project
entitled "Remembering our Dead"
and an annual Transgender Day
of Remembrance honoured every
November 20 in dozens of cities.
Thousands of people take the day
to memorialize those we have lost
to anti-transgender hate crimes—approximately one murder a month
and counting—and to stand together
against violence and silence.
This Friday, November 20 UBC
will commemorate Transgender
Day of Remembrance with a series
of events open to all. Renowned Vancouver activist Jamie Lee Hamilton
will speak at 6pm in SUB 214/216. A
candlelight vigil will follow at 7:3 Opm
outside the SUB. The tone then shifts
to celebration of gender expression
with drag dress-up in SUB 245.
Following this evening of education, observance and play, all are
welcome to attend two 19+ events.
On campus, the Pride UBC Beer Garden and Drag Show runs from 7pm
to 11pm in SUB 207/209. At 10pm a
"guerrilla trans bar" will depart from
outside SUB 207. Like a guerrilla
gay bar, this event comprises a safe
pack of queers and allies storming
a downtown nightclub for a night of
partying with a purpose.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to, in the
words of activist Gwendolyn Ann
Smith, "cry for those who we have
lost, and let your anger out for a society that would allow them to die." To
commemorate this day is to stand, in
solidarity, for a society in which all
are truly free. \3
Editors' note: This article was originally submitted to Beaner Mitchell who
passed it on to The Ubyssey. Beaner
is the Outreach Coordinator of Pride
UBC. Mitchell is involved in the organization of these events, although she
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Savage Love is coming
to the Chan Centre
Political activist, internationally syndicated sex columnist, author, editor
and proud gay dad Dan Savage takes
to the Chan Centre this Saturday to
answer the city's sexual inquiries
with his usual blunt charm and frank
sexual honesty.
Savage first made his mark at Seattle's alternative weekly newspaper,
The Stranger, in 1991, taking on the
self-proclaimed role of "a gay Ann
Landers," and doling out snarky
semi-serious advice to aU-stripes-of-
sexuals in his column, Savage Love.
Eighteen years later, Savage is the
editorial director of The Stranger and
Savage Love has turned into a massive hit, spawning books, a podcast
and numerous speaking gigs. Savage
has become the poster child for dirty
sexy straight-talk.
Questions sent to him range
from the predictable, "How do I hit
my g-spot?" to cloying teenage desperation, "Now my face hurts from
crying, and I want someone sane to
tell me which way is up. Whose side
are you on?... Pleeeeeease help" to
the truly bizarre, "There have to be
people out there, walking among
us, who enjoy having sex with those
stretched earlobe holes, right?"
Answers are often mined from
Savage's own fertile sexual history
and are always provocative, sincere
and full of surprises—though they
can be a bit harsh at times; in one
column he tells "Hurting in Oregon,
'"You sound like an insecure, passive-aggressive guilt tripper."
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UBC is looking to put an end to a six game losing streak and maybe Posthumus' 7-foot-3 wingspan will help. Posthumus chose UBC over local universities, Manitoba, Winnipeg and Brandon, keegan bursaw hie photo/the ubyssey
Chad Posthumus may become the next big man on campus
Winnipeg's Chad Posthumus is
UBC's newest big man. At 6-11 and
260 pounds, he has been recruited
to fill the void left by centre Bryson
Kool's graduation and he relishes
that. Though he hasn't had much
playing time yet this year, he is confident playing time will come.
"We lost two ofthe big guys, which
was part of my decision to come
here, because you gets lot of playing
time—see some floor," he said.
Posthumus' road to UBC was
not easy: by his own admission, he
sturggled during his first two years
of high school.
"I wasn't too good a couple years
back. But then I really focused my
mind to it and did a lot of training
outside of basketball instead of just
on the court. And that helped me
step up my game quite a bit," he
candily admitted.
After he started seeing a personal trainer and practicing in his
spare time, his game took off. Last
year, he averaged an astounding 3 9
The Thunderbird Men's volleyball
team will by to end the first half of
their season on a winning note this
weekend, as UBC (1-5) faces the
Thompson Rivers Wolfpack (2-4) at
home for a two-game series, while
the women's volleyball team (6-0)
will look to continue their winning
ways against the Wolfpack (0-6) at
War Memorial Gym on Friday and
Saturday at 8pm.
Men's head coach Richard Schick
assessed his team's performance
over the past month: "There were a
lot of doubts in their own minds last
week...and that's tough to play, with
many new guys, not knowing how to
work together an strive together [or]
how guys will react."
UBC began the season ranked
points and 25 rebounds a game as
a senior in high school. Not surprisingly, 22 universities head-hunted
him, most notably the Wisconsin
Badgers, a Big Ten school in the
However, Posthumus did not get
a single phone call from the University of Ottawa or Carleton University, two of Canada's top basketball
schools. Local universities, Manit-
boa, Winnipeg and Brandon were
seriously considered by Posthumus,
but in the end, he chose a serious
contender: UBC.
He said he chose the Thunderbirds for a number of reasons. The
squad has been one of the top programs in Canada for much of the
decade, having made the national
championships six out of the last
seven years. Also, Posthumus is a
Type One diabetic. In Vancouver,
unlike other cities he considered, the
medical services he needs are readily available.
"Being a Type One diabetic, there
is a lot of support here," he said.
Posthumus contends being a Type
One diabetic should not interfere
with his play, though he admits he'll
occasionally reach for a snack or a
sip of Gatorade during practice.
He loves the rigor, so far. After
suffering from Mono for a month
and a half this summer, he quickly
got back on the court and regained
10 of the 15 pounds he lost within
weeks. Posthumus is looking forward to playing Trinity Western's Jacob Doerksen, last year's CIS Player
of the Year. "He's a big guy," said
Posthumus. "It's going to be tough
playing against him, but a great
dude. It'll be a good challenge." vU
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No. 7 in the country on the strength
of a preseason record of 8-3. Since
then, they have had four straight
losses, sending them down to ninth
place in the ten-team conference.
"It just comes down to confidence
and the mental side of the game
because we're still the same team
that had those successes during the
preasesaon and I'm not chalking
those up to luck," said Schick.
Volleyball isn't the only sport where
the men's team is struggling lately.
The men's hockey (3-6-1) team began the 2009/2010 season ranked
in the top ten, but lost six straight
games, giving up 34 goals over that
span, and now need a good weekend
against the Lethbridge Pronghorns
(3-8-1) at Thunderbird Arena
(7:30pm) to avoid falling to last place
in the Canada West conference.
"We're really focusing on scoring
goals, and going hard to the net.
In the last six games, we've been
averaging a goal a game, and that's
not good enough," said head coach
Milan Dragicevic. "We didn't score at
UBC is looking to put an end to a six-game losing streak, keegan bursaw file photo/the ubyssey
the right times... It's not from a lack
of work ethic, it's a lack of scoring
goals at the right time."
Justin McCrae and Brandon Campos lead the T-Birds with nine points
each. In goal, Francois Thuot has
fallen to the bottom of the pile after
a rough couple of weekends, and
currently sports a 3.83 GAA and .870
save percentage. Dragicevic knows
what the stakes are.
"This is a huge weekend. We've
both lost six in a row. When it comes
down to it, this is a situation where
for us, one team's going to separate
themselves from the other team, and
get closer to the playoffs. So for us,
this is a playoff weekend." vl 10/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2009.11.19
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Our investigative team looks
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Favoured Readership,
These last few days have been
a bit of a drip as far as we're concerned and, frankly, we here at Too
Sexy have been left feeling cold and
damp. Thankfully, indoor entertainment has its perks, especially when
you've got a friend to play with. For
those of you on your lonesome, or
for those of you temporarily holed
up in a public hall or classroom, we
offer this humble column to keep
your mind off the shitty weather
do anal but im scared it might make
me crap myself, plus i herd it hurts,
what do i do?
Well, semi-literate and acronym-less
reader, the answer you seek is a
simple one: don't do anything you
don't feel comfortable with. Your
boyfriend may "really want" to try
anal sex, but we can't all have our
druthers all the time. While he absolutely has the right to let you know
about his browntown curiosity, you
absolutely have the right to be icked
out and proclaim your anus a no-go
zone. And obviously, any coercive attempts on his part to make you feel
guilty for doing so would be a violation of his role as a (hopefully) caring
Moreover, if he were to pressure
you into trying it and you're as afraid
as you say, your sphincter muscles
would tense up from the anxiety and
the experience would be no good for
either of you. That being said, we feel
obligated, as sex columnists, to both
allay your anal sex fears and make
a pitch for open-minded (and open-
sphinctered) exploration.
So let's talk about your fears. You
seem to be afraid that anal sex might
make you lose control of your bowels
and shower the bed in a coprophili-
ac's wet dream. However terrifying
this prospect may be, you need not
worry—it won't happen. Your anal
sphincter is a ring of muscles whose
basal relaxation state is contracted,
rather than all loose and wiggly-like
your other muscles. And since there
are muscles back there, rather than
simply a hole in your skin, your anus
can't be stretched out permanently
or even on a longer-term basis.
Some mild dilation directly following the act itself is normal, but does
not last more than a minute or so.
After that, the musculature around
the anus ensures that it returns to
its former closed state, unless something drastic (and highly unlikely)
such as tearing has occurred.
Which brings us to...
The pain issue. We regret to inform you that having foreign objects
rammed up your backside can indeed be quite painful, especially for
the newcomer. Fortunately, there
are a number of things you can do
to prevent this unpleasant situation.
The first, unlikely as it may sound, it
to just relax. This is why lack of pressure and willingness on the part of
the ass in question are important for
enjoyable anal sex. If your sphincter
is relaxed, the muscles there will not
offer uncomfortable resistance to
the inserted object. By the same token, the partner doing the inserting
should go slowly, avoid making sudden movements, and work the penis
(or other object) into the orifice a
little at a time. This will prevent any
untoward effects like abrasions and
Friction is also an issue here, but
fliankfully modern scientists have
thwarted this harm by inventing
a wonderful substance known as
lubricant, which some people colloquially call 'lube." Lube reduces
friction, making things (like, say,
penises) slippery, so that they don't
cause wear and tear. With the help of
this slippery solution, you may find
anal sex as easy as traditional sex.
Indeed, some women prefer anal
sex to its vaginal kindred and it's
generally accepted as the preferred
penetrative method of homosexual
men as well. Why, once you get used
to it, it's as simple as a walk in the
park. A deeply intrusive, kinky walk
in the park.
So that's why anal sex is nothing
to be afraid of, readership. Furthermore, we'd like to note that just
about any sex life can be spiced up
with the inclusion of something different, new and taboo.
Anyway, that's all for this week.
Send your letters to toosexy@ubys-
sey.ca. It's anonymous and, if you
use a spell checker, we promise to
be nice to you. tl
Where do you get your groceries?
Trevor Epp
Jennifer Lee
Chrstina Moth
Lauren Mueller
Adeeb Tawseef
Education 4
"Smaller grocery
Forestry 1
"A lot of them are
"1 just got a
"Safeway. It's
from Wal-Mart,
Safeway, because
membership for
stores. 1 live in
cheap and it's
some of them
it's convenient.
Costco, so that's
Kitsilano and
near campus....! try
are from a shop
[Safeway] is a lot
my new plan.
there are a lot of
to buy in bulk...be-
near where 1 lived
more expensive...
But before that
grocery stores
cause I don't like
called the Chong-
[but] it's right by
1 used to go to
like that. And 1
going to the store
Lee Markets
do it because
all the time, but
few of them 1 get
nience matters
and little Asian
it's actually more
when I do need
from Price Smart
to me more [than
stores...because 1
convenient, not
something I go to
Foods.Jhey're on
think Safeway is
really for the
Hubbard's in Va-
the way between
ridiculous in every
prices because 1
nier...or the shops
work and where 1
way, and 1 want to
find that they're
in the Village. I
live, one of them
save money....[By
equally if not more
really don't have
is within walking
ridiculous 1 mean]
expensive than
much time. I have
distance [of my
the prices, and
grocery stores like
a heavy course
house] and the
sometimes you
Safeway but they
load, so it's about
other has prod
buy stuff and it's
also have better
what I can get
ucts you can't get
one day before
produce...! also re
really quickly."
anywhere else."
the due date, or
the expiration
date, and 1 think
it's infested with
ally like Asian food,
so that's part of
the reason why."
—Coordinated b
y Tara Martellaro with photos
by Chibwe Mweene
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Toope's e-mail just hot air
Many of you probably woke up on Saturday, still reeling from the previous
night's festivities, to find you'd received a rare e-mail from your humble
university president, Stephen Toope, which claimed that the end of the world
was coming because Metro Vancouver wanted to take over campus. You
might be wondering: Is this really true?
Not really. In 1997, UBC and Metro Vancouver negotiated an Official Community Plan (OCP) that outlined how UBC would be governed. That document
was based off the UBC Campus Plan, which was passed in 19 92. Since UBC is
finishing up a new Campus Plan, it follows that the OCP should be changed.
Ifyou're Stephen Toope, apparently not. Instead, you should send a
borderline-hysteical e-mail out to all of your friends, using words like
"devastating" and "unprecedented," because Metro Vancouver wants UBC to
operate in the same way as McGill or the University of Toronto.
Toope's e-mail ends urging students, staff and the UBC community to
e-mail academic.fteedom@ubc.ca. Which is ironic because the university's
concerns aren't about any freedom but their own. They're based on UBC
wanting to keep total control—of zoning, of development and of keeping
students as second-class citizens in a community that caters more and more
each year to people who don't actually attend the university.
This isn't about academics, or research, or real complaints about academic land use. Metro Vancouver doesn't care about that. They care that
an institution exists that is the size of a city, has the resources of a city, and
makes zoning and development decisions in the same way that an actual city
does, and they have no real control over it.
Just because it works for the university doesn't mean it's right. Or legal.
UBC's situation has never made sense. Metro Vancouver's actions are
just the first step, but it may result in this campus having the sort of accountability and organization that makes sense. Instead of complaining and
sending hysterical e-mails, Toope should suck it up, look for compromises,
and accept the fact that the days when the university acts as judge, jury and
executioner may be coming to an end. vl 2009.11.19/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/ll
whole wheat loaf
Mainly Organic: $2.09
Famous Foods: $2.19
Triple A Market: $2.59
Safeway: $2.69
Norman's Fruit and Salad: $3.19
East-End Food Co-op: $3.29
Donald's Market: $339
Everfresh Produce: $3.49
Santa Barbara Market: $3.49
Nester's: $3.69
Choices Market: $3.99
Capers: $3.99
Drive Organics: $3.99
per pound
Santa Barbara Market: $039
Dollar Grocers: $0.49
Norman's Fruit and Salad: $0.49
Young Brothers Produce: $0.49
Dunbar Produce: $0.59
Everfresh Produce: $0.59
Stong's: $0.59
Tim's Fresh Produce: $0.59
Donald's Market: $0.69
Famous Foods: $0.79
Safeway: $0.79
Triple A Market: $0.79
Marketplace IGA $0.89
Nester's: $0.99
l of 2% milk
Dollar Grocers: $1.79
Safeway: $1.81
Stong's: $1.89
Choices Market: $1.89
Capers: $1.99
East-End Food Co-op: $1.99
Marketplace IGA: $1.99
Tim's Fresh Produce: $2.19
Dunbar Produce: $2.19
Famous Foods: $2.19
Santa Barbara Market: $2.20
Norman's Fruit and Salad: $2.20
Donald's Market: $2.29
Young Brothers Produce: $2.39
Triple A Market: $2.59
per lOOg of cheddar
Dollar Grocers: $1.59
Norman's Fruit and Salad: $1.59
Santa Barbara Market: $1.69
Safeway: $1.79
Famous Foods: $1.86
Stong's: $1.89
Nester's: $1.99
Donald's Market: $2.07
Everfresh Produce: $2.09
East-End Food Co-op: $2.10
Triple A Market: $2.10
Mainly Organic: $2.27
Drive Organics: $3.25
per pound
Norman's Fruit and Salad: $039
Tim's Fresh Produce : $0.59
Santa Barbara Market: $0.59
Donald's Market: $0.69
Triple A Market: $0.79
Dollar Grocers: $0.79
Famous Foods: $0.87
Dunbar Produce: $0.89
Young Brothers Produce: $0.89
Everfresh Produce: $0.89
Stong's: $0.99
Nester's: $1.29
Safeway: $1.29
Marketplace IGA: $1.49
per pound
Triple A Market: $0.79
Norman's Fruit and Salad: $0.99
Young Brothers Produce: $0.99
Everfresh Produce: $139
Stong's: $139
Santa Barbara Market: $139
Famous Foods: $1.47
Tim's Fresh Produce: $1.49
Donald's Market: $1.69
Marketplace IGA: $1.69
Dunbar Produce: $1.89
Dollar Grocers: $1.99
Nester's: $1.99
Safeway: $2.29
The Ubyssey investigative
team shopped around for
the best deals in town—so
you don t have to. Without
further ado, we present the
fruits of our labour.
With the economic downturn, university students around the world
are asking the same question: Is it
possible to buy beer and food? We
pondered this mystery, and The
Ubyssey's investigative team flooded local supermarkets in search of
the best deals on groceries. Here is
what we came up with:
Whether you're looking for
produce, bread or dairy, Triple
A Market has some of the lowest
prices in town.
Your dollar also goes a long
way at Tim's Fresh Produce, on
West Broadway, but selection is
For the one-stop grocery shop,
Safeway and IGA are comparable;
however, you will save more on
dairy at Safeway.
Choices beats out both Capers
and Stong's to earn the prize for
being most expensive all around.
Organic food markets, such as
Drive Organics, are cheaper than
the larger chain organic grocery
stores, especially for dairy items,
but aren't necessarily a good deal
for produce.
The best deals on produce are
probably at Everfresh Produce,
but all small produce places tend
to have good deals. However, local
produce stores often charge more
for non-produce items, such as bread
and dairy.
After all is said and done, choosing a grocery store is typically a matter of convenience for most students
living on or off campus. Accordingly
here are some good general rules to
keep in mind:
1 Make sure thatyou are actually saving money by not dining out.
2 White eggs should not cost more
than $2.
3 You should not buy apples for more
than $2 a pound (even if they are
4 Milk is frequently $2 a litre, and
the smaller the store, the more expensive. The same pricing rules apply for butter.
5 White and whole wheat sandwich
bread can be found for less than
$2.50 a loaf, and the smaller the grocery store, the cheaper.
So the next time your pocketbook
feels a bit light and your stomach a
bit empty, shop smart. That way you
can buy more beer. tl
—With files from Lana Mador,
Jenny Tsundu, Larisa Karr, Anita
Law, Quin Sheppard, Elise Grieg
Sophie Raider, Kalen-Leech Porter,
Catherine Lai & Clayton Weins.
Santa Barbara Market: $5.89
Dollar Grocers: $7.99
Marketplace IGA: $11.95
Stong's: $12.45
Famous Foods: $12.89
Donald's Market: $12.99
East-End Food Co-op: $13.99
Drive Organics: $13.99
Nester's: $14.99
large box (525g)
Santa Barbara Market: $4.59
Choices: $4.79
East-End Food Co-op: $5.69
Marketplace IGA: $5.99
Nester's: $6.49
Stong's: $6.99
Addresses of
locations used
Capers-2285 W 4th
Choices Market-2627 W 16th
Dollar Grocers-2210 Commercial
Donald's Market-2279 Commercial
Drive Organics-1045 Commercial
Dunbar Produce-4355 Dunbar
East-End Food Co-Op-1034 Commercial
Everfresh Produce-2970 Main
Famous Foods-1595 Kingsway
Mainly Organic-4348 Main
Marketplace IGA-3535 W 41st
Nester"s-4475 Main
Norman's Fruit and Salad-1604
Safeway-2315 W 4th
Santa Barbara Market-1322 Commercial
Stong's-4560 Dunbar
Tim's Fresh Produce-2827 W Broadway
TMple A Market-1626 Commercial
Young Brothers Produce-3151 W
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