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Editors: Kalyeena Makortoff & Micki Cowan
01.26.2012 | 3
Election infractions committed by Senate and BoG candidates
Micki Cowan
News Editor
This year's elections have been
fairly tame for elections administrator Carolee Changfoot.
Lastyear saw the disqualification
and then reinstatement of a presidential candidate, Omar Chaaban,
and slating accusations leveled
against current AMS President
Jeremy McElroy and VP External
candidate Mitch Wright.
This year, seven candidates have
been placed in the "penalty box"
for election infractions. "Both
Katherine Tyson and Carven Li
promoted their campaign via social
media before the campaign period
even started," said Changfoot.
Caroline Wong also ended up in
the penalty box. "Her volunteers
got the message at the wrong time
and ended up postering before her
material was even approved," said
The idea behind the penalty box
is that voters see the names of those
who committed infractions when
they go to vote online. "Generally
the penalty box will be put up where
it is right now; it's very close to the
'vote here' button. It's in a visible
place," she said.
Accordingto a news release sent
bythe 2012 Elections Committee,
the most recent additions to the
penalty box are Erik MacKinnon,
Dawei Ji, Aaron Sihota and Jordan
Stewart for participating in slatelike activity.
MacKinnon's name was at the
bottom of an email sent to the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
that also included statements
supporting other candidates from
the faculty.
MacKinnon said that when he
inquired about sending out the
email with the IT announcements,
they informed him they would only
send out one email. In order to be
fair to the other candidates from
his faculty, he informed them ofthe
opportunity and submitted their
write-ups along with his.
"I specifically put in the email to
Margaret Nicholson, who handles
this at Pharmacy, that it can't go out
on my behalf and if it has my name
on it [that's] a violation of elections
rules," said MacKinnon. His name
was also misspelled at the bottom
ofthe email. MacKinnon sees it as
a mistake. "I made it very clear that
the...intention was never to run as
a slate, we don't even have similar
views on anything."
Although the candidates and the
faculty stated itwas unintentional,
the committee has still found them
in violation of code. They will each
receive a penalty and a fine often
per cent of their maximum spending limit. 13
President's Entrance Scholarship axed
Ming Wong
In a bid to maximize its effectiveness in attracting students,
over six million dollars' worth of
UBC's scholarship budget is being
The UBC President's Entrance
Scholarship (PES) program, which
gives one-time financial awards to
incoming students based on their
high school grades, will no longer
be awarded as of January 1, 2012.
The PES was set up as a financial incentive to persuade students
to choose UBC over other post-secondary institutions. But UBC said
that research shows the scholarship is not determining students'
choice to enroll at the university.
"Our reputation, choice of program [and] our geographic location, were much more powerful
considerations than a $500 PES,"
said James Ridge, associate VP
and registrar of UBC Enrolment
"The award itself was not a
significant factor—in some cases,
it appeared not to be a factor at
all—in choosing UBC. So we began
a few years ago to think there
might be a much better use for this
The scholarship was a tiered
program which automatically offered $500 to $4000 scholarships
depending on admission averages of
the applicant.
Other Canadian schools such
as the University of Toronto and
McGill still provide an entrance
scholarship based on admission
The decision, made by members
ofthe university executive through
a budget process, was made two
years ago and it has been winding
News briefs
Wingmen shown to be lying for
their friends
A new UBC study investigated how
much "wingmen" lie for their friends.
The study showed that wingmen
will lie to improve their friends' reputations and downplay their worst
"I think that we defend the
impressions of those that matter
most to us." said Jennifer Argo. a
professor at the Alberta School of
"You're willing to mend other
people's impressions for them if
they can't do it themselves."
According to the study, empathy
motivates people to lie for others.
"If you're low in empathy, you're
not a good wingman," said Argo.
The elimination of the President's Entrance Scholarship will allow UBC to fund more Go Global opportunities
down since then, phasing out lower
tiers ofthe scholarship.
Ridge says 70 per cent of awards
funding went to PES. "At any given
time we have three times more
continuing students than we have
entering students, so we really did
want to adjust that imbalance."
The approximately $6.1 million
dished out to the PES annually is
now being put towards Work Study
bursaries and multi-year Major
Entrance Scholarships.
$2.5 million will go toward student Work Study salaries, $1.2 million will be allocated to Go Global
(funding students' travel costs and
Existence of arsenic bacteria
challenged byUBCprof
UBC microbiology professor Rosie
Redfield has performed experiments
which seem to disprove the groundbreaking, controversial discovery of
bacteria which incorporate arsenic
into their DNA.
In December 2010 a research
team led by Felisa Wolfe-Simon
claimed to find a bacterial strain living in an arsenic-laden lake which
sometimes used arsenic in place of
Redfield led a group criticizing
both the results and the haste with
which they were published. Redfield's
findings were posted on her blog,
and have not yet been submitted to
a peer-reviewed science journal.
other uses) and $1.1 million will
fund bursaries.
Additionally, about $500,000
will be used to stabilize endowed
awards that were impacted by the
recession. $150,000 and $100,000
will go respectively to the Major
Entrance Scholarship and the
Loran Scholar programs, and
$500,000 will be allocated to a variety of programs, such as moving
scholarship and bursary applications fully online.
"We wanted to align the money...
to programs that were elements of
our strategic commitment to give
to students to enrich education
UBC study examines
polygamous marriage
A study on monogamous marriage
found that polygamous societies
tend to have greater levels of crime,
violence, poverty and gender inequality than societies that practice
UBC professor Joseph Henrich,
who led the study, said this is due to
the increased social competition between men in cultures where women
are less evenly distributed, which
increased chances that men would
engage in criminal behaviour competing for the women available for
marriage. The study concluded that
monogamy leads to improvements
in child welfare and less conflict in
opportunities," said Ridge.
Beatrice Collier-Pandya, a first-
year Engineering student, suggests
a balance between bursaries and
rewarding incoming students with
good grades. For herself, scholarships were a factor but it wasn't the
deciding one.
But third-year Arts student
Christy Fong received a PES when
she was accepted to UBC, and said
that itwas important in her final
"I would've chosen UBC whether
or not I got a scholarship, but I think
that having it offered to me really
influenced my choice to go here." 13
"Shit UBC Says" goes viral
A YouTube video titled "Shit UBC
Says" has gained nearly 36.000
views since it was posted on Sunday
The video was written by UBC
student Kaveh Sarhangpour. with
contributions from David Pratt and
Thomas Jeffery. who also acted in the
three-minute film. The video featured
Kevin Lee and Enzo Woo as actors.
In it. students get lost in Buchanan,
play Starcraft while conversing in
Korean, yearn after Blue Chip cookies, hint at the phallic shape of the
clock tower and struggle to pronounce "Ubyssey"
The video follows the meme established by the popular video series
"Shit Girls Say." the first instalment of
which has 12.7 million views. 13
Africa Awareness
Initiative expands
campus focus
Conrad Compagna
The words of Zimbabwean author
NoViolet Bulawayo have been a rallying cry for students and faculty
that have called for an African studies major.
Bulawayo, a professor at Cornell
University, spoke at the African
Awareness Conference held at UBC
last week. She said that in a school
that prides itself on creating global
citizens, neglecting other parts of
the world while emphasizing East
Asia is not enough, especially when
so many students are volunteering
in Africa.
"[When] I hear sentiments like,
'You are the first African writer ever
to visit my classes,' then it becomes
a cause for concern," she said.
The conference hosted guest
speakers from UBC and around the
world in an effort to expand focus
on a continent that has often been
portrayed as aland of famine and
Critical study ofthe continent
remains badly underfunded at UBC,
organizers said.
The initiative, founded in 2002,
has urged the university to expand
its African studies program, which
currently only offers a minor.
"I would say that UBC, at the
end ofthe day, it's a commercial
institute," said Osaze Omokaro, an
African Awareness Initiative executive. "The sort of rhetoric that we've
gotten from the administration is,
'Ifyou can show us the demand for
the African studies program, we'll
work on the African studies program. And I think that there's something quite wrong with that."
One student who attended the
conference, Maneo Mohale, said the
African studies class she wanted to
get into was so packed there were
two wait lists.
"I don't necessarily buy into the
rhetoric that you've been given that
there is not enough demand for the
class," she said. 13 4 I NeWS   0126.2012
Place Vanier hosts AMS elections debates
VP Finance debate
During Tuesday's AMS election debates at Place Vanier, Tristan
Miller, the sole candidate for VP Finance, took questions concerning his vision ofthe AMS's financial future.
"The sustainability fund in itself is here to provide funding
for sustainability projects on campus," said Miller. "[What] I
would aim for is to directly approach faculties rather than having them apply to this fund. Not that many people actually apply to it, because people have to come and find that money."
When asked about his position regardingthe AMS's relationship with clubs, Miller said, "Moving to a system where they get
a week-long period three times a year to elect someone to look
after the money is one ofthe things I would do differently."
Miller was then asked about what he would have done during
the controversy surrounding the Gaza flotilla donation. Though
he couldn't remember all the details ofthe event, he said he
would not have withheld the money.
The next question pertained to the amount of financial control the AMS should hold over resource groups.
"They view the AMS as an organization in opposition to
them. They view us as encroaching on their autonomy. We deserve the right to know what they spend their money on."
—Scott Macdonald
President debate
The presidential candidates voiced their opinions on issues
ranging from Gage South to student engagement.
On Gage South, Alyssa Koehn said the Gage South petition
was a good example ofthe AMS communicating well with the
student body.
Matt Parson placed importance on designating the land as
academic rather than making it available for market housing.
Meanwhile, Ben Cappellacci focused on how he worked on
the issue as VP Academic two years ago. "The future is uncertain. It should remain a priority in the AMS to make sure it
suits the students' needs," he said.
All three candidates had different ideas of howto reach
out and involve students. Koehn stressed the importance of
fixing the AMS's website and generally being more clear and
collaborative in communications. Cappellacci's solution was to
collaborate with groups on campus. "A simple way would be to
create a video or presentation on what's happened at the AMS
Council," he said.
Parson had a very concrete example of how to engage the
UBC population. He plans to speak with four different students every day and document the meetings in a blog.
—Micki Cowan
VP Administration debate
With little difference between their platforms, VP
Administration candidates Elaine Kuo and Caroline Wong
tried to make their respective cases to the audience at Place
Wongtouted her strong background in the workings ofthe
AMS, while Kuo focused on helping student clubs and enhancing student life and involvement.
Both candidates agreed that the under-utilization ofthe
Clubs Benefit Fund and the Sexual Assault Initiatives Fund
was an issue to be rectified. They each pledged to improve
communication on how students, clubs and groups can apply
for and receive money from the funds.
When discussingthe new SUB project, which is part ofthe
VP Admin portfolio, both Wong and Kuo spoke on the need to
keep students updated on its progress and to promote sustainability initiatives. Wong mentioned the idea of putting similar
clubs in the same room to help solve the issue of too many clubs
and not enough space.
One issue the candidates differed on was whether clubs
should be able to include "UBC" in their name. Kuo supported
this, while Wong didn't take a side. 13
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Would slates improve our elections?
The AMS banned student political parties in 2004, but the debate hasn't disappeared
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Before the slate prohibition, posters such as these decorated the UBC Vancouver campus
Kalyeena Makortoff
News Editor
When many student unions hold
elections, voters are given a choice
between a number of student political parties called "slates." But this
year marks the eighth consecutive AMS election with a strict ban
on slates, to the point where even
"slate-like activity" can result in
fines or disqualification.
Slates have been in and out of
UBC's political culture since the
1970s, accordingto AMS archivist
Sheldon Goldfarb. Between 1991
and 2002, 56 out of 60 elected executives were part of slates, leaving
independent candidates in the dust.
An apparent systemic bias
against independent candidates
and the highly adversarial environment created by competition
between slates were the main
arguments for banning slates in the
AMS. In 2005, when independent
presidential candidate Spencer
Keys won the election, he succeeded in banning slates altogether.
But, as anyone who's involved in
AMS politics knows, this didn't put
the slate debate to rest.
What's wrong with slates,
Proponents of revivingthe slate
system have argued that we've
thrown the baby out with the
bathwater. If slates came back, we'd
have better engagement, better
gender and minority representation, and more accountability.
Now graduated, longtime Arts
councillor Matt Naylor was a
strong advocate for bringing slates
back to the AMS. He backed the
student engagement argument, saying that allowing slates would be
another way to draw new students
into student politics who otherwise
might not know where to begin or
would rather unite with a group of
students who had similar concerns.
Voters might also be better engaged and informed with a slate
system. Richard Johnston, a UBC
political science professor who
holds the Canada research chair in
public opinion, elections and representation, said that voter turnout
is likely hurt by not having slates.
"We're talking about a relatively
low-information environment
[in AMS politics]. How do people
navigate in low-information environments? They look for crutches,
they look for proxies, they look
for cue-giving entities," Johnston
Imagine ifyou were given candidates for members of parliament,
but only the names, Johnston said.
Then, imagine you were then given
each candidate's party label.
"Merely by giving you those [labels], I would be telling you 75 per
cent of what you need to know."
Former VP External Tim Chu
agreed. "It really does not help
when you have students who are
goingto school, taking five courses,
working a part-time job to pay
tuition fees and you're trying to
ask them to do research on...30,40
The information is inconclusive
about voter turnout after the loss of
slates; some years are higher than
before and some are lower, and factors such as the voting system likely
have a large effect. But Naylor said
that it's still a matter of being transparent with students who aren't on
the inside ofthe AMS.
"Candidates already help one another, and those relationships play
out in Council. The only thing the
slate ban does is deny that information to the voting populace."
Another problem is that candidate's political views can be buried
in their platforms, with their full
position only being disclosed after they've been elected to their
"Think about it," said Chu. "If a
right-wing slate starts up on campus where their position is, 'It's
okay for tuition fees to increase,'
how many students will be voting
for them?
"[But] that's actually the position
of a lot [ofthe] AMS executive, and
people don't know that because
they're running as independents,"
Chu argued.
"They're talking about their
own experience and how they're
best suited for the job, but we don't
quite know exactly where they
Political parties can also ensure
ethnic minorities and women are
not left behind.
"Ifyou're concerned [about]
incorporating more women into political life, you have to take steps to
make it happen," said Johnston. "It
helps to have a centralized nominating process that sets up quotas...
If there are no parties, there can't
be any quotas."
There used to be a quota for women in each slate, and while it did
lead to more women running and
winning, women were often elected
to VP Finance or VP Administration
positions. However, no women have
been elected AMS president since
the abolition of slates.
Toxic slates
But there are others that think
the AMS isn't the place for
"Some view the AMS as a student government, but I see it as it
legally is—the Board of Directors
of a $30 million non-profit service
providing organization," said
Jeremy McElroy, current president
ofthe AMS. He considers himself
political, but tends to avoid placing
himself in parties. "While people
may disagree on issues, we are
based on a consensus model that
aims to bring about the best possible outcome.
"Needlessly politicizing Council
would not engage students more,
it would only bring more division
around the table."
Keys said this is exactly what
he saw before he banned slates. In
his experience, political competition was an underlying current in
everything that Council did.
"The environment itself was
toxic...It doesn't make sense to have
that kind of a hyper-partisan environment that poisons everything—
even the smallest of decisions in
regard to who sits on an appointments committee—for what you
actually got out of it."
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Johnston said this holds for most
political party systems. "Parties are
seen as getting in the way of proper
deliberation, and indeed, they do!
We know that the extremes of partisanship can often get in the way
ofthe real business of politics."
The existence of parties also
tends to produce boundaries and
oppositions that can get artificial
and rigid.
Accordingto Keys, in the days of
slates, AMS councillors were not
friends, didn't spend any time with
each other and everyone stayed on
their own side of campus. When
executives from different slates
were elected, it caused infighting
that might not be resolved until 9
months into a 12 month position.
Student unions that have slates
sometimes have rules that mitigate
the problems that plagued the
AMS. Keys points to the University
of Alberta, which has strict rules
on slates and doesn't have the
culture of divisive politics that the
AMS did.
Queen's University, in comparison, has compulsory slate voting,
where you only have one vote,
and you vote for a slate. But there,
slates don't continue from year to
year, meaning their brands aren't
associated with certain political
views. Instead, slates simply take
on the initials of a coalition of people running for executive position.
To slate or not to slate
So the question remains: has the
AMS had enough cool-off time
after slates, or are they inherently
wrong for student politics at UBC?
In 2009, a proposal to resurrect slates was introduced, but the
motion did not achieve the two
thirds of Council support required
to pass.
But slates have since been
brought into the Student Legal
Fund Society (SLFS) race. The
2009 SLFS board passed a resolution to allow them, said Naylor.
"[We] thought that slates would
provide valuable information to
students who weren't likely to get
jazzed up about the six individuals
runningto sit on the board ofthe
legal fund.
"I think it's helped the society
by providing some stability, and
also by fostering debate about the
This year a new slate, using the
name of an old slate called Student
Progressive Action Network
(SPAN), has entered the race,
providing a left-wing perspective to challenge the incumbent
slate, Students for Responsible
"A contest of ideas is going to inject some innovation into that race,
and that society," said Naylor.
But Keys doesn't think the AMS
would be able to sidestep the polarization that comes with the re-
introduction of slates, and insisted
that projects like the new SUB
would never have passed under a
partisan system.
"Look at what the AMS has accomplished since slates have been
gotten rid of, and compare that
with the accomplishments in the
same period of time before slates
were gotten rid of and then tell
me slates are better," said Keys. "I
don't think you can.
"Everyone I've ever seen that's
advocated for a slate system in the
last ten years, not a single one of
them actually saw slates in action.
The only people who saw slates...
have said, it's better the way things
are now." 13 6 I SpOrtS I 01-26.2012
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Somewhere in between competitive and social, the UBC sailing team joins the growing
collegiate sailing movement in the Northwest
Photos and story by
Geoff Lister
It is a brisk, wet early October
morning on Lake Washington
in Seattle. People dressed in
heavy rain jackets walk from
their cars to the dock at Sail Sand
Point in Magnuson Park, a former
naval base that is now a sprawling
sports complex.
Inside the open doors of an old
warehouse is the dry storage for
the UBC collegiate sailing team. A
sail lies on the floor. Neil Roberts
and Karl Jensen, both engineering
students, are debating about which
number to apply to the new sail.
Another member ofthe team
walks in. "We've got to be on the
water in ten minutes," says Becky
Power, a fourth-year student in
integrated sciences.
A crisp number eight is stamped
onto the sail as the team rushes
down the dock to get out on the
water. The fresh sails fly into the
air as other members scramble to
set the rudder and tiller together.
The team is ready to set out into
the drizzling bay for a day of racing
at the University of Washington's
The UBC collegiate sailing team started in 2009
after students from
the AMS Sailing Club
joined the Inter-Collegiate Sailing
Association (ICSA), a governing
body that includes teams from
across the United States and
"We were talking one day, and
Queen's [University] has quite a developed [team] and we were talking
about how we all considered going
because of that," says Power.
"We decided that [a team] would
be an excellent addition to the
school because a lot of sailors get
deterred from coming to UBC
because there is no collegiate program, and then they will go out
east to McGill or Queen's. We kind
of want to keep otner sailors here
and get more people involved on
the West Coast."
The AMS Sailing Club provides
UBC's team with access to boats,
equipment and training facilities. The team recently
bought new sails—a
small advantage, as sails
lose their effectiveness
College sailing competitions, called regattas,
require teams of two
to sail small boats of
the same model, most
commonly the 13-foot
Flying Junior. The skipper "drives" the boat,
controlling the main sail
and the steering, while
the other sailor is responsible for the weight
distribution ofthe
delicately balanced bats.
They're also responsible
for the jib, a smaller sail
on the front ofthe boat.
Host schools provide
all ofthe boats and basic
equipment, although
most schools bring their
own sails, rudders and
tillers. These simple
boats level the playing
field and keep the cost of
regattas down.
Compared to the other
schools at this regatta,
UBC is an amateur
club. UBC holds open
practices twice a week
during the school year,
and many ofthe team members
practice only once a week and don't
consistently practice with the same
teammate. Only two of the teams-
Power and Byron Roehrl, and
Jensen and Roberts—have sailed
together before.
2. Xio
fter riggingthe boat,
the teams push out onto
the lake. A lackadaisical
four-knot breeze ripples
across the surface and the boats
slide through the water quietly. The
start line bobs about half a kilometre
reaches zero. A quick start is key
to a good race, buttoeingthe line,
often crowded by more than 20 other
boats, is a complicated dance. Boats
that push the limit are penalized
by having to come back around and
repeat the start.
UBC comes slow out
ofthe gate, with boats 4
and 8 placing 15th and 18th
out of 23 boats in the first
race. Scoring is calculated
by adding up how well a
team places over several
races; each division completed eight races over the
weekend. The winner is
determined bythe lowest
cumulative team score
at the end ofthe regatta.
The boats sail two races
and then switch sailors; if
the B division doesn't sail
a series, the A division's
races are discounted.
offshore, stretching 100 metres to another buoy. The committee boat, a 16-
foot dinghy, sits on one end, setting
the course and managing the start.
Sailing races start on a sequence,
with the aim being to cross the
start line exactly as the countdown
he rain permeates everything.
My camera bag
is soaked by
the second race and I'm
suddenly glad I paid for
The wind, on the
other hand, isn't nearly
as consistent. After two
races (and just enough
time for the B division to
sail to the line) it drops
I   to a whisper. Half an
hour later, rippling water
lures the teams back
onto the course.
"Some people say
[sailing] is 60 per cent athletic and
40 per cent mental, so it's a large
component of sailing. The environment is a huge factor in sailing. You
have to be extremely adaptable,"
says Power. "Sitting onshore, you
have to keep an open mind and you
can't get frustrated because when
you get frustrated you're just not
goingto do well."
The wind picks up consistently
through the afternoon. The wind has
sailors hauling themselves out ofthe
boat to hike out, flatteningthe boats
against the stiff breeze.
Sailors train in and out ofthe
water. Sitting halfway out of a small
skiff for hours requires more than
just patience—it demands a gym
We decided that [a team]
would be an excellent
addition to the school...
A lot of sailors get
deterred from coming
to UBC because there is
no collegiate program,
and they...go out east to
McGill or Queen's.
Becky Power
Member of the UBC sailing team
"Sailing's a sport you can get into
no matter your level of fitness or
general health, but in order to get to
the top you've got to be on top ofyour
game just like any other sport," says
Roberts. "Ifyou look at top sailors,
they'll all be training on the water
four or five days a week and in the
gym six days a week."
For some, the wind isgivingthem
more trouble than a sore abdomen.
Smaller and more inexperienced sailors suddenly find their boats upside
down. As they flail to right themselves, frigid October water rushes
into every crevice of their boat,
shockingtheir senses and their pride. 01.26.2012
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Becky Power looks out across a windless Pontiac Bay Sunday morning.
Neil Roberts packs up sails at the end of the weekend regatta.
"It's frustrating when I let it
capsize. I've never been afraid of
capsizing because I've been around
the water so much, it's more, 'Oh
no, now I've lost my position in the
race and I'm goingto come last,'"
says Power, who managed to keep
her boat upright for the weekend.
"But ifyou're pushing it, it's kind of
Sailing may be competitive,
but it's not a varsity sport on
the western seaboard. While
top boats at regattas have
competitive crews that have sailed
together since kindergarten, local
teams have people sailing in their
first competition ever.
"It makes for a more challenging
situation at times, because you have
to expect the unexpected, flailing
and capsizing and doing odd random manoeuvres that are moderately annoying or dangerous at times,"
says Jensen.
UBC's team has made outreach
a key part of their mission. At this
meet, they've brought new sailors to
teach them how to race.
"Most people on our team have
raced before, but there's a couple of
people who grew up in [recreational
sailing] programs. You definitely
need to know how to sail before
you join our team, but we're all for
teaching and improving your knowledge of racing," says Power.
With varying levels of experience
and points not counting towards
national rankings, this weekend's
regatta has a slightly more relaxed
"This was a small regional regatta," says Power. "Ifyou're at the
western championships you take
things more seriously. [If] it's like
a local regatta, it's not necessarily
serious...It's competitive yet fun; we
like to let loose and have fun."
Tickets to a Sam Roberts concert
on Friday were purchased before
the trip. When the team arrived on
Friday, they headed to a frosh party
at the University of Washington
before leaving to see Roberts play at
a local bar. The small bar is packed
with Canadians who have come
down to see him.
On Saturday, fresh off the water,
the team wandered for several blocks
before arriving at a keg party held
at a University of Washington team
member's house.
As I wandered around the party
taking photos and watching sailors
from various teams banter back and
forth, I could see a gradual osmosis of brotherhood developing. The
sharing of drinks and stories was just
another facet of sailing's most fundamental requirement: the necessity
of trust. And while most team sports
create this, there is a certain amount
of artifice in games created for stadiums and arenas.
But there is something pure in
sailing, the necessity of two people
trusting each other as they combat
nature's angst; howlingwinds and
the cascading waves of frigid, icy
The team arrives on a clear
Sunday morning to awa-
terskier gracefully carving
across a perfectly flat lake.
Teams mingle, talking about sailing
or school, while others sit in their car
to catch up on homework.
"I'm kind of used to it. There's a
social aspect of sailingthat occurs on
no-wind days, so it's kind of a natural
part of sailing culture," says Roberts.
"It's not ideal but there's good things
that come from it. A lot of my best
friends I've made hanging out at
Eventually a gentle puff of wind
coaxes the teams out onto the water.
It's slow going and races are abandoned and restarted as the wind
comes, shifts and goes. UBC's boats
are placing well enough; veteran
team members Ryan Cutting and
Jen Grierson take a big early lead
by charging the entire fleet in the
wrong direction on the start line,
called port-tacking the fleet.
The racing ends in the early afternoon and presentations are made.
Sailingteams rarely stay for trophies,
as gettingback home at a reasonable
hour takes precedent over waiting
for hardware. UBC places 11th and
12th out of 23 boats.
As for UBC's sailingteam, it's
growing despite undesirable winter
"It's not really developed quite yet,
but our goal is to become more like
the Queen's team," says Power. "It'd
be nice for us to eventually get to that
level. Obviously the team is only a
year old, so we're still in the testing
"I think that with UBC, it's more
to promote people to continue racing. It's a little bit competitive-
like, we didn't win, but it's not the
Olympics." 13
If you're at the western
championships you
take things more seriously. [If] it's like a local
regatta, it's not
necessarily serious...
It's competitive yet fun;
we like to let loose.
Becky Power
Member of the UBC sailing team
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enlightened oi.26.2oi21 Opinion 19
The Ubyssey's official endorsements
A1VIS Elections      for the 2oi2_i3 ams executive
This year, 12 Ubyssey editors and volunteer staff met for two and a half hours to decide
who we would endorse in the AMS elections. We operate on a one-person, one-vote
system, and this year, in the interest of transparency, we're releasing our internal vote
totals as well. Coordinating editor Justin McElroy, being the cousin of current AMS President
Jeremy McElroy, did not take part in discussions or voting for our endorsement of president.
The vote totals differ slightly, as some staff did not vote on certain races. For a full explanation
ofthe thought process behind our endorsements, visit the AMS Elections blog on our website.
Matt Parson: 11 for, O against
For the first time in recent
memory, there are three
competent candidates for
president. Alyssa Koehn is
passionate about student
engagement and has a
proven desire for involvement with campus. Ben
Cappellacci is a great
speaker and did a good job as VP Academic
with the AMS. And Matt Parson is hardworking and has experience in many levels of
campus life.
But when you break down both what was
said in the debates and the candidates' platforms, Parson has so much more to offer than
the others.
Parson has clear, specific plans for dealing
with the most important issues facing both
UBC and the position of president. These
include governance, Gage South, housing
affordability, student mental health and student engagement.
We especially appreciate that Parson
knows enough about campus issues to speak
in detail on all the planks in his platform.
With the new Performance Accountability
Restriction (PAR) on $5000 of executive
pay next year, there is a good chance he will
achieve his goals.
And for the first time in recent memory,
a presidential candidate is willingto pledge
something concrete in terms of engaging
the student body. Parson plans to meet 1000
different students as president and document this in a blog. It's lofty, but it's better
than anything we've heard from the other
While Cappellacci's overall vision is
inspirational, his plan for leadership is
reminiscent ofthe current president, Jeremy
McElroy. They both speak about grandiose
visions for the society, but back it up with
little detail. With so many clear issues to be
worked on this year, the AMS needs someone
who has a more focused plan.
Koehn's lack of experience in a VP position
is one thingthat holds us back from endorsing her—we would have likely endorsed her
for one of those positions instead. We're
also concerned that by focusing so largely
on student engagement, she would not help
the AMS gain ground on many ofthe other
policy areas that it has been working on.
Again, these are three strong candidates
and the AMS would benefit from all of them.
But Parson is knowledgeable and passionate enough to take the AMS in the direction
it needs to go—and that's why we've unanimously endorsed him.
VP Academic
Kiran Mahal: 6 for, 4 against
We are endorsing Kiran
Mahal by a narrow
margin over Bahador
Moosavi. Iqbal Kassam
is passionate, but lacks
the knowledge of UBC
necessary to oversee
the very broad portfolio
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Li's platform, while having its share of good
ideas, is too focused on issues that aren't
pressing for the portfolio, such as athletics
Both Mahal and Moosavi have the skills
required to make good VP Academics.
But though Mahal might not be as qualified when it comes to the university affairs
part ofthe portfolio, she has a clear vision for
its academic responsibilities. The emphasis
of her campaign on student mental health
also impressed us. As SUS president, she has
shown that she can competently manage the
responsibilities required of an executive.
Moosavi is well-rounded and reliable in his
work on Council, and we think it would be a
significant loss if he left the AMS. Ultimately,
though, we feel that Mahal's strength on academic policy outweighs the balance Moosavi
would bring.
We should also add that The Ubyssey will
not comment on Party Rock's candidacy; an
offspring of Rock has been sitting in our office for a week, giving us a conflict of interest
in this matter.
VP Administration
Caroline Wong: 9 for, O against
We are unanimously endorsing Caroline Wong for VP
Wong's experience as
an AMS rep sitting on the
Business and Facilities
Committee and chairingthe
_ Student Life Committee has
given her a reasonable grasp
of many aspects ofthe VP Admin portfolio, and
she is known to possess a strong and efficient
work ethic.
Her platform contains concrete plans for the
new SUB regarding sustainability and disability access, touches on some positive new plans
for club administration, and also has a strong
focus on improvingAMS services (although
this issue partially falls under the VP Academic
Elaine Kuo demonstrated a fundamental
lack of experience in this portfolio. Though
she has been president ofthe English Club,
at the AMS level she has only served as a
student-at-large on the Student Administrative
Commission. Her platform focused on AMS
clubs to the exclusion of all other issues.
Compared to Wong, Kuo also showed a general
lack of confidence and knowledge in debate.
There are a number of areas in which Wong
needs improvement, however. Demonstrating a
lack of knowledge regardingthe Clubs Benefit
Fund, she stated in debate that it could be used
for travel expenses but was correctly informed
by Tristan Miller that this was not permitted.
Her communication style could also use more
professionalism. But on the whole, there was
consensus that Wong's experience and knowledge gave her a clear advantage over Kuo.
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VP Finance
Tristan Miller: 9 for, O against
Tristan Miller is a very
well-qualified candidate
for VP Finance, and we are
unanimously endorsing
him in this uncontested
race. Due to his work as
I   vice-chair of the Finance
,   Commission, Miller has
solid knowledge ofthe
AMS's finances and his proposal for having
Council adopt three-year plans is a good idea
that will help bring consistency to the society's budgetary priorities.
Our endorsement does come with a small
caveat. In the past, there has been an issue with the VP Finance not being able to
communicate effectively with the student
community, as Miller has pointed out in
some of his interviews. The problem is that
Miller leaves much to be desired in his public
speaking skills. He has promised to increase
consultations with other AMS organizations
before making decisions, but for this to work
he will need to improve his ability to speak in
front of large groups.
We do wish he had some competition
to force him to defend his positions more
robustly, but we are confident that Miller
will be a dependable and trustworthy VP
VP External
Kyle Warwick: S for, 4 against, 1
We are endorsing
Warwick, but the vote
only passed by a narrow
margin. The race for VP
External is uncontested,
which means a vote
against Kyle Warwick
is essentially a vote for a
by-election and a hope for
more candidates.
The chief concerns about Warwick are his
political ties (he ran as a Liberal candidate in
the last federal election) and his mismanagement ofthe executive pay raise as chair of
the Legislative Procedures Committee. But
given that the Liberals have been reduced to
third-party status, this is less of a concern
than it might normally be. We also hope that
Warwick has learned something about the importance of public relations after the pay raise
fiasco that he bears some responsibility for.
Yet there are many reasons Warwick
deserves this endorsement. His knowledge
of policy at every governmental level is unrivaled on Council, which is a particularly
important asset in the VP External portfolio. He brings a long institutional memory
to the executive and pays close attention to
detail during debates. Warwick also has a
proven commitment to advocating student
issues and can back up his rhetoric when
Finally, on a personal level, Warwick is the
least egotistical candidate that the AMS has
had for a longtime, which is refreshing in
student politics. He consistently puts principle before politics and values the importance
of open, honest debate.
We always prefer competition in election
races, but Warwick will serve the AMS well
in this position.
Dissenting Opinion
While Warwick is extremely knowledgeable
on the inner workings of AMS bylaws and
code, his lack of plans for federal lobbying is
excluding UBC from important debates that
could impact students.
Warwick's political affiliation as a staunch
federal Liberal—he ran for them as a sacrificial lamb in the 2011 federal election—opens
the door for partisan politics influencing
AMS policy. He may claim it won't be a
problem, but it has always been a problem
with partisan VP Externals in the past. He
was also the leading advocate ofthe PAR
performance bonus for executives, which
was bungled terribly and disillusioned many
Also in question are Warwick's abilities
in advocacy itself. Having knowledge ofthe
issues is one thing, but convincing others to
take your side is another. There is no doubt
that Warwick is a very intelligent, passionate
individual and an asset to the AMS, but he
isn't the ideal candidate for VP External. 13 IO I Opinion 101.26.2012
of Governors
Seat L Sean Cregten, 10 votes
Seat 2: Erik MacKinnon, 6 votes
Runner up: Justin Yang, 4 votes
The two students elected to UBC's
Board of Governors have a giant
responsibility. On the affordability
of education, on governance ofthe
largest urban area in Canada without a municipal government and on
letting the most powerful people at
UBC know exactly what students
think, their voice is crucial.
The good news is that all seven
candidates have the experience
and passion to be a positive force
on tne Board. It's the strongest
field any of us have seen. The bad
news is we have to choose two.
For our first choice, we are endorsing Sean Cregten for the Board
of Governors. The vote was unanimous in his favour.
His two years as AMS Associate
VP for Academic & University
Affairs has given him the knowledge, contacts and sense of history
to succeed in the role. On Gage
South and land use issues, he has
second-to-none expertise among
the candidates. Most importantly,
he knows how to manage the fine
line of being respectful to the
administration while pointing out
the ways their plans do not benefit
current students. His lack of vigorous campaigning means his chances of winning are small, which is
a shame. But you won't be disappointed ifyou vote for Cregten.
Sumedha Sharma has served on
the Board for the past year, and
while she is passionate and knowledgeable, her tangible accomplishments are few. Nobody will
accuse her of not working hard,
but we feel it's time for a different
perspective on the board.
Tagg Jefferson, despite having
the least campus-wide experience,
has impressed us with his nu-
anced answers. However, his lack
of knowledge on the governance of
UBC (at least when he was interviewed by our writers) precluded
us from seriously considering his
Mike Silley, though helped by his
experience on the AMS executive,
was too vague on anything other
than tuition increases for us to
have confidence on what he would
do on the Board. In addition, complaints by councillors and fellow
executives about his work this year
gave us pause.
Candidates aside from Cregten
who received the most consideration by us were Erik MacKinnon,
Matt Parson and Justin Yang. The
debate for Matt Parson was brief-
while we have high confidence in
his abilities, the many potential
conflicts that could arise from being president and a Board member
meant that ultimately we couldn't
consider him.
Justin Yang is, in many ways, an
ideal type of Board candidate. We
have no doubts that if elected, he
would be diligent, competent and
courteous, while pushing forward one or two ideas that would
benefit all students. Yet his self-
acknowledged problem of passivity
would hinder his effectiveness in a
group of 18 very powerful and very
wealthy people.
Which leaves us with Erik
MacKinnon. We endorse him
partly because he ran the best
campaign of any candidate in this
election—if you want to represent
all students, you should put the
energy in to getting their support,
and MacKinnon did that. But we
also endorse him because we know
he would work hard, be reasoned
in his opinions and speak out when
he felt it necessary. We haven't
had a Board member that was a
real public advocate for student
interests in some time. MacKinnon
would be a breath of fresh air.
However, a note on the elephant in the room—MacKinnon's
documented history of offensive
statements about women and
minorities on his personal blog,
Bald Truth. We condemn those
statements unconditionally. But
ultimately, even those most put
off by MacKinnon's past statements acknowledged that when
he wants to act professionally, he
does so. Now he has to understand
that if elected, he'll be representing all students; with many of
them, he's already at two and a half
strikes. Our endorsement is for
MacKinnon, not for Bald Truth—
and we hope he
won't make us
feel silly in
six months.
Justin Yang
Kiran Mahal
Katherine Tyson
Montana Hunter
(all unanimous)
Five out ofthe six candidates in this
race will be elected. We are unanimously endorsing four of them: Justin
Yang, Kiran Mahal, Katherine Tyson
and Montana Hunter. The other two
candidates, Dawei Ji and Barnabas
Caro, both failed to get enough support from our editorial board for
Yang, the incumbent, continues to
have an outstanding understanding of
academic issues and will provide needed experience to the body's student caucus. Mahal is focused on academic
issues and will be able to translate that in a useful way to Senate, with strong
ideas on how to bridge rifts between Senate and AMS Council. Katherine
Tyson's skill set will apply better to a role on the Senate than it did to the
role of AMS VP External, and she appears ready to forcefully argue for her
Unlike the first three, Montana Hunter has less experience on the issues,
although he has expressed a willingness to learn and will comport himself
with maturity on a body where students must work side by side with professors and staff.
Both Ji and Caro possess less of an understanding ofthe workings of
Senate and do not have the experience to support themselves stepping into
the role. Caro is passionate and well-intentioned but did not impress us with
his knowledge ofthe issues, while Ji is outspoken but lacks substance in his
Student Legal Fund Society
We unanimously endorse a split board
In the race for the Student Legal Fund Society (SLFS) board of directors, we
are endorsing a split board. We believe both slates are flawed, and wouldn't
want to see either with full power. However, we're endorsing a ballot with
four seats for the Student Progressive Action Network (SPAN) and two seats
for the Students for Responsible Leadership (SRL). Ultimately our decision
was a result of both the SRL's refusal to fund many legal initiatives and the
number of sensible proposals from SPAN.
Because the board has nine total members, a four-person block from
SPAN would mean that they would be able to push initiatives such as funding Freedom of Information requests and criminal background checks for
students, but would still have other board members to act as a check.
We have qualms about specific candidates on both slates, such as SRL's
Maria Cirstea, who appears to have no interest in the SLFS, and SPAN'S
Arielle Friedman, who irresponsibly managed funds as treasurer ofthe
Social Justice Centre. However, SPAN is offering new ideas and enthusiasm
to a board that has lacked both. And that's a good thing.
The referendum questions
Question 1: Reducing the Student
Yes 8, No 2
We endorse voting yes to this question. Although students put plenty
of money into this fund everyyear,
little of it is used and even less will
be needed in the future. With a
new SUB, the costly renovations
that are regularly needed to keep
our current aging building in shape
won't be needed. Part of the reason
the AMS is in bad financial shape
is because too much of their money
is forced to go into funds that can't
be spent properly—and this helps to
rectify that.
Question 2: Putting the Endowment Fund in code
Yes 10, Abstain 1
We endorse votingyes to this because the new AMS Endowment
Fund is a good idea. Our student
union should have a fund where they
keep the principal but spend the
interest, creating a more sustainable
business model. It's important to
protect large endowment funds from
manipulation from future councils,
and codifyingthe fund through a
referendum will do that.
Question 3: The Whistler Lodge
Yes S, No 4, Abstain 1
Virtually every member of our staff
agreed there is very little hope of
the AMS running the Whistler
Lodge well anytime soon. It was
built by the Varsity Outdoors Club
when Whistler was a sleepy outpost, the AMS took it over, and now
they simply do not have the capacity or the organization to effectively manage it in the 21st century.
However, we were also in agreement that the AMS did not do their
due diligence in tryingto sell the
lodge. Getting rid of a much-cherished service that many students
feel passionately about should
require transparency and building
a case. Our student union didn't do
any of this.
The question is, what matters
more: being accountable to stakeholders, or immediately saving the
AMS quite a bit of money? A slim
majority of us believed that since
selling the lodge is inevitable, the
sooner the AMS gets on with doing so the better. But we wouldn't
argue much ifyou voted the other
Question 4: Selling three pieces
of art from the Permanent
Yes 1, No 9, Abstain 1
We overwhelmingly endorse voting
no. The question is not transparent and students do not know what
they are authorizing the AMS to
do. The Permanent Collection has
many culturally significant pieces
of art and it would be a shame to
see them sold because the AMS
doesn't wish to pay $9000 annually
in insurance fees.
Furthermore, the AMS has recently stated that they are looking
to sell their most expensive pieces—which are the strongest pieces
in the collection. One of these is
Lawren Harris's Mountain Spirit.
Harris is one of Canada's most
renowned painters and Mountain
Spirit was a gift to the AMS from
Maclean's magazine. Selling paintings that were previously received
as gifts is a massively insulting act.
Pierre Berton, Canadian icon
and former Ubyssey editor, was
the managing editor oi Maclean's
when the AMS received this piece.
By selling it they are tarnishing
the trust created between one of
UBC's most famous alumni and the
student union. If we give the AMS
the permission to do this—to legally
sell a culturally significant gift—we
are giving our elected executives
permission to shine an incredibly
negative light on this campus.
To be clear, we aren't against the
idea of selling a couple pieces of
the collection to have funds available for maintaining (and building
upon) the collection. That's a good
idea. But do it transparently, and do
it honestly. 13 Scene»
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All in the name of art
Let's sell those moldy old paintings and get some art students will actually understand
On the upcoming referendum,
students will decide whether to
grant the AMS the right to sell the
three most valuable works from
their "Permanent" Art Collection.
The collection is being stored in
less-than-favourable conditions, and
the AMS can't afford the insurance
and security payments necessary to
display it.
I hope this passes and that the
AMS sells the pieces. Current predictions point to the sale bringing
in a giant heap of money, destined
for the Student Art Fund. Some of
that cash can go towards improving the situation ofthe unsold
More importantly, that money needs to go towards art that
students will actually enjoy, art
that will appeal to UBC's masses.
Instead of being stored in a dank,
leaky room, the AMS's art should
be on permanent display as murals
around campus. Further, these
new works of art need to appeal to
the majority of students.
And the best place to find art
that appeals to a broad swath of
the student population is at the
Imaginus Poster Sale.
For instance, how about a portrait of Bob Marley smoking an immaculate doob, spread across the
south face of Buchanan Tower? If
one image sums up the Faculty of
Arts, it's Tuff Gong blazin'.
The front of Henry Angus would
look great with a film still of
Tony Montana wielding his "little
friend." What image better summarizes Sauder mentality than
a coked-up gangster mercilessly
mowing down other human beings
in pursuit of wealth and fame?
Imagine the interior walls of
the BirdCoop graced with giant
prints of Da Vinci's "Vitruvian
Man." That way everyone who is
sweating and straining towards
perfection can fix their eyes on the
impossible ideal they're pursuing.
Stills from Fight Club belong on
all ofthe frat houses, due to implications of violent homoerocitism.
I'd like to say there's a place
somewhere on this campus for
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at
Tiffany's, but she's smoking a cigarette in that picture. If people see
that, they could very well take up
smoking, a habit which is morally
Those "Keep Calm and Carry
On" posters would provide handy
advice in the Bookstore, where
the cost of textbooks often throws
customers into fits of anxiety and
dismay roughly equal to that experienced by British citizens during
a hypothetical Nazi invasion.
There is a chance that the cost
of maintaining all this public art
(keeping Bob's spliff lit, wiping
jizz and blood from the Fight Club
mural, etc.) would be prohibitive.
EJ Hughes and other BC art heirlooms could learn a thing or two from the Imaginus poster sale
In that case, I recommend the
AMS begins hiringtheir own artists to churn out work.
I'm picturing a Grapes of Wrath
situation here, where the AMS
president pulls up in front of an
independently-owned coffee house
(perhaps the Boulevard) in a Ford
roadster, watch fob dangling from
waistcoat pocket, cigar a-puffing,
and enters the building.
"Y'all lookin' fer work?" s/he
hollers to the baristas behind the
Shortly, jalopies begin parking
outside the SUB. They are piloted
by men and women with new tattoos and thick-framed glasses,
their improvised truck-beds loaded with easels, cameras, modelling
clay and iMac workstations.
Before long, AMS businesses
and clubs are graced with oil
paintings of anime-eyed pop surrealist heroines, Super-8 dream
sequences set to ambient micro-
techno, indecipherable India ink
contour drawings and Polaroids of
half-naked skinny chicks smoking.
All in the name of Art. 13
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10- Thick slice
14- Good point
15- extra cost
16- Hawaiian city
17- Blank look
18- Cancun coin
19- Drum sound
20- Chat
22- Guard
24- Periodical, briefly
26- Tiny
27- Bribe
32- Earlier
33- Alternate
36- RR stop
39- Ethereal: prefix
40- Syrian leader
41- Drop
The Business School
Event Management
Financial Planning
Global Business Management
Human Resources Management
International Development
International Marketing
Marketing Management
Public Administration
42- After taxes
43- Ascended
44- Pueblo Indian village
45- Belonging to us
46- Wounded
48- To bargain
51-___ Paulo
52- Chief Indian officer
54- Underground electric railroad
59- Bunches
60- Yours, in Tours
62- Metal spikes
63- Adhesive
64- Make-up artist?
65- Pang
66- Chow
67- Ages and ages
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2- This, in Tijuana
3-Slippery eel
4- Soft ball brand
5- Vegetable appliance
6- Faucet
7- Numbered rds.
8- Atlas feature
9- Wide-eyed
10- Contract
11- Big cats
12- Kind of cat
13- Cotton seed pod
21- Bleat of a sheep
23- Drop of water expelled by the eye
27- Bridge
28- Algonquian language
29- "Java" trumpeter
30- Miss Piggy's query
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35- Clock pointers
36- Problem with L.A.
37- Duration
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40- Large terrier
41- South American tuber
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