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Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Volume 86 Issue 25
Roll-y chair racing since 1918
AMS general manager fired, then reinstated
Marathon meetings
cause council chaos
by Dan McRoberts
So much for a quiet exam period.
After a frenetic series of marathon meetings
in early December, the AMS council reinstated
General Manager (GM) Bernie Peets, who had
been fired just days earlier by the student society's executive.
Councillors were informed of Peets' termination through an e-mail sent by the GM just
moments after he was escorted from the
Student Union Building on the morning of
December 7. In the e-mail, Peets stated that the
executive had claimed just cause in terminating
his contract for reasons surrounding Peets'
management of the TravelCuts lawsuit Peets
also wrote that his unexpected termination
would be met with legal remedies, if necessary.
AMS President Amina Rai also sent an e-
mail to councillors, confirming that Peets had
been fired and asking that no council member
discuss or speculate about the matter before a
special council meeting could take place. Rai
suggested that such a meeting could take place
the following Wednesday.
By the next afternoon, concerned council
lors had filed an official request for a special
meeting of council to be held that Friday and
another meeting the following week. Dave
Tompkins, a veteran councillor from the
Graduate Students Society, told the Ubyssey that
he had spent the entire day in the executive
offices waiting for an opportunity to speak to
Rai or one of the society's four Vice Presidents,
to no avail. At 6pm, Rai responded to the
requests for special meetings by e-mail, confirming that they would take place on
December 10 and 17.
One of the first concerns voiced by several councillors was whether or not the executives were able to terminate Peets' contract
without first consulting council. The AMS
Code of Procedures and the society's bylaws
do not outline a clear procedure for a decision to terminate the general manager's contract, according to Sheldon Goldfarb, the
AMS archivist and researcher.
"This is a very grey area," said Goldfarb.
"There is a section in the bylaws and in the
code, but I'm not sure what applies in
this case."
Interpretations of code were not the only
issues for Arts councillor Quinn Omori heading
into the first meeting.
"Potentially, unless they can give us some
kind of justification, Bernie could sue," Omori
See "Fired"page 2.
LENDING A HAND: Along with other groups on campus, the UBC Red Cross club is accepting
donations to raise funds for those affected by the tsunami disaster in Asia. See page 2 to find out
the many ways you can help, nic fensom photo
Calling for cash and compassion
Tsunami tragedy survivors in need of humanitarian aid
by Ania Mali
Just one day after Christmas, disaster struck the world in the form of a
tsunami that swept across several
countries taking the fives of thousands, and forever changing the
fives of those who survived.
What was initially estimated as a
natural disaster taking the fives of a
few thousand people has now been
assessed to be one of the largest
humanitarian crises in decades
with death tolls exceeding 150,000.
Many nations of the world
have come together to raise funds
to help the countries affected by
the tragedy. Japan alone has
donated $500 million, with the
United States close behind at
$350 million, while Canada has
come in with a donation of $80
million. While monetary donations are the best way to help
organisations get supplies where
they need to be, there are still
other ways to help, however.
For students with little cash
and lots of compassion, organisations such as the Canadian Red
Cross accept volunteers for various positions.
"We've had 165 volunteers
working on the response, and it's
about an average of 50 per day so
a lot of those volunteers are coming back on a daily basis," said
Carmen MacKenzie, a spokesperson for the Red Cross. These volunteers answer phone pledges at
call centres, help with fundraising,
logistics, secretarial work and
human relations.
MacKenzie also pointed out that
"right now our database is several
hundred long of people who are
wanting to volunteer...this is one of
the rare occasions where we don't
have a need to put a call out for volunteering." MacKenzie urged people not to be discouraged.
"It might be frustrating if people
are wanting to volunteer and they
phone in and hear that there may
not be any volunteers needed at
this time and they may feel like 'oh
I didn't get very far that way.'"
Volunteers should take initiative
in the meantime by "finding out
about something that's already happening...Get in touch with people
that are organising events and see
if they might be interested in
tagging on a fundraiser to an
existing one."
On campus, the UBC Red Cross
will be collecting donations all week
in the SUB next to Blue Chip
Cookies. Nearly 1,400 extra clipboards left over from the AMS orientation programs held last fall will
be sold for a small price with
proceeds benefiting the Asia earthquake and tsunami relief,
according to Gina Eom, president
See "Tsunami"page 2.
Rai asked to resign
by Dan McRoberts
AMS President Amina Rai was asked
to resign in the early morning hours
of December 18 after the AMS council approved the motion making the
request by a single vote.
The motion to ask for Rai's resignation was debated at the end of a
special council meeting that lasted
for more than nine hours. Prior to
discussion on the motion, council
had voted to overturn the executive's
decision to fire AMS General
Manager Bernie Peets.
Motions asking for the resignation of all five executives were on the
agenda, as well as recall motions that
would remove the President and Vice
Presidents from office if approved.
Only the request for Rai's resignation
was dealt with before the meeting
was finally adjourned at 3:30am.
Councillors who supported the
request for resignation during debate
said that Rai and the rest of the executive had acted strategically to limit
council's involvement in the decision
to terminate. Peets was fired on
December 7, less than one week after
council had met for what had been
expected to be the last time in 2004.
"The timing of this was very questionable," said Graduate Students
Society councillor Dave Tompkins.
"There was an attempt to paint us
into a corner and they thought they
could get away with it I believe they
carefully considered all these
Tompkins said that the executive
had made it clear that they did not
trust council.
"There were numerous opportunities where they could have
asked the GM to leave a council
meeting," he said. "The execs have
lost a lot of votes this year and they
didn't want to lose this one...This
was their strategy."
The executives also knowingly
put the AMS in a position where litigation was pending, Tompkins
said. Further, the executives had
originally cited just cause for termination but later changed that justification to termination without
cause, according to executive meeting minutes cited by Tompkins.
Tompkins'  concerns  over the
potential for litigation were
echoed by Engineering councillor
Ian McKechnie.
"For any director to do that, I
would expect them to be censured
and asked to resign," he said.
McKechnie was also critical of the
executive's lack of availability following their decision to fire Peets.
"In the days following the decision
the execs were nowhere to be found.
This was greatiy disappointing and
reflected poorly upon their character," he said.
VP Administration Lyle McMahon
spoke against the motion, claiming
that it was a "headhunt"
"I believe that the movement to
impeach is based on political reasons," he said. "It is imperative to
separate political issues from the real
issue here [the termination of Peets].
"The executives have maintained
and will continue to maintain that
this decision was made in the best
interests of the society."
After a motion calling for a secret
ballot was defeated, the exhausted
council was subjected to the drama of
a roll call vote, where each voting
member's name was called and their
See "Resignation?"page 2.
CULTURE: Aviator soars
Scorsese's latest flick flys high
above his past projects. Page 4
SPORTS: Mind trainers
Doodling with your noodle for
success. Page 7.
EDITORIAL: Generosity in
the face of disaster
How we can learn to help out
every day. Page 6.
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HANDS UP! AMS executives faced an Intense night of scrutiny on December 10. michelle mayne photo
"Fired" from page 1.
said. "Putting the society in that kind
of financial danger would just be
wholly irresponsible.*
With that in mind, Omori supported the idea of filing motions to
remove all five executives from
office. According to AMS code,
such motions must be announced
one week before council can vote
on the measures.
"I think the option should be on
the table/ he said. "This isn't a witch
hunt If they come up with some kind
of justification I'd withdraw the
motion and apologise."
Nervous energy flooded the council chambers on December 10 as the
room filled with councillors and
guests. Fourteen proxies came in the
place of regular council members
and a number of former AMS executives and employees were also in
attendance. A letter signed by 25 of
these alumni was circulated that
asked the current council to consider
reinstating Peets and expressing concern at the way his termination had
been handled.
The current executives, sitting
side by side, sat stonefaced as the
motions calling for their removal
were read out Within moments, the
meeting moved in camera, meaning
that all press and unofficial visitors
were compelled to leave the council
chambers, how it would remain for
almost five hours.
After emerging from the closed
door session, Omori asked chair
Jason Loxton to rule on whether or
not the executive had the authority to
fire Peets. Loxton's ruling reflected
Sheldon Goldfarb's earlier assertion
that the AMS Code was not specific in
the case of the procedure for terminating the GM's contract In such a
case, Loxton said that the executives
could take action and council could
overturn it later.
Discussion was then held on a
motion that would have overturned
the executive's decision to fire Peets
and would have suspended the GM
with pay until the follow up meeting
on December 17. The motion was
defeated and the meeting adjourned.
One week later, councillors reconvened to continue discussions. After
more than two hours behind closed
doors, the former AMS executives
who had turned up again were asked
to enter the in camera session and
discuss their experiences with Peets.
The reason for the request was a
desire on the part of certain councillors to hear multiple points of view
on Peets.
"There's been a claim of a pattern
in Bernie's performance," said Arts
councillor Joel McLaughlin. "The current executive has had two and half
hours to give their interpretation of
Bernie's performance as a manager."
After five former executives
and; a past executive coordinator
of student services had given their
testimony, the council remained
in camera. As the hours passed by,
the upper level of the SUB soon
became the site of hallway conferences and bathroom summits. The
last minute attempts to consoli
date support were in full swing.
The final moments of December
17 slipped away as council was discussing a motion to overturn the
executive committee decision and
reinstate Peets. A birthday cake was
presented to Omori and Science
councillor Reka Patakay.
"This is the worst birthday I've
ever had," Omori said.
At approximately 2am, a vote was
held and as the ballots were counted
a group of Arts councillors launched
into an a capella rendition of "You've
Lost that Loving Feeling."
The motion passed, 19 for, 16
against with one abstention. Bernie
Peets was reinstated less than two
weeks after being escorted from
the SUB. The close nature of the
vote surprised VP Adminstration
Lyle McMahon.
"In all honesty, I was surprised to
find the vote was close after the
debate we had," he said a few minutes after the announcement
An ad-hoc committee was struck
to negotiate Peets' return that included both Rai and VP External Holly
Foxcroft. There was some debate
about including executives on the
committee but Foxcroft assured
council that she and Rai would fulfill
their duties.
"As this [reinstating Peets] is the
will of council, we will work to ensure
that this will is carried out," she said.
As of Monday evening, negotiations with Peets are ongoing,
according to Rai, but the general
manager has yet to resume working for the AMS. ♦
President won't comment on potential resignation
"Resignation?" from page 7.
choice recorded.
As the vote was underway, AMS
Board of Governors representative
Mia Amir, who ran with Rai and the
other executives on last year's SPAN
slate, called on the councillors to
"have some guts," a remark which
drew a flurry of complaints from
some in the room and sharp rebuke
from chair Jason Loxton.
Several tense moments later, the
motion, which required a simple
majority to pass, was approved by the
slimmest margin possible.
Rai had no comment in the immediate aftermath and reached by
phone Monday, declined to say
whether or not she would be offering
her resignation.
"I think it's best to leave it for the
Januaiy 5 council meeting," she said.
The remaining motions are on the
agenda for Wednesday night's regularly scheduled council meeting,
including a recall motion that could
see Rai removed from office. That
motion requires two-thirds support
to pass. ♦
Canadian government to match individuals'donations
"Tsunami" from page 1.
of the UBC Red Cross. Other clubs on
campus will likely also be fundraising in the weeks to come on campus,
including the Sri Lanka Society.
So far the Canadian Red Cross
has raised over $26 million, with
World Vision Canada following
with four  million,   and UNICEF
Canada raising over three million.
The Canadian government has
also agreed to match whatever
amount individuals raise until
January 11, 2005. ♦
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Some events that will be donating proceeds to help the tsunami relief effort:
Vancouver Giants vs. Moose Jaw Warriors
Tuesday January 4, 7pm
@ Pacific Coliseum
Donation of $ 1 for every fan attending the game will be
made to the Canadian Red Cross
Arian In Concert
(Post-Revolutionary Iran's first and only mixed gender
pop band)
Friday Januaiy 7, 8pm
@ Orpheum Theatre
Net-proceeds being donated to Canadian Red Cross.
More info contact Tandees at 604-838-5823. Tickets at
Saturday Januaiy 8, 9am
@ Stanley Park. Meet at totem polls at Brockton Oval.
Collecting cash donations and pledges for cyclists.
Proceeds go to Canadian Red Cross.
More info contact Mike at 778-228-3272 or
Tsunami Victim. Relief Benefit
Featuring Ivana Santilli, Killa Kella, Chi Turner
and more.
Monday Januaiy 10, 9pm
@ Richards on Richards
All proceeds go to the Canadian Red Cross.
Minimum $10 donation.
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Ubyssey alumnus
Pierre Berton dies at 84
Famed columnist,
writer best known for
his popular histories
Dan McRoberts
Pierre Berton, the famous journalist who
once said that he attended UBC to skip class
and write for the Ubyssey, died on
November 30 at age 84.
Berton was raised in the Yukon and came to
Vancouver after serving in the Canadian army.
He became an editor at the Ubyssey in. 1939,
remaining with the paper until his graduation
in 1941.
While on campus, Berton also served as a cor
respondent for Vancouver's
daily newspapers and produced radio pieces on UBC
matters in the pre-CiTR days.
He became city editor at the
Vancouver News-Advertiser at
the age of 21.
By 1947, Berton had
moved to Toronto where he
would write for Maclean's
and the Toronto Star. He
also became a regular personality on CBC
television, including a 38-year tenure as a
panelist on the popular game show Front
Page Challenge.
Berton wrote many books, covering historical and contemporary subjects, but he
was most recognised for his histories of the
Canadian Pacific Railway, the North and
World War I. ♦
Do you know Jack?
NDP leader Jack Layton visited the Pit on December 2. nic fensom photo
UBC reflects on tsunami
The UBC community is invited to
attend a gathering on Wednesday,
Januaiy 5 to reflect on the disaster
that struck Asia. The gathering will
take place at the Chan Centre at noon.
Two minutes of silence will be
observed at 12:15 pm, marked by the
ringing of the carillon across campus.
The U-Pass is a winner
Translink's universal student transit
pass (U-Pass) program was awarded
the Bill Curtis Technical Achievement
Award from the Greater Vancouver
Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The award
recognises an outstanding transportation project in BC.
Approximately 60,000 university
students in the Lower Mainland use
the U-Pass, according to Translink.
Since the program was implemented
in September 2003, transit ridership
to UBC has increased by 53 per cent
In addition, ridership to Simon
Fraser University has increased by
39 per cent. By the end of 2005,
TransLink estimates that 50 per
cent of the students at these campuses will be regular transit users
due to the U-Pass.
The Greater Vancouver Section of
the Institute of Transportation
Engineers is part of an international
organisation that consists of more
than 13,000 transportation engineers, planners, technologists and
students in more than 70 countries.
Redesigning UBC
Seven international teams of architects have been shortlisted in the
competition to design UBC's
University Town development.
The semi-finalists were chosen
from a total of 52 different teams
that expressed interest in the
From these seven, the competition's shortlist committee will
choose three finalists. Each of the
final teams will present three
designs to be evaluated by a jury
comprised of architects and UBC
community members.
Look for a complete story on the
U-Town semi-finalists in Friday's
issue of the Ubyssey. ♦
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rd of Directors
The Ubyssey Publications Society is the organisation responsible for publishing UBC's
official student newspaper, The Ubyssey. Its membership consists of all UBC students who
have not opted out of membership by completing an opt-out form. Members are eligible
to run for, and vote in, Board Elections.
The Board of Directors oversees the administrative and business aspects of the paper
including advertising, marketing, distribution, the budget and finances, meetings of the
Society, and management of employees.
The Board is not, however, involved in the editorial aspects of the paper. The editorial
policy and content of the paper is determined by the editorial board of the paper, elected
by the staff in March of each year. To become a staff member, those interested need to
contribute to three issues of The Ubyssey and attend regular
staff meetings in order to get voting rights and the right to run for an editorial position.
Term is February 2005 to February 2006. Directors attend approximately 20 Board
Meetings through the year in addition to serving on Board Committees. No previous
experience with newspapers or the UPS is required.
llie positions up for election are THE PRESIDENT and 4 DIRECTORS AT LARGE.
Nomination forms are available at the Ubyssey Business Office, SUB 23 (basement).
Completed forms must be returned by 4pm, Thursday, January 7th, 2005.
Elections will be held in conjunction with the AMS elections January 14th to 21st, 2005.
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"It's a great program—you do
by Doris Sun
Aspiring opera singer Rhoslyn Jones is living proof
that a UBC education pays off. Jones, a recent master of music graduate from UBC's School of Music,
is now studying for another master's degree at
Philadelphia's prestigious Curtis Institute of
Music. Recently performing the soprano solo
fcr The Messiah at the Orpheum Theatre in
December with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Completing her undergraduate
degree at UBC, Jones majored in Opera
Performance. She attributes much of
her current success to the skills she
learned while studying in the music
program. 'It's a great program-you do   everything. YOU get
everything. You get to do all the acting - , ,    , .
classes, language classes, diction class-   LO QO  all   Llie  aCtlllg
es. They put you right on stage from the   p]nQQpQ    ln^miQap
very beginning...  You get experience   vaIci^oco, ica.i-igu.dgc
right away, so I think that's the best  olpccpc    H1 fl"!Oil
part about it.' '
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and    professor    of    music,    Nancy
Hermiston. Jones adds that the curriculum is well balanced,  saying that it
combines the study of music theory
with practical hands-on training.
"I think [the program] had everything to do with where I am now. I
mean, I had basic musical knowledge
going into U.B.C., but the experience you get turns
you into more of a well-rounded performer.*
One of Jones' first tastes of professional success
occurred on November 5, when she recorded a concert at CBC Radio for Debut, a music program start-
ed 2 5 years ago which helps young musicians start
their careers by producing their first professional
Jones beat out close to 50 other musicians to win
a spot on the program. Frances Wainwright, artistic
director of Debut Western Canada and former senior music producer for CBC Montreal, says, 'It's
important for these young musicians to have performing opportunities. And there's not that many.
So I think it's a very significant step for them.*
Jones' concert will be aired on the CBC Radio program, Westcoast Performance, early this year.
Wainwright recalls Jones'
audition for the program, saying that Jones almost cancelled because she wasn't feeling well. Wainwright convinced her to come, and when
she did, Wainwright recalls
feeling an instant connection
with her. 'I said to myself,
"This is a person who wants to
speak and tell me about the
music. And I felt this before
she sang. I tell you, I was a
producer for close to 30 years
at CBC and I've heard many,
many musicians and this was
very unusual—to feel a sense
of communication even
before she began to sing.'
With nothing but glowing praise for Jones' talent,
Wainwright says, 'I think
she is an uncommonly gifted young singer, and I really look forward to hearing
her as she progresses. I think that there's a big
talent there.'
Since graduating from UBC, Jones has become a
bit of a mentor for aspiring musicians. She believes
that the key to succeeding as a musician is unwa-
Waking up
the music scene
—Rhoslyn Jones
UBC Music graduate
vering support from friends and family. 'My parents weren't too supportive right away, but they are
now. I think that's the most important thing.*
She also points out that an easygoing personality is
an important key to succeeding as a musician. 'I also
think being a good person is a big part of it —getting
along with your colleagues, being able to be social and
work hard. That balance is a big part of it*
But even she feels that she needs to improve in
a few areas. Jones believes that, as a polite and shy
Canadian studying amongst more bold American
peers, she needs to work on her confidence and
self-marketing skills. 'You are your own small business,' says Jones. 'You need to be able to market
yourself.' But if her current progress is any indication, Rhoslyn Jones is on the fast track. ♦
Aviator soars above competition
Scorsese and DiCaprio produce one of the best films of 2004
Now playing
by Jesse Ferreras
Director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
team up again for an effort that silences all critics
of Gangs of New York, offering from both ends
a riveting spectacle that allows DiCaprio to mature
beyond his years as an actor, and Martin Scorsese
to redeem himself in the eyes of his critics. After
a two-year hiatus, Scorsese has returned to the
silver screen to offer The Aviator, hands-down,
one of the best films of the year and a surefire
Oscar contender.
Working from a script by writer John Logan who
also wrote Gangs of New York and The Last Samurai,
The Aviator traces the highlights of the career of
Howard Hughes, a filmmaker and aviator whose ambitions seem just a little too big for his capabilities.
Hughes is the director ofa 1930 WWI epic titled
Hell's Angels, which takes approximately two years
to finish filming and more time yet to edit and
produce. Hughes is so driven and meticulous about
every little detail in his film that, when he is unsatisfied with the background of the aerial combat
scenes, he places the production on hold for eight
months until he can find sufficient clouds. His
ambition and his lack of regard for finances earn
the ire of Noah Dietrich, played by John C. Reilly,
his close friend and financial manager, who continuously tells him that his ambitions exceed his
Hughes' ambitions extend beyond his film, however, as he goes on to develop a partnership with
the owner of TWA airlines and build some of the
most monstrous airplanes ever built, most famously the XF-11 or "Spruce Goose,* the biggest plane
ever built, that could double as a boat. After a series
of financial mismanagements, which take a serious
toll on him physically and psychologically, Hughes
transforms into one of the strangest characters ever
to grace the annals of filmmaking and aviation.
In addition to his troubled career. The Aviator
dramatises Howard Hughes' troubled relationships
with a number of notable women, most particularly Katharine Hepburn, imitated to perfection by
Gate Blanchett, and Ava Gardner played by Kate
Beckinsale. Hughes sweeps Hepburn off her feet
when, instead of going out to dinner, he takes her
for a flight above the Hollywood hills, and even
allows her to take the controls. But Hughes' psychological problems and ambitions begin to outweigh their relationship—he is deaf, terrified of
celebrities, and suffers from obsessive-compulsive
The Aviator tells the story of a young man whose
money and psychology just weren't big enough
for ambitions, which made him want to be the
biggest filmmaker and the greatest aviator the
world had ever seen. Hughes is a character who, as
DiCaprio has stated himself, parallels his own
career. The actor delivers one of the most convincing performances of his career, helping us forget
his melodramatic performance in Titanic b3r showing us a young man too far in the depths of psychological disequilibrium to fully realise his ambitions. Cate Blanchett is also notable for her work as
Katharine Hepburn. She marches on the screen in
full force, first delivering a hilarious impression
that later develops into a touching performance,
portraying her as a strong woman who, while
drawn to him, can't deal with the megalomaniac
that is Howard Hughes.
The Aviator is truly a spectacular, adventurous,
well-performed biopic of Hughes. Scorsese gets some
great performances out of an A-list cast, DiCaprio and
Blanchett especially, some spectacular photography
from veteran cinematographer Robert Richardson
(Kill Bill, JFK)—elements that help The Aviator soar
above some lousy competition to become one of the
greatest films of 2004. Four stars on a five star scale.♦
by Crystal Tai
Walking down a dark, rank alley towards the
Commodore's back entrance never felt more fulfilling than it did on that fateful Wednesday
evening. I was on my initiatory mission to interview the boys from The Waking Eyes during their
Canadian tour with the Trews. It was an informal
affair, held in the men's restroom. And while
The Trews did their sound check. Rusty Matyas
and Joey Penner (of The W.E.) kindly explained
everything from their diverse musical preferences to snagging their first major record label
deal with Warner.
During their Canadian tour
with the Trews, the Waking Eyes
played a show at the Commodore
back in November during the
New Music West Festival. Rising , •»
from the ruins of two previously nOW, HlOre SO Ulan
popular indie-bands, the Pets and
Novillero, the band seems happy
with its four member fusion
which consists of Matt Peters and
Rusty Matyas on guitar and
vocals, Steve Senkiw on drums,
and Joey Penner on bass.
In 2001, The Waking Eyes
"There are a ton of
bands out there right
—Joey Penner
WaMng Eyes bandmember
ever. Whatever your
tastes are, you can
find ten different
bands out there with-
formed   out   of  obscurity   in    1X1 ^e Canadian
Winnipeg, Manitoba, where the    mUSiC SCene that Can
music scene is apparently rresn
and abundant.  '[There  are] a    aCCOmodate that.
lot of good bands from
Winnipeg. Everyone knows
everybody, it's a small community. Bands play together all the
time," Matyas explained. 'Lots
of band member swapping
going on, it's good.'
Since the release of their sophomore album
Video Sound, The Waking Eyes have evolved from
a layered neo-psychedelic pop ambience into
more of a raw freewheeling 70's rock sound. "Our
vibe is inspired by 60s and 70s music/ Matyas
explains. "Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Who
are the obvious ones." These influences are easily
perceived, as their name is in fact a reference to a
Pink Floyd song. Penner assumed a more serious
expression as he explained some of his own musical influences 'I'm big into jazz too.* He gushed, "I
think you can't go wrong listening to that kind of
music because there is so much talent and
improvisation involved."
Matyas and Penner were elated to inform me
about their latest major deal with Warner
Records. "We definitely were more of an indie-
band but I think like any band, and people can
deny this fact, given an opportunity like this to
work with a major producer, a major record
label, we just jumped at the opportunity," Matyas
asserted with a toothy grin. Signing the deal gave
The Waking Eyes a chance to work on Video
Sound with producer Arnold Lanni whose
worked with the likes of Our Lady Peace and
Simple Plan.
'[The album] turned out sounding really good.
It didn't sound like Our Lady Peace or Simple
Plan..' Matyas chuckles. 'It's not that they don't
sound good, but it definitely still has its own
sound to it. Arnold did a great job.'
Penner also had some optimistic input on the
growing indie scene in
Canada: "There are a ton of
bands out there right now,
more so than ever.
Whatever your tastes are,
you can find ten different
bands out there within the
Canadian music scene that
can accommodate that."
Pausing to emphasise the
sincerity of this statement
he professed, "I think that
it's a good time to be a fan of
music right now in Canada."
When I asked them
what kind of advice they
would dish out for aspiring
musicians Penner pronounced sagely, "Don't
worry about success necessarily, just do it for fun, [do
it] for yourself." Matyas
meanwhile declared his
own philosophy, "I think
everybody should play
music. It's a good release, writing songs and
recording." Chiming in, Penner added, "If you keep
it authentic, your chance of working your way up
the ladder will be greater, rather than doing something contrived and cliche."
With the recent comeback of classic garage
rock, The Waking Eyes are certainly not the first
breaker to hit shores in the wave of 70s revival
bands. However, the band has gone through a
few transformations in its short history, having
dallied in different sounds of rock and roll in
their search for a distinct voice. Describing
themselves as a mixture of garage rock and art
rock, their current hit single "Watch Your
Money" is making its way onto airwaves, and
invading the impressionable young minds of listeners nationwide. ♦ ■' i'M
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Sarah Bourdon
Dan McRoberts
Ania Mafi
Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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'Happy 1982I" Said Michelle Mayne as she curled her fingers
around her long luscious locks of auburn hair and patted Nic
Fensom on the head, tlmmmrn. isn't it 2004?" replied a dismayed and slightly disheveled Ania Mafi. "I've been on such a
long bender I can't remember what year it is." replied Paul
Evans crawling out from under a table with a large viking helmet on his head. "You silly's, according to my advent calendar
it's 3002I' squealed Alex Leslie, her mouth full of sweet sweet
chocolates. "It's New Year's?" questioned Carrie Robinson,
Crystal Tai and Dan McRoberts unanimously. "We thought it
was Valentines Day." "You guys are all full of crap," yelled Jesse
Marchand, "It's Labour Day!" "Holidays are just another way for
corporate America to cash in from all the gift buying," scowled
Jesse Ferreras. 'No, no, no. It's Easter. Look out for the Easter
bunny," laughed Eric Szeto as he chased Sarah Bourdon and
Doris Sun around the room. "Freaks," replied Max Yinan Wang.
Ania Mafi
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Jump on
the charity
The videotape is shocking. Raging
torrents of water crushing homes,
destroying lives. The response has
been inspiring.
As the death toll from the
recent tsunami disaster in Asia
continues to grow, with the latest
figures sitting at 150,000 dead,
many countries have committed to
increased aid. Canada has pledged
$80 million and the US $424 million. Overall, the suffering regions
are expected to take in $2 billion
(US) in aid.
In addition, aid organisations
such as the Canadian Red Cross
and Doctors Without Borders
have received an outpouring of
donations from concerned individuals. Some people have chosen to help by volunteering for
these organisations. 'This is one
of the rare occasions where we
don't have a need to put a call out
for volunteering,* said Carmen
Mackenzie of the Canadian Red
Cross. India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia
and Thailand will certainly
require help from around the
world to even begin to recover
from such a disaster.
When tragedy strikes, the
humane side of our species comes
to light. Instead of distancing
themselves from their fellow
human beings and acting selfishly,
they band together in hope, friendship and generosity. They contribute by giving out their hard
earned cash to help others who axe
in need.
But what happens when there's
no tragedy being splashed across
the television screen? Certainly
the magnitude of the tsunami dis-
aster has guaranteed it wide coverage by media around the world,
and rightly so. This event has had
a catastrophic effect on millions of
fives. However, many other disasters go unnoticed by the general
public, and this ignorance can be
as catastrophic as the disasters
The current situation in the
Sudan is one example. Though
suffering, poverty and death are
daily realities for the Sudanese
people aid has been slow to reach
the Sudan. In addition, the
amount of aid, when compared to
the international response to
other humanitarian disasters, has
been abysmal. Though approximately $ 1 billion was donated in
2004, this amount would not go
far in a country that has suffered
between 80,000
and 300,000 deaths and has a
displaced population estimated to
be in the millions.
We're not saying that people
should not be donating to help victims of the recent tsunami disaster,
and direct their funds elsewhere. On
the contrary, it is heartening to see
people open their hearts and wallets
for people they don't know. It is rare
that the average person breaks his
or her daily routine to lend a hand,
monetary or otherwise, to people
suffering on the other side of the
globe or in their very own
There are those diamonds in
the rough, however. This
Christmas a man in Denver handed out $35,000 in $ 100 bills to the
homeless. And groups like Singin'
Round, an organisation that hands
out food and clothing to the homeless in the Christmas season
spend countless hours helping
those considered less fortunate.
To   date   the   organisation   has
raised over $180,000 for
Vancouver charities through their
musical events.
But the reality is that these
everyday angels are few and far
between. With all the selfish New
Year's resolutions going around it
seems that we can all take a little
time to help combat poverty.
Sadly enough, some are not
awakened by the tsunami tragedy
and are turning a blind eye to the
happenings, hoping that the rest
of the world can take care of it
and their daily life can remain
undisturbed. Although many may
not donate their time or money to
ongoing crisis within our communities and the world, this tragedy
has likely kick-started the need to
feel more compassion and to continue extending an open arm
to those in need, long after
this tragedy stops being the
latest news. ♦♦♦
ez not a toy for Advisors
by Jennifer Brooke
I feel some clarification is necessary with regard
to your front-page article 'Unofficial files kept on
campus residents,' (Tuesday Nov. 30). While
your article was able to describe the system of
ERez, some key pieces of information should be
acknowledged to help clarify the information
you presented. In the second line of your article
you note that 'Hundreds of student advisors can
access the files...' yet it is not noted that the only
information the 120 Advisors are able to access
is the same information that Housing and
Conferences Front Desk Resident Attendants use
to ensure that key sign out goes to the proper student. This information is given by the student at
the beginning of the year online, and includes
Resident room assignment, the UBC Library and
UPass photo ID, medical alerts, number of years
in University and Emergency contact information; all information which is understood when
entered by the student that it will be used by the
While this information is accessible to
Advisors, the use of ERez Admin is emphasised
to be a serious part of the job. The importance
of maintaining confidentiality is emphasised
during training and throughout the duration of
their employment contract. Advisors are aware
of the significance of personal information.
Advisors themselves have their own personal
information on the system. Additionally
Advisors are also only allowed to see information relevant to residents who Hve in their
Housing Complex (i.e.: Totem Park advisors can
only access information related to Totem Park
residents—not Gage residents, etc.). One pri
mary use is to ensure advisors know of any resident medical alerts in case of an emergency. It
is important that staff be aware of allergies and
other medical conditions in case a resident is
unable to voice this information during a crisis.
I would like to emphasise that ERez Admin is
not used daily or as a toy by Advisors; it is a
small but important part of our job which
allows us to enter situations with additional
knowledge that may help in a medical emergency or prevent embarrassment a resident
may feel in having to voice a condition.
In regard to the use of ERez Admin in residence standards (judicial process), the article
failed to mention that no Advisor is able to
access another Advisor's notes about a Resident
that isn't from their Residence Area (i.e., Totem
Park or Place Vanier). Advisors are unable to see
how many 'points' a Resident may have from
previous incidents. This helps support advisors
responding as objectively as they can—on a case-
by-case situation. After they respond to a situation, Advisors are also trained to write simple
fact based statements on the system, such as
'Resident A was noisy at 10pm during Quiet
Hours'. Advisors are taught not to use subjective
comments as 'Resident A is a poor member of
the floor community' which would be acknowledged as unhelpful, unprofessional, and disregarded by the Residence Life Manager and
Housing higher ups. Each situation is recorded
so the Residence Life Manager is able to discern
whether or not points should be allotted, based
on a pattern of behaviour that, may disrupt or
negatively affect our Residence community.
While I can appreciate that this system may
be disconcerting when described in the manner
of your article, Residents should be assured that,
like any information relayed in everyday conversations or crisis situations to an Advisor,
ERez Admin is used by Advisors under the contractual understanding of confidentiality and
remaining objective. And on a lighter note, residents can be pleased that this personal information is being used to support the safety and a
positive living environment for UBC students,
and not used to locate the perfect demographic
neighbourhood for the creation of another
Starbucks, for which so much of our more personal Canadian Census Data is used.
—Jennifer Brooke is a 4th Year Geography &
Political Science student at UBC
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The power of the mind
The growth of psychology in sports
by Eric Szeto
Twenty years ago the words sport and psychology would never have been mentioned in the
same sentence. Today, almost all professional
sports teams use a sport psychologist in an
effort to improve individual performance.
UBC's athletics program is no exception.
Laura Hearst a sports psychologist, has
been involved with a handful of UBC's varsity
teams that include the national champion field
hockey team, national champion women's basketball team, women's volleyball team and the
NAIA champion women's golf team.
Hearst believes that it all comes down to getting that edge.
'If you consider that most teams use the latest training techniques and tactical and technical preparation are pretty much relatively
equal,' said Hearst "And what often makes a
difference is how they handle the pressure, how
they refocus when they get down by a few points
and that's a big part"
Consider this year's Grey Cup semi-final
between the B.C Lions and the Saskatchewan
Roughriders. Paul McCallum, the kicker for the
Roughriders, missed a routine 18-yard field
goal in overtime that would eventually cost
them the game.
"Mental training is awareness. It's just being
able to recognise that I'm not focused
now...Recognising that you are in control of
what happens to you on the court or the field or
whatever," said Hearst
'My philosophy is that you're trying to get
self-directed learning. You're encouraging
their reflection skills, their ability to identify
with themselves."
Being emotionally in control and having that
awareness also plays a big part in performance.
A perfect example of this was the brawl that
resulted between the Detroit Pistons and
Indiana Pacers this past November.
"The lower the emotion, the lower the
performance. If you keep raising your emotional level it'll be helpful, but if it keeps rising over a certain point, it'll be detrimental,"
said Hearst.
Until people are familiar with what sports
psychology can provide it will be easily overlooked, said Hearst
'Any field develops when you can understand what you can offer. And I think it's
becoming more recognised and I think
Canada's really led the way with some of the
best people who started the field," explained
Hearst. *I think people know what it is, but
until they've actually worked with the mental
trainers, I think sometimes you're not sure as
coach what they can offer."
According to UBC men's volleyball coach
Richard Schick, having a mental trainer was
unheard of back when he was playing.
"I never really had it when I was a player,
but I didn't feel like I needed it either," said
Schick. "I think it's beneficial, I don't want
it used as a crutch but definitely I think that
the way it is going and the demands on the athletes especially the student athletes, definitely
BEING MINDFUL:   Sports psycho I gists can play a huge role in an athlete's success by
teaching self-awareness on the court and the ability to recognise certain emotional
they need help.*
Dave Newson, head coach of the UBC
women's hockey team, sees an advantage in
having a sports psychologist
"I see lots of different presentations on
the topic that are effective, and have heard
some studies that have had some great
results," said Newson. "I know that even ama
teur psychology that players do themselves
and what we as coaches bring to the table can
be a big effect."
These skills can be applied beyond the court
said Hearst
"Mental training is about learning how to
balance, and not to be to self critical,* said
Hearst 'These tools are life skills.* ♦
— student leaders.
Student Leadership Conference 2005 |
January 7-8,2005
Registration: $20
Presented by UBC and the AMS
The theme of this year's Student Leadership
Conference is "Ripples of Change" and focuses
on encouraging collaboration, networking, and
the sharing of resources and experiences
among student leaders.
Open to all students and groups from across
campus, there will also be keynote speakers,
interactive workshops, and a Leadership
Opportunities Fair for those looking for ways to
be more involved in campus and community
organizations. For more details, visit
welcome back events
Comedy Show
Tuesday, January 4
8 pm @ The Norm Theatre
Jazz Coffeehouse and Open Mic Nite
Wednesday, January 5
7 pm @TBD
Note: Open mic starts at 8:00 (music, poetry, whatever
moves you). Jazz starts at 9.
Acoustic Show featuring two UBC bands
Thursday, January 6
$2 at the door; doors open at 9 pm
feedback@ams.ubc.ca • www.ams.uoc.
 minischool registration 2006
Start your new year off by taking a break from academics and registering for some fun and interactive courses
offered through our AMS Minischool.
New classes for Spring 2005 include Beginner's Photography, Beginner's Acting, Drawing, and Sketching, Exotic Pole
Dancing, and Highland Dancing. Other courses include Traditional Indian Dance, Beginner's Sign Language,
Beginner's Photography, Relaxation Massage, Hatha Yoga and Minischool Bartending.
Registration begins January 4,2005 and will continue until February 18th at the AMS Administrative Office (2nd
Floor, SUB). Classes are open to UBC students and residents from the Vancouver area. Space is limited for classes -
so register soon!
Full course descriptions are available at http://www.ams.ubc.ca under "Minischool".
ams nominations
Nominations are now open for the following AMS Executive positions:
President, Vice-President External, Vice-President Administration, Vice-
President Finance and Vice-President Academic.
Elections will be held simultaneously for student representatives to the
Board of Governors of UBC (2 positions) and for the Senate (5 positions).
Nominations for candidates will close at 4 pm on Friday, January 7,
2005. Voting will take place January 17 - 24,2005.
For AMS Executive Candidates: Nominations forms can be picked up
from and returned to SUB Room 238 and 218.
For Senate and Board of Governors Candidates: Nomination forms can
be picked up from and returned to Brock Hall, 2nd Floor.
For further information, please e-mail the AMS Elections Administrator at
Open Arcade Night
January If
$ 10 for all the games
you can play
9 pm-12 midnight
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April 30,2005
Travel Ever
In 2005, UBC students will be able to travel to even more
places, more often, as we continue to add and improve
transit services for U-Pass.
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