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Vol. LXXXIXNo. 45 I www.ubyssey.ca I march 11th, 2008 I since 1918
ullivaiunakes pitch to students
Vancouver's embattled mayor discusses why he
the choice for students in the upcoming NPA
nomination battle.
by Justin McElroy
News Staff
Could a Skytrain to UBC be dependent on
the political fate of Vancouver Mayor Sam
As the mayor settles in for what is
anticipated to be a rocky fight for his reelection, it appears a full extension of the
Millennium Line to UBC and the results
of his upcoming Non-Parisan Association
(NPA) nomination battle with city councillor Peter Ladner may be intertwined.
"Just imagine just taking the Skytrain
all the way UBC," Mayor Sullivan mused in
an exclusive interview with the Ubyssey last
week at City Hall. "UBC students spend so
much time in transit and waiting for transit...wouldn't it be great to change that?"
Sullivan has made the extension of the
Millennium Line to UBC a pet project of his
for many months, lobbying the provincial
and federal governments for the necessary
funding to make a route that travels the 12
kilometres from Clark Drive to Wesbrook
Mall a reality.
Calling it "the number one priority for
Vancouver transportation," in January his
efforts paid off when the provincial government committed $2.8 billion to the expansion of the Millennium Line to UBC by
2020 as part of a $ 14 billion transit spending package for the Lower Mainland—an
announcement that even Sullivan admits
caught him by surprise.
"For so long, the question was [if we
could] we get it beyond Arbutus, and the
fact that provincial government has included [UBC] in their funding plans—I was
amazed frankly. I've been trying to sell UBC
as the ultimate destination for the line."
From a purely transportation perspective, experts believe the line will be necessary. Currently, 70,000 people use buses
along the Broadway corridor from Commercial Drive to UBC everyday, making it
the most populous region for transit users
in British Columbia next to Downtown Vancouver. Peter Louwe, Translink's manager
of media relations and communications,
has said that "the positive aspects of a rapid
transit line to UBC include less traffic on
the Broadway corridor, easier parking, and
cleaner air."
At this point, the extension ofthe line is
far from a sure thing. The city of Vancouver
and the provincial government are funding
studies to look at the feasibility of the various
options available for expansion to UBC—be
it a light rail line, an elevated Skytrain, a
tunnel system, or some combination.
A definitive report from these studies
will emerge sometime in the next two years,
detailing exactly what options are available,
and how much they will cost. At that point,
it will be up to the municipal and provincial
government to fund the project—and they
may simply decide that the bill is too large,
the disruption to families and businesses
along the route too great, and the political
risks involved with a major transportation
project too large to commit to. Thus the
municipal government may seek to find a
less disruptive (and less costly) alternative
for transportation to UBC.
Enter Peter Ladner: the UBC alumnus
and former Ubyssey writer has challenged
Sullivan for the NPA nomination going into
see "Sam's town" I page 02
VP Academic discusses his role in AMS electoral controversy
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
The Alma Mater Society's (AMS)
newest VP Academic, Alex
Lougheed, has been surrounded
by a firestorm of controversy
among campus politicos since
shortly after his election victory
when it was made public he had
cast multiple ballots for himself
in thisyear's student elections.
Despite the accusations of
fraud and an ongoing Student
Court case, Lougheed has remained largely quiet regarding
the allegations. Yesterday he
spoke to the Ubyssey about his
feelings regarding the issue,
which is defining the early stages
of his role as an executive.
The Ubyssey: There's lots of
controversy surrounding what
you did on the last day of the AMS
elections. Whatdidyoudo?
Alex Lougheed: "I voted
online, I cast my ballot like any
regular   student.   And   on   the
paper balloting day, as a matter
of convenience, because all the
candidates have to post up their
posters themselves at all the various voting booths, I posted up my
posters at six [booths] and I cast
ballots at, I believe, five of those
"My intention in doing that
was to demonstrate to the elections administrator the fact that
the ballots were not secret. Under
a regular elections process, the
elections administrator would
know that a certain student number has [turned in] multiple ballots, but the process would eliminate those ballots and they would
never actually become votes."
U: You've said that you were
concerned about the fact that the
ballots weren't secret. Did you
make your concerns know before
the elections?
A: "This is something that a
couple of candidates expressed
concern with...I didn't bring it up
in any kind of formal forum."
U: What were the immediate
consequences of your decision to
submit multiple ballots?
A: "[Elections Administrator]
Brendan [Piovesan] did come
down and talk to me because he
had read the ballots and because
he saw that it was my name on
them. He came down and talked
to me while I was in the Gallery
drinking, waiting for the elections results, and he accosted me
in the hall. At that point I saw the
absurdity of the entire situation,
because under typical elections
procedures this could have never
come up."
U: What did you think would
happen after submitting multiple
ballots? Why did you decide to
submit multiple ballots instead
of addressing the issue in other
A: "I did it to point out to the
Elections Committee and the
elections administrator that the
see "Ballots" | page 04
Make it Three!
The UBC women's basketball team has captured their third national
title in the last five years defeating Regina 67-46 in Saskatoon
Sunday. After being down by two points at the half, they started the
second with a 9-0 run and didn't lookback. For fifth-year seniors
Cait Haggartyjulie Little,and tournament MVP Erica McGuinness
(above), it was the third time they had held up the Bronze Baby.
Beijing Stories
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Where: 1181 Seymour
What: Film series about the
Chinese capital and Olympic host
Wine Library Open House
Where: Nutrition and Health
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Cost: Free
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March 12-16
Where: Norm Theatre
Cost: 4$ non-member, 2$
Muhammad Yunus
Time: 8pm-9:30pm
Where: Chan Centre
Cost: Free—but must register for
tickets in advance at 100.ubc.ca
What: Microcredit pioneer
Disabilities centre a life-saver | page 03
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THfitteYSSEY I March 11th,2008
Quadra candidates play politics at UBC
by Holman Lai
News Writer
With the upcoming Vancouver Quadra by-
election slated to be held on March 17th, UBC
students were treated to a rare opportunity
to hear all of the four major candidates debate the issues during an event on campus
two weeks ago.
The debate, sponsored bythe Political Science Students Association, was heated from
the get-go, with Conservative nominee Deborah Meredith taking the brunt ofthe attacks,
especially regarding the environment.
"History shows that the more prosperous people become the more they care about
the environment," said Meredith. "Prosperity really is a condition to improving our
environment. We have to be careful not to
kill our economy by impractical unrealistic
Joyce Murray, the Liberal Party candidate, was quick to rebuke the Conservative
stance by bringing up Canada's role in the
Bali Environment Conference.
"Mr. Harper is a climate change belier
whose plan has been labeled a fraud by experts and made Canada an embarrassment
in Bali," charged Murray, whose work on the
environment has been recognized with a
Sierra Club of Canada Eco-Olympic Medal.
"We won the 'Fossil of the Day' [award]
virtually every day in Bali," Murray continued. "We're losing the respect ofthe international community for the pathetic reversal
on the importance of climate change under
Mr. Harper."
Green Candidate Dan Grice made a point
about the inefficiencies of the Conservative
plan on opting for a carbon trading market.
"Europe has been struggling with that
[cap and trade market], it opens up a whole
realm of inefficiencies. Make the polluters
pay...A carbon tax is the most effective way
to deal with it."
Likewise NDP Candidate Rebecca Coad
also criticized the Conservative plan for the
Clean Air Act, specifically on more taxes for
road vehicles.
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Dan G
"Just making it more expensive to drive
your car is not the solution, because it is
already expensive to drive, park and insure your vehicle in comparison to public
With all these critiques shot in Meredith's
direction coupled with the fact that Quadra
has traditionally been a Liberal riding, it
may explain why she has not been making
many appearances at other debates.
"The representative of the governing
party is always going to be the target," said
Gerald Baier, a UBC political science professor and the moderator ofthe debate. "Maybe
that's why she hasn't participated in that
many events."
So why this particular event?
"I don't know if this is a matter of strategic calculation or a matter of how much time
she can devote to a campaign," said Baier.
Karan Riarh, president of the Political
Science Student Association, which hosted
the debate, said that the venue was politically neutral.
"We're a non-partisan club. At the debate
I couldn't wear any pins to show my political
preference or forward any politically-motivated questions."
The debate, fortunately, was not all full of
disagreements. There was somewhat more
of a consensus on the topic of Canada's role
in Afghanistan.
"Since we've been involved in Afghanistan, per capita incomes have more than
doubled, girls are going to school..20% of
[government] officials are women," Meredith said. "Our troops support our efforts
and are proud of our efforts....to cut and run
would be a tragedy," said Meredith
Murray of the Liberals also showed a
commitment to a Canadian presence in
"I'm not in favor of abandoning Afghani
stan," said Murray. "I am very pleased that
Stephen Harper is moving towards Mr.
Dion's position...that we are pulling out of
a frontline combat role. We are in favor of
the troops doing reconstruction and security
work until 2011."
The NDP's Coad, however, took time to
criticize both Liberal and Conservative positions by contradicting both of them.
"I'm actually a bit confused by the Liberal Candidates' statements there...It's my
understanding that Stephane Dion is moving towards Stephen Harper's position on
Afghanistan...Everything I hear except for
my Conservative colleagues remarks are not
having the effect we want."
But Afghanistan isn't just about troop
levels. The Green Party's Grice saw an opportunity for new economic linkages between Canada and Afghan farmers.
"We go into these countries and try to
abolish their economies." said Grice. "[But]
we have to create a real economy and it's going to start by recognizing what's in there.
It's going to start by buying the opium and
poppy plants from farmers and we can put it
to medical use."
Overall, an array of opinions were represented, which even included provocative
Neorhino candidate John Turner, who was
in the audience. Turner tried to hijack the debate by eating a cereal box of Lucky Charms
loudly, attempting bribery of the PSSA's debate organizers, and leaving abruptly before
the debate ended.
Asked for his opinion of how the candidates did in the debate, moderator Gerald
Baier told the Ubyssey^ "I thought they were
fairly well behaved." \a
Editors's note: News writer Holman Lai
is VP External ofthe Political Science
Student Association
'Students are doing the right thing... and they're punished for if —Sullivan
from "Sam's town" | page oi
this November's municipal election. Ladner
told the Ubyssey that he "strongly supports
enhanced rapid transit to UBC," but has said
"he wants to see what [the feasibility studies]
come up with" before committing himself
to any particular proposal, and has said that
the possible cost ofthe project is a large concern to him.
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone
who has followed Ladner's career in Vancouver politics. A strong fiscal conservative
and supporter of Vancouver businesses, he
has said that when it comes to the Millennium Line expansion, "whatever we do cannot repeat the damage to business from the
Canada Line," alluding to the scores of bankruptcies and closures that have occurred in
the wake ofthe cut-and-cover construction of
the Canada Line on Cambie Street.
Sullivan isn't as concerned about the cost
however. "We have to think ofthe long-term.
UBC has done a great job of achieving higher
densities...a village is growing in UBC...and
it would be so efficient to have a line out to
the university." He points to a survey done
by the city to support his claims. In the
online survey completed by 1850 people,
nearly twice as many respondents favoured
a higher-cost, low-disruption route (35%)
to a lower-cost, higher-disruption option
Currently, the reality of a UBC Line is a
long way off, with a completion date of 2020
favoured by the provincial government. But
the mayor of Vancouver hopes to accelerate
the process to make it one ofthe first major
projects for the city after the 2010 Winter
Games are completed—which would make
the UBC Line a possibility for this campus as
soon as the middle ofthe next decade.
In the meantime however, UBC students
will continue their daily slog to get to class
on time, and Sullivan says he understands
their concerns.
"Every day, my chief of staff phones me
from the lineup on Broadway and tells me
how many full buses have passed him by.
[Students] are doing the right thing for the environment, and they're punished for it." vl
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Resource centre serves students with disabilities
by Marie Burgoyne
News Staff
"I would come out of the University wiser, more independent,
both in action and in thought
and a friend better disposed to
These words might be uttered by any idealistic university
student hoping for a transformative academic experience, but
the fact that they were uttered
by Charles Crane makes them all
the more powerful.
Ravaged by a childhood illness that left him both deaf and
blind, Charles Crane enrolled at
UBC in 1931. Yet after only one
year at the University, a lack of
funding and support made it
impossible for him to pursue
his bachelor's degree. Still,
Crane stayed connected with the
campus by auditing courses and
participating in extracurricular
activities such as wrestling.
His love of learning undaunted, he created a "public" private
library for those facing similar
obstacles by gathering books
from many different sources and
transcribing them into Braille.
The process was tedious. An assistant would use sign language
against his palm letter by letter
to communicate the characters
that he would then transcribe
using a typewriter-like Braille
Upon Crane's death, his collection was donated to UBC.
What began as a meagre collection of Braille books is now a
busy enterprise aimed at including as many students as possible
in academia.
Today The Crane Library is a
sub-unit of UBC Access and Diversity that provides alternate format textbooks for students with
all forms of disabilities, from
blindness to severe comprehension problems. Depending on
the needs of the individual, this
may be via computer scanning
to create electronic textbooks, or
putting readings onto MP3 CDs.
As one of the largest nonprofit—and it is reported, most
inviting and efficient—facilities
of its type in Canada, Crane Library makes every effort to be
up-to-date on assistive technologies and services, from speech-
to-text-software to braille writers that are much spiffier than
Charles Crane's. But as demand
for service is increasing so does
the need for involvement.
Volunteers of all interests and
ages, from students to retirees,
make the conversions from texts
and where possible readers and
scanners are assigned material
related to their own interests.
Crane also hires paid student
notetakers in order to make
lectures accessible to clients.
The experience looks great on
Workers at the Crane Library transfer texts to both Braille and audio formats for students who need them.
a resume, yes, but more importantly, it provides a forum where
average and disabled students
can interact on equal footing.
The relatively recently renovated
social space—Crane Library,
Brock Hall Annex—is open to all
students five days a week.
One Crane staffer pinpoints
a fundamental reality of being
a student of any sort. "The next
time you're hammering off that
1 lth-hour paper, think about
[others]," whose academics and
lives require a lot more planning
and differences, and maybe see
if you can get to know them, vl
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Librarian for the blind appreciated by library patrons
by David Anderson
News Writer
For many students with disabilities at UBC, March 7th of this year
will be remembered as a day of
sadness. Eleanore Wellwood,
who for over ten years has been
responsible for the production
of alternate format materials for
students with disabilities at Crane
Resource Centre, is moving on to
another library.
Wellwood worked at the Centre
for a decade, aiding students who
are blind or visually-impaired.
"She's the one who really gets
things done," said Karen Liu, a
math undergraduate. "The only
one who knows braille. The person
who knows every single student
personally, and she cracks the
best jokes ... I really wonder how
the Crane is going to run without
Charmaine Co, a first year
student, feels that "it is very unfortunate that Eleanore has to
leave so soon. I've only spent a
few months working with her and
I already feel that she has made a
permanent impact on my education. She always did such a wonderful job of ensuring that I got all
my materials in time for class. I
could tell that she was extremely
dedicated to her job because she
even took material home to scan
so that I wouldn't be behind on my
Beyond the task of producing
materials to ensure that students
can access their course content,
Wellwood helped students make
sense of the bureaucratic maze
that complicates their ease of access to rights at UBC.
"[Wellwood] moved me to try
things that I probably would not
have done," says Graham Hardy,
a student majoring in English literature. "For instance, she told me
that [the Disability Resource Centre] mandate would allow them to
have a musical score transcribed
[for me] last year for a musical
[put on by my residence]. She also
worked closely with me so that I
could take courses in foreign languages smoothly."
Wellwood has made obvious
and powerfully positive impacts
on students, and students who
have been at UBC for some time
wonder how her absence will be
Ella Bowles, a graduate student
who also completed her bachelor's
of science at UBC, worries that
without Wellwood future students
and those still new to UBC will
experience significant struggles to
get the services and access they require to fully participate academically and socially on campus.
"Eleanore is a keystone species," Bowles said. "There's no one
to replace her knowledge, expertise, and the creativity she used
to help students to overcome the
challenges they faced on multiple
levels. What the hell are those kids
going to do without her?"
English undergrad Donovan
Tildesly echoed Bowles's comments. "I'm just grateful to be
graduating; I'm glad I won't have
to go through the stress of transitioning to a new person. The
Crane Library won't be the same
without Eleanore."
While Wellwood will be missed
from behind the desk at Crane, students will still be able to find her
at the Xwi7xwa library on campus.
And, as Bowles and many other
students remarked, "I hope that
her new coworkers and students
will appreciate her as much as we
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lougheed answers ballot box critics
from "Ballots" | page oi
fact that we had to write down
our names and our numbers on
back of the ballot was wrong, it
was incorrect. I wanted to demonstrate to them what can happen
because of this. I put my name
forward. I could have just as well
put down fake names, or things
of that nature, but I felt like that
would be a kind of fraud.
"So I put down my own name,
my own student number: I was
completely honest with this.
"I feel like my right to a secret
ballot has been violated. Now it's
a public affair, although no one
has come up with any evidence
to the fact that I cast multiple
ballots, though I do hear that the
Student Court has taken photocopies of those ballots, which I
find peculiar."
U: Did you think that despite
the Elections Administrator knowing you voted multiple times, that
your ballots would otherwise remain secret?
A: "The [elections administrator] and the Elections Committee
could see who voted for who, and
that is a violation of the code itself. It's their duty to ensure that
the ballots were secret and that
was not upheld.
"[As for the ballots themselves,] they were definitely
spoiled ballots, there was no
question of that. It never jumped
into my head that these would
not be spoiled.
"I never expected him to
come downstairs—while I was in
the Gallery waiting for results, to
come up to me. I think his exact
words were, 'Do you think I'm
stupid?' The answer to that was
no. I was just taken back."
U: How didyoufeel after that?
A: "My thoughts [were] now
my right to a secret ballot has
been especially violated. More
than the Elections Committee
knew, it was said in a public forum, and we wouldn't be in the
situation we're in now if that
didn't happen.
"The possibility of [this] ever
happening never crossed my
mind because I figured I had the
right to a secret ballot."
U: How do you feel right
now? Are you worried about how
these allegations will effect your
"I feel unsettled both in my
position and, kind of, in my
stomach. I've invested a lot already into this role—I'm taking
two courses right now instead of
the six I was taking before I was
announced the winner.
"My thoughts as to [the Student Court case], is that there
is a process and the process is
still going on. So it's incredibly
nerve racking and frustrating for
me—I've taken a huge personal
hit on this, ask any of my close
"I do want to get out there
that I think this was a jerk move.
You're going to be hard pressed
to get someone who doesn't think
this was a jerk move. But it was a
jerk move that I think should be
protected. I was out there and I
was trying to demonstrate a flaw
in the way the elections were being conducted. And in my opinion I wasn't violating any of the
AMS ruling."
U: When does the Student
Court issue its ruling regarding
your case?
A: "Student Court has its
ruling on Thursday. It's been
pushed back a couple of times.
There's been procedural reasons
for that."
U: Some have criticized the fact
that you, as VP Academic, are both
in control of Student Court and are
being tried by Student Court. Do
these criticisms have weight? Does
a conflict of interest exist?
A: "There is a conflict given
that the VP Academic is the liaison
between the Executive and the
Student Court. That said, as soon
I was in this role and as soon as
things started popping up in my
mailbox, immediately I told Michael Duncan [AMS President]...
He came to me immediately and
said 'I should probably handle
this and not you.' So I've deferred
all kind of executive contact with
the Student Court to him."
U: Thursday's Student Court
meeting will be the second. Why
was student court delayed? Why
has a ruling taken this long?
A: "I've yet to have been formally informed at to what has
been alleged...Part of the big
reason why I haven't been commenting is because I don't know
what I've been accused of, and I
don't know my rights.
U: You brought up the difference between casting multiple
ballots and voting multiple times.
What is the difference?
A: "In AMS Elections, the way
that the votes are tallied differ
than in a federal or provincial
elections in that ballots are cast
and then the Elections Committee goes through the ballots cast
and weeds out invalid ballots. In
federal and provincial elections,
it's an up front check. By the
time your ballots in the box, it's
a vote."
U: So do you think what you
did was wrong?
A: "I never really considered
this a violation of the rules, and
I still don't. It's just unfortunate
that it became this public, and
I'm sorry for it. There was definitely a better way to go about
showing this [problem with the
balloting] without people having
to question my intentions and
my motives."
U: Scores of posters stating
1 support Alex Lougheed' have
popped up across campus. What
do you think about these posters?
Wereyou involved in their creation?
Do you know who made them?
A: "I don't know who posted
those. They never bounced that
off me...When I first saw those
outside AMS Council I just took
them down. It's not really a political issue, there is a process going
on and we should respect that.
U: So you had no idea those
posters were going up?
A: No. No one ever bounced
that off me.
U: Ls there anything you'd say
to the Ubyssey's readers about
this whole incident?
A: "I'm sorry for having
this explode into a larger issue...! hope this doesn't affect
[student's] opinions of the democratic process in student government. It is still a sound system-
—the committee cancelled the
ballots...I apologize for having to
be the person who had to bring
this up. And I just want to say I'm
sorry too.
U: How are you taking this?
A: "To have people talk about
tons of things, the kind of person
you are, behind your back is extremely stressful."
U: Lt has become personal,
hasn't it?
A: "It has. And I consider
myself a person of virtue. I have
values. Democracy, it was in my
platform, and I've been working
in the AMS to make the system
more democratic." \a March 11th,2008 i ThSJjbyssey
Culture i  5
RBF planning for more beer here
by Celestian Rince
Culture Staff
It has been quite the year for
political activism at UBC. The
Radical Beer Faction claims to
be UBC's oldest political party,
and one of the least serious. The
Ubyssey decided to interview the
groups President and Spiritual
Leader, Tyler Allison, and the VP
Damage Control Erin Rennie to
see what the RBF is really about.
The Ubyssey: So what exactly is
the RBF?
Rennie: The RBF has been a
movement at UBC since 1988.
It's about promoting fun on
campus and not taking student
politics too seriously. But there's
also a serious note of promoting
students' right to drink alcohol
and party, which we feel is limited by the administration.
U: The RBF has been inactive since
2005. Why is it back now?
Rennie: This year we wanted to
bring back the RBF slate in AMS
elections. It was partially motivated by making the elections
more fun, but also to address
issues like with the RCMP, and a
feeling that there's been a crackdown on partying.
Allison: I think people would
remember Rennie and Stash
[Bylicki] and Scary Mike [Kushnir] doing their campaigning.
People started realizing that
while they're funny, but they also
have a point.
U: Why do you guys feel it's important for the RBF to be active?
Allison: Pretty much anyone you
ask on campus would say it's
missing something. Ask the AUS,
they'll say that [over the last] four
to five years things have started
to slip; it's not the same campus
it used to be. Time was, Friday
The RBF claims they were absolutely not involved in the organization of the "Flash Garden"a five minute gathering where hundreds of students cracked a open beer and socialized last month.
at 4pm, there would be beer gardens everywhere. People would
be chilling with their profs, having a few drinks, and talking.
That's changed.
Rennie: The tipping point for a
lot of us was the cancellation of
Arts County Fair. We felt it was
prompted by circumstances that
were really unfair to students. A
lot of us were involved with ACF,
so this is a way to redirect that
U: What specific actions is the RBF
doing to promote its ideals?
Allison: We're trying to have a
' lot of quality events and bring a
different atmosphere to what the
campus is used to...We're hoping
to have at least two more events
for this year, and have a lot of
good ideas planned out for next
Rennie: Though we're a social
club, one of our mandates is
to promote safe drinking on
campus...The other part of our
mission is political. We want to
change policies on campus, open
a bit more space on campus for
students to express themselves.
U: How do you feel that these parties will affect the bigger picture?
Allison: Part of it is perception.
Lots of people in the RCMP or
administration, when they think
of beer gardens, they think of
a room full of wasted students
being ridiculous, and smashing things. That may be the way
things are like in high school,
but this is university. We're responsible young adults. We don't
need to be treated like children.
We understand the law, obey the
law, so we create events where
people can have a good time
without getting trashed. We're
trying to change that stigma.
Rennie: Students have responded to the crackdown by the university. More students are going
off-campus to drink in situations
that don't promote student community. Students are still going
to drink, that won't change. It's
just that the University is hurting itself by killing student community. Just by our parties, we
think it's promoting the culture
of campus community.
Allison: Even worse than pushing students off campus, when
you crack down on ACF and
public beer gardens—things that
are run safely and securely—you
push students into unsafe situations. Like drinking with two to
three people in a rez room, or
driving downtown or whatever.
U: Lf the admin, sees drinking as
undesirable, students drinking off
campus should be desirable. Why
would they want that to change?
Rennie: I didn't come to UBC
just for the education, I came for
the experience. I think a lot of
people chose UBC because they
heard it had a sense of community and offered real university
experience: clubs, frats, all those
things you dream about when
you're in high school. I think this
will damage UBC, damage our
attractiveness to future students.
If we're just this dry boring place
you come to for a diploma, we're
gonna lose quality students.
Allison: University is more than
just sitting in class. One of my favourite parts in university is the
stories you can tell your kids in
15 to 20 years. If you drive students off campus, you're losing a
huge part ofthe draw.
Rennie: At the recent student
leadership conference, the
founder of UBC REC gave this anecdote: he was at UBC in 1960s,
stepped out of his office, and
said this university has no soul.
That's what made him build up
UBC REC to try to build up a community. We're killing our soul
by poisoning the community on
campus and not allowing it to
U: Closing remarks?
Rennie: Beer gardens are a part
of education as well. In adult
life, there are times when you
will need to handle alcohol, and
socialize well with others. These
are the things you learn in beer
Allison: Drinking is a social
norm. We don't advocate binge
drinking.We just want people
to come, chill out, meet with
new people, and network. To
experience university above and
beyond your class and books and
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6138 Student Union Boulevard
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go to www.maps.ubc.ca
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THStteYSSEY I March 11th, 2008
Feature .  7
Archaeological Excavation with UBC's Dr. Thomas Hikade
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On Christmas day of 2007,1
began my journey to Egypt to
participate in a world class
archaeological excavation at
Hierakonpolis led by UBC's
Dr Thomas Hikade, which
consisted of an international
team of undergraduates,
graduates, and archaeologists. The area of interestwas
the ruins of Hierakonpolis,
80km south of Luxor, near
the village of Kom el-Ahmar.
The former city was an early
Egyptian settlement headed
by Narmer, the first Pharoh
of unified Egypt. The archaeologists hoped that the ruins
could yield clues to how
states form, since Hierakonpolis was the original capital
of one of the earliest large
• civilizations.
"When I was an officer in
the German army in the early
1980s I had the opportunity
to travel as a tourist twice
to Egypt," said Dr Hikade.
"I have been working in
Egypt since 1988 and have
joined many international
excavations. In addition to
its role in state formation,
Hierakonpolis is important
in that it raises intriguing
questions about trade links
and contacts with Nubia in
the south, the Red Sea Coast
area in the east, and societies in the Near East.
"In general studying the
past is important. As history
shows, people are confronted
with similar challenges and
circumstances that occur in
one way or another again
and again around the world.
And ancient Egypt, is no exception. So when we learn
about the economy, religion,
international affairs, the
material culture of ancient
Egypt we try to understand
their mind and their way of
solving problems and creating things.
"When it comes to ancient Egypt, as one of the
cradles of civilization, it has
held a fascination for both
ancient and modern man in
terms of history, technology,
literature and art, among
other things."
Through participating
in Egyptology courses with
UBC's Classical, Near East-
-ern and Religious Studies
Department I was able to
participate in this excavation. I had to pay my way
to Egypt, but the rest of the
costs were handled by the
team. I was able to work and
learn in Egypt in a very safe
and controlled environment
and was well taken care of
throughout the trip. This
was also thanks in part to
.Hikade's wife, Jane Roy, who
has her MA in Egyptology.
The site we worked on
included Nubian burials, an
elite cemetery, and a partly
excavated pottery workshop and brewery. I quickly
learned that we were not only
learning about this ancient
civilization but also about
the history of archaeology in
this area. This particular site
had been studied for over
one hundred years.
We were encouraged to
keep journals and to make
suggestions about what we
thought was going on at the
site. Suprisingly, we also
learned the value of studying
Postholes are the holes
bored into the ground that
used to support the timber
structures at Hierakonpolis.
Since the timber itself is gone,
we can use these to create
maps to try and understand
the floor plan of an ancient
building or structure.
Our excavation site was
littered with postholes.
With the discovery of each
new posthole in a square it
would have to be mapped
measured, drawn and leveled with a theodolite (a
topographic surveying tool
that measures levelness and
angles between objects).
While it was exciting when
each new post hole was revealed; we constantly had
to look at the bigger picture
and ask what was going on
in relation to the entire site
and what does it tell us about
what might types of activity
have been taking place? If
a new development occurs
during excavations you have
to be able to entertain new
hypotheses and possibly
change the direction of your
Our team was full of energy and was great to work
with. We were also able to
visit local sites on our days
off such as the pyramids of
Giza, the Saqqara, the Ptolemaic temple to Horus at
Edfu or the ancient site of
Working on a site like
this provided a host of practical experiences. One was
able learn and watch how
the director delegates tasks
and projects and decides
when to change the direction
of the research in the field
if necessary. It is important
to learn how to manage the
research you conduct given
the amount of time that one
While lectures and classes in archeology and Egyptology are offered at UBC from
September through April,
fieldwork follows no precise
schedule. However, the University does offer constant
summer field-schools which
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THStteYSSEY i March 4th, 2008
Men's V-ball falls in CIS tournament quarterfinal game
T-Birds drop four-setter to
Dalhousiey knocking them out of
championship contention
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
Even in a charmed season
for UBC Athletics, not every
team can come home with a
Though the men's volleyball
team has been consistent all
year, they stumbled to a 25-23,
19-25, 22-25, 23-25 loss in CIS
quarterfinal action to Dalhousie
last weekend in Laval.
They managed to win their
last two games, giving them a fifth
place finish in the tournament.
"We weren't ready to go,"
head coach Richard Schick said
to reporters after the loss that
knocked the Thunderbirds out of
championship contention. "We
were flat and there's no excuse
for that."
This was supposed to be a
breakthrough year for the men's
volleyball team. After reaching
the CIS national tournament for
the first time since 1989 last
year, and eventually finishing
in fifth place, the Thunderbirds
were poised to improve on that
standing this year.
With an experienced team
that had a number of graduating
seniors looking to cap of their
university careers on a winning
Fifth-year senior Matt LeBourdais goes for the kill during a home game
against the University of Alberta January 25,2008 that UBC won 3-1.
note, many were optimistic about
the chances for No. 3 ranked
UBC to win its first title in men's
volleyball since 1983.
But after a promising start
to the game that saw the Thunderbirds win the first set, UBC
was unable to get in any sort of a
rhythm for the rest of the game,
finishing with a lowly .206 attacking percentage. For Schick, the
lack of motivation seemed to be
an issue for the Thunderbirds.
"I think we thought things
were going to happen on their
own. We didn't push the issue.
We just played like it was going to be a given and Dalhousie
played well," said Schick. "We
just seemed to be letting ourselves down and there was no
wake up call."
The loss brings to an end the
Thunderbird careers of Graham
Sigalet, Canada West All-Star
Matt LeBourdais, and captain
Andrew Bonner, who has been
the leader of this team for the
past three years.
But with key left side hitter
Steve Gotch returning, along
with youngsters Joe Cordonier,
Matt Bennett, and CIS libero of
the year Blair Bann, this UBC
squad stands to be in solid position for the next few years—a
fact that may bring coach Schick
some solace as he looks ahead to
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Sports I  9
Women's B-ball wins third title in five years
No. 1 SFU Clan loses in quarterfinal action, giving T-Birds chance to capitalize
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
The UBC women's basketball
team captured their third national title in five years with a
67-46 win over the University
of Regina Rams in Saskatoon on
The victory put an exclamation point on the university
careers of T-Bird graduating seniors Cait Haggarty, Julie Little,
and tournament MVP Erica
McGuinness. The three students
arrived at the Point Grey campus
in 2003, when UBC had to look
back to 1974 to find their last
national championship. They
leave with the success of a basketball program envied around
the country.
For McGuinness, who led
the team in scoring in all three
games, averaging 22.3 points
and 4.3 assists during the tournament, the victory was cause
for both reflection and elation.
"It's so special to share this
with Cait and Julie," she told
reporters after the penultimate
match. "It was a long road this
season, and a rocky one at times
with lots of ups and downs. But
sometimes a rocky road is a good
one. Our offense got stagnant at
times through the season, but we
stuck together and made our way
through it all."
The rocky road McGuinness
was referring to reached its rockiest depths just two weeks ago,
when the Thunderbirds lost two
straight games to the then No. 1
ranked SFU Clan in the Pacific
Division finals.
And with the loss of starter
Devan Lisson to a season-ending injury at the same time, it
seemed the window for another
Bronze Baby, the trophy for the
best team in the country, was
But then a funny thing happened. SFU, dominant for the
entire season, sputtered down
the stretch, like a NASCAR driver
who runs out of fuel on the last
lap while leading.
So when the Clan lost to the
Laval Rouge et Or 71-68 during Friday's quarterfinal, UBC
suddenly saw their toughest
competition eliminated from the
tournament. A clear path to their
sixth CIS Championship in women's basketball emerged. After
a 74-59 victory over Toronto on
Friday, followed by a 71-67 win
over McMaster in the Saturday
night semifinal, the Thunderbirds were faced with the less-
than-daunting task of defeating
the Regina Rams for the title—a
team they had already defeated
twice during the regular season.
After a back-and-forth first
half that saw the T-Birds down
3 3-31 at the break, UBC quickly
took control, starting the second
half with a 9-0 run that silenced
the pro-Regina crowd that had
filled the University of Saskatchewan Physical Activity Complex
in Saskatoon.
From there, the Thunderbirds
pulled away, using their shooting
and the steady interior defensive
play of Leanne Evans to build up
an insurmountable lead.
At the end ofthe match, coach
Deb Huband, who has overseen
the transformation of the UBC
women's basketball program
into a national powerhouse, was
understandably pleased about
what had been accomplished in
the five years with McGuinness,
Haggarty, and Little.
"To think that we would win
three national championships
with that core together...is an
amazing accomplishment."
The men begin play at the
CIS championship tournament
Friday against Brock University.
They, like the women, will enter
the tournament as the No. 2 seed
after winning the Canada West
tournament for the second year
in a row.
The Ubyssey will be at Carleton University in Ottawa providing live updates and stories
from the court all weekend so
check our wesite to see if the
men can follow in the women's
footsteps and come back to Vancouver with a national title. til
Senior Erica McGuinness powers past a Regina defender during Sunday's
final.The championship was McGuinness'third. She averaged over 22
points in the tournament en route to being awarded MVP.
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for Students
The AMS Student Society is Now Hiring
Service Coordinators
and Commissioners
for 2008 - 2009
Meaningful, engaging and exciting employment
opportunities and a great way to get involved
with your student society.
Full position details, compensation and
application procedures are available on our
web site at www.ams.ubc.ca
Elections Appeal Process
There have been concerns raised recently regarding
the transparency of the Student Court elections
appeal process. There has been a lot of hearsay and
a lot of confusion. In an attempt to remedy this
situation and provide the general student body with
more information, the President has written up a letter
regarding the past process and what steps are being
taken to resolve this issue.
To access this letter, please visit the
front page of www.ams.ubc.ca. In the news
section there is a copy of this letter.
March 11^-12*
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referendum@ams.ubc.ca 101 Editorial
THjJJjBYSSEY i March 11th, 2008
Students beware, at least at Ryerson
Chris Avenir, an engineering
student at Ryerson University
in Toronto, is under threat of
expulsion for joining a Facebook
study group.
The group, "The Dungeon/Mastering Chemistry Solutions," sought
to help chemical engineering
students by giving them a venue to
post examples and ask questions.
Avenir became a group administrator and when Ryerson
discovered the group one of his
professors failed him in a course,
accused him of academic dishonesty, and recommended his
Avenir's case is up for appeal today. He's arguing that he
didn't post any answers in the
Whether he posted answers or
not is beside the point—the only
difference between Avenir's group
and a study group at a coffee shop
is a little less caffeine and a paper
How can the school sanction
and even provide group and
private tutoring on the one hand,
while on the other hand threaten
expulsion over spontaneous peer
support on the Internet?
It would be one thing if group
members were publishing future
tests, information widely agreed
upon as being confidential. But no
one is claiming this. At the worst,
the group provided a forum for discussing answers to study questions.
Ryerson's objections are founded on a bitter, ridiculous concept
of academic honesty that holds the
belief that knowledge does indeed
come out of a vacuum.
Well screw you Ryerson University. If you don't think that students
should collaborate on their assignments, then stick to your guns and
make that policy. We'll see what
quality of students emerge when
denied the ability to work as a
group outside of class. But don't
be ridiculous and disallow online
collaboration while sponsoring
tutoring and group study spaces.
Working out examples in
a group is an excellent way to
figure out how something works;
the world is better because of
The administration should be
praising this sort of spontaneous
collaboration. Hell, the Internet,a
tool whose primary use is facilitating unrestricted sharing of information, should be the holy grail of
the academy. Its rejection by the
Ryerson administration is reactionary and fear-based.
Beyond that, it raises other
questions. Part ofthe problem at
Ryerson was that their academic
code didn't have a policy applicable
to the situation. Schools, including
UBC, need to take a clear stance on
online discussion groups now that
the issue has come to light. Right
or wrong, we need to know how
to guard ourselves against a fate
similar to Avenir.
Could it happen here? UBC
should clarify its policies. Cheating
must be clearly defined and that
definition must be disseminated,
so that students engaging in online
study groups aren't put in danger.
As students, we believe we
should be able to study wherever
we want, whether online or in person. Universities should embrace
any tool that expands our learning
opportunities. \1
Streeters is a twice weekly column
in which students are asked a
question     pertinent     to     UBC.
See all their full comments online at www.ubyssey.ca
What do you think about the Ryerson student being expelled for online study group?
Victor Veiga
Enviro Science 3
"I think it's fine, if
you can get work
done. ltd be the
same as with a
coworker in the
library. With the
Internet, I think
it would be a lot
harder to communicate virtually."
Hesam Abbaspour
Math Grad
"I think that's
stupid. It's what
people do all the
time. I think that if
it's online, it doesn't
Rachel Pacione
English 1
"I don't really see
a problem with
it...It could have
been anything else,
Facebook just allows
people to be more
connected.. .That's
pretty extreme to go
to a suspension."
Jon Nakane
Physics Lab Director
"I think the onus
is on the professors
and the departments to be clear
about what rules
of sharing and not
sharing are when it
comes to what their
expectations are
for students, what
should be allowed
and what should be
Rachel Lowry
Chan Centre worker
"I think a lot of people,
and a lot of students,
don't understand how
public Facebook is,
and so I can see this as
an example setting opportunity...It's basically
a reminder that this is
public and you're basically trumpeting what
you're doing by having
an online group."
-Coordinated by Jordan Chittley and Joe Rayment
Modelling competition should show men of
all ethnicities
I am happy to see a contest like Vancouver's Gay
Top Model in the city. For years gay men have
been in the modelling industry and have had
to "publicly" hide their sexuality to protect their
I am just concerned with the lack of diversity
in the finalists selected. The models are basically all smooth, slender, clean shaven, young,
and white. This is like a quote I read somewhere
a while back which stated that a lack of diversity
is like "a crayon box with all the same shade of
This does not send a positive message for
youth and members ofthe gay community who
do not fit into this image stereotype. Is there
something wrong with a little bit of chest hair?
You will note that Tyra Banks on America's
Next Top Model makes an effort to attract an
ethnically diverse group of female models for
her show. I am surprised the organizers could
not find a more diverse group considering Vancouver is made up of almost half minorities and
has a large Asian population. I don't think there
is one Asian contestant in the event!
I happen to be a fan of Bollywood and the
beauty and talent of South Asian men and would
have liked to see some Indian representation.
Maybe the organizers could have targeted
certain groups and done a better job recruiting
candidates. Did they actually leave the West End
and go to Richmond to find Asians or travel to
Surrey to find potential Indian models? Maybe
the judges can come from various diverse communities in the city!
Nonetheless, I feel the event will be an
overall positive experience for the Vancouver
gay community. I just wish it was a little more
Amar Sangha
Delta, BC
Ubyssey argument about Lougheed flawed;
newspaper practices bad journalism
by Calen Nixon
Editor's note: The perspectives piece below was
written in response to the March 4th Ubyssey editorial "AMS elections spur playground fight." The
piece previously appeared as a comment on the
Ubyssey website.
I agree that "bullies, as we know, are not interested in the fairness ofthe democratic process."
What Tuesday's editorial achieves is not a
portrait of the Alex Lougheed affair. Instead of
counterbalancing opposition to his alleged voting misconduct and his strategic "quiet, refusing
public comment and declining to defend his actions," it is a rant on bullying. It victimizes what
the writer candidly calls "a decent person" and
"an elected official." This biased paper resorts to
dramatic flair (even a token Shakespeare reference!), and indicts three discursively engaged
UBC politicians, for using "innuendo" to allegedly smear a silent UBC Student Court defendant. The real scandal is the lack of journalistic
integrity at the Ubyssey.
The editorial should address the misunderstanding plaguing the different parties involved.
Instead, it employs a series of weak opinions to
alter the public perception of properly elected officials. Bythe twisted logic of a "public embrace"
of critic AMS VP Admin Tristan Markle and runner-up Nathan Crompton, the Ubyssey has once
again discredited Crompton. The "embrace" of
two students is not as disconcerting as the blatant slant obscuring the issue (see Article 3.1 in
the AMS code): that someone voted irregularly
and disrespected the democratic process. As a
point, voters are not "free to spoil ballots" (in
this case twelve) but free to spoil one.
What is the misunderstanding in this issue?
Let's look at Lougheed's new poster—which I
would suggest he take down for lack of embarrassment. It says, "I support democracy, I support due process. I support Alex Lougheed." The
logic of due process is what is at issue. How do
you read it? Is due process voting for yourself
twelve times? And then not showing up, without representation, at your own Student Court
hearing? Is it not responding to media requests
see "Letters" I page i i March 11th,2008 i ThSJjbyssey
Letters . 11
from "Letters" | page io
for explanation? Due process
is precisely what Crompton,
Markle and Ratjen are calling
to attention. The Ubyssey has
asked for them to "refrain from
innuendo" and "issue a brief
statement" (check the blog on
the Ubyssey's own site for such
a statement from Crompton) so
things "play out naturally." The
play out naturally is exactly what
these three student politicians
want to debate and discuss. And
they are the only ones doing it,
even if it is chock-full of political
innuendo. Here's my conspiracy
theory: there is another "public
embrace"  going  on,   an  igno
rance that justifies the creation
of alternative media such as
Crompton's and Markle's forums in The Knoll.
Bullying, to read the text
carefully, is "a consistent and
systematic attempt to discredit
and smear the name of a decent
person." What I am confused
about is precisely where this
objective sense of decency lies.
The bias this newspaper has
shown for decent Lougheed
raises serious questions of its
political agenda. In the January
22nd publication, The Ubyssey
wrote that "Alex Lougheed is the
best candidate for VP Academic.
He has been repeatedly accused
of being stubborn and a poor
team player, but he comes off in
council meetings and debates as
organized and articulate." It also
wrote that Crompton "came off
inarticulate in the debates" although "fortunate for his cause,
other candidates have embraced
many of his positions." Think
about it: if his positions have
been embraced so widely then
they are "articulate" if not implicitly "organized." If you don't
like his style of rhetoric and organization, just say so. Baptizing
one candidate for a suspect logic
of organization and articulation
doesn't constitute legitimate
textual debate. Isn't it like saying
"Hillary is better than Obama
because   she's   so   organized"?
Here's another idea: journalistic
opinions, without touching on
platform issues, is politically
inarticulate, masking its agenda.
The only thing consistent is The
Ubyssey's bad journalism.
It also claims that at "best,
this affair will be resolved
relatively quickly, swept under
the rug and will leave behind
damaged relationships."
Wait—shouldn't we use this opportunity to discuss and uphold
the democratic principles of the
student government in such a
bizarre case? Or, like this editorial wants, should we brush the
issues aside and give this guy a
break? Let us worry first about
having    articulate    discourse,
not dropping Shakespeare or
slander, and then "let this play
out naturally." In politics and in
publishing, due process is the
fair exposure of different views
and uncovering facts, not bullying discursive candidates. I call
for The Ubyssey to come clean
on this point.
-Calen Nixon is a fifth-year
philosophy student
Submit a letter to the Ubyssey
and see your writing in print.
Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Opinion pieces
know as "Perspectives" range
from 300 to 750 words.
It has all the information you'll
need to vote and you'll get through
the voting process more guickly
if you have it with you.
When you vote, you must prove your identity and address. You can do
so in one of three ways:
If you haven't received it, or if you found an error in your name or address,
please phone your local Elections Canada office right away. You will find the
telephone number at www.elections.ca by clicking on the Voter Information
Service icon.
To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen, a resident in this electoral district
from February 13 to March 17,2008, and at least 18 years old on election day.
You can also vote before election day. Advance voting will be held
Friday, March 7, Saturday, March 8 and Monday, March 10, from noon to
8:00 p.m. Locations of advance polling stations appear on the back of your
voter information card.
You can also vote by mail or in person at your local Elections Canada
office if you make the reguest before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.
Download the application form available at www.elections.ca; click on the
2008 By-elections icon, select your electoral district and under the section
I'm Mailing My Vote!, select the appropriate form.
Show one original piece of identification issued by a government or government
agency containing your photo, name and address,
e.g.: driver's licence
Show two original pieces of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral
Officer of Canada. Both must contain your name and one must also contain
your address.
e.g.: health card and hydro bill
Swear an oath and be vouched for by a registered elector on the list of
electors in the same polling division and who has an acceptable piece or pieces
of identification,
e.g.: a neighbour, your roommate
Note: The pieces of identification required under the Canada Elections Act are not
the same as those for provincial or municipal elections.
For the list of pieces of identification accepted by Elections Canada, please see the
pamphlet that you will soon receive with your reminder card or visit www.elections.ca
and click on the Voter Identification at the Polls icon.
a TTY 1-800-361-8935
for people who are deaf
or hard of hearing
Elections Canada 121 Sports
THStteYSSEY I March 4th, 2008
Women's V-ball takes first national title since 1978
Bradstock championship MVP 30 years after her
mom won the last championship with UBC
UBCThunderbirdsvs Universite de Montreal Carabins
game 1
game 2
game 3
game 4
game 5
by Chris Fox
The Aquinian (St. Thomas University)
In what was one of the tightest
national final matches, the UBC
Thunderbirds and Universite de
Montreal Carabins battled tooth
and nail to the bitter end where
the T-Birds squeaked out a five-
set victory en route to winning
their first national championship
since 1978.
UBC won 21-25, 25-21, 20-
25, 28-26, and 20-18, staving off
four match points along the way.
For T-Bird captain and championship MVP Carla Bradstock,
gold was a pinnacle of a career
that saw the graduating setter
reach the CIS championships on
three different occasions. She
made it to the gold medal game
two of those times, before finally
capturing the title two weekends
ago in Fredericton, NB.
"Wow. I have been here twice
before and we have got silver
both times so I'm definitely
ready for gold," Bradstock said.
"We approached it differently
than we have in the past. Before
we thought of it as a national
championship and this time we
thought of it as any other game."
After the teams split the first
two sets, Montreal took the third
25-20, and entered the fourth
looking to claim their school's
first national title.
The Thunderbirds hadn't
made the eight-hour flight to
Fredericton to settle for silver.
Liz Cordonier had six kills in the
fourth and a team-high 17 for the
game, most of which were rockets. Jen Hinze had four of her
own. Then with the score knotted at 26 in the fourth set, Jaime
Broder fired a ball down the
middle for the go ahead point,
and Bradstock forced the fifth set
with a block that sent the Aitken
Centre crowd into hysterics.
"I was preaching that we
make sure we take care of basic
execution and recover between
points because mentally we were
composed and ready to go," head
coach Doug Reimer said. "I could
see it in our eyes that we were going to be ok."
That calmness came in handy
in the fifth as Montreal built up a
7-3 lead. Luckily, the T-Birds had
faced the same situation just 24
hours earlier, and down 6-1 in
the fifth set to the No. 1 ranked
Alberta Pandas they went on an
incredible 14-1 run, winning the
set 15-7, sending them to the
gold medal match.
It was that experience that
aided the T-Birds as they setted
and spiked their way to CIS glory,
and as has been the case all year,
they came firing back with ev-
Fifth-year seniors (L-R) Caitlin Knowles,Carla Bradstock,and Jamie Broder
celebrate with the championship trophy and banner after their five-set
win over the Universite de Montreal in Fredericton last Saturday.
eryone getting in on the action.
Jen Hinze had a couple of kills
to draw the score even, Marisa
Field made some key blocks,
and Cordonier continued with
what she was known for doing
all tournament, hitting the ball
hard, recording three kills in the
deciding set.
One of those kills took the
game to 19-18, setting up match
point for UBC. After a back and
forth rally, it was Bradstock that
finished it for the Thunderbirds,
setting off a celebration of an
amazing weekend of volleyball.
"I wasn't even thinking about
the outcome at that point," Bradstock said of her final kill. "I was
just thinking one point."
The victory capped off an improbable run for the UBC team,
who needed a five-set victory
over the Manitoba Bisons in the
Canada West bronze medal game
to even reach the CIS championships. This may have not been
the most talented team that
coach Doug Reimer has led in his
11 years with the UBC program,
but for Liz Cordonier, it made the
victory all the more satisfying.
"It so special. Especially
considering this has been a
year where we weren't first in
anything," Cordonier said. "We
weren't first in Can West, we
weren't even first in our league."
For Bradstock, the victory was
extra special. Both her mother
Christine and teammate Kyla
Richey's mother were on UBC's
last national championship team
in 1978. Now the daughter has a
gold medal to add to the family
"My mom will be ecstatic. I
can't wait to call her. It's going to
be incredible, absolutely incredible," she said. "I have been talking to her after every game and
she has been following it pretty
closely through webcasts and
Thanks to some 54 assists in
the final, Bradstock took home
tournament MVP honours, a
diamond encrusted watch, but to
her, none of that compared to the
other piece of jewelry she won.
"My favorite piece of jewelry
right now is the gold medal hanging around my neck." tl
The Ubyssey
Community Contribution Award
At the Ubyssey, we feel that a sense of community on campus is
important. Since 1998, we've been putting our money where our
mouth is, and offering $3,000 Ubyssey
Community Contribution Award. This annual award
recognizes returning UBC students who have made a
significant contribution to developing and strengthening a sense
of community on the UBC campus by:
1. Organizing or administrating an event or project, or
2. Promoting activism and awareness in an academic, cultural,
political, recreational, or social sphere.
The award is open to all returning, full-time UBC students, graduate, undergraduate and unclassified in good standing with the
Ubyssey Publications Society. For the 2007-2008 academic year,
we will award a $3000 award for a project. Deadline will be April
1 2008 and the award will be
disbursed to the successful candidate on April 10 2008.
Nominees for the award will be judged on:
1. The impact of the contribution made - the number of people
involved or affected.
2. The extent of the contribution - the degree to which it
strengthens the sense of community on campus.
3. The innovation of the contribution - preference will be
given to recognizing a new contribution over the
administration of an existing one.
4. The commitment of the individual to UBC as a
Nominations should include a cover letter by the
nominator, either an individual or a group, briefly
stating the nature of the contribution made, the
individual being nominated, contact information of the
nominator and the nominee and a letter (approximately 500
words in length) describing the contribution made and how
the above four criteria have been met.
Students are welcome to nominate themselves, but those
doing so must attach a letter of support from another member
of the campus community. The award will be judged by a
committee chaired by a representative of UBC Student
Financial Assistance and Awards office and members from
various parts of the campus community.
Deadline for submission of completed For  further  information,  please  contact
nominations should reach the Fernie   Pereira,   Business  Manager,  The
Ubyssey, Room 23, SUB, no later than Ubyssey,  at   (604)   822-6681   or   email:
Tuesday, April 1,2008. fpereira@interchange.ubc.ca


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