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Vol: LXXXIX No. 1 | www.ubyssey.bc.ca | September 4th, 2007
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ThSJjbyssey I September 4™, 2007
Pepsi back on campus after 12 year exile
by Boris Korby
News Editor
UBC students once again have
the option of purchasing non-
Coca-Cola soft drinks on campus, but only in the Student
Union Building (SUB).
UBC's exclusivity contract
with Coca-Cola, which dates back
12 years, expired on August
31. And while the University is
maintaining a preferential partner relationship with the Atlanta-
based soft drink giant, the Alma
Mater Society (AMS), which runs
the SUB, has opted out.
"We're just trying to get
as much choice as we can in
there," said AMS VP Finance
Brittany Tyson. "If there are any
certain products that students
are interested in, we're always
open to hear about those and
include those as well."
The AMS has already replaced ten Coca-Cola vending
machines in the SUB with
ones that now dispense Pepsi
products, including soft drinks,
Aquafina water, Gatorade, Starbucks iced coffees, and Dole
juices. According to AMS General Manager Bernie Peets, more
changes could be coming.
"There's no commitment to
keep any mix of [machines]...We
may decide at some point to
have more Pepsi and less Coke
or more Coke and less Pepsi,
and that'll be market driven,"
said Peets.
AMS food outlets will also
begin selling non-Coke products.
In addition to Pepsi, they will be
offering major brands such as
RC Cola, Nestle, Red Bull, and
Ocean Spray. However Pacific
Spirit Place Cafeteria in the SUB,
which is not run by the AMS,
will still be providing Coca-Cola
products exclusively, according
to Nancy Toogood, Food and
Beverage Manager of the AMS.
In place of the revenues
from the Coca-Cola exclusivity
contract, the new arrangement
has the AMS purchasing soft-
drink products from food wholesalers, and generating revenue
solely from the markup.
But while students will be
offered more beverage choices
in the SUB than at anytime in
the last decade, Tyson said that
the AMS probably won't be getting as much money at the end
of the year as they did with the
exclusivity deal.
Money from the Coca-Cola
supported Event Sponsorship
Fund for example, which was
used to aid in financing everything from student bursaries
and scholarships to the Welcome
Back Barbeque and other first
week events, will have to be generated elsewhere, said Tyson.
Tyson also noted that despite the financial incentives
offered from exclusivity contracts, it's unlikely the AMS
will be signing into such a deal
in the near future.
"[The AMS] is really reluc-
tant to go with exclusivity. That
wasn't something that the AMS
had ever agreed to. That was
something imposed by the University across campus."
"Two years ago the AMS
council passed a motion saying
they didn't support any exclusivity deals on campus, for
ourselves and for the University. So students have voted
that they don't want an exclusivity deal, and that's not
something that we're going to
do anytime soon." \a
Mouldy Cheeze? Plant Ops kicks EUS out of longtime home
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
Last Thursday a group of
surprised UBC engineering
students were locked out of
their longtime hangout, the
Cheeze, due to worries regarding the 'health and safety' of the
"The higher-ups [at UBC
Plant Operations] were just trying get us out of the building immediately—we couldn't do any
work in there, we couldn't bring
most of the [stuff] out that we really wanted to and it's padlocked
now. We can't get in," said Engineering Undergraduate Society
(EUS) secretary Andrew Carne.
Carne said the EUS had been
alerted to concerns regarding
the safety issues in the Cheeze
earlier in the day by the dean of
engineering, Michael Issacson.
They were originally told the
problems were related to the
building's electrical system and
that they would have a few days
to clear out of the building.
"We were operating under the assumption that we'd
find out more details but we
still had a while in the build-
Engineering students mourn the loss of their beloved Cheeze.
ing," said Carne.
This changed later in the
day, explained Carne, when
a second building report was
released which indicated 'serious health and safety concerns
with the building'. Soon after
that report was released, Plant
Ops staff told them the building would be closed Friday but
would be open again for the first
week of classes.
Things changed soon after
Plant Ops staff arrived at the
Cheeze, said Carne. EUS mem
bers were told that they needed
to leave the building immediately and that they were being
locked out indefinitely, leaving the engineers little time
to gather up their first week
While the engineers were
not certain what caused the
closure of their building, Carne
said that he had heard there
were concerns about mould,
algae, and rodent droppings in
the 88 year old building.
The building, which was built
in 1919 and is (according to the
engineers) the oldest standing
building on campus, has served
many roles throughout its life.
Originally used as a dairy products laboratory, it evolved into a
gourmet cheese factory, then a
research lab for experiments on
chickens and rabbits. The building has been used by the EUS
since the mid-seventies and saw
a renovation by the society in
the early 1980s.
"To our knowledge, [Plant
Ops] have not done any work in
the building, any maintenance
or anything for a decade," said
Carne, after explaining that
Plant Ops' sudden interest in the
building may stem from work
that the EUS had asked Plant
Ops to do earlier this year.
EUS President Bowinn Ma
also expressed her frustration
over the sudden closure of the
building, but said that the engineers would be speaking to their
dean about the issue.
As of Monday, the EUS website states that the Engineering
Dean's office has promised
temporary space to house EUS
activities until the Cheeze is
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Class of 2011: Who are you guys?
And where did you all come from?
by Boris Korby
There are 5,105 fresh-faced first-
years walking around campus today.
In fact, there's a good chance you are
one of them. But the rest of us want to
know who is clogging the bookstore,
B-Line, and Pie R Squared line-ups.
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Who are you?
For starters, more of you are women.
53.5 per cent of you in fact; those are
some decent odds, gentlemen.
Most of you are pretty damn
smart too. 62 per cent of you are
getting an entrance scholarship. So
there should be plenty of money for
beer, at least until your scholarship
runs out in April because you were
too drunk to go to class. This money
will be even more important for the
third of you who will be living and
engaging in debauchery on campus
this year.
You also had an 87.5 mean entrance average from high school, one
of the highest in the country. And
if you think it's those Arts kids that
are bringing the average down, think
again: The admission requirements
for Forestry (75 per cent - 78 per
cent), Land and Food Systems (78 per
cent - 80 per cent) and Engineering
(81 per cent) all fell short of the increasingly competitive Arts program
(83 per cent). But no programs can
compare to the ultra competitive Human Kinetics faculty (86 per cent)—
not even much vaunted Commerce
or Science faculties (84 per cent).
Where did everyone come from?
As would be expected, most of you
are from the Lower Mainland. Just
under 65 per cent of you in fact.
Another 9.5 per cent of you are
from somewhere else in BC, while
9.1 per cent come from somewhere
else in Canada.
The rest of you (16.5 per cent to
be precise) come from a range of
130 different countries represented
at UBC, with more and more of you
coming from the United States and
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Despite a decrease in grade 12 graduates in 2007 and a hot Vancouver
job market that's luring many to join
the workforce instead of continuing
their education, total first year enrollment is up 1.7 per cent this year,
and the addition of the first-year
class brings UBC Vancouver's total
enrollment to 43,542.
"We're fortunate that we have a
good quality product to market so
we're buffered a little bit against
some of the factors that might create greater enrolment challenges
for some other institutions," said
Brian Silzer, Associate Vice President of Enrolment Services.
"I suspect the economy has
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Pick a course, any course!
by Sarah-Nelle Jackson
Young frosh: You may soon realize that your choice of courses
is being met with anything but
"What are you taking?" someone will ask. "Introductory Psychology," you reply only to be cut
off by a yawn. "Biology 111," you
attempt, to the same reaction. "A
couple of English-" you begin;
they mumble something about an
appointment and flee.
Not that you shouldn't take
those classes. You may yell
"PSYCH!" with genuine enthusiasm; you may mention ANAT
391: Introduction to Gross Human Anatomy with nary a giggle;
your heart may beat iambic feet.
Or you just might not know
what else there is. There are
plenty of lesser-known degree
programs at UBC, as well as unusual stand-alone electives.
Languages, for example. To
many, revisiting any of the few
languages offered in high school
can seem too, well, high school.
University offers a wide range of
I've had professors
complain about Cog
students asking awkward
questions. I take that to
be a great compliment.'
Dr Ron Rensink,
Cognitive Systems professor
"[If you] don't want to take
French or German or whatever,
First Nations languages offer a
wonderful diversity," says Dr
Patricia Shaw, who works in the
First Nations Languages program
at UBC. The program offers courses in Musqueam, Dakelh Dene,
and Cree.
First Nations languages also
Some strange courses reside within the thick course booklet at UBC
benefit from higher student
"These languages are critically endangered," says Shaw.
She adds that understanding
one of Canada's native languages can help land careers in areas
such as education and speech
therapy. "In general, bilingual-
ism has all kinds of cognitive
Along with languages struggling for survival, UBC offers
courses in tongues that haven't
been spoken for thousands of
years: Sanskrit, Old English, Old
French, and Classical Greek, to
name a few. Or you can learn
to read like a pharaoh in Near
Eastern Studies 313, a course on
Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Don't want to use your palate to speak exotic languages?
Use it to savour exotic wines
instead. UBC will give you credit
for either. Dr David McArthur
teaches FNH 330: Introduction
to Wine Science, which counts
toward the Faculty of Arts science
requirement, and involves the
study of wine agriculture, marketing, health aspects, and "wine
Of course, even without a class
on the subject, booze is hardly in
short supply on any university
campus. Still, McArthur argues
that a little education in this favourite pastime is valuable.
"A little 'understanding' [of
wine] goes a long way," he said.
"Knocking it back indiscriminately might become a forgotten,
secondary objective to having a
good time and being social."
In class, "we learn what the
labels mean, we undergo sensory training to help appreciate
the wines we taste, and we taste
many styles of wine."
In other words, you totally get
to drink on class time.
Like gross things? Take ANAT 391: Gross Human Anatomy. Or
just look at the inside of this Ubyssey editors mouth
Well, sort of. McArthur points
out that he and his students "are
obliged to 'spit' the wine" in class.
Nevertheless, "the homework
—tasting wine away with friends
—can be fun."
Plenty of other leisure
activites can earn credits. If
you've ever skipped class to read
manga, you might enroll in ARTH
366: Japanese Narrative Painting
Traditions, which examines
ancient forms of Japanese image
Likewise, you can go from
listening to your iPod during
lecture to enjoying music with
your peers in MUSC 326: Music
Appreciation. Another course,
PHYS 341: Physics of Music,
counts as a science credit.
To top it off, you can opt for a
minor specialisation in studying
sex, or at least sexuality, through
the interdisciplinary Critical
Studies in Sexuality program
(CSIS). English, French, Women's
Studies, History, Law, and Fine
Arts comprise some of the
relevant departments.
UBC's more incognito
programs and courses aren't
limited to putting a scholarly spin
on extra-curricular life. One of its
most recent programs, Cognitive
Systems, offers four degrees—two
B.Sc.'s and two B.A.'s—and
focuses on the development of
artificial intelligence.
"Even though the program
is only a few years old, [its]
students have started to win
a disproportionate number of
awards for undergrad research,"
said Dr Ron Rensink, one of the
program's professors.
The program seeks solutions
to problems both subjective,
concerning concepts like
consciousness and free will, and
objective, such as how to design
machines that meet and elaborate
upon human capabilites.
Rensink believes the
program's inter-faculty approach
encourages new directions of
thought. "I've had professors
complain about Cogs students
asking 'awkward' questions. I take
that to be a great compliment," he
If you prefer romance to
robots, UBC also offers Romance
Studies, which requires a fair-to-
fluent understanding of at least
two romantic languages. If you
like romance and robots, consider
a degree in Creative Writing for
science fiction.
Basically, there's a course
for nearly everything. UBC's not-
so-charted territory heralds sex,
drugs, rock'n'roll, and a plethora
of languages in which to discuss
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The ins and outs of free
birth control in Vancouver
by Champagne Choquer
Sex can be anywhere from cheap (one bottle
of lube, $6.50; bottle of wine, $10.00) to expensive (high-end escorts, $700/hour) but
having sex without the fear of getting pregnant? Priceless, or at least it can be when you
pay a visit to local youth clinics around the
Vancouver is home to several free youth
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From Campus:Take the'4 Downtown'to Pine St.
addition to providing general medical care,
pregnancy counseling, and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, free
clinics offer services to people of any age
who are uninsured.
Prior to seeing a doctor, or nurse depending on your medical needs, there are large
quantities of condoms available to pocket
while you wait. Doctors prescribe a wide
variety of birth control pills, giving women
three months worth of pills at a time. This allows the clinic and its doctors to see patients
on a regular basis and ensures that women
have their pap done once a year.
The staff, made up of both nurses and
doctors, are friendly informative, and professional. Most of the clinics are drop-in with
no appointments necessary, which is convenient for when you realiseyou are outofpills
at the end of the month. The only downside
is that the clinics are normally very busy, so
make sure you have a least an hour or two
set aside to wait—bring a good book or your
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French-fried chocolate bars
and six ways to get smashed
By Neale Barnholden
If you just want to get hammered (responsibly of course), there's nothing
to stop you aside from a few obvious
laws. On campus, walk in any direction
for ten minutes and you're guaranteed
to find yourself somewhere that sells
drinks. But what about the student
thirsty for something more? Here's
some ideas for doing (slightly) more
than putting alcohol in your system.
Cafe Crepe, in the Village, sells
pitchers of beer for ten bucks. There's
one setback: they will make you buy
food after two pitchers, and technically a pitcher has to be shared between at least two people. But this
is easily avoided: get a friend who
doesn't drink and is hungry, so that
they order food and keep half a glass
in front of them all night.
If you feel like getting pretentious,
you can't go wrong with a bottle of
Dunavar Pinot Gris from Broadway
International Wine Shop in front of
the Macdonald B-Line stop. The stuff
is shockingly affordable, and it's a delicious white Hungarian wine. Who on
earth drinks Hungarian white wines?
Only a classier version of yourself. Ha!
The Irish Heather in Gastown is
so Irish that one wall is covered in
album art from U2's Greatest Hits.
Thus it's the perfect place to order
a shot glass half-full of Jameson and
half-full of Bailey's dropped into half
a pint of Guinness, otherwise known
as an Irish Carbomb. You won't be a
wiseass student forever, you know.
If you want to drink while eating
sushi and watching baseball, you have
to go to Nat Bailey Stadium sometime
before the season ends on September
10. After September 10 you just have
to own a television.
And speaking of unique food and
booze opportunities, Wingnuts at
4444 Main is licensed, and also deep
fries chocolate bars into a tasty treat
that won't come as close to killing you
as it sounds. The variety of bars, $2.99
each, ranges from Mars to Snickers to
There's also a few opportunities for
you to indulge yourself in what we call
'drunken singing', which the Japanese
call 'karaoke'. Every Tuesday night
at the Gallery (in the SUB) is karaoke
night, so get your karaoke in bulk. If
you want to sing karaoke in a karaoke
box (i.e. not in public), you'll find yourself heading to Richmond. \a
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When most students arrive at UBC,
its sheer enormity can be somewhat imposing. Most students apply, are accepted, choose a faculty,
select classes, and arrive on campus without ever having actually
had any communication with the
the glossy promo printouts.
For myself, it was somewhat
different. Having only decided to
attend UBC at the end of July after
two years of living it up outside
the mainstream, I was on the
phone for quite a few hours haggling my way into being accepted
both into the school and into residence. While I was accepted into
both primarily due to my prior
ability to work the high school
system into giving my transcript
numbers bearing a close proximity to 100, I learned something
that has proven true throughout
my time at UBC. The University
presents an outer appearance of
strictly followed rules, which lets
the school handle its 45,000 plus
sheep- er - students. Really though,
the system is quite malleable, and
just about any rule or procedure
at UBC can be appealed if you
speak to the right person in the
right way.
Get into the good
There are good courses at UBC,
and there are bad courses at UBC.
Good courses are the ones with
engaging, funny, interesting profs
who are glad to talk, ask, and answer questions, and even debate
with students. The bad courses
have profs who are boring, don't
want to be there, aren't interested
in engaging with students, and
who are generally fed up with their
jobs, UBC, academia, civilisation,
or life in general. Most courses,
especially those whose numerical
designation begins with a "1," fall
into the later.
Gather your
The key, then, is to get into
the good courses, while minimising your exposure to the mentally
toxic bad courses. If you know
anyone who has attended UBC,
ask them who their favourite
profs were, and see if they are
teaching. A very good prof outside
of your field of interest beats a
bad prof on your favourite subject
any day. If you have a chance to
speak to a prof, ask them which
courses they'd recommend. When
I sat down with my English prof in
mid-October, she recommended
to me several fascinating courses,
which I wouldn't have known
about otherwise. Definitely spend
half an hour looking through all of
the sections that interest you on
the online course schedule. If you
are like I was and don't know anyone around campus, at least look
barebones look at who's going to
be creating neural pathways in
your grey matter, and whose going to be turning it to mush.
Don't be in the
same courses
October 1 st as
you are signed
up for now
Courses can be added or
dropped before September 18
without any penalty. Out of all of
the courses I was signed up for
when I arrived at UBC, I only ended
up taking one of them. Instead, fill
your schedule to the brim for two
weeks. Show up at least once for
any course you've seen/heard of
that you are interested in, regardless of whether you are signed up
for it. Then make a timetable on
the student service centre. Drop
the courses you don't want, sign
up for the courses you can, and
make a note of the courses you
want to get into but are full. Don't
be afraid to experiment; professors aren't permitted to penalise
you for joining a course late within
the add/drop period — though you
might have quite a bit of catch up
reading to do.
Trust your feelings, Luke — your
first impression
about a class is
probably right
Studies have shown that first
impressions of a professor and a
course are remarkably accurate.
When I arrived at UBC I was signed
ally quite interesting. When I sat
down in class, though, I was presented with a sterile Power Point
presentation. The prof spoke in
an arrogant duotone while depriving me of eye contact. The total
lack of enthusiasm she exuded
as she curtly delivered the course
requirements mirrored my lack
of enthusiasm about paying $500
I dropped the course and never
looked back.
Chances are, regardless of
what year you are in, you are
going to find a class you want
to take but is full, restricted to a
year higher than you, or restricted to a different faculty. With the
exception of specialised medical,
graduate, or engineering courses,
none of those issues should necessarily stop you from getting
into the class.
During my first week,
I sat in on a course in
the Faculty of Land and
Food systems. Topics
discussed    included
societal     collapse,
the     agricultural
revolution,  and
guerilla    gardening. Over
the cour
of the two hour class, I likely
snagged the microphone (yep,
UBC classes are big) a dozen times
to ask questions and challenge
ideas. I was hooked. Problem? It
was full, restricted to second year
students, and restricted to students of a different faculty.
What to do?
First, get yourself noticed in a
good way by your prof. Be a "positive contribution to the class." Be
a shit disturber. Not a jackass or
a smartass, but critical, vocal, and
inquisitive. Remember that you
are paying $500 to be there. Then
While there are many students
who complete their degrees over
five or six years, there are also
quite a few who complete theirs
over three or even two and a half
years, by taking more credits
than standard per term, plus
summer school.
Are you just going to sit there
and take that
your prof asap, and get on the "un-
offical waiting list". Finally, go to
your faculty's academic advising
office and pick up a course add/
drop sheet, bring it to your prof to
sign and return it. Voila - you're
now in a full, restricted course.
Pretty easy no?
Occasionally you may get a
prof who proclaims the only way
to get into the course is to watch
the online add and drop screen
24-7 and hope someone drops—
they won't put your name on a
list. This excuse is usually just to
get rid of the unserious students
on the first day of class. Don't let
them discourage you, keep going
to the class and try talking to them
again on the second week. If the
prof still brushes you off, take
the hint, you probably don't want
them teaching you anyway.
Four year degree
in two and a half
The final hitch came when Arts
academic advising e-mailed me to
let me know I couldn't take the
Land and Food systems course
because I was limited to 15
credits per term.
However, speaking to
your   faculty   advisors,
you can bump that up
as high as you want
to, as long as you
surrender    your
rights to appeal
grades on the
grounds   of
being   too
So off I went to my carefully
selected courses. But come the
beginning of October, the daily
grind set in, and I found it increasingly hard to get up for my
morning anthropology lecture.
On the days I was there, I asked
questions and paid attention (the
prof was brilliant), but all of the
missed classes took their toll, and
when the mid-term arrived, I did
less than admirably.
As I was still feeling ambitiously  hopeful   about
my grades, I wasn't
too    pleased   with
my    poor    midterm.   But   contrary to popular
belief, grades
are   by  no
By Matthew Jewkes   Oker Chen Photo Illustration
tracked my profs office down in
the heart of the basement of the
AnSo building, and spoke with
him briefly during office hours.
He was glad to allow me to write
a three page book report to bump
up my grade. While I ended up
being too lazy to actually write the
book report, I learned that while
the overall curriculum may be
defined by the admin powers that
be, individual students' grades
are pretty much entirely up to the
discretion of professors.
Now, this can be good or bad.
Get on the good side of your prof,
as I did with my English prof,
and assignment due dates can be
extended (even beyond the end of
term), grades improved through
extra work, and classes skipped
with "permission". All of this
without even needing to get a note
from a doctor.
Hell, during exam period, I
forgot my ID at one exam, and
missed another one entirely. But
if you are on the good side of your
profs, and ask nicely, exams can
be taken at another date and ID
rules can be bent.
But all of that aside, the best
reason to actually talk to
is that the
actually very interesting. The best
academic experience I had in
my first year was in speaking to
my Biology Prof, Wayne Goodey,
during his office hours. For study
help or just for general curios
ity, a good prof can teach you far
more during a half hour freeform
discussion than during a dozen
Don't be caught
by contracts and
By December of my first year,
residence was beginning to wear
on me. As a 21-year-old student,
hanging out with 18 year-olds
just out of high school, and being
treated like a child by the housing
department was not working. But
the contract which I hadn't looked
at when I clicked the accept box
on the housing application website stated that for me to leave, I
I was pretty much resigned
to my situation until I heard that
weasel their way out of residence
on the grounds of "not finding the
meal plan environmentally conscious enough."
So down to Brock Hall I went,
and filled out an appeal to be
released from my contract. I was
leaving UBC to visit my family
that week, though, so I emptied
out my room before I heard back
from them, and left all my gear
in a club office in the sub. And,
lo and behold, I applied at
the right time. UBC housing released me from my
contract  on  December
21—1 had applied just
in time to have mv
incoming January
But     UBC
food services
still       had
$3000   of
my money, and
wanted to give me back half. The
clerk at the desk was entirely
unhelpful, and declared that the
full payment was unrefundable.
In order to appeal for that money,
I had to scour UBC's website for
the head of Food Services and
send him a polite but firm e-mail.
And sure enough, I was able to get
that money back too.
Even library fines can be easily appealed from the UBC library
website. The appeals service there
generally gives most students one
free appeal on library fines. Sick
and unable to return a book? Just
let them know. I had logged on
and renewed three of my four
books out, but forgot to renew the
fourth. The appeals service was
kind enough to forgive the fine on
the fourth.
And if all else fails
I have never had to make appeals based on extreme sickness,
emergency family situations, or
discrimination. But these things
do happen. If you ever feel like
you have been a victim of unfair
treatment, and simply speaking
you still have options. The best is
probably the AMS advocacy service. Located at 249G in the SUB,
the AMS advocacy service takes
the student's side in everything
from academic appeals (don't
think you got a fair grade?) to
parking and housing disputes. If
you have a problem with the UBC
institution, they are your friends.
that UBC does not want to screw
individual students either out
of kindness or out of the fear
of bad press and reputation.
However the institution will
gladly take any money they can if
you give it to them without a
fight. Furthermore, the University has a fairly vague policy called
"Policy 72" which states that no
student may be denied an education for financial reasons alone.
The administration is actually
quite sympathetic to students'
financial needs, and while their
default position is to ruthlessly
get your money "NOW" they will
usually work with you to a significant degree if you are gently
persistent. \a 10   FYI
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Twenty-five things to
do before you graduate
Get thrown out of a frat party for being more
drunk than the worst of the frat boys.
Get high with one of your professors and seduce  O
one of your TAs.  W
Experience the thrill of sledding with cafeteria
trays on a snow-covered Grassy Knoll.
Run in an AMS election as a drunk pirate, fire hy- /\
drant, Arts separatist or other joke candidate. ^
Get sent to the drunk tank because of the Gallery's
cheap beer Tuesdays.
Take a tour of the TRIUMF particle accelerator and Ey
feel the charged particles rattle your fillings. V
Have sex in the Totem showers, in the secret BuTo
bathroom, or in one of the many Plant Ops trucks.
Prowl the campus with a crowbar while trying to O
find an entrance to the steam tunnels. V
Play the academic equivalent of blackjack and try to
pass with 50%—have pitiless prof fail you with a 49.
Free your willy and play volleyball in the buff at |
Wreck Beach. IU
Sign up with the Gentleman's Club just for the
free scotch and cigar.
Escape from mundane Rez life and devolve into a | O
hunter-gatherer in Pacific Spirt Park. \mr
Re-arrange the arrow signs giving directions to a
TV or movie set on campus.
Fulfill your obsessive stalking needs with | /\
Facebook and creep out your TAs. X\
Be like Jeff Friedrich and learn the many joys of
animal husbandry at the UBC Farm.
Pretend you're a High Times freelancer and | Ey
hotbox anything and everything on campus. 4- V
Get tanked with the Engineers, bad mouth beer,
and then get 'tanked' by the Engineers.
Open your eyes, join a cause, protest something, | O
become disillusioned—all within one month. 4-V
Grab your cardboard, ghetto blaster, and DJ Kool
Here tapes: break dance at UBC Robson Square.
Study in the Aquatic Centre, fall asleep to the   O C
lapping waves. Miss your final exam,   im? W
Learn the difference between Koerner and
Koerner's. Drink in the library anyway.
Try to make a few extra bucks by whoring out   Ofl
your mind to psych students.
Watch the No. 2 football team from the No. 2
university get destroyed at the Shrum Bowl.
Pre-drink through the last day of classes.   O/l
Wander south with the mob. Experience ACF.   im? ^
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feel here at the AMS. Our new logo (below), our new website
(ams.ubc.ca), a new social networking site that will make club
administration way easier (AMS Link), and last but not least a
renovated Pit Pub - these are all brand new this year to help
improve your campus life.
You'll start to see the new logo all over the SUB this month, and
the new website and social networking site are both set for a
September 10th launch.
Finally, you'll notice that this space here in the Ubyssey has been
revamped as well - all to make your weekly Insider more useful. Be
sure to pick up the new annual Insider agenda, too. The free
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The AMS Food and Beverage Department is now accepting
applications for the up-coming school year.
• we offer a flexible work schedule based around your classes & labs
• we adjust the schedule to accommodate exams, winter break & Reading Week
• we provide a meal allowance, depending on the length of your shift
• we give you the opportunity to work on campus, even in between classes -
• for a socially sustainable, environmentally responsible, not-for-profit organization
• and that's not all! Heck-we'll pay you to work here!!
Please submit your resume and your fall semester time-table (if you have it)
directly to the outlet manager or supervisor on duty.
All applications forms will be made available to all AMS food outlet managers,
so please indicate the area where you would most prefer to work and we will do our best to accommodate you
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Figure out what you're
by Matthew Jewkes
Photo illustration by Oker Chen
Welcome to university, high school graduates! After 13 or so years of someone
looking over your shoulder, the education
machine is finally (kind-of) ready to treat
you like an adult!
Your faculty, your courses, your time
table and now even your attendance is
entirely up to you. Ah the freedom... I remember thinking, back in middle school,
how neat having those choices would be.
But come October, the daily grind, the
only real choice you have when you wake
up in the morning is whether or not to attend class.
If you are like many first- years, the
boredom of classes can be quite disheartening, and you may find you have better
things to do (whether it be sleeping, working, or studying in the library) than going
to class.
So it might be a good idea to now think
about what it is you are doing here.
If you are here to party, have a good
time and revel in your freedom and long
overdue ascendence from being treated
as a "minor," then consider taking only
a half course load, picking up part-time
job, and spending most of your time
partying. Seriously, there is no shame
in that, and you will thank yourself later
for not spending money on courses you
didn't want to attend.
If you are here to figure outwhatyou are
interested in, then screw course requirements. Take some 200, 300, or even 400
level seminar courses. You'll get a much
more interesting, in-depth experience,
giving you a better idea of what direction
to pursue than any intro course could. Finish your 100s in a shorter summer course
time frame.
If you are here to go to grad school,
then get good grades. While entrance may
be primarily based on 3rd and 4th year
grades, earlier grades have a major affect
on whether or notyou get scholarships.
If, like a surprisingly large group of students, you don't know what you are doing
here, then consider getting an on-campus
job, joining a dozen clubs, and cherry-picking only a few courses per term. Most importantly, take your time, enjoy yourself,
and avoid getting into crippling debt.
Finally, if you are here to learn, I
have bad news for you. Undergraduate
education, especially first-year, is not
about learning. It's about accreditation.
You'll find enlightenment on the margins. Talk to students in the classes you
like, and join clubs that interest you.
Like-minded people and different points
of view can add to your inner search
for knowledge. Use the UBC library.
Through its inter-library loan system,
you can get ahold of just about any book
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ever printed.
As for navigating when and when not to
skip class, make room for sleep, hangover
vomiting, clubs and friends.
Here is a good guideline as to how to
skip class smart: remember to check your
syllabus to make sure nothing important
is happening—they tell you exactly what
is going to be going on each day. Make
friends with someone in class to ensure
you don't miss anything important. And
try to at least skim the readings so you
don't fall behind.
And remember how bad-ass it felt to
skip class back in high school? The tables
have turned now. The man isn't trying to
stop you like he did then. The University,
in fact, would like nothing more than to
take your money and not have to deal
with you as you skip out. If you are finding you are skipping classes often, then
something in your life probably needs to
be re-examined. \a
The best places to fill your stomach on campus
By Isabel Ferreras
Welcome to UBC, one of the largest and most
advanced campuses that Canada has to offer.
You're going to find that whether you're on
a break in between classes, or just finished
classes, or waiting for classes to start, you'll
get hungry. Don't believe for a second that
you'll keep up your plan of bringing your
own meals to school. You won't. You'll get
lazy. Instead, opt for one of many cheap food
options UBC has to offer.
Best Meal Quality
If you've got some time on your hands
and you want to eat a complete, fresh meal,
look no further than the Pendulum, located
in the SUB basement corner closest to the
Grassy Knoll. It is a favourite on campus
for getting a delicious breakfast, but it also
serves tasty lunches and dinners. All meals
are nutritious, filling, and don't exceed six or
seven bucks. The only downside is the wait
time for food. You'll be waiting 10-15 minutes minimum for most meals, so if you're
in a rush, this isn't the place to go.
Fastest Meal
This one has to go to the Honour Roll, a
popular sushi place located in the SUB basement. If you arrive there at peak time (1pm),
the line is long, but you're guaranteed to be
at the front of it within two minutes, sushi
box in hand. The Honour Roll isn't too ex
pensive, sitting at under three bucks for a
box of rolls. The quality is pretty good, and
the chefs will make you whatever roll you
want if it isn't available on the shelf.
Cheapest Meal
The cheapest place on campus is the
Delly. Go there if you want a quick sandwich,
samosa, wrap, Indian curry, chips, and
much more. You might not get the best meal
on campus, but you'll get it fast and cheap.
On Fridays, during the last hour before they
close, you can get everything for half price,
which is great for cheap-asses like yourself.
Longest Line
Subway is known for creating delicious,
nutritious, and hearty subs. Unfortunately
you'll find that its queue is quite long at most
times of day. If you think it's worth the wait,
go for it, but if you're on a one hour break
and just trying to get some nourishment,
why spend half of your time waiting in line
for a sub?
Best Junk Food
Step aside McDonald's, the Pit Pub is frequented by half the campus on Wednesday
nights, but what you may not know is that
it operates a window serving delicious burgers and fries. Not only is everything freshly
made, it's much better than your average
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Know your limit, toke
By Anita Law
Culture Writer
Cannabis, also known as marijuana,
weed, chronic, dro, sticky-icky, mary
jane, grass, ganja, bud, herb, pot, wacky
tobacky, reefer, or green, is a plant that,
when properly processed and smoked,
induces in the user a state that has been
dubbed by regular users as "high". Of
all the varieties in the world, marijuana
grown in BC, also known as "BC Bud," has
become a bit of a brand name.
According to Jared Diamond's theory
of inequality about the rise and fall of
civilisations, the difference between
"haves" and "have-nots" all boils down
to geography and climate.
Is there something about
living in British Columbia
that   automatically   divides
the world into the "haves" and
"have-pots"?       Chances
are, if you ever deign to
lift your head above the
UBC clouds of academia, you will more
often than not encounter a UBC cloud of
pot smoke. If you do fancy a smoke—and
in no way does The Ubyssey endorse this
heinous and immoral act—here are a list
of things to keep in your mind before you
go out of it.
1. Who does your stuff come from?
If you're buying, try to limit the degrees
of separation between you and your supplier to three. If you're not, then who the
hell cares? It's free!
2. When are you doing it? A word of
wisdom: don't get high the day before an
exam—unless you have a brain cell surplus, in which case, please donate to the
UBC Arts fund.
3. With whom are you smoking?
Shady Steve with the sticky fingers from
downstairs might not be your best bet. It
being your first time, latch onto a friend
who's cool enough to baby-sit your sorry
high ass for the rest of the night.
4. Where are you smoking up? Somewhere with bright lights and loud music
might be fun at first, but then
the lights start looking suspicious, and all the DJ seems to
be playing is a loop of the satanic
verses. Prime real estate is
Wreck   Beach—you    know,
that   place   where   gravity
rules supreme.
S. Are you well stocked? You will
need a bottle of Febreze, lots of water
and a good supply of munchies (bring
extra to share).
6. What are your plans afterwards?
This writer's preferred pastime is finding
Take care with marijuana of any amount...
a couch and rolling around on it while
laughing uncontrollably. It's both cost-effective AND environmentally friendly.
7. If you don't live in residence, how
are you getting home? Finding a safe
place to crash that's close by is advised.
Barring this circumstance, a buddy to bus
or taxi home with lowers your chances of
being found the next day sleeping on a
bench in the rose garden.
8. Before you greet your parents, have
you looked in the mirror? Chances are, you
probably look like a stroke victim suffering
from pink-eye. There's Visine for that. \a
Note: Secondhand smoke doesn't have
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Sports   15
Men, women win one each against NCAA
Division I opponents
by Justin McElroy
Sports Writer
UBC students who happened
to be around campus during
the long weekend got to see the
Thunderbird basketball teams
begin their season against NCAA
Division I teams at War Memorial Gym.
The series of games kicked off
Saturday evening with the women
facing the Arkansas Lady Razor-
backs, while the men tangled with
the Oklahoma Sooners.
In both games, the result
was much the same: UBC failing
to keep up with the faster and
stronger American team. The
women lost 69-42 while the men
fell 81-62.
On the women's side, sloppy
ball handling contributed to 35
turnovers and poor shooting
(barely above 30 percent), on
which the Lady Razorbacks capitalised. However, head coach
Deb Huband wasn't particularly
concerned with the outing.
"We certainly weren't a well-
oiled machine, but it was a good
starting point for us," she said,
noting that the team has only had
a scant four practices thus far.
Later in the evening, men's
head coach Kevin Hanson told a
similar tale as he explained his
team's 81-62 loss to a tall and
physical Sooner squad.
"There are a lot of new faces
on this team and it's going to
take us time to gel," Hanson said
about the game in which UBC
shot a paltry 32 percent from the
Sunday's games brought with
them a better level of play from
both UBC teams, but a mixed bag
in terms of results.
On the women's side, the T-
Birds cruised to an easy 77-64
victory over the Wichita State
Looking more like the team
that had dominated the Canada
West competition over the past two
seasons, the Thunderbirds jumped
out to a 25-8 lead and toyed with
Wichita the rest of the game.
"I was pleased with how
we came out and competed,"
Huband said. "Everyone contributed and I thought our returning players all stepped up and
brought more," she continued,
singling out third-year forward
Leanne Evans.
She shot eight for 11 from the
floor en route to a career-high 20
"It was an outstanding individual performance from her,"
said Huband. "hopefully she can
build on it."
Unfortunately for the men,
they could not build on the women's success, losing 97-67 to the
high flying Air Force Falcons.
The Thunderbirds had trouble
matching the accurate shooting of
the Falcons who shot 53 percent.
The game highlighted how the T-
Birds fortunes this year will rest
on the shoulders of 6'8" centre
Bryson Kool and sharp-shooting
guard Chris Dyck.
Fist-year Graham Bath looks for an open man against the tough defense of the U.S. Air Force Academy. UBC lost
the game 97-67.
When both play well, they
figure to form the basis of a
balanced offensive attack that
should prevent opposing defences from keying in on one player.
However, Kool only managed
two points and three rebounds
on Sunday.
The cross-border series concluded for the men yesterday as
they pulled off a 20-point win
against the Boise State Broncos.
Seniors Chirs Dyck and Matt
Racher combined for 46 points
giving the Thunderbirds the 106-
86 win. Neither team had the
outcomes they were hoping for
last weekend, but both can point
to positive signs that should bode
well this season.
In their first two games with
UBC, rookies Zara Huntley, Alex
Vieweg, and Robyn Fashler
played well, giving Thunderbird
fans reason to believe that the
program's winning ways will
continue this year.
Fans had to be impressed
with the level of play displayed
by newcomer Kyle Watson on
the men's side. Watson, a 3rd-
year transfer from Langara Col
lege, certainly turned heads this
weekend with his hustle and skill
during a 14-point, 7-rebound
performance against Air Force.
He looks to have the inside
track over second-year returnee
Brent Malish for the first string
small forward spot on this Thunderbird squad.
However, with the regular
season opener against Trinity
Western still seven weeks away,
there are many more questions
than answers available for both
basketball teams at this point in
the year.  \a
Despite new
players, coach looks
to win
by Jordan Chittley
Sports Editor
The UBC football team will
begin the 2007 season tonight
surrounded by concerns that
the young team may not be up
to speed.
Head Coach Ted Goveia will
be starting Doug Goldsby at
quarterback. Goldsby is in his
first year of eligibility although
he has a few years under his
belt at the position.
"I'm pretty comfortable with
the quarterback we've got; I'm
comfortable Doug is going to
make a lot of plays because he's
so athletic," said Goveia. "At the
same time he's a pretty over-
zealous guy so he will probably
throw some picks and make
some mistakes, but I expect
that out of a young guy."
Goveia is not just expecting mistakes out of his new
"I expect that we will make
the big plays, but that we will
make some mistakes as well,"
says Goveia.
These mistakes will give the
team a good indication of what
needs to be worked on for the
following game.
"The challenge for us obviously is that we have an awful lot
of new guys playing and I expect
there will be some mistakes made,
but that means we will have stuff
The team comes out of training camp in better shape than last year, but
Head Coach Ted Goveia is concerned he is lacking offensive leadership.
to clean up for next week,"
Compared to this time last
year, Goveia believes that he has
a harder working team, but still
concedes that they are young and
have a hard time focusing and
executing when it matters.
He sees the team as being
in better shape coming out of
training camp this year, but is
concerned with the lack of leadership on offense.
After a long time in training
camp, he is excited to get out of
camp and finally test the teams'
Afterall, the Thunderbirds
have not played a game since
November of last year when
they lost to Saskatchewan 35
- 16 in the Canada West semifinal match. Saskatchewan went
on to contend for the Vanier
Cup, but lost to Laval in a close,
low-scoring game.
This season the Thunderbirds will see games against all
the usual Canada West teams including Saskatchewan and a second game again Simon Fraser.
Looking toward the season
as a whole, Goveia says, "if we
can remain healthy we will be
a pretty good team come week
eight." He continues that, "our
goal every year is to make the
playoffs...anything can happen
when you are in the playoffs."
While he doesn't like to
make predictions, Goveia is
predicting another four win
and four loss season, but suggests that winning five games is
definitely possible.
Lastyear the team ended the
regular season with four wins
beating Regina, Calgary, and Simon Fraser twice. But much of
the optimism for winning more
games comes from the fact that
they lost three games by less
than four points.
As far as what Goveia is
looking to do tonight, he simply
said, "win."
That didn't seem to be a
problem for the Thunderbirds
last year as they beat the Clan
twice by the large scores of 41
to six and 67 to 13.
But with the young team,
tonight may be different. "Like
every football team we want to
start off on the right track," says
Goveia. "[We want to] stop them
on defense and move the ball
on offense."
Kick off goes tonight at Thunderbird Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets for UBC students are $2 and
can be purchased at the gate.
Look for all the post-game
coverage on our website at
ubyssey.bc.ca. vl
2007 Schedule
Tonight vs. Simon Fraser
Sept. 8 vs. Manitoba
Sept. 15 vs. Alberta
Sept. 21 @ Regina
Sept. 29 vs. Saskatchewan
Oct. 6 at Simon Fraser
Oct. 13 at Manitoba
Oct. 2 6 at Calgary
Nov. 3 - Canada West
Nov. 10 -HardyTrophy
Nov. 17 - Mitchell Bowl
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