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Array Celebrating 90 years!
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BYSSEY
October 10,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
trompin' le monde since 1918 \ volume xc, number 12
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
VANCOUVER QUADRA | Once upon a
time, our ritzy riding was known
as "the safest seat west of Ontario"
for the Liberal party—until they
prevailed by just 151 votes in the
by-election of last March. But that
was with the Conservatives riding
high in the polls, and a low voter
turnout, which tends to help the
more motivated voter bases. Bank
on a healthier margin of victory for
Joyce Murray this time around.
RICHMOND | After making
a formal apology for the
Chinese head tax in 2006,
the Conservatives have
their sites set on taking this
heavily ethnic riding. Liberal MP Raymond Chan has
won many close elections
here, but he's in tough this
time against a well-oiled
Conservative machine. A
real bell-weather riding.
VANCOUVER CENTRE | Can the
UBCProfessorturnDowntown
Vancouver orange? It looked
feasible a week ago, when the
NDP was drawing close to the
Liberals in national polls. But
Fry has always won this riding with at least a 4000-vote
cushion. With the Liberals
pulling back ahead, Byers will
need luck and good turnout to
win this one.
NEWTON-NORTH  DELTA |  A   3 way
riding with the three main parties
separated by just 1600 votes last
election, Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal
took this seat in 2006 after it being
held by the Reform/Alliance/Conservatives for many years. Both
the Liberals and Conservatives are
making a heavy play for the ethnic
vote here—with the amount of time
Jack Layton has spent out here, the
NDP could split up the middle.
SURREY NORTH | NDP MP Pen
ny Priddy won this seat by
nearly 7000 votes in the last
election. However, this time
around the Conservatives are
running Dona Cadman, wife
of the late MP Chuck Cadman, an incredibly respected
figure who held this seat from
1997-2006. If the Conservatives can win this seat, they'll
be having a good night.
Harper stays the course as polls draw even
by Michelle Silongan and
Kenneth Dodge
News Writers
The temperature was rising
Wednesday at the Westin Bay-
shore, as a thousand enthusiastic
supporters filled the ballroom to
capacity, waiting to hear from
Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
With declining showings in the
polls, and pundits criticizing the
Conservatives' response—or lack
thereof—on the economy, the
question of the night was whether Harper could stop the turn of
events that has seen his support
erode over the last week.
If he could, he'd do it his
way, with a carefully composed
but controlled message. Every
care was made to ensure a supportive crowd in the room. Un
like previous events with federal
party leaders, such as Stephane
Dion's town hall meeting at
UBC, this rally was private and
"members only." Security was
tight throughout the evening,
keeping Insite and Stopwar.ca
supporters in the parking lot.
Some elderly loyalists were frustrated with not being on "the
list." Ample numbers of security
interactions scanned the crowd,
ready for a banner or jeer from
someone unwanted who managed to slip through.
But on a national level, what
mattered would be how the
event would be covered by the
press, and whether it would
resonate with voters concerned
with the recent global economic
downturns. Enthusiastic supporters   within   range   of  the
ir
camera lenses cheered along
with the warm-up music, even if
the songs were admittedly questionable, such as AC/DC's "Dynamite." Vancouver Centre MP
candidate Lome Mayencourt
roused the crowd with talk of
victory, and the intended image
was clear as Harper took to the
podium—a prime minister and
party leader in full control.
Harper did his best to assure viewers that Conservative
values were Canadian ones and
that he would defend issues
important to British Columbia,
while playing up concerns of
Dion's perceived weakness.
Talking about the newly unveiled Conservative platform,
titled "True North Strong and
Free," he spoke about cuts to
the diesel levy and income split
ting for seniors. He trumpeted
his parry's Child Care Benefit,
intended to increase each year
with inflation, and which promised to provide greater access to
maternity leave.
Early in the speech, incessant
fire alarms began to blare, but
Harper remained focused in his
delivery, pausing only to liken
them to the alarms being raised
over the global economic crisis.
There were no miracle policies
or show stopping cures unveiled
that night, and it was perhaps
symbolic of his own approach
to the financial concerns on the
minds of many—to remain vigilant, and get back to work.
True to parry form, he also
spoke of new Tax Free Savings accounts, which he promised would
be  the  biggest thing to  social
security since the creation of the
RRSP. Fully aware the campaign
had become in many ways a referendum on the public image of
each leaders, Harper brought on
the rhetoric to attack his rivals.
For the Liberal Party, poised for
an electoral last stand along the
Pacific, he slammed Dion for stating that he would put the Green
Shift into effect regardless of the
economic state of Canada.
Whether you were a placard-
carrying protester or someone
with a Conservative logo tattooed on your forehead, you took
what you wanted from Harper's
appearance in Vancouver. As
for the leader either poised for
victory or lost opportunity, he
"stayed the course" and on message during a relatively problem-free event. \a
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Events
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Culture
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Features
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Editoria
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Streeters
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Letters
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Games
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Comics
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Sports
12 THE UBYSSEY    WWW.UBYSSEY.CA
OCTOBER IO, 2008
Events
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
ThhUbyssey
Ongoing
Dreams For Women Postcard
Art Exhibition • The exhibit wil
feature submissions as well as
contributions from local renowned
artists. Ten local artists, including
Gregg Simpson, Ellen Scobie and
Clibe Holden, have contributed
to their own Dreams for Women
postcards, which will be auctioned
off at the opening party. • Oct. 7-
11, 11am-4pm, SUB Art Gallery. *
UBC Farm Market • Selling local,
organically grown produce from
Vancouver's last working farm.
Get up early for your weekly bout
of nourishing soulful food and if
you're lucky, there will be a live
band playing there. • Ongoing
every Saturday. 9am-1pm. 6182
South Campus Road For more
info, go to www.landfood.ubc
ca/ubcfarm *
The Bible for Beginners • The
Bible for Beginners is an informal,
no pressure examination of one
of the most famous books in the
world. Meet over lunch (Mondays
12-1 pm in SUB @ tables near
Starbucks) or coffee (Wednesdays
2-3pm @ Ike's Cafe in the Irving
K. Barber Centre) to learn about
this strange book. •  revnathan-
wright@mac.com *
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost
Train • Mortal Coil Performance
Society presents a pirate-themed
adventure featuring actors, dancers, performers, puppeteers,
swordfighters, hat-making, paint-
ing, storytelling, and the Haunted
Children's Farmyard. • Oct. 10-
Nov. 21, Stanley Park Miniature
Railway (Stanley Park). Tix $9/5.50
(plus service charges and fees) at
www.ticketmaster.com. More info
at www.vancouverparks.ca/'*
CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until Dec
9, Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir) *
More info at 604-681-1625 •
2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games • Tickets for the
Olympic and Paralympic Games
have now gone on sale. • Feb.
12-28, 2010 More info at 1-800-
842-5387, www. vancouver2010.
com. *
The Imprentice • Improv meets
The Apprentice as actors employ
all their formal training, street-
smarts, and improv abilities in this
ultimate boardroom battle. • Surrey Arts Centre, Oct. 10-25, More
info at www.artsclub.com.*
The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged • All 37 of
Shakespeare's plays condensed
into 97 minutes. • Deep Cove
Shaw Theatre, Oct. 2-18, More
info at www.deepcoverstage.
com/*
The History Boys • A study of
education, sex, and the anarchy of
adolescence crackles with humour
and life. • Until Oct. 25, Granville
Island Stage, More info at www.
artsclub.com/*
October 10
Hide+Seek • An art show and
beer garden featuring 14 artists,
four filmmakers and three live musicians. All UBC students • Oct. 10,
8-11pm, Meekison Arts Students
Space. 19+ event. *
Vancouver Graduate Degree Fair
for the Public Good • Thinking
about grad school to further your
nonprofit career goals? Want to
make a difference with a graduate
degree? Meet with representatives
from more than 30 social change
graduate programs. Explore how
different graduate degrees for the
public good, from management
and social work, to public health
and public interest law can provide
career and leadership development
opportunities • Oct. 10, 5-8pm
AMS Ballroom. To register to
attend, visit http://snipurl.com/van-
couver08gf *
Heaven & Hell • presented by
Alpha Delta Phi. Do you want to
be good... or do you want to be
bad? You can be whatever you
want to be at Alpha Delta Phi's
Heaven and Hell! For the first time
ever Alpha Delta Phi is throwing
a party at the Ladha Centre,
located at 2055 East Mall right
beside Hebb Theatre. Costumes
are STRONGLY encouraged, from
angels to devils and everything in
between! Be as bad as you want,
or as good. Prizes will be awarded
for the best costumes. 19+ event.
• Oct. 10, 9pm-1am. 2 pieces
of ID required. $10 tickets. Call
Patrick at 778.835.5906. www.
alphadelt.ca *
Rocky Horror Picture Show • THE
RHPS BZZR Garden! 19 years of
age for admittance, ID REQUIRED
• Fri Oct. 10 Doors Open @
7:00pm, Movie Starts @ 8:00pm.
THE RHPS Midnight Screening!
Oct. 11 Doors Open @ 11:45pm,
Movie Starts @ 11:59pm. Norm
Theatre in the SUB, $4 general
admission, $2 for members * More
nformation at www.ams.ubc
ca/clubs/filmsoc •
Men's Volleyball • The team wil
play University of Hawaii and
should be a good warm-up for the
Thunderball tournament that will
be held this weekend. • Oct. 10th,
8pm*
Vancouver International Improv
Festival (VIIF) 2008 • Spontaneous fun? Infectious humor? Cute
mprov actors? I'm in! Catch the
last two days of the VIIF and watch
some of the best improv acts here
in Vancouver • Oct. 10- 11, 2008.
Roundhouse Performance Centre
(Pacific and Davie). Tickets sold at
the door. *
October 11
Hellboy II: The Golden Army •
"Suck my ectoplasmic Schwanz-
stucke!" •   Oct. 11 -Oct. 12 @
7:00pm. Norm Theater in the
SUB, $4 general admission, $2 for
members* More information at
www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs/filmsoc •
Hancock • -"I can smell alcohol on
your breath." -"That's cause I've
been drinking bitch!" • Oct. 11
- Oct. 12 @ 9:15pm . Norm Theater
in the SUB, $4 general admission,
$2 for members* More information
at www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs/filmsoc •
Men's Volleyball • After playing Hawaii, they will host the Thunderbal
tournament with various international teams participating. It will be
one of the last pre-season games for
the Birds. • Oct. 11, All Afternoon. *
Women's Soccer • The Birds will
have a doubleheader with BC rival
Trinity Western University this weekend. Oct. 11,12, 12pm. •
Men's Soccer • The undefeated
squad will also challenge both
games against Trinity Western University. • Oct. 11, 12, 2:15pm. *
Men's Basketball • Birds will play
Wilfrid Laurier as a tune-up game
for the season. They will aim to win
the Pacific division and hopefully be
ready to compete at national this
year. • Oct. 11, 2pm. *
Reminiscence: Remembering Traditional Korea • Artist Jae-Yeon Huh's
hand-painted and sculpted Korean
folk doll festival. • Oct. 11-15, Asian
Centre (1971 West Mall, UBC),
9am-6pm. $49.50 (Ticketmaster). *
October 15
Margaret Atwood: Payback
- Debt and the Shadow Side of
Wealth • As a part of the CBC
Massey Lectures, this legendary
novelist, poet, and essayist delivers
the idea of debt as an ancient and
central motif in religion, literature,
and the structure of society. • Tix
$22.50 (Ticketmaster), Chan Centre, Oct. 15, 8pm-9pm*
How Do I Go Global? • Imagine
waking up for class in Chile, Australia, or Denmark. Imagine going
to Africa or a co-op placement in
Singapore. This is your introduction to Go Global opportunities.
Find out how it works and how
you can participate. • Free, IBLC
182, Oct. 15, 1pm-2pm*
October 17
Ending Poverty: The Right to
Human Dignity • Public lecture
on federalism, human rights, and
nternational relations by professor
Stephen J. Toope, President of
UBC, friend of Batman. • Free,
Maritime Labour Centre, Oct. 17,
8:30am-3:30pm*
October 18
UBC Apple Festival • A family
event for all, UBC Apple Fest celebrates one of BC's favorite fruits.
One of the most popular events
would be the apple tasting, with
over 60 different varieties to try
from for just $3. Buskers provide
musical entertainment throughout
the day • Oct. 18-19, 11am-4pm.
UBC Botanical Garden. $2 entry
fee. Free for under 18. *
October 21
Vancouver International Writers
& Readers Festival • An opportunity to hear some of the finest
writers in the world, including
Canadians Austin Clarke, Rawi
Hage, Joseph Boyden, and David
Bergen; and American writers
Sharon Olds, Ursula K. Le Guin,
and Peter Matthiessen. Returning
festival favourites include Mark
Billingham, Patrick Lane, and
Donna Morrissey; new discoveries
nclude young Chinese novelist
Xiaolu Guo. •   Various Granville
Island venues, Oct. 21-26, More
info at www.writersfest.bc.ca/ *
October 23
Mr Greek • Gamma Phi Beta
sorority hosts a fraternity beauty
pageant fundraising event to fund
young girls to go to YMCA Camp
Howdy. • $4 Minimum Donation,
SUB Ballroom, Oct. 23, 6:30pm*
David Copperfield: An Intimate
Evening of Grand Illusion * The
thrill-ride of the year! • Tix $50-
80, Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, Oct. 23-26, Ticket
available at Ticketmaster. *
October 29
Downtown Eastside Heart of
the City Festival • 5th annua
event celebrates the creative
and committed artists and activ-
ists who thrive in the heart of
Vancouver, featuring 12 days
of music, theatre, opera, film,
drumming, readings, poetry,
food, radio, forums, cultural celebrations, gallery exhibits, history
talks and walks.* Oct. 29-Nov 9,
More info at www.heartofthec-
ity festival, com/. *
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NEWS I 3
Election 2008 DECISIONS
PROFILE: Murray
by Samantha Jung
News Staff
"Strong leadership is the ability
to work with strong team members." So says MP Joyce Murray, the Liberal candidate for
Vancouver Quadra. Six months
ago, she secured a win over Conservative candidate Deborah
Meredith by the small margin of
only 151 votes in a by-election.
She's hoping for a larger margin
of victory this time around.
The Ubyssey lastyear quoted
Murray as being "on the defensive," but this time around,
Murray says that that definitely
isn't the case.
"What's Harper's vision for
the future?" Murray asks. In her
mind, it's the Liberals with a real
vision for Canada: aprogressive
vision with a strong environmental stand and a projection for a
strong economy in mind.
Murray, who did her MBA
thesis on climate change in 1992,
has had dreams of a greener
future for a while. She was a
partner in a simple tree planting
company with her husband, and
it grew to become Brinkman and
Associates Reforestation Limited.
Murray says that the Liberal
Green Shift platform is "core"
to the party's platform, and that
the current economic status has
an effect on it. "We're not backing away from it," Murray said,
"but when the economy is in the
state of major, major turmoil as
it is today, of course people are
also wondering who's the best
party in such uncertain times."
Murray says that Harper has
been denying challenges and
that he disparaged Dion when
he pointed out the risk this
economic situation posed to the
Canadian economy and people's
jobs and savings.
"What we've seen is that
Stephen Harper has a survival-
of-the-fittest attitude...he has actually not been a capable leader
on the economy," Murray said.
"We've had the biggest spending
government in Canadian history, and he drained the treasury
with his GST cuts."
In addition to promising to
work towards a green economy
Murray has more local incentives for the Vancouver Quadra.
She is a strong supporter of
post-secondary funding and research. At UBC, Murray is working to have construction input
on the South Campus planning
process, and wants to see the
UBC Farm and its surrounding
forest protected.
During her three months in
Ottawa, Murray introduced Bill
C-572 into parliament, which
aims to remove the GST from
bicycle repairs, training and
courses, to make the activity
more cost-effective, and promises to be more active, accessible, and have a strong voice in
parliament.
Murray feels that the Liberals are a well-rounded platform.
"The Liberals are a parry that includes, listens and acts on their
priorities." \a
Know your political parties
Your last chance to get the lowdown
before the October 14 elections
PROFILE: Byers
by Farha Khan
News Staff
Michael Byers is just five days
away from an election that could
change his life. The NDP's candidate in Vancouver Centre,
Byers will need to upset longtime Liberal MP Hedy Fry next
week. And the UBC political science professor is hoping that
the same people he's been in
constant contact with for years-
students—will determine the
outcome of his race.
"Just given the sheer number of non-voting students [in
Canada], if as a group of people
that became fully engaged, they
could actually determine who
formed government," Byers said
in a telephone interview with
The Ubyssey on Wednesday.
For Byers, getting out the vote
is everything in the final days
leading to Tuesday's election.
Recent polls have suggested
that the NDP is surging in public
opinion polls. A Harris-Decima/
Canadian Press poll put the Conservatives at 32 per cent, the Liberals at 25 per cent and the NDP
at 21 per cent. Byers attributes
the NDP's success to his leader,
Jack Layton:
"I am very proud of Jack
Layton. He has run the most
impressive campaign of any of
the national leaders. I think he is
more like a prime minister than
any of the leaders and I am so
proud of him. He is running the
election of his life, exuding the
confidence in the passions ofthe
people," Byers said.
One issue that drives Byers's
campaign is Afghanistan. The
NDP is vehemently opposed to
the war, and cites a new government report which shows the
cost of Canada's involvement
could reach a total cost of $18.1
billion, or $1500 per Canadian
household, by 2011.
Throughout the election campaign, the mission in Afghanistan has rarely been a topic of
discussion.
"We have tried to talk about
Afghanistan; polls suggest that
more than half of all Canadians
share our position. But it has
been difficult to get any real
traction on this in the absence of
political opponents who want to
engage," Byers said.
"We are basically shouting
into silence and that is not how
you get traction in an election
campaign. Where we have been
getting traction are on issues like
the economy or health care or affordable housing."
Since the start of the insurgency in 2002, he has maintained
that it is time to move from a
"combat-oriented approach" to
one that focuses on "negotiation,
peacemaking and nation-building" in Afghanistan. "It's time to
move NATO troops out, and UN
peacekeepers in," he said.
But Afghanistan is not on
Byers's mind right now. Before
he can bring his expertise on the
issues to the House, he has to
first win his seat in parliament.
"Vancouver Centre is a tough
riding. I am up against three
very experienced politicians who
know how to play this game and
play it hard. We have had more
all candidates' debates than any
other riding in the country,"
Byers said. This Tuesday, he'll
find out if it was all worth it. \a
BY UVOTE
Political Awareness Club of UBC
CONSERVATIVE
PARTY
The Conservative platform, released one week before the October 14 election date, is realistic
and fiscally responsible. Their
platform proposes modest improvements for diverse groups
within Canada (such as families
with disabilities and first-time
home buyers), tougher laws
against crime, and increased
funding for Canada's armed
forces, as well as new business
policies that promote greater
competition and profitability.
STUDENT SPECIFIC
• $2000 completion bonus for
students completing apprenticeship in a "red seal" profession
(trade jobs such as carpenter,
hairstylist, automobile mechanic and so forth)
• Increased spending on science
and technology research
2008 PLATFORM HIGHLIGHTS
• Plans to get tough on crime
• DNA sampling mandatory for
sex offenders and dangerous
offenders
• Mandatory prison sentences
for serious drug trafficking
• Increase Canada's military
capability
• Invests 45-50 billion dollars over 20 years to upgrade
Canada's armed forces
• Promote the Canadian
economy with modest reforms
such as reducing tax on small
businesses and changing
competition laws to promote
a more competitive business
environment
• Reform the Senate to include
elected members or abolish the
Senate, as well as provide fairer
representation for some Canadian provinces in the House of
Commons
GREEN PARTY
As the party name suggests, the
Green Parry of Canada believes
in creating a sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach
to governing Canada. Most
notably, the Green Parry focuses
on supporting post-secondary
education, using new tax policy
to encourage environmentally-
friendly practices by households
and businesses, ambitious
social reform policies, as well as
an aggressive target for greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
STUDENT SPECIFIC
• Eliminate income tax for Canadians earning $20,000 or less
• Cut debt for post-secondary
students through measures
including a Canadian
National Student Loan and Bursary Program
• Forgive half the loan for students who complete degree or
certificate programs
• Expand industry-based job
training and apprenticeship to
reduce the shortage of trained
workers
2008 PLATFORM HIGHLIGHTS
• Implement a "cap and trade"
carbon market with hard caps
for large polluters
• Create new tax policies
promoting environmental sustainability from businesses and
home owners
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 1990
levels by 2020 and 80 per cent
by 2050
• Enforce equality in pay irrespective of gender
• Work toward a Guaranteed
Annual Income in place ofthe
current maze of programs
• Ensure universal access to
excellent childcare and early
childhood education
• Protect our universal, single-
payer public health care system
and ensure it works well at disease prevention and treatment
NEW DEMOCRATIC
PARTY
The NDP describe their platform as "putting the family first"
and "supporting the interests of
ordinary Canadians." In support
of their claim, the NDP proposes to raise minimum wage,
provide a national childcare
program as well as a national
senior home-care program. In
addition, the NDP proposes to
greatly reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and withdraw Canadian forces from Afghanistan.
STUDENT SPECIFIC
• $ 1000 per year grant to all
undergraduate students eligible
for student loans
• Forgive student loans for
medical school graduates who
stay in family practice for ten
years
• An annual $200 million
investment to increase the number of spaces in medical and
nursing school by 50 per cent
2008 PLATFORM HIGHLIGHTS
• Raise a fair minimum wage to
$ 10 per hour with an automatic
inflation adjustment
• $8.2 billion over four years to
create environmentally-friendly
jobs in manufacturing
• Initiate a $ 1.4 billion nation
child care program in the first
year of a mandate
• A national senior home-care
program costing $ 1 billion
dollars
• Raise the federal corporate tax
rate from 19.5 per cent to 22.1
per cent
• Decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050
TREVOR WOLF GRAPHIC
• $5 billion over five years to
improve health services, provide adequate housing, water
and infrastructure in First Nations communities
• Withdraw troops from Afghanistan in consultation with
our allies
LIBERAL PARTY
The Liberal party slogan is
"Richer, Fairer, Greener" and
the platform generally is a balanced approach to policy making. Some notable proposals
include: protecting the rights
of citizens first and supporting life imprisonment but not
the death penalty, streamlining immigration, initiating
a carbon tax to discourage
pollution by corporations, as
well as some student-focused
initiatives.
STUDENT SPECIFIC
• The Liberal Parry will simplify the maze of tax credits
for students by replacing them
with an Education Grant that
will be paid every three months
rather than yearly, allowing
for income and finances to
students when they need it
• Increase number of bursaries
and scholarships by setting up
a $25 billion dollar bursary
fund
• Increase number of apprenticeships and work studies
to prepare students for the
workforce
2008 PLATFORM HIGHLIGHTS
• Emphasize the repayment of
our national debt
• Catastrophic Drug Plan
Coverage
• Supporting life imprisonment
but opposing the death penalty
• Streamlining ofthe immigration process following Bill C-50,
which will provide a fair and
transparent immigration policy
• In-Canada Fast Track Program will allow non-Canadian
citizens currently working or
residing in Canada to receive
their citizenship faster
• Carbon tax (excluding gasoline)
to force companies to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions \a 4 | news
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Polls meet profit:
The UBC Election
Stock Market
Market indicates that Conservatives
will hold on to more seats than
Liberals by a "fair margin"
by Cynthia Khoo
Drink booze, write News. No experience necessary.
news@ubyssey.bc.ca
News Writer
There's only one stock market in
the country that didn't go downhill with Wall Street, and it's right
here at UBC. The single street this
market cares about is Sussex
Drive: it's the UBC Election Stock
Market (ESM), where investors
bid on Green over gas and the
only thing considered subprime
is the Minister.
"It's people who actually understand politics and can predict
where the election campaign is
heading, and they're putting their
money where their mouths are,"
said Dr Werner Antweiler, co-director of the ESM along with Dr
Thomas Ross. "They are willing to
risk capital to be right."
Operated by UBC's Sauder
School of Business, the ESM is
a not-for-profit project that has
participants invest their own
money into the market and end
up with real profits or losses after
the ESM closes, the day before
Election Day. Investors can trade
in any of the four markets in
the ESM: the Seats Market (how
many seats each parry will win),
the Majority Government Market
(if the Liberals, Conservatives, or
no parry will win a majority), the
Plurality Market (if the Conservatives will win more seats than the
Liberals, or vice versa), and the
Popular Vote Market (how much
of the national popular vote each
parry receives).
Since bids are based on
predictions and not political
preference, the ESM has shown
remarkable powers of prediction,
including being correct to within
several seats in the past three federal elections.
"In the last election, we came
in second among the pollsters
in predicting the popular vote,
and we were second among any
group that predicted distribution
of seats in the House of Commons," Antweiler relates. "Because traders put money at risk,
they want to make a profit, so
they're putting their own political
preferences behind and focusing
on answering the question: What
will be the election outcome?"
GOH IROMOTO ILLUSTRATION/THE UBYSSEY
Based on a similar project
at the University of Iowa that
tracked the US federal elections,
the UBC ESM was developed in
1993 as a research tool to study
the predictive power of markets,
trader behaviour and the dynamics of election campaigns. Antweiler declares the ESM has been
an invaluable tool for research in
several aspects.
The data has suggested some
interesting trends. According to
a recent UBC press release, the
ESM showed that shortly after
the French and English-language
leaders' debates, support started
sliding towards the Bloc Quebecois, decreasing chances of a
Conservative majority.
"The surprise for me was
that the French debate seemed
to have a lot more impact [on the
ESM]—it was the French debate
where expectations were confounded," says Antweiler. "So it
seems that the Conservative Parry
is no longer in majority territory.
The market still predicts that they
will gain some seats, but only a
very few. It's more likely in favor
of the Bloc Quebecois will lose
some seats and the NDP will gain
some seats, but it likely won't
change the political dynamics
in Ottawa. The Plurality Market
indicates that the Conservative
Parry will hold on to more seats
than the Liberal Parry, and by a
fair margin."
Ultimately, all investors gain
something arguably priceless out
ofthe process: they become more
knowledgeable about their own
political system. As Antweiler
explains, "It's a live exercise in
learning about politics. People
who are interested in learning
about markets are kind of forced
to take part in the political process; a side effect of participating
in our market is it educates people about Canadian politics. So if
you're an investor and you're not
very political, I can promise you
by the end you're a political person and you're paying attention
to what's going on in Ottawa, and
elsewhere."
For more information, check
out the ESM live online at http://
esm.ubc.ca.Xi Culture
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October 10,2008 | Page S
CD REVIEWS
SEAN CULLEN
I AM A HUMAN MAN
Studio-recorded comedy is a
tough sell. Without a crowd to
laugh along, a comedian's voice
can sound strangely vulnerable,
dwarfed by the sterile vacuum of
studio silence. Listening to I Am A
Human Man, it's easy to remember why so many sitcoms rely on a
laugh track to ease the tension.
Of course, laugh tracks only
work if there is a punch line, and
Sean Cullen favours general kooki-
ness over actual jokes. He delivers
spoken word interludes in the
over-the-top voice of an instructional video presenter (think Troy
McClure), with plenty of sex and
fecal references.
Half of the 20 tracks here are
songs, and they're mostly made
up of generic parodies—booty rap,
surf, punk, country, and so on.
They don't succeed at being funny
or melodic, but at least they offer
some relief from the awkwardness
ofthe spoken word sections.
PEOPLE IN PLANES
BEYOND THE HORIZON
People in Planes have the eclectic
instrumental arrangements typical of modern indie rock, but lack
any of the irony associated with
the genre. While the processed
guitar effects and quirky beats
keep Beyond the Horizon from getting boring, the band is ultimately
undone by its unflagging earnestness and bombastic, arena-sized
choruses.
Opening track "Last Man
Standing" gets off to a promising
start, with horror show keyboards
and eerily distorted vocals, but the
vocal effects can't quite disguise
singer Gareth Jones' overwrought
croon, and bythe time the Bic-wav-
ing chorus comes in, the damage
is irreversible. Even the band's
most rocking tunes sag under the
weight of their own sentimentality—"It looks like there's no cake
left for me" sings Jones on "Tonight the Sun will Rise."
People in Planes have some
inventive musical ideas, as well
as a rock solid rhythm section,
but for all of their redeeming
qualities they come off as a moderately more interesting version
of Default.
THE PACK AD.
FUNERAL MIXTAPE
Nowadays, any noisy blues duo is
bound to draw comparisons with
The White Stripes and The Black
Keys, and for the ladies in The
Pack A.D., it's an association that
fits well. There is a back-to-basics
simplicity to Funeral Mixtape that
recalls the early recordings of
the aforementioned bands, with
chunky minor key riffing and
scarcely an overdub to be found.
Anger brews beneath the
surface on Funeral Mixtape, but
The Pack A.D. never unleashes
it fully. Instead, the group
sounds most at home on the
more restrained material, such
as "Wolves and Werewolves,"
with its old-school blues riff
and shapeshifting percussion.
The Pack A.D. sticks to the
traditional blues rock formula, so
don't go into Funeral Mixtape expecting any surprises. But so long
as Meg White is laid up with acute
anxiety, these women are more
than worthy of fulfilling the role of
X chromosome in modern blues.
—by Alex Hudson
Drop beats, not bombs
Hip hoppers protest war in downtown
by Hereward Longley
Culture Writer
On September 20 and
21, for the fourth year
running, Hip Hop
Versus War dropped
knowledge on the streets of
Vancouver. The festival is
an annual rally organized by
Mobilization Against War and
Occupation (MAWO) aimed at
opposing war and showcasing
hip hop as a constructive form
of expression.
While the festival was oriented to oppose war, it served
as a forum for countless social
and political issues that plague
us both domestically and internationally. First Nations artists
such as Hellnback and Manik
lderful attacked the massive
problem of oppression and occupation. East Vancouver duo
Genetics brought up the mishandling of the drug problem
in the Downtown Eastside.
The rally was not huge in
any sense of the word, but the
show at the Vancouver Art Gallery was crowded the entire day.
The Hip Hop Versus War festival is getting bigger every year.
"Lastyear it was ghetto, we just
had a little tent in a park," said
Trevor Venos, the event organizer and local artist.
The growth of hip hop activism is extremely significant
because the genre has a large
audience. Everyone and their
mother is jumping on the hip
hop bandwagon.
Following in the footsteps of
political preachers, the roots of
political hip hop can arguably
be attributed to The Message
(1982), an album by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
that raised awareness about the
hardships of living in urban
ghettos. However, when Public
Enemy hit the scene six years
later, political hip hop was still
in diapers.
ABOVE Vancouver local hip hop
artist Hellnback ignites the crowd
with his lyrical rhymes
LEFT Local artist Moka Only joined
the protest with an on-the-spot
performance for the crows.
HEREWARD LONGLEY PHOTOS/THE UBYSSEY
It Takes a Nation of Millions
to Hold Us Back was the first full-
length hip hop album dedicated
to political activism. To this day
it is the most influential hip hop
album ever recorded. Attacking
racial oppression, social injustice, police brutality, the prison
system and countless other issues, Public Enemy had raised a
call to arms that paved the way
for every politically charged hip
hop act that was to followed.
Some ofthe most iconic acts
that have risen in their wake
include Dead Prez, Immortal
Technique, The Coup, and rap-
metal group Rage Against the
Machine.
Also noteworthy are mainstream hip hop artists who use
their stance to spread political
messages to global audiences.
Kanye West has touched on numerous political issues, most
notably his opposition to the handling of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath and conflict diamonds.
Canada is now home to its
first certified "gold" hip hop artist. Belly, a Palestinian-Canadian from Ottawa, has just won a
Juno for best rap recording for
his 2007 album The Revolution
and a MuchMusic video award
for best rap video.
Several of his tracks are shockingly political. Recently banned in
the United States, his new single
"History of Violence" attacks the
Israeli occupation of Palestine
and the Western mishandling of
the Middle East conflict.
As a form of activism, hip
hop is reaching a wider audience than many others. Hip
hop is an incurable epidemic
that is bobbing even the whitest
heads. The voices are getting
louder, the ears are getting bigger and the word is up. \a 6 I CULTURE
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Dreams for Women
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Four of the postcards currently on display until Saturday in the SUB Art Gallery, courtesy of dreams for women
by Melody Ma
Culture Writer
"I dream of a world where mothers don't fear for their children
in old men's wars," wrote Balz
Beitenholz, a prominent local
Vancouver artist, on a postcard.
He was one of many artists involved with Dreams for Women—
an exhibit of feminist-themed
art postcards. The event is being
hosted by Antigone Magazine
and Women Involved in Legislative Leadership Association.
Men, women and children
alike painted, drew, wrote or
sketched a dream they have
for women around the world.
Hundreds of postcards were
created by artists from as far as
Japan, Germany, Brazil, France
and Romania. Even patients of
an eating disorder clinic in Los
Angeles participated as a therapeutic activity.
The principle behind this
project is like the popular Post-
Secret project, which is commu
nity mail art. However, Dreams
for Women is unlike its inspiration because these postcards do
not hold their creator's deepest
secrets, but rather meaningful
messages for the world to see.
Common themes that emerge
from the exhibited postcards include politics, body image, rape
and abuse.
"[People are] dreaming of
a time when women will have
more power in business, politics
and society," commented Amanda Reaume, founder, editor and
mother superior of Antigone
Magazine. "People" refers not
only to women, but men also.
Although the submissions were
primarily from women, Reaume
says that "men have been very
supportive of the project."
As I was roaming through
the postcards creatively hanging on the cloth lines, I heard a
few women nervously laughing
at one that said "HILLARY 4
PREZ." Reaume comments, the
Canadian  and American  elec
tion "have shown that people
still aren't comfortable about
women leaders and are apprehensive about women being in
power."
Some tongue-in-cheek submissions include "I [heart]
mom...since she pays tuition," "I
dream of a day when the White
House press secretary says 'Ladies and Gentlemen—Madam
President'" and "I dream of a
world where getting your period
is cool...let's get some 'period
envy' happening..."
As a message to the UBC students, Reaume wants us to "gain
[from the exhibit] the ability to
look critically at the world as it
currently is and work towards
the dreams to make them a
reality." Students are invited
to make their own postcards
depicting dreams they have for
women at the exhibit.
Check out the Dreams for
Women exhibit at the SUB Art
Gallery, October 7 to 11 from
1 lam to 4pm daily. \a
Hide + Seek
UBC artists showcase
their work tonight in
MASS, and there's beer
by Grace Qiao
Culture Writer
The Meekison Arts StudentSpace
(MASS) will be transformed into
a showcase for mixed media art
pieces on Friday night. A handful of student artists will gain
exposure outside of their visual
arts classrooms. Interestingly,
most of the featured artists are
not even visual arts majors.
Kate Barbaria, a third-year
art history major, has planned
a party to reignite artists'
passion—which can be so easily dimmed by schoolwork and
classrooms. "I want people to
stop doing work and start doing
art!" she exclaimed.
The theme of the night is
"hide and seek." Some pieces
reflect a very literal interpretation of the theme; others are
more esoteric. "Where is the
confrontation? Where is the
tension? The experience of this
art itself could be a game of
hide and seek," said Barbaria.
She hopes this will challenge
audience members to actively
pursue the meaning behind the
diverse pieces.
For those of us not so artistically acute, there will be films,
live music and beer. Kate assured me it would be "a really
good time, something you could
bring your [not-so-artsy] boyfriend to and expect him to enjoy." And though the festivities
are scheduled only for opening
night, most pieces will be on
"Then and Then." by lok him fung
display in the MASS for the remainder ofthe week.
Wyll McClary is an engineering student who will be exhibiting photographs at the show. He
explained that "it's easy to get
pigeonholed into my faculty and
how its members are supposed
to behave," but "photography is
definitely a part of [staying well-
rounded] for me."
Hide + Seekpresents a unique
opportunity for many students
like McClary to have their work
brought to light outside the overlooked, often unobserved gallery
locales on campus designated
for visual arts students.
"Students don't give themselves enough credit for their
work," asserts Barbaria, but
she hopes that this show will
celebrate artistic ingenuity on
campus and trigger further creative impulses. \a
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CULTURE I 7
Punch Charming knocked my lights out
by Andrew Griepsma
Culture Writer
Between broken bzzr gardens
and flailing frat parties, my fun
intake at this dearest of universities seemed to have stumbled
to a pathetic drunken halt, but
upon attending a local band's
show this past week, I couldn't
help but sober up and forget my
woes. Punch Charming, consisting of UBC and Vancouver
rockers alike, took the stage at
a relatively tame Pat's Pub on
East Hastings and left it shaking and begging for more.
Originally a trio, Duncan
McNicholl, Griffen Barlow and
Brian Elery Phillips aspired to
find a sound of their very own
last year. Brian, a guitarist at
the time, moved to drums and
found his calling there, with
Griffen on guitar and Duncan
on bass. But they admit that
"it wasn't until we got Casey
[Wei] in September of that year
[2007] that we really became a
band, or at least a good band."
Lacking that sweet vocal sound
and admitting that they "fell
on their faces as lyricists," the
band added a Craigslist hopeful, Wei, as lead singer and
songwriter to form what is now
Punch Charming.
The band attributes various
indie, rock and 70s bands to
the foundation of their sound.
Griffen cited their style as "Discovery Channel meets HBO."
This came out in their live performance last Thursday night as
The relatively unknown Punch Charming rocked socks and knocked lights out with a sound that is very much their own. courtesy of mitchell fielding warner
they began with some technical
difficulty with Casey's microphone falling apart mid-verse.
Laughing it off as a sound check
and receiving some much needed tape, they launched into full
swing—or so we thought. It took
about two songs for scattered
dancers to hit the floor.
Not to undermine the guitar
styling, they cooled their groove
long enough to explain to a now
packed and rocking floor that
those were only their slow songs.
Needless to say, some sweet and
well-incorporated guitar solos
ensued as well as some dangerously entertaining stage antics.
Characters by trade, each
member took their own style
and crazy outfit onstage, before
eventually leaving half of it
behind. A cigar jacket, a sweet
fedora and some heavy linked
chain are but a taste ofthe creativity displayed.
I found my fun again with
this band of local friends and
artists. Barely thinking of a
drink or a crowded frat house,
I watched as this relatively unknown group was called back
onstage for two separate encores by strangers and groupies
alike. Saying that it was "a bit
worrying" and "so unexpected"
as they had not practiced these
songs in months, Punch Charming finished their set to a roar of
applause and cheers. The night
left many wanting more.
The band may not know
where the name Punch Charming came from (as Casey chose
the name and refuses to tell
them why), but they certainly
rocked socks and knocked the
lights out. School may be a
priority for most of them at
the moment, but after catching up with Brian some time
after the show, he confessed he
"would definitely pursue musical endeavours." The four are
currently rocking out in the studio to record their first album
and are considering touring
this summer. They are playing
again at Pub 340 in Gastown on
Saturday, October 25. Xi
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The life and times
ofthe UBC
Properties Trust
by Stephanie Findlay
Graphics by Goh Iromoto
not to be sold, but rather leased
on a 99-year prepaid basis. The
surplus from the building developments would go toward the
endowments.
A year after, Properties
Trust was created. The founding
directors were Lee, Jim Houston—widely experienced in the
hotel business—and Al Poettcker,
who was president at Redekop
Properties Inc., one of western
Canada's largest property and
development companies.
It was then, during David
Strangway's 12-year tenure as
UBC President, that the era of
campus construction on UBC
campus began. Trevor Boddy,
reporting for BC Business, wrote
that development of the surplus
university land was an "irresistible" opportunity for income at
a time when university funding
from the BC government was at
one ofthe lowest per-capita rates
in the country. Hampton Place,
a multi-family residential community on Southeast campus,
sprang up in 1989. It was our
first major commercial housing
development.
Development moved
forward and outward
for years without
much consultation
with the public, raising the ire
of groups including the student
body, the City of Vancouver and
the Greater Vancouver Regional
District (GVRD—predecessor of
today's Metro Vancouver). To
address these growing concerns,
the GVRD enacted the Official
Community Plan (OCP) in 1997
to guide UBC's development of
non-institutional projects. The
plan recognized the changing
needs of UBC and sought to provide a policy framework for housing and other non-institutional
development on the university
land.
The OCP coincided with Martha Piper's arrival as president
and marked the beginning of a
tumultuous relationship between
UBC planners and the GVRD. It
was also the beginning of the ag
gressive push for non-institutional campus development. "Simply
put," Piper wrote in a brochure,
"tuition and taxpayer support
alone cannot lift a university to
the level of greatness that can be
achieved by a carefully tended
endowment."
UBC Insiders blogger and
veteran UBC political commentator Maayan Kreitzman described
Piper's reign as the "Martha
Piper-endowment-development-
endowment-ivory tower-endowment-elite research-endowment-
ivy league-endowment" era.
The endowment initiative
fused with UBC Properties Trust
in 2002 when the university announced its vision of a distinctive "university town" at the first
meeting of the new University
Neighbourhoods Association. U-
Town was born.
8 The University
a created a private
company called UBC Properties
Trust. Its mission: to acquire,
develop and manage real estate
assets for the benefit of the University. Today, UBC Properties
Trust manages over $600 million
worth of construction on campus, making it one of the largest
developers in the province.
The company essentially
straddles two mandates. One:
to see through the successful
development of U-Town. Two: to
build UBC's endowment. Despite
achieving its objectives—they've
built both institutional and non-
institutional buildings on budget
and on time, and contributed
hundreds of millions of dollars to
the endowment—UBC Properties
Trust has become the symbol for
contentious real-estate development on campus.
Dr Robert Hall Lee is the
business mastermind behind
UBC Properties Trust. Born
and raised in Vancouver, the
UBC commerce alumni built an
impressive real-estate business
with Wall Street Financial Corporation, a Vancouver real-estate
developer. In 1979 Lee founded
the Prospero Group, another
real-estate company that focuses
on the purchase, sale and ongoing management of commercial
and industrial properties.
Lee is a former trustee of Belmont Trust, which is associated
with Fairmont Shipping Hong
Kong Ltd. He became a pioneer
in his industry in the 70s when
he became one of the first developers to invest in the South
Asian market.
In 1984, Lee was appointed
to UBC's Board of Governors. His
private business finesse and real
estate experience would eventually led to the formation of UBC
Properties Trust in 1988.The
Sauder School of Business credits him for having the "innovative vision" of establishing long-
term endowment wealth for UBC
by developing surplus land. Lee
served on the board until 1990
and then as chancellor from
1993 until 1996, all the while
pushing and expanding UBC's
commitment to the endowment.
In 1987, the Board of Governors stipulated that land was October 10,2008 \ Page 9
include property management.
Properties Trust began working
on a $100 million project to
construct student residences on
Southwest Marine Drive in 2003.
They were originally planned
to house 2000 residences, but
development initiatives butted
heads with the GVRD and the
community at Wreck Beach, who
felt that the high-rise condos
were an intrusion on the natural
landscape of the beach. Most
frustrating for the Wreck Beach
community was the absence of
a body accountable to the wider
community outside of UBC. "UBC
has no municipal structure," said
then-GVRD Director Suzanne
Anton. "So the GVRD is its local
council and it's an extremely
awkward and uncomfortable arrangement. UBC, in my opinion,
should have a municipal structure in place."
The ensuing construction
delays resulted in $20 million
in additional costs. The project
was scaled back by about 400
beds and, though they had slated
it for completion in 2005, was
not finished until late September
this year.
UBC's official consultation
process—dubbed mockingly "design, display, defend"—left the
outside community up in arms.
But, despite growing fatigue with
the campus planning process,
UBC's Board of Governors gave
a go-ahead for the University
Boulevard project on January
29, 2004, starting the process
all over again. After a $120,000,
full-page colour ad in the Sunday
New York Times, the U-Blvd design competition began.
For critics, the U-Blvd project
was another example of a top-
down planning strategy; it was
further evidence that the university favoured profit-driven ventures over education. The project
remained in limbo for five years,
having to backtrack and repeatedly reevaluate its plans to accommodate all those that were
left out of the consultation in the
first place.
The original plans for the
U-Blvd space included market
housing, large commercial outlets and an underground bus
loop. As  in the Marine Drive
development, Campus and Community Planning had failed to effectively consult the community.
As a consequence, the project
drew criticism for not reflecting student priorities. "There
hasn't been a place in any consultation process for the type of
criticism that questions the fundamental nature of plan ideas,"
noted former AMS President Jeff
Friedrich.
In an effort to make the
student voice heard, a group of
students created a petition in
April 2007 against the U-Blvd
development project. "Students
have been against this project
since they became aware of it in
2004," said Margaret Orlowski,
a graduate student involved with
the petition, "and it's high time
that we're listened to."
Itwas only after the 2007-08
AMS executive intervened that
students could be involved in
the planning process. UBC Properties Trust found the onus of
blame resting on its back.
"I guess the firstthing I should
make as obvious as possible, we
don't plan." said Al Poettcker,
president and CEO of Properties
Trust. "The university does the
planning through Campus and
Community Planning.
"I think it's unfortunate that
there was any controversy at all,
but as so many of these things
turn out, they evolve." He argued
that the proponents ofthe boulevard design had the university
as a whole at the "heart of their
considerations." There were, he
believed, legitimate concerns
about the grassy knoll, which he
referred to as "the mound."
Dennis Pavlich, vice-president external, legal and community affairs at the time, was
directly involved with campus
planning. "I never want to sound
defensive," he begins. "I came
into this—[the planning] came
into my portfolio as a result of a
crisis that occurred with U-Blvd,
because the process that was first
used for that was not particularly
consultative."
Since the planning committees had not taken preliminary
steps to engage the students,
faculty and residents in the planning process, the administration
had no idea how the public felt
until they released the building
proposal. "There was a very,
very ugly public meeting when
this thing was released," Pavlish
said.
"...Unfortunately, that model
should have been used more.
Maybe there would not have
been the same kind of controversy around the development of
U-Town."
Now, with the SUB Renewal
project back in the hands of
students, "there is some relief
at coming up with a plan for
the square that has very strong
support all the way around, that
is safe to say more student-oriented, and it now has a distinct
time table," said Brian Sullivan,
VP Students.
Tristan Markle began his
involvement with campus development as an activist opposed to
the direction they were taking.
Today, after being elected as VP
Administration of the AMS, he
is overseeing the SUB Renewal
redevelopment. Now, with a
first-hand view of campus planning he has a cynical respect for
Properties Trust's efficiency.
"I got to give it to [UBC
Properties Trust], they did it
really fast," he said regarding
the U-Blvd approval process. To
him, it reflects the sizable sway
of Properties Trust's agenda
over the university. He argues
that they are unaccountable to
UBC. "It's hard to get contact
with them, they're off-campus....
This is very conscious of them:
democracy slows down development. You could see that we're
built to be efficient.
"...In the past I would have
targeted Properties Trust, but
now I look at the whole picture,"
he said. "Left hand doesn't know
what the right hand is doing."
In theory, UBC Properties
Trust is directly responsible to
the university—that is, to the
board of governors, but the
board rarely opposes the trust,
according to Markle. And with
the only intervention at the community level, it is difficult for
members ofthe community, especially students, to be involved
with the planning process.
Markle argues that Poettck-
er's presence on university
planning boards and committees ultimately gives UBC Properties Trust more leverage to
place their mandate before the
university's. "Al Poettcker sits
on many committees and that is
the reality," he said.
Poettcker scoffed at the
charge. "[I sit on the] development permit board. Development permit board is solely
related to whether or not the
project meets the technical
requirements of the various
plans and guidelines," he said.
"I can very accurately state that
UBC Properties is simply not
involved in the way in which
plans are evolved and how they
get approved. Now at one time
we were involved. I don't think
we've been involved in 2002.
"I don't know why that is
still said," he continued. "I know
obviously we do the servicing
and we do the public realm,
but these are all plans that are
submitted and approved by the
university."
Darren Peets, who was
involved in the first protests
against the U-Blvd development,
agreed. UBC Properties Trust
has a "tendency for setting policy," he said, because the board
members have representation
on committees where "you
wouldn't expect a Properties
Trust agent on board."
There are members from
UBC's administration on the
Properties Trust board, but
they are not enough to hold the
corporation accountable, Peets
argues. There are only three UBC
members on a board of nine,
none of whom are students, and
they are tied up with their own
commitments that prevent them
from devoting sufficient time and
energy to oversee the trust.
Matthew Carter, VP UBC
Properties Trust, explained that
back when the trust was being
developed in 1988 there was a
"huge" debate over which objective comes first: the university
community or the endowment?
Today, that debate continues. Balancing the two objectives, developing U-Town and
managing the endowment, is
an ongoing battle. It is a gross
misperception that money is
the prime motivator behind the
company, Carter said. To him,
Properties Trust's mandate is
very clear: "Our job is to only
serve the university. The university creates the neighbourhood
plan. Our job is to bring forward
a proposal. Propose a project,
parcel by parcel."
UBC Properties Trust still
seems unable to shake its reputation for pursuing its own agenda.
Executive Director, Housing &
Conferences, Fred Fotis has found
relations with the university's development procedures trying.
"I do see a direction that
[campus development] is taking.
I think that the university is interested in trying to mix market
housing with the university's
mission with the university's
town"—which, he suggests, can
be an awkward marriage.
But if the university's academic mission clashes with U-
Town, Geoff Atkins—acting-VP
administration and associate VP
of land and building services-
says that UBC Properties Trust
is not to blame. "[The university]
asked them to develop according to the plan"—the agenda is
set by the administration.
"It's a fine balance....Because
if used properly, the revenues
from them [that go] into the endowment do have the potential
to improve the student experience." said Brendon Goodmurphy, former AMS VP Academic
and active player behind the
SUB referendum. "What it comes
down to—we have to articulate
what exactly we don't like about
the U-Town developments, and
we have to articulate what we
want to change."
"I felt University Town had
taken quite a few steps forward,"
said Pavlich, reflecting on his
term as vice-president external,
legal and community relations
at UBC. "I understood right from
the beginning that it would not
be a cake-walk, that it would be
controversial. I understood that
mistakes had been made, but
when I looked back I felt that the
positives really outweighed the
negatives. With regards to the
negatives I believed that they
were not irreparable." \a Editorial
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Our view
Our endorsement for the elections
We have reached the end. Or at least, close to the end. We aren't publishing until Wednesday next week, so this is our last chance to report,
analyze, and editorialize about this election. Or, as we've termed it,
YawnFest'08.
Can you pick out any memorable moments this election? Something
that made you care? A speech that truly moved you? Chances are, no.
This election has made clear what many have suspected—the two people
who could be prime minister are dull, uninspiring types who are unable
to expand their appeal beyond their core base.
This would seem to favour an NDP breakthrough. And look, we love
Jack Layton. He connects with voters, and his sincerity, passion, and
world-class mustache make for a good stump speech. But ultimately, we
can't endorse him this time around. First, you might have noticed that
we're in a global economic collapse (it's sort of been in the news). Also,
you might remember that when the NDP came into power in Ontario
as the economy was tanking, no good came from it. The premier (the
recently not-evil-for-some-reason Bob Rae) mishandled everything he
could at the time, but the recession gave him a lot more options to screw
up than he would have had if things were looking up.
And then there's the "stewardship" of the BC economy by the NDP
from 1991-2001. For those too young to remember or care, we don't
want to give you nightmares. Suffice to say, after ten years of the NDP,
British Columbians thought making Gordon Campbell a dictator was a
good idea—it was that bad. Jack Layton may not crash the economy if he
wins, but there are a lot of ways he could; that idea will weigh on people
and keep the NDP out of striking distance ofthe top job.
But secondly, we're pragmatic voters. We are, unfortunately, still in a
first-past-the-post electoral system. Voting for a third party is acceptable
when the outcome of the election is already decided. When an election
is as close as this one appears to have become (Harper apparently said
he could lose in a Richmond speech yesterday), it's our responsibility
to choose a prime minister, not a social conscience. To vote with our
brains, not with our hearts. Symbolic votes are satisfying, but symbols
don't set policy, the prime minister does.
Given these factors, The Ubyssey is choosing to endorse Stephane
Dion. The Liberals have had more charismatic leaders, and better
communicators, but as far as the people in this election go who have
a chance of leading the country, Stephane's our man. He's right on the
environment, at least compared to Harper, who opened his term by pulling out of Kyoto Protocol categorically, and who has failed to put forward
any bold plan for the present (setting 50-year targets doesn't count). The
Conservatives' greenness didn't show up until after it became impossible to ignore, and we expect it will fade now that the economy's taking
precedence in the population's mind, leaving them once again to worry
about "socialist plots" from Japan.
More damaging has been Harper's reaction to the economic recession. Much like John McCain, he started by putting his head in the sand,
and declaring that "the fundamentals ofthe economy are strong." Once
he realized a week ago that Canadians, to put it politely, disagreed, he's
responded by trying to prove to Canadians that he really isn't a soulless robot, and like Bill Clinton, feels our pain. We get it Stevie, you like
markets, and don't like government intervention. But the response to
this crisis has thus far been his biggest challenge—and he's proven to be
tone deaf to what this country wants from their leaders.
In his 32 months in power, Harper has steered the country confidently He's followed a vision, pursued it well, and hasn't been the colossal failure that some on the left make him out to be. At the same time,
he's shown time and time again that he doesn't have the temperament,
the confidence in his cabinet, or the ability to respond to the needs of
Canadians to be given the trust of a majority government. In doing so,
he has disqualified himself from having the total reigns of power. Dion,
for all his weaknesses, for all his up-front limitations, has not. Ours may
not be the most ringing endorsement, but Dion is the best of a weak
bunch. \i
What God should you worship?
Religions are hipper than Ray-Ban sunglasses, but which is the hippest?
Specifically, who's the messiah of cool—the celestial Brangelina? We
here at The Ubyssey racked our menial brains for an answer.
First, we have theJudeo-Christian God, the God ofthe desert, Yahweh.
Like Scarface, this underdog began small, but eventually found Himself
on top ofthe world, dominating three popular and persisting franchises:
Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In spite of His enormous success, one
has to wonder just how hip Yahweh is. It's been two thousand years
since He allowed His son to be nailed to a large wooden stick (a stunt not
even Mel Gibson could pull off), and one has to wonder if this old dog's
career is any fresher than that of Wesley Snipes.
We're doubtful.
Next, we have the Eastern contenders, predominantly Brahma,
Vishnu and Shiva. These Hindu gods get points for being fashionable;
they rock their bold, flamboyant style with godlike confidence. On the
other hand, they suffer somewhat from an identity crisis, as followers
can't seem to agree on their individual importance.
Moving on, we have old gods—dead gods if you will. This, however,
does not disqualify them from being hip. One wouldn't say James Dean
is anything but. On the contrary, it's hip to be dead; one might say Nietzsche was trying to do God a favour.
Noteworthy dead gods include Thor, Odin, Zeus, Ares, Ra, Anubis
and countless others. So which dead god is for you? Well, that depends
on you. Loki, for example, is a good option for pseudo-rebellious bad
boys. Think about it, try on a few, compare personalities, and most importantly, be comfortable and have fun with your new god. \a
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Dear Editors,
You cheating swine! Did you
really think no one would notice?
That with a population of 40,000
intellectually competent, literate
students, you could actually pull
off such a brash omission with
no consequences?
For all of you who were hoodwinked by this prestidigitation,
in the First Year Issue article "90
things to do before graduating
from UBC" [Sept. 2], an average
four year old would be able to tell
you that there are, in fact, only
80 items listed.
Yes, that's right-57 DOES
NOT follow 46.
Give that same toddler, say,
two or three more years and
he/she just might acquire the
ability of basic division and
multiplication; then, he/she
could demonstrate that you have
consequently deprived students
of a full 11 per cent of their UBC
experience, you corner-cutting,
semi-literate bastards.
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What follows is a list of ten
crucial experiences your brutal
incompetence overlooked:
1. Gain 10-15 pounds in your
first year—at least in part due
to the classic and omnipresent
"UBC sticky buns."
2. Discover that Curry Point,
in the "Asian Basement" (food
court under the Village) is in fact
the best Indian food in Vancouver—at $6 or less a meal.
3. Steal a frozen pizza pop/tub
of Ben and Jerry's from another
common room fridge. Feel guilty
about it. Eat it anyway. Repeat.
4. Buy a pass to the BirdCoop,
only to realize the football team
manages to use ALL the equipment—ALL the time.
5. Get some wicked bruises
in strange places while Storming
the Wall.
6. File a formal complaint
about incompetent UBC REC
officials/organizers.
7. Get off your lazy ass, walk/
bus/drive/piggy-back it to a UBC
Varsity game, join the Blue Crew,
and support our T-Birds!
8. Sign a petition to bring
back ACF.
9. Steal something, anything
(probably trivial and useless, i.e.
a ruler), from the UBC Bookstore
to alleviate the pain of being
gouged for hundreds of dollars
every semester.
10. Write a letter to The
Ubyssey editors calling out any
bullshit moves they try and pull
in this, our beloved student
newspaper.
(Bonus Item-just the men):
On your first time in the Pit, urinate in the trough-shaped sink
in the bathroom. Be horrifically
ashamed of this—until you find
out everyone else has too.
Fraternally yours,
—Scott Carlson and Kyle
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Who do you plan to vote for on Tuesday?
Aaron Warbinek
Education 5
"I'm voting
liberals...I didn't
know very much
about Stephane
Dion. He came
to UBC, which
was a good
thing...He impressed me."
David Shih
Science 4
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Erica Ross
Music/Science
"One ofthe
more major
parties that has
more of a chance
of tipping it one
way or another
because its kinda
pointless...to
vote for the
Green Party
because they're
not likely to get a
seat anyway."
nated by Li Kathy Yan
Joel Mertens
Applied Science 5
Rahim Mohamed
Political Science 4
"I'm probably "I am conserva-
going to vote tive in ideology,
the Green but I just feel
Party....It makes like Harper's
a lot more sense been running a
to me." cynical non-
campaign and
quite frankly, I'm
not really worried about more
jails....So it's the
Liberals, more of
a protest vote."
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Birds finish strong
in Charles Bowles
UBC competes in the Charles Bowles Williamette Invitational over the
weekend, courtesy of the ubc cross-country team.
Team hopes to sprint up NAIA
ranking in Seattle next week
by Theo Hunt
Sports Writer
On October 4, a muddy, rainy
day in Salem, Oregon, the UBC
Thunderbird Cross-Country team
competed for the eighth time at
the 34th Annual Charles Bowles
Willamette Invitational, with the
women's team placing eighth out
of 28 and the men finishing 14th
out of 30.
UBC raced against NAIA and
NCAA Division II and III teams
at Willamette University. Itwas a
tough field comprised of some of
the best teams in the Northwest.
The course was primarily paved
with some bark-mulch and grass
trails and a few hills. Though
both teams did not perform to
their utmost satisfaction they
still put on an admirable fight
considering the competition.
The men's eight-kilometre
race commenced on a muddy
and drizzly morning at 9:30am.
The race started quick but rather
haphazardly due to an extremely
mushy and slippery first 150
metres. Kerry Kazuta ran a strong
time of 25:35 placing 21st out of
301 people, and again led the
team. No small feat, considering
nationally 4th ranked Chico State
from NCAA Division II competed,
and won the race. Their top runner, Scott Bruhas, placed first
after having won the Stanford
invitational last week and qualified for the Olympic trials. Kazuta
was followed by Ben Thistlewood
in a time of 26:35 and just one
second behind was first-year
Jordan Smith. Dennis Abalakow
and Jordan Maynard finished
close behind.
The women's five-kilometre
race commenced soon afterward
at 10:15am. The course and
especially the start were made
more muddy and slippery because of the earlier men's race.
There were 288 women in the
race and UBC's Sabrina Reeve
came in 9th with a time of 18:11,
followed closely by Nichole Ak-
eroyd in 18:52. Catherine Farish
ran 19:16, Alexandra Venner
19:29, Brittany Imlach 19:47
and Jenny Strong with a time
ofl9:49. Chico State also won
the women's race, but Maddie
Coffman of Willamette took first
individually.
The meet was tough and the
conditions, though fairly difficult,
are to be expected from a Cross-
Country meet in early October.
After a long eight to nine hour
drive and a tough race some individuals were not too happy about
their performances but the team
did perform well and showed
strength for their upcoming meet
in Seattle on October 18. Overall it
was a good time for the Thunderbirds who will be looking forward
to compete in the next races and
see their overall rankings in the
NAIA. Theo Hunt is an UBC Cross-
Country athlete.Xi
Editor's Note: Theo Hunt is a
UBC Cross-Country athlete.
Athlete of the Week
by Claudia Richard
Thunderbird Athletic Council
RYAN REYNOLDS | MEN'S SOCCER
KELLAN HIGGINS PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Ryan Reynolds is this week's Athlete of the Week for his outstanding performance this past weekend against the UVic Vikes. A transfer student from Douglas College, Ryan scored the only goal
against the rival Vikes in the 80th minute off of a cross ball. The Birds remain the only undefeated
team in Canada West, leading the league by four points over archrival UVic.
SAM SMITH | WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY
Sam Smith was a key player this weekend for the Thunderbirds by stopping five breakaways and keeping her composure against the aggressive Dinos on the attack. Sam
helped lead the Women's Field Hockey team to 3-0 and 3-2
wins against Calgary, taking the Birds to a nine point lead
in the Canada West, photo courtesy of richard lam
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