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WATCH THE UBYSSEY'S COVERAGE OF THE AMS
CANDIDATES DEBATES LIVE! GO TO:
HTTPS/USTREAM.TV/CHANNEI/AMS-ELECTIONS-201Q/
FOR A LIST OF DEBATE TIMES, CHECK OUT PAGE 2.
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UBC BY NUMBERS
84 DAYS TIL END OF TERM
1 WEEK TIL AMS ELECTIONS
240,000 UBC ALUMNI
870,000 FULL-TIME UNIVERSITY
STUDENTS IN CANADA
NEWS BRIEFS
MORE CANDIDATES DROP OUT OF
AMS ELECTIONS
AMS presidential candidate Bijan Ahmadian has dropped out of the Board
of Governors race.
"I had signed up for both races
in order to meet the nomination
deadline, but I was always clear that
I'd only run in one race," Ahmadian
explained in an e-mail interview.
"I needed time to reflect on the
decision [to run for president] carefully...In the end, I decided to run for
AMS president in order to repair the
broken relationships between AMS
and everyone else who makes decisions for students."
Additionally, Guessy Wang has
dropped out of the international
student representative race, and Kyle
Warwick has withdrawn his name
from the race for the Student Legal
Fund Society.
INTERIM PRESIDENT APPOINTED
AT U OF A
Last Thursday, the University of
Alberta's Student Council appointed Zach Fentiman, VP Operations
and Finance, as president after
former president Kory Mathewson
resigned due to personal reasons
In an in-camera meeting, Counci
decided to avoid the costs of a by-
election and elect Mathewson's
replacement by secret ballot.
Two candidates were nominated, Arts councilor Jon Mastel
and Fentiman. After presenting
their platforms and answering
questions, 21 votes gained Fentiman the presidency.
"I do appreciate the faith that
Council has placed in me, and
therefore the faith students have
placed in me," Fentiman told
The Gateway, "[Over] the next
four months, the SU is going into
some critical discussions and
negotiations for students. We
do have a series of obstacles we
need to overcome, but I'm confident that we can." Fentiman wil
serve until the end of the term on
April 30 when the position will be
filled by the candidate selected in
March's general election
HSTREBATE FOR UBC
The Government of British Columbia
has decided to give an HST rebate to
universities, much to UBC's pleasure.
This will give eligible universities a
rebate of 75 per cent and, according
to the Government of BC's website,
will "ensure that, on average, these
institutions pay no more tax [than
they presently do] when HST is
implemented."
"This action on the HST rebate
underscores the government's
commitment to post secondary
education in British Columbia," said
president Stephen Toope. "This
policy decision will ensure that post
secondary institutions will continue
to have the resources necessary
to provide quality education, leading edge research and excellent
services to students." *vU 2/UBYSSEY.CA/EVENTS/2010.01.18
JANUARY IS, 2010
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on her own. Sarah Chung hears the
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Storey knows? Jessica Michielin and
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DRIPPYTOWN: VANCOUVER'S COMIC
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features contributions from six
local comic artists whose work
provides a look at life in Vancouver. • Continues until Jan 31, Rare
Books and Special Collections in
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NOON "FUN" RUN • Get healthy and
come run or walk. Hosted by UBC
Rec, the Noon "Fun" Run is about
active participation, wellness and
fun that takes students on a scenic
course ranging from 3 to 5 km. •
Every Thursday starting Jan. 14,
Student Rec Centre (6000 Student
Union Blvd).
AFRICA AWARENESS WEEK • Participate in the on-campus dialogue
about African issues • Opening
Night, 6pm-7:30pm, africaconfer-
enceweek eventbrite. com.
ROMEO & JULIET • "These violent
delights have violent ends." Expect a brave and twisted approach
to Shakespeare's iconic story of
lovers in a dangerous time from
MFA Directing Candidate Catriona
Leger. Drawing from the traditions
of bouffon, clown and cabaret, this
theatre-in-the-round production
will tickle, thrill and tantalize. Audiences will experience theatre as it
was meant to be - LIVE. • Telus
Studio Theatre, $15 for students,
runs until Saturday, Jan. 30.
TUESDAY, JAN. 19
AAI CONFERENCE: AFRICAN ART AND
POETRY: OPEN MIC PERFORMANCES •
Africa has been the source of artistic
inspiration for many, the geopraphi-
cal nature of Africa is an astounding
piece of art in its own right. Join us
in celebrating the artistic nature of
Mama Africa through art from the
motherland. This is a collaborative
event with the Nyala restaurant
and Caribbean African Association.
• 6pm-12am, Koerner's Pub, Entrance by donation, suggested $5.
THURSDAY, JAN. 21
HKIN SEMINAR SERIES: OLYMPIC
GAMES INPACT RESEARCH—HISTORICAL, CONCEPTUAL AND METH0D0L0G-
ICALCONSIDERATIONS* This seminar
will be given by Dr Rob Van Wyn-
sberghe, who will be examining
the theorectical and methodogical
underpinnings of the International
Olympic Committee's Olympic
Games Impact research program.
• 12:30pm-2pm, War Memorial
Gymnasium Room 100.
THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE—DISSOLVE
• Being put on for Sexual Assalt
Awareness Month as their second
event, followed by a Q&A with creator and performer Meghan Gardiner. • 7pm, Dorothy Somerset Studio
(6361 University Blvd). $5 deposit to
be returned at performance.
SPARTACUS YOUTH CLUB CLASS SERIES
• For the Unconditional Defence of
the Chinese Deformed Workers
State! For Workers Political Revolution! • 6:30pm, UBC SUB Room
224.
SUNDAY, JAN. 24
AMS ELECTION PRESENTS: HACKFEST
BZZR GARDEN! • Meet the candidates
running to be in your student government, one day prior to the opening
of the polls! Mingle with your opponents and campaign to students
who never go out to debates! Also
available: samosas and $2 beers! •
Jan 24, 7pm-11pm, SUB Partyroom.
MONDAY, JAN. 25
GSS ELECTIONS ON-CAMPUS DEBATE
• The Graduate Student Society
is hosting an on-campus debate
between all nominees for the
GSS elections. Come meet your
future executives and enjoy the
free food and beverages. One
free drink ticket will be issued to
all in attendance. • Thea's Lounge,
Giaduate   Student   Centre   (6371
Crescent Rd.), 5pm-8pm. More
info      at      elections@gss.ubcca.
CAPTURE THE FLAG • Teams from Science, Commerce, Engineering and
Arts will battle it out in the middle of
the UBC campus, using wit, speed,
and endurance to capture the opposition's flags and claim victory
for their faculty. Participation is free
for anyone in these four faculties. •
2pm-4pm, Main Mall and Agricultural Road.
TUESDAY, JAN. 26
ALLIES UNITE! COMMUNITY RALLY AND
MARCH • Being put on for Sexual
Assault Awareness Month as their
third event. Gather for a rally and
march around campus, followed
with refreshments. • 4pm-6pm,
Student Union Building.
GSS ELECTIONS OFF-CAMPUS DEBATE
• The Graduate Student Society
is hosting an off-campus debate
at the BC Cancer Researc Centre
between all nominees for the GSS
elections. Come meet your future
executives and enjoy the free food
and beverages. • Diamond Family Lecture Theatre, BC Cancer
Research Centre (675 West 10h Avenue, by Heather), 12:00pm-2pm.
More info at elections@gss.ubc.ca
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27
JELLO WRESTLING • Science Week's
annual jello wrestling contest! Two
competitors enter the "ring", each
with a sock (provided by SUS) on
their right foot. The winner is declared
when one competitor has removed
his/her opponent's sock. Waiver form
required for participation. • 72pm-
7pm, SUB Ballroom.
THURSDAY, JAN. 28
TOUGH GUYS: SEXUAL VIOLENCE, MEDIA, AND THE CRISIS IN MASCULINITY
• Being put on for Sexual Assault
Awareness Month, a public lecture
by Jackson Katz, PhD. • 6pm, Hebb
Theatre.
CHEMISTRY MAGIC SHOW* Part of Science Week. Come down to see some
interesting chemical reactions, causing
©(plosions, color changes, freezing and
other chemical phenomena! Don't miss
your chance to try some liquid nitrogen
icecream! • 1230pm-2pm, RoomB150,
Chem Building.
FRIDAY, JAN. 29
COLD FUSION • On the last day of
Science Week, SUS presents the
biggest, baddest party of the year
with live performances from State
of Shock, the Veer Union and Shell
Provider. • 19+ event, 8pm-12am,
SUB Ballroom, $8 tickets presold
at the SUB Booth in the SUB Concourse during Science Week.
"TAKING IT PERSONALLY: WHY GENDER
VIOLENCE IS AN ISSUE FOR MEN" •
Workshop for students being put
on for Sexual Assault Awareness
Month. • 70am, Room 100, Neville
Scarfe Building (2125 Main Mall).
SATURDAY, JAN. 30
EXHIBITION INDIA 2010* Presented by
the U BC Bhangra Club, this is one show
that combines the sounds, sights and
vibrancy of India in an entertainment-
filled night of entertainment. All ticket
proceeds go to BC Children's Hospital.
• Jan. 30,6pm-9pm, Bell Centie fa the
Performing Arts (6250-144th St), $15,
For tickets call Harman (778-865-3216)
orPuneet (778-24-4235)
GAZA REMEMBERED* One Year Later
Hear Dr George Bisharat, Dr Mads
Gilbert, Dr Joanne Naiman and Dr
Hani Faris speak. • Alice MacKay
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OVERHEARD
"After all the kerfuffle this year over the UN thing, all eyes are on Blake
and Tim to see if they get re-elected. I wouldn't give Tim a hope in hell,
but Blake is a different story."
—Student senator Geoff Costeloe on AMS President Blake Frederick
and VP External Tim Chu's decisions to run in this year's elections
Greenpeace storms stage at Ignatieff talk
KATIE DANGERFIELD
Contributor
On January 15, Liberal Leader of
the Opposition Michael Ignatieff s
visit to UBC was interrupted by
Greenpeace activists in a heated
demonstration.
The visit was part of Ignatieffs
desire to hold what he termed "a
national conversation." The visit
was also to promote Canada® 150:
Rising to the Challenge—a nonpartisan conference to be held in
March that is dedicated to reach a
politically apathetic generation of
youth. The Norm was packed. Many
students sat outside and watched
the speech from a screen in the
Student Union Building halls.
The low voter turnout among
youth during the last Canadian election is what fueled Ignatieffs opening speech. He argued that without
a high voter turnout during election
time, democracy fails.
"At the last federal election, of
the 18-year-olds who were eligible
to vote for the first time—only one
in five showed up," said Ignatieff.
"Politics based on cynicism and
staying at home ceases to be a democracy at aU."
However, political disinterest
did not seem to be the case at UBC
that Friday afternoon. The turnout
for the event was the largest Ignatieff had seen so far.
Felicia Lam, a UBC alumna who
attended the event, was pleased.
"It's more of an information gathering than a support for a political
platform," she said. "I don't know
too much about Canadian politics,
but I would like to know more."
Ignatieffs speech concentrated
on electoral turnout, positioning
the opposition party under the
microscope, and challenges the
future faces politically, economi-
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awesome,' that we
overuse all the time,
is truly what you feel
when you're
[at the tar sands].
It is awe-inspiring."
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tarsandsjare barely
environmentally
sustainable, barely
socially sustainable
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Michael Ignatieff was flanked by Greenpeace protestors during his talk on Friday. GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
cally and environmentally. He also
talked about the importance of the
upcoming superpower nations in
the international community.
"We're in a new world. The
markets of the future are going to
be Brazil, China, India, and yes,
Africa," said Ignatieff.
"So if you haven't learned Mandarin, and you haven't learned Portuguese, and you haven't learned
some African language, I think it
might be a good time to start. These
are the things that are driving our
future."
Then came the question period. Ignatieff pleaded with the
crowd to form short and quick
questions—but this was not the
case.
Jessie Schwaz, a Greenpeace
activist, asked Ignatieff about his
stance on the Alberta tar sands.
He was interrupted by Greenpeace
protesters before he could answer,
He thanked the protesters for
making their point before saying,
"If you're asking me to shut down
the tar sands, I'll tell you, frankly, it
is not in the international interest
of our country to do it," said Ignatieff in response to the Greenpeace
activists.
"I'll give this to Greenpeace: this
is affecting the international prestige
of Canada and the international credibility of Canada," he continued. "I get
all that..I am not going to establish
my street cred by running against an
industry that employs thousands of
Canadians and contributes $6 billion
ayear to the federal change."
This may not be the last demonstration Ignatieff comes across
on his tour; there is an event
posting on the Greenpeace Canada website for his stop in Ottawa
on Monday. "We're definitely not
going to drop the issue," said
Schwaz. "It was about exposing
his position."
"There was a lot of talk about
Stephen Harper and his lack of
support on environmental issues.
We didn't want the people to believe that the Liberals were doing
any better on the state of climate
change," he added.
"They are another part of the
problem." tl
UBC uses "secretive voting procedure"
SARAH CHUNG
schung@ubyssey.ca
A recent post on UBC Insiders
revealed a "secretive voting procedure" by the UBC Board of Governors (BoG), where policies can be
passed via e-mail, meaning that no
direct public consultation or public
record of its process is documented.
The policy in question is Policy
92, which was passed on October
23, 2009. Student BoG representative Bijan Ahmadian described
the policy as "a land use policy"
that outlines the responsibilities
that UBC Campus and Community
Planning has over issues such as
"ground rules, traffic regulations
and bylaws."
Upon further investigation, The
Ubyssey discovered that e-mail
voting in the BoG has happened before, as confirmed by both student
representatives Ahmadian and
Michael Duncan.
"You should go to public consultation for everything, and that's an ideal thing that the Board [of Governors]
should look up to, but I don't think
that is a requirement," Duncan said.
Policies passed through e-mail
are called "consent items," where
the BoG's secretary sends a mass
e-mail to all members of the BoG
with the proposed policy attached.
The board is then asked whether or
not they wish to call a meeting for
a discussion. If no member of the
BoG makes a request for a meeting,
then the policy is assumed to be
passed unanimously.
In most other cases, policy development on the BoG begins on ad
hoc committees—smaller, specialized groups that debate policies
on issues such as finance, property and planning and governance.
These committees generally draft
the motions that come before the
board.
Ahmadian said that e-mail
voting is used when an item is
"missed on the agenda" or when
something is a "really urgent and
pressing matter."
"It's a very, very rare way of passing things," Ahmadian explained.
Duncan said he recalls at least one
other incident when this process
has been used this year.
Ahmadian added that Policy 92
was a reaction to Metro Vancouver's
proposal to impose zoning guidelines on campus that poses a threat
to UBC's governance and infringes
upon their academic freedom.
"We were defensive," said Ahmadian "When Metro Vancouver came
around and questioned our [governing] practices we kind of felt like we
were under an attack"
Stephen Owen, UBC's VP external,
legal and community relations, said
that Policy 92 was a result of three
years of developing UBC's "land use
practices" by its Campus and Community Planning committee.
Unlike Ahmadian, Owen claimed
that "electronic mail confirmation"
is "not that unusual...something
transitive." He then added that
there is "no municipality that I
know of in British Columbia that
has the extensive public consultations [as UBC does]."
Still, Duncan expressed concern
about electronic voting at the time.
"I am under the personal belief
that passing things through e-mail
is not the most effective way," he
said. He said that he had interest in
bringing this transparency issue to
the BoG, but had been pressed for
time. "I did not have the time to
look at all of those policies, but [I]
would have addressed the issue,"
he said.
Ahmadian said Duncan did not
make the effort. "He as a board member has the right to call a meeting, and
my understanding is that he never
did," he said. "If you take an interest
in front of a mirror, it doesn't make
any difference. You have to write an
e-mail [saying] Td like to make a request [to call a meeting].'"
Ahmadian admitted that the
passing of Policy 92 was "enclosed," but argued that it was
passed legitimately because there
had been "a substantial amount
of discussion" on it among members of the BoG and because both
student representatives were previewed on all the discussions "in
the back room."
Ahmadian puts trust in the university adrninistration. "I've not
gone so far as investigating whether
or not this is legitimate," he said. "I
have sort of trusted that UBC would
entertain a practice like this where
it is legitimate, and we have very
smart people at UBC that make sure
that it is legitimate."
The province also does not prohibit the public university from
making their own rules about
passing policies giving procedural
and contextual freedom to the
institution.
"It's not up to us," said Craig
MacBride, the public affairs officer
of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. "Universities, we fund them,
but...they are pretty much autonomous institutions."
"Any rules for the board basically
are made by the board."
"We already had a good sense on
what the public wanted," Ahmadian
said. "[BoG] just put it in writing
so that it's 'clear, predictable,
consistent.'"
"There was never an intention to
do anything deceiving here." va
A UBCity?
JUSTIN MCELROY
sports@ubyssey.ca
Is UBC a city? It depends on what you
look at. It has a unique and defined
geographical base, a local police
force that everyone knows and loves
(ahem), a permanent population
base, a commercial sector, development happening all over the place,
as well as a popular elected mayor.
See what I did there? Yes, UBC
is basically a city. No, we don't have
any sort of municipal government.
Between the UNA, Electoral Area A
joint committees, and consultation
groups, students are subjected to a
series of byzantine structures that
effectively places them as cogs in an
academic-corporate oligarchy. Which
is interesting from a political sociological point of view, but disheartening for students actually living in it.
Let's recap the last nine months.
THE GOOD
The BC Supreme Court ruled that
UBC was illegally issuing parking
tickets and towing cars, as they did
not have the power to do so as a
university.
The BC Privacy Commissioner
ruled that UBC's non-academic arms,
such as Properties Trust, were in fact
public organizations that had to be
public with their information.
Metro Vancouver issued a scathing report pointing out that UBC
lacked the municipal authority to
zone and develop the way they do,
and threatened to intervene.
THE BAD
The provincial government flagrantly ignored the Supreme Court's
ruling on parking, retroactively
amending the University Act to give
UBC that power. Oh, and unlimited
power on noise bylaws too.
UBC alleged that Metro Vancouver's proposals were a "threat
to academic freedom," a claim so
bogus it's been derided by student
politicians of all stripes. They have
since passed a secret board policy
that states their ability to control
all zoning on campus, and have
started to negotiate with the provincial government a way out of Metro
Vancouver—which would eliminate
the one municipal check on UBC.
All said, it isn't a pretty picture. It's
abundantly clear that the university is a public organization that has
been running like a private corporation. It's also clear that the university
will do all they can to maintain that
advantage. This may benefit UBC,
the UNA and the RCMP, but there's
no doubt that students are left out in
the cold in this arrangement.
what's to be done, you ask? Well,
we're about to have a new AMS president. The the last three years, when
students have banded together and
actually used their numbers to pressure the government, they've been
successful. The underground bus
loop. High athletic fees. The UBC
Farm. The two main candidates for
presidential office, Bijan Ahmadian
and Natalie Swift, haven't talked
much about UBC's governance yet.
Here's hoping they do soon, tl 4 /UBYSSEY.CA/ NEWS/2 010.01.18
YOUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Ahmadian full of passion and drive
Critics argue his viewpoints do not match those of students
SAMANTHAJUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
AMS presidential candidate Bijan
Ahmadian is someone whom
people would call a "model student."
Born in Iran, he moved to Canada in
1998. Ahmadian completed his degree
in engineering physics in 2007, and is
now in his third year of study at UBC's
joint MBA and Law program.
After ayear as AMS Ombudsperson,
Ahmadian started gaining ground in
student politics as a student faculty
representative of the UBC Vancouver
Senate, a position he held from 2003
to 2006. From there, he was elected
as one of two representatives on the
UBC Board of Governors (BoG) in the
2008/2009 school year. He is now
serving his second term on the BoG
with former AMS president Michael
Duncan
So as a 30-year-old student with
an impressive resume, why is Ahmadian running for AMS president?
He said that it is because he feels
frustrated with the leadership of
the AMS over the past few years.
"Students are being constantly
sabotaged by irresponsible leadership in the AMS," he said. "I felt
the sense of obligation to...[put]
students back in the driver's seat."
However, some critics have argued that Ahmadian's viewpoints
are "too close" to that of the university and do not necessarily reflect
those of students. He used to be
UBC President Stephen Toope's
research assistant, and has served
on the Board of Governors for the
past two years, siding with the
board on a number of controversial
issues, including the proposed underground bus loop.
Bijan Ahmadian is running for President. GERALD DEO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
Ahmadian disagrees. "I've
always fought for students' interests," he said, citing his efforts to
lobby against the building of an
end-of-life care centre near first-
year residences on campus as an
example.
A contentious point during the interview was the issue of tuition, a hot
button topic across campus this year.
The university is looking to lobby the
provincial government to remove the
two per cent cap on tuition, meaning
potentially large increases in tuition
across the campus.
While Ahmadian did not explicitly say that he is for the proposed
removal ofthe cap, he said that "the
university needs to maintain its
financial position so that the future
generation of students get the same
quality of education that we get."
"It would be selfish of us, knowing what happens to the value of
money, to not increase tuition by
two per cent....Students and the
university are essentially after the
same thing. They both want better accessibility when it comes to
education."
As to whether there should be a
seat on AMS Council for students
with disabilities, Ahmadian said
that he will maintain that Council
is not the place for such a seat. "It's
very challenging if you try to give
one marginalized student privileged access but exclude others," he
said.
Ahmadian has faith that students have the power to work with
the university. "If you can find a
way to work with the [UBC] administration," he said, "you can actually
get things done for students that are
very tangible."
On Thursday: Natalie Swift's leadership background and Sean Kim's
focus on the student experience, tl
—with files from Justin McElroy
AMS elections 101
ASHLEY WHILLANS
awhillans@ubyssey.ca
The 2010 AMS elections begin today,
and they feature an assortment of
new and old.
WHAT'S NEW
Online voting
The elections committee is hoping
to encourage students to vote, cut
down on costs and reduce waste.
Voting will therefore take place
online, with only two paper polling
stations for students who do not
have CWL logins. However, there
will be online polling booths across
campus.
Penalty box
This is a notification on the elections website that will inform students about any infractions candidates commit, including incurred
warnings. The penalty box was
implemented this year in order to
increase candidate accountability.
"[The Penalty Box]...helps communicate to voters how their candidates...are acting during campaign
periods," explained Ricardo Bortolon, chief returning officer of the
elections committee.
WHAT'S NOT (NEW)
Slates
While there are many new aspects
of the elections this year, the AMS
maintains its policy against slates.
A slate is when individual candidates affiliate themselves with one
another.
WHO TO WATCH
The most interesting race to
watch will be AMS president,
according to Mitch Wright, a
former AMS Arts representative and current writer for the
independent media source UBC
Spectator.
Wright predicts that the race for
presidency "will be probably between Bijan [Ahmadian] and Natalie JSwift]."
"But again, it's really tough
to say," he added. "[Ahmadian]
has a lot of experience, probably
too much experience," he joked.
"[Swift] is also going to be a great
candidate....I've found her very
impressive."
Geoff Costeloe, current AMS
student-at-large senator, begs to
differ. He told The Ubyssey in an
e-mail interview that while the VP
external and presidential races
are "certainly the most important, repairing the AMS' broken
image should be the priority,
and I have faith that the winners
of both of those races, provided
they are not incumbents, will accomplish [this]."
Costeloe said that Senate will
be the most interesting race, due
to the large number of candidates and the possibility of president Blake Frederick taking one
of the five spots, despite what he
referred to as the "UN Kerfuffle"
of last December.
WHY THE ELECTIONS ARE
IMPORTANT
Costeloe and Wright both agreed
on the importance of student
voting.
"Some pretty dramatic things
have been happening [in the AMS],"
said Costeloe. "If students feel like
actions over the last year didn't
represent them then they need to
have their voices heard, he said.
"This year the politicians are really
listening." ^J
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CULTURE
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PuSh, the International Performing Arts Festival, is coming up soon. Starting on
the 20th, PuSh will include Jerk, a chilling one-man play about David Brooks, an
accomplice in the 1970s Houston Mass Murders. Similarly dark, though delightfully so, is Nevermore-The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe.
Presenting a fantastical rendition of the Gothic dreamscape of Poe's life, Nevermore
is a whimsical and beautiful piece of musical theatre not to be missed. Details at
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Hip Hop Karaoke kicks it in Terminal City
After storming through Toronto, hip hop karaoke surges into the Fortune Sound Club in Chinatown
JESSICA MICHIELIN
Contributor
The lyrics of Notorious B.I.G.'s Dead
Wrong filtered through the speakers
at the Fortune Sound Club in Chinatown. DJ Seko of the local DJ collective, The Freshest, provided the
beat. The audience gathered close to
the stage with their heads bobbing.
The twist? The entertainment
was not courtesy of a professional
hip hop artist, but rather of Amber
Harder and Emmelia Gordon, two
participants in Volume 1 of Hip
Hop Karaoke Vancouver.
Harder and Gordon were excited
about their performance. The first
two of a handful of female emcees
to perform, the duet garnered an
enthusiastic response from the
crowd.
"I feel it went really well," said
Gordon, despite having been nervous and originally apprehensive
about appearing on stage.
Harder echoed her partner's
post-performance sentiments, adding that she thought the event was
a great idea, and that she was really
glad it had come to Vancouver.
Hip hop karaoke began in New
York City in 2004. The feedback
was positive, spurring subsequent
events in Toronto and the UK.
The December 7 show at Fortune
marked hip hop karaoke's debut
in  the  Pacific  Northwest.   Chad
Iverson and Paul Gibson-Tigh are
responsible for establishing a night
in Vancouver.
"It's impossible not to hear
about it. It's so huge in Toronto,"
said Gibson-Tigh, a native of
the eastern city who has been
to hip hop karaoke shows in his
hometown.
Initial reaction to the event was
supportive, said Iverson, adding
that a lot of people he had heard
from were excited the event had
finally come west.
The premiere drew over 160
people. The night's host, DJ Flipout,
began the show by performing "My
Philosophy" by Boogie Down Productions. Between songs impromptu break dancing battles took place.
Unlike traditional karaoke in
which the lyrics to songs appear
on a screen, performers at hip hop
karaoke either come knowing their
tracks or they are provided sheet
music. Before the show started,
emcees were seen sitting around
the perimeter ofthe club, practicing
their verses.
"None of my friends listen to
rap," said Matt Day, an eager participant. "I'm cool with that. It's
fun to pretend you're a rap star. It's
fun to pretend you're the centre of
attention."
When it came time to take the
stage, Day stumbled at points,
but the audience was receptive,
encouraging him to continue. In
fact, the crowd of hip hop enthusiasts showed support for nearly all
of the performers.
If you're interested in participating, dates for the next
two shows have been set and
a Facebook group has been
created for the events. If you
would like to perform, Iverson
and Gibson-Tigh ask that you
send an e-mail to hhkvancou-
ver@gmail.com along with
your name, song choice and
artist.
As the next show approaches
the coordinators eagerly anticipate what will unfold. Both Iverson and Gibson-Tigh agree Hip
hop keraoke provides an arena
for local emcees to showcase
their talent, as well as an opportunity for the Vancouver hip
hop scene to carve out a place
for itself among the already-
established cities.
"The west coast hip hop scene
has a little bit of a chip on its
shoulder to prove itself," said
Gibson-Tigh, "I think that they
will be hungry."
Hip Hop Karaoke Volumes 2
and 3 are going down January
18 and February 15, respectively. All shows are at Fortune
Sound Club, 147 Pender St. E.
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Whose grooves are whose?
Plunderphonics and your right to sample music
SANCHO MCCANN
Contributor
"What did you get Charlie Brown?
I got a...I got a...I...I...I gotta.,.1 gotta
rock..."
What began as a sample from
the Peanuts Halloween Special is
now the intro to Kid Koala's Trick
n Treatz. The Vancouver-born,
Montreal-based turntablist is just
one more artist making extensive
use of samples.
Anyone who's been tuned into
music knows that the sample has
become a staple of composition,
used as a musical technique and
sometimes even taking the role of
an instrument. Some genres have a
reputation for being more sample
based—electronic styles, hip hop,
turntablism—but even rock groups
like Coldplay recognize that a good
sample can't be passed up. Cold-
play's "Talk" makes use of a line
from Kraftwerk's "Computer Love,"
apparently only after some begging
by Chris Martin.
The devices used to bring samples together into a new composition are varied: analog tape, turntables, digital samplers, and, in the
past decade, computer software.
The relative ease with which even
amateur producers can sample
raises issues related to intellectual
property and the rights of an artist.
If a producer samples a drum track
from one song, a bassline from
another, adds some horn stabs of
their own, and then drops lyrics on
top of it all to make a new musical
product—whose property is it?
Can you use that bassline in your
song? Is the music that you create
free to be cut up by others and used
in their original productions?
Legal precedent is clear: the creators of    the
work own the copyrights. This
usually means the songwriter
(who created the song or musical
work) and the recording studio
(who created the actual recording). If you're going to use part
of somebody else's work in your
song, unless you get permission
from the copyright holder, you're
liable. You might have to pay
royalties down the line and could
even be required to stop distributing your new piece.
Not all samples leave you open
to this risk. If the sample you chose
doesn't take distinct traits of the
original work, or didn't require any
special skill, then it might not even
be copyrightable...go ahead and
sample! Of course, what makes a
sample distinct or requiring skill is
not so clear-cut.
If you've determined you'll
need permission for your sample,
how do you actually go about getting permission to use it? You'll
need to contact the copyright
holders, and work out a contract
to use their sounds. If that sounds
too difficult, use a sample clearance service. These companies do
a lot of the difficult work for you.
They'll know who to contact and
what information you'll need to
provide.
There are other takes on the proper role of copyrights in art-making.
The 2009 Vancouver New Music
Festival Copyright/Copyleftprovided a
stage for artists that use sampling as
an outlet for their opinions on intellectual property.
The festival featured pieces
such as Mark Hosier's Adventures in Illegal Art:
Creative Media Resistance   and
Negativland and a session by John
Oswald, who coined the term "plunderphonics" to describe the sample-
based approach to new music.
A more open attitude towards
the reuse of one's work is exemplified by Nine Inch Nails' release
of The Slip and Ghosts I-TV under a
Creative Commons Licence, awhich
allows fans and producers to freely
mix and share new works.
Whatever your take on the
role of copyright as it relates to
sampling in music, there is a
community around to support
you, whether it be the commercial sample clearance services to
navigate the legal requirements
of sampling somebody's work, or
a community pushing for a more
open atmosphere regarding this
reuse, tl
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PHIUP STOREY
Contributor
THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL
ORCHESTRA
KOUAPSTRADIXIONAUS
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial
Orchestra (hereafter abbreviated as
TSMZO, because I can) is a band
that I've sort of known about for a
long time without ever having heard
them. So when their newest album,
Kollaps Tiadixionales, found its way
onto my desk, I was genuinely
interested.
The first thing you absolutely
need to know about TSMZMO
is that they are a  "post-rock"
group. One does not go into an
album like Kollaps Tradixionales
looking for pop music conven-
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■ friends on a Friday
night, think again.
Not one song on the album
is purely instrumental. This is
a trend common to most post-
rock bands. As time goes on, they
rely more and more on vocals. In
some cases this works out, but in
others it can kill the project entirely
Efrim   Menuck's   lyrics   are
adequately poetic, but his vocals
are grating and, for me, ruin the
entire joy of the heavy violin and
electric  guitar soundscapes.  Too
often TSMZO ends their songs in
exactly the same way, with Menuck
shouting the same three or four
words over and over as the music
slowly fades away. Yet, underneath
the vocal slop is everything I've ever
loved about post-rock. The opening of "Kollaps Tradicional (Bury 3
Dynamos)" is particularly epic and
"I Fed My Metal Bird The Wings Of
Other Metal Birds" is as awesomely
creepy as the title suggests.
Kollaps Tradixionales is an album
with a few interesting songs that
are probably totally inaccessible to
anyone who isn't on a huge amount
of drugs or an artsy music snob, tl
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have 80 child care spaces. Staff from Child Care Services and C&CP will be available
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1 agree highly with your points, Adeeb. While 1 myself am an American, my field of study is very much an internationally oriented one. 1 am currently taking a
Linguistics class - Languages of the World - that takes particular focus on four languages for each semester. One is English, which is understandable. Two of
them are First Nations languages. The other is German. While 1 understand the importance ofthe First Nations people in BC, and indeed all of Canada, 1 feel that
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THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS SHOULD NOT HIDE ITS DECISIONS IN
BACKROOM DEALS VIA E-MAIL
UBC recently passed Policy 92, which is a "land use agreement" for
the university that was put into practice in October 2009. Didn't hear
about it? That's because it was passed by e-mail confirmation, without
so much as a lick of public discussion.
Now, this may not sound like a big deal, but recall the amendments
made to the University Act earlier in the school year. The provincial government and UBC worked together to allow universities in BC to lock up
residents up to six months for violating noise bylaws on campus, and
retroactively made it possible for UBC to illegally fine and collect more
than $4 million worth of parking tickets.
This directly affects students—and they weren't consulted. This university speaks a good game when it comes to consulting with students, and
they do so most of the time—except when something comes up that could
affect their control. Then, it becomes incredibly secret, as it was with the
parking tickets, and as it is with Policy 92.
The university would argue that it is the job of the two student representatives on the 21-member Board of Governors (BoG) to represent
students. However, BoG representative Michael Duncan admitted in an
interview that he did not read the policy in his e-mail and that he failed to
call a meeting for public consultation. And in BoG's e-mail confirmation
process, a lack of response automatically translates to a yes.'
The other BoG representative, Bijan Ahmadian, said that he "trusts"
the "smart people" in the university to ensure the legitimacy of the process. How nice for him. We're a little more skeptical. It may be legal for
the university to pass policies via e-mail, but when you're dealing with
controversial issues and already have a perception of being weak on accountability, it might be best to be a little more public, you know? tl
STUDENT NEWSPAPER SEEKS INTELLIGENT AMS EXECUTIVES FOR
ENGAGING CONVERSATION, LONG WALKS ON WRECK BEACH
The romance between this year's AMS executives and The Ubyssey has been
far fromperfect. Their communications policy has left us waiting by the phone
on more than one occasion. Their bus loop press release and UN letter debacle
left us shaking our heads in shame. But, more than anything, itwas the sneaking around and the constant bickering that turned our hearts against them.
The year is almost over, and we're looking to forget the current set of
under-performers by getting swept off our feet by a set of dreamy new executives. In The Ubyssey's sparkly, unicorn-adorned diary, we've written a list of
ideal traits we hope our new AMS executives will have.
We need a candidate who is strong enough to cry. Wait, no, that would be
embarrassing for everybody. They should be strong enough to face their mistakes, not avoid them by hiding at NDP conventions. Deflecting criticisms by
interpreting vague code or lying is always a big turn-off.
Of course, our executives must push forward unique agendas without
sneaking around behind Council's back. We've always had a thing for executives who were passionate about their causes, but when those passions
come up against Council we need someone who knows how to negotiate and
compromise.
We'd also like to make it clear that we're in the market for an open communication policy this time around. We can have an honest, loving relationship, but it takes two to tango. We hope we'll be brought closer together by not
having to jump through hoops just to learn how to challenge grades or what
exactly the Lighter Footprint Strategy is.
The Ubyssey knows that this is a two-way street. In the past, we've been
known for being cruel to those executives that fall out of our graces. But if
you put in the effort, potential AMS executives, we can make it work. Things
could be so good, tl
With all due apologies for stealing AMS Confidentials shtick.
TOO SEXY
KASHA CHANG
& AUSTIN HOLM
toosexy@ubyssey.ca
Jubilant readership,
We hope the new term finds you
well. We've got a great letter this
week, so let's dive right in.
Dear Too Sexy,
I just started dating this guy.
Generally, things are great. He's
fun, smart, considerate and oh-
so-sexy. There's just one problem,
whenever I try to bring up the
subject of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and testing he gets
really uncomfortable and changes
the subject almost immediately.
I've been suggesting that we go to
the clinic and get tested together,
just to make sure everything is
shipshape before we have sex, but
he's not having any of it.
It's not that he refuses to get
tested outright, but he just seems
really awkward about the whole
thing. It's a bit upsetting for me,
since I like to try to be as safe as
possible in my relationships for the
sake of everyone involved. The only
thing he'll really say on the subject
is that he hasn't had sex with that
many people, and has always used
protection.
Things are moving pretty fast for
us sexually. We haven't had intercourse yet, but we've come close,
and I want to get this issue resolved
before we do. How do I talk about
it without seeming mistrustful and
without making him feel bad, while
still convincing him that getting
tested is a good idea?
Thanks!
New Boyfriend's Protestations
Unconvincing
HeyNBPU,
Thanks for your letter. Kudos to
you for being so determined to
be safe and willing to be the one
to take initiative and broach the
issue. STIs and safety in relationships can be a sensitive topic for
a lot of people. There are many
myths surrounding STIs that can
make them difficult to talk about
with a committed partner. We'll
try to debunk those myths for you.
MYTH 1: IF YOU HAD AN STI, YOU'D
KNOW.
A lot of STIs are contagious before
they ever show symptoms, so you
can get them before there are any
physical signs that your partner is
sick. More worrisome still, a lot of
STIs can be asymptomatic in a lot of
cases, which means that the person
who has the STI never experiences
any adverse physical effects, but still
has the illness and can pass it on. Because of this, if you are sexually active, regular testing is the only way
to know if you are STI-free or not.
MYTH 2: IFYOU'RE IN A RELATIONSHIP, YOU'RE SAFE.
If your boyfriend has had even one
other partner before you, there is a
marginal risk that he has contracted
an STI. Sometimes people are less
than forthcoming about their sexual
histories in relationships or may not
know their STI status, which leaves
the other partner in the dark about
their risk level.
Some STIs, like herpes, can be
transmitted non-sexually through
cold sores and nonsexual skin-to-skin
contact. So unless you're dating a virgin who has never even been kissed
on the cheek by his or her great-aunt
it's important to insist that your partner gets tested.
Many assume that only "sluts" and
people who are sexually careless or
reckless get infections, but this isn't
true. It only takes one partner with an
SH to infect you, and that one partner
can be anything from a casual one-
night stand to a long-term partner.
Saying "I love you" doesn't act as a
magic barrier that protects against
pathogens, so it's important to take
other steps to protectyourself.
MYTH 3: IFYOU'RE ALWAYS CAREFUL, YOU WON'T GET AN STI.
Although taking appropriate precautions such as condom use during sexual activity does greatly reduce your risk, it's still technically
possible to catch something. Condoms don't cover the entire groin
area, after all, and genital warts
(HPV) and herpes can definitely
be spread through skin-to-skin
contact in this area. Furthermore,
any fluid contact whatsoever carries some risk of transmitting any
number of unpleasant surprises
(like babies).
MYTH 4: IF YOU EXPECT YOUR PARTNER TO GET TESTED, YOU DON'T
TRUSTTHEM.
Because a partner may not have
been aware of the risk level of
their previous sexual situations,
it's important to ask them to get
tested regardless of trust. All
kinds of STIs can seriously affect
your long-term health, causing
infertility, chronic pain and
genital problems, or even death.
This means that even if you trust
someone, you shouldn't just take it
on their word that they're STI-free,
since they may not know if they
have an STI. Any trustworthy and
caring partner will understand
that.
MYTH 5: STI TESTING IS INCONVENIENT, EMBARRASSING, ETC.
There are lots of clinics in and
around UBC that provide free and
confidential STI testing, so you don't
have to go far out of your way and
no one has to know. The Pine Clinic
on 4th Avenue and Maple is a great
place to go for regular STI tests if
you're under 24. You don't need to
make an appointment, and you
don't need a Care Card or medical
insurance. UBC Hospital also has a
general clinic right on campus that
offers STI testing. Tests usually involve a simple urine sample or, for
HIV, a blood test, making urethral
swabs largely a thing ofthe past.
Sometimes people say that
they'd rather not get tested because
they're afraid to find out they have
an STI. This is a dangerous attitude, for everyone. Being in the
dark about your STI status doesn't
protect you from the harms of having an STI, especially since without
treatment these harms escalate
and can cause serious permanent
damage. Moreover, it doesn't
absolve you of guilt if you pass an
STI on to an unwitting partner. It's
everyone's responsibility to know
their STI status and take appropriate steps. Having an STI doesn't
mean an end to your sex life, and
it's better to know your risks so you
can be honest with a partner. Trust
us, they'll appreciate it.
That's all for now, champs. Get
out there, get tested, and have fun.
And as always, remember to send
your sexy, sexy queries to toosexy®
ubyssey.ca. tl
HOROSCOPES
KAI GREEN
Contributor
Capricorn Dec. 22 to Jan. 19
As much fun as every episode ever
of Extras may be, it's about time you
got off the couch. Try moving to your
bed instead, where your filth can be
more easily contained.
Aquarius Jan. 20 to Feb. 19
You'll find yourself excelling at
activities involving the written
word this week. Why not try your
hand at a high-stakes game of
Scrabble? All you have to lose are
your kneecaps.
Pisces Feb. 20 to Mar. 20
Your intuition will soar in the coming week, allowing you to recognize
your friends and acquaintances for
what they really are: freeloaders.
Dump the lot of them for a fresh
start.
Aries Mar. 21 to Apr. 20
As spiritual needs come into focus
this week, you'll realize you're in
Glee withdrawal. Maybe they'll do
more mash-ups in Season 2?!
Taurus Apr. 21 to May 20
Feeling sick? We're pretty sure it's
something from your toothbrush.
Had any house guests lately? Run
out of toilet paper?
Gemini May 21 to June 20
Think about the amazing coincidence of genetics. Think about what
it would be like to have an identical
twin, multiplying that coincidence.
Now make out, you two.
CancerJune 21 to July 22
Think back on your last major decision. Carefully review your process
of weighing pros and cons. Slowly
come to the realization that you
were still wrong.
Leo July 23 to Aug. 22
You're not going to score that ticket
before Zulu runs out. I bet you wish
you'd had some sort of warning or
reminder about the future, huh?
Virgo Aug. 23 to Sept. 22
Your week has great potential! Play
your cards right and you won't have
to spend this Friday night alone in
bed, eating microwaveable foods.
Libra Sept. 23 to Oct. 22
Try to maintain balance by mellowing out this week. Take a me night'
to pamper yourself with good food
and a movie. Don't worry he'll still
love you when you're fat.
Scorpio Oct. 23 to Nov. 21
Your fiery nature has always helped
you overcome life's little storms,
and it will be a great asset this week
whenyou're locked out of your house
at 2:30 in the morning in the rain.
Sagittarius Nov. 22 to Dec. 21
Take aim at a goal you've been wanting to achieve. Failure is inevitable,
but you'll be better equipped to deal
with it this week as Jupiter sends
positive vibes to your sun sign, tl 8/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/2 010.01.18
BASKETBALL
HOCKEY
VOLLEYBALL
GOLD
SILVER
WOMEN VS. FRASER VALLEY: WIN, 84-60
WOMEN VS. FRASER VALLEY: WIN, 84-62
MEN VS. FRASER VALLEY: WIN, 97-63
MEN VS. FRASER VALLEY: WIN, 91-78
WOMEN VS. ALBERTA: LOSS, 1-3
WOMEN VS. ALBERTA: WIN, 2-0
MEN® MANITOBA: WIN, 3-0
MEN® MANITOBA: LOSS, 2-5
WOMEN
WOMEN
BRANDON: WIN
BRANDON: WIN
3-2
3-0
MEN® BRANDON: LOSS, 0-3
MEN® BRANDON: LOSS, 1-3
UBC stuns Pandas
DRAKE FENTON
Contributor
Undefeated, perfect, immaculate,
flawless; these were words that
once described the Alberta Pandas women's hockey team. But
then they faced the Thunderbirds.
Coming into Saturday night's
game at Father Bauer Arena, the
Pandas were 16-0-0. Unfortunately
for Alberta, they left the night with
their first loss of the season, losing
0-2. Melinda Choy stopped the
vaunted Panda offense time after
time, giving the T-Birds their first
ever home victory against Alberta.
"Our defensive systems were
great and obviously Melinda was
outstanding, but the key was we
didn't panic," said UBC head coach
Nancy Wilson after the game. "Alberta has a lot of speed and puck
skill, [and] even though we got out-
shot, we kept most of their play to
the outside and let Melinda see the
shots [...] and when she sees them,
she stops them."
With the Olympics coming to
Thunderbird Arena, Saturday's
match was the last home game to
be held on campus and fittingly, a
large crowd was in tow to support UBC. Alberta entered the game
ranking second in the nation, and
masterfully controlled the puck
for the entire game. In UBC's end,
they effectively cycled and used
crisp passing to keep the puck with
Panda offenders. When the final
buzzer sounded, they had 38 shots
to UBC's 11.
But UBC showed that it doesn't
matter how many shots you take
if you don't put them in the net-
Alberta was stymied by Choy all
night long. She stopped the easy
shots and made the big saves when
her team needed it, including one
big shot in the final minutes of
the third period—as she stretched
out her blocker at the last second
to rob a Panda shot that seemed a
surefire goal.
We played hard all
night, at no point
did we ever take
shifts off.
NANCYWILSON
HEAD COACH
UBC was snakebitten on offense
for much of the first period, but
Kelsey Kirkham changed that In
the low slot Kirkham found herself
the recipient of a centering pass
from Jenny Mahovlich. She fired it
at the bottom left-hand corner and
Alberta's Dana Vinge got a piece of it,
but only a piece. The biscuit was in
the basket and UBC found itself with
a lead that it would never relinquish.
Coach Wilson was extremely
pleased with her team's performance after the game. "We played
hard all night, at no point did we
ever take shifts off. It was a great
team effort, we've never panicked,
and we kept to our defensive game
plan. We minimized scoring chances by keeping play to the outside
and forcing [Alberta] to shoot from
bad angles. I was extremely happy
with the girls." vl
THE
GAME
0
TOP: UBC's Jenny Mahovlich is
hit by Alberta's Andrea Boras
during the 2nd period in Friday's
game.
BOTTOM: Tamara Pickford fights
to reach the puck.
KEEGAN BURSAWPHOTOS/THE
UBYSSEY
RE?
LOOKING FOR MO
Our athletes of the week are
Cary Brett, from Men's Volleyball and Brandon Campos,
from Men's Hockey. The full
Athletes of the Week supplement will be posted online at
ubyssey.ca/sports.
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