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Ever dream of
joining the! circus?
Vanessa Goh actually did.
Read the story on page 5 and see
her fly through the air in our video at
flora heated three-
hour emergency
AMS Council meeting on Saturday,
November 28, AMS President Blake Frederick and
VP External Tim Chu were
asked to resign. The request
was due to a human rights
complaint, they filed on behalf of the AMS to the United Nations without consulting students beforehand.
Over 17S people, most
of whom were upset with
Frederick and Chu, attended the meeting, which
had to be moved to Hebb
Theatre to accommodate
the crowd. Council voted in
UN complaint and ceasing
to fund the cause, asking
Frederick to resign, and
Chu to resign. All motions
passed unanimously.
The complaint claims
that the government is violating its commitment un-
derthe International Covenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural rights, which
Canada signed in 1976, "by
failing to adequately control
tuition fees and not providing sufficient fitumnial support to students.*
Frederick and Chu were
not in attendance. They
claimed in an open letter to
Council mat they had "prior
commitments," despite
Frederick's commentto The
in an interview on
y that he was looking forward to Saturday's
A student at large, identified as "Greg," was one of
the few who spoke against
the motion.
If 8 a stunt" he said.
"Sometimes stunts help
you get what you want...
As a student who
ridiculous amount
Mon, I don't realty see the
However, opposition was
drowned out by numerous
students and councilors
speaking in favour of the
I'm mostly your typical
apathetic student" said
Anna Abies, a secandyear
student 1 don't really care
until something is bad
enough that I personally
feel embarrassed by. [
ing] tuition a human r
issue is incredibly er
Ifs not on behalf
1 was a'litue surprised
that we filed a human rights
complaint for tuition,"
said Conrad Copeland, a
UBC alumnus. TfonestJy,
it makes a mockery of the
AMS Council votes unanimously in favour of
W   1
UN, and if s
rassing to the i
we would be presumptuous
r enough to think tuition is a
human rights issue."
"None of us are happy
about this," said Engineering Undergraduate Society
representative      Andrew
Carne. "We would like a
student ww^fnT,i^fit' that
works.... what we have seen
here is a willful subversion
ofthe democratic process."
Another   motion   was
: forward by Mona
jMagiisoodi, Graduate Student Society councilor, to
VOUT of        ask VP Academic Johannes
^ Rebane and VP Finance
mey had signed off on the
contract with Pivot Legal
Society—the law firm with
which Frederick and Chu
filed the complaint However, lhe motion was tabled
until January because
councilors wanted to oon-
sult with their constituents
before making a decision.
Dvorak and Rebane r~ '
ogized for their inv
ment alleging that they
trusted their fellow executives, and therefore did not
read the contract
took me level of trust
had as an excuse not to do
my due diligence, and for
mat I apologize," Rebane
said. Dvorak echoed these
sentiments, asking for sympathy from councilors and
The AMS' next step is
to send out a press release
clarifying that the complaint was not an action of
Council. In accordance wim
AMS Bylaws, 12 councilors
have signed two separate
notices that resolve to remove Frederick and Chu
from their executive positions that will come forward
to a special Council meet-
December 7. _.
Kafyeena Makortoff,
j & Neal Yonson
! PAGE 3
1 Students react
, Chu and Fredericks perspective
i UN complaint explained
j PAGE 4
i Timeline of events
j PAGE 8
i Our comment
■news briefs
The University of Alberta (U of A) plans to
increase its tuition in order to pay for a
$59 million campus improvement budget
shortfall, reported The Gateway.
U of A President Indira Samarasekera
said that the university has targeted three
measures that will be considered in a
balanced approach: increase revenues
from students, achieve administrative and
program efficiencies, and moderate the
rate of increase in faculty and staff salary
and benefit costs. Both Arts and Science
faculties will be relatively unaffected, while
the Faculty of Pharmacy will be hit hard by
a tuition increase of 66 per cent.
However, the Canadian Price Index
(CPI), a monthly measurement of changes
in consumer prices in Canada, is putting a
damper on this process, as it is tied to tuition. CPI maintains low changes to tuition.
To get around CPI caps, the university
needs to convince the provincial government that the tuition levels were too low
when CPI was originally tied to tuition.
Former UBC academic and governor of
Kandahar Tooryalai Wesa survived an assa-
sination attempt in Afghanistan last week,
reported CTV.
Wesa was in a convoy passing through
the centre of Kandahar when it was targeted by a remote-controlled roadside bomb.
Wesa was not injured, but his vehicle was
Robin Ciceri. the Deputy Minister ofthe BC
Advanced Education and Labour Market
Development Ministry is leaving her job
to work for Research Universities' Council
of British Columbia (RUCBC), reported The
Vancouver Sun.
UBC President Stephen Toope, who is
RUCBC board chair, announced the appointment earlier this month, saying that
the board is "simply delighted to be able to
recruit someone of Robin Ciceri's caliber
to lead the council."
However, smaller universities are
worried that Ciceri will use information
she gained as deputy minister to lobby the
government on behalf of larger institutions
such as UBC, SFU, UNBC and UVic, leaving
smaller universities at a disadvantage.
UBC Professor Omer Angel has been
awarded the 2010 Andre-Aisenstadt Prize,
which is awarded outstanding achievement by a young Canadian mathematician
in pure or applied mathematics.
Angel's work is relevant to probability
theory, percolation, random walks and
random spatial processes, and applies to
other areas of mathematics as well as physics and biology.
"This marks the sixth time in the last decade that a UBC mathematician has been
recognized with the prize," said Professor
Rachel Kuske, head of UBC's Department
of Mathematics. "It's a strong testament to
the University's research strength in this
area, and a great indicator for the department's future."
The Centre de recherches mafhe-
matiques (CRM) at the University of
Montreal awards the prize, which consists
of a $3000 award and a medal. Angel
will receive the prize in an April 2010
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mitchrite My friend has some debLmaybe I should help
him file a complaint to the UN like @blakefrederick did
November 26
glenkrueger If the UN is unwilling to act, will @blakefred-
erick advocate for unilateral action by the AMS?
November 27
irvlau Learning many lessons on how NOT to run an
executive from @blakefrederick of the UBC AMS. What
a joke!
November 28
ashleyel @blakefrederick Nice to know your NDP
partisan (convention) is more important than your job.
November 28
place UN
UBC students Aaron Palm and
Mitch Wright placed a UN flag on
the Grassy Knoll on Saturday afternoon, prior to the emergency AMS
Council meeting that called for the
resignation of AMS President Blake
Frederick and VP External Tim Chu.
A video of the event can be found
on YouTube.
Looking at the United Nations complaint
Last Wednesday, a complaint was
filed with the United Nations about
rising tuition rates in BC on behalf of
the AMS. The complaint was not approved or discussed at AMS Council.
Pivot Legal Society issued the complaint on behalf of the AMS and former
VP Administration Tristan Markle,
who accused the provincial and federal governments of not providing
affordable post-secondary education.
The complaint states that the provincial and federal governments are
violating an international covenant
that states post-secondary education
should be "accessible to all" and that
countries should move toward "free
education." The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural
Rights was signed by Canada, along
with over 144 countries, in 1976.
The AMS has spent $3000 for an
initial retainer to pay Pivot Legal Society lawyer Katrina Pacey but they
have yet to receive a final invoice.
The money was taken out of Council's legal fund, which has an annual
budget of $25,000.
VP Finance Tom Dvorak and VP
Academic Johannes Rebane were
signatories   on  the   contract with
Pivot. Both Dvorak and Rebane
claimed that they overlooked the
contract and went ahead on the faith
of their fellow executives.
Other individuals involved were
AMS Policy Analyst Adrienne Smith
and Conimunications Manager Kelli
Seepaul. Chu said at the November
26 Executive Committee meeting
that Markle was chosen as a co-
complainant by Pivot from a list of
concerned students submitted by
Frederick and Chu for his emotionally-charged appeal.
This is not the first time a university student union has tried to challenge  the  international  covenant.
According to UBC Insiders, the Simon
Fraser Student Society filed a similar
complaint with the UN in 2005 that
stated, "We, the Simon Fraser Student Society...argue that the actions
of both the Federal Government of
Canada and the Provincial Government of British Columbia over the
last decade have constituted an egregious violation of international law."
A statement by the former SFU International Relations Officer said the
UN responded to their complaint,
saying that "considerations" may
be taken at the time of the general
review of Canada, which happens
every tenyears. tl
ON RECORD | Frederick and Chu respond
In light of the recent controversy, we
asked AMS President Blake Frederick
and VP External Tim Chu to write us
a response, no holds barred Here is
what they sent us, edited only for style.
Your AMS Student Council has asked
us, your democratically elected AMS
President, Blake Frederick and Vice-
President of External Affairs, Tim
Chu, to resign from our positions
for taking action on high tuition fees.
The AMS' current policy on tuition,
brought forward by Arts councillor
Matthew Naylor and adopted by
AMS Council, states that your representatives have no problem with a
two per cent increase in your tuition.
Tim and I strongly believe that this
policy is deplorable and does not
represent the views of UBC students.
In fact, the primary reason that we
ran for AMS Executive positions
last January is because we believe
that UBC, the Government of British
Columbia and the Government of
Canada have severely harmed our
society by failing to provide affordable and accessible post-secondary
education for students. In our
election campaigns, both Tim and
I clearly articulated that our number one priority would be to lobby
government aggressively to decrease tuition and increase funding
for post-secondary institutions. We
were successfully elected by students to fulfill this mandate.
It's important to reflect on why
tuition is such a concern to us and
so many UBC students. At our university, tuition for domestic undergraduates has doubled since 2002
and tuition for graduate students
has increased by 184 per cent over
that same time period. UBC also
has the proud distinction of charging our international students the
highest tuition fees in the country.
Students in BC graduate with an
average debt load of $27,000—the
highest in the country—meanwhile
our province provides the lowest
amount of non-repayable financial
assistance to students. The financial
barriers to accessing education are
continuing to worsen, as evidenced
by statistics which show that while
an increased number students from
higher-income families are enroling
in university, enrolment of students
from lower-income families is decreasing. Education is becoming a
privilege for the fortunate instead of
a right for all.
We understand that for many, tuition and the ancillary costs of education are not a problem, but we must
not forgot about those students who
had to drop out of university due to
a lack of funding or students who did
not even make it to university at all
because they simply could not afford
it. Even those who do graduate are
often unable to find employment in
their field and are therefore unable
to pay off their education debt. The
recession is only making this problem worse resulting in the highest
youth unemployment rate in the history of this country.
Despite the fact that many students are struggling to get by, your
representatives on AMS Council
have not been fighting for your right
to education. Not only have they
shown lukewarm interest in lobbying for grants, they have opposed
all efforts that Tim and I have taken
to lobby for lower tuition. Earlier in
the year when Tim created placards
with the message "reduce tuition,"
AMS Council voted to cease production and shred all existing materials.
Many members of AMS Council have
the naive opinion that we can alleviate student debt simply by sitting
down with politicians and politely
convincing them to do what we want.
This is not how politics works. We
must never forget that in a democracy, it is the electorate that has the real
power and if we want to see change,
we must demand it from our elected
Recently, Tim and I filed a complaint with the United Nations
against the Government of British
Columbia and the Government of
Canada for failing to uphold their
commitment to Article 13.1 (c) of the
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which
requires Canada to work towards
the "progressive introduction of
free education." The intention of the
complaint is to put pressure on the
government to act now by drawing
media attention to a post-secondary
system that punishes students for
pursuing an education. We filed the
complaint without approval from
AMS Council because we cannot
continue to sit idly and break our
promise to students by not standing
up for their right to education. We
also knew that it would ignite a fierce
debate on campus over the cost of
education and draw students' attention to the out-of-touch priorities and
policies of AMS Council. Tim and I
have brought forward a motion to the
Wednesday December 2, 2009 AMS
Council meeting to change the AMS'
official policy on tuition. In addition,
despite the fact that we were elected
by the student body, the small group
of students that comprise AMS Council will attempt to remove us from
office at their meeting on Monday,
December 7, 2009. Now is the time
to stand up to the AMS Council and
show them who they are supposed
to represent. Show your support by
attending these meetings or e-mail
your councilors by finding their
contact information on the AMS
website, tl
—Blake Frederick (AMS President)
& Tim Chu (AMS VP External Affairs)
Bad blood
Campus apathy
cured—for one
The votes are in and the crowd has
spoken: the people want blood. Student reaction to Frederick and Chu's
latest blunder has been strong, to put
it extremely lightly.
It has been an internet circus for
the last three days. On Saturday afternoon, a group filmed a mock UN
flag raising. By Sunday night, over
300 people had viewed the video on
Twitter is inundated with requests
for Frederick and Chu's resignations.
One user, ©ashleyel, UBC alumna
Ashley Elchuk's Twitter account,
"Well, you've embarrassed all of
UBC and this will probably have the
opposite effect on whatever it was
you intended. Good job."
Which pretty much sums it all
up. Facebook is full of anti-Frederick
sentiments. So are our website comments. On Saturday night, for the
emergency AMS Council meeting,
we hosted a Live Blog event, as did
UBC Spectator. Both saw over 300
people participate. The emergency
meeting had over 175 people attend.
That's 175 students showing up to
Hebb Theatre on a Saturday night.
With no notice—students are paying
The majority of people do decry
Frederick and Chu's actions; however, there is a minority that shows
support. Rebecca posts:
"[Frederick] represents the students. How can any of you possibly
be upset by this? This is brave, not
embarrassing. It's unfortunate that
the rest of you do not have the desire
to make big moves to stand up for,
not only the rest of the student body,
but yourselves as well."
Most of the pro-Frederick camp
echo Rebecca's sentiments, tl
Thanks to everyone for getting
the word out about this outrageous and irresponsible reaction
from members of the AMS who
are seeking to overturn the very
democratic process which selected them. Social justice advocacy
in our AMS Execs is something
we voted for, deserve, and should
—Alissa W-t, Facebook
These guys need to take Econ
101. If they can't afford it due to
the increasing prices of both pot
and education, I'll tutor them for
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Any committee can only act by
resolution, and that would have
been subject to approval by
Council. You deceived us.
—@Naylor4x, Arts representative
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MARCH 11, 2009
First AMS Council meeting with
new executive.
MARCH 13, 2009
According to their website, Pivot Legal Society is a
"non-profit legal advocacy organization located in
Vancouver's Downtown East Side"
$3000 retainer paid to Pivot Legal
Society to look into UN human
rights complaint.
Contract with Pivot signed off on
by VP Finance Tom Dvorak and VP
Academic Johannes Rebane.
OCTOBER 1, 2009
Executive committee minutes:
"Adrienne [Smith, Policy advisor]
is working on the UN complaint."
JULY 2009
Cuts to student aid budget become
Executive committee minutes
contain the phrase "Legal battle
against the province on the basis
that the recent Education funding
cuts are against the UN charter."
APRIL 16, 2009
Executive committee minutes
mention "UN complaint with
MAY 12, 2009
BC general election.
77?ese minutes have not yet been
approved by AMS Council
NOVEMBER 18, 2009
AMS President Blake Frederick
and Tristan Markle sign UN Human Rights complaint featuring
Markle's affidavit.
NOVEMBER 24, 2009
Markle signs affidavit contained in
Tristan Markle was the AMS VP Administration
during the 2008/2009 school year.
NOVEMBER 28, 2009
Frederick and VP External Tim Chu
send open letter to AMS Council
saying they will not attend the
emergency Council meeting despite
previously stating that they would
be present.
Emergency AMS Council meeting
occurs in Hebb Theatre, where UN
complaint is withdrawn and Frederick and Chu are asked to resign.
Next step.
NOVEMBER 26, 2009
AMS holds press conference,
issues press release announcing
complaint. Media organization
on Pivot's contact list are invited,
does not include The Ubyssey.
NOVEMBER 25, 2009
Pivot Legal Society submits complaint to UN on behalf of AMS an
As a result of a petition from councilors, an emergency AMS Council
meeting is called for November
AMS Council meeting where Frederick and
Chu will announce whether they will resign.
Stay tuned for
the results of
the December
2 meeting!
Neil Yonson is an editor at UBC Insiders. For more
coverage ofthe AMS/UN issue, visit ubcinsiders.ca.
UBC, Metro clash over governance
A meeting held by the GVRD/UBC
Joint Committee last Wednesday
gave way to debates surrounding the
governance and land use provisions
at UBC campus.
Approximately 30 UBC staff, students and residents showed up to the
first public discussion between UBC
and Metro Vancouver since Metro
Vancouver released their proposed
zoning bylaw on the Vancouver campus. There were delegations from
the AMS, University Neighbourhoods Association, CUPE local 116
and residents of University Town.
Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan
was invited to sit at the table to explain Metro Vancouver's position
and to provide context for the recent
bylaw proposal. Metro Vancouver
is vying for more say in zoning and
land use provisions that currently
remain under the jurisdiction of the
UBC Board of Governors (BoG) under
a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) and the Official Community
Plan (OCP) negotiated between the
two groups.
Corrigan said that Metro has
become the body to which UBC
residents and students go to protest
campus land issues, given that Metro
guides development for the region
under the OCP. However, Metro has
found that their OCP wasn't necessarily binding unless zoning bylaws
were attached.
"We are not prepared to continue with the status quo," he said. "It
leaves us accountable for things we
have no control [over].
"We decided clearly that one of
two things happen: either we govern or we don't govern. No more in
BoG member Andrew Irvine said
that the proposal for a takeover is
a dangerous one. "To have Metro
become the local government is the
worst option," he said. "It would be
disastrous to have a body that has
no connection with the institution
to have control...and most damaging
would be to have these two layers
of overlapping bureaucracy." Irvine
suggested that the MOU, which he
said "has been working very well,"
should remain in place.
Corrigan viewed UBC President
Stephen Toope's letter citing Metro's
bylaw proposal as an attack on academic freedom as "a little over the
"If you don't want us to be your
local government," he said, "be your
own local government."
Irvine asked whether this meant
that Metro was unilaterally breaking
the MOU. Corrigan responded that it
was up for interpretation, while Maria Harris, director for Electoral Area
A, said that it was ambiguous but that
the MOU will stay in place until there
is further discussion.
When requests for another meeting were proposed by Metro, BoG
member Susan Yurkovich said that
the BoG should be given the courtesy of being briefed, and that further
discussion with Metro would be
adequately done through e-mail, and
would not require another scheduled
"I think there is probably a way
that we could figure out how to move
through it, whatever this next awkward period would be, that doesn't
lose all the good things that are happening, and lose the relationship as
it is. If we can ask people to go back
and see what that looks like...that
would be best," said Yurkovich.
Harris saw the importance of airing grievances. "What we've all benefited from tonight is seeing where
others are coming from," she said.
"The question isn't about what we
adopt," said Andrea Reimer, a member of Metro Vancouver's Board of
Directors, "but that we get Metro in a
comfortable place...and keep all the
good things going at UBC.""SI Culture
2009.11.30/UBYSS        X/CULTURE/5
The word juggling derives from the Middle English jogelen (to entertain by performing tricks), however, joggling is a
portmanteau word that describes juggling while jogging. People who joggle are called jogglers wiKpedia.com
Culture Editors: Kate Barbaria & Trevor Record
Joining the circus not just for daydreamers
"Breathe. Breathe. Breathing is your
I'm standing in the middle of the
Vancouver Circus School, watching
19-year-old Vanessa Goh, a second-
year UBC Math and Economics student, while her coach runs her and a
handful of other students through a
series of stretches before they begin
The equipment surrounding us is
confusing, to say the least: harnesses,
ropes and long coloured lengths of
stretchy fabrics that I was later told
are called 'silks' hang in clusters
from the ceiling. To my left, another
member of the school begins to do
push-ups on a stairway railing four
feet off the ground.
Goh begins, climbing into a convoluted-looking harness, which lifts
her to the level of the trapeze. She
calmly takes hold of, then stands
on the trapeze, swinging back and
As I watch her flip upside down,
hanging only from her legs, the head
coach approaches me. He says that
I have a look of longing in my eyes,
and that I should try it before I leave.
I laugh nervously and turn my eyes
back to Goh who is now hanging
from only one leg, her arms gracefully arched beneath her. Yeah, that's
not happening.
"When the coach says
let go, you gotta let go."
To many, myself included, the
very idea of swinging around at high
speeds, suspended in the air, is terrifying. For Goh, it's thrilling.
Of course, she's not completely
fearless. 'Jumping off the trapeze is
Vanessa Goh is oh-so Cirque du Soleil, scaring the crap out of us while looking calm and collected, michaelthibault photo/the ubyssey
the scariest thing because you might
miss the bar or slip." She admits that
she has a tendency to let go, prompting her coach to affectionately call
her Butterfingers.
"Circus is dangerous" says Goh.
"Circus is pain, actually. That's what
people always tell me when I get
hurt: 'Who said circus is fun?' It's
all about training, perseverance and
After she's finished at the trapeze,
Goh heads over to the silks. Another
student is hanging a good six feet
off the ground, attached to the silks
by her feet and hands. She moves
gracefully, seemingly unconcerned
that what she is doing almost defies
imagination. The most frightening
thing about the silks is that, unlike
the trapeze, there is no harness—you
hold your own weight.
The silks seem even more complex to the eye than the trapeze.
Although Goh has only recently
begun training on them, she's able
to do a several interesting flips a la
Cirque du Soleil a couple of feet off
the ground.
When it comes training, she admits that there aren't any real steps
as she's learning a new trick or skill.
"When the coach says let go, you
gotta let go."
Her love for the circus started at
the age of nine, when she tried out
trapeze while on holiday at Club
Med. After returning home, she
immediately signed up for circus
classes. Though she grew up in
"Circus is dangerous. Circus is pain,
actually...It's all about training, perseverance
and tolerance."
Singapore, Goh moved to Calgary
when she was 15 and came to UBC
last year, joining the Vancouver Circus School at about the same time,
which she now attends twice every
She hasn't performed in Vancouver yet, but she has done a few shows
in Singapore, where she practices
with her friends during summers.
Goh admits that she's a bit too old to
be training seriously; most who work
in the circus for a living start much
younger, and have generally been
born into the business. But she wants
to continue training and maybe one
dayjoin the circus show at Club Med.
"Jumping off the
trapeze is the scariest
thing because you
might miss the bar
or slip."
When I ask her what most people
say when she tells them she goes
to a circus school, she laughs and
rolls her eyes. "People hear circus
school and they ask, 'Do you learn
how to be clown? I thought everyone
is a natural clown!'" Goh has never
tried clowning—a class offered at the
school—although she's taken a spin
on the unicycle.
Goh was formerly involved with
the cheerleading squad at UBC,
something perhaps more stereotypical of women her age. But she
is proud of her unique passion for
the trapeze. "[Circus] teaches me to
believe in myself, just try. You never
know what tricks you can do." va
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Juggling Arts Club tosses it all in the air
If a casual observer went into the
basement of the International
House on a Thursday night, they
might think they had walked into a
house party by mistake. From the
music blaring on the speakers in
the corner and the relaxed chatter
throughout the room, there is little
to distinguish the scene from an
informal student gathering—except
some attendees are wearing jaunty
vests and stage makeup, and everyone is juggling.
This is a meeting of the Juggling
Arts Club, one of UBC's newest organizations. Founded this year, the
club already has a loyal following.
An average of 20 members turn out
for meetings on clear nights. Even
during the frigid rains on Thursday
November 19, a significant crowd
was gathered there. This includes
some more advanced jugglers coming all the way from East Vancouver,
managed to make it to International
House, shaking the rain from their
clothes before picking up their
According to founders Chelsea
Gallant and Frank Frazier, the Juggling Arts Club is a "teaching club,"
where beginners can learn and ex
perienced jugglers can sharpen their
skills by working with others.
The juggling arts practiced go
far beyond traditional ball juggling:
members can also choose from club
juggling, contact juggling, poi spinning, slacklining, Diabolo, staff spinning, hoops and more. All of the juggling arts operate on the same basic
principles; the most important being
that of gravity. According to Frazier,
it is the great equaliser of the juggling
arts: even the best jugglers drop their
instruments or hit themselves with
Because high-quality juggling
instruments are expensive, most
members only practice for these two
hours a week, when they have access
to the club equipment. However, this
is enough time for most people to
see consistent improvement in their
"A lot of people think there's this
barrier between them and juggling,"
says Frazier. "Realistically, it's one
hour's practice [to learn a basic
"I didn't know anything when
I first came here," says member
Megan Blatchford, who is learning
to execute a front weave with poi.
Although her practice is constantly
interrupted as she hits herself
with the  ends  of the poi,   she
remains cheerful and excited at her
"There's no upward limit on what
you can learn," Gallant says. "In all
the world there's probably no one
who's learned everything there is to
know about juggling."
Unlike many popular student
pastimes, juggling is simple and
ergonomic; the equipment is easily
transported and requires no motors
or complicated parts in order to be
"I think when we run out of fossil fuels, people will be a lot more
into juggling," laughs Frazier. Could
the Juggling Arts Club be the most
sustainable, fuel-efficient club on
campus? Frazier acknowledges the
possibility, although he is quick
to stress the club's deep respect
for UBC's various environmental
As the Juggling Arts Club continues to grow and expand, Frazier and
Gallant hope to receive funding that
will allow them to purchase more
equipment for members to practice
with. After that, the new club's only
challenge will be establishing its
presence among the student body.
After performing to great acclaim at
a beer garden in MASS on November 20, the club is already well on
its way. tl
A Juggling Arts Club member practices with clubs, mirah valdes photo/the ubyssey 6/UBYSSEY.CA/CULTURE/2009.11.30
Is nothing better than something?
A talk with Ted Dave, founder of Buy Nothing Day
Confucius said, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step."
The average Canadian consumer
might add, "and a stop at the Tim
Horton's drive-thru."
But Vancouver-based artist and
activist Ted Dave is not your average
consumer. In fact, it was the over-
consumption of coffee and muffins
that ultimately led him to bring a
homemade Buy Nothing Day poster
into the Adbusters Magazine office
on December 24, 1992.
"I was working at a downtown office and realized I was spending my
first hour's wage of work on coffee
and muffins," Dave said. "I was like,
'Why am I not being more organized
about this?'"
Since the day Dave was driven
to get organized, Buy Nothing Day
has become an annual globally-recognized 24-hour moratorium on
consumer spending. It coincides
with Black Friday in the US and the
unofficial start of the international
holiday shopping season.
But is this annual break from
the capitalist craze really doing anything to change our consumption-
addled society for the better?
"I don't think it will help too much if
it's something that's just one day....
In fact I think it'll start hurting
smaller businesses."
Biology 3
"What we should be focusing on is what we're
choosing not to buy that
day,   who's   making   it,
where it comes from, and
ultimately which corporation you're  going  to be
—Roberta Wover,
owner of Ripe Beauty
booth in the SUB
"I think the most effective forms of
political action are when you have
direct action....You can protest specific corporate practices like child
labour and unfair wages and unfair
working conditions by boycotting a
specific company, but in terms of a
global movement, I don't have any
Science 5
"It would be helpful in raising
awareness about the consumerism.
If you just buy nothing for a whole
day I think you'd realize how much
you buy every day, and how much
you actually don't need of what you
buy every day....I don't know if it really helps in achieving anything in
the whole, though."
—Kelly Speck,
"It's up to either the corporations, or
government making sanctions for
the corporations....That's the only
way anything will ever change."
hot dog vendor at
Granville and Georgia
"It's an admirable concept, but
I think, as is the case with a lot of
things, it can't really apply in the
Downtown Eastside....We're talking
about a lot of folks down here who
have nothing."
—Brian Dodd,
executive director of United We Can
Bottle Return (39 East Hastings St)
"I don't think it will have much of an
impact on sales, but it may perhaps
remind people to think about what
is motivating them to buy what they
do, and to think about where what
they are purchasing is coming from.
They may even begin to think about
the working and living conditions of
the people who are producing what
they consume."
—Catherine Douglas,
UBC economics professor
"You're putting a finger in a dam that
is breaking.. .Our generation needs to
be the first in a long time that needs
to lower our standard of living well
below our parents and their parents.
That sort of cutting back comes from
Buy Nothing Day not being Black
Friday—Buy Nothing Day being Tuesday through Sunday."
—Andrew Primus,
currently unemployed
Respondents seemed to agree that
the intent behind Buy Nothing Day
is a step in the right direction. However, it leaves a lot of ground left to
cover. But until we find a better way
to flex our consumer buying power
to improve our cultural and natural
environment, it seems one day of
nothing will continue to be better
than something. tl
"When I started to consider working in government, I realized that I would
need graduate-level training in public policy to pursue my career goals. The
Master of Public Administration program at the Johnson-Shoyama School has
given me a strong foundation in theory and a chance to hear from and connect
with professionals in the public sector. The school's areas of focus were of
particular importance given my interest in health and social policy."
With programming on two campuses, the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School
prepares practitioners and scholars for innovative policy analysis and public
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Like Christmas in a cup
UBC Pottery Club brings joy to the SUB basement
The earthy smell of clay will seep into
your nose if you step into room 41 in
the SUB basement, home of the UBC
Pottery Club. The comforting hum of
classical music fills the room, which
is surrounded on all sides by shelves
crammed with creations in different stages of completion. Potters in
clay-caked aprons sit at their wheels,
wedge their clay on large tables or
carefully glaze their drying ceramics.
I sat down on a small stool to
discuss the club with President Gina
Loes, a fourth-year Music student.
The studio and all of its resources
are available to students for $100,
Loes explained. There is even a
volunteer deposit option where $20
can be deducted from the fee by
helping out around the studio. The
club can also be joined in January
with a $60 fee for a half membership. The fee also includes free admittance to one- to three-hour workshops, which range from making
plates to different levels of pottery
wheel technique.
Pottery is a very loose and fluid
process. Not only are there a variety
of options to choose from, with five
types of clay and 20 glazes available
to club members, but there are many
techniques and possible outcomes
involved in the process—pieces
sometimes crack or even explode in
the kiln.
The Pottery Club is the only place
to learn about pottery on campus;
UBC doesn't have a ceramics program, just a single course for art
teachers. According to Loes, members are always learning from each
other and those who are shy "don't
last." They come from a diverse
range of faculties. Heather, a Science
student, said the club helped her to
express her "creativity in a different
Members' work is shown in a
week-long gallery exhibit around the
first week of February every year.
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The club also provides opportunities
generate returns on members' newfound skills, with pottery sales each
semester in the SUB.
As my interview wrapped up,
Robyn Williams—the studio manager, who boasts a record of creating six cups in six hours—appeared
bearing a tray of newly fired and
glazed pieces. As she set the tray on
the table and made way for a mob
of members crowding around their
creations, she summed up the reason for the Pottery Club's popularity:
"Every time we finish a firing it's like
Christmas around here!" vl
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
a ball and a blast for
everyone involved
Maybe you're a fan of musicals,
maybe you loved the 1988 Steve
Martin/Michael Caine film, or perhaps you're not a fan of theatre at
all—in any case, you must see Dirty
Rotten Scoundrels] This play is the
strongest two and a half hours of entertainment that you will experience
this fall.
Lawrence is a suave gentleman
who cons rich ladies out of their
money. Freddy is a small time thief
who cons women into giving him
money by telling made up stories
about his grandmother's failing
health. After meeting on a train they
soon find out that the small French
town they live in isn't big enough
for the both of them. They agree that
the first man to successfully steal
$50,000 from the young heiress
Christine Colgate will get to stay,
while the other must leave. A humorous battle of wits ensues in a frantic
game of one-upmanship.
"Now I know where I
belong: A life of taste
and class. With
culture and
pouring out my ass."
"Great Big Stuff"
The prose and lyrics take their-
cues from the deftly written film,
which has been re-interpreted to
fit the conceit of the "lavish musical."  The  fourth wall is  broken
occasionally in song and dialogue-
both Jeffrey Lane (book) and David
Yazbek (music and lyrics) know that
having a good time with the audience is preferable to maintaining a
rigid narrative structure.
Director Max Reimer has given
his cast free rein to have fun with the
audience. Whether Josh Epstein is
hamming it up as the shallow, materialistic Freddy, or Andrew Wheeler
is strutting around pompously as the
vain, plotting Lawrence Jameson,
both Scoundrels are clearly having a
great time.
"It was six hours! I
don't even like to have
sex and eat bacon for
six hours!"
on opera
Supporting performances are
strong as well, with David Marr and
Gabrielle Jones offering memorable
and hilarious turns as Andre, and
"Lady Muriel," respectively. The
only real shortfall was Elena Juatco,
whose Christine Colgate was occasionally inaudible over the music—a
real bummer as the musical's lyrics
are consistently hilarious. She didn't
come into her own until about five
minutes before the final curtain.
This isn't to say that Juatco detracts significantly from the play. In
fact, it's only something I mention
here so that I don't sound like the
Playhouse paid me off.
Playhouse Theatre Company's production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
plays until December 27 at the Vancouver Playhouse. For more information go to vancouverplayhouse.com.
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Charming Readership,
Too Sexy here with yet another
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and relationship advice column. We
know you want to jump right into
to the action as much as we do, but
before we start, we'd like to say a
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we've been really pleased with your
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response to the improved anonymity has been really great, and we've
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Dear way Too Sexy,
Lately, I've been dating more
than usual. This would generally be
a good thing, in my books, BUT none
of them have gotten anywhere. DATING IS SEEMING POINTLESS. How
do people even start meaningful
relationships? Please enlighten me.
—Girl who should have been
born asexual, but wasn't
Hey there, GWSHBBABW. (No one
uses acronym pseudonyms anymore. It makes us sad.)
Well, your question is not a simple
one, and before we answer it, we
need to address an underlying question: What makes a relationship
meaningful? Is it the laughter? Completing each other's sentences? The
sweaty, sweet and sour salsa of two
human bodies finding each other in
the night?
Unfortunately, GWSHBBABW, the
only one who can solve this puzzle
of the heart is you. No one wants
to be responsible for their own
happiness, but unfortunately it's
sometimes unavoidable. Meaning
is something that people project
onto things, not something that
things intrinsically have themselves. So ask yourself: What would
make something meaningful for
you? Intimacy? Joy? Length (of the
relationship, or otherwise)?
On a basic level, your dilemma
reflects an issue a lot of funky attachment-seeking spelunkers have with
the dating game. It's a question of
intentionality. It has been statistically
proven (fact, we swear*) that people
dating in an attempt to find a meaningful relationship are far more
likely to encounter a string of flakes,
snakes and tErminallydull partners
than those who date casually. The
reason for this remains a mystery
to scientists and philosophers alike,
but some general conclusions can
be drawn. The most key of these is
that putting relationships into boxes
prematurely tends to adversely affect
We can illustrate this using a
simple and plausible scenario. Say
you meet a prospective partner in
line at Blue Chip. He's cute and, for
the brief period you spend talking
before his coffee arrives, funny and
charming. You agree to meet up
after class to "watch a movie." Now,
you could go into this situation a
variety of different ways: You could
moon over the man all through
your afternoon class, spend an
hour before your date obsessively
rearranging your furniture for optimal resonance, and start thinking
about where to take him on your
six-month anniversary. Or, you
could expect to get laid (and maybe
go for breakfast the next day, if he
sticks around), wash your sheets
and prep your bedroom for the seduction. Or, you could look forward
to getting to know him better, and
decide what movie you want to
watch. Which of these takes is least
likely to end in disappointment?
GWSHBBABW, we don't mean to
imply that your intentionality problem, if it exists, is as extreme as the
preceding illustration. We do think,
though, that if you're specifically
looking for meaning in other people,
you're setting yourself up for disappointment and missing out on opportunities to get to know them, no
pressure involved.
We also think that the fact you
currently find dating pointless and
frustrating might mean you need
a break, plain and simple. Dating
takes energy, but it should be fun. It's
easy to get frustrated when you're
not getting what you want out of an
endeavour, and that frustration and
stress make it even harder to relax
and enjoy yourself. And really, GWSHBBABW, isn't that what love and
the sweaty, sweet and sour salsa are
all about?
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*In this case, the phrase "statistically
proven" is meant to mean statistically
proven by a selective sample of completely anecdotal encounters.
Did AMS Council act fairly in asking for Frederick and Chu's resignation?
"[Blake Frederick
and Tim Chu]
acted on their
own agenda. They
aren't representative of the student
went behind
everyone's backs
and didn't follow
proper process."
Meghan Anderson
"I thought that
asking for resignation might have
been a bit of an
over reaction,
but after hearing
the opinions of
some of the
Council members
it became clear
that this was one
in a series of
incidents in which
particularly Blake
Frederick made
some questionable decisions."
Alex Lougheed
Math 5
"It went the way I
expected it to go.
I mean, I've heard
from councilors
that they were
outraged. I've
heard from a lot
of random people
that they were
outraged. I've had
a lot of Council
alumni contact me
independently and
gwe me documents and things
like that, so at the
end of the day it's
not very surprising."
Shane Beaton
Engineering 3
"I don't think
that [Dvorak and
Rebane should be
reprimanded for
their oversight]....!
can see how this
kind of thing could
just slip through....
I'm pretty sure
they're not going
to screw up again.
They didn't willfully go around the
AMS procedures
like Blake and Tim
Chu did."
Arron Palm
Hstory 5
"More or less I
think [the proceedings tonight]
are a sham of
democracy and
I'm really looking
forward to the UN
invading as per
Blake's request.
I think it's high
time that we are
liberated from our
oppressive mon-
arch....[Dvorak and
Rebane] were just
pawns in a larger
game. I don't think
it's their fault."
-Coordinated by Tara Martellaro and Jonny Wakefield
Frederick and Chu: resign
A president of a dysfunctional government enlists the help of the United Nations to make a political point. His people revolt and attempt to remove him
from office. The president refuses to attend a hearing in front of his people,
and threatens retaliation if he is removed from power in what he terms
an "illegal" fashion. It's official: The AMS is ruled like a tin-pot little African
country. Which makes Blake Frederick and Tim Chu mad despots.
Yes, it's been a crazy four days for our student union. When thousands of
regular students suddenly care about the AMS and it isn't an election, sadly
you know things have gone terribly, terribly wrong.
This issue comes down to communication. You know, talking to one
another. Apparently, it's more difficult than we thought. It has been a big
issue with the AMS Executive this year. They talk to one another so infrequently that council had to mandate that they actually meet regularly.
It's been so bad that VP Finance Tom Dvorak thought it was appropriate
to compare the Exec to war criminals. Really. And this, coupled with an
embarrassing press release sent just last month, really drove home the
fact that Frederick is uninterested in dealing with Council, despite being
the head of it.
How has our student government become a laughing stock, and our
university a punchline? There's no one person to blame. Council failed
students a month ago when they spinelessly refused to censure Frederick for
his damaging of relations with the UBC administration, despite all evidence
showing that he needed to be reined in. VP Academic Johannes Rebane and
VP Finance Tom Dvorak failed when they signed documents they didn't
even read, allowing Frederick and Chu to legally get away with their publicity
stunt. For the record, we don't believe they should resign—incompetence on
one occasion isn't worth removal—but Tom and Johannes are complicit in
this mess too.
So now with impeachment proceedings beginning, we have a debate on
our hands on whether to remove a President and a VP External. The debate
isn't about lowering tuition, or the validity of filing a human rights complaint
with the United Nations. We think it's hysterical, frankly—the sort of thing a
six-year old would do if he was playing pretend president—but those arguing
that the people demanding Frederick and Chu's removal are playing politics,
or that they're against low tuition, are missing the point.
This isn't about left wing vs. right wing or Knollies vs. political hacks.
This is about the basic rules of governing. Of putting things to votes
before making decisions. This is about two people who have decided
they are no longer accountable to students and can do whatever they
want because they believe they are right. We don't elect a king, we elect
a president, a president that serves at the pleasure of student council.
We never thought we would compare Blake Frederick to Sarah Palin, but
our president (and his VP external lackey) has gone rogue. He must be
stopped. And he must be removed.
Frederick and Chu have completely and utterly lost all credibility they
have with Council, with the UBC administration, with VANOC, with the
provincial government, the federal government and with students. With only
three months left in their term and their refusal to apologize for their actions
(like Dvorak and Rebane wisely did), or even failing to show up to defend and
explain their actions, there is no way they will ever get that back.
To stay on, to fight impeachment, to threaten lawsuits would achieve nothing and ensure that the AMS remains paralyzed for months to come. Even
those few defending Frederick should be able to see that.
Frederick and Chu can do this the easy way, or the hard way. But after
months of poor communication, pettiness, partisanship, immaturity and
incompetence, they have no choice in whether they will stay or go—only
whether they will leave with some dignity.
To paraphrase Dr. Seuss' book "Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go
Now," here is our humble advice:
The time has come. The time is now. Just go. Go. Go! We don't care how.
You can go by foot. You can go by cow. Tim Chu and Blake Frederick, will you
please go now. tl 2 0 09.11.30/UBYSSEY. CA/IDEAS/9
JHR: Confessions of an anti-neutral journalist
I have a confession to make. I am
anti-neutral. Don't get me wrong, I
have nothing against the Swiss. But
when it comes to reporting the news,
I wish there were a few more souls
out there brave enough to KISS: keep
it sweet and slanted.
These days, it seems as if a lot of
media out there is so concerned with
remaining objective and "balanced,"
that they have forgotten what the value in maintaining objectivity was in
the first place: to be a trusted source
of the truth. Objectivity is important
not because it guarantees neutral stories, but because when a story is not
presented as neutral, it has behind it
the weight of the journalist being an
objective observer and writing the
story as such.
In a recent article about The Daily
Show, writer Elliott Kalan described
"objectivity as having opinions that
are pro-facts, and neutrality as meaning you have no stake and no say."
what's important to here is that the
mandated objectivity and neutrality
relates to the journalist, not the story.
So if you have a neutral journalist
writing a non-neutral story—well
then, isn't that the point?
To illustrate in a grossly oversimplified way, take the Holocaust for
example. A 'neutral' story by today's
standards would include a number
of quotes from, say, survivors and
historians, and a roughly equal
number of quotes from Holocaust
deniers—for the sake of neutrality. To do this, however, would be
to paint a completely misleading
picture, giving the impression of
debate where there is none. This is
exactly what is happening right now
with the climate change issue. The
journalist would have defeated their
own purpose, replacing pursuit of
the objective truth with pursuit ofthe
superficially objective story.
In the same article, Daily Show
Segment Producer Patrick King
said, "If you were going to talk about
whether the earth is flat, and 99
per cent of scientists are saying it's
round..you wouldn't bring on the 1
per cent guy...That viewpoint is factually inaccurate and they shouldn't
bring him on just to give the illusion
of balance."
Yet, this is exactly what we see
happening today. Particularly where
politics are concerned, whether it's
global warming, reproductive rights,
birthers, death panels, safe-injection
sites, violence against women or
genocide, that (generally radical or
wingnut-based) one per cent gets
almost as much if not more stage
time—and thus implicit public validation—as the other 99.
This is known as "moderate bias,"
and I find it more than moderately
irritating. James Poniewozik, in a
recent Time article, describes it as
"whenever a news outlet assumes
that the truth must be 'somewhere in
the middle.' You see it whenever an
organization decides that balance requires equal weight for an opposing
position, however specious."
As one of my professors once
said, there may be more than one
side to an issue, but that doesn't
necessarily mean all sides should
get equal time.
Part of this depends on what
you believe the role of a journalist
is supposed to be in the first place.
Is it simply to aggregate as many
sights and sounds as possible for
the public, acting as no more a
filter than a fire hose? If that's the
case, then no wonder traditional
media is sinking; user-generated
content models simply cut out the
Or is it to do something more,
to   sift  through  all  that  content,
synthesize and analyze it, and then,
as journalist Bill Moyers put it, "offer
the public the best thinking on an issue, event, or story," (note: thinking,
not balancing) doing one's best to
parse out the not-always conveniently neutral truth?
Of course, once you go there, it's
easy to see how slippery the slope
becomes, which explains the strong
imperative for balanced reporting in
the first place.
But moderate bias, that artificial
equating of the one per cent to the
99 per cent, seems misleading at
best and dangerous at worst. To
someone who sees, and would
like to continue to see, media as
a vehicle for speaking out against
human rights violations and helping to right—or at the least, point
out and condemn—other wrongs,
never has the line "neutrality helps
the oppressor" seemed more demonstrable, va
Cynthia Khoo is a member of Journalists for Human Rights at UBC
IAC: Underdogs can be aggressors, too
People from Western countries
have a tendency to side with the
underdog. No matter the conflict, it
seems that the natural reaction of
liberal-minded people throughout
the democratic world is to instinctively assume the innocence of
David and the guilt of Goliath. So
when the Western world looks upon
the Palestinian population and see
their poor and unhealthy living conditions, their hearts naturally go
out to them. They—the smaller and
less powerful of the two warring
entities—must have been wronged.
After all, if they were given a fair
chance, they would not be living in
these conditions.
Unfortunately, the tendency to
side with the underdog is leading us
away from peace in this case. Some
justify an end to checkpoints in the
West Bank (a security precaution
taken by Israel that has saved countless innocent lives from suicide
bombings) in the name of freedom
of movement. Others justify Palestinian "resistance," which tikes the
form of targeted killings of innocent Israeli civilians in the name of
equality, more often than not. Still,
others justify the electoral victory in
Gaza of Hamas, a terrorist organization committed to the complete annihilation of the State of Israel. Westerners do this because of an almost
innate incapability of understanding
the mentality of fundamentalism.
We think "if only they were treated
fairly...if only they were given a viable state...if only..."
If only.
In late 2000, under the Clinton Parameters, Palestinians were offered
an independent state on 100 per
cent ofthe Gaza Strip, 95 per cent of
the West Bank, Arab East Jerusalem
(not Abu-Dis) as a capital city, the
right of return for Palestinian refugees to the newly created Palestine
and a multi-billion dollar fund to
compensate and resettle these Palestinian refugees.
This was a painful Israeli concession for Palestinian statehood—not
Bantustans, not cantons, but a viable
and contiguous territory that would
even include a free and safe passage
from Gaza to the West Bank. This
was a compromise that would have
involved uprooting hundreds of
Israeli settlements—people who had
been living in their homes for generations—for the sake of peace. This
would have shattered the so-called
"occupation" and would have solved
the lingering Palestinian refugee
Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian
leader, walked away without even a
In 2001 at a peace summit in
Taba, Arafat was offered a similar
package but with an additional two
per cent of the West Bank (bringing
the total to 97 per cent) as well as a
further three per cent swap of arable
land from Israel-proper (bringing the
total to 100 per cent).
But in the end, as has been
proven time and again, the Palestinian leadership was unwilling to
end the conflict and accept peace.
Abu-Ala, the top Palestinian negotiator at both the Camp David and
the Taba summits, was quoted as
saying "The boss does not want
an agreement." Instead of peace,
Arafat had instigated an intifadah,
a nice way of saying the suicide
bombing of innocent civilians,
causing the death of thousands.
And, as is usually the case, people
from the West made, and continue
to make, excuses for the underdog.
"They weren't offered enough. They
were mistreated."
The fact is, when Palestinians
become willing to make compromises for the sake of progress,
they will no longer live in such
abject conditions. Support for Palestinian "resistance" conveys only
ignorance; a juvenile craving to
help the little guy. This is especially
apparent in light of the incredible
peace offers that have been made
to the Palestinians—offers that
were indignantly rejected and then
swept under the rug. In the end, the
David-Goliath paradigm just does
not apply in the Middle East; we
in the West must finally accept that
sometimes the underdog is also
guilty ofthe aggression, fl
Yoni Dayan is a member of Israel
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the term is for one year, from February 2010 to January 2011.
Responsibilities include attending regular monthly meetings,
overseeing all financial aspects ofthe newspaper and attend the
annual general meeting in March 2010.
Despite the political manoeuvring
of Western leaders, despite their attempts to complicate the issue, the
"question of Palestine" is simple:
Does Palestine have a right to exist?
Without a doubt, the answer is
yes. But it is important to realize that
there should never have been a question of Palestine's right to exist in the
first place. Prior to the mass expulsion of roughly 800,000 Palestinians
(according to Israeli sources), and
before the unilateral declaration of
the state of Israel on May 14, 1948,
Palestinians made up at least 66 per
cent of the population of the region.
90 per cent of the Jewish population
was of foreign origin, including tens
of thousands of illegal immigrants.
The concept of national self-determination as defined by international
law grants Palestinians the right to
a sovereign state of their own. Overlooking this basic right, and against
the wishes of Palestinians, the international community adopted UN
General Assembly Resolution 181.
This called for the internationalization of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the
creation of a Jewish state on 56 per
cent of Palestine and a Palestinian
state comprised ofthe rest.
The Arabs, understandably and
legally, rejected the plan, which
contravened the terms of the League
of Nations British Class A Mandate.
David Ben-Gurion, head of the Jewish
Agency, accepted the Partition Plan,
but he made it clear that he viewed
it as a first step in taking over even
more of Palestine for a Jewish state.
The anti-Palestinian narrative
maintains that Arabs and Palestinians were at fault for rejecting the
Partition Plan. No mention is made
of the fact that the UN General Assembly was in the process of shelving the Partition Plan in favour of a
UN Trusteeship for Palestine when
Ben-Gurion and others declared the
Jewish state. It's not surprising that
Palestinians rejected the scheme,
which had no legal foundation, in
which 56 per cent of their ancestral
homeland would be granted to a minority immigrant population.
Sixty-two years have passed since
the plan to partition Palestine, and
politicians continue to label the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as complicated.
But the solution is simple: there is an
occupation, and it must end.
Palestinians (including Hamas)
and the Arab League have accepted
binding UN Security Council Resolution 242, which despite Israel's contrary claims, calls for Israel's return
to the borders of June 4, 1967 as per
the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth
Geneva Convention, etc.
As declared by the rest of the
world and the International Court
of Justice, Israel maintains an illegal
occupation of East Jerusalem, including its illegally extended boundaries,
the West Bank, the Gaza Strip (still
occupied under international law)
as well as Syria's Golan Heights and
Lebanon's Sheba'a Farms.
If Israel truly wants peace and
recognition, these occupations must
end. Furthermore, we should not
forget that before the UN General Assembly and the Lausanne Peace Conference in 1949, as a pre-condition
for UN admittance, it was accepted
that Israel must comply with UN
General Assembly Resolution 194,
which calls for repatriation of and/or
compensation for Palestinians dispossessed during the 1947-49 war.
As for Jerusalem, Palestinians
have made it clear that they are willing to share it with Israel as a joint
capital. Reiterating that occupation
is necessary for the protection of
Israeli civilians, that the apartheid
wall is being built for "security measures," or the lie that Palestinians
will continue to engage in violent
acts even after attaining statehood
is counterproductive, and serves no
purpose other than to forestall the
peace process.
In defiance of the entire world,
including the US, Israel continues
to construct illegal settlements in occupied lands. At the same time, the
apartheid/de facto annexation wall
continues to snake through the villages and towns ofthe occupied West
Bank, expropriating land and water
resources and creating only misery
for Palestinians who must travel
for hours to reach their workplaces,
farms and schools.
For 62 years, the so-called leaders
of the "free world" have looked the
other way while Israel has continued
to victimize Palestinians. It is time
for them to listen to the rapidly increasing numbers of ordinary people
everywhere who are demanding that
Palestinians be granted their inalienable human rights, va
Omar Chaaban is the president of
Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights (SPHR) and Dina El-Kassaby is
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Zara hunting for a CIS Championship
Thunderbird star taking flight in her third year at UBC
The UBC Thunderbirds and SFU Clan
have won the last six CIS women's
basketball championships, alternating
the top prize since 2004. With SFU
winning it all last season, 2010 is the
T-Birds chance for yet another title if
the pattern perpetuates. To do so, Zara
Huntley will have to be at the top of her
Huntley is UBC's premier post
player, and in her third year at UBC
she has blossomed into a star, leading
the team in points (14.6 per game) and
rebounds (7.4 per game). Her play is a
big reason why UBC is 5-3 and ranked
No. 8 in the country.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Huntley excelled at the sport from an early
age. The Nova Scotia native made the
U15 Provincial team, followed by the
U17 provincial team two years in a
row, before entering the National Elite
Development Academy in Hamilton,
Ontario, a highly selective training
program that draws players from all
across Canada. The following summer, prior to coming to UBC, Huntley
played on the U19 National Team and
represented Canada in the FIBA 2007
World Championship in Slovakia.
To top it off, Huntley played on an
international level this past summer
at the FISU University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. The time playing against
high-level competition has made her
realize her strengths, and focus on
the areas in her game she wishes to
"I've been working a lot on my
outside game," Huntley said when
asked about her personal goals for the
upcoming year. "Being taller, I'm in
the post a lot, but there are opportunities to get out and drive, and I want to
make sure I don't waste them."
Huntley is currently playing her
third year with UBC, and is stepping
up as a leader on the T-Birds team,
utilizing the experience of winning a
national championship her first year
to help the newer players on the team
realize their ultimate goal.
"I want to get another one, and I
think this is the year to do it," she said
when asked about the race between
UBC and SFU to rack up their title
"Last year was a rebuilding year;
we had a lot of new, inexperienced
players. This year we are doing much
better, and I think we have a shot." tl
So far in the 2009/2010 season, Huntley leads UBC in points, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots, courtesy of richard lam
Birds finish 1st half undefeated
Rayel Quiring goes up for the spike attempt in Friday's game, gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
The women's volleyball team (9-0)
ended a perfect first half of their
season with a 3-0 win over the SFU
Clan (1-7). The victory extended
the Thunderbirds' winning streak
to 23 games (regular season and
playoffs), dating back to January of
With fifth-year setter Katie Tyzuk
out of the line-up, UBC was forced
to rely on second-year setter Brina
Derksen-Bergen, who made her first
start ofthe regular season. However,
with a total of 32 set assists, Derksen-
Bergen more than compensated for
Tyzuk's loss, and was a key factor
in UBC's victory with set scores of
25-13,25-12 and25-23.
UBC was led by Liz Cordonier
and Shanice Marcelle, who each had
eight kills each on the night. Cordo-
nier's 3.37 kills per set is good for
sixth place in the Canada West Conference. Libero Claire Hanna had 16
digs for the T-Birds, who have had
3-0 shutouts of their opponents in
five consecutive games.
UBC opens the second half of their
season on the road January 8 and
9 against the No. 4 ranked Regina
Cougars, while SFU hosting the No.
6 Brandon Bobcats that same weekend.^
The Thunderbirds Women's hockey
team extended their winning streak
to four games with a pair of victories
over the Regina Rams on the weekend. UBC won Friday's game 7-0,
with each goal scored by a different
T-Bird and Melinda Choy making 22
saves in her shutout performance.
UBC's victory on Saturday was more
hard-fought, with a 2-1 shootout victory, in which Choy stopped all five
Rams penalty shots. The victories
move UBC to 5-6-1 on the year,
good for fourth-place in the Canada
West Conference.
"We had to take four points this
weekend," said head coach Nancy
Wilson after the two wins. "We've
gotten stronger over the year and
now we're at a place where we have
confidence. I think the new year is
going to be big for us."
Queen's University's Golden Gaels
has won the Vanier Cup, defeating
the Calgary Dinos 33-31 to become
national university football champions. Down 25-7 at the half, the
Gaels rallied to score 26 straight
points to take a 33-25 lead in the
fourth quarter.
While the Dinos scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to
cut the lead to two, star quarterback
Eric Glavic failed on the two-point
conversion attempt, sealing the
win for Queen's. A sellout crowd of
18,628 watched the game at Laval's
PEPS Stadium.
Last week's Athletes of the Week
were Nicky Osbourne and Luc
Bruchet, as selected by Thunderbirds Athletic Council.
Nicky Osbourne, a medical
student from Sheffield University,
showed that you can have brains
and brawn, as she racked up a
season high of nine kills against
the Thompson River Wolfpack last
Friday night.
Luc Bruchet, an all-star rookie
cross country runner, grabbed
UBC's top individual finish at
the National NAIA Cross Country
Championships in Vancouver, WA
last weekend. He finished 15th, in a
field of 2 5 0 of the fastest runners in
the NAIA, with a time of 25:38. His
finish earned him the coveted Ail-
American status—given to the top
30 finishers—and led the team to an
impressive ninth-place finish.
Bruchet will complete his season by competing at the Canadian
Cross Country Championships
this weekend. For photos of the
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