UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 3 | Mar.
IN THE NEWS
Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in February 2003
Compiled by Brian Lin
Federal money promised
$1.7 billion in federal money for research has been promised
to universities over the next three years.
UBC President Martha Piper told The Vancouver Sun that she
hopes that perhaps 15 per cent of 4,000 federally funded graduate
students will be attracted to UBC.
Those would be some of the most outstanding young minds
of the future, Piper said. Thats just an
extraordinary source of talent that we would be very actively
trying to recruit.
The new federal budget also includes an initiative which
will allow students to make as much as $1,700 a year -- up
from $600 annually -- before their income reduces the amount
they are eligible to borrow through students loans.
Theres no doubt that when its fully implemented,
it will have a tremendous impact, UBC AVP of Government
Relations Allan Tupper told The Globe and Mail.
Not enough punishment
A B.C. Supreme Court judge recently sentenced two street
racers to house arrest for killing a pedestrian.
Its totally inappropriate to have somebody sentenced
to house arrest, basically the punishment for killing a person
is to go away and be a good citizen, UBC law senior
instructor Don Egleston told BCTV.
Currently, a first-degree murder conviction is an automatic
25 years behind bars. Using a weapon during a robbery, even
if no shots are fired, is a minimum four years in jail.
If you get killed by a car youre just as dead
as being killed by a rifle bullet, at the present time, the
law doesnt seem to recognize that, said Egleston.
UBC political science Prof. Richard Price, who specializes
in international relations, believes what drove so many people
to take part in anti-war protests was a belief the U.S. has
not made a credible case for war, and that attacking Iraq
could have serious international consequences, including increased
terrorism around the world.
Price told The Vancouver Sun that while it is impossible
to gauge what direct impact such protests might have on government
decision-making, history shows they do have an indirect effect.
Backcountry skiers undeterred
Veteran avalanche expert and UBC geography Prof. Dave McClung
told The Globe and Mail that it would be folly to try to restrict
backcountry skiing, despite the two recent disasters.
Whose business is that to regulate it? What about rock-climbing?
What about hang-gliding? Risk is related to reward, and it
always will be, he said.
I am philosophically opposed to some kind of government
agency closing down the backcountry to people. Even when instability
is high or extreme, you can always find a place to ski.