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 UBC Archives Serial
Volume 2, Number 4
October 26,1988
PCB's in Your Life
by Lorraine Lewis
A neighbour of mine in residence, Lis
Vallaster, went to a forum talk show on
PCB's (polychlorinated biphenyls) put
on by the CBC on October 13 th and aired
October 15th after the hockey game. Her
timing was fortuitous: that day a light in
our hall almost started on fire. It didn't
bother me helping remove the old tubes
until afterwards when it was explained
that the ballast had melted and there was
danger of PCB's leaking out in the fluid.
The fumes we inhaled could have had
PCB's, dioxins, and furans in them too.
This seemingly inconsequential
incident raised my awareness of
hazardous chemicals. No one wants to
get cancer, but how can we know what's
floating around in our environment?
The forum (named "The Slow
Bomb") brought out some interesting
and scary facts. There is a plan to put a
hazardous waste incinerator (renamed
"special" waste by the provincial
government for our delicate ears) in
Ashcroft. Who wants a hazardous waste
incinerator in their backyard?
As usual, industry and government
had opposing views from those of
scientists, environmental groups and
concerned citizens. Bruce Strachen,
Minister of Environment, said that
PCB's weren't dangerous if handled
properly, but are toxic if contacted. An
environmental impact study will be done
in Ashcroft and until it can be proven that
incineration is safe and people want it
there, there won't be an incinerator.
George Comb, Vice-President of
research and development at ENSCO,
the company in charge of Ashcroft's
incincerator, stated that incineration is
safe, has no detectable impact, and will
provide a "service" and "plan to make
Paul Connett, a distinguished
professor of chemistry at St. Lawrence
University in New York, had very
different information. In theory the DRE
(destruction removal efficiency) of PCB
incineration in >99%, but follow-up
observations of areas surrounding
hazardous waste incinerators at El
Dorado and Baton Rouge in the USA
show people with repiratory problems
and high cancer rates, and animals which
sicken and die showing signs of
contamination.   (VSEPA,   "Health
Assessment Documents for PCDD,"
Chris van Netten, a UBC toxicologist
and an audience participant, voiced
concerns of the immunological
problems of PCB pollution: chloracne
and babies with skin discolouration.
Higher CI levels are more toxic and the
body reacts by producing enzymes to
combat the PCB's, but they don't work
and just build up unhealthily.
Connett described other alternatives
for removing PCB's: K-PEG (potassium
polyethylene glycol) can be used on
PCB-contaminated matter such as soils
and fluids. Bruce Strachen's policy so
far has seemed to be to ask industries
nicely if they would cut back
incineration, rather than investigating
other methods of disposing of PCB' s and
offering economic incentives to
companies to reduce PCB incineration.
He defended incineration on the grounds
that it is the most established and widely
used disposal technology.
Most disturbing was Connett's
statement that the greatest source of
polychlorinated species is through the
food chain. "Drinking one quart of
milk," he said, "is equivalent to
breathing contaminated air for eight
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The All-New Adventures of Biosoc Update
Wack M. Good
by Sulan Chong-Kit
Because Dik Miller, Campus Cowboy is
bedridden with the flu this week, we
present you with an equally exciting,
action-packed spy adventure, with far
wider-ranging international locales,
better-looking women, and a bigger
budget. We just hope you want Dik back
when he recovers.
Wack M. Good was strolling down the
street, minding his own business and
watching out for gum on the pavgment
when his shoe phone went off. Dang, he
always hated when his phone went off in
public - it was embarrassing having
strangers ask you why your shoe was
beeping. Quickly, he found a deserted
alley, ignored a staring cat, took off his
shoe, and took the call.
"Hello, this is Wack M. Good
speaking," he said. "I'm sorry, I can't
come to the phone right now, but if you
leave a message at the tone, I'll get back
to you as soon as possible." An impatient
female voice snapped, "Agent 911, quit
fooling around. The boss wants to see
you right away. Report to headquarters
immediately." He winced as she
slammed the receiver down. With a sigh,
he put back on his shoe, called a cab, and
was on the next flight to headquarters.
Arriving at his destination, he got a
Yugo from Hertz Rent-a-Car (budget
cutbacks can really cramp an agent's
style), and made his way to a large
mountain in a national park. Scouting
through the woods he finally found the
hollow stump that concealed the secret
entrance to headquarters. He entered and
wound his way down miles of twisting
passages until he arrived at the
headquarters of the Secret
Undergraduate Service, a tiny room
hewn out of granite.
As usual, Miss Neville, the secretary,
was there and was busy calling agents
and slamming the receiver in their ears.
"Good morning, it's good to see you
again," Wack purred. "That's a lovely
scarf you're wearing."
Neville did not answer, but gave him a
cold look that said "drop dead." He gave
her a what's going on. You're booked on
the 10:00 flight to Egypt."
"Is that the flight with the stopover in
Hawaii?" Wack asked hopefully. His
boss just gave him a dirty look. Wack
figured he had pushed his luck enough,
smiled, and left. He wondered what
those Egyptian Communist Terrorists
were like.
At the airport, he got a comfortable sea
and looked for an Egyptian about bis
height and weight. Finally, he saw one,
dressed in a T-shirt and jeans. "Great,"
thought Wack. Wack followed the man
until he saw his chance. Quickly, Wack
snatched up the man's suitcase and
scurried off to the boarding area for his
flight to Egypt. It was a bit sneaky,
appropriating the man's clothes like
that, but it beat going all over town to
find a disguise. Finally, Wack boarded
his plane, an old DC-10.
Will Wack survive a DC-10 flight?
Find out next time in:
The Adventures of Wack M. Good
Can You Solve This Puzzle?
by Russ Monger
a = the smallest prime number
b = the smallest of these numbers (pi,
2, root 5)
c = number of Beatles still living
d = fingers in a glove (not counting the
e = solve for e (as a variable)
f = if it takes 8 men 8 minutes to dig 8
holes, how many minutes will it take
10 men to dig 10 holes?
g = number of defensive players on a
baseball field at one time
h = a baker's dozen
i = molecular weight of oxygen
j = years since Canada's centennial
k = number of pairs of chromosomes
in humans
1 = days in September
m = degrees Fahrenheit at which water
n = number of cards in a deck
o = number of squares on a chessboard
p = age of retirement in Canada
q = number of quarts in 20.5 gallons
r = hours in a fortnight
s = total degrees of angles inside a
t = days in a leap year
u = the temperature at which paper
burns (Bradbury novel)
v = the year that the US put a man on
the moon
w = if you travel 18,080 miles and use
5 new tires equally, how many miles
will each tire experience?
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by Johan Stroman, BIOSOC President
For those of you who are still
unaware, the Biological Sciences
Society (BIOSOC) is now in full-blown
operation after its formation only nine
short months ago. This year's
membership exceeds 100 and is still
growing, making BIOSOC the biggest
club behind the Iron Curtain (SUS).
Some of the events that have already
occurred this year include the BEAR
and CEDAR garden on September 30.
This was an intimate affair, ie.
attendance was a little lower than
expected - but those who did bother to
show up seemed to quaff down quite a
few BEARS.
The search for out logo is finally over.
Congratulations are in order to all those
who took the time to whip up an entry. A
special Honourable Mention goes out to
Dr. H. for his wonderful entry. Sorry,
but the contest was only open to students
- nice try though. After much
deliberation, the top three designs were
chosen to be by: Yolanda Leung,
Wendy Sokugawa, and Gladys Tong.
Yolanda's design incorporates the
BIOSOC name along with a piece of
genetic material and we felt that this best
displayed all of the biological sciences.
All three of these designs were well
done, and Yolanda, Wendy, and Gladys
will recieve a BIOSOC shirt - when they
arrive. Our thanks to Sarah Bagshaw,
Carey Bergman, MarkForgie, Kimberly
Henders, and G. Wong for their entries
as well.
On October 11, Dr. Thomas Carefoot
presented some of out second and third
year students with some valuable
information on the choice of an Honours
or Major degree and the various
programs available in Biology at UBC.
Those who attended were impressed by
the answers they received, and hopefully
the talk made some of your decisions on
a program a little easier. Our thanks go
out to Dr. Carefoot for his time and
Upcoming events to keep an eye out
for are seminars, an Amazon rainforest
video night (tentatively Nov. 1), a grad
event and a Christmas Exam stress
release BEAR and CEDAR garden on
Dec. 2. Everyone is welcome at our
meetings, every second Tuesday in
BIOL 2449 (Nov. 8 and 22). Come and
find out what is planned, or check our
notice board (beside BIOL 2000, across
from the SUS board) for announcements
and office hours. Membership is only
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The Winning Entry by Yolanda Leung
The Honourable Mention by Dr. h.
Arr, Ever Done it Under Water, Billy?
Pumpkin Carving that is.
For October 29th contest details at Aquasoc (UBC Scuba)
SUB Basement (across from Copy Right)
All Divers Welcome
The 432
October 26,1988 VOTE OCTOBER 27th!
Vertical Migration in the Sea
by Russ Monger
It is generally accepted that a wide
range of planktonic animals in the sea
are capable of regular up and down
movement, transporting themselves
between surface layers and deeper
water. This vertical migration occurs in
both salt and fresh water systems and
there are even some tiny plants that
refulate their depth in response to
photosynthetic light.
The phenomenon of vertical
migration has been acknowledged since
at least the early years of this century.
Herring fishermen in the North Sea
would work by night as their shallow
nets would catch nothing by day. It is
now understood that the herring
migrated in response to the daily vertical
migration of (heir plankton prey.
Oceanographers gathered information
on the mystery of vertical migration only
gradually until World War II. During the
war, echo sounders used by fishing fleets
reported shallow soundings where
charts indicated deep waters. The US
Navy investigated these "false echoes"
as a part of their submarine detection
program and observed that echoes came
from deeper depths during the day than
during the night. Marine scientists
linked these echoes with what little was
then known about vertical migration of
plankton. It is now known that these
"false echoes" are readings of small mid-
water fish and squid which follow the
planktonic vertical migrations, as these
animals are dependent on the plankton
for food. Vertical migration can best be
described in four different categories:
ontogenetic, strategic, seasonal, and
Some marine animals live one stage of
their life in the upper layers of the sea and
another stage in deep water. This
strategy involves a once^in-a-lifetime
migration known as ontogenetic vertical
migration. In the Pacific Ocean, the
copepod Neocalanus plumchrus lives
the larval stages of its life in surface
waters, then migrates down to spend its
adult life in deeper water. When the adult
lays eggs, they float to the surface to
become a new generation of larvae. The
crustacean Euphasia superba behaves
quite the opposite: it spends its adult life
in surface waters of the Antarctic, where
it exploits a convergence zone of
upwelling and warm tropical water.
When its eggs are laid they sink to the
deep water where the resulting larvae
will remain until they migrate to the
surface as adults.
Some marine snails such as Peringia
ulvae exhibit strategic migration. This
creature floats and feeds on the water
surface at high tide, and floats between
sand bars at low tide. During periods
when the tide is coming in or going out it
burrows in the sand until the tide has
reached its high or low. One can
speculate that the benefitof this strategic
vertical migration is to prevent the
animal from being either swept out to sea
or washed up on shore by tide action -
either situation would place it in an
unsuitable habitat. Another example of
strategic migration is demonstrated by
the "planktonic navigation" of
Pleromamma robusta. This copepod
takes advantage of the fact that different
layers of water move in different
directions at different speeds. It floats
northward in Antarctic surface water
currents and moves southward in deep
water currents. In this manner it
manages to stay in the approximate area
of its chosen habitat.
Seasonal migrations are usually
associated with changing sea
temperature or with breeding behaviour.
In the Gulf of Maine, the mollusc
Spiratella helicina drifts in with the deep
waters of the northern Labrador current
but is not present when the Gulf waters
become warmer. Apparently it does not
breed in warm waters and returns via
surface currents to Labrador to
reproduce. Likewise, the Arctic
copepod Metridia longa occasionally
comes to the Gulf, but it does spawn in
the warmer water. There is also a tropical
arrow worm, Sagitta serratodentata.
carried to the Gulf of Maine by the Gulf
Stream currents but it does not breed
there; the continuation of this species
relies on an annual supply of new
individuals from its original home.
Some bottom dwellers such as syllid
worms in the Singapore Strait come to
the surface at certain times of the year to
release their sperm and eggs.
Daily migrations occur on a cycle
from daytime depths below the photic
(light) zone up to surface waters at night.
The popular theory is that grazing
zooplankton come to the photic zone to
feed on phytoplankton during the night
and migrate downward to escape
predation by day. These daily vertical
migrations are regulated by different
factors including salinity and
temperature, but the most important
factor appears to be light intensity. Some
species of zooplankton are very
sensitive to light: observations have
indicated that bright moonlight or even a
clear starlit night will result in animals
being at lower nighttime levels in the
water than usual. In contrast, some
plankton such as the adult Calanus come
nearer to the surface during foggy
weather or when light penetration is
reduce by rain or wind.
The amount of energy consumed in
active vertical migration leads us to the
belief that it may be of great survival
value to planktonic animals. There are
several suggested benefits to an
individual that vertically migrates on a
cycle. One is that of predator avoidance.
By remaining in deep waters during the
day the zooplankton are able to avoid
sharp-sighted predators; this explains
ontogenetic and daily migrations but not
seasonal ones. Another theory suggests
that zooplankton migrate to avoid toxic
substances produced by phytoplankton
during peak photosynthetic periods. A
third possible explanation is that
zooplankton rise and sink as a result in
changes in their density: an animal
feeds, becomes heavier and sinks. The
theory is challenged by data showing
that zooplankton are active and not
passive swimmers. One further idea
involves metabolism rates. A low stable
temperature as found in deeper waters
would enable an organism such as a
zooplankton to lower its rate of
metabolism, lowering its energy costs.
Vertical migration may also allow an
animal to discover and exploit new
resources by taking advantage of
planktonic navigation.
Crossword Answers (vol. 2 no. 3)
Shorts and Such
Security Crew Needed
Anyone interested in forming a
Concert & Security Crew for filling
AMS Security Contracts for the SUS
should contact Patrick Redding
through the SUS office, Scarfe 9.
Do you want your meeting dates,
upcoming bzzr gardens, seminars, or
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so, please drop the info by the Science
office in Scarfe 9 before the 432
' deadline (listed elsewhere in this issue)
most relevant to your announcement.
The Environment and the Election
How to make environmental issues
count in the upcoming election.
A discussion at the next meeting of the
Environmental Interest Group,
Thursday, Oct. 27,12:30pm in
Geography 229.
Everyone welcome. Please bring your
Future Gretzkys Unite!
The Science Men's Division II Ice
Hockey team desperately needs more
players. Come to or call the SUS office
(Scarfe 9,228-4235), or call Kevin
Demas, Hockey Director, at 261-7130.
Real News!
Congratulations to the Arts and
Engineering Undergraduate Societies
for joining the ranks of the real campus
newspapers and publishing their own
legitimate papers. Arts published their
"Underground" a couple of weeks ago,
and the Engineers are rumoured to
have a paper in the works, to be
published two days before this issue of
the 432 (ie. we don't know what it's
called yet).
Physsoc Hallowe'en Party!
' October 28th, Hebb 12
' Doors open at 5pm
' Prizes for best costumes
' $1.50 admission
' Liquid refreshments ridiculously
Buy tickets in advance from Physsoc
members or Physsoc itself (Hennings
307). No minors please.
The Deadlines
The 432
Nov. 7,16;
Dec. 28; Jan. 11;
Feb. 1,15; Mar. 1,15
4pm to Scarfe room 9
The 432 is published biweekly by the Science
Undergraduate Society of the University of
British Columbia, located in room 9 of the
Scarfe Education Building, 2125 Main Mall,
Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1W5. Phone
(604) 228-4235. © 1988 SUS Publications.
Volume 2, Number 4, published Wednesday,
October 26,1988.
Editor: Derek K. Miller
Artist: Ken Otter
Contributors: Russ Monger, Lorraine Lewis,
Bemice Lam, Sulan Chong-Kit, Reg Peters,
Johan Stroman, Keith McCall, Derek K. Miller,
Julie Memory, Ari Giligson, and others too
numerous to mention
Typists: Lorraine Lewis, Ari Giligson, Derek
Photographers: Cris Dunbar, Eric Walker,
Derek Miller
Developer: Dean Allchin
Distribution: Danny Lai
Printed by College Printers Ltd.
The 432
October 26,1988 VOTE OCTOBER 27th!
1st and 2nd YEAR REP EL
Hi! My name is Kande Williston
and I am running for the position of
first year rep.  I have many plans
to make your year more enjoyable and
the determination to follow through
with my plans.
Recent experience:
1987-88 High school student's council
Member of grad committee
Vice president of drama club
Goal8 for the upcoming year:
- More publicity for SUS events, such
as dances
- More student involvement in intramurals and other sports events
- Better circulation of the 432
- More events providing opportunities
for students to meet others with
similar interests
Remember - there is more to life
than lectures and labs!
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the  Faculty of  Science   strong.   ■ I  like
to   turn  your  ideas  into  words,   your
words  into  actions,   and  your  actions
into  achievements.      I  like   to   turn
your  dreams  into   reality.     Let's  work
together and let's  make   the Faculty
of  Science   the  best it   can  be.     On
OCTOBER  27,   please   support  this  dream.
Elect  HUGH LEUNG  as  your  1st  year  rep.
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am running for the position of 1st
Year Rep.     Briefly speaking:
Because I am
What I'll do:
- Keep all 1st Year students
informed of the activities of
Remember - there is more to
UBC than just lectures and
- Science students have to pick
their Majors at the beginning
of their 2nd year. My goal is
to INCREASE the awareness of
1st Year Science students about
all the different fields they
can choose to go into. I WANT
I have the ideas, the drive, and the
leadership qualities to make great
things happen. I'm willing to put in
the time to ensure that all 1st Year
students have a fun and successful
Why settle for second best?
* PAULINE ANTHOINE * on Oct. 27th
Okay, here's the deal: \J
You could have a geek fest and get yourself an
official SCIENCE pocket protector, calculator;
and protractor CR
You could vote for the guy with two years Student
Council Executive experience and get yourself an
official SCIENCE geer uhip, artsy thrasher, prof
neutralizer, and "garden" rrug.
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The 432
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to keep busy.  There's a
|Rule of Thumb T like to
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(something done, give it
to a busy person."
|For 2nd Yr Science,^,
My name is Winston Yeung. I have the distinct challenge of
convincing you to vote for me with what I will say next, so please
read on. My main objectives as first year rep are:
1) To represent all first year students in council.
2) To act as a liason between you, the Science Undergrad
Society and the AMS executive council.
3) I want to represent the first year students as an active
voice in executive council
What I will try to do for the first year student are as follows:
-1 will listen to all your concerns, and then do my best to
help you out
-1 want to try and get more students involved in university
extra-curricular activities.
-But most of all, I want to provide as much help to you as
possible, for example:
-1 will try to form a tutorial service, composed of
second and third year students, to help answer your problems.
-1 will try to provide you with old exams to study with.
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Polling Clerks Needed!
The Student Administrative Commission (SAC) needs PAID polling clerks for
the Recreational FacHity Referendum from October 31 to November 4.
Drop by the SAC Office in SUB for more details.
Comp. Sci., and Wesbrook.
The 432
October 26,1988 VOTE OCTOBER 27th!
Mutant Cells from Hell
by Lorraine Lewis
Dr. Frank Tufaro arrived at UBC's
Department of Microbiology in August
of 1987 to continue his research on
secretion in mammalian cells. A paper
he published then (which made the front
cover of the Journal of Cell Biology,
105. 647-657, 1987) characterized a
mutant mouse L cell suspected of being
aberrant in the transport process. It was
believed that a vesicular transport
mutant had been isolated, which caused
abnormal glycoprotein processing.
Recently he has been awarded a grant
from the Medical Research Council to
continue this work. His experiments
examine the movements of hormones,
proteins, and receptors through the cell
in test tubes cultures (in vitro transport
Dr. Tufaro has discovered the first
general secretion mutant in eukaryotic
mammalian cells. It is certain that this is
an important discovery for cell
biologists and for medical research. For
example, infecting these cells with
AIDS virus allows one to see the
processing of glycoproteins in slow
motion, and makes it easier to trace their
Dr. Tufaro has pinpointed this mutant
mouse cell's defect to a protein located
in the Golgi complex - a cellular
organelle that functions in the
modification of proteins (ie.
glycosylations of proteins produces
glycoproteins which often serve as cell
surface receptors) and directs the flow of
these proteins through the Golgi stack to
their destinations in the cell by unknown
signalling mechanisms. This defective
protein is encoded by a gene in the
nucleus of the cell (DNA -> mRNA ->
protein). Dr. Tufaro is in the process of
isolating this defective recessive Golgi
gene and is using it to pick out an
analogous Golgi gene in the human
In other experiments Dr. Tufaro and
his colleague Jonathan Yewdell at the
National Institute of Health have
discovered that cytotoxic T-cell
recognition (CD8) is diminished for
influenza virus-infected mutant cells.
(Cytotoxic T-cells are a component of
the immune system which protects
against invading foreign molecules.)
They are now trying to identify the
molecules on the mutant cell surface that
interfere with this process.
Dr. Tufaro's papers on this interesting
discovery are still in preparation and
further details will be available soon.
Senate Shorts    AMS Briefs
by Reg Peters, Science Senator
I was recently appointed to Senate by
the Science Undergraduate Society to
fulfill the position vacated by the
resignation of the last senator. What is
Senate? you may ask.
Well, it's not a collection of geriatric
individuals, or, as some of you think, a
group of people with nothing to do. In
fact, Senate is the last word in academic
matters. It helps prepare the budget, sets
admission/advancement standards, sets
curricula, grants degrees, awards
scholarships, bursaries, and prizes,
selects faculty, publishes the Calendar,
and runs the Library. Membership of the
Seriate consists of seventeen students,
12 deans, the Chancellor, the President,
and various other officials representing
different interests of the University.
Now for items that may be of interest.
At the last meeting several more
scholarships and bursaries were added to
the ever-growing amount available to
you. There is a proposed change to the
medical and illness procedure that we as
student Senators will be sure to discuss
at the next meeting.
If you have any concerns regarding
proposed curriculum changes for your
Science majors, academic policies, or
even suggestions for Telereg, let me
know and I will see to it that your queries
are brought up. My office hours are
10:30-11:30 Monday and Wednesday at
Scarfe 9, Or occasionally at the Student
Senators' Office in SUB room 262. I
look forward to giving Science a fair and
vocal representation on Senate.
by Ari Giligson, AMS Rep
t«i *"
Letters to Ed
Dear 432,
I have often wondered about
what exactly it is that allows
you, a student-ran paper
publishing a few thousand
issues every couple of weeks, to
get by without advertising. I
mean, I like it, but how do you
Jason Finlan
Life Sciences 2
Dear Jason,
It puzzles me more how the
ubyssey can get by with a
majority of their space
dedicated to advertising and
still lose $50,000 (as they did
last year - their smallest loss
ever). Sure, they publish four
times as often as we do, and put
out some six times as many
issues (ie. at least 24 times as
many papers), but there is
usually some cost benefit to
working in large quantities, and
our entire budget for the year is
$7000. If the Vancouver Sun
and the Province can profit
from advertising and have
entirely salaried staff, one
wonders where the money goes.
I also wonder how I could get
some of it. - Ed.
Dear Editor,
I noticed that the Engineers
have erected a new cairn, bigger
than the previous one. They did
seem to take rather a long time
to paint it, but there it is. Now
A Curious Mischief-Maker
Department and Year Withheld.
Dear Curious.
Oh, nothing.
Wink. - Ed.
Letters are welcome on any
subject, relevant or irrelevant,
scientific, non-scientific, or
downright insane. Please submit
them to the submissions pocket
in the Science office, Scarfe 9,
with your name, major, and
year. And hey, be careful out
The 432
October 26,1988 ^I!^?fffftfjft«si!pp
Uncle Rusty
I am the curator of a small animal
refuge in the lower Fraser Valley which
shall remain nameless for reasons which
will become obvious. During Expo 86
we catered to many tour groups
composed of people from many
different countries. One participant of
such a group was the Prime Minister of
a small tropical island country. As a
gesture of goodwill from his people, we
recently received a gift of a pair of rare
tree sloths and for this we were
extremely grateful. In keeping with our
ecological policy of providing each of
our animals with natural habitat and
environment, we contacted the Biology
department of one of the local
universities and diey suggested we
purchase a tropical sugargum tree which
provides the native home and main diet
of these sloths.
Several months later, when the tree
was delivered and successfully
transplanted, we noticed that there was a
Japanese sniper hidden in the tree.
Apparently he was unaware that the
world war ended several years ago and
he refuses to come out of the tree. We
have tried several tactics to persuade the
man out of the tree but have had no
success. At first we considered shooting
him out of the tree? with tranquilizer
darts, but we were afraid of missing him
and hitting the sloths. (Too large of a
dosage in the darts would kill the sloths;
too small a dosage would not affect the
sniper). We also proposed to chainsaw
the tree but were afraid of invoking the
wrath of botanical conservation groups.
In desperation we tried leaving a plate of
sushi at the base of the tree in the hopes
that the sniper would get hungry during
the night and come out of the tree to feed.
So far, to our dismay, nothing has
worked. The sniper has not actually fired
on any of our visitors yet, but we fear the
worst. Do you have any ideas how we
can get this person out of the tree, or at
least how we can disarm him?
Sincerely, OUT ON A LIMB
Sorry, but I'm stumped on this one.
Maybe an imaginative reader can offer a
solution to your dilemma. How about it,
readers? Any suggestions?
Sincerely, UNCLE RUSTY
Team deadline Oct. 28
November 10,7pm
Get your teams in to Scarfe 9!
The 432
October 26,1988 VOTE OCTOBER 27th!
Rec Fac
The RecFac
by Keith McCall and Derek K. Miller
Most of you by now have probably
heard of the proposed recreational
facility. For the past several months a
committee has met weekly to discuss the
building of a student recreation facility
around Mclnnes Field, between War
Memorial Gym and SUB. This proposal,
known as RecFac, includes, according to
Todd Abiett, RecFac committee
a student recreation centre built to
house the current needs of on-campus
' designation as a recreation centre, for
organized and drop-in intramurals
events, as well as student leisure-time
' (under current plans, which may yet be
revised) two gymnasia, a full-size field,
racquet courts, weight room, karate and
dance studios.
daycare or playcare in order that
students may drop off their children
while using the facility.
desperately needed club space, a
cafeteria and lounge.
a sports/concert arena capable of
holding 4000 people on roll-away
bleachers, which can be booked by
student organizations for any event. Its
use is limited only by the imagination.
Being a student-run committee, says
Abiett, it understands that there are some
student concerns. These include the
increase in student fees, accessibility of
the facility, and the misconception of the
destruction of Mclnnes Field.
Mclnnes Field will not be destroyed
but realigned to fit inside the facility,
open at one end for 24 hour access. It will
be properply maintained for use for
soccer, touch football, softball, frisbee,
or just sitting back and eating lunch.
Another concern is the accessibility of
the facility to students. It will be
available to any student, alumna, or
alumnus who wishes to use it, and by
providing extra space for recreational
pursuits, will lighten the load on
facilities currently shared by
recreational and varsity sports.
The final concern is fees. The
referendum, running from Oct. 31 to
Nov. 4 is one which asks every student to
increase their annual fee by $30. This is
a temporary hike and will be removed
after the building is paid off. The $30
pays for approximately one quarter of
the cost of the centre. One quarter will be
paid for by the University, and the final
half by the provincial government.
6 fbple -for each -ream
© - spnnr too m
© * "Swim 300 m
© - run 1 km
© - cvck 6 km
© - exW person \o climb wall
© - spare.
o Mad Melvin's Mountain
Bike Challenge Oct. 27
o Indoor Cricket I Oct. 29
o Wallyball Wingding Nov. 5
o Curling Bonspiel I Nov. 19
o Table Tennis Tournament
Oct. 29
o Great Pumpkin Fun Run
Oct. 28
o Res Road Run I Nov. 4
o Mad Melvin Oct. 21 (gone)
o Table Tennis Oct. 21 (gone)
o Wallyball Oct. 28
o Curling Nov. 10
o Register for runs on-site.
Register at Scarfe 9
or the Intramurals
Office BEFORE the
See the Inside UBC
The 432
October 26,1988


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