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tjBC Archives Serial
The Newspaper of the Science Undergraduate Society
Volume 3, Number 2
October 4,1989
Toxic Waste
by Orvin Lau
Fire! The trucks come roaring in to douse the flames. But this is
no ordinary fins: The burning building
contains PCBs, and the aftershock of
this blaze is different. In fear of the
toxic smoke, people were evacuated
from the surrounding area. Health
tests were administered to the children
to detect contamination. Families
were not permitted to return to their
homes for days. Even after returning,
they still wonder if their bodies and
their homes are free of poison.
If you watch the news or read
the papers, you would recognize this
incident as the fire in Montreal over a
year ago. The waste stored in that
warehouse must be disposed of, but
nobody wants it. The government
tried to ship it over to Britain for incineration, but British dock workers refused to handle it Now it sits in Baie-
Comeau, unloaded from its carrying
ship despite an injunction; lawsuits
consequently have been filed.
Ever since toxic waste was
created, mankind has sought a way to
be rid of it. Burying it in landfills was
thought to be an easy solution, but it
was too easy a solution. Soon, the
waste seeped into the ground, contaminating the water table relied upon
by people for drinking. Love Canal in
NiagaraFalls is a famous example (the
first place to bring the problem to
public attention). Now governments
are spending millions to clean up these
poisonous dumps.
Why not incinerate the waste?
Yes, incineration does work; companies which can afford to incinerate,
however, can also afford to burn money.
Incinerators are often overloaded, causing them to spew the toxins back into the
environment. Now that incinerators
have such a bad reputation, people protest when plans are made to build an
incinerator near them. The residents of
Ashcroft weren't pleased.
Because the safe disposal of
toxic waste is expensive, industry is
often driven by the profit motive to find
a cheap way to be rid of it Landfills
remain an attractive method. Organized crime has also entered the scene. It
was only a little while back when a
fiasco erupted: toxic waste was mixed
with heating oil and sold to the public.
Certainly some waste can be burned
safely in an ordinary furnace, but this
situation involved waste only an industrial incinerator can handle. In other
scenes, some unscrupulous people have
even sprayed liquid waste on ordinary
garbage, sending it to the city dump undetected. And with lax enforcements
and underfunded agencies, it is all too
continued on page 5
Year and Club Rep positions STILL UP FOR GRABS
by Aaron Drake
Catherine Rankel, SUS
Elections Officer, is very
pleased with the number of
nominations for year and
departmental reps. But there
is still room for improvement,
she claims. "We've got about
twenty nominations now, and
the response is better than last
year. We could use more,
Currently, there are still six
department rep positions
open. Unfilled are rep positions for General Science,
Science, Geology, Geophysics/
Astronomy, Oceanography, and
The elections will be held on
October 11, and Rankel is hoping
for a large voter turnout. Please
bring your AMS card.
Departmental and year reps are contributing parts to the engine of the SUS.
Each rep gets a vote on council, Rankel
states. "We need the input of these
peoppe. We're especially concerned
with bringing the first years into council. It's not unusual for a first year rep to
jump from rep to an executive position
the next year."
The word resume was tactfully left out
of this article.
The 432, the Newspaper of the Science Undergraduate
Society. Circulation 4000. The 432, c/oDeanofScience, Room
1507, Bioscienoss Bldg., University of British Columbia,
Vancouver B.C. V6T1W5.228-4235
©1989, The 432
Please recycle
this paper
plague SUS
Violent infighting continues
Still reeling from the sudden resignation of Science; Week Coordinator
Phen Huang and Sales managers
Kande Williston and Annetter Rohr,
the SUS council was rocked as Sports
Director Keith McCall bowed out
To make matters worse, the newly
appointed 432 Advertising Manager
Noah Quastel threw in the towel only
days after accepting the appointment.
"Things are going to get nasty around
here," Quastel claimed, soon after
quitting. "I don't want to get caught in
the crossfire."
Indeed, experts predict that the sudden wave of resignations could prompt
SUS President Aii Giligson to try and
consolidate power. In what his detractors termed "a tyrannical ambush,"
Giligson had new locks installed on
Chem 160, leaving other exec locked
out of the Science office.
"He's making his play! I tell ya, I tell
ya, it's just like when Hitler did it
Boyoboyoboy," muttered Director of
Finance, Derek Cardy. His most vocal
supporter, Catherine Rankel, Internal
Vice President and Elections Commissioner was unavailable as she was
stuffing ballot boxes.
External Vice President Antonia
Rozario wasn't suprised. "Are you
crazy? Are you insane? Hello? The
man is a psychopath." And while AMS
Rep Derek Miller didn't think the situation was as extreme as Antonia
claimed, he couldn't rule out an assassination attempt to remedy the escalating tension. "Daf: guy, he's real gonna
get it you betcha you betcha."
Aaron Drake, drunk and in jail, was
unavailable for a coherent comment
Editor's Comment
Letters to the Editor
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The Back Row
Where is it?
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October 4,1889 Editor's
Omigosbt omigosh!
I made a wee boo-boo In
the first issue of the year.
The article Pixmtif! Contained a wrong phone number: the number of Pana^
gopolous is not 224-0001,
but 222-0001. Our profuse
apologies to the poor lady
whose house received
eight phone calls a night.
Someone once asked: If
tornadoes didn't exist, would
there still be trailer parks? At
first this is a deceptively simple
question. Trailer parks dot the
countryside and if tornadoes
suddenly disappeared the trailer
parks wouldn't vanish.
They wouldn't immediately
vanish. Tornadoes, however,
are efficient evolutionary
mechanisms for controlling the
population of trailer parks. As
a matter of fact, the prey of the
tornado is almost exclusively
the trailer park - except for
farmhouses in Kansas, and little
dogs. If one were to examine it
closer, one would see a definite
relationship between the trailer
park population and the number
of tornadoes touching down.
When there is a large trailer
park population, there is a
growing tornado population.
When there are fewer parks, the
tornado poulation declines. A
simple predator-prey relatiuon.
What happens to trailer parks
when there are no tornadoes.
Take Williams Lake BC as an
example. Isolated from other
trailer parks, the first few trailer
seeds were probably carried in
the feathers of migrating birds.
Having no natural predators
there (ie, tornadoes) the trailer
park population boomed. But
upon reaching a saturation
point where there were no more
senior citizens or young drunk
loggers to support the growing
population, the trailer parks fell
into decline. Disease ran its
terrible course, enhanced by
overcrowding and famine.
Today, there are but a few
trailer parks around Williams
Lake, and these are diseased
with cancerous growths (children, dog poop, etc).
Why is this so? Because there
are no tornadoes around Williams Lake. The conservationists tried to import a few from
the prairies, but the tornadoes
couldn't adapt to the climate and
terrain. It seems that trailer
parks in Williams Lake are
Suprisingly, Charles Darwin
did little work on this fascinating subject, dwelling instead on
pedantic warblers or thrushes or
whatever the heck his silly birds
Aaron Drake, being the editor,
can ever so humbly write whatever he wants to in these blurbs.
Hah hah, there's nothing you can
I'm not wearing any underwear,
Letters to the Editor
Dear sir,
Devan Fauste's, The Nuclear
State Part I, touches on interesting
points in the debate over nuclear
energy. Yet in his gleefull desire to
stamp reactors as safe, he is missing
the most important problem of the nuclear industry.
Very possibly reactors are safe or
can be made safe, and then problems
should not be the main criteria for
eliminating the energy source. But the
storage of wastes continues to be, with
no foreseeable future resolvement, a
dangerous form of man's carelessness.
They are not safe, and they are not disposable. They must be completely
separated from the environment, but
no effective way has been established.
Until a proper solution has been found,
this issue alone (one that flies in the
face of "sustainable development") is
enough to discontinue the use of
nuclear energy, and of course nuclear
weaponry, completely.
Noah Quastel
Science 1
The 432 welcomes any opinion
except the wrong ones. Please
dropyomflettersoffiaOtem 160,
or mail them toi
Editor, 432
Science Undergraduate Society
C/O Dean of Science
Room 1507tBi»sciences Bldg*>
University of British Coittmbia
Vancouver B.C
AH Science Students
From:        Johanna Wickie
AUS President/Rival Arts Student
Re:   General Lack of a Good Time This Year
Ok, Science students, so are we having a good time
this year? Do you feel that you have a general understanding of this role and purpose of being a student on the natural
sciences (other than going into medicine, that is!?). This is
just a note of encouragement to get involved with the SUS.
We in the AUS are tired of having this campus dominated
by a bunch of funny looking guys and gals in stupid red
jackets. So get out, get involved, and give Arts a run for its
Johanna Wickie
eds note: Foxy Johanna Wickie made my day by bringing
this in.
Dear Sir,
What is a wantl What is a
needl It seems as though physicists
are having a rather difficult time distinguishing between the two. I agree
with Devan Fauste's (Sept 6) article,
which said that the cost for the supercollider is too high.
Two billion dollars to build a
gigantic toy?When will it end? Or,
will it? Once the smallest particle is
smashed, phycicists will move on to
smashing smaller particles requirong
even bigger facilities. And yet little
is ever gained.
It is time that we solve practical
problems, not prove abstract theories
that are meaningless to all except the
physics elite. Do the children that are
dying of Cystic Fibrosis care if the
properties of the Higgs Boson are
proven? It seems to be a matter of
priorities. Is the superconducting
supercollider a life or death matter
screaming for money? In a dying
world, is this a needl
David Falk
Biochem 2
Dear sir,
If any nation on this planet has
the resources, the wealth, and the
ability to feed the hungry, shelter the
homeless, and find cures for AIDS and
cancer, it is the United States of
America. They have more in the way
of combined monetary and intellectual
resources than any other nation on
earth. Occasionally they put this
power to good use, but more often, as
is the wont with powerful nations, they
waste vast amounts of these resources
building billion-dollar obsolescent
bomber aircraft, testing and manufacturing a terrifying variety of nuclear
weapons and related delivery systems
which they claim they never want to
use, funding a projected trillion-dollar
strategic defence initiative which
everybody knows won't work and will
only accelerate the arms race, and
propping up dozens of unviable and
often brutal or inhumane puppet
governments in the name of fighting
the scourge of socialism. The almighty dollar is, in principle, capable
of helping us reach soaring heights of
humanity and intellectual development, but in practice is used to crush
those lofty ideals, promote hatred
and suffering, and make this world a
sadder place to live in.
Devan Faust blames the physicists
for the world's problems. As a
physicist choked by the brutality of
the world I live in and the small
prospects for extending the shores of
our knowledge due to the spending
habits of our power brokers, is it any
wonder I think he is an asshole?
Morgan Burke
B.Sc - Astrophysics 1989
Devan's Rebuttal:
Having discovered that Morgan
Burke is suffering from a brain
tumour the size of his rectum, I
hesitate to call him a self-righteous,
vindictive, philistine pea-brained,
indignant, pompous, scatological tit.
So I won't.
Burke misses the point, which is that
robotic knee-jerk logicians like
himself don't really give a fat rat's
ass about anything but their glorious
pursuit of squat-diddley. To try and
reason that two billion dollars should
be spent on this Physics Wet Dream
because of the military is like
arguing that Morgan should have
children because everyone else does,
and look how they turnout. It
doesn't matter - Burke is impotent,
Devan Fauste.
Chairman - National Council For
the Justification of Science
Okayyyyyyyy. That about raps it
up, rdiietoexpiatn afew things
about libel Morgan Burke has
reserved the right to reply to the
above article. We allowed that
because he signed a waiver* let-
tinguspublish this withouttafcing
any action against us or Devan*
The 432
October 4,1889 Ooh, it bugs
by Derek K. Miller
Talking to people in the first
couple of weeks of classes, I
have discovered that the things
that bug me about this University also bug a lot of other
people. This little atrticle will
bring some of these to light. The
purpose? Well, I don't know.
Maybe it's to demonstrate that
you are not alone in wanting to
clonk someone on the head with
an oil drum over some things.
Maybe it's just to get this stuff
off my chest. In any case, I hope
you'll sympathize. If not - that's
just too bad.
1. B-lot - Of course, there are
so many parking horror
stories to choose from that I
had to distill these a bit. One
of the worst is those huge
lines of cars that sit in front
of a full lot waiting for
someone to leave. That's fine
and dandy at 3:30 in the
afternoon, when people
actually do leave, but I don't
know anyone who arrives at
8:30 and then leaves again at
9:30. Is it really that important to wait for a spot that's
three minutes closer to the
campus, especially when one
has to wait twenty minutes to
get it? Why do people drive
up to gates that are flashing
FULL anyway? Don't they
get the idea? FULL means
"full." No room. No parking
spots. Don't go in.
Of course, sometimes the
bloody machine malfunctions
and says FULL even when
there are oodles of parking
spaces left. But the gate still
won't open. Once inside the
lot, of course, one finds the
people who are so selfish as
to park outside the labelled
parking spaces so they can be
closer to the front of the lot
and make it totally impossible to drive by to get out to
the exit gate. On that note,
how about the people who
drive around and around and
around and around the first
five rows of the lot hoping
that somehow one of those
cars will magically disappear
so they can park? In the
process, they are so preoccupied with looking for a
parking spot that they entirely
forget to watch where they're
going and nearly run into
you, who are walking from
your car, parked at the back
of the lot five minutes after
they started driving around.
2. Profs - I've noticed a disturbing tendency with my professors this year. Quite often -
more often than not, in fact -
they refer to the previous
class as "yesterday" and the
next one as "tomorrow"
when in fact the great majority of UBC classes are
separated by at least two
days and sometimes as many
as five. I would ignore these
gaffes but that they indicate a
strange assumption on the
part of the professors that
we, the students, do nothing
between one of their classes
and the next. It may be
subliminal and unconscious,
but it provides some subtle
justification for three
hundred pages of reading and
a huge assignment given in
total disregard of the
student's other classes, social
life, and sanity.
What's worse, quite frequently they expect us to be
organized when they aren't
even close. They will write a
huge incomprehensible
swath on the overhead,
pause, look at it, and say
"No, no, that's all completely
wrong." With two sweeps of
a felt pen, the mistake is
erased, but students can be
heard to groan convulsively
as they scribble out half a
page of notes. The profs get
paid for this task, dammit. At
least they should be able to
figure out what they're
That's probably enough for
this week. If you have any
gripes, comments, peeves,
hates, or anything of the sort,
drop by Chem 160 (the Science
office) and leave a note or
mention it to me. I'll be glad to
make it public.
Derek Miller is our lofty AMS
rep who used to be our editor,
but you already heard that, if
you read these blurbs at all.
The Sciences are beneficient.
They prevent men from thinking.
Anatole France
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Program will die!
Science Week 1990
"2015 - Prospects for
Scientific Development"
The Science Week 1990
Committee issues an
invitation to ALL clubs
and departments to participate in this year's Science
The next scheduled Science Week 1990 Committee meeting is Tues Oct 10
at 5pm in Hennings 307
(Physsoc 228-3116)
For more information,
Phen Huang: 228-3116 or
Antonia Rozario: 228-3116
or 271-0034
or SUS: 228-4235 (CHEM
The Back Row
Wood 2 Warfare
by Antonia Rozario
Biology 334 is a required course
for almost aJl Biology students at
UBC. Technically, it is an introductory genetics course that
gives a general overview to an intriguing area of science. In reality, it is an introduction to the cutthroat world of university; Biology 334 is a valuable lesson in
classroom warfare.
- Entering the lecture hall, you'll
be overwhelmed by the number
of pre-med keeners you meet
(don't laugh, you're probably
one yourself). Don't try to act intelligent; you will still look like
an idiot. Your best bet is to
humble yourself to your peers.
- Forget about sitting in trie first
five rows of class. This section is
reserved for kamikaze students
with tape recorders and large
school bags.
- Be prepared to be pushed,
shoved, and sworn at while moving towards a seat. Don't be surprised if your legitimacy is questioned. Don't be surprised if
you're called a type of mongrel.
The students coming up the stairs
will have just finished a long and
exhausting class, and will probably look like they're smelling
their armpits.
-Any attempt to "ace
terms in this course is futile. During
my first exam in Wood 2,1 got so
nervous that I forgot what meiosis
was. Worse yet, I got wedged between two varsity jocks with B.O.,
jerky knees and whooping cough.
Needless to say, my marks were not
as high as I would have wanted
them to be.
All in all, though, my greatest
pleasure came in berating all the
bubbleheads who tried saving multiple seats for their friends. In a
class of over 600 studetns, one
cannot afford to stand on ceremonies. Whenever a selfish cow-
witch would try telling me a row of
seats was saved for others already,
I'd look at her agreeably and
threaten to fire-bomb her car.
Perhaps I can be considered a bit
aggressive, but at least I get the seat
I want.
Antonia, our External Vice,
spends a great deal of time
with terrorist organizations
and holds weekly workshops
on effective intimidation
methods. She goes for aggressive mm.
The 432
October 4,1889 Come and join in Intramurals-Play for the Compsci Teams
Where is it?
by Elizabeth-Anne Brown
Can you see it? You know, that weird little adhesive device on the top of your student card. You
saw the transit ticket person stick it there. You
paid your two dollars.
For those of you not completely up to date on
the very latest in transit etiquette, I'm referring to
the trendy new Fast Trax stickers. They allow full
time university students to travel two or three
zones for a single zone fare during peak hours.
The idea is great but the stickers are almost invisible.
In theory it should be easy: just show your
student card and one zone f arecard to the driver. In
practice however, it has become necessary to
modify one's well-developed transit-pass-presenting techniques.
One new method, now growing in popularity,
is the student card wiggle. The success of this
method depends almost entirely on the angle with
which the available sunlight reflects off of the
sticker. If the wiggle is performed correctly then
the invisible sticker will emit its secret lime green
glow. A second and much less successful method
is the quick flash. This method works on the assumption that the driver has read the memos
posted at the office. A third, and fairly effective
method, is to crack some sort of creative joke
about the stickers as one flashes all appropriate
cards at the driver.
This invisible sticker idea is really just another example of the Warped B .C. Transit Logic
that we have grown to know and love. Mabe this
invisibleness is the begining of a new B.C. Transit trend: it would eliminate the visual pollution
of SkyTrain, and trolley bus system. Transit supervisors, drivers and passengers would have to
be issued with special optical devices in order to
see the vehicles, passes and personnel. Or further still - the idea of invisible fares has great
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welcome. j
Order your 100% cotton
t-shirt today!!!
We will be ordering more of the
popular t-shirts this year. There's a
discreet BIOSOC- Biological Sciences Society logo on the front and a
bold red "biohazard" symbol on the
Let me know if you want one: Leave
your name and phone number in our
mail box in the BIOLOGY PROGRAM OFFICE or try to find the
BIOSOC HUT at 2123 West Mall.
Phone #228-6046.
Dik Miller,
Campus Cowboy
Happiness is a warm cup of coffee
and a doughnut. For campus cowboys it
is, anyway; it makes us feel more like
real cops. I was consuming my daily
ration in my souped-up, stripped-down,
lean-mean-patrolling-machine royal
blue Chevy Bel-Air, which was parked
next to the new Chemistry-Physics
building. The radio was crackling, as
Something unusual wafted by my
nose. I sniffed a vaguely familiar scent
that I could not quite trace. My brow
furrowed in puzzlement, but I shrugged
and went back to my pastry. Unusual
smells were noL..er...unusual around a
Chemistry building, after all. Gulping
down the last of my now-lukewarm
coffee, I started up the engine and prepared to embark on another enforcement quest.
Just as I was pulling away, I noticed
a suspicious figure slinking around the
side of the building with a large black
bag in hand. The person wore a dark
coat, dark hat, dark glasses, dark gloves,
dark pants, dark boots, and hideous
fluorescent green socks.. My overall
impression was, nevertheless, rather
dark. On a hunch, I decided to investigate, stopped the car, and stepped out.
My Dik Miller™ Smoothe-Glyde®
non-squeak shoe soles kept me from
being noticed as I followed the dark-
garbed ruffian up to a side access door
and watched as a dark glove tapped out
a code. The door opened and the dark
one slipped inside.
When the door had closed, I raced
up to it and punched in the numbers
which would open it. Nothing happened. I tugged on the door. Nothing
happened. This called for drastic meas
ures - the Dik Miller™ universal lock
pick/potato peeler/tire gauge. I dug into
my pocket. I dug deeper. I dug into
another pocket. I dug deeper. Then, the
satisfying metal cylinder was in my hand
(no disgusting Freudian jokes, please),
and the door was open, revealing a dark
hallway with a dark staircase at the far
This darkness thing was starting to
annoy me. I bounded inside and scaled
the steps to the next floor. The dark one
was just disappearing behind a corner.
The smell was present again, sickly
sweet, burning in my nostrils like two
tines of a heated pitchfork. I scampered
around the corner to be confronted with
another door. Written on it were the
HAVE SETTLED DURING SHIPPING. I ignored them and used the Dik
Miller™ lock pick etc. to unlock the
portal. There was a very light click.
Through the door I could hear a distinct,
constant hissing. I backed up and prepared to charge the door, holding my Dik
Miller™ billy club/tire iron/vegamatic. I
The door burst open and I flew into
the middle of a lab. What I saw shocked
me. A group of lab-coated people was
huddled on the floor in a circle, holding
aerosol cans in each hand and discharging them. The mixed smells of hairspray,
spray paint, and adhesive created a sickening miasma in the air. A pile of spent
cans were strewn across the floor, and in
the corner was a huge stack of Styrofoam® McDonald's™ burger containers. The walls were decorated with photos of razed Amazon rainforest, clearcut
B.C. slopes, nuclear plants, and gas
company logos. As I skidded to a stop,
all activity ceased, except for an isolated
"fsst" from one of the cans. Everyone
was staring at me.
"Alright," I said. "What exacdy is
going on here?"
They continued staring.
"Why are you people spraying this
stuff everywhere?"
"Hello? Is anyone listening?"
"I am, Mr. Quasi-cop."
I whirled around to see the dark-
coated person - a man, it turns out -
standing in one corner of the room. The
black bag was open, exposing dozens of
paper bags filled with McDonald's™
"Okay," I replied. "What is the
meaning of this?"
"Pollution," he replied, then elaborated. "We are doing as much as we can
to contribute to the depletion of the
ozone layer, the deforestation of the
Amazon rainforest, the unregulated
dumping of nuclear waste and PCB's,
and the use of DDT on crops."
"Oh. Why in the world would you
want to do that?"
"Because the human race is scum
and deserves to die."
"I see," I replied. "Well, I'm afraid
Ican'tallowthat. You'llallhavetocome
with me."
"Very well," he said.
"We're the Death to Humanity by
Slow Environmental Degradation Coalition. That's DHSEDC for short." Everyone got up and lined up behind him.
I was taken aback. Usually, at least,
there was some sort of protest when I
took people in. I was suspicious, but
thought I might as well take advantage of
the situation.
"Okay, then," I ordered. "Walk out
to the front of the building in an orderly
manner. Hold hands. And no pushing."
I had a very bad feeling about this.
Watch for the exciting conclusion
in the next issue of The 432!
The 432
October 4,1889 For more details on CRSI sports, come to thfe CPSC lobby for (details
continued from page 1
These thoughts are disturbing, but not as disturbing as the thought
of how much our lives are entangled in
toxic waste. If the room you are has old
fluorescent lights, their ballasts may
contain PCBs. That watch you're
wearing - its battery may contain mercury. We can't be sure about those
chemicals we pour down the drain in
the lab. The solvents that dry clean our
clothes and degrease our computer
chips, the bleach used on the paper we
write and with which we wash our
clothes, the cleaners we use, ad nauseam.
We are all guilty. There are no
innocent ones when toxic waste is involved. If the issue was the destruction
of the ozone layer, a concerned individual could say, "I'll boycott Company
X's products because CFCs are used to
make it." If one were to attempt such a
feat when it. comes to toxic waste, one
would have to live in the wilderness
like a neanderthal wearing furskins.
Toxic waste is a product of
our society, but society can defeat toxic
waste. As mentioned previously, incinerators work, but only if they are not
overloaded and abused; now we must
bring the cost down. Research has led
to the development of bacteria which
can feed on PCBs, destroying them.
Waste is now being injected into exhausted oil wells beyond the proximity
of the water table. Solutions do exists,
but they are not simple.
For the past century, our efforts have led to raising our standard of
living, but we neglected the problems
created by our industrial advancement.
It is time, now that we have the hindsight, to direct efforts not only to economic growth but also to solving the
problems we create in consequence. It
is a problem involving all of us, and
which we all have to work together.
Action is not for all, but at least think
about the problem. The thought counts
See the Computer Science Students' Society
in room 203 A of the Computer Science
Building (naturally).
Member Non-Members
Full height $ 10 $ 7
Half height $ 8 $5
Membership is $ 5.
Design a
Science T-Shirts arrd WIN
by Ari Giligson, SUS President
Most undergraduate students do
not fully appreciate the the needs and
goals of the faculty members at UBC.
Of course I do not speak of all faculty
members but I believe the following to
be true for most of those in Science.
From the undergrade point of
view, university is a place where people
go to learn stuff and get degrees and, oh
yes, some research goes on there too.
Anyway, it sure does cost a heck of a
lot-why doesn't the university take
better careof students seeing how much
we pay?
From the faculty point of view,
however, university is a place where
they do there life's work: research. The
research that a faculty member determines not only their prestige and repu-
tability but also their job security and
pay scale. And, of course, there is the
matter of teaching undergraduate
Therefore, faculty are not evaluated much, not seriously, on any aspect
of the quality of their teaching. Whether
the lecture is good or bad, all that is
noted is that the prof gives a lecture.
Whether he or she gives up time to be
available in the undergrad lab or not, all
that is recorded is that the course given
had a lab attached.
It is no wonder that we often here of
horror stories of one particularly awful
teacher or other. Why should a prof try
to improve the teaching method if #1)
the teaching effectiveness will not be
judged on the basis of quality and will
do nothing to further the profs status in
the eyes of the university, and #2) if it
interferes with research, which is the
university's accepted standard of judging a Science faculty member's worth.
As far as the university today is
concerned, undergraduates mean
10%. That is, undergrads contribute
about 10% of the university's general
revenue. So, from a purely business
perspective, the undergrads get more
than they deserve anyway.
Perhaps the day will come again
when the university administration
sees UBC as more than a simple corporation. When university will once
again be seen more as a place for learning than for technological profiteering.
When the provincial government realizes that UBC can be more than just a
source of quick fix industrial applications. When the people of this province
realize that in today's world—Wait a
minute I'm getting carried away here.
What I mean to say is that pending
the time that this institution decides to
reward good teaching, we should try
and encourage and reward it as much
as possible. After all, that "good" prof,
who is either a talented teacher or takes
extra time and effort to make their
ideas clear to us, is doing it out of the
goodness of his heart. Show them that
you appreciate the good job that they
do - it's up to you.
(Watch for my upcoming piece
about the flagrant overuse of the
Univesity's motto - Tuum Est or "it's
up to you".)
Our dictator, I mean beloved
president, resides somewhere in
the British Properties How he
can afford his mansion is a
mystery to us, Hah hah* Seriously, those funds went into
interest payments or something.
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your support.
A Desklamp
by Morgan Burke
A desklamp illuminates papers
Textbooks beckon
Their open pages filled with
And I can't stop thinking
Of dryads
In a meadow,
Morgan Burke has no brain tumour, and as
far as I know, he isn't impotent
That's Trivial!
by Tanya Rose
Hello again! This is a science newspaper, so for a change, we'll give you a
science theme. Good Luck!
Theme: Science History
1-10: Easy
1. What was Galileo's full name?
2. What was the project that, produced
the first A-bomb?
3. Who theorized the id and ego?
4. What instrument did Einstein play?
5. What medieval scientist wrote his
notes backwards?
6. Who was Alexander Grahm Bell's
7. Who discovered the 'missing link'?
8. Who received the first artificial
9. Who was the first man in space?
10. What was the name of the super-
11-15: Medium
11. Who was the first person to win
two Nobel prizes?
12. Who was the first Canadian to win
a Nobel prize?
13. Who is regarded as the founder of
14. What was the name of Darwin's
15. What was Einstein's "greatest
16-20: Hard
16. Who invented the radio?
17. How many Kilotons was the the
bomb dropped over Hiroshima?
18. Who first synthesized organic
19. Where was it first discovered the
the inert gas Xenon was not, in fact,
20. Who was the only physicist to
become President of the United States?
Bonus Question:
This mathematician befuddled people
for decades with his proof for a
theorem; this proof has never been
found, nor has any other mathematician proved the theroem. All that
remains is a testimonial by this
mathematician that he had discovered
"a truly wondrous proof," but had no
room to write it down there immediately. He died shortly thereafter.
answers on page 8
The 432
October 4,1889 TheArt Of Science
Tyranny's biggest ally is
ignorance. Keeping the people in
the dark keeps them apathetic. In
the same light, the public can be
kept in the pocket of some group
if that group can control die information flow that seeps down
to the common man. Information
is the foundation of freedom-
• truth is the cornerstone.
Yet activists regularly kick that
cornerstone out with a seeming
disregard for what is right or
what is truth. They only care
about convincing the people that
their cause is right, regardless of
what mistruths or disinformation
they use.
Mistruth is the most powerful
weapon of the activist. Take the
nuclear activist. They rely on
touching the emotions of the
people, not the logic. Truth
means nothing to them. Look at
some of their claims:
Radioactive waste remains radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. We don't have the
technology for that long. Radioactive waste is very dangerous.
Untrue. Radioactive waste is radioactive for such a long period
precisely because of the fact that
it isn't very radioactive. The
longer the half-life, the less damage it does. The most important
task is to store these waste for
long enough so that the shortlived isotopes decay. Also, the
migration of these wastes is very
unlikely. A "natural plutonium
reactor" was discovered a while
back, where uranium was decaying up to plutonium for tens of
thousands of years underground.
The plutonium had migrated just
over a millimeter in that time.
One tonne of plutonium dispersed effectively across the
earth would kill every man,
woman and child.
This is true, provided that you
inject the plutonium directly into
the tissue of each person. The
body assimilates plutonium very
poorly. In its most common
form, it is highly insoluble in
water. Plutonium scattered
across the world is a very small
hazard. It precipitates out of the
watershed, it doesn't leech effectively, and organisms won't take it
up. By the way, plutonium isn't
considered dangerous due to its radioactive nature: it's because,
once inside the human body, it is
very carcinogenic.
climate. Coal-burning plants are
large contributors to the greenhouse effect. And if you want to
get power from a million tons of
coal you must burn a million tons
of coal. What do you end up with?
A million tons of waste, some of
"The cold fact seems to be that nonsmoking uranium miners are less susceptible to
lung cancer than smoking fudgemakers."
Samuel McCracken
Plutonium is the most toxic substance on earth.
A falsity, a mistruth and a lie.
There are many organic chemicals considered much more
toxic. A better definition, encompassing availability, toxicity, absorptivity by the human
body, etc. is that of Hazard.
Lead, Chlorine, Cyanide are all
considered more hazardous than
plutonium placed in contact with
the human body.
Each nuclear reactor daily leaks
cacarcinogenie and mutagenic
This is a vague and meaningless
statement. I can claim with as
much certainty that a bowl of
Wheaties contains carcinogens
and mutagens, in some quantities. The point is - the similarity
in both cases here - is that the
amounts we are speaking of are
very small - so small, in fact that
we ignore them. We run more
risk of contracting cancer from
just plain living than from a
nuclear plant.
The nuclear industry isn't safe.
The fact is, the nuclear industry
is much safer than any other
widely used power-generating
technique. Dam accidents can
and do occur more often than
nuclear accidents. When they do
occur, thousands downstream
usually die. Property is destroyed, instead of coated with a
radioactive dust that can be
washed away.
Nuclear power plants don't run
the risk of moderating the earth's
which becomes airborne.
Nuclear power plants will not
cause acid rain.
How much waste is produced
by nuclear power plants? All the
waste from all the reactors since
they first started running up until
1990 would fill B.C. place to a
depth of 20 meters. That's incredibly insignificant compared
to coal, or oil.
Coal mining causes ten times
as many deaths as uranium mining each year.
Add up all die deaths from
dam breaks, steam explosions,
and any other power generating
related accident and you run into
die high tens of thousands. How
many deaths have occurred from
nuclear power plants?
The ratio of lives saved is
Devan Fauste* has written a
thesis on Society and Nuclear
Power, and believes he knows
everything now.
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Sheena Sood- 1st year rep	
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Once upon a time at a university campus not so far
away, there was a young scientist known throughout
the land as "Physical Biochemistry." One day, this
great hero came to me and said, "Sheena, you must
run for 1st year Rep." Before I could question him,
he ran off to fight the dreaded forces of evil,
"Abstract Ideas." Many years later, when I came to
UBC, I decided to try and fulfill his prophecy. I only
saw Physical Biochemistry one more time. The last
words he said to me were: ,
"Vote for Sheena, and may
the friction force be with
Trevor Newton - 2nd year Rep
In case you're curious, I'm in second year
Microbiology, and, if I enjoy it, I'll be in
third year Microbiology. I'm running for
Second year Science Representative because it's quicker than walking. I hope to
suck the mairrow out of life.
:arpe diem —
for Trevor Newton
Ted Sum-2nd year Rep
What do A vy VJ want
Do you want commitment.
Do you want results...
Do you want fun...    $
If so, vote for Ted Sum. 2nd year
Math Honours...
Someone who wants what vou want - a
succesful Science Undergraduate Society
Natty Gleicher-lst year Rep
m© or
To all first year science students. Since I'm
sort of modest, I won't get into a deep discussion about how good I am for this job and bla
bla bla...
I'll just say that if you vote for me, chances
are that you'll love yourself for doing
that...you won't regret it!
Vote For Natty!
The following have NOT
submitted ad$ for election,
although they wets asked
Shannon Tagsetb - 1st yr rep
Louisa Dickinson - 3rdyr rep
In by acclaimation
Trent Hammer - 4th yrrep
Yvonne Lee - Comp Set
Felipe Epora - Pharmacology
Caireen Hanert - Physics
Lloyd Jeffs - Biology/Aqua.
Para Sprouls ~ Physiology
Sylvia Cho * Chemistry
Adrian Abdool - Mbrobi
Nominations are
still needed for:
General Science
2 more 4th year reps
Name: Hugh Leung
Position: 2nd year Rep
Hugh is fun, friendly, and hard-working. In
the past year, he participated much in the
Science Undergraduate Society. He was
1st year Rep, and Science Week Coordinator. He was also 1st year Chem
Rep for the Chem Department. He has done
much to make Science shine and he should
be elected to the position of 2nd year Rep.
Vote Huoh Leung
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William Lau-lst year Rep
I come from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. I believe that I'll be a very
good representative for the 1st year science students as I am a very conscientious
person and am willing to work for the
benefits of everyone involved
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Don't you want a rep:
"«:> With enthusiasm
■sr With concern
** With dedication
Don't you want a rep to help you be your
best? I can help the first-year students In
the Faculty of Science. But first, you have
to help me.  By working together, we can
make our first year the best. v
On voting day:     \
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Orvin Lau
Hi! My name is Kande Williston and
I'm running for the position of 2nd year
Rep. Experience (was interesting to say
the least): I was first year Rep last year. I
believe in love, laughter, pizza and money.
P.S. my Science broomball team kicked
ass in the tournament.
Vote Kande Williston-2nd year
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Loveleen Lohia-Biochem Rep
As a third-year candidate for Biochemistry Representative, I would
like to push for a Turnkey Desk - a 24 hour AMS office that provides
students with information and services that many do not know exist
through AMS. The idea has been succesful in many other universities and is a MUST for die large and vast UBC. Besides, the ad "Don't
be a Schlep, be a Rep" offered Gratuitous Sex. Vote for me so That
I can cash in.
Answers to THAT'S
TRIVIAL, from page5
1. Galileo Galilei.
2. The Manhattan Project.
3. Freud.
4. The Violin.
5. Leonardo da Vinci.
6. Watson.
7. No one.
8. Barney Clarke.
9. Yuri Gargarin.
10. Pangaea.
11. Marie Curie.
12. Dr. Banting.
14. The Beagle.
15. The Cosmological
16. Tesla (not Marconi).
17. 20 Kilotons.
18. Friedrich Wohler, 1928.
19. U.B.C.
20. Jimmy Carter.
BQ: Fermat
1-10:1 point.
11-15:2 points.
16-20: 3 points.
BQ:     5 points.
>32 pts - Expert
24-31 pts - Know-it-all.
14-23 - Joe Average.
^ <13 pts - Special.
Say No
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drugs or
the ones
that are
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the staff of the 432
Your Horoscope
Pre-Med Society presents: Medical
Ethics - a lecture by Dr. Sweenie, Oct
10, Wood 1.
Ride needed to UBC from Surrey.
Willing to contribute money. Must be
here before 8:30 M,W,F. 590-7028.
46229852 would like to meet
46229853 or 46229851 for laughs,
possible casual sex.
Vote. Please. Pretty please. Oh god,
last year the math rep received two
votes. Two. Two out of how many
million SUS students? And one of
those votes was hers. The other was
from her friend who ran for physics
rep. So guess how many votes the
physics rep got Please vote.
(Over NewsNet)
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)
You have an inventive mind and are
inclined to be progressive. You lie a
great deal. On the other hand, you are
inclined to be careless and impractical,
causing you to make the same mistakes over and over again. People think
you are stupid.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20)
You have a vivid imagination and
often think you are being followed by
the CIA or FBI. You have minor
influence over your associates and
people resent your flaunting of your
power. You lack confidence and you
are generally a coward. Pisces do
terrible things to small animals.
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)
You are a pioneer type and hold most
people in contempt You are quick
tempered, impatient, and scornful of
advice. You are not very nice.
Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)
You are practical and persistent. You
have a dogged determination and work
like hell. Most people think you are
stubborn and bull headed. You are a
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
You are a quick and intelligent thinker.
People like you because you are
bisexual. You are inclined, however, to
expect too much for too little - you are
cheap. Geminis are known for committing incest
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
You are sympathetic and understanding to other people's problems. They
think you are a sucker. You are always
putting things off. That's why you'll
never make anything of yourself. Most
welfare recipients are Cancers.
Leo (July 23 • Aug 22)
You consider yourself a born leader.
Others think you are pushy. Most Leos
are bullies. You are vain and dislike
honest criticism. Your arrogance is
disgusting. Leos are thieves.
Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)
You are the logical type and hate
disorder. This nitpicking is sickening
to your friends. You are cold and
unemotional and sometimes fall asleep
while making love. Virgos make good
bus drivers.
Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)
You are the artistic type and have a
difficult time with reality. If you are a
man, you are more than likely gay.
Chances for employment and monetary gain are excellent. Most Libra
women are prostitutes. All Libras die
of venereal disease.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)
You are shrewd in business and cannot
be trusted. You will achieve the
pinnacle of success because of your
total lack of ethics. Most Scorpios are
Saggitarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)
You are optimistic and enthusiastic.
You have a reckless tendency to rely
on luck since you lack talent The
majority of Sagittarians are drunks or
dope fiends or both. People laugh at
you a great deal.
Capricorn (Dec 23 - Jan 19)
You are conservative and afraid of
taking risks. You don't do much of
anything and are lazy. There has never
been a Capricorn of any importance.
Capricorns should avoid standing still
for too long as they take root and
become trees.
Diana. Thanks again. That lug wrench was
a little heavy, but I could still get it up.
Same place, same time, same protection.
Anyone interested in playing in a darts
tournament, contact Scott Davidson or
leave your name at Chem 160.
Mannequins needed: whole or parts.
Contact SUS Room Manager, 228-4235.
Skeletons for my closet (no joke-this is
serious). Reply to Box 102, this paper
(Chem 160).
Salestaff needed for SUS. Commission
offered for sales of science shirts, jackets,
so on. Contact Suzanne, Chem 160,228-
For gale
'72 Plymouth Fury. I know. I'm kidding
myself. Maybe there's some sucker out
there anyway. Box 103 this paper.
'78 Pinto. I should be so lucky as to have
a Plymouth Fury to sell. Nobody buys a
Pinto. Best offer. Any offer. Box 104 this
'76 Maverick. Bald tires. No radio. Two
tone rust colour. 'Nuff said. Next ad.
'89 Porsche convertible, cherry red, never
driven, AM/FM stereo with laser disc,
cellular phone included. Sounds like a
dream car? I know. That's why I'm
keeping it Eat your heart out as I pick up
the babes.
'83 Mustang. 40 000 miles. New tires,
AM/FM stereo, sunroof. Ten million
dollars. Box 105 this paper.
Physsoc for sale: just kidding. Hah hah.
Well rent it out, though. Five bananas gets
you a study carrell and the admiration of
plumbers everywhere. Just kidding.
Plumbers hate physicists. Hennings 307.
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