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 VOLUME TWENTY ISSUE FOUR
22 November 2006
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man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on."
-Winston Churchi
An Interview with Light, Pt. IV
In this week's part Light discusses speed, extinction, and Gravity
This is Part 4 of 6 of the 432 's exclusive interview with Light.
432: Light, you recently announced that you 've decided after
13.7 billion years
Light: Earth years.
432: After 13.7 billion earth years to slow down. You said
you're going to decrease your speed in half within the next 300
million years. What prompted this decision?
Light: Well, you know I just thought it was the right time
for this. I've been looking to re-invent myself, and shake
up the universe a little in the process. Everyone has been
taking me and my speed for granted recently. I want to
remind them that I'm still relevant, damnit. Fucking
strings are getting all the attention these days.
432: But you will admit it is a bit of an unorthodox decision.
Light: Why? My cousin in parallel universe Theta-923
does it all the time.
432: In this universe, though, your decision has sent a shock -
wave throughout the community. Electromagnetism came right
out and admitted there's concern amongst those that know you
well.
Light: Jealous. All of them.
432: Some have been more forceful with their comments. A fun -
damental constant co-worker of yours said, and I quote, "Who
the fuck does he think he is? What makes him so damn special?
If I came out tomorrow and said that I'm changing all hell would
break loose. But Light always has been a selfish prima-donna.
I'm going to lodge a formal complaint with the Universal Axiom
Council."
Light:
432: Any comment?
Light: Who said that?
432: I'm sorry we can't expose our sources.
Light: Fuck that. Tell me.
432: We have journalistic integrity.
Light: Are his 'initials' G.C.?
432: Maybe...
Light: Knew it. I fooled around with his sister 8 billion
earth years ago and he still hasn't forgiven me. What a vin
dictive prick.
432: So..."no comment"?
Light: Yeah, that would actually sound better in print.
Put that instead.
432: How do you see your decision as affecting those of us on
Earth?
Light: Who in particular?
432: Humans.
Light: Cute species. Nice potpourri. Lots of shiny things.
I like you guys. But I can't make my decisions based on
one planet in the whole damn universe. Not even one
galaxy. Though it would suck if my choice somehow
caused koala bears to go extinct. They're my second
favourite species after the Thangarian Snare Beasts of
Omicron Persiay 8.
432: Understandable. Let's switch gears for a little bit. You
have also been criticized for some time for your orientation.
Light: What is this, Beat up on Light day? Ease up man. I
told you no personal questions.
432: It's just that I'm sure our readers are curious. We have a
very large readership, and many have written in begging us to
ask you about this.
Light: How large a readership?
432: Ummm like about 500?
Light: Billion?
432: Uhhh... yeah...
Light: Respect.
432: So anyway, you've always categorically refused to fit into
socially accepted orientation categories. Some of your compatri -
ots have said this makes you an outsider.
Light: Look, they just don't understand. I'm Bi. It's not a
decision. It's how I was created. This isn't something I
came to lightly. It took many millennia of struggling with
my identity.
432: Both Proton and Sound have been vocal about you picking
one side and just sticking with it. But interestingly they have
opposing viewpoints about which one that should be.
Light: They just don't understand. I'm not a particle. I'm
not a wave. I'm neither and I'm both. Electron understands
432: Yes, Electron has come out in your support numerous
times.
Light: He's a good friend.
432: But just last week, Gravity called you an abomination, a
morally corrupt heathen that will be judged in the end.
Light: 'Gravity', eh? Or do you mean 'Graviton' as he's
known when he goes out to certain clubs on Friday nights?
432: Oooh! Juicy gossip! Are you saying...
Light: Total closet case. But that's off the record.
432: Of course it is. Well, that's all the time we have this week,
Light. We'll continue this interview next issue when you'll
finally reveal your preference: Reflection, or Absorption.
Light: Looking forward to it.
Light laments lack of understanding
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22 November 2006
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Volume Twenty
Issue Four
22nd November 2006
Choler
Colleen Atherton
Bile
Lois Chan
Nik Pinksy
Dan Anderson
Dave Tsang
Cameron Gerald Funnell
Varun Ramraj
Matthew Naylor
Spittle
Randall Munroe
Nicholas Gurewitch
Elbow Grease
SUS Exec
Narrator
Horizon Pub, Vancouver, BC
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of making the editor chuckle thrice,
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Hit us up at: the432@gmail.com
Cameron Funnell
The Funnellator
When I was about 14 or 15 years
old I got a debit card. Now
before this point I was entirely
dependent on either a measly allowance or
mowing lawns when it came to getting
cash. Initially I was skeptical but like many
I grew to love my debit card. The ease! The
convenience! All and all it was pretty
sweet.
For those of you unfamiliar with this
device, it is simply a plastic card with a
magnetic strip along one side. If you know
the correct PIN (personal identification
number), you can use the card at any ATM
(automated teller machine) to obtain
money. Cash!
Now personally the need has yet to arise,
but I can only assume one could withdrawal enormous sums from an ATM if
necessary. I believe the maximum withdrawal is $500, but nothing is stopping you
from repeatedly obtaining this amount
until you have what you need. Presume
you  want   a   $400,000   house:   this   will
require 800 transactions. Initially this may
seem like quite a large number, but when
you think about it, it really isn't that bad.
At 40 seconds a transaction, this will take
less than nine hours. All it takes is one dedicated weekend and you're done! I say
make a bit of a party of it. Invite some
friends! Make some guacamole! Note that
using an ATM for extended periods of time
during the day is frowned upon because
other people may want to use it, so I suggest that if you need a large sum you go in
the evening.
Now I can only assume that some of you
out there will be worrying about how
much this cash will weigh. I've done some
research and $400,000 in $20 bills weighs
only about twenty kilograms. A sturdy
backpack should be able to handle it. If you
have a bad back I recommend you use
either a wheelbarrow or shopping cart.
One thing that never ceases to amaze me
is the degree to which people are unaware
of this awesome resource. I always overhear people complaining about being
"short on cash". Little do they know that in
all likelihood they are less than a kilometer
away from an ATM!
I've thought a lot about using ATM's to
alleviate poverty. You may have noticed
that in poor areas ATM's are quite difficult
to find. Coincidence? If ATM's could be
installed throughout these areas (and cards
distributed of course), people would be
able to get the cash necessary to provide
for their families.
But this is not just a local solution! As hard
as it is to believe, there are third world
nations with absolutely no ATM's! This
means they would either have to find or
make their own money (an incredibly time
consuming task). Mass installation of
ATM's throughout the third world would
do wonders for world poverty.
"But Cameron!" you say, "Where will we
get the money to pay for these machines
and their installation?" Well therein lies
the beauty of the plan. Simply use the
ATM's which are ALREADY installed here
in Vancouver to obtain the necessary
funds! This is the crucial point. The ATM
solution has no flaws.
To be honest I'm pretty surprised that
nobody has thought of this before but hey
I don't mind taking the credit. And if you
see me around feel free to join me in getting some cash from an ATM for a tasty
lunch.
Squirrel Mastermind
on UBC Campus
Colleen Atherton
Bereaved and bereft
For many years squirrels have been
notorious on the Vancouver campus
of the University of British Columbia
(UBC) for their felonious ways. A recent
spate of thefts has elevated the resident
squirrel population to new heights of
treachery.
Formerly restricting their actions to the
theft of fruit, baked goods, and candy in
junior residences such as Totem Park and
Place Vanier the rampant squirrels have
been expanding slowly into the likes of
Fairview Crescent and Acadia Park.
Former resident Erin Looby remembers
well her encounters with the squirrels in
Fairview. "They came in one day and ravaged our kitchen, ate my roommates
brownies, stole a peach and sat on the corner of the couch to eat it. The bastards even
left the skin of the peach to let us know he
had been here."
Until now, it was thought that this band of
rodents was disorganized and leaderless.
The robbery of the Starbucks franchise in
the University Village has proven otherwise. The event left several employees
devastated and in a state of shock.
Speculation abounds that the skittish
rodents who appeared extraordinarily
"bright eyed and bushy tailed" were in fact
high on some sort of mind altering substance. The most popular theory currently
is the consumption of large quantities of
discarded coffee cups has left the squirrels
with a severe caffeine addiction, causing
them to strike out at local providers in the
attempt to satiate their unconquerable
appetites.
"It is a vicious cycle," says addiction coun
cillor Leah Butcher, "they are eating
garbage because they are on campus and
they are addicted to caffeine because they
are eating the garbage. This problem won't
be solved by rounding up and incinerating
the culprits of this crime."
In addition to ransacking the popular coffee shop of their bean stocks, several hundred dollars were taken from the store register. One of the customers present during
the event an animal sciences graduate student, who requested to remain anonymous
and is fluent in squirrel speak, overheard
the conversation between the bean villains.
"They speak a strange dialect here on the
west coast, but I still got the gist of what
they were saying," he said, "something
about biologically engineering fleas to eat
only humans." "Your squirrels here are
very creepy," he added, "at Queens where
I did my undergrad, the squirrels crawled
along the ground and up trees and buildings like iguanas. Here they are all bouncy
and shit."
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SUS is in the process of hiring a Building Manager for the new
Ladha Science Student Centre and we are looking for applicants.
POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The building manager will be responsible for the day to day
management of the room managers and IT technician under
the direction of the executive secretary.
The building manager will sit on the SUS Building Management Commission. This commission deals with bookings
of the building.
The building manager will be responsible for receiving the
bookings applications.
The building manager shall make a report to SUS council at
the end of each term.
The building manager will keep a minimum of 5 office
hours per week during standard operating hours of the
building. The building manager will be expected to be in
and around the building for 20 hours a week.
The building manager will be responsible for bringing any
incident in the Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre to the
attention of the Executive Secretary.
The building manager shall endeavor to promote the principles of sustainability in the operations of the Abdul Lad ha
Science Student Centre.
REQUIREMENTS:
The building manager would have good management skills
and be able to develop their own initiatives for the Ladha
Centre.
They would also be flexible as this is a new position and will
require the Building Manager to help model their potential
tasks.
They would have good time management skills.
They would have the ability to make good judgement based
on policy.
GENERAL:
This is a volunteer position with the Science Undergraduate
Society; however, it will come with a yet to be determined
honorarium between $1000 and $1500 prorated to April.
Applicants are asked to apply by e-mail to Michael Duncan,
President, at sus@interchange.ubc.ca . Applicants are asked
to include a resume and references.
The deadline for applications is Nov. 29, 2006.
-The GESE is awarded at the end of each term
to two deserving Science Students
-This scholarship is unique as it is awarded on
the basis of a small, simple, yet profound act of
kindness and selflessness.
-The award was created after Ms Gina Eom was
observed cleaning up after Cold Fusion when she
clearly was not responsible for doing so.
-The GESE scholarship is only $0.16 (based on
a current endowment of $21.26) but donations are
always welcome!
6Walom scholarship of fifCe//
-To apply (or to recommend someone) for this
award please provide a written submission of no
more than 350 words describing a simple act
which exemplifies the applicant's spirit of altruism.
-Email submissions to cameronfunnell@gmail.com
-Applications will be reviewed by the GESE
evaluation committee (chaired by Cameron Funnell)
-Scholarship winners will be contacted by email
-A short scholarship presentation ceremony will be
held on Thursday November 30th in the SUB
Council Chambers (SUB 206) at 1:45.
Randall Munroe
Alberta
seduced
Matthew Naylor
Luscius liberal
It is raining again in Alberta. That once
oil and revenue rich province just to the
right of our own has been thrown into
turmoil over a recent, and costly, administrative error.
A bastion of economic prosperity in Canada, Alberta had started saving for the
future by putting money into the Heritage
Fund, but a new proposal from Norway
coming from what Legislature staffers
called "a tall, slick looking man with
greasy blonde hair". The man, who went
by the name of Svend, has caused the
province to be cast onto hard times.
Instead of depositing money into a program similar to that which exists in Norway, the contract specifies that 100% of all
revenue from the so-called Canadian emirate be transferred to Norway.
When asked to comment on the economically disastrous signing of the contract outgoing Premier Ralph Klein read a prepared
statement at a press conference. "I dunnah
what the hell that pehace of papah said,"
slurred the Premier, "but that guy, Svend
or sumthin', he said it was a gud ideah, so
I signed the damn thing." Adding, in classic Klein style "An' anyone who doesn'
like it can go and fuck themselves."
He will surely be missed.
When asked about the future, current
NDP leader, whose name currently
escapes this reporter, was stoned.
Here at home, noted UBC economist Dr.
Wilkenson lauded the decision: "Ralph
Klein seems to be have been taking Alberta in the right direction. I think we owe
him the benefit of the doubt. I try and do
exactly as Ralph Klein does in my daily
life." Dr. Wilkenson concluded his interview and returned to drunkenly throwing
coins at the homeless around campus.
While Alberta has certainly faced hardships in the past, one wonders how this
fresh onslaught on the nation's richest
province will change matters both there
and across the country. When asked about
the potential national impact of this new
economic development, the Prime Ministers office told The 432 that Prime Minister
Stephen Harper was unable to comment
because he was in the shop for servicing.
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22 November 2006
Boourns UBC FT, Boourns
Colleen Atherton
Irate
A tall, elegant figure stands in the
center surrounded by old, leering,
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perhaps never cherished in the first place.
Oh! but she is cherished by thousands!
They admire her daily as they walk past,
longing to touch her, to be inside her. Get
your mind outta the gutter, sicko, I'm talking about the Ladha Science Student Centre.
This centre, partially funded by you the
science student currently stands vacant
due to factors completely outside the Science Undergraduate Society's (SUS) con
trol.
Last spring we were informed that the
building would be completed in October of
2006. "Hooray!" said the executive of SUS,
"Then we can host kick-ass events and programs in this swanky, kick-ass space." In
the summer the executive was informed by
UBC Properties Trust, the body with a
monopoly on campus construction, that
the building would be completed and
ready for occupation by August 18th, 2006.
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"Hooray!" they said, "Now we can have a
kick-ass Imagine event in the space so all
the new science students know what SUS
has done for them."
Near the end of the summer, the exec was
informed that there would be a small
delay. Actually, the building would not be
open until September 5th, 2006. "Okay,"
said the exec, "we can still take all the
MUG groups through the building so all
the new science students know what SUS
has done for them." Then UBC Properties
Trust informed them that the building
would not be open until September 22nd,
2006. "Hmmmm," said the exec, "well at
least we will be able to use the building
soon."
That was the last date that was set by UBC
Properties Trust for the completion of the
Ladha Centre.
Now the essentially complete building
has been standing unoccupied for three
months. The delays were initially due to
the installation of glass railings on the
stairs and upper floor. Apparently it takes
three months to ship something from
Ontario.
Why, you ask, has UBC Properties Trust
not given your trusty executive a completion date since September? The executive is
also curious. It is not for lack of trying. SUS
president Michael Duncan has repeatedly
called and emailed Joe Redmond, UBC
Properties Trust vice president and
received no response. He finally was able
to talk to Redmond at a totally unrelated
event. Joe Redmond claims they have been
readily available to SUS. Did you not get
our emails Joe? No one passed along the
messages we left? Because we have not
gotten any responses from them.
As a result of this disastrous lack of communication, the SUS executive sent a letter
detailing our grievances to UBC Properties
Trust with copies sent to Science Advising,
The Ubyssey, the Dean of Science Simon
Peacock, and AMS president Kevin Keystone among others. Both the Dean of Science office and Science Advising have
expressed their support for SUS.
In addition to the complaints regarding
the delays and lack of communication,
some design features of the building have
been changed without the consultation of
the steering committee for the social space.
All in all, we are disappointed.
How can you contribute to the cause?
How can you show UBC Properties Trust
that you are unimpressed? Join us for a
march on the Ladha Science Student Centre on Tuesday, November 30th, 2006. We
got the University built this way, lets see if
we can get our swanky new building open
too. Meet in the SUS undergraduate
lounge at 11:30 am and get your march on.
Who doesn't love an angry mob?
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22 November 2006
Why "Casino Royale" is the
best Bond flick Ever
Varun Ramraj
Secret agent man
Ian Fleming was no fool. He wrote novels that were deep, contained rich,
dynamic supporting cast and villains,
and one very suave, sexy protagonist.
"Casino Royale" was his first Bond novel,
and what a lovely story it is! Unfortunately, Albert Broccoli and Co. did not have the
rights to publish it, and instead, a rogue
version of the movie sprung up as a spoof
of all things spy. Of course, after this, the
familiar franchise launched with the
release of "Dr. No", and shot Sean Con-
nery into stardom. The movie-making continued until "Moonraker," a flick that had
to compete with the likes of "Star Wars" in
the theatres. Therefore, the story moved to
space.
As a Bond-lover, I am the first to admit
that "Moonraker" is probably the second-
worst Bond film, the worst being "The
Man with the Golden Gun." The sinister
character of Jaws returns in this foolishly
conceived, special effects laden space spy
movie, but this time he is a lovable ape of a
steel-mouthed man. I believe the producers decided that enough was enough, and
they brought things back down to Earth
(literally) with the next movie, "For Your
Eyes Only." This trend towards unbelievable  gadgetry  and  film-making  idiocy
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reared its ugly head again, this time culminating in an invisible Aston Martin VI2
Vanquish in "Die Another Day." It was
time for the basics again...
...which brings me to "Casino Royale." I
have read parts of the book and it has been
sitting on my bookshelf untouched since
this term began, a cardinal sin, considering
what a fantastic tale it is. The movie, luckily, follows Fleming's literary vision almost
exactly. The artistic direction has taken a
creative route towards upgrading the gadgetry (laptops, cell phones, etc.), but the
story has remained the same. So, without
further ado, I present to you, the top 6 reasons this movie is the best so far. I have
tried my best not to spoil the movie!
1) Daniel Craig: needs to be knighted. As I
mentioned above, this story is much more
emotional, action-packed, gut-wrenching
and, well, HUMAN. One needs a strong
human to play one, and the producers
found their next Bond (he has been signed
for two more movies).2) Vesper Lynd and
Solange: These Bond-girls have emotions;
they play real roles. They affect 007's emotions and serve as perfect character foils for
007's newly-established "Double-Oh rating," which the audience sees as a rough,
untamed character, who matures into the
spy we have come to love. He could not
have done it without these women, who
are not simply tools.
3) Product Placement: Usually, product
placement is glaring, jarring, and irritating
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AMS
Matthew Naylor
AMS repin' since 2006
Well, that was a long meeting. At
least it seemed long. We began
with many, many presentations,
all by the same woman. However, that is
not to say that these presentations were not
important. They were, in fact, Meaningful
Consultation ™. That said, all the fees that
were proposed seemed reasonable, and I
am pleased to see the consultation taking
place.
It was brought forward to council, and
you, that Hillel House was vandalized on
the anniversary of Kristalnacht. This is a
disgusting hate crime, and I would like to
extend my personal condolences to Hillel.
The GSS memorandum of understanding
was presented. One thing that was interesting was that the "Option Three" that the
AMS was so opposed to was basically the
Randall Munroe
memorandum. I would like to state, for the
record, and the minutes reflect this, that I
supported Option Three all along. The
only notable difference seemed to be that it
was a flat rate transfer, as opposed to a dollar amount per graduate student.
In other, less important news, we will be
using rubber stamps for cheques for
amounts less than $250. As such, we will
be making the AMS less accountable and
more efficient. It's a good idea!
Then we debated Voter Funded Media
We chanted on the edge of insanity.
We spoke for a hundred million years.
All things considered, this is a good idea.
Thanks be to god that it passed.
Incidentally The 432, the Underground
and the rest will now be allowed to be
legitimate news source for a while. Isn't it
great!
If you are at all interested in acting as a
media source for the next election, or
working on the elections, please email elec-
tions@ams.ubc.ca .
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a building jump as large as the one portrayed in the movie...PLEASE...). However, this movie overflowed with Ford and
Sony products, while being extremely subtle about their existence. Laptops were
Sony Vaios, cell phones were Sony-Ericssons, vehicles were Ford, Jaguar and of
course, his latest vehicle, the Aston Martin
DBS (he also spends time in a 1960s-era
Aston Martin DB5, the kind that has
appeared in numerous Bond-flicks, most
notably "Goldfinger"). Indeed, there is a
scene where he reviews security footage,
using Sony Blu-Ray discs and player of
course! It is also worth noting that the
launch of the movie coincided with the
launch of the Sony Playstation 3 entertainment system...I wonder who owns the production rights to the franchise...a certain
Japanese conglomerate, perhaps?
4) Lack of bells-and-whistles: Bond
required his skills as a human being in this
movie. He required emotions that the
audience was well aware of. He did not
need lasers and fancy electronics supplied
by Q-Branch (which does not even exist in
this movie). The ass-kicking was ol' school,
and it was a welcome change-of-pace. The
fight scenes were dark and realistic.I cannot imagine Roger Moore beating someone
to a bloody pulp for fear of ruining his suit!
5) M: Judy Dench is M, but she is NOT the
M  that  calmly  provides  instructions  to
Pierce Brosnan. She is a much more sarcastic, fresh-from-the-Cold-War M who finds
herself regretting promoting Bond to
"Double-Oh" status so soon. Yet, her gut
feeling supports his every move, and agent
and chief make for great on-screen chemistry.
6) Location, aristocracy, marques: The
filming is SUPERB. The locations chosen
are exotic and well-tailored for a high-profile film such as this. The Casino Royale
itself is decorated in Victorian-era architecture, as are most of the towns that the
movie has been filmed in (a lot of location
filming took place in and around Prague).
The symbol of aristocratic gaming, Carta
Mundi, has been called upon to produce
the card decks and poker chips for Casino
Royale, and even Bond's suit looks especially well made compared to the previous
movies.
In essence, the movie has paid careful
attention to style and detail, while "going
retro" with brisk action, emotional drama,
film noire and revivals of classic Bond tradition.
I hope I have encouraged more people to
watch the movie without getting anyone
into a "Who's the best Bond?" debate. I
will say that if Daniel Craig puts out another brilliant performance in the next movie,
I will find myself seriously considering
removing Sean Connery from that top
spot...
Attention First Year Science
Students!
Finals are coming! How are you going to perpare!?
The First Year Committee is holding group
study sessions starting the 4th of December
in Room 202 ofthe Leanoard S. Klink building
(aka the SuS lounge).
Bach tutorial will be from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
and there will be free hot chocolate and
coffee for those attending!
Date:
Study Session:
4th
Bio 112
5th
Bio 121
6th
Phys 100
8th
Phys 101, 107
10th
Chem 121
12th
Math 100,102, 120, 180
13th
Chem 111
15th
Math 104, 184
17th
Bio 111 22 November 2006
THE FOUR THIRTY TWO
Page Seven
SUS HAS THINGS TO SAY!!!
Michael Duncan
El President
Boo-Yah
Mike Duncan here, telling you everything
I can about news in SUS. The Science
Undergraduate Society has just sent out a
very detailed letter to UBC Properties
Trust regarding our grievances about the
Ladha Science Student Centre project. A
copy of this letter is printed in this issue of
the 432. We have already received a
response from Crystal Roche, our properties manager for the project. I will keep you
all updated as this unfolds. We still don't
have any detailed information on the completion date of this project. If you have any
questions regarding the letter or the
progress of the social space feel free to con
tact me.
In other news, the executive had a chance
to meet Abdul Ladha, the donor who funded a large portion of our new social space.
He is a really great guy and has a vision of
the social space very similar to that of the
Science Undergraduate Society. It is with
this vision that he is going to be donating a
large amount of high-tech electronic equipment for the building in order to "WOW"
students. I am really excited about this
opportunity and I can't wait for all of you
to be able to enter the building and be
"WOW'ed.
I am always open to suggestions and comments from everybody. Please e-mail me at
prez.sus@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments about the Science
Undergraduate Society.
Jamil Rhajiak
Director of Sports
Hey science students, a short report
from me for this issue! One:
Thanks to all of you who participated with rec this semester! We're doing
extremely well in our points standings, but
we could definitely use more. Also, a big
shout out to the Dawson Club sports rep
Sarah Eaton who's put together teams for
nearly every rec event and has had these
teams consistently rank in the top 10 at
every event! Just a reminder that next
semester league registration ends the second week back so it'd be a good idea to do
it now! Also, if you feel like going to a
wicked party and winning some awesome
prizes then i suggest you head down to
LEAGUE-A-PALOOZA on Thursday
November 30th...it starts off with a
Canucks game and then switches to a
dance party. You could possibly win: Free
drinks, martini glasses, gift certificates to
Racquets and Runners and Cyclepath,
AND CANUCKS TICKETS!!!
Cameron Gerald Funnell
Student Senator
Senate met on the 15th and not much
exciting happened. Thanks to some student and faculty pressure, the newly
formed College for Interdisciplinary Studies will have one student and two faculty
representatives to Senate in addition to the
Principal of the College. We had a presentation from the Deputy Minister of
Advanced Education which was somewhat interesting. That's about it.
Also if you haven't heard, VP Academic
and Provost Lorn Whitehead has resigned.
George Mackie is taking over his position
until a replacement can be found.
I sit on a committee that has been charged
with implementing a new structure for
teaching evaluations campus wide. We've
decided to go with an online system (as
opposed to the bubble sheets currently
used). In the next few months we'll be
hammering out the policy details (which
parts of the evaluations will be made public, what types of questions will be on the
evaluations, when and for how long will
the evaluations be distributed, how students will be encouraged to fill out evaluations, etc.) If you have any ideas, opinions,
or even anecdotes about teaching evaluations, be sure to let me know ( cameron-
funnell@gmail.com).
And finally, Student Senator Jaspreet
Khangura and AMS VP Academic Jeff
Friedrich are working on a proposal to
expand UBCs offering of pass/fail courses.
The idea is to allow students to take elec-
tives they normally wouldn't for fear of a
poor grade. I think it's pretty neat.
Alex Lougheed
El Sociale Coordinateur
Ethanol took place November 3rd,
and from what I hear it went really
well! As licensee for our events, I
don't really get to have the patron experience, so I rely on you guys for feedback!
Shoot me an email with comments if you
have any, and if you don't, shoot me an
email anyways. Boy, I sure do love emails!
On that note, I'm taking suggestions on
events we can hold in the Ladha centre. I'm
more than open to all kinds of suggestions,
be they completely outrageous or as tame
as my mother on the weekend. Email me! I
LOVE email!
I have no more social events planned for
this term, but next term we're started off
with a bang, COLD FUSION is taking
place Friday, February 2nd. I'm looking at
some rock bands to play for us, and with
my $20,000 budget, we should be able to
pull some talent. Lastly, I hope you all
scoped out the UCS's Buck-A-Beaker and
BioSoc's "Big Bang" last Friday. I know I
had a blast at them, despite the fact that
they haven't started at the time of writing
this!
Matthew Naylor
Executive Secretary
SUS! That's what this is about. The
well being of our society. That's why
I'm organizing a march to the Ladha
Centre against the people at properties
trust who wont let us into our building. On
November 28th, at 11:30, everyone interested should meet in SUS to march to the
Ladha Centre. We have been paying for
this building for years, and it still isn't
open. It's about damn time!
In other news, the Code and Policy Committee met recently, and approved guide
lines for the ratification of policies for our
society. We will soon be working on our
SUStainability policy. It is an exciting time
for us. I want to look at doing an independent review of executive performance in
the next month, so to improve for you. I
invite any of you to compliment or criticize
my performance by emailing me at nay-
lor.matthew@gmail.com.
In two council meetings, on the 30th of
November, I will be away, and need someone to proxy. If anyone is interested in my
position, I would like to invite you to
proxy for me. Please email me.
Come out to the Great Trek of Science! It's
Reka Pataky
Vice President Internal
Well, first term is nearly over,
which means Well, first term is
nearly over, which means that
much of my work as VP Internal is done...
at least in theory. This term has seen the
start of the First-Year Committee and its
successful first events (our Jeans for
Genes Fundraiser, and Thriller Halloween
Party, plus our upcoming Study Sessions!), the election of a new Council and
their subsequent training retreat, and the
kick-off of Academic Committee.
I'm already looking ahead to next term,
and trying to come up with some great
ideas! Got any? Send them my way at
vpi.sus@gmail.com. So far I'm hoping to
do some academic lobbying with the Academic Committee, another great first-year
event with the FYC, and have some fun at
Science Week with both these committees!
Also coming up next term are the SUS
Teaching Excellence Awards and SUS
Leadership awards... keep an eye out for
nomination forms and more information
to come!
Diana Diao
Public Relations Officer
I can't believe the semester is nearly
over! I am pretty stressed out about
exams...but I hope everyone else is
dealing slightly better than I am. The PR
committee has been quite busy, we had a
Buck-A-Burger on Friday the 17th (when
I'm wiring this it hasn't happened yet, so I
guess we'll wait and see how that goes).
Wig the Prof is on the 23rd and 24th! We
have 6 profs who are participating this
year, they will be wearing silly wigs for a
day if their classes raise at least $100 each.
The money will be donated to charity. So,
if you see wonderful PR committee people/person making classroom announcements regarding Wig the Prof, please
donate some money because your wonderful professor has agreed to some embarrassment for a day so take full advantage
of it! With that said, I hope everyone enjoys
November!
Dennis Yoo
Director of Finance
N
othing to report.
Sean Kearney
Vice President External
like to volunteer or help out in any capacity please feel free to give me a shout at
seankearney@shaw.ca.
s
cience Week 2007 (Jan 29-Feb 2)
planning is now in full swing! If
you've got any great ideas or if you'd
Colleen Atherton
Dir. of Publications
I heave a sigh of relief as I put the finishing touches on this issue. It has been an
interesting semester, but I really could
have used a little more creative input from
the likes of you.
Putting a paper together is no easy feat,
and I rely on everybody to help me out and
give me some content. The idea is you
spend an hour and write me something
funny so I only have to spend twenty hours
instead of forty hours on every issue. Ah
well.
We will be putting out a 20th annaversary
issue as the next one. If you are interested
in helping email the432@gmail.com and I
will give you the deets. There will be food
and copious amounts of fun involved in
the process.
SCIENCE
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