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by Peter MacDougall
New Age religion proclaims crystals
are age-old tools for achieving
happiness. Without a doubt, our
lives have always been governed by
the properties of crystals, but
probably not as New Age pilgrims
would have us believe.
Crystals are any structure showing
some degree of geometric regularity.
Almost all pure elements and
compounds are capable of forming
There are two extremes of crustal
structure: ideal crystal lattices and
liquids and have more structural
There are three types of liquid
crystals: smectic, where the molecules
are arranged in layers and the long
axes of the molecules are parallel to
each other and perpendicular to the
layers; cholesterolic, where the long
axes of the molecules are parallel to
useful in radio tuning and time
In summary, all crystals react to
electromagnetism in specific ways
determined by their regular
Strict physical properties aside, New
Age religion precepts say that crystals
can be used to find spiritual harmony
cybotactic liquids. In between these
two extremes are liquid crystals.
Ideal crystals are rigid solids. The
geometric regularity of an ideal
crystal comes from a 3D lattice of
repeating, polyhedral cells. Each
'identical cell is composed of a group
oof particles which define the size
and the shape of the cell. In simpler
terms, each cell is like a building
block that, when stacked in a regular
manner with other blocks, can form a
large, rigid structure. This
organization gives ideal crystals
specific mathematical and physical
Although ideal crystals do not exist in
nature, true crystals have structures
that closely resemble this ideal model.
Salt crystals, ice, gemstones, minerals,
and many crystallized organic
compounds are made of rigid,
mathematically regular 3D lattices of
Cybotactic liquids, on the other hand,
are liquids which show sor
crystalline properties. When
examined with x-rays, cybotactic
liquids give diffraction patterns that
resemble those of powdered crystal.
Some liquids that show cybotaxis are
alcohols and other organic liquids.
The diffraction patterns suggest that
the molecules of the liquids are
temporarily stacked in rows, layers,
or blocks. However, the compounds
lack rigid, geometric shapes of true
Liquid crystals appear intermediate
between cybotactic liquids and true
crystals. In liquid crystals, there
appear to be large groups of
molecules that are able to move and
turn about with respect to each other,
but the molecules within the group
retain their 3D structural
arrangement. Liquid crystals tend to
be more viscous than cybotactic
each other and to the plane of the
layers; nematic, where the axes of the
molecules are parallel to each other
but they are not arranged in definite
layers. These different arrangements
give the liquid crystals different
The most important properties to
come from the regular geometry of
crystals are their electromagnetic
properties. For example,the spacing
of the regular units in most crystals
allows crystals to act as diffraction
gratings for x-rays. The regular
planes of most crystals can refract
visible light in regular patterns, like
the sparkle in diamonds or the
spectra formed by prisms. Some
crystals, like germanium and silicon,
are rectifying: they pass electric
current only in one direction. Other
crystals, like guartz and Rochelle salt,
are piezo-electric crystals; a voltage
applied across certain faces of the
crystal results in a reversible
deformation of the crystal or vice
versa, while squeezing the crystal
results in a potential difference across
the crystal. The circular dichroism of
cholesterolic liquid crystals is
responsible for their temperature
dependent iridescent colors. Nematic
liquid crystals are more effective in
polarizing light when subjected to a
magnetic field.
The imperfections and impurities in
crystals also change the
electromagnetic properties of the
crystals. The chromium III impurities
in ruby (a-Ak03) are responsible for
ruby's usefulness in producing
coherent, monochromatic laser light.
Perhaps most importantly, all crystal
have specific resonant frequencies at
which they absorb and emit radiation.
For example, the ability of quartz
crystals to resonate at different
frequencies depending on the voltage
applied to the crystals makes them
and power. Clear quartz held near a
person is supposed to help organize
their thoughts; amethyst is supposed
to aid the power of intuition, or
non-rational thought while rose
quartz supposedly soothes the heart
(all useful during an exam!).
Although the properties associated
with crystals by New Age religion do
not lend themselves to scientific
analysis and therefore remain
doubtful at best, it is too cynical to
suppose that there cannot be any
interaction between crystals and the
human body.
Thy body has an electromagnetic
field. There is the electric firing of
neurons that can be measured by an
EEG machine, but also many of the
individual molecules of living tissue
absorb and emit radiation at different
frequencies of the electromagnetic
spectrum. The human body can even
be magnetized (as can happen NMR).
Therefore anything which reacts with
electromagnetic fields such as metal
and magnets, light, electricity,
crystals and so on, at the resonant
frequencies of the human body, can
affect the body's electromagnetic
The effects of such perturbants on
human life are essentially unknown
and barely studied, but do not seem
to be great. The effects of the crystals
that surround us and that are even
inside us are probably far more
physical and subtle than New Age
pilgrims believe.
USE: crystal
and piezo-electric crystal
DISPLAY: nematic liquid crystals
ELECTRONICS: silicon, germanium,
THERMOMETERS: cholesterolic
liquid crystals
OPTICS: lead and silver crystal,
January 20,1988
Issue #9 ■.'-a', j
In 1916, UBC offered the first
course in Biology, Since that time the
Biological Sciences, nave flourished.
Today they encompass three separate
departments (Biology, Botany, and
Zoology) within the largest Faculty of
the University. Thirty-eight years
have passed since the opening of the
first wing of Biological Sciences
building. Despite the subsequent
metamorphosis in the departments, a
sense of unity, strength, and
comraderifi among the students is
lacking. It is high time that we form
the "Biological Undergraduate
Society** which establishes these
We have a talented, dedicated
ami extremely diverse staff of
professors, T,A/s and graduate
students behind m. The professors
work in. very multifarious fields and
some are world renowa authorities in
their particular areas of study.
Ultimately however, the success of
the Biology departments is reflected
in the input and hard work by all pi
u&. We represent a truly
heterogenous groupsf individuals.
We all havedifferentdreamsbut also
a common interest and only a few
short years together to share it
Biology, Botany and Zoology i&
something we cart take pride in
belonging to* We have every reason
to form our owxt society.
While both the $U$ and the
Wildlife Club already provide
excellent services we need anew
organization- It will have the
mandate to adequately represent alt
the students in the Biological Sciences.
While the Society is in its earliest
stages of formation, the goal Is for it
to become an AMS. constituency.
This will allow us a $300 yearly
budget {plus membership fees) to
finance our indefatigabiy zealous
Proposed undertakings include:
1) Weekly meetings; Mainly to
show spectacular films (National
Geographic etc)r slide shows and
invite guest speakers.
2} A paper for articles, interviews
and reviews by students as well as for
club information.
3) Team participation in
4) Beer gardens (Faculty and T.A.
participation wilt be mandatory. This
is for unity, comraderie and
5) Socialsand Good field trips
{Bamfield, Point Renfrew etc.}
6) Promotion of our Departments
and studies of interest.
7) Academic advice<
8) A responsible approach to
Natural Resources and their
9) Creation of Graduating Class
10) Departmental
T-Shirt$/Sweatshirts$e. For Marine
Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics,
Botany, Zoology etc) and other
Jan.22 & 23
by David Suzuki
How can some scientists get
away with fraud, and why do they
commit it? These two questions
should be investigated in detail for
the good of science. Since the end of
the Second World War, new
technology has depended on
scientific innovation. This need has
stimulated an explosive growth in
the number of scientists that has
been accompanied by greater
specialization and the use of arcane
jargon and tools.
So, for example, where I once
called myself a geneticist, today I
would be called a specialist in the
developmental genetics of fruitflies.
UBC vs UVic.
groups are also the ones who have a
heavy speaking schedule, sit on
boards of companies and chair
committees of universities.
Heads of big labs cannot
possibly scrutinize all of the work
going on under them, so they have
to depend on others to maintain a
standard of care and integrity. To
sustain their eminent reputations,
those heads demand a constant
stream of important discoveries
from their groups.
The young scientists in the lab
depend on the head of the lab for
support in finding a good position,
so they feel enormous pressure to
get results. It becomes fertile ground
for shortcuts and fudging.
It's too easy to hide fraud
in tiny corners of Science
For example, this means it is more
difficult for me to assess in detail the
kind of genetics being done with
other areas such as corn, humans or
yeast. With greater and greater
specialization comes a
corresponding loss of breadth, so it's
often not as easy for a reviewer or
reader to judge the validity of a
piece of research. That is part of the
explanation of how scientists get
away with it.
There is another factor:
Scientists don't just assess work
objectively on the basis of its
scientific merits alone. Scientists are
human beings, with built-in values
and biases. Everyone recognizes
that there is a hierarchy of schools -
Harvard and Stanford are viewed as
superior to Mississippi State or
Peoria U. So an article from Harvard
or a "big name" scientist will simply
not be subject to the same critical
scrutiny as a corresponding paper
from the University of British
Columbia, for example.
"Big Science" done by teams of
people has become commonplace. I
met a professor who had worked as
a postdoctoral fellow (someone
recently awarded a PhD degree) in a
lab at the California I institute of
Technology. He was one of 30
postdocs in that lab. In his three
years there, he never had a personal
scientific discussion with its director,
even though they were co-authors
on papers. That may be rare, but it
is true that some of the most famous
scientist have extremely large
groups of people working under
them. And the heads of those
Years ago when I was host of the
radio show Quirks and Quarks, a
postdoc in the lab of an eminent
Canadian scientist came to me with
a story of fraudTOne of his fellow
postdoc had made a discovery that
brought a great deal of publicity to
the lab. This postdoc who came to
me had discovered that the work
was fraudulent. But the eminent
scientist had to much at stake to
retract the claims. Consequently, by
claiming there was fraud, the young
scientist who had approached me
was being painted as a
troublemaker. He asked me to do an
expose on it. I was torn between my
roles as scientist and broadcaster.
As a scientist, I knew that the
postdoc's boss had long fought for
scientific excellence in Canada and
had worked to get better support for
young scientists. I admired him
enormously (and still do), but I also
knew that he had simply become too
busy to keep in touch with the
people in his lab. In spite of his
eminence, he had become blinded by
his own ambition.
As a broadcaster, I should have
There will also bean executive
committee consisting of President   -
and other positions you feel we may
need. A representative for SUS
meetings and one for Faculty
meetings (of which there has been no
Biology student representation for
umpteen years) must also be
From meager beginnings Biology
has evolved from that first course
nearly 70 years ago to its present
stature and now the future beckons
with new challenges and broader
horizons. It is high time we make a
mark in the annals of UBC with the
formation of this club and the
beginning of a new and worthy
I sincerely believe this club has
the potential of being one of UBC's
best. The Time is Now I
If you have any questions,
suggestions, proposals or ideas by all
means contact Jean at 228-4235 (SUS)
or Johan at 224-4053. We need you
help and involvement,
A general meeting will be held
shortly so keep your eyes peeled!
prepared the story, but I couldn't
bring myself to blow the whistle on
someone who had done so much for
science. It was totally
unprofessional of me to sit on the
story, and it finally came out
anyway. This personal experience
illustrates how fraud can be
perpetuated by the reluctance of
scientists to do anything about it.
If an important claim is made in
science, its fraudulent nature will
always be found out because so
many other people will jump in to
exploit the claim. Obviously,
through, fraud is costly because a lot
of work has to be done before the
wrong is corrected. But today, with
all of the pressure to capitalize on
new discoveries for profit, scientists
tend to be more secretive, and this
has encouraged another kind of
cheating in science.
Science depends on the open
and free exchange of ideas. But now
that the interval between discovery
and application has become very
short, people are often reluctant to
share new information. Each year,
scientists apply for research grants.
Those applications must provide in
minute detail both the rationale and
experimental design of the proposed
work. So those grant proposals
represent ideas at the cutting edge of
The scientists who assess those
grants are usually in the same
research area as the applicant. The
reviewers must often get new ideas
from reading those grants. What is
to prevent them from listing those
ideas and scooping the applicant?
It's a thorny problem that, at
present, depends on the assumption
of honesty and integrity within the
scientific community.
But a large crack is appearing in
this notion. Recently, U.S. scientists
have discovered that their grant
applications, which are considered
to be privileged documents, can be
inspected under the U.S. Freedom of
Information Act. What is to keep an
enterprising company or scientist
form using this accessed to grant
proposals to scavenge new ideas?
It is tough enough for scientists
to live with the competition for jobs
and promotions. But now with the
potential rewards of very substantial
profits for research, we are being
taken to a new level of potential
Globe and Mail July 18/87.
Your Right
to Vote
by Todd Abiett -SUS President
You have now seen 5000 different
posters with people telling you to
vote for them. What are they running
The first election takes place from
Wednesday to Friday, Jan.20 to 22. for
the student representation on the
Board of Governors (BOG) and the
The Board of Governors is the
main decision making body of the
university and is made up of 15
people; 8 are appointed by the
provincial government and the
remaining 7 from the university. Of
the 7,2 are elected from the student
body and at present, 7 candidates
have applied.
The Senate is the body that
governs all academic matters of the
university. There are positions from
faculties and several positions that are
elected from the student body at large.
The next series of elections is
Wednesday to Friday, Jan.27 to 29 for
the AMS Executive. The AMS (Alma
Mater Society) is the student
government for all students here at
UBC and this body is made up of
representatives from the various
faculties and executives. This
executive consists of a President, a
Vice-president, a Director of Finance,
a Director of Administration and a
Director of External Affairs. This
group will be elected by you during
part of Science Week.
The voting times are from 8:30 to
4:30, Wednesday to Friday, at several
locations around campus including
the War Memorial Gym, Woodward
Library, Computer Science, Scarfe and
SUB. If you are interested in being a
pollster ($3.00/hour) between classes,
phone 228-2361 or drop by SUB Rm.
It is your option not to vote, but
please don't complain about the ones
elected. Instead, make an educated
choice and vote. It's your democratic
By Morgan Burke
Space. It is the final frontier to the
romantics among us, but to those who make
it their business, it is nothing more than a
hostile environment: rifed with colossal
budgets. Until recently, the luxury of space
exploration and exploitation had been
reserved for the superpowers, while the rest
of us in the financial and technological
boonies could do nothing but watch and
mumble jealously.
In the last decade or so this has begun
to change, as more and more nations have
realized that space is not the superpowers'
private playground. More than a dozen
countries now have active space programs,
and space science and technology is
gradually becoming the international
enterprise it should be.
Early space exploration was actually a
form of military research. Our modern day
nuclear missiles are direct descendants of
the early rockets which launched the
Sputniks and Geminis. The great "Space
Race" was not for anything so mundane
and useless as collecting rocks on the moon,
but for the technology and appliances to
detonate atomic devices anywhere on the
planet one cared to. Public and
governmental support, however, would be
guaranteed only if national pride and
eternal glory were given as the primary
objectives. Nuclear missiles may have been
a heavy price to pay for space launch
vehicles, but the deed has been done, and it
is difficult to say what state space
technology would be in today if it weren't
Things are somewhat different today.
Civilian organizations are in control of most
space agencies, and genuine research,
exploration, and development are the
primary objectives. This is the environment
which makes space science available to
more and more nations all the time. In
1967, the Canadian Space Agency was first
proposed (though not actually created), and
since then Canada has produced
communications satellites, Canadarm, and
various space-based imaging systems. We
presently stand poised on the verge of a
new era, both in Canadian space
technology, and in space science in general.
The Canadian Space Agency is about to
become a reality, some twenty years after it
was first proposed. But better late than
never, right? So why should space
technology get this sudden boost, in a time
of NRC cutbacks and general disregard for
Canadian scientists? Well, aside from the
increasing number of home-grown space
projects, Canada has been invited to
participate in two of the greatest endeavors
in human history, and not coincidentally
they both involve outer space. Each of
these is being administered by one of the
superpowers, and it is a testament to the
modern spirit of international cooperation
and/or the tremendous financial costs that
other nations are being invited to join with
The first project will involve working
with the United States on NASA's proposed
space station. NASA's objective is to create
a permanently manned orbital
laboratory/launch platform in the manner
of an Antarctic research base. A crew of
half a dozen or more would occupy the
modular structure in shifts of three months
or so, performing duties pertinent to their
objectives, be they research, development,
or maintenance. Such a station would not
only provide a unique laboratory, but also a
base from which to conduct spacecraft
launches and repairs. This latter task is
what has been given to the Canadians: the
design and construction of a "space garage",
one of the station's four to six proposed
modules. Such a facility, armed with a
phalanx of Canadarms and other exotic
tools, would be used for repair and
construction of space vehicles and satellites.
The second project would involve
working with the Soviet Union, a prospect
some find fascinating for its political
consequences. Others see it for an
opportunity to get involved with the
world's most successful and advanced
space program. And still others care
nothing for these matters, and are
enchanted only by the proposed mission:
Mars. The best launch windows for a
human mission to Mars will arrive in the
first few years of the twenty-first century,
and preparation must begin now if anyone
is going to make it. NASA toyed with the
idea earlier in the decade, but now must
view it as impossible with its program in a
shambles following the Challenger disaster
two years ago, to the week. The Soviets
have been thinking of Mars for some time
now, according to rumor, and their
much-publicized research into long-term
biological effects of weightlessness bears
this out (it is estimated that astronauts on a
Mars mission would be gone from Earth for
two to three years). Their recent invitation
of Canada to join them at last has confirmed
that Mars is a Soviet goal of the next
century. The USSR has also invited Canada
to participate in some of the more
"mundane" aspects of its space program,
including building imaging systems,
experimentation aboard the Soviet space
station (smaller than NASA's, but hey, it's
up there and NASA's isn't), and perhaps
even contributing a Canadian astronaut to a
future Soviet space mission.
While it is pleasing to know that space
science transcends political boundaries, it
must be acknowledged that manned space
missions are the sole territory of the USA
and USSR. This reliance may one day be
shaken, but for the present we can consider
the question: could Canada develop its
own space launch capability in the next few
decades? It is the opinion of this author
that it is entirely possible, though not
necessarily economically feasible in the
present funding climate. Nations such as
China, Japan, France, and India have
developed their own space launch vehicles
in response to the superpower monopoly,
and there is no reason why Canada could
not (come on, if India can...).
Unfortunately, many Canadians mistakenly
feel that home-grown technology is
second-rate, and that we are better off
relying on the Americans for such major
things as launches (one need only look at
the present state of NASA's launch
program to see the fallacy in this). Another
unfortunate truism is that Canada has a
tradition of mauling its aerospace industry:
witness the Avro Arrow, and the recent sale
of de Havilland Canada to Boeing, which
also was once a Canadian company. Space
rocketry is not as expensive and complex as
space shuttle engineers would have you
believe, but, although few expect to see it,
Canadian rockets would do a lot towards
revitalizing Canadian aerospace technology.
Canada accepted the American
invitation to participate on the NASA space
station, but has since put the project on
hold, pending the confirmation of a military
presence on the station. If the U.S.
Department of Defense (nee War
Department) gets its foot in the door, it will
spell the end of not only Canadian
involvement, but also that of the European
Space Agency which has several neutral
nation members. The withdrawal of so
many participating nations and their funds
would spell the end of the present
incarnation of the project. It would be
tragic if the American generals kill the space
station by insisting on using it for an SDI
platform, all the more so, since it would also
mean the disappearance of an international
space-based research facility, a loss which
cannot be measured in dollars alone.
As yet, Canadian authorities have not
announced a commitment to participate
with the Soviets in space. The two nations
have met and discussed collaboration, and
plan to meet again within months to further
discuss the issue.
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Todd Abiett
lean Quay
Todd Abiett
Morgan Burke
Andrew Colbeck
Ari Giligsck
Kyle Kirkwood-
Rose Lai
Peter MacDougall
Derek Milter
Johan Srroman
Stella Wong
Nicole Brand
Ken Otter
MicheJe Morgan
Eric Walker
Dr. David Suzuki
Hai V+ Le
|ean Quay
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1. The contest consists of
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2. Each category will
include three events: accuracy,
distance, and time of flight.
3. Points will be awarded
for each event and prizes given
for best aircraft in each event
and overall champion in each
4. Any contestant can enter
one aircraft in each category.
Changes to the aircraft
between events are illegal and
will result in disqualification of
the participant from the
Open Category Regulations
1. Any paper product
(paper, cardboard, etc.) is
allowed in the aircraft.
2. Adhesives, such as
string, glue, or tape are
allowed for structural
purposes only. Glue or
tape used as
weights or for any
purpose other than
result in disqualification of the
3. No metals, woods, or
other non-paper products are
allowed in the aircraft, (no
rubber bands)
4. The aircraft number
should be prominently
displayed on the aircraft.
5. Painting or decorating of
the aircraft is encouraged and
bonus points towards overall
champion or prizes may be
awarded to deserving aircraft
based on the opinion of the
6. Decisions of the judges
for aircraft eligibility are final
and no appeals will be
7. Back up aircraft may be
used to replace disqualified
aircraft before competition
begins but only one aircraft is
allowed in the competition per
entrant, for all three events.
Closed Category Regulations
1. The aircraft consists of
one 8.5 by 11 inch piece of
2. The paper may be torn,
but not cut and no adhesives
are allowed.
3. The entire piece of paper
must be included in the aircraft
and the aircraft must complete
togetn     tke competition without falling
4. Entrants will be
provided with an official piece
of paper at the beginning of
the competition and
allowed 5 minutes to
construct their
5. k The aircraft
number must
be entirely
disassembling the aircraft.
6. The official logo must be
partially visible and
recognizable as such without
disassembling the aircraft.
7. Decisions of the judges as
to eligibility are final, k
Changes to the aircraft are
allowed only during the initial
5 minute building time.
The Accuracy Event
1. Contestants will be
allowed a certain number of
launches of two bull's eyes.
2. Points will be awarded
for aircraft stopping in the
bull's eye.
3. Bonus points and
certificates will be awarded to
all contestants who succeed in
hitting the guest "targets" in
the centre of the bull's eyes.
4. The launch site is located
at a higher altitude than the
Distance Event
1. Points will be awarded
for the distance an aircraft flies
in a given direction.
2. The aircraft must land
within given sidelines.
3. Striking walls of ceilings
disqualifies a flight. This
applies to all three events.
4. The ground below the
flight will slope up and away
from the launch site.
Time of Flight Event
1. Aircraft will be launched
from a raised launch site and
timed until striking an object,
be it a floor, ceiling, wall, desk,
or spectator.
2. Spectator deliberately
interfering with flights will be
asked to leave and reflights
may be granted.
3. The decisions of judges.
are, in all cases, final.
Note: The aircraft must be
recognizable as such. No
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It's on January 27th (Wed.) and
begins at 6:00pm.
Any group of 2 to 4 Science students
with a car.
No experience is necessary!
$400 worth of great prizes available to
be won.
Nothing - Zip - Zilch - Zero - It's
1) SUS Office-Scarfe 9
2) Computer Science Club
Car Rally Rules and Regulations
1) The rally will be held on
Wednesday, January 27 at
6:00 pm. Contestants must meet in
Room 203 of the Computer Science
Building to receive instruction.
2) The rally will start and finish at
UBC. It will take approximately 2.5
hours to complete the rally.
3) Teams will consist of 2 to 4 people
with each team supplying their own
vehicle. Everyone that participates
must be a member of the Science
Undergraduate Society.
4) Over $400 in prizes will be
awarded to the top teams; based on
the ranking of the teams.
5) Speed is noi the basis of ranking
in this rally. Each team will be given
a set of instructions which will direct
them along a predetermined route.
Along the way, you will be asked to
identify certain objects or pick up
various items. Points will be
awarded for each correct answer and
for arriving at the finish line closest
to the time we have determined as
the "approximate average route time".
6) The starting time for each car will
be assigned on race day. It is up to
the the team members to ensure that
the automobile and the other team
members arrive at your given
starting time.
7) It is highly recommended that
you bring the following items: a
map, a flashlight, a reptile (or
reasonable facsimile) and at least one
quarter. "'g&mzrKi&w&i&s'
by Derek K. Miller
Someone listened to me. I wrote an
article (Issue #7) about the insidious
ploy by food *ervices to addict UBC
students to cinnamon buns and the
powers that be realized the grave
nature of the situation and have taken
steps to alleviate it - unfortunately in
the wrong direction.
Like cigarettes and alcohol, cinnamon
buns are perfectly legal. It would
take years of legal hassles, appeals,
and countersuits to ban them, so the
administration has taken a more
direct approach: they've upped the
price. A new federal tax (appelated
the Bun Legality Overdistribution
Tax, or BLOT) has been applied to the
carbohydrate concoctions; raising the
price from 75 cents to 85.
I must, of course, cry out against this
draconian piece of restrictive
legislation. Not only does it fly in the
face of the Charter of Rights and all
that is morally decent in this country,
but it also prevents any student from
getting a quarter back, after paying
for the bun with a dollar, to open the
B-lot exit gates. It's the principle, you
In addition, those who are already
addicted will be forced to pay the
higher price, leaving less in their
pockets to pay for expensive
bunaholism treatments and designer
sunglasses. It is a new urban tragedy
that those who inflict these measures
upon us do not see the consequences
of their actions.
The impact on the bun market will
probably be minimal. For any
large-scale decrease in sales to be
evident, a price jump of four or five
hundred percent would be necessary.
I urge those responsible for this
abomination to bring the price back
down so that those of us who need
the buns can get them cheaply, and
those of us who are smart enough to
stop can do so without having to lend
quarters to addicts.
Yes, I did eat a cinnamon bun today
and I can stop anytime I want to.
i Ticket Deal with the Vancouver
Science is selling tickets io two
Canucks games during February for a*
very special price. On Saf arciay,
February l&h. Science students will
have the opportunity to watch, the
Canucks battle the Boston Bruins for
only $12 a ticket. These seats are
asua% sold for $21 bat we are able -toj
offer thum to-you at a 40% saving.
This deal also applies to the Friday,
February 2&h.ga.me against the:
Calgary Bajnes< This is a limited
time offer and tickets are available
from the Science office irt Searfe $
until January 29 only.
For every 25 rickets sold. Science can
j ert&sr 1 person irt the
Contest The wiruier. of the Grand
Rmi Sheotoutreceives air fare for"
tws tol-kwaii phisllOOO spending
money> The contestants will stan<$ on!
| .a mat between the face-off circles
directly m front of the goal and -
shooters will have Sshois each at a
"ShootorTqtor". Points will be
awarded for each successful shot and \
the highest score wins. For more
. details, come to Scarfe 9. ,
Senate News
by Andrew Colbeck - Senator
Botany and Zoology are being
consolidated into one Biology
department, with majors and
honors in seven options: Animal
Biology, Cell and Developmental
Biology, Ecology, General Biology,
Genetics, Marine Biology, and Plant
Biology. As a result, the course
numbering system is being
revamped totally.
Oceanography has been added
to the General Science program list
of options under the Life Sciences
Atmospheric Science is now
offered jointly by the Geography
and Oceanography departments,
with a diploma in meteorology.
A change in the Science section
of the calendar has been made; it
reads as follows: "Students should
obtain better than the minimum
passing mark in each of Physics 213,
215 and 216 to enroll as a Physics
majors". Presently, sixty percent is
required in a first year Physics
course to take these courses in the
second year.
New money! Scholarships and
bursaries are still being offered
regularly to keeping in step with fee
increases and governmental lack of
student support (that's different
from their University support). In
the Sciences, new scholarships
totaling $2000 and new bursaries
available to Science students total
The next meeting of Senate will
be February 17th.
Do you have any photos worth
publishing? The 432 will print them
in the February 24th issue of the
paper. This is your chance to show
everybody the 'shutterbug' in you.
Prizes may even be awarded for the
best three entries. Photos will be
returned and credits will be given.
Please put your name and phone
number on the back of each photo
submitted. Color as well as black
and white photos will be accepted.
The deadline is Wednesday,
February 17,4:30pm. So get those
cameras out and make those shots
Sponsored by Lens & Shutter
Prizes:l st prize, Bushnell
2nd prize, Fuji Film ($25)
3rd prize, Fuji Film ($15)
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Pufee/fonertS? /0c^des
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c°"ies mh^r   It even
Treasurer's Hours
TUESDAY 1:30-2:30
(preferably alive)
Layout Person
Ad Manager
Attn: All Graduating Physics Students
Deadline for grad photos for the
composite is February 15th.
Phone Artona Studios at 736-7281 for
an appointment.
- Day and evening sittings available
- When getting your pictures done,
identify yourself as UBC Physics,
Class of'88.
For more information, contact Jan or
Margaret in Henn 307, or phone
Saturday, February 13th 5:00 pm
Special price: $12
Save over 40% regular season
price of $21
This is a limited time offer.
Tickets available at the Science
office, Scarfe 9.
Until January 29 only.
Word processing & Desk top
Ideal for reports, thesis and term
Scientific and foreign language
caracters available
3732 W.Broadway (At Alma)
The 432/6 ADS
Pedal Pusher Sick?
I'll come to your home to
administrate necessary treatment.
Approximately 1/2 the shop rates.
Experienced. Call Philippe at
731-2638. Evenings and weekends.
Honda CRX top hatch spoiler; fits on
the hatch behind sunroof. Complete
with CRX lettering. Retail $190.
Sell $100. Call Albert, 873-5805.
Yamaha collectible. 6-string acoustic.
Beautiful neck - thin & fast. $150.
Hans (Totem Park Res.) 224-9037.
The Tarn: 100 copies of collectible
prints (Rock n' Roll Classics)
available on the West Coast for $15
each. Come for a viewing: Totem
Park Res, 209 Shu. 224-9037.
I, Robert Stephen Armstrong, wish to
claim my beloved bush-hat and
cherished scarfe which I lost while
being a pain in the ***.
UBC Toastmasters Host
Inter-University Student Speech
contest. Sub Auditorium, Thursday,
February 4, at 12:30.
FREE entertainment/door-prizes.
SFU, BCIT and UBC present.
Beynon Runs for Board of Governors:
'If students understand the issues,
they can make up their own minds."
Beynon said that he could reach
students through the Ubyssey, club
and faculty newsletters and
person-to-person meetings.
Pre-Med Society: Field Trip to Sports
Medicine Clinic
Thursday, Jan. 28,12:30-2:30. Meet at
Pre-Science Week Super Sale
regular $140.00   on. sale $120.00
and your choice of two free T-SHIRTS
regular price  sale price
2 fori price, SIZES
4.00,2.00,3.00, S,M
SUDS SHIRT 6.00,4.00,
SCIENCE UBC 8.00,5.00,7.00,
15.00,10.00,13.00, S,M,L,XL
EINSTIEN 15.00,10.00,13.00,
25.00,15.00,20.00, S,M,L,XL
EINSTIEN 25.00,15.00,20.00,
BZZR MUGS 6.00,4.00,6.00,16oz
SMALL ONLY, 60.00,20.00,30.00, S
21.00, S,M
WINDBREAKER, 40.00,25.00,40.00,
SWEATPANTS 25.00,15.00,25.00,
RUGBY SHIRTS 25.00,15.00,20.00,
While Supplies Last!
Sales Hours:
Mon. 12:304:30
Tues. 9:30-10:30,   12:30-1:30
Thurs. 9:30-10:30,  11:30-2:30
Fri. 11:30-1:30
,^. \^ \W^)A*,V.%WA V
{Cats Lobbied Against th# World)
ILI     B>    CD
I.N. STEIN    by ken Outer
JANUARY through APRIL 1988
Columbia College (Burnaby) requires
a part time lab assistant/ technician in
their physics department.
Duties involve:
1) Maintaining, repair and ordering of
physics lab
2) Assisting in the preparation of a lab
3) Developing new physics lab
experiments using computers
and A/D and D/A converters.
1) One or more years of university
level physics courses.
2) Experience using personal
3) An ability to type and make
sketches and line drawings.
4) Experience using simple hand and
power tools.
5) Experience building "kit-type"
electronic circuits.
Time required: 8 hours per week
Salary: $300 per month
Contact: Dr. Dan Phelps, Colurpbia
College, 277-9195.
by Michael Dean & Kyle
Robert Kirkwood
With the turn of the magic knob, a
white dot becomes an amazingly
clear picture of a beautiful woman in
a deep blue blazer. On her lapel is a
badge which reads UBS, United
Broadcasting Corp. The picture
comes to you in your home and you
listen as she speaks.
"Welcome. Tonight a special report
on a very serious problem: the
Cat/Elephant Crisis. Reports from
both Africa and Asia claim that
elephants are being attacked and
eaten by great mobs of ordinary
house cats. These feline delinquents
prowl during the night, sneak up on
poor unsuspecting pachyderms and
rip them to shreds."
"We at the UBS news department first
reported last week's disappearance of
Fufu, the two tonne baby elephant
from the Spuzzum Zoo. Her remains
were found today stuffed into
forty-three cans of Dogpo. Foul play
is suspected and belief is that the
pacydermicide has spread from Asia
and Africa to North America. Local
police stations are swamped with
reports of missing elephants."
"Dr. Emmanuel Keezer, head of the
Royal Canadian Centre for the
Rehabilitation of Delinquent Pets,
says that the problem appears to be
one of diet."
The woman looks to the monitor,
then disappears to be replaced by an
older man with thick glasses and a
large nose.
"Well, the nearest I can surmise is
that somehow Felix domestica or the
common pussy cat has undergone a
dramatic change can turn the normal
house cat into a raving elephant
killer, and may explain both the
extinction of other elephant species,
such as mastadons, and very
probably the dinosaurs 65 million
years ago."
The woman returns.
"If your cat has been showing strange
tendencies lately; filing his claws,
hanging around strange places with
strange cats or shunning his cat toys,
your cat could be an elephant killer."
The woman fades from the screen but
is quickly replaced by a man with
plastic-looking hair. He lifts up a
box, and begins Ids spiel.
"Is your cat bored? Does he
throw-up his everyday cat food? Try
THE Intelligent Grammar & Style Checker
$ 99.95
...And here's what
the reviewers say:
"HghtWrltar la a fast, handsomely
packaged, easy to use program..."
- PC Hagaune (May 27, 1966)
"CBGUTl editor, loot* RightWriter...
«4 a great, guide for the business -
person, freelance writer, and student
alike. He highly recommend If
— Computer Buyer's Guide and Handbook
(June 1986)
1>o I recommend the program? The
answer Is a big yesl... Few programs,
Vang, ant likely to nave a bigger
Impact on me.'
- The Lawyer's PC (April 15. 1985)
"1 recommttnd ItlghtWrlter. The
program It a simple, time efficient aid
la clear conrtae writing.-
- IEEE Sofrwre (September. 1986)
RightWriter proofreads documents for errors in style, usage,
punctuation, and grammar. This easy to use software package runs on
IBM-PC's and compatibles with over 20 leading word processors.
RightWriter is the first software package aimed at producing better writing,
not more writing.   	
NEW Kitty Krunchies! YES, your cat
will love NEW Kitty Krunchies. They
come in a variety of yummy flavors:
small Furry Rodent Stew, Liver &
Carrot Pate, Cheeseburger with real
beef and two kinds of cheese, and our
NEW Elephant flavors; Loxodont &
Bagel and Curried Elephant Bits! Buy
Kitty Krunchies today, and prevent
projectile vomiting!"
Your telephone rings. You rise to
answer it, turning down the volume
as you go.
"I'll get it dear. Hello? What? Oh
dear. Whaf s he done? How much?
All...all right, we'll be right down.
Thank you, good-bye." You hang up.
"Who was it dear?"
You answer, a little confused, "It was
the police. They picked up Spunky!"
"What's that cat done now?"
"I don't know, something about
attacking an elephant. C'mon let's go
bail him out."
You arrive at the pound and agents
of the special Police Cat Attachment
are seen roaming the grounds. You
are taken to Spunky and all appears
fine or so you think.
"Oh, you naughty cat. I should
thrash you good."
Spunky miaows, innocently.
Your spouse speaks. "I don't know
what got into him, attacking a poor
elephant like that."
'Naught Spunky! You little monster,
you'll be sent to bed without any
"Who? Me!" Spunkys miaow seemed
to say.
"Damn cat! We should have gotten
something harmless, like a crocodile."
Your spouse is not pleased.
"Naught cat, and stop trying to make
up." A sandpaper tongue catches
you unaware. "Lick someone else for
awhile. You must think I taste
awfully good, mrrrph, right in the
face." You are defeated. You scratch
i>punKy behind the ear.
Spunky miaows his pleasure in fast
short burst which reminds you to buy
more cat food.
Home again with the magic box.
There is a man on the screen selling
cat food; his plastic hair gleams
under the stage lights. He holds up a
box with "NEW" splashed across it.
"Is your cat tired of his old cat food?
Tired of liver, fish, beef, elephant,
mongoose, parakeet and all those
other humdrum flavors? The try
NEW human flavored cat food!
That's right H-U-M-A-N
FLAVORED! It comes in these
wonderful flavors: Seasoned
Siberian, Noodles & Cantonese,
British Crumpet, Turkish Delight,
Arabian Nectar, French Canadian on
Toast, Eskimo pie, Canadian and
Back Bacon and many more soon to
be released flavors..."
"Well, I certainly don't like that,
change the channel will you dear."
Your spouse gets up and changes the
channel on the magic box. The lady
in the blue blazer isn't anywhere to
be found. Your mate quickly flips
through the channels a second, then a
third time and finally she remarks:
'There's nothing on but cats!"
You hear your cat miaow, for the
very last time. INTRAMURAL REBATES
by Stella Wong -Sports
If you've competed in an Intramural
event for Science in the first term this
year and haven't yet submitted a
rebate request, please do so NOW!
Requests for rebates (with the
exception of league sports) must be
submitted by February 15. Any
requests for first term rebates will not j
be considered after that date. In ordei|
to receive your rebate, we require
1) a copy of your registration form
and your receipt
or 2) a copy of the official results
sheet (from Intramurals) and your
Requests can be dropped of at the
office (Scarfe 9). If you have any
questions, please see Stella or Gautam!
Special Events
Thursday, February 11 (12:30pm).
Registration: January 25-February 5.
Fee: $25/Women's team
$30/Men's team.
Sunday, March 6.
Registration: Jan. 11-February 12.
Fee: $30 (UBC & High School
$35 (Community Participant)
Sunday, February 28 (8:00am-)
Co-Rec Sports
Thursday, January 28.
Registration: January 11-22.
Fee: $25/team.
Thursday, February 11.
Registration: January 25-February 5.
Fee: $25/team.
Saturday, February 27.
Registration: February 8-17.
Fee: $15/team.
Friday and Saturday, January 29/30.
Registration January 11-22.
Fee: $30/team.
Racquet Sports
January 29-30.
Registration: January 11-22.
Fee: $4/round
February 26-27.
Registration: February 8-17.
by Stella Wong -Sports
Science Sports is sorry to see one of
our departmental sport reps leaving
us in the new year. Unfortunately,
Bernard Lakowski, will not be
continuing as the Chemistry sport
rep. He organized soccer for our
Science teams and deserves
congratulations for a job well done.
We wish him success in his studies.
The committee welcomes Steven
Turner as the new Computer Science
Sports Rep. He can be found in the
CS3 office usually during 12:30-1:30
(MWF) or a message may be left for
him in the Science office (Scarfe 9).
Congratulations go to Gautam Lohia,
the new Men's Sport Representative.
His excellent organizational abilities
will be an asset in his new position.
He will continue as head of
basketball for our Science teams and
Fee: $4/round
February 2-7.
Registration: January 18-29.
Fee: $4/tourney
March 1-6.
Registration: Feb. 15-26.
Fee: $4/tourney
February 12-13.
Registration: January 25-February 5.
Fee: $10/tourney
Fee: $10. Every participant
receives a T-shirt.
Friday, January 29.
Registration: Jan 11-22.
TRIUMF ROAD RUN (3.8/5.2 km).
Friday, February 5.
Registration: Jan 18-29
(3/6.8 km).
Friday, February 12.
Registration: Jan. 25-Feb. 5
Friday, February 26.
Registration: Jan. 25-Feb. 5
In a basketball game
on Sunday, January
17, head Intramurals
referee Paul Bains
made an astounding
call. He gave
Gautam Lohia, the
men's sports rep, a
technical for
his office hours are Mondays and
Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30.
Our Women's Division 1 basketball
team, captained by Cynde Scheck,
are the champions of the league. On
December 2, they defeated Soccer in
the final game. The team should fair
well in this second term.
Our Women's Division 3 volleyball
team, captained by Bonnie Lee, were
also winners in the first term. Louise
Low was recognized for her excellent
playing skills.
Congratulations to everyone involved
and continued success in the new
Thursday, January 21
Dr. Henry Vaughan: Canadian Arctic Ships. Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Building. Room 1215,3:30pm.
Dr. Wilfred A. Jefferies: A Chimeric MHC Class I Antigen Function which
Restricts Virus Specific Cytotoxic T-lympho-
cytes in Transgenic Mice. Woodward. Lecture Hall #3,4:00pm.
Dr. M. Bloom: Evolution of Membranes. Hennings Building.  Room 201,
Monday, January 25
Dr. G. Walker: Things that Go Bump in the Night: Stellar Non-radial
Pulsations. Geophysics and Astronomy Building. Room 260,4:00pm.
Tuesday, January 26
Dr. Anthony Merer: High Resolution Laser Spectroscopy of Metal-Containing
Radicals. Chemistry Building. Room 250,1:00pm.
D'Ann Rochon: Genome Structure of Two Isometric Plant RNA Viruses.
Biological Science Building. Room 2000,12:30pm.
Dr. James Kronstad: Isolation of Metabolic and Pathogenicity Genes from the
Corn Smut Fungus Ustilago Maydis. Biological Sciences Building. Room 2000,
Dr. Madelaine Cahill: Edge Waves off the Coast of Sydney, New South Wales.
Biological Sciences Building. Room 1465,3:30pm.
Dr. San Dor: Cardiology. Woodward. Lecture Hall #1,12:30pm.
Dr. T. Pederson: Glacial Carbon-rich Sediments in the Eastern Pacific:
Productivity or Preservation. Geological Sciences Centre. Room 1465,3:30pm.
Thursday, January 28
Dr. B. Brett Finlay: Transcytosis of Salmonella through a polarized epithelial
monolayer. Woodward, Lecture Hall #3,4:00pm.
Dr. E. Fradkin: Anomalies in Condensed Matter Physics. Hennings Building.
Room 201,4:00pm.
Monday, February 1
Dr. W. Hulbert: Mechanisms of Acute Airway Injury and Cellular Exfoliation.
Tuesday, February 2
Dr. Linda J.C. Love: Luminescence and Chromatography in Organized Media.
Chemistry Building. Room 250,1:00pm.
Dr. Tony Warren: The Cellulase System of Cellulomonas fimi; characterization
of its genes and proteins. Biological Sciences Building. Room 2000,12:30pm.
Dr. E.D. Cokelet: The Annual Mean Circulation and Refluxing in Puget Sound.
Biological Sciences Building. Room 1465,3:30pm.
Thursday, February 4
Dr. B. Goldstein: Aggregation and the Physics of Cell Surface Receptors.
Hennings Building. Room 201,4:00pm.
Tuesday, February 9
Dr. Dallas L. Rabenstein: Bioanalytical NMR Spectroscopy. Chemistry
Building. Room 250,1:00pm.
Dr. Doreen DeMasbn: Physiological and Developmental Aspects of Palm Seed
Germination. Biological Sciences Building. Room 2000,12:30pm.
Dr. D. Levy: The Significance of Fish Diel Vertical Migrations: New Theory
and Field Tests. Biological Sciences Building. Room 1465,3:30pm.


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