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VOLUME  49      NUMBER  4      APRIL  3,2003
2 UBC in the News
3 Honorary Degrees
4 Life or Death
» Tangling with a Duck
Torturing the Taliban
What is it Good for?
UBC political scientist searches for answers
Current events like the war in Iraq have an enormous impact on the research and in the classrooms of Allen Sens,
senior instructor in the Department of Political Science and chair of UBC's International Relations program.
As the world bears witness to the
American and British-led attack
on Iraq, UBC political scientist
Allen Sens searches for a solution
to the problem of war while leading his students to a better understanding of international relations.
"I was always very interested in
why wars break out," Sens
explains. "To me the question is
really why, what for? It's hideously expensive in terms of human life
and monetary costs, incredibly
destructive, dangerous, risky. Why
do this? And why is it such an
eternal phenomenon in human history?
"So war and how do we stop,
prevent, contain, control, manage
it - those questions to me are as
relevant today as they were 10,
100, 1,000 years ago and I'm still
searching for that elusive idea...
I've looked at peacekeeping, now
I'm looking at peace building and
I've always been interested in
intervention. Can force be used to
make peace or build peace? Is that
a contradiction or is it not? What
motivates me, what makes me passionate about what I do, is that
I'm able to reflect, to think, to
consider, to learn all about this
problem. If I could say at the end
of my career that I made some
small contribution to a set of ideas
about addressing the problem of
war, I would be fulfilled."
Born and raised in Vancouver,
Sens received a Bachelor of Arts
degree and Master of Arts degree
from UBC, then a PhD from
Queen's University, and returned
to UBC in 1993, first as a postdoctoral fellow, then as a sessional lecturer. He is now a senior instructor
and chair of undergraduate studies
in the Dept. of Political Science,
chair of the International
Relations Program and one of
Canada's experts on international
Given the current state of world
affairs, Sens does not have to look
far for material to keep his courses
relevant and his students engaged.
Mindful that the biggest military
event that second- or third-year
students may be aware of is the
NATO bombing campaign of
Serbia in 1999, he mixes historic
examples with present-day events
to demonstrate both the continuity
and the change that exist within
international relations.
"One of the case studies I use is
actually the 1991 Gulf War and
how the Americans came up with
the decisions they made. I showed
students videotapes of Colin
Powell and Bush [George, Sr.], and
they're captivated. They're seeing
some of the same faces, some of
the same debates and then they get
that real historical appreciation
for a time when they were under
10 years old."
continued on page 3
Meet UBC's Top Scholars
Twenty students have been named
Wesbrook Scholars for outstanding achievement among undergraduates.
Among them are a Rhodes
scholar, three triathletes, pianists,
dancers, national level sports
competitors in water polo and
synchronized swimming, and
volunteers who support fellow
students through mentorship
and peer counselling and serve
the community by working with
special needs children, disabled
adults and at Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside daycare
centers and health clinics. Already
active in global citizenship,
they participate in initiatives such
as Amnesty International and
the Youth Millennium Project
that engages youth around the
world to develop community
The   students,   whose   home
towns range from Comox, B.C. to
Port Dickson, Malaysia, have
participated in academic adventures in Guyana, South America,
Vanuatu in the South Pacific,
the United Kingdom, Japan and
Costa Rica. They are preparing
for careers that include neurosurgery, law, environmental
consulting, biochemistry research
and specialized dentistry.
Wesbrook scholars must rank in
the top 10 per cent of their
class and possess the ability to
serve, work with and lead other
people. An honorary designation, Wesbrook Scholars are
nominated by their faculty or
school and selected by a committee. The awards are sponsored
by the Wesbrook Society, an
organization of the university's
major benefactors.
continued on page 10
Third-year Law student Michael Feder is one of 20 students recently named Wesbrook Scholars. An honorary
designation for undergraduates, scholars are recognized for academic achievement, leadership and service. IC      REPORTS       |      APRIL     3,     2OO3
Peter Wall Institute for
Advanced Studies
2004 Distinguished UBC
Scholars in Residence
Nominations are invited for the 2004
Peter Wall Distinguished UBC
Scholars-in-Residence program.
Candidates should be full-time, tenure-track
UBC faculty with an outstanding research
record that fits the mandate of the Institute.
Four scholars will be appointed
for the calendar year.
Deadline for nominations is May 16, 2003.
Visit tww.pmas.ubc.ca for program details.
Phone(604) 822-4782 or e-mail info@pmas.ubc.ca
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for recognition and justice in British Columbia. Future generations of
British Columbians, Aboriginal and otherwise, will thank him for this
remarkable story."
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Bid Web Site Misleads
UBC economics Prof. David Green
told BCTV that the Olympic bid
Web site is misleading B.C. taxpayers.
"The Web site says the activities
surrounding a successful bid will
generate up to 244,000 new jobs
across various industries," said
Green, who holds a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
"My problem is this is just not a
credible number, this represents
10-15 per cent of employment in
B.C. in a typical year."
"The economic impact studies
that  are  used  to  derive  the  bid   % I
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counts every job worked on a proj-   0
ect as a new job, if we used that   o
method on the fast ferry project,   ""
the  project would  be  a  big  net
gain," said Green.
Brian Johns says he knew he could break the world record
when he heard the crowd cheering.
World Record Shattered
UBC swimmer Brian Johns
remembers the exact moment he
realized he had a shot at a world
swim record in the 400 metre individual medley.
" I knew the first two legs of the
race, the butterfly and backstroke,
had gone well but I wasn't really
sure how fast I was going," Johns
told the Vancouver Sun.
"But when I came up to take my
first breath on the breaststroke I
could hear the crowd going crazy.
That's when I knew I must be on a
world record pace. That gave
me the extra adrenaline push
I needed."
When he touched the wall at the
end of his freestyle the timer read
4:02.72. Johns had not only broken the world short course mark
of 4:04.24 set by Australia's
Matthew Dunn in 1998 — he had
shattered it.
U-Pass Passed
Over 15,000 students voted on the
U-Pass referendum and the "yes"
side passed by a margin of two to
one. Those who take the bus or
Skytrain are happy.
But some students say a pass is
totally useless to them, and there is
no opting out.
"For people who take the bus,
let them have their pass," student
Grace Dosanjh told City TV. "For
those who drive and carpool, let
them opt out of it, it's very
"I can already take the bus for
cheaper than I can drive to school,
but that's out of the question,"
said another student Sabreena
Braich. "Now I'm paying a lot
more to drive, plus I'm
paying     $160     for     something
that I'm never going to use."
Birth Control Pill Sparks
Seasonale, an experimental regimen of the birth control pill
intended to suppress menstruation,
is expected to receive approval
from the Food and Drug
Administration this year.
But the pill has already sparked
controversy over what's "natural,"
whether it's wise to manipulate a
woman's reproductive cycle with
hormones for a long time.
Critics say it's misguided to
assume that Seasonale would not
pose any health hazards that traditional pills do not.
"From what I have been able to
find, the data are lacking that the
extended use of oral contraceptives
is well-tolerated, acceptable in
terms of side effects, and causes a
net benefit," UBC endocrinology
Prof. Jerilynn Prior told the
Washington Post.
Travellers Wary over
Killer Bug
UBC psychiatry Prof. Steve Taylor
told The Province that instant
news from around the globe tends
to produce over-reactions to "low-
frequency hazards," like the recent
pneumonia scare.
"For the vast majority of people,
there is no cause for concern,"
Taylor said. "The odds are much
higher you will be killed in a cab
going to the airport."
Botox the New Penicillin?
In studies around the world, Botox
is being tested as a treatment for
stroke        paralysis, migraine
headaches, facial tics, stuttering,
lower   back   pain,   incontinence,
writer's cramp, carpal tunnel
syndrome and tennis elbow.
Scientists are testing its ability to
treat morbid obesity by weakening
the muscle that lets food out of the
stomach, to prevent ulcers by
weakening the muscles that force
gastric acids into the esophagus and
to calm spasms in vaginal muscles
that make sex painful.
UBC ophthalmologist Jean
Carruthers compared Botox to
penicillin for its versatility against a
wide range of ills, and because it,
too, is an organic product derived
from a common bacterium. With
her husband, Arthur, a dermatologist, she was one of the first to
observe, in 1987, that the small
doses she injected to paralyze and
relax her patients' spastic eye muscles also smoothed their brows,
reports the New York Times.
No More "Guinea" Pigs
A report commissioned by UBC
Dean of Medicine John Cairns has
recommended eliminating the use
of live animals for training procedures. The recommendation will be
implemented for September 2003
Each year, students operate on
about 25 anaesthetised pigs for
practice in procedures such as chest
tube insertions and tracheotomies.
High-tech simulations designed by
UBC's Centre of Excellence for
Surgical Education at the
Vancouver General Hospital
(VGH) will replace the lab.
A large factor influencing the
decision was the availability of
effective technologies for simulation. Haptic technologies provide
"phenomenally accurate simulations for the feel and touch,"
Cairns told The Ubyssey.  □
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War...What is it Good For?
continued from page 1
Sens places importance on active
participation in his classroom.
While he once saw a course like a
play, in which every lecture is an
act and each act has a certain point
and a specific set of issues, characters or actors that have to be introduced, he has now changed his
tune - thanks to experience and
courses at the Centre for Teaching
and Academic Growth (he is currently enrolled in the UBC
Certificate Program in Teaching
and Learning in Higher
"Now the analogy I use is
improv theatre, where the audience becomes part of the act, part
of the play and they feel they're
part of the experience," he
"It's students talking to students
to see what we can come up with,
learning from each other. So even
though I'm in a 150-seat room,
with fixed seats and an auditorium
style, not really conducive to
group work, you can still get that
kind of active participation going,
you can get a learning community
sense, that they're not just learning
from this actor up on stage but
they're also learning from one
This approach appears to be
working. Sens has just been
awarded the UBC Killam Teaching
Prize, has twice received the UBC
Alma      Mater      Society      "Just
Desserts" Award and there are
always waiting lists for his classes.
"He wants people to voice their
opinions but he wants them to
think in a different manner," says
second-year political science major
Samantha Langdorf. "He challenges us to go deeper. He uses
humour and gets us involved in the
discussion. He makes people feel
comfortable raising their hand in
front of 150 people."
Langdorf says Sens' POLI 260
course (International Politics) is
her favourite, though it's not a
requirement for other classes.
"People want to be there and
they want to learn. But his presence and how he presents the
material just fuels it. It's a really
interesting dynamic. The 50 minutes goes by so fast."
In addition to teaching and
research, Sens co-authored (with
Concordia University's Peter
Stoett) Global Politics: Origins,
Currents, Directions, one of a
handful of introductory level textbooks in Canada written for
Canadian        students, using
Canadian content and examples.
He serves on a variety of university committees, co-ordinates UBC's
annual student conference on
international security, assists with
its Model UN committee, initiated
UBC participation in the annual
Harvard University model NATO
and selected university representation to the annual U.S. military
academy student security conference, among other commitments.
While the writer and thinker in
him "wails and whines and
scratches and claws and screams
and begs for more time," his primary mission as a senior instructor
is to his undergraduates.
"The university is so large, it's
potentially very alienating. I think
it's very important that students,
particularly first- and second-year
students, get the feeling that the
university has a human side.
Faculty members such as myself
can have a role in that on a day-today basis simply by being open to
students, by being friendly, being
an approachable entity. For me,
that means my office hours are for
my students. If they need advice on
larger issues, I try to be there for
His number one teaching objective is to give students a set of tools
they can use for the rest of their
"What I'm trying, more than
anything else, to pass on is that
sense of being able to analyze and
challenge and question and think
independently about some of these
things, some of these issues and
some of these questions."
In the end, Sens believes the most
significant issue we all face is war.
"It's not the only problem, of
course. There's global poverty, the
future of the international political
economy, the structure of the
world economy, environmental
issues. But I still keep on coming
back to war because it's still going
on, so many around the world." □
Artist and Politician Among Honorary Degree Recipients
A B.C. hereditary chief, a former
B.C. deputy premier and an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist are among the 11
individuals who will receive
honorary degrees from UBC
this year.
Recipients are recognized for
their distinguished career achievements and for their contributions
to UBC and to Canada. Honorary
degrees will be awarded during
Spring Congregation May 21-28
and at Fall Congregation Nov.
Robert Joseph, hereditary chief
of the Kwagiulth nation of the
northeast coast of Vancouver
Island, has been involved in First
Nations activities at the local,
provincial and national levels.
Working as a museum director and
curator, he has promoted the
collection and preservation of First
Nations artifacts. He has also
provided leadership, counselling
and support for former students of
Indian residential schools and
helped to improve relationships
between aboriginal and non-
aboriginal communities and
UBC alumnus Jeff Wall is
recognized as a major force in
contemporary international art
and visual culture. His photography has explored a wide range of
social and political themes such as
urban violence, racism and
poverty. A member of UBC's Dept.
of Fine Arts until 1999, Wall
helped to develop the department's
internationally recognized Master
of Fine Arts program.
Grace McCarthy was first
elected as a B.C. MLA in 1966.
She served in a variety of positions
including Provincial Secretary,
Minster of Human Resources,
Minister of Economic
Development as well as Deputy
Premier. She was Leader of the
Social Credit party from 1992-94.
Involved in community and
philanthropic organizations,
McCarthy is president of the B.C.
C.H.I.L.D. Foundation that seeks
a cure for children with intestinal
and liver diseases. The
organization raised $3 million to
establish the first research chair in
pediatric gastroenterology in
Canada at UBC.
Other        honorary degree
recipients include: distinguished
microbiology researcher Julian
Davies: alumnus and B.C. Chief
Justice Lance Finch; leading
international political scientist
Jean Laponce; alumnus, chair and
CEO of Alberta's Syncrude
Canada Ltd. Eric Newell; former
UBC vice-president and
distinguished plant scientist
Michael Shaw; Rafael Rangel
Sostmann, president of Sistem Tec
de Monterrey, Mexico's 25-
campus technical institute;
acclaimed dental educator and
practitioner Richard Tucker of
Washington; and neuroscientist
and epilepsy expert Dr. Juhn
All degrees will be awarded at
Spring Congregation with the
exception of Wall and Davies who
will receive their honorary degrees
at Fall Congregation. □
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Choosing to Surgically
Remove a Healthy Breast Can
be a Life or Death Decision
UBC nurses are testing a new guide to make that
decision easier
The Icemen Cometh: Harold Cadotte (atop the Zamboni) and James Fujisawa maintain the rinks
at the Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre. The duo are both members of UBC's 25 Year Club that
recognizes staff members who have served the university for a quarter century. UBC President Martha
Piper will congratulate the group at a dinner on May 7. For a listing of the members check the
website at www.external-affairs.ubc.ca/ceremonies/honours/25yearclub/members2003.html
UBC's 25 Year Club
Welcomes 55 New Members for 2003
New Members include:
APPLIED SCIENCE, Brian D. McMillan • ARTS ONE PROGRAM, Beth L. Buchanan • BC
DRUG & POISON INFO CENTRE, Anne Marie Leathern, Gillian Willis • BIOTECHNOLOGY
LABORATORY, Masako Williams • CAMPUS SECURITY, Andrew M. Sabourin •
CHEMISTRY, Beverley Evans • DENTISTRY, Barbara McErlane • EDUCATION, Ednajohnson
Tse • FINANCIAL SERVICES, Nancy Cheng, Denise M. Field, Fanny M. F.Tai • FOOD
SERVICES, Deolinda Barros, Helen W. I.Chan, Doris Leung • FOOD, NUTRITION &
Harley, Judy Medley, Debra Elliott • ITSERVICES, Brucejolliffe • LAW, Elaine Borthwick •
LIBRARY, Randolph V. Louis, Maureen Adams, Aprille M. McCauley, Dagmar Bonkowski,
Alfred Tse, Erin Fitzpatrick, Ripple Wai Yin Wong • MEDICAL ANIMAL FACILITY, Michael
Ruth Joan Kitchen • OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY, Sandra Barrow • PHYSICS &
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Dattilo, James Fujisawa, Shiu Narayan, Anne Stanton, Henrietta Szakun, Peter Gardner,
Michael Hurren, Paul Cooke, Douglas B. McEwan, David Greig, Harold G. Cadotte, Ratko
Rapaic • PSYCHOLOGY, Lucille Hoover • REHABILITATION SCIENCES, Jean Wai Yee Hsieh
Marshall • TRIUMF, Brenda Cox • ZOOLOGY, Gerri Cheng.
It's like facing a loaded gun every
day of your life.
That's how Gail, a 38-year-old
mother, describes the anxiety of
carrying a genetic marker for
hereditary breast cancer.
One option for Gail and other
high-risk women is prophylactic
mastectomy (PM), surgery that
removes healthy breasts to virtually eliminate the chance of getting the disease.
To support women who are
considering this option, UBC
School of Nursing researchers
Joan Bottorf and Mary
McCullum have launched a study
to evaluate a PM decision-making
guide that they believe to be the
only tool of its kind in Canada.
In a one-year study, they will
ask 15 women to provide
feedback on the draft guide that
McCullum created as part of her
graduate work at UBC. The
20-page booklet features links to
research websites, surgical information, questions to consider,
case studies, values scales and
lists of pros and cons. Evaluators
will be recruited from the BC
Cancer Agency's Hereditary
Cancer Program (HCP) where
McCullum works as a nurse
"Every day, I see the anxiety
and personal struggle of women
trying to make this difficult
decision. There are no resources
just for them," she says. "I would
like to help women to be
supported both intellectually and
psychologically as they make this
complex decision."
About 10 per cent of breast
cancer is hereditary in origin. In
2001, about 40 B.C. women
chose to have PM to reduce their
risk of breast cancer, according to
the UBC Breast Reconstruction
Program. PM has been an option
since the 1960s, but with the
advent of genetic testing, it is
receiving more attention from
women who have become aware
of their risk level, says Bottorff.
If a woman tests positive for the
breast cancer gene, there is a 50-
80 per cent chance she will get the
Gail has been living with the
fear of breast cancer for years.
"After my mom died of breast
cancer 10 years ago, I could not
stop thinking about the disease.
It was so prevalent in my mother's family. She, her sister and
their two stepsisters all had breast
cancer and frankly, I couldn't see
how I wouldn't get it," she says.
She decided to have genetic
testing done through the HCP to
alleviate some of the anxiety.
"I realized I needed to do something when a friend who had
breast cancer described my constant obsessing as a vicious downward spiral that would rob me of
all things valuable. It was one of
the singular most defining
moments of my life," she says.
As a woman trying to cope
with her positive genetic test
result, Gail volunteered to use
and evaluate the decision-making
"Playing the odds is very, very
risky," she says. "I'm using the
guide to make a clear, informed
and proactive decision now that I
know what the odds are. It's helping me make a decision on both a
logical and emotional level."
Every year approximately
2,000 B.C. women develop breast
cancer and more than 500 of
them die ofthe disease, according
to the BC Cancer Agency.
Next year, the research team of
nine members from UBC, BC
Cancer Agency, the University of
Toronto and Vancouver General
Hospital, part of Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority, plan to
conduct a multi-site Canada-wide
study to further test the guide's
Funding for this study was provided by Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation BC-Yukon Chapter.
For more information about
hereditary breast cancer or this
study, contact Mary MacCullum
at 604.877.6000, local 2325. □
Aboriginal Health Institute
Names First Director
Eduardo Jovel, the first director ofthe Institute for Aboriginal Health, aims
to integrate research efforts with aboriginal community concerns and learning.
UBC alumnus Eduardo Jovel has
been named the first director of the
Institute for Aboriginal Health
(I AH).
An ethnobotanist who came to
Canada as a refugee in 1983, Jovel
did his undergraduate work in
agronomy and botany in his native
El Salvador and in California. At
UBC, he obtained his master's
degree in ethnobotany in 1996 and
his PhD in mycology in 2002.
He has contributed to the
teaching and development of
curricula for aboriginal and
minority programs offered through
UBC and Cornell University, New
York. His involvement in international research projects with
aboriginal people includes teaching
and research in Peru, Mexico,
Canada, the Dominican Republic
and the U.S.
"We have to create researchers
to   participate   in   this   institute,"
says Jovel, an assistant professor of
Agricultural Sciences. "We need to
attract and develop students who
can build the research capacity of
First Nations communities and we
must offer a research approach
that is holistic and includes
research protocols that have
cultural integrity."
A collaboration of the First
Nations House of Learning
(FNHL) and UBC's College of
Health Disciplines, the IAH is
unique in Canada because of its
connection with an established
centre for First Nations learning
and support, says Jovel.
The IAH mandate is to improve
communication between First
Nations communities and the university, to develop researchers in
aboriginal health and to increase
the number of First Nations
health-care professionals.
Work     at     the     institute     is
supported by an Aboriginal
Capacity and Developmental
Research Environment grant of
$1.5 million, intended to improve
First Nations' access to health
research training programs and
research careers.
An advisory council of First
Nations members and UBC health
science representatives as well as
regional committees will reinforce
links to B.C.'s aboriginal
communities and help devise
research questions.
The IAH will also assist with
curriculum development, offer a
summer program for First Nations
high school students as well as
provide training on health
concerns to aboriginal community
members, through a summer
health institute.
For more information on the
IAH, check the website at www-
health-disciplines.ubc.ca/iah/ □ UBC      REPORTS      |      APRIL     3,      2OO3      |      5
UBC Serves up its
First Cooking Class
Reporter tangles with duck, by Michelle cook
Fifteen minutes into my first
French cooking class, I learned
that de-boning a raw duck is a
lot harder than it looks.
Mine slid off my cutting
board when I tried to slice
through its wing joints, leaving a
bloody skidmark down the
stainless steel countertop. I hurried to wipe up the evidence
before Chef Eric came over to
inspect my progress, but I was
still a little reluctant to get a
firmer grip on my bird.
"Allez, you have to get your
hands dirty," Chef Eric coaxed.
Half an hour earlier, I had
arrived at Cyrano Restaurant,
not far from campus, to begin
an unusual UBC course. The
Culture and Traditions of
French Regional Cuisine is the
first cooking class offered by
UBC Continuing Studies and to
teach it, they hired professional
chef Eric Arrouze, an expert on
French cuisine.
Originally from the Bordeaux
region of France, Arrouze spent
19 years working his way up the
kitchen hierarchy in some of
Europe's top resorts, eventually
becoming executive chef at a
five-star hotel on the French
Riviera where he cooked for the
likes of Catherine Deneuve and
the band U2. After coming to
Canada and leaving the restaurant business, Arrouze got his
B.C. Instructor Diploma and has
been teaching culinary arts for
five years.
At Cyrano, Arrouze greeted
me and nine other students
warmly, then quickly launched
into his first lesson with a
mouth-watering run-down of all
the dishes from Bordeaux that
we would be preparing and eating every Monday night for the
next six weeks - pan-seared
duck confit with Madeiran wine
sauce, potatoes sauteed with
black truffles, terrine of fois gras
with Cognac, poached pears in
Bordeaux, and apple tart with
Cognac and almond cream to
name a few.
Arrouze then led us into
Cyrano's narrow kitchen, where
he issued each of us a white
apron, a cutting board, a pair of
sharp knives and a whole raw
duck. Lined up elbow-to-elbow
with the other would-be cooks, I
watched Chef Eric rapidly slice
the legs, breasts and wings off a
fowl, leaving behind a cleanly
stripped carcass.
"You can de-bone a duck very
easily and quickly," said Chef
Eric, tossing a leg onto a huge
metal tray. "Okay, now you do
Over the next two hours, I
managed, somewhat clumsily, to
carve up my bird. I deglazed
onions, chopped parsley, and
then chopped it some more at
Eric's command. ("Finer, finer. It
must be very fine!").
Throughout the evening, Chef
Eric peppered his instructions
with his own hilarious recollections of ruined omelets, spilled
cream, family dinners, and harsh
mentors to add an authentic
dash of French culinary life to
the lesson, and introduce us to
the significance of the dishes to
the Bordeaux region.
By the time the class was over,
my fellow students and I - under
Chef Eric's watchful eye - had
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produced an impressive first
meal of typical dishes from the
Bordeaux region: duck rillettes
au torchon, oysters gratinees
with Champagne, salmon tartar
Dijonaise and roasted marinated
Portobello mushroon salad. We
promptly devoured it.
In the weeks to follow, Chef
Eric taught me how to de-vein a
goose liver, make pastry and
cook with shocking amounts of
duck fat. I also learned that, in
French cooking at least, there
are eight ways to chop vegetables, and that you should never
- ever - be cheap with your seasonings. And while I picked up
some amazing new culinary
skills,   what   stays   with   me   -
the eyes of that expert," Plessis
Plessis also helped develop a
course on the regional cuisines
of China, and partnered with
the Agricultural Science faculty's
Wine Research Centre (WRC) to
offer two wine courses. Some of
the proceeds from the wine
courses go to WRC graduate
student scholarships.
The idea of offering food and
wine appreciation courses grew
out of requests from students in
Continuing Studies language
"One of the reasons people
take language courses is because
they're interested in wine
regions,   and   everybody   likes
As a result, Plessis says, all the
wine and culinary arts courses
are firmly framed in an academic and cultural context. This
posed a challenge to Arrouze
who dug into his own family's
recipes to develop an authentic
course. He also researched the
history and origins of some
famous dishes such as Cassoulet.
It was his suggestion to offer
the French cooking courses by
region so that students would
not only learn to taste the food,
but to understand it.
"When they think of
Bordeaux, I want them to think
about the crispiness of the duck
or the texture of the foie gras
and   to   discover,   or   for   those
The idea of offering food and wine appreciation courses grew
out of requests from students in Continuing Studies language classes
aside from the five pounds I
gained - are the tastes and culture of Bordeaux.
And this pleases Chef Eric and
Judith Plessis.
Plessis is the director of UBC
Continuing Studies' Languages,
Cultures and Travel Division.
She worked with Arrouze to
develop the Bordeaux course
and one that followed it on
Provengal cuisine. She says they
weren't designed to be simple
culinary arts classes.
"They are really for people to
be able to access an aspect ofthe
culture with an expert, through
food, so we always thought people would be interested in culinary arts courses," Plessis says.
"The limiting thing was that
offering cooking in a native language would require a professional chef and a professional
language teacher."
The solution was to develop a
package of culinary arts and
wine appreciation classes, and
other culture-related classes,
offered in English, to complement the language courses. The
concept is a new one and UBC is
one of the few universities in
Canada doing it.
who have been there, to re-discover the aromas, textures, and
cooking techniques of that
UBC Continuing Studies
plans to add more courses on
French and Italian cuisine to its
curriculum. The Provencal cuisine course will be offered again
in May and the Bordeaux course
will be one of over 20 intensive
programs featured at this year's
Summer Institutes. For more
information on these and other
Continuing Studies courses visit
www.cstudies.ubc.ca □ 6       |      UBC      REPORTS      |      APRIL     3,     2OO3
The draft policy and accompanying guidelines entitled "Visual Identity" were
presented to the Board of Governors for information and review on March 20, 2003.
They were prepared by a review committee of 19 members, drawing from a broad
cross-section of the University community, and are now being presented to the
community for public comments. The members of the committee that formulated the
proposed policy and guidelines were:
Hubert Lai, University Counsel (Chair)
Brian Bemmels, Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration
Eilis Courtney, Ceremonies Office
Chris Dahl, Public Affairs, Visual Identity & Design Strategist, Public Affairs
Allan Dejong, Housing and Conferences
Carol Dougans, UBC Robson Square
Marie Edwards, The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Mary Holmes, Continuing Studies
Miro Kinch, Faculty of Medicine
Angus Livingstone, University Industry Liaison Office
Tom Llewellin, University Architect
Scott Macrae, Public Affairs
Vickie McLeod, Bookstore
John Metras, Plant Operations
Deborah Nelson, UBC Robson Square
Dan Sault, imPress ITServices
Charles Slonecker, University Relations
David Watson, Design & Marketing Associates Ltd.
Mellanie Wakeland, imPress ITServices
Feedback may be submitted by e-mail to the Office of the University Counsel at
university.counsel@ubc.ca. All feedback should be submitted by April 18, 2003.
Academic and administrative units that wish to deviate from the Visual Identity
Guidelines should consult with UBC Public Affairs to ensure that the integrity of the
University's visual identity is maintained. Where the Visual Identity Guidelines do not
address the reasonable requirements of an academic or administrative unit, UBC Public
Affairs will update the Visual Identity Guidelines as appropriate. If a disagreement
arises and cannot be resolved informally between the head of an academic or administrative unit and the Director of UBC Public Affairs, either party may refer the disagreement to the Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs, who shall decide the matter.
A Visual Identity Advisory Committee, including both members from the internal
University community and external advisors, constituted under the authority of the
Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs will provide advice to UBC Public Affairs on
the development of and ongoing updates to the Visual Identity Guidelines and will
provide advice to the Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs with respect to any
disagreements referred to him or her pursuant to the preceding paragraph.
UBC Coat of Arms: The original visual identity designed in 1915.
This identity consists of a shield within which is a stylized book
containing the words Tuum est and the stylized waves and
sun graphics.
Subject to feedback from this public consultation process, it is expected that these
proposed documents will be submitted to the Board of Governors with a request for
final approval at its regularly scheduled meeting in May of 2003.
Policy #94: Visual Identity
Approved: May 2003 (Anticipated)
Responsible: Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs
The University's visual identity is made up of many elements, including but not
limited to its name, typeface, initials, specified colours and logo, as well as their
relationship to other visual features in printed and electronic materials.
The appropriate use of these elements enhances the University's reputation,
leverages quick recognition, reduces design costs and inefficiencies, and demonstrates
organizational purpose and accountability to diverse University stakeholders.
Such use will also enable the University to prevent other parties from trading
improperly upon the University's reputation or infringing upon its marks.
This policy applies to all academic and administrative units of the University.
This policy applies to:
(a) campus signage, including both facilities identification and way finding signs;
(b) University print advertising:
(c) University web sites and other forms of electronic promotion/communication;
(d) livery for University vehicles;
(e) University business cards, letterhead, and other stationery; and
(f) University brochures and other major publications.
UBC Informal Crest: The simplified visual identity was designed in
the 1980s. This version (now replaced by the UBC logo) was
developed as a less formal alternative to the Coat of Arms for optional use by the campus community. It is not to be used.
UBC Logo: The current Logo was designed in 2000. This version
was first developed for use in new campus wayfinding signage. Its use
was sanctioned as the preferred visual identity by the UBC
Board of Governors in 2001, with the Coat of Arms reserved for ceremonial purposes only.
Web site usage
All UBC Web sites will display the UBC Logo, full name ofthe university and the major
links navigation bar (example 1). The major links navigation bar is available from UBC
Public Affairs and provides the following essential links to top level
university information:
• UBC News
• UBC Events
• UBC Directories
• Search UBC
No version of a UBC Logo other than the official UBC Logo is to appear on UBC Web
sites. Individual UBC unit Web sites may display their own internal navigation and
identity that relates to their particular unit beneath the UBC Logo / major links
navigation bar.
This policy does not affect the administration of the University trade-marks licensing
program under Policy #110: All Commercial Uses of the University Trade Marks.
UBC Public Affairs is a general resource on all matters relating to the visual identity
of the University and its constituent units and is available for consultation by the
academic and administrative units that make up the University.
UBC Public Affairs has the responsibility for creating, coordinating and maintaining
a library of guidelines for the form and manner of use of logos, typefaces, marks,
graphics and other materials used to support the University's visual identity
(hereinafter referred to as the "Visual Identity Guidelines").
UBC Public Affairs will publish the Visual Identity Guidelines from time to time and
shall make resource materials, including computer file formats, available on its web
site so as to assist and enable the University academic and administrative units to use
and apply the Visual Identity Guidelines.
Academic and administrative units shall identify themselves as units of the University
on business cards, letterhead, signage, web sites, and similar materials in a manner
that is consistent with the Visual Identity Guidelines.  The formal name of the
University is "The University of British Columbia".  Where existing signage, livery,
stationery, or other inventory is not consistent with the Visual Identity Guidelines,
the transition to new, consistent materials will be managed in an orderly and cost-
effective manner, such as through planned retirement of existing assets and through
depletion of existing stockpiles of consumables.   Where a unit has undertake any significant investment in its visual identity within the two years immediately preceding
this Policy, compliance with the Visual Identity Guidelines shall take place within a
reasonable period of time not to exceed two years after the date of this Policy.
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Print Advertisements
All UBC academic and administrative units will display the
UBC Logo in a prominent location within the ad.
If the ad is running locally (within BC) the UBC Logo is
sufficient to identify the University (example 2).
If the ad is to run nationally or internationally the words
"The University of British Columbia" must accompany the
Logo (example 3).
If the ad is black and white the UBC Logo should appear in
black or white only. If the ad has spot colour available, the
UBC Logo should appear as black, white or PMS (Pantone
Matching System) 288 blue. If the ad is 4 colour process the
UBC Logo should appear in CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow
Black). Only versions available for download from
www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubclogo are to be used.
The UBC Logo should always appear no less than 1 cm in
Individual UBC units may display their own identity along
with the UBC Logo.
All UBC publications—including newspapers, magazines,
calendars, newsletters, brochures and reports, will display
the UBC Logo in a prominent location on the cover such as
in the examples above.
If the publication is running locally (within BC) the UBC
Logo is sufficient to identify the University. If the
publication is to run nationally or internationally the words
"The University of British Columbia" must accompany the
UBC Logo (example 4).
If the publication is black and white the UBC Logo should
appear in black or white only. If the publication has spot
colour available, the UBC Logo should appear as black,
white or PMS 288 blue. If the publication is 4 colour
process the UBC Logo should appear in CMYK. Only
versions available for download from
www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubclogo are to be used.
The UBC Logo should always appear no less than 1 cm in
Individual UBC units may display their own identity along
with the UBC Logo.
Ceremonial purposes
The UBC Coat of Arms is authorized for use by the UBC
Ceremonies and Events Office only.
UBC degrees, diplomas, and certificates, commemorative
building plaques and formal invitations (only from members
of the UBC Board of Governors) may use the Coat of Arms
as the graphic identifier. This also applies to gifts and collateral materials issued or bestowed by UBC Ceremonies and
Events. The Coat of Arms must be accompanied by the
words "The University of British Columbia" (example 5).
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The University of British Columbia Visual identity
continued from previous page
Example 7
Example 6
Preprinted UBC business cards, letterhead and envelopes displaying the UBC Logo
are available from UBC imPress (example 6). No version of the UBC Logo or Coat of
Arms other than the official UBC Logo is to be used. The words "The University of
British Columbia" (please note the "T" in "The" is always capitalized) must
accompany the Logo.
Digital templates for UBC letter, memo and fax cover for Microsoft Word displaying
the UBC Logo are available for download from www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubclogo. No
version of the UBC Logo or Coat of Arms other than the official UBC Logo is to be
used. The words "The University of British Columbia" must accompany the Logo.
For those units of the University that are considered to be attractions, an alternative
stationery layout (example 7) that uses the UBC Logo and the words "The University
of British Columbia" along with the visual identity of the units named below may be
used. The units that fall within this category are:
• Belkin Art Gallery
• Frederic Wood Theatre
• Nitobe Gardens
• Botanical Gardens
• The Chan Centre of Performing Arts
• UBC Bookstore
• Housing and Conferences Centre
• University Centre
• Athletics and Recreation Centre
• Museum of Anthropology
All UBC vehicles will display the UBC Logo in conjunction with the facility name
(example 8).
Example 8
All Commercial use of the
University Trade Marks
Policy #110 was originally approved by the Board of Governors in February of
1989 under the name "All Commercial Use ofthe University Trade Marks".
Given the amount of time that has elapsed since it was originally approved, the
University Counsel, in consultation with the Managing Director of the University -
Industry Liaison Office and the Director of Public Affairs, has prepared a draft
revision of Policy #110.
The draft Policy #110 entitled "Third Party Use of University Trade Marks"
was presented to the Board of Governors for information and review on March 20,
2003.   It is now being published so that all members of the University
community may comment on it.
Feedback may be submitted by email to the Office of the University Counsel at
university.counsel@ubc.ca.  All feedback should be submitted by April 18, 2003.
Subject to feedback from this public consultation process, it is expected that these
proposed documents will be submitted to the Board of Governors with a request for
final approval at its regularly scheduled meeting in May of 2003.
Policy #110: Third Party Use of University Trade Marks
Approved: February 1989
Amended: May 2003 (Anticipated)
Responsible: Vice-President, External and Legal Affairs
A trade-mark is a word, logo, symbol, design, or a combination thereof, displayed
on wares or associated with services, to identify the wares or services to purchasers.
A trademark may be licensed if the trademark owner controls the character or
quality of the wares or services with which the licensee uses the trademark.
However, if the trademark owner does not actually control the licensee's use of the
trademark, the trademark's distinctiveness may be prejudiced, invalidating the mark.
The University owns a number of trade-marks. In addition, the University owns a
number of official marks.  A complete list of the University Marks is maintained at
the web site of the Office of the University Counsel. Examples of some of the more
prominent marks are:
UBC Logo
UBC Coat of Arms
Thunderbirds Logo
For the purposes of this Policy, University Marks are those trade-marks and official
marks used by the University to identify itself or wares or services that it offers.
This Policy does not apply to trade-marks that are registered and assigned or
licensed by the University through its University-Industry Liaison Office as part of a
technology transfer arrangement. The University has the exclusive authority to
regulate the use of University Marks. All third parties wishing to use one or more of
the University Marks must secure a written licence properly executed on behalf of
the University by its authorized signing officers. Only licensees are legally allowed to
use University Marks. Users who are not licensed do so illegally and are subject to
prosecution. This applies only to use by third parties. Use of University Marks by
academic and administrative units of the University does not require a licence
agreement but must be done in accordance with Policy #94: Visual Identity. For
greater certainty, faculty may not use University Marks except in the course of their
University duties and may not, for example, use University logos and letterhead
when they are undertaking their own consulting activities.
In considering whether to grant a licence of a University Mark, the University's
primary considerations are preserving the good name of the University, limiting the
legal liabilities arising from association of the University with questionable goods
and practices, and enhancing the reputation and image of the University. To protect
the quality and variety of product selection in the market place, only non-exclusive
licences will normally be granted for University Marks.
Various retailers and distributors have found that University endorsement of a
product can substantially add to its value and marketability and may seek such
endorsement from department heads or individual faculty members. Faculty and
staff should understand that their personal endorsement of any product does not
constitute University endorsement and should not be given in such a manner as
might lead a member of the public to believe that it does.
The Office of the University Counsel has the responsibility for securing and maintaining registrations for University Marks and for taking legal action in response to
abuses of University Marks. Anyone perceiving abuse of University Marks should
advise the Office of the University Counsel so that appropriate action may be taken.
The Office of the University Counsel should also be advised of all proposed new
logos or other marks so that trade-mark protection may be arranged. UBC      REPORTS      |      APRIL     3,      2OO3      |      9
High Tech Exercise Offers Overweight Kids New Hope
New program first of its kind, by Hilary Thomson
They can be found standing on the
sidelines in gym class, shifting from
foot to foot in awkward
embarrassment, uncomfortable in
outfits that are either tent-like in
order to conceal their generous
proportions or too small, revealing
so obviously what the large
T-shirts were supposed to hide.
They are among the growing
number of Canadian youth
suffering from obesity.
The overweight child or teen
may want to get fit, but just
doesn't know where to start. Jock-
filled school gyms or fitness centres
crammed with adults can be
intimidating when you are feeling
left out and struggling with low
Now youth with weight
problems have another option -
the UBC MET Project.
The only project of its kind in
Canada, the MET (short for metamorphosis) Project is an intensive
and interactive exercise program
for youth aged 9-16 years that
offers personal coaching and an
online training program between
scheduled workouts. It is the only
youth exercise program connected
with a university and the only one
to use electronic support.
"This program is about more
than exercise - it's an education for
a lifetime and represents a three-
way commitment between the participant, the parent and the program staff," says Sonya Lumholst-
Smith, associate director of UBC's
Alexander Foreman pedals his way to fitness at the UBC MET Project,
an intensive exercise program designed specially for youth.
Centre for Active Living and the
program's creator.
Started in January of this year,
the yearlong MET program operates three days a week after school
with one hour of machine-aided
resistance training and cardio
exercises at the fitness facilities at
the UBC Tennis Centre.
A key feature of the program is
CoopConnect, a system of online
support that can be accessed
through a kiosk in the facility or
through e-mail on a home comput
er. The program's 20 participants
log their workout accomplishments and answer questions
ranging from nutrition to sleep
patterns and heart rate. By clicking
on an item on the activities list,
they can view a video demonstration of all the exercises performed
in the circuit. The documentation
also allows the coaches and parents to keep track of progress and
identify areas for additional support.
A 2000 study of Canadian child
hood obesity, published in the
Canadian Medical Association
Journal, showed that between
1981 and 1996 the prevalence of
overweight youth increased by 92
per cent in boys and 57 per cent in
girls. Factors such as television and
video viewing and video game use
were cited as contributing to a
sedentary lifestyle for kids.
"Kids love the machines, which
we have scaled down to their size,"
says Lumholst-Smith. "The most
important ingredient is our staff -
they have been hand-picked for
this project and connect so well
with the participants."
loss, not weight, is the critical
measure for these growing kids.
Personal coach Behnad
Honarbakhsh, a third-year Human
Kinetics student who is the MET
project's student manager, says he
got involved with the project
because he is interested in working
with a results-oriented program for
special populations and saw
an opportunity to make a big
"The energy level and enthusiasm that we create in each class is
nothing short of pure magic," says
Honarbakhsh. "All the attention
these kids have received in the past
Jock-filled school gyms or fitness centres
crammed with adults can be intimidating
when you are feeling left out and struggling
with low self-esteem
Nine-year-old Alexander
Foreman says he got involved in
the program to get back into shape
and to meet new friends. His
favourite exercise is the leg press
because "it makes my legs stronger
and I can run faster."
At a private assessment session,
the program's eight trainers, who
are UBC Human Kinetics exercise
science students, take body
measurements, set weight goals
and discuss changes in diet. The
last Friday of every month is the
weigh-in  day,   although  body fat
has been negative related to their
weight. Finally, they are being told
in the MET program that they can
be active and that they can do it.
We get tons and tons of smiles."
Program registration is year-
round and there will be special
MET summer camps this year. A
similar program for adults will be
launched next year.
The annual fee for the 2003
MET program is $350. For more
information, e-mail your postal
address to ubcmetproject.-
yahoo.com. □
Who Iz Nardwuar
The Human Serviette?
He's MuchMusic TV's guerrilla interviewer
Ed.'s Note: If you are a celebrity,
you might call him a scourge. He
would enjoy that, however. This
guerilla journalist has stormed
press conferences to ask Mikhail
Gorbachev which world leader
wears the biggest pants, director
Oliver Stone which cheddar he
prefers - American or Canadian,
and televangelist Ernest Angley
whether or not there's a cure for
the summertime blues. If you
missed those interviews you may
remember the post-APEC press
conference where Prime Minister
Jean Chretien responded to his
question about people being maced
with pepper spray with the now
famous line: "For me, pepper, I put
it on my plate." In his submission
to UBC Reports Nardwuar, one of
UBC's most colourful graduates,
tells us how it all began.
I, Nardwuar the Human Serviette,
hate math, but I love numbers!
Especially the digits that come
together to create '1986', the year I
entered the University of British
Columbia. I guess to some I only
lasted in 'proper' university for
two days. Proper university? That
to me is like going to class, studying and doing nothing else. No, I
am not a dropout; I graduated
from UBC in the fall of 1990 with
a BA in Canadian History. What
happened to me? Well, let's lay the
CiTR celebrates 21 years of FM
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9th. Go to http://www.dtre-
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on the festivities taking place.
blame on the bands UB40 and the
Fine Young Cannibals!
On my second day of university
they played UBC's War Memorial
Gymnasium. Before the gig my
buddies and I wanted to get wasted! Being 18 and all, it wasn't
going to happen in the Student
Pub; however, maybe it would
happen at the Beer Garden being
hosted by CiTR fM 101.9, UBC
Radio! So with the promise of the
'olde ale' we wandered into the
Student Union Building's "Party
Room" for CiTR's "Brews-cast"!
Needless to say, I was served no
problem. Except there was just one
hitch: I was pressured into joining
the station! Well not exactly pressured but encouraged to join possibly the greatest radio station in the
world! Me? A teenage zit loser?
Yes! All the training would be provided and I didn't just have to be a
DJ., I could do news, sports, arts,
mobile sound DJ-ing, production,
or writing for the station's program guide, Discorder. Or, I could
even do as little as eating my lunch
in the CiTR lounge! There were so
many "or's!" The fine folks at
CiTR then gave me a membership
form and told me to bring it back
the next day. And that day was my
third day of university! My third
day of university!! And that is
when 'it' all changed! I joined
CiTR! I think it's the greatest thing
I've ever done in my life! Hell, it is
my life!
I ate lunch in the CiTR Lounge
for a year before I got a radio
show. But there was no rush! Little
did I know that through CiTR I
would be able to interview everyone from Mikhail Gorbachev to
Kurt Cobain, from Dan Quayle to
Courtney Love, from Timothy
Leary to Ron Jeremy, from Iggy
Pop to Jean Chretien, from Snoop
Doggy Dogg to Sloan, and from
James Brown to Reveen! All this
through a campus station! Not
some top 40 lame-ass joint! No!
Through the STUDENT, I repeat,
STUDENT radio society! Aside
from the journalistic' part,
through CiTR I have also met the
nicest, warmest, kindest, people!
Punks, poets, preachers, yeah,
yeah, yeah! Now it is time for you
to do the math dear readers. If a
dweeb like me can still be hooked
on some campus club after 17
years, there must be something
stupid going on. Like you reading
this! Baboom! Now go out and
join CiTR! Everyone is welcome.□
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stupid name like Sting," and a serviette is something you can't get in the States. io    I
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A New
Will Rise Again
on Campus
Totem creates a more
welcoming environment
for aboriginals
UBC is about to launch a fundraising campaign to erect a new
Thunderbird totem pole.
The original pole, presented to
the Alma Mater Society during the
1948 homecoming football game,
was first erected outside Brock
Hall and later relocated to Student
Union Boulevard near the North
The late Chief William Scow of
Vancouver Island's Kwick-
sutaineuk Nation and his son
Alfred - who attended UBC Law
School and later became the first
aboriginal lawyer and judge in
B.C. - joined noted carver Ellen
Neel and her husband Edward in
The Thunderbird totem pole by Ellen Neel, in its more
glorious days outside Brock Hall (left) and in its current
resting place in the South Campus warehouse (right).
presenting the stunning pole, aptly
named "Victory Through Honour."
Chief Scow also gave UBC the
right to use the name Thunderbird
for its sports teams, making it the
only Canadian university with official permission from the First
Nation to use the Thunderbird
Two years ago, the pole was desecrated by vandals and now lies in
fragments in the South Campus
warehouse, where it will stay until
a new pole is erected.
The pole was raised at a time
when only a few First Nations students attended UBC, and participating in "any Indian festival,
dance or other ceremony" and giving away Indian goods was an
indictable offence under the Indian
Act says Madeleine Maclvor, associate director of the First Nations
House of Learning. In dedicating
the pole to UBC, Neel spearheaded
the efforts to establish a close
relationship between the university
and First Nations communities.
"To the native people of the
whole province we can give our
assurance that [their] children will
be accepted at this school by the
staff and student council, eager to
smooth their paths with kindness
and understanding," Neel said at
the time.
"We need now only students to
take advantage of the opportunity,
so that some day our doctors,
lawyers, social workers and departmental workers will be fully trained
university graduates of our own
A committee, chaired by
Community Affairs Executive
Director Sid Katz and including
members of the Neel and Scow
families, has secured wood from
northern B.C. and identified a carver with the help of the Neel family.
The new pole will be partly carved
in northern B.C. before it is transported to campus, where students,
faculty and staff can witness its
"We're estimating the total cost
of re-erecting the Thunderbird pole
to be approximately $100,000,"
says Katz. "We will be looking for
contributions, big or small, to help
finance this project. Every little bit
The new pole will help create a
more welcoming environment for
aboriginal people, which Katz says
is a vital part of building and maintaining relationships with our
neighbours, the Musqueam and
other First Nations.
Maclvor says re-erecting and re-
dedicating the pole presents a great
opportunity for UBC to renew its
commitment to aboriginal student
recruitment. Currently, there are
approximately 500 self-identified
First Nations students at UBC,
making up just one per cent of the
total student population.
"The original Thunderbird pole
symbolized a commitment by UBC
and First Nations to develop an
ongoing relationship. Over the
years, that history was forgotten
and the relationship has suffered as
a result," says Maclvor.
"The new pole will serve as a
reminder of the strong relationship
that First Nations and the
university are striving for." □
Meet UBC's Top Scholars
continued from page 1
This year's Wesbrook scholars
Arts: Carly Linda Buchanan;
Sara Liane Irvine; Isabel Anne
Moore; Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah;
Dentistry: Lucien Jules Bellamy;
Education: Anne Michelle Harris;
Law: Amy Jennifer Davison;
Michael Andre Feder; Chelsea
Dawn Wilson; Laura Catherine
Zumpano; Medicine: Keri Lyn
Closson; Adrienne Christine
Weeks; Science: Rebecca Jane Best;
Marvin Min-Yen Hsiao; Anindita
The following scholarship recipients are also designated as
Wesbrook Scholars:
Ambrose Hon Wai Wong: Harry
Logan Memorial Scholarship and
Harold B. & Nellie Boyes
Memorial Scholarship; Siu Kae
Yeong: Sherwood Lett Memorial
Alicia Joan Miller: CK. Choi
Scholarship; Melanie Vanessa
Bejzyk: Amy E. Sauder Scholarship
and Jean Craig Smith Scholarship;
Rachel Anne Wiebe: John H.
Mitchell Memorial Scholarship. □
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Torturing the Taliban not the Answer
They'll talk but it may not be the truth, by erica smishek
UBC forensic psychologist John Yuille takes his expertise on interviewing
techniques from the classroom through the courts to the CI. A.
The U.S. government's recent
capture of Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed, the operational head
of al-Qaeda, and its continued
pursuit of terrorists have provoked
an international debate on torture.
If nothing else works, should
torture be used to obtain
information that could prevent
future terrorist acts?
Not according to UBC
Psychology Prof. John Yuille.
"This is a political, social,
philosophical issue. I'm just
opposed to it," he says. "What we
know from the history of the use
of torture is yes, you can get good
information you might not
otherwise get but you'll also get a
lot of bad information and it's so
difficult to tease it apart.
"For example, we know there
weren't any witches in the 16th
century but that didn't stop the
witch prickers and other torturers
from getting all kinds of people to
confess to being witches."
In the case of al-Qaeda and the
Taliban, he says, treating them
with a great deal of respect, and
thereby violating the expectations
these terrorists have of Americans,
might actually have better results.
As a specialist in forensic
psychology, Yuille has spent years
researching interviewing
techniques. He developed the
Step-Wise Interviewing Protocol
for victims of child abuse,
designed to maximize accurate
information from the child,
minimize contamination of that
information and provide a safe,
non-threatening environment for
the child. Step-Wise is the
standard used in British Columbia
and is also used in other Canadian
provinces, some American states
and other countries.
"It's an attempt to provide a
framework for people interviewing children so that they'll do the
right thing, and maybe more
importantly, not do the wrong
thing," he explains.
In cases of child sexual abuse,
where there is rarely other
evidence (medical evidence, other
witnesses), the statement of the
child is often all that the investigator has. The quality of that
statement, therefore, is critical.
Yuille joined the UBC Dept. of
Psychology as an assistant
professor in 1968 and helped
create UBC's graduate program in
forensic psychology. Now a part-
time faculty member, he teaches,
conducts research and oversees the
work of graduate students. He
also serves as a consultant to law
enforcement,    child    protection
agencies, prosecutors and defence
lawyers and has testified as an
expert in various courts.
In the early 1980s, Yuille began
field studies of eyewitness memory
in actual crimes, the first research
of its kind ever done. Previously
most research on memory had been
conducted in a lab setting, with
students "pretending" to be
witnesses to a crime they had seen
on video or in a staged event.
Yuille's research focuses on
memory - that of victims, witnesses and suspects - as well as the
effect of trauma on memory. It has
taken him and his team to
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to
interview prostitutes and to B.C.'s
correctional institutions to
interview men convicted of acts of
extreme violence.
"The part of human nature that
I'm most curious about is the evil,
problematic, violent side of us,"
Yuille explains.
"There are a lot of crimes I can
empathize with. I can see myself
stealing in the right circumstances
or the wrong circumstances. But
there are certain things related to
violence, to sadism, to sexual
exploitation, to the use of children,
the abuse of children that are still a
puzzle to me.
"Because the people who do that
are so fundamentally different than
I am, I want to understand them
better and I want to find ways of
finding them earlier and successful
ly lessening the likelihood they'll
repeat it."
His lab, for example, is currently
conducting survey research on sexual fantasies and personality characteristics to determine the base
rate and types of sexual fantasies
(normal, deviant, violent, etc.) in
the general population. Base rates
are necessary to distinguish those
who eventually engage in sexual
violence and those who merely fantasize about it.
The study grew from a Colorado
murder case for which Yuille was a
consultant. A woman's body was
found naked, with no evidence of
sexual assault, but with parts of
her body, including a nipple,
removed. The only suspect was a
14-year-old boy who lived near
where the body was found and had
kept scrapbooks of drawings and
writings detailing his violent sexual
fantasies. The case went unsolved
for 20 years until a detective on the
verge of retirement re-opened the
case and got a conviction against
the original suspect.
Yuille also conducts training
workshops on interviewing, credibility assessment and memory for
law enforcement officials and child
protection agencies. As a member
of the U.S.-based Institute of
Analytic Interviewing (IAI), he has
helped the group develop a program for educating law enforcement officials around the world in
the techniques of interviewing.
"It's what used to be called
'interrogation,'" he explains. "We
don't use that term anymore. It
carries with it the notion that the
purpose of the interview is to get
that person to confess, which we
think is the wrong attitude.
"We think the attitude ought to
be you're going to create the
circumstances in which someone
who wants to confess will, but you
don't want to coerce someone."
The IAI has also assisted the
C.I.A. and the F.B.I, in counter-
terrorism training. In conjunction
with member Paul Ekman, a
psychologist at the University of
California, San Francisco, IAI is
also researching ways people can
read other's thoughts by looking at
their faces.
As Yuille speaks, one gets the
sense of the limitless potential
of - and the endless fascination
with - forensic psychology.
"It's funny. This is a field of great
popular interest but after awhile
you get so inured at working with
this that you sometimes forget that
talking about slicing off body parts
is upsetting or disturbing." □
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Pitman Potter, professor of Law and director
ofthe Institute of Asian Research, and a team
of researchers from 12 universities in
Canada, China, Japan, Australia and the
United States have received nearly $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada to examine cultural factors that influence international law.
Potter will lead a research team of experts
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international human rights and trade laws
are applied in Canada, China and Japan.
Potter believes that accommodating the
needs and expectations of different cultures
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trade regulations put forward by the World
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human rights policies proposed by the United
Nations. The research will also help guide
Canadian decision-makers as they strive to
address diverse cultural needs.
The International Centre for Criminal Law
Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR)
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years through the Canadian International
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The ICCLR will work with its Chinese
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and officials. Activities will include training
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UBC's Public Affairs Office and the Alumni
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The UBC 2002 "Some people think..."
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fundraiser, women were featured in a beauty contest and a variety show that included
scantily clad sorority sisters. But don't be fooled into thinking that it was all wide-open
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