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Vol. LXXXIX No. 22 I www.ubyssey.bc.ca I November 20™, 2007
Riot police line up, ready to take on the students who had barricaded themselves in the CEGEP Thursday night on the first day of the Quebec student strike against provincial education cuts.
By Lend on Ebbels
The McGill Daily (McGill University)
MONTREAL (CUP)-Students attempting to strike across Quebec
this week are facing police crackdowns and intimidation from
school administrations and law
Approximately 100 students
were arrested late Nov 13 at
the CEGEP (a post-secondary
educational institution exclusive
to  Quebec)  du Vieux-Montreal,
where hundreds of students
met with riot police at a "bed-in"
marking the beginning of the
school's three-day strike against
Quebec's rising tuition fees.
After students at the CEGEP
took the school and barricaded
themselves inside, hundreds
gathered in support on the streets.
Protesters and riot police gathered
in the busy Latin Quarter intersection of Ontario and Sanguinet
streets for several hours.
Students said they chose to
occupy the CEGEP because the
administration refused to allow
them to stage a "bed-in" to peacefully protest tuition hikes under
the Charest government, a strategy used by l'Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) students
the day before.
At the CEGEP, whose student
population has a long history
of radicalism, the administration refused the bed-in on the
grounds that the school closes at
11pm and that students sleeping
at the school would be a security
"[The student movement]
isn't a new thing there. What's
new is the administration being
so hard on it," said Cleve Higgins,
a McGill sociology and international development student who
was arrested at the protest.
"I think students asserting
control of their own space is
important," Higgins said. "The
government and administration
at the school recognise that it's a
demonstration of student power
and that's why they're afraid of
Most protesters interviewed
at the demonstration asked to
remain anonymous for fear of
retribution by police and punishment by their institutions.
Students inside the CEGEP
said that up to 300 demonstrators occupied the school and built
barricades between 9 and 10pm.
see "Student" I page 03
Strong Canadian dollar
poses challenges for
international students
By Zoe Siegel
News Writer
As the loonie continues to fluctuate againstthe US dollar, students
and administrators are wondering what it means for future and
current Americans at UBC.
American students have
been biting their lips as they anxiously watch their dollar crumble
against the loonie.
After rising to a high of
US$1.10 on Wednesday, November 7, the Canadian dollar has
fallen back down to Earth, somewhat. As of yesterday, the loonie
was fluctuating between US$ 1.01
and US$1.03.
First-year student Jessie Nicely is doubtful that the US dollar
will continue to gain against the
"The current exchange rate
won't last because we are already
having problems with our stock
market, the Dow isn't doing well
and the US housing market sucks.
What is happening to us?" said
the California native. "We're supposed to be the leading economy
in the world."
Americans make up the
largest group of international
students at UBC, and as a result
their financial plight is receiving
the most attention from UBC's
However, American students
aren't the only ones becoming
increasingly stressed about
their financial situations. The
Canadian dollar has also risen in
comparison to the currencies of
China, India, Japan, South Korea,
and many other countries.
UBC international student Vihan Bammi could soon be begging for money.
"The rise in the loonie compared to the US dollar and other
foreign currencies pegged to the
US dollar may have an impact
on our ability to recruit international students from all affected
countries," said UBC Associate
VP International Craig Klafter.
As of yet, the strong loonie
has not deterred many international students from visiting
the campus. According to Paola
Baca, UBC manager of international student recruitment for
the Americas, more than 50 per
cent of prospective students who
visit UBC are from outside of
Canada, with the majority being
Donald Wehrung, a Business
professor and UBC administrator involved in recruiting in-
see "Loonie" I page 02
Port authority
chair nominated
for UBC
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
UBC's Alumni Association has
chosen businesswoman Sarah
Morgan-Silvester as the person
who, if tradition continues, will
hold the title of chancellor, the
top position at the University.
"Sarah was the candidate
that came to the top of the pile
and she consented," said Doug
Robinson, chair of the Alumni
The chancellor plays an important role in a wide variety
of University organisations,
explained Robinson, who also
co-chaired the committee which
picked Morgan-Silvester for the
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"If it [keeps] going
up then we definitely
would have a problem"
from "Loonie" | page oi
ternational students, believes
that the effect of the turbulent
dollar will have the greatest
impact on continuing international students because of
the financial commitment required to finish their degrees.
However incoming students
typically make their first payments when they send in their
enrollment decision in late
spring or early summer, and
Wehrung said that "it's really a
question of what the exchange
rate between the Canadian and
US dollar is going to be then,"
which will determine whether
international students view
attending UBC as financially
When international students
apply for a Canadian study permit to study at UBC, they have
to assert that they have financial means to afford attending
the university, regardless of
the exchange rate. In addition,
according to Baca, "when we
do our recruiting, we print our
tuition payments in Canadian
dollars and we are pretty clear
with students that it fluctuates
and we can't control that."
The UBC International
Student Recruitment office is
looking into how they can help
alleviate the pressures being
placed on international students. As Wehrung explains, it
is not as simple as accepting
the current rate ofthe US dollar
and adjusting the tuition rate
because, "that would help the
American students, but it would
help those who didn't need the
extra money just as much as it
would help those that it did and
it wouldn't help the non-Ameri-
ThSJjbyssey I November 20th, 2007
cans  that  are   in  some
cases facing worse currency challenges."
As a result, there
is very little financial aid available
to international
students specifically for currency
There is, however, an emergency
bursary program in
place that students
can use if they experience a large financial crisis and have trouble making
their university payments, but it
is not a long term solution. Students are essentially given only
enough money to get through
the term, not for the next few
years until graduation.
UBC also plans to expand
the Work Learn program, international students' equivalent to
the Work Study program, which
is only open to Canadian citizens
and permanent residents.
Through the Work Learn
program students are set up
with a job (usually in their faculty), where they get employment experience and money at
a subsidized rate.
Luckily, International Student Advisor Charles Shi does
not believe that the falling US
dollar will significantly affect
next year's enrollment. "US
students will still come to UBC,
[the dollar value] doesn't affect
much. Some people always have
some concerns, [but it has] not
been a huge problem so far."
UBC is still considerably less
expensive than many American
universities, so "US students
are still in better positions than
students from other countries,"
said Shi. Americans are significantly closer to their home
country than other international
students, making transportation
to and from UBC significantly
H International Domestic
Left: International versus domestic undergraduate + graduate
student enrollment, Nov 2006
Below: Nationalities of UBC international students, Nov 2006
Japan China
South Korea I Mexico
faster and easier.
Shi  also  pointed
out that getting the
required docu
ments    (such    as
a    study    permit
or visa) to live in
Canada     remains
easier  than  going
elsewhere for American students due to
continued strong US
Canada relations.
According to Klafter,
UBC's tuition is still about 10
per cent less expensive than a
leading US public university
and substantially less expensive
than a US private university.
Wehrung agrees that it is
still cheaper, but he adds that,
"the gap has narrowed as the exchange rate goes up and if it had
kept going up then we definitely
would have a problem."
While it would take a larger
jump in the value of the loonie
to have a serious impact on
American enrollment at UBC,
Canada is not the only option
for US students.
"Where we are particularly
vulnerable is in comparison to
Australian universities," said
Klafter, "which are less expensive than we are and are aggressively   pursuing   international
Baca believes that international students will still flock to
UBC because they "still see the
value in the UBC education, they
just understand that the costs
comparison is different because
they are now at a different advantage point with the dollar."
It is impossible to accurately
predict exactly where the loonie
will stand compared to currencies worldwide one year,
month, or even one week from
today. For now, international
students are forced to wait it out
and hope that their currencies
gain strength.
As Wehrung said, "What
goes up must come down in
some large sense." vl
Nominee: Tmjust
incredibly honoured to
be nominated'
from "Chancellor" | page oi
"The chancellor is in effect
the titular head—the head of the
Senate, the head of the Board
of Governors," explained Robinson. "[The chancellor] sits on
all ofthe University committees
and gives sage advice to those
such as the President and the
Board of Governors and the
head ofthe Senate."
Robinson said that Morgan-
Silvester was chosen from a
large number of potential nominees from both BC and across
Canada. Despite the number
of candidates, Robinson said
that Morgan-Silvester stood
out, saying that she had both
strong business skills and the
perfect leadership style for the
"She's shown herself more
than effective in the business
community," said Robinson,
pointing to her position as chair
of the Vancouver Port Authority's board of directors and her
role in the integration of the
three major Lower Mainland
ports. Robinson also highlight
ed her leadership style, saying,
"She has a consenual way of
forming judgments and works
well in the consensual, multi-
faceted environment which the
University has become."
AMS VP Academic Brendon
Goodmurphy, who also sat on
the Alumni Association's nomination committee, was also very
positive about the selection of
"What I liked about Sarah
was she has a lot of experience
in the bank realm, and the bank
realm has a lot more focus on
consensus building and community building. It's not the
same as a president or CEO of
a company," said Goodmurphy
who added that he valued the
ability to "work with the whole
campus community and balance a lot of different needs and
"I'm just incredibly honoured to be nominated by
the Alumni Association," said
Morgan-Silvester, who not only
graduated in '82, but also has a
daughter who is currently in the
Commerce program.
"I've got a lot of respect for
UBC," said Morgan-Silvester,
"And for all the individuals—faculty, staff, students, and alumni,
who have really collectively
made it what it is today." \a
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Student: 'People were really into it, they wanted to
prove something. There was a lot of energy
from "Strike" | page oi
"People were really into it,
they wanted to prove something.
There was a lot of energy," one
UQAM student said.
The barricades were made
with the building's own materials, including tables, chairs,
benches, chalkboards and
plywood. The barricade to the
main entrance was constructed
using two dumpsters, a vending
machine, and at least one toilet.
Painted onto a concrete wall next
to itwas "CVM Resistance."
Students said that police
officers had met with campus
security earlier in the night and
established that the police could
enter the building if, and when,
they saw fit.
Though the exact timing of
later events is unclear, most students interviewed said police returned around midnight dressed
in riot gear, donning helmets
and protective masks and carrying shields, batons, rubber bullet
guns and cans of pepper spray.
Witnesses estimated that at the
peak ofthe demonstration, more
than 150 police were present.
According to Higgins and
Fred Burrill, a history student
who was also arrested, the protest turned more violent after the
demonstrators realised police
intended to force them out of the
Students armed themselves
with two-by-fours, glass bottles
and fire extinguishers.
After facing resistance from
students who used an emergency fire hose against them, police
broke through a barricade at an
upper entrance.
Another protester claimed
that upon entering, they set off
a tear gas bomb and sprayed the
students with pepper spray.
Many students escaping the
school jumped over the barricade at the main entrance and
ran out, where they met plenty
of officers stationed on the street.
The officers surrounded the
students into a circle next to the
school above the intersection on
Others were cornered by police on the landing.
Burrill and Higgins said they
were given two choices by the police—to sit and be arrested, or to
try to run and "get beat up."
Hundreds of other protesters
gathered on the streets at Sanguinet and Ontario—many of whom
wore the symbolic red square of
the student movement—but were
forced down the streets, further
away from the CEGEP and the
They remained strong in
force and numbers until early
the following morning, chanting slogans like "A qui le Vieux?
A nous le Vieux!", "Liberez nos
camarades!", and "Police everywhere, justice nowhere!"
Throughout the most intense
hours of the street protest, the
police repeatedly employed pepper spray, pushed protesters
back, threatened the use of their
batons and used noise scare tactics to quell the demonstrations.
"Thedisproportionate amount
of violence that the police are displaying really demonstrates how
dangerous the idea of accessible
education is to the government,"
said Sarah Golightley, a sociology student from McGill who
witnessed the confrontation.
Contrary to reports that no
one was injured, one student
emerged from the school asking
for water to rinse his eyes, with
large bruises on his head and
Burrill and Higgins also said
they witnessed a police officer
digging his knee into a protester's leg.
About 100 protesters, mostly
from inside the CEGEP, were arrested. After being detained as
late as 5:30am in the CEGEP, all
received identical charges of mischief, assault and armed assault.
In direct response to the actions of the police at the CEGEP
demonstration, the Association
pour une Solidarity Syndicale
Etudiantes (ASSE) called an anti-
policy brutality demonstration.
CEGEP du Vieux Montreal
was not the only school facing
On Nov. 12 at UQAM, a band
of striking students surrounded
the office of Claude Corbo, rector-
elect of UQAM. Strike leaders accused Corbo of encouraging deep
budget cuts and tuition hikes in
an attempt to bail the school out
of its $550-million debt.
At least three students were
arrested, according to reports
from the Montreal Gazette and a
press release from ASSE.
And at three CEGEPs atDrum-
mondville, Saint-Laurent, and
Terrebonne, administrators are
invoking Law 43, which forbids
public-sector employees from
withholding their labour.
"The Association etudiante
du CEGEP de Drummondville...
has the right to demonstrate
peacefully their point of view,
Toilets, tables and chairs sit outside after police had broken up the protest.
but it cannot block the normal
activities of the CEGEP," reads
a press release in French from
the CEGEP de Drummondville
Marc-Andre Faucher, the
information secretary for ASSE,
said the law was unjust for both
students and public service
"It blocks the right to strike, a
right recognised long ago in Quebec and internationally," Faucher
"This is something we're going to have to watch if we want
to keep our right to strike and
hold  actions,"  Faucher  contin
ued. "Administrations and police
alike are talking about killing the
Associations representing
approximately 58,000 students
across Quebec went on strike on
Nov. 12, as part of the ASSE-led
Day of Action.
Higgins was hopeful that students could confidently participate in the Day of Action despite
the violence at Vieux Montreal.
The Students' Society of McGill University failed to make
quorum in its general assembly
on whether or not to join the
strike. \a
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Carleton considers biometric readings for students
By Erin Gurski
the Charlatan (Carleton University)
OTTAWA (CUP)-Handprint
scanners could be on track to replace student cards at Carleton
While initially expected to be
installed this year, students will
have to continue to carry their
student cards for at least another
year as the university postponed
the installation of hand readers
across campus.
Ed Kane, Carleton's assistant
vice-president of university services, suggested the issue might
be revisited next September.
Previous discussions explored the possibility of installing biometric hand readers at
both the athletics centre and the
residence cafeteria.
The machines in both facilities would grant access to
students who forgot their swipe
The hand readers measure
the subject's hand and compare
its size to a database that would
include all the palm prints of registered individuals on campus.
The readers would not replace the traditional swipe cards,
but would present an alternative
to those who had forgotten or
lost their cards.
According to Kane, the cost
of the new system would be
significant, including several
thousand dollars for software,
and $400 to $500 dollars for
each reader.
Sarah Pantuso, a first-year
public affairs student isn't sure
that the initiative is a good idea.
"It could be a good thing,"
said Pantuso. "But the cost of
it could be too much, and for
what? To help the people who
are unorganised?"
Chris Haas, a first-year environmental studies student
who works at the athletics cen
tre, also thinks the system is
He said everyone is supposed to carry their cards with
them at all times for safety reasons anyway.
"Putting in a system like that
would have its biggest implication be the scanning of every
student at the beginning to create the database that would store
everyone's identity," Haas said.
"If campus security comes
around, they just have to ask for
cards," he said. "With this system, they would need to carry
around portable scanners which
would cost a lot of money."
But some students are in
support of the program and
would like to see it implemented
as soon as possible.
Tara Homeri, a first-year
journalism student who lives in
residence, said she thinks the
idea is a great one.
"It's alotless hassle and takes
less time [than carrying] a swipe
card around, which is easily lost
and expensive to replace," she
said. "Just using your handprint
would be a lot simpler."
According to Kane, the plan,
if implemented, will likely be
put in motion September 2008
at the earliest. \a
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Colour-blind casting questioned
by Tracy Fuller
Culture Writer
Intimately concerned with the
politics of representation as well
as interpretation, UBC's colourblind casting of "The Rez Sisters"
raises a host of issues.
When the choice comes
down to staging controversy or
silencing the story, what is the
priority? Where does the greater
value lie?
Tomson Highway would be
the last person to inhibit the production of one of his plays. "He
has always said from the get-go:
'Do my work! Do my play! I don't
care who's in it, do it!'" said Kim
Harvey, the actress playing Ma-
rie-Adele Starblanket in UBC's
production of "The Rez Sisters".
"People are not listening to the
As quoted in the Ubyssey's
First Nations Issue, when it
comes to casting his plays Highway insists, "If a producer wants
to cast a Black-Chinese lesbian
midget with a 12-inch dick as
a Chief of an Indian reserve in
Canada, then that's his right."
The thing is, none ofthe First
Nations reserve chiefs in Canada are Black-Chinese lesbian
They are Native.
Certainly the artistic community has rights that should not
be limited, lest we endanger the
evolution of aesthetics. But what
about the Aboriginal community's rights? For centuries, the
evolution of Canada's First Nations—their culture, their voice,
and their future—were systemi-
cally strangled. History has misrepresented and appropriated
the idea of what a Native is and
looks like. Can Native stories be
told without questioning who is
telling them?
"The Rez Sisters" is an Aboriginal story about Aboriginal
people. Many have argued that it
is one that should be told exclusively by members of the First
Nations community.
"The history of a people is
determined by who tells it,"
said film critic Jesse Wente in
a recent CBC Radio podcast.
"For many years the story of
Aboriginal people around the
world, not just in Canada, has
been told by someone other than
But must seven of Canadian
theatre's most challenging, compelling, funny yet tragic female
characters be kept from the
"I've always been comfortable with it being a colour-blind
cast," said Cecile Roslin, the actor playing Veronique St. Pierre,
"but it's harder for me to speak
to that because I'm half Cree.
I've always said that I think it's
more important for the story to
be told, and I think it's a tragedy
that this is the first production in
Johnna Wright, the director
of "The Rez Sisters", along with
actors Kim Harvey and Roslin
say that respect has been the
main focus of this production.
"I feel if we're approaching
the work with respect and we're
doing our work well, then we're
not doing anything wrong,"
Wright said. "But there are going
to be people who aren't comfortable and I completely respect
that and I can't argue."
Alannah Young, the Aboriginal student advisor at UBC's
First Nations House of Learning,
collaborated as the production's
cultural advisor. She is also the
play's drummer.
Wright met with Young
throughout the play's development to ask questions, pitch
thoughts, gain insights and
locate the spiritual voice of the
play. Her advice helped ensure
that the play's creative choices
were both sensitive and astute.
"I had done lots of research,"
said Wright, "but reading books
about First Nations culture and
life is not going to make you an
"It's a completely different
world view than the European
that I grew up with," Wright
continued. "I didn't grow-up on
a rez, but I read this play and
went, 1 know these women too, I
know people like this.'"
Both Kim Harvey and Cecile
Roslin feel honoured to be part
of the production. They are passionate about the story, its characters and the incredible importance of the play. Their involvement, however, does come with
an added level of responsibility.
"Being part Native, after reading it [for the first time]," Harvey
recalled, "it was like, this is my
family—that's my aunt, that's my
sister, that's my mom. There are
so many similar characteristics,
even though it was written in
the late 80s...Unfortunately, The
rez and the dynamics and social
life hasn't changed a lot [since
In my family, we've done
everything we can to
stay away from the rez.
Cecile Roslin,
Roslin's experience with the
play comes from a different perspective, though.
"In my family, we've done
everything we can to stay away
from the rez," she said. "I've
never been encouraged to see
myself as being First Nations.
Even today there's a lot of shame
in my family, and we don't have
status cards. We don't have any
of that."
"The Rez Sisters", however,
has encouraged Roslin to embrace her First Nations heritage.
"I'm actually getting my sta-
tus card now because of working
on this project, so it has been really inspirational for me."
The emotional, personal, and
practical concerns of the production have touched everyone
"One of the things that was
coming up was that the other
girls in the cast were only comfortable doing the show because
we were involved," said Roslin.
When the same production
was proposed five years ago, the
UBC Theatre graduates said they
wouldn't do it, Roslin said. They
asked to have the play removed
from the program.
"That does add a lot of responsibility especially as the cast
member who never [previously]
identified as First Nations...
Yeah, it is a lot of pressure. It's
almost like you have to do it even
'righter,'" Roslin said.
Harvey agreed that she's
shouldering a tremendous responsibility, but her focus is on
the audience and the good she
hopes will come from people
seeing the play.
"After the show is done," she
said, "if I can have this many
more people educated and
knowledgable about Canadian
Aboriginal history and the present day situation, that makes my
job a little easier. Its much better than having one person who
knows a lot about it."
Audiences watching the
play will see a multicultural
mix of actors on stage, three of
whom have Aboriginal ancestry.
Whether or not those cast members can be identified, or should
be identified, the director and
actors aren't sure.
"I think people watching the
show won't necessarily know,"
said Wright.
"Which is great," Harvey
said, "because it breaks down
that barrier. I've had so many
auditions and jobs where people
have been like: 'You know they
should really have hired a Native
person for that...,' and I'm like,
'oh, well I am Native,' 'Oh...well,
you don't look stoic enough...'"
The controversy and criticism
that has erupted in response to
the play's "colour-blind casting"
is both encouraging and adept.
"If you have to do the play colour-blind," said Roslin, "you do
what you can: you get your advisors and you get people in, but to
keep it silent, I think, is worse."
"The Rez Sisters" provides a
perspective that isn't necessarily
pretty, but is based on Tomson
Highway's authentic and contemporary experiences. UBC's
"colour-blind" production may
step on toes and cause controversy, but from a theatrical and
intellectual perspective that is
exactly what this city needs.
"If we can give them something to start thinking in that capacity again, that's just exciting,"
said Harvey. \j November 20th, 2007 | ThSJJbyssey
AIDS week underway
Culture     5
by Joanna Octavia
Culture Writer
UBC World AIDS week launched
Monday with a new exhibit at the
Boulevard cafe, featuring photographs taken by youth living in
Khayelitsha—a township outside
Cape Town that has an HIV infection rate nearing 60 per cent of
its population.
The fourth annual week
promoting HIV/AIDS awareness
includes events mixing between
formal venues with discussion
on the issues surrounding HIV/
AIDS, and more casual social
events with the opportunity to
meet people who share a commitment to reducing the spread
As for the origins of World
aids Pamela Verma, former
president of the UBC Doctors
Without Borders club, explains
the origin of the World AIDS
week at UBC. "Four years ago,
a group of us from different
clubs came together and said,
why don't we all work together
rather than have the potential
of our projects overlapping or
duplicating each other?"
Since then, the World AIDS
Day committee has been partnering with campus clubs and
local organisations to put on
a series of week-long events at
UBC that make a broader reach
to the community.
The planning committee itself
is quite diverse, with representation from different faculties and
groups such as the International
Students Association, the International Peer Connection and
Africa Awareness.
Verma finds that "there
aren't too many venues at UBC
through which to get to know all
the different groups out there,
and that was one of the biggest
challenges for us during the first
couple of years."
Jo-Ann Osei-Twum, who
helped organise an interdisciplinary faculty forum and networking
fair that happened this Tuesday,
says that the World AIDS Day
committee wants to help "bring
together groups with similar
interests to create a week where
people can gain awareness, and
address the local aspect as well as
the global aspect of HIV/AIDS."
To wrap-up the week up, the
Gallery will hold a band night,
featuring Famous Lou and the
Funky Brew.
World AIDS Day, on Saturday, December 1, marks a day
of shared global action and
awareness. The events at UBC
leading up to World AIDS Day
could help build momentum
for student-driven initiatives
year-round and help strengthen
their impact through increased
This week is also the beginning of "The Condom Project" in
student residences. You can also
pick up free condoms at any spot
on campus that is selling red ribbons. All money raised this week
will go entirely to the Stephen
Lewis Foundation. \a
This week, the Boulevard cafe showcases the photo project'Through
My Eyes" which depicts members of Ikamva Youth,a South African NGO.
Eastside artistic community crawls with culture
by Paul Bucci
Culture Editor
Over the weekend, over 300 artists displayed their work in 39
venues in the Eastside Culture
Crawl. The Crawl started off as
an open house in a single venue
with four artists, and has blossomed into a multi-venue event
spanning the area from Main to
An artist who was billed as
"My Name is Scot" explained
that the Crawl started over a
decade ago as an attempt to
showcase artists, when, at that
time, the East side was the only
place they could afford to live.
Now, the Crawl is evidence of
the original community being
retained as the artists and the
area become more affluent.
The basic premise is that
anything goes. If you can make
it, you can show it—and show it
they did.
Luke Blackstone, a sculptor,
created a piece about the upcoming Olympics using a copper canister, a large grid that
Artist Luke Blackstone with his installation that comments on the fleeting nature of 2010 Olympic winter games.
was dropped off by his studio
years ago filled with pictures of
more decrepit parts of the East
side, and a number of halogen
lights. The piece lights up the
rings for a short period of time,
blinding the viewer, then goes
"Hopefully    [the    pictures]
don't burn...I just finished it
this morning," said Blackstone.
"The short time the lights are
on represents the short span of
the Olympics, though the problem has been here fore a long
time, and will be here for a long
His   other  pieces   included
two laser pointers that wrote
messages on the walls.
"It says, 'Read the writing on
the wall'...[and] 'read between
the lines."
One gallery, called the Gaff
Gallery, at East Hastings and
Heatley, featured portraits arranged into groups such as 'The
Dream Team from Aberdeene'.
The artist, Gabriel Deerman,
who also runs the gallery, admitted the groupings were arbitrary, having just painted the
titles on the walls.
After graduating from Emily Carr, Deerman started the
gallery, mostly showing other
people's work.
"Do you know that dream
when you're in front of your class
in your underwear?" Deerman
asked. Referring to the Crawl, he
said, "it's kind of intrustive."
Those who deny that Vancouver has no cultural community would be surprised to
see the connections between
artists at the Crawl. First names
were used almost exclusively,
and everyone seemed to know
someone else's friend, lover, or
When two men walked into
the Gaff Gallery, Deerman
exclaimed that they were his
neighbours and he often stands
outside telling them to shut the
fuck up.
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TIME: 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 5:30 p.m.
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The Ubyssey | November 20th, 2007
Biometrics dangerously empower law enforcers
Imagine a world where the police
caught, arrested, and charged every
crime committed. Every speeding offense and red light violation
automatically motion-sensed and
ticketed. Every murderer and Ham-
burglar caught on camera, gait and
face identified, matched to database
and located. Every terrorist automatically caught while scheming,
through telephone, e-mail, and purchase tracking. Every music sharer
caught through internet service provider (ISP) monitoring, every vandal
caught on camera, and every political dissident carefully monitored.
This is not so far away, nor is
it tin-foil paranoia. Biometrics is
a mature science with everything
from fingerprints to facial identification to gait now computerised,
individually isolated, and instantly
identifiable. Systems such as Simu-
lex's Synthetic Environment "sentient world simulation" have the
computing power to identify, track,
and moniter millions of these
nodes simultaneously. And when
you read about whistleblowers
claiming that the National Security
Agency is already middle-manning
major American ISPs, you have to
wonder if the infrastructure for
such a system is already in place.
Simply put, in the near future
there will be an automatic computer system to identify, monitor,
and track an unlimited number of
people, while flagging "unlawful"
behaviour. The only piece that is
missing from the puzzle is the
personal information. For now,
photos, fingerprints, and vocal/facial/optical information remain
relatively private.
But when we at the Ubyssey hear
that Carleton University is beginning to collect biometrics we are
somewhat alarmed.
At UBC, in addition to addresses
and phone numbers, the University
collects photographs of students for
the UBC Card program. The photos
are kept on permanent record, in
the same files as grades. While not
mandatory, the program is practically essential for UBC students.
The card is necessary for library
use, food plans, parking programs,
and transit passes.
Carleton's policy is similarly optional. At this point no one will be
forced to give the university their
biometric information. But the
situation could quickly change to
be similar to UBC's photo database
And while both databases are
protected by privacy policies,
centralised databases with traceable information are dangerous,
and no one can say that hackers,
dissatisfied employees, CSIS, or
court-ordered law enforcement will
never see such information.
Which brings us back to the
original question, do we want to
live in a world where law enforcement is near-perfect in its enforcement capabilities? We at the Ubyssey do not.
Our current system is built on
the idea that people will deviate
from the norm. Laws are in place
to keep the peace, or to make sure
that the majority is controlled and
can make decisions based on the
premise that certain social institutions are secure. For instance,
people generally go when the light
is green, and stop when it's red
because it is safe. Shopkeepers can
open shops without worrying that
their stock will be stolen. People
can walk the streets unarmed
because they know they will not be
attacked. These governing rules are
necessary for any society to work.
The point of law is not to punish
those who deviate, but to regulate.
Think ofthe archaic sodomy
laws as an example of a case where
the everyday disobedience ofthe
law forced change. If they had been
100 prosecuted, would we have the
same LGBT rights we had today?
Probably not.
If it were possible to enforce
automatic penalties for infractions
through the use of biometrics, similar laws would not change.
Civil disobedience would be an
impossibility, as would any other
form of protest that fringes on
If obedience is forced, if there is
100 per cent enforcement of laws,
then we're liable to fall into a dangerously totalitarian system. With
a guaranteed punishment for every
infraction, the law enforcement
system has total control ofthe actions of its citizen, vl
See all their full comments online at www.ubyssey.bc.ca
What would you do if tuition was increased by 50 dollars per semester?
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in which students are asked a
question    pertinent    to    UBC.
Alexa Woods,
Creative Writing 3
"I wouldn't be
that concerned
about it. If it
went up a lot
more than that
then it would
Jeremy Mathers,
"I'm from the
States so tuition is
pretty cheap here
anyway because I
have dual citizenship. I don't really
care...fifty dollars
isn't a lot."
Janel Cheng,
History 3
"I would just pay
the fifty dollars.
Obviously I would
want someone
to do something
about it, but am I
going to? I don't
think so."
For more information on
this story, see page one.
Lauren Slattery,
Psychology 2
"To be honest,
I wouldn't do
that. That's not
going to solve
anything. I think
I'd complain to
the administration
of UBC, not get
violent with two by
fours that support
Tony Smith,
Geography 3
"I think it puts a
bad shadow on all
the students...50
dollars on 5000
that sounds about
reasonable, one
percent. I don't
think I'd protest
over fifty."
"Priceless" music no guarantor of quality
Your previous editorial ("Silence is golden, but
music is priceless" [Nov. 16]) noted several
advantages to 'free' music—that it would represent a return to an original, creative art form,
free from the tyranny of record companies and
consumer demand.
Quite frankly, such a scenario strikes me as
absolutely ludicrous. For the better part of human history musicians have been for the most
part penniless, dependent largely on how generous their audience was feeling that night.
It's not like before patent law music was any
more 'creative' either—musicians simply stole
lyrics or tunes that people knew and perhaps
added a personal twist here and there.
In fact, I would argue much of the quality
and innovation in any entertainment field is in
fact due to the legal protections we now extend
to entertainment. It takes time, personal commitment, and dedication to produce anything
of quality, and your previous editorial seems to
assume that musicians will most certainly be
able to spin marvelous works of art without any
financial support at all.
Everyone has to eat, after all.
I certainly won't deny that certainly some
musicians certainly do base their sales around
slick marketing or gimmicky performances,
and that any purveyors of information need
to have some sense of responsibility for what
they publish. However, I feel this stereotype
just seems so much more pervasive because it
gets that much more media coverage—there's
plenty of legitimate musicians pursuing a career, and being able to do it well because of
modern legislation.
I'm not completely unsympathetic to the
point of view and Gene Simmons's comments
do seem rather shortsighted, considering the
merits of different approaches such as digital
At the same time, I would just like to make
sure that the implications of calling for "free"
music are taken into account.
—Aaron Si
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Mens b-ball uses depth, speed to dominate weak Pacific Division
from "Men's B-ball" | page 08
tate to go small and play people
who are." So far, Kool has been
coming off the bench for the
'Birds, but with 8 points and 5
rebounds in just 15 minutes of
action per night, he's certainly
making a case for increased
playing time.
The Sleeper: Brett Lever-
sage. After two years playing
only in garbage time, Leversage
is starting to make the most of
opportunities he's been afforded in Hanson's small-ball offensive system. A gritty player who
can shoot, penetrate, and get
his nose a little dirty, Leversage
is starting to show considerable
skills, pacing the team with a
.667 shooting percentage, and
has been rewarded with a starting position.
Burning Question: What
will the identity of this team be?
Nov. 23
Nov. 24
Nov. 30
at Simon Fraser
vs. Regina
Jan. 18
at Victoria
at Trinity Western
Before the season began, Hanson admitted that he wouldn't
"know who the starters are the
day before each game, let alone
for the season." But slowly, this
team is starting to show itself as
a run and gun unit, using depth
and speed to outwork and out
shoot all comers. There are ten
players on this squad that are
averaging more than ten minutes per game, and the flexibility
that Hanson has with this squad
should give this team a fighting
at Trinity Western                CiTR
vs. ALBERTA                         CiTR
Feb. 2
Feb. 8
at Thompson Rivers
Feb. 9
at Fraser Valley
Feb. 15
Pacific Division Semifinals
Feb. 22
Pacific Division finals
Feb. 29
Canada West Final Four
Mar. 14
CIS Final 8 Championship
Games in CAPS at War Memorial, UBC
chance against any team in the
Canada West Conference.
In Conclusion: The good
news is that UBC can take its
time to find an identity, because
it's in a comparatively weak Pacific Division this year. Going
into this year, the T-Birds are
ranked No. 5 in the country.
Assuming that they can find
their rhythm as the season progresses, they stand to live up to
their lofty ranking come playoff
time. 11
Lack of varsity status won't keep tennis players off court
by Ryan Kalef
Sports Writer
Tennis seems to be a forgotten
sport at UBC and to the CIS, despite its popularity on the West
Coast and our warmer weather
compared to other parts of
However, interest remains
among UBC students, with past
and present players deciding to
move "underground" if mainstream Canadian university
sport won't support competitive
It's   been   about  five  years
since the Canadian Interuniver-
sity Sport (CIS) dropped tennis
as a varsity sport and four years
since the last official western
Canada tournament. In the east,
the Ontario University Athletics
(OUA) still supports the Ontario
University Tournament each
year, although interuniversity
team play is limited to exhibition
matches. On the West Coast both
University of Alberta and Simon
Fraser University now play south
of the border.
According to the book Flight of
The Thunderbirds, which chronicles the history of varsity sport at
UBC, tennis has never existed as
a varsity sport. But there are references to it among descriptions
Although the details appear
hazy, the consensus is that the
UBC team had arranged to do
battle down the west coast in the
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tennis
league. However, due to a struggle
over available practice time at the
UBC facility, the Thunderbirds
never flew.
Adding to the team's trouble,
they have to pay for practice time
and fight for availability at the
UBC tennis centre. A centre that
has been plagued with problems.
The winterised "skin coated" facility has been treated as a patchwork quilt, sewing up new patches with every new leak. And the
eight hard courts, which lined the
gap between the old Thunderbird
arena and the all purpose field,
were paved over for a parking lot
two years before the renovation
ofthe arena took place.
Yet from the doldrums of a
suppressed sport, UBC tennis
lives on. Competing in an alternative to the CIS, the UBC team journeys to Washington and Oregon
for NCAA sanctioned competitions. In province, the Collegiate
Cup is an event in which UVic,
SFU, and UBC annually compete
each spring for top prize. This
newly revitalised western tri-pow-
erhouse tournament hopes to
grow into a full-fledged west coast
league in BC.
With these additions to the
sport, UBC tennis manages to
scavenge for players and court
time, allowing the self-coached,
independently-inspired players
of UBC tennis to play. And despite limited fanfare, UBC tennis
can see light, vl
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B-ball starts strong, looks to top Canada West again
Mens team loses star guard
Archibald, but Dyck takes control of
team scoring from everywhere
Thunderbird newcomer Blain Labranche dribbles past Darren Johnson Nov. 9, helping UBC beat Fraser Valley 91-81.
by Justin McElroy
Sports Staff
One month into the Canada
West season, the T-Birds are in
their normal position at the top
ofthe Pacific Division, with a 7-1
This record includes their
two wins this past weekend,
one against Winnipeg, 78-64,
and Manitoba, 86-71. Their only
blemish so far has been a 5-point
loss to No. 12 ranked Calgary.
But aside from that, things are
different for the Thunderbirds
this year. They have a new, unconventional look that means
trouble for opposition teams.
The 2006-2007 Season:
A regular season of ups and
downs ended with a big "up"
as the team went to Brandon
and defeated them in a thrilling
Canada West Final. But, success
was short lived when the team
couldn't stay alive against the
Ottawa Gee-Gees in the national
Departures: It's the end of
an era for the men's basketball
team, as the T-Birds say goodbye
to stalwart guard Casey Archibald
after five years of service. Gone
too are (take a deep breath),
guards Jason Birring and Adam
Friesen, along with forwards
Sean Stewart, Cody Berg, Brent
Lewis, and Jeremy Alexander.
Arrivals: If you lose seven
players in one off-season, there
are going to be plenty of new
faces. Third-year transfers Kyle
Watson, Sean Maxwell, and Blain
Labranche add some speed and
skill to the squad. Rookies Bajraj
Bains and Graham Bath provide
depth at the post position. And
young Nathan Yu follows in the
footsteps of his brother Jordan,
as he looks to be a key contributor at the guard position for
many years to come.
The Leader: Chris Dyck.
With Archibald gone, this is his
team. He knows it. And judging from his team-leading 21.2
points per game so far this season, he's up for the challenge.
A guard who can shoot bombs
from virtually any point past
the halfcourt line, Dyck will be
counted on consistently to be the
one player who delivers game in
and game out.
The Wild Card: Bryson Kool.
The very definition of an enigmatic centre, coach Kevin Hanson is looking for big things out
of his fourth-year post player,
but he realizes that Kool's grace
period is running out. "We've
eased him back into play the
last two months because of his
leg injury," he said. "But if he's
not playing well, we won't hesi-
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