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The new campus plague disgusts stu-    Cumming Magna Laude in the Church of
dents. Page 3 UBC. Pages 6 & 7
It's my birthday! I want ice cream crepes! since 1918
Tuesday, 17 October, 2006
CBC's new series shows the city's dark side.
Page 13
Meal plan change leads to residents eating less
by Colleen Tang
Residents at Place Vanier and Totem Park are
not happy with the changes made to their
meal plans.
"My concern is...the amountthe meal plans
are budgeted and the amount of food costs, the
amount the student can eat is quite a bit smaller than years before," said Dave Hollander,
current Totem Park resident.
In the 2005/2006 year Hollander wasn't
concerned about how much money he spent
on food. "Last year the prices were reasonable
to the point where you didn't have to worry
about how much you ate because of the cost
[and] the sheer volume of it...whereas this year
you're choosing not to eat because of the
amount the food costs," he said.
With Hollander's meal plan of $7 a day, he
can only afford a piece of fruit, juice and a
plate of pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
He's stuck to this diet lately because he couldn't afford the amount he has to pay for meals.
"I realise that it's an absurd amount for me
to be eating so if I waste away it's Food and
Services'fsic] fault," he said.
Lorianne McGowan, general manager of
Residence Food Services, said it's difficult to
satisfy students. "We always have complaints
about the meal plan," she said.
"The main difference is how the dollar is
being distributed. In previous years we had a
points system and an overhead. Points were a
penny a point and that was to cover the food
costs," explained McGowan, adding that the
price of the meal plan went up in price by less
than one per cent.
The system is now more retail-based,
according to McGowan. "The students pay a
20 per cent overhead fee and then they have
20 per cent off retail prices all over
campus...so they're notlimitedto coming back
to the dining rooms to get the best value."
McGowan thinks part of the reason for the
concern among residents is because they see
the retail price on the register and not the discounted price.
"Now what they're seeing is that they're
paying the overhead with that price," she said.
"[The meal] comes up at the full retail price
and that's what sort of hangs on the screen
there and then when they swipe their card, the
discount comes off," she said.
"It's visually shocking," said Elizabeth
Locke, president of the Totem Park Residents
According to Jennifer Gill, president of the
Place Vanier  Residents Association,  she's
heard a lot of "what the heck is going on" with
see "Meal plan" page 2.
New plan to educate public about homelessness
Homeless aren't just people with drug addictions, says executive director of BC Non-profit
Housing Association
Hit me with your best shot
UBC women's field hockey playerTyla Flexman attempts a shot on
Alberta's goal during Saturday's 3-3 tie game between the two teams.
by Leah Poulton
In an effort to educate the public of the challenges faced by the homeless, this week has
been declared Homelessness Awareness
The week-long campaign, the first of its
kind, consists of events in each region of the
Lower Mainland. A local non-profit coalition,
the Steering Committee on Homelessness,
organised the events to raise individual awareness about the issues surrounding homelessness.
"We counted over 2,000 people living on
the street, and we probably missed some people," said the Committee Co-Chair, Alice
Sundberg, who is also the Executive
Director of the BC Non-Profit Housing
Association, said that the group wants to
stress that the stereotypes surrounding homeless people are highly inaccurate.
"It's not just people with severe drug addictions and mental problems," she said. "It also
affects seniors, youth and families with young
children. The most visible are the most marginal."
Besides providing a more realistic face for
homelessness, the committee also hopes to
put more pressure on the provincial government.
Sundberg explained that the government's
current strategy is a rent supplement program, which requires the applicant either to
find housing before becoming eligible, or to
move to temporary housing in shelters as a
transition towards more permanent accom
"But there's no permanent housing to transition to," Sundberg said, calling the attempts
of the government just "drops in the ocean"
and the housing portion of an income assistance cheque "laughable."
"Everything costs more so the government
doesn't want to build because it's too expensive," she continued. "But that's the reason
people can't afford to live. You can't just use
Band Aid solutions."
At least several hundred units need to be
built in the near future if any progress is to be
made, she said, citing health as one of the
most important reasons.
"People's health is going to improve with a
roof over their heads," she added. "Living on
the street wears on mental health, relationships and people's ability to get connected
with the community."
On average, being homeless doubles a person's annual health care costs, according to
the committee's website. In addition 66 per
cent of homeless people surveyed have at least
one significant health issue.
There is an intrinsic connection between
health and homelessness, Sundberg
explained: people who are homeless use the
health care system much more than those who
are not. They also use the most expensive
aspects of it, specifically the Emergency Room
and ambulance services.
"Just think of the cost," she said. "It's really
clear that it's more cost-effective in terms of
the taxpayers' money to house someone than
to leave them on the street."
see "Homeless"page 2.
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Tuesday, 17 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
First tree genome mapped
by UBC researchers
by Victor Lam
A team of researchers have just
completed a full mapping and partial sequencing of the world's first
tree genome.
Using black cottonwood, a
species of poplar trees, the project
has created a reference system for
other plant systems with significant applications for carbon management efforts, the forestry sector
and the development of alternative
In September, Science published the findings of an international team of scientists and
researchers, which included significant contributions from UBC
experts and the BC Genome
Sciences Centre.
"Though forestry is a major
foundation of our economy....we
still know relatively little about the
genes that determine many of the
key features of forestry, genes that
allow a tree to be fast growing or
slow growing, genes that make
a tree resistant or susceptible
against insect pests, the genes that
control the shape and form of
trees," said Jorg Bohlmann, UBC
Michael Smith Laboratories professor and one of the project leaders.
"The knowledge of a complete tree
genome is now aiding much more
fundamental research [into] understanding the life form of a tree
much better with many possible
applications coming from there."
"Like the pharmaceutical industry and health sector fully embracing molecular technology and
genome knowledge,  in a similar
fashion these technologies are now
being used in agriculture and
forestry improvement," he added.
Robert Holt, head of sequencing
at the BC Genome Science Center
whose group helped strategise the
physical mapping and sequencing
of the genome for the project, compared the significance of the findings to the sequencing of the first
human genome.
"The human genome is being
leveraged in terms of evolutionary
biology and drug development and
understanding variations between
individuals and populations. For
the forestry industry, the genome
sequence," he said. "For the poplar
trees can be used as the model system that will be important in
understanding plants in general."
The findings contribute to a
greater understanding of gene
function and the overall study of
plant biology. And there are
also relevant contributions to the
economy and ecology of our environment.
"It's analogous to a library
opening up...graduate students
and professors are now using this
information to design experiments and really understand how
these genes work in controlling
tree properties," said Carl
Douglas, UBC Botany professor
and a member of the UBC project
Douglas added that poplar is of
specific interest because of its various qualities such as its ability to
store carbon, its rapid growth rate
and as a source of biomass for bio-
fuel that can be used in place of
gasoline. @
We always have complaints about the
meal plan, says Food Services Manager
"Mealplan"continued from page 1.
regards to the changes in residence meal plans.
Residents do not understand
the changes that were made to
the residence meal plan, said
Locke, "We're trying to inform
According to Locke, the
change maybe appealing to students such as vegans who don't
find enough options at the cafeteria.
But some students find it
more expensive to eat out so
these changes don't really affect
them. They choose to make
their own food, said Locke. But
that has its own limits, she
added. "You can't have pasta
and sandwiches all year."
"The whole point of the cafeteria is to get people out of their
rooms...people should be using
the cafeteria," said Gill.
One change that Gill and
Locke are pleased with is the
alternative to transfer the
remaining meal points on the
residence meal plan to other
dining meal plans after the year
in residence is over.
"It's fair," said Gill, adding
that many residents including
herself lost money with the old
system which was to transfer
meal points into $50 and $100
UBC bookstore coupons.
Gill and Locke acknowledge
the effort that Food Services has
taken to improve residents'
meal plans.
"[Food Services] is making
the system better," said Locke.
"If people are actually concerned, Food Services will
explain it to them," said Gill.
"They're really stepping up...it's
impressive." @
"Homeless"continued from page 1.
She hopes that by making homelessness and health
the themes of this year's
Homelessness Awareness Week
will enlighten people as to the
extent of the problem and what
they can do to help.
In Vancouver, there are daily
events ranging from a speech
by Mayor Sam Sullivan, to a
banquet for the homeless, to a
forum educating people on
their rights as tenants.
But some people aren't
aware of the event.
UBC's Alma Mater Society
(AMS) President Kevin Keystone
said he had heard nothing
about Homelessness Awareness
Week, and as far as he's aware,
it was not advertised on campus
at all.
"It worries me a bit because
a very important issue hasn't
made it to the front of the public eye," he said.
Keystone said that it seems
like a very useful way for students to get information on how
to get involved.
"I would love it if they got in
touch with the AMS next year so
that we could bring it to campus, because it's such a worthy
cause" he said.
A full calendar of events
and other information can be
found on the Homelessness
Awareness Week website. @
Skin of Our Teeth
October 17-21
Governor General promotes
her first publication since
Frederic Wood Theatre
leaving office, Heart Matters.
Theatre UBC presents this
play by Thornton Wilder,
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directed by Joanna
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News and National
Vancouver law firm donates $1 million to law school
by Mary Leighton
A leading Vancouver law firm has
donated $ 1 million to the UBC
Faculty of Law. The gift from
Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy
LLP (Farris) kicks off a fundraising
campaign to replace the current
faculty building.
Dean of Law Mary Anne Bobinski
said the gift is "truly significant..the
excitement that the announcement
has generated, not just here at the law
school, but also in the legal community, has been just great"
This is the largest gift ever
made by a BC law firm to support
legal education.
"Farris has definitely set a bar, so
to speak, for other law firms," said
Ana-Marie Hobrough, director of
development for UBC Law. "I think
all the other firms will figure out
where they want to be in relation to
that gift"
UBC Law has had a long relationship with Farris. The founder of
the firm, Senator John Wallace de
Becque Farris, rallied support for
the creation of a law school in BC
and helped convince the provincial
government to provide the $10,000
necessary for UBC to create one in
1945. In 2003, the firm donated
$200,000 toward a lectureship at
UBC Law.
But the decision to donate $1
million was not an easy one for
Farris. Robert Anderson, a partner
at the firm, considered the decision
process "reflective."
"We are a diverse group of individuals, and as you would expect we
have a diverse interest in the charities or the charitable donations that
each of us would like to target..as a
result, with modest exceptions, we
RENOVATIONS FOR LAW: The Faculty of Law building will be getting a whole a new look, kellan higgins photo
have historically not donned large
donations through the firm."
Farris announced their decision
on the first day of school with a
phone call from managing partner
Keith Mitchell to Bobinski. "We were
delighted," said Bobinski. "For a kick-
off gift, you like to have a level that
will be inspiring to those who follow."
Recognition for the donation will
come in the form of a lecture hall in
the new building, which is to be
named "Farris Hall." The Faculty of
Law hopes to raise about a third of
the construction costs from other
private donations. The remaining
portion will come from the
University and the province.
The hope is to have the new
building constructed in the next
three to five years, but rising construction costs make the timeline
difficult to predict "If we were
going to build the building today, it
might cost between 45 and 60 million dollars," said Hobrough. "To
build it in two years we have no
idea about what that escalation factor will be."
The Faculty remains hopeful that
other firms will make similarly large
donations. "I think we hope to be
making announcements through the
fall about other significant gifts and
it's too early to say what size they'll
be," said Bobinski. @
Norwalk-like virus hits campus
by William Wolfe-Wylie
SACKVILLE, NB (CUP)-A breakout of
an unknown illness closed Mount
Allison University in Sackville, New
Brunswick last Friday.
The disease infected approximately 90 students in a population
of 2,000. The university closed without word on the cause of the illness.
"At this point we don't know,"
said one Sackville Memorial
Hospital emergency nurse.
Anyone with symptoms of the illness, which include violent vomiting and diarrhea, has had specimens taken and sent to New
Brunswick Public Health, which is
currently investigating the illness.
In an e-mail announcing the closure of the school on October 13,
Stephen McClatchie, a vice-president at the university, called the illness an "outbreak of gastroenteritis"
caused by "what is believed to be a
Norwalk-type virus."
More than 100 students are now
thought to be ill, but the disease
seems to be closely connected to
campus, with only minimal outreach into town. A nearby nursing
home remains unaffected, and the
local middle and elementary schools
have reported only one case
between them.
Off-campus students living in
town are still getting ill. Norah
Lorway awoke early on the morning
of October 12 with the illness and
has not yet fully recovered.
"I've been puking since lam,"
she said that evening.
Shortly after the report of the
outbreak,    the    New    Brunswick
Department of Public Health was
called to investigate. Their first target
was the university meal hall, which
"passed with flying colours," said
Michelle Strain, director of administrative services at the University.
Strain said one of the challenges
facing the university right now is
controlling the spread of false information surrounding the outbreak.
"There's lots of rumours and hysteria," said Strain.
Landon Braverman, a resident on
the third floor of Windsor Hall, knows
it better than most He fell ill late
Wednesday evening and slowly
watched as several students succumbed to the illness around him.
About three hours later he was
admitted to hospital for the night and
provided with an intravenous drip.
The following day he felt better and
returned to his residence, where he
slept for the following 12 hours. He
reported that other students experienced shortness of breath, rapid
weight loss and loss of a sense of time
in addition to vomiting.
On the floor of approximately 40
students, at least 15 are now ill. One
of the residence supervisors has
also fallen ill.
The university has been co-ordinating with the New Brunswick
department of public health to collect information from students
affected in an attempt to recognise a
pattern in the infection.
The hospital has declined to comment on how many students have
been admitted. According to Cindy
Crossman, the university nurse educator, approximately 39 students
have visited the hospital's emergency department @
Rats sighted on campus, mainly the SUB
by Samantha Jung
A member of the Muridae family
has made its way into the SUB. Rats
have taken up office in the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) administration area as well as other buildings
on campus.
Sightings have been attributed
to the construction occurring
around campus; rat habitats are
most likely being disturbed, and
rodents are trying to find a new
So far this hasn't prevented students from eating and studying in
one of the most popular hangouts
on campus. According to David
Yuen, AMS VP administration, the
problem has only become more
noticeable recently.
"I know that it's become more
noticeable lately...people have seen
rats at night and things like that
That was when we knew we really
had a problem, [during] the past
couple of weeks."
It is not the responsibility of the
AMS to deal with rat infestations,
said Yuen, although the AMS is
concerned about the problem
because it is occurring in their
offices. Infestations are the
responsibility of UBC Plant
Operations, and they have already
contacted a company to exterminate the rodents. Branches that
hang over balconies have been cut,
to eliminate an access route for
rats trying to enter the SUB, and
traps have been laid out.
The company being used has
"put  150  traps  around the  SUB
building...around [the] outside and
also the inside," said Jas Sangha,
manager of Custodial Operations.
According to Sangha the company checks the traps every week.
"They catch a few [rats] but not
all the time," he said.
As construction increases, the
number of complaints about
rodents have also increased,
acknowledged Sangha. This is
most likely because as the rodents'
habitat gets disturbed, they have to
migrate to a new home. "There's
lots of construction everywhere on
campus so it's not like it's only this
building. We have a few other
buildings where we've got complaints like the Bio Sci building,
and Life Sciences building."
Students shouldn't be worried
about the rats, said Yuen.
"[As] a student, I wouldn't have
any problems about eating at the
SUB, because the rat problem is
confined really...to the admin area,
so it's not really a problem in the
student outlets," he said. "[The rats]
are running around my personal
office area, I think that's kind of
gross, but I'm also comfortable that
the problem's being taken care
of...so I'm not too concerned."
First-year science student Aman
Sehra has a different opinion.
"Well, since the student body
has not been informed of the situation I highly doubt it will stop too
many people from spending their
break/study time at the SUB." he
said." In my case, I think I would
like to get an update on the situation before I spent a lot more time
there. Hopefully they get the situation under control quickly, as it's
pretty disgusting to think the
majority of us eat there, while the
place is infested with rats." @ News
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UBC panel weighs in on
North Koreas nuclear test
by Sienne Lam
After the recent developments on
the Korean peninsula, the UBC
Centre of International Relations,
the Simons Centre for Disarmament
and Non-Proliferation Research,
and the Liu Institute for Global
Issues coordinated an informative
panel discussion last Friday.
The panel included Wade
Huntley, director for the Simons
Centre and Kyung Ae Park, Korean
research chair.
Huntley and Park agreed that the
main rationale behind North
Korea's nuclear tests is to demand
attention and respect from the
United States.
"It is not rocket science...to build
a nuclear weapon," said Huntley.
Huntley then analysed the possible reactions of the United States
and China. Their reactions, according to Huntley, will determine the
level of gravity given to the North
Korean nuclear issue.
Huntley said he hopes the United
States will not react because he predicts increasing confrontation and
risks of military action rather than
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New research predicts that Delta's
sea level will rise 60 centimetres
by the end of this century.
"Recent studies suggest
Greenland and Antarctica could
melt and provide more water,"
Phil Hill of Resources Canada
told the Province.
Engineers are currently studying the costs of raising Delta's
dikes. They will release a report
by the end of the year.
Homeless housing proposal
Members of Vancouver City
Council have proposed building
soft diplomacy. Park anticipated
changes in United States policy
towards North Korea, with congressional elections happening in
November this year.
According to Huntley, China will
react more strongly than it has in
the past, but he also said that we
should not expect the Chinese to
follow the United States. The
Chinese are concerned about many
things beyond the nuclear issue
itself, such as a massive inflow of
refugees from North Korea if Kim
Jong Il's regime collapses.
Park went further in delineating
the reactions of other Asian countries. In South Korea, the recent
North Korean actions undermine
the Sunshine Policy—the South
Korean softline approach to policies
with North Korea to keep relations
between them friendly. Statistics
show that 78 per cent of the South
Korean population wants to change
foreign policy, 60 per cent want to
acquire nuclear weapons as a protective measure, and 53 per cent
want to end inter-Korean projects.
The United States is also increasingly pressuring South Korea to stop
the joint ventures with North Korea,
dorm-style housing for the city's
homeless population.
The proposed 100-square-
foot units with shared amenities
would cost about $50,000 each,
a quarter of the cost of traditional social housing.
Councillor Kim Capri told the
CBC the smaller units could
serve as transitional homes until
more spacious accommodation
could be found.
New robot revealed
Last Thursday, a team of UBC
engineering and science students unveiled their space elevator robot. The robot will compete
in the 2006 NASA Beam Power
Challenge later this month.
The competition challenges
teams to design and build a
space elevator that uses a cable
to lift with power beamed from a
remote source.
The UBC team is favoured to
according to Park but he does not
think this will be successful as that
would be a guaranteed acknowledgement of a failed Sunshine
Economic sanctions are futile,
according to Huntley. "At this point,
given how far down the road North
Korea is, it's no longer a question of
stopping or preventing them from
becoming a nuclear state, it's now a
question of rolling them back. That's
a far more difficult task."
Dramatic regime change isn't
something anybody would want,
according to both Huntley and Park.
According to Park, on top of regime
instability, a more militaristic dictatorship could take over North Korea.
Wakiko Yoneda, a third-year
international relations student,
said she attended the panel
because she was interested in
nuclear tests. "I am from Japan,
and I was very interested in the
reaction of Japan and other countries towards this nuclear test. This
session was very informative."
"I think it's interesting, it's like a
game, like a poker game with a high
amount of [stakes] on it," added
fourth-year student, Roland Bege. @
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while the World Health
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per cent.
There are a lot of theories but
no one really knows why the levels in BC are so high, nursing
professor Wendy Hall told 24
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The 'anybody but Iggy campaign heats up
Liberal leadership contenders clash in effort to compete with Ignatieff
by Erin Millar
TORONTO (CUP)-Liberal leadership candidates aggressively
attacked each other during a spirited final debate in Toronto.
While Micheal Ignatieff has a
clear lead in the race, three candidates—Bob Rae, Gerard Kennedy,
and Stephane Dion—are all close
contenders. Rae and Dion clashed
both with Ignatieff and each other
to establish themselves as the
main competition during the last
official debate on October 15.
During what was perhaps the
most stinging exchange, Rae targeted Ignatieff over his stance on
Afganistan. He accused Ignatieff
of using dramatic language and
said the mission can't be called
"some great imperial exercise."
Ignatieff shot back by saying
that although Rae had voted in
support of extending the mission,
he was changing his perspective.
"I actually don't know where you
stand on the issue."
"For a guy who has changed his
mind three times in one week..."
Rae responded but was cut off by
Ignatieff who retorted, "Come on—
you've known me for 40 years."
The two leadership contenders
continued to argue, accompanied
by the jeering of the 1,500-person
audience, before candidate
Martha Hall Findlay jumped in,
saying, "Gentlemen!"
Rae and Ignatieff were roommates and worked together on the
Varsity newspaper at the
University of Toronto.
Stephane Dion also attacked
Ignatieff for his proposal to "put a
price on C02 [carbon dioxide]"
and introduce a National
Sustainable Development Act.
-Bob Rae quoting
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Liberal leadership hopeful
"We need to pay tribute to what
the former government was
doing" he said, adding, "I don't
know why we need another Act,"
implying that Ignatieff was not
involved in the previous Liberal
government's work.
Ignatieff has spent the majority
of his adult life living in the
United States and Britain.
"The climate change story was
there...why didn't we do better?"
Ignatieff responded.
"All of the tools have been
given to us by the previous govern-
IGNATIEFF Waiting to be challenged, courtesy of thescotman
ment..We don't need a Clean Air
Act..we just need to get back into
power and regulate the existing
laws," Dion answered.
"Stephane, we didn't get it
done," Ignatieff responded. Dion
cut in with, "This is not fair. You
don't know what you speak about."
Dion did not reserve his sharp
words only for Ignatieff—he also
challenged Rae on his history of
huge deficits as NDP premier of
Ontario in the early '90s. Rae
defended   himself   by   quoting
Franklin D. Roosevelt: "If I have
made mistakes, and I certainly
have made them...it is better to
make mistakes out of a sense of
"When Jean Chretien and Paul
Martin decided to put the fiscal
house in order they had compassion, but they didn't want to jeopardise the future of the people in
need," Dion said.
The Liberals will choose a new
leader December 2 at the party
convention in Montreal. @
One Laptop Per Child program sparks debate
by William Wolfe-Wylie
Laptop Per Child program aims to
provide over 20 million laptop
computers to students in developing countries in the next decade.
By challenging manufacturers
to reduce the price of the laptop to
$100 per computer, the program
has forced some impressive technological innovations but also has
some critics wondering if the program is appropriate or if it will
even prove effective at reducing
the digital divide.
The project saw its birth at MIT
two years ago under the initiative
of Nicholas Negroponte, who
argues that while the laptops will
not help with eliminating poverty
on their own, they will provide an
environment that will encourage
further action.
"Food, water, clothing and
other necessities come first.
Nevertheless, a worldview and
good education can do wonders
for a child's mind and continued
health," states the OLPC program
"Computers, especially those
that are networked, have shown to
be development 'multipliers', that
is they help to improve the delivery of medical, educational and
communication services."
Michael Fox, a professor of
geography at Mount Allison
University, has been involved in a
similar initiative in New
Brunswick for the past two years
that aims to provide schoolchildren with laptops to facilitate their
initiation   into   a   technological
world. Through his work, he said,
he has been challenging the concept that computers can replace
"Laptops are very often seen as
a replacement for textbooks and
teachers," he said. "They're a
The New Brunswick program
is a $20-million initiative that
aims to put laptops in the hands
of every middle-school student in
the province. While these are consumer model laptops paid for by
taxpayers, the program, at its base
level, is similar to the OLPC program and faces many of the same
Critics of the OLPC program
have pointed out that there will be
strong language barriers and that
the program will have to overcome a culture that is not used to
incorporating technology into
daily life.
Paul Currion, who runs
Humanitarian.info, an humanitarian organisation that focuses
on research and publication relating to the developing world under
the motto "Because information
can save the world," wrote on his
website, "I want to believe in the
$100 laptop, but I don't."
For Currion, the issue is about
being realistic about what people
need in the developing world.
"I share much of the hope that
technology can solve many problems but I also remain realistic
about how much technology can
achieve. You tend to get that way
when you've just come back from
Darfur, where it's hard to see
what people are going to get out of
a cheap laptop when they don't
have clean water, food security or
livelihoods," he said.
The 2B1 laptops are currently
in their final testing phase and
scheduled to go into production in
the first quarter of 2007. They will
ultimately cost approximately
$ 140 rather than the initial goal
of $100. The 2B1 laptops will be
purchased by governments and
then handed out to students and
Fox echoed Currion's sentiments when asked about how the
New Brunswick program might
translate to the developing world.
"The big questions are going to
be about equity: hunger versus a
laptop," said Fox. "Is a laptop the
essential ingredient?"
At $ 140, the cost of one of the
machines is a significant portion
of the annual income of a villager
in a developing country, or even
several times the annual income.
Currion points to this as one of
the reason why a family without
food or water may be tempted to
sell the laptop for food and water.
Negroponte, the project's creator, is listening to the criticisms
and has even listed some of the
concerns on the project's FAQ
page online.
And a number of countries
have already signed on to the project. Nigeria is planning to buy the
first one million laptops and
China, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt,
Nigeria, and Thailand are in line
to purchase another million each.
Other countries are waiting to see
the results in those countries
before making their decisions.
The language divide, cultural
divides, and the fact that comput
ers are an alien concept in many
parts of the world could prove to
be bigger obstacles than
researchers in the US are willing
to admit, argue a number of critics across Internet message
"The big questions are
going to be about
equity: hunger versus
a laptop... is a laptop
the essential
-Michael Fox
professor of geography
Mount Allison University
According to Fox, the language
issue has also been raised in the
New Brunswick program. But
Negroponte and his team are
unfazed by the criticism and are
moving forward with the program.
"It is too soon to have an
announced plan for any of these
things. But lack of an announced
plan does not equate to lack of
planning. Significant numbers of
people are putting their best
thoughts and other efforts into
these problems, and will have
much to say at the appropriate
times," reads the website.
The goal is to produce and distribute tens of millions of the laptops. The first models are expected to ship in the beginning of
2007. @
U of A prof leads
child soldier
rehab program
by Mike Smith
EDMONTON (CUP)-War has a tremendous impact on a society, destroying
institutions, infrastructure and displacing families. However, one of the most
profound consequences, and unfortunately, one the hardest to repair, is the
abuse of child soldiers.
The University of Alberta's Andy
Knight, director of the Children and
Armed Conflict program, is hoping to
tackle this growing problem.
Having recently returned from the
program's second conference in Ghana,
he's learning how to protect and rehabilitate children living in conflict zones.
"We may not be able to get rid of
conflict, but one thing we can try to do
is to make the conflict situation better
for most kids that have to live [with it],"
Knight said.
As part of the research program,
political science students Aaron Johnson
and Dana Glorieux travelled to Sierra
Leone in May 2005 to assist government and NGOs working in the area
through the Canada Corps University
Partnership Program. They returned to
Canada in September of that year.
Knight helped set up the trip, and hopes
their subsequent report will encourage
other students to do the same.
The Disarmament, Demobilisation
and Reintegration (DDR) program is
still in its infancy. According to Knight,
campaigns to disarm citizens by purchasing their weapons haven't been
effective in many states, either due to
lack of funds or mismanagement.
"We found out that in Liberia, the
UN was giving $300 for AK-47s, but
next door in Cote DTvoire they were
giving $900 for AK-47s. The Liberians
aren't stupid. Those kinds of complications we won't know about until we sit
down and talk to officials who are running the DDR programs," he said.
One of the biggest challenges facing
Knight and his colleagues is the complexity of the issue.
"You are not going to find a simple
solution to the problems of conflict," he
said. "Most Canadians and many people in the Western world aren't aware
of the significance of the problem."
He estimated that there are approximately 300,000 child soldiers in the
world presently. "Part of what we are
trying to do is educate, and to show people that this is bigger than they might
think," he said.
Through the research program,
Knight is working on a book with the
help of several contributors from
across the globe. Much of the research
focuses on the DDR programs in place
to help deal with the training of children as soldiers.
"There hasn't been a real critical academic assessment and evaluation of
these programs, so we don't know which
ones work and which ones don't How
can we make the whole process better to
make sure peace is sustainable?"
The book will collect the results of
three conferences, the final one taking
place at the U of A in March 2007. They
hope this book will be used by universities and government officials, and
Knight plans on sending the final
report to the UN as well. The UN-run
University for Peace in Costa Rica has
also shown interest in the book.
Although, he hopes his research will
provide answers to many questions,
ultimately, according to Knight, the success of these DDR programs rests on the
co-operation of all administrators, both
international and local, and the commitment to carry them out to the end. @ Feature
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o and behold,
you've finally
shown your commitment to the
Church of UBC and
donated a sizeable
chunk of change to
its multi-million
dollar poorbox. You've been accepted and
now the time has come for the gods of
Academia to test your worth. In the same
way that other religions promise posthumous salvation in exchange for piousness,
post-secondary education promises a
world of happiness and success right here
on Earth—that is, if you can pass its tests
and not lose your faith along the way.
For those of you who plan to stick it out,
invest in your future and not succumb to
the temptation of real jobs with real pay,
here are some standard traps to avoid
while you move through the first few of the
many, many trials university has in store
for you:
Ifoxutfa - Lust
Is it possible to literaUy screw yourself
out of decent marks? Actually, maybe
not—contrary to what religion may say
about the virtues of chastity, when it comes
to stress, most therapists and counselors
will tell you that sex and relaxation go
together like ice cream and comfort
Sex has a number of immediate stress-
relieving effects: exercise, the natural high
of released endorphins and emotional intimacy, if that's your thing. In the short-
term, sex can be a great way to take the
edge off exam overload in as little as ten
minutes. A time-efficient habit, if there
ever was one.
The caveat: sex is not exactly a consequence-free endeavour, nor is it all that
easy to get. So of course, if you can get it,
protect yourself: regular condom use is
your best bet against contracting an STI
and of course, pregnancy is also something you probably want to avoid at this
point—if you're already fucking around to
deal with exam stress, can you imagine
how hard it'd be to focus on school while
you or your girl is pregnant? No kidding.
So ladies, figure out your birth control
method of choice before jumping in the
sack, and guys, don't just assume because
it's the 21st Century that every girl is on
the pill. For more information, you can
refer to the Student Health Centre in the
UBC Hospital or the UBC Wellness Centre
in the basement of the SUB (where condoms, oral dams and toys can be bought
For those of us who just want the endorphins without the risk? Chances are, no
one knows what you need better than you,
so if you have ten minutes, drop the blinds,
drop your pants and take care of yourself.
If you've never tried to regain your academic focus through orgasm, you mightbe
totally screwing yourself (no pun intended.) In the same way that working your
right hand can clear your head before a
nerve-wracking first date, masturbation
can dispel all kinds of nervous energy
when study stress hits a high point.
^upiiWatJatfta - Greed
For all the med-school-bound, engineering and Science One students out there:
balance is important. Constantly gunning
for those marks can be pathological and
make you stress out far more than you
need to. If you're totally stuck and can't
wrap your head around a concept, go out
and exercise or call a friend and think
about something else for a while. And
though you're going to do it anyway, the fact remains that cramming the night before an exam
(especially if you're drinking coffee to stay up) will not help you
scrape up a few extra marks. It
will, on the other hand, make you
shaky, easily distractible and
unable to concentrate during your
Furthermore, your academic
record does not reflect either your
self-worth or your abilities as a
person. Crying with frustration
because you blew your organic
chemistry exam despite weeks of
studying is reasonable, but crying
because failing an exam makes
you worry about your future is not
Just as money can't buy happiness, neither can marks. And
while you'll probably forget all
those notes you memorised as
soon as you walk out of the exam,
the lesson you'll learn from falling
down and getting right back up
again is something that will stay
with you forever. So chill.
^ijjritia'aceiiia - sioth
People have never had so
many options available to maintain a perpetual state of paralysis:
Hypnotic, stultifying reality TV
plays 'round the clock, video
games let you play eighteen
straight hours of football without
ever getting off the couch, and
MSN Messenger and Livejournal
give the impression of having a
real social life when you haven't
actually gone out in the last three
During exams, time is precious
so don't waste it Though online
chatting can be a great way to take
a break while you're in the library,
the sensory overload offered by
electronics and the Internet can
really start screwing with your
attention span if you don't limit
Don't let procrastination get
the better of you—telling yourself
that you'll start studying 'when
you feel like it' is naive. You're
never going to feel like studying,
so you might as well put the Xbox
away and get started now. This is
key to getting past study anxiety.
Stop thinking about it and just do
it If it's really tough to crack the
books, then make your goals bite-
size to get over that psychological
hump—instead of saying you're
going to sit down and read seven
chapters tomorrow night, tell
yourself you're going to start one
page tonight. Who knows, if you
manage your time well enough,
you might be able to go out and
have some real fun! A focused, efficient study session followed by a
date, for example, is far more
appealing than staying in all night
pseudo-studying while watching
women cry on The Bachelor:
Ira - Wrath
Professors and TAs routinely
have to deal with students chasing
them down after exams because
they're upset over the marks they
got. Keep in mind that your
instructors don't have to be generous if they don't want to be.
Freaking out on them or nagging
them angrily for a mark here and
there is annoying and the more
irritating you are about it, the less
inclined they will be to listen to
Never start off by stating flat-
out that they miscalculated your
mark; ask them politely to look at
your test and bring attention to the
questions where you're not quite
sure why you lost points.' And if
they stand by the mark they gave
you even after you've discussed it,
then just suck it up. They'll
respect you for taking it like the
mature adult you're supposed to
be, and who knows, they might go
easier on you next time.
- Gluttony
Sometimes school gets so
tough, all you want to do is escape.
Many students handle stress with
overindulgence—reaching for
booze, drugs, and junk food to
relax. And often the restraint and
discipline of exams cause us to
wig out irresponsibly as soon
they're over.
Moderation is key to coasting
through tough times without serious consequences. Yo-yo-ing
habits—with regards to your diet
or substance use—will probably
hurt your body more than they will
help it.
Time and again students say
it's too hard to maintain a proper
diet during exams and end up subsisting on Doritos and
McDonald's, instead of real food.
So it should come as no surprise if
by the end of the term, they're too
sluggish to exercise and they've
gained over ten pounds. Though
in the short-term it may seem like
what you need, garbage food does
nothing more than drain your
energy, clog your GI tract and
make you fat. There are some simple habits you can adopt to make
sure you keep your eating habits
from spiraling out of control:
1. Drink water or juice. Pop is literally nothing more than carbonated water and refined sugar sold
at an absurdly inflated price. If
you're going to spend two bucks
on a drink, you might as well get
something with nutrients in it.
2. Opt for high-fibre foods. High-
fibre foods like whole grain breads
make you feel full, clean out your
intestinal system, encourage
weight loss and help with nutrient
3. Eat breakfast. Notonly does this
jumpstart your metabolism, it
increases your ability to concentrate and gives you energy.
On drinking: when it comes to
finishing a hard exam, the first
thing that comes to mind—
whether you feel like you aced it or
you feel like you just got punched
in the face—is usually booze and
lots of it Alcohol is very flexible
that way: it can be just as good a
consolation prize as it can be a
But ask yourself what exactly
you get out of drinking completely
beyond your means. No matter
how cool Will Ferrell movies
might make it seem, in real life,
there is nothing all that glamorous
about, say, drinking an entire case
of beer and barfing so hard you
bust blood vessels in your eyeballs. You're better off drinking to
the point when you're flirting
shamelessly with girls and guys at
the bar, not to the point when
you're flashing police officers on
the street. So alternate your drinks
with glasses of water and don't
mix your cocktail menu too
much—that way you'll stave off
making an ass out of yourself and
getting massively hungover.
Iwfftfa - Envy
As you race along writing
papers and taking tests, don't forget that there will always be people
out there who will beat you at one
thing or another, and that's okay.
Competition with your peers can
be a very healthy thing that can
drive you to achieve beyond what
you might have on your own, but
don't let it get to you too much.
Sour grapes over something as
trivial as your friend beating you
in a class is childish and sad, so if
it bugs you, do your best to get
over it and think of something
Conversely, some students
bring envy and resentment on
themselves by talking about with
people who don't want to hear
about it By all means, discuss
marks with people who ask , but
keep in mind that in the working
world talking explicitly about your
salary is considered to be in very
bad taste, and in the academic
world your marks are somewhat
analogous to the money you make.
Throwing your average around
conversation is very transparent
and makes you look insensitive
and insecure. Your marks are
nobody's business but your own.
HujierWa - Pride
Considered by many Christian
faiths to be the original and most
serious of all sins, pride indeed
can be the root cause of much suffering. In an academic context,
pride can compound school stress
by creating the delusion that even
when you're drowning, you
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Knud Rasmussen is no Fast Runner
Fifth Avenue Cinemas
now playing
by Jesse Marchand
It is not a life that most of us can
relate to. Surrounded by acres of
snow, the Inuit of Iglulik and its
surrounding area must literally
carve an existence out of the
frozen landscape. Facing a
drought of available food, even the
family of the great Shaman Awa
and his spirit-seeing daughter
Apak are facing starvation. By the
film's end, however, it is the loss
of their spiritual culture to
Christianity that elicits a profound
sadness and not the hardships
that a traditional Inuit lifestyle
must inevitably face.
Based on the actual journals of
a Danish ethnographer, The
Journals of Knud Rasmussen
chronicles a single white man's
experience   observing   an   Inuit
family's conversion to Christianity
in the 1920s. Despite its origins,
the film is shot from a perspective
sympathetic to the Inuit as we are
introduced to a series of characters who ultimately give up a
4,000 year history of Shamanism
after the pressure of starvation
drives them to reject their religion
by participating in a Christian
With minimal camera work and
lighting, the film employs a realist
aesthetic. The only variations from
the documentary style are the
scenes depicting Apak's love affair
with the spirit of her dead husband. Although Apak feels that it is
her taboo actions that ultimately
cause her families' misfortunes,
her confessions do little to save
the family from losing their culture forever.
Unfortunately, moments like
Apak's revelation are few and far
between. At times, the slow-paced
film is a little too plodding. Its saving grace, however, is the solid portrayal of Awa, the Inuit Shaman
who is the last of the characters to
convert to Christianity. Played by
Pakak Innukshuk, who also starred
as the older brother, Amaqjuaq,
in Zacharias Kunuk's first film
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Awa
is potrayed as realistically and
admirably as possible.
His performance, however, is
not enough to save the final scene,
in which Awa is forced to send his
spiritual helpers away. Though
Innukshuk's performace is flawless, the spirits' child-like confusion and false tears make the
scene laughable as opposed to
Overall, The Journals of Knud
Rasmussen is far from your typical Hollywood shlock. It is neither
flashy, nor particularly plot-driven
and at times its slow-paced style
may not be as engaging as the
average North American viewer is
used to. But what strengths it has
lie in its stark telling of the truth.
And for that you have to give credit to directors Norman Cohn and
Zacharias Kunuk. @
PAINTrnq is alive and well at the VAG
Vancouver Art Gallery
September 20 to February 27
by Peter Clark
A new exhibition at the Vancouver
Art Gallery refutes the death of
painting with conviction and
gusto. PAINT showcases the work
of seven young and promising
local painters alongside a large
collection of paintings by
Vancouver artists of the past four
decades. In doing so, it attempts to
declare the vitality and relevance
of painting in the world of contemporary art.
Neil Campbell, curator of the
show and instructor at the Emily
Carr Institute of Art and Design,
called the show "a response to the
current enthusiasm for painting."
When it comes to contemporary
art, Vancouver is known generally
for its concept-based photography,
a form that tends to value theory
over execution. With his show,
Campbell wants to change this
reputation, presenting painters
for whom "the physical application of paint is a process that can
access that part of our experience
that eludes articulation."
The   seven  featured  painters
varying in age from their twenties
to their early thirties have produced works that range vastly in
style and intent. Their approach to
the process of painting differs
widely, from the uncontrolled
methods of Etienne Zack and
Charlie Roberts to the precise
styles of Tim Gardner and
Arabella Campbell.
Zack's paintings describe the
messes of his own studio. He attests
that once he begins them, they take
on a life of their own, leading to
dense collections of random
objects. One of his pieces depicts a
bathroom full of tiles; each tile features a miniature version of a
famous work of art, providing hours
of enjoyment for any art history
keener. Roberts, more dramatically,
makes use of "wild-style" brushstrokes to generate lunatic-populated landscapes that are alternately
fantastical and horrible.
Campbell, on the other hand,
creates highly premeditated and
meticulously painted white monochromes. Each reflects on the
structure of the canvas, proclaiming (contrary to popular belief)
that the tradition of modernist
abstraction is still alive and well.
Gardner creates equally fastidious photo-realistic watercolours.
Despite the fact that his images
are drawn largely from holiday
snapshots, the paintings gain complexity from their status as parodies of famous works of art.
Neil Campbell has included
many paintings by Vancouver
artists since the 1960s in this
show in order to place the works
of this upcoming generation of
painters in a vital tradition of the
city's painting. These older artists
include Attila Richard Lukacs,
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun,
Michael Morris, and even Ken
Lum, who recently left his teaching position here at UBC. A key
piece by David Ostrem indicates
somewhat of a mandate for the
show. Entitled Art Sucks, it uses
humour to critique the unimaginative, dull and predictable nature
of much contemporary art.
Thankfully, PAINT does not fall
into this trap.
At times it seems that the curator has wilfully neglected some
crucial developments in the last
forty or fifty years of art production. Nevertheless, the exhibition
is certainly enticing and enjoyable. Any observer of art, whether
casual or seasoned, will undoubtedly find something of interest
here. So mosey on down to the
VAG, be surprised, be engaged,
and rediscover paint. @ THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 17 October, 2006
Fight for independence in Iran
Young women engage in dramatic struggle in Abbas Ahmadi
and Nader Davoodi's 13 and a Half
Vancouver International Film Festival
October 3
by Lauren Slattcry
13 and a Half is a documentary that focuses on
the confusion and conflict of Iranian women
between the forces of tradition and desires for
feminist independence. Centered on the stage
play 13, the film attempts to present truth by
interviewing the actresses.
Many examples of feminist
restraint are shown. one
actress questions that if
God created her, and if
praying is to form an intimate relationship with god;
why she must wear a veil.
The stage play, with a cast composed
almost entirely of women, is about a king's
harem in which his many wives compete for
his attention and satisfaction. This may seem
old fashioned, but as stated by the interviewed women, the general idea is still
prevalent today. The actresses expand on the
play's simple plot during the interviews and
speak their minds. They describe the creeping improvements for women in Iranian
society, such as going to university, but they
mainly express the notion that in their coun
try, religion is tradition, and it seems impossible for them to push through tradition
while keeping their religion.
Many examples of feminist restraint are
shown, such as having to wear a chador while
praying. One actress questions why, if God
created her, and if praying is to form an intimate relationship with God, she must wear a
veil while she prays. Another says that she
had to choose between only two majors, one
of them management, which is an impossible
career for a woman because men do not want
a woman to manage their business.
Therefore, she had to choose accounting.
For those in the audience who already
know about the conflicting situation of
women in Iran, this film further solidifies
the problem by exploring the lives and opinions of young females in Tehran. It is not
only an excellent education on social issues
in Iran, but also portrays the reality that millions of women are too used to living with.
Facts that seem a bit dated, such as the law
that two female witnesses for a crime are
equal to one male witness, or that a woman
can be teased and beaten if she wears a
"revealing" outfit, are still a part of daily life
for these women.
However, this film also points out that
feminine independence is growing. The production of this documentary alone is due to
the increasing voice that Iranian women
have in their society, and augments the
respect that men have developed for them.
By opening up their lives to the camera,
these women are able to document and present themselves to other cultures around the
world. This is undeniably beneficial not only
for them, but also to the audiences around
the world who will see the film. @
CfteecAy-keen Quebec film disturbs
Vancouver International Film Festival
October 11
by Erica Baird
Picture this: one day, one city, one agency. An
escort agency, that is. This is the gist of Patrice
Sauve's film Cheech. Amongst the six characters whose lives we follow through the duration
of the film is a Steven Tyler look-alike who suffers from depression and listens to self-help
tapes religiously; a disturbed prostitute wandering through a client's house in a blood-covered,
lace-trimmed corset; and a young man so lonely he eats spaghetti with an imaginary girlfriend
whose picture he found in a grocery-store
These are just a few of the characters portrayed in a Montreal escort agency. It focuses
not only upon the relationships between the
workers themselves, but also the men and
women who are enticed by their lucrative profession. Girls with feather boas and red
pleather stilettos find themselves hopelessly
distraught, with little solitude or peace of mind
when pictures of their naked bodies are glued
into "The Book" with a corresponding number...and their services are requested all across
the city.
With his self-help tapes whispering constantly in the background, "picture yourself on a
beach..." the agency owner realises his business
is in trouble, and must quickly reach the head
honcho, or shall we say the "Cheech" of another, more successful agency to sort out a messy
situation. The type of messy situation you can
only have when the girls working for you are
trying to kill themselves, your co-worker steals
from you, you cannot see any point in life or
your very existence and you end up killing the
men who decorate your house with birthday
balloons from your mother. It's one of those situations. Despite the "Yeah, right!" attitude that
one may toss at the plot, amongst the guns,
pantyhose and car chases are real human
moments and a realisation that whether you
are working for an escort agency, McDonalds or
through university courses, life can become
worrisome, burdensome and difficult.
I still cannot actually decide whether or not
I liked this film. It disturbed me, to say the very
least. This is the type of film that not only makes
you think, but makes you appreciate life that
much more—after all, who said the world was a
pretty place to begin with?
These kinds of films strike a viewer in one of
two ways—you either love it or you hate it. I
went into the theatre expecting to see a comedy,
and walked out experiencing a tragedy. The plot
was logical, the characters believable, and the
scenery truthful. At times you felt sympathetic—
at others, such as when one of the characters
tries to hide his use of prostitutes from his girlfriend, the lines are laugh-out-loud funny.
Cheech is a film that you can certainly skip and
not miss anything, or you can watch it and
realise that in life we sometimes choose to wear
blinders, and in so doing ignore the realities of
others. Ultimately, what we end up missing is
our own awareness. @
Lost and
in Vienna
Vancouver International Film Festival
October 7
by Josephine Anderson
The first character we meet in Slumming, an
Austrian film directed by Michael Glawogger
(Megacities, Workingman's Death), is someone who could be from Vancouver just as easily as Vienna: a drunk on public transit. He's
the old guy who mutters obscenities under his
breath as he battles it out with an invisible
antagonist. He staggers along downtown
streets trying to sell strangers his awkward
poetry. In Slumming his name is Kallmann
(Paulus Manker) and he's on a rampage
against the world.
No one quite knows how he ended up like
this, including Sebastian (August Diehl), who
finds the drunk passed out on a bench in a
train station. Young and rich, Sebastian leads
a petty, unproductive life, satisfying his boredom by toying with the lives of strangers.
Together with his roommate Alex (Michael
Ostrowski), Sebastian pulls a prank to trump
all pranks at Kallmann's expense. When the
old man wakes up from his drunken stupor,
he finds himself not just at a different train
station, but in an entirely different country—
the Czech Republic.
His trek through miles of snowfields back
to Austria seems to parallel an internal journey back towards his pre-alcoholic self.
Manker delivers an exceptional performance,
but a script that fails to explore the deeper
complexities of his situation blunts it. The
audience never learns how he fell into alcoholism in the first place.
Instead, the film focuses on Sebastian,
who ends up more lost than anyone. When
the thrills of his social pranks subside,
Sebastian realises he is lost within his own
city. Hoping to find a route back from the
lonely, meaningless place where he finds
himself, he decides to do to himself what he
does to Kallmann, and spontaneously flies to
South East Asia. Again, it's unfortunate that
the script avoids glimpsing at how his life
became so utterly meaningless.
Still, in spite of the fact that the audience
doesn't get to look at the depth of the characters, or perhaps because of it, Slumming
leaves a lasting, disturbing impression. The
film poses an unarticulated threat that we are
just as likely to get lost in Vancouver as
Kallmann and Sebastian do in Vienna. @ f»ms
Adrienne Clarkson lecture:
Sunday, October 22,
Chan Centre, 8pm.
Tickets @ Ticketmaster
An Evening with
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An Evening w/ Moses Mayes:
Thursday, October 26,
Gallery Lounge, 8pm.
Tickets @ Zulu, Scratch, the Outpost,
Don't forget Laffs @ Lunch and
Karaoke & Pit Nights each week.
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The next Quiz Night is Novemberl
@ the Gallery Lounge!
visit www.ams.ubc.ca/events! for more info
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featuring Vancouver's top amateur
and professional comedians
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Are you the parent of a child turning 5 during 2007?
Parent Info Night - October 26,7:00 - 9:00pm
The Gym in UBC Child Care Administration Building
(2881 Acadia Road)
Organized by UBC Daycare Council
Do you want to know about where your child will go next?
Come and gather information about local kindergartens/schools!
Learn about where you can send your child next year!
Hear about how to register and apply!
Hear from and ask questions of representatives from
Vancouver School Board and local schools
Education: Our National Priority
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), of which the AMS is a
member, has launched a lobbying campaign.
Education: Our National Priority will run from September 2006 until
March 2007 and there are ways for you to get involved.
Website Contest: "After graduation, what do you hope to contribute to
Canadian society?"
By taking just a few minutes students can answer the online question and
be automatically entered into the contest. Winners will be selected each
month with different prizes being announced as the contest continues.
Put your foot on Parliament Hill
The AMS will be distributing foot print stickers from CASA which ask the
question, "What is the biggest challenge on your path to achieving your
goals through post-secondary education?"The footprints are being
collected to create a map of Canada on Parliament Hill on November 7th.
For more information visit www.casa.ca.
Speakeasy is an AMS Service that provides peer-support, information and
referrals to UBC students and community members through drop-in peer
support counselling, a crisis line, an e-mail referral service and an information desk. Speakeasy is staffed by a team of highly trained UBC student
Speakeasy After-Hours: Starting Monday October 16th 2006, we will be
expanding the hours of our Peer Support Line service to 24 hours a day
Monday to Friday and 8pm to 8am on the weekends. We're also expanding
our drop-in peer support and information Desk to the hours of 8am to 8pm
Monday to Friday.
Drop in Peer Support Counselling and Information Desk:
North Concourse of the SUB
Peer Support Line: 604-822-3700
(24hrs/day Monday-Friday, 8pm-8am Weekends)
Information Line: 604-822-3777
(8am-8pm Monday to Friday *same as desk*)
E-mail Referral service:speakreferrals@ams.ubc.ca
Website: www.ams.ubc.ca/speakeasy
Looking to get a job this year to pay the bills? Check out our massive
database of part-time and full-time positions at
www.careersonline.ubc.ca! Looking to gain more career-oriented
experience, but don't have much prior experience? Consider signing up to
be an intern with Joblink's Internship program. We've got a wide range of
internships, from business to education. For more information, see
www.ams.ubc.ca/internships.And before heading out there to apply for
jobs, come by our office or email joblink@ams.ubc.ca to sign up for a free
cover letter/resume consultation or mock interview."
Do you have vision, but lack the funding to see it through?
The Innovative Projects Fund (IPF) is an excellent opportunity whereby
your vision can become a reality.
The AMS/U8C Innovative Projects Fund is designed to provide a start-up
funding pool for a broad range of visible and innovative projects of direct
benefit to students. Traditionally, each successful application receives
funding ranging from $3,000 to $5,000. All UBC students, staff and faculty
who have a vision for a new project that does not duplicate existing
resources are encouraged to apply. Projects must be innovative, provide
benefit to a significant number of students, and be visible to the campus
community. For more information, and for applications, please check out
www.ams.ubc.ca/ipf. Applications are due November 20,2006. THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 17 October, 2006
Da Vinci creator dirty in Vancouver
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Tuesdays at 9pm
by Levi Barnett
Finally, a reason to watch Canadian
television. In some ways a melange
between 24, Law and Order and
Trailer Park Boys, the new CBC dramatic series Intelligence is a story
about the interaction between
Vancouver police, Canada's intelligence services, and marijuana
smugglers on the West Coast.
"It's that government
has a lot of incompetent people who
are not working on
your behalf but on
the behalf of themselves or the polit-
cal agendas. that's
just reality, that's
-Chris Haddock
It's a show with several plotlines
and even more characters.
Everyone leads multiple lives, usually unbeknownst to their friends
and coworkers. The protagonist is
Vancouver drug baron Jimmy
Reardon (Ian Tracey), secretly an
informant to Mary Spalding (Klea
Scott), an agent of the Canadian
Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).
Both use each other for information and to stop rivals in their
respective fields from depriving
them of employment.
While running the day-to-day
business of growing, transporting,
and defending large amounts of
marijuana, Reardon also has to
fight for turf against rival drug
gangs, attempt to regain custody
over his daughter from his ex-wife,
and keep his fresh-from-prison
brother (played hilariously by
Bernie Coulson) from destroying
his empire with frat-boy antics and
Joe-sixpack boorishness.
Icy dramatic tensions abound in
each episode, but many shows on
TV today can spin a good yarn. With
more than characters, however,
Intelligence covers much more territory. It delves directly into the
state of Vancouver and Canadian
society today.
The Canadian government of
Intelligence shows none of the
proverbial penchant for peace,
order, and good government.
Series creator Chris Haddock, who
also developed the CBC hit Da
Vinci's Inquest, uses the show to
portray the country in the darker
light within which he sees it.
"What the politicians themselves try to portray is a picture
that everything's OK and we're all
competent people working on your
behalf," he said. "The truth is about
a hundred and eighty degrees from
that. It's that government has a lot
of incompetent people who are not
working on your behalf but on the
behalf of themselves or the political agendas. That's just reality,
that's truth."
Jimmy Reardon works closely
with his government handler, creating some murky ethical territory.
But Haddock, who wrote the script,
thinks that's a good thing, even in
the real world.
"The drive of Mary, Klea Scott's
character, is to develop a human
intelligence service for Canada.
And that means you've got to get
down and dirty with the criminals
and try to get people to turn and
inform. It's the only way you'll ever
get in there."
Actor Ian Tracey muses that the
criminals in this show are portrayed less as antagonists than as
human beings.
"We like to think of them as
'entrepeneurs' with some...legal
misdealing," he told the Ubyssey.
"But they are real people with real
families and have heart and soul
and compassion for people just
like anybody else."
Just like Fox's 24, sometimes it
seems that everyone in the show is
spying on everyone else. By contrast, Intelligence has depth in each
episode, rather than stringing the
viewer along from one crisis to the
next. Certain problems introduced
early in the series, such as
Reardon's rivalry with a biker gang
for drug territory—while not taking
centre stage—will clearly return in
later episodes. There is a subtlety to
the foreshadowing that adds a cinematic depth to the series that is
reminiscent of The Godfather.
"The whole premise is
to kind of show
another side of
Vancouver that we
all haven't really
seen before."
-Ian Tracey
In the course of only the first
two episodes, Vancouver assassins
kill someone in Mexico, a stripper
from Eastern Europe is used as an
undercover intelligence agent, and
Chinese triads infiltrate the
Vancouver police. As Tracey
explains, "The whole premise is to
kind   of  show   another   side   of
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Vancouver that we all haven't really
seen before."
Intelligence is a literally multilevel look at Vancouver, with
scenes in planes, on boats, in cars,
up in a high office tower and down
on the street. It goes from
Downtown to the growing regions
of Vancouver Island and into the
Fraser Valley near the US border.
The show is tied intimately with
Vancouver and its region.
Tracey explained, "There's more
going on, there's more places for us
to be in any given hour, in the
episode than in something like Da
Vinci 's Inquest [his previous CBC
show], where it's more procedural
and there's more concentrated certain specific places, and everything
sort of unravels between A to B."
In short, the viewer has to think,
because Intelligence is one smart
TV show. @
Campus   &   Community   Planning
Public Open House
You are invited to attend a public open house to view and comment on
development application DP 06025: St. Marks Duplexes on Lots 29 to 36 in
the Theological Neighbourhood on the site labeled 'Subject Property' on the
location map below. This proposal is for 4 duplex buildings, for a total of 8
units. The land-use and density will comply with the Neighbourhood Plan
policies. Relaxation is requested for rear setbacks for all buildings, side
setbacks of Buildings 1 & 4, and overall site coverage by 1% (77 sq.m).
3   GAGE
port 3
Date:    Thursday, October 26, 2006
Time:    5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place:   St. Marks College, 5935 Iona Dr.
For directions to St. Marks, please visit: www.maps.ubc.ca. More development
application information is on the Campus & Community Planning (C&CP) website:
Q    Questions: Caroline Eldridge, Land Use Wanner, C & CP e-mail: carollne.eldrldge@ubc.ca
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Tuesday, 17 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Theoretically a young
woman likes to be
complimented on her
appearance. According
to this theory telling a
young woman that sine
has a "grabbable ass"
would make her happy
as it is a compliment on
how she looks....
....however, upon application of
this theory it becomes readily
apparent that the adjective
"grabbable" seldom produces
the desired effect.
Michael Ignatieff Learns A Valuable Lesson About The
Relative Values Of Theory And Experience
Ignatieff s foot-in-mouth disease
Michael Ignatieff burst onto
the Canadian political scene
this year and garnered immediate political success. He won
his riding of Etobicoke-
Lakeshore by a substantial
margin and was all but
crowned the new golden child
by the Canadian media. Led by
his strong, unconventional
style, Ignatieff for a short time
was hailed the future of
Canadian politics; many even
referred to him as the new
Pierre Trudeau.
His most recent comments,
however, have landed his
political campaign in turmoil,
sparking a furor among his
constituents. And his opinion
combined with their often
indiscreet mode of expression
may have endangered his
chances of claiming the
Liberal leadership prize.
During the Israeli bombing
of Qana in the past summer's
conflict with Lebanon,
Ignatieff callously stated that,
"This is the kind of dirty war
you're in when you have to do
this and I'm not losing sleep
about that." When he attempted to clarify it was only
shrouded by an equally contro
versial remark: "I was a professor of human rights and I
am also a professor of the laws
of war and what happened in
Qana was a war crime and I
should have said that..that's
clear." Claims that have so far
been inconclusive and politically risky to the point of making him sound less like
Trudeau and more like
Stockwell Day.
Iganatieff initially endorsed
the second Iraq war because
claims that there were
weapons of mass destruction
claims. When it was concluded
that there was no imminent
threat from WMDs, rather than
reconsider his position he
rejustified it by stating that it
was for the sake of the Kurds.
At first glance, you have to
admire someone who shoots-
from-the-hip. In fact it comes
as a complete surprise, especially in an age where it's common for press conferences to
have prescreened questions
and scripted answers. Hearing
an honest opinion in a world
full of misinformation and
partisan hackery could be
But there is a delicate bal
ance between refreshing and
honest opinion and a well-
informed tactful argument.
Igniatieff has failed to bring
both parts to the equation and
instead of being a honest broker who calls it like it is, he
has been interpreted as cavalier, dismissive and miscalculating. It's a dangerous game
you play when you enter the
world of politics, the subtle
nuances that may have never
yielded any attention before
are now being scrutinised at
every turn.
In 2004, for example,
Howard Dean was the fron-
trunner for the Democratic
party during the US primaries.
He too, for a short time, was
the honest broker—the one
who shot-from-the-hip. But the
emotional outburst after his
first primary loss in Iowa was
cited as the principle reason
for his campaign meltdown.
While it is still up for debate,
you can't deny that the media
overkill of the incident had to
have played a major role in his
electoral demise.
Ignatieff does not lack opinion that much is clear. The two
challenges he faces, then, are
deciding which issues are most
deserving of his opinions, and
how he is going to express his
opinions in a way that is simultaneously honest and politically savvy. If he hazards to make
extreme comments on topics
such as torture, Qana, and
Quebec's nationhood, then he
must be sure that these comments do not overshadow the
issues he would like as the primary planks in his political
Heading into the leadership convention, Ignatieff has
30 per cent of the delegates,
but that has not eclipsed the
number of missteps he has
made along the way. If his run
at the leadership has proven
anything, it's that an expression of opinion by a politician
may be refreshing and idealistic, but it doesn't always translate towards a political gain
when there's no tact involved.
He may have garnered
attention in the media and
increased his recognition in
the Canadian public, but
unfortunately it has labelled
him an impulsive candidate
who has placed his own opinions above political tact. @
What is the best background for the Prime Minister of Canada, or any politician?
—Eric Budzyuski
Global Resource Systems, 3
"Not politics. Not business either. Somebody
who knows more than
just politics and economics."
—Christine Prehn
Arts, 2
"I think probably
going through the
public education system and being a normal Canadian."
-Stephanie Porter
Social Work, 4
"I would say experiencing social inequality...waiting in a bank
lineup...not knowing
where the next meal is
coming from. A lot of
people are underprivileged in Canada."
—Mahsa Pourazad
Electrical Engineering, Ph.D.
"Education in politics
and also in business."
—Andre Gagne
Computer Science, 4
"I think I would prefer
someone with a graduate degree in law
who's done quite a bit
of community service.
Has any prime minister ever been down to
the Downtown
-Coordinated by Mary Leighton and Peter Holmes
Political Discussion on Campus
by Maayan Kreitzman and Marc Grimm
Campus politics have always been flash points for
idealism, naivete, delusions, conflict and sometimes extremism. In no subject more than Middle
East policy can feelings run high, and civility ebb
low. Two events at UBC in recent weeks crystallised
the shortcomings and strengths of forums on sensitive and complicated political issues. The first, a
forum discussion titled Israel's occupation of
Palestine/Lebanon (September 27), was organised
by the Social Justice Centre, an Alma Matter Society
(AMS)-sponsored resource centre. The second was a
discussion hosted by the International Relations
Students' Association (IRSA) at the International
House (October 3) focusing again on the Israel-
Lebanon conflict in international law.
In the first event, photojournalist John Elmer
and activists Shannon Bundock and Warif Laila
spoke, followed by a question period. Talk of
Zionism and conspiracies abounded. The word
Israel, negotiation, and any pragmatic vision for a
peaceful future were gapingly absent. The genuine
concerns of the organisers and panellists regarding
human rights and self-determination were lost in a
sea of one-sided rhetoric so thick that it was impenetrable for members of the audience who were not
already party to their perspective.
What sound by content and diction, like citations from anti-Semitic literature are in fact the
words of one of the forum's panellists. All four
speakers presented doubtful views of Israel's policy on terror and the role of Hezbollah in the
recent conflict: "Israel's latest war against
Hezbollah was an attempt to crush Hezbollah's
leadership of the movement of self-determination of the suppressed people. ..The cease fire was
a victory for Hezbollah, suppressed people in
Lebanon and worldwide," said Bundock.
Moreover, the suggestion that Lebanese self-
determination was absent prior to the summer's
hostilities is confusing given the Israeli pullout
six years ago. The discussion devolved into a
broad historical sweep of everything Israel has
ever done wrong, lacking any vestige of balance.
Critical questions from members of the Israel
Awareness Club and others were shrugged off or
met with anger and raised voices. The atmosphere was extremely tense, bordering on hostile
as the panellists resisted forays into information
and perspectives other than those they had put
forward already.
The IRSA's event one week later, though addressing similar subject matter, achieved an entirely different level of discourse. The two panellists in attendance, UBC's Dr Michael Byers, and KwantJen's Dr
Noemi Gal-Or, were able to provide substantive and
meticulous assessments of international law pertaining to the recent conflicts, while staying on
topic, and remaining professional. The two panellists managed their considerable differences with
impeccable civility, encouraging the audience to do
likewise. Moreover, their discussion was grounded
in UN law and recent events, which kept the discourse focused and on-topic. The questions were
taken seriously and despite differences in perspective no hostility was present within the room. The
atmosphere created by the two academics was one
of common language and accountability whereas
the one the week before was one of irreconcilable
differences and desperation.
So the question is, do we desire to import foreign wars and hostilities onto our campus thus
expanding the metaphorical killing field, or do we
seek to explore differences respectfully in an environment that neither intimidates nor coerces? The
debate of what is extreme, what is balanced, and
what is moral are notoriously subjective questions
that event organisers will not necessarily agree on;
it is essential then, to have varied representation
and to contextualise opinion and perspective. That
the AMS itself sponsors such events is only one
example of the poor precedent student governments across Canada have set in managing the
peaceful engagement of students on topics and
must be a signal to students of the bias that exists
on official committees said to represent the entire
student population. As individuals, we recognise
the differences and diversity of opinion on our
campus, but as students, we must collectively be
responsible for the manner in which discourse
takes place, if we want our university to be as politically interactive and stimulating as it has the
potential to be. @
—Maayan Kreitzman is in third-year Science and
Marc Grimm is in fourth-year Arts THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 17 October, 2006
Culture & Perspectives
CBC counters with their Daily Show
by Chantaic Allick
You hear him before you see him, a low rumble that quickly becomes a roar as he pulls up
on his polished red chopper. CBC's George
Stroumboulopoulos is a force and this is only
a preview of the intensity within the well-
known Canadian radio and television host.
We meet in the lounge of the Opus Hotel, a
quiet background on a lazy fall afternoon to
talk about the launch of the third season of
his popular CBC news show, The Hour.
Our discussion about the show goes off
on a tangent and eventually includes current events, the state of the media, music,
being real, university students, human
beings and what it means to be Canadian,
all in a mere twenty minutes. The Hour
involves Stroumboulopoulos providing the
day's issues and news from an original
standpoint. The show also features guests,
which this year includes the likes of Viggo
Mortensen, Rachel Weisz, Matt Damon,
Tom Sizemore, Olympia Dukakis, Alice
Cooper and regular signature segments.
This season's show also includes a live studio audience for the first time.
Stroumboulopoulos describes his show as
follows: "We're just making a show. We're
making a show that will cover some really
serious things going on in the world, but also
can have a little fun. The idea is that we're
real people, I'm a real person."
And the truth is that he's right—this is not
a man who "bullshits," as he puts it. He's
very easy to get to know because he gives of
himself and that is what viewers of The Hour
have come to expect.
With a move from CBC Newsworld to the
main cable network, a wider array of
Canadians will have the opportunity to hear
what George has to say. The Hour, as a show,
with its mix of pop culture, current events
and world issues is a totally new format that
has been largely overlooked, especially in
Canada, and its time has now arrived. In line
with Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, the show is
an outlet, a source of information and entertainment for Canadian audiences. As
Stroumboulopoulos puts it, the show is great
if you just want company four nights a week
but also if you want to pick up some information about what's going on in your world.
Stroumboulopoulos goes on to explain that
there exists an "audience that has decided
that they are willing to go to places other than
the standard news places for information,"
and that the audience is composed mainly of
students and young professionals. The Hour
offers a dynamic and engaging alternative
for audiences, but especially for students
across the nation.
Stroumboulopoulos is in many ways the
definition of what it means to be Canadian: a
CANADA'S JON STEWART: George puts it straight. LEVI barnett photo
first generation Canadian born to a Greek
father from Egypt and a Ukrainian mother
from Poland. With The Hour he and the team
he works with offer a new idea about what
Canadian television is and can be.
Stroumboulopoulos said that one of his
favourite things about being Canadian is that
he doesn't have to think about it and that
idea is reflected in his show. The Hour is
wholly Canadian but also international and
accessible, never trying too hard to be
Canadian as do so many homemade shows-
it just is.
Stroumboulopoulos has been described
as having an innate ability to connect students to big issues. He tries to speak a popu
lar language and in the process reaches out
from the television and grabs viewers with
his passion and enthusiasm for what he is
doing T like people, I like to be around people, I like to absorb what they're about. I like
to look into your eyes and see what you're
doing in your head," Stroumboulopoulos
said as he looks into the camera and projects
that fervour to his audience.
Watching The Hour is like being part of a
conversation and it is one you will not want
to end. And Stroumboulopoulos is someone
you just may want to get the news from.
"I'm a very curious person. I'm a bit of a
fucker about some things but I'm really passionate about the world and I'm not a liar." @
Chocolate offers
touching mystery
by Alexander McCall Smith
Anchor Books
by Teresa Ierakidis
The ever-inquisitive ethicist Isabel Dalhousie
is back in Alexander McCall Smith's latest
addition to his wildly popular Sunday
Philosophy Club series. This time, Isabel is
struggling with two very different moral
dilemmas of the heart; those of her own and
also of a man she has never met.
While Isabel covers her niece's upscale
delicatessen when she is away attending a
wedding in Italy, her good friend Jamie, a
handsome classical musician 15 years her
junior, reveals that he is having an affair with
a married woman. The news reveals Isabel's
suppressed romantic feelings towards Jamie,
whom she also knows is completely enamored by her niece despite his current adulterous relationship.
While she contemplates the ethics of love
and friendship, Isabel meets Ian, a clinical psychologist, who confides that he has recently
been the recipient of a heart transplant and is
feeling strange emotions: he recalls memories
of events he never experienced, and sees the
face of a man he has never met.
As general editor of the prestigious
Review of Applied Ethics, this is right up
Isabel's philosophical alley, and she vows to
figure out whether the visions are in fact
murderous memories somehow connected to
the donor's heart.
Suffering from a lost relationship, Isabel
mends her own heart as she traces the history
and meaning of the heart that beats in Ian's
body. She searches through her music, poetry,
philosophy and all the ordinary moments of
existence for, not just love and connection, but
also for the meaning of life.
In spite of the trademark jacket, this is a
rather solemn novel. No sex, violence, and,
despite the suggestive nature of the title, very little chocolate. Set in Smith's hometown of
Edinburgh, the meandering and deeply reflective stories in Friends, Lovers, Chocolate cover
a multitude of intriguing moral issues, including the obligations of true friendship, the theoretical survival of consciousness, and even the
ethics of the buffet bar.
Isabel Dalhousie fans will not be disappointed—she wears her special dove-grey skirt
and loose cream wool cardigan for editing and
quotes her favourite philosophers. She agonises over the fine points of good and evil while
living a busy life clearly signposted with
Edinburgh locations.
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate is worth a read,
especially if your heart longs for something
more than just a good mystery. @
Viable approach
to nuclear crisis
by Edward Park
Kim Jong-Il finally did it: the testing of
North Korea's long-awaited nuclear warhead. The speculation of whether North
Korea actually tested nuclear warheads is
not to be taken seriously as North Korea
publicly announced the news. It's the
attitude that counts, not just the explosion.
What will be the consequences of the
nuclear testing, I might ask, and the answer
is nothing. Nothing in terms of speculated
danger. Well, North Korea has nuclear warheads, that actually do work, but they can't
even put the warheads into their ballistic
missiles, making the warheads virtually
useless, for now. Furthermore, nuclear
weaponry does not make the North Korean
military more or less menacing than when
it was without nuclear weapons; the North
Korean army is 1 million men strong and,
as the world's fifth largest military power,
has enough artillery to set the Korean
peninsula ablaze with mortal celerity.
Why, then, you may ask, has North Korea
been eager to go nuclear? It seems that
North Korea needed an event to generate
more support among its impoverished and
low-morale citizens and nuclear weaponry,
for all it stands for, was the best method to
unite the nation. Internationally, nuclear
weapons provide North Korea the power
and status it needs to continue to rip-off rich
countries to sustain itself.
The international community will have
to decide on its course of action from
among many options.
Some have suggested indifference to
North Korea's testing. This suggestion has
its basis in the belief that North Korea tested its bomb to get international attention.
Though this sounds like a good, peaceful
plan, international inaction will give incentives to other rogue states to acquire
nuclear weaponry, as there does not seem
to be any hassle over the acquisition.
Furthermore, it is not possible to ignore the
bomb testing because North Korea has violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty, a monu
mental deterrent to further proliferation of
nuclear weapons, and it poses security
threats to the United States and Japan as
North Korean ICBMs have those countries
within effective range.
Just like during the Cuban nuclear crisis,
some argue that surgical strikes against
nuclear facilities or all-out invasion of
North Korea, as was done to Iraq, is the best
course of action. There is a very good
chance that if China supports South Korea,
then this plan will succeed. However, China
is reluctant to have North Korea mergd with
South Korea since North Korea has been a
buffer for US influence and millions of
refugees would flood into China. Even with
the Chinese buttress, this plan is too costly
to implement; South Korea is being taken
hostage by North Korea, not because of the
discrepancy in military prowess, but
because North Korea has nothing to lose.
The world cannot afford destruction of the
world's 11th largest economy and life without Samsung cell phones or Hyundai cars.
It only leaves one option: economic sanction. North Korea has very little trade with
the world other than Russia, China,  and
South Korea. Combined, China and South
Korea provide 66% of the North Korean
annual budget. Sanctions from both countries would very soon give North Korea
some incentives to comply with international treaties and laws and if North Korea still
remains defiant, then the regime would
soon collapse as its fragile economy would
deteriorate. This also gives the possibility of
an uprising within North Korea. According
to an anti-Kim Jong-Il group in China, North
Korea has anti-Kim Jong-Il coalitions and,
provided that the economic sanction makes
the life difficult for North Koreans, there is
a possibility for a successful overturn of the
regime, making the process of regime transformation much easier.
It is true that the general population of
North Korea would have the hardest impact
from economic sanctions as government
officials have other sources of income to
maintain their lavish lifestyles. But isn't the
collapse of the North Korean regime worth
a few years of hardship? After all, progress
comes dripping blood. @
—Edward Park is a first year Arts student 16
Tuesday, 17 OctoberI, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
UBC rowers to hit Boston on high note
by Jordan Chittley
Rowing out of their brand new
boathouse, the UBC men's and
women's rowing teams each had
the fastest varsity boats last
Saturday at the Head of the Fraser
Fours regatta. But now their sights
are set on a much bigger prize, the
Head of the Charles in Boston,
where they'll be this weekend.
In a shortened course race due
to a morning fog delay, the women
from UBC Two managed to squeak
a two tenths of a second win over
UBC One. The top boat from UVic
was also not far behind finishing
nine-tenths of a second out of the
lead making three boats all within
a second. SFU finished the race in
fourth and the second boat from
UVic rounded out the field.
The men's top boat won the varsity competition beating their only
competition UBC Two. However,
both UBC boats lost to the boat
from the Victoria Training Centre,
which was comprised of some
national team members who are
alumni of UBC and helped win the
national championship last year.
Men's coach Mike Pearce was
looking to run a smaller regatta
for the first ever regatta run out of
the new boathouse to test out the
water and some of the logistics
around running an event. Similar
to many regattas, last Saturday
boats raced in a time-trial format
crossing the   start line  approxi
mately 30 seconds after the boat
in front of them. This doesn't
allow the rowers to see how close
they are to one another, but they
try to catch and pass the boat in
front of them.
This past Saturday's race was
seen as a tune-up regatta before
the rowers head to the Head of the
Charles regatta in Boston on
"[Today's race] should be a
good opportunity to explore where
we are at this point in the season
and learn from the things that we
may have to improve upon for
next weekend," said women's
coach Craig Pond.
"It's an opportunity to dust off
the cobwebs and see what kind of
a team we can produce."
Over a hundred thousand spectators are expected to line the
banks of the Charles in Boston this
weekend to watch some of the best
American university and national
teams from around the world compete in the Head of the Charles.
"The Head of the Charles is
probably one of the biggest rowing
regattas that there is in the world,
it attracts a lot of the top competition and most of the top rowing
programs in the [United] States
will be there," said Pond. "We're
rowing the women's championship eight in a field of 46 boats,
I'd like to think we're capable of
finishing in the top half."
This will be the first time in five
TOWING AND ROWING: Richard Cotter, Julien Lamoureux, Graham Harris await a race as the fog
clears this past weekend in Richmond, oker chen photo
years that the women will be racing in the championship eight but
they have had success racing in
the championship four in previous
years, winning the competition.
As for the men, Pearce also saw
Saturday as a chance to get ready
for the top competition to come.
"Next weekend is going to be
very tough, we're racing some of
the best teams in the world," he
said. "You're racing against professional national team athletes
and Olympians."
Pearce compares this regatta to
the UBC basketball team playing a
team like Arizona.
With the world-class competition, Pearce is confident of being
within five percent of the winner's
time to requalify, but is realistic
about results. He said, "If we could
finish in the top 20 in the field
that would be a huge accomplishment, if we finish in the top
15 universities that would
be tremendous."
The teams fly to Boston on
Thursday in preparation for
competition on the weekend. @
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Sun, Oct 22,12:00pm
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Laying the smash down
The UBC women's volleyball team finished fourth at the
Thunderball tournament after being swept by Trinity Western
in straight sets during the bronze medal game Sunday at
T-Birds travel crosstown for rematch
UBC and SFU will battle for BC
supremacy for the second time
in less than two weeks this
Wednesday night, in a game with
massive playoff implications for
the Thunderbird football team as
the season nears its end.
At 3-2, UBC holds down the
fourth and final playoff spot in the
tight Canada West conference, but
with only three games left in the
season, the Thunderbirds know
they can't afford a let down in the
coming weeks.
"We're focusing on the playoffs.
These games are extremely important for us and for our goal of making the playoffs," said UBC
Defensive Coordinator Dino
Geremia. "We have to win, and we
have to win the rest of our games if
we want to achieve the things that
we came to camp wanting to
The Thunderbirds are coming
off their 41-6 drubbing of SFU on
October 7 in Shrum bowl XXIX, and
will be looking to avoid a mental letdown  against a team they have
already proven they can beat easily.
"We've got to be sharp, we've got
to make sure that our team is ready
to play," said Geremia, adding that
being in the middle of a playoff race
ensures the players won't be taking
it easy Wednesday night.
Meanwhile SFU will be looking
to bounce back from Saturday's 63-
8 pummeling at the hands of
Manitoba, which saw them eliminated from playoff contention. At 0-
5-1, the Clan will be playing for
pride against the Thunderbirds,
whom they haven't beaten since
Game time is Wednesday at
7pm at Swangard Stadium in
Burnaby. Jim Mullin has the call on
AM 730.
Note: T-Birds running back
Chris Ciezki will be looking to get
closer to breaking the UBC single
season touchdown record of 14,
set by Akbal Singh in 1998. Ciezki
currently needs four more to tie
Singh's record.
—Boris Korby
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